2019 NFL Draft Grades/Recap

2019 nfl draft grades

The NFL Draft is over which means it’s time for all of the draft over reactions and judging of players before they even step on a NFL field. Check out how your favorite team did over the weekend. NFL Draft Recap.

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AFC EAST

BUFFALO BILLS

1 (9). Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
2 (38). Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
3 (74). Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic
3 (96). Dawson Knox, TE, Mississippi
5 (147). Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida
6 (181). Jaquan Johnson, DB, Miami (FL)
7 (225). Darryl Johnson Jr., DE, North Carolina A&T
7 (228). Tommy Sweeney, TE, Boston College

We’ve discussed Oliver going to Buffalo for quite sometime now and it came to fruition. The Bills get a much needed three technique that fits a need and offers tremendous value as he is CPGM’s 4th overall prospect. Big fan of the Ford and Singletary picks. Ford is an immediate starter that’s versatile enough to play tackle or guard and Singletary is a future starting running back once the Bills move on from LeSean McCoy.

GRADE B+

MIAMI DOLPHINS

1 (13). Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
3 (78). Michael Deiter, OL, Wisconsin
5 (151). Andrew Van Ginkel, LB, Wisconsin
6 (202). Isaiah Prince, T, Ohio State
7 (233). Chandler Cox, FB, Auburn
7 (234). Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington

The Dolphins avoided the temptation of adding Dwayne Haskins and selected a high character, locker room changing prospect in Wilkins. Excellent pick! I’m a fan of Deiter as he is a high IQ, versatile lineman that can play all the positions along the offensive line. Can’t go wrong with a Wisconsin offensive lineman. I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up the round 2 mastery of trading back gaining additional draft capital for next year and acquiring Josh Rosen for a later 2nd round pick.

GRADE B

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

1 (32). N’Keal Harry WR Arizona State
2 (45). Joejuan Williams DB Vanderbilt
3 (77). Chase Winovich DL Michigan
3 (87). Damien Harris RB Alabama
3 (101). Yodny Cajuste OL West Virginia
4 (118). Hjalte Froholdt OL Arkansas
4 (133). Jarrett Stidham QB Auburn
5 (159). Byron Cowart DL Maryland
5 (163). Jake Bailey P Stanford
7 (252). Ken Webster DB Mississippi

The Patriots continue to add wide receivers to their roster but this time they get a young, talented wide out that can win from the inside or outside. Great landing spot for Harry. Williams is a tough physical man-to-man cover guy, therefore he is a great fit for a Patriots defense that plays a ton of man coverage. Winovich plays like a Patriot with his high motor and versatility. Harris gives them another back to help manage Sony Michel’s workload. Cajuste and Froholdt gives the Pats depth on the offensive line.

GRADE B+

NEW YORK JETS

1 (3). Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
3 (68). Jachai Polite, DL, Florida
3 (92). Chuma Edoga, T, USC
4 (121). Trevon Wesco, TE, West Virginia
5 (157). Blake Cashman, LB, Minnesota
6 (196). Blessuan Austin, DB, Rutgers

The Williams pick is eerily reminiscent of the 2015 NFL Draft when the best player slid down the draft board and the Jets selected Leonard Williams. Quinnen will be an absolute monster wreaking havoc with Leonard. Put on the Polite’s tape and he’s one of the best edge rushers in the class despite him tanking the pre-draft process. Edoga, Wesco, and Cashman can become solid contributors as early as year 1.

GRADE B

AFC NORTH

BALTIMORE RAVENS

1 (25). Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
3 (85). Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
3 (93). Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame
4 (113). Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State
4 (123). Ben Powers, OL, Oklahoma
4 (127). Iman Marshall, CB, USC
5 (160). Daylon Mack, DL, Texas A&M
6 (197). Trace McSorley, QB, Penn State

Baltimore is not a sexy destination for free agent wide receivers due to their run first offense, so why not draft a couple WRs that can stretch the field. Brown offers game breaking speed and run after catch ability and Boykin is a big body receiver who can go up and get the football. Ferguson the all-time collegiate sack leader replaces Terrell Suggs whose record he surpassed. The Ravens got great value on Day 3 of the draft. No Ozzie No problem in year 1 for the Ravens.

GRADE B+

CINCINNATI BENGALS

1 (11). Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
2 (52). Drew Sample, TE, Washington
3 (72). Germaine Pratt, LB, North Carolina State
4 (104). Ryan Finley, QB, North Carolina State
4 (125). Renell Wren, DL, Arizona State
4 (136). Michael Jordan, G, Ohio State
6 (182). Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M
6 (210). Deshaun Davis, LB, Auburn
6 (211). Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma
7 (223). Jordan Brown, CB, South Dakota State

The Bengals got it right by selecting the best offensive tackle prospect in the class. Williams gives them a much needed tackle that wins with technique and intelligence. The selection of Sample had me confused. Yes, it’s a position of need and he fits the Bengals’ scheme but there were better tight ends on the board. Although they drafted solid players throughout the draft, I believe Cincinnati dropped the ball by not addressing their historically bad defense early and often.

Grade C

CLEVELAND BROWNS

2 (46). Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
3 (80). Sione Takitaki, LB, Brigham Young
4 (119). Sheldrick Redwine, DB, Miami (FL)
5 (155). Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
5 (170). Austin Seibert, K, Oklahoma
6 (189). Drew Forbes, T, Southeast Missouri State
7 (221). Donnie Lewis Jr., CB, Tulane

Getting Odell Beckham Jr. in a trade with the Giants further solidified one of the better offenses in the league. However, what might be their undoing is protecting Baker Mayfield, especially on the edges. Greedy is a nice addition opposite Denzel Ward and makes sense in Steve Wilks defense. Overall the Browns draft was a bit underwhelming but that may not matter because of how stacked they are on both sides of the football.

GRADE C-

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

1 (10). Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
3 (66). Diontae Johnson, WR, Toledo
3 (83). Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
4 (122). Benny Snell Jr., RB, Kentucky
5 (141). Zach Gentry, TE, Michigan
6 (175). Sutton Smith, DE, Northern Illinois
6 (192). Isaiah Buggs, DL, Alabama
6 (207). Ulysees Gilbert III, LB, Akron
7 (219). Derwin Gray, OL, Maryland

Go get your guy! The Steelers fill a much needed void in the middle of their defense that they haven’t had since Ryan Shazier’s injury. The Steelers addressed their biggest needs while trying to replenish the offensive talent that exited stage left. Great idea but not sold on the talent they brought in at those positions. Love the Bush and Layne selections but that’s about it.

Grade B-

AFC SOUTH

HOUSTON TEXANS

1 (23). Tytus Howard, OL, Alabama State
2 (54). Lonnie Johnson, CB, Kentucky
2 (55). Max Scharping, T, Northern Illinois
3 (86). Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State
5 (161). Charles Omenihu, DL, Texas
6 (195). Xavier Crawford, DB, Central Michigan
7 (220). Cullen Gillaspia, FB, Texas A&M

Leading up to the Texans 1st round pick, I thought they were in good position to draft either Andre Dillard or Jawaan Taylor. The Eagles jumped in front of them to select Dillard and Taylor’s knee issue steered them away. Although I like Howard’s tape, this was a reach here at pick 23. Johnson is a long corner that’s not afraid to hit and fills a big need for the Texans. I’m high on Scharping, Omenihu, and Warring but did the Texans need another tight end? After round 1 they were heading for a low draft grade but they cleaned it up nicely with some high upside players in Day 2 and 3.

GRADE B

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

2 (34). Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
2 (49). Ben Banogu, DE, TCU
2 (59). Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
3 (89). Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford
4 (109). Khari Willis, S, Michigan State
5 (144). Marvell Tell III, S, USC
5 (164). E.J. Speed, LB, Tarleton State
6 (199). Gerri Green, DE, Mississippi State
7 (240). Jackson Barton, OL, Utah
7 (246). Javon Patterson, OL, Mississippi

The Colts continue to be patient by not over-spending in Free Agency, trading back to accumulate more picks, and drafting well. After revamping the offensive line last season via draft, the Colts focused mostly on the defensive side of the football this draft season. Ya-Sin is a physical corner with top notch man skills but is still versatile enough to play zone at a high level. Banogu, Okereke, and Willis are nice rotational pieces. The lone offensive player selected in the first six rounds, Campbell, is a great fit for the Colts offensive scheme of getting the ball quickly to their wide receivers allowing them to rack up yards after the catch.

Grade B+

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

1 (7). Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky
2 (35). Jawaan Taylor, OL, Florida
3 (69). Josh Oliver, TE, San Jose State
3 (98). Quincy Williams II, LB, Murray State
5 (140). Ryquell Armstead, RB, Temple
6 (178). Gardner Minshew II, QB, Washington State
7 (235). Dontavius Russell, DL, Auburn

The Jaguars gets it! No need to reach for a need when the value slaps you in your face. Allen was the best player available at pick 7 and the Jaguars pounced on the former Wildcat. This move got even sweeter when Taylor, who we mocked to Jacksonville in the first round, fell down the draft board to them in round 2. Oliver has talent and fits a need for Jacksonville. If healthy and they get good Nick Foles, the Jags have set themselves up nicely to bounce back to make a deep playoff run. They’re stacked!

GRADE B+

TENNESSEE TITANS

1 (19). Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
2 (51). A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi
3 (82). Nate Davis, OL, Charlotte
4 (116). Amani Hooker, DB, Iowa
5 (168). D’Andre Walker, LB, Georgia
6 (188). David Long Jr., LB, West Virginia

Simmons a top 10 talent didn’t take long to hear his name called despite tearing his ACL in February. Once he gets healthy, he and Jurrell Casey will be fun to watch together. Brown gives them a big physical wide receiver that wins in the middle of the field. Davis’ intensity and nastiness will fit right at home with the Titans’ offensive line. All three Day 3 defensive players can play specific roles for the Titans.

Grade B+

AFC WEST

DENVER BRONCOS

1 (20). Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
2 (41). Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
2 (42). Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
3 (71). Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
5 (156). Justin Hollins, LB, Oregon
6 (187). Juwann Winfree, WR, Colorado

The Broncos traded down 10 spots to pick 20 and selected the best pass catching tight end in the draft. Joe Flacco has targeted the tight end position heavily throughout his career so this move makes sense in getting Flacco comfortable within the offense. The first three selections filled needs on the offensive side of the ball. Risner was a steal in the second round and Lock gives Denver their heir apparent to Joe Flacco.

GRADE B

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

2 (56). Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia
2 (63). Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
3 (84). Khalen Saunders, DL, Western Illinois
6 (201). Rashad Fenton, DB, South Carolina
6 (214). Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State
7 (216). Nick Allegretti, OL, Illinois

The selection of Hardman serves as the “Tyreek Hill replacement” apparently as I’m not sure the Chiefs trade up for him if news didn’t break regarding Hill’s investigation. He’s a speed threat that excels in the return game. Saunders is a sleeper that can get after the quarterback using his quick get off and athleticism. Thornhill offers versatility on the back end allowing the Chiefs to rotate him and Tyrann Matthieu in many different coverages. The biggest issue I have with this class is that they didn’t address the second level of their defense.

GRADE B-

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

1 (28). Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame
2 (60). Nasir Adderley, DB, Delaware
3 (91). Trey Pipkins, T, Sioux Falls
4 (130). Drue Tranquill, LB, Notre Dame
5 (166). Easton Stick, QB, North Dakota State
6 (200). Emeke Egbule, LB, Houston
7 (242). Cortez Broughton, DT, Cincinnati

The Chargers were taken advantage of during the playoffs last season by the Patriots who ran the football down their throats. Adding Jerry Tillery to the interior will help alleviate that concern. Adderely is a perfect fit for the Chargers defense that can play up high and roam the middle of the field. Pipkins is a bit of a project but fits a need for the Chargers. The Chargers didn’t have many holes to fill but they did a good job of addressing their needs.

GRADE B

OAKLAND RAIDERS

1 (4). Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
1 (24). Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
1 (27). Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
2 (40). Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
4 (106). Maxx Crosby, DL, Eastern Michigan
4 (129). Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston
4 (137). Foster Moreau, TE, LSU
5 (149). Hunter Renfrow, WR, Clemson
7 (230). Quinton Bell, DE, Prairie View A&M

Social Media went nuts with the first curveball of the draft with the Ferrell pick but don’t sleep on him as he is a damn good football player that can get double digit sacks and play stout run defense. The Raiders are trying to form an identity by drafting physical, high character players. Clemson West (Raiders) killed the draft and added four starters and high upside players throughout.

GRADE A

NFC EAST

DALLAS COWBOYS

2 (58). Trysten Hill, DT, UCF
3 (90). Connor McGovern, G, Penn State
4 (128). Tony Pollard, RB, Memphis
5 (158). Michael Jackson Sr., CB, Miami (Fla.)
5 (165). Joe Jackson, DE, Miami (Fla.)
6 (213). Donovan Wilson, S, Texas A&M
7 (218). Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State
7 (241). Jalen Jelks, DE, Oregon

Despite not having a first round pick, the Cowboys did well for themselves addressing their needs with players with upside that can have better pro careers than collegiate ones. Hill is the perfect example of this sentiment as he often times found himself in the UCF dog house resulting in Hill starting only one game during his senior season. On tape Hill is a disruptive one gap animal that reminds you of Ed Oliver. He is Ed Oliver lite. McGovern gives the Cowboys depth across the interior of the offensive line. Pollard is a return specialist. The sleeper of the class is seventh round pick Jelks. His tape too, is outstanding for stretches as he utilizes his quickness and competitiveness to wreak havoc in the opponent’s backfield.

GRADE B

NEW YORK GIANTS

1 (6). Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
1 (17). Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
1 (30). Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
3 (95). Oshane Ximines, DE, Old Dominion
4 (108). Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
5 (143). Ryan Connelly, LB, Wisconsin
5 (171). Darius Slayton, WR, Auburn
6 (180). Corey Ballentine, CB, Washburn
7 (232). George Asafo-Adjei, T, Kentucky
7 (245). Chris Slayton, DT, Syracuse

There has been a lot of chatter on the Giants’ decisions and GM Dave Gettleman not being able to mute himself but they get 3 quality players in the first round. The players are fine but I knock them due to not drafting a difference making edge pass rusher. The Giants added three corners in this class but it isn’t going to matter if they can’t get to the quarterback. I like Ximines but he’s more of an edge setter than a guy that will bend the edge on the way to the quarterback. I expect a lot of blitzes in New York, but will they get home in time?

GRADE C

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

1 (22). Andre Dillard, OL, Washington State
2 (53). Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State
2 (57). J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
4 (138). Shareef Miller, DE, Penn State
5 (167). Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern

Astute move by the Eagles trading up in front of the offensive line needy Texans and selecting their heir apparent for LT Jason Peters. The Eagles focused on the offensive side of the ball as they have guys with expiring contracts that need to be replaced in the near future. Philadelphia is always one step ahead and proved so yet again with this draft class.

GRADE B

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

1 (15). Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
1 (26). Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
3 (76). Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
4 (112). Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
4 (131). Wes Martin, OL, Indiana
5 (153). Ross Pierschbacher, OL, Alabama
5 (173). Cole Holcomb, LB, North Carolina
6 (206). Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State
7 (227). Jimmy Moreland, CB, James Madison
7 (253). Jordan Brailford, DE, Oklahoma State

Excellent value for the Redskins in the first round scooping up two players that were sliding down the draft board. Some believed that they needed to trade up for Haskins but he was right there for them at 15 and will be their future franchise quarterback. Adding Haskins’ teammate McLaurin and physical possession receiver Harmon were astute moves at a position of need. Love’s 2017 tape shows a guy that can have success once he gets healthy. The Redskins also found value with their last two picks Moreland and Brailford.

GRADE A

NFC NORTH

CHICAGO BEARS

3 (10). David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State
4 (126). Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
6 (205). Duke Shelley, CB, Kansas State
7 (222). Kerrith Whyte, RB, Florida Atlantic
7 (238). Stephen Denmark, CB, Valdosta State

The Bears snagged two of my favorite offensive players in the class with Montgomery and Ridley. Montgomery’s running style coupled with his hands out of the backfield makes him a perfect fit in Matt Nagy’s offense. Ridley’s route running acumen will help Mitch Trubisky as he has tons of options in the offense that can get open quickly. The Bears didn’t have many picks but they made them count.

GRADE B

DETROIT LIONS

1 (8). T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
2 (43). Jahlani Tavai, LB, Hawaii
3 (81). Will Harris, S, Boston College
4 (117). Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson
5 (146). Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
6 (184). Travis Fulgham, WR, Old Dominion
6 (186). Ty Johnson, RB, Maryland
7 (224). Isaac Nauta, TE, Georgia
7 (229). P.J. Johnson, DT, Arizona

Hockenson always seemed like the right fit for Detroit in the first as he is an inline Y tight end that can help them in the run and passing game. The more I look at the Lions’ draft class the more I understand it. The Lions want to run the football more this season with two tight end formations as they selected Hockenson and Nauta to go alongside free agent acquisition Jesse James. Tavai, Harris, Bryant, and Oruwariye are chess pieces for head coach Matt Patricia’s evolving defense.

GRADE B

GREEN BAY PACKERS

1 (12). Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
1 (21). Darnell Savage, Jr., S, Maryland
2 (44). Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi State
3 (75). Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M
5 (150). Kingsley Keke, DE, Texas A&M
6 (185). Ka’dar Hollman, CB, Toledo
6 (194). Dexter Williams, RB, Notre Dame
7 (226). Ty Summers, LB, TCU

Green Bay continues to build where they left off in free agency, adding more defensive pieces for Mike Pettine. The Packers defense is one of the most improved units in football on paper but I still question if they have enough weapons around Rodgers. Jenkins, Sternberger, and Williams provides depth on the offense but not sure they make a huge impact in Year 1.

GRADE B

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

1 (18). Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State
2 (18). Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
3 (102). Alexander Mattison, RB, Boise State
4 (114). Dru Samia, G, Oklahoma
5 (162). Cameron Smith, LB, USC
6 (190). Armon Watts, DT, Arkansas
6 (191). Marcus Epps, S, Wyoming
6 (193). Olisaemeka Udoh, T, Elon
7 (217). Kris Boyd, CB, Texas
7 (239). Dillon Mitchell, WR, Oregon
7 (247). Olabisi Johnson, WR, Colorado State
7 (250). Austin Cutting, LS, Air Force

Chalk! With a selection everyone saw coming, Bradbury is a plug and play center that should thrive in Gary Kubiak’s zone running scheme. Love the Vikings for not resting on the Bradbury pick by selecting Smith & Samia to help improve their rushing offense.

GRADE B-

NFC SOUTH

ATLANTA FALCONS

1 (14). Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College
1 (31). Kaleb McGary, T, Washington
4 (111). Kendall Sheffield, CB, Ohio State
4 (135). John Cominsky, DE, Charleston Univ.
5 (152). Qadree Ollison, RB, Pittsburgh
5 (172). Jordan Miller, CB, Washington
6 (203). Marcus Green, RB, Louisiana-Monroe

Per usual, the Falcons addressed their biggest need by double dipping with two first round offensive linemen. Personally, I would’ve traded up from pick 14 to get a difference maker along the front seven but you can’t knock a team that wants to re-tool an offensive line that ranked 27th in rushing offense last season. Lindstrom is a plug and play guard that gives the Falcons athleticism, toughness, and youth at a position of need. McGary gives them a tackle with similar traits to Lindstrom but as good as a run blocker McGary can become, he will struggle protecting Matt Ryan on passing downs early in his career.

GRADE C

CAROLINA PANTHERS

1 (16). Brian Burns, DE, Florida State
2 (37). Greg Little, T, Mississippi
3 (100). Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
4 (115). Christian Miller, LB, Alabama
5 (154). Jordan Scarlett, RB, Florida
6 (212). Dennis Daley, T, South Carolina
7 (237). Terry Godwin, WR, Georgia

Losing a future Hall of Famer in Julius Peppers is a tough pill to swallow, but the Panthers should be ecstatic that they get to replace him with another edge rushing freak in Burns. The Panthers wisely continued to address the trenches with their second round pick Little. He might be a bit of a project but he offers the Panthers flexibility to push Taylor Moton inside to guard. The rest of their selections are depth pieces.

GRADE C+

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

2 (48). Erik McCoy, OL, Texas A&M
4 (105). Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, DB, Florida
6 (177). Saquan Hampton, DB, Rutgers
7 (231). Alize Mack, TE, Notre Dame
7 (244). Kaden Elliss, LB, Idaho

The Saints continue to draft well despite not having a first round pick in this draft. McCoy is equally effective in both the pass and run game and offers position versatility and toughness. It was a travesty that Gardner-Johnson fell to the fourth round as he has first round talent. The Saints may have gotten one of the biggest steals in the draft with Gardner-Johnson.

GRADE B

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

1 (5). Devin White, LB, LSU
2 (39). Sean Bunting, DB, Central Michigan
3 (94). Jamel Dean, DB, Auburn
3 (99). Mike Edwards, S, Kentucky
4 (107). Anthony Nelson, DE, Iowa
5 (145). Matt Gay, K, Utah
6 (208). Scott Miller, WR, Bowling Green
7 (215). Terry Beckner Jr., DL, Missouri

The Buccaneers sure do love their LSU linebackers. The Bucs get another sideline-to-sideline LSU linebacker who has the potential to be the best one yet. Bunting may have been a reach at pick 39 but on tape he has excellent feet in and out of breaks and fits a need for the Bucs. Edwards and Nelson are also solid picks. A defense heavy draft for a team that was lacking defensive playmakers. The Bucs also added a kicker giving fans memories of Roberto Aguayo.

Grade B-

NFC WEST

ARIZONA CARDINALS

1 (1). Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
2 (33). Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
2 (62). Andy Isabella, WR, Massachusetts
3 (65). Zach Allen, DE, Boston College
4 (103). Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
5 (139). Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
6 (174). KeeSean Johnson, WR, Fresno State
6 (179). Lamont Gaillard, C, Georgia
7 (248). Joshua Miles, T, Morgan State
7 (249). Michael Dogbe, DE, Temple
7 (254). Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA

You have to get your guy! After a one and done season for head coach Steve Wilks, Josh Rosen suffers the same fate. Murray fits new head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense as someone that wins from the pocket and has the athleticism to make plays outside of it. Great value with Murphy, he offers versatility as he can play outside or inside coverage. Isabella gives Murray a speed threat and Allen should be an inside 5 technique for the Cardinals. On Day 3 the Cardinals selected more weapons for Murray with Butler and Johnson. The only issue I have with the Cardinals draft was not addressing the offensive line earlier but they got good value with Gaillard in the 6th round.

GRADE B+

LOS ANGELES RAMS

2 (61). Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
3 (70). Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis
3 (79). David Long, CB, Michigan
3 (97). Bobby Evans, T, Oklahoma
4 (134). Greg Gaines, DT, Washington
5 (169). David Edwards, T, Wisconsin
7 (243). Nick Scott, S, Penn State
7 (251). Dakota Allen, LB, Texas Tech

This draft proves that the Rams are a step ahead by drafting players that can fill immediate needs but also replace their veterans on the verge of retirement or expiring contracts. Rapp operates best coming downhill. He can play with Eric Weddle and eventually become his replacement. Henderson is a dynamic zone back that gives the Rams insurance for Todd Guy. Evans and Edwards are developmental prospects that can eventually step in for Andrew Whitworth once he retires.

GRADE B+

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

1 (2). Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
2 (36). Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
3 (67). Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor
4 (110). Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah
5 (148). Dre Greenlaw, LB, Arkansas
6 (176). Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford
6 (183). Justin Skule, T, Vanderbilt
6 (198). Tim Harris, CB, Virginia

The 49ers are up to something! They now have one of the best defensive lines in football with the addition of Dee Ford and the draft pick of Bosa. My favorite pick in this class is Samuel in the 2nd round. If he can stay healthy there is no doubt that he can become the best receiver in the class. Not a bad class but not addressing the cornerback position until the 6th round could end up biting the Niners.

GRADE C

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

1 (29). L.J. Collier, DE, TCU
2 (47). Marquise Blair, S, Utah
2 (64). D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi
3 (88). Cody Barton, LB, Utah
4 (120). Gary Jennings Jr., WR, West Virginia
4 (124). Phil Haynes, G, Wake Forest
4 (132). Ugo Amadi, S, Oregon
5 (142). Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington
6 (204). Travis Homer, RB, Miami
6 (209). Demarcus Christmas, DT, Florida State

Some may believe Collier was a reach at pick 29 but he has a lot of untapped potential that the Seahawks usually get out of their draft picks. Metcalf and Jennings improves their passing offense in the wake of a Doug Baldwin’s possible retirement. It wouldn’t be a Seahawks draft without their share of west coast prospects. Blair and Barton were selected earlier than I expected but the Seahawks are very familiar and comfortable with their west coast guys.

GRADE B

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