Arizona Cardinals

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/10th Josh Rosen, QB UCLA Matt Ryan
2nd/47th Christian Kirk, WR Texas A&M Golden Tate
3rd/97th Mason Cole, C Michigan JC Tretter
4th/134th Chase Edmonds, RB Fordham Austin Ekeler
6th/182nd Christian Campbell, CB Penn State Justin Bethel
7th/254th Korey Cunningham, OT Cincinnati Bruce Campbell
  • It’s hard to say anything negative about the Cardinals draft. They got their franchise QB and only had to give up a third and fifth-round pick to move up from 15 to 10 and select Josh Rosen. To get the best passer and most NFL-ready QB in the draft and give up so little is incredible. The Cardinals now have a face of their franchise and he’s got the fire to lead this team. After that the Cardinals got him the best available pass catcher in WR Christian Kirk. Kirk is a dynamic playmaker and the best YAC receiver in the class, he’ll get to learn from Larry Fitzgerald for a year before taking over as the go-to guy Mason Cole should compete with AQ Shipley for the starting center job and will likely win it. Chase Edmonds provides a nice backup to David Johnson with great pass catching ability. Christian Campbell has the length and athleticism to battle for a corner job, but has major special teams upside. Korey Cunningham was a big reach, but that late they were betting on his athletic upside.
  • Final Grade: A-

Atlanta Falcons

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/26th Calvin Ridley, WR Alabama Stefon Diggs
2nd/58th Isaiah Oliver, CB Colorado Jimmy Smith
3rd/90th Deadrin Senat, ID South Florida Sedrick Ellis
4th/126th Ito Smith, RB Southern Miss Chris Thompson
6th/194th Russell Gage, WR LSU Johnnie Lee Higgins
6th/200th Foye Oluokun, S/LB Yale Jeremy Cash
  • When you have a roster as talented and deep as the Falcon’s the NFL Draft has a lot less pressure. It almost felt like every Falcons pick was a luxury pick because they took talented and NFL-ready guys round after round. Calvin Ridley is perfect for this team. He’ll come right in and be their starting slot. His route running, YAC ability, and consistent hands are a perfect compliment to Julio Jones. Isaiah Oliver slid a bit in the draft and the Falcons took advantage. He gives them the long lean press corner they lack. Oliver’s skill set fills a big need for them in the secondary. Adding Deadrin Senat was perfect. Like Grady Jarrett he’s a shorter stouter interior player with the flexibility to play 1-tech or 3-tech. He’ll like start at 1-tech immediately. Russell Gage and Foye Oluokun were perfect special teams picks, both with size and athleticism. Gage was dominant on special teams at LSU and has gadget play WR written all over him.
  • Final Grade: A

Baltimore Ravens

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/25th Hayden Hurst, TE South Carolina Hunter Henry
1st/32nd Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville Michael Vick
3rd/83rd Orlando Brown Jr., OT Oklahoma Zach Streif
3rd/86th Mark Andrews, TE Oklahoma Kyle Rudolph
4th/118th Anthony Averett, CB Alabama Damarious Randall
4th/122nd Kenny Young, LB UCLA Tavares Gooden
4th/132nd Jaleel Scott, WR New Mexico State Michael Floyd
5th/162nd Jordan Lasley, WR UCLA Torrey Smith
6th/190th DeShon Elliott, S Texas Morgan Burnett
6th/212th Greg Senat, OT Wagner Mike Otto
6th/215th Bradley Bozeman, C Alabama TJ Johnson
7th/238th Zach Sieler, ID Ferris State Karl Klug
  • It’s hard to ding Ozzie Newsome’s last NFL Draft because he stole Lamar Jackson with the 32nd pick setting the Ravens up for the next decade. Although, Jackson was a terrific pick and should replace Joe Flacco a year from now the rest of the draft was inconsistent. Hayden Hurst is the best tight end in the draft, but they reached on him at 25. He’ll be their starting tight end from day one, but was more of a mid-second-round talent. Orlando Brown Jr. was another reach. He could win their starting right tackle job, but his lack of athleticism and inconsistent technique were a big risk to bet on in the the third-round with more talented offensive linemen available. Doubling up on tight ends and taking Mark Andrews in the third-round was weird. Andrews is basically a big slot so maybe that’s how they’ll use him, but they reach a round early on him. Anthony Averett was a great pick in the fourth-round. He should compete and win their starting nickel job. Kenny Young was a huge reach; his ceiling is as a capable special teams player. Jaleel Scott and Jordan Lasley are two developmental receivers that have flashed, but the Ravens aren’t know for developing receivers. Greg Senat and Zach Sieler were athletic upside picks, both could end up on the practice squad. DeShon Elliott and Bradley Bozeman were awesome sixth-round picks. Both can be starters down the road.
  • Final Grade: B-

Buffalo Bills

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/7th Josh Allen, QB Wyoming Daunte Culpepper
1st/16th Tremaine Edmunds, LB Virginia Tech Brian Urlacher
3rd/96th Harrison Phillips, ID Stanford Kyle Williams
4th/121st Taron Johnson, CB Weber State Dwight Lowery
5th/154th Siran Neal, DB Jacksonville State Major Wright
5th/166th Wyatt Teller, OG Virginia Tech Richie Incognito
6th/187th Ray-Ray McCloud, WR Clemson Kaelin Clay
7th/255th Austin Proehl, WR North Carolina Trent Taylor
  • One thing is clear, the Bills bet on athletic upside and size throughout the draft. Everybody knows trading up to take Josh Allen at seven was a reach, but he was their guy at QB and they got him. The pick was a massive reach, but Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott think he can be their Cam Newton. Not giving up their second first-round pick was huge and using it to move up for Tremaine Edmunds was even huger. McDermott had athleticism in his linebackers in Carolina and now gets the leader of his defense in Edmunds. Allen and Edmunds will now be the faces of the Bills franchise, whether it be good or bad, for the next few years. Harrison Phillips is Kyle Williams and Wyatt Teller is Richie Incognito. Both of those picks were perfect plug and play gets for Buffalo. The Bills reached on CB Taron Johnson, but McDermott has had success with many lesser corners in the past. Siran Neal adds versatility with the ability to play corner and safety. Ray-Ray McCloud won’t make this team and that was a poor pick in the sixth-round with legitimate receiver on the boards. Austin Proehl has some upside in the slot.
  • Final Grade: C+

Carolina Panthers

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/24th DJ Moore, WR Maryland Pierre Garcon
2nd/55th Donte Jackson, CB LSU Braldey Roby
3rd/85th Rashaan Gaulden, DB Tennessee Desmond King
4th/101st Ian Thomas, TE Indiana Dallas Clark
4th/136th Marquis Haynes, LB/ED Ole Miss Barkevious Mingo
5th/161st Jermaine Carter Jr., LB Maryland Ray-Ray Armstrong
7th/234th Andre Smith, LB North Carolina Andra Davis
7th/242nd Kendrick Norton, ID Miami Marcus Thomas
  • Few teams drafted better fits for their team than the Carolina Panthers. DJ Moore is the exact WR Cam Newton has needed since Steve Smith left. Even after the pick Steve Smith said, “they have never been able to replace me… until today.” Moore is a physical receiver with incredible athleticism and clean routes. He’s going to be the Panthers WR1 the second he steps in the building. Donte Jackson should immediately start at corner. Like Tre White in Buffalo last year, Jackson is an undersize corner with terrific athleticism and footwork that fits this system perfectly. Rashaan Gaulden lacks athleticism, but can plug and play as the Panthers starting nickel. Ian Thomas is a big play threat at tight end and a perfect backup to Greg Olsen. Marquis Haynes will probably have to learn to play off-ball LB, but has solid pass rush ability. He could end up their starting Sam LB down the road. Jermaine Carter and Andre Smith are depth/special teams picks. Kendrick Norton provides depth as a run stuffing interior defensive lineman.
  • Final Grade: B+

Chicago Bears

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/8th Roquan Smith, LB Georgia Lavonte David
2nd/39th James Daniels, C Iowa Jason Kelce
2nd/51st Anthony Miller, WR Memphis Doug Baldwin
4th/115th Joel Iyiegbuniwe, LB Western Kentucky Joe Thomas
5th/145th Bilal Nichols, ID Delaware Eddie Vanderdoes
6th/181st Kylie Fitts, ED Utah Jason Babin
7th/224th Javon Wims, WR Georgia Doug Gabriel
  • Maybe the biggest winners of the NFL Draft were the Chicago Bears. Everything went right for them on the first two days. Freak linebacker Roquan Smith fell to them and will now be the next great Bears LB in a long history of them. Playing behind Chicago’s defensive line Smith is going to run free and wreak havoc. Adding super athletic center James Daniels makes the entire Bears o-line better. Having Daniels on the interior with Cody Whitehair and Kyle Long gives Chicago a nice mix of power and athleticism up front. This offseason the Bears have doen everything to make Mitch Trubisky’s job easier. They’ve added Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel to give him legitimate receivers. Now in the draft they add Anthony Miller. Miller has inside out ability as a pass catcher and plays with a rare intensity. He runs routes harder than anybody, sticking him with Robinson is a treat for Bears fans. Joel Iyiegbuniwe is an athletic tweener and the Bears only reach pick of the draft. He should provide some special teams upside, but is a project. Bilal Nichols can jump right into the d-line rotation with 5-tech and nose tackle experience. Kylie Fitts would have been a much higher pick if not for an injury history. Fitts is a nice athlete that defends the run at a high level and has a relentless motor. Javon Wims is a poor mans Allen Robinson and can provide WR depth.
  • Final Grade: A

Cincinnati Bengals

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/21st Billy Price, C Ohio State Travis Frederick
2nd/54th Jessie Bates III, S Wake Forest Reggie Nelson
3rd/77th Sam Hubbard, ED Ohio State Ryan Kerrigan
3rd/78th Malik Jefferson, LB Texas Lawrence Timmons
4th/112th Mark Walton, RB Miami DeAngelo Williams
5th/151st Davontae Harris, DB Illinois State Mike Jenkins
5th/158th Andrew Brown, ID Virginia Dominique Easley
5th/170th Darius Phillips, CB Western Michigan Patrick Robinson
7th/249th Logan Woodside, QB Toledo John Beck
7th/252nd Rod Taylor, OG Ole Miss Travelle Wharton
7th/253rd Auden Tate, WR Florida State Plaxico Burress
  • Quietley the Bengals had one of the best drafts. They added a ton of NFL-ready talent and contributors. Billy Price will be their starting center for a long time. He’s fantastic as a run blocker and has the strength and anchor to be a solid pass protector. The Bengals needed a center fielder safety and took one of the best in the draft with Jessie Bates. He should jump right into the rotation as a top three safety for them. Sam Hubbard wasn’t a need, but the value at 77 was too good to pass up. Hubbard can eventually replace Michael Johnson as the Bengals base end. Malik Jefferson lacks instincts, but his size and athleticism can fill in for Vontaze Burfict on the weakside while he’s suspended. He can eventually takeover as their middle linebacker with some coaching. At 112th Mark Walton wasn’t a need, but he was a steal. He has a similar skill set to Gio Bernard and can provide depth. Davontae Harris was a reach on athletic/special teams upside. Taking Darius Phillips at 170 makes up for that some. Phillips has great footwork and athleticism and could become a starting nickel. He should also challenge for the starting return man job. Andrew Brown is a project with athleticism. Playing him as a 3-tech behind Geno Atkins is ideal. Logan Woodside and Rod Taylor should make the team as backups. Auden Tate may have been the steal of the draft. Tate isn’t a great athlete which caused his slide, but he’s the best red zone threat at receiver in the draft.
  • Final Grade: A-

Cleveland Browns

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/1st Baker Mayfield, QB Oklahoma Jeff Garcia
1st/4th Denzel Ward, CB Ohio State Marshon Lattimore
2nd/33rd Austin Corbett, OG Nevada Ali Marpet
2nd/35th Nick Chubb, RB Georgia Mark Ingram
3rd/67th Chad Thomas, ED Miami Vinny Curry
4th/105th Antonio Callaway, WR Florida Lee Evans
5th/150th Genard Avery, LB Memphis Zach Brown
6th/175th Damion Ratley, WR Texas A&M Andre Davis
6th/188th Simeon Thomas, CB Louisiana-Lafayette Ahkello Witherspoon
  • The Browns shocked the world and took Heisman winning QB Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. Mayfield’s style of play lines up with what John Dorsey has previously loved in QB prospects. Mayfield has the moxie and leadership skills the Browns have lacked at QB for a long time, it was a bold pick, but the right pick for that city. With the fourth pick the Browns shocked people again and took Ohio State CB Denzel Ward over pass rusher Bradley Chubb. Chubb would have been the more fun pick, but Ward fills a much bigger need. Ward will step in as the Browns CB1 right away with absurd athleticism and movement skills. Taking Austin Corbett 33rd was a head scratcher. Corbett’s value is as a guard, but the Browns have Joel Bitonio and Kevin Zeitler. Moving Corbett to tackle is a risky move, Connor Williams would have been a much safer pick. Nick Chubb at 35 is a great fit, but why did the Browns sign Carlos Hyde to a lucrative deal, by RB standards, if he isn’t going to play? Chubb is going to be a great fit with Duke Johnson, but the Hyde deal doesn’t make sense now. Chad Thomas has inside outside ability on the d-line, but they have multiple players in his mould already. Antonio Callaway was talented enough to go higher, but his off-field baggage is the worst in the draft. Although he’s a great fit on the field, taking the risk on him in the fourth-round might not be worth the headache. Genard Avery slid because of an injury issue. He’s a second-round talent with versatility, physicality, and athleticism. Avery will get on the field and should fight for a starting job. Damion Ratley is a deep threat with special teams upside. Simeon Thomas is raw, but his length and athleticism are intriguing.
  • Final Grade: B+

Dallas Cowboys

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/19th Leighton Vander Esch, LB Boise State Rolando McClain
2nd/50th Connor Williams, OG Texas Joe Staley
3rd/81st Michael Gallup, WR Colorado State Justin Blackman
4th/116th Dorance Armstrong Jr., ED Kansas Shaun Phillips
4th/137th Dalton Schultz, TE Stanford Marcedes Lewis
5th/171st Mike White, QB Western Kentucky Chad Henne
6th/193rd Chris Covington, LB Indiana Carlos Polk
6th/208th Cedrick Wilson Jr., WR Boise State Tyler Boyd
7th/236th Bo Scarbrough, RB Alabama Jordan Howard
  • Depending on how you value the players the Cowboys drafted the grade can fluctuate. The size and athleticism of Leighton Vander Esch had many teams interested, but taking him top 20 felt like a reach. LVE is a genetic freak, there’s no denying that, but he’s so raw. He isn’t NFL-ready and lacks instincts and on top of that he struggles to get off blocks. By taking Connor Williams at 50 it makes that LVE pick more worth the risk. Williams was a first-round talent that slid because he lacks length. Williams will plug and play at left guard for the Cowboys and has All-Pro potential. Michael Gallup isn’t the best receiver fit for the Cowboys. Apparently he’s a bit of a headache off the field. Gallup has nice size and athleticism, but struggles to run clean routes. He should start right away, but isn’t the type of WR that Dak Prescott needed. Dorance Armstrong is a steal in the fourth-round. He’ll be able to provide depth and has more pass rush upside than Taco Charlton. After Jason Witten retired the Cowboys needed to add a tight end. Dalton Schultz is a terrific blocker that has size and athleticism. He’s raw as a receiver, but should compete to star. Mike White is a strong armed pocket passer that can backup Prescott for years. Chris Covington was a special teams upside reach. Cedrick Wilson is the type of WR Dak needed. He’s a smooth route runner with consistent hands, he can be a big slot for them. Getting Bo Scarbrough in the seventh is a steal. Behind this offensive line Scarbrough can be a big play threat backup to Zeke.
  • Final Grade: B+

Denver Broncos

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/5th Bradley Chubb, ED NC State Michael Bennett
2nd/40th Courtland Sutton, WR SMU Alshon Jeffery
3rd/71st Royce Freeman, RB Oregon Jeremy Hill
3rd/99th Isaac Yiadom, CB Boston College Corey Webster
4th/106th Josey Jewell, LB Iowa Sean Lee
4th/113th DaeSean Hamilton, WR Penn State Austin Collie
5th/156th Troy Fumagalli, TE Wisconsin Owen Daniels
6th/183rd Sam Jones, OG Arizona State Sean Harlow
6th/217th Keishawn Bierria, LB Washington Larry Grant
7th/226th David Williams, RB Arkansas Alfred Morris
  • The Browns passed on Bradley Chubb and the Broncos were happy to scoop him up. Pairing him with Von Miller is wild. Chubb is a non-stop pass rusher with all the tools to dominate as a run defender. Chubb is one of the most pro-ready players in the draft. Getting Chubb shored up the Broncos D and taking the sliding Courtland Sutton helped their O. Sutton is big and athletic and could play right away on the outside. He’ll likely replace Demaryius Thomas as the fulltime outside threat in a year. Depending on who you talk to Royce Freeman was a great pick or a terrible one. Freeman is a big athletic back, but lacks the fundamentals to be a star runner. He doesn’t have the vision a great RB needs, this was a reach pick. Isaac Yiadom is a nice fit in Denver as their press corner on the outside to help fill the hole left by Aqib Talib being traded. Josey Jewell slid because of athleticism concerns, but his instincts are insane. He can battle for a starting job and be the leader of their linebacker core. Sutton will replace Thomas and DaeSean Hamilton will eventually replace Emmanuel Sanders. Hamilton is a big slot and probably the best route runner in the draft. Denver lacks a true TE1 and Troy Fumagalli has the consistent hands, blocking ability, and size to compete for the starting spot. Sam Jones will add nice depth on the interior. Keishawn Bierria was a reach for special teams help. David Williams is a classic one-cut runner and is a better fit for Denver than Freeman.
  • Final Grade: B+

Detroit Lions

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/20th Frank Ragnow, C Arkansas Nick Mangold
2nd/43rd Kerryon Johnson, RB Auburn DeMarco Murray
3rd/82nd Tracy Walker, S Louisiana-Lafayette Quintin Demps
4th/114th Da’Shawn Hand, ID Alabama Derek Wolfe
5th/153rd Tyrell Crosby, OL Oregon Morgan Moses
7th/237th Nick Bawden, FB San Diego State Andy Janovich
  • Matt Patricia clearly wanted to give the Lions a makeover and he did it in this draft. The Lions haven’t been able to run the ball consistently since Barry Sanders. This draft should change that. Taking Frank Ragnow gives their offensive line an attitude. Ragnow is big and physical. He finishes through the whistle and has Pro Bowl upside at center. In the second-round they reached on Kerryon Johnson, but it’s a good fit. Johnson is a tough runner that looks like DeMarco Murray when pounding the rock in-between the tackles. Pairing him with Theo Riddick is going to change this Lions backfield. The biggest surprise was in the third-round when the Lions reached on DB Tracy Walker. Walker was more of a mid-day three talent, but again it’s a nice fit. Walker has the versatility to play either safety spot and even comedown and play nickel. He should compete to get on the field for the Lions because of his football IQ. In the fourth-round Da’Shawn Hand was a slight reach, but he’ll bolster the Lions run defense and has inside outside ability. The steal of the fifth-round may have been Tyrell Crosby. With day two tape, but technique issues Crosby fell into the Lions lap. He can plug and play at guard for them adding to the injection of toughness on the offense. Of course adding toughness means adding a fullback. With their final pick the Lions taking Nick Bawden made sense. He’s a skull cracking run blocker with special teams upside. Although they reached on some picks the Lions stayed true to their philosophy to get tougher and that’s admirable.
  • Final Grade: B

Green Bay Packers

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/18th Jaire Alexander, CB Louisville Chris Harris Jr.
2nd/45th Josh Jackson, CB Iowa Marcus Peters
3rd/88th Oren Burks, LB Vanderbilt DeMeco Ryans
4th/133rd J’Mon Moore, WR Missouri Rishard Matthews
5th/138th Cole Madison, OG Washington State JJ Dielman
5th/172nd JK Scott, P Alabama Dustin Colquitt
5th/174th Marquez Valdes-Scantling South Florida Josh Malone
6th/207th Equanimeous St. Brown, WR Notre Dame Martavis Bryant
7th/232nd James Looney, ID California Tyson Alualu
7th/239th Hunter Bradley, LS Mississippi State Jon Weeks
7th/248th Kendall Donnerson, LB Southeast Missouri State Quincy Black
  • Entering the draft, the Packers needed to add cornerbacks and boy did they ever. After fleecing the Saints in a trade back to 27 and adding a 2019 first-round pick the Packers traded up for CB Jaire Alexander. Alexander will insert right into this defense as the starting nickel. He can play on the inside or outside and brings toughness and feistiness to the secondary. In the second-round the Packers stole CB Josh Jackson as he slid. Jackson will play right away on the outside and has elite ball skills. Green Bay ended up with most peoples second and third ranked cornerbacks and add them with last year’s second-round pick Kevin King. Oren Burks in the third-round was a reach because of his superior athleticism, but it’s a good fit with their current linebacker core. J’Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Equanimeous St. Brown are all similar players at WR. One is bound to land the role Jordy Nelson played. Valdes-Scantling was a reach especially with his character concerns, but EST was a steal because he slid due to character concerns. Drafting punters and kickers before the sixth-round isn’t great, but JK Scott will win the punting job. James Looney has awesome athleticism and can get into the defensive line rotation as a disruptive 5-tech. Drafting long snappers is never worth it and Kendall Donnerson was a huge athletic upside pick for their special teams.
  • Final Grade: A-

Houston Texans

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
3rd/68th Justin Reid, S Stanford Malcolm Jenkins
3rd/80th Martinas Rankin, OL Mississippi State Gabe Jackson
3rd/98th Jordan Akins, TE UCF Randall Telfer
4th/103rd Keke Coutee, WR Texas Tech Brandin Cooks
6th/177th Duke Ejiofor, ED Wake Forest Preston Smith
6th/211th Jordan Thomas, TE Mississippi State Xavier Grimble
6th/214th Peter Kalambayi, ED/LB Stanford Reggie Torbor
7th/222nd Jermaine Kelly, CB San Jose State Eric Rowe
  • Even though the Texans didn’t have a first or second-round pick they ended up with a handful on potential starters. For some reason Justin Reid tumbled all the way into the third-round and the Texans were the beneficiaries. Reid is a first-round talent with size and athleticism. He can get on the field as a safety, nickel, and dime linebacker. The Texans secondary has gone from a weakness to a strength this offseason. With a need for offensive linemen the Texans took Martians Rankin. Rankin has the ability to play every spot and will likely end up a starting guard for them. Their big reach was on TE Jordan Akins with Ian Thomas on the board. Akins is a raw athlete that was more of a day three guy on tape. Keke Coutee is an undersize playmaker that will fit perfectly in this offense. Coutee can win the slot job and be a deep threat, but also a YAC receiver on shorter routes. Duke Ejiofor slid because of injury concerns, but with violent hands and a high motor he’ll be a contributor in the pass rush rotation. Jordan Thomas, Peter Kalambayi, and Jermaine Kelly were all athletic upside and versatility picks.
  • Final Grade: B+

Indianapolis Colts

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/6th Quenton Nelson, OG Notre Dame Steve Hutchinson
2nd/36th Darius Leonard, LB South Carolina State Daryl Washington
2nd/37th Braden Smith, OG Auburn Kyle Long
2nd/52nd Kemoko Turay, ED Rutgers Chandler Jones
2nd/64th Tyquan Lewis, ED Ohio State Chris Kelsay
4th/104th Nyheim Hines, RB NC State Duke Johnson
5th/159th Daurice Fountain, WR Northern Iowa Nate Burelson
5th/169th Jordan Wilkins, RB Ole Miss Corey Clement
6th/185th Deon Cain, WR Clemson Brandon LaFell
7th/221st Matthew Adams, LB Houston Anthony Walker
7th/235th Zaire Franklin, LB Syracuse Marcus Freeman
  • Chris Ballard went into this draft with two things in mind getting NFL-ready talent and tough football players. The Colts had arguably the best player in the draft fall to them at six with Quenton Nelson. Nelson will plug and play at left guard and has the ability to become one of the best in the league. At 36 the Colts reached slightly on LB Darius Leonard, but he should become a starter quickly. Leonard is big, athletic, physical, and has a high football IQ. He can be a defensive chess piece. After taking Nelson going with fellow guard Braden Smith was awesome. The Colts now have an interior line with those two and former first-round pick Ryan Kelly that should actually keep Andrew Luck clean. With their next two second-round picks doubling down again on a position of need is an interesting technique. Kemoko Turay has immense upside and should start right away. He’s athletic with some of the best flexibility around the edge in the draft. Then adding Tyquan Lewis gives them a high motor player with inside outside ability. With Frank Reich coming over from the Eagles where they used a handful of running backs it’s not surprising the Colts took two in this draft. Pairing Marlon Mack with Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins makes for a young talented group. Hines is a fantastic pass catcher with return man ability while Wilkins is an electric elusive runner with size. The Colts again doubled down with WRs taking Daurice Fountain who should become a starter. Fountain is a fantastic contested ball receiver. Adding Deon Cain in the sixth-round was a steal. Cain has inconsistent hands, but the size and athleticism to create mismatches. In the seventh they double down a sixth time with two linebackers that have special teams upside.
  • Final Grade: B+

Jacksonville Jaguars

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/29th Taven Bryan, ID Florida Cameron Heyward
2nd/61st DJ Chark, WR LSU Tyrell Williams
3rd/93rd Ronnie Harrison, S Alabama Keanu Neal
4th/129th Will Richardson, OL NC State Eugene Monroe
6th/203rd Tanner Lee, QB Nebraska Zach Mettenberger
7th/230th Leon Jacobs, LB/ED Wisconsin Antwan Barnes
7th/247th Logan Cooke, P Mississippi State Jordan Berry
  • The only real knock against the Jaguars draft is they passed on Lamar Jackson. Other than that they added four contributors, a terrible QB, a physical specimen, and a punter. Adding Taven Bryan as a rotational defensive lineman is a great fit for him and for Jacksonville. Bryan is raw and lacks technique, but is one of the best athletes in the draft and can provide pass rush help. Getting DJ Chark in the second-round is a perfect fit. He’s the best deep threat in the class and with his size and speed he gives the Jaguars a deep passing element they lack. Nobody is sure why Ronnie Harrison fell, but the Jags are happy. Harrison is a big enforcer on the backend that can play dime linebacker and eventually replace Barry Church. Getting Will Richardson where they did is nice value. He can compete for the left guard spot and eventually move to right tackle when Jeremy Parnell is gone. Tanner Lee is terrible. He has a big arm, but not much else. Taking him in the sixth-round doesn’t make any sense. Leon Jacobs is a great special teams add as a freak athlete that can play linebacker or edge. Getting a punter that late is fine when he’ll likely be your starter.
  • Final Grade: B+

Kansas City Chiefs

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
2nd/46th Breeland Speaks, ID Ole Miss Isaac Rochell
3rd/75th Derrick Nnadi, ID Florida State Michael Pierce
3rd/100th Dorian O’Daniel, LB Clemson Mark Barron
4th/124th Armani Watts, S Texas A&M Devin McCourty
6th/196th Tremon Smith, CB Central Arkanas Robert Alford
6th/198th Khalil McKenzie, ID/OL Tennessee Jarvis Jenkins
  • One of the most surprising picks of the draft was when the Chiefs used their first pick on defensive lineman Breeland Speaks and called him a linebacker. Speaks played mainly as an interior defender at Ole Miss with some outside pass rush ability. But at his size it’s surprising they want to move him to an edge linebacker role. Speaks has size and athletic upside, but he’s too much of a project to take at 46. Fortunately, the Chiefs used their next pick on plug and play nose tackle Derrick Nnadi. Nnadi is a space eater that will own the nose tackle job for multiple years in Kansas City. In the third-round taking ultra athletic LB Dorian O’Daniel was a smart move to supplement the signing on Anthony Hitchens. Hitchens struggles in coverage and O’Daniel can fill the role of cover LB. Armani Watts is a nice compliment at safety to Eric Berry. Watts is at his best in single high playing deep zone coverage. Tremon Smith is a nice athlete that dominated lower level competition. He could get on the field as a nickel early in his career. Khalil McKenzie was drafted as a guard and is a complete project.
  • Final Grade: B-

Los Angeles Chargers

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/17th Derwin James, S Florida State Adrian Wilson
2nd/48th Uchenna Nwosu, LB USC Ryan Shazier
3rd/84th Justin Jones, ID NC State Johnathan Hankins
4th/119th Kyzir White, S/LB West Virginia Deone Bucannon
5th/155th Scott Quessenberry, C UCLA Nick Hardwick
6th/191st Dylan Cantrell, WR Texas Tech Greg Salas
7th/251st Justin Jackson, RB Northwestern Charles Sims
  • Despite having a top 10 defense in 2017 the Chargers had some defensive holes entering the draft. They filled every hole and now have the potential to be a top 5 defense. Derwin James is a freak and they stole him at 17. James can be Gus Bradley’s defensive chess piece like Kam Chancellor, but more athletic. Uchenna Nwosu is another great athlete that should move to off-ball LB for the Chargers. Nwosu has an awesome motor and fantastic instincts. He should start at Sam LB early on as he develops. Justin Jones fills their need for a run stopping interior force in the middle of the defensive line. Kyzir White is a safety/linebacker/overhang defender hybrid. He can play dime LB and potentially become a Will LB down the road. Scott Quessenberry is a great athlete at center that should be the center of the future. Dylan Cantrell and Justin Jackson were athletic upside picks to help the special teams.
  • Final Grade: B+

Los Angeles Rams

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
3rd/89th Joseph Noteboom, OT TCU Cameron Fleming
4th/111th Brian Allen, C Michigan State Brett Romberg
4th/135th John Franklin-Myers, ED/ID Southland Datone Jones
5th/147th Micah Kiser, LB Virginia Will Compton
5th/160th Obo Okoronkwo, ED Oklahoma Bruce Irvin
6th/176th John Kelly, RB Tennessee Maurice Jones-Drew
6th/192nd Jamil Demby, OL Maine Paul Fanaika
6th/195th Sebastian Joseph, ID Rutgers Cedric Thompson
6th/205th Trevon Young, ED Louisville John Engelberger
7th/231st Travin Howard, LB/S TCU Kemal Ishmael
7th/244th Justin Lawler, ED SMU Carl Nassib
  • If you factor in the trades the Rams made with some of their picks that could change the grade. Their first-round pick went for Brandin Cooks, and their second-round pick for Sammy Watkins, those moves cancel each other out. They also used one of their fourth-round picks in the deal for Marcus Peters and their fifth-round pick for Aqib Talib, but then traded for that fifth-round pick again. Basically if you factor that all in the Rams had a nice haul, but their actual picks were poor. Joseph Noteboom is swing tackle that provides depth, but not much else. Brian Allen is a smart, but undersized center that needs a ton of work. John Franklin-Myers is a tweener that has upside, but won’t contribute for awhile. Micah Kiser is a special teams player at best. All four of those picks were over drafted by multiple rounds. Luckily the Rams nabbed Obo Okoronkwo 160th which is a steal. Obo is perfect for Wade Phillips defense and should start on the edge right away. In the sixth grabbing John Kelly to be Todd Gurley’s backup is awesome. Kelly is a violent runner with receiving ability. Jamil Demby and Sebastian Joseph are fine depth picks with size and athletic upside. Trevon Young is a reach pick; he isn’t the same player since the injuries. Travin Howard is a special teams upside tweener and Justin Lawler is a great run defender that lacks athleticism.
  • Final Grade: C

Miami Dolphins

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/11th Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB Miami Charles Woodson
2nd/42nd Mike Gesicki, TE Penn State Jordan Cameron
3rd/73rd Jerome Baker, LB Ohio State Kwon Alexander
4th/123rd Durham Smythe, TE Notre Dame Vance McDonald
4th/131st Kalen Ballage, RB Arizona State Tevin Coleman
6th/209th Cornell Armstrong, CB Southern Miss Justin Coleman
7th/227th Quentin Poling, LB Ohio Scooby Wright
7th/229th Jason Sanders, K New Mexico Blair Walsh
  • It seems as if the Dolphins missed out on a quarterback and just went best player available. Minkah Fitzpatrick slid to 11 and although it’s not a sexy pick for Dolphins fans, it’s a great pick. Fitzpatrick is a top five player in the class with the ability to be a culture changer. His football IQ and versatility will help Miami’s defense for years. Fitzpatrick can start right away at nickel. Even though Mike Gesicki is a freak athlete the Dolphins reached on him. He’s going to play because of their lack of tight ends, but he rarely played in-line at Notre Dame. Gesicki could be used as a big slot and matchup nightmare. Jerome Baker brings much needed athleticism to the Dolphins LB core and should find a home at Will right away. Durham Smythe is insurance for the Gesicki pick. Smythe is a great blocker with size and solid hands, he’ll pair with Gesicki well. Kalen Ballage is a RB, but his best skill is his receiving ability. He can team with Kenyan Drake to make an exciting explosive backfield. Cornell Armstrong and Quentin Poling are both special teams picks with athleticism and size. Jason Sanders was a terrible pick as an inconsistent college kicker. Better kickers went undrafted.
  • Final Grade: B-

Minnesota Vikings

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/30th Mike Hughes, CB UCF AJ Bouye
2nd/62nd Brian O’Neill, OT Pittsburgh Matt Kalil
4th/102nd Jalyn Holmes, ED/ID Ohio State Cory Redding
5th/157th Tyler Conklin, TE Central Michigan Zach Miller
5th/167th Daniel Carlson, K Auburn Sebastian Janikowski
6th/213th Colby Gossett, OG Appalachian Stae Zane Beadles
6th/218th Ade Aruna, ED Tulane Adalius Thomas
7th/225th Devante Downs, LB California Ramik Wilson
  • The Vikings had one glaring need entering the draft, but didn’t attack it aggressively. Even though they needed help on the interior of the offensive line they went best player available in the first-round. Mike Hughes is a perfect DB for Mike Zimmer. Hughes is undersized, but one of the most physical press corners in the draft. Hughes should be the Vikings starting nickel this season and can also contribute as a return man. Brian O’Neill is a big and athletic tackle with huge upside, but he isn’t ready to play. O’Neill is likely the Vikings tackle of the future and it would be surprising if he plays significant snaps as a rookie. Jalyn Holmes is an inside outside defensive lineman that can provide depth at almost every position on the d-line. Tyler Conklin is a nice backup TE with natural receiving ability, his only knock is a lack of athleticism. Daniel Carlson is the best kicker prospect with a huge leg and ice in his veins. It was a reach, but the Vikings need some consistency at the position. Finally, in the sixth-round they addressed the interior o-line need. Colby Gossett is a nice pick and can come in and compete for a starting job. Ade Aruna and Devante Downs are athletic projects worth the risk that late.
  • Final Grade: B

New England Patriots

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/23rd Isaiah Wynn, OT Georgia Zack Martin
1st/31st Sony Michel, RB Georgia Clinton Portis
2nd/56th Duke Dawson, CB Florida EJ Gaines
5th/143rd Ja’Whaun Bentley, LB Purdue Brandon Spikes
6th/178th Christian Sam, LB Arizona State Reggie Ragland
6th/210th Braxton Berrios, WR Miami Cole Beasley
7th/219th Danny Etling, QB LSU Tyler Palko
7th/243rd Keion Crossen, CB Western Carolina Mike Hilton
7th/250th Ryan Izzo, TE Florida State Luke Stocker
  • In classic Bill Belichick fashion, it was a weird draft for the Patriots. With a massive need at tackle the Patriots used their first-round pick on Isaiah Wynn. Most see Wynn as an NFL guard due to his lack of length, but the Patriots view him as a tackle. It’s not a bad pick, Wynn was dominant at Georgia, just a surprising one. They trust Dante Scarnecchia to make it work and if it doesn’t he’ll be a great guard. Despite many defensive holes and a deep RB class the Pats selected Sony Michel with their other first-round pick. He’s a great fit their, but they it wasn’t that big of a need. Michel will provide a true RB1 with chess piece ability as a pass catcher. Duke Dawson will probably win the starting nickel job, but taking him 56 was a big reach. Ja’Whaun Bentley was more of a UDFA player, but the Patriots took him in the fifth-round. Christian Sam is the better all-around LB and getting him 178 was a steal. Braxton Berrios is a depth pick in the slot with Danny Amendola gone. Danny Etling shouldn’t have been drafted, Keion Crossen is a developmental nickel, and Ryan Izzo is a nice special teams addition and blocking tight end.
  • Final Grade: C+

New Orleans Saints

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/14th Marcus Davenport, ED UTSA Shawne Merriman
3rd/91st Tre’Quan Smith, WR UCF Hakeem Nicks
4th/127th Rick Leonard, OT Florida State Cole Toner
5th/164th Natrell Jamerson, S Wisconsin Tom Zbikowski
6th/189th Kamrin Moore, CB Boston College Jamar Wall
6th/201st Boston Scott, RB Louisiana Tech Jacquizz Rodgers
7th/245th Will Clapp, C LSU Justin Boren
  • Giving up two first-round picks for a developmental pass rusher during a Super Bowl window is insane. Maybe GM Mickey Loomis thought he could get a two for one with Marcus Davenport and have him play some small forward for the Pelicans. On a serious note, that trade only made sense if the selection was Lamar Jackson or Derwin James. Davenport is going to be a good player, but as recently as the Senior Bowl he couldn’t play in a three-point stance. He’s a long freaky athlete, but he won’t be a big contributor for awhile. Tre’Quan Smith was a solid pick at 91. He’s big and athletic with an incredible catch radius. Smith should eventually be the Saints WR2 across from Michael Thomas. Maybe the worst pick of the draft was Rick Leonard in the fourth-round. Leonard was bad at Florida State after moving from d-line to o-line and starting for a season and a half. Natrell Jamerson is a seventh-round talent with great athleticism, but the Saints reached on him in the fifth. His ceiling is a quality special teams player. Kamrin Moore is a backup nickel at best with nice aggressiveness. The pick of Boston Scott isn’t overly surprising. Scott is a nice fit for Sean Payton with elusiveness, speed, and receiving ability. Will Clapp is a solid depth pick to backup Max Unger.
  • Final Grade: D

New York Giants

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/2nd Saquon Barkley, RB Penn State Marshall Faulk
2nd/34th Will Hernandez, OG UTEP Mike Iupati
3rd/66th Lorenzo Carter, ED/LB Georgia Anthony Barr
3rd/69th BJ Hill, ID NC State Linval Joseph
4th/108th Kyle Lauletta, QB Richmond Jimmy Garoppolo
5th/139th RJ McIntosh, ID Miami Stephon Tuitt
  • It’s tough to grade the Giants draft. On one hand they got the best player in the draft, Saquon Barkley, on the other hand they used the second overall pick on a running back and refused to entertain a trade back. Taking a RB that early doesn’t make sense when you need a franchise QB. They also could have moved back for a haul of picks and built this team up a lot quicker. Instead they chose to stick and pick Barkley. Dave Gettleman is old school so it’s not surprising. Barkley is going to be great, but there’s no value in what they did. At the top of the second-round taking Will Hernandez is a perfect fit. Hernandez will plug and play at left guard and be one of the best run blockers for years. Adding Lorenzo Carter in the third is another great fit. Carter can play instantly on the edge and provide a boosted pass rush. He can even use his versatility as a mismatch off-ball LB at times. BJ Hill wasn’t a massive need, but adding him to a defensive line with Snacks Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson is scary. If nothing else the Giants will be able to run the ball and stop the run. Draft twitter sweetheart Kyle Lauletta slid to the Giants in the fourth-round. This is a perfect match. Lauletta lacks arm strength, but has great pocket movement skills and accuracy. Pat Shurmur will be able to develop Lauletta into a future starter. RJ McIntosh is a fine add with high upside. He can be a rotational defensive lineman and find playing time as a 5-tech.
  • Final Grade: B

New York Jets

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/3rd Sam Darnold, QB USC Tony Romo
3rd/72nd Nathan Shepherd, ID Fort Hays State Malik Jackson
4th/107th Chris Herndon, TE Miami Jared Cook
6th/179th Parry Nickerson, CB Tulane Patrick Robinson
6th/180th Foley Fatukasi, ID UCONN Ty Warren
6th/204th Trenton Cannon, RB Virginia State Matt Breida
  • When the Jets traded up to the third pick with the Colts in March there was all kinds of speculation. Would they take Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, or Baker Mayfield? Well, the draft came and went and they lucked into Sam Darnold. It was hard for them to go wrong as long as they didn’t take Allen. Darnold is perfect for this franchise. He’s cool as they come and never seems rattled. In big moments he steps up and makes plays. Darnold will likely sit and learn for at least some of the season as he develops into the Jets first franchise QB since Joe Namath. In the third-round Nathan Shepherd is a nice add. He can come in and play 5-tech right away and has massive upside as a raw prospect. Needing a tight end getting Chris Herndon in the fourth was a bit of a reach, but he brings athletic upside that they don’t have at that positon. Parry Nickerson is a steal in the sixth. He’s a legitmate starting nickel in the NFL and should play early as a rookie. Foley Fatukasi is a stout interior defensive lineman with awesome quickness. He’ll likely be in the defensive line rotation and could even compete to start at 5-tech. Trenton Cannon is a super athlete at RB. He’s raw, but explosive with receiving upside.
  • Final Grade: B+

Oakland Raiders

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/15th Kolton Miller, OT UCLA Nate Solder
2nd/57th PJ Hall, ID Sam Houston State Mike Daniels
3rd/65th Brandon Parker, OT North Carolina A&T DJ Humphries
3rd/87th Arden Key, ED LSU Jason Taylor
4th/110th Nick Nelson, CB Wisconsin Quinton Dunbar
5th/140th Maurice Hurst, ID Michigan Geno Atkins
5th/173rd Johnny Townsend, P Florida Kevin Huber
6th/216th Azeem Victor, LB Washington Christian Jones
7th/228th Marcell Ateman, WR Oklahoma State Rueben Randle
  • It’s been reported the Raiders were using two draft boards during the draft, GM Reggie McKenzie’s and head coach Jon Gruden’s. That’s absolutely insane and terrible, and their draft class is proof of that. Kolton Miller is a project with great athleticism, but no technique. He won’t be ready to play in the NFL for at least a year and was more of a third-round talent. PJ Hall is a freak athlete, but they reached on him a round early. Hall will probably find his way onto the field, but he’s no sure thing. Taking Brandon Parker in the third-round is asinine. He’s another big raw athletic tackle that was more of a sixth-round talent. Tom Cable has clearly tricked the Raiders into thinking he can actually develop raw offensive linemen, ask any Seahawks fan he cannot develop anyone. Oakland also used one of their third-round picks to acquire Martavis Bryant. Bryant is a headache and only has one-year left on his deal, they gave up to much. The Raiders saved their draft grade with their next three picks. Arden Key has first-round talent when he’s in shape and clean off the field. If he can stay focussed adding him with Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin is freaky. Nick Nelson would have been a third-round pick if not for an injury in the pre-draft process. He’s a solidly built physical corner that can become a starter when he’s healthy. Mo Hurst slid due to a heart issue. He’s a top 25 talent and if he’s cleared to play this will be the steal of the draft. The 3-tech job will be his and having him with Mack on the same defense is going to scare offensive linemen. After cutting Marquette King the Raiders got his replacement Johnny Townsend. Townsend is a solid all-around punter. Azeem Victor is a reach especially with his off-field, he’ll have to find a special teams role. Marcell Ateman in the seventh is nice value. He can be a depth option at receiver with nice size and hands.
  • Final Grade: C+

Philadelphia Eagles

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
2nd/49th Dallas Goedert, TE South Dakota State Kellen Winslow Jr.
4th/125th Avonte Maddox, CB Pittsburgh Jason Verrett
4th/130th Josh Sweat, ED Florida State Danielle Hunter
6th/206th Matt Pryor, OL TCU Trent Brown
7th/233rd Jordan Mailata, OT N/A (Australian rugby) N/A
  • With few draft picks and few major needs, the Eagles traded out of the first-round. In the second-round they jumped up to take South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert. Goedert is a great fit in Philly with awesome athleticism. He’s a deep threat at TE and can line up all over the place. Both the Eagles fourth-round picks were fantastic. Avonte Maddox is a feisty undersized cornerback. His athleticism and physicality are perfect to be a starting nickel in the NFL. If not for an injury history Josh Sweat could have been a first-round pick, instead the rich get richer. Philadelphia taking Sweat at 130 is unfair. He can be a rotational pass rusher and with awesome size and athleticism. The Eagles defensive line is going to be unstoppable. With their final two picks the Eagles went offensive line. Matt Pryor is a massive tackle with enough athleticism to stay there in the NFL. Jordan Mailata is an Australian rugby player with incredible size and athleticism. He’ll likely end up on the practice squad as he learns to play football.
  • Final Grade: B+

Pittsburgh Steelers

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/28th Terrell Edmunds, S Virginia Tech Tony Jefferson
2nd/60th James Washington, WR Oklahoma State Davante Adams
3rd/76th Mason Rudolph, QB Oklahoma State Nick Foles
3rd/92nd Chukwuma Okorafor, OT Western Michigan Levi Jones
5th/148th Marcus Allen, S Penn State Bernad Pollard
5th/165th Jaylen Samuels, RB/TE NC State Tre Burton
7th/246th Joshua Frazier, ID Alabama Pat Sims
  • The biggest reach of the first-round award goes to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Terrell Edmunds is a solid football player with a lot of upside, but he has late third-round tape. Taking him 28th doesn’t make sense for the Steelers from a talent nor fit standpoint. They signed Morgan Burnett and have Sean Davis, both safeties that play near the line of scrimmage, so why draft another? Edmunds is an odd fit and a big reach. Needing a deep threat to replace Martavis Bryant. With LSU’s DJ Chark on the board the Steelers elected to take James Washington. Washington is overrated. He’s built like a running back and runs a 4.54. Washington has never run a full route tree in his life and has inconsistent hands. Mason Rudolph in the third is about what his value is, but then why did they draft Josh Dobbs last year? Rudolph isn’t going to be a franchise QB. His peak is a low-end starter or high-end backup. Chukwuma Okorafor late in the third was a solid pickup. Okorafor is big with solid movement skills. He needs to work technique and add strength, but can become a starting NFL tackle. Taking Marcus Allen and doubling down on box safeties was strange. Adding Allen and Edmunds with Burnett and Davis gives the Steelers four box safeties and no free safeties with coverage ability. Jaylen Samuels is an interesting move tight end/pass catching RB that should find a role. Josh Frazier is a backup nose tackle that struggled to find playing time in college.
  • Final Grade: C

San Francisco 49ers

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/9th Mike McGlinchey, OT Notre Dame Taylor Decker
2nd/44th Dante Pettis, WR Washington Marvin Jones
3rd/70th Fred Warner, LB BYU Mychal Kendricks
3rd/95th Tarvarius Moore, DB Southern Miss Kevin Byard
4th/128th Kentavius Street, ID/ED NC State Derrick Shelby
5th/142nd DJ Reed, CB Kansas State Brent Grimes
6th/184th Marcell Harris, S Florida Kavon Frazier
7th/223rd Jullian Taylor, ID Temple CJ Wilson
7th/240th Richie James, WR Middle Tennessee State Albert Wilson
  • It wasn’t a splashy draft for the 49ers, but it was exactly what they needed. They over drafted Mike McGlinchey, but they had to, he would have gone 10 to Oakland if they didn’t. McGlinchey is a plug and play right tackle for them and can eventually take over for Joe Staley on the left side. He’s an awesome run blocker with size and bend that hold up in pass pro. Dante Pettis is a perfect Kyle Shanahan receiver. He’s a clean route runner with the best hands in the draft. He’s go plus athleticism and is a dynamic return man. Pettis will eventually be the go-to receiver for the 49ers. Needing a linebacker, the 49ers waited on it in a deep class. Fred Warner is the best of the athletic upside bunch. At BYU he basically played nickel and is an expertise cover LB. He’ll fit right in at Will LB for them. Tarvarius Moore is a freaky athlete with all the upside in the world. He’s raw, but with his size, physicality, and athleticism he’s going to be their starting free safety soon. With his injury taking Kentavius Street in the fourth was a reach, but he’ll be a solid rotational defensive lineman and eat the run. DJ Reed lacks size, but his physicality and foot quickness is ideal for the nickel. He’ll provide DB depth and could start at nickel down the road. Marcell Harris is a physical safety and a nice special teams pick. Jullian Taylor is a great athlete, but a raw defensive lineman. Getting him on the practice squad to develop him is key. Richie James with Shanny is a perfect fit. Shanahan always has a gadget player and that’s what James can be. He’s elusive, fast, and dynamic with the ball in his hands, he can be this teams Taylor Gabriel.
  • Final Grade: A-

Seattle Seahawks

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/27th Rashaad Penny, RB San Diego State Thomas Jones
3rd/79th Rasheem Green, ID USC David Irving
4th/120th Will Dissly, TE Washington Jack Doyle
5th/141st Shaquem Griffin, LB/ED UCF Vince Williams
5th/146th Tre Flowers, DB Oklahoma State Thomas DeCoud
5th/149th Michael Dickson, P Texas Pat McAfee
5th/168th Jamarco Jones, OT Ohio State Marcus Gilbert
6th/186th Jacob Martin, ED/LB Temple Eli Harold
7th/220th Alex McGough, QB FIU David Fales
  • The Rashaad Penny pick seemed like a reach to the media, but the NFL valued him much more. Apparently after the pick a team contacted the Seahawks and tried to trade for him. Penny gives the Seahawks their first true RB1 since Marshawn Lynch. Penny has the best vision in the class and great balance as a runner, two of the most important traits. He’s also a solid pass catcher and his only real hole is pass pro. Rasheem Green was a bad pick in the third. He’s long and athletic, but was non-existent for USC. He’s a developmental pick to be the Seahawks inside outside replacement for Michael Bennett. Will Dissly was a reach, but a nice fit. Probably the best run blocker in the draft, he’ll get on the field early. His hands are solid, he’s an old school tight end. Shaquem Griffin in the fifth is a great fit. He can help be a culture changer as the Hawks rebuild on the fly. He’ll also probably end up being the starting Sam LB that they’ve lacked since Bruce Irvin left. At the least he’ll be a special teams monster. Tre Flowers is another nice fit. He played safety in college, but for Seattle should be a corner. He’s long, smooth, and athletic with solid coverage traits. Michael Dickson has a booming leg and will be the starting punter. Jamarco Jones isn’t great, but is nice value in the fifth. He could challenge for the starting right tackle spot. Jacob Martin is a developmental practice squad player. Alex McGough was a throwaway pick with very little NFL upside.
  • Final Grade: C+

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/12th Vita Vea, ID Washington Haltoi Ngata
2nd/38th Ronald Jones II, RB USC LeSean McCoy
2nd/53rd MJ Stewart, CB North Carolina Sheldon Brown
2nd/63rd Carlton Davis, CB Auburn Aqib Talib
3rd/94th Alex Cappa, OL Humboldt State Rodger Saffold
4th/117th Jordan Whitehead, S Pittsburgh Lamarcus Joyner
5th/144th Justin Watson, WR Penn Jordan Matthews
6th/202nd Jack Cichy, LB Wisconsin James Laurinaitis
  • One of the more surprising moves of the first-round was Tampa Bay trading back and selecting Vita Vea with Derwin James on the board. Vea is a nice pick beside Gerald McCoy for the Buccaneers on the defensive line. He isn’t just a nose tackle either, he has pass rushing upside and doesn’t need to come off the field on passing downs. With no true stud runner on the roster the Bucs stole Ronald Jones at 38. He slid due to a poor lead up to the draft, but he’s the most elusive runner in the class with awesome burst to finish runs. He’ll be a homerun hitter and adds to an already deep group of offensive playmakers. Adding MJ Stewart, Carlton Davis, and Jordan Whitehead adds a ton of physicality and toughness to the secondary. Stewart should start at nickel where his footwork and feistiness best fit. Davis is a big mean press corner and will likely compete for the top corner spot. Whitehead can plug and play at free safety or strong safety. He loves to come up against the run. Alex Cappa inserts at one of the guard spots and gives Tampa a mean hog mollie that run mauls everyone. Justin Watson will compete for time in the slot and could end up a starter down the road. If not for an injury Jack Cichy would have been a higher pick. He’s got great instincts and a football IQ, he’s a good bet to end up a special teams captain.
  • Final Grade: A-

Tennessee Titans

Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/22nd Rashaan Evans, LB Alabama Vontaze Burfict
2nd/41st Harold Landry, ED Boston College Cameron Wake
5th/152nd Dane Cruikshank, DB Arizona Tyvon Branch
6th/199th Luke Falk, QB Washington State Cody Kessler
  • Nobody got more bang for their buck than the Tennessee Titans. Don’t knock them for only making four picks because they were a terrific four picks. It was quality over quantity for Jon Robinson. To end up with both Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry is lunacy. Evans is a perfect linebacker for this defense. He’ll insert at inside linebacker where his blitzing ability and ferociousness will be showcased. With Evans in the middle this defense finally has a star in the linebacker core. Landry falling to 41 is a crime. He is the type of pass rusher the NFL usually covets. With great explosion and speed off the edge, Landry can bend and dip and gives tackles headaches. He’ll probably start off as a situational pass rusher, but Landry has Pro Bowl ability. In the fifth-round again the Titans stop the slide of a talented player. Dane Cruikshank is a similar player to Minkah Fitzpatrick. He’s a big nickel that can play safety, dime linebacker, and even cornerback. With his versatility, football IQ, and physicality he’ll find a role on this defense. Despite not having the physical tools to be an NFL starter Luke Falk is a solid pickup in the sixth-round. He has one of the highest football IQs among the QB prospects and when you listen to him talk he sounds like a future head coach. Having a backup QB like Falk is nice. He’ll be able to spot starter when needed and brings a ton of knowledge to the QB room.
  • Final Grade: A+


Round/pick Player School Pro Comparison
1st/13th Da’Ron Payne, ID Alabama Brandon Williams
2nd/59th Derrius Guice, RB LSU Marshawn Lynch
3rd/74th Geron Christian, OT Louisville Shon Coleman
4th/109th Troy Apke, S Penn State Jason Allen
5th/163rd Tim Settle, ID Virginia Tech DJ Reader
6th/197th Shaun Dion Hamilton, LB Alabama Jalen Reeves-Maybin
7th/241st Greg Stroman, CB Virginia Tech Logan Ryan
7th/256th Trey Quinn, WR SMU Julian Edelman
  • With one of the weirder drafts, Washington lucked into some players. Da’Ron Payne was not worth a first-round pick. He rarely showed the explosiveness to be a disruptive defensive lineman at Alabama. Aside from his performance vs Georgia, he played more like a space eating nose tackle. If Washington unlocks that ability he showed it’ll be a nice pick, but it’s doubtful. On the other hand, he’s still a nice fit and should bolster their run defense. Derrius Guice slid for apparent character issues. Depending who you ask the issues aren’t anything serious he’s apparently just, “silly” and enjoys video games too much. Guice is what Washington needed, he’s a tone setter. His physical running style is perfect behind this offensive line. Getting a top 15 player at 59 is beautiful value. Geron Christian is a bad pick. He showed some flashes in college, but often had no technique. With both tackles in place, maybe Washington is looking to kick him inside. Troy Apke is a SPARQ god, but the tape didn’t align with the athletic testing. He was way over drafted. Apke might move to cornerback, but will have to make the team on specials. Tim Settle is a true nose tackle that gives Washington some insurance on the Payne pick. Shaun Dion Hamilton isn’t the same player since an injury, but is fine special teams value. Greg Stroman and Trey Quinn at the end of the seventh-round are nice value. Stroman is a good return man and has starting nickel potential. Quinn can be a starting NFL WR. His value is in the slot, but he has enough size and YAC ability to play on the outside.
  • Final Grade: B

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I’m Canadian as can be, other than the fact that I don’t care about hockey. I love football. The NFL is my life. I consider myself a football guy and I’d rather watch tape than anything else. I’m the Armchair NFL Draft analyst here. You can read my Armchair Scout columns and call me out for my draft misses. I’m also part of two podcasts at Armchair. Our NFL Draft podcast, 7 Rounds in Heaven, and the main NFL pod, Resting the Starters. I cheer for the Steelers, Raptors, Blue Jays, Oregon, and I guess the Leafs.
I’m Canadian as can be, other than the fact that I don’t care about hockey. I love football. The NFL is my life. I consider myself a football guy and I’d rather watch tape than anything else. I’m the Armchair NFL Draft analyst here. You can read my Armchair Scout columns and call me out for my draft misses. I’m also part of two podcasts at Armchair. Our NFL Draft podcast, 7 Rounds in Heaven, and the main NFL pod, Resting the Starters. I cheer for the Steelers, Raptors, Blue Jays, Oregon, and I guess the Leafs.


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