The 1st round of the NFL Draft went smoother than I thought. The tech people around the league are the real winners of the 1st round. If it wasn’t for them, then the draft would have been a beautiful mess. But sadly that wasn’t the case. The NFL fans secretly wanted shit to hit the fan, but we got a great show that was produced beautifully.
Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty though! The first round had its share of surprises. From Justin Herbert going to the Chargers, to Henry Ruggs being the first wideout off the board, to Jordan Love being selected by the Green Bay Packers. But what really caught my eye, is which receivers went in the first round. And how the wideouts cut out picks 12 through 25. So, I’ll be ranking the 6 wideouts who went in the first round and tell you if the teams that selected them make sense.
Jerry Jones may have actually made the right decision for the first time, in a long time. It’s a miracle in Dallas, but only for a little bit.
You see, Dallas wasn’t expected to be able to have the opportunity to select Ceedee Lamb. Many of the mock drafts had Lamb going earlier in the first round. I guess the football Gods wanted to bless the Cowboys last night. And granted them the best wideout in the draft in my opinion.
The fit makes sense. Although the offense didn’t necessarily need another wideout, it would have been absurd for the Cowboys to pass on arguably the best route runner in the draft.
He essentially replaces the likes of Cole Beasley and veteran Randall Cobb. Which Lamb can fill the void at slot. This gives the Cowboys another playmaker and gives OC Kellen Moore another weapon to utilize in an already dangerous offense.
Grade – A
Now, this was a big surprise. People from around the NFL believed that Ruggs would be the 3rd wideout off the board. But when you run at 4.27” 40, it’s hard not to select such an electric player.
His electric speed is second to none, and the Raiders have got themselves a human joystick. A human joystick to pair with former teammate Josh Jacobs for years to come.
One more thing, Henry Ruggs wins the night. He wins the night because he was big chillen in a white robe. I mean confidence is what you want in a player, and there’s no secrets Ruggs has that component to him.
Grade – B
The Broncos offense consists of Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, Melvin Gordon, Phillip Lindsay, and now Jerry Jeudy. John Elway looked elated to select Jeudy at 15. Because this was a steal, Jeudy was projected to be a top 10 pick, but he slipped.
At the end of the day, Jeudy is joining a team that is on the rise, and he will be a big part of just how successful the Broncos can be.
Grade – A+
This pick was a no brainer! Justin Jefferson was a lock for the Minnesota Vikings. Jefferson will essentially be replacing Stefon Diggs. Who was traded to the Bills recently. But the question right of the gate is, where will Jefferson lineup?
He lined up in the slot for the majority of his career at LSU. This is only a question because Adam Thielen lines up in the slot as well. The decision shouldn’t be hard for head coach Mike Zimmer. Justin Jefferson’s skill set is special and you can line him up anywhere. It’s not that complicated.
Grade – A+
Jalen Reagor was selected by the Eagles on Thursday night. There had been speculation that the Eagles loved Ceedee Lamb. But their arch-nemesis took him at 17. That would be the Dallas Cowboys.
So, after learning that the Cowboys had selected their number one guy. The Eagles proceeded to take Reagor at 21. Reagor adds another option to the Eagles offense, which is needed. So Carson Wentz should be a happy camper with this selection.
Grade – B-
After trading up to 25, the Niners gave up picks 117 and 176 to the Vikings. And with the 25th pick, the Niners selected Brandon Aiyuk out of Arizona State. Aiyuk, who is a 6’0” ft 205-pound wideout who is a dynamic player who adds depth to the Niners offense. He will be paired up with Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, and Kendrick Bourne.
Brandon Aiyuk also will be replacing Emanuel Sanders. The pick was a solid one, and if Kyle Shannahan was willing to trade up. That’s saying a lot about what he thinks Brandon Aiyuk can do in the Niners offense.
Grade – B