So FINALLY I will give my ratings for the NFL draft (yes I know I am pretty much the last one to do this and I don’t fucking care). I can’t say I watched the whole thing because I was starting to get bored during day two and got completely bored out of my mind on day three. I get it; round 1 is WAY more important than the rest of the rounds. But it’s like the networks said “OK, now that round 1 is over we can switch to shittier cameras, worse analysts, and the talent that is staying for the duration can have at it at about 45% effort.” Other than a few picks (Michael Sam especially), most of them were met with apathy or indifference.
So, here are my personal ratings for each team for this draft:
1972 Miami Dolphins (5 stars)
Just the best here:
Jacksonville – In my mind, there was a clear winner and it was the Jags. Blake Bortles was an awesome pick for a team in desperate need of a franchise quarterback and other than Luke Bowanko (who really wasn’t that bad a pick), they hit on every player they drafted. A good job there.
Minnesota – Anthony Barr AND Teddy Bridgewater in the first round? Sweet. David Yankey was also a very good value pick.
St. Louis – Again, home runs hit here. Greg Robinson and Aaron Donald in the first round solidifies the trenches for the Rams.
Houston – Clowney is an obvious good pick and he helps make the Texans defense very scary. The Tom Savage pick could end up being very interesting as it wouldn’t surprise me if he starts a game or two this season.
Atlanta – All good picks (as in no duds) and Jake Matthews to help give Matty Ice some more protection makes for a good draft day (three days?).
2013 Seattle Seahawks (4 stars)
Definitely near the top:
Green Bay – How Ha Ha Clinton-Dix fell to the Pack I don’t know but a great pickup for sure. Underrated Jared Abbrederis is also cash money as a receiver and gives A-Rodg another target.
Denver – Solid draft for Team Elway. No huge picks but no bad ones.
Chicago – Most would have da Bears near the top. I think their pick of Kyle Fuller was a stretch and drops them into this category. However, Ka’Deem Carey is a damn good pick I will admit.
Seattle – They traded out of the first round so can’t put them in the top echelon; but, much like Denver, they had a solid draft with no serious miscues.
New Orleans – Brandin Cooks almost seemed like a steal for the Saints. And with Drew Brees chucking him the ball? Should be more good times in the Superdome.
2010 Green Bay Packers (3 stars)
Not awesome but could surprise, much like this Packers team did:
Oakland – If it wasn’t for picking Khalil Mack, they would have fallen farther. A few lackluster choices don’t help the Raiders here.
Tampa Bay – Mike Evans was a very good pick in the first round for the Bucs, but some of the picks weren’t so good, highlighted by Kadeem Edwards.
Baltimore – Getting Timmy Jernigan as late as they did is an absolute steal for the Ravens. As always, they get stronger on defense with Jernigan and CJ Mosley.
Pittsburgh – I liked the Martavis Bryant pick and it was good value for where they got him. A bit of a reach for Ryan Shazier though.
Cincinnati – Having Darqueze Dennard fall into their lap that late in the first round is astonishing to say the least. Call it lucky since they were mediocre with the rest of their picks.
NY Giants – Odell Beckham Jr. and Andre Williams will help this offense immensely but other than that, I see no real immediate holes filled.
2010 Seattle Seahawks (2 stars)
A team that shouldn’t get to where they were and would be lucky to do so, a la the 7-9 NFC West champs from ’10:
Dallas – High-fiving and all that shit from team Jerry Jones over Zack Martin? Please.
New England – Not flashy at all. Just like Bill Belichick. And for some reason, I think one of their picks will blossom into an All-Pro because it always happens. You just know it will.
San Francisco – When Trey Millard is arguably your best pick, you didn’t have that great a draft.
Kansas City – Dee Ford picked too high by the Chiefs but they may have something with McGill’s Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.
Philadelphia – A big reach for Marcus Smith early. I would have pegged him as a second rounder. Nothing spectacular afterwards either.
Cleveland – Yes, we know. Johnny Football rocking the shores of Lake Erie. But the Justin Gilbert pick (after trading up) was inexcusable.
Any Buffalo Bills team of the last 10 years (1 star)
Not terrible but you know the team isn’t going anywhere:
Buffalo – Isn’t it ironic they are the first choice in this group? I like Sammy Watkins but may have been a stretch to trade up to get him. Other than that, a lot of meh.
San Diego – Another stretch in Jason Verrett. Many are high on him, myself not so much.
Detroit – Not a bad first selection with Eric Ebron in a weak TE pool. But having T.J. Jones as your best pick doesn’t bode well for your scouting staff.
Washington – A good pickup with Lache Seastrunk who I believe was overshadowed by the pass-happy Baylor Bears offense. However, Ted Bolser may be one of the worst picks in the draft.
NY Jets – They could have probably waited for Calvin Pryor so his pick was way too early. Tajh Boyd could be an interesting wrinkle in the Jets offense, but overall, a lackluster draft.
1976 Tampa Bay Bucs or 2008 Detroit Lions (no stars)
Just god awful:
Arizona – I take that back. For the value of the pick alone, Troy Niklas IS the worst pick of the draft.
Tennessee – I don’t see the hype around Taylor Lewan. Good but not great and not a first rounder in my mind. Overrated. Other than the surprise Zach Mettenberger pick, the Titans were terrible at the draft.
Indianapolis – Ugh. I wouldn’t even say they were mediocre. Donte Moncrief was easily their best pick and that’s not saying much.
Miami – Yes Jawaun James plays in the SEC. That doesn’t mean he’s a first-rounder. Biggest stretch of day one by far in my estimation. Things didn’t get any better after that and the Jarvis Landry pick was brutal.
Carolina – No one did worse than the Panthers. Kelvin Benjamin was a terrible pick with Marqise Lee still on the board. Bene Benwikere was an awful pick period. Tyler Gaffney was their best pick…and even they stretched to get him. Just terrible.
So there you have it. There’s always some debate here but I stand by Jacksonville as having the best draft and their expansion cousins Carolina as having the worst draft.
To be perfectly honest, I don’t see much in the way of college football news over the next month. The only thing that could drum up interest before I do previews of the season and the schedule would be what happens now with the TSN family of networks and their coverage of college football, the SEC Network and how their games will be shown here in Canada, and the future of the specialty packs. Other than those items, it’s a bit of a dead time in college football coverage. I’m actually looking forward to CFL preseason games starting. That’s how desperate I am for some live football to watch! I need help.