With the first round in the books, let’s take a look at how each team did.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB
You get the best player in the class and your QB for the next decade.
2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB
You get most analyst’s, including my own, QB2. Wilson is a great talent to build around.
3. San Francisco 49ers: Trey Lance, QB
I give this an A because Lance is the most unproven QB in the class. His skill set however is up there with Trevor Lawrence. I doubt he starts week one, and that’s for the best.
4. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Pitts, TE
You get the best non-QB in the class and another weapon for Matt Ryan. Pitts is a gold jacket talent.
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase, WR
I’m not of the thinking they HAD to go O-Line here. The gap between Ja’Marr Chase and WR4 is a lot wider than Penei Sewell and OT4. Excellent pick for the Bengals.
6. Miami Dolphins: Jaylen Waddle, WR
I would’ve have like to seen Sewell or Slater here, but I love the Waddle pick. He has some injury concerns, but is a great prospect.
7. Detroit Lions: Penei Sewell, OT
The last true blue chip prospect comes off the board. When a blue chip falls in your lap, you snatch him up, especially when you have as many holes as the Lions have.
8. Carolina Panthers: Jaycee Horn, CB
I would’ve like to have seen Slater here, but in a division with Mike Evans, Michael Thomas and Julio Jones, I get the pick. Horn is great and has a high ceiling. Great pick.
9. Denver Broncos: Patrick Surtain II, CB
My grade isn’t because of Surtain, he’s a stud. The Broncos, even with Bridgewater, have the fourth best QB in their division. Fields was sitting there, he should’ve been the pick.
10. Philadelphia Eagles: DeVonta Smith, WR
You had to move up to get him, but with Horn/Surtain off the board and the Giants a threat to go WR, I get it. They didn’t give up much and got a great receiver.
11. Chicago Bears: Justin Fields, QB
The minus is only because they gave up a haul to move up to get him. Fields is still an absolute stud and great value outside of the top ten.
12. Dallas Cowboys: Micah Parsons, LB
The Cowboys were losers because both of the top corners came off the board before 10. Parsons is a great athlete, but doesn’t play linebacker well. I would’ve liked Slater here, maybe even Greg Newsome. Solid pick, Cowboys are a victim of circumstance.
13. Los Angeles Chargers: Rashawn Slater, OT
Excellent value at a position of need. Unlike the Cowboys, the player the Chargers needed fell in their lap.
14. New York Jets: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG
They moved up quite a long way, but they didn’t give up much. They got the best interior lineman in the class, and the best by a good margin.
15. New England Patriots: Mac Jones, QB
I wanted to see the Patriots make a move up and grab Fields. Instead, they stay put and grab Michael McCorkle “Mac” Jones. You get your QB of the future, but the one with the lowest ceiling out of the top five. Best case scenario for McCorkle though.
16. Arizona Cardinals: Zaven Collins, LB
I’m a big Collins fan, but I think this was a bit of a reach. Especially when you lost Patrick Peterson this offseason.
17. Las Vegas Raiders: Alex Leatherwood, OT
The Raiders continue their tradition of reaching in the first round. Let’s pretend your LB core isn’t atrocious. Christian Darrisaw and Teven Jenkins are on the board. Even Sam Cosmi and Dilion Radunz make more sense here than Leatherwood who is not a first round player.
18. Miami Dolphins: Jaelan Phillips, EGDE
If you follow my articles at all, you know I love Philips as a talent. However, he’s already had to medically retire once, and is a concussion away from retiring for good. Great player, but too much risk for me.
19. Washington Football Team: Jamin Davis, LB
If Davis lives up to his potential, this will be the best front seven in football for years to come. Love this pick.
20. New York Giants: Kadarius Toney, WR
It was impossible for the Giants to screw this up, they had a ton of options. I would’ve loved to see JOK or Jenkins here, but I still love Toney here.
21. Indianapolis Colts: Kwitty Paye, EDGE
The Colts took advantage of this deep tackle class and upgraded their pass rush. Paye is not perfect, but has the potential to become a great player. Great pick.
22. Tennessee Titans: Caleb Farley, CB
This grade could easily change IF Farley can stay healthy. Degenerative back problems are a huge red flag. I would’ve like to see the Titans upgrade their pass rush, or if you wanted corner, Greg Newsome was still on the board. He doesn’t have the upside Farley has, but none of the medical red flags
23. Minnesota Vikings: Christian Darrisaw, OT
The Vikings traded back and got a player at a position of need in the range he should’ve went. Great pick.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Najee Harris, RB
Harris is a great player, he’s the reason this grade isn’t a C. You lost three key players on your offensive line, two on the interior. They should’ve taken Landon Dickerson here. I get the pick, but it shouldn’t have been priority one.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Travis Etienne, RB
Etienne is also a great player, however, Jacksonville didn’t have a need at running back. James Robinson was great last year and you’re paying him nothing because he was undrafted. Unnecessary pick.
26. Cleveland Browns: Greg Newsome II, CB
Great value pick here. I had the Browns going Barmore, they’re weak at interior defensive line. I didn’t have Newsome falling this far though. He will pair nicely with Denzel Ward.
27. Baltimore Ravens: Rashod Bateman, WR
We knew they were going receiver, but we all thought it was Terrace Marshall. Bateman to me is a better prospect and will be a great weapon for Lamar Jackson.
28. New Orleans Saints: Payton Turner, EDGE
I had Turner as my EDGE6, he’s a good player and reminds me a lot of Cam Jordan. I just think you could’ve traded up in the second and got him and go another position here.
29. Green Bay Packers: Eric Stokes, CB
You need corner, but there were better corners, like Asante Samuel Jr., on the board. Better yet, go receiver and try to keep your franchise QB in town (still unlikely though).
30. Buffalo Bills: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE
Rousseau has a lot of potential, but is very raw. I wanted him to go somewhere he could sit and not have to make an impact right away.
31. Baltimore Ravens: Jayson Oweh, EDGE
Like Rousseau, Oweh is raw, but he is ten times the athlete. Love this pick. Maybe you wanted to seen them go tackle, but edge was also a position of need.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Joe Tryon, EDGE
It’s hard to give this pick anything less than an A, no matter who they picked. Tryon is a great athlete and won’t be forced to start right away.
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