TNF Preview – Raiders, 49ers Right in Thick of Race for Top Pick

Usually at this time of the week, I preview the Thursday Night Game. However, that is getting skipped this week because the participants in that contest, Oakland at San Francisco, really just doesn’t move the needle. However, this battle of one-win teams does spark a conversation concerning the very top of the 2019 NFL Draft and this Thursday Nighter could go a long way to figuring out the early draft order.

Let’s look at the contenders for the No. 1 overall pick:

New York Giants

Current Record: 1-7

Where They Would Draft Today: 1st

Remaining Schedule: Bye, at San Francisco, Tampa Bay, at Philadelphia, Chicago, at Washington, Tennessee, at Indianapolis, Dallas

Plan of Attack: Maybe the Giants can address their quarterback situation by trading for someone like Derek Carr or adding another veteran, but most likely, New York has to go quarterback at the top of the draft. Shockingly, the other teams on this list (with the possible exception of Oakland) will not be in the quarterback market. Unlike recent years, this doesn’t project to be a real top-heavy quarterback draft, but even if the Giants fall out of the first overall pick, they might still be in position to draft the top quarterback on the board. Quarterback has to be the top priority, but New York also needs help all over the defense and their offensive line is still a disaster.

San Francisco

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