Ten Things To Look For At The NFL Draft (4/27/17)…

Ten Storylines To Watch For During Thursday’s NFL draft.

  1. Quarterbacks are always in high demand and this year will be no different. At the end of the college football season no QBs had really separated themselves from the field but as the year has gone on multiple QBs are now in the discussion of being a first round pick. Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky, Pitt’s Nathan Peterman, Notre Dame’s Deshone Kizer and Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes all have both talent and flaws that make them intriguing prospects. It will be interesting to see who will get picked first and where they fall to in the first or second rounds.


  1. Diluted samples have come up quite a bit with Reuben Foster and Jabrill Peppers (from Alabama and Michigan respectively) both testing positive for diluted samples. Foster has had a tumultuous off season after being sent home from the NFL combine but seems to be cemented as a mid to late first round pick. Peppers has fallen to the end of the first round to second round range with concerns over his size and where he will line up at the next level. It will be interesting to see if either of the tests impacts the draft position of either of these athletes.


  1. Obi Melifonwu was known to Massachusetts fans well before he became a can’t miss NFL prospect after his time at UConn. Melifonwu has had a meteoric rise and he could see his name called on the first day of the NFL draft.


  1. With the draft in Philadelphia this year, UPenn QB Alek Torgersen will have his college town behind him. Torgersen is a California native and one of the most successful Ivy League quarterbacks who could hear his name called as early as the third round.


  1. Alabama and Ohio State will each have a slew of prospects picked in the first round and whichever school has more will continue to use this as a great recruiting tool.


  1. The Patriots do not pick until the 72nd pick which turns out to be a third round pick. Will the Patriot front office make a move either to the first or second round to help fill a need on the field such as tight end or linebacker?


  1. Who will be the first running back drafted this year after Zeke Elliot gave the position a much needed boost in value as a rookie last year. Leonard Fournette has been a huge name since he stepped on LSU’s campus as a freshman and he is a favorite to be the first selection. Florida State’s Dalvin Cook looks to also be a first round pick after being a productive back in college while Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey looks to be a dark horse to be the first running back taken as he also helps out in the pass game.


  1. Matt Milano and John Johnson who both played for in-state program Boston College hope to have their name called in the later rounds of the draft.  Both Eagles were invited to the NFL combine and had good showings in front of NFL teams.


  1. Harvard tight end Anthony Firkser and UNH players Dalton Crossan and Casey DeAndrade are all local FCS prospects who have had interest from NFL teams and have worked out for them. Look for these three towards the end of day three or to sign on with a team as an undrafted free agent.
  2. As in every NFL draft someone will slip farther than anyone expects them to and a player will be selected way above where they are expected to be drafted.

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