5. Tennessee Titans: Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M (Original Pick: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan)
Corey Davis is a good player but not a great one. The Titans reached on Davis and it didn’t work out. In this re-draft, they get the player that was widely viewed as the best prospect across the whole pre-draft process. The Titans’ pass rush situation was dreadful five years ago as their best players on the edge were an aging Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan.
6. New York Jets: Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington (Original Pick: Jamal Adams, S, LSU)
When the Jets selected Jamal Adams, it was viewed by many as a steal, despite being picked at #6. Adams was an elite player for the Jets during his three seasons with the team but has not been the same player since arriving in Seattle. He wasn’t a bad pick, but he wasn’t great either considering that his true value was the haul of draft picks the Jets got from the Seahawks for him.
Cooper Kupp, on the other hand, is one of the best receivers in the NFL and had perhaps the greatest wide receiver season in the NFL over the past two decades in 2021-22. The only reason why Kupp isn’t higher is that it took him a little while to become a truly elite player in the NFL.
7. Los Angeles Chargers: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin (Original Pick: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson)
Another case where the original pick turned into a good but not great player. Mike Williams is a fine #2 receiver but I don’t believe that he was worth a Top 10 pick in the draft.
Many may be surprised to see a right tackle go this early but Ryan Ramczyk is truly one of the elite tackles in the entire NFL. The Chargers have struggled with pass protection for years and Ramczyk would have helped solve that issue.
8. Carolina Panthers: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama (Original Pick: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford)
This may be a surprise to many that CMC is not the pick again for Carolina but I am a proud, card-carrying member of the “Running Backs Don’t Matter” club. He’s also been injured for the last two seasons and he’s only had two elite years with Carolina.
Marlon Humphrey, on the other hand, is a player that I was personally down on but has proved me wrong. I value corners more than most players but Humphrey has been a consistent player for the Ravens his entire career and would have been a valuable addition for the Panthers, who were still looking to replace Josh Norman at this time.