One of the most exciting and hotly anticipated times of the year on the NFL calendar is over and as usual it has created rigorous debate amongst fans as to who got their man and who has drafted a potential bust.
FightForTheYard takes a look at how these teams did little to improve their chances ahead of the new season;
Seattle began with the reach of the first round, (If you don’t count the Miami – Tannehill deal), in selecting a red flag guy in Bruce Irvin. Described as the most natural pass rushers in the draft, few had him going in the first round and most definitely did not have him going to Seattle at No. 15. Head coach Pete Carroll has took a gamble, one I hope he is not remembered for if it all goes wrong.
A solid selection of Bobby Wagner at inside linebacker followed and then came another random pick, Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson. As most will know Seattle signed Aaron Rodgers back up Matt Flynn during free agency, so why have they taken a rookie in the 3rd round?
Wilson is a quality player but the Seahawks had glaring needs at receiver and their pass rushing leaves something to be desired.
Seattle fan and Staffordshire Stallion Michael Gill believes that Irvin will need to impress to get the fans onside; “The pick of Irvin is a risky one, I just hope he is as good as they say he is. I am pleased with the captures of Wagner and running back Robert Turbin, they are solid signings”.
FightForTheYard Draft Grade : C-
Green Bay Packers
The Packers have a quality player in almost every position… apart from running back. This area needed strengthening and they had plenty of options available to them but for some reason they decided against drafting a game changer in the backfield.
Another position of need to them was on defence, take away Clay Matthews and you don’t have a pass rush. While this was addressed, did they select the right players? In my opinion, no.
Nick Perry is inconsistent and can go missing while Jerel Worthy isn’t going to get you ten sacks a season.
One fan however believes they have done a good enough job, Nathan Sinclair of the Oxford Saints says; “Overall I am pleased because we took Jerron McMillian who should replace Nick Collins and hopefully B.J. Coleman can learn behind Rodgers”.
FightForTheYard Draft Grade : C-
Denver signed Peyton Manning during free agency if you did not already know so trading out of the 1st round completely could have had something to do with trying to afford the great man’s wages. Who knows?
When they did finally select a player they chose Derek Wolfe, who I here you say? Exactly.
One selection which I do agree with is that of 6’7″ quarterback Brock Osweiler who will study Peyton Manning for the next three years and then hope to become the tallest starter at Mile High in Broncos’ history.
FightForTheYard Draft Grade : D
I am just as surprised to be writing about the Redskins in this article as you are reading about them, after all they did draft a future star quarterback in Robert Grifin III, but what else did they do?
Not a great deal. A few offensive lineman who don’t have the greatest of reviews followed before the confusing selection of another rookie quarterback in Kirk Cousins.
Washington has cut it’s other quarterbacks leaving them bare but why draft another rookie? How is he going to help when Griffin gets hurt? He is hardly a carbon copy of RG3. Most of all I feel sorry for Cousins as he is a good quarterback who is now going to have to sit behind a franchise player until his contract comes to a halt in four years time.
FightForTheYard Draft Grade : C
The Raiders sacrificed some of their picks for current quarterback Carlson Palmer and the jury is still out on that one. Once they did finally get going it was too late to pick up any ground breaking talent although that is not how Raiders fanatic Alex Seddon sees things.
“I came into the draft not expecting a huge amount, and left pleasantly surprised at what the new regime managed to achieve. Bergstrom is a big mauling tackle who’ll kick inside to left guard and sit in the trenches next to Wisniewski and Brisiel. The majority of the picks were on defence, with only big possession receiver Juron Criner coming into the offensive side of things.
The front seven were beefed up and I like the potential in the defensive linemen who both went ignored for different reasons. Crawford is a big physical English lad who needs to learn the game more, whereas Bilukidi is the first player ever drafted from Georgia State, and even NFL Network didn’t have footage! Overall, it’s a good start and things are looking up for the Silver and Black”.
FightForTheYard Draft Grade : C+