Last night, the NFL kicked off the NFL Draft with an exciting first round full of surprises, trades, and drama. Here is a recap of the first round’s winners and losers.
Dallas Cowboys (and Ezekiel Elliott):
After Joey Bosa was selected by San Diego one pick prior, Dallas faced the decision between Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey or Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott. The potential of reconstructing a modern-day version of the triplets was too enticing to forego. By bringing in the man known as the “hero in the half shirt”, the Cowboys are fully expecting Elliott to play like a hero behind the vaunted Dallas Cowboys offensive line. As for Elliott, he is gifted with a running back’s dream to be playing behind arguably the best offensive line in football.
Denver Broncos (and Paxton Lynch):
After trading up to the No. 26 pick, the Denver Broncos selected Paxton Lynch out of Memphis. Ever since losing Brock Osweiler to the Houston Texans via free agency, the Broncos have been desperately searching for a quarterback to help them repeat as champions. After flirting with the possibility of acquiring San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick and the Eagle’s Sam Bradford, the Broncos believe they have found the successor to Peyton Manning. Although not believed to be ready to start right away, many analysts and insiders around the NFL believe Lynch may have the highest ceiling of all the quarterbacks in the draft. In a couple years, Lynch may very well be the biggest steal of the draft. As for Lynch, he could not have ended up in a better situation. Lynch gets to join the defending champions and learn under the tutelage of both GM John Elway and head coach Gary Kubiak.
Last night could not have gone any worse for the Ole Miss Running Rebels. Ole Miss began the night ready to celebrate a historic occasion for the program as three players were expected to be selected in the first round. Although all three players were selected in the first round, Ole Miss now faces an inevitable NCAA investigation after the Laremy Tunsil mess.
For those unfamiliar with what transpired, here is a recap. Minutes before the draft began, Laremy Tunsil’s twitter account was hacked, which led to a video being posted of Tunsil smoking a bong out of a gas mask. This bizarre turn of events contributed largely to Tunsil’s slide out of the top ten picks. Furthermore, while conducting interviews after being selected by the Miami Dolphins, Tunsil’s Instagram account was hacked, which resulted in a screenshot of a text message conversation (shown below) between Tunsil and a coach that contained incriminating evidence of improper benefits being given to Tunsil while he was at Ole Miss.
After being asked about these texts, Tunsil admitted to having received money from a coach in the past. These stunning revelations leave the Ole Miss football program and head coach Hugh Freeze in a very precarious position. It is safe to say that Ole Miss may be the biggest loser in the 2016 NFL draft.
Widely regarded as one of the top ten overall prospects in this year’s draft, it was surprising to see Myles Jack fall completely out of the first round. After honestly acknowledging the possible need for micro-fracture surgery in the future and the degenerative problems in his knee, most people, including Jack, expected Jack to fall out of the early portion of the first round. As each team passed on Jack, it was very unexpected to see a talent such as Jack fall out of the first round. Luckily for Jack, he will most likely not have to wait much longer as he is widely expected to be selected in the second or third round.