The NFL Draft has come and gone and it’s now time to reflect on how each team did despite the fact that we won’t really know until much further into the future. Still, we can get a feel of how players might do in their immediate careers based off of what they did in college and how well they fit into the systems they were drafted into.
|1.23||Dee Ford, DE , Auburn|
|3.23||Phillip Gaines, CB , Rice|
|4.24||De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon|
|5.23||Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia|
|6.17||Zach Fulton, OG, Tennessee|
Best Pick: Aaron Murray/QB/Georgia
I like this pick for one reason — Andy Reid. He sees things in quarterbacks that others don’t and this is evident in Donovan McNabb and again in Nick Foles. Both McNabb and Foles — and to a lesser extent Kevin Kolb — all had great stretches and were developed by Reid to succeed. There’s more time than ever to to develop Murray, a luxury that was afforded only to Nick Foles who nearly won an MVP trophy last season. Murray will replace Smith sooner than we think but he’ll have time to grow first and this could end up being the steal of the draft.
Worst Pick: Zach Fulton/OT/Tennessee
If we’re drafting developmental picks late in the draft, the Chiefs maybe should have grabbed another wide receiver to bolster the offense. Still, the pic wasn’t terrible and addresses a need o the offensive line but the reason it’s a bad pick is because there was more out there at this point and the pick won’t be relevant in a few years which is why it’s on the short end of things.
2014 Draft Grade: B+