NFL draft analysts are calling the draft’s first round of selections, which included four first-rounders, “the most surprising draft in recent memory.”
The consensus was that the first round, which was filled with three first-rounder picks and three second-round picks, was a big one for the league, especially with the number of first- and second-year players coming into the league.
The draft also featured a pair of first rounders from the college ranks.
Here’s a look at the first-year class and how they might affect the first team:QB: The top overall pick is expected to be Texas Tech quarterback Connor Cook, a Heisman Trophy winner in 2017.
He was the No. 2 overall pick by the Jets back in 2015.
The Red Raiders signed him to a three-year deal worth $16 million.
The former Texas Tech signal-caller is a huge talent.
The top pick was expected to take some pressure off quarterbacks like Case Keenum and Cody Kessler, but I’m expecting that Cook will take pressure off Kessler more.
He has shown flashes in recent years, and the Eagles might have been able to take the pressure off him by trading up in the draft.
Cook’s big size and arm are what teams are looking for in a quarterback.
He’s not a traditional pocket passer like Sam Darnold or Marcus Mariota, but he can throw the ball in space, run in space and has a decent arm.
Cook is also a strong athlete, which is something the Eagles want to keep.RB: The best back in the class is Oklahoma State running back Devonta Freeman, a first-team All-American last year.
He could go as high as second in the first or third round.
He ran for over 1,000 yards in the Sooners’ 2015 season and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting.
The Cowboys could use a running back in their draft and Freeman fits the bill.
He’ll be a physical runner with a good burst, and I expect him to be a great complement to Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys’ No. 1 back.
WR: The first overall pick, DeAndre Hopkins, is a receiver that many teams have been waiting for since the first overall selection in the 2017 draft.
He had five years of production at the University of Georgia, where he won the SEC Receiver of the Year award.
Hopkins is a big, physical receiver with the speed and ability to stretch the field.
He can run a lot of routes and get separation.
The Eagles might need more help at receiver, but they have a few options in the front seven.WR: This class has some talent at wide receiver, and while I expect there to be some talent on the edges of the field, the Eagles need more depth in the secondary.
There’s also a chance that defensive tackle Fletcher Cox will be gone after the draft, and it’s possible the Eagles will add a safety in the third round to replace him.
The safeties in the Eagles’ secondary are not going to be top tier talent, but there are some good players in the group.
There are also some intriguing corners in this draft, but it’s hard to project their impact on the Eagles for now.