Many fans have been calling for the head of Ryan Pace lately. Most of them reference the 2017 draft as Pace’s big downfall. However, a recent re-drafting of the 2017 first round has three current players who would be drafted early.
In a recent article by NBC Sports Chicago, a few of their Chicago Bears experts went through the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft and re-drafted players based on their success in the NFL. As you know, players who are drafted in the second through seventh rounds could wind up having careers that would warrant a first-round pick in hindsight.
To give a quick recap, the Cleveland Browns do not hesitate in taking Patrick Mahomes with the first overall pick. This should not shock anyone based on Mahomes’ success. He has an MVP season and now a Super Bowl ring in just four years.
Deshaun Watson went second overall to the San Francisco 49ers. This pick would have been before the 49ers landed Jimm Garoppolo in their trade with the Patriots. Watson being taken second overall makes sense and that would bring us to the Chicago Bears picking at third overall.
This also means the Ryan Pace trade would not happen and fans can stop crying about that nonsense. Pace selected Myles Garrett with his pick, but I wonder if that stops the Khalil Mack trade from happening in 2018.
A few notable mentions include George Kittle who went fourth overall to the Jaguars instead of in the fifth-round. The Jets still land Jamal Adams with the sixth overall pick and Christian McCaffrey still found his way to the Carolina Panthers with the eighth pick. With names like these, can you believe three of Pace’s 2017 selections found their way into the first round?