The 2017 NFL draft’s biggest winners and losers


What accurately were a Bears meditative by trade adult to take Mitchell Trubisky notwithstanding formerly signing Mike Glennon? (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Following a 2017 NFL draft, some-more so than any breeze in a 3 years given PFF started collecting college data, it was formidable to pinpoint any transparent “losers.” The breeze was so low that roughly any group grabbed during slightest one or dual players PFF was quite high on. The loyal category of this year’s breeze won’t be dynamic until years down a road, though these are a teams who should be vehement — and some that competence presumably be endangered — formed on PFF’s grading.


Draft Winners

Cincinnati Bengals

No group comparison some-more players in a tip 35 of PFF’s final breeze house than a Bengals. In fact, Cincinnati comparison 4 such players with their initial 4 picks. The Bengals had some assistance with RB Joe Mixon shifting since of his 2014 detain and corner defender Carl Lawson dropping due to his medical history. If both stay purify and healthy, they turn dual of a biggest steals of a draft. A deteriorate ago, Michael Johnson available a 27th-best pass-rushing capability symbol out of 32 subordinate defensive ends. Now they have a revolution of pass-rushers with Lawson and Jordan Willis who can urge on that production. While a Bengals didn’t residence their needs along a descent line, they upgraded significantly during their ability positions.

Cleveland Browns

When we have as most breeze collateral as a Browns amassed, it’s formidable not to come divided happy. They picked a series of players on whom we were high, including Myles Garrett, David Njoku, Larry Ogunjobi, Howard Wilson, Caleb Brantley and Zane Gonzalez. They also left a weekend with nonetheless another first-round collect in their pocket, this time a Texans’ 2018 selection. With 10 picks this year, including 3 first-rounders, and 12 picks on a books for subsequent year, including 5 first- or second-rounders, it’s formidable not to be vehement with what a Browns are building.

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers’ active phone lines worked heavily in their favor. After it changed down one mark in a initial turn for Chicago’s third- and fourth-rounders this year, as good as a third-rounder subsequent year, San Francisco got behind into a initial turn to take LB Reuben Foster divided from New Orleans, giving a Niners dual top-10 defensive talents in Round 1. They dull out their breeze removing 3 some-more glorious value picks in a eyes: Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon during 66th overall (48th on PFF’s breeze board), Iowa parsimonious finish George Kittle during 146th overall (70th), and Louisiana Tech far-reaching receiver Trent Taylor during 177th overall (124th).

Draft Losers

Chicago Bears

The Bears title this list for one reason: They sole out for a quarterback in a breeze deliberate by many, including PFF, to have no surefire authorization QB. That all changes if Mitchell Trubisky lives adult to a Bears’ expectations, though a analysts didn’t see him as being on standard with Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota as a prospect. Chicago gave adult mixed mid-round picks in an impossibly low breeze category to secure his selection, as well, that might not have even been necessary. While quarterback is apparently a reward role, all of Chicago’s other picks came during lower-value positions as they comparison a parsimonious end, safety, using back, and ensure to turn out their draft.

Atlanta Falcons

A year ago, Atlanta left with one of PFF’s lowest-graded drafts before Keanu Neal and Deion Jones valid us wrong and revitalized a Falcons’ invulnerability en track to a Super Bowl appearance. This year, we humbly remonstrate again, that is substantially good news for Falcons fans. They traded adult to No. 26 in a breeze category full of corner rushers to name a 47th player on a large house in Takkarist McKinley. Forty-nine picks later, Atlanta comparison a linebacker who didn’t make a draftable house in Duke Riley from LSU. Riley finished as usually a 13th-highest-graded linebacker in a Southeastern Conference final year. The Falcons’ usually other preference in a initial 4 rounds, Oregon State core Sean Harlow, was a 208th player on PFF’s large board. We see any of their initial 3 selections as reaches.

Jacksonville Jaguars

With a fourth altogether pick, Jacksonville comparison a 23rd actor on a house in LSU using behind Leonard Fournette. Halfbacks are behind in practice following a success of Ezekiel Elliott in Dallas final season. However, Elliott had a advantage of being both a aloft receiver and pass protector, that significantly increasing his value. Fournette does not move that same versatility, and could be singular to a two-down role. Then with a 34th overall pick, they took a 56th overall actor on a house in Alabama tackle Cam Robinson, whose measurables now transcend his prolongation on a field. Neither Fournette nor Robinson are bad players; we only feel that a Jaguars could have gotten some-more value out of their aloft picks.


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