My initial impression of this draft is thus:
Dion Jordan is a shot at greatness, which I like. If you do that consistently, you'll achieve it enough for that strategy to pay off. However, we pretty much just took the one shot in this draft, making it an all or nothing deal. With that said, if Jordan hits, he's somewhere between DeMarcus Ware and Aldon Smith athletically, and I mean that quite sincerely. At worst he's Manny Lawson, which is not particularly great but not a catastrophe. Unfortunately I have the nagging feeling he's going to be an injury prone guy. Beyond that I question his true flexibility as a pass rusher. He's a great athlete for his size, but there's some tightness and awkwardness there, imo. Maybe it's just inexperience, who knows? I liked Tank Carradine better as a pure pass rusher, but I can see the vision for Jordan and I like the gamble.
If for no other reason than the fact that we didn't take a left tackle -- this is an "A" pick.
Of the rest, no other picks gets more than a "C", except Dallas Thomas, which is a solid "B" pick for me. People are going to ding him for what he's not (a top LT prospect), rather than what he is, which is a very solid NFL guard and possible tackle. As I said last night, I like him.
I watched a lot of Jamar Taylor and Will Davis in the run up to the draft and gave my thoughts on them last night. I'm very much in the minority on Taylor, however. Most draftniks out there really like him. The low opinion of Will Davis seems pretty consistent, however. I also watched a good bit of Jelani Jenkins pre draft. He's athletic but not instinctive, imo. Has been injury prone, as well. I'll stick to my pre draft evals on all these guys.
Being a UF alum I've naturally seen a good bit on Gillislee. He never made me do anything that made me turn my head so I never scouted him. He's undersized and doesn't have much speed, but he's a solid player. Sort of a Bernie Parmalee type, perhaps, though he's built more like Cadillac Williams... sort of thin and upright. Those guys typically don't last. But there isn't the potential bust factor that was evident on Daniel Thomas' tape -- who had great feet but no power at his size.
I watched what there was out there on Don Jones before the draft, too. Had good luck that way this year. Anyway, Jones tests off the charts athletically and hits like a truck but frankly he has no idea what he's doing out there. Which is understandable, given he was a running back not long ago. He's not a safety, imo. At least not right now. I question Ireland saying he's being tried at nickel corner given how much pattern reading one has to do in there, but I think he could challenge Nolan Carroll -- another player with no awareness -- for a spot in dime situations as a boundary corner, where things are simpler. Over time if he develops then you can think about moving him closer to the middle of the field.
Sims I have no opinion on, as I didn't watch him in the lead up to the draft, other than to say that Dan Campbell is probably pretty stocked getting a TE that reminds him of himself. Just based on his highlights Sims reminds me a lot of Troy Drayton. Same body type and athleticism.
Anyway, I'm going to go have an energy drink and have a coma watching tape all night on our UDFAs, Jordan and Gillislee. Adios, muchachos.