Last night, bedlam ensued as the NFL Draft played out in ways many could not have anticipated for. Teams were active trading up and down the board as many seemed to get the guy they were keen on. Based on what happened so far, here are the winners and losers of the draft:
Their first pick was Hayden Hurst, a tight end from South Carolina who may be the best in his class at his position. Hurst is a versatile tight end who can line up at X, in the slot, and showed the willingness to block. The Ravens then surprised everyone after trading back into the first-round to take 2016 Heisman Trophy winner and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Jackson was the most talked about quarterback in the class. His ability to throw the deep ball and his mobility makes him a dangerous threat. This pick gives the Ravens a future at quarterback and puts Joe Flacco on the clock. They were really active trading back and left many puzzled, but now it all makes sense.
Los Angeles Chargers
At pick 17, the Chargers perhaps selected the best overall player in this draft class. Florida State safety Derwin James fell (for some odd reason) to the Chargers, giving them an a great player to add to their secondary.
Adding James to the mix with pass rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram and placing him in the secondary with shutdown corner Casey Hayward could be troublesome for opposing offenses for years to come.
In need of a quarterback, the Cardinals selected the most NFL ready prospect in UCLA’s Josh Rosen. Rosen slipped to the 10th pick and it did not sit well with him.
“There were nine mistakes ahead of me” said Rosen as he watched nine other players chosen before him.
With his ability to throw the ball along with his high football IQ, Rosen can step in day one and be their starter. Not to mention, he has a future Hall of Fame receiver in Larry Fitzgerald to throw the ball to.
Poised as a team to make a Super Bowl run, this was an opportunity to add a playmaker to the roster. The Steelers neglected to do so as they added Virginia Tech safety Terrell Edmunds.
Edmunds was not projected as a first-round pick, but was picked 28th overall. There were better safeties available (Ronnie Harrison and Justin Reid for example) and trading Martavis Bryant to the Oakland Raiders left a huge hole in the Steelers offense.
For them to go with Edmunds early, it could be a tremendous mistake.
The Raiders first day was semi-successful as they traded a third-round pick to the Steelers for receiver Martavis Bryant. When it comes to their selection, they did not fair too well.
After trading back from 10th to 15th, the Raiders selected UCLA tackle Kolton Miller. Miller was the 30th ranked player according to ESPN and for the Raiders to pass on players such as Derwin James, Rashaan Evans, and Jaire Alexander is a bit of a head scratcher.