John Lyon’s 2017 NFL Post Draft Analysis

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Taking a look back at the 2017 NFL Draft, showing some of the best and worst picks of the draft, along with honorable mentions.

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Although the NFL draft was back on April 27-29, it is still fairly relevant in any NFL fan’s mind. The NFL Draft was hosted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this year, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. A lot of Draft Experts called this year’s Draft Class one of the best in recent past. NFL analysts and experts made their mock drafts a couple months before the actual Draft, where they tried to predict every pick of the 1st round. The Mock Draft experts also updated their mock drafts as the actual event got closer. While they may be experts, nobody can perfectly predict what will happen in the Draft. With that being said, there were a few surprises that no one could’ve predicted in the 1st round. Without further ado, here is my list of some of the best and worst picks of the NFL Draft.

Best Picks:

Cleveland Browns, #1, Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: Although this pick wasn’t a surprise to anyone, it is a solid one for a struggling Browns franchise. Myles Garrett was by far the most talented player in the draft, and if he didn’t go 1st overall, it would’ve been a shame.

Jacksonville Jaguars, #4, Leonard Fournette, HB, LSU: This was another no-brainer for the Jags, but it was still a good pick. Jacksonville was one of the worst rushing teams in 2016, and Fournette will definitely help the struggling offense out.

Indianapolis Colts, #15, Malik Hooker, S, Ohio St.: This is one of my favorite picks in the draft. The Colts definitely needed depth in the secondary, and I personally think Malik Hooker has the most talent at the Safety position, even though Jamal Adams went 6th to the Jets.

Minnesota Vikings, #41, Dalvin Cook, HB, Florida St.: I personally think Dalvin Cook falling out of the first round was surprising. Minnesota moved up 9 spots in place of the Bengals in the 2nd round to snatch the Running Back out of Florida State after Adrian Peterson left to the Saints, so hopefully Cook will perform well with the Vikings.

Houston Texans, #89, D’Onta Foreman, HB, Texas: After snagging Deshaun Watson with the 12th overall pick, the Texans snagged a very valuable running back to go alongside with Lamar Miller.  Although his weight control is a bit of an issue, Foreman’s 6’0″ 233 pound frame along with his speed is invaluable to any team.

Worst Picks:

Chicago Bears, #2, Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina: Now don’t get me wrong, Trubisky is definitely a gifted Quarterback, but this pick by Chicago doesn’t make sense. The Bears originally had the 3rd overall pick in the draft, and they moved up one measly spot by trading the 49ers a few fairly valuable draft picks to get Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky had only 13 career starts at North Carolina, so I personally don’t see why the Bears took him over Deshaun Watson, who has broken multiple passing records in college and has been to the National Championship twice.

Kansas City Chiefs, #10, Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech: Patrick Mahomes was projected to go between late in the 1st round to middle of the second round. When Kansas City traded up a whopping 17 spots to pick in the top 10, everyone was completely shocked when they took Patrick Mahomes. Now the kid does have upside. He has great arm strength, and he’s a natural athlete. However, his decision making and ability to read defenses is a big issue. Even though Mahomes is now officially a top 10 player out of this year’s draft, I don’t think he really is by a long shot.

San Francisco 49ers, #104, C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa: Now I know I’m kind of targeting the Quarterback class considering my 3 worst picks are all the same position, but this pick was just a no no. The 49ers desperately needed a Quarterback, and time and time again throughout the draft they took a different position need. In the 3rd round they finally took Beathard, but he is definitely not 3rd round talent. There were a couple Quarterbacks that were available/a lot better than Beathard at the time of this pick, but we will see if San Fran can develop the shaky talent out of Iowa.

Other Picks I Liked:

Carolina Panthers, #8, Christian McCaffrey, HB, Stanford: Maybe I’m being a little biased because I’ve been a die hard Panthers fan since I can remember, but I personally love this pick. With an aging yet productive Jonathan Stewart in the backfield, McCaffrey provides a lot of versatility, not only on the ground, but through the air as well. McCaffrey is by far the best pass catching Running Back in this year’s draft.

Cincinnati Bengals, #9, John Ross, WR, Washington: Speed, speed, and more speed. John Ross broke the record for the fastest 40 yard dash time at the combine (previously held by Chris Johnson) with a 40 time of 4.22 seconds. Although injuries are a concern, this guy is a major threat to take the top off of any defense he’s matched up against.

Cincinnati Bengals, #48, Joe Mixon, HB, Oklahoma: The Bengals 2nd round pick involved them moving back 9 spots to take Joe Mixon. Mixon has history with off the field issues, but myself and a lot of other people believe he’s the most talented Running Back in the draft. If Joe Mixon lives up to his potential, the 31 other teams who didn’t take him are gonna be kicking themselves.

Cleveland Browns, #52, DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame: The Browns in my opinion had one of the most solid first 2 rounds out of any team in the draft, and DeShone Kizer was a nice addition. He has a great build for a Quarterback, standing 6’4″ 233 pounds, and although consistency is a big concern, this kid could be something special.

This Draft was filled with outstanding talent, and it is a huge honor just to be selected by any team. Hopefully these young men will be able to do great things for their teams in the years to come.

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