3 Teams That Fumbled the NFL Draft

With the 2017 NFL Draft officially completed and in the books, it’s time to analyze which team walked away with a draft class that can potentially alter the future of their franchise for the better, or which teams completely whiffed on the guys whom they chose. As far as the latter, there were three teams who appeared to do the worst job of restocking their talent pool this weekend. Here’s our look at the three teams who appear to have the least productive outcomes from this past draft:

3. New York Giants — Nobody is disputing the fact that the New York Giants added four quality football players to their team in the first three rounds of the draft. But for a team that’s very much built to “win now,” did they really do anything to take that next step forward, and dethrone the Dallas Cowboys from the top of the NFC East? Their first round pick, tight end Evan Engram from Ole Miss, is a fantastically athletic tight end with dynamic playmaking skills. But he’s more of a “Y” receiver than a tight end, especially considering he’s not a very good blocker. The Giants already invested a second round pick in 2016 in Sterling Sheppard, a promising wide receiver who happens to play the same position. Sure, the Giants can employ both of them on the field, but did they really need to spend their top pick on a position where they have an answer, especially considering someone like linebacker Reuben Foster — who was still on the draft board when the Giants were picking — could have filled a major need? Similarly, the Giants spent their third round pick on quarterback Davis Webb from California. Webb is a nice prospect, with some people thinking he could have slipped into the first round. But did the Giants really need to spend a Day 2 pick the heir apparent to Eli Manning? Couldn’t they have addressed a bigger need immediately, and waited ’til 2018 — when the depth and quality of the quarterback group looks much richer — to find their “quarterback of tomorrow?”

2. Kansas City — Speaking of “quarterback of the future,” the Kansas City Chiefs traded their first round pick (#27 overall), a third round pick, and their first round pick in 2018 to the Buffalo Bills, in order to move up to get quarterback Patrick Mahomes. In theory, the move made sense. Incumbent quarterback Alex Smith will be 33 years old when the season starts, and there are growing doubts as to whether he’s the guy that can lead the Chiefs to a Super Bowl. But considering the Chiefs finished the regular season with 12 wins last year, and are right in the midst of their closest shot to winning the Super Bowl in years, was now the time to start thinking about the future? And it’s not like Mahomes was some generational prospect that they simply could not pass up. He’s undoubtedly a physically talented prospect, but he’s years away from being ready to contribute full-time in an NFL offense. Even while playing in the quarterback-friendly “Air Raid” system at Texas Tech, he still looked much more like a sandlot quarterback, versus a polished passer. The Chiefs passed on the opportunity to take a pass rusher or a running back with their top pick (where there was plenty of talent available with the #27 pick) and then reached for players at both positions with their two ensuing picks (taking Tanoh Kpassagnon in the second round and Kareem Hunt in the third round).

1. Chicago — There’s no more simple way to put it: the 2017 draft class for the Chicago Bears, at least as of today, looks like a total disaster. First off, it’s already well known that the San Francisco 49ers — whom the Bears surrendered three picks over to, just to flip flop between the #3 and #2 overall selections — were bluffing about their interest in quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, or having other suitors for Trubisky’s services. For a team that needs to fill many more holes on their roster, the Bears didn’t have that type of draft capital to waste, and especially not at a position where they seemed to have some semblance of an answer already. If the current front office regime sticks around, there will be pressure to put Trubisky into the lineup as early as late this season (if the Bears find themselves out of the postseason race by the early winter). That’s reportedly already going over extremely poorly with quarterback Mike Glennon, whom the Bears promised the starting quarterback job to less than two months ago, when signing him as a free agent. Add in the fact that the Bears selected three players who didn’t play Division I college football last year, and you have a lot of people wondering what the heck General Manager Ryan Pace was doing this past weekend.

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