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NFL draft replay: All 32 first-round picks

Geoff Robinson
The Detroit News

No. 1: Cleveland - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

The Browns selected Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett with the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Not much of a shocker here. In a draft full of defensive studs, Garrett projects to be the biggest game-changer at the next level.

Garrett had 31 sacks and 141 tackles during his three years at A&M. At 6-foot-4, 272 pounds, Garrett ran a 4.64 at the combine. His quickness and agility have drawn comparisons to future NFL Hall of Famer Julius Peppers.

No. 2: Chicago (from San Francisco) - Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

The Bears just jumped into the second spot in the draft, which had previously belonged to San Francisco, to select quarterback Mitchell Trubisky from North Carolina.

This comes as a bit of a shocker. Chicago must be very high on the unproven Trubisky, who comes into the league with only 13 starts under his belt at the collegiate level.

Trubisky has all of the physical attributes to succeed in the NFL, but this seems like a major gamble by the Bears.

Chicago was sitting in the third spot, and the 49ers must have had someone else on the phone trying to move into that spot. For their troubles, San Francisco received the third, 67th and 111th overall picks this year, along with a third round pick in 2018.

No. 3: San Francisco (from Chicago) - Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

Solomon Thomas will take his talents down the road to play for the 49ers, who scored a major haul from the Chicago Bears and still got the guy they likely would have drafted with the second pick.

Thomas is quick off the ball, and despite whispers about him being a little undersized at 273 pounds, his ceiling has been likened to Aaron Donald, one of the best pass rushes in the NFL.

No. 4: Jacksonville - Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

The Jacksonville Jaguars just welcomed one of the most intriguing talents in the draft to their organization. Fournette essentially mailed it in during his junior season in Baton Rouge after dominating as a sophomore in 2015.

This young man and his talent are the reason some people think the three years out of high school rule should be changed. His ceiling is that high.

No. 5: Tennessee - Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

WMU's Corey Davis is the first wide receiver off the board. He's heading to Tennessee to try and be the playmaker that the Titans desperately need to find for quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Davis had 5,285 receiving yards over the course of his career, the most in Football Bowl Subdivision history.

Davis is the highest drafted WMU player in history.

No. 6: New York Jets - Jamal Adams, DB, LSU

The Jets decided to not pull the trigger on a quarterback, instead opting for a game-changing safety from LSU.

Adams is lauded as a leader, and he's seen as one of the safest picks in the draft.

No. 7: Los Angeles Chargers - Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

The Chargers made their first pick since their move to Los Angeles by taking Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams.

Williams is a guy that can go get the ball. If it's close to him, he's going to catch it. The knock on him is that he lacks true route-running skills and true speed.

That being said, if you have the kind of hands and size (6-foot-4, 218 pounds) this guy has, you have a good chance of being successful in the NFL. Williams is going to make his biggest impact in the red zone.

No. 8: Carolina - Christian McCaffrey, WR/RB, Stanford

The human Swiss army knife known as Christian McCaffrey is heading to Carolina to share a backfield with Cam Newton.

McCaffrey can do anything and everything on the football field. He can run the ball, catch the ball and return kicks. He'll provide the Panthers with a nice change of pace to Jonathan Stewart's hard-nose running style.

This is a great pick.

No. 9: Cincinnati - John Ross, WR, Washington

John Ross set the NFL combine record with a 4.22 40-yard dash time, and now he's the third wide receiver off the board in the first round.

A lot of offensive players are coming off the board in the early going. For a draft stacked with defensive talent, this is unfolding well for team's late in the first round.

No. 10: Kansas City (from Buffalo) - Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

The Chiefs traded the 27th overall pick, a third round pick this year (91st overall), and a 2018 first round pick to Buffalo to move up 17 spots and take Patrick Mahomes.

You don't give up that kind of haul if you're not taking a quarterback, and that's just what Kansas City did, taking a strong-armed quarterback they can groom under Alex Smith.

Clemson's Deshaun Watson, long thought to probably be the second quarterback off the board, is still waiting to hear his name called.

No. 11: New Orleans - Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

The Saints score a lot of points. The Saints usually give up even more points. So it makes sense that New Orleans went defense with their first pick in tonight's draft.

Lattimore is a great value pick outside of the top 10. The run on offensive players has pushed the stacked defensive talent in this draft further down the board.

NFL Network "expert" Mike Mayock's second overall rated player, defensive tackle Jonathan Allen, is still available.

No. 12: Houston (from Cleveland) - Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

The Texans have been trying to solve their quarterback riddle for a few years now, and they may have just found their answer in Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Houston traded the 25th overall pick and 2018's first round pick to Cleveland for the right to select a guy who has been the winningest quarterback at the college level over the last two years. Watson led the Tigers to back-to-back National Championship game appearances, slaying the dragon that was Alabama in a last-second classic this past January.

No. 13: Arizona - Hasson Reddick, LB, Temple

A guy that a lot of Lions fans were excited about the possibility of drafting is off the board, as Haason Reddick is heading to the Cardinals.

Reddick's potential is out of this world, but he's one of those guys that probably won't contribute a ton right away. He's a raw prospect.

No. 14: Philadelphia (from Minnesota) - Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

The Eagles went with defense in the first round, and the selection of Derek Barnett drew a few boos from the hometown crowd, who was perhaps hoping for a more household name.

Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz needs some help, but with all of the offense coming off the board early on, it would have been silly to pass on this kind of value.

No. 15: Indianapolis - Malik Hooker, DB, Ohio State

Malik Hooker was supposed to be a top 10 draft pick, but the run on offense by some of the teams at the top of the board pushed the consensus best safety in the draft all the way to the 15th pick.

Hooker has great range and ball skills. He always seems to show up at the last moment to separate a receiver from the ball. Hooker had seven interceptions in 2016.

No. 16: Baltimore - Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

Marlon Humphrey is a heck of a football player, but with names like Jonathan Allen and OJ Howard still on the board, it's somewhat amazing that Humphrey is the first Alabama player to be taken tonight.

No. 17: Washington - Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama

We're going to see quite a few Alabama players start to come off the board, as Jonathan Allen, ranked by as the second best player in the draft, was taken by Washington at No. 17.

There are some medical red flags on Allen that may have caused the slide to 17. He has an arthritic shoulder issue.

Still, if this guy plays to his potential, this is the steal of the draft.

No. 18: Tennessee - Adoree' Jackson, DB, USC

After taking Western Michigan's Corey Davis first overall, the Titans used their second pick of the first round on the defensive side of the ball when they selected Adoree' Jackson.

Jackson is quite the athlete. He's a guy that not only has huge upside in the secondary, but he's a dangerous weapon on special teams as well.

No. 19: Tampa Bay - OJ Howard, TE, Alabama

The third Alabama player off the board in the last four picks, OJ Howard was thought to be one of the few offensive guys the Lions would consider with the 21st pick.

Many have praised Howard as the cleanest pick in the draft. He can catch and run with the best defenders in the league, and he's a willing blocker.

No. 20: Denver - Garett Bolles, OT, Utah

Bolles is the first offensive lineman off the board tonight. In the common era of the NFL Draft, it has never taken this long for the first lineman of the draft to be taken.

No. 21: Detroit - Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

With names like Reuben Foster and Dalvin Cook still on the board, the Lions went ahead and took linebacker Jarrad Davis out of Florida.

Linebacker is a glaring need for the Lions, but there will be plenty of questions as to why they took the speedy Davis over a talented guy like Foster.

Davis is a three-down guy that moves sideline to sideline to go with a physical style of play. During his collegiate career, he had 66 deep passes thrown his way, and he allowed just one completion, according to Pro Football Focus.

No. 22: Miami - Charles Harris, DE, Missouri

Harris is an explosive edge rusher that could compliment Ndamukong Suh in a scary way for opposing quarterbacks.

The Missouri defensive end's name was one that a few people had linked to the Lions.

No. 23: New York Giants - Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss

The Giants got some help for Eli Manning by drafting Mississippi tight end Evan Engram 23rd overall.

Engram is a matchup nightmare, a guy that can catch and block.

It's still a bit surprising that Miami (FL) tight end David Njoku wasn't the second tight end off the board after OJ Howard.

No. 24: Oakland - Gareon Conley, DB, Ohio State

The Raiders shocked a lot of people tonight, taking Ohio State defensive back Gareon Conley, who is currently under investigation for sexual assault.

The Raiders must have heard all the right thing from Conley's camps regarding the allegations. NFL Network is reporting that Conley took a polygraph test today for at least one team in the draft that was not the Raiders.

No. 25: Cleveland (from Houston) - Jabrill Peppers, DB/LB, Michigan

Mr. Wolverine Jabrill Peppers will be heading to enemy territory after being selected by the Cleveland Browns 25th overall.

This is about the spot a lot of people expected Peppers to fall, as the Browns apparently weren't put off by his drug test coming up positive for a diluted sample.

The Browns better have a plan for Peppers. He's a guy that can do a lot of things on the football field, but the knock on him is that he doesn't do anything great. Peppers will be a return man, for sure, but where else he plays is anyone's guess. He could be a safety or a linebacker.

No. 26: Atlanta (from Seattle) - Takkarist McKinsley, LB, UCLA

The Falcons traded into this spot to get some defensive help for a team that scores a lot of points.

No word yet on what Atlanta gave up to draft McKinley.

No. 27: Buffalo - Tre'Davious White, DB, LSU

This southern player is sure to love playing in snowy Buffalo.

White is a solid corner. He can play anywhere on the field and should be able to produce right away.

No. 28: Dallas - Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

The second Wolverine to come off the board in the first round, Taco Charlton is a mammoth of a man that could wreak havoc in the NFC East for years to come.

Charlton's name had also been mentioned by a lot of pundits as a possibility for the Lions.

No. 29: Cleveland (from Green Bay) - David Njoku, TE, Miami (FL)

The Browns traded back into the first round to make their third selection of the night, adding a rumored Lions target to their arsenal.

Green Bay was able to grab Cleveland's fourth round selection (No. 108) in addition to moving back four spots to No. 33, which is the first pick of the second round.

No. 30: Pittsburgh - T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin

Everybody knows how much the Steelers organization loves it's defensive studs, and they'll be hoping that T.J. Watt takes after his brother, J.J.

Watt is a fantastic pass rusher that caused a lot of havoc in Big Ten backfields. He's not the fastest guy in the world, but he's disruptive and powerful, a combination that definitely fits the Pittsburgh mold.

No. 31: San Francisco (from Seattle) - Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama


Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster is a top 10 talent. That's something I don't think anybody will argue. But NFL Network's Mike Mayock reported that he got a call on Foster this morning about some red flags with his injured shoulder. That is likely the reason Foster slid this far down in the draft, not the fact that he had a diluted sample during a pre-draft drug test.

It is worth nothing that Foster was also sent home during the NFL combine after an altercation with a medical staff member.

No. 32: New Orleans (from New England) - Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

Ramczyk is just the second offensive lineman off the board, an astonishingly low number given recent drafts, though it was said coming in that this was one of the weakest draft classes in years for the offensive line.


Thursday: Round 1, 8 p.m. (ESPN, NFL Network)

Friday: Rounds 2-3, 7 p.m. (ESPN, NFL Network)

Saturday: Rounds 4-7, noon (ESPN, NFL Network)


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