The NFL Draft is finally over, and we can finally see what all 32 teams will look like heading into the season. There were several teams who could claim they won the draft, so here are a few that stuck out to me.
St. Louis Rams
The Rams are on a mission to get back to relevance, and Jeff Fisher is going to get them there no matter what. The Rams have been slowly improving every year for the last three or four years, and after another great draft, this could be the year that they earn our NFL pick. Fisher and the Rams went after another stellar running back in the first round, which is only going to help the Rams style of football. Todd Gurley and Tre Mason are going to be an unstoppable force for the Rams offense this season, and not only did the Rams go after another back, they added to that run game by drafting four offensive lineman. The Rams may fight for a playoff spot this season after this draft.
Like the Rams, the Falcons had a nice draft. They were awful rushing the passer last season, and picking up Vic Beasley is a big help to this team up front on defense. After addressing their main need, the Falcons continued to draft for needs in the second and third round, by drafting cornerback, Jalen Collins and running back Tevin Coleman. Not only did they address their top three needs well in the first three rounds they may have gotten the steal of the draft when they got defensive tackle, Grady Jarrett in the 5th round. If this kid turns into what some have projected for him, it might go down as the best value pick in all of the 2015 draft.
The Texans are another team I was thoroughly impressed with. They addressed virtually all of their remaining needs after free agency, and they spent their high round picks on defense. Kevin Johnson is going to spell the hurt when Jonathon Joseph potentially leaves for free agency after this season, and Benardrick McKinney will add some depth to the Texans at inside linebacker. They also go some really good value down at the bottom of the draft with receivers Keith Mumphrey and Jaelen Strong. Both of these guys will have to play big alongside DeAndre Hopkins, but overall the Texans look like a much more complete team than they did before the draft. Current NFL odds for the Texans winning the Super Bowl are trading around +4000.
I really like the Dolphins first two picks in DeVante Parker and Jordan Phillips. They addressed two huge needs and got two pretty good values from where they were picking as well. Parker was one of several top tier receivers in this draft, and I think he can be put in the same category as Kevin White and Amari Cooper. I also think they got good value in the later rounds where they Jay Ajayi at running back, and Jamil Douglas at guard. Overall a solid draft for the Dolphins, who are also slowly making their way towards a perennial playoff team.