Terry’s Takes on Round 1 of the NFL Draft

Here are some quick hitters about the first round of the NFL Draft.

… What was Jacksonville thinking when it selected Blake Bortles with the number three pick in the draft? The last time that the Jags took a QB that burst onto the scene after one big season, it didn’t work out very well.

… Translation: this decision was much worse than anything that Jerry Jones has done… ever .

… On the other hand, Jones acquiring Zack Martin at 16 was a steal.

… However, the best bargain of the night was Teddy Bridgewater. Sure, his pro day was the less-than-perfect. But Bridgewater led the nation in completion percentage (71%) and had an amazing 31/4 TD-to-INT ratio last season. He also excelled on third down, completing 68.5 of his passes, with 77.1% of those completions resulting in a first down.

… That’s exactly the type of firepower that the Vikings will need to prevent defenses from focusing on Adrian Peterson.

… Kudos to the Browns for the way they handled the first round. Not only did Cleveland get all of the players it needed, it did so without giving up very much. The additions of Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel are much more important than a couple of mid-round draft picks.

… Even though it didn’t win a crystal football (or a BCS game) this season, the SEC continues to prove that it has the most talented players in the land. The league’s 11 first-round selections more than doubled that from the next highest conference (ACC – 5).

… To put it another way: 34% of the players taken in the first round were from SEC schools.

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