Pickens was projected to be a star defensive back due to his athleticism, and the Falcons took the bait. He was, to put it frankly, terrible in the NFL. Pickens was traded to the Packers during the 1993 season, a little more than two years after the Falcons drafted him. In just eight starts in Atlanta (27 games) through a little more than two seasons, he managed two interceptions and one sack.
He was decent on the field — save for the infamous Bo Jackson encounter — until a bad shoulder forced his retirement during his third NFL season. Bosworth started just 24 games for Seattle.
Minkah Fitzpatrick won’t go in the top five, but he will have plenty of options in the top half of the draft. While some teams consider him an impactful nickel corner, other teams like the Bears, Raiders, Dolphins and Cardinals view him as an impact outside cornerback/safety. The Cardinals likely will consider Fitzpatrick, Iowa’s Josh Jackson or a quarterback with the 15th overall pick.
Iowa corner Josh Jackson is quietly coveted by NFL teams. He, Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea and Boston College defensive end Harold Landry are considered the best of the second tier of non-QB prospects.
Rick Porcello (R), 88.6 percent, Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels: The Halos lead the majors with a .358 wOBA and a 39.3 hard-contact rate, per Fangraphs, both of which will prove difficult for the strikeout-wary Porcello to tame, despite his 3-0, 1.83 ERA and recent near no-hitter.
Wide Receiver: Ever since the loss of Steve Smith in 2014, the Panthers have lacked a consistent receiving corps. Devin Funchess emerged as a quality weapon in 2017 but Carolina needs to improve a group that still looks extremely shaky despite the addition Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright in free agency.
Defensive End: The Panthers have always prided themselves on having a ferocious front seven and this season should be no different. Mario Addison, Julius Peppers and Wes Horton make a solid trio at defensive end. Still, getting younger needs to be a top priority for Carolina come draft day.