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NFL Draft Off the Clock (Picks 5-8): Corey Davis, Jamal Adams, Mike Williams, Christian McCaffrey
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29 Apr 2017 05:20 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis after the catch. (Image Source: Carlos Osorio/AP Photo)

Here’s a breakdown of picks 5-8 of the 2017 NFL Draft (Picks 1-4):

5. Tennessee Titans (trade from Los Angeles Rams): WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan

Did the Titans fill a need by drafting a wide receiver? In theory, they did. But did they reach in order to do so? I believe taking Davis at No. 5 overall was a reach and since I’m a best-player-on-the-board kind of guy I would have went another direction with this selection. In addition, we’re talking about a player who tore up the MAC but wasn’t able to work out during the draft process due to an ankle injury. OK, on to the positives. Davis has elite size at 6’3” and 209 pounds with an impressive wingspan (33” arms), who should provide Marcus Mariota with a sizable target. Scouts love his ability to run crisp routes, as well as his production. Davis should also make the Titans more difficult to defend in the red zone, which is where he does some of his best work.

6. New York Jets: S Jamal Adams, LSU

Not just an impressive physical specimen at 214 pounds with good length, Adams has great instincts and a love for the game that teams can only hope their most talented players bring to the franchise. He’s an excellent leader who is expected to take control of New York’s secondary which is exactly what the Jets need. While he doesn’t have elite straight-line speed, Adams is a good athlete who cuts and changes directions well. Couple that with his anticipation skills and it’s no surprise that he often finds himself around the football both against the run and the pass. The consensus is that Adams is ready to start from Day 1, while some evaluators like ESPN’s Jon Gruden and Louis Riddick believe the Jets got the best player in this draft and Mike Mayock of the NFL Network calls Adams the “safest” pick in the draft. New York filled a need and got great value.

7. Los Angeles Chargers: WR Mike Williams, Clemson

One of the biggest receivers in this class, Williams stands in at 6’4” and tips the scales at 218 pounds with 33 3/8” long arms, all elite numbers for a wide out. He excels at making catches in traffic and does a great job of getting late separation just before the football arrives, with the knack for making the back-shoulder catch. He’s at his best working the sidelines and is a true red zone weapon. The question some scouts have on Williams is regarding his ability to get early separation. Is he quick and explosive enough? What we do know is quarterback Philip Rivers has enjoyed playing with big receivers earlier in his career and Williams adds the size LA’s current receiving corps lacks.  

8. Carolina Panthers: RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford

When the draft process began, I didn’t view McCaffrey as a top-10 talent but I believe he will be a very productive player for the Panthers and give them an added dimension that their offense has lacked. A jack-of-all-trades (and master of some), the Stanford man can do it all. He’s an outstanding runner, but it’s his versatility which potentially makes him such a valuable player in today’s NFL. McCaffrey isn’t just effective coming out of the backfield as a pass catcher, as he has the ability to line up as a receiver on the slot. Moreover, he’s a dynamic return man who can make game-changing plays on special teams. Good speed with even better quickness and explosiveness, the Panthers have added SPARQ to their offense.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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