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Tennessee Titans were impressive in the draft. I love their draft

Tennessee Titans were impressive in the draft. I love their draft

MIAMI Dolphins –  B+

Best Pick – DeVante Parker is a very solid number 1 wide out, and will be on the outside for the Phins. 

Sleeper Pick – Jay Ajayi slipped because he had an injury, but he was a steal. I love this kids bowling ball technique. 

 

Rd. No. Player Pos. College
1 14 DeVante Parker WR Louisville
2 52 Jordan Phillips NT Oklahoma
4 114 Jamil Douglas OG Arizona State
5 145 Bobby McCain CB Memphis
5 149 Jay Ajayi RB Boise State
5 150 Cedric Thompson FS Minnesota
5 156 Tony Lippett WR Michigan State

BUFFALO Bills – B-

 

Best Pick – Nick O’Leary from Florida State has the best hands of any tight end in the draft. He might not be fast but the guy has glue hands. 

Sleeper Pick – Dezmin Lewis from UCA is a true red zone target, and is the biggest Bills receiver on the roster. He will score TD’s in Buffalo, MARK MY WORDS.

Rd. No. Player Pos. College
2 50 Ronald Darby CB FSU
3 81 John Miller OG Louisville
5 155 Karlos Williams RB FSU
6 188 Tony Steward OLB Clemson
6 194 Nick O’Leary TE FSU
7 234 Dezmin Lewis WR Central Arkansas

NEW ENGLAND Patriots – B

 

Best Pick – Malcolm Brown is a perfect example of the Rich getting richer.  They are great at what they do in the Draft Room.

Sleeper Pick – Tre Jackson will be a starter before you know it.  I love this pick 

Rd. No. Player Pos. College
1 32 Malcom Brown DT Texas
2 64 Jordan Richards SS Stanford
3 97 Geneo Grissom DE Oklahoma
4 101 Trey Flowers DE Arkansas
4 111 Tre’ Jackson OG FSU
4 131 Shaq Mason C Georgia Tech
5 166 Joe Cardona LS Navy
6 178 Matthew Wells LB Mississippi State
6 202 A.J. Derby TE Arkansas
7 247 Darryl Roberts CB Marshall
7 253 Xzavier Dickson DE Alabama

N.Y. JETS – A-

 

Best Pick – Leonard Williams is an animal and I love this pick.  He will be a starter for years

Sleeper Pick – Deon Simon from Northwestern State is a BIG MAN, he will clog holes. Bowles is stacking his D-Line. 

Rd. No. Player Pos. College
1 5 Leonard Williams DE USC
2 37 Devin Smith WR Ohio State
3 82 Lorenzo Mauldin OLB Louisville
4 103 Bryce Petty QB Baylor
5 152 Jarvis Harrison OG Texas A&M
7 223 Deon Simon NT Northwestern State

HOUSTON Texans – A

Best Pick – Bernardrick McKinney will be a starter for a long time in the NFL. A future Patrick Willis?

Sleeper Pick – Keith Mumphrey is a fast wide out with a running backs body. He has great hands and will have a good career.

 

Rd. No. Player Pos. College
1 16 Kevin Johnson CB Wake Forest
2 43 Benardrick McKinney ILB Mississippi State
3 70 Jaelen Strong WR Arizona State
5 175 Keith Mumphrey WR Michigan State
6 211 Reshard Cliett OLB South Florida
6 216 Christian Covington DT Rice
7 235 Kenny Hilliard RB LSU

INDIANAPOLIS Colts – C

 

Best Pick – Clayton Geathers from UCF is a nasty hitter with an amazing bloodline.

Sleeper Pick – Amarlo Herrera from Georgia is a good player. I love this pick because the kid has heart.

Rd. No. Player Pos. College
1 29 Phillip Dorsett WR UM
3 65 D’Joun Smith CB FAU
3 93 Henry Anderson DE Stanford
4 109 Clayton Geathers SS UCF
5 151 David Parry NT Stanford
6 205 Josh Robinson RB Mississippi State
6 207 Amarlo Herrera ILB Georgia
7 255 Denzell Goode OG Mars Hill

JACKSONVILLE Jaguars-  B+

Best Pick – A.J. Cann is a mauler, and I feel he will terrorize his opponents. He was pissed he was not drafted earlier

Sleeper Pick – Neal Sterling from Monmouth is a big target, and could become a red-zone target.

 

Rd. No. Player Pos. College
1 3 Dante Fowler Jr. OLB UF
2 36 T.J. Yeldon RB Alabama
3 67 A.J. Cann OG South Carolina
4 104 James Sample SS Louisville
5 139 Rashad Greene WR FSU
6 180 Michael Bennett DT Ohio State
7 220 Neal Sterling WR Monmouth
7 229 Ben Koyack TE Notre Dame

TENNESSEE Titans – A+

Best Pick – Dorial Green-Beckham is a steal and he will be a weapon for Mariota for years to come

Sleeper Pick – David Cobb will be a star in the NFL, I love this draft for the Titans.  All around was amazing

 

Rd. No. Player Pos. College
1 2 Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
2 40 Dorial Green-Beckham WR Missouri
3 66 Jeremiah Poutasi OG Utah
4 100 Angelo Blackson DT Auburn
4 108 Jalston Fowler FB Alabama
5 138 David Cobb RB Minnesota
6 177 Deiontrez Mount OLB Louisville
6 208 Andy Gallick C Boston College
7 245 Tre McBride WR William & Mary

DENVER Broncos – B

Best Pick – Shane Ray should not have dropped too far, and I feel the Broncos did the right thing by drafting him

Sleeper Pick – Max Garcia from Florida can compete right now with Gino Gradkowski but will be a very good rotational guy at guard.

 

Rd. No. Player Pos. College
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 UF
5 164 Lorenzo Doss CB Tulane
6 203 Darius Kilgo NT Maryland
7 250 Trevor Siemian QB Northwestern
7 251 Taurean Nixon DB Tulane
7 252 Josh Furman DB Oklahoma State

KANSAS CITY Chiefs – B-

Best Pick – Marcus Peters is a very solid corner and he will be the future of the Chiefs secondary

Sleeper Pick – Steven Nelson is an aggressive corner and he will tag team with Marcus Peters

 

Rd. No. Player Pos. College
1 18 Marcus Peters CB Washington
2 49 Mitch Morse OG Missouri
3 76 Chris Conley WR Georgia
3 98 Steven Nelson CB Oregon State
4 118 Ramik Wilson ILB Georgia
5 172 D.J. Alexander OLB 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

OAKLAND Raiders – A

Best Pick – Amari Cooper is our favorite player in the draft, and I feel he will be a standout for Derek Carr

Sleeper Pick – Clive Walford will be the starting tight end for the Raiders in a few years

 

Rd. No. Player Pos. College
1 4 Amari Cooper WR Alabama
2 35 Mario Edwards Jr. DT FSU
3 68 Clive Walford TE UM
4 128 Jon Feliciano OG UM
5 140 Ben Heeney ILB Kansas
5 161 Neiron Ball OLB UF
6 179 Max Valles OLB Virginia
7 218 Anthony Morris OL Tennessee State
7 221 Andre Debose WR UF
7 242 Dexter McDonald CB Kansas

SAN DIEGO Chargers – B

Best Pick – Melvin Gordon will be a starter for years to come in San Diego

Sleeper Pick – Kyle Emanuel is a very solid pass rusher, and North Dakota State has another alum in the NFL.

 

Rd. No. Player Pos. College
1 15 Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin
2 48 Denzel Perryman ILB UM
3 83 Craig Mager CB Texas State
5 153 Kyle Emanuel OLB North Dakota State
6 192 Darius Philon DT Arkansas

BALTIMORE Ravens – B

Best Pick – Maxx Williams of Minnesota is a good tight end and the Ravens have a huge need at the position

Sleeper Pick – Nick Boyle of Delaware might end up being better than Maxx Williams in the long run.

 

Rd. No. Player Pos. College
1 26 Breshad Perriman WR UCF
2 55 Maxx Williams TE Minnesota
3 90 Carl Davis DT Iowa
4 122 Za’Darius Smith DE Kentucky
4 125 Javorius Allen RB USC
4 136 Tray Walker CB Texas Southern
5 171 Nick Boyle TE Delaware
5 176 Robert Myers OG Tennessee St.
6 204 Darren Waller WR Georgia Tech

CINCINNATI Bengals – B-

Best Pick – Paul Dawson of TCU is a very solid player and I feel pairing him up with Vontaze and Lemur.

Sleeper Pick – Josh Shaw of USC has the potential to be a star in the league, and I feel he can help the Bengals early and often

 

Rd. No. Player Pos. College
1 21 Cedric Ogbuehi OT Texas A&M
2 53 Jake Fisher OT Oregon
3 85 Tyler Kroft TE Rutgers
3 99 Paul Dawson ILB TCU
4 120 Josh Shaw CB USC
4 135 Marcus Hardison DE Arizona St.
5 157 C.J. Uzomah TE Auburn
6 197 Derron Smith FS Fresno St.
7 238 Mario Alford WR West Virginia

CLEVELAND Browns – B

Best Pick – Duke Johnson will run wild for the Brownies. I love this pick!!

Sleeper Pick – Vince Mayle is kid that could eventually replace Josh Gordon. He has a huge upside

 

Rd. No. Player Pos. College
1 12 Danny Shelton NT Washington
1 19 Cameron Erving C FSU
2 51 Nate Orchard DE Utah
3 77 Duke Johnson RB UM
3 32 Xavier Cooper DT Washington St.
4 115 Ibraheim Campbell SS Northwestern
4 123 Vince Mayle WR Washington St.
6 189 Charles Gaines CB Louisville
6 195 Malcolm Johnson TE Mississippi St.
6 198 Randall Telfer TE USC
7 219 Hayes Pullard ILB USC
7 241 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon

PITTSBURGH Steelers – B-

 

Best Pick – Bud Dupree should not have fell this far, and the Steelers were smart by drafting him.

Sleeper Pick – Chickillo is a STEELER, WOW. I love this pick

Rd. No. Player Pos. College
1 22 Bud Dupree OLB Kentucky
2 56 Senquez Golson CB Mississippi
3 87 Sammie Coates WR Auburn
4 121 Doran Grant CB Ohio St.
5 160 Jesse James TE PSU
6 199 Leterrius Walton DT Central Michigan
6 212 Anthony Chickillo DE UM
7 239 Gerod Holliman FS Louisville

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