49ers had interest for No. 2 pick before trading with Bears

May 03, 2017, 00:09
49ers had interest for No. 2 pick before trading with Bears

Contenders often like depth and potential replacements for aging veterans.

Say what you want about the Browns not getting a quarterback, but in my opinion, the team didn't chase the draft in this first round. Hopefully, these rookies will immediately have a significant impact as the team looks to end a longtime slump. His 40 time (4.79) affected his draft stock but his athleticism makes him a player that intrigues the Browns.

None of those choices drew the attention that Cincinnati's pick at No. 48 overall did: Mixon, who was uninvited to the scouting combine because he was videotaped punching a woman in the face, breaking bones. The big Clemson receiver provides a physical target to complement Keenan Allen.

Utah, which had four offensive linemen drafted, led the Pac-12 with eight picks.

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In seven rounds of selections, only 14 Big 12 players heard their names called. Don't be surprised if fifth-round pick Desmond King makes his mark at the safety position, either. Much like Stribling, Murray will need to add some weight (182 lbs.) but the talent is definitely there for these two to become contributors for the Browns. Their six selections are double that of any other team, providing general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll an bad lot of flexibility to address a notoriously problematic offensive line and aging secondary while also having the luxury of gambling on potential difference-makers at other positions, should they choose to do so. Safety Malik Hooker, taken 15th overall, has a chance to be a star within a couple of years, but he'll immediately help shore up the team's iffy pass defense.

With the pick Cleveland selected cornerback Howard Wilson from Houston. He, too, should step into the Indianapolis secondary on day one. Rather than be swayed by the temptation of picking up another quarterback at a high draft spot, the Browns instead used the first overall pick to select Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, putting a strong presence on the front line who eagerly anticipates the challenge of taking down quarterbacks like Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The league had 23 players taken during the final four rounds Saturday to increase its three-day total to 53, 11 more than the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Not every pick will work, of course, but the Browns are increasing their odds of finding Pro Bowlers by loading up on early picks.

- North Carolina had five offensive players drafted, all skill-position'ers (two backs, two receivers), suggesting either that Trubisky had a pretty solid supporting cast, or that he made people around him really good.

The Cowboys try to give Dak and Zeke a defense, using 7 out of 9 picks on the defensive side of the ball. "The type of players they put on the field, it goes directly to the success". That's two top-ten talents in the first round, and even better, both fill needs. Third round: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado4.

Filling holes while building a foundation is essential.

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