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How to be a good NFL draft prospect

I’m a little late to this game.

I have already posted my own draft predictions for the NFL draft, but I will be the first to admit that I am not a huge fan of the draft at all.

So when my friend Matt, my former teammate and fellow draft prospect, asked me what I thought of the NFL’s draft, I jumped at the opportunity to put a pen to paper and write about my own journey to becoming a better player.

While I understand that my predictions may not be the ones everyone agrees with, I’m just trying to give some insight into my thoughts on the draft.

In the meantime, here are my predictions for my own team and my expectations for the future.


Cleveland Browns: My Pick: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio StateThe Cleveland Browns are going to have a tough time keeping the top overall pick this year.

The team has to trade down to get a QB, and with only two picks left, it’s hard to imagine the Browns getting rid of the No. 1 pick.

It will be hard to get the Browns to make the right move and grab a RB like Elliott.

Elliott is a great back and will be a threat to the run game for the Browns.

This is not a bad pick.

I can see the Browns adding another RB to their roster with a pick higher than Elliott. 

The Browns will probably take another RB this year, but it would be nice to see a player like Adrian Peterson or Marshawn Lynch, two of the best backs in the league, get a shot. 

If the Browns take a running back, they should look to the free agent market, but Elliott fits that bill. 


San Francisco 49ers: My Picks: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida StateThe Niners have already drafted a quarterback, but the team has not made a decision on a running backs position yet.

A lot of this will depend on Winston’s success in college.

Winston has shown flashes of brilliance in the SEC, but his draft stock is not as high as some might think.

He will be an elite quarterback, and if the Niners take him, they will need to get him to a quarterback that can play the run or the pass, but he should be able to do both. 


Dallas Cowboys: My picks: Dorial Green-Beckham, RB/WR, Oklahoma The Cowboys could not have asked for a better pick in the draft with this pick.

Green-Jackson was the number one overall pick in 2014 and has put up impressive numbers.

Green-Beckhart will be one of the top WRs in the NFL and he will help the Cowboys improve their receiving corps.


Seattle Seahawks: My pick: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee I am a little surprised to see the Seahawks take Barnett with the No 2 overall pick.

Barnett had some big moments in college, but there is a lot to like about his game. 

He will have a great opportunity to show off his athleticism in the pros. 


Buffalo Bills: My predictions: Zach Cunningham, LB, SyracuseThe Bills got some help from another talented player in their 2016 draft class.

Cunningham had a huge year in the ACC and is a big play guy for Buffalo.

My biggest concern about Cunningham is his size, but that is not the issue.

Buffalo needs to be able on defense and on special teams to compete for the Lombardi Trophy. 


New Orleans Saints: My prediction: Ezekiel Elliot, RB (via Chicago Bears), Ohio StateWith Teddy Bridgewater still under contract for another year, the Saints should get a look at a quarterback at the top of the first round.

Elliot has the talent to be an NFL star and will give the Saints a chance to win the Super Bowl.


Washington Redskins: My Prediction: Kevin Hogan, OT, Miami The Redskins need to add a playmaker in the offensive line, and Hogan will be able add some value in that department. 

Hogan will have to fight to make an NFL roster, but if he can prove he can play tackle and guard in the right scheme, he could be a difference maker for the Redskins. 


Oakland Raiders: My Predictions: Christian McCaffrey, RB; DeAndre Washington, LB; De’Veon Smith, OLB; Tamba Hali, CB The Raiders should look for a player to improve their rushing attack, and McCaffray is a nice fit.

McCaffrey is a very explosive back that will be more than just a runner, but will also add some pass rush to the Raiders. 


Cleveland Bengals: My Preseason Predictions for 2017-2018 NFL season: Dak Prescott, QB; Ezekiel Elliott (RB/WR/TE), RB; T.J. Yeldon, RBI’m pretty sure that there are