Recap Of The First Round Of The NFL Draft

This year’s first round of the NFL draft was one for the ages. All the mock NFL drafts meant absolutely nothing. Everything the experts predicted would happen went right out the window. Of course, this is why we love the draft.

Right off the bat, the Chicago Bears threw a wrench in the draft as they traded up from the third pick to the second pick to draft the most sought after quarterback in this year’s draft class in Mitchell Trubisky. This move was a shocker as they just signed Mike Glennon to a three-year, $45 million deal. They must have seen a lot of value in Trubisky if they traded away future assets to move up one spot to get him.

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“I’m going to go into a great situation, where Mike is the starter,” Trubisky told reporters Thursday night. “So I look forward to learning from him and the other veterans on the team. I just have to come in, prove myself, learn the offense as quick as possible and help the Chicago Bears win.”

Another trade took place as the Houston Texans traded up to the 12th pick to select quarterback Deshaun Watson. Watson, who was one of them most polarizing players in the draft, could not have asked for a better team to join. The Texans have one of the best defensive units in the NFL and a star wideout in DeAndre Hopkins. The only area they were desperately lacking was at the quarterback position.

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Many projected that they traded away former quarterback Brock Osweiler to make room for Tony Romo in a potential trade. Unfortunately, this never worked out due to Romo retiring after the trade took place. The acquisition of Watson fills this void and makes this Houston team a Super Bowl contender.

So many teams have slept on Watson. He has been criticized about his throwing motion along with his decision-making skills. But every quarterback that has come into the NFL has his weaknesses. One thing is for sure about Watson, however: He is a winner. He has proven that he can compete against the highest level under an immense amount of pressure.

I see Watson in a similar situation as Dak Prescott was last year. Prescott, while he did not have the stock that Watson did coming out of college, was drafted later in the draft than many other players and turned out to be an NFL star. Many teams drew away from him because of his weaknesses and did not look at the upside that he had. This is the exact same situation for Watson. Not to mention that they both walked into very talented teams with weapons all around them to work with.

Another big story was Alabama LB Reuben Foster dropping very deep in the first round. Coming in at third best overall player according to the Bleacher Report, many teams passed on Foster due to his off the field issues and the luggage that he brings along with him. He nearly slipped out of the first round but was finally taken by the San Francisco 49ers who traded up to get him with the 31st pick.

The draft will resume today with the second and third round on ESPN at 7 p.m.

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