The three days of joy are already over. All the storylines went down in the books. Jameis Winston went 1st overall. Leonard Williams fell to 6th. Randy Gregory slid far into the 2nd round. And earlier projected 1st rounder Jaelen Strong was drafted in the 3rd round.
Here’s my take on the Draft team-by-team:
By Mattis Holt – Lead NFL Writer – @MatrixHolt
Picked the lineman I was not sold on in the first round, DJ Humphrey. In the second round they picked ‘the other guy’ from Missouri, Shane Ray’s DE partner Markus Golden. They had to take a running back at some point and picked David Johnson with a lot of better prospects available. One pick I really liked though was JJ Nelson in the 5th round. Nelson was the fastest guy in the Combine, and could really help them out in the return game. They did not fill their need at corner.
Still no replacement for Tony Gonzales in Atlanta, but they really had a great Draft. They picked a potential 1st overall pick in Vic Beasley, and continued on taking one of the better corners, Jalen Collins, in the second. They got skill position players Tevin Coleman and Justin Hardy, before they picked my 2nd round projected Grady Jarrett. None of the picks were expensive.
Breshad Perriman was for me a reach in the first round, and I think the Ravens will regret passing up on the great players they could’ve picked. Maxx Williams fills their hole after Owen Daniels, but the rest of the draft was just average.
First: They got my favorite tight end in the 6th round, so they deserve an A just from that. They did not have a 1st round pick. Cornerback Ronald Darby became their first pick, with a lot of value. Still: They did not get a quarterback, and the situation is shaky at that position. They should’ve grabbed Bryce Petty or Brett Hundley when they had the chance.
The Panthers did a lot of stuff. They picked the LB beast Shaq Thompson in the 1st round, and then they traded up to get wide out Devin Funchess in the 2nd round. They again traded up in the 4th round to get guard Daryl Williams, and ended up having just five picks in total. They got some good players, but they were too expensive.
Draft Town went nuts when Chicago got Kevin White in the first round, and then Eddie Goldman in the 2nd. Both projected 1st rounders. They also got a 3rd down back in Jeremy Langford to help out Matt Forte. A good Draft overall, but they did not fill the pass rush need.
Reached for tackle Ogbuehi in the first, found another tackle in the second (Jake Fisher), and a tight end in the third. Then they focused on the defense for the rest of the Draft. They filled all their needs.