The NFL Draft is under way. As the draft goes on, teams will be graded on how they have done. Here are the 2020 NFL Draft Grades.
Buffalo Bills: B
Draft Picks: Edge A.J. Epenesa, RB Zack Moss, WR Gabriel Davis, QB Jake Fromm, K Tyler Bass, WR Isaish Hodgins, CB Dane Jackson
While they didn’t draft anyone in the first round, the Bills have acquired Stefon Diggs to help out Josh Allen, which was a great addition. A.J. Epenesa presented great value, while Zack Moss should complement Devin Singletary well out of the backfield. Davis will give Allen another weapon.
Miami Dolphins: C+
Draft Picks: QB Tua Tagovailoa, OT Austin Jackson, CB Noah Igbinoghene, OG/C Robert Hunt, DL Raekwon Davis, S Brandon Jones, OG/C Solomon Kindley, EDGE Jason Strowbridge, EDGE Curtis Weaver, LS Blake Ferguson, WR Malcolm Perry
The Dolphins got Tua Tagovailoa, who they tanked for last season, but there are medical concerns. Austin Jackson will protect his blindside, but maybe could have been had later in the draft. Igbinoghene lacks experience and was a reach. The Dolphins could have selected Hunt later, as he wasn’t the second-best interior lineman in the draft. Davis and Jones are not impact players, so while the Dolphins had a lot of picks, they could’ve done better.
New England Patriots: C
Draft Picks: S Kyle Dugger, EDGE Josh Uche, Edge Anfernee Jennings, TE Devin Asiasi, TE Dalton Keene, K Justin Rohrwasser, OG/C Michael Onwenu, OG/C Justin Herron, LB Cassh Maluia, OG/C Dustin Woodward
New England got good players at good value in Dugger and Uche. Jennings was selected too early, while doubling down on tight ends is not great considering there were better ones available to take. Taking a kicker before a quarterback is unforgivable unless they acquire one before the season starts.
New York Jets: A
Draft Picks: OT Mekhi Becton, WR Denzel Mims, S Ashtyn Davis, EDGE Jabari Zuniga, RB Lamical Perine, QB James Morgan, OG/C Cameron Clark, CB Bryce Hall, P Braden Mann
Becton is a great run blocker and fills a need, but struggled in pass protection at Louisville. Mims was a steal in the second round and will give Sam Darnold a good weapon. Ashtyn Davis presents good value, while Zuniga was picked a little early, but fills a need. Perine should get some snaps next season behind Le’Veon Bell. Hall is a great zone corner, who missed the end of last season with an injury.
Dallas Cowboys: B+
Draft Picks: WR CeeDee Lamb, CB Trevon Diggs, DL Neville Gallimore, CB Reggie Robinson, OG/C Tyler Biadasz, EDGE Bradlee Anae, QB Ben DiNucci
The value to draft Lamb was there, but the Cowboys have so many needs on the defensive side of the ball. Dallas had a great day two by getting a day one starter in Diggs and a solid defensive line prospect in Gallimore. Getting Robinson in round four gives them depth in the secondary, but he could have been had later in the draft. Biadasz was a steal and can help the team cope with the retirement of Travis Frederick.
New York Giants: B
Draft Picks: OT Andrew Thomas, S Xavier McKinney, OT Matt Peart, CB Darnay Holmes, OG/C Shane Lemieux, LB Cameron Brown, EDGE Carter Coughlin, LB T.J. Brunson, CB Chris Williamson, LB Tae Crowder
Thomas is a good tackle prospect, but now the Giants must now trade or cut Nate Solder. New York selected McKinney with good value and he will make an impact immediately. Doubling down on tackles with Peart wasn’t a good idea with other areas of need to be filled.
Philadelphia Eagles: B-
Draft Picks: WR Jalen Reagor, QB Jalen Hurts, LB Davion Taylor, S K’Von Wallace, OT Jack Driscoll, WR John Hightower, LB Shaun Bradley, WR Quez Watkins, OT Prince Tega Wanogho, OLB Casey Toohill
The Eagles filled a need with the selection of Reagor, but there were better ones on the board. Drafting Jalen Hurts wasn’t a necessity, but will be nice in case Carson Wentz goes down again. Davion Taylor can cover and fills a need for the Eagles. Wallace is a versatile safety prospect. Tega Wanogho was a steal in round six.
Washington Redskins: B+
Draft Picks: EDGE Chase Young, RB Antonio Gibson, OT Saahdiq Charles, WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, OG/C Keith Ismael, S Khaleke Hudson, S Kameron Curl, EDGE James Smith-Williams
The Redskins had the second pick in the draft, but got the best player. Chase Young will have a long career terrorizing offenses. Gibson was taken way too early and may not have much of an impact next year. Charles was a nice pick to revamp the offensive line, but it may have been addressed a little too late.
Baltimore Ravens: A
Draft Picks: LB Patrick Queen, RB J.K. Dobbins, DL Justin Madubuike, WR Devin Duvernay, LB Malik Harrison, OG/C Tyre Phillips, DL Broderick Washington, WR James Proche, S Geno Stone
Baltimore hasn’t had a good inside linebacker since C.J. Mosley left and Queen fell into their laps. While the J.K. Dobbins pick is a little head-scratching, the Ravens filled positions of need and got good value on day two of the draft. Madubuike was a possible first-round pick at one point and Duvernay gives them even more speed. Harrison and Phillips fill needs and could compete for starting jobs.
Cincinnati Bengals: B+
Draft Picks: QB Joe Burrow, WR Tee Higgins, LB Logan Wilson, LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, Edge Khalid Kareem, OT Hakeem Adeniji, LB Markus Bailey
After one of the best seasons in college football history, the Bengals drafted their future franchise quarterback in Joe Burrow. Tee Higgins will be a solid wide receiver for Burrow to grow with. Wilson won’t be a three-down linebacker, but can help stop the run. Davis-Gaither was a steal and will help the defense immediately. Offensive line is a weakness that has been ignored though in this draft.
Cleveland Browns: A
Draft Picks: OT Jedrick Wills, S Grant Delpit, DT Jordan Elliot, LB Jacob Phillips, TE Harrison Bryant, WR Donovan Peoples-Jones
The Browns got arguably the best tackle in the draft at pick no. 10, which filled a huge need. Cleveland got a great safety in Grant Delpit who has great ball skills. Elliot will give them depth, while Phillips may be able to compete for playing time, as the Browns lost Joe Schobert in free agency.
Pittsburgh Steelers: B
Draft Picks: WR Chase Claypool, EDGE Alex Highsmith, RB Anthony McFarland, OG/C Kevin Dotson, S Antoine Brooks, DL Carlos Davis
The Steelers traded their first-round pick for Minkah Fitzpatrick and he helped make their defense one of the best in the league last season. Chase Claypool will help Ben Roethlisberger and the offense get back to form. Highsmith is a project, but the Steelers can develop him this season, while Bud Dupree plays on the franchise tag this year. McFarland is an agile running back who will bring another element to the offense.
Chicago Bears: B-
Draft Picks: TE Cole Kmet, CB Jaylon Johnson, EDGE Trevis Gipson, CB Kindle Vildor, WR Darnell Mooney, OG/C Arlington Hambright, OT Lachavious Simmons
The Bears are still paying for the Khalil Mack trade, but it is hard to be too critical of the move. In the second round, the Bears took Cole Kmet, the 10th tight end on the roster. Unless they have some new brand of football no one has heard about, that is too many. Johnson was a good pick and fit a need for Chicago.
Detroit Lions: B
Draft Picks: CB Jeffrey Okudah, RB D’Andre Swift, EDGE Julian Okwara, OG/C Jonah Jackson, OG/C Logan Stenberg, WR Quintez Cephus, RB Jason Huntley, DL John Penisini, DL Jashon Cornell
It was rumored the Lions would trade back, but they made a great selection in Jeffrey Okudah. Picking Swift in the second was surprising given that Kerryon Johnson was taken early just a few years ago. Okwara and Jackson were small reaches, but can help the team improve at areas of need. Stenberg is a great guard prospect that was taken with great value in the fourth.
Green Bay Packers: F
Draft Picks: QB Jordan Love, RB A.J. Dillon, TE Josiah Deguara, LB Kamal Martin, OG/C Jon Runyan, OG/C Jacob Hansen, OG/C Simon Stepaniak, S Vernon Scott, EDGE Jonathan Garvin
Taking a replacement for Aaron Rodgers before giving him ample enough help is a dumb move. Trading up to do so is even worse. Drafting a running back with already two good ones on the roster is dumb. They reached on A.J. Dillon and will have a hard time winning a Super Bowl taking players who won’t play a majority of the snaps next season. Deguara is more of an H-back than a tight end and shouldn’t have been drafted for another few rounds.
Minnesota Vikings: A
Draft Picks: WR Justin Jefferson, CB Jeff Gladney, OT Ezra Cleveland, CB Cameron Dantzler, EDGE D.J. Wonnum, DL James Lynch, LB Troy Dye, CB Harrison Hand, WR K.J. Osborn, OG/C Blake Brandel, S Josh Metellus, EDGE Kenny Willekes, QB Nate Stanley, S Brian Cole, OG/C Kyle HInton
The Vikings filled two biggest needs in the draft with their first-round picks and got good value in Jefferson and Gladney. Selecting Cleveland will allow the Vikings to move someone inside to make their line and running game more formidable. Doubling down on corners and taking the lanky Dantzler was a good call given how many players left in free agency. Wonnum was a reach, but Lynch can be a rotational player from day one. Dye was a steal in the fourth at linebacker.
Houston Texans: D
Draft Picks: DL Ross Blacklock, EDGE Jonathan Greenard, OT Charlie Heck, WR Isaiah Coulter
The Texans didn’ have a first-round draft pick, but Bill O’Brien has already depleted the team of their draft picks and lost DeAndre Hopkins in his time as GM. Blacklock and Greenard were good picks on day two, but they don’t really fill the biggest needs and may not fit the defense well. Taking Heck fills a need and was good value.
Indianapolis Colts: A-
Draft Picks: WR Michael Pittman, RB Jonathan Taylor, S Julian Blackmon, QB Jacob Eason, OG/C Danny Pinter, DL Robert Windsor, CB Isaish Rodgers, WR Dezmon Pattmon, S Jordan Glasgow
Indianapolis traded their first-round pick and got a great defensive lineman in DeForest Buckner. On day two, the Colts acquired a weapon for Philip Rivers in Pittman, who should help spread the offense out. Taylor can then come in and run it right up the middle. Blackmon fills an area of need and is versatile. They got great value and a developmental quarterback in Jacob Eason in the fourth.
Jacksonville Jaguars: B-
Draft Picks: CB C.J. Henderson, EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson, WR Laviska Shenault, DL Davon Hamilton, OT Ben Bartch, CB Josiah Scott, S Daniel Thomas, WR Collin Johnson, QB Jake Luton, TE Tyler Davis, CB Chris Claybrooks
Henderson may have been a little bit of a reach, but he is a solid player. Chaisson is a good player, but drafting him will likely leave the offense without much fire-power next season. Shenault was a great pick to help out Garder Minshew for next season. Taking Hamilton presented good value, but the offense likely won’t move the ball well without more help on the offensive line. The Jaguars need Barch to step up early an improve their offensive line.
Tennessee Titans: C+
Draft Picks: OT Isaiah Wilson, CB Kristian Fulton, RB Darrynton Evans, DL Larrell Murchison, QB Cole McDonald, S Chris Jackson
Picking Wilson fills the need for a right tackle, but he should’ve been taken in the second round. Fulton was a steal in the second round and can help from day one. Evans will complement Henry with his playing style, but shouldn’t be asked to take over if Henry doesn’t accept the franchise tag.
Atlanta Falcons: C
Draft Picks: CB A.J. Terrell, DL Marlon Davidson, OG/C Matt Hennessy, LB Mykal Walker, S Jaylinn Hawkins, K Sterling Hofrichter
The Falcons definitely needed corner help, but Terrell was taken a few spots too early and better ones were on the board. Davidson presented good value and can play anywhere along the defensive line. Hennessy was a solid value pick and filled a need. Walker was a reach in the fourth round.
Carolina Panthers: A
Draft Picks: DT Derrick Brown, EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos, S Jeremy Chinn, CB Troy Pride, DL Bravvion Roy, CB Stanley Thomas-Oliver
Brown is explosive for his size and the Panthers can improve their defense after getting a few offensive pieces in free agency. Gross-Matos and Chinn both presented great value on day two of the draft, as the Panthers look like they are taking best player available instead of drafting for need. Pride was a solid pick to help the Panthers to continue to rebuild their defense.
New Orleans Saints: B
Draft Picks: OG/C Cesar Ruiz, LB Zack Baun, TE Adam Trautman, QB Tommy Stevens
The Saints could’ve added some defensive help, but taking Ruiz helps an already good offensive line. New Orleans got Zack Baun later than he was expected to be drafted and he should help be a versatile player for their defense. Trautman gives Brees a developmental tight end who can give him yet another weapon.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: A
Draft Picks: OT Tristan Wirfs, S Antoine Winfield, RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, WR Tyler Johnson, DL Khalil Davis, LB Chapelle Russell, RB Raymond Calais
Tampa Bay could’ve drafted some defensive help, but getting Tom Brady a good tackle in Tristan Wirfs isn’t a bad idea. Antoine Winfield presented good value and filled an area of weakness on the roster. Vaughn was taken too early, but will likely contribute next season.
Denver Broncos: B+
Draft Picks: WR Jerry Jeudy, WR K.J. Hamler, CB Michael Ojemudia, OG/C Lloyd Cushenberry, DL McTelvin Agim, TE Albert Okwuegbunam, LB Justin Strnad, OG/C Netane Muti, WR Tyrie Cleveland, EDGE Derek Tuzka
With Drew Lock becoming an emerging quarterback, the Broncos needed another weapon for him and Jeudy is the best of the bunch. Hamler and Cushenberry will help Lock out as well, but Ojemudia and Agim were reaches on the defensive side of the ball. The Broncos will reunite tight end Albert Okwuegbunam with his college quarterback in Lock.
Kansas City Chiefs: A
Draft Picks RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LB Willie Gay, OT Lucas Niang, S L’Jarius Sneed, EDGE Mike Danna, CB Thakarius Keyes
The Chiefs took the first running back off the board and Edwards-Helaire can be a huge asset with his pass-catching ability. Willie Gay is a good athlete who can grow into a good linebacker. Taking Niang in the third round presented great value, as he did not allow a sack in the last three seasons.
Las Vegas Raiders: D
Draft Picks: WR Henry Ruggs, CB Damon Arnette, WR Lynn Bowden, WR Bryan Edwards, S Tanner Muse, OG/C John Simpson, CB Amik Robertson
Ruggs is fast, but shouldn’t have been the first wide receiver off the board. Damon Arnette could have been selected in the second round. With picking both Bowden and Edwards to go along with Ruggs, Derek Carr has no excuse not to light up the scoreboard next year. Muse will likely need to move to linebacker to be successful. Simpson provided a good value pick and so did Robertson.
Los Angeles Chargers: B
Draft Picks: QB Justin Herbert, LB Kenneth Murray, RB Joshua Kelley, WR Joe Reed, WR K.J. Hill
Herbert and Murray were both good picks, but they had to give up a second and third to get Murray. They also need to get protection for Herbert. Taking Kelley gives them more running back depth after losing Melvin Gordon to free agency.
Arizona Cardinals: A
Draft Picks: LB Isaiah Simmons, OT Josh Jones, DL Leki Fotu, DL Rashard Lawrence, LB Evan Weaver, RB Eno Benjamin
Simmons was the best player on the board for the Cardinals in round one and will make an immediate impact all over the field. Jones is a tackle with first-round athletic traits, but he needs to refine his technique. Fotu and Lawrence can eat up blocks if asked to.
Los Angeles Rams: C+
Draft Picks: RB Cam Akers, WR Van Jefferson, EDGE Terrell Lewis, S Terrell Burgess, TE Brycen Hopkins, S Jordan Fuller, LB Clay Johnston, K Sam Sloman, OG/C Tremayne Anchrum
Akers will have to take over the load on the ground, but a better running back could have been had or they could have traded up for one. Jefferson was a reach, while Lewis has injury issues. Burgess was a solid pick in the third round. Getting Hopkins was good value, but he now joins a crowded tight end room.
San Francisco 49ers: B+
Draft Picks: DL Javon Kinlaw, WR Brandon Aiyuk, OT Colton McKivitz, TE Charlie Woerner, WR Jauan Jennings
San Francisco gets credit for trading down one spot and selecting Kinlaw, who is a great player at a position of need. Aiyuk fills a need as well, but other receivers were better and still on the board.
Seattle Seahawks: D
Draft Picks: LB Jordyn Brooks, EDGE Darrell Taylor, OG/C Damien Lewis, TE Colby Parkinson, RB DeeJay Dallas, EDGE Alton Robinson, TE Stephen Sullivan
Brooks was a reach and the Seahawks already have K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner at the position. Taylor was another reach, although he does fill an area of need. Lewis was a great pick and can maul people upfront in Seattle. Robinson presented good value in the fifth round.
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