NFL Draft: team grades

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Arizona Cardinals

1-13 (13) = Haason Reddick: LB – Temple

2-4 (36) = Budda Baker: DB – Washington

3-34 (98) = Chad Williams: WR – Grambling State

4-8 (115) = Dorian Johnson, G – Pittsburgh

5-13 (157) = Will Holden: OT – Vanderbilt

5-36 (179) = T.J. Logan: RB – North Carolina

6-24 (208) = Rudy Ford: S – Auburn

UDFA = Antonio Pipkin: QB – Pipkin

UDFA = Trevor Knight: QB (WR/S/ATH) – Texas A&M

UDFA = Ricky Seals-Jones: WR/TE – Texas A&M

UDFA = Krishawn Hogan: WR – Marian

B+: I really like Arizona’s first two picks. They play a versatile defense with multiple hybrid defenders. Tyrann Mathieu and Deone Bucannon are both very versatile defenders that can play multiple roles for their defense. Both Reddick and Baker are versatile too. Reddick can play all four linebacker positions and can slide down to defense end on obvious passing downs. He’s a great athlete and has pass rushing skills. Baker is a defensive back that can play free safety or nickel corner. If he wasn’t undersized, he would’ve been a top ten pick. Trevor Knight was a decent college quarterback, but will likely switch positions. Ricky Seals-Jones was a five star receiver prospect coming out of high school. He’s not an elite athlete, but he has great size and strength for the position. He might make the team as a tight end or big wide receiver.

 

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1-26 (26) = Takkarist McKinley: DE/OLB – UCLA

3-11 (75) = Duke Riley: LB – LSU

4-30 (136) = Sean Harlow: G – Oregon State

5-5 (149) = Damontae Kazee: CB – San Diego State

5-12 (156) = Brian Hill: RB – Wyoming

5-31 (174) = Eric Saubert: TE – Drake

UDFA = Alek Torgerson: QB – Penn

UDFA = Deante Burton: WR – Kansas State

A-: I’m typically not a fan of trading up in the first round unless it’s for a quarterback, but I really like the fit of Takk McKinley in Atlanta. He’s an explosive edge rusher with a relentless motor. He is exactly what Dan Quinn wants in a defensive end. I wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes a better pass rusher than Vic Beasley. They should be a fun tandem to watch. Some experts think Duke Riley is a redundant pick because of the speedy linebackers that they drafted last year, but I think he’ll make a nice Will linebacker. Former LSU teammate Deion Jones will be the Mike linebacker and they’ll probably move De’Vondre Campbell to Sam linebacker. This would complete a linebacking core that is full of speed and athleticism. They have an overcrowded backfield, but I like Brian Hill as a bruising runner that can get the ball in goal line and short-yardage situations.

 

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Baltimore Ravens

1-16 (16) = Marlon Humphrey: CB – Alabama

2-15 (47) = Tyus Bowser: OLB – Houston

3-10 (74) = Chris Wormley: DT – Michigan

3-14 (78) = Tim Williams: OLB – Alabama

4-16 (122) = Nico Siragusa: G – San Diego State

5-15 (159) = Jermaine Eluemunor: T/G – Texas A&M

6-2 (186) = Chuck Clark: S – Virginia Tech

UDFA = Quincy Adebayo: WR – Mississippi

B+: I like this draft class more than the consensus because I’m a big fan of Marlon Humphrey. I think he has the upside to be the best corner in the class if he can improve his ball skills. He’s above average in every other aspect of his game. Tyus Bowser is a high-upside pass rusher that I think will become a solid starter or pass rushing specialist. Tim Williams would’ve been a first round pick if he didn’t have off-field concerns. I like his upside, but there’s risk in drafting him. Jermaine Eluemunor is a boom-or-bust prospect that hasn’t played much football. He might be able to develop into a starter down the road. I like Quincy Adebayo as an undrafted prospect. I had a fifth round grade on him. The Ravens took a lot of chances on boom-or-bust prospects, which could either pay off handsomely or cost them in the long run.

 

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Buffalo Bills

1-27 (27) = Tre’Davious White: CB – LSU

2-5 (37) = Zay Jones: WR – East Carolina

2-31 (63) = Dion Dawkins: T/G – Temple

5-19 (163) = Matt Milano: LB – Boston College

5-28 (171) = Nathan Peterman: QB – Pittsburgh

6-11 (195) = Tanner Vallejo: LB – Boise State

UDFA = Austin Rekhow: P – Idaho

A-: Trading back from the tenth pick to pick 27 and landing Tre White was a brilliant move for the Bills. White won’t be a star, but he’s a very talented corner that won’t be a bust. He can play outside or in nickel and is ready to contribute right away. Zay Jones was my fourth rated receiver behind the three that went in the first round. He’s a perfect complement to Sammy Watkins (if he stays healthy). Dion Dawkins is a versatile lineman that can play guard or tackle. He needs to add some strength to his frame, but he should be ready to contribute right away. He’ll need to clean up his technique in pass protection, but he has quick feet for an offensive lineman. I think Nathan Peterman will be an above average backup, but he has the traits to become a solid starter. Getting him in the fifth round was a steal. Austin Rekhow was my top rated punter (punters are people too!), so he might be a cheaper option for them going forward.

 

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Carolina Panthers

1-8 (8) = Christian McCaffrey: RB/WR – Stanford

2-8 (40) = Curtis Samuel: WR/RB – Ohio State

2-32 (64) = Taylor Moton: OT – Western Michigan

3-13 (77) = Daeshon Hall: DE – Texas A&M

5-8 (152) = Corn Elder: CB – Miami

6-8 (192) = Alexander Armah: DE – Western Georgia

7-15 (233) = Harrison Butker: K – Georgia Tech

UDFA = Ben Boulware: LB – Clemson

UDFA = Fred Ross: WR – Mississippi State

UDFA = Bryan Cox Jr.: DE – Florida

B: Although I like the fit of McCaffrey on the Panthers, I had a late first round grade on him. I think he will struggle running between the tackles, but could be effective if he’s used as a slot receiver. I think he’ll be used in a gadget role.  Curtis Samuel is also a gadget player that can be a part-time running back and receiver. Getting both McCaffrey and Samuel seems redundant. I think Taylor Moton might need to move inside to guard, but he’s got the strength to hold up at any position on the offensive line. The only thing that worries me is his foot speed. I do like the pick more than most people in the draft community. Daeshon Hall didn’t get a lot of credit because he played opposite of Myles Garrett. Hall is a great run defender and has pass rushing upside. I think that was a great value pick. Corn Elder could be their starting nickel corner right now. He’s undersized, but I like his skill set. I had draftable grades on Ben Boulware, Fred Ross, and Bryan Cox Jr. I wouldn’t be surprised if they all made the team.

 

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Chicago Bears

1-2 (2) = Mitchell Trubisky: QB – North Carolina

2-13 (45) = Adam Shaheen: TE – Ashland

4-5 (112) = Eddie Jackson: S – Alabama

4-13 (119) = Tarik Cohen: RB – North Carolina A&T

5-3 (147) = Jordan Morgan: G – Kutztown

UDFA = Freddie Stevenson: FB – Florida State

D-: Um….. what?!?!?! Ryan Pace, please send in your resignation. The surprise of the draft was orchestrated by the Bears when they traded up one spot to draft Mitchell Trubisky. Not only did I disagree with the pick, but I can’t believe they traded up one spot when there wasn’t any other team interested in that pick. They could’ve stayed put and had their guy, but they got fooled by first year GM John Lynch. If Trubisky becomes an elite quarterback, nobody will care what they gave up. But I have my doubts about Trubisky’s long-term potential. After that, the Bears spent a lot of draft picks on small school players. Essentially, Ryan Pace was trying to be cute. THE DRAFT ISN’T A TIME TO BE CUTE! There was a lot of buzz surrounding Adam Shaheen, but I don’t see it. I had him as a third day prospect. I like Eddie Jackson more than the consensus, so I won’t bash that pick. Tarik Cohen is a fun player to watch on tape, but he’s tiny and played against a bunch of nobodies. I like the signing of Freddie Stevenson. He was my top rated fullback. I think Pace will lose his job in the near future.

 

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Cincinnati Bengals

1-9 (9) = John Ross: WR – Washington

2-16 (48) = Joe Mixon: RB – Oklahoma

3-9 (73) = Jordan Willis: DE – Kansas State

4-9 (116) = Carl Lawson: DE – Auburn

4-22 (128) = Josh Malone: WR – Tennessee

4-32 (138) = Ryan Glasgow: DT – Michigan

5-9 (153) = Jake Elliot: K – Memphis

5-33 (176) = J.J. Dielman: C – Utah

6-9 (193) = Jordan Evans: LB – Oklahoma

6-23 (207) = Brandon Wilson: CB – Houston

7-33 (251) = Mason Schreck: TE – Buffalo

UDFA = Stanley “Boom” Williams: RB – Kentucky

B-: If it weren’t for the John Ross pick, I would give this draft an A. I had Ross as a late first round pick, and don’t like the fit in Cincinnati. He’d fit best with a strong-armed quarterback, not Andy Dalton. I think Joe Mixon is a top ten talent, but he fell to the second round for obvious reasons. If he can stay out of trouble, this will end up being a great pick. I had a late first round grade on Jordan Willis. I think he’ll be an immediate impact starter. If Carl Lawson was healthy, he probably would’ve been a first round pick. I also love the Josh Malone pick. I think he’ll be better as a pro than he was in college. I wouldn’t be shocked if Malone outplays John Ross. I never like drafting a kicker at any point in a draft. There’s plenty that you can sign as undrafted free agents. I think Brandon Wilson has some upside as a sixth round pick. All in all, I like what the Bengals did outside of reaching for John Ross.

 

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Cleveland Browns

1-1 (1) = Myles Garrett: DE – Texas A&M

1-25 (25) = Jabrill Peppers: DB – Michigan

1-29 (29) = David Njoku: TE – Miami

2-20 (52) = DeShone Kizer: QB – Notre Dame

3-1 (65) = Larry Ogunjobi: DT – Charlotte

4-20 (126) = Howard Wilson: CB – Houston

5-16 (160) = Roderick Johnson: OT – Florida State

6-1 (185) = Caleb Brantley: DT – Florida

7-6 (224) = Zane Gonzalez: K – Arizona State

7-34 (252) = Matthew Dayes: RB – North Carolina State

UDFA = Channing Stribling: CB – Michigan

A-: The Cleveland Browns did a great job of accumulating talent in this draft. They made the obvious choice in selecting Myles Garrett as the number one pick. He’s the best prospect in this draft class. I’m higher on Jabrill Peppers than most draft experts. I think he’ll be a nice chess piece for Gregg Williams’ defense. He will be an immediate impact player as a returner and might play some on offense. I wasn’t as high on David Njoku as most people in the draft community, but I think they drafted him at an appropriate place in the draft. I think DeShone Kizer needs work, but I like him a lot more as a late second round pick than as a first round pick. I’m just worried that he’s a bad fit in Cleveland because they don’t have a veteran on their roster that he can learn from. I like Howard Wilson’s upside as a fourth round pick. Roderick Johnson is a boom-or-bust prospect that probably won’t become a starter, but I’m fine with them taking a chance on him in the fifth round. I’m worried that Caleb Brantley will be charged for assaulting a woman in a bar. But if he isn’t convicted of a crime, he’s a steal as a sixth round pick. I think Channing Stribling has a great chance of making the roster as a special teams player and could eventually see time on their defense as a cornerback.

 

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Dallas Cowboys

1-28 (28) = Taco Charlton: DE – Michigan

2-28 (60) = Chidobe Awuzie: CB – Colorado

3-28 (92) = Jourdan Lewis: DB – Michigan

4-27 (133) = Ryan Switzer: WR – North Carolina

6-7 (191) = Xavier Woods: S – Louisiana Tech

6-33 (216) = Marquez White: CB – Florida State

7-10 (228) = Joey Ivie: DT – Florida

7-21 (239) = Noah Brown: WR – Ohio State

7-28 (246) = Jordan Carrell: DT – Colorado

UDFA = Cooper Rush: QB – Central Michigan

UDFA = Austin Appleby: QB – Florida

UDFA = Dan Skipper: T/G – Arkansas

UDFA = Jahad Thomas: RB – Temple

B+: I’m not a big Taco Charlton fan, but I like the rest of the Cowboys’ draft. I like both Awuzie and Lewis as versatile defensive backs. I think Awuzie can be an outside corner, nickel corner, or free safety. He has great versatility and was a steal as a second round pick. I had a first round grade on him. I had a second round grade on Jourdan Lewis, and think he’ll be a versatile player in Dallas’ secondary too. He’ll probably be a nickel corner, but he could play outside if they needed him too. Ryan Switzer is a great slot receiver that can also return punts. He reminds me a lot of Cole Beasley, so this pick might be redundant. If Noah Brown went back to Ohio State, I think he had a chance to develop into a first or second round receiver. He’s extremely talented, but needs more time to become a consistent route runner. He’s a steal as a seventh round pick. I liked Cooper Rush as a late round quarterback prospect. He doesn’t have a strong arm, but he’s extremely smart and accurate.

 

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Denver Broncos

1-20 (20) = Garett Bolles: OT – Utah

2-19 (51) = DeMarcus Walker: DT/DE – Florida State

3-18 (82) = Carlos Henderson: WR – Louisiana Tech

3-37 (101) = Brendan Langley: CB – Lamar

5-1 (145) = Jake Butt: TE – Michigan

5-29 (172) = Isaiah McKenzie: WR – Georgia

6-19 (203) = De’Angelo Henderson: RB – Coastal Carolina

7-35 (253) = Chad Kelly: QB – Mississippi

UDFA = Jamal Carter: S – Miami

UDFA = Orion Stewart: DB – Baylor

B+: I’m a lot higher on this draft than most people in the draft community. I’m not a huge Garett Bolles fan, but I think he’ll be a solid starter as a left tackle. I like DeMarcus Walker a lot more than most people in the draft community. I’ve heard many draft experts say that he should’ve been a day three pick, but I had a late first round grade on him. I think he’s versatile enough to be a defensive end or defensive tackle. He’s not a great athlete, but he’s a technician with a relentless motor. I like Carlos Henderson as a receiver prospect. He’s a great YAC receiver that plays like a running back. Brendan Langley has some upside as a developmental corner, but he needs to improve his technique. Jake Butt was a steal as a fifth round pick. If he didn’t tear his ACL in their bowl game, he probably would’ve been a second round pick. Isaiah McKenzie is extremely fun to watch, but he might only make an impact as a returner. If he reaches his potential, he could be the next Tyreke Hill (but I’m not counting on it). Chad Kelly is an interesting prospect as “Mr. Irrelevant.” If he wasn’t injured and didn’t have off-field issues, he would’ve been a day two pick. I think he has starter upside in he develops and stays out of trouble.

 

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Detroit Lions

1-21 (21) = Jarrad Davis: LB – Florida

2-21 (53) = Jalen “Teez” Tabor: CB – Florida

3-32 (96) = Kenny Golladay: WR – Northern Illinois

4-18 (124) = Jalen Reeves-Maybin: OLB – Tennessee

4-21 (127) = Michael Roberts: TE – Toledo

5-21 (165) = Jamal Agnew: CB – San Diego

6-21 (205) = Jeremiah Ledbetter: DE – Arkansas

6-32 (215) = Brad Kaaya: QB – Miami

7-32 (250) = Pat O’Connor: DE – Eastern Michigan

UDFA = Noel Thomas: WR – Connecticut

A-: I like this draft because of the Lions’ first four picks. I’m a huge Jarrad Davis fan. I think he’s going to be a star as a middle linebacker. He’s equally great against the run and pass, and will be the leader of their defense right away. Teez Tabor struggled running the 40 yard dash, but he was a much better player on tape than his poor 40 time suggests. If he didn’t run the 40 time, he would’ve been a first round pick. He didn’t look fast on tape, but he’s fast enough to be a solid starter. Kenny Golladay is an intriguing prospect with some upside. I think this is higher than most people thought he’d be picked, but I think he’ll develop into a nice receiver for Matthew Stafford. Jalen Reeves-Maybin is the classic Will linebacker in a 4-3 defense. He has elite speed for the position, and would’ve been drafted much higher if he stayed healthy this season. I think Noel Thomas has a chance to make this team. He’ll need to improve his route running, but I like his upside.

 

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Green Bay Packers

2-1 (33) = Kevin King: CB – Washington

2-29 (61) = Josh Jones: S – North Carolina State

3-29 (93) = Montravius Adams: DT – Auburn

4-1 (108) = Vince Biegel: OLB – Wisconsin

4-28 (134) = Jamaal Williams: RB – BYU

5-32 (175) = Deangelo Yancey: WR – Purdue

5-39 (182) = Aaron Jones: RB – UTEP

6-29 (212) = Kofi Amichia: OT – South Florida

7-20 (238) = Devante Mays: RB – Utah State

7-29 (247) = Malachi Dupre: WR – LSU

UDFA = Taysom Hill: QB – BYU

C: I’m not a big fan of this draft. I like Kevin King more as a second round prospect than the first round prospect that most people expected, but I’m not a fan of the fit in Green Bay. The Packers are in the middle of their championship window and need players that can help right away. King has the measurables and athleticism to be an elite corner, but he needs to refine his technique. He might be a few years away from starting. I think Josh Jones is a decent player, but I didn’t like his as much as most people in the draft community. I wouldn’t have taken him in the second round. I think Montravius Adams was a steal as a third round pick. He will be a great run defender and has pass rushing upside. I think Jamaal Williams might save this draft for the Packers. I wouldn’t be shocked if he became their starter as a rookie and became a 1000 yard running back. He’s not a great athlete, but he has the skill set to become a three down back. If Malachi Dupre played at a college that had decent quarterback play, he would’ve been a fourth or fifth round pick. He’ll outplay his draft stock as a seventh round pick.

 

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Houston Texans

1-12 (12) = Deshaun Watson: QB – Clemson

2-25 (57) = Zach Cunningham: ILB – Vanderbilt

3-25 (89) = D’Onta Foreman: RB – Texas

4-24 (130) = Julie’n Davenport: OT – Bucknell

4-36 (142) = Carlos Watkins: DT – Clemson

5-25 (169) = Treston Decoud: DB – Oregon State

7-25 (243) = Kyle Fuller: C – Baylor

UDFA = Dylan Cole: LB – Missouri State

UDFA = Joe Mathis: LB – Washington

A: I love Houston’s draft. Trading up for Deshaun Watson was a risk, but I think he’s going to be a great NFL quarterback. He has the ‘It’ factor that all great quarterbacks need. He has issues with accuracy and decision making at times, but he’s a leader, a winner, and will make his teammates better. He’ll learn from a great coach in Bill O’Brien, and should become their starter at some point during this season. The Texans are a great quarterback away from being Super Bowl contenders. I didn’t like the Zach Cunningham first round buzz, but I like him a lot more as a second round pick. He’ll probably be a day one starter for them. D’Onta Foreman will be a nice complementary back to Lamar Miller. He might get all of the goal line carries. I love the Carlos Watkins pick. I think he’ll be an immediate starter at defensive tackle. If he’s kept fresh, he’s very difficult to block. Treston Decoud was a cornerback at Oregon State, but he might move to safety for the Texans. He’s versatile enough to play either position.

 

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Indianapolis Colts

1-15 (15) = Malik Hooker: FS – Ohio State

2-14 (46) = Quincy Wilson: CB – Florida

3-16 (80) = Tarell Basham: DE – Ohio

4-31 (137) = Zach Banner: OT – USC

4-37 (143) = Marlon Mack: RB – South Florida

4-38 (144) = Grover Stewart: DT – Albany State

5-14 (158) = Nate Hairston: CB – Temple

5-17 (161) = Anthony Walker Jr.: LB – Northwestern

UDFA = Darrell Daniels: TE – Washington

UDFA = Phillip Walker: QB – Temple

UDFA = Bug Howard: WR – North Carolina

UDFA = Trey Griffey: WR – Arizona

A: The Colts knocked this draft out of the park. Getting Malik Hooker with the fifteenth pick was one of the steals of the draft. If he was healthy, he would’ve been a top five pick. He reminds me a lot of Earl Thomas because of his ability to play the ball as a free safety. Quincy Wilson didn’t test well at the combine, but he’s an extremely talented corner that should be a day one starter. I like Tarell Basham more than the consensus. I think he’ll be a nice rotational pass rusher. Anthony Walker Jr. was inconsistent this year, but his tape two years ago was fantastic. If they can get him playing at that level again, he’ll be a steal as a fifth round pick. Trey Griffey didn’t live up to the hype at Arizona, but he’s the son of MLB Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. He’s a great athlete, so maybe he’ll be able to make a name for himself in the NFL.

 

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Jacksonville Jaguars

1-4 (4) = Leonard Fournette: RB – LSU

2-2 (34) = Cam Robinson: OT – Alabama

3-4 (68) = Dawaune Smoot: DE – Illinois

4-3 (110) = Dede Westbrook: WR – Oklahoma

5-4 (148) = Blair Brown: LB – Ohio

7-4 (222) = Jalen Myrick: CB – Minnesota

7-22 (240) = Marquez Williams: FB – Miami

UDFA = Kenneth Walker: WR – UCLA

A-: I like what the Jacksonville Jaguars did in this draft. I’m usually not a fan of taking a running back early in the first round, but Leonard Fournette is an elite talent. Blake Bortles needs a running game to take pressure off of him. Fournette is a bell cow running back that will be an immediate impact player. I think Cam Robinson has the best upside of any offensive lineman prospect. If he becomes more consistent as a pass protector, he’ll be an above average left tackle. Dawaune Smoot was better two years ago than last year, but has some potential as a rotational pass rusher. I like his upside more than most draft experts. Dede Westbrook concerns me because of his size and attitude, but there’s no denying that he’s an elite talent if he can keep out of trouble. I think he was worth a fourth round pick. Jalen Myrick is an extremely fast cornerback, but will be a few years away from contributing to their defense. He’s worth a seventh round flier.

 

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Kansas City Chiefs

1-10 (10) = Patrick Mahomes: QB – Texas Tech

2-27 (59) = Tanoh Kpassagnon: DE/DT – Villanova

3-22 (86) = Kareem Hunt: RB – Toledo

4-33 (139) = Jehu Chesson: WR – Michigan

5-40 (183) = Ukeme Eligwe: LB – Georgia Southern

6-35 (218) = Leon McQuay III: S – USC

UDFA = Damien Mama: G – USC

C+: This draft all depends on the development of Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes is the classic boom-or-bust prospect that will either be the best or worst pick of the first round. There’s no in-between with Mahomes, he’ll either be great or terrible. I wouldn’t have taken a chance on him in the first round, but I understand why the Chiefs did. The Chiefs are an elite quarterback away from being Super Bowl contenders, and Andy Reid is the prefect coach that could help Mahomes develop into a great starting quarterback. I like the Tanoh Kpassagnon pick more than most people. I like his fit in a 3-4 defense as a five technique. I wouldn’t be surprised if Kareem Hunt becomes their starter before the season ends. The only thing Hunt is missing from his game is top-end speed. I like Spencer Ware as a goal line back and Charcandrick West as a receiving back, but Hunt is the more versatile player that can fill both roles. Jehu Chesson was a nice value pick in the fourth round.

 

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Los Angeles Chargers

1-7 (7) = Mike Williams: WR – Clemson

2-6 (38) = Forrest Lamp: T/G/C – Western Kentucky

3-7 (71) = Dan Feeney: G – Indiana

4-6 (113) = Rayshawn Jenkins: S – Miami

5-7 (151) = Desmond King: DB – Iowa

6-6 (190) = Sam Tevi: T/G – Utah

7-7 (225) = Isaac Rochell: DE – Notre Dame

UDFA = Artavis Scott: WR – Clemson

A-: I love the Chargers’ draft. They cannot count on Keenan Allen staying healthy, so they drafted the best receiver in the class. Mike Williams isn’t an elite athlete, but his style of play reminds me of Dez Bryant. He’s going to be a star with Philip Rivers. The Chargers also drafted my favorite offensive lineman in the draft. I think Lamp could be a tackle, but they’ll probably move him inside to guard. Dan Feeney should also be a day one starter as a guard. These three picks were made to improve their chances of winning a Super Bowl with Philip Rivers. He’s still a great quarterback if they surround him with the right pieces. Desmond King was an elite cornerback in college, but he’ll probably be a safety for the Chargers. He’s not a great athlete, but he was born to play football. He’ll outplay his draft position. Artavis Scott was a college teammate of Mike Williams, and might make the team as a slot receiver. He needs to improve his route running, but he has a lot of talent.

 

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Los Angeles Rams

2-12 (44) = Gerald Everett: TE – South Alabama

3-5 (69) = Cooper Kupp: WR – Eastern Washington

3-27 (91) = John Johnson: S – Boston College

4-10 (117) = Josh Reynolds: WR – Texas A&M

4-19 (125) = Samson Ebukam: OLB – Eastern Washington

6-5 (189) = Tanzel Smart: DT – Tulane

6-22 (206) = Sam Rogers: RB – Virginia Tech

7-16 (234) = Ejuan Price: OLB – Pittsburgh

UDFA = Ishmael Adams: DB – UCLA

UDFA = Kevin Davis: LB – Colorado State

UDFA = Justin Davis: RB – USC

D+: I don’t understand this draft at all. I had a third or fourth round grade on Gerald Everett. He has some ability as a move tight end, but they drafted Tyler Higbee last year to be their move tight end. I think Higbee is a lot more talented than Everett. I like Cooper Kupp, but he’s not a great athlete. I think he’ll be a solid rotational receiver. I like Josh Reynolds as an outside receiver. He showed some ability in college, but didn’t have a good enough quarterback to maximize his skill set. I’m not a fan of the John Johnson pick. I had a late round grade on him. The rest of their draft didn’t impress me at all. I like Ishmael Adams as an undrafted free agent. He played on both sides of the ball in college, and has elite athleticism. Kevin Davis is another undrafted free agent that I think will make the team.

 

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Miami Dolphins

1-22 (22) = Charles Harris: DE/OLB – Missouri

2-22 (54) = Raekwon McMillan: ILB – Ohio State

3-33 (97) = Cordrea Tankersley: CB – Clemson

5-20 (164) = Isaac Asiata: G – Utah

5-35 (178) = Davon Godchaux: DT – LSU

6-10 (195) = Vincent Taylor: DT – Oklahoma State

7-19 (237) = Isaiah Ford: WR – Virginia Tech

UDFA = De’Veon Smith: RB – Michigan

UDFA = Damore’ea Stringfellow: WR – Mississippi

UDFA = Francis Owusu: WR – Stanford

B-: I’m not a big fan of the Charles Harris pick, but I love their second and third round picks. Harris could develop into a nice pass rusher, but I don’t think he’s a good enough athlete to warrant a first round selection. Raekwon McMillan is better at defending the run than the pass, which worries me because the NFL is a passing league. He is instinctual and doesn’t miss many tackles, so I think he was worth being selected in the second round. I’m higher on Cordrea Tankersley than most people in the draft community. If he can learn to not be handsy with receivers down the field, he should become a solid starter. I’m not sure why Isaiah Ford fell to the seventh round. I had a fourth to fifth round grade on him. I think he’ll become a nice contributor for the Dolphins. Damore’ea Stringfellow has some upside as an undrafted free agent. I like his talent, but he has some character concerns. Francis Owusu also intrigues me as an undrafted free agent prospect. He made one of the best catches I have ever seen in football (check it out on YouTube).

 

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Minnesota Vikings

2-9 (41) = Dalvin Cook: RB – Florida State

3-6 (70) = Pat Elflein: C = Ohio State

4-2 (109) = Jahleel Johnson: DT – Iowa

4-14 (120) = Ben Gedeon: ILB – Michigan

5-27 (170) = Rodney Adams: WR – South Florida

5-37 (180) = Danny Isidora: G – Miami

6-17 (201) = Bucky Hodges: TE/WR – Virginia Tech

7-1 (219) = Stacy Coley: WR – Miami

7-2 (220) = Ifeadi Odenigbo: DE – Northwestern

7-14 (232) = Elijah Lee: OLB – Kansas State

7-27 (245) = Jack Tocho: CB – North Carolina State

UDFA = Aviante Collins: OT – TCU

UDFA = Wes Lunt: QB – Illinois

B+: The Vikings did a great job of drafting for a team that didn’t have a first round pick. If Dalvin Cook was healthy and didn’t have off-field concerns, he would’ve been a top 20 pick. He’s a versatile running back that should become their day one starter. Pat Elflein is the best center prospect in the draft. He should be a day one starter at either center or guard. Jahleel Johnson has some pass rushing upside, but will make his money as a run stuffing nose tackle. I had a third round grade on him. I had a second round grade on Bucky Hodges. I’m not sure why he fell to the sixth round, but he should be an immediate contributor for them. He was listed as a tight end in college, but he’s basically a large slot receiver. Aviante Collins wasn’t a consistent tackle at TCU, but he’s an elite athlete for the position. If improves his technique and consistency, he could become a starting left tackle.

 

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New England Patriots

3-19 (83) = Derek Rivers: OLB – Youngstown State

3-21 (85) = Antonio Garcia: T/G – Troy

4-25 (131) = Deatrich Wise Jr.: DE – Arkansas

6-28 (211) = Conor McDermott: OT – UCLA

UDFA = Harvey Langi: LB – BYU

B-: The Patriots traded away a few of their picks for established players. If I included those players into their draft class, I would’ve given them an A. I’m not as high on Derek Rivers as most people in the draft community, but I’m fine with him being selected in the middle of the third round. I like Antonio Garcia a lot more than most people. He’s a bit undersized, but has the movement skills of a left tackle. If he adds weight to his frame, he might become a great player. Deatrich Wise Jr. is a versatile defensive lineman that can play defensive end on base defense and slide inside to tackle on obvious passing downs. I like his upside more than most draft experts. I’d be shocked if Conor McDermott makes the team. I didn’t have a draftable grade on him.

 

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New Orleans Saints

1-11 (11) = Marshon Lattimore: CB – Ohio State

1-32 (32) = Ryan Ramczyk: OT – Wisconsin

2-10 (42) = Marcus Williams: S – Utah

3-3 (67) = Alvin Kamara: RB – Tennessee

3-12 (76) = Alex Anzalone: ILB – Florida

3-39 (103) = Trey Hendrickson: DE – Florida Atlantic

6-12 (196) = Al-Quadin Muhammad: DE – Miami

UDFA = Travin Dural: WR – LSU

UDFA = Colin Buchanan: T/G – Miami (Ohio)

B-: The Saints must’ve been ecstatic when Marshon Lattimore fell into their laps. He’s the number one corner in the draft, and will fill a huge void in their secondary. He was a one year starter and had injury issues in the past, but he’s a top ten talent and will be their number one corner as a rookie. Ryan Ramczyk is a good player, but they should’ve drafted a defensive player with that pick. Their offense is set, but their defense has more holes than Swiss cheese. I’m not as high on Marcus Williams as most draft experts. He’s a solid player, but I would’ve been more comfortable if he was drafted in the third round. I think Alvin Kamara is one of the most overrated players in this draft. He’s a gadget player that barely touched the ball in college. This is a crowded backfield in New Orleans, but I think Drew Brees and Sean Payton will be able to get the most out of Kamara’s skill set. Alex Anzalone has a lot of upside. He was always hurt at Florida, but he’s an elite athlete and has above average instincts. I like the Travin Dural signing. He would’ve been drafted if he had a decent quarterback in college that could get him the ball. I think he’ll make the team and outperform many drafted receivers.

 

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New York Giants

1-23 (23) = Evan Engram: TE/WR – Mississippi

2-23 (55) = Dalvin Tomlinson: DT – Alabama

3-23 (87) = Davis Webb: QB – California

4-34 (140) = Wayne Gallman: RB – Clemson

5-23 (167) = Avery Moss: DE – Youngstown State

6-16 (200) = Adam Bisnowaty: G – Pittsburgh

UDFA = Jadar Johnson: S – Clemson

UDFA = Travis Rudolph: WR – Florida State

UDFA = Jessamen Dunker: T/G – Tennessee State

UDFA = Jarron Jones: DT – Notre Dame

B: I like Evan Engram, but I’m not a fan of the fit in New York. They had other needs they should’ve addressed, but they decided to get Eli Manning another weapon. Engram can’t block, which means he’s basically a large slot receiver. He’ll likely be on the field with Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard, which will be an indicator to the defense that they are passing. If they want to run the ball, they’ll need to bring in a blocking tight end. That will force Shepard off the field and be an indicator to the defense that they are running the ball. If they wanted to draft a tight end, they should’ve drafted someone that has blocking potential. I like the Dalvin Tomlinson pick. He’ll be a nice run-stopping defensive tackle. I think Davis Webb could develop into Eli Manning’s replacement. He has the skills necessary to be a starting quarterback. Wayne Gallman is one of the most underrated running backs in this draft. He doesn’t have elite traits, but he’s a smart runner with enough speed and size to become a quality starter. I’m a big fan of their undrafted free agent signings. I had a fifth round grade on Jadar Johnson. The other three undrafted free agents that I listed all have a solid shot of making the team.

 

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New York Jets

1-6 (6) = Jamal Adams: S – LSU

2-7 (39) = Marcus Maye: S – Florida

3-15 (79) = ArDarius Stewart: WR – Alabama

4-35 (141) = Chad Hansen: WR – California

5-6 (150) = Jordan Leggett: TE – Clemson

5-38 (181) = Dylan Donahue: DE – West Georgia

6-4 (188) = Elijah McGuire: RB – Louisiana Lafayette

6-13 (197) = Jeremy Clark: CB – Michigan

6-20 (204) = Derrick Jones: CB – Mississippi

UDFA = Gabe Marks: WR – Washington State

B: The New York Jets had a solid draft. I’m not as high on Jamal Adams as most draft experts, but I think he’ll be a good starter and will help change the culture. Although it seems like a risk to draft two safeties with their first two picks, Marcus Maye is a different type of safety than Adams. They’ll be able to play together on the Jets’ defense. ArDarius Strewart was underutilized at Alabama. He has a chance to be a better pro receiver than collegiate receiver. Chad Hansen is a good route runner and has great hands. I think he’ll be a solid player, but he doesn’t have much upside. Jordan Leggett was a steal as a fifth round pick. I had a late second round grade on him. If he improves his strength and blocking technique, he should develop into an above average starting tight end. Gabe Marks is one of my favorite receivers in this draft class. He’s undersized and came out of a gimmicky offense, which is why he went undrafted. I wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes the next Doug Baldwin. He might develop into a starting slot receiver.

 

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Oakland Raiders

1-24 (24) = Gareon Conley: CB – Ohio State

2-24 (56) = Obi Melifonwu: DB = Connecticut

3-24 (88) = Eddie Vanderdoes: DT – UCLA

4-23 (129) = David Sharpe: T/G – Florida

5-24 (168) = Marquel Lee: OLB – Wake Forest

7-3 (221) = Shalom Luani: S – Washington State

7-13 (231) = Jylan Ware: OT – Alabama State

7-24 (242) = Elijah Hood: RB – North Carolina

7-26 (244) = Treyvon Hester: DT – Toledo

UDFA = Ishmael Zamora: WR – Baylor

UDFA = Keon Hatcher: WR – Arkansas

UDFA = Pharaoh Brown: TE – Oregon

B-: The Raiders made a risky choice in selecting Gareon Conley in the first round. If the rape allegations against him are true, they made a huge mistake that should cost Reggie McKenzie his job. If he’s innocent, they’ll get praised for making a great pick. It’s a big risk. I’m a big Obi Melifonwu fan. In today’s NFL, teams need versatile defenders that can matchup with today’s mismatch tight ends. Melifonwu has the potential to be a press corner, strong safety, or free safety. He has the size of a strong safety and athleticism of a free safety. He’ll be used in man coverage against move tight ends. I’m not a fan of the Eddie Vanderdoes pick. He has a lot of upside, but struggled with his weight and consistency last season. I though he should’ve been a fifth round pick. I like David Sharpe more than most draft experts. I think he might struggle as a tackle, but he has the size and nastiness that should make him an above average guard. I’m a big fan of the Shalom Luani pick. He’s a versatile safety that should contribute on special teams. He might develop into a starting safety in a few years. Signing Pharaoh Brown was risky, but it could pay off handsomely if he reaches his potential. He looked like a future first round pick before breaking his leg. The injury was so devastating that doctors almost amputated his leg. He hasn’t fully regained form yet, but the potential is still there.

 

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Philadelphia Eagles

1-14 (14) = Derek Barnett: DE – Tennessee

2-11 (43) = Sidney Jones: CB – Washington

3-35 (99) = Rasul Douglas: CB – West Virginia

4-12 (118) = Mack Hollins: WR – North Carolina

4-26 (132) = Donnel Pumphrey: RB – San Diego State

5-22 (166) = Shelton Gibson: WR – West Virginia

5-41 (184) = Nathan Gerry: S – Nebraska

6-31 (214) = Elijah Qualls: DT – Washington

UDFA = Corey Clement: RB – Wisconsin

UDFA = Greg Ward: WR/QB – Houston

UDFA = Tyler Orlosky: C – West Virginia

B: I’m a lot higher on this draft than the consensus. Derek Barnett is not a great athlete, but he’s a professional pass rusher. He’s stout enough to be a run stuffer, but he’ll make his money by being able to get to the quarterback. He has great technique and uses his hands better than most defensive end prospects. Sidney Jones would’ve been a top 15 pick if he didn’t tear his Achilles at his pro day. This is a risk, but I think it’s worth taking him in the second round. He wasn’t a great athlete prior to the injury, so it’s not like losing a half step will make him obsolete. He was great because of his technique and ball skills, which are two traits that he won’t lose after hurting his Achilles. Rasul Douglas needs to clean up his technique, but he’s a long corner with great ball skills. He’s perfect for today’s NFL. Donnel Pumphrey is the NCAA’s all-time leader in rushing yards. I’m not sure if he’s big enough to play in the NFL, but it’s hard to doubt him after his collegiate production. Mack Hollins has some upside as a receiver, but he’s already the best gunner on the Eagles. That skill is overlooked in today’s NFL. I think the Eagles made a wise choice selecting him in the fourth round. Corey Clement disappointed this season, but he’s worth a shot as an undrafted free agent. Greg Ward was an athletic quarterback at Houston, but will have to make the transition to wide receiver in the NFL.

 

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Pittsburgh Steelers

1-30 (30) = T.J. Watt: OLB – Wisconsin

2-30 (62) = JuJu Smith-Schuster: WR – USC

3-30 (94) = Cam Sutton: CB – Tennessee

3-41 (105) = James Connor: RB – Pittsburgh

4-29 (135) = Joshua Dobbs: QB – Tennessee

5-30 (173) = Brian Allen: CB – Utah

6-30 (213) = Colin Holba: LS – Louisville

7-30 (248) = Keion Adams: DE – Western Michigan

UDFA = Rushel Shell: RB – West Virginia

UDFA = Keith Kelsey: LB – Louisville

D+: I’m not a fan of this draft. T.J. Watt is a huge reach in the first round. He has some upside as a pass rusher, but was only drafted this high because of his All-Pro brother J.J. Watt. I had a third round grade on him. JuJu Smith-Schuster has some talent, but he’s not a very good athlete. He’s a physical receiver, but I don’t think he’s polished enough as a route runner to become a threat on the Steelers’ high-octane offense this season. Cam Sutton has some ability, but needs to clean up his technique. I like him more than most people in the draft community. I love the James Conner and Joshua Dobbs selections. Conner is a smash mouth runner that will get the ball in goal line situations. I’m rooting for him because of his courageous battle with cancer. Dobbs is a developmental quarterback that could become a solid starter down the line. I think he’ll probably be a career backup, but he has enough good traits that warrant a fourth round selection. I hate the selection of a long snapper. That’s just stupid.

 

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San Francisco 49ers

1-3 (3) = Solomon Thomas: DE/DT – Stanford

1-31 (31) = Reuben Foster: ILB – Alabama

3-2 (66) = Ahkello Witherspoon: CB – Colorado

3-40 (104) = C.J. Beathard: QB – Iowa

4-15 (121) = Joe Williams: RB – Utah

5-2 (146) = George Kittle: TE – Iowa

5-34 (177) = Trent Taylor: WR – Louisiana Tech

6-14 (198) = D.J. Jones: DT – Mississippi

6-18 (202) = Pita Taumoepenu: DE – Utah

7-11 (229) = Adrian Colbert: S – Miami

UDFA = Cole Hikutini: TE – Louisville

UDFA = KD Cannon: WR – Baylor

UDFA = Lorenzo Jerome: S – Saint Francis

UDFA = Erik Magnuson: OL – Michigan

UDFA = Victor Bolden: WR – Oregon State

A-: John Lynch’s first draft was extremely successful. Lynch fleeced the Bears by tricking them into trading up one spot to draft Mitchell Trubisky. Lynch was able to get the player that he wanted with the third pick. I’m not a huge Solomon Thomas fan, but I think he’ll be a solid starter for the 49ers. Getting Reuben Foster with the 31st pick was shocking. He was a top ten player on my board. I understand the injury and off-field concerns, but I couldn’t believe he wasn’t drafted in the top twenty picks. I think the C.J. Beathard pick was their only big miss in this draft. I didn’t think he should’ve been drafted. He won’t be a good NFL quarterback. The Joe Williams pick is risky because he retired from football last year, but he’s extremely talented and is worth a fourth round flier if he is still passionate about football. D.J. Jones should be an immediate contributor on their defensive line. I had a fourth round grade on him. Not only did John Lynch win the draft, he also did a great job signing undrafted free agents. I was higher on Cole Hikutini than everyone in the NFL. I had a late second round grade on him. I’m not sure why he went undrafted, but I think he’ll eventually become a starting tight end. Lorenzo Jerome tested poorly at the combine, but he had two interceptions at both the NFLPA game and Senior Bowl. He’s a very instinctual safety that should make the team. Victor Bolden is an undersized receiver prospect, but he’s electric with the ball in his hands. He’s a long shot to make the team, but his skill set makes him worth a look.

 

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Seattle Seahawks

2-3 (35) =Malik McDowell: DT – Michigan State

2-26 (58) = Ethan Pocic: C – LSU

3-26 (90) = Shaquill Griffin: CB – UCF

3-31 (95) = Delano Hill: S – Michigan

3-38 (102) = Nazair Jones: DT – North Carolina

3-42 (106) = Amara Darboh: WR – Michigan

4-4 (111) = Tedric Thompson: S – Colorado

6-3 (187) = Mike Tyson: DB – Cincinnati

6-26 (210) = Justin Senior: OT – Mississippi State

7-8 (226) = David Moore: WR – East Central

7-31 (249) = Chris Carson: RB – Oklahoma State

UDFA = Skyler Howard: QB – West Virginia

UDFA = Tyrone Swoopes: TE/QB – Texas

UDFA = Jordan Simone: WR – Arizona State

B: As a Seahawks fan, I wish they spent more picks on the offensive line. I love the fit of McDowell on the Seahawks. I wouldn’t have liked him drafted to any other team in the first three rounds. I think Pete Carroll will get the best out of him. If he didn’t have effort problems, he might’ve been a top ten pick. Pocic played center in his final season, but has the ability to be a tackle or guard. I think Seattle will try him as a tackle before sliding him inside to be a starting guard. I love the Shaquill Griffin pick. He’s the perfect fit as a press corner in their cover three scheme. Amara Darboh was underutilized at Michigan. I think he could replace Jermaine Kearse as their second outside receiver. Delano Hill and Tedric Thompson will provide depth behind Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. They both have traits that could lead them to eventually becoming starters. Mike Tyson played as a safety in college, but may be tried as a cornerback in Seattle. The Seahawks often draft athletes on their offensive line and give them to Tom Cable to coach them up. Justin Senior is a terrible athlete, so that pick baffles me. He has some potential, but he isn’t the type of player they usually draft in the later rounds. I like Chris Carson as a developmental running back, but there probably won’t be room for him on the roster. Tyrone Swoopes played quarterback at Texas, but the Seahawks will be giving him a look as a tight end. I’m not a huge fan of this draft, but I cannot argue with John Schneider and his stellar track record.

 

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1-19 (19) = O.J. Howard: TE – Alabama

2-18 (50) = Justin Evans: S – Texas A&M

3-20 (84) = Chris Godwin: WR – Penn State

3-43 (107) = Kendell Beckwith: ILB – LSU

5-18 (162) = Jeremy McNichols: RB – Boise State

7-5 (223) = Stevie Tu’lkolovatu: DT – USC

UDFA = Riley Bullough: LB – Michigan State

UDFA = Sefo Liufau: QB – Colorado

A-: The Buccaneers getting O.J. Howard with the nineteenth pick baffles me. I had him as a top ten player on my big board. He was underutilized at Alabama, but that shouldn’t have been held against him. He’s a great athlete that can block and catch the ball at a high level. He’ll be a great weapon for Jameis Winston. I’m not as high on Justin Evans as most people in the draft community, but he has a lot of upside. If he improves his technique and consistency, I think he could become a solid starter. I love the Chris Godwin pick. I’m higher on him than most people. He’s going to develop into an above average number two receiver. He needs to improve his route running, but he has unbelievable ball skills. He’ll be one of Winston’s favorite targets this season. Jeremy McNichols might overtake Doug Martin as Tampa Bay’s starting running back. Riley Bullough is an instinctual linebacker that will contribute on special teams as a rookie. He might develop into a starter down the road. Sefo Liufau is an interesting developmental quarterback prospect. His mechanics and consistency worry me, but he’s a gamer. I like his toughness and leadership qualities, but he won’t make the team if he doesn’t clean up his footwork.

 

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Tennessee Titans

1-5 (5) = Corey Davis: WR – Western Michigan

1-18 (18) = Adoree’ Jackson: CB – USC

3-8 (72) = Taywan Taylor: WR – Western Kentucky

3-36 (100) = Jonnu Smith: TE – Florida International

5-11 (155) = Jayon Brown: OLB – UCLA

6-34 (217) = Corey Levin: G – Chattanooga

7-9 (227) = Josh Carraway: OLB – TCU

7-18 (236) = Brad Seaton: OT – Villanova

7-23 (241) = Khalfrani Muhammad: RB – California

UDFA = Tyler Ferguson: QB – Western Kentucky

C: I like the Corey Davis pick more than the consensus, but the rest of the draft does not impress me. Although Davis was too injured to work out during the pre-draft process, I’m not worried about his athleticism because of what I saw on tape. He’s going to be a solid number one receiving option for Marcus Mariota. I’m not a fan of the Adoree’ Jackson pick. He has a ton of upside, but is a project as a corner. He’s an elite athlete that will be an immediate impact player as a returner. He might play a bit on offense too, but won’t be ready to play on defense as a rookie. Ultimately, I think he’ll become a nickel corner. I think Jonnu Smith has some upside, but he’s also a project. I love the Jayon Brown and Josh Carraway picks. Brown is an elite athlete for his position. He projects to be a Will linebacker in their defense. Carraway has some potential to develop into a starter. If he doesn’t, he’ll be a nice special teams contributor.

 

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Washington Redskins

1-17 (17) = Jonathan Allen: DT/DE – Alabama

2-17 (49) = Ryan Anderson: OLB – Alabama

3-17 (81) = Fabian Moreau: CB – UCLA

4-7 (114) = Samaje Perine: RB – Oklahoma

4-17 (123) = Montae Nicholson: S – Michigan State

5-10 (154) = Jeremy Sprinkle: TE – Arkansas

6-15 (199) = Chase Roullier: C – Wyoming

6-25 (209) = Robert Davis: WR – Georgia State

7-12 (230) = Josh Harvey-Clemons: S/LB – Louisville

7-17 (235) = Josh Holsey: CB – Auburn

UDFA = James Quick: WR – Louisville

B+: The Redskins got one of the steals of the draft when Jonathan Allen fell to them with the seventeenth pick. He didn’t test well at the combine, but he’s a great football player that wins because of his relentless motor and great technique. He has arthritis in his shoulder, but that shouldn’t be an issue until after he retires. Ryan Anderson is another football player that tested poorly at the combine. He’s not an explosive athlete, but he will be a solid pass rusher because of his technique and hand usage. Fabian Moreau was a potential first round pick before tearing his pectoral muscle. He might miss some time this year, but he is well worth a third round pick. Samaje Perine was overshadowed by Oklahoma teammate Joe Mixon, but he’s no slouch. He isn’t a great athlete, but he’s a bell cow running back that’ll be a nice short-yardage and goal line back in this offense. Josh Harvey-Clemons has some upside as an in-the-box strong safety or money linebacker (like Deone Bucannon). He’ll be a special teams contributor as a rookie, but might develop into a starter on Washington’s defense.

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