Mel Kiper is known for his pre-draft analysis, and as we head closer to the 2018 NFL Draft, it’s a good time to look back at last year’s draft class. Over at ESPN.com, he has published his draft re-grades for the 2017 NFL Draft class (Insider required).
The New Orleans Saints are the only team with an “A” re-grade.
Post-draft grade: B
Where do we start with the class that had both the offensive and defensive rookies of the year? It was sensational, one of the best rookie groups since I’ve been covering the draft. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore locked down one side of the field and had five interceptions. Ryan Ramczyk started every game, making a flawless switch from left tackle to right tackle once Terron Armstead came back healthy.
By now you likely know that the Dallas Cowboys made a run at Sammy Watkins early on into free agency. Had they been successful, Dez Bryant would likely be elsewhere by now.
Dallas was interested in Watkins as a replacement to Dez, but when looking at the receiver market they likely surrendered themselves to the notion that financially Dez was their best option. Thankfully, they turned their eye towards finding him a tag-team partner to play with.
Somehow, some way, the Cowboys were able to land Allen Hurns on Friday afternoon. With it essentially confirmed that he and Dez will both be in Dallas in 2018, Cowboys fans everywhere got excited. You should be excited. This is a fun duo.
While Allen Hurns isn’t Sammy Watkins, he is definitely a well-rounded receiver in his own right.
As the 2018 NFL Draft approaches, teams are getting close looks at players they may be adding next month. Bowling Green State University is a close jaunt to the city of Cincinnati and the Bengals were one of many teams who received an in-person look at their incoming prospects. The Browns, Saints and Bears also had scouts in attendance.
23 teams at @BG_Football yesterday with one player emerging as a post-draft FA prospect:WR Teo Redding (6-1, 181) 4.53/4.46 40s, 38.5 VJ, 11-0 BJ, 4.22 shuttle, 6.85 cone. I’ll take him for my track/field team. Type of player I brought into Dallas all the time. https://t.co/GtA9Sd2uYL— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 20, 2018
Wide receiver Teo Redding had 45 catches for 624 yards in 2017, but also had eight touchdowns.
Bengals potential draft target Maurice Hurst cleared to resume football careerMichigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst is back on the draft board for the Cincinnati Bengals after an alarming health scare at the combine. Hurst, arguably the best interior defensive lineman in the draft, had two irregular EKGs pop up in Indianapolis, throwing his football career into question.
Bengals only team asking Quenton Nelson about playing OT at Notre Dame Pro DayThe Cincinnati Bengals really like the idea of Notre Dame offensive lineman Quenton Nelson playing offensive tackle. At Notre Dame’s Pro Day, the Bengals were apparently the only team to ask him about it.