So the first round of the 2017 NFL draft is done. There were of course clear winners and obvious losers. The "new" format of just doing one round in day one BLOWS! Seriously, get on with it...less pageantry and more football! But I digress. Let's pick the winners and the losers of the long and laborious first round.
Was this merely a FU to Jay Cutler? Or is job security not a priority in Chicago? The Bears moved up one gave away three picks and acquired the services of 13 time starter quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Is Mike Glennon wondering what is going on? Because with the needs of the Bears, we all are.
Offensive line players:
There were always complaints that this offensive line class was weak. And with Garrett Bolles being the first offensive lineman going to the Denver Broncos with the 20th pick, it was telling. This was the latest an offensive lineman has been drafted in a few years. And it didn't cause a run on linemen on the offensive side.
Oh yes, it has been a long time coming, but here they stand---WINNING. The Browns did not reach for a quarterback. With their first pick they picked the best player on the board, Myles Garrett, the consensus number one player on the board. And then they just decided to go with talent.
#25th pick Jabrill Peppers: jack of all trades and master of none. Is it really a bad thing to be able to play multiple position? Just think what Hue Jackson can do with a talent like that!
#29th pick tight end David Njoku: Athletic tight end who has been compared to Carolina Panthers' Greg Olsen.
The Browns are stockpiling talent, without reaching. You go Hue!
Taking Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen with the number 17th pick. Allen was a consensus top ten pick but fell because of concern about health issues. If healthy he is going to be a steal.
The Texans are moving and a shaking. First they get rid of the zillion dollar man Brock Osweiler. Then they trade up and grab quarterback Deshaun Watson. Now there is some rumblings about who was the best quarterback in the draft. Watson is ready. Sure Tom Savage may start but doesn't this have the feel of another Texas team last year?
It is true that the true winners and losers can not be fully established until the season starts. But there are some obvious either or choices in the first round:
The San Francisco 49ers picked linebacker Reuben Foster with the 31st pick. Foster dropped according to NFL Analysts Mike Mayock because of concern about lingering issues with his shoulders. So this will be either the steal of the draft or a misspent pick by new GM John Lynch.
The Oakland Raiders picked cornerback Gareon Conley. Conely's free fall out of the top five was due to accusations of sexual assault. While the investigation is ongoing, the Raiders picked Conley 24th overall. If the accusations are false, well done Raiders. If not the Raiders are in for a heap of fear and loathing.