Grading Every NFL Team's 2017 Draft Haul

Maurice Moton@@MoeMotonContributor IJuly 7, 2022

Grading Every NFL Team's 2017 Draft Haul

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    Fanbases often express frustration with early draft grades. Well, five years later, we've had more than enough time to evaluate the 2017 class.

    This group featured three first-round quarterbacks and two running backs in the top 10 along with quality cornerbacks and pass-rushers on Day 1.

    Which teams found good draft value through the selection process?

    We'll grade each club's 2017 haul with a focus on short-term production and players who have become long-term assets on a second contract.

    Also, teams that missed on first-round picks or saw little production from a high volume of selections will draw harsh criticism.

    Conversely, we rewarded clubs for Day 3 players who worked their way into starting roles while on the squad that drafted them and smaller classes with a high production rate. Of course, star playmakers can significantly boost an overall grade.

Arizona Cardinals

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 13: Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple

    · Round 2, Pick No. 36: Budda Baker, S, Washington

    · Round 3, Pick No. 98: Chad Williams, WR, Grambling State

    · Round 4, Pick No. 115: Dorian Johnson, G, Pittsburgh

    · Round 5, Pick No. 157: Will Holden, OT, Vanderbilt

    · Round 5, Pick No. 179: T.J. Logan, RB, North Carolina

    · Round 6, Pick No. 208, Rudy Ford, S, Auburn

    The Arizona Cardinals could've squeezed more production from Haason Reddick if they had used him in a pass-rushing role early in his career. He shifted between inside and outside linebacker. Coming out of Temple, his height-weight measurements (6'1", 237 lbs) didn't fit the profile of a prototypical NFL edge-rusher.

    However, Reddick broke out in his final season with the Cardinals, logging a career-high 12.5 sacks and 34 pressures, which tied for 13th leaguewide in 2020. With that said, the Cardinals let him walk in free agency last year.

    Arizona scored big with Budda Baker, who's a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro, earning recognition as a special teamer in his first year and then blossoming into one of the league's best safeties.

    Beyond that, the Cardinals' 2017 class didn't provide much impact. Chad Williams and Will Holden only played two seasons with the team in limited roles, and Dorian Johnson hasn't taken an NFL snap. T.J. Logan and Rudy Ford had brief stints on special teams.

    Grade: B-

Atlanta Falcons

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 26: Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA

    · Round 3, Pick No. 75: Duke Riley, LB, LSU

    · Round 4, Pick No. 136: Sean Harlow, OG, Oregon State

    · Round 5, Pick No. 149: Damontae Kazee, DB, San Diego State

    · Round 5, Pick No. 156: Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming

    · Round 5, Pick No. 174: Eric Saubert, TE, Drake

    None of the Atlanta Falcons' 2017 draftees played more than four seasons with the team, which dings former general manager Thomas Dimitroff's scorecard for this group.

    Takkarist McKinley had a decent career start, recording 42 tackles, 14 for loss and 13 sacks through his first two seasons, but his production dipped in the following two terms. He wanted out of Atlanta, and the Falcons waived him in November 2020.

    After McKinley failed physicals with the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers, the Las Vegas Raiders signed him, but the UCLA product didn't play a down for the Silver and Black. In 2021, he signed with the Cleveland Browns, logging 18 tackles, three for loss, 2.5 sacks and 14 pressures.

    Duke Riley had flashes, but the Falcons traded him to the Philadelphia Eagles in September 2019. He's played 25 games with the Eagles and 16 with the Miami Dolphins, primarily as a backup linebacker and special teamer.

    Damontae Kazee has had the best pro season among the Falcons' 2017 draftees, registering 10 pass breakups and tying cornerbacks Kyle Fuller and Xavien Howard for a league-leading seven interceptions in 2018. He recorded three pass breakups and three interceptions in the following term, but Atlanta didn't re-sign the ball-hawking safety after he missed 12 outings because of a torn Achilles tendon in 2020.

    The Falcons failed to pick up any long-term starters or roster cornerstones in this class.

    Grade: D

Baltimore Ravens

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 16: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

    · Round 2, Pick No. 47: Tyus Bowser, LB, Houston

    · Round 3, Pick No. 74: Chris Wormley, DE, Michigan

    · Round 3, Pick No. 78: Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama

    · Round 4, Pick No. 122: Nico Siragusa, G, San Diego State

    · Round 5, Pick No. 159: Jermaine Eluemunor, OL, Texas A&M

    · Round 6, Pick No. 186: Chuck Clark, S, Virginia Tech

    Aside from two-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro cornerback Marlon Humphrey, the Baltimore Ravens' top 2017 picks needed time to develop into first-stringers.

    In 2021, Tyus Bowser became a full-time starter, recording 59 tackles, eight for loss, seven sacks and 26 pressures. After two years in a backup role, Chuck Clark has started in most of the games at safety.

    On the flip side, the Ravens saw Chris Wormley break out after they traded him to a division rival in the Pittsburgh Steelers two years ago. In 2021, he had his best pro campaign, logging 51 tackles, six for loss, seven sacks and 18 pressures.

    Tim Williams and Jermaine Eluemunor each played fewer than 20 games with the Ravens. Nico Siragusa has logged zero NFL regular-season snaps.

    Overall, Baltimore gets a lot of credit for finding three starters on defense—one of them a top playmaker among the league's cornerbacks.

    Grade: B+

Buffalo Bills

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 27: Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU

    · Round 2, Pick No. 37: Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina

    · Round 2, Pick No. 63: Dion Dawkins, OL, Temple

    · Round 5, Pick No. 163: Matt Milano, LB, Boston College

    · Round 5, Pick No. 171: Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh

    · Round 6, Pick No. 195: Tanner Vallejo, OLB, Boise State

    The Buffalo Bills hit on two players at premium positions and added a Day 3 gem who shored up the linebacker spot.

    Through five seasons, Tre'Davious White has earned a couple of Pro Bowl nods and an All-Pro campaign. Coming off his first Pro Bowl season, Dion Dawkins has developed into a high-level left tackle. In 2020, both players signed four-year extensions.

    In the fifth round, Buffalo found a three-down linebacker in Matt Milano, who's recorded 359 tackles, 45 for loss, nine sacks, 26 pass breakups, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries through 70 outings (54 starts).

    Even though Buffalo traded Zay Jones to the Raiders early in the 2019 campaign, he posted his best receiving numbers with the Bills, hauling in 56 passes for 652 yards and seven touchdowns in 2018.

    Buffalo scores big with its two premier players and a quality Day 3 pickup for the linebacker corps.

    Grade: A

Carolina Panthers

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 8: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

    · Round 2, Pick No. 40: Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State

    · Round 2, Pick No. 64: Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan

    · Round 3, Pick No. 77, Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M

    · Round 5, Pick No. 152: Corn Elder, DB, Miami

    · Round 6, Pick No. 192: Alex Armah, FB, West Georgia

    · Round 7, Pick No. 233: Harrison Butker, PK, Georgia Tech

    The Carolina Panthers made good choices with their top three selections.

    Christian McCaffrey and Taylor Moton earned full-time starting jobs within their first two seasons. Curtis Samuel increased his catch and receiving yard totals every year in Carolina.

    However, the remaining picks provided little on offense and defense. The Kansas City Chiefs plucked Harrison Butker off Carolina's practice squad in September 2017. He's been the place-kicker for the AFC West club for five seasons.

    McCaffrey may not have another year that's comparable to his 2019 All-Pro campaign. His body has fallen apart, and he's missed 23 games since 2020. Perhaps that's a lesson for teams that consider a running back with a top-10 pick. With that said, he's had two highly productive years with at least 1,965 yards and 13 touchdowns from scrimmage.

    Despite Samuel's steady improvements, Carolina allowed him to walk in free agency last year.

    When the dust settles with this class, Moton may be the last man standing, and he's yet to make a Pro Bowl, though the 27-year-old deserves more buzz. He signed a four-year, $72 million extension last July.

    Grade: B

Chicago Bears

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 2: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

    · Round 2, Pick No. 45: Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland

    · Round 4, Pick No. 112: Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama

    · Round 4, Pick No. 119: Tarik Cohen, RB, North Carolina A&T

    · Round 5, Pick No. 147: Jordan Morgan, OL, Kutztown

    The Chicago Bears had a chance to solve their perpetual quarterback issue with the No. 2 pick. In hindsight, they'd undoubtedly take Patrick Mahomes, who went to the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 10.

    Though Mitchell Trubisky fell well short of high expectations, he helped lead the Bears to two playoff appearances and earned a Pro Bowl nod in one of those runs. Through four years in the Windy City, he threw for 10,609 yards, 64 touchdowns and 37 interceptions with a 64 percent completion rate. As of now, Trubisky is a serviceable low-end starting quarterback who's trying to reinvent himself with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Chicago picked up a couple of fourth-rounders in Eddie Jackson and Tarik Cohen, who became All-Pro and Pro Bowl talents on defense and special teams, respectively. The latter racked up 2,676 yards and 14 touchdowns from scrimmage in four seasons with the Bears. Cohen's career has been derailed by injuries. He's suffered a torn ACL/MCL with a tibial fracture and a torn Achilles tendon over the last two years.

    The Bears whiffed on Adam Shaheen, who caught just 26 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns through 27 contests (13 starts) with the team. Chicago traded him to the Miami Dolphins before the 2020 campaign.

    With only five selections, this class looks OK, but the Bears missed at the most important position with their top selection.

    Grade: C

Cincinnati Bengals

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 9: John Ross, WR, Washington

    · Round 2, Pick No. 48: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma

    · Round 3, Pick No. 73: Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State

    · Round 4, Pick No. 116: Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn

    · Round 4, Pick No. 128: Josh Malone, WR, Tennessee

    · Round 4, Pick No. 138: Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan

    · Round 5, Pick No. 153: Jake Elliott, K, Memphis

    · Round 5, Pick No. 176: J.J. Dielman, C, Utah

    · Round 6, Pick No. 193: Jordan Evans, ILB, Oklahoma

    · Round 6, Pick No. 207: Brandon Wilson, CB, Houston

    · Round 7, Pick No. 251: Mason Schreck, TE, Buffalo

    Joe Mixon stands out as the only keeper with long-term value. He's coming off his first Pro Bowl season in a workhorse role (334 touches), registering 1,205 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns along with 42 receptions for 314 yards and three scores.

    The Cincinnati Bengals may have seen Carl Lawson continue to grow if they re-signed him, but the club let the defensive end walk in free agency last offseason. He recorded 81 tackles, 19 for loss and 20 sacks through four seasons with the team, mostly in a designated pass-rushing role. With the New York Jets, the 27-year-old is recovering from a ruptured Achilles.

    Brandon Wilson made his presence felt on special teams, returning a kickoff for a touchdown in consecutive seasons. He also led the league in yards per kick return (31.3) in 2019. The Bengals signed him to a two-year extension last offseason.

    Cincinnati badly overdrafted John Ross, though. The all-time 40-yard dash leader clocked a 4.22-second time at the NFL Scouting Combine, which bolstered his stock, but he hasn't played up to expectations. The Washington product hauled in 51 passes for 733 yards and 10 touchdowns with a poor 41.5 percent catch rate through four seasons in Cincinnati.

    Ross is a free agent after he caught just 11 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown with the New York Giants in 2021.

    The Bengals didn't make the most of their 11 selections.

    Grade: C-

Cleveland Browns

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 1: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

    · Round 1, Pick No. 25: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

    · Round 1, Pick No. 29: David Njoku, TE, Miami

    · Round 2, Pick No. 52: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

    · Round 3, Pick No. 65: Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte

    · Round 4, Pick No. 126: Howard Wilson, CB, Houston

    · Round 5, Pick No. 160: Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State

    · Round 6, Pick No. 185: Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida

    · Round 7, Pick No. 224: Zane Gonzalez, PK, Arizona State

    · Round 7, Pick No. 252: Matthew Dayes, RB, NC State

    The Cleveland Browns nailed the most important pick in the 2017 draft, taking Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall selection.

    The Browns couldn't possibly overthink that choice, but the top pick in the draft doesn't necessarily turn into a star player. Before Garrett, Jared Goff, Jameis Winston, Jadeveon Clowney and Eric Fisher headlined their draft classes, but they haven't developed into elite playmakers.

    Garrett is one of the league's top defensive ends with 203 tackles, 59 for loss, 58.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and nine pass breakups through five seasons. He's a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro.

    The Browns didn't hit big with their other first-round picks. They traded Jabrill Peppers after his second year, and David Njoku hasn't been able to eclipse or match his receiving numbers from 2018 (56 catches for 639 yards and four touchdowns). Nonetheless, he'll have a chance to reach career highs with the team after signing a four-year, $54.8 million extension in May.

    Larry Ogunjobi had a productive four-year run in Cleveland, but he registered his best pro campaign with the Cincinnati Bengals, registering career highs in tackles for loss (12) and sacks (seven) last year.

    Cleveland tried to solve its quarterback issue with DeShone Kizer in the second round, but that attempt failed miserably. As a rookie, he threw for 2,894 yards, 11 touchdowns and 22 interceptions with a 53.6 percent completion rate. In March 2018, the Browns traded him to the Green Bay Packers, and he hasn't started in a game since his one-year stint in Cleveland.

    Though the Browns came into the draft armed with three first-round selections, they didn't find anything special beyond Garrett.

    Grade: B

Dallas Cowboys

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 28: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

    · Round 2, Pick No. 60: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado

    · Round 3, Pick No. 92: Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan

    · Round 4, Pick No. 133: Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina

    · Round 6, Pick No. 191: Xavier Woods, S, Louisiana Tech

    · Round 6, Pick No. 216: Marquez White, CB, Florida State

    · Round 7, Pick No. 228: Joey Ivie, DT, Florida

    · Round 7, Pick No. 239: Noah Brown, WR, Ohio State

    · Round 7, Pick No. 246: Jordan Carrell, DT, Colorado

    The Dallas Cowboys waived their 2017 first-round pick after two seasons, but they bolstered the secondary with multiple contributors from this group.

    Though Chidobe Awuzie and Xavier Woods signed elsewhere last year, they started in a majority of their games as productive playmakers on the back end of the defense. From 2017 to 2020, the former logged 37 pass breakups and four interceptions, while the latter recorded 18 pass breakups and five interceptions.

    Jourdan Lewis has moved between the slot and the boundary. He's still on the roster and coming off a year in which he logged career highs in pass breakups (11) and interceptions (three).

    On the flip side, Taco Charlton isn't a starting-caliber defensive end (13 career starts). He had his best campaign with the Miami Dolphins, logging 21 tackles, three for loss, five sacks and 10 pressures in 2019.

    The Cowboys did a good job evaluating defensive backs, though they only held on to one beyond his rookie deal. Charlton's ineffectiveness and early exit sting significantly.

    Grade: C+

Denver Broncos

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 20: Garett Bolles, T, Utah

    · Round 2, Pick No. 51: DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State

    · Round 3, Pick No. 82: Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech

    · Round 3, Pick No. 101: Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar

    · Round 5, Pick No. 145: Jake Butt, TE, Michigan

    · Round 5, Pick No. 172: Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Georgia

    · Round 6, Pick No. 203: De'Angelo Henderson, RB, Coastal Carolina

    · Round 7, Pick No. 253: Chad Kelly, QB, Mississippi

    The Denver Broncos can pat themselves on the back for one selection. They picked up a quality starter at a premium position with their first-round pick.

    Garett Bolles struggled in pass protection early in his career but rounded into a reliable left tackle. During the 2020 season, the Broncos signed him to a four-year, $68 million extension. He made second-team All-Pro that year. Though Bolles took a step back last season, committing eight penalties and giving up five sacks, per Pro Football Focus, he's still a reliable component of the offensive line.

    Under previous head coach Vance Joseph, the coaching staff experimented with DeMarcus Walker's role in his first couple of seasons, using him as a defensive end and an outside linebacker in an odd-man front.

    As mostly a backup, he had flashes under former lead skipper Vic Fangio in 2019 and 2020, recording 40 tackles, eight for loss, 8.5 sacks and 15 pressures in 23 outings (five starts). Still, Walker failed to play up to his second-round draft status in Denver.

    Carlos Henderson and Brendan Langley didn't provide an impact on offense or defense. The Broncos released the former in September 2018.

    Receiver Isaiah McKenzie has become an offensive sparkplug with the Buffalo Bills, racking up 1,064 yards and 10 touchdowns from scrimmage through three-plus seasons with the club, but he had a forgettable stay in Denver through November 2018.

    Bolles is the only name to know in this class.

    Grade: D+

Detroit Lions

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    · Round 1, No. 21: Jarrad Davis, ILB, Florida

    · Round 2, No. 53: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida

    · Round 3, No. 96: Kenny Golladay, WR, Northern Illinois

    · Round 4, No. 124: Jalen Reeves-Maybin, OLB, Tennessee

    · Round 5, No. 165: Jamal Agnew, CB, San Diego

    · Round 6, No. 205: Jeremiah Ledbetter, DE, Arkansas

    · Round 6, No. 215: Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami

    · Round 7, No. 250: Pat O'Connor, DE, Eastern Michigan

    The Detroit Lions added immediate contributors with this group, but only Jarrad Davis remains on the roster, and he's back with the team after a one-year stint with the New York Jets.

    In his return to the Motor City, Davis may have to settle for a backup role behind Derrick Barnes and Alex Anzalone. Through his first four years, he recorded 305 tackles, 19 for loss, 10.5 sacks, nine pass breakups, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

    Davis has become a serviceable two-down defender who's allowed a passer rating of at least 116.6 in each of the last three terms, which makes him a disappointing first-round pick. He's at least carved out a role, something Teez Tabor hasn't done with the Lions or Chicago Bears.

    The Lions' best selection was Kenny Golladay, who earned Pro Bowl recognition in 2019. He led the league in touchdown receptions (11) that year and accumulated 1,063-plus receiving yards in 2018 and 2019. Yet Detroit let him walk in free agency after his injury-riddled 2020 campaign.

    Jamal Agnew deserves mention because of his All-Pro rookie season on special teams, logging a league-leading 447 punt return yards (15.4 yards per return) and two touchdowns. He also had the longest return that season with an 88-yard play.

    On his second deal with the team, Jalen Reeves-Maybin had his best pro campaign in 2021, recording 82 tackles, four for loss and four pass breakups before he signed with the Houston Texans in March.

    The Lions don't have much to show for the long term, though they did get early production from this group.

    Grade: C

Green Bay Packers

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    · Round 2, Pick No. 33: Kevin King, CB, Washington

    · Round 2, Pick No. 61: Josh Jones, S, NC State

    · Round 3, Pick No. 93: Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn

    · Round 4, Pick No. 108: Vince Biegel, OLB, Wisconsin

    · Round 4, Pick No. 134: Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU

    · Round 5, Pick No. 175: DeAngelo Yancey, WR, Purdue

    · Round 5, Pick No. 182: Aaron Jones, RB, UTEP

    · Round 6, Pick No. 212, Kofi Amichia, T, South Florida

    · Round 7, Pick No. 238: Devante Mays, RB, Utah State

    · Round 7, Pick No. 247: Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU

    The Green Bay Packers saw little production out of their trio of Day 2 selections.

    Kevin King had a standout 2019 season, logging 15 pass breakups and five interceptions while permitting a 58.8 percent completion rate and an 84.6 passer rating in coverage, but he battled injuries (missing 30 games) and struggled through most of his five years with the club.

    Green Bay waived Josh Jones after two seasons. Montravius Adams posted modest numbers in Titletown, recording 44 tackles, four for loss and 1.5 sacks through 45 outings (three starts).

    Apparently, the Packers have an eye for running backs. Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones became a solid dual-threat duo. The former accumulated 2,946 yards and 18 touchdowns from scrimmage before he signed with the Detroit Lions last offseason. The latter eclipsed 1,083 rushing yards in consecutive terms and led the league in rushing touchdowns (16) for the 2019 season.

    Jones will share the rushing workload with AJ Dillon this season, but he's the team's lead ball-carrier and potentially in line for more touches after the front office traded star wideout Davante Adams in March.

    Jones boosts the Packers' grade, but we cannot ignore the team's unimpressive Day 2 selections.

    Grade: C-

Houston Texans

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 12: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

    · Round 2, Pick No. 57: Zach Cunningham, ILB, Vanderbilt

    · Round 3, Pick No. 89: D'Onta Foreman, RB, Texas

    · Round 4, Pick No. 130: Julie'n Davenport, OT, Bucknell

    · Round 4, Pick No. 142: Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson

    · Round 5, Pick No. 169: Treston Decoud, DB, Oregon State

    · Round 7, Pick No. 243: Kyle Fuller, C, Baylor

    The Houston Texans' top two 2017 draft picks played in starting roles right away, but in hindsight, the grade continues to drop for the class.

    On the field, Deshaun Watson looked like one of the league's ascending quarterbacks after he tore his ACL in 2017. He earned a Pro Bowl nod in each of the following three seasons.

    Then, he requested a trade and faced 26 accusations of sexual assault and misconduct from women, 20 of which have been settled out of court.

    In March, the Cleveland Browns acquired Watson from the Texans, but he might serve a lengthy suspension, per Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal. Regardless of the signal-caller's future, he has some concerning question marks that will stick with him.

    Zach Cunningham had a strong four-plus-year tenure in Houston, registering 503 tackles, 29 for loss, 6.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 18 pass breakups and a pick-six. In 2021, he unraveled under former head coach David Culley's staff. The team benched the linebacker twice for violating club rules and then waived him in December. The Tennessee Titans claimed Cunningham off waivers, and he's projected to start for them in 2022.

    Julie'n Davenport struggled in a starting role through the 2018 campaign. In 2020, Carlos Watkins had his best year, but he signed one-year deals with the Dallas Cowboys after his stint in Houston.

    The Texans' first-round pick has Pro Bowl accolades but faces serious allegations after a short run with the team. On top of that, Houston doesn't have anyone from this class on the current roster.

    Grade: C

Indianapolis Colts

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 15: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

    · Round 2, Pick No. 46: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

    · Round 3, Pick No. 80: Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio

    · Round 4, Pick No. 137: Zach Banner, OT, USC

    · Round 4, Pick No. 143: Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida

    · Round 4, Pick No. 144: Grover Stewart, DT, Albany State

    · Round 5, Pick No. 158: Nate Hairston, CB, Temple

    · Round 5, Pick No. 161: Anthony Walker Jr., ILB, Northwestern

    Within three years, the Indianapolis Colts developed four of their 2017 draftees into full-time starters. They extended one of them in 2020.

    Malik Hooker may have produced a lot more if not for injuries. Despite missing 28 games with the Colts, he showed glimpses of his ball-hawking skills, logging 11 pass breakups and seven interceptions in 36 outings (35 starts). Indianapolis declined his fifth-year option and allowed him to leave in free agency last year.

    Marlon Mack held the lead role in the backfield for consecutive seasons, rushing for 1,999 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2018 and 2019. In Week 1 of the 2020 campaign, he tore his Achilles, and Jonathan Taylor took over the top spot.

    In 2021, Indianapolis re-signed Mack, but he hasn't rediscovered his pre-injury form. Now, the 26-year-old is in contention for the lead spot with the Houston Texans.

    Grover Stewart and Anthony Walker Jr. earned prominent roles in the front seven. The former signed a three-year extension during the 2020 season. The latter made 12 starts with the Cleveland Browns in 2021.

    The Colts' 2017 group doesn't have any star power, but the front office deserves credit for finding three starting-caliber talents on Day 3. The whiffs on Day 2 hurt the overall grade though.

    Grade: C+

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 4: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

    · Round 2, Pick No. 34: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

    · Round 3, Pick No. 68: Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois

    · Round 4, Pick No. 110: Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma

    · Round 5, Pick No. 148: Blair Brown, LB, Ohio

    · Round 7, Pick No. 222: Jalen Myrick, CB, Minnesota

    · Round 7, Pick No. 240: Marquez Williams, FB, Miami

    The Jacksonville Jaguars' top four selections made notable contributions. They re-signed two of them this offseason.

    Though Cam Robinson has struggled in stretches, he's done enough to earn big-money contracts over the last two years. In 2021, he played with the franchise tag and then signed a three-year, $54 million extension in April.

    Last offseason, the Jaguars signed Dawuane Smoot to a two-year extension. He went on to have his best campaign, recording 36 tackles, seven for loss, 30 pressures, six sacks and three pass breakups.

    Dede Westbrook served as a slot receiver for most of his time in Jacksonville, hauling in 160 passes for 1,720 yards and nine touchdowns with the club.

    Leonard Fournette's run with the Jaguars started well but ended abruptly after three terms.

    Fournette racked up 1,342-plus yards from scrimmage in two of his three campaigns in Jacksonville. However, the team waived the bruising tailback late in the 2020 offseason after a failed attempt to trade him, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

    As a first-round pick, Fournette made an early impact but didn't stick around long enough to be viewed as a strong plus in this class. On the flip side, the Jaguars deserve some praise for Robinson and Smoot.

    Grade: B-

Kansas City Chiefs

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 10: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

    · Round 2, Pick No. 59: Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova

    · Round 3, Pick No. 86: Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo

    · Round 4, Pick No. 139: Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan

    · Round 5, Pick No. 183: Ukeme Eligwe, OLB, Georgia Southern

    · Round 6, Pick No. 218: Leon McQuay, DB, USC

    The Kansas City Chiefs changed the complexion of their franchise with the decision to trade up for Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 draft. You cannot put a price on finding a franchise quarterback who can lead his team to Super Bowls.

    In 2018, the Chiefs traded Alex Smith to Washington and handed the offense over to Mahomes, who threw for 5,097 yards and a league-leading 50 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. He became the second player in NFL history to throw 5,000-plus yards and at least 50 touchdowns in a single season. In 2019 and 2020, he led the team to back-to-back conference title games and its first Super Bowl victory.

    At 26 years old, Mahomes has won league MVP, a Super Bowl and the MVP honor for that game, and earned four Pro Bowl nods as well as All-Pro recognition. He's arguably the league's top quarterback, and the Chiefs have a shot to win a title with him under center for the foreseeable future. Kansas City signed him to a 10-year, $450 million megadeal in 2020.

    The Chiefs had a good early return from Kareem Hunt, who led the league in rushing yards in 2017 and then accumulated 1,202 yards and a career-high 14 touchdowns from scrimmage in 2018.

    However, Hunt had a short tenure in Kansas City. The team justifiably released him in 2018 after he was captured on video kicking a woman at a Cleveland hotel and then lied about it.

    Aside from Tanoh Kpassagnon's 2019 campaign, the remainder of the selections had been non-factors during their time with the team.

    Nonetheless, Mahomes alone brings the grade to an A because of his early success. He's clearly elevated the franchise.

    Grade: A

Las Vegas Raiders

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 24: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

    · Round 2, Pick No. 56: Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut

    · Round 3, Pick No. 88: Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA

    · Round 4, Pick No. 129: David Sharpe, OL, Florida

    · Round 5, Pick No. 168: Marquel Lee, LB, Wake Forest

    · Round 7, Pick No. 221: Shalom Luani, S, Washington State

    · Round 7, Pick No. 231: Jylan Ware, OT, Alabama State

    · Round 7, Pick No. 242: Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina

    · Round 7, Pick No. 244: Treyvon Hester, DT, Toledo

    The then-Oakland Raiders' 2017 class didn't provide much short- or long-term value. In hindsight, the group looks like a complete flop.

    Keep in mind that general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Jack Del Rio put this class together. In 2018, Jon Gruden replaced the latter, and the roster plan took a turn. The team fired McKenzie in December of that year.

    The Raiders' top two selections played just 126 combined defensive snaps in 2017 because of injuries, but they didn't prove themselves while healthy.

    Gareon Conley struggled through the first two months of the 2019 season, and the Raiders traded him to the Houston Texans. Melifonwu barely wore the silver and black uniform, playing just 76 total snaps before the team released him in October 2018.

    Eddie Vanderdoes had a nondescript rookie campaign and finished the year with a torn ACL. He missed the entire 2018 term, and the team waived him in October 2019.

    Within this group, Marquel Lee saw the most action in the regular season, but he served as nothing more than a two-down linebacker in 45 contests (19 starts).

    This class had unfortunate luck with injuries and went through a regime shift, which contributed to the group's ineffectiveness.

    Grade: F

Los Angeles Chargers

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 7: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

    · Round 2, Pick No. 38: Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky

    · Round 3, Pick No. 71: Dan Feeney, OL, Indiana

    · Round 4, Pick No. 113: Rayshawn Jenkins, FS, Miami

    · Round 5, Pick No. 151: Desmond King, DB, Iowa

    · Round 6, Pick No. 190: Sam Tevi, OT, Utah

    · Round 7, Pick No. 225: Isaac Rochell, DE, Notre Dame

    Every player in the Los Angeles Chargers' 2017 class started at least nine games for the team, which is an impressive feat with three picks outside the top 150 selections. Furthermore, five of the seven draftees played through the entirety of their rookie contract in Los Angeles—one remains with the team on a second deal.

    Mike Williams has emerged as a long-term asset. In March, he signed a three-year, $60 million extension after registering career highs in catches (76) and receiving yards (1,146) with nine touchdowns. The Clemson product led the league in yards per reception (20.4) in 2019.

    Between the two interior offensive linemen, Dan Feeney made more starts (57) than Forrest Lamp (18). Overall, they didn't play well in the first unit, but both had a shot to lock down a lead position. We can say the same about Sam Tevi, who mostly struggled in 58 outings (44 starts) at tackle.

    On a more positive note, the Chargers found solid contributors in Rayshawn Jenkins and Desmond King for their secondary. The latter also had an All-Pro 2018 campaign on special teams, logging 840 yards and a touchdown on kick and punt returns.

    Isaac Rochell recorded 91 tackles, 10 for loss and 9.5 sacks in primarily a backup role through four campaigns in Los Angeles.

    The Chargers added a quality weapon in Williams and saw a lot of return from their 2017 group within the first four to five years.

    Grade: B

Los Angeles Rams

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    · Round 2, Pick No. 44: Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama

    · Round 3, Pick No. 69: Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington

    · Round 3, Pick No. 91: John Johnson III, S, Boston College

    · Round 4, Pick No. 117: Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M

    · Round 4, Pick No. 125: Samson Ebukam, OLB, Eastern Washington

    · Round 6, Pick No. 189: Tanzel Smart, DT, Tulane

    · Round 6, Pick No. 206: Sam Rogers, FB, Virginia Tech

    · Round 7, Pick No. 234: Ejuan Price, OLB, Pittsburgh

    Though the Los Angeles Rams didn't have a first-round pick, they hit a home run with Cooper Kupp, who played a key role in the team's successful Super Bowl run in 2021. As a wideout, he finished with the triple crown in receiving numbers, recording a league-leading 145 catches for 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns as the 2021 Offensive Player of the Year.

    General manager Les Snead found a gem in Kupp, though he also picked up some contributors in Gerald Everett, John Johnson III, Josh Reynolds and Samson Ebukam from Rounds 2 through 4.

    Everett, Johnson, Reynolds and Ebukam all moved on, but each player helped the team reach Super Bowl LIII after the 2018 season. Furthermore, all of them could start for their respective teams in 2022.

    The Rams didn't retain anyone from this class other than Kupp, but we have to give them a lot of credit for putting together a group that features a handful of early contributors and a star wideout without a first-round selection.

    Grade: A-

Miami Dolphins

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 22: Charles Harris, DE, Missouri

    · Round 2, Pick No. 54: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State

    · Round 3, Pick No. 97: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson

    · Round 5, Pick No. 164: Isaac Asiata, G, Utah

    · Round 5, Pick No. 178: Davon Godchaux, DT, LSU

    · Round 6, Pick No. 194: Vincent Taylor, DT, Oklahoma State

    · Round 7, Pick No. 237: Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech

    Davon Godchaux and Isaiah Ford are the only two players who made it through their rookie deals with the Miami Dolphins from this class. Nonetheless, the former didn't play more than 64 percent of the defensive snaps as a rotational front-line defender, and the latter caught 63 passes for 681 yards and two touchdowns through 32 games (three starts).

    That's the best of this class, which tells everything about the grade for this group.

    The Dolphins traded Charles Harris to the Atlanta Falcons after his third season. He only recorded 61 tackles, 10 for loss and 3.5 sacks through 41 outings (eight starts) with his first club. The 27-year-old had somewhat of a breakout 2021 season with the Detroit Lions, registering 65 tackles, 10 for loss, 7.5 sacks and 34 pressures.

    Miami dealt Raekwon McMillan to the Las Vegas Raiders after his third campaign with the team. As a second-year pro, he made 105 tackles, with five for loss, but he allowed six touchdowns in pass coverage. The 26-year-old will try to earn a solid role with the New England Patriots in the upcoming term.

    Cordrea Tankersley and Vincent Taylor had flashes within their first two years, but neither played a third season in Miami.

    There's not much to see here with the Dolphins' 2017 class.

    Grade: D-

Minnesota Vikings

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    · Round 2, Pick No. 41: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

    · Round 3, Pick No. 70: Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State

    · Round 4, Pick No. 109: Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa

    · Round 4, Pick No. 120: Ben Gedeon, ILB, Michigan

    · Round 5, Pick No. 170: Rodney Adams, WR, South Florida

    · Round 5, Pick No. 180: Danny Isidora, OG, Miami

    · Round 6, Pick No. 201: Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech

    · Round 7, Pick No. 219: Stacy Coley, WR, Miami

    · Round 7, Pick No. 220: Ifeadi Odenigbo, DE, Northwestern

    · Round 7, Pick No. 232: Elijah Lee, OLB, Kansas State

    · Round 7, Pick No. 245: Jack Tocho, CB, NC State

    The Minnesota Vikings hit on their first 2017 draft pick (in the second round) with Dalvin Cook, who's made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three years. He's one of the league's top complete running backs, logging 6,319 yards and 42 touchdowns from scrimmage.

    The other selections either had brief stretches of steady production or started in several games with minimal impact.

    Jaleel Johnson logged 87 tackles, nine for loss and 5.5 sacks through four years in primarily a reserve role. As mostly the third linebacker behind Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, Ben Gedeon recorded 103 tackles and two pass breakups through 39 games (22 starts).

    In 2019 and 2020, Ifeadi Odenigbo registered 58 tackles, 10 for loss, 10.5 sacks and 44 pressures. Pat Elflein started in 43 out of 44 outings at center and guard with the Vikings, but they waived him during the 2020 campaign.

    Minnesota drafted a top-tier tailback in Cook but not much more than that in terms of building blocks.

    Grade: C+

New England Patriots

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    · Round 3, Pick No. 83: Derek Rivers, LB, Youngstown State

    · Round 3, Pick No. 85: Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy

    · Round 4, Pick No. 131: Deatrich Wise Jr., DE, Arkansas

    · Round 6, Pick No. 211: Conor McDermott, OT, UCLA

    With only four draft picks, the New England Patriots didn't have much margin for error, and three of their selections didn't move the needle.

    Among the group, Deatrich Wise Jr. is the only player to start a game with the Patriots and suit up for the team beyond his second year. The 6'5", 275-pound defensive end has logged 172 tackles, 19 for loss, 17 sacks and five pass breakups through five campaigns. New England signed him to a four-year extension last offseason.

    Derek Rivers played 164 defensive snaps in New England. Antonio Garcia and Conor McDermott didn't log a regular-season snap in a Patriots uniform.

    As a solid edge-defender on his second deal with the Patriots, Wise saves the team from an F.

    Grade: D

New Orleans Saints

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 11: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

    · Round 1, Pick No. 32: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

    · Round 2, Pick No. 42: Marcus Williams, S, Utah

    · Round 3, Pick No. 67: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee

    · Round 3, Pick No. 76: Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida

    · Round 3, Pick No. 103: Trey Hendrickson, DE, Florida Atlantic

    · Round 6, Pick No. 196: Al-Quadin Muhammad, DE, Miami

    One can make the argument that the New Orleans Saints had the best 2017 draft class from top to bottom.

    In that year, Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore won Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year, respectively. Both have earned multiple Pro Bowl nods. Ryan Ramczyk had an All-Pro campaign in 2019.

    Marcus Williams became an immediate starter, logging 38 pass breakups and 15 interceptions with the team. The Saints franchise-tagged him last year, but he departed for the Baltimore Ravens in free agency this offseason. Trey Hendrickson had a breakout 2020 campaign, recording 13.5 sacks, 33 pressures and 12 tackles for loss, which elevated his free-agent stock before he hit the open market in 2021.

    While healthy, Alex Anzalone had a couple of decent seasons as well. Al-Quadin Muhammad only played one year with the Saints, but he became a productive full-time starter on the Indianapolis Colts defensive line last year, registering 48 tackles, seven for loss, six sacks and 19 pressures.

    Last year, every player from the Saints' 2017 class served as a primary starter in New Orleans or with another team, which is evidence that Mickey Loomis and Co. knocked this draft out of the park.

    Grade: A

New York Giants

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 23: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss

    · Round 2, Pick No. 55: Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama

    · Round 3, Pick No. 87: Davis Webb, QB, California

    · Round 4, Pick No. 140: Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson

    · Round 5, Pick No. 167: Avery Moss, DE, Youngstown State

    · Round 6, Pick No. 200: Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh

    The New York Giants don't have anyone from this draft class on the current roster. However, three players made a notable impact, and one of them earned Pro Bowl recognition.

    Evan Engram hasn't developed into a star tight end. Perhaps, he's underachieved, but the Ole Miss product caught 262 passes for 2,828 yards and 16 touchdowns in five seasons with Big Blue. The Giants exercised his fifth-year option for 2021, but the incoming regime headed by general manager Joe Schoen let him walk in free agency.

    Dalvin Tomlinson started in every possible game with the Giants as a quality run-stopper on the interior of the defensive line. He registered 207 tackles, 21 for loss and eight sacks before signing with the Minnesota Vikings last offseason.

    Wayne Gallman didn't have a lot of opportunities in the run game once the Giants selected Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick in 2018, but he took advantage of fill-in duty during the 2020 campaign. In that year, Gallman rushed for career highs in yards (682) and touchdowns (six). He also led the team in scrimmage yards (796).

    New York's 2017 class doesn't feature a roster cornerstone, but its four-to-five-year production return looks decent on paper.

    Grade: B-

New York Jets

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 6: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

    · Round 2, Pick No. 39: Marcus Maye, S, Florida

    · Round 3, Pick No. 79: ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama

    · Round 4, Pick No. 141: Chad Hansen, WR, California

    · Round 5, Pick No. 150: Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson

    · Round 5, Pick No. 181: Dylan Donahue, DE/OLB, West Georgia

    · Round 6, Pick No. 188: Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette

    · Round 6, Pick No. 197: Jeremy Clark, CB, Michigan

    · Round 6, Pick No. 204: Derrick Jones, CB, Ole Miss

    The New York Jets picked up a couple of starting-caliber safeties with their first two selections, but they didn't hold on to either player beyond their rookie deals.

    Though Jamal Adams had an early departure via trade from New York to the Seattle Seahawks, he had two Pro Bowl years and an All-Pro campaign with Gang Green.

    Like Adams, Marcus Maye had contract disputes with the team, though he played through his entire rookie deal and signed the franchise tag in 2021. While healthy, the 29-year-old shored up the back end of the defense, but he only suited up for six games in both 2018 and 2021. The New Orleans Saints signed him in March.

    Aside from the Jets' safety tandem, the rest of the class provided little impact. Elijah McGuire had flashes in a backup running back role, racking up 961 scrimmage yards and six touchdowns through his first two seasons, but he hasn't played in a regular-season game since 2018..

    In 2017, the Jets drafted two starters, but they lost both—mostly because of financial differences.

    Grade: C

Philadelphia Eagles

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 14: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

    · Round 2, Pick No. 43: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington

    · Round 3, Pick No. 99: Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia

    · Round 4, Pick No. 118: Mack Hollins, WR, North Carolina

    · Round 4, Pick No. 132: Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State

    · Round 5, Pick No. 166: Shelton Gibson, WR, West Virginia

    · Round 5, Pick No. 184: Nathan Gerry, LB, Nebraska

    · Round 6, Pick No. 214: Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington

    The Philadelphia Eagles' 2017 class doesn't have a Pro Bowl or All-Pro player, and a few of the selections went on to have their best year with other teams.

    The Eagles re-signed Derek Barnett on a two-year contract after they exercised the fifth-year option on his rookie deal. Based on his draft status, the Tennessee product has underachieved as a pass-rusher, logging 21.5 sacks in five campaigns and fewer than 27 pressures for each of the last four seasons.

    As a late-round pick, Nathan Gerry held on to a backup role through the entirety of his rookie contract, registering 163 tackles, eight for loss, 3.5 sacks, 10 pass breakups and three interceptions (with a pick-six). He's been inactive since his rookie deal expired after the 2020 season.

    While in Philadelphia, Sidney Jones battled injuries and missed 26 contests. Now healthy, he can turn his career around with the Seattle Seahawks.

    After a breakout 2021 campaign with the Green Bay Packers (13 pass breakups and five interceptions with two pick-sixes), Rasul Douglas may have a prominent role with the NFC North club in 2022. Mack Hollins makes most of his impact on special teams, but he registered a career-high four touchdown receptions with the Miami Dolphins last year.

    The Eagles picked solid players, but overall, they didn't tap into the group's potential. We'll see what happens with Barnett in 2022.

    Grade: D

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    · Round 1, No. 30: T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin

    · Round 2, No. 62: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

    · Round 3, No. 94: Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee

    · Round 3, No. 105: James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh

    · Round 4, No. 135: Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee

    · Round 5, No. 173: Brian Allen, CB, Utah

    · Round 6, No. 213: Colin Holba, LS, Louisville

    · Round 7, No. 248: Keion Adams, LB, Western Michigan

    The Pittsburgh Steelers selected four starters with their top four picks. Three of them had at least one Pro Bowl campaign with the team. Of that trio, one has become arguably the league's best edge-rusher.

    T.J. Watt signed a massive four-year, $112 million extension last offseason, and he deserves every penny. He's a four-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro who led the league in sacks and tackles for loss in 2020 and 2021.

    Though JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner play for new teams, they both had a Pro Bowl year with the Steelers in 2018. The latter replaced Le'Veon Bell, who sat out that year because of a contract dispute.

    Cameron Sutton hasn't earned any notable accolades, but he signed a two-year extension last offseason. In 2021, the versatile inside-outside cornerback played a career-high 99 percent of the defensive snaps as a first-time full-time starter.

    The Steelers didn’t retain two of their playmakers from this class, but Sutton still has room to grow, and they have a star in Watt.

    Grade: A

San Francisco 49ers

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 3: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

    · Round 1, Pick No. 31: Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama

    · Round 3, Pick No. 66: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado

    · Round 3, Pick No. 104: C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa

    · Round 4, Pick No. 121: Joe Williams, RB, Utah

    · Round 5, Pick No. 146: George Kittle, TE, Iowa

    · Round 5, Pick No. 177: Trent Taylor, WR, Louisiana Tech

    · Round 6, Pick No. 198: D.J. Jones, DT, Ole Miss

    · Round 6, Pick No. 202: Pita Taumoepenu, DE, Utah

    · Round 7, Pick No. 229: Adrian Colbert, CB, Miami

    The San Francisco 49ers' class has a ton of volume with 10 selections, which helped boost their grade. They whiffed early in the draft, though.

    Solomon Thomas served as a low-end rotational defender across the front line. He didn't perform at the level expected of a top-three pick, logging 95 tackles, 16 for loss and six sacks through four seasons (48 games) in San Francisco.

    Reuben Foster had a strong start to his career, earning a vote for Defensive Rookie of the Year, but he only played 16 games with the 49ers.

    In 2018, the league suspended him for violating the personal conduct and substance abuse policies following weapons and misdemeanor drug offenses. The club released the linebacker after he was arrested and charged with domestic violence, though prosecutors later dropped the charges.

    Ahkello Witherspoon signed with Seattle ahead of last season and was traded to Pittsburgh, and he went on to have his best campaign, recording nine pass breakups and three interceptions while allowing a 37.8 percent completion rate and a 35.1 passer rating in coverage.

    The 49ers traded up for C.J. Beathard in the third round, and he became a backup and low-end fill-in starter, throwing for 3,502 yards, 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 19 contests (12 starts) in San Francisco.

    As arguably one of the league's top-three tight ends, George Kittle saves this draft class. He's a three-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro who led the 49ers in catches and receiving yards for two out of his five seasons. D.J. Jones also boosts the team's grade with back-to-back high-performance years, logging 76 tackles, 17 for loss, five sacks and 12 pressures in 2020 and 2021.

    The 49ers missed on two first-round picks, but they picked up an All-Pro player and a solid defensive tackle on Day 3.

    Grade: C+

Seattle Seahawks

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    · Round 2, Pick No. 35: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State

    · Round 2, Pick No. 58: Ethan Pocic, OL, LSU

    · Round 3, Pick No. 90: Shaquill Griffin, CB, Central Florida

    · Round 3, Pick No. 95: Delano Hill, S, Michigan

    · Round 3, Pick No. 102: Nazair Jones, DT, North Carolina

    · Round 3, Pick No. 106: Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan

    · Round 4, Pick No. 111: Tedric Thompson, S, Colorado

    · Round 6, Pick No. 187: Michael Tyson, S, Cincinnati

    · Round 6, Pick No. 210: Justin Senior, OL, Mississippi State

    · Round 7, Pick No. 226: David Moore, WR, East Central (Oklahoma)

    · Round 7, Pick No. 249: Chris Carson, RB, Oklahoma State

    You have to scroll down to the seventh round to find the Seattle Seahawks' best 2017 draft pick.

    Chris Carson rushed for 1,151-plus yards in 2018 and 2019. Unfortunately, he's battled injuries over the past two years, and his NFL future is in doubt following neck surgery.

    Ethan Pocic started in 40 out of 57 contests with the Seahawks and stuck around for another year with the club last offseason. He's a low-end starting center who inked a one-year pact with the Cleveland Browns in April.

    Seattle didn't retain Shaquill Griffin after he logged 48 pass breakups and six interceptions with the team, though he served as a key starter through four years on the boundary.

    Tedric Thompson, David Moore and Nazair Jones played in backup roles, providing minimal production.

    As a second-round pick, Malik McDowell is the biggest disappointment of the class because he didn't play a snap for the Seahawks. Months after the club drafted him, he suffered injuries in an ATV accident.

    The 26-year-old was arrested multiple times before the team released him in March 2019.

    In 2021, McDowell resurfaced with the Browns, recording 33 tackles, seven for loss, three sacks and seven pressures. Now a free agent, he faces charges of public exposure, aggravated battery of an officer and resisting arrest.

    Grade: C

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 19: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

    · Round 2, Pick No. 50: Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M

    · Round 3, Pick No. 84: Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State

    · Round 3, Pick No. 107: Kendell Beckwith, LB, LSU

    · Round 5, Pick No. 162: Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State

    · Round 7, Pick No. 223: Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, DT, USC

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had some bad luck with this class because of injuries.

    Justin Evans registered eight pass breakups and four interceptions through his first two seasons, but he landed on injured reserve because of an issue with his Achilles in September 2019. The 26-year-old hasn't played a regular-season snap since 2018.

    In 2017, Kendell Beckwith started in nine out of 16 contests, logging 73 tackles, seven for loss, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a sack. In April 2018, he fractured his ankle in a car accident, and the 27-year-old hasn't played an NFL down since his rookie term.

    Aside from injuries within the class, the Buccaneers had an underwhelming first-round pick, which deals a bigger hit to their draft grade. O.J. Howard failed to play up to his potential as a top-20 selection. After 2018, his receiving numbers trended in the wrong direction.

    Chris Godwin salvaged the Buccaneers' 2017 group with a 2019 Pro Bowl season, and he's coming off a campaign in which he recorded a career-high 98 receptions.

    Grade: C

Tennessee Titans

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 5: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

    · Round 1, Pick No. 18: Adoree' Jackson, CB, USC

    · Round 3, Pick No. 72: Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky

    · Round 3, Pick No. 100: Jonnu Smith, TE, Florida International

    · Round 5, Pick No. 155: Jayon Brown, OLB, UCLA

    · Round 6, Pick No. 217: Corey Levin, G, Chattanooga

    · Round 7, Pick No. 227: Josh Carraway, LB, TCU

    · Round 7, Pick No. 236: Brad Seaton, OT, Villanova

    · Round 7, Pick No. 241: Khalfani Muhammad, RB, California

    The Tennessee Titans had two first-round picks, and neither player did enough to play on the fifth-year option or earn a second deal with the club.

    As a top-five pick, Corey Davis hasn't reached 1,000 receiving yards in any of his seasons. He's caught more than 43 passes in only two campaigns. Furthermore, the 6'3", 209-pounder is a disappointing scoring threat with just 15 career touchdown receptions—11 with the Titans and four with New York Jets.

    Adoree' Jackson recorded 27 pass breakups and two interceptions through his first two years. He also racked up 868 yards on kick and punt returns through his rookie campaign. In 2019 and 2020, the USC product battled injuries and missed 18 games. Tennessee probably factored in his spotty availability in its decision to let him sign elsewhere in 2021.

    The Titans had some decent pickups between Rounds 3 and 5 though.

    Jonnu Smith improved his receiving numbers every year with the Titans, but he signed with the New England Patriots last offseason.

    Jayon Brown carved out a three-down role, logging 385 tackles, 17 for loss, 9.5 sacks, 28 pass breakups and four interceptions (with a pick-six). Last year, the Titans signed him to a one-year extension. This offseason, they let him depart for the Las Vegas Raiders in free agency.

    Tennessee didn't maximize its return on a pair of top-20 picks, and none of the 2017 selections remain on the roster.

    Grade: C

Washington Commanders

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    · Round 1, Pick No. 17: Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama

    · Round 2, Pick No. 49: Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama

    · Round 3, Pick No. 81: Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA

    · Round 4, Pick No. 114: Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma

    · Round 4, Pick No. 123: Montae Nicholson, S, Michigan State

    · Round 5, Pick No. 154: Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas

    · Round 6, Pick No. 199: Chase Roullier, C, Wyoming

    · Round 6, Pick No. 209, Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State

    · Round 7, Pick No. 230, Josh Harvey-Clemons, S/LB, Louisville

    · Round 7, Pick No. 235, Joshua Holsey, CB, Auburn

    The Washington Commanders' projected 2022 starting lineup could feature two players from this class, and one of them just had his best year.

    The Commanders have a building block in Jonathan Allen, who earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2021. Chase Roullier has started in 61 out of 67 games in Washington, which is impressive for a sixth-round pick. He'll probably hold on to his starting job at center in the upcoming campaign.

    Fabian Moreau went through his ups and downs with the team, but he made it through the entirety of his rookie deal, logging 125 tackles, one for loss, 14 pass breakups and six interceptions.

    Samaje Perine and Montae Nicholson had decent years with the club as well. In 2017, the former led Washington's depleted running back group with 603 rushing yards. In 2019, the latter recorded 61 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions in 13 starts.

    Washington's 2017 class delivered early, and two players should have an impact on the 2022 season.

    Grade: B


    Maurice Moton covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @MoeMoton.

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