First Round Full of Unexpected Developments
PHILADELPHIA – The NFL Draft kicked off in Philadelphia with lengthy boos directed at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. He announced the 2017 NFL Draft was officially open and the drama began.
The San Francisco 49’ers took advantage of the Chicago Bears and dangled some kind of magical carrot in front of them to get the Bears to trade up one spot and give up numerous picks. Chicago sent the third overall pick this year plus a third round pick and fourth round pick to move up one spot in the draft. They chose Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
The Kansas City Chiefs also made a big trade to move up 17 spots from 27 to 10 to get a Quarterback. The Chiefs picked Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech. They gave the Buffalo Bills the 27th overall pick as well as their third round pick this year and next year’s first round pick.
There was another trade in the first round as the Houston Texans moved up to select Clemson Quarterback DeShaun Watson at number 12 overall. That yielded more picks for the Cleveland Browns.
This crazy first half of the first round saw three quarterbacks taken in the first 12 picks. It also saw three wide receivers selected in the first nine picks of the draft.
The Philadelphia Eagles made their pick at number 14 and took Tennessee Defensive End Derek Barnett. He is a solid edge rusher who will look to put pressure on the opposing quarterback.
The second and third rounds take place Friday night in Philadelphia. The fourth through seventh rounds are set for Saturday.