Round 1: DeVante Parker (WR, Louisville), Round 2: Jordan Phillips (NT, Oklahoma), Round 3: Jamil Douglas (OG, Arizona St.), Round 5: Bobby McCain (CB, Memphis), Round 5: Jay Ajayi (RB, Boise St.), Round 5: Cedric Thompson (FS, Minnesota), Round 5: Tony Lippett (WR/CB, Michigan St.).
Best Value: Jay Ajayi
Highest Upside: Tony Lippett
Worst Fit: Jordan Phillips
Biggest Reach: Cedric Thompson
Overall Grade: (B+) Miami did a great job of filling their needs this draft. After finishing 9-7 and missing out on the playoffs, I feel that Miami may have gotten over the hump with this draft class. DeVante Parker is the best wide receiver the team has had since Brandon Marshall, and he is automatically Ryan Tannehill’s go-to option. Bobby McCain and Tony Lippett are intriguing options. McCain was easily the best cornerback in Conference USA and one of the best in the draft. His only limitation was his size, but I believe the Dolphins can find a way to compensate for that. Especially after starting a combination of Cortland Finnegan and Brent Grimes last year. Lippett is an intriguing prospect. He played both wide receiver and cornerback at MSU last year and he has very similar measurable to Richard Sherman. Lippett is the sleeper prospect in this year’s Dolphins draft class.
Round 1: Trae Waynes (CB, Michigan St.), Round 2: Eric Kendricks (ILB, UCLA), Round 3: Danielle Hunter (DE, LSU), Round 4: T.J. Clemmings (OT, Pittsburgh), Round 5: MyCole Pruitt (TE, S. Illinois), Round 5: Stefon Diggs (WR, Maryland), Round 6: Tyrus Thompson (OT, Oklahoma), Round 6: B.J. Dubose (DE, Louisville), Round 7: Austin Shepherd (OT, Alabama), Round 7: Edmond Robinson (OLB, Newberry).
Best Value: Eric Kendricks
Highest Upside: T.J. Clemmings
Worst Fit: Danielle Hunter
Biggest Reach: None
Overall Grade: (A) The Vikings and Mike Zimmer did a great job adding talent to an already promising group of player. Trae Waynes should former a great corner combination with Xavier Rhodes. Eric Hendricks is a great cover linebacker, and his talents should be well utilized in the NFC North. T.J. Clemmings is the biggest haul in this draft class. Clemmings was seen as a first round pick, but after falling all the way to the fourth round, the Vikings could have found their franchise left tackle. He has that much talent and upside.
New England Patriots
Round 1: Malcom Brown (DT, Texas), Round 2: Jordan Richards (SS, Stanford), Round 3: Geneo Grissom (DE, Oklahoma), Round 4: Trey Flowers (DE, Arkansas), Round 4: Tre’ Jackson (OG, Florida St.), Round 4: Shaq Mason (C, Georgia Tech), Round 5: Joe Cardona (LS, Navy), Round 6: Matthew Wells (LB, Mississippi St.), Round 6: A.J. Derby (TE, Arkansas), Round 7: Darryl Roberts (CB, Marshall), Round 7: Xzavier Dickson (OLB, Alabama).
Best Value: Malcom Brown
Highest Upside: Brown
Worst Fit: A.J. Derby
Biggest Reach: Jordan Richards
Overall Grade: (B+) Bill Belichick always finds a way to make a surprising second round pick, and they always find a way to be productive players. Richards was a 4th or 5th round prospect from Stanford. He’s not particularly athletic, but he has great ball skills and he’s tremendously cerebral. Malcom Brown feels a big need after Vince Wilfork left, and I would keep an eye on Shaq Mason and Tre’ Jackson. Both linemen could be potential Pro Bowlers down the line.
New Orleans Saints
Round 1: Andrus Peat (OT, Stanford), Round 1: Stephone Anthony (ILB, Clemson), Round 2: Hau’oli Kikaha (OLB, Washington), Round 3: Garrett Grayson (QB, Colorado St.), Round 3: P.J. Williams (CB, Florida St.), Round 5: Davis Tull (OLB, Tennessee-Chattanooga), Round 5: Tyeler Davison (DT, Fresno St.), Round 5: Damian Swann (CB, Georgia), Round 7: Marcus Murphy (RB, Missouri).
Best Value: P.J. Williams
Highest Upside: Andrus Peat
Worst Fit: Garrett Grayson
Biggest Reach: Hau’oli Kikaha
Overall Grade: (B-) With so many picks to play with, the Saints managed to come away without feeling all of their needs. Garrett Grayson was not a need, and I do not believe he is good enough to become the hire to Drew Brees’ throne. I also believe that even though Kikaha feels a need, he was a big over draft. Randy Gregory, Eli Harold, and Owamagbe Odighizuma were all available at that pick, and they are all better prospect then the Washington edge rusher. Overall, I feel the Saints blew an opportunity to get younger and better.
New York Giants
Round 1: Ereck Flowers (OT, Miami Fl.), Round 2: Landon Collins (SS, Alabama), Round 3: Owamagbe Odighizuwa (DE, UCLA), Round 5: Mykkele Thompson (FS, Texas), Round 6: Geremy Davis (WR, UConn), Round 7: Bobby Hart (OG, Florida St.).
Best Value: Landon Collins
Highest Upside: Owamagbe Odighizuwa
Worst Fit: None
Biggest Reach: Ereck Flowers/ Mykkele Thompson
Overall Grade: (B) Landon Collins is the steal of the draft in the 2nd round. He was a top 15 talent that feel because teams weren’t sold on his center fielding skills. That’s fine for Giants, they prefer his in-the-box, smash mouth style anyway.
New York Jets
Round 1: Leonard Williams (DE/DT, USC), Round 2: Devin Smith (WR, Ohio St.), Round 3: Lorenzo Mauldin (DE/OLB, Louisville), Round 4: Bryce Petty (QB, Baylor), Round 5: Jarvis Harrison (OG, Texas A&M), Round 7: Deon Simon (NT, Northwestern St.).
Best Value: Leonard Williams
Highest Upside: Devin Smith
Worst Fit: Bryce Petty
Biggest Reach: None
Overall Grade: (B+) Leonard Williams is the best player in this draft, and the Jets got him 6th overall. This creates a “good” problem with the Jets’ defensive line. With Muhammad Wilkerson, Williams, and Sheldon Richardson, New York has an embarrassment of riches in the trenches. I like the Bryce Petty pickup, but I hate the fact he’s going from Baylor’s hyper-speed spread offense to Chan Gailey’s run heavy offense. It’s going to take a lot longer for Petty to develop in that offense due to its more traditional nature.
Round 1: Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama), Round 2: Mario Edwards Jr. (DE, Florida St.), Round 3: Clive Walford (TE, Miami Fl.), Round 4: Jon Feliciano (OG, Miami Fl.), Round 5: Ben Heeney (ILB, Kansas), Round 5: Neiron Ball (OLB, Florida), Round 6: Max Valles (OLB, Virginia), Round 7: Anthony Morris (OL, Tennessee St.), Round 7: Andre Debose (WR, Florida), Round 7: Dexter McDonald (CB, Kansas).
Best Value: Ben Heeney
Highest Upside: Clive Walford
Worst Fit: Max Valles
Biggest Reach: Mario Edwards Jr.
Overall Grade: (B) The really could have used a runningback, but I think the Raiders did a great job of addressing the many needs they had. Amari Cooper will be a starter from day one, and Clive Walford represents a hug upgrade from Mychal Rivera and the rest of Oakland’s tight end group. My only problem is with Edwards, he’s more of a defensive tackle than a defensive end, and he doesn’t generate much of a pass rush.
Round 1: Nelson Agholor (WR, USC), Round 2: Eric Rowe (CB, Utah), Round 3: Jordan Hicks (OLB, Texas), Round 6: JaCorey Shepherd (CB, Kansas), Round 6: Randall Evans (CB, Kansas St.), Round 7: Brian Mihalik (DE, Boston College).
Best Value: JaCorey Shepherd
Highest Upside: Eric Rowe
Worst Fit: None
Biggest Reach: Nelson Agholor
Overall Grade: (B+) The Eagles weakest position was corner, so Chip Kelly drafted three, hoping at least two of them will stick. Shepherd is a former wide receiver still learning the proper technique for the position. He has the ball skills and upside to force Eric Rowe back to safety. Speaking of Rowe, he has great athleticism and versatility for the secondary. I sure Philly will find a place for him to play.
Round 1: Alvin “Bud” Dupree (OLB, Kentucky), Round 2: Senquez Golson (CB, Ole Miss), Round 3: Sammie Coates (WR, Auburn), Round 4: Doran Grant, (CB/S, Ohio St.), Round 5: Jesse James (TE, Penn St.), Round 6: Leterrius Walton (DT, C. Michigan), Round 6: Anthony Chickillo (DE, Miami Fl.), Round 7: Gerod Holliman (FS, Louisville).
Best Value: Gerod Holliman, Sammie Coates, Doran Grant
Highest Upside: Bud Dupree
Worst Fit: None
Biggest Reach: None
Overall Grade: (A+) Arguably the perfect draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They filled all their major needs all while drafting some pretty talented players. The most important thing about this draft class is that it gets the Steelers young and fresher players to use. With this class, the team has a great chance of making the playoffs, especially if these young guys show up big.
San Diego Chargers
Round 1: Melvin Gordon (RB, Wisconsin), Round 2: Denzel Perryman (ILB, Miami Fl.), Round 3: Craig Mager (CB, Texas St.), Round 5: Kyle Emanuel (OLB, North Dakota St.), Round 6: Darius Philon (DT, Arkansas).
Best Value: Kyle Emanuel
Highest Upside: Craig Mager
Worst Fit: Denzel Perryman
Biggest Reach: Melvin Gordon
Overall Grade: (B) The only reason I consider Gordon and reach is because of the unnecessary trade San Diego conducted. They gave up and 4th and 5th rounder along with the 17the pick overall to leap frog Houston. The Texans typically do not waste high draft picks on runningbacks, so the Chargers were overthinking themselves. For a team as thin as the Chargers are, those draft picks count. Perryman reminds me of a better tackling Manti Te’o, which is funny considering they have the real guy too. It would have been better to pair Te’o with a rangy cover backer rather than another thumper.
San Francisco 49ers
Round 1: Arik Armstead (DE, Oregon), Round 2: Jaquiski Tartt (SS, Samford), Round 3: Eli Harold (OLB, Virginia), Round 4: Blake Bell (TE, Oklahoma), Round 4: Mike Davis (RB, S. Carolina), Round 4: DeAndre Smelter (WR, Georgia Tech), Round 5: Bradley Pinion (P, Clemson), Round 6: Ian Silberman (OG, Boston College), Round 7: Trenton Brown (OG, Florida), Round 7: Rory “Busta” Anderson (TE, S. Carolina).
Best Value: Eli Harold
Highest Upside: Arik Armstead
Worst Fit: Jaquiski Tartt
Biggest Reach: Blake Bell
Overall Grade: (C) Arik Armstead and Eli Harold are great additions to the 49ers weakened defense. Harold was a fringe 1st round prospect, and he somehow ended up going in the 3rd. Armstead is the perfect 5 technique to operate in their defense. Most of the other picks are rather confusing. Blake Bell was looking more like an undrafted free agent, yet the 9ers took him in the 4th round. Tartt is the third safety San Fran has taken in the last three years. The team desperately needed a corner, yet they took and run-stopping safety. How does that make any sense?
Round 2: Frank Clark (DE/OLB, Michigan), Round 3: Tyler Lockett (WR, Kansas St.), Round 4: Terry Poole (OG, San Diego St.), Round 4: Mark Glowinski (OG, W. Virginia), Round 5: Tye Smith (CB, Towson), Round 6: Obum Gwacham (DE, Oregon St.), Round 6: Kristjan Sokoli (DT, Buffalo), Round 7: Ryan Murphy (DB, Oregon St.).
Best Value: Tyler Lockett
Highest Upside: Obum Gwacham
Worst Fit: Frank Clark
Biggest Reach: Clark
Overall Grade: (C-) On paper, this looks like a very poor draft. However, after seeing Pete Carroll’s team building skills culminate the last two years, can you really doubt a draft class like this? For now, I will be a hater. Clark had so many red flags that most teams thought he was undraftable. Those who were targeting the Michigan product, ranked him much lower than the 2nd round. For now, Tyler Lockett seems to be the only sure thing in this draft class. But knowing how the Seahawks operate, it wouldn’t surprise me if a few of these prospects turned out to be fantastic players.
St. Louis Rams
Round 1: Todd Gurley (RB, Georgia), Round 2: Rob Havenstein (OT/OG, Wisconsin), Round 3: Jamon Brown (OT, Louisville), Round 3: Sean Mannion (QB, Oregon St.), Round 4: Andrew Donnal (OT, Iowa), Round 6: Bud Sasser (WR, Missouri), Round 6: Cody Wichmann (OG, Fresno St.), Round 7: Bryce Hager (ILB, Baylor), Round 7: Martin Ifedi (DE, Memphis).
Best Value: Bud Sasser
Highest Upside: Todd Gurley
Worst Fit: Sean Mannion
Biggest Reach: Mannion
Overall Grade: (B) Todd Gurley, when healthy, looked like a once in a generation talent. Now, he lands on a squad that can allow him to fully heal. Once he’s back at full strength, look out for the Rams running game. However, there choices in quarterback are really surprising to me. With players like Bryce Petty and Brett Hundley available, the Jeff Fisher decided to take a quarterback many thought would go undrafted. Hopefully Nick Foles is the answer. If not, St. Louis may be drafting another quarterback as soon as next year.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round 1: Jameis Winston (QB, Florida St.), Round 2: Donovan Smith (OT, Penn St.), Round 2: Ali Marpet (OG/C, Hobart), Round 4: Kwon Alexander (OLB, LSU), Round 5: Kenny Ball (WR, Nebraska), Round 6: Kaelin Clay (WR, Utah), Round 7: Joey Iosefa (FB, Hawaii).
Best Value: Donovan Smith
Highest Upside: Ali Marpet
Worst Fit: None
Biggest Reach: None
Overall Grade: (B+) The Buccaneers got their franchise quarterback. They also adding much needed talent to the offensive line tasked to protect him. The Buccs also added two big-play receivers who should compete for catches out of the slot. I would have ranked Tampa Bay higher, but they did not add a runningback to compete with Doug Martin.
Round 1: Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon), Round 2: Dorial Green-Beckham (WR, Missouri), Round 3: Jeremiah Poutasi (OT/OG, Utah), Round 4: Angelo Blackson (DT, Auburn), Round 4: Jalston Fowler (FB, Alabama), Round 5: David Cobb (RB, Minnesota), Round 6: Deiontrez Mount (OLB, Louisville), Round 6: Andy Gallik (C, Boston College), Round 7: Tre McBride (William & Mary).
Best Value: David Cobb
Highest Upside: Dorial Green-Beckham
Worst Fit: Jeremaih Poutasi
Biggest Reach: Jalston Fowler
Overall Grade: (A-) The Titans added a lot of talent with this draft class. Green-Beckham has been compared to Randy Moss due to his receiving ability, and his poor attitude. Marcus Mariota was considered to be the best quarterback available by many teams in the draft. David Cobb is a human bowling ball, very similar to former Atlanta Falcon T.J. Duckett. Tre McBride could be the biggest surprise of this draft class. Many scouts believe he can be an effective slot receiver, and possibly a number two option.
Round 1: Brandon Scherff (OT/OG, Iowa), Round 2: Preston Smith (DE/OLB, Mississippi St.), Round 3: Matt Jones (RB, Florida), Round 4: Jamison Crowder (WR, Duke), Round 4: Arie Kouandijo (OG, Alabama), Round 5: Martell Spaight (OLB, Arkansas), Round 6: Kyshoen Jarrett (SS, Virginia Tech), Round 6: Tevin Mitchel (CB, Arkansas), Round 6: Evan Spencer (WR, Ohio St.), Round 7: Austin Reiter (C, S. Florida).
Best Value: Jamison Crowder
Highest Upside: Kyshoen Jarrett
Worst Fit: Evan Spencer
Biggest Reach: Matt Jones
Overall Grade: (B) Brandon Scherff and Arie Kouandijo are sure to add some toughness and combativeness to Redskins offensive line; something the team desperately needs. Preston Smith adds some versatility and pass rushing ability to replace the departed Brian Orakpo. Jamison Crowder gives RGIII a security blanket in the slot, and balance to a line-up with Deshawn Jackson and Pierre Garcon. I’m not as high on Matt Jones as other people are, but the last time the Skins took a runningback from Florida he turned out to be pretty good.