Arizona Cardinals: B
I really liked the patience the Cardinals showed in the first round, not reaching for a Quarterback, instead getting a stud linebacker in Temple’s Haason Reddick with the 13th pick. Reddick a former walk on at Temple started at safety, then was moved to defensive line. For the Cardinals he will most likely fill in at their Inside Linebacker position.
In the second round, they traded up and got one of my favorite players in the draft in Budda Baker from Washington. Safety was a big need after losing both Tony Jefferson and DJ Swearinger.
I also love the value picks they got with Pittsburgh guard Dorian Johnson in the fourth round and Auburn safety Johnathan “Rudy” Ford in the sixth round. Both have the ability to be starters in a year or two.
I thought they reached with both Chad Williams (third round) and TJ Logan (fifth round.) Also, believed they needed to try and get a replacement for Carson Palmer in the middle rounds.
Atlanta Falcons: C+
The Falcons started off the draft strong with the pick of Takkarist McKinley. The UCLA defensive end has one of the highest motors in this year’s draft class. Once he recovers from the torn labrum surgery he should fit in opposite of Vic Beasley very well.
Atlanta then traded out of the second round and dropped back 13 spots and grabbed LSU linebacker Duke Riley. Who replaced current Falcons Deion Jones at LSU this year and was all over the field. I am one of the biggest fans of Duke Riley but early in the third was a little early, even for me.
My favorite Falcons pick was Damontae Kazee, San Diego State defensive back in the fifth round. Kazee grabbed 15 interceptions in the last two years for the Aztecs; Atlanta hopes he can do the same for them.
Im not too high on both Sean Harlow (Oregon State Guard) and Eric Saubert (Drake Tight End) as others, which is why the grade for the Falcons is low.
Baltimore Ravens: A-
As evident by the draft grade, I love this draft for the Baltimore Ravens. Once again Ozzie Newsome dominated the draft. It was a defense heavy draft for the Ravens, and they got really good players on that side of the ball. It starts with Marlon Humphrey, who I had as a top ten prospect and my top cornerback in the draft. He is a former track star who loves to cover and tackle. He is a perfect player for the Baltimore Ravens.
Next was Houston outside linebacker Tyus Bowser, who I had a top 30 grade on. So when the Ravens nabbed him at 47 I liked the value. They followed it up with two more, very talented players in Tim Williams and Chris Wormley to help out the defensive line.
Williams will be a pure pass rusher at the next level, similar to Bruce Irvin when he first got to Seattle. They then added two sold line prospects in Jermaine Eluemunor and Nico Siragusa to help protect Joe Flacco.
The only pick im not sold on was Virginia Tech safety Chuck Clark in the sixth round. Clark only had one pick in his career at Tech. But could be a contributor on special teams and be valuable to the team.
Buffalo Bills: B+
If you combine in the 2018 first round pick they received from the Kansas City Chiefs for trading back, so the Chiefs could get Patrick Mahomes this could be an A grade. Along with the first rounder next year they picked up a third rounder this year and drafted LSU’s Tre’davious White with the 27th pick in the first round. White is a first round corner who also contributes on all special teams, even returning at least one punt return for a touchdown the last three years at LSU.
The Bills next two picks were my favorite; in the second round they grabbed ECU wide receiver Zay Jones. Who is the NCAA’s all-time receptions leader, with 399 career catches (158 last year). The Bills current wide receivers coach was Jones at East Carolina… good match.
In the third round Buffalo grabbed Temple’s Dion Dawkins who was one of my favorite offensive linemen in a poor o-line class. Dawkins will move inside to guard at the NFL level, but is a beast as a run blocker. He will improve as a pass blocker and could turn into an all-pro in Buffalo.
Also, like the pick of Nathan Peterman in the fifth round, one of the only quarterback who ran a pro system in college. And is an insurance policy if Tyrod were to get hurt or leave after next season. I think Matt Milano was a reach in fifth round but could be a good special teams contributor this season.
Carolina Panthers: C
I really like Christian McCaffrey, but I think the eighth pick in the draft may have been a little early. However, McCaffrey should give Cam another weapon in the 5-10 yard range which is his strength.
My head scratcher was Curtis Samuel in the second who is a very similar player to Christian McCaffrey. They both can line up in the slot and also in the backfield… it will be interesting to see how they use both of these players.
The rest of the Panthers draft was just average, I like Western Michigan’s Taylor Moton. All reports are that they will use Moton as an offensive tackle. There were some teams who liked him more as a guard, but I believe he can play at the tackle position in the NFL.
Hopefully for the Panthers both Daeshon Hall and Corn Elder can reach their maximum as a player. Both are very talented players who didn’t quite meet their expectations at the college level.
Chicago Bears: C-
This might be very generous after reading other experts draft grades. In all reality this grade will come down to Mitchell Trubisky, who they traded up one spot to draft with the second overall pick. The North Carolina quarterback has only 13 starts at the college level (8-5 record) but will have a year or two to learn behind Mike Glennon, who they signed in the offseason. If I were the GM I would have kept the picks and taken either Jamal Adams or Soloman Thomas, whichever the 49ers didn’t take.
As for the rest of their draft, I am not as high as many others are on Ashland tight end Adam Shaheen. I think talented low level players should be taken no earlier than the third round. There were too many good players at the 45th pick to take a gamble on Shaheen.
I do like the picks of Eddie Jackson (Alabama safety) and Tarik Cohen (NC A&T). These players will provide quality depth players for the Bears roster. Cohen and Kutztown guard Jordan Morgan are good developmental players.
Cincinnati Bengals: B+
Wow… the Bengals added eleven players in this year’s draft, the most for any team. The Bengals, more than any other team had a high risk high reward draft. With their first pick they took John Ross, the 4.22 speedster from Washington. Ross shot up drafts boards after running that 4.22 at the NFL combine, breaking Chris Johnson’s record. Ross was considered a late first round pick by many, but can take the top off a defense which will help Andy Dalton.
In the second round, they took the controversial running back Joe Mixon from Oklahoma. By now almost everyone knows he was recorded punching a girl in the face in his freshman year in a Norman coffee shop late at night. Cincinnati must have been comfortable with Mixon and his situation if they were willing to risk a second round pick on him.
They then grabbed two really good defensive ends that fell to them. In the third round they grabbed Kansas State’s Jordan Willis and in the fourth they took Carl Lawson from Auburn. Lawson is one of the best pass rushers in the draft this year but struggled to stay healthy while at Auburn.
The rest of their draft was mixed with hits and misses. I like Josh Malone in the fourth, the Tennessee wide out could be a good WR 2 in a couple years. However, I think they reached for Memphis kicker Jake Elliot in the fifth, especially since Zane Gonzalez was still available. I also liked JJ Dielman in the fifth and Brandon Wilson in the sixth. These players have the chance to develop and be starters in the NFL.
Cleveland Browns: A
Yes, you read that right the Browns got an A grade for this year’s draft. Sashi Brown and other Browns executives did a great job not over drafting for needs. There were reports they were going to use the first overall pick on Trubisky rather than Myles Garrett late in the draft process. But they ended up going with the A&M pass rusher, which was a great decision.
They then traded out of the number twelve pick so the Texans could come up and get Deshaun Watson. They moved back to the 25th pick, picking up the Texans first round pick next year, and then drafting Michigan superstar Jabrill Peppers. Peppers had knocks on him because he does not technically have a position and he also had a diluted sample at this years combine. Both are ridiculous statements, Peppers has always had problems with cramping and he was doing both the safety and linebacker workouts in Indianapolis. Therefore he drank a lot of water, as for the “no position” he is going to be a strong safety in the NFL. He is quick enough to react across the field and tough enough to lay the wood in the box. If any defensive coordinator in the NFL will know how to use him properly it is Greg Williams.
They then traded back in the first round to grab Miami (FL) tight end David Njoku. I am concerned about this pick because in nine career starts he has only had one 100 yard receiving game. But he could develop with Deshone Kizer, who was their second round pick. I like the patience the Browns showed regarding to the quarterback position. Kizer has just as much of a chance to be a good pro as Mahomes and Trubisky.
I also liked the picks of Roderick Johnson and Caleb Brantley. Both players have some concerns but in the fifth and sixth rounds respectively Cleveland decided the pick was worth the risk. Both players could be starters for the Browns in a year or two.
Also, liked Arizona State’s kicker Zane Gonzalez in the seventh round, he is the best kicker in this class.
Dallas Cowboys: B
The Cowboys were focused on trying to rebuild their defensive backfield as well as getting a pass rusher or two. In the first round they got Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton with the 28th pick in the draft. As a cowboys fan, I am concerned with his ability to get to the quarterback. He is a great run stopper but against teams like the Giants, Packers, and the Falcons they will need to get to the quarterback.
Their next three picks I loved. In the second round, the very excited Drew Pearson announced that the “5 time super bowl champions Dallas Cowboys” drafted Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie. Awuzie is considered to be one of the best tackling corners in the draft; many teams had a late first round grade on Chidobe.
In the third round the Cowboys grabbed the best cover corner in the draft in Jourdan Lewis. Lewis has a few concerns though. He is only 5’ 10” and 185 pounds, which means he is most likely a slot corner in the NFL. He also is facing misdemeanor domestic violence charges in Michigan.
Then in the fourth round they took one of my favorite players in the draft. Ryan Switzer, from North Carolina is only 5’8” but is one hell of a football player. The only problem, the Cowboys already have that player in Cole Beasley. Hopefully, Switzer will be a punt and kick returner the next year or so then develop into a dominate slot receiver much like Beasley.
My least favorite pick was Joey Ivie with their first pick in the seventh round. Ivie is a guy who is not quicker enough to be a pass rusher, yet not big or strong enough to be a run stuffer. Most likely a guy they could have gotten in the free agent signings. One pick I did like was Noah Brown, the 6’2” wide out from Ohio State. Brown is an uber talented kid who struggles with his weight. So he could be moved to tight end to present matchup problems with safeties and linebackers.
Denver Broncos: B+
The Broncos did a great job in this year’s draft, taking the best players available to them. They started it out with one of the best offensive tackles in this year’s draft in Garrett Bolles. Bolles was once a troubled youth but after going to Snow Junior College and an LDS mission he landed at Utah. He excelled at Utah, but at the age of 25 he is a very old rookie.
They then grabbed Florida State’s DeMarcus Walker in the second round. Walker was a four year starter for the Seminoles and was one of my favorite players in this draft. He does everything really good and is a team leader according to Jimbo Fisher.
They also added three playmakers for their offense/special teams in Carlos Henderson (Louisana Tech), Jake Butt (Michigan) and Isaiah Mckenzie (Georgia.) These players will help make both the offense and the special teams be more explosive. Butt is recovering from an ACL but should be ready mid-way through the season.
With the final pick in the draft the Broncos took Ole Miss Quarterback Chad Kelly. Who is the most relevant, Mr. Irrelevant in draft history.
Detroit Lions: C
I am not a huge fan of the Detroit Lions draft; they started off strong with Florida’s Jarrad Davis. However, Reuben Foster was still available when they drafted Davis. Foster was my number six overall player so it would have been a steal for the Lions, who needed talented linebackers.
If Davis can stay on the field he will be a very good player for the Detroit Lions. Other players I liked were Jalen Reeves Maybin, another linebacker who is very talented but needs to stay healthy. The other fourth round pick Michael Roberts is a tight end from Toledo who has huge hands and if he can develop another gear of speed can be a problem in the NFL.
However my favorite pick for the Lions was Brad Kaaya in the sixth round. Kaaya, Miami (FL)’s all-time passing leader was my 6th rated quarterback in the draft. So to get him in the sixth round is a steal, and hopefully he can learn underneath Matthew Stafford.
I think the Lions reached for Kenny Golladay in the third and Jamal Agnew in the fifth. These are small school players who would have been there a round later than where they picked them.
Green Bay Packers: B-
The Packers started out really strong grabbing the 6’3” cornerback Kevin King in the second round after trading back out of the first round. Then they grabbed the uber athletic and hard hitting safety Josh Jones out of NC State. It was no secret the Packers needed help in their secondary and both of these players could be year one starters.
They followed it up by getting one of the most talented defensive tackles in the draft in the third round. Montravious Adams out of Auburn is a great athlete at his size and was a highly rated prospect out of high school. But he gets very lazy sometimes and needs to increase his motor.
The next two picks were good players but at max will be average players in the NFL. Wisconsin outside linebacker Vince Biegel was a good player in college but was second fiddle to TJ Watt. Then the first and best of the three running backs they drafted was BYU’s Jamaal Williams in the fourth round. They also drafted Aaron Jones (UTEP) and Devante Mays (Utah State) at the running back position.
The best value pick in the entire draft was when the Packers took Malachi Dupree in the seventh round. Dupree was the number one player coming out of high school and struggled at LSU cause of the lack of talent at the quarterback position for the Tigers. He will be a good wide out in the NFL, mark my words.
Houston Texans: B-
I like this draft better than many other experts do. Due to the fact I like Deshaun Watson as my top quarterback in this draft. I do not like giving up a first round pick next year, but if Watson turns out to be the franchise quarterback I think he will be it will be worth it.
In the second round they grabbed Vanderbilt’s Zach Cunningham. Cunningham is a crazy athletic linebacker who had first round talent but is a raw so many teams saw him as a second round project. I think he develops into a very good pro; he led the SEC in tackles last year on his way to being only the 7th unanimous All-American selection in Vanderbilt history.
They then grabbed D’onta Foreman in the third round. The Texas running back ran for 2,000 yards last year while dealing with the death of his first child (D’onta Foreman Jr.) Foreman is a between the tackles runner but could spell Lamar Miller and could be a starter in a couple years.
Julien Davenport and Carlos Watkins are very good developmental players for Houston. But the rest of their draft was average, which is why they are on the wrong side of the B grade.
Indianapolis Colts: B
The Colts got one of the best value picks in the first round when they grabbed Malik Hooker, the Ohio State free safety. Hooker has only one year playing experience with Ohio State but boy was it good. He ended the year with seven interceptions, three of which he brought all the way back to the house. Many scouts and experts are comparing him to ED Reed. I think this comparison is a little rich but I can understand it.
The Colts followed the Hooker pick, with two really good picks. In the second round they got the best player on Florida’s defense which was a top five defensive this year. Quincy Wilson, is a big physical corner who could have been a first round pick falls due to cause of the talent of the corners this year.
In the third round they grabbed one of the most underrated pass rusher sin this year’s draft in Tarell Basham from Ohio University. He had 29.5 sacks in his career, good enough for the Ohio career leader in that category.
They had three fourth round picks that were average but I like the pick they mad in the fifth round. The inside linebacker from Northwestern (Anthony Walker Jr.) had 20.5 TFL in 2015 and a two year starter for Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern.
I thought they could have gotten Grover Stewart (Albany State, GA) later in the draft amd they reached for him.
Jacksonville Jaguars: C+
I am really torn on the Jaguars draft, I like a lot of the players the Jaguars got but im perplexed at where they drafted them. They got the best running back in the draft in Leonard Fournette with the fourth overall pick. Maybe a little high especially with Jamal Adams on the board, nonetheless Fournette should help Bortles out and possibly even be the rookie of the year.
In the second round they got my top offensive tackle in the draft in Alabama’s Cam Robinson. There are many concerns with Robinson, from the off the field incident involving a weapon and marijuana. As well as his struggles against speedy pass rushers, either way I like this value he is going to be a good left tackle for Jacksonville.
The Jaguars next two picks Dawune Smoot (3rd round) and Dede Westbrook (4th round) are good players with lot of potential but I think were drafted a round earlier than I would have touched them. Westbrook is the only player to ever be kicked out of a 15 minute team interview at the Combine. Along with his domestic violence background, Westbrook could be trouble for Jacksonville.
With all this being said the Jaguars got a great player with their fifth round pick. Blair Brown, the linebacker from Ohio University was one of my sleepers. He is a very athletic linebacker who is all over the field and lays the wood. He reminds me of a poor man’s Reuben Foster, so a great value for the Jaguars in the fifth.
They also helped their secondary with the pick of Jalen Myrick in the sixth round. He is a fast corner who ran a 4.29 at the combine and should excel on special teams.
Kansas City Chiefs: D+
As you can tell I do not like the Chiefs draft at all. Mostly because they gave up their first round pick next year to move up 17 spots to get Patrick Mahomes. Who was marginally better than Deshone Kizer, a player they could have gotten in the second round and saved next year’s draft.
The only pick I liked was drafting Kareem Hunt from Toledo in the third round. When I see him run and catch I think of Ezekiel Elliot of the Dallas Cowboys. He should be able to come in and win the starting job.
The rest of the Chiefs picks were reaches especially Tanoh Kpassagnon, who has admitted he isn’t 100 percent in love with football and has many interests outside the sport. I do like Jehu Chesson though; he is a tough kid who will do anything to make sure the team wins. He will start as a special teams stud then will crack the starting lineup.
Not overly impressed with this draft.
Los Angeles Chargers: A-
Yes, I found myself multiple times this weekend saying good pick San Diego… wait I mean Los Angeles. No matter where the hell they’re playing their games the Chargers brought in good players.
They started out grabbing a playmaker for Phillip Rivers in Clemson’s Mike Williams. The only knock on Williams is that he doesn’t have elite speed. However, the 4.54 40 yard dash at his combine is plenty enough for a player of his height and catch radius.
They followed that pick up with grabbing two quality offensive linemen. In the second round they got one of my favorite players, Forrest Lamp from Western Kentucky played left tackle in college but will most likely kick into guard in the NFL. Lamp’s tape against Alabama was one of the best games I have seen an offensive linemen play in a couple years. Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson even said “Forrest is one of the best offensive linemen they have ever faced.” Absolute steal for Los Angeles.
They then grabbed Dan Feeney from Indiana. Feeney is limited athletically but could be an average guard for the Chargers.
I think they reached a little bit in the fourth round taking Rayshawn Jenkins from Miami (FL), but grabbed an absolute stud in the fifth round with Iowa defensive back Desmond King.
King may not be quick enough to play corner at the NFL level but has the ball skills and football IQ to be an above average safety.
Los Angeles Rams: D
I just do not know what the Rams where thinking this entire draft. They got a few good players to help out Jared Goff, but they still do not understand that you need offensive lineman to protect the quarterback and to open holes for Todd Gurley.
They added two weapons for Goff with their first two picks. In the second round they took Gerald Everett, from South Alabama. This is an athletic tight end that I compared to Jordan Reed of the Washington Redskins. Then in the third round the Rams selected Cooper Kupp, wide out from Eastern Washington. Another player I think could develop into a Jordy Nelson like player for the Rams.
I was not overly impressed by any other selections, even thought they over drafted Josh Reynolds and Samson Ebukam. I do like Ejuan Price in the seventh round. I think he could develop into a good outside linebacker.
Miami Dolphins: B
I really think the Dolphins got good value at almost every pick they had. They’re another team who could have an A grade if they would have taken Reuben Foster in the first round. Instead they took edge rusher Charles Harris from Missouri. I thought they already had a couple rush ends they liked but it can never hurt to get another player who can get to the quarterback.
Raekwon McMillian turned out to be one of my favorite linebackers in the draft despite the fact I do not like Ohio State. This guy was just all over the field making tackles. He is not super quick just a good all-around football player.
They got two steals as they took very talented players who were falling. In the third round they took Cordea Tankersly, who at one point last year was a top 15 pick. Then in the seventh round they got one of my favorite wide out prospects in Virginia Tech’s Isaiah Ford. Ford is just a football player, yes he drops some passes he shouldn’t and he does not have ideal speed. But I would take him on my team any day.
Other quality players were Davon Godchaux (DT from LSU) and Isaac Assiata(OG from Utah). Both players will help out in the trenches for Miami.
Minnesota Vikings: B+
The Vikings were another team who had a lot of picks. In total they drafted 11 players in this year’s draft. I think they got some great value picks, starting off with their first pick. In the second round they gladly took Dalvin Cook when he fell to them. Cook was my second best running back in the draft. An explosive running back (10 runs of 50 plus yards in college) has been compared to Jamaal Charles.
They backed it up with trying to bolster the offensive line with Ohio State’s center/guard Pat Elflien. Elflien is going to be a great pro that you will never hear about because he is an interior offensive lineman.
My favorite Vikings pick was Bucky Hodges in the sixth round. I had him graded out as a late second early third round player because of the mismatches he can create. So getting him in the sixth is great for the Vikings.
Other good players they grabbed were Iowa defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson and Miami (FL) guard Danny Isidora.
New England Patriots: C
Many experts are including Brandin Cooks and Kony Ealy in their draft grade, because they gave up their picks to get them. However, I am grading them strictly on everything that happened on draft weekend. The Patriots only had four picks this year, first was Derek Rivers the defensive end/ outside linebacker from Youngstown State. Rivers had 41 career sacks in college and can get to the quarterback. Some teams loved him, some were not sold. I liked him as a third round pick. Good job New England.
The patriots other third round pick Antonio Garcia out of Troy started all 42 career games at left tackle and will require a year or two to learn.
The other two picks I didn’t hate or love, Deatrich Wise Jr. (OLB from Arkansas) was a fifth round grade so it was a little before than I had but still a good player.
As for Conor McDermott, I was not a big fan of him at all. The former tight end is athletic but very weak and got bull rushed way too much for my liking. He is a developmental offensive tackle.
New Orleans Saints: B
The Saints had two first round picks going into Thursday night and almost came out with two great players. With their first pick they took Marshon Lattimore, the Ohio State cornerback is a freakish athlete. Who could turn out to be the best player in this draft, he could also turn out to be a bust. He has hamstring injury concerns and has only one year of college starting experience. Either way he is a good pick at number eleven for the Saints. They got the Patriots first round pick (number 32) in the Brandin Cooks trade. They almost had Reuben Foster, the Alabama standout linebacker, till John Lynch and San Francisco traded up and stole Foster from New Orleans.
They settled for Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin right tackle. Coming off a right hip surgery teams are concerned he won’t be ready for the start of the season. At one point Ramczyk quit football but then found the love for it again.
Other players I like that the Saints drafted were Utah safety Marcus Williams in the second round and Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara in the third round.
I like Kamara as he was a top 40 prospect for me, but it is a questionable fit as they already have Mark Ingram and they just signed Adrian Peterson. Nonetheless, Kamara was a great value in the third round.
Al-Quadin Muhammad, was a former defensive end at Miami (FL) till he got suspended and kicked off the team. He then was going to play for Hampton but decided going pro was the better choice.
New York Giants: C
Another team who do not understand you must protect your franchise quarterback. They already have a top notch offense and defensive backfield. They drafted for needs, which caused them to reach on players.
In the first round they grabbed Ole Miss pass catching tight end Even Engram, who I like a lot as a second round player. He is a great pass catcher but cannot block. In the second round they grabbed Jonathan Hankins replacement in Dalvin Tomlinson. The former Alabama defensive tackle is a great run stopper but not worth a second round pick.
My favorite pick was their last pick, Bisnowaty from Pittsburgh is a hard-nosed player who can play tackle or guard at the next level and for the sixth round it is great value.
The then grabbed Eli Manning future replacement in Davis Webb, give him 4-5 years and he could be a good pro. The son of a coach, he loves football and will do whatever it takes to be successful.
Like I said before I like the players they drafted, just a little early for my liking.
New York Jets: B-
The only reason the Jets grade is this high cause they got my favorite player in the draft, in Jamal Adams. Adams was my 1b prospect with Garret being my 1a player. So to get him at the sixth pick was highway robbery.
In the second round they doubled down on safeties, which is a bit concerning. Anyway Marcus Maye is a really good player and I had a second round grade on him so it was good spot to take him.
I love their third round pick in ArDarius Stewart, the former Alabama wide out was a playmaker who sacrificed himself to do whatever the team needed him to do to win. Stewart is the best blocking wide receiver in the draft and can run all the routes.
Doubling down on a position again is weird, but Hansen is a decent value in the fourth round. My biggest question mark is the fact they did not address their two biggest needs in quarterback and offensive tackle.
Either way Jamal Adams and ArDarius Stewart are two great players that should change the culture in the Jets locker room.
Oakland Raiders: D
This draft was just a joke. I like their first two picks, after that I am not a huge fan of anyone they picked. In the first round they grabbed Gareon Conely despite the rumors that came out a few days before the draft. I think it was a good risk; Conley is one of the best corners in this draft.
In the second round they continued to improve their secondary which was very poor last season. Taking the uber athletic safety out of Uconn, Obi Melanfonwu. Melanfonwu was the winner of the draft combine and should be a good pro for the Oakland Raiders. Pairing him with Karl Joseph is a good combo for the future.
Another player I don’t mind is Marquel Lee; this kid dominated my Syracuse Orange when they played last year. He could fill an immediate need for Oakland. Other than that all of these players have major concerns to me and were a round or two ahead of where they should be drafted. This was an Al Davis draft for sure.
Philadelphia Eagles: B
The NFL draft host had a pretty good draft. It started out with them drafting my second favorite player in this year’s draft. Derek Barnett was a stud at Tennessee, while everyone was raving about Myles Garrett; Barnett broke Reggie White’s sack record at Tennessee with 33 career sacks. He also plays the run very well and is a great locker room guy.
The Eagles took a couple high risk high reward player in Washington Cornerback Sidney Jones, who tore his Achilles at the Huskies pro day. This will keep him most of the year till he fully recovers. As well as Rasual Douglas, West Virginia cornerback, led the Big 12 in interceptions in 2016 with eight, but does not have great speed, running his 40 yard dash at 4.59.
Other picks I like are Mack Hollins, wide out from North Carolina who is tall and can go up and get balls. The part I like most about him is his love of the game; he was the best special team player on the Tar Heels team. I also like the picking of Donnel Pumphrey in the fourth round. Pumphrey is the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher, but will most likely develop into a Darren Sproles type of back.
Pittsburgh Steelers: B+
Really liked the Steelers draft, I feel like we say this every year. I wish they would have taken Reuben Foster in the first round. But, TJ Watt is still a hell of a pick and if he is half as good as his brother this will turn out to be a good pick for Pittsburgh.
But my favorite picks for the Steelers came from rounds 2-4. First is Juju Smith-Schuster, I had him as an early second round prospect. Comparing him to players such as Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall, not overly quick but big bodied wide outs that make plays. Then in the third round they took Cam Sutton out of Tennessee and James Conner from Pittsburgh. If you do not know James Conner’s story by now please go check it out. As for Sutton, he was one of the top cornerback and return prospects till he broke his ankle early on this season.
Finally, much like the Giants, the Steelers got their eventual replacement for Big Ben. At pick 135, which ironically was the same pick the Cowboys took Dak Prescott with last year.
Utah cornerback Brian Allen is a very good pick for the fifth round.
San Francisco 49ers: A-
Wow, John Lynch played the first round of this year’s draft like a veteran GM. Starting by trading back one spot with Chicago so they could get Trubisky. Picking up extra picks and they still got their guy in Soloman Thomas, who could wreak havoc all over on the defensive line. Then they traded back into the first round at pick 31, to leap frog the Saints and take Reuben Foster who was free falling.
I had both of these players as top six players in this year’s draft. With those two players the 49ers were given an A+ draft; however the rest of the draft did not go so well.
The reached for some players, such as CJ Beatherd, Iowa quarterback. As well as Utah running back Joe Williams, who quit football and got kicked off of Uconn in 2014.
But I love their pick of Ahkello Witherspoon in the third. If he can get more physical and actually want to tackle he will be a great player. There were times in the game against Michigan he ran away from making a tackle.
Between Soloman Thomas, Reuben Foster, and Ahkello Witherspoon John Lynch had a great first draft as the General Manager of the 49ers.
Seattle Seahawks: C
The Seahawks drafts are always graded very low but they always have a few guys who hit big. There are some players I really like in the Seahawks draft and then there are some head scratchers.
The players that I love are Malik McDowell, the second round pick from Michigan State. Yes, there are some immaturity issues with McDowell but if they could harness the talent he could be an All-Pro.
Two of Seattle’s third rounder’s were players I had rated higher than others. First is Nazair Jones, the North Carolina defensive tackle much like McDowell has unlimited talent and at one point in life could not stand up or sit down for more than 30-40 minutes due to a medical issue. Now he is healthy and a forced to be reckoned with. The other pick was Amara Darboh, the Michigan wide out has one of the best stories in the draft. But is also one of the toughest receivers in the draft and will be asset to the offense and special teams next year.
Other good picks were Ethan Pocic and Tedric Thompson. The problem is that the Seahawks always reach for players they want, which is not a problem as long as they work out.
Tampa Bay Bucs: A-
The Bucs were gifted the best tight end in recent draft history when OJ Howard fell to them in the first round. Howard will be another threat that Jameis Winston will love to have, along with Chris Godwin and Jeremy McNichols. Godwin is a playmaking receiver who can learn from veterans DeSean Jackson and Vincent Jackson and be ready in a year or two.
Since there are questions marks about Doug Martin, the Bucs went back to Boise State for another running back in McNichols. He is a rushing touchdown animal and could see some playing time this year.
As for the defense, they grabbed a hard hitting safety in the second round from Texas A&M. Justin Evans has great range and hits hard but misses a lot of tackles and will have to improve his tackling abilities to get playing time. Im also a fan of Kendal Beckwith in the third round, maybe a bit early but he is a good player.
Tennessee Titans: B
I really like the player Tennesse drafted, but I think they may have reached for them. Corey Davis is going to be a really good wide out in the NFL but at pick five? Might be a bit of a reach.
Same thing with Adoree Jackson at 18, because of his size I think he will only be a slot corner. Much like Jourdan Lewis second or third round would be more appropriate but I understand the added value of special teams.
I really like their third round picks as well. First, is Western Kentucky wide out Taywan Taylor, Taylor has been one of the best route runners for the past two seasons and has the numbers to back it up. Second, was tight end from Florida International, Jonnu Smith. Smith is a pass catching tight end that can learn from Delaine Walker.
The Titans main focus was to give Marcus Mariota weapons in the passing game. As their rushing game is already top five in the NFL already.
I also like Jayon Smith (UCLA) and Josh Carraway (TCU) as late round developmental defensive players.
Washington Redskins: B+
The Redskins got a steal as they just sat there and let Alabama defensive tackle Jonathan Allen fall into their arms. Yes, there are concerns about Allen’s shoulders. He has had three surgeries on both shoulders combined since his senior year of high school.
When healthy Allen is one of the best players in this draft. The Redskins then went for Allen’s teammate Ryan Anderson, who I think is one of the most underrated pass rushers in the draft.
They also grabbed UCLA’s Fabian Moreau who was gaining traction as a late first round pick till he tore his pectoral muscle at UCLA’s pro day. This is a good pick in the third round as he should recover fully by the early part of the season.
I also liked the weapons the grabbed on offense: Jeremy Sprinkle from Arkansas, Semaje Peine from Oklahoma and Robert Davis from Georgia State.
This is one of the better drafts in this year’s NFL draft.