NFL Draft Recap

NFL Draft Recap/Reactions & Grades

The NFL Draft is officially over which means it’s time for all of the draft over reactions and judging of players before they even step on a NFL field. Check out how your favorite team did over the weekend. NFL Draft Recap.


Arizona Cardinals
1 (13) Haason Reddick, lb, Temple
2 (36) Budda Baker, s, Washington
3 (98) Chad Williams, wr, Grambling State
4 (115) Dorian Johnson, g, Pittsburgh
5 (157) Will Holden, ot, Vanderbilt
5 (179) T.J. Logan, rb, North Carolina
6 (208) Rudy Ford, s, Auburn

Cardinals added a pair of dynamic lego pieces to their defense with Haason Reddick and Budda Baker. Love the Dorian Johnson and Will Holden picks to improve their offensive line. This draft shows the Cardinals are obviously in win now mode.

Grade B+


Atlanta Falcons
1 (26) Takkarist McKinley, de/olb, UCLA
3 (75) Duke Riley, lb, LSU
4 (136) Sean Harlow, g, Oregon State
5 (149) Damontae Kazee, cb, San Diego State
5 (156) Brian Hill, rb, Wyoming
5 (174) Eric Saubert, te, Drake

Falcons added more speed to their defense with Takk McKinley and Duke Riley. The Falcons clearly had a plan to improve their front seven and fill in positions of need on Day 3.

Grade B


Baltimore Ravens
1 (16) Marlon Humphrey, cb, Alabama
2 (47) Tyus Bowser, lb, Houston
3 (74) Chris Wormley, de, Michigan
3 (78) Tim Williams, lb, Alabama
4 (122) Nico Siragusa, g, San Diego State
5 (159) Jermaine Eluemunor, g, Texas A&M
6 (186) Chuck Clark, db, Virginia Tech

Ravens ignored their offensive needs with their first four picks in the draft and focused on improving all levels of their defense with young athletic guys. These guys will fly to the football and become a part of a very good defense in Baltimore.

Grade B+


Buffalo Bills
1 (27) Tre’Davious White, db, LSU
2 (37) Zay Jones, wr, East Carolina
2 (63) Dion Dawkins, g, Temple
5 (163) Matt Milano, lb, Boston College
5 (171) Nathan Peterman, qb, Pittsburgh
6 (195) Tanner Vallejo, lb, Boise State

Bills filled their two biggest needs with Tre’Davious White and Zay Jones with their first two picks. They did an excellent job by trading out of the number 10 pick, acquiring a first round pick next season from the Chiefs and still getting my number two cornerback. Dion Dawkins is another solid pick who is an upgrade at either the guard or tackle position.

Grade B


Carolina Panthers
1 (8) Christian McCaffrey, rb, Stanford
2 (40) Curtis Samuel, wr/rb, Ohio State
2 (64) Taylor Moton, g, Western Michigan
3 (77) Daeshon Hall, de, Texas A&M
5 (152) Corn Elder, cb, Miami
6 (192) Alexander Armah, de, West Georgia
7 (233) Harrison Butker, k, Georgia Tech

Panthers get dynamic playmakers on offense with Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel. The Panthers lacked explosive plays last season and loss their most explosive player Ted Ginn Jr. in free agency. What makes their draft more appealing is what they did with their next 3 picks, Taylor Moton will be a quality lineman to protect Cam Newton, Dae Dae Hall has some pass rushing traits and Corn Elder fits perfectly in their zone defense.

Grade B+


Chicago Bears
1 (2) Mitchell Trubisky, qb, North Carolina
2 (45) Adam Shaheen, te, Ashland
4 (112) Eddie Jackson, s, Alabama
4 (119) Tarik Cohen, rb, NC A&T
5 (147) Jordan Morgan, g, Kutztown

The Bears took a couple steps backward and received my worst draft grade out of all 32 teams. Not a fan of the Bears trading up for Mitch Trubisky and trading down to get Adam Shaheen. I don’t see any difference makers in this class as they selected three players from below FCS level.

Grade D


Cincinnati Bengals
1 (9) John Ross, wr, Washington
2 (48) Joe Mixon, rb, Oklahoma
3 (73) Jordan Willis, de, Kansas State
4 (116) Carl Lawson, de, Auburn
4 (128) Josh Malone, wr, Tennessee
4 (138) Ryan Glasgow, dt, Michigan
5 (153) Jake Elliott, k, Memphis
5 (176) J.J. Dielman, c, Utah
6 (193) Jordan Evans, lb, Oklahoma
6 (207) Brandon Wilson, rb, Houston
7 (251) Mason Schreck, te, Buffalo

Bengals drafted risky players with a lot of talent in John Ross and Joe Mixon. Typical Bengals taking a chance on Mixon with his off-the-field issue. Added three fourth round players that have huge upside.

Grade A


Cleveland Browns
1 (1) Myles Garrett, de, Texas A&M
1 (25) Jabrill Peppers, s, Michigan
1 (29) David Njoku, te, Miami
2 (52) DeShone Kizer, qb, Notre Dame
3 (65) Larry Ogunjobi, dt, Charlotte
4 (126) Howard Wilson, db, Houston
5 (160) Rod Johnson, ot, Florida State
6 (185) Caleb Brantley, dt, Florida
7 (224) Zane Gonzalez, k, Arizona State
7 (252) Matthew Dayes, rb, NC State

Got to give the Browns a lot of credit for not panicking/reaching for a QB in Round 1. Loved the way they used their picks to move up and down the board adding talent. They got my number 1 quarterback DeShone Kizer in the 2nd round and added some nice depth in Day 3.

Grade A


Dallas Cowboys
1 (28) Taco Charlton, de, Michigan
2 (60) Chidobe Awuzie, cb, Colorado
3 (92) Jourdan Lewis, cb, Michigan
4 (133) Ryan Switzer, wr, North Carolina
6 (191) Xavier Woods, s, Louisiana Tech
6 (216) Marquez White, cb, Florida State
7 (228) Joey Ivie, dt, Florida
7 (239) Noah Brown, wr, Ohio State
7 (246) Jordan Carrell, dt, Colorado

Cowboys had needs and they addressed them. The Joneses (Will McClay) continue to do a good job in the draft by getting pass rusher Taco Charlton and adding a plethora of defensive backs. The Ryan Switzer selection is also a good move as they give quarterback Dak Prescott another weapon to get the ball quickly too.

Grade B+


Denver Broncos
1 (20) Garett Bolles, ot, Utah
2 (51) DeMarcus Walker, de, Florida State
3 (82) Carlos Henderson, wr, Louisiana Tech
3 (101) Brendan Langley, cb, Lamar
5 (145) Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
5 (172) Isaiah McKenzie, wr, Georgia
6 (203) De’Angelo Henderson, rb, Coastal Carolina
7 (253) Chad Kelly, qb, Mississippi

I get that Garett Bolles fills a need for the Broncos and he is a great fit in their zone scheme offensive line but I’m not a big fan of his power in pass protection. Love the DeMarcus Walker and Carlos Henderson picks.

Grade B


Detroit Lions
1 (21) Jarrad Davis, lb, Florida
2 (53) Jalen Tabor, cb, Florida
3 (96) Kenny Golladay, wr, Northern Illinois
4 (124) Jaylen Reeves-Maybin, lb, Tennessee
4 (127) Michael Roberts, te, Toledo
5 (165) Jamal Agnew, cb, San Diego
6 (205) Jeremiah Ledbetter, de, Arkansas
6 (215) Brad Kaaya, qb, Miami
7 (250) Pat O’Connor, de, Eastern Michigan

Lions get two Gator defensive players in Jarrad Davis and Teez Tabor who should fill in immediately and make an impact on their defense. The issue I have is with everyone else they selected after their first two picks. Not sure any of those players make an impact at the next level.

Grade C+


Green Bay Packers
2 (33) Kevin King, db, Washington
2 (61) Josh Jones, s, NC State
3 (93) Montravius Adams, dt, Auburn
4 (108) Vince Biegel, lb, Wisconsin
4 (134) Jamaal Williams, rb, BYU
5 (175) Deangelo Yancey, wr, Purdue
5 (182) Aaron Jones, rb, UTEP
6 (212) Kofi Amichia, ot, South Florida
7 (238) Devonte Mays, rb, Utah State
7 (247) Malachi Dupre, wr, LSU

Packers had secondary on the mind with Kevin King and Josh Jones. Defense early offense late made sense but I would’ve probably addressed the need for a pass rusher earlier in the draft.

Grade B


Houston Texans
1 (12) Deshaun Watson, qb, Clemson
2 (57) Zach Cunningham, lb, Vanderbilt
3 (89) D’Onta Foreman, rb, Texas
4 (130) Julie’n Davenport, ot, Bucknell
4 (142) Carlos Watkins, dt, Clemson
5 (169) Treston Decoud, cb, Oregon State
7 (243) Kyle Fuller, c, Baylor

Texans traded up in the first round with the Browns to select quarterback Deshaun Watson. The Browns now own the Texans’ 1st and 2nd round pick in 2018. The Texans’ Day 2 picks Cunningham and Foreman will have an immediate impact, Cunningham should be a starter while Foreman will help RB Lamar Miller with his workload in an effort to keep him fresh.

Grade B


Indianapolis Colts
1 (15) Malik Hooker, s, Ohio State
2 (46) Quincy Wilson, cb, Florida
3 (80) Tarell Basham, de, Ohio
4 (137) Zach Banner, ot, Southern Cal
4 (143) Marlon Mack, rb, South Florida
4 (144) Grover Stewart, dt, Albany (Ga.)
5 (158) Nate Hairston, cb, Temple
5 (161) Anthony Walker, lb, Northwestern

Malik Hooker, Quincy Wilson, Tarell Basham. Love, Love, Love. The Colts vastly improved their secondary with two of the best defensive backs in the draft. I believe Wilson’s skill set as a physical corner, to go along with Vontae Davis on the other side, matches well with the type of safety Hooker is and what he brings to a football team. One main question that still remains for the Colts though will be how they hold up in the trenches.

Grade B+


Jacksonville Jaguars
1 (4) Leonard Fournette, rb, LSU
2 (34) Cam Robinson, ot, Alabama
3 (68) Dawuane Smoot, de, Illinois
4 (110) Dede Westbrook, wr, Oklahoma
5 (148) Blair Brown, lb, Ohio
7 (222) Jalen Myrick, cb, Minnesota
7 (240) Marquez Williams, fb, Miami

Don’t love the Jaguars draft but they added a beast of a running back in Leonard Fournette to take pressure off of starting quarterback Blake Bortles. The Jaguars have done a really great job of building their defense through free agency the last 2 years so adding a piece like Fournette could do wonders in their run based offense. Can the offensive line open up running lanes?

Grade B-


Kansas City Chiefs
1 (10) Patrick Mahomes, qb, Texas Tech
2 (59) Tanoh Kpassagnon, de, Villanova
3 (86) Kareem Hunt, rb, Toledo
4 (139) Jehu Chesson, wr, Michigan
5 (183) Ukeme Eligwe, lb, Georgia Southern
6 (218) Leon McQuay III, s, Southern Cal

The Chiefs made a giant trade up of 17 spots to acquire gun slinger quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Andy Reid is the perfect head coach with his offensive pedigree to get the most out of Mahomes, who needs substantial work with his mechanics. The Chiefs looks to be gearing up for the future with the Mahomes and Tanoh Kpassagnon selection.

Grade C


Los Angeles Chargers
1 (7) Mike Williams, wr, Clemson
2 (38) Forrest Lamp, g, Western Kentucky
3 (71) Dan Feeney, g, Indiana
4 (113) Rayshawn Jenkins, s, Miami
5 (151) Desmond King, s, Iowa
6 (190) Sam Tevi, ot, Utah
7 (225) Isaac Rochell, de, Notre Dame

The L.A Chargers added two of the best guards in the entire draft on Day 2 with Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney. Add those picks with my number 1 receiver Mike Williams and you have an excellent draft that can be the catalyst for a playoff run. The Chargers can be this year’s Atlanta Falcons.

Grade A+


Los Angeles Rams
2 (44) Gerald Everett, te, South Alabama
3 (69) Cooper Kupp, wr, Eastern Washington
3 (91) John Johnson, s, Boston College
4 (117) Josh Reynolds, wr, Texas A&M
4 (125) Samson Ebukan, lb, Eastern Washington
6 (189) Tanzel Smart, dt, Tulane
6 (206) Sam Rogers, fb, Virginia Tech
7 (234) Ejuan Price, lb, Pittsburgh

The selections of Gerald Everett, Cooper Kupp & Josh Reynolds aren’t bad but I don’t see it materializing much in LA. I can see them implementing a quick passing game but they’re still missing a dynamic playmaking number 1 receiver on the outside.

Grade C


Miami Dolphins
1 (22) Charles Harris, de, Missouri
2 (54) Raekwon McMillan, lb, Ohio State
3 (97) Cordrea Tankersley, cb, Clemson
5 (164) Isaac Ariata, g, Utah
5 (178) Davon Godchaux, dt, LSU
6 (194) Vincent Taylor, dt, Oklahoma State
7 (237) Isaiah Ford, wr, Virginia Tech

The Dolphins addressed all three levels of their defense with their first 3 picks in the draft. Love the thought process but I don’t necessarily believe they got difference makers. Charles Harris can get after the quarterback but Raekwon McMillan and Cordrea Tankersley seem average. Dolphins got some good value later in the draft making it an overall solid class.

Grade B


Minnesota Vikings
2 (41) Dalvin Cook, rb, Florida State
3 (70) Pat Elflein, c, Ohio State
4 (109) Jaleel Johnson, de, Iowa
4 (120) Ben Gedeon, lb, Michigan
5 (170) Rodney Adams, wr, South Florida
5 (180) Danny Isidora, g, Miami
6 (201) Bucky Hodges, te, Virginia Tech
7 (219) Stacy Coley, wr, Miami
7 (220) Ifeadi Odenigbo, dl, Northwestern
7 (232) Elijah Lee, lb, Kansas State
7 (245) Jack Tocho, cb, NC State

The Minnesota Vikings and head coach Mike Zimmer make their living on how well they play defense. So to add a dynamic playmaker like Dalvin Cook, the best pure runner in the class, and Pat Elflein to help the offensive line, it’s a step in the right direction. Where Teddy at?

Grade B


New England Patriots
3 (83) Derek Rivers, de, Youngstown State
3 (85) Antonio Garcia, ot, Troy
4 (131) Deatrich Wise, de, Arkansas
6 (211) Conor McDermott, ot, UCLA

The Patriots didn’t have a 1st or 2nd round pick and only drafted 4 players in the entire draft, however they ended up with four players that will all compete for a role on their football team.

Grade B


New Orleans Saints
1 (11) Marshon Lattimore, db, Ohio State
1 (32) Ryan Ramczyk, ot, Wisconsin
2 (42) Marcus Williams, s, Utah
3 (67) Alvin Kamara, rb, Tennessee
3 (76) Alex Anzalone, lb, Florida
3 (103) Trey Hendrickson, lb, FAU
6 (196) Al-Quadin Muhammad, de, Miami

Wow! The Saints are my biggest draft winners selecting impact players all through the first two days of the draft. Lattimore my top CB, Ramczyk my top OT, Marcus Williams a ball-hawking safety and Alvin Kamara a dynamic playmaker reminiscent of the days of Reggie Bush/Darren Sproles. These guys killed the draft.

Grade A+


New York Giants
1 (23) Evan Engram, te, Mississippi
2 (55) Dalvin Tomlinson, dt, Alabama
3 (87) Davis Webb, qb, California
4 (140) Wayne Gallman, rb, Clemson
5 (167) Avery Moss, de, Youngstown State
6 (200) Adam Bisnowaty, ot, Pittsburgh

The Giants are losers solely because they still haven’t addressed their offensive line. I like the picks of Evan Engram, Dalvin Tomlinson & Wayne Gallman but if they can’t protect Eli Manning it will be another long season for the Giants’ offense.

Grade C


New York Jets
1 (6) Jamal Adams, db, LSU
2 (39) Marcus Maye, s, Florida
3 (79) ArDarius Stewart, wr, Alabama
4 (141) Chad Hansen, wr, California
5 (150) Jordan Leggett, te, Clemson
5 (181) Dylan Donahue, de, West Georgia
6 (188) Elijah McGuire, rb, Louisiana-Lafayette
6 (197) Jeremy Clark, cb, Michigan
6 (204) Derrick Jones, cb, Mississippi

Yes, the Jets needed help on the back end of their defense but selecting back-to-back safeties is a question mark for me. A pass rusher off the edge and a corner were also big needs that the team failed to address until late in the draft.

Grade B-


Oakland Raiders
1 (24) Gareon Conley, cb, Ohio State
2 (56) Obi Melifonwu, s, UConn
3 (88) Eddie Vanderdoes, dt, UCLA
4 (129) David Sharpe, ol, Florida
5 (168) Marquel Lee, lb, Wake Forest
7 (221) Shalom Luani, s, Washington State
7 (231) Jylan Ware, ot, Alabama State
7 (242) Elijah Hood, rb, North Carolina
7 (244) Treyvon Hester, dt, Toledo

The Raiders address their secondary with their first 2 picks after being roasted consistently last season. Gareon Conley and Obi Melifonwu are two solid players that will improve their pass defense.

Grade B


Philadelphia Eagles
1 (14) Derek Barnett, de, Tennessee
2 (43) Sidney Jones, cb, Washington
3 (99) Rasul Douglas, cb, West Virginia
4 (118) Mack Hollins, wr, North Carolina
4 (132) Donnel Pumphrey, rb, San Diego State
5 (166) Shelton Gibson, wr, West Virginia
5 (184) Nate Gerry, s, Nebraska
6 (214) Elijah Qualls, dt, Washington

The Eagles did a tremendous job filling needs with solid players. Derek Barnett will get after the quaerterback while Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas will cover down the field. Eagles also got Wentz more weapons in Day 3 to go along with rotational defensive players to end the draft. I like every single pick from the Eagles.

Grade A


Pittsburgh Steelers
1 (30) T.J. Watt, lb, Wisconsin
2 (62) JuJu Smith-Schuster, wr, Southern Cal
3 (94) Cameron Sutton, cb, Tennesee
3 (105) James Conner, rb, Pittsburgh
4 (135) Joshua Dobbs, qb, Tennessee
5 (173) Brian Allen, cb, Utah
6 (213) Colin Holba, ls, Louisville
7 (248) Keion Adams, de, Western Michigan

Honestly, I am not sure what to think of the Steelers draft as I have questions about each selection made. T.J. Watt has potential as an inside backer but can he be a double digit sack guy? How does JuJu Smith fit within the offense? Can Cameron Sutton help the Steelers play more man defense?

Grade B-


San Francisco 49ers
1 (3) Solomon Thomas, de, Stanford
1 (31) Reuben Foster, lb, Alabama
3 (66) Ahkello Witherspoon, cb, Colorado
3 (104) C.J. Beathard, qb, Iowa
4 (121) Joe Williams, rb, Utah
5 (146) George Kittle, te, Iowa
5 (177) Trent Taylor, wr, Louisiana Tech
6 (198) D.J. Jones, dt, Mississippi
6 (202) Pita Taumoepenu, de, Utah
7 (229) Adrian Colbert, s, Miami.

First time GM John Lynch killed the draft in the first round by trading down to get Solomon Thomas and trading up to get Reuben Foster. Ahkello Witherspoon fits a need but the C.J. Beathard selection was downright puzzling. They finished up strong however with some nice offensive firepower on Day 3.

Grade B+


Seattle Seahawks
2 (35) Malik McDowell, dt, Michigan State
2 (58) Ethan Pocic, c, LSU
3 (90) Shaquill Griffin, db, UCF
3 (95) Delano Hill, s, Michigan
3 (102) Nazir Jones, dt, North Carolina
3 (106) Amara Darboh, wr, Michigan
4 (111) Tedric Thompson, s, Colorado
6 (187) Mike Tyson, s, Cincinnati
6 (210) Justin Senior, ot, Mississippi State
7 (226) David Moore, wr, East Central
7 (249) Christopher Carson, rb, Oklahoma State

Seahawks were very active trading down and accumulating picks. The Seahawks addressed needs but didn’t get an offensive tackle until the 6th round, their biggest need.

Grade B-


Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1 (19) O.J. Howard, te, Alabama
2 (50) Justin Evans, s, Texas A&M
3 (84) Chris Godwin, wr, Penn State
3 (107) Kendell Beckwith, lb, LSU
5 (162) Jeremy McNichols, rb, Boise State
7 (223) Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, dt, Southern Cal

Mixed reaction for the Bucs after reaching for Justin Evans and trading up to get Kendell Beckwith. The Buccaneers still did some good things with #GetJameisWeapons by drafting the number 1 tight end O.J. Howard and selecting a high ceiling wide receiver Chris Godwin in the 3rd round.

Grade B


Tennessee Titans
1 (5) Corey Davis, wr, Western Michigan
1 (18) Adoree’ Jackson, db, Southern Cal
3 (72) Taywan Taylor, wr, Western Kentucky
3 (100) Jonnu Smith, te, FIU
5 (155) Jayon Brown, lb, UCLA
6 (217) Corey Levin, g, Chattanooga
7 (227) Josh Carraway, lb, TCU
7 (236) Brad Seaton, ot, Villanova
7 (241) Khalfani Muhammad, rb, California

The Titans are surrounding quarterback Marcus Mariota with talented receivers. Corey Davis is a legitimate number 1 receiver that can win on the outside or inside. Taywan Taylor like Davis can win early and get open quickly. Titans continue to fill needs while getting better.

Grade B


Washington Redskins
1 (17) Jonathan Allen, de, Alabama
2 (49) Ryan Anderson, lb, Alabama
3 (81) Fabian Noreau, cb, UCLA
4 (114) Samaje Perine, rb, Oklahoma
4 (123) Montae Nicholson, s, Michigan State
5 (154) Jeremy Sprinkle, te, Arkansas
6 (199) Chase Roullier, c, Wyoming
6 (209) Robert Davis, wr, Georgia Southern
7 (230) Josh Harvey-Clemons, s, Louisville
7 (235) Josh Holsey, db, Auburn

Redskins are getting more physical on defense with Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson to go against that tremendous Cowboys front. I like what the Redskins did a lot as they added a great value pick in Fabian Moreau in the 3rd round and got a powerful runner with Samaje Perine.

Grade B+