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Sport 2018 NFL draft: Instant grades for every team

16:55  29 april  2018
16:55  29 april  2018 Source:   draftwire.usatoday.com

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Here's my way-too-early take on how each team fared through all seven rounds of this year's event.

ARIZONA CARDINALS | A

The first two picks of this class were enough to earn this grade. Landing the most polished, pro-ready passer in this year's deep class at No. 10 overall was well worth what the Cards gave up to get Josh Rosen. Christian Kirk is one of the most complete pass-catchers in this year's draft, and will be a terror in the slot. Mason Cole's versatility will be a huge help to this offensive line, and Chase Edmonds was one of this year's gems at running back. Getting a franchise quarterback cures all ills, and the Cardinals may have gotten the best one, even though he was the fourth one off the board.

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ATLANTA FALCONS | B+

Receiver wasn't their biggest need, but getting the best one in the draft outside the top 25 was a huge bargain. Pairing Calvin Ridley with Julio Jones will be scary. Scoring a big, physical corner like Isaiah Oliver near the end of the second round was a steal and a perfect fit for the NFC South's bigger receivers. Deadrin Senat was one of the best defensive sleepers in the draft, and a perfect fit for what this defensive line was missing. Ito Smith is an intriguing third-down back who should be fun to watch in this offense. I would have liked a safety for the Dirty Birds at some point, but there's still a lot to like here.

BALTIMORE RAVENS | A

Things started out in a different direction when the Ravens reached for a tight end in the first round, but when they traded up for Lamar Jackson, things started looking up. Throw in better value at tight end in the third round, a promising corner, and making sure Orlando Brown went where he was destined, the middle rounds kept a good thing going. The icing on the cake was DeShon Elliott in the late rounds, a versatile playmaker for the secondary. Ozzie Newsome's last draft set up a promising future in Baltimore, even if they still have a few needs that could be improved.

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Our 2018 NFL draft grades , below. Arizona Cardinals. Draft picks: UCLA QB Josh Rosen (No. 10), Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk (No. 47), Michigan Atlanta didn’t need help at wide receiver, but every NFC South team gulped when it swiped Calvin Ridley, a player seen by some as Antonio Brown lite.

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BUFFALO BILLS | C

I like a lot of what the Bills did after they traded up for Josh Allen, who will take a lot of time and patience before he's ready to face an NFL defense with success. Tremaine Edmunds was a huge steal at No. 16, and well worth that particular trade-up decision, and Harrison Phillips was an even bigger bargain late on Day 2. The defense got some key pieces, but there are plenty of projects in this group, so expectations should be tempered. In retrospect, they could have stayed at their original pick, still taken a talented quarterback, and used the picks they traded away to build a stronger supporting cast around him. A more pro-ready slot receiver would have been helpful, too.

CAROLINA PANTHERS | B

The only thing holding this grade back is the absence of offensive line help. With long-term issues at tackle, and following the loss of Andrew Norwell to free agency, the Panthers managed to get out of this entire draft without taking a single blocker for Cam Newton. They did give him some fantastic weapons, from a Steve Smith clone in D.J. Moore, to the draft's best sleeper tight end in Ian Thomas. They filled their needs at both levels of the secondary with athletic playmakers (Donte Jackson, Rashaan Gaulden), and great value and upside on defense on Day 3. Cam has plenty of weapons now, but he may have to run around for a while before he can find them.

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CHICAGO BEARS | A

After this offseason, Mitchell Trubisky should be ecstatic. In addition to the weapons the Bears added in the offseason, they got one of the best receivers in this year's class halfway through the second round (Anthony Miller), and upgraded the interior of the offensive line with the versatile James Daniels. Roquan Smith was a top-five talent they landed at No. 8 overall, and while the fourth-round pick was out of left field, we said the same thing about Tarik Cohen last year, so we'll see. Bilal Nichols and Kylie Fitts are solid depth picks for the front seven, and Javon Wims is an underrated possession target.

CINCINNATI BENGALS | A

I might have changed a couple of these picks, but overall, I see a ton of value up and down this board. Billy Price is exactly what the interior of this offensive line needed, while, Jessie Bates, Sam Hubbard and Malik Jefferson gave the defense a talented playmaker at every level. Mark Walton could be a Gio Bernard replacement, though there were better running back options available. Day 3 was loaded with value like Andrew Brown, Darius Phillips and Auden Tate. Logan Woodside is an intriguing project at quarterback, too. The only things missing were a tight end and a tackle.

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CLEVELAND BROWNS | B-

I've got no problem with Baker Mayfield at No. 1, but there were plenty of questionable moves after that. A 5-10 corner at No. 4 instead of Bradley Chubb, Austin Corbett over Will Hernandez and Connor Williams at 33, and a fourth-rounder on Antonio Callaway, who has proven he can't get stay out of trouble off the field. Nick Chubb and Chad Thomas were solid picks. They found some late-round redemption with one of this year's best sleepers at lineabacker (Genard Avery), but it was too little, too late. With as much draft capital as the Browns had to work with here, they return just wasn't what it could have been. Mayfield will have his work cut out for him.

DALLAS COWBOYS | B

If Leighton Vander Esch's neck injury doesn't end up being a problem, he's three-down playmaker they can build around. Connor Williams was a great value pick they needed to bolster the only weak link on the offensive line, and while I was afraid they waited to long for a Dez Bryant replacement, their patience paid off with Michael Gallup in the third. Day 3 was full of value picks, giving the Cowboys strong depth across the board on both sides of the ball. What's weighing down this grade? Nothing for the secondary or the interior of the defensive line.

DENVER BRONCOS | B

Things started out great with Bradley Chubb and Courtland Sutton, who were great value picks, even if they didn't fill their biggest needs. It was a roller-coaster from there, with head-scratching picks (Isaac Yiadom in the third) sandwiched in between a steal or two (DaeSean Hamilton in the fourth was fantastic). Overall the value after the first two picks just didn't stay at the same level, and their needs at corner and interior defensive line weren't adequately addressed. Chubb and Sutton will have to carry this group, but they're up to the task.

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DETROIT LIONS | C

Frank Ragnow in the first may seem like a reach to some, but it really wasn't. He would have gone quickly, maybe with the very next pick to the Bengals. Kerryon Johnson is solid, but there were better options at running back at that slot. Da'Shawn Hand is a solid player who fits this scheme, but trading a third-rounder in next year's draft to get him was too steep. Tracy Walker is promising, but was taken a round or two early. Tyrell Crosby is my favorite pick in this group, with his versatility and upside. Where's the edge rusher, or the off-ball linebacker? Still plenty of work to be done with this roster.

GREEN BAY PACKERS | B

If you love multiple picks at the same position, this is probably your favorite class. Green Bay started off strong with two of the three best corners in this year's class, then took three receivers on Day 3, with tons of size and speed. There was great value (Josh Jackson, Equanimeous St. Brown), and they snagged one of the most underrated linebackers in the draft (Oren Burks). On the dark side, they waited too long to find an edge rusher, as well as depth for in the trenches on both sides of the ball. But when the question marks are in the later rounds and you hit big on the early picks, the grade stays high.

HOUSTON TEXANS | B+

When you don't pick until the third round, it's hard to come away feeling too great about your draft class. But the Texans did the best they could with the resources they had, landing fantastic values at key positions of need with their first two selections (Justin Reid, Martinas Rankin). The tight end they took in the sixth round I would have taken before the one they got in the third, but they also got Duke Ejiofor four rounds later than where I graded him. Throw in another explosive playmaker in Keke Coutee, and you have as good a haul as one could hope for without a pick in the first two rounds.

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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS | C

This might be the strangest class of them all. Quenton Nelson may be the best player in the whole draft, which made him a steal at No. 6 overall. After that, things got weird in a hurry. A small-school linebacker and another guard at the top of the second round, then a pair of trade-ups for edge defenders that went much earlier than expected. The highlights of Day 3 were explosive offensive weapons in Nyheim Hines and Deon Cain (what a steal in the sixth), but other than those two, it was projects galore. Daurice Fountain is intriguing, though. Overall, considering how many premium picks they had to work with, the Colts could have done so much more for a roster than needs so many impact players on both sides of the ball.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS | A

What do you get for the team that has everything? More of everything, obviously. The Jags took a luxury pick in the first round, making their defensive line even more terrifying with Taven Bryan. D.J. Chark is exactly what Blake Bortles needs to replace the departed Allens, and Ronnie Harrison was a first-round safety they landed at the end of Day 2. Will Richardson is an underrated player, but there were more talented tackles available with fewer off-field issues. The late-rounders were odd, but again, when you hit the first three rounds out of the park, the rest is just icing on the cake. If the icing isn't great, scrape it off and just eat the cake.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS | C-

When you don't have a first-round pick, it puts that much more pressure on every other selection, both in terms of addressing needs and getting proper value. While there were some value picks along the way (Derrick Nnadi, Armani Watts), this group had a high percentage of head-scratching picks. They waited too long to address the corner spot, and a sixth-round pick isn't likely to fill the void left behind by Marcus Peters. No edge rusher, and they needed a bigger, more physical choice at linebacker to replace Derrick Johnson. Breeland Speaks in the second round was a luxury pick this team couldn't afford without a first-day pick.

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LOS ANGELES CHARGERS | B+

When you get a top-five prospect (Derwin James) at No. 17 overall, that's getting a draft off on the right foot. The Bolts got more value with a similar player in the fourth round (Kyzir White), along with some versatility and toughness for the front seven in between those two picks (Uchenna Nwosu, Justin Jones). Getting Justin Jackson in the seventh round was one of this year's better bargains at running back, and while Scott Quessenberry is a solid depth piece, the Chargers really needed a tackle with some starter upside out of this class, not more interior help. Dylan Cantrell is solid, but there were so many better options on the board at receiver. Still, James alone is enough to carry this group.

LOS ANGELES RAMS | B

They had the longest wait to make their first pick (No. 89 overall), but they found enough gems in this draft to make up for it. Joseph Noteboom and Brian Allen were taken a little earlier than I expected, and John Franklin-Myers was a left-fielder, but things got golden with the next few picks. Getting a trio of Micah Kiser, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and John Kelly between the fifth and sixth rounds was incredible, giving the Rams great value and depth at key positions of need. There were some off-the-wall picks mixed in here, but overall, the haul was impressive considering how late they got into the game this year.

MIAMI DOLPHINS | B+

When you start things off by getting a complete player like Minkah Fitzpatrick outside the top 10, you know it's gonna be a good weekend. Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe are polar opposites, but extremely good at their respective sides of the tight end coin. Jerome Baker is the perfect match with former Buckeye teammate Raekwon McMillan at linebacker, and Kalen Ballage will bring the thunder to Kenyan Drake's lightning in the offensive backfield. There are still needs that weren't met, particularly along the interior of the offensive line, but this was a fantastic draft in terms of complementary football.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS | C-

When your best picks are the two sixth-rounders, you know you didn't maximize your draft resources as well as you could have. Mike Hughes is a solid player, but they had bigger needs. Brian O'Neill is a promising project, but they had so many better, more pro-ready options at both guard and tackle. Colby Gossett and Ade Aruna are two great value picks who could quickly develop into starting-caliber players, which helps this group in a big way. But overall, too many guys who went a round or two too early, and too many positions of need still left unaddressed.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS | B-

I liked the players early in this group. Isaiah Wynn will be a stud no matter where he lines up, but while Sony Michel is a fantastic back, the Pats had too many glaring needs to take a first-round running back. Giving up a fourth-rounder to trade up for a nickel corner wasn't my favorite move, either. Duke Dawson is a solid player, but there were more deserving corners on the board. Braxton Berrios and Keion Crossen are vintage Bill Belichick picks who will likely outplay their draft slot, and Christian Sam is solid if he stays healthy. Danny Etling made little sense over the other available quarterbacks. Just not enough matching of need and value across the board here, but picking up that 2019 second-rounder from the Bears keeps this grade up.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS | D

When the Saints traded their 2019 first-round pick to move up 13 spots in this year's first round, most assumed it was for Lamar Jackson. You only make a move like that if you're targeting a quarterback, right? Not if you're the Saints, evidently. No, they took a talented but extremely raw edge defender instead, and followed it up with a few more reaches across all three days of this year's draft. With every questionable pick, there was also the constant reminder than they won't be picking in the first round next year. There's some upside in this group, but so many projects who will take time to reach their ceiling.

NEW YORK GIANTS | B

We'll never know what the Giants could have gotten to trade down from No. 2 overall, but it's hard to fault them for taking the best player in the draft, even if it was a running back in a deep class. Will Hernandez was a Dave Gettleman pick if I've ever seen one, and a steal outside the first round. Lorenzo Carter will be a much more productive pro than he was at Georgia, and both B.J. Hill and RJ McIntosh are underrated interior defenders who have starter potential. Kyle Lauletta in the fourth was a solid value, and gives the new Giants regime a chance to pit their guy against last year's third-round pick, Davis Webb, so see if either has what it takes to be Eli Manning's eventual successor.

NEW YORK JETS | B+

Sam Darnold and Nathan Shepherd make up most of the positive weight here, and it keeps the Jets from feeling like they missed too much without those second-rounders. But they could have spent those picks on the offensive line, but instead, left this draft without any new blockers for their franchise quarterback. Still, that's the only glaring flaw in this class, as they got tons of athleticism and upside with their Day 3 picks. In the end, if Darnold is "the guy," that's enough to make the whole class a success, and we'll never remember who they might have gotten with those other picks.

OAKLAND RAIDERS | D+

Jon Gruden and company may have landed the biggest steal of the entire draft with Maurice Hurst in the fifth round, and even that's not enough to save this grade (he's the plus). After reaching for one raw offensive tackle in the top 15, they did it again at the top of the third round. In between those picks, they opted for a small-school defensive lineman who should have gone a couple of rounds later. Arden Key's upside was worth the risk later in the third, and Marcell Ateman was a bargain in the seventh, but the rest was as off-the-wall as you might expect Gruden 2.0's first draft to be. They even took a punter in the fifth round.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES | C+

It was a roller-coaster class for the Super Bowl champs, who traded out of the first round, and didn't have much in the way of mid-round resources. Still, they landed the best tight end in the draft (sniping the Cowboys in the process), and stole one of the most explosive pass rushers in the class in the fourth round (Josh Sweat, if he can avoid another knee injury). They also had arguably the most intriguing pick of the weekend in rugby player Jordan Mailata. They didn't hit need and value at every spot, but there's some fun talent here.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS | C+

The first-round pick set this grade back in a big way, but the Steelers made a valiant effort in the remaining rounds to keep it above sea level. Terrell Edmunds is an intriguing player, but is too much of a project for the No. 28 pick. Pairing James Washington and Mason Rudolph could lead to big things once the Big Ben era is over. Jaylen Samuels and Marcus Allen in the fifth round were two of the best picks of the entire draft by any team. Offensive tackle wasn't a huge need, but Chuks Okorafor was a steal late in the third round. Fans will focus on the first-round reach, but the depth of this class helps keep the outlook above average.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS | B+

Mike McGlinchey wasn't a top-10 talent, but it's hard to blame the 49ers for taking the most polished, experienced tackle in this draft to protect their investment in Jimmy Garoppolo. The value, athleticism and potential they got in the following rounds is what has me excited, from a big-play machine in Dante Pettis to high-upside, underrated defenders in Fred Warner and Tarvarius Moore. Day 3 brought more of the same, with tons of potential and quality depth on both sides of the ball. Their last pick (Richie James) might have me the most excited.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS | B+

It's really hard not to give them an "A" just for taking Shaquem Griffin. Feel-good story aside, Griffin should have been off the board long before the fifth round, and the rest of the league will soon regret letting him fall that far. I like Rashaad Penny more than most, so I wasn't as surprised by seeing his name in the first round. There were some questionable selections on Day 3, but landing Jamarco Jones in the fifth made the rest of that day nothing more than a bonus. Rasheem Green's raw, but has limitless upside. Will Dissly was an underrated pick as an offensive lineman masquerading as a tight end.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS | A

Jason Licht started the weekend with two picks in the first three rounds, and he turned them into five by trading down five spots in the first round. The Bucs got a massive anchor for the defensive line (Vita Vea) to help take pressure off the rest of the front seven, then got an explosive, big-play machine at running back (Ronald Jones II). They doubled up on tough, physical corners (M.J. Stewart, Carlton Jones), and added nasty, versatile blocker in small-school stud Alex Cappa. Day 3 was icing on the cake, filling needs (Jordan Whitehead), more small-school upside (Justin Watson) and worthwhile risks (Jack Cichy).

TENNESSEE TITANS | A

How can a team with four picks end up with this grade? When you're a team that has few glaring needs, and you make bold moves to fill those needs with elite prospects. That's what the Titans did by trading up for both Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry, giving their defense the two missing pieces to the puzzle. I'm still baffled that Landry was on the board in the 40s. Dane Cruikshank is versatile, athletic, and full of potential, and it's hard to argue with taking a statue of a pocket passer with the 199th pick. I'm not saying Luke Falk will be Tom Brady, but hey, the draft slot doesn't hurt.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS | C+

Landing Derrius Guice late in the second round was one of the biggest steals of the draft, assuming we don't end up with evidence to back up any of these rumors about "off-field" concerns. But other than that, we saw reaches (Geron Christian) and questionable strategy (two nose tackles). Da'Ron Payne is a solid prospect, and Tim Settle was a great value in the fifth round, but Washington had other needs they could have addressed more efficiently instead of doubling up at that position. Mr. Irrelevant, Trey Quinn, is talented enough to make the 53, and Shaun Dion Hamilton's leadership qualities along were worth his selection. Troy Apke and Greg Stroman are intriguing projects for the secondary.

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