Round 1 Draft Pick Reactions

Round 1 Draft Pick Reactions
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The morning after the night before. Round one of the NFL 2021 draft is done. After taking time to digest last night’s activities, the Ninety-Nine Yards team get together to give you their Round 1 Draft Pick Reactions.

Favourite Pick

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MJ (@47yards) – RASHOD BATEMAN pick 27 to the RAVENS – “The Baltimore Ravens add a much needed wide receiver to support QB Lamar Jackson”

Duncan (@DuncanJTerry) – PENEI SEWELL pick 7 to the LIONS – “Sees the Lions sort the position for the next 10 years. With the Rams picks over the next two years, they could really improve if they do it right”

Bryan (@I_Am_Beej) – JA’MARR CHASE pick 5 to the BENGALS – “Bengals reunite Burrow with a top receiver. Likely now to get a tackle in round 2”

Owen (@WiddowsonOwen) – JUSTIN FIELDS pick 11 to the BEARS – “Chicago didn’t shy away after their last QB selection didn’t work up. High upside talent who is an upgrade from Andy Dalton”

Owain (@Owain_Jones_) – MICAH PARSONS pick 12 to the COWBOYS – “A rare talent. The Cowboys snapping up the best defensive player in this draft, whilst trading back, is a really good move”

Stu (@stuie17) – JAELAN PHILLIPS pick 18 to the DOLPHINS – “One of ‘my guys’ going to ‘my team’? I’m happy. Yes there are injury concerns, but if he stays healthy then the Dolphins have secured a great player at a position of need

Best Value Pick

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Owain – JUSTIN FIELDS pick 11 to the BEARS – “With the jobs of the Chicago front office on the line, they had no choice but to swing for the fences. Only giving up 1 future first to get your QB of the future was superb value at that spot!”

Bryan – RASHAWN SLATER pick 13 to the CHARGERS – “A Top end tackle/guard. Chargers fans will be buzzing (get it?) he fell so far”

Duncan – CHRISTIAN DARRISAW pick 23 to the VIKINGS – “Excellent value. A starter on their O-line and gained extra picks by being bold and waiting for him.

Stu – CALEB FARLEY pick 22 to the TITANS – “If it weren’t for injury concerns, Caleb Farley could well have been at top 10 pick. To grab a player of his ability at 22 is hopefully a great piece of business for the Tennessee Titans”

Owen – KWITY PAYE pick 21 to the COLTS – “The Colts bolstered their front 7 with arguably the top edge prospect in this year’s draft. Paye sliding to 21 was great news for Indy”

MJ – CHRISTIAN DARRISAW pick 23 to the VIKINGS – “Vikings trade down 9 spots, get extra picks and still take a player they probably would have taken at 14

Surprise Picks

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Owen – TRAVIS ETIENNE pick 25 to the JAGUARS – “With James Robinson already on the team after a strong rookie seasons, it seems weird Jacksonville affect depth in the first round. Putting him in a position to compete with another back seems surprising”

Stu – PATRICK SURTAIN pick 9 to the BRONCOS – “Arguably the top CB in the draft, it wasn’t a surprise to see him going in the top 10. It was however a surprise to see him going to Denver. They added Kyle Fuller and Ronald Darby in free agency. CB didn’t seem their biggest need.”

Bryan – ERIC STOKES pick 29 to the PACKERS – “Thought they might do something to please Aaron Rodgers. But fair play, sticking to their guns. Stokes should work out well for them.”

MJ – ALEX LEATHERWOOD at 17 to the RAIDERS – “The Las Vegas Raiders seemed to get the position right with this pick but is Leatherwood a first rounder?”

Owain – PAYTON TURNER at 28 to the SAINTS – “Although it had been rumoured through the day, hearing Turner’s name called was a shock. Corner was the biggest need here. Turner has good athletic upside, the Saints now have an abundance of defensive linemen.”

Duncan – TRAVIS ETIENNE pick 25 to the JAGUARS – “I see value in keeping Lawrence and Etienne together. It just seems bold when they have Robinson already and some many other positions of need.”


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Bryan – ALEX LEATHERWOOD pick 17 to the RAIDERS – “*insert whoever the Raiders picked* – Unless we are missing something here, Leatherwood was a reach. Better options at the position were still on the board.”

Duncan – ALEX LEATHERWOOD pick 17 to the RAIDERS – “Mayock really is the Seahawks these days, picking players way above their perceived ranking. Just like Arnette and Ferrell in previous years.”

Owain – JOE TRYON pick 32 to the BUCCANEERS – “Ranked the 82nd best player on our big board – says it all.”

Stu – ALIJAH VERA-TUCKER pick 14 to the JETS – “This was a head scratcher for totally different reasons than probably the rest of the guys have gone for. The Jets making sensible moves 2 draft in a row? Now that really is something!”

MJ – PAYTON TURNER pick 28 to the SAINTS – “The Saints ignored their big need at Cornerback to take another defensive end. Will they look at address CB in round 2?”

Owen – ALEX LEATHERWOOD pick 17 to the RAIDERS.- “The Raiders maintain their annual tradition of drafting a player that no-one expects them too. The Raiders just love doing things their way…we’ll see how this pans out”

So there you have it. What do you think of the teams reaction to the round 1 picks? Let us know on Twitter @NinetynineYards

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