Friday, August 28, 2015

Round 1: Thumbs up, thumbs down

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Round 1: Thumbs up, thumbs down

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Browns: Browns need a difference-making wide receiver and Julio Jones was sitting there for them. But it’s hard to fault them for trading away the selection for the 6-pick king’s ransom the Falcons gave them. They received Atlanta’s first- (No. 27), second- (59) and fourth-round (124) picks in this draft, as well as first- and fourth-round picks next year. Then they traded back up from 27 to 21 and still got a good player in defensive tackle Phil Taylor.

Lions: Defensive tackle Nick Fairley slid to the Lions at 13 and they gladly scooped him up. With this kid lining up next to NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Ndamukong Suh, Lions are going to be a nightmare for opposing centers and guards, not to mention running backs and quarterbacks.

Redskins: Since Dan Snyder bought the Redskins, they’ve been a team capable of screwing up a one-car funeral. But they made all the right moves last night, trading down out of the eighth spot for extra picks, then still grabbing one of the draft’s top pass-rusher’s, Ryan Kerrigan, at 15. With Kerrigan on one side and Brian Orakpo on the other, the ‘Skins are going to be tough to scheme against next season.

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Giants: I’m not quite sure why cornerback Prince Amukamara slid as far as he did. But he did and the Giants got a bargain at 19. He’s going to flourish behind the Giants’ pass-rush.

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Broncos: Took linebacker Von Miller with the second overall pick ahead of defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and cornerback Patrick Peterson. Miller is the best pure edge-rusher in the draft, but seems a better fit as a rush linebacker in a 3-4 scheme than the 4-3 coach John Fox is switching to.

Titans: There’s no question they need quarterback help. But Jake Locker at No. 8? The kid’s a project with major, major accuracy issues. It’s going to be a couple of years before he’s ready to compete for a starting job.

Panthers: I’m not suggesting Cam Newton is going to be a JaMarcus Russell-sized bust, but I would’ve felt a lot more comfortable taking this kid at 15 or 20 rather than No. 1.

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