The 2017 NFL Draft concluded on Saturday in Philadelphia, wrapping up (easily) the most well-attended selection party in NFL history, that featured an energetic and very pro-Eagles crowd keeping the scene at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as the “place to be” over the past few days. Until next year, we will miss you and your wild, unpredictable craziness...NFL Draft.
The good news for Oregon State pertaining to the draft is that two players did eventually get picked on “Day Three”, after early indications looked bleak through the first three rounds. Offensive lineman Sean Harlow broke the ice for the Beavers, when he was selected late in the fourth round at the #136 overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons. Then, thirty-three picks later, cornerback Treston Decoud came off the board, when the Houston Texans nabbed the Oregon State stand-out with the #169 overall selection.
At the moment, the Beavers have already had two players sign deals, as Victor Bolden Jr. is headed to San Francisco, while Dustin Stanton has inked a deal with Cincinnati. From here, the situation of monitoring free agents Gavin Andrews and Devin Chappell comes into focus, as both of these players are likely to either be signed by a team in the coming days or secure an NFL training camp invite sometime this summer.
Below, we take a look at what teams did their homework and what teams struck out when talking about their picks on the third and final day of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Day Three Winners
New York Jets: I’ll talk about the Jets picks on “Day Three” with extreme caution, considering that after all this is still the New York Jets, but on paper, it’s possible that the New York franchise found themselves an impressive group of new pieces. The Jets added two solid receiving targets in California’s high-volume ball-catcher Chad Hansen (4th round) and Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett (5th), both of whom should help the team from day one. New York then chose Division II, West Georgia defensive end Dylan Donahue, an intriguing, athletic prospect with their second 5th round selection, before using three 6th round picks to add depth to their backfield, with Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire, and their secondary, with a duo of cornerbacks in Michigan’s Jeremy Clark and Ole Miss’ Derrick Jones.
Philadelphia Eagles: The host-team cleaned up on the final day of picks, using five selections from the 4th to 6th rounds, to add an influx of youth to a retooling Eagles roster. Philadelphia started with North Carolina wide receiver/special teams talent Mack Hollins and San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey in the 4th round, added West Virginia wide receiver Shelton Gibson and Nebraska safety Nathan Gerry in the 5th round and then finished with Washington defensive tackle Elijah Qualls in the 6th round, once the best legitimate run-stoppers in the draft. They may not be the flashy names that fans love, but mark my words, these later-round picks will find their way onto the field for Philadelphia.
Tennessee Titans: Tennessee has been on my winners list on all three days of the 2017 NFL Draft and all things considered, they may have secured my favorite draft class out of all 32 teams. On “Day Three”, the Titans started off picking UCLA linebacker Jayon Brown in the 5th round and Chattanooga offensive guard Corey Levin in the 6th round, before find a wealth of depth that addressed their needs with their three 7th round picks, as well. Scooping up TCU outside linebacker Josh Carraway, Villanova offensive tackle Brad Seaton and California running back Khalfani Muhammad in the final stage of the draft is an extremely strong use of picks by Tennessee. A job well done all draft-long by the Titans.
Day Three Losers
Carolina Panthers: Throughout the whole draft, Carolina’s intent with a lot of their selections were hard to decipher and on the final day of picks, it seemed like reason went completely out the window. In the 5th round, the Panthers went with Miami (FL) cornerback Corn Elder, a pass-defender with sloppy ball-skills (yet a fantastic name) and in the 6th round, they reached for West Georgia defensive end Alexander Armah, a player who probably won’t ever play more than special teams in the league. With their 7th round pick, Carolina scooped up Georgia Tech’s Harrison Butker, the Yellow Jackets’ all-time leading scorer, who is coming off a suspect senior campaign.
Kansas City Chiefs: Kansas City added three players on “Day Three”, using their 4th round pick on Michigan wide receiver Jehu Chesson, their 5th round pick on Georgia Southern inside-linebacker Ukeme Eligwe and their 6th round pick on USC safety Leon McQuay III. While all three talents are somewhat-likeable pieces, it doesn’t seem that any one of the trio really come across as an immediate impact talent. In my eyes, both Chesson and Eligwe have a low ceiling on their potential and McQuay III is probably nothing more than a special teams contributor. With the needs that the Chiefs still had to address at the time, specifically on the defensive front and at cornerback, these picks just didn’t make all that much sense to me.
Oakland Raiders: With six picks at their fingertips on the final day of the draft, Oakland had their chance to add some value or even stretch for a unique, athletic talent that has yet to get their shot on the big stage. Instead, the Raiders plucked aimlessly from around the draft board, scooping up mostly unproven talents from big name programs. Not a good look for a team trying to breakthrough into the next round of the NFL Playoffs. The only pick I didn’t mind from the Raiders was the 7th round selection of Alabama State offensive tackle Jylan Ware, a colossal 6’ 8”, 320 pound earth-mover, with NFL size and athleticism.