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NFL Draft Picks 2017: Full Listing of Grades and Results Before Rounds 4-7

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2017

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 27:  Commissioner of the National Football League Roger Goodell speaks during the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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It's nearly impossible to completely judge a draft class for at least a few seasons, but you can still evaluate how well each front office fared at accumulating talent.

Even if an organization wants to take the "best player available," there are still needs on every roster. Filling the holes with elite players that will help next season and beyond represents a strong draft. Conversely, those who reached for questionable prospects who won't make an impact might end up with some regrets.

Here are the full results from the 2017 NFL draft in Philadelphia through Day 2 along with grades for each team.

2017 NFL Draft Grades (Rounds 1-3)
TeamGradeNote
Arizona CardinalsA-Brought in two big upgrades to an already talented defense in Haason Reddick and Budda Baker. Both could become early starters.
Atlanta FalconsBAdded more athleticism to the pass rush. Takkarist McKinley might not be a complete player, but the Falcons don't need him to be.
Baltimore RavensAThe Ravens needed pass-rushers and found three of them. Still, offense could use some help.
Buffalo BillsBFilled positions of need, but there appeared to be better options in each round. Lack of upside tempers expectations.
Carolina PanthersACam Newton got a lot of help, even if it will require creativity from the coaching staff to take advantage.
Chicago BearsCMitchell Trubisky could be good, but he won't play right away and won't have much help around him when he does.
Cincinnati BengalsBJoe Mixon will be the story, but he will help the Bengals on the field. John Ross was picked too early but will be useful.
Cleveland BrownsA+Needed to add a lot of talent and they did just that while stocking up even more future picks.
Dallas CowboysAFew classes have more upside than this one with three players who can improve a defense that was a weakness last year.
Denver BroncosB+The Broncos are trying to get back to winning in the trenches, and they addressed that with the first two picks.
Detroit LionsB+Jarrad Davis and Teez Tabor could be immediate starters or huge busts. Sounds obvious, but this class might have the biggest range of outcomes of any one.
Green Bay PackersA-Two versatile defensive backs in Kevin King and Josh Jones might be exactly what's needed to improve the defense.
Houston TexansAWhether Deshaun Watson is the answer or not, the Texans needed to address the QB situation and did. Zach Cunningham could also be a steal.
Indianapolis ColtsAMalik Hooker and Quincy Wilson should turn a miserable secondary into a strength. Period.
Jacksonville JaguarsANot only did the Jaguars add a potential star RB in Leonard Fournette, they found someone to block for him in Cam Robinson.
Kansas City ChiefsCEven if Patrick Mahomes reaches expectations, the Chiefs are a contender that did little to help them in 2017.
Los Angeles ChargersA+Philip Rivers will be extremely happy to add a big-time target at WR and two potential starters on the offensive line.
Los Angeles RamsC+The Rams tried to give Jared Goff help, but there's still a long way to go.
Miami DolphinsASolid value in all three rounds, with all three capable of becoming impact players by the end of 2017.
Minnesota VikingsA-For a team without a first-round pick, the Vikings did an excellent job of improving the run game, which was biggest weakness in 2016.
New England PatriotsBConsidering how long it took for the Patriots to make a pick, Derek Rivers should make a pretty big impact.
New Orleans SaintsA-Adding six players in the first three rounds is a good way to improve, especially with value additions like Marshon Lattimore and Alvin Kamara.
New York GiantsB+The needs were filled, although the fits didn't always make sense. The squad could still use some offensive line help.
New York JetsB-Jamal Adams will make an immediate impact, but the Day 2 picks didn't do much to help the team.
Oakland RaidersB+Off-field issues could sink Gareon Conley, but he and Obi Melifonwu could help a lot in the secondary.
Philadelphia EaglesBAlthough Sidney Jones is a steal when healthy, the timeline is a mystery. Major questions with other picks as well.
Pittsburgh SteelersA+Steelers continue to add athleticism on both sides of the ball and will be scary in the AFC.
San Francisco 49ersAThe first round was the best of any team in the league. QB issue likely wasn't solved, though.
Seattle SeahawksB+Malik McDowell is a divisive player, but good value in second round along with Ethan Pocic.
Tampa Bay BuccaneersAO.J. Howard and Chris Godwin gives Jameis Winston two more big targets to play with in 2017.
Tennessee TitansB+Filled two biggest needs in first round with exciting players, but both could struggle to make an adjustment to the NFL.
Washington RedskinsA-Transported two key players from Alabama defense, which isn't a bad thing considering pass-rush problems.

Top Draft Classes

Cleveland Browns

Any time you draft three players in the first round, good things should happen. That's what the Browns did with the selection of Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers and David Njoku.

Garrett was the clear top player in the class, and the Browns were smart to not overthink it. He will make an impact right out of the gate and could be a Pro Bowl pass-rusher within a few years. Njoku has that upside as well as being an elite athlete who will be difficult to stop at tight end.

Peppers is more of a mystery based on his lack of position, but he is a valuable commodity for a coaching staff willing to be creative.

Meanwhile, the Browns kept at it in the second round, taking the local product DeShone Kizer to potentially be the next quarterback. Although he is raw, Gil Brandt of NFL.com is one of many who like his upside:

Gil Brandt @Gil_Brandt

DeShone Kizer needs time, but I think he'll end up being the best QB in this draft.

The Browns were the worst team in football last season, but they did everything possible to improve for 2017.

       

Los Angeles Chargers

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Philip Rivers remains a top quarterback, but his receivers keep getting hurt and he has been sacked an average of 38.2 times over the past five seasons. Having a solid running back in Melvin Gordon also wasn't enough to finish better than 26th in yards per carry last season.

The Chargers desperately needed to improve the offensive line, and adding a new No. 1 receiver would have been a luxury. This is exactly what the team did in the first two days of the draft.

Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney were two of the top interior linemen in the class, with Lamp especially capable of becoming a starter from day one. Both men should be able to clear out space in the run game while keeping Rivers upright.

Of course, the big star is Mike Williams as the No. 7 pick overall. The former Clemson star is 6'4" with great leaping ability and strong hands, meaning a quarterback can throw the ball in the air and let him do the rest.

With Keenan Allen being an injury risk, Williams could become Rivers' new favorite target.

Malik Hooker could have been another option at No. 7, with safety remaining a major concern. Still, the offense came a long way with just three picks this week.

         

Pittsburgh Steelers

A few years ago, the Steelers were relying upon veteran defenders at the end of their careers. With some key draft picks, they now have one of the most athletic units in the NFL.

T.J. Watt and Cameron Sutton continue this trend. While Watt is relatively raw, he could learn from James Harrison and eventually replace him at outside linebacker. Sutton can eventually move alongside Artie Burns at cornerback.

JuJu Smith-Schuster is another exciting player to give the Steelers yet another dimension in the passing attack. Even with Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and others on the roster, this is a valuable addition to provide balance in the passing attack.

Finally, James Conner is as tough as they come in this draft and should provide valuable depth behind Le'Veon Bell in the backfield. Considering Bell has missed 14 games over the past two seasons and DeAngelo Williams is no longer on the roster, this is an important role going forward.

If the Steelers can add some depth at quarterback, it might be a perfect draft.

         

San Francisco 49ers

Jeff Chiu/Associated Press

The 49ers needed talent all over the field, and they got two of the best defenders available in Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster in the first round.

Jeff Deeney of Pro Football Focus noted just how productive these players were in college:

Jeff Deeney @PFF_Jeff

Solomon Thomas had our top overall production grade & run grade among DTs last year. Reuben Foster had the top overall & run grades for ILBs

New general manager John Lynch was happy with how the first round went, per Jeff Darlington of ESPN:

Jeff Darlington @JeffDarlington

49ers GM John Lynch says he was able to get two of his top three players -- Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster -- in Thursday's first round.

Although every GM tends to play up the prospects they just drafted, this certainly seems on the nose for the 49ers.

Assuming Foster is healthy, he and Thomas could become stars on this defense and help the unit once again become among the most feared in the league.

Unfortunately, there are still questions at quarterback, and C.J. Beathard didn't solve them. Although the Iowa product has value, the team would have been better off finding a quarterback with more upside who can develop in the system.

Brad Kaaya, Nathan Peterman or Joshua Dobbs might have been better options.

Ahkello Witherspoon might also take some time before he is ready to contribute at the NFL level.

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