It takes a while for a Doug Williams Authentic Jersey team to cash in on a trade with a team that jumped up into the top three of the NFL Draft to get their quarterback of the future. The Jets may not have had to wait long, grabbing Sam Darnold with the third pick of the draft on Day 1 Thursday night, but the Colts and their followers needed a lot more patience.
That clearly was fine with them. Their theme for this draft was going to be patience whether or not they made that deal with the Jets last month. Besides moving back to sixth overall and taking two second-round picks from the Jets this year, the Colts maneuvered their way into another second-rounder on Day 2, giving them four overall and five picks in the top 64.
Then they moved into the last spot in the second round, up from the third pick in the third round, to get another defensive end, Tyquan Lewis from Ohio State.
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Passing on franchise quarterbacks, even when you already have one, carries plenty of risk. The Browns are still trying to get fair value from the 2016 draft deal that packaged Carson Wentz to the Eagles at No. 2; Cleveland traded one of the picks it received to the Texans a year later, and that pick turned into Deshaun Watson.
The Titans’ haul from the Rams for the No. 1 pick that became Jared Goff turned into, among others, Jack Conklin and Derrick Henry. The jury is still out on the Bears’ move up last year to get Mitchell Trubisky.
The Colts’ picks, therefore, will be judged in part by what Darnold does with the Jets, but the Colts needed so much help in so many places in the trenches, their end of the deal will be under scrutiny even earlier.
Below are the best players available at each position as the 2018 NFL Draft moves to the second and third rounds. They’re based on player rankings from SN’s pre-draft big board of the top 100 prospects.
First of all: smart move by the Bucs to trade down. Saquon Barkley, Quenton Nelson and Bradley Chubb, the three players who could help them the most, were off the board. The Bucs got some later value by doing little more than letting the quarterback-starving cut in front of them.
Vita Vea began his high school career as a 260-pound Wildcat quarterback. Think about that for a moment: a 260-pound high school freshman playing quarterback. If I was a parent in the bleachers and saw Vea running straight downhill into a group of 15-year-olds, I would pull my kid straight off the field and sign him up for the cross-country team.
Vea remained a two-way player for his entire prep career, rushing for 578 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior and, as this video indicates, sidestepping almost as many would-be tacklers as he obliterated.