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Friday, April 28, 2017

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Eyes On NFL: The 5 Best Picks In The NFL Draft First Round

By @TrueGodImmortal

The first round NFL draft is over with and there were some interesting picks and missed opportunities. Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon and a few other fell to the second round, but there were plenty of future stars selected in the interesting first round. Of the 32 picks, we wanted to take a look at what we felt were the top 5 picks of the draft and who has the most potential of them. Let's get into it.

*The No. 1 Pick, Myles Garrett to Cleveland Browns

-The first pick in the draft was pretty obvious from the start and with Cleveland ending up with three picks in the first round alone, you knew the first choice that the Browns would make was one of the best defensive prospects in the drafts in the last few years honestly. This Texas A&M pass rusher has a lot of potential and on the defensive end, he could be exactly what the Browns need to move to that next level defensively. With linebacker Jamie Collins and new Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams, there is a huge possibility we see a new duo step up in Cleveland, as Collins and Garrett could become a tandem like the Browns haven't had in years defensively. Myles Garrett could be a possible game changer for the Browns franchise, who need a true franchise player

*The No. 4 Pick, Leonard Fournette To The Jacksonville Jaguars 

-The Jaguars needed some form of offensive help to push them further and they now have it. Blake Bortles is not the QB of the future for the Jaguars and the drafting of Fournette showcases that. Fournette will have luck against the weaker defenses of the AFC South, and could end up having a 1,000 yard season if the Jaguars trust him enough. It'll be interesting to see how he fares in his first season. The LSU running back should likely be a force and if the Jaguars select a QB in the later rounds, in 2 years, we could see a dynamic duo that includes Fournette (and doesn't include Bortles) leading the Jaguars offense. This move is really solid because it let Bortles know that the offense will have another shot and he will have another shot, while Fournette continues to expand his game, and it's almost like Bortles was put on notice: you have a really good RB now, work on improving and developing and learning together and growing as players..... or else.

*The No. 12 Pick, Deshaun Watson To The Houston Texans 

-My favorite pick of the whole draft. The Texans got rid of Brock Osweiler and they were in need of a QB. The Browns passed up on Deshaun, the Bears passed up on him, and I think in the long run it will end up being a big mistake for both franchises. Deshaun has a 32-3 career record, a national championship, and big game experience. His life story is one that is beyond interesting, but the fact of the matter is that Deshaun was built for the major league. He was built for the big stage and he's destined to be the franchise quarterback for the Texans, which will have a solid offense and defense this season, and they could definitely make a run at winning the division once again. With Deshaun leading the ship, the Texans have a possibly bright future. Tom Savage is not the QB of the future for the Texans, Deshaun Watson is and when the Browns, Bears, Chiefs, and the other franchise who passed on him look back a few years from now, they will certainly be sorry they did.

*The No. 17 Pick, Jonathan Allen To The Washington Redskins 

-The truth of the matter is that this draft is really puzzling with how some of these choices went. This Alabama standout seemed to be a possible top 5 pick, or at worst, top 10, but he ended up falling to no. 17 and he could be exactly what the Redskins need to overhaul their defensive line. The Redskins have struggled defensively over the last few seasons, and this could be the big change for them. The Redskins were shocked, just like I was, to see Allen still available by the 17th pick and I think this is the steal of the draft. By picking up Allen a bit later than he was expected to leave, the Redskins might have their defensive anchor for years to come.

*The No. 31 Pick, Reuben Foster To The San Francisco 49ers

-A number of Roll Tide players went in the first round, and this is another one that I was shocked to see so low. I expected Foster to be top 20 in the draft, but his off the field issues seemingly were too much for the rest of the teams to overlook and he felt to the end of the round, being selected with the 2nd to last pick by the 49ers. I would have thought the Broncos or the Giants would have taken Foster, but when they passed on him, I was concerned he would fall out of the first round. Luckily the 49ers used their common sense and selected him. He will be big for the team if he stays healthy and focused.



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