As draft weekend concluded almost a week ago, there is still nothing else sports related to discuss aside from it.
Although the draft is one of my favorite times of the year, usually its shine is taken by the NBA and NHL playoffs and rightfully so. Due to the Rona pandemic this year it wasn’t and we saw a star studded draft class.
When I say best draft selection I mean sleeper picks, how well the player fits in with the team or a just a guy with minimal to no downside, which there is a few of those in my opinion.
With that being said there is probably a few others that could’ve made this list, but these are my top five so if you disagree go at it with me on twitter @thiskid_coby5.
T-5. Curtis Weaver, DE/LB Miami Dolphins and Troy Dye LB Minnesota Vikings
You’re probably reading this thinking I’m insane, but truthfully these two guys have a lot of similarities considering the situation they are in.
First, Curtis Weaver. I’m very interested in where the Dolphins plan to play Weaver. I know he won’t be a starter right off the bat on this upcoming years Fins defense, but he has the size, physicality and potential to be a force as an edge rusher. The thing is the Dolphins actually made some impressive moves this offseason especially defensively, acquiring DB Byron Jones, DE/LB Shaq Lawson, LB Kyle Van Noy, DE Emmanuel Ogbah and drafting DT Raekwon Davis. The depth they’ve added to their defense is crucial and Weaver could eventually play a huge part for them.
Troy Dye was one of the more fundamentally sound inside linebackers in all of college football last year. Dye led the Oregon Ducks in tackles four straight seasons and is the only Duck to ever do that. He led the team in tackles his senior year while playing eight games with a club on his hand, which means he played with basically one hand. I do feel like Dye is probably going to be a better player than Weaver, but I think he might even see less field time this year than Weaver. Dye also is behind Anthony Barr, Eric Kendrick and Ben Gedeon so that will limit his action for sure. This race was too tight for me to choose just one of these guys, so I had to go with both.
4. Bryce Hall, CB New York Jets
The ex-Virginia Cavalier Captain and three-year starter was originally a first round talent coming into this season. Hall unfortunately suffered an ankle injury just halfway through his senior year which ended his collegiate career for good. Hall will be a good fit in New York. The one problem I’d be worried about is injuries, but that is nothing new for the Jets considering the injury issues they had last year. Also, Hall immediately adds depth to the Jets secondary, which is headlined by Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye and Pierre Desir. With the addition two other rookies on the defensive side, former Florida Gator DE Jabari Zuniga and former Cal Bear Safety Ashtyn Davis, the Jets defense could be extremely intimidating if they’re lucky enough to avoid the injury plague.
3. Zack Moss, RB Buffalo Bills
As unexpected as it was that the Bills drafted him, it makes sense looking back on it. Zack Moss went late third round and he is way better than that. The South Florida native and former Utah Utes back will compliment current Bills running back Devin Singletary very well. I don’t know if Moss will make an immediate impact on the Bills offense, but looking at it from a longevity standpoint the Bills might have their backfield situation settled. Overall anyone who selected the 2019 Pac-12 Player of the Year was getting a stud.
2. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB Kansas City Chiefs
To me the quality of the player the Chiefs got with the last pick of the first round is slept on. Yes, I am completely aware that he was the first running back taken in the draft, however I felt that a lot of running backs were undervalued. This could be due to the abundance of receiver talent in the draft or because running backs tend to have shorter careers than majority other players. Either way the NFL’s top offense filled arguably their only hole offensively. The elusiveness of Edwards-Helaire is going to be something the current kings of the NFL are going to feed off. Adding this National Champion in the backfield is going to make the Super Bowl Champions even more high powered.
Derrick Brown, DT Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers improved depth defensively big time in this draft. With the addition of guys like former Penn State DE Yetur Gross-Matos, former Southern Illinois Safety Jeremy Chinn, former Notre Dame CB Troy Pride Jr. and former Auburn DT Derrick ‘Baby Barack’ Brown. Derrick Brown without a doubt is going to be dominant in the NFL. Him and Isaiah Simmons are convincingly the two best defensive players in this draft. Brown is an absolute monster of an interior defensive lineman especially against the run. Putting him alongside guys like Stephen Weatherly, Brian Burns, Shaq Thompson and a healthy Kawann Short could result in a superior front seven. Also, Baby Barack is a sick nickname.
Honorable Mentions: Josh Uche, New England Patriots; Jon Greenard, Houston Texans; Bradlee Anae, Dallas Cowboys; Harrison Bryant, Cleveland Browns; La’Mical Perine, New York Jets
Written By: Coby Weinsier