Sports: The NFL “Distance” Draft

by Lucas Garrison, Sports Editor

With a ton of build-up, the first-ever online NFL draft proved to be nothing short of interesting. The first ten picks in the draft went off without a single trade, then out of nowhere the Tampa Bay Buccaneers flipped spots with the San Francisco 49ers and selected Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs. The presumptive number one pick, Joe Burrow, went number one to the Cincinnati Bengals.

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As a matter of fact, the first three picks of the draft ended up exactly how all draft experts saw the selections going: number one overall former-LSU QB and national champion Joe Burrow (Bengals), number two overall DE Chase Young (Washington Redskins), Number three CB Jeff Okudah (Detroit Lions). The team with the most picks in this year’s NFL draft, the Dolphins, selected Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa will more than likely spend the majority of the season, if not all of the season, from the sidelines. Tagovailoa will be sidelined due to hip surgery, the result of a season ending injury that was the final chapter Tagovailoa’s storied career with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Several teams seem to have more questions than answers post-first round. The New Orleans Saints selected C Cesar Ruiz (Michigan) whose projection for most experts was not until the 2nd or 3rd rounds. Arguably the biggest lock of the draft being S/LB Isaiah Simmons (Clemson), is now an Arizona Cardinal. No one in their right mind anticipated that happening.

Personally, I cannot believe the New York Giants end up selecting OT Andrew Thomas. Night one proved to be a success. Friday night at rounds 2-3 will begin at 4 P.M. PST. Be on the lookout for teams such as the Steelers and Texans to make a splash, both did not have a first-round pick.

DRAFT LOCKS

  1. Isaiah Simmons S/LB, Cardinals- Pick Number 8
  2. Chase Young DE, Redskins- Pick Number 2
  3. Joe Burrow QB, Bengals- Pick Number 1

DRAFT REACH

  1. Andrew Thomas OT, Giants-Pick Number 4

Better options at pick 4, Isaiah Simmons S/LB, Derrick Brown DT, Jerry Judy WR

  1. Cesar Ruiz C, Saints-Pick Number 24

Better options at 24, Patrick Queen LB, Jeff Gladney CB, A.J. Espensa DL

  1. Damon Arnette CB, Raiders Pick Number 19

Better options at 19, Kenneth Murray LB, Patrick Queen LB, Grant Delpit S

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