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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NFC North:

Chicago Bears: A

Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State A+

Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State A+

Larry Borom, OT, Missouri B

Khalil Herbert, RB, Virginia Tech A- 

Dazz Newsome, WR, North Carolina A-

Thomas Graham Jr., CB, Oregon B+

Khyiris Tonga, DT, BYU B+

Analysis: When you see talent, true talent you go and get it. Having a lot of picks and a lot of chances to hit on draft picks is great, but when there is premium talent you go and get it. That’s exactly what the Bears did, taking advantage of the surprising falls of Fields and Jenkins to plug the teams two biggest holes. After sitting out of rounds three and four, I didn’t love the Larry Borom pick, but the team got great value with Virginia Tech RB Khalil Herbert, North Carolina WR Dazz Newsome and Oregon CB Thomas Graham Jr. in the sixth round. I think all three can contribute on special teams and on the field in the near future. General Manager Ryan Pace deserves a round-of-applause for this crop. (Shaun Chornobroff)

Green Bay Packers: B+

Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia A-

Josh Myers, C, Ohio State B+

Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson A-

Royce Newman, OG, Ole Miss B+

Tedarrell Slaton, DT, Florida B-

Shemar Jean-Charles, CB, Appalachian State A-

Cole Van Lanen, OT, Wisconsin B

Isaiah McDuffie, LB, Boston College B

Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State  B+

Analysis: Drafting Stokes instead of a receiver may have been controversial, but I think this shows the team doesn’t love Kevin King and this turns out to be a pretty good pick. Getting Myers to replace Corey Linsley in the second round. I think Clemson WR Amari Rodgers (85) will be an immediate contributor out of the slot and would have been a second rounder in most drafts. Ole Miss offensive lineman Royce Newman’s (142) versatility will be a bonus to this team. The Packers got a couple other day-three picks who can turn into nice players. Most will hate on this draft, but I’m more optimistic than many here. (Shaun Chornobroff)

Detroit Lions: B

Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon A

Levi Onwuzurkie, DT, Washington D

Alim McNeil, DT. NC State C

Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB. Syracuse A-

Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC A

Derrick Barnes ILB Purdue B

Analysis: Overall a solid draft for the Lions. Sewell could end up being a hall of famer for this team and I love adding the sure-handed St. Brown from USC in the 4th. Although I didn’t love the Onwuzurike pick early in the second, I am not super high on his skillset, and I would have much rather seen them take JOK. They attacked the depth of their defensive line and added three late round studs that could soon be starters in Melifonwu, St. Brown, and Barnes. (Cade Conzemius)

Minnesota Vikings: B

Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech A-

Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M C-

Chazz Surrat, ILB, North Carolina B+

Patrick Jones ll, EDGE, Pittsburgh C

Kene Nwangwu, RB, Iowa State D

Camryn Brynum, CB, California B

Janarius Robinson, DE, FSU C

Ihmir Smith-Masrette, WR, C+

Zach Davidson, TE, Central Missouri B-

Jaylen Twyman, DT, Pittsburgh A-

Analysis: This draft was about as average as they come. They filled needs at every pick, but not many names jumped out to me. The trade down from #13 to #23 in the 1st was well executed as they ended up getting Darrisaw, but after that, nothing super immaculate happened. With lots of draft capital they did what they needed to do: fill holes on their roster. (Cade Conzemius)

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