​NFL Draft: Winners And Losers

​NFL Draft: Winners And Losers

A fan's take


So, I'm not afraid to admit this is my first article I have ever written so I am a bit nervous writing this. However, don't let that discourage you from thinking I don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to the NFL Draft. Growing up a die-hard Broncos Fan I have a great appreciation for the sport. With that being said I'm going to try to be objective, but I will not be addressing every pick from the First Round, just the ones I think are best and worst. This piece is my view on the situation, I am not a football recruiter or know the workings of the Organizations listed below.


Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray Overall Pick: 1

Kyler Murray shows his consistent athleticism and determination after choosing football over baseball. His size is the one downside, but while being the same height as Russell Wilson it clearly can be done. Hopefully, the Cardinals will be able to get him some decent targets to allow him to be more successful.

Denver Broncos – Noah Fant Overall Pick: 20

This may be a little biased but not really. The Broncos were smart to not take a first-round quarterback after picking up Joe Flacco in the offseason from the Baltimore Ravens. Trading with the Steelers provided the Broncos with more trade capital again making this an impressive pick. To allow Flacco and the Broncos to succeed pass options were needed and Noah Fant has the athleticism and catching skills that the Broncos Offense greatly needed.

Jacksonville Jaguars – Josh Allen Overall Pick: 7

So this man brought his kid onstage and I loved that, but regardless this is a big pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Getting Nick Foles in the offseason makes the offense look good, but #sacksonville was struggling last year. Allen provides an impressive College resume and will be the scary pass rusher that Jacksonville greatly needs.


Oakland Raiders – Clelin Ferrell Overall Pick: 4

To quote one of the commentators from ESPN "will they [the Raiders] be a convention or be the Raiders?" In my opinion, Clelin Ferrell was a Raider pick, this guy while quick on his feet was not what the Raiders needed with their fourth overall pick, he would have fallen. Who knows what John Gruden is doing out in Oakland?

Atlanta Falcons – Chris Lindstrom Overall Pick: 14

Okay don't get me wrong Lindstrom will be essential to protecting Matt Ryan, but Falcons have you not learned anything about needing a good defense? The Falcons two first-round picks both included offensive line players. Hopefully, they will be working on their defense in following rounds, no one wants the Falcons to blow a 28-3 lead again (besides maybe New England).

Green Bay Packers- Rashan Gary Overall Pick: 12

I swear if the commentators talked about Gary's size one more time I was going to turn off of the TV. I know that size is essential especially as a linebacker, but there was nothing else super phenomenal about this player. Also coming back from an injury like Gary is the possibility of reinjuring it is high.

To those who are on my worst picks, prove me wrong. To those on my best picks PLEASE prove me right. To everyone in the NFL Draft round 1 to round 7 and the undrafted free agents, I wish you the best of luck (except when you are playing the Broncos).

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.

I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn't sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It's obvious your calling wasn't coaching and you weren't meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn't have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn't your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that's how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “It's not what you say, its how you say it."

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won't even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don't hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That's the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she's the reason I continued to play."

I don't blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn't working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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They Really Are The Same Old Jets

They do not know how to run a football team and have somehow turned a once-promising offseason into one of angst, anxiety, and disappointment.


As a collective group us Jets fans do not expect much from the franchise, we are aware of their struggles and we take all of the negative shade other fans throw at us.

However, not even a month ago I wrote an article truly believing that these "New" New York Jets were going to turn it all around, that this new regime might have just figured it out, that our owners just might have fallen upon something. They released sick new jerseys, signed arguably the best two available free agents in linebacker CJ Mosley and running back Leveon Bell. The team also brought in offensive guru Adam Gase as their head coach and Greg Williams as defensive coordinator.

Everything seemed right in Jets land, I mean they were not even the laughing stock of New York, that title belonged to the Giants all off-season.

Until it didn't.

Around a month later from that first article I wrote, I am here righting another article feeling completely different about the state of the franchise. The amount of hope I had for this team going into the future has almost been completely ripped away from me and all I feel is the disheartening truth that the Jets will never be different. You might be wondering what I am talking about, and if you follow the NFL, I am sure you already know what I am talking about but for those who don't here it is...

The Jets fired their General Manager Mike Maccagnan. Okay someone was fired, no big deal. No, this is a big deal. A GM's job in the NFL is to build a team. Sign players, draft players, build a culture and evaluate players. The Jets ended last season by firing their head coach Todd Bowlers. Christopher Johnson the acting owner of the team decided to hang on to GM Macagnan feeling he has done a good enough job for one more chance at building a winner. Maccagnan and Johnson worked closely together to find the next head coach Adam Gase and entered the off-season with the second most cap space in football a young QB and the #3 pick in the draft. Like I said before all was good in Jets world. Then May 15th happened.

I mean the Jets firing Maccagnan is not what is so bothersome in this situation, it is the timing. I mean do they realize they could have just gotten rid of this guy back in January before the whole off-season and opened up what probably would have been the most attractive job in football... a lot of money a young QB and the 3rd pick. But no, that would have made too much sense for the Jets and that is why they did not do it. This move has been a bombshell, unnecessary drama surrounding this team because of incompetent owners. It is really unfortunate. There is a part of me that wants to believe the media is making this seem so much worse than it actually is because, let's be honest, that is what sports media does.

But with the Jets, it is always different.

The impossible, the crazy, the most bone-heading, mind-boggling things are 100% possible. As my favorite radio voice, Joe Benigno said, "the Jets are a disgrace... they are not even a second class team, they are like an 8th class team." He is right on the money there. Unfortunately, the team I hate that I love will never be a 1st class organization with continuing to make unbelievable move after unbelievable move. They are a place I'm sure people really have to be desperate to work at because the owners do not have a clue about the game of football. They do not know how to run a football team and have somehow turned a once-promising offseason into one of angst, anxiety, and disappointment.

When this article posts this story will probably be a week or so old, so who knows the Jets might have found their next GM, and it could be an executive everyone raves about, but at this very moment, I do not even know what to say anymore, other than this team will forever and always be the SAME OLD JETS...

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