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Draft Report Card - Grades for all 32 Teams

We've had almost a week to digest the 2021 NFL Draft, and it's report card time. Find out what grade TRO has assigned your team.


While draft grades can be completely irrelevant and are hard to gauge until three years from now, TRO is handing out grades based on teams' needs, how each franchise addressed those needs, how each GM accomplished what they wanted to based on their styles, and what was the predicted value of each pick in relation to the picks the team held.

ARIZONA CARDINALS

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Round 1: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

Round 2: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

Round 4: Marco Wilson, CB, Florida

Round 6: Victor Dimukeje, EDGE, Duke

Round 6: Tay Gowan, CB, UCF

Round 7: James Wiggins, S, Cincinnati

Round 7: Michal Menet, Penn State


Zaven Collins has all the tools to be a household name at the linebacker spot, and might have more consistent success early on than last year's pick Isaiah Simmons. Rondale Moore is a nice acquisition as he can peel the top off of a defense, elevate a special teams return unit, and will fit in nicely with the Cardinals' deep receiving corp. However, Arizona had a glaring need at the cornerback position, and waiting until Rounds 3 and 5 to address that need might not have been the most beneficial decision.


GRADE: B


ATLANTA FALCONS

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Round 1: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

Round 2: Richie Grant, S, UCF

Round 3: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

Round 4: Darren Hall, CB, San Diego State

Round 4: Drew Dalman, C, Stanford

Round 5: Ta'Quan Graham, DT, Texas

Round 5: Adetokunbo Ogundeji, EDGE, Notre dame

Round 5: Avery Williams, CB, Boise State

Round 7: Frank Darby, WR, Arizona State


Kyle Pitts might be the best overall player in this draft class. He will present a matchup nightmare and should have his game seamlessly translate at the next level, especially playing in this loaded Falcons offense. Atlanta also added some solid offensive line depth, Jalen Mayfield was once consistently pegged as a first rounder, and Drew Dalman could wind up being their starting center sooner than later. The Falcons went through the rest of the draft going for the best available on the board, and they improved their roster.


GRADE: A-


BALTIMORE RAVENS

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Round 1: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

Round 1: Odafe Oweh, EDGE, Penn State

Round 3: Ben Cleveland, OG, Georgia

Round 3: Brandon Stephens, CB, SMU

Round 4: Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State

Round 5: Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

Round 5: Daelin Hayes, EDGE, Notre Dame

Round 7: Ben Mason, OT, Michigan


The Ravens added another pass-catching weapon for Lamar Jackson, and Rashod Bateman is a great fit. He should find himself in the starting lineup week 1 as he is a weapon that can line up all over the field and run the full route tree. They added some suitable defensive depth without reaching for anyone. The only thing holding the Ravens' grade back some was that they did not prioritize taking a tackle after losing Orlando Brown, Jr. this offseason.


GRADE: B+


BUFFALO BILLS

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Round 1: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami

Round 2: Carlos Basham, Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest

Round 3: Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa

Round 5: Tommy Doyle, OT, Miami (OH)

Round 6: Marquez Stevenson, WR, Houston

Round 6: Damar Hamlin, S, Pittsburgh

Round 6: Rachad Wildgoose, CB, Wisconsin

Round 7: Jack Anderson, OG, Texas Tech


The Bills wisely decided to get younger and deeper coming off of the edges on the defensive line as their two starters have gotten older. They also invested in their offensive line by selecting back to back offensive tackles in the third and fifth rounds. It was a little surprising to see the Bills not select a running back with one of their picks. However, Sean McDermott has a long history with developing defensive linemen, and he should be able to shape the raw talents of Rousseau and Basham, Jr. to keep the Bills' style of play pressing on.


GRADE: B+


CAROLINA PANTHERS

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Round 1: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

Round 2: Terrace Marshall, Jr., WR, LSU

Round 3: Brady Christensen, OT, BYU

Round 3: Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame

Round 4: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State

Round 5: Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa

Round 6: Deonte Brown, OG, Alabama

Round 6: Shi Smith, WR, South Carolina

Round 6: Thomas Fletcher, LS, Alabama

Round 7: Phil Hoskins, DT, Kentucky


Scott Fitterer appeared to be magical in his first year as the Panthers' GM. He and Matt Rhule worked through the draft, multiplying picks, and acquiring value players that appear to fit their style of play on both sides of the ball. Some were concerned that they passed on Justin Fields and did not trade back a few spots to take Jaycee Horn in the first round, but what they were able to do in the later rounds in acquiring draft capital quelled any concern. Terrace Marshall, Jr. might be one of the top steals of the draft if he can stay healthy, Brady Christensen is an athletic tackle, and Tommy Tremble was the highest graded pass blocking tight end in the country last year. The Panthers addressed a multitude of needs on the team, and even nabbed a talented running back in Chuba Hubbard to take some of the load off of Christian McCaffrey.


GRADE: A


CHICAGO BEARS

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Round 1: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

Round 2: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

Round 5: Larry Borom, OT, Missouri

Round 6: Khalil Herbert, RB, Virginia Tech

Round 6: Dazz Newsome, WR, North Carolina

Round 6: Thomas Graham, Jr., CB, Oregon

Round 7: Khyiris Tonga, DT, BYU


The Bears got off to a rough start this offseason (as covered https://www.readoptionfootball.com/post/5-winners-and-5-losers-from-free-agency-to-date ). The only hope Chicago fans could hold on to was that the Bears' front office would have a successful draft, and they swung for the fences and knocked it out the park.


TRO's mock draft had the Bears taking OT Teven Jenkins with the 20th overall pick as he seemed to be a perfect fit for the team's style of play. Well, the bears traded the pick and moved up to land their potential next franchise quarterback, and certainly one of the most touted and talented prospects they've ever gotten their hands on. Then they managed to still take Jenkins in the second round! The Bears rounded off their draft by not reaching for any players, filling gaps, and adding depth to key positions on both sides of the ball.


They will be feeling the effects of the draft day trade around this time next year, but if Fields pans out, it'll be worth it.


GRADE: A+


CINCINNATI BENGALS

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Round 1: Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Round 2: Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson

Round 3: Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas

Round 4: Cameron Sample, EDGE, Tulane

Round 4: Tyler Shelvin, DT, LSU

Round 4: D'Ante Smith, OT, ECU

Round 5: Evan McPherson, Kicker, Florida

Round 6: Trey Hill, C, Georgia

Round 6: Chris Evans, RB, Michigan

Round 7: Wyatt Hubert, EDGE, Kansas State


The Ja'Marr Chase and Joe Burrow reunion will be a sight to see in the NFL, and the Bengals certainly needed the help at the wide out spot. However, after what happened to Joe Burrow last year, and the sheer volume of hits he took, passing on Penei Sewell might lead to more trouble for the team. Some might say tackle wasn't the issue last year and it was guard play, and that the addition of veteran Riley Reiff will improve the offensive line. Even if all of that is true, if you have a chance to pair your second year face of the franchise with a generational talent at the tackle position, you can't pass that up. Reiff is 33, and soon the Bengals will be wondering where they go from there.


Cincy did draft Jackson Carman in the second round who will likely be playing guard, and got some depth on the defensive line. They took a kicker with the 5th round pick which seemed like WAY too high of a pick to spend at the position.


The Bengals should have prioritized their needs in a different order.


GRADE: C+


CLEVELAND BROWNS

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Round 1: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern

Round 2: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

Round 3: Anthony Schwartz, WR, Auburn

Round 4: James Hudson, OT, Cincinnati

Round 4: Tommy Togiai, DT, Ohio State

Round 5: Tony Fields II, LB, West Virginia

Round 5: Richard LeCounte, S, Georgia

Round 7: Demetric Felton, RB, UCLA


The Browns improved their already talented roster in great fashion this past weekend. They were able to improve their biggest area of concern, the defensive backfield, with the third best corner in the class. They then got their hands on a first round graded linebacker with their second round pick, while utilizing their third round pick to add another explosive option for Baker Mayfield.


Cleveland used their remaining picks to pick the best available talent on the board, and not once did they reach for a player. They added valuable depth to a good roster and have loaded up primed for another playoff run.


GRADE: A+


DALLAS COWBOYS

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Round 1: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

Round 2: Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky

Round 3: Osa Odighizuwa, DT, UCLA

Round 3: Chauncey Golston, EDGE, Iowa

Round 3: Nashon Wright, CB, Oregon State

Round 4: Jabril Cox, LB, LSU

Round 4: Josh Ball, OT, Marshall

Round 5: Simi Fehoko, WR, Stanford

Round 6: Quinton Bohanna, DT, Kentucky

Round 6: Israel Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina

Round 7: Matt Farniok, OG, Nebraska


The Dallas Cowboys selected 11 players in this draft. If we're playing a sheer numbers game, then they will likely hit on several on these picks. They needed help on the defensive side of the ball, and they used their first six picks to wisely do so. They missed out on one of the top two corners, but Parsons should be a star at the linebacker position, and Dallas was able to maneuver in the second round to obtain a corner they claimed to have had high on their list. Props to the Cowboys for wisely utilizing their picks where needed.


GRADE: B


DENVER BRONCOS

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Round 1: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

Round 2: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina

Round 3: Quinn Meinerz, C, Wisconsin-Whitewater

Round 3: Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State

Round 5: Caden Sterns, S, Texas

Round 5: Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana

Round 6: Seth Williams, WR, Auburn

Round 7: Kary Vincent Jr., CB, LSU

Round 7: Jonathan Cooper, EDGE, Ohio State

Round 7: Marquiss Spencer, EDGE, Mississippi State


This is an impressive draft haul. The Denver Broncos have a solid roster, outside of the signal-caller position, and got great value players for the picks they had. They plugged holes, added depth, and did not reach for anyone. The only thing holding the Broncos back is the fact that they passed on taking quarterback Justin Fields after he fell right into their lap. The Broncos will be trotting out Teddy Bridgewater/Drew Lock out in a division with Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, and Derek Carr. Fields to Denver made sense, but for some reason the Broncos did not think so. Maybe there's some substance to the Aaron Rodgers rumors after all...


GRADE: B-


DETROIT LIONS

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Round 1: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Round 2: Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington

Round 3: Alim McNeill, DT, NC State

Round 3: Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse

Round 4: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC

Round 4: Derrick Barnes, LB, Purdue

Round 7: Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State


The Lions wisely chose to work to build this team from the inside out. If these picks hit, then they can look to avoid a full-blown rebuild. A good offensive and defensive line will help keep any team in games, and will allow you to plug in skill positions down the road to improve. The Lions have work to do, but this was a great start. The front office drafted how they wanted to without really reaching for any players.


GRADE: A


GREEN BAY PACKERS

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Round 1: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia

Round 2: Josh Myers, C, Ohio State

Round 3: Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson

Round 4: Royce Newman, OT, Ole Miss

Round 5: Tedarrell Slaton, DT, Florida

Round 5: Shemar Jean-Charles, App State

Round 6: Cole Van Lanen, OT, Wisconsin

Round 6: Isaiah McDuffle, LB, Boston College

Round 7: Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State


Eric Stokes might be the fastest player in this entire draft class, but he is a raw prospect, and he would have been available in the second, and possibly even the third round. The Packers could have gotten more aggressive, and selected a first round wide receiver, stayed with Josh Myers with the second round pick because center was a high need, and then gone for Stokes in the third. If that was the approach they took, then they could have really hammered this draft out of the park, and maybe even could have helped cool down this Aaron Rodgers debacle.


GRADE: C+


HOUSTON TEXANS

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Round 3: Davis Mills, QB, Stanford

Round 3: Nico Collins, WR, Michigan

Round 5: Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami

Round 5: Garett Wallow, LB, TCU

Round 6: Roy Lopez, DT, Arizona


Yikes. You never want to be one of the worst teams in the league AND be one of the teams with the fewest picks in the upcoming draft. Add that together with the fact that your franchise quarterback's tenure in Houston has all but ended, and your ability to find a trade partner for him has been stalled in its tracks. The Texans tried to save face and prepare for worst case scenario with the picks they had. They took a young quarterback, they traded to get another 3rd round pick to take one of the better receivers available, and they tried to get some athletic/raw prospects that they hope to coach up with their remaining three picks. Unfortunately for Houston, they were shopping at the Bargain Mart for crucial team needs.


GRADE: D


INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

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Round 1: Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan

Round 2: Dayo Odeyingbo, EDGE, Vanderbilt

Round 4: Kylen Granson, TE, SMU

Round 5: Shawn Davis, S, Florida

Round 6: Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas

Round 7: Michael Strachan, WR, Charleston (WV)

Round 7: Will Fries, OG, Penn State


The Colts added some good, raw talent to their defensive line in the first and second rounds, and it helps former Colts great, Robert Mathis works with the team as a "pass rush consultant." So, look for these guys to reach their maximum potential. Getting a young quarterback, looking to be a solid backup, is not a bad idea for a team kicking the tires on Carson Wentz's redemption tour, but time will tell if the team addresses the glaring need at OT.


GRADE: B-


JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

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Round 1: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Round 1: Travis, Etienne, RB, Clemson

Round 2: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

Round 2: Walker Little, OT, Stanford

Round 3: Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse

Round 4: Jay Tufele, DT, USC

Round 4: Jordan Smith, EDGE, UAB

Round 5: Luke Ferrell, TE, Ohio State

Round 6: Jalen Camp, WR, Georgia Tech


Any draft that starts out with Trevor Lawrence automatically earns a high grade. It's interesting to see the Jags go and get Carlos Hyde and draft Travis Etienne after the season James Robinson is coming off of last year, but you'd be lying if you said you didn't think it was cool that Lawrence and Etienne will continue being teammates at the next level. The Jags could have used their second first round pick to address a greater need, but they had lots of subsequent picks, and they managed to use those wisely to round out this draft.


GRADE: B+


KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

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Round 2: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

Round 2: Creed Humphry, C, Oklahoma

Round 4: Joshua Kaindoh, EDGE, Florida State

Round 5: Noah Gray, TE, Duke

Round 6: Cornell Powell, WR, Clemson

Round 7: Trey Smith, OG, Tennessee


This is a solid draft for a team that has not had a high draft pick as of late. Without any first rounders this year, the Chiefs still managed to land a linebacker who should be ready to contribute and improve their corp on day one. They also added some needed depth on both sides of the ball, and most notably landed Trey Smith who will be one of the biggest steals of the draft. Smith is a first round talent player, whose stock took a major hit due to concerns surrounding blood clots in his lungs. The Chiefs took note that Smith has had a recent clean bill of health and were elated to find that he fell to the sixth round.


GRADE: A-


LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

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Round 1: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

Round 2: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

Round 3: Malcom Koonce, EDGE, Buffalo

Round 3: Divine Deablo, S, Virginia Tech

Round 4: Tyree Gillespie, S, Missouri

Round 5: Nate Hobbs, CB, Illinois

Round 7: Jimmy Morrissey, C, Pittsburgh


Alex Leatherwood seemed like a bit of a reach, but at least the Raiders used their first round pick on a position of need. Trevon Moehrig is the best safety in this year's class, and landing him in the second round is not a bad shake, but drafting two more safeties, making it three before the fifth round seems like a very strange draft approach. Especially when you already have Jonathan Abraham and Karl Joseph holding down the starting spots. If you add Moehrig, then why do you need both Deablo and Gillespie when you have so many more positions of need?


GRADE: C


LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

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Round 1: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

Round 2: Asante Samuel, Jr., CB, Florida State

Round 3: Josh Palmer, WR, Tennessee

Round 3: Tre' McKitty, TE, Georgia

Round 4: Chris Rumph II, EDGE, Duke

Round 5: Brenden James, OT, Nebraska

Round 6: Nick Niemann, LB, Iowa

Round 6: Larry Rountree III, Missouri

Round 7: Mark Webb, CB, Georgia


The Chargers had a textbook draft. They landed the second highest rated tackle in the class, stole a sure thing (as close as any second round pick can be) at the cornerback position in the second round, and then filled out both sides of the ball with solid prospect after solid prospect. Each pick seemed like a win for the organization.


GRADE: A+


LOS ANGELES RAMS

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Round 2: Tutu Atwell, WR, Louisville

Round 3: Ernest Jones, LB, South Carolina

Round 4: Bobby Brown III, DT, Texas A&M

Round 4: Robert Rochell, CB, Central Arkansas

Round 4: Jacob Harris, WR, UCF

Round 5: Earnest Brown IV, EDGE, Northwestern

Round 7: Jake Funk, RB, Maryland


It seemed like the Rams just reached a round too early several times throughout their draft. They addressed some positions of need, but nothing about this draft stands out. There always seemed to be a couple more enticing options at the same positions available each time they selected. Maybe they spent too much time sunbathing by the infinity pool at their draft mansion.


GRADE: C+


MIAMI DOLPHINS

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Round 1: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Round 1: Jaelen Phillips, EDGE, Miami

Round 2: Jevon Holland, S, Oregon

Round 2: Liam Eichenberg, OT, Oregon

Round 3: Hunter Long, TE, Boston College

Round 7: Larnel Coleman, OT, Massachusetts

Round 7: Gerrid Doaks, RB, Cincinnati


The Dolphins had five picks in the first three rounds. Not bad for a team coming off of a 10 win season. They've added another offensive weapon in Jaylen Waddle, and took who was once one of the highest EDGE prospects in the country both in the first round. They also landed a solid safety talent and a tackle with good upside in the second round. The Dolphins are a good team, and they utilized all the picks they finagled through trades to get better.


GRADE: A


MINNESOTA VIKINGS

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Round 1: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Round 3: Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M

Round 3: Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina

Round 3: Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State

Round 3: Patrick Jones II, EDGE, Pittsburgh

Round 4: Kene Nwangwu, RB, Iowa State

Round 4: Camryn Bynum, CB, California

Round 4: Janarius Robinson, EDGE, Florida State

Round 5: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa

Round 5: Zach Davidson, TE, University of Central Missouri

Round 6: Jaylen Twyman, EDGE, Pittsburgh


The Vikings had a heap of picks in this year's draft and used them to reel in a solid haul. Christian Darrisaw falling in their lap was a great stroke of luck as he is a pure pass protector, and will work great with Kirk Cousins's style of play and Minnesota's offensive scheme. Kellen Mond is a good candidate to serve as the backup for the Vikings, and who knows, if they can develop him, maybe they found their next answer at the position. Chazz Surratt is a solid third round pickup, a stud at the linebacker spot. The only reason he fell to the third round was because he was a quarterback in high school, so his tenure on the defensive side of the ball is rather fresh. They picked up some raw prospects on the defensive side of the ball and a division II school tight end (who also can serve as a punter). This is a good draft class for Minnesota, assuming they can develop most of these selections into key contributors.


GRADE: A-


NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

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Round 1: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Round 2: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama

Round 3: Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma

Round 4: Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Oklahoma

Round 5: Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan

Round 6: Joshua Bledsoe, CB, Missouri

Round 6: William Sherman, OT, Colorado

Round 7: Tre Nixon, WR, UCF


For the first time in the Bill Belichik era, the Patriots selected a quarterback in the first round. Mac Jones fits the Patriots and the Patriots fit Mac Jones. Whether Jones plays this year, or waits until after Cam Newton's tenure is to be seen, but what we do know is that whenever Jones does take the helm, this team will look much like Tom Brady's 2011 Patriot offense that featured an elite two tight end set. The next few picks were very Belichick-eque, going mostly defense and adding a running back. The only thing holding this draft back from being perfect for the Patriots was how long they waited to select a cornerback.


GRADE: A


NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

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Round 1: Payton Turner, EDGE, Houston

Round 2: Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State

Round 3: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

Round 4: Ian Book, QB, Notre Dame

Round 6: Landon Young, OT, Kentucky

Round 7: Kawaan Baker, WR, South Alabama


Selecting Payton Turner with their first round pick seems like a major reach. He is a player that would have been available, likely in the late second round, or even early to mid-third round. Pete Werner is a solid linebacker, but the Saints purportedly were set on drafting a cornerback to give Marshon Lattimore some help in coverage, and there were still strong options available on the board. Not to mention, the Saints linebacking corp likely has no room for Werner to contribute at this stage. Ian Book is another pick that would have likely been there by the sixth round, but a Drew Brees endorsement likely played a role in boosting his stock up in the Saint's war room.


GRADE: C-


NEW YORK GIANTS

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Round 1: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

Round 2: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia

Round 3: Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF

Round 4: Elerson Smith, EDGE, Northern Iowa

Round 6: Gary Brightwell, RB, Arizona

Round 6: Rodarius Williams, CB, Oklahoma State


Dave Gettleman traded back! That should be enough to award this team at least a B, but we'll dive a little deeper. The Giants seemed to hit relatively well on all of their picks. Toney is a good WR that will serve as another weapon for Daniel Jones to take a much needed third year leap. Ojulari was a great pick in the second round, as some thought he wouldn't last that long, and he fits the Giants' defensive scheme well. Robinson will likely fall into defending the slot which will add an extra clamp on this already stout New York secondary.


GRADE: B+


NEW YORK JETS

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Round 1: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

Round 1: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, USC

Round 2: Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss

Round 4: Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina

Round 5: Jamien Sherwood, S, Auburn

Round 5: Jason Pinnock, CB, Pittsburgh

Round 6: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State

Round 6: Brandin Echols, CB, Kentucky

Round 6: Jonathan Marshall, DT, Arkansas


Great draft for the Jets. They landed their next quarterback, stayed in the first round to afford him some protection, added a receiving weapon, and found an answer for the run game all by round four. They then shifted their focus on defense, picking best available secondary players, and adding a defensive tackle for depth. The Jets need some more help on the offensive line, but Rome wasn't built in one day.


GRADE: A


PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

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Round 1: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Round 2: Landon Dickerson, OG, Alabama

Round 3: Milton Williams, DT, Louisiana Tech

Round 4: Zech McPherson, CB, Texas Tech

Round 5: Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis

Round 6: Marlon Tuipulotu, DT, USC

Round 6: Tarron Jackson, EDGE, Coastal Carolina

Round 6: JaCoby Stevens, S, LSU

Round 7: Patrick Johnson, EDGE, Tulane


The Silver Lining (see what we did there ?) to being a team riddled with holes and roster needs is that it is not difficult to earn a respectable draft grade. The Eagles need help in a lot of areas, so they went through the draft plugging where they could. It's never a bad idea to add the reigning Heisman Trophy winner to your team, especially if he's already played with your quarterback. Using the next two picks on linemen on both sides of the ball will help in setting the stage as the team continues to build.


GRADE: B


PITTSBURGH STEELERS

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Round 1: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

Round 2: Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

Round 3: Kendrick Green, C, Illinois

Round 4: Dan Moore, Jr., OT, Texas A&M

Round 4: Buddy Johnson, LB, Texas A&M

Round 5: Isaiahh Loudermilk, DT, Wisconsin

Round 6: Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami

Round 7: Tre Norwood, S, Oklahoma

Round 7: Pressley Harvin III, P, Georgia Tech


Some were against the Najee Harris pick in the first round, but he is perfect for what the Steelers look for at the position, and the team was in need of a replacement for James Conner. It was a surprise to see them go tight end in the second round and not prioritize an offensive line pick. Pat Freiermuth is widely considered to be the second best at the position in the class, but it's a class that, beyond Kyle Pitts, is not overly impressive. The Steelers did address their need for a center and a tackle in the next two rounds which saved this draft grade from bottoming out. Time will tell if they can develop both of these prospects. They rounded out their draft by adding defensive depth and selecting an absolute unit of a punter.


GRADE: B-


SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

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Round 1: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

Round 2: Aaron Banks, OG, Notre Dame

Round 3: Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State

Round 3: Ambry Thomas, CB, Michigan

Round 5: Jaylon Moore, OT, Western Michigan

Round 5: Deommodore Lenoir, CB, Oregon

Round 5: Talanoa Hufanga, S, USC

Round 6: Elijah Mitchell, RB, Louisiana


This obviously all hinges on the production of Trey Lance, but the Niners used their remaining picks to address offensive line depth, secondary, and running back. It's always a good call to keep the offensive line deep and youthful, and they needed the help at secondary with the growing age of the unit and departure of Richard Sherman. The questions arise in trying to figure out what the need was for drafting two running backs when the Niners seem to already have a deep running back room.


GRADE: B+


SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

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Round 2: D'Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan

Round 4: Tre Brown, CB, Oklahoma

Round 6: Stone Forsythe, OT, Florida


It's hard to earn a high draft grade when you only have three picks, none of which are first rounders. Some have D'Wayne Eskridge as a reach, and in the grand scheme of things, he kind of was. However, we have to consider the Seahawks' ability to turn undersized, fast, route runners into tremendous weapons for Russell Wilson. Tre Brown fills a position of need for a porous pass defense lodged in the league's top division, and it's never a bad idea to add a tackle. Hopefully Stone Forsythe can live up to his first name and be a player that can get off the bench and develop into a brick wall before Russell Wilson leaving Seattle rumors stir back up. Not a tremendously great draft, but the Seahawks tailored the draft to fit them, using the few picks they had, and that saves some face.


GRADE: C+


TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

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Round 1: Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington

Round 2: Kyle Trask, QB, Florida

Round 3: Robert Hainsey, OG, Notre Dame

Round 4: Jaelon Darden, WR, North Texas

Round 5: K.J. Britt, LB, Auburn

Round 7: Chris Wilcox, CB, BYU

Round 7: Grant Stuard, LB, Houston


Tampa Bay's draft does not necessarily scare anyone. At least not nearly as much as the franchise bringing back their entire roster and coaching staff from the previous year, in addition to some bigger named free agent depth signings. That being said, Joe Tryon is the versatile EDGE rusher that seems to fit in perfectly with this defensive front. You have to respect the Bucs for trying to address the post-Brady quarterback void that will come some day, or maybe not as it seems Brady will never retire. Kyle Trask needs some work, but it's better than ignoring the future at all, and when you're the reigning champs you get to utilize your second round pick for risky moves. Not sure how soon or how much action the linebackers and the receiver taken by the Bucs will see during their rookie deals given the elite-level talent the Bucs already have at those positions.


GRADE: B-


TENNESSEE TITANS

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Round 1: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

Round 2: Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State

Round 2: Monty Rice, LB, Georgia

Round 3: Elijah Molden, CB, Washington

Round 4: Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Louisville

Round 4: Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pittsburgh

Round 6: Racey McMath, WR, LSU

Round 6: Brady Breeze, S, Oregon


The Titans addressed positions of need, and may have benefitted from the uncertainty surrounding Caleb Farley's back procedure, causing his stock to take a slight hit. Dillon Radunz was viewed by some as a player who would sneak into the first round, with his only concern being level of talent of the competition he regularly faced. Either way, he is worth a second round pick. The Titans then went and added additional defensive depth, and added two wide receivers, one of which they will hope to take some of the attention off of A.J. Brown following the departure of Corey Davis.


GRADE: A-


WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

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Round 1: Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky

Round 2: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

Round 3: Benjamin St-Juste, CB, Minnesota

Round 3: Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina

Round 4: John Bates, TE, Boise State

Round 4: Darrick Forrest, S, Cincinnati

Round 6: Camaron Cheeseman, LS, Michigan

Round 7: William Bradley-King, EDGE, Baylor

Round 7: Shaka Toney, EDGE, Penn State

Round 7: Dax Milne, WR, BYU


The Washington Football Team's draft seems like a slam dunk. If anyone knows linebackers its Ron Rivera. Jamin Davis has routinely been afforded the comparison of Darius Leonard, which is an extremely good sign. Washington was able to steal Samuel Cosmi in the second round, a versatile and athletic tackle, capable of playing either left or right. They utilized their double third and fourth round picks to add depth to the receiving corp, by selecting playmaking receiver, Dyami Brown, and they improved their already stout secondary.


GRADE: A


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