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- division by division.
SELECTIONS: (21). Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU/ (53). Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma/ (103). Davion Taylor, LB, Colorado/ (127). K’Von Wallace, S, Clemson/ (145). Jack Driscoll, T, Auburn/ (168). John Hightower, WR, Boise State/ (196). Shaun Bradley, LB, Temple/ (200). Quez Watkins, WR, Southern Miss/ (210). Prince Tega Wanogho, T, Auburn/ (233). Casey Toohill, DE, Stanford
Best pick: Jalen Reagor. Reagor is a speed demon testing only 4.47 in the 40 but plays faster than that.)He is able to stretch the field and make plays on 50-50 balls. This may be one of the most impactful picks in the draft as he immediately becomes a top weapon for Carson Wentz.
Worst pick: QB Jalen Hurts- I’ve been back and forth on how I view this pick. On one hand, QB Carson Wentz was the reason the Eagles made the playoffs last year. On the other hand, this pick is insurance since he always seems to get hurt. The pick wasn’t too well received:
Sleeper pick: Prince Tega Wanogho, T, Auburn- Prince was originally seen as a developmental tackle who could go anywhere from the 2nd to 4th round. He was a project still new to football but “>still had, “an ideal frame to develop, long arms and excellent functional athleticism.” Not for the same reason but this pick reminds me of the Cowboys pick up of La’el Collins
SELECTIONS: (17). CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma/ (51). Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama/ (82). Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma/ (123). Reggie Robinson II, CB, Tulsa/ (146). Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin./ (179). Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah/ (231). Ben DiNucci, QB, James Madison
Best pick: CeeDee Lamb. The Cowboys had an awesome draft! They picked up a starting corner in Diggs, a starting DT in Gilmore, a future starting CB in Robinson, a future starter at Center in Biadasz and a rotational DE in Anae. Their best pick though is Ceedee Lamb. Lamb was projected to be picked in the 8-13 range and labeled as the most dynamic receiver in CFB last season.
Worst pick: None
Sleeper pick: Tyler Biadasz, Center, Wisconsin. Biadasz was long seen as a first round pick. Biadasz fell due to previous knee and neck injures but was the anchor of the Badgers line. He is dependable starting 41 straight games at a big ten school.. He did come off of hip surgery, however and his 2019 season was seen as a regression which led to the drop.
SELECTIONS: (2). Chase Young, DE, Ohio State/ (66). Antonio Gibson, WR, Memphis/ (108). Saahdiq Charles, T, LSU./(142). Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty/ (156). Keith Ismael, C, San Diego State/ (162). Khaleke Hudson, LB, Michigan/ (216). Kamren Curl, S, Arkansas/ (229). James Smith-Williams, DE, N.C. State
Best pick: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State. This was a no-brainer for defensive minded new head coach Ron Rivera. Chase Young could be the leader of the Redskins defense for the next decade and is already a fan favorite since he was born and raised in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, right near D.C.
Worst pick: Antonio Gibson, WR, Memphis: Different websites see Antonio as a receiver or running back. Gibson’s role will likely be to replace injured scat back Chris Thomspon. Curtis Samuel was a similar player that Ron Rivera drafted in Carolina but was rarely used which concerns me. The Also, the Redskins running back room is loaded.
Sleeper Pick: Saahdig Charles, T, LSU: Charles was a staple in the LSU national championship offensive line. He’s a great developmental prospect but there may be an issue as he almost immediately will have to step in to replace the departed Trent Williams
NEW YORK GIANTS
SELECTIONS: (4). Andrew Thomas, T, Georgia/ (36). Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama/ (99). Matt Peart, T, Connecticut4/ (110). Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA/ (150). Shane Lemieux, G, Oregon/ (183). Cam Brown, LB, Penn State/ (218). Carter Coughlin, DE, Minnesota/ (238). T.J. Brunson, LB, South Carolina/ (247). Chris Williamson, CB, Minnesota/ (255). Tae Crowder, LB, Georgia
Best Pick: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama: The Giants got amazing value at pick 36 with McKinney who was seen as the best safety in the draft. With this pick the Giants added to an already strong safety room that includes Julian Love and budding star Jabrill Peppers.
Worst pick: Cameron Brown, LB, Penn State: It’s not that Brown is a bad pick at all; Actually, he is great value at 183. The issue here is that the Giants didn’t address their linebacker need until round 6.
Sleeper pick: Shane Lemieux, G, Oregon: Lemieux was seen as a fourth round pick in this class. While he isn’t the best pass protector, he will be terrific in this downhill rushing offense and will be able to open holes for Saquan Barkley.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
SELECTIONS: (26). Jordan Love, QB, Utah State/ (62). AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College/ (94). Josiah Deguara, TE, Cincinnati/ (175). Kamal Martin, LB, Minnesota/ (192). Jon Runyan, G, Michigan/ (208). Jake Hanson, C, Oregon/ (209). Simon Stepaniak, G, Indiana/ (236). Vernon Scott, S, TCU/ (242). Jonathan Garvin, DE, Miami (FL)
Lets start with the elephant in the room- Aaron Rodgers.
A few weeks before the draft the Packers Quarterback said this:
What do the packers do?
The team didn’t use a first round pick (or any pick) on a wide receiver for Rodgers, instead the team traded the No. 30 selection for the Miami Dolphins‘ spot at 26, a move that cost them a fourth-round pick……….
Best Pick: Milwaukee Sports radio host Bart Winkler couldn’t have phrased this any better:
Worst pick: Josiah Deguara, TE, Cincinnati: Coach Matt LeFluer said about him: “We will try and emulate some that stuff in terms of how the 49ers use (Kyle) Juszczyk,” Deguara had a 6th round grade according to Dane Brugler. That sounds great, but not so much for a player that most had a 6th round grade on. You don’t draft Fullbacks in the third round when you don’t have a #2 receiver.
Sleeper Pick: Jordan Love, QB, Utah: This pick is very forward thinking and could be genius if the NFL doesn’t play this upcoming season.
Grade: D –
SELECTIONS: (22). Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU/ (31). Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU/ 2 (58). Ezra Cleveland, T, Boise State/ (89). Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State/ (117). D.J. Wonnum, LB, South Carolina/ (130). James Lynch, DE, Baylor/ (132). Troy Dye, LB, Oregon/ (169). Harrison Hand, CB, Temple/ (176). K.J. Osborn, WR, Miami (FL)/ (203). Blake Brandel, G, Oregon State/ (205). Josh Metellus, S, Michigan/ (225). Kenny Willekes, DE, Michigan State/ (244). Nate Stanley, QB, Iowa/ (249). Brian Cole II, S, Mississippi State/ 253). Kyle Hinton, G, Washburn
Best pick: Where do we start? I had second to third round grades on their first SEVEN picks. Good teams become great teams by reloading in the draft. If I had to say anything I would say that Jefferson is a steal at 25, has played in big games and will be able to fill in well for Stephon Diggs. They were even able to steal a 4th rounder next year from Chicago!
Worst pick: Nate Stanley, QB, Iowa. I am being extremely picky here. Stanley was a long term, tough starter at Iowa with good back up potential.. The Vikes had so many 4th’s that I personally would have liked to see a Quarterback selected just in case Kirk Cousins has another down year.
Sleeper pick: Ezra Cleveland, T, Boise State- Cleveland was amazing value at 58th overall. There were rumors projecting him as high as the 20’s and they got him in the late 50’s. Cleveland can come in and start right away or learn for a year.
SELECTIONS: (43). Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame/ (50). Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah/ (155). Trevis Gipson, DE, Tulsa/ (163). Kindle Vildor, CB, Georgia Southern/ (173). Darnell Mooney, WR, Tulane/ (226). Arlington Hambright, G, Colorado/ (227). Lachavious Simmons, G, Tennessee State
Best pick: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah: Johnson was tremendous value at 50 overall and almost all draft graders gave this pick an A.. Johnson is a physical press corner who has some Richard Sherman in him. He did have a few shoulder injuries but only missed two games in two years. He gave an assessment of his play post-draft saying ““Honestly, I’m a baller”.
Worst pick: Trading a future4th rounder to move up to #155 overall. Ryan Pace continues to trade future draft capitol and this will catch up to him.
Polarizing Pick: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame. Kmet was seen as the “safe pick” but drove many Bears writers and fans up a wall because they felt the team had reached. Kmet was a two-sport star at Notre Dame who is only beginning to tap into his full potential. He is 6’6 and 260 ibs so he reminds some people of Kyle Rudolph or Jason Witten. Rookie right ends rarely produce well in the first year, however. Walterfootball.com HATED the pick:
Chicago Bears: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame – O’BRIEN Gradehttps://walterfootball.com/nfldraftgrades2.php
Ryan Pace needs help. I don’t understand why he thinks he needs to spend so many high resources on tight ends, especially when none of them are close to elite. He paid tons of money to Jimmy Graham this offseason, only to select a tight end in the second round? Why!? And why didn’t he pick the tight end some teams had higher on their boards, Adam Trautman? Kmet was not the consensus best player at his position, and Pace could’ve obtained someone similar in the third round, or perhaps someone slightly worse early on Day 3. This is an “F” grade all the way. Pace needs to go.
SELECTIONS: (3). Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State/ (35). D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia/ (67). Julian Okwara, LB, Notre Dame/ (75). Jonah Jackson, G, Ohio State/ (121). Logan Stenberg, G, Kentucky/ (166). Quintez Cephus, WR, Wisconsin/ (172). Jason Huntley, RB, New Mexico State/ (197). John Penisini, DT, Utah/ (235). Jashon Cornell, DT, Ohio State
Best pick: DeAndre Swift, RB, Georgia: Many people viewed Swift as the best RB in this class. He will be an amazing compliment to running back Kerryon Johnson;: excellent in the pass game and a true 3-down back.
Worst pick: Jeffrey Odukah, CB, Ohio State: This isn’t about Odukah, this is about the Lions organization. Their star corner Darius Slay was traded to the Eagles after losing respect for the team. If they were able to keep Slay they would have possibly had the best CB tandem in the league. This is how bad teams stay bad.
Sleeper Pick: Logan Stenberg, G, Kentucky. Jackson and Stenberg will be starting for the Lions for possibly the next 8 years. Both players are tough as hell and are the kind of people you’d want with you in a bar fight.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
SELECTIONS: (24). Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan/ (74). Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin/ (105). Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton/ (240). Tommy Stevens, QB, Mississippi State
Worst pick: Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan. I love Cesar Ruiz and he can be a potential all-pro with the Saints. The team, however, just drafted Center Erik McCoy in the second round last year and he was solid. They also re-signed left guard Andres Peat and right guard Larry Warford is in the final year of his contract. Ruiz may likely not step onto the field much until 2021.
Sleeper pick: Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton: I believe the Saints got the #2 Tight End at 105 overall. While Trautman came from small school Dayton and should have an adjustment period, he should be able to compliment #1 Tight End Jared Cook and eventually replace him.
SELECTIONS: (16) A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson/ (47) Marlon Davidson, DE, Auburn/ (78) Matt Hennessy, C, Temple/ (119)Mykal Walker, LB, Fresno State/ (134) Jaylinn Hawkins, S, California/(228) Sterling Hofrichter, P, Syracuse
Best pick: Matt Hennessy, C, Temple: Matt is going to likely back up Center Alex Mack in year one but it’ll be worth it to learn from one of the best in the league. Hennessy is able to step into any interior position.
Worst Pick: AJ Terrell, CB, Clemson. There was so much talk about the Falcons moving up early in the first round but none of that came to fruition. That talk made this pick even more stunning and labeled a “reach”. Terrell was bullied by Ja’Marr Chase in the National Championship game and doesn’t look the part of a #1 Cornerback, which you desire with pick #16.
Sleeper Pick: Marlon Davidson, Edge, Auburn: Davidson played under the shadow of 8th pick Derrick Brown at Auburn but was pretty good himself. A lot of websites compare him to their current pass rusher Takk McKinley, but unlike Takk (Whom the team is still undecided on a fifth year option), Marlon can switch from Edge to interior rusher
SELECTIONS: (7). Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn/ (38). Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State/ (64). Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois/ (113). Troy Pride Jr., CB, Notre Dame/ (152). Kenny Robinson Jr., S, West Virginia/ (184). Bravvion Roy, DT, Baylor/ (221). Stantley Thomas-Oliver III, CB, Florida International
Best pick: It’s crazy how new head coach Matt Rhule used EVERY pick on defense but that’s what happens when your team gave up 29.4 points per game last year. All of Carolina’s first picks were of value, but Pride is really good value in the fourth to replace the departed James Bradberry.
Worst pick: Kenny Robinson, Jr., Safety, XFL: In my opinion this was a strange pick just by the fact that Robinson just spent the last year playing in the XFL. He is a range center field type of safety who is still a “bit of a work in progress.”
Sleeper Pick: Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois. Chinn is a large safety who rose up the draft boards within the last couple of months. This small- schooler will take some time adjusting to the speed of the NFL game but is a stout run defender who some see in the mold of All-Pro Harrison Smith.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
SELECTIONS: (13). Tristan Wirfs, T, Iowa/ (45). Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota/(76). Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt/ (161). Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota/ (194). Khalil Davis, DT, Nebraska/ (241). Chapelle Russell, LB, Temple/ (245). Raymond Calais, RB, Louisiana
Best pick: Tristian Wirfs, T, Iowa: While I’m not the hugest fan of trading back one slot to pick the player of their choice, I’m OK with it in this scenario. The Bucs possibly picked up the best tackle in the draft in Wirfs to protect Tom Brady. With Brady and Gronk in the fold suddenly the Bucs are contenders:
Worst pick: Ke’Shawn Vaughn. RB, Vanderbilt: Vaughn is seen as ” a quality back-up running back as part of a stable, but he’s not going to demand his pro team to feed him carries.” Frankly, I’m not convinced that Ronald Jones is a number one running back and while I understand that Winfield was an excellent pick at 45, I still would have liked the Bucs to pick up a 3-down RB like JK Dobbins or Cam Akers.
Sleeper Pick: Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota: Johnson was very productive at Minnesota finishing the season with 86 catches for 1,318 yards and 13 touchdowns. Johnson should develop nicely without much pressure.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
SELECTIONS: (14). Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina/ (25). Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State/ (153). Colton McKivitz, T, West Virginia/ (190). Charlie Woerner, TE, Georgia/ (217). Jauan Jennings, WR, Tennessee
Best pick: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State. Aiyuk’s best trait is his ability to separate and gain yards after the catch. With Emmanuel Sanders departing he will be a perfect compliment to Deebo Samuel. Who knows, that extra speed could have caught up with Jimmy G’s almost game winning touchdown in the Super Bowl.
Worst pick: I didn’t love the fact that the 49ers traded almost their entire draft capitol (picks 31, 117 and 176) to move up to 25 for Aiyuk when he could have been there at 31.
Sleeper Pick: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina: Not necessary a true sleeper (If you want a deep sleeper look up Jauan Jennings). NFL draft expert Greg Cosell has said that Kinlaw’s “best-case scenario” is developing into a Chris Jones type of force.
SELECTIONS: (27). Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech/ (48). Darrell Taylor, DE, Tennessee/ (69). Damien Lewis, G, LSU/ (133). Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford/ (144). DeeJay Dallas, RB, Miami (FL)/ (148). Alton Robinson, DE, Syracuse/ (214). Freddie Swain, WR, Florida/ (251). Stephen Sullivan, TE, LSU
Best Pick: Damien Lewis, G, LSU. Lewis has been nick named the “man child” and there’s good reason for it. He was possibly the best player on LSU’s decorated offensive line.
Worst pick: Every year the Seahawks seem to reach with their first and second round picks. The Seahawks didn’t have a linebacker need coming into the draft and took Brooks at 27. I was frustrated at the Taylor pick too because AJ Epenesa and Terrell Lewis were still on the board.
LOS ANGELES RAMS
SELECTIONS: (52). Cam Akers, RB, Florida State/ (57). Van Jefferson, WR, Florida/ (84). Terrell Lewis, LB, Alabama/ (104). Terrell Burgess, S, Utah/ (136). Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue/ (199). Jordan Fuller, S, Ohio State/ (234). Clay Johnston, LB, Baylor/ (248). Sam Sloman, K, Miami (OH)/ (250). Tremayne Anchrum, G, Clemson
Best pick: Terrell Lewis, LB, Alabama: Lewis was seen as an early second round pick but fell due to injury concerns. Lewis will be able to learn from Aaron Donald and the rest of the Rams D-Line.
Worst pick: Van Jefferson, WR, Florida. While I understand the Rams love good route running, fast wide receivers, but I saw better value at 57. Jefferson is seen as a slot receiver but so is Cooper Kupp…
Sleeper Pick: Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue. Hopkins was a difficult grade this year falling anywhere from round 2 to 6. If you check out Hopkins tape, he was continue making plays and was a yards after the catch monster. He was my favorite tight end in the draft.
SELECTIONS: (8). Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson/ (72). Josh Jones, T, Houston/ (114). Leki Fotu, DT, Utah/ (131). Rashard Lawrence, DT, LSU/ (202). Evan Weaver, LB, California/ (222). Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State
Best pick: DeAndre Hopkins!!
Worst pick: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson. Simmons is a jack of all trades and can play any linebacker position or even safety. I just don’t trust the Cardinals to develop him (see Haason Reddick). They honestly had a greater need to protect their second year Quarterback.
Sleeper Pick: Josh Jones, T, Houston. Some redemption here. Jones is seen as a developmental prospect but could have easily gone in the first. Jones is a mauler and has all-pro potential if you give him time.
By the way, it must be nice to be Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury:
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 tradehttps://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.
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.
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.
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.
SELECTION: (28). Patrick Queen, LB, LSU/ (55). J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State/ (71). Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M/ (92). Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas/ (98). Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State/ (106). Tyre Phillips, G, Mississippi State/ (143). Ben Bredeson, G, Michigan/ (170). Broderick Washington Jr., DT, Texas Tech/ (201). James Proche, WR, Southern Methodist/ (219). Geno Stone, S, Iowa
Best pick: The Baltimore Ravens are just a better organization than most. so I’m going to rave about their entire draft. They brought in possibly the best middle linebacker at 28, the top RB at 55, a starting defensive tackle at 71, a home run hitter at 92 and a possible starting linebacker at 98.
Worst pick: Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas- I love the Duvernay pick but I don’t necessarily love it at 92. I would have liked a more physical receiver #1 receiver like Mims at 55.
Sleeper Pick: Geno Stone, S, Iowa. Stone was projected to go between the 4th to 6th rounds but fell. The Ravens already have Earl Thomas and Chuck Clark but Stone will have time and be able to learn from the best.
SELECTION: (49). Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame/ (102). Alex Highsmith, LB, Charlotte/ (124). Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, Maryland/ (135). Kevin Dotson, G, Louisiana/ (198). Antoine Brooks Jr., S, Maryland/ (232). Carlos Davis, DT, Nebraska
Best pick: Pro Bowl Safety Mihkah Fitzpatrick stolen for only pick #18.
Worst pick: Carlos Davis, DT, Nebraska The Steelers didn’t draft a defensive tackle (Their biggest need) until the 7th round…
Sleeper Pick: Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame. The Steelers needed WR #2 badly to take some pressure off of Juju Smith-Schuster. Enter Claypool, who is built like a tight end but has 4.42 speed. He will make an instant impact.
SELECTIONS: (10). Jedrick Wills Jr., T, Alabama/ (44). Grant Delpit, S, LSU/ (88). Jordan Elliott, DT, Missouri/ (97). Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU/ (115). Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic/ (160). Nick Harris, C, Washington/ (187). Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
Best pick: Jedrick Willis Jr., T , Alabama: the consensus top tackle in the draft was available at #10! Wills is able to play both right and left tackle and only allowed “a (insane) pressure rate of 4.0% or less for the second straight year in pass protection”.
Worst pick: None- The Browns got the best tackle in the draft, a top 2 safety, a top 4 defensive tackle, a solid linebacker, a tight end compared to George Kittle, a good Center and a wide receiver predicted to go much higher.
Sleeper Pick: I have two- Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic. Bryant was the recipient of the John Mackey award for the nation’s top tight end and an unanimous All-American selection. I also loved Donovan Peoples-Jones who reminds me of Alshon Jeffery. He was under-utilized in the Michigan system but he seemed to always be wide open.
SELECTIONS: (1). Joe Burrow, QB, LSU/ (33). Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson/ (65). Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming/ (107). Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, Appalachian State/ (147). Khalid Kareem, DE, Notre Dame/ (180). Hakeem Adeniji, G, Kansas/ (215). Markus Bailey, LB, Purdue
Best pick: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU: The consensus top pick. Burrow has the chance to go home to Ohio and resurrect the lowly Bengals into some form of glory.
Worst pick: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson. This isn’t a knock on Higgins, it’s just that I would rather have seen a speedster to compliment AJ Green. I see Higgins as a more AJ Green type (which of course,you can’t get enough of). The Bengals had a great draft so I am being nit-picky.
Sleeper pick(s): Logan Wilson, Akeem Davis-Gaither and Markus Bailey- with these three the Bengals picked up a trio of productive linebackers. Wilson was seen by some as the best linebacker while Davis-Gaither and Bailey were highly effective in college. These three may be a great tandem for years to come.
SELECTIONS: (40). Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU/ (90). Jonathan Greenard, LB, Florida/ (126). Charlie Heck, T, North Carolina/ (141). John Reid, CB, Penn State/ (171). Isaiah Coulter, WR, Rhode Island
Best Pick: Ross Blacklock, Defensive Tackle, TCU: The best pure pass rushing DT in this draft. He will allow Brandon Dunn to move to his natural Nose Tackle position. Blackcock will provide much needed help if JJ Watt gets injured again.
Worst pick: Trading away DeAndre Hopkins and replacing him with Brandin Cooks who has had 5 concussions at age 26.
Sleeper pick: Jonathan Greenard, LB, Florida. Greenard is a versatile defender who should provide excellent rotational help.
BEST MOMENT OF THE DRAFT:
Texans coach Bill O’Brien shown freaking out when the Lions backed out of a trade in the last minute. Lions GM Bob Quinn responded saying, “we didn’t have a trade.“
SELECTIONS: (29). Isaiah Wilson, T, Georgia/ (61). Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU./ (93). Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State/ (174). Larrell Murchison, DT, N.C. State/ (224). Cole McDonald, QB, Hawaii/ (243). Chris Jackson, S, Marshall
Best pick: Kristian Fulton, Cornerback, LSU: Fulton was seen as a first round CB for most of the draft process but some teams had concerns over a year long suspension due to tampering on a drug test in 2018 and some injuries. Pro Football Focus had high grades on him:
Worst pick: Cole McDonald, QB, Hawaii. This isn’t a knock in any way on McDonald whom I feel is a really good developmental prospect. The issue was that they could have picked up a back up to Ryan Tannehill in case last season was a fluke. (Jake Fromm at 174 anyone?)
SELECTIONS: (34). Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC/ (41). Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin/ (85). Julian Blackmon, S, Utah/ (122). Jacob Eason, QB, Washington/ (149). Danny Pinter, G, Ball State/ (193). Robert Windsor, DT, Penn State/ (211). Isaiah Rodgers, CB, Massachusetts/ (212)./Dezmon Patmon, WR, Washington State/ (213). Jordan Glasgow, LB, Michigan
Best Pick: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington. I originally mocked Eason to the Colts at the end of round 1. Eason has a huge arm but should have went back to school. He lands in the perfect situation: sitting behind and learning from Phillip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett this season. I’m thinking Frank Reich saw some Carson Wentz in him.
Worst Pick: I originally questioned the Jonathan Taylor pick but then found out that Marlon Mack is going to be a free agent after the season,. Taylor should be a bell cow with his 4.39 speed.
Sleeper Pick: Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC: I know a sleeper shouldn’t be a first round pick but most don’t know about Pittman. Pittman is a dynamic route running possession receiver who TORCHED Utah (one of the best defenses in the nation) for 10 catches and 232 yards this past season.
SELECTIONS: (9). CJ Henderson, CB, Florida/ (20). K’Lavon Chaisson, LB, LSU/ (42). Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado/ (73). Davon Hamilton, DT, Ohio State/ (116). Ben Bartch, T, St. John’s (MN)/ (137). Josiah Scott, CB, Michigan State/ (140). Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami (FL)/ (157). Daniel Thomas, S, Auburn/ (165).Collin Johnson, WR, Texas/ (189). Jake Luton, QB, Oregon State/ (206). Tyler Davis, TE, Georgia Tech/ (223). Chris Claybrooks, CB, Memphis
Best pick: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida. A legit #1 cornerback with 4.4 speed. Henderson will provide a cheap replacement for Jalen Ramsey with no drama.
Worst pick: K’Lavon Chaisson, LB, LSU: Chaisson will be in a weird position behind Yannick Ngakoue. Chaisson reeks bust to me. He is a developmental prospects, very raw with minimal college production. He will also probably undergo a new coaching change this off-season.
Sleeper Pick: Lavisha Sheanult, WR, Colorado: This is more like a BOOM or BUST pick here. Sheanult’s college career was plagued by injuries. When healthy he was a clear cut first rounder in the mold of a better Sammy Watkins. He even scored a touchdown on his first ever college play!
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.)
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.
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.
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!
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.
And that’s all folks. Check how my Grades look up against everyone else:
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- / 10 months ago
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