With the 28th overall pick, the Lions further beef up their offensive line with Laken Tomlinson. The Lions had the 23rd pick but traded back with Denver.
Tomlinson is mature and has the power to contribute in the NFL as a guard. The knock is lack of athleticism but he should provide immediate depth to an offensive line ranked 14th according to Pro Football Focus.
For dynasty purposes, it will help clear paths for both Joique Bell and Theo Riddick while providing more protection for Matt Stafford.
With the 27th overall pick, the Cowboys draft UCONN corner Byron Jones to shore up the secondary.
After missing a top-flight corner for years, the Cowboys are hoping Jones can be it. Tall with some serious hops, Jones had an incredible combine and set the record for the long jump. Coverage skills are adequate but could also end up at safety. If so, that would greatly enhance his IDP prospects with decent tackle skills.
With the 26th overall pick, the Ravens take Torrey Smith’s replacement in Breshad Perriman.
With very little depth behind him, Perriman should start immediately. A combine stud, Perriman shot up draft boards and slipped in to the first round right before it ended with his size and speed. He reminds people of Kelvin Benjamin with that rare combo but also because of drops.
With a quarterback with a decent arm, and newly installed offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, Perriman is squarely in the second-tier of rookie receivers for your dynasty drafts. He could also end up as a top-tier WR.
With the 25th pick, the Panthers take linebacker Shaq Thompson, one of the surprises of the first round.
One of the more flexible players in the entire draft, Thompson played inside, outside and even in the secondary. However, it was also his curse as teams aren’t sure where to place him. He’ll need more size on his 6′, 228-pound frame to be a linebacker for any team but, if he can add some weight, he could be a very valuable player, On the IDP side, he could rack up a lot of pass deflections in addition to sacks.
With the 24th overall pick, the Cardinals draft tackle D.J. Humphries from Florida.
HIs size will be an asset and help the Cardinals keep Carson Palmer upright but will need more polish. The Cardinals hope he can expedite this process as their offensive line ranked just 24th in the league.
Long-term he should help whoever ends up winning the running back job.
After trading up five spots, the Broncos drafted defensive end Shane Ray.
Ray is an animal on defense with relentless energy and top-10 ability. His speed is an asset as well but is smaller compared to other edge rushers.
Ray could have gone much higher but character issues, along with a run-in with police just this week, caused Ray to drop a bit. However, if he can avoid trouble, he can be a great compliment, and eventual heir, to Demarcus Ware on the end. For IDP purposes, he’ll be good for sacks only.
With the 22nd pick, the Steelers selected linebacker Bud Dupree.
Continuing a youth movement on defense, the Steelers add a linebacker in Dupree that they hope can do better than former first round pick Jarvis Jones. Dupree had a very productive college career with excellent instincts. The knock on him was moving a little too slow during the action. But the former basketball player has the ability to be explosive.
For IDP purposes, another edge rusher that won’t mean much unless for big play leagues. Could contribute in pass protection as well.
With the 21st overall pick, the Bengals drafted lineman Cedric Ogbuehi from Texas A&M.
A value pick, the Bengals can draft Ogbuehi with an eye on him recovering from an injury during bowl season. However, he has the potential to be a starting left tackle for the long-term. His presence will only enhance Jeremy Hill’s value as Ogbuehi has great run blocking skills.
With the 20th pick of the draft, the Eagles draft Jeremy Maclin’s replacement at receiver in Nelson Agholor.
Algholor doesn’t have great size at 6′ but has good route running skills and hands. He’ll also contribute on punt returns.
He joins a high-powers offense and could contribute statistically right away. For the other Eagles players, it helps the case of Sam Bradford and should take some heat off Jordan Matthews. Algholor will never be a top-tier WR option but his pick could allow Matthews to be. In Algholor’s case, he probably won’t crack the top two tiers of receivers in rookie drafts.
With their second pick of the first round, the Browns draft offensive lineman Cameron Erving.
Erving has only played offensive line for two years but has great size and is flexible as far as a position. He joins a Browns line that already has Joe Thomas and (for now) Alex Mack and finished as the sixth best line in the NFL. Will probably be better as an interior lineman.
For dynasty purposes, will only help the case of whichever running back ends up with the job in Cleveland between Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West. Of course, it’ll help whichever quarterback wins the job as well.