1st Round Analysis Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Friday, 28 April 2017 14:27

1) Cleveland Browns: DE Myles Garrett, Texas A & M- The Browns add a foundation piece to their defense.  Garrett has the talent to be a disruptive pass rusher.  The former Aggie also possesses the size and strength to set the edge and defend the run.


2) Chicago Bears: QB Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina- The Bears gave up a 2nd,  3rd, and a 3rd in next year’s draft to move up one spot for San Francisco’s pick.  Mike Glennon is basically on a one-year deal.  Clearly, Chicago has doubts to make this move.  Trubisky reminds PFDN of Tony Romo.  He can sit this year unless Glennon gets hurt or bombs.  Trubisky has a chance to be very good, but the Bears have to build a good supporting cast around him.


3) San Francisco 49ers: DE Solomon Thomas, Stanford- John Lynch looks like a quick study.  San Francisco moves down one spot and pick-up a 2nd and two 3rd round picks.  Thomas should develop into a consistent Pro Bowler.  He’s relentless, quick and has heavy hands.  The Niners are so weak defending the run that they need front-seven talent.


4) Jacksonville Jaguars: RB Leonard Fournette, LSU- The Jags wanted to get tougher and more physical.  Fournette is a load and provides a physical element to Jacksonville.  This takes a lot of pressure off of Blake Bortles.


5) Tennessee Titans: WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan- Marcus Mariota is already good.  Davis has the tools to be a quality number one receiver and help Mariota reach the next level.


6) New York Jets: S Jamal Adams, LSU- The Jets land a do-everything safety with leadership skills.  Adams is a foundation player on defense and Gang Green does not reach for another player.


7) Los Angeles Chargers: WR Mike Williams, Clemson- The Chargers cannot rely on Keenan Allen and Mike Williams can be a lead receiver.  His ability to make contested catches translates to the pro game.  Philip Rivers has another big target to find in the end zone.


8) Carolina Panthers: RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford- The Panthers needed help in the backfield, but may regret passing on Jonathan Allen.  McCaffrey does give Cam Newton a terrific option out of the backfield.  The question is how many touches can McCaffrey handle?  The Panthers have to rebuild their defensive line and Allen was available.


9) Cincinnati Bengals: WR John Ross, Washington- There is no denying Ross’s speed or his ability to run routes.  However, he has an injury history and a slight frame.  Cincy passed on a number of quality defensive players.  They would have been better off adding toughness and bite to their defense than a finesse wide receiver.


10) Kansas City Chiefs: QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech- The Chiefs gave up next year’s 1st rounder to move up to Buffalo’s spot for Mahomes.  This was a boom or bust selection by Kansas City.  Mahomes has a great arm and some say he’s the 2nd coming of Brett Favre.  Something Favre displayed in college that Mahomes has not is special toughness.  Favre was tough as nails in college as he played well after not being fully recovered after a car accident landed him in the hospital.  Kansas City is a good place for Mahomes.  He can sit for a year behind Alex Smith and learn from the very capable, Andy Reid.  Mahomes is very undisciplined and has a lot to learn about playing from the pocket.


11) New Orleans Saints: CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State- The Saints need a lot of defensive help and the best cornerback in the draft falls to them.  This pick makes total sense.


12) Houston Texans: QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson- Houston traded away a 1st round pick to Buffalo to move up and choose Watson.  It was a worth it for the Texans.  Tom Savage is really just a backup and will be exposed the more he plays.  Houston is ready to win now and the quarterback position was their biggest issue.  PFDN did not rate Watson as a future star, but he absolutely can be a solid starter.  Watson is a dedicated player who can handle pressure and big games.  Houston has to be pleased to have landed him.


13) Arizona Cardinals-LB Hasson Reddick, Temple- The impact receivers were gone, so the Cards add a versatile and good linebacker. 


14) Philadelphia Eagles- DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee- Barnett was PFDN’s favorite player.  The former Vol is a terrific pass rusher and provides toughness, as well.  The Eagles just boosted their pass rush and that’s always a positive.


15) Indianapolis Colts- S Malik Hooker, Ohio State- Indy needs a lot of help on defense.  Hooker gives them a rangy, instinctive, ball-hawk in the middle of their secondary. 


16) Baltimore Ravens- CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama- Humphrey is tall, long-armed and fast.  That’s what you need at cornerback in today’s NFL.


17) Washington Redskins- DE/DT Jonathan Allen, Alabama- Allen slipped due to concern over his shoulders.  Washington has a bargain if Allen proves to be just fine.  Allen defends the run and can get after the quarterback at end or tackle. 


18) Tennessee Titans- CB Adoree Jackson, USC- The Titans have a big need for secondary help.  Jackson was a risky pick and there were better options.  Jackson is a great athlete, but is undisciplined in coverage.   His coaches will have to do a good job to turn him into a polished pro.  He also has a slight frame.  He will help immediately with his kick return prowess.


19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- TE O.J. Howard, Alabama- Jameis Winston has a huge smile on his face.  Howard is a complete tight end and should really blossom as a pass catcher in the NFL.


20) Denver Broncos- OT Garett Bolles, Utah- Offensive tackle was a big area of weakness for Denver.  Bolles has left tackle feet and athleticism.  His mobility also fits Denver’s run-blocking style.


21) Detroit Lions- LB Jarrad Davis, Florida- The Lions wanted a thumper at linebacker and Davis is exactly that.


22) Miami Dolphins- DE Charles Harris, Missouri- The Dolphins have age at the defensive end position.  Harris is a quality pass rusher and relentless.  He should fit in well with Miami.


23) New York Giants- TE Evan Engram, Mississippi- Big Blue’s offense lacked a tight end that could really hurt defenses.  Engram is more like a big receiver, but he’s going to be a handful for linebackers to cover.  Ben McAdoo will figure out how to get the most out of this talented pass catcher.  The former Rebel is proven in the SEC and should develop chemistry with Eli Manning.  The Giants are a win now team and finding the missing piece at tight end took precedence over the offensive line here.


24) Oakland Raiders- CB Gareon Conley, Ohio State- Conley has the skills to play corner and help a Raider secondary that needs it.  However, they better be right about him off-the-field.


25) Cleveland Browns- S Jabrill Peppers, Michigan- Peppers is a playmaker and Cleveland further bolsters their defense.


26) Atlanta Falcons- DE Takkarist McKinley, UCLA- Atlanta traded up with Seattle because they really wanted a pass rusher.  Seattle wanted more picks as they did not have a 4th or 5th rounder.  A tired defense that could not pressure Tom Brady was one reason for Atlanta’s Super Bowl loss.  McKinley is a high-energy pass rusher that will help the Falcons. 


27) Buffalo Bills- CB Tre’Davious White, LSU- The Bills lost Stephon Gilmore in free agency.  White is a very solid cornerback and fills a position of need. 


28) Dallas Cowboys- DE Taco Charlton, Michigan- Dallas has become very sound with their drafts the past few years.  Charlton has the size the team likes.  He plays the run and is a good pass rusher.


29) Cleveland Browns- TE David Njoku, Miami- Every team wants to have a seam-stretching tight end.  Njoku can really run and even gives effort as a blocker. 


30) Pittsburgh Steelers- LB T. J. Watt,Wisconsin- Mike Tomlin is tired of Tom Brady having all day to torch his secondary.  Watt is the type of high-effort edge rusher that the Steelers need.


31) San Francisco 49ers- LB Reuben Foster, Alabama- It is fitting that John Lynch picked the draft’s most explosive hitter.  Foster fell due to shoulder concerns. He is a steal at this point and can be a standout for San Francisco.  Foster plays with an intensity that lifts a defense.


32) New Orleans Saints- OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin- Ramczyk slipped a little due to injury concerns.  He may be a right and not a left tackle in the NFL.  Ramczyk is a decent choice, but the Saints may have been better off adding another good starter to a weak defense.









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