The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Winners and Losers of The NFL Draft, Day One

Tony DiTonto-Grethel@itsuncletonyCorrespondent IApril 27, 2008

Day one of the NFL 2008 NFL Draft has come to an end and there has been multiple questions that have been certainly answered.

For example: The Packers definitely raised some speculation about their direction with quarterback, as Brian Brohm was taken in the second round to bring some competition to Green Bay. 

...Aaron Rodgers most likely isn't feeling too good about his situation right now.

Beyond Green Bay's statement, let's look at some other big moves that will have an impact on each organization:

1. Miami Dolphins.

  • Jake Long isn't the only rookie Wolverine to be in Miami next year. With Chad Henne being taken in the second round, John Beck is probably not in the most comfortable position he could be in right now.
  • Another note: Bill Parcells has always been a believer in the philosophy of a big, strong-armed quarterback to throw the ball down-field. Is Chad Henne the next to follow in the Parcells scheme?
  • In all seriousness, this team could potentially take three players from the same team in this draft. I expect the Dolphins to take a WR down the road, and if Mario Manningham is on the board he most likely is the best available.

2. Atlanta Falcons.

  • Nothing says "Out with the old and in with the new" than the Falcons getting the best quarterback in the draft with the 3rd pick overall. Whether Mike Vick's career is done or not, one thing is for sure - his Atlanta Falcons days are at an end.

3. New England Patriots.

  • Similar to the Falcons, the Patriots used their early 1st rounder to get a point across that rebuilding their veteran LB core is their priority.
  • One thing I don't understand is how if they wanted to stay young, why not sign Rosevelt Colvin to a long term deal? That might have been a mistake.

4. Washington Redskins.

  • Apparently, getting turned down by the Bengals for Chad Johnson didn't hurt too much as they shut down any of the Bengals hopes for a better deal by drafting two WR's in Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas, along with TE Fred Davis.
  • All three of these players should be able to make an instant contribution, as the WR was obviously shallow, along with Chris Cooley benefiting from having an extra TE on the other side of the line to help him out as well.

5. Chicago Bears.

  • This is my least favorite. OK, so we all know that for the past couple years Lovie Smith has been saying that Rex was the QB, but seriously...
  • The Bears were in position to take any of the top 3 quarterbacks (beyond Ryan, of course)...TWICE! This was a huge mistake for the Bears, as this was the perfect opportunity to get a new face into the mix and end the Grossman/Orton/Griese era potentially.

Of course, these aren't all the teams that have made statements on Day One, but these are certainly some of the higher "impact" moves that occurred. As the draft continues, I'm sure there will be many more stories like these to come. 

Now, let's get through the 5 best team selections put together in the first two rounds of the draft.

#1. Miami Dolphins.

  • Pick 1. Jake Long. OT.
  • Pick 2. Philip Merling. DE.
  • Pick 3. Chad Henne. QB.

#2. Kansas City Chiefs.

  •  Glenn Dorsey. DT.
  • Branden Albert. OG.
  • Brandon Flowers. CB.

#3. Dallas Cowboys.

  •  Felix Jones. RB.
  • Mike Jenkins. CB.
  • Martellus Bennett. TE.

#4. Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • Rashard Mendenhall. RB.
  • Limas Sweed. WR.

#5. New England Patriots.

  • Jerod Mayo. LB.
  • Terrence Wheatley. CB.

That rounds out my top Day One Selections in the NFL Draft. Now onto the disappointments.

#1. Cleveland Browns.

  • Unfortunately for one of my favorites, this draft is simply an abomination. They have absolutely no picks until the 4th, and yet they still only will get 4 picks overall, all coming on the 2nd day of the draft. Most likely, there will be no instant or possibly ever impact players they can get at that point available. At least they got what they needed to solidify their offense as one of the best during the off-season with Donte Stallworth.

#2. San Diego Chargers.

  • Antoine Cason. CB.
  • Gosder Cherilus. OT.
  • Jordan Dizon. LB.

#4. Chicago Bears.

  •  Chris Williams. OT.

#5. Minnesota Vikings.

  • Tyrell Johnson. S.

There you have it folks.

Please comment on anything you agree or disagree with and please share your opinions.  


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