The 2020 NFL Draft was the most intriguing thing I’ve ever experienced. From Roger Goodell’s wardrobe changes, to Bill Belichick’s dog, to the players reactions, this was the most exciting draft in NFL history. My favorite part of the draft is seeing the fans ecstatic and depressing reactions to their teams selections, and that’s exactly why I’m doing this article. You can now direct any angry comments/thoughts/concerns to my Twitter @danielalameda11.
Without much further ado, are my team-by-team draft grades based on how each franchise did with their selections in the 2020 NFL Draft.
If your team drafted a wide receiver (sorry Packers fans) check out the scouting reports for each of the top 30 wide receivers in the draft.
Arizona Cardinals Grade: A
Key Picks: LB’s Isaiah Simmons and Evan Weaver, OT Josh Jones, DT Leki Fotu
Analysis: The Cardinals had a substantial haul from the draft, and when you take into account the fact that they traded away picks this year for DeAndre Hopkins and Kenyan Drake, it makes this haul that much more special. I understand the criticism of taking a versatile defensive piece instead of a stud offensive tackle at #8, but they made up for it by taking Josh Jones, a 1st round talent, in the 3rd round.
They also added productive defenders in Weaver and Fotu who immediately help this defense with much needed depth after having a tough season. All in all, the Cardinals became a much better team this offseason, and the addition of DeAndre Hopkins gives Kyler Murray a proven veteran at receiver to go with one of the most improved rosters.
Atlanta Falcons Grade: B
Key Picks: CB AJ Terrell, DE Marlon Davidson, C Matt Hennessy, LB Mykal Walker
Analysis: With only six total picks to their name, the Falcons had a very average and uninspiring draft. Matt Hennessy gives their O-Line depth, Mykal Walker is a steal who can develop into a starter at linebacker alongside Keanu Neal, and they bolstered their pass rush with a well-liked Marlon Davidson.
AJ Terrell at #16 is definitely a reach, but he has the opportunity to replace Desmond Trufant as their starting CB. The Falcons are running out of time with Matt Ryan, and if this draft class doesn’t outperform their expectations, this team could be in trouble.
Baltimore Ravens Grade: A+
Key Picks: LB Patrick Queen, RB JK Dobbins, LB Malik Harrison, DT Justin Madubuike, WR Devin Duvernay, G Ben Bredeson.
Analysis: Ravens new GM Eric DeCosta followed in the footsteps of legendary GM Ozzie Newsome by having the most productive draft of any team this year. The Ravens created a dominant tandem at linebacker with two studs in Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison and added to their aging D-Line with Justin Madubuike.
Then DeCosta beefed up his O-Line with 3rd and 4th round OG’s Phillips and Bredeson to offset the retirement of Marshal Yanda. They also doubled down on their identity of pounding the rock by adding a top RB in the class with JK Dobbins to add to a backfield with 30 year old Mark Ingram.
They also added to their receiver core with fast, physical slot Devin Duvernay and sure-handed James Prosche. All in all, if you want to see how to build a consistent and dominant franchise, look no further than here.
Buffalo Bills Grade: A-
Key Picks: EDGE AJ Epenesa, RB Zack Moss, WR Isaiah Hodgins, WR Gabriel Davis, QB Jake Fromm, K Tyler Bass, (Stefan Diggs from trade for their 1st Round Pick).
Analysis: The Bills got a great value pick with AJ Epenesa to add talent & depth to a stud/aging defensive line. They added Zack Moss who is going to work as their early down RB with 2019 3rd round pick Devin Singletary being their change-of-pace RB.
Personally, I would’ve taken 6th round receiver Isaiah Hodgins over 4th rounder Gabriel Davis, but they give the Bills two options to develop a receiver opposite of Stefon Diggs. They added a backup QB in Fromm who’s uniquely the exact opposite of Josh Allen, and took a powerful kicker to be Steven Hauschka’s successor.
The Bills didn’t have a lot of picks because of the Stefon Diggs trade, but this draft was the cherry on top of an off-season that put them as the favorites to win the AFC East for the first time since 1995.
Carolina Panthers Grade: B+
Key Picks: DT Derrick Brown, S Jeremy Chinn, DE Yetur Gross-Matos, CB Troy Pride Jr.
Analysis: Carolina used all seven of their draft picks on defenders after focusing on their offense in free agency. This was Matt Rhule’s first draft as the Panthers head coach, and he focused on adding dynamic defensive pieces to a team that gave up 29.4 points a game last season.
There was some criticism for the Panthers passing on hybrid LB/S Isaiah Simmons at #7, but they got an extremely similar player in safety Jeremy Chinn in the second round.
I’ll admit, after free agency I was left dumbfounded at how depleted their defense was (Lost Luke Kuechly, James Bradberry, Mario Addison, Gerald McCoy, etc.) but they now have a ton of young and versatile players to lead this rebuild.
Chicago Bears Grade: B-
Key Picks: TE Cole Kmet, CB’s Jaylon Johnson and Kindle Vildor
Analysis: The Bears seemed to have a very dull draft but remember, the absence of their first round pick can be attributed to the Khalil Mack trade. With their top pick, they added a top TE in the draft who can contribute immediately even though the Bears have TEN tight ends on the roster.
With their second pick, they drafted Jaylon Johnson (I had a 1st round grade) who has all the physical tools to have a lengthy NFL career. The rest of the draft was filled with small-school names like CB Kindle Vindor who adds depth to this team. This year’s success rests solely on the question about who will be the Bears starting QB by season’s end, and how productive they’ll be.
Cincinnati Bengals Grade: A
Key Picks: QB Joe Burrow, WR Tee Higgins, LB’s Logan Wilson, Akeem Davis-Gaither, and Markus Bailey
Analysis: Bengals fans finally have a reason to be excited! In all seriousness, the Bengals had the draft of their dreams, and it couldn’t have gone any better. They got their franchise QB, added Tee Higgins (very similar playstyle as teammate AJ Green) to an already stacked receiving core, and addressed the biggest need on defense. They added three solid linebackers, two of which will contribute immediately.
The only potential issue is that they didn’t address the offensive line, but the organization has said time and time again that they’re confident with the current group. From now on, I don’t want to see anyone hating on the Bengals because this team is going to be competitive.
Cleveland Browns Grade: A
Key Picks: OT Jedrick Wills, S Grant Delpit, DT Jordan Elliot, TE Harrison Bryant, WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, LB Jacob Phillips
Analysis: Last season, the biggest issue with the Browns was not having a consistent offensive line, but they nailed their first round pick with arguably the best tackle in the draft. They added a stud DT Jordan Elliot to bolster their defensive line, and finished the draft with a ton of potential. Grant Delpit and Peoples-Jones are athletic freaks who can be steals if they live up to their potential, and they added to their talented tight end group with small-school Harrison Bryant.
Although the Browns got a tremendously talented draft class, there is always a risk with high upside players. As we saw last year, the team culture ruined the Browns last season, and with the amount of “big egos” in their locker room, there’s always a risk that it’ll fail.
Dallas Cowboys Grade: A+
Key Picks: WR CeeDee Lamb, CB Trevon Diggs, DT Neville Gallimore, C Tyler Biadasz, DE Bradley Anae, CB Reggie Robinson
Analysis: The Cowboys absolutely killed this year’s draft, but what’s new for Jerry Jones? CeeDee Lamb was my #1 WR and he adds to a wide receiving core of Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper to create one of the most talented offenses in the league. Center Tyler Biadasz fell to Round 4 for injury reasons, but if he’s healthy, he gives them a solid replacement for retired C Travis Frederick.
To counter the loss of Byron Jones, they added two corners who will also help right away with a major issue, takeaways. They also added to their pass rush with Gallimore and Anae who give new Defensive Coordinator Mike Nolan more freedom to be creative.
Finally, in undrafted free agency, they picked up two of my favorite running backs in Rico Dowdle and Darius (Jet) Anderson. Overall, the Cowboys became a much more talented football team, but for them it’s never been an issue about talent, it’s about putting it all together to win.
Denver Broncos Grade: A
Key Picks: WR Jerry Jeudy, WR KJ Hamler, TE Albert O, IOL’s Lloyd Cushenberry and Netane Muti, DT McTelvin Agim, CB Michael Ojemudia
Analysis: The Broncos came into the draft with the idea of surrounding Franchise QB Drew Lock with weapons and protection, and that’s what they did. Jeudy and Hamler, two of the fastest receivers in this class, are giving the Broncos offense weapons to threaten opposing defenses game in and game out.
Drew Lock’s former teammate at Missouri, Albert O, is a polarizing athlete who has a new counterpart in Broncos reliable Noah Fant. They drafted two offensive lineman, Cushenberry will start, and Muti (44 bench press reps at the Combine) provides depth right away to a middle of the road offensive line.
Second year head coach Vic Fangio is known for his dominant defenses, and they took a dominant lineman and a corner who provides depth to the team’s weakest unit. The Broncos remodeled offense looks to be one of the more explosive offenses in the league and will surprise many people in Vic Fangio’s second year.
Detroit Lions Grade: B+
Key Picks: CB Jeff Okudah, RB’s D’Andre Swift and Jason Huntley, G’s Jonah Jackson and Logan Stenberg, WR Quintez Cephus
Analysis: The Lions had themselves a very productive draft, but I would’ve liked to see them trade down from #3 overall to gain more assets. Besides that, they got their franchise corner to replace Darius Slay and two interior offensive lineman who will help lead their ground and pound offense.
Last year, new offensive coordinator from Seattle, Darrell Bevell, attempted to implement a run-heavy scheme, but injuries at running back derailed those plans. They added a top RB in D’Andre Swift who leads a three headed monster as Bevell looks to initiate his run-first offense. Overall, this was already a talented offense and they have the looks to make some real noise in the NFC North as long as Matt Patricia can take control of his defense.
Green Bay Packers Grade: C-
Key Picks: QB Jordan Love, RB AJ Dillon, TE Josiah Deguara
Analysis: If I had to present one team with the Losers Of The Draft Award, it would definitely be the Packers. It isn’t because I believe the Packers picked terrible players, but the picks made no sense for the position they’re in at the moment.
I am a believer that Jordan Love is a good pick because he is a raw prospect, and he gets to learn under Aaron Rodgers for a couple years just like Rodgers did with Brett Farve. Last season the Packers were not nearly as good as their 13-3 record suggests, so you’d think that they’d do anything in their power to stop the upcoming regression right? Wrong, nothing the Packers did in the draft suggests that they are going to push to return to the NFC Championship game.
The AJ Dillon selection suggests that they are going to be a run heavy team that sets up the play action passes, but in a potentially historic WR class, they failed to select a single one. This grade relies solely on how dominant their run game can be, and if Love proves to be the QB of their future, but for now, it’s the worst draft this year.
Houston Texans Grade: B-
Key Picks: DT Ross Blacklock, DE Jonathon Greenard, OT Charlie Heck, CB John Reid, WR Isaiah Coulter
Analysis: The Texans did a good job at filling needs, but the amount of talent gained leaves a lot to be desired. They replaced nose tackle DJ Reader with their second round pick and added depth at the CB, OL, and WR positions, but this draft did nothing to change the fact that this is a much less talented roster than it was last season.
If we consider the amount of talent lost in the DeAndre Hopkins trade and the Brandin Cooks trade, this grade would be a D. John Reid and Isaiah Coulter can prove to be steals late in the draft, but as for right now, there is a ton of confusion inside the Texans organization.
Indianapolis Colts Grade: A+
Key Picks: WR Michael Pittman Jr. RB Jonathon Taylor, QB Jacob Eason, DeForest Buckner (trade from 49ers for 1st rounder)
Analysis: The Colts put themselves in prime position to win the AFC South this upcoming season. They added star RB Jonathon Taylor to run behind a top 5 O-Line in the league, and a big bodied receiver to pair with the speed of TY Hilton. They drafted QB Jacob Eason in the 4th round, and he provides the Colts with a potential franchise QB in the future. He gets to sit behind two veterans in Phillip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett and learn the NFL game.
The Colts traded their first round pick for a star defensive tackle who immediately gives them a presence in the pass rush game that they didn’t have before. The Colts are always a well oiled machine, and this year’s draft was no different, as they’re balanced talent wise across the board. This productive draft class puts the pressure on Phillip Rivers to perform in this brand new situation.
Jacksonville Jaguars Grade: B
Key Picks: CB CJ Henderson, EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson, WR’s Laviska Shenault and Collin Johnson, OL Ben Bartch, LB Shaq Quarterman
Analysis: The Jaguars are undergoing a complete rebuild, and that starts with building back up their once historic defense by replacing Jalen Ramsey with CJ Henderson. I have been widely concerned about edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson’s lengthy injury history and the lack of production (9.5 total sacks in college), but in a rebuilding franchise with a young stud in Josh Allen on the opposite side, he will have a chance to turn that potential into skill.
The additions of Shenault and Johnson are very polarizing as they have immense upside to help out Gardner Minshew but also huge risk. Along with this, they failed to grab a running back with the uncertainty around Leonard Fornette’s future in Jacksonville so this lowers the grade. The Jaguars had a total of twelve picks and added much needed talent all across the board, and with them potentially being one of the worst teams this upcoming season, they needed talent to kickstart this rebuild.
Kansas City Chiefs Grade: A
Key Picks: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LB Willie Gay Jr. OT Lucas Niang
Analysis: Andy Reid and his team once again, had a very productive draft. They took my #1 RB with the 32nd overall pick, and it was later revealed that this was basically Patrick Mahomes selection. Then they added a hard nosed linebacker to a depleted linebacking core, and got a steal at the tackle position with Lucas Niang.
Being that the Chiefs are the reigning Super Bowl Champions, they didn’t have a ton of ammunition in this year’s draft, but they still came away with productive players. The Chiefs are going to be a force as long as Patrick Mahomes is the QB, but the challenge for the Chiefs is retaining this talent once Mahomes signs his mega deal.
Las Vegas Raiders Grade: B+
Key Picks: WR’s Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards, Lynn Bowden, CB’s Damon Arnette and Amik Robertson, S Tanner Muse, OG John Simpson
Analysis: Other than the Packers and Eagles, I haven’t seen a single team receive more hate for their draft class than the Raiders. Before you look at their draft haul, you have to understand the type of players that HC Jon Gruden and GM Mike Mayock love to draft, and that is tough, physical, versatile, and fast players.
They now have a dynamic receiving core made up of speedster Ruggs, versatile Bowden, who can play any position on offense (even QB), physical Bryan Edwards, big bodied Tyrell Williams, and slot receiver Hunter Renfrow. They’re a run first team and added a physically dominating OG from Clemson, John Simpson.
Some say Damon Arnette was a reach, but him along with Robertson are both very physical players just like Jon Gruden loves, and they’ll immediately step in and produce. The Raiders roster is far better than it was before the draft, but the only negative that will come out of draft weekend is the fact that every divisional team (Chiefs, Chargers, and Broncos) got significantly better.
Los Angeles Chargers Grade: B
Key Picks: QB Justin Herbert, LB Kenneth Murray, RB Joshua Kelley, WR’s KJ Hill and Joe Reed
Analysis: I’ve confidently been one of the opposers of Justin Herbert to the Chargers, but I’ll let time tell if he becomes their franchise quarterback or not. The Chargers already have one of the most talented defenses in the league, but they traded into the 1st round for Kenneth Murray. One of the potential issues with the Chargers is the amount of free agents they have in 2021, so the best way to counter this is by drafting a stud to learn under veteran linebacker Thomas Davis.
A tidbit from this weekend was that Anthony Lynn hinted at a more run heavy team by adding slot receivers KJ Hill and Joe Reed for RPO’s with Tyrod Taylor and downhill running back Joshua Kelley. Overall, it was a productive draft for the Chargers, but this grade really depends on how good Justin Herbert can be, but for now it gets an average B.
Los Angeles Rams Grade: B+
Key Picks: RB Cam Akers, WR Van Jefferson, EDGE Terrell Lewis, S Terrell Burgess, TE Brycen Hopkins
Analysis: Sean McVay and the Rams did a good job at drafting talent with the picks that they had, but I guess I’m just pessimistic with the way their roster looks right now. They have an inexperienced linebacking core and a depleted offensive line but didn’t address them until day 3.
They found replacements for Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks in Cam Akers and Van Jefferson and also added to their pass rush with a steal in Terrell Lewis. One of my favorite picks in the entire drafts is Terrell Burgess who is a versatile piece in the secondary. Overall, the Rams added solid talent to their team, but they still have major issues to fix on their roster.
Miami Dolphins Grade: B-
Key Picks: QB Tua Tagovailoa, CB Noah Igbinoghene, DT Raekwon Davis, OL’s Robert Hunt and Austin Jackson, DE Curtis Weaver, Traded for RB Matt Brieda
Analysis: The Dolphins came in with the most draft capital in the draft, and they did what they had to do in Brian Flores’ second draft as Head Coach. This grade hinges on how productive Tua can be. If he turns into a full blown star, this grade is no less than an A. They created the best cornerback trio in the NFL with Byron Jones, Xavien Howard, and Noah Igbinoghene but also took a huge project in Austin Jackson while there were many other talents still on the board.
They also failed to select a running back like they were expected to, but they traded for 49ers Matt Brieda who will create a nice 1-2 punch with Jordan Howard. Overall, I was expecting for the Dolphins to come away with far more proven talent with their plethora of picks, but as previously stated, their grade relies heavily on how Tua Tagovailoa progresses as a quarterback.
Minnesota Vikings Grade: A
Key Picks: CB Jeff Gladney, WR Justin Jefferson, OT Ezra Cleveland, LB Troy Dye, CB Cameron Dantzler
Analysis: GM Rick Spielman absolutely killed this year’s draft for the Vikings. Their biggest need was addressing the corner position after losing three starters, and they added a stud in Gladney and depth with Dantzler. They traded away Stefon Diggs and replaced him with LSU receiver Justin Jefferson who is going to be a reliable receiver for the $84,000,000 QB, Kirk Cousins.
They landed an offensive tackle, who I had a late first round grade on, in the late second round. Linebacker Troy Dye is a steal in the fourth round who adds to a very talented linebacking core already with Kendricks and Barr. This draft helps the Vikings recover from a disastrous off-season in which they lost a ton of defensive talent to free agency, and their masterful offensive coordinator to the Browns.
New England Patriots Grade: B-
Key Picks: K Justin Rohrwasser, EDGE Joshua Uche, S Kyle Dugger, TE’s Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene, DE Anferee Jennings
Analysis: The Patriots had a typical Belichick draft filled with trades, small school prospects, and intriguing fits. The highlight of the draft was definitely the fact that a dog was choosing the picks for Bill, but besides that, the Patriots traded away 10 of their 11 original picks, so they were active to say the least.
Dugger is a small school prospect who provides versatility to the secondary. Uche and Asiasi were both first year starters who are athletic freaks at their positions. The Patriots picked their kicker of the future who will definitely become a fan favorite.
The biggest takeaway is that with the Patriots not selecting a QB, it shows that they’re confident with Hoyer and Stidham. All in all it was another “interesting” draft to say the least because they don’t become immediately better, but they added solid talent for the future.
New Orleans Saints Grade: B+
Key Picks: IOL Cesar Ruiz, EDGE Zach Baun, TE Adam Trautman
Analysis: The Saints only had three selections in the draft, but they added three talented players. I understand the disappointment with selecting Ruiz, but he is by far the best interior offensive lineman in the draft, and he helps to bolster the most important unit on a football team, the offensive line.
They also got great value in the third with Zach Baun who will add to their pass rush. Adam Trautman is going to be a project as he came from a smaller school, but he has enough talent to be built into a major receiving force at tight end. The Saints added major talents with all three picks, and even though they didn’t fill any needs, they were the best players available, and that’s how you build a successful franchise.
New York Giants Grade: B+
Key Picks: OT Andrew Thomas, S Xavier McKinney, OT Matt Peart, CB Darnay Holmes
Analysis: Andrew Thomas may be considered a “safe” pick, but he was also the best pick, because he’s without a doubt going to do wonders for the Giants offensive line, whereas Isaiah Simmons would’ve been an interesting fit on defense. They got an absolute steal with McKinney (my #3 ranked safety) falling to the second round as he gives them a productive safety next to Jabrill Peppers.
They added depth to the offensive lineman with Matt Peart, who needs to develop, and they took slot corner Darnay Holmes, who is an athletic freak and competitive corner. Gettleman nailed his first two picks and added a potential steal in Darnay Holmes. Sometimes the safe picks are the best picks, and in this case, Giants fans should be ecstatic.
New York Jets Grade: B+
Key Picks: OT Mekhi Becton, WR Denzel Mims, S Ashtyn Davis, CB Bryce Hall, RB La’Mical Perine, EDGE Jabari Zuniga
Analysis: After round one, I had the Jets at a C because instead of going for a sure-fire stud with Tristan Wirfs, they went with a potential filled Mekhi Becton, which was a mistake. This grade also wouldn’t have been higher than a B- if they passed on a receiver in round one after they left Ceedee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, and Henry Ruggs III on the board in round one, but they picked Denzel Mims.
Along with Mims, they added big time talent all across the board with Perine, who will backup Le’Veon Bell, Ashtyn Davis, who is a versatile chess piece in the secondary, and Jabari Zuniga to help the Jets lackluster pass rush.
My favorite pick from their haul was cornerback Bryce Hall who is a lengthy and physical corner who fell due to injury concerns. All in all, the Jets filled holes at O-Line, WR, EDGE, and cornerback but not going with a top receiver or Tristan Wirfs in the first makes this unworthy of an A.
Philadelphia Eagles Grade: B+
Key Picks: QB Jalen Hurts, WR Jalen Reagor, OT Prince Tega Wanogho, LB Davion Taylor, OT Jack Driscoll, S K’Von Wallace, WR Quez Watkins.
Analysis: I understand the confusion with the Jalen Hurts pick, but GM Howie Roseman is known for developing QB talent, and it gives Philadelphia a trustworthy backup who can also play the Taysom Hill role. They attacked their receiver position with SPEED with electric playmaker Jalen Reagor, Quez Watkins who has a ton of untapped potential, and they traded for speedster Marquise Goodwin.
They bolstered an already talented O-Line with former Auburn teammates Jack Driscoll and 6th round steal Prince Tega-Wanogho. Prince is a fascinating story, as he only played one year of high school football after moving from Nigeria to pursue his basketball career, and he has all the physical tools to dominate in the NFL.
Linebacker Davion Taylor is a raw prospect who needs time to develop, but safety K’Von Wallace was a steal who adds depth to the safety position. The Reagor, Driscoll, and Prince picks saved this grade from being just average, and the Jalen Hurts pick is a very underrated pick. Overall, it was a productive draft for the Eagles who lost a little ground to the Cowboys who had an A+ draft.
Pittsburgh Steelers Grade: B
Key Picks: WR Chase Claypool, S Antoine Brooks Jr. DE Alex Highsmith, OG Kevin Dotson, RB Anthony McFarland
Analysis: The Steelers were without a 1st round pick due to the trade for safety Minkah Fitzpatrick this past season, but they added good depth with the picks they did have. They selected WR/TE/Slot WR Chase Claypool too high for my liking, but he gives them a red zone chess piece they can move all over the formation. Electric RB Anthony McFarland gives the injury prone backfield some explosiveness, and they added a powerful interior lineman to give depth to a top 5 offensive line unit.
Safety Antoine Brooks Jr. is also a potential steal, as he can learn behind starters Fitzpatrick, Edmunds, and Allen. It was just another day in the office for the ever consistent Kevin Colbert, Mike Tomlin, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, but nothing too flashy.
San Francisco 49ers Grade: B
Key Picks: DT Javon Kinlaw, WR’s Brandon Aiyuk and Jauan Jennings, Traded for OT Trent Williams
Analysis: The 49ers replaced DT DeForest Buckner with a younger Kinlaw, which continues to give the 49ers the deepest defensive line in the league. Trading up for Brandon Aiyuk was a peculiar move, as he’s a very similar receiver and playmaker as their current receiver Deebo Samuel, but he nonetheless gives Shanahan another playmaker to work with.
With not much picks left to work with, they took a productive wide receiver in Jauan Jennings who could be a massive steal. They finished off the draft with the news of the retirement of All-Pro right tackle Joe Staley, and trading for a disgruntled Trent Williams. With the 49ers staring a dreadful cap situation and a Super Bowl hangover right in the face, they’ve done an excellent job at keeping a talented roster in place.
Seattle Seahawks Grade: B-
Key Picks: LB Jordyn Brooks, DE’s Darell Taylor & Alton Robinson, OG Damien Lewis, TE Colby Parkinson
Analysis: The Seahawks have a tendency of drafting hard-nosed football players, and this draft did little to change that. Jordyn Brooks, who has been identified as a mini-Bobby Wagner, gives the Seahawks a hammer in the middle of their defense. They upgraded the 28th ranked pass rush from last season with Darell Taylor, and Alton Robinson (potential steal) who fell because of legal issues.
They also added a potential starter on the O-Line and a 6’7 tight end who is a great red zone threat. The Seahawks didn’t make any flashy picks, but they addressed their needs with players who fit the Seattle brand of football.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Grade: A
Key Picks: OT Tristan Wirfs, S Antoine Winfield Jr. RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, WR Tyler Johnson
Analysis: The Buccaneers have officially become Super Bowl contenders. The Bucs added to the league’s best rushing defense last year by taking my #1 ranked safety in the draft ball hawking Antoine Winfield Jr. Although they figure to have a solid defense, the offensive additions are what made the Bucs draft day winners.
After signing QB Tom Brady, the only holes they needed to fill were RT, slot WR, and RB, and they addressed each position. They traded up one spot to #13 to take a top OT in the draft, Tristan Wirfs, added slot receiver Tyler Johnson, who fell to #161 (my 89th overall player), and Ke’Shawn Vaughn who I’m not quite sold on, but is nonetheless another potential RB.
The Buccaneers filled their needs with immediate impact players who will help them transition to the new era with Tom Brady at the helm.
Tennessee Titans Grade: B
Key Picks: OT Isaiah Wilson, CB Kristian Fulton, RB Darrynton Evans, QB Cole McDonald.
Analysis: The Titans are coming off a surprise season, and they filled some big needs in this year’s draft. After giving their workhorse running back Derrick Henry the franchise tag, they added a change-of-pace back in Darrynton Evans who created some buzz in the pre-draft process.
They added one of my favorite tackles in the draft, Isaiah Wilson, who fits in the ground-and-pound playstyle that the Titans love to use. Kristian Fulton was one of the draft’s biggest fallers, and the Titans know they got a steal in the former National Champion while also filling a need at CB.
They also drafted a potential sleeper in the 6th round with QB Cole McDonald, who has an absolute rocket for an arm. The Titans were productive but not flashy with their picks, as they each filled a need with a potential long-term talent.
Washington Redskins Grade: B-
Key Picks: EDGE Chase Young, WR/RB Antonio Gibson, WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, TE Thaddeus Moss
Analysis: The Redskins didn’t have a difficult choice at #2 overall, as they took the transcendent defensive end from Ohio State as Rivera looks to build this team with a dominant defensive front. After that it was a very unimpressive draft for a team with many holes to fill such as the offensive line.
Antonio Gibson is a great gadget player who will be a great weapon for Rivera and CO and Antonio Gandy-Golden gives them a red zone threat who they can develop into an outside receiver. They picked up Thaddeus Moss as a UDFA, as they have to replace Jordan Reed. It was a very average draft for a team that needs as much talent as they can get.
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