Top 5 Takeaways from the NFL Draft
After all of the nonsensical draft speculation and team executives purposely leading insiders to wild goose chases for the entire spring, the NFL Draft is finally over and we can all now move on to the best part of the event, analyzing the aftermath.
1) The Cleveland Browns finally have their savior! Like they do in every draft that involves a quarterback, the Browns select someone else with their top pick then trade for the 22nd pick for their quarterback.
And this time it’s Johnny Manziel. Young people love him, old media and NFL controlling coaches/executives hate him. He’s an exciting college player who just needs platform shoes and Larry Fitzgerald’s helmet to look as tall as your prototypical quarterback.
Being a team with as many bright spots as a medieval dungeon, the Browns are the last team that should try to suppress and contain Manziel’s swagger. They need to harness his swagger and ride this rocket till the end because like every rocket that goes up, it always comes crashing down at some point.
2) I covered FIU (Florida International) football last season and they played Central Florida in the second game of the season. After watching Blake Bortles and Storm Johnson lead the offense, I knew firsthand that 2013 was going to be a special season for the UCF.
Turns out I was right. UCF won the American Athletic Conference and defeated Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl. The Jacksonville Jaguars must have saw that game and decided that they needed their offense to mirror that of the Knights. So they drafted Bortles with their first pick and Johnson with their last pick.
In between the Jaguars have successfully rebuilt their offense with the draft. Bortles is their new quarterback and with him a pair of fantastic college wide receivers. Marquis Lee from USC was one of the best receivers in the Pac-12 the last three years and Allen Robinson was one of the main reasons why the Penn St. offense kept clicking even after the Joe Paterno era.
3) Michael Sam is one step closer to being the first openly gay man in the NFL. The St. Louis Rams selected him in the seventh round but Sam fans should not be discouraged. Ultimately draft selections don’t truly matter. The backbone of the Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks defense came from the fifth round. Arizona State’s own Vontaze Burfict signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent and went to the Pro Bowl in his rookie year.
The St. Louis Rams is a great fit for Sam. It’s a 4-3 defensive team in the same state as his collegiate stomping grounds and while everyone else feared the dreaded “media circus” that would follow Sam, the Rams could use some extra attention.
Now when are people going to start looking at his boyfriend the way they look at AJ McCarron’s girlfriend?
4) If there’s any true indication of how good of a coach (offensively at least) Rich Rodriguez is, it’s the NFL Draft. A total of three draft picks in his first two years (all three coming from this draft) and yet, he has led the Wildcats to back-to-back eight-win seasons and back-to-back bowl victories for the first time since 1997-98.
Ka’Deem Carey is by far the best running back in the program’s history and yet he went to the fourth round. Could you imagine what will happen Tucson when Rich Rod finally gets NFL talent?
And Carey is going to be a great NFL player. He rushed for 3,814 yards and scored 44 touchdowns in the last two seasons. Whether that’s a product of Rich Rod’s offense, at least someone agrees with me about Carey.
” It’s amazing that a runner who thoroughly dominated college football over the past two seasons is rarely discussed as a top prospect. Sure, Carey clocked an awfully slow 4.70-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, but let’s not forget that in his last two college seasons, the Arizona standout amassed 3,814 rushing yards (with 22 100-yard games). That kind of production should jump off the page when factoring in his role as the workhorse of an offense that lacked consistent quarterback play and dynamic weapons on the perimeter. Most importantly, the game tape reveals a physical running style that is conducive to success in the NFL.” — NFL.com Media Analyst Bucky Brooks
5) Paul Richardson finally makes it to the NFL!
Richardson was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round and is considered to be the “poor man’s DeSean Jackson” according to NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock. It may not be the Bears but catching passes from Russell Wilson is still awesome.
Did I also mention that he went to the University of Colorado, not Arizona State?