Round 1 of the NFL Draft is in the books, and it didn’t come without its fair share of surprises. From the Bears trading up to select a player they could have taken anyway, to some of Alabama’s stars slipping. Much of the first round did not go the way a lot of people expected. With that in mind, here’s a look at which teams got it right and which teams didn’t.
Winner: Houston Texans– The Texans traded up 13 spots to select Deshaun Watson with the 12th overall pick. Watson was probably the best quarterback in the Draft, even though he was the third one taken. The Texans did give up a first rounder in 2018 to get him, but it was worth it.
Quarterback play has been an issue in Houston for a long time and they’ve still been able to put together some decent seasons. Just imagine what they could do with a semi-competent QB. We don’t know what kind of immediate impact Watson will have on the team this year, but we do know he can’t be any worse than Brock Osweiler, who the Texans won a division title with last season.
Loser: Chicago Bears- Of all the surprising picks last night, this is probably the one that left people scratching their heads the most. Chicago gave the San Francisco 49ers three mid-round picks to move up one spot to take Mitchell Trubisky, a player who might not have been a top 10 pick otherwise.
People are already talking about this as one of the worst trades and picks in modern Draft history, and for good reason. First of all, the Bears already signed Mike Glennon to a $45 million deal. This means that Trubisky will probably sit behind him for about a year. Why go out of your way to draft a player who won’t have an immediate impact?
Second, there are still questions about Trubisky as a player, particularly with his experience level and how he handles pressure. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying, “What were they thinking?’’
Winner: Tennessee Titans- The Titans had two first round picks this year after trading last year’s No. 1 overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams. There were two main areas where this team needed to improve: wide receiver and the secondary. They look to have checked both boxes in round one.
With the fifth pick, the Titans took Western Michigan WR Corey Davis. Davis is a big target who can go up and fight for the ball. He should be a legitimate weapon for Quarterback Marcus Mariota.
With the 18th pick, Tennessee took Adoree’ Jackson, the dynamic corner and return man from USC, who should be able to have an immediate impact on defense and special teams. The Titans filled two areas of need in just one round and look like geniuses for giving up last year’s top pick.
Loser: Kansas City Chiefs- The Bears-49ers trade was the most head-scratching of the night, but this was probably a close second. It’s hard not to be confused by a team that already has a competent quarterback trading up 17 spots to take a quarterback that could have been available in the second round. He most likely would have been available in the team’s original draft slot.
Patrick Mahomes may be the most physically gifted quarterback in this class, but he needs a lot of mechanical refinement. It’s safe to say that Mahomes will spend at least a year on the bench behind Alex Smith. An ideal situation for him, but not so much for the Chiefs, who sold the farm for a player who won’t make any real contribution anytime soon.
Winner: San Francisco 49ers- The 49ers were on the other end of that awful Bears trade, but it was only awful for one side. San Francisco got extra draft picks to move back a spot, and still got the guy they wanted all along, Stanford’s DE, Solomon Thomas.
Thomas is an addition to what could already be a scary defensive line in the near future, with Eric Armstead and DeForest Buckner already a part of the unit. The 49ers also traded for an extra first round pick, which they used on Alabama Linebacker Rueben Foster. These moves will help bolster the 49ers defense, which was terrible last season, especially against the run.