The NFL Draft is over and it’s time for coaches to see how these players fit in their scheme.
While general managers have done their homework, they can still look at undrafted free agents to improve their roster.
As predicted, the draft was underwhelming at quarterback with only one selected in the first round.
However, the wide receiver class was hot given the deep pool.
But the desire to draft a talented wideout caused some NFL teams to trade up in exchange for other picks.
NBC Sports’ Warren Sharp pointed out potential concerns teams might have regarding their draft-day moves.
there were so many trades near the top of the draft… and everything happened so quickly in the first-round WR range… some teams may not have realized what they were sacrificing
some truly wild moves when you put it into perspective and look at the aftermath
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) May 3, 2022
Sharp tweeted, “There were so many trades near the top of the draft and everything happened so quickly in the first-round WR range. Some teams may not have realized what they were sacrificing some truly wild moves when you put it into perspective and look at the aftermath.”
Trading Up To Get A Starter
Of the 32 picks available in the first round, only 14 did not come from trades.
The New Orleans Saints traded their first, third, and fourth-round selections to the Washington Commanders to pick wide receiver Chris Olave.
The Detroit Lions also traded up to No. 12 to draft Alabama’s Jameson Williams.
However, they gave up first, second, and third-round selections.
The Kansas City Chiefs also moved up to the 21st overall selection by trading their 29th, 94th, and 121st overall picks to the New England Patriots.
Finally, the New York Jets also got an extra first-round pick from the Tennessee Titans which they used for defensive end Jermaine Johnson II.
These trade may come back and haunt the teams that initiated them.
They might lose necessary draft capital in the coming years which they might need depending on how their season unfolded.