8 Burning Questions to be Answered Thursday Night


The 2017 NFL Draft will be filled with 32 players dreams realized and million of fans across the nation either elated or upset with their team’s newest addition. On top of this, Thursday night will be one laced with a lot of questions. These 8 questions will be answered on Thursday, and until then all the top sports minds will be speculating their best guesses, and analyzing each and every answer across the next couple of days leading up until the draft.

  1. Will the Browns take Myles Garrett at number 1?
    • The Browns have been rumored to be choosing between what seems like the obvious pick, Myles Garrett, and Mitchell Trubisky. Myles Garrett has recently been a trending topic of the draft after former NFL player, Warren Sapp questioned his ability and called him “lazy”. However, his immense size, skill, and talent make him the unanimous number 1 player in the draft, and it would be a truly risky move to take anyone other than Garrett number 1 overall.
  2. What QB’s will be taken in the first round?
    • Although no QB’s stand out as the “elite talent”, there are multiple QB’s in the draft that could ultimately turn into an elite player over the next couple years under the right circumstances. Quarterbacks’ Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes II, and DeShone Kizer are all projected as possible first round picks and potential value players for teams lacking at the position. It will be interested to see what teams strike to get these prospects and how many will be off the board Thursday night.
  3. How far will Joe Mixon fall?
    • Joe Mixon is almost an unarguable 1st round talent. However, past assault and battery issues involving women has created a huge plague for him across NFL teams. As he is a possible Elite talent, are teams ready to take the PR storm and deal with his off-the-field problems, just for the chance they picked up a future hall-of-famer for a low risk-high reward value?
  4. Will the Patriots trade Jimmy Garoppolo in order to get back into the draft?
    • The Patriots have hands down the best back-up QB prospect in the league. Going along with this, they have no 1st or 2nd round picks in 2017. The question to be answered is will the best drafting team in the league stay out of the draft this year, or will they use their talented back-up for trade and nab as high as a 1st and 2nd rounder from a team. They are rumored to keep Garoppolo, but the Patriots always have a trick up their sleeve so you never know what could happen.
  5. How many running backs will be taken in the first round?
    • This running back draft class is one of the deepest in decades. With numerous possible first rounders and elite talents such as Fournette, Cook, Mixon, and McCaffrey, among others, there is plenty of potential to get a late 1st round steal. With 1st round RB picks lacking in the recent years, we very likely will see a change of pace Thursday.
  6. Will the notoriously bad draft night Browns turn it around and get their QB of the future and Garrett?
    • The Brown have not been good on draft night the past couple years, and in-turn has caused the Browns to be a continually failing organization on the field. However, Thursday they have a chance to change this. If they can draft Garrett 1st overall and then use their 12th pick to draft their QB of the future, they might just be able to start to turn things around and not add another player to their QB graveyard.
  7. Which teams will trade down?
    • This question could be the biggest story of draft night. This is overall not the deepest of drafts at the forefront. Therefore, this will allow a lot of teams to make mid-round moves and pick up the player they’ve been missing for a rather small price. Along with this, the 49ers, with the second pick, have been rumored to trade-down as they look to draft a top two WR not quite worth of the number 2 spot on the board. If they do, this could create a trend for teams to move trade up or down for the rest of the night.
  8. Where will the hottest name in the draft, Christian McCaffrey, land?
    • Christian McCaffrey has recently became the hottest name in the draft. With a stand-out showing at the combine, great team interviews, and the best RB pass-catching ability in the draft, he has rose to the number two or three back in the class. The question is, will he fall all the way to 18, where the Redskins would almost guarantee pick him, as he would be a perfect fit to their offensive attack.



Author: sportswille

Reformed ad agency guy. Sac Kings, PGA Tour, Pebble Beach, Aspen yielded fascination with sports business. Now teach at my alma mater, University of Texas Austin: Integrated Marketing, Social Media, Business and Law and Sports Audiences. 40 year streak of single digit handicap under severe pressure.

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