Reasoning: The Seahawks have to be feeling the heat from within the division, the Cardinals are up and coming and the 49ers and Rams are bringing back quality football teams. I think the Seahawks did alright with filling holes in their depth chart, but I really would have liked to see them get a speed slot corner and a higher quality receiver in the draft. I think Brooks and Lewis are going to be the two impact players out of this class for the Seahawks. Per usual, there is a lot of good potential in these picks, but in terms of how much an impact out the gate, only time will tell.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Reasoning: Didn’t fill many holes on the team, but were able to land in my opinion two impact guys with their first two picks. Kinlaw is going to be a force to be reckoned with and Brandon Aiyuk should bring Garapollo another strong weapon on the outside to go alongside Deebo Samuel, which he reminds me a lot of.
Reasoning: Isaiah Simmons is an absolute steal at the #8 pick, way too much versatility, skill and speed. I believe the Cardinals got a superstar in Simmons. Their following three picks were all great picks as well, beefing up both sides of the line. Well done in the draft Cardinals, well done!
LOS ANGELES RAMS
Reasoning: I guess you could say the Rams filled some holes in their roster? With middle to late round picks… You talk about a team that went from first to worst in a matter of years. I think the Rams are really going to feel the effects of this Draft over the coming years. Better hope they can keep their core nucleus in tact because I foresee some drama coming to the Rams of Los Angeles.
Reasoning: The Vikings filled every need on their board and built some solid depth, particularly at corner back. To get Justin Jefferson late first round and Ezra Cleveland late in the second round, the Vikings are getting two guys that should be ready to contribute right away. I like what the Vikings did with their draft!
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Reasoning: Although the Packers left a lot of fans scratching their heads over the first few rounds, I think long term this draft will be applauded. Jordan Love should be able to soak in a lot of knowledge sitting behind Aaron Rodgers for a few seasons. Second round pick AJ Dillon isn’t a “sexy” pick at running back but he is a productive back and should pay off in the Green Bay conditions where running the ball late in the season is important. Late in the draft, they were able to fill holes on the offensive line, so they didn’t go home empty handed in that regard.
Reasoning: The Lions did well with their picks early; selecting Jeff Okudah, D’Andre Swift, Julian Okwara and Jonah Jackson. I don’t know if these selections improve their team a whole lot immediately but the selections definitely look good on paper, now let’s see what happens on the football field.
Reasoning: Given the Bears didn’t have much opportunity to go after high end players with their first pick coming in the second round. For them to leave the draft with Cole Kmet and Jaylon Johnson, I think they are very happy with what they got with their tight end and corner back selections. Late rounds they filled some more voids, but it’s hard to say if they struck gold in any of these selections.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Reasoning: The Saints obviously didn’t have much ability to build depth with the four picks that they possessed this draft. I think they stretched a bit for the center in Round 1, but arguably the best outside linebacker in the draft fell to them in Round 3 with the selection of Zack Baun. I will give them credit for picking up some quality in the few picks they had.
Reasoning: Carolina went all out on drafting defensive help. I think they got a lot of quality players on that side of the ball, but they probably won’t have a great enough impact to make the Panthers relevant again. They definitely have holes on offense with Cam Newton’s departure from the team so a little surprised they didn’t draft a quarterback.
Reasoning: Falcons filled a few needs within their team, but from looking at their picks I don’t think they got any real game changers. Obviously with the Saints and Buccaneers now, you might have thought that the Falcons would aggressively pursue somebody but that doesn’t look to be the case.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Reasoning: The Buccaneers have by far been the team that has had the most roster improvement in the off season. Bringing in Brady and Gronkowski from the Patriots will lead to a potent offense with all the pieces they already had in place. The selection of Wirfs and Winfield should pay immediate dividends.
Reasoning: I will give the Redskins a B grade because they got the best player in the draft in Chase Young, that being said it’s still unclear how the other selections will pan out. I think one of the receivers will turn out good, but I don’t see a lot of high impact guys in this draft for the Redskins.
NEW YORK GIANTS
Reasoning: I believe the Giants had arguably the best draft out of any of the NFC East teams, selecting Andrew Thomas and Xavier McKinney you are getting two guys who can make an impact from the start. Something tells me the other picks are going to do just fine as well. It will be interesting to see how the Giants do this year!
Reasoning: The Eagles filled some positional needs, but the selection of Hurts was a bit interesting when you have other positions that you needed besides QB. The Eagles will be competitive, but don’t look for them to make any runs at the Super Bowl or anything. This draft didn’t do that much good for them in my opinion.
Reasoning: Oh, it’s all about the ego of Jerry Jones. I can already here it now “How about them Cowboys!?”. Getting players like CeeDee Lamb and Trevon Diggs were surely good selections, but until Jerry Jones can change his mindset focusing on money I really don’t see the Cowboys going anywhere. He may have deep pockets, but he sure doesn’t have much bling, as in Championship rings.