We can barely contain ourselves! The NFL draft unearthed some surprises as the top teams jostled for the best talent in college football. There was anticipation to see where Laremy Tunsil would end up after his drug scandal, but he was still selected by Miami! And as predicted, top pick went to Jared Goff. Click to see who went where!
Another year, another long, hard season in the NFL is expected. The top teams wrestled each other to pick up the best talent at the NFL Draft first round to give themselves the perfect opportunity to boost their rosters for a shot at Super Bowl 51. The Los Angeles Rams went up first, and as expected they went with number 1 pick Jared Goff. And Laremy Tunsil wasn’t going to let a drug scandal ruin his evening either — eventually getting traded to Miami Dolphins.
Jeff Fisher of the LA Rams was charged with the first pick of the first round. There were claps all around as Jeff got on the phone and revealed his choice. Roger Goodell announced it to the world — and it was Jared Goff who was the man!
The Philadelphia Eagles were up next, and they didn’t waste any time with their pick with over a minute left on the clock. They went with who they were expected to go with, the very handsome Carson Wentz.
We didn’t know what was going to come after Carson or Jared, with the San Diego Chargers keeping us guessing until the last minute. They needed a tackle, and they went with Joey Bosa — a 2-time Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Dallas Cowboys stepped forward, looking for a man to look after the injury-prone Tony Romo. They went with the smartly-dressed, crop-top wearing Ezekial Elliot. A running back with lightning speed. Good choice!
Jalen Ramsey, a corner back from Florida St., went to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s tough, has world-class speed and is zonally aware. Exactly what the Jaguars needed. A player who positionally was the best player in the draft.
The Baltimore Ravens were unusually high-up in the draft, but they knew exactly who they wanted for their first round pick. They went with Notre Dame Fighting Irish tackle Ronnie Stanley. A great run blocker and pass blocker.
DeForest Buckner, a defensive end who played his college football in Oregon went to the San Francisco 49ers. At 6’7″ he’ll add some steal to that weak defense.
The Cleveland Browns traded the 8th pick to the Tennessee Titans. Jack Conklin an offensive tackle from Michigan State made the move to Tennessee. It was our first trade of the night, and it was exciting stuff.
The Chicago Bears moved up two spots to 9th pick, after trading with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Leonard Floyd, a linebacker with fine pedigree from Georgia will drop into da Bears. He’s a difference maker and could lead the team in sacks.
The NY Giants selected Eli Apple who went to the Big Apple! The physical cornerback will join Eli Manning, but he may struggle to get game time. Either way, the draft party for the Giants held at East Rutherford Park didn’t mind, they were whooping with joy at their selection.
Vernon Hargreaves, a 1st team AP All-American Selection quarterback, made the move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A Florida college star, he was only the third player from the Sunshine State.
Sheldon Rankins, a defensive tackle went to the New Orleans Saints. They were awful on defense last year, so this was exactly the acquisition they needed to improve their roster.
Miami Dolphins took a gamble on Laremy Tunsil, who just 10 minutes before the draft began, was subjected to scandal when his Twitter account was hacked and a video of him smoking marijuana was leaked online. He looked so relieved to get picked. Let’s hope he learned his lesson!
Karl Joseph, a safety, went to the Oakland Raiders. He’s got great ball skills and at only 5’11” is a little on the short side, but that doesn’t harm his game at all. He’s a stud in the making and a real star.
Cleveland Browns had the 15h pick and they went for wide receiver Corey Coleman. From Baylor, he was the country’s best college receiver.
Detroit Lions selected tackle Taylor Decker from Ohio State, who at 6’7″” will be brought into protect Matthew Stafford. He will add more power to that Lions team that was lacking heart last season, but they didn’t go for a replacement for Calvin Johnson as some expected.
Atlanta Falcons went with Keanu Neal, a physical safety who had 19 career starts at Florida. He’s another speedy guy, who will give the Falcons even more pace.
The Colts were up on the clock and they must’ve been looking for someone to protect Andrew Luck? Ryan Kelly, a center, was the answer their prayers. A 2015 Rimington Trophy Winner for best center in the country.
The 19th overall selection in the draft, Shaq Lawson, a tough defensive end from Clemson, who’ll get his chance to take down Tom Brady was picked by the Buffalo Bills. 25.5 tackles for loss in 2015, he’s a great personality to add to the dressing room for the Bills.
The 20th pick when to the New York Jets, who opted for Ohio State’s outside linebacker Darron Lee. He was the 5th player from Ohio to go from the first 20 in what was an incredible night for that college.
The Washington Redskins had a decision to make. Emphasis on defense and building a strong spine in the team was crucial for their future chances. But they traded with Houston Texans for that 21st pick. The Texans went with Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller.
Washington then came next. They went with Josh Doctson from TCU, a productive receiver that can really give the quarterbacks some help. With 2,785 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns in college football, he’s a positive move for Washington.
Minnesota Vikings acquired wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, 6 straight games recorded TD in 2015 and 202 career receptions, a college record. But what was so cute was he brought his kid out on stage. Aw! Move over, Stephen & Riley Curry
William Jackson III, a 6ft quarterback from Houston became the 24th pick, and lucky for Cincinnati Bengals he was all theirs. But they really wanted a wide out, so ideally it wasn’t what they were looking for at all.
Pittsburgh Steelers selected defensive back Artie Burns from Miami, who was the Second team All-ACC selection in 2015. He’s very raw, but has the potential to be a master interceptor.
Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks traded for the 26th pick. The Super Bowl 50 champs, who replaced Peyton Manning with Mark Sanchez, decided to go for another quarterback, this time Paxton Lynch from Memphis. He will provide competition for Mark for sure.
Kenny Clark of UCLA, a tough defensive tackle went to the Green Bay Packers at the 27th pick. He was a first team Pac-12 selection, so he will be a useful player to add to the Cheeseheads roster.
Kansas City Chiefs traded their 28th pick to the San Francisco 49ers, who traded back into the first round. The 49ers had an addition in mind, and they went straight for Joshua Garnett, a guard from Stanford. A biology major, but he’s one tough guard and one of the best physical blockers to come out of college football in years.
Arizona Cardinals weren’t going to give up their 29th pick, needing some defensive steel. They opted for bad boy Robert Nkemdiche. He’s got tons of talent, one of the number one defensive tackles in college football, but he will have to work on his consistency to make a mark at the Cardinals.
Super Bowl 50 runners-up Carolina Panthers, who won the NFC South the last three seasons, added a defensive tackle in Vernon Butler. A kid who had 50 tackles and 3 sacks in 2015. At 6’4″ and over 300 pounds, he’ll strike fear into the opposition in the coming year.
Finally, the Seattle Seahawks were last in the first round to pick. As expected, they went with Germain Ifedi — and offensive tackle boasting 2nd team All-SEC selection credentials. But his technique might not be up to scratch just yet, so the Seahawks will have to work on him in training.
It was great to see Jared go number one in the draft, and the anticipation between him and Carson as to who would get selected first was too much to take!
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