After a solid NFL Draft and months of research and scouting, teams have determined the players they will use to advance their franchise into the future. Below, you will see my final draft rankings and where they ended up being drafted.
There are intriguing prospects in this class, but I would not give any of them a first-round grade. In today’s NFL however, you do not need a first-round grade to be drafted in Round 1
Round 5; 171 Overall
Falling further than most expected, Peterman found himself in a good situation to potentially see playing time. Though Tyrod Taylor restructured his deal, his future in Buffalo is uncertain. Peterman could find himself in a position to be a solid backup, with starting potential in coming years.
Round 1; 2 Overall
Trubisky was the story of the NFL Draft after the Chicago Bears moved up one spot to get him, giving up a good amount to exchange spots with a team who was unlikely to take a QB. At that draft position, expect him to be forced into action by 2018 at the latest.
Round 1; 12 Overall
After moving up, the Texans took their QB of the future. He will have an opportunity to play with lower pressure, as he has a stingy defense and a solid supporting cast.
Round 4; 135 Overall
Dobbs needs to improve his mechanics to become more consistent. However, his intelligence and willingness to learn and be coached will be his greatest asset, With that, he finds himself in a great situation, behind Big Ben who was recently considering retirement.
Round 2; 52 Overall
The Browns decided to wait on the QB position, and instead get one of, if not the most talented draft prospect in the class in round 2. He has all the tools, and if Hue Jackson and company can get the most out of his potential, he can be the steal of the draft.
Patrick Mahomes II
Round 1; 10 Overall
Kansas City Chiefs
It is not surprising to see Mahomes taken in the first round, but top-10 was surprising. It goes to show what a strong arm can do for a prospects draft position. Kansas City is a great landing spot for him, as he will get a chance to develop and work with Andy Reid, who has a good track record with QBs.
Round 3; 87 Overall
New York Giants
Webb is someone who could be a starter in time. If he learns from Ben McAdoo and Eli Manning, he could be the replacement in a few years. He wants to be a coach after his playing career, and he will put that study-friendly mentality to use as a developmental prospect.
Round 3; 104 Overall
San Francisco 49ers
I think Beathard could be a useful player as a backup. Kyle Shanahan must have seen something he liked in Beathard to take him in Round 3, before many of the other QB prospects. Shanahan made some QB signings in Free Agency and gave the 49ers a clean slate at the position.
Round 7; 253 Overall
Chad Kelly is a talented player on the field, providing a command from the QB position. However, it is his off-the-field concerns that make me wonder if he can ever put together a career in the NFL. Combine that with injury, and he will have some time to repair both.
Round 6; 215 Overall
Kaaya is in a position to fight for the backup job in Detroit. It all depends on his ability to pick up the offense, and how quickly he can do that.
Undrafted Free Agent
Many people applaud Knight’s leadership skills and athletic ability. He is definitely a player worth taking a chance on as a Free Agent.
Undrafted Free Agent
As a small-school player, it will be interesting how Torgersen handles the level of competition. With his skill set, he will have a chance to make the team.
Undrafted Free Agent
Green Bay Packers
Hill has had a roller-coaster ride of a career, and that will continue as an undrafted player. If he is fully recovered from injury, he will have a chance to compete for a backup spot.
Evans remains unsigned. It is a testament to doing your homework ahead of time and knowing where your potential draft position could be. Evans would have been better served returning to Virginia Tech for another season.
Invited to Raiders mini-camp
Russell will have his work cut out for him as he has not signed with a team yet.
It is difficult for Quarterbacks (among other positions) to make an NFL roster, especially since very few contribute on Special Teams. It is critical that they study the playbook and learn the system quickly.