Welcome to Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft. This page is dedicated to the second and third-round this year. Providing fast points on the players selected from a data perspective. There are a lot of talented players at this point of the draft. So buckle in for a great day of drafting even if your team didn’t draft someone you wanted.
So to rattle off a few thoughts from Day 1. I found the Browns’ draft to not be perfect, but it’s clear the metrics they value most. Explosiveness and speed.
Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers and David Njoku all had 90+ percentile explosiveness compared to their positional peers since 1999. And Garrett/Peppers also had 90+ percentile speed for their size.
Two drafts in a row, the Browns have valued explosiveness and speed. Which makes it safe to say this is a real trend.
A trend that can pay off as Garrett, Peppers and Njoku all hit decent production marks. Except for Peppers who is closer to T.J. Ward in terms of interception market share production.
However, I still believe Peppers has the athleticism to become a T.J. Ward like outlier. But he is the one pick I’m the most nervous about from a data and film perspective.
Just a reminder of best availables for Day 2 position wise
Anthony Walker Jr.
Green Bay Packers Select: Kevin King
Stephon Gilmore Athlete with All-Pro length
Best data potential to become a multiple Pro Bowl CB in this class.
Jacksonville Jaguars Select: Cam Robinson, OT/OG, Alabama
Poor man’s version of Keleche Osemele
Will struggle with above average explosive and flexible pass rushers.
Seattle Seahawks Select: Malik McDowell
Almost identical profile to Richard Seymour coming out of Georgia.
Lacks elite explosiveness and flexibility for his size, but could become a star due to freakish size and length.
Couple character flags though.
Arizona Cardinals Select: Budda Baker
Eric Weddle level athlete.
But lacks Weddle’s elite interception and pass deflection market share.
Will be a test case as he is very young, but does not have similar markers to Tyrann Mathieu, Earl Thomas or any of the other top safeties he’s been compared to.
Buffalo Bill Select: Zay Jones
Elite market share production coming out of East Carolina.
In addition to elite flexibility for his size.
Jones has all the ingredients to become a Jordy Nelson like wide receiver one.
San Diego Chargers Select: Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
Elite overall athleticism for his size grading similar to Brian Waters.
You can’t go wrong with Lamp inside.
New York Jets Select: Marcus Maye, DS, Florida
Produced in similar way to Budda Baker.
Has Kam Chancellor athleticism traits.
However, there are better safeties in this class.
Carolina Panthers Select: Curtis Samuel
Elite speed with Pro Bowl production.
Has the ability to become just as impactful as John Ross in terms of mismatch ability.
McCaffrey and Samuel is a deadly combination.
Minnesota Vikings Select: Dalvin Cook
All-Pro production markers with above average speed.
Last RB to become a Pro Bowler with his 3-Cone was Demarco Murray since 1999.
However, he could be that type of outlier due to his production.
New Orleans Saints Select: Marcus Williams
Similar profile to Haha Clinton-Dix with better athleticism.
Has a chance to be the best safety from this class.
Philadelphia Eagles Select: Sidney Jones
Poor athleticism with positive production.
Could be A.J. Bouye like.
St. Louis Rams Select: Gerald Everett
Good overall athlete with great production.
The NFL is not kind to H-Back TEs
Chicago Bears Select: Adam Shaheen
Elite level athleticism with very good market share production.
There are some level of competition concerns, but he’s has a great combination of size/athleticism traits.
Indianapolis Colts Select: Quincy Wilson
Sean Smith like athlete with similar production.
Potential long-term starter.
Baltimore Ravens Select: Tyus Bowser
Great overall athleticism with tremendous production.
He has the potential to become a multiple Pro Bowl Edge Rusher.
Cincinnati Bengals Select: Joe Mixon
One of the best RB athletes in the class.
Market Share production is troublesome in terms of quality outcomes long-term
Washington Redskins Select: Ryan Anderson
Poor athleticism with decent production.
Very high of a pick.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select: Justin Evans
Decent production across the board.
With elite explosiveness.
He lacks speed and didn’t perform agility drills that is concerning.
Denver Broncos Select: Demarcus Walker
Poor flexibility for his size with above average explosiveness and speed.
But has good production.
Cleveland Browns Select: DeShone Kizer
Did not meet starting level high school production.
But hit starter level college production.
Detroit Lions Select: Teez Tabor
Significantly below average speed.
But has elite pass deflection market share.
Miami Dolphins Select: Raekwon McMillan
Pro Bowl level solo tackle market share.
With decent overall athleticism, but lacks flexibility to be dominant in coverage.
New York Giants Select: Dalvin Tomlinson
Extremely poor production.
With some above average athleticism traits.
Oakland Raiders Select: Obi Melifonwu
Elite explosiveness and speed.
Has great solo tackle and pass deflection market share.
But lack elite interception market share.
Houston Texans Select: Zach Cunningham
Daryl Smith in terms of production and athleticism.
Has potential to be a very good long-term starter.
Seattle Seahawks Select: Ethan Pocic
Above average explosiveness and speed.
With below average flexibility.
Kansas City Chiefs Select: Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova
Great size with above average speed and explosiveness
He doesn’t have elite FCS production though, which limits his upside.
Dallas Cowboys Select: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
Tyrann Mathieu like production with Marcus Gilchrist athleticism.
He’s one of the best free safety/nickel corners in the class.
Green Bay Packers Select: Josh Jones, DS, North Carolina State
Elite explosiveness and speed with great production.
He lacks the flexibility to be an elite strong safety, but he can be a very good starter.
Pittsburgh Steelers Select: Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
Elite market share production at a decent age.
Film is concerning in terms of development.
Buffalo Bills Select: Dion Dawkins, OG, Temple
Great overall athleticism traits to be elite inside.
Carolina Panthers Select: Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan
Elite explosiveness and flexibility for his size.
Lacks elite height at offensive tackle, but will be a great fit at right tackle.
Cleveland Browns Select: Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte
Great overall athleticism and production.
Lack elite height.
San Francisco 49ers Select: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
Great size and length with above average explosiveness.
Good production too.
New Orleans Saints Select: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
Has not been a multiple Pro Bowl RB with his production since the 1983 NFL Draft Class.
Jacksonville Jaguars Select: Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois
Decent production, but lack elite athleticism traits.
Los Angeles Rams Select: Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
Good FCS Production with above average flexibility.
Age limits upside.
Minnesota Vikings Select: Pat Elflein, OC, Ohio State
Poor athlete overall.
But could be a starter as an outlier.
Los Angeles Chargers Select: Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana
Great overall Pro Bowl level power guard athlete.
And is one of the best finishers on film in the class.
Tennessee Titans Select: Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky
Great production market with elite flexibility for his size.
Taylor has a chance to be a very good wide receiver long-term.
Cincinnati Bengals Select: Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State
Elite level athlete with great production.
There are very few holes in his data profile.
Baltimore Ravens Select: Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan
Ra’Shede Hageman in terms of having great size/athleticism, but poor production.
Atlanta Falcons Select: Duke Riley, LB, LSU
Similar production profile to Reuben Foster.
With decent starter production.
New Orleans Saints Select: Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida
Minimum starter level production with decent athleticism.
Has potential to be a starter.
Carolina Panthers Select: Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M
Has great size and decent athleticism.
But lacks elite production overall.
Baltimore Ravens Select: Tim Williams, DE, Alabama
Some above average athletic qualities, but lacks starter level market share production.
New York Jets Select: ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama
3-Time Pro Bowl production with decent athleticism.
Indianapolis Colts Select: Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio
Great athleticism, but his production is extremely suspect against his level of competition.
Washington Redskins Select: Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
Elite athleticism with only near elite length and very concerning production.
Injury history is also very scary.
Denver Broncos Select: Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech
Above average explosiveness and speed.
However, his production for his level of competition is concerning.
New England Patriots Select: Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State
Above average athleticism for his size.
But lacks elite FCS production.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select: Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
Elite production, age and athleticism.
Has the potential to be the best wide receiver in this class.
New England Patriots Select: Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
Luke Joeckel explosiveness with below average flexibility.
Very poor overall potential to be a starter at tackle.
Kansas City Chiefs Select: Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
Decent overall market share production.
With ideal ZBS explosiveness athletic traits.
New York Giants Select: Davis Webb, QB, California
Decent collegiate production, but lacks starter level high school production.
Oakland Raiders Select: Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA
Very good athleticism overall.
But production is concerning in terms of quality outcomes.
Houston Texans Select: D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
Elite market share production.
Very similar athleticism to Eddie Lacy as a Pro Bowl RB.
Seattle Seahawks Select: Shaq Griffin, CB, Central Florida
Great size and length.
With above average production and athleticism traits.
Los Angeles Rams Select: John Johnson, DS, Boston College
Good overall production with starter level athleticism.
Nothing special about his profile though.
Dallas Cowboys Select: Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
Very good flexibility for his size and production.
But lack elite length and best only as a slot corner.
Green Bay Packers Select: Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn
Elite speed and decent overall production.
Has some Pro Bowl upside, but more likely a long-term starter.
Pittsburgh Steelers Select: Corn Elder, CB, Miami
Slot corner only with elite market share production.
However, lacks the athleticism to develop into an elite cornerback
Seattle Seahawks Select: Delano Hill, DS, Michigan
Below average solo tackle and pass deflection market share.
Elite speed, but more likely a long-term starter only.
Detroit Lions Select: Kenny Golladay, WR, Northern Illinois
Terrific production, but age and his strength of schedule are not doing him any favors.
Could be Mike Williams on a budget in the right system.
Miami Dolphins Select: Cordrea Tankersly, CB, Clemson
Poor overall production with below average explosiveness.
Could become a starter at best.
Arizona Cardinals Select: Chad Williams, WR, Grambling State
Very good production at the FCS level.
Similar athletic profile to Carlos Henderson with above average explosiveness and speed.
Philadelphia Eagles Select: Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia
Older version of Marlon Humphrey with less athleticism.
Tennessee Titans Select: Jonnu Smith, TE, Florida International
Great athlete with elite production.
Level of competition is worrisome.
Denver Broncos Select: Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar
Speed corner only.
Did not post exceptional production for his level of competition.
Seattle Seahawks Select: Nazair Jones, DT, North Carolina
Decent production, but very poor athleticism.
Has chance to be backup to spot starter.
New Orleans Saints Select: Trey Hendrickson, DE, Florida Atlantic
Above average athleticism traits and production.
Some concerns about football intelligence from Shrine Game practices.
San Francisco 49ers Select: C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa
Had starter level college production and decent HS production.
But not a clean quarterback profile by any means.
Pittsburgh Steelers Select: James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh
Above average speed and decent production.
Could become a long-term starter in the right system.
Seattle Seahawks Select: Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan
Starter level production and some above average production traits.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select: Kendall Beckwith, LB, LSU
Averageish solo tackle market share.
Not enough athletic testing to determine much.