I liked the NFL Draft this previous weekend. It was so enjoyable, and so wanted whereas we’re all caught at residence with out reside sports activities.
After three days, what classes did we be taught? Which developments had been in or out? Listed here are seven that stood out to me.
In: Velocity, velocity, velocity
The Chiefs received the Tremendous Bowl this previous season with velocity on offense. They had been quick at each extensive receiver place, plus tight finish Travis Kelce. So what do their division opponents and groups with excessive aspirations do? They drafted and traded for velocity.
The Raiders took Henry Ruggs III, Lynn Bowden, and Bryan Edwards. The Broncos added Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler. The Ravens landed J.Ok Dobbins, who’s a match for the offense but in addition can blaze. The Eagles drafted Jalen Reagor and traded for Marquise Goodwin. The 49ers bought Brandon Aiyuk with their second first-round choose.
It’s clear that getting sooner was a giant precedence this 12 months.
Out: The Packers’ plan
It’s reported the Packers drafted with the intention of shifting to extra of a ground-and-pound offense, with the aim of successful shut, low-scoring video games. That is backward pondering in 2020, when the worth of the move sport far outweighs dashing the ball.
I perceive the 49ers simply made the Tremendous Bowl after specializing in the run sport, however they’d the eighth-ranked passing assault and the 12th-ranked dashing assault, in response to DVOA. So even for a crew that dominated on the bottom, their passing sport was extra necessary.
The Packers drafted quarterback Jordan Love with their first-round choose, which I talked extra about right here. They spent their subsequent choose on a downhill operating again. Yikes. And their third choose on an H-back. Oh man. In a draft with an distinctive class of extensive receivers, the Packers didn’t draft one. How do you miss on that? It is mindless.
In: Wealthy get richer
I need to concentrate on three groups specifically that helped themselves most this weekend.
San Francisco 49ers: They drafted defensive sort out Javon Kinlaw, who I didn’t essentially love however does match a spot of want. Then they took Aiyuk, a speedster from Arizona State.
And never associated to the draft, however probably the most effective transfer of the weekend was the 49ers buying and selling for Washington left sort out Trent Williams. With Joe Staley’s shock retirement announcement, the 49ers bought the most effective sort out out there, together with any draft picks. This commerce was so spectacular that rival Rams head coach Sean McVay commented he needed a few more beers after hearing about the trade.
Baltimore Ravens: Everybody mocked Patrick Queen to the Ravens. Guess who the Ravens drafted? Patrick Queen. Within the second spherical, they added Dobbins, who excelled in gun/pistol runs at Ohio State.
However I need to spotlight two undrafted free brokers they managed to signal. The primary is tight finish Jacob Breeland from Oregon. Breeland was on the way in which to first-team All-American honors this season earlier than tearing his ACL. If he’s wholesome, he’s going to be excessive worth. The Ravens additionally signed Tyler Huntley, the quarterback out of Utah. Huntley can transfer, is correct, and can be a great match of their offense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs signed Tom Brady. Large win. They only signed Rob Gronkowski. One other win. After which the draft occurred they usually landed my favourite choose of the primary spherical, Tristan Wirfs. Wirfs is a proper sort out and can be an elite proper sort out. Place of want, growth, one more win — and in addition at choose No. 13, and I doubt the Bucs thought he’d be out there there.
Then, within the second spherical they bought Antoine Winfield Jr., a flexible security who tasks completely into their system.
Out: The Eagles’ technique
Right here’s the deal. I perceive the Eagles’ want to have a backup quarterback who can play if Carson Wentz will get damage. However, Wentz has missed eight video games in the course of the common season in 64 complete alternatives. It looks like an overreaction to draft a backup for a younger quarterback like Wentz. If the Eagles hope to win one other Tremendous Bowl, it will likely be as a result of Wentz is enjoying.
What Nick Foles did in 2017 was exceptional and in my view, not one thing you’ll be able to hope for once more if Jalen Hurts needed to play for Wentz. Within the best-case state of affairs, after 4 years Hurts has began minimal video games and Wentz has continued to enhance and turn out to be elite. If the Eagles drafted Hurts with the concept that he’s a gadget participant till needing to play QB, that appears short-sighted as properly. You employ a two-round choose on a gadget participant? I don’t see it.
For weeks, perhaps even longer, we heard the Dolphins favored Justin Herbert. As we approached the draft, the Dolphins informed media members they had been contemplating him, and mock drafts had been adjusted with Herbert being their first choose. Then, about 48 hours earlier than the draft, it was reported the Dolphins had been trying to commerce as much as No. three for an offensive sort out. Nobody believed the offensive sort out rumor, but it surely appeared the Dolphins had been honest in buying and selling up for a quarterback, which once more, was assumed to be Herbert.
I spoke with somebody within the group and he bought their love for Herbert, which could have been correct. However then the Dolphins drafted Tua Tagovailoa. The aim of the smokescreen was clearly making an attempt to get the Chargers to commerce up for Herbert. Ultimately, the highest of the draft went chalk.
Out: Invoice Belichick
Belichick isn’t out per se, however on draft weekend, he was actually out of the image when the Patriots drafted within the second spherical:
He needed NO a part of being on the digital camera this weekend. He couldn’t even be bothered to take a seat quietly at his Nantucket breakfast desk for 3 minutes whereas the Patriots drafted.
On a extra severe notice, the Patriots coming away with no quarterback wasn’t very best, however they will flip to Andy Dalton or Cam Newton this season if they’re on the lookout for a veteran. I do consider, they usually admitted it afterward, this wasn’t by design. I do marvel who they hoped to get and the way they had been going to make it occur.
In: Roger Goodell
Goodell is a human who drinks and will get bored and drained whereas watching the draft. Goodell may additionally be jacked, which I didn’t count on. He’s even auctioning off his basement chair so individuals can watch Monday Evening Soccer with him for an evening:
Goodell got here away from the draft wanting like a standard human and never only a company chief. Who knew?