2008 NFL Draft: Day One Winners and Losers
The 'city that never sleeps' can finally take a nap. Day one of the 2008 NFL Draft has come and gone.
In record-setting fashion, at that.
As the day wore on, running backs and offensive linemen seemed to rule the draft.
No wide receivers were chosen in the first round for the first time since 1990. The first round only produced two quarterbacks as well.
The new draft format was probably the biggest success story of the day. With a faster, more fluid pace to the first two rounds, teams, players, and even fans all benefited.
The new format should also allow for a more exciting second day as well, with the third round included this year.
But as every draft unfolds, the winners and losers seem to separate themselves from each other.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: A-
Ideally, the Chiefs would have been happy finding replacements along an aging offensive line in the first round. But as the draft unfolded, DT Glenn Dorsey fell into their laps. Dorsey, who many felt was the top-rated player in this year's draft, was the obvious pick. Kansas City was also able to make the most of the Jared Allen trade as well. Branden Albert fell to them later in the first round, a pick they acquired from Minnesota for Allen. They finished up day one by selecting Virginia Tech corner Brandon Flowers, who many thought wouldn't escape the first round.
2. Miami Dolphins: A
The Miami Dolphins made the most of their first draft since cleaning house in the front office. Bill Parcells was adamant about signing the first overall pick before the draft. Terms were reached with LT Jake Long on a five-year contract. The effort to get younger on the defensive line was noticed with DE Phillip Merling falling to them in round two. The Dolphins were also lucky QB Chad Henne fell to them at 57. Henne will provide solid competition at the quarterback position during the offseason.
3. Dallas Cowboys: B+
Although the Cowboys failed to take a first round wide receiver (no one did), they still got exactly what they wanted. While many thought the Cowboys would take Mendenhall, who was still on the board, they ultimately felt Arkansas' Felix Jones provided the best fit in the backfield along side Marion Barber. Then the attention turned to defense in the secondary with corner Mike Jenkins. If the Pacman trade works out, the corner position could be one of the deepest, and most talented in the league.
1. Detroit Lions: D-
Not only did the Lions fail to upgrade their second-worst running game by taking a running back (Mendenhall and Jones were still on the board), but they reached for Gosder Cherilus when Pittsburgh's Jeff Otah was still available. While both tackles are projected to be successes, Otah seemed to have the quicker transition than Cherilus. The pick at offensive tackle does make sense, though. They also took Colorado linebacker Jordan Dizon in the second round. Dizon lacks ideal size, but quickness and instincts make him a solid second rounder.
2. Tennessee Titans: D-
The Tennessee Titans were also recipients of a few bad breaks as well. With running back an obvious area of concern, Rashard Mendenhall and Felix Jones fell to the Steelers and Cowboys at No. 22 and No. 23, respectively. Chris Johnson, out of East Carolina was the highest rated back available. The Titans also looked to replenish a depleted defensive line by tagging Jason Jones in round two. Durability concerns for Jones may be an issue, as the Titans need guys who can produce on the field. Tennessee also failed to address the need at wide receiver, with franchise quarterback Vince Young still looking for a reliable target in the passing game.
3. Houston Texans: C-
Houston suffered the worst luck of any team in the first round, as both Branden Albert and Chris Williams were off the board. Houston wisely traded down to 26, hoping to land CB Mike Jenkins. Dallas selected him one pick earlier at 25. Duane Brown filled a positional need at tackle, but may have been a reach in the first round. Houston didn't have a second round pick.
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