Seattle Seahawks: A-
While nothing here is based on the kind of players we think these prospects will be in two or three years, we can certainly talk about the value four-year veteran Frank Clark has, and getting a one, a two and a three for just Clark and your own three was highway robbery on the Seahawks part.
They then had a typical Seattle Draft, picking for speed and need with almost every choice, some a few spots high, some better values than you’d expect, but nothing off the charts until you focus on D.K. Metcalf at 64. Listen, he was passed 63 times, so we can’t say every team in the league screwed up, but we can tell you a number of those teams indicated to us he was the top pass catcher on their boards going into the Draft. Great work by Schneider and Carroll.
Los Angeles Rams: B
L.A. did a very nice job with Taylor Rapp at 61, and Darrell Henderson was a nice fit at 70, but the Rams used two thirds to deal with the Bucs to move up and get him. The trade chart says that’s the value of moving up from 94 to 70, so it’s hard for us to say Henderson isn’t worth the two threes, as he almost certainly would have been gone at 94. David Long at 79 was a little rich, but Bobby Evans at 97 was a little bit of a bargain so good group.
San Francisco 49ers: B-
Nick Bosa and Deebo Samuel fill huge needs and were selected right about where most expected them to be. On the other hand, we saw Jalen Hurd as more of a fourth-round choice at best, not at the top of the third round. And while Mitch Wishnowsky is a top punter prospect, the fourth round on a punter for a team with the needs the 49ers have just feels too rich. TE Kaden Smith may have been a fourth-rounder prior to poor pre-Draft workouts making him a nice grab/gamble in the sixth.
Arizona Cardinals: C+
Kyler Murray may be the next superstar QB, a bust or land anywhere in between. But was he worth the No. 1 overall pick? Is there another club in the league that would have taken him there? Is there another team that would have taken him top 10? And is there another team that would have taken him in the first round?
We are convinced the Cardinals could have traded this pick, created some additional very valuable assets — even if not the haul a team might usually get for this pick — and still have landed Murray. Andy Isabella was also a reach at 62, especially after trading up to get him there and realizing the price was Josh Rosen and last year’s No. 10 overall pick, a third- and a fifth-rounder. Isabella almost has to become a perennial Pro Bowler now.
This grade would be even lower were it not for the excellent values Arizona did get with Byron Murphy at 33, Zach Allen at 65, Hakeem Butler at 103 and Deionte Thompson at 139. Every one of those players was projected to go earlier.