The NFL Draft is finally over, so it’s time for my favorite part of the year. That’s right, time to judge talent and make proclamations on whether they will be good or not. It never fails. After months and months of overreaction, it’s time to overreact to whether these guys, now slotted onto teams, will be good or not.
Let’s start with the NFC East. The main theme I see in these draft classes is the lack of addressing the major need, but ultimately snagging some pretty good talent, some of which, could start right away for their respective teams. We were teased with Johnny Manziel and Dallas, but other than that, this class came and went pretty quietly. Alphabetical order.
16. Zack Martin, OT/G, Notre Dame
34. Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
119. Anthony Hitchens, OLB, Iowa
146. Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh
231. Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford
238. Will Smith, MLB, Texas Tech
248. Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor
251. Ken Bishop, DT, Northern Illinois
254. Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
The Cowboys nabbed a couple of good players with their first two picks. Martin should stabilize one of the guard positions, while giving the Cowboys three offensive lineman under the age of 24. Demarcus Lawrence joins a vaunted pass rushing unit. The problem, however, is the Cowboys gave up a third rounder to get Lawrence (Why not wait and see if Kony Ealy falls to you?) and missed their chance to grab a safety.
All in all, I like the first two picks, Devin Street is intriguing, and the Dixon/Mitchell additions will serve as depth in the future.
New York Giants
12. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
43. Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
73. Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse
113. Andre Wiliams, RB, Boston College
152. Nat Berhe, S, San Diego State
174. Devon Kennard, OLB, Southern California
187. Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame
Wasn’t the biggest fan of this draft, but what do I know? Odell Beckham has all the tools to be a great weapon for Eli Manning, and Weston Richburg is a plug-and-play player at the center position. I like the Andre Williams pick, but his value is limited because of his inability to catch out of the backfield. Bromley felt like a reach, but fills that three tech role at defensive tackle.
26. Marcus Smith, DE/OLB, Louisville
42. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
86. Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
101. Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida
141. Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon
162. Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
224. Beau Allen, DT, Wisconsin
I was a bit shocked when Philadelphia passed up on defensive backs until day three. Even with a need at receiver, I’m not sure if you needed two in the top 100. Marcus Smith was a reach at 26, but should give them a boost in the pass rush, and Jaylen Watkins should join a group of lackluster defensive backs in Philadelphia. Not a fan when it comes to their needs.
47. Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
66. Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
78. Spencer Long, G, Nebraska
102. Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
142. Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane
186. Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
217. Ted Bolser, TE, Indiana
228. Zach Hocker, K, Arkansas
Personally, I wasn’t a big fan of this draft, but in retrospect, it makes sense. The Redskins needed a pass rusher for after 2015 with Orakpo and Kerrigan potentially gone, Morgan Moses can be start right away at right tackle, and Bashaud Breeland projects a starter at the cornerback position eventually. Not a fan of where they took these guys, but if they all panned out, I wouldn’t be shocked.