Breaking Down Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft: The NFL draft day 1 has ended. It was a crazy day of trades. I will list the trade first before I list the actual picks and grade each pick. So here is how the draft picks were traded. I will also grade the Trades.
The 49ers traded the 2nd pick to the Bears for the 3rd pick and also received the Bears 3rd and 4th round picks this year and the 3rd round pick next season from the Bears.
Grade for this trade: 49ers: A+/ Bears: D.
The Chiefs and the Bills traded picks in round 1. The Chiefs traded their 27th overall pick, a 3rd round pick, and their 1st round pick next year to the Bills for the 10th overall pick in this draft.
Grading this Trade: Chiefs: B/ Bills B+
The Texans and Browns made a trade in round 1. The Texans gave up the 25th pick, and 2018 1st round pick to move up and get the Browns 12th pick overall.
Grading this Trade: Texans: B+/ Browns A
The Browns traded with the Packers late in round 1 to get a 3rd round 1 pick. They gave up the 1st pick in round 2 and their pick in the 4th round. In return the Browns got the Packers pick in round 1 which was pick #29.
Grading this Trade: Browns: A++/ Packers B-
Seahawks traded back with the Falcons. They gave up their 26th overall pick to the Falcons and in return got the Falcons 31st overall pick, 3rd round pick, and the 7th round pick.
Grading this Trade: Seahawks: B+/ Falcons A-
The Seahawks then traded out of round 1 giving the 31st pick to the 49ers. In return the Seahawks got the 34th overall pick and a 4th round pick the 49ers previously got from the Bears.
Grading this Trade: Seahawks: A/ 49ers A++
OKAY NOW ONTO THE 2017 DRAFT: I will be grading the draft by the NFL Team listing their pick and grade next to it with a short Analysis.
Cleveland Browns: 1st, 25th, and 29th overall picks.
Myles Garrett, DE: this pick was the best pick in the draft because it addresses a need and it was the best skill player in the draft. Grade: A+
Jabrill Peppers, Safety: The Browns moved back and still got a huge improvement and upgrade to their defense with this pick as well as a lethal kick returner/ punt returner. Grade: A-
David Njoku, TE: The Browns with their 3rd pick in round 1 landed a big tight end with huge talent. They didn’t give up too much to get this pick I really like this move. Grade: A-
Chicago Bears: 2nd Overall.
Mitch Trubisky, QB: The Bears made a really bad trade to the 49ers to move up only one pick. I believe he is a good player just don’t believe they needed to trade up for this pick and give up what they did for it especially after paying Mike Glennon what they did. Grade: C-
San Francisco 49ers: 3rd and 31st Overall.
Solomon Thomas, DE: The 49ers gained picks to take someone they could have taken 2nd overall and this pick is a huge fit for them. I love what Solomon Thomas brings to this team. Grade: A
Reuben Foster, LB: Foster was possibly the steal of the draft if he stays healthy. He slipped all the way to 31st overall because of injuries. Grade: A++
Overall Grade: A+
Jacksonville Jaguars: 4th Overall
Leonard Fournette, RB: The Jaguars really helped Bortles with another offensive weapon and a physical player I just hope he can find a way to stay healthy this season and we could see a glimpse of his future. Grade: A-
Titans: 5th and 18th overall
Corey Davis, WR: The Titans might have been able to trade back and take Corey Davis but he is possibly the best WR in this draft and this pick was really smart as far as talent goes. Grade: B+
Adoree Jackson, CB: This is a really good pick to me because corners were a big need for them and this kid has an edge to him. He also has a great skill set that could really be polished up especially by Dick LeBeau. Grade: B
New York Jets: 6th Overall
Jamal Adams, Safety: I think the Jets could have addressed this need by trading back and gaining picks but Adams is an extremely good pick and he could make a huge impact for the Jets secondary. Grade: B+
LA Chargers: 7th Overall
Mike Williams, WR: The Chargers didn’t need a big and powerful WR because they proved to have depth at that position last year even without Keenan Allen. Don’t get me wrong Williams is loaded with talent but I just don’t believe this was a need. Grade: C+
Carolina Panthers: 8th Overall
Christian McCaffrey, RB: The Panthers got a huge upgrade to their offense that lost a spark without Ted Ginn this coming season. The Panthers offense should become very explosive this season with this pick. Grade: A+
Cincinnati Bengals: 9th Overall
John Ross, WR: This pick wasn’t a need at all and they really needed to address defensive positions. They could have easily gone WR in the 2nd round with someone like Conner Kupp. I hate this pick he has been injury prone and wasn’t this high on boards until he ran his 40. Grade: C-
Kansas City Chiefs: 10th Overall
Patrick Mahomes, QB: Mahomes could develop into a great QB and with Andy Reid and learning from Alex Smith for one season with no pressure to take over as a starter this season he could become a great NFL player. Grade: B+
New Orleans Saints: 11th and 32nd Overall.
Marshon Lattimore, CB: The Saints got a top 5 talent with the 11th pick of the draft. A lot of people are comparing this kid to Darrell Revis but I believe he is Patrick Peterson good which to me is better than Revis. Grade: A++
Ryan Ramczyk, OT: Well he shouldn’t have gone last in round 1 as the Broncos missed out on him. He is a great talent and will be the saving grace of Drew Bree’s career and Adrian Peterson. Grade: A
Houston Texans: 12th Overall.
Deshaun Watson, QB: I really like this pick. I am a huge Tom Savage fan but Watson once he learns the NFL and the system in Houston he could be the future of this team easily and be the missing piece for the Texans in the playoffs. Grade: A
Arizona Cardinals: 13th Overall
Haason Reddick, MLB: They need help in the linebacking unit and Arians used to coach at Temple so he had his inside connections for inside info in Reddick and he really liked him. This pick to me was actually really good. Grade: A-
Philadelphia Eagles: 14th overall
Derek Barnett, DE: This kid was overlooked by a lot of people but he could be Myles Garrett good honestly. I will give this guy the early nod as of now for NFC ROY. I truly think he has that much talent. I really like this kid. Grade: A++
Indianapolis Colts: 15th Overall
Malik Hooker, Safety: The Colts got a good pick and a major improvement to this defense already. They need to address defense the whole draft but so far this pick was a good one for them. Grade: B+
Baltimore Ravens: 16th Overall
Marlon Humphrey, CB: This pick was pretty bad because I don’t believe it was the best corner remaining and if they wanted Humphrey they could have traded back to get this kid. I just feel they swung and missed here. Grade: C+
Washington Redskins: 17th Overall
Jonathan Allen, DE: This kid has some really good talent and a great place for this guy because he was a top 10 talent. Questions about his health made him slide but the Skins knew this was a need and a must get. Grade: B+
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 19th Overall
OJ Howard, TE: OJ Howard is the best tight end to enter the NFL since Rob Gronkowski. I honestly think he could be better than Gronk and he was elite talent and to have Cameron Brate as the other TE makes this pick even more incredible with their weapons. Watch out NFC the Bucs just became awesome offensively. Grade: A
Denver Broncos: 20th Overall
Garett Bolles, OT: I personally think this kid needs a lot of work and was the 3rd best Tackle in the draft and could have been picked in round 2. I don’t like this pick at all by the Broncos. Grade: C
Detroit Lions: 21st Overall
Jarred Davis, MLB: The Lions got a Bobby Wagner talent at linebacker here with this pick and honestly he is someone to watch this year as an instant impact. I really think they were smart to grab him here and recruited the best talent remaining with exception to Ruben Foster. Grade: A
Miami Dolphins: 22nd Overall
Charles Harris, DE: I think this pick was a need but they should probably have gone for an offensive guard in this pick. But I guess if they felt this player was worth this pick he was a good fit because I feel they studied him well. Grade: C+
New York Giants: 23rd Overall
Evan Engram, TE: I mean talent wise this kid has it. They went out and got a tight end with incredible speed and great physical build. He is like a WR in a tight ends body with blocking abilities. I am a huge fan of Engram. Grade: B
Oakland Raiders: 24th Overall
Gareon Conley, CB: The Raiders got a guy that had the skill set to be in the top 10 easily but he had rape allegations come out against him and it destroyed his draft stock. I am assuming the Raiders did their research into the legitimacy behind the charges against him. High risk/ High reward. Grade: A or C (Depends on the Rape Allegations)
Atlanta Falcons: 26th Overall
Takkarist McKinley, OLB: I don’t need to go into this pick at all, all I need to say is this. McKinley, Dion Lewis, and Vic Beasley Jr. BAM best linebacking core. Grade: A
Buffalo Bills: 27th Overall
Tre’Davious White, CB: The Bills were intelligent with this pick because they replaced Stephon Gillmore. No I am not saying they will replace him year 1 talent wise but in a year or two of building up skills and learning NFL offenses he will become a special talent and this kid has a great heart. I love what he brings to Buffalo. Grade: B+
Dallas Cowboys: 28th Overall
Taco Charlton, DE: One of the Cowboys biggest downfalls last year was a complete lack of a pass rush. I really think it is time for their defense to address that need. Grade: B
Pittsburgh Steelers: 30th Overall
TJ Watt, OLB: The Steelers honestly just filled a final need for their LB crew and TJ is almost as good as his brother as far as his ceiling goes. I really think he could make a huge difference for the Steelers defense. Grade: A-
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