NFL Draft Insiders
The 2017 NFL draft is over, and it's time to review how your favorite team fared. Where did it reach? Did it get a potential steal in Round 5? Is there a bust waiting to happen?
ESPN Insider's draft experts break down each draft class, starting with Mel Kiper Jr.'s grade, Todd McShay's favorite pick, and Scouts Inc.'s analysis on how each player fits into his new team.
Mel Kiper's Draft Grade: B
Kiper: I can quibble with the value of taking Corey Davis at No. 5 and Adoree' Jackson at No. 18 -- and I did -- but I do like both guys, even if I had higher-rated players on my board. Davis is still a bit of unknown because he didn't work out before the draft. On tape, he dominated at Western Michigan, but that's obviously a different caliber of opponent than what he will see each week in the AFC South.
Jackson is undersized (5-10, 186), raw and still improving but has value as a punt returner. He could also play a few snaps per game at receiver, too, and I'm sure Marcus Mariota would welcome that. The Titans deserve some credit for sticking to their board and going with clear needs, but with no second-round pick because of last year's trade up for Jack Conklin -- a stellar move, by the way -- there is some risk.
Taywan Taylor led all FBS players with 3,197 receiving yards and 34 touchdown catches over the past two seasons, and Jonnu Smith has some upside as a pass-catcher. Tennessee clearly put a priority on getting Mariota some weapons. It didn't have a field-stretcher, but Taylor can help there, and Delanie Walker could be cut for little dead money after the season. Jayon Brown, who replaced Myles Jack in the Bruins' defense, is an inside defender in a 3-4, and Josh Carraway had 17.0 sacks over the past two seasons.
Overall, a lot of talent here and a nice job in general manager Jon Robinson's second draft.
|1/5||Corey Davis||WR||WESTERN MICHIGAN|
|3/72||Taywan Taylor||WR||WESTERN KENTUCKY|
|3/100||Jonnu Smith||TE||FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL|
Todd McShay's favorite pick
Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan (pick No. 5)
You might think this was a reach, but let me explain. Owning the No. 5 and 18 picks, the first round was always about getting the right pairing between cornerback and wide receiver, their two biggest needs. Picking Davis over, say, CB Marshon Lattimore at No. 5 was the safer route, given the depth of this cornerback class and how the wide receiver group fell off a bit after the top three. It ended up being the correct calculation because those top-three WRs all ended up being off the board by the ninth pick. Selecting Davis at No. 5 freed up the Titans take a corner at pick 18. They had a bunch of good ones to choose from -- Adoree' Jackson, Tre'Davious White and Quincy Wilson -- and they opted for Jackson. GM Jon Robinson was able to fill two big needs with good players because he understood how the board would fall and who'd be left when he was picking for the second time in Round 1.
Scouts Inc. on 2017 class
1 (5) Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan | Highlights
What he brings: He has a very good combination of size, speed, toughness and route-running savvy. He does have some drops but makes up for it with his wide catch radius and ability to haul in the tough catches in contested situations. -- Kevin Weidl
How he fits: Some may consider this is a bit of a reach, but general manager Jon Robinson fills the Titans' most pressing need with Davis and gives quarterback Marcus Mariota a much-needed weapon on the outside. Davis is clearly one of the top three receivers in this class and projects as the Titans' No. 1 WR. -- Steve Muench
1 (18) Adoree' Jackson, CB, USC | Highlights
What he brings: One of the most explosive and versatile players in this draft, Jackson is an undersized corner with the potential to develop outstanding man-to-man cover skills with improved technique. He's expected to make an immediate impact in the return game. -- Steve Muench
How he fits: General manager Jon Robinson has filled the Titans' most pressing needs with his first two picks, as the Titans take a corner to push for a starting role opposite Logan Ryan. The Titans also finished tied for 18th in interceptions last year, so adding a playmaker like Jackson makes sense. He also can help in the return game. -- Steve Muench
3 (8) Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky | Highlights
What he brings: Taylor is an explosive playmaker with the burst, open-field instincts and elusiveness to threaten after the catch and potentially contribute in the return game. He put up big numbers against Vanderbilt and Alabama in 2016 and against LSU in 2015. -- Steve Muench
How he fits: After taking Western Michigan's Corey Davis in Round 1, general manager Jon Robinson continues to surround quarterback Marcus Mariota with weapons. Taylor has the tools to make an immediate impact working out of the slot for the Titans. -- Steve Muench
3 (36) Jonnu Smith, TE, Florida International | Highlights
What he brings: Smith lacks ideal length and needs to get more consistent as an inline blocker. However, he is an explosive athlete with the speed and reliable hands to develop into an adequate target in the passing game as a move or "F" tight end. -- Kevin Weidl
How he fits: Tennessee adds yet another weapon in Smith, who has the talent to make an immediate impact in the passing game and improve the tight end depth behind Delanie Walker. -- Steve Muench
5 (11) Jayon Brown, OLB, UCLA
What he brings: Brown is an undersized linebacker that needs to get stronger at the point of attack and improve his recognition skills. He's rangy, has a good motor and has good overall football character. -- Steve Muench
6 (34) Corey Levin, OG, Tennessee-Chattanooga
What he brings: A four-year starter, Levin lined up at guard and tackle at Tennessee-Chattanooga. While he's on the smaller side for a guard prospect, he's a better fit on the inside, where he has the frame, length and smarts to develop into a starter in time. -- Steve Muench
7 (9) Josh Carraway, OLB, TCU
What he brings: Carraway is a 3-4 outside linebacker prospect who has excellent length (34 1/2-inch arms) and quality athleticism. He needs to get stronger, particularly in his lower half, to improve his point of attack skills and add more of a power element to his game. -- Kevin Weidl
7 (18) Brad Seaton, OT, Villanova
What he brings: Seaton is an interesting small-school prospect who has athletic limitations and might need to kick inside to guard despite having very good length. He's big and strong enough to make the transition to guard. -- Steve Muench
7 (23) Khalfrani Muhammad, RB, California
What he brings: Muhammad is an undersized back with excellent top-end speed and has the potential to develop into an effective complementary back who contributes on third down. -- Steve Muench
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