With the 2016 NFL Draft’s first round complete, here are some surprises in Ronin’s perspective. The next two days in the draft will be fascinating; it will be interesting to see what teams can finally get out of that slump that they have been in for some years. Some teams are at the draft to maintain supremacy in their division or bolster their rosters.
1: Myles Jack left in the green room all of the first night of the draft. It was sad to see the highly-talented Jack being left undrafted on night one due to concerns over his longevity in the NFL. It is a clear risk for most teams. He might not last a long time in the NFL due to a serious knee injury. I thought he was going to be picked by the Raiders, Vikings, and nearly every club besides the Patriots. I expect him to go round two within the top 15 picks today. Update: Drafted 36th overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
2: Jalen Ramsey is going to the Jacksonville Jaguars, this makes the Jaguars defense a lot better than it was a year ago. The Jaguars went from a very mediocre roster to a formidable roster on paper within two months. You have to respect the aggressive moves from the Jaguars front office. The Jaguars have drafted two players that were considered top ten best players in multiple mock drafts (including one on Ronin News).
3: Laremy Tunsil not being picked in the top ten. Tunsil allegedly had his Instagram account hacked, and a photo of him taking a bong rip from a gas mask surfaced. Why post it? If you’re about to become a professional athlete, don't smoke weed! Tunsil’s “hacking” of his social media account cost him millions of dollars. Thankfully, he did not leave the first round as he was picked by the Miami Dolphins at 13th overall. The Dolphins have had a successful first night in the draft.
4: Eli Apple went tenth overall to the New York Giants. That was a shocker to me. Apple was not the highest rated corner for me. I felt William Jackson III was the best player for them to select. However, Apple fits the physical build of recently departed Prince Amukamara, who signed a one-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
5: Seattle’s trade with the Denver Broncos was great (for the Seahawks). Some people wouldn't consider this a big trade. Seattle moved back five spots and drafted a position that was of dire need, Offensive Tackle Germain Ifedi out of Texas A&M. The Denver Broncos did draft their franchise quarterback Paxton Lynch out of Memphis. He is a very tall quarterback that is similar to Brock Osweiler’s play style. However, there is a reason why the Seahawks won this trade. They had the ability to draft more players and received the Broncos third round pick in this year's draft just for moving back five spots. It will be interesting to see what the Seahawks can do with even more later round picks, where General Manager Jon Schneider is king.