NFL Draft Report Card”
It was an extraordinary NFL Draft Weekend….from 35M-TV viewership…to 43-trades…to 15-Quarterbacks taken in the 7-rounds.
Here’s my team-by-team report card:
EAGLES…How do you be a Super Bowl team and then draft so well with so many bold moves. Great defense got better with DT-Jalen Carter..LB-Nolan Smith..CB-Steven Brown and OT-Ty Steen and they traded for Lions RB-DeAndre Swift
SEAHAWKS..They bypassed DT-QB in the opening rounds yet cleaned up with CB-Devon Weatherspoon..WR-Jaxon Njiba and RB-Zach Charbonnet.
CHARGERS…Had specific needs-filled them with dynamic players..WR-Quinton Johnston is big-fast with lots of yards after catch..Tuli Tuipuluto can rush inside and even on edge…Elite return man in Derius Davis and special teams star LB-Daiyan Henley. Passion play type of personality. Excellent
LIONS..Wheeled and dealed all day and wound up with productive players led by RB- Jahmyr Gibbs and LB-Jack Campbell. Add in CB-Brian Branch and maybe a QB for the future in Hendon Hooker. Solid.
HOUSTON..Bold weekend, with CJ Stroud giving them a quarterback for years, then the elite pass rusher Will Anderson and C-Juice Suggs. Add in, the signing of 17-veteran free agents including 12-on defense. They will rise from the ashes pretty quick.
PITTSBURGH..Not sexy names but solid players in OT-Brod Jones, CB-Joey Porter and DT- Keeanu Benton.
ATLANTA..Areas of needs filled with RB-Bijan Robinson and OT-Matt Bergeron…they do need QB-Desmond Ridder to flourish in his second year.
TENNESSEE…Off season purge of veterans, and rebuild begins with QB-Will Levis and OT-Peter Skoronski.
BUFFALO..Just what Josh Allen needs-another bullet for his offensive gun in TE-Dalton Kinkaid, plus another OG-O’Cyrus Torrance.
CAROLINA..Future begins now with Bryce Young and WR-Jon Mingo
PACKERS..They wind up with 13-picks to add to the new look Jordan Love offense and they add a strong LB-Lukas Van Ness, TE-Luke Musgrave and WR Jay Reed.
PATRIOTS..Typical Belichick draft, but there is talent there in CB-Chris Gonzalez..DE-Keion White and small college rusher Marte Mapi. . Had 12-picks in all.
GIANTS..Can they build on last season’s surprise year? Three unique names in CB-Deonte Banks..OC-JM Schmitz and WR-Jaylin Hyatt, all with good reps.
VIKINGS…Add to the offense with WR-Jordan Addison and help the defense with CB-Mekhi Blackmon. Even added a QB in Jaren Hall
RAVENS…Fix the offense with WR-Zay Flowers, and remember they signed Odell Beckham and added help for Lamar Jackson. Maybe the personality of the offense changes.
RAIDERS..The constant churn of the roster continues, and another new group moves in to replace all the failed draft picks of the Gruden era. Led by DE-Tyree Wilson and and TE-Mike Mayer. Was stunned they bypassed Jalen Carter. They took 5-defensive players and will look at QB-Aiden O’Connell
TAMPA BAY..Lots of changes on an ailing offense coming, and they go younger on defense with DT-Calijah Kancey and OG-Cody Mauch. Got productive players.
DALLAS..You may not like Jerry Jones but they do draft well. They get house-wrecking DT Mazi Smith..active DE-Villi Fehoko..a productive TE too.
CHICAGO…Not a sexy draft, but they got grinders at OT-DT-in Darnell Wright and Gervon Dexter.
ARIZONA..So much turmoil in the Cardinals organization but getting OT-Paris Johnson, OG-Jon Gaines and LB-BJ Ojulari will play quickly. Now back to the chaos in Phoenix.
COLTS…They needed a quarterback after going thru Brissett-Rivers-Wentz-Ryan experiments, and they will start Anthony Rchardson, a freak show athlete who is an uncut gem He has the dynamics of QBs-Shane Steichen coached prior but this won’t be easy. They need veterans to return to health.
CHIEFS…They have won so much, they draft so late, and yet they find players. Will see if DE-Felix Uzomah and WR-Rashee Rice play quickly.
JAGUARS..Coming off a great year, stunned they traded back so much, but did get what they need OT-Anton Harrison and TE-Brent Strange
SAINTS..They need youth upfront on defense and got it with DE-Isaiah Foskey and DT-Bryan Bresee.
MIAMI..Not many picks, but productive players in CB-Cam Smith and RB-Devon Achane
RAMS..Let the rebuild begin with 14-draft picks in all. Superb top choice in OG-Steve Avila and DE-Bryon Young and active DT-Kobie Turner. Will be a really young roster.
BROWNS..They have Deshaun Watson but not many high draft picks. They did get a unique QB-in UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson. They add DT-Siaki Ika and Dawand Jones
JETS…They have Aaron Rodgers via trade. Thought they reached to take LB-Will McDonald and OC-Joe Tippman
WASHINGTON…Drafted defense early but it seemed awful early to take CB-Emmanuel Forbes.
DENVER…Not alot of picks and then they add WR-Marvin Mims to an already deep group of receivers. Sure seemed like they needed lineman, both sides of the ball.
BENGALS..Pass rusher Myles Murphy, but no offensive lineman nor defensive front guys.
49ers…Top draft picks gone in trades, so they sat there thru pick 87, and they took a kicker in the 3rd round-Jake Moody. Strange draft-not a good one.