28. New Orleans Saints: WR, Kadarius Toney, Florida
Other than Michael Thomas, the Saints lack talent at the receiver position. Emmanuel Sanders was a cap casualty for New Orleans, as the Saints sit well above the cap at this moment. Kadarius Toney is a player that can be utilized in motion and in the slot. The Saints love using pre-snap motion to confuse and manipulate defenses. Toney is special because he can affect the defense without having the ball in his hands. His speed should open up parts of the field for Thomas and Alvin Kamara to exploit. The Florida product is underrated when it comes to size and catching the ball in tight areas. Toney as the sixth receiver off the board at this point is a good price for the Saints.
29. Green Bay Packers: DT Christian Barmore, Alabama
Packers’ fans would have mixed emotions about this pick if they were expecting a receiver to come off the board here. Unfortunately, six receivers have already been selected, and there is no reason to reach for one here. Green Bay’s run defense is something that needs to be improved, especially since we expect San Francisco to be back as contenders in the NFC. Having the ability to stop the run allows a defense to be more aggressive in their game plan.
Christian Barmore is an absolute monster at 6’5, 310 pounds and showed the entire nation what he was about in Alabama’s national championship run. He wreaked havoc against Notre Dame and Ohio State. Every other snap it felt like he was in the backfield making a play. Barmore had 37 total tackles and eight sacks in the 2020 season. The Alabama product will be a player that can suffocate opponents’ rushing attacks.
30. Buffalo Bills: LB Nick Bolton, Missouri
Buffalo is another team that struggled with defending the run last season. They made teams like the Chiefs look like they had a prolific rushing attack. Nick Bolton is an explosive and powerful linebacker who has the ability to find openings in the offensive line. Bolton’s ability to attack offensive lines gives him opportunities to jar the ball loose from ball carriers. The Bills need a playmaker who can make a play or two on the ball in the run game. If the Bills do not address this issue, you will continue to see teams exploit their run defense to keep the ball away from Josh Allen.