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2017 NFL Draft live updates

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

  • Fitting that the team that loved Lamp was the Chargers. Too bad they left San Diego
  • The Vikings take Florida State running back Dalvin Cook at No. 41. 
     
     
    Our scouting report on Dalvin Cook (5-10, 210): Speedy, three-down back rushed for 3,456 yards and 38 touchdowns the last two seasons, while also displaying good hands with 57 catches for 732 yards. Has a bit of a fumbling issue but should go in the first round.
     
    STAT’s scouting report: Cook has excellent patience to allow his blockers to do their job and then times his burst to maximize each run. If defenses give him a crease, he has the vision to find openings and athletic gifts to explode through them, making it look easy due to his feet, balance and spatial awareness. Cook is a dynamic rusher and receiver, but his inconsistency in pass protection and ball security need improved and NFL doctors will need to sign off on his shoulders before a team uses a high pick on him.
     
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/28/2017 11:55:24 PM
  • The Saints use pick No. 42 on Utah safety Marcus Williams.
     
     
    STAT's scouting report on Williams (6-1, 202): The NFL loves playmakers and few have proven better on the defensive side of the ball in this area than Williams, who created 18 turnovers (11 interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries) over the past three seasons for a Utah defense loaded with next level prospects. Plenty of evaluators abide by the old scouting rule that you shouldn’t draft sub-200 pound safeties high in the draft, but Williams, a three-year starter, has the cover skills, instincts and work ethic to be an exception. 
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 12:00:20 AM
  • The Eagles draft Washington cornerback Sidney Jones with the 43rd pick.
     
     
    STAT's scouting report on Jones (6-0, 186): Opponents (including Alabama in the Peach Bowl) were hesitant to throw passes in Jones’s direction in 2016, contributing to lower numbers (six pass breakups and three interceptions) but Pac-12 coaches still awarded him First Team all-conference honors. With cat-like quickness and instincts, Jones’s knack for coverage and creating turnovers is likely to earn him a first round selection, though scouts may have concerns about his relatively slim frame. During Jones’s draft prep, he suffered a torn Achilles. While Jones believes he can return by September, a 10- or 12-month recovery is more likely. The injury changes how he gets there, but assuming Jones can get back to full strength in 2017, he has Pro Bowl ability. Concerns over his size could limit him to certain schemes but Jones is a classic cover corner with a legitimate first round combination of agility, acceleration and awareness of the ball.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 12:05:47 AM
  • The Rams use the 44th pick on South Alabama tight end Gerald Everett.
     
     
    Our scouting report on Gerald Everett (6-3, 239): Has rare acceleration off the snap for a man his size and maintains separation throughout his routes. Doesn’t have elite strength but has gained muscle recently and must continue to do so.
     
    STAT’s scouting report: A strong, fluid athlete, Everett doesn’t have ideal size measurements for the position and is built more like an oversized wide receiver, but Everett can be a mismatch nightmare with his route speed and quickness out of his breaks. Although he will never be an overpowering blocker who will make his living inline, Everett has the versatility to line up across the formation and be productive as a joker receiving tight end.
     
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 12:16:25 AM
  • The Bears take Ashland tight end Adam Shaheen with the 45th pick.
     
     
    STAT’s scouting report on Shaheen (6-6, 278): A two-year starter at Ashland, Shaheen lined up primarily on the line of scrimmage in a three-point stance and occasionally stood up in the slot. With his basketball background, he didn’t take the traditional journey to this point, but developed into a legitimate NFL prospect at the Division-II level with 26 receiving scores the past two seasons — would be the first offensive player ever drafted from Ashland. Shaheen is an impressive athlete for his size and carries his 275-pound frame well in his routes to be a productive target at every level of the field, also showing the ability to be an asset as a blocker. Although his skill-set lacks sophistication, Shaheen’s issues are based more on inexperience rather than lack of talent.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 12:18:45 AM
  • The Ravens draft Houston linebacker Tyus Bowser at No. 47.
     
     
    Our scouting report on Tyus Bowser (6-2, 244): A terrific athlete who had the best vertical jump of any linebacker at the Combine (37½ inches), Bowser had 8½ sacks and 12 tackles for loss last year, but his best fit is likely as an outside linebacker.
     
    STAT’s scouting report: Bowser is an impressive physical specimen with his fluid athleticism and defined build, showing steady football maturation the past two seasons. He was underutilized as a pass rush threat in college and is still developing his efficiency getting after the quarterback, but dropping and playing in space also helped him improve his off-ball skills. While still undeveloped in areas, Bowser’s physical attributes should thrive if coached and used correctly in the NFL.
     
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 12:24:35 AM
  • The Bengals use the 48th pick on Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon.
     
     
    Our scouting report on Joe Mixon (6-1, 226): One scout we spoke to called Mixon the best pure running back in the draft, with a running/receiving skill set that reminds him of Matt Forte. The domestic violence episode will cause him to fall.
     
    STAT’s scouting report: Evaluated from a pure football standpoint, Mixon’s ability to impact the game as a runner, receiver and returner stands out even in a loaded running back class. Despite starting just five games in 2016, Mixon finished second nationally (to Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey) in all-purpose yardage, averaging 194.25 yards per game and scoring 16 touchdowns to earn First Team All-Big-12 honors. 
     
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 12:28:54 AM
  • The Redskins take Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson at No. 49.
     
     
    Our scouting report on Ryan Anderson (6-2, 253): One of those “high motor” prospects who can chase down ballcarriers and has excellent upper-body strength to shed blockers. Was a productive strong-side linebacker in 2016 and projects as the same in the NFL.
     
    STAT’s scouting report: Anderson, who leaves Tuscaloosa ranked top-10 all-time in tackles for loss (40.0, seventh) and sacks (19.5, ninth), lacks prototypical size and won’t test off the charts athletically, but plays faster than his timed speed with a hyper-accelerated motor and the football intelligence to sense what is about to happen. Anderson plays a power-packed, physical brand of football and his intensity doesn’t give blockers any easy reps. Although his on-field production is based more on effort than rare skills, it is easy for scouts and coaches to appreciate his game due to his persistent hustle, competitive toughness and killer instinct.
     
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 12:35:20 AM
  • The Bucs use the 50th pick on Texas A&M DB Justin Evans.
     
     
    STAT’s scouting report on Evans (6-0, 199): Evans had his best season as a senior in 2016 (13 starts) with a team-best 12 passes defended and four interceptions, also finishing second in tackles (87) to earn Second Team All-SEC honors. He is an above average athlete with the ease of movement, controlled burst and aggressive playing temperament that are great foundation traits for the NFL. He looks to tune up his target as a downfield force player, but he isn’t an efficient tackler with streaky break down skills, especially on the move, that put a large dent in his tackling batting average. While the athletic tools are clear and the coaches speak highly of his energy, Evans needs to improve his consistency in run support to stay on the field in the NFL. 
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 12:37:15 AM
  • The Broncos take Florida State defensive tackle DeMarcus Walker with the 51st pick.
     
     
    Our scouting report on DeMarcus Walker (6-4, 280): Proved staying in school was a smart move, registering 21½ tackles for losses and 16 sacks. Had 10 sacks as a junior. Explosive and decisive and often lauded for his film work and preparation.
     
    STAT’s scouting report: The question with Walker for scouts is where he fits best at the next level. He was moved all over the defensive line at Florida State, showing the initial burst to beat tackles off the ball to create havoc off the edge, but was at his best inside at defensive tackle, incorporating terrific lateral agility, balance and a killer swim move to collapse the pocket. While he lacks ideal measureables, Walker has the ability to pressure quarterbacks from a variety of positions.
     
     
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 12:39:41 AM
  • The Browns have drafted a quarterback. Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer is the 52nd pick.
     
     
    Our scouting report on DeShone Kizer (6-4, 233): The biggest and most physically gifted QB in the draft. Was a bit inconsistent in 2016, completing just 59 percent of passes and getting benched against Stanford. Should’ve stayed in school another year.
     
    STAT’s scouting report: From a physical standpoint, Kizer checks all the boxes with his developed physique, impressive arm talent, natural athleticism and the flawless football character desired at the NFL level. However, he is still young in his development with most of his mistakes due to late decisions and careless throws outside of structure. While his film shows inconsistency in his decision-making and execution, Kizer also shows impressive throws and movements amidst the chaos that most college prospects struggle with.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 12:43:05 AM
  • The Lions take Florida cornerback Teez Tabor at No. 53.
     
     
    STAT's scouting report on Tabor (6-0, 199): Tabor plays with the aggressive temperament and "my ball" mentality that NFL coaches covet at the position. He is patient and balanced in press coverage with the fluid hip action to open and redirect, staying on top of routes. Tabor has the footwork to play both press and off coverage and leverages well vs. the run, attacking downhill with a physical demeanor.
    Tabor’s long-speed has been questioned by scouts so his testing numbers during the process will be important. But aside from his speed, the position comes naturally to him, trusting his skills and understanding situations. He was suspended multiple times throughout his Florida career, including in the 2016 season opener. With strong interviews and testing numbers, Tabor can help secure his stats as one of the top defensive backs in the 2017 class.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 12:47:51 AM
  • The Dolphins pick up Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan with the 54th pick.
     
     
    Our scouting report on Raekwon McMillan (6-2, 240): Doesn’t have great pass coverage skills, but should be drafted on the second day as a run-stuffing inside linebacker. Racked up 221 tackles the last two years and has good size and instincts.
     
    STAT’s scouting report: McMillan looks the part and diagnoses quickly to read/react, but his ordinary open-field athleticism leads to missed opportunities. The biggest issue is his undeveloped shed skills, failing to anticipate road blocks and routinely getting stuck or slowed, preventing him from making more plays. Overall, McMillan has the necessary traits to earn a starting MIKE linebacker role in the NFL, but needs to improve his take-on skills and coverage ability to keep that job. 
     
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 12:51:43 AM
  • The Giants use the 55th pick on Alabama defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson.
     
     
    STAT’s scouting report on Tomlinson (6-3, 310): Tomlinson was part of a heavy rotation as a junior and recorded 34 tackles. He became a starter as a senior in 2016 (15 starts) and finished with 62 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and one forced fumble, but was snubbed from the All-SEC team. Tomlinson uses a jarring punch to force blockers off balance and disrupts gaps with his technique and ball awareness. He is a power-packed hammer, but not a slug either with the coordinated feet to work through crowds. He also has the unselfish, mature make-up that will draw him to NFL coaches. As a NFL prospect, Tomlinson is a strong, tough-minded block-eater who wont sell many jerseys, but he is NFL ready and his scheme-versatile traits wont restrict his landing spot on draft weekend.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 12:58:04 AM
  • UConn safety Obi Melifonwu is a Raider. Oakland picks him up at No. 56.
     
     
    Our scouting report on Obi Melifonwu (6-4, 224): Blew away the competition at the combine with track star speed and athleticism (44.0 inches in the vertical leap, 141 inches in the broad jump). A bit of a tweener (does he bulk up and play LB?) but could emerge as a star in the right scheme.

    STAT’s scouting report: Melifonwu is an impressive physical specimen with his combination of athletic movements, core strength and size dimensions. While a reliable run defender with the tackle production that stands out on tape, he is too cautious in coverage with below average anticipation, waiting until the play unfolds before reacting. A unique size/speed athlete, Melifonwu is still figuring things out mentally, but has a chance to be an impact starter in the NFL if he quickens his trigger.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 1:01:09 AM
  • The Texans take Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham at 57.
     
     
    Our scouting report on Zach Cunningham (6-3, 234): Has great combination of size, speed, and instincts to excel as a three-down linebacker in the NFL. Also impressed scouts at the Combine with a 35-inch vertical jump, 81-inch wingspan, and 10-foot-5-inch broad jump.
     
    STAT’s scouting report: Cunningham looks more like an outside linebacker for a 4-3 alignment than a traditional inside linebacker for a 3-4 scheme. He isn’t always the cleanest tackler but as his statistics suggest, he certainly gets the job done. The time spent inside has honed Cunningham’s instincts and ability to fight through blocks, though he remains at his best on the chase.
     
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 1:07:20 AM
  • The Seahawks use the 58th pick on LSU offensive lineman Ethan Pocic.
     
     
    Our scouting report on Ethan Pocic (6-6, 310): Versatile lineman mostly played center in college but also right guard and right tackle. A bit oversized for an interior player and needs to add strength but makes up for it with great speed and footwork.

    STAT’s scouting report: while he has been relatively overshadowed in comparison to the star running backs he’s blocked for, Pocic has been a catalyst for an LSU rushing attack that averaged an eye-popping 234 yards per game on the ground over his three seasons as a starter. Like most LSU linemen, Pocic has a reputation as a mauler and there are times in which he lives up to this description. His unusual frame could lead to a position switch in the NFL with guard or even right tackle perhaps a fit, as well as center. Battle-tested, powerful and potentially offering positional versatility.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 1:11:24 AM
  • The Chiefs take Villanova DE Tanoh Kpassagnon with the 59th pick.
     
    STAT's scouting report: It took time for Kpassagnon to grow into his frame and learn the subtleties of the position, which is why he redshirted in 2012 and recorded just 15 tackles in 11 games a year later. He was limited by injury as a sophomore but flashed playmaking ability, with five of his 12 tackles on the year coming behind the line of scrimmage, including 3.5 for sacks. Healthy as a junior, Kpassagnon earned First Team All-CAA honors with 33 total tackles (21 solo), a team-high 9.5 tackles for loss, a team-best 6.5 sacks, two blocked kicks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception while starting all 11 games. That just hinted at the success coming in 2016 when he registered career-highs in virtually every category, including tackles (45), tackles for loss (21.5) and sacks (11), as well as another two forced fumbles and a blocked kick. Sure, Kpassagnon’s production was inflated by inferior competition, but scouts are drooling over his blend of length, burst and power. With the Villanova coaches raving about Kpassagnon’s commitment to maximizing his potential, he is a lottery ticket that could pay off big.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 1:14:32 AM
  • The Cowboys draft Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie with the 60th pick.
     
    STAT's scouting report on Awuzie (6-0, 202): A four-year starter at Colorado, Awuzie has been a staple of the CU secondary the past four seasons, spending time at every possible position both inside and outside and at cornerback and safety - shared team MVP honors with quarterback Sefo Liufau after his senior season. He is a fluid athlete with the feet and body control to mirror receivers and seamlessly transition with various routes. While toughness isn’t a question mark, Awuzie doesn’t have ideal size/length/strength measurements for the next level and those limitations will show on film, mostly in the run game, however, he is one of the better blitzing corners in the draft class. Overall, Awuzie has only average speed and ball skills, but his versatile athleticism, football intelligence and competitive nature will be welcomed on a NFL depth chart, projecting best as a nickel back.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 1:20:26 AM
  • With the 61st pick, the Packers take NC State safety Josh Jones.
     
    STAT's scouting report on Jones (6-1, 220): A three-year starter at NC State, Jones started at strong safety his first two seasons for the Wolfpack before moving to free safety in 2016, spending most of his time in the boundary and seeing his productive skyrocket. He also saw snaps at cornerback and linebacker and lined up all over the formation as NC State’s version of Jalen Ramsey. While he isn’t the physical marvel that made Ramsey a top-five pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Jones is a big, rangy athlete with the play strength, versatility and developing football intelligence that translate well to the NFL game. Versatile experience across the secondary, including inside cornerback and both safety spots (32 career starts). Improved focus, work habits and maturity in 2016, showing better accountability. Anticipates well, but he is still learning how to recognize various limbs on the route tree.  
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 1:23:32 AM
  • The Steelers select Southern Cal receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster at No. 62.
     
     
    Our scouting report on JuJu Smith-Schuster (6-1, 215): A wide body with big, powerful arms, Smith-Schuster can dominate opponents with strength. He chucks opponents at the line consistently but doesn’t have high-end speed. Can both take over a game and disappear at times.
     
    STAT’s scouting report: NFL teams in search of a big, physical tone-setter on the perimeter will value Smith-Schuster’s physical talent, work ethic and toughness. With his broad shoulders and thick, powerful limbs, Smith-Schuster has the prototypical frame for the split end receiver position. He slaps away attempts at pressing him at the line of scrimmage, showing off his strength and lateral agility. Competitive and physical, Smith-Schuster is already ahead of most college receivers as a downfield blocker but he has not maximized his potential in this regard, failing to sustain blocks by stopping his feet on contact and pushing opponents rather than surging through contact.
     
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 1:25:19 AM
  • The Bills trade with the Falcons and use the 63rd pick on Temple offensive lineman Dion Dawkins.
     
     
    Our scouting report on Dion Dawkins (6-3, 371): Aggressive, powerful blocker played left tackle in college but is more suited for right tackle or guard in the NFL. Needs to work on his footwork but held up well against better competition at the Senior Bowl.
     
    STAT’s scouting report: A fixture at left tackle for the Owls since his sophomore season, Dawkins blossomed into a legitimate NFL prospect. Although he needs to clean up mechanical and leverage issues, he consistently gets the job done and will get even better if he shows the same urgency on every snap. Dawkins as the foot quickness and comfort level in space to stay at tackle, but projects as a better pro player inside at guard where he can hone his hand technique and use his natural power to stone rushers in pass protection and create inside run lanes.
     
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 1:31:08 AM
  • And with the final pick of the second round, the Panthers add Western Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Moton.

    Our scouting report on Taylor Moton (6-5, 330): Massive, aggressive blocker has the versatility to play all across the line. Played right tackle in college but has the strength and body type to play guard in the NFL.

    STAT’s scouting report: Moton is a wide, well-built athlete who can move bodies in the run game due to his raw power and finishing toughness. He is an alert blocker in pass protection with adequate length, but very raw with his hand use (timing and placement), often hugging and losing balance — can get away with choppy steps and late hands in the MAC, but will be a different story in the NFL. Moton isn’t a flawless prospect, but most of his issues are fixable with technique training and a move inside to guard and a smaller area might help mask his issues.

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/29/2017 1:33:00 AM
  • The #Patriots have traded picks 72 and 200 to the Tennessee Titans for picks 83 and 124. #PatsDraft

  • Patriots are finally on the clock at 72.... and they trade the pick to Tennessee
  • Wizards clinch, Celtics about to clinch. Sets up a great second round matchup
  • Ozzie Newsome drafts another Alabama player in Tim Williams. Easiest prop bet of the draft
  • The New York J-E-T-E Jets!
  • #Patriots select DE Derek Rivers of Youngstown State with the No. 83 pick.
  • The Patriots finally make a pick! DE Derek Rivers from Youngstown State at 3-83. Fills maybe their only glaring need
  • ESPN’s Louis Riddick on new Patriots DE Derek Rivers: “He’s a multi-positional player, a hybrid player.” You don’t say
  • #Patriots select OT Antonio Garcia of Troy with the 85th pick.
  • Patriots trade back up to 3-85, take Troy OT Antonio Garcia. Nate Solder is entering the last year of his contract
  • Pats make two trades tonight, both with Belichick’s former underlings: Titans GM Jon Robinson and Lions GM Bob Quinn
  • Patriots are done for the night unless they make one last trade twitter.com/Patriots/statu…
  • Asked about Jimmy Garoppolo, Bill Belichick said, "Happy to talk about the players we picked ... Not going to comment on him." #Patriots
  • Biggest takeaway from the draft so far: Philly needs to become the permanent host. Can't get enough of the boos
  • #Patriots pick Antonio Garcia said it was "absolutely true" that he didn't give up a sack last year. "Been a long time,'' said the tackle.
  • #Patriots picks Derek Rivers and Antonio Garcia competed against one another at the Senior Bowl.
  • #Patriots pick Antonio Garcia when asked to describe his play: "Physical, athletic ... just nasty."
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