26. Baltimore Ravens – Jay Ajayi – RB
Original Spot For Ajayi: 149th Overall (Dolphins)
Original 26th Pick: Breshad Perriman – WR
Rarely do the Ravens spend a first-round pick on the offensive side of the ball, but a running back with the talent of Ajayi doesn’t come around often. His size and bruising style fits the bill of a Baltimore back. This selection would give franchise quarterback Joe Flacco a quality running mate in the backfield. Miami’s featured bellcow finished with 1,272 rushing in 2016 — which was good for fourth in the NFL. Ajayi could have had more had the Dolphins given him the starting role from the get-go.
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25. Carolina Panthers – Jamison Crowder – WR
Original Spot For Crowder: 105th Overall (Redskins)
Original 25th Pick: Shaq Thompson – LB
As impressive as it’s been to watch a 30-year old Ted Ginn scamper around the field like he’s still at Ohio State, the Panthers have been in dire need of a true offensive playmaker outside of Cam Newton for a few years now. Crowder is a talented receiver with similar return abilities when compared to Ginn. His top-end speed would allow Newton to unleash that cannon arm.
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24. Arizona Cardinals – Stefon Diggs – WR
Original Spot For Diggs: 146th Overall (Vikings
Original 24th Pick: D.J. Humphries – OT
Arizona was a major disappointment in 2016 after making a run to the NFC Championship game in the previous season. Although most of the problems that plagued them in the past year were due to injuries and a bit of bad luck, the Cardinals have some serious holes to fill on both sides of the ball. Diggs’ route-running and exquisite hands would be a nice complementary piece alongside the veteran Larry Fitzgerald and the speedster John Brown.
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