Draft News: Looking Back at a Wild Week

Draft News

Week one of the NFL season gets underway tonight. Week One of CFB is in the books. There is a lot of draft news to talk about so let’s get into it.

CLOWNEY AND TUNSIL ON THE MOVE

In two trades made separate from each other, the Houston Texans traded former number one pick Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks and acquired former first-round pick Laremy Tunsil from the Miami Dolphins.

The Texans franchised tagged Clowney and really had no leverage. They either had to pay him (which they didn’t seem to want to do) or trade him to a team he wanted to go to. Clowney never signed his tag so he couldn’t be traded without doing so. Clowney allegedly vetoed a move to Miami. Instead, Houston moved him to Seattle in exchange for a 2020 third-round pick, Barkevious Mingo, and LB Jacob Martin. Mingo and Martin were likely going to be cut by Seattle.

The Texans no doubt were fleeced in this deal. They also agreed to pay Clowney roughly $7 million to go away. For Seattle, they get a pass rusher in his prime. The Seahawks also get an option to tag Clowney after the season or sign him to long term deal. If they let him walk, Seattle will undoubtedly receive a third-round comp pick in 2021.

By not paying a minor price to move up in the draft, the Texans allowed Philadelphia to jump them and select Washington State offensive tackle, Andre Dillard. With the next pick, the Texans reached and selected Alabama State tackle, Tytus Howard.

So in a panic move, Houston traded a 2020 and 2021 first-round pick, a 2021 second-round pick, CB Johnson Bademosi, and OT Julie’n Davenport to Miami for Laremy Tunsil, WR Kenny Stills, a 2020 fourth-round pick, and a 2021 sixth.

Obviously this is a steep price to pay. However, in Tunsil, the Texans are getting one of the top young left tackles in the NFL. For comparison’s sake, the Chicago Bears gave up less to acquire Khalil Mack.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL INJURIES

Week one was not kind to some highly thought of draft prospects.

Stanford OT Walker Little will be out “at least” a month with a dislocated knee. Head coach David Shaw is optimistic for a mid-season return.

Memphis senior RB Patrick Taylor suffered a leg injury late in the Tiger’s win over Ole Miss. There is currently no time table for his return.

South Carolina senior QB Jake Bentley could potentially miss the rest of the season. Read all of those details here.

Northwestern senior QB T.J. Green (Senior Bowl Watchlist) will undergo foot surgery and will be out indefinitely.

Until next time…

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