If you’re a football fan, chances are you caught at least a glimpse of the NFL Draft this past weekend. There were spectacular choices made and some choices we’re still scratching our heads over (cough, the Bears). Teams rounded out their rosters with the freshest talent they could draft. There are seven complete rounds of the Draft but for the sake of time, we’re taking a look at the first round.
There was no doubt that Myles Garrett the defensive end from Texas A&M was going to go first. The Browns quickly scooped him up and we move on to a bit of drama. The Bears gave up three picks in the next two years to move up one spot. Wouldn’t be so dramatic except they choose a Quarterback– in a year where quarterbacks weren’t very strong and they really needed a defensive player. But the drama doesn’t stop there, they drafted a Quarterback that has very very little starting experience when they’re in need of a new experienced QB. The next few picks came and went with very little surprises until the Panthers snagged running back Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey is the son of Ed McCaffrey who has won three Super Bowls. He’ll be a weapon for Cam Newton and could help the “Cardiac Cats” rise to the top once more. A few more trades for picks were made the first round was closed out with the Browns gaining three new players and the 49ers, Saints, and the Titans gained two players each.
It’s no surprise that the SEC dominated in the draft this year. Four players from Alabama went in the first round and three players from LSU. For a closer look at the college side of things, you can read check out our thoughts here.
Here’s a complete list of the first round:
|1||Browns||Garrett, Myles||DE||6'4"||272||Texas A&M|
|2||Bears (From 49ers)||Trubisky, Mitchell||QB||6'2"||222||North Carolina|
|3||49ers (From Bears)||Thomas, Solomon||DE||6'3"||273||Stanford|
|5||Titans (From Rams)||Davis, Corey||WR||6'3"||209||Western Michigan|
|10||Chiefs (From Bills)||Mahomes, Patrick||QB||6'2"||225||Texas Tech|
|11||Saints||Lattimore, Marshon||CB||6'0"||193||Ohio St.|
|12||Texans (From Browns through Eagles)||Watson, Deshaun||QB||6'2"||221||Clemson|
|14||Eagles (From Vikings)||Barnett, Derek||DE||6'3"||259||Tennessee|
|15||Colts||Hooker, Malik||S||6'1"||206||Ohio St.|
|24||Raiders||Conley, Gareon||CB||6'0"||195||Ohio St.|
|25||Browns (From Texans)||Peppers, Jabrill||S||5'11"||213||Michigan|
|26||Falcons (From Seahawks)||McKinley, Takkarist||DE||6'2"||250||UCLA|
|27||Bills (From Chiefs)||White, Tre'Davious||CB||5'11"||192||LSU|
|29||Browns (From Packers)||Njoku, David||TE||6'4"||246||Miami|
|31||49ers (From Seahawks through Falcons)||Foster, Reuben||LB||6'0"||229||Alabama|
|32||Saints (From Patriots)||Ramczyk, Ryan||OT||6'6"||310||Wisconsin|
The End Results
Where does the Draft lead us? To the Super Bowl of course! Without quality players, there’s no quality football. We’re hoping to see some of these guys play in the Big Game in Minnesota next February. Based on the Draft results and the offseason activity, there are quite a few standout teams coming our way this fall. Football is just around the corner ladies and gents – we can’t wait.
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