Grade
C
Pick
65

Zach Allen

DE | Boston College

Allen is a so-so athlete who has good initial get-off and presses hard through the play, but the Cardinals have a similar guy in ex-Falcon Brooks Reed.

Grade
B
Pick
66
From Oakland Raiders

Diontae Johnson

WR | Toledo

Yes, some will say the Steelers essentially traded Antonio Brown for Diontae Johnson and a fifth-rounder. But let’s remember: Johnson is much, much cheaper, and also—presumably—not anywhere near as much of a problem in the locker room. Pittsburgh’s scheme is simple and Ben Roethlisberger is easy to play with. Can Johnson compete right away?

Jalen Hurd

WR | Baylor

As we covered in the Deebo Samuel write-up, San Francisco’s scheme is receiver-friendly, assuming that receiver has respectable fundamentals. With Hurd, that may take time, as his experience is predominantly at running back. Hurd appears to simply give the Niners depth and options, but given that this team had other needs (namely defensive back), we can assume he wouldn’t be here unless Kyle Shanahan had a specific plan for him.

Grade
B-
Pick
68

Jachai Polite

DL | Florida

Here’s the edge rusher that New York’s roster has been pining for. Some are concerned that Polite isn’t stout enough to hold up against the run, but you can live with your third-rounder becoming just a situation player if those situations involve critical third downs.

Josh Oliver

TE | San Jose State

If you want to be a smashmouth offense, it’s hard to envision where a gadget, flex-style tight end fits in. Oliver did not block at San Jose State…if he comes on the field in any situation other than an obvious passing one, defenses could get a tell.

Grade
A-
Pick
70
From Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Darrell Henderson

RB | Memphis

Henderson is not here to replace Rams star RB Todd Gurley, but he is definitely here to spell him. Gurley’s knee is a long-term concern and his performance fell off drastically last season, so the Rams likely view this as an upgrade at both Henderson’s and Gurley’s spots.

Forfeited Pick

Sam Beal

DB
Grade
B
Pick
71

Dre'Mont Jones

DT | Ohio State

The Broncos have had success finding quality defensive tackles in the early middle rounds. Scouts love Jones’s one-gapping athleticism.

Grade
A-
Pick
72

Germaine Pratt

LB | North Carolina State

Cincy’s linebacking corps is grossly lacking. Though weighing 240, not 250-plus, Pratt has the inside thumping style of play that the team sacrificed in dumping Vontaze Burfict. Don’t be surprised if the rookie plays a big role right away.

Grade
A
Pick
73
From Detroit Lions
From New England Patriots

David Montgomery

RB | Iowa State

Scouts love Montgomery’s contact balance and tough, physical style. He can be a featured back in Jordan Howard’s old spot, leaving Tarik Cohen in a better-fitting scatback role.

Grade
B+
Pick
74

Devin Singletary

RB | Florida Atlantic

Picking Singletary suggests the Bills will not retain LeSean McCoy when his deal expires after this season. Like McCoy, Singletary has a renowned jump cut, which can be a valuable trait in the NFL, where so much of the running game comes down to creating your own space within confined areas.

Grade
A
Pick
75

Jace Sternberger

TE | Texas A&M

Some see Sternberger as a Travis Kelce-type weapon. That’s not to say the one-year Texas A&M wonder will become an All-Pro, but it does mean the Packers are addressing their need for a receiving tight end after having passed on Iowa’s Noah Fant earlier. In new head coach Matt LaFleur’s scheme, the tight end will be asked to play by himself on the weak side at times. You need athletic receiving prowess to do that.

Terry McLaurin

WR | Ohio State

It’s not often that a rookie QB enters the NFL with a familiar target, but that’s what McLaurin gives Dwayne Haskins after both played together at Ohio State. Washington does as good as job as almost any team at creating opportunities for receivers through design.

Grade
A-
Pick
77
From Carolina Panthers
From Seattle Seahawks

Chase Winovich

DL | Michigan

He has stellar physical traits, and his effort and fundamentals (which can be honed) fit well in a Patriots scheme that emphasizes setting the edge and finishing pass rushers late in the down.

Grade
A+
Pick
78

Michael Deiter

OL | Wisconsin

Deiter started all four years at Wisconsin (after redshirting) and should start in Year One with the Dolphins, who had iffy backups Chris Reed and Isaac Asiata penciled in at left guard. Deiter is a strong, nasty competitor who also has versatility.

Grade
B-
Pick
79
From Atlanta Falcons

David Long

DB | Michigan

The Rams have said they want to sign Marcus Peters, who’s in the final year of his deal, to a long-term contract, but could drafting Long mean the end is near for Aqib Talib, whose contract expires after this season? Some see Long as a slot corner, but his physical press-man style might translate effectively to the outside.

Grade
C-
Pick
80

Sione Takitaki

LB | Brigham Young

Takitaki was considered a boom-or-bust performer at BYU. Assuming the Browns will re-up productive middle linebacker Joe Schobert when his contract expires after 2019, this pick could have been made with special teams primarily in mind.

Grade
B-
Pick
81
From Minnesota Vikings

Will Harris

DB | Boston College

The Lions play a lot of six-and seven-DB packages under Matt Patricia, making secondary depth and versatility a key component for this defense. Anyone in this scheme must have the ability to match up one-on-one in space, and the Lions hope Harris can do that, particularly against tight ends.

Grade
C+
Pick
82

Nate Davis

OL | Charlotte

With right guard Kevin Pamphile in a contract year, the hope is Davis can assume that starting job in 2020. He’s known as a mauler, which is interesting because the Titans employ an outside zone scheme, which is built more on agility.

Justin Layne

CB | Michigan State

Layne is perceived as a plus-sized bump-and-run corner, which the Steelers need after finally admitting (albeit tacitly) that Artie Burns has been a bust. Pittsburgh runs a zone scheme, but their outside corners are often required to matchup to receivers vertically. With ex-Chief Steven Nelson aboard, Layne has time to develop from an initially lesser role.

Grade
B
Pick
84
From Seattle Seahawks

Khalen Saunders

DL | Western Illinois

Kansas City’s run defense has been perplexingly poor over the years. A change in scheme (from Bob Sutton and his 3-4 to Steve Spagnuolo and his 4-3) will help, but so will adding new bodies up front. Scouts like Saunders’s suddenness.

Grade
A-
Pick
85

Jaylon Ferguson

DE | Louisiana Tech

Many saw Ferguson as a higher-level prospect, but he didn’t test well prior to the draft. His film, however, showed good hand usage and a productive speed-to-power rush. The Ravens need a replacement for Za’Darius Smith and might need another next year for Matt Judon, who is slated for free agency. 2017 second day picks Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams have not developed, so the Ravens are trying again.

Grade
C-
Pick
86

Kahale Warring

TE | San Diego State

Warring is a freakish, high-upside, under-the-radar prospect for a Texans team that drafted two tight ends last year—Jordan Akins and Jordan Thomas—and found distinct roles for both of them. With Ryan Griffin in a contract year, the team appears to be looking for insurance and long-term options.

Grade
C
Pick
87
From Chicago Bears

Damien Harris

RB | Alabama

This one is a little surprising, as Harris figures to be more of a first- and second-down back, which is precisely what last year’s first-round pick, Sony Michel, is for this team. James White and Rex Burkhead are also under contract to 2021. Still, Harris is a productive player from a storied program, so you can’t outright rip the decision.

Grade
C
Pick
88
From Philadelphia Eagles
From Detroit Lions
From Minnesota Vikings

Cody Barton

LB | Utah

In Seattle’s scheme, linebackers must have the speed to drop deeper into coverage and then quickly converge on the ball after the catch. Some question whether Barton climbs high enough on those charts, but with Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright still going strong, Seattle need only find a No. 3 linebacker to play 12-16 snaps a game.

Bobby Okereke

LB | Stanford

Behind Darius Leonard and Anthony Walker, the Colts struggled at No. 3 linebacker spot, which was often manned by Matthew Adams. Opponents at times went with two tight ends so they could deliberately attack Adams in coverage. Some might question whether Okereke, at 240 pounds, is stout enough to be a No. 3 base linebacker, but in Indy’s scheme, quickness is most critical in that position.

Grade
B+
Pick
90

Connor McGovern

OL | Penn State

Last year’s supposed second-round steal Connor Williams struggled to anchor and maintain pass blocks as a rookie, and he might not have the girth to prosper in the NFL. McGovern provides some long-term insurance here. Plus, if La’el Collins is not re-signed in 2020, that could necessitate Williams moving to right tackle, opening a spot at guard.

Trey Pipkins

- | Sioux Falls

Russell Okung and Sam Tevi are solid bookend tackles under contract for the next two years, and Pipkins is viewed as a developmental prospect here.

Grade
B+
Pick
92
From Kansas City Chiefs
From Seattle Seahawks
From Minnesota Vikings

Chuma Edoga

T | USC

Edoga was a highly touted prospect who did not always play up to his abilities at USC. The Jets appear to be rolling the dice, hoping to find a developmental project who could sneak into a starting role down the road. It’s worth noting that their top three offensive tackles, Kelvin Beachum, Brandon Shell and backup Brent Qvale are all in the final year of their contracts.

Grade
C+
Pick
93
From New Orleans Saints
From New York Jets
From Minnesota Vikings

Miles Boykin

WR | Notre Dame

Yes, drafting Marquise Brown in the first round takes some of the sting off Baltimore’s dire need at wide receiver, but entering Friday night, it was still a position of need. Boykin is viewed more as a developmental project. Do they believe he can contribute immediately in a No. 4 role?

Grade
C+
Pick
94
From Los Angeles Rams

Jamel Dean

DB | Auburn

That’s two corners drafted in one night for the Buccaneers, which makes you wonder how the new coaching staff views 2016 first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves.

Grade
B
Pick
95
From New England Patriots
From Cleveland Browns

Oshane Ximines

DE | Old Dominion

Giants fans might be decrying the failure to get an edge rusher earlier, but defensive coordinator James Bettcher’s blitz-intensive system puts more emphasis on players winning in solo coverage than off the edge. The hope is that Ximines can follow through.

Grade
A-
Pick
96
From Washington Redskins

Dawson Knox

TE | Mississippi

The Bills are not deep at wide receiver and they need to simplify their system for young QB Josh Allen. A great solution is to go with multiple tight ends, which puts the defense in more predictable looks and gives you more dimension in the running game.

Grade
B
Pick
97
From New England Patriots

Bobby Evans

OL | Oklahoma

With long arms, Evans is built like a true offensive tackle. That’s not to say he can’t play guard—but if he is indeed a tackle, it likely means the Rams plan on moving their presumed tackle of the future, 2018 third-round pick Joe Noteboom, inside. Something to keep an eye on.

Grade
C-
Pick
98
From Los Angeles Rams

Quincy Williams II

LB | Murray State

With the Jags being two-deep at every linebacker spot and set for the long-term in nickel with Telvin Smith and Myles Jack, this draft pick appears to be about bolstering special teams.

Grade
A
Pick
99
From Los Angeles Rams

Mike Edwards

S | Kentucky

Edwards was a versatile four-year starter in the SEC. Now he joins a Bucs scheme that places a premium on safety versatility, with Todd Bowles at defensive coordinator. The new staff is not tied to any of the incumbent safeties, and none of those incumbent safeties—save for maybe Justin Evans—are clear starters. Could Edwards become a first-unit player?

Grade
B+
Pick
100

Will Grier

QB | West Virginia

And so it turns out that the dark horse QB in this draft wasn’t a dark horse at all, just another projected long-term backup. Given Cam Newton’s shoulder problems, backup QB might prove to be a critical position in Carolina.

Grade
C+
Pick
101
From New England Patriots
From Los Angeles Rams

Yodny Cajuste

OL | West Virginia

With no proven backup tackles on the roster, the Patriots decided they’d develop one. Cajuste is a project, but offensive line coach Dante Scarnechia, at this point, is viewed as a wizard.

Grade
B
Pick
102
From Baltimore Ravens

Alexander Mattison

RB | Boise State

Mattison’s determined, urgent running style fits a team that wants to be run-oriented. He certainly won’t challenge Dalvin Cook for significant playing time, but he could spell Cook in certain run-oriented packages.

Go To Round 1

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Birdie (-1)
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