9. How about that Manti Te’o is a first round lock talk? I have to say I am quite surprised he didn’t go in the first round. Everyone believed he would go to Minnesota with one of their selections. Minnesota didn’t just pass on him once, they passed on him three times. Te’o will hear his name called early tomorrow and will still have a very productive player. It appears that poor 40 time and the Lennay Kekua situations did indeed hurt him.
10. The Jets looked to be sitting pretty with two high first round picks, but there top targets came off the board quick, leaving them scrambling to fill their needs. The Jets used the whole clock on both selections, first to pick CB Dee Milliner and second to pick DT Sheldon Richardson. The Milliner pick makes a ton of sense. He is the best CB in the draft and fills and area of need. The Richardson pick is a bit strange because I don’t think he is a great fit and the Jets don’t have huge needs on the DL.
It’s pretty clear they wanted Tavon Austin bad and everyone in the NFL knew it. The Jets were unable to get their top targets, didn’t address their offensive needs and couldn’t trade down. One thing is clear, their offense will be putrid next season.
11. Minnesota has to be considered the winner of day one and not just because they selected three players. No one expected Sharrif Floyd to be available at pick #23, nobody. Floyd fills a huge need for the Vikings adding youth and athleticism to the DL. On top of that they pick up Xavier Rhodes, the consensus #2 corner. Then they give up the rest of their draft to trade back up and get one of the best WR in Cordarrelle Patterson. It’s too early to project, but it certainly looks like they got three impact players on day one.
12. The Dallas Cowboys bungled their draft pick in my opinion. They had targeted interior OL and thought they could get one by trading down into the late first round. They also really liked UNC DT Sylvester Williams. I don’t think the board could have played out any worse for Dallas. Sure offensive Center was a huge need, but you don’t pick centers in the first round. Frederick was widely considered the top center, but he’s a third round value. Jerry Jones hasn’t draft very well in recent years and this might be another example of him misplaying his hand.
13. I love SAF Eric Reid, but I’m not sure the 49ers had to trade up so high to get him. The 49ers gave up a 3rd round pick to go get their guy, but they may have forced their hand. With little cap space and too many picks to use this is a case of them having to move up in the draft. Reid is a very good player, but there are rumors his shoulders are arthritic which could limit his career.
14. A couple things that surprised me: The Bengals taking Tyler Eifert, #2 WR is a much bigger need and they struggled to fill it all last year. The Falcons trading up for Trufant, good chance he made it to them at pick #30. Datone Jones to the Packers, no one saw this coming and we should have. Ted Thompson doesn’t miss a beat. Finally, Sylvester Williams to the Broncos. It’s a good pick, I just didn’t see it coming.
15. The one pick that is a major head-scratcher in my opinion is the Colts selection of Bjoern Werner. I am a fan of Werner and had him ranked in the top 20, but I really have questions about his ability to stand up and play 3-4 OLB. Werner was one of the only DE that I thought was limited to a traditional hand in the dirt role. If the Colts were going to take a pass rusher and stand them up, they probably should have picked his teammate Tank Carradine. Carradine didn’t get picked on day one and remains one of the top players available heading into day two.