O/A Rank Top-15 Tight Ends
9 T.J. Hockenson
22 Noah Fant
47 Irv Smith Jr.
72 Jace Sternberger
76 Dawson Knox
77 Josh Oliver
104 Kaden Smith
124 Foster Moreau
138 Kahale Warring
146 Caleb Wilson
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2019 NFL Draft Recap

Analysis and Grades | April 30, 2019 12:05 PM EST
1 Arizona Cardinals                 





The Cards passed on some really talented defensive players at the top of the Draft, selecting Kyler Murray with the top-overall pick. Murray's coming off a season with over 4,000 yards through the air, over 1,000 yards on the ground, and 54 total TDs. Murray is a perfect fit in Kliff Kingsbury's Air Raid offense.

Murray is going to benefit from the additions of WRs Andy Isabella (RD2), Hakeem Butler (RD4), and KeeSean Johnson (RD6). Isabella's 4.31 speed and Butler's 6'5" frame will make both attractive downfield targets early on. While Johnson appears to be buried on the depth chart, his 95 catches for 1,340 yards and 8 TDs last season make him a nice developmental addition.

Arizona also added some quality talent to the defensive side of the ball. CB Byron Murphy (RD2) was #15 overall on our Big Board and our top-ranked CB. Allowing 0.66 yards per coverage snap in 2018, Murphy has shutdown CB potential. DL Zach Allen (RD3), with 54 total pressures and 39 total stops, is an all-around player that can make an impact on the D-Line. Deionte Thompson (RD5), a talented cover safety, was ranked #35 on our Big Board and could be the steal of the Draft. Murphy, Allen, and Thompson can all be immediate contributors with starting upside in AZ's 3-4 scheme.

To wrap up the Draft, the Cards added OC Lamont Gaillard, OT Joshua Miles, DL Michael Dogbe, and TE Caleb Wilson in the final two rounds. Gaillard and Wilson are tremendous athletes for their position, while Gaillard and Dogbe will provide toughness in the trenches.

Arizona got tremendous value out of a number of their picks and added a ton of talent to the roster. Unfortunately, we also have to factor in the loss of value on Josh Rosen. When you take the sum of trades over the past two years, Keim traded 2018 picks in RD1, RD3, and RD5 and received a 2019 pick in RD2 and a 2020 pick in RD4. The Rosen saga is an embarrassment for the Cards' front office and drops this year's grade by at least a full letter.

Grade: B
2 Atlanta Falcons                 





Prior to the draft, owner Arthur Blank said the priority had to be getting younger and better on the offensive line to protect Matt Ryan and open up the running game. Ryan was sacked 42 times last year and the vaunted run game collapsed. Nevertheless, it was a shock when Atlanta spent the 14th overall pick on guard Chris Lindstrom, not because he's a bad player, but because the defensive line was a need, and there was real talent available at 14. The Falcons had spent quite a few FA dollars on guard, as well. The commitment to the OL continued by trading up for Kaleb McGary, a nasty, monstrous RT. By trading up to 31, Atlanta locked in another year on McGary's rookie contract.

Atlanta was unable to move back into the 3rd round, but they addressed their secondary and defensive line in the 4th, landing perhaps the fastest player in the draft in CB Kendall Sheffield and a raw but very talented DT/DE hybrid in John Cominksy . OC Dirk Koetter got his power RB in Qadree Ollison , which combined with the investments on the OL should lead to more success in 3rd and short - a noticeable problem last year. They added more depth with a long, fast CB in Jordan Miller and a candidate for return duties in Marcus Green.

Atlanta could enter 2019 with an OL that has five first round picks, after years of trying to plug holes with Day Three picks and UDFA. The last time Atlanta had consistently good OL play they made the Super Bowl. They have also filled their secondary with incredible athletes, but the overall theme on defense seems to be Quinn's faith that his more hands-on approach will get the most out of the talent Atlanta has. Atlanta has never "maximized value" in the draft under Dimitroff, they've simply picked the players they want. The result has been the longest stretches of winning football in the franchise's history. Did they find the right guys this spring? Find out next fall.

Grade B+
3 Baltimore Ravens                 





Baltimore's top need all offseason was wide receiver and took Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, the speedster out of Oklahoma, with their first round selection. The cousin of Antonio was selected after the Ravens traded back to the 25th overall pick. The speed of Brown gives Baltimore a potent offense with Lamar Jackson leading the helm. The other biggest need for the Ravens was on the defensive side of the ball at the edge rusher spot. With no second round pick, their next selection came in the third round. They picked up Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson. Ferguson will be a great addition to the Don Martidale's defense. He will most likely start off behind Matt Judon and Tim Williams on the depth chart but will work his way into the rotation early into the season. They picked up another wide receiver soon after with their second wide receiver of the draft. Miles Boykin from Notre Dame adds a different type of receiver to the arsenal. A big, possession receiver at 6'4 and 220 lbs will be dangerous with Brown on the other side. The two receiver draftees can give Baltimore a bright future with the other offensive pieces already in place.

One of those weapons was free agenct addition Mark Ingram who will be the starting running back heading into 2019. Kennth Dixon and Gus Edwards provided a solid running game for Baltimore and should provide solid minutes. Justice Hill was taken with Batlimore's first of three fourth round picks. Hill can be a surprise in 2019 and I wouldn't be surprised if he and Ingram lead the team in rushing. The starting five of the Ravens line are great but depth was needed. Ben Powers from Oklahoma was taken for that purpose but can also be groomed to be the future starting guard after Marshal Yanda hangs them up. Iman Marshall is versatile defensive back who will earn his way into the secondary throughout the year. The Ravens had a really nice fourth round.

The final two picks for Baltimore was the big defensive tackle from Alabama, Daylon Mack, to provide depth behind Brandon Williams at nose tackle. In a fairly surprising move, Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley was selected in the sixth round. Whether or not he will provide quarterback depth or if Baltimore hopes to sway him into transitioning back to a defensive back is up in the air.

Talon Graff, Ravens Analyst

Grade: B+
4 Buffalo Bills                 





I haven't read or watched the national pundits about the Bills' draft, and may not. I haven't even put the local Kool-Aid to my lips before writing this summary. What I already know about the Bills' draft comes unfiltered. Here goes.

Beane and his War Room were the most prepared staff I've ever seen. They were unafraid to stand pat at #9, where 3-tech Ed Oliver fell into their laps. They were fearless about moving ahead of Tampa Bay in RD2 to snag OGRT Cody Ford as their RD2#38, costing us our later 5th-rounder.

In RD3, the Bills' braintrust bravely added FBS yardage leader Devin Singletary to a 6-man RB room because they thought he offered more upside than fan faves WR Terry McLaurin or TE Jace Sternberger. He just might; there's some McCoy in him. Then, after some fans had gone to bed, Beane & Co. traded back into the third round and took their TE, 30-visitor Dawson Knox, who offers more suddenness, strength, savvy, and speed. He was on NFL's Freaks List for a reason.

I said that Beane's scouts would make hay on Day 3, and I was right; they mined for one gem after another: OLB-NCB Vosean Joseph (+79 Value on our Big Board), smart, scrappy SS Jaquan Johnson (+60), conference DPOY EDGE Darryl Johnson, and the best pure-blocking TE in the draft, Tommy Sweeney (+62). Sweeney caught 72% of passes thrown his way this year, so he's not just a one-trick pony.

Landing UDFAs QB Tyree Jackson (+101), WRs David Sills (+126), and Iowa's top pass-catcher (WR Nick Easley, not Hock) in Free Agency was the coup de grace.

Perhaps some picks will be panned and deemed "reaches" (Singletary and Darryl Johnson), but time will likely prove Beane and Company were geniuses of informed speculation.

- Dean Kindig, Bills Analyst

Grade: A
5 Carolina Panthers                 





The 2019 Carolina draft class has all the fingerprints of a brand-new owner who wants a return on his $2.2 billion investment. Not only do all of Carolina's draft picks come from power-five conferences, but most of them also have connections to either the Carolina Panthers or North and South Carolina. It embodies the "two states, one team" slogan. First-round selection Brian Burns isn't the first of his family to be drafted by the Panthers. His brother, Stanley McClover, was the RD7 draft pick for Carolina back in 2006. RD4 pick Christian Miller and RD6 pick Dennis Daley are both from the state of South Carolina. Four of the 7 draft picks for Carolina at one time or another were being talked about as RD1 talents, so it's possible Marty Hurney came out of this draft with a number of different steals. This brings us to the most-notable draft pick for the Panthers and the one that screams of David Tepper's influence. With the 100th pick in the draft, the Carolina Panthers selected Will Grier, QB from West Virginia.

David Tepper is on record as saying Cam Newton's throwing shoulder was a problem and the cause of our 1-and-7 late-season slide. So the Carolina Panthers decided to draft a premium insurance policy in the form of the Mountaineers quarterback. I personally had Grier ranked as my 3rd quarterback in this year's draft class. He has all the tools to be a starting NFL signal-caller. Should Cam experience further issues with his now-surgically-repaired shoulder, then David Tepper and the front office expect this train to keep on rolling full steam ahead. It's not what I would've done, but I can't say that I don't understand it.

All in all, Carolina came away with not one but two, trench players on both sides of the line of scrimmage, a change-of-pace back to lessen the load of Christian McCaffrey in the form of Florida's Jordan Scarlett, and a former 5-star receiver, Terry Godwin, to compete to be another downfield weapon in this offense. I am on Team "Build Around Cam", and with the exception of our 3rd round, the Carolina Panthers have unquestionably done just that! - Cody Lachney, Panthers Analyst

Grade: B+
6 Chicago Bears                 





After a 12-4 season, driven largely by the sacrifice of early picks in this Draft, any analysis of how the Bears did this past week must include the trades that had GM Ryan Pace waiting to participate until late Friday. Regardless of how one might feel about the players taken with the picks Chicago traded (Josh Jacobs, Mecole Hardman), it's doubtful they could replicate the impact made by Khalil Mack and Anthony Miller, both acquired in trades involving those picks. Mack established himself as one of the top 2 defensive players in the league, while Miller looked like a future #2 despite playing the entire year with "one arm." No one would unring that bell, and those moves already make this Draft a success.

That said, Pace wasn't resting on his laurels. After trading up 14 spots with New England, Chicago grabbed versatile RB David Montgomery. After 1,000 yd seasons in each of the last two years at Iowa State, he will be asked to immediately fill the void left by the traded Jordan Howard. Montgomery's style and size make him a great fit for Matt Nagy's offense. In the 4th round, Pace grabbed his fourth Georgia player since 2016, nabbing Calvin Ridley's younger brother, WR Riley Ridley. Much like his brother, Riley is a superb route-runner who will fit perfectly in the Nagy offense. He has a chance to play out of the slot immediately.

In the sixth, the Bears looked for depth to fill the void left by the departed Bryce Callahan in the slot by grabbing Kansas St CB Duke Shelley. At 5'9, 180, Shelley isn't a sure-fire impact player, but he could develop into a solid backup to new nickel Buster Skrine. In the 7th round, Pace added FAU RB Kerrith Whyte who could push for the #4 RB spot. His 4.37 speed will probably be more frequently used on Special Teams. The Bears' final pick was Valdosta State CB Stephen Denmark, a converted WR who, at 6'3, 212, is a worthy project to stash on the Practice Squad this year. Solid coaching could make him a contributor.

In all, this is a solid result but the grade reflects the franchise-changing results from trading the first two picks.

Grade: A
7 Cincinnati Bengals                 





Bengals fans were loud in their disapproval of their team's 2019 draft class. Many wanted a QB of the future in the first round, while others seemed to want more flash to add fuel to the fire that is the Zac Taylor/Sean McVay connection, but that fire remains only smoldering at this point.

I would urge Bengals fans to remain patient, though, because despite a draft class lacking spice, the team got better at key positions.

OT Jonah Williams will start at a position that has been a dire need since Andrew Whitworth headed to LA and the team's investment in of their top two picks at the position in 2015 was a monumental failure. TE Drew Sample might have been a slight reach in the 2nd round, but he's one of the best true "Y" TEs in the Draft, as he is an effective in-line blocker that can still provide an outlet underneath and down the seams. LB Germaine Pratt is a former safety that will be the team's new Vontaze Burfict as an OLB, and is probably my favorite player in this class.

QB Ryan Finley has a chance to push Andy Dalton right away, although the two share a fringe-starter skillset. I am not a huge fan of the Renell Wren pick, as the team already has a NT in Andrew Billings, but he's a stout player in the middle for a defense that has gone soft over the past few seasons.

IOL Michael Jordan was a good value pick in the 4th round and should start sooner rather than later if he can learn to stay lower coming out of his stance. Cincy also needed a back to spell Joe Mixon, and by picking both Trayveon"Williams and"Rodney Anderson in the 6th round, the Bengals have two talented options to fill that role.

Overall, this Draft was about adding solid football players to represent a new core for this football team that Zac Taylor can truly evaluate in Year One, though I thought more speed could've been added on the defensive side of the ball.

-Kennedy Paynter, Draft Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)

Grade: B-
8 Cleveland Browns                 





While I do like the haul Cleveland brought in to improve this roster, I must say I'm a bit underwhelmed that they didn't fill a number of their biggest needs. Still, this team got solid value with most of their picks. While Cleveland has become the trendy team to make a jump to the top tier of the AFC, those familiar with this roster from top to bottom understand that they are still a long way from having the kind of 53-man roster it takes to become one of the top teams in the league. That is why is important to target value over need when drafting. Did a left tackle or an interior defensive lineman fall to them that presented as good a value as Greedy Williams? My answer is no, which is why I graded the Williams pick so high. They needed a corner to play across from last year's first rounder, Denzel Ward who complimented his skillset. They needed a corner who is comfortable playing in man coverage, but also had size to avoid having a duo of undersized starters. Enter Williams to scratch the proverbial itch, a player with first-round talent that somehow fell within Cleveland's range to jump up and grab him.

I also love the additions of the two linebackers. Sione Takitaki and Mack Wilson bring physicality and versatility to this group, and can also help on special teams. I expect both to play roles on the defense, even if they don't play "starter" minutes, although Takitaki could win the starting job on the strong side. Sheldrick Redwine should also help on special teams right away, while Drew Forbes and Donnie Lewis Jr. present intriguing skillsets that could be groomed into solid football players with time. As I said, I would have loved to have seen one of those top linemen on either side of the ball fall into Cleveland's range in the second round, but the board doesn't always fall your way. The Browns did a good job of not forcing the issue by reaching. - Austin Smith, Senior DraftTek Analyst

Grade: B-
9 Dallas Cowboys                 





Normally, the Cowboys' Pre-Draft Visits are a pretty fair indicator of their Draft Strategy. Armed with this information, I surmised Safety would be the position of choice at #58, based on the fact that of the 5 top-ranked prospects, 4 played Safety. I guess I should have fallen back on the old axiom "In choosing between a little 'un and a big 'un, go big!" Trysten Hill fits that description and was the apple of DC Rod Marinelli's eye; as a result, he is now a Cowboy!

Connor McGovern was a bit of a surprise at #90, as there were still safeties on the board; however, this is a look toward 2020 when La'el Collins' contract expires. The speculation is that Connor Williams will move from LG to ROT . . . and McGovern was the highest-rated prospect left on their board. RD4 not only brought the speedy RB with receiving chops, Tony Pollard, but by trading down from their Supplementary Pick (#136), they netted 3 role players: CB Michael Jackson, S Donovan Wilson, and RB Mike Weber. Two DE's (Joe Jackson and Jalen Jelks) rounded out the 2019 Draft Class.

Considering the fact that 2019 was not the strongest draft in recent memory and reviewing of the 12 UDFA's they have signed, Dallas fared pretty well. The only 2 potential positions of need that were not addressed are TE and S.

Grade: B+
10 Denver Broncos                 





When the Broncos traded down with that top selection, despite having Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock both available, I had serious doubts about where this draft was headed. However, after the first three selections Denver made in the top 42 picks in this draft, I felt like John Elway and Company hit a home run. I never envisioned a path where the Broncos could secure Lock, Noah Fant, and Dalton Risner. In fact, in our most recent mock drafts leading up to last weekend, not one of those three even made it to Broncos' RD2 pick at #41. The idea that Denver was able to secure a starting tight end and guard, while also coming away with the future franchise quarterback that I thought they would have to move up for at pick #10 means that the Broncos' 24th-ranked offense got significantly better moving forward.

I also had Dre'Mont Jones being a terrific value in the third round, as a guy that can help rush the passer from the interior immediately. He had 8.5 sacks in his final year at Ohio State. Jones may need time to become an every-down player, but with nearly 60 percent of Denver's sack production coming from two players, this gives them a third guy that can get to the QB. The selection of Hollins gives them a super-athletic project at outside linebacker that can hopefully grow into the shoes Shaquil Barrett use to fill. Also, Juwann Winfree is a receiver with good size that could help make up for the loss of Jordan Taylor as a special-teams ace that can help as a possession option. My only wish is that they could have helped add another talented option to this secondary. I also assume that they feel more comfortable about Josey Jewell stepping into a starting role than most of the fan base does. - Austin Smith, Senior DraftTek Analyst

Grade: A-
11 Detroit Lions                 





As the Lions entered the 2019 offseason, Bob Quinn had stated they would be on the lookout for "playmakers" and adding more explosiveness to the roster. Those were his words coming into this offseason, but his actions spoke louder. Outside of signing Trey Flowers and Justin Coleman, the Lions' offseason was full of acquiring depth and role caliber players. Players like, Danny Amendola, C.J. Anderson, Rashaan Melvin, and Andrew Adams, just to name a few. This of course, all done pre-draft, which indicated a clear vision that Quinn was looking to follow through with his need of adding playmakers. This was the draft to do it. With as much talent defenisvely as there was, this was the time to do it, except, they didn't.

There are currently two schools of thought circulating in Detroit and amongst fans and experts alike, early indications are that it's split right down the middle between approval and disapproval. Not much lukewarm happening here. The first being, "The Patriot Way" is being installed and that benefit of the doubt should be given to Quinn and Patricia as they build the team in their image with players that fit that Patriot mold. The problem with this line of thinking is that Quinn had stated upon hiring Patricia that "9-7 isn't good enough", the team finished 6-10 in 2018. The second being, the Lions did not do enough to improve substantially. The selection of T.J. Hockenson does allow the Lions to implement more play-action into their game and this will be extremely beneficial for Stafford and the offense as a whole. This was perhaps their best selection in the draft and one that fits with what Quinn aimed to do. However, as we work down the Lions selections, we see a common theme, tackling, experience, and depth versus playmaking ability. The selection of Jahlani Tavai and Will Harris were probably the more questionable choices for Detroit given that CB Greedy Williams was still available in RD2 and La Tech edge rusher (NCAA career sack leader) Jaylon Ferguson was available in RD3. The later round selections of DE Austin Bryant (RD4), DB Amani Oruwariye (RD5), WR Travis Fulgham (RD6), RB Ty Johnson (RD6), TE Isaac Nauta (RD7), and DT P.J. Johnson (RD7) more than bolstered the defensive and offensive depth and added a more "bang for your buck" style of playmaking ability. These later round picks more than made up for the questionable decisions in RD2 and RD3.

Overall, Detroit could have had a better draft and I came away from it (as many Lions fans did) unenthused. Perhaps it will pay dividends. - Doug Hyde, Lions Analyst

Grade: C+
12 Green Bay Packers                 





GM Brian Gutekunst hired an offensive-minded HC in Matt LaFleur, but his offseason work has focused on changing the identity on the defensive side of the ball. After making a splash in Free Agency, the Packers continued to rebuild their defense with EDGE Rashan Gary and S Darnell Savage in RD1. Green Bay plans to utilize Gary's 4.58 speed primarily as a pass rusher at 3-4 OLB. DC Mike Pettine will be hoping that coaching can harness Gary's rare athletic traits and improve upon his 15.8% pass-rush win rate. Savage, who ran a 4.36 forty, gave up a passer rating of just 43.4 when targeted last year. Savage is expected to fill the Packers' greatest need as an immediate starter at FS.

Green Bay shifted their focus to offense on Day 2 with OL Elgton Jenkins in RD2 and TE Jace Sternberger in RD3. Jenkins allowed just 5 pressures in 369 pass-blocking snaps last season and offers five-position versatility. Sternberger grades out as the most productive pass-catching TE in this year's class with 17.3 ypc and an average of 8.3 of those yards coming after the catch.

On Day 3, the Packers continued to add impressive athletes with DL Kingsley Keke (RD5), CB Ka'dar Hollman (RD6), RB Dexter Williams (RD6), and ILB Ty Summers (RD7). Dexter Williams could be the sleeper of the group. Williams averaged 6.4 ypc over his career at Notre Dame, and he should have an opportunity to earn touches as a strong fit in Matt LaFleur's outside-zone scheme.

There were a few notable reaches on our Big Board, including Savage (-54) and Jenkins (-18), and I would've liked to see a dynamic WR or RB added in the early rounds. However, the Packers checked off a lot of needs while adding premium athletes with versatile skill sets on both sides of the ball. With the exception of Savage, expect GM Brian Gutekunst's second draft class to carve out situational roles for the Packers next season with the long-term potential to blossom into major contributors in 2020 and beyond.

Grade: B
13 Houston Texans                 





We projected that the Texans would address the critial need of OL with two selections in the first two rounds, plus the selection of a CB with their second RD2 pick; and lo and behold; that's exactly what GM Brian Gaine did. However, the haul was bittersweet, as they just missed out on top OT Andre Dillard, poached from their waiting hands by the up-jumping Eagles. Gaine settled for Plan B in Tytus Howard, interestingly evading the available Jawaan Taylor. In RD2, Houston doubled up on OT with Max Scharping, again reaching a round as an OL run in the top half of RD2 pulled most of the names off the board.

The Texans grabbed riser Lonnie Johnson in the 2nd, a sold pick at a need position. In the 3rd, the team added another riser-at-a-need-position in TE Kahale Warring, prompting incumbent TE Ryan Griffin to drunkenly punch out a window at a Nashville hotel, leaving his status with the team in question.

The team scored a major value-add with DE Charles Omenihu in the 5th. Our #95-rated player was plucked by Houston at pick #161 for a value of +66. The Texans rounded out the draft with late-round adds Xavier Crawford, another secondary addition, along with local (Katy, TX) FB Cullen Gillaspia. For addressing needs early, despite the RD1 and RD2 picks being a little reachy, and for the home run on Omenihu, the Texans get:

Grade: B+
14 Indianapolis Colts                 





The 2019 NFL Draft went pretty much according to the way we expected it go: GM Chris Ballard and his staff doing things "their way" and continuing to build the foundation. It went heavy on the defensive side, as I had been saying they would all along. It also underscored three things about GM Chris Ballard's overall philosophy for selecting prospective players in the draft:

1. Leadership

2. Speed

3. Length

Oh, and he can (and will) wheel-and-deal with the best of 'em on the trade spectrum. The fact that Ballard & Co. will risk their necks (and eventually W's) with picks many others don't quite understand is what makes this new era in Colts' football pretty damn exciting. One year ago, prior to the NFL Draft, the entire roster was pretty much a dumpster fire. Only Andrew Luck remains on the roster from prior to GM Chris Ballard's arrival in Indy.

Two huge selections (Guard Quenton Nelson and LB Leonard Davis) helped Indy make the pivot from also-ran to a contending front-runner in their division. Will this year's draft lead to another pivot, from AFC South contender to Super Bowl participant? Time will tell, and I'll still give it another year before expecting the Colts to hoist a Lombardi. But make no mistake; this team has a solid foundation now.

In 2019, the Colts added several key components to a defense that surprised the NFL with young talent and some impressive stands throughout the season. Adding CB Rock Ya-Sin was the lead-off for the draft in Indy, followed up by quite a few players that most of the NFL punditry had never heard about until their names were read off.

For sticking with his philosophy, and continuing to shape the Indianapolis roster into the form he envisions, I give the Colts' organization a solid "A" for the 2019 NFL Draft. Last year, I handed out a "C" grade only because we weren't really sure that GM Ballard and the gang could turn their vision into reality in a matter of a single draft. I believe we have that answer, and while this doesn't mean the Colts added another Defensive Rookie of the Year or first-year All-Pro in this draft, you certainly can't argue with what has been done in the three short years of the Ballard-and-Reich era.

Grade: C+
15 Jacksonville Jaguars                 





As has been said often, sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. Josh Allen was one of the elite prospects in this draft, and was expected to be gone by Pick #4. I won't pass judgment on OAK or NYG, but they seemed to have targeted particular prospects, and Jacksonville was all to happy to stand pat and pounce on Allen. The versatile EDGE is an explosive, bendy athlete who is newer to defense in general, suggesting he has even more room to grow after being an All-American his Senior season.

Jawaan Taylor was the guy I thought the Jags would be taking at #7, so to get him in RD2 is very exciting, provided all checks out medically. Tight End Josh Oliver will provide Nick Foles with a burner up the seam. He shows strong promise in contested-catch situations. He doesn't offer much as a blocker, but Oliver should be a mismatch down the field.

Surprise pick Quincy Williams will provide an athletic, versatile option who could play LB or SS. Perhaps a bit of a reach, but his position flex will fit in well. Size-speed beast RyQuell Amstead will push Leonard Fournette for carries. Gardner Minshew is a developmental prospect worth gambling on at QB, and DT Dontavius Russell provides a big body to rotate in on early downs. Overall, maybe not the skill position weapons we were hoping for, but those first 2 picks have to garner at least a...

Grade: B+
16 Kansas City Chiefs                 





Chiefs' GM Brett Veach did a great job of turning around the Chiefs' defense this offseason. He traded away the 29th pick in the draft for edge rusher Frank Clark, who will be a Mahomes-esque type of contributor on the defensive side of the ball. Veach says he was thinking of Clark even as he was releasing Houston and trading Ford. It was all about building the financial space and draft capital to make a deal work. Clark is expensive, but his contract is structured in favorable terms for the team.

I absolutely love the pick of Juan Thornhill! Lined up next to Tyrann Matthieu in Spag's system, he may prove himself to be the best safety in this draft class. DT Khalen Saunders was a pleasant surprise pick. His size and ability are comparable to "Hungry Pig" Dontari Poe. No, we did not add a splashy CB, but this D-Line rotation will cause so much disruption on QBs that even the more-pedestrian CBs will shine.

Scratch Tyreek Hill's name off his playbook and hand the thing over to Micole Hardman, Mahomes' new downfield threat. Although his vertical burst compares favorably to Hill, Parris Campbell had better pass-catching numbers. Therefore, Campbell would have been my preference. In the kick-return game, Hardman compares to Devin Hester. He will be an exciting player to watch!

In the later rounds, I give a thumbs-down on CB Rashan Fenton, who had a bad habit of getting his wires crossed while covering zone responsibilities. (Yes, much like Scandrick at the end of the Chargers' game.) He is, however, apparently too fast for his shoes. I like the addition of RB Darwin Thompson, who had 16 TDs on just 176 touches from scrimmage in 2018. Finally, Nick Allegretti, who played in the East-West Shrine Game, will add needed depth at Center/Guard. The Chiefs also added a nice list of UDFAs. ~ KCBudMan, Chiefs Analyst

Grade: B+
17 Miami Dolphins                 





The Dolphins really knocked it out of the park! GM Chris Grier no doubt felt the urge to select Dwayne Haskins or Drew Lock at #13, but decided to fortify the trenches instead of reach for the unremarkable QBs that are representative of the 2019 crop. The scored a solid, disruptive, high-character DL in Christian Wilkins from the National-Champ Clemson Tigers.

Grier got down to business in the second. Unable to secure a trade for QB Josh Rosen with the #48 pick, Grier traded down with New Orleans, picking up a 2nd-rounder in 2020, along with the Saints' #62. Then it was with that pick that he was able to get the Josh Rosen deal done. So Miami comes away with a top-10 QB with only one-year of mileage for a late 2nd round pick.

Going into the draft, the OL was known to be a weakness, The team did well to address that problem be selecting two Big-10 "Big Uglies" in Michael Deiter, an OT from Wisconsin and Isaiah Prince, OT from Ohio State. We had a 5th round grade on Prince, so the Dolphins scored a decent value on that selection in the 6th.

The team's 5th round pick was for depth LB Andrew Van Ginkel, a teammate of Deiter's at Wisconsin. We felt that that pick was a little reachy.. 7th rounder Chander Cox rounded out the draft at RB.

Grade: A Great work filling needs, and filling the all-important franchise QB need with limited picks.
18 Minnesota Vikings                 





Going into the 2019 NFL Draft, the expectation was that the Vikings would likely use two of their first three picks to shore up the offensive line - a seemingly permanent hole on an otherwise-well-built roster. Though it wasn't quite as clean as you might hope, with a roller coaster of Day 2 trades, they got the job done, adding two potential rookie starters in Garrett Bradbury and Dru Samia with two of their first four picks. Bradbury and Samia are two players that perfectly fit the offensive scheme that OC Kevin Stefanski and company will be looking to implement, and both guys were heavily-scouted by the team coming into the draft, so neither pick came as a big surprise.

After a handful of trades that may or may not end up to be a net positive for the team (in fact, they were a net negative, according to our Trade Value Chart), the Vikings came away from Day 2 with TE Irv Smith Jr. and RB Alexander Mattison, and a couple of extra late-Day 3 picks. Irv Smith Jr. was a fringe-Day-One option in some eyes as an all-around tight end. He's probably not a replacement for Kyle Rudolph as a rookie, but depending on how things go with "Rudy" from here on out, Smith will likely be the #1 option on the depth chart in 2020. Mattison is a very Spielman-esque running back pick, as again he fits perfectly with what the offense needs, but he may have been a bit of a reach overall (think the Jerick McKinnon pick a few years ago).

Many feared that all the trading down would lead to the Vikes missing out on the last remaining "Day 2" OL target on the board --Dru Samia-- when their RD4 pick came up. Trader Rick wasn't about to let that happen, though, as he moved up to the 114th pick to lock down their man before anyone else had the chance to grab him. This may prove to be a great call, assuming Samia works out. Day 3 brought a plethora of potential players down the road, with LB Cameron Smith, CB Kris Boyd, and WR Dillon Mitchell being the biggest names on the list. Overall, it was a very solid draft for the Vikings. The basic fact that they addressed the offensive line so cleanly, though, bumps up this grade for me, because if they failed in that department, I was ready to call this draft class a BIG F. ~Brett Stott, Vikings Analyst

Overall Grade: B+
19 New England Patriots                 





The New England Patriots did two things they rarely do with their first pick in 2019. This was the first time the team selected a wide receiver in the opening frame since Terry Glenn in 1996. Second, it would appear they drafted to fill a need as opposed to taking the best player available. While N'Keal Harry hits a big weakness for New England, he was far from the best player available. In fact, Harry wasn't even the best player available at his own position, as we here at DraftTek liked both Old Miss products and Hakeem Butler more than Harry.

After the first round, the Patriots continued their atypical draft by trading up 11 spots in RD2 to select JoeJuan Williams. In the trade, New England forfeited 3.8 points' worth of draft capital according to The Chase Stuart Draft Value Chart, which is equivalent to the 126th pick. JoeJuan Williams was our 92nd-ranked player, making him a massive reach at -45 overall.

New England did salvage the draft by getting a substantial steal in Chase Winovich in the third round. Winovich was the 29th-ranked player on the final PFF Big Board, #67 on ours, and was the only Power-5 edge player in the draft class to post back-to-back seasons of 90+ grading.

After Winovich, it was a mixed bag. The selection of Damien Harris makes no sense on multiple levels. The selection of two developmental offensive linemen is always wise from a team-building perspective. Taking a developmental quarterback late in the 4th makes perfect sense, as well. The team then reached for Byron Cowart in the 5th before taking a right-footed punter (another atypical move) later in the 5th. They rounded out the draft with a corner in the 7th.

All told, this seems like a very average performance from New England. - Jonathan Rosenberg

Grade: B-
20 New Orleans Saints                 





I really loved this draft for the Saints. Two trades to move up and get top-tier talent (Center Erik McCoy and Safety CG-J), while making sure they didn't get off-track chasing more shiny objects for the offensive-minded HC. Safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson was a selection in RD4, projected to possibly be off the board a round or two earlier by many.. He will join a solid, young core of secondary players that should help the Saints create stability in the back half of that defense.

With the retirement of Max Unger, the front office in New Orleans (and the coaching staff) had to determine if a draft pick was a top priority at the position or depend on current roster players alone. I had moved Center to a higher priority following the announcement by Unger, and targeted Texas A&M's Erick McCoy as the selection in subsequent CMD's. Don't be surprised if he ends up winning that starting slot at Center.

Ultimately, New Orleans turned what looked to be a rather bleak and uneventful draft. They snagged only two of the top 42 players in the NFL Draft. Safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson was the top Safety --he was our Big Board's #20-ranked player-- while Center Erik McCoy was the 2nd-rated Center (and rated #42 overall) on our Big Board.

The only "question" was the selection of Safety Saquan Hampton out of Rutgers (RD6, 177th pick overall) who we had as the 33rd-rated Safety. That might turn out to be a "diamond-in-the-rough" selection, as might the pick of Notre Dame TE Alize Mack in Round 7.

Grade: B+
21 New York Giants                 





Quarterback Daniel Jones was taken with the sixth overall pick, too high in the minds of many fans and pundits (including myself), with the Giants owning another pick at 17 in RD1. Like many as the draft unfolded, I expected GM Dave Gettleman to grab the BPA, Kentucky EDGE Josh Allen. Instead, Gettleman took his swing at finding the Giants' QB of the future, a stunning pick that will be debated for years to come.

Later in RD1 the Giants turned their attention to solving some of the problems on a bad and depleted defense. They added a mountain of a man in DL Dexter Lawrence from Clemson and traded up for DB Deandre Baker from Georgia, arguably the best cover corner in the draft. In RD3, the focus remained on defense and Big Blue snagged EDGE Oshane Ximines, who set a school record with 33 sacks at Old Dominion ( first player ever drafted from Old Dominion).

I thought one of the bigger steals in the 2019 NFL Draft was the Giants nabbing DB Julian Love at pick 108 overall. The former Golden Domer and 2018 consensus All-American was projected by many to go in RD2 or RD3. The Giants had five more picks from RD5 through RD7 and selected LB Ryan Connelly ( cousin of New York Islanders Captain Anders Lee) out of Wisconsin, speedster WR Darius Slayton out of Auburn, DB Corey Ballentine, OL George Asafo-Adjei and DL Chris Slayton.

The 2019 Giants' Draft will ultimately be judged by the success or failure of QB Daniel Jones. For all the heat Gettleman is getting for taking Jones too early, he clearly had conviction and chose the player he believed will be the next franchise signal-caller and ideal successor to two-time SB MVP, Eli Manning. NFL history will tell you most great QBs get picked early. Time will tell if Gettleman and the Giants picked a great one.

- Kevin McWalters, Giants Analyst

Overall Grade: C+
22 New York Jets                 





I must admit, I'm not a huge fan of this draft. My favorite Jets' pick this year is RD3 pick Jachai Polite. From a talent perspective, he was a steal here. Polite reminds me a little of former Giants' pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul and could bring fireworks to a Greg Williams Defense. RD4 pick Trevon Wesco appears to be a do-it-all kind of TE who could also prove to be a nice addition to the roster.

Quinnen Williams became the fourth RD1 D-Lineman to work under current GM Mike Maccagnan. Williams is a great prospect, but I see this as a lateral move. Most Jet fans will be ecstatic with this pick, dubbed the next Aaron Donald by some, but this did not really fill a need. Leonard Williams is due a new contract soon and, as Mac has already shown, paying two guys on a D-Line (Mo and Snacks) is not something he is apt to do.

OT Chuma Edoga was a 5-Star recruit out of high school that didn't live up to those lofty expectations at USC. He did grade out very well from a pass-blocking perspective, though, and with some uncertainty over the health and ablity of RT Brandon Shell, Edoga could turn out to be a Day-1 starter. The Jets finished out the draft by adding some depth at MLB in Blake Cashman, and at CB, in Blessuan Austin.

With Mac already giving up on RD1 pick Darron Lee ($17M a year on CJ Mosley)"and now apparently Leo, too, his first 2 drafts as Jets GM look pretty poor and may see him on the hot-seat from here on out.

Overall Grade: B-
23 Oakland Raiders                 





Let me start with this: this draft class is unique. To a degree I have not seen before, Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock set out to find guys with intangible traits- like leadership, character, physicality, and love of the game - and viewed their selections through a collective lens, looking to assemble a team of "winners" that would infuse an entirely new culture into the franchise. The team seeks to transition both from years of losing to winning and from Oakland to Vegas.

There were negatives: the reach at #4, the semi-repudiation of their free-agent class (using several semi-significant signings on DBs only to use 3 high selections on potential starters there), and the failure to address OL and LB.

HOwever, unlike the 2018 draft class, Oakland emerges from the weekend having added prospects we know are really good football players. Lost in the chatter about "reach" is the fact that Clelin Ferrell is a very solid edge rusher - a Pro-Bowl-type talent who compiled just 1.5 sacks less than the entire Raiders team last season. The other RD1 selections also possess Pro-Bowl potential, with an exceptionally-high floor. Setting aside mild frustration that these are "low-value" positions, the Raiders added the unquestioned top RB in the class in Josh Jacobs and a complete, tone-setting Safety in Johnathan Abram. Like Ferrell, both will start. So will Trayvon Mullen, the RD2 pick, a long, athletic corner who never allowed a single TD in coverage in college, per PFF.

On Day 3, the Raiders added Maxx Crosby, a relentless pass rusher who could be a starter once bulk/strength is added. CB Isaiah Johnson is similar to Mullen (long and fast), but not as developed. Still, he could compete for significant playing time, and TE Foster Moreau figures to be in a 1-2 complementary punch with Darren Waller. I'm not a fan of the Hunter Renfrow pick, but clearly Gruden and Mayock see him as a factor in this offense. DE Quenton Bell is the kind of freaky athlete you can take in RD7.

Overall, there were some reaches and some positions went unaddressed (see Guard, Offensive), but the Raiders added great football players. I expect at least 4-5 starters this season, with 7 being key contributors in a draft that should go down as the best since (and much deeper than) that 2014 class.

Grade: B+
24 Philadelphia Eagles                 





In the 1998 Draft, the Eagles selected OT Tra Thomas 11th overall, and he spent 11 stellar, Pro-Bowl-littered seasons as Donovan McNabb's bodyguard. When he left, OT Jason Peters stepped right in for the next 10 years en route to a HOF career. As Peters' career winds down, I've been very vocal that extending this run of Left Tackle excellence should be at the top of this offseason's priority list. Many felt like the O-Line numbers on the roster did not justify using a top pick on a Tackle; however, Howie Roseman echoed my sentiments perfectly: "When you have a Top 10 player at an important position, it doesn't matter about the depth on our team". OT Andre Dillard has pro-ready pass protection skills RIGHT NOW, and he should have a year to hone his run-blocking skills. Not many people thought Dillard was even an option for the Eagles that late in RD1.

The Eagles had two picks in RD2 with a large number of players to chose from that I thought were fairly similar value-wise. The Eagles chose high-upside RB Miles Sanders and red-zone beast WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. Sanders has the tools to be a #1 RB, and JJAW may be groomed as a cap-friendly future replacement of Alshon Jeffery. I like both picks, and they both make sense. If I had one criticism of the picks, it's that I wonder if a trade-down could have been utilized to acquire another pick while still getting both guys. However, there's always a risk in losing "your guy" with that move.

The Eagles made some depth selections on Saturday, but my favorite Day-3 acquisition was UDFA LB T.J. Edwards, who easily could have been a RD3 or RD4 selection.

Overall, the Eagles got GREAT value with Dillard, and then made solid, high-floor picks with Miles Sanders and JJAW in RD2. The draft grade will factor in the 6th round pick used to acquire WR DeSean Jackson, but also the RD3 pick used for half a season of Golden Tate.

- Broz, Eagles Analyst

Grade: B
25 Pittsburgh Steelers                 





The Steelers went into this draft with FA patches over some holes in the roster (ILB, WR, CB). They proceeded to reinforce those same groups in the first three rounds with players that fit the "hearts and smarts" mantra of recent years. Edge Rusher and TE are also needs on this team that have been bypassed in Free Agency and in the early rounds of this draft.

Steelers President Art Rooney 2 called the team's pursuit of Devin Bush the "worst-kept secret in the draft". They placed a premium on his heady, physical play and the physical versatility to play on all three downs. They boldly moved up to get him and then shortly jettisoned Jon Bostic, the 2018 starting Mack ILB.

Day 2 featured a sleeper in Diontae Johnson, an excellent route-runner, return artist, and quality human being well-suited for AB's X-receiver position. He's a reach to most draftniks but not NFL teams, as WR Coach Darryl Drake revealed that AZ intended to pick Diontae at 70th overall.

RD3 pick Layne is a long, physical corner, well-suited to the man-heavy scheme to which the league has shifted.

Day 3 started with a bit of a luxury pick of a third-string RB. Snell is a power back, very much in the mold the Steelers have valued since the days of Franco and Rocky. In RD5, the team finally got around to adding a TE. Having lost second-stringer Jesse James in Free Agency and with concerns of the durability of starter Vance McDonald, this is far and away the easiest roster spot to crack. Gentry is a tall player without great speed, who needs to work on his functional strength. With his size, he presents a good red-zone and third-down target, but he can't be a legitimate #2 until he can show he can block. LB adds Gilbert and Smith will have a chance to crack the reserves with special-teams play. The team finished out with some reserve linemen. It's a quality draft, but the failure to meaningfully add to the TE and OLB groups is a missed opportunity.

Grade: B+
26 Los Angeles Chargers                 





The Chargers' draft looks like another steady, solid effort from Tom Telesco and Company, with immediate starters at the top in NT Jerry Tillery and S Nasir Adderley, athletic depth at a need spot in RD4 and RD6 linebackers Drue Tranquill and Emeke Egbule, and a couple of strategic reaches. Tillery should fortify a shaky interior front while Adderley gives SS Derwin James support to create a potentially sparkling safety pairing.

Third-round OT Trey Pipkins is a small-school project who looks closer to the practice squad than the playing rotation at this point, but he is long and rangy and promising. Easton Stick is a RD5 QB from North Dakota State who is athletic enough to figure in some specialty packages. That may be enough to get him onto the roster for a longer look. Cincinnati DT Cortez Broughton was a great grab in the 7th round and figures to contribute to a DL rotation that ran a bit thin in 2018. The Bolts' effort was above-average by consensus, just a shade below a 3.0 in this cumulative GPA.

Grade: B+
27 San Francisco 49ers                 





Drafting Nick Bosa with the second-overall selection earned San Francisco an easy A on day one. The draft's top prospect/pass rusher is a perfect fit for the 49ers; Bosa joins Ford and Buckner to become the third head of a suddenly-scary pass rush.

On Day 2, the Niners doubled down on pass catchers. WR Deebo Samuel was something of a surprise in RD2 considering A.J. Brown was available, but it was no secret the 49ers were high on Samuel. He had turned heads all week at the Senior Bowl under the tutelage of San Fran's coaching staff. Samuel's toughness in traffic and ability to create after the catch complement field-stretcher Dante Pettis, and should give him an inside track to significant playing time early in 2019.

San Francisco again seemed to reach just a bit with RD3 pick Jalen Hurd. Drafted as a WR, don't be surprised if the Niners dust off the OW (offensive weapon) designation for their versatile, new 6'4, 228-lb pass catcher. Hurd's history as a star RB has Shanahan salivating at the idea of mixing him into the backfield and has even mused about moving him to TE. While 'raw' feels like the wrong word, Hurd definitely needs more reps at WR. Drops may be an issue early, but he's a shifty route runner with some deep speed, and the potential to be a huge matchup problem.

The 49ers kicked off the final day of the draft with punter Mitch Wishnowsky in RD4 after trading down and adding a couple of extra RD6 picks. It may be an odd position to draft just 10 picks away from the Top 100, but punters do play a critical role in controlling field position. Wishnowsky has the leg talent to be a difference-maker on 4th downs as well as kickoffs.

"Everything today after the punter was really just who we thought had chances to make our team", said HC Shanahan of the final four picks. Chief among them is LB Dre Greenlaw whose roster spot should be safe as he was targeted by the 49ers with a pick acquired for LB Dekota Watson. Greenlaw can play multiple spots and the 49ers were "surprised" he was still available in RD5.

Given Kyle Shanahan's love for the TE position, San Francisco's first RD6 pick Kaden Smith should also find himself on the final roster. Immediately replacing Ross Dwelley, Smith will serve as understudy and possible heir to Garrett Celek's role as TE2. OT Justin Skule and CB Tim Harris are traits prospects who have an uphill battle to make the final roster, but could find homes on the practice squad as the secondary and O-Line have been bitten hardest by the injury bug in recent seasons.

-Brett Clancy, 49ers Analyst

Grade: B+
28 Seattle Seahawks                 





Seattle had just four selections in the Draft prior to the week beginning. After shipping out Frank Clark and trading down often, Schneider was able to make 11 picks. Needing a sizeable injection of young and cheap talent, this was a major coup.

However, the biggest news from Draft Weekend is that Doug Baldwin is heavily weighing retirement. Saying that would be a major blow to the offense is an understatement. Even in a year where Baldwin was never 100%, PFF graded him as the 24th-best WR in 2018. Seattle then went out and drafted three WR's. Metcalf and Jennings both look like excellent deep threats, and they ran routes in college that Russell Wilson exceeds at hitting.

The front seven was also a major need this year after trading Clark and the relatively-poor run defense in 2018 (30th in YPA/A). L.J. Collier surprised several experts in RD1, but Seattle has needed a true replacement at Michael Bennett's position for two years. Demarcus Christmas should occupy the role of a block-eating NT, giving more room for Bobby Wagner or K.J. Wright to make plays in the run game. The additions of Cody Barton and Ben Burr-Kirven should provide valuable depth and possible replacements for Wright in a few years.

Secondary depth needed to be addressed and Seattle ended up taking two prospects. Marquise Blair was another considerable reach, but he plays a style of Safety that Seattle loves. Blair was often referred to as a missile at Utah, routinely playing near the line of scrimmage and wreaking havoc. Ugo Amadi doesn't fit the usual mold of a Hawks DB -tall, long arms- but he's a solid cover guy that can play nickel or safety.

The other two players taken were Phil Haynes (G, Wake Forest) and Travis Homer (RB, Miami). The Hawks' OL was noticeably better under Mike Solari but a versatile depth option was needed; Haynes played at both Guard spots and RT in college. The Homer pick probably spells the end for C.J. Prosise and possibly J.D. McKissic as well. ~Jeff Chapman, Seahawks Analyst

Grade: B+
29 Los Angeles Rams                 





Rams' GM Les Snead worked this year's draft board like a maestro conducting a Stravinsky Octet for Wind Instruments. Snead displayed both patience and ambition throughout the draft process. He traded down three times and up twice to stack up on valuable mid-draft picks. In doing so, Snead filled needed roles on defense, on the offensive line, and added a nice explosive RB in the part of the draft where teams should take top RB prospects.

Let's start with the patience in selecting Washington's Taylor Rapp. The Husky safety was considered a RD1 talent . Snead patiently waited to add him just outside the Top 60. If that's not a steal, I don't know what one is. Rapp's versatility as a deep safety, box defender, or hybrid linebacker will be a valuable asset to the Rams' defense. Snead then displayed ambition when the Rams packaged two picks in the 90s to move up and grab RB Darrell Henderson. Henderson may well be the better option over Malcolm Brown and C.J. Anderson to spell carries from Todd Gurley, whose knee injury may likely prevent him from his former workhorse load of rushing attempts.

The Rams' GM also did a great job with his second trade up, grabbing Bobby Evans in RD3. He could be the future at LT after Andre Whitworth retires. I also like the pick of David Edwards, added RD5, who further bolsters the O-Line. Edwards, a former TE, was graded as the eighth-best run-blocking tackle by Pro Football Focus.

The 2020 CB depth chart is going to require significant work to retain its current production. The only outside CB on the Rams' roster heading into the draft not scheduled to become a free agent next year is Darious Williams. Thus, Wolverine CB David Long fit the need. However, I see him more as a depth buffer and the Rams will likely make this position a RD1 priority next season. Nick Scott, also a depth guy. DT Greg Gaines will be a force against the run. "Last Chance U" LB Dakota Allen may prove to be a nice sleeper pick. ~LABudMan, Rams Analyst

Grade: A
30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers                 





"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result". This is a common trope heard in the business landscape, and it certainly applies to the near-total neglect of the offense in both Free Agency and the draft. During the 3 days of the draft, I kept wondering when that RB and OT would be selected.

Day 1 saw the Bucs select uber-talented LB Devin White at Pick #5, passing on Kentucky EDGE rusher Josh Allen, a presumed "generational" player in an important need spot.

As the Bucs will not be able to pressure the the opposing QB in 2019, they'll need to blanket the secondary. This is evidently what Licht/Arians/Bowles had in mind, and they spent the next three picks on CBs Sean Bunting and Jamel Dean, plus Safety Mike Edwards. Never mind that the team also drafted three high-round secondary prospects in 2018!

Give the team credit for trading down and acquiring a third Day-2 pick, but time will tell if these guys will perform better than the more highly-touted Greedy Williams, Chauncy Gardner-Johnson, Nasir Adderley, and Amani Hooker, who were all available. The trade-down did push the 3rd-round picks out of range of key RBs and OTs. It's possible that the braintrust may have been targeting RB in the late 3rd: Damien Harris, Darrell Henderson, and Miles Sanders, but they were off the board, as were most of the highly-rated OL-men. The RD5 drafting of kicker Matt Gay no doubt had fans cringing, and we'll see how diminuative (5'10", 164) but speedy (4.32) WR Scott Miller improves after MAC competition.

The Bucs acquired White, Dean, and Anthony Nelson at or near par, but all other picks were major reaches, with no "values" per our DraftTek Big Board.

Grade: C+
31 Tennessee Titans                 





On talent alone, Tennessee had a spectacular draft. They were able to draft two first-round gems (Jeffrey Simmons and A.J. Brown) with their first two picks.

Simmons will not be ready for the season after tearing his ACL in February. If not for that injury, he would have been off the board earlier. Simmons does have a troubling past, which makes being excited about his pick complicated. However, Simmons has shown remorse and growth, and GM Jon Robinson and Head Coach Mike Vrabel are both confident that Simmons is a good person who made a bad decision, and are comfortable having him in the organization.

Meanwhile, Brown is a talented receiver who led Ole Miss in receiving the past two seasons in a passing offense that also featured draft picks D.K. Metcalf, Dawson Knox, and UDFA DeMarkus Lodge. Primarily a slot receiver, A.J. Brown has better size than the slot receivers added over the past couple seasons, giving Mariota a more solid, reliable target.

As for the rest of the draft: Nate Davis is a solid addition at Guard who could challenge to start on Day 1. Amani Hooker provides solid depth in the secondary at Slot Safety. D'Andre Walker was a Top-100 Player on DraftTek's Big Board who Tennessee grabbed in the fifth round. If he makes the roster, can be a developmental pass rusher behind Cameron Wake and Harold Landry. David Long, if he makes the roster, would provide special teams help, plus depth at inside linebacker.

In sum, Tennessee drafted exceptionally well, but it's hard to say it's an "A+ draft" when there will be tons of questions surrounding the selection of Simmons in the First.

Grade: B+
32 Washington Redskins                 





The Redskins have been universally lauded for their 2019 Draft haul. According to an online compilation of grades, the Redskins sit atop this year's chart, with an 'A' grade in 11/13 articles. Things won't be any different here, as I believe the Redskins were outstanding. On day one, they were rewarded for their patience, as Haskins fell in their lap at #15, which allowed them to move up as EDGE Montez Sweat fell to grab a top-speed rusher to fill their dire need at the position, giving up only a 2020 RD2 pick in the process. Blue-chip players drafted with great value? Check.

Moving onto the 2nd day, WR Terry McLaurin has been heralded as the best special-teamers, and one of the best leaders, in the Draft. He's also a detailed route-runner and has serious speed (4.35 at the Combine). McLaurin might start day 1. The Redskins then traded out of the end of the third round, gaining two mid-4th-round picks.

RB Bryce Love might need to start the year on the PUP list, but is explosive and was a Heisman candidate last year for a reason; he's a playmaker when healthy. The Redskins have had a hole at LG for years, & have struggled to stay healthy otherwise, so the addition of two solid, smart, fundamental IOL players in Martin & Pierschbacher are solid moves. One of them will start, and my money is on the latter, a four-year starter at both LG & C at a small school called Alabama.

LB Holcomb and DB Moreland provide much-needed speed to the defense, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Moreland start in the slot. Kelvin Harmon was a steal at WR. He may prove to be the big-play, jump-ball player Doctson was drafted to be. DE/OLB Jordan Brailford might seem like a depth move, but he led the Big-12 in sacks per game and comes into a thin room at his position.

The Redskins addressed their two biggest needs with blue-chip talents & added depth at need positions. However, I believe TE was one of their biggest needs & it goes unaddressed, as did their need at FS, so I give this draft class an A-.

-Kennedy Paynter, Draft Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)

Grade: A-







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