2017 NFL Draft Round 1 Recap and Reaction

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

While the Patriots did not have a pick during the first round of the draft last night, it was still highly entertaining to watch. We saw a lot of surprise picks and some players unexpectedly fall. With plenty of talented players still waiting to hear their names picked, there should be some good drama tonight as well. I won’t speak about every pick, but will highlight some of the more intriguing picks, both good and bad.

Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns: The Browns did the right thing for once and took the best player in the draft. They had me nervous there for a little bit, but in the end, they made the right choice.

Mitchell Trubiski, Chicago Bears: I had the pleasure of being with 2 Bears fans last night and let’s just say the mood changed when this pick was made. Not only did they not like the player, but they did not like what they had to give up to move one spot. I was not high on this draft class, so needless to say I did not like this pick either. Hopefully the Bears will be smart enough to not rush him into action, but the pressure will be high to do so.

San Fransisco: I thought they had the best night of any team. John Lynch did a heck of a job moving around and still getting quality players. They benefited from Reuben Fosters fall in the draft to get 2 potential top 10 picks while also adding picks next year.

Jamal Adams, New York Jets: The Jets are a ways away from really competing, but Adams is a really good player who should be a staple in the Jets secondary. As a Patriots fan, I am not happy to see the Jets do something right, but that is just what they did.

The Wide Receivers: I was shocked that three Wide Receivers went in the top 10. I don’t have an issue with Davis going as high as he did, but I am not sure I understand the fit of Mike Williams with the Chargers unless they are concerned about Keenan Allen and his recovery. John Ross is very talented, but his injury history is a big concern and the Bengals just draft Boyd last year.

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City: The Chiefs made a big jump and gave up a lot to get their QB of the future. Mahomes has a lot of work to do before he is ready and he does go to a situation where he will be able to sit, but again, the team gave up a lot to get a top 10 pick, how long can they wait before he plays. Also, the system they run seems like the polar opposite to what Mahomes is used to, so something will have to give there.

Deshaun Watson, Houston: Again, another big jump up to get a QB who is far from ready to be successful in the NFL. The Texans give up a first next year and if they are relying on Tom Savage for most of the year, that pick could be high. Watson seems to have the intangibles, but needs mechanical work and I worry about him holding up if he is going to be asked to run.

Jonathan Allen, Washington: I don’t think it is a huge surprise that Allen slipped some in the draft, but I did not think it would be this far. This reminds me of when Wilfork fell right into the Patriots lap all those years ago. Washington got a steal here. This pick gives Washington a very strong front 4.

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay: Howard is another guy I did not expect to slip this far. Tampa gets another weapon for Winston and that offense now looks like it could be scary.

Charles Harris, Miami: This is a good pick for Miami, but again, I am not really sure it affects the Patriots all that much. He is a talented pass rusher, but a bit one dimensional. I don’t see this pick as getting the Dolphins over the hump.

Evan Engram and David Njoku: I was surprised that Engram went ahead of Njoku, but I like both players and I like the fit for both players. They both are really Tight Ends in name only and should be solid weapons for the their new teams.

Gareon Conley, Oakland: With the recent allegations that came out against Conley, I never thought in a million years he would go in the first round still. In fact, I thought there was a real chance he went undrafted, similar to La’el Collins just a few years ago. Clearly he is a first round talent and this will be a good pick if the charges turn out to be false, but this is a big risk to take and a potential PR nightmare.

Jabril Peppers, Cleveland: I think the Browns had a strong Day 1 of the draft. Not only did they draft three players that can have an impact immediately, they got another 1st round pick for next year. I like the picks of Garrett and Njoku better, but I think Peppers can be a versatile chess piece on a defense that has gotten a lot more athletic.

Tre’Davious White, Buffalo: Buffalo desperately needed Corner help and White should be able to come in and contribute right away. He isn’t flashy, but he is solid. They also pick up some additional picks, so overall it was a good day for the Bills.

T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh: I did not like seeing this pick as a Patriots fan. I think Watt is a great fit for that team and could become a monster under that coaching staff. Pittsburgh will be a formidable opponent this year for sure.


Overall, I think the 49rs, Browns, and Bills were the big winners last night. The teams that took QB’s get my lowest grades, escpecially for what they all had to give up to get these guys. Overall, I had 26 of the 32 players who were drafted ranked in the top 32. I knew I would have all the QB’s wrong because the highest guy I had ranked was in the 80’s I believe, but I knew they would go in the first round. My highest rated player still on the board is Forrest Lamp, who I am shocked was not taken last night.

There are still a lot of good players left on the board, but we still have a ways to go before the Patriots pick, so the talent pool will continue to shrink.

A special thanks to those who got on last night for the live chat. I had a lot of fun talking about each pick with you all. I will not be able to do that tonight, but I will be doing post draft scouting reports on all the Patriots draft picks.

Happy Draft Day 2!!!!!






25 Responses to “2017 NFL Draft Round 1 Recap and Reaction”

  1. Glenn says:

    awful….5th round talent

  2. Glenn says:


  3. Glenn says:

    so pissed….all the guys I liked are gone.

  4. Glenn says:

    kupp…good pick

  5. Glenn says:

    smoot a 4/5throunder for me

  6. macspak says:

    anybody here tonight?

  7. Stephen J says:

    Which is Your Favorite Pats projected picks

    FanRag has the Pats taking

    72: Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA Athletically similar to Aqib Talib
    96: Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech

    Mike Loyko NEPD
    72: Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama
    96: Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee

    Mark Daniels Providence Journal
    72:Derek Rivers Edge Youngstown St
    96: Teez Tabor CB Florida

    Kevin Duffy MassLive
    72: Ryan Anderson, OLB Alabama
    96: Teez Tabor CB Florida

    Steve Balestrieri:PatsFans.com
    72: SS Obi Melifonwu, UConn
    96: Edge, Tarrell Basham, Ohio


    Doug Kyed NESN
    72: CB Sidney Jones Washington
    96: DE Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova

    Matt Miller Bleacher Report
    72: EDGE Carl Lawson, Auburn
    96: LB Blair Brown, Ohio

    Boston Maniacs‏

    72 Teez Tabor CB Florida
    96 DeMarcus Walker DE/DT FSU

    72: Ryan Anderson, LB, Alabama
    96: Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland

    • steve earle says:

      All these folks have much different favorites then me. Gives me great hope.

    • 初音ミク says:

      I like the one with Obi and Basham. We get a guy who can be better than and eventually replace Chung and also fill a need at DE/OLB.

    • macspak says:

      I would take Kyed’s due of S Jones and Kpass

  8. Jeff says:

    Pats Mock:
    3rd- DB Jourdain Lewis, Sidney Jones, or Desmond King (alternate: DE Tarell Basham)
    3rd- DE Daeshon Hall (alternate: CB Cameron Sutton)
    4th- TE George Kittle (alternate: DE Deatrich Wise Jr.)
    5th- TE Jeremy Sprinkle (alternate: OL Erik Magnuson
    6th- OT Jerry Ugokwe (alternate: LB Samson Ebukam)
    7th- DE Darius English (alternate: OT Andrew Eide)
    7th- SS Montae Nicholson (alternate: TE Michael Roberts)

    • steve earle says:

      Well Jeff you have some of my favorites at least. Better then the guys in the post above.

  9. macspak says:


    You/we doing another Live Chat tonight?

  10. Stephen J says:

    If the Pats had the 3 picks Cleveland had (1,25,29) who would you have picked?

  11. Stephen J says:

    The Saints essentially exchanged Brandin Cooks for Ryan Ramczyk.

    Ryan Ramczyk for 4 possible 5 years vs Brandin Cooks for 2 years.
    Which would you rather have

  12. Russell says:

    33 – Green Bay – OL Forrest Lamp
    34 – Seattle – OL Cam Robinson
    35 – Jacksonville – S Obi Melifonwu
    36 – Chicago – LB Rackwon McMillon
    37 – Rams – WR Curtis Samuel
    38 – Chargers – S Josh Jones
    39 – Jets – QB Davis Webb
    40 – Carolina – CB Kevin King
    41 – Cincinnati – LB Tyus Bowser
    42 – New Orleans – DE Jordon Willis
    43 – Philly – OL Dan Freeney
    44 – Buffalo – DL DeMarcus Walker
    45 – Arizona – CB Sidney Jones
    46 – Colts – OL Ethan Pocic
    47 – Baltimore – LB Ryan Anderson
    48 – Vikings – OL Dorian Johnson
    49 – Washington – CB Chidobe Awuzie
    50 – Tampa Bay – RB Dalvin Cook
    51 – Denver – OL Pat Elfein
    52 – Cleveland – QB Cooper Rush
    53 – Detroit – CB Fabian Moreau
    54 – Miami – TE Jake Butt
    55 – Giants – OL Taylor Moton
    56 – Oakland – DE Deatrich Wise jr.
    57 – Houston – OL Antonio Garcia
    58 – Seattle – Wr Ju Ju Smith-Schuster
    59 – Chiefs – Tarell Basham
    60 – Dallas – CB Howard Wilson
    61 – Green Bay – RB Kareem Hunt
    62 – Pittsburgh – QB Brad Kaaya
    63 – Atlanta – LB Zach Cunningham
    64 – Carolina – OL Roderrick Johnson

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