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Malik McDowell, Dalvin Cook among big names left after first round

The NFL announced earlier this month that 22 players would be attending this year’s draft in Philadelphia, although that number dropped by one when cornerback Gareon Conley changed his plans this week. Conley wound up going in the first round despite the sexual assault allegations that led him to pass on the trip, but a…

49ers end Reuben Foster’s slide

Reuben Foster’s loss was San Francisco’s gain. The Alabama linebacker, one of the top talents in the draft, slid after being sent home from the Scouting Combine and, more recently, generating a positive drug test via a dilute sample. It caused him to plunge, but the 49ers decided to trade up to get him, doing…

Saints close first round by taking Ryan Ramczyk

The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is in the books. The Saints closed out the night’s activities in Philadelphia by taking Wisconsin tackle Ryan Ramczyk with the 32nd overall pick. The pick was one they acquired from the Patriots in the trade that sent wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Patriots. Ramczyk is…

Tak McKinley arrives with a flourish, with an “F”

Pass rusher Takkarist McKinley brings a great story to the NFL. He also brings a colorful vocabulary. During a live interview with Deion Sanders of NFL Network, McKinley spoke about the influence of his  late grandmother, and the promise he made to her to become a Division I athlete. “I completed my promise,” McKinley said. “It…

Steelers grab T.J. Watt with 30th overall pick

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Wisconsin outside linebacker T.J. Watt with the 30th overall pick in the draft. The brother of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, T.J. made a name for himself at Wisconsin last season. He started just one season for the Badgers after converting to the defensive side of the ball. Watt posted…

Browns move up to No. 29, take David Njoku

The Browns are the busiest team in the NFL tonight. With the 29th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns selected David Njoku, the athletic tight end from the University of Miami. The Browns moved up to No. 29 in a trade with the Packers, packaging the 33rd and 108th overall picks…

Cowboys scarf down Taco Charlton with the 28th pick

With a run of pass-rushers late in the first round, the Cowboys got their Taco to go. With the 28th pick, Dallas added Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton. He had 9.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss last year for the Wolverines, and has the kind of size and speed which make him a good…

Bills take Tre’Davious White after trading down to No. 27

The Bills were originally scheduled to pick much earlier on Thursday night, but the Chiefs’ desire to get quarterback Patrick Mahomes helped change that. The Chiefs sent the Bills their first-round pick next year, a third-round pick this year and the No. 27 pick in exchange for the 10th pick and that haul was too…

Falcons trade up for Tak McKinley

The Seahawks held the 26th pick in the draft. Until the Falcons acquired it from them. Atlanta moved up from No. 31 to select pass rusher Takkarist McKinley from UCLA. He gives the Falcons a bookend to Vic Beasley, on a defense that quickly has become one of the best in the NFL under Dan Quinn.…

Browns select Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers

The Cleveland Browns could have had Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson with the 12th overall pick if they wanted him to fill a pressing need at the quarterback position. Instead, the Browns traded back and ended up with Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers. Peppers could play several different positions in the NFL, but was primarily a linebacker/safety…

At 24, Raiders take a chance on Gareon Conley

In perhaps the biggest surprise of the first round of the NFL draft, the Raiders have selected Gareon Conley, the Ohio State cornerback who came under intense scrutiny this week when he was named as a suspect in a sexual assault investigation. Until his name surfaced in the police investigation, Conley was expected to be…

Giants take Evan Engram with the 23rd pick

The Giants found the tight end they needed, adding a pass-catching threat. With the 23rd pick, they took Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram. Engram had 65 catches for 926 yards and eight touchdowns last year, and is practically a slot receiver. His 4.42-second 40-yard dash at the combine was the fastest at his position, and…

Lions take Jarrad Davis at No. 21

The Lions needed a linebacker. They got on in Jarrad Davis. The former Florida defender became the 21st pick in the first round of the draft on Thursday night. Davis likely fills the void created by the departure of DeAndre Levy. Davis exits the board while Reuben Foster’s free-fall continues. He’s regarded as the best…

Dolphins nab Charles Harris with 22nd overall pick

The Dolphins have added a pass rusher in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Missouri defensive end Charles Harris became the newest member of the Dolphins with the 22nd overall pick on Thursday night. Harris had 16 sacks over his last two college seasons and that kind of production would look good on…

Broncos grab Utah tackle Garett Bolles with the 20th overall pick

A team in serious need of help on the offensive line had their pick of every available offensive line prospect in the draft. The Denver Broncos selected Utah tackle Garett Bolles with the 20th overall pick. Bolles addresses an area where the Broncos struggled significantly last season. With Russell Okung leaving in free agency, tackle…

O.J. Howard falls to 19, Buccaneers pounce

No one expected Alabama tight end O.J. Howard to be available with the 19th pick in the draft. When he was, the Buccaneers wasted no time to get him. Tampa Bay took the big, fast, strong tight end with the 19th overall pick, getting a player who was projected to go much higher. The Bucs…

With the 18th pick, the Titans take cornerback Adoree Jackson

After shaking up the draft by taking Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis with the fifth pick, the Titans found another playmaker with the 18th spot. Tennessee took Southern Cal cornerback Adoree Jackson with its second first-rounder of the night. Jackson could provide some boost on special teams in addition to his early responsibilities on defense,…

Jonathan Allen’s slide ends at No. 17

It was hard to find too many people predicting Alabama defensive tackle Jonathan Allen would remain available past the halfway point of the first round, but that’s one of many surprising developments in Philadelphia on Thursday night. Allen was projected to be a top-10 pick by most observers heading into the draft, but a run…

Ravens take Marlon Humphrey at No. 16

The defense in Baltimore isn’t what is used to be. The team is now trying to make it what it once was. With the sixteenth pick in the draft, the Ravens have selected cornerback Marlon Humphrey. The Alabama cornerback becomes the second cornerback drafted. It’s hard not to wonder whether the Ravens would have taken…

Colts take Ohio State safety Malik Hooker 15th overall

The Indianapolis Colts added a defensive playmaker in their secondary with their first selection of the draft. The Colts selected Ohio State safety Malik Hooker with the 15th overall pick. Hooker was a first-team All-American last season in leading the Big Ten conference with seven interceptions. He also recorded 74 tackles and had 11 passes…

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