The show that is the first round of the NFL Draft has come and gone for 2014. There were quite a few teams that traded out of the first round in an attempt to put themselves in a better position to get the guys that they wanted. Many of these teams made some interesting decisions when it came to who they picked in the first round. And that means that it’s time for all of the arm-chair General Managers to criticize the decisions that were made…and we at Sports with Neil and friends aren’t any different.
So you should buckle-up as we look at the good, the bad, and the ugly from the first round of the NFL Draft.
Cleveland made some moves: The Browns traded down to the eighth pick, via Buffalo, and traded up to the 22nd pick, via Philly. With these picks in the first round Cleveland grabbed Oklahoma CB Justin Glibert and Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel…who joins a long list of QB’s that the Browns have picked in the first round during the last decade. Despite the fact that the Browns addressed two areas of need during the draft, the biggest benefit of their back room wheelin’ and dealin’ is that they for 2015; and that will be big for the long-term health of the franchise.
Deone Bucannon became the first Washington St. alum drafted in the first round since 2003: Bucannon joins Marcus Trufant as the only Cougs drafted in the first round in the 2000s. The hard-hitting Bucannon started to gather a lot of attention from the national media after he just about killed Auburn RB Tre Mason in the first game of the 2013 season, and the media honored Bucannon with a spot on the 1st team All-American roster. Now he is the first round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals…and that’s just awesome.
The Jaguars make everyone go what?: The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the middle of a massive rebuild, and of course they pick QB Blake Bortles with the third overall pick in the draft…wait who?
It seems that Gus Bradley is taking the same attitude to the draft that his former bosses Pete Carroll and John Schneider have, and that is; “I don’t care what his pre-draft rank is, that’s my guy and we’re picking him!” It definitely should be interesting to see if that works out for him in Jacksonville.
ESPN’s coverage of the draft: This was easily the most painful performance by the on air talent in recent memory. Their constant attempts to pump up Mel Kipper’s draft board throughout the draft, and the Johnny Manziel love fest, were ridiculous and really ruined any flow between the host. Also, Ray Rice is a terrible choice for an analyst at the draft…he can read an offense (and break it down for the viewers) pretty well, but talking about college athletes being drafted clearly isn’t a strength of his.
That’s my good, the bad, and the ugly, what’s your’s?