Oakland Raiders

 

(24)  Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio St.       

(56)  Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut         

(88) Eddie Vanderdoes, DT,  UCLA             

(129) David Sharpe,OT, Florida        

(168) Marquel Lee, LB, Wake Forest          

(221) Shalom Luanim, S, Washington St.            

(231) Jylan Ware, OT,  Alabama St.            

(242 ) Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina        

(244) Treyvon Hester, DT, Toledo

 

UDFA

Anthony Cioffi, S, Rutgers

Ahmad Thomas, S, Oklahoma

Pharaoh Brown, TE, Oregon

Keon Hatcher, WR, Arkansas

Isaac Whitney, WR, USC

Ishmael Zamora, WR, Baylor

Fadol Brown, DT, Ole Miss

Jordan Wade, DT, Oklahoma

Breon Borders, CB, Duke

Nicolas Morrow, S, Greenville

Ryan Navarro, LS, Oregon State

Jordan Simmons, OL, USC

Rickey Jefferson, DB, LSU

Dylan Wiesman, G, Tennessee

Paul Boyette Jr., DT, Texas

Anthony Kukwa, LS, Erie State

 

 

I had Conley neck and neck with Lattimore as the #1 CB before his hotel incident so if the Raiders are confident he won’t be criminally charged or miss significant time under the personal conduct policy, it’s a solid pick and hits a key need. They went back to the secondary in the 2nd with Melifonwu. At this point Obi’s a better athlete than football player and projects as the nickel defender. That hits a need but it’s fair to say that ILB and DT were bigger needs, and the Raiders passed on ILB Zach Cunningham and DT in Chris Wormley. Time will tell on that.

 

Vanderdoes had an up and down career at UCLA but looked good at senior week practices. At his best he’s an upfield, bull in a china shop type. At worst he’s an undersized non factor. OT Sharpe can be a big asset if he controls his weight, conditioning and technique. I wasn’t particularly high on ILB Lee. He’s a motor guy but I thought he was too limited and stiff athletically. Shalom is something like the safety version of Heeney. Flies around and fills the stat sheet but isn’t entirely reliable and leaks a lot of tackles and plays.

 

Ware is similar to Sharpe in that he has great tools to build on but needs polish. Hood is a size/speed guy with some wiggle but apparently was not a well liked guy by coaches at UNC and dropped due to work ethic and character concerns. Hester’s a solid late round flier. He’s an undersized run defender that utilizes good technique. Among the UDFA I was high on Keon Hatcher. Not fast but has good size, vices for hands and is clutch.

 

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Kansas City Chiefs

 

(10)  Patrick Mahomes, QB, TTU

(59) Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova

(86)  Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo

(139) Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan

(183)  Ukeme Eligwe, ILB, Georgia Southern

(218)  Leon McQuay III, CB, USC

 

UDFA

Ferrell Edmunds III, RB

Damien Mama, OG, USC

Ricky Ali’ifua , DE, Utah St.

Devin Chappell, S, Oregon St

Austin Gearing, DE, Miami (OH)

Wyatt Houston, TE, Utah St

Justin Hunt, WR, Marshall

Ashton Lampkin, DB, Oklahoma St.

Emanuel Byrd, TE, Marshall

Corin Brooks, OG. Texas Permian-Basin

Nolan Dowling, LS, W. Kentucky

Marcus Kemp, WR, Hawaii

Jordan Sterns, S, Oklahoma St

Tony Stevens, WR, Auburn

Gehrig Dieter, WR, Alabama

JR Nelson, CB, Montana

Alonzo Moore, WR, Nebraska

Anas Hasic, WR, W. Florida

 

 

 

 

Chiefs had very few needs heading into the draft so it makes sense that Reid reached for a possible future franchise QB, giving up next year’s 1st and this year’s 3rd. Tanoh is a raw athletic freak in the mold of Calais Campbell and the Chiefs needed DE help. Hunt could challenge for the starting spot as a rookie. Reminds me of Reid’s former RB, Duce Staley. Chiefs traded a couple 5th rounders to move up for WR Chesson in the 4th. Chesson disappointed last season but tested like an elite athlete pre draft.

 

Eligwe’s a good later round ILB flier. Size, speed guy with a good film but just 1 season as a starter. McQuay’s a special team, practice squad guy that the team envisions as a big press CB. Out of the UDFA pool, I really liked OG Damien Mama this season.

 

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Denver Broncos

 

(20) Garett Bolles, OT, Utah   

(51) DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida St.  

(82) Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech    

(101) Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar   

(145) Jake Butt, TE, Michigan

(172) Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Georgia    

(203) De'Angelo Henderson, RB, Coastal Carolina    

(253) Chad Kelly, QB, Mississippi

 

UDFA

Jamal Carter ,S, Miami

Tyrique Jarrett, NT, Pittsburgh

Shakir Soto ,DE, Pittsburgh

Josh Banderas ,ILB, Nebraska

Kyle Sloter ,QB, Northern Colorado

Deon Hollins ,OLB, UCLA

Erik Austell ,OT, Charleston Southern

Marcus Rios ,CB, UCLA

Ken Ekanem ,DE, Virginia Tech

Orion Stewart ,DB, Baylor

Anthony Nash ,WR, Duke

Cameron Hunt ,OT, Oregon

Dante Barnett ,S, Kansas State

Jerrol Garcia-Williams ,ILB, Hawaii

 

 

 

 

Broncos primary area of weakness on a playoff caliber team was the OL. So it wasn't surprising they took the top OT in this class. Bolles is rough around the edges in more ways than one but he's athletic and mean with a forever motor. Walker fits the defense well. Langley's a small school stand out type that the Broncos have generally hit on. WR Henderson may help open up the offense. Butt's a quality pick up if gets back to 100. KR McKenzie and RB Henderson are quick scat players who might stick. And I'm a big fan of UDFA S Barnett. Broncos needed offensive playmakers besides better blocking. Henderson and De'Angelo Henderson/Mckenzie need to make the team and generate some chunk plays. Grading this class depends a good bit on whether these college playmakers produce or not.

 

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Los Angeles Chargers

 

(7) Mike Williams, WR, Clemson    

(38) Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky

(71) Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana  

(113) Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Miami

(151) Desmond King, S, Iowa

(190) Sam Tevi, OT, Utah

(225) Isaac Rochell, DT, Notre Dame

 

UDFA

Artavis Scott, WR, Clemson

Austin Ekeler, RB, Western State

Sean Culkin, TE, Missouri

James Onwalu, LB, Notre Dame

Michael Davis, CB, BYU

Dillon DeBoer, C, Florida Atlantic

Nigel Harris, LB, South Florida

Eli Jenkins, QB, Jacksonville State

Younghoe Koo, PK, Georgia Southern

Mike Moore, LB, Kansas State

Brad Watson, CB, Wake Forest

Dontre Wilson, RB, Ohio State

Mason Zandi, OL, South Carolina

 

 

WR Mike Williams was kind of a surprise but his skill set absolutely suits Rivers and he'll help keep the chains moving. The Chargers then invested more heavily on the OL than I can remember with blue chip interior guys Lamp and Feeney. Jenkins is a raw athlete in the mold of Reshad Jones. And DB King was a potential steal. Tevi is an athletic smaller sized OT worthy of a developmental spot. Rochell will be a late round steal. He's cat quick off the snap but underpowered atm. I think the Chargers as a team came away from the draft substantially better then they entered it.

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