Football is back……..so to speak!
First, I hope this email finds you and your families safe, healthy and happy!
Football is back! I could hardly contain myself yesterday waiting to see how this Draft would affect the upcoming season for the teams that are on the verge. But more than anything, I enjoy watching the players’ reactions. Some people say it’s just for cameras but if you think about it, they are the only one who knows what they had to endure to get to that point. They don’t care where in the Draft or what team, they are going to the NFL. Paid to Play!
Every year, Mel Kiper (aka Bill Swadd) tells us who the team should pick and I would love to see his approval rating! Can’t be more than 50% but in his defense, he knows the terminology, the game and researches the players and it is impossible to see the player’s heart.
Only TV could make 32 picks a four hour show but I haven’t missed one since day 1 (I think I was 10). Drafted in the 12th round in ‘87, I got the call from Coach Shula himself, I was alone in my apartment at 2:45 in the morning and couldn’t have been happier!
Let’s get to Round 1:
- Bengals QB Joe Burrow, LSU – Triple Crown winner! No doubt
- Redskins DE Chase Young, OSU – No brainer
- Lions CB Jeff Okuda, OSU – Long, smart, feisty and ready!
- Giants OT Andrew Thomas, UGA – Great feet and strong first punch.
- Dolphins QB Tua Togavailloa, Bama – Injuries and size issues, accurate.
- Chargers QB Justin Herbert, Oregon – Good pick if he can process fast.
- Panthers DT Derrick Brown, Auburn – Need playmaker with size/speed
- Cardinals OLB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson – Play wrecker
- Jaguars CB CJ Henderson, Fla – good man guy, athletic, tackler
- Browns OT Jedrick Wells, Bama – Huge man with feet, Left OT needs
- Jets OT Mekhi Becton, Louisille – 6’7” 369 lbs Nuff said! Nasty!
- Raiders WR Henry Ruggs, Bama – Great speed and raw. Gruden guy.
- Bucs - Trade SF OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa – Rock Solid, great pick.
- Niners DT Javon Kinlaw, S Carolina - Plays fast and nasty. Hitter
- Broncs WR Jerry Jeudy, Bama - Great route runner, sure hands.
- Falcons CB AJ Terrell, Clemson – Long and great vision, sure tackler.
- Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb, Okla – Scat receiver. Half catches for TDs
- Dolphins OT Austin Jackson, USC– Solid. Left OT needed, Pass blocker
- Raiders CB Damon Arnette, OSU – great ball skills and smart.
- Jaguars OLB K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU – Player. Disruptor, multi-skill
- Eagles WR Jalen Reagor, TCU – small but fast and elusive, Big plays
- Vikings WR Justin Jefferson, LSU – Record setter. Speed, speed, size
- Chargers trade NE LB Kenneth Murray, Okla – Small and quick, tackler
- Patriots trade LAC; C Cesar Ruiz, TTUN – Hope playbook has pictures.
- Niners trade Minn; WR Brandon Aiyuk, ASU – Scat receiver big play guy
- Packers trade MIA; QB Jordan Love, Utah St – Project under Rodgers
- Seahawks LB Jordyn Brooks, Tex Tech – great speed and smart. Small
- Ravens LB Patrick Queen, LSU – Nasty, little like Lewis w/out felony
- Titans OT Isaiah Wilson, UGA – Big nasty. Flexible and can run.
- Dolphins CB Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn – Surprise, very good, smart.
- Vikings CB Jeff Gladney, TCU – Plays everywhere, lock down guy
- Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU – Good but 3 others better
Overall, the draft went as expected with minimal trades and the expected players went as planned. The format was interesting but missed some of the emotions. The broadcast crew was a little over the top. Didn’t hear from Booger much, must have been a sneeze coming! Great job under difficult situation and I am sure the viewing audience will exceed 10 mil.
The second round will feature the running backs with Swift, Dobbins and Taylor at the top of the list. The next couple of rounds you should see a lot more diversity with many more players coming from smaller schools to fill the team’s needs and/or the Head Coaches preference. I think the 32 players chosen were all good young men with promising futures.
Best of Luck to the newest NFL Class of 2020!
Check in next Friday and I will go over the surprises, the fall-offs and the Buckeyes of the 2020 NFL Draft.
We are on the beginning of the backside of this crisis so please be patient, stick to the good practices and we’ll be back soon enough.
Please stay safe, healthy and happy! Have a great weekend!
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