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Titans traded up with the Patriots to select Wester Kentucky WR Taywan Taylor with the No. 72 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Apr 28 - 9:58 PM

Chargers selected Indiana OG Dan Feeney with the No. 71 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Feeney (6’4/305) made 42 starts on the Hoosiers’ line – the first 37 at right guard and final five at right tackle – and earned first-team All-Big Ten in each of his final two seasons as well as first-team All-America as a senior. Feeney was charged with just two sacks allowed in his college career. A finesse lineman, Feeney specialized in pass protection and zone blocking at Indiana and isn’t a power player. He also missed four games to a severe concussion in 2016. Feeney’s lack of mauling strength caps his ceiling, but he projects as a competent starter in the Andy Levitre mold. Chargers GM Tom Telesco is drilling the offensive line on day two, as he should after Philip Rivers got happy feet down the stretch last season.
Apr 28 - 9:55 PM

Vikings selected Ohio State C/G Pat Elflein with the No. 70 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.

Elflein (6’3/303) made 40 starts on the Buckeyes’ line, manning guard as a sophomore and junior before shifting to pivot as a senior, where he earned the Rimington Award as the nation’s top center. Elflein was a first-team All-Big Ten pick in each of his final three years. A decorated high school wrestler, Elflein’s work ethic and leadership were roundly applauded in Columbus, and his run-blocking prowess stands out on tape. Very much on the Jeff Uhlenhake-LeCharles Bentley-Nick Mangold Buckeye center career path, Elflein is pro ready with long-term starter potential.
Apr 28 - 9:53 PM

Rams selected Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp with the No. 69 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Kupp (6’2/204) originally walked on at EWU, yet went on to start 52-of-52 games and earn FCS Offensive Player of the Year as both a junior and senior, breaking the all-division college record for career receiving yards (6,464) on 428 receptions (15.1 YPR) with 73 touchdowns. Kupp also scored three times on punt returns. Strictly a slot receiver in the Eagles’ wide-open spread, Kupp carries "system player" concerns after running 4.62 in Indy. Turning 24 in July, Kupp is also old for an incoming NFL rookie. Not big or athletic enough to win outside, Kupp is ticketed for an interior receiver role in the pros. PFF College has compared Kupp to ex-Bengals slot WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Despite his limitations, Kupp could be heavily targeted early in the Rams talent-bare receiver corps.
Apr 28 - 9:48 PM

Jaguars selected Illinois DE Dawuane Smoot with the No. 68 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Smoot (6’3/264) made 24 starts on the Fighting Illini defensive line, graduating sixth in school history in tackles for loss (38.5) and eighth in sacks (16.5). He was only a third-team All-Big Ten pick as a senior despite finishing second in the conference in QB pressures (43). A disruptive college edge player who was inconsistent against the run, Smoot raised athleticism question marks with 29th-percentile SPARQ results in Indy. Smoot has a place in the NFL, but it’s likely not as a starter. He would do well to become a useful situational rusher.
Apr 28 - 9:47 PM

Saints traded up with the 49ers to select Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara with the No. 67 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

In a stunning move for a team that just signed Adrian Peterson to pair with Mark Ingram, the Saints have sent their 2018 second-rounder to San Francisco in addition to a seventh-rounder. Kamara (5’10/214) committed to Alabama out of high school only to redshirt as a freshman, transfer to JUCO, and spend his final two seasons in Knoxville, where he posted a 210-1,294-16 (6.16 YPC) career rushing line and caught 74 passes as the lightning to Jalen Hurd’s thunder. Kamara also averaged 10.9 yards on 26 punt returns, returning one to the house. Kamara is a versatile space back, but he disappointed with a 4.56 forty time in Indy and never reached 20 carries in a college game, topping 15 carries just three times in 24 appearances. Kamara did catch multiple passes in 19 games. A playmaking RBBC back who still needs to learn how to pass protect, Kamara is essentially a rich man’s Kenyan Drake. He won't have 2017 re-draft value.
Apr 28 - 9:43 PM

49ers selected Colorado CB Ahkello Witherspoon with the No. 66 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Witherspoon (6’3/198) made 21 starts in three years at CU after transferring from JUCO, logging 23 pass breakups with three interceptions and earning second-team All-Big 12 as a senior. PFF College charted Witherspoon with an anemic 31.8% completion rate allowed last year. Witherspoon combines a tall, lean frame with 33-inch arms and 92nd-percentile athleticism, including 4.45 speed and a 40 ½-inch vertical. Witherspoon needs to get stronger and is a matador tackler, but his cover skills and traits are mouth watering. Built like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Witherspoon offers starter potential if his NFL coaches can scheme around his contact aversion.
Apr 28 - 9:39 PM

Browns selected UNC Charlotte DL Larry Ogunjobi with the No. 65 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.

Ogunjobi (6’3/305) made 46 starts for the 49ers, establishing school records in tackles (217), tackles for loss (49), sacks (13), and QB hurries (33). He was voted first-team All-C-USA by the conference’s coaches as a senior. Ogunjobi’s stock elevated at the Combine with No. 2 SPARQ results among defensive linemen, including a sub-5.00 forty. He also aced the Wonderlic Exam (36). On tape, Ogunjobi was a man amongst boys in Conference USA, frequently de-cleating blockers and earning PFF College’s No. 4 run-defense grade in 2016. Ogunjobi reminds of Grady Jarrett as an unheralded two-way impact player with run-defense and pass-rush ability. The Browns continue to make smart picks.
Apr 28 - 9:38 PM

Panthers selected Western Michigan OT Taylor Moton with the No. 64 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Moton (6’5/319) was a 52-game starter on the Broncos’ offensive line, earning first-team action at both guard and tackle. He was a first-team All-MAC pick as a senior. PFF College charged Moton with only two sacks allowed over his final three seasons, and only two QB hits allowed in 2016. Moton posted the No. 5 SPARQ score among offensive linemen at the Combine and offers plus arm length (34 1/8") with huge hands (10 5/8"). A skilled mover who also packs power, Moton was compared to Kelechi Osemele by Rotoworld draft analyst Josh Norris. He will likely start out a right tackle in Carolina.
Apr 28 - 9:31 PM

Bills traded up with the Falcons and selected Temple OT Dion Dawkins with the No. 63 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

In exchange, the Bills sent the Nos. 75, 149, and 156 picks to Atlanta. Dawkins (6’4/314) made 40 starts as the Owls’ left tackle, overcoming early-career foot and ankle injuries to earn first-team All-American Athletic Conference as a senior. While Dawkins needs technical work in pass protection, he demonstrated NFL-caliber run-blocking power on tape and is blessed with vine-like arms (35"). NFL scouts seem mixed on Dixon’s best position, with some projecting him to guard and others to stay at tackle. In Buffalo, Dawkins figures to step right in at right tackle. He also managed a 12 on the Wonderlic Test. Either way, Dawkins is a quality prospect with potential.
Apr 28 - 9:29 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys are asking for a third-round pick for CB Orlando Scandrick.

He became expendable when the Cowboys selected Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie with the No. 60 overall pick. Scandrick dealt with hamstring trouble last year but earned positive marks in coverage from ProFootballFocus when healthy. If the Cowboys do end up moving Scandrick, Awuzie would likely start opposite Anthony Brown at corner.
Apr 28 - 9:26 PM

Steelers selected USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster with the No. 62 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Sammie Coates' roster spot could be in trouble. Smith-Schuster (6’1/215) was the go-to guy for Sam Darnold and Cody Kessler at USC, logging a career 213-3,092-25 (14.5 YPR) receiving line in only three years before turning pro. Absurdly young coming out, Smith-Schuster won’t turn 21 until late November and is over three years younger than fellow 2016 prospect Cooper Kupp. On college tape, Smith-Schuster doesn’t wow as a dynamic separator or post-catch dominator, but he plays with a smooth, collected savvy and demonstrates a knack for making difficult plays in traffic. He ran a respectable 4.54 forty with a 10-foot broad jump in Indy. Not yet at his athletic peak, Smith-Schuster likely offers a higher long-term upside than initially meets the eye.
Apr 28 - 9:25 PM

Packers selected North Carolina State SS Josh Jones with the No. 61 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Jones (6’1/220) started all three seasons at N.C. State before turning pro, manning strong safety early on before flipping to free safety as a 2016 junior. He logged seven career tackles for loss, eight interceptions, and two forced fumbles, and led the Wolfpack in tackles (109) last year while allowing zero touchdown passes in coverage. PFF College charted him with 13 missed tackles, however. Jones’ stock skyrocketed at the Combine, blazing 4.41 with a 37 ½-inch vertical, absurd 11-foot broad jump, and 20 reps on the bench. An inconsistent tackler with mouth-watering athletic traits, Jones has boom-bust characteristics as a free-strong safety tweener.
Apr 28 - 9:22 PM

Cowboys selected Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie with the No. 60 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.

Awuzie (6’0/202) played all over the Buffaloes’ defense, seeing action at boundary and slot corner, both safety spots, and even linebacker. Although Awuzie managed three interceptions across 41 starts, he set school records in tackles for loss (26) and sacks (9) by a defensive back, earning first-team All-Pac 12 as a senior. Awuzie predictably crushed the Combine, registering top-five SPARQ results with 4.43 speed and an 11-foot broad jump. Awuzie also aced the Wonderlic Exam (34). His weakness is tackling efficiency with 33 missed tackles the past three years. While Awuzie’s NFL position is to be determined, he checks boxes as a football player and athlete and should develop into a plus starter wherever he lands.
Apr 28 - 9:17 PM

Chiefs selected Villanova DE Tanoh Kpassagnon with the No. 59 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Kpassagnon (6’7/289) earned 2016 Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year, capping his career with 22 sacks, 37.5 tackles for loss, and four forced fumbles as a two-time first-team All-CAA pick. Kpassagnon posted the fourth-highest SPARQ results among defensive linemen before the draft, running 4.83 and measuring in with freaky-long arms (35 5/8") and huge hands (10 5/8"). While Kpassagnon looks the part, his tape reveals a slower-moving down lineman who lacks burst and spent too much time on the ground against low-level competition. Kpassagnon’s upside is inarguable, but his NFL learning curve will be steep.
Apr 28 - 9:14 PM



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