NFL 2014 Draft: The Best and Worst Moves of Round One

It seems as though every year, the coverage of the NFL Entry Draft gets more and more extensive. Its hard to say if the interest is driven by fans, or if the NFL is just trying to drive interest to the league during their offseason. Either way, the first round is usually fairly interesting, simply because that is where the most impactful players tend to get drafted.

Best Move - Sammy Watkins to Buffalo

Buffalo took a risk by trading away next year’s first round pick effectively to have the chance to move five spots up the board so they could select wideout Sammy Watkins. Outside of Jadeveon Clowney, Watkins was considered one of the most impactful players available in this draft. By picking up Watkins, the Bills are providing yet another quality passing option for young QB EJ Manuel. Although not the fastest or tallest receiver in this draft, Watkins has an uncanny ability to get open and haul in catches. These could prove to be a massive game changer for any team.

Worst Move - Jags Take Bortle 3rd

Leading into the draft there were several teams in desperate need of a QB. As usual, Jacksonville was one of those teams. Therefore, when the clock started for the Jags with the fourth overall pick and not a single QB had been selected yet, a few people were left scratching their heads with what many thought was the 3rd best QB in this draft. Before the draft, there were reports that Johnny Manziel wasn’t keen on playing in Jacksonville, and there was questions about Teddy Bridgewater. From our opinion Bridgewater was by far the best available QB in this draft and considering the fact that the Jags took a QB with this pick prove that this was a position they were in need of help with. That is why we find this pick to be such a head scratcher.

Biggest Surprise - Another Offensive Player for Detroit?

Since the season ended, the Lions have handed a new contract to TE Brandon Pettigrew and picked up Seahawks receiver Golden Tate. This just bolstered the attack that was already included Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush and Joseph Fauria. On top of this the Lions were one of the worst defensive teams last year, particularly against the pass. Nearly everyone expected them to pick up a CB or a Safety, so when they decided to take Eric Ebron at the TE position with the 10th overall pick, it made everyone take a second look.