Many mock draft projections were made before the start of the 2017 NFL draft, held in Philadelphia on April 27-29. All seemed to have similar top ten picks, including players from Alabama, Louisiana State (LSU), Clemson, Stanford, Ohio State, and Texas A&M.
There was never a question about whether Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, would be selected first overall. He’s a powerhouse defensive end that terrorizes opposing offenses. But the question was who the 49ers would pick, since they traded their second overall pick to the Chicago Bears. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell approached the podium and delivered the second pick. “With the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears select Mitch Trubisky, University of North Carolina.” The Bears gambled with the star quarterback and lost multiple third and fourth round picks to their previous trade offer. According to Daniel R., a sports blogger for SBNation.com, Bears’ General Manager Ryan Pace selected an overrated draft pick that put his career at risk. It seems outrageous to give up so much for a player like Trubisky. Trubisky is an elusive quarterback that is ready to sling the ball. He’s very accurate and not too quick to rely on his feet. However, he is inconsistent throwing deep and is not that reliable on his accuracy when making a long drive. He also operated mainly out of shotgun instead of under center, which could be an issue as well.
Even Stanford running back and future Carolina Panther Christian McCaffrey shocked the football world as the eighth pick overall for the Panthers. Many people didn’t buy into the hype around the relatively small, 203 lb. tailback, but he is known for his hard work mentality and is looking to prove himself to Panther’s offensive coordinator Mike Shula.
Personally, I have a question as to why Florida State running back Dalvin Cook and 2017 NCAA Champion Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson were picked as late as they were. Cook was chosen by the Minnesota Vikings as ninth in round two and forty-first overall. He was among the top college running backs and at one point was in Heisman contention. He has set new school records for career rushing yards and touchdowns and was robbed of a shot at the Heisman trophy and a projected first round pick. As for Deshaun Watson, people thought he would be a sure top ten pick, coming off an impressive final year for the Clemson Tigers. Watson also took down the top-notch undefeated powerhouse University of Alabama in the 2017 NCAA Championship. He too was a contender for the Heisman and finished as one of five finalists. With this in mind, he was drafted behind Trubisky, who was low on the radar of college talent until later in the 2016 college season.
Hatcher Chucker (‘17) attacked the draft from a fantasy football standpoint. “I thought the NFL draft was extremely exciting this year compared to past year’s, due to the amount of fantasy football talent that was drafted in the early rounds,” says Chucker, “and this draft would make any player of fantasy football just that more excited for next season.”
On the other hand, Match sports writer Bryce Ritter (‘17) was “extremely devastated how Alabama Linebacker Reuben Foster fell so late in the first round and my team [New Orleans Saints] was one pick away from drafting Foster and was on the phone with him right before he got drafted first round, pick thirty-one, to the San Francisco 49ers.”
Featured image courtesy of the NFL.