2017 NFL Draft: Round 1 Musings

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Prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, there were many questions swirling about the quarterbacks and the pass rushers. However, with the first pick of the draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. They also added safety Jabrill Peppers from Michigan with the 25th pick and tight end David Njoku from the University of Miami wiht the 29th pick. It’s clear the Browns seek to build with impact players. Based on today, the Cleveland Browns had an awesome day.

Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs traded up seventeen spots to draft quarterback Patrick Mahomes with the 10th pick. Mahomes dazzled scouts at his pro day, highlighted by throwing a pass 80 yards from his knees. Patrick is expected to sit behind current QB Alex Smith for a year. However, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid equates Mahomes to Mike Vick because both have explosive arm talent. I believe the jury will be headed to Kansas City…

Fan Favorite and Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, went to the Houston Texans with the 12th pick. It’s a great pick for Houston because Watson is a dedicated leader. He’s proven his talent on the biggest stage twice against the Alabama Crimson Tide, vanquishing the giant and getting his revenge in last season’s national championship game. Even better for Watson is he’s joining a team that has an above average defense and a wide receiver he’s already familiar with (De’Andre Hopkins).

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Washington wide receiver John Ross with the 9th overall pick. Although he ran the fastest 40 time in the history of the NFL Combine, Ross got injured while doing it. That was the microcosm of his career at U-Dub. He was the fastest guy on the field. He didn’t drop many passes. He ran clean routes but he can’t stay healthy while doing it. The jury will be out for Ross until he proves his durability opposite AJ Green.

Last but not least, the Chicago Bears traded with the San Francisco 49ers and drafted North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky with the 2nd pick. The flags were up on him because Trubisky started 13 games and wasn’t really outstanding in all them. He wasn’t a top five quarterback coming out. However, he showed well at the Combine. He showed well at his pro day. He is a good looking quarterback. His biggest issue can he withstand and prosper in a demanding city with lofty expectations? As of right now, Mitch Trubisky looks like Tarzan and plays like Jane.


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