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Seahawks selected Michigan WR Amara Darboh with the No. 106 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Darboh (6’2/214) made 28 starts as a Wolverine, compiling a career receiving line of 151-2,062-14 (13.7 YPR) and earning second-team All-Big Ten as a fifth-year senior. While Darboh offers above-average size and long arms (32 5/8"), his game lacks an explosive element despite 4.45 timed speed, and he showed a tendency to let passes into his body on college tape, failing to secure them with his hands. A solid college player lacking any standout traits, Darboh’s NFL ceiling is likely in the Terrance Williams range.
Apr 28 - 11:50 PM

Bucs traded up with the Jets to select LSU LB Kendell Beckwith with the No. 107 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The Bucs surrendered their fourth- and sixth-round picks to move up. Beckwith (6’2/243) made 29 starts at middle linebacker for the Tigers, tallying 24.5 career tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He led LSU in tackles (91) as a senior and earned first-team All-SEC from the conference’s coaches, only to tear his left ACL in the Tigers’ second-to-last regular season game. When healthy, Beckwith is a two-down banger in the Benardrick McKinney mold who will likely leave the field on passing downs. Due to the knee injury, Beckwith is a candidate to "redshirt" his rookie NFL season.
Apr 28 - 11:42 PM

Steelers selected Pitt RB James Conner with the No. 105 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Connor (6’2/233) took college football by storm as a 2014 sophomore, earning ACC Player of the Year with 26 rushing TDs only to tear his right MCL one game into his junior season. Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma later that year, yet remarkably returned to post a 216-1,092-16 (5.06 YPC) rushing line in 2016 and set a career high with 21 receptions. While a great story, Connor’s post-cancer tape was that of a plodding grinder, lacking burst and winning purely on straight-line force. Conner’s likeliest NFL projection is an early-down thumper with short-yardage and clock-killing value like a poor man’s LeGarrette Blount.
Apr 28 - 11:32 PM

49ers traded up with the Vikings to select Iowa QB C.J. Beathard with the No. 104 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The 49ers entered this draft looking for their quarterback of the future, and this pick is not going to change that. Beathard (6’2/219) made 28 starts in the Hawkeyes’ pro-style, play-action offense, compiling a 21-7 record but completing just 58.1% of his passes with a 7.0 yards-per-attempt average and 40:19 TD-to-INT ratio. He slumped to 56.5% completions and 6.4 YPA as a senior. The nephew of longtime GM Bobby Beathard, C.J. projects as a career backup with inconsistent touch, poor pocket presence, and molasses-slow mechanics which led to 58 sacks over his final two years. His ceiling is likely in the T.J. Yates range.
Apr 28 - 11:30 PM

Saints selected Florida Atlantic DE Trey Hendrickson with the No. 103 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Hendrickson (6’4/266) set school records in tackles for loss (42), sacks (29), and forced fumbles (8) as a three-year starter at FAU, capping his career by earning 2016 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and leading the nation in blocked kicks (4). PFF College charted Hendrickson with its highest pass-rush productivity rating last season. Hendrickson followed up with a strong Combine, running 4.65 with plus marks in the broad jump (10’2") and three-cone drill (7.03). While not heavily touted by the draft community, Hendrickson checks boxes for college dominance and athleticism, and at worst should contribute immediately on special teams with ample traits to push for a starting edge-player job in time.
Apr 28 - 11:27 PM

Seahawks selected North Carolina DT Nazair Jones with the No. 102 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Jones (6’5/304) declared for the draft as a redshirt junior after making 21 starts at UNC, tallying 21 career tackles for loss, five sacks, and 12 pass breakups. He only earned third-team All-ACC in 2016. Jones was charted with more run stops than QB pressures as a Tar Heel by PFF College, and lacks NFL pass-rush tools. A sub-par athlete with 5.11 speed and a 24 ½-inch vertical, Jones was routinely pulled off the field in passing situations by UNC’s defensive staff. Still a long-armed (34 5/8"), high-motor defender capable of plugging the run, Jones projects as an early-down rotational lineman.
Apr 28 - 11:25 PM

Broncos selected Lamar CB Brendan Langley with the No. 101 pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Langley (6’0/189) committed to Georgia as a four-star high school recruit, but struggled for playing time and resurfaced at small-school Lamar in Texas, where he converted from wide receiver to cornerback in 2016 and earned first-team All-Southland Conference as both a defensive back and return specialist. Langley intercepted six passes as a senior and combined for three return scores. His stock rose in Indy with a 4.43 forty and 22 bench-press reps. A size-speed prospect who is still learning how to play corner, Langley offers long-range upside but is unlikely to contribute much in year one.
Apr 28 - 11:20 PM

Titans selected FIU TE Jonnu Smith with the No. 100 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Smith (6’3/248) was a rare four-year starter at tight end for the Panthers, setting several school records with a career 178-2,001-18 (11.2 YPR) receiving line and earning second-team All-Conference USA as a senior. He proceeded to destroy the Combine, running 4.62 with freaky vertical (38") and broad (10’7") jumps and top-four SPARQ results in this loaded tight end class. Smith shows a tendency to body catch and is facing a significant jump in competition, but he was a better blocker than expected on college film, and his athleticism is evident as a post-catch playmaker. If coached up properly, Smith could surprise as a Delanie Walker-type weapon in the middle of the field.
Apr 28 - 11:18 PM

Eagles selected West Virginia CB Rasul Douglas with the No. 99 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Douglas (6’2/209) played two years at WVU after transferring from JUCO, spending the first as a rotational corner and special teamer before breaking out as a senior to lead the nation in interceptions (8) and earn first-team All-Big 12. Douglas sports plus arm length (32 3/8") and a Xavier Rhodes-like frame. Polarizing among NFL scouts due partly to 4.59 speed, Douglas was viewed as a zone-only corner by some and one of the draft’s top bump-and-run corners by others. He mostly played off-zone in college. Still, Douglas’ combination of length and ball skills give him a high ceiling, even if his floor is low.
Apr 28 - 11:13 PM

Cardinals selected Grambling State WR Chad Williams with the No. 98 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Williams (6’1/207) was a second-team FCS All-American in 2016, leading the Southwestern Athletic Conference in catches (90), yards (1,337), and touchdowns (11) and earning an invite to January’s Senior Bowl. Still snubbed for a Combine invite, Williams rebounded at his Pro Day with a 4.43 forty and respectable vertical (35 1/2") and broad (10’3") jumps. Williams was arrested last May for firearm and marijuana possession and played at a low-level college, dimming his NFL prospects. Still, Williams’ high-end combination of production and athleticism makes him an intriguing sleeper.
Apr 28 - 11:11 PM

Dolphins selected Clemson CB Cordrea Tankersley with the No. 97 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Tankersley (6’1/199) made 30 starts in the Tigers’ secondary, amassing 22 pass breakups with nine interceptions and earning first-team All-ACC as a senior. PFF College charted Tankersley with a 44.6% completion rate and just one touchdown pass allowed in 2016. Tankersley bombed his vertical (29 ½") at the Combine, but ran fast (4.40) and showed adequate change-of-direction skills with a 7.00 three-cone time. Tankersley’s drawbacks are his athletic question marks and penalty proneness after being flagged seven times as a senior. He is also slightly old for a rookie, turning 24 in November. Still a quality press-man prospect, Tankersley has an outside chance to develop into a quality No. 2 cornerback.
Apr 28 - 11:07 PM

Seahawks selected Michigan S Delano Hill with the No. 95 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Hill (6’1/216) made 26 starts in the Wolverines’ secondary, tallying seven career tackles for loss with three interceptions. Big Ten coaches voted him second-team all-conference in 2016. Hill ran 4.47 at the Combine, but struggled in other drills and managed a 38th-percentile cumulative SPARQ score. A stiff-hipped, straight-linish defensive back who tackles well but didn’t dominate in college, Hill profiles best as a kick and punt coverage maven in the David Bruton mold.
Apr 28 - 11:04 PM

Lions selected Northern Illinois WR Kenny Golladay with the No. 96 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Golladay (6’4/218) spent two seasons at NIU after transferring from North Dakota, compiling a 160-2,285-18 (14.3 YPR) receiving line and earning first-team All-MAC from the conference’s coaches as a senior. PFF College charted Golladay with just five career drops among 165 catchable targets. Golladay held his own at the Combine, running 4.5-flat with adequate vertical (35 ½") and broad (10’0") jumps. While Golladay needs to get stronger and improve his route technique, he is an intriguing H/W/S prospect with sure hands and developmental upside. Even for a team that needs receiving help in Detroit, Golladay is more multi-year project than year-one contributor.
Apr 28 - 11:04 PM

Steelers selected Tennessee CB Cameron Sutton with the No. 94 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Sutton (5’11/188) was a rare four-year starter in the Vols’ secondary, graduating as the school’s all-time leader in pass breakups (37) with seven interceptions. Sutton missed half of his senior season with a fractured ankle, but experienced no durability problems before that. He managed a 35th-pecentile athleticism workout in Indy, running 4.52 with underwhelming peripherals. Sutton earned praise for a solid Senior Bowl week, but he struggles in man coverage and misses way too many tackles. Short armed (30"), not a physical enough for the slot, and not athletic enough for the boundary, Sutton is low-probability pick.
Apr 28 - 10:59 PM

Packers selected Auburn DT Montravius Adams with the No. 93 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Adams (6’4/304) made 36 starts on the Tigers’ defensive line, registering 21 career tackles for loss, 11 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He earned first-team All-SEC and second-team All-America as a senior. Adams mainly played nose tackle in college, but dabbled at defensive end and offers scheme versatility. Adams’ down-to-down consistency improved as a senior, and scouts at January’s Senior Bowl described his performance as "dominant" in Mobile. While he should push for early-down run-stopping snaps as a rookie, Adams’ pass-rush upside is limited. At his ceiling, Adams likely projects as a 3-5 sack-per-season player in the pros.
Apr 28 - 10:58 PM


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