Best Pick: Scotty Fleming, NYG
Value Pick: Zack Morgan, SF
The best QB in the draft, picked by the Giants at number 4! A freak of nature, his fast wheels (95 speed, 90 acceleration) and strong arm (93 throw power) make him the kind of dual threat quarterback every team dreams about. Even though there were some rumors about the Giants wanting to play him as a running back, this guy has pro bowler and future superstar written all over him. The pressure was on GM @zill to replace the recently traded Aaron Rodgers, and he couldn't have done a better job.
Are the 49ers finally ready to move on from Colin Kaepernick?! They certainly have picked their QB of the future with the 66th pick in the draft. Combining great throw power (93) with incredible accuracy (93), this guy is a prototypical pocket passer. He seems to be a fast learner too, and should soon be above the Andy Dalton line when it comes to evaluating the QBs of this league. Great pick by @Fernando24
Best Pick: Dosha Harrison, HOU
Best Value Pick: Quayshawn Hadley, HOU
So how often does this happen?! In a draft very thin in running backs, Texans GM @epone knew he had to hit on his picks to replace last season's work horse Doug Martin. And he did, both of his HBs will become future stars of the game, barring injuries. They are also incredible complimentary to each other. Whereas Dosha Harrison, picked at 56, is your traditional power back at 6ft and with 90 Trucking, Hadley, who went with the 115th pick, is a small, (5'9") great 3rd down back, very eluse, and with great hands to catch the ball out of the back field.
However, both of them need to be coached well and improve their technique quickly, or their low carrying attribute (77 each) will hurt the Texans dearly.
Yeah, right. As if anyone cares... You get those in Free Agency, not in the draft!
Best Pick: Cory Briscoe, TB
Best Value Pick: Dontavis Winston, CIN
What was up with the run on Tight Ends?! In an unexpected development, the TEs flew off the board this time. Everyone seems to be desperate to find the next Gronk. And GM @RobbieBrewis may have just done so! Wide Receiver-like attributes (88 spd/acc/ag) paired with a 6'6" frame, very good hands (79CTH, 81CIT, 85SPC) and good blocking (63pbk, 68rbk, 71ibk) spell "Matchup-Nightmare". It won't surprise me if we see TD spikes all season from this kid who, with his star development, should be part of the Tight End elite by the end of the season. Meanwhile Bengals GM @Warrior9674 picked a TE buddy for Tyler Eifert. Those 2 TE-sets should be seen often during the season in Cincinnati. Once Winston's route running (71) catches up with his good hands and athletics, he should be featured plenty in their offense while blocking (68rbk, 72ibk) the way for Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard.
Best (Value) Pick: Victor Crosby, Hou
Notable WRs: Dareon Riley, NE & Jack Riley, DAL
Arguably the best wide receiver in this draft went to Houston with 51th overall pick. Great hands (86 CTH, 87 SPC, 83 CIT) combined with good athletics (90 speed, 97 acceleration, 95 agility) and a star development trait to quickly improve his poor route running (71) should make this guy the perfect complimentary piece to star wideout Deandre Hopkins. He could even take over kick return (87) duties! When it comes to the other two best wide receiver prospects, only one thing comes to mind: Speed, speed, speed. Jack (95 spd, 93 acc) and Dareon Riley (97 spd, 94 acc) should get open plenty of times. However, they do rely on good play designs by @xxeternalxx and @Static Gator respectively, as their technique leaves something to be desired. But if they get an open catch, be ready for that TD celebration!
Best Pick: Scott Reves, PIT
Best Value Pick: Sean Knox, NYG
A center that could just as easily play Offensive Tackle?! You better believe it with these two kids! Scott Reves was a great pick by @Blitzburgh4891 and should give Le'Veon Bell plenty of room to run around in. With his 94 strength and 71 speed, nothing will hold him back, and he should've pushed his opponent up 5 yards before you can even say 'Steelers'. However, more than a round later, there would've been another gem at Center available. Sean Knox has the kind of potential you wish to find in a center and he could become the next Nick Mangold in New York, even if it is for the wrong team
Best (Value) Pick: Leroy Gayton, BUF
Boy, do the Jets wish they would've looked at the Offensive Guard prospects to replace LT Ferguson... What a player this guy is! He is fast, (64 spd, 80 acc) strong (91) and has good blocking technique (85 IBK, 86 RBK). With a little coaching to bring his pass block (75) up, which shouldn't take long thanks to his star potential, Gayton could literally play any position on the offensive line. The question is: Will he line up at Guard, or be moved to Right Tackle halfway through the season? In any case, it was a great pick in the middle of the fourth round by @ellius. Shady McCoy is a very happy man right now.
Best Pick: Deron Owens, SF
Best Value Pick: Taylor Willis, DEN
Ok, so Owens may be a slow learner. But you just don't usually see his combination of movement (69spd, 84acc, 73ag) and strength (95). Pairing this with his good blocking (80pbk, 86rbk, 83ibk) should make the 49ers' new priced rookie's life much, much easier. It's impossible to run around him, much less pushing him out of the way. With the premier prospects at OT gone after the 33rd pick (Dallas and New England should be very happy with their picks as well) Broncos GM @Xipie found a nice prospect with the 55th pick. Arguably the best overall blocker (83pbk, 82rbk, 83ibk) with the strength (91) to boot, Taylor Willis should help both CJ Anderson and Ryan Jeter enormously. The only question mark is: Will his insane acceleration (87) make up for his clear lack of speed (49)?!
Best Pick: 4-3 DE Sedrick Patrick, HOU
Best Value Pick: 3-4 DE Rashad Harper, PIT
Houston needed to add a pass rusher after the JJ Watt trade, and boy did they get one! Good athletic measurables (84spd, 87acc, 80ag) spell as much trouble as his good pass rushing technique. (80 FMV, 78 PMV) After a bit of coaching from coach @epone, he may even be able to drop into coverage. (71 ZCV) The change from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense is in full effect here.
How you can pick a player like Harper at the end of the 3rd round (95th pick) is beyond me, but GM @Blitzburgh4891 certainly found good value for a kid with great upside. Very fast for a guy over 300lb (75 spd), this guy looks to me like a poor man's Sheldon Richardson, which is exactly what the Steelers needed after their tough SB loss. Great find, indeed.
However, any coach or GM picking in the first round should be ashamed of themselves; How can you let a monster like RE Chase Ferrell drop to pick 42?! New HC @dean should be ecstatic over this weapon picked by the former Falcons GM. After his first season, this player should be a premier puss rusher who can drop into coverage too! It makes me wonder, since the Eagles have been drooling over Bo Clay ever since he joined the Jets, why didnt GM @brza37 make a move up into the draft to get this kid?!
I'm sorry everybody, you missed out on arguably the best player of this draft class...
Best DT Pick: Randall Cunningham, SF
Best NT Pick: Daunte Griffin, GB
At first I couldn't really decide between Randall Cunningham and Eric Morales (NYG) but both GMs @Fernando24 and @zill should be very happy here. In the end, the bigger upside convinced me to write about the new 49ers addition. Great speed (74), acceleration (90) and agility (82) for a man over 300lb, Cunningham should prove to be a disruptive force on the interior in San Francisco new look 4-3 defense. His incredible strength (89) combined with good technique (84BSH, 82PMV, 88PUR) should really help their run defense.
The strongest defensive prospect in this draft, Griffin was a great pick by Cheesehead @bigjimmyaston to anchor their defense. A bit on the light side (310lb) he will have to make up for it with his great strength (94).
Having the best hands of all defensive tackles (83BSH, 85PMV, 82TCK) should really help as well.
Definitely the most curious draft position to write about, I'll have to give a bit of an intro before making my picks: The 4 best outside linebackers in this draft were picked within 7 picks:
Duncan Drake, CHI by GM @Stas at 21,
Bryan Warren, DEN by GM @Xipie at 23,
Cason Royster, HOU by GM @epone at 24,
Derek Blake, NYG by GM @zill at 27.
All GMs have made great choices here, in the end it was simply a matter of luck. However, I gotta give it to Houston, who picked the player that was number 3 on yours truly's draft board
An absolute athletic terror with great speed, acceleration and agility (87 each) Royster looks like your prototypical 4-3 linebacker, able to cover the field from side to side, defend the pass, (78 ZCV) and stop the run. (86 TCK) I personally would play him on the inside, but that is for the Texans to decide.
Without a doubt the weakest position in this draft. I would've loved to mention the good value the Eagles GM @brza37 picked up here with the 120th pick. He got the 4th best MLB this draft had to offer, but at 66 OVR, it's anything but a home run. Is Jeffery Gordon is going to get cut?
Best Pick: Tyrone Norwood, SEA
Best Value Pick: Alante Fairley, STL
First of all: To call a first Rounder a good value pick may be a bit of a stretch, but in a draft with only 4 starting caliber cornerbacks, Fairley was the last one taken by GM @brunty but he must be very happy with the pick.
At 6'0, with great speed (91) and good acceleration (89), who can dominate almost any WR in press (88) coverage, this guy will be a great upgrade for the Rams secondary. He is a prototypical cornerback who has the potential to be an island come playoff time.
However, Fairley is nothing compared to Norwood, who already is one of the most versatile corners in the NFL just coming out of college and with tremendous potential to be the next Chris Harris Jr, and a great Sherman-replacement for Seattle. Number 2 on my own draft board , he can play press (87) due to his unbelievable strength (85), make up for it with his athetlicism (89spd, 90acc) and follow the opponent's best receiver all over the field in man coverage (88). Once his awareness (only 65, normal for rookies) catches up with his good understanding of zone coverages (87), he should be able to make plays all over the field for HC @Eaglewolfenstein.
Best Pick: FS DeSean Fitzgerald, BUF
Best Value Pick: SS Treyvon Scott, DEN
By far the easiest choices, these two players stand above and beyond any other prospect of their respective position. How I could miss a stud like Treyvon Scott is beyond my understanding, but luckily for GM @Xipie, he didn't and added a fast (87spd, 86acc) and hard hitting (85HPW) safety to his secondary with the 87th pick of the draft. He already is a good run defender (82 PUR, 71 TCK) with great intelligence for a rookie (77 AWR, 79 PRC) who can hold his own in man coverage (76) against Running Backs and solid Tight Ends, but will need to improve his understanding of NFL-level zone coverages (77) to become a playmaker for this Broncos team. In any way, this kid has future pro-bowler written all over him.
So why isn't he considered the best safety in the draft? Because there is a player coming out of LSU who could easily be considered the next Earl Thomas! Elite athleticism and coverage skills (90spd, 87acc, 83ZCV) should allow the Bills' defensive coordinator @ellius to run Seahawks-like single deep zone coverage plays without surrendering the big plays. If a single player can add a whole new dimension to your defense, he truly is one of the best picks in the draft.