Winners And Losers Of The NFL Draft

Winners And Losers Of The NFL Draft

It’s time to say farewell to a draft that involved Mike Mayock basically making a pick for the Vikings, too much Jerry Jones, a gas mask, and yet another Gronkowski entering the league.

It’s time to say farewell to a draft that involved Mike Mayock basically making a pick for the Vikings, too much Jerry Jones, a gas mask, and yet another Gronkowski entering the league. For all of the talk about how this draft lacked star power at the top, it delivered one of the most memorable events in recent years. Now that the dust is beginning to settle, it’s time to look forward towards next year at the collateral damage that this weekend's events will have on a number of players and teams going forward, as we already know exactly what will happen next year. Anyway, here are the winners and losers of this weekend's draft.


John Elway

If there was any ammunition left for critics of Elway the General Manager, it’s gone now. With the events of this weekend, he has officially gained the benefit of the doubt. All spring, Elway refused to overpay for a quarterback as his situation became seemingly more and more desperate. People gawked at him as he passed up completely viable quarterback options like Brock Osweiler, Colin Kaepernick, the artist formerly known as Mike Glennon, and Sam Bradford. He’s come away with a more talented version of Osweiler in Paxton Lynch as well as a more than capable seat warmer in Mark Sanchez.

Ezekiel Elliott's Fantasy Value

All spring, Elliott was one of the most polarizing prospects in the draft. For what seemed like the fifth time, people had talked about how this running back was the best one to come out since Adrian Peterson. Jerry Jones now has a back that is more talented than DeMarcco Murray ever was to run behind the best offensive line of the generation. Be ready to spend a first-round pick on him.

Andrew Luck

For his first four years in the league, General Manager Ryan Grigson has aggressively ignored the matter of protecting his franchise quarterback. For the first three of those years, he put up an otherworldly production despite having literal gaping holes in his protection. Last year, it caught up to them. Luck sputtered and the team missed the playoffs. Grigson drafted four offensive linemen, including the top Center in Ryan Kelly and versatile Tackle La’Raven Clark.

The Jaguars

At the fifth pick in the draft, the Jaguars were faced with the tough decision between Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack. A day later, they had both of them at no additional cost. Fans tend to praise the teams who draft the most players that they know, but in this case, there seems to be consensus on all fronts that the Jags made out like bandits this weekend. Anything less than a playoff appearance will be considered a disappointment and will likely end in the firing of Head Coach Gus Bradley.

Odell Beckham, DeAndre Hopkins, and A.J. Green

All three of these receivers entered the offseason as bonafide superstars with no supporting cast behind them at receiver. However, this is no longer the case. All of these teams drafted a complement to their number one guy in the first two rounds of the draft. If Will Fuller, Sterling Shepard, and Tyler Boyd pan out, none of these guys will have to face double coverages anymore, which is scary for opposing defensive coordinators.


The Giants

By the time that draft day rolled around, everyone and their parents knew that the Giants were targeting Jack Conklin and Leonard Floyd. With that knowledge, the Titans and the Bears traded up to the picks immediately preceding them to steal those players away from them. Flustered, the Giants reached wildly for Eli Apple who, at that point, wasn’t even the top corner on the board. Maybe next year General Manager Jerry Reese will keep their plans closer to their chest.

Sam Bradford and Colin Kaepernick

In the weeks leading up to the draft, both of these dissatisfied, mid-tier quarterbacks were open lobbying for a trade, with the most obvious landing spot being Denver. None of those trades materialized. Now they both will have to return to teams that they don’t want to be in and they will actually have to fight for a starting job on teams where they are clearly not a fixture of the long-term plans.

Laremy Tunsil

Before the wild trades by the quarterback desperate Rams and Eagles, almost every mock draft everywhere had Tunsil going number one overall. Then, of course, the gas mask video dropped just minutes before the draft, forcing teams to scramble and causing many of them to take him off of their boards altogether. Tunsil tumbled to the Dolphins, perhaps the least stable organization in the league, who are now talking about playing him at guard.

Connor Cook

Heading into the 2015 college football season, Connor Cook was the consensus favorite to be the top pick in the 2016 draft. The wild narrative about him not being the captain of his team, among other things, derailed his draft stock massively to the point of a fall to the fourth round. Although the Cowboys tried to trade up to make him the heir apparent to Tony Romo, he landed in Oakland where he will have no chance of starting and will battle pre-season darling Matt McGloin for the second string spot.

The Honesty of Coaches and GM’s

“He was the top player on our board.”

“This was the guy who we’d been targeting all along.”

“It was one of the rare cases when the board and need lined up.”

“We were shocked that he was there when we were picking.”

Do any of these sound familiar? That’s because every coach and GM will spout these off about every single draft pick that they make. The reality of the matter is, regardless of what teams will say, team's draft for need and that isn’t necessarily wrong. At other times, teams miss out on the player that they had wanted and have to settle for someone else. However, coaches would never give us the satisfaction of that honesty.

Cover Image Credit: deadspin

Popular Right Now

To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

5 Tasks The Detroit Pistons Must Do To Change The 8th-Seed Stigma

After speaking with my lawyer, blackmailing Tom Gores into selling the team is off the table.


The Detroit Pistons returned to the NBA playoffs following a three-year hiatus. Unfortunately, the newest acquisitions to the coaching staff and roster weren't enough to change the narrative of Detroit Pistons basketball and first-round playoff sweeps. Milwaukee dominated the Pistons into a third-consecutive first-round playoff exit since 2009. What can the new titleholders of the NBA consecutive playoff game loss record do to revitalize their early 2000s reign as tenacious contenders within NBA's Eastern Conference?

1. Don't trade Andre Drummond

With the 9th pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons selected Andre Drummond from the University of Connecticut. Throughout Drummond's six years in the NBA, he continues to adapt, learn, and overcome the adversity surrounding his athleticism and play-style.

The 2018-2019 NBA season was arguably best offensive and defensive season for the 25-year-old center. Trading the three-time NBA total rebound champion that led the league in defensive win shares the past two years is not the answer to our problems.

2. DEFINITELY (and I can't stress that enough) trade Jon Leuer

Jon Leuer received a four year, 24 million dollar contract in 2016 under the management of Stan Van Gundy. As Pistons fans suffering slowly comes to an end, we still have an opportunity to trade Leuer to acquire a player or draft picks that are basically guaranteed to prove more beneficial than Leuer's inconsistent run as a backup power forward.

The Detroit Pistons trading for Thon Maker mid-season was the nail in the coffin for Leuer's run as a Piston, finishing the season averaging 3.8 points, 2.4 rebounds throughout 41 games. We're already paying Josh Smith $5.3 million to sit at home and watch us get swept in the playoffs, we don't Jon Leuer sitting on the bench doing the same thing.

3. Acquire size, strength and defense on the wings

Whether it's in the NBA Draft, a trade (hopefully involving Jon Leuer) or even a free agency signing this off-season, the Pistons desperately need to establish depth of wing players. Currently, the Pistons don't have a single small forward on the team.

The Pistons current depth chart (considering we do not re-sign any expiring contracts) is made up of a single point guard, five shooting guards, three power forwards and one center. A wise man once advised the Pistons to use their size and strength to "form a fuckin' wall." Without small forwards, forming a wall isn't an option and mismatches will be an easy exploit for larger teams.

4. Weigh every option with the 15th draft pick

Due to our past drafting history, it's crucial for the front office and coaching staff to weigh every option before we use our 15th overall draft pick. It's common knowledge Detroit has struggled when it's come to the NBA Draft. The narrative began after skipping over talents like Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh in 2003 and most recently with Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker, and Giannis Antetokounmpo in recent drafts.

Trading the pick away, trading down in the draft, even trading up in the draft must all be considered. Shopping the draft pick should rank above using it specifically based on our shameful lack of cap space. The Pistons' picks in the 2019 NBA Draft are the only elusive assets Detroit has left until 2020.

5. Find a legal way to force Tom Gores to sell

Since blackmail is illegal, how about brainwash? Tom Gores bought the struggling team in 2011 for $325 million since then not much has changed. He's proved he isn't capable of responsibly owning the team after allowing Stan Van Gundy to take over as head coach and president of basketball operations on top of approving ridiculously priced contracts for players. I'm grateful he gave the Pistons a shot to prove themselves when rumors of relocation circled like vultures but it's time to move on.

Related Content

Facebook Comments