Arizona Cardinals: B-
▪ 1 (24) D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida.
▪ 2 (58) Markus Golden, LB, Missouri.
▪ 3 (86) David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa.
▪ 4 (116) Rodney Gunter, DE, Delaware State.
▪ 5 (158) Shaquille Riddick, DE, West Virginia.
▪ 5 (159) J.J. Nelson, WR, Alabama-Birmingham.
▪ 7 (256) Gerald Christian, TE, Louisville.
Nice draft for the Cardinals, who addressed needs at offensive tackle, edge rusher and running back at the top of the draft. Humphries only played at around 290 pounds last year, but has excellent feet and athleticism. Golden’s passion for football will help him see the field in some capacity, while Johnson is a big back with receiving skills with the ceiling of a starter. Gunter and Riddick are developmental linemen while Nelson, perhaps the best returner in the draft, can become an immediate contributor on special teams.
Atlanta Falcons: B-
▪ 1 (8) Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson.
▪ 2 (42) Jalen Collins, DB, LSU.
▪ 3 (73) Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana.
▪ 4 (107) Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina.
▪ 5 (137) Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson.
▪ 7 (225) Jake Rodgers, OT, Eastern Washington.
▪ 7 (249) Akeem King, DB, San Jose State.
The Falcons desperately needed an edge rusher, and they got their man in Beasley. He’s a gifted pass rusher who a knack for stringing together pass-rush moves, but he’s slight and might struggle against the run. Collins looks the part of a press-man cornerback but is very raw and might need time to develop. Coleman is a nice value pick in the third – he’s productive, has very good long speed and can break off the big play. Hardy will fill a need and will immediately contribute from the slot because of his hands and comfort working the middle of the field. Jarrett is small but he gets after it and can help their d-line rotation.
Baltimore Ravens: A-
▪ 1 (26) Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida.
▪ 2 (55) Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota.
▪ 3 (90) Carl Davis, DT, Iowa.
▪ 4 (122) Za’Darius Smith, LB, Kentucky.
▪ 4 (125) Javorius Allen, RB, Southern California.
▪ 4 (136) Tray Walker, DB, Texas Southern.
▪ 5 (171) Nick Boyle, TE, Delaware.
▪ 5 (176) Robert Myers, G, Tennessee State.
▪ 6 (204) Darren Waller, WR, Georgia Tech.
The Ravens found their replacement for Torrey Smith, who left for San Francisco in free agency, in Perriman, a big, speedy big-play threat with NFL bloodlines (his father, Brett, was a receiver in the league from 1988 to 1997) and inconsistent hands. Williams is an excellent value pick in the second round — he boasts excellent hands and possesses a natural feel for the position. His father, Brian, also played in the league as a center for several years. Davis is gifted but his motor runs hot and cold. Smith offers depth, while Allen and Walker offer starter potential down the road. Boyle is a tough guy who profiles as a capable inline blocker. Waller is an intriguing developmental target with size and athleticism.
Buffalo Bills: D+
▪ 2 (50) Ronald Darby, DB, Florida State.
▪ 3 (81) John Miller, G, Louisville.
▪ 5 (155) Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State.
▪ 6 (188) Tony Steward, LB, Clemson.
▪ 6 (194) Nick O’Leary, TE, Florida State.
▪ 7 (234) Dezmin Lewis, WR, Central Arkansas.
The Bills — who only had six picks — were without a first-round pick because of the Sammy Watkins trade — Florida State center Cam Erving went to Cleveland with their pick. Had they just stayed at their pick last year, they could have had Odell Beckham Jr. Darby is a talented player with plus athleticism for the position, but he’s raw with his technique and will need to be coached up. Miller is an experienced-but-undersized lineman who should add some-much-needed depth to the position, but it will be interesting to see if he will develop into a starter. Williams has great physical skills but is still developing his instincts for the position.
Carolina Panthers: C-
▪ 1 (25) Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington.
▪ 2 (41) Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan.
▪ 4 (102) Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma.
▪ 5 (169) David Mayo, LB, Texas State.
▪ 5 (174) Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Auburn.
The Panthers — who only had five picks — go with a surprise in the first round by not taking an offensive tackle, which is considered to be a major need. Thompson is a super athlete who needs to continue to develop his instincts at linebacker. Funchess’ hands are a question mark but he gives Cam Newton another big, long target to pair with Kelvin Benjamin. Williams is a nice pick in the third — he moves well for his size, plays hard and could be in position to help immediately. Mayo is a super-productive, sleeper linebacker who can immediately contribute on special teams.
Chicago Bears: A-
▪ 1 (7) Kevin White, WR, West Virginia.
▪ 2 (39) Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State.
▪ 3 (71) Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon.
▪ 4 (106) Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State.
▪ 5 (142) Adrian Amos, DB, Penn State.
▪ 6 (183) Tayo Fabuluje, OT, Texas Christian.
Nice draft by the Bears, who got good value with all four of their first picks. White is a super-competitive, productive receiver who is a top-four player in the draft, while Goldman is a massive interior lineman who offers scheme versatility. Grasu is an experienced four-year starter with durability issues who will be a plug-and-play starter, while Langford is a do-it-all back who could help take some of the burden off Matt Forte. Amos and Fabuluje posted good testing numbers for their respective positions.
Cincinnati Bengals: B
▪ 1 (21) Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M.
▪ 2 (53) Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon.
▪ 3 (85) Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers.
▪ 3 (99) Paul Dawson, LB, Texas Christian.
▪ 4 (120) Josh Shaw, DB, Southern California.
▪ 4 (135) Marcus Hardison, DE, Arizona State.
▪ 5 (157) C.J. Uzomah, TE, Auburn.
▪ 6 (197) Derron Smith, DB, Fresno State.
▪ 7 (238) Mario Alford, WR, West Virginia.
The Bengals were serious about improving their offensive line, as they go with Ogbuehi and Fisher with their first two picks. Ogbuehi is coming off a torn ACL but he has rare movement skills for his size, while Fisher is a well-conditioned tackle with good feet in pass pro. Both have the tools to move inside and play guard, if needed. Kroft is an athletic, high-upside tight end while Dawson has awesome film but fell because of character concerns. He represents good value in the third round. Shaw, Hardison and Smith are intriguing prospects with upside.
Cleveland Browns: A
▪ 1 (12) Danny Shelton, NT, Washington.
▪ 1 (19) Cameron Erving, G, Florida State.
▪ 2 (51) Nate Orchard, LB, Utah.
▪ 3 (77) Duke Johnson, RB, Miami.
▪ 3 (96) Xavier Cooper, DT, Washington State.
▪ 4 (115) Ibraheim Campbell, DB, Northwestern.
▪ 4 (123) Vince Mayle, WR, Washington State.
▪ 6 (189) Charles Gaines, DB, Louisville.
▪ 6 (195) Malcolm Johnson, TE, Mississippi State.
▪ 6 (198) Randall Telfer, TE, Southern California.
▪ 7 (219) Hayes Pullard, LB, Southern California.
▪ 7 (241) Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, DB, Oregon.
Very good class for the Browns, who got bigger and tougher in this draft. Shelton is a mauler inside and will contribute immediately on passing downs, while Erving is positioned to be the Browns’ long-term answer at center once Alex Mack moves on. Orchard is a natural pass rusher who racked up 18 1/2 sacks in 2014 and will give the Browns’ pass rush some juice, while Johnson is small but gifted. Cooper is an intriguing gap penetrator who is disruptive, while Gaines has the hips to help in coverage.
Dallas Cowboys: C
▪ 1 (27) Byron Jones, DB, UConn.
▪ 2 (60) Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska.
▪ 3 (91) Chaz Green, OT, Florida.
▪ 4 (127) Damien Wilson, LB, Minnesota.
▪ 5 (163) Ryan Russell, DE, Purdue.
▪ 7 (236) Mark Nzeocha, LB, Wyoming.
▪ 7 (243) Laurence Gibson, OT, Virginia Tech.
▪ 7 (246) Geoff Swaim, TE, Texas.
Jones is an athletic marvel with length who has the look of a press-man corner, while Gregory is a top-seven talent whose off-field issues caused his significant fall down draft boards. Green needs to get stronger, but he has good feet for the position and has some upside. Wilson offers depth at linebacker while Russell has impressive physical skills he has yet to put together.
Denver Broncos: B-
▪ 1 (23) Shane Ray, DE, Missouri.
▪ 2 (59) Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State.
▪ 3 (92) Jeff Heuerman, TE, Ohio State.
▪ 4 (133) Max Garcia, C, Florida.
▪ 5 (164) Lorenzo Doss, DB, Tulane.
▪ 6 (203) Darius Kilgo, DT, Maryland.
▪ 7 (250) Trevor Siemian, QB, Northwestern.
▪ 7 (251) Taurean Nixon, DB, Tulane.
▪ 7 (252) Josh Furman, DB, Oklahoma State.
The Broncos got excellent value in the first round with Ray, a top-10 talent who fell after he was issued a citation for the possession of marijuana a few days before the draft. In the short term, he gives Denver an awesome trio of pass-rushing edge rushers, along with Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. Sambrailo is a tough, physical lineman who needs to get stronger but plays with an edge and offers long-term starting potential. Heuerman didn’t have terrific production as a pass catcher in 2014 but he played hurt and he has good ball skills and could develop into a nice receiving options. Garcia is a mauler who could develop into a starter. Kilgo is an interesting developmental nose.
Detroit Lions: B
▪ 1 (28) Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke.
▪ 2 (54) Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska.
▪ 3 (80) Alex Carter, DB, Stanford.
▪ 4 (113) Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn.
▪ 5 (168) Michael Burton, RB, Rutgers.
▪ 6 (200) Quandre Diggs, DB, Texas.
▪ 7 (240) Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina.
The Lions traded down in the first round to pick up a few additional selections and take Tomlinson, a smart, durable and experienced plug-and-play guard. He fills a need, and so does Abdullah, who is small and has ball security issues but is very explosive. Abdullah is a natural runner with receiving skills, and if he can shore up his blocking, he could be a three-down weapon as long as his body holds up. Carter is a long corner with NFL bloodlines (his father, Tom, played in the NFL for several years) while Wright is a disruptive interior presence whose talent didn’t quite match his production but is a good value in the fourth. Burton is a tough-guy with versatility as a blocker and pass protector, while Diggs is small but feisty.
Green Bay Packers: B-
▪ 1 (30) Damarious Randall, DB, Arizona State.
▪ 2 (62) Quinten Rollins, DB, Miami (Ohio).
▪ 3 (94) Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford.
▪ 4 (129) Jake Ryan, LB, Michigan.
▪ 5 (147) Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA.
▪ 6 (206) Aaron Ripkowski, RB, Oklahoma.
▪ 6 (210) Christian Ringo, DE, Louisiana-Lafayette.
▪ 6 (213) Kennard Backman, TE, Alabama-Birmingham.
The Packers take a safety in the first round for the second year in a row, as they will team the rangy Randall with HaHa Clinton-Dix. Randall has good ball production and has a closing burst on the ball but lacks bulk and is a drag-down tackler. Rollins is a raw player — he only played one year of college football — but shows tremendous natural instincts and could help at safety or corner. Montgomery was used in a variety of ways at Stanford while Ryan is a smart, tough inside linebacker who has a chance to become a starter. Hundley is a really intriguing developmental pick and a great value in the fifth round behind Aaron Rodgers.
Houston Texans: B
▪ 1 (16) Kevin Johnson, DB, Wake Forest.
▪ 2 (43) Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State.
▪ 3 (70) Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State.
▪ 5 (175) Keith Murphy, WR, Michigan State.
▪ 6 (211) Reshard Cliett, LB, South Florida.
▪ 6 (216) Christian Covington, DT, Rice.
▪ 7 (235) Kenny Hilliard, RB, LSU.
The Texans got arguably the best corner in the draft in Johnson, who lacks bulk but has very quick hips and is competitive. McKinney looks the part of an old-school inside linebacker and is a nice fit in a 3-4 scheme. Strong needs to work on his route running and fell a lot further than a lot of people thought he would, but he’s a big, physical receiver who is a nice value in the third round.
Indianapolis Colts: B-
▪ 1 (29) Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami.
▪ 3 (65) D’Joun Smith, DB, Florida Atlantic.
▪ 3 (93) Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford.
▪ 4 (109) Clayton Geathers, DB, Central Florida.
▪ 5 (151) David Parry, DT, Stanford.
▪ 6 (205) Josh Robinson, RB, Mississippi State.
▪ 6 (207) Amarlo Herrera, LB, Georgia.
▪ 7 (255) Denzell Goode, OT, Mars Hill.
Dorsett will give the Colts a dynamite trio at receiver with Andre Johnson and T.Y. Hilton. He has elite deep speed and will give star quarterback Andrew Luck another weapon. Smith gives the Colts some much-needed depth at corner, while Anderson could develop into a starter if he gains bulk after a year of development. Geathers is a big-time hitter who fills a major need at safety. He could see the field early. Robinson is short but his vision and toughness could make him a short-yardage specialist.
Jacksonville Jaguars: A
▪ 1 (3) Dante Fowler Jr., LB, Florida.
▪ 2 (36) T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama.
▪ 3 (67) A.J. Cann, G, South Carolina.
▪ 4 (104) James Sample, DB, Louisville.
▪ 5 (139) Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State.
▪ 6 (180) Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State.
▪ 7 (220) Neal Sterling, WR, Monmouth (N.J.).
▪ 7 (229) Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame.
Great draft for the Jaguars, who got three immediate starters with their first three picks. The Jaguars got a perfect edge rusher for the scheme in Fowler, who possesses good burst off the edge and is relentless as a pass rusher. Yeldon is also a plug-and-play guy, a big kid who can contribute as a runner and receiver. Cann is pro ready, as well; he’s very smart, he’s tough and he’s aware in pass protection. Sample and Greene offer long-term starter potential, and Greene, in particular, represents good value at his draft position. Bennett was once considered to be a potential first-round pick, so he’s also a good value.
Kansas City Chiefs: C+
▪ 1 (18) Marcus Peters, DB, Washington.
▪ 2 (49) Mitch Morse, OT, Missouri.
▪ 3 (76) Chris Conley, WR, Georgia.
▪ 3 (98) Steven Nelson, DB, Oregon State.
▪ 4 (118) Ramik Wilson, LB, Georgia.
▪ 5 (172) D.J. Alexander, LB, Oregon State.
▪ 5 (173) James O’Shaughnessy, TE, Illinois State.
▪ 6 (217) Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DT, Southern Miss.
▪ 7 (233) Da’Ron Brown, WR, Northern Illinois.
The Chiefs went hard after needs in this draft with their wealth of picks, attacking corner, receiver, inside linebacker and center with their first five picks. Peters is a gifted player whose off-field concerns likely pushed him down some team’s draft boards, but if he can keep his emotions in check, he could prove worthy of the pick. Morse was a bit of a surprise in the second round, but the Chiefs bet other teams thought higher of him than draftniks who pegged him as a third- or fourth-round guy. He’s a smart, tough lineman with good feet and versatility, and he’ll immediately compete for the starting center position. Conley is a bit raw as a receiver but he’s smart, super-athletic and has flashed the ability to make the tough catch. He and Nelson, a short-but-competitive corner with athleticism, represent good value in the third round. The Chiefs view Wilson as a “run-and-hit” inside linebacker with plus athleticism and a high ceiling, and Alexander — who boasts 4.5 speed — is cut from the same mold. O’Shaughnessy and Nunez-Roches are interesting developmental prospects at positions of need.
Miami Dolphins: B
▪ 1 (14) DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville.
▪ 2 (52) Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma.
▪ 4 (114) Jamil Douglas, OT, Arizona State.
▪ 5 (145) Bobby McCain, DB, Memphis.
▪ 5 (149) Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State.
▪ 5 (150) Cedric Thompson, DB, Minnesota.
▪ 5 (156) Tony Lippett, WR, Michigan State.
The Dolphins come away with a top-10 draft prospect in Parker and a potential nose in Phillips to pair with big-money free agent Ndamukong Suh. Douglas is an intriguing guard/tackle candidate with good athleticism and strength. McCain is a promising nickel-type who lacks size but is fast and aggressive with instincts. Jay Ajayi is a talented player who likely slipped because of medical or off-field concerns, but he represents excellent value in the fifth round. Lippett could develop into a nice NFL possession receiver. Solid mix of value picks and needs filled.
Minnesota Vikings: A-
▪ 1 (11) Trae Waynes, DB, Michigan State.
▪ 2 (45) Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA.
▪ 3 (88) Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU.
▪ 4 (110) T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh.
▪ 5 (143) MyCole Pruitt, TE, Southern Illinois.
▪ 5 (146) Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland.
▪ 6 (185) Tyrus Thompson, OT, Oklahaoma.
▪ 6 (193) B.J. Dubose, DT, Louisville.
▪ 7 (228) Austin Shepherd, OT, Alabama.
▪ 7 (232) Edmond Robinson, LB, Newberry.
The Vikings snagged a pair of plug-and-play starters with their first two picks. Waynes is a speedy, quick cover corner who will give them another capable body against the gunslingers in the NFC North, while the athletic, instinctive Kendricks will become a tempo setter in the middle of their defense. Hunter has all the tools to be a productive edge rusher, but has yet to put it together. The same can be said for Clemmings at right tackle. Pruitt has some upside as a receiving “H” back type, while Diggs has battled injuries but might be one of the most underrated players in the draft.
New England Patriots: C+
▪ 1 (32) Malcom Brown, DT, Texas.
▪ 2 (64) Jordan Richards, DB, Stanford.
▪ 3 (97) Genio Grissom, DE, Oklahoma.
▪ 4 (101) Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas.
▪ 4 (111) Tre’ Jackson, G, Florida State.
▪ 4 (131) Shaquille Mason, G, Georgia Tech.
▪ 5 (166) Joe Cardona, LS, Navy.
▪ 6 (178) Matthew Wells, LB, Mississippi State.
▪ 6 (202) AJ Derby, TE, Arkansas.
▪ 7 (247) Darryl Roberts, DB, Marshall.
▪ 7 (253) Xzavier Dickson, LB, Alabama.
Brown, a penetrating three-technique, represents excellent value at No. 32. Richards has some athletic limitations but is a smart player, while Grissom adds depth at edge rusher. Flowers is a bulky end with some real pass-rush upside, while Jackson could be a plug-and-play type at right guard. Mason possesses excellent athleticism to get to the second level and has a nasty streak, but might need time to make the conversion from guard to center.
New Orleans Saints: B+
▪ 1 (13) Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford.
▪ 1 (31) Stephone Anthony, LB, Clemson.
▪ 2 (44) Hau’oli Kikaha, LB, Washington.
▪ 3 (75) Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State.
▪ 3 (78) P.J. Williams, DB, Florida State.
▪ 5 (148) Davis Tull, DE, Chattanooga.
▪ 5 (154) Tyeler Davison, DT, Fresno State.
▪ 5 (167) Damian Swann, DB, Georgia.
▪ 7 (230) Marcus Murphy, RB, Missouri.
Nice early haul for the Saints, who used four of their first five picks to select players with legitimate starting upside. Peat is massive and gifted, while Anthony has the ideal combination of size and athleticism for an inside linebacker. Kikaha is a super-productive player with a knack for rushing the passer, while Williams would have gone a round or two earlier were it not for off-field concerns. Grayson is a pro-style passer who might have some long-term upside.
New York Giants: B
▪ 1 (9) Ereck Flowers, OTW, Miami.
▪ 2 (33) Landon Collins, DB, Alabama.
▪ 3 (74) Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA.
▪ 5 (144) Mykkele Thompson, DB, Texas.
▪ 6 (186) Geremy Davis, WR, UConn.
▪ 7 (226) Bobby Hart, OT, Florida State.
Typical draft for the Giants, who invested in big, physical players in their first three picks. Flowers needs to improve his technique but he’s a mean, brawny guy who can help them get back to establishing the run. Collins loves contact and is at his best in the box; he’s a true strong safety who could maybe play linebacker in passing situations. Odighizuwa has durability concerns, but he’s a handful against the run and possesses great play strength.
New York Jets: C
▪ 1 (6) Leonard Williams, DE, Southern California.
▪ 2 (37) Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State.
▪ 3 (82) Lorenzo Mauldin, LB, Louisville.
▪ 4 (103) Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor.
▪ 5 (152) Jarvis Harrison, G, Texas A&M.
▪ 7 (223) Deon Simon, DT, Northwestern State.
The Jets did their best to bulk up their pass rush by selecting Williams, who might be the best player in the draft, and Mauldin, a productive edge rusher at Louisville. Smith is the best ball-tracker in the draft and will help quarterback Geno Smith, provided Petty doesn’t take his job down the road. He’s got to acclimate to an NFL-style scheme first, though. Harrison has Pro Bowl potential but his motor runs a bit hot and cold.
Oakland Raiders: B
▪ 1 (4) Amari Cooper, wr, Alabama.
▪ 2 (35) Mario Edwards, DE, Florida State.
▪ 3 (68) Clive Walford, TE, Miami.
▪ 4 (128) Jon Feliciano, G, Miami.
▪ 5 (140) Ben Heeney, LB, Kansas.
▪ 5 (161) Neiron Bell, LB, Florida.
▪ 6 (179) Max Valles, LB, Virginia.
▪ 7 (218) Anthony Morris, OT, Tennessee State.
▪ 7 (221) Andre Debose, WR, Florida.
▪ 7 (242) Dexter McDonald, DB, Kansas.
Cooper, a polished route runner and big-play threat, will eventually give Derek Carr the No. 1 receiver he needs. Edwards is a gifted player with NFL bloodlines whose motor ran hot-and-cold in 2014. Walford is a talented pass catcher who shows great comfort working the middle of the field, while his Miami teammate, Feliciano, is a tough-guy brawler who could stick in the league for a long time. Heeney is undersized but flies to the ball and will immediately help on special teams.
Philadelphia Eagles: B
▪ 1 (20) Nelson Agholor, WR, Southern California.
▪ 2 (47) Eric Rowe, DB, Utah.
▪ 3 (84) Jordan Hicks, LB, Texas.
▪ 6 (191) JaCorey Shepherd, DB, Kansas.
▪ 6 (196) Randall Evans, DB, Kansas State.
▪ 7 (237) Brian Mihalik, DE, Boston College.
Some thought the Eagles would give up the farm for Marcus Mariota, but instead coach Chip Kelly holds tight at No. 20 and takes the explosive Agholor to replace Jeremy Maclin. Agholor is a nice fit; he runs good routes and is shifty after the catch. Rowe is a long press corner who could also play safety, while Hicks is an emotional, quick inside linebacker with durability concerns. Shepherd has very good instincts while Evans is a long corner. Both will contribute to the Eagles’ secondary depth.
Pittsburgh Steelers: C
▪ 1 (22) Bud Dupree, LB, Kentucky.
▪ 2 (56) Senquez Golson, DB, Mississippi.
▪ 3 (87) Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn.
▪ 4 (121) Doran Grant, CB, Ohio State.
▪ 5 (160) Jesse James, TE, Penn State.
▪ 6 (199) Leterrius Walton, DT, Central Michigan.
▪ 6 (212) Anthony Chickillo, DE, Miami.
▪ 7 (239) Gerod Holliman, DB, Louisville.
Not a ton of sizzle here but the Steelers improved their depth some. Dupree is big enough to set the edge and is comfortable playing in space. He’s a versatile player who fills a need at edge rusher. Golson is undersized, but he’s a good, competitive football player with plus athleticism and ball skills. Coates has all the physical tools to be a deep threat, but he must improve his hands to become a consistent factor. Grant could be an intriguing nickel corner while James looks like a classic inline blocker. Chickillo is a try-hard guy with some upside.
San Diego Chargers: C+
▪ 1 (15) Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin.
▪ 2 (48) Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami.
▪ 3 (83) Craig Mager, DB, Texas State.
▪ 5 (153) Kyle Emanuel, DE, North Dakota State.
▪ 6 (192) Darius Philon, DT, Arkansas.
Gordon is a nice fit; he’ll immediately give Philip Rivers and the Chargers some much-needed balance on offense. Perryman is a hammer at inside linebacker who might have some coverage limitations but plays with an attitude. Mager offers some upside at corner or safety. Emanuel is a try-hard guy with some developmental value.
San Francisco 49ers: C+
▪ 1 (17) Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon.
▪ 2 (46) Jaquiski Tartt, DB, Samford.
▪ 3 (79) Eli Harold, DE, Virginia.
▪ 4 (117) Blake Bell, TE, Oklahoma.
▪ 4 (126) Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina.
▪ 4 (132) DeAndre Smelter, WR, Georgia Tech.
▪ 5 (165) Bradley Pinion, P, Clemson.
▪ 6 (190) Ian Silberman, OT, Boston College.
▪ 7 (244) Trenton Brown, OT, Florida.
▪ 7 (254) Rory Anderson, TE, South Carolina.
Armstead is incredibly gifted; he’s long and athletic and looks the part of a 3-4 defensive end, but his motor runs a bit hot and cold. Tartt is a thumper as a box safety, while Harold offers some upside as a edge rusher. Bell has some natural receiving skills but has only been playing tight end for a year and will need some time to develop. Davis is a natural runner who played injured in 2014; he could outplay his draft selection. Smelter is coming off an ACL tear and has only been playing football two years but he flashes excellent body control and could be a starter down the road. The 49ers’ wealth of picks, overall, helps their grade.
Seattle Seahawks: B-
▪ 2 (63) Frank Clark, DE, Michigan.
▪ 3 (69) Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State.
▪ 4 (130) Terry Poole, OT, San Diego State.
▪ 4 (134) Mark Glowinski, G, West Virginia.
▪ 5 (170) Tye Smith, DB, Towson.
▪ 6 (209) Obum Gwacham, DE, Oregon State.
▪ 6 (214) Kristjan Sokoli, DT, Buffalo.
▪ 7 (248) Ryan Murphy, DB, Oregon State.
The Seahawks surrendered their first round pick for Jimmy Graham, so that needs to be considered here. Clark can really rush the passer, and his selection in the second round wouldn’t have nearly as big a surprise as it was if it weren’t for his off-field issues. Lockett is quick, polished and productive; he has a chance to help the Seahawks immediately at a position of need. Poole and Glowinski offer positional versatility. Smith has intriguing athleticism.
St. Louis Rams: A
▪ 1 (10) Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia.
▪ 2 (57) Robert Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin.
▪ 3 (72) Jamon Brown, OT, Louisville.
▪ 3 (89) Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State.
▪ 4 (119) Andrew Donnal, OT, Iowa.
▪ 6 (201) Bud Sasser, WR, Missouri.
▪ 6 (215) Cody Wichmann, G, Fresno State.
▪ 7 (224) Bryce Hager, LB, Baylor.
▪ 7 (227) Martin Ifedi, DE, Memphis.
The Rams are serious about instilling toughness up front on offense, and this draft should go a long way toward helping them do that. Gurley is a legit top-5 talent in this draft, and ACL tears aren’t nearly as devastating as they used to be. The Rams got him plenty of beef up front to block for him, too, as Havenstein is a long, experienced plug-and-play option at right tackle. Brown is a big guy with good feet and positional versatility at guard or center. The same can be said for Donnal. Sasser is an intriguing developmental guy.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: B+
▪ 1 (1) Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State.
▪ 2 (34) Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State.
▪ 2 (61) Ali Marpet, OT, Hobart.
▪ 4 (124) Kwon Alexander, LB, LSU.
▪ 5 (162) Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska.
▪ 6 (184) Kaelin Clay, WR, Utah.
▪ 7 (231) Joey Iosefa, RB, Hawaii.
The Bucs, in theory, landed their franchise quarterback with Winston, a strong-armed quarterback with moxie and off-field concerns. Smith is massive and gifted but he was inconsistent in college; if he can level out some, he’s got a chance to be a high-level starting tackle. Marpet played at a low-level of college but flashes plus athleticism, smarts and makeup — he showed very well against high-level competition at the Senior Bowl.
Tennessee Titans: B-
▪ 1 (2) Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon.
▪ 2 (40) Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri.
▪ 3 (66) Jeremiah Poutasi, OT, Utah.
▪ 4 (100) Angelo Blackson, DT, Auburn.
▪ 4 (108) Jalston Fowler, RB, Alabama.
▪ 5 (138) David Cobb, RB, Minnesota.
▪ 6 (177) Deiontrez Mount, LB, Louisville.
▪ 6 (208) Andy Gallik, C, Boston College.
▪ 7 (245) Tre McBride, WR, William & Mary.
The Titans are banking on Mariota being their quarterback of the future, and they gave him a first-round talent in Green-Beckham to grow with. Both are a bit boom-or-bust. Poutasi is a phone-booth player who flashes nastiness in the running game and can slide to guard, if necessary, while Blackson has upside as a true 3-4 nose guard. Fowler is an intriguing fullback with plus athleticism, while Cobb lacks great speed but is a natural runner. Gallik is a smart, tough center with long-term upside as a starter.
▪ 1 (5) Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa.
▪ 2 (38) Preston Smith, LB, Mississippi State.
▪ 3 (95) Matt Jones, RB, Florida.
▪ 4 (105) Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke.
▪ 4 (112) Arie Kouandjio, G, Alabama.
▪ 5 (141) Martrell Spaight, LB, Arkansas.
▪ 6 (181) Kyshoen Jarrett, DB, Virginia Tech.
▪ 6 (182) Tevin Mitchel, DB, Arkansas.
▪ 6 (187) Evan Spencer, WR, Ohio State.
▪ 7 (222) Austin Reiter, C, South Florida.
Scherff, a fantastic run blocker, will give Washington’s offensive line some attitude. Smith is an intriguing edge-rusher who can reduce inside on passing downs, while Jones is a violent runner with limited production. Crowder isn’t a burner, but he’s shifty, crafty and understands how to get open. Kouandjio has durability concerns because of injuries to his knees but he looks the part of a starting NFL guard.