Cleveland Browns draft grade

Cleveland Browns draft grade:

2017 draft picks:

Round 1(1st overall) – Myles Garrett – Defensive End – Texas A&M

Round 1(25th overall) – Jabrill Peppers – Safety – Michigan

Round 1(29th overall) – David Njoku – Tight End – Miami

Round 2(52nd overall) – DeShone Kizer – Quarterback – Notre Dame

Round 3(65th overall) – Larry Ogunjobi – Defensive Tackle – Charlotte

Round 4(126th overall) – Howard Wilson – Cornerback –┬áHouston

Round 5(160th overall) – Roderick Johnson – Offensive Tackle – Florida State

Round 6(185th overall) – Caleb Brantley – Defensive Tackle – Florida

Round 7(224th overall) – Zane Gonzalez – Kicker – Arizona State

Round 7(252nd overall) – Matt Dayes – Running Back – North Carolina State

Analysis:

The Browns had a need at pretty much every position except offensive line on their roster and they certainly improved their team during the draft. Myles Garrett was by far the best player available in this draft and the Browns would have been silly not to draft him with the 1st overall pick. Garrett has elite pass rushing skills and there is no reason as to why he shouldn’t get 10+ sacks every year. He will make an immediate impact for the Browns and drafting him is a good start to building a contender. Meanwhile, Jabrill Peppers will also be a big impact player for the Browns on defense. Peppers doesn’t have good ball skills, but he always seems to make plays and he has the versatility to play in the box as a linebacker or in coverage as a safety. Peppers is a major upgrade at safety for Cleveland and he should bring another outstanding playmaker to a defense that really needed it. Cleveland also drafted tight end David Njoku out of Miami in the 1st round. Njoku didn’t really reach his potential in college as a pass catcher, but he is a good blocker and he is athletic enough that he could be an outstanding receiver as well. Njoku isn’t a complete tight end yet, but he will be a starter right away and he has the potential to be a great tight end. Also, the Browns drafted a quarterback in the 2nd round as they selected DeShone Kizer out of Notre Dame. Kizer probably has the highest potential of any quarterback in this draft, but he also might be the most raw quarterback in this draft. However, the Browns are the perfect team for Kizer since he won’t have to start right away and the Browns have the time and patience to figure out whether he will be their franchise quarterback. There is no doubt that Cleveland needed a starting quarterback badly and they are hoping that Kizer can finally be that guy. Larry Ogunjobi is a good pass rusher that is versatile enough to play either defensive tackle or defensive end for the Browns. Either way, Ogunjobi will be a good rotational defensive lineman right away and he has the potential to be a good starting defensive tackle for Cleveland eventually. Cornerback was a position that the Browns needed to address at some point and they did so by drafting Howard Wilson in the 4th round out of Indiana. Wilson probably won’t be a starter right away, but he provides much needed depth to the cornerback position and he could become a starter at some point soon. The Browns also made an interesting pick in the 6th round as they drafted defensive tackle Caleb Brantley out of Florida. There is no doubt that Brantley is a 1st round talent, but recent off-field issues caused a dramatic fall in his draft stock. If Brantley can deal with those issues effectively then the Browns could be getting the biggest steal of the draft. Brantley won’t be a starter for Cleveland right away, but if he can prove his maturity then he could be a really good starting defensive tackle soon. Cleveland also made a really good pick in the 7th round as they drafted kicker Zane Gonzalez out of Arizona State. The Browns struggled with their field goal kicking last season and Gonzalez was one of the best kickers in recent college football history. Gonzalez will compete with Cody Parkey for the kicker job in training camp, but don’t be surprised if Gonzalez wins the job before week 1 of the season. The Browns are still far away from being contenders, but they drafted many players that could be key for success in a few years.

Grade: A

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Baltimore Ravens draft grade

Baltimore Ravens draft grade:

2017 draft picks:

Round 1(16th overall) – Marlon Humphrey – Cornerback – Alabama

Round 2(47th overall) – Tyus Bowser – Outside Linebacker – Houston

Round 3(74th overall) – Chris Wormley – Defensive End – Michigan

Round 3(78th overall) – Tim Williams – Outside Linebacker – Alabama

Round 4(122nd overall) – Nico Siragusa – Guard – San Diego State

Round 5(159th overall) – Jermaine Eluemunor – Guard – Texas A&M

Round 6(186th overall) – Chuck Clark – Defensive Back – Virginia Tech

Analysis:

The Ravens added to their secondary in the 1st round by drafting cornerback Marlon Humphrey out of Alabama. Humphrey is a small cornerback that could play on the outside, but he probably fits best in the slot for now since the team already has Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr as the outside cornerbacks. Tyus Bowser is another player with high potential that the Ravens got in the 2nd round. Bowser might not start right away, but he should at least compete for the starting linebacker job that was vacated by the release of Elvis Dumervil. The Ravens continued adding to their defense in the 3rd round by drafting defensive tackle Chris Wormley out of Michigan. Wormley has the ability to play defensive end, although he will almost certainly be an immediate starter for the Ravens at defensive tackle. Wormley has great length and power, but he has decent pass rushing skills as well which is what will make him a very good defensive tackle. Baltimore got a terrific value selection in the 3rd round as they drafted outside linebacker Tim Williams out of Alabama. Williams is a 1st round talent that the Ravens were somehow able to get in the 3rd round. Williams probably won’t start right away, but he is a great pass rusher that should replace veteran Terrell Suggs at outside linebacker very soon. The Ravens got another value pick when they drafted guard Nico Siragusa in the 4th round out of San Diego State. Siragusa is a 2nd round talent that somehow fell to the 4th round of the draft. He is a good run blocker and he will likely compete for the starting spot at left guard right away for the Ravens. Baltimore drafted another guard in the 5th round when they selected Jermaine Eluemunor out of Texas A&M. Eluemunor should provide solid depth at right guard for the Ravens and he has the potential to be a starter one day in the NFL. The Ravens first two picks were decent with Marlon Humphrey and Tyus Bowser. However, the Ravens had a terrific draft because of the value that they were able to get with Wormley, Williams, and Siragusa in the middle rounds.

Grade: A

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Miami Dolphins draft grade

Miami Dolphins draft grade:

2017 draft picks:

Round 1(22nd overall) – Charles Harris – Defensive End – Missouri

Round 2(54th overall) – Raekwon McMillan – Linebacker – Ohio State

Round 3(97th overall) – Cordrea Tankersley – Cornerback – Clemson

Round 5(164th overall) – Isaac Asiata – Guard – Utah

Round 5(178th overall) – Davon Godchaux – Defensive Tackle – LSU

Round 6(194th overall) – Vincent Taylor – Defensive Tackle – Oklahoma State

Round 7(237th overall) – Isaiah Ford – Wide Receiver – Virginia Tech

Analysis:

The Dolphins have been lacking a 2nd pass rusher to go along with Cameron Wake for awhile now and Wake is getting old which means he’ll likely be replaced soon anyway. Charles Harris gives the Dolphins a very talented pass rusher that should be able to have at least 10+ sacks per season. Harris struggles against the run at times, but he should be able to make a solid career out of being a very good pass rushing specialist. Raekwon McMillan is a linebacker that should start for the Dolphins right away at weakside linebacker. The Dolphins got a really good cover cornerback in the 3rd round when they drafted Cordrea Tankersley. He is really fast and he probably fits best as a starting slot cornerback for Miami as he isn’t a good tackler at all. I really like the selection of guard Isaac Asiata in the 5th round because he is a very good run blocker that provides solid depth for the Dolphins at guard and he could even start very soon. Miami did a good job of addressing their needs and they had a solid draft overall.

Grade: B+

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Buffalo Bills draft grade

Buffalo Bills draft grade:

2017 draft picks:

Round 1(27th overall) – Tre’Davious White – Cornerback – LSU

Round 2(37th overall) – Zay Jones – Wide Receiver – East Carolina

Round 2(63rd overall) – Dion Dawkins – Right Tackle – Temple

Round 5(163rd overall) – Matt Milano – Linebacker – Boston College

Round 5(171st overall) – Nathan Peterman – Quarterback – Pittsburgh

Round 6(195th overall) – Tanner Vallejo – Linebacker – Boise State

Analysis:

The Buffalo Bills did a good job early on of filling some needs starting with the selection of cornerback Tre’Davious White in the 1st round. White is a physical cornerback that the Bills are hoping can make an immediate impact in 2017. He might not be as good as Stephon Gilmore who left the Bills in free agency, but White at least gives the Bills a proven starting cornerback. Buffalo also lost number 2 receiver Robert Woods in free agency and they replaced him in the draft by selecting East Carolina wide receiver Zay Jones. He isn’t a very fast receiver, but he does catch the ball very effectively and he is the possession receiver that the Bills desperately needed. The Bills also had a huge hole at right tackle which they addressed in the 2nd round by drafting Dion Dawkins out of Temple. Dawkins has the versatility to play either inside or outside, but he will likely start right away at right tackle for Buffalo since they don’t have any better options at that position. I was really shocked that the Bills took a quarterback in the 5th round as they selected Nathan Peterman out of Boston College. The Bills already have two young quarterbacks on their roster with Tyrod Taylor and Cardale Jones, so I’m not quite sure why they would want to draft a 3rd-string quarterback. Peterman has some potential to be a good NFL backup quarterback, but he is likely just a develepmental project for the Bills. Overall, the Bills filled some big needs on their roster, although I would have liked to have seen them add some more depth to their team.

Grade: B

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New York Jets Draft Grade

New York Jets draft grade:

2017 draft picks:

Round 1(6th overall) – Jamal Adams – Safety – LSU

Round 2(39th overall) – Marcus Maye – Safety – Florida

Round 3(79th overall) – ArDarius Stewart – Wide Receiver – Alabama

Round 4(141st overall) – Chad Hansen – Wide Receiver – California

Round 5(150th overall) – Jordan Leggett – Tight End – Clemson

Round 5(181st overall) – Dylan Donahue – Defensive End – West Georgia

Round 6(188th overall) – Elijah McGuire – Running Back – Louisiana-Lafayette

Round 6(197th overall) – Jeremy Clark – Cornerback – Michigan

Round 6(204th overall) – Derrick Jones – Cornerback – Ole Miss

Analysis:

The Jets came into the draft with tons of areas of need which is why it was kind of surprising that they drafted two safeties with their 1st and 2nd round pick. I really like the Jamal Adams pick and I was kind of surprised that he was available with the 6th overall pick for the Jets. Adams is an elite safety that will be a big upgrade over former 1st round pick Calvin Pryor. However, I was absolutely shocked that the Jets drafted yet another safety in the 2nd round with Marcus Maye. New York already had Marcus Gilchrist, so they didn’t really need another starting safety. Maye is a good safety, but they should have addressed another need like at the cornerback position. I really like the pick of wide receiver Aradrius Stewart in the 3rd round. Stewart gives the Jets a much needed explosive receiver on offense and he gives the team a major threat for several years to come. Chad Hansen is another receiver that should help the terrible Jets passing game. Hansen is more of a possession receiver that might not see much of a role right away, but he could be a decent starter a couple of years from now. Also, I really like the selection of tight end Jordan Leggett in the 5th round. The Jets have been struggling to find a tight end that can catch the ball for many years and Leggett provides them with a reliable pass catcher that can make plays after the catch. New York didn’t address the cornerback position until the 6th round when they drafted Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones. Neither are going to be starters, but they at least provide some much needed depth to the position and they could at least see some defensive snaps considering the Jets weakness at cornerback. Overall, I like the additions of Adams, Stewart, and Leggett a lot and I thought the Jets improved their roster in the draft. However, the drafting of safety Marcus Maye in the 2nd round is a puzzling move that lowers their grade to a B-.

Grade: B-

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New England Patriots draft grade

New England Patriots Draft Grade:

2017 Draft Picks:

Round 3(83rd overall) – Derek Rivers – Defensive End – Youngstown State

Round 3(85th overall) – Antonio Garcia – Offensive Tackle – Troy

Round 4(131st overall) – Deatrich Wise – Defensive End – Arkansas

Round 6(211th overall) – Conor McDermott – Offensive Tackle – UCLA

Draft Analysis:

The Patriots didn’t have a pick until the 3rd round after they traded their 1st round pick to the Saints for Brandin Cooks and they traded their 2nd round pick to the Panthers for Kony Ealy. New England didn’t get a full-time immediate starter for 2017 with their draft picks, but they certainly added some quality depth. Derek Rivers is a defensive end/outside linebacker who is really good at getting after the quarterback. Rivers won’t start right away, but he could be valuable as a rotational pass rusher for the Patriots. My favorite pick for the Patriots was when they drafted offensive tackle Antonio Garcia out of Troy in the 3rd round. Garcia adds some very good depth to the offensive tackle position right away and he could be a good fill-in if needed. However, he is a player that could be a good starting left tackle or right tackle for the Patriots in a few years. Deatrich Wise provides some much needed depth at defensive end and he could see a limited role early on for the Patriots. Also, they drafted Conor McDermott in the 6th round who will probably just battle for a roster spot as a backup offensive tackle. Overall, the Patriots didn’t draft any immediate starters for 2017, but they are getting Rivers and Garcia who could be starters in a couple of years.

Grade: C+

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Pittsburgh Steelers free agency grade

Notable additions:

Tyson Alualu – Defensive Tackle – From: Jacksonville Jaguars

Coty Sensabaugh – Cornerback – From: Buffalo Bills

Notable subtractions:

Lawrence Timmons – Inside Linebacker – To: Miami Dolphins

Markus Wheaton – Wide Receiver – To: Chicago Bears

Jarvis Jones – Outside Linebacker – To: Arizona Cardinals

 

Analysis:

The strategy for the Pittsburgh Steelers recently has been to build their team mostly through the draft rather than being active during free agency and they stuck to that strategy once again this offseason. Pittsburgh only made a few low-level signings as they signed defensive tackle Tyson Alualu and cornerback Coty Sensabaugh. Alualu provides some defensive line depth as he will likely be a rotational player at defensive tackle and possibly even defensive end. Alualu never lived up to the expectations of being a 1st round pick with the Jaguars. However, he could be a really good bargain signing for the Steelers even if he is just a depth piece. Meanwhile, the team also signed Coty Sensabaugh to a 2-year deal as he will likely just be a depth addition as a 4th cornerback for the Steelers. Sensabaugh could possibly play as a nickel cornerback for Pittsburgh, but ultimately his biggest contributions will probably be on special teams coverage. The Steelers didn’t add any players that will make much of an impact next season, but they certainly did lose some impact players in free agency. For example, starting inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons left to sign with the Dolphins. Timmons was a very productive player for Pittsburgh for many years, but now they will have to address that position in the draft at some point. The Steelers also lost former 1st round pick Jarvis Jones who never lived up to expectations as a starting outside linebacker for the team. However, Jones was still important to the Steelers as he provided solid depth at linebacker. Also, the Steelers lost some wide receiver depth with the departure of Markus Wheaton. He never made much of an impact at wide receiver and Pittsburgh is so deep at the position that his departure doesn’t impact them much. Pittsburgh still has a great roster because of how well that they have drafted recently, but they still have several holes on their roster that they didn’t fill. The Steelers didn’t get much worse in free agency, although they certainly aren’t any better than they were last season.

Grade: C-

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