Last night had some surprises and featured many rumors that failed to have legs. We saw two quarterbacks taken with the first two picks for the first time since 2012 and just the sixth time in the Super Bowl era. We had six wide receivers taken along with two running backs, the first running backs taken this early since 2012. Below are the full results for round one.
Let’s start with a little stock up and stock down.
Todd Gurley, RB STL
Already the top rookie amongst most dynasty owners, Gurley landed in a solid situation. The Rams have an elite defense and are looking to be a ball control offense. Gurley is arguably the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson and will be given the ball consistently. Tre Mason loses out here, but he was no more than an average runner at best. Gurley is a three down player and should see upwards of 20 touches per game when healthy. He has a firm grip on the top rookie draft spot.
Shaq Thompson, LB CAR
It helps that Thompson was the first non-pass rusher to be chosen at the linebacker position. The Panthers need playmakers on the defensive side of the ball and Shaq has the versatility to be an outside linebacker or a safety. The immediate playing time will allow him to accumulate numbers quickly and he should see a fair number of opportunities to make big plays.
Nelson Agholor, WR PHI
While there were rumors that Agholor would end up in Philadelphia, he was being priced as a player who would be a second or third round NFL draft pick, not a first round selection. The confidence the Eagles showed is an indication the team sees him as a legitimate starter and someone who will see plenty of targets. Jordan Matthews had nearly 100 targets (98) in his rookie season and with Jeremy Maclin (140) gone, Agholor should see a substantial role early on. Don’t be surprised if he is a first round rookie pick from this point forward.
Breshad Perriman, WR BAL
[inlinead]Perriman is another wide receiver who will benefit from a team looking for some answers. With Torrey Smith gone, the Ravens were looking for a deep threat to pair with Joe Flacco’s cannon arm. Perriman is capable of taking the top off a defense and stretch the field the way Marc Trestman is looking for. His hands are spotty but Flacco will give him the opportunity to succeed early. Like Agholor, Perriman is likely a first round rookie draft lock going forward.
DeVante Parker, WR MIA
This isn’t an indictment on the Dolphins’ offensive scheme or Ryan Tannehill, but confusion over their depth chart. Parker is the most talented receiver on the roster but will need to bide his time. Kenny Stills, Jarvis Landry, Jordan Cameron and Greg Jennings will all be fighting for targets with the new acquisition. While he won’t slip too far, Parker is now closer to the second tier of receivers than he is to the first.
Shane Ray, DE DEN
The loss in value has more to do with his new found 3-4 outside linebacker position than the off-field issues. Ray has the ability to be a double digit sack player down the line, but he will be stuck in a rotation in Denver in the short-term. Add in the positional transition and Ray loses a ton of value with the designation.
Phillip Dorsett, WR, IND
Maybe I am overreacting, but at the very least, this is a short-term downgrade. Much like Parker, he walks into a crowded situation with a lot of potential. I don’t want to write him off completely, but the offseason will be telling. How the Colts deal with Duron Carter and pending free agent TY Hilton will be telling for Dorsett’s long-term future.
Shock and Awe
Mariota is STILL a Titan
After all the talk, Marcus Mariota remains in the Music City. The feeling is teams have shied away after an astronomical asking price and that might be just fine. The Titans have a glut of young receivers and a running back with potential – the types of players who could grow with a rookie quarterback. There are still legitimate needs on this offense, but there were worse landing spots (here’s looking at you, Cleveland).
Trae Waynes is a Minnesota Viking
I really saw Parker going here, but the Vikings threw a monkey wrench in that pipe dream. Waynes is a fine player, but it was a slight reach considering the depth of cornerback going into round two. Don’t be surprised if the team revisits the receiver position in the subsequent rounds.
The Bud Dupree Slip n’ Slide
Some analysts had him as a top ten option, Dupree fell to the Steelers at #22 overall in just about the best situation available. The Steelers know how to use pass rushing talent and while he may not be an elite IDP option, they will maximize his value.
Landon Collins Denied
The near consensus top safety failed to find a home in round one. He has legitimate potential to rack up tackles and be a contributor in the secondary for IDP. Going into round two, there are a number of teams that could use a hard hitter like the former Crimson Tide player (Roll Tide).
With the top two running backs long gone, the Cowboys flipped to the defensive side and took Byron Jones. What position the athletic prodigy plays is unclear but this felt more like a selection of lust than one of need. I would have rather seen them address the front seven after experiencing multiple defections.