Present this year in Philadelphia, the Draft promises its share of surprises like every year. Like last year, TouchdownActu offers you a live summary of the first round of the Draft.
1 (1). Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
It was expected, the best player of this Draft goes in first position. The Browns are reclaiming a force of nature that should have a direct impact.
2 (2). Chicago Bears (via San Francisco 49ers): Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
First big surprise of the evening with the rise of the Bears in 2nd position to draft their quarterback of the future which will therefore be in competition with Mike Glennon.
3 (3). San Francisco 49ers (Chicago Bears): Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
The 49ers continue to armor their defensive line with a third straight pick in this compartment. If that translates to the same as the Cowboys’ offensive line, it could be very interesting for the Bay franchise.
4 (4). Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Blake Bortles should have a little more help from the racing game in 2017 with this selection and maybe the Jacksonville offense will be able to forget the 2016 season and start again on the good impression left in 2015.
5 (5). Tennessee Titans (via Los Angeles Rams): Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Marcus Mariota will have one more weapon in 2017 and the attack on Tennessee is really starting to scare people with Davis, Rishard Matthews, Delanie Walker, DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry.
6 (6). New York Jets: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Perhaps the best safety of this Draft in competition with Malik Hooker, Adams comes to replace Calvin Pryor who has never really satisfied on the New York side.
7 (7). Los Angeles Chargers: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
With Keenan Allen’s repeat injuries, the Chargers are picking a potential No.1 receiver in order, perhaps, to take some attention away from Allen.
8 (8). Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Jonathan Stewart is getting older and McCaffrey can help Cam Newton on the short passing game so that the Panthers quarterback can release the ball faster than in the past and at the same time get less cut up by opposing defenses.
9 (9). Cincinnati Bengals: John Ross, WR, Washington
A surprise at this level for a player who was expected a little lower, but with this choice the Bengals take a little weight off the shoulders of AJ Green.
10 (10). Kansas City Chiefs (via Buffalo Bills): Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Texas Tech
Some recruiters and coaches fantasized about Mahomes’ big arm, apparently Andy Reid was one of them as Kansas City moved up from 27th place to 10th to get him back.
11 (11). New Orleans Saints: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Marshon Lattimore is a little victim of his hamstring concerns because he is a top 5 talent. A big need among the Saints given the receivers present in the division.
12 (12). Houston Texans (via Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles): Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Bill O’Brien’s next project is therefore called Deshaun Watson. The Texans are often said to be a quarterback from going very far in the playoffs, the question now is whether Watson is the solution.
13 (13). Arizona Cardinals: Haason Reddick, DE, Temple
Chandler Jones and Markus Golden are the Cardinals’ best pass-rushers. Reddick could be used in several positions thanks to his qualities in the pursuit.
14 (14). Philadelphia Eagles (via Minnesota Vikings): Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
One of the best pass-rushers of this Draft for a growing defense. Jim Schwartz certainly already knows how he is going to employ the old Volunteer.
15 (15). Indianapolis Colts: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
A godsend for Indianapolis to recruit a player like this at this position, but not necessarily a need and Andrew Luck therefore does not receive direct help with this choice.
16 (16). Baltimore Ravens: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Ladarius Webb is not getting any younger and has been shifted to safety on several occasions. Humphrey will therefore align himself opposite Jimmy Smith. It wasn’t necessarily a need for the Ravens after the signing of Brandon Carr and Tavon Young’s good rookie season.
17 (17). Washington Redskins: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
Considered a top 5 talent, the Redskins clearly employ the technique of the best available player. Allen is expected to have a direct impact on Washington’s defense.
18 (18). Tennessee Titans: Adoree ‘Jackson, CB, USC
Very versatile, Jackson will not only have an impact on the defense, but also in special teams with his qualities of returner.
19 (19). Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OJ Howard, TE, Clemson
The Buccaneers offense gets very interesting with Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and therefore now OJ Howard. So now is the time for Jameis Winston to bring the Bucs to the playoffs.
20 (20). Denver Broncos: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
The first offensive lineman of this Draft is therefore the former Ute who should move on to guard, but he fills a great need for the Broncos.
21 (21). Detroit Lions: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
The Lions had cut DeAndre Levy during the offseason. They had therefore created a need for the linebacker position which they filled with Davis.
22 (22). Miami Dolphins: Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
After the 2016 season, the Dolphins decided not to keep Marion Williams. They therefore had to find a defensive end to play against Cameron Wake.
23 (23). New York Giants: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
Small surprise with the selection of the old Rebel that we expected a little later, which impressed during the combination. Excellent catcher, but very limited in the blocks game.
24 (24). Oakland Raiders: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
A rather surprising choice given the suspicions of rape against the former Buckeye, but at the level of the potential, the choice is interesting for the future team of Las Vegas.
25 (25). Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans): Jabrill Peppers, S / LB, Michigan
Cleveland can use it in strong safety and most likely in punts and kick-off returns. A pretty amazing choice because the positions he can fill are not really a primary need for the Browns.
26 (26). Atlanta Falcons (via Seattle Seahawks): Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA
Good pass-rusher, he will have to gain a little more muscle mass to be able to occupy the defensive end position in the NFL. He might take some of the attention away from Vic Beasley.
27 (27). Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City Chiefs): Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
With the departure of Stephen Gilmore, the cornerback position was a big need in the Bills defense. He will therefore pair up with Ronald Darby in New York State.
28 (28). Dallas Cowboys: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Player who has improved a lot since Jim Harbaugh arrived in Michigan. He is able to put a lot of pressure on the opposing quarterback and has developed a great range of moves during his career at Ann Arbor.
29 (29). Cleveland Browns (via Green Bay Packers): David Njoku, TE, Miami
Following the selection of Corey Coleman last year, the Browns are selecting another target for the Browns’ passing game. Someone would still have to throw the balloons.
30 (30). Pittsburgh Steelers: TJ Watt, LB, Wisconsin
JJ’s brother therefore arrives in the NFL. With much of the same qualities as a Bud Dupree, the Steelers will have very versatile linebackers for their front seven of the future.
31 (31). San Francisco 49ers (via Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons): Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
Top 15 talent, Reuben Foster fell in the Draft because of his extra-sporting problems. He should come to fill the hole left by Patrick Willis a long time ago.
32 (32). New Orleans Saints (via New England Patriots): Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Not really a need on the side of New Orleans because Andrus Peat should have taken over from Zach Strief. Ramczyk could therefore very well be shifted to the position of guard at the start of his career.