Winners and Losers of the NFL Draft

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Winners and Losers of the NFL Draft

The 2014 NFL Draft has come and gone and, as always, we had our fair share of surprises. Jadeveon Clowney was the top pick overall as expected and will form a fearsome duo on the defensive line with J.J. Watt. Now that all the new draftees have found their homes, lets review and see who were the winners and losers of this year’s draft.

 

Winners

St. Louis Rams-I personally loved the Rams draft. Greg Robinson is the best lineman in the draft and will start from day 1 and protect Sam Bradford, something they needed desperately. However, their best pick may have been Aaron Donald. Donald will bring a big time impact to an already potent defensive line and are now on par with their division foes in the Seahawks and Niners. Tre Mason was also a nice value pickup in the 3rd round.

Cleveland Browns-The Browns drafted 3 players that have first round talent, including superstar Johnny Manziel, who will battle with Brian Hoyer for the starting job at quarterback. The Browns also picked up Justin Gilbert with their first pick in the 1st round, a pick that AFC North QB’s did not want to see. Pairing Gilbert up with Pro Bowl corner Joe Haden will give the Browns one of the best cornerback duos in the NFL. Joel Bitonio was projected to go in the 1st round by many, and the Browns managed to get him in the 2nd, so that is a victory in itself  and should start from day 1. Also loved the pick of Pierre Desir, a small school corner who I felt was VERY underrated and could make a big time impact in the coming years. A+ draft from the Browns.

Houston Texans-Loved the fact that the Texans took the best player in the draft in Clowney and waited to take their quarterback later on. Clowney paired with J.J. Watt could end up being one of the best duos in NFL History and keep AFC South QB’s a nervous wreck when they see Houston on the schedule. The Texans also picked up another 1st round talent in guard Xavier Su’a-Filo, who is a day 1 starter and will upgrade the offensive line right away. Loved the Tom Savage pick at QB in the 4th round as well. If they can develop Savage properly, he has all the tools to be a solid QB in this league.

 

Losers

Indianapolis Colts-The Colts lost their 1st round pick to Cleveland in the Trent Richardson, a massive backfire, and only had five picks overall in the entire draft. The Colts only got 2 players who will likely see time this year in guard Jack Mewhort and receiver Donte Moncrief. Outside of those two, the Colts did not have a very good draft, not that they had the picks to do so anyways. The Trent Richardson trade really put them at a disadvantage.

Kansas City Chiefs-Did not quite understand why the Chiefs took a defensive end, a position they are stacked at, over a receiver, a position they needed to address. I did like their picks of De’Anthony Thomas, who I feel could be a star, and Aaron Murray, but I do not think they really took the time to address what they really needed in the early rounds.

Miami Dolphins-The Dolphins did address the offensive line, an obvious need, but did not help themselves much after that. Miami needed a safety and a could have also used a third down running back, something that they failed to address. Jarvis Landry was a nice pick in the 2nd round, but I feel that was the spot to go for a safety, a bigger need. I did love their pick of Jordan Tripp in the 5th round, a highly underrated outside linebacker who could see time this year.

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