DEEP FRIED DRAFT
Examining How the 2019 Draft Will Affect the Odds for Super Bowl 54
We are a little over a week removed from Super Bowl 53. Once again, the New England Patriots are standing tall. The Patriots knocked off the Los Angeles Rams, 13-3. Former undrafted quarterback-turned-wide receiver Julian Edelman was named MVP. Tom Brady, a former 6th-round pick, has now laid claim to his record-setting sixth Super Bowl ring.
In 2018, the New England Patriots had two first-round picks. They selected a pair of Georgia players, offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn and running back Sony Michel. Wynn suffered a preseason injury and never contributed. However, Sony Michel was a huge part of the New England offense in 2018. Michel rushed for 931 yards and six scores. In the playoffs is where Michel really shined. In the three playoff games, he ran for 336 yards and six more touchdowns. In Super Bowl 53, Michel rushed for 94 yards and the game’s only touchdown.
How a team drafts can greatly affect their odds to win the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots are already the favorites to win Super Bowl 54. However, it is not crazy to think that teams like the Kansas City Chiefs or the Los Angeles Rams can find an impact player in the later stage of the first round to be the catalyst for a Super Bowl Championship.
In my latest Mock Draft, I gave the Chiefs and Rams each a player that would have been crucial to helping them defeat the New England Patriots. Tight End Rob Gronkowski made the key play to set up the lone TD in the Super Bowl. If the Rams had a linebacker that could cover a player like Gronk, then maybe they would not have lost. Someone like NC State LB Germaine Pratt.
The Kansas City Chiefs need to move on from safety Eric Berry. I believe a player the caliber of Nasir Adderly would be a perfect fit on their defense. Someone that is fast enough to cover New England’s running backs and strong enough to handle Gronkowski. Adderly has shown tremendous range and toughness during his career at Delaware and continued that during Senior Bowl week in Mobile.
Of course, these aren’t the only teams that can improve their odds to win the Super Bowl with the 2019 NFL Draft. There is always an out of nowhere contender.