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Quick breakdown of highs and lows for Bucs, Dolphins and Jaguars drafts

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It’s over. The dust is settling and the 2018 NFL Draft is in the books. And every year at this time, fans of all 32 teams (okay, maybe not the Browns) are excited about their picks and the future.

And fans of the Buccaneers, the Dolphins and the Jaguars are no different.

So, we at F.F.I. decided to take a quick objective look at what went well, what maybe did not, as well as, three players taken after the first round that stood out in their drafts.


What went well?:  They got defensive line help early (Washington’s mammoth DT Vita Vea) and GM Jason Licht “wheeled and dealed” for extra picks in later rounds with a first round trade with Buffalo and a second round pick with New England. That gave the Bucs, three extra young players from rounds 1-3, as it turned out.

What didn’t go well?: Tampa Bay is still reeling defensively from a pass rush that was last in the NFL in 2017. And yes, they signed free agent DE Vinny Curry and traded for the Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul. However, this was still an area that they could have used a quality depth draft pick. And players like Harold Landry of BC, Dashwan Hand of Alabama, Arden Key of LSU, and Tyquan Lewis of Ohio State were there in rounds 2-4 and the Buccaneers passed. We’ll see if they regret that later in the season.

Most interesting pick: Justin Watson, WR, Penn. This was a luxury pick in the fifth round, as Tampa Bay is loaded at wide out. The Ivy leaguer Watson is also, a kick returner, which the Buccaneers have been lacking for consistency with for years.


What went well?: The Dolphins picked up some needed help in their secondary with Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick in the opening round. He’s a talented hard-hitting player out of one of the best programs in all of college football (Alabama) and should be able to be a day one impact player.

What didn’t go well?: Despite what they might say publicly, the Fins were clearly trying to get one of the premier quarterbacks in the draft in the top 10 and could not pull off a trade to move up. It’s unlikely that all four of those quarterbacks will end up being good or star players in the NFL, but Miami had a need and did thorough evaluation on all of them. Then, Thursday night couldn’t get a trade done, when Buffalo and Arizona were able to trade in the top 10 and get their QB.

Most interesting draft pick?:  Penn State TE Mike Gesicki. As we wrote yesterday, he’s big, he’s athletic and he’s potentially they game-changing Redzone and goal to go target for Adam Gase’s offense. And Miami, also took another young TE in Notre Dame’s Durham Smythe. So, there is now depth at that lacking position.


What went well?:

They picked up Gators defensive tackle Taven Bryan late in the first round to help with their defensive line depth. Bryan in the middle of the line with Marcell Dareus and Malik Jackson has a chance to flourish in his rookie season. Jacksonville also got good value out of safety Ronnie Harrison from Alabama at the end of the third round. He provides depth, and the same with Fitzpatrick for the Dolphins, his college program has well prepared him for the NFL

What didn’t go well?

Getting a quarterback of the future. As we wrote Friday without having to trade up, Jacksonville was staring right at Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, as a play making exciting quarterback of the future. And, they would have had a 5-year time window to evaluate have they drafted him in the first round. The Jags chose not to and have “pushed all of their chips in the middle of the table” for now, on Blake Bortles without a future plan if Bortles isn’t very good in 2018.

Most interesting draft pick?:

Wisconsin LB/Edge rusher Leon Jacobs. He battled an ankle injury at Wisconsin, but has speed and pass rushing skill. And the Jags got him later than most projected (7th round). Can he flourish on an already loaded defense?

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  1. JD1

    April 29, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    I don’t agree with the idea that the Dolphins desperately wanted one of these top QB’s, and I don’t even know for sure if they would have taken Rosen if he fell to 11. All the Phins had to do was beat Arizona’s offer of the 15th pick, a 3rd and a 5th, which they clearly could have, being that they had a 3rd and 2 4th’s to play with. If they wanted Rosen badly enough, and if Gase loved him as much as it was reported, why didn’t they do it? The obvious answer to me is that it wasn’t that high of a priority for them. Then after passing on a trade up for one of top 4 guys they didn’t bother to take any of the remaining QB’s. You would think that with 2 4th round picks they would have grabbed one in that round, or traded those picks to move up into the 3rd. It just doesn’t add up in my opinion.

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