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Front Office Takeaways from Day 1 of the NFL Draft

Front Office Takeaways from Day 1 of the NFL Draft

After much intrigue, rumor, and suspense surrounding what would happen in the NFL Draft, the first day of picks gave us plenty of answers. We asked a handful of our front office insiders: What were your biggest takeaways from Day 1 of the draft?

They give their answers below:

Former Philadelphia Eagles President Joe Banner

“Despite all the Pre-Draft talk, it was a pretty typical first round. A few teams that haven’t been making great decisions in the draft room seemed to have done a better job (I’m thinking of the Giants, Jaguars and Jets, specifically). It will be interesting to see if they can continue with that as they go deeper in days 2 and 3.”

Former Jets and Dolphins Executive Mike Tannenbaum

“My biggest takeaways were the risk that Jacksonville took on the production of Travon Walker, as well as the risk that Houston took on Derek Stingley's ability.”

The big questions surrounding Stingley are whether he is committed to playing football at a high level, and his ability to stay on the field. He has played in just 10 games over the past two seasons combined, and his effort and motor has decreased each season.

Former Falcons Director of Football Operations Nick Polk

“My biggest takeaway from the first round was that both New York teams had great drafts on paper… they met their needs and the Jets got three quality players at their needs.

“It’s been a while since we’ve seen player for pick trades in the first round, and we saw two big one’s yesterday, where both teams walked out of it in a win-win situation."

On Day 2, there’s more value in the 2nd and 3rd round on the QBs that could’ve been first round picks. It’s possible that we see a run on QBs with the QB-needy clubs.