A Look Ahead - The 2017 NFL Draft 

    By Allie Shriver

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    The combine is over but the Draft is still a month away and we’re getting anxious. The NFL world is abuzz with speculation on who will land where and the suspense is killing NFL fans everywhere. While the offseason workouts start up and offseason deals are made, all eyes will be on the Draft April 27. We have a few thoughts about the combine and the state of the NFL to hold us over until then.  

    1. Myles Garrett should be the number one draft pick.

    The six-four defensive end is unstoppable and had the best combine any player could have asked for. He posted a 4.64 time in the 40-yard dash and jumps of 41 feet and 10 feet, 8 inches, in the vertical and broad jumps. He benched 33 reps of 225 pounds with an arm length of 35 ¼-inches. He showed no signs of weakness in his ankle after an injury that kept him sidelined most of 2016. The Browns would be foolish to pass up this star. Yes, they need a quarterback but there is not one stand out first round pick in this year’s bunch. Myles Garrett is a safe bet and the Browns new defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, could use a weapon like Garrett.

     

    1. There are quality tight ends to choose from this year.

    Arguably one of the toughest positions to fill during the draft, tight ends are prominent this year. Alabama’s O.J. Howard, Miami’s David Njoku, and Ole Miss’s Evan Engram are just three of the deep class of tight ends entering the draft this year. Several teams are looking to fill this position with fresh talent. We can see a good majority of these players going in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rounds.

     

    1. Marshon Lattimore rose to the occasion.

    Marshon Lattimore proved he is more than hype. The Ohio State player had an outstanding combine, especially when compared to the other cornerbacks who worked out.  The cornerback ran a 4.36 40-yard dash before he suffered a hamstring injury. Lattimore will be a round-one draft pick this year. The media is predicting a number 8 pick to the Carolina Panthers who have a cornerback slot to fill with the loss of several cornerbacks in the last two offseasons. Lattimore isn’t the only corner who performed well; Cordrea Tankersly, Ahkello Weatherspoon, Kevin King, Fabian Moreau, and several others all had impressive results. Most of these cornerbacks are top 75 draft prospects which is a great thing for NFL teams.  

     

    1. Where are the Quarterbacks?

    There is no one great quarterback prospect this year. While there are several good options, teams that truly need a QB are going to have to settle for a player they must mold into greatness. UNC’s Mitch Trubisky is an option but has little starting experience to back up his athleticism. Clemson’s Deshaun Watson has quite the arm but is used to a simple offense that will not be the case in the NFL. Norte Dame’s DeShone Kizer’s final season was lackluster which has NFL teams shying away from this once top prospect. Despite these drawbacks, these three will be drafted out of necessity in the first round.  

     

    1. We’re a long way from the Super Bowl.

    While the combine is over and the draft is right around the corner, the Super Bowl is still a long way away. The Super Bowl and long lasting careers are the top goals for these soon to be drafted players. We’re excited to see where each of these prospects lands and the road to the 2018 Super Bowl. Minnesota is a great location for a first-time Super Bowl for these young players. To get there each team must make deliberate decisions, each player must stay healthy, and each fan must continue with their tried and true good luck traditions.

     

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     Victoria Barnett

    QE-2016_Headshot-Victoria-Barnett.pngVictoria Barnett is originally from High Point, NC. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies and minors in Business and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys watching baseball, baking and hanging out with her golden retriever, Kaaya. She loves to travel to Florida and is a die-hard Miami Hurricanes fan. 

     

    Darragh Farrelly

    410-Blogger-Darragh-Farrelly-48eb94555a7e887e43b7859670f8fa79Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Darragh made the move to North Carolina a little over three years ago. An avid sports fan, he earned his BA in Journalism from Griffith College Dublin, which led him to various roles covering sports in Ireland. When he's not watching the New England Patriots win, Darragh enjoys going to concerts and following the English Premier League.

    Allie Shriver

    409-Blogger-Allie-Shriver-e536dee79691b3447e6d05ac1df44749Allie Shriver is a North Carolina native. A proud graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she received a B.A. in Communication Studies. In her spare time, Allie enjoys hanging out at the beach, watching football, and exploring new cities. As a die-hard football fan, you can catch Allie at local sports bar cheering on the New York Giants and frantically checking her Fantasy Football scores.  

    Kristen Doolan

    Kristen Doolan was born and raised a Florida State Seminole. Making her way from Florida to North Carolina, Kristen achieved her B.S. in Business Adminstration, Marketing at The University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is an avid traveler, college football addict, beach bum and loves spending time with her family and friends. 

    Jazzy Morgan

    Jazzy Morgan is originally from London, England. She grew up in Connecticut and made the move down south in 2011. She attended Winthrop University where she received her B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences and a minor in Marketing. Jazzy enjoys traveling, working out, reading Vogue & Cosmo, keeping up with fashion trends and watching her favorite soccer team, Manchester United.