The 2015 NFL Draft has come and gone and there were a few glaring takeaways that are ready to be pointed out.
The Atlanta Falcons are ready to win right now. The Falcons used the draft to address needs on both sides of the ball.
Despite handing the reins over to a new head coach in Dan Quinn, it’s obvious that owner Arthur Blank has high expectations for the franchise today and not tomorrow.
Coming into the draft, the Falcons were expected to take Clemson pass rushing specialist Vic Beasley and they did.
Beasley addresses a part of the Falcons defensive issues as does LSU CB Jalen Collins and homegrown DT Grady Jarrett.
However, in adding offensive playmakers in running back Tevin Coleman (Indiana) and wide receiver Justin Hardy (East Carolina), Atlanta made a statement that points are still a premium asset.
Despite a mediocre 2014 campaign that was bogged down my inferior coaching, the Miami Hurricanes sent several players to the show in the early rounds.
Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers (New York Giants), wideout Phillip Dorsett (Indianapolis Colts), linebacker Denzel Perryman (San Diego Chargers) tight end Clive Walford (Oakland Raiders) and running back Duke Johnson (Cleveland Browns) are the next marquee class to represent The U at the next level.
The Raiders may just be a legitimate threat in the AFC West. With the addition of Alabama standout Amari Cooper and Walford, motivated signal caller Derek Carr has a lot to work with.
Carr flashed signs of brilliance in his rookie campaign and he has a young core of stars to take the black hole out of the darkness and into the light.
The Raiders got better defensively as well with hybrid defensive lineman Mario Edwards.
More than a few teams did not do much to improve their teams at all. The New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills had what appear to be shoulder-shrugging drafts which appear to be risky at best.
NFL scouts and GMs are paid hefty salaries to get it right, so they obviously know something that we don’t.
After extended film study doing mock drafts, it appears that all three clubs were among a pack of teams that overreached in some cases and were out maneuvered by their peers in others.
Only time can test the merit of their picks.
The first round of team activities will get under way within the next two weeks and as we know more, you will know more.