2017 1st Round Review

1. cleveland-browns-logo Cleveland Browns (1-15): Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M

While there was plenty of talk about Mitchell Trubisky being the Browns selection at number one, Cleveland took the consensus top prospect in the draft in Myles Garret. A generational type player Garrett has the athletic ability and skill set to take over games. In defensive coordinator Gregg Williams aggressive blitzing scheme Garrett could find instant success as he will be turned loose to attack the quarterback.

Pick Grade: Love It.


2. chicago-bears-logo Chicago Bears (3-13): Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina

After signing Mike Glennon in free agency the Bears delivered the first surprise of draft night by trading four picks to move up one spot to draft Trubisky. Behind good accuracy and field vision Trubisky has talent but there are legitimate concerns about his one year of experience and only moderate arm strength. This as a bold move for the Bears as Trubisky was not viewed as an elite prospect

Pick Grade:  Hate It


3. san-francisco-49ers-logo San Francisco 49ers (2-14): Solomon Thomas DE Sanford

With so many needs on their roster the 49ers couldn’t afford to be picky and needed to take the best available prospect. By picking Solomon Thomas he gives San Francisco an interior pass rusher with explosive quickness and a knack for sacking the quarterback. Thomas may start out as a pass rushing specialist but will only be a matter of time before he’s entrenched into the starting lineup.

Pick Grade: Love It


4. jacksonville-jaguars-logo Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14): Leonard Fournette RB LSU

With Tom Coughlin hired as the vice president of football operations it was clear that the Jaguars were not going to be throwing the ball 625 times in a season again. Running the ball will become a top priority which made the selection of Fournette’s a no brainer. Fournette will allow them to control the ball more and take pressure off of quarterback Blake Bortles.

Pick Grade: Like It


5. tennessee-titans-logo Tennessee Titans (9-7): Corey Davis WR Western Michigan

Adding a weapon for Marucs Mariota was a top for the Titans as they wasted little time taking Corey Davis with their first of their two picks. While there were concerns with Davis since he was unable to work out for teams with an injured foot, Davis dominated the competition with 1,500 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns in 2016. As long as the foot heals the Titans found their number one receiver.

Pick Grade: Like It


6. new-york-jets-logo New York Jets (5-11): Jamal Adams S LSU

Having Jamal Adams fall into their laps had to be best case scenario for the Jets. Adams is a physical safety who can come down and lay big hits in the run game but he also has the speed and quickness to react in zone coverage and match up in short areas. Adams is perfect fit as the strong safety in Todd Bowles defense and gives the secondary some much needed leadership.

Pick Grade: Love It


7. san-diego-chargers-logo Los Angeles Chargers (5-11): Mike Williams WR Clemson

After a second straight injury shortened season to Kennan Allen forced the Chargers hand to go out and find a new go to receiver. At 6’4 218lbs Williams has the size to thrive running slants in the Chargers quick strike passing attack where his leaping ability and good catching radius can allow him to win down the field. Williams may have gone earlier than expected but he could end up being the best receiver Phillip Rivers has had.

Pick Grade: Like It


8. carolina-panthers-logoCarolina Panthers (6-10): Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford

By drafting McCaffrey, the Panthers were able to add much more than just a traditional running back. The addition adds some much needed sizzle and creativity to the Panther offense. As a runner McCaffrey can be used to compliment to Jonathan Stewart providing lighting to Stewart’s thunder. While as a pass catcher McCaffrey can work out of the slot matching up on underneath routes against linebackers or safeties as their big receivers work downfield.

Pick Grade: Like It


9. cincinnati-bengals-logo Cincinnati Bengals (6-9-1): John Ross WR Washington

With Andy Dalton lacking elite traits the Bengals are forced to invest in adding weapons around him. Looking to add a speed element the Bengals are taking a chance on Ross hoping that his lengthy injury issues are a thing of the past. In his first healthy season John Ross scored 17 touchdowns and averaged over 14 yards per catch. His combine record 4.22 speed will force safeties to help allowing AJ Green to get more single coverage.

Pick Grade: Ok


10. kansas-city-chiefs-logo Kansas City Chiefs (12-4): Patrick Mahomes QB Texas Tech

Wanting to find the future franchise quarterback the Chiefs moved up seventeen spots in a trade with Buffalo. Mahomes has elite arm talent but needs time to learn an NFL system and fix some of the poor mechanics and fundamentals he displayed in Texas Tech’s “Air Raid. Landing in Kansas City is a great situation for Mahomes as he won’t be forced into a starting role early and is able to learn under Andy Reid.

Pick Grade: Ok


11.new-orleans-saints-logo New Orleans Saints (7-9): Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State

After giving up 274 receiving yards per game the Saints could not stand pat on their secondary as they tried to trade for Malcolm Butler. Concerns about Lattimore’s hamstring injuries caused the top cornerback in the class to slide. Lattimore did have an injury free 2016 and if he can continue to stay healthy the Saints have an quick twitch corner who has the elite speed to run with any receiver.

Pick Grade: Love It


12. houston-texans-logoHouston Texans (9-7): Deshaun Watson QB Clemson

After seeing two teams move up to get quarterbacks the Texans didn’t want to risk Watson not being there at 25 and moved up with the Browns. Watson steps into an ideal situation that could allow him to be Houston’s day one starter. The Texans defense will allow the offense to play conservative and not force too much on Watson while they have the weapons to take shots when he needs to.

Pick Grade: Like It


13. arizona-cardinals-logoArizona Cardinals (7-8-1): Haason Reddick LB Temple

After a run on offensive prospects the Cardinals are able to get one of the hottest prospects in all the draft. Reddick should step in and compete right away at the linebacker spot next to Deonne Bucannon and giving the Cardinals two athletic linebackers in the middle of the field. But what makes Reddick so special is on passing situations he can slide down to the edge and give the Cardinals the speed rusher they lack.

Pick Grade: Love It


14. philadelphia-eagles-logo Philadelphia Eagles (7-9): Derek Barnett DE Tennessee

By adding Barnett the Eagles got a good value in a pass rusher that can at a minimum step in day one as a edge pass rusher. Barnett may not be the best athlete but he knows how to get to the quarterback and is proven at the highest level. He’ll thrive in the Eagles Wide 9 defense forcing offensive tacklers to have to get good depth to stop him.

Pick Grade: Love It


15. indianapolis-colts-logoIndianapolis Colts (8-8): Malik Hooker S Ohio State

What a value pick for the Colts who were able to get a consensus top 10 pick and a prospect that is often compared to Ed Reed. While concerns about Hooker’s injuries and some inexperience may have caused him to slide the Colts won’t care because they are getting a blue chip prospect and a potential foundation piece.

Pick Grade: Love It


16. baltimore-ravens-logo Baltimore Ravens (8-8): Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama

With all the talks of the Ravens wanting to build of their offensive line they instead go after a cornerback they’ve been linked to throughout the process. Humphrey is an intriguing pick as he can be dominant coming forward in the run game and reacting to the ball. But concerns about finding the ball in the air on deep passing have him give up big plays every game. If Humphrey can fix that or the Ravens can hide it they got a great pick. But this may be a little too rich for my blood.

Pick Grade: Don’t Love It


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17. washington-redskins-logo Washington Redskins (8-7-1): Jonathan Allen DE Alabama

Whether it was the run of offensive players or concerns about Allen’s arthritic shoulders it wasn’t too much of a surprise that Allen slid because there were reports that it could happen. But the Redskins won’t complain as they needed a playmaker along the defensive line and Allen’s ability to play multiple spots should allow him to see the field right away.

Pick Grade: Love It.


18. tennessee-titans-logo Tennessee Titans (9-7): Adoree Jackson CB USC

We knew going in that the Titans wanted to add a weapon for Marcus Mariota but also help fix the secondary that ranked 30th in yards given up. However it was a little curious that they took Jackson here as he wasn’t considered a top 20 prospect. While they probably couldn’t find a trade down partner and just took the player they wanted.

Pick Grade: Don’t Like It.


19. tampa-bay-buccaneers-logoTampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7): OJ Howard TE Alabama

What a pick for the Bucs who are continuing to build their offense around Jameis Winston and gave him another elite weapon. While Howard was rated as one of the top offensive players in this class, being a tight end especially in a deep class was going to cause him to go later than expected. Either way the Bucs got a great pick here and a prospect that can help them both in the run game and controlling the middle of the field.

Pick Grade: Love It


20. denver-broncos-logo Denver Broncos (9-7): Garett Bolles OT Utah

I’ve linked the Broncos and Bolles for quite the while as they desperately need a left tackle and Bolles was the only tackle prospect that was ready to come in day one and start. The best part is the Broncos were able to get Bolles and not have to trade up to get him.

Pick Grade: Like It


21. detroit-lions-logo Detroit Lions (9-7): Jarrad Davis LB Florida

Needing linebackers bad the Lions pulled the trigger on Davis who has top 20 talent but injuries have plagued his career. If he can stay healthy the Lions have an athletic thumper inside, but the taking an off the ball linebacker with injury issues is a risky proposition.

Pick Grade: Ok


22. miami-dolphins-logo Miami Dolphins (10-6): Charles Harris DE Missouri

Miami was tied to both Forrest Lamp and the edge rushers but I would have assumed Charles Harris would have gone earlier. Looking to add another pass rusher and get younger the Dolphins got a good pick here with Harris whose at his best using speed of the edge. Learning from Cameron Wake for the next couple of years will only make him better.

Pick Grade: Love It


23. new-york-giants-logo New York Giants (11-5): Evan Engram TE Mississippi

This was quite the head scrather. Not only is Evan Engram not worth this pick but to take him over David Njoku who is bigger, can do the same things as Engram and much more. However GM Jerry Reese has been struggling with his first round picks lately that this shouldn’t be too surprising. Engram will be solid, but they could have had much better.

Pick Grade: Don’t Like It


24.oakland-raiders-logoOakland Raiders (12-4): Gareon Conley CB Ohio State

A week ago there was talk of Conley being a top 10 pick and possibly the best cornerback in this class. However a sexual assault accusation really clouded things with Conley. Oakland must feel very confident that Conley will be proven innocent because if he is found guilty they wasted a pick on a rapist. On the field Conley would go a long way to improving a secondary where Sean Smith and David Amerson struggled through the year.

Pick Grade: Indifferent


25. cleveland-browns-logo Cleveland Browns (1-15): Jabrill Peppers S Michigan

It was hard to truly project Jabrill Peppers since he played out of position as a linebacker. However in the Browns aggressive defense will look to pressure quarterbacks into making early throws and rely on playmakers like Peppers to react to the ball in the air and make a play on it. Peppers projects well into that role but it is still a crap shoot and there are other similar players like Marcus Williams and Budda Baker that would have been a better value.

Pick Grade: Don’t Like It


26. atlanta-falcons-logo Atlanta Falcons (11-5): Takkarist McKinley DE UCLA

Adding a pass rusher was a top priority for the Falcons and they moved up to get McKinely to insure they got one. McKinley has some issues with his shoulders and is still a raw prospect. However he’ll be used as a pass rushing specialist off the bat. Having speed with Beasley on one side and McKinley on the other will be a quarterbacks nightmare.

Pick Grade: Like It



27. buffalo-bills-logo Buffalo Bills (7-9): Tre’Davious White CB LSU

After moving down from 1o the Bills get one of the most underrated cornerbacks in this class. If White was 6’1 he would have been the top rated corner and a top 10 pick. His ability to sit back in zone and break on the ball should fit well in Sean McDermott’s zone based defense.

Pick Grade: Love It

28dallas-cowboys-logo Dallas Cowboys (13-3): Taco Charlton DE Michigan

Pass rusher and cornerback were the Cowboys two biggest needs and with a deep cornerback class and pass rushers being a premium the Cowboys went with Charlton. I’m not a huge Charlton fan who I feel is overrated but this is about the appropriate range for him to go so it’s hard to hate the pick too much. Although I’d rather have Tarell Basham or Derek Rivers instead.

Pick Grade: Dont’ Like It.


29. cleveland-browns-logo Cleveland Browns (1-15): David Njoku TE Miami

There were reports that Njoku was going to go later than expected but nobody would have thought he was going to be the third tight end taken. Regardless the Browns were able to trade up to get a blue chip prospect and another building block so when they do go with an early quarterback they’re weapons are fully developed.

Pick Grade: Like It


30. pittsburgh-steelers-logo Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5): TJ Watt OLB Wisconsin

This seems like a typical Steelers pick lately as I’m not a fan of the prospect where they drafted them but Watt fits the Steelers scheme well giving them an athletic edge rusher. Watt will get a chance to continue his development working with James Harrison while also providing help stopping the run and playing in coverage. Like the fit, but not the value.

Pick Grade: Ok


31. san-francisco-49ers-logo San Francisco 49ers (2-14): Reuben Foster LB Alabama

A poor Pre-Draft Process really hurt Foster and dropped him from a potential top 5 pick all the way to the end of the first round. However if Foster is able to prove that his off the field issues are nothing to worry about they got a new leader in the middle of their defense and a prospect that could have been in consideration for their 2nd overall pick. Tremendous value here.

Pick Grade: Love It


32.new-orleans-saints-logo New Orleans Saints (7-9): Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin

Curious pick for the Saints who taking an offensive tackle when they had so many needs elsewhere but their building a big offense line and with the signing of Adrian Peterson they’ll likely run the ball more. Ramczyk has talent but will likely be pegged at right tackle. This pick likely means that taking Andrius Peat in the top 15 two years back was a miss.

Pick Grade: Don’t Like

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