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2020 NFL Draft: Final Grade On All Teams

Apr. 26, 2020 - Michael Stewart

2020 NFL Draft: Final Grade On All Teams

Introduction: The 2020 NFL draft has come and gone and although we didn’t see early 1st round trades as was expected, we did see many trades throughout the entire draft; especially in the middle rounds. As always; there were winners and losers and other teams somewhere in between in terms of success and failures. Here are my final grades for each team in the 2020 NFL draft.

A+

  • Arizona Cardinals: Isaiah Simmons in the 1st, Josh Jones in the 2nd, need I say more. Just an overall solid draft.
  • Dallas Cowboys: How about those Cowboys, solid picks on day of the draft starting with WR CeeDee Lamb falling into their laps. Day 3 picks of center Tyler Biadasz and Edge Bradlee Anae was the icing on the cake.
  • Miami Dolphins: Miami didn’t need to trade up and got their Quarterback of the future in Tua Tagovailoa. The rest of their picks were very impressive as well, adding talent on both sides of the ball.
  • Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings added talent from start to finish with their picks. From 1st round pick WR Justin Jefferson, to middle picks of OLB Troy Dye & DT James Lynch to finally the back end pick of DE Kenny Willekes.

A

  • Baltimore Ravens: 1st three picks was slam dunks (Patrick Queen, J.K Dobbins, Justin Madubuike) and the rest was too shabby.
  • Buffalo Bills: The Bills followed up a successful free agent phase with a solid draft nabbing A.J Epenasa in the 2nd and adding offensive weapons in Zack Moss, Gabe Davis & Isaiah Hodgins. The swift of power in the AFC east has begun.
  • Carolina Panthers: New Head Coach Matt Rhule addressed the Panthers defensive side of the ball by drafting all defensive players. 1st three picks could all start as rookies and perhaps gain all-rookie defensive team honors. (Brown, Gross-Matos & Chinn).
  • Denver Broncos: The Broncos 1st two picks are offensive weapons in WR Jerry Jeudy & K.J Hamler. Then they finish Day 3 with a solid defensive pick in Edge Derrek Tuszka.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars rebuilding phase has went into warp drive after a very successful draft. First three picks alone will be major contributors as rookies (C.J Henderson, K’Lavon Chaisson & Laviska Shenault).
  • Kansas City: The rich get richer as the Chiefs fresh off a Super Bowl victory load up with a solid draft. Hard to imagine not seeing them back in the Super Bowl this year.
  • Washington Redskins: Just adding Chase Young in the draft automatically gives you a high grade, but the Redskins didn’t there. They added two solid WR in Antonio Gibson and Gandy-Golden, added two quality OL in Keith Ismael & Saahdiq Charles. The NFC east just got more competitive.

B+

  • Cincinnati Bengals: Bengals definitely improved their roster starting with the selection of Heisman trophy winner Quarterback Joe Burrow.
  • New York Jets: The Jets did a fine job filling in their roster with talent and depth pieces. This could have been a higher grade as they choose Becton over Wirfs; which could come back to haunt them.
  • San Francisco 49ers: I bumped the 49ers up from a B to a B+ simply by squeezing an extra pick from the Tamp Bay Buccaneers by moving only one spot and still getting their intended target in DT Javon Kinlaw.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs could have a slightly higher if not for them trading down one spot to get Tristan Wirfs, who have been there for them anyway as no reports of another team looking to leap frog them for Wirfs.  The other selections were all solid picks.

B

  • Atlanta Falcons: In a draft that was extremely deep at CB, the Falcons reached with their selection of A. J Terrell.
  • Cleveland Browns: The Browns got themselves a brawler with their 1st pick (Jedrick Wills) and added solid pieces on both sides of the ball.
  • Detroit Lions: The Lions added talent with the best cornerback in the draft in Jeff Okudah and utilized the rest of their picks with productive and solid prospects.
  • Indianapolis Colts: Solid draft for the Colts across the board, adding talent on both sides of the ball.
  • Las Vegas Raiders: This grade should have been higher if not for the poor selection of CB Damon Arnette in the 1st round. There were other CB & other prospects still on the board who were rated much higher than Arnette.
  • Los Angeles Chargers: Solid draft for the Chargers, getting their Quarterback of the future in Justin Herbert & adding playmaker ILB in Kenneth Murray in the 2nd.
  • New York Giants: The Giants started out strong with their 1st two picks in OG Andrew Thomas and S Xavier McKinney. The other picks were not glamorous picks, but solid ones. The Giants finally added Hog Mollies with three OL selected.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers needed to wait until round two for their 1st selection and they hit a homerun with the addition of WR Chase Claypool. They also scooped up RB Anthony McFarland who is going to be a very productive addition.
  • Tennessee Titans: The Titans did a solid job drafting solid needs across the board. OT Isaiah Wilson might have taken a back seat to Andrew Thomas in Georgia, but he will quickly establish a name for himself in the NFL.

C+

 

 

  • Chicago Bears: The Bear would have gotten a higher grade, however; they drafted tight end Cole Kmet despite having 10 tight ends already on the roster. This is not a knock on Kmet, could have filled a position of weakness.
  • New Orleans Saints: With only five picks in the 2020 draft. The Saints should have traded back at least once for additional picks. The selection of center Cesar Ruiz was solid and he should start from day 1.
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C

  • Green Bay Packers: The Packers had a solid 2019 season (13-3) with a well below WR group. This was arguably the best WR class in the past decade and the Packers decide to select Aaron Rodgers successor in quarterback Jordan Love in the 1st round; who will sit the pines until Rodgers decides to retire.
  • Houston Texans: Head Coach/GM Bill O’Brien might be biting off more than he can chew occupying two hats. Could have made different choices throughout the draft; which would have made better sense.
  • Los Angeles Rams: Rams had to wait until round two to make their 1sr selection and the rest of their selections were marginal at best.
  • New England Patriots: This is something you rarely see, the Patriots getting a sub-par grade in the draft. Head Coach Bill Belichik got some nice additions, but never addressed the quarterback position at all. Perhaps he’s leaning towards signing Cam Newton or making a deal with the Bengals (Andy Dalton) or the Colts (Jacoby Brissett).
  • Philadelphia Eagles: Sorry Eagle fans, I don’t understand the Jalen Hurts selection when you have money and years invested in Carlson Wentz. Again, this is not a knock on Hurts, but the Eagles should have utilized that 2nd round pick elsewhere.
  • Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks falter to a C grade based on their selection in round 1 with ILB Jordyn Brooks. There was plenty of other prospects rated much higher and if Brooks their guy, they have traded back for additional picks and then still select him.

Final Thoughts: The 2020 NFL draft will go down as a memorable event with the abundance of talent displayed. The addition of these prospects filtered throughout the NFL teams will undoubting change the shift of power in certain divisions and balance out the playing field. Also, teams are already burning the phone lines looking to sign talented UDFA prospects were slipped through the draft process and I believe when we look back at this draft, we are going to see many Pro Bowlers selected on Day 3 and also signed as UDFA’s.