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Lots of thoughts here so bear with me. My favorite picks from the first round were Saquon Barkley to the Giants, Josh Rosen to the Cardinals, Calvin Ridley to the Falcons and Sony Michel to the Patriots.
The first round did feel a little defensive heavy, and I get that. Defense is super important. Though I'm not as good evaluating those players' success long term. I will say that Bradley Chubb to the Broncos was awesome to see and makes perfect sense. He will now be on the same line as Von Miller. Denver will continue to have a dominant defense for years to come because they invest in high end talent.
For Barkley, I really love this pick for the Giants. That's what I wanted them to do. Take the best running back in the draft and now you have a great runner and pass catching rb, Odell, Shepard, and Ingram.. that is seriously a stacked offensive team. They just have to make sure their O-line doesn't suck and Eli could see great improvement this year. For Barkley, the Giants have been in desparate need for a dominant running back for years. He is that guy. I see him as a top 10 fantasy RB out of the gate; something like a mix between Zeke in Dallas and Mcaffery in Carolina. Will be fun to watch.
Josh Rosen. The more I watched his tape highlights vs the other QBs, the more I thought he will be the best QB taken. And Arizona makes a lot of sense. Carson Palmer is perpetually hurt and doesn't have too much time left in the NFL. But Palmer is really good in his own right and can mentor Rosen into the starting gig. We will be hearing about Rosen for many years I think, will just take some time for him to takeover. I think he'll be a top 8ish QB in the league in a few years.
Calvin Ridley. Oh man. I smiled when the Falcons took him. You partner Ridley with Julio Jones?? That's very appealing and potentially a matchup nightmare for the other teams. This could be a better version of what the Raiders had for a bit with Crabtree and Amari Cooper. They might have just given themselves the best WR duo in the league. Maybe. Freshmen WRs do take some time to acclimate. Ridley and Jones will hurt eachother fantasy stat wise, but for Matt Ryan, he should be excited.
Sony Michel. The Pats are smart. They took a top 3 rb to replace Deion Lewis and now they are stacked yet again at the position. He will be used interchangeably with the rest of their stable. A great fit for Sony; he can mature into the league, and maybe even use this opportunity to become the feature back for the Pats, or as leverage to go to another team in a year or two, as the feature back.