Well that was…boring. For the most part. The only exciting part seemed to be the Chip Kelly rumours. It felt like he was trying to make ridiculous deals to move into one of the top two spots. I wish either the Bucs or Titans had bit on taking the deal since it was a shit-ton for one draft pick (IIRC, it was the Eagles’ first rounder this year, their first rounder next year, at least two more picks, Fletcher Cox, Sam Bradford, and at least two more players).
Also, from what I saw on the Twitterverse, I may have made the wrong choice in choosing the NFL Network over ESPN. Sure, the analysis was probably better and overall it was a better show, but it felt a bit blah. Even Rich Eisen seemed boring last night. While all that was happening, over on the Worldwide Leader, it seems like Gruden, Kiper, and Berman were at their ridiculous best (or worst based on how you look at it). So at least it would have kept me entertained since I was fading near the end. And what the hell was the problem? They were so far behind that when the first round actually ended, they were only announcing the 29th pick. What, did Goodell have to take a monster shit so everyone had to wait? Or was it the sheer absurdity of the number of commercials for the audience watching at home? We will never know but it better not be that way tonight.
OK I was a bit incorrect. We did have some entertainment. Goodell pronouncing Marcus Mariota as Marcus Marioto, the new Japanese wunderkind football star. Just ridiculous.
Anyway, let’s see how I did so far (the third column is my final mock draft and the far-right column is the actual pick):
|1||Tampa Bay||Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State||Winston|
|2||Tennessee||Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon||Mariota|
|3||Jacksonville||Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida||Fowler|
|4||Oakland||Leonard Williams, DT, USC||Cooper|
|5||Washington||Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson||Scherff|
|6||NY Jets||Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa||Williams|
|7||Chicago||Kevin White, WR, West Virginia||White|
|8||Atlanta||Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska||Beasley|
|9||NY Giants||La’el Collins, OT, LSU||Flowers|
|10||St. Louis||Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama||Gurley|
|11||Minnesota||Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State||Waynes|
|12||Cleveland||Danny Shelton, DT, Washington||Shelton|
|13||New Orleans||Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford||Peat|
|14||Miami||DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville||Parker|
|15||San Francisco||Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon||Gordon*|
|16||Houston||Shane Ray, DE, Missouri||Johnson|
|17||San Diego||Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin||Armstead*|
OK let’s stop right there. After that it becomes quite the shit show (for me at least). The only pick I got right after that was Dupree to the Steelers. Cooper launched back into the top 5, where I had him going to the Raiders until my last mock. Flowers was a reach for sure and to be honest, one of the worst first round picks. The Giants other guys they could have selected (like Andrus Peat) and bypassed him and a few others (on many boards) to get Flowers. Other reaches (in my opinion) included:
- Kevin Johnson at #16 to the Texans. I had him early second round so not a huge reach but a reach nonetheless.
- Cameron Erving at #19 to the Browns. A guy they probably could have got in the second round. And last time I checked, Alex Mack was their centre. I don’t get it. Then again it is the Browns we are talking about.
- Nelson Agholor at #20 to the Eagles. After all that the Chipster tried to do to move up in the draft, he picks a receiver who wasn’t even the best available receiver, let alone best available player. Plus Jaelen Strong was still out there. Bad pick.
- Breshad Perriman at #26 to the Ravens. See above about Strong. Just as bad.
- Phillip Dorsett at #29 to the Colts. Let’s make it three in a row. Dorsett isn’t as bad a pick as I had him early-to-mid second round the entire time. So not as much of a reach as the previous two.
- Damarious Randall at #30 to the Packers. It’s funny. Since it’s the Packers it’s praised as a shrewd move. For most other teams, the experts would be scratching their heads.
Saying all this, there were a few very good picks. Most of these involved luck that the player fell to them or trades to move them up:
- Amari Cooper at #4 to the Raiders. Pretty good move. Either him or Kevin White would have been a solid pick in that spot.
- Leonard Williams at #6 to the Jets. Wow. Having this guy fall in their lap is huge for the Jets.
- Malcom Brown at #32 to the Patriots. Another one that amazes me. How he fell to that spot I don’t know but the Pats got a guy who could have been picked in the top 20.
Rounds two and three are tonight and the rest are tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully tonight they don’t go too long again. And hopefully I can make it to the end of the draft although I can be almost certain I will have to watch the final four rounds on PVR. Which probably isn’t a bad thing.