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Twin Falls: Laremy Tunsil, Myles Jack, and the First Round of the NFL Draft

Lost in the haze of last night's bizarre Laremy Tunsil drop was the fall of an even better prospect: UCLA linebacker Myles Jack.
Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Lost in the haze of last night's bizarre Hideo Kojima-directed Laremy Tunsil drop was the fall of an even better prospect: UCLA linebacker Myles Jack.

If you're unfamiliar with Jack's situation, 1) I wrote about it already, shame on you for not reading, and 2) teams are worried about his ability to make it to a second contract without microfracture surgery. The NFL is a league where they throw prospects off draft boards, apparently, for possibly getting hacked, so any sort of long-term stability issues causes teams to shy away.


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It makes sense that Tunsil's fall was the more overly hyped one. It has all the elements of a great viral story: drugs, hacking, a hoax release from Tunsil's agent, millennials, social media. This was a clickbait explosion, begging to be meme'd into submission. The only thing missing was Tim Tebow riding in on a white horse to save Tunsil from the green room.

Tunsil definitely lost some money last night, and he'll be the target of an odd amount of "handling your business" rants from old men who grew up before social media existed, but ultimately he's doing just fine. He's got the first-round money. He's got a perfect opportunity in Miami to step in and fix issues. He'll have to suffer the memes of the future, but you either die a hero in the sports world or live long enough to see your face replaced by Crying Jordan.

Myles Jack's injury has already cost him on the draft board and in the bank. Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Myles Jack's fall carries much more impact. He's clearly the best player left on the board, but when value will meet risk for some team is still up in the air. Second-round picks, on average, get about $1.2 million a season with much less guaranteed money. Good thing Jack took out an insurance policy in college, because his inability to come out last year was a financial disaster through no fault of his own.

Five Picks I Liked

Shaq Lawson, 19th overall to the Buffalo Bills: Lawson is arguably the best pass rusher in this draft, and someone who fills a massive need for Buffalo with Mario Williams leaving. Word leaked out after this pick that his shoulder may eventually need surgery. Of course, had that not been the case, he probably wouldn't have been there at 19.

Laquon Treadwell, 23rd overall to the Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings just sat and watched as the teams in front of them took other wideouts, then found themselves with a perfect fit for their offense. As long as they run through Adrian Peterson, they need great blocking receivers with the ability to win tight contested catches. That fits Treadwell's scouting report to a T.


Jalen Ramsey, fifth overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars: Getting perhaps the best prospect in the draft at No. 5 is pretty good, even more considering cornerback has been a position of massive turnover for the team over the past few seasons. Ramsey should push Aaron Colvin and Dwayne Gratz early, and the depth will come in handy for Prince Amukamara's yearly injury.

Robert Nkemdiche, 29th overall to the Arizona Cardinals: Nkemdiche fell because of off-field concerns, but adding him to the collection of talent Arizona already has in the front seven isn't fair. Teaming him with Calais Campbell is bullying, and having Chandler Jones off the edge there could give the Cardinals as dangerous a defensive front as their NFC West rivals in Seattle.

Corey Coleman, 16th overall to the Cleveland Browns: I'm not wild about the pick itself—while a reasonable person could conclude that Coleman was the draft's best receiver, that reasonable person wouldn't be me—but the Browns had traded down twice, picking up an extra first-rounder, two second-rounders, and two third-rounders. They got a good prospect and set themselves up for the long-term rebuild they need. Now, if only we could trust them to hit the picks.

Robert Nkemdiche adds even more talent to the Arizona Cardinals roster. Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Three Picks I Disliked

Leonard Floyd, ninth overall to the Chicago Bears: This pick hits two of my red flags: 1) it was a trade-up, and 2) the player is a toolsy tweener. There's been talk about Floyd putting anywhere from edge rusher to inside linebacker, but in my opinion he's more of a fit to be a Brooks Reed jack-of-all-trades type than an imposing force somewhere. I wouldn't draft anyone like that with the ninth overall pick.

Keanu Neal, 17th overall to the Atlanta Falcons: A box safety at 17th overall in the modern NFL—that stood out immediately as weird. Now, I understand that Neal may require some deeper projection. I get why NFL teams like him, and I see him as someone who is able to succeed in the Deone Bucannon-esque small linebacker role. This just felt early, especially considering all the wideouts that left the board soon after.

Will Fuller, 21st overall to the Houston Texans: Fuller could wind up a very good player, in the Kelvin Benjamin archetype of burners with speed, but his ability to make the routine catches look hard is disconcerting. I felt the Texans left two better receivers on the board in picking Fuller. That doesn't mean Fuller can't develop into the complete package down the line; I just think he's starting from behind in a league where development isn't as focused on as you'd hope.