The NFL Draft is officially in the books. It was a particularly strong class in many positions, which bodes well for teams who needed to improve. In some cases, teams did really well and drafted guys who will be able to make an impact day one. On the other hand, some teams reached and took players at positions they were already strong at (@Bears @Packers).
In this little mini-series, the Burbs football boys will be grading each team's draft by conference. We're starting off with the AFC. Let's get right into it.
2020 NFL Draft Grades: AFC East
Written by: Matt Harris
Round 2 Pick 54: A.J. Epenesa EDGE Iowa
Round 3 Pick 86: Zack Moss RB Utah
Round 4 Pick 128: Gabriel Davis WR UCF
Round 5 Pick 167: Jake Fromm QB Georgia
Round 6 Pick 188: Tyler Bass K Georgia Southern
Round 6 Pick 207: Isaiah Hodgins WR Oregon State
Round 7 Pick 239: Dane Jackson CB Pittsburgh
Keep in mind that the Buffalo Bills traded their first-round pick away to acquire Minnesota Vikings wide receiver, Stefon Diggs. That alone would make the draft an A for me, but I won't account that in here. They started off hot on day two by getting Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa, who was widely considered to be a first-round talent. Great value and fills the hole that was left by the retirement of Lorenzo Alexander.
They also picked up Zack Moss, an underrated running back who figures to make a good one-two punch with last year's third-round pick Devin Singletary. Gabriel Davis and Isaiah Hodgins are great value receivers who give Josh Allen some nice speed threats alongside Diggs and John Brown.
And of course, Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm. They have Josh Allen, but you need a good backup and I think Fromm is going to be a great backup and could have a similar career arc to Chase Daniel. They also got great value with their last pick, as Dane Jackson provides nice depth to a thin cornerback spot. The only pick I didn't like was the kicker. I'm not a kicker guy, especially after Roberto Aguayo (former Bear) was drafted in the second round and absolutely sucked. If he's good, I'll eat my words, but I don't like drafting kickers. Otherwise, the Bills had one of the better drafts of any team.
Draft Grade: B+
Round 1 pick 5: Tua Tagavailoa QB Alabama
Round 1 pick 18: Austin Jackson OT USC
Round 1 pick 30: Noah Igbinoghene CB Auburn
Round 2 pick 39: Robert Hunt OL Lousiana-Lafayette
Round 2 pick 56: Raekwon Davis DT Alabama
Round 3 pick 70: Brandon Jones S Texas
Round 4 pick 111: Solomon Kindley OL Georgia
Round 5 pick 154: Jason Strowbridge DL UNC
Round 5 pick 164: Curtis Weaver Edge Boise State
Round 6 pick 186: Blake Ferguson LS (Yes, long snapper) LSU
Round 7 pick 246: Malcolm Perry WR Navy (Played QB in option)
This draft grade in the future will depend on Tua. If he pans out and becomes a perennial pro-bowl player, it's an A+++. If he can't stay healthy, it's an F. I'm going to be honest, I'm a little worried about his health, but he has all the tools and arm talent to be great if healthy. It was a little too early for Austin Jackson, but it fills a need at offensive tackle and he has the athletic tools to be a future LT. I didn't get the Noah Igbinoghene pick, because they signed Byron Jones and have Xavien Howard. Maybe he'll slide into the nickel position?
Robert Hunt and Solomon Kindley are good depth pieces on the inside and could fight for starting roles if they play well in preseason. My favorite pick for Miami though was grabbing Boise State pass rusher, Curtis Weaver. Incredible value in the fifth-round and is the kind of player that fits perfectly into what Brian Flores wants to do. He had no business being on the board at that point.
All the other picks didn't impress me, Raekwon Davis could be a good run stuffer, but he struggles mightily in pass-rush situations. Brandon Jones is a nice player, but they could've gotten him much later. They took a long snapper in the sixth-round... Probably could've signed him as a UDFA. Malcolm Perry player option QB at Navy, and could have a role on special teams or on offense as a gadget player. Miami's draft was meh, but we really won't know until we see Tua.
Draft Grade: B-
New England Patriots
Round 2 pick 37: Kyle Dugger S Lenoir-Rhyne
Round 2 pick 60: Josh Uche LB Michigan
Round 3 pick 87: Anfernee Jennings EDGE Alabama
Round 3 pick 91: Devin Asiasi TE UCLA
Round 3 pick 101: Dalton Keene TE Va Tech
Round 5 pick 159: Justin Rohrwasser K Marshall
Round 6 pick 182: Michael Onwenu OL Michigan
Round 6 pick 195: Justin Herron OL Wake Forest
Round 6 pick 204: Cassh Maluai LB Wyoming
Round 7 pick 230: Dustin Woodard OL Memphis
I hate to criticize the greatest coach in NFL history, but his drafting in the past few seasons has been a little weird. Kyle Dugger has a nice story, but he's already 24 years old and still has rawness in his game. Maybe a kick return/ punt return specialist? I love the Josh Uche pick though. Very athletic, versatile linebacker who will definitely have a significant role next year. A little small for an edge rusher, but makes up for it with speed and motor.
Devin Asiasi is a nice player, but why take a TE ten picks later? A kicker in the fifth round? He wasn't even the best kicker in the draft. They made up for it with the pick of Michael Onwenu from Michigan. With Joe Thuney's future in New England unknown, Onwenu provides a good insurance policy in case Thuney isn't re-signed next year. The rest of the picks we're offensive line depth, as it seems the Patriots are going to run the ball a lot this season. Not a fan of this draft, I thought they could've done better.
Draft Grade: C
New York Jets
Round 1 pick 11: Mekhi Becton OT Lousiville
Round 2 pick 59: Denzel Mims WR Baylor
Round 3 pick 68: Ashtyn Davis S California
Round 3 pick 79: Jabari Zuniga Edge Florida
Round 4 pick 120: Lamical Perine RB Florida
Round 4 pick 125: James Morgan QB FIU
Round 4 pick 129: Cameron Clark OL Charlotte
Round 5 pick 158: Bryce Hall CB Virginia
Round 6 pick 191: Braden Mann P Texas A&M
The New York Jets could've taken WR in round one, but they made the smart choice in my opinion, by taking Lousiville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton. Becton is raw in pass pro, but he's a mauler in the run game and should help create lanes for Le'Veon Bell. They also killed it with their second-round pick by taking Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims. Mims shouldn't have been on the board there, but he was. He gives the Jets and Sam Darnold an explosive playmaker that wins with speed. He complements Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman very nicely.
The Ashtyn Davis pick was another great value choice for the Jets. Did they need safety? Not really, but he's a track guy with great instincts. Could he make the move over to cornerback? Cameron Clark and Bryce Hall were two more great value picks by the Jets. Clark could be a day one starter on the line for the Jets. Bryce Hall could also start day one, but health is a concern. Had season-ending surgery on his ankle. A second-round talent that fell all the way to the fifth.
James Morgan was a puzzling selection. Why not Jake Fromm if you were thinking quarterback? Not a fan of the punter pick either, but he was by far the best punter in the class. Jabari Zuniga was good when he was on the field for the Gators, but he was never on the field. It felt like he was always injured. Lamical Perine is no more than a third or fourth running back on the depth chart for them. Thought the Jets had a great draft though, definitely picked up some impact guys.
Draft Grade: B+
2020 NFL Draft Grades: AFC West
Written by: Connor Sheehan
Kansas City Chiefs
Round 1 pick 32: Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB LSU
Round 2 pick 63: Willie Gay Jr. LB Mississippi State
Round 3 pick 96: Lucas Niang OT TCU
Round 4 pick 138: L'jarius Snead Louisiana Tech
Round 5 pick 177: Michael Danna DE Michigan
Round 7 pick 237: Thakarius "BoPete" Keys CB Tulane
The Kansas City Chiefs surprised everyone on the first night of the draft taking the first running back off the board selecting Clyde Edwards-Helaire. It wasn't good value picking a running back in the first round, nonetheless, CEH is certainly in a good position to become a star in this league immediately. As the numbers of good running backs coming into the NFL increase, the value of drafting one in the first round decreases. The Chiefs should've drafted a cornerback in the first as it's proven that elite corners are harder to come by. But who can turn down Patrick Mahomes when he specifically texts the GM (yeah that happened).
The Chiefs got most of their value in the first three rounds and their best pick was Willie Gay Jr. out of Mississippi State. Due to off-field issues Willie slid early in the draft process. After coming in just behind Isaiah Simmons in the 40-yard dash, he also was first in the broad jump, and second in the vert. With explosive tape and a high PFF coverage rating (one of the most important traits for LBs) Willie Gay would've been a first-round pick without the off-field issues. Great value for a huge need for Kansas City's defense.
Lucas Niang is a very raw prospect at the tackle position. His pass blocking reps may not look pretty, but he gets the job done. With good coaching, Niang can become a very viable backup and potential late-career starter. L'jarius Snead is one of the best athletes in the safety class this year. His ball skills and speed potentially offer better translation in the NFL at cornerback, as L'jarius played half of his college snaps as slot corner.
The Chiefs overall had a good draft adding athletes with high ceilings to fill their roster holes. If it weren't for the early running back selection their grade would have been a lot higher, but considering the talent they already possess, this draft was a win for the reigning champs.
Draft Grade: B-
Round 1 Pick 15: Jerry Jeudy WR Alabama
Round 2 Pick 46: K.J. Hamler WR Penn st.
Round 3 Pick 77: Michael Ojemudia CB Iowa
Round 3 Pick 95: Lloyd Chusenberry C LSU
Round 4 Pick 118: Albert Okweugbunam TE Mizzou
Round 5 Pick 178: Justin Strnad LB Wake Forest
Round 6 Pick 181: Netane Muti OG Fresno st.
Round 7 Pick 252: Tyrle Cleveland WR Florida
Round 7 Pick 254: Derrek Tuszka EDGE NDSU
Throughout the entire pre-draft process, Denver had been linked to the wide receiver position for months. It was the only glaring hole on their roster that desperately needed an upgrade. If there was any draft to need a wide receiver, this was the one. In the first round, I thought the Broncos would end up with Justin Jefferson or trade-up for a top tier player. Instead Jerry Jeudy WR1B fell all the way to Denver at pick 15. This pick alone deserved an A+. Jerry has all the tools to be a number one option for the Broncos and possibly the best pure route runner in the league.
In the next round, they added another receiver in K.J. Hamler who has the best take-it-to-the-house ability next to Henry Ruggs. Playing a majority of his snaps in college out of the slot, you can see how explosive he was at Penn st. creating quite the group for Denver next season. I watched corner Michael Ojemudia play at Iowa for the last 2-3 years being the rock in our secondary time and time again. After a great combine and pre-draft interviews, Michael shot up GM's boards and lands in a perfect spot playing under Vic Fangio and the orange crush.
An absolute steal came in the sixth round when the Broncos traded up for one of my favorite players. Offensive guard Netane Muti was a first-round talent in my eyes and a similar prospect to pro bowl guard Will Hernandez of the Giants. Both overpower defensive lineman on every snap. Muti's combination of size, strength and finishing all are translatable traits for guards in the NFL. He showed off that strength at the combine putting up 44 reps on the bench press, the next closest? 37 and 34 reps from offensive lineman. If it weren't for Muti's injury question marks, he would have gone a lot earlier in this draft making this selection a steal for Denver.
All in all the Broncos had a great draft adding talent in almost every round while filling out the weakest parts of their roster. They traded up to get both of the o-lineman they wanted and got a blue-chip player late in the first.
Draft Grade: A
Los Angeles Chargers
Round 1 Pick 6: Justin Herbert QB Oregon
Round 1 Pick 23: Kenneth Murray LB Oklahoma
Round 4 Pick 112: Joshua Kelly RB UCLA
Round 5 Pick 151: Joe Reed WR West Virginia
Round 6 Pick 186: Alohi Gilman S Notre Dame
Round 7 Pick 220: K.J. Hill WR OSU
What can I really say about the Chargers draft? They were pigeonholed into selecting a QB at #6 because the chances are LAC won't ever be picking that high again. With one of the most talented rosters in the league, the Chargers are surrounding Justin with every possibility to succeed. The question is; can he? When the Burbs Football Team came together with prospect grades for each potential first-rounder, we unanimously felt that Herbert would not become a top tier quarterback much less deserving of the number six pick. One of our analysts Matty Ic3 compared Herbert to Blaine Gabbert a physically gifted QB that simply did not pan out. Likewise, with Justin, he doesn't have the necessary decision making that makes or breaks college QB's in the NFL. With that being said, this wasn't even the worst pick of the draft for LAC.
This move raised eyebrows across the football world. The Chargers traded with the New England Patriots at 23 overall to draft Kenneth Murray out of Oklahoma. At first glance, this pick doesn't seem that bad. Contrary to public opinion, moving up in the draft for a specific player is a bad play. When you move up for a player you give up chances to draft other players. The way I like to describe it is darts, you have a certain number of darts to throw in the draft, some will hit and some will miss. Even though 1st rounders have theoretically a better chance to "hit" doesn't necessarily mean that it will. The best strategy is to collect as many darts (picks) as you can to increase your chances to hit. In this case, the Chargers gave up two darts for one on a player that was the fourth linebacker on my board. Everyone speaks to Murray's insane speed for an LB and his character on and off the field that makes him a natural born leader. Although, Murray has a hard time controlling his own speed. He over pursues and misses large holes that's his number one job to fill. Contrary to his speed he only has 4 pass breakups on 102 targets in coverage per Pro Football Focus. If he can't control his own speed then he may earn an early bust tag for the Chargers.
It wasn't all bad though, the Chargers best pick was actually their last. K.J. Hill was in my eyes one of the best slot route runners in the draft. Like his old teammate, Terry Mclaurin was slept on before setting the NFL on fire, K.J. Hill has the tools to follow in his footsteps in a wide-open race for Los Angeles's slot receiver role.
Draft Grade: D
Las Vegas Raiders
Round 1 Pick 13: Henry Ruggs III WR Alabama
Round 1 Pick 19: Damon Arnette CB OSU
Round 3 Pick 80: Lynn Bowden Jr. WR Kentucky
Round 3 Pick 81: Bryan Edwards WR South Carolina
Round 3 Pick 100: Tanner Muse S Clemson
Round 4 Pick 109: John Simpson OG Clemson
Round 4 Pick 129: Amik Robertson CB Louisiana Tech
In the analysis before the Chargers I talked about how the draft was kind of like darts. The more darts you have the better chances your picks will hit the board. The Las Vegas Raiders were the best example of that in the 2020 draft. They came into the draft with the 6th most draft capital and two first-round picks. They traded out or up 5 out of the 7 times they selected. The Raiders had the most picks through four rounds and threw seven darts at the board, because their darts (picks) were earlier they also had a better chance to hit. Philosophically dominating the draft, Mike Mayock Vegas's General Manager, played the board with perfection. only taking players they absolutely loved when the value was at its highest. This alone put the Raiders in the top tier of grades I gave to every franchise.
Although I didn't love them taking Ruggs as the first receiver off the board, and Arnette was a bit of a reach. They followed their plan of attack throughout the first two days. Adding speedsters Henry Ruggs and Lynn Bowden Jr. who will both see special roles in Jon Gruden's offense. Bryan Edwards can fill Tyrell Williams role when needed. As well as grabbing two Clemson products (Gruden's favorite) who both could be starters some where down the line. The Raiders grabbed talent early and often.
Their best pick of the draft was their last one. Amik Robertson a smaller framed cornerback that is nasty at the line of scrimmage. He plays with a fire and intensity against receivers that are much larger than him and he rarely seems to lose. Robertson earned one of the highest coverage grades out of any CFB corner in zone and man. A rare player that will make an impact for Las Vegas right out of the gate.
Draft Grade: A
2020 NFL Draft Grades: AFC North
Written by: Dylan Fadden
Round 1 Pick No. 28: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Round 2 Pick No. 55: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
Round 3 Pick No. 71: Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M
Round 3 Pick No. 92: Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
Round 3 Pick No. 98: Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
Round 3 Pick No. 106: Tyre Phillips, G, Mississippi State
Round 4 Pick No. 143: Ben Bredeson, G, Michigan
Round 5 Pick No. 170: Broderick Washington Jr., DT, Texas Tech
Round 6 Pick No. 201: James Proche, WR, SMU
Round 7 Pick No. 219: Geno Stone, S, Iowa
Coming into the draft the Ravens had a league-best record at 13-3 and the MVP of the league in Lamar Jackson. They already had a highly talented roster and they only added more talent during this draft with their ten draft picks. To criticize this draft would be absurd, given that they got arguably the best LB with Patrick Queen, a top-five running back in the draft class with JK Dobbins, and one of the most electric playmakers out of the slot with Devin Duvernay.
None of these positions were necessarily holes by any means but they didn't have very many weak spots on their roster to begin with. The strategy here was to draft young playmakers to go along with Lamar for years to come, they got their LB's(Malik Harrison and Patrick Queen), RB(JK Dobbins) and a pair of wide receivers in "Hollywood" Brown(last years draft) and Duvernay to plan for the future.
Even looking at the back half of the draft I love what they did, adding offensive line depth along with another uber talented WR in James Proche and a solid B10 corner that fell in Geno Stone. Since this roster is so talented only a few of this draft class will make instant impacts, others will have wait until they get their chance to play but all in all, this was a draft for the future and I absolutely love it. The Ravens will remain competitive and shoot for a Super Bowl while they also have a TON of talent on their bench waiting for their time to shine. I don't envision the Ravens being bad for a very long time, they have solid pieces everywhere and virtually don't have a weak spot on their team at the moment. This is a scary sight for the AFC North and the rest of the league.
Draft Grade A
Round 1 Pick No. 1: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Round 2 Pick No. 33: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Round 3 Pick No. 65: Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming
Round 4 Pick No. 107: Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, Appalachian State
Round 5 Pick No. 147: Khalid Kareem, DE, Notre Dame
Round 6 Pick No. 180: Hakeem Adeniji, OT, Kansas
Round 7 Pick No. 215: Markus Bailey, LB, Purdue
The Bengals were incredibly fortunate to end up with the number one overall pick in this years draft. While they did earn this spot by being completely horrible with, they are lucky it ended up happening with the timing and correspondence of Joe Burrows break out year, if this came just one year earlier they would not have their QB of the future and potential all-pro talent. Joe "Burreaux" while it was obvious, was a fantastic pick and pairs up a young head coach with a young QB to generate hope for this organization.
Aside from the number one overall pick, the Bengals did just "eh". While Tee Higgins is a tremendous talent, I would strongly have argued they should have utilized this pick in another area to strengthen their team in an area that wasn't already strong. While AJ Green is on the older side and has struggled with injuries, he will be ready to go next season. Then you look at both Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate and they both had played extremely well over the past couple of years making the wide receiver position not critical to upgrade this year.
The last pick I will mention is 3rd rounder and former Wyoming player Logan Wilson. After not having heard of the middle linebacker before the draft, he looked the part and the potential to be a starting linebacker in this league. The former safety and wide receiver turned linebacker shows the athletic ability and hard-hitting ability to thrive in the modern NFL where everyday speed is becoming more important.
I found myself really contemplating how good this draft actually was, the burrow pick, while it was a great pick, didn't take much thought and was expected. I'm really not a fan of the Tee Higgins pick. He's a great player, not a fan of the pick. Then the rest of the picks don't really address major concerns and areas of improvement for this team. While hey gained a lot of talent but it didn't necessarily largely improve their team and there are still are holes that need to be addressed if they want to compete in a very competitive division. The only reason they get in the B range is because of the potential of Joe Burrow and the talent they drafted. From a drafting standpoint, I am questioning the logic of some picks as it doesn't seem to accelerate the rebuild.
Draft Grade B
Round 1 Pick No. 10: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
Round 2 Pick No. 44: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Round 3 Pick No. 88: Jordan Elliott, DT, Missouri
Round 3 Pick No. 97: Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU
Round 4 Pick No. 115: Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic
Round 5 Pick No. 160: Nick Harris, C, Washington
Round 6 Pick No. 187: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
The Browns coming into the draft were a team that already had a good and talented roster but needed to improve in a few areas to add the final pieces to their rebuild. And wow did they do a fantastic job last weekend. They managed to get a top tier talent at Tackle, one of and if not the best safeties in the draft, and then continued to add to their defense with Mizzou DT Jordan Elliott and LSU LB Jacob Phillips both in the third.
The first-round pick of Wills was an obvious one. Everyone knew the Browns would be selecting a Tackle with the 10th overall pick in the draft it just depended on which one was still going to be there. Of the top tier talent left on the board was Wirfs, Becton, and Wills. They ended up going with Wills and it can't be questioned, all of these guys were so close in talent and plenty of analysts had Wills as the number 2 or 3 tackle in the draft. While not a glamorous pick the Browns get their much-needed tackle to protect for Baker for years to come.
As a Bears fan, this pick kills me. I wanted the Bears to grab Delpit with the pick before this one, very badly but of course they didn't. The Browns had to be laughing to themselves thinking "how did this guy fall into a lap at 44?" and it's honestly a great question. A lot of people believed that despite was a first-round talent and potentially was the best safety in the draft. So when the bears passed on him it was a no brainer for the Cleveland Browns to take the potential pro-bowl talent in Delpit. With this pick, they made their secondaries one of the most young and promising and it will be fun to watch how Karl Joseph, Grant Delpit, Greedy Williams, and Denzel Ward all play together.
Draft Grade A-
Round 2 Pick No. 49: Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Round 3 Pick No. 102: Alex Highsmith, OLB, Charlotte
Round 4 Pick No. 124: Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, Maryland
Round 4 Pick No. 135: Kevin Dotson, G, Louisiana
Round 6 Pick No. 198: Antoine Brooks Jr., S, Maryland
Round 7 Pick No. 232: Carlos Davis, DT, Nebraska
We're going to keep this one short and sweet, and I'm probably lower on the Steelers draft than most people. Their premier pick of the draft was at number 49 with Chase Claypool, and while I don't think he's terrible I'm really not all that high on him and don't view him as a player that will drastically help an offense. Aside from that none of their picks appear to help them win now and they have yet to show any sign of a heading towards a major rebuild. When you factor in the Claypool pick along with the rest of their draft its hard for me to assume they drafted anyone that will come in and be a difference-maker let alone playing time. It was a confusing draft and not a good one for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Draft Grade C-
2020 NFL Draft Grades: AFC South
Written by: Ryan Dobbs
Round 2 pick 40: Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
Round 3, pick 90:Jonathan Greenard, LB, Florida
Round 4, pick 126: Charlie Heck, OT, North Carolina
Round 4, pick 141: John Reid, CB, Penn State
Round 5, pick 171: Isaiah Coulter, WR, Rhode Island
Tough offseason for the Houston Texans. They traded away DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals and got back an injury-prone running back in David Johnson. The draft wasn't much better. The lone bright spot for the lone star state was Ross Blacklock, who fills the hole left by the loss of D.J. Reader in free agency. I like his speed on the inside as a pass rusher. Other than that, meh. I didn't really like what they did.
Draft Grade: C-
Round 2, pick 34: Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC
Round 2, pick 41: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Round 3, pick 85: Julian Blackmon, S, Utah
Round 4, pick 122: Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
Round 5, pick 149 (from Lions): Danny Pinter, OL, Ball State
Round 6, pick 193: Robert Windsor, DT, Penn State
Round 6, pick 211 (from Jets via Chiefs): Isaiah Rodgers, CB, UMass
Round 6, pick 212 (from Patriots): Dezmon Patmon, WR, Washington State
Round 6, pick 213 (from Patriots): Jordan Glasgow, S, Michigan
The Indianapolis Colts had a very good draft. They grabbed two instant impact offensive starters in Mike Pittman Jr. and Jonathan Taylor. Both are very nice complements to T.Y. Hilton and Marlon Mack respectively. Julian Blackmon should be a day one starter for the weak Colts secondary.
They also drafted their quarterback of the future in Washington's Jacob Eason. He should sit for a year or two, as he still needs to develop his game. I like his arm talent and he could end up being a starter down the line.
Draft Grade: B+
Round 1, pick 9: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
Round 1, pick 20: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
Round 2, pick 42: Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
Round 3, pick 73: DaVon Hamilton, DT, Ohio State
Round 4, pick 116: Ben Bartch, OT, St. John’s University at Minnesota
Round 4, pick 137 (from 49ers through Broncos): Josiah Scott, CB, Michigan State
Round 4, pick 140 (from Bears): Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami
Round 5, pick 157 (from Ravens through Falcons): Daniel Thomas, S, Auburn
Round 5, pick 165 (from Rams): Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
Round 6, pick 189: Jake Luton, QB, Oregon State
Round 6, pick 206 (from Seahawks): Tyler Davis, TE, Georgia Tech
Round 7, pick 223: Chris Claybrooks, CB, Memphis
The Jacksonville Jaguars needed to fill their roster that has holes all over the field and I think they did a pretty nice job. Two impact starters for them in round one, who will likely be starters on a rebuilding defensive unit. Laviska Shenault when healthy is a dominant playmaker who can become Gardner Minshew's favorite target out of the slot. Ben Bartch fills a need at tackle, but do you trust him to start on the left side?
Josiah Scott is a smaller corner but is physical, fast, and great instinctually. I see him as more of a nickel corner. Jake Luton is physically gifted and will be Gardner Mishew's backup going forward. It will be interesting to see if he gets time if Minshew is injured or struggles.
Good draft for the Jaguars though.
Draft Grade: B
Round 1, pick 29: Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
Round 2, pick 61: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Round 3, pick 93: Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State
Round 5, pick 174: Larrell Murchison, DT, NC State
Round 7, pick 224 (from Browns): Cole McDonald, QB, Hawaii
Round 7, pick 243: Chris Jackson, S, Marshall
The Tennesee Titans had a very underrated draft. They grabbed Georgia right tackle, Isaiah Wilson, in round one. Wilson is a dominant run blocker and could either kick inside to guard or battle for the right tackle spot with Dennis Kelly. The best value pick for them was LSU's Kristian Fulton in round two. After being discussed as a potential first-rounder, he fell all the way to the back half of the second round. With the Titans issues at cornerback, he should be a starter on opening day.
Darrynton Evans is a solid back who can provide a nice change of pace for Derrick Henry. Lastly, Cole McDonald has the tools and arm talent to be a nice backup for many years. Very good draft for Tennessee.
Draft Grade: B+