I wanted to write about the Jacksonville Jaguars and their success this past weekend, but I decided against it. I figured you already knew that my favorite team crushed it in the first and second rounds – taking Jalen Ramsey of Florida State and then getting Myles Jack, the linebacker from UCLA were the two best moves of the selection process.
But like I said, I am not going to talk about it. Nor am I going to talk about the team finding the speed pass rusher it needs in Yannick Ngakoue from Maryland. In the third round. What I am going to say is if the Jaguars do not improve on defense – given this past weekend’s draft picks – and the moves the team made in free agency, then heads should roll in the front office.
Jacksonville has built a team to win, both now and in the future. And I like it.
The NFL Draft had many twists and turns over the course of 72 hours. From Laremy Tunsil’s bong picture on Twitter to the Dallas Cowboys taking Ezekiel Elliott, and how many of Alabama’s players falling to the second round. Drama and confusion were king. Still, there is nothing more exciting than watching it all unfold and hearing Mel Kiper making comments on everything except his hair style.
Here are a few general thoughts on the weekend’s event.
JERRY JONES CANNOT SHUT UP
What does it say for a team owner when he is “excited” about drafting a stud running back and then throws up all over himself about not drafted a quarterback in the first round? Jerry Jones cannot seem to say the right things at the right time.
After taking Ezekiel Elliott to help the running game, Jones was candid about not getting Paxton Lynch as well. The Dallas Cowboys owner did the same thing in 2014 when he said he really wanted Johnny Manziel. We all know how that worked out.
As he said on NFL.com, Jones lost a bit of sleep over this revelation.
Missing out on Lynch had Jones up late on Thursday night, lamenting a squandered opportunity to get his desired heir to Tony Romo. The owner wishes he would have overpaid the Seattle Seahawks to get a deal done.
“When I look back on my life, I overpaid for my big successes every time,” Jones said. “And when I tried to get a bargain, get it a little cheaper or get a better deal on it, I ended up usually either getting it and not happy I got it. Or missing it.
“And I probably should have overpaid here.”
The Cowboys still drafted Dak Prescott in the fourth round and have Tony Romo returning this season.
FROM GERMANY TO THE NFL
The best story of the weekend hands down was the Minnesota Vikings drafting Moritz Boehringer from Germany, making him the first international player to go straight from a European league to the NFL. Boehringer drew attention after a stellar workout for NFL scouts.
It was fitting that Boehringer landed with the Vikings. His interest in football began just five years ago, when he stumbled upon highlights of Adrian Peterson running past defenders on YouTube. His experience playing football isn’t extensive. His last competitive football came as a member of Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns of the German Football League.
“That’s kind of what the draft is all about — making dreams come true,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “He’s a really smart kid … he understands football and is able to repeat the different routes to us and things like that. Obviously, he has a lot of work to do, but it’s been fun.”
The Vikings will use his speed to their advantage this season. On a fast carpet, he could be a solid addition to the Minnesota offense.
MR. IRRELEVANT LANDS IN TENNESEE
It’s fitting that the Tennessee Titans were supposed to pick first in the NFL Draft, but they treaded away their pick to Los Angeles. They did not start first, but they finished the draft by choosing “Mr. Irrelevant” Kalan Reed, a cornerback from Southern Mississippi.
Reed was a 2015 first-team All-Conference USA selection who set career highs as a senior with 56 tackles, four interceptions and 19 pass break-ups. You also figure with so many holes in the Titans defense, he could make the team, if it is as a special teams player.