The 2017 NFL Draft is finally underway, and NFL expert Matt Verderame will grade every pick for Thursday and Friday night’s action.
After months of talking about who is going to be picked where, we are finally finding out. It has been a long road, starting with the tape from the last few years, and onto the East-West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl, NFL Scouting Combine and pro days.
On Thursday night, we’ll see 32 players go off the board, with surprises popping up occasionally. While only three quarterbacks are sure to be taken, it would be a mild shock if at least one more doesn’t hear his name called before the end of the first night. In the NFL, quarterbacks aren’t forced to wait. Conversely, who ends up sitting in the green room until Friday? Unfortunately, a poor soul or two will be left wondering for another day what their fates are to be.
Some of the more notable names to keep an eye on include corner Gareon Conley, running backs Dalvin Cook and Joe Mixon, linebacker Reuben Foster and safety Jabrill Peppers. All have some lingering off-field issues, and could be a steal should they prove their character over the years. Or, just as easily, they could become synonymous with a bust in their next town.
Throughout the night, we will have instant grades of all the picks along with a bit of analysis. Make sure to refresh the page to see everything. Thanks for joining us, and good luck to your respective team!
1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M
This was the best move for a team that depserately needed to get this pick right. After a ton of talk centering on Mitchell Trubisky, the Browns wisely went with the sure thing in Garrett, who should come into the NFL and produce immediately.
2. Chicago Bears (via 49ers): Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
This is a puzzling move for a team that has a litany of needs. Chicago had three of the top 70 picks in what is a loaded draft, but dealt a third and fourth-round pick this year, along with a third-rounder in the 2018 draft. Most believe, including me, that Trubisky has the ceiling of Andy Dalton. Factoring in other needs, picks traded and the ceiling of the player, it’s a bad move.
That’s to say nothing of Mike Glennon. Ugh.
3. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford
The 49ers had a great first night. They were able to pick up a third and fourth round pick this year from the Bears, and only moved back on spot. Thomas is a plug-and-play defensive lineman who should help improve a 49ers defense that has real talent at all three levels.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
The Jaguars had to give more help to Blake Bortles, who is in a make-or-break year. Fournette immediately gives Jacksonville a fast, bruising back that can rush for 1,000 yards as a rookie. This is one of the safer picks imaginable.
5. Tennessee Titans (via Rams): Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Davis has been dominant in the MAC for three seasons, showcasing an…