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Five takeaways from the NFL Draft

Love or hate your team for their choice, the NFL Draft is over and rookie training camps will begin starting the week of May 12. Some are either extremely confident in their team’s draft class and anticipate a great season, while others are still upset that general managers still have not called for input after all these years.

Here are the top five takeaways from the 2016 NFL draft.

  1. Two quarterbacks were taken in the first two picks, and though that may not come as a big surprise or even a shock, history makes the case to say that one of the two quarterbacks is likely to eclipse the other. The Eagles did a gutsy move and traded with the Cleveland Browns for the second overall pick. They used it on a gamble with North Dakota State’s quarterback, Carson Wentz. Granted Wentz is a great pick, but they already have their hands full with a former number one overall pick in Sam Bradford, who by they signed for a two-year contract for a whopping 35 million. History has proved that out of the two quarterbacks that get drafted at the number one and number two spots, only one goes on to have a successful NFL career. Ryan Leaf-Peyton Manning, Tim Couch-Donovan McNabb, Drew Bledsoe-Rick Mirer, Andrew Luck-Robert Griffin III. So if the Eagles’ gamble on Wentz does not pan out, they may have just wasted millions on Bradford and ended up back to square one.
  2. The smoke mask that cost one man millions of dollars—Laremy Tunsil took a note out of the Josh Gordon book right before the draft. Tunsil was supposed to be the sixth overall pick to the Baltimore Ravens until a picture of him smoking a bong out of a smoke mask caused his draft stock to fall from possibly sixth overall to 13th.
  3. The Cowboys may have drafted talent over need. Considering last year’s injury riddled season, the Cowboys could have gone in a many directions with the fourth overall pick of the draft. A quarterback to replace the brittle Romo from 2016? A corner back to add depth to a secondary with second year Byron Jumpman Jones and Orlando Scandrick? A defensive end to help fill the void from suspended players Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence? The Cowboys instead went with talent and drafted the best running back of the draft with Ezekiel Elliott—a promising running back that looks to have a bright future behind the best offensive line in football. The Cowboys, however, already have two running backs that have run for over a 1,000 yards each—Daren McFadden and newly acquired Alfred Morris.
  4. Mark Sanchez just can’t win. Things finally had settled down at Denver until the very team that looked to have shown trust in him went on and drafted a quarterback anyway, while he was at the draft party, a shady move by the Broncos to say the least. The Broncos did not stumble on Paxton Lynch but instead traded up for him from the 31st to the 26th pick. Even though he’s not expected to start day one and for the time being, Mark Sanchez can breathe easy knowing he’s the starter for now\
  5. Even though they barely caused a ripple in the NFL world, we do need to note that three Miners are headed to the big leagues. Roy Robertson-Harris, Kelivn Fisher JR, and Cedric Lang all signed undrafted free agent contracts over the weekend. Robertson-Harris signed with the bears, Fisher Jr with the Steelers and last but not least Lang with the New York Giants. Even though the three were not drafted it is still high praise to make it that far and, who knows, maybe they will make the practice squad or even the 53-man roster by the end of the year.

 

Juan Carlos Navarrete may be reached at [email protected]

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