2017 NFL Draft Grades
1. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Write-Up: Myles Garrett is the best player in this draft. He has the potential to be an All-Pro player for the Browns.
2. Chicago Bears (from SF) – Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Write-Up: This would have been a C- if they Bears remained at 3, but deserve a D+ for moving up. I don’t like this pick at all. Chicago just paid 15 million a year for Mike Glennon, and decide to take another QB in the draft. Jamal Adams and Solomon Thomas would have been better selections.
3. San Francisco 49ers (from CHI) – Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Write-Up: The 49ers moved back and got the player they would have likely picked at 2. Thomas is a beast that can play inside and outside. He could be a Pro Bowl player very quickly.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars – Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Write-Up: Fournette is a very good back, with injuries being the only thing holding him back. I wish Jacksonville would have addressed their offensive line prior to this pick, but it is still very solid.
5. Tennessee Titans (from LOR) – Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Write-Up: This was a shock to me, as I had Davis going at 16. I think he is a very good player with a lot of upside. Is it a bit of a reach? Yes, a little. He also has injury concerns. I think Jamal Adams or Marshon Lattimore would have been the ideal pick here. Still, this is a very solid pick that addresses a big need.
6. New York Jets – Jamal Adams, SS, LSU
Write-Up: First A+ of this draft. This is an absolute steal for the Jets. Adams had no business dropping this far. I think he will be one of the best safeties in the NFL in upcoming years.
7. Los Angeles Chargers – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
Write-Up: I like Williams a little bit more than Davis. I think this a good pick that fills a big need for the Chargers. Williams has the size and speed to be a very good player in the NFL.
8. Carolina Panthers – Christian McCaffrey, RB/WR, Stanford
Write-Up: I really like this pick for Carolina. McCaffrey can play in numerous spots on the offense. Cam Newton will love his versatility. The only concern with McCaffrey is his size at RB, but the Panthers will find ways to get him several touches a game.
9. Cincinnati Bengals – John Ross, WR, Washington
Write-Up: Ross has blazing speed, as he broke the 40 yard dash record. I think there was bigger needs for the Bengals, rather than just adding another receiver. I think Ross is a hit or miss player. This is an average pick.
10. Kansas City Chiefs (from BUF) – Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas A&M
Write-Up: Wow, the Chiefs moved up 17 spots to get Mahomes. I think he has a tremendous arm, but he will take time to develop. This could easily be a good grade if he pans out, but its hard to give them a good grade now. KC was close to a Super Bowl, and are basically banking on Mahomes now as they spent two first round picks on him.
11. New Orleans Saints – Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Write-Up: Maybe Lattimore’s injury history is much more serious than we thought. I thought he was a lock for the top 10. This fills a big need for the Saints as well. If Lattimore stays healthy, this could be one of the biggest steals in all of the draft.
12. Houston Texans (from CLE) – Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Write-Up: I like this move by Houston. Watson will be in a good situation with Bill O’Brien as a coach and all of the weapons on the Texan offense. This could be a very good move, as Watson could succeed in a similar way compared to Dak Prescott.
13. Arizona Cardinals – Haason Reddick, OLB, Temple
Write-Up: I like Reddick as a player and Arizona needs a linebacker. Reddick can play almost anywhere in the front 7 and fits well in Arizona’s unique defense. With this being said, Reddick was a breakout player and has a few question marks. He has a lot of potential, but could also bust. This is a solid pick.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (from MIN) – Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Write-Up: Barnett has been overshadowed throughout the draft process. He was very productive over his college career and is a natural pass rusher. He is my pick to win DROY, so I like this pick a lot.
15 Indianapolis Colts – Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State
Write-Up: Hooker fell all the way to 15? What a steal. I did not expect this, as he was almost a lock in the top 10. Regardless, the Colts need help everywhere in their defensive backfield. Hooker has a lot of potential, as he has just started playing football.
16. Baltimore Ravens – Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Write-Up: Humphrey is a very solid pick. He had very good games for Alabama, but also poor games. This is a need that the Ravens needed to fill, and they got a very solid player.
17. Washington Redskins – Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
Write-Up: I would have never imagined Jonathan Allen dropping this far. His shoulder concerns must be more problematic than expected. This will easily be an A+ grade is Allen doesn’t get hurt and pans out. This could easily be one of the biggest steals of this draft.
18. Tennessee Titans – Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
Write-Up: I think Adoree’ Jackson is a special playmaker with tremendous speed. He is a good defensive player that will also help out on special teams.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OJ Howard, TE, Alabama
Write-Up: I don’t understand how Howard fell so far. He will be one of the best tight ends in the NFL. Jameis Winston will be very pleased with a versatile player like Howard.
20. Denver Broncos – Garrett Boles, OT, Utah
Write-Up: The Broncos need a lot of help up front, so I don’t blame them going offensive line. Meanwhile, I think Cam Robinson or Ryan Ramczyk are better prospects.
21. Detroit Lions – Jarrad Davis, ILB, Florida
Write-Up: Davis is a solid player that will start for the Lions. I was shocked that they picked Davis over Reuben Foster. Regardless, this is still a solid pick.
22. Miami Dolphins – Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
Write-Up: Harris is a good edge rusher with a great spin move. The Dolphins need a pass rusher, so this a good pick. Harris was projected in the teens, so this is good value at 22.
23. New York Giants – Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
Write-Up: Engram is a speedy TE that is arguably a big WR. He will cause problems against teams playing with OBJ and company. I like David Njoku, but Engram is still a solid player that fills a need.
24. Oakland Raiders – Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
Grade: A (if innocent of rape accusations), F (if guilty)
Write-Up: This is literally a hit or miss. Conley would have been a top 15 pick before this week. If none of these accusations are true, this is an absolute steal. If guilty, this is an absolute waste of a pick. Big risk for Oakland!
25. Cleveland Browns (from HOU) – Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Write-Up: The Browns and Jabrill Peppers, a player who doesn’t have a true position, does not sound good together. My gut is telling me that this won’t work out. I mean, it is the Browns were talking about.
26. Atlanta Falcons (from SEA) – Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA
Write-Up: I question why the Falcons moved up to get McKinely, as they would have had several options at 31. Regardless, McKinley is a speedy pass rusher that will play well opposite Vic Beasley.
27. Buffalo (from KC) – Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
Write-Up: I think White is a underrated prospect. He has good speed and coverage skills. This was a big need for the Bills, and they traded back and still got a good player. Very good move by the Bills.
28. Dallas Cowboys – Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Write-Up: This is good value for a player that was projected to be in the top 20. Also, Charlton fills a big need, as Dallas has struggled to get a consistent pass rush. This class is loaded with defensive backs, so Dallas can address those needs later. I think this a very good pick by Dallas.
29. Cleveland Browns (from GB) – David Njoku, TE, Miami
Write-Up: This is a very good pick by the Browns. Njoku has a ton of upside and is an athletic freak. This would be in the A- to A range if they didn’t have to trade back in to get him. Regardless, this could still be a very good pick in a couple years.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers – TJ Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
Write-Up: My gut is telling me that this is going to work out for Pittsburgh. Watt is a talented edge rusher that will fit will into the Steelers 3-4 defense. Watt has the genes to be a tremendous player.
31. San Francisco (from SEA, via ATL) – Reuben Foster
Write-Up: I cannot believe Foster fell so far. Also, what a draft for John Lynch, as he came away with arguably two of the top five players in the draft. Foster may have his off the field concerns, but he is a beast on the field. The 49ers defense continues to improve.
32. New Orleans Saints (from NE) -Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Write-Up: I like Ryan Ramczyk as a player, but this pick doesn’t make a ton of sense. The Saints had much bigger needs, especially on defense. They should have continued to address that side of the ball.