2017 NFL Draft Grades: How did Each Team Do?

2017 NFL Draft Grades: How did Each Team Do?

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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

 

Grade: B

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

Chicago Bears

 

Grade: C

 

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)

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

Cincinnati Bengals

 

Grade: B

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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).

 

Buffalo Bills

 

Grade: A-

 

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.

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

Denver Broncos

 

Grade: B-

 

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

De'Angelo

Kelly, Chad                  QB       6'2"     224      Mississippi

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

Cleveland Browns

 

Grade: B

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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

 

Grade: B-

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

Arizona Cardinals

 

Grade: A-

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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

 

Grade: B

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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

 

Grade: B

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

Indianapolis Colts

 

Grade: B+

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

Dallas Cowboys

 

Grade: A-

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

Miami Dolphins

 

Grade: B

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

 

Grade: C+

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

Atlanta Falcons

 

Grade: B

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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

 

Grade: B-

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

 

Grade: C+

 

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)

 

Notes:

·      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

 

Grade: B

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

Detroit Lions

 

Grade: B

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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

 

Grade: B

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

Carolina Panthers

 

Grade: B-

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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

 

Grade: B-

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

Oakland Raiders

 

Grade: B

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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

 

Grade: B

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

Baltimore Ravens

 

Grade: B-

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

Washington Redskins

 

Grade: B-

 

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

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Holsey, Joshua             DB       5'11"   195      Auburn

 

Notes:

·      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

 

Grade: B+

 

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

 

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

 

Seattle Seahawks

 

Grade: B

 

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.

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Grade: B-

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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."

 

Houston Texans

 

Grade: B-

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

Tennessee Titans

 

Grade: B

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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.

 

Minnesota Vikings

 

Grade: B

 

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

 

Notes:

·      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.