Re-Drafting The Incredibly Impressive 2017 NFL Draft

32. New Orleans Saints (from NE) — OT Cam Robinson

Original Spot For Robinson: 34th Overall (Jaguars)
Original 32nd Pick: OT Ryan Ramczyk
The Saints had arguably the best draft of any team in 2017. Everybody knows the big names – Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore – but the less heralded top pick deserves some recognition as well. Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramcyzk has been integral to the Saints’ newfound ability to run the football effectively, and he’s also done well protecting franchise QB Drew Bress.
Since Ramczyk goes higher in this re-draft scenario, the Saints could still use some help on the offensive line. Robinson’s play has been lost with all of the hype surrounding running back Leonard Fournette, but the rookie left tackle is arguably the most important offensive lineman on the Jaguars.

31. San Francisco 49ers (from ATL) — LB Reuben Foster

Original Spot For Foster: 31st Overall (49ers)
Original 31st Pick: LB Reuben Foster

In just a handful of appearances at the NFL level, Foster has vastly outplayed his draft position. That wasn’t all too surprising though, because the reason Foster slipped in the draft had nothing to do with his ability on the field. The Alabama product had an extensive medical history which scared plenty of teams off.

It didn’t help Foster’s cause when he suffered a high ankle sprain in his first career NFL game. The health concerns are still there – valid or otherwise – but he’s a great talent who wouldn’t slip out of the first round in a do-over.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers — EDGE Takkarist McKinley

Original Spot For McKinley: 26th Overall (Falcons)
Original 30th Pick: LB T.J. Watt

After a few down (by their standards) years on the defensive side of the ball, Mike Tomlin has this Pittsburgh unit playing at an elite level once again. An injection of youth that includes Ryan Shazier, Bud Dupree, and Artie Burns has helped raise this squad to prominence yet again. Keeping up with the youth movement, we’ll grant them Oakland native McKinley at this spot.

The 6’4” edge rusher dominated the Pac-12 during his two full years at UCLA. His style of play exemplifies the Steelers model – a tough, high-energy, hybrid player that can fill a number of roles.

29. Cleveland Browns (from GB) — WR John Ross

Original Spot For Ross: 9th Overall (Bengals)
Original 29th Pick: TE David Njoku

Ross electrified NFL scouts when he ran a 4.22 40-yard dash – breaking the combine record previously set by running back Chris Johnson. The blistering time allowed Ross to leap up draft boards. Ultimately, his smaller size, lack of elite route-running skills, and inconsistent hands should have kept him out of the top-10. The Browns will gladly take a risk here though, and hope a change of scenery could help bolster his production.

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