The 49ers didn’t draft a pass-rusher, which inspires the question: Could they bring back their most effective pass-rusher from 2017?
In March, general manager John Lynch acknowledged Elvis Dumervil could return after the 49ers didn’t pick up the option on the second year of his contract.
Should the Broncos stay put and not trade down, they need to take the best player available who can help them now. Moving on from both Anderson and Talib leaves the biggest void for immediate impact at their positions.
Should the Giants, Jets and Browns pass on Barkley, he’s a no-brainer for the Broncos. At worst, Ward is all but guaranteed to not be picked in the top four. Elway might not want to sit still, but it could work out well.
Overview: The Worldwide Leader in Sports was the sole network showing the draft for decades. Its hope is that viewers believe ESPN is still the best as rival Fox Sports gets its nose under the tent for the first time. ESPN will televise all seven rounds. Sister Disney network ABC will simulcast ESPN’s coverage of rounds 4-7 on Saturday.
Key players: Trey Wingo will serve as main host for the second straight year, following in the footsteps of Chris Berman, the face of ESPN’s draft coverage for 37 years. Joining Wingo will be draft guru Mel Kiper Jr., front office insider Louis Riddick and “College GameDay” analyst Kirk Herbstreit. Kiper is the “GOAT” of draft gurus, according to Seth Markman, ESPN’s NFL czar. The telecast wouldn’t be the same without him.
Other key contributors: NFL Insiders Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, analyst Todd McShay and host Suzy Kolber.
As for those top non-QBs from which the Giants could choose in Round 1, the running back vs. defensive end debate is interesting.