The first round is over. There were some fans that should be happy and there are othersome that should be scratching their heads. There were not a whole lot of surprises but there were quite a few trades.
Pick #1. LA Rams – A
On April 14th the Titans traded the 1st overall pick to the newlyrics relocated LA Rams. With this selection they selected Quarterback Jared Goff out of the University of California. The team has some issues but quarterback is on the list. Jeff Fisher has not had a true #1 QB while with the Rams and this could be his chance.
Pick #2. Philadelphia Eagles – B
On April 20th the Eagles traded with the Browns to move up to this pick. They selected Carson Wentz, QB out of North Dakota State University. Wentz is a player that knows how to win and has the potential to be a #1 QB in the NFL. Sam Bradford has not shown he is capable of being a true #1 QB so this pick know makes sense.
Pick #3. San Diego Chargers – A
The first team to pick in their assigned position was the Chargers. They selected pass rusher Joey Bosa out of Ohio State. This is not the best pick for the team, they needed an offensive lineman to help protect veteran QB Phillip Rivers. However in this pass happy league landing a talent like Bosa is not a bad decision.
Pick #4 Dallas Cowboys – C
The Cowboys selected running back Ezekiel Elliot out of Ohio State. Running backs are almost a dime a dozen especially when you have the caliber offensive line that the Cowboys have. With the holes in their defense that should have been a place they looked at for this pick. That being said, Elliot has the potential to be a difference maker and could fit in well with this team.
Pick #5 Jacksonville Jaguars – A
This was one of the best choices this team could have made. Jalen Ramsey is a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball and will help to make thus a formidable defense for years to come. The only worry should be if the team struggles because he has not been in a situation of losing a few games in a row before.
Pick #6 Baltimore Ravens – A
The Ravens selected Ronnie Stanley, Offensive tackle out of Notre Dame. This was a fantastic pick for the Ravens because they really need help along their offensive line. Since the team lost Eugene Monroe it has been a revolving door at that position and this pick should end that pattern.
Pick #7 San Francisco 49ers – A
The 49ers selected DeForest Buckner, Defensive end out of Oregon. This selection gives the team a real replacement for Alex Smith who retired at the end of the 2014 season. He also played with last years first round pick Arik Armstead on the 2014 Oregon National Championship runner up defensive line.
Pick #8 Tennessee Titans – A
This pick was passed around quite a few times before it ended up with the Titans. It went from Miami, to Philly, to Cleveland, before ending up with the Titans. With this pick the Titans selected Offensive tackle Jack Conklin from Michigan State. This pick will help solidify the protection for last year’s top pick Marcus Mariota.
Pick #9 Chicago Bears – D
With the first major reach of the draft the Bears selected pass rusher Leonard Floyd out of the University of Georgia. He may be tall but he is not built big enough to bully his was through an offensive line. However he should fit well opposite McPhee in the linebacking core if they play him there. He may not have been worth giving up an extra pick in what is considered to be a deep draft.
Pick #10 New York Giants – B
The Giants selected the third best corner in the draft, Eli Apple out of Ohio State. They play in a division with Dez Bryant and with the league being so focused on passing the third corner is now an important position. He may not be better than Hargreaves but he will still be a good player for the Giants defense.
Pick #11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – A
The Bucs selected DB Vernon Hargreaves from nearby Florida to help solidify their defensive backfield. They were also able to trade back and acquire another pick in a deep draft. This pick, if used wisely, could help set the team up for future success.
Pick #12 New Orleans Saints – A
The Saints selected Sheldon Rankins, Defensive Tackle out of Louisville. This is a great pick for the team that has not had a good interior pass rush for a few years now. He is going to have to prove that he can stop the run, but with his physicality and size he should be able to do this.
Pick #13 Miami Dolphins – B
At the beginning of the day if Miami had landed Laremy Tunsil here then I would have considered it a steal. Only 15 minutes before the draft started a video was posted to his twitter account that showed him smoking something out of a pipe. He has all of the physical tools to be a great player but does he have the brain power to stay out of trouble will be something to keep an eye on.
Pick #14 Oakland Raiders – C
The Raiders used their first pick on safety Karl Joseph from West Virginia. He could turn into a good player but he is coming off a knee injury that saw him miss all but 4 games last season. When healthy he is the type of player that could replace Charles Woodson, but that is only if he can stay healthy.
Pick #15 Cleveland Browns – B
This is not only because of the pick of Coleman, who was the nations top receiver last year, but also because of the picks the team was able to amass by trading down twice. Coleman should add some speed and talent to the barren wide receiver corps of the Browns and with this veteran coaching staff he should be in good hands to be successful.
Pick #16 Detroit Lions – D
The Lions selected Taylor Decker, offensive tackle out of Ohio State. Protecting the QB is an important thing for a team to do and Decker will do a fine job of that but there are bigger needs on this team. Calvin Johnson retired at the end of last season and that left the team without a number 1 receiver. Drafting someone like Laquan Treadwell or Josh Doctson would have been perfect in this spot.
Pick #17 Atlanta Falcons – B
Keanu Neal, safety out of Florida, was the pick for the Falcons. He can play linebacker and considering this is a major need for the team and he can also provide a playmaker for the team.
Pick #18 Indianapolis Colts – A
The Colts went for the best possible choice at a position of extreme need when the selected center Ryan Kelly out of Alabama. Protecting Andrew Luck was an issue last year that ended up with Luck missing a lot of the season.
Pick #19 Buffalo Bills – A
The team was one of the worst in the league when it came to rushing the passer last season. Shaq Lawson out of Clemson should be a great solution to this pass rushing issue and he will fit in for Mario Williams who left in free agency.
Pick #20 New York Jets – A
With this selection the Jets took Ohio State Linebacker Darron Lee. The team has lacked a little of the outside pass rush and linebacker pass coverage in recent years and Lee would fit both of those situations perfectly.
Pick #21 Houston Texans – B
The Redskins traded this pick to Houston on draft night and the Texans took Wide Receiver Will Fuller from Notre Dame. He is a deep threat with blazing speed. He has had issues running tight routes but that is going to be more of DeAndre Hopkins’ area anyway.
Pick #22 Washington Redskins – A
The ‘Skins kept the wideouts running off the board by selecting Josh Doctson from TCU. He has been considered to be the best receiver of the draft and the team will need him to prove that in a few years. Until then he can mature and learn the pro game behind veterans Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon.
Pick #23 Minnesota Vikings – A
The Vikings gave quarterback Teddy Bridgewater his first big target. They drafted big, physical receiver Laquon Treadwell from Mississippi. He is a steal at this point in the draft and should provide the strong game that the Vikings need to open their new stadium.
Pick #24 Cincinnati Bengals – D
The Bengals took yet another DB in the first round when they selected William Jackson III out of Houston. They completely ignored the issues in the offensive line and wide receiver positions. Maybe this one will actually prove he should be worth this high of a pick.
Pick #25 Pittsburg Steelers – B
They needed a strong DB after being burned by players like AJ Green consistently. They got a solid one in Artie Burns from Miami. At 6′ he has the length to compete with the big recievers in the NFL.
Pick #26 Denver Broncos – A
Elway drafted Osweiler 2.0 when he moved up five spots and selected Paxton Lynch from Memphis. He has similar size but is considered to be a better athlete than Osweiler is. Lynch will be able to develop behind Mark Sanchez and when he is put in he wont have to shoulder the load thanks to the strong defense already in place.
Pick #27 Green Bay Packers – A
The team spent their first pick on Defensive lineman Kenny Clark from UCLA. The Packers are hoping that he can fill the void that was left when BJ Raji retired after the season. He should be able to accomplish that.
Pick #28 49ers – A
After trading back into the first round the 49ers may have found their replacement for newly departed Alex Boone. The team drafted Stanford offensive guard Joshua Garnett. He should be able to help not only in the running game, but also to protect whichever QB coach Kelly decides to run with this season.
Pick #29 Arizona Cardinals – B
In Robert Nkemdiche, defensive lineman from Mississippi, the Cardinals have an extreme talent. However there are just as many character questions when it comes to Nkemdiche who was arrested in December for a substance violation and also had an assault charge dropped against him. If the Cardinals can keep him on the field then he could prove to be the steal of the first round.
Pick #30 Carolina Panthers – C
The Panthers chose DT Vernon Butler from Louisiana Tech. This may not have been the best use of this pick with there still being a need at wide receiver on the team. The defensive line is one of the deepest positions on the team so it will be difficult to see Butler get playing time in the near future.
Pick #31 Seattle Seahawks – A
The line from their Super Bowl winning team is completely gone so by picking offensive lineman Germain Ifedi from Texas A&M the team makes the first real steps at fixing the issue. It may take a couple of years to completely fix but Ifedi has the tools and the coaching staff to become the cornerstone of the line.