Philadelphia played host to this year’s NFL draft, and boy was it an action packed first round. 32 of College Football’s brightest stars would achieve their live long dreams on Thursday night, and bring hope to their new teams. Lets just jump right in. After a bit of speculation over what’d they’d do with the first pick, the Cleveland Browns selected Myles Garrett, Defensive End from Texas A&M. It was the right move for the Browns, who would turn out not to be done form the night. Garrett had 32 tackles and 8.5 sacks last season, and has all the tools to anchor an NFL defense for years. The 2nd pick belonged to the San Francisco 49ers, but they traded it to the Chicago Bears for the 3rd overall pick, the Bears’ 3rd and 5th round picks (67th and 111th overall), and a 3rd round pick in 2018. The Bears would select Mitchell Trubisky, Quarterback from North Carolina. Only time will tell if this was a good pick or not, but at the time, it seems like a steep price for such an unprover product. The 49ers would go next and take Solomon Thomas, Defensive End from Stanford. With the 4th pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars picked up Leonard Fournette, Running Back from LSU. I like this pick for the Jags. Last year at this time, every NFL scout was salivating over Fournette, and now Jacksonville can add him to a backfield that already has TJ Held in and Chris Ivory. The Tennessee Titans would round out the top 5 by selecting Corey Davis, Wide Receiver from Western Michgan. The pick came via the Los Angeles rams as a part of last year’s Jared Goff trade.
The New York Jets took Jamal Adams, Safety out of LSU, with the 6th pick. While the Los Angeles Chargers took Clemson Wide Receiver, Mike Williams with the 7th pick. The Chargers are hoping Williams is as successful as fellow Clemson alumns DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins. With the 8th pick, the Carolina Panthers selected Christian McCaffrey, Running Back from Stanford. McCaffrey should be a nice compliment to Jonathan Stewart, and should help Carolina’s running attack. With the 9th pick, The Cincinnati Bengals took Wide Receiver John Ross from Washington. The Chiefs would trade up with the Buffalo Bills to select Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback from Texas A&M. The Bills received the Chiefs’ 1st and 3rd round picks in this years draft (27th and 91st overall) and a 1st round pick in the 2018 draft. John Gruden approves of this pick for the Chiefs!
The Saints went with Marshon Lattimore, Corner Back from Ohio State, with the 11th pick. While Clemson Quarterback, Deshaun Watson, went 12th overall like many experts had projected. However, Watson is headed to Houston, as the Texans traded their 25th overall pick in this years draft and their first round pick in next years draft, to the Cleveland Browns for the 12th pick. The pick came to the Browns via last years trade with Philadelphia for Carson Wentz. The Arizona Cardinals had the 13th pick, and they took Temple Line Backer, Haason Reddick. The hometown Philadelphia Eagles were up with the 14th pick they got from the Minnesota Vikings via the Sam Bradford trade, and they selected Tennessee Defensive End, Derek Barnett. The Indianapolis Colts selected Safety, Mailk Booker, from Ohio State with the 15th overall pick. While the Baltimore Ravens took Alabama Corner Back, Marlon Humphrey, the round out the first half of the 1st round.
Alabama Defensive Tackle, Jonothan Allen, went to the Washington Redskins with the 17th pick. The Tennessee Titans, who were making their second selection of the 1st round, took Adored Jackson, Corner Back from USC, with the 18th pick. The 19th pick belonged to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and they took Alabama Tight End, O.J. Howard. Howard will try and fill the whole left by Austin Sefferian-Jenkins last year. The Denver Broncos took Utah Offensive Tackle, Garrett Bolles (and his well dressed son) with the 20th pick. While the Detroit Lions selected Jarred Davis, Line Backer from Florida, with the 21st pick. The Dolphins made it two Line Backers in a row when they went with Missouri’s Charles Harris, with the 22nd pick. The Giants were up at pick number 23, and they selected Tight End, Evan Engram from Ole Miss. The controversial Oakland Raiders selected equally controversial Corner Back Garcon Conley from Ohio State. Conley has been accused of rape, but no files have been charged as of this time. “Just win Baby!”….I guess.
With the 25th pick, the Cleveland Browns, who had traded down with the Houston Texans, got perhaps the biggest steal of the draft. They selected Jabril Peppers, Safety out of Michigan. Peppers had been projected to go much much higher, but a diluted urine sample at the combine in March dropped his draft stock. Its a tough break for Peppers, who lost a lot of money by dropping so far, but its a lucky break for a Browns franchise that hasn’t had too many. The Atlanta Falcons acquired the 26th pick from the Seattle Seahawks for their 1st, 3rd, and 7th round picks (31st, 95th, and 249th) in this years draft. They took Takkarist McKinley, Defensive End from UCLA. The Buffalo Bills picked 27th, with the pick they got from the Chiefs, and took Tre’Davious White, Corner Back lut of LSU. With the 28th pick, the Dallas Cowboys took Viduantae “Taco” Charlton, Defensive End from Michigan. The Cleveland Browns, who had already picked twice in the first wound weren’t done yet. They traded their 2nd and 4th round picks (33rd and 108th overall) to the Green Bay Packers for the 29th pick. They took Miami Tight End, David Njoku.
With the 30th pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers welcomed in anothe Watt brother into the NFL. This time it was Line Backer T.J. Watt put of Wisconsin. The San Francisco 49ers would trade their 2nd and 4th round picks (34th and 111th overall) to the Seattle Seahawks for the 31st pick. They took take Alabama Line Backer, Ruben Foster. At this point, San Francisco just needs to stockpile as much talents as they possibly can. The New Orleans Saints were up last in the first round, with the pick they received from the New England Patriots as part of the Brandin Cooks trade. They selected Ryan Ramczyk, Offensive Tackle from Wisconsin. So that was it. Another first round in the books. I’d have to say the big winners of the night were the Cleveland Browns. This is the first time in a long time, maybe ever that I can remember coming out of a draft and thinking the Brwons had a decent night, let alone the best night. Maybe things are finally going to change in Cleveland. They just picked up two young studs who could make them a defensive juggernaut for a long time. That’s why you have to love the draft, it brings fans and teams hope. There’s still big names left on the board like Florida State Running Back, Dalvin Cook, Alabama Offensive Tackel, Cam Robinson, and Notre Dame Quarterback, DeShone Kizer, so be sure to tune in and see where they go.
Rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL Draft start Friday at 7 pm EST on ESPN and NFL Network
Baseline Times Staff Writer