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2017 NFL Draft live updates

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

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    Our scouting report on Charles Harris (6-3, 253): Was a DE at Missouri, racking up 16 sacks and 30½ tackles for loss the past two seasons, but is better suited as a 3-4 rush linebacker in the NFL. One red flag is he had surgery on both shoulders in college. 

    STAT’s scouting report: A lack of production early in the 2016 season left Harris being unfairly criticized by some but his talent did not just simply disappear. While perhaps lacking elite length and fluidity, Harris is a proven pass rusher with the initial quickness and complementary moves to extend Missouri’s impressive NFL pipeline, projecting as an immediate impact threat off the edge.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 2:43:14 AM
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    Our scouting report on Evan Engram (6-3, 234): Athletic and versatile, he was used in every formation imaginable during four years in the tough SEC. Not an overly physical player, he relies on quickness and savvy to block defenders.
     
    STAT's scouting report: With his body type and bulk, Engram looks more like a physical wide receiver than traditional tight end, but instead of being one or the other, he should be viewed as a hybrid of both. He is an above average athlete for his size with the route quickness and ball skills to be a dangerous receiving threat, displaying fluid adjustments and sticky hands to twist and snare. While a competitive blocker, Engram doesn’t have the strength potential to be overwhelming in this area and is more of a one-pop type. His fit at the next level will vary depending on scheme, but to get the most out of his versatile skill-set, Engram projects best as a "big" slot receiver.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 2:49:00 AM
  • Giants definitely needed to upgrade their TE spot and give Eli another weapon. I had them taking Njoku, but they draft Evan Engram
  • Conley fills a big need for the Raiders
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    Our scouting report on Gareon Conley (6-0, 195): Very smart and anticipatory player. He’ll cut off receivers and use his long arms to shield his opponent and get his hands on the ball. An excellent backpedaler and changes directions fluidly.
     
    STAT's scouting report: Although not on the same level athletically as his former teammate Marshon Lattimore, Conley moves very well for his size and consistently stays within arm’s length of his man. However, he plays on his heels too much with his momentum taking him backwards, making him a tick slow attacking plays in front of him and allowing savvy route runners to eat him up. Projecting him to the next level, he isn’t elite in any one area, but Conley is solid across the board and doesn’t have any major deficiency that should keep him from being a steady, scheme-versatile NFL starter.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 2:55:28 AM
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    Our scouting report on Jabrill Peppers (5-11, 213): Highly instinctive and versatile player who can line up anywhere and make an impact. Also one of the best return men in this class. Like getting two players with one pick.
     
    STAT's scouting report: Showing the combination of instincts, aggression and remarkable athleticism scouts are searching for, Peppers is one of the true stars of the 2017 draft class, projecting best as a safety in the NFL. A wolverine personified, what Peppers lacks in size he makes up for with ferocity and speed. Michigan featured him on offense, defense and special teams and his NFL team would be wise to do the same as Peppers is a natural playmaker capable of starring in any number of roles, depending on the down, distance and creativity of his coaches.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 3:01:49 AM
  • At No. 25, the Browns take .... Jabrill Peppers! Wonder which position the analytics say he should play
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    Our scouting report on Takkarist McKinley (6-2, 250): Despite being a tad undersized, he possesses excellent playing power with strong hands and really long arms. Can rag-doll blockers with those meat hooks. Works hard to get to the ball even when he’s being hugged and mugged.
     
    STAT's scouting report: McKinley possesses the burst, bend, long arms, motor and experience rushing out of two-point (standing) and three-point (hand in the dirt) stances to earn a high draft pick and provide an immediate impact as an edge rusher. He is more agile than powerful, however, and could prove a liability against the run when opponents are able to latch onto him. With only one standout season and a lack of ideal height, McKinley comes with red flags. His breakout 2016 campaign, however, gives "Takk" momentum.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 3:10:08 AM
  • Brownies making moves! Trading up for the Packers' 29th pick
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    Our scouting report on Tre’Davious White (5-11, 192): A four-year starter, he led the SEC with 14 pass breakups in 2016 and had six picks in his career. Has outstanding playing speed, quickness, and hand strength. Could thrive best as a slot corner at the NFL level.
     
    STAT's scouting report: White is a classic cover corner, possessing light feet, fluid hips and route anticipation to mirror receivers. For all of his strengths in coverage, however, he plays with a cover corner mentality as a tackler, especially in run support, potentially limiting him to man-heavy schemes and to the outside, where his lack of ideal height could be an issue against the gargantuan receivers of today’s NFL.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 3:18:49 AM
  • Bills draft LSU CB Tre'Davious White at 27th overall. He replaces Stephon Gilmore
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    Our scouting report on Taco Charlton (6-6, 277): After three nondescript seasons, he flourished in Don Brown’s 4-3 defense. Has excellent size and upper-body strength and will leave blockers flat-footed. Gives max effort. 

    STAT’s scouting report: Under new defensive coordinator Don Brown in 2016, the Wolverines switched to a four-man line and Charlton returned to his natural defensive end position, setting career-bests and showing the potential that NFL scouts were hoping to see. He has all the ingredients of a future NFL starter with the desired size, long levers and blend of power and quickness to be effective vs. both the pass and the run. He isn’t yet the sum of his parts and needs more seasoning.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 3:23:13 AM
  • Taco Charlton goes to Dallas, the land of great Tex-Mex
  • With their third pick of the 1st round, Browns take TE David Njoku at 29
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    Our scouting report on David Njoku (6-4, 246): A strong and fluid athlete with the explosiveness of a wide receiver (seam routes a specialty) and the strength of a tight end. He’ll need to polish his route-running.

    STAT’s scouting report: Njoku has freakish athleticism for the position that leaps off the screen, using his seam-busting speed and dynamic YAC skills to be a downfield playmaker. Njoku is a balanced blocker with potential to be above average in this area, but needs to develop his functional strength, technique and consistency. Although he is a better athlete than football player right now, Njoku is dripping with natural talent and has the elite athleticism to stress every level of the defense.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 3:29:12 AM
  • So add DeShone Kizer to the list of QBs the Browns have passed over thus far, though they still could maybe get him at 2-52
  • Packers got picks 33 and 108 in exchange for 29, which the Browns used on Njoku
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    STAT’s scouting report on T.J. Watt (6-4, 252): Watt returned healthy in 2016 and posted a team-best 15.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks to earn First Team All-Big Ten and multiple All-American honors. Although he might not have elite movement skills, Watt’s initial quickness and play speed pop off the screen, using his violent hands and long arms to work off contact. His aggressiveness is a double-edged sword, leading to both positive and negative plays, but his determination, work habits and competitive drive mirror his older brother and will win over a NFL coaching staff. As long as the medicals check out, Watt projects as a starting outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 3:32:51 AM
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    Our scouting report on Reuben Foster (6-0, 229): A speedy, explosive linebacker with great instincts and the ability to lay big hits, but his stock may drop after testing positive for a diluted urine sample at the Combine and getting in a heated argument with a hospital worker. 

    STAT’s scouting report: As the NFL has increasingly turned to the passing game, inside linebackers have dropped in value. That won’t be the case with Foster, however, whose sideline to sideline speed, explosive hitting and experience in coverage makes him one of the few linebackers in recent years who truly projects as a three-down defender at the position. With all due respect to Reggie Ragland — a more instinctive and reliable open-field tackler than Foster — this latest Alabama star at linebacker projects even better to the NFL.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 3:34:50 AM
  • Steelers take Wisconsin OLB TJ Watt at 30. He's the younger brother of JJ Watt
  • 49ers get Alabama ILB Reuben Foster at 31. Could be the next Patrick Willis if he keeps his head on straight
  • Our scouting report on Ryan Ramczyk (6-6, 310): An athletic tackle who excels in the run game with quick feet and good technique. But only played one season at the FBS level and is coming off surgery for a torn labrum.
     
    STAT's scouting report: Someone alert the Lifetime network, because the "Ryan Ramczyk Story" is one made for television. A year after Carson Wentz went from a relatively unknown quarterback from North Dakota State rose all the way up to the No. 2 overall draft pick, Ramczyk has nearly matched the improbable ascent, going from a little D-III to a legitimate first round prospect.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 3:44:53 AM
  • Final answer: 3 QBs go in the first round, all in the top 12 picks. Browns and Jets still need a QB, Cardinals should be looking for one too
  • The first round is over, and Malcolm Butler and Jimmy Garoppolo are still Patriots
  • Where does Reuben Foster think he might line up for the 49ers? "Wherever Patrick Willis used to line up, I guess."
  • The draft's three late "red flag" prospects -- Gareon Conley, Jabrill Peppers and Reuben Foster -- all still go in the first round
  • Though Conley certainly lost some money by falling to No. 24 twitter.com/BenVolin/statu…
  • Got two predictions right tonight: Myles Garrett to the Browns, and that he’d be the only player I got right all night
  • Ron Jaworski trying to compose himself as Goodell is bombarded by an incessant rain of boos. Day 2 of the draft off to a tremendous start
  • The Packers take Kevin King at No. 33 overall. 
     
     
    Our scouting report on Kevin King (6-3, 200): Tall, athletic corner with excellent playing strength. He can jam receivers with his strong hands and cover them deep with his long arms. More fast than quick, he may be the best run support corner in the draft.

    STAT’s scouting report: King’s calling card is his versatility. He possesses the size, acceleration, awareness and reliable open-field tackling skills to revert back to free safety at the next level. He is surprisingly agile for a player of his height, however, and could remain at cornerback for a heavy press or zone scheme that features his click-and-close ability. His ability to play multiple roles should help King earn a roster spot in the NFL. His size is both a quality and a curse. While big enough to shrink passing lanes, King will always be vulnerable to shifty route-runners.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 11:16:52 PM
  • Well now the Seahawks have an excuse for not taking CB Kevin King at 34. He goes to the Packers at 33
  • The Jaguars take Cam Robinson at No. 34.
     
     
    Our scouting report on Cam Robinson (6-6, 322): Started all 43 games in three years, winning the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best lineman. But allowed 10 sacks in his career, doesn’t have the quickest feet, and might be better suited for right tackle.

    STAT’s scouting report: If one were to draw up the perfect specimen for an offensive lineman, it might look a lot like Robinson, whose hulking frame has appeared NFL-ready since he arrived on campus. Robinson simply engulfs defenders at the point of attack, creating easy running lanes and a wide obstruction for would-be pass rushers. Though he likely will be given every chance to remain at left tackle in the NFL, Robinson’s grade is boosted by the fact that he possesses the bulk and strength to project nicely to right tackle or even inside to guard, if needed, just like former Crimson Tide first round picks D.J. Fluker and James Carpenter. The biggest concern with Robinson, in fact, could be off-field issues, including a troubling arrest prior to the 2016 season on weapons and drug charges that could make his performance during interviews at the Combine critical to his final grade.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 11:21:36 PM
  • The Seahawks take Michigan State DT Malik McDowell at No. 35. 
     
     
    Our scouting report of Malik McDowell (6-6, 295): Has a massive frame and will get even bigger and stronger. Excellent quickness and fluidity, allowing him to slip blocks and crash the ball carrier (24½ tackles for losses). Can plug in and play now.
     
    STAT’s scouting report: For a player with his size dimensions, McDowell displays impressive movement skills and uses his foot quickness, natural flexibility and body control to skirt blockers and find cracks in the protection. His pass rush sequence, pad level and playing temperament are all areas of his game that lack consistency, but at only 20 years old, McDowell has a very high NFL ceiling due to his athletic gifts and raw understanding of what it takes to be disruptive.
     
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 11:27:37 PM
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  • The Cardinals trade up to take Washington safety Budda Baker at No. 36. 
     
     
    Our scouting report on Budda Baker (5-10, 195): An instinctive heat seeker, he makes up for a comparative lack of size with speed and toughness. Can play safety or hybrid linebacker. Was very productive (200 tackles, 5 INTs) in his career.

    STAT’s scouting report: Baker is undersized and will make his share of mistakes due to overaggressive tendencies, but he competes with excellent reaction quickness and range to make plays all over the field. He is ideally suited for a hybrid cornerback/safety role in the NFL, doing his best work as a nickel defender.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 11:34:32 PM
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  • The Cardinals’ safeties now are Honey Badger and Budda
  • The Bills take ECU receiver Zay Jones at No. 37. 
     
     
    STAT's scouting report on Zay Jones (6-2, 201): A high volume target for the Pirates, Jones lined up all over the formation, spending time at all five wide receiver positions in the ECU offense, and became only the 19th player in FBS history to eclipse the 4,000-yard career receiving mark. He did most of his work near the line of scrimmage feasted on zone coverage, but struggled to consistently separate in man coverage and wasn’t a deep threat — not a home run hitter, but plenty of singles and doubles on his game film.  Sound route runner — doesn’t have elite start/stop quickness, but works hard to sell and square off patterns. Evades at the line of scrimmage and accurately reads coverages to find open space. Always working to get open with a high football IQ. Average athletic and physical traits with ordinary build and strength for the position. Adequate speed, but lacks separation quickness to blow past NFL cornerbacks in man coverage and wasn’t a consistent deep threat in college, averaging only 10.7 yards per catch (158 catches in 2016, but only four (2.5%) were 35+ yards).
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 11:40:14 PM
  • Bills replace Stephon Gilmore with Tre’Davious White in the first round and replace Robert Woods with Zay Jones in the second
  • The Jets draft Florida S Marcus Maye 39th overall.
     
     
    STAT's scouting report on Maye (6-0, 210): Maye sports a compact, athletic frame with good overall weight distribution. He is a highly aggressive defender who trusts his eyes and is not afraid to attack upfield as an enforcer in the running game, showing vision and balance to evade blockers on his way to the ball. Maye shows impressive closing speed, including an extra gear when he needs it. He is a controlled, yet physical hitter who breaks down well, providing the excellent open-field tackling skills required as the last line of defense. Maye’s aggression can get the better of him, at times. Too often he’s willing to guess in coverage, putting him in position to make big plays but vulnerable to surrendering them, as well. His willingness to extend his arms to attempt to knock the ball out can leave him grabbing at face masks and jerseys, potentially drawing the wrath of officials. Maye sneaks peeks at the quarterback and will drop his primary assignment to undercut receivers ahead of him if he senses an interception opportunity. 
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 11:47:18 PM
  • Jets go safety-safety with their 1st and 2nd round picks. Entering the draft, experts said the Jets were a safety away from a Super Bowl
  • The Panthers use the 40th pick on Ohio State's Curtis Samuel.
     
     
    Our scouting report on Curtis Samuel (5-11, 196): An exceptionally versatile player, you could stick this guy in any formation and he’ll make hay. He can play receiver or running back and should contribute as a returner on special teams. He’s fluid and sneaky strong.

    STAT’s scouting report: A natural ball-handler, Samuel is a balanced athlete with the explosive traits and natural acceleration to produce chunk plays in various roles. Similar in many ways to Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, Samuel is ideally suited for a hybrid offensive position that highlights his instinctive run qualities as an inside rusher, but also his strong hands and route-running as a slot receiver. 
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 11:52:08 PM
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