Greg DePalma looks back at Thursday night’s opening round of the NFL Draft, which got unpredictable from the moment the Chicago Bears traded up to draft North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky, and suggests what to look for from Friday’s second round.
Greg DePalma and PSN contributor Jamal Murphy break down the first six picks of Thursday night’s NFL Draft, culminating in the New York Jets selecting LSU safety Jamal Adams to shore up the back end of the defense. A first-team All-American in 2016, Adams had been atop Greg’s wish list for weeks. As expected, Texas A&M sack man Myles Garrett went No.1 to the Cleveland Browns.
Time to get the 2017 NFL Draft started! With less than an hour to go before the Cleveland Browns are officially on the clock, here is our first and final mock draft for 2017.
After years of inferior management and instability on the sidelines it appears the Browns have hired some solid people to run their organization. Now it’s up to G.M. Sashi Brown to prove he’s the right man for the job and find some good players.
President Mike Brown prefers to build through the draft and due to their frugal free agency ways if they don’t find quality players this week we could see the Bengals slide from respectability in just a matter of a year or two.
The Ravens are not that far off from contending for another Super Bowl run. They have an excellent coach (John Harbaugh), a proven QB (Joe Flacco) and a top-10 defense. And most importantly they have a very good G.M. (Ozzie Newsome) whose talents are going to be needed now more than ever.
G.M. Ryan Pace did a good job in free agency by adding three key defensive backs and a hopeful franchise quarterback. Now he needs to protect that quarterback (Mike Glennon) and surround him with some skilled weapons.
With a franchise quarterback like Matthew Stafford coming off a career season, the Detroit Lions are not that far away from contending for their first NFL Championship in 60 years. To complete the job second-year G.M. Bob Quinn needs to find the right mix of talent on defense lacking the difference-makers necessary to take that next step.
When you have Aaron Rodgers running the show you should do everything in your power to beef up the personnel on defense and to level the playing field. Right now the back-seven on the Packers has way too many holes to be taken serious for a long playoff run so they’d better start adding some difference-makers now.
If Coach Mike Zimmer is going to be able to dominate on defense it’s incumbent on G.M. Rick Spielman to provide him with more talent up-front. But without a first-round pick it’s up to Spielman to work some magic in the middle rounds for Zimmer’s vision to come true.