Review of NFL Draft


Vincent Shockley, Reporter

Following one of the most interesting college football seasons of all time, we were set for an amazing NFL draft.


For many, this draft was filled with the most talent in recent history. Not only were there players from the 2020 year, but also those who hadn’t played since 2019 such as Ja’Marr Chase and a few others.


There were plenty of picks that were seen as obvious and predicted months ahead of time. These players such as: Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, and Trey Lance, were no surprises at all. Although, there were plenty of intriguing and unexpected picks.


First off, the Miami Dolphins drafted wide receiver Jaylen Waddle out of Alabama. Although Jaylen was a generational-like talent, many (including myself) expected the Dolphins to pick this year’s Heisman Trophy winner Devonta Smith (another Alabama Wide Receiver). Waddle was seen as a top prospect headed into the draft but not a top 10 pick. The Dolphins could have easily traded back and taken Waddle at the 14 or 15 spot. Although, Waddle will have an immediate impact to the previously weak Dolphins receiver core. 


Another surprising move was the Chicago Bears trading up to the 11 spot to draft quarterback Justin Fields (who was projected to fall down the draft rankings to at least 15). Justin Fields was a Heisman Candidate for two years straight out of Ohio State and could provide hope for Chicago fans. The Bears have not been known for their consistency at the quarterback position but with a generational talent like Justin Fields, there is hope. 


The sleeper pick of the draft would have to be the selection Kadarius Toney at the 20th pick (NY Giants). Kadarius Toney attended college at the University of Florida and put together a very impressive senior season. Toney led the team in touchdowns and receiving yards as well as having hundreds of rushing yards. In my opinion, Toney has the most potential out of any of the wide receivers drafted. 


Another surprise pick was Kadarius Toney’s quarterback Kyle Trask. Trask was the Florida Gators quarterback for the 2019 and 2020 seasons and put together a Heisman caliber season leading college football in both passing yards and touchdowns. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Trask with the 64th pick to learn under Tom Brady. Brady and Trask have some similar features such as being pocket quarterbacks and starting their collegiate career as a backup. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Trask as he learns under one of the greatest quarterbacks in football history. 


Overall, the NFL draft was filled with surprising picks, obvious picks, and very overlooked picks such as Kadarius Toney. It will be interesting to see the immediate impact that many of these players have in the league especially Trevor Lawrence in Jacksonville (#1 overall pick in the draft) to turn around the Jaguars association.