The Best 1st Round Picks in the 2018 NFL Draft
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Quenton Nelson OG- Indianapolis Colts
The Colts did yeoman’s work moving back to pick 6 in a pre-draft trade with the New York Jets and still acquired CPGM’s number 1 prospect in the 2018 draft. After the Browns selected need instead of best player available at number 4 with Denzel Ward, it was apparent that the Colts were in good position to get either Nelson or Bradley Chubb. Nelson will immediately improve the Colts porous offensive line by infusing a nastiness in the run game while protecting the franchise QB Andrew Luck. The Colts also possess three 2nd round picks and are the early favorites for the best draft class in 2018.
Roquan Smith LB- Chicago Bears
This might be the best fit/pick in the entire NFL Draft. A franchise known for Walter Payton and their ferocious middle line backers (Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, Brian Urlacher) added another beast in the middle of the field with Smith. The teleporter as we call him at CPGM gives the Bears a perfect replacement for Jerrell Freeman and improves an all ready up and coming young defense for Vic Fangio. Smith flies around the field with bad intentions and will be amongst the NFL leaders in tackles as early as this season. IDP Alert!!!
Josh Rosen QB- Arizona Cardinals
My QB1 in the draft falls to pick number 10 and was selected after Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen. Personality concerns and injury risk scared teams from selecting Rosen, but the Cardinals pounced on their future franchise quarterback by trading up with the Oakland Raiders only giving up a 3rd and 5th round pick. To put the trade in perspective, the Buffalo Bills traded up the same number of spots (from 12 to 7) to select Allen but gave up two 2nd round picks. Excellent job of trading up and getting their guy from GM Steve Keim as Rosen gets to play with David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald while learning the ropes initially from a veteran like Sam Bradford.
Derwin James Safety- Los Angeles Chargers
One of the biggest steals in the draft belongs to the Chargers as they select James with the 17th overall pick in the NFL Draft. James was a top 10 prospect in the draft so for the Chargers to get him this late was grand theft. Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley formerly of the Seattle Seahawks gets his Kam Chancellor like safety that can come down in the box and help a leaky Chargers run defense. James is an alpha dog that will come in immediately to lead this already talented defense.
Jaire Alexander CB- Green Bay Packers
The Packers new GM Brian Gutekunst did work on Thursday night as he moved down 13 spots acquiring a 2019 1st round pick from the Saints before moving back up to pick 18 and selecting Alexander. In simpler terms they received a 1st round pick for a 3rd round pick (additional later round picks involved) and still got the guy they were going to select originally. It’s a round about way but they improved their terrible pass defense with CPGM’s number 1 corner Alexander. The former Louisville standout is an instinctive playmaker with plus ball skills to play opposite their 2017 2nd round pick Kevin King.
Isaiah Wynn OT- New England Patriots
One of my favorite players in the draft goes to a Patriots team that desperately needed to improve their offensive line. Wynn who many believed is a better fit at guard in the NFL, got his name called as a tackle on Thursday. I personally believe he can play both positions at a high level in the league as I call him the technician. Wynn’s ability to get out of his stance quickly with the plus technique and hand placement will be a welcomed addition for the Pats and Tom Brady. The Patriots later selected Wynn’s teammate Sony Michel later in the 1st round and are off to a good start in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Calvin Ridley WR- Atlanta Falcons
After Isaiah Wynn was selected by the Patriots at pick 23, I had a sneaky suspicion that the Falcons would select Ridley with the 26th overall pick. Not a tremendous need for the Falcons, but they get the best player on their draft board and a guy that will give defenses fit opposite Julio Jones. The Falcons already with a dynamic offense can now trot out 3 receivers that can beat their opponent quickly off the line of scrimmage. NFL teams better hope they can get to Matt Ryan quickly, because it can be 6 on any given play.