By JUSTIN BAXLEY (@JbClusterSports)
Photo credit goes to thenation.com.
The NFL’s first round is officially in the books. We saw some thrills, steals and slides. It was a “fast” and furious first round, so here are my five takeaways from last night.
(1) Make sure your password is protected on your Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Laremy Tunsil watched as he dropped from a potential top pick all the way down to No. 13. He watched along with the rest of America as team after team passed or picked another tackle.
All of this occurred because of a video that surfaced on draft day of him smoking out of a bong. He also watched as text messages surfaced regarding his being paid for playing at Ole Miss. Tunsil had a tough night. However, if he can figure out how to keep his password locked down and he can stay out of trouble, then the Dolphins landed a steal at No. 13.
"Tunsil had a tough night."
Laremy Tunsil. Photo credit goes to the San Diego Union Tribue.
(2) The Browns actually had a good first round. They traded down before the draft to land a slew of picks from the Eagles. At No. 8 they traded down to No. 15 with the Titans. This netted them some picks this year and in the 2017 draft. The Browns landed a solid wideout at No. 15 in Corey Coleman. Now I don't exactly love the pick of Corey Coleman at this spot, but with Josh Gordon not coming back for awhile it makes some sense. The Browns could have landed some defensive play-makers, but in a league that is built on passing they landed someone who will contribute immediately.
"With Josh Gordon not coming back for awhile it makes some sense."
Corey Coleman. Photo credit goes to dawgsbynature.com.
(3) The Cardinals landed at top-five prospect at No. 29. Robert Nkemdiche was a possible top pick until some poor choices left him in a hospital and slipping down the board. The Cards have a history with SEC players with questionable pasts. Tyrann Mathieu was not even selected in the draft because of his poor choices; now he is one of the top safeties in the league. If anyone can keep Nkemdiche in check, it's this team. He also fits the “blitz”-minded Bruce Arians system well.
"If anyone can keep Nkemdiche in check, it's this team."
Robert Nkemdiche. Photo credit goes to ESPN.
(4) A couple trades really made me scratch my head. The one that jumps to mind is the 49ers jumping back into the first round to land guard Joshua Garnett. I just don't like this pick considering he was probably going to be on the board in the second round. Then the Texans moved up one spot to land Will Fuller. Again, I didn't see the need to move up one spot, but I also didn't think that Washington was going to take a wideout in the first round. And they did. Just seems like two very odd trades.
Two trades that I did like was the Bears leapfrogging the Giants to grab Leonard Floyd at the No. 9. Floyd will fit in nicely with the Bears and should give them a serious pass rusher. The other trade was the Broncos moving up for Paxton Lynch. Lynch is essentially Brock Osweiler but cheaper. I also think that he can sit a year behind Sanchez and really learn the NFL game.
"Floyd will fit in nicely with the Bears and should give them a serious pass rusher."
Leonard Floyd. Photo credit goes to Bleacher Report.
(5) A running back was taken at No. 4. At first I was very upset and angry. In my mock for the draft, I felt like if Jalen Ramsey was on the board the Cowboys needed to pick him. Yet, they took running back Ezekiel Elliott. Again, I was livid to watch my team go running back at No. 4.
Then I started to really look at it. I now think they made the best pick. They took a player who will be ready to go day one. He will be the running back behind the best offensive line in the league. If Romo is healthy as well as top target Dez Bryant, teams won't be able to stack the box to stop Elliott. I am making a bold prediction and saying that he will be in the top three in rushing yards next season. This sounds insane, but I really like the vision he has on the field. He has the ability to find the hole and hit it hard. This will translate well. In three years, he will be the best back in the league. Demarco who?