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NFL Draft: R1 Grades & R2 Mock Draft

The first round was full of surprises, no brainers, and a few head scratching selections but certainly didn't disappoint in terms of intrigue and entertainment. Rumors were proven to be true, a 5'10" QB went #1 overall, the Giants grab their QB of the future, and both the WR and CB positions fell due to a logjam of similar grades at the end of the 1st round. Day two should be just as enjoyable due to the amount of talent still sitting on the board. 10+ players with first round grades have slid into the second and teams will be itching to trade up to go get their guy. Names like Greedy Williams, Byron Murphy, Dalton Risner, and Cody Ford will be off the board early in day two. Expect a huge run on pass catchers, O-linemen, and defensive backs to happen in round two of today's NFL Draft.

1. ARI QB Kyler Murray = A*

This all depends on what they can get for Rosen. It’s an A if Arizona can get a decent return on their investment, if not, it’s borderline C+. The Cardinals has stated that they aren’t giving up the team’s 2018 1st round pick for peanuts but are taking a huge risk if they play the waiting game.

2. SF DE Nick Bosa = A

The easiest decision in the entire draft. Adding Bosa to a line that features the likes of DeForest Buckner, Eric Armstead, and Dee Ford is a no brainer. Solomon Thomas is likely on the trade block and could be moved before the end of the draft.

3. NYJ DT Quinnen Williams = A+

The Jets got the best player in the draft. Brady, Allen, and Fitz? Yeah, Fitz should be terrified of this big man coming up the middle. Year one All-Pro potential prospect.

4. OAK DE Clelin Ferrell = C+

Too soon! Clelin Ferrell is a really good DE prospect but at pick four the value doesn’t necessarily match the level of talent. The Raiders loved with him at 4 but they likely could have gotten him in the early teens.

5. TB LB Devin White = A

A true blue chip can’t miss prospect with a ton of potential. The Buc’s solidified their linebacking for the next 5-10 years. The team certainly has more pressing needs on the roster and Kentucky’s Josh Allen would have filled a huge void opposite of JPP.

6. NYG QB Daniel Jones = F-

A QB with a 3rd round grade and Blake Bortles/Mitchell Trubisky (at best) like comparisons at pick 6??? Gettleman lost his fan base and the draft on this one!

7. JAX DE Josh Allen = A++

Sacksonville never expected to land a premier pass rusher at 7 and neither did we! Josh Allen was not a position of need but an investment and opportunity to find a replacement for Yannick Ngakoue who’s on the final year of his rookie deal.

8. DET TE T.J. Hockenson = A

With Matt Stafford in a prove it year, grabbing a TE like T.J. will provide the Lions offense with a security blanket for their quarterback and a serious technician of a run blocker to clear lanes for Kerryon Johnson.

9. BUF DT Ed Oliver =A

Buffalo wasn’t shy about attempting to trade up to go get an elite DT but wasn’t going to trade the house to do so. Ed Oliver falls to them at 9 and the Bills still get to keep the house. Excellent pick and a scary defense.

10. PIT LB Devin Bush = B+

The Steelers had to pay the price to get up to pick 10 but a linebacker like Devin Bush was well worth the draft capital. Not only is he the best coverage LB in the game but he makes every tackle with ruthless intent.

11. CIN LT Jonah Williams = A

The Bengals played it smart and safe in selection Alabama LT Jonah Williams and not reaching on a QB. A big ugly is never a sexy pick but he’s a day one plug n play prospect with early pro bowl potential.

12. GB DT Rashan Gary = C-

GB simply overreached on Gary. There were several other defensive linemen with a better resume and film to back it up. Gary is a project prospect but a freak athlete who’ll need a lot of time and coaching.

13. MIA DT Christian Wilkins = B+

A solid addition to a defense and team that’s starving for talent. Wilkins is as athletic as he is big and will make an immediate impact on the Dolphins defense and front four.

14. ATL G Chris Lindstrom = D

Lindstrom was considered a 2nd round pick at best, the Falcons definitely reached to grab a zone scheme guard. He’s a great fit but a bad value pick who they could have gotten towards the back end of the draft.

15. WAS QB Dwayne Haskins = A

The Redskins couldn’t have played the board any better than they did. It wasn’t a secret that Washington has been in love with Haskins and was rumored to be willing to jump inside the top 5-10 to go get him. Instead, they remain calm and let the Ohio State QB come to them at 14.

16. CAR DE Brian Burns = B

Solid pick with huge potential. Brian Burns can get after the quarterback as good as any DE not named Allen or Bosa. The Panthers couldn’t have gotten to the podium fast enough to make this pick.

17. NYG DT Dexter Lawrence = B+

As much as I hate what the Giants did at #6, I equally love this pic. Dexter Lawrence is “Snacks 2.0” and brings a presence to the center of their D-line that has been missing for quite some time now.

18. MIN C Garrett Bradburry = A

Solid pick, solid player, and a desperate position of need. Kirk Cousins as well as Dalvin Cook, and the entire offense will benefit from the addition of the drafts best center and interior lineman Garrett Bradbury.

19. TEN DT Jeffery Simmons = A

With Simmons torn ACL, this is an investment pick but the DT is believed to be ready mid-season and will likely help Tennessee make a playoff push. Even if he redshirts his rookie year, Jeffery Simmons talent is well worth the wait and could easily wind up the best player to come out of the 2019 NFL Draft.

20. DEN TE Noah Fant = C+

As good as Noah Fant is and has the potential to be in the NFL, this was too high for my taste. Fant will likely have an adjustment period year one in the league and will need time to develop as most TE’s do.

21. GB S Darnell Savage = B

Darnell Savage will slide right in and fill the void left behind by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. A rangy, versatile safety who can fly around the field and make plays in both the run and pass game. Great pick up and addition to a revamped Packers defense.

22. PHI LT Andre Dillard = B

The Eagles jumped Houston in order to go get their guy and blindside blocker, Andre Dillard. With Jason Peters not getting any younger and multiple injury-plagued seasons under his belt, the team secured the 1st ballot HOFer’s replacement and a bookend LT for years to come.

23. HOU T Titus Howard = C

The Texans didn’t expect Philly to jump them for Andre Dillard and seemingly got caught with their pants down. They were forced to reach on a promising tackle who was considered to be a late 2nd-3rd round pick. Howard looked good at the senior bowl but needs a lot of work to be the tackle Houston needs him to be.

24. OAK RB Josh Jacobs = A-

Gruden’s offensive approach is and always will start with running the ball down the opponent's throat. With Marshawn’s retirement, the Raiders had to pull the trigger, and now get a violent running back who’s game is a blend of Fournette-like power and Kamara-like receiving ability. Jacobs instantly adds another dynamic to Oakland’s offense and will make life a lot easier for Derek Carr and company.

25. BAL WR Marquise Brown = B

“HOLLYWOOD” Brown is the draft’s biggest playmaker at the WR position and the Baltimore Ravens desperately need to continue to surround their young, mobile quarterback with weapons. Jackson simply needs to get the ball in Marquise’s hands and let him do his thing but it’ll be crucial for Lamar to be able to open up the passing game in year two and the cousin of Antonio Brown does just that.

26. WAS DE Montez Sweat = B+

Washington stays put and gets their QB and then makes a huge splash in the 1st round by climbing back up and grabbing one of the best defensive ends in the draft. Montez Sweat is a freak athlete who ran a 4.4 at 270 pounds… he’s got a ton of potential but will need refinement in terms of his pass rushing skill set.

27. OAK S Jonathan Abram = B

A big, lengthy, hard-hitting safety and defensive tone-setter. The Raiders already have Karl Joseph and LaMarcus Joyner but adding Abrams gives them a destructive center fielder and flexibility in terms of play calling with Joyner’s ability to cover the slot/tight end position.

28. LAC DT Jerry Tillery = B

With Bosa and Ingram on the outside, Jerry Tillery is a perfect addition to a team that was in need of interior lineman on both sides of the ball. Tillery will need to bulk up in order to find success against the run but should make an immediate impact as a pass rushing DT.

29. SEA DE L.J. Collier = C

This is a very Seattle thing to do as most didn’t see L.J. Collier making it into the first round but that has never stopped Pete Carroll before. Collier will be expected to fill the hole left by recently traded Frank Clark. Whether he can fill those shoes or not, Seattle at least added a ton of draft capital after multiple 1st round trades.

30. NYG CB Deandre Baker = C

The 1st corner off the board but the number 3-5 ranked cornerback on nearly every big board imaginable. The Giants likely didn’t have to trade up to go get the Georgia cornerback. Even with three 1st round picks, NY is the clear cut loser of day one.

31. ATL T Kaleb McGary = C

The Falcons reached on not one, but two offensive linemen in the 1st round. Kaleb McGary is another scheme specific O-line fit for the Falcons… which makes us wonder why they’d move up to go get a guy most teams didn’t have the same value on. It’s one thing to go get your guy but it’s another to not attempt to play the board.

32. NE WR N'Keal Harry = B

With the additions of WR Demaryius Thomas and now N’Keal Harry, it’s obvious that Bill Belichick is attempting to surround his aging QB with as much talent as possible while he still can. Harry brings the red zone threat lost by Gronk’s retirement and the big body on the outside NE’s missing with Gordon’s indefinite suspension.


(w/ Josh Rosen trade included)

33. Arizona Cardinals- Cody Ford, G/T Oklahoma

34. Indianapolis Colts (Via NYJ)- Jaylon Ferguson, DE Louisiana Tech

35. Oakland Raiders- Irv Smith, TE Alabama

36. San Francisco 49ers- Deebo Samuel, WR South Carolina

37. Seattle Seahawks (Via NYG)- Rock Ya-Sin, S Temple

38. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jawaan Taylor, T Florida

39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Greedy Williams, CB LSU

40. Buffalo Bills- D.K. Metcalf, WR Ole Miss

41. Denver Broncos- Drew Lock, QB Missouri

42. Cincinnati Bengals- Byron Murphy, CB Washington

43. Detroit Lions- AJ Brown, WR Ole Miss

44. Green Bay Packers- Dalton Risner, T Kansas State

45. Los Angeles Rams (Via ATL)- Eric McCoy, C Texas A&M

46. Indianapolis Colts (Via WAS)- Nasir Adderley, S Washington

47. Carolina Panthers- Elgton Jenkins, C Mississippi State

48. Arizona Cardinals- (Via MIA for Rosen)- Lonnie Johnson Jr., CB Michigan State

49. Cleveland Browns- Khalen Saunders, DT Western Illinois

50. Minnesota Vikings- Yodny Cajuste, T West Virginia

51. Tennessee Titans- Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

52. Denver Broncos (Via PIT)- Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

53. Philadelphia Eagles (Via BAL)- David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State

54. Houston Texans (Via SEA)- Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

55. Houston Texans- Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

56. New England Patriots (Via CHI)- Zach Allen, DE Boston College

57. Philadelphia Eagles- Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis

58. Dallas Cowboys- Oshane Ximines, DE, Old Dominion

59. Indianapolis Colts- Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

60. Los Angeles Chargers- Michael Dieter, G, Wisconsin

61. Kansas City Chiefs- Justin Layne, CB Michigan State

62. New Orleans Saints- Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

63. Kansas City Chiefs (Via LAR)- Parris Campbell, WR Ohio State

64. New England Patriots- Connor McGovern, G Penn State

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