2018 NFL Draft: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Part 1

By: Jake Barrett

 

The Good:

Wait, I kind of metaphorically feel this team now:

 

Arizona Cardinals

1, 10: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

2, 15: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

3, 33: Mason Cole, C, Michigan

4, 34: Chase Edmonds, RB, Fordham

6, 8: Christian Campbell, CB, Penn State

7, 36: Corey Cunningham, T, Cincinnati

 

Analysis:

The Cardinals signed Mike Glennon and Sam Bradford that made their QBs a bottom five room in terms of hope and inspiration. Then throw in a future franchise QB, and the whole team feels different. To turn around and give Rosen weapons like Edmonds and Kirk to pair with David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, is an interesting offense. If their o-line play picks up and Mike McCoy suddenly becomes a good offense coordinator, this team could surprise. The Steve Wilks defense could be decent too, very intriguing at the least. The Cardinals suddenly has a new air to it, and I like them going forward.

 

The Bad:

Dilapidated run down franchise with a soon-to-be headless QB:

 

Seattle Seahawks

1, 27: Rashaad Penny, RB, SDSU

3, 15: Rasheem Green, DL, USC

4, 20: Will Dissly, TE, Washington

5, 4: Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF

5, 9: Tre Flowers, S, OK State

5, 12: Michael Dickson, P, Texas

5, 31: Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State

6, 12: Jake Martin, EDGE, Temple

7, 2: Alex McGough, QB, FIU

 

Analysis:

How uninspiring. This draft does not make the Seahawks any worse, but it is far from making them better. To come out of Days 1 and 2 with a third round running back in the first round and a mediocre defensive lineman does not instill confidence in a sneaky hot seat candidate John Schneider. They traded up for a punter, A PUNTER. Russell Wilson will be running for his life yet again and their defense, led by bad defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr., will be totally clueless and not intimidating in the slightest for the first time in almost a decade.

 

The Ugly:

Teams who have no future and are moving to Las Vegas that also had a horrific 2018 draft say, “what”:

 

Jon Gruden’s Raiders said, “What?”

1, 15: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

2, 25: PJ Hall, DT, Sam Houston State

3, 1: Brandon Parker, OT, North Carolina A&T

3, 23: Arden Key, EDGE, LSU

4, 10: Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin

5, 3: Mo Hurst, DT, Michigan

5, 36: Johnny Townsend, P, Florida

6, 42: Azeem Victor, LB, Washington

7, 10: Marcell Ateman, WR, OK State

(Third for Martavis Bryant)

 

Analysis:

Two years ago Derek Carr was an MVP candidate, now the Raiders will be bad and this draft class is in contention with the Saints for the worst 2018 draft. They are so bad!!! Kolton Miller, PJ Hall, and Brandon Parker should all be day three guys. They also drafted a punter because Gruden cannot handle a flamboyant player like Marquette King, but can handle players with history of serious substance abuse like Azeem Victor and Martavis Bryant. Mo Hurst unfortunately may never play a down. Nick Nelson is pretty good and Arden Key would be a good gamble if there was a good pass rusher in front of him. This is going to sink Gruden’s tenure immediately and may get him fired before year 5 of his 10 year contract. Their “all star” coaching staff is overrated, 75 percent of their hires are bad retreads. The Raiders could have been something, but they’re not.