Top 5 and worst 5 NFL draft picks

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Alabama's O.J. Howard, who was drafted by the Buccaneers, stiff arms Clemson's T.J. Green after making a catch in national title game in January.


TE O.J. Howard/Bucs (Rd. 1/19): The best tight end in the draft slid right into the Bucs' lap and joins a receiving corps that includes Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and Penn State rookie Chris Godwin.

WR Zay Jones/Bills (Rd. 2/37): Jones had an FBS-best 158 catches at East Carolina and wowed coaches and scouts during the draft process. Nice second-round pickup for a team that's giving its wide-receiving corps a facelift.

RB Dalvin Cook/Vikings (Rd. 2/41): Yes, there are some off-the-field concerns about the kid. But what a talent. The Eagles had him in their sights at 43, but for the price of a fourth-round pick, the Vikings traded up seven spots and beat them to him.


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QB Josh Dobbs/Steelers (Rd. 4/135): Dobbs is a smart (he majored in aerospace engineering), athletic kid with one of the draft's strongest arms. He could end up being 35-year-old Ben Roethlisberger's eventual replacement.

RB Alvin Kamara/ Saints (Rd. 3/67): Kamara is a versatile back that many thought would go late in the first round or early in the second. When he fell into the third round, the Saints gave up a seventh-round pick and their 2018 second-round selection to get him. For a creative offensive coach like Sean Payton, he was well worth the price.


QB Mitchell Trubisky/Bears (Rd. 1/2): This is why they should drug-test player personnel executives before the draft. Forget whether Trubisky was worth the second pick (he wasn't). The Bears unnecessarily traded three picks to move up one spot for a guy nobody else was trying to get.

QB Pat Mahomes/Chiefs (Rd. 1/10): The guy that drafted Kevin Kolb, Mike Kafka, Andy Hall and A.J. Feeley green-lighted an expensive 17-spot tradeup for a undisciplined, unorthodox, mechanics-challenged, gunslinging quarterback that he has mistaken for the Next Brett Favre.

TE Adam Shaheen/Bears (Rd. 2/45): Some people like this Division II product. I don't. Not in the top half of the second round anyway. The 6-6, 280-pounder had 127 catches and 26 TDs the last two years, but can't block a lick. How can you be that big and not be able to block?

QB C.J. Beathard/49ers (Rd. 3/104): This is John Lynch's first rodeo as an officially licensed talent evaluator. It showed with this pick. While he's not one of the Children of the Spread like so many of the QBs in this draft, Beathard lacks consistency as a downfield passer, had a 56.5 completion percentage at Iowa and threw more interceptions than touchdowns on third down.

DT Grover Stewart/Colts (Rd. 4/144): Stewart is a small-school kid with decent physical traits. But I thought this was a little high to take a project.