NFL coaches and executives don’t often show much emotion when talking about the moves other teams have made.
So when Rams coach Sean McVay laughed at the Patriots’ selection of Tennessee-Chattanooga goaltender Cole Strange in the first round, it was surprising.
McVay said the situation was misunderstood. He was doing a press conference with general manager Les Snead and the couple joked about the work they had done to study the film on Strange, which they hoped would be available when they had their first choice at the end of the third round.
“It was more a reflection of, I was actually giving Les, you know, a hard time because when we started watching it, I think we were both in agreement, there’s no mean he’s here because we love the player so much,” McVay said.
“If there’s anyone who has more respect for Coach Belichick, which he did than me, I would love to see him. … I would never want him to be misunderstood for Cole Strange or the Patriots organization that anything but respect for the player.
Fine. But it was still tough to take Strange with the 29th overall selection, which was a big part of why the Patriots made the list of teams that struggled in this week’s draft at Caesars Forum.
New England has a difficult history when it comes to recruiting wide receivers.
Speedstar Tyquan Thornton hopes to reverse that trend, but he certainly has question marks.
New England added a few plays on the offensive line and some decent cornerbacks.
Bailey Zappe is certainly a worthy project as a backup quarterback. But nothing is going to scare anyone in the division.
The Patriots have done well enough over the years to warrant the benefit of the doubt. This project doesn’t look good on paper, though.
Here’s a look at the other losers in this week’s draft, excluding teams like the Raiders and Browns who gave up most of their draft capital to acquire superstar players during the pre-draft process:
The Bears must really like late-round picks.
They continued to trade and build an arsenal to the point of making six picks in the sixth and seventh rounds.
Cornerback Kyler Gordon could be a good pick in the second round and Jaquan Brisker is a solid safety pick. They won’t do much to help an anemic offense, though.
They filled a wide receiver need by trading their first-round pick for Marchioness “Hollywood” Brown, hoping that a change of scenery and a reunion with Kyler Murray will help his production and make him happier.
It was quite a steep price, however.
Trey McBride should be a solid tight end. It felt like the first two rounds were all about begging Murray to love them again.
Green Bay Packers
It’s not that Green Bay had a bad draft.
Even though they didn’t select a wide receiver with one of their first-round picks, they started to meet their needs there with two picks at the position.
Green Bay had to give up two second-round picks to move up to 34th in order to take Christian Watson. That’s an awfully high price for a somewhat risky, high-cap FCS player.
The Packers got better value for UNR outstanding wide receiver Romeo Doubs. First-round picks Quay Walker and Devonte Wyatt should be very useful on defense.
It’s really hard to get past how lopsided the trade was in the second round.
The quarterbacks who have slipped so far in the draft have shown how strongly the league feels about this class.
Still, there was still no massive push to get Mayfield away from the Browns.
He will find a home and certainly has a shot at being a dependable starter in the NFL again.
But this week, the unveiling of his hideous statue in Oklahoma and the standstill on a potential trade must have hurt his ego.