The 2018 NFL Draft is over. Some individuals would inform you that it’s inconceivable to know who did nicely and who did poorly till gamers’ careers have began to unfold. But these individuals are mistaken. I already know for positive who gained and misplaced the draft, and I’m prepared to inform you now.
Winner: the Seahawks on Day three
There are individuals who will suppose it was foolish that the Seahawks traded up within the draft to take a punter within the fifth spherical. There are individuals who gained’t perceive why they picked a linebacker who has one hand. Let these individuals be confused.
Fifth-round linebacker Shaquem Griffin is an inspiring story, yeah, but also a baller. Fifth-round punter Michael Dickson is one of the best punting prospects in the history of the draft. It’s just about a positive factor that Dickson holds down that place for years, and Griffin has actual upside. I additionally suppose Jamarco Jones, the Ohio State sort out whom the Seahawks used the final of their 4 first-round picks on, may become participant. This was necessary after the Seahawks, with their horrible line, didn’t get any reinforcements at the position on Friday.
Loser: the Seahawks’ tools supervisor
Shaquem Griffin and his twin brother, Seattle cornerback Shaquill, have the identical first 5 letters of their first names. They have the identical final identify. Whoever has to sew nameplates onto the backs of their jerseys is some excessive confusion. The Seahawks didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon what their plan may be on this entrance. It’ll be a subplot to look at within the months forward.
It’s awesome that they’re going to get to play collectively in Seattle, although.
Winner: the Ravens
The Ravens picked a bunch of fellows who have been nice faculty soccer gamers, which is a powerful indicator that they are often good NFL gamers. Examples:
I am keen on this draft class.
Same rationale as for the Ravens, actually. They went to each side of the Alabama-LSU rivalry with their first two picks, and they made two good ones. First-round defensive sort out Da’Ron Payne will be brilliant if deployed right. Second-round working again Derrius Guice is a vicious runner, no matter why he fell in the draft. Fifth-round DT Tim Settle, out of Virginia Tech, is far more gifted than the 163rd total choose. The similar is true for Alabama inside linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton, whose accidents gave Washington the possibility to select him at No. 197, close to the top of the sixth spherical. If he’s healthy, he’s likely a steal.
Winner: the Raiders, for his or her Maurice Hurst choose
Loser: the Raiders, for an iffy begin to the draft
Hurst, a defensive sort out from Michigan, is a first-round expertise. He fell due to concerns surrounding a heart condition that groups recognized on the league’s scouting combine earlier within the spring. The Raiders took him within the fifth spherical, which carries threat for them and doubtlessly immense threat for Hurst. There’s nothing anybody ought to hope for extra out of this draft than Hurst’s good well being. If he will get it, as the team and player think he will, the Raiders received the steal of the yr. They additionally made a doubtlessly sturdy seventh-round choose in huge Oklahoma State receiver Marcell Ateman.
Other than Hurst and Ateman, the Raiders’ draft was iffy. They spent their first-round choose on Kolton Miller, a UCLA offensive sort out, which was stunning to me, a university soccer author who didn’t understand UCLA had an offensive line in any respect final season. They took FCS gamers in each the second and third spherical, and whereas FCS gamers are generally nice, they’re dangerous. There’s not loads of tape on them enjoying in opposition to top-tier competitors.
They spent a third-round choose on LSU edge defender Arden Key, who was as soon as considered a high-first-round choose however had a nasty mix and some off-field issues. A choose like Key at all times carries the potential for turning out to be fantastic worth, however he actually trended within the mistaken path main as much as the draft.
Winner: the Steelers
The Steelers are right here as a result of they received NC State’s Jaylen Samuels within the fifth spherical. Samuels is one of the most efficient players in the draft, whether or not he’s lining up as a working again, tight finish, or receiver. It’s preposterous that he was obtainable at No. 165 total.
Loser: The Saints
Their fourth-round choose, 127th total, was bizarre.
Saints choose OT Rick Leonard: not on the consensus board. Would have ranked 426th
— Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) April 28, 2018
They gave up their first-round choose subsequent yr to commerce up for UTSA defensive finish Marcus Davenport within the first spherical. Maybe that may work out, and possibly it actually, actually gained’t.
Loser: the Bills
It’s been a number of days since this occurred, but it surely’s nonetheless the case that the Bills traded as much as get the No. 7 total choose and then spent it on a quarterback whose statistical upside — if the whole lot goes precisely proper for him — is to basically be Ryan Mallett. Maybe the Bills weren’t being dumb after they moved heaven and earth to take Josh Allen. Maybe basic human logic and math itself have been those making the errors.