5 – The Ohio State 5
Ohio State had 5 players drafted within the top 20 of the 2016 draft. These players were Joey Bosa, DE, Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Eli Apple, CB, Taylor Decker, OT and Darron Lee, OLB. This is a huge achievement in itself, however when we look back at history it makes it even more significant. OSU tied the record for most players from one school in the top 20 with 5, however were just short of the record for most in the first round which is still held by the 2004 Miami Hurricanes. Although too early for a comparison, the Ohio State players will likely be hoping for some similarities in their careers. Out of the six, 4 made the pro bowl and 2 ended up on the winning side of a Superbowl. If this draft is where the similarities begin, then who knows how successful this class can be.
4 – The Wide Receiver Run
Four Wide receivers came off the board in the first round last night, hardly a surprise, however 2 things stood out that are surprises. Firstly for the first time ever 3 Receivers went back to back to back. To put that into perspective, it has never happened in the first round, ever. The second surprise is that of all the Receivers to be drafted, Laquon Treadwell was the last one. Throughout the process, Treadwell has been most expert’s number one pick at the position, and 3 teams passed up the chance to take for another player at the same position, who to most is seen as inferior. While judging a draft so early is fool hardy, letting Treadwell slip could be a mistake the other 3 teams live to regret.
3 – The Myles Jack Slide
Depending on who you speak to, this is either a surprise or something that was obviously going to happen, however with the talent that Myles Jack possesses, it is still shocking he will be available in day two. Jack currently has the most famous knee in football, with conflicting reports coming from all sides. Jack says it is fine and he is ready to go, however he did tear the meniscus off the bone, and there are rumours that he might even need micro fracture surgery. This is a complicated surgery and without a concrete recovery time, it would completely change, at least his 2016 season. The surprise isn’t necessarily that teams played it say by passing on him, the surprise is that arguably the most talented player in the entire draft is available in day two, with no real sign of when he will be picked.
2 – The Big Reach
The Draft is known for many things, however every year we hear the word reach thrown around with regards to players. There can be many reasons a person is considered a reach and opinions will always vary however 2 points come up the most. Either there are better players available at his position, or that he is ‘not good enough’ to be picked so high. We have become accustomed to this over recent years, however this draft had a real feel of teams reaching extra high for players who should have dropped to them. If a team has a need surely it shouldn’t be a reach, however if you select a player in the first round you expect him to come in and start. Players such Artie Burns, CB, and Leonard Floyd, OLB both feel at least a year away from starting, and in terms of impact it will likely be very small in the short term. Now we know this kind of picking is a yearly thing, however this year had a surprising amount of mediocre players getting taken in the first round. Corey Coleman, WR, Keanu Neal, S, Ryan Kelly, C, and Joshua Garnett are the glaring examples of players who have been over drafted. All four would likely have made it to the second round with a couple even dropping further. If a team falls in love, they surely shouldn’t wait to draft him in case someone else pulls the trigger, however at the time of these picks, not only were there better players available in the draft, these weren’t even the best players at their position.
The Laremy Tunsil Situation
Oh how the mighty have fallen! Until a few weeks ago Laremy Tunsil was a consensus pick at the number one spot, then through no fault of his own, teams traded for the draft’s Quarterbacks, however he was still the best player available and a sure fire top 5 pick. So how, you ask, did he drop all the way to 13 and be the third tackle taken off the board. Just as the green room had begun filling up, a picture was posted on Tunsil’s twitter account of him smoking a bong through a gas mask, this is where the slide began. Many teams took him off their draft board completely as this was a new piece of information, and while he tested negative to all drug tests surrounding the draft process, he immediately became a huge risk. He is incredibly talented and Miami took a chance on his talent outweighing his mistakes. He is still an incredible player, but the drugs questions, coupled with new questions about whether he took money from a coach while at Ole Miss has seriously put his character into question. Some make stupid decisions, and everyone deserves a second chance, but if we are talking about surprising movements, this nearly blew the roof off the auditorium theatre.