Oddly enough, yesterday was one of the premier dates on the NFL calendar even though there is no football being played. But I fall victim to it as well as I think it’s a lot of fun! Below are some of my thoughts on the first round. I think draft grades are silly, especially after the first round when you haven’t seen the team’s complete strategy unfold, as you should wait a few years to see how these players pan out. However, there are some things I liked, things I didn’t like and some things I found interesting without getting too snap judgy.
Overall, I liked what they did. Yes, they still need a QB but Mitchell Trubisky was not worth the 1st overall pick, especially when you consider the alternative in Myles Garrett. I’m making a bit of an assumption that Trubisky was their guy. Once he was gone trading up from 12 to draft one of the other 2 qbs would not have been smart just so you can say you drafted a qb. I am surprised at the next 2 players they chose given their analytical approach. Both are more projection players so we’ll have to wait and see how they work out. But given that they have lots of time to develop players they do have time to let them develop so that’s a positive.
It’s a bit of an odd strategy they are implying here. The signing of Mike Glennon makes a lot less sense now. I guess what they are hoping for is that he plays well and then they can trade him next offseason when Trubisky is ready to take over. If that works out then sure, I guess that is a great strategy. However, I feel this is rather unlikely. First of all, their receiving core is a mess and now that they’ve traded away their midround picks I doubt this will change. I feel they should have signed a placeholder qb and either rolled over the $11 million savings to next years cap or signed some other free agents. The reason they are picking so high is they have holes on their roster. They are not going to be filled this offseason. Trubisky might work out and be a franchise altering qb which would be great for them, but it doesn’t mean the process was correct.
San Francisco 49ers
Great on them for picking up 2 mid round picks and still getting the guy they wanted. You can defiantly make the case that they should have drafted for need a little bit more as their last 3 top draft picks play the same position essentially. But if it comes together than this isn’t and issue. As for Reuben foster, he’ll either be a great player or wont be able to get himself together and will flame out of the league.
I am very weary of this pick. Ultimately, he needs to produce at the level that Adrian Peterson did when he came into the league. Anything short of that and it’s a mistake – time will tell but that’s a high standard.
I like what they did. It would have been nice if they could have traded out of that pick but you still need someone to trade up to be able to do that. Given the run on receivers that happened after, their guy would have been gone by 18. You can’t fault a team now for taking their guy when the drop off in talent is so large for when they would get to pick again.
Bit of a luxury pick given the talent they have at WR, but given their needs they could wait until a later round to address and get a similar player. If they don’t address their needs than maybe something more can be said about this pick. That said, they must really like Mike Williams or really fear injuries at that position because he really isn’t that much of an upgrade over what they have. I’m really interested to see what scheme they end up playing. If it is the Seattle style that everyone says than maybe passing on Malik Hooker will come back to bite them. But their current personal is more suited for a man scheme, which Hooker would not nearly have the impact in that scheme so that would make more sense.
I’m very concerned with this pick. I believe that Christian McCaffrey is worth a top 10 pick, but to a team that can maximize his value and I do not believe Carolina’s scheme will do that. Time will tell if I’m wrong but those are my thoughts.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
They have a scary group of skilled position players now especially if they can add a running back in the later rounds. I expect them to play lots of 21 personal now. This should simplify the game for Jameis reducing his interceptions as well as really help their running game. With Jackson and Evens on the outside opposing defenses will be very reluctant to play with only 1 deep safety.
New York Giants
It will be interesting how they deploy him. The Giants have 3 good wide receivers so you would imagine they’ll want to play 3 wr sets. Assuming that they go that route, they’ll be asking Engram to be an in-line TE which he is undersized for. If they detach him the only things they can run are quick strike passing concepts as they otherwise their line will get exposed with no help.
With the depth at corner they really got pushed down. A lot of offensive and defensive line players went higher than expected. Makes sense as teams feel they can get a similar player later in the draft. With multiple teams, I believe using this strategy I expect there to be a run on them in the second round
Can’t wait to see how the rest of the draft plays out! This will give you a few more clues to the team’s strategy as well up coming plans. After the draft is complete we can judge the team’s strategy much more effectively