LOS ANGELES, May 1, 2016 — Day 1 of the NFL Draft is about glitz and glamour.
Some of these players chosen in the first round one will be the future faces of the National Football League. Others will be among the biggest busts in league history.
The second day is about those who surprisingly fall out of the first round and those who rise up Draft boards. Poignant events having little to nothing to do with football get their moments in the sun.
The third and final day of the NFL Draft is about finding diamonds in the rough. The greatest diamond in the rough in NFL history came in 2000. In the sixth round, and obscure quarterback named Tom Brady was selected by the New England Patriots.
For decades, the Patriots were the sad sacks of the NFL, nicknamed the Patsies by their fans. Brady was never supposed to see the field, since New England already had a star quarterback named Drew Bledsoe. In early 2001, an injury to Bledsoe forced Brady onto the field. The rest was history, as one of the worst franchises in history went on to win three Super Bowls in four years and a fourth Super Bowl a decade later with Brady at the helm.
Brady is why so many leatherheads watch rounds four through seven with as much obsessive detail as the first round.
Once again, the Cleveland Browns were on the clock. Draft King Mel Pompadour Kiper Jr. led the nearly eight-hour football discussion.
The Oakland Raiders used to be riverboat gamblers under the late Al Davis. Current General Manager Reggie McKenzie is known for being calm, patient, and willing to stock a roster with safe choices at good value. McKenzie showed he is not above a calculated risk at a reasonable rate. He had the Raiders trade with Cleveland so Oakland could immediately draft quarterback Connor Cook. This was a shocker, given that the Raiders had zero need for a quarterback. Derek Carr is firmly entrenched as the starter.
Analysts compared the pick to when the Redskins selected Kirk Cousins in the seventh round of 2012 after taking Robert Griffin III with the number two pick in the first round. Three years later, Cousins was the starter and RGIII was on his way to being shipped to Cleveland. In 1989, the Dallas Cowboys tandem of Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson chose Troy Aikman with the first overall pick. In the seventh round they chose Jason Garrett. Airman won three Super Bowls for Dallas while Garrett had a respectable career as Aikman’s backup. Now Garrett is the head coach of the Cowboys.
Rams Coach Jeff Fisher has a defense, and now newly drafted quarterback Jared Goff has a wide receiver to play with. Fisher spent a fourth round pick on Pharoh Cooper. One day after the Raiders drafted Jihad (Ward), it was only fitting on Passover that the Rams drafted Pharoh.
The third day is also when teams start gambling on quarterbacks other than the blue chips at the top of the Draft. In the fourth round the Cowboys took Dak Prescott as the possible eventual successor to Tony Romo. Rex Ryan hopes that Cardale Jones will finally give the Bills an end to the NFL’s longest playoff drought. In the fifth round Walrus Lite Andy Reid took Kevin Hogan to back up Alex Smith. The West Coast Offense system will require Hogan to master the art of throwing four-yard passes.
The Redskins took Nate Sudfeld in the sixth round to back up Kirk Cousins. Jake Rudock was then selected by the Detroit Lions to back up Matthew Stafford. Brandon Allen went to the Jaguars, where Blake Bortles is locked in as the starter. Jeff Driskel was chosen by the 49ers, who may have a messy divorce with Colin Kaepernick approaching. Keenan Reynolds was added to the Baltimore Ravens in case Joe Flacco gets injured. The seventh round saw Brandon Daughty go to the Miami Dolphins to back up Ryan Tannehill.
Special congratulations go to Tennessee Titans Cornerback Kalan Reed, the 253rd and final pick in the 2016 Draft. No matter where life takes him, he will always be “Mr. Irrelevant” 2016. Reed will have a week of parties in his honor with top overall pick Jared Goff to celebrate “Irrelevant Week,” a fun NFL tradition.
When the Draft is over, more transactions still take place. Undrafted free agents are everywhere. Quarterback Bryan Hoyer found a home with the Chicago Bears as the backup to Jay Cutler. Colin Kaepernick badly wants out of San Francisco, but their taking Paxton Lynch in this Draft all but torpedoes that deal. Ryan Fitzpatrick wants the Jets to either meet his contract demands or let him go.
The Jets are not comfortable with Geno Smith, and Fitzpatrick and his beard did lead the Jets to a 10-6 record last year. Fitzpatrick has threatened to retire as well.
In barely more than four months actual football is played. In a rematch of Super Bowl 50, the Carolina Panthers travel to face the Denver Broncos. Meanwhile, as soon as the Draft ended Mel Kiper Jr. and his pompadour returned to their underground bunker for the next 362 days. What he does all year between drafts is still unknown. Rumors say it involves football. those who love football and the NFL Draft are all thankful for this.