2023 NFL Draft Team Grades

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2023 NFL Draft Team Grades

2023 NFL Draft

2023 NFL Draft Team Grades

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AFC East 

Buffalo Bills:

Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah

O’Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida

Dorian Williams, LB, Tulane

Justin Shorter, WR, Florida

Nick Broeker, OG, Ole Miss

Alex Austin, CB, Oregon State


The Bills didn’t exactly go in the direction some expected them to go in when they selected Dalton Kincaid with the 25th pick in the draft, given the fact that they just extended Dawson Knox. However, the Bills just need receiving weapons and Kincaid could become their “power-slot” receiver. It wouldn’t surprise me if he is their second leading receiver when things are all said and done. I like what they did on day two with O’Cyrus Torrence and Dorian Williams. The Bills needed a starter at linebacker, and they succeeded in that. They needed help on the offensive line, and they hit that as well. The only pick I don’t really understand is Justin Shorter. Overall, the Bills had a good weekend in my opinion. 

Overall grade: B


Miami Dolphins:

Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina 

Devon Achane, RB, Texas A&M 

Elijah Higgins, WR, Stanford 

Ryan Hayes, OT, Michigan


I thought the Dolphins couldn’t have really had a better draft given the lack of draft capital they possessed. They were able to snag a borderline first-round caliber corner in Cam Smith late in the second round, and this is the perfect cornerback depth behind Jalen Ramsey and Xavien Howard. There is a chance that he will be a long-term starter at the position. In the third-round, the fastest offense in the NFL got even faster when Devon Achane entered the mix. Like Cam Smith, Achane has the perfect situation to learn the position. Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. are two similarly styled players that could teach him how to adapt to the NFL. Higgins and Hayes are worthy selections late on day three as well. 

Overall grade: A-

New York Jets:

Will McDonald IV, EDGE, Iowa State 

Joe Tippmann, C, Wisconsin 

Carter Warren, OT, Pitt

Israel Abanikanda, RB, Pitt 

Zaire Barnes, OLB, Western Michigan 

Jarrick Bernard-Converse, CB, LSU 

Zack Kuntz, TE, Old Dominion


I like what the Jets accomplished this weekend. Will McDonald IV wouldn’t have been my pick at their spot in round one, but he is a good player that has a chance to develop into a great player under Robert Saleh. Same in round two with center Joe Tippmann. He isn’t my top-rated center in the class, but Tippmann will likely have a role early into his rookie contract for the Jets. The two Pittsburgh Panthers selected, Warren and Abanikanda, were tremendous value in my opinion. With Breece Hall coming off a massive injury, I expect Abanikanda to have a massive role early for the Jets. With their final pick, the team took developmental tight end, Zack Kuntz, who I would have taken on day two. I do really like what the Jets did, and they bolstered an already great roster. 

Overall grade: B+


New England Patriots:

Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

Keion White, DE, Georgia Tech

Marte Mapu, LB, Sacramento State 

Jake Andrews, C, Troy 

Chad Ryland, K, Maryland 

Sidy Sow, G, Eastern Michigan 

Atonio Mafi, G, UCLA 

Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU 

Bryce Baringer, P, Michigan State 

Demario Douglas, WR, Liberty 

Isaiah Bolden, CB, Jackson State


The Patriots got tremendous value at the top of the draft when Christian Gonzalez slipped to them at 17. He immediately comes in and is a starting boundary corner for them. In a conference where you have to deal with Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, Patrick Mahomes, and countless other elite quarterbacks, you can never have too many good corners. Keion White is also a tremendous pick for them that fits their scheme very well. After the top two picks, it is a lot of “meh” for me. They took swings on plenty of offensive line depth, and you can never get too frustrated with that. I also like taking a shot on a player as talented as Kayshon Boutte on day three. 

Overall grade: B-


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