2017 NFL Draft

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Round 1

Cleveland Browns logo Cleveland Browns (1st overall): Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, Defensive End

  • The obvious first round 1st overall pick in this year’s draft. The Browns add a powerful and explosive defensive lineman that can bust through an offensive line and get to the quarterback. Myles Garrett will be a force to be reckoned with in Cleveland. (Grade: A+)

Chicago Bears logo Chicago Bears (2nd overall): Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina, Quarterback 

  • The Bears and 49ers traded positions. This is the ultimate shocking pick here. The Bears are now moved on from quarterback Jay Cutler and are now rebuilding on offense. Early speculation thought that the Bears would have Mike Glennon as the starter but the addition of Trubisky could quite change that. (Grade: D)

San Francisco 49ers logo San Francisco 49ers (3rd overall): Solomon Thomas, Stanford, Defensive End

  • The defensive line of the 49ers is destined to be a dominate force. The 49ers, who currently have Armstead and Buckner continues to add depth to their defensive line. Thomas truly will bring even more spark to the 49ers. (Grade: A)

Jacksonville Jaguars logo Jacksonville Jaguars (4th overall): Leonard Fournette, LSU, Running Back

  • The Jaguars have not had an explosive running back since Maurice Jones-Drew. Drafting Fournette adds a big spark to the Jaguars running game which has bounced around with Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon. Leonard is the immediate starter for the Jaguars. (Grade: A)

Tennessee Titans logo Tennessee Titans (5th overall): Corey Davis, Western Michigan, Wide Receiver

  • The Titans really need a big spark at wide receiver and Corey Davis will do that. The addition of Davis gives Marcus Mariota a more dependable target. (Grade A+)

New York Jets logo New York Jets (6th overall): Jamal Adams, LSU, Safety 

  • The Jets get a steal pick here as Jamal Adams had fallen all the way to #6. The Jets need help and need help fast at defensive back as the team’s defense ranked 7th in the league in passing yards and 11th in the league in rushing yards. Jamal Adams adds a much bigger improvement over Marcus Gilchrist. (Grade: A+)

Los Angeles Chargers logo Los Angeles Chargers (7th overall): Mike Williams, Clemson, Wide Receiver

  • The Chargers add a receiver and mainly another weapon to Philip Rivers arsenal. It was a scary time for the Chargers week 1 when they lost Keenan Allen to an ACL injury which cost him the season. The addition of Mike Williams to the Chargers gives the Chargers another weapon next to Allen which will make this Chargers receiving core along with Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin a scary core of wide receivers. (Grade: B+)

Carolina Panthers logo Carolina Panthers (8th overall): Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, Running Back

  • The Panthers have been in the market for a running back for quite some time and were really interested in Leonard Fournette if available. Leonard Fournette was selected by the Jaguars which left the Panthers with option #2 in McCaffrey. Christian McCaffery will play alongside Jonathan Stewart and aid him in the backfield, one trait that McCaffery has is he is an excellent receiving back and the Panthers will use that to their full advantage. (Grade: B-)

Cincinnati Bengals logo Cincinnati Bengals (9th overall): John Ross, Washington, Wide Receiver 

  • The Bengals are stocking on receiving weapons as the addition of Ross will add to a core that already has A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and Brandon Lafell. John Ross’s role will likely more like the role of Bradin Cooks role in New England. (Grade: C)

Kansas City Chiefs logo Kansas City Chiefs (10th overall): Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech, Quarterback

  • A quarterback who was rumored to not leave the top 10 and that remained with the selection. Gunslinger, Patrick Mahomes will spend time behind quarterback Chiefs veteran quarterback Alex Smith. He is the future of the Chiefs organization. (Grade: A+)

New Orleans Saints logo New Orleans Saints (11th overall): Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State, Cornerback

  • Adding depth to a damaged cornerback’s core. Marshon Lattimore is a steal here at #11. Marshon Lattimore is joining the Saints in hopes of elevating this cornerback’s core. The Saints could be in the market for another cornerback at another time in this draft. (Grade: A+)

Houston Texans logo Houston Texans (12th overall): DeShaun Watson, Clemson, Quarterback 

  • The quarterback-needy Houston Texans have finally found their guy. DeShaun Watson is coming to a Texans team where he will more than likely be an instant starter. DeShaun Watson is going to the Texans where he will have DeAndre Hopkins, Jalen Strong and C. J. Fiedorowicz to throw to. (Grade: A)

Arizona Cardinals logo Arizona Cardinals (13th overall): Haason Reddick, Temple, Linebacker

  • A standout from the 2017 Senior Bowl. Reddick is joining a Cardinals defense that just lost Calais Campbell to the Jaguars in free agency. Haason Reddick is a very versatile defensive lineman that plays both defensive line and linebacker. Reddick will remain at linebacker and join Chandler Jones in the middle of the field. (Grade: A)

Philadelphia Eagles logo Philadelphia Eagles (14th overall): Derek Barnett, Tennessee, Defensive End

  • Excellent pick, the Eagles add a young and explosive edge rusher here. The Eagles have at one point in the draft were linked by reporters for O.J. Howard but the Eagles are not going to give up on Zach Ertz and Brent Celek. Barnett will work alongside Brandon Graham and newly added veteran, Chris Long. (Grade: B-)

Indianapolis Colts logo Indianapolis Colts (15th overall): Malik Hooker, Ohio State, Defensive Back

  • Linked to the Chargers at #7 for the majority of the draft, Hooker has fallen 8 places from where most sites/analyst’s had him. The Colts were in the market off adding a defensive back and one of the best safety’s were on the board and the Colts got themselves a draft day steal. (Grade: A)

Baltimore Ravens logo Baltimore Ravens (16th overall): Marlon Humphrey, Alabama, Cornerback

  • Going to a Ravens squad that has a number of talented defensive backs ranging from Eric Weddle and Ladarius Webb. Humphrey is joining a Ravens team where he will likely serve as backup as the Ravens already have a crowded cornerbacks core with Kyle Arrington, Jimmy Smith and Webb. (Grade: C)

Washington Redskins logo Washington Redskins (17th overall): Jonathan Allen, Alabama, Defensive Lineman

  • The wait is over for J-Allen. Jonathan Allen fallen drastically due to his shoulder issues and it ultimately hurt his draft stock. Jonathan Allen is an excllent addition and what could be a building block on defense for this team. The Redskins have a terrible line and Jonathan Allen is nice addition to help bolster this line (Grade: A+)

Tennessee Titans logo Tennessee Titans (18th overall): Adoree Jackson, USC, Cornerback

  • After passing on Jamal Adams earlier in the round the Titans finally added their defensive back. The Titans decided to part from Jason McCourty a week ago and they found his replacement. (Grade: B-)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19th overall): O.J. Howard, Alabama, Tight-End

  • The weapons at the disposal for Jameis Winston are endless. Mark this down, Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, and now O.J. Howard. The Buccaneers had have a bad past in drafting tight ends….Austin Seferian-Jenkins…..The Buccaneers are also getting a blocking tight end as well in drafting Howard so this is a great pickup for the Buccaneers. (Grade: A)

Denver Broncos logo Denver Broncos (20th overall): Garett Boles, Utah, Offensive Lineman

  • == No write-up yet ==

Detroit Lions logo Detroit Lions (21st overall): Jarrad Davis, Florida, Linebacker

  • Reuben Foster continues to decline. The Detroit Lions addressed linebacker here after the team decided to move on from DeAndre Levy. The Detroit Lions will continue to be in the market for defensive talent as the draft continues, but this is a solid start. (Grade: B+)

Miami Dolphins logo Miami Dolphins (22nd overall): Charles Harris, Missouri, Defensive End

  • The Miami Dolphins are shaping up to be just like the San Francisco 49ers with their defensive line. The addition of Harris now adds depth and a strong pass rush to go along with Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake. (Grade: B+)

New York Giants logo New York Giants (23rd overall): Evan Engram, Ole Miss, Tight End 

  • Drafted as a tight end but also able to play wide receiver. Evan Engram was probably selected for his versatility because he is able to play both tight end and wide receiver. The Giants could have gone with David Njoku if they wanted to here. (Grade: C)

Oakland Raiders logo Oakland Raiders (24th overall): Gareon Conley, Ohio State, Cornerback

  • A very much hit or miss selection. We will have to wait on the outcome of his rape allegations.

Cleveland Browns logo Cleveland Browns (25th overall): Jabrill Peppers, Michigan, Defensive Back

  • Having an excellent cornerback’s core the Browns neglected to add depth at safety over the past couple of years. Jabrill Peppers is an athletic and versatile player that has played on both sides of the ball. At Michigan, Peppers played both corner, running back, wide receiver and even kick returner. So if the Browns are looking to switch him around at any point it is not a problem. (Grade: B+)

Atlanta Falcons logo Atlanta Falcons (26th overall): Takkarist McKinley, UCLA, Linebacker

  • Takkarist McKinley joins a good situation in Atlanta where he gets to immediately start. McKinley is another piece to a very young Falcons defense which has Vic Beasley and Keanu Neal. (Grade: A+)

Buffalo Bills logo Buffalo Bills (27th overall): Tre’Davious White, LSU, Cornerback

  • The Buffalo Bills lost out on Stephon Gilmore who left the Bills for the New England Patriots this offseason. Tre’Davious White joins the Bills where he will able to help on special teams on kick and punt returns. (Grade: B+)

Dallas Cowboys logo Dallas Cowboys (28th overall): Taco Charlton, Michigan, Defensive End

  • The Dallas Cowboys are deciding to pass on the best remaining defensive back in Budda Baker and decide to land Taco Charlton from Michigan. This is a bit of a miss here for the secondary that the Cowboys need but a solid pickup for the defensive line. Charlton will play on the other side of DeMarcus Lawrence in 2017. (Grade: B)

Cleveland Browns logo Cleveland Browns (29 overall): David Njoku, Miami, Tight End

  • Trading this pick with the Packers, this starting to become a very talent tight end core in Cleveland. David Njoku will join Gary Barnidge in Cleveland and can even take more snaps away from him this coming year. Njoku is not known for his blocking skills but is one of those tight ends who are yardage eaters and can be a big playmaker for years to come. (Grade: A+)

Pittsburgh Steelers logo Pittsburgh Steelers (30th overall): T.J. Watt, Wisconsin, Linebacker

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers were in the market of draft edge rusher as the team has lost Jarvis Jones and have an aging linebacker in James Harrison. T.J. Watt provides a solid edge rush and speed something more like a hybrid linebacker. (Grade: A)

San Francisco 49ers logo San Francisco 49ers (31st overall): Reuben Foster, Alabama, Linebacker

  • The decline is finally over. Foster is joining a 49ers team that is growing to be having one of the best young defenses in the league. Earlier in the day, the 49ers selected Solomon Thomas from Stanford and now they drafted inside linebacker Reuben Foster. (Grade: A+)

New Orleans Saints logo New Orleans Saints (32nd overall): Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin, Offensive Lineman

  • The New Orleans Saints moved on from Jahri Evans this offseason, leaving a gap to be filled. The Saints could have gone defensive back with Budda Baker here just to add help at cornerback due to the injury concern of PJ Williams and Delvin Breaux. But protecting your quarterback is the key thing here for the Saints (Grade: C-)

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