Draft weekend recap:
I was bummed out by the Haskins pick on Thursday night when it was made. If you told me before the draft that we'd land Haskins I would think one of two things. 1) We gave up a boatload of resources to go get him, or 2) If he did fall to 15, we'd miss out on a high profile pass rusher.
1) Nope, had 10 picks. 2) Drafted Montez Sweat.
I wanted a guard and wide receiver with the two third round picks. They ended up with two receivers McLaurin and Harmon. Honestly, I wasn't looking at them because I thought they'd both be gone by the their pick. They get McLaurin in the third and Harmon in the sixth.
They come away with two interior offensive linemen. I knew about the Alabama guard/center and he was drafted where he was expected. I didn't know anything about the Indiana guard. They have been able to draft interior lineman in the mid rounds and turn them into starters (Spencer Long/Chase Roullier). Hopefully one can push for the starting LG position.
They draft a RB who had over 2,000 rushing yards in 2017. He's currently injured. But with 10 picks you can take that gamble if you think he can help you in 2020.
Cornerback, Jimmy Moreland. I love the Dukes so I love this pick. Hope he has a chance to make the team. Currently, I see them with 13 DBs who could potentially make the team. They'll need to cut it down to 10 or 11. I would really consider releasing Josh Norman if you think Dunbar is 100 percent going into training camp. I'd have to study up on the impact of releasing his contract at this time and determine if the benefits outweigh the concerns.
The rest: They get a speedy/productive ILB from North Carolina. Cole Holecomb. One thing for certain is that Mason Foster was slow. I don't know if he can challenge Dion Hamilton for the inside position with Reuben Foster, but he can make an impact as a special teamer. Holecomb, McLaurin, and Moreland can all really help special teams. With the second to last pick they get another DE/OLB. Jordan Brailford. A lot of production in college. Has a chance for the 4th OLB position behind Kerrigan, Anderson, and Sweat.
A really excellent draft.
Haskins. Things I don't like:
He's chunky. You look at him and you don't get the feeling that he's in great condition.
Appears that he has a stage dad. Probably not a big deal, but PSTD from the Griffin years.
The majority of his deep throws are made with a very good pocket. Can he make things happen under duress.
What I like:
Appears very football smart when interviewed and dialing up plays.
Had lots of screens that went for big plays, but made the right decision and hit his guy in stride.
I hope they don't force things with him and let him develop with Gruden, O'Connell, and Cavanaugh. He could end up being a great pick!