A diary from last’s nights NFL Draft, where I recap every pick made in the first round. I stopped writing after pick No.23. Up to then, this was live reaction from me. The rest was written today.
- Here we are! Buccaneers are on the clock right now. Pretty sure I know who it’s gonna be. War room people are on the phone.
- Louis Reddick is doing a great job. Like him on the broadcast.
No.1, QB Jamies Winston to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
We’d seen this coming for months. Tampa Bay gets their franchise quarterback. Winston might take some time to adjust, but’ll be faster than Marcus Mariota. Tampa Bay will develop him and give him weapons to work with. Again, this is nothing new. Just hope he can stay out of trouble.
No.2, QB Marcus Mariota to the Tennessee Titans
Again, no surprises. However, with all the talk before the pick, I’m actually kinda surprised he didn’t get moved. Philadelphia had a god father offer for him, but it obviously didn’t get accepted. Like Winston, it’ll take time for Mariota to adjust. He’s coming into a completely different system. It’ll take time, and I’m not sure we’ll be able to judge him after next season. The Titans got their guy though.
- Ok, so now we could see some movement. This is when it heats up. Jaguars pick is in.
- Okay, really? We’re having a commercial after two picks? Man.
No.3, DE Dante Fowler Jr. to the Jacksonville Jaguars
WHOA! Was not expecting that! I really expected him to go No.5 to Washington. Can’t believe Leonard Williams is still on the board. Jacksonville fills a hole in the defense here. The guy is a beast. He’ll fit in well. Like the pick, just surprised. Gus Bradley had a huge impact on this pick. Great system fit. Should effect the defense right away.
- Huge decision for the Raiders here. Leonard Williams or Amari Cooper?
No.4, WR Amari Cooper to the Oakland Raiders
Wow, so Leonard Williams stays on the board till No.5. Love this pick for Oakland. Cooper is deep threat who can grab anything. This gives Derek Carr some one to throw to. Good pick. Offense slowing being built there.
No.5, OT Brandon Scherff to the Washington Redskins
Wow. Leonard Williams still on the board. Redskins take Scherff here. Very high, but fills a huge need. Guy is nasty, and can run and pass block. Gives Robert Griffin III some protection back there. Like the pick, but feel like they could have traded down and still gotten him.
- Jets taking awhile here. Could be a trade down. They like Leonard Williams though.
- This is taking forever. Interesting pick coming.
No.6, DE Leonard Williams to the New York Jets
Oh my god. This defense is gonna be ridiculous next year. I can’t believe he fell this far to No.6. This guy can get around anyone, and will blow up an offense play. Defensive line could get crowded, but they’ll sort it out. Be worried, AFC East QBs (and their collarbones and ACLs).
No.7, WR Kevin White to the Chicago Bears
At this point, this made sense for the Bears. Brandon Marshall is gone and they need to fill that hole. White can do it all. He can catch any ball, and has the speed to go down field. He has hops to go get it. He kinda reminds of Calvin Johnson a bit. Also, who would have thought two years ago that the Bears would be drafting a wide receiver in the top ten.
No.8, OLB Vic Beasley to the Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta has needed someone like this forever. A guy who can rush the passer off the line and the middle of the field. The Falcons have been suffering from missed tackles for awhile. This was the right pick, and I think he’ll have a immediate impact. Great choice.
No.9, OT Ereck Flowers to the New York Giants
What? Way to high. I don’t think this was their biggest need. Was thinking defense here, but with Shane Ray and Randy Gregory slipping, I guess this was the only option without trading down. Flowers is a big guy who can pass block very well. Like the player, but not the pick.
No.10, RB Todd Gurley to the St. Louis Rams
Holy moly. What just happened? This makes no sense. Sorry, but this team traded for Nick Foles, who has weapons around him. Why not throw the ball around? The Rams have depth at running back. It’s not like they’re desperate.! Tre Mason and Zac Stacy are there! Anyways, one, this is too high. They could have traded into the later 1st round and gotten him. Also, there’s no one to block for him. That offensive line is not great. This is not an ideal situation. Don’t like it one bit. Weird pick.
No.11,CB Trae Waynes to the Minnesota Vikings
This had been coming for months. Cornerback was Minnesota’s biggest need, and they got the guy they wanted. Waynes can cover anyone, and comes from a great secondary at Michigan State. Love the pick, and it fits perfectly.
No.12, DT Danny Shelton to the Cleveland Browns
Yup. Had seen this coming for awhile. Cleveland needed a defensive tackle. This guy is a beast, and he’s huge. Great run defender, and can get to the quarterback. Great kid, cool story, better football players. Love it. Awesome pick for the Browns.
No.13, OT Andrus Peat to the New Orleans Saints
Great pick. Love Andrus Peat. The guy is huge and is a great pass blocker. Will fit in well due to the NFL-style system they run at Stanford. However, might take a little time to adjust. Not a project, but the Saints can’t give up early. Too much potential.
No.14, WR DeVante Parker to the Miami Dolphins
Not a huge fan of this pick. I liked Parker next to the 49ers. Parker is very similar to Kenny Stills, who, Oh! They traded for him! I get they want to surround Ryan Tannehill with weapons, but Parker and Stills are basically the same wide receiver. An offensive lineman would have been a better pick.
No.15 (TRADE) Chargers trade up with the 49ers, and take RB Melvin Gordon Jr.
49ers get: No.17 overall, 2015 4th round pick, 2016 5th round pick
Chargers get: No.15 overall.
Yup. This makes total sense. San Diego traded up and got what they wanted. They needed a running back, but then again, he went too high. Gordon would have been there later at No.17. Seems like a lot to give up to move two spots. Gordon though, is a beast, and puts up huge stats. With Ryan Matthews gone, Gordon will come in and start immediately, and will hopefully stay more healthy than Matthews. Love the fit, but not the pick.
No.16, CB Kevin Johnson to the Houston Texans
I was already in love with this guy just because of his name (KJ!!!!!!). Houston needed some help back there, and Johnson is a great cover cornerback. Tackling needs works, but he can shut down a wide receiver. That’s what the Texans need. He can develop. Corners take time. Be patient Houston.
No.17, DE Arik Armstead to the San Francisco 49ers
With all the retirements on the 49ers defensive front, this pick was huge. Armstead is a big dude who can make tackles. He’s stuffs his gap and can get to the QB. The effort is still questionable, but that should improve at this level. Still think they wanted DeVante Parker, but the 49ers went for need here. Good overall pick. We’ll see how it plays out.
No.18, CB Marcus Peters to the Kansas City Chiefs
Whoa. As a Chiefs fan, this concerns me. Peters has a great skill set, but has many off-the-field concerns. I’m not sure I’m able to trust him. I hope it changes, because he’s so talented. They’re rolling the dice here. Hope it works out. Great ball-hawk in Peters, and in a defense that struggled to get turnovers, it’s a perfect fit. But again, I’m too worried about the off-the-field concerns.
No.19, C/OG Cameron Erving to the Cleveland Browns
Oh the Browns try so hard. They know their need, but take the completely wrong player! Erving is a guard/center, and the Browns need a tackle. Do they realy think they’ll be able to move him there? Why waste time moving him around and instead take D.J. Humphries? I don’t get it. Another typical dysfunctional Browns move.
No.20, WR Nelson Agholor to the Philadelphia Eagles
Alright. Chip Kelly always makes thing interesting. I was preparing to write about Agholor, but not in this round. They probably could have gotten him in the second round, but they were drafting for need. Agholor is a go down the field receiver who will catch anything. Whoever ends up playing QB for them will have a nice target. He’s essentially the replacement for Jeremy Maclin.
No.21, OT Cedric Ogbuehi to the Cincinnati Bengals
Hm. Can’t say they took the right player. I’ve liked T.J. Clemmings for awhile now, and I’m shocked that he didn’t get taken here. Ogbuehi is very good, but is raw and needs more work. However, the Bengals have time to develop someone as their offensive lineman have a couple years left. This is a wait and see if it works pick. Low floor for this guy with a possibly high ceiling.
No.22, OLB Bud Dupree to the Pittsburgh Steelers
This is why I hate the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unbelievable. I wanted my Cardinals to take Bud Dupree. The guy is a beast who can rush and cover. Pittsburgh needed to rebuild the back seven after losing multiple to guys to retirement and free agency. Ryan Shazier was taken by them last year, another linebacker I liked. Man, I can’t believe this happened.
No.23 (TRADE) Broncos trade up with the Lions and take DE Shane Ray
Broncos get: No.23 overall (used on Shane Ray)
Lions get: Manny Ramirez, 2015 5th round pick, 2016 5th round pick
Wow! The first big trade of the night!
I stopped writing here last night. These next nine picks were written today.
Alright, so this trade was really interesting. Denver traded up because they were reportedly worried that Arizona was taking Shane Ray. I love Shane Ray, but the marijuana arrest early this week caused him to fall. But really, Denver? I mean, they overpaid to move up five spots. Manny Ramirez is older, but is a solid tackle and will probably start for Detroit. Two 5th rounders aren’t huge, but one could be useful. The main point: Denver could have gotten Shane Ray at No.28. I really believe that.
As for the fit, he’ll be paired with DeMarcus Ware, so that’s fun. That creates an insane back seven, one that should be able to handle passing teams pretty easily. Love the player, not the pick.
No.24, OT D.J. Humphries to the Arizona Cardinals
After losing out on Bud Dupree, this cheered me up. Humphries was one of the better tackles in the draft, and fell farther than I expected him to. I’m really happy with this pick. Humphries will come in and hopefully start, though the Cardinals say he’ll compete with Bobby Massie for the starting position. That’s a battle that should be very easy to win. After whiffing on Jonathan Cooper two years ago, Arizona is making up for that with this pick, and I’m okay with it.
No.25, OLB Shaq Thompson to the Carolina Panthers
God I love this pick. Shaq Thompson is a hybrid linebacker who can play outside and drop back and play safety. He’s a two-in-one, which is something that scares people away. Not sure why. I love this pick because 1): It’s adds even more depth to a Carolina linebacking core that’s stacked. 2): The Panthers secondary isn’t great, and with his ability at safety, that’ll add talent. Love this pick. Smart move by Carolina.
No.26, WR Breshad Perriman to the Baltimore Ravens
This was a surprise that Perriman went this high, but after re-thinking, it makes sense for Baltimore. He’s a go-and-get-it guy, who will catch anything down field. He’s essentially, as I noted on Twitter, the replacement for Torrey Smith. Same type of receiver, and another weapon for Joe Flacco.
No.27, CB Byron Jones to the Dallas Cowboys
Why didn’t the Chiefs take Byron Jones at No.18? Anyways, Jones is a top three cornerback in this draft, and the Cowboys needed at least one more guy back there. Morris Claiborne has been nothing but a disappointment. Jones is trying to do the opposite. Like this pick for Dallas.
No.28, OG Laken Tomlinson to the Detroit Lions
Alright. Great kid. Great story. Not a fantastic pick. I knew Tomlinson was getting drafted, but I didn’t think it would be this high. The fit makes sense, but it’s possible the Lions could have gotten him later. The Lions lacked interior lineman. Adding Tomlinson will help protect Matthew Stafford in the backfield. Love the player, not the pick.
No.29, WR Phillip Dorsett to the Indianapolis Colts
Eh. I get that the Colts want to add weapons, but there were other options here. Perhaps they just want all University of Miami guys. Anyways, Dorsett is a big receiver who can catch any ball. Good player, and he should contribute next year. They’ll use him well.
No.30, FS Damarious Randall to the Green Bay Packers
I’m a homer for Randall as he went to Arizona State, but this wasn’t a great pick. One, Randall went to high. The Packers must have really liked him. He would have been available well into the second round. Also, where is he gonna play? This guy is a safety, and that’s where the Packers are good. Cornerback was their need. Maybe they think they can convert him?
No.31, ILB Stephone Anthony to the New Orleans Saints
Two strange picks back to back. I’ve actually never heard of Stephone Anthony. So yeah. That’s kinda a problem. The Saints defense was a mess last year. Maybe this guy can give them a boost.
No.32, DT Malcom Brown to the New England Patriots
I still have no idea how Brown fell this far. And look at where he ends up! To the perfect team. The Patriots lost Vince Wilfork, so Brown is pretty much the replacement for him. I loved him coming into the draft, and thought he’d go before No.20. This is a typical Patriots pick, and boy, did they nail it once again.
What Could’ve Happened:
- I had heard all day yesterday that Tennessee had been in talks with multiple teams about No.2 overall. Turns out, it was all smokescreen. There were talks, but the Titans were set on Marcus Mariota from the beginning.
- The Browns were one of four teams that inquired on No.2. They also had interest in Sam Bradford from Philadelphia.
- The Jets were also reportedly interested in No.2, but were turned down quickly.
- The Eagles were in the mix too. Philly was doing all they could to try and acquire Mariota, but Tennessee some how turned down a package that included three picks and three players. The package was insane.
- The Bears were also interested in No.2. Their package reportedly included Jay Cutler
- Tennessee sticked to their guns. They wanted Mariota from the beginning.
- I thought for sure Washington was trading down. And after that pick they made, why didn’t they?
- Cleveland, never-minding the Mariota talk, was interested in trading up to No.5 with Washington, by the way.
Players I really like who are still available:
- Landon Collins
- Jalen Strong
- Randy Gregory (obvious off-the-field issues)
- Jalen Collins (obvious off-the-field issues)
- La’el Collins (obvious off-the-field issues)
- Eddie Coleman
- Jordan Phillips
- T.J. Clemmings
- Duke Johnson
- T.J. Yeldon
That wraps up the first round!!! I’m not covering rounds 2-7 on Twitter, but will provide picks of notable players. I’ll have a wrap-up of notable picks, picks I liked and didn’t like, and players who went to high and to low from rounds 2-7 sometime next week. NBA Playoffs Second Round Preview will be up Monday afternoon, even though Grizzlies-Warriors starts Sunday.