3:29 AM EDT, Sat April 29, 2017
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Broncos nab speedster Carlos Henderson at 82nd pick

The Denver Broncos selected Louisiana Tech wide receiver Carlos Henderson with the 82nd overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. What It Means: The diminutive Henderson (5’11", 199 pounds) returned kicks throughout college, and put his shiftiness on display as Pro Football Focus credited him with a nation-best 48 missed tackles forced last season. Henderson was "impossible to cover," with 4.46 jets and an explosive broad jump (10’11"). He profiles as a dynamic slot-flanker with field-flipping special teams value. Henderson racked up 1,535 yards on 82 catches (18.7 yards per...
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ArDarius Stewart replenishes Jets receiving corps at 79th overall

The New York Jets selected Alabama wide receiver ArDarius Stewart with the 79th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. What It Means: The 5’11", 204 pound Stewart was a two-year starter in the highly competitive Tuscaloosa depth chart. He combines explosive 4.49 speed and a solid 10-foot-4 broad jump with powerful shiftiness and impressive run-after-catch skills. Horrendous quarterback play at Alabama held him back, but the Crimson Tide coaching staff actively manufactured touches for him. Stewart has a chance to develop into a solid secondary NFL receiver. Stewart compiled a...
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Titans trade up to take Taywan Taylor at 72nd slot

The Tennessee Titans traded up with the New England Patriots to select Western Kentucky wide receiver Taywan Taylor with the 72nd overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. What It Means: The Titans surrendered the 83rd and 124th picks to select their second receiver of the draft. The 5’11", 203 pound wideout broke every single-season and career receiving record in Hilltoppers history as a four-year starter. Taylor is smallish, but is capable of winning both outside and in the slot. When facing NFL-caliber SEC defenses, Taylor earned a combined 133 receiving yards on 18 catches...
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Rams get receiving help with Cooper Kupp at 69th pick

The Los Angeles Rams selected Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp with the 69th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. What It Means: Kupp originally walked on in college, yet ended up starting all 52 of EWU's games during his time there. He earned FCS Offensive Player of the Year as both a junior and senior. The nearly 24-year old Kupp carries "system player" concerns after running 4.62 at the Combine, especially since the 6’2", 204 pound prospect played exclusively as a slot mismatch. Despite his limitations, Kupp could be heavily targeted early in the Rams' barren wideout...
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Saints swing deal to acquire 67th pick, select Alvin Kamara

The New Orleans Saints traded with the San Francisco 49ers to acquire the 67th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft to select Tennessee Volunteers running back Alvin Kamara. What It Means: The Saints sent a 2018 second-round pick to the 49ers, along with a seventh-round pick this year for the chance to take Kamara. An intriguing move for New Orleans who just added Adrian Peterson to go along with Mark Ingram in the backfield. Not an every down runner, Kamara excels as a pass catching back, despite his unimpressive pass-blocking ability. He won't make much noise in fantasy, his rookie...
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Steelers get help at wideout, select JuJu Smith-Schuster with 62nd pick

The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected USC Trojans wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster with the 62nd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. What It Means: Smith-Schuster was the youngest NFL prospect out there as he won't turn 21 until late-November. Despite his youth, he brings plenty of experience, playing in 40 games in three seasons at USC. The wideout doesn't possess elite speed (4.54 40-yard dash) or size (6'1", 215 lbs) but is a smooth route runner and isn't afraid to make the tough catch in traffic. With the pick, Sammie Coates may be in danger of losing a roster spot to the...
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Zach Cunningham joins Texans' linebacker corps at 57th overall

The Houston Texans selected Vanderbilt inside linebacker Zach Cunningham with the 57th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. What It Means: Cunningham made 27 starts for the Commodores, finishing third in school history in tackles for loss (39.5) and earned first-team All-America honors in 2016. Cunningham excels in pass coverage with long arms (34 3/8") and lived in SEC backfields as an exceptionally physical run defender, but he appears stringy at 6'4", 234 pounds and needs to add weight in order to stay on the field for three downs. Cunningham missed 21 tackles last year, but...
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Raiders nab safety depth with Obi Melifonwu at 56th pick

The Oakland Raiders selected Connecticut defensive back Obi Melifonwu with the 56th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. What It Means: Melifonwu started 47 games at UConn, compiling 11 career tackles for loss with eight interceptions and two forced fumbles. Standing 6’4", 224 pounds, Obi completely devastated the Combine with a 4.40-flat forty, an electric vertical jump of 44 inches, and 11'9" broad jump. Melifonwu will likely back up aging Reggie Nelson at free safety initially, then take over as a starter opposite Karl Joseph in 2018. Pro Football Focus charted Melifonwu...
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Bears select mountainous Adam Shaheen at 45th overall

The Chicago Bears selected Ashland tight end Adam Shaheen with the 45th overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft. What It Means: The 6'7", 278 pound Shaheen played college hoops at Pittsburgh-Johnstown in 2013 before walking onto D-II Ashland’s football team. Shaheen was used extensively as a pass blocker at Ashland, dominating his lower-level competition as a true two-way tight end. Shaheen does have concerning change-of-direction skills and is making a colossal jump in competition. Shaheen racked up a career 1,755 yards and 26 touchdowns on 129 catches in his Ashland career....
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Browns find their quarterback, select DeShone Kizer with the 52nd pick

The Cleveland Browns selected Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer with the 52nd overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. What It Means: After much speculation, the Browns finally nabbed a QB prospect to compete with Cody Kessler and Brock Osweiler for the starting job in Cleveland. Kizer started 23 games for the Irish and has all the physical tools you want from a quarterback (big arm, athletic build, 6'4" frame). There is some concern with his touch and ability to read a defense, but Kizer projects as a franchise quarterback even if he doesn't start in Week 1, or at all...
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Gerald Everett aids Rams offense at 44th overall

The Los Angeles Rams selected South Alabama tight end Gerald Everett with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. What It Means: Everett played basketball for most of his high school career and didn't have a huge football pedigree; he spent 2012-2013 at community college, 2014 at UAB, and his final two seasons at small-school South Alabama. Everett has big-time athleticism with 4.62 speed and a 37 ½-inch vertical, long arms (33"), and rare vertical ability for a tight end. Everett was also a better blocker than expected on tape. He's still raw, but Everett offers...
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Marcus Maye joins Jets' stacked secondary at 39th pick

The New York Jets selected Florida free safety Marcus Maye with the 39th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. What It Means: Maye made 42 starts for the Gators’ secondary in his career, mostly playing deep. He also dabbled at slot corner and special teams. On tape, Maye showed range with 4.47 speed, plus ball skills, and an innate knack for forcing takeaways. The Jets will hope Maye can form a dynamic duo at the back end of their defense with fellow rookie Jamal Adams, taken at pick 6. Maye logged seven career tackles for loss, eight forced fumbles, and five interceptions...
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Chargers take Forrest Lamp at 38th pick of draft

The Los Angeles Chargers selected Western Kentucky offensive guard Forrest Lamp with the 38th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. What It Means: Lamp was a four-year starter on the Hilltoppers’ line, briefly playing right guard before moving to left tackle after three games and manning the blind side the rest of his career. Lamp’s likeliest NFL position is on the interior, but it wouldn’t be shocking if he stayed at tackle, given how much he's proven there. Lamp's 32 ¼-inch arms make him a tough fit, but his massive hands and second-highest SPARQ score among offensive linemen...
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Bengals take the risk and select Joe Mixon with the 48th pick

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon with the 48th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. What It Means: An exceptional talent, Mixon slid in the draft due to an off-field incident in 2014 where the running back pled guilty to assault charges. He possesses lightning fast speed, excels in pass protection, and can catch the ball out of the backfield. He joins a crowded backfield in Cincinnati with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard already there. Mixon should start in Week 1 and supplant Hill on the depth chart. Mixon finished his two-year career at...
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Cardinals swap four picks to get Budda Baker in second round

The Arizona Cardinals traded up with the Chicago Bears to select Washington defensive back Budda Baker with the 36th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. What It Means: Baker started all 41 of Washington's games before turning pro, and earning first-team All-American honors as a 2016 junior. Baker terrorized Pac-12 offenses as a blitzer and erased the slot on passing downs. Baker compensates for his size with instincts, dynamic play speed, and efficient tackling. He blazed a 4.45 40-yard dash at the Combine. Baker projects as a slot corner-free safety hybrid -- a poor man's version...