4. EDGE Clelin Ferrell (signed by Oakland Raiders on June 19)
Fair or not, Ferrell's name will always likely be attached to that of Khalil Mack, the ex-Raiders Defensive Player of the Year who was selected fifth overall in 2014. Of course, Mack was dealt last September to Chicago, and the Raiders spent the first of two first-rounders they received in return not on Ferrell but RB Josh Jacobs at No. 24.
Still, Ferrell was considered by most to be a significant reach in the top five, especially because Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock had the unique leverage of pick Nos. 24 and 27 (from Dallas in the Amari Cooper deal), in addition to No. 4, to trade down, still get their Mack replacement and gain even more ammo. It's up to Ferrell, much like Daniel Jones in New York, who was selected two spots after Ferrell but many picks before the consensus thought was necessary, to render the timing of the selection meaningless by ascending quickly to stardom. The rub, as we see it: Ferrell looks like a really solid NFL player, not one poised for stardom, never mind Mack's All-Pro and DPOY credentials.
5. LB Devin White (signed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers on July 21)
Tampa has a chance to be solid up the middle of its front seven with ultra-stout DTs Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea covering up the speedy White and Lavonte David. But Todd Bowles' 'D' could also struggle mightily to wreak havoc on quarterbacks with a Jason Pierre Paul-less — for now — rush plan and the NFL's 26th-ranked secondary in terms of interceptions sans a corner with an actual pick on his NFL resume.
Though we think White is a notch below last year's No. 8 overall pick, Roquan Smith, as a prospect, we also think his presence in the middle of this unit could help cover up other deficiencies. It'll have to, with White's unique blitzing and coverage versatility sure to be called on by Bowles frequently in the high-powered NFC South.
6. QB Daniel Jones (unsigned by New York Giants)
7. OLB Josh Allen (signed by Jacksonville Jaguars on May 23)
Allen inked Thursday his rookie contract reportedly worth a guaranteed $22.7 million, officially making him Jacksonville's biggest offseason investment after Nick Foles. In comparing the risk of the two deals, even if one is for a Super Bowl MVP-winning quarterback, we'd probably side with Allen. That speaks to his remarkable improvements over the past year that wouldn't have been possible without impeccable football character — a departure, we'll add, from recent first-rounders, such as Leonard Fournette and Dante Fowler.
This isn't meant to slam either of those two, and especially not Foles, but rather praise the value Jacksonville seemingly received in the versatile Allen. He'll be asked mostly out of the gate to rush the passer, but his speed and length also in time could become key assets helping him become a mismatch elixir in space. Allen has not only a really high ceiling but a high floor with his physical and mental makeup, making him basically the perfect pick and a great fit for the combustible Jaguars.