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The Three Year Lookback: Class of 2017

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Everyone says you can't truly grade a draft correctly until three years into the future. Lets take a look back and see how the players from the first round of the 2017 draft turned out!

These ratings go from 1-10, with 1 being a total bust and 10 being a total stud. Note that ratings may not be consistent with previous articles. For this article, all the statistics are from 2017 to 2019.

 

1. :bears:QB Norris Brooksheer

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976 of 1650 for 12,119 yards, 75 TDs, 34 INTs, 59.15% completion, 87.79 passer rating

2x NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Score: 6/10

I think I may see Brooksheer in a more positive light than others, but looking back on 2017, Brooksheer is the quarterback to have. This young man is a monster gunslinger, and uses his big arm and solid accuracy to make all the plays for Chicago. Surrounded by a ragtag offense of veterans skill position players, Brooksheer has led Chicago to more wins than I think many would expect. Wideout David Gaines has become one of the league's stars catching Brooksheer's passes, and even Quincy Turner has seen a revitalization in his NFL career. The negatives? Brooksheer throws a lot of interceptions. He's a volume passer, and may not put up the big eyepopping numbers if he was in a more balanced offense. Chicago has come close at times, but the city has yet to see its team taste the postseason. Still, we've seen great improvement out of the Gunslinger out of Norman. Every year his numbers get better and he's been more and more careful with the ball. Most importantly, he's yet to be hurt. Bears fans may be frustrated with their team and quarterback, but at the end of the day, they wouldn't want anybody else.

 

2. :falcons:QB A.J. Jefferson

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670 of 1096 for 9064 yards, 52 TDs, 34 INTs, 61.13% completion, 90.37 passer rating

Score: 3/10

Fresh off winning a super bowl, the Falcons handed the reins over to the collegiate star A.J. Jefferson out of North Carolina. Three years in, Jefferson has been extremely disappointing for the Falcons. No winning seasons, seemingly no improvement, untimely picks and an offense that sputters and stops have seen fans howling for Jefferson to go. He has one of the easiest jobs in the NFL with All-Pro running back Akili Wallace to his side, yet Jefferson's inaccuracy and trust in his arm strength is leading to his undoing. Though he did have a strong start to his 2019 campaign, a big injury against the Jets knocked him out for an extended period of time, his second major injury in just three years. There's so much for him to improve and time is ticking fast.

 

3. :bills:DE Anthony Ortiz

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87 tackles, 25.5 sacks, 2 FF, 4 FR, 1 TD

1x All Pro Defensive End

2x Pro Bowl Defensive End

2017 Defensive Rookie of the Year

2x AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Score: 9/10

Through his first 3 years, Anthony Ortiz has become a dominant force for the Buffalo Bills. One of the great pass rushers of this generation, Ortiz has been an integral part of the Bills "Defensive Line First" Mantra. The expected top pass rusher from the 2017 class, we've been graced to see Ortiz feast. He's a guy that just makes big plays around the ball, best characterized by his two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries, including a scoop and score touchdown. Quarterbacks fear him, tackles hate him, and running backs just want to run the other direction when they see him. With the league being mature now, its not often that we get to see a young man perform well against veteran players, but thats what Ortiz has done against guys like Marcellus Peterson. From a highly touted prospect to one of the league's finest. Excellent player.

 

4. :saints:WR Sean Jenkins

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255 receptions for 3566 yards, 36 TDs, 1 FUM, 3 Kick Off Return TDs, 2 Punt Return TDs

1x All Pro Wide Receiver

1x All Pro Returner

1x Pro Bowl Wide Receiver

1x Pro Bowl Returner

3x NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Score: 9/10

How can you say no to a guy that has been as productive and dominant as Sean Jenkins. The super star wide receiver out of North Texas was drafted 4th overall to the surprise of many, but he has been a top wide receiver and return man in the league. Jenkins is explosive, with speed that even the fastest cornerbacks and safeties can't keep up with. He's not a guy you can overthrow, and possesses one of the safest hands in the league, a reliable option for Aaron Devereaux to air it out to. His 6'6" frame and lanky arms gives him a massive catch radius, and over the years he has polished up every facet of his playstyle. As a returner, Jenkins is one of the most dangerous in league history. Kickoffs and punt returns are always a chance for 6 when Jenkins is back there. Not all players, even highly drafted, get to make the impact Jenkins has made in his short time.

 

5. :cardinals:QB Jarius Jones

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850 of 1378 for 10,639 yards, 70 TDs, 29 INTs, 61.68% completion, 93.82 passer rating

2 carries for -5 rushing yards

1x NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Score: 4/10

Coming out of college, Jarius Jones was one of the most polished quarterback prospects ever. You can imagine the shock as Brooksheer and Jefferson were taken before him, but Jones went 5th overall as the first ever selection of the Arizona Cardinals. Out of the gate, Jones was a game winner for the Cardinals. He's an unbelievable player with tremendous skill, finding wide receiver Marcus Banks over and over again his first 3 years. Its hard to grade Jones, statistically the best quarterback in this class. For all of his numbers, the Cardinals were one of the worst teams over the last 3 years. Statistics don't paint the pictures for quarterbacks; they need to be winners. We'll see just how he pans out at Seattle, but Jones would have gotten a medium score of 5 had he not suffered a major injury this past season. To make an impact, a player needs to stay healthy. Jones's future remains bright, but his window to be great gets smaller and smaller.

 

6. :raiders:CB Mike Gradishar

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80 tackles, 17 INTs, 1 FR, 4 TDs

2x Pro Bowl Cornerback

1x AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Score: 7/10

Yet another incredible talent, Gradishar received one of the highest ratings any cornerback has ever received heading into the league. Since then, Gradishar has established himself as one of the best corners in the league and one of the anchors for an Oakland team that has been dominant in the past three seasons. Gradishar controls his side of the field, and even in a relatively quarterback week division, Gradishar has put up eye popping numbers. Still, for a guy that was as highly touted as he was, I can't put Gradishar in the same category as guys like Wilburn, Thompson, Cowan, and Davis. He's just a slight tier below them and that makes him a slight disappointment. Excellent score, very talented player, but I have the feeling that he could've be even better than he is right now.

 

7. :fibur:OT Grey Brown

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2x Pro Bowl Offensive Tackle

Score: 9/10

Good gracious. Grey Brown was the first offensive lineman taken in a very deep class of offensive linemen, and is arguably the best of the bunch. The big left tackle has been a wall for a very successful lions team in the past three years, keeping Rob LeCount upright and just being a physical presence on the field. The two time pro bowler is arguably the best young offensive lineman in the game, and he's going to make a big difference for years to come. Football starts at the line of scrimmage, and with Grey Brown on their line, its nearly impossible for any other NFC North defensive lineman to reach LeCount, something that will give the Lions an advantage in this division until Brown is gone.

 

8. :49ers:OT Robert Haynes

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Score: 8/10

A massive, road grading tackle, Robert Haynes is one of the most successful run blocking left tackles in the business. After a rookie year of watching Todd Lester struggle and get pelted with hits, the 49ers pulled the triggle and brought in Big Bob Haynes to shore up their offensive line it has been a wild success for the reigning Super Bowl Champions. Picking Haynes over the other "generational" offensive tackle talent in Ryan Robinson raised some eyebrows, but Haynes has lived up to the hype of being selected so early. He's a mauler, able to break open big holes for Lester and running back Troy McCray, as well as get down the field to block in the second level of the defense. There's no doubt in my mind that the 49ers are extremely pleased with Haynes's, and he's a guy that has grown to personify just what that team is all about.

 

MORE TO COME, ALL THE TIME

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If Brumm was a 9/10 with (in 37 games instead of 48):

86 tackles, 31 sacks, 1 FF, 3 FR, 2 safeties
1x Defensive Player of the Year
3x All-Pro DE
3x Pro Bowl DE
4x AFC Defensive Player of the Week

 

 

How is Ortiz a 10/10 with (in 48 games):

87 tackles, 25.5 sacks, 2 FF, 4 FR, 1 TD

1x All Pro DE

2x Pro Bowl DE

2017 Defensive Rookie of the Year

2x AFC Defensive Player of the Week

 

 

Still love these articles, though!

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5 minutes ago, Jumbo said:

If Brumm was a 9/10 with (in 37 games instead of 48):

86 tackles, 31 sacks, 1 FF, 3 FR, 2 safeties
1x Defensive Player of the Year
3x All-Pro DE
3x Pro Bowl DE
4x AFC Defensive Player of the Week

 

 

How is Ortiz a 10/10 with (in 48 games):

87 tackles, 25.5 sacks, 2 FF, 4 FR, 1 TD

1x All Pro DE

2x Pro Bowl DE

2017 Defensive Rookie of the Year

2x AFC Defensive Player of the Week

 

 

Still love these articles, though!

 

1 hour ago, SageBow said:

Note that ratings may not be consistent with previous articles.

 

For what its worth, Ortiz is a 9/10. I think there's someone better in this class.

You can't forget that the tackles Ortiz faced his first 3 years are better than the tackles Brumm faced his first 3 years. Quality of competition scales these ratings.

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1 hour ago, ChicagoTed1 said:

 

Gerald Foreman still killed him and cost you guys a game against the Packers ;).

 

Foreman being a dirty player isn't a point in his favor

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