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2017 NFL Draft live updates

Globe reporters will provide analysis and commentary throughout this year's draft.

  • Redskins sources say report that Browns trading for Kirk Cousins is NOT true
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    Our scouting report on Mike Williams (6-4, 218): This guy is right out of Central Casting. Possesses a premium blend of size, speed, and strength for the position. Uses all skills to consistently gain separation. Scored 11 touchdowns last season. 

    STAT’s scouting report: Williams has the look of a NFL wideout with his combination of size, strength and coordination to make athletic plays on the ball look routine. He is physical to the ball to out-rebound defensive backs and is Mr. Reliable on back shoulder throws with his length, focus and body control, snatching the ball with ease. A combination of AJ Green and Michael Floyd, Williams has the physical ingredients to be a steady No. 1 pass catcher in a NFL offense.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 12:59:06 AM
  • Clemson WR Mike Williams to the Chargers. Another team that I thought had much bigger needs than the position they ended up drafting
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    Our scouting report on Christian McCaffrey (5-11, 202): There’s no doubting McCaffrey’s athleticism, as he possesses breakaway speed and the versatility to line up at slot receiver and kickoff/punt returner. The only question: Does he have the size to be an every-down back? 

    STAT’s scouting report: McCaffrey doesn’t have an ideal frame to be a workhorse back between the tackles, but his combination of run intelligence, gifted athleticism and competitive juices are very unique and project well to the NFL — the type of athlete where everything seems to come easy for him. McCaffrey is ideally suited for a hybrid offensive role that highlights his versatility as a rusher and receiver, lining him up in the backfield, in the slot or outside.

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 1:04:10 AM
  • McCaffrey gives Cam another much-needed weapon in the passing game. But can he handle 15-20 carries a game?
  • "McCaffrey comes from an athletic family" is the new "Fitzpatrick went to Harvard" or "Hogan played lacrosse"
  • Bengals take Washington WR John Ross. Another pick that all of the mocks missed. Set the Combine record for the 40. But durability questions
  • Our scouting report on John Ross (5-11, 188): One of the best pure athletes in the draft, settled in at receiver last season after bouncing between offense and defense. Put up more than 1,100 yards and 17 TDs for the Huskies. He needs to – and will – bulk up a tad.
     
    STAT's scouting report: Ross lined up all over the formation for the Huskies in 2016 and was a nightmare for defensive backs due to his vertical speed, sudden footwork and ability to manipulate coverages as a route technician. He doesn’t have ideal thickness on his frame and will struggle at times against physical press corners, but his combination of athleticism, tempo and ball skills makes him a home run threat as a receiver, ballcarrier and kick returner.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 1:12:37 AM
  • KC traded 1 and 3 this year, and its 1 next year to move up to 10.
  • Don't give up all that if it's not for a QB...
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    Our scouting report for Patrick Mahomes (6-2, 225): Another quarterback that threw too many interceptions (25 the last two years) and played in a gimmicky offense, but he has a huge arm and the pocket presence to develop into a starter.
     
    STAT's scouting report: Mahomes, who didn’t start at quarterback until his junior season in high school, is a free thrower and looks like he is playing backyard football, relying more on timing and feel rather than mechanics or structure. He has above average arm strength with the creative mobility and growth potential for the NFL level, but was groomed in one of the most quarterback-friendly systems in college football and is inexperienced reading defenses, working through progressions and delivering concepts in the huddle. Although he is nowhere near ready for NFL snaps, Mahomes is an exciting player to watch compete and boasts the raw traits that are worth developing
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 1:19:22 AM
  • Patrick Mahomes! Andy Reid makes a big move for his next QB. Surprised that two teams have passed on Deshaun Watson so far
  • Patrick Mahomes, a cocky kid with a big arm who takes a lot of risks. Sounds a lot like another young QB Andy Reid coached: Brett Favre
  • Alex Smith has 2 years, $30m left on his contract: $13m this year, $17m non-guaranteed next year. Will probably keep the seat warm this year
  • Top CB in the draft. This should close any chance of a Malcolm Butler trade twitter.com/nick_underhill…
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    Our scouting report on Marshon Lattimore (6-0, 193): An outstanding mirror player, he has the quickness and long arms to drape players and knock balls away at the last second. A very confident player and has receiver-like moves after interceptions.
     
    STAT’s scouting report: Play speed is critical for the cornerback position and he checks this box with a sharpie, displaying the sudden movements and transitional quickness to match up with any type of receiver. Lattimore is still developing from an anticipation standpoint, which is a result of his limited experience in college, but his athleticism allows him to stay attached to receivers and restrict passing windows. He has a very high NFL ceiling and worthy of a draft pick in the top half of round one. 
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 1:28:11 AM
  • Browns on the clock at 12. Gotta take Watson!
  • Texans and Browns pull off another trade. Texans jump up from 25 to 12 to take ..... Watson???
  • The Browns now own both the Texans first and second round picks in 2018.
  • Texans go all in for Deshaun Watson at No. 12. Has the best chance of the top 3 QBs to play right away
  • Cleveland Browns: Passed on Carson Wentz, passed on Mitchell Trubisky, passed on DeShaun Watson
  • Conversely, Jimmy G is still theoretically an option for the Browns. So is Kirk Cousins twitter.com/BenVolin/statu…
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    Our scouting report on Deshaun Watson (6-2, 221): Detractors point to his 17 interceptions last year, his college spread offense and spotty accuracy. We say: Hooey. Look at what he did to Alabama on the game’s biggest stage — two years in a row.
     
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 1:44:26 AM
  • Patriots could potentially see Patrick Mahomes in Week 1 and DeShaun Watson in Week 3. Both games at Gillette
  • Our scouting report on Hasson Reddick (6-1, 237): Undersized for an edge rusher, Reddick still has great speed and instincts to get to the QB, recording 10½ sacks and 22½ tackles for loss last year. Will be either a 3-4 edge rusher or inside linebacker in the NFL.
     
    STAT's scouting report: Once a 185-pound walk-on, Reddick developed into a hybrid pass rusher and lived in the opponent’s backfield as a senior with a team-best 22.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. However due to size, he needs to transition to an off-ball linebacker role in the NFL, displaying the athleticism to make the change, but he lacks ideal experience operating in coverage. Although his evaluation requires a leap of faith due to his position change, Reddick is a balanced, loose athlete with the instincts and upside to play inside or outside linebacker in various schemes, especially with his pass rush value on passing downs.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 1:45:57 AM
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    Our scouting report on Derek Barnett (6-3, 259): Has exceptional instincts and gets underneath pass protectors quickly and will deliver a jolt. Lacks prototypical burst but is relentless in pursuit. Has the strength to set the edge against the run.

    STAT’s scouting report: A three-year starter, Barnett lined up primarily at right defensive end in a three-point stance in Tennessee’s 4-3 defense, occasionally standing up or rushing from inside position — most productive collegiate resume among pass rush prospects in this class. Unlike most productive pass rushers, Barnett lacks explosive traits, but makes up for his methodical burst with powerful hands and off-the-charts awareness to consistently be in the right place at the right time. Although he doesn’t have a high pro ceiling as a pass rusher due to his average athleticism, Barnett is a reliable run defender and his consistency on every snap is valuable.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 1:53:15 AM
  • Tennessee DE/OLB Derek Barnett to the Eagles. They definitely need a young pass rusher
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    Our scouting report on Malik Hooker (6-1, 205): Has been slowed by recent surgeries for a hernia and torn labrum but should be good to go for rookie camp. Excellent recognition skills, vision, and closing burst. A true ballhawk, had 7 picks in 2016.

    STAT’s scouting report: When evaluating the safety position, scouts are looking for three main traits: range, instincts and tackling skills. And Hooker has the ability to be above average in all three areas. His change of direction skills, play speed and overall range jump off the film, both as a centerfielder in the deep half of the field and downhill in run support. His ball skills and ballhawking instincts to anticipate, read and break on the ball separates him from most college safety prospects. He needs to clean up his tackling mechanics and pursuit angles to be a better finisher, but he has the skill-set to develop into a reliable NFL tackler. Overall, Hooker has special traits to be a disruptive NFL playmaker in the secondary.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 1:57:43 AM
  • Colts were horrible in the trenches the last two years. But they take Ohio State S Malik Hooker with the 15th pick
  • I understand that the Patriots love Garoppolo, but if the Browns offer picks 25 and 33, don't you have to consider it?
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    Our scouting report on Marlon Humphrey (6-0, 197): Long, lean athlete with long, strong arms allowing him to match up well with bigger receivers. Like most Tide stars, he’s smart and instinctual, and a good tackler. His father Bobby (running back) and mother Barbara (track) were stars in Tuscaloosa. 

    STAT’s scouting report: Humphrey shows impressive awareness and physicality — two traits absolutely required by Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Humphrey possesses the size and speed scouts are looking for on the outside and he appears to be just scratching the surface of his potential. His lack of ideal fluidity leaves him vulnerable to smaller, quicker receivers, however, and he has been complemented by a terrific pass rush over his career. 
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 2:07:03 AM
  • In the least surprising news of the day, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome drafts someone from Alabama. This time it's CB Marlon Humphrey
  • Washington takes Alabama DT Jonathan Allen. Was an early candidate for No. 1 pick, but has shoulder issues
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    Our scouting report on Jonathan Allen (6-3, 286): Shocker alert: There’s a stud tackle coming out of the Tide defense. With an exceptionally strong upper body and hands, he sheds defenders in a flash before hunting the ball. Finished 2016 with 10½ sacks.

    STAT’s scouting report: A three-year starter in Alabama’s 3-4 base defense, Allen was schemed inside and outside in the Tide’s multiple fronts, lining up primarily as a base end before kicking inside on passing downs. Allen isn’t a sudden rusher who screams off the edge, but is a pass rush threat due to his powerful hands and punch to control the point of attack, giving himself options while reading the ball. He converts speed to power with contact balance and body control while also showing the lateral agility to knife through gaps and out-leverage blockers. Allen has scheme-diverse ability and will benefit from a creative defensive coordinator who moves him around and doesn’t just leave him on the edge.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 2:14:50 AM
  • Titans go with USC CB Adoree Jackson at 18. Making big strides to upgrade the secondary after also signing Logan Ryan
  • STAT's scouting report on USC cornerback Adoree' Jackson (5-10, 186): Jackson is arguably the elite athlete in the 2017 draft and his ability to create big plays as a returner and occasionally on offense only make him that much more intriguing. Jackson surrendered nearly as many big plays as he delivered as a cornerback, however, something to keep in mind given this year’s exceptional class at the position. The team that drafts Jackson with the intention of him playing cornerback may need a free safety with range to help protect him.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 2:20:00 AM
  • Bucs get TE OJ Howard at 19. Love it. Another big time weapon for Jameis. Pats seem them in Week 5 Thursday Night Football
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    Our scouting report on O.J. Howard (6-6, 251): Has exceptional size, strength, and smarts, and should make an impact immediately. Was underutilized at Alabama but that’s a good thing: plenty left on these tires.
     
    STAT's scouting report: Fortunately for Howard, prospects are drafted based on raw talent not box scores. And with so many mouths to feed in Alabama’s offense, scouts are likely to give Howard the benefit of the doubt with the expectation that he — like former under-utilized Alabama pass-catchers like Amari Cooper and Julio Jones — will excel once featured in the NFL. Despite his lack of production, Howard is considered the crown jewel in an exceptional class of tight ends. His experience in a pro-style offense suggests that he should be able to contribute immediately and he still possesses plenty of untapped potential.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 2:24:56 AM
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    Our scouting report on Garett Bolles (6-5, 297): A 25-year-old rookie who played only one year at the FBS level after transferring from junior college, Bolles has great length and athleticism to excel in a zone-blocking scheme.
     
    STAT's scouting report: Though he is more of a grappler than a technician at this point, Bolles appears to possess long enough arms to remain on the outside at tackle in the NFL and he certainly has the feet and nastiness scouts are looking for. Bolles projects best in a zone-blocking scheme. His limited experience is an obvious concern, but Bolles’s undeniable tools and a relatively weak year for offensive tackles could have the NFL just as excited as NCAA teams were in acquiring his services.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 2:31:32 AM
  • Broncos badly need an OT after using band-aids last few years. Draft Utah's Garrett Bolles at 20, the first offensive lineman off the board
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    Our scouting report on Jarrad Davis (6-1, 238): Didn’t have a great 2016 season, but Davis is still a solid all-around prospect, with great speed, instincts, leadership skills, and blitz ability. Leg injuries that forced him out of three games could hurt his stock.
     
    STAT's scouting report: An oft-injured but highly instinctive, athletic and passionate linebacker, Davis is loved by scouts for his tenacity and versatility, but the risk/reward factor with Davis is higher than most linebackers. Undersized by some standards, Davis has shown a troubling tendency to get nicked up, missing multiple games over his career due to injury, including three games due to a hurt ankle as a senior and most of the 2014 season with a torn meniscus. Davis will provide his future NFL defensive coordinator with options as he possesses the speed and agility of a traditional 4-3 outside linebacker, as well as the instincts and toughness to handle inside duties.
     
     
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 2:38:12 AM
  • Dolphins take Missouri pass rusher Charles Harris. AFC East going defense, with Jets taking Jamal Adams
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