How quickly it comes and goes. The NFL Draft has come and gone and now we have a desolate void of nothing until one of the leagues comes back. Let’s stretch it out as long as we can and talk about who won and failed over the weekend.
Dallas Cowboys: Watching the Boys have a great draft definitely made me sick as an Eagles fan. They first get value grabbing CeeDee Lamb in the first round and basically stealing him from Philadelphia. Lamb will join a really good group of weapons for Dak Prescott immediately. Value was another reason I loved the draft they had. They filled a void at corner after losing Byron Jones with a guy in Trevon Diggs who I had as a 1st round pick and they grab him in the 2nd. They also grabbed some more cornerback depth with Tulsa CB Reggie Robinson, a ball magnet with terrific speed and length. They followed that up with a likely replacement for Travis Frederick in Wisconsin hog molly Tyler Biadasz. Oh and to make matters worse, Utah DE Bradlee Anae plummeted and they grabbed him in the 6th round. I personally had him graded as a 3rd round pick. Fantastic drafting from Dallas.
Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings had SIXTEEN picks in the draft and they found a way to make the most of seemingly every one of them. They grabbed LSU WR Justin Jefferson after Philly passed on him and he comes to address a major wide out need after Stefon Diggs moved on to Buffalo. I also liked the late selection of Miami WR KJ Osborn who has breakaway speed and can fit the slot or help a ton in the return game. Late in the first round, they grabbed TCU CB Jeff Gladney and later in round 2 grabbed Miss State CB Cameron Dantzler, both guys that address a major need after the Vikings clearly struggled the last couple of years in the secondary. Gladney can play right away on the right side opposite of Mike Hughes. They grabbed some much needed pass rushing depth and found a tackling machine late in Oregon LB Troy Dye. To me the best pick they made was in the second round landing Boise OT Ezra Cleveland. Immense value for a kid I had in the 1st round. They had plenty of picks and made the most of them addressing need and not getting too cute.
Baltimore Ravens: I totally stan everything the Ravens do in the draft. Year after year they absolutely destroy the draft through great scouting. When your a team like the Ravens who come off a terrific season, it’s important to hit and find guys that are immediate impacts. The biggest need for me was a middle linebacker, something they have had a wealth of in past years. They had to hit and they did with LSU LB Patrick Queen. He’s fast, shifty and really reminds me of Thomas Davis. Queen is tremendously good at rapid reacting and diagnosing things as a captain of the defense. I also loved the pick of Malik Harrison to play the outside LB spot, I had him as a early/mid second ground guy and they got value there. Also…think about how good they were last year in the run game. Well, they just got better adding JK Dobbins and it’s scary to think about Dobbins, Lamar and Mark Ingram. They grabbed Marquise Brown last year and added more speed with Texas WR Devin Duvernay and late with SMU WR James Proche. This offense is frighteningly scary. It’s also nice to see that they were able to add depth on the OL at the guard positions. They got much better and found 4-5 NFL starters. Incredible draft, possibly the best.
Philadelphia Eagles: The first three rounds were an abject failure. A complete shit show with no real direction or purpose and they come away with very little. It’s nothing but project players and this team NEEDS STARTERS NOW. They have major holes at a lot of positions and I was excited at the thought of what could be and it went completely sideways. Jalen Reagor in the first round was a reach and not only could you of given up something and got one of the top 2 receivers in the draft, but you allowed your rival to take him and you passed on a guy in Jefferson who could’ve fit this team better and is a better player. Reagor had drop issues at TCU and isn’t as fast as you might think. You MUST hit on a player at 21, he’s not even a WR2 on this team. Total fail. I also don’t need to go into the dozens of reasons taking a QB in the 2nd round and why it was a bad idea. Just think Wentz and his 128 million dollar contract and the other major needs they have. Also keep in mind there’s not a ton of reason to think Hurts can even play and make a difference at the signal caller spot in the league. I’ll be honest, there’s very little to like about him at this level. I though the Kvon Wallace was pick was terrific and the Eagles had there moments. But I’m not sure they drafted one guy who is a bonafide starter right away, and the holes they had are still mainly all there. Where’s the running back? Are any of the linebackers they grabbed worth of playing right away? A total mess. But then again, i’m not surprised it’s what the Eagles do in the draft.
Carolina Panthers: Totally new regime down in Carolina. You go out of your way to bring in Joe Brady to be the offensive coordinator and don’t draft ONE offensive player. I understand you have argubaly the best player in the game in the backfield, but I wouldn’t have minded a tight end like Cole Kmet or Adam Trautman or maybe a hitter on the outside that can add to the weaponry. The first round pick of Derrick Brown made a ton of sense and I won’t knock it, but Isaiah Simmons is special and versatile and with the void of Luke Kuechly now, I felt like he would’ve made a supreme new defensive captain. They had a cornerback need, and didn’t really address it and the Yetur Gross Matos grab in the 2nd round has interest but he’s still a bit of a project. All in all they didn’t do a ton to get better. Not finding one offensive player to help is wild, especially with no legit tight end and a new wonder boy offensive coordinator.
Green Bay Packers: What a mess for the Pack. Another team that failed to address needs. The Jordan Love pick was a total head scratcher especially when you have a real need for weapons at WR and an offensive tackle. Oh and by the way you have Aaron Rodgers, who is still as good as it gets. They drafted a running back which I thought was odd, especially when you had two really solid backs. Another team that i’m not sure addressed one need they had. Jalen Hurts was a bad selection, Jordan Love is just as bad. Also they needed a tackle and took a guard and center? Weird.