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Who do you see as the Winners and Losers in this year's NFL Draft? - The Dude, Chesapeake, VA
I'll give you three winners and three losers:
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Loser - Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags did get star Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, but they also took Cal punter Bryan Anger in the third round. The top ten punters in the NFL last year in terms of yards per kick were drafted in the following rounds: 6, 5, 7, 5, not drafted, 5, not drafted, 3 (in the CFL Draft), 7 and 6. You have to go all the way back to 1995 when the Chicago Bears drafted Todd Sauerbrun in the second round to find a punter that was drafted higher. So yeah, a bit of a reach there.
Loser - New Orleans Saints: The Saints traded their first round pick away last year to get Mark Ingram and lost their second round pick thanks to BountyGate, so they didn't pick until number 90 and they took a kid out of Canada. With only 5 picks in the draft, the Saints failed to address needs at defensive end, linebacker and cornerback.
Loser - Oakland Raiders: The Raiders are on this list by default. Hard to have an impactful draft when you don't have a pick before number 95. But at least they have... Carson Palmer...
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