1-Man’s Opinion on Sports-Monday. “NFL Draft Report Card”

Posted by on April 29th, 2024  •  0 Comments  • 


Hacksaw’s Monday Podcast..1pm…NFL DRAFT RECAP
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It started with anticipation of a ton of trades.
It ended with no big deals but big surprises at whom teams chose.

Here’s my NFL Draft Report Card:

The best drafts this weekend:

BEARS…Caleb Williams comes in and is surrounded by a ton of skill talent.  They also took WR-Rome Odunze, to join Keenan Allen, DJ Moore, 2-pass catching TEs and 3-RBs.  Might be best offense of all time in the Windy City.

EAGLES..They made 9-trades going up and down.  When they got done, getting two top CBs will make a difference.  Getting Quinyon Mitchell-Cooper DeJean is huge to fixing what was wrong last year.

STEELERS…They have been trying to fix their offense this offseason.  This is more than the importation of QBs Russell Wilson-Justin Fields.  Now they import
OT-Trey Fautanu..OC-Zach Frazier…WR-Roman Wilson..and LB-Payton Wilson…They could all start next year.

RAMS…They had 11-picks and wound up with 9-players, but what a job they did on defense.  DE-Jared Verse comes from Florida State with huge pass rush abilities.  Then they took FSU-DT-Braden Fiske.  They get edge speed-and inside toughness.  Add in RB-Blake Corum as a 3rd down pass catcher-rusher.

CHARGERS…They had needs and they filled those holes.  OT-Joe Alt starts immediately.  WR-Ladd McConkey is slick, tough, fast,  Junior Colson comes off an impressive 3-year LB-run at Michigan.

RAIDERS…Did not get a QB, but they got alot to put around what skill players they have.  TE-Brock Bowers, OC-Jakson Johnson, OT-Delmar Gaze and CB-Declan Richardson should all be starters on opening day.  A good haul

CHIEFS..Facing the loss of likely jailed WR-Rashee Rice, they get burner Xavier Worthy and they will coach him up.  Add another TE-Jared Wiley,  and two more OL-the Chiefs add depth.

CAROLINA..They lack alot of talent around QB-Bryce Young, but getting WR-Xavier Legette and heavy duty RB-Jon Brooks from Texas is a big step back

VIKINGS..This is not just getting QB-JJ McCarthy and DE-Dallas Turner onto the roster, it’s linking them with smart guy coach Kevin O’Connell teaching methods.

BRONCOS..Sean Payton has taken on his next project, working with Zach Wilson and now Oregon QB-Bo Nix.  But Denver also picked up DE-Jonah Elliss and then WR-Troy Franklin of Oregon

PATRIOTS…New QB-Drake Maye and WR-Ja Polk from Washington will help, but it is a roster devoid of other playmakers.

TITANS..Waiting to see what kind of teaching methods they can use for the top picks, OT-JC Latham and DT-T-Vondre Sweat.  Good picks who need teaching.

SEATTLE..New era and they needed defense, so DT-Byron Murphy helps upfront.

Not everyone did well at the draft board.  The questionable pick:.

FALCONS..Needed defense, and bypassed everyone to take QB-Michael Penix, who will sit behind Kirk Cousins for years.  They took 4-defensive players in a row after that, but none of them blue chippers.  Very strange.

COWBOYS…Needed running backs and bypassed them all.  OT-Ty Guyton projects as a starter and they got a raw pass rushing DE from Western Michigan.  They’ve always drafted well, not sure so much this spring. and they have holes on the roster.

ARIZONA..Hard to say they had a bad draft when you get Marvin Harrison-WR, but had they traded back, they could have added 3-players at 3-positions.

BENGALS…Poor Joe Burrow, playing for a team that always makes strange picks.  They get an unpolised OT-Aurelious Mims with the top pick, and then big DT-Kris Jenkins, who needs alot of work in the second round.

JETS..They have Aaron Rodgers, but they did not get difference makers to fix the years long problems in the OL or the lack of playmakers to throw to at WR.  OT-Olu Fashanu helps, not sure WR-Malalchi Corley changes things on offense.

WASHINGTON..They need so much help for Jayden Daniels, who walks onto the field with the least amount of firepower around him.  This will be a long rebuild in DC.

49ers..They must see something none of the rest of us see.  If they were intent in moving one of their top WRs for picks, why not do it on Thursday when the Bills called to inquire about Deebo Samuel and the Steelerrs made an offer to Brandon Ayiuk.  Somebody is leaving soon because of cap issues.  Just don’t think WR-Ricky Pearsall replaces what will be departing.

CLEVELAND..You’ve got QB-Deshaun Watson coming off torn labrum surgery and Nick Chubb coming off a 2nd knee surgery and you didn’t have high picks because of the Watson trade.  I don’t know that things are looking good on Lake Erie.

Lots of good moves, some really strange ones too.
On we go to OTA’s-Mincamps and possible veteran trades still to come.


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