The NFL Draft is a time for teams to try and fill any remaining holes on their roster or find their new face of the franchise. Which teams went out and completed those missions and which ones completely whiffed? I’ve highlighted a couple of winners and losers from the NFL Draft weekend.
For the second straight year, the Arizona Cardinals used their first round pick to select a quarterback. Josh Rosen led the Cardinals to a 3-13 record last season. Head coach Steve Wilks was fired in the process after just one season with the team, and the team went on to hire Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Kingsbury said, “Josh (Rosen) is our guy” one day after being hired. On draft night, Rosen was traded to the Miami Dolphins for the 62nd overall pick and a 2020 fifth round pick. The Cardinals got their chance to restart with a new coach and new quarterback while the Dolphins found the quarterback of the future. Win-win situation.
The Denver Broncos found their quarterback of the future when they drafted former Missouri quarterback Drew Lock. This time, Elway didn’t reach for a quarterback. The Broncos could’ve taken him with the tenth overall pick, but instead traded the pick for two later picks where they would draft a great tight end in Noah Fant then trade up to pick up Drew Lock, just one pick after drafting offensive linemen Dalton Risner. This is the best draft the Broncos have had in years and it was needed for Elways sake after botching a couple drafts in recent years. They went into the draft needing to fill some holes and they did exactly that. However, Lock needs to be the long term quarterback for Denver or it may be time to start questioning Elway’s eye on talent.
Thanks to some of our losers later in the list, Josh Allen fell down to the Jaguars with the seventh pick of the draft. Jacksonville ranked in the bottom half in sacking opposing quarterbacks. Allen finished with the second highest of sacks in all of college football last year with 17. Allen wasn’t the only player that fell down to the Jags. Florida tackle, Jawaan Taylor fell down to the 35th pick. The Jaguars got a little lucky that these two players fell down to them but they didn’t make the mistake by skipping over them and that’s what makes the Jaguars a winner of the NFL Draft.
Yes, retired punter Pat McAfee was a winner of the NFL Draft. McAfee used his opportunity to announce the draft pick as a way to troll the Tennessee Titans fans (since the draft was in Nashville). I don’t even need to explain it. Just watch the video below for a good laugh.
The Oakland Raiders surprised a lot of people by drafting Clelin Ferrell with the fourth overall pick. Ferrell was projected a late first round pick and could have possibly fallen further, but the Raiders wasted no time in snagging him early with defensive guys like Devin White, Josh Allen, Ed Oliver, and Devin Bush still on the board. Ferrell may have been the guy they wanted, but he would have most likely been available with a later pick. However, the Raiders somewhat made up for that pick by taking the top running back in Josh Jacobs with the 24th overall pick. The Raiders just lost Marshawn Lynch to retirement and possibly got their starter with a late first round pick.
New York Giants
Eli Manning is on the last year of his contract and it may be time for the Giants to move on. What a great way to do that than with the sixth pick of the draft, right? Wrong. The Giants selected Daniel Jones over Dwayne Haskins! Maybe they were scared by the lack productivity from Ohio State quarterbacks in the past. I don’t know. But when we compare the two quarterbacks’ stats from last season. it doesn’t look like a close matchup. No worries though, Haskins will get to play them twice a year with Washington and show the Giants on what they missed out on.
Three things are certain in life: death, taxes, and the NFL commissioner getting booed at the NFL Draft. Goodell will make the “Losers” category on this list as long as he serves as commissioner.
Bachelorettes usually flock the streets of downtown Nashville but they weren’t the only ones out enjoying Music City as the NFL Draft attracted around 600,000 attendees in three days. Better hope these ladies reserved rooms way in advance or they might have spent a fortune trying to find a place to stay.