Vince Boila, Sports Writer

The NFL Draft took place in April at the home of the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Missouri to decide where these soon to be stars will play for the beginning of their career.

The draft happens every year, but this draft had a lot of star studded hype. It lived up to it as there were lots of trades and surprise picks taken.

The Houston Texans had a tremendous first round when they got two of the top three picks and got two of their biggest needs.

They got the stars for their future and made it out of the entire draft filling all kinds of spots in their roster. But their best pick of all was when they decided to take C.J. Stroud with the second overall pick, whom many thought may go number one.

“The Texans stuck with their quarterback-first plan after all, going with the sturdy, accurate pocket passer in Stroud with plenty of smarts and savvy. He doesn’t wow with his arm or athleticism, but can make all the throws and move when needed. He’s a good fit for the 49ers-like QB-friendly offense under DeMeco Ryans and Bobby Slowik,” said analyst Vinnie Iyer.

Another team who also had an outstanding draft was the Super Bowl runner-ups Philadelphia Eagles. They arguably had the best draft out of all of the NFL teams when they got two top ten prospects in the First Round.

The Eagles traded up one spot with the Bears for Jalen Carter who is arguably the best player in the entire draft. He has some off field issues, but he will overcome these and be one of the most reliable defensive players in the league.

“The Eagles made another shrewd move with Howie Roseman to draft an elite defender from Georgia’s back-to-back national champions. Carter joins Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean on the front seven and will be groomed behind Fletcher Cox to be a quick penetrator who will blow up a lot of plays in the backfield vs. run and pass to complement Davis’ run-stuffing for a long time,” said Iyer.

The Team that had a controversial first round was the Detroit Lions. They took two guys who many thought they could get at a later time. Not saying these guys aren’t good, but the Lions most definitely reached on these two guys.

The Lions selected Jahmyr Gibbs and Jack Campbell, who were both all stars at their colleges and will be great in the NFL. But Gibbs is a special talent because any team he is on, you could use him in many positions like slot, running back, wide receiver, and more.

“The Lions didn’t want to risk hoping that Gibbs would still be on the board when they pick in the second round after Robinson went so early. Gibbs might be the better fit than Robinson for their needs as a compact runner with elite receiving skills. He can displace oft-injured D’Andre Swift, a free agent in 2024, in that latter capacity with the workhorse potential to push newcomer David Montgomery into a swing backup role,” said Iyer.