After months of talking, scouting reports, red flags and trade rumours, the 2015 NFL Draft got underway last night.
Unfortunately, the first round went near enough exactly as everyone expected as the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns both failed to throw everything and the kitchen sink at Tennessee for the chance to land Marcus Mariota.
There was a lot of questionable picks that have left analysts and fans scratching their heads. Here we are going to run down four of the worst picks from the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
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1) Marcus Mariota - Tennessee Titans
While this is a great pick from the Titans point of view, it's a real shame for anyone that watched Mariota during his college career with the Oregon Ducks. Unless the Titans make a real effort to change their offense to the fast-paced, all-action style that Mariota is used to he will struggle.
That isn't a knock on Mariota's ability, it is much more a lament at how awful pretty much everyone around him on the Titans offense is. Right now the Titans offensive line, wide receiver group, and running back corps is completely dreadful. The Titans have no right tackle, no standout receivers, and no number one calibre running back. If Mariota struggles next season, it won't be his fault. It will be the Titans GM and player personnel/recruitment guys who didn't bother getting him any weapons.
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2) Cedric Ogbuehi - Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals had the chance to pick the incredible Shane Ray and make their pass rush the best in the AFC North. But no, instead Marvin Lewis and Mike Brown went with Ogbuehi, the third or fourth best tackle in the class that has already had to undergo one ACL reconstruction.
Ogbuehi can definitely come in and be a starter in Cincy - when he's recovered from season ending surgery - but he isn't as exciting a prospect as Ray, an edge player with the potential to make the Pro Bowl before the end of his rookie contract. This is why the Bengals can never win a playoff game.
3) Phillip Dorsett - Indianapolis Colts
This is another case of love the player, hate the pick. Phillip Dorsett is an electrifying speedster that would worry any defense in the NFL, except when he's playing for the Colts where he will be the 4th choice wide receiver!
The Colts have a couple of glaring, stood-right-in-front-of-you-waving-its-hands-in-your-face-needs right now. They got destroyed by the Patriots in the run game, but didn't take Malcolm Brown, the defensive tackle out of Texas. The offensive line also needs desperate work but Ryan Grigson and co, didn't fancy trading up one spot to bring in Laken Tomlinson.
Dorsett will be playing behind Pro Bowler T.Y Hilton, Pro Bowler Andre Johnson, and under the radar star Donte Moncrief. In fact, Dorsett isn't even guaranteed that 4th receiver spot, as he'll have to battle Duron Carter for it, who has just come in after starring in the CFL.
If Dorsett had landed at the Saints, Packers or Patriots - the teams after the Colts - we would be raving about this pick and excitement for the season to come. Instead, i'm left disappointed at what's in store for the star from 'The U.'
4) Brandon Scherff - Washington Redskins
Leonard Williams is easily the best football player in this entire draft class, i'm not sure there is anyone who could disagree with that. Well apart from Washington Redskins GM Scot McCloughan, who, with his first ever draft pick at the Redskins, decided to pass on the future Pro Bowler Williams in order to reach - and it is a big reach - for Brandon Scherff.
If the Redskins really had Scherff above Williams on their draft board - which is laughable - then why not trade down to pick the offensive lineman. Yes, RG3 needs help in front of him, but turning down a generational talent is simply ridiculous and will almost certainly come back to haunt the Redskins in the future.