Malik Willis was drafted 85th overall.

Malik Willis was drafted 85th overall.
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Well, the second round passed without a QB, making this draft only the third time in the past 30 years that only one quarterback has been selected in the first two rounds. Perhaps more surprisingly, Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder was ahead of projected favorite Seahawks passer Malik Willis. Reed went to the Falcons at No. 74 to support Marcus Mariota, while Willis will go to the Titans at No. 85, behind Ryan Tannehill.

It could be the lack of excitement about this QB class, it could be the frantic offseason trade cycle interrupted by major QB trades, it could be that these kids are worried the rest of us don’t know, but the deeper they fall, the more our eyebrows are raised high. Matt Corral went to the Panthers at age 94.

To be fair, boards still have some options for teams like the Lions and Seahawks, and they may be looking for someone who can at least compete for a starting spot. Baker Mayfield is shopping around, and Jimmy Garoppolo’s future in San Francisco is uncertain. But despite the tedious preparations for this year’s draft, the QB drama didn’t disappoint.

Georgia LB Nakobe Dean also inexplicably fell to the third round and was eliminated by the Eagles at 83. Now I’m not an NFL scout, I know, but come on. This guy is the key to one of the best defenses in CFB history. The current narrative circulating is a “medical problem”. NFL Network reported on the pectoral strain, but it’s a far cry from the projected late first-round pick, and it feels like there may be more concerns behind it.

The Bears – again, inexplicably – clearly hate Justin Fields and wait until the third round to add anyone to their sorely lacking receiving team. Sure, they filled some defensive needs in the second round with Kyle Gordon, 39, and Jaaquin Brisk, 48 – but George Pickens and Skymore are still on the board! Come on, Poles! They selected WR Velus Jones Jr. with a third-round pick. Granted, I’m not using the draft as your primary roster building tool, but that feels like an oversight. Ugh.

Also on the board for Saturday’s round were Sam Howell, Daniel Faalele, and of course Punt God himself, Matt Araiza, every GM too cowardly to sign.

The NFL could continue to work on televised gimmicks, but this year’s draft will deliver all the drama without the manufactured excitement. In fact, it ended up doing the opposite of what they needed — former NFL player and Blue Mountain State actor Ed Marinaro stood up to announce the Vikings’ draft pick and ended with a two-minute monologue-slash-stand Routine, had to have some poor producer push them to actually read the name on the card.