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Ell’s NFL Draft Top 5 Losers

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There were not many true losers this draft with most teams adding playmakers, but these teams lack more immediate playmakers.

 

1. Bears

The Bears are the most obviously loser after being fooled into moving into the #2 spot for a QB with one year of starting experience in Mitchell Trubisky, an athletic prospect with good talents who may be a tad bit undersized and will need some time to get better. In the 2nd round, the Bears added TE Adam Shaheen, a former basketball player with good hands and athleticism who will need to learn how to block and continue to get stronger; he needs to show he can play against better competition. In the 4th round, they added S Eddie Jackson a former CB who is a decent tackler with good size and a good punt returner, but needs to improve in deep coverage and tackling in space. RB Tarik Cohen is a small back with good speed, vision, and homerun ability, but he needs to show that he can play against better competition and not take on as many big hits. In the 5th round, G Jordan Morgan is an athletic lineman, who needs to improve with his run blocking and technique, but the raw talent is there for him to be a potential starter. The Bears filled in some of their holes with players who will compete at their respective positions, but they need more immediate starters and a trade down would have served them better than a trade up; Trubisky may have still been there.

Grade: C-

 

2. Rams

The Rams are a team in need of immediate offensive playmakers, help in the secondary, and talent on their O-line, instead they went in other directions, despite already being down a 1st round pick. In the 2nd round, the Rams added TE Gerald Everett, a small school former basketball player with good speed, athleticism, and run after catch ability, but he is still raw and not a very good route runner; he must also show he can play against better competition. In the 3rd round, WR Cooper Kupp is an extremely productive college WR with great hands as a possession WR, but he needs to clean up his route running and prove that he can get consistent separation; teams believe he would be good with an established QB he doesn’t have that luxury here. S John Johnson is a playmaker with experience at CB and S, while being an enforcer on special teams, however he needs to improve his deep ball skills and become a sure tackler in space. In the 4th round, they added WR Josh Reynolds an athletic prospect who knows how to go up and get the ball while making adjustments when needed, he is also a willing blocker, but he needs to get stronger and can be beat in press coverage or jammed at the line; he is a solid red zone threat. OLB Samson Ebukam is a raw pass rushing prospect who good quickness and athleticism, but he needs to polish his game and learn to avoid double teams. The Rams also added athletic undersized prospects at DT, FB, and DE/OLB in the 6th and 7th rounds. The Rams added athletic players with playmaking potential, but no legit player they can count on to be an immediate contributor: Kupp, Reynolds, Everett, and Johnson will get many chances with their positions lacking talent.

Grade: C

 

 

3. Seahawks

After trading down in the 1st round, in the 2nd round the Seahawks selected DT Malik McDowell, a versatile lineman with good size who can also play DE which fits the scheme, but he never lived up to his potential; he needs to play with better technique and a better motor. C Ethan Pocic is a tall, smart player, with experience at guard and the ability to be a power run blocker, but he needs to get stronger; his height makes him a candidate to move to Guard or Tackle, but either way the Seahawks need him and will find a spot for him. In the 3rd round, they selected DB Shaquill Griffin, a physical player who doesn’t mind helping in the run game and he can also make plays on the ball while pressing WRs at the line, but he isn’t very fast and needs to work on his field awareness. SS Delano Hill is a physical safety who can play in the box and cover slot WR’s, but he isn’t very fast and needs to work on his awareness. DT Nazair Jones is a huge lineman, who plays with good power and technique while drawing double teams, but he has a long medical history and doesn’t provide much of a pass rush. WR Amara Darboh is a possession WR with good size who knows how to get open and he is also a good blocker, but he needs to limit his drops and play as quick as his 40yd dash time. In the 4th round, FS Tedric Thompson is a coverage safety who knows how to make plays on the ball, but he needs to improve his tackling and he is not much of a hitter; he needs to get stronger, but he has starter potential. Later in the draft, the Seahawks picked up another physical Safety, a huge OT with raw skills, a small school WR with good size and speed, and a power RB.  The Seahawks picked up defensive lineman who will be in the rotation, but need to reach their potential to be starters, Pocic is the only player immediately ready to contribute despite all the 3rd round picks, and they went overboard picking DB’s despite depth being a need.

Grade: C+

 

4. Broncos

Despite this being a weak O-line draft, the Broncos went with the 1st tackle in the draft in Garrett Bolles an athletic prospect with good footwork who plays with a nasty steak, but he is still raw, needs to get bigger and stronger, and he needs to avoid stupid penalties. In the 2nd round, DE DeMarcus Walker is a pass rusher who uses his arms well and he can also contribute in stopping the run, as a solid tackler, but he needs to improve his motor and play quicker off the snap. In the 3rd round, WR Carlos Henderson is a projected slot WR who is good in space and knows how to get open, but he needs to improve his route running and drops; he should find time early as a KR. CB Brendan Langley is a big, athletic prospect who has played both WR and CB, while also contributing at PR, but he is still raw and needs work on his technique. In the 5th round, TE Jake Butt was the best Broncos pick as a big, physical TE with the ability to make plays in the passing game, but he is coming off an injury that caused him to drop in the draft and he needs to improve his blocking. WR Isaiah McKenzie is a very small WR with great production at both PR and KR with his homerun ability, but he can be easily tackled because of his size. In the 6th round, RB De’Angelo Henderson is a short, but stocky back with good 3rd down back potential and the ability to still run between the tackles, but he needs to show better patience and work on his vision. In the 7th round, the Broncos picked their 2nd best pick with the last pick in the draft in QB Chad Kelly, nephew of Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly. Kelly is a talented QB, who dropped due to a late injury, but he can make all of the throws, has good athleticism, and throws well on the move; however, he is slightly undersized, has had issues off the field, and has been inconsistent. The Broncos added depth players in spots of need, as the only player who may immediately contribute is Jake Butt, as he has the most potential and talent at TE; everyone else will be rotational and/or fighting for time.

Grade: C+

 

5. Panthers

The Panthers went for all of their needs with their picks, but the talent they brought in doesn’t appear ready to offer immediate help and maybe forced to play early. In the 1st round, the Panthers selected RB Christian McCaffrey, a speed back who is good in space with the ability to be a dual threat in both the running and receiving game and experience at both PR and KR, but he is too small to be an every down back and needs to improve his blocking. In the 2nd round, WR/RB Curtis Samuel is another speedy playmaker who can make plays in space with KR experience and he can be plugged in different places on offense, but he must prove that he is actually a WR, which is where teams want to plug him, and improve his hands and release. G/T Taylor Morton is a huge run blocking prospect with experience at both RG and RT, but his best fit may be RG unless he can improve his pass blocking and technique. In the 3rd round, DE Daeshon Hall is an athletic lineman with good size and experience playing both LB and DE, but teams believe he can be a solid DE and he can learn from one of the best in Julius Peppers; he needs to get stronger and continue to learn the position. In the 5th round, CB Corn Elder is a talented, athletic but undersized defender with KR and PR experience, with the ability to play with good instincts and awareness; however, his size limits him to nickel and dime packages only. In the 6th round, FB Alex Armah is an athletic small school prospect with experience at TE and DE, but his size makes him a better fit for FB, where he will have to learn the position. In the 7th round, the Panthers selected K Harrison Butker, to possibly take over duties, an accurate kicker who can also knock down extra points. Morton will be the only player ready to make an immediate impact, which will be better if he is starting RG day 1 instead of RT and McCaffrey is too small to be a RB, but should find some success in space once the Panthers learn how to use him outside of special teams. Samuel will experience growing pains as he learns how to play WR; ditto for Hall who will learn behind two vets.

Grade: C+

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