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15. Dallas Cowboys
– The Cowboy first round pick was really Amani Cooper from the trade with the Raiders. That’s far better than anyone they could’ve had in the late first round. This time around, Dallas did an okay job for the lines, and loaded up on a slew of excellent big school college players late.
– There’s a lot of in the way of complementary prospects. Miami CB Michael Jackson and DE Joe Jackson in the fifth are excellent gets to work into a rotation. Memphis RB Tony Pollard in the 4th and Ohio State RB Mike Weber in the 7th are options to try out behind Zeke.
Best Value Pick: DE Joe Jackson, Miami (5th)
Biggest Reach: DT Trysten Hill, UCF (2nd)
Late Flier That Could Work: DE Jalen Jelks, Oregon (7th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 29
14. Seattle Seahawks
– Seattle, of course, went Seattle, and it overreached on its early picks – TCU DE LJ Collier in the 1st – but it loaded up on draft picks in a massive strength in numbers class. Take 11 players, assume most will bust, assume a few won’t, and assume two of them will be big-time ballers.
– Getting Ole Miss WR DK Metcalf with the 32nd pick in the second round is ridiculous. Washington LB Ben Burr-Kirven might be a fifth rounder who’ll lead the team in tackles, and Wake Forest G Phil Haynes was an unnoticed fourth rounder who should stick.
Best Value Pick: WR DK Metcalf, Ole Miss (2nd)
Biggest Reach: DE LJ Collier, TCU (1st)
Late Flier That Could Work: DT Demarcus Christmas, Florida State (6th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 19
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
– The Buccaneers needed defense, and defense they took. Yeah, they passed on Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen and Houston DT Ed Oliver, but LSU LB Devin White was a need pick at the five. They needed defensive backs, and they took three before the third round. In all, six of the eight picks were for the D, and another was a kicker.
– The only offensive player selected was Bowling Green WR Scott Miller in the sixth. He won’t stick, but Utah PK Matt Gay in the fifth should be a factor.
Best Value Pick: DE Anthony Nelson, Iowa (4th)
Biggest Reach: CB Sean Bunting, Central Michigan (2nd)
Late Flier That Could Work: DT Terry Beckner, Missouri (7th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 10
12. Baltimore Ravens
– The Ravens blew off the issues at linebacker, but they came up with some really, really nice parts for the offense. With Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown and Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill, they got a whole lot of speed.
– It’s Baltimore, so of course the NCAA’s all-time leading sacker – Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson – is going to work in the third round.
– There are some nice names – Trace McSorley, Daylon Mack, Iman Marshall – late in the draft. Mack and Marshall should stick. McSorley will be an easy cut.
Best Value Pick: DE/LB Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana State (3rd)
Biggest Reach: QB Trace McSorley, Penn State (6th)
Late Flier That Could Work: DT Daylon Mack, Texas A&M (5th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 16
11. Los Angeles Rams
– For what the Rams need, it’s terrific. The secondary got some instant help and great value in Washington S Taylor Rapp in the 2nd and Michigan’s David Long in the 3rd, but the real steal was Memphis RB Darrell Henderson in the early third. He might not be a workhorse, but as a home run hitting backup behind Todd Gurley, he’s fantastic.
– The O line got some players late. Oklahoma’s Bobby Evans (3rd) and Wisconsin’s David Edwards (5th) are hardly perfect prospects, but they can play. One of them will end up starting.
Best Value Pick: RB Darrell Henderson, Memphis (3rd)
Biggest Reach: DT Greg Gaines, Washington (4th)
Late Flier That Could Work: LB Dakota Allen, Texas Tech (7th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 15
10. Tennessee Titans
– It’s really, really good. The Titans might have to wait a year, but getting Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons at the 19 – torn ACL and all – was strong, and landing Ole Miss WR AJ Brown in the mid-part of the second was sensational. There was good value across the board, and that includes the late round outside linebacker picks of …
– Georgia’s D’Andre Walker in the fifth and West Virginia’s David Long in the sixth might just stick. Throw in Iowa S Amani Hooker in the fourth, and the Titans made the most of all six picks.
Best Value Pick: LB/DE D’Andre Walker, Georgia (5th)
Biggest Reach: G Nate Davis, Charlotte (3rd)
Late Flier That Could Work: LB David Long, West Virginia (6th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 14
9. New York Giants
– Okay, yes, the Daniel Jones pick might be an all-timer of a misfire if he’s not amazing. The Giants passed on Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen and Houston DT Ed Oliver for him, and there was plenty of quarterback talent to be had later. Try not to focus on that for a moment … the rest of the draft is outstanding.
– The pick of Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence at the 17 all but made up for the Jones pick, and getting Georgia CB Deandre Baker late in the first was a steal. Old Dominion DE Oshane Ximenes was a good third round pick, and Notre Dame CB Julian Love in the fourth was even better. In all, the nine picks after Jones were good enough to maybe, possibly give the Giants the benefit of the doubt on their overreach quarterback pick.
Best Value Pick: DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson (1st)
Biggest Reach: QB Daniel Jones, Duke (1st)
Late Flier That Could Work: LB Ryan Connelly, Wisconsin (5th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 1
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
– It was a very Pittsburgh draft. Take ultra-productive college players in value spots. It sounds simple, but too many teams make this too hard. Kentucky RB Benny Snell in the fourth? Northern Illinois edge rusher Sutton Smith and Akron LB Ulysees Gilbert in the sixth? The Steelers did a nice job with all of their late chances. However …
– Michigan LB Devin Bush with the tenth overall pick was a wee bit of an early get. It’s fine – the Steelers needed an inside presence, and Bush is more than that – but it was a premium spot in this draft and a whole lot of fantastic prospects were passed over.
Best Value Pick: RB Benny Snell, Kentucky (4th)
Biggest Reach: TE Zach Gentry, Michigan (5th)
Late Flier That Could Work: LB Ulysees Gilbert, Akron (6th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 2
7. Philadelphia Eagles
– The Eagles only had five picks, but three of them were before the third round, and overall, all five of them should work. That might be asking for a whole lot – of course the draft isn’t going to bat 1000 – but every guy taken should play a role right away.
– OT Andre Dillard out of Washington State needs to work considering Florida’s Jawaan Taylor was on the board, but he’s a good pass protector. Penn State’s Miles Sanders was a big running back get considering how early Oakland took Josh Jacobs, Stanford’s JJ Arcega-Whiteside is a strong receiver, Penn State DE Shareef Miller should be an instant part of the rotation, and Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson is an interesting backup option from the fifth.
Best Value Pick: RB Miles Sanders, Penn State (2nd)
Biggest Reach: OT Andre Dillard, Washington State (1st)
Late Flier That Could Work: DE Shareef Miller, Penn State (4th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 32
6. Indianapolis Colts
– For not ending up with a first round pick, the Colts did an amazing job. Temple CB Rock Ya-Sin and Ohio State WR Parris Campbell are among the best prospects in their draft at their respective positions, and Indy got them in the second round.
– It’s a strength in numbers class with five picks after the fourth round. Overall, the defensive back seven got the most help with seven of the first eight selections for the defensive side.
Best Value Pick: WR Parris Campbell, Ohio State (2nd)
Biggest Reach: LB Bobby Okereke, Stanford (3rd)
Late Flier That Could Work: OT Jackson Barton, Utah (7th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 7