Round One is completed and behind us now, with a lot of surprises. The New York Jets taking three top players at their positions, the New England Patriots taking Cole Strange from Chattanooga, and five defensive players being drafted from Georgia. So, who won day one?
New York Jets
- After taking Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner at pick four, Garrett Wilson at pick 10, and trading back into the first round at pick 26 to land Jermaine Johnson, the Jets filled most of the holes on their depth chart, and look to compete for a wild card position in a few years. Johnson was a projected top 10 pick pre-draft, with him rising up many boards, so landing him at 26th is probably the steal of the draft. Pairing Garrett Wilson with Corey Davis & Elijah Moore is fantastic for a young QB’s, like Zach Wilson, development. Taking arguably the best corner in the draft, Sauce Gardner to compete with some of the best WRs in the AFC should definitely help their defense compete on gamedays.
The Jets have done a lot of work to their secondary this year, signing Jordan Whitehead from Tampa Bay & DJ Reed from San Francisco. Adding Sauce to that group does wonders for their Defense. They come out of the draft as certified winners.
New York Giants
- The Giants drafted arguably the two best players at their positions with Kayvon Thibodeaux at five & Evan Neal at seven. Neal & Andrew Thomas will hold down the tackle spots for the Giants & help keep Daniel Jones upright in a big contract year for him. Neal, who will look to take the job from Matt Gono, is added to the growing list of OL talent NY has brought in, including Jon Feliciano & Max Garcia.
Thibodeaux, paired up with Dexter Lawrence & Leonard Williams, is everything a new DC wants in a front seven. Wink Martindale will have a fun time with this DL. Landing Kayvon takes some of the pressure off of Leonard Williams and will dominate on that line week in and week out, leaving the Giants as real round-one winners.
- The Eagles, after missing out on most of the top receivers in this draft, took matters into their own hands by acquiring AJ Brown in a trade from the Tennessee Titans and making them draft winners. After acquiring him, the Eagles signed him to a big four year/$100M deal. With QB Jalen Hurts on his rookie deal still, the Eagles are going all out for a title now, and pairing AJ with DeVonta Smith is a great room already.