O/A Rank Top-15 Tight Ends
8 O.J. Howard
27 David Njoku
34 Evan Engram
56 Adam Shaheen
69 Gerald Everett
78 Jake Butt
112 Jordan Leggett
119 Bucky Hodges
156 George Kittle
165 Jonnu Smith
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2017 NFL Draft Recap

Analysis and Grades | May 1, 2017 12:05 PM EST
1 Arizona Cardinals                  





The Cardinals and GM Steve Keim have to be thrilled with the versatile playmakers that they added to the defense with their first two picks. ILB Haason Reddick was a great value at #13 and they obviously coveted S Budda Baker after trading up for him in RD2. Both are versatile playmakers that have the ability to line up from multiple positions, and they should be immediate contributors on what"s shaping up as a strong defensive unit. OG Dorian Johnson has a chance to battle for reps at Right Guard and RB T.J. Logan should get regular snaps as a change-of-pace option behind David Johnson. OT Will Holden provides solid depth as a swing tackle, and the addition of S Rudy Ford may signal the end for S Tyvon Branch. WR Chad Williams definitely has some upside, but remains a bit of a head-scratcher in RD3 while major needs at QB and CB were left unaddressed. It seems strange that Arizona passed on two of their biggest needs and reached to address a third at WR. Yet, you can"t argue with the haul of talent that was brought on to help an aging team immediately compete in 2017.

Grade: B

2 Atlanta Falcons                 





Three things we can count on in under Dan Quinn: draft for speed, draft for need, and draft developmental guys from small programs late. The Falcons filled their single biggest need by trading up into the first round for Takk McKinley, a pass rusher who is relentless and explosive (physically and verbally, it turns out). McKinley is coming off shoulder surgery, but there are some drafts where he"d be a top-15 pick. Duke Riley is the second lightning-fast LB from LSU drafted in two years. He will likely take the WILL spot and push the underwhelming De"Vondre Campbell to SAM. Covering RBs has been a chore for Atlanta; no team in the NFL allowed more receiving yards to RBs last year. The Falcons added the guy to address that while moving down, as the Falcons entered the second round with the fewest picks of any team in the draft and left with two more picks.

The Falcons made one critical decision before the draft: they like the Right Guard candidates on their roster. Given the weakness of OL prospects coming out of college offenses, the Falcons seem to have adopted a draft-and-redshirt approach, as last year"s 5th-round pick Wes Schweitzer looks to have the inside track to replace Chris Chester. They did add Sean Harlow, who also looks like a prospect who can develop into a starter in time, perhaps replacing Andy Levitre next winter. In the fifth round, they added a dark-horse candidate to upgrade Free Safety with Damontae Kazee, who has great ballhawking instincts. They then added a power RB in Brian Hill from Wyoming. Finally, they added a lottery ticket at TE in Eric Saubert. Saubert has nice speed, but doesn"t block well and has a history of maddening drops. Atlanta filled a lot of needs and added critical depth.

Grade: A-

3 Baltimore Ravens                 





For the first time since 2010, Baltimore did not take a running back in the draft. In fact, it was the first time in franchise history Baltimore declined to select ANY offensive skill player. For a team that lost its #2 and #4 receivers, that is where an otherwise-strong draft was lacking. What it lacked in that area, Ozzie made up for in impact defensive players. Marlon Humphrey could become the best Baltimore DB in short order, and I see him as a guy who could become a Pro-Bowl fixture. At the same time, Bowser and Williams are far better pass rushers than could normally be found in RD2 and 3. The pair, along with Matt Judon and Za'Darius Smith, give the Ravens a strong young corps of edge rushers that could be terrorizing QBs for years to come. All three of these first selections have more impact potential since Baltimore drafted C.J. Mosley in RD1 in 2014.

Meanwhile, Chris Wormley might already be the most-impactful DL on the roster. On the other side of the ball, Ozzie took the opportunity to address a relatively-weak OL by taking Nico Siragusa and Jermain Eleumunor --two guys with starting potential-- in the middle rounds. Chuck Clark also adds the ability to contribute on special teams and provide solid depth. The outlook prior to this draft was that Baltimore needed impact players who could be building blocks for the franchise. At least four prospects could fit that bill, but not getting a WR was a mistake.

Grade: A-

4 Buffalo Bills                 





You really have to credit Doug Whaley -I mean Sean McDermott- for this draft. A rookie signing rookies doesn't usually end well, but this went better than expected. By trading down to #27, McD assured the Bills of a bonus RD1 pick next year plus an extra RD3 this year. The Bills didn't stand pat; only the RD5#171 was used at its original spot. It was clear the Bills wanted a trade-down, they wanted to create buzz over QBs to jack up a bidding war, and wanted specific players to fill needs. Check, check, and check.

With their first three picks, the Bills secured three possible 2017 starters: Tre'davious White at CB, Zay Jones at WR (plus Zay's former coach), and DraftTek's best power-blocking OL, Dion Dawkins, at RT. All three were in our Top 50. One DraftTek mock I remember had White and Jones gone by pick #17. Every pick had four years' experience in college.

The Bills may have also drafted a QBOTF in Nathan Peterman, #83 on our board. His experience in a pro set, accuracy, field vision, and timing are all vital in a West Coast Offense. Required viewing: Watch Jon Gruden's Chalk Talk with Peterman here.

Finally, the Bills made for a fun preseason battle at WILB by drafting two speedy linebackers in Milano and Vallejo. They'll start on special teams, but both have high ceilings.

So far, the Bills' UDFAs fill some needs. My favorite is Austin Rehkow. He punted, kicked off, and kicked FGs for the Idaho Vandals, and was the #1 punter in my book. Great security blanket. There do remain some holes (see my depth chart), but the draft and UDFA are scarcely a day old as I write this.

The Bills' draft is likely Top 5 in the NFL this year. Not bad for a rookie head coach, no GM, and no scouts. Come say "hi" at Training Camp --I'm the guy with the clipboard in the top right corner of the bleachers. See you on Twitter!

Grade: A

5 Carolina Panthers                 





Evolution was theme of this draft. Historically, the Panthers have sought after big and strong players rather than the smaller playmakers. After a 2016 that saw their "Twin Tower Wide Receivers" turn into plodding and average Wide Receivers, it was time to evolve. And evolve they did. General Manager David Gettleman, who is famous (or infamous) for doubling or tripling up on positions in a draft, doubled down on quick and fast playmakers. At Pick Eight, Christian McCaffrey. was the guy that they chose over OJ Howard (who was their next option). McCaffrey is going to make the Panthers change in so many ways. Gettleman says he is the best between the tackles runner than he has ever seen --other than Curtis Martin. In the Second Round, Gettleman doubled-down and took Curtis Samuel who ran a 4.31 forty at the Combine. These two players will offer up so many options to a slow and faltering offense that was ranked first just two years ago.

At Pick 64, the Panthers found perhaps their best value in RT Taylor Moton. In RD3, they got their pass rusher in Daeshon Hall. Then in RD5 they picked Corn (arguably the best name in the draft and the best defender on The U last year). RD6 brought us a small-school FB in Alex Armhah and they rounded out the draft with competition for Graham Gano. Evolution underway in Carolina. Read a more in-depth recap here.Panther Nation voted~@Panthersdrafter

6 Chicago Bears                 





By this point, it's not news that the Bears' draft went over like a fart in church with most fans and analysts. Professional sycophant Peter King provides the most revealing insight into the Bears' decision to move up for QB Mitchell Trubisky, painting the entire scenario as a waste of time and a waste of resources. If there were no other suitors for the 2nd pick, as many believe, then giving SF two thirds and a fourth to move up one spot was a major error in judgment. But there were; so was it really the heist many are saying? GM Ryan Pace wanted one player, and he got him. It cost him, but was it the Draft's worst blunder? Using the old draft value chart, the Bears overpaid by about 180 points to move one spot --still less than KC and HOU gave up to get inferior QBs (by most measures). But using the revised chart based on the new CBA, the Bears actually underpaid by 25.44 pts. Meanwhile, KC and HOU paid an extra 106.49 and 113.25, respectively. If Pace really believed he'd miss out on the player he wanted, though some say he would not have, it seems worth the peace of mind to make sure.

Regardless, the move was confusing, and the rest of the Draft followed suit. Pace wisely moved back to recoup a pick and still get the TE he wanted, Ashland's Adam Shaheen. "Baby Gronk" runs a 4.79 at 279 lbs and could be a game-changer in the new NFL. In RD4 they finally addressed the secondary with the selection of Alabama S Eddie Jackson. Jackson is a smart and athletic leader who, if healthy, could be a steal here. But after picking up Quintin Demps, coupled with the return of Deon Bush and conversion of Diondre Hall, there is a sudden backlog of mediocrity. Fellow RD4 pick Tarik Cohen has been compared to Darren Sproles, and the comparisons are fair between his electricity, production, and propensity to shop in the kids' section. "The Human Joystick" wasn't a need pick, but he could bring instant electricity to a team that lacks it. Fifth rounder Jordan Morgan is a small-school Guard brought in to develop into a backup at a position with no needs. Commence head scratching.

I'll give Pace a break on his move for Trubisky until we see if he can play. But the rest of the draft was a mish-mash of sleepers without what appears to be a true vision. I presume Pace has one, but for now, it's lost on just about everyone observing.

Grade: C+

7 Cincinnati Bengals                 





The Bengals had some holes to fill in this draft, whether it meant getting younger in a position or actually upgrading a position. EDGE Rusher seemed to be the biggest priority entering the Draft, but Coach Lewis has always done a solid job weighing value vs. need. This draft was no different. With the 9th pick overall, Cincy went with speed demon WR John Ross who will not only electrify the offense, but he'll put butts in stadium seats. The pick makes sense because his speed alone will draw coverage away from AJ Green, allowing him to do his thing. The 2nd round brought in the controversial RB Joe Mixon. There's no question about his talent and if he keeps his nose clean; he has a Pro-Bowl skill set. Hill is on the last year of his contract and Bernard isn't a durable every-down RB. The pick just makes sense. In Rounds 3 and 4, Cincy loaded up on a pair of sack specialists. Based on upside alone, Willis could be one of the better picks in the draft. He's strong coming off the edge and is a workout warrior. Lawson is a hybrid LB/DE with some injury history, but he has big upside. Lawson is a physical freak, a great locker-room presence, and a determined worker who will never have an off-the-field issue. Round 4 also introduced Josh Malone, a speedy WR from Tennessee. He had some good numbers and yields some big play ability. A few analysts believe Malone may have a better career as a pro than he did in college. Rounds 5 through 7 went on to get some depth with C Dielman, LB Evans, DT Glasgow, and TE Schreck. The more interesting picks were K Jake Elliott and RB/CB Brandon Wilson. Elliott is the likely candidate to win the kicking job in Cincinnati, as the kicking game was shameful (#21) last season. Wilson is a RB/CB and is a very intriguing developmental project. The Bengals would like to convert him to DB permanently, but his ability in the return game and special-teams prowess are what really give him a shot at the 53-man roster. Overall, this was a very productive draft for the Bengals with a large amount of value. There's no pick made by Cincy which seems like a mistake or even one where they could have done much better. An impressive amount of research and homework was done this year, and I really think Coach Lewis and Mike Brown nailed this one.

Grade: A-

8 Cleveland Browns                 





The common denominator for the Browns was potential. Nearly every player they took had high upside but where there is unfulfilled potential, there is risk. I was all right with that risk with Myles Garrett, because they were picking number one overall and he was the best player in this draft. Still, to follow it up with Jabrill Peppers and David Njoku, who both need to learn to play their respective positions, is gambling big-time with three premium picks. DaShone Kizer is a project as well, and Larry Ogunjobi has flashes of brilliance but lacks consistency.

Howard Wilson may be one of the safest picks they made along with their final two in Zane Gonzalez and Matt Dayes. All three have legitimate opportunities to make this roster. The selection of Roderick Johnson has some intrigue because he had first-round potential entering his Junior year. Still, he is going to need a lot of patience and coaching, as will most of the other guys I mentioned. Those are two things that Cleveland hasn"t been known for which worries me a bit. If even half of these prospects live up to their potential then the gamble pays off but with prospects like this, coaching changes are like progress-stoppers. Jimmy Haslett and Sashi Brown better be willing to have faith in Hue Jackson for at least another three years. The one pick I haven"t mentioned is that of Caleb Brantley, and there is good reason. Any time you have to explain that you may not keep him, and that his actions "may not be something we can get comfortable with", it was probably best to pass on him in the first place. Overall, this draft could be gold or garbage, only time will tell.

Grade: Incomplete ~Austin Smith

9 Dallas Cowboys                 





"Upon Further Review" . . . Yep, Ol" Long Ball went under the hood and Instant Replayed the past 3 days. It appears that the Dallas FO is ready to dust off the old video for their new screen, "Dallas Doomsday Defense Strikes Again!" DE Taco Charlton might have been a bit of a reach at a position of need, but if you"re going to reach, potential and athleticism rule the day. If he continues to improve as he has during his time at Michigan, the Cowboys have a stud . . . if not, they have a solid role player in the DL rotation.

Colorado"s Chidobe Awuzie was the top-ranked CB on the Board at #60, as was Michigan"s Jourdan Lewis at #92; both players are capable of playing inside or outside (thus, the Orlando Scandrick shopping expedition during the Draft), and Awuzie also has experience at Safety. Needless to say, the F/A departures of Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne have been addressed and most likely improved upon.

With Donnel Pumphrey (a known Cowboy target) going one pick earlier to the hated Eagles, Dallas chose a replacement for Lucky Whitehead (Returner) and understudy to Cole Beasley (WRS) in North Carolina"s Ryan Switzer (Ol" Tattoo Lip) in the 4th Round. But after this brief intermission, it was back to defense!

With no RD5 selections, Cuzzin Jerruh exhibited all the maneuvering skills of aTijuana Taxi Driver, obtaining an extra RD6 pick (#191) for next year"s RD5, and trading down from #211 to #216 for an extra RD7 pick (#239). These moves yielded Louisiana Tech S Xavier Woods, Florida State CB Marquez White, Florida DT Joey Ivie, and Ohio State WR Noah Brown (he of the 4 TD"s against Oklahoma in 2016) before calling it a day with Colorado DT Jordan Carrell. If we can believe the statement, "There"s strength in numbers!", then maybe, just maybe, Doomsday will rise again!

Grade: A

10 Denver Broncos                 





The Broncos had a very intriguing draft. I worried about the Broncos reaching for an offensive lineman in the first round, and I have to admit, while O.J. Howard was sliding, I wondered if we might make a move to get him. Garett Bolles has potential to be a starting Left Tackle, but this pick has the risk of coming up empty if he doesn"t get more consistent with his technique. I loved the selection of Demarcus Walker. His character is through the roof, and he can give them that disruptive presence that they lost last off-season in Malik Jackson. I also love the additions of the skill-position players. Carlos Henderson has the kind of skill set that could make him an instant contributor with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Isaiah McKenzie can help immediately in the return game, and hopefully grow into a weapon out of the slot.

Jake Butt is a steal. He rivaled Howard as the top Tight End in this class prior to the knee injury, and might turn out to be the most-reliable target on the roster in time. De"Angelo Henderson has big-play ability out of the backfield, and could provide a spark to a group that was near the bottom of the league in most rushing categories, including yards per carry. Branden Langley is a nice project for a secondary that was looking for depth, and you can"t help but wonder about Chad Kelly. With all the question marks at quarterback, you wonder if he can"t show up in training camp and make a few plays that add his name to the competition. In the end, they filled needs, took some risks where they could afford to, and got good value with nearly every pick. Grade A- ~Austin Smith

11 Detroit Lions                 





The Lions were in a tough spot once Reuben Foster fell into their laps, but they ultimately went with the inspiring Jarrad Davis. This is a commitment made by GM Bob Quinn and his team of scouts. In his post-draft 1-on-1 with Tori Petry, Quinn recognized that during the 3rd round and beyond, the Lions targeted best player available according to their own draft board. However, most experts would agree, that a pass-rusher was needed in this draft before the sixth round. There were plenty of opportunities to address pass-rusher, but Quinn didn"t value this as high as other teams. A possible draft of Takkarist McKinley or Reuben Foster, Duke Riley, and Cordrea Tankersley was available in the first 3 rounds.

However, moving forward, the later-round picks had boom-or-bust potential. Jalen Reeves-Maybin, if healthy, should man the WILL spot effectively. Kenny Golladay could be a sleeper pick when he learns how to run routes effectively. There have to be questions on what the future of the Detroit Lions will be. Remember, both Ezekiel Ansah and Eric Ebron are in the final years of their contracts. Enticing them to stay would be ideal because the Lions haven"t drafted their replacements yet. Either both of them will be priority re-signings before the season is over, or it"s back to Square One for GM Bob Quinn and the Lions.

Grade: C-

12 Green Bay Packers                 





That rumbling you heard late Thursday night was the collective sound of the entire state of Wisconsin jumping up and down in frustration when the Packers passed on drafting TJ Watt. Instead, Ted Thompson surveyed his board and saw he could still get one of his target players a few spots later and pick up an extra pick. The beauty of it was that the Packers ended up with the first pick of each of the next two days of the draft. They had their choice of any player they wanted and could entertain offers for the pick. In the end, they kept them both, getting their #1 corner, Kevin King, and then later brought joy back to Wisconsin with the 4th-round selection of Vince Biegel. In between, he further shored up the secondary with the versatile Josh Jones and then took Auburn's Montravious Adams, adding depth to the defensive line (something Thompson rarely fails to do in the draft). With all four initial picks focused on the defensive side of the ball, Thompson went all offense the rest of the way. He added two wide receivers (Deangelo Yancy and Malachi Dupre) to create some competition at that position and of all things, three running backs, (Jamal Williams, Aaron Jones, and Devante Mays), a sure indictment of any current Packers' running back on the roster not named Ty Montgomery. His other later-round pick was a little-known offensive lineman (Kofi Amichia), who is a classic Packers' Tackle-to-Guard conversion project. Overall, it's a very strong draft, directly addressing the Packers' biggest need (secondary) while freshening up the offensive roster with some new weapons. I personally thought they would have taken an edge rusher a bit earlier, but that's not a complaint. For in-depth analysis of the Packers' draft choices, check out this article on CheeseheadTV.com.

Grade: A

13 Houston Texans                 





On paper, the Texans added the best QB (back-to-back Davey O"Brien winner), the SEC"s leading tackler, and the nation"s best RB (Doak Walker winner). I"d call that a successful draft; only time will tell. Tom Savage is projected as Houston"s starting QB, although Deshaun"s talent will eventually prevail. In a perfect world, Savage breaks out during his contract year, allowing Houston to "Redshirt" Deshaun and recover draft assets for next season. That would be a dream scenario, but it appears Houston"s QB purgatory is over.

Regarding other offensive selections, various analysts called D"Onta Foreman a wasted pick, but I disagree and apparently the stats do also. Considering Houston was next to last in Red-Zone scoring, Foreman will play a substantial role near the goal-line and in short-yardage situations, starting Day One. D"Onta and Miller provide a strong 1-2 punch. One low-key addition with great potential is the behemoth OT from Bucknell. Julie"n Davenport has a steep learning curve, but after starting 44 consecutive games and earning all-conference honors all four seasons at LT, he is the best RT option on Houston"s roster. Baylor"s Kyle Fuller serves as depth for OC and OG, if he makes the Team. The Texans didn"t sleep on their laurels on defense and added a versatile coverage LB to fill the #1 Defense"s biggest weakness, TE and RB coverage. Zach Cunningham is a tackling machine that diagnoses quickly and can run sideline-to-sideline. Other than Reuben Foster, Zach was the best ILB in the draft. Another exciting move was reuniting Carlos Watkins with his former Clemson teammate, DJ Reader. Watkins ended his Senior year with 13.5 TFLs, 10.5 sacks, and 50 tackles --pretty impressive for an interior DL. To wrap up the draft analysis, in the 5th RD the Texans landed the feisty 6"2", 200 DB Treston Decoud, who will likely transition to S. I may be a little partial, but overall Houston nailed this draft.

Grade: A+ ~CME, Texans Analyst

14 Indianapolis Colts                 





The Colts went straight at the heart of the biggest need (defense) in the 2017 NFL Draft, and new GM Chris Ballard has, on paper, knocked it out of the park. The draft started off seeing a top-5 prospect (S Malik Hooker) drop right into his lap, giving the Colts an immediate starter who can play the "center-field" position. What"s more, Ballard added to an emaciated secondary with the size and length at CB that he was looking for with Florida CB Quincy Wilson.

For some youth on the edge, Ballard snatched up the MAC Defensive Player of the Year, Tarrell Basham (who should eventually break into a starting position by season"s end), while the Colts added some power and nastiness up front with the raw DT out of Albany State (Georgia), Grover Stewart. Just for good measure, Indy added another CB (Nate Hairston, from Temple) and a Northwestern Wildcat ILB, Anthony Walker Jr., who is a perfect fit for the mid-section of the Colts" defense.

While focusing mainly on defense, Indy also selected RB Marion Mack to give them a versatile threat that can rotate in and out with verteran Frank Gore. Oh, and by the way, they also added a dude about the size of a fire truck in USC"s OT Zach Banner, who could slide inside to Guard. Overall, extremely solid first draft for the new GM and personnel department in Indianapolis. For those players already on the roster of the Colts, well...better get ready to "bring it" immediately.

Grade: A

15 Jacksonville Jaguars                 





Jaguars started off the 2017 draft in brilliant fashion in my book. LSU RB Leonard Fournette was a clear and obvious choice at fourth-overall. No other player available has the potential to change the team's fortunes as quickly. As a workhorse runner, he changes the team's offensive focus, (as well as opposing defense's focus), takes pressure off QB Blake Bortles, and allows him to be more of a game manager. A ball-control offense also helps the club's defense by staying on the field longer. Following up on that, they brought in another Bayou Baby, OT Cam Robinson. Fournette and Robinson came out of HS as two of the top three recruits in 2014, along with some guy named Myles Garrett. Cam was as decorated as any of them over the past three seasons, and finished off the strongest of the trio. He is a step away from being the team's starting left tackle, and the job is not too big for him.

The great start sputtered a bit from there, as RD3 brought EDGE rusher Duwuane Smoot of Illinois, who seems average in every regard, and no more than a depth player and special-teams contibutor. Next, the staff invited a little controversy into the building in the form of Biletnikoff Award-winner, WRS DeDe Westbrook from Oklahoma. DeDe brings great production but has a litany of character issues, and a brain the size of a pea, apparently. Still, he wouldn't be the first WR to achieve NFL stardom while being a jerk off the field. The next two picks were based on athletic upside, in the persons of ILB Blair Brown, Ohio U. (RD5), and CB Jalen Myrick, Minnesota (RD7). Both tested exceptionally well for their positions, but didn't stand out on the playing field ("Coach 'em up Gusy"). The missing RD6 pick between those two selections was the price paid to Seattle for passing on Cam Robinson at the top of RD2. That may come back to bite the organization, as it cost them a chance to draft a great value TE in Bucky Hodges, who went a few spots after the Jags' originally-scheduled spot. Personally, I think Hodges will be a strong player in the league and I had him mocked as their 4th RD pick. TE was a spot of need they failed to fill. Finally, to officially open the Tom Coughlin era in Jacksonville, the club used a compensatory RD7 pick on burly 5'-10, 260-pound Miami (Ohio) blocking FB Marquez Williams, who Leonard Fournette will see the backside of 20-30 times a game for the next few years. The draft was a success by dinner time on Friday evening, with Fournette and Robinson safely in the stable --perhaps the best two draft picks David Caldwell has made in his five seasons directing the war room for Shad Khan.

Grade: A

16 Kansas City Chiefs                 





The Chiefs entered the draft with 10 picks, which was more than our cap-heavy budget could afford. GM John Dorsey wheeled and dealed to cut down the number of selections and trade up for quality. Surprising the fanbase, the most notable trade occurred very early in RD1. At pick 10, the Chiefs chose gunslinger Pat Mahomes over national champion MVP Deshaun Watson. It was a big move, but well worth it. The selection of Mahomes means Reid and Dorsey will remain with Chiefs for the long haul. Rumors had swirled in the offseason of Dorsey"s return to the Packers and Reid"s retirement. Hogwash! The former Red Raider QB is the polar opposite of risk-adverse Alex Smith. (Releasing Smith next year could save save $17 million.) Oh yes, and then there is this... Todd Blackledge. Yep. Done hearing about him, done talking about him. Moving on! Mahomes is leaning towards wearing jersey number 4 --yes; that"s right, just like Brett Favre. After hearing his nasal --sometimes squeaky-- voice on the local KC radio, some KC fans have found another comparison: Bobcat Goldthwait. As for the rest of the picks:

Day 2 provided two strong players. DE Tanoh Kpassagnon is a game-wrecker. His Combine numbers mirrored Myles Garrett's. He became the center of attention at the Senior Bowl weigh-in. "Kpassagnon has just 4% body fat, and his abs appear to have abs," said Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated. Toledo RB Kareem Hunt finished as the school"s all-time leading rusher. Out of 782 carries during his 4-year career, he fumbled the ball only one time. ONE TIME! He will make the most impact in 2007.

Day 3 selections left me scratching my head. WR Jehu Chesson showed a good catch radius and earned MVP honors at Michigan in 2015, but he suffered a knee injury in the Citrus Bowl. In 2016, he struggled to separate from defenders. I would have preferred TEs Butt or Kittle at this spot. OLB Ukeme Eligwe tackles too high and needs to improve his technique. Lacks instincts and has character issues. He is fast and had a decent SPARQ score. Is Dorsey relying too much on SPARQ? He"ll be a practice-squad player, special team at best. Leon McQuay III is an average safety with good lineage.

Grade: B+

17 Miami Dolphins                 





The Dolphins spent most of their draft capital filling the trenches. Three draftees filled defensive line positions and another was an offensive lineman. The Fins' RD1 pick, Charles Harris, was widely coveted by teams at the bottom of the first round. He was a highly-productive Edge Rusher at Mizzou with a sterling character and work ethic. The 2nd-Round pick, Raekwon McMillan, should start for Miami in September.

DraftTek had Isaac Asiata, the Dolphins' 5th-Round selection, as a top-100 player (88th, to be precise). The huge Ute should see significant PT in 2017 with potential to start down the road. Getting Asiata at #164 represents major value, as do the two final Dolphins' picks. Defensive Tackle Vincent Talyor, our #127th-ranked prospect, lasted all the way to pick RD6#194.

The biggest steal of the day may have been Isaiah Ford, a huge, highly-productive college player at Virginia Tech who was at one point considered a RD1 WR prospect. Our Big Board had Ford at #121. He may have fallen due to mediocre Combine numbers and slight measurables; however, we think Ford will be a productive NFL player.

Grade: B+, with A+ upside.

18 Minnesota Vikings                 





A lot of the excitement surrounding the draft season was dampened for Vikings' fans this year, given that our RD1 pick was used to secure Sam Bradford. Going into Day 2, the expectation was for three key positions to be addressed: interior OL, DT, and RB. Seeing an opportunity to grab one of the top RB talents in the draft, Dalvin Cook, "Trader" Rick Spielman maneuvered his way up from RD2#48 to #41, sending the Bengals pick #128, as well. This is a high risk/high reward pick, as it was Cook's off-field red flags that caused him to fall, but if he can get past his past, he can be a special player. In RD3, the trading continued as Rick saw the apple of his eye on the board again, Rick moved up from #79 to #70 (giving up #160, as well) to nab Pat Elflein, arguably the draft's top Center and definitely a top 3 interior OL. Immediately after the Vikings took Elflein, the Bolts took Dan Feeney at 71, so it's probable that Elflein would have been gone if the Vikings had waited even one more pick. Well played, Rick. In Elflein, the Vikings are getting a guy many have tabbed as a 10-year, "set it and forget" Center.

Looking to recoup some of the Day 3 picks he gave up, Rick traded out of the Vikings' second RD3 pick to move down to #104, and then again to #109, adding three Day 3 picks in the process. At #109, the Vikings addressed their other big need with DT Jaleel Johnson, a 3-technique that has shown a quick first step and consistent motor. Over the rest of the draft, the Vikings really played with the board to get their guys; Rick almost had as many trades as picks! In Gedeon and Lee, we got a couple of depth linebackers that both have starting potential. Coley and Adams are a pair of speed receivers who can stretch the field. Isidora is another depth OG on Day 3, but some felt he could have gone as high as RD3. Possibly the gem of Day 3 was Bucky Hodges, a 6'6" TE who runs a mid-4.5 forty and can jump through the roof. If he can put his off-field issues behind him, he can be a very good receiving TE.

Even without their first-round pick that was used to secure the quarterback position, the Vikings still locked up a Day 1 talent, and multiple guys who could have gone Day 2.

Grade: A

19 New England Patriots                 





New England had four picks, but count Brandin Cooks, Kyle Van Noy, Barkevious Mingo, James O"Shaughnessy, Dwayne Allen, Mike Gillislee, Michael Williams, and Kony Ealy as their draft haul. Mingo left to Indy, which is why Kony Ealy is part of this haul. Fun Fact: New England did not select any draft pick at its original position in the 2017 draft. First and foremost, New England traded away their picks on the theory that these veterans are currently as good if not better than what their original haul would"ve been. With five Super Bowl rings under their belt now, I think we can all nod in agreement.

The Pats' four draft picks were led by Derek Rivers, who has the ability to replace Rob Ninkovich on Day One. Phenomenal place to learn for the Youngstown State alum. Conor McDermott was a legit RD1 prospect in 2016 and then faced Myles Garrett. He promptly yielded a combined 11 sacks, hits and pressures when faced against him. Antonio Garcia should be the replacement of Nate Solder if he develops well. Even Deatrich Wise Jr. could be a replacement for Kony Ealy after his year is up. This draft has to be looked at including the trades. Otherwise this is a very incomplete draft. The questions at Tight End will be addressed with either Allen, O"Shaughnessy, or Williams. Pass rush is addressed with Ealy, Wise, and Rivers and the offense will click better with Cooks and Gillislee.

Grade without trades: Incomplete or D. Grade with trades: A-

20 New Orleans Saints                 





Dennis Allen, Defensive Coordinator for the Saints, is likely ecstatic with one of the top 6 best talents of the draft, with the secondary getting immediate help and depth for that unit. Keep in mind that two starting CB"s for the Saints were injured most of the year in 2016, and the secondary has consistently been near the bottom of the league statistically for the past two seasons. While CB Marshon Lattimore gives the Saints a shot at a reliable starting corner in man coverage or Cover-3, he"ll have to dislodge either P.J. Williams or Delvin Breaux for the position. The Saints are hoping his overall lack of experience or some health issues (hamstring) never rear their ugly heads.

RD1, pick #32, surprised a few folks, as they netted OT Ryan Ramczyk of Wisconsin. The former Badger standout is the likely replacement for veteran Zach Strief. Like Lattimore, Ramczyk is less experienced (one year) than most players coming out of college, but he"ll have time to learn behind the 33-year old Streif. In RD3, the Saints added the "centerfielder" Marcus Williams, a Safety out of Utah. He had 10 interceptions and four forced fumbles over the course of the past couple of seasons, so he could help rejuvenate the secondary along with Lattimore. The 3rd round was a bountiful one for New Orleans (and their best), first grabbing RB Alvin Kamara of Tennessee, then speedy and athletic LB Alex Anzalone out of Florida, and finally at pick 103, DE Trey Hendrickson from Florida Atlantic Univeristy. To finalize the 2017 draft, the Saints picked up yet another LBer from the Florida area by adding Al-Quadin Muhammad, from "The U".

There is plenty of upside with this draft, as well as a question about the selection of OT and RB ahead of an EDGE rusher. Overall, the Saints' draft added key pieces to their top areas of need (with value) and no gigantic reaches at any portion of the draft.

Grade: B+

21 New York Giants                 





As usual, the Giants stayed true to their board throughout the 2017 draft. In RD1, they chose Evan Engram, a lethal weapon at the hybrid TE spot. Considering Rhett Ellison"s skill set at the same position, the Engram pick makes a ton of sense with huge upside attached to it. Engram is a four-year productive player and two-year Team Captain. He has been a leader for his team on and off the field and will don #88 for Big Blue. We projected Dalvin Tomlinson to the Giants at pick 55 in our last mock, and that is exactly who the Giants picked. Tomlinson is country strong, pro-ready, and adds immediate rotation depth to the Giants" D-Line. This behemoth will help fill the void left with Jonathan Hankins' departure. The Giants turned heads with the selection of quarterback Davis Webb in RD3, with many banging the draft drum for offensive line depth. At this point, Webb is not ready to play on the NFL stage, but has outstanding upside thanks to his size, strong arm, and intangibles. He gets to learn under a willing tutor and future-HOF QB in Eli Manning. The Webb selection could prove to be a huge value pick when we look back years from now. We had mocked RB Wayne Gallman to the Giants at pick #140 last week and hit on that selection, too. Gallman runs with toughness, violence, and has proven he can absorb bone-crunching hits. The "Wayne Train" has over 2,600 yards on the ground and 30 touchdowns over the past two years at Clemson. The Giants finished up their draft with rotation depth on both sides of the line. At DE in the Giants' 4-3 front, Avery Moss should provide occasional relief for JPP and Olivier Vernon on the D-Line (see snap percentages in 2016). High upside pick here with little downside. The Giants traded up in RD6 to finish off their 2017 draft and added much-needed depth to their Offensive Line. If healthy, Adam Bisnowaty out of Pitt has a chance to add immediate competition and another prospect that comes with high character. Overall, this was a solid and exciting draft for the New York Giants.

Grade: A-

22 New York Jets                 





Jets" GM Mike Maccagnan concentrated his efforts on strengthening WR, CB, and Safety in this year"s Draft. He also showed his wheeler-dealer side, turning his 7 original picks into 9, with an additional RD5 pick in next year"s draft. In 2017, leadership was a theme, as the Jets appeared to concentrate their efforts on drafting high-character, team-orientated guys. Todd Bowles found creative ways to use his safeties in Arizona. He must be thrilled with the addition of Top Safety, Jamal Adams. The versatility of Adams and his RD2 pick, Marcus Maye, should get Bowles' creative juices flowing again. The addition of CBs Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones in RD6 adds some depth to the position and development potential for the future.

On Offense, the Jets added talented 'Bama WR ArDarius Stewart in RD3, but perhaps the best pick of the Jets' draft from a value perspective was Cal WR, Chad Hansen at RD4#141. Hansen was #97 on our Big Board. RD5#150 pick Jordan Leggett represented great value (Big Board #113) and filled a huge need at TE. With suspension looming over A-S. Jenkins, Leggett may be our Day-One starter. RB Elijah McGuire completes the quartet of new weapons at the disposal of new OC John Morton. This draft will probably do very little to help with the team's W-L record next year, and that may irk some fans, but the Jets put in a solid foundation for the future.

Overall grade: B+

23 Oakland Raiders                 





There may not be a GM that seems to march to the beat of his own drum like Reggie McKenzie, but, for the most part, it works for him. Watching Oakland this offseason, the focus has been on upgrading over departures as opposed to identifying areas for dramatic improvement. In Free Agency, Patterson is an improvement over Holmes, Lynch over Murray, and Cook over Rivera. Jelani Jenkins and Marshall Newhouse are probably a "wash" over Malcolm Smith and Menelik Watson.

In the draft, Reggie took Vanderdoes and Hester to updgrade over Williams and McGree, as well as Conley and Melifonwu over Hayden and Allen.

There is no doubt Oakland is better than they were before the start of the offseason. Not only are they better, but this draft added potential studs in Conley and Melifonwu. Vanderdoes, Sharp, and Lee all have starting potential, as well. Going into the draft, however, Oakland desperately needed to improve its pass rush as well as its abysmal linebacking corps. It still does, unless Lee turns out to be much better than expected. For that reason, as well as a lack of any near-certain starters in this draft, there is reason to be frustrated with this draft. On the other hand, there's a real possibility that Oakland could have picked up five starters, a special teams stud (Luani), a workhorse back (Hood), and key rotational player (Hester). If that's the case, this could be a haul we look back on for quite some time. Because of all the question marks, this is a tough class to grade this early, but...

Grade: B+

24 Philadelphia Eagles                 





Heading into Thursday night, the Eagles" biggest needs were CB, DE, and RB, in that order. After setting a new standard for being the host-city for a draft, Philly turned its attention towards hitting a home run with their RD1 pick. In my opinion, they did so. Derek Barnett gets dinged for being a high-production guy who does his damage with technique and "want-to" instead of pure athleticism. They said the same things about Jonathan Allen (who, unlike Barnett, was surrounded by 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Round talent at "Bama). Barnett has none of the red flags, medical or otherwise, that many other top picks did.

The Eagles then set their sights on their barren secondary, taking corners Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas. Jones likely would have the Eagles" pick at 14 had he not been injured. I"m not the biggest fan of gambling on red-shirt picks this high, especially when other very talented, perfectly healthy corners were available. If he fully heals, Jones could be the steal of the draft...but we won"t know until 2018. Douglas in RD3 is a gambling interception-machine, but will need coaching, and perhaps a pep talk from Brian Dawkins on the importance of tackling.

WR Mack Hollins is a Special Teams demon with immense (but untapped) potential as a big receiver. They nabbed 5"8", 176 lb RB Donnel Pumphrey next. Despite his great college production, I would have preferred a more feature-type back here, as several were still on the board. Speedster WR Shelton Gibson gives Wentz a legit deep threat and was a pretty good value in RD5. They finished their selections with LB Nate Gerry and DT Elijah Qualls. Also of note: it appears the Eagles supplemented their draft with the signings of C Tyler Orlosky (a late RD3 talent on DraftTek"s Big Board) and Wisconsin"s RB Corey Clement. If Sidney Jones comes back 100% next year, this could be an A+ Draft...but until I see that happen, it's marked down. See you next year, Philly fans! ~Broz, Eagles Analyst

Grade B+

25 Pittsburgh Steelers                 





Possibly linked to the passing of Dan Rooney, the Steelers, in this draft, loaded up with players who have excellent character and display exceptional dedication to the game. From the linebacker from Pewaukee, to the cancer survivor, to the Aerospace engineer, most of these guys possess a prevailing love of the game and excellent character. The Steelers managed to fill some needs with these guys, perhaps at the expense of some value. Watt in the first and Adams in the seventh address the most pressing need at outside linebacker. Sutton in the third and Allen in the fifth both address the lack of depth at outside corner. For skill players, the team needed to increase the talent level supporting their star players. Smith-Schuster in the second and Conner in the third are young players with high upside who can help carry the load in case of injury. A failure to capitalize on an excellent Tight End class, is either how the draft broke or a vote of confidence in LaDarius Green. The picks of a backup QB and a long snapper are selections that much of the fanbase would have happily passed on in favor of players who could help the team win championships within Roethlisberger"s window. Ultimately, the team picked multiple high-character players at the positions of most need and filled some other gaps in the roster.
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Grade: B

26 Los Angeles Chargers                 





It wasn't hard to pick out the team needs going into this draft for the Chargers. Most fans would agree that they needed a Nose Tackle, Offensive Lineman (or two), Wide Receiver, and a couple of Defensive Backs. The rest was fairly flexible, with the focus being on value/talent over need. GM Tom Telesco didn't make a single trade to move up or down the draft, but filled virtually every need by staying put. With the 7th-overall pick Telesco took, arguably, the best wide receiver in the draft, and certainly the best fit for this offense, Mike Williams. He followed that up with a pair of interior offensive linemen in Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney. It remains to be seen if they'll both stick at Guard or if they'll be moved around. Either way, these are two very solid OL that will provide upgrades to a unit in desperate need.

Following the annual theme of doubling down on consecutive picks, the Bolts grabbed two safeties to start Day 3 in Rayshawn Jenkins and Desmond King. It's interesting that most draftniks would have likely expected them to be taken in reverse order, but they're both intriguing DB prospects that bring two very different skill sets to the team. Jenkins is a Box Safety that rarely makes plays on the ball, but is a sure tackler in the open field and has no problem supporting the run game. King is likely a Free Safety, though he's adamant that he can play Cornerback, as he is known for his instincts and ball skills. In time, Jenkins and King could form a pretty potent duo in the defensive backfield.

After these picks, I feel like the Bolts' draft fell off a cliff. With three valuable Nose Tackle prospects staring him in the face (Vincent Taylor, Elijah Qualls, and DJ Jones), Telesco added another offensive lineman in RD6; one that many felt would be a priority UDFA, rather than a 6th-round pick. He followed that up by taking an under-sized defensive tackle to finish the draft, albeit one whose strengths lie in stopping the run. All told, it was a fairly strong, if unconventional, draft for Telesco and Company, and it's a bit nit-picky to pooh-pooh the RD6 and RD7 picks, but I strongly believe the Bolts' roster is stronger with one of those nose tackles.

Grade: B+

27 San Francisco 49ers                 





The 49ers took aim at their 32nd-ranked run defense early in the 2017 draft, locking up two elite run defenders in Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster. Thomas adds value as a versatile pass rusher and Foster is a tone-setter in the middle of the field. Ahkello Witherspoon is a size/speed CB who"s still improving his technique, but has the skill set to compete for playing time early. QB CJ Beathard was a bit of a head-scratcher considering the talent still on the board when he was taken, but look past his lackluster 2016 stat line and you"ll see an accurate, pro-style QB willing to stand tall in a messy pocket, with more than enough mobility to keep him out of trouble. RB Joe Williams should carve out an early niche as the explosive, home-run threat complement to the steady, hard-running Carlos Hyde. TE George Kittle is converted WR with the route-running and soft hands to prove it. He'll be contributing as a blocker. Expect him to find his way onto the field early, despite Vance McDonald"s presence. WR Trent Taylor will likely get most of his early work as a returner, but the agile slot receiver racked up an NCAA-leading 1,803 yards in 2016, so I wouldn"t bet against him carving out a role in a mostly-unsettled WR group. DT DJ Jones was a great value in RD5 and should push free-agent addition Earl Mitchell for snaps at Nose Tackle. LB Pita Taumoepenu> has an explosive first step that may serve well on passing downs as a situational outside rusher, and the potential to become an ace on special teams. DB Adrian Colbert is another size/speed corner with a passion for big hits and turnovers. He"ll likely work as a CB early, but has the range, tackling, and ball skills to move to Safety. For now, it seems Jimmie Ward"s primary competition for the FS spot will be priority free agent Lorenzo Jerome (three tackles, one of them for a loss, two interceptions and a forced fumble at the Senior Bowl). This was a solid first draft for John Lynch, adding contributors in key areas, with an eye on the future.

Grade: B ~Brett Clancy

28 Seattle Seahawks                 





The Seahawks entered the Draft with seven picks. By moving out of RD1, and trading back in RD2 twice, John Schneider was able to make a total of 11 selections. That"s borderline witchcraft, and by default makes this a fairly good draft for Seattle.

I initially gave Seattle"s first pick a C-. After marinating on the decision and seeing the rest of the draft unfold; this selection was extremely positive. DT wasn"t the biggest need, but it still demanded to be addressed some time this weekend. McDowell"s talent is that of a Top-10 prospect, but he showed an inconsistent motor. If Seattle can motivate the big man, then this is a home-run pick. However, the Seahawks hedged their bet by taking Nazair Jones in RD3 -someone who is clearly motivated.

The biggest knock on Schneider and Seattle is that they don"t value the offensive line early in the draft. This is whole-heartedly wrong. Schneider has been the Seahawks" GM since 2010. In that time, he had selected a total of six linemen in the first three rounds (notably two in RD1; Russell Okung and Germain Ifedi). Bring that number up to seven after Seattle made Ethan Pocic their second pick on Friday night. It remains to be seen if this means that Justin Britt is moving back to OG or staying at Center, but it does mean that Seattle is taking the OL issues seriously.

The true hallmark of a Seattle draft over the last eight events: addressing the most important needs with multiple selections. The Seahawks needed to add depth to the secondary and defensive interior, plug holes in the offensive line, and add options at receiver. Schneider ended up with four DB"s -one to compete at starting corner and a few understudies for Thomas and Chancellor. He also shored up the defensive interior with McDowell and Jones. On offense, Schneider added two pass-catchers and two big uglies to protect Russell Wilson. His one luxury pick came in the form of a RB from Oklahoma State, Chris Carson.

Grade; A-

~@JefferyMChapman, Seahawks Analyst

29 Los Angeles Rams                 





The Rams did not have a first round pick to begin with and traded back in RD2 from #37 to #44. They selected Gerald Everett, a TE from South Alabama. Everett is an athletic pass-catcher that can open up the middle of the field for this offense. He played more in the slot than with his hand in the dirt, which most offenses require. He is a below-average blocker and will need to learn how if he wants to be a complete tight end. The South Alabama product is a need for the Rams, but with the talent still left on the board at WR, it would have made more sense to go in that direction, and they still might have been able to get Everett in RD3.

In RD3, the Rams selected Cooper Kupp (WR) out of Eastern Washington. Kupp is a productive receiver and can run any route with the ability to separate. To get a guy like him in the 3rd round is a great value pick, but he makes most of his money in the slot just like Everett. He will need to learn how to play on the outside, though. The Rams took the best player available here, and it could work out in the long haul. Later in RD3 the Rams selected Josh Johnson, a safety from Boston College. Johnson is a high-ceiling prospect that has a chance to develop into something special in this defense. He is a good cover safety and, with time, can turn into a great player. The best pick the Rams had (in my opinion) was Josh Reynolds, a big wide receiver from Texas A&M. He is a 6'3 target that has top-notch ball skills and excels at getting open on deep balls. Reynolds is a high-character guy who can eventually develop into a #1 receiver.

On Day 3, the Los Angeles made good value picks with Samson Ebukam (OLB, RD4) and Tanzel Smart (DL RD6). Both of these guys can develop into solid players in the future. They drafted a fullback Sam Rodgers who they probably could have taken in UDFA, and got a pass rusher Ejuan Price in the 7th. Overall, the Rams got pass catchers for Goff and a few solid defensive prospects. They got what they needed, but most would agree that they could have got a much-better player in the second round. Everett is nice, but there were some good receivers still on the board that would have made more sense. They still would have been able to draft a tight end in the later rounds in such a deep draft class. Whether they reached a few times or not, this draft class was selected to help the young quarterback and bulk up the defense for years to come. Don't expect much of an impact this season from these rookies. They could have done better, but if Goff shows improvement and plays well, then the Rams' front office did exactly what it was supposed to do.

Grade: B- ~Michael Gelb, Rams Analyst

30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers                 





The Bucs were, arguably, the beneficiaries of the biggest theft since the Lufthansa heist. We'd all but written off any hope that the Bucs could acquire elite all-purpose recieving/blocking TE O.J. Howard without a significant trade-up,but pick #19 came along and there was Howard, ripe for the picking.

GM Jason Licht used his second-round pick on the team's primary need. It would have been too much to expect Budda Baker to drop into their laps a la Howard, but they did pick up Justin Evans from Texas A&M, a prospect with whom they'd visited. The Bucs added even more offensive weapons for Jameis Winston later in the draft. Chris Godwin (RD3) marries on-field performance with a great set of Combine measurables. Jeremy McNichols (RD5) was a highly productive dual-threat from Boise State, and could see action on third downs.

The selection of Kendell Beckwith surprised some, as the Bucs traded into the final pick of RD3 to snag a player that doesn't appear to fill a need. Nonetheless, Beckwith is a thumper, and should find rotational work as a rookie behind Kwon Alexander. Licht used the Bucs' final pick on depth-fill NT Steve Tu'ikolovatu from USC. The Bucs failed to address needs at Defensive End, and were also anticipated to draft a developmental/backup QB.

Grade: A

31 Tennessee Titans                 





GM Jon Robinson and the Titans had a clear goal looking back on the Draft: To add weapons for Marcus Mariota. They certainly accomplished that. Tennessee started the draft off with taking Corey Davis with the fifth pick, which at the time was a bit shocking, but in hindsight, Robinson made the right call, as all three top receivers were gone after the ninth pick. They double-dipped into the receiver pool in the third round, trading up to draft Taywan Taylor, who will compete with Tajae Sharpe for reps in the slot. The Titans also drafted TE Jonnu Smith, who could be Delanie Walker's eventual replacement. They used later picks to add depth to the offensive line in local prospect Corey Levin (6th) and Brad Seaton (7th).

While this is all fantastic, they had a MUCH bigger need at Cornerback. Fortunately, thanks to the run on offense very early in the draft, the Titans were able to address the position with their second pick of the first round, grabbing Adoree Jackson. They used later picks to add linebacker depth with cover linebacker Jayon Brown and Josh Carraway, who could be useful in blitz packages.

Special Teams improved significantly as well, as the Titans were near the bottom in kick- and punt-return averages. Jackson is a gamebreaker in the return game, as is the team's last pick, Khalfani Muhammad.

In summary, Tennessee went into the draft with a goal, and they accomplished it well. It would have been nice to add more than one Cornerback, though.

Grade: A

32 Washington Redskins                 





The Redskins started off the 2017 NFL Draft with a bang, as Jonathan Allen (A++), my second-rated overall player, fell to them at 17. Allen will instantly upgrade a Redskins" DL that allowed 4.8 ypc overall and 5.3 ypc on first down in 2016. Allen will also provide an interior push on passing downs that the Redskins have lacked since Gregg Williams was Defensive Coordinator over ten years ago. Ryan Anderson (B) might be considered a reach to some, but he will provide attitude and an edge in the run game the Redskins lack, and he may eventually end up as a WILL Linebacker on the inside of the Redskins" 3-4. He projects to be a similar player to Elvis Dumervil. In the third round, Fabian Moreau (A) was a steal, only falling because of his recent pec injury. In Moreau, the Redskins landed a first-round talent that will be a stud #2 outside CB for the future.

The Samaje Perine pick (A) is quite close to being as exciting as the Jonathan Allen pick, as far as I"m concerned. Perine, a strong player that can carry the ball 20-25 times a game with ease and is great in pass protection, was my favorite back for the Redskins entering the Draft, and I had them taking him in the second. Getting the Michael Turner-like RB in the Fourth Round is a great pick.

One of the best names in the draft, TE Jeremy Sprinkle (B+) fell to the Redskins in the 5th and is the second-best "Y" TE in the class (the type of complete TE that blocks and can receive). The final picks of the draft were players drafted for their potential. The height/weight/speed type of defensive backs and a power-based OC (that the Redskins liked enough to trade up for) are high-upside players that need development. Keep an eye out for Josh Harvey-Clemons (B), a talented safety who will be tried in a dime linebacker role. While the Redskins hit home runs with their first four picks, I"m not convinced they got tremendous value late in the draft, and I"m also not sure what their plan is at NT (I WANTED STEVIE T!).

Grade: B+ @Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter






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