clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

2017 NFL Draft: Recapping Day one of the draft in the AFC North

We take a look at just how the rest of the AFC North handled themselves on Day 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft.

NFL Draft Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Day 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft is officially in the books, and the event lived up to the billing. While the Pittsburgh Steelers got their man, Wisconsin LB T.J. Watt, with the 30th pick in the draft, what about the rest of the AFC North?

Time to go back and recap what the rest of the division did on Day 1. Check out all the draft picks below, descriptions courtesy of SB Nation’s draft day tracker.

1. Cleveland Browns

Myles Garrett, DE Texas A&M

Garrett is a premium pass rusher, which is one of the more valued players in the league today. He’s a special talent, and his jaw-dropping performance at the NFL Combine only bolstered the hype. His skills on the football field were remarkable, and his measurables were so staggering, it became hard to compare him to anybody, even Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack.

9. Cincinnati Bengals

John Ross, WR Washington

Ross has drawn comparisons to DeSean Jackson because of their similar size and lightning-fast speed, but Jackson actually helped turn Ross into a top wide receiver talent. After Ross’ knee surgery, which robbed him of his sophomore season, he received a phone call from Jackson, where he invited Ross to train with him.

16. Baltimore Ravens

Marlon Humphrey, CB Alabama

On the field, Humphrey has fluid hips, fantastic speed, and a solid fundamental understanding of coverages and zone responsibilities. He’s a physical and competitive player who comes back strong after being beaten and attacks opponents, whether they’re receivers trying to block him downfield or ball carriers trying to evade a tackle.

25. Cleveland Browns

Jabrill Peppers, S Michigan

During his college career, Peppers was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten, a unanimous All-American in 2016, the Lott Trophy winner, the Paul Hornung Award winner for college football’s most versatile player, and a Heisman finalist. Michigan had the top-ranked unit in FBS last season, thanks in large part to Peppers, who led the team with 47 solo tackles and 16 tackles for loss.

29. Cleveland Browns

David Njoku, TE Miami

When Njoku has the ball in his hands, defenders will be in trouble. He has astounding breakaway speed for his size, capable of turning routine plays into huge gains. Njoku’s hands aren’t perfect, but he can snatch the ball out of the air and beat defenders on jump balls.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers

T.J. Watt, LB Wisconsin

Watt is a three-down linebacker who can chase down quarterbacks around the edge or shoot gaps between blockers. At Wisconsin, he’d roam throughout the backfield to find weak points in blocking schemes, attacking to create havoc so he or his teammates could capitalize.