“NFL Draft Night…Historical Night”
The NFL Draft’s opening night was chock full of surprises.
Surprise trades…four high picks dealt away.
Surprise choices..Nine picks in the first round that may have been reaches
Surprise decisions…QB-Will Levis-Kentucky-undrafted in the first round.
Here’s a quick look at storylines from my corner of the world.
HOUSTON…Got a QB-CJ Stroud with a surprise pick as the second choice, and then paid a huge price to get Arizona’s picks at number 3-which led to the Texans drafting LB-Will Anderson. What a night
COLTS…Anthony Richardson has great athletic skill, but he is an uncut gem and is not ready to go play immediately. A bit of a reach.
SEATTLE..Bypassed the massive DT-Jalen Carter, whom they really needed to draft a CB and a speed WR. Don’t understand the choices.
RAIDERS..Equally stunned they bypassed Carter-at DT..and bypassed Christian Gonzalez-CB….then tookDE-Tyree Wilson-Texas Tech…good player but had foot problems.
EAGLES…What a haul, maybe best of the night, getting 2-Georgia Bulldogs in Carter and then LB-Nolan Smith-LB. Great defense gets better
ATLANTA..Great pick in RB-Bijan Robinson to compliment the great TE-Kyle Pitts they drafted a year ago. They will help young QB-Desmond Ridder, but surprised they bypassed their choice of quality OL.
LIONS..Explain all this, taking a running back and a 2nd round LB with their two opening round picks. Both were thought to be 2nd rounders.
PATRIOTS..Like the choice of Oregon CB-Christian Gonzalez-who now learns under Belichick.
STEELERS..Great choice at spot of greatest need, OT-Broderick Jones-Georgia.
CHARGERS…WR-Quinton Johnston comes in, which means either Keenan Allen or Mike Williams vacates next season. Would much rather have had Dalton Kinkaid the TE. Still have shortcomings at DT, CB and TE.
DALLAS…DT-Mauzi Smith created havoc at Michigan as an inside tackle, and he fits well into a Cowboys need.
BILLS..TE-Dalton Kinkaid…just what Josh Allen needs, more bullets for his offensive gun.
TAMPA BAY..Bypassed a QB-Levis to take a DT-Calijah Kancey..good choice at position of need.
Here comes the 2nd and 3rd rounds on Friday, but doubt we’ll have as many surprises as we saw on Thursday