The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is over and what a first round it was. There were plenty of surprises from head-scratching picks to shocking trades. We have a lot to talk about from this though, thankfully. So now that it is all in the books, it’s time to look at what all happened and see what the impact of it all is.
Chicago Bears trade up one spot to get Mitch Trubisky
Where do I even start with this one? The Bears gave up three third-round picks, and a fourth-round pick to get the raw quarterback prospect. This comes after the Bears made a move to grab Mike Glennon in free agency as the heir-apparent franchise quarterback. To say this is a head-scratcher is an understatement. The Bears have much more pressing issues to address and passed on some stud prospects to reach for Trubisky. Only time will tell how savvy of a move GM Ryan Pace just made.
Quarterbacks being over-valued
Mitch Trubisky wasn’t the only quarterback who was traded up for. Both Patrick Mahomes and DeShaun Watson found their respective teams after surprise trades. The Chiefs moved up 17 spots to pick up Mahomes so he can sit behind Alex Smith and learn the position. The Texans, on the other hand, moved up 13 picks to get their starter. Watson has room to grow and will still have to battle Tom Savage but given their QB situation; you have to believe Watson is already penciled in as the starter. These massive trades show just how valuable the position is. Hopefully, we won’t have to see just how devastating it can be if they fail.
Just keep sliding, just keep sliding…
Like all drafts, we had a couple of significant slides. Alabama DT Johnathan Allen the biggest one of the night. He was generally considered the top defensive tackle prospect and a top-3 lock. Well, the Bears went and screwed that up and so the slide started, ending with the Redskins 17th overall. LB Reuben Foster slid even farther, having to wait until the 31st pick following character issues. Running back Dalvin Cook shows that the offensive side wasn’t spared either, as he was projected to go in the teens but slid all the way out of the first round.