2021 Draft Team-By-Team Grades

2021 Draft Team-By-Team Grades

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2021 Draft Team-By-Team Grades

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AFC West:

Los Angeles Chargers: B+

Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern A

Asante Samuel Jr, CB, Florida State A+

Josh Palmer, WR, Tennessee C+

Tre’ McKitty, TE, Georgia C

Chris Rumph II, LB, Duke A

Brenden Jaimes, OT, Nebraska C

Nick Niemann, LB, Iowa C

Larry Roundtree III, RB, Missouri B+

Mark Webb, S, Georgia B+

Analysis: The Chargers are doing exactly what they need to do to give Justin Herbert his 2nd year leap. They added Slater at 13, who was an obvious choice because of his versatility and the fact that Herbert was pressured more than any rookie QB since 2009. Chargers GM Tom Peliscero raved about Asante Samuel Jr’s physicality and dog mentality, and he knows he got a future pro bowler at the corner position. They finished off Day-2 with two inconsistent weapons that can develop into downfield threats for Herbert, but weren’t close to the best guys on the board. Chris Rumph II was one of my favorite deep sleepers as he has an extremely thin frame for the D-Line, but has such a diverse skill set. I fully expect, with the talent they added in free agency and the draft, to see the Chargers playing January football. (Daniel Alameda)

Kansas City Chiefs B+

Missouri LB Nick Bolton B+

Oklahoma IOL Creed Humphrey B+

Joshua Kaindoh, DE, Florida State B

Noah Gray, TE, Duke A-

Cornell Powell, WR, Clemson B+

Trey Smith, G, Tennessee A-

Analysis: This was not a flashy draft for the defending AFC Champions, but with Bolton and Humphrey they filled much needed holes and for the rest of their draft acquired much needed depth. Getting Duke TE Noah Gray (162) and Tennessee guard Trey Smith (226) is great value, particularly Smith. Kansas City fans should be happy with this draft. (Shaun Chornobroff)

Denver Broncos: B+

Patrick Surtain, CB, Alabama A-

Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina A

Quinn Meinerz, OG, Wisconsin-Whitewater  A

Baron Browning, ILB, Ohio State B+

Caden Sterns, S, Texas A

Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana B+

Seth Williams, WR, Auburn B

Kary Vincent Jr. CB, LSU B-

Jonathan Cooper, EDGE, Ohio State A

If you’re judging this draft based on pure talent, it’s absolutely an A. While I love the Surtain pick at nine, it’s extremely hard to pass up a franchise quarterback like Justin Fields. The Javonte Williams selection is going to prove to be a huge win because of the “Thunder and Lightning” it creates with Melvin Gordon, but the trade up might not have been necessary. Although Broncos GM George Paton wasn’t necessarily filling holes on the roster, he added talent everywhere, thus a positive grade in his first draft with Denver. (Cade Conzemius)

Las Vegas Raiders : C-

Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama D

Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU A

Malcolm Koonce, OLB, Buffalo C

Divine Deablo, S, Virginia Tech A

Tyree Gillespie, S, Missouri A

Nate Hobbs, CB, Illinois B-

Jimmy Morrissey, C, Pittsburgh B

Analysis: Overall, this wasn’t a great draft for Las Vegas. The Raiders drafted Alex Leatherwood, and drafted three safeties. They definitely needed to improve the O-Line, but Leatherwood wasn’t the best value at 17.  Leatherwood was someone they probably would’ve gotten in the second, and even if they didn’t, this tackle class was so deep that someone could have fallen to them. The main pick I loved from their draft was Moehrig in the second. Moehrig will be an absolute stud in the Raiders secondary for the upcoming future to pair with the hard-hitting Jonathan Abram. (Cade Conzemius)

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