Mike Mayock's pick-by-pick draft analysis Print
- By Mike Mayock NFL.com
- Published: April 28, 2017 at 07:20 p.m.
- Updated: April 29, 2017 at 11:54 a.m.
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Mike Mayock breaks down every selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, from the predictable picks to the wild trades. Follow along below as we update live!
33. Kevin King, CB, Green Bay Packers (from Browns)
Analysis: "This young man is today's NFL corner. His tape was really fun to watch. … I'm not sure his combine speed and his football speed are the real thing. But the single-high teams, the teams that play a lot of high free safety, are gonna love him. His ability to press and his ability to find the football are even better. … His best football is ahead of him."
34. Cam Robinson, T, Jacksonville Jaguars (from Seahawks via 49ers)
Analysis: "This is a mountain of a man. … He's got length and an ability to play right tackle, play left tackle or end up inside. He can bend for a big man. My concern with him is he gets overextended. He struggles with inside movement especially. He's had some penalties on top of that. Probably why the top-15 talent dropped down to No. 34 in the draft."
35. Malik McDowell, DT, Seattle Seahawks (from Jaguars)
Analysis: "This kid is gifted genetically. He played both inside and out, but he runs hot and cold. … I've had an awful lot of coaches say if we can unlock the potential in this kid, we can have something special. Pete Carroll has always done a great job of taking these types of guys and getting the best."
36. Budda Baker, S, Arizona Cardinals (from Bears)
Analysis: "That's a football player right there. … He had two potential first-round corners on either side. His tape was probably better. Starting nickel or strong safety. The concern is his small frame and his ball skills."
37. Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills (from Rams)
Analysis: "I thought along with Haason Reddick, he handled the process better than anybody in college football. He's got hands and toughness. … People thought he couldn't run because most of his offense was underneath. I'll tell you right now, he ran away from people at the Senior Bowl. He went from a third- or fourth-round selection to a high second-round because he trusted the process."
38. Forrest Lamp, G, Los Angeles Chargers
Analysis: "I thought his Alabama tape was the single most dominant offensive line performance I've seen against that front in five years. … He's gonna be a center or a guard at the next level."
39. Marcus Maye, S, New York Jets
Analysis: "This ties into the report that the Jets are looking to trade Calvin Pryor, a strong safety. And it makes you wonder about the future of Marcus Gilchrist."
40. Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers
Analysis: "I think he's going to be a wideout with them and they'll move him around. In my notes under wide receiver, I have Kelvin Benjamin and who else? They needed dynamic offensive players and they just added two."
41. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings (from Bengals)
Analysis: "Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer did their homework and vetted all of these running backs. Dalvin Cook is a first-round talent who slipped into the second round solely because of the off-the-field issues. … When you put his tape on, he's special. He'll make a difference in Minnesota."
42. Marcus Williams, S, New Orleans Saints
Analysis: "They got a corner in the first round with Marcus Lattimore. Now they get a free safety, a center-fielder. They've got to affect the pass game. They were by far the worst defense in football against the pass."
43. Sidney Jones, CB, Philadelphia Eagles
Analysis: "Popular choice in Philadelphia. Before he got hurt, Philly wanted Sidney Jones at No. 14. … He reminds me of Marcus Peters, another Washington Husky. What I love about him is he's got instincts, he's got ball skills and he will tackle even though he's lean at 186."
44. Gerald Everett, TE, Los Angeles Rams
Analysis from NFL Network's Brian Billick: "They've got to fill in and around Jared Goff. … Obviously going to be a red zone target for them. Going to have to get a little better at the point of attack. He's going to be the move guy, but he's a good athlete."
45. Adam Shaheen, TE, Chicago Bears
Analysis from NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah: "You talk about someone who's almost 280 pounds that is athletic enough to run like this, it looks like he's playing with middle-school people. … He's a special talent. You look at Shaheen's background, like most tight ends, he can hoop."
46. Quincy Wilson, CB, Indianapolis Colts
Analysis: "Quincy Wilson is a big press corner. What I like is he's square and patient at the line of scrimmage. I would just like to see him be more physical in the run game. Get off blocks and make tackles."
47. Tyus Bowser, LB, Baltimore Ravens
Analysis: "He's Haason Reddick, but not as polished. On first down, he can play off the line of scrimmage. In sub-packages, he's a joker, he's a real good chess piece. His best football is ahead of him."
48. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (from Vikings)
Analysis: "Cincinnati's had a history of Marvin Lewis and his guys opening their arms up and saying we can handle those kind of guys, we have the right infrastructure. Personally, if I'm a GM, he's not on my board. As soon as I see that video, he's off. But if you want to hear about the football player, I'll tell you what he is. The football player is a top-15 pick in any draft. … What I'm trying to say is he's pretty darn special as a football player."
49. Ryan Anderson, LB, Washington Redskins
Analysis: "Ryan Anderson is an explosive edge rusher. … He sets a physical edge. He converts speed to power better than any edge rusher in this draft. … He's a leverage player. He gets underneath you and knocks your jock on the ground. I like him in the run game. I like his energy in the pass game and he's an all-day sucker. Really good football player."
50. Justin Evans, S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Analysis: "He'll hit you, but he'll also miss some tackles. He's a very aggressive guy. It's all-or-nothing when he comes to tackle and he also has good range on the back end. When you look at Tampa Bay, Justin Evans comes in, competes day one and ends up being their starting free safety."
51. Demarcus Walker, DE, Denver Broncos
Analysis from NFL Network's Brian Billick: "We said they have to address that front seven. … They're still gonna win with defense in Denver. Replenish and add to that defensive line. This certainly fills that build."
52. DeShone Kizer, QB, Cleveland Browns (from Titans)
Analysis: "In 23 starts, what I saw this year, was that when the game got into the fourth quarter and the pressure got on, I thought he played his worst football because I think he was trying to do much. What I'd like to see happen is no pressure. They're gonna expect him to come in and compete. … But I'd love to see him have a chance to be in a really good quarterback room, take his time and learn how to play this game."
53. Teez Tabor, CB, Detroit Lions
Analysis: "Teez Tabor's a good football player. … He ran poorly, but that doesn't matter at this point. Think about what Detroit is doing: Darius Slay on one side, D.J. Hayden was signed. Tabor's going to come in and compete."
54. Raekwon McMillan, LB, Miami Dolphins
Analysis from NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah: "There were some questions about his athleticism, but then he shows up at the combine and ran much faster than any one had anticipated. … They bring in Lawrence Timmons as a free agent, they re-sign Kiko Alonso and now they have just brought in McMillan to get those linebackers all squared away in Miami."
55. Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, New York Giants
Analysis from NFL Network's Charles Davis: "You saw last year what Damon Harrison gave the Giants inside and here comes Dalvin Tomlinson. When I watched the Clemson game this year, Dalvin Tomlinson was the best player on the field for Alabama. Very consistent. Stout at the point of attack. Can give you some pass rush inside and collapse the pocket."
56. Obi Melifonwu, S, Oakland Raiders
Analysis: "Now we're getting into the freak zone. He's a genetic freak. I thought his tape was really solid. What I like is he's a matchup player. … His movement skills for his length, his ability to get in and out of breaks, his tackling, he's got first-round talent all-day long."
57. Zach Cunningham, LB, Houston Texans
Analysis: "Another freaky guy. He's got to be off the ball and protected. The two questions I had are a lot of missed tackles and no interceptions in 36 games. But I love the athlete."
58. Ethan Pocic, C, Seattle Seahawks
Analysis: "Great pick for them. They have not been the same since they lost Max Unger. … He's smart. He gets up to that second level which you need at the center position. This is going to fortify them in the inside. Something they've needed since they lost Max Unger."
59. Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Kansas City Chiefs
Analysis: "You wanna talk about genetic freaks, folks. Step right up. I had a DC tell me when he's the first guy off the bus, he looks so good, he should be pick No. 0. But he's gonna be about a year away."
60. Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Dallas Cowboys
Analysis: "Awuzie was the highest corner remaining on my board. He played outside, but kicked inside. You can see him as a nickel blitzer. He can also play safety because of his toughness."
61. Josh Jones, S, Green Bay Packers
Analysis from Jeremiah: "Josh Jones is somebody that can play some corner and can also play safety. He tested extremely well. He's another one that will hit you. He's a real physical football player. … He's a tremendous athlete and the Packers love cross-training guys, corners and safeties. Here's another one."
62. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Analysis: "That's interesting given that Martavis Bryant was just reinstated from his suspension. … He's kind of a smaller version of Mike Williams. Big body, good catch radius, competes, good in-game awareness. I like him."
63. Dion Dawkins, G, Buffalo Bills (from Falcons)
Analysis: "There's a right tackle position open in Buffalo. He was a converted defensive tackle, so his best football is ahead of him on the offensive side of the ball. Powerful point-of-attack player. He can kick inside or play right tackle."
64. Taylor Moton, G, Carolina Panthers (from Patriots)
Analysis: "He's a right tackle or a guard. I loved his game against Illinois. He played against Dawuane Smoot and handled him."
65. Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Cleveland Browns
Analysis: "He's a quick one-gap-and-go guy. He affects the pass game. The problem is he can play up or down to the competition. When you see the best of what this guy can do, he's a starting three-technique. But he's got to be more consistent and better with his hand use."
66. Akhello Witherspoon, CB San Francisco 49ers
Analysis: "You love the size and the speed combination that he brings to the table. … Witherspoon is the most intriguing of all of Colorado's defenders. I also think he is the most inconsistent of all of them."
67. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints (from 49ers through Bears)
Analysis: "He could not have gotten a better match for his talents with a play-caller and a system than what Sean Payton runs in New Orleans. What he could do with Reggie Bush out of the backfield — run the ball, throw it to him, put him in different mismatches — they can do with Kamara. They're gonna need that if Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram are gonna run the ball. This is what he gives them."
68. Dawuane Smoot, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Analysis from Billick: "You can't have enough defensive linemen. This guys doesn't have a lot of sacks. But he's very physical. Not a very sexy pick, but he's got a big upside and a high motor."
69. Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Analysis: "He's an advanced route-runner. I love his hands and his edge. Very average speed. His three-cone was one of the best of the combine, meaning he can get in and out of breaks. Against two Pac-12 teams, he caught the ball 27 times with six touchdowns, so don't give the 'level of competition' with Kupp."
70. Pat Elflein, C, Minnesota Vikings (from Jets)
Analysis: "One of the most technically advanced offensive lineman in this draft. He's not the best athlete in the world, but he's technically proficient. He's one of those guys that will play 10 years in the NFL. I love the fact that he can play center and both guards. Really solid pick by the Vikings."
71. Dan Feeney, G, Los Angeles Chargers
Analysis: "Really solid interior offensive lineman. I think he's a natural right guard. You love to see the big guys when they can drop the hips and bend. This is a good pick for the Chargers. You can tell there's a concentrated effort to get Philip Rivers hit less."
72. Taywan Taylor, WR, Tennessee Titans
Analysis from NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah: "I'm a big Taywan Taylor fan. I actually gave him a middle of the second-round grade because you get the ball in his hands he can make you miss and he can't absolutely run away from you. They gave him a lot of quick hitters and then they stretch him vertically down the field … His ability after the catch is something I love. I've compared him to Derrick Mason because of the toughness, the quickness and the speed he possessed. Derrick Mason can play inside and outside and I think the same here for Taywan Taylor."
73. Jordan Willis, LB, Cincinnati Bengals
Analysis from Davis: "When you watch Willis, you'll see him in a variety of spots. He's a guy you can plug in just about anywhere and make plays for you."
74. Chris Wormley, DE, Baltimore Ravens (via Eagles)
Analysis: "Obviously you have the connection with the Harbaugh brothers here. Chris Wormley is somebody made to be a five-technique at the next level. You're gonna put him over at tackle and ask him to sit there and hold the point of attack with your length and strength and be able to push the pocket as a pass rusher. He's a really, really good value pick."
75. Duke Riley, LB, Atlanta Falcons (via Bills)
Analysis: "He's a sub-linebacker. He was also one of the best special teams players at LSU his first three seasons. He comes from the Bayou, so he's got a brother named Cooter, as he should."
76. Alex Anzalone, LB, New Orleans Saints
Analysis: "He's got great size and athletic ability. He's a starting linebacker traits-wise. Durability is an issue, especially with his shoulders. I like his vision. He's going to play on passing downs because he can rush the quarterback and cover."
77. Daeshon Hall, DE, Carolina Panthers (from Cardinals)
Analysis: "He's got prototypical 4-3 size. I think he's a base end that lines up on the left side against the right tackle. Has some tightness in his hips, but I think he's a really good solid pick for Carolina."
78. Tim Williams, LB, Baltimore Ravens)
Analysis from Billick: "He's got a devastating inside counter move. A fast-twitch player. Double-digit sack potential. This guy, a lot of people think a lot of him in terms of ability to put pressure off that edge."
79. ArDarius Stewart, WR, New York Jets
Analysis from Billick: "He's a great athlete. He's a tough guy. He's gonna catch and be a running threat after the catch. Has some deep ball skills as well. He's gonna have the pedigree of a complete receiver."
80. Tarell Basham, DE, Indianapolis Colts
Analysis: "That's a good football player. Plays his tail off. Base end, but could be 3-4 outside linebacker. He sets a physical edge. I think he plays really hard."
81. Fabian Moreau, CB, Washington Redskins
Analysis: "I love this pick. I had him as a first-round corner before he tore his pec bench-pressing at his pro day. He's got speed, length and ball skills. He just needs to be more consistently physical and needs more snaps to understand the game a bit better."
83. Derek Rivers, DE, New England Patriots
Analysis: "Derek Rivers can get to the quarterback. I thought he was best suited to play 3-4 outside linebacker. What coach Bill Belichick likes is versatility in players. He can stand up off the ball as an inside linebacker and in sub-packages kick down."
84. Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Analysis from Davis: "Basketball on grass. They keep surrounding Jameis with young people. Another guy who can run. Godwin was sensational in the Rose Bowl, but he had a big seaosn as well. It wasn't just one game."
85. Antonio Garcia, T, New England Patriots (from Lions)
Analysis: "There's some significance to this move. Garcia has starting left tackle traits, but he's a great fit. He plays nasty through the whistle. He's a little grabby in pas protection. They'll straighten him up in New England."
86. Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (from Vikings via Dolphins)
Analysis from Daniel Jeremiah: "The vision and the balance that has, I think he's one of the most instinctive players in this entire draft class. I think this guy is going to be an outstanding pro."
87. Davis Webb, QB, New York Giants
Analysis: "Davis Webb's got a live arm. He drops it in the bucket. Moves well enough, quick release, big arm. He's one of the five quarterbacks where you can make a case in this draft that they can start a game in the NFL and be a quarterback."
88. Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, Oakland Raiders
Analysis: "A really interesting selection coming off an ACL two years ago. I didn't think he played really well at all last year; he was heavy, out of shape and couldn't finish plays. All of a sudden at the Senior Bowl, there's quickness and explosion. Oakland is obviously hoping they get the slimmed-down, aggressive, quick version."
89. D'Onta Foreman, RB, Houston Texans
Analysis: "For a big man, he ran awfully fast. When you get a kid like this — well-spoken, caring, works hard — you root for him."
97. Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Miami Dolphins
Analysis: "Tankersley is a highway speed guy. If you draw up a corner, this is the guy. He can run fast. He's a press corner. He's the least interesting defensive back in this entire draft in supporting the run. He was directly for support on two Dalvin Cook touchdowns and did not get involved at all."
98. Chad Williams, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Analysis: "This is an intriguing wideout. I really like his talent and ability. There wasn't much buzz on him because of some off-the-field concerns."
99. Rasul Douglas, CB, Philadelphia Eaglea
Analysis: "Defense, defense, defense. Douglas is a long corner. Exactly what Jim Schwartz likes."
100. Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans
Analysis: "Really solid football player … Competes well enough. He's more of a move H-back, but he will block. He runs well, catches the football well, he's one of those guys that I don't think he has an elite physical trait, but he does everything pretty darn well."
102. Nazair Jones, DT, Seattle Seahawks
Analysis: "I thought he fit best in a 3-4 scheme as what they call a five-technique, but he can play defensive tackle. He's got an ideal body type for that. Six-five, over 300 pounds, thought he did a nice job kind of getting in the way of a lot of passes. The only downside I felt with Naz Jones was he ran a little bit hot and cold. He could dominate games at times and then other times he'd disappear for long chunks of times."
103. Trey Hendrickson, OLB, New Orleans Saints
Analysis: "I like this guy. Daniel Jeremiah and I showed up at the East-West Shrine Game and we both kind of went nuts over this guy. Six-four, 266, he sticks his hand in the dirt and boy does he come after people. And then what I really liked — people say he has short arms and bla bla bla — but then he went to the combine and tested extremely well. So you've got an effort motor guy with really good measurables, except for the short arms. And all I'm telling you is New Orleans needs to affect the pass game and he's going to be one of those guys that can stick his hand in the dirt or stand up depending on what they need."
104. C.J. Beathard, QB, San Francisco 49ers
Analysis: "C.J. Beathard had mostly fifth-, sixth-round grades from the teams I spoke with. Obviously has great NFL lineage, the Beathard name famous for talent evaluation, and I thought his tape was down a little bit this year. I thought he was better as a junior. Very smart, understands where to go with the football, better arm than expected when you really sit down and study him. I haven't seen him live, and the people who went to his Pro Day told me he had an excellent day."
105. James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Analysis from NFL Network's Charles Davis: "It's a special story for a young man who battled back, beat cancer, had to spend time out, and it took a little while to get his game back because at one point, remember he was the ACC Player of the Year. Explosive, dynamic, physical, runs through contact. I think he catches the ball better than maybe he gets credit for."
106. Amara Darboh, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Analysis: "He's got a combination of size and speed and he competes. I thought he struggled a little bit against quality press. They played Colorado and he had trouble getting off press coverage. When he had open access, he was fine. He's also a good special teams player. I think he'll have the ability to cover kicks and punts and he's a tough kid."
107. Kendall Beckwith, ILB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Analysis: "Really good football player coming off an ACL. Six-two, 243 pounds, off-the-ball, inside linebacker. Tore his ACL late in the season, but he is a downhill, square-you-up, knock-you-on-your-butt type of player. The question is, will he be in the game on third downs? My answer is it's at least the first couple downs, special teams, and I think he can develop as one of those pass guys."
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