NFL Draft

The 2017 NFL Draft is over, but that doesn’t stop everyone and their mother from grading how each team did in this year’s draft. We all know the actual grades of these players don’t come to fruition at least three years down the line when they actually step and prove themselves on an NFL field. That being said, I have picked the best draft pick for every NFL team.

AFC East

Buffalo Bills- Nathan Peterman-QB-Pittsburgh

In no way, shape or form is Tyrod Taylor the long-term answer at QB for the Bills. Peterman has one less 300-yard passing game than Tyrod and he hasn’t played a snap. Don’t be surprised if Peterman gives Taylor a run for his money in Training Camp. 

Miami Dolphins- Isaac Asiata-OL-Utah

Finding Asiata in the fifth round is a steal. He could be a starter as a rookie and will run over guys with his strength and high motor.

New England Patriots- Antonio Garcia-OL-Troy

The Pats didn’t have a lot of picks but Garcia is a potential blindside protector of Tom Brady or Jimmy G. Give him some coaching and put him to work.

New York Jets- Jamal Adams-S-LSU

I was surprised Adams lasted until the sixth pick. I had him as the second-best player in this draft. He will make an impact right away for the Jets.

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens- Chris Wormley-DE-Michigan

Wormley is the epitome of a Ravens player. High character, high football IQ. He will work his tail off and with proper coaching can become a Pro Bowl caliber player.

Cincinnati Bengals- Jordan Willis-DE-Kansas State

I had a first round grade on Willis who is a high character, hard-working DE who will not quit until he gets to the ball. Starter Day 1 in Cincy.

Cleveland Browns- Myles Garrett-DE-Texas A&M

The Browns made the smart decision to take Garrett. Bravo.

Pittsburgh Steelers-Cameron Sutton-DB-Tennessee

Sutton is an undersized lockdown-type of corner. Snagging him in the third round, 94th overall is solid value for a player that will play a lot as a rookie.

AFC South

Houston Texans- D’Onta Foreman-RB-Texas

Another back I was very high on. Placing a first round grade on Foreman (3rd best back in this class) makes him a steal for the Texans in the third round. Bold prediction: He will get more carries than Lamar Miller as a rookie.

Jacksonville Jaguars- Leonard Fournette-RB-LSU

Fournette is a beast and now the Jags have a weapon that can help out Blake Bortles and the passing game.

Indianapolis Colts- Marlon Mack-RB- USF

The Colts have an aging Frank Gore and a bunch of nobodies. Mack will be their starter as the season wears on and for a fifth round pick, that’s some great value.

Tennessee Titans-Corey Davis-WR-Western Michigan

I was surprised to see Davis go 5th overall, but to a team that needs weapons on the outside for their franchise QB it makes sense. He is their WR1 from the get go.

AFC West

Denver Broncos-Jake Butt-TE-Michigan 

His ACL injury hurt his stock, but he could have been a Day 2 pick without that. If healthy, he’s the Broncos starting tight end as a rookie. Not bad for a 5th round pick.

Los Angeles Chargers- Forrest Lamp-OL-Western Kentucky

My No.1 OL in the entire draft fell to the Chargers in the second round. He is a force who can open up holes for Melvin Gordon but also protect an aging Philip Rivers at the same time.

Kansas City Chiefs- Patrick Mahomes-QB-Texas Tech

The Chiefs haven’t drafted a QB in the first round since 1983. My No.1 QB in the draft, Patrick Mahomes is the right man for the job. The Chiefs finally have that franchise guy they can build around. 

Oakland Raiders- Obi Melifonwu-S-UConn

Al Davis would love this pick. Obi is an athletic freak who can do a lot of the football field. He’ll need some coaching but should be a solid player for years.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys-Chidobe Awuzie-DB-Colorado

Awuzie fills an immediate need and will be starting day one. I had a first round grade on him and he slipped to the 2nd round. He has the potential to be the leader of this Dallas defense for years.

New York Giants- Dalvin Tomlinson-DT-Alabama

I love Tomlinson as a prospect, he is highly intelligent and a hard worker. If he can stay on the field (played less than 50% of defensive snaps at Bama) he can be a force in the NFC East.

Philadelphia Eagles- Sidney Jones-DB-Washington

Sidney Jones was hands down my No.1 cover corner in this Draft before the Achilles injury he suffered at his Pro Day. When healthy, the Eagles have a lockdown corner in the second round. Great value.

Washington Redskins- Samaje Perine-RB-Oklahoma

Anytime you can get a starter in the fourth round it’s great value.

NFC North

Chicago Bears- Adam Shaheen-TE-Ashland

Shaheen was my third ranked TE in this draft—yes above first round pick Evan Engram. He is an in-line tight end who can block and will be a big target for whichever quarterback in Chicago.

Detroit Lions- Jarrad Davis-LB-Florida

The Lions needed a force in the middle and Davis answers that need. He can stay on the field on third down which will be an asset to the Lions defense. 

Green Bay Packers- Josh Jones-S-NC State

I was very high on Jones, even placing a first round grade on him. Some other safeties went before him that flat-out aren’t as talented. The Packers got a steal snagging Jones with the 61st pick overall.

Minnesota Vikings- Dalvin Cook-RB-Florida State

I wanted to go Bucky Hodges here, but anytime you draft my No.1 RB in the second round, that value is too good to pass up.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons- Brian Hill-RB- Wyoming

One of my favorite prospects in this entire draft, Hill reminds me of a poor man’s David Johnson. Don’t be surprised for Hill to see a lot of playing time as a rookie especially if Freeman or Coleman go down with injuries as they do every year.

Carolina Panthers- Christian McCaffrey-RB-Stanford

Cam needed weapons on offense and McCaffrey not only fills that void, but is one of the most talented players in the draft. 

New Orleans Saints-Alvin Kamara-RB-Tennessee

I like the Kamara pick, but I’m sure Adrian Peterson doesn’t. Yes they are two different types of back, but there is only one ball to go around—and at this point in their careers Kamara is more explosive, faster and more of a play-maker. Watch him gain more touches in 2017 than AP does.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers- OJ Howard-TE-Alabama

Best player available and a weapon for Jameis. Great pick.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals- Dorian Johnson-OL-Pittsburgh

I had a second round grade on Johnson who slipped in the draft due to a liver issue. Talking with some scouts, it shouldn’t be a hindrance to his NFL career and the Cards got a Pro Bowl caliber guard in the 4th round.

Los Angeles Rams- Cooper Kupp-WR- Eastern Washington

Kupp was my favorite WR to watch game film on. He’s productive and can make all the catches. The Rams needed weapons for last year’s No.1 pick Jared Goff and they did just that.

San Francisco 49ers- Reuben Foster-LB-Alabama

John Lynch said Foster was ranked third overall on their board and he was prepared to take him third overall if Solomon Thomas was off the board. He wasn’t and Foster fell to the second last pick of the first round. What a draft by John Lynch and co.

Seattle Seahawks- Tedric Thompson-S-Colorado

The Seahawks made some head-scratching draft picks. Malik McDowell I had off my draft board completely and two defensive backs Shaquill Griffin and Delano Hill I had ranked behind Thompson. Thompson is a ball-hawking safety who has the potential to be a long-time starter in the NFL.

 

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