The NFL Draft was termed by many as “epic”. There were plenty of storylines. Let’s take a look at the latest:
Saints re-sign Hill, negotiation with Winston
The New Orleans Saints have signed backup quarterback Taysom Hill to a 2-yr $21 million dollar deal and are negotiating a 1-yr deal with free-agent quarterback Jameis Winston. The story was first reported by Yahoo Sports.
Hill’s deal comes with $16 million in guaranteed money while Winston is looking to audition for the back-up role while he seeks out another starting gig. The 26-year old signal-caller was replaced in Tampa Bay by Tom Brady and is also coming off of corrective eye surgery for near-sightedness.
It’s an interesting move by New Orleans as Hill has been a quality player for them over the last couple of seasons as a bit player. The offseason loss of Teddy Bridgewater, who signed with the Carolina Panthers, should have cleared a path for Hill in the even of a Drew Brees injury but it appears the Saints aren’t comfortable with him in that role at the moment.
New England doesn’t draft a quarterback
Heading into the NFL Draft late last week, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the New England Patriots would be searching for their quarterback of the future. Instead, Bill Belichick traded out of the first round and then didn’t take a quarterback at all.
The move is questionable given that Jake Fromm was still on the board at #159 in the fifth round after a precipitous fall, the Patriots elected to draft Justin Rohrwasser, a kicker out of Marshall instead.
The Patriots have long time back up Brian Hoyer as well as Jarrett Stidham on the roster with the latter assumed to be the starter for the 2020 season. Stidham is heading into his second season in the pros after a solid career at Auburn where he was the starter for two seasons.
Questions about the Packers, Eagles draft selections
The NFL draft broke records for viewership and was something that every sports fan seemed to need. The draft itself then went on to provide plenty of drama as some teams killed it (Ravens, Cowboys, Vikings) while the Packers and Eagles left fans scratching their heads.
The Packers had two very obvious needs heading into the draft, wide receiver and linebacker. In a draft loaded with receivers, they elected not to draft a single one and then drafted players who will sit behind their two best players at the quarterback and running back positions. Simply put, I have no idea what the Packers were doing to help their 2020 team that will be coming off of a 13-3 2019 campaign.
The Eagles and Raiders were the other two questionable drafts. The Raiders just keep doing Raiders things, drafting Henry Ruggs in the first round. He’s really fast, great, but there were better options on the board.
The Eagles taking Jalen Reagor and Jalen Hurts with their first two selections were just sort of ridiculous. Reagor is good but they could have traded down and taken him later. There really is no defending the Hurts selection, that was just a bad pick.