Miles Thomas, sports editor
Biggest Winner: Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts dominated the draft last year, selecting two All-Pro players in the first two rounds. This year, the Colts continued to draft top-tier talent and address their biggest needs. The Colts added depth to their secondary by selecting Temple cornerback Rock Ya-Sin and adding additional pass rushing in TCU defensive end Ben Banogu. One of the flashiest picks by the Colts was getting franchise quarterback Andrew Luck a new target in Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell. Campbell should immediately step into what was already a strong and balanced offensive roster. The Colts are already a good team, reaching the divisional round of the playoffs in the 2018 season, where they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs. They did well in adding depth to their defense and continuing to build offensive skill as they attempt to make a Super Bowl run this upcoming season.
Biggest Loser: Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals, after having the worst record in the league last season, selected Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray following his senior season where he won the Heisman Trophy and led his team to the College Football Playoff. The Cardinals had the worst offensive line in the NFL last season, according to ProFootballFocus and did little in the draft to address that issue. The Cardinals selected Josh Rosen last year in the first round with the 10th overall pick. While his numbers last season were nothing spectacular, the talent on the team around him did not help him succeed in his first year. The Cardinals could have stuck with Rosen and chosen either of the top defensive prospects of Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa or Alabama defensive end Quinnen Williams to help improve their defensive line, while still having a top quarterback prospect on their roster. The Cardinals may have drafted their quarterback of the future, but by doing so they have wasted last year’s first round pick, which could have helped the team improve for the future.
Alex Hutton, asst. sports editor
Biggest Winner: New England Patriots
The Patriots have built the ultimate winning culture in football over the last 20 seasons and this year’s draft was no different. Throughout the seven rounds, New England consistently made picks that filled needs and improved the team. In the first round, with the 32nd and final pick of the round, they scored an absolute heist by taking Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry. Harry was one of the best wide receivers in the draft and could have easily been taken much earlier. His size, athleticism and hands should translate well at the next level and give him the potential to be a major contributor to the team. They selected several other dynamic players in later rounds, including Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich and Alabama running back Damien Harris in the third round and Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham in the fourth round. All three of those players, like Harry, have the potential to be important players on a team that will likely contend for the Super Bowl next season.
Biggest Loser: New York Giants
With the sixth overall pick, the Giants were in prime position to draft Eli Manning’s successor. The quarterback they chose, however, was an odd selection. They used the pick on Duke’s Daniel Jones. Though Jones posted decent numbers and his passing ability isn’t terrible, the pick becomes weird when you consider who was available. Quarterbacks still on the board at the sixth position included Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and Missouri’s Drew Lock, both of whom posted better numbers and are more pro-ready than Jones. The remaining picks were similarly disappointing, as the team didn’t get any notable steals. Apart from the selection of Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence later in the first round, the Giants failed to draft in a way that reboots the team and brings back the energy that has been lost in the Meadowlands over the course of the past few seasons.