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2017 NFL Draft: Day 1 Thoughts

Recapping the first round with some quick analysis.

SiriusXM At The 2017 NFL Draft Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for SiriusXM
  • Corey Davis is a perfect fit for the Tennessee Titans. I was absolutely ecstatic with that choice. There isn’t much else to say about him at this point.
  • Chicago’s front office went all in on Mitchell Trubisky. A general manager can sometimes survive a first round bust at QB and get another shot. This will not be one of those times. Ryan Pace gave up two 3rd-round picks and a 4th-round selection to move up one spot and get the QB his career now hinges on. I would love to know what sort of grade they had on Trubisky, because it must be astronomical to give up so much.
  • On the flip side of that, John Lynch deserves praise for moving up and down the draft board so well. I really expected him to get ripped off at least once...
  • I both love and hate what Cleveland has been doing for the past two years. Myles Garrett was the smart choice with the first pick in the draft. I’m all for that. Let’s talk about their draft strategy though. Stockpiling picks? That’s absolutely a great move and shows they understand just how much of a lottery this process really is. I just don’t like the players they’ve been choosing, and that theme continued Thursday night (Garrett being the exception). They moved all the way down from 12 to 25 to select hybrid defensive back/linebacker Jabrill Peppers. Then they moved up from the 33rd pick in the draft to 29th, in order to select tight end David Njoku. Going back to Corey Coleman last year, all their first round picks have been tremendous athletes. They were also all very raw, and I just can’t get on board with that.
  • Houston landing Deshaun Watson was my nightmare scenario as a Titans fan. We can only hope he ends up as a bust. Going without a first or second round selection next year should hurt them at least.
  • I still can’t believe John Ross went 9th overall. I get the fit from Cincy’s perspective. They can now pair AJ Green with a speedy, deep threat receiver. The Bengals’ offense isn’t built around deep balls though, particularly with Andy Dalton excelling more with intermediate routes. Then add in the injury history with Ross and I find myself asking if if this was really the right pick.
  • TJ Watt to the Steelers was an easy match to predict. Watt’s effort really shows up on film, but I think he lacks a lot of explosion. Football Outsiders’ SackSEER tool disagrees with my assessment.
  • I will pat myself on the back after seeing OJ Howard go to Tampa Bay. I just couldn’t buy the top-10 hype.
  • I was really wrong on Christian McCaffrey’s landing spot. Despite the rumours of his rise to the top of the draft, I didn’t believe the hype. Whoops.
  • The Atlanta Falcons were a perfect team for Takkarist McKinley. I had McKinley as a really raw prospect with solid physical tools. If anyone is going to make him into a star, it’ll be Dan Quinn and that defensive system.
  • Quick scouting report on Adoree’ Jackson: The speed is what everyone will talk about first, but he brings a lot more to a defense than that. He’s aggressive in man coverage, which is going to be crucial for a short corner. Willing tackler in run support. Jon Robinson mentioned repeatedly in pre-draft interviews that he wanted corners with ball skills, and Jackson checks off that box too. The negative is that when he gets beat, he really gets beat. He’s isn’t technically sound as a corner.
  • There is a 100% chance Mike Mularkey is going to use Adoree’ Jackson a few times this year as a gadget player.