Rd. 1, Pk. 9
Leonard Floyd, OLB/3-4OLB, Georgia
Gerald McCoy and Jacquies Smith were considered the Buccaneers' top two pass-rushers last season. McCoy is great, but Smith? It's quite apparent that Tampa needed someone better to get to the quarterback, and while it already added Robert Ayers, a long-term option is needed. Fortunately for the front office, this class is loaded with talented edge rushers.
The Buccaneers have been linked to Leonard Floyd, as Charlie Campbell mentioned on our podcast. Floyd would definitely help Tampa's efforts of generating heavy pressure on Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan. Floyd may not seem like a logical fit for a 4-3, but Tampa would use him like Anthony Barr.
*** OTHER 2016 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Shaq Lawson, DE - Another pass-rushing possibility for the Buccaneers, but Floyd seems like the better option.
2. Ronnie Stanley, OT - I'm sure the Buccaneers would love the idea of acquiring a franchise left tackle to protect Jameis Winston for the next dozen years.
Rd. 1, Pk. 13
Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA
I'm going to kick myself if Myles Jack is off the board and the Dolphins select Eli Apple, since I've had them taking the Ohio State corner for a while. I believe Apple will be Miami's pick unless either Jack or Ezekiel Elliott falls (or the latter is available via trade).
Jack could go as high as No. 5 depending on how the third and fourth picks shake out, but it's sounding like he's due for a draft-day slide. There are serious concerns about his knee, but the Dolphins apparently are fine with it. Thus, he could be the pick, filling a huge need.
*** OTHER 2016 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Eli Apple, CB - Apple is a great fit for Miami's scheme and the team would definitely consider taking him at this spot, as he would fill a huge need.
2. Ezekiel Elliott, RB - The Dolphins love Elliott, but they foolishly moved down while acquiring players who aren't very good. Perhaps they'll move back up for Elliott.
Pick change; previously Eli Apple, CB
Rd. 1, Pk. 17
Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State
I believe Darron Lee is one of the players the Falcons are targeting at No. 17. He's such a great fit for their defense, and he happens to fill a huge need in their linebacking corps. He's also exactly what the front office covets from an athleticism standpoint. I think Atlanta would rather have Shaq Lawson, but Lee isn't a bad consolation prize.
*** OTHER 2016 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Shaq Lawson, DE - This is probably the latest Shaq Lawson can go. I can't imagine the Falcons passing on him if he happened to be available.
2. Jonathan Bullard, DT - The Falcons could use an interior rusher, and Bullard has the athleticism that they covet.
Rd. 2, Pk. 20
Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State
One of New York's biggest needs is at inside linebacker, and they even needed one prior to Demario Davis' departure. Kyler Fackrell has the length the Jets prefer at linebacker.
Rd. 2, Pk. 31
Su'a Cravens, OLB/S, USC
Per our Pro Day Results page, Tony Pauline reported that the Panthers have scary levels of interest in Su'a Cravens. I initially was confused, given that Carolina drafted a similar-type player last year in Shaq Thompson. However, Thompson is more linebacker, while Cravens is more of a safety, so it would make sense for the team to have two interchangeable linebacker-safety hybrids.
Rd. 3, Pk. 13
Kamalei Correa, OLB/3-4OLB, Boise State
Teams are always looking for solid pass-rushing depth, and the Titans have none behind Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan.
Rd. 3, Pk. 14
Joshua Perry, OLB, Ohio State
I considered Myles Jack to the Browns, and I had him slotted at No. 8 in another update. Here's a solution at inside linebacker.
Pick change; previously Graham Glasgow, C
Rd. 3, Pk. 15
Deion Jones, OLB, LSU
The Saints need to continue upgrading their defense, as they need help on all three levels. They have to improve upon Dannell Ellerbe, who was horrible last year.
Jaylon Smith's medical recheck went terribly, and some teams now list him as a sixth- or seventh-round prospect. It's unfortunate, but perhaps some team will take a chance on him at the end of Day 2.
Rd. 3, Pk. 33
Jordan Jenkins, OLB/3-4OLB, Georgia
The Patriots dealt away Chandler Jones, so they should use a draft pick to bolster their pass rush.
Rd. 4, Pk. 20
Joe Schobert, OLB/3-4OLB, Wisconsin
The Jets have needed help at outside linebacker for quite some time now. Finding a better pass rush would help take care of some of the issues in the secondary.
Rd. 4, Pk. 28
Travis Feeney, OLB, Washington
Derrick Johnson's return to the lineup has been huge for Kansas City's defense, but the team has a weakness right next to Johnson. Also, it needs to be considered that Johnson just turned 33, so he doesn't have many dominant years left.
A general manager told me the 49ers are desperate to trade down, and I think they have a shot at doing it. If the 49ers stay here, I've heard that the top candidates are Solomon Thomas, Jamal Adams and Marshon Lattimore. While I know lot of teams that graded Thomas as a mid- to late first-rounder, there are enough teams that like him in the top 10 that he should go high.
WalterFootball.com was the first to report that Thomas intended to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. The junior enjoyed an excellent 2016 season as a big presence on the edge of the Stanford defense. On the year, he had 62 tackles with 15 for a loss, eight sacks and one forced fumble. Sources from seven NFL teams told me that they graded Thomas a mid- to late first-rounder. Two teams said they had Thomas in the top 10 of the 2017 NFL Draft, but there are enough teams in the top 10 that like him that he should go that high.
Thomas has good speed off the edge with strength and physicality. Teams feel that the 6-foot-2, 273-pounder fits best as a defensive end in a 4-3 defense. Many sources said that Thomas is a bit of a tweener and doesn't have a great fit in a 3-4 defense. He probably would play outside linebacker if drafted into a 3-4 scheme. Teams really like Thomas off the field as well.
Some years of bad moves by former general manager Ryan Grigson, like trading a first-round pick for Trent Richardson and blowing one on Bjoern Werner, are coming back to bite Indianapolis. The Colts have a ton of needs on their talent-deficient roster, including edge rusher, running back, cornerback, defensive line, linebacker, and more offensive line talent. The defense is in horrible shape, so Indianapolis could take the best defensive player available regardless of position. McKinley isn't the best player available, as I know some teams that graded him in the mid-rounds, but the Colts have shown a ton of interest in him, including general manager Chris Ballard spending a lot of time with McKinley.
McKinley is a pass-rushing specialist who enjoyed a breakout senior season. In 2016, he racked up 61 tackles with 18 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles and six passes batted. It was a big improvement over his junior year when he recorded 35 tackles with 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and four passes broken up. McKinley was a backup as a sophomore, but had 2.5 sacks.
For the NFL, the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder's body type would fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He could play right defensive end in 4-3 scheme, but would have to be rotated regularly and could struggle to defend against the run. In college, McKinley had a high motor, but he would get destroyed against the run regularly. He also lacks pass-rushing moves, is very tight, and is a one-trick pony speed rusher. Thus, I think he has some bust potential.
Rd. 1, Pk. 1
T.J. Watt, OLB/3-4OLB/ILB, Wisconsin
The Lions need to improve their linebacking talent and add an edge rusher to pair with Ziggy Ansah. Watt could play linebacker on run downs and rush off the edge in passing situations. Thus, he would help Detroit's defense in two spots.
Watt was one of the breakout players of the 2016 season. He is good at setting the edge in run defense and also is a terror in the pass rush off the edge. Watt recorded 63 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, four passes batted and two forced fumbles in 2016. The 6-foot-4, 252-pounder could be even better as he gains experience. Watt isn't the fastest or most explosive edge defender, but he is tough with advanced technique and a great motor.
Rd. 1, Pk. 1
Charles Harris, DE/3-4OLB/OLB, Missouri
I think Miami wants to find an edge rusher most of all, and Harris would be a fit for the organization as a speed rusher who also has great football character. The Dolphins also could use a linebacker upgrade, so if Harris off the board, I think Jarrad Davis is their Plan B. Miami wants smart defenders with great football character, and both Harris and Davis fit those criteria perfectly.
Harris started off the 2016 season with underwhelming performances against West Virginia and Eastern Michigan, totaling five tackles in those games. However, he exploded versus Georgia with three sacks and seven tackles. In November, Harris grew red hot, racking up 4.5 sacks over two games. He totaled 61 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, nine sacks, two passes batted and two forced fumbles on the year.
Harris is a speedy edge rusher who broke out in 2015 with 56 tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and two forced fumbles. He was a backup as a redshirt freshman in 2014 and notched two sacks. The 6-foot-3, 253-pound Harris is a fast edge rusher who puts a lot of heat on the quarterback. He is very similar to Vic Beasley and Shane Ray.
Rd. 1, Pk. 1
Haason Reddick, OLB, Temple
The Giants wanted Jack Conklin last year, and he didn't make it to their pick. I think the same thing could happen this year with Garett Bolles. If Bolles is off the board, I think the Giants could look to upgrade their linebackers with a player like Reddick, Jarrad Davis or Zach Cunningham.
I've surveyed sources at teams, and they believe that Reddick will go somewhere in the first round. I personally am skeptical that he should go in Round 1 because he has a grand total of three practices and an exhibition game at his NFL position. I also agree with some scouting sources who believe it is a lot easier to transition by moving closer to the line of scrimmage rather than backing off of it. The position change is why some teams gave Reddick mid-round grades. Still, Reddick has a lot of teams that like him, so he should go in the first round.
Reddick (6-1, 237) was an edge rusher in college who has to move to outside linebacker in the NFL. He showed that he can make that switch at the Senior Bowl as he flew around the field and was constantly around the ball. Still, sources with teams say that Reddick is a real project for the NFL and will take time to develop at linebacker considering he has no game experience there. In 2016, Reddick totaled 65 tackles with 22.5 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and three passes broken up. He was an excellent edge rusher, yet there were times where he got destroyed in the ground game.
The Raiders could use an upgrade at middle linebacker. Davis is an instant plug-and-play contributor for Oakland. His intelligence and character are a great fit with Khalil Mack and Derek Carr.
Davis collected 60 tackles, two sacks and four passes broken up in 2016. Davis was a strong inside presence who made a ton of clutch tackles for Florida in 2015. He was an unsung hero of one of the best defenses in the nation and was a beast who season in the SEC Championship along with the other late-season games against elite competition. In 2015, Davis totaled 98 tackles with 11 tackles for a loss, four passes broken up, an interception and 3.5 sacks.
The 6-foot-1, 238-pounder is fast, physical and instinctive. He has sideline-to-sideline speed with the athleticism to be a three-down defender. Davis could be a Mike (middle) or a Will (weakside) linebacker in a 4-3. He also could function on the inside of a 3-4.
The 49ers could use a linebacker upgrade, and Cunningham is a good value in the second round.
In 2016, Cunningham totaled 125 tackles with 16.5 for a loss, three passes batted and one forced fumble. The 6-foot-3, 234-pounder is a quick, instinctive linebacker who is a reliable tackler. He is a versatile player with the skill set to be a three-down starter in the NFL. There has been buzz about Cunningham in scouting circles, and teams are giving him late first-round/early second-round grades.
In 2015, Cunningham totaled 103 tackles with 16.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, three passes batted and four forced fumbles on the year. He was only a redshirt sophomore that season and has upside to develop.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston
The Bengals could use some young linebacker talent and another edge rusher across from Carlos Dunlap. Bowser addresses both needs.
In 2016, Bowser had 47 tackles with 12 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass batted. He was a tough edge rusher for Houston. Bowser could fit as a 3-4 outside or inside linebacker, and he could play inside on run downs and move to rush off the edge in passing situations. In a 4-3 defense, Bowser (6-2, 244) would fit as a Sam - strongside - linebacker and could rush off the edge in obvious passing situations.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Jordan Willis, DE/3-4OLB/OLB, Kansas State
Tampa Bay could target some more edge rush. Here's a player who can rush from the outside and give the Bucs a young tandem with Noah Spence.
Willis caused a lot of disruption and negative plays for his defense in an impressive senior year. In 2016, he totaled 11.5 sacks, 52 tackles, 17.5 tackles for a loss, three passes batted and three forced fumbles. The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder had a respectable week at the Senior Bowl that confirmed his second-day potential for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Willis has good strength to set the edge in rush defense and pass-rushing skills off the edge. He could be a defensive end in a 4-3 or an outside linebacker in a 3-4.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Tim Williams, OLB/DE/3-4OLB, Alabama
The Ravens could use some more young edge-rushing talent after cutting Elvis Dumervil. They've shown interest in the talented, but troubled, Williams.
In 2016, Williams totaled nine sacks, 16 tackles for a loss, 31 tackles, two forced fumbles and a pass batted. He put steady pressure on the quarterback all season. Sources, however, have told me that they have massive off-the-field concerns with Williams. He failed numerous drug tests at Alabama, and some sources say that he has Randy Gregory-like issues with substance abuse. Multiple teams think Williams could slide, and they won't take him in Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft even though he is a definite first-round talent. It could end up causing him to slide to Day 2 like Gregory.
The 6-foot-3, 244-pounder came on really strong as a pass-rushing force to close out the 2015 season and help the Crimson Tide win a National Championship. He totaled 10.5 sacks, 12.5 tackles for a loss and 19 tackles on the year. It will be interesting to see if Williams can develop into an every-down defender. There is no doubt that he is a fast edge rusher with a nose for the quarterback.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Duke Riley, OLB/ILB, LSU
The Saints grab some linebacker competiton.
Riley (6-0, 232) was a backup before coming on as a senior. He had an impressive game against Alabama in 2016 and got better as the year progressed. Riley totaled 93 tackles with nine for a loss, 1.5 sacks, one pass batted and one interception for the season.
Riley is a fast and physical linebacker who would fit as a Will - weakside - linebacker in a 4-3 defense.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Ryan Anderson, OLB/3-4OLB, Alabama
The Packers could use more edge-rushing talent.
Anderson (6-2, 258) was a clutch performer for Alabama in 2016. He supplied a lot of pass rush off the edge and also did well at setting the edge in run defense. Anderson totaled 61 tackles with 18 for a loss, nine sacks, three passes broken up, one interception and four forced fumbles on the season. In 2015, he put together a strong finish to the season, recording 37 tackles with 11.5 for a loss, six sacks and two forced fumbles on the year.
Anderson has versatile size and upside to develop. He would fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Alex Anzalone, OLB/ILB, Florida
The Patriots could use more linebacker depth.
Anzalone was very impressive at times during the 2016 season, racking up 40 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and two passes broken up. He barely played in 2015 because of a shoulder injury that led to a medical redshirt. Anzalone was a backup and had injury issues during his first two years as well.
While sources say that Anzalone is not real twitchy, sudden or explosive, he takes on blocks and uses his hands well. Anzalone is fast in a straight line, but not that quick. He lacks quick twitch change of direction. Anzalone is decent in pass coverage, but lacks good awareness in zone. He is viewed as a third- or fourth-rounder who could develop into a starting inside linebacker; however, there are major durability concerns from repeated injuries in college, so teams could flunk him medically.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Elijah Lee, OLB/ILB, Kansas State
The Chiefs could use more linebacker depth and a potential replacement for Derrick Johnson. Kansas City has shown interest in Lee.
In 2016, Lee recorded 110 tackles with 6.5 tackless for a loss, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions and three passes broken up. The junior is a solid tackler with some athleticism. In 2015 as a sophomore, Lee had 80 tackles with three interceptions.
Lee (6-3, 228) was a surprise early entry into the 2017 NFL Draft. He was not invited to the combine.
The Steelers could use an edge rusher, and Phillips could be a steal.
In 2016, Phillips recorded 56 tackles with 20 tackles for a loss, nine sacks and one forced fumble. Some sources absolutely love Phillips, but others are lukewarm on him. The teams that love Phillips (6-3, 237) say he is super athletic and twitchy. They feel that his speed and athleticism are very similar to Leonard Floyd. Like Floyd at Georgia, Phillips can struggle somewhat on run downs. However, they feel that he is a very gifted, natural pass-rushing talent. They see him as a potential early rounder. As one could expect, the teams that aren't in love with Phillips don't see him as a high pick.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Anthony Walker, OLB/ILB, Northwestern
The Colts need to improve their roster all over the place. Here is some linebacker help.
In 2016, Walker recorded 105 tackles with 10 for a loss, four forced fumbles, two sacks, five passes broken up and one interception. Sources say they liked Walker (6-1, 238) more as a player in 2015. He was 20 pounds heavier in 2016, and sources feel that the extra weight severely degraded his speed and explosion.
Prior to his weight gain, Walker was a fast sideline-to-sideline defender. He functioned well in man coverage and was very dangerous in zone. Walker had a great 2015 season as he totaled 122 tackles with 20.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, four passes batted, one forced fumble and one interception.
(SD gets #10, #71 and 2016 5th round | NYG get #3)
JR’s aggressive offseason keeps going. Jumping 7 spots just for a MLB? After he signed Keenan Robinson? Yes. Myles Jack is considered by many in the scouting world to be one of the top 3 players in the draft (Ramsey, Tunsil, Jack) based upon pure football talent (Wentz name gets thrown in their due to position [although he isn’t a terrible prospect] and Bosa still has name recognition but that is fading fast). Myles Jack will definitely be on the Jaguars radar (Jerry Reese nemesis this offseason apparently) and possibly the Cowboys as well despite resigning McClain. Dallas will never trade with the Giants, or I should say Dallas will never trade within the top 10 with the Giants. Jacksonville won’t pass on Jack so if Reese wants him to complete the puzzle on D, he will have to go get him. The common cost in the past has been a first and second, but JR won’t give up the second. The fifth round may be enough to sweeten the pot for SD if not then JR won’t pay the price. If a 3rd and 5th is all it cost to swap 1st’s than I think he would. He has spent money like a GM on the hot seat, will he draft like one?
If Jaylon Smith were to stay healthy I think that JR wouldn’t be so aggressive, but given that Smith knee injury is much worse than Jack’s, and Jack appears to be ready come start of training camp, JR may take the chance. San Diego is hoping for one thing this draft; Cleveland to select a QB #2 overall. By doing so they insure that SD gets either Ramsey or Tunsil depending on who the Titans select #1 overall (unless Dallas gets crazy and trades up for Jalen Ramsey; which I almost mocked). If it goes the way I have it now the Chargers are looking at taking Hargreaves or Bosa. Bosa is a step down from Ramsey/Tunsil while Hargreaves makes sense they have more pressing needs (which I feel affects the way SD operates during the draft). That being said the Chargers may be more willing to wheel and deal should the draft first two selections go as follow.
As for the signing of Robinson, JR just watched an injury prone LB destroy his core the past 2 years so he knows how important a competent, healthy MLB is (yes, Jack is injured but the talent supersedes the ACL tear). Plus Robinson isn’t solely a MLB candidate. His coverage skills make him candidate for WLB (J.T. Thomas or Casillas (I’d keep Casillas) get cut in this case. Although the 3 will have training camp to figure it out at WLB if JR drafts Myles Jack; I just don’t see Robinson being a cut option. Jack would be expected to come in and be the MLB from day 1 till the day he retires. May even get a goal line carry here and there as I see McAdoo being looser than TC in that regard. Yes he is a commander and chief type head coach (or so he has been portrayed to be), but when it comes to play calling he won’t so regiment about it. Game day will have a different feel than last year.
*I am a Giant fan so I have a bigger opinion on their pick, admittedly. If the Giants stay put at #10 and Jack, Ramsey and Hargreaves are all picked, as I expect them to be, Emmanuel Ogbah is a name to watch out for. Wouldn’t be a reach like some would call it, he fits their mold, and
NFL.com Comparison: Eli Harold
My Comparison: Aldon Smith
Unique combination of length and athleticism. Extremely rangy with great chase speed from sideline to sideline. Good change of direction for taller player. Long limbs and twitch to spring into a tackle from a mile away. If unblocked, will chase down line of scrimmage from backside and foil run plans. Elusive in open space dodging blockers and sifting through traffic in pursuit of the ball. Has the traits to be highly effective in man coverage. As an edge rusher, able to shoot out of the starting blocks and cover substantial ground with long second and third strides. Not a great bender, but has ankle flexion necessary to lean at 45-degree angle and buzz inside the rush arc. Substantial pass rush potential with a variety of options to the quarterback. Pet move is upfield burst followed by jump-cut inside tied with inside club. Able to dip and rip around the corner. Dangerous on T/E twists and blitzes underneath. Able to worm his way through the A-gap as standup blitzer.
Floyd is painfully thin and will struggle to matchup with the strength of NFL players, but he is rangy in space, plays with a good motor and has traits as a pass rusher that would be a mistake to ignore. Floyd?s ability to cover close to five yards in three strides is rare for edge rushers. Add to that his inside counter and ability to play in space and you have a prospect who will be heavily scrutinized. Floyd?s lack of functionality could limit him to sub-packages unless he proves he can add more beef to his frame.
On paper, this pick makes little sense. The Raiders have the best outside linebacker in the league, Khalil Mack, signed Bruce Irvin, and re-signed Aldon Smith. However, the problem with that is they're all pass rushers. Oakland still lacks a linebacker able to drop back into coverage and keep opposing tight ends in check. Darron Lee also fits the profile of a typical Raiders pick. He exploded at the combine with the fastest linebacker 40 yard dash.
1. Corey Coleman - Another fast player, Coleman would be a nice complement to last year's pick Amari Cooper. It's a reach, but the Raiders are known for doing that.
2. William Jackson - If the Dolphins opt for another player, the fastest corner at the combine could be the pick for the team infatuated with speed.
3. Karl Joseph - I don't even have the West Virginia safety in my first round, but the Raiders might be the team to consider him. If he wasn't injured, Joseph would be a potential first rounder.
4. Robert Nkemdiche - This is just for Al Davis purposes, but he is a great playa. Even with Al dead for years, Nkemdiche is a Raider through and through.
Before anyone freaks out, let me explain the thinking behind this pick. First of all, Jadeveon Clowney hasn't been anywhere near as good as Houston hoped when they drafted him first overall two years ago. To make matters worse, Khalil Mack just was named first team All-Pro at TWO different positions, and he was picked 4 picks after Clowney was. The idea of having Mack AND J.J. Watt on the same defensive line would be insane, and Texans fans must be sick to their stomach that they let that opportunity pass. Last season, the Texans made it to the playoffs despite having a C+ at best quarterback in Brian Hoyer at the helm and no Arian Foster. With Houston filling their QB need with Brock Osweiler and their running back need with Lamar Miller, look for Houston to take the best player available at #22. Jaylon Smith would be a top-10 pick if it wasn't for a nasty injury he sustained at the Fiesta Bowl, where he tore both his ACL and LCL. While Smith won't be able to play during the 2016 season, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly deemed him "the best player he had ever coached" for a reason. The Texans are a playoff team who can afford to let Smith get healthy this year and add him to their defense next season after a year of rehab and studying the playbook.
If last year's draft was all about the pass rushers, and 2012 all about the QB's, this is definitely the year of the tweeners. Nobody better exhibits that than USC's Su'a Cravens. He's played multiple seasons at strong safety and outside linebacker, but might lack a true position in the NFL. Despite that, his production for the Trojans is certainly enough to get drafted in the first round, and the success of other tweeners in the league, specifically Arizona's DeOne Bucannon, might ease the concerns of teams looking to draft him. The most notable of those is Trojan-loving Cincinnati. The Bengals will likely move on from Rey Maualuga this offseason, leaving a gaping hole in the linebacking corps. Additionally, starting safeties Reggie Nelson and George Iloka are both free agents. Cravens could step in and replace any of the three departing players.
The Bears felt the need to leap the Giants for Leoanrd Floyd, and rightly so. The Giants were going to take Floyd, and the Buccaneers had interest in him as well, but they obviously must have liked the trade better.
This pick makes sense. Floyd is arguably the best 3-4 edge rusher in this class - yes, above Joey Bosa, who was a 4-3 player - and he fills a position of weakness for Chicago. I can't really say anything is wrong with this pick, as it would've been a "B" without the trade.
Rd. 1, Pk. 20
Darron Lee, OLB
The Jets picked Leonard Williams last year, proving that they'll draft the best player available, even if they don't have a need at the position. This year, the Jets have selected perhaps the best player available - and one who actually fills a need. The Jets have had a hole at inside linebacker for a very long time. Darron Lee, who could've gone as high as No. 14, figures to change that. Lee is very athletic and has a ton of upside. He projects as a great fit in Todd Bowles' defense.
Rd. 2, Pk. 3
Jaylon Smith, OLB/ILB
Wow. WOW. I can't believe this. Some teams had Jaylon Smith as a sixth- or seventh-round prospect because they believed there was a good chance that he would never be able to play in the NFL. There were some rumblings that he'd go at the end of the third round, but this is unreal. Maybe the Dallas doctors know something the rest of the league doesn't, but this pick could obviously really pan out. Smith could be a perennial Pro Bowler if he ever gets back to 100 percent. I'm giving the Cowboys a solid grade, but I can't go into the A range because of the enormous risk. I'd like this a lot better if Dallas took him in the third round.
Rd. 2, Pk. 5
Myles Jack, OLB
I usually penalize teams for moving up in the 2016 NFL Draft, as history has shown that it's not a good idea to squander resources. However, the Jaguars shifted up just two spots to obtain someone who was in consideration at No. 5 overall. That earns an automatic A+.
This might just be the best pick of the draft. Excluding his injury, Jack was seen as perhaps the best player in this class. He would've been a top-five selection had he not hurt his knee. He fell out of the first round because teams were scared off, but given that it's become apparent that Jack doesn't need micro-fracture knee surgery, there's no excuse for the Browns and Chargers for passing on him. Credit the Jaguars, who are killing this draft. Oh, and also major dap to Charlie Campbell, who called this hours ago on Twitter!
Rd. 2, Pk. 11
Kamalei Correa, OLB/3-4OLB
This pick, in a vacuum, is probably worth a "B." I heard some buzz about Kamalei Correa possibility sneaking into the end of the first round, but he definitely belonged in the middle of the second frame. The reason I've bumped this up to an A-, however, is because Baltimore was able to trade down twice. Smart teams understand the importance of accumulating as many picks as possible, so it's no surprise that the Ravens have begun doing so once again.
Rd. 2, Pk. 21
Deion Jones, OLB
I was shocked to see the Falcons pass on Darron Lee and reach for Keanu Neal in the first round. This is yet another reach, though not nearly as blatant. Deion Jones seemed like a mid third-round prospect, but he definitely fits a need. It's also not completely surprising to see him chosen, as he fits Atlanta's athleticism requirement. Jones has great upside, but his floor is pretty low as well, as he doesn't seem to have the strength to play very much right now.
Rd. 2, Pk. 22
Su'a Cravens, OLB/S
It'll be interesting to see where the Redskins use Su'a Cravens. He can fill both of their voids at safety and linebacker, and I'm sure the Redskins won't be scared to use Cravens in both roles as a hybrid safety-linebacker to cover tight ends. I had Cravens in the first round of my mock a couple of months ago (I since moved him down to No. 62), so I think the range is right to take him at this spot.
First you do not understand what ainge is doing he is devolping a team for the next 5 to 7 years, next year with the draft choice there will be 4 to 5 new player. One who they will try to get is Hayward from Atlanta, so the max players you are talking about are anthony, hortford, hayward do not get you out of east. I have also been told by friend a reporter, that Porzinzis or Anothony davis are the only 2 player that Ainge will trade top pick for, thats you can take to bank.For more information there was a trade on table for anothony celtic and ainge refuse to part with Crowder, and no picks were involved.so unless Porzinzis is involve i would redo your mock draft, not fustration just reality from my people who know a little whats going on in front office