NFL Draft 2018: Round 1 Analysis: Picks 22-32

Welcome to the final installment of the 2018 NFL Draft review. Hope you have enjoyed the other 2 segments and would love to hear your thoughts on your team and how you think they have done in the draft.

Don’t forget we will be podcasting later in the week with Lee Wakefield so keep your eyes peeled for that where we will review the whole 1st round of the draft.

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So let’s get to it.

Tennessee were at number 22 after trading with Baltimore and selected Rashaan Evans, who is a 3 down linebacker and will replace Avery Williamson. He is solid, if not spectacular. The Titans defence looking a lot more solid and could be a team to watch this season in fantasy and real life, especially if the offence gets going.

Lamer Jackson still on the board, and many thinking he would be selected here, but The New England Patriots selected Isiah Wynn at 23, the guard from Georgia. It’s not a surprise really, with Nate Solder departing and the guy having Wynn in his name, which is what the Patriots do best….I’ll get my coat.

Pick 24 by Carolina saw the first WR off the board. DJ Moore for Maryland will be joining Devin Funchess and could make an immediate impact with the Panthers. He will likely be a popular selection in Dynasty drafts. A quick wide receiver with great hands, Cam Newton gets the help he needed.

Baltimore selected a Tight End at pick 25, with Hayden Hurst the first pick for Baltimore after trading back with Tennessee. Has good blocking skills and will likely be heavily utilised in this offence judging by previous years. Is the best Tight End in the draft but I wouldn’t be surprised if Hurst is overdrafted in both redraft and dynasty leagues. I’ll pass for Dallas Goedert, thanks.

The biggest name at the Wide Receiver position in Calvin Ridley was selected at 26 by Atlanta. The Alabama wideout joins Julio Jones and will bring a lot of speed and is a perfect fit for Ridley in this offence. Excited to see the impact he could have here. Explosive pace off the line of scrimmage if possibly not the quickest long speed or the best at yards after the catch. He possesses good sideline body control and Matt Ryan will look to him often immediately. The bigger picture is that Mohammed Sanu’s stock has fallen for me (really liked him this year as a late round pick) and the coverage should be a bit easier for Julio.

Perhaps the most surprising pick of the first round came from Seattle, picking up running back Rashad Penny with pick 27. Whilst this could solve the running back conundrum that has been evident since the departure of Marshawn Lynch, but if there is noone to block for him, he isn’t going anywhere. A puzzling pick by the seahwaks. Russell Wilson will not be happy. With Paul Richardson gone and Jimmy Graham, all signs point to Seattle returning to ground and pound style offence.

The Steelers selection saw Ryan Shazier, told a few months ago that he would struggle to play again in the NFL, had an emotional walk out on to the podium to make the Pittsburgh selection at 28. Terrell Edmunds, brother of Tremaine, was the pick at 28 and the playmaking safety will hope that he can play alongside Shazier at some point in the future. Best wishes, Ryan.

Now to the Jacksonville pick, with Lamar Jackson STILL on the board. My NAP selection was looking in grave danger after  Jacksonville selected Taven Bryan at pick 29. Another 1st round pick on the defence and will bolster that front D Line. Bortles dodges a bullet so you have to confirm here that the team will be a mainly running, chew the clock type team and let their defence go to work. Is a potentially great signing to fill in for anyone that may leave from that defence in the next few years as they may struggle to pay them all. Will likely be the number 1 defences off the board in fantasy drafts this year…and for good reason. The AFC South will be a lot tougher and competitive than last year though, so don’t all rush to join the queue to select them.

Talking of defence, Mike Hughes could possibly complete this one for the Vikings, going at pick 30. The corner from UCF will have plenty of talented players to learn from and could be a stud.

The 2nd Patriots pick of the 1st round (also was expected to be Lamar Jackson) was a fairly surprising one. A dagger to the Rex Burkhead truthers (I was ready to jump on the bandwaggon) saw Sony Michel join the Patriots at pick 31, who seems of similar ilk to Dion Lewis and will join the backfield which will now be a muddling as usual. Could spell the end for Mike Gillislee, if not Jeremy Hill. Michel will likely have a portion of the backfield but like most years, this is a backfield to stay clear of unless it is in best ball leagues for me. Am tempted by Burkhead in PPR, however.

The final pick of the 1st round saw Baltimore trade back in to the 1st round to select Lamar Jackson. The relief on my face for the NAP selection was palpable. I will forever be in Ozzy Newsome’s debt and Lamar could be the face of a changing Baltimore Ravens offence come 2019 with the fraudster Joe Flacco’s contract expiring at the end of this year. Never thought I would say this, but Baltimore could be a good team to watch going forward if their dealings pay off. Jackson will bring something totally different for the Ravens fans.

So there we have it, Round 1 reviewed. TO round up the best and worse from the back end, surely the most eyebrow raising selection was the one from the Seahawks. SO many gaps on defence, and a pourous, turnstile like Offensive line, they selected a talented running back. Hmmmm.

The best pick in my opinion is either of the Wide Receivers, who land in ideal spots and could hit it off straight away for both the team, and fantasy GMs. of the two, I would probably take DJ Moore, as Julio Jones will still be the focal point of the Atlanta Falcons, and DJ Moore has the chance to take up a sizeable role in the Carolina offence.

Hope you enjoyed the review, we’ll be back later in the week, breaking down rounds 2-7, looking at the best and worst picks. Hope your team drafted who you wanted and we only have to wait 4 months now for the season to start…not long. *sulks*