When it comes to prioritizing their boards, NFL teams focus on primarily two different player valuation thought processes. First teams look for players that have high end physical traits that would allow them to be molded and developed. The other piece of the puzzle is finding players that performed in a similar play style that would be an immediate scheme fit.
Teams run various types of offenses and defenses which makes specific players more advantageous in their scheme. These players that were selected last night show great physical traits as well as fit the scheme of their new team.
Player: Skyy Moore
Team: Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs took Western Michigan receiver Skyy Moore with the 54th pick in the second round last night. After trading Tyreek Hill this offseason, the Chiefs were in need of a slot receiver who uses twitch and athleticism to separate. Moore brings exactly those traits along with speed that makes him a home run hitter with the ball in his hands.
Moore will most likely see a good amount of snaps early as a slot receiver in the Chiefs offense. He has the speed, route running and run after catch to be dangerous in Andy Reid’s offense. This pick replaces some of the speed and adds a different element to the Chiefs’ offense. They did a great job picking a player with exceptional talent who matches up skill wise to what they want to do on offense.
Player: Christian Watson
The Packers took Christian Watson out of North Dakota State with the 34th pick in the draft. Standing at 6-foot-4 Watson provides Aaron Rodgers with a large, athletic target who can separate at all 3 levels of the field. The Packers offense is built upon good route running players who also have an extra gear to expand the field with Rodgers’ big arm.
Watson is the perfect combination of twitch, size and burst out of his breaks to be a dangerous weapon in the Packers offense. Watson will most likely play on the outside and has a good shot at starting in the beginning of the year. This selection is a good marriage of picking top talent and scheme fit. Watson was one of the players we told readers we would pound the table for in the draft.
Player: David Ojabo
The Ravens decided to take David Ojabo with the 45th pick in the draft. Ojabo had a major setback when he tore his Achilles’ Tendon during Michigan’s pro day, but still has a ton of promising potential. The Ravens play an aggressive 3-4 defense that will mesh well with Ojabo’s skill set. He has an incredible first step that comes with violent hands and slippery pass rush moves.
Once he recovers from his injury he will be worked into a starting role for the Ravens as a 3-4 edge defender. The Ravens took advantage of him sliding down the board and found a great player who fits their scheme. This selection will only get better in value once he gets further into his recovery time and gets back to his old self.
Player: Cam Jurgens
The Philadelphia Eagles selected Cam Jurgens with the 51st pick. Jurgens is a great zone blocking center who has good balance and a persistent foot motor. The Eagles primarily run a zone blocking scheme that combines a mixture of wide and inside zone blocking plays. With Jalen Hurts as their quarterback, they need an athletic center who is a tone setter for their unique run game.
Jurgens will step into a back-up role behind Jason Kelce where he will be able to learn the ins and outs from a pro-bowl caliber veteran. The Eagles hit a happy medium between scheme fit and athletic intangibles with this pick.