This is the live blog for the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. I will update this with information and analysis after each pick.
5:08 49ers draft checklist:
- Draft a cornerback who can start as a rookie.
- Draft a safety who can replace Jimmie Ward or Eric Reid.
- Draft a linebacker who can replace NaVorro Bowman.
5:14 The Cleveland Browns take Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M. Most experts consider him the best player in the draft, but I don’t think he’s a sure thing. Jadeveon Clowney was a much better prospect.
5:16 The 49ers just traded down the the Chicago Bears for pick No. 3. Good move. Let’s see what the Niners get.
5:19 The Bears gave the Niners a third-round pick, a fourth-round pick and a third-rounder in 2018. Great move. Why not trade down again?
5:22 The Bears take Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina. That’s a reach. Do not like that pick. But good for the Niners for fleecing the Bears.
5:26 Trubisky should buy John Fox another year as the Bears’ head coach. Hard to fire him if he has a bad season with a rookie quarterback. Fox can say to his bosses, “What did you expect?”
5:29 The 49ers take Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford. I will grade this pick shortly in a new blog post. Stay tuned.
5:35 The Jacksonville Jaguars take Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU. I hate this pick. The only time a team should draft a running back with a top-10 pick is if that running back is a sure-fire future Hall of Famer. Fournette is talented, but I don’t think he’s a future Hall of Famer. Alabama shut him down three times.
5:43 The Tennessee Titans take Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan. The Titans needed a wide receiver, but they took the wrong one. John Ross from Washington is better than Davis.
5:51 The New York Jets take safety Jamal Adams. Great pick. He may turn out to be the best player in the draft.
6:03 The Los Angeles Chargers select Mike Williams, WR, Clemson. Feels like a bust pick. Williams is big and slow, and the Chargers already have a wide receiver who fits that description — Keenan Allen.
6:05 The Carolina Panthers take Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey. Another bad pick. You almost never should spend a top-10 pick on a running back, especially one who started to break down in college and will have to become a slot receiver in the NFL.
6:13 The Cincinnati Bengals take John Ross, WR, Washington. I love this pick. My favorite offensive player in the draft. The Bengals will have one of the best wide-receiver tandems in the league with Ross and A.J. Green.
6:19 The Kansas City Chiefs just traded up 17 spots to take Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech. This is by far the worst pick of the draft so far. Mahomes comes from an “Air Raid” college offense, the same system Jared Goff came from. Goff wasn’t ready to play as a rookie and Mahomes almost certainly won’t be ready either. The Chiefs needed an instant contributor to take them deeper in the playoffs. They failed. I’m writing them off for 2017.
6:27 With the 11th pick, the New Orleans Saints take Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State. Great pick. The 49ers should have traded down and taken this guy. He is the best corner to come out of college in a couple years.
6:33 The Houston Texans trade up 13 spots to take Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson. Awful. Write them off now. No team in NFL history has won a Super Bowl with a rookie quarterback. The Texans are a playoff team that should have signed a veteran QB.
6:46 With the 13th pick, the Arizona Cardinals take Haason Reddick, LB, Temple. Decent pick, but not the one I would have made. The Cardinals need a defensive tackle after losing Calais Campbell in free agency. I would have taken DT Jonathan Allen from Alabama.
6:51 With the 14th pick, the Philadelphia Eagles take Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee. Great pick. Barnett might be the best pass rusher in the draft, even better than the top pick — Myles Garrett.
7:00 With the 15th pick, the Indianapolis Colts take Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State. Another Great pick. Another player the 49ers should have taken instead of Solomon Thomas.
7:06 With the 16th pick, the Baltimore Ravens take Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama. Not good. Humphrey gives up a lot of deep catches and Alabama corners never pan out. The Ravens should have draft LSU cornerback Tre’Davious White instead.
7:15 With the 17th pick, the Washington Redskins take Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama. Yet another player who probably will be better than Solomon Thomas. The 49ers definitely should have traded down a second time.
7:22 With the 18th pick, the Tennessee Titans take Adoree Jackson, CB, USC. Bad pick. Jackson is a punt returner. He will fail at cornerback because he’s small and he’s a bad tackler.
7:28 With the 19th pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama. Howard is one of the top two offensive players in the draft. I’m surprised he fell this far. The Bucs will be dangerous next season.
7:31 With the 20th pick, the Denver Broncos take Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah. This is a reach to fill a need. Bolles will be 25-years old next month and would be a second- or third-round pick most years, but this year’s class of offensive lineman is poor.
7:37 With the 21st pick, the Detroit Lions take Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida. Decent pick, but I think Zach Cunningham is a better linebacker and he’s still available.
7:39 With the 22nd pick, the Miami Dolphins take Charles Harris, DE, Missouri. I like this pick. The Dolphins now have one of the best pass rushes in the league.
7:44 With the 23rd pick, the New York Giants take Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss. The Giants offense ranked 25th last season, so they could use another weapon. Although Engram doesn’t improve their biggest weakness — their running game.
7:48 The Raiders are up next. If I were making the pick, I would take Tre’Davious White.
7:51 The Raiders don’t take White — they take Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State. Very interesting. Conley is better than White, but Conley was accused of raping a woman a couple of days ago — that’s why he fell this far in the draft. Good pick if Conley doesn’t go to jail for life.
7:58 With the 25th pick, the Cleveland Browns take Jabrill Peppers, LB, Michigan. Peppers is so over-hyped. He’s a linebacker in a defensive back’s body. If he were as good as some people think he is, he would have played safety in college.
8:08 The Atlanta Falcons trade up five spots to take Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA. McKinley will replace 37-year-old free agent defensive end Dwight Freeney. Smart pick.
8:21 With the 27th pick, the Buffalo Bills take Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU. Great draft for Buffalo so far. They traded down 17 spots and selected an excellent corner.
8:22 With the 28th pick, the Dallas Cowboys take Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan. The Cowboys needed another pass rusher after the NFL suspended DE Randy Gregory for one year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
8:28 The Browns trade up and take David Njoku, TE, Miami. The Browns officially have better offensive weapons than the 49ers.
8:30 The 49ers just traded up with the Seahawks for the 31st pick.
8:32 The Niners gave pick Nos. 34 and 111 to Seattle for the 31st pick and took Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama. Stay tuned for my grade of this pick.
9:59 With the 32nd pick, the New Orleans Saints take Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin. They reportedly wanted Foster, but the 49ers jumped ahead of them to get him.
10:00 That’s 30 for Round 1. I’m heading home. Come back tomorrow for Round 2.