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2018 NFL Draft Team by Team Grades and Analysis. How did Your Team do and is the Real Life Chucky possessed?

In honor of the Draft being in Dallas this year, I will be using the Star scale to rate each Team. 

1 Star★ -Get a New GM 

2 Stars★★ -Below Average

3 Stars★★★-Average

4 Stars★★★★-Above Average

5 Stars★★★★★-The Future is very Bright!

Let’s Dive in!

 

NFC

 

Arizona Cardinals

  • (10) UCLA QB Josh Rosen
  • (47) Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk
  • (97) Michigan C Mason Cole
  • (134) Fordham RB Chase Edmonds
  • (182) Penn State DB Christian Campbell
  • (254) Cincinnati OT Korey Cunningham

I thought the Arizona Cardinals did a fantastic job getting, what many believe, is the most NFL ready QB in the draft with Josh Rosen. They had to move up to 10 to get him, but only gave up their 2018 3rd and 5th Round pick to do so. If Rosen ends up being a Franchise QB this may end up being one of the best trades in AZ history, possibly Top 10 ever. I also love that they drafted WR Christian Kirk in the 2nd Round to pair with Rosen for years to come.  Arizona’s offensive line is a mess so I definitely see C Mason Cole competing for a starting job immediately.

Best Pick:  QB Josh Rosen

Grade:★★★★

 

Atlanta Falcons

  • (26) Alabama WR Calvin Ridley
  • (58) Colorado CB Isaiah Oliver
  • (90) South Florida DT Deadrin Senat
  • (126) Southern Miss RB Ito Smith
  • (194) LSU WR Russell Gage
  • (200) Yale LB Foyesade Oluokun

I understand the Calvin Ridley pick. He is the most polished WR in this draft and will contribute from Day 1. However I really think they passed up the opportunity to take DL Tavon Bryan who would have fit perfectly in their defense. Atlanta could have taken a WR later to address that need. I really like CB Isaiah Oliver. He has good size and could play press coverage. A lot of people had a 1st Round Grade on Oliver so this may end up being a great value pick for the Falcons. Other than that no one else stands out at being an immediate impact player.

Best Pick: CB Isaiah Oliver

Grade:★★★

 

Carolina Panthers

  • (24) Maryland WR D.J. Moore
  • (55) LSU CB Donte Jackson
  • (85) Tennessee DB Rashaan Gaulden
  • (101) Indiana TE Ian Thomas
  • (136) Ole Miss DE Marquis Haynes
  • (161) Maryland LB Jermaine Carter
  • (234) North Carolina LB Andre Smith
  • (242) Miami DT Kendrick Norton

The Panthers passed on WR Calvin Ridley and took WR DJ Moore instead. This may end up being a mistake, but I’m happy they at least took a WR, with a lot of upside, with their first pick. Cam Newton needs more weapons and they went out and got him one in Round 1.  CB Donte Jackson is a small CB and is projected only as a slot corner. TE Ian Thomas is an interesting pick. He has all the physical tools to be a very good TE in the NFL and he is in the perfect spot to learn from one of the best, Greg Olsen.

Best Pick: WR DJ Moore

Grade:★★★ 1/2

 

Chicago Bears

  • (8) Georgia ILB Roquan Smith
  • (39) Iowa G James Daniels
  • (51) Memphis WR Anthony Miller
  • (115) Western Kentucky ILB Joel Iyiegbuniwe
  • (145) Delaware DE Bilal Nichols
  • (181) Utah OLB Kylie Fitts
  • (224) Georgia WR Javon Wims

The Bears had one of my favorite drafts. They absolutely nailed it in my opinion. I think LB Roquan Smith, G James Daniels, and WR Anthony Miller will be immediate impact players for the Bears. As of today LB Roquan Smith is the best ILB in this draft. He may not have the highest ceiling, but he is the best right now. Getting G James Daniels in the 2nd Round is an absolute steal. I had him going as high as 21 in my mock. I really like where GM Ryan Pace is taking this Bear’s team. 5th Round DE Bilal Nichols also has a chance to be a good pass rusher in the NFL.

Best Pick:  G James Daniels

Grade:★★★★★

 

Dallas Cowboys 

  • (19) Boise State ILB Leighton Vander Esch
  • (50) Texas G/T Connor Williams
  • (81) Colorado State WR Michael Gallup
  • (116) Kansas DE Dorance Armstrong
  • (137) Stanford TE Dalton Schultz
  • (171) Western Kentucky QB Mike White
  • (193) Indiana LB Chris Covington
  • (208) Boise State WR Cedrick Wilson
  • (236) Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough

As a Steelers fan I knew it wasn’t going to be a good night when the Cowboys took ILB Leighton Vander Esch with the 19th pick. He will be a starter Day 1 and his ceiling is tremendous. G Connor Williams also has a good chance to start Week 1. With good coaching Williams could be a great fit on the Cowboys offensive line. With the state of the Cowboys WR Core, WR Michael Gallup also has a chance to impact the Cowboys this year and will most certainly be a future starter. The Cowboys also traded for WR Tavon Austin, a low risk investment that could pay off.

Best Pick: ILB Leighton Vander Esch

Grade:★★★ 1/2

 

Detroit Lions

  • (20) Arkansas C Frank Ragnow
  • (43) Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson
  • (82) Louisiana-Lafayette S Tracy Walker
  • (114) Alabama DL Da’shawn Hand
  • (153) Oregon OT Tyrell Crosby
  • (237) San Diego State FB Nick Bawden

I REALLY liked how the Detroit Lions started the draft. Getting C Frank Ragnow will be a huge upgrade to an offensive line that has struggled for years. However in the 2nd Round Detroit traded a 4th Round Pick to get RB Kerryon Johnson. This was a big reach for me. Johnson was OK at Auburn but nothing special. The 3rd Round pick of S Tracy Walker was also a big time reach. He himself said he expected to go 2 rounds later. Detroit then traded a 2019 3rd pick to move up in the 4th Round to get DL Da’shawn Hand, another reach/risk IMO. OT Tyrell Crosby fell all the way to the 5th due to concussion concerns. He could end up being their best pick if he could avoid injury.

Best Pick: C Frank Ragnow

Grade:★★

 

Green Bay Packers

  • (18) Louisville CB Jaire Alexander
  • (45) Iowa CB Josh Jackson
  • (88) Vanderbilt LB Oren Burks
  • (133) Missouri WR J’Mon Moore
  • (138) Washington State T/G Cole Madison
  • (172) Alabama P JK Scott
  • (174) South Florida WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling
  • (207) Notre Dame WR Equanimeous St. Brown
  • (232) California DT James Looney
  • (239) Mississippi State LS Hunter Bradley
  • (248) Southeast Missouri State OLB Kendall Donnerson

Of course we have to start off with the Packers getting the Saints 2019 1st round pick to move from 14 to 27 and then moving back up to 18 to acquire CB Jaire Alexander. These were 2 excellent trades. Jaire Alexander was the #2 CB on a lot of peoples Big Boards. Then in the 2nd Round the Packers got CB Josh Jackson, another potential steal at the CB position. It’s hard enough getting one good CB, the Packers may have gotten two within the same draft. LB Oren Burks is a hybrid type player who can fill different roles on the defense and WR’s J’Mon Moore and Equanimeous St. Brown could be steals when we look back at this draft. This would be a 5 star for me if the didn’t take a kicker in the 6th Round.

Best Pick: CB Josh Jackson

Grade:★★★★

 

Los Angeles Rams

  • (89) TCU OT Joseph Noteboom
  • (111) Michigan State C Brian Allen
  • (135) Stephen F. Austin DE John Franklin-Myers
  • (147) Virginia ILB Micah Kiser
  • (160) Oklahoma OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
  • (176) Tennessee RB John Kelly
  • (192) Maine OG Jamil Demby
  • (195) Rutgers DT Sebastian Joseph
  • (205) Louisville OLB Trevon Young
  • (231) TCU LB/S Travin Howard
  • (244) SMU OLB Justin Lawler

The Rams traded away a bunch of their picks and added a bunch of Day 3 picks when acquiring/dealing players throughout this entire offseason. The Rams are pretty solid all around so they took some project guys in this draft, which they could afford to do. I think ILB Micah Kiser and OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo have the best chance to make an impact this year.

Best Pick: ILB Micah Kiser

Grade: ★★★

 

Minnesota Vikings

  • (30) Central Florida CB Mike Hughes
  • (62) Pittsburgh OT Brian O’Neill
  • (102) Ohio State DT Jalyn Holmes
  • (157) Central Michigan TE Tyler Conklin
  • (167) Auburn K Daniel Carlson
  • (213) Appalachian State OG Colby Gossett
  • (218) Tulane DE Ade Aruna
  • (225) California LB Devante Downs

This is another Team that doesn’t have many holes to fill. CB Mike Hughes will play right away also be used as a kick returner. OT Brian O’Neill may develop into a starter, but needs at least a year to get there. TE Tyler Conklin also has a chance to develop into a good TE.

Best Pick: CB Mike Hughes

Grade:★★★

 

New Orleans Saints

  • (14) Texas-San Antonio DE Marcus Davenport
  • (91) Central Florida WR Tre’Quan Smith
  • (127) Florida State OT Rick Leonard
  • (164) Wisconsin S Natrell Jamerson
  • (189) Boston College CB Kamrin Moore
  • (201) Louisiana Tech RB Boston Scott
  • (245) LSU C Will Clapp

The Saints must think Marcus Davenport is the missing piece to the puzzle because they went all in him. I mean just think, Arizona only gave up a 3rd and 5th round pick to move up to 10 and take a possible Franchise QB. Saints gave next years 1st Round Pick and a 5th to take a raw  small school passer rusher. I just don’t understand it. If it was for somebody like Chubb I would have an easier time with it. However, I will also say that I respect the Saints for being all in on this year. They know their window is closing with Drew Brees as their QB and they want another Super Bowl. I also didn’t particularly care for any of their other picks.

Best Pick: I guess DE Marcus Davenport

Grade:

 

New York Giants

  • (2) Penn State RB Saquon Barkley
  • (34) UTEP OG Will Hernandez
  • (66) Georgia OLB Lorenzo Carter
  • (69) NC State DT P.J. Hill
  • (108) Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta
  • (139) Miami DT RJ McIntosh

This is a tough evaluation for me. I’m torn that the Giants took RB Saquon Barkley with the #2 overall pick. I love Barkley and I think he will be a star, but I also understand the value of a QB. We can’t all be the Colts and go from P. Manning to Luck. The Giants passed on the chance to go from E. Manning to Sam Darnold. This may be a choice they regret one day. Just looking at players. Their first 3 picks will all start Day 1, and I absolutely love each of these picks. The other 3 will be for depth.

Best Pick: Player- RB Saquon Barkley   Value-OG Will Hernandez

Grade:★★★★

 

Philadelphia Eagles

  • (49) South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert
  • (125) Pittsburgh CB Avonte Maddox
  • (130) Florida State DE Josh Sweat
  • (206) TCU OG Matt Pryor
  • (233) Rugby OT Jordan Mailata

The Eagles are loaded. I love the Dallas Goedert pick. He could bust or be great, and that’s a risk the Eagles can afford to make. The same goes for DE Josh Sweat. A lot of draft experts had a first round grade on Sweat. He fell due to concerns over a knee issue. If it all works out this could be another draft steal by the Eagles.

Best Pick: TE Dallas Goedert

Grade:★★★ 1/2 

 

San Francisco 49ers

  • (9) Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey
  • (44) Washington WR Dante Pettis
  • (70) BYU OLB Fred Warner
  • (95) Southern Miss S Tarvarius Moore
  • (128) NC State DE Kentavius Street
  • (142) Kansas State CB D.J. Reed
  • (184) Florida S Marcell Harris
  • (223) Temple DT Jullian Taylor
  • (240) Middle Tennessee WR Richie James

 

The 49ers had a decent draft. OT Mike McGlinchey’s stock may have rose due to the lack of depth at the position in this draft. The 49ers passed on a lot of defensive talent. which they also have a big need for, in order to take McGlinchey. I think Pettis will be a good WR and adds value in the return game. I love OLB Fred Warner and I think he will be a solid NFL linebacker.

Best Pick: OLB Fred Warner

Grade:★★★

 

Seattle Seahawks

  • (27) San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny
  • (79) USC DE Rasheem Green
  • (120) Washington TE Will Dissly
  • (141) Central Florida LB Shaquem Griffin
  • (146) Oklahoma State DB Tre Flowers
  • (149) Texas P Michael Dickson
  • (168) Ohio State T/G Jamarco Jones
  • (186) Temple DE Jacob Martin
  • (220) Florida International QB Alex McGough

Thank God the Seahawks took RB Rashaad Penny in the 1st round or I feel my Steelers would have had the consensus worst pick in RD 1. Why the Seattle Seahawks continue to ignore fixing their offensive line is beyond me. One day Russell Wilson is going to get knocked down and not get back up for a while, just ask the Colts how ignoring the offensive line worked out for them. I honestly feel the best pick in this draft class for Seattle may be LB Shaquem Griffin. I was hoping he fell to the Steelers. Other than that there really isn’t much to talk about.

Best Pick: LB Shaquem Griffin

Grade:

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • (12) Washington DT Vita Vea
  • (38) USC RB Ronald Jones
  • (53) North Carolina CB M.J. Stewart
  • (63) Auburn CB Carlton Davis
  • (94) Humboldt State T/G Alex Cappa
  • (117) Pittsburgh S Jordan Whitehead
  • (144) Pennsylvania WR Justin Watson
  • (202) Wisconsin LB Jack Cichy

The Buccaneers moved from 7 to 12 and picked up two 2nd Round picks and a 4th. I love Vita Vea and I think he will be a difference maker from Day 1. I was surprised they passed on Derwin James, but I have a feeling that choice came down to character and personality.  RB Ronald Jones will replace Doug Martin and could also be a difference maker from Day 1. Both CB’s, MJ Stewart and Carlton Davis, will also compete for starting snaps early. This class will contribute early.

Best Pick: DT Vita Vea

Grade:★★★★

 

Washington Redskins

  • (13) Alabama DT Da’Ron Payne
  • (59) LSU RB Derrius Guice
  • (74) Louisville OT Geron Christian
  • (109) Penn State S Troy Apke
  • (163) Virginia Tech DT Tim Settle
  • (197) Alabama ILB Shaun Dion Hamilton
  • (241) Virginia Tech CB Greg Stroman
  • (256) SMU WR Trey Quinn

The Washington Redskins 1st two picks will start and contribute immediately. With pass rushing skills still developing, Da’Ron Payne has a chance to be a 3 down DT. Derrius Guice will immediately electrify the Redskins offense. Remember, he is going into a system that loves to the run the ball. He will be fun to watch on the field, but its off the field that concerns me about Guice. There is a lot of strange stories out there about how he acted in pre-draft interviews/meetings. Other than that I think they got some OK players but nothing great.

Best Pick: RB Derrius Guice

Grade:★★ 1/2

 

 

 

AFC

 

Baltimore Ravens

  • (25) South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst
  • (32) Louisville QB Lamar Jackson
  • (83) Oklahoma OT Orlando Brown
  • (86) Oklahoma TE Mark Andrews
  • (118) Alabama CB Anthony Averett
  • (122) UCLA LB Kenny Young
  • (132) NM State WR Jaleel Scott
  • (162) UCLA WR Jordan Lasley
  • (190) Texas S DeShon Elliott
  • (212) Wagner OT Greg Senat
  • (215) Alabama C Bradley Bozeman
  • (238) Ferris State DE Zach Sigler

Wow that’s a lot of picks. I don’t hate the Ravens draft or love it and here’s why. 1st overall pick TE Hayden Hurst has the potential to be a good TE in the NFL, and this was a pick I saw a team with not a lot of needs making, like Jacksonville or the Eagles. QB LaMar Jackson, like all of these QB’s has people who love him and people that him. I personally dont think he will be a top-level starting QB in the NFL. I just dont see it. The only way I see Jackson being successful is if Baltimore completely molds their entire offensive philosophy around him. OT Orlando Brown is a high risk/high reward pick, he played well in College, but his Combine was historically bad. Dont be surprised if 3rd Round TE Mark Andrews is better than 1st Round TE Hayden Hurst, which is strange, but possible. Getting CB Anthony Averett in the 4th was a good pick.

Best Pick: Becasue of potential value-QB LaMar Jackson

Grade:★★★ 

 

Buffalo Bills

  • (7) Wyoming QB Josh Allen
  • (16) VT LB Tremaine Edmunds
  • (96) Stanford DT Harrison Phillips
  • (121) Weber State DB Taron Johnson
  • (154) Jacksonville State DB Siran Neal
  • (166) VT OG Wyatt Teller
  • (187) Clemson WR Ray-Ray McCloud
  • (255) North Carolina WR Austin Proehl

I really like what the Buffalo Bills did in Round 1. They took 2 HR swings and may have drastically changed their offense and defense for the better with 2 picks. QB Josh Allen has the right tools but could he develop into an NFL QB. If they are patient I think he can. I love LB Tremaine Edmunds, as I said in my mock I think he will be Shazier 2.0 after a few years. Both of these players have huge ceilings and Buffalo went for it with these 2 picks. However, I don’t understand why Buffalo did not address their OL needs with more urgency. They also waited too late to take a WR.

Best Pick: LB Tremaine Edmunds

Grade:★★★ 1/2

 

Cincinnati Bengals

  • (21) Ohio State C Billy Price
  • (54) Wake Forest S Jessie Bates
  • (77) Ohio State DE Sam Hubbard
  • (78) Texas LB Malik Jefferson
  • (112) Miami RB Mark Walton
  • (151) Illinois State CB Davontae Harris
  • (158) Virginia DT Andrew Brown
  • (170) Western Michigan CB Darius Phillips
  • (249) Toledo QB Logan Woodside
  • (252) Ole Miss OG Rod Taylor
  • (253) Florida State WR Auden Tate

It seems like every year the Bengals have a great draft class, then unfortunately they meet their Coaching staff.  On paper I like this draft for the Bengals. Addressing their offensive line with the 1st pick was a must, and I think C Billy Price will help them immediately. I also really like S Jesse Bates, he’s a ballhawk and may become the starter soon. I also think getting DE Sam Hubbard and LB Malik Jefferson in the 3rd was great value, and I could see each of them contributing quickly.

Best Pick: C Billy Price

Grade:★★★★

 

Cleveland Browns

  • (1) Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield
  • (4) Ohio State CB Denzel Ward
  • (33) Nevada OG Austin Corbett
  • (35) Georgia RB Nick Chubb
  • (67) Miami DE Chad Thomas
  • (105) Florida WR Antonio Callaway
  • (150) Memphis LB Genard Avery
  • (175) Texas A&M WR Damion Ratley
  • (188) Louisiana-Lafayette S Simeon Thomas

I am fine with the Browns taking QB Baker Mayfield #1. From just a football standpoint, he can do it all. Of course the big knock is his height, but I think he will overcome that in the NFL. He has an attitude that I think the Browns need and I think eventually the City of Cleveland will love him. The pick I don’t understand is CB Denzel Ward at #4. I get CB is also a big need for every team, but just the thought of Chubb and Garret on the same defensive line had AFC North Teams scared. I feel as a Steeler fan we dodged a bullet with that one. I also liked the picks of RB Nick Chubb and LB Genard Avery.

Best Pick:  QB Baker Mayfield

Grade:★★★ 1/2 (Had to ding them for the Ward pick.)

 

Denver Broncos

  • (5) NC State DE Bradley Chubb
  • (40) SMU WR Courtland Sutton
  • (71) Oregon RB Royce Freeman
  • (99) Boston College CB Isaac Yiadom
  • (106) Iowa LB Josey Jewell
  • (113) Penn State WR DaeSean Hamilton
  • (156) Wisconsin TE Troy Fumagalli
  • (183) Arizona State OG Sam Jones
  • (217) Washington ILB Keishawn Bierria
  • (226) Arkansas RB David Williams

The Broncos did what the Browns should have done and got DE Bradley Chubb to pair with Von Miller. Scary. This is another draft class I absolutely love. WR Courtland Sutton will replace Demaryius Thomas one day, but for now this gives the Bronco’s that 3rd impact WR they needed. RB Royce Freeman will compete for lead back duties immediately. LB Josey Jewell is a steal and will one day start for the Broncos. WR DaeSean Hamilton is another steal and will eventually replace Emmanuel Sanders. This was a great draft for the Broncos.

Best Pick: DE Bradley Chubb

Grade:★★★★

 

Houston Texans

  • (68) Stanford S Justin Reid
  • (80) Mississippi State T/G Martinas Rankin
  • (98) UCF TE Jordan Akins
  • (103) Texas Tech WR Keke Coutee
  • (177) Wake Forest OLB Duke Ejiofor
  • (211) Mississippi State TE Jordan Thomas
  • (214) Stanford LB Peter Kalambayi
  • (222) San Jose State CB Jermaine Kelly

Not having your first or second round pick will obviously hurt your draft and quite honestly the only pick I really like is S Justin Reid in Round 3. Reid had a Round 1/Early Round 2 grade. They get a pass this year since they did trade for QB Deshaun Watson last year.

Best Pick: S Justin Reid

Grade:★ 1/2

 

Indianapolis Colts

  • (6) Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson
  • (36) South Carolina State LB Darius Leonard
  • (37) Auburn OG Braden Smith
  • (52) Rutgers DE Kemoko Turay
  • (64) Ohio State DE Tyquan Lewis
  • (104) NC State RB Nyheim Hines
  • (159) Northern Iowa WR Daurice Fountain
  • (169) Ole Miss RB Jordan Wilkins
  • (185) Clemson WR Deon Cain
  • (221) Houston LB Matthew Adams
  • (235) Syracuse LB Zaire Franklin

The Colts made the safest pick in this entire draft when they took OG Quenton Nelson. He is an absolute beast and will probably be in the Pro-Bowl by year 2. LB Darius Leonard was overlooked because of how many good LB’s there were in this years draft. He will be an impact player immediately for the Colts. After these 2 picks I think there are a lot of reaches. WR Daurice Fountain may be the sleeper of this Colt’s draft class.

Best Pick: OG Quenton Nelson

Grade:★★★ 1/2

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • (29) Florida DT Taven Bryan
  • (61) LSU WR D.J. Chark
  • (93) Alabama S Ronnie Harrison
  • (129) NC State OT Will Richardson
  • (203) Nebraska QB Tanner Lee
  • (230) Wisconsin LB Leon Jacobs
  • (247) Mississippi State P Logan Cooke

The Jacksonville Jaguars already had one the best defenses in the league and after this draft they are even better. DT Taven Bryan will be an amazing rotation piece to an already scary DL. Not only did they get Bryan but they get S Ronnie Harrison in the 3rd Round. This just isn’t right. If Jacksonville’s offense only averages 16 points a game, they may still win 12+ games.

Best Pick: S Ronnie Harrison

Grade:★★★★ 

 

Kansas City Chiefs

  • (46) Ole Miss DT Breeland Speaks
  • (75) Florida State DT Derrick Nnadi
  • (100) Clemson ILB Dorian O’Daniel
  • (124) Texas A&M S Armani Watts
  • (196) Central Arkansas CB Tremon Smith
  • (198) Tennessee G/DT Kahlil McKenzie

The Chiefs sent away their 1st Round pick in exchange for QB Pat Mahomes. We will see if that was the right move this season. I like how the Chiefs went all defense, but I honestly don’t like any of these picks. I think the trade up to get DT Breeland Speaks was a big time reach. DT Derrick Nnadi also didn’t test well. ILB Dorian O’Daniel may play special teams now, but that’s about it.

Best Pick: None I could see now

Grade:

 

Los Angeles Chargers

  • (17) Florida State S Derwin James
  • (48) USC OLB Uchenna Nwosu
  • (84) NC State DT Justin Jones
  • (119) West Virginia S/LB Kyzir White
  • (155) UCLA G/C Scott Quessenberry
  • (191) Texas Tech WR Dylan Cantrell
  • (251) Northwestern RB Justin Jackson

S Derwin James should not have fallen to the 17th overall pick, and I think Teams will soon regret that choice. The Chargers got an instant Travis Kelce cover man. Then with their next 3 picks they make an already rising defense even better. They will all make an impact this year. C Scott Quessenberry also has a good chance to develop into a starter.

Best Pick: S Derwin James

Grade:★★★★

 

Miami Dolphins

  • (11) Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick
  • (42) Penn State TE Mike Gesicki
  • (73) Ohio State LB Jerome Baker
  • (123) Notre Dame TE Durham Smythe
  • (131) Arizona State RB Kalen Ballage
  • (209) Southern Miss CB Cornell Armstrong
  • (227) Ohio LB Quentin Poling
  • (229) New Mexico K Jason Sanders

I really feel this was the year the Miami Dolphins needed to draft Ryan Tanehill’s replacement. I think QB Josh Rosen was the perfect fit for HC Adam Gace. That being said I still think Miami got some good players in this year’s draft. DB Minkah Fitzpatrick is a hybrid player who can play safety and corner. He will instantly help Miami’s defense. With TE Mike Gesicki is an instant playmaker who will stretch the field and help tremendously in the Redzone. I also like LB Jerome Baker and RB Kalen Ballage.

Best Pick: TE Mike Gesicki

Grade:★★★ 1/2

 

New England Patriots

  • (23) Georgia T/G Isaiah Wynn
  • (31) Georgia RB Sony Michel
  • (56) Florida CB Duke Dawson
  • (143) Purdue LB Ja’whaun Bentley
  • (178) Arizona State LB Christian Sam
  • (210) Miami WR Braxton Berrios
  • (219) LSU QB Danny Etling
  • (243) Western Carolina CB Keion Crossen
  • (250) Florida State TE Ryan Izzo

I love New England’s first pick of T/G Isaiah Wynn. He will make an instant difference on an O-line that lost some starters. I honestly don’t get the next first round pick of RB Sony Michel. When have the Patriots ever needed to take a RB this high to be successful? They just dont need to. This pick could have been used on an EDGE Rusher or they could have done what the Patriots do best and traded it for more picks. The only other picks I like are CB Duke Dawson who IMO is an excellent value in the 3rd Round and WR Braxton Berrios. This is 100% a Patriots WR. Google his highlights if you dont believe me.

Best Pick: T/G Isaiah Wynn

Grade:★★★

 

New York Jets

  • (3) USC QB Sam Darnold
  • (72) Fort Hays State DT Nathan Shepherd
  • (107) Miami TE Chris Herndon
  • (179) Tulane CB Parry Nickerson
  • (180) UConn DT Foley Fatukasi
  • (204) Virginia State RB Trenton Cannon

The Jets took a risk trading second round picks to move from the 6th pick to the 3rd pick and it paid off big time. The Jets get their QB of the future with Sam Darnold. Before last season started, Jets fans wanted the team to lose every game to get Sam Darnold. That didn’t happen and they still got their guy. If I had to bet on which of these QB’s will be successful, I would pick Darnold. I worry more about off the field then on it. I hope NY doesn’t tear this kid apart. DT Nathan Shepherd is a great athlete but comes from a very small school. H should compete to start. TE Chris Hendon might end up being a great pick. He got hurt at the end of last season nd that’s why he dropped.

Best Pick: QB Sam Darnold

Grade:★★★★

 

Oakland Raiders

  • (15) UCLA OT Kolton Miller
  • (57) Sam Houston State DT P.J. Hall
  • (65) North Carolina A&T OT Brandon Parker
  • (87) LSU DE Arden Key (110) Wisconsin CB Nick Nelson
  • (140) Michigan DT Maurice Hurst
  • (173) Texas A&M P Johnny Townsend
  • (216) Washington ILB Azeem Victor
  • (228) Oklahoma State WR Marcell Ateman

In the horror movie Chucky, a doll is possessed by an evil spirit and then terrorizes the people around him. After this draft I’m convinced that the real life Chucky is possessed by the spirit of former Raiders owner Al Davis. I said in my mock that I had no idea what Jon Gruden would do and now we now, and it’s not pretty. OL Kolton Miller may have the best chance to succeed. He has all the athleticism but can he learn how to pass protect on the highest level. DT PJ Hall was a big reach in the 2nd round. The Raiders then traded for WR Martavis Bryant from the Steelers and actually gave up a 3rd Round pick. This guy is one positive drug test from being out of the league a long time and now he’s going to live in the biggest weed state in America. DE Arden Key also has off-field concerns, and DT Maurice Hurst has a heart condition. However, I will say about Hurst. If Hurst’s heart condition doesn’t affect him on the field, that pick is an absolute steal.

Best Pick: DT Maurice Hurst

Grade:★

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • (28) Virginia Tech S/LB Terrell Edmunds
  • (60) Oklahoma State WR James Washington
  • (76) Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph                                                                              
  • (92) Western Michigan OT Chukwuma Okorafor
  • (148) Penn State S Marcus Allen                                                                                           
  • (165) NC State TE/RB Jaylen Samuels
  • (246) Alabama DT Joshua Frazier

I’m happy I waited a few days before writing this and didn’t do a 1st Round Grade article or a 2nd/3rd Round Grade article. Let me just say, it would not have been very nice. As a Steelers fan I am 100% in win now mode. I want Big Ben to get one more Super Bowl before he retires. I don’t care about players that will be good 2-3 years from now, especially in Rounds 1-3. I want players that fill positions of need and get on the field immediately. The Steelers went S Terrell Edmunds in Round 1, a reach by all accounts. The next safety wasn’t taken until 26 picks later, and I guarantee it wouldn’t have been Edmunds. Once again the Steelers go athlete over Football player. You can run 4.47 all day, but what the hell does it matter if you don’t understand how to read an offense and adjust on the fly. The Steelers could have traded back and still got Edmunds, even if he turns out to be great, we could have still got him and more. The best pick in this draft is WR James Washington, he will contribute day 1 as the WR 3 and I expect him to have 40+ receptions in his rookie year. I’m not going to bash the QB Mason Rudolph pick. If the Steelers actually believe he can replace Ben one day then the value of the pick in the 3rd Round makes sense. Even though I am in win now mode, that pick makes sense. What I don’t understand is why the hell we wasted last year’s 4th Round pick on QB Josh Dobbs! The next pick in the 3rd Round makes no sense. We are set at both tackle spots and have depth. Why the hell do you draft OT Chukwuma Okorafor. We will have to wait at least 2 seasons before this guy even hits the field, that’s if he even does at all! One scout said about Okorafor: He looks like Tarzan, but plays like Jane. With the next pick, S Marcus Allen, we get another safety who can’t cover anyone but plays the run well. Awesome…. If I’m the Steelers I’m putting 25-30 lbs on this kid and converting him to LB. Speaking of LB, if you haven’t noticed we didn’t draft one. We made no attempt to at least try to replace Ryan Shazier. This was a grave mistake that will come back to haunt us. Both Jon Bostic and Tyler Matakevich are injury prone and I’ll be shocked if they play all 16 games. RB Jaylen Samuels literally does everything as an offensive weapon, so this was another pick I actually liked.

Best Pick: WR James Washington

Grade:★ 1/2

 

Tennessee Titans

  • (22) Alabama LB Rashaan Evans                                                                                           
  • (41) Boston College OLB Harold Landry
  • (152) Arizona S Dane Cruikshank
  • (199) Washington State QB Luke Falk

The Titans didn’t have many picks because they were aggressive trading up and getting good players, who will start Day 1 and fill a position of need. The Titans first and second round pick I would have loved the Steelers to take in Round 1. With ILB Rashaan Evans that Titans get a player who will make an instant impact in the middle of the field. With OLB Harold Landry they get and edge who many believe is the best in the draft. He was injured last year in college and that hurt his stock.

Best Pick: Rashaan Evans

Grade:★★★ 1/2

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