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Reviewing The 2017 NFL Draft in 2018: #5 Corey Davis, TEN vs. #28 Taco Charlton, DAL
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.
#5 Corey Davis, TEN vs. #28 Taco Charlton, DAL
High draft pick WRs have been failing at an alarming rate the past few years…and Corey Davis didn’t do anything in 2017 that led me to believe he’s changing the tide. He wasn’t bad…he just wasn’t eye-catching at all. Solid-but-not-spectacular. I don’t know why, but it made me think of a comparison…in 2016, UDFA Robby Anderson made plays and grabbed everyone’s attention (and then followed that up with a breakout 2017). Davis didn’t move the needle for me at all as a rookie…good or bad.
Pre-draft 2017, I believed that Taco Charlton was one of the most advanced pass rushers (in technique) that I had seen in a long time. So-so athleticism/speed but made up for it with technique and length/reach. I saw sparks of the great DE that Charlton could become in the 2017 preseason and in spots in the regular-season.
DE prospects are much more valuable than generically ‘good’ WR prospects in the NFL. Another top 10 pick falls in the first-round of this contest (#9 John Ross already out). If I were an NFL GM, I’d much rather have Charlton than Davis re-drafting the 2017 NFL Draft.
#13 Haason Reddick, ARI vs. #20 Garrett Bolles, DEN
#4 Leonard Fournette, JAX vs. #29 David Njoku, CLE
#3 Solomon Thomas, SF vs. #30 T.J. Watt, PIT
#14 Derek Barnett, PHI vs. #19 O.J. Howard, TB
#6 Jamal Adams, NYJ vs. #27 Tre’Davious White
#11 Marshon Lattimore, NO vs.#22 Charles Harris, MIA
#7 Mike Williams, LAC vs. #26 Takkarist McKinley, ATL
#10 Patrick Mahomes, KC vs. #23 Evan Engram, NYG
#15 Malik Hooker. IND vs. #18 Adoree’ Jackson, TEN
#2 Mitch Trubisky, CHI vs. #31 Rueben Foster, SF
#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
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