My grades are based heavily on slot value. Addressing needs and in-draft trades are also considered. Below, along with each team's grade, you'll note three additional categories -- draft capital, talent acquired hi and value -- teams are ranked in.
Draft capital was calculated via Rich Hill's trade chart. Talent acquired is based on scoring the prospects on my Thor500 board through the prism of Hill's trade chart in the same way. The only other thing you need to know is that I grade on a strict curve.
Away we go.
Here is a link to the NFC Draft Grades.
Editor’s Note: John Daigle will also be weighing in with his grades, with more fantasy impact, Sunday and Monday.
BALTIMORE RAVENS | Snap grade: A
Draft capital: 18 | Talent acquired: 13 | Value: 6
|1.27||Rashod Bateman||WR4||18||Justin Jefferson||6'0||190||8.05|
|1.31||Jayson Oweh||EDGE3||26||Danielle Hunter||6'5||257||9.92|
|3.94||Ben Cleveland||iOL10||89||Jeremiah Poutasi||6'6||343||9.64|
|3.104||Brandon Stephens||CB32||271||Quenton Meeks||6'0||213||9.2|
|4.131||Tylan Wallace||WR8||55||Robert Woods||5'11||194||4.72|
|5.160||Shaun Wade||CB22||172||Jalen Mills||6'1||196||9.6|
|5.171||Daelin Hayes||EDGE26||208||Joe Ostman||6'3||253||7.93|
|5.184||Ben Mason||FB2||183||Patrick Ricard||6'3||256||8.97|
The Ravens are so good at this. Same old clockwork efficiency in bargain-shopping steals the NFL passed along to them. Bateman, Oweh and Cleveland were all great values. I talked about Oweh’s fit with Baltimore in particular over the last month -- perfect pairing for a prospect a few Danielle Hunter-like tweaks away from turning into the man himself.
BUFFALO BILLS | Snap grade: B+
Draft capital: 27 | Talent acquired: 19 | Value: 5
|1.30||Gregory Rousseau||EDGE5||33||Arik Armstead||6'7||266||7.75|
|2.61||Carlos Basham||EDGE6||40||Adrian Clayborn||6'3||274||9.38|
|3.93||Spencer Brown||OT10||62||Nate Solder||6'8||311||10|
|5.161||Tommy Doyle||OT17||145||Dennis Kelly||6'8||320||9.9|
|6.204||Marquez Stevenson||WR23||166||Travis Rudolph||5'10||182||5.39|
|6.212||Damar Hamlin||S14||197||Juston Burris||6'1||200||7|
|6.213||Rachad Wildgoose||CB30||259||David Long||5'10||191||7.2|
|7.236||Jack Anderson||iOL14||131||Ben Powers||6'5||309||8.58|
Bills GM Brandon Beane and I see prospects similarly -- more so than any other current evaluator, I find myself nodding along with almost every draft decision he makes. Buffalo hasn’t had a ton of draft equity in recent years, but they have a Ravens-like ethos of taking advantage of perceptual mistakes the NFL had made on certain prospects.
Rousseau and Boogie Basham are both underrated edge rushers. Brown is such a tantalizing mystery box to purchase for the low-low price of 3.93.
CINCINNATI BENGALS | Snap grade: B+
Draft capital: 5 | Talent acquired: 9 | Value: 15
|1.5||Ja'Marr Chase||WR1||5||Roddy White||6'0||201||9.81|
|2.46||Jackson Carman||iOL8||72||Brandon Brooks||6'5||317||---|
|3.69||Joseph Ossai||EDGE8||58||Takkarist McKinley||6'4||256||9.49|
|4.111||Cameron Sample||EDGE15||134||Trey Flowers||6'3||267||6.98|
|4.122||Tyler Shelvin||DL11||120||Terrance Knighton||6'2||350||0.86|
|4.139||D'Ante Smith||OT15||106||George Fant||6'5||305||6.16|
|5.149||Evan McPherson||K2||N/A||Tyler Bass||5'11||185||---|
|6.190||Trey Hill||iOL27||235||Travis Frederick||6'3||319.0||2.02|
|6.202||Chris Evans||RB9||138||Aaron Jones||5'10||211||9.85|
|7.235||Wyatt Hubert||EDGE31||269||Kenny Willekes||6'3||258||5.99|
I leaned Sewell at 1.5 if I was the Bengals, but it would be obnoxious to penalize them for siding with Chase, the best receiver to enter the NFL over the past few classes. Burrow and Chase formed one of the most devastating single-season quarterback-receiver tandems in CFB history during LSU’s run to the title in 2019. Chase won the Biletnikoff. The WR2 on that team was Justin Jefferson. There’s no risk here -- well, outside of the offensive line… you know, never mind with that thought.
The Bengals took Jackson Carman in R2. They clearly see him as an NFL OT. The reason for my lower ranking is that I don’t. But the good thing is that Carman’s going to be a mauling guard if tackle doesn’t work out. The rest of Cincy’s draft was a solid if unspectacular showing, with one particularly-interesting flier in R6 on Chris Evans, who once-upon-a-time flashed at Michigan before his face went on milk cartons for a few years. The former top prospect reintroduced himself with a 98th-percentile athletic composite showing at his pro day workout. He may be fool’s gold, but only a fool would think it wasn’t worth the cost of 6.202 to find out. Two franchises used R6 picks on long snappers!
CLEVELAND BROWNS | Snap grade: A+
Draft capital: 21 | Talent acquired: 11 | Value: 2
|1.26||Greg Newsome II||CB4||24||Marcus Peters||6'0||192||9.66|
|2.52||J. Owusu-Koramoah||LB1||12||Lavonte David||6'1||221||8.71|
|3.91||Anthony Schwartz||WR14||91||Phillip Dorsett||6'0||186||6.91|
|4.110||James Hudson||OT14||95||Charles Leno Jr.||6'5||313||3.85|
|4.132||Tommy Togiai||DL9||112||Derrick Nnadi||6'1||296||8.58|
|5.153||Tony Fields II||LB24||204||Jermaine Carter Jr.||6'0||222||4.92|
|5.169||Richard LeCounte||S23||297||Xavier Woods||5'10||196||0.66|
|6.211||Demetric Felton||WR28||224||Randall Cobb||5'9||189||0.91|
We’re living in a world where the Browns have few roster holes, pick at the end of R1, and crush pick-after-pick in the draft. I was lower than much of the industry on CB Greg Newsome -- and even I think the Browns got good value on him at 1.26. The real coup came on Friday night. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, a swiss-army knife of a defender with superstar upside and a low shot of busting due to his proven slot coverage chops alone, proved a bird too bright for the NFL brain trust to make heads or tails of.
I was shocked Owusu-Koramoa fell out of R1, and many sharps in my industry are with me. However, I knew the opportunity Cleveland ended up taking advantage of could be in play when I wrote a Day 2 mock and realized that most teams picking in the top-half of R2 had glaring needs elsewhere and were set at off-ball. So Wu’s slide continued until 2.52, when Cleveland couldn’t help itself in swapping its R3 for CAR’s R4 for the right to move up nine slots and pilfer Owusu-Koramoah.
Schwartz and Hudson were solid value picks too -- on, respectively, legit world-class speed and moldable dancing bear tools alone. Not only did Cincy use the 21st-most capital to leave the weekend with the 11th-most talent acquired -- No. 2 ROI in the NFL, by my rankings and numbers -- but also added DET’s 2022 fourth-round pick to move back 40 picks in Day 3. We’re on the precipice of entering a golden age of Browns football.
DENVER BRONCOS | Snap grade: A+
Draft capital: 10 | Talent acquired: 3 | Value: 4
|1.9||Patrick Surtain II||CB1||7||Jalen Ramsey||6'2||208||9.96|
|2.34||Javonte Williams||RB1||31||Nick Chubb||5'10||212||8.79|
|3.98||Quinn Meinerz||iOL4||52||Nate Davis||6'3||320||9.98|
|3.105||Baron Browning||LB7||80||Zach Cunningham||6'3||245||9.98|
|5.152||Caden Sterns||S11||156||Tedric Thompson||6'0||202||9.59|
|5.164||Jamar Johnson||S2||47||John Johnson III||6'0||205||6.22|
|6.219||Seth Williams||WR17||101||Laquon Treadwell||6'3||211||6.88|
|7.237||Kary Vincent Jr.||CB24||186||Eric King||5'10||185||4.11|
|7.239||Jonathon Cooper||EDGE30||260||Ogbonnia Okoronkwo||6'3||253||7.61|
|7.253||Marquiss Spencer||DL25||276||Titus Adams||6'4||301||9.07|
I usually only give out two A+’s in my draft grades. But I had to make an exception this year because three teams stood so far ahead of the NFL -- with Denver joining Cleveland and Chicago. If I’m being honest, I’m stunned I love the Broncos draft. I ripped Denver’s trade for Teddy Bridgewater, a decision to remove itself from R1 quarterback consideration in the days leading up to the draft. But how could I quibble with Denver leaving Thursday night with Patrick Surtain? I've called him a prodigy, and the best defender in the class.
This began a weekend of George Paton hitting pitch-after-pitch out of the park. He got my RB1 Javonte Williams -- the only back I had a R1 grade on -- with the second pick of Friday night. Then took advantage of the NFL’s hesitancy on Quinn Meinerz’s small-school profile to steal him in R3. The steals kept coming. If Owusu-Koramoa isn’t the steal of the draft, Jamar Johnson just might be. Night-stalking, ballhawking goblin just beginning to flower that the NFL discounted for limited exposure (less than 10 career starts) and tackling inefficiency. His coverage chops alone will more than foot the bill on his slot.
After this grandmaster-class of a draft, one was left with no other recourse than to reconsider initial reactions to Denver’s quarterback transactions… is the table being set for a Peyton Manning-like run at Aaron Rodgers?
HOUSTON TEXANS | Snap grade: D+
Draft capital: 31 | Talent acquired: 31 | Value: 16
|3.67||Davis Mills||QB6||97||Sam Darnold||6'4||217||6.6|
|3.89||Nico Collins||WR10||68||Bryan Edwards||6'4||215||9.57|
|5.147||Brevin Jordan||TE7||140||Irv Smith Jr.||6'3||247||4.54|
|5.170||Garret Wallow||LB18||162||Matt Milano||6'2||220||8.12|
|6.195||Roy Lopez||DL21||256||Trevor Laws||6'2||304||7.49|
Houston walked slowly down the fairway over the three-day event with bullets in both feet, having squandered most of its draft capital in advance in flights-of-fancy trades. That it had to use its first pick on a quarterback -- the only position on the roster it shouldn't need -- because the franchise face demanded a trade and then immediately tanked his trade value off the field seemed like a fitting way to start the sad march. The most interesting thing about this class was the revelation that the NFL agreed with me about Brevin Jordan.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS | Snap grade: C-
Draft capital: 24 | Talent acquired: 22 | Value: 18
|1.21||Kwity Paye||EDGE1||17||Cam Jordan||6'3||261||9.34|
|2.54||Dayo Odeyingbo||EDGE11||90||Charles Omenihu||6'5||285||---|
|4.127||Kylen Granson||FB1||148||Trey Burton||6'1||241||7.72|
|5.165||Shawn Davis||S9||132||Rayshawn Jenkins||5'11||202||---|
|6.218||Sam Ehlinger||QB12||261||Tim Tebow||6'1||220||6.83|
|7.229||Mike Strachan||WR42||317||Riley Cooper||6'5||226||9.22|
|7.248||Will Fries||iOL28||246||Dalton Risner||6'6||309||8.49|
I struggled with the thinking on the Dayo Odeyingbo and Kylen Granson picks -- there were so many appealing options on the board, particular at OT and WR, two positions of need that weren’t really addressed. Not a disaster or anything, but Indianapolis didn’t gain ground on the upper-echelon of the AFC over the weekend.
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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS | Snap grade: C
Draft capital: 1 | Talent acquired:1 | Value: 25
|1.1||Trevor Lawrence||QB1||1||Andrew Luck||6'6||213||---|
|1.25||Travis Etienne||RB3||54||Reggie Bush||5'10||215||9.13|
|2.33||Tyson Campbell||CB10||82||Xavier Rhodes||6'1||193||7.53|
|2.45||Walker Little||OT11||71||Luke Joeckel||6'7||313||8.9|
|3.65||Andre Cisco||S8||109||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||6'1||216||---|
|4.106||Jay Tufele||DL7||98||Chris Hovan||6'2||305||6.46|
|4.121||Jordan Smith||EDGE13||123||Arden Key||6'6||255||2.96|
|5.145||Luke Farrell||TE17||321||Brody Eldridge||6'5||251||8.63|
|6.209||Jalen Camp||WR40||295||Quincy Enunwa||6'2||226||9.75|
It might seem weird that I’m giving the Jags a league-average grade. I’m on record stating Trevor Lawrence is the best prospect of the past decade, and you can see by my numbers above that I feel that Jacksonville left the weekend with the most talent acquired of any team. But I rank on slot value, and I'm not bending my methodology to credit Jacksonville for tanking itself into a generational talent (though they absolutely were right to do that).
Outside of being gifted Football Jesus, Urban Meyer and his bud Trent Baalke thoroughly underwhelmed in their first joint venture. Moving Clemson’s backfield south is a fun idea and story, but Etienne wasn’t good value at 1.25. I’m sure a part of the thinking was Etienne would provide comfort for Lawrence during his transition to the pros -- you know who would have provided more? Rashod Bateman, who went two picks later to those clever-devil Ravens.
Etienne kicked off what turned out be the theme of Jacksonville’s draft, Meyer and Baalke grabbing at shiny objects when sure-thing prospects were still on the board. Tyson Campbell, Walker Little and Andre Cisco are, combined as a trio, a collection of flash plays and recruiting headlines. The Jaguars are by definition one of the weekend’s winners for leaving the dance with the prettiest girl the town has ever seen. But if we’re talking about the decisions they made in slots that weren’t pre-determined for them, the Jags’ new brain could have done better.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS | Snap grade: A
Draft capital: 29 | Talent acquired: 25 | Value: 1
|2.58||Nick Bolton||LB6||63||Navorro Bowman||5'11||237||4.62|
|2.63||Creed Humphrey||iOL2||30||Maurkice Pouncey||6'4||302||10|
|4.144||Joshua Kaindoh||EDGE21||170||Josh Sweat||6'6||260||9.59|
|5.162||Noah Gray||TE12||252||Tyler Conklin||6'3||240||6.97|
|5.181||Cornell Powell||WR31||239||James Jones||6'0||204||7.58|
|6.226||Trey Smith||iOL7||66||Larry Warford||6'5||321||9.91|
The Chiefs didn’t have a R1 pick because they traded for Orlando Brown. Kansas City smartly realized they had no chance for a top-3 OT in this three-OT Tier-1 class. Not wanting a repeat of last year’s playoffs, the Chiefs saw Orlando Brown demand a trade to a team that would make him a left tackle and thought: We can do that! Which of course was brilliant. The Chiefs also gave up a R3 in that deal, but crucially got back BAL’s R2.
Over the weekend, the Chiefs spent the fourth-least draft capital in the league, but they got the NFL's best bang-for-your-buck value when they chose. Their two-biggest steals, as luck would have it, came along the offensive line via Humphrey and Smith, the latter of whom only fell because of a lung issue that hasn’t cropped up or caused him to miss time over the past two seasons. The Chiefs are a talent-gobbling, efficiency-minded machine of an organization.
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS | Snap grade: F
Draft capital: 13 | Talent acquired: 26 | Value: 31
|1.17||Alex Leatherwood||iOL9||73||Cam Robinson||6'5||312||9.69|
|2.43||Trevon Moehrig||S1||32||Harrison Smith||6'1||202||7.37|
|3.79||Malcolm Koonce||EDGE22||189||Harold Landry||6'2||249||---|
|3.80||Divine Deablo||S7||105||Kyzir White||6'3||226||8.03|
|4.143||Tyree Gillespie||S12||181||Rudy Ford||6'0||207||6.03|
|5.167||Nate Hobbs||CB38||313||Breshad Breeland||5'11||196||9.62|
|7.230||Jimmy Morrissey||iOL30||280||Matthew Paradis||6'3||303||9.01|
Guess I have another early week of Twitter vitriol from Raiders fans to look forward to. My guess are these folks will tire of shooting the messenger and escalate things up a level if Mike Mayock doesn’t start living up to his “draft expert” billing in the next two years. Guru, he has not been, particularly in R1.
With John Schneider out a R1 pick, NFL fans were counting on Mayock to provide the absurd out-of-left-field-R1-pick-that-still-manages-to-lack-upside pick he and Schneider have cornered the market on in recent years. And boy did Mayock come through, taking the only top-100 overall offensive linemen in this class that caused me to think to myself: Does he like contact?
To make matters worse, it was Mayock himself who had set the table for the night's most egregious reach, blowing up a strong offensive line over the offseason to create the need he had to fill. Which, fine. But how do you watch Leatherwood and Christian Darrisaw play and leave with the impression Leatherwood has the brighter future?
Trevon Moehrig was a strong pick. But whereas Mayock usually does interesting things on Day 3, he and I disagreed on the trio of prospects he ended up zeroing in on Saturday.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS | Snap grade: B
Draft capital: 12 | Talent acquired: 17 | Value: 13
|1.13||Rashawn Slater||OT2||11||Terron Armstead||6'4||304||9.71|
|2.47||Asante Samuel Jr.||CB5||38||Jaire Alexander||5'10||180||7.46|
|3.77||Josh Palmer||WR21||142||Corey Davis||6'1||210||7.6|
|3.97||Tre' McKitty||TE9||182||Jordan Akins||6'4||246||---|
|4.118||Chris Rumph II||EDGE12||104||Leonard Floyd||6'3||244||---|
|5.159||Brenden Jaimes||OT19||190||Rick Wagner||6'5||298||8.53|
|6.185||Nick Niemann||LB22||193||Cole Holcomb||6'3||234||9.51|
|6.198||Larry Rountree III||RB25||300||Alex Collins||5'9||211||2.08|
|7.241||Mark Webb||S19||248||Javin White||6'1||207||6.31|
The NFL’s concern about the dimensions of Slater and Samuel Jr. provided an opportunity for the Chargers to get sticker-price discounts on both. And there’s minimal risk, here: Slater dominated a procession of future NFL edge rushers and stymied Chase Young in a way we weren’t used to seeing as Northwestern’s left tackle. Samuel was a shut-down corner CB1 in the ACC who wasn’t hampered by his stature on the boundary in college and has the cover chops, play style and athleticism to stay in the NFL, ala former Louisville CB Jaire Alexander.
Nothing sexy the rest of the way, but the Chargers drew inside the lines. I like the odds of the first seven guys not only making the team, but sticking around for awhile.
MIAMI DOLPHINS | Snap grade: C+
Draft capital: 3 | Talent acquired: 4 | Value: 22
|1.6||Jaylen Waddle||WR3||9||Joey Galloway||5'9||180||---|
|1.18||Jaelan Phillips||EDGE2||21||Jason Pierre-Paul||6'5||260||9.87|
|2.36||Jevon Holland||S3||49||Xavier McKinney||6'1||207||9.54|
|2.42||Liam Eichenberg||OT7||46||Riley Reiff||6'6||306||8.56|
|3.81||Hunter Long||TE4||81||Austin Hooper||6'5||254||8.6|
|7.231||Larnel Coleman||OT24||277||Christian DiLauro||6'6||307||8.6|
|7.258||Gerrid Doaks||RB27||322||Kevan Barlow||6'1||228||8.32|
The Dolphins left the weekend with four immediate starters and a fifth that’ll be on his way soon in TE Hunter Long. I would have played things a little different up top, taking Penei Sewell. But I also spent the last two months arguing that you can’t begin judging Tua until you let him get fully healthy and construct a receiving corps of zippy receivers who can separate in the intermediate area (at least). Waddle is a great first step in that direction. Keeping Phillips in Miami is such a cool story -- if that kid's concussions issues are in his past, he's going to be a star.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS | Snap grade: B+
Draft capital: 15 | Talent acquired: 16 | Value: 12
|1.15||Mac Jones||QB5||25||Andy Dalton||6'3||217||7.2|
|2.38||Christian Barmore||DL1||20||Quinnen Williams||6'4||310||8.22|
|3.96||Ronnie Perkins||EDGE10||87||Mario Addison||6'2||253||5.13|
|4.120||Rhamondre Stevenson||RB6||111||Eddie Lacy||6'0||231||4.02|
|5.177||Cam McGrone||LB13||133||Malik Jefferson||6'1||234||---|
|6.188||Joshuah Bledsoe||S17||222||Louis Delmas||5'11||204||---|
|6.197||Will Sherman||iOL19||200||Ben Grubbs||6'3||304||5.98|
|7.242||Tre Nixon||WR35||255||Titus Young||6'0||187||8.98|
It feels weird to be giving the team that drafted Mac Jones a B+ -- a B+ being a real compliment in these parts -- after I spent the last two months attempting to correct false narratives about him that cropped up as part of San Francisco’s ruse and the media’s gullibility. The tweet below isn’t a hot take. It only feels like one because of a subsequent mythologizing period to justify the reports.
The 49ers smokescreen was the greatest in NFL Draft history. I can say that definitively, because it had the effect of turning Mac Jones -- a perfectly solid quarterback with a starting future ahead of him -- from a boring late-R1 prospect that everyone agrees on into the most polarizing prospect of the class. Some evoked Phil Rivers or Tom Brady. This was a dark period indeed for my industry. But it’s no indictment of Mac himself. I rate him lower, but I had no problem with the Pats paying a slight premium for a quarterback.
This class went to the next level for me, however, after that. Barmore was a mega-steal. Nice value on Oklahoma teammates Perkins and Stevenson. I may have been highest in the industry on Stevenson -- ranking him RB6 and No. 111 overall -- and it naturally piqued my interest that New England in particular was feeling the same vibes, popping the bruiser with sweet feet at 4.120. McGrone has upside and could blossom in this system. Really liked what New England did.
NEW YORK JETS | Snap grade: D
Draft capital: 2 | Talent acquired: 2 | Value: 24
|1.2||Zach Wilson||QB4||10||Baker Mayfield||6'2||214||---|
|1.14||Alijah Vera-Tucker||iOL1||16||David DeCastro||6'4||308||9.04|
|2.34||Elijah Moore||WR5||23||Antonio Brown||5'9||178||8.68|
|4.107||Michael Carter||RB5||79||Clyde Edwards-Helaire||5'8||201||6.23|
|5.146||Jamien Sherwood||S21||264||Nate Gerry||6'2||216||4.24|
|5.154||Michael Carter II||CB43||335||Jeremy Ware||5'10||184||5.73|
|5.175||Jason Pinnock||CB35||296||Tye Smith||6'0||204||9.78|
|6.186||Hamsah Nasirildeen||S5||85||Kyle Dugger||6'3||215||7.78|
|6.200||Brandin Echols||CB33||285||Sam Shields||5'10||179||9.15|
|6.207||Jonathan Marshall||DL13||159||Luis Castillo||6'3||310||9.99|
I spent the process arguing against Zach Wilson’s candidacy for 1.2. I felt the Jets sold low on Sam Darnold before giving him a legitimate supporting cast, and I feel they’re overpaying to find out if Zach Wilson’s one season of star-level play -- against the No. 89 SP+ schedule -- is a mirage or not. I’ve never seen Zach Wilson dominate against a good defense. I can’t tell you what’s coming next. Objectively, too high a price was paid.
If it was me, and I was hell-bent on shooting the moon on upside, the pick would have been Trey Lance. And I know at least two people -- John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan -- who agree with me, or they wouldn’t have gone to those lengths to prevent the Jets and old buddy Robert Saleh from learning their shoot-the-moon quarterback preference and potentially giving the Jets a new perspective on Lance. Lance is an extremely rare and compelling prospect that I would guarantee you the league’s sharper teams were highest on (and by extension quietest about).
I liked the Elijah Moore pick a ton, and Hamsah Nasirildeen could prove to be R6 steal. But I question the Wilson decision, and I thought the Jets overpaid to trade-up for Vera-Tucker (it cost three additional picks, including two R3) when guys like Teven Jenkins and Creed Humphrey ended up coming off the board a round later. If Wilson’s a star, the class is a grand slam of course. But we'll need to see him excel against a good defense before we can say one way or the other.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS | Snap grade: C-
Draft capital: 23 | Talent acquired: 24 | Value: 23
|1.24||Najee Harris||RB2||34||Steven Jackson||6'2||232||---|
|2.55||Pat Freiermuth||TE2||42||Tyler Eifert||6'5||251||---|
|3.87||Kendrick Green||iOL12||93||Cody Whitehair||6'2||305||9.24|
|4.128||Dan Moore Jr.||OT20||215||Martinas Rankin||6'6||311||8.97|
|4.140||Buddy Johnson||LB16||154||Kendell Beckwith||6'0||229||9.22|
|5.156||Isaiahh Loudermilk||DL32||383||Billy Winn||6'6||274||3.64|
|6.216||Quincy Roche||EDGE17||143||Jeremiah Attaochu||6'3||245||6.4|
|7.245||Tre Norwood||S26||325||Jayden Peters||6'0||192||2.7|
|7.254||Pressley Harvin III||P4||N/A||Ryan Plackemeier||5'11||263||---|
You’re gonna read enough fist-shaking from the analytics crowd about the Harris pick that I’ll save the spiel. I will say -- he brings Pittsburgh’s offense a move-TE like weapon in the passing game. Very smooth receiver with a huge catch radius. Speaking of tight ends, I liked the value on Freiermuth. Rest of the class was a straightforward infrastructure exercise.
TENNESSEE TITANS | Snap grade: A-
Draft capital: 19 | Talent acquired: 14 | Value: 7
|1.22||Caleb Farley||CB3||19||Jimmy Smith||6'2||197||---|
|2.53||Dillon Radunz||OT5||34||Brian O'Neill||6'6||301||9.28|
|3.92||Monty Rice||LB11||127||Elandon Roberts||6'0||233||7.21|
|3.100||Elijah Molden||CB6||45||Antoine Winfield Jr.||5'9||192||4.66|
|4.109||Dez Fitzpatrick||WR36||257||KeeSean Johnson||6'2||208||8.82|
|4.135||Rashad Weaver||EDGE14||126||Preston Smith||6'4||259||7.33|
|6.205||Racey McMath||WR51||362||Mack Hollins||6'2||211||7.44|
|6.215||Brady Breeze||S22||294||Jared Mayden||6'0||197||6.7|
I have a reputation of being a hard grader. But every year, there’s one team that I randomly end up grading higher than anyone else. This year my guess is it’ll be the Titans. I heard a lot of people saying Farley was reach. I disagree. You have to embrace the risk to get the sticker price discount. The Titans know a thing or two about that, don’t they? This pick reminded me so much of the Jeffery Simmons selection. Only Simmons was seen as even riskier at the time, coming off an ACL injury and arriving with character concerns. Steal of a pick if Farley’s back doesn’t derail his career.
I was surprised Tennessee took Radunz, an athletic tackle on the leaner side, only because just last year they selected his polar-opposite with a decade-plan for him in the elephantine Isaiah Wilson. But I love Radunz -- had him just outside R1. Loved the value on Elijah Molden later on.
I assume the Titans are going to get criticized for reaching on Rice. I was a big fan of his game. I ranked Rice LB9 in my first crop of rankings -- he would have ended up 10 or so slots below where Tennessee picked him -- before dropping him to LB11 in my second and final update. I think that’s a pick where you were trying to hit a single and that’s what you’re going to get. I don’t think it’s going to take that kid long to crack the lineup. He brings his lunch pail.