a blog by La Kifo
So I am gonna peel back the curtain here, I entered my mock draft to NFL.coms mock draft contest. I was feeling confident in my predictions. Then LaRemy Tunsil happens and throws a wrench right into the draft. He fucked me. Anyway, since I was horribly wrong, here is a blog of me shitting on teams picks and telling them that they are stupid.
So here is the full first round for ya.
Like almost every draft blog I do, a huge chunk of what I wrote last night got deleted. So I don't know whether to start from scratch or just wing it. Either way this will take a large portion of my time. Lets just skim through the guys I have already reviewed because I don't want to be a broken record.
LOS ANGELES RAMS: Jared Goff, QB, Cal
1a quarterback in this draft for me. I like Goff a lot and the Rams were obviously picking QB all the way, once they traded up for the 1st overall pick. What could be disastrious is how much they gave up for the guy. They might have hedged a lot of future talent for one guy and that does not always work so well.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
I have loudly and grandstandedly bashed the Eagles for making this trade. They gave up two future high round draft picks and a bunch in this years draft. Not just that they have somewhere near $25 million dedicated to the QBs already on their roster. Another thing I really hated about this, is that Philly could have traded down from 8, acquired more and drafted Paxton Lynch. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid, Stupid. The Eagles may suffer for the odd offseason they just themselves through.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State University
Bosa was a great collegiate player, he showed versatility, athletic ability and intelligence while at Ohio State. I really like Bosa and there is a possibility he was the best defensive player in the draft this year. I am not as hype as I should be about this pick. The reasoning is, the Chargers need help in their secondary and bad. They just lost Eric Weddle and they were pretty mediocre against the pass last year. Now with Weddle gone and no replacement on the horizon, we could be looking at the worst secondary in the league next year. That is bit overboard considering they have Brandon Flowers (average starting corner) and just signed fresh young Casey Hayward. They won't have the worst secondary, but they will have the worst safety play in the league. They currently have a list of scrubs at both safety positions and at pick no. 3 Jalen Ramsey was ripe for the taking. That is why I give this A- not an A
DALLAS COWBOYS: Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State University.
Possibly the worst pick in the draft. Elliot is a very good running back who has the all the tools. It is just that the cowboys are picking 4th overall for a reason. That reason wasn't singularly or mainly because they lacked a 3 down back. The Cowboys lost their "leader" in Greg Hardy, so many would have thought defensive line is big need in the draft for them. They should have taken DeForest Buckner. Then in the second round they would have had a great chance to snatch up Derick Henry. That way you get the 2nd best defensive lineman and the second best running back. Instead of the best running back and the 8th or 10th best defensive lineman. The difference between Henry and Elliot is not much. Henry would have been a way better value pick in the second round than Elliot with the 4th overall.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State University
I really like this pick for the Jaguars, it seems like they were taking the best player available. At 5th overall Ramsey was the best player. He has the size, speed, and ball skills not only to be a starter but a pro bowler. My problem is where do you put the guy? The Jaguars drafted Jonathan Cyprien, Dwayne Gratz in 2013, then this offseason signed Tashaun Gipson and Prince Amukamara. For those not counting, that in theory is two starting cornerbacks, a free safety, and a strong safety. Like I said, where does he fit in?
BALTIMORE RAVENS: Ronnie Staley, OT, Notre Dame
The Ravens really needed a Tackle, and with Ronnie Staley they got the best one. A guy who is MENTALLY ready, and does not have the off the field baggage that some assholes do. If I am being candid, this was where my mock draft fell apart. Right here. If one idiot, was not an idiot then I might still be out partying, celebrating my free tickets to the Superbowl. Whatever I am kinda over it, but lets move on.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
Again if you look at the best player available strategy, Buckner fits into that. Big, strong, and deceptively fast this kid could be dominant force in the league. He also has great athletic ability and hustle. The problem with him is he lacks cohesiveness between his block shedding moves. He does not yet have crisp combinations of moves that players need in the NFL. He also does not set up his moves well, and he got pancaked a little too much for a guy of his strength and size. The block shedding moves that Buckner nearly only uses are his Bull rush, and swim move. He is good at both and dominated college players with them. If he could pair them together, maybe use his athletcism to develop a stutter step and spin move than we could see a truly great defensive lineman. If he plateaus he will be another average defensive lineman in the NFL.
TENNESSEE TITANS: Jake Conklin, OT, Michigan State
The Titans needed a OT and the way the draft was shaping up, a good one was not going to land on their lap at 15. Conklin was kid whose stock rose during the pre-draft process. I have not watch a lot on this kid individually but a lot of people liked him as the number 2/3 tackle in the draft this year. In game, I always noticed how good the offensive line for the Michigan State Spartans were last season. Good pick for the Titans they now have Taylor Lewan and Conklin, so their pass protection should be great next year.
CHICAGO BEARS: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
The Bears needed help in the pass rush department as well as OLB's. Floyd was regarded as the top OLB in the draft, for his pass rushing and coverage ability. What I do not like about Floyd is he has a small frame and light. He is almost lengthy, and if he stays like that, he will tossed around by offensive tackles. The next best OLB was Darren Lee who was drafted at 20. It would have been a mistake to reach for Lee at 10 if they were concerned about Floyd's size. They could have attempted to trade down, acquire some picks and see which OLB comes their way. Instead they trade up, 100% to cuckold New York out of the best rated OLB in the draft.
NEW YORK GIANTS: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State University
I like Eli Apple despite what a scout might say about his cooking ability. I just do not understand why the Giants went with Apple over the available Vernon Hargreaves III. Hargreaves III was certainly the best corner in the draft. While Apple is the second best, I just believe that Vernon is a better player. Scouts think so too, stating in not so many words that his athletic ability is off the charts. He can high point balls, and play press, off coverage, or zone. What Apple has on his side though is a size advantage. Apple stands at 6'1 around 3 inches taller than Hargreaves. As much as I may have made it seem like a travesty, these players are pretty similiar. They both have good athletic ability, footwork, and work well from press.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
This was a steal for the Bucs. They needed a cornerback but picking either top 2 guys at their original position of 9 would have been a reach. The Bucs trade down and take Hargreaves in the spot he should be taken. I already talked about his strengths in the previous paragraph, so I am not going to do it again.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisiana
I don't understand why the Saints would do this. Maybe it is because Nick Fairley signed only a one year deal with the club and they are not too sure whether he will want to stay or not. Rankins is the best defensive lineman in the draft but the Saints just have too much talent at that position, Nick Fairley and John Jenkins.
MIAMI DOLPHINS: LaRemy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
Fuck this kid. He is legitimately the dumbest college player in the world. I hate him. This kid may have killed Ole Miss football. With everything that happened surrounding this kid last night, he shouldn't have been drafted. He admitted to taking money from coaches at a press podium after he was picked. He's a moron.
OAKLAND RAIDERS:Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
The Raiders need help in their secondary, especially at the SS position. Karl Joseph was the best SS in the draft. I evaluated him as going late first round, early second. Clearly teams had him higher on their draft boards because reports have surfaced that Joseph was a target of the Texans whose secondary looks like a broken down mule.
CLEVELAND BROWNS: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Coleman is my favorite wideout in the draft. He is shifty, fast and a decent route runner. He can elevate for the ball and make people miss in the open field. Truly a dynamic playmaker if everything works out. The problem is they are in Cleveland and he does have Bob Griffin throwing him the ball. We shall wait and see, I like Coleman but I don't like Cleveland.
DETROIT LIONS: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State University
Taylor Decker was a top rated guy early on in the pre-draft process who was torn up by scouts and evaluaters alike. A common criticism, is that he plays at too high of a pad level and that NFL DE's would be able to blow right by him. I have been off put by a lot of the noise around Decker, but he still a good lineman and worthy of first round or early second round selection. The Lions already have Riley Reif in place at LT, so Decker will take over RT which is probably more of a natural position for him.
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