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The Chiefs needed a running back and all of them were still on the board. They could have gotten De’Andre Swift or J.K. Dobbins but they settled Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Kansas City needed someone to go out and make catches and he definitely struggles in the receiving game. Not the best pick for the Chiefs.
The Vikings needed help in the secondary and they got that in Jeff Gladney. One of the best tackling corners in the entire draft.
The Dolphins made their third pick of the first round taking Noah Igbinoghene. This makes no sense. Corner seemed like the only position you felt very confident in if you’re a Dolphins fan. I think they needed help in a lot of other positions.
The Titans locked up Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry long term this offseason, so they needed some protection. I don’t think Isaiah Wilson will be an immediate impact on the Titans offensive line and it would be to his benefit to sit out a year to watch and learn.
The Ravens linebackers were their weakest link and Patrick Queen is the solution. Not many other options for the Ravens at this pick and they found themselves a great LB.
It looks like Seattle is trying to bring back the Legion of Boom. The Seahawks selected Jordyn Brooks and have patched up some of their defense. They needed a good tackling LB and got just that.
The Packers have found their Aaron Rodgers replacement in Jordan Love. I don’t love Love. The Packers are in a postition to compete for a Super Bowl and they needed so many other things (WR’s and Defense). I really don’t like this pick.
TRADE: The Packers have traded up to 26th in exchange for their 30th and a 4th rounder.
The 49ers needed a WR badly and filled that hole with Brandon Aiyuk. He’s one of the most underrated WR’s in the draft and he does such a great job at scoring with the ball. Huge pick for San Francisco.
TRADE: The 49ers made another trade sending their 31st, 117th, and 176th picks to move up to the 25th pick.
The Saints don’t have many weaknesses on their roster, but they did beef up their O-Line. Cesar Ruiz is a solid pick for New Orleans and will help protect Drew Brees
Kenneth Murray is a big-time thumper. He will be laying a lot of hit sticks with the Chargers. This feels like a perfect pick for LA as they really needed to add an ILB.
Trade: Pats 23rd for Chargers 2nd and 3rd round picks.
The Vikings just replaced Stefon Diggs. Justin Jefferson really started to turn it on in the second half of the year, but it’ll be interesting to see how he’ll pair with Adam Thielen, but this is a huge steal for Minnesota.
Carson Wentz needed someone to throw the ball to, but this didn’t seem like the best option. Jalen Reagor doesn’t feel like a first round talent, and I believe you can get a lot better receiving options in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. I would be surprised to see the Eagles to get another wide out later this weekend.
The Jaguars have lost a lot of defenders recently, so they needed to reload their linebacker core. K’Lavon Chaisson is an elite athlete who can play OLB or even DE.
Vegas (still sounds weird) went with the fourth Buckeye off the board, taking the cornerback Damon Arnette. This is a risky pick. The Raiders might be reaching once again with their second pick of the first round. They’ve got two solid players but probably could have picked them a lot later on.
The Dolphins made their second selection of the second round taking Austin Jackson, enhancing their O-line for Tua. Ezra Cleveland felt like the better pick in this spot, but at least the Dolphins went with a lineman at pick 18.
The Cowboys got another weapon for Dak Prescott. CeeDee Lamb is a threat if he touches the ball. Defense felt like a bigger concern for the Cowboys but Lamb is so good that this pick isn’t that bad.
Atlanta needed a corner badly. I don’t think AJ Terrell is going to be a superstar, but he was the best corner left on the board. He’s very fast and has great hands, but isn’t the best tackler and struggles with coverage downfield.
After trading away Emanuel Sanders, the Broncos needed a star receiver and they got that with Jerry Jeudy. I didn’t see Jeudy falling all the way to 15 because he’s the real deal. I believe that he’s the by far best receiver in the draft.
Javon Kinlaw being drafted at 14th is a bit of surprise. However, he’s still a stud. This kid is going to come in and grind for the 49ers. San Francisco’s elite defense just got even better.
To nobodies surprise the Buccaneers selected Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs. Lineman should not be able to run 4.8 40 yard dashes. He’s strong and great in pass and run protection. Tom Brady should be very happy with this selection.
TRADE: Tom Brady has gotten a little more protection since the Bucs traded up one spot to the 13th pick. The 49ers received the 113th pick from the Bucs. They have to select Wirfs with this pick.
John Gruden and Mike Mayock might have just lost their minds. I think they mixed up Alabama receivers because Jerry Jeudy is still on the board. Ruggs is insanely fast with a 4.27 40 yard dash. This still feels like a huge reach for the Raiders. I don’t love this pick.
Atheltic freaks like Mekhi Becton should not exist. 6’7″, 360 pounds while running a 5.1 40 yard dash?!? That should not be possible. The Jets and the Browns both made very smart picks.
Well, well, well, the Browns didn’t outsmart themselves. They picked the best player available, Jedrick Wills. They got the best O-Lineman left on the board. Not disappointed. I am exceedingly shocked with the Browns.
Jacksonville takes CJ Henderson out of Florida. He’s a great coverage corner and is a real ball hawk. He does have some tackling concerns. Lastly, will his ankle injury continue to bother him in this upcoming season? (Dude looked the grouch after being picked, must not have wanted to go to the Jags.)
The Browns didn’t get Isaiah Simmons. The Arizona Cardinals got a swiss army knife with this pick. He can play anywhere on defense and is good at everything. He’s a true position-less player and should be a superstar in the NFL
I didn’t see this one coming. The Panther go with Auburn’s Derrick Brown. He really fills gaps in defenses and gets in the backfield. He will be an absolute nightmare for other NFC South teams.
It looks like San Diego has its replacement for Philip Rivers. They have taken Justin Herbert with the 6th pick in the draft. I’ve always been very high on Herbert so I love the pick. He has the build of a quarterback that John Elway would like to draft, except he’s a stud! He’s got a big arm and the resume to back up his selection
The lefty comes off the board, Tua Tagoviloa. The quarterback from Alabama might just be the best prospect in the draft. If he can stay healthy, the Dolphins will have their quarterback of the future.
The Giants go with the first pick off the script. They go with Andrew Thomas out of Georgia. He was one of the best O-Lineman prospects in the draft but did lack some athleticism. He will definitely fill a hole for the Giants.
Number three goes as expected, the Detroit Lions take Jeff Okudah out of The Ohio State University. He’s the best corner on the board and will have to replace Darius Slay. He’s long and can play in man and zone. This seems like an awesome pick for Detroit.
With the second pick in the NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select Chase Young out of The Ohio State. Chase Young is an absolute freak. He’s a can’t miss prospect and will change any NFL defense. A great pick for the ‘skins.
With the first pick in the NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select Joe Burrow from LSU. It has been known for some time now that the Bengals were going with the kid from Athens, Ohio. He might not be the best player available player in this draft, but he’s definitely the best QB. The Bengals filled a huge hole with this selection.
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