Hub Arkush's 2018 NFL Draft grades

Strong work by Ravens and Bengals makes AFC North only division with two A NFL draft classes

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Please hear me when I say again, evaluating an NFL draft before these players have at least two seasons in the league is a fool’s errand, and three years works even better.

But everybody wants to know how and what every team did as soon as possible, and it is reasonable to at least evaluate what kind of value teams got with their picks based on where a consensus of evaluators ranked them, and that is what we do here with our grades of all 32 teams Drafts, based on how good a shoppers they are.

I’ve written all of this as we because I’ve based a lot on not only my own research and tape study but also on the work of our pro Football Weekly Personnel Director, Greg Gabriel, Draft experts Eric Edholm, Arthur Arkush and Adam Hoge, and conversations with scouts and some GMs and coaches from most of the 32 NFL teams.

We hope you enjoy this analysis, and please let us know where you might have questions, agree or disagree.


New England Patriots — B/B+

It’s hard to offer much about all of the Patriots' late picks — five coming in the last two rounds — but we love the value they got from their first three picks. For all of the hype surrounding Quenton Nelson and Saquon Barkley, it is possible Isaiah Wynn and Sony Michel will be just as good at the next level — and New England didn’t need the sixth or second overall picks to get them. Duke Dawson may be ready to line up in the slot right now, and Christian Sam at 178 is a real bargain

1 (23) Isaiah Wynn, OT, Georgia
1 (31) Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
2 (56) Duke Dawson, CB, Florida
5 (143) Ja’Whaun Bentley, LB, Purdue
6 (178) Christian Sam, LB, Arizona State
6 (210) Braxton Berrios, WR, Miami (Fla.)
7 (219) Danny Etling, QB, LSU
7 (243) Keion Crossen, CB, Western Carolina
7 (250) Ryan Izzo, TE, Florida State

Buffalo Bills — B-/C+

We’ve been clear for some time that, off his college performance, Josh Allen not only didn’t belong in the top 10 of the Draft, but one could argue he didn’t belong in the first round. So the price Buffalo paid to get him is extreme. 16 feels about right for Tremaine Edmunds, and Harrison Phillips is a nice get at 96.

1 (7) Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
1 (16) Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
3 (96) Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
4 (121) Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State
5 (154) Siran Neal, S, Jacksonville State
5 (166) Wyatt Teller, G, Virginia Tech
6 (187) Ray-Ray McCloud, WR, Clemson
7 (255) Austin Proehl, WR, UNC

Miami Dolphins — B+/B

Under the heading of I’d rather be lucky than good, Minkah Fitzpatrick is one of the top four or five prospects in this draft and an absolute steal at 11, and while 42 feels right for Mike Gesecki, we love him as a 'move,' pass-catching tight end in the NFL and think the Dolphins may have a gem. Jerome Baker and Kalen Ballage are also very nice prospects for where they were selected.

1 (11) Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
2 (42) Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
3 (73) Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State
4 (123) Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame
4 (131) Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State
6 (209) Cornell Armstrong, CB, Southern Miss
7 (227) Quentin Poling, LB, Ohio
7 (229) Jason Sanders, K, New Mexico

New York Jets — B/B-

The Jets didn’t overpay to move up from six to three for Sam Darnold, but the third overall pick and two second rounders is steep for a quarterback with several red flags. Nathan Shepherd and Christopher Herndon are both upgrades over what the Jets have and fit very nicely at 72 and 107, respectively.

1 (3) Sam Darnold, QB, USC
3 (72) Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State
4 (107) Christopher Herndon IV, TE, Miami (Fla.)
6 (179) Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane
6 (180) Folorunso Fatukasi, Edge, Connecticut
6 (204) Trenton Cannon, RB, Virginia State


Pittsburgh Steelers — B+/B-

This is a tough one because had the Steelers taken Mason Rudolph at 28, Marcus Allen at 76 and Terrell Edmunds at 148 – and we believe Edmunds may have been there —  this might be our first A+. We love the value and the potential of everyone of these kids, with the exception of Edmunds, and believe Rudolph will turn out to have been grand larceny at 76.

Pittsburgh is the perfect landing spot for Chukwuma Okorafor because he needs some time, but with patience he can be a solid heir apparent to Alejandro Villanueva (30 in September) or Marcus Gilbert (30).                 

1 (28) Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech
2 (60) James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
3 (76) Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
3 (92) Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan
5 (148) Marcus Allen, S, Penn State
5 (165) Jaylen Samuels, RB/TE, NC State
7 (246) Joshua Frazier, DT, Alabama

Baltimore Ravens — A-/B+

This is the Wizard of Oz we remember, playing this draft like a Baby Grand. 25 and 32, respectively, could be a bit rich for Hayden Hurst and Lamar Jackson, but not excessively so, and after that we think it’s possible Jordan Lasley, Greg Senat and Zach Siegler are the only kids here who don’t make this year’s 53 and they will all end up on the practice squad. With the right development, Orlando Brown could be the steal of this draft, and much like the Bears' Eddie Jackson, who started every game last year as a rookie out of Alabama in the fourth round, Anthony Everett might easily do the same. Averett at 118 is grand theft.

1 (25) Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
1 (32) Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville,
3 (83) Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
3 (86) Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
4 (118) Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama
4 (122) Kenny Young, LB, UCLA
4 (132) Jaleel Scott, WR, New Mexico State
5 (162) Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA
6 (190) DeShon Elliott, S, Texas
6 (212) Greg Senat, OT, Wagner
6 (215) Bradley Bozeman, C, Alabama
7 (238) Zach Sieler, Edge, Ferris State

Cincinnati Bengals — A-/B+

This is an impressive haul for Duke Tobin and Co., as we can see six of the first seven picks demanding significant playing time as rookies, with only Davontae Harris needing seasoning. We like Billy Price over Frank Ragnow, who went a spot ahead of him, Malik Jefferson is a perfect fit here and we like Andrew Brown a lot. It wouldn’t be shocking to see No. 253 Auden Tate make this team and become a pretty good receiver in a coupe years.                             

1 (21) Billy Price, C, Ohio State
2 (54) Jessie Bates III, S, Wake Forest
3 (77) Sam Hubbard, Edge, Ohio State
3 (78) Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
4 (112) Mark Walton, RB, Miami (Fla.)
5 (151) Davontae Harris, CB, Illinois State
5 (158) Andrew Brown, DT, Virginia
5 (170) Darius Phillips, CB, Western Michigan
7 (249) Logan Woodside, QB, Toledo
7 (252) Rod Taylor, OT, Ole Miss
7 (253) Auden Tate, WR, Florida State

Cleveland Browns — C+/C

We love that, with the No. 1 pick, John Dorsey took the quarterback that we believe absolutely is this year’s best QB prospect but don’t understand why he couldn’t make the same deal with the Bills that Tampa did, and believe Denzel Ward would have still been there at 12. Ward’s a great prospect but not near the fourth-best in this class. In fact you can argue that each of the Browns' next four picks, all nice players, could have been taken later if Cleveland worked at it the way Belichick did. We also seriously question the wisdom of putting Antonio Callaway in a locker room that already has multiple challenges with Josh Gordon and others.

1 (1) Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
1 (4) Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
2 (33) Austin Corbett, G/C, Nevada
2 (35) Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
3 (67) Chad Thomas, Edge, Miami (Fla.)
4 (105) Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida
5 (150) Genard Avery, LB, Memphis
6 (175) Damion Ratley, WR, Texas A&M
6 (188) Simeon Thomas, CB, Louisiana


Jacksonville Jaguars — B+/B

This is a classic case of best football player on the board with each of the first three picks, and while the Jaguars don’t appear to have any screaming needs, adding D.J. Chark and Ronnie Harrison into the mix at wideout and on the interior up front, respectively, definitely upgrades two important spots that needed additional depth and competition. We’re not sure who Taven Bryan will send to the bench, but he has a chance to be an excellent pro, and we expected him to go much higher.

1 (29) Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
2 (61) D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
3 (93) Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
4 (129) Will Richardson, OT, NC State
6 (203) Tanner Lee, QB, Nebraska
7 (230) Leon Jacobs, Edge, Wisconsin
7 (247) Logan Cooke, P, Mississippi State

Tennessee Titans — B+/B

The Titans did an outstanding job of adding quality, even if they didn’t have much quantity to work with, and the trade up from 57 to 41 for Harold Landry is likely to prove to be another of the steals of this draft. If healthy, Landry is almost certainly the best edge rusher in this class after Bradley Chubb, and addressing that spot was the Titans' greatest need. We’re also huge Luke Falk fans, and while we get Mike Leach’s offense doesn’t project well to the next level, Falk will have plenty of time to watch and learn with Marcus Mariota clearly remaining ahead of him on the depth chart. The Titans may just be developing Falk for someone else, but he’s much better than a sixth-round talent.

1 (22) Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
2 (41) Harold Landry, Edge, Boston College
5 (152) Dane Cruikshank, DB, Arizona
6 (199) Luke Falk, QB, Washington State

Indianapolis Colts — B/B-

If Quenton Nelson becomes the player most think he will, the rest may not matter here because that could put him in Canton, and Darius Leonard sticks out as a potential 8-9 year starter who belongs right about where Chris Ballard got him. One NFL Scouting Director tells us Ballard drafts defense like no one else, so he gets the benefit of the doubt on all five linebackers he took, but 52 feels a little rich for Kemoko Turay. Nyheim Hines, Daurice Fountain and Deon Cain all show up a bit lower than where the Colts snagged them on a number of boards we’ve seen, but all are clearly legit prospects.

1 (6) Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
2 (36) Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
2 (37) Braden Smith, G, Auburn
2 (52) Kemoko Turay, Edge, Rutgers
2 (64) Tyquan Lewis, Edge, Ohio State
4 (104) Nyheim Hines, RB, NC State
5 (159) Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa
5 (169) Jordan Wilkins, RB, Ole Miss
6 (185) Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
7 (221) Matthew Adams, LB, Houston
7 (235) Zaire Franklin, LB, Syracuse

Houston Texans — B+/B

With no first- or second-round picks to work with, this is an excellent group. We ranked Justin Reid significantly higher than the Steelers' Terrell Edmunds, are fascinated by Martinas Rankin’s potential and think Duke Ejiofor is one of the six or seven best edge-rushing prospects in this draft. Ejiofor had several medical red flags, so we get why he dropped, but if he’s healthy he could prove to be one of the biggest steals in years in the sixth round.

3 (68) Justin Reid, S, Stanford
3 (80) Martinas Rankin, G/C, Mississippi State
3 (98) Jordan Akins, TE, UCF
4 (103) Keke Coutee, TE, Texas Tech
6 (177) Duke Ejiofor, Edge, Wake Forest
6 (211) Jordan Thomas, TE, Mississippi State
6 (214) Peter Kalambayi, Edge, Stanford
7 (222) Jermaine Kelly, CB, San Jose State


Denver Broncos — A/A-

Spoiler alert: We don’t give A-plus grades, so there may be another A or two, but no club will get a better grade from us than the Broncos. They got, we believe, the best prospect in this draft, Bradley Chubb at No. 5. We had Courtland Sutton as the No. 2 prospect at wide receiver and Royce Freeman No. 3 overall amongst running backs. We knew Josey Jewell was going to last until the fourth round because he’s not a special athlete, but we also think we know he’s going to lead the Broncos in tackles for the next seven or eight years or more and possibly go to a couple of Pro Bowls. Isaac Yiadom and DaeSean Hamilton are also kids we love and think should have been drafted higher than where the Broncos found them.

1 (5) Bradley Chubb, edge defender, NC State
2 (40) Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
3 (71) Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
3 (99) Isaac Yiadom, CB, Boston College
4 (106) Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
4 (113) DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State
5 (156) Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin
6 (183) Sam Jones, G, Arizona State,
6 (217) Keishawn Bierria, LB, Washington
7 (226) David Williams, RB, Arkansas

Los Angeles Chargers — B+/B

Honestly, most of the Chargers picks don’t jump off the page at us, but Derwin James is without question the No.1 steal of this Draft, going 16th. By himself, James makes this an excellent draft for the Bolts. Kyzir White and Scott Quessenberry are nice values at 119 and 115, respectively. White will minimally be a nice rotational player at safety, and Quessenberry should eventually become a solid starter at center or guard.

1 (17) Derwin James, S, Florida State
2 (48) Uchenna Nwosu, Edge, USC
3 (84) Justin Jones, DT, NC State
4 (119) Kyzir White, S, West Virginia
5 (155) Scott Quessenberry, C, UCLA
6 (191) Dylan Cantrell, WR, Texas Tech
7 (251) Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern

Kansas City Chiefs — C+/C

We had both Breeland Speaks and Derrick Nnadi as Day Three picks — and not early on Day Three. Remember, we’re not saying they won’t eventually be great players; we’re saying based on all the tape we watched and all the scouts we talked to, we think they could have been available later than where the Chiefs tabbed them. On the other hand, Dorian O’Daniel and Armani Watts are very nice fits where the Chiefs took them and could make an impact early as rookies.

2 (46) Breeland Speaks, Edge, Ole Miss
3 (75) Derrick Nnadi, DI, Florida State
3 (100) Dorian O’Daniel, LB, Clemson
4 (124) Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M
6 (196) Tremon Smith, CB, Central Arkansas
6 (198) Khalil McKenzie, DI, Tennessee

Oaklnad Raiders — B+/B

This group would be in the A range if we had access to the character report on Arden Key and the medical on Maurice Hurst. If both show up and are healthy every day for the next 6-8 years, this draft can be one of those A+ classes we don’t give. 15 is a little rich for Kolton Miller, but if they start him out on the right side and are patient with him, he might be ready to go left when Donald Penn is done and prove to be a very good football player. Key and Hurst have top-end potential, Nick Nelson may become a solid starting corner, and Marcell Ateman should have gone two rounds higher.

1 (15) Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
2 (57) P.J. Hall, DI, Sam Houston State
3 (65) Brandon Parker, OT, North Carolina A&T
3 (87) Arden Key, Edge, LSU
4 (110) Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin
5 (140) Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan
5 (173) Johnny Townsend, P, Florida
6 (216) Azeem Victor, LB, Washington
7 (228) Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State


Philadelphia — C/C-

Okay, we think it’s fair to give Howie Roseman a pass on this one. He may have been distracted shopping for rings. Part of the problem here is the price of shopping for Jay Ajayi and a few other critical pieces of his Super Bowl team. One of the few needs the Eagles did have was at tight end with Brent Celek aging out and Trey Burton leaving for Chicago, and some believe Dallas Goedert is the best tight end in this draft and has a chance to be special. On the other hand, his Rugby-playing OT who's actually never played football, Jordan Mailata, doesn’t exactly blow our hair back.

2 (49) Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
4 (125) Avonte Maddox, CB, Pittsburgh
4 (130) Josh Sweat, Edge, Florida State
6 (206) Matt Pryor, OT, TCU
7 (233) Jordan Mailata, OT, South Sydney, Australia

Dallas Cowboys — A-/B+

There is a lot to love here assuming Jerry’s boys got the medical right on Leighton Vander Esch. We know some teams had him off their boards with the neck issue, and other clubs said no concern. Great things happen when the 'Boys draft big uglies on offense, and Connor Williams shouldn’t have still been there at 50. We like Michael Gallup, Dorance Armstrong, Dalton Schultz, Cedrick Wilson and Bo Scarbrough — a lot — and every one of them could have gone higher than where the Cowboys got them.

1 (19) Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
2 (50) Connor Williams, T/G, Texas
3 (81) Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
4 (116) Dorance Armstrong Jr., Edge, Kansas
4 (137) Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford
5 (171) Mike White, QB, WKU
6 (193) Chris Covington, LB, Indiana
6 (208) Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State
7 (236) Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama

Washington — B/B-

Da’Ron Payne has a chance to be a very good football player, pegged by some folks closer to 18-to-22 but others had him right where Washington nabbed him. Derrius Guice has the ability to be the Blue Light Special at 59 if... ?We’re not as bothered by the “alleged incident — our sources tell us there’s nothing there — as much as we are by the fact he just didn’t show up every week last season. But the kid can play. Tim Settle is a second- or third-round talent, and “Mr. Irrelevant,” Trey Quinn, has a legit shot to make the team.

1 (13) Da’Ron Payne, DI, Alabama
2 (59) Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
3 (74) Geron Christian, OT, Louisville
4 (109) Troy Apke, S, Penn State
5 (163) Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech
6 (197) Shaun Dion Hamilton, LB, Alabama
7 (241) Greg Stroman, CB, Virginia Tech
7 (256) Trey Quinn, WR, SMU

New York Giants — B+/B

Saquon Barkley is not quite the sure thing that Neslon, Chubb and Fitzpatrick seem to be, but he is probably the next-best thing, and nased on need, we have no problem with the pick. On the other hand, Will Hernandez is one of our favorite players in this draft, and we expect every one of these kids to make the team and contribute this year — with the exception of Kyle Lauletta, the best developmental quarterback prospect in this draft, who could be ready and very good if Eli plays another two or three years.

1 (2) Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
2 (34) Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
3 (66) Lorenzo Carter, Edge, Georgia
3 (69) B.J. Hill, DT, NC State
4 (108) Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
5 (139) RJ McIntosh, DT, Miami (Fla.)


Minnesota Vikings — C+/C

Because the Vikings have arguably the best depth charts on either side of the ball in the league, it’s hard to quarrel with anything they were going to do in this draft. None of these kids are going to see the field for a while other than the kicker, Daniel Carlson, and we rarely get excited about picks used on kickers and punters, although Carlson might be a very good one and will win the job. Mike Hughes and Brian O’Neill definitely fit exactly where the Vikes took them, and O’Neill in particular will be interesting to watch because he does have a high ceiling and O-line is probably the place where Minnesota has the most room for improvement.

1 (30) Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
2 (62) Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh
5 (157) Tyler Conklin, TE, Central Michigan
5 (167) Daniel Carlson, K, Auburn
6 (213) Colby Gossett, G, App. State
6 (218) Ade Aruna, DT, Tulane
7 (225) Devante Downs, LB, California

Green Bay Packers — B/B-

First of all, Jaire Alexander was Brian Gutekunst’s guy all along, so big props to him for trading down, getting another No. 1 next year and still securing Alexander. And Josh Jackson and Jaire Alexander are two of the three best corner prospects in this draft, so nice work there. But with those picks, the Packers have now used five of their top seven picks over the last four drafts on cornerbacks (Damarious Dandall, Quinten Rollins, Kevin King) and safeties (HaHa Clinton-Dix and Josh Jones) and it’s really, really hard to build a defense that way. We do like J’Mon Moore a lot and JK Scott should be around for the next decade and go to a few Pro Bowls, making No. 172 a very reasonable spot for him.

1 (18) Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
2 (45) Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
3 (88) Oren Burks, LB, Vanderbilt
4 (133) J’Mon Moore, WR, Missouri
5 (138) Cole Madison, OT, Washington State
5 (172) J.K. Scott, P, Alabama
5 (174) Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, USF
6 (207) Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
7 (232) James Looney, DI, California
7 (239) Hunter Bradley, LS, Mississippi State
7 (248) Kendall Donnerson, LB, SE Missouri State

Detroit Lions — C+/C

We believe 20 and 43 is just too high for Frank Ragnow and Kerryon Johnson, and had both James Daniels (39) and Billy Price (21) ranked ahead of Ragnow. But we love Tyrell Crosby, think he may actually be the best left tackle in this draft and can’t believe he was still there at 153. Da’Shawn Hand was a classic and chronic underachiever at Bama, but that’s in large part because he has Pro Bowl-level talent and natural gifts. He’s a great gamble at 114; now can the Lions get it out of him?

1 (20) Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
2 (43) Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
3 (82) Tracy Walker, S, Louisiana
4 (114) Da’Shawn Hand, DI, Alabama
5 (153) Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
7 (237) Nick Bawden, FB, San Diego State

Chicago Bears — B+/B

This is one of the toughest groups to figure because Days One and Two appeared to be home runs, but Day Three was uninspiring. Roquan Smith and James Daniels are the best prospects at their positions and both have Pro Bowl ability and fill Bears’ needs. It’s unfortunate they had to give up a No. 2 next year to get him, but there were few players in the draft with more buzz around them leading up to the weekend than Anthony Miller. All are excellent values. But then badly in need of pass rush, the Bears seemed to really reach for Iyiegbuniwe to develop at the same spot as Smith, and Javon Wims is a long term project who will more likely compete for the practice squad than the roster. On the other hand, Bilal Nichols is very interesting at 145, an FCS kid who didn’t dominate the way you’d like at that level but really impressed in the All-Star games, and Fitts flashes some edge-rush potential but can’t stay on the field.

1 (8) Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
2 (39) James Daniels, C, Iowa
2 (51) Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
4 (115) Joel Iyiegbuniwe, LB, WKU
5 (145) Bilal Nichols, DT, Delaware
6 (181) Kylie Fitts, Edge, Utah
7 (224) Javon Wims, WR, Georgia


New Orleans — C+/C

We have to be careful here because these guys clearly won the draft last year about as dominantly as we’ve seen in a long time. But that was with high-end prospects on everybody’s radar. This group . . . For starters the Saints are now without a No. 1 next year, the price of Marcus Davenport. The kid’s a fascinating prospect but definitely a boom or bust. He wasn’t going to last until 27 but might have gone a bit later than 14, and the Saints paid dearly for him. Tre’Quan Smith is nice at 91, and Will Clapp is a huge bargain at 245, but other than that this is pretty standard stuff.

1 (14) Marcus Davenport, edge, UTSA
3 (91) Tre’Quan Smith, WR, UCF
4 (127) Rick Leonard, OT, Florida State
5 (164) Natrell Jamerson, S, Wisconsin
6 (189) Kamrin Moore, S, Boston College
6 (201) Boston Scott, RB, Louisiana Tech
7 (245) Will Clapp, C, LSU

Carolina — C/C-

Again, there may be some great football players here, and our jobs don’t depend on being right and wrong like Marty Hurney’s does, nor do we pretend to have his and his staff’s expertise. I like D.J. Moore but not as the first receiver off the board, and Rashaan Gaulden at 85 and Marquis Haynes at 136, respectively, didn’t make our top 200. We do like Donte Jackson right about where they took him, and Kendrick Norton is excellent value at 242.

1 (24) D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
2 (55) Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
3 (85) Rashaan Gaulden, CB, Tennessee
4 (136) Marquis Haynes, Edge, Ole Miss
5 (161) Jermaine Carter, LB, Maryland
7 (234) Andre Smith, LB, NC State
7 (242) Kendrick Norton, DI, Miami (Fla.)

Atlanta — B-/C+

Calvin Ridley is a very nice value at 26, especially with teams focused on Julio on the other side. We also like Isaiah Oliver a lot and believe he’s an excellent value at 58, but 90 feels like quite a reach for Deadrin Senat. Ito Smith, Russell Gage and Foye Oluokun also all went quite a bit higher than we expected.

1 (26) Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
2 (58) Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
3 (90) Deadrin Senat, DT, USF
4 (126) Ito Smith, RB, Southern Miss
6 (194) Russell Gage, WR, LSU
6 (200) Foye Oluokun, LB, Yale

Tampa Bay — A-/B+

The Bucs had a really nice weekend. 12 is higher than we would have taken Vita Vea, but getting the extra pair of twos from Buffalo makes that a great deal, and if memory serves us correctly the last time they went from seven to 12, wasn’t that Warren Sapp? Ronald Jones, Carlton Davis and Alex Cappa are all excellent values where they were drafted. Jack Circhy was still there at 202 because he mnissed the 2017 season at Wisconsin, but if his knee is sound, he could be the steal of the weekend. 53 feels a bit rich for M.J. Stewart, but we had him in the 70s so it’s not awful.

1 (12) Vita Vea, DI, Washington, 93.2
2 (38) Ronald Jones II, RB, USC, 92.4
2 (53) M.J. Stewart, CB, UNC, 87.9
2 (63) Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn, 82.0
3 (940 Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State
4 (117) Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh
5 (144) Justin Watson, WR, Penn
6 (202) Jack Cichy, LB, Wisconsin



Los Angeles Rams — C/C-

This is not a great grade, but you have to remember the Rams sacrificed a lot in this draft to claim Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib and Brandin Cooks, and when you plug them in the grade gets a lot better. In terms of actual draft choices there are a number of reasonable prospects here, but the only two that jump out are Joseph Noteboom, who might have gone a little too high but is a serious developmental prospect at tackle, and we like Micah Kiser a lot and expected him to go late second, high third round.

3 (89) Joseph Noteboom, OT, TCU
4 (111) Brian Allen, C, Michigan State
4 (135) John Franklin-Myers, DI, Stephen F. Austin
5 (147) Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia
5 (160) Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Edge, Oklahoma
6 (176) John Kelly, RB, Tennessee
6 (192) Jamil Demby, G, Maine
6 (195) Sebastian Joseph, DT, Rutgers
6 (205) Trevon Young, Edge, Louisville
7 (231) Travin Howard, LB, TCU
7 (244) Justin Lawler, Edge, SMU

Seattle — C+/C

Nobody works the middle rounds like Pete Carroll and John Schneider, so the four number fives make sense, but 27 and 79 both feel a bit rich for Rashaad Penny and Rasheem Green, respectively. We love Penny but wonder if they couldn’t have maneuvered lower to get him? Shaquem Griffin is everybody’s favorite player in this draft no matter where the Seahawks took him, but we really thought he might go late third, high fourth round, and Michael Dickson is a special punter who easily could have gone in that range.

1 (27) Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego St.
3 (79) Rasheem Green, Edge, USC
4 (120) Will Dissly, TE, Washington
5 (141) Shaquem Griffin, Edge, UCF
5 (146) Tre Flowers, S, Oklahoma State
5 (149) Michael Dickson, P, Texas
5 (168) Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
6 (186) Jacob Martin, Edge, Temple
7 (220) Alex McGough, QB, FIU

San Francisco — C/C-

This is one we can’t wait to look back at in two years, because right now it feels like one of the more overrated groups in the league. Mike McGlinchey is a definite first-rounder but not a top-15 prospect on our board, although we did hear he was climbing some boards in the days leading up to the draft, and Dante Pettis is a very nice value at 44 — though San Francisco sent a third-rounder to Washington to move up 15 spots. Other than that, though, beyond D.J. Reed, who could have gone in the third round, we had every other one of these kids one, two or three rounds later than the 49ers drafted them. Yes, that means we think they drafted at least three priority free agents.

1 (9) Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
2 (44) Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
3 (70) Fred Warner, LB, BYU
3 (95) Tarvarius Moore, S, Southern Miss
4 (128) Kentavius Street, Edge, NC State
5 (142) D.J. Reed, CB, Kansas State
6 (184) Marcell Harris, S, Florida
7 (223) Julian Taylor, DT, Temple
7 (240) Richie James, WR, MTSU

Arizona — C/C-

Either you’re Josh Rosen guys or you’re not, and I'm not in large part because of the way he behaved draft night, in essence reconfirming several of the red flags on him. Yes, he has first-round physical traits, but there is no position on a football team where character matters more, and his is questionable. Christian Kirk is a very nice get at 47, but that’s right about where we had him. Mason Cole will play in the league, but we think more likely at tackle, and he, Chase Edmonds, Christian Campbell and Korey Cunningham all appear to me to have been over drafted at least a bit.

1 (10) Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
2 (47) Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
3 (97) Mason Cole, C, Michigan
4 (134) Chase Edmonds, RB, Fordham
6 (182) Christian Campbell, CB, Penn State
7 (254) Korey Cunningham, OT, Cincinnati

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