The 2018 NFL draft is here — and now we can finally figure out where all of these quarterbacks are going.
Chubb could have entered the 2017 draft and been in the first-round Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys discussion. At 6-4, 269 pounds, he shows good takeoff from the edge, and he has an excellent mix of speed and power. You saw some of that speed and explosion at the combine, where he ran a 4.65 40 and had a 36-inch vertical. Chubb had 10 sacks and 25 tackles for loss (tied for second in the FBS) in 2017 and had 10 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss in 2016. Chubb doesn’t have quite as high of a grade as Myles Garrett did last year, but he’s in that same tier.
Smith is getting buzz as a potential top-eight pick. His tape is too good, and he’s too athletic — he ran a 4.51 40 at the combine — for teams to be worried as much about his size (6-0, 237). He can get sideline to sideline in a hurry.
The draft, of course, is only beginning, with Rounds 2-3 coming Friday Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys evening. The conventional wisdom for years now has been that wideouts have to be in the Julio Jones-A.J. Green conversation to go in the top half of the first round, and that picking them after that is foolish when they’ll be available and less risky in later rounds.
But even that wisdom seemed extreme this year.
Quarterbacks, of course, were their usual marquee selves: five drafted in the first round, four acquired by teams that traded up. Plenty of teams needed a potential game-breaking receiver, too. Yet so many let the two best prospects, Alabama’s Ridley and Maryland’s Moore, go past them. A case could be made that the boldest move for a wide receiver was made by the Raiders, who took an extra third-round pick it had just acquired from the Cardinals to get Martavis Bryant from the Steelers.
A year ago, the position was at such a premium that three WRs went in the first 10 picks — to be fair, with not much immediate success from them (Corey Davis, Mike Williams and John Ross).
Combine that with the unconventional interest in running backs — understandable in Saquon Barkley’s case, less so with the aforementioned Patriots taking Georgia’s Sony Michel at No. 31 — and it all made for a first round that challenged what’s generally accepted about what the NFL prioritizes and what it doesn’t.