Reviewing The 2017 NFL Draft in 2018: #3 Solomon Thomas, SF vs. #19 O.J. Howard, TB
We have a football season in the books and now we can look back and try to evaluate or re-evaluate the 2017 NFL Draft…and kinda re-remember what seemed important about a year ago – ultimately, to judge what would be done differently today or where teams made mistakes.
I like doing these types of things in head-to-head battles because it forces me to consider a simple choice…A or B. I can focus on the two players, get reacquainted with their 2017 season and pick the one I would select if I were an NFL GM today. I look at it like I’m starting an expansion franchise…so, I want the best player, obviously, but I have to consider positional scarcity and history, etc.
We’ll do one matchup per day in February until we crown a winner. Set up tournament style with 1-32 seed, and #1 facing #32 first round, etc.
#3 Solomon Thomas, SF vs. #19 O.J. Howard, TB
Solomon Thomas is a very solid DE prospect but shows signs of being a phenomenal 4-3 DT if he was used that way. The 4-3 DT potential is alluring.
O.J. Howard plays a less important (big picture) NFL position, but he may be the single best constructed human to ever play that position – elite speed and agility, very good hands, and a tough, willing blocker. He does it all. He’s a weapon for fantasy and for the NFL.
I know DE/DT is more important in the big picture but I’m getting worried Thomas wants to be a DE only, and that’s good; it works…but I want to see if he could be Aaron Donald-ish but I don’t think he wants that. Because he might just be a ‘good’ DE and Howard may be the best TE in football in 2020-2025…I’ll take the very rare bird TE – O.J. Howard, but you can’t go wrong either way.
#27 Tre’Davious White, BUF vs. #11 Marshon Lattimore, NO
#26 Takkarist McKinley, ATL vs. #10 Patrick Mahomes, KC
#18 Adoree’ Jackson, TEN vs. #2 Mitch Trubisky, CHI
#1 Myles Garrett, CLE (winner) vs. #16 Marlon Humphrey, BAL
#24 Gareon Conley, OAK vs. #8 Christian McCaffrey, CAR (winner)
#12 Deshaun Watson, HOU vs. #28 Taco Charlton, DAL (winner)
#20 Garrett Bolles, DEN (winner) vs. #4 Leonard Fournette, JAX
#1 Myles Garrett, CLE (winner) vs. #32 Ryan Ramczyk, NO
#16 Marlon Humphrey, BAL (winner)vs. #17 Jonathan Allen, WAS
#9 John Ross, CIN vs. #24 Gareon Conley, OAK (winner)
#8 Christian McCaffrey, CAR (winner)vs. #25 Jabrill Peppers, CLE
#12 Deshaun Watson, HOU (winner)vs. #21 Jarrad Davis, DET
#5 Corey Davis, TEN vs. #28 Taco Charlton, DAL (winner)
#13 Haason Reddick, ARI vs. #20 Garrett Bolles, DEN (winner)
#4 Leonard Fournette, JAX (winner) vs. #29 David Njoku, CLE
#3 Solomon Thomas, SF (winner) vs. #30 T.J. Watt, PIT
#14 Derek Barnett, PHI vs. #19 O.J. Howard, TB (winner)
#6 Jamal Adams, NYJ vs. #27 Tre’Davious White, BUF (winner)
#11 Marshon Lattimore, NO (winner) vs. #22 Charles Harris, MIA
#7 Mike Williams, LAC vs. #26 Takkarist McKinley, ATL (winner)
#10 Patrick Mahomes, KC (winner) vs. #23 Evan Engram, NYG
#15 Malik Hooker, IND vs. #18 Adoree’ Jackson, TEN (winner)
#2 Mitch Trubisky, CHI (winner) vs. #31 Rueben Foster, SF
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