With the 1st pick in the 2018 NFL Draft….
On Day One of the NFL Draft, 32 teams hope the 2nd half of that sentence will change their franchise forever. It undoubtedly will. Approximately half of the 1st round will be absolute busts, while the other half will have prolonged success in the NFL. The question is: Who swung and missed, and who hit a home run??
For a list of every pick in Round 1, click here.
Cleveland Browns (#1 and #4)
The Cleveland Browns are the WORST franchise in sports (and it’s not even close). Their franchise has been in disarray since Jim Brown wore those ugly jerseys. They haven’t had a quarterback who can hit the broad side of a barn since forever. And they have ONE WIN in their last 32 games.
However, new general manager, John Dorsey, is hoping to turn this bus around. Two picks in the first four is an easy way to flip a U-turn. But, AS USUAL, the Browns turned a simple U-turn into four flat tires, causing the bus to flip over, and strand them in the middle of nowhere. Oh, and they somehow figured out how to shoot themselves in the foot (despite not owning a gun).
Baker Mayfield?!?! Really?? As a Jets’ fan, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. As a human being, who can feel feelings, I want to hug you and cry. And then, with the best player in the draft, Bradley Chubb, available at #4, you select Denzel Ward?! No offense, Ward, but Chubb is simply a more talented player, at a more important position.
New York Giants (#2)
This is a shame. The Giants hit the NFL lottery. They landed an extremely valuable pick, while possessing a halfway decent roster. AND they have the perfect “bridge” QB in Eli Manning. Teams spend 10 or (wayyy) more years in NFL purgatory, hoping for a chance to draft a franchise QB. And the Giants, misconstruing Eli Manning’s “longevity”, took this opportunity for granted. Imagine if the Indianapolis Colts spit in Peyton Manning’s face and took Curtis Ennis (RB) instead?!
Now, I think Saquon Barkley is going to be the next Adrian Peterson, so it’s hard to completely bury the Giants. However, a franchise QB is so much more important than a franchise RB it’s not even funny. But hey, Eli Manning has three years left, right Giants fans????
New York Jets (#3)
I’m a Jets Fan. This is the happiest I’ve been, the day after the NFL Draft, in 31 years (I’m 31 years old). The Jets traded up to the #3 pick, in hopes of finding a franchise QB. Boy did they ever. With the Browns and Giants both in need of a QB, the Jets were in danger of being left with their older brother’s, hand-me-down underwear. Instead, they wound up with a never worn, freshly ironed, 3-piece suit. Aren’t my analogies fantastic????
Sam Darnold is the best QB in this draft. He was also the #1 player on the Jets’ draft board. I literally couldn’t be happier with the way this played out. Now, all the Jets have to do, is not screw this kid up. Everyone knows the Jets are good at ruining careers. If they allow Darnold to sit, and learn, for the majority of this upcoming season, he’ll be groomed and ready to go in 2019. Then, when the immortal Tom Brady retires in 2020, the Jets can claim their spot atop the AFC East.
While Christmas came early for the Jets, Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Denver Broncos’ birthday all fell on the same day this year. Landing defensive end, Bradley Chubb, at #5, is unreal. Like the Jets, the Broncos can thank the stupidity and ineptitude of the Cleveland Browns for that.
The Indianapolis Colts did their QB, Andrew Luck, a big favor Thursday night. Drafting offensive guard, Quenton Nelson, is music to Luck’s ears, and head, and arm, and spleen. Nelson is going to be a beast on the offensive line. Maybe Andrew Luck can scale back his health insurance plan….
Is there a rule you must trade up to draft players named Josh?? Both Josh Allen (#7 – Bills), and Josh Rosen (#10 – Cardinals), cost their teams extra draft picks. But, the Cardinals and Bills may have found their QBs of the future. As they say, only time will tell.
Check back with DaveTalksSports.com on Monday for a full Draft Recap.
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