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Sports NFL Draft grades 2021: All 32 draft classes ranked from best (Dolphins) to worst (Raiders)

08:20  02 may  2021
08:20  02 may  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

NFL Mock Draft 2021: Here's what happens when we let Madden simulate the picks

  NFL Mock Draft 2021: Here's what happens when we let Madden simulate the picks What if we let the virtual GMs decide the outcome of the 2021 NFL Draft? Here's how our experiment went down.Experts will break down team needs, watch film of the top college prospects and predict (to the best of their ability) where players will get drafted. We're going to be doing none of that in this mock draft. Here, we're going to set everything up so that the virtual GMs and coaches in "Madden 21" will be making the picks for us.

The 2021 NFL Draft is officially in the books. After a flurry of history-making picks and eye-raising selections from Thursday to Saturday, 259 players were selected to join the NFL ’s 32 franchises. With that, we give you our full draft recap, with analysis on each team’s day and every notable selection made For more information on the players your favorite team drafted , it’s not too late to get our 2021 NFL Draft Guide, which includes expanded scouting reports, unique advanced data, PFF grades and much more. With the promo code DRAFT 30, you can get 30% off of the Draft Guide and any PFF

I've heard the argument that grading draft picks immediately after they are made is worthless, but I don't agree. Since no one can see into the future, these 2021 NFL Draft quick-snap grades only partially reflect how I expect a player's career to progress. These grades are, however, an evaluation of the process If a prospect is considered a great pick the day of the draft , but doesn't work out in the long run, that's a completely different evaluation of his new team's decision than identifying a player who was considered a reach at the time he was picked. Waiting three years to grade these picks leads to

They say it's too early to grade an NFL draft right after it happens. While that is true to some extent, needing several years to know exactly how good or how bad every selection is, there are still immediate parameters that can be used rate and compare what every team did across the league.

The 2021 NFL Draft has five criteria for early grades. The first factor is easy: How much talent, based on our pre-draft evaluations, did a team acquire? Second, how well did a team do in recognizing its biggest positional needs? Third, did it take advantage of opportunities to trade up or down to its advantage when they were presented? Fourth, how many value picks did they make vs. reaches? Finally, based on its current state of contender, rebuilder or somewhere in between, did a team draft to match its identity in relation to its division competition?

NFL mock draft 2021: Justin Fields, DeVonta Smith, Caleb Farley fall in final 3-round projections

  NFL mock draft 2021: Justin Fields, DeVonta Smith, Caleb Farley fall in final 3-round projections Sporting News' final NFL mock draft for 2021 covers the first three rounds with the most updated information and rumors considered for every team's picks.The most recent SN editions were a full seven-rounder, followed by an updated three-rounder. We decided to go another three rounds one final time with the most updated information and rumors considered with all 105 picks through Days 1 and 2.

Pick Six NFL . 2021 NFL Draft 1st Round Recap: Trey Lance to 49ers, Justin Fields to Bears, Mac Jones to Patriots, Grades , Winners & Losers + Aaron Rodgers rumors ( Football 4/30). Will Brinson is joined by Ryan Wilson and John Breech to break down everything that happened on Thursday night. He will add another big-time playmaker to a defense that needed it. He can run and chase or rush off the edge. 17. Raiders : Alex Leatherwood, OL, Alabama. Grade : B. I don't love this pick. They need line help, but he's more of a second-round pick in my mind. 18. Dolphins : Jaelen Phillips, EDGE, Miami.

I've heard the argument that grading draft picks immediately after they are made is worthless, but I don't agree. Since no one can see into the future, these 2021 NFL Draft quick-snap grades only partially reflect how I expect a player's career to progress. These grades are, however, an evaluation of the process each team undertook to select the players they did. The grade also is an indication of whether I think a prospect's selection is of appropriate value given his college film and athleticism.

Those can be answered with all 259 picks officially in the books. Here's the latest edition of Sporting News' post-draft team grades, with the classes also ranked from best to worst, 1-32:

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NFL Draft grades 2021: Ranking the best & worst classes

1. Miami Dolphins

  • Grade: A

Draft picks: Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle, Miami EDGE Jaelan Phillips, Notre Dame OT Liam Eichenberg, Boston College TE Hunter Long, UMass OT Larnel Coelman, Cincinnati RB Gerrid Doaks

This was another great draft for Brian Flores and GM Chris Grier. Waddle keeps improving the big-play potential Around Tua Tagovailoa and Eichenberg should be his new starting right tackle. Long will help as a run blocker and additional receiver. Phillips will thrill Flores rushing the passer from several places in his front seven. Despite limited overall quantity, the quality was hard to beat with most key needs met.

Green Bay Packers draft picks 2021: Round-by-round selections

  Green Bay Packers draft picks 2021: Round-by-round selections Here is a 2021 NFL draft pick-by-pick breakdown for the Green Bay Packers.Round 1 (No. 29 overall) - Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia: No receiver here for Aaron Rodgers, who gets to further stew in his apparent unhappiness. Stokes blazed a 4.25 40 at his pro day and, despite some raw elements to his game, might soon be gunning for CB Kevin King's job after the veteran's disastrous performance in the NFC championship game.

2021 NFL Draft grades , picks: Live tracker, analysis for every first-round selection. 18. Dolphins : Jaelen Phillips, EDGE, Miami. Grade : B. If his medical stays clean, it's a good pick. He's my favorite back in this class as a true air back. He will give them the speed they need in the backfield and 32 . Buccaneers: Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington. Grade : B. With the entire team back, it makes sense to

Over at PFF's Live Draft Tracker — which is also broadcasting our draft show, so tune in at noon EST Saturday for Rounds 4-7 — we analyzed every single pick in real time and offered a grade for each selection. Here is a quick recap of all those instant reaction thoughts for Rounds 2 and 3 of the 2021 Christian Barmore is the best interior defender in this draft , and he should have been a first-round draft pick. He is the only consistently high-level pass rusher from the interior in this class , posting a 90.3 PFF pass-rushing grade against true passing sets last year. Barmore was the No. 12 overall player on the

2. Minnesota Vikings

  • Grade: A

Draft picks: Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw, Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond, North Carolina LB Chazz Surratt, Ohio State G Wyatt Davis, Pittsburgh DE Patrick Jones II, Iowa State RB Kene Nwangwu, California S Camryn Bynum, Florida State EDGE Janarius Robinson, Iowa WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Central Missouri TE Zach Davidson, Pittsburgh DT Jalen Twyman

Count on GM Rick Spielman to come through in both rebuilding and reloading mode with a boatload of picks. Darrisaw and Davis should start on the left side of their offensive line. Former college teammates Jones and Twyman were absolute steals ideal for two key front-four spots. Mond is a savvy stash behind Kirk Cousins. Surratt is a fine contingency for Anthony Barr. Bynum could start at safety soon. They also managed to add good offensive skill depth everywhere.

3. Cleveland Browns

  • Grade: A

Draft picks: Northwestern CB Greg Newsome II, Notre Dame LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Auburn WR Anthony Schwartz, Cincinnati OT James Hudson, Ohio State DT Tommy Togiai, West Virginia ILB Tony Fields, Georgia S Richard LeCounte, UCLA RB/WR/KR Demetric Felton

Miami Dolphins draft picks 2021: Round-by-round selections

  Miami Dolphins draft picks 2021: Round-by-round selections Here is a 2021 NFL draft pick-by-pick breakdown for the Miami Dolphins.Round 1 (No. 6 overall, from Eagles) - Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama: He's been compared to Tyreek Hill and will reunite with former Crimson Tide QB Tua Tagovailoa in Miami. Waddle and WR Will Fuller V will give Miami speed to burn on the outside, and Waddle could also greatly enhance the Fins' return teams. The AFC East better beware double moves from a player who averaged 10 yards after the catch.

The best player in this draft not named Trevor Lawrence? That's Pitts, a unicorn of a pass-catcher with rare athletic ability and the size to create serious matchup problems for opposing defenses. The Falcons didn't get the deal they wanted in a potential trade-down, so they took the most dynamic After the Cowboys lost out on the top two corners in this draft , they made the smart move to trade back, netting an extra third-round pick just to drop down two spots. Then they still landed the best defensive player in the class , getting a three-down playmaker in Parsons, who can instantly transform theie

A lot of teams got better in Rounds 2 and 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft -- but some (including the Patriots?) made some questionable decisions. Our DJ Bean runs through the good and bad of Day 2. Bean: The picks I loved and hated from NFL Draft Day 2 originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston. A few months ago, the idea of taking Mac Jones and Christian Barmore in consecutive rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft would have made sense. It just might have gone Barmore in the first, then Jones in the second.

GM Andrew Berry had a terrific weekend taking his playoff team to another level. Newsome and Owusu-Koramoah filled the final defensive needs in a great offseason for that side of the ball, to the point Cleveland can be dominant there. The team got plenty of valuable depth across positions and added some big-play flair on offense and special teams with Schwartz and Felton.

4. Chicago Bears

  • Grade: A

Draft picks: Ohio State QB Justin Fields, Oklahoma State OT Teven Jenkins, Missouri OT Larry Borom, Virginia Tech RB Khalil Herbert, North Carolina WR Dazz Newsome, Oregon CB Thomas Graham Jr., BYU DT Khyiris Tonga

The trade up for Fields was a shrewd move for pressured GM Ryan Pace, without giving up the farm. He is the special dual threat who can help solve QB for Chicago in the right way for a long time. They also landed a first-round pedigreed starting right tackle in Jenkins and the big-time slot receiver upgrade in Newsome, an absolute late-round steal.

5. New York Jets

  • Grade: A

Draft picks: BYU QB Zach Wilson, USC G Alijah Vera-Tucker, Ole Miss WR Elijah Moore, North Carolina RB Michael Carter, Auburn S Jamien Sherwood, Duke S Michael Carter II, Pittsburgh CB Michael Pinnock, Florida State S Hamsah Nasirildeen, Kentucky CB Brandon Echols, Arkansas DT Jonathan Marshall

San Francisco 49ers draft picks 2021: Round-by-round selections

  San Francisco 49ers draft picks 2021: Round-by-round selections Here is a 2021 NFL draft pick-by-pick breakdown for the San Francisco 49ers.Round 1 (No. 3 overall, from Texans through Dolphins) - Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State: A pick that's changed hands three times, the Niners made their bold acquisition of it last month ... and it was quickly followed by rampant speculation that they would take Alabama's Mac Jones. But going with Lance, who has far more upside than Jones given his physical skills, seems like the better option given the franchise surrendered three first-rounders to get him.

GM Joe Douglas nailed this draft for Robert Salaeh and Mike LaFleur by going offense four picks in a row early, supporting Wilson in a great system for him with a rock at left guard, a more dynamic slot and a backfield home-run hitter. The next picks to address the secondary were a bit iffy, but Nasirildeen and Echols were nice steals late. All key needs were met big time, save for defensive end, where they got Carl Lawson in free agency.

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6. San Francisco 49ers

  • Grade: A-

Draft picks: North Dakota State QB Trey Lance, Notre Dame G Aaron Banks, Ohio State RB Trey Sermon, Michigan CB/S Ambry Thomas, Western Michigan G Jaylon Moore, Oregon CB Deommodre Lenoir, USC S Talanoa Hufanga, Louisiana RB Elijah Mitchell

Much of this grade is tied to the smart aggressive trade up for Lance’s unlimited upside in Kyle Shanahan’s offense as a big-time passer and runner with high football intelligence. Banks and Moore boost their interior blocking, while John Lynch found excellent safety values for the future in Thomas and Hufanaga. Sermon and Mitchell reload Shanahan’s always productive zone rushing attack with more big-play elements.

7. Buffalo Bills

  • Grade: A-

Draft picks: Miami EDGE Gregory Rousseau, Wake Forest EDGE Carlos Basham Jr., Northern Iowa OT Spencer Brown, Miami (Ohio) OT Tommy Doyle, Houston WR Marquez Stevenson, Pittsburgh S Damar Hamlin, Wisconsin CB Rachad Wildgoose, Texas Tech G Jack Anderson

Los Angeles Rams draft picks 2021: Round-by-round selections

  Los Angeles Rams draft picks 2021: Round-by-round selections Here is a 2021 NFL draft pick-by-pick breakdown for the Los Angeles Rams.Round 2 (No. 57 overall) - Tutu Atwell, WR, Louisville: Welcome to the draft, L.A., which gave up its first-rounder in the Jalen Ramsey deal. Atwell may only be 5-9 while hovering near 150 pounds, but his speed could bring another dimension to an offense that already added DeSean Jackson. An all-ACC selection in 2019 when he led the conference with 1,272 receiving yards, Atwell should use every ounce of QB Matthew Stafford's arm strength.

Brandon Beane executed the next level of the Bills’ game plan toward winning the AFC. Thinking pass-rush first, twice, was smart as Rosseau and Basham Jr. will be a productive combination ideal for what Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier want in their scheme. They also got promising developmental depth everywhere for the offensive line and finished with a couple of active subpackage players for the secondary.

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Grade: A-

Draft picks: Washington EDGE Joe Tryon, Florida QB Kyle Trask, Notre Dame OT/G Robert Hainsey, North Texas WR Jaelon Darden, Auburn LB K.J. Britt, BYU CB Chris Wilcox, Houston OLB Grant Stuard

Tampa Bay had an amazing offseason before the draft keeping every single one of their key veteran players intact on their Tom Brady-led Super Bowl 55-winning team. GM Jason Licht kept up the momentum with fine stashes everywhere except defensive tackle. Tryon and Britt are good supporting third options for their great starting linebackers. Hainsey and Darden are good developmental types for the offense. The standout is Trask, who can turn into Brady’s successor in the right pocket passing system under Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich.

9. Detroit Lions

  • Grade: A-

Draft picks: Oregon OT Penei Sewell, Washington DT Levi Onwuzurike, NC State DT Alim McNeill, Syracuse CB Ifeatu Melifonwu, USC WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, Purdue LB Derrick Barnes, Oregon State RB Jermar Jefferson

New GM Brad Holmes made an early splash trading Matthew Stafford to boost future draft considerations and he delivered while on the clock this year. Detroit made it a point to get better in both trenches early and got some good secondary and linebacker depth later. Sewell was an unbeatable way to come out swinging. St. Brown is the ideal tough slot receiver for them to playoff tight end T.J. Hockenson. The Lions didn’t address wide receiver multiple times, but that’s only real knock for an important class for their latest rebuild.

NFL draft 2021: When and how to watch the final rounds on Saturday

  NFL draft 2021: When and how to watch the final rounds on Saturday All the information you need to get ready for rounds 4 through 7 of the 2021 NFL draft on Saturday.While Thursday night's Round 1 featured a lot of headline-making selections, Friday night's Rounds 2-3 included a couple of intriguing quarterback selections with the Houston Texans taking Stanford's Davis Mills and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers picking Florida's Kyle Trask.

10. Atlanta Falcons

  • Grade: A-

Draft picks: Florida TE Kyle Pitts, TCU S Richie Grant, Michigan OT/G Jalen Mayfield, San Diego State CB Darren Hall, Stanford C Drew Dalman, Texas DT Ta’Quon Graham, Notre Dame DE Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Boise State CB Avery Williams, Arizona State WR Frank Darby

The Falcons were methodical in addressing needs under new GM Terry Fontenot after taking a game-changing best player available for their offense in Pitts. Grant and Mayfield can also start in critical roles for new coach Arthur Smith. Their remaining picks thought of depth everywhere on defense and a little more receiving juice on offense.

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11. New York Giants

  • Grade: A-

Draft picks: Florida WR Kadarius Toney, Georgia EDGE Azeez Ojulari, UCF CB Aaron Robinson, Northern Iowa OLB Elerson Smith, Arizona RB Gary Brightwell, Oklahoma State CB Rodarius Wiliams

GM Dave Gettleman started with a surprise trade down and still ended up with another key upgraded at wide receiver for Daniel Jones plus a first-round pass rusher/cover man in Round 2. Robinson was a steal for their coverage and Smith can also be effective in Patrick Graham’s front seven. The minus comes from not going offensive line once but keep in mind they also got big future draft assets from the Bears.

12. Baltimore Ravens

  • Grade: A-

Draft picks: Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman, Penn State EDGE Odafe Oweh, Georgia G Ben Cleveland, SMU CB Brandon Stephens, Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace, Ohio State CB Shaun Wade, Notre Dame EDGE Daelin Hayes, Michigan FB Ben Mason

The Ravens came out swinging again as 2019 Sporting News executive of the year Eric DeCosta nailed his two first-rounders with the right big receiver to complement Marquise Brown and the right freakish athlete to fill a big pass-rush void. Cleveland will compete to start inside. Wallace Wade and Hayes were impactful Day 2 talents that Baltimore stole late, giving the passing game and pass defense high-quality young depth.

How Lions' pick of Alim McNeill led to awkward moment in Eagles' draft room

  How Lions' pick of Alim McNeill led to awkward moment in Eagles' draft room The Eagles traded down from No. 70 to 73 for a sixth-round pick, and missed out on North Carolina State's Alim McNeill, chosen by the Detroit Lions.Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said Tuesday in a Philadelphia radio interview that the Eagles had two defensive tackles in mind when they traded down from No. 70 to 73 for a sixth-round draft pick: Louisiana Tech's Milton Williams and North Carolina State's Alim McNeill.

13. Los Angeles Chargers

  • Grade: A-

Draft picks: Northwestern OT Rashawn Slater, Florida State CB Asante Samuel Jr., Tennessee WR Josh Palmer, Georgia TE Tre’ McKitty, Duke EDGE Chris Rumph II, Nebraska OT Brenden Jaimes, Iowa ILB Nick Niemann, Missouri RB Larry Rountree III, Georgia S Mark Webb

The Chargers hit long-term home runs with Slater, Samuel and Rumph, to the point they graded highly despite two dud picks for their needs in Palmer and McKitty. Jaimes and Niemann are also promising developmental players for each side. Los Angeles should contend for an AFC playoff spot with Justin Herbert’s improved offense and Brandon Staley’s revamped defense.

14. Cincinnati Bengals

  • Grade: B+

Draft picks: LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase, Clemson OT Jackson Carman, Texans DE Joseph Ossai, Tulane DE Cameron Sample, LSU DT Tyler Shelvin, East Carolina OT D’Ante Smith, Florida K Evan MacPherson, Georgia C Trey Hill, Michigan RB Chris Evans, Kansas State DE Wyatt Hubert

The Bengals could afford to choose Chase as a go-to guy for Joe Burrow over protection for Burrow with some options at offensive tackle and landed another in Carman. Ossai, Sample and Hubert add to Trey Hendrickson revamping the edge pass rush and Shelvin gives them a powerful run-stuffing presence inside. They also hope MacPherson will clean up the kicking game and Evans can be a good supplement to Joe Mixon.

15. Green Bay Packers

  • Grade: B+

Draft picks: Georgia CB Eric Stokes, Ohio State C Josh Myers, WR Amari Rodgers, Ole Miss G Royce Newman, Florida DT Tedarrell Slaton, Appalachian State CB Shemar Jean-Charles, Wisconsin OT Cole Van Lanen, Boston College ILB Isaiah McDuffie, Mississippi State RB Kylin Hill

GM Brian Gutekunst did his best to balance making some key defensive upgrades and giving Aaron Rodgers some needed extra help after the lingering disaster that was taking Jordan Love in the 2020 first round. Myers and Newman are solid reinforcements for the interior line, while Amari Rodgers was the missing big-play cog in the slot to complement Davante Adams. Stokes can be quick upgrade over Kevin King with ballhawking to better complement Jaire Alexander. Hill is nice to replace Jamaal Williams behind Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon.

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16. New England Patriots

  • Grade: B+

Draft picks: Alabama QB Mac Jones, Alabama DT Christian Barmore, Oklahoma EDGE Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma RB Rhamondre Stevenson, Michigan LB Cameron McGrone, Missouri S Josuah Bledsoe, Colorado OT William Sherman, UCF WR Tre Nixon

The Patriots got their next quarterback and will work to get the most out of Jones’ high floor. Bill Belichick also got three more exciting versatile players for his rebuilding defense with Barmore and Perkins boosting them vs. the pass and McGrone helping vs. the run. Stevenson is their ideal pure power back. Nixon can be a steal helping their passing game late.

17. Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Grade: B+

Draft picks: Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson RB Travis Etienne, Stanford OT Walker Little, Syracuse S Andre Cisco, USC DT Jay Tufele, UAB DE Jordan Smith, Ohio State TE Luke Farrell, Georgia Tech WR Jalen Camp

The Jaguars got an immediate B for Urban Meyer and GM Trent Baalke by winning the Lawrence lottery. But they seemed a little misguided in how and when to address their franchise QB’s rookie offensive support. Etienne was a very expensive luxury pick for a rebuilding team that already has James Robinson. Little was a good recovery at offensive tackle but they  missed much better opportunities to boost tight end and wide receiver. After Lawrence, Cisco and Tufele were easily the next best picks for defensive needs.

18. Denver Broncos

  • Grade: B+

Draft picks: Alabama CB Patrick Surtain II, North Carolina RB Javonte Williams, Wisconsin-Whitewater G Quinn Meinerz, Ohio State LB Baron Browning, Texas S Caden Stearns, Indiana S Jamar Johnson, Auburn WR Seth Williams, LSU CB Kary Vincent Jr., Ohio State EDGE Jonathon Cooper, Mississippi State DE Marquiss Spencer

New GM George Paton faired pretty well with his volume of picks. Surtain is a surefire star and Williams can make Melvin Gordon expendable. Browning, the two safeties, Cooper and Spencer were some needed supporting chess pieces for Vic Fangio. Meinerz should start to boost the run blocking. There is, however, a notable position missing as for now, Denver sticks with Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater as its QB options in a critical season.

19. Kansas City Chiefs

  • Grade: B+

Draft picks: Missouri LB Nick Bolton, Oklahoma G/C Creed Humphrey, Florida State EDGE Joshua Kaindoh, Duke TE Noah Gray, Clemson WR Cornell Powell, Tennessee G Trey Smith

The Chiefs did their best with their limited picks. Bolton is ideal for their front seven, while Humphrey and Smith were great additional assets for their amazing one-offseason offensive line rebuild. They could have thought about wide receiver and tight end depth earlier, but Gray and Powell were decent values for Andy Reid and GM Brett Veach.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Grade: B+

Draft picks: Alabama RB Najee Harris, Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth, Illinois G/C Kendrick Green, Texas A&M OT Dan Moore Jr., Texas A&M ILB Buddy Johnson, Wisconsin DT Isiahh Loudermilk, Miami EDGE Quincy Roche, Oklahoma CB Tre Norwood, Georgia Tech P Pressley Harvin III

GM Kevin Colbert had a solid draft starting with needed offensive skill cogs Harris and Freiermuth to lift up aging Ben Roethlisberger. Moore and Green are potential starters down the line. Roche and Norwood were great values for situational pass defense support late. Harvin can also be a sneaky good weapon for special teams.

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21. Tennessee Titans

  • Grade: B+

Draft picks: Virginia Tech CB Caleb Farley, North Dakota State OT Dillon Radunz, Georgia LB Monty Rice, Washington CB Elijah Molden, Louisville WR Dez Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh EDGE Rashad Weaver, LSU WR Racey McMath, Oregon S Brady Breeze

GM Jon Robinson got plenty of the cornerback and wide receiver reinforcements his team needed after getting gutted there in free agency. Radunz can start right away at right tackle. Fitzpatrick is a good replacement for Corey Davis. Rice will be active for Mike Vrabel.

22. Philadelphia Eagles

  • Grade: B

Draft picks: Alabama WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama G/C Landon Dickerson, Louisiana Tech DT Milton Williams, Texas Tech CB Zech McPhearson, Memphis RB Kenneth Gainwell, DT Marlon Tuipulotu, Coastal Carolina DE Tarron Jackson, LSU S JaCoby Stevens, Tulane OLB Patrick Johnson

It’s fair to call this class solid but not spectacular for GM Howie Roseman, at least after the trade up to pick Smith. The Eagles went down the line addressing their needs and probably landed a couple near-future starters on top of Smith and Dickerson.

23. Washington Football Team

  • Grade: B

Draft picks: Kentucky LB Jamin Davis, Texas OT Samuel Cosmi, Minnesota CB Benjamin St-Juste, North Carolina WR Dyami Brown, Boise State TE John Bates, Cincinnati S Darrick Forest, Michigan LS Camaron Cheeseman, Baylor OLB William Bradley-King, Penn State DE Shaka Toney, BYU WR Dax Milne

Ron Rivera and GM Martin Mayhew did a solid job to match Philadelphia’s overall body of work. Davis will make a ton of plays for their defense and Cosmi will hold down left tackle well. They found more valuable depth and big-play potential across the board with the rest of their picks. The notable grade drop is being left out of the quarterback fun.

24. Indianapolis Colts

  • Grade: B

Draft picks: Michigan DE/DT Kwity Paye, Vanderbilt EDGE Dayo Odeyingbo, SMU TE Kylen Granson, Florida S Shawn Davis, Texas QB Sam Ehlinger, Charleston WR Michael Strachan, Penn State OT Will Fries

GM Chris Ballard gets a good baseline score for addressing all the most pressing needs across the board, starting with a nice youthful burst of pass-rushing juice. Granson and Strachan are intriguing depth players to support what they have at tight end and wideout. Ehlinger was a worthy developmental dual threat to put behind Carson Wentz. The only considerable knock is not addressing offensive tackle in a much bigger way.

25. New Orleans Saints

  • Grade: B-

Draft picks: Houston EDGE Payton Turner, Ohio State LB Pete Werner, Stanford CB Paulson Adebo, Notre Dame QB Ian Book, Kentucky OT Landon Young, South Alabama WR Kawaan Baker

The Saints did get around to most of their needs (minus safety and guard) with Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis but they did it in an interesting order. Turner was a mild reach, while Adebo was a good value for a big corner. Werner also is a good fit for Dennis Allen’s defense. But offense could have used more earlier attention away from quarterback rather than a wasted pick on undersized game manager Ian Book with Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston set to battle.

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26. Carolina Panthers

  • Grade: B-

Draft picks: South Carolina CB Jaycee Horn, LSU WR Terrace Marshall Jr., BYU OT/G Brady Christensen, Notre Dame TE Tommy Tremble, Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard, Iowa DT Daviyon Nixon, Washington CB Keith Taylor, Alabama G Deonte Brown, South Carolina WR Shi Smith, Alabama LS Thomas Fletcher, Kentucky DT Phil Hoskins

The Panthers had a bit of a rough start by taking Horn over Surtain and then offensive misfits Marshall and Christensen. But Tremble, Taylor, Brown and Smith helped raise the acquired rookie pool of talent at key positions for new GM Scott Fitterer, who needed good late results for their aggressive trade-down plan.

27. Arizona Cardinals

  • Grade: C

Draft picks: Tulsa LB Zaven Collins, Purdue WR Rondale Moore, Florida CB Marco Wilson, Duke EDGE Victor Dimukeje, UCF CB Tay Gowan, Cincinnati S James Wiggins, Penn State C/G Michel Menet

The Cardinals tend to be on a roller-coaster drafting with GM Steve Keim. Consider this a dip year. Edge pass rusher and cornerback were the biggest needs and put on the backburner early and Arizona didn’t address the interior offensive line until the last pick. Collins was a redundant first-rounder to 2020’s Isaiah Simmons and Moore was a superfluous luxury pick for a team with plenty at wide receiver, even with Larry Fitzgerald mulling over retirement.

28. Los Angeles Rams

  • Grade: C

Draft picks: Louisville WR Tutu Atwell, South Carolina LB Ernest Jones, Texas A&M DT Bobby Brown III, Central Arkansas CB Robert Rochell, UCF WR Jacob Harris, Northwestern DE Earnest Brown IV, Maryland RB Jake Funk, Notre Dame WR Ben Skowronek, Concorida-St. Paul OLB Chris Garrett.

The Rams also entered the draft late with no first-rounders and overall, despite the initial excitement over Atwell being a speedy and quick in Sean McVay’s offense, this was disappointing. McVay and GM Les Snead may have gotten too cute at times with some superfluous reaches as Brown was by far their best pick with a real need in mind. A fancy Malibu drafting house wasn’t matched with the picks made from it.

29. Houston Texans

  • Grade: C-

Draft picks: Stanford QB Davis Mills, Michigan WR Nico Collins, Miami TE Brevin Jordan, TCU IL Garret Wallow, Arizona DT Roy Lopez

The Texans started with little volume for Nick Caserio and seemed forced into getting a young developmental QB contingency to pair with Tyrod Taylor with Deshaun Watson’s future looking less likely to be with the team. Mills was a big reach. Collins and Jordan are nice assets for the passing game, but with a weak pass defense post-J.J. Watt, Houston somehow didn’t address either edge rusher or cornerback.

30. Seattle Seahawks

  • Grade: C-

Draft picks: Western Michigan WR D’Wayne Eskridge, Oklahoma CB Tre Brown, Florida OT Stone Forsythe

With the fewest picks of any team — only three — it’s more of an incomplete grade for Pete Carrell and GM John Schneider. Unfortunately Eskridge wasn’t the right pick to upgrade receiver as a redundancy in skill set with Tyler Lockett. There’s nothing that really stands out about Brown and Forsythe as late-rounders.

31. Dallas Cowboys

  • Grade: C-

Draft picks: Penn State LB Micah Parsons, Kentucky ‘CB Kelvin Joseph, UCLA DT Osa Odighizuwa, Iowa EDGE Chauncey Golston, Oregon State CB Nahshon Wright, LSU LB Jabril Cox, Marshall OT Josh Ball, Stanford WR Simi Fehoko, Kentucky DT Quinton Bohana, South Carolina CB Israel Mukuamu, Nebraska G Matt Farniok

The Cowboys deserved points for addressing defense early and often and they also didn’t forget to get some depth for wide receiver and offensive line along the way. The problem is, Parsons and Cox were the two best picks for a team that’s already invested a ton in linebacker, for better or for worse. There are plenty of lingering questions about the defensive backs and front four for Jerry Jones and Mike McCarthy after making some reaches and not getting good value, starting in the first round.

32. Las Vegas Raiders

  • Grade: D

Draft picks: Alabama OT Alex Leatherwood, TCU S Trevon Moehrig, Buffalo LB Malcolm Koonce, Virginia Tech S Divine Deablo, Missouri S Tyree Gillespie, Illinois CB Nate Hobbs, Pittsburgh C Jimmy Morrissey

Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock had a rough time with this one. Leatherwood was a big-time each vs. edge or outside linebacker help. Moehrig was an awesome pick, but then they Raiders went inexplicably safety-happy, with a overrated linebacker in between. Despite interior offensive line and defensive tackle being glaring needs, only their final pick addressed either position. In relation to the Chargers, Chiefs and Broncos faring so well in this draft form the AFC West, this was an awful overall haul before hosting the event in 2022.

How Lions' pick of Alim McNeill led to awkward moment in Eagles' draft room .
The Eagles traded down from No. 70 to 73 for a sixth-round pick, and missed out on North Carolina State's Alim McNeill, chosen by the Detroit Lions.Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said Tuesday in a Philadelphia radio interview that the Eagles had two defensive tackles in mind when they traded down from No. 70 to 73 for a sixth-round draft pick: Louisiana Tech's Milton Williams and North Carolina State's Alim McNeill.

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This is interesting!