NFL Draft First Round Review


The Cincinnati Bengals selected their franchise signal caller with the number pick. Welcome to the Jungle, Joe Burrow (Photo courtesy of Derek Ho).

Each year, 252 college football players are selected in the NFL Draft. No matter what number pick they are, they have all achieved one of the biggest accomplishments, being drafted. The players that are projected to be the best are selected in the first round. I will break down each teams’ first round selection and how that player will impact the team.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow- This was a no brainer selection. The Cincinnati Bengals got a franchise signal caller who is coming off of the best college football season in history. Burrow will blossom on this team and lead them to many wins.
  2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young- Like the Bengals, this too was a no brainer selection. Young had an extremely dominant career at Ohio State and wreaked havoc on opposing offenses. Young is a game changing pass rusher and will help evaluate all aspects of the Redskins’ defense.
  3. Detroit Lions: Jeffery Okudah- Okudah was the best secondary player in the draft. The Lions made a great selection here because he has the potential to be the next best lockdown corner in the league. He will also be able to learn under Desmond Trufant, in order to perfect his play style.
  4. New York Giants: Andrew Thomas- Although this selection received criticism, this was a great selection by the Giants. He will be able to be a cornerstone left tackle for many years. He will protect Daniel Jones and open running lanes for Saquan Barkley.
  5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa- If it wasn’t for injuries, he would’ve been the first quarterback off the boards. The Dolphins are able to also select their future signal caller who they have been linked to for many seasons.
  6. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert- The Chargers selected the third quarterback of the draft. They land Justin Herbert from the Oregon Ducks. Herbert will be mentored by Tyrod Taylor before becoming quarterback. This was a great move since he is mobile and has a strong arm to get the ball downfield to the deep threat wide receivers in Williams and Allen.
  7. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Brown- The Panthers passed on the swiss army knife, Isaiah Simmons, and selected the big body defensive tackle, Brown. I like this move a lot because he embodies the type of player Matt Rhule likes. Rhule had huge success at Baylor with a relentless defensive line, and he plans on doing the same with the Panthers. They now have four talented linemen with Brown, Short, Burns, and Matos.
  8. Arizona Cardinals: Isaiah Simmons- The Cardinals were able to land the biggest athletic freak with Simmons. Simmons can do it all as a linebacker and be the next big part of this defense to help the Cardinals put together a great season.
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars: C.J. Henderson- After moving on from their starting corners, Ramsey and Bouye, the Jaguars brought in a fresh one with Henderson. This was a great pick because Henderson is a playmaker who will bring shine to this otherwise quiet defense.
  10. Cleveland Browns: Jedrick Wills- The Browns didn’t need anything other than a left tackle this draft. They got their left tackle with Wills. Wills will give Baker Mayfield time in the pocket to finally pass to his exceptional receiving core.
  11. New York Jets: Mekhi Becton- The Jets, smartly, passed up on a receiver and selected a hog molly left tackle. Becton is massive and can lay out any rusher. Just like the other tackles, Becton will now be able to protect the Jets’ young quarterback and open running lanes up for a stud rusher.
  12. Las Vegas Raiders: Henry Ruggs- The Raiders needed a receiver and Ruggs is a receiver, so this seems like a great combo. Well, it isn’t. Although Ruggs possesses elite speed, he isn’t the receiver the Raiders needed. They reached on someone just because he can run fast for 40 yards. They needed someone who will come in and make a contribution from the start like Lamb. Instead they got a project.
  13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tristan Wirfs- Again, another left tackle off the boards. This was a great selection because Wirfs will be able to keep the blind side clean for Brady and allow for him to stay healthy while passing downfield to his talented receivers.
  14. San Francisco 49ers: Javon Kinlaw- This was a great move by the Niners because they stuck with what gave them much success last year: a great defensive line. After moving on from Buckner, they replace him with a hard worker and a talented player.
  15. Denver Broncos: Jerry Jeudy- The Broncos will be insane. They were able to add possibly the best receiver in the class for their talented quarterback, Drew Lock, to pass to. With Jeudy’s exceptional route running and Lock’s rocket for an arm, the sky’s the limit in Mile High.
  16. Atlanta Falcons: A.J. Terrell- This move was a bit perplexing. Yes, the Falcons needed cornerback help, but Terrell wasn’t the best option. He is fresh off of a game where he was absolutely destroyed in the National Championship, and there were much better options too including National Champion Kristian Fulton.
  17. Dallas Cowboys: Ceedee Lamb- This was the biggest steal of the draft. The best receiver in the draft fell to the Cowboys. The Cowboys offense is set up for success as they now have the best young one, two punch at wide receiver in Lamb and Cooper. Too bad Dak Prescott is their quarterback.
  18. Miami Dolphins: Austin Jackson- The Dolphins got their star corner and they now hope to protect him. Although Jackson wasn’t the best lineman on the board, they still selected who they believed was “their guy.”
  19. Las Vegas Raiders: Damon Arnette- The Raiders first reached one their first pick and then reached even more with their second. Arnette was a good corner at Ohio State, but he wasn’t first round or even second round good. This was a huge reach by the Raiders.
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars: K’Lavon Chaisson- The Jaguars first addressed their biggest defensive problem with Henderson. They now address their second biggest defensive issue at defensive end. The Jaguars quietly had the best draft.
  21. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Reagor- Bad. Bad. Bad. This was originally a song by Young Thug, but it is now the description of the Eagles’ pick. Reagor is extremely overrated and was selected over a stud receiver, Jefferson. Reagor is regarded as a speed threat, but there is a better chance than not that he lied about his 40 yard dash time.
  22. Minnisota Vikings: Justin Jefferson- The Vikings moved on from a stud receiver, Stefon Diggs, who didn’t want to be there. They replaced him with the most underrated pick of the draft. Jefferson had 18 touchdowns and 1,800 receiving yards this past year, so he is pretty good.
  23. Los Angeles Chargers: Kenneth Murray- The Chargers made another great move with Murray. Murray is an athletic middle linebacker who will be the heart and soul of this defense. He will be a dominant threat next to Derwin James.
  24. New Orleans Saints: Cesear Ruiz- This move was bashed by many, including myself, but it has grown on me. The Saints are loading up on offensive lineman in order to now have the best line in football. Ruiz will block an aging Brees and help Kamara become the running back he once was, good.
  25. San Francisco 49ers: Brandon Aiyuk- The 49ers now get a talented receiver to pair up with another young and talented wideout in Samuel. The 49ers now have the potential to be great on offense and defense and potentially go back to the Super Bowl.
  26. Green Bay Packers: Jordan Love- I like the idea of selecting a quarterback to be the successor to Rodgers, but this was the wrong decision. The Packers were one receiver away from being legit contenders again. On top of that, I don’t believe Love will be that good for the Packers. He’s Deshone Kizer 2.0.
  27. Seattle Seahawks: Jordyn Brooks- This was another Seahawks pick, inordinary. They needed a linebacker, and they got one but Patrick Queen was still there. The Queen was better, so they reached. Seahawks always do this though, and they seem quite alright, so that’s cool.
  28. Baltimore Ravens: Patrick Queen- The Ravens two needs were receiver and linebacker. They fixed one of those holes with Queen. Queen was one of my favorite players because he is a playmaker. He can be the next elite linebacker in Baltimore.
  29. Tennessee Titans: Isaiah Wilson- The Titans moved on from their cornerstone tackle, Conklin, and they look to replace him with Wilson. Although this was a reach, they still got a quality tackle.
  30. Miami Dolphins: Noah Igbinoghene- This was a bad pick. They just didn’t need a corner. They already have two lockdown corners in Howard and Jones, so there’s no reason to have gotten him unless they fear that a domestic violence case on Howard reopens or if they want to make Igbinoghene a safety. Which would still be odd since all the top safeties were still on the board.
  31. Minnesota Vikings: Jeff Gladney- Gladney is an athletic monster. He is a very raw yet talented corner. He will help ease the departure of the Vikings’ three starting corners from a year ago.
  32. Kansas City Chiefs: Clyde Edwards-Helaire- With the final pick of the first round, the Chiefs offense got even scarier. Although I believe there were better running backs available, Mahomes wanted Helaire. If Mahomes wants him, get him.

Overall, the NFL Draft was very fun to watch, and each and every team improved this year. It will be tons of fun to watch these rookies begin to take over the NFL for many years to come.