28. New Orleans Saints – Rodney Hudson – OL
Original Spot For Hudson: 55th Overall (Kansas City Chiefs)
Original 28th Pick: RB Mark Ingram Jr.
Quarterback Drew Brees is unquestionably the most precious commodity on the Saints’ roster. As a means to protect this valuable entity, what better than to give him a quality offensive lineman? Hudson has consistently graded out as one of the better interior linemen in the league.
Built low to the ground, Hudson’s squatty frame enables him to gain leverage on bigger defensive linemen. At only 27 years old, he’s got the look of a future All-Pro as his career progresses. Hudson became a Pro Bowl selection in 2016.
27. Baltimore Ravens – Jason Kelce – OL
Original Spot For Kelce: 191st Overall (Philadelphia Eagles)
Original 27th Pick: DB Jimmy Smith
Much like the Saints, the Ravens would do well to select Kelce at this point in the draft. The undersized — albeit athletic center is arguably the best in the league. The Cincinnati product has been a lynchpin for high-flying Eagles’ offense. Kelce’s reliance upon toughness and mental acuity has led to him being a two-time Pro Bowl selection.
Smith has developed into a very nice player for Baltimore. He’s played his entire career with the Ravens, and has been a starter for the majority of his time with the franchise.
26. Kansas City Chiefs – Tyrod Taylor – QB
Original Spot For Taylor: 180th Overall (Baltimore Ravens)
Original 26th Pick: WR Jonathan Baldwin
Alex Smith is firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback. With that said, why not take a chance on a player with a much higher upside? Taylor would be walking into an absolutely perfect situation. While he’s possessing a ton of talent, he’s still raw (this description is in terms of when he was selected).
Sitting behind a high character veteran (Smith), and learning from one of the best quarterback-friendly head coaches in the league (Andy Reid) seems like a wonderful place for Taylor to improve as a player. Duly, the Chiefs could be getting a big-time steal at this point in the draft. Since moving to the Buffalo Bills, Taylor has thrown for over 3,000 yards in two-straight seasons (whilst also possessing a 37-to-12 TD-to-INT ratio in the process).
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