Reviewing The Miami Dolphins Draft

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Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

 

 

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

 No need to beat around the bush.  The Dolphins went into the 2018 draft with definite needs.  The 2 most glaring needs being at linebacker and tight end. Not only did they address these needs, they doubled down on them.  They didn’t just take one tight end and linebacker, they took two of each!

Miami started the night off selecting arguably the best safety in college football, Minkah Fitzpatrick out of Alabama.

Dolphins GM Chris Gire had this to say about their new first-round pick:   “Impeccable character. At the end of the day, this guy is a football player, creates turnovers.”

Great intangibles are just part of the package that Fitzpatrick brought as a top-notch prospect. Along with his versatility in the secondary, he’s a high-character player who’s willing to do what it takes to succeed.

“A little different skill set than the other two guys. We’ll see how it will all play out.”

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Meet the Green Bay Packers 2018 Draft Class

Official Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@Lucyrk78

The 2018 NFL Draft has been over for a few days now, and it’s given me a bit of time to research players I hadn’t known coming into it, and time to think about what our picks mean. We got to see new general manager Brian Gutekunst at work, and the draft gave us a bit more of a glimpse into his plans for our favorite team.

At the start of the draft, the Green Bay Packers had a league-high 12 picks. They made two trades in the first round and ended the draft with 11 picks that included: two cornerbacks, three wide receivers, one offensive lineman, one defensive lineman, one edge rusher, a punter and a long snapper.

So who ARE these new guys? Let’s take a look:

 Jaire Alexander, cornerback, Louisville: EXCELLENT pick. The cornerback position is what I was hoping the Packers would draft first, and this is perhaps the best pick Gutekunst made this year. I think Alexander has the potential to become one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.

 Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa: Jackson is big – he’s tall and has long arms, which helped him complete eight interceptions last year. A very close second in terms of ability to Alexander. I expect him to see the field this season.

Oren Burks, linebacker,  Vanderbilt: The Packers traded up in round 3 to get Burks. Starting as a safety, Burks has the potential and skill to play either safety or linebacker for Green Bay. I’ve read that there is concern about his consistency as a tackler, but he will most likely see a lot of action as a special teams player this upcoming season.

 J’Mon Moore, wide receiver, Missouri: To be honest, I’m not sure the Packers will end up keeping Moore. While he had 10 touchdowns last year for the Tigers, I’m not entirely convinced he’s ready for the NFL just yet.

Cole Madison, offensive lineman, Washington State: I like him. I predict Madison will make the team as a starter on the right side of our offensive line this season.

JK Scott, P, Alabama: Let the competition begin! Scott was definitely the best punter in the draft. Who do you think will ultimately win the spot between Scott and Justin Vogel?

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, South Florida: Here’s another player that I’m not sure will end up on the team. He seems to need some work on running routes and passing. What grade would YOU give this pick?

Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame: My favorite of the three wide receivers the Packers drafted. He’s FAST and I like that for Green Bay. I’m not sure he’s ready to be a starter, but I think we very well MIGHT see him in a game this season!

James Looney, defensive lineman, Cal: He’s fast which I like, but I’m not sure he’s NFL ready just yet.

Hunter Bradley, long snapper, Mississippi State: The best long snapper in the draft. Green Bay has Brett Goode, but we definitely saw issues early last year with the LS position. There were other positions I would have rather seen get filled at this point in the draft, but he’s a solid player, no doubt.

 Kendall Donnerson, Edge, SE Missouri State: Another player that I don’t think is NFL ready at this point. Hopefully, he can become one during preseason workouts, because he is FAST and has great hands.

Overall, I give the Packers an A- for their draft picks. The excitement isn’t over yet though! Up next is undrafted free agency. Follow along with me on Twitter and here as we stay up to date with all the reported signings!

 

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Chicago Bears Finish Strong in 2018 NFL Draft

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

It has been said by many analysts, writers, and fans that general manager Ryan Pace had to be aggressive in this draft. The Chicago Bears could not afford to continue to spiral into the NFC oblivion.

It was imperative that they drafted key players and address positions that would help the Bears compete within the division of the NFC North. Pace came through and he started with the best linebacker in the draft in Roquan Smith in the first round, center James Daniels and wide receiver Anthony Miller in the second round.

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Tennessee Titans 2018 Draft Class, From Six Picks down to Four, All First Class

Karen Christensen, Official Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen//@ksc47

The Tennessee Titans’ general manager Jon Robinson likes some wheeling and dealing to get what he wants. Originally the team had the following picks in the upcoming draft:

1st round | 25th overall, 2nd round | 57th overall, 3rd round | 89th overall, 4th round | 125th overall, 5th round | 162nd overall, 6th round | 199th overall

And the team ended up with this:

 

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The Seattle Seahawks get the steal of the draft

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By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

I’ll admit I can’t quit tearing up thinking about it. In fact, I’ve seen more people talk about how they cried during this draft than any other draft before. This one got us straight in the feels.

We all wanted our favorite team to draft linebacker Shaquem Griffin in this years NFL draft. We wanted to see his name called, for him to walk across that stage, and put on the hat that said our team’s name. For Seattle Seahawks fans, this want was even greater than most.

Seattle fans spent all last season in awe of a rookie with the last name of Griffin. After struggling just a bit at the beginning of the season, cornerback Shaquill Griffin not only won the starting CB position across from CB Richard Sherman, he nailed it. Seahawks finally had their bookend for Sherman. When Sherman got hurt and was out for the season, it was Shaquill Griffin who stepped up. He owned his position and became an instant fan favorite.

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Bills Select QB Josh Allen!

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By Mary Pesarchick // @HeyMom418

Since March, when the Bills traded left tackle Cordy Glenn and the 21st pick to Cincinnati to move up to the Bengals’ spot at #12, it was clear that the goal of the 2018 NFL draft for Bills’ General Manager Brandon Beane was to get the franchise quarterback the fans have been dreaming about.

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Panthers acquire one Moore Wide Receiver

Carolina Panthers Reporter Cindy Davis

By Cindy Davis // @XO_CindyDavis  

With the 24th pick in the 2018 NFL draft, the Carolina Panthers select Maryland Wide Receiver D.J. Moore.

After the pick was announced, Steve Smith had a strong endorsement for Moore, stating “they have never been able to replace me.. until today.”

Coming from a legendary Panther, that is some pretty strong praise that has a lot of Panther fans even more excited about this pick.

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Miami Dolphins: Draft Day 2 Recap

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Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

Day 2 of the Miami Dolphins NFL draft did not disappoint.

As expected by many, the Dolphins selected Mike Gesicki a 6’6 249 pound TE out of Penn State. At 22 years of age, Gesicki, a former Basketball player, had been considered as a first round talent by many scouts.

His only knock was for a lack of blocking ability. Dolphins GM Chris Grier had nothing but praise for Gesicki, seemingly not too worried about his blocking, or lack thereof.

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The Lions Get Their Running Back

Official Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

After surprising Lions Fans last night by drafting center Frank Ragnow out of Arkansas, the Lions traded up for the first time in the Bob Quinn era.  With, of course, New England.

They drafted Kerryon Johnson out of Auburn…and there was great rejoicing. After years of having a sub-par (and that’s being nice) running game, general manager Bob Quinn is finally addressing it.  After revamping the offensive line, now they add a running back.  Might this be the year that they get a 100-yard rusher?  It’s certainly starting to look that way.

Here’s how some of Lions Fans reacted to the pick:

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2018 NFL Draft: QBs to provide big impact for 5 teams

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

 

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Round One of the 2018 NFL Draft saw five Quarterbacks get taken: Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Lamar Jackson. These men should have a huge impact on their new teams and could really shake-up their divisions.

The first four all went in the top 10 but it took a while for Jackson to find a home. In what may have been the most joyful moment of the evening for a lot of his fans, the Ravens traded back into the first round to get him at 32. Two went to the AFC North and two went to the AFC East. Both those divisions are going to see the quality of competition rise significantly in the next couple years.

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