The Draft is in the books and the dust has settled on our Pick It Apart articles for the first round.
Now I take a look back at rounds two to seven and give you my takes on the best and worst from each round. Was it a reach? Was it a steal? Are they going to our play their draft position? Or are they just *bad*?
Best: DK Metcalf, 64th overall to the Seattle Seahawks
We’ve started this one with one that’ll definitely split opinion, haven’t I?
Well do you know what? I don’t mind that one bit.
For me, DK Metcalf was the 13th best overall player available in the draft and my number 1 wide receiver, yet he was the 9th overall receiver taken and it still puzzles me.
You can come at me with all the route running jibes you like, regardless of that, Metcalf is a better player than most, if not all of those receivers taken before him in terms of his potential ceiling, his physical gifts and his innate ability to make spectacular catches look easy.
So with all of the above in mind, I think 64 was an absolute bargain spot for him to land and furthermore, the fit with Seattle and Russell Wilson should be a very happy marriage.
Worst: Mecole Hardman, 56th overall to the Kansas City Chiefs
Sure, we can all see the logic here. Tyreek Hill is embroiled in legal trouble and even if he escapes the long arm of the law, he probably isn’t going to avoid an NFL suspension.
Given that Kansas City already lost their starting running back last year due to similar reasons, that’s a fair bit of fire power to lose from an offense in a short space of time, so they had to act.
They acted by trying to replace Tyreek Hill, or at least take out an insurance policy against him and any impending suspension (or having to cut him).
I get that teams draft to fill their needs and fill a role and that doesn’t always mean drafting the best player and a position of need in a completely linear fashion, but man. Mecole Hardman ain’t it.
He’s fast, sure. However he’s nowhere near the receiver Tyreek Hill is.
I can’t shake the feeling that this was a panic pick because the situation was Hill was, and still is, unclear.
To me though, the bottom line is that there were better speed receivers on the board at the time and even if they had set their hearts on Mecole Hardman, they didn’t need to pull the trigger at 56.
Best: Chase Winovich, 77th overall to the New England Patriots
I said this about N’Keal Harry in the final Pick It Apart article of the first round and the same applies to Chase Winovich; Chase Winovich just is a New England Patriot.
New England certainly have a personality type that they draft and they’re pretty rigid when it comes down to it. From what I have heard and read over the years, their big board is comparatively tiny against what other teams would use on draft weekend.
Winovich is that kind of versatile, gritty, blue collar, high motor defensive lineman that they absolutely love and that works a treat in their system.
Winovich will do what he’s done his whole college career and work his arse off and be an asset to the team. He won’t be a star, he won’t play every down but he will make plays and make the Patriots better.
Worst: Trey Pipkins, 91st overall to the Los Angeles Chargers
What is it about Tom Telesco in the 3rd round?
As you may know, I’m a big Chargers fan and I actually really like Tom Telesco’s work at the Chargers GM on the whole and I rate him as a GM but his 3rd rounders down the years have left a lot to be desired.
Chris Watt, Craig Mager, Max Tuerk… Dan Feeney (to a degree), all not great. I really hope Trey Pipkins isn’t going to be another one, I’m hoping he’s more of a Keenan Allen kind of third rounder as opposed to the guys above.
What makes this a bad pick then?
Well for me, this is a huge reach and at a time with better tackles on the board, Chuma Edoga the player I thought the team would have had their eyes on and he went a pick later. Oklahoma’s Bobby Evans or Yodny Cajuste of West Virginia would have also made for better picks in my eyes, all three of whom went in the next 11 picks after Pipkins.
Why did the Chargers draft him?
Mainly due to his athletic traits that give him a really high ceiling but the issue is that the step up from playing for the Sioux Falls Cougars in Division II college football to the NFL is a huge one and another reason this pick makes little sense is that Pipkins is a project who will now back up another project at right tackle.
A head scratcher.
Best: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, 105th overall to the New Orleans Saints
H O W D I D T H I S H A P P E N P E O P L E ??
How did Chauncey Gardner-Johnson fall this far? To me, this guy was a first round talent one the field and I have no idea how he’s fallen out of the second round, never mind the top 100. New Orleans have got themselves a bargain in CGJ.
Gardner-Johnson can play either safety spot and could also fill in as a nickel or dime corner too, with the length to play against big slots, the sure tackling to hold up in the run game and the range to play deep; the modern day defensive back, the mismatch neutraliser that all teams want and need.
There absolutely has to be some sort of off field issue that came up in meetings of which the details haven’t come to light because 105 is insane.
Worst: Mitch Wishnowsky, 110th overall to the San Francisco 49ers
A punter in the 4th. I don’t care that he’s a great punter, he’s still a punter. Wishnowsky is also 27 years old and whilst punters can play for a long while but he’s still a late starter to the sport, albeit his Aussie Rules background gives him a lot of transferable skills.
You can find punters as priority free agents, the 4th is way too early for me.
Best: Charles Omenihu, 161st overall to the Houston Texans
This is along the same lines as the CGJ pick… I am not entirely sure how this happened. The Texans draft was amongst my least favourite but Charles Omunihu was by far the brightest spot. There are so many edge defenders that I had below Omenihu that went before him and very few of them have his athletic profile or production.
Omenihu can play inside and out and approaches his pass rush reps with a plan and utilises his long arms well when making his way to the passer.
JJ Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus and Charles Omenihu could make for a ferocious sub package when the situation arises.
Worst: Clayton Thorston, 167th overall to the Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles were always going to extend Carson Wentz. They have Nate Sudfeld, who has been in the league for a couple of years and has been on the team and knows the playbook… Oh, and he knows the culture of the team and has won a Superbowl.
Sounds like a pretty ideal back up to me.
The Eagles also signed Cody Kessler, who ok, was probably just an insurance which meant that the Eagles didn’t need to draft a QB but could do if they wanted.
The thing is, Thorston isn’t that interesting of a project and ultimately, the best the Eagles can hope for is that he can see the field and impress in limited reps and they can flip him for a mid rounder in a couple of years.
Best: Rodney Anderson, 211th overall to the Cincinnati Bengals
This is completely health dependant but Rodney Anderson could be the best back in terms of talent in this entire draft class and if he can stay healthy, he could be an absolute steal for Cincy and form a formidable backfield tandem with Joe Mixon.
The best thing is, if he doesn’t stay healthy, he’s only cost a 6th rounder and some 6th rounders don’t make the final 53 man roster and most don’t last more than a couple of years in the league.
The 6th is exactly the time to take fliers on talented but flawed players as it’s “boom or oh well, shrug emoji”. I don’t think that’s a real saying but it should be.
Worst: Corey Ballentine, 180th overall to the New York Giants
I wrote about this recently in my DeAndre Baker Pick It Apart article but the amount of draft capital the Giants spent on corners this draft is excessive and I just do not understand it.
Baker (1st), Beal (3rd), Love (4th) and Ballentine (6th).
As I said previously, this team needs help elsewhere.
Best: Jimmy Moreland, 227th overall to the Washington Redskins
A couple of weeks back, I made my case for the Redskins having potentially won the draft. I think Washington made good picks throughout the draft and finding talent in the later rounds, really puts the icing on a draft and turns it from a good haul into a great one.
Jimmy Moreland is a feisty corner who I can see developing into a really nice nickel corner in the NFL.
His talent means he could really outplay his draft position and if not then he was taken with a mid 7th rounder but he’s much more talented than a lot of the players drafted around him.
It’s the 7th round, teams can pick who they want, they’re taking fliers left, right and center. I’m ok with pretty much anything in the 7th.