NFL DRAFT 2018 RECAP
The NFL Draft is complete. Day three of the NFL draft, there were still good players still on the broad. One of the more enjoyable moments of the draft came Saturday when the Seattle Seahawks picked UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin. He lost his left hand due to a prenatal condition. He’s also one of the better linebacking prospects in the draft this year. Griffin was one of 22 players to attend the draft, but he wasn’t picked in the first three rounds so left to spend Saturday at home. His brother Shaquill was a third-round pick by the Seahawks last year. Let’s look at the five takeaways from day three.
THE COWBOYS GOT A NEW WEAPON
The Rams finally ended their fruitless Tavon Austin era, about two or three years too late if you ask me. Austin was traded to Dallas for a lowly sixth-round pick, after the then-St. Louis Rams traded up to No. 8 to take him out of West Virginia in 2013.
The spin now is that the Cowboys are going to find new, effective ways to get Austin the ball in space, perhaps using him more like a third-down specialist running back, rather than a receiver/return man. Whatever. We’ve heard it all before when it comes to Austin. You can’t make this dog hunt. You can talk about finding new creative ways to use him, but it’s just talk. The Rams did boatloads of that. Come game days he was almost always invisible. Even if it sounds like Austin should have been playing in Texas all along, consider me dubious the Cowboys have acquired a new secret weapon.
THE PATRIOTS WERE ABSENT IN THE LATE ROUNDS
It felt like New England in essence took a pass on this draft – making no picks between No. 56 and No. 143 – and it reminds us all that trying to predict what the Patriots will do next is pretty pointless. It’s a lesson we seem fated to re-learn again and again. But it’ll never completely sink in. We assumed the Patriots would go heavily for defense after the ugliness of Super Bowl Sunday, but New England basically punted on that notion, trading eight times. Then again, the defense will be getting more help in 2018 than we’re probably remembering. Dont’a Hightower is back, as is Derek Rivers and Vincent Valentine. And there’s Jason McCourty, Adrian Clayborn, Danny Shelton and second-round pick Duke Dawson who have been added, in addition to fifth and sixth-round linebackers Ja’Whaun Bently of Purdue and Christian Sam of Arizona State.
TALENT AVAILABLE IN THE LATE ROUNDS
Day three of the NFL draft there were still some good players not selected. Penn State Wide Reviver DeSean Hamilton, Arizona State Running back Kalen Ballage, Oregon Offensive Tackle Tyrell Crosby, just two name a few was still free for the taking on day three. None of these guys have any character or injury issues. Some of these low round picks will go in and make an impact for their respective NFL team.
One of the most interesting prospects in this draft was Central Florida Linebacker Shaquem Griffin. Griffin was born with Aminnotic Band Syndrome which caused him to lose his hand when he was a child; however that did not stop him from succeeding. In 2017 this thumper was the American Athletic defensive player of the year and one of the main reasons Central Florida finished 13-0. He is heading to the northwest to play with his brother Shaquill, who plays cornerback.
THE VALUE PICK OF THE LATE ROUNDS
With the 120th pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks have selected tight end Will Dissly out of Washington.“That’s the best blocking tight end in the entire draft.” – He’s first as a blocker and there isn’t anybody second, I love this pick very, very much.” – Mike Mayock. Inexperienced but improving, Dissly is a Y-tight end prospect who has the potential to become a much more productive and effective player than where he stands right now. Dissly has decent size and is nothing special as an athlete, but he displays the toughness and talent to become an NFL blocker as a Day 3 selection.