The Phantom Voice
Good luck class of 2017!
It’s been a little more than a month since the 2017 NFL draft, this year we saw more pick trades than ever before, surprising picks around the board, and most importantly, Roger Goodell getting booed. With that said, with my last article for the 2016-17 school year, i’ve already personally ranked the draft from best to worst, but that would make for a very boring and redundant article, so instead I will be focusing on two teams drafts from my top 5, and two from my bottom 5.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers ended up on the winning side of what I would call the stupidest trade in NFL Draft history. They received a second round and third round pick in the 2017 draft, as well as a 2018 third rounder, and in return they only had to move back one spot, and drafted the same player that they would have drafted in their original spot, Solomon Thomas, one of the best talents in the draft. They also grabbed an amazing linebacker in Reuben Foster who I believe will be a top linebacker in the next few seasons. Though the 49ers success this draft was more due to the Bears’ stupidity than the 49ers draft smarts, it’s no doubt that the 49ers ended up robbing Chicago blind, securing them a spot as one of the best drafts in 2017.
It only makes sense that the worst draft would be the fools on the other side of the stupidest trade in NFL Draft history. The Chicago Bears gave up three picks over this year and next, to move up one spot. One. Spot. Now this would be understandable if the 49ers had any desire to draft a QB with their first pick (they didn’t), and it would be even more understandable if the QB Chicago did select in Mitch Trubisky was the clear best in his draft class (he wasn’t). But this was just a silly move all around. Not to mention that the Bears LITERALLY just signed Mike Glennon to a three-year $19 Million guaranteed contract (which was also a horrible move by the Bears, I’m starting to notice a pattern here). Regardless, this draft could easily go from the worst of all time to just a small mistake in Bears history if Trubisky performs at an elite level like the Bears seem to expect, but only time will tell.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When you acquire a top 5 prospect at pick 19, you’re immediately flung towards the top of the draft rankings; it’s even better when that top 5 prospect is another target for Jameis Winston, and that’s what Tampa Bay did. Drafting TE O.J Howard in the 19th round was a steal and a half, and the Buccaneers continued this trend of thievery into the fifth round when they drafted promising Running Back Jeremy Nichols 162nd Overall, they also filled some key positions with their selections of Safety Justin Evans, and WR Chris Godwin.
New York Giants
Sorry everybody, but it’s true. While the Giants did make a smart move in drafting TE Evan Engram in the first round, that was the only solid pick they made. Davis Webb was a disaster of a pick, and personally I think that the Giants could have taken any other QB in the draft that was left, including Mr. Irrelevant Chad Kelly, and been considered a middle of the pack draft as opposed to one of the worst. Besides the QB Flop, the Giants also failed to fill an important spot by not drafting a tackle. The other picks in the Giants draft weren’t horrible, but they certainly weren’t special, drafting DE Avery Moss, who is a bit promising and could end up being great, and a future starter in DT Dalvin Tomlinson. All in all, the Giants did draft some solid players, just not where they needed them most.
This year’s draft had many more good drafts, and many more bad ones, but I chose to focus on the four that I believe will be most (and least) impactful on the NFL this season. Do I think my rankings are 100% right? Probably not, but we’ll have to wait until the season starts and these rookies perform to confirm/disprove it.