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Samsonite Make Your Case: Opening night drama

With one round of the 2016 draft in the books, what was your biggest takeaway from the night's events?

It was certainly an eventful opening night to the 2016 draft. Shortly before Roger Goodell kicked off the proceedings, a video on social media showing Laremy Tunsil, one of the top-rated prospects, smoking while wearing a gas mask.

That led to rampant speculation about Tunsil's destination and before you knew he dropped all the way down to Miami at No. 13 after spending much of the pre-draft process at the top of the heat as the No. 1-ranked player.

That was just one of several twists and turns of the evening, which ended roughly three-and-a-half hours later when Arizona took tackle Germain Ifedi of Texas A&M to close out the proceedings.

So, even though the Patriots were forced to sit out the night's drama thanks to Goodell's sanctions, there was still plenty to talk about. This week's Samsonite Make Your Case question is: What was your biggest takeaway from the first round the draft?


PFW's Andy Hart says...

Laremy Tunsil's drop

When we left Indianapolis following the Combine in February, Tunsil was the odds-on favorite to be the No. 1 pick. Even after the two trades by Los Angeles and Philadelphia put quarterbacks at the top, Tunsil was still the highest-rated tackle.

Then in the final week people started suggesting Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley would be the first tackle taken, and then all hell broke loose when the video leaked, Tunsil dropped and questions were everywhere.

How could the No. 1 overall pick fall all the way to 13 so suddenly, and why weren't more people aware that something like that could happen? I have no idea, but it certainly made for fascinating reality television and was my biggest takeaway from Day 1.


PFW's Paul Perillo says...

Paxton Lynch to Denver

Lots to choose from here with Tunsil's situation and Myles Jack falling out of the first round but watching John Elway trade up for Paxton Lynch was stunning. Lynch enjoyed a solid career at Memphis but he in no way strikes me as a quarterback worthy of a first-round pick, let alone a trade up to get him. 

That leaves the Broncos with two quarterbacks with enormous question marks in Mark Sanchez and Lynch. How that situation plays itself out with the defending Super Bowl champs remains to be seen, but it's hard for me to imagine Lynch proving worthy of such a daring move.

I think there's a chance Lynch would have remained on the board in Round 2 and possibly been available for Denver to move up and grab him on Friday night. But Elway obviously felt differently and now he has a guy who may not be ready to play for a while. Strange developments indeed.

Now it's your turn to cast a vote in this week's Samsonite Make Your Case poll question.



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