Here are the rules for my 2017 mock draft…
- The picks are made as if I (Chris James) were the GM of each team
- The selections are made based off team needs on the roster as of (today’s date)
- The selections are based on my own player rankings NOT what you see anywhere else
- There are NO TRADES, period!
- And last, but not least, relax! It’s just a mock draft, so sit back and enjoy!
1 . Browns: QB – Deshaun Watson, Clemson
I stick to the mantra when it concerns the draft. You take the BEST player available unless you have a specific area of need. DeShaun Watson is my #1 player in the 2017 draft so the Browns would do well to take him. Other guys may have better combine numbers, but they didn’t lead a team to a back-to-back title games while being the best player on the field in both games. Period!
2 . 49ers: Rush (DE) – Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
New DC (Robert Saleh) was a LB coach for the Jags for the last three seasons. He will look to build a hybrid schemed unit that can play both the 4-3 and a 50 front. Bringing in Garrett will help bolster an front as he won’t need to be the focal point of the unit. Initially an edge rusher, he will learn how to function as a 3-4 LB over time.
3. Bears: WR – Corey Davis, Western Michigan
The Bears suffered through injury and attrition at WR over the last two seasons. Cameron Meredith had a few high quality games and former 1st rounder Kevin White should FINALLY be healthy. Rueben Randle & Kendall Wright were added to the roster but there is no true #1 receiver present. Adding Corey Davis will give newly acquired Mike Glennon a go-to target and keep eight out of the box for Jordan Howard.
4. Jaguars: RB – Leonard Fournette, LSU
Yes, the Jags can use help at S but that can wait. Why? Because the running game for this squad hasn’t been adequate since 2011 (Maurice Jones-Drew/1,606 yds.). These struggles aren’t solely the result of a lack of superior talent at the position but an upgrade would help. Fournette is a franchise caliber back with three down ability. This move would also slide Yeldon to a better suited complimentary role.
5. Titans: CB – Teez Tabor, Florida
I have Marshon Lattimore ranked higher as a pure cover man but he wouldn’t fit in Tennessee as well as Tabor. Logan Ryan was added via FA to go along with Jason McCourty but that isn’t adequate to handle the oppositions air attack. Tabor can play in the slot, as the boundary CB, or as a situational S. His versatility will please both DC/Dick LeBeau and secondary coach Deshea Townsend.
6. Jets: FS – Malik Hooker, Ohio State
Todd Bowles wants to blitz 2/3 of the time and that typically leaves the secondary in a bad spot. This was put on full display on a Monday night against the Colts. True, some of this was effort but a good portion was the lack of a center fielder to clean up errors. The best ‘eraser’ in this draft is Malik Hooker from Ohio State. The addition of Hooker should allow Calvin Pryor to play in the box and Marcus Gilchrist to function as a 3rd S.
7. Chargers: OT – Garett Bolles, Utah
Phillip Rivers is on the back end of a HOF career, which saw him struggle late in 2016. There was an absences of WR help but the big issue was faulty protection. Garrett Bolles has the clean footwork necessary to hold up against speed rushers on the next level. This will allow Rivers to play for another several seasons with high quality production.
8. Panthers: SS – Jamal Adams, LSU
This may be the only division in the NFL with four franchise caliber QBs heading into 2017. The Panthers’ secondary struggled more than the other three units due to a lack of high level talent. I still think the CBs on the roster have a chance to be good but the S position needs an improvement. The talent and attitude offered by Jamal Adams will help clean up the gaps.
9. Bengals: LB – Reuben Foster, Alabama
Kevin Minter was brought in via FA to function as the MLB in this system. Well, I would actually move him to SLB and play Nick Vigil as the WLB. This makes room for Reuben Foster to man the MLB position with good depth from Vincent Rey. As for Vontaze Burfict…he’s the block!
10. Bills: CB – Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
A new HC (Sean McDermott) usually requires pieces to make their system work properly. The DL isn’t perfect for the scheme but is manageable. The LB core is thin but Reuben Foster was the only LB that fit the scheme and was worthy of the selection. The next level is where we need help, especially at CB. Marshon Lattimore has top notch coverage ability that will translate immediately.
11. Saints: DE – Derek Barnett, Tennessee
For years we’ve heard of the struggles at CB for the Saints. While this is true, it’s not appropriate to keep trying to draft secondary players especially when Lattimore was taken the pick prior. The addition of a pass rusher with the necessary tools is the move at 11. Derek Barnett fits better with the Saints than Jordan Willis or Soloman Thomas. He is a consistent backfield presence in spite of his above average athleticism. Now the Saints have Barnett, newly acquired Alex Okafor, and a finally healthy Hau’oli Kikaha opposite of Cam Jordan.
12. Browns: DL – Jonathan Allen, Alabama
There is always a top d talent that slides in the draft. This mock’s faller is Jonathan Allen, to the glee of Cleveland. The DL has plenty of talent but most of them function as edge rushers. Allen is an upgrade to Desmond Bryant & Xavier Cooper. He can play the 1, 4, or 5 tech and functions in both 4-3 and 50 fronts.
13. Cardinals: QB – Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
The Cardinals had arguably the NFL’s best offensive player in David Johnson but only went 7-8-1. The defense wasn’t that great in 2016 but they weren’t the biggest concern. Carson Palmer suffered serious regression after a high quality 2015 campaign. He may have a little left in the tank but not enough to make me comfortable. Insert Patrick Mahomes II with the 13th pick. My comp for Mahomes is Matt Stafford, which would please HC Bruce Arians and the rest of the offense.
14. Eagles: RB – Dalvin Cook, Florida State
The WR position was addressed in FA with the additions of Torrey Smith & Alshon Jeffery. There is also a glaring need at CB, which could be filled with the 14th pick. Instead I’m going to address another area of concern, the RB position. I have no faith in the health of Ryan Mathews, and Wendell Smallwood was largely ineffective when given the opportunity. Darren Sproles is often disrespected (and under utilized) but age may finally be a factor entering his 13th season. Dalvin Cook is a three down back that will be used by Pederson in the same manner as my comp for him…Jamal Charles.
15. Colts: TE – O.J. Howard, Alabama
An ageing, but effective, Frank Gore could fade at any time now. I would have added Dalvin Cook to the mix but he was taken last pick. Instead I’m going to give Luck a weapon that will provide serious mismatch issues, a quick target over the middle, and aid to the OL as a run blocker. OJ Howard is an inline TE that was under utilized at Alabama. This shouldn’t be the case in Indy.
16. Ravens: WR – Amara Darboh, Michigan
I thought that John Ross was a good fit at this pick but the ability to consistently win on the exterior is necessary on this roster. Darboh isn’t flashy but he will allow speedsters like Mike Wallace & Breshad Perriman to experience single coverage. Joe Flacco will get back some of what he lost with the retirement of Steve Smith Sr.
17. Redskins: RB – Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
There are several directions I could go with this selection for the Redskins. This organization has lost more talent during FA than virtually any other team. The position that I chose was RB and the player will function as a two-fer. Christian McCaffrey is a better runner in-between the tackles than given credit plus he is explosive outside the tackles. He is also a heck of a WR and returner. My comp for him is Reggie Bush and Jay Gruden will look to utilize him in that manner.
18. Titans: WR – Mike Williams, Clemson
The #5 pick was used on a defensive leader that will function as Dick LeBeau’s new Troy Polamalu. The #18 pick will give a progressing Marcus Mariota a true X WR. Mike Williams is a physical target that will allow each WR to play in a more natural role. Tajae Sharpe as a slot, Rishard Matthews as an F, and Tre McBride as the other outside WR. Mariota is entering his 3rd season, which is usually when a QB comes out of his shell as a passer.
19. Bucs: SS/OLB – Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
The Bucs are the originators of the undersized LB dating back as far as Derrick Brooks. In recent years they’ve drafted LaVonte David & Kwon Alexander who’ve both worked out quite well. Jabrill Peppers may translate as a S on most NFL rosters but not this one. Keep in mind that they play the Saints & Falcons twice a year which require uber athleticism on the LB level to properly defense against.
20. Broncos: DE – Solomon Thomas, Stanford
New HC Vance Joseph will likely introduce some 4-3 concepts into a defense that ran traditional 50 fronts. This sort of transition can be difficult without the aid of versatile DL personnel. Soloman Thomas is a highly ranked prospect due to his initial burst and strong punch. He also has flaws like not holding the edge well or his over pursuit from the backside. Joseph, and new DC Joe Woods, will use Thomas as a 4i or 5 tech in 50 fronts and as a 7 tech in the 4-3. A perfect addition to a team with a changing DL.
21. Lions: DE – Jordan Willis, Kansas State
The Lions couldn’t get a sack (26) in 2016 to save their lives as they couldn’t sustain pressure throughout games late in the season. Fortune for them this is a great class for edge rushing talent. The combine for Jordan Willis just confirmed what you saw on film with this player. He will consistently beat OTs which will allow other players to experience single teams. Ansah being on the other side doesn’t hurt either as he will finally see what it’s like to play without constant double teams.
22. Dolphins: LB – Haason Reddick, Temple
The Dolphins D has a few holes in the front 7 that need to be filled. A good way to handle this is by taking a swiss army knife of a player. Haason Reddick was a pass rush specialist at Temple who held up against the run very well. He then showed the ability to operate as a stand up LB that could play any of the three positions. He will be a welcomed addition for 1st year DC Matt Burke.
23. Giants: LB – Jarrad Davis, Florida
The Giants defense showed up well as the season progressed only to experience a breakdown against the Packers in the playoffs. I think they still need a player that intimidates the competition as a big hitter and that is what Jarrad Davis brings to the table. He will also allow them to keep the nickel unit on the field as he’s a sure tackler that doesn’t mind being in space.
24. Raiders: RB – Kareem Hunt, Toledo
The CB position was a huge issue last season but there is quality depth in this draft so I’m going RB.The thing that was missing from former starter Latavius Murray was his ability to break the big play. I thought about adding Joe Mixon here, but I believe that Hunt is a better fit in the Raider scheme. Hunt has superior level vision and functions as a three down RB. I can just imagine what he can do with this caliber of OL.
25. Texans: QB – DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
The fit here is so clear that it has to happen for Bill O’Brien to maintain creditability as a QB coach. DeShone Kizer has the requisite size that O’Brien covets as well as the arm strength. Kizer is also more mobile than one would think and far from scared of pressure. This pick may not start year one if the Texans get Tony Romo but that’s no guarantee. We thought the same about Prescott in 2016.
26. Seahawks: C – Ethan Pocic, LSU
The narrative has been that the OL is good enough for Russell Wilson as he seems to NEVER get hurt. Well, in 2016 he got hurt a few times and the main culprit was subpar OL play. This team hasn’t look right on offense since the loss of Max Unger so why not build from the C position. Ethan Pocic plays a lot like Travis Frederick from the Cowboys and would be a welcomed addition on a Seahawks team that still loves the ground game. Guess what they did at LSU? Exactly
27. Chiefs: OT – Cam Robinson, Alabama
The selection of Eric Fisher with the 1st pick in the 2013 draft was a bad move that I could see coming from a mile away. He’s been a serviceable piece but not at LT. Cam Robinson would be an upgrade with the ability to play either OT position in an Andy Reid offense. He even has the necessary movement skills to play OG early in his career. Addressing the ILB position is the next move for Chiefs.
28. Cowboys: CB – Adoree’ Jackson, Southern California
The Cowboys lost multiple CBs to FA and only Orlando Scandrick remains. While Scandrick is a quality CB, he has had injury issues over the last several seasons. The signings of Nolan Carroll & Leon McFadden only provide depth but not starter level talent. I have Damontae Kazee ranked higher but he won’t fit as well as Adoree’ Jackson. Jackson will also aid in the return game immediately while he refines his coverage skills.
29. Packers: CB – Damontae Kazee, San Diego State
The Packers were dismantled by the Falcons in the NFC Championship game. The offense struggled with dropped passes and an ineffective rushing effort, but the biggest reason was an inability to cover. Injury issues keep some people out but they also don’t have a CB that can mirror well. The addition of Damontae Kazee will add that type of CB with the ability to line up against the slot. Now Quenton Rollins can press-n-bail, while Damarious Randall plays off coverage.
30. Steelers: LB – Tim Williams, Alabama
The Steelers have the most talented group in ‘Fantasy Football’ circles with a big three of Ben, AB & LeVeon. This has been effective and fun to watch over that last few seasons but there hasn’t been much championship success to show for it. Why? It’s likely because the Steelers haven’t had a defense that mirrors those from their 6 championship teams. The LB core is loaded with 1st round talent but none of the edge rushers have panned out. Well, Tim Williams may be the definition of a Steelers LB. He’s way too angry/aggressive of a player NOT to be on this roster.
31. Falcons: OG – Dan Feeney, Indiana
The Falcons lost SB51 in historic fashion and some blamed the D. I think the D ran out of steam in the 4th because the O didn’t sustain a drive. Dan Quinn would love to be more ball controlled and new OC Steve Sarkisian is happy to oblige. This being the case, they will look to strengthen the OL with Dan Feeney out of Indiana. He should function well with the pieces set along the OL already (Mack, Levitre, Matthews).
32. Saints: TE – Jordan Leggett, Clemson
The Saints are going offense AGAIN in the draft here but the fit is great. Some would say go with John Ross but I’m going with Jordan Leggett. Leggett is a more than adequate blocking option with high quality receiving ability. The Colby Fleener experiment would be over if I were the GM. Leggett would be an instant useable piece for Drew Brees and Sean Payton.
33. Browns: FS – Budda Baker, Washington
A high level center fielder with the ability to cover the slot. This should make things easier for the Cleveland CBs.
34. 49ers: QB – Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina
Adding Mitchell Trubisky is a good decision at this point of the draft. The 49ers know that Brian Hoyer isn’t the QB of the future but does offer the ability to spot start until Trubisky is ready.
35. Jaguars: OT – Storm Norton, Toledo
Strengthen the OL for your 1st round pick Fournette. This could also aid in making Blake Bortles a creditable NFL QB.
36. Bears: S – Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut
A combo S that would start along side Adrian Amos in an ideal world. He can also cover big WRs and flexed TE options.
37. Rams: WR – John Ross, Washington
Giving new HC Sean McVay every opportunity to exploit the opposition with speed. Ross is a natural WR and would allow Tavon Austin to operate more in the backfield.
38. Chargers: WR – Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M
Keenan Allen is good when healthy but he’s never healthy. The rest of the WR core is talented but shaky. A true X WR would be welcomed by Phillip Rivers.
39. Jets: CB – Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
Josh Reynolds is off the board so I’m turning to the secondary. Jourdan Lewis plays the ball exceptionally well and he holds up during blitzes.
40. Panthers: DE – DeMarcus Walker, Florida State
The Panthers may have the oldest DE core in the NFL with Johnson & Peppers. Walker is the future playing opposite of Ryan Delaire.
41. Bengals: TE – Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech
Tyler Eifert hasn’t signed a long term deal yet. Hodges will be a useful piece in the negotiations while providing another big bodied threat for Dalton.
42. Saints: RB – Joe Mixon, Oklahoma
A strong leader at QB with a HC that is there for the long haul. Mixon upgrades the talent at RB and works well in a time share (evident from his situation at Oklahoma).
43. Eagles: DT – Caleb Brantley, Florida
Another SEC DT that is hard to block, Brantley would work well next to Fletcher Cox. The interior pressure would aid a struggling secondary.
44. Bills: ILB – Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State
Switching to a 4-3 defense is difficult without the proper pieces. McMillian can operate as the SLB or MLB due to his heady play.
45. Cardinals: TE – Evan Engram, Ole Miss
A hybrid option that could play TE or function as a big slot WR (a la Marques Colston). Larry Fitz will retire at some point but until then Engram gets to learn from the best WR of the last decade.
46. Colts: EDGE – Derek Rivers, Youngstown State
The edge rusher that they’ve tried to draft more than once. Rivers is also athletic enough to stand up and cover if needed.
47. Ravens: WR – Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma
Increased talent at the WR position would go a long way in Baltimore. Westbrook & Darboh would be a classic 1-2 punch at the position.
48. Vikings: OT – Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
A road grader at OT would aid a unit that struggled to prove minimal creases. Ramczyk is built for this offense as it is similar to that run at Wisconsin.
49. Redskins: DL – Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova
The ability to effect an opponent from the interior is paramount in the new NFL. Kpassagnon has the skill to play the 4i, 5 or 7 for the Redskins.
50. Bucs: TE – David Njoku, Miami (Fla.)
Another piece for Koetter to use to affect the way the opposition covers. Njoku would be by far the most talented option at the position.
51. Broncos: OT – Julien Davenport, Bucknell
They added Menelik Watson in FA but that’s a depth move IMO. Davenport is an upgrade to most OTs on the roster.
52. Browns: CB – Gareon Conley, Ohio State
A fluid athlete at CB that mirrors well. He would be a key addition to a CB core that has depth but not enough starter level talent.
53. Lions: ILB – Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
The LB level has suffered attrition which was addressed by signing Paul Worrilow. That move fills depth but Cunningham has starter level talent at SLB.
54. Dolphins: TE – Jake Butt, Michigan
Julius Thomas & Anthony Fasano were signed in FA but neither is the long term answer. They can be useful in 2017 while Butt recovers from the injury he suffered in the Orange Bowl.
55. Giants: RB – Jamaal Williams, Brigham Young RB
The Giants have seven RBs on the roster but none have the talent of Williams. He would challenge (and likely beat out) Paul Perkins for the starting role.
56. Raiders: CB – Quincy Wilson, Florida
A big CB with solid ball skills that functioned well opposite Teez Tabor. Wilson would be what the Raiders believed they would get from their 2016 signing of Sean Smith.
57. Texans: DL – Chris Wormley, Michigan
Jaleel Johnson is ranked higher but the fit is here for Wormley. He would be an ideal counterpart to JJ Watt as the opposite DE in their 3-4 front.
58. Seahawks: CB – Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson
The salary cap (amongst other silly reason) may cause the departure of Richard Sherman. Tankersley was made to play in a cover 3 system but can also function well in man coverage.
59. Chiefs: ILB – Kendell Beckwith, LSU
Derrick Johnson has been the quiet face of this defense more than a decade. I feel like I’m replacing Johnson with a clone of his game in Beckwith.
60. Cowboys: WR – Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech WR (X)
Dez Bryant & Cole Beasley are the two WRs on this roster that fit well in the system. Another exterior WR is necessary IMO and Henderson is a great option.
61. Packers: OLB – T.J. Watt, Wisconsin
The fit makes sense, the need is there, and he’s a local kid. This move would allow Clay Matthews to operate inside or outside depending on the matchup.
62. Steelers: S – Eddie Jackson, Alabama
Another Bama player makes the cut and can function as a leader for a talented secondary. Jackson has ball skills as a former CB but is a ready made NFL combo S.
63. Falcons: DL – Taco Charlton, Michigan
The addition of a DL that has the speed to rush from the edge and the strength to pursue from the interior. This can be Quinn’s version of Michael Bennett.
64. Panthers: DT – Jaleel Johnson, Iowa
Short signed a one year deal and the Panthers picked up Lotulelei’s 5th year option. They can’t afford to pay both moving forward so bring in Johnson to fill the open spot.
65. Browns: RB – Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T
Every time I watched a game I saw a big play happen from Cohen. Hue Jackson wants a bigger back like Crowell but a piece like Cohen (Darren Sproles clone) is extremely useful.
66. 49ers: C – Kyle Fuller, Baylor
Alex Mack made every play call that much easier for Kyle Shanahan. Fuller would be a day one starter that would bring this OL together.
67. Bears: CB – Desmond King, Iowa
The ability to always be around the ball is a skill more than luck. What King lacks in physical ability he more than makes up for in ALWAYS being around the ball.
68. Jaguars: TE – Gerald Everett, South Alabama
The Jags have 7 TEs on the active roster but Everett likely has more talent than any of them. He will offer up what they expected from recently released Julius Thomas.
69. Rams: DT – Carlos Watkins, Clemson
The Rams are switching to a Wade Phillips 3-4 defense. Now is time to add the requisite pieces and Watkins can be an active NT option.
70. Jets: OT – Taylor Moton, Western Michigan
Jeff Adams & Kevin Beachum were added via FA for depth. I need a LT replacement for departed D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Moton fits the bill.
71. Chargers: OG – Dorian Johnson, Pittsburgh
There was a number of OL players lost to FA so I will continue to bolster the unit. Johnson is an athletic option at OG that will be an upgrade from former 1st round DJ Fluker.
72. Patriots: OLB – Takkarist McKinley, UCLA
McKinley is a Pats still front 7 player with his effort and versatility. He could function as a pseudo ‘heir apparent’ to Rob Nikovich.
73. Bengals: OG – Jordan Morgan, Kutztown
Additional help is necessary for the interior OL in Cincy. Morgan played OT in college, but his quick feet and ability to move makes him an ideal OG in the NFL.
74. Eagles: CB – Cameron Sutton, Tennessee
The ability to succeed in man coverage was the bane of the Eagles CBs in 2016. Sutton is a man defender that wins more than he loses.
75. Bills: FS – David Jones, Richmond
An infusion of talent is necessary in this Bills secondary. The defense has been left pretty bare especially for what Sean McDermott is likely to require.
76. Saints: WR – Curtis Samuel, Ohio State
Another piece for Payton to use in the passing game. Yes, they need defense but Samuel is too good to pass on at 76.
77. Cardinals: CB – TreDavious White, LSU
The Cards want to play bump press with their CBs. LSU seems to push out that style of CB so White is a great fit in Arizona.
78. Ravens: OLB – Carl Lawson, Auburn
The heard is starting to thin on a team that generally stock piles edge rushers. Let’s provide this unit with a Terrell Suggs clone.
79. Vikings: OLB – Ryan Anderson, Alabama
Depth at LB is lacking for this the Vikings and a versatile player like Anderson would be ideal. Yes, he played OLB in a 3-4 front but he’s more than capable of being a high quality SLB in the 4-3 on the next level.
80. Colts: RB – Alvin Kamara, Tennessee
Frank Gore has a little left in the tank and a compliment like Kamara would be a great help. Ferguson wasn’t able to take advantage of the opportunity in 2016 so let’s give Kamara a shot.
81. Redskins: WR – Karel Hamilton, Samford
This roster lost two of it’s top three WRs to FA. Crowder & Doctson will both start but there is a need for an X WR that can be filled by Hamilton.
82. Broncos: WR – Ryan Switzer, North Carolina WR (Slot)
The ability to dominate in the slot and be a threat as a returner is huge in today’s NFL. Switzer brings both to a roster that needs a legit #3 to aid the offense.
83. Titans: C – Pat Elflein, Ohio State
Continuing to strengthen the OL in front of my franchise QB with a C. Elflein played in a system that was somewhat similar at Ohio State.
84. Bucs: RB – Marlon Mack, South Florida
A local product that won’t be required to be the lead guy until he’s ready. He’s a better back than Charles Sims and more talented than Rodgers & Barber.
85. Lions: OT – Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
RB seems like the move at this point but not for me. I’m going to add another talented OL player in Forrest Lamp.
86. Vikings: C – Jon Toth, Kentucky
Continued improvement along the OL is key for a Vikings squad that struggled running the ball. Third year pro Nick Easton is the only C currently on the roster. Toth should be able to compete for the starting job.
87. Giants: OT – Dieugot Joseph, Florida International
Ereck Flowers has loads of talent but has yet to put it together. Joseph is a clean prospect with the footwork and hand usage to be an NFL LT.
88. Raiders: CB – Sidney Jones, Washington
The Raiders snag a 1st round talent who is forced to redshirt in 2017 due to a leg injury. Jones can use the time off to put on some much needed muscle.
89. Texans: DE – Charles Harris, Missouri
Why not add yet another pass rusher to an already talented bunch. Mercilus already received an extension but will Clowney? This is another insurance policy.
90. Seahawks: OT – Adam Bisnowaty, Pittsburgh
The offense looked out of sorts for several reasons but the main one was poor OL play. Pocic was added in the 1st, now Bisnowaty comes in with a Seahawks like attitude.
91. Chiefs: QB – Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech
Andy Reid wants to groom a QB for the future since Alex Smith is clearly not the guy. Evans showed how well he could play leading his team to the championship game of the best conference in the FBS.
92. Cowboys: TE – Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas
The ageless wonder Jason Witten was signed to an extension so Dak has his safety blanket. There isn’t another true TE (Rico Gathers is a project) on the active roster heading into 2017.
93. Packers: RB – Samaje Perine, Oklahoma
Ty Montgomery did a solid job as the lead RB but he isn’t the sole answer. Enter Samaje Perine who can fill the role left by Eddie Lacy and works well in a timeshare.
94. Steelers: CB – Corn Elder, Miami (Fla.)
Artie Burns has loads of athleticism but hasn’t put it all together yet. Senquez Golson has yet to see the field due to injury. Elder should fit in nicely as a slot CB in Pittsburgh.
95. Falcons: ILB – Hardy Nickerson, Illinois
A true MLB could be helpful on a team with athletes playing out of position on that level. Nickerson has a nose for the ball and will allow Deion Jones to be the roaming LB.
96. Patriots: DL – Malik McDowell, Michigan State
Another talented player for ‘The Hoodie’ & Matt Patricia to scheme with along the DL. McDowell has 1st round athleticism with undrafted level inconsistency.
97. Dolphins: QB – Brad Kaaya, Miami (Fla.)
Adam Gase is in Ryan Tannehill’s corner but not at a high level. I’m going to provide him with a talented QB to groom over the next season with Brad Kaaya.
98. Panthers: WR – Zay Jones, East Carolina
The loss of Tedd Ginn…okay, never mind! The Panthers need a slot WR to aid Greg Olsen and the WRs on the squad. Zay Jones is the all-time career receptions leader in FBS history for a reason.
99. Ravens: OLB – Javancy Jones, Jackson State
The Ravens need to get back to rushing the passer with active LBs. Jones is undersized but he gets after the QB. He can also play as a stand up LB in some packages.
100. Titans: CB – Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
This system will value the size and physical style of Humphrey as he learns to play the field side. A future combo of Tabor & Humphrey could be a scary proposition.
101. Broncos: CB – Brendan Langley, Lamar (TX)
The secondary for the Broncos has been the best in the biz for the last few seasons. The way you stay on top is by stock piling talent like Langley to play behind Talib.
102. Seahawks: ILB – Marquel Lee, Wake Forest
Bobby Wagner is in no danger of losing his job but injury issues plague even the best players. Lee brings depth and the ability to perform like a starter from jump street.
103. Saints: OT – Roderick Johnson, Florida State
The Saints still need help on the OL and an eventual replacement for Zach Streif. Andrus Peat has been disappointing so Johnson could be a welcomed addition at RT.
104. Chiefs: RB – Joe Williams, Utah
Spencer Ware ran well as the lead back but seems to have some injury issues. CJ Spiller was signed to help with the loss of Jamal Charles but that’s not enough. Williams’ explosiveness should be a welcomed sight.
105. Steelers: TE – Adam Shaheen, Ashland
The TE position is stocked but there is no lead dog in Pittsburgh. Adam Shaheen is a match up nightmare that can prove to be the threat that Ladarius Green couldn’t be last season.
106. Seahawks: OLB – Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado
Jimmie Gilbert is an athletic LB that will initially backup KJ Wright. He could prove to be a breakout start with the way he closes on the ball.
107. Jets: QB – Phillip Walker, Temple
Phillip Walker would immediately be the best QB on the roster if drafted by the Jets. McCown is a bridge at best, Bryce Petty isn’t that talented, and Hackenberg is a solid NO THANKS!
108. Browns: OT – Antonio Garcia, Troy
The OL was aided in FA with the signings of JC Tretter & Kevin Zeitler. There is still a need at RT which should be aided with Garcia.
109. 49ers: RB – Aaron Jones, Texas-El Paso
Carlos Hyde is on the last year of his deal in SF. Jones has the quickness and vision to work in Shanahan’s system.
110. Jaguars: OLB – Elijah Lee, Kansas State
The LB core needs additional playmakers to aid the moves made on the other two levels. Elijah Lee seemed to find the ball (or ball carrier) on a consistent basis at Kansas State.
111. Bears: QB – Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
Mike Glennon was signed in FA to man the starting role. I think he is a spot starter at best that provides little upside. Kelly is a boom or bust player that can contrast the boring Glennon.
112. Rams: TE – Billy Brown, Shepherd
The TE position doesn’t have the requisite parts to work for McVay’s offense. Tyler Higbee has talent but Billy Brown could be the Jordan Reed clone that the new HC covets.
113. Chargers: RB – Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State
Melvin Gordon had a breakout 2016 after a disappointing rookie campaign. The Gordon injury coupled with the Woodhead loss calls for Pumphery.
114. Redskins: CB – Nate Hairston, Temple
Additional CB help opposite Josh Norman would be helpful. Breeland is a solid off corner but doesn’t have the man skills of Hairston.
115. Panthers: RB – Matthew Dayes, NC State
The #2 RB role is currently manned by Fozzy Whitiker & Cameron Artis-Payne. Dayes is an upgrade to both who runs very similarly to starter Jonathan Stewart.
116. Bengals: WR – JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC
The WR attrition suffered after the 2015 season was noticeable in 2016. Tyler Boyd helped but a true Z WR could go even further so Smith-Schuster would be welcomed.
117. Bears: DE – Dawuane Smoot, Illinois
The defense finally started to look solid when they had healthy pass rushers. Smoot is a great situational piece from an in-state university.
118. Eagles: FS – Marcus Williams, Utah
Malcolm Jenkins is a combo S currently manning the role of a FS. He would be better served as a move piece if a centerfielder like Williams was added to the roster.
119. Cardinals: WR – Malachi Dupre, LSU
Engram was drafted earlier to man the role of a move TE with a possible future as an X WR. Adding Dupre would give them a Z WR to take the place of the released Michael Floyd.
120. Vikings: RB – Donta Foreman, Texas
Latavius Murray was added via FA to address the loss of Adrian Peterson. This move would help with the loss of Matt Asiata by adding Donta Freeman.
121. Colts: OG – Isaac Asiata, Utah
Jack Mewhort & Brian Schwenkie are the current favorites to win the starting G jobs. Asiata provides initial depth and should compete for starting RG.
122. Ravens: C – Cameron Tom, Southern Mississippi
The depth at C isn’t bad with Matt Skura and John Urschel function as a swing piece. Cameron Tom is likely the best athlete at the position with loads of upside.
123. Redskins: DE – Trey Hendrickson, Florida Atlantic
I’m a believer in adding similar players to a roster when possible. Hendrickson is pretty explosive but lacks a secondary move, so he would work well behind Ryan Kerrigan.
124. Titans: TE – Eric Saubert, Drake
Delaine Walker is one of the best TEs in the NFL but this system prefers multiple threats at the position. Saubert would be a great receiving threat for Mariota and is an adequate blocker.
125. Bucs: DT – Dalvin Tomlinson, Alabama
An active front to counter the abilities of Brees, Newton & Ryan is a good move. Tomlinson is was an under appreciated member of a high quality Bama DL that will aid Mike Smith’s defense.
126. Broncos: RB – Jeremy McNichols, Boise State
CJ Anderson tore his ACL a season after suffering a foot injury. Devontae Booker was so ineffective that they signed Justin Forsett. Enter Jeremy McNichols.
127. Lions: CB – Channing Stribling, Michigan
Additional depth at the CB position couldn’t hurt in a division with Aaron Rodgers. Darius Slay is their shut down CB, but everyone else is more of a situational starter so Stribling should compete.
128. Vikings: SS – Justin Evans, Texas A&M
The Vikings drafted Jayron Kearse to operate as the hard hitting SS opposite of Harrison Smith. Now they bring in a great 3rd S option that can play either position or in the slot.
129. Raiders: WR – Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky
The Raiders signed Cordarrelle Patterson in FA to add depth but he’s a specialist at this point. Taywan Taylor is a quality route runner who can help on the exterior or in the slot.
130. Texans: CB – Howard Wilson, Houston
AJ Bouye played well above expectations in 2016 which earned him a nice contract with the Jags. Wilson is a local product with loads of talent but still needs refinement to his game. He will be a great 3rd CB in 2017.
131. Patriots: RB – James Conner, Pittsburgh
The Pats likely won’t resign LeGarrette even after he led the NFL in rushing TDs. Rex Burkhead was brought in but won’t fill the role as well as James Conner.
132. Chiefs: WR – Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech
There has been a decent level of inconsistency at the WR position since Andy Reid arrived in KC. I’m bringing in Isaiah Ford to play the X WR for his college teammate Evans moving forward.
133. Cowboys: CB – Jack Tocho, NC State
The CB position is still thin even with the 1st round acquisition of Adoree’ Jackson. I’ll help this situation by adding another man defender in Tocho.
134. Packers: SS – Jadar Johnson, Clemson
The SS position has been well manned by Morgan Burnett over the last several seasons. Jadar Johnson can be a great 3rd S in the short run as he works his way into a starting role.
135. Steelers: QB – Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee
Big Ben said that he’s considering retirement as he enters to the 2017 season. I think an ideal fit for the Steelers is a player like Josh Dobbs. He is an instant upgrade to Landry Jones.
136. Falcons: CB – Rasul Douglas, West Virginia
SB51 should be the only tape you need to know that Brian Poole’s services are no longer needed as a nickel CB in Atlanta. Douglas will come in and make an immediate impact.
137. Colts: CB – Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado
The CB position needs assistance but there were other needs to address prior to this pick. Chidobe Awuzie plays a game that is somewhat similar to Vontae Davis, so the addition should be seamless.
138. Bengals: S – Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (PA)
The SS position is well stocked so additional depth at FS would be helpful. Jerome is an underrated small school prospect that will surprise those who haven’t seen him play.
139. Eagles: OLB – Alex Anzalone, Florida
Nigel Bradham led the Eagles LB core in tackles during the 2016 season. I want to add more depth that can compete with Bradham at SLB, so Anzalone is the selection.
140. Giants: FS – Fish Smithson, Kansas
The Giants secondary was the best in the NFC during the 2016 season. I want to add a FS to allow Landon Collins’ continued success as a roaming DB.
141. Rams: C – Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia
The Rams struggled on offense the entire 2016 season. Mediocre play along the OL was an issue so let’s upgrade it with a player like Orlosky.
142. Texans: WR – Trent Taylor, Louisiana Tech
The WR core in Houston has loads of talent but there is a glaring hole. They haven’t had a slot WR on this roster in forever and Trent Taylor is one of the best in the country.
143. 49ers: WR – Chad Williams, Grambling
There were more than a few WRs added to the roster via FA (Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin & Aldrick Robinson). These pieces were selected by Kyle Shanahan but Chad Williams will provide the X WR that he needs in this offense.
144. Colts: FS – Rayshawn Jenkins, Miami (Fla.)
The secondary was in shambles at points in 2016 and things didn’t seem to be improving. TJ Green did a decent job when given the chance but he’s a better #3 S option. Insert Rayshawn Jenkins.
145. Browns: SS – Leon McQuay III, USC
The Browns need more playmakers in the secondary. McQuay has high level ball skills which makes him an optimal combo S.
146. 49ers: OT – Conor McDermott, UCLA
The 49ers are going through a full overhaul on the offensive side of the ball. The lack of depth on the OL calls for the selection of in-state OT Conor McDermott.
147. Bears: TE – Antony Auclair, Laval
The Bears didn’t have much luck at the TE position in 2016 since Zach Miller was injured. Dion Sims was also signed in FA but Auclair would be a great addition.
148. Jaguars: QB – Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh
I don’t think Blake Bortles is as bad as he played in 2016. In the same respect, I want to provide competition for the starting role and Peterman can do just that.
149. Rams: DE – Tarell Basham, Ohio
A change in scheme calls for an adjustment to the pieces. Basham is a terror off the edge and could transition nicely into a Wade Phillips scheme.
150. Jets: CB – Titus Howard, Slippery Rock
The addition of another CB with ball skills is necessary for the Jets secondary. Howard is a long DB that would fit much like former CB Antonio Cromartie.
151. Chargers: SS – Tedric Thompson, Colorado
More depth in the secondary is a positive move for the Chargers. Thompson can play any S role in the NFL but SS is the best fit.
152. Panthers: WR – Chris Godwin, Penn State
Kelvin Benjamin has the body type to play as an outside WR and Funchess is a better option as an F WR. I took Zay Jones early to play the slot, and now I’ll add Godwin as another slot or Z option.
153. Bengals: RB – Wayne Gallman, Clemson
Gio Bernard suffered a torn ACL at the end of the 2016 season, and Rex Burkhead was lost to the Pats in FA. Gallman will be a great replacement for the value lost in Burkhead.
154. Redskins: C – Deyshawn Bond, Cincinnati
An offensive minded coach like Jay Gruden needs the pieces to run at optimum levels. Depth along a good offensive line isn’t a bad decision so Deyshawn Bond would be a great addition.
155. Eagles: ILB – Austin Calitro, Villanova
There is a good number of talented players on the LB level especially on the interior. Calitro is a local product that will be useful on special teams initially.
156. Bills: WR – Gabe Marks, Washington State
Gabe Marks may be the best route runner in the 2017 draft. He would be a useful piece for an offense that struggled moving the chains through the air.
157. Cardinals: ILB – Folarin Orimolade, Dartmouth
Deon Buchanan operates well as the ‘money’ backer for the Cards. Orimolade is a pure run stuffer that would be useful in replacing the recently departed Kevin Minter.
158. Colts: ILB – Jordan Herdman, Simon Fraser
Antonio Morrison was drafted last season to handle the MLB duties for the Colts. He’s a good young player but more talent is need like our 5th round selection Jordan Herdman.
159. Ravens: FB – Sam Rogers. Virginia Tech
This is a simple marriage when considering the facts. Sam Rogers is a versatile FB from the area who can fill the void left by the departure of Kyle Juszczyk.
160. Vikings: LB – Duke Riley, LSU
Increased athleticism isn’t a bad move on for a LB core than doesn’t have a great deal of depth. Riley gives everything he has on a play and will make an immediate impact on special teams.
161. 49ers: OT – Chad Wheeler, USC
The 49ers will continue to add talent and depth to the OL. Wheeler was an under appreciated piece of the USC line.
162. Bucs: CB – Taylor Reynolds, James Madison
The secondary played much better in 2016 than 2015. Hargreaves was taken in the 1st round last season now more depth is needed along side him.
163. Patriots: CB – Ashton Lampkin, Oklahoma State
The starting secondary players are quality but there is a lack of depth at CB. Lampkin plays like some of the guys on the roster with an aggressive style.
164. Titans: OG – Nico Siragusa, San Diego State
The Titans lost Chance Warmack in FA, which weakens the deep of a run first offense. Siragusa is a great fit as a big mauler type blocker.
165. Lions: OT – Will Holden, Vanderbilt
Taylor Decker was taken early in the 2016 draft to man one OT. Riley Reiff was lost in FA, so for depth they need a player like Holden.
166. Dolphins: CB – Ezra Robinson, Tennessee State
Another long armed CB to add to a roster that plays a solid amount of off coverage. Robinson will contribute immediately on special teams.
167. Giants: TE – Scott Orndoff, Pittsburgh
An inline option to add in the running game should go nicely in concert with Will Tye. Orndoff was also a quality receiver for Pitt.
168. Raiders: SS – Jamal Carter Sr., Miami (Fla.)
Jamal Carter Sr. is a SS with ball skills that could allow him to function as a combo S. He most definitely would bring an attitude to the secondary that it didn’t exhibit in 2016.
169. Texans: TE – Michael Roberts, Toledo
CJ Fiedorowicz stepped up last year (oddly enough with departed Brock Osweiler) as a pleasant surprise. He could maintain the starting role but Roberts will provide good depth and some competition.
170. Chiefs: CB – Treston Decoud, Oregon State
Decoud is long press CB that can play behind, then opposite of Marcus Peters.
171. Bills: TE – Jonnu Smith, Florida International
Smith is a player that can function as an H-Back, while he learns to block on the NFL level.
172. Packers: DT – Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, USC
I like the fit here with Tu’ikolovatu providing depth at a couple of DL positions for the Packers.
173. Steelers: OLB – Tyus Bowser, Houston
Bowser is an effort player with good athleticism. He can play ILB or OLB for the Steelers.
174. Falcons: ILB – Kenneth Olugbode, Colorado
Depth along the LB level was telling in SB51 as they couldn’t tackle in the 4th due to fatigue.
175. Browns: WR – Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington
Kupp will be the possession WR that is desperately needed for the Browns as he does everything well.
176. Bengals: OLB – Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennessee
The LB core doesn’t have a true WLB that could be a space minimizer. I believe that Reeves-Maybin is this player and he fits into the Bengals scheme quite well.
177. Broncos: TE – George Kittle, Iowa
Kittle would be a welcome addition to a roster that needs more inline TE depth.
178. Dolphins: WR – ArDarius Stewart, Alabama
In a run first offense Adam Gase is looking for a WR like Stewart.
179. Cardinals: CB – Jamal Agnew, San Diego
Further depth at CB is necessary for success especially when a player has high level ball skills like Agnew.
180. Chiefs: WR – Artavis Scott, Clemson
Andy Reid loves football players, and Artavis Scott is just that with the versatile to play WR, in the backfield, or as a returner.
181. Browns: ILB – Connor Harris, Lindenwood
Depth at ILB isn’t a bad move for a squad that is trying to put a complete roster together.
182. Packers: OG – Jessamen Dunker, Tennessee State
The OL played well in front of Rodgers but depth is necessary for it to continue.
183. Patriots: OT – Dion Dawkins, Temple
Providing further OL depth in front of Brady is great, especially with a player in Dawkins who can play OG or OT.
184. Dolphins: DL – Collin Bevins,Northwest Missouri State
Interior DL help will go a long way with moving the Dolphins forward.
185. Browns: OT – Avery Gennesy, Texas A&M
The Browns may have found a starter at RT earlier in the draft, but selecting Gennesy here will provide depth at both OTs.
186. Ravens: DT – Ralph Green III, Indiana
Green is a talented DL prospect whose fall is to the benefit of a Ravens team that needs depth.
187. Jaguars: RB – Elijah McGuire, Louisiana
A further infusion of talent at RB is helpful for one of the worst rushing offenses in 2016.
188. Browns: TE – Pharaoh Brown, Oregon
Brown suffered a terrible injury in 2015 but he’s recovered nicely and would be a welcomed addition.
189. Rams: OG – Danny Isidora, Miami (Fla.)
OL depth is still great to add to a team that struggled to create running room for Gurley.
190. Chargers: QB – Davis Webb, California
Rivers isn’t ready to retire so taking a backup that needs time to grow isn’t the worst move.
191. Jets: WR – Shelton Gibson, West Virginia
The Jets signed multiple WRs in FA but there is still a need for consistent pass catchers.
192. Panthers: OG – Ben Braden, Michigan
Depth on the OL can help Cam stay upright long enough to find his new receiving targets.
193. Bengals: DT – Tanzel Smart, Tulane
Smart is pretty in style of play to DTs on the Bengals roster and provides great depth.
194. Eagles: DE – Deatrich Wise Jr., Arkansas
A good piece for a DL that would take advantage of his skills as a pass rusher.
195. Bills: OLB – Ejuan Price, Pittsburgh
More depth at LB on a roster that needs it plus he’s a situational pass rusher.
196. Saints: QB – Alek Torgersen, Pennsylvania
The heir apparent to Drew Brees doesn’t have to be a 1st rounder but simply needs to be able to play football.
197. Cardinals: SS – Josh Harvey-Clemons, Louisville
The Deon Buchanan transition to the ‘money’ backer gives me faith with Havrey-Clemons who possesses similar traits.
198. 49ers: EDGE – Al-Quadin Muhammad, Miami
Muhammad has the talent to have gone higher but his time away from football forced a fall.
199. Vikings: WR – KD Cannon, Baylor
A burner with the ability to play outside the numbers fits in well with Diggs & Treadwell.
200. Patriots: TE – Phazahn Odom, Fordham
Utilizing multiple TE sets has been a staple of the Pats organization and Odom is a useful piece.
201. Redskins: FS – Josh Jones, NC State
Secondary help is key to getting the Redskins defense to ascend to the next level.
202. 49ers: OG – Jake Eldrenkamp, Washington
Adding depth to an offensive line with far to many holes during 2016 is a plus.
203. Broncos: OT – Justin Senior, Mississippi State
A strong OT that can kick inside to play OG if necessary. The run game struggled in 2016 and depth that fits will help.
204. Bucs: S – Adam Jones, Northwestern State
A good combo S who would be an immediate help for the Bucs defense.
205. Lions: C – Casey Dunn, Jacksonville State
Interior OL depth is a positive for a pass first offense.
206. Rams: WR – Chad Hansen, California
Hanson should go well with their 2nd round selection John Ross.
207. Giants: DT – Rashaad Coward, Old Dominion
There is a need for DT help for the Giants with only three on the active roster.
208. Raiders: WR – Josh Malone, Tennessee
The addition of an F WR to take the place of the departed Seth Roberts.
209. Redskins: QB – Seth Russell, Baylor
Kirk Cousins will likely sign his franchise tender but a long term deal may not happen.
210. Seahawks: CB – Kevin King, Washington
Another long armed CB for a team that clearly has a type when it comes to drafting DBs.
211. Cowboys: DT – Elijah Qualls, Washington
More DT depth is necessary considering there are only three DTs on the roster.
212. Packers: WR – Jehu Chesson, Michigan
There is a good chance that the Packers will lose Geronimo Allison so providing a player with a similar skillset isn’t a bad idea.
213. Steelers: RB – De’Veon Smith, Michigan
Adding depth behind LeVeon Bell isn’t a bad move especially considering his contract situation.
214. Titans: RB – Brian Hill, Wyoming
Adding Hill to a backfield that has similar players in the RB core.
215. Lions: WR – Quincy Adeboyejo, Ole Miss
A big bodied WR is a great addition to a core that doesn’t have much in the way of physical stature.
216. Chiefs: SS – Dorian Williams, Princeton
A playmaking SS with ball skills couldn’t hurt to add for depth behind Eric Berry.
217. Bengals: WR – Rodney Adams, South Florida
The addition of more depth at WR is a good one for a roster that needs it.
218. Chiefs: EDGE – Darius English, South Carolina
An ‘undersized’ edge rusher with more strength that you would think.
219. 49ers: ILB – Christian Tago, San Jose State
Depth at ILB is a good move especially with a local product out of San Jose State.
220. Redskins: CB – Jalen Myrick, Minnesota
Myrick should be a great addition to a DB core that is steadily improving.
221. Bears: WR – Keevan Lucas, Tulsa
Additional depth at WR isn’t a bad move at this stage of the draft.
222. Jaguars: C – Jay Guillermo, Clemson
Luke Bowanko is the only C on the depth chart so let’s get another snapper into the mix.
223. Dolphins: WR – Gehrig Dieter, Alabama
Another WR that can get it done as a pass catcher and a blocker.
224. Jets: WR – Jalen Robinette, Air Force
Robinette still needs to work on his route running but will be a good one as he polishes his game.
225. Chargers: CB – Aarion Penton, Missouri
This is a strong position for the Chargers but injuries happen far too often for comfort at CB.
226. Seahawks: P – Austin Rehkow, Idaho
Taking a K/P would be beneficial to a unit that had struggles at both positions.
227. Bengals: RB – Devine Redding, Indiana
Continuing to make the RB depth stronger on a team that needs it at the position.
228. Cowboys: FB – Darrin Laufasa, Texas-El Paso
This may be the only roster (maybe Tennessee too) that could carry two FBs and have it make sense.
229. Saints: CB – Tony Bridges, Ole Miss
The Saints FINALLY get a CB but the reason for the wait was greater needs at other positions.
230. Eagles: FB – Freddie Stevenson, Florida State
I’m providing my 1st round selection with his collegiate blocker, and my young QB with yet another opportunity to check down.
231. Cardinals: K – Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State
The Cardinals cut a young K to bring in a 42 year old Phil Dawson. This a ‘no brainer’ selection!
232. Vikings: DT – Treyvon Hester, Toledo
The Vikings are lucky to land a DT with this level of talent in the 7th round.
233. Panthers: OT – Dan Skipper, Arkansas
The tallest player in the draft will be added to a group that is tasked with protecting the most imposing QB in the NFL.
234. Rams: OT – Jylan Ware, Alabama State
A talented player to provide further depth for an OL that desperately needs it.
235. Redskins: WR – Stacy Coley, Miami (Fla.)
There was a loss of speed with the departure of Jackson & Garcon so Stacy Coley is a good pick to help with the attrition.
236. Titans: QB – David Washington, Old Dominion
I like selecting QBs that have the same traits as your starter which is what we’ve done with Washington.
237. Bucs: WR – Michael Clark, Marshall
Clark may have the most upside of any WR in the draft due to his stature (6’7″ 220lbs.), plus he gets to work with his comp in Mike Evans.
238. Broncos: QB – Sefo Liufau, Colorado
The Broncos chose a QB in the 1st round in 2016 but that doesn’t mean you can’t take another player at the position.
239. Patriots: FS – John Johnson, Boston College
A ball hawking presence that played well in a scheme similar to that used in New England.
240. Jaguars: FS – Marcus Maye, Florida
A hard hitting FS that would be a great addition to the Jaguars secondary.
241. Giants: DE – Daeshon Hall, Texas A&M
Adding an edge rusher with high upside to a DL that set with starters is a great move in the 7th.
242. Raiders: DE – Bryan Cox, Florida
Cox has the versatility to rush from the edge or kick inside on passing downs.
243. Texans: P – Eric Keena, North Texas
Keena did an exceptional job during his week at the East-West Shrine practices. He’s replacing a 40 year old in Shane Lechler.
244. Raiders: OT – Zach Banner, USC
Played OT at USC but will likely be moved to OG on the next level.
245. Chiefs: DT – Roderick Henderson, Alabama State
The loss of Dontari Poe prompts the addition of a run stuffer with pass rusher ability.
246. Cowboys: QB – Antonio Pipkin, Tiffin
Pipkin has not reached his potential as a QB. He would be a great backup option early in his Dallas career while getting quality support.
247. Packers: RB – Dare Ogunbowale, Wisconsin
Additional depth at the RB position is definitely welcomed by the Packers. Ogunbowale will function as a pass catching option out of the backfield.
248. Steelers: DT – Grover Stewart, Albany State
A big man with the ability to play NT or the 1 tech on a defense that wants to get back to being the bully.
249. Falcons: DE – Keionta Davis, Chattanooga
Another rotational pass rusher that will allow the Falcons to have a fresh rush every snap.
250. Lions: RB – Corey Clement, Wisconsin
A bruising back with deceptive quickness could be just what the Lions offense needs.
251. Bengals: K – Jake Elliott, Memphis
The Bengals had a K that missed six extra points and a couple of game winners.
252. Broncos: DT – Larry Ogunjobi, Charlotte
A switch in scheme means that you need the pieces to do so. Ogunjobi is a solid option as a 3 tech moving forward.
253. Broncos: OG – Zack Johnson, North Dakota State
2017’s ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ has a resume that is anything but as he was part of the most prolific team of the 2000s.