Mock draft season is closing as we draw near to the actual thing. With the 2017 NFL Draft scheduled to start this Thursday, I figured there was no better time than now to get the DFF Army together and assemble our mock. Most mock draft out there is either one person’s opinion or maybe a panel of three or four people working together to get their “top 50” into 32 slots. This mock draft is a little different; we have brought together 32 “fans” who are less concerned about getting their top players into the 1st round and more concerned about fitting their teams with players that will fill glaring holes or propel their teams to dominance…Enjoy!
**Each team is represented by a member of the DFF community who is a fan of that team.
1. Cleveland Browns (Shaun Laibe @DynastyGOAT)
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Garrett is easily the most talented player in this year’s draft, regardless of position. He will fill an immediate hole and provide a legitimate edge rush for a defense that finished 30th in total sacks last season.
2. San Francisco 49ers (Jason Waltner @mrjwaltner)
Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
With a change to the 43, Thomas is someone you can build your defense around. He can play anywhere on the line and at a high level. Ronald Blair can move to the 3-technique or under tackle. Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner can play LDE or the 1-technique. This would put Thomas at RE. SF could have one of the biggest and most athletic lines in the NFL. Like Arik Armstead in 2015, Thomas will provide extreme versatility on the DL. While most of the time, defenses are in sub-sets, Solomon can slide inside or stay outside on passing downs. He’s very stout on the run.
3. Chicago Bears (Stephen Fuller @fulst_rosto)
Jonathan Allen, DE/DT, Alabama
The Bears addressed the QB situation, albeit in what could be a short term solution with Mike Glennon. So, I select Jonathan Allen, a dominant inside pass rusher, who is solid plugging gaps against the run too. The Crimson Tide senior has elite talent that would make him shine in either 3-4 or 4-3 base defenses. Bama’s 6′ 3″, 286 Lbs D-Lineman put up perceived pedestrian numbers at the combine; however, he showcased his talents all across the line with above average tests for DT in the 40 Yard Dash, Vertical Jump and Broad Jump, and scoring well for DE in the 3-cone and 20-yard shuttle.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (Jason DiRienzo @allpurposeyrd8g)
Jamal Adams, S, LSU
The Jags signed Tashaun Gibson, Barry Church, and AJ Bouye in the offseason to shore-up their backfield. Taking a safety here isn’t a huge need, but the Jags don’t have many holes in their roster. Adams would be a huge upgrade to the Jags current backfield and a leader in the locker room as well. He is instinctive and can manage all coverage responsibilities while punishing running backs downfield. He also has outstanding character, work ethic and a passion for the game. The Jags might have the best secondary in football as they also took Jalen Ramsey in the first round last year.
5. Tennessee Titans (Brad McDaniel @DFF_BMack)
Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
They say NFL teams can’t have too many cornerbacks and after adding Logan Ryan in free agency, the Titans have exactly one on which they can rely. This draft boasts a deep group of cornerbacks and the Titans could have the pick of the litter at number 5 overall. However, it shouldn’t surprise anyone if Jon Robinson trades out of number 5, adds a few picks and still takes a cornerback with his first pick.
Lattimore is an aggressive and physical yet disciplined cornerback. He uses his body to disrupt receivers underneath. His ability to turn and run with receivers, along with good instincts and ball skills, limited big plays in college. He is dependable in run support.
6. New York Jets (John Hogue @DFFDynastyDude)
Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
The Jets seem to have finally embraced a rebuild, moving on from high-priced veterans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, WR Brandon Marshall, and C Nick Mangold. WR Eric Decker is likely to follow, and RB Matt Forte will see a reduced role as he plays out his contract. With so many dramatic changes on the offensive side, and a team in teardown mode, it’s tempting to give the Jets a franchise quarterback. But let’s give them a year to see what they have in Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty, with a far stronger crop of rookie QBs coming in 2018. Besides, the talent of FS Malik Hooker fills some specific needs and is just too hard to pass up. The Jets’ run defense finished just barely outside the Top-10 in 2017, but the pass defense ranked in the bottom half of the NFL, and ranked 31st in interceptions. The ball-hawking Hooker specializes in creating turnovers and can step in right away to fill the void left by injured (and soon-to-be-released?) Marcus Gilchrist. Hooker is a special talent, but he is raw; he can grow with the new-look team. And he will probably take ill-advised chances and get beat early in his pro career, but let’s be honest: so will the Jets. Hooker and the team as a whole will have the luxury of maturing and peaking at the same time.
7. Los Angeles Chargers (John Di Bari @dibari22)
Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
The Chargers need a ton of help in the secondary, but with what I view as the top tier already gone, they’ll go best player available with stud linebacker Foster. Foster paired up with Joey Bosa from last year give them a helluva young core for their front 7. Plenty of depth at safety that hopefully falls to them later.
8. Carolina Panthers (Jeremy Browand @DFF_Madman)
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
When I remember that McCaffrey did not win the 2016 Heisman Trophy (wasn’t even nominated), I realize more than ever that the award has become a sham. The most deserving QB didn’t even win the trophy, let alone the most deserving offensive player. McCaffrey should have won it in 2015 too. This kid is at or near the top of the list of best offensive players in the 2017 draft, not to mention one of the most versatile. Carolina needs another difference maker. They also need an RB to succeed Stewart. In McCaffrey, they immediately improve their running game, their receiving positions, and their return game. More PPR gold from Cam Newton in the fake football too. Cha-ching!
9. Cincinnati Bengals (Benjamin Comfort @DFF_coachben)
Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
The Bengals lost their two best offensive linemen in Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth. They have other gaps to fill as well with the departure of LB Rey Maualuga and old age setting in within the defense department. Cincy has expressed to hopefully upgrade at RB since Hill just hasn’t been the most effective. They also could use some help at the WR position as AJ Green’s support cast right now is Brandon LaFell, Tyler Boyd, and Cody Core, none of which have proven any dominance on the field. But the most important need has started to be addressed with the drafting of Bolles, and they can build off that to help improve the run game. The other needs will be addressed later in the draft.
10. Buffalo Bills (Brian Hawkes @bdhawkes)
OJ Howard, TE, Alabama
The Bills could use help on the offensive line and they also have a huge need for pass-catchers, following the departures of Robert Woods, Marqise Goodwin, and Justin Hunter (167 combined targets). Howard is a complete TE who is a more than capable blocker/ receiver. This pick addresses two needs for Buffalo, and they get a ‘best in class’ player at TE.
11. New Orleans Saints (Charles ‘Doc’ Feuker @DFF_Feuker)
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
If I were to say “31, 31, 24…” you may ask what those numbers mean. Those numbers represent the Saints’ rankings for the past three years in passing yards allowed. While Loomis and Payton would love to see Lattimore or Foster fall to this selection, that is not the scenario that has panned out. Adding Barnett on the other side of Cam Jordan turns this defensive line from an ain’t to a saint. A pure pass rusher helps the secondary by pressuring the QB, and not to give any spoilers away… but we will probably see a CB come off the board at 32.
12. Cleveland Browns (Shaun Laibe @DynastyGOAT)
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
From Tim Couch to Johnny Manziel, this franchise has not seen an ounce of success at the quarterback position since their return to the league in 1999. Deshaun Watson can answer that problem in a big way. Watson is extremely accurate, a trait Browns Coach Hue Jackson highly values, completing at least 67% of his passes in each of his three years at Clemson. Perhaps Watson’s most desirable characteristic is his ability to lead and win big games. Cleveland can use a bit of both, making Watson the ideal choice here.
13. Arizona Cardinals (Tony Leding @DFF_Tony)
Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
The Cardinals need a back-up at the WR position with Fitzgerald aging and John Brown a question mark with his playing time. Davis could jump in and be the WR they need. This pick is a no-brainer.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (Shane @DFF_Shane)
Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Very easy pick here. My fantasy soul screams offense, more offense. Get Wentz another receiver, tight end or Joe Mixon. But as an Eagles fan, I know what the team needs is a cornerback. There is not one cornerback on the roster at the moment that is worthy of a starting role so expect the Eagles to load up at the position in this draft. Humphrey is the consensus 2nd rated CB in this class, after Sidney Jones knee injury. He has the size, speed, coverage skills and will slot in as the CB1 as soon as he signs his rookie contract.
15. Indianapolis Colts (Seth McKinley @sethfffellas)
Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
Indy’s O-Line has been perennially horrendous, ranking 25 in the league last year. With a change of GM, the Colts will hopefully be looking to start protecting their franchise QB. Of 36 QBs with four or more seasons in the NFL, Andrew Luck gets sacked the fourth most frequently at 39 sacks/season (Ryan Tannehill, Russell Wilson, and Cam Newton are the other three). ‘Nuff said.
16. Baltimore Ravens (John Orr @DFF_JohnIDP)
Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
This is not the flashy, sexy pick fans would like to see. Corey Davis may have trumped this pick if available. With plenty of talent on the defensive side and very short on talent in tackles, this was a pick needed. He will bring a force at RT. With his run blocking the Ravens will win, and he will be able to be relied on in pass-blocking. He did keep the draft’s number one player, Myles Garrett in check. Build your O-line and everything will be easier on the offense. Plenty of options will be available in the 2nd round to get a WR or edge rusher.
17. Washington Redskins (Clayton @DFF_Clayton)
Budda Baker, S, Washington
For too many years the Redskins secondary has been one of the worst in the league. Drafting Baker would give them an instinctual free safety with ball skills in the mold of Earl Thomas. This would also allow new signee DJ Swearinger to stick in his natural SS position and let Su’a Cravens shift back to LB where he made a successful transition last season. Those two would be a tremendous help in run support while giving Baker the freedom to play center field.
18. Tennessee Titans (Brad McDaniel @DFF_BMack)
Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
All of the wide receivers on the Titans’ roster are similar. None of them are a threat in the red zone, and none of them have the ability to be a true #1. Mike Williams can step in and be the #1 on this roster and give Mariota an option not named Delanie Walker in the red zone.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Shaun Crandall @WhiskeyD0G)
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
The Buccaneers won’t need to look too far with their 1st round selection in 2017. The team will be in the market for a running back in the next year as Doug Martin could be cut before the start of the season and Charles Sims is entering the final season of his rookie deal and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018. Dalvin Cook will be paired up with his old Seminole teammate Winston and will provide the team with an offensive threat out of the backfield. The offensive line is still a work in progress and Cook will help with any deficiencies.
20. Denver Broncos (Matt Krebsbach @DFF_MattK)
Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Just like the majority of NFL teams, the Denver Broncos need help along their offensive line. They signed Menelik Watson this offseason, and he is slotted to take over at right tackle. This still leaves a hole at the left offensive tackle position, and they were hoping for Bolles to fall but will gladly take Ramczyk here. He only has one-year playing D1 football, but he was one of the best left tackles in football last year. He should instantly upgrade the line for either Siemian or Lynch next year.
21. Detroit Lions (Mike Jernigan @DFFMikeJernigan)
Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
The Lions defense is a perpetual problem. They always rank toward the bottom of the league. Taco immediately steps in and helps that cause. Can blast through offensive lineman or go around them. Super fast reactions and ridiculous athleticism for his size are going to help him become a handful for defenses to contend with. Flashes good speed, mobility, and a nasty spin move. Earned a reputation for being somewhat inconsistent in college but with some coaching, could become a beast that lives in the nightmares of opposing quarterbacks.
22. Miami Dolphins (Tim Sambor @DFF_TimSambor)
Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
Forrest Lamp is the pick here if he is still on the board. Lamp is the only guard worthy of a first round pick, so we move to another position need at LB. Reddick, who reminds me of Ryan Shazier, has the potential to be a steal at the 22nd pick. He lacks the ideal size of your typical linebacker, but more than makes up for it with his athleticism and explosiveness. He is a quick-twitch athlete with playmaking ability. Overall Reddick is a guy who can come in as an OLB will allow the Dolphins to be flexible on defense as he can rush the passer, play the run, and also drop back into coverage.
23. New York Giants (Bradley Ylitalo @NFL_drafthub)
David Njoku, TE, Miami
The Giants have a championship window right now as Eli Manning is still a very effective QB. With a vastly improved defense and a highly potent passing game, the G-Men should be back in the playoffs in the 2017 season and could be a tough out. With Brandon Marshall being added to an already great receiver core, TE is an obvious need.
24. Oakland Raiders (Joshua Johnson @DFF_Cog)
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Raiders fans can now willingly concede the Bo Jackson comparison. The Fantasy impact will be illuminating for Fournette. Oakland’s offensive line is not as well-oiled as they appear. Getting a player like Fournette makes the whole offense better. Expect Oakland to still use Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington, but Fournette will be the one scoring touchdowns. He fits what the Raiders need (and he is an upgrade), after losing Latavius Murray to free agency.
25. Houston Texans (Addison Hayes @AmazeHayes_DFF)
Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut
Though many mock drafts have the Texans taking a QB with this pick, I believe they fare better addressing their secondary to further improve an already stout defense. There are a handful of quarterbacks they can target in later rounds as their QB of the future. If they can sign Jay Cutler as a bridge quarterback for a year or two, I think they benefit more by waiting on QB this year, especially with the lack of high-quality QBs in this draft. Melifonwu is a top-3 safety in this year’s draft and is an athletic freak. He should do well in Houston.
26. Seattle Seahawks (LJ Chaney @pacificscouting)
Evan Engram, WR/TE, Ole Miss
The Seahawks ranked 25th in the league in red zone scoring percentage. Engram is a big time pass catcher and a legitimate red zone target. The addition of Engram will help the offense in a huge way. His technical play paired with his athleticism allows him to be a real mismatch for opposing defenders. I think he can benefit a struggling red zone offense with his giant catch radius and knack for attacking jump balls. A dream scenario is Engram split out wide opposite Lockett or Richardson with Baldwin in the slot and Graham at tight end.
27. Kansas City Chiefs (Jocelyn Berg @JBergSports)
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
It isn’t a secret that quarterback Alex Smith isn’t a Super Bowl-caliber guy. The current Chiefs QB is a conservative game manager, and a roster loaded with talent is yearning for a big-play guy. Enter Mahomes, who has an arm like a cannon and can make any throw asked of him. His atomic arm combined with his athleticism and scrambling ability will make him a dangerous quarterback of the future for Kansas City.
28. Dallas Cowboys (John Schepps @SlizzDigital)
Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA
I think it is obvious the Dallas Cowboys will be looking to improve their defense in this draft. Cornerback, safety, and edge defender are all needs; you could even say LB is a need with the status of Jaylon Smith up in the air. But with this selection, I believe they choose to get their “WarDaddy” (as Jerry Jones would say) and select one of the best natural pass rushers in this draft. What pops off the screen while watching McKinley is how fast he gets off the ball and how fast he gets to the backfield. I was surprised when I saw the strength he plays with as I didn’t expect a player of his build (6’2”, 250 lbs) to play with such “pop.” When he combines that speed with his bull rush, he becomes a difficult defender to block. With Demarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford, and David Irving all more comfortable playing the LDE, McKinley should slot right into the starting RDE.
29. Green Bay Packers (Jake Anderson @nfldrafttalker)
T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
Watt will come in and add some depth to the Packers OLB group and at least be used in pass rushing situations in his rookie year. He should eventually grow into an every down LB. J.J.’s younger brother T.J. shows some flashes of huge upside as a pass rush specialist. He’s only been playing defense for a year and came into his own in his final year at Wisconsin. He will have some mighty big expectations to fill since everyone will know who he is and his bloodlines.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers (James Hanmore @DFF_JamesH)
Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Truth be told, I think Pittsburgh is more likely to take a QB in rounds 2-3. It is no secret that Roethlisberger doesn’t have that long left in the league, and I don’t believe Landry Jones is the future of the franchise. However, if a player of Trubisky’s quality is available with the 30th pick, I don’t think the Steelers could turn it down. Sit him behind Roethlisberger for 1- or 2-seasons, and he could have a huge future with Pittsburgh. He has all the tools for an NFL quarterback and just needs the fine-tuning to be a star.
31. Atlanta Falcons (Kyle Francis @FranchiseKF)
Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
The Falcons will be looking to bolster their roster in the trenches. I believe they would be happy with Forrest Lamp at OG if he were to fall that far, or they would look for a pass rusher. McDowell is the perfect storm of filling a need and being the best player available. At 6’6 and 295 Lbs, his ideal position is inside, but he is very capable of moving to DE. The Falcon’s are building the fastest, most athletic defense in the league and McDowell fits that mold. Lack of effort is his main criticism, but I believe the Falcon’s staff and veterans can pull the gold out of this top 10 talent. Dontari Poe was signed to a one-year deal, so this gives the Falcons options for the future and another versatile defender that can make an instant impact.
32. New Orleans Saints (from Patriots) (Charles Feuker @DFF_Feuker)
Gareon Conley, CB, OSU
The overarching theme of the draft for the Saints should and most likely will be defense. This selection is a luxury and a need. With the first pick we addressed the defensive line, and now we get one of the best corners in the draft. Prototypical size and speed, Conley can come in day one as a starting CB.
33. Cleveland (Shaun Laibe @DynastyGoat)
Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Though Jabrill Peppers spent his career at Michigan playing linebacker, he will most likely play safety in the NFL. Labeled by many as a “tweener,” there is no denying that Peppers brings a special level of intensity and aggressiveness when he is on the field. This is something the Browns desperately need in order to compete in the brutal AFC North. Peppers is also an excellent punt returner, yet another area in which Cleveland struggled during 2016.
34. San Francisco (Jason Waltner @MRJWaltner)
Zach Cunningham, ILB, Vanderbilt
49ers brass couldn’t make this pick fast enough, as they would be tripping over themselves to turn in the card. Talk about a perfect scenario. With the change to the 4-3, Cunningham will become the WIL LB. This will allow him to do what he does best, seek and destroy. Cunningham is everything you want in a WIL. He can take on blocks, shed, and has the instincts. Playing next to an All-Pro in Bowman would help him shorten his learning curve. Perfect storm here!
35. Jacksonville (Jason DiRienzo @allpurposeyrd8g)
Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
Mixon is a first-round talent with character issues that most teams will not want to deal with. As for the Jags, they don’t have many glaring holes on their roster, but RB is a huge need. They cannot afford to pick top 5 again next year and need to win now while their window is open with so much talent. Getting Mixon at the top of the second is a bargain for a team that has everything in place to contend.
36. Chicago (Stephen Fuller @Fulsjustt_rosto)
Tre’Davious White, CB, Louisiana State
So many positions of need, yet so few draft picks to plug the gaps. With the depth of quality at CB in ’17s draft, I have left this position until the 2nd round, and I am more than happy to see LSU’s Tre’Davious White still on the board. This is a position that should not be in a desperate situation but with Kyle Fuller’s lack of development and his missing the whole of ’16 it is sadly otherwise. The Tigers’ senior was a top 5 recruit at the position and a starter early in his freshman year. White excels in press coverage, and has improved against the run, but will need to bulk up his slight 195-pound frame to compete with larger slot receivers. Look for an early impact in the return game too.
37. Los Angeles Rams (Jocelyn Berg @JBergSports)
Pat Elflein, G/C, Ohio State
The Los Angeles Rams have needs all over the board, but the most pressing of these is undoubtedly the offensive line. They saw stud running back Todd Gurley struggle due to awful line play last year, which is a problem considering the offense runs through him. They also have their quarterback of the future in Jared Goff and need to build a solid cockpit around him in order for him to have any chance at success. The addition of Pat Elflein will allow them to solidify the middle of that leaky offensive line with a talented player who should be a starter for years to come.
38. Los Angeles Chargers (John Di Bari @dibari22)
Kevin King, CB, Washington
I missed out on the first tier of safeties (IMO) in the first and missed out on the second tier as well. I couldn’t risk missing out on all of the top secondary help, so King was my highest rated DB left, he was the pick. As this has played out, it’s probably the worst case scenario for the Chargers. It’s still not terrible, but they needed a top safety and have failed to do so. I feel a bit disappointed, and I’ve got arguably the top LB in the class and a top 5-10 CB, so maybe it’s not as bad as I think.
39. New York Jets (John Hogue @dffdynastydude)
Tim Williams, OLB/DE, Alabama
Darrelle Revis is moving to safety, and the cornerbacks are going fast early in the second round; seems like the perfect time for GM Mike Maccagnan to ignore a need and take the best player available. The pass rush specialist Tim Williams still fills a need, bringing QB pressure to a defense that finished 29th in sacks. The outside pressure Williams provides also allows the Jets to kick the can down the road in pass coverage, so Mikey Mac’s devotion to the “BPA” strategy is justified here… and again, at least he resists the urge to take another quarterback!
40. Carolina (Jeremy Browand @DFF_Madman)
Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State
The Panthers need to improve their pass rush and ability to put pressure on opposing offenses. One of the best edge rushers in this draft, Rivers is still a bit under-rated with untapped potential, yet is probably second to Garrett in pro-readiness as a DL.
41. Cincinnati (Benjamin Comfort @DFF_coachben)
D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
The Bengals declared that they would be drafting an RB as they are looking for an upgrade from Jeremy Hill. Foreman is a strong back at 6’0”, 233 lbs. He needs a lot of improvement on his pass blocking but has smooth lateral movement for his size. Jeremy Hill might use this as motivation to get back into gear and this could become a committee backfield, especially since Gio Bernard is not going anywhere anytime soon.
42. New Orleans (Charles Feuker @dff_feuker)
Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
Good news or Bad news first? I’ll start with the good news. Davis is an excellent selection here. By the Saints’ third pick in this draft scenario, we have addressed every level of the defense. While Davis has some growth left in his on the field reads, he really excels at being a leader and a team player. When adversity comes at this guy, he grabs it by the horns and tosses it aside. I could really see this guy being one the players that teams regret passing on.
Now for the bad news. As of this writing, it is rumored that Oakland is looking at Davis with their 1st pick. Chances are Davis will not be available for the Saints at this selection.
43. Philadelphia (Shane @DFF_Shane)
Chris Godwin, WR, PSU
This would probably signal the end of Jordan Matthews career in Eagle green after the 2017 season. Even though the team signed Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith, both could be one-year deals depending on how they perform this coming season. The rest of the WRs on the roster are nothing but JAGs so either way, another talented receiver wouldn’t hurt at this spot. Godwin is the late riser everyone loves to love. He has excellent size, sneaky athleticism and would immediately be the Eagles’ 3rd best (maybe 2nd) receiving option.
44. Buffalo (Brian Hawkes @BDHawkes)
John Ross, WR, Washington
The Bills would love to add talent in the defensive secondary, but the run on CBs and safeties to this point has left better quality at other positions. John Ross and Taylor Moton are both nice value and a trade back might make sense. Assuming the Bills don’t trade the pick, John Ross is the pick as the Bills continue to bolster their playmakers.
45. Arizona (Tony Leding @DFF_TonyL)
Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
It would have been a more thoughtful pick to snag a QB but with the top options taken the best pick needed to be a No. 2 CB. At 6’1” and 211 pounds, Wilson is an ideal CB with great size and strength to line up against a team’s No. 1 or 2 WR in the NFL. With sub 4.5 40 speed he isn’t the fastest CB on the field, but he does make quick reads and is very physical. He only allowed completions on approximately 40 percent of the passes thrown his way. Just what the Cardinals need on the other side of the field.
46. Indianapolis (Seth McKinley @Sethfffellas)
Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
Foreman would have been the pick here, but Kamara is a fine option as well. Incumbent RB Frank Gore has defied all reason and age itself during his two-year tenure with the Colts, ending both seasons as the RB 12 in standard scoring leagues. While this is an incredible feat, Gore will be 34 at the beginning of the 2017 season, and we saw a lot of Robert Turbin in the back half of 2016. Any RB prospect coming to Indy will be used frequently.
47. Baltimore (John Orr @DFF_JohnIDP)
Charles Harris, Edge, Missouri
Excitement entered the Ravens war room, both Godwin and Ross were close to becoming Ravens. Addressing a need at Edge, Harris will bring some pass rushing needs to the team.
48. Minnesota (Jake Anderson @nfldrafttalker)
Taylor Moton, OL, Western Michigan
Minnesota’s OL was ravaged by injuries last year, and it was evident that their depth and overall talent needed an upgrade. Moton is a maller and tremendous run blocker. He can immediately come in and start at RG for the Vikings and sure up arguably their biggest question mark on the line. Moton has the versatility to eventually start at RT, which is his natural position and will get a look there as his career develops.
49. Washington (Clayton @DFF_Clayton)
Chris Wormley, DE/DT, Michigan
Wormley may not be big enough to play DT or quick enough to play DE in a 4-3 scheme. However, Washington runs a 3-4 scheme and Wormley appears to be an ideal fit as a DE with his hands in the dirt. The Redskins have a major need at that position, and their run defense was horrendous last season. He would be a solid addition playing alongside nose tackle Ziggy Hood.
50. Tampa Bay (Shaun Crandall @WhiskeyD0G)
Marcus Williams, FS, Utah
Tampa Bay needs another playmaker to float in the secondary at the safety position. Chris Conte was re-signed during the offseason but is not the long-term answer. The Buccaneers invested a first rounder in Vernon Hargreaves last year, so look for them to continue to build the secondary with their second round pick this year.
51. Denver (Matt Krebsbach @DFF_MattK)
Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama
With this pick, the Broncos check off their second biggest need behind OT, which they filled in Round 1. The Broncos currently have no talent in the slot and A.J Derby isn’t going to scare defenses, so this pick makes tons of sense here. Everett is a smooth athlete with tons of acceleration and can also create separation. On top of that, he led all TEs last year with the most forced tackles. He’s doing all of this with very little experience after converting from basketball to football, something that makes his progression awfully scary. I think Everett could end up being the best TE in this draft if he can put it all together.
52. Cleveland (from Titans) (Shaun Laibe @DynastyGoat)
Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
Jones, the nephew of former NFL QB Jeff Blake, is the FBS record holder with 399 career receptions, including an outstanding 158 catches as a senior at East Carolina. The 6’1” receiver is also very confident, claiming his hands are the “best in the draft.” A catch rate of 71.5% seems to back him up in that regard. Don’t let playing at East Carolina scare you; Jones had some of his best games against Power 5 opponents. His most notable performance came against South Carolina when Jones finished with 22 receptions and 190 yards.
53. Detroit (Mike Jernigan @DFFMikeJenigan)
Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State University
Checks multiple boxes for a team that simultaneously needs pass catchers and running back depth. Electric with the ball in his hands. Ran a 4.31 which would have been a combine talking point if not for that darn John Ross. Has some kick return experience and is an all around offensive menace.
54. Miami (Tim Sambor @DFF_TimSambor)
Dion Dawkins, OL, Temple
The Dolphins continue their trend of drafting tackles to play guard. Dawkins, a 3-year starter, has the athleticism to move around in space but his real strength is his power. He had an impressive performance playing guard at the Senior Bowl. The Dolphins hope this pick will change their luck with picks of converted guards and solidify their offensive line.
55. New York Giants (Bradley Ylitalo @NFL_Drafthub)
Conor McDermott, OT, UCLA
If the offensive line can shore up a little bit, the offense should really be humming in 2017. We are planning on going with Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart at tackle for now but let’s be honest both have left something to be desired. We can’t pass up on adding a nice insurance plan with McDermott here. The former Bruin looks like a potential franchise pass protector, mostly because his technique and footwork are borderline elite. In Eli’s last years, we have to make pass protection a priority, and adding McDermott would do just that.
56. Oakland (Joshua Johnson @DFF_Cog)
Josh Jones, S, N.C. State
Combine Jones with 2016 1st rounder Karl Joseph, and you will give the Raiders a strong nucleus in the back end for many years. Jones is a big/strong kid that play both safeties positions. He also has the athleticism and the physicality to match up in the slot and versus tight ends. I absolutely love this pick and the value it presents.
57. Houston (Addison Hayes @AmazeHayes_DFF)
Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
With the Texans going safety in the first round it would make sense to address their other giant need at the quarterback position here, but a player like Adoree’ Jackson would be too hard to pass on at this point in the draft. Cornerback is a need for the Texans after the departure of A.J. Bouye in free agency and Jackson would fill those shoes nicely. He can also contribute on special teams and potentially be a gadget player on offense. He is an athletic freak like Melifonwu and a great addition to the Texan’s defense.
58. Seattle (LJ Chaney @pacificscouting)
Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
Witherspoon checks all the boxes for the Seahawks when looking at the corner position. He has a ton of length, great footwork, and an elite athletic profile. The Seahawks are in desperate need of a cornerback to play opposite Sherman. Witherspoon has the ability to step in early and be another core player for the Legion of Boom.
59. Kansas City (Jocelyn Berg @JBergSports)
Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
Kansas City needs a good number two corner to play opposite star, Marcus Peters. At 6’0” tall and 202 pounds, Colorado’s Chidobe Awuzie has the ideal size to play on the outside and also possesses the ability to succeed from the slot. While he doesn’t come away with a ton of interceptions, Awuzie is an extremely good cover corner who should do well at preventing receivers from making plays in the NFL. Awuzie playing alongside Marcus Peters and Eric Berry could be a secondary trio that gives opposing quarterbacks nightmares.
60. Dallas (John Schepps @SlizzDigital)
Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
The two players I was really hoping to land this round were Marcus Williams and the player who went one pick earlier, Chidobe Awuzie. That said, I am OK settling with Cordrea. Tankersley had a private workout with the Cowboys back on 3/31, so he is on their radar. Rod Marinelli (Defensive Coordinator, Dallas Cowboys) loves versatility in his defense. Marinelli likes long corners who are fluent in press as well as off zone. Tankersley’s strong suit is his press coverage; he will need to further develop his zone coverage to be fully comfortable in this scheme. Another positive in Tankersley’s game is he is not afraid to stick his nose in there and make a tackle. With 8 INTs in 2 seasons as a starter he has proven he has a knack for takeaways which the Cowboys have not seen many of from their Cornerbacks in recent years.
61. Green Bay (Tim French @Tim0Supremo)
Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
Despite having a need at corner and watching a number of quality cornerback prospects come off the board immediately before this pick, it’s never a bad idea to give Aaron Rodgers another offensive weapon. Combined with a strong history of the Packers’ organization developing wide receivers in the 2nd (Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams) and 3rd rounds (James Jones, Ty Montgomery), Cooper Kupp has the football pedigree, college production and athletic profile that will help address the WR position both now and in the future. Jordy Nelson is getting older, Randall Cobb has shown to be inconsistent the last two years and Davante Adams is in the final year of his contract. It may take some time for Kupp to develop into a productive NFL wide receiver, but fortunately, he has time to sit and learn behind the aforementioned players.
62. Pittsburgh (James Hanmore @DFF_JamesH)
Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston
It is no secret that OLB is a huge need for the Steelers. At this stage, I think Bowser is the best left on the board. Bowser is a huge guy that put together 21.5 sacks in his time at Houston. He is also capable of defending the passing game so he is exactly what Pittsburgh needs.
63. Atlanta (Kyle Francis @FranchiseKF)
Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
Arthur Blank, owner of the Falcons, made his fortune as co-founder of The Home Depot. Carl Lawson looks as if he was chiseled from a block of marble you’d find in Blank’s stores. Lawson is effective both as a pass rusher and very good against the run. At Auburn, Lawson showed he can play with his hand in the dirt as a DE, stand-up DE or work as a pass-rushing linebacker. Lawson has an injury history, a torn ACL in 2014 and hip injury in 2015, that I believe has contributed to him not being a first round pick. Lawson can line up opposite of Vic Beasley and will immediately be an every-down contributor.
64. Carolina (from Patriots) (Jeremy Browand@DFF_Madman)
Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
Carolina has nothing behind Greg Olsen. A steal this low, as one of the most well-rounded, versatile TEs in the draft, Butt has fallen based on his second ACL injury. He should be fine going forward, and was close to the top of the TE rankings last season prior to the injury – and everyone knows the quality of TEs in this class.
65. Cleveland (Shaun Laibe @DynastyGoat)
Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
Brantley, 6’2” 307lbs, is a big time run stopper and would fit nicely into the Brown’s 4-3 scheme under new Defensive Coordinator Greg Williams. He had 9.5 tackles for loss with the Gators last year and will add big time depth to a defensive line that already includes Danny Shelton and (hopefully) Myles Garrett. [EDITOR’S NOTE: This pick was made before Brantley was charged with battery.]
66. San Francisco (Jason Waltner @mrjwaltner)
Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
The defensive rebuild continues and yet again everything is falling into place for the 49ers. Fabian Moreau was first talked about as one of the top CBs in this class until a torn pectoral during post season workouts derailed 1st RD aspirations. Great combination of size and speed (6’0, 206, 4.35 40yd), Moreau can stay in the back pocket of WRs and play physical. He is also a very reliable tackler in the open field. He was often left on an island while at UCLA, which shows the confidence his DC had in him. The 49ers have the time to wait for him to heal and get to 100%.
67. Chicago (Stephen Fuller @Fulst_rosto)
DeShone Kizer, QB, ND
With the Bears acquiring FA QB Mike Glennon and giving him a hefty cut of what would have been Jay’s dollars, Chicago could look elsewhere in round one other than for a replacement starting signal caller. The former Bucs’ QB may already be named the starter for ’17, but his contract is very friendly for the team to move on after ’18. Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer in the 3rd round has the potential in time to take over from Glennon. The Fighting Irish’s 6′ 4″ 230LB Junior is a big QB with a big arm and arguably the best physical skill set of all the QB prospects in ’17. Returning for his senior year may have been his best option, although I am happy to have him signed up and redshirted ready for challenging for the starting spot in ’18.
68. Jacksonville (Jason DiRienzo @allpurposeyrd8g)
Dorian Johnson, G, Pitt
Adding an upgrade on the offensive line to help run block for Mixon is a priority. Adding Johnson in the third would be a great addition. He is a very good run-blocker and has the length and athleticism to play tackle. His toughness and durability is a plus. He can be a day one contributor to the Jags.
69. Los Angeles Rams (Jocelyn Berg @JBergSports)
Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
Teez Tabor in round three is an absolute steal and addresses a huge need here. Despite a poor 40 yard dash time due to a hurt hamstring, Tabor is a top ten talent. He possesses exquisite man coverage skills and sticks to opposing receivers like glue. His ball skills are incredible and combined with his top-notch coverage abilities, this makes Tabor a high level playmaker. He has allowed just two touchdowns over the past three seasons and only four catches 20 yards or greater in 2016, a very impressive feat. Tabor is actually ranked as my top corner in this draft the value at this spot in the draft is insanely high.
70. New York Jets (John Hogue @dffdynastydude)
Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland
After passing on O.J. Howard in the first round, the Jets land the poor man’s version in D-II star Shaheen. Of course, this is all predicated on new OC John Morton actually using the tight end, which the Jets notoriously avoid. But a young QB like Hackenberg or Petty could really use a safety blanket like the 6’6” Shaheen. The converted basketball star is a massive target in the middle of the field and in the red zone, and is the perfect compliment to the Jets receiving corps.
71. Los Angeles Chargers (John Di Bari @dibari22)
Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
It might be a little bit of a stretch for him, but I wasn’t able to address the safety position yet. He’s still learning after converting from CB 2 seasons ago. But the upside is there. Can also contribute on special teams from day 1. Draft stock has fallen after breaking his leg after 8 games last year.
72. New England (from Panthers) (@DynoEconomist)
Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
The best receiver in the draft (besides Engram) is available in round 3? Yes, please.
73. Cincinnati (Benjamin Comfort @DFF_coachben)
ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama
Stewart, 5’11”, 204 lbs is a hardworking, competitive WR. He is very physical in his play and is able to win the deep ball and does well with mid-air adjustments. Extremely good hands and has good blocking abilities.
74. Baltimore (from Eagles) (John Orr @DFF_JohnIDP)
Chad Hanson, WR, California
The Ravens could use a player to stretch the field. With coaching, he could prove valuable underneath the defense. Good upside here.
75. Buffalo (Brian Hawkes @BDHawkes)
Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
The Bills have needs in the defensive secondary and OL. Quality depth is still on the board at CB and S, leaving OL as the best value. Garcia is an athletic specimen with the potential to be a starter at RT in ‘17.
76. New Orleans (Charles Feuker@dff_feuker)
Dan Feeney, G, Indiana
Feeney pick here is a best available for a need pick. While he has some flaws with his mechanics, he is not uncoachable coming out from Indiana which has blocked for recent draft picks Jordan Howard and Tevin Coleman.The Saints have glaring holes on defense, an old QB, and a less than favorable offensive line. The Saints short-term plans don’t have them moving on from Brees anytime soon, so keeping him upright and healthy is a must. Feeney adds another big body to compete for a starting job.
77. Arizona (Tony Leding @DFF_TonyL)
Jordan Willis, DE/OLB, Kansas State
At 6’4” and 245 lbs. This man runs a 4.53 40 yard dash that’s as fast as our seconds round pick. 2016 Big 12 defensive player of the year, you know the man can play. Praised for his work ethic this man can be the edge rusher the Cardinals will be happy to roll out every week.
78. Baltimore (John Orr @DFF_JohnIDP)
Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
To talented to skip him here. Achilles’ tendon was injured, and this is why he has fallen down the board. Potentially a number one corner the Ravens would welcome him. Able to play outside or in the slot he will be a weapon a defense can rely on.
79. Minnesota (Jake Anderson @nfldrafttalker)
Desmond King, FS, Iowa
The 2015 Jim Thorpe Award winner would have most likely been a 1st rd pick if he came out after his junior season. Teams avoided him this past year, and he wasn’t able to showcase his skills. There are questions about his athletics profile and his size, but the kid can play football. He will play safety at the next level and also has shown the ability to return kicks and punts. The Vikings won’t need to rush him into the starting lineup. Andrew Sendejo is an adequate starter for now, and King can take his time to transition.
80. Indianapolis (Seth McKinley @Sethfffellas)
Larry Ogunjobi, DT, NC Charlotte
Outside of the offensive line, everyone knows Indy is lacking defensively. Ogunjobi is a solid player is most every aspect of the game – except he needs to gain a few pounds. Fortunately, gaining weight is one of the easiest things to do in the US.
81. Washington (Clayton @DFF_Clayton)
Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
Rob Kelley filled in admirably last season after he took over the Skins 2-down thumper role, but he is an underwhelming athlete and a replacement level RB. Perine would be a significant upgrade and give the team a legitimate high-end workhorse which they’ve been sorely missing since the Clinton Portis days.
82. Denver (Matt Krebsbach @DFF_MattK)
Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA
Checking off another box of need, Elway grabs Vanderdoes in the third round to shore up the defensive line. Vanderdoes came out of a high school as a 5-star recruit and showed glimpses of what he would be before a torn ACL slowed him down. His athleticism and lateral movement make him a great pick here. His 2016 was pedestrian after the injury and hopefully another year will get him back into form.
83. Tennessee (Brad McDaniel @DFF_BMack)
Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
In the spirit of full transparency, we completed our first round before the Titans released Jason McCourty. Had I known that, I would have gone with another cornerback at 18 overall then looked for an offensive weapon here.
84. Tampa Bay (Shaun Crandall @WhiskeyD0G)
Roderick Johnson, T, Florida State
The Buccaneers select another Seminole in Johnson, as the offensive line is an area of need leading into 2017. 2015 2nd round pick Ali Marpet will most likely move to center, which leaves a gap at the guard position. That gap should be filled by Donovan Smith, who continues his struggles with footwork and a change to guard should mask that deficiency. Enter Roderick Johnson who as an underclassman could start from Day 1.
85. Detroit (Mike Jernigan @DFFMikeJernigan)
Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
Raekwon WAS named after a member of the Wu_Tang Clan. This cancels out the stink of playing for Ohio State. What’s left after these wash out is a viable option at linebacker with a big frame, good length, and impressive strength. Instinctive player who overachieves at stopping the run. Occasionally has trouble with his balance and may have trouble at the NFL level in man coverage, which is why he was available in the third round. Should be able to add depth and register meaningful playing time on a defense trying to fill the void left by DeAndre Levy.
86. Minnesota (from Dolphins) (Jake Anderson @nfldrafttalker)
Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
Hunt is a well-rounded RB that’s capable of playing on all three downs. He possesses good vision, short area quickness, tremendous balance and extraordinary ball security. He’s a natural runner who was born to play the position. The signing of Latavius Murray will allow Hunt not to be rushed into the starting lineup although he will certainly be given a shot at competing for that starting role.
87. New York Giants (Bradley Ylitalo @NFL_Drafthub)
Davis Webb, QB, California
I hate to keep bringing up Eli Manning, but he’s 36 years old, and it’s time to start grooming the future quarterback. Webb already has the mechanics and throw power; he just needs to work on his footwork and accuracy. A couple of years of practice behind Mr. Manning could do just that. While I really like our chances this year, and it might make sense to draft someone that can help us now, it is a lot of fun to have something to look forward to in the future as well, so with that, I’m hoping we go with Webb here.
88. Oakland (Joshua Johnson @DFF_Cog)
Tanzel Smart, DT, Tulane
This dude is very quick and super smart with his hands. At 6-foot-1 and 296 pounds, he can play both DT and 3-4 DE. It appears Oakland is heading towards being a 3-4 team very soon. Adding Smart to the mix with Mario Edwards and Jihad Ward will give three young pieces they can move all over the line.
89. Houston (Addison Hayes @AmazeHayes_DFF)
Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
It’s about time to address that QB need the Texans have. Peterman is the best QB remaining on the board and truth be told was my target for them this entire draft. I believe he fits a Bill O’Brien offense well and has all the qualities you want in a quarterback. He can be molded easily by O’Brien and has the offensive line, weapons, and defense to succeed. This is the Texans QB of the future.
90. Seattle (LJ Chaney @pacificscouting)
Will Holden, OT, Vanderbilt
It’s obvious the offensive line needs an upgrade at a few positions, mainly tackle. Holden isn’t your most athletic prospect, but he’s an upgrade over what Seattle currently has at the position. For being 6’7” tall, Holden does a fair job of gaining leverage in the run game. He sometimes struggles with inside moves from defensive ends, but he has shown he slides well in protection and uses his big frame to keep defenders wide. With the recent loss of Gary Gilliam to San Francisco Holden can step in and battle for either tackle position.
91. Kansas City (Jocelyn Berg @JBergSports)
Alex Anzalone, ILB, Florida
Anzalone is a bit of a risky pick considering his injury history and limited playing time at Florida. However, the Chiefs need another inside linebacker for depth as Derrick Johnson is aging, and Anzalone possesses the size, speed, and coverage ability to be a good addition. He needs to gain strength and improve his block shedding abilities to help in blitzing and run defense, but with some NFL conditioning and coaching Anzalone should be able to develop solidly and perhaps be the heir to Johnson one day.
92. Dallas (John Schepps @SlizzDigital)
Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio
Standing 6’4” and weighing 269 lbs, Basham certainly looks the part of an NFL DE. His 34 ¼” arms and 4.7 40 definitely add to the intrigue. Basham was the 2016 MAC defensive player of the year, recording 11.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss. Has the physical tools to be an every-down player as a DE in a 4-3 scheme. Another high motor, good character player that seems to be just what Rod Marinelli is looking for. Also, Basham was one the Cowboys 30 Pre-Draft visitors.
93. Green Bay (Tim French @Tim0Supremo)
Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia
While the team still needs to address the issue of depth at running back, the draft board tells us there will still be quality prospects later on in the draft, so there wasn’t an urgency to draft one here. In looking at another area of need, the Packers had a problematic secondary that cost them a number of wins in 2016 including the NFC Championship game in Atlanta. While the team did bring back former cornerback Davon House in free agency this offseason, it’s essential for the team did continue looking for help at the position. Rasul Douglas has great size for a cornerback and has shown he can make (something the Packers have lacked since the departure of HOF Charles Woodson) with 8 interceptions for West Virginia in 2016. Depending on how he performs in camp and early in the season, he should have no problem receiving quality playing time in 2017.
94. Pittsburgh (James Hanmore @DFF_JamesH)
Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
Pittsburgh’s main weakness is in the secondary, so at some point that needs to be addressed to make the Steelers a genuine Super Bowl contender. Sutton is the ideal guy to help with that. In 2015 he passed Eric Berry with 32 career defended passes to become 4th all time in Vols’ history. His figures don’t really stand out from last year, mainly due to offenses ignoring his side of the field – which is probably the best compliment that can be paid to a cornerback.
95. Atlanta (Kyle Francis @FranchiseKF)
Marcus Maye, S, Florida
Marcus Maye joins his former Florida teammates Keanu Neal and Brian Poole. This trio helped lead a Gator secondary that was top 10 in pass defense in 2015. Maye plays with the speed and physicality that Quinn covets. A versatile defender that looks poised to be an immediate upgrade at FS over Ricardo Allen. This is the final piece needed to bolster the Falcon’s young and talented secondary.
96. New England (@DynoEconomist)
Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State
Well, this was before they overpaid for Gillislee…McNichols would have looked good in New England, but he’ll be a steal for some team in the middle rounds.
97. Miami* (Tim Sambor @DFF_TimSambor)
Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
The Dolphins will be thrilled if Evans makes it to this pick. Evans is a guy that can come in and start immediately opposite of Reshad Jones. He is a top athlete with great speed that allows him to cover a lot of ground and make plays at the line of scrimmage. He is also great when it comes to attacking the ball in the air and is dangerous when he gets the ball in his hands. A great value in the 3rd round for someone who has a high passion for the game and seems to be a great person to have in the locker room.
98. Carolina* (Jeremy Browand @DFF_Madman)
Adam Bisnowaty, OL, Pittsburgh
This guy loves being a Panther! Thumper and good run-blocker provides a need on the O-line. Should become a starting right tackle or guard in the NFL and be a boost to the running game.
99. Philadelphia (from Ravens)* (Shane @DFF_Shane)
Carroll Phillips, OLB/DE, Illinois
Thought long and hard about going RB here but there should still be a few left in the 4th round to choose from. There’s a need for an OLB on the Eagles especially one that can rush the passer. The Eagles D outside of Brandon Graham put no pressure from the outside last year, and Phillips should be able to help there immediately.
100. Tennessee (from Rams)* (Brad McDaniel @DFF_BMack)
Anthony Walker, Jr, ILB, Northwestern
The Titans need depth at inside linebacker and Walker fits the mold that GM Jon Robinson looks for. He’s a leader, a great teammate, and a player who is going to work daily to get better at his job. Walker has NFL size and instincts but has been accused of being too stiff. He is a downhill linebacker, but he’s able to help defend the quick passing game. As part of that depth at inside linebacker, the ability to cover on third downs would be a bonus. Walker is competent in coverage. He defended 16 passes in three seasons at Northwestern.
101. Denver* (Matt Krebsbach @DFF_MattK)
David Sharpe, OT, Florida
A beast of a man who could be forced inside at the next level. A backup RT/OG to start with the potential to improve and become a solid starter on the offensive line.
102. Seattle* (LJ Chaney @pacificscouting)
Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn
Adams shows excellent burst off the ball, and he can play all three downs with his ability to disrupt the quarterback. He showed very consistent production all throughout college starting every game over the past two seasons. Adams plays with a good motor, and his addition brings some nice depth to the Seahawks rotation.
103. New Orleans (from Patriots from Browns)* (Charles Feuker@dff_feuker)
Carlos Henderson, WR, La Tech
Brandin Cooks was a special player, and this by no means is a comparison to cooks. There are just some similarities in each other’s games that I think would lean the Saints towards Henderson’s camp. Needs work on route running and also translating his speed into his routes. Would fill in nicely as a 3rd or 4th WR for the Saints. Would have liked for one of the shiftier RB’s to fall here, but still, add another playmaker into the mix for Drew Brees.
104. Kansas City* (Jocelyn Berg @JBergSports)
James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh
James Conner is exactly the type of guy the Chiefs organization (and any organization for that matter) would love to have. He is a high character, high effort player, and like the Chiefs own Eric Berry persevered and made it back to the football field after a battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Like Berry, Conner is a leader, and a guy locker rooms tend to gravitate towards. Oh yeah, and he’s also a pretty good running back. Conner is a power runner with good balance and vision, and his big 6’2” frame makes him an imposing weapon. He also is capable as a receiver out of the backfield, which is good considering the amount of passes that go the running back’s way in the Kansas City offense.
105. Pittsburgh* (James Hanmore @DFF_JamesH)
Noah Brown, WR, Ohio State
This pick seems a bit left field, but this is a compensatory pick so why not use it to give Ben another weapon? He is being graded as a second round pick, so if he were available here, it would be crazy not to take him. At 6”2, 222lb, he has good size and matches that with great speed. “The four B’s” sounds better than three anyway. Here’s to Ben, Bell, A Brown and N Brown.
106. Seattle* (LJ Chaney @pacificscouting)
Joe Mathis, Edge, Washington
Mathis was off to an incredible start before a season-ending foot injury. His most telling attribute is his heavy hands. He knows where to place them and his strength allows him to dictate where blockers are going. He maintains a very good pad level and disrupts the backfield both in the run game and on pass plays. Adding him to the Seahawks growing list of pass rushers will only make them better, and I feel like this is a solid get at the back end of the third round.
107. New York Jets* (John Hogue @dffdynastydude)
Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
Back to their “Best Player Available” approach, the Jets close out the third round by stopping Westbrook’s freefall. The speedy receiver completes the Jets’ young receiving corps, allowing them to move on from Eric Decker while giving the offense a deep threat to stretch the field and create space for Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, and fellow third-round pick TE Adam Shaheen.