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2020 NFL Draft Grades: AFC West

The Las Vegas Raiders make their first draft pick in the city’s history, the Chargers reach for Justin Herbert and the Chiefs keep winning.

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2020 NFL Draft Grades: AFC West


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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 WEST


KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

SELECTIONS: (32). Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU/ (63). Willie Gay Jr., LB, Mississippi State/ (96). Lucas Niang, T, TCU/ (138). L’Jarius Sneed, S, Louisiana Tech/(177). Michael Danna, DE, Michigan/ (237). Bopete Keyes, CB, Tulane

Best Pick: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU: Just when you thought the rich couldn’t get richer, they do. While he is only 5’7, the man is an twitchy home run hitter and a weapon in the pass game. You should consider drafting him in round one of your fantasy league. Draft analyst and Texans super fan Brett Kollmann didn’t react well to this pick:

Worst pick: Bopete Keyes, CB, Tulane: I would have liked to see a Cornerback selected sooner as Bashaud Breeland was one of the weak points of the team (Hewas arrested today which makes this look worse.)

Sleeper Pick: Lucas Niang, T, TCU: Niang has sleeper upside and should have gone higher despite injuries. Draftnetwork.com had a positive evaluation of him:

Lucas Niang is a high-upside starter in the NFL. Niang’s mobility would make him a great fit in a zone style system and his length and range as a pass blocker make him an attractive option for teams with deeper passing concepts. There is some refinement needed in Niang’s footwork but he shows all the requisite physical skills to be a plus starter in the pros.

Grade: A-


DENVER BRONCOS

SELECTIONS: (15). Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama/ / (46). KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State/ (77). Michael Ojemudia, CB, Iowa/ (83). Lloyd Cushenberry III, C, LSU/ (95). McTelvin Agim, DT, Arkansas/ (118). Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri/ (178). Justin Strnad, LB, Wake Forest/ (181). Netane Muti, G, Fresno State/ (252). Tyrie Cleveland, WR, Florida/ (254). Derrek Tuszka, DE, North Dakota State

Best pick: The Brocos may have had the best draft of all. They got a perfect #2 wide receiver in Jeudy and a home-run hitting slot receiver in Hamler.. They were able to get two staples for the offensive line in Cushenberry and Muti (Who should have been a second round pick if not injuries.)

Worst Pick: Michael Ojemudia, CB, Iowa: I like Ojemudia but he came off the board really early at 77 when there were better options available. He was ranked No. 148 on Daniel Jeremiah’s list of the draft’s top 150 prospects.

Sleeper Pick: Lloyd Cushenberry, C, LSU. Cushenberry went about 30 picks later than expected. He was a team captain and a leader for LSU’s offensive line and should head the Broncos line for the next decade.

Grade: A


LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

SELECTIONS: (12). Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama/ (19). Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State/ (80). Lynn Bowden Jr., WR, Kentucky/ (81). Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina/ (100). Tanner Muse, S, Clemson/ (109). John Simpson, G, Clemson/ (139). Amik Robertson, CB, Louisiana Tech

Best pick: Amik Robertson, FCB, Louisiana Tech. Robertson was seen by many as a 3rd round pick who some believed would go in the late 2nd. He is feisty, physical slot corner who isn’t a liability in either run or pass.

Worst Pick: Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State: Arnette was considered by most a reach at 19. Arnette struggles against vertical receivers and he’s going to see plenty of that in the AFC West. The Raiders probably could have traded back, got extra picks and selected him in the late 20’s.

Sleeper Pick: John Simpson, G, Clemson: Simpson is no stranger to the spot light as a two-year starter at Clemson. This dude is strong and is projected as a starting guard in a “gap, power run scheme.” Hello Josh Jacobs!

Grade: D+


LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

SELECTIONS: (6). Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon/ (23). Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma/ (112). Joshua Kelley, RB, UCLA/ (151). Joe Reed, WR, Virginia/ (186). Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame/ (220). K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State

Best Pick: KJ Hill, WR, Ohio State. KJ Hill should have gone in the 4th round. He was one of the centerpieces for the Ohio State offense. He reminds me somewhat of Hunter Renfrow and should be an immediate rotational WR,

Worst Pick: Kenneth Murray, Linebacker, Oklahoma. They gave up picks 37 and 71 to move up for a linebacker but his built and play are more suited for the 2000’s NFL.

Sleeper Pick: Joshua Kelley, RB, UCLA. Kelley is a power back who should be a much better compliment than Justin Jackson was to Austin Eckler.

Grade: C-


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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