The big annual player selection meeting of the National Football League (NFL), has come and gone, and the draft has been released. The basic design of the draft gives each team a position in reverse order relative to its record in the previous year, which means that the last place team is positioned first. From this position, the team can either select a player or trade their position to another team for other draft positions, a player or players, or any combination thereof. However, the NFL Draft is usually full of surprises and the NFL fans are saying that some of the players picked are understood based on value or need, but some others make absolutely no sense. Here are 20 picks that absolutely makes no sense.
1. St. Louis Rams: Jamon Brown (OT)
St. Louis obviously deserves number one spot on this list. He needs help on the offensive line and those needs were addressed in the draft. Four offensive linemen were chosen by the team, but three of those are projected right tackles. While Rob Havenstein and Andrew Donnal are both college right tackles, Brown played LT at Louisville. With Greg Robinson and Rodger Saffold at left tackle and left guard respectively, it will be difficult for Brown to crack the starting lineup.
2. Carolina Panthers: Shaq Thompson (OLB)
While Thompson certainly has the talent to be a great linebacker for the Panthers, the team’s decision to draft him in the first round was off the mark. The Panthers desperately needed help at offensive tackle, yet chose to add a player to one of their strongest positional groups. Thompson will be a great addition for the Carolina defense, but ignoring a glaring weakness isn’t wise in the NFL.
3. New England Patriots: Jordan Richards (SS)
The Patriots have always been fond of drafting little-known safeties in the early rounds, but their selection of Richards in the second round was a rather significant head-scratcher. Many draft experts didn’t see Richards as more than a late-round flier, while some assumed he wouldn’t even be drafted. It’s hard not to trust Bill Belichick’s judge of talent, but the selection of the Stanford safety so early certainly made no significant sense.
4. Denver Broncos: Shane Ray (OLB)
Round 1 is not when teams should be taking big risks. That’s exactly what the Denver Broncos did when the team selected Shane Ray. Ray’s red flags off the field led to his fall on draft day, but the Broncos felt he was worth the gamble – how does he fit as a member of that defense? Ray is much better suited to play DE, but will shift to OLB in Denver’s 3-4. He’ll struggle in coverage and may be a major bust.
5. Buffalo Bills: Ronald Darby (CB)
Without a first-round pick this year, Ronald Darby was Rex Ryan’s first pick as head coach of the team. It wasn’t a surprise that the Bills went defense in Round 2, but there were better options than Darby available. Ryan has a history of missing on defensive backs in the draft, and Darby will likely be his next mistake. He has above-average speed, but tends to get lost in coverage. That alone will test the patience of his new head coach.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Frank Clark (DE)
The other team entering the draft without a first-round pick was the Seattle Seahawks. When the team finally made a selection, they chose a player some teams didn’t even have on the board. While at Michigan, Clark pleaded guilty to a home invasion charge in 2012 and was arrested on domestic violence charges in 2014. The latter charge resulted in Clark being dismissed from the Michigan football team.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Donovan Smith (OT)
Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg, a potential first-round pick in the 2016 draft, struggled last year in part because his offensive line played poorly. Donovan Smith was barely able to get by as a college left tackle, so it’s very doubtful he’ll survive as an NFL left tackle. He’s much better off moving to guard, but the Buccaneers are expected to start Smith at LT. This decision will likely slow the development of No. 1 pick Jameis Winston.
8. Green Bay Packers: Ty Montgomery (WR)
Former Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery is more reliable as a returner than a WR. For this reason alone, the Packers overdrafted Montgomery in Round 3. The other issue is the Packers already have a solid returner in Micah Hyde. Hyde led the NFL in punt return touchdowns last year, despite only returning the ball 14 times. He also would have led the league in yards per return, but didn’t have enough returns to qualify.
9. Indianapolis Colts: Phillip Dorsett (WR)
Ryan Grigson continues to prove he is completely inept when it comes to the draft. The Colts made it all the way to the AFC title game despite having pathetic draft classes since Grigson took over. He got Andrew Luck his first year, but the scouting process was complete by the time he joined the team. The defense has several holes, but Grigson decided to pick a WR. If not for Deflategate, he’d be known around the league as the worst GM in football.
10. Buffalo Bills: Nick O’Leary (TE)
The only possible explanation I would believe for this pick is Rex Ryan just wanted to play a round of golf with Jack Nicklaus. There’s no other reason for the Bills to select the golf legend’s grandson. Nick O’Leary is a poor man’s version of Charles Clay and slightly below Chris Gragg in terms of overall talent. Clay and Gragg are the two tight ends already on the roster. O’Leary is at best a backup H-back for the Bills.