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2020 NFL Draft Grades: AFC East

With Tom Brady off the Patriots roster, did the Jets, Bills, and Dolphins make the right draft moves to take the crown from New England’s grip?

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2020 NFL Draft Grades: AFC East


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We’re still buzzing after NFL Draft and this is the week where every sports site and news paper asks the same question:

How would you grade your team’s draft class?

In some ways it is a pointless effort as it is so subjective that you can’t really take it seriously. (But its fun!) We should be able to enjoy and sit back knowing in 2-3 years this same class will be judged differently.

Every team has high hopes right now (aside from the Texans). So, let’s get into our grades for the NFC East! For a full list of every team’s draft grades, check them out here!


AFC EAST


NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

SELECTIONS: (37). Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne/ (60). Josh Uche, LB, Michigan/ (87). Anfernee Jennings, LB, Alabama/ (91). Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA/ (101). Dalton Keene, TE, Virginia Tech/ (159). Justin Rohrwasser, K, Marshall/ (182). Mike Onwenu, G, Michigan/ (195). Justin Herron, G, Wake Forest/ (204). Cassh Maluia, LB, Wyoming/ (230). Dustin Woodard, C, Memphis

Best pick: I don’t in particular have a favorite player but Bill Belichick is a genius when it comes to maximizing the picks he has:

No. 37 acquired from Chargers as part of draft-day trade; No. 60 acquired from Ravens as part of draft-day trade; No. 91 and 159 acquired from Raiders as part of draft-day trade; No. 101 acquired from Jets as part of draft-day trade; No. 182 acquired from Colts as part of draft-day trade; No. 195 acquired from Broncos as part of Duke Dawson trade; No. 204 acquired from Texans as part of Keion Crossen trade; No. 230 acquired from Falcons as part of Jordan Richards trade

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/patriots-draft-picks-2020-nfl-draft-grades-by-team-all-of-new-englands-selections/

Worst pick: Justin Rohrwasser, K, Marshall. A kicker in the fifth round is too rich for me.

Sleeper: Josh Ucbe, Edge, Michigan: Uche joins former teammate Chase Winovich who was selected in the third round last year. Uche should have gone late first and was a STEAL at 60.

Grade: A-


BUFFALO BILLS

SELECTIONS: (54). A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa/ (86). Zack Moss, RB, Utah/ (128). Gabriel Davis, WR, UCF/ (167). Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia/ (188). Tyler Bass, K, Georgia Southern/ (207). Isaiah Hodgins, WR, Oregon State/ (239). Dane Jackson, CB, Pittsburgh

Best pick: Jake Fromm, QB Georgia: The Bills are so smart. Fromm took a nose dive from potential 2nd rounder to 167th overall and now has a huge chip on his shoulder. Fromm is an incredibly smart and accurate QB who just doesn’t have great physical tools. He is the antithesis to Josh Allen and a possible insurance plan in case Allen decides to be Mitch Trubisky.

Worst pick: Tyler Bass, K, Georgia Southern- Once again, I am not a huge fan of drafting kickers.

Sleeper Pick: Zach Moss, RB, Utah. Moss is a bruiser running back who also is able to break the big play. The pressure should be off of Josh Allen if Moss is the thunder to Devin Singletary’s lightning.

Grade: A-


NEW YORK JETS

SELECTIONS: (11). Mekhi Becton, T, Louisville/ (59). Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor/ (68). Ashtyn Davis, S, California/ (79). Jabari Zuniga, DE, Florida/ (120). La’Mical Perine, RB, Florida/ (125). James Morgan, QB, Florida International/ (129). Cameron Clark, G, Charlotte/ (158). Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia/ (191). Braden Mann, P, Texas A&M

Best pick: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor: This pick was insane. Mims was seen by almost everyone as a first round pick.. He is a perfect replacement to Robby Anderson; super fast and able to make contested catches.

Worst pick: La’Mical Perine, RB, Florida. I really like Perine as a prospect but the 4th round is too soon for me. If Adam Gase (doubtful) uses him correctly, Perine will be a nice change of pace back to Le’Veon Bell.

Sleeper Pick: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia.Bryce Hall was mocked no later in the 3rd round to everyone! Hall will be pressed into service right away and should excel.

GRADE: B+


MIAMI DOLPHINS

SELECTIONS: (5). Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama/ (18). Austin Jackson, T, USC/ (30). Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn/ (39). Robert Hunt, T, Louisiana/ (56). Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama/ (70). Brandon Jones, S, Texas/ (111). Solomon Kindley, G, Georgia/ (154). Jason Strowbridge, DE, North Carolina/ (164). Curtis Weaver, DE, Boise State/ (185). Blake Ferguson, C, LSU/ (246). Malcolm Perry, WR, Navy

Best pick: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama: Aside from their great draft, I give the Dolphins the most credit for having the guts for this selection. Tua’s medical history certainly brings concern but you can’t pass on a player with All-Pro potential.

Worst pick: Brandon Jones, S, Texas: Jones is seen as a sub package defender with special teams upside who needs to “develop better awareness and processing skills in coverage.” I’m wondering if they were disappointed and scrambled after Ashtyn Davis selection two picks before.

Sleeper: Curtis Weaver, DE, Boise State: Over the past 3 years, he has accumulated 34 sacks. He was seen as a second to third round pick that fell all the way to 164.

Grade: A+


Thank you so much for reading this! Leave a comment below if you agree or have a better grade for your team!

Tim is a grateful believer, husband to Kristin, Father to Isabelle living in Los Angeles as both an actor and Auto Claim representative He was born and grew up eight blocks from Wrigley Field and is a die hard Chicago fan (Especially Bears). He is incredibly grateful to The Turf for giving him a chance to pursue a passion of his.

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