Top 10 NFL Draft Picks; Goff and Wentz Go No. 1 and No. 2

Round 1 of the NFL Draft is in the books and the top 10 NFL draft picks made it quite an interesting chapter. What’s an NFL Draft without high drama and suspense?

Here is a look at how the first ten picks went in this year’s NFL Draft.

1. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff | QB | Cal

The Rams surprised no one and took Jared Goff, the Cal quarterback they were expected to take pretty much since they traded up to get the No. 1 pick from the Tennessee Titans. They did right by the league and did their best to maintain a little bit of suspense by keeping the pick under wraps, at least officially, until tonight.

What else could they have done after being given the L.A. market by the NFL?

2. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz | QB | North Dakota State

It’s Carson Wentz going second to the Eagles after Jared Goff went first to the Rams. So far, things have gone as scripted. Sam Bradford doesn’t like it and the Eagles don’t seem to care. Barring an abrupt reversal, they’ll have Wentz sit and learn for a season or two while Bradford plays.

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3. San Diego Chargers : Joey Bosa | DE | Ohio State

The Chargers surprise many and pass up Jalen Ramsey and both offensive tackles, Laremy Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley, to take Joey Bosa. Pass-rushers are difference-makers in the NFL and Bosa is regarded as the top QB-chaser in this draft.

However, if Ramsey becomes a legendary NFL defensive back, this pick will be questioned for a long time.

4. Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott | RB | Ohio State

The Cowboys pass up Jalen Ramsey and go with Elliott. Interesting. Productive runners can be gotten long after the No. 4 pick in a draft. But the Rams were happy that they took Todd Gurley 10th last year. The Cowboys obviously believe Elliott is a special running back who can recreate what they had with DeMarco Murray two seasons ago. Keep in mind, if Ramsey has a Hall of Fame career, the Cowboys will remember the gift that they just opted against accepting.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey | CB/S | Florida State

The Jaguars get a gift with Jalen Ramsey dropping to them after the Chargers and Cowboys passed him up. He could be a special player at either cornerback or safety. Some wonder about his relatively low number of interceptions, but very few analysts doubt that he will be a major NFL contributor.

6. Baltimore Ravens: Ronnie Stanley | OT | Notre Dame

It was clear the Ravens would go with an offensive tackle here. It’s interesting that it’s Ronnie Stanley and not Laremy Tunsil.  Stanley is an outstandingly fluid athlete for a 315-pounder. He’s adept at getting separation on contact in pass-protection. His arm length is impressive and once he locks out, it’s over.

Power defensive ends have no chance against him if they can’t make him move quickly upfield.

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7. San Fransisco 49ers :  DeForest Buckner | DE | Oregon

Chip Kelly again gets an Oregon player as the 49ers go with DeForest Buckner. He’s known for his violent hands and his arms that just don’t end. There are two different ways to look at Buckner though. In terms of his size, he has physical gifts off the charts. Athletically, I don’t see the twitchy, burst off the snap sort of skills.

It’s not a deal-breaker at all but he’s not the next coming of JJ Watt.

8. Tennesse Titians: Jack Conklin | OT | Michigan State

The Titans, after trading down from No. 1 to No. 15, trade back up to eighth and take Jack Conklin. His measurables got everyone’s attention. He had one of the better OL short shuttle times, registering 4.57 seconds. He left little doubt that he’s ready to be one of the first offensive linemen off the board. He’s allowed only 2.5 sacks in his first 27 career games.

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9. Chicago Bears: Leonard Floyd | OLB | Georgia

The Bears move up for Leonard Floyd. Overall at the combine, Floyd showed what many of us knew – he’s a freaky, long and agile athlete. He showed up at 244 pounds, ran 4.60 in the 40, had a 39.5-inch vertical and a 10-foot-7-inch broad jump. He gives me a bit of a poor man’s Aldon Smith vibe.

10. New York Giants: Eli Apple | CB | Ohio State

That’s a mild surprise with the Giants taking Eli Apple at 10th. They just spent huge money to sign a veteran cornerback, Janoris Jenkins, in free agency. The defense clearly needed to be upgraded and the Giants continue to devote resources to that in the draft following their free agent spending spree.

He can play press and bail coverage and he runs and mirrors receivers without much effort. In addition, his instincts are great and he anticipates route combinations extremely well.

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