By: Adam Pasternak
The NFL Draft has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still talk about it…right? So much happened over the weekend in the NFL and it’s honestly hard to fit it all into one article, so here are my top three stories from this past NFL Draft.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars Won the Draft:
The Jags won the draft before it was even past the second round. After they were able to get Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey fifth overall, they were somehow in position to take UCLA’s Myles Jack in the early second round. Both players were top prospects, but many NFL executives were scared to take Jack due to his injury history, and is the reason for his fall in the draft. It is more than likely that he will have to sit out the entire year, but if he recovers properly – that Jags defence will be scary for years to come. Both Ramsey and Jack are freak athletes, who are both very versatile. Ramsey played cornerback and safety in college, and Jack played both sides of the ball (he had a few snaps at running back for UCLA over his few years there). With a defence that is already pretty good, the Jags have now secured their future with these two picks. That defence will be one of the best in the NFL in a few short years, and will be a force in the league for many years to come. If the Jags can find a way to address their offensive issues this year, they will be able to turn things around and maybe one day in the near future, make a playoff push – something that is definitely foreign to the fans in Jacksonville.
The Jags future looks bright especially on defence. If Blake Bortles, Julius Thomas and the rest of their offence can build on an improved 2015 campaign, the Jags will have a great shot of getting out of the NFL’s basement. Big things are coming in Jacksonville, just wait!
2. The San Diego Chargers Get Ready for the Future:
The Chargers surprised many, myself included, and passed on top names like Jalen Ramsey, Laremy Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley and instead took Ohio State star, Joey Bosa. As a Chargers fan, while I was surprised, it was a great surprise. This could not be a better fit for the Bolts, but the great drafting didn’t stop there (something that usually isn’t the case with GM Tom Telesco). With their next pick, they took the top tight end in the draft – 6’4 Hunter Henry from Arkansas. Henry has the opportunity to learn from a legend, which should only help with his development, as well as it gives Phil Rivers another massive target to throw to. In the third round, the Chargers adressed their needs at centre, drafting Max Tuerk out of USC. Next, with their fourth round selection, the Bolts took Bosa’s teammate from Ohio State, Joshua Perry – another great pick by Telesco. Perry has been described as a great leader and a hard worker by his ex-Ohio State teammates and scouts throughout the NFL.
Over the later rounds of the draft, the Chargers filled some needs, drafting punter Drew Kaser, guard Donavan Clark and most notably – fullback Derek Watt (brother of NFL superstar, J.J Watt). Overall, this was the most successful draft for the Bolts since they got Phil Rivers. The future finally looks bright in San Diego, but they aren’t done building yet. Rivers is getting old and I think his NFL career will be over in the next few years. Eventually, the Bolts will have to start looking for their next QB. Whether they find him through the draft (possibly next year) or through trade/signing is still unknown. In fact, I don’t really think the Bolts have a real plan in place. While there is still time to figure it all out, they should start worrying about this before it’s too late. Rivers, as hard as it is for me to admit this, is not the same Phil Rivers he once was. I’m not sure how many more years of 20+ interceptions I can take. It will be interesting to see how he performs this year, and how the Bolts go about building their team for the future. So far, they are off to a great start.
3. The Trades that Didn’t Happen:
Well, Colin Kaepernick is still a San Francisco 49er, Muhammed Wilkerson is still a New York Jet, and Sam Bradford is still a Philadelphia Eagle. These are just a few of the many rumoured trades that did not go down on draft day. Quite frankly, the only thing missing from this draft was a major draft day trade. Other then a few pick-for-pick deals, nothing went down and no player was traded. I can understand why these deals didn’t go down, but I really don’t see Kaepernick playing in San Fran this year and one has to think that at some point this offseason, he will be traded. Same with Bradford, as he has requested a trade and refusing to report to offseason mini-camps. It had been rumoured that the Broncos were looking into a Bradford trade, but ultimately ended negotiations and took Paxton Lynch out of Memphis in the second round. But in Wilkerson’s case, I think he will stay a Jet. He’s a great young talent and unless the Jets receive an offer they can’t refuse, he deserves to stay in New York. All he’s done is play well and make a few Pro Bowls. He’s still young, and I just can’t see why they would even want to move him. They originally tried to use him as bait to trade up into the top 3, but ultimately didn’t find any deals to make and I don’t think he was anything more than just that; bait.
There is still tons of time left before training camps begin, and the offseason is just about to take off. There is still a lot of time to make deals, and I think at least two of the aforementioned names will be playing on different teams to start the season. Stay tuned, this offseason looks to be a good one!
What did you think of the draft? Did another team have a better draft then the Bolts and Jags? Will Kaepernick and/or Bradford see a change of scenery? Comment your thoughts below!
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