Draft Reaction: Day 1 Recap, Day 2 Primer

By Thomas Ringgaard |
Draft Reaction: Day 1 Recap, Day 2 Primer

Well, that was fun! Round 1 of the NFL draft is in the books. A round that featured 6 trades, surprise picks, and some eye-openers to say the least (i'm looking at you, Dave Gettleman).

In the following, I will be highlighting some of the most noteworthy non-QB picks.  And, I'll provide a few of my best remaining options at each position.

 

Cornerback

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The CB class was exactly as unproven as expected, as only one CB was taken in the first round. 

- Giants gave away even more draft capital to move up to 30 and grab Deandre Baker. My CB3 and the best cover corner in the draft. Possibly the Giants' best pick in this first round. 

Best Remaining:

  • Greedy Williams, LSU
  • Byron Murphy, Washington
  • Rock Ya-Sin, Temple

 

Defensive Tackle

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A whooping six DTs were picked in round 1.

- Jets got the overall best player in the draft at 3rd overall with Quinnen Williams. Can they challenge the Patriots soon? 
- Miami reportedly had a deal in place with the Eagles at 13, but backed out only to take Christian Wilkins themselves. While many had a high grade on Wilkins, I wasn't sold, and this is too high for him. 
- Dexter Lawrence is the replacement for OBJ for the Giants with pick 17. Lawrence is not much of a pass defender, has a slow get-off, and frankly could be knocked as a 1-down DT. Horrible value. 

Best Remaining:

  • Gerald Willis III, Miami
  • Dre'Mont Jones, Ohio State
  • Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois

 

EDGE

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The run at DE was exactly as busy as expected, as seven guys were gone after round 1 concluded.

- In what some people call a shocker, Clelin Ferrell went to Mike Mayock and the Raiders at 4. Was I surprised? Nope - he was my DE2 and went as DE2.
- Jaguars took advantage of a slipping Josh Allen and grabbed him with their 7th overall pick, which is good value. 
- Then came the Packers, who picked up Rashan Gary at 12. Big yikes. Gary showed me no technique and pure athleticism on film, and Green Bay needs a guy to start NOW. 
- Redskins traded up to the Colts pick at 26 and grabbed the athletic freak Montez Sweat. So much for a heart condition. Sweat has a new home. 
- Conclusively, LJ Collier went to Seattle at 29. Worst pick of the first round - well, except for Daniel Jones, obviously.

Best Remaining:

  • Chase Winovich, Michigan
  • Jachai Polite, Florida
  • Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan

 

Linebacker

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Surprise! Only two LBs drafted in round 1.

- So we know now that Devin White nailed his interviews and found his home in Tampa with the 5th pick to replace Kwon Alexander. Good for him. Although, I'm not a fan.
- Steelers did the predictable and right thing of trading up to 10th overall to grab the best LB in the draft in Devin Bush. Great player who immediately is one of the more versatile players in the league.

Best Remaining:

  • Blake Cashman, Minnesota
  • TJ Edwards, Wisconsin
  • Te'Von Coney, Notre Dame

 

Offensive Line

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We saw six offensive linemen get selected to start the draft.

- Garrett Bradbury was the easy selection for the Vikings at 18. They need to keep Cousins upright to truly know if he is their guy moving forward and that started with grabbing the best guard in the draft.
- Eagles followed up by trading up to 22 overall in front of Houston to get their guy Andre Dillard, arguably the best pass blocker in the draft.
- Things got weird when the Texans selected Tytus Howard at 23. For sure he is talented, but the small school prospect who showed some improvement at the senior bowl is head-scratching this high. Howie Roseman struck again.
- Finally, Falcons struck a trade to get Kaleb McGary at 31 overall. I like the story with Kaleb, but I don't like the value.

Best Remaining:

  • Jawaan Taylor, Florida
  • Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia
  • Eric McCoy, Texas
  • Greg Little, Mississippi
  • Michael Deiter, Wisconsin
  • Dru Samia, Oklahoma
  • Dalton Risner, Kansas State

 

Running Back

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As expected, only one RB went round 1.

Best Remaining:

  • Darrell Henderson, Memphis
  • Elijah Holyfield, Georgia
  • David Montgomery, Iowa State
  • Miles Sanders, Penn State

 

Safety

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Two safeties heard their names called.

- At 27, Oakland finished their slate of first round picks with Jonathan Abram. Not a fan of this pick. Other much better cover safeties, but Abram will bring a much needed physical presence to the Raiders.

Best Remaining:

  • Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida
  • Taylor Rapp, Washington
  • Deionte Thompson, Alabama
  • Nasir Adderley, Delaware

 

Tight End

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We should thank Iowa for putting whatever in their water, as they produced the only two first round TEs.

Best Remaining:

  • Irv Smith Jr., Alabama
  • Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M

 

Wide Receiver

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Round 1 only saw two WRs get drafted.

- Marquise Brown went to Ravens at 25 and is going to be an explosive and exciting player for Lamar Jackson.
- N'Keal Harry, the combine standout, was the final pick of the last round, as he will be catching passes from a familiar QB in Foxborough. Not terrible value, but with the slate of WRs still available Harry was a bit of a reach of a reach for me (Tom Brady will make sure he has 1,000 yards and 10 TDs to make me look stupid).

Best Remaining:

  • JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford
  • AJ Brown, Mississippi
  • Riley Ridley, Georgia
  • DK Metcalf, Mississippi
  • Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

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