What. A. Rollercoaster. This is not what any NFL draft analyst, expert, fan, or myself had envisioned. I have no words. Am I happy? Am I sad? Am I'm rested, but also I'm tired? (Shoutout Gomez Addams) I digress, but what just happened?
Top of the Draft
Trevor Lawrence to the Jags and Zach Wilson to the Jets were given. Trey Lance heading to the 49ers opened up the opportunities, and Kyle Pitts was a lock for the Falcons. Then things got tricky.
Okay... three big names off the board, as anticipated. The Giants could still land a marquee talent as expected. Then, the Panthers shocked the world by going with Jaycee Horn. The Broncos go went corner too and landed Alabama's Patrick Surtain. The Cowboys lost all their marbles and all signs pointed to Devonta Smith, or Micah Parsons/Rashawn Slater. That's what we thought.
The Eagles and Cowboys just cucked us
Why would they help each other? NFC East friendship or rivalry? I am at a loss for words.
I hate Jerry Jones.
I hate Dallas.
I hate Philadelphia
I hate Howie Roseman
And I know he isn't part of the team anymore, but I hate Doug Pederson too.
Dave Gettleman trade down?!
Okay, now that everyone has collected themselves, Micah Parsons and Rashawn Slater are still available. However, Dave Gettleman did the unlikely and traded down. At first, I was disappointed. Missing out on Devonta Smith hurt, then moving out of No.11 was even more brutal, but then I saw the return. LOL. Thank you, Chicago! What a move, getting more capital including a future first-rounder next year is a beautiful sight. It hurt a little that Parsons fell to the Cowboys. This is going to be a Chase Young 2.0 for the next decade. However, smart move by DG and company. At the end of the day, you win in the NFL by acquiring draft picks and players under cheap rookie deals. The draft is a crapshoot, you don't know what is "gold" and what isn't. I am okay with trading down and not reaching for a player at 11 that wasn't the right fit. Then, the waiting game started.
With the 20th pick, the New York Giants select...
Okay. Well... he's a playmaker. I was not expecting this but I lowkey like this move. No doubt, an awesome athlete and a weapon for Daniel Jones. He’s quick, elusive, and creative, Toney has hands for days. Across 150 targets in Floria, he only has 3 drops. There is no doubting Toney’s play-making ability. He’s possibly the most dynamic player in the entire draft with the ball in his hands. Kadarius Toney had 1,145 yards and 10 TDs last year, the kid is a playmaker. Toney has the flexibility and explosiveness to force 32 missed tackles on 80 catches the past two seasons and has the ability to separate consistently. Not bad?
For me, I would've loved Kwity Paye. The 2x All-Big Ten edge rusher was widely considered one of the best pass rushers in the draft. His junior year at Michigan was arguably his best, finishing the season with 50 tackles and 6.5 sacks. He is a raw talent, that would have fit nicely alongside Leonard Williams.
As you can tell from this blog, the emotions were a whirlwind. What a night. The Giants got an explosive wide receiver, prepared for the future, and still have plenty of capital for this year. In DG and Judge we trust, #TogetherBlue