Washington Redskins: Jonathan Allen, DE/DT, Alabama: A+ Grade
I bet the Redskins never would've imagined in a billion years that they'd land Jonathan Allen in the 2017 NFL Draft without trading up. Allen is a top-five prospect, but has fallen because of a shoulder issue. I'd say his shoulders must be bad, but he has been tremendous at Alabama, and his shoulders definitely weren't an issue last year when he was the best player in college football. Washington is getting an insane steal with Allen, who will fill a huge need for them in the team's poor front seven.
Tennessee Titans: Adoree Jackson, CB, USC: B Grade
I had Adoree Jackson going to the Titans, so I definitely think he fits the range at No. 18 overall. Some had Jackson falling into the late 20s, which I thought was crazy, given his talent level. However, O.J. Howard fell right into Tennessee's lap, so I think the Titans should've taken the extremely talented tight end. He would've provided a great intermediate weapon for Marcus Mariota for the next dozen years. That said, Tennessee did take Corey Davis earlier, so I understand why they'd want to add a defensive player, and Jackson fills a huge need. He'll also be a big weapon on special teams.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama: A+ Grade
I thought the Buccaneers would select Dalvin Cook, but I never would've imagined that O.J. Howard would still be on the board. With that in mind, this is a no-brainer. The Buccaneers are getting a prospect many thought would be chosen either fourth or sixth overall, making this a crazy value pick. Howard was the best player available, and he'll fill a need for Tampa. Cameron Brate played well last year, but he's limited athletically. Howard will provide Jameis Winston with a matchup nightmare weapon, and Winston will improve because of Howard's presence. This is an easy A+.
Denver Broncos: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah: B+ Grade
I thought the Seahawks were going to jump the Broncos for Garett Bolles, but apparently not. Bolles is the most athletic offensive tackle in this class. He has some off-the-field issues, but not anything major. The Broncos have taken chances on players like that before though, and it's worked out, so Bolles seems like a solid pick. He obviously fills a massive need on the roster, as Denver had arguably the worst offensive line in the NFL heading into the draft. It's unclear if Bolles will pan out, but the Broncos actually have a chance to block well now.
Detroit Lions: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida: B Grade
Over Reuben Foster? Hmm... Jarrad Davis saw his stock rise late in the process once teams realized that he had top-five intangibles, so he projects to be a great team leader for the Lions. He also fills a huge need here, as the Lions lost DeAndre Levy this offseason. Detroit still has many defensive holes to fill, but selecting Davis is a nice start. That said, the Lions could regret not taking Foster down the road.
Miami Dolphins: Charles Harris, DE, Missouri: B+ Grade
There was some speculation that Charles Harris could be chosen in the top 15. I wasn't quite sure even though I slotted him to the Colts because he tested poorly at the combine. Harris had great tape, however, and the Dolphins are getting a great talent at defensive end. Miami has some aging players there and needed some young blood at the position. Harris could be a double-digit sack artist for Miami over the next decade.
New York Giants: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss: C+ Grade
This seems like a bit of a reach, especially with David Njoku still available. It's not an egregious reach though, so I won't grade this selection too poorly. I think a C+ is about right, as Engram fills a big need at tight end and also provides the declining Eli Manning with an intermediate mismatch weapon. At the very worst, Engram can sell some of his memorabilia at Eli's store. In all seriousness, this is an OK pick, but with better players available, the Giants should have moved down a bit. They probably could've gotten Engram (or Njoku) a bit later.
Oakland Raiders: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State: A or F. Maybe A? Grade
Whoooaaaa... This is crazy. I don't even know how to grade this, in case you couldn't tell.
I never thought Gareon Conley would be chosen in the first round in the wake of his rape allegations. It's worth noting that several teams thought the charge was bogus, as Conley interviewed extremely well at the combine and everywhere else. The thing is, you never know about a person, and Conley could be guilty. He hasn't even met with police yet. If Conley is charged and found guilty, this will go down as one of the worst first-round picks ever. However, Conley is an amazing prospect, so if he's found innocent, Oakland's defense will improve tremendously. Thus, the Raiders are getting an "A" or an "F." I don't know.
Cleveland Browns: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan: B+ Grade
I'm going to factor in the trade a little bit here, which takes this grade from a "B" to a B+. I'll grade the actual draft trades later tonight. As for this actual selection, Jabrill Peppers definitely provides the Browns with the athleticism their new front office has been looking for with their analytics. However, Peppers doesn't have a true position, and some teams thought he belonged in the second round. This is a bit earlier than I expected Peppers to go, but I don't have a huge problem with taking him No. 25 overall, especially when taking the trade into account.
Atlanta Falcons: Takkarist McKinley, DE/OLB, UCLA: C Grade
So, let me get this straight? Jonathan Allen and Reuben Foster fell because of injury concerns, yet Takkarist McKinley doesn't? Maybe McKinley could've gone a bit earlier, but he won't be able to play to open the 2017 season, unlike Allen and Foster. The Falcons are attempting to reach the Super Bowl this year, so not being able to have McKinley at full strength isn't ideal. He could be a great player for the Falcons once he's healthy, but the injuries are a concern. I'm giving the Falcons a "C" as a result. I don't like giving up the third-rounder to get McKinley when there were lots of good pass-rushers on the board.
Buffalo Bills: Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU: B+ Grade
As with the Cleveland pick at No. 25, I'm factoring the trade in a little bit, and I'm going to grade each draft trade. As for this actual selection, it's a solid one. Tre'Davious White was slotted to go in this range even though I had him dropping in my mock draft. White is a solid cornerback who will fill a big need for the Bills, as they needed to replace Stephon Gilmore, who defected for New England.
Dallas Cowboys: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan: A- Grade
One team told us early in the draft process that they regarded Taco Charlton as a top-10 prospect. That changed a bit throughout the spring, but Charlton still provides solid value at No. 28 overall. Charlton is a long, athletic player. The concern is that he's a 1-year wonder, but he's very talented and could potentially solve Dallas' pass-rushing woes. I had Charlton going at No. 21, so the Cowboys did well by being patient and taking one of the better players remaining on the board.
Cleveland Browns: David Njoku, TE, Miami: B+ Grade
I usually don't like teams trading up, but the Browns have a billion picks and almost need to in order to grab some talented players. David Njoku is a bit of a project, but he's an extremely talented tight end who has Pro Bowl potential. The Browns still have Gary Barnidge, but he's not going to be around for much longer, so Njoku could take over as the primary intermediate target in a year or two. By then, the Browns could compete for a playoff spot, provided that they find a quarterback somehow, some way.
Pittsburgh Steelers: T.J. Watt, DE/OLB, Wisconsin: B+ Grade
This is a solid pick by the Steelers, acquiring a player some believed wouldn't be available. I've had Watt slotted either to the Lions (No. 21) or Cowboys (No. 28), so this is solid value. Watt fills a huge need for Pittsburgh as an eventual replacement for James Harrison. He also has the great athleticism the Steelers look for in their prospects, so this seems like a very good fit.
San Francisco 49ers: Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama: A+ Grade
John Lynch is having an amazing first draft, and I may have to redact the poor grade I gave the 49ers for hiring him a few months ago. He picked up some extra selections, landed a talented edge rusher, and he now added a great linebacker prospect to fill a huge need. Reuben Foster is a top-10 prospect and would've gone in that range if he didn't have injury concerns. Foster has drawn Luke Kuechly and Ray Lewis comparisons, so San Francisco is getting a dynamic talent if Foster can stay healthy. Foster was great in college last year, so I don't understand all the worry. The 49ers made out like bandits here, unlike last year, when they traded up for a third-round guard prospect.
New Orleans Saints: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin: D Grade
This pick received a ton of praise on TV, but I don't agree with it. Not one bit. Ryan Ramczyk has major injury concerns with his hip, and he quit on football once in his life. That makes him a big risk. He also doesn't fill a major need. Sure, the Saints could use a right tackle for the future, but Ramczyk isn't projected to play right away. Drew Brees doesn't have much time left, so New Orleans should've added more to its defense.
I go 5-1 in MLB picks yesterday and with that I close and win a three team par...thank you Nats and I also get 5 ongoing pars that will need second tier spot choices. Those five will be Astros -185 (twice,) Rockies -110 (twice) and the Diamondbacks -128. I went back and forth on the Dodgers at Home against the Cubs and finally decided to let that game go. Goodl uck to all tonight. I may have one more play with the Nats today, but the weather looks risky (rain) and if I play it, I may start up a 4 team par witht them, four team, because if it gets rained out, I will still have the three team par odds going forward. GLTA today/tonight.