NFL DRAFT DAY 1 – WINNERS & LOSERS

Handshake? Please. Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins had a more playful greeting for N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell at the draft. (Pic CreditSteve Helber/Associated Press)

ROUND 1 WINNERS AND LOSERS

 

WINNERS

49ers-  They got their man in Nick Bosa.  Pairing him with Dee Ford gives them the edge pressure they are longing for.  Once Arizona chose Kyler Murray the card was already filled out.

Bills-   No way anyone expected Ed Oliver to fall to 9th.  Nevertheless, the Bills were happy to scoop up their most disruptive interior rusher since Marcel Dareus.

Redskins-  Not only did Washington not have to jump up and trade away valuable picks for Haskins, but they were able to stand in and pick him at 15.  Then trade back into the 1st for Montez Sweat.  They added their new quarterback and edge rusher in the 1st round.

Jaguars-  They only added the second-best edge rusher in the draft when most mocks had him long gone.  After giving up on Flowers they found a younger and more explosive player is Josh Allen.

LOSERS

Giants-  Dexter Lawrence was a good value pick, but the huge reach for Daniel Jones at 6th was an instant loss.  Then factor in that they jumped three other corners for DeAndre Baker after trading back into the first made matters worse.  This offseason has Giants fans throwing darts at Dave Gettleman’s picture.

Atlanta-  While the Falcons added much needed offensive line help, they added players at picks that didn’t match their value.  Taking Lindstrom at 14 was a reach.  Then to jump back into the 1st for McGary when he would have been available early day 2 was another reach.  Now they will have to hope that the much-needed help at defensive back falls their way.

Cardinals-  Yes they got their man in Kyler Murray,  However, the Cards did not move Josh Rosen.  That already starts off Murray’s tenure with drama involving two first-round quarterbacks on the roster.  Not to mention Rosen’s value starts to take a major hit because teams’ now know that you can’t really afford to have both on the roster so the lowball offers will start to come.

Jeff Barnes
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Born in the Bronx, NY Jeff attended Mount Saint Michael Academy. He played Defensive back and Halfback, and was a member of the Catholic High School Football League 1992 City Championship team. During his Senior Year he led CHSFL with 4 Interceptions as a cornerback. In 1994, Jeff attended Grambling State University. After leaving school in 1995, he started playing in the United Football League. He would play for 8 years earning 3 Allstar nominations in the UFL and GSFL ( Garden State Football League). After retiring, he decided that coaching was his next challenge, he would start out as a Defensive Backs coach. He was elevated to Defensive Coordinator the following season. He would later shift his focus to offense becoming an offensive coordinator, and was even named Head Coach in 2009. He would serve as a coordinator reaching 4 league championship games. The highlight was his final season as offensive coordinator winning the New England Football League AAA Championship in 2016 with the Western Connecticut Militia. He picked up a knack for developing players with little to no experience as well as former collegiate athletes. Jeff has knowledge of several offensive systems such as Air Coryell, West Coast, Spread and Wishbone. Jeff has coached both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses. Jeff is also a Sports Management Worldwide Alumni having been mentored in a scouting and General Manager course by Russ Lande, Mark Dominik and John Wooten. Jeff joined the Major League Football show MLF Weekly as a studio analyst in 2017. He would leave the show in 2018 as he relocated to Florida. He has returned to coaching at the high school level.

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