NFL Draft Day 1 Recap
For the most part Day 1 of the NFL Draft was uneventful. The days leading up to the draft provided all the fireworks we needed with some player's draft stock falling and rumors swirling about teams trying desperately to get the #2 pick. After it all shook out the reshuffled top 10 all were taken about where they were expected. The only picks that raised your eyebrows slightly was Leonard Willams slipping a little to #6 to the Jets and Todd Gurley going #10 to the Rams. The Gurley pick is a non issue for me because he the most talented back we have seen in a while, but some may say it is a reach. The best picks were had by the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins. The Tennessee Titans took Marcus Mariota despite having many holes on the roster and the knowledge that Mariota is a year or two away from making an impact.
The middle of the round was much like the top of the first, slow and steady. But we did get our first trade of the day when San Diego moved up to #15 and San Francisco went to #17. Although they got a great player in Gordon you have to wonder if they didn't have to move up to get him. San Fran has Hyde and Houston still has Foster, so taking Gordon may have been unlikely by them. The Bengals may have made the sneakiest move of draft by snatching up Cedric Ogbuehi before any other team could. If his knee holds up he might be the best pick if the draft a few years from now.
The latter part of the draft was probably the most interesting of the day. The Broncos traded up to #23 and had to part with an important piece of their offensive line, Manny Ramirez, to do so. They ended up taking Shane Ray despite the character concerns. With Ray, Miller and Ware on the roster the Broncos have a scary pass rush game. There were a few questionable picks with Phillip Dorsett going to the Colts and Stephone Anthony going to the Saints. However, the worst pick has to go to the Carolina Panthers. With all the holes on their team the Panthers took OLB-Shaq Thompson. Value pick of the day has to be the New England Patriots getting Malcolm Brown at the end of the 1st round. There is still a ton of talent available in Day 2. Here is a look at some of my top guys:
Jay Ajayi/TJ Yeldon/Ameer Abdullah
Jaelen Strong/Tyler Lockett
Devin Funchess/Maxx Williams/Blake Bell
TJ Clemmings/Rob Havenstein/Donovan Smith
Jake Fisher/AJ Cann
Danielle Hunter/Preston Smith/Markus Golden
Grady Jarrett/Jordan Phillips/Carl Davis
Eli Harold/Kwon Alexander
Eric Kendricks/Denzel Perryman
Eric Rowe/Senquez Golson
Derron Smith/Landon Collins