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2017 AFCE Draft Reaction

2017 AFCE Draft Reaction
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Another draft done and over with. Legally speaking this is insane, employers actually decide where you will earn a living, so much for the Free “Republic”.
Our division was very active in early rounds, both with picks and with trades. The Patriots were absent, as expected.
Round 1
NY Jets picked Jamal Adams, S, out of LSU. Gang Green has not had a playmaker at Safety in forever. Adams, a born leader, solidifies a very weak position. Most had Adams going in the top 3-4 picks, at 6, even as a safety, he was a steal.
Buffalo Bills decided to trade out of taking a CB at 10 by taking advantage of the illusionist quarterback loving Chiefs. A good trade for the Bills, because they needed a CB, as expected by yours truly, picking one at 27. Tre’Davious White will try to replace overpriced free agent that signed in New England. The Bills also got back a #1 next year, which will probably be in the mid to low 20s, but a good pick to build on.
The Dolphins shocked their fanbase who did not want a needed Lamp, shut the light on Foster, the elusive MLB then have not had since before the Jets had a real safety. Fins took a “needed” Wake backup in Charles Harris from Mizzou. Harris may pan out to be a good situational pass rusher, but right now it was more of a luxury than a need.
Round 2
Bills took my future draftee in Dynasty, Zay Jones, WR from East Carolina. After losing WRs on a regular basis last couple of years, and having only Sammy Watkins, he of the bad toes, hammies, shoulders, glutens, soon to have bad pinky. Jones is reliable, and will eventually become the Bills top option.
Jets follow a safety with a ………safety! I guess not having had one in years means take as many as you can get. Marcus Maye is a thumper with coverage ability, that means busted thumper Pryor is on the outs. I like the pick, this team is not winning a SB next year, so to quote a fellow fan: “why win any games?”.
Dolphins finally pick a LB, and he has a cool first name too. Raekwon McMillan, from The Ohio State University. According to NFLN: “Struggles to leverage his gap as a take-on linebacker. Gets widened out of his gap by size. Gets trapped on the wrong side of the block. Tends to play over the top of a block rather than under it. Slow to disengage and tackle. Tight in his lower half.” Sounds like a perfect fit.
Bills new GM/HC/P/VP McDermott picked Dion Dawkins, OG from Temple. The kid looks to be a starter at some point this season.
………..Still wondering why Patriots have not received multiple #1s for Garoppolo and Butler.
Round 3
Jets get us on the board with the 15th pick, one that may have kissed Decker goodbye, with a name like ArDarius you have to be from the south, and probably need to thank grandma for making it to the NFL. Stewart, a decent last name, is actually a good pick, especially as the Jets got word that “never injured often busted Devin Smith” is out for the year.
And then bam!!!!!!!! The Patriots arrived at #19. The much awaited and anticipated pick from the world champs? Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown (who? Is this the foster kids place?). Rivers better enjoy NE, because he gets traded within two years.
Patriots were so excited, they picked again at 21.They get a CK paesan, Antonio Garcia, Fattie OT from powerhouse Troy. Yea, BB knows something none of us know.
Then the comp picks happened, and the Dolphins picked Condrea (I swear he’s a man) Tankersley, a CB who will spend most of his time trying to tell people how to spell his name. He played at Clemson, so we all know this was a Archer endorsed pick.
The rest of our teams were so thrown back by both, the Patriots gems and the Dolphins tank that they traded their picks away.
Irrelevant Rounds 4-7

This is were championship teams are built
Buffalo Bills 
#5 Matt Milano, LB, Boston College. Will be famous if he pans out, from Boston and the pick originally belonged to the Patriots

#5 Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh..Yea, Tyrod is not going to lose any sleep!

#6 Tanner Vallejo, LB, Boise
Miami Dolphins

#5 Isaac Asiata, OG, Utah……..should have been a Lamp earlier

# 5 Davon Godchaux, DT, LSU. People were laughing when I had them picking DL in the first.

#6 Vincent Taylor, DT, Oklahoma State. Geez, Suh better worry

#7 Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech
New England Patriots

#4 Deatrich Wise, DE, Arkansas………Wild pigs D sucked

#6 Conor McDermott, OT, UCLA. He will be remembered as the pick that killed the Patriots draft, so many picks, none made, he was it!
New York Jets

#4 Chad Hansen, WR California. Jets like the “two-straight” picks, first safeties, now WRs. Again, this is because they received word Devin Smith’s ACL went boom!

#5 Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson. Look out DCs! Jets have a TE!

#5 Dylan Donahue, DL, West Georgia

# 6 Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana Lafayette. Love the weird first names with a very normal last name is this entire draft. All I know is that LL plays local wild pigs every early season, and they suck.

#6 Jeremy Clark, CB, Michigan

#6 Derrick Jones, CB Mississippi. Jets love the 6th, and finally picked CBs, again using the formula “two-straight”.
Expert Notes
All in all 3 of our teams that took this process serious, did very well. only time will tell, but picks were generally all smart.
The Jets will now have two safeties that can both stop the run and cover, that is something as a Jets fan, I have never seen.
The Bills picked up a draft pick in the first next year, plus picked up two starters on O.
The Dolphins picked up Wake’s replacement, as this surely has to be “Old Man and The Sea’s” last year. Best pick may have been Raekwon McMillan, if he can learn for a year, then step in the middle.
The Patriots, not may holes to fill, just picked up bodies that can be eventually be traded for future draft picks, to eventually trade for more picks.

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