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This is the final post I’ll be doing involving the draft. Here is how this will work, we will be examining one pick in each round, for those of you counting  that is seven picks will be graded in this post and then we are onto the pre-season previews.

Round 1:

#26-The Denver Broncos received this pick from Seattle as they trade up out of the #32 slot to select junior Memphis QB Paxton Lynch. In 38 games Lynch had 758 completions on 1,206 attempts for 8,865 yards, 59 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions, as well as a 62.9% completion percentage, 7.4 yards an attempt, on 31.7 attempts per game for 233.3 yards per game and a TID of 3. This is an interesting pick simply because it comes on the heels of Peyton Manning’s retirement, and his heir apparent Brock Osweiler’s defection to Houston and the somewhat odd trade with Philadelphia for Mark Sanchez. Look for Lynch to jump Sanchez on the depth chart mid-season if Sanchez loses the starting job to Trevor Siemian. I think Lynch is the Broncos quarterback of the future look for him to be starting under center in 2018 unless Sanchez and Siemian are just absolutely brutal. Grade:A

Round 2:

#28- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers received this pick from Kansas City as they traded up to take junior Florida State K Roberto Aguayo with the 59th overall pick in the draft. This pick is of interest simply because the Bucs traded up in the second round to draft a kicker. I have no doubt the Buccaneers could have waited until the fifth round to get Aguayo. Personally I don’t understand this pick, in 41 games Aguayo had 300 kickoffs of which only 141 were touchbacks a miserable 47%. He attempted 78 filed goals and made 69 for an impressive 88.5% and he attempted 198 extra points and he made all of them, though that really can’t come as a surprise. I find it hard to understand why a team would take a kicker in the second round let alone trade up to take a kicker especially when said kicker will require the Bucs to carry a kickoff specialist.Admittedly he has a terrific field goal percentage the Bucs if they were that high on him they could have spent the 11th pick in the third round on him, there was really no reason to trade up for a kicker, its the trade to get this pick that sinks the grade on this pick. Grade: F

Round 3:

#27-With the 90th overall pick the Seattle Seahawks selected senior Notre Dame RB C.J. Prosise. Prosise was selected to pair with Thomas Rawls in replacing the now retired Marshawn Lynch. Prosise converted to running back as a senior his 6.6 rushing average per attempt and 11 rushing touchdowns is pretty nifty for someone who spent the better part of his sophmore and junior seasons as a wide receiver. Personally I see him more as a Shane Vereen type back, with 62 receptions for 896 yards in 37 games. His time spent at wide receiver makes him a good change of pace back that should help Russell Wilson minimize the loss of Beast Mode Grade:B+

Round 4:

#12-With the 110th overall pick in the draft the St. Louis Rams senior Western Kentucky TE Tyler Higbee. Higbee in 36 games for the Hilltoppers had 68 receptions for 1,054 yards and 14 touchdowns. He averaged 15.5 yards a reception, 1.9 receptions a game and 29.3 yards a game. The problem with Higbee is he never played more than 10 games in any one season and did that only twice in his freshman and junior years.  With that said Higbee scored a touchdown on 20.6% of his recpetions, which with the departure of Jared Cook to the Green Bay Packers, the Rams need opposite Lance Kendricks. For a floater in the fourth round Higbee has some a lot of upside and won’t cost the Rams too much if he proves unable to remain healthy. Grade: B+

Round 5:

#25-The Kansas City Chiefs received this pick from the Seattle Seahawks, and with the 162nd pick overall selected senior Stanford QB Kevin Hogan. In 51 games for the Cardinal, Hogan had 727 completions on 1,103 attempts for 9,390 yards, 73 touchdowns, and 29 interceptions. He had a 65.9% completion percentage, 8.5 average yards per completion, 21.6 attempts per game, 184.1 yards per game a quarterback rating of 154.0 and a TID of 4. With Chase Daniel now in Philadelphia this pick brings some competition to back up Aaron Murray, the truth this is while great quarterback talent being found outside the first three rounds is rare, the last star quarterback to rise to stardom from the bottom half of the draft as far as I can remember is Tom Brady a former sixth round pick, with that said I think Hogan has a chance to make a case for himself in the backup competition with Murray as the heir to the starting job once Alex Smith retires. Grade: A

Round 6:

#5- The Minnesota Vikings received this pick from San Fransisco and with the 180th overall pick they selected  Schwabish Hall Unicorns WR Moritz Boehringer. Boehringer played one season of American football in the German Football League. In 16 games for the Unicorns he had 59 receptions for 1,232 yards and 13 touchdowns; as well as averaging 3.7 receptions per game for 77 yards per game. If his scouting report is accurate, Boehringer who they are comparing to Brandon Marshall, should become a very good deep threat for Teddy Bridgewater making the Vikings passing attack much more dangerous then it already is.

Round 7:

#32-With the 253rd pick also the last pick of the draft the Tennessee Titans selected senior Southern Mississippi CB Kalan Reed. In 48 games for the Golden Eagles, Reed had 152 tackles, 112 of them solo, 8.5 tackles for loss, 33 passes defensed 8 interceptions and 3 touchdowns, scoring 37.5% of the time he recorded an interception. As the last pick in the draft he has the distinction of being Mr. Irrelevant, the irony is there are probably a number of college free agent corner backs that the Titans will sign that have a better chance of making the team than he does, with that said he looks like a corner with enough upside that he can make a splash as a dime back as a rookie if he makes the team. Grade:B

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