The First Round of the 2018 NFL Draft just ended and boy oh boy was it a doozy. What a night. Some draft experts predicted up to four (4) picks correctly! Remarkable.
Since the draft just ended moments ago I have some knee jerk reactions to share. But before that when it comes to notable non-Patriot picks these stand out:
Baker Mayfield is a Cleveland Brown, allowing lazy-ass Johnny Manziel comparisons which bother me because as a football guy I can assure you Baker Mayfield is upwards of 38x a better passer than Johnny Football. The Buffalo Bills drafted Josh Allen dot com. The Saints traded up to take a pass rushed out of football factory UTEP, not Lamar Jackson who like Edgar Allen Poe is a Raven. The Cowboys took a dude named Leighton Vander Esch. Cannot wait to hear Cowboy fans true to pronounce that one. Finally, Josh Rosen fell to the Arizona Cardinals at 10. Chosen Rosen was not too pleased about it.
If I'm the Cardinals I'm ecstatic Rosen fell to #10. The last time a Jew went to the desert he was there for 40 years. Looks like Arizona just locked up it's franchise QB for the foreseeable future.
What I'm here to talk about is the Patriots.
My New England Patriots actually used both of there 1st round picks, something I was not entirely sure would happen. I figured they'd either trade one to stockpile picks, or shock the world and package the picks to move up and take a QB. Neither of those scenarios came to fruition. Instead they drafted two players off the National Champion runners up Georgia Bulldogs.
I guess Georgia is the new Rutgers?
Still deciding if we're gonna call them the "New England Bulldogs" or "Georgia Patriots". That's a very original joke that you'll only find here on dozonlife.com
As for those New England Bulldogs at 23rd overall the Pats took offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn.
And at 31st overall they selected the man Wynn was blocking for at UGA: Sony Michel.
Tbh I didn't watch a ton of college football this year so last night was the first time I've ever heard of most of the non-QBs drafted and that goes for these two gentlemen as well. They could be very good NFL players but as of now I do not really love the picks.
I've gone back and forth on Isaiah Wynn. Yes the Patriots desperate needed a LT to replace Nate Solder, but taking a 6 foot 2 tackle kind of worries me. There's shallow ass IG girls who won't date 6'2" dudes because they're not "tall enough" and we're supposed to expect basically a midget to protect TB12?
I found out today Matt Light was only 6'2" which I guess makes it a little easier to deal with, but it still worries me. It doesn't seem that long ago but that was a different era. This dude to me just seems a little undersized. Idk he could be a freak but those were just my immediate reactions. At least in this situation they addressed a vital need. Wynn was 2nd team All-American this year which is kind of promising, although there are guys who make 1st team that don't even play a single NFL down. Looking at you Michael Sam.
The pick that blew my fucking mind was Sony Michel. Immediately when I read that name it reminded me of the only scene I remember from Pee Wee's playhouse when he was reading a letter from a boy in France that said "Hello, my name is Michelle and I am a boy". That made ... let's call him 9 year old dozo laugh for a half hour. So simple yet so funny, yet another joke that would never be allowed in 2018. Absolute shame I can't find that clip on youtube.
What is an even bigger shame is that the Patriots drafted a running back 31st overall when running back was literally the last position this team needed to address. This kid put up good numbers but from what I've read has serious injury and fumbling concerns, which for a running back exactly what you're hoping for!!! ... I just think there are so many more pressing issues on this team over running back. Including every position on a defense that allowed the 29th most yard in the NFL. I'm cool with taking a flyer on an RB late but given that guys like Josh Jackson, and Harold Landry were available I was really hoping they'd address the defensive side of the ball. This team has two legit options out of the backfield in James White and Rex Burkhead. I know they lost Dion Lewis, but with Jeremy Hill, Bolden, and Gillislee I feel like they could've found a way to make the backfield work. Plus you have this guy named Tom Brady so it's not like you need to run the ball 30 times a game. The one thing I do like about this is how they were college teammates and as a former offensive linemen at the Rhode Island division III high school level, let me tell you there's nothing like blocking for a back you love. I really hope I'm wrong and this guy becomes a Hall of Famer and ends up holding petty ass grudges like JJ Watt against all those who doubted him.