Grading every Teams 2019 Draft Class

This is my favorite article that I get to write at the end of every draft season. It’s what the last 9 months have been building towards grading every team’s draft class. My grading system is simple; I look at what needs you had and if you addressed them with a good player. I consider where each player was drafted and decide if I think it was a reach or a steal. Reaches are bad and steals are good. Last, I consider how each team used the premium picks. Did they take advantage of their higher selections? Or did they waste them?

Teams who didn’t have a lot of picks were graded on a slight curve because they had less to work with. However, if they squandered those picks then it really hurt their grade. The grades are from F to A because no draft is perfect and no draft class has zero good players. Without all of that out of the way let’s get started.

 

Arizona Cardinals

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Picks:

RD 1 Pick 1: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

RD 2 Pick 1: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

RD 2 Pick 30: Andy Isabella, WR, UMass

RD 3 Pick 1: Zach Allen, Edge/IOL, Boston College

RD 4 Pick 1: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

RD 5 Pick 1: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

RD 6 Pick 1: Keeshaun Johnson, WR, Fresno State

RD 6 Pick 6: Lamont Gillard, IOL, Georgia

RD 7 Pick 34: Joshua Miles, OT, Morgan State

RD 7 Pick 35: Micheal Dogbe, DT, Temple

RD 7 Pick 40: Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA

Grade: B

The Arizona Cardinals had a laundry list of needs coming into the NFL draft and they acquired the needed picks to fill those needs. Has far as value picks go; I love the selections of Byron Murphy, Deionte Thompson, and Micheal Dogbe. All of those players fell too far and fill a need for the Cardinals. The Murray pick is a tough one to grade because he doesn’t fill a need and Arizona butchered the process of trading Josh Rosen. With that said, Murray is a dynamic playmaker, a perfect fit for Kfliff Kingsbury’s offense, and a potential franchise quarterback. I think the Cardinals reached for both Zach Allen and Andy Isabella but they are good players. The Cardinals did a good job to address a lot of needs with quality players making it good class overall.

 

Atlanta Falcons

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Chris Lindstrom

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 14: Chris Lindstrom, IOL, Guard

RD 1 Pick 31: Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington

RD 4 Pick 9: Kendall Sheffield, CB, Ohio State

RD 4 Pick 33: John Chomsky, Edge, Charleston

RD 5 Pick 14: Quandree Wilson, RB, Pittsburgh

RD 5 Pick 34: Jordan Miller, CB, Washington

RD 6 Pick 30: Marcus Green, WR, UL Monroe

Grade: C+

The Falcons didn’t have a lot of needs outside of the offensive line which they addressed right away with their first two picks. Chris Lindstrom at 14 is a great pick despite being a small reach because he’s a scheme fit and instant starter. The Falcons traded back into the first round in order to pick Kaleb McGary which was a gross reach. McGary was the 85th overall player on my board and he needs a lot of work as a pass blocker. Their 4th round selection of Kendall Sheffield is a real head-scratcher to me. His tape at Ohio State was less than ideal and he suffered an injury at the combine. He’s gonna need a couple of years to develop before you can think about throwing him into the game. The rest of their picks, outside of Wilson, were not bad selections but they won’t see the field this year. Falcons addressed needs with premium picks but picked the wrong players in a couple of spots.

 

Baltimore Ravens

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Marquise “Hollywood” Brown

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 22: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

RD 3 Pick 21: Jaylon Ferguson, Edge, LA Tech

RD 3 Pick 29: Myles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame

RD 4 Pick 11: Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State

RD 4 Pick 25: Iman Marshall, S, USC

RD 5 Pick 22: Dylon Mack, DT, Texas A@M

RD 6 Pick 24: Trace Mcsorley, QB, Penn State

Grade: B-

I had a really tough time narrowing down this grade because I like the Marquise Brown pick a lot. It was one of the few picks I predicted in my mock draft because of how perfect the fit is. Ferguson is a bit of a reach but he fits the mold of a Ravens player so I understand the pick. Myles Boykin has some fans out there but I’m not one of them. He’s got a long way to go in the world of route running. Justice Hill is the perfect complimentary back to the newly acquired Mark Ingram. Dylon Mack is a great value pick in the 5th round but Iman Marshall is a reach in the 4th. In total, I think the Ravens picked a lot of “their type” who will have defined roles early in their careers.

 

Buffalo Bills

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Cody Ford

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 9: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

RD 2 Pick 14: Cody Ford, OG, Oklahoma

RD 3 Pick 10: Devin Singletary, RB, FAU

RD 3 Pick 32: Dawson Knox, TE, Ole Miss

RD 5 Pick 19: Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida

RD 6 Pick 8: Jaquan Johnson, S, Miami

RD 7 Pick 11: Darryl Johnson, Edge, North Carolina A@T

RD 7 Pick 14: Tommy Swenny, TE, Boston College

Grade: A

Man, this is the second year in a row that I’m a big fan of the Buffalo draft class. Their first four picks are players that I love and three of them fill a big need on the roster. Ed Oliver is a blue chip player that should improve the Bills defense by a large margin. Ford might be there best offensive linemen from day one. Knox and Sweeny work off of each other perfectly to make one great tight end if that makes sense. The Bills helped Josh Allen and helped their defense with Ed Oliver and Jaquan Johnson, who was a steal in the sixth round. Doesn’t get much better than that when it comes to a draft class.

 

Carolina Panthers

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Brian Burns

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 16: Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State

RD 2 Pick 5: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

RD 3 Pick 36: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

RD 4 Pick 13: Christian Miller, Edge, Alabama

RD 5 Pick 16: Jordan Scarlett, RB, Florida

RD 6 Pick 39: Dennis Daley, OT, South Carolina

RD 7 Pick 23: Terry Godwin, WR, Georgia

Grade: B+

The only bad pick in this entire draft class is the selection of Greg Little in the second round. Although he fills a need I think he’s a long way away from being technically sound enough to start. Brian Burns was a top 5 player, for me, in this draft class and the Panthers got him at 16 so it’s a great value. Christian Miller is one of the better edge rushers in the class when he is healthy. Terry Godwin and Jordan Scarlett are good positional players who could contribute early. Dennis Daley is a great tackle prospect to keep around while he develops. The idea of Christian Miller and Brain Burns turning the edge for the Panthers next year makes this draft class a good one.

 

Chicago Bears

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David Montgomery

Picks:

RD 3 Pick 9: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State

RD 4 Pick 24: Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia

RD 6 Pick 32: Duke Shelley, CB, Kansas State

RD 7 Pick 8: Kerrith Whyte Jr, Florida Atlantic

RD 7 Pick 24: Stephan Denmark, Valdosta State, CB

Grade: C+

You have to grade on a curve for the Bears since they only had a total of five picks in the draft. David Montgomery is a three-down running back and someone with the perfect running style to play on the Bears. Riley Ridley is an interesting player to keep an eye on because he can win with route running but is limited with speed. The last three picks of the class don’t have much consequence but I’m sure they will have an opportunity to make the roster come training camp. Montgomery should be an impact player right away and Ridley has the tools to carve out a role for himself. Two potential contributors is a win with only five total picks starting in the third round.

 

Cincinnati Bengals

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Jonah Williams

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 11: Jonah Williams, IOL/OT, Alabama

RD 2 Pick 20: Drew Sample, TE, Washington  

RD 3 Pick 8: Germaine Pratt, LB, NC State

RD 4 Pick 2: Ryan Finley, QB, NC State

RD 4 Pick 23: Renell Wren, DT, Arizona State

RD 4 Pick 34: Mike Jordan, IOL, Ohio State

RD 6 Pick 9: Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A@M

RD 6 Pick 37: Deshaun Davis, LB, Auburn

RD 6 Pick 38: Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma

RD 7 Pick 6: Jordan Brown, CB, North Dakota State

Grade: B

The Bengals shocked me because I thought they would make a lot of flashy picks to go along with their new flashy head coach. Well, they threw that in my face by picking Jonah Williams and Drew Sample in the first two rounds. Williams can fill any one of their needs on the offensive line. Sample is a good all-around tight end who can pitch into both the running and passing game, despite being a reach. Pratt helps out a weak linebacking core but is also a reach while Ryan Finley doesn’t fill a need at all. Renell Wren and Trayveon Williams are two players that I like and I like the value the Bengals got them at. If Rodney Anderson can get healthy then he is a name to keep an eye on. The Bengals made some reaches but they got a lot of quality players in positions of need.

 

Clevland Browns

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Greedy Williams

Picks:

RD 2 Pick 14: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

RD 3 Pick 16: Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU

RD 4 Pick 17: Sheldrick Redwine, S, Miami

RD 5 Pick 17: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

RD 5 Pick 32: Drew Seibert, PK, Oklahoma  

RD 6 Pick 16: Drew Forbes, OT, Southeastern Missouri State

RD 7 Pick 7: Donnie Lewis Jr, Tulane, CB

Grade: C

If you couldn’t tell the Brown realized that they needed a lot more depth on the defense making only one offensive pick. Greedy is an absolute steal in the second round and will fit perfectly next to Denzel Ward. Sione Takitaki is a pretty big reach in the third round his athletic ability limits him in the middle of the defense. Mack Wilson is one of the best value picks in the entire class. Him dropping this far makes me think there is something we don’t know in regards to his character. I’m not a big fan of Sheldrick Redwine or taking a placekicker in any round not the seventh so that brings the grade down. The Browns got steals in Williams and Wilson but reached in other parts of the draft.

 

Dallas Cowboys

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Joe Jackson

Picks:

RD 2 Pick 26: Trysten Hill, DT, UCF

RD 3 Pick 26: Connor Mcgovern, IOL, Penn State

RD 4 Pick 26: Tony Pollard, RB, Memphis

RD 5 Pick 20: Mike Jackson Jr, CB, Miami

RD 5 Pick 27: Joe Jackson, Edge, Miami

RD 7 Pick 4: Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State

RD 7 Pick 24: Jalen Jelks, Edge, Oregon

Grade: B-

The Cowboys were without a first round pick due to the Amari Cooper trade with Oakland, however, they still found good value in the middle rounds. Trysten Hill has one of the hottest motors in the class and fills a need. Mcgovern is technically raw but provides good depth up front. The Jackson’s from Miami provides the Cowboys with even more depth on the defensive end with two guys who can add some value right away. Pollard was a huge reach for me and I don’t think he’s a scheme fit for what Dallas typically does on offense. Weber and Jelks are two players that I like but it is hard to see them making the team with so many players in front of them. Dallas did a good job of adding depth to a roster without having a first-round pick.

 

Denver Broncos

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Noah Fant

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 20: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

RD 2 Pick 9: Dalton Risner, IOL/OT, Kansas State

RD 2 Pick 10: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

RD 3 Pick 7: Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State

RD 5 Pick 18: Justin Hollins, Edge, Oregon

RD 6 Pick 14: Juwaan Winfree, WR, Colorado

Grade: A

I make fun of John Elway a lot but this is the second straight year that I like his draft class a lot. The trade back to get an elite weapon like Noah Fant is fantastic for Joe Flacco. Dalton Risner could fill a couple of needs on the offensive line. Drew Lock was widely projected to be a first-round quarterback and Denver got him in the second round. Dre’Mont Jones will add even more pass rush to the team’s already solid defensive line. Hollins is a good run defender and could be used as a rotational piece while Winfree is a good player to keep around while he develops. The Broncos got three potential starters and future franchise quarterback while trading back which is impressive amounts of value.

Detroit Lions

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TJ Hockenson

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 8: TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa

RD 2 Pick 11: Jahlani Tavai, LB, Hawaii

RD 3 Pick 17: Will Harris, S, Boston College

RD 4 Pick 15: Austin Bryant, Edge, Clemson

RD 5 Pick 8: Amani Oruwaryie, CB, Penn State

RD 6 Pick 11: Travis Fulgham, WR, Old Dominion

RD 7 Pick 10: Issac Nauta, TE, Georiga

RD 7 Pick 15: PJ Johnson, DT, Arizona

Grade: C-

When looking at this draft class I realized that I only liked two of the picks made in Hockenson and Oruwaryie. Oruwaryie is another player who I’m not sure why he fell so far but he’s a good cover corner. TJ Hockenson was a top 5 player for me and the Lions got him eight so it’s a great value. Tavai and Harris are both gross reaches for players that are limited in their role with some serious physical limitations. I didn’t like Austin Bryant’s tape at Clemson, so he’s also a reach in the 4th round. Issac Nauta can be a good blocker but TJ Hockenson is like the best version of Nauta so it’s a redundant pick. The Lions needed a lot of talent in a lot of places but I fear they didn’t do enough in this draft to compete in the NFC North.

 

Green Bay Packers

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Rashan Gary

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 12: Rashan Gary, Edge, Michigan

RD 1 Pick 21: Darnell Savage, S, Maryland

RD 2 Pick 12: Elgton Jenkins, IOL, Mississippi State

RD 3 Pick 11: Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A@M

RD 5 Pick 12: Kingsley Keke, DT, Texas A@M

RD 6 Pick 12: Ka’ der Hollarman, CB, Toledo

RD 6 Pick 21: Dexter Williams, RB, Notre Dame

RD 7 Pick 12: Ty Summers, LB, TCU

Grade: B

This was another tough draft class to grade because I love what they did on day two but I thought they reached in the first round. With Gary, the Packers are really betting on upside and that he can stay healthy. Savage fills a dire need and is a true ball hawk but he needs to develop more mentally. I love the selection of Elgton Jenkins who should come in and be a starter from day one. Sternberger adds a legit passing threat down the seam which compliments what the Packers like to do. As for their day three picks, I don’t see anyone who pops out as a good value or player that I love. The Packers reached a bit in the first round, but either way, they ended up with four contributors with their first four picks.

Houston Texans

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Charles Omenihu

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 23: Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State

RD 2 Pick 22: Lonnie Johnson, CB, Kentucky

RD 2 Pick 23: Max Scarping, OT, NIU

RD 3 Pick 22: Kahale Warring, TE, SDSU

RD 5 Pick 23: Charles Omenihu, DT, Texas

RD 6 Pick 22: Xavier Crawford, CB, Central Michigan

RD 7 Pick 6: Cullen Gillaspa, RB, Texas A@M

Grade: C

I joked that the Texans were trying to intentionally kill Deshaun Watson while still making the playoffs. They made an effort to fix the offensive line with their first two picks, but I feel like they reached for both players. I like Howard’s upside but I’m not sure he is ready for an immediate impact. Scarping is super raw and physically limited; I think he thrived against poor competition in college. I wasn’t a big Lonnie Johnson fan either and he was responsible for way too many big plays in college. Warring is a good value in the third round and might be the best tight end on the roster right away. Charles Omenihu is a player that I had in the second round so it is a heist for the Texans in the fifth round. I like that the Texans used premium picks on offensive linemen but I fear they took the wrong players.

 

Indianapolis Colts

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Rock Ya-Sin

Picks:

RD 2 Pick 2: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

RD 2 Pick 17: Ben Banogu, Edge, TCU

RD 2 Pick 27: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

RD 3 Pick 25: Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford

RD 4 Pick 17: Kahri Willis, S, Michigan State

RD 5 Pick 6: Marvin Tell, S, USC

RD 5 Pick 26: RJ Speed, LB, Tarleton State

RD 6 Pick 26: Gerri Green, Mississippi State, LB

RD 7 Pick 26: Jackson Barton, OT, Utah

RD 7 Pick 32: Javon Patterson, IOL, Ole Miss

Grade: C+

I feel like the Colts traded back about 100 times but somehow still ended up with a decent group of players. You guys know that I love Rock Ya-Sin and I think he could start next season. Bangou was my favorite pass rusher from TCU (cough, cough, Seattle) and will add some needed speed off the edge. If you follow my work, you know that I don’t like Parris Campbell much but he adds some much-needed speed on the outside. After that is where the Colts start to lose me. Willis, Tell, and Speed are three players that do nothing for me and seem like reaches. Tell had some of the worst tape I had ever seen from a safety prospect. So while I like some of the players the Colts drafted I’m not sure they added a lot of impact players in year one.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

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Jawaan Taylor

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 7: Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky

RD 2 Pick 3: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

RD 3 Pick 5: Josh Oliver, TE, San Jose State

RD 3 Pick 35: Quincy Williams, S, Murray State

RD 5 Pick 2: Ryquell Armstead, RB, Temple

RD 6 Pick 5: Gardner Minshew, QB, Washington State

RD 7 Pick 21: Dontavious Russel, DT, Auburn

Grade: B+

The Jaguars were given a gift when Josh Allen fell all the way down to pick 7 for them. Allen will make the rich even richer when it comes to the defensive line. Taylor is a steal in the second round and fills a gigantic need. Josh Oliver is a great pass catching option that helps out a horrible TE depth chart. Quincy Williams is the only pick that I don’t like in this draft class because its the biggest reach by any team. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller said on the stick to football podcast about Williams, “He was so bad at football I didn’t even rank him.” Armstead can supply some relief for Leonard Fournette which hopefully keeps him healthier. Jaguars didn’t get a lot of picks to work with but they made the most of them.

 

Kansas City Chiefs

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Khalen Saunders

Picks:

RD 2 Pick 29: Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia

RD 2 Pick 31: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

RD 3 Pick 20: Khalen Saunders, DT, Western Illinois

RD 6 Pick 20: Rashad Felton, CB, South Carolina

RD 6 Pick 41: Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State

RD 7 Pick 2: Nick Allegretti, IOL, Illinois

Grade: A-

The Chiefs are another team without a first round pick that I thought did a really nice job filling needs. If there was anyone in this draft class who has the skillset to replace Tyreek Hill it would be Mecole Hardman. Juan Thornhill is a matchup safety who should be able to mask some of the holes on defense with the Honey Badger. Khalen Saunders is one of my favorite players from this draft class and should fit nicely next to Chris Jones. The picks they made on day three will have an uphill battle to make the roster but watch out for Darwin Thompson to have a good preseason.

 

LA Chargers

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Nasir Adderley

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 28: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

RD 2 Pick 28: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware

RD 3 Pick 27: Trey Pipkins, OT, Sioux Falls

RD 4 Pick 28: Drue Tranquill, LB, Notre Dame

RD 5 Pick 28: Easton Stick, QB, NDSU

RD 6 Pick 27: Emeke Egbule, LB, Houston

RD 7 Pick 28: Cortez Broughton, DT, Cincinnati

Grade: B

I thought the Chargers might surprise some people and take a lot of skill position players to retool the offense but they went the opposite route and I like it. Tillery fills a need up front but he’ll have to improve as a run defender. Adderley is by far the teams best pick and is the perfect safety to play next to Derwin James. Drue Tranquill and Emeke Egbule are two late round linebackers that I like. However, the Chargers reached on two players from the Dakota’s in Easton Stick and Trey Pipkins. Neither had a draftable grade on my board coming into the week so the Chargers could have done better in those spots.

 

LA Rams

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Taylor Rapp

Picks:

RD 2 Pick 29: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

RD 3 Pick 6: Darnell Henderson, RB, Memphis

RD 3 Pick 33: Bobby Evans, OT, Oklahoma

RD 4 Pick 32: Greg Gaines, DT, Washington

RD 5 Pick 31: David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin

RD 7 Pick 29: Nick Scott, S, Penn State

RD 7 Pick 37: Dakota Allen, LB, Texas Tech

Grade: B-

I feel like the Rams traded back a lot in this draft class for a team that needs a lot more help than people realize. Trading back for Taylor Rapp was a fantastic move. He fills a big need and will bring a different mentality to a defense that needs it. Henderson should get some touches right away behind Todd Gurley. Bobby Evans and David Edwards are good tackle prospects to keep around as developmental guys for when Andrew Whitworth decides to hang it up. Greg Gaines in the fourth round is a massive reach because his skill set of a pure run defender can be found way later in the draft. I like Dakota Allen a little bit more than most so I would wager he makes the team. For the Rams, this class lacks first-year production a little bit but I like that they have an eye for the future.

Miami Dolphins

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Mike Dieter

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 13: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

RD 3 Pick 14: Micheal Dieter, IOL/OT, Wisconsin

RD 5 Pick 13: Andrew Van Ginkel, LB, Wisconsin

RD 6 Pick 29: Isaiah Prince, OT, Ohio State

RD 7 Pick 19: Charle Cox, FB, Auburn

RD 7 Pick 20: Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington

Grade (with Rosen): C+

Grade (W/O Rosen): C-

This was a difficult grade for me because I struggled on if I should give the Dolphins credit for the Josh Rosen trade and the trade with the Saints that netted them a 2nd round pick next year. Ultimately, I chose to do both because it felt like the fair thing to do. Moving onto the players that they drafted, I love Wilkins and Dieter both are great values and should be starters from day one. After that, the Dolphins lose me completely with their next four picks. Van Ginkel doesn’t really fill a need and isn’t good (UDFA grade for me). Prince can’t pass block to save his life so not sure what they are doing there. Gaskin is a fine player but we have bigger fish to fry than backup running back. Cox should see the field as a fullback but did we really need to draft him? The biggest problem I have is that this team didn’t address the need of pass rusher. Dolphins have a crap ton of holes still and only made 6 picks.

 

Minnesota Vikings

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Picks:

RD 1 Pick 19: Garrett Bradbury, IOL, NC State

RD 2 Pick 18: Irv Smith Jr, TE, Alabama

RD 3 Pick 38: Alexander Mattison, RB, Bosie State

RD 4 Pick 12: Dru Samia, IOL, Oklahoma

RD 5 Pick 24: Cameron Smith, LB, USC

RD 6 Pick 17: Armon Watts, DT, Arkansas

RD 6 Pick 18: Marcus Epps, S, Wyoming

RD 6 Pick 20: Oli Udoh, OT, Elon

RD 7 Pick 3: Kris Boyd, CB, Texas

RD 7 Pick 25: Dillion Mitchell, WR, Oregon

RD 7 Pick 33: Olabisi Johnson, WR, Colorado State

RD 7 Pick 36: Austin Cutting, LS, Air Force

Grade: A

The Minnesota Vikings blew this draft out of the park if you ask me. Garrett Bradbury and Dru Samia are two perfect scheme fits that will fill the biggest need on the roster. Bradbury was a top 10 player in this class, for me, so getting him at 19 is great. Alexander Mattison is someone I didn’t get a chance to watch when grading running backs but when I was watching Brett Rypien he popped out to me. Irv Snith Jr should be the replacement for Kyle Rudolph whenever he decides to hang it up. For their day three picks, I think that Armon Watts and Dillion Mitchell are great values and should make the team. Minnesota didn’t really make any gross reaches and got 4 players who could contribute this season.

 

New England Patriots

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N’Keal Harry

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 32: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

RD 2 Pick 13: Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt

RD 3 Pick 13: Chase Winovich, Edge, Michigan

RD 3 Pick 23: Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

RD 3 Pick 27: Yodney Cajuste, OT, West Virginia

RD 4 Pick 16: Hjayle Froholdt, IOL, Arkansas

RD 4 Pick 31: Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn

RD 5 Pick 21: Byran Cowart, DT, Maryland

RD 5 Pick 25: Jake Bailey, P, Stanford

RD 7 Pick 38: Ken Webster, CB, Ole Miss

Grade: A  

Here we have the yearly tradition of giving the Patriots a good draft grade despite it breaking my heart. Harry is a uber athletic outside receiver who will perfectly next to all those short slot guys the Patriots already have. Chase Winovich is one of the bigger steals of the entire draft and should put up between 8 and 10 sacks most seasons. Damien Harris plus Sonny Micheal makes for a great running back combo. New England’s tackles aren’t getting any younger and when healthy, Yodney Cajuste is a starter on most teams. Jarrett Stidham as a lot of tools to work with while being in a perfect spot behind Brady. The only pick I really have a problem with is Joejuan Williams. I wasn’t a fan of his tape even though I have heard he will be moved to safety in order to mask his weaknesses. Patriots should be on top of the AFC East again this year.

 

New Orleans Saints

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Picks:

RD 2 Pick 13: Erick McCoy, IOL, Texas A@M

RD 4 Pick 3: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

RD 6 Pick 9: Saquan Hampton, S, Rutgers

RD 7 Pick 17: Alize Mack, TE, Notre Dame

RD 7 Pick 30: Kaden Ellis, LB, Idaho

Grade: B+

I feel like the Saints do this every season where have almost no draft picks and still come out with good players. Erick McCoy is a plug and play starter at center which fills their biggest need. Gardner-Johnson is a steal in the fourth round and should see reps as a slot corner from day one. Alize Mack is a stupid underrated tight end who I’m praying makes the roster because his blend of athletic ability and size is great. The other two picks are misses in my eyes, which is the only thing keeping this class from being an A.

 

New York Giants

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Daniel Jones

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 6: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

RD 1 Pick 17: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

RD 1 Pick 30: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

RD 3 Pick 31: Oshane Ximines, Edge, Old Dominion

RD 4 Pick 6: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

RD 5 Pick 5: Ryan Connley, LB, Wisconsin

RD 5 Pick 33: Darius Slayton, WR, Auburn

RD 6 Pick 7: Cory Ballentine, CB, Washburn

RD 7 Pick 18: George Asafo-Adjei, S, Kentucky

RD 7 Pick 31: Chris Slayton, DT, Syracuse

Grade: D+

Yep, I bet you all saw this one coming. The Giants get my first D and one of my lower overall grades this year. I don’t dislike all of the players picked, but I feel as though the Giants wasted premium picks. Obviously, Daniel Jones is a huge reach but he’s been beaten up in the media enough so I won’t pile on here. Dexter Lawrence is good in his defined role of a run stopper I’m just not sure that role is worth a first-round pick. I actually like the selections of Baker, Ximines, and Love so the Giants get points back there for addressing the secondary and edge. From there, none of the picks really do anything for me. I like Ballentine but he was the third cornerback taken which feels like overkill. The direction of the Giants not only confuses me but scares me.

 

New York Jets

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Quinnen Williams

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 3: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

RD 3 Pick 4: Jacahi Polite, Edge, Florida

RD 3 Pick 28: Chuma Edoga, OT, USC

RD 4 Pick 19: Trevon Wesco, TE, West Virginia

RD 5 Pick 19: Blake Cashman, LB, Minnesota

RD 6 Pick 23: Blessaun Austin, CB, Rutgers

Grade: B

The Jets didn’t have a lot to work with after trading up for Sam Darnold last season but I liked what they did. Williams doesn’t fill a need but he was by far the best player on the board at number 3. Polite has some character concerns but his tape is round one worthy while filling the Jets biggest need. Edoga is a small reach in the third round but I like that he won’t be forced to play right away. Trevon Wesco is the perfect partner for Chris Herndon as a blocker with decent hands. The value of getting Cashman in the fifth round is great especially when he was the fourth best linebacker in this class, according to me. Their 6th round pick feels like a waste to me but it’s not a high pick so I didn’t take off a lot of points.

 

Oakland Raiders

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Clelin Ferrell

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 4: Clein Ferrell, Edge, Clemson

RD 1 Pick 24: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

RD 1 Pick 27: Jonathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

RD 2 Pick 8: Trayveon Mullen, CB, Clemson

RD 4 Pick 4: Maxx Crosby, Edge, Eastern Michigan

RD 4 Pick 27: Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston

RD 4 Pick 35: Foster Moreau, TE, LSU

RD 5 Pick 11: Hunter Renfrow, WR, Clemson

RD 7 Pick 16: Quinton Bell, S, Edge, Praire View

Grade: B+

So, Mike Mayocks’ first draft as a GM is a pretty good one if you’re asking me. I think he reached on all three of his first round picks but I like the players and they fill needs. Ferrell, Jacobs, and Abram are all good tough players so its hard to knock them. Mullen fills a huge need on the outside and is a scheme fit. Foster Moreau and Hunter Renfrow are both good players who could make an impact this season. I’m not a huge fan of Crosby and Johnson but they could be developed for down the road. Overall, the Raiders did a much better job this season than last season while being under extra pressure.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

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Miles Sanders

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 22: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

RD 2 Pick 21: Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

RD 2 Pick 25: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

RD 4 Pick 36: Shareef Miller, Edge, Penn State

RD 5 Pick 29: Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern

Grade: B

For a second straight season, the Eagles have limited draft picks but also have limited needs. This year, I think they did a much better job addressing those needs. Dillard is in a perfect spot to sit for one season and then become the heir to Jason Peters’ throne. I don’t think the Eagles could have found a better scheme fit than Miles Sanders at the running back position. Arcega-Whiteside is one of my favorite players in the entire class and is a great value in the second round. Miller and Thorson are two players I’m not that fond of, but they were lower round picks so it’s okay. The Eagles are gonna be a playoff team next season with a healthy Carson Wentz.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

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Devin Bush

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 10: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

RD 3 Pick 2: Deiontae Johnson, WR, Toledo

RD 3 Pick 19: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State

RD 4 Pick 20: Bennie Snell, RB, Kentucky

RD 5 Pick 3: Zach Gentry, TE, Michigan

RD 6 Pick 2: Sutton Smith, Edge, NIU

RD 6 Pick 19: Isaiah Buggs, DT, Alabama

RD 6 Pick 34: Ulysses Gilbert, LB, Akron

RD 7 Pick 5: Derwin Gray, IOL, Maryland

Grade: B+

The Steelers made an amazing trade up in order to select Devin Bush out of Michigan. He fills the team biggest need while giving them someone with an attitude that has been missing from Pittsburgh for a little bit now. Justin Layne is a perfect scheme fit as a long, athletic, and press corner. Bennie Snell is a player that I really like and I hope he gets some carries in his first season. Johnson is a big reach for me in the third round but the Steelers are known for developing receivers so maybe it’ll work out. Their day three picks are either high upside or low floor. The Steelers addressed their biggest needs with good players which makes for a B+ grade.

 

Seattle Seahawks

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DK Metcalf

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 29: LJ Collier, Edge, TCU

RD 2 Pick 15: Marquise Blair, S, Utah

RD 2 Pick 32: DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

RD 3 Pick 24: Cody Barton, LB, Wisconsin

RD 4 Pick 18: Gary Jennings, WR, West Virginia

RD 4 Pick 20: Philip Haynes, IOL, Wake Forrest

RD 4 Pick 30: Ugochukwu Amadi, S, Oregon

RD 5 Pick 4: Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington

RD 6 Pick 31: Travis Homer, RB, Miami

RD 6 Pick 36; Demarcus Christmas, DT, Florida State

RD 7 Pick 22: Jon Ursa, WR, Hawaii

Grade: D

This draft class is so many levels of confusing to me. The Seahawks traded Frank Clark and ended up with LJ Collier who I had graded in the fifth round. Marquise Blair is super raw as a safety prospect and they also drafted Amadi (from Oregon) who plays the same position. It’s going to be a crowded safety room in Seattle this season. I like the value they got for DK Metcalf at the end of round two which saves them from an F. Burr-Kirven didn’t have a draftable grade on my board so that’s another reach in the 5th round. Gary Jennings isn’t someone I think can play right away and neither is Travis Homer. This draft class just feels too cute to me from a team that had plenty of holes to address.

 

San Francisco 49ers

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Nick Bosa

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 2: Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State

RD 2 Pick 4: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

RD 3 Pick 3: Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor

RD 4 Pick 8: Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah

RD 5 Pick 10: Dre Greenlaw, Edge, Arkansas

RD 6 Pick 3: Kaden Smith, TE,  Stanford

RD 6 Pick 10: Justin Skule, OT, Vanderbilt

RD 6 Pick 25: Tim Harris, CB, Virginia

Grade: C+

I love the 49ers two first picks of Nick Bosa and Deebo Samuel with both filling premium needs and being scheme fits. Bosa should make the 49ers defensive line one to be feared in a division with Russell Wilson, Jared Golf, and Kyler Murray. Samuel should come in and be productive in year one with his versatility. After that, the 49ers lose me with, especially the next two picks. Hurd is a huge reach in the third round and I’ll never say taking a punter before the seventh round is a good pick. The rest of the day three picks are going to have a tough time making the roster with the depth in front of them. I feel like the 49ers wasted too many picks in this class trying to be cute.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Devin White

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 5: Devin White, LB, LSU

RD 2 Pick 7: Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan

RD 3 Pick 30: Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn

RD 3 Pick 35: Mike Edwards, S, Kentucky

RD 4 Pick 5: Anthony Nelson, Edge, Iowa

RD 5 Pick 7: Matt Gay, PK, Utah

RD 6 Pick 35: Scott Miller, S, Penn State

RD 7 Pick 1: Terry Beckner, DT, Missouri

Grade: B-

Tampa Bay is another team that started out strong but didn’t stick the landing on day three. Devin White is the perfect player for Tampa Bay to select in the top five. He fills a huge need at linebacker and his fierce attitude will give the Buccaneers an edge that they have been missing. Sean Bunting is a good pick on day two that could come in and challenge for a starting job from day one. Tampa then doubled down in the secondary with Jamel Dean and Mike Edwards which is where things start to fall apart. Last year, Tampa took Carlton Davis and MJ Stewart in the middle rounds. So now they have one of the most crowded cornerback rooms in all of football. Also, I don’t know what is with the Buccaneers always picking kickers but it makes no sense. Scott Miller and Terry Beckner most likely won’t make the roster, however, Anothny Nelson is a great pick in round four. If Tampa can’t fix the secondary with all these guys then I don’t know if they ever will.

 

Tennessee Titans

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AJ Brown

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 19: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

RD 2 Pick 19: AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss

RD 3 Pick 18: Nate Davis, IOL, UNC-Charlotte

RD 4 Pick 14: Amani Hooker, S, Iowa

RD 5 Pick 30: Deandre Walker, Edge, Georgia

RD 6 Pick 15: David Long, LB, West Virginia

Grade: A-

I wrote in my final mock draft that the Titans had a very important season coming up with trying to decide if Marcus Mariota is a franchise quarterback. I think this draft class covers a lot of needs while getting Maroita some help. Simmons may have to redshirt his first season but the thought of him paired with Jurrell Casey and Harold Landry is intoxicating. AJ Brown is the best receiver on the team and will give Maroita a reliable underneath target. Davis and Hooker are two players that I really like and could make an impact early on. Walker and Long are steals that late in the draft despite them having to climb the depth chart. It is simple really: The Titans didn’t draft any bad players they just might have to fight there way onto the field.

Washington Redskins

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Dwayne Haskins

Picks:

RD 1 Pick 15: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

RD 1 Pick 26: Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State

RD 3 Pick 12: Terry Mclaurin, WR, Ohio State

RD 4 Pick 10: Byrce Love, RB, Stanford

RD 4 Pick 29: Wes Martin, IOL, Indiana

RD 5 Pick 15: Ross Pierschbacher, IOL, Alabama

RD 5 Pick 35: Cole Holcomb, LB, North Carolina

RD 6 Pick 33: Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State  

RD 7 Pick 13: Jimmy Moreland, CB, James Madison

RD 7 Pick 39: Jordan Brailford, Edge, Oklahoma State

Grade: A

This is by far the most surprising grade I had to give out this season especially after Dan Synder was reported to be taking over the draft from his GM. Well, Dan Synder, I still don’t like you but man this class is good. They got the best quarterback in the class at number 15 let that sink in for a second. Then, they traded back into the first round to take Montez Sweat who fills a need and would have been a top 10 pick if healthy. Terry Mclaurin was teammates with Haskins in college so their connection is already strong. Not a fan of the Bryce Love and Wes Martin picks because they are reaches. Perschbacher and Moreland are steals that should have gone earlier and will add depth to this team with starting potential. Kelvin Harmon in the sixth round is a heist on par with Ocean’s 11. He was my number three receiver in the entire class, and I know he ran slow but he wasn’t that slow. Harmon wins with his body and at the catch point, so I expect him to make an impact this season. Washington killed this draft and will be a team to keep an eye on this season. 

 

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