Cleveland actually picked smart this year. No trades, no bullshit. Danny Shelton and Cam Erving in the 1st round, both safe smart picks. Nate Orchard and Xavier Cooper fills their need on the D-line. But the best pick might have been their last. Ekre-Olomu was by many projected as high as a 1st rounder, but went in the 7th.
Them Boys was the team to take a chance on Randy Gregory, to use him next to the suspended Greg Hardy. Byron Jones as the 1st rounder is a risk, but I guess Dallas like taking risks. But they did not get a running back. That’s a big problem.
They traded up to get Ray in the first round. Ballsy call, but it will probably pay out. They got good value with tight end Jeff Hauerman in the third round, a guy that can replace Julius Thomas. They filled all their needs.
Detroit got a few extra picks from the trade with the Broncos, and still filled a need with Laken Tomlinson. They also picked my 3rd ranked running back. They did fill all their needs.
Green Bay Packers
Their first pick was quite a shocker. Damarious Randall was never considered a 1st round pick, and he doesn’t immediately fill a need at Green Bay either. They paired him with another secondary player in the 2nd round, Quinten Rollins. Add safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from last year’s Draft, and their secondary is pretty young. In the 5th they took a chance on quarterback Brett Hundley to be Aaron Rodgers’ backup. Smart play for the future. And they actually drafted another fullback.
‘Texans moving up!’ was the message we got quite a few times in the Draft. The offensive line was a big need, but they didn’t draft one lineman. They got the safe corner Kevin Johnson in the 1st round. They moved up to get linebacker Benardrick McKinney, even though better linebacker prospects were available. They moved up again in the 3rd round to get receiver Jaelen Strong – earlier projected in the 1st round. Good players, but they were expensive.
Indy filled all their needs without making a fuzz. Got speed at wide out in Phillip Dorsett in the 1st, and picked after needs for the rest of the Draft.
Here it comes. First pick, linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. = excellent. Second pick, runningback TJ Yeldon = fantastic. Third pick, guard AJ Cann = brilliant. Fifth pick, wide receiver Rashad Greene = great value. Sixth pick, Michael Bennett = FANTASTIC value. I loved the Jags draft, and they are really doing things right. I expect them to be in the run for AFC South’s playoff spot. Watch out Indy.