My favorite first round picks
My favorite first round picks…
5. Seattle Seahawks: DE Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
I know the Seahawks are taking a ton of flack for the pick, but Irvin is as talented/explosive as any pass rusher in the draft. He was used out of position in the Mountaineers 3-3-5 front in college, but when asked to pin his ears back he possesses a first step second to none. There is going to be a bit of a learning curve to his game and he might need a little time. However, he can threaten the edge from day one and from an athletic standpoint reminds me some of Von Miller, the number two overall pick from a year ago.
ICONIrvin has the quick-twitch ability to be a stud NFL pass rusher.
4. Miami Dolphins: QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
One of the biggest struggles talent evaluators face in my mind (myself included) is trying to grade out a prospect with an eye toward the future and not simply where he (the prospect) is right now. And when I think about where Tannehill can be with added experience and development as a quarterback, I certainly think the guy can mature into a capable franchise signal caller in the NFL. He has all the tools needed and it’s just a matter of time/growth with him.
3. Tennessee Titans: WR Kendall Wright, Baylor
Wright not only has the ability to run the nine and get vertically down the field. He’s also a developing route runner who can be used much like the Eagles use DeSean Jackson in the slot, working the deep crossing patterns where he can simply run away from defensive backs. He’s one of the few “pure” vertical threats in the draft and plays like a guy who runs 4.3. I know his lack of elite 40-time may have caused him to slip a bit on draft day. However, he’s a receiver who knows how to create big plays, attack the football and come down with the tough grab.
2. Dallas Cowboys: CB Morris Claiborne, LSU
Not only did the Cowboys land in my opinion the draft’s number two overall prospect, but they were able to select him with the 6th overall pick. You could have made the case a couple months ago that Claiborne was in play for the number two overall pick when the Rams still owned the selection. Dallas had a massive need for a big time corner prospect and Claiborne has the talent to mature into one of the league’s best and fill the void from day one.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers: OG David DeCastro, Stanford
As much as I loved the Cowboys getting my second ranked player at pick six, I thought the Steelers got the value of round one grabbing my fourth ranked player at pick 24. Now, DeCastro doesn’t play a priority position, which is the main reason he fell. However, the Steelers had a big need on the interior of their offensive line and much like they did with Maurkice Pouncey two years ago, DeCastro has the ability to come in, start from day one and should mature quickly into one of the league’s best.
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