Over the course of May, both Joe Marino and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today I look at the Atlanta Falcons.
The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:
|122||G||Nico Siragusa||San Diego State|
|159||OT||Jermaine Eluemunor||Texas A&M|
|186||DB||Chuck Clark||Virginia Tech|
Best Value: OG Nico Siragusa, San Diego State
Although there’s no relation between Nico and former Ravens defensive lineman Tony Siragusa, the two men play a similar brand of football. Nico is mean; he’s a smash mouth player and does well to consistently impose his will on opposing players.
That’s a great fit for Baltimore, a team that has been known for physical play and likes to run the football when they’re afforded the chance. Siragusa is not especially fluid in space but he does have starting ability and he was a player rated inside of my top 75 overall prospects.
So for the Ravens to come home with his services all the way down at 122? It’s great value.
Worst Value: DB Chuck Clark, Virginia Tech
The phrase “worst value” here is used loosely. The only other candidate was Alabama pass rusher Tim Williams, who I did have scored notably lower than his 78th overall selection. But that distinction was a byproduct of some of the off the field questions for Williams; his film was late 1st round or early 2nd round caliber ability.
So to be fair to Williams’ on the film product, I will note there were a number of DBs that I thought Baltimore could have targeted instead of Clark to get their money’s worth at 186.
Xavier Woods, Jalen Myrick, Jack Tocho, Rudy Ford and Jeremy Cutrer were all in the thick of it on Day 3; each can be implemented on special teams to various degrees.
Could Surprise: DL Chris Wormley, Michigan
Wormley has the chance to be one of the steals of this draft. Baltimore’s front seven now has some thrilling upside:
DE: Chris Wormley
NT: Brandon Williams, Carl Davis
DE: Willie Henry
OLB: Terrell Suggs, Tim Williams
ILB: CJ Mosley
ILB: Tyus Bowser/Kamalei Correa
OLB: Tyus Bowser/Kamalei Correa, Matt Judon
Boswer, Correa, Davis and Wormley are all players I had scored inside of my respective Top 40s from each of the past two draft classes. Add in Matt Judon (who was a 2016 5th round selection but a player I had scored inside my Top 60 in 2016) and Tim Williams and this is a hell of a group.
Where does Chris Wormley fit in this equation? He’s going to get a ton of isolated rush looks in this front seven. And Wormley is a player I expect to experience a huge bump in productivity vs. what he was able to assemble at Michigan.