April 28, 2017

2017 NFL Draft: Second 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.

33. Green Bay Packers (via Browns)
Kevin King, CB, Washington
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 196 lbs. | Class: Senior

Reach Value: +3

Analysis: A running back could have been the target, and a trade down was possible. But, Kevin King is the best corner available not named Sidney Jones. Tall, fast, athletic corner who can play press, off man, and zone. Fills a big need for Green Bay.

Grade: A-

34. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Seahawks via 49ers)
Cam Robinson*, OT, Alabama
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 321 lbs. | Class: Junior

Reach Value: +20

Analysis: They gave up a sixth round pick to secure him, but Jacksonville just got the best offensive lineman in this draft with the second pick in the second round. Enough said.

Grade: A+

35. Seattle Seahawks (via Jaguars)
Malik McDowell*, DL, Michigan State
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 299 lbs. | Class: Junior

Reach Value: +20

Analysis: After stacking up on day 2 picks, Seattle just got a top 15 talent near the top of the second round. They have plenty of time to address the offensive line and cornerback spot, but I question the fit. I believe McDowell is better suited for a 3-4 defense, but now that I think about it, Seattle's defense is a perfect fir for McDowell.

Grade: A

36. Arizona Cardinals (via Bears)
Kevin King, CB, Washington
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 196 lbs. | Class: Senior

Reach Value: -41

Analysis: They gave up some fourth round picks to move up 7 spots. I was almost certain that DeShone Kizer was their guy, but they traded up for Budda Baker. I see Baker as a versatile player similar to Tyrann Mathieu. Can play in the slot, in the box, free safety potentially. Could be a long term upgrade at strong safety. I soured on him as I watched more and more safeties, but Arizona got a good football player.

Grade: C-

37. Buffalo Bills (via Rams)
Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 201 lbs. | Class: Senior

Reach Value: -50

Analysis: I like Zay Jones, but I don't love him. Especially the idea of trading up for him. The value isn't there for me. He projects as a solid number two receiver who can work from the slot, which is what Buffalo needs. So it definitely is a good fit, but exchanging your 3rd round pick for the Rams's 5th? Eh...

Grade: D+

38. Los Angeles Chargers
Forrest Lamp, IOL, Western Kentucky
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 305 lbs. | Class: Senior

Reach Value: +12

Analysis: Great pick. Lamp was thought to be a first round lock, so for the Chargers to land him without moving up is pretty amazing. Kick him inside, and he should become an All-Pro guard.

Grade: A+

39. New York Jets
Marcus Maye, S, Florida
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 207 lbs. | Class: Senior (RS)

Reach Value: -42

Analysis: Looks like the Jets are kicking the tires on Calvin Pryor. Two safeties in the first two rounds in an interesting strategy. I like Marcus Maye, but he's a 3rd round talent in my opinion. How will he fit next to Jamal Adams? There was better talent on the board.

Grade: C-

40. Carolina Panthers
Curtis Samuel*, RB, Ohio State
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 196 lbs. | Class: Junior

Reach Value: -35

Analysis: Love Curtis Samuel as a back, but this is a reach. He's more of a late 2nd, early 3rd round talent. He is raw as a receiver, and is too redundant to Christian McCaffrey for me to really justify this pick, even if it makes their offense twice as explosive. The bright side is that their offense could be unstoppable and good luck bringing them down in space.

Grade: C-

41. Minnesota Vikings (via Bengals)
Dalvin Cook*, RB, Florida State
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 211 lbs. | Class: Junior

Reach Value: +32

Analysis: Cook was a top 10 talent, and the Vikings sacrificed a 4th round pick and jumped in front of the Eagles to get him. No complaints from me. Cook is special.

Grade: A+

42. New Orleans Saints
Marcus Sanders-Williams*, S, Utah
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 202 lbs. | Class: Junior

Reach Value: -57

Analysis: Sanders-Williams has a lot of talent, and could be the play maker they are lacking in the secondary. But, they already had two starters at safety, and I'm not a fan of the value.

Grade: D

43. Philadelphia Eagles
Sidney Jones*, CB, Washington
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 184 lbs. | Class: Junior

Reach Value: +30

Analysis: I was thinking running back, but the Eagles landed a top 15 talent at a premium position in the second round. A much needed upgrade on the defensive side of the ball.

Grade: A+

44. Los Angeles Rams (via Bills)
Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 241 lbs. | Class: Senior

Reach Value: +4

Analysis: Surprising pick, but Everett is a second round talent at tight end who can help make life easier for second year QB Jared Goff. Love the value, and it gives the Rams a much needed upgrade at tight end.

Grade: A

45. Chicago Bears (via Cardinals)
Adam Shaheen*, TE, Ashland
Ht: 6-7 Wt: 278 lbs. | Class: Junior (RS)

Reach Value: -94

Analysis: A quarterback's best friend is a pass catching tight end. But, that doesn't mean reach for more. I understand the upside with Shaheen, but he's a day 3 developmental prospect in my opinion. I have a 5th round grade on him, so I can't say I am a fan of this pick.

Grade: F

46. Indianapolis Colts
Quincy Wilson*, CB, Florida
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 211 lbs. | Class: Junior

Reach Value: +9

Analysis: The only thing that preventing Wilson from earning a 1st round grade from me was his play against the run. Pairing him up with Vontae Davis with Malik Hooker playing the centerfielder role? This Colts defense is improving in a big way.

Grade: A+

47. Baltimore Ravens
Tyus Bowser, LB, Houston
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 245 lbs. | Class: Senior

Reach Value: +28

Analysis: Awesome pick. Bowser is a top 20 talent on my board, and gives the Ravens a much needed EDGE to pair with Terrell Suggs. Athletic prospect with the raw talent and upside to become one of the better pass rushers from this draft.

Grade: A+

48. Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Mixon**, RB, Oklahoma
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 228 lbs. | Class: Sophomore (RS)

Reach Value: +13

Analysis: Jeremy Hill has had some moments, but Mixon is a far superior talent. The Bengals are known to take chances on guys with character issues, and Mixon is no exception. From a talent perspective, the Bengals have gotten two first rounders with their first two picks.

Grade: A-

49. Washington Redskins
Ryan Anderson, EDGE, Alabama
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 249 lbs. | Class: Senior (RS)

Reach Value: -64

Analysis: The Redskins just got one of the best pure football players in the draft. Anderson is a reach. I like him a lot even though I ranked him 113th on my big board. He could be a good fit, but Washington didn't get the best value, and they have 3 players on the depth chart who will be ahead of him.

Grade: D

50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 195 lbs. | Class: Senior

Reach Value: -50

Analysis: Evans is so bad in space and against the run in general that I ranked him lower than his talent indicates. His athleticism, range, ball skills, and hitting ability are what vaulted him up the board. He could be an immediate upgrade at free safety. At this point, it's pick your flavor when it comes to safety prospects.

Grade: C-

51. Denver Broncos
Demarcus Walker, DL, Florida State
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 280 lbs. | Class: Senior

Reach Value: -12

Analysis: Walker could be a solid fit as a 3-4 defensive end in Denver's defense. I had a solid second round grade on Walker, so I like him more than most. Not a flashy pick, but solid.

Grade: B

52. Cleveland Browns (via Titans)
DeShone Kizer**, QB, Notre Dame
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 237 lbs. | Class: Sophomore (RS)

Reach Value: +19

Analysis: The Cleveland F****** Browns! Nothing to say here. You get your franchise quarterback in round two as well as 3 very good first round picks. Slam dunk.

Grade: A+

53. Detroit Lions
Teez Tabor*, CB, Florida
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 196 lbs. | Class: Junior

Reach Value: +12

Analysis: I was almost certain that Tabor would fall to the 4th round of the draft after his poor combine and pro day showings. The Lions made a great choice. Tabor paired with Darius Slay makes for an impressive cornerback tandem.

Grade: A+

54. Miami Dolphins
Raekwon McMillan*, LB, Ohio State
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 241 lbs. | Class: Junior

Reach Value: -63

Analysis: Miami needed another linebacker, but McMillan is a reach. There was better talent on the board at the position. McMillan is very talented, but projects as only a two down player at this stage.

Grade: D

55. New York Giants
Dalvin Tomlinson, DL, Alabama
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 311 lbs. | Class: Senior (RS)

Reach Value: -72

Analysis: Tomlinson is a good football player, but he's not the best value in the second round--I had a fourth round grade on him. I see him as more of a nose tackle prospect, so with them already having Damon Harrison, this pick doesn't make much sense. When will they address the offensive line?

Grade: D-

56. Oakland Raiders
Obi Melifonwu, DB, Connecticut
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 219 lbs. | Class: Senior

Reach Value: +20

Analysis: This pick makes sense with Reggie Nelson being a free agent after this season. That gives time for Melifonwu to develop into a big time safety. He could have been taken in the first round, so this is a steal.

Grade: A

57. Houston Texans
Zach Cunningham*, LB, Vanderbilt
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 235 lbs. | Class: Junior (RS)

Reach Value: +10

Analysis: I'm not sure what his role will be with Houston having some good talent at linebacker already, but Cunningham had a shot of being an first round pick. He has the potential to be an impactful three down linebacker.

Grade: B+

58. Seattle Seahawks
Ethan Pocic, IOL, Louisiana State
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 317 lbs. | Class: Senior

Reach Value: -64

Analysis: Meh. Pocic has experience playing multiple positions on the offensive line, and could develop into a quality starter. However, there were much more talented offensive linemen on the board in my opinion.

Grade: D+

59. Kansas City Chiefs
Tanoh Kpassagnon, DL, Villanova
Ht: 6-7 Wt: 284 lbs. | Class: Senior

Reach Value: -1

Analysis: They'll need to add some talent on the offensive side of the ball soon, but this is a good pick. Kpassagnon is raw, but he has so much potential, and should fit perfectly as an end in this 3-4 scheme. The payoff could be big.

Grade: B+

60. Dallas Cowboys
Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 196 lbs. | Class: Senior

Reach Value: -4

Analysis: Solid pick. Awuzie could have been a first round pick, but this was the appropriate range for the versatile Colorado defensive back. Dallas fills a big need at corner here.

Grade: A-

61. Green Bay Packers
Josh Jones*, S, North Carolina State
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 222 lbs. | Class: Junior (RS)

Reach Value: -79

Analysis: Nah. Hate this pick. Jones has size, athleticism, and talent, but he didn't put it together at NC State. He is raw, and this pick just doesn't make sense to me. He doesn't make the Packers better in the immediate future, and is a long term project.

Grade: D-

62. Pittsburgh Steelers
JuJu Smith-Schuster*, WR, Southern California
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 213 lbs. | Class: Junior

Reach Value: -28

Analysis: I don't blame Pittsburgh for not trusting Martavis Bryant. Smitch-Schuster lacks great speed, but he should prove to be a valuable possession receiver who can block on the edge. Nothing fancy about this pick.

Grade: C+

63. Buffalo Bills (via Falcons)
Dion Dawkins, IOL, Temple
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 310 lbs. | Class: Senior

Reach Value: +20

Analysis: Gave up two fifth round picks to move up 12 spots and bolster their offensive line. I like it. Dawkins is a stud. He could be an immediate upgrade at guard or right tackle. Excellent pick.

Grade: A+

64. Carolina Panthers (via Patriots)
Taylor Moton, IOL, Western Michigan
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 319 lbs. | Class: Senior (RS)

Reach Value: +34

Analysis: I love this pick even more than the previous one. I had a late first round grade on Taylor Moton, and the Panthers steal him going into the third round. He could potentially be their left tackle of the future, but will be better on the right side. Could also be kicked inside to guard.

Grade: A+