SHARE
The 2017 NFL Draft: Grading All 32 Teams

Arizona Cardinals

1 (13): Haason Reddick LB Temple

2 (36): Budda Baker S Washington

3 (98): Chad Williams WR Grambling

4 (115): Dorian Johnson OL Pittsburgh

5 (115): Will Holden OL Vanderbilt

5 (179): T.J. Logan RB North Carolina

6 (208): Jonathan Ford S Auburn

Grade: A-

All in all the Cardinals did a great job of addressing their needs by finding quality players in the draft.  They helped their defense specifically by adding a talented young linebacker for Karlos Dansby to mentor.  Wide receiver Chad Williams and running back T.J. Logan add speed and playmaking ability to the offense and possibly special teams.  They added some great competition to the offensive line as well.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Chad Williams

Worst Move: Not addressing the QB position

 

Atlanta Falcons

1 (25): Takkarisit McKinley DE UCLA

3 (75): Duke Riley LB LSU

4 (136): Sean Harlow OL Oregon State

5 (149) Damontae Kazee CB San Diego State

5 (156): Brian Hill RB Wyoming

5 (174): Eric Saubert TE Drake

Grade: B-

The Falcons continued their recent strategy of focusing on defense in the draft addressing their need for a pass rusher in the first and adding depth in other areas of the defense.  They picked up a much-needed guard in Sean Harlow and added two high potential offensive weapons late in running back Brian Hill and tight end Eric Saubert.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: All three 5th Round picks

Worst Move: Not addressing guard sooner

 

Baltimore Ravens

1 (16): Marlon Humphrey CB Bama

2 (47): Tyus Bowser LB Houston

3 (74): Chris Wormley DT Michigan

3 (78):  Tim Williams LB Alabama

4 (122): Nico Siragusa OL San Diego State

5 (159): Jermaine Eluemunor OL Texas A&M

6 (186): Chuck Clark S Virginia Tech

Grade: A-

The Ravens added a lot of firepower to their defense focusing on that area during the first two nights of the draft.  They also added two developmental offensive line prospects.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Tim Williams LB Alabama

Worst Move: Not adding a receiver

 

Buffalo Bills

1 (27): Tre’Davious White CB LSU

2 (37): Zay Jones WR East Carolina

3 (63): Dion Dawkins OL Temple

5 (163): Matt Milano LB Boston College

5 (171): Nathan Peterman QB Pitt

6 (195): Tanner Vallejo LB Boise State

Grade: B

The Bills made an excellent move trading back in the first round and still being able to acquire a top level talent in Tre’Davious White.  They added two more potential day-one starters on the second night of the draft in wide receiver Zay Jones and guard Dion Dawkins.  Finally, they added depth to the linebacker and quarterback positions as the draft went on.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Zay Jones

Worst Move: Could have found more value in later rounds

 

Carolina Panthers

1 (8): Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford

2 (40): Curtis Samuel RB/WR Ohio State

2 (64): Taylor Moton OL Western Michigan

3 (77): Daeshon Hall DL Texas A&M

5 (152): Corn Eder CB Miami

6 (192): Alex Armah FB West Georgia

7 (233): Harrison Butker K Georgia Tech

Grade: A-

The Falcons had an exciting draft adding two versatile offensive playmakers early.  While adding McCaffrey was expected, drafting Samuel may have caused even more excitement.  If seemed to ask the question “what is this offense going to be?”  Drafting fullback Alex Armah late in the draft may provide us with an answer.  Armah is athletic and a productive receiver.  Put these factors together, and it appears the Panthers may be trying to duplicate the Falcons offense, but with Cam Newton at the trigger.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Taylor Moton

Worst Move: NA

 

Chicago Bears

1 (2): Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina

2 (45): Adam Shaheen TE Ashland

4 (112): Eddie Jackson S Alabama

4 (119): Tarik Cohen RB North Carolina A&T

5 (147): Jordan Morgan OL Kutztown

Grade: D

Giving up draft capital to trade up one spot to acquire a largely untested quarterback when you have already invested a large sum of money in a free agent quarterback is a confusing strategy, to say the least.  The Bears also reached taking Adam Shaheen in the second and Tarik Cohen in the fourth.  The Shaheen move may have been due to their lack of a third round pick and belief that he would not make it to day three.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Adam Shaheen (although a reach)

Worst Move: Trading up to take Mitchell Trubisky

 

Cincinnati Bengals

1 (9): John Ross WR Washington

2 (48): Joe Mixon RB Oklahoma

3 (73): Jordan Willis DE Kansas State

4 (116): Carl Lawson DE Auburn

4 (128): Josh Malone WR Tennessee

4 (138): Ryan Glasgow DT Michigan

5 (153): Jake Elliott K Memphis

5 (176): J.J. Dielman OL Utah

6 (193): Jordan Evans LB Oklahoma

6 (207): Brandon Wilson S Houston

7 (251): Mason Schreck TE Buffalo

Grade: B+

The Bengals did a great job of adding high-value prospects coming away from the draft with two guys with round one talent and two with round two talent.  They added a lot of potential playmakers to their offense but failed to address the offensive line early.  They also drafted a kicker who will compete for a job.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Jordan Willis/Carl Lawson

Worst Move: Adding Joe Mixon to a team that already has a bad reputation

 

Cleveland Browns

1 (1): Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M

1 (25): Jabrill Peppers S Michigan

1 (29): David Njoku TE Miami

2 (52): DeShone Kizer QB Notre Dame

3 (65): Larry Ogunjobi DT Charlotte

4 (126): Howard Wilson CB Houston

5 (160): Roderick Johnson OL Florida State

6 (185): Caleb Brantley DL Florida

7 (224): Zane Gonzalez K Arizona State

7 (252): Matthew Dayes RB North Carolina State

Grade: B

The Browns made headlines for managing to draft three players in the first round, but they continued to add positive depth as the draft went on.  Howard Wilson was a steal and could contribute on their defense right away.  Larry Ogunjobi and Roderick Johnson both could develop into quality starters.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Howard Wilson

Worst Move: Trading back in 1st round with so much defensive talent on the board

 

Dallas Cowboys

1 (28): Taco Charlton DE Michigan

2 (60): Chidobe Awuzie CB Colorado

3 (92): Jourdan Lewis CB Michigan

4 (133): Ryan Switzer WR North Carolina

6 (191): Xavier Woods S Louisiana Tech

6 (216): Marquez White CB Florida State

7 (228): Joey Ivie DT Florida

7 (239): Noah Brown WR Ohio State

7 (246): Jordan Carrell DE Colorado

Grade: B+

The Cowboys took serious steps in this draft to rebuild their defense focusing many of their picks in that area.  While they added a pass rusher in the first round, they took high-value corners in the second and third.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Chidobe Awuzie

Worst Move: Ryan Switzer

 

Denver Broncos

1 (20): Garett Bolles OL Utah

2 (51): DeMarcus Walker DE Florida State

3 (82): Carlos Henderson WR Louisiana Tech

3 (101): Brendan Langley CB Lamar

5 (145): Jake Butt TE Michigan

5 (172): Isaiah McKenzie WR Georgia

6 (203): DeAngelo Henderson RB Coastal Carolina

7 (253): Chad Kelly QB Ole Miss

Grade: C+

The Broncos addressed their need at tackle in the first with a quality pick up in Garett Boles.  After that, they seemed to reach for some players.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Jake Butt

Worst Move: DeMarcus Walker

 

Detroit Lions

1 (21): Jarrad Davis LB Florida

2 (53): Teez Tabor CB Florida

3 (96): Kenny Golladay WR Northern Illinois

4 (124): Jalen Reeves-Maybin LB Tennessee

4 (127): Michael Roberts TE Toledo

5 (165): Jamal Agnew DB San Diego

6 (205): Jeremiah Ledbetter DT Arkansas

6 (215): Brad Kaaya QB Miami

7 (250): Pat O’Connor DE Eastern Michigan

Grade: C-

The Lions addressed their need for a linebacker in the first round but failed to improve their defensive line.  Teez Tabor, Kenny Golladay, and Jalen Reeves-Maybin although good players, were all drafted higher than necessary.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Kenny Golladay

Worst Move: Teez Tabor

 

Green Bay Packers

2 (33): Kevin King CB Washington

2 (61): Josh Jones S North Carolina

3 (93): Montravius Adams DT Auburn

4 (108): Vince Biegel LB Wisconsin

4 (134): Jamaal Williams RB BYU

5 (175): DeAngelo Yancey WR Purdue

5 (182): Aaron Jones RB Texas-El Paso

6 (212): Kofi Amichia OL South Florida

7 (238): Devante Mays RB Utah

7 (247): Malachi Dupre WR LSU

Grade: C+

The Packers did a good job of addressing their needs, but many of their picks seemed to be reaches.  Trading out of the first and still managing to pick Kevin King was an excellent move.  They could have addressed the outside backer position a little sooner.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Jamaal Williams

Worst Move: Not getting an outside backer sooner

 

Houston Texans

1 (12): Deshaun Watson QB Clemson

2 (57): Zach Cunningham LB Vanderbilt

3 (89):  D’Onta Foreman RB Texas

4 (130): Julien Davenport OL Bucknell

4 (142): Carlos Watkins DL Clemson

5 (169): Treston Decoud S Oregon State

7 (243): Kyle Fuller C Baylor

Grade: A-

The Texans made a bold move trading up for Deshaun Watson, and that could spell colossal things for their franchise for years.  Zach Cunningham is a round one talent in the second and Carlos Watkins is a high value fourth round defender.   The Texans added offensive line help, but not as quickly as they would have liked too.  D’Onta Foreman should be a good fit for their style of offense moving forward.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Zach Cunningham

Worst Move: Not addressing the offensive line earlier

 

Indianapolis Colts

1 (15): Malik Hooker S Ohio State

2 (46): Quincy Wilson CB Florida

3 (80): Tarell Basham DE Ohio

4 (137): Zack Banner OL USC

4 (143): Marlon Mack RB South Florida

4 (144): Grover Stewart DL Albany State

5 (158): Nate Hairston CB Temple

5 (161): Anthony Walker LB Northwestern

Grade: A-

The Colts made drastic improvements to their secondary adding a top five talent in the middle of the first, a first-round talent in the second, and a skilled developmental player in the fifth.  The Colts would have benefited from addressing the offensive line sooner, but Tarell Basham was a quality addition to their defensive line.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Quincy Wilson/Nate Hairston

Worst Move: Not addressing offensive line sooner

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

1 (4): Leonard Fournette RB LSU

2 (34): Cam Robinson OL Alabama

3 (68): Dawuane Smoot DL Illinois

4 (110): Dede Westbrook WR Oklahoma

5 (148): Blair Brown LB Ohio

7 (222): Jalen Myrick CB Minnesota

7 (240) Marquez Williams FB Miami

Grade: B

The Jaguars picked up some great value throughout the draft.  Cam Robinson will beef up the offensive line and help create holes for Leonard Fournette.  Blair Brown and Jalen Myrick will contribute on special teams and defense.  The addition of a fullback late will be beneficial to Fournette as well.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Cam Robinson

Worst Move: NA

 

Kansas City Chiefs

1 (10): Patrick Mahomes QB Texas Tech

2 (59): Tanoh Kpassagnon DL Villanova

3 (86): Kareen Hunt RB Toledo

4 (139): Jehu Chesson WR Michigan

5 (183): Ukeme Eligwe LB Georgia Southern

6 (218): Leon McQuay III S USC

Grade: C

The Chiefs made one big move going up to get the presumed future of their franchise in Patrick Mahomes.  They addressed a need at defensive line in the second, but Kpassagnon is both a project and a reach at that position.  Their other picks seemed to add mostly depth.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Tanoh Kpassagnon

Worst Move: Adding Kareem Hunt to deep running back group

 

Los Angeles Chargers

1 (7): Mike Williams WR Clemson

2 (38): Forrest Lamp OL Western Kentucky

3 (71): Dan Feeney OL Indiana

4 (113): Rayshawn Jenkins S Miami

5 (151): Desmond King DB Iowa

6 (190): Sam Tevi OL Utah

7 (225): Isaac Rochell DT Notre Dame

Grade: C

The Chargers added a receiver and addressed their need on the offensive line.  Although Desmond King was a great value pick, they did not do enough to help their transitioning defense.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Desmond King

Worst Move: Mike Williams

 

Los Angeles Rams

2 (44): Gerald Everett TE South Alabama

3 (69): Cooper Kupp WR Eastern Washington

3 (91): John Johnson S Boston College

4 (117): Josh Reynolds WR Texas A&M

4 (125): Samson Ebukam LB Eastern Washington

6 (189): Tanzel Smart DT Tulane

6 (206): Sam Rogers FB Virginia Tech

7 (234) Ejuan Price DE Pittsburgh

Grade: C+

Despite not having a first round pick the Rams managed to add some weapons for Jared Goff and some quality defensive players.  Gerald Everett is an excellent pass catcher at tight end.  Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds are somewhat opposites.  Kupp is a very good route runner who lacks great speed.  Reynolds had good speed but ran a limited route tree.  John Johnson and Samson Ebukam may develop into impact players defensively.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: John Johnson

Worst Move: Cooper Kupp

 

Miami Dolphins

1 (22): Charles Harris DE Missouri

2 (54): Raekwon McMillan LB Ohio State

3 (97): Cordrea Tankersley CB Clemson

5 (164): Isaac Asiata OL Utah

5 (178): Davon Godchaux DT LSU

6 (194): Vincent Taylor DT Oklahoma State

7 (237): Isaiah Ford WR Virginia Tech

Grade: B+

The Dolphins addressed their defense at multiple levels getting great value in Cordrea Tankersley and Davon Godchaux.  They waited longer than expected to a draft an offensive lineman but got a good one in Isaac Asiata.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Cordrea Tankersley

Worst Move: Not addressing the offensive line sooner

 

Minnesota Vikings

2 (41): Dalvin Cook RB Florida State

3 (70): Pat Elfein OL Ohio State

4 (109): Jaleel Johnson DT Iowa

4 (120): Ben Gedeon LB Michigan

5 (170): Rodney Adams WR South Florida

5 (180): Danny Isidora OL Miami

6 (201): Bucky Hodges TE Virginia Tech

7 (719): Stacy Coley WR Miami

7 (220): Ifeadi Odenigbo DE Northwestern

7 (232): Elijah Lee LB Kansas State

7 (245): Jack Tocho CB North Carolina State

Grade: A-

The Vikings took another step toward replacing Adrian Peterson by trading up to acquire Dalvin Cook.  They added a potential starting center in Pat Elfein and quality defensive players like Jaleel Johnson and offensive weapons such as Rodney Adams and Bucky Hodges.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Dalvin Cook

Worst Move: Not doubling down on offensive linemen sooner

 

New England Patriots

3 (83): Derek Rivers DE Youngstown State

3 (85): Anthony Garcia OL Troy

4 (131): Deatrich Wise DE Arkansas

6 (211): Conor McDermott OL UCLA

Grade: C

The Patriots had four picks and used them to do two things.  The first was to find rotational defensive linemen.  The other was to find potential replacements for Nate Solder who becomes a free agent next season.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Anthony Garcia

Worst Move: Focusing so hard on drafting defensive linemen including trading one pick for a veteran.

 

New Orleans Saints

1 (11): Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State

1 (32): Ryan Ramczyk OL Wisconson

2 (42): Marcus Williams S Utah

3 (67): Alvin Kamara RB Tennessee

3 (76): Alex Anzalone LB Florida

3 (103): Trey Hendrickson DE Florida Atlantic

6 (196): Al-Quadin Muhammad DE Miami

Grade: A

The Saints managed to add a plethora of defensive talent and one of the draft’s best offensive tackles In this draft.  They were incredibly lucky to have Lattimore and Ramczyk each fall to them much later than expected.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Alex Anzalone

Worst Move: Adding Alvin Kamara to deep running back group

 

New York Giants

1 (23): Evan Engram TE Ole Miss

2 (55): Dalvin Tomlinson DT Alabama

3 (87): Davis Webb QB California

4 (140): Wayne Gallman RB Clemson

5 (167): Avery Moss DE Youngstown State

6 (200): Adam Bisnowaty OL Pittsburgh

Grade: D

The Giants added yet another pass catcher in the first round and may have found their future starting quarterback later in the draft.  The added a running back in the middle of the draft and an offensive lineman late.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Adam Bisnowaty

Worst Move: Not placing a priority on offensive line or running back

 

New York Jets

1 (6): Jamal Adams S LSU

2 (39): Marcus Maye S Florida

3 (79): ArDarius Stewart WR Alabama

4 (141): Chad Hansen WR California

5 (150): Jordan Leggett TE Clemson

6 (188) Elijah McGuire RB Louisiana-Lafayette

6 (197): Jeremy Clark CB Michigan

6 (204): Derrick Jones CB Ole Miss

Grade: C-

While adding Jamal Adams will be huge for the Jets, they failed to add much else to help them defensively.  They also did not come away with a developmental quarterback.  They did manage to add some potential offensive weapons.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: ArDarius Stewart/Elijah McGuire

Worst Move:  Not focusing more on improving their defense

 

Oakland Raiders

1 (24): Gareon Conley CB Ohio State

2 (56): Obi Melifonwu S Connecticut

3 (88): Eddie Vanderdoes DT UCLA

4 (129): David Sharp OL Florida

5 (168): Marquel Lee LB Wake Forest

7 (221): Shalom Luani DB Washington State

7 (231): Jylan Ware OL Alabama State

7 (242): Elijah Hood RB North Carolina

7 (244): Treyvon Hester DT Toledo

Grade: D+

The Raiders managed to use the draft to beef up their secondary and build depth on the offensive line.  Conley will most likely play outside, where Melifonwu is likely to play in more of a nickel position.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Eddie Vanderdoes

Worst Move: Reaching for Melifonwu

 

Philadelphia Eagles

1 (14): Derek Barnett DE Tennessee

2 (43): Sidney Jones CB Washington

3 (99): Rasul Douglas CB West Virginia

4 (118): Mack Hollins WR North Carolina

4 (132): Donnel Pumphrey RB San Diego State

5 (166): Shelton Gibson WR West Virginia

5 (184): Nathan Gerry S Nebraska

6 (214): Elijah Qualls DT Washington

Grade: B+

The Eagles took a pass rusher in the first and still managed to pick up two top level corners.  In the mid rounds they added potential weapons for Carson Wentz, and in the later rounds, they added more defensive depth.  Sidney Jones, who was rated as a high first rounder before an injury, may be the steal of the draft.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Sidney Jones

Worst Move: Mack Hollins

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

1 (30): T.J. Watt LB Wisconsin

2 (62): JuJu Smith-Shuster WR USC

3 (94): Cameron Sutton CB Tennessee

3 (105): James Conner RB Pittsburgh

4 (135): Josh Dobbs QB Tennessee

5 (173): Brian Allen CB Utah

6 (213): Colin Holba LS Louisville

7 (248): Keion Adams OLB Western Michigan

Grade: A

After taking a great fit and high potential outside backer in T.J.Watt, the Steelers continued to draft high-value players at multiple positions.  Sutton and Allen are both very talented corners.  James Conner and Josh Dobbs may be the future at running back and quarterback.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Josh Dobbs

Worst Move: NA

 

San Francisco 49ers

1 (3): Solomon Thomas DE Stanford

1 (31): Reuben Foster LB Alabama

3 (66): Ahkello Witherspoon CB Colorado

3 (104): C.J. Beathard QB Iowa

4 (121): Joe Williams RB Utah

5 (146): George Kittle TE Iowa

5 (177): Trent Taylor WR Louisiana Tech

6 (198): D.J. Jones DT Ole Miss

6 (202): Pita Taumoepenu DE Utah

7 (229) Adrian Colbert CB Miami

Grade: D

Despite having two first round picks, and pulling off a great trade at the top of the draft, the 49ers did some odd things in later rounds.  They drafted C.J. Beathard despite there being other more highly acclaimed quarterbacks available.  Another example is drafting Trent Taylor in the fifth when they likely could have gotten him much later.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Ahkello Witherspoon

Worst Move: Solomon Thomas

 

Seattle Seahawks

2 (35): Malik McDowell DT Michigan

2 (58): Ethan Pocic OL LSU

3 (90): Shaquill Griffin CB Central Florida

3 (95): Delano Hill S Michigan

3 (102): Nazair Jones DL North Carolina

3 (106): Amara Darboh WR Michigan

4 (111): Tedric Thompson S Colorado

6 (187): Mike Tyson S Cincinnati

6 (201): Justin Senior OL Mississippi State

7 (226): David Moore WR East Central Oklahoma

7 (249): Chris Carson RB Oklahoma State

Grade: D+

The Seahawks added depth in various positions, particularly on defense.  Ethan Pocic should help out on the offensive line, while Shaquill Griffin and Malik McDowell will compete on defense.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Ethan Pocic

Worst Move: Passing on upgrading their offensive line in the first round

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1 (19): O.J. Howard TE Alabama

2 (50) Justin Evans S Texas A&M

3 (84): Chris Godwin WR Penn State

3 (107): Kendell Beckwith LB LSU

5 (162): Jeremy McNichols RB Boise State

7 (223): Steve Tu’ikolovatu DT USC

Grade: B

The Buccaneers added a multi-purpose tight end who can help them in both the run game and the passing game.  Justin Evans will contribute in their secondary and could be an impact player if used correctly.  Godwin and Beckwith could contribute in the near future as well.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Justin Evans

Worst Move: passed on the opportunity to improve at running back

 

Tennessee Titans

1 (5): Corey Davis WR Western Michigan

1 (18): Adoree’ Jackson CB Southern Cal

3 (72): Taywan Taylor WR Western Kentucky

3 (100): Jonnu Smith TE Florida International

5 (155): Jayon Brown LB UCLA

6 (271): Corey Levin OL Chattanooga

7 (227): Josh Carraway LB Texas Christian

7 (236): Brad Seaton OL Villanova

7 (241): Khalafani Muhammad RB Cal

Grade: B-

The Titans made some great moves to improve their offensive production.  Davis will be a great playmaker and red zone threat for Marcus Mariota.  The addition of Taywan Taylor will also help Mariota and the Titans’ offense.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Taywan Taylor

Worst Move: Not doing more to improve the secondary

 

Washington Redskins

1 (17): Jonathan Allen DL Alabama

2 (49): Ryan Anderson LB Alabama

3 (81): Fabian Moreau CB UCLA

4 (114): Samaje Perine RB Oklahoma

4 (123): Montae Nicholson S Michigan State

5 (154): Jeremy Sprinkle TE Arkansas

6 (199): Chase Roullier C Wyoming

6 (209): Robert Davis WR Georgia State

7 (230): Josh Harvey-Clemons S Louisville

7 (235): Joshua Holsey S Auburn

Grade: A-

The Redskins were lucky to see Jonathan Allen fall into their laps in the first round.  They made several other moves to improve defensively including adding Ryan Anderson and Fabian Moreau.  They added an excellent running back with Samaje Perine and took great value picks with center Chase Roullier and receiver Robert Davis.

Best Non-1st Round Pick: Fabian Moreau

Worst Move: Ryan Anderson