Just thinking about our second round draft pick. Connor Williams was a possible OT, but he may wind up playing at guard. I don't know. If you don't count on him, you have to go back to Isaiah Wynn 38 draft picks earlier than O'Neil where an OT was taken, but again Wynn may wind up at guard, as well. Yes, there was a run on offensive linemen in the first and early second round, but these were guards. I'm just thinking that I'm grateful that O'Neil was still there, because if he wasn't there, then the next o-lineman to go was Parker who was considered to be a real project. It really could have been worse. O'Neil does seem to have size and frame to be a true OT. True, he needs to develop his strength, but that's something that's easily achievable. If he had been already strong, clearly he would have gone earlier and possibly in the first round. It's that hard to find a true OT. Just think about it. The OT before Wynn was Kolton Miller who was taken at pick #15. Would you rather have Miller at #15 or O'Neil at #62. I'll take O'Neil, thank you.
I'm not sure yet what the impact will be on the rule changes for the kickoff, but the selection of Hughes just might be huge. He was rated by Priefer as the number one return man available in the draft. I know that some of us are down on the selection of the corner in the first round, but it could be a bit of an under the radar impact on our 2018 team. I always have thought that special teams are underrated- that they are more significant than most realize.
Of course we selected a kicker in the draft. He's definitely a special teamer. With his big leg, not only he's going to prevent the opposition from returning kicks, but I believe he may prevent injuries, as well. That's another under the radar kind of move, I believe. Forbath has been actually pretty good as a field goal kicker, fair at best as an extra point kicker, but also he lacked the leg to kick the ball out of the end zone. With our defense, it's nice to make the opposition go a whole 75 yards in order to score a touchdown and with kickoffs not being returned, it might indirectly help keep the defense a little fresher at the end of the games.
I do think it is wonderful that football can bring people together from different persuasions. We need more of that and less of what divides us.