Whew, what a day. The NFL Draft’s first round is over after Thursday, and there was plenty of big news made. First and foremost, Trevor Lawrence, unsurprisingly, was taken with the #1 pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars as they look to find relevancy under new head coach Urban Meyer. Zach Wilson followed him at #2, landing with the New York Jets as they try for the billionth time to find a reasonable solution at quarterback while Trey Lance, out of North Dakota State, made it three QB’s in a row by being selected by the San Francisco 49ers.
There was real talk that the first five picks would be quarterbacks, but that was soon quashed as teams picked based on their needs. It wouldn’t be until #11 when the next QB was taken after the Chicago Bears made a trade to be able to take Justin Fields. They gave up a whole lot to do it, too, so this is a huge gamble that effectively has ‘mortgaged’ their future. The New England Patriots had the #15 pick, and they somehow got the player that they wanted as their patience paid off with the addition of Mac Jones. The Alabama QB is a mini version of Tom Brady, or it would appear, so this seems to make perfect sense. All in all, he was part of six Crimson Tide stars to go in the first round, tying Miami’s record from 2004. The other big news of the day came before the draft as it emerged that Aaron Rodgers was not happy in Green Bay. The Packers have since moved to silence the rumors, saying they will not be trading the veteran, but you have to wonder if they have the power in the situation or not.