With the last pick of the first round, the Patriots drafted defensive tackle Malcolm Brown.
After the departure of Vince Wilfork, the Patriots needed depth on the interior and got it in Brown. He possesses a lot of power and was productive enough to lead the team in sacks as a tackle. He may not start immediately in New England but he should be a run stopper for the Patriots for many years to come.
In IDP leagues, Brown won’t be an asset but, if he replicates what Wilfork, did, he’ll make everyone around him on the defense better.
With the 31st overall pick, the Saints drafted linebacker Stephone Anthony.
Anthony has a big frame for an inside linebacker but proved he could come through at the combine. Could take the starting job immediately after the Saints cut Curtis Lofton. If so, he’ll be the first defensive player taken in dynasty IDP leagues where he should rack up the tackles in the middle while defending the pass.
With the 30th overall pick, the Packers drafted safety Damarious Randall.
After drafting safety last year with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Packers go back to the well with Randall. He racked up the tackles in college while showing excellent coverage skills. For IDP leagues, Randall could be the first rookie DB off the board and should have more value in big play leagues.
With the 29th overall pick, the Colts drafted receiver Phillip Dorsett.
Dorsett joins a crowded receiving corps in Indianapolis while projecting similarly to one of them. His speed and size remind people of T.Y. Hilton along with his big play ability, averaging over 25 yards per catch over the last three years.
It’ll be interesting to see who starts for Indy alongside Hilton as they have second-year receiver Donte Moncrief, who came on strong towards the end of last year, along with veteran Andre Johnson. Dorsett could be a good value in rookie drafts, not being drafted as highly as the other first round receivers but still being part of a highly productive offense and the only one left in a few years.
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.