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Saquon Barkley poses with NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell after being drafted by the New York Giants.

After three highly anticipated days of seeing where all this young talent will end up, the 2018 NFL Draft has finally come to a close. Although, just because the draft is over, that doesn’t mean we can’t look through and analyze which teams made a clutch move, and teams that should be kicking themselves. With a total of 256 players being drafted by 32 teams, here is my picks for the best/worst draft picks:

Winners:

1) New York Giants

Easily one of the most hyped up running backs because of his skill level, the Giants definitely made a smart decision in drafting Saquon Barkley second overall. Barkley, along with Odell Beckham and Evan Engram will make the Giants offensive line a threat this season. By stepping up the offense, it will allow QB Eli Manning to play more efficiently since he will have more guys to rely on. I see a team that is capable of making the playoffs this year

2) Denver Broncos

Snagging one of the best pass rushers in the draft isn’t always easy, but GM John Elway came through with deciding to draft DE Bradley Chubb out of N.C. State, with the fifth overall pick. Chubb will get to lineup along veteran Von Miller, easily one of the best pass rushers in the league. The next matter of business for the Broncos is finding a starting RB, which the race is between Devontae Booker and third round pick Royce Freeman, who played at Oregon State. While they should still attempt to find a franchise QB, the Broncos are slowly but surely incorporating into a younger team who have a chance to be successful this season.

3) Carolina Panthers

The Panthers made all the right moves in this year’s draft as their first round, No. 24 overall pick was D.J. Moore out of Maryland. Moore, who is a 6’1, 210 pounds has all the physical traits of a dominant receiver. Perhaps he reminds fans of former receiver Steve Smith due to the similar traits. He will bring a more physical attitude than Alabama’s Calvin Ridley would. Moore had over 1,000 receiving yards and 8 TD’s during the 2017 season for Maryland.

Losers:

1) Pittsburgh Steelers

Things were looking up for the Steelers as we saw Ryan Shazier come on stage to announce the teams first round pick, but with their No. 28 pick they drafted Safety Terrell Edmunds, out of Virginia Tech. While drafting a safety was something they needed to consider, their main priority should’ve been drafting a Linebacker. The Steelers also traded Martavius Bryant for a third round, 79th overall pick, which they were able to draft QB Mason Rudolph with.

2) Seattle Seahawks

This is an interesting one as the Seahawks are in the process of trying to revamp their team. They selected San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny with their No. 27 pick. Bringing in more options for the offensive line is always good thinking, but their other concern should be finding a good replacement for CB Richard Sherman after being picked up by the 49ers. Other plays such as Michael Bennett and Sheldon Richardson could potentially sit out next season after suffering threatening injuries, so questions arise about what Pete Carroll has in store.

3) New Orleans Saints

The Saints moved up from the No. 27 to a No. 14 pick after making a trade with the Packers, they were able to draft DE Marcus Davenport out of UTSA. Standing at 6’5 and 264 pounds, he is a seen as a threat on the field due to his size. Being a taller DE, he can use his strength to his advantage to drive his blockers backwards. He still has much to learn, but I think with the good style of coaching in New Orleans, he will become an efficient player for the Saints.

ERIK BENSON is a blogger for The Vidette. He can be reached at esbenso@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter @erik_b001.

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