POLL QUESTION – MAY 2
By Leo Haggerty & Friends
WHICH NFL TEAM DID THE BEST IN THE 2021 DRAFT?
It’s Sunday night and that can ONLY mean one thing when it comes to Its Sports Magazine. It’s time for the responses by “The Gang” to our weekly poll question.
This week’s query applied to the National Football League Draft. What a surprise there, right?
I know you’re waiting with baited breath so here is what we asked of our astute conglomeration of contributors. WHICH NFL TEAM DID THE BEST IN THE 2021 DRAFT?
Below are their answers and, as you will see, they are extremely varied in nature. Enjoy.
DAVID ALEXANDER – AFC WEST CORRESPONDENT
My response is selfish, but I’d go with Justin Herbert ending up with the Los Angeles Chargers. I got to see Hebert’s years at the University of Oregon and heard the doubters. But he showed that he was the class of all rookies last year. The Chargers still have roles to fill in the draft this year (Offensive line, Defensive Back), but last year gave them the foundation for the next decade, at least, so they have the best young QB to build around and they did.
JASON RUBIN – AFC EAST CORRESPONDENT
What an easy question!!! The Bucs had the best draft!!!
THOMAS HEPLER – CONTRIBUTOR
My choice was going to be Washington. However, now that I look back on all that has transpired, I would have to say the Jets.
ADAM SZNAPSTAJLER – ITS SPORTS MAGAZINE
One of the tenets I like to live my life by K.I.S.S (keep it simple stupid). So when the Chargers got the best offensive lineman not named Sewell to protect their franchise quarterback and then follow it up by drafting a first round secondary talent in the second round with Asante Samuel Jr. they nabbed the top grade in my book. Throw in a high upside receiver in Josh Palmer in the third they surrounded Herbert with protection and a weapon as well as beefing up an already stingy secondary.
LEO HAGGERTY – EDITOR OF ITS SPORTS MAGAZINE
I’m going to have to go with Jacksonville because of one simple reason. The Jags entire draft will hinge on how the #1 overall selection of QB Trevor Lawrence performs. He said himself that he wants to be the best that’s ever played and, if he can stay injury free, he’s got a chance to fulfill that dream or, at the very least, be in that conversation. Also, and here’s where I differ from all the draft gurus who say don’t draft a running back in the first round, picking up Travis Etienne was a good move. The Clemson grad is not only a teammate of Lawrence but is an every down running back who can run and catch along with returning kicks as well as, and this may be the most important trait, block to go along with 4.41 speed. These guys are a rarity and Head Coach Urban Meyer realizes that. If these two former Tigers can translate their collegiate success to the Jaguars, look for Jacksonville to stop being the doormats of the AFC and climb into the playoff conversation quickly.