Drafted: What To Make of The 2014 NFL Draft

May 12th, 2014

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Each NFL Draft comes with something unique and exciting. Moments that can be defined as groundbreaking or having that “OMG” sensation. This year NFL Draft came with an abundance of talent and story-lines, that simply in one word can be described as, historical.

Over the years, we have seen the usual “trick or treats” at Radio City Music Hall, in New York City; which come with special sweet and sour moments for all fans, critics, spectators, analysts, and more. Those whom have come to witness just how this event will unfold. This year came with, arguably, the best and deepest quarterback class ever in the draft era. With how offenses are more spread, running backs were left in the dark for the first time in long time during the 1st Round. Lineman, on both sides of the ball, did their usual shuffle of movement throughout the weekend, but wide receivers and corners emerged as the tone setters now to keep up with those faster paced offenses. Linebackers saw a slight decrease, and as always, punters and kickers just get left where ever they may fall if needed by a franchise. What truly made this draft special, was how a kid from Texas was talked about more for going late in 1st Round at 22nd overall to the Cleveland Browns, than how a 3rd overall pick was described as a young man that should have went way later than he did to the Jacksonville Jaguars, as their potential franchise quarterback. The other questionable factor, but yet historical, came from an organization willing to embrace a young man that showed himself to the world as being openly gay. The NFL Family views the St. Louis Rams, as being completely equipped and ready to accept everything about him and help him ease his way through the issues that might come to him because of his lifestyle. Finally, seeing 27 different trades, The University of Texas not having anyone drafted since 1937, and this year being the most watched NFL Draft in history; made this weekend one of the greatest for the NFL.

Now, brings the questions: How will these young men perform? Can Johnny Manziel be the savor in Cleveland? Will Michael Sam be able to handle the pressure of people accepting him as the first openly gay player in the NFL? Will Jacksonville and Houston turn it around with their top picks? Did Buffalo make the right move trading Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers, after drafting Sammy Watkins? Tons of questions to ask and only few will be answered. The NFL Draft might have came this year at a later date; but it sure was one that will never be forgotten.

J.Horton
GTech Sport Media/Promotions/Athletic Performance Director
horton@gtechsport.com
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