The first round of the NFL draft has come and gone. Who did well out of the draft and who did poorly?
Let's see which franchise were winners and which were losers.
Winner – Houston Texans
It would be almost impossible for the Texans not to be winners since they had the first overall pick but they are. The thought of J.J. Watts and Jadeveon Clowney lining up on
the D-Line together is a mouth watering prospect.
Winner – Cleveland Browns
The Browns picked up a first round pick for next year and perhaps the best defensive back in the draft Justin Gilbert. That alone would make them winners, but added to this they also moved up to number 22 to grab Johnny Manziel.
A successful draft is as much about getting the right player at the right time as it is just about getting the right player. The Browns got a great cornerback in Justin Gilbert. He wouldn't have been on the board by the time the Brown got to pick for a second time so they had to get him first. They then acted boldly to get Johnny Football later on.
The Browns backroom can pat themselves on the back.
Losers – Jacksonville Jaguars
It's deja vu for the Jaguars they have gone out and drafted a big QB with a strong arm. Blaine Gabbert, I'm sorry, Blake Bortles may go on to be a great NFL QB, but when you look at the players the Jaguars passed on you have got to wonder if the Jacksonville backroom staff know what they are doing.
The Jacksonville Jaguars could have had Sammy Watkins or Khalil Mack. Instead they drafted Blake Bortles whose long range accuracy and ability to protect the football are not
as good as his 6'5'' 232 pound frame would suggest.
The comparison to the Browns is interesting. Whereas one franchise got players the players they wanted as low as possible, the other (Jacksonville) drafted a player much higher then they had to.
I fear this is another first round draft pick wasted for the Jaguars.
Winner - Matthew Stafford
The Lions went out in this off season and got Matthew Stafford some weapons. They already had Calvin Johnson and then in free agency they added Super Bowl winner Golden Tate. To top this up in the draft they went and got the tight end who is basically a giant wide
receiver Eric Ebron. Ebron will run over, past and around linebackers.
Matthew Stafford has all the weapons he could want now. He has to deliver now though. It's now a make or break season for the Lions QB.
Winner – The Passing Game
For the second year running no running backs were selected. Meanwhile wide receivers and defensive backs flew of the shelves. It all served as another reminder of how dominant the passing game is over the running game right now.
Winner – Tony Romo
For all the talk of Johnny Football supplanting Tony Romo, there was no sane way that the Cowboys were going to hire another QB with Romo on so much money.
It's the Cowboys though and you have seen weirder things happen. Romo's job is safe for at least another round of the draft and he has gained Zach Martin to ensure he stays healthy.
Winner – Johnny Manziel
It was an interminable wait just watch from home. It must have been even worse in the green room in New York. He got drafted in the first round though and he has gone to a team that will play him.
Winner – Green Bay Packers
I'm amazed the Ha Ha Clinton-Dix lasted until pick 21. I reckon the Packers cannot believe their luck either. He was the best safety in the draft.
Winners - Marcus Smith, Jimmy Ward and Ja'Wuan James
Seen as later round picks Smith, Ward and James made it into the first round with the Eagles, 49ers and Dolphins respectively.
Winner - Minnesota Vikings
After picking up a great pass rusher in Barr, the Vikings jumped back in with the 32nd selection and patched up a big roster weakness by selecting Teddy Bridgewater.
Winner - Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks didn't need that first round pick they traded it for the 40th overall pick and a fourth round pick. This will allow them to add depth and that means more to them than a 32nd overall pick
Winner - Teddy Bridgewater
A loser right up till the last minute when the Vikings came and got him.
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