- Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia: Selected by the Buffalo Bills 167th overall
I’ve been a huge fan of Jake Fromm since I watched “QB1” on Netflix, so I might be a little biased. Since the getgo, Fromm has been one of college football’s fiercest competitors. He first beat out a former 5-star recruit – Jacob Eason (who was selected earlier in this draft, by the Colts), for the starting job at Georgia; essentially forcing Eason to transfer. Two seasons later, he beat out the #1 ranked high-school dual-threat quarterback (according to 24/7 sports), Justin Fields, to keep his starting job; forcing him to transfer… Do you see the trend?
Buffalo got themselves a fighter, a grinder, someone that’ll be a locker room leader as a rookie. Brandon Beane, the Bills general manager, said that Fromm was “too good to pass up”, despite quarterback not being a team need. Even if he’s not going to be a starter for you, his coaches’ trait will carry him in this league for a long time.
This may be a controversial take but given Fromm’s resume, I believe within a few seasons in Buffalo, he can win over the starting job. He isn’t afraid of competition, which intensely boosted his draft value.
2. Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, Appalachian State: Selected by the Cincinnati Bengals 107th overall
The former Mountaineer was a projected day-2 linebacker, with gargantuan upside. Akeem Davis-Gaither has sideline-to-sideline speed, with solid coverage ability and great vision to make plays in the opposition’s backfield. Reports have come out that his stock fell because of a knee fracture, that he played through last season. I don’t care about those reports, the kid can play football and at a very high-level; That’s the only thing that matters…
The Bengals had itself a dynamite draft. This pick truly sealed it for me. In spite of having the draft capital to move up and grab Davis-Gaither in round three, they stayed put and managed to scarf up a linebacker of his caliber. He’s got all sorts of tools, to line-up at linebacker, box safety, and even some slot corner. We saw the dynamic Isaiah Simmons get taken top-10 in this class, what stops Davis-Gaither from being just as dynamic? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! His potential is through the roof. This was a phenomenal value pick by Cincinnati.
3. Reggie Robinson II, CB, Tulsa: Selected by the Dallas Cowboys 123rd overall
Reggie Robinson II has gone completely under the radar, making him one of my favorite value picks. He’s got great ball skills, 4.45u wheels, and wide receiver-esk mitts. You combine that with a 6’1 197lb size, you’ve got yourself one hell of a football player.
With this selection, Dallas grabs some much-needed insurance in the secondary, after losing Byron Jones to the Dolphins this off-season. They stole Trevon Diggs out of the second round, and now they’ve stolen another big framed corner to shut down their division’s new weapons. I’m a huge fan of Robinson’s. I see him surprising everyone as Tampa Bay’s, Sean Murphy-Bunting, did last season.
4. Shane Lemieux, OG, Oregon: Selected by the New York Giants 150th overall
Oregon’s quarterback, Justin Herbert went off the board 6th overall to the Los Angeles Chargers. Herbert’s productivity came largely due to the play of his offensive line. Lemieux was the captain of that Ducks offensive line, the minute he stepped on the field; playing, and starting in 52 consecutive games. I expect nothing different when he gets on an NFL field.
He’s a tough gritty blocker, that has his way with any interior defensive lineman. Lemieux also has fleet feet. His movement is upper echelon for this class. That being said, he’s a perfect fit for the Giants high movement, run-heavy scheme it loves to use. He’ll slide in perfectly next to either rookie tackle; Andrew Thomas or Matt Peart. Giants’ head coach, Joe Judge, did a fantastic job rebuilding an abysmal New York front-five.