I was wrong, you were wrong, and so was the rest of the world. No one could have predicted what would take place the night of April 28, 2016. The NFL draft once again took everyone by storm as the most unpredictable circumstances took place. From Laremy Tunsil doing his best Cheech and Chong impression to Myles Jack’s unforeseen fall into the 2nd round, it’s safe to say that the first round of the 2016 NFL draft has started off with a bang.
The first two picks of mine were correct as many assumed, but had Tunsil not had his account hacked and gotten toasted that night with family, presumably most of us would’ve gotten the San Diego Chargers pick correct as well.
The rest were quite obvious. The Cowboys needed a running back to go behind that great offense line, and the Jaguars needed a play-maker in the secondary. Offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley was a solid choice as we’ve grown accustomed to seeing with the Ravens’ general manager Ozzie Newsome making the picks. The San Francisco 49ers will without a doubt have one of the best defensive lines in the league with Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner paired together.
Then the real fun began with the Cleveland Browns going out of the norm and trading back as opposed to trading forward, and dare I say that they’ve finally realized how to play the draft! They gave the Titans who they wanted and received many more picks to play with in the process.
That wasn’t enough as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded their pick to the Chicago Bears, giving them their chance at linebacker Leonard Floyd. You can only imagine how much is he chomping at the bit to get a chance to work with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and company.
Former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple could’ve been considered a reach, but the New York Giants got their man. With the top 10 rounded out there was still much more to come!
The Bucs picked Vernon Hargreaves III, who fits perfectly in their scheme. The New Orleans Saints couldn’t help but grab a Mike Daniels clone in Sheldon Rankins. At this point, you could start to see the trend of drafting for need rather than best player available.
The Miami Dolphins then decided to pounce on Tunsil and make him the 13th pick in the draft despite his crazy night.
The Oakland Raiders knew they needed secondary help, and they got the best safety in the class in Karl Joseph. Finally, it was the Browns up at 15. Many fans and experts couldn’t help but wonder if they were going to make yet another trade, as if they were in grade school trading food at lunch. They chose Corey Coleman and arguably the best wide receiver in the class.
The Detroit Lions went for the solid yet unattractive pick in Taylor Decker, and the Atlanta Falcons surprised us all when they chose Keanu Neal at safety. Cue the crickets.
The Indiana Colts made the obvious choice in Ryan Kelly at center, and the Buffalo Bills got a perfect fit for their defense in Shaq Lawson. Then Darron Lee, the fifth Ohio State Buckeye of the night was chosen by the New York Jets.
Then it was the receivers turn to fly off the board. The Houston Texans traded with Washington Redskins for the speedy Will Fuller from Notre Dame. The Redskins went one pick back and took TCU’s Josh Doctson. That left Minnesota Vikings with Laquon Treadwell at pick 23.
The Cincinnati Bengals stayed and picked a top 15 talent in cornerback William Jackson III, and this left their bitter rival in the Pittsburgh Steelers to pick an unknown cornerback in Artie Burns.
Yet another first round trade from the Seattle Seahawks gave the Denver Broncos the opportunity to pick their tall big armed quarterback in Paxton Lynch, which should help challenge Mark Sanchez as the Broncos starter this year.
Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers stayed the course and drafted an unknown, low key player in defensive tackle Kenny Clark from UCLA.
The 49ers made a great move by trading back into the first round for the former Stanford Cardinal
Joshua Garnett. The Cardinals did what most fans wanted their team to do, drafting Robert Nkemdiche.
The exciting and unpredictable draft was followed by the NFC champion, Carolina Panthers drafting defensive lineman Vernon Butler, and the Seattle Seahawks picking offensive tackle Germain Ifedi.
The first round of the draft has been an emotional roller coaster for the fans, and they should expect nothing less tonight during rounds two and three. Let’s all remember that no matter how much we think we know about the draft, an unexpected video of a talented player smoking weed out of a gas mask could pop up and ruin your entire mock draft and favorite team’s plans.