Reaction to the 2018 NFL Draft Round 1

It certainly was an eventful Thursday Night. The NFL Draft felt kind of different this year, considering there was 5 QB’s taken in the first round, 4 being top picks.

The BROWNS drafted Baker Mayfield which surprised some fans wether they were Browns fans or other fans. It makes sense to me. With adding Jarvis Landry to an already set Josh Gordon, I think Baker will actually develop into a great QB. Baker could be the answer the Browns have been long searching for. He reminds me of Russell Wilson. Small, mobile, underrated. He has earned his hardware, but I think he can make the transition to a valued QB. I give it a A-

The GIANTS pulled the trigger on Saquon Barkley, which didn’t surprise me one bit. The man was wearing Giants apparel a month before the draft I’m pretty sure. It was so clear, the Giants don’t need a QB this year. If the G-men are committed to continuing to building around Eli, then adding Barkley should have been a no brainer. This keeps Defenses off balanced in situations accounting for Barkley on the ground, and OBJ/Shepard over the middle. Great pick. A+

The JETS passed on Josh Rosen with the 3rd overall and took Sam Darnold from USC. Sam Darnold was the highest rated prospect in this years class at the QB position. I think he needs to be polished heavily to become a great QB to compete in the NFL. I think Rosen will still be great, but Darnold will need some prep. Threw a ton of interceptions and fumbled the ball a lot, I’m a skeptic, real hard considering like Darrelle Revis; I am a huge Josh Rosen fan. If the scouts love Darnold, then let’s pray.. A

The BROWNS had the 4th pick as well, selecting Denzel Ward out of Ohio State. The CB was a great playmaker to go along with the Ohio State Defense. I love the pick. I think Ward going was a bit early, but the Browns need CB help. That #1 CB spot could soon be Ward’s if he’s not a bust. Which I don’t think he should be. A-

The BRONCOS picked Bradley Chubb out of N.C. State. I like this pick, goes well with Von Miller, will help the defense. Still plenty of wholes to fill on the Defense. Keenum was the reason no QB was targeted by the Broncos in round 1. Round 2 or 3, we’ll see. A-

Quenton Nelson went to the COLTS. I had him going here in the mock draft. I thought the Colts would target O-line considering Andrew Luck is getting healthier. This will made Andrew Luck very happy, in efforts to kickstart the great young QB who still hasn’t even flexed his muscle in the NFL. A+

Josh Allen went to the BILLS. I love it. I love it because the Bills fell for the trap. Josh Allen is not worth a Top 10 pick and I think most NFL exec’s would agree, I’m not sure. Josh Rosen was left on the board when the Bills made the pick. I am extremely happy that Rosen won’t be in the AFC East to haunt the Jets if he does truly pan out to be great. I think he’ll be amazing on the Cards, helping that team immediately. But for Allen, a lot of developing will have to go on here. Certainly has potential, but not worth the 7th overall selection. It makes me happy to see the Bills make this pick, I think he’ll be the next Brock Osweiler. I could be wrong, we’ll see. B+

The BEARS went with Roqan Smith with the 8th pick, a LB out of Georgia. It’s a great pick. The Bears Defense has not been great whatsoever and with a young QB in Mitch Trubisky, a Defense is absolutely needed in order to compete. This guy will be all over the field working hard for the Bears. A+

The 49ERS selected a lineman with the 9th overall pick in Mike McGlinchey. The scouts say this guy is an animal. He’s from Norte Dame which usually produces amazing lineman. I think this guy will be a surprisingly great pick for the Niners. Not flashy, but with an already franchise QB, there’s no panic to build around the O, considering they have more options to go in the draft. A

Finally, with the 10th pick, the CARDINALS traded with the RAIDERS and selected their QB of the future in Josh Rosen, which makes amazing sense. The Cards got Sam Bradford to bridge Josh Rosen along until Rosen is ready. Caron Palmer broke his arm and retired, developing a gaping hole in the QB spot for the Cardinals. Rosen fell to the Cards due to the fact that the other teams before the Cards already have franchise QB’s with a heavy amount of value invested into them by these teams. The first QB needy team, was going to take Rosen. The Bills BLEW IT. And I couldn’t be happier. I hope the guy kills the NFC West, he’s truly a great QB. He’ll prove them wrong. A

OTHERS

DOLPHINS – Minkah Fitzpatrick. A-

BUCS – Vita Vea. A

REDSKINS – Da’ron Payne. A

SAINTS – Marcus Davenport. B+

RAIDERS – Kolton Miller. B+

BILLS – Tremaine Edmunds. A-

CHARGERS – Derwin James. A+

PACKERS – Jaire Alexander. A-

COWBOYS – Leighton Vander Esch. A-

LIONS – Frank Ragnow. B+

BENGALS – Billy Price. ATITANS – Rahsaan Evans. A

PATS – Isaiah Wynn. B+

PANTHERS – DJ Moore. A

RAVENS – Hayden Hurst. B+

FALCONS – Calvin Ridley. A

SEAHAWKS – Rashaad Penny. B+

STEELERS -Terrell Edmunds. A

JAGUARS – Taven Bryan. A-

VIKINGS – Mike Hughes. A

PATS – Sony Michel. B+

RAVENS – Lamar Jackson. A+

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