On Saturday, the 2018 NFL Draft ended 7 rounds of what was a fantastic event overall. This draft really had it all. There were picks I liked, disliked, found surprising and just straight up confusing. With that said, I decided to put together a list of my 5 favorite picks from the three-day spectacle.
1. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons – Yes, yes, yes, yes. Thank you, Atlanta for giving the offense another elite Alabama WR. Matt Ryan’s job is about to get a lot easier having what could turn into one of the best WR duos in the league in Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones. In what was an already explosive offense, the Falcons made a golden pick in Ridley.
2. Bradley Chubb, Denver Broncos – Imagine your team with Von Miller. Now imagine your team with two of them. The Denver Broncos made that a reality after they selected Bradley Chubb at No. 5 overall. I was honestly shocked to see Chubb not get selected earlier, specifically by the Browns. Instead they picked up who I thought the Broncos would get, Denzel Ward. Somehow still being available at No. 5, it was no surprise to see Elway jump on this guy. Chubb was arguably the best overall player in this draft and now he’s joining one of the NFL’s top defenses. Good luck, opposing offenses.
3.) Mason Rudolph & James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers – College football’s most electrifying QB-WR duo will remain together at the next level thanks to, Pittsburgh. With Ben Roethlisberger’s career nearing an end, Mason Rudolph could be Pittsburghs next big thing. Also, with Washington alongside Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, there is no lack of receiving talent. The future is bright for the Steelers.
4.) Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens – Seeing Baltimore trade for the final pick in the 1st round, I was quite intrigued. Then to see them take, Lamar Jackson, I was beyond excited. Will he start right away? Of course not. Is he the future of Baltimore? I think so. Jackson is the ultimate competitor and accepts nothing but, greatness. He’s a freak talent and the fact he nearly didn’t get picked in the first round is shocking. I hope the Ravens help him develop into his full potential and not rush him into anything. I love this pick.
5. Shaquem Griffin, Seattle Seahawks – It may have taken 5 rounds but, Shaquem Griffin would probably agree that it was worth the wait after being selected by the Seattle Seahawks. Rejoining his twin brother Shaquill, Shaquem continued to prove his doubters wrong after being selected. Being one of the best feel good stories of the draft I look forward to seeing Shaquem and his brother wreck havoc on opposing offenses next season.
This draft was loaded with special talent and players that I loved. Trying to narrow it down to my five favorites wasn’t easy. That said, this years draft was fantastic and I think that almost every team had a solid draft. Let the wait for the 2018 NFL preseason begin.
– Collin Borron
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