“NFL Draft Report Card-Team by Team Grades”
A look at the NFL teams and what they did at the Draft Table.
CHARGERS…Drafted well. Drafted to fill needs with DT-Jerry Tillery and S-Nassir Adderly. Went for small college players after that….Grade (B)
RAMS…Did not have a lot of picks but added secondary youth with S-Taylor Rapp-CB-David Long…Grade (C)
ARIZONA…What a haul, not just QB-Kyler Murray, but CB-Byron Murphy, speed WR-Andy Isobella and more. In fact top 6-picks could all contribute. They need them too. Grade (A)
ATLANTA…Badly needed offensive line help and got it with Chris Lindstrom-OG and OT-Kaleb McGary…Grade (A).
BALTIMORE…They needed to overhaul a defense after so many players left. WR-Maquise Brown can fly, but is small and coming off a fractured foot.. Pass rushing DE-Jaylon Ferguson has burst. Grade (B)
BUFFALO….Tremendous early picks, falling to them, in DT-Ed Oliver, OT-Corey Ford, and tough guy RB-Devin Singletary. Grade (A)
CAROLINA….Had lots of needs, maybe DE-Brian Burns will be a player. OT-Greg Little will play. Who knows what to make of QB-Will Grier. Grade (C).
CHICAGO…Not a lot of picks. RB-David Montgomery had great career. Who knows about WR-Riley Ridley. Grade (D)
CINCINNATI…They got what they needed, and may have stolen one later int he draft. OT-Jonah Williams is big time player…..RB-Rod Anderson had great career at Oklahoma derailed by injuries. RB-Trayveon Williams did the same at Texas AM. Grade (B)
CLEVELAND…For not having lots of picks, did well, with LSU-CB-Greedy Williams, Alabama LB-Mack Wilson and BYU-LB-Sione Takitaki. Grade (A)
DALLAS….Had depth issues in both lines, that’s what they drafted, but are they players, Trysten Hill-DT-UCF and OG-Connor McGovern-Penn State.. We shall see. Grade (C)
DENVER….It all worked out, the gamble to trade back, and who landed in their lap. TE-Noah Fant-Iowa so impressive, OT-Dalton Risner-multi purpose player, and QB-Drew Lock may be the future. Grade (A)
DETROIT….Drafted a TE and then a LB no one knew. TJ Hockenson gives QB-Matt Stafford a big target to throw to. Grade (C)
GREEN BAY….Might be boom or bust draft. DT-Rashan Gary has enormous talent, but no consistency, yet they reached high for him. Got a CB and OG after that. Jury might be out on this draft. Grade (C)
HOUSTON…Really got stung when players they wanted were taken off the board infront of their pick. Two offensive lineman, but not highly rated. Grade (C)
INDIANAPOLIS…Athletes, that is what they wanted, and got, with CB-Roc Ya-Sin-Temple, WR-Parris Campbell-Ohio State and LSU-LB-Ben Banagou. Grade (B)
JACKSONVILLE…Players kept falling and they wind up with the Jaguars. Could be really special draft with DE-Josh Allen..OT-Jawaan Taylor, and later pick QB-Gardner Minswhew-Washington State. Grade (A)
KANSAS CITY….They are in crisis, and now they must deal with holes everywhere. WR-Mecole Hardman has skills, but he’s not Tyreek Hill, yet. S-Juan Thornhill-Virginia could be a steal. Chiefs now, not same team as Chiefs last year. Grade (C)
MIAMI…If you add the trade for QB-Josh Rosen into the mix, this was a pretty good weekend. Good, they are have a bad roster, but DT-Christian Wilkens-Clemson and RB-Myles Gaskin will play and help. Grade (A)
MINNESOTA…Went out and added help for QB-Kirk Cousins, in C-Garrett Bradbury, TE-Irv Smith, and LB-Cam Smith. Grade (A)
NEW ENGLAND…Bill Belichick had lots of picks and did good things with them. WR-N’Keal Harry, CB-Joejuan Williams, RB-Damien Harris all really good college players. Grade (A)
NEW ORLEANS…Only had five picks, but did take solid OC-Erik McCoy, but not much else. Grade (C)
NYGIANTS….Lots of heat for the front office. They must be sold on QB-Daniel Jones, do like the toughness of DT-Dexter Lawrence. Believe in talent of CBs Deandre Baker-Julian Love. Jones is for the future. Lawrence plays tomorrow. Grade (A).
NY JETS…Really good pick in DT-Quinnen Williams at top of the board, but who knows beyond that. Grade (B)
OAKLAND…They really reached with DE-Clelin Ferrell, but maybe in their scheme, he plays well. Other higher rated guys they bypassed. RB-Josh Jacobs, S-Jon Abram, CB-Trayvon Mullen, WR-Hunter Renfro are players. Grade (A).
PHILADELPHIA….OT-Andre Dillard fills a huge immediate need and RB-Miles Sanders-WR-JJ Whiteside are fascinating productive picks. Grade (B)
PITTSBURGH….Life after their stars begins, but they got college star in LB-Devin Bush and tough guy RB-Benny Snell. Grade (B)
SAN FRANCISCO…..They got two who play immediately in DE-Nick Bosa and WR-Debo Samuels. They are growing this thing the right way. Grade (A)
SEATTLE…Trust the process and Pete Carroll’s selections. WR-DK Metcalfe, an unknown LB-LJ Collier and a CB-Marquise Blair. Grade (B)
TAMPA BAY…They got speed and skill, in LB-Devin White and CB-Sean Bunting to be part of a bounce back season. Grade (B)
TENNESSEE….Put aside the controversy, and understand DT-Jeffrey Smmons has grown up and played well at Mississippi State. Add in WR-AJ Brown’s skill from Ole Miss and LB-David Long, this is a pretty good group. Grade (A)
WASHINGTON…They got names, but it might take them a while to grow into NFL players. . At first blush, you like QB-Dwayne Haskins, DE-Montez Sweat, WR-Terry McCauley and RB-Bryce Love, but it will take time. Grade (B)