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Traditionally, personnel evaluators in the NFL and evaluators-turned-analysts do not like to give grades to teams because of their premature nature. The prospects have not played yet and no one fully understands the reasons behind every team's decision. Except, fans cannot anticipate the upcoming season or future with inflated expectations. Therefore, I believe in giving grades before their levels of optimism are either heightened or crushed.
San Francisco 49ers
Thomas, Solomon DE 6'3" 273 Stanford
Foster, Reuben LB 6'0" 229 Alabama
Witherspoon, Ahkello CB 6'3" 198 Colorado
Beathard, C.J. QB 6'2" 219 Iowa
Williams, Joe RB 5'11" 210 Utah
Kittle, George TE 6'4" 247 Iowa
Taylor, Trent WR 5'8" 181 Louisiana Tech
Jones, D.J. DT 6'1" 319 Mississippi
Taumoepenu, Pita OLB 6'1" 243 Utah
Colbert, Adrian DB 6'2" 205 Miami
· Thomas is a projected interior defensive lineman with strong pass rush skills. But Niners deserve an A for fleecing the Bears to overpay for a quarterback nowhere near as ready as Andrew Luck or Cam Newton.
· Foster is a Top-5 player who was bought at a relative bargain. The 49ers did a great job making sure that he was no one else's and may have strengthened what was once the NFL's worst run defense in 2016.
· Beathard is not only a reach but will have a hard time beating out Matt Barkley. Barring an upset, he will be a waste of pick.
· Kittle could be the second-best blocking tight end in the class after OJ Howard.
Trubisky, Mitchell QB 6'2" 222 North Carolina
Shaheen, Adam TE 6'6" 278 Ashland
Jackson, Eddie S 6'0" 201 Alabama
Cohen, Tarik RB 5'6" 179 North Carolina A&T
Morgan, Jordan G 6'3" 309 Kutztown (PA)
· The one spot-swap for a one-hit wonder with question marks shows why the Bears look like a joke. They overpaid a quarterback who priced himself out of the market, and now they want to possibly bench him with no third round picks available for weapon selections in 2017 and 2018. What a historical move for people looking like they're history, head coach John Fox and GM Ryan Pace. And why did we let Marc Trestman leave?
· A coach told NFL Films' Greg Cosell that Shaheen might last ten years in the NFL. He's a catch-only tight end who needs to improve his blocking. However, he could be a destined successor for a slightly aging player, Zach Miller.
Ross, John WR 5'11" 188 Washington
Mixon, Joe RB 6'1" 226 Oklahoma
Willis, Jordan OLB 6'4" 255 Kansas St.
Lawson, Carl OLB 6'2" 261 Auburn
Malone, Josh WR 6'3" 208 Tennessee
Glasgow, Ryan DT 6'3" 302 Michigan
Elliott, Jake K 5'9" 167 Memphis
Dielman, J.J. C 6'5" 309 Utah
Evans, Jordan LB 6'2" 233 Oklahoma
Wilson, Brandon RB 5'11" 200 Houston
Schreck, Mason TE 6'5" 258 Buffalo
· I love the Ross pick! The Bengals have needed a true no. 2 receiver since Marvin Jones left. Brandon LaFell is a great no. 3.
· The Bengals took the biggest character risk thanks to a video featuring Mixon hitting a woman. He may have been the draft's best tailback, but with Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill in the mix, I would have preferred someone else at this spot.
· Willis is a pass rush steal who could succeed Michael Johnson in the near future.
· Lawson is another bargain pass rusher that could come in as a situational player and thus give Michael Johnson even more reason to worry.
· Malone is an underrated, fast high-yardage threat (19.4 YPC) who underachieved as a high recruit to many who watched him in Knoxville. He caught more yards and touchdowns in his final year (972 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016) than he did his first two years combined (636 yards and 3 touchdowns from 2014-15).
White, Tre'Davious CB 5'11" 192 LSU
Jones, Zay WR 6'2" 201 East Carolina
Dawkins, Dion OG 6'4" 314 Temple
Milano, Matt LB 6'0" 223 Boston College
Peterman, Nathan QB 6'2" 226 Pittsburgh
Vallejo, Tanner LB 6'1" 228 Boise St.
· I hated that they let Mike Gillislee go, but Tre'Davious White's selection is a step in the right direction for Buffalo. Now, they should keep Mike Tolbert as a second running back to create a 1-2 punch involving him and LeSean McCoy and decline Sammy Watkins' fifth-year option while finding new receivers and tight ends.
· If Sammy Watkins goes down (which he likely will), it will be Zay Day every Sunday.
· The most seldom mentioned among offensive linemen. Dawkins could learn from a great guard like Richie Incognito.
· Peterman is a pro-style offense ready quarterback who had the chance of becoming the next rookie Dak Prescott or better than Kyle Orton as a rookie. The Bills' supposed obsession with trying to replace Tyrod Taylor will likely be a mistake. But if they're vindicated, Peterman could be the successor.
Bolles, Garett OT 6'5" 297 Utah
Walker, DeMarcus DE 6'4" 280 Florida St.
Henderson, Carlos WR 5'11" 199 Louisiana Tech
Langley, Brendan CB 6'0" 201 Lamar
Butt, Jake TE 6'5" 246 Michigan
McKenzie, Isaiah WR 5'7" 173 Georgia
Henderson, RB 5'7" 208 Coastal Carolina
Kelly, Chad QB 6'2" 224 Mississippi
· Bolles is much better than Ty Sambrailo was as a prospect. His only red flag is age as he will turn 25 later in the spring, but his presence has been needed since Ryan Clady and Chris Clark left.
· Had the Broncos considered Tarell Basham as a rotational edge rusher, I'd like praise them more. But if Walker can play at edge rusher and along the defensive interior, the pick will have been worth it.
· I am no fan of the Henderson pick because of my respect for other receivers drafted later.
· Butt was a Top-50 caliber prospect who could be healthy by the start of the regular season. However, history says that ACLs and prospects equal bad starts and finishes to careers.
· Henderson is a highly productive back from FCS Coastal Carolina. He could surpass Devontae Booker after Booker rose to a rookie peak and crashed at the deep bottom of his own valley.
· Nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback and fellow draft classmate of John Elway, Jim Kelly, Chad Kelly may have been a Top-50 pick had he not needed wrist surgery this spring, torn his ACL late in 2016, and kicked out of his first university, Clemson. The tag of "Mr. Irrelevant" makes you irrelevant unless you are Ryan Succop. If the latter happens, the young Kelly could have the chance of being the second man in his bloodlines to achieve quarterbacking greatness.
Garrett, Myles DE 6'4" 272 Texas A&M
Peppers, Jabrill S 5'11" 213 Michigan
Njoku, David TE 6'4" 246 Miami
Kizer, DeShone QB 6'4" 233 Notre Dame
Ogunjobi, Larry DT 6'3" 305 North Carolina Charlotte
Wilson, Howard CB 6'1" 184 Houston
Johnson, Roderick OT 6'7" 298 Florida St.
Brantley, Caleb DT 6'3" 307 Florida
Gonzalez, Zane K 6'0" 202 Arizona State
Dayes, Matt RB 5'9" 205 N.C. State
· We know the story about Garrett. He’s no. 1. Move on!
· Gregg Williams is known for being a great blitzing coordinator and could have his next version of Mark Barron with a line-of-scrimmage player like Peppers. The Jets could have used him as his playing features are like former Todd Bowles protégé Yeremiah Bell.
· Njoku could be a good prospect unless underachieves like many Miami (FL) alums. The Canes have had no Pro Bowlers since Olivier Vernon was drafted in 2012.
· He may not be consistent or a winner, but Kizer is more talented than Cody Kessler. If Jackson can do wonders with Kizer the way he could with Kessler, the Browns could win at least 5 games.
· Howard may be a steal after sitting out 2015 with an ACL tear and running 4.5 40s at the Combine and Houston Cougars Pro Day. He's a frail looking corner with saavy press technique and play recognition, but will need extra coaching and practice for refinement.
· Brantley's drop to Round 6 may have been no stunner amidst his arrest for punching a woman, but the drop is alarming considering where he was projected to go. As a possible Top-50 pick, his arrest couldn't have come at a worse time. Brantley could actually be a much better bargain in comparison to Joe Mixon if he plays well. However, if he serves jailtime during the NFL season there is a chance he may never wear an NFL uniform.
· Gonzalez seems to be a better kicking prospect than Roberto Aguayo. It is even better that he is drafted five rounds later than Aguayo.
· Dayes was a Senior Bowl sensation with 66 yards and one touchdown on seven carries and a standout at NC State with his only 1000-yard rushing season in 2016.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Howard, O.J. TE 6'6" 251 Alabama
Evans, Justin S 6'0" 199 Texas A&M
Godwin, Chris WR 6'1" 209 Penn St.
Beckwith, Kendell ILB 6'2" 243 LSU
McNichols, Jeremy RB 5'9" 214 Boise St.
Tu'ikolovatu, Stevie NT 6'1" 331 USC
· I like Howard Tampa as long as the Bucs run the 2016 Washington Redskins offense. DeSean jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, Jordan Reed, and Vernon Davis had a phenomenal year together and ball distribution done like the Redskins will make everyone happy. Just do not expect Howard to reach 700 yards as a rookie considering how often rookie tight ends struggle and unknown reasons for why he was passed up for so long.
· Evans seems like a reach that could be of good value after all. He's more hitter than center-fielder.
· Godwin is a late-season wonder with no consistent weekly production.
· Beckwith is productive player who is trying to regain his athleticism after sustaining a late-season injury as a senior.
Reddick, Haason LB 6'1" 237 Temple
Baker, Budda S 5'10" 195 Washington
Williams, Chad WR 6'1" 204 Grambling St.
Johnson, Dorian OG 6'5" 300 Pittsburgh
Holden, Will OT 6'7" 311 Vanderbilt
Logan, T.J. RB 5'9" 196 North Carolina
Ford, Rudy S 5'11" 205 Auburn
· Bruce Arians gets a PA and Temple guy! Tremendous complement to Chandler Jones and possible successor to Karlos Dansby.
· Baker is a potentially lethal slot option that takes up the spot that will be eventually vacated by Tyvon Branch due to injury or departure.
· Williams is a possible complement to John Brown, another small school speedster that took Arians' deep ball offense to a threatening level.
· Johnson is a bargain pick that sunk due to concerns over his liver. Regardless, it is possible that he is an upgrade over Jonathan Cooper already.
Los Angeles Chargers
Williams, Mike WR 6'4" 218 Clemson
Lamp, Forrest OG 6'4" 309 Western Kentucky
Feeney, Dan OG 6'4" 305 Indiana
Jenkins, Rayshawn S 6'1" 214 Miami
King, Desmond S 5'10" 201 Iowa
Tevi, Sam OT 6'5" 311 Utah
Rochell, Isaac DT 6'4" 280 Notre Dame
· Wide receivers grow on trees for Philip Rivers. Unless Travis Benjamin reunites with Dowell Loggains in Chicago and Williams' play outshines Melvin Gordon and Hunter Henry, this will be a waste of a pick. The offensive line and defense are the Chargers' weakest links and thus a wide receiver looks useless at this point.
· The Chargers are completing their line really nicely with Lamp and Feeney, but Jason Spriggs' struggles in Green Bay make Feeney's selection concerning considering his affiliation with Feeney's alma mater, Indiana.
· King is a Cover-2 defense fit if new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley wants to run it. He also provides versatilty at slot corner and the ability to substitute the talented but oft-injured Jason Verrett.
Kansas City Chiefs
Mahomes, Patrick QB 6'2" 225 Texas Tech
Kpassagnon, Tanoh DE 6'7" 289 Villanova
Hunt, Kareem RB 5'10" 216 Toledo
Chesson, Jehu WR 6'3" 204 Michigan
Eligwe, Ukeme LB 6'2" 239 Georgia Southern
McQuay III, Leon S 6'2" 185 USC
· The Chiefs' developmental plan for Pat Mahomes is ideal as long as Alex Smith is not fragile. Smith did endure the Kaepernick selection and thus there is hope for him to tolerate Mahomes.
· Kpassagnon is a developmental player whom Andy Reid and John Dorsey felt was too good to resist. With defensive line coach Tommy Braser's ability to develop great defensive linemen, Kpassagnon might be a hit here.
· Hunt is a steal that can produce when lean or heavy. Watch his Senior Bowl highlights and you'll love him.
Hooker, Malik S 6'1" 206 Ohio St.
Wilson, Quincy CB 6'1" 211 Florida
Basham, Tarell DE 6'4" 269 Ohio
Banner, Zach OT 6'8" 353 USC
Mack, Marlon RB 5'11" 213 South Florida
Stewart, Grover DT 6'5" 295 Albany St. (GA)
Hairston, Nate CB 6'0" 196 Temple
Walker Jr., Anthony LB 6'1" 238 Northwestern
· Hooker is not a Grigson pick, which means it's a good pick.
· Like Teez Tabor, Wilson is a player who plays faster on film than he does time in the workouts. The bright side is that he's quick enough with his 3-cone time of 6.86 seconds (the standard is 7.0 seconds).
· Basham is a steal considering where was projected to go and how often he was mentioned amongst his peers.
· Mack is a high-distance running threat who needs to improve his catching ability. He could succeed Frank Gore after Gore's career ends.
Charlton, Taco DE 6'6" 277 Michigan
Awuzie, Chidobe CB 6'0" 202 Colorado
Lewis, Jourdan CB 5'10" 188 Michigan
Switzer, Ryan WR 5'8" 181 North Carolina
Woods, Xavier S 5'11" 197 Louisiana Tech
White, Marquez CB 6'0" 194 Florida St.
Ivie, Joey DT 6'3" 301 Florida
Brown, Noah WR 6'2" 222 Ohio St.
Carrell, Jordan DT 6'3" 300 Colorado
· Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence are victims of draconian federal drug laws and NFL substance abuse policy. Regardless, let's just hope Taco isn't Taco Charlton's name due his, Gregory, and Lawrence’s munchies meals during their trips to Taco Bell.
· Awuzie looks like a steal for the Dallas Cowboys.
· Lewis is a slot corner that could step into Morris Claiborne's shoes on Day 1.
Harris, Charles OLB 6'3" 253 Missouri
McMillan, Raekwon LB 6'2" 240 Ohio St.
Tankersley, Cordrea CB 6'1" 199 Clemson
Asiata, Isaac OG 6'3" 323 Utah
Godchaux, Davon DT 6'3" 310 LSU
Gerry, Nate S 6'2" 218 Nebraska
Taylor, Vincent DT 6'3" 304 Oklahoma St.
Ford, Isaiah WR 6'1" 194 Virginia Tech
· Wide-9 plug-in player. He's a likely success story if Marcus Smith can get a sack as an Eagles bust.
· McMillian looks like a reach that could improve because he is learning from quality pros like Lawrence Timmons, Kiko Alonso, and Koa Misi. I'm optimistic about him, but would have preferred a guard or defensive back.
· Tankersley is a highlight corner fit for Cover-2 and press schemes that can make crucial mistakes occasionally. He could be similar to Antonio Cromartie during his prime.
· Asiata is the cousin of current Vikings fullback Matt Asiata and a nasty prospect on film. Like many, he'll need to refine his technique and find a way to successfully transition from a two-point stance to a three-point stance.
Barnett, Derek DE 6'3" 259 Tennessee
Jones, Sidney CB 6'0" 186 Washington
Douglas, Rasul CB 6'2" 209 West Virginia
Hollins, Mack WR 6'4" 221 North Carolina
Pumphrey, Donnel RB 5'8" 176 San Diego St.
Gibson, Shelton WR 5'11" 191 West Virginia
Qualls, Elijah DT 6'1" 313 Washington
· For Barnett, see the comments about the Dolphins picking Charles Harris.
· Achilles tears and no early playing time are recipes for bad careers. For Jones, that could be the case.
· Douglas is an alternative to Jones in case he is unhealthy (which is likely considering what prospects and injuries equal).
· Hollins is an apparent deep-throws replacement for Torrey Smith despite Smith receiving a three-year deal from Philadelphia.
· Pumphrey is a short and slender speedster that has been speculated to be good enough to play slot receiver. The pick is questionable considering Philadelphia's need for a 3-down starting tailback and Pumphrey's background as a spread tailback that is unproven in pass-protection.
McKinley, Takkarist DE 6'2" 250 UCLA
Riley, Duke LB 6'0" 232 LSU
Harlow, Sean OG 6'4" 303 Oregon St.
Kazee, Damontae CB 5'10" 184 San Diego St.
Hill, Brian RB 6'1" 219 Wyoming
Saubert, Eric TE 6'5" 253 Drake
· Injuries may hinder McKinley's future, but he could stay healthier as a situational pass rusher early in his career.
· Riley is a special teams phenom who finally became a starter in 2016. He made the best of it and could find a home on a team in need for run defense help.
· Kazee is a potential nickel cornerback that could use his ball skills to get after avid passers in his division like Drew Brees and Jameis Winston.
· Saubert is a catch-only tight end that could create mismatches. He was good enough to go from the East-West Shrine Game to the Senior Bowl.
New York Giants
Engram, Evan TE 6'3" 234 Mississippi
Tomlinson, Dalvin DT 6'3" 310 Alabama
Webb, Davis QB 6'5" 229 California
Gallman, Wayne RB 6'0" 215 Clemson
Moss, Avery DE 6'3" 264 Youngstown St.
Bisnowaty, Adam OT 6'6" 304 Pittsburgh
· For an avid catcher, Engram is not a bad blocker based on Mike Mayock's notes. However, he's not due for 60 catches anytime soon and will have to continue refining his blocking skills.
· Tomlinson looks like he was drafted a little too early due to his inconsistency.
· Eli's possible successor could be in Davis Webb. Webb is given no credit for his intelligence considering his decent execution of Sonny Dykes' offense under a limited time-frame. After committing to Colorado in January 2016, he transferred to Cal four months later including a period where he missed a key part of the off-season, spring football.
Fournette, Leonard RB 6'0" 240 LSU
Robinson, Cam OT 6'6" 322 Alabama
Smoot, Dawuane DE 6'3" 264 Illinois
Westbrook, Dede WR 6'0" 178 Oklahoma
Brown, Blair LB 5'11" 238 Ohio
Myrick, Jalen CB 5'10" 200 Minnesota
Williams, Marquez FB 5'10" 259 Miami (OH)
· Fournette can play, except I get the feeling they'll regret passing OJ Howard up. You can get running backs anywhere. But pass over a once-in-a-lifetime tight end for an eventual disposable player?
· Robinson looks like a nasty mauler that has consistency issues. I have concern that this current coaching staff cannot get the most out of him based on Doug Marrone's history in Buffalo. Regardless, he's too good a prospect to turn down.
· Dawuane who? Not even Brian Billick was able to bullshit about him on NFL Network.
· Westbrook is another trick-play wide receiver whose selection was more appropriate than Ohio St.'s Curtis Samuel.
New York Jets
Adams, Jamal S 6'0" 214 LSU
Maye, Marcus S 6'0" 210 Florida
Stewart, ArDarius WR 5'11" 204 Alabama
Hansen, Chad WR 6'2" 202 California
Leggett, Jordan TE 6'5" 258 Clemson
Donahue, Dylan DL 6'3" 248 West Georgia
McGuire, Elijah RB 5'10" 214 Louisiana-Lafayette
Clark, Jeremy CB 6'3" 220 Michigan
Jones, Derrick CB 6'2" 188 Mississippi
· The Adams pick gets an "A," but the team is an "F" thanks to the man who puts the "ass" in UK Ambassador, Woody Johnson.
· Maye is a projected hitter. He might be Todd Bowles' newest version of Deone Bucannon or Yeremiah Bell.
· Stewart is known to be a vertical one-trick pony that could work with a deep-throwing quarterback. I expect him to play less in 2017 despite his need to play in the return game or across the line of scrimmage.
· Hansen is a tall slot receiver that could take over Eric Decker's spot in the not too distant future.
· Leggett is a productive tight end with no overpowering athletic traits. He will need to be benefit from scheming and elite quarterback play to find success at the next level.
Davis, Jarrad LB 6'1" 238 Florida
Tabor, Teez CB 6'0" 199 Florida
Golladay, Kenny WR 6'4" 218 Northern Illinois
Reeves-Maybin, Jalen LB 6'0" 230 Tennessee
Roberts, Michael TE 6'4" 270 Toledo
Agnew, Jamal CB 5'10" 185 San Diego
Ledbetter, Jeremiah DE 6'3" 280 Arkansas
Kaaya, Brad QB 6'4" 214 Miami
O'Connor, Pat DE 6'4" 270 Eastern Michigan
· Davis is no carbon copy to the what was once the best coverage linebacker in football, DeAndre Levy. Except, he can be a modest replacement if Detroit's defensive linemen take on offensive linemen to free him up.
· Tabor is a ballhawk with great tape speed, a key trait that helps him overcome his bad 40-time. He had a 6.99 second 3-cone drill time.
· Kaaya might be a better backup prospect than Jake Rudock, but he may have to thank someone for getting him the job. Lions tight ends coach Al Golden mentored Kaaya as a freshman and sophomore and likely gave advice to general manager Bob Quinn about Kaaya as a player and person.
Green Bay Packers
King, Kevin CB 6'3" 200 Washington
Jones, Josh S 6'1" 220 N.C. State
Adams, Montravius DT 6'4" 304 Auburn
Biegel, Vince LB 6'3" 246 Wisconsin
Williams, Jamaal RB 6'0" 212 BYU
Yancey, DeAngelo WR 6'2" 201 Purdue
Jones, Aaron RB 5'9" 208 Texas-El Paso
Amichia, Kofi C 6'4" 297 South Florida
Mays, Devante RB 5'11" 230 Utah St.
Dupre, Malachi WR 6'2" 196 LSU
· King looks like a corner who is a Seattle/Atlanta defensive scheme fit. May not be as good as Sidney Jones but could be an upgrade over Green Bay's incumbent defensive backs.
· Jones is an interchangeable defensive back that could cure Green Bay's DB woes.
· Dupre is an adequate speed wideout that was victimized by bad scheming by Cam Cameron and Will Muschamp and horrificly uneven quarterback play. With players like Jared Abbrederis, Geronimo Allison, and Jeff Janis catching touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers, don't be surprised if Dupre does the same.
McCaffrey, Christian RB 5'11" 202 Stanford
Samuel, Curtis WR 5'11" 196 Ohio St.
Moton, Taylor OG 6'5" 319 Western Michigan
Hall, Daeshon DE 6'5" 266 Texas A&M
Elder, Corn CB 5'10" 183 Miami
Armah, Alex FB 6'2" 253 West Georgia
Butker, Harrison K 6'4" 199 Georgia Tech
· If his wide receiver play is what it is made out to be, McCaffrey should line opposite Kelvin Benjamin before it is his turn to take Jonathan Stewart's carries.
· Samuel is an upgrade over Corey Brown but seems to be too much of a random, trick-play player. He may not have a defined position, but his OSU career says that he is a running back.
· Moton is a nasty player that could fill in a right tackle void, but has to clean up his technique.
· The pick of Hall looks high for a player that only had 14.0 sacks over three seasons (career high of 7.0 in 2015).
· Elder is a potential special-teams wonder that could possibly develop as a safety thanks to his ability to tackle.
· Jared Abbrederis, Geronimo Allison, and Jeff Janis catching touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers, don't be surprised if Dupre does the same.
New England Patriots
Rivers, Derek DE 6'4" 248 Youngstown St.
Garcia, Antonio OT 6'6" 302 Troy
Wise, Deatrich DE 6'5" 274 Arkansas
McDermott, Conor OT 6'8" 307 UCLA
· Garcia is a former basketball player with a set of tools that could be polished in the pros. Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia is a blessing for Garcia as the offensive line could never have been better since his return.
Conley, Gareon CB 6'0" 195 Ohio St.
Melifonwu, Obi S 6'4" 224 Connecticut
Vanderdoes, Eddie DT 6'3" 305 UCLA
Sharpe, David OT 6'6" 343 Florida
Lee, Marquel LB 6'3" 240 Wake Forest
Luani, Shalom S 5'11" 202 Washington St.
Ware, Jylan OT 6'8" 295 Alabama St.
Hood, Elijah RB 5'11" 232 North Carolina
Hester, Treyvon DT 6'2" 300 Toledo
· Conley might be better than DJ Hayden and should be a possible slot option in case he cannot beat out Sean Smith or David Amerson as the top corner.
· Melifonwu is a height-weight-speed combination that would have made Al Davis draft him in Round 1.
· Vanderdoes is a potential steal.
Los Angeles Rams
Everett, Gerald TE 6'3" 239 South Alabama
Kupp, Cooper WR 6'2" 204 Eastern Washington
Johnson, John S 6'0" 208 Boston College
Reynolds, Josh WR 6'3" 194 Texas A&M
Ebukam, Samson OLB 6'3" 240 Eastern Washington
Smart, Tanzel DT 6'1" 296 Tulane
Rogers, Sam FB 5'10" 231 Virginia Tech
Price, Ejuan DE 5'11" 241 Pittsburgh
· Everett looks like a potentially better weapon for Jared Goff in comparison to Tavon Austin and Robert Woods. The problem is that he's on a team that's been allergic to scoring and stinks at quarterback experience notwithstanding.
· The Rams have never hired a minority GM or head coach in their 81-year history. Now their lead receivers are white. I am joking because Kupp can play. He is similar to the New England Patriots' Chris Hogan as a tall and strong route runner with greater timed quickness and long speed that can only be seen on film.
· Johnson is corner/safety hybrid that could make up for the Rams' past two safety defections, TJ McDonald and Rodney McCleod.
· Reynolds could be a no. 2 or 3 receiver depending on Tavon Austin's use, whether it is at wide receiver or running back. He has had issues with press coverage and dropped passes at certain times. Still, him successfully teamed up with Kupp could be dream for the Rams offense.
Humphrey, Marlon CB 6'0" 197 Alabama
Bowser, Tyus OLB 6'3" 247 Houston
Wormley, Chris DE 6'5" 298 Michigan
Williams, Tim OLB 6'3" 244 Alabama
Siragusa, Nico OG 6'4" 319 San Diego St.
Eluemunor, Jermaine OG 6'4" 332 Texas A&M
Clark, Chuck DB 6'0" 208 Virginia Tech
· Humphrey will either be as good as CJ Mosley or Trent Richardson. General manager Ozzie Newsome may no longer be the best thanks to his teams making the playoffs once since 2013, but I can accept having "In Ozzie we trust" as a Ravens mantra.
· Bowser is a basketball athlete that is still trying to refine his football skills. I'm not sure about this pick considering the Ravens' three playoff misses since 2013 and GM Ozzie Newsome's misses on players like Matt Elam, Terrance Cody, and Arthur Brown.
· Wormley is a possible five-technique standout that could succeed a new defection like many former Ravens.
· Williams is a possible character issue prospect from Newsome's alma mater. This pick is better than Bowser.
· Siragusa is a football-inexperienced talent with high intelligence and a basketball background that has influenced the sneaky athleticism for his big frame.
Allen, Jonathan DE 6'3" 286 Alabama
Anderson, Ryan OLB 6'2" 253 Alabama
Moreau, Fabian CB 6'0" 206 UCLA
Perine, Samaje RB 5'11" 233 Oklahoma
Nicholson, Montae S 6'2" 212 Michigan St.
Sprinkle, Jeremy TE 6'5" 252 Arkansas
Roullier, Chase C 6'4" 312 Wyoming
Davis, Robert WR 6'3" 219 Georgia State
Harvey-Clemons, S 6'4" 217 Louisville
Holsey, Joshua DB 5'11" 195 Auburn
· Allen is a steal if his shoulder turns out okay and great replacement for Chris Baker.
· Williams is a character-risk who could fill in for Trent Murphy considering all of Washington's pass rush woes.
· Moreau is going to have a hard time playing this year. I would have preferred a healthy potential starter that could get up to speed sooner.
· Perine is a complementary back that could step in as a starter with fewer carries benefitting him. It would be interesting if he could play a role that was similar to Mike Gillislee's in Buffalo during the 2016 season.
New Orleans Saints
Lattimore, Marshon CB 6'0" 193 Ohio St.
Ramczyk, Ryan OT 6'6" 310 Wisconsin
Williams, Marcus S 6'1" 202 Utah
Kamara, Alvin RB 5'10" 214 Tennessee
Anzalone, Alex LB 6'3" 241 Florida
Hendrickson, Trey OLB 6'4" 266 Florida Atlantic
Muhammad, Al-Quadin DE 6'3" 253 Miami
· The Saints know how to draft great, but Sean Payton has ruined that team since not firing Rob Ryan after 2014.
· Until Payton can find success with a quarterback not named Brees, he does not deserve the same benefit as Brees does, and, sadly, will make drafts more meaningless the longer the Saints continue missing the postseason. People act like Payton's absence will kill New Orleans, but the last time I checked, Drew Brees was also a Pro Bowler under Marty Schottenheimer in San Diego. Frankly, Payton was not worthy of coming back after 2016 because he has destroyed one side of the ball (defense) and should be held accountable for it. Ramzcyk is a complement to Andrus Peat and successor to Zach Strief. Wisconsin linemen know how to dominate in the NFL.
· A hitting-intercepting combination that needs to likely be in a position to pick balls off more. He might be too thin to hit avidly, but the surrounding defensive backs in New Orleans dime defense could make his transition smooth.
· Kamara is a possible catch-only back that could fill in Tim Hightower's role if Adrian Peterson's stay fizzles out.
· Anzalone looks questionable considering that he's had four injuries in college.
McDowell, Malik DT 6'6" 295 Michigan St.
Pocic, Ethan C 6'6" 310 LSU
Griffin, Shaquill DB 6'0" 194 Central Florida
Hill, Delano SS 6'1" 216 Michigan
Jones, Nazair DT 6'5" 304 North Carolina
Darboh, Amara WR 6'2" 214 Michigan
Thompson, Tedric FS 6'0" 204 Colorado
Tyson, Michael S 6'1" 204 Cincinnati
Senior, Justin OT 6'5" 331 Mississippi St.
Moore, David WR 6'2" 225 East Central (OK)
Carson, Christopher RB 6'0" 218 Oklahoma St.
· McDowell is a scheme-diverse lineman with the ability to be interchangable. His effort issues could improve based on the precedent set by Alan Branch.
· Pocic is the center the Seahawks have been looking for since Max Unger left.
· Griffin is a steal. Do not be surprised if he starts as a rookie.
Watt, T.J. OLB 6'4" 252 Wisconsin
Smith-Schuster, JuJuWR 6'1" 215 USC
Sutton, Cameron CB 5'11" 188 Tennessee
Conner, James RB 6'1" 233 Pittsburgh
Dobbs, Joshua QB 6'3" 216 Tennessee
Allen, Brian DB 6'3" 215 Utah
Holba, Colin LS 6'4" 248 Louisville
Adams, Keion OLB 6'2" 245 Western Michigan
· Watt is a talented young pupil who seems bright enough to learn about greatness from James Harrison and versatility from Arthur Moats.
· USC wide receivers usually underachieve, but Ben Roethlisberger's ability to make pass-catchers better could reverse that trend.
· Conner is a potential short-yardage complement to Le'Veon Bell and could regain his strength after dealing with cancer in recent years.
· Everyone speculates that Dobbs will be Ben Roethlisberger's successor and viewed him as this year's sleeper pick, a.k.a. the next Dak Prescott. Dobbs is an aeronautical engineering major with intelligence and talent to be, but people must remember the following saying when they think of sleepers: "They're not really a sleeper, everyone's picking them as a sleeper."
Watson, Deshaun QB 6'2" 221 Clemson
Cunningham, Zach LB 6'3" 234 Vanderbilt
Foreman, D'Onta RB 6'0" 233 Texas
Davenport, Julie'n OT 6'7" 318 Bucknell
Watkins, Carlos DT 6'3" 309 Clemson
Decoud, Treston S 6'2" 206 Oregon St.
Fuller, Kyle C 6'5" 307 Baylor
· The Texans needed a quarterback. It took an arm and two legs (thanks Brock Osweiler) to get him, but their trade is better than the Bears because their team is better than theirs.
· Cunningham is an athletically gifted potential successor to Brian Cushing but needs to take better angles for improved tackling.
· Forman is a speedster that could fill in for Lamar Miller in case he is hurt. He's an upgrade over Alfred Blue and a former 2000-yard rusher in college.
Davis, Corey WR 6'3" 209 Western Michigan
Jackson, Adoree' CB 5'10" 186 USC
Taylor, Taywan WR 5'11" 203 Western Kentucky
Smith, Jonnu TE 6'3" 248 Florida International
Brown, JayonLB 6'0" 231 UCLA
Levin, Corey OL 6'4" 307 Tennessee-Chattanooga
Carraway, Josh OLB 6'3" 242 TCU
Seaton, Brad OT 6'7" 310 Villanova
Muhammad, Khalfani RB 5'9" 175 California
· I prefered Mike Williams over Corey Davis for Tennessee, but it definitely beats giving a crap about Tajae Sharpe.
· If Brice McCain and Logan Ryan are your best cornerbacks, you'll need an upgrade. Jackson is a major upgrade over those two.
· Taylor is a small school prospect that dominated at lower levels. He might be an insurance policy in circumstances where Corey Davis cannot play.
· Smith is more highly reputed as a blocker than pass catcher and could complement Delanie Walker.
Cook, Dalvin RB 5'10" 210 Florida St.
Elflein, Pat C 6'3" 303 Ohio St.
Johnson, Jaleel DT 6'3" 316 Iowa
Gedeon, Ben ILB 6'2" 244 Michigan
Adams, Rodney WR 6'1" 189 South Florida
Isidora, Danny G 6'3" 306 Miami
Hodges, Bucky TE 6'6" 257 Virginia Tech
Coley, Stacy WR 6'0" 195 Miami
Odenigbo, Ifeadi DL 6'3" 258 Northwestern
Lee, Elijah LB 6'3" 228 Kansas St.
Tocho, Jack CB 6'0" 202 N.C. State
· Cook is an upgrade over an aging Adrian Peterson. Enough said.
· Elflein is a potential guard but is an upgrade over all the substitutes Minnesota had to deal with in 2016.
· Hodges is a fast tight end with good catching skills but no blocking ability. Ironically, he has been likened to Carolina Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess. He will either be Jimmy Graham, Mike Williams, or out of the league. But if he matches Funchess' career by any stretch, he will have accomplished a lot for a 6th round pick.