The first round of the 2016 NFL Draft is in the books, with teams adding who they hope to be significant contributors to their 2016 rosters — except the New England Patriots, who cheated and were penalized a first-round pick.
Who were the winners and losers? Which teams landed potential cornerstones for their franchises and which ones swung and whiffed?
More importantly on a local level, which of these studs will the Bears have to face in 2016?
Let’s take a look.
Week 1 — Houston Texans, Will Fuller, WR
The Texans added a complementary piece to line up opposite stud wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
Week 2 — Philadelphia Eagles, Carson Wentz, QB
Wentz could be the best quarterback in the draft, and yet the Los Angeles Rams passed up on him in favor of Jared Goff. Wentz will be under the gun, on the road, in prime time on Monday Night Football.
Week 3 — Dallas Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott, RB
The Cowboys got an explosive playmaker in Elliott. They sorely needed an upgrade at running back.
Weeks 4 & 14 — Detroit Lions, Taylor Decker, OT
The Lions looked to shore up their offensive line by selecting the 6-7, 310-pound product out of Ohio State.
Week 5 — Indianapolis Colts, Ryan Kelly, C
Center was just one area of need as the Colts’ pass protection was brutal last year with Andrew Luck and backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck under duress.
Week 6 — Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey, CB
Some call Ramsey the most NFL-ready player. Others call him the most likely to have success in the NFL. I call him another talent wasted on the Jaguars’ roster.
Weeks 7 & 15 — Green Bay Packers, Kenny Clark, DT
The Packers needed to fill the enormous gap created by the abrupt retirement of B.J. Raji.
Weeks 8 & 17 — Minnesota Vikings, Laquon Treadwell, WR
Hey, let’s try to mask Teddy Bridgewater’s deficiencies by giving him another weapon. I like the pick, I hate the team.
Week 10 — Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Vernon Hargreaves, CB
The Bucs got a solid cornerback and they were able to trade down two slots with the Bears to get him.
Week 11 — New York Giants, Eli Apple, CB
He was projected by many to go much later in the first round, so it’ll be interesting to see if “Eli Apple” lives up to expectations in “The Big Apple” — see what I did there?
Week 12 — Tennessee Titans, Jack Conklin, OT
The Titans need some protection up front for Marcus Mariota and an extra blocker for new running back acquisition DeMarco Murray.
Week 13 — San Francisco 49ers, DeForest Buckner, DE; Joshua Garnett, OG
The 49ers landed a pair of first-round draft picks in defensive end DeForest Buckner — a certified beast on the defensive line — and offensive guard Joshua Garnett — and let’s face it, they need every bit of help they can get.
Week 16 — Washington Redskins, Josh Doctson, WR
Let’s be honest, I’m not the only person who thought that quarterback Kirk Cousins jumped out of his recliner in his living room and shouted, “I like that!” when Doctson’s name was announced.
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