The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft came and went Thursday. The LA Sports Pulse already gave you the first 10 picks of the draft. Here are picks Nos. 21 through 32.
No 21: Detroit Lions Select LB Jarrad Davis
- What do the Lions really need? The team came really close to making the playoffs last season behind Matthew Stafford and Golden Tate. So, the team went defense Thursday night selecting Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis at No. 21. Davis will hope to bolster the Lions defense that has been missing the extra oomf.
No. 22: Miami Dolphins Select DE Charles Harris
- The Dolphins were expected to go defense at this pick and went with the pass rusher Charles Harris out of Missouri. The young defensive end will hopefully be able to be Cameron Wake’s understudy as he begins to age.
No. 23: New York Giants Select TE Evan Engram
- With O.J. Howard off the board, the Giants went with Engram — the second best tight end in the draft Thursday. Engram led FBS in receiving despite Howard having the winning pedigree. It probably won’t take long before Engram overtakes Will Tye as the starter.
No. 24: Oakland Raiders CB Gareon Conley
- Despite the controversy surrounding Conley, the Raiders went and drafted the Ohio State corner. Conley was accused of sexual assault two days before draft, but it seems as though the claims are not holding up enough — at least no enough for his stock to have dramatically fallen.
No. 25: Cleveland Browns S Jabrill Peppers
- The Browns traded back in the draft with the Texas. Houston got its quarterback and the Browns got another terrific defensive player in Peppers. It is unclear where Peppers is going to play, but I think it is safe to say that Cleveland did not blow this pick.
No. 26: Atlanta Falcons Select LB Takkarist McKinley
- The UCLA standout McKinley was drafted by the Falcons late in the first round. A solid linebacker, McKinley could have been used to help the Falcons secure a Super Bowl win just a few months before the draft. He will learn a lot in Dan Quinn’s scheme.
No. 27: Buffalo Bills Select CB Tre’Davious White
- Another SEC talent was taken in the first round. The Bills take White here and really help the defense out. White will have to fill the big gap left by Stephon Gilmore. Buffalo acquired the pick from the Chiefs earlier in the round.
No. 28: Dallas Cowboys Select DE Taco Charlton
- Dallas definitely needs help on the defensive side of the ball and decided to go with a lineman instead of a defensive back. The Michigan standout Charlton had 10 sacks last season and should be prepared to cause some havoc in the NFL.
No. 29: Cleveland Browns Select TE David Njoku
- Cleveland did a pretty good job addressing some its needs. The Browns added an offensive weapon in Njoku in the latter part of the first round Thursday. Cleveland traded up to get him and now it will be up to Njoku to help break a Browns curse of terrible picks.
No 30: Pittsburgh Steelers Select LB T.J. Watt
- There will be two Watts playing on Sundays this season. The Steelers took T.J. Watt, the linebacker out of Wisconsin and brother of Texans star J.J. Watt, with the No. 30 selection. Watt was a menace for the Badgers last season and should fit right in with Pittsburgh.
No. 31: San Francisco 49ers Select LB Reuben Foster
- Foster’s stock fell after he tested positive for a diluted sample. He was probably the best player on the board at this time and the Niners scooped him up at No. 31. San Francisco bolstered two parts of its defense in the first round. You cannot complain about that.
No. 32: New Orleans Saints Select OL Ryan Ramczyk
- Ramczyk was only the second offensive lineman to be selected in the first round Thursday. But he will have a big responsibility coming into his rookie season — keep Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram healthy. That’s a lot of ask of a rookie.