The 2017 NFL Draft Breakdown
This year’s NFL Draft moved to a new location in Philadelphia and made the event even more exciting in its new venue. The draft can play a big role in making a disappointing team into a playoff contender, so each pick is extremely important. Decisions on who to pick is based on many things. Of course position is always first, but sometimes teams go after the best available player at that time or a team may bypass a great player because of his bad reputation off the field in the past or continued injuries to the player in his college career. NFL fans wait for months for this week’s draft and they again were not disappointed with the fun and sometimes encouraging or disappointing picks of their favorite teams.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers decided to go defense with their first pick. They did not have a round one pick this year, but did have the first pick in round two in the draft. They selected Kevin King a cornerback out of Washington. He’s a fast and has size being 6 foot 3 inches. He also has some experience playing the Safety position and is known for his athleticism and is a good physical tackler. They also went defense on their next pick, also a second round pick with Josh Jones. Jones is a safety out of North Carolina State. They finished the second day of the draft again going on the defensive side of the field picking Montravius Adams, a Defensive tackle out of Auburn.
The Lions decided to try to fix their weak link on their defense by selecting a linebacker. They went with Jarrad Davis a 6 foot one inch, 238 pound linebacker out of Florida. He is known as being great defending against the run and covering sideline to sideline and is a very underrated blitzer. His known great work ethic was surely another factor that went into the Lions decision to pick him first. In the second round Detroit took Davis’ teammate from Florida, Teez Tabor. Tabor plays cornerback and the Lions are hoping he helps out fast on the team’s coverage of wide receivers. In round three Detroit selected the Northern Illinois wide receiver Kenny Golladay. He has size and good hands and Detroit dropped alot of dropped passes in 2016 and hopefully he will help fix that problem.
The Steelers chose outside linebacker T.J. Watt as the 30th pick in round one. The 6 foot 5 inch linebacker out of Wisconsin goes to an already talented team and he should be very excited and so is Pittsburgh with their pick. The Steelers need help getting more sacks and Watt could very well help with that problem. He is a good pass rusher and does a nice job against the run. In round two Pittsburgh selected wide receiver Juju Smith Schuster, who comes out of USC and is known for his quality running routes and his dependable hands. The Steelers also had two picks in round three. They took corner back Cam Sutton from Tennessee and local pick from Pittsburgh running back James Conner.
New England Patriots
The 2016 NFL champs did not have a pick until round three this year because of prior years trades. However they did have two picks in round three. They took 6 foot 4 inch Outside linebacker out of Youngstown State Derek Rivers to help on defense. He was very impressive at the combine this year which moved his draft status up, but despite playing well at Youngstown State, coming from a small school is always a concern going into the NFL due to the quality of competition. With their other third round pick, New England decided to try to give Tom Brady more pass protection by picking offensive tackle Antonio Garcia. He is a 302 pounder coming out of Troy. He is known for quick feet, good balance and should play very well protecting the hall of fame quarterback.
The Raiders finally got over the hump this season making the playoffs and they hope to strategically add to their talent in this year’s draft. With the 24th selection in round one, they took Gareon Conley. Conley is a 6 foot corner back from Ohio State University. He comes from a quality program and his speed and toughness against the run will surely help the Raiders. In round two, the Oakland Raiders decided to again try to upgrade their pass coverage by selecting a safety. They decided to go with Obi Melifonwu from Connecticut. He’s a four year starter and had a great combine showing to up his value in the draft. Eddie Vanderdoes was the pick in round three. He’s a great run stopper at the defensive tackle position from UCLA.
New York Giants
The Giants elected to go with Evan Engram from Ole Miss as their round one pick. He’s a tight end and is not known as a great pass blocker at this time. He is undersized but is known as a great route runner with speed and great athletic ability. New York went with Defensive Tackle from Alabama as their pick. He’s known as being great against the run, but is not much of a pass rusher at this time. One concern is his history of knee injuries in his college career. The Giants decided to take Davis Webb from California at quarterback to back up the great Eli Manning in case of injury.