2018 NFL Draft is over. Some people would tell that it is impossible to know who did well and who did bad until the players' career has begun to develop. But they are wrong. I already know who won and lost the draft, and I'm ready to tell you now.
Winner: Seahawks on Day 3
There are people who think it was stupid that Seahawks acted in the draft to score a fifth round. There are people who do not understand why they chose a linebacker who has a hand. Let these people be confused.
Fifth-round ruler Shaquem Griffin is an inspiring story, yes, but also a baller. Fifth-round points Michael Dickson is one of the best puncturing prospects in the draft history. It is quite certain that Dickson is holding down that position for several years, and Griffin is right up. I also think that Jamarco Jones, Ohio State tackle as Seahawks used the last of his first four rounds, may prove to be a good player. This was important after Seahawks, with its horrible line, did not get any reinforcement at the position on Friday.
Loser: Seahawk Equipment Manager
Shaquem Griffin and his twin brother, Seattlebackback Shaquill, have the same first five letters in their first name. They have the same surname. The one who has to put the nameplates on the back of their shirts looks at some extreme confusion. Seahawks did not respond immediately to a request for comment on what their plan might be on this front. There will be a plot to watch over the coming months.
It's amazing that they will be able to play together in Seattle.
Ravens picked a lot of guys who were great college football players, which is a strong indicator that they can be a good NFL player. Example:
I love this draft class.
Same argument as for Ravens, really. They went to both sides of the Alabama-LSU rivalry with their first two choices, and they did two good. First Round Defensive Tackle When Ron Payne will be brilliant if used correctly. Second round back Derrius Guice is a bad runner, no matter why he fell in the draft. Fifth round DT Tim Settle, from Virginia Tech, is very talented than the 1
Winner: Raiders, for their Maurice Hurst picking
Loser: Raiders, for a good start to the draft
Hurst, a defensive challenge from Michigan, is a first round of talent. He fell due to concerns about a heart disease that was diagnosed by the league's scouting combine earlier in the spring. Raiders took him in the fifth round, which poses a risk to them and potentially enormous risk to Hurst. There is nothing like anyone should hope for more of this draft than Hurst's good health. If he gets what teams and players think he's coming, Raiders got the steal of the year. They also made a potentially strong seventh round pick in the great Oklahoma State recipient Marcell Ateman.
Besides Hurst and Ateman, Raider's draft was inffy. They spent their first round at Kolton Miller, a UCLA offensive tackle, which was astonishing to me, a college football writer who did not realize that UCLA had an offensive line at all last season. They took FCS players in both second and third rounds, and while FCS players are sometimes big, they are risky. There is not a lot of tape on those who play against top competition.
They spent a third round on the LSU edge defender Arden Key, who was once thought as a first hand round but had a bad combination and some problems outside the field. A choice like Key always gives the opportunity to prove wonderful value, but he really trained in the wrong direction leading to the draft.
Winner: The Steelers
The Steelers are here because they got the NC State Jaylen Samuels in the fifth round. Samuels is one of the most effective players in the draft, whether he has a back, a tight end or a receiver. It is preposterous that he was available at No. 165 overall.
Loser: The Saints
Their fourth round, 127th generation, was strange.
Saints elects OT Rick Leonard: not on the consensus board. Should have rated 426th
– Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) April 28, 2018
They gave up their first round next year to trade up for the UTSA defensive end Marcus Davenport in the first round. Maybe it will work out, and maybe it really, really not.
It has been a few days since this happened, but it is still the bills traded to get the 7th overall election and then spent it on a quarterback whose statistical side – if all goes exactly right for him – is basically Ryan Mallett. Perhaps the bills were not stupid when they touched heaven and earth to take Josh Allen. Perhaps basic human logic and mathematics themselves were those who made mistakes.