Post Draft NFL Discussion
It’s the worst month for a football fan. The draft is in the past, we’re deep in minicamp territory and let’s be honest: Is there anything interesting about watching guys run around in helmets and shorts?
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Baseball season is here and while I’m the type of person who gets upset when Joc Pederson strikes out with two outs and nobody on in the second inning, normal people know you need to save your anger for when it counts. And the earliest the layman starts paying attention is in August.
So, while I wait for my Lakers to start the circus by drafting Lonzo Ball in June, let’s take stock of where we’re at NFL-wise.
LOOKING BACK AT THE DRAFT
I’m sorry, draft grades are pointless. Every year we do the same thing. We oooh and aaah over what this team did, what that team did and then we assign a letter grade without having watched them take a single snap.
Just because the Browns had three first-round picks, that doesn’t mean it’s good. For all we know, they could very well go 0 for 3. They’ve failed spectacularly before.
Will Myles Garrett be an All-Pro? I have no idea! Will Mitchell Trubisky be the quarterback the Bears have been waiting for all these years? Sure! Would I rather call him “Mitch” instead of “Mitchell?” Absolutely!
In every draft class, there are maybe 10-15 guys who can actually play. The rest will be out of the league within three years.
But hey, at least it was cool watching Philadelphia fans live up to their boisterous reputation over those three days. Bravo!
WHAT ABOUT CK7?
Will Colin Kaepernick ever find a new NFL home? God, I hope so. Not because I care about him, but I just want his name out of the news. Someone do me a solid and get this guy a contract. What you do with him is up to you, but at least give him a shot. Make it look good.
OBLIGATORY LAVAR BALL TAKE
Just like Mike Florio, I like to offer my opinion on things that have nothing to do with football. So here goes:
I’m against Mike Florios’s Lavar Ball take. I feel he needs to stay in his lane.
GISELE’S BIG MOUTH
Dude, Gisele. Shhhhh! I don’t care if your husband gets concussed getting out of bed. Keep it to yourself! We don’t want another scandal on our hands. Deflategate gave me enough Patriots drama to last a lifetime.
WHAT’S GOING ON?
Quick question, Baltimore: How does a water bill go unpaid? Who’s working accounting over there? Did nobody find it strange that they haven’t paid that bill in god knows how long?
Can you imagine if the Ravens lost their stadium to a pair of Germans? No good.
OK, moving on.
I thought it would be fun to take a big-picture look at the league with training camps just two months away.
10 TEAMS THAT CAN ACTUALLY WIN THE SUPER BOWL
1) Patriots – They still have Tom Brady, concussions or not. And added Brandin Cooks as a deep threat. And Stephon Gilmore as a shutdown cornerback. And many running backs. They’re locked and loaded.
2) Chiefs – I know, I know. They’re boring as hell, but they’re going to reach the postseason and have a good chance of having at least on game at home. One day they will break though to the big game.
3) Raiders – I love watching the Silver and Black. They’re going to be around for years.
4) Steelers – They’ll never go away.
5) Cowboys – Love me some Dak, love me some Zeke, don’t love me some Dallas D. Their schedule is much tougher this season, but they’ve got a shot.
6) Seahawks – Russell Wilson will continue to run for his life in 2017, but that defense will continue to be a force, despite not having potency of season’s past.
7) Packers – Aaron Rodgers got close last season with a shell of a team around him at the end.
8) Giants – All Big Blue has to do is reach the postseason. Playoff Eli can do amazing things.
9) Falcons – I can’t imagine this team missing the postseason despite that heartbreaking loss. Man, they were SO close. How did they lose that game?
10) Ravens – This is me shamelessly sucking up to Baltimore. I don’t apologize for it.
5 TEAMS THAT CAN ALREADY START PLANNING FOR 2018
1) Rams – My team sucks. I’m fine with it because it will be that much sweeter when they finally start improving four years from now. With a different quarterback under center.
2) Browns – Enjoy that quarterback mélange you’ve got up in Cleveland. At some point, someone has to win that job, right?
3) Jets – Speaking of quarterbacks, why not give Colin Kaepernick a call? I know he’s better than whatever is on that roster.
4) Bears – Mitchell! Mitchell!
5) 49ers – I know it’s the fashionable thing to praise new GM John Lynch for his supposedly masterful draft. Remember, none of them have taken a single snap yet. And they’re just rookies on a team that went 2-14.
Currently a Mobile Editor at Yahoo, Saraf spent 5.5 years (Oct. 2010 - Feb. 2016) working for FOX Sports as an NFL Editor and Writer. Prior to that, Saraf worked for CBS Interactive for 4.5 years (May 2006 - Oct. 2010) as a Staff Editor.