Overall I came away from this draft liking it—definitely not loving it. I think they hit some of the positions we all expected them to and disregarded some of the others. I’m not so worried about the O-Line but I am concerned about ILB. The Burgess pick tells me we’ll be running a lot more nickel looks but even still-Kiser is our most talented guy at the moment and he’s totally unproven and not someone I would rely on.
Cam Akers—Liked it, didn’t love it. A very talented player and should fit our scheme really well. I like that he produced despite playing behind Swiss cheese. Taking him with Dobbins still available didn’t feel right though. Even though he might not have been anyone’s top RB here, no one should be upset with his talent level. I look forward to seeing what he does on our offense and I expect him to be the better RB between him and Henderson.
Van Jefferson—I liked taking a WR even this early and I like Jefferson but this did feel a little early for him—I thought he was a guy who could have been had in the third round. I don’t ever think he’ll be a star in the league but if he becomes a good, reliable player then who cares where we took him? I think he fits right in the same mold as Kupp or Woods—dependable guys who run great routes and have great hands. Hard to be that upset at the pick.
Terrell Lewis—This was the first pick that really got me stoked. We all know the injury concerns but you’re not going to find a talent like him at this point in the draft very often. Long limbed edge rusher with potential through the roof. Really excited to see what he becomes for us. He could be an absolute monster.
Terrell Burgess—I was a little confused by this pick at first and admittedly didn’t know a whole lot about him, even though he was a name I saw linked to us on more than one occasion. After reading up on him I really like the pick and it gives me a sense of what vision the coaching staff has for this defense—a lot of nickel packages and 3-Safety looks. Love his versatility, athleticism and toughness. He should fit right in.
Brycen Hopkins—This was the first pick that I really didn’t like. I didn’t think he was a need or BPA. I think that he’s an athletic playmaker at the position but that’s really about it. To me he’s an oversized WR. He’s obviously in line to replace Everett and I’m confident he’ll fill that void just as capably. But I really thought this pick could have been better utilized with it realistically being our last chance to get an impact player.