The first-round of the NFL Draft is behind us and we had a LOT of movement. There’s still many picks to be made, but here’s how each team made out in the early going.
Los Angeles Rams
No. 1 (from Titans): Jared Goff, QB, Cal
Love the aggressiveness and enthusiasm. New location, new face of the franchise and the defense is ready to win. That said, I’m not sure the right QB was even in this draft and the Rams gave up a lot to get him.
No. 2 (from Browns): Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
This kid might be good, but as mentioned, this was a weak QB class that somehow commanded the highest market ever for these top picks. Why pay Bradford and Daniel so much money to trade your whole draft to move up for another QB?
San Diego Chargers
No. 3: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
I would have taken the player that wound up going fifth overall, but all signs do point to Bosa being a very good player. Pass rushers are as important as ever. Solid pick.
No. 4: Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State
Picking a running back in the first-round is a bad move. Picking one in the top-5 is an F. The only reason this isn’t an F is because Elliot is a very, very good RB. Great fantasy player right here, though.
No. 5: Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State
This is the best player in the draft and he fell right to the Jags. Good for them for not overthinking it, trading the pick, or botching it. They needed defense and got an elite guy on that side of the ball.
No. 6: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
Solid pick at a position of need. Keeping Flacco upright coming off his season ending knee injury is going to be important. The only question is if Baltimore took the best player at that position here.
San Fransisco 49ers
No. 7: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
No. 28 (from Chiefs): Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford
Oh, what a surprise! Chip Kelly reached on an Oregon player in the top-10 and then traded up again to take a mega-reach on a guard that was supposed to be a third-rounder. Chip isn’t impressing anybody so far in San Fran.
No. 8 (from Browns, from Eagles, from Dolphins … seriously)
Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
This was a good pick, but that’s not what the grade is about. Getting all those picks from the Rams to build around Marriota was absolutely the right thing to do. Using the first pick of the litter on a guy to help protect him is smart too.
No. 9 (from Buccaneers): Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
The Bears have a lot of needs, so it’s hard to believe trading into the top-10 for a linebacker was the best move. They’re getting a good player, though, so it wasn’t a total fail.
New York Giants
No. 10: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
The Giants are set up nicely at CB, but with the direction the league is going in you really can’t have too many. I like this pick more than most.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No. 11 (from Bears): Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
Pretty much the same thing as above. CB’s are valuable and the Bucs were able to move down in the draft and still get a very good one.
New Orleans Saints
No. 12: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
The Saints needed a speedy pass rusher and they got one. Unfortunately there’s a lot more they need on defense, but this is a start.
No. 13 (from Eagles): Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
Well, this was one interesting night for Tunsil. I’m sure you know his story by now. Look, I don’t see as many character issues with this kid as others do. It sounds like he has a step-father that doesn’t need to be a part of his life and the Dolphins got a potential No. 1 overall pick in the middle of the first-round.
No. 14: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
Joseph can make all the big hits but he can’t cover, you’ll read that about him anywhere. Maybe he learns, but for now this looks like a classic Raiders pick.
No. 15 (from Titans, from Rams): Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Josh Gordon is forever a question mark. So if you’re going to trust in RG3 then you’d better get him some help. Coleman has big play potential and shares the Baylor connection with his new QB.
No. 16: Taylor Decker, T, Ohio State
This is your typical “solid pick” grade. Nothing flashy, but the Lions have to keep Stafford protected and this clearly helps do that. Good job by Detroit not feeling pressured to take a Megatron replacement.
No. 17: Keanu Neal, S, Florida
Another hard hitting safety going high in the first-round. Probably not the best pick but you can see why Atlanta made it. Call me crazy, but I just feel guys in the secondary that can actually cover are way more important than the big hitters.
No. 18: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
He went higher than projected, but just look at the relationship between Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday in Indy. Giving Luck a center as highly thought of as Kelly could be a great thing.
No. 19: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Rex Ryan is going to love adding this guy to his gritty Buffalo D. Lawson is just another quick, athletic outside pass rusher that will fit in well.
New York Jets
No. 20: Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State
Yup, it’s an F for the J-E-T-S. Come on … you have to take a QB here. Paxton Lynch, Connor Cook, even Cardale Jones. Whoever you think the best QB is. If you think you can wait and get your guy then trade back. Maybe they’ll shut me up and snag their guy in the next couple rounds.
No. 21 (from Redskins): Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
WR was the right pick I’m just not sure they took the right guy. The next two picks in the draft both look a lot more promising to me.
No. 22 (from Texans): Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
Swap picks with Houston to move back and get the better player at the same position? Sounds good to me. Doctson has the potential to be the best receiver in the draft.
No. 23: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
Speaking of best receiver in the draft, Treadwell has the potential to wear that crown too. This is the right move to give Bridgewater another weapon.
No. 24: William Jackson III, CB, Houston
I don’t hate the pick, but Cincy really could have used a WR and watched a trio roll off the board right before they selected. If I’m the Bengals I get aggressive and find a way to get one of those guys.
No. 25: Artie Burns, CB, Miami
Burns and Jackson should both be good corners. This is just a better pick because helping out in the secondary is a big need for the Steelers and Burns will be able to do that.
No. 26 (from Seahawks): Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
Great move by the Broncos. They lose Osweiler in free agency and then get the QB in the draft that compares to him very nicely. He may not work out right away (I ranked Connor Cook higher than Lynch), but it’s always worth a try when your need at the position is so obvious. Couldn’t be a better fit.
Green Bay Packers
No. 27: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
B.J. Raji is gone so the Pack made the right call to just find a replacement. Clark seems like a solid player to step into that role.
No. 29: Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Ole Miss
This is as boom or bust as is gets. Arizona had no pass rush and then traded for Chandler Jones and drafted Nkemdiche at the end of the first-round. There’s top-5 talent here so if he stays out of trouble this is an A. If he goes the other way…
No. 30: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
I still can’t believe they let Josh Norman go. This doesn’t seem like a big enough splash to make up for it.
No. 31 (from Broncos): Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
Another good team with a young QB using their pick on a player to protect its investment. Smart and solid move every time.
New England Patriots
Draft pick was taken away by the NFL
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