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 South:

Atlanta Falcons: A

Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida A+

Richie Grant S UCF A

Jalen Mayfield OT Michigan A-

Darren Hall CB SDS D+

Drew Dalman C Stanford B

Ta’Quon Graham DT Texas B+

Adetokunbo Ogundeji DE Notre Dame B

Avery Williams CB Boise State C

Frank Darby WR ASU A

Analysis: The Falcons vastly improved their offense with one of the best pass catchers in the draft, and they heavily improved their defense. My favorite pick had to be picking up Richie Grant in the second as he’s going to be a monster over the middle in that defense. Getting a starting caliber tackle in Mayfield was a surprise as well as drafting an energetic stud in Frank Darby, someone that will stick around the league for a long time. (Cade Conzemius)

Carolina Panthers: B+

Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina B+

Terrace Marshall Jr. WR, LSU A

Brady Christensen, OT, BYU B+

Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State B+

Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa A

Keith Taylor, CB, Washington B

Deonte Brown, OG, Alabama B+

Shi Smith, WR, South Carolina B

Analysis:  The Panthers got a trio of “A” picks with Marshall, Iowa defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon (158) and Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard (126). But taking Horn over Patrick Surtain II bothers me and I think there were better corners than Keith Taylor on the board when Carolina took him at 166. The Senior Bowl influence is obvious and here and I do think the Panthers found some potential gems on the final day. (Shaun Chornobroff)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: B-

Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington B+

Kyle Trask, QB, Florida D

Robert Hainsey, G, Notre Dame B+

Jaelon Darden, WR, North Texas B

K.J. Britt, LB, Auburn B

Chris Wilcox, CB, BYU B

Grant Stuard, LB, Houston B+

Analysis: I’m not the biggest Tryon fan, but he’s not a bad player at all and being given the chance to develop behind Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaq Barrett will only prove to be beneficial for him. But what the hell was Tampa Bay thinking selecting Kyle Trask. I get that this roster is deep, but I’d rather take depth on the offensive or defensive line than take a low-ceiling signal caller. If this was the Buccaneers way of drafting a backup for Brady that’s safe, so be it, the injury bug can hit at any time. But there is no way you can sell me on Kyle Trask being the successor to the greatest quarterback to ever play this game. (Shaun Chornobroff)

New Orleans Saints: C

Payton Turner DE Houston C+

Pete Werner LB Ohio State B

Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford B-

Ian Book, QB, Notre Dame D+

Landon Young, OT, Kentucky B+

Analysis: Payton Turner has a lot of athleticism, but I think this was a reach, I’d like to have seen a more refined player here. But outside of this, I didn’t love their draft, Werner will be a reliable pro and then after that, there’s no one I see playing a significant role on the team. Stanford CB Paulson Adebo (76) was selected by the Saints in the third round and has a lot of production, but I don’t love how he translates to the next level. This is a class we have to wait and see on with New Orleans before making any final judgements.  (Shaun Chornobroff)

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