Winners and Losers of the 1st round of the draft

Winners:

Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers got perhaps the biggest steal in the 1st round of the draft when Derwin James slipped all the way to the 17th overall pick. James is a top 10 talent for sure and he fills a big need for the Chargers at the same time. The Chargers suddenly have a sneaky good defense heading into the 2018 season especially since James should provide a major impact right away.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay maybe didn’t select the flashiest player in the NFL draft when they drafted defensive tackle Vita Vea with the 12th overall pick. However, Vea is a very talented player that has terrific athleticism for someone of his size. He has terrific work ethic and he can help improve the Buccaneers interior pass rush. The Buccaneers now have a stacked defensive line with the additions of Vea, Jason Pierre-Paul, Vinny Curry, and Beau Allen this offseason. Also, the Buccaneers landed an extra two 2nd round picks by moving down 5 spots in the draft which makes this a terrific 1st round for the Buccaneers.

Losers:

New Orleans Saints

The Saints made the strangest move of the 1st round when they traded up 13 picks in order to select defensive end Marcus Davenport. Sure, Davenport has huge potential, but he is still a raw prospect that is being drafted out of a small school. However, giving up a 1st round pick next season to get a defensive end is just insane. The Saints are taking a huge risk for a player that isn’t even guaranteed to be an elite player at the NFL level. New Orleans made too much of a reach by moving up to select Davenport and now they lose a valuable pick 1st round pick for net year because of it. The Saints should have just stayed patient and taken the best player available rather than risking their future for a player that might not even live up to the hype.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks made a good move by trading down in the 1st round and acquiring a 3rd round pick. However, the Seahawks didn’t make the most out of their pick late in the 1st round as they selected running back Rashaad Penny. He has the potential to be a good starting running back for Seattle, but he should have been a 2nd or 3rd round pick. This was a major reach for the Seahawks and there were much better options available in this spot. Seattle had other major needs like defensive end and cornerback in the draft, so they should have just taken the best player available. Penny fills a need for the Seahawks, but they could have done much better in this spot especially as they have several needs in the draft.

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