The first round of the 2017 NFL draft was held last night. Many things can happen leading up to the draft. Plenty can happen during the draft, as witnessed last night. Somehow the NFL has turned this into must watch TV. They are brilliant for splitting the rounds up and creating more coverage of the event. I also believe that having the 2nd round on the next day is great fore a few reasons. It gives everyone, including fans a chance to reset. The first round can be evaluated and the second round gains traction as fans realize team needs against what is available. Holding the first pick tonight is a pretty valuable pick and I would argue more valuable than it used to be. It can be an emotional night for fans, organizations, and players. Overall, it is an awesome event that change a team’s fortunes for years to come.
The first pick was Myles Garrett and it was not much of a surprise. However, things heated up right after that. The Bears traded up to get a QB and some think that they got fleeced by the 49ers in the trade. Many Bears fans did not seem to happy with the trade as you can see here. Of course you have to love the rivalry with the Packers. A Packers fan is laughing at what has happened. You also had the Chiefs trade up to get a QB and the Texans trade up to get a QB. So 3 qb’s went in the first 12 picks when most experts felt this was one of the worst draft classes for quarterbacks.
The draft is also an emotional experience for the players. Many have worked extremely hard to get to this point. When you get drafted in the first round, you become a millionaire overnight. How about this player drafted by the Falcons last night? I would say he was pretty emotional to say the least! I would imagine a few people were not thrilled with the choice of language. However, what do you expect from a 22 year old that had a life changing moment?
Take a look here as the team’s are already being “graded” on their pick. It is a pretty tough business when picks are being graded before they even step onto the field. The Bears are getting killed for their first round pick in the draft. I would think that a draft should be given 3-4 years before the final grade can be given. The problem with that is sometimes the GM’s and coaches are not given that long to see the fruit of their labor.
Round one is in the books and it has created plenty of drama. This happens every year and is certainly one of the reasons the event is so popular. I also think that when you draft a football player he can help the team immediately. Most of the time a baseball player of hockey player has some seasoning to do in the minor leagues. Basketball players can offer an immediate impact, but there are only 2 rounds, not 7. Regardless of your thoughts on the draft, it is certainly an event that will not be going anywhere as long as people continue to love their respective teams. Also, take a look here if you want an idea who your team might be able to get tonight.