A fast and furious first round of the NFL draft produced surprises and drama.
Here are the superlatives:
Biggest Reach: Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks picked DE Bruce Irvin at #15 in the first round of the draft…..about 32 picks sooner than they needed to pick him. Irvin has very good speed but he needs to add size and he was projected to go in the 2nd round. Not to mention off the field baggage including an arrest the day after his Pro Day. That would pretty much be a red flag for most teams. Just sayin’. At the time OLB/DE Melvin Ingram was available representing better value. Come on man!
Best Value: San Diego Chargers
The Chargers were able to get OLB Melvin Ingram at #18. Most had Ingram ranked as a top 10 prospect before the draft. Chargers had to be pleasantly surprised to find him available. Another good value was the Steelers getting guard DeCastro with the 24th pick. Nice pick up late in the round.
Best Trade Up: Philadelphia Eagles Fletcher Cox
Tough call here and I considered the Cowboys pick of Claiborne heavily but got to go with the Eagles who moved up just enough to get the best defensive lineman in the draft. The Cowboys dealt away their second pick while the Eagles only dealt a more reasonable 4th and 6th pick. Picks in the 4th and 6th often don’t make the roster anyway but 2nd rounders often are starters. Cox is an Eagles type player and I think he will be a difference maker.
Biggest Winner on Thursday: Minnesota Vikings
I was impressed with the two players that the Patriots added but overall I have to say the Vikings helped themselves the most on Thursday. They traded down but still got the OT they wanted, Matt Kalil and were able to pick up safety Harrison Smith too. They aren’t done yet either because they accumulated picks from the Browns in the 4th, 5th and 7th rounds. That’s not a bad day.
Best Handshake: Melvin Ingram and Roger Goodell.
There were many during the night but this was the most creative. VIDEO.
Hottest Wife/GF: Lauren Tannehill
There was “talent” in the crowd at the draft and Ryan’s wife Lauren wins the hottie award.
Best Punk of a Prospect: WR Mohamed Sanu Rutgers
Received a prank phone call saying the Bengals were about to pick him but after a celebration realized he had been punked. Now that is just wrong. STORY
Biggest Surprise Slide First Round Pick: David DeCastro
Not long ago most predicted the draft’s highest rated Guard, DeCastro, to be gone by the middle of the round however he managed to slide down to 24 when the Steelers picked him. I thought he would go well before that time.
Biggest Surprise Player Drafted in the 1st 10 Picks: Stephon Gilmore
The Bills picked Gilmore in the 10 spot which qualifies as a big surprise to me. Don’t get me wrong, I think Gilmore will be a very good CB in the NFL eventually but I didn’t think he was worthy of a top 10 pick. He has excellent size and speed but his coverage skills are not as impressive as his run support. Not a shut down type corner by any stretch.
Most Emotional Moment: Morris Claiborne
When the Cowboys surprisingly traded up to select the top CB in the draft, Morris Claiborne, he became very emotional. I will assume those were tears of joy and not sadness to be going to Dallas.
Best Quote: Morris Claiborne regarding his very low Wonderlic score. (Blog on 4/19 about Wonderlic)
“All the talk I was hearing was the Wonderlic test is really not that important. Everybody I talked to, coaches and all, were like, ‘That test don’t mean nothing. It’s not going to declare where you’ll go in the draft.’ I’m here for football.”
Just a tip Morris, if you are trying to convince people you could have done better on the test but weren’t really trying, avoid the use of double negatives. Poor grammar makes it appear you may have actually been really trying hard.
Go out and play like a shut down corner and everyone will forget your Wonderlic score.