First pick folly
The first round of the great yearly event known as the National Football League draft was completed last night and I guess there were a few surprises, and since it has become a big enough sporting event to warrant prime time air time on a major network, I figured we should take a look at how things shook out.
If you are a long-time reader of my column, you know I did not watch the draft. No, I was watching the NHL playoffs while following along with the picks on my tablet. If you are a long-time reader you also probably know that even if the hockey playoffs weren’t on, I would not have been watching the draft. I consider it kind of a silly viewing experience. This does not mean it is not important, so let’s get to it.
A few weeks ago, I wrote my thoughts about Kyler Murray and nothing has changed. The number one pick will be bust. I can practically guarantee it. He is too short and has way too much of an ego to succeed in the NFL. He’s Johnny Manziel with less talent and run-ins with the law. I appreciate people want to compare him to last year’s first pick, Baker Mayfield, but Mayfield has exactly 14 games of NFL experience under his belt. He is hardly a Hall of Famer. Honestly, I think this is all going to eventually bring down new Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, too. If I’m being honest, a guy with a losing record in college has no business running an NFL team, but the Cardinals are not a team known for making good personnel decisions so these are kind of par for the course.
As much as I dislike Ohio State, I’m going to say Nick Bosa was probably the best player on the board, so the 49ers got a steal getting him with the second pick. San Francisco could be an interesting team assuming Jimmy Garoppolo can stay healthy.
I’m not going to bore you with my pick-by-pick analysis. I gave you my thoughts on the first two guys anyway. We all know most people feel Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders flubbed the whole thing with their three first-round picks. It seems to me Gruden’s time as a top-notch coach passed long ago and he’s only going to make the Raiders worse before he joins Kingsbury in the unemployment line. The Steelers got a great player in Devin Bush. The Packers got a similarly great player in Rashan Gary. However, Gary will likely end up hurt all the time, so Green Bay’s pick seemed wasted to me.
I feel like Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins falling all the way to No. 15 was a steal for the Washington Redskins. He is a prototypical NFL quarterback and I believe he will succeed in a way Murray will not.
Finally, I really liked the Patriots’ pick of N’Keal Harry with the final selection of the first round. That guy just looks like a star NFL receiver to me and it will not hurt having Tom Brady throwing him the ball for at least the first few years of his career. I could easily see Harry turning into one of the top receivers in the game in a short period of time.
So, there’s my first-round rehash. Of course, the first pick is just a small part of the much bigger draft and often the best players are not selected in the first 32 picks. Tom Brady certainly wasn’t and he’s the greatest quarterback of all time. Thus, we’ll have to wait to really see how this year’s draft shakes out over the weekend.