As promised, this is the NFL Draft review column.
Before I start, though, I want to thank all of those who showed their concern for me during my recent hospitalization. It’s one thing to be unsure about a group of strangers such as in the draft, but another to be unsure of your own body. Hopefully, we’ll be able to figure it out.
The Cardinals led off matters in the draft by picking Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray first in the draft to no one’s real surprise. We’ll have to see how it plays out but, for now the new head coach got his way here. As for Josh Rosen, he’s apparently on his way to quarterback-needy Miami.
Speaking of head coaches getting their way, Oakland’s Jon Gruden drafted Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the fourth pick to replace the traded Khali Mack. Clemson players have done well recently, but this was a mild reach.
The shock of the draft was the Giants going for Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth pick. The reasoning offered by Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was that Jones impressed him at the Senior Bowl. More cynical voices were saying that he was picked because he was coached in college by the former position coach for the Manning Brothers and that the Giants wanted an Eli Manning clone.
The Jones decision left Ohio State’s Dwyane Haskins available for the Washington Redskins at the 15th pick. If he was Daniel Snyder’s choice, well even Snyder can make a good choice once in a while.
Other than the above picks, I wasn’t especially stunned at any first round choices being made. The players drafted were either first round caliber or close to it. The biggest omission was Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, who was drafted by Denver in the second round.
WVU quarterback Will Grier didn’t fare that well in the draft, being drafted in the third round by the Carolina Panthers, who don’t have a weakness at quarterback as long as Cam Newton is healthy.
Grier was the top WVU player drafted, though. Offensive lineman Yodny Caluste was also a third rounder (Patriots) while wide receiver Gary Jennings (Seahawks) and tight end Trevon Wesco (Jets). David Long was a sixth round pick by the Tennessee Titans.
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