The first round of the 2016 NFL Draft is finally over. And boy oh boy, it did not disappoint. There were surprises, both good and bad. We saw plenty of trades, and the Cincinnati Bengals landed William Jackson III, a cornerback out of Houston.
In case you missed it, the Rams and Eagles did what most expected them to do, selecting quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz with the first and second overall picks.The Chargers and Cowboys both took Ohio State players, selecting defensive end Joey Bosa and running back Ezekiel Elliott with the third and fourth overall picks. The Jaguars rounded out the top 5 by selecting Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey.
A controversial Tweet sent out from Laremy Tunsil's Twitter account contributed to the tackle plummeting down the Draft board, eventually making his way to the Dolphins with the 13th pick. The Ravens, perhaps because of the tweet, selected Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley with the sixth pick. I'm not going to bore you by going through each individual pick, so here are some of the Draft's biggest surprises, winners and losers. If you want to see each pick, you can find that here.
Laremy Tunsil falls down the Draft board
Following the aforementioned Tweet of Tunsil smoking marijuana in a gas max being sent out, likely by someone other than Tunsil himself, the player who was Daniel Jeremiah's top prospect fell all the way to pick 13. Before trading down, many suggested the Titans would have taken Tunsil with the first overall pick. But because a video of Tunsil was tweeted out, likely a video that was very old, the offensive tackle fell out of the top 10 picks, eventually making his way to Miami.
Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith fall out of the first round entirely
A month ago today, I would've laughed if you had told me that Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith would've both fallen out of the first round. The two linebackers are easy top five prospects, but the injury concerns to both players took a serious hit on both of their draft stocks.
San Francisco 49ers trade into first round for Stanford guard Joshua Garnett
No one anticipated Garnett would come off the board in the first round, yet the 49ers gave up a second-rounder, a third rounder and a sixth rounder to move up the board and take him with the 28th overall selection, originally the Chiefs' pick. The Niners also received a seventh-rounder back from the Chiefs as compensation, after Kansas City melted San Francisco with a killer trade.
Three former Bengals coordinators select wide receivers in the top 23 picks
Many Bengals fans wanted to see their favorite team select a wideout with the 24th overall pick. But after Hue Jackson, Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer all took wide receivers with their teams' first round selections, the Bengals didn't really have a choice but to go elsewhere in the first round. Cincinnati ended up landing William Jackson III, a solid corner who was widely rumored to be the Steelers' top target in the first round. As a result, Pittsburgh took Miami corner Artie Burns.
Originally holding the number two pick in the Draft, the Browns moved down 13 picks, and they gained a king's ransom in return. With the 13th pick, the Browns crushed the hearts of many Bengal fans, selecting Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman.
The Buccaneers traded their first-rounder to the Bears, moving down two picks and landing Florida corner Vernon Hargreaves, who was likely the guy they would've taken at ninth overall anyways. They were able to acquire the Bears' fourth-rounder in the process. The Redskins pulled a similar move, trading down just one spot in the draft and selecting TCU wideout Josh Doctson, who was a better fit than Will Fuller, the receiver the Houston Texans selected with their first round selection. Washington was able to add a sixth-rounder as a result of moving down just one spot. Doctson was the better fit for the Redskins, so they essentially just got a sixth round selection for free.
Two words: Laremy Tunsil. The Dolphins never could have imagined that potentially the best prospect in the Draft would be available with the 13th overall pick. But because Tunsil fell, Miami was able to land a stud.
The CBS journalist's hilarious Tweets had me laughing all night long. Here are some of his best:
PLENTY OF TAKEOUT IN NYC SUCK IT ANONYMOUS SCOUT.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) April 29, 2016
This tweet sheds light on a report from an anonymous scout that mentioned how Ohio State corner Eli Apple's inability to cook would somehow negatively impact his draft stock. With Apple going 10th overall to the Giants, that report looks humorous in retrospect.
Let it be a lesson kids: if you ever have the choice, always pick "leaked video of you smoking weed in a gas mask" over "knee injury."— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) April 29, 2016
This tweet points out that despite Laremy Tunsil's draft plummet, caused by a video of him smoking weed in a gas mask, he still didn't fall as far as linebackers Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith, once viewed as players locked into the top 5 picks.
When "Jump Around" comes on at the club https://t.co/3UkN5hkDhq— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) April 29, 2016
Man, that song never gets old.
San Francisco 49ers
Though the Niners made a great pick in selecting former Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, the team's trading back into the first round and selecting of a guard who did not even have a first-round grade was questionable at best.
New York Giants
Eli Apple is a boom-or-bust prospect at corner, and he may have the highest ceiling of any corner in this year's Draft class. However, he was a huge reach at 10th overall.
University of Alabama
Alabama had the same number of first round draft picks as North Dakota State.
With the Bengals' selection of William Jackson III, the Steelers seemed to go into panic-mode, selecting Miami corner Artie Burns. Don't get me wrong--Burns is a great player, and I believe he has the ability to succeed in the NFL. But Pittsburgh really seemed to want Jackson, and instead, he'll be playing for a division rival.
With the Broncos trading up to select Paxton Lynch late in the first round, there really isn't a great option for the Eagles quarterback. He'll now have to compete with the second overall draft selection in Carson Wentz. Heck, even backup quarterback Chase Daniel, who played for head coach Doug Pederson in Kansas City, could beat out the former number one overall pick.
There isn't really a place where the free agent quarterback would fit in the NFL, aside from the New York Jets. Fitzpatrick completely lost leverage in contract negotiations, and as a result, he'll likely sign for far less money than his price would've been in early free agency.
The first round was crazy, and NFL fans were treated to one of the most exciting drafts in recent memory. Hopefully the rest of the 2016 NFL Draft lives up to the wild expectations that have now been set by a fantastic first round.