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2019 NFL Draft: Fast ratings for each team until the second day




I've heard the argument that it's worthless to grade draft picks immediately after they've been created, but I disagree.

Remember, my 2019 NFL Draft quick-access notes are not based on how I expect a player's career to evolve over the next four or five years – no one knows what the future holds. These values, however, represent an assessment of the process each team has undertaken to select the players who did it, and whether each selection this weekend is appropriate considering the player's performance in college and general athleticism.

Making this snapshot now also gives a baseline assessment of the decision making processes of the teams. If a prospect is a good choice on the day of the draft, but ultimately does not appear in the league, this is a completely different assessment of the decision of his new team than to identify a player who was considered as reach at that time picked up the waiting Three years to evaluate this selection leads to a revisionist story, not to an accurate assessment of a decision based on what was known when selecting the player.

NOTE: These values ​​will be submitted immediately after each day of the draft. As my analysis continues over the weekend, the grades can be adjusted. Selections and trades in the early rounds have a higher weight in the overall rating than in the later rounds.

AFC East


Buffalo Bills
Selection Drafts: Houston DT Ed Oliver (No. 9 in total); Oklahoma OT Cody Ford (# 38); Florida Atlantic RB Devin Singletary (# 74); Mississippi TE Dawson Knox (No. 96)
Day 1 Class: A
Day 2 Class: A-
Overall grade: A
Design analysis: ] Buffalo has a good record in the top 10 because he did not have any trade offers for Oliver. He can play for the Bills indoors or outdoors for his sportiness by regularly putting pressure on quarterbacks and disrupting running games.

Ty Nsekhe was a solid swing-tackle pickup in the freelance agency, but was chosen early in the run-up to Ford. In the second round (which only gives up a fifth rounder in the deal), the Bills give their future legal strike, though Ford could slip inward to protect in case injuries to others dictate the train. Despite LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon in tow, the Bills decided Singletary's short-heartedness was worthy of their third round as the team's future squad. After all, Gore and McCoy are both in their thirties. Knox is an athletic former quarterback who could be a worthy project in time.

Miami Dolphins
Selection designs: Clemson DT Christian Wilkins (No. 13 in total); Wisconsin OG Michael Deiter (No. 78)
Day 1 Class: A
Day 2 Class: A-
Overall grade: A
Design analysis: ] Wilkins is a quality man and an excellent player with the versatility to play anywhere on the line. The team has never really replaced Ndamukong Suh, and Wilkins has the ability to really work inside.

We are totally considering Friday's acquisition of Josh Rosen in this class. It was an absolute bargain to win the second year of the QB for the late second round and the fifth round of 2020. Trading in the second round of a deal with the saints before the conclusion of the Rose deal was also a big step. Deiter fulfills an important need, especially with roses. You desperately need a proper tackle to join him, even though the value at the position on Friday did not exist.

New England Patriots
Draft Designs: Arizona State WR N & # 39; Keal Harry (# 32 in total); Vanderbilt CB Joejuan Williams (# 45); Michigan DE Chase Winovich (# 77); Alabama RB Damien Harris (# 87); West Virginia OT Yodny Cajuste (# 101)
Day 1 Class: A
Day 2 Class: A-
Overall rating: A
Design analysis: When Rob Gronkowski went into the playoffs last season, it was pretty clear that New England needed a reliable, big receiver to win the Downfield. Harry should meet that need pretty well.

The patriots' interest in Williams was not a well-kept secret – he had the versatility they needed in the secondary sector. Making a third round to get him was not a Belichickian move, but if they had a first round for him, I would not blame them for making the deal. In the third round they found a theft in Winovich. He is the type of high-engine, versatile lineman who will be a factor early on. Harris is an all-round talent who has earned a selection 20 times before his drawing point. Cajuste has injury problems and does not have the best feet, but he could work his way up to the right attack. New England could have a quarterback and a close on Saturday and should be able to find both.


New York Jets
Selection Drafts: Alabama DT Quinnen Williams (# 3 overall); OLB Jachai Polite in Florida (# 68); USC OT Chuma Edoga (# 92)
Day 1 Class: A
Day 2 Class: A-
Overall grade: A
Design analysis: ] Williams was a dominant player in Alabama and will be a thorn in the side of the NFL offensive. New Defense Coordinator Gregg Williams wanted an in-person presence, whether he's in a three- or four-man fronts, and Williams is all of that. Jets fans searched for a pass rusher on lap one, but it's hard to beat them blame because they took Williams.

Polite's band shows that he has both power and flex to terrorize NFL quarterbacks. If he turns out to be a professional, the jets will steal the draft. If Edoga is healthy and has a clear mind, he is an effective pass protector in the run game and uncomfortable, much like the Kelvin Beach of the Jets. Note that the team had relinquished its second round last year to land Sam Darnold and that the deal should pay off.

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens
Election Design: Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown (No. 25 in total); Louisiana Tech OLB Jaylon Ferguson (# 85); Notre Dame WR Miles Boykin (# 93)
Day 1 Class: A
Day 2 Class: A
Overall rating: A
Design analysis: ] Several NFL executives told me that they would find it difficult to select Brown, a 166-pound receiver, in the first round. Sure, he's lacking in size, but his talent reminds me of DeSean Jackson, who was under 170 pounds in the NFL Scouting Combine when he came out. If Brown has that kind of career, the ravens will have done well. In addition, they won two posts on the third day (# 127 and # 197), negotiating three points in a deal with the Eagles, and still voted for the man they likely wanted to place 22nd.

Ferguson joins Tim Tim at Williams as a developing run rusher for the Ravens. Ferguson could have gone much earlier, so I suspect Baltimore fans will appreciate his talents. The addition of a larger receiver in Boykin made sense, as Ravens had no great depth. They should look for an insider linebacker as well as a young corner that develops on Saturday behind Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr, both of them well in their 30s.

Cincinnati Bengals
Draftpicks: ] Alabama OT Jonah Williams (# 11 in total); TE sample from Washington (# 52); NC State LB Germaine Pratt (No. 72)
Day 1 Class: A
Day 2 Class: C +
Overall grade: B +
Design analysis: ] Cincinnati needed some help in the attack, and Williams proved he can play in Alabama on the left or right. Since both upper lineline inner areas were removed from the board, this selection made a lot of sense. Only a solid choice.

The sample was considered to be one of the better combination of close ends (running blocker / receiver) in the draft, and the new Bengals coaching staff wanted to incorporate this type of player into the squad. However, it was probably two laps too early. Pratt will be a good center-back for Cincinnati, who had to replace Vontaze Burfict. A second leg substitute for Mark Walton seems to be a likely choice on round 4 or 5.


Cleveland Brown's
Election Drafts: LSU CB Greedy Williams (No.46 in total); BYU LB Sione Takitaki (# 80)
Day 1 Class: A
Day 2 Class: B +
Overall rating: A-
Design analysis: ] To become a legitimate playoff contender at the AFC, the Browns needed another offensive weapon. It certainly was not likely that a player of the caliber of Odell Beckham would be available in 17th place, the first round they sent to the Giants in the OBJ swap. Jabrill Peppers as part of the deal was not over the top, and Cleveland signed veteran Morgan Burnett to help replace Peppers.

The Browns had made their choice on Friday night. While GM John Dorsey said goodbye to a fifth round of the round, Williams was able to move up three places that will play a role early on in his career at Cleveland. Takitaki is a solid linebacker prospect who will contribute immediately. However, he had different classes throughout the league.

Pittsburgh Steelers
Selection designs: Michigan LB Devin Bush (No. 10 in total); Toledo WR Diontae Johnson (# 66); Michigan State CB Justin Layne (# 83)
Day 1 Class: A-
Day 2 Class: A-
Overall grade: A-
Design analysis: [194559008] I was so happy that two internal linebackers came in the top 10 selection. Bush is worth the investment as it moves like a safety and weighs the ball bearers with impunity. The picks they chose to deal with the Broncos – Pittsburgh sent them a second round (# 52) from 2019 and a third rounder from 2020 – is not a ridiculous price, but the Steelers might have one much needed corner found if they had remained in 20th place in the second round (or later) and stood in the back team.

Pittsburgh hopes he found another frills on the receiver by picking up Johnson, who has the tenacity. Hands and speed to excel. Maybe he was later available in the draft, but how can I doubt GM Kevin Colbert's call to a receiver? Layne was a typical Colbert-like figure in the third round, and he quickly earned playing time. A tight end, a return and an offensive duel should be scheduled for Saturday.

AFC South

Houston Texans
Election Drafts: Alabama State OT Tytus Howard (No. 23 in total); Kentucky CB Lonnie Johnson (# 54); Northern Illinois, OT Max Scharping (# 55); San Diego State TE Kahale Warring (No. 86)
Day 1 Class: C
Day 2 Class: C +
Overall grade: C
Design analysis: Howard has the sportiness to be successful in the NFL despite having played in Alabama State FCS. He proved that at the combine harvester and did well at the Senior Bowl. This really smells of searching for the necessity, although they have decided not to resort to their other great need, a cornerback. If Andre Dillard – whom the Eagles chose for a seat before the Texans were on the clock – stars in the league and Howard are not, people will wonder why Houston has not moved up to the top left attack in the draft

Johnson's length and footstep brought him fans in the scouting community this year, and the Texans really needed to strengthen their secondary level. Scharping is a solid duel but was taken at least one lap earlier than expected. It is interesting to see how they choose development tasks that will replace similar players who are already on their squad. Warring has great upside potential as a receiving threat to the Texans.

Indianapolis Colts
Draft Designs: Temple CB Rock Ya-Sin (No. 34 in total); TCU OLB Ben Banogu (# 49); Ohio State WR Parris Campbell (# 59); Stanford LB Bobby Okereke (# 89)
Day 1 Class: A
Day 2 Class: A
Overall grade: A
Design analysis: The Colts retired from the first lap to pick up a second round 2020 pick, the kind of pull I like. The switch from 26 to 46 could have thrown them out on Friday night for the best available players, but this scenario did not run out. Ya-Sin could have been selected late in the first round. The Colts also needed depth at the position. GM Chris Ballard says he wants to extend the defensive line. So it made sense to find a passrusher like Banogu in the second round. Finding Campbell later in the round is a good value, especially if he continues to grow as a passport and distance runner. Okereke can play any of the stack linebacker positions.


Jacksonville Jaguars
Draft Designs: Kentucky DE Josh Allen (No. 7 in total); Florida OT Jawaan Taylor (# 35); Josh Oliver (# 69); Murray State LB Quincy Williams (# 98)
Day 1 Class: A
Day 2 Class: B
Overall rating: A-
Design analysis: The Jaguars were ranked 7th in the overall standings in Allen, a top three talent. You can play him anywhere to cause chaos as a pass rusher and he can also play in the coverage. It was either Ed Oliver or Allen on this selection, and I can not blame them for Taven Bryan, who plays in the first round, going in that direction.

Finding Taylor in the second round was a great choice. And the price they paid to rise for him is not a big deal, as he is one of the top linemen in the design. Hopefully his knees allow him to maximize his abilities. Oliver will be an effective target for the Jaguars. Williams was an unexpected choice in the third round, which would probably have been available later. The team could still use a security and backup solution that will take their picks later on Saturday (they do not have a fourth round at the moment).

Tennessee Titans
Draft Picks: Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons (No. 19 in total); Mississippi WR A.J. Brown (# 51); Charlotte OG Nate Davis (No. 82)
Day 1 Class: A
Day 2 Class: A
Overall rating: A
Design analysis: When Simmons had not ripped his ACL in February, he would have been picked much higher. Teams believe he has been a model citizen since his arrest in 2016. His physicality and his aggressive play give him the chance to be special.

Tennessee found Brown very valuable in the middle of the second round and added him to Marcus Mariota's arsenal, which includes Adam Humphries, Taywan Taylor and Corey Davis. Davis was to go into the third round as a guardian and could compete for the place next to Rodger Saffold in 2019 or 2020.

AFC West

Denver Broncos
Draft Picks: Iowa TE Noah Fant (No. 20 in total); Kansas State OL Dalton Risner (# 41); Missouri QB Drew Lock (# 42); State of Texas DT Dre # Mont Jones (# 71)
Day 1 Class: A
Day 2 Class: A
Overall grade: A
Design analysis: Fant is a sporty freak who will stretch his defense. He is not the complete package as running blocker and receiver, as the former teammate T.J. Hockenson is, but he will be a weapon for veteran Joe Flacco. The Broncos made that decision after trading down in a deal with the Steelers. This year (No. 52) and in the third selection of 2020, an additional selection was made in the second round. They gave a chance to vote for Devin Bush, who could have been a great asset to the defense, but you can not blame the Broncos for taking the draft capital and running.

The Broncos made a giant leap in Round 2, choosing a versatile offensive lineman in Risner and a fantastic value in Lock. That pairing could be the team's battery for a decade if Risner stays in line and heavily armed lock GM John Elway allows him to pull away from Flacco in two years. Jones is a technique of the five, which is located in a place where the team had to add depth.


Kansas City Chiefs
Selection Drafts: Georgia WR Mecole Hardman (No. 56 in total); Virginia DB Juan Thornhill (# 63); Western Illinois DT Khalen Saunders (# 84)
Day 1 Class: B
Day 2 Class: A
Overall rating: B +
Design analysis: The Chiefs sent three picks to the Seahawks for Frank Clark earlier this week. Obviously they considered him better suited for their new defense strategy than Dee Ford (whom they traded to San Francisco this off-season), and Clark is indeed a superior player. The guaranteed money in his new contract is supposed to be everything in the first three years of the deal. Therefore, it is set up so that the Chiefs may receive some salary cap, just as Patrick Mahome's rookie deal expires. However, they gave up two premium picks to land Clark (number 29 overall this year, a second round next year), and they have to hope he will not be worried outside the field.

I thought the situation in Tyreek Hill could make the Chiefs choose Hardman in the second round. Recent Events – A prosecutor re-launched a child abuse investigation involving Hill – and made it clear she needed another strong recipient and returnee. The decision to trade Hardman in the fifth round was certainly an easy decision. Saunders is an excellent support for Derrick Nnadi, similar in stature and explosiveness that sets him apart from the ball. The Chiefs want to address the cornerback spot on Saturday, even though they only have three picks left.

Los Angeles Chargers
Draft drafts: Notre Dame DT Jerry Tillery (No. 28 in total); Delaware S Nasir Adderley (# 60); Sioux Falls OT Trey Pipkins (# 91)
Day 1 Class: A-
Day 2 Class: B-
Overall grade: B +
Design analysis: [194559008] The Chargers ignored offensive attack and secondary stage needs to meet the need for DT in Round 1. The Tillery is a burden if she is allowed to go upstairs, especially if he keeps his hips down to push through blocks. They were apparently not as worried as some teams were because of the shoulder surgery that had the tackle before the design.

Adderley is a versatile cover-free safety leaflet that can replace the released Jahleel Addae and complement Derwin James well. Pipkins is a project player who potentially has an offensive tackle, but was selected one or two round early because he had to find one before Day 3.

Oakland Raiders
Draft Picks: Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell (# 4 in total); Alabama RB Josh Jacobs (# 24); Mississippi State S Johnathan Abram (# 27); Clemson CB Tray von Mullen (No. 40)
Day 1 Class: B +
Day 2 Class: B +
Overall grade: B +
Design analysis: They began the day with their three first-round picks, including two that were won in the trade for experienced players (Rand Khalil Mack vs. Chicago, WR Amari Cooper to Dallas). Ferrell is a good player and it is not surprising that the team was under pressure to replace Mack. Ferrell was the second-best pure front-4-pass rusher on the board after Nick Bosa, the # 2 overall. However, he came well ahead of most people on the board. He has to exceed the expectations, so that the selection works.

The Jacobs selection in 24th position was no surprise, not only because of his immense talent, but also because of the retirement of Marshawn Lynch. Abram is a very good security that brings pop and speed to the secondary side. He will be a leader of the Raiders in the future, and it will not be surprising to see former winners Karl Joseph traded to make room in the field. Oakland had only one choice on Friday night, but used it at Mullen to address a large positional need.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys
Selection draft: UCF DT Trysten Hill (No. 58 in total); Connor McGovern (# 90)
1. Class: A
2. Day: A
Overall Rating: A
Design Analysis: ] Amari Cooper showed what he did with Dak Prescott last year. Yes, Dallas has given up a pick in the first round to get him, but remember – he's only 24 years old and not a veteran in the early 30's. If the team can not sign it for a long-term deal, the grade will be adjusted down, but I do not see it.

Replacing David Irving has now become easier as Hill brings his quick entry into Dallas. McGovern could play guard or center, depending on the health of veteran pivot Travis Frederick. Look for Jerry Jones to find more weapons for the crime on Saturday.

New York Giants
Election Drafts: Duke QB Daniel Jones (No. 6 in total); Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence (# 17 overall); Georgia CB Deandre Baker (# 30 in total); Old Dominion DE Oshane Ximines (# 95)
Day 1 Class: B
Day 2 Class: B
Overall rating: B
Design analysis: ] I mentioned Jones as a meaningful replacement for Eli Manning in November . The QB has many positive traits and it was time for the Giants to find a replacement for Manning. However, many people do not believe that Jones is an elite personality, so the value of the selection is questioned until it proves otherwise. They got an extra first-rounder in Odell Beckham's dealings with the Browns, and they chose Lawrence, a massive defender, with the election. If he shows the ability to push the bag and put a wall inside, he is a great success. GM David Gettleman returned to the first round to fetch Baker, the top candidate in a position of need, and gave up two Saturday picks, many of which they had.

Ximines should be a good choice for the Giants. He is agile and strong on the edge, where an upgrade was required. But the team really needed to improve their offensive line. Addressing the position is a must-have for Day 3.


Philadelphia Eagles
Selection designs: Washington State OT Andre Dillard (# 22 in total); RB State Sanders of Penn State (# 53); Stanford WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (No. 57)
Day 1 Class: A
Day 2 Class: A
Overall grade: A
Design analysis: Jason Peters had a great NFL career, but he's 37 years old and his contract expires after the next season. Dillard and Lane Johnson will form a great tandem whenever Peters moves on, and it was more than acceptable to swap a late fourth and sixth rounder for Dillard to get an elite passport protector.

The Eagles did not opt ​​for Alabama RB Josh Jacobs in the first round, but in the second round they took second place in the draft. Sanders will be a blow back, who could see his role grow rapidly with Jordan Howard as he would become a free agent after the 2019 season. Arcega-Whiteside will be a red bolt and a general safety valve for Carson Wentz. Expect the Eagles to go into defense with their limited selection of Day 3 (two picks).

Washington Redskins
Election Drafts: QB Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State (No. 15 in total); Mississippi State OLB Montez Sweat (# 26 in total); Ohio State WR Terry McLaurin (No. 76)
Day 1 Class: B +
Day 2 Class: A
Overall rating: A-
Design analysis: The fact that they did not have to move to Haskins was a big bonus. His arm is live and he has the ability to distribute the football to all parts of the field. Given the grim future of Alex Smith, it could turn out to be a franchise change that Haskins waiting for 15th place. Eventually Washington went over to Sweat, who will be a good pass rusher if his heart condition does not prevent him from reaching his potential. They really needed depth in the outdoor area, where Sweat fits well. I'm generally not thrilled to give up the second round's rounds of voting, but this man's talent is worth taking that kind of opportunity.

Haskins & # 39; Arm and McLaurin's speed will come together to make huge strides in Washington, as in Columbus. The Redskins have several picks on Saturday to tackle the offensive line and various defense points.

NFC North

Chicago Bears
Election break: Iowa State RB David Montgomery
Day 1 Class: ] A
Day 2 Class: A- [19659008] Overall rating: A
Analysis Design: Khalil Mack was worth 100 percent of the bear's interest. It turned on a light in 2018, and I suspect it will be a force in the next few seasons, excluding injuries (which was a bit worrisome last year). There is no question that he was worth giving up the selection of the first and sixth rounds for 2019, as well as the selection of the third round for 2020 as a sweetener. And parting with a 2020 round for the first round and changing the second round with the Raiders next year may only be a minimal loss to the Bears if they are a playoff team and Oakland will not be their grand total last season substantially surpasses.

When they finally got on the clock on Friday night (they sold their second-rounder in a draft-day deal against WR Anthony Miller), the Bears found their new run in Montgomery, which can carry a heavy workload , However, they had to abandon a round of the fourth round in 2020 as part of the deal.

Detroit Lions
Draft drafts: Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson (# 8 in total); Hawaii LB Jahlani Tavai (# 43); Boston College DB Will Harris (# 81)
Day 1 Class: B +
Day 2 Class: B-
Overall Rating: B
Design Analysis: I love Hockenson from two perspectives. He will be a strong goal for Matthew Stafford and a good blocker in the run game. But he was not the best player available: Ed Oliver was defensive. Time will tell in what direction they should have gone with this choice.

Tavai was selected earlier than expected, much like Kyle Van Noy a few years ago, though NFL scouts believe Tavai can become a starter. The selection of Van Noy did not work for the lions, but hopefully this will be one. Trade with Harris helped the Lions meet a security need and provided fair value.


Green Bay Packers
Selection Drafts: Michigan OLB Rashan Gary (No. 12 in total); Maryland S Darnell Savage (# 21 in total); Texas A & M OG Elgton Jenkins (# 44); Texas A & M TE Jace Sternberger (# 75)
Day 1 Class: A
Day 2 Class: A
Overall grade: A
Design analysis: ] Garys Produktion war nicht das, was man sich in Michigan gewünscht hätte, und sein geschäftliches Interesse außerhalb des Feldes hat einige Teams abgelehnt. Er hat jedoch als Verteidiger im Packers-Programm große sportliche Vorteile. Gary, der am Donnerstag als Linebacker angekündigt wurde, kann draußen oder drinnen spielen und sorgt für konstanten vollen Einsatz. Green Bay hatte eine zusätzliche Auswahl in der ersten Runde von einem Draft-Day-Handel mit New Orleans aus dem Jahr 2018 (Platz 30 insgesamt). Die Packers tauschten sich jedoch aus und wählten Savage aus, der ein sofortiges Sicherheitsbedürfnis erfüllt. Er wird ein wirksamer Nickelverteidiger sein und wird, wenn möglich, Ballträger platzen lassen. Der Handel mit zwei Auswahlen in der vierten Runde (von denen eine für Ha Ha Clinton-Dix aus Washington gewonnen wurde) war angesichts der mehrfachen frühen Wahlmöglichkeiten in diesem Jahr in Ordnung.

Green Bay nutzte schließlich eine frühe Wahl der Offensivlinie und hob Jenkins auf , ein starker und langer Spieler, der jede O-Line-Position für die Bulldoggen spielte. Cheftrainer Matt LaFleur brauchte ein weiteres hartes Ende, und Sternberger erwies sich in der dritten Runde als interessanter Gegner.

Minnesota Vikings
Wahlentwurf: NC State C Garrett Bradbury (Nr. 18 insgesamt); Alabama TE Irv Smith (Nr. 50); Boise State RB Alexander Mattison (Nr. 102)
Tag 1 Klasse: A
Tag 2 Klasse: A
Gesamtnote: A
Entwurfsanalyse: ] Bradbury ist sportlich und hart und gilt als eine der besten Aussichtspunkte, die seit einiger Zeit ausgewählt werden. Minnesotas Offensivlinie war dringend verbesserungsbedürftig, so dass diese Auswahl Quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​und Dalvin Cook äußerst glücklich machen wird.

Smith ist ein enges Ende, das einen guten Wert hatte. Er könnte Kyle Rudolph als Empfänger ersetzen und seinen Körper als Blocker herumwerfen. Minnesota muss wegen der Dauerhaftigkeitsprobleme mit Dalvin Cook eine solide Unterstützung beim Laufen haben, und Mattison ist eine robuste Gegenkraft, die diese Aufgaben erledigen kann. Die Wikinger haben an Tag 3 mehrere Picks, um Sicherheit und Tiefe überall zu finden.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons
Wahlentwürfe: Boston College OG Chris Lindstrom (Nr. 14 insgesamt); Washington OT Kaleb McGary (Nr. 31 insgesamt)
Tag 1-Klasse: B +
Tag 2-Klasse: Keine Auswahl, keine Note
Gesamtnote: B +
Entwurf Analyse: Lindstrom wird für die Falcons ein Jahrzehnt im Interieur sein. Überraschenderweise gelang es GM Thomas Dimitroff nicht, mit einem defensiven Zweikampf wie Ed Oliver oder Christian Wilkins auf die Spitze zu kommen. Lindstrom ist eine sichere Wahl und ein Upgrade gegenüber den erfahrenen Veteranen, die das Team unterschrieben hat, aber sie hätten einen anderen Differenzierer bei der Verteidigung einsetzen können. Dann wählten sie McGary aus, von dem ich dachte, dass Dimitroff in den Top 45 zielte, um den ehemaligen Rechtsstreit von Ryan Schraeder zu ersetzen. Sie gaben eine dritte Runde (Nr. 79) auf und gewannen eine sechste Runde (Nr. 203) in diesem Deal, was kein schrecklicher Preis ist, wenn McGary Matt Ryan als unmittelbaren Starter schützt. Am Ende kopierten sie im Wesentlichen, was Indianapolis im Entwurf von 2018 getan hatte (Colts wählte Quenton Nelson und Braden Smith). Die Falken hatten am Freitagabend keine Wahl.

Carolina Panthers
Wahlentwürfe: Florida State DE Brian Burns (Nr. 16 insgesamt); Mississippi OT Greg Little (Nr. 37); West Virginia QB Will Grier (No. 100)
Day 1 grade: A
Day 2 grade: A
Overall grade: A
Draft analysis: Burns made himself a lot of money by adding weight for the combine. With his explosiveness and bend, adding strength to his frame will help him meet his potential. They met their need for an offensive tackle in the early second round, giving up a third-round selection to move up 10 spots and select Little. He should help protect Cam Newton and Grier, a third-round selection who will likely beat out the team's current backup QBs for a job.


New Orleans Saints
Draft pick: Texas A&M C Erik McCoy (No. 48 overall)
Day 1 grade: C
Day 2 grade: B
Overall grade: C+
Draft analysis: It's too early to determine whether edge rusher Marcus Davenport was worthy of giving up this year's first-rounder plus a fifth-round choice last year. There wasn't another pass rusher available in the first round for which the Saints could have waited, but a wide receiver like D.J. Moore or Calvin Ridley could have helped the team in 2018 and beyond (and would have cost less draft capital). Davenport must excel as a pass rusher over the next three years to make this deal worthwhile.

Once again, the Saints traded future draft capital to land a player they wanted when they moved next year's second-round pick as part of the deal to land McCoy. He was a first-round value that they picked in the middle of Round 2, and Drew Brees needed a sturdy and smart pivot. Could they have found a center later in the draft without giving up a future second-rounder?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Draft picks: LSU LB Devin White (No. 5 overall); Central Michigan DB Sean Bunting (No. 39); Auburn CB Jamel Dean (No. 94); Kentucky S Mike Edwards (No. 99)
Day 1 grade: B+
Day 2 grade: C
Overall grade: B-
Draft analysis: White is a star inside linebacker who will lead the Bucs' defense for years to come. Thankfully, his talent was not overlooked due to the diminished value that's often placed on his position. If Josh Allen becomes a star pass rusher, though, Tampa Bay fans will wonder "what if?"

Bunting could be a good player for Tampa Bay, but there were other corners of higher value available in the early second round. Dean's film was quite inconsistent, but the team thought his potential on the outside was worthy of a third-round choice. The secondary got more help with Edwards, a starter-quality safety who will compete for playing time sooner than later. However, the Bucs ignored needs at running back, wideout, and offensive line to pick those defensive backs.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals
Draft picks: Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray (No. 1 overall); Washington CB Byron Murphy (No. 33 overall); Massachusetts WR Andy Isabella (No. 62); Boston College DE Zach Allen (No. 65)
Day 1 grade: A
Day 2 grade: A
Overall grade: A
Draft analysis: New head coach Kliff Kingsbury decided to bring in "his quarterback" rather than work with 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen. I can't blame him. Coaching in the NFL is difficult enough without passing up a quarterback you believe in. Josh Rosen might succeed in Miami, and I hope he does, but taking Murray first overall was the right move for Kingsbury and the Cardinals.

Forget about 40 times — Murphy has great ball skills and instincts, and he and Patrick Peterson will make a strong starting cornerback duo on the outside. Moving Rosen for a late second-round pick was fantastic, given the circumstances. Using that pick on Isabella will be questioned in some war rooms, especially with 2018 second-rounder Christian Kirk already playing a similar role on the team. Getting Allen in the third was fantastic — he's a Calais Campbell-type bargain who gives his all on every down. The Cardinals must hit on their Day 3 picks to address several needs on both side of the ball.

Los Angeles Rams
Draft picks: Washington S Taylor Rapp (No. 61 overall); Memphis RB Darrell Henderson (No. 70); Michigan CB David Long (No. 79); Oklahoma OG Bobby Evans (No. 97)
Day 1 grade: No picks, no grade
Day 2 grade: B+
Overall grade: B+
Draft analysis: General manager Les Snead must have seen all of his first-round prospects come off the board, as the Rams traded back to No. 45 overall (from No. 31) so the Falcons could select Kaleb McGary. I liked that the Rams picked up a third (No. 79, in addition to the 45th overall pick) in the deal. Additional moves took L.A. out of the top 60 selections. Rapp is simply a heady football player who finds his way to the ball despite possessing average athleticism for the position. I suspect he'll be a long-term starter once Eric Weddle retires (or if the veteran can't stay healthy this year). Henderson's size was brought up in the process, but guys had a hard time tackling his compact build. L.A. needed depth at corner, and Long was a good value in the third round. Evans isn't an elite athlete, but he could be a fair swing tackle, which the Rams need. The deals Snead made set him up for a big Saturday, where the team can find competition for young players already on the depth chart.


San Francisco 49ers
Draft picks: Ohio State DE Nick Bosa (No. 2 overall); South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel (No. 36); Baylor WR Jalen Hurd (No. 67)
Day 1 grade: A
Day 2 grade: A
Overall grade: A
Draft analysis: The 49ers picked the best player in the 2019 NFL Draft in Nick Bosa. Adding him to a D-line that already includes Dee Ford means the Niners will greatly improve their pass rush, as they generated just 37 sacks in 2018 (bottom third of the league). Bosa's power comes into play as a pass rusher and run defender, and his career floor comparison is Chris Long — that's pretty, pretty good.

Samuel's ability to work inside and outside, his toughness, and his strong hands made him a no-brainer pick for the receiver-needy Niners in Round 2. Hurd could be a big steal if he continues to grow as a receiver. The selection of two wideouts was somewhat expected, given their lack of talent at the position. Finding some help for the secondary in Rounds 4 and 5 would seem prudent.

Seattle Seahawks
Draft picks: TCU DE L.J. Collier (No. 29 overall); Utah DB Marquise Blair (No. 47); Mississippi WR D.K. Metcalf (No. 64); Utah LB Cody Barton (No. 88)
Day 1 grade: A-
Day 2 grade: B
Overall grade: B+
Draft analysis: It was shocking to no one that the Seahawks moved down from the 21st overall selection to get more picks later in the draft (two fourth-rounders from Green Bay). With the extra pick they gained by trading edge rusher Frank Clark to the Chiefs, the Seahawks selected Collier, who is a very similar player. Forget about his 4.91 40 time — he'll be a stout run defender and powerful pass rusher. Then, GM John Schneider acquired even more draft capital by trading the 30th overall selection to the Giants for a second-, a fourth- and a fifth-round pick.

The Seahawks apparently did not want to pick early as they moved down again to gain additional picks before selecting their guy at safety (Blair). Metcalf could be an Alshon Jeffery-type bargain for the Seahawks if he reaches his potential as a big-time downfield playmaker. Teams loved the intelligence and athleticism of Barton, and it's not surprising the Seahawks found him intriguing. Loading up at tight end, cornerback and offensive line with the various fourth- and fifth-round picks GM John Schneider accumulated would cap off a strong draft.

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