April 28, 2017

2017 NFL Draft: Third Round Grades

The 2017 NFL Draft is finally here.


2017 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1
(Wednesday, April 26, 2017)

2017 NFL Draft Grades: Round 1 / Round 2 / Round 3



As Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft unfolds, the plan is to post reactions and grades for every second and third round pick. Also, I will post reach values (+/-) for each pick to backup if I think a pick was a big reach or excellent value. Tonight should be just as fun as last night.

My Top 50 Prospects still available can be seen here, and my 2017 NFL Draft Positional Rankings can be viewed here, which features players grouped in "tiers"
and quick analysis on what I like/dislike about them and in some cases where they fit.

There are still plenty of talented prospects left heading into the second round. Here are the top 50 available.




65. Cleveland Browns
Larry Ogunjobi, DL, Charlotte
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 303 lbs. | Class: Senior (RS)


Reach Value: -3

Analysis: Interesting pick. Not the greatest fit in the world. I like him more in a 4-3, but he could be an interior disruptor as a 5-tech, and is better against the run than given credit for. Solid pick.

Grade: B+





66. San Francisco 49ers
Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 200 lbs. | Class: Senior (RS)


Reach Value: +4

Analysis: John Lynch is killing it. Witherspoon has more upside than his former teammate Awuzie. Tall, athletic corner with a lot of natural talent. Fills a major need on defense.

Grade: A





67. New Orleans Saints (via Bears)
Alvin Kamara*, RB, Tennessee
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 213 lbs. | Class: Junior (RS)


Reach Value: +28

Analysis: Great value for Kamara. The Saints signed Adrian Peterson to go along with Mark Ingram in the backfield. Kamara could specialize as their receiving back before having an increased role in a year or two.

*Original grade was an A-. Found out Saints gave up a 2nd in next year's draft. The change has been reflected.

Grade: B-





68. Jacksonville Jaguars
Dawuane Smoot, EDGE, Illinois
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 260 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: -46

Analysis: Smoot adds depth and you can never have enough pass rushers. The value isn't great, and they passed on some better players. I'm mixed.

Grade: C-





69. Los Angeles Rams
Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 202 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: -22

Analysis: Cooper Kupp is a solid player. I value him more later in the third round. I think he compliments Robert Woods and Tavon Austin well. He may not project as a number one receiver, but he can work from the slot and win in the short areas of the field.

Grade: B-





70. Minnesota Vikings (via Jets)
Pat Elflein, IOL, Ohio State
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 299 lbs. | Class: Senior (RS)


Reach Value: +26

Analysis: They gave up a 5th to move up and get him, but they filled a major need and got good value doing it. Elflein gives them an immediate upgrade at guard, but could also be their long term answer at center.

Grade: A+





71. Los Angeles Chargers
Dan Feeney, IOL, Indiana
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 299 lbs. | Class: Senior (RS)


Reach Value: +13

Analysis: Great fit. Great pick. The Chargers are killing this draft right now. Feeney is a second round talent. They've drafted two high quality starters at guard.

Grade: A





72. Tennessee Titans (from Patriots, via Panthers)
Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 198 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: -21

Analysis: I'm a fan of this pick despite me being a little lower on Taylor than most. He can play. He'll work from the slot, but may not be limited to it. He can separate with his impressive route running and be a deep threat. Solid pick.

Grade: B





73. Cincinnati Bengals
Jordan Willis, EDGE, Kansas State
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 255 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: -49

Analysis: Jordan Willis in round 3 > Jordan Willis in round 2. My board still says it's a reach, but the edge rusher options are limited at this point. He fills a need at defensive end for the Bengals.

Grade: B-





74. Baltimore Ravens (via Eagles)
Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 297 lbs. | Class: Senior (RS)


Reach Value: +5

Analysis: Wormley may be a better prospect than former teammate Taco Charlton, who went in the first round. Perfect fit in Baltimore as a 5-Tech who can create interior pressure.

Grade: A+





75. Atlanta Falcons (via Bills)
Duke Riley, LB, Louisiana State
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 230 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: -62

Analysis: Needed another linebacker, but this isn't great value. Riley is a weakside linebacker only. He had some struggles in man coverage, and lacks size and strength.

Grade: C-





76. New Orleans Saints
Alex Anzalone*, LB, Florida
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 243 lbs. | Class: Junior (RS)


Reach Value: +3

Analysis: Could turn out to be a better pro than former teammate Jarrad Davis who was picked by the Lions in round one. If he can stay healthy, this pick will be viewed as a steal for the Saints. They needed an upgrade at linebacker.

Grade: A-





77. Carolina Panthers (via Cardinals)
Daeshon Hall, EDGE, Texas A&M
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 264 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: -34

Analysis: Hall has the tools to develop in to a solid 4-3 end. Depending on what they gave up to move up to this spot, I'm not big on trading up for him, but the return could be pretty good.

Grade: B-





78. Baltimore Ravens
Tim Williams, EDGE, Alabama
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 242 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: +60

Analysis: When you land a top 20 talent in the 3rd round, you get an A+. Williams fell hard as expected, but the Ravens are the best fit I could think of for him. Bowser could move inside and Williams could start opposite Suggs.

Grade: A+





79. New York Jets (via Vikings)
ArDarius Stewart*, WR, Alabama
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 205 lbs. | Class: Junior (RS)


Reach Value: -70

Analysis: Stewart barely cracked my top 150. The talent is there, but he needs a lot of development, as he lacks polish and a defined role. He adds much needed explosion to this boring offense. That is the bright side.

Grade: D+





80. Indianapolis Colts
Tarrell Basham, EDGE, Ohio
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 280 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: -24

Analysis: Another good pick for a team looking to get better on defense. Late third round is where I had Basham, but with the EDGE options depleting, the Colts had to snatch one up here.

Grade: B+





81. Washington Redskins
Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 203 lbs. | Class: Senior (RS)


Reach Value: +10

Analysis: Moreau generated first round buzz before getting injured at his pro day. This is a very good pick for Washington. If they move Breeland to safety, Moreau could take over opposite Josh Norman.

Grade: A-





82. Denver Broncos
Carlos Henderson*, WR, Louisiana Tech
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 205 lbs. | Class: Junior (RS)


Reach Value: 0

Analysis: Now this is an underrated pick. Henderson could have warranted a second round pick. I want to see him develop his route running and catch with his hands more, but he is one of the best receivers after the catch, and forms an impressive trio with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

Grade: A-





83. New England Patriots (via Titans)
Derek Rivers, EDGE, Youngstown State
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 249 lbs. | Class: Senior (RS)


Reach Value: +38

Analysis: Would hit fit better in a 3-4? Yes. Does it matter? Nope. New England got a borderline first round talent in the third round. But, what else is new. Pair him with Kony Ealy and... bad things will happen--in a good way.

Grade: A+





84. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chris Godwin*, WR, Penn State
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 208 lbs. | Class: Junior


Reach Value: +33

Analysis: Wow! There really won't be any excuses for this offense not to take over the league. You could have made a case for Godwin to go late in round one. Top 5 receiver in this class who will lineup opposite Mike Evans with DeSean Jackson in the slot. Oh, and they picked O.J. Howard in round 1.

Grade: A+





85. New England Patriots (via Lions)
Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
Ht: 6-7 Wt: 300 lbs. | Class: Senior (RS)


Reach Value: -44

Analysis: I'm not a Garcia fan, but I recognize the talent. He's going to the best situation possible, and could be their left tackle of the future depending on the future of Nate Solder.

Grade: C





86. Kansas City Chiefs (from Vikings, via Dolphins)
Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 220 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: +29

Analysis: Great pick. Hunt was underrated in a stacked group of running backs. Giving up a fourth round pick seems a bit steep, but Hunt has three down potential, and should give Spencer Ware some competition in the backfield.

Grade: A-





87. New York Giants
Davis Webb, QB, California
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 224 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: +3

Analysis: Teams were smart not to reach for him in round one. The Giants get really good value for a developmental QB who has the tools to become a good starting quarterback in the league. Sitting behind Eli Manning is a good situation for him.

Grade: A-





88. Oakland Raiders
Eddie Vanderdoes*, DL, UCLA
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 302 lbs. | Class: Junior (RS)


Reach Value: N/A

Analysis: I didn't get to watch Eddie Vanderdoes on film. I understand the talent. He's dropped a lot of weight, and has the potential to be an impactful 4-3 nose tackle.

Grade: C-





89. Houston Texans
D'Onta Foreman*, RB, Texas
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 234 lbs. | Class: Junior


Reach Value: +30

Analysis: Man I love this pick. Foreman has first round talent, but fell to the third round because of his lack of third down ability. He'll form an insane one to punch with Lamar Miller in the backfield.

Grade: A+





90. Seattle Seahawks
Shaquill Griffin, CB, Central Florida
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 194 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: NR

Analysis: Raw talent and upside, but I wouldn't have touched him before Day 3. They had a chance to grab some better corners. Could be a good fit for Seattle with his length and skill set.

Grade: C-





91. Los Angeles Rams (from Bills, via Chiefs)
John Johnson, S, Boston College
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 205 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: NR

Analysis: With a lot of the top safeties off the board, Johnson makes some sense. He's been seen as a borderline 3rd rounder, likely early day 3 pick. I like Tedric Thompson and Delano Hill as Day 2 talents over Johnson, but he will fill a need.

Grade: C





92. Dallas Cowboys
Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 182 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: +36

Analysis: Fantastic pick! I expected Dallas to double up on cornerbacks on Day 2, and they did just that. The crazy thing is, I believe Lewis is a better prospect than Chidobe Awuzie, whom the Cowboys took in the second round. He will replace Orlando Scandrick in the slot in the near future.

Grade: A+





93. Green Bay Packers
Montravius Adams, DL, Auburn
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 304 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: +23

Analysis: It will be interesting to see where Adams will fit with Kenny Clark and Mike Daniels penciled in at the end spots. Adams is a great value here. Arguably the best pick by the Packers thus far.

Grade: A-





94. Pittsburgh Steelers
Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 187 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: +20

Analysis: They may have waited around for a corner, but the wait paid off. Sutton is a second round talent in a deep, deep group of corners. I have Sutton rated higher than Pittsburgh's top two picks.

Grade: A+





95. Seattle Seahawks (via Falcons)
Delano Hill, S, Michigan
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 223 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: -3

Analysis: Not sure how he will be used behind Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, but this is a solid pick. Hill is a top 10 safety prospect who can play in the box and cover man-to-man.

Grade: B+





96. Detroit Lions (via Patriots)
Kenny Golladay, WR, Northern Illinois
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 218 lbs. | Class: Senior (RS)


Reach Value: NR

Analysis: Wasn't in my top 150. There were much better receiver prospects on the board. They reached for a 6th round prospect who needs a lot of development.

Grade: D-





97. Miami Dolphins
Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 197 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: +14

Analysis: Love this pick. Tankersley was another corner who had a shot at being picked in round one, but this is a better value for him. Could develop into a shutdown corner.

Grade: A+





98. Arizona Cardinals (via Panthers)
Chad Williams, WR, Grambling
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 207 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: N/A

Analysis: Another reach for a 6th round receiver with much better talent on the board. Williams is talented and could benefit from playing behind Larry Fitzgerald, but the value was not good at all.

Grade: D





99. Philadelphia Eagles (via Ravens)
Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 206 lbs. | Class: Senior (RS)


Reach Value: -2

Analysis: They doubled up at corner, and you can't blame them. Douglas has excellent size and ball skills. He isn't ready to contribute at a high level right away, but adds immediate depth and could be a high level starter down the line.

Grade: A-





100. Tennessee Titans (via Rams)
Jonnu Smith, TE, Florida International
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 246 lbs. | Class: Senior (RS)


Reach Value: NR

Analysis: Even if this was close to the projected range for him to come off the board, there were much better tight end prospects from Tennessee to choose from.

Grade: D





101. Denver Broncos
Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 201 lbs. | Class: Senior (RS)


Reach Value: NR

Analysis: Um... a potential late round gem? Yes. But, I have no idea why Denver took Langley in the 3rd round. I don't understand.

Grade: F





102. Seattle Seahawks
Nazair Jones*, DL, North Carolina
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 304 lbs. | Class: Junior (RS)


Reach Value: NR

Analysis: A run on players not in my top 150. A talented prospect, but inconsistent, and how will he fit in Seattle's defense?

Grade: D+





103. New Orleans Saints (from Patriots, via Browns)
Trey Hendrickson, EDGE, Florida Atlantic
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 266 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: -38

Analysis: A little soon for my tastes, but Hendrickson is a high motor, high effort guy who could have a good amount of success in the NFL. Nice pickup for the Saints.

Grade: C+





104. San Francisco 49ers (via Chiefs)
C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 219 lbs. | Class: Senior (RS)


Reach Value: NR

Analysis: John Lynch and company were on a roll. Beathard was considered a late round prospect at best, and the 49ers reached for him. Nathan Peterman or Brad Kaaya would have been much better options.

Grade: D-





105. Pittsburgh Steelers
James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 237 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: +20

Analysis: Great for James Conner. His story makes you root hard for him. He gets to stay in Pittsburgh and backup Le'Veon Bell. The Steelers get a power back to back up Bell.

Grade: A-





106. Seattle Seahawks
Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 216 lbs. | Class: Senior (RS)


Reach Value: +4

Analysis: Even with good depth at receiver, Seattle could use a bigger receiver who they can develop into a quality possession receiver for Russell Wilson.

Grade: B+





107. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Jets)
Kendell Beckwith, LB, Louisiana State
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 245 lbs. | Class: Senior


Reach Value: 0

Analysis: Good finish to the first two days for the Buccaneers. They got themselves a starting linebacker with three down potential in round 3.

Grade: A