compiled by Andrew Potter
For this special NFL draft edition of Audibles, as with our regular Audibles feature, the FO staff sends around e-mail comments about the draft. We share information, ask questions, and keep everyone else informed as we watch. We then compile a digest of those e-mails and produce this feature. By its nature, it can be disjointed and dissimilar to the other articles on the site.
While these e-mails are written with Audibles in mind, they do not represent a standard review of the draft. That means we aren't going to discuss every pick, or every talking point. We watch the draft as fans as well as analysts, so the discussion may be colored by our rooting interests and aspects of the draft may not be covered to your fullest desires or even at all.
2016 NFL Draft Day 1
Tom Gower: Greetings from the Auditorium Theater, where I have been freed from the media workroom I was in Thursday night last year. I have instead established camp in the upper balcony, with a view of the actual stage where selections will be made. The media area is continuing to fill in, NFL Network's and ESPN's tables are staffed with the draft night television stars, and people who pay attention to clothing are hanging out outside on the red carpet. There are now people in the crowd, with Jared Goff probably still an hour and a half away from being announced as the first overall pick.
Very preliminary indications are this might be a slightly more subdued event this year overall. That I'm here instead of in a workroom suggests there are fewer media covering the draft, even on Thursday night (and many people decamped after the first round last year, which is how I made it into the Theater proper on day two). The weather, which was nearly perfect last year, is not nearly so good this year. The rain in the forecast for today has held off, but it's chilly enough I could see my breath as I stood in line to get my credential. Tomorrow and Saturday are supposed to be similar, and the rain on Saturday could really put a damper on Draft Town compared to last year's apparent big success.
The Rams are on the clock, and of course they're taking their sweet time to formally make the selection. The crowd is naturally uneasy and unwilling to wait. We started with the ceremonial booing of Roger Goodell, had some ceremonial booing of Aaron Rodgers, and now we're just into procedural booing. I'm not sure if it's for the Rams for taking so long; the unnecessary wait for a pick we think we know; the Alex Flanagan and Michael Irvin Oscars red carpet-style show that's intended to entertain those of us in the theater during the wait for picks; or just for the couple Rams fans who stood up and cheered when Flanagan and Irvin asked if we had any Rams fans around.
Aaron Schatz: I like this tweet...
This is how Los Angeles truly welcomes the No. 1 overall pick. pic.twitter.com/Aoqwg0sRfM
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) April 29, 2016
Vince Verhei: The NFL wants teams to drag these early picks out. Make this show as long as possible and keep those eyeballs glued to TVs.
Cian Fahey: So Charles Davis said Carson Wentz should have been the Rams' pick because of his legs. He repeated it for emphasis actually. So this draft process has been bizarre with both quarterbacks but Wentz in particular. Wentz's legs, and read-option plays, are being treated completely as a positive, whereas in the past those traits have normally led to questions about the player's ability to play from the pocket and his durability. Wentz hasn't got any of these questions despite playing FCS football in a simple scheme and getting injured during his final season in college.
Andrew Healy: As I see the Rams get Goff, I just feel like they are a contender as soon as next year. I obviously like the trade for Tennessee, but I like it for the Rams, too. Maybe even more for them. It seems so weird to think that Goff was pegged at No. 7 just a few weeks ago.
And I think the Rams needed to trade up, by the way. I think the Browns would have taken him at No. 2. I don't have any information on that. Just whatever QBASE was saying is something that they were going to be looking at, too.
Aaron Schatz: Rams definitely have an upgrade at quarterback, a strong defense, and a running back. But man, their receivers are awful. They need to get Goff more to work with over the next couple drafts.
Tom Gower: I thought for an FBS player who started 23 games, Carson Wentz was a really good quarterback while also being NFL Draft Industrial Complex Bait, showing just enough of what you want that you hand-wave away the other things. He won't have to play immediately in Philly, though of course that has very little to do with whether he actually will play early in Philly.
Joey Bosa to San Diego. I mean, it makes a lot more sense than an offensive tackle, but I thought Buckner made perfect sense for them.
Ben Muth: Piggybacking on what Cian said, I was blown away when the outdoor guys on NFL (Warner, Jeremiah) were saying Goff was safer because he played in the Pac-12 and was ready to start from Day 1. It's crazy that Goff, coming from an Air Raid offense that was never under center with very basic protection schemes that rely on throwing quick, is considered a no-doubt Day 1 starter. I feel like two years ago people would knock guys coming from that kind of offense. Times are a changing (I think for the better).
Scott Kacsmar: I might regret saying this, but I definitely believe today that St. Louis made the right quarterback decision. Not in love with Goff, but I would be scared to death to draft Wentz this high. So many red flags: he's already 24, the lack of college experience, the durability, the weak competition faced, the stacked team with the great defense and run-heavy offense (he had one game with 30-plus pass attempts). Athletically, he's getting compared to Andrew Luck, but stylistically, I see Doug Pederson trying to recreate Alex Smith here, which means success through minimizing the quarterback. Wentz's athleticism may aid him in a Mark Brunell type of manner, but he's not going to be someone you design runs for at the NFL level. Goff was the safer pick, and if you give him Todd Gurley and a defense that isn't constantly allowing 30-plus points, I think he can be a functional passer rather quickly in this league and finally get the Rams back to the playoffs. I just don't love that he's going to have to progress in a Jeff Fisher offense. Twenty full seasons and the guy has had one 3,500-yard passer and never a season with 25 touchdown passes. You moved from 15 to get this guy, let him be a star. And I still believe this trade never happens if the Rams were committed to St. Louis, but when you move to Los Angeles and need to make an immediate splash, something had to happen. You can't sell a new fanbase on Nick Foles and Case Keenum.
Aaron Schatz: Well, there is no Jeff Fisher offense, really. His coordinators in Tennessee were running much more of a downfield passing game than the coordinators in St. Louis. It's hard to say "Jeff Fisher can't develop quarterbacks" when he had Steve McNair. I think he's got the coaching and motivation stuff to develop Goff. The question is whether Rob Boras has the scheme to develop Goff.
Andrew Healy: Ezekiel Elliott at 4. What a poor decision. Absolute upside is Adrian Peterson and the pick is maybe OK. Downside is Trent Richardson. Or Blair Thomas. Middle side is really bad. Can't believe this is still happening. Let's just say this is not what Bill Belichick would do. Or Paul DePodesta. Or any smart team.
Tom Gower: Dallas takes Zeke Elliott fourth overall. I'm not in love with the top-end talent in this draft, and the best players are Tunsil, when they've already invested so much in the offensive line, and Myles Jack, who has that stupid knee. Given that, and the apparent three-down skill set, I don't hate Elliott as much I would generally hate a back going fourth overall. I'm not convinced he'll be a great runner, simply because I'm not sure how he'll do facing consistently more confined spaces. Of course, in Dallas, we might not learn the answer to that the same way we would on another team. It does seem like more of a short-term pick, but given where they are overall, that's a perfectly reasonable planning decision.
Nathan Forster: You might be skeptical about BackCAST's read on Ezekiel Elliott (especially because the model is still rough around the edges), but you don't need an advanced statistic to tell you that it's not a good idea to draft a running back in the top ten. Sure, you have guys like Edgerrin James and LaDainian Tomlinson in there. However, you also have plenty of guys like Curtis Enis and Trent Richardson who are out-and-out busts, as well as guys like Ronnie Brown, Reggie Bush, and Cedric Benson that were not failures per se, but definitely not worth the pick. That category also probably includes Darren McFadden, who coincidentally, Elliott is replacing.
Cian Fahey: I think the Chargers made a huge mistake. I like Bosa but not as a game-changing talent. He doesn't have an obvious fit inside or outside. Taking him ahead of Buckner, Ramsey and even Tunsil is just baffling.
Sterling Xie: I guess Dallas is having visions of an offense similar to the DeMarco Murray-powered 2014 unit which finished fourth in DVOA. And maybe they see Ramsey as being redundant with Byron Jones, who is a similarly long-armed versatile defensive back (though if you have an opportunity to upgrade from the likes of Brandon Carr and/or Barry Church, I don't understand why you pass that up). Maybe the Elliott pick is less egregious with the best edge rusher in Bosa being off the board, but I think Dallas missed a chance to add a premium cornerstone to a defense that needs a ton of talent.
Aaron Schatz: So happy for Gus Bradley and the Jaguars. I don't know if Jalen Ramsey is going to be Bradley's Earl Thomas or his Richard Sherman, but what the Jaguars most needed was a defensive back with greatness potential.
Cian Fahey: His Kam Chancellor.
Tom Gower: Jalen Ramsey to Jacksonville. Dave Caldwell apparently told Daniel Jeremiah he'll play corner and probably slot in nickel, answering one question (one I thought we got the answer to when they signed Tashaun Gipson). The pick made so much sense, we just assumed they'd outthink themselves on it.
Scott Kacsmar: This conversation desperately needed to happen in Dallas before tonight.
"Darren McFadden, where were you drafted by Oakland?"
"Fourth overall, Mr. Jones."
"But it didn't work too well since your success is still largely determined by the quality of your quarterback, the offensive line and your defense's ability to keep the game manageable, right?"
"I see, well I'll take that into consideration."
But no, Jerry's ego probably got the best of him and he went for the star running back again instead of a defensive talent like Ramsey, who was taken by Jacksonville. About time the Jags get a potential standout in the secondary. Feels like a long time since that's happened.
Cian Fahey: I think Ramsey can be a good NFL cornerback but thought he could be a great safety. Will be an interesting player to follow.
Rob Weintraub: I see Ramsey struggling in the slot with smaller option-route receivers. Will be a race in those matchups -- can Ramsey physically pummel those quicker wide receivers before they turn him around?
Vince Verhei: We're five picks in and between trades and selections, Jacksonville has had the smartest draft so far.
Andrew Healy: ESPN just showed the video of Jaylon Smith's injury. Think we need a law to never show that again. Gruesome. Fascinating to see where he'll go.
Vince Verhei: Stanley goes before Tunsil. I'm watching NFL Network; they haven't mentioned a whisper about the alleged Tunsil gas mask video that surfaced right before the draft started. Are they talking about it on ESPN?
And here's Ian Rapoport talking about it, saying it is Tunsil in the video, though of course he didn't actually post it himself.
Living in Dallas I hear fans say how McFadden was pretty good last year, and that is just so far from the truth that it's laughable. I'm relieved I won't have to hear that nonsense anymore. But I am bummed because I thought Alfred Morris could have a good year in Dallas and he's one of my favorite guys in the league. Still, Zeke behind that line should be great to watch.
Tom Gower: Ronnie Stanley to Baltimore. Tackle made a ton of sense for them, and he fits with Ozzie Newsome's mantra per Daniel Jeremiah, which is "Just hit doubles." Eugene Monroe v.2.0 to replace Eugene Monroe v.1.0, apparently. We'll see what the heck is going on with the Laremy Tunsil gas mask video posted slightly before the draft kicked off, and if that might have had anything to do with the decision to take Stanley over Tunsil, who I thought was a much better prospect.
Rob Weintraub: I mean, Abbi and Ilana are gigantic stars now basically for doing what the Tunsil alleged tweet shows, but Laremy may fall out of the top ten?
Aaron Schatz: I will say this about the Elliott pick... behind that line and with safeties worried about Dez Bryant instead of stacking the box, he's got to be close to even money to be Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Vince Verhei: Sure, but as I hinted on Twitter, that could happen, and Dallas could still get out-rushed by their opponents.
Andrew Healy: I'll take the field at those odds. Romo's chances of staying healthy... not good.
Rob Weintraub: My two cents on Wentz -- hey, that's a rhyme!-- when I went up to see him play in October (the game he broke his wrist, ironically) I was certainly impressed with many elements of his game and athleticism. His coach told me off the record that Wentz was miles better than Joe Flacco (whom he coached against) in college. He struck me as being very bright, certainly, and was 4-H Club square, so no worries there. Yet much as I was inclined to like him, at no point did I consider him a top-pick-in-the-draft caliber quarterback. Still astonished that the kinda nerdy redhead I spoke with in Fargo is now a franchise quarterback, for better or worse.
Andrew Healy: Browns now on the clock, what are the odds they trade down from 8? Think it's still close to 50 percent.
Nathan Forster: Browns trade pick. More solid proof that the analytics nerds are truly in charge in Cleveland!
Aaron Schatz: Andrew wins!
Andrew Healy: Wow, that was fast.
Cian Fahey: A first, a second, and a third for Jack freakin' Conklin. Bad teams stay bad.
Vince Verhei: I think Marcus and the rest of the Titans win. Trade out of top spot for a haul of picks, get the second tackle off the board anyway.
Wait, they gave up a first, a second, and a third? That can't be right. If so, I might take this back.
Tom Gower: Report the Ravens would've taken Tunsil at 6 without the video that came out tonight. Titans trade up, giving up the three they acquired from the Rams this year and their second-round pick next year, to move up from 15 to 8. I thought Conklin made sense at 15, and I understood trading up to 8 to get Conklin. But man oh man alive, that's a lot to give up for a right tackle.
Cian Fahey: The 11-to-20 picks in this class are going to be dramatically better players than the 1-to-10.
Aaron Schatz: I feel like... shouldn't everyone have already known Laremy Tunsil smoked weed a lot? Wouldn't his position on your draft board already be decided before that video came out?
Tom Gower: Yes, but never underestimate how much general managers don't want to answer awkward questions from reporters and, more importantly, owners on draft night, and isn't that the guy they just handed eight figures in guaranteed money to with the gas mask video tonight.
Vince Verhei: I don't think teams learned anything about his hobbies tonight, but they've got to be concerned he'll be suspended before he's even signed now.
Cian Fahey: This is the most bemusing draft ever so far. Eli Apple isn't even the second-best cornerback in this class and the Giants have so many needs elsewhere.
Andrew Healy: Time discounting is a disaster in the NFL. Next year's 2 is worth this year's 3, which is kind of the equivalent of giving up $100,000 next year to have $50,000 this year.
Without time discounting, here's what the accounting of the Browns trade with Tennessee would look like, assuming next year's No. 2 is middle of the round.
Jimmy Johnson chart:
Browns give up: 1400 (No. 8) + 21 (No. 176) = 1421
Browns get: 1050 (No. 8) + 420 (No. 48) + 210 (No. 76) = 1680
And that's on the chart that overvalues high picks. On the right chart (Chase Stuart's) the imbalance is even bigger towards the Browns.
At least Cleveland gets it. Can I get odds now on the Browns to win ten games in 2018?
Vince Verhei: Bears have ranked in the bottom half of the league in adjusted sack rate for eight straight seasons, so you can't fault them for grabbing a speed rusher.
Sterling Xie: This first round is so confusing. Supposedly the Giants wanted to take a tackle as of this afternoon, but with Tunsil screwing over everyone's boards, that quickly went out the window. Vernon Hargreaves was occasionally linked to them before the draft, but Apple was definitely no one's No. 1 cornerback. Kind of reminds me of their first round pick last year, when they took Flowers (another fairly raw prospect) ahead of other higher ranked players at his position.
Tom Gower: Floyd to the Bears: if a player's college team voluntarily moved him away from an edge rusher to an off-the-ball linebacker, do you draft him in the top ten as, presumably, an edge rusher? Vic Fangio is smart, but I really wonder about this fit.
The Giants then take Eli Apple at No. 10. I mean, he's better than Justin Gilbert, and Gilbert went eighth, was it, to Cleveland. But I'm still very surprised that he goes so early.
Rob Weintraub: Did the Giants take Eli Apple just for the "Big Apple" NY Post headlines?
Nathan Forster: So a question about the timing of the appearance of the Tunsil picture. On ESPN they said that it surfaced 10 minutes before the draft. I can buy that maybe a player with exceptionally poor judgment might take a picture like that and post it on Twitter contemporaneously with the events themselves occurring. Here, however, Tunsil was probably already dressed to the nines and ready to go to the green room. I doubt that he was walking to the draft room and thought "hey, let me post this pic of me doing my best Bane impersonation on twitter right now." It had to be somebody else that posted it, even if the picture is of Tunsil.
Vince Verhei: Oh, I'm 100 percent sure that somebody else had the video, hacked his account, and posted it. Zero doubt about that. But so what? The issue isn't who posted it, the issue is that he's sitting there doing bong hits in a gas mask with a camera in his face, and while you or I might not care about what a college kid does on his couch with friends, the NFL does. The video itself is the problem for the NFL, not how it got out.
Rob Weintraub: During the season you could definitely have convinced me that Tunsil/Nkemdiche would go 1-2 in the draft (and Treadwell in the top ten). Suddenly those dudes are more unpopular than the rebel flag.
Aaron Schatz: Mayock keeps talking about these first-round picks as sub package guys. It's what he's saying about Sheldon Rankins now. Uh, if you take a guy in the first round, don't you want a guy who plays in ALL packages? The NFL Network graphic had the listed comparable player as Mike Daniels. That's a nice player, but is that a top 12 players? What a weird draft.
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Rob Weintraub: Seconded on Rankins being better than a Daniels comp. Elite penetrator with lower body coaches dream about.
Aaron Schatz: That's cool. Maybe what's weird about this draft is that Mike Mayock's graphics people are making terrible choices.
Tom Gower: The Bucs took Hargreaves, a solid corner whom they otherwise probably would've taken at nine. The Saints, in desperate need of good defensive players, take a good defensive player in Sheldon Rankins. The Dolphins, who haven't drafted their left tackle in the past couple years, take Laremy Tunsil. I get Ben's point on Twitter, that a known character risk is now in the same position group as Mike Pouncey and whatever else happened a few years ago, but I thought Tunsil was the best player in the draft and the Dolphins get him at 13. Praising Miami's work in the draft twice in the same month (I said good things about their 2010 class in the six years later retrospective) feels weird given how much time the football commentariat spends making fun of Miami's work as a franchise.
Aaron Schatz: According to Adam Caplan on Twitter, $6 million of Branden Albert's $8.425 million base salary became fully guaranteed on March 13. Oops. If they want, Tunsil can sit on the bench for a year to learn and then they can cut Albert. Or they can try to make a trade. Or they could try to play Tunsil at guard, I suppose. I do think they were planning to try Bushrod at guard.
Cian Fahey: I'd guess Tunsil goes in at left tackle, Albert goes to right tackle, James is swing tackle and they try Bushrod inside.
Tom Gower: Jonathan Ogden played left guard his first year. Just draft good players you can put on the field. For first-round picks, if your time horizon is just the very next season, you'll make terrible decisions. (I may still be bitter.)
Ben Muth: I don't like Bushrod at guard at all. Maybe he can play inside, but the way he played at tackle (set soft, play conservative, know where you're help us and lean on it, don't get beat quick) will not play at guard. He'll be in Ryan Tannehill's lap. I think Albert would be better inside, but he may not be thrilled with the proposition.
As far as Tunsil goes, I understand the pick cause I assume he was their best available player, but as I mentioned on Twitter I think putting him in South Beach with Mike Pouncey (mandatory "meetings" in strip clubs at all hours, mandatory weekends in Vegas, not to mention the Martin stuff and being best buds with a convicted murderer) will not be the best place for him to succeed. Hopefully Pouncey has matured and Albert or Bushrod is a more assertive positive influence than Jake Long was when he was in that locker room.
Aaron Schatz: The Browns just took Corey Coleman, the No. 1 WR according to Playmaker Score and a player who absolutely fits a colossal need. Yay, analytics!
Tom Gower: Another variable in how teams evaluate players: Karl Joseph was coming off an ACL injury that ended his final season at West Virginia and went 14th without, that I saw, working out for anybody before the draft. That's about where I thought he should've gone without an injury.
Corey Coleman... Playmaker Score loved him. Josh Norris of Rotoworld did as well. That's how you should evaluate receivers -- not that Coleman was universally regarded as the top receiver by scouting types, but if the scouting types and the numbers agree, then you're probably making a better decision.
Aaron Schatz: The fact that a lot of online scouting types love Coleman does give me a reason to believe that he won't be another Stephen Hill or Sammie Coates, overrated by Playmaker because he's the only quality receiver on a run-heavy offense.
Vince Verhei: Adam Schefter pointed this out: It is impressive when you realize the Browns changed the No. 2 pick into Corey Coleman, a third, two fours, a 2017 first and a 2018 second. And they have 11 picks left and may not be done dealing.
Nathan Forster: I think ultimately Stephen Hill is just a different animal from Coleman, for the reasons that Tom touched on. I don't remember any scouting report that suggested that Hill was actually a good player -- he was all about being an interesting prospect with potential. Coleman, on the other hand, is recognized by scouts as having demonstrated football ability. There are just some concerns given the particular offense that Baylor ran. Hopefully, Coleman can catch a few touchdowns on fourth-and-9 plays as part of the analytics renaissance in Cleveland.
Tom Gower: Teams execute their philosophy. Keanu Neal to Atlanta and Ryan Kelly to the Colts are great examples of that. Obviously college safeties are extremely difficult to project to the NFL, but I thought Neal was in the same late-first-to-early-second-round range we've seen similar hitter safeties fall in in the past. Kelly, everybody loves him, but he's a center, and just how much is that worth? But both fit how I think those teams think, so neither was a surprise and both were mocked (Neal more in the mid-first lately).
When I think great 3-4 defenses, I mostly think of great pass rushing 3-4 outside linebackers. But Rex Ryan's great Jets teams didn't necessarily have that player. Shaq Lawson has a chance to be that kind of player, and it was a position of great need for them as I wrote pre-draft. Indianapolis, for one, could've used a player like him.
Cian Fahey: I never know what the Texans are thinking. Trading up for Will Fuller, who is basically Mike Wallace, with Josh Doctson on the board is baffling.
Tom Gower: I get into deep passing with the NBC column this year, so I get why teams covet deep threats so badly and it feels like are annually higher on them than those outside the NFL are. I don't love Fuller there, but the Texans did really need a receiver, he's more vertically explosive than Nuk Hopkins, and he's not 24. He's even Playmaker Score's second-favorite receiver (no, that note is absolutely not an endorsement that Pharoh Cooper should be the third receiver off the board).
Aaron Schatz: Here's your scouting vs. analytics debate, I guess. Playmaker much preferred Fuller to Doctson. Remember, Doctson is coming out as a senior, and the historical record of wide receivers drafted in the first round as seniors is not very good. Fuller may be just a speed demon, but he's a speed demon who had great production in college. Nothing for college receivers correlates better with NFL success than a high number of receiving touchdowns.
Rob Weintraub: Hue Jackson -- Corey Coleman.
Jay Gruden -- Josh Doctson.
Mike Zimmer -- Laquon Treadwell.
Bengals' coaching tree killing them in the draft.
Scott Kacsmar: A big run on wide receivers leads the Bengals to taking a cornerback. Interesting, but the one that stands out for me is Treadwell to Minnesota. Not sure I love that pick with the speed concerns. Teddy Bridgewater has definitely shown some short-passing affinity, so I could see a lot of catches with no YAC coming from that duo, though at least this receiver has some size. Just think Bridgewater would work better with quicker, shiftier receivers.
Aaron Schatz: Cornerback seems like the right pick for Pittsburgh. And I really like Seattle getting an extra third-round pick to move down just five spots in a trade with Denver.
Vince Verhei: Yeah, there's at least five good options on the board for Seattle, so moving five picks back and getting an extra mid-rounder is very obvious. Fourth straight year the Seahawks have traded their first-round pick to move back or get a veteran (Jimmy Graham).
Paxton Lynch goes to Denver, and Colin Kaepernick better get used to Chip Kelly's playbook.
Tom Gower: We criticize teams for not hitting on needs, but it's hard to read a pick like William Jackson for Cincinnati as anything other than pure best player available. The equation gets quite complicated, but long-term taking players other than the best player is not a great strategy. Again, quite complicated. That it took Jackson away from Pittsburgh and led them to select Artie Burns might have been a bonus, at least if they were on Burns where I was (like 20 picks later).
Aaron Schatz: Tweet by Ben Volin:
Brock Osweiler: $37m guaranteed the next two years
Last year's No 26 pick: $7.083m guaranteed over three years
Elway knows what he's doing
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) April 29, 2016
Cian Fahey: Eh, Elway tried to give him huge money. Let's not get carried away with the praise.
Nathan Forster: I don't pretend to have any insight into Paxton Lynch's talent, but has any first-round quarterback been better set up for success, or at least the perception of success, than he has? With Denver's defense, he'll be praised by the commentariat as a great game manager, even if he turns out to be slightly below average. Indeed, this team even created the illusion that Tim Tebow might be a viable NFL quarterback among some for a short period of time.
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Scott Kacsmar: Ryan Grigson was probably tempted by his choice of wide receivers and Kevin Colbert probably had Jack in mind, but none of that this year. Colts go interior O-line and Steelers go cornerback in the first round for the first time since 1997. Hard to argue with either, though I still don't care for the high center picks in general.
Broncos go up for Paxton Lynch. We can stop talking about Kaepernick and Sam Bradford being traded there. John Elway had to get something better than Mark Sanchez, though I'm still not sold Sanchez won't start Week 1. Can't recall many rookies starting in Gary Kubiak's system, and Lynch has that "project" label.
Aaron Schatz: The Packers need an inside linebacker and didn't take Myles Jack. His medical situation must be really, really bad. This drop is getting kind of nuts.
Tom Gower: Yeah, after the microfracture comments yesterday, I'm not too surprised Jack has fallen this far.
A fourth-round pick and a sixth-round pick (105 + 178) to go from 37 to 28 doesn't seem so bad. What's weird is the 49ers traded up to pick Josh Garnett after Chip Kelly completely neglected the offensive line in Philadelphia after taking Lane Johnson. Maybe Trent Baalke is in charge after all.
Aaron Schatz: Did the 49ers really just trade a fourth-round pick and a sixth-round pick in order to move up nine spots and take a guard? They couldn't get a good guard at pick 37?
Ben Muth: I like Garnett and think he's got a chance to be a really good player, but I don't like trading up for a guard that isn't absolutely can't-miss. Garnett does a lot of things well, finishes blocks, pulls exceptionally well, and he's a stout powerful player. But he leads with his dome on pass pro and can be sloppy with his hands. Plus he's not an elite athlete. He's plays with power but I'm not sure if playing in a lot of space at the line of scrimmage like he will in San Francisco is the best fit for him. Going from Stanford's offense, where 22 personnel at midfield is not a rare occurrence (so there's bodies everywhere) and you grind the clock to a shotgun/tempo offense is really different. That being said, his legs are freakishly strong and he's a smart kid that works hard. Good chance he figures it out. Just not sure I'd use three picks on him.
Aaron Schatz: Dave Gettleman sure loves his defensive tackles in Carolina. I wouldn't be surprised if the Vernon Butler pick suggests they will allow Kawann Short to leave after this season. Sure, you can have three really great defensive tackles, but is it worth paying for Short's big second contract if you have Butler?
Rob Weintraub: No doubt that's a "Farewell and Godspeed, Kawann" pick.
Cian Fahey: Norris says Short has a contract coming. Butler likely more about replacing Star Lotulelei.
Aaron Schatz: If that's the case, they'll have all three guys for two years, because they already picked up Lotulelei's option for 2017.
Vince Verhei: Seahawks end up with Germain Ifedi, who will be a Day 1 starter at right tackle or perhaps guard, and also pick up a third-rounder. Nothing wrong with that, but with the players San Francisco and Arizona added tonight, feels like they still have work to do.
Tom Gower: Round 1: The quarterbacks are the quarterbacks. Obviously I like the teams that traded down, by and large. Teams that traded up have to be right. Teams that gave up a whole lot to trade up, like the teams that went quarterback at the very top of the draft and the Titans getting Conklin, really have to be right.
Highlights of the first round: Nobody really went that crazy. There were no real "how on earth did that guy go in the first round?" moments, or at least enough leaks that players like Burns and Neal were not surprises. Thank you, Christian Hackenberg to the Bills at 19 rumors, you were fun while you lasted. The popular story will be Laremy Tunsil, the video (apparently two years old), and his comments about taking money from a coach at Ole Miss to help pay bills. Obviously not the sort of thing you're supposed to admit (I'm not even going to pretend that sort of thing doesn't happen, and Ole Miss having the success they did recruiting made people including me suspicious on general principles). I think he's very good, and I don't trust the NFL to evaluate character properly, especially with the hot news. That's where an owner with a strong voice and sense of risk-taking can really make a difference -- if Jimmy Haslam hadn't been so gung-ho about taking Johnny Manziel, would the Cleveland general manager have been willing to do the same (assuming, of course, that the general manager was so high on Manziel's talent, which of course the story about the $100,000 analytics report suggests he wouldn't have been)?
Scott Kacsmar: Can certainly disagree with what a few teams did, but the only one I really hate at this point is what Philadelphia did. Why sign Bradford to the contract they did and bring in Chase Daniel at a real backup premium when you trade so much to get a risky player like Carson Wentz?
A team that really may have lucked out was Miami. Move down to 13 and still get Tunsil, who would have gone to Baltimore if not for an old video going viral tonight.
Rob Weintraub: For the Bengals, if you are going to get screwed out of every receiver prospect than taking the draft's best cornerback and swiping him from Pittsburgh is a decent consolation. Still, was drooling for Doctson, and when Houston took Fuller it was right there. Alas.