Overnight Reaction: Draft Round 1

Well, we didn’t see THAT coming

by Three Point Stance Managing Editor Brandon Rush | @BrandonRush | Brandon@3PSMag.com

Round one of the 2017 NFL Draft is in the books, and there are few things evident after only one night in Philadelphia.

First, the NFL has created a draft monster with the outdoor element instead of being cooped up in a theater, or like 30 years ago, a hotel ballroom. Secondly, smokescreens work. Teams float out information to their media friends, and the other teams buy it as fact and panic (see Bears, Chicago). And lastly, the New England Patriots will trade out of their first pick. For the second year in a row, and the 4th time since 2009 the Pats passed on making a selection in the first round.

But lets get down to the good stuff, the immediate overreactions of the Three Point Stance Magazine staff and others as the night unfolded.
1. Cleveland Browns select Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett

In all honesty, it was probably the best case scenario for Cleveland. No quarterback in this draft was worthy of being #1 overall, and if no one made a compelling offer to trade up to the top spot, go get your guy. LOT of holes to fill on the shores of Lake Erie, but there are much worse picks the Browns could have made here, which brings us to…

2. Chicago Bears select North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky

There are fleecings, and then there is being rolled in a hallway of your hotel after a liquor infused night of bad choices and blackjack tables in Vegas. Chicago gave up WAY too much to move up one spot to take a guy they VERY likely could have got at number three had they waited three more minutes. Chicago is going to wake up in the morning wondering where their wallet, phone, watch, and shoes are and now have to sell their fanbase on Mike Glennon being the placeholder while Trubisky gets groomed as the starter.

Woof.

Hell, not only the Bears fans. All of us.

3. San Francisco 49ers select Stanford defensive end Soloman Thomas

49ers make another run on defensive players in the first round.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars select LSU running back Leonard Fournette

Everyone seems to be on board with this pick, should have known that with Tom Coughlin in control of the Jags operations that he’d want a bell cow ball carrier. My only concern is that they run him into the ground.

5. Tennessee Titans select Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis

Titans opt to get Marcus Mariota a target instead of going defense as many predicted. Corey Davis is a stud, Titans could use some more options on the outside to help open up that passing game.

6. New York Jets select LSU safety Jamal Adams

Jets get a gift when Adams fell to them. Lucky for gunshy Jets fans, they didn’t screw it up.

7. Los Angeles Chargers select Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams.

Justin nailed this pick in his last mock draft, yet another Mike Williams in the NFL.

8. Carolina Panthers select Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey

Great value pick here, Carolina could desperately use a versatile playmaker to help Cam.

9. Cincinnati Bengals select Washington wide receiver John Ross

Yeah, he’s fast, and a stud when healthy. Sounds a lot like what Cincy has with AJ Green.

10. Kansas City Chiefs trade up and select Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes

Mahomes put up video game numbers in the Big 12, has a huge arm, big potential to be a star and a bust. If anyone can settle the gunslinger mentality it’s Andy Reid.

11. New Orleans Saints select Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore

Sometimes things just have a way of working out.

12. Houston Texans trade up and select Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson

Bill O’Brien finally has a QB to groom. Watson is a gamer. Hopefully Houston actually met with Watson before drafting him. They didn’t do that with Brock Osweiler, and we know how that ended.

13. Arizona Cardinals select Temple linebacker Haason Reddick

Cards went with the safer pick, not entirely sure they got the better player. I am a BIG Reuben Foster fan.

14. Philadelphia Eagles select Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett

Jury is out for me on these two. Garrett has the higher ceiling but I think Barnett has the better career when its all said and done.

15. Indianapolis Colts select Ohio State safety Malik Hooker

Hooker should have been LONG gone by now and the Colts could not have realistically expected he would be available at 15. Not sure what their draft plan was going in, but going anywhere other than Hooker here would have been idiotic.

16. Baltimore Ravens select Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey

Bland and boring does as bland and boring does.

17. Washington Redskins select Alabama defensive end Johnathan Allen

Absolute gift. This guy can play.

18. Tennessee Titans select USC cornerback Adoree’ Jackson

I really like what that Titans have done so far.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Alabama tight end O.J. Howard

Jameis + DJax + Evans + O.J. + Jacquizz + Muscle Hampster. By god, Tampa is going to be DANGEROUS.

20. Denver Broncos select Utah tackle Garrett Bolles

Bolles carrying is very dapper dressed son Kingston and presenting him to the Philly crowd like Simba was pretty good.

21. Detroit Lions select Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis

22. Miami Dolphins select Missouri defensive end Charles Harris

So do we, could end up the best edge rusher of this class.

23. New York Giants select Mississippi tight end Evan Engram

Not sure the Giants really needed a tight end here.

24. Oakland Raiders select Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley

Raiders take a good player whose been thru hell this week with rape allegations. Few teams have the willingness to take on a player with this type of potential baggage, but Oakland can.

25. Cleveland Browns (via trade) select Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers.

I believe Peppers is the most overrated player in this draft, and is a typical “tweener”. Too small to play linebacker, to slow to play safety effectively at this level.

26. Atlanta Falcons trade up to draft UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley

Love this pick, granted, I am biased but this is a player that fits head coach Dan Quinn’s mold. Long, fast, and plays with passion. Him carrying out the framed portrait of his late grandmother Myrtle Collins and determined and passionate tirade won him a lot of fans Thursday night.

27. Buffalo Bills select LSU cornerback Tre’Davious White

28. Dallas Cowboys select Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton

Meme that made me laugh the most during Thursday’s Round one.

Still hoping my dude gets a Taco Bell endorsement though.

29. Cleveland Browns trade back into the first round to select Miami tight end David Njoku

Now if only Cleveland can find someone to throw him the ball.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers select Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt

YES, WE KNOW HE IS RELATED TO J.J., NO HE IS NOT THE SAME KIND OF PLAYER, STOP COMPARING THE TWO. Throw in all the white player adjectives here, high motor/good work ethic.

31. San Francisco 49ers trade back into the first round to select Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster

Rookie General Manager John Lynch steals the show in Round one. Turns the robbery of the Bears picks into two top 10 players.

32. New Orleans Saints trade back into the first round to draft Wisconsin tackle Ryan Ramcyzk

So there we have it, 32 picks down, 221 to go. Lets see what Rounds 2-7 have in store for us.

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