It's over, the crummy day that a lot of us were not really looking forward. I love the draft and sitting through the first round knowing we wouldn't pick sucks. Actually, picking would have been worse because that would mean that Grigson got fleeced again. We all know it kind of sucks to have traded our first for Richardson, but we have him and the pick is gone and maybe people can stop talking about is so much. As for what made the day good.....
1. Houston. This is as good as it could have gotten folks. Yes, this an athletically gifted guy that has tools that are not seen in one player very often. He has a high ceiling and could be a nightmare for the Colts for years to come. The good side is most of his issues are on non physical. These are the things that are harder to teach. Coaches can teach a guy technique, but getting someone who has been known to be lazy and a me first guy to be a passionate, driven player who can maximize is potential is another. I'd much rather deal with Clowney than say someone like Mack who I think has a much higher floor. The best part about this pick is they were not able to trade if for a stable of picks that would have hurt us more in the long run.
2. Jacksonville. You would think it was our birthday given the gift the Jags gave us. This has been a franchise I've been impressed with since Caldwell and Bradley came aboard. It looked like this team was making sound smart decisions and then they went and completely screwed everything up. Bortles has accuracy issues, issues with his mechanics, deep ball issues and is prone to problems with ball security. He's a kid with a good makeup and size, but the the chance of him busting has to be high. If they trade back and get him in the middle to late first round range, it makes more sense, but grabbing him at three is insane. I feel much better about Bortles in our division than I would about Manziel, who is harder to game plan against, and definately a lot better than Sammy Watkins.
3. Tennessee. I really like Lewan as a player, but as with a few other teams, I feel like they could have helped themselves out as a team more in other areas. Tennessee has a strong line and this gives that strength more talent and some longevity with a couple of their guys getting older. I'd much rather a team maintains rather than gets better in other areas. This is a solid pick that will pay dividends for this team, but in the end, I don't see it helping the Titans gain ground on the Colts.
Finally, I guess I have to address the safety issue since a lot of people were hyped up about it today. It went as expected. I was not surprised to see Pryor, Dix, Ward and Buccanon come off the board (well maybe the last two in the first round). There is a good chance there isn't a decent option at safety at 59 and we knew that going in. Outside of Pryor and Dix (and Ward in some people's eyes), there really isn't a guy who was even going to come close to us that is likely going to be a wow player. The best thing for us maybe not having a safety as an option when we pick tomorrow. it would force of to address other areas of need or trade back to collect more picks.