Last night NFL fans got treated to quite an interesting first night of entertainment. After the order of the top quarterbacks got settled, things took off from there.
Rams- As many predicted, they selected Jared Goff from California. They now believe they have the franchise QB to take them deep into the playoffs. Tavon Austin might actually become a consistent fantasy factor and Todd Gurley no doubt will benefit.
Eagles- They hope the jump to #2 will payoff. Carson Wentz is definitely an interesting prospect. Whether or not he starts from game 1, it will probably take him a dozen or so games (if not well into season 2) to show up on a weekly basis. Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota were certainly exceptions to the rule, and they even had off weeks.
Chargers- Really had their pick of position players, and went with who they felt was the most dynamic player–Joey Bosa. I can’t argue with that. I had the Browns taking him #2, before the Eagles traded up. He will come in and help the Chargers be more respectable on defense. Still probably not a top 15 D/ST, but possibly a spot play if you stream defenses.
Cowboys- Probably my favorite pick in the draft, the Cowboys roped Ezekiel Elliot. I think this will help them ride back into the playoffs. I cannot wait to watch this dude play on Sundays.
Jaguars- Jacksonville got one of the most dynamic players handed to them in Jalen Ramsey, and they knew just what to do when this happened. They wasted little time drafting the DB from Florida State. The Jaguars still have work to do, but this greatly improves their viability as a D/ST for 2016.
Ravens- Baltimore had to be salivating as Laremy Tunsil kept moving down the board. Until we find out about the shenanigans that were involved there. The curious thing is that they still went with an OT, but it was Ronnie Stanley who got the call. This will no doubt help Flaco and the passing game, as well as the running game. I think they might need to upgrade the RB position, but this was a nice start.
49ers- San Francisco literally could not go wrong with any position in the draft. They scored DeForest Buckner, who was one of the highest rated defensive lineman. Baltimore may regret passing on him. The 49ers are still probably a ways away from being fantasy relevant, but this was a very nice building block.
Titans- Oh, you tricksy Titans! They moved up and landed the position which would most help their offense–while it wasn’t Laremy Tunsil, Jack Conklin was rated as one of the top offensive tackles. This will be great for Mariota, and their struggling ground game.
Bears- I have been calling for my Bears to take an edge rusher for the last two years. They finally did it, moving up two spots to snag Leonard Floyd. While Floyd might not make immediate production, he will boost a defense that has been rebuilt, and may help it to be a viable D/ST this fall.
Giants- Between Laremy Tunsil falling, two other offensive lineman going off the board, and the Bears trading up for Floyd, the Giants no doubt were flustered. So much that they left Vernon Hargreaves on the board and selected Eli Apple. Any corner would probably help them, but I was surprised they went with a more raw player. The Giants were on their way back to respectability on defense even before this pick.
Buccaneers- The Bucs got a 4th round pick for scooching down 2 spots and probably ended up with the player they were going to take. Vernon Hargreaves should make an immediate impact on a defense that had problems in pass coverage last season.
Saints- I was hoping they would have stayed on offense, but the Saints stayed on D, and took Sheldon Rankins to help stop the run and rush the passer a little. This could help the offense by getting the ball back, but more will have to be done.
Dolphins- Probably got the steal of the draft and collected picks doing it. It turns out the shenanigans that caused Laremy Tunsil to fall to #13 was an “old incident”. The fins get probably the best pass protector in this years draft. Should have immediate fantasy implications.
Raiders- They stayed on defense, and had many players to choose from. They went with Karl Joseph to help them at Safety. I thought they might take a flier on Noah Spence or even Myles Jack. Either way, the Raiders need more help to get into the top 15 as a fantasy D/ST.
Browns- Cleveland finally gets to pick, and they make it a good one in Baylor’s Corey Coleman–possibly one of the best wide receivers in this years draft. They probably won the draft even before this selection. It will be fun to see what they do later tonight. They have their pick of the remaining QBs…
Lions- They wasted little time shoring up their offensive line with Taylor Decker. I’m a little surprised the Falcons or Colts didn’t move up. This should help Stafford in the passing game, and maybe even help the Lions get above being horrible at running the ball.
Falcons- Keanu Neal might turn out to be a good safety, but I thought Atlanta needed help protecting Matt Ryan. The Falcons are usually on point at moving up in the draft. They probably could have moved down and made this selection.
Colts- While it wasn’t a tackle, drafting Ryan Kelley will no doubt be an immediate upgrade for their offensive line. Andrew Luck got hit unmercifully last year, and most of it came right up the middle. They probably need another lineman, and definitely could use some help at running back.
Bills- Their defense dropped off a little last year with the conversion to Rex Ryan’s system. Shaq Lawson should have immediate impact on getting their D/ST back on track. I was surprised he dropped this far.
Jets- New York almost got into the playoffs last season, mainly due to their resurgent offense. Darron Lee should come in help make lots of tackles in the middle of their defense as an outside linebacker.
Texans- Even though they had to trade up one spot, Houston started the run on wide receives with the selection of Will Fuller. Fuller will be a nice compliment to DeAndre Hopkins and give another target to new QB Brock Osweiler.
Redskins- Washington flips with Houston and continues the WR trend as they snag Josh Doctson from the Vikings. I was happy about this until I remembered Laquon Treadwell was still out there…
Vikings- Without further adieu, the Minnesotans snap up wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. He fell because of concerns with his speed. Which means, he will probably be really pissed off. So glad the Bears will have to play him twice a year. Thanks a lot teams who passed on him.
Bengals- They missed out on the wide receiver run, but I think they got themselves a nice cornerback. They will need it as many teams beefed up their offense for 2016.
Steelers- Everyone knew they needed to upgrade their backfield, and they did. I thought they might take Vonn Bell, but they got Artie Burns to play corner. Can’t argue with the position or pick.
Broncos- They moved up to get their quarterback of the future. Mark Sanchez will probably be their starter. Lots of question marks surrounding their viability on both sides of the ball for the 2016 fantasy season.
Packers- Badly needed a defensive tackle and got one in Kenny Clark. They probably need at least one more D-lineman in this year’s draft.
49ers- Moved back into the first round and selected Joshua Garnet, a guard from Stanford. They need many players to get back to fantasy relevance.
Cardinals- Not needing a whole lot, they took a flier on Robert Nkemdiche, a big defensive tackle with some “character issues”.
Panthers- The bigger need was probably at corner, but they decided to go with defensive tackle Vernon Butler. The panthers should still be a top 10 D/ST in 2016.
Seahawks- Got themselves a guard to bolster their offensive line. Ofedi Germain should help fill a need, and they got a pick in the move with Denver. I would like them to get at least one more lineman so Russell Wilson has more time to throw.
From a fantasy standpoint, a lot of teams helped themselves out in round one. Dallas and Miami are probably the big winners, with the Browns and Titans narrowly behind.