Giants draft grade B-: The Giants made some moves before the draft started. The first move was to obtain Mettenberger from the titans, they gave up OLB Jacquan Williams but that’s a small price to pay if Mettenberger will be the man under centre. Then the New Yorkers obtained a bunch of picks from the pats by trading away their 3rd round pick. Good trade? Well that all depends on what they did with the picks of course. We will circle back to that later cause the giants made another trade, this one with the Saints. Giants sent Stevie Brown to New Orleans to obtain their 3rd round pick. The off season moves all were focused on gathering draft picks, this is something the fans always like but it does put more pressure on the coach to make the right picks. So here we go.. how did the Giants use the picks they gathered? With the 3rd pick in the NFL draft the Giants select…. Parker Smith HB. Do we see a lot of HB’s this early in the draft? No, should we see them this early in the draft? Well we should if they are this talented, the 21 year old rookie from Pittsburgh is a monster trucking and stiff arming his way through the field butalso spinning and juking with ease this guy can do it all. If the Giants hand him the ball enough he could throw his name in the OROTY conversation. In the 2nd round the Giants went for RG Darrin Galvin, who was picked to open up holes for Smith to run through and that is something he did a lot already for Michigan St. In the 3rd round the Giants got to pick again and Evan Turner DT heard his name being called. This will probably prove to be a reach because not many people expected him to go this early and frankly he shouldn’t have gone that early. Giants had a lot of picks in the later rounds and those are always difficult once to pick and to judge. In the 5th round they took Mack Hilliard WR this kid has decent speed and really nice hands, when he played for Illinois St. he made some amazing catches. But the critics ask them selves if he is fast enough and if his round running is crisp enough? If he manages to get better at running routes he could be a red zone threat with his 6 foot 4 body. In the 6th round Kristoff Felton HB was picked up by the Giants he has been amazing on special teams in college and this is where we suspect he might see some playing time for the Giants also. All in all the Giants got a lot of fresh blood and it remains to be seen how many rookies actually end up on the 53-man roster. We are at least excited to see who makes it!
Redskins draft grade A: The skins had a difficult season last year which resulted in the 2nd overall pick, after a low action off-season the draft couldn’t come soon enough for the skins fans. With the 2nd overall pick the skins took QB Jared Langford and what a pick it was. The Georgia golden boy seems on all parts to be one of the best QB to come out of college since Peyton manning. He has a cannon of an arm and is very accurate, with his 6 foot 2 he also has the body to be a great passer. So the skins were off to a flying start in the draft and they used to 2nd round to give Langford a weapon to throw to in the person of Sedale Norwood WR. This kid is 6 foot 4 and has great hands and rout running ability. If he and Langford can get on the same page this can be a nice duo for years to come in Washington. In the 3rd round the skins found a beast of a guy… literally Harris Ellison LE is 6 foot 7! Apart from being that big he also has some speed and gets after the QB what a pickup in round 3. The scouting for the skins was really good because they also managed to get a great guy in round 4! Russell Buchanan HB played for Ohio State and proved to be a pass catching HB who is elusive and doesn’t shy away from breaking some tackles. The fans in Washington must be ecstatic with such a young explosive new offense, it will definitely not be boring to watch the skins play next season.
Eagles draft grade C-: The Eagles shocked the league and especially their fan base by giving away their 1st 2nd and 3rd round pick to move up 7 spots in the first round and gain an extra 4th round pick. The fans did believe they gave up way to much to get that pick. On the other hand the Eagles just won the SB so that made the fans trust that the guys upstairs know what they are doing. With the 25th pick the Eagles took Connor Murphey C from Alabama. This kid was a very popular pick after he showed of his huge strength at the combine. His run blocking is also really good the only thing he can work on is pass blocking. In the 4th round the Eagles picked up corner Dion Hurst who is going to have to battle to get a spot on the 53-man roster which says a lot about his projected ability. With their own 4th round pick the Eagles went o-line again with Evan McGhee LT a solid backup. All in all not a very exciting draft in Philadelphia which is what can happen after you win the SB. The positive side of things is that the eagles didn’t lose anyone so they still are the top contenders to bring next years SB to Philly.
Cowboys draft grade C+: The cowboys underperformed last year and ended up with the 15th pick. The roster of dem boys looks pretty packed with talent already so there’s not much needed to make that push for the playoffs possible. In the 1st round the Cowboys selected Brody Snelling TE one of the most pro ready players in the entire draft. This kid is a giant with his 6 foot 6 body and he also has a good pair of hands on him adding a big threat to the aerial attack of the cowboys. All in all might prove to be a great pickup at 15. There wont be many line backers that will have a good matchup against this kid. In the 2nd round the Cowboys added Parker Jones HB to the backfield and if we are to believe the coaches he will be the immediate number one running back on the roster. And if you would’ve asked any HB pre-draft ‘where would you like to end up?’ they would’ve all probably have said Dallas. Running in the gaps behind that stacked o-line will be his pleasure. And if the gap closes don’t be surprised if Parker still runs through/over it. In the 3rd round Dallas went QB in Chance Bradley and im being very positive when I say this kid is a project and I wont expect to see him on the field any time soon. Chances(yes that was on purpose) are that he wont ever see the field. All in all 2 strong pickups to an already stacked roster promises good times in Dallas. QB still remains a big problem for dem boys though.
49-ers draft grade A: On to the big rivals of the cowboys, the 49-ers had 2 trades leading up to the draft. First of they got their hands on Lamin Barrow MLB from the Bears. The former 5th roundpick was acquired for a 2nd round pick. The fans found it a rather high price for the line backer but the coach was happy to build some depth behind Bowman. The other trade was the trade with the Eagles where they got the long side of the stick according to most people. Where they picked up a 1st, 2nd and 3rd round pick for their 1st and 4th round pick. With their first pick in the draft the 49-ers went for LT Morris Ogletree to protect Kaeps blindside. What Morris lacks in strength he doubly makes up for in blocking technique this kid is a multi talent in the pass and the run blocking. With the 8th pick in the 2nd round the niners picked up WR Tajh Lewis a very agile athletic WR who doesn’t relies on speed but more on his ability to pick balls out of the air. His rout running is crisp and he will be a big weapon in the red-zone. With the 32nd pick in the 2nd round the 49-ers went for Gordon Hurd LG in a draft that was pretty deep at the 0-line Gordon is a nice pickup especially in the pass game he can keep many pass rushers at bay. (pun intended) With the 3rd pick in the 4th round B.J. Finley LE came of the board and this was one of the biggest steals in the entire draft. This kid is fast and knows his way to the QB. He also tends to pickup everything fast so he will be a project for the coming years but don’t think you wont see him on the field in his first year we are sure he will get some playing time. In DeMarkus Barkley DT 49-ers found another nice late round pickup. This tackle is not far from being ready to start day 1 and that in round 4 not to shaby! The niners didn’t stop there in the 5th round they took Stephond Bruton FB who is a high regarded player at his position can run the ball and catch it a multi talent. This kid will help the niners get that 1st down. Great pickup again, to round up the fans in san Francisco are insanely hapy with the draft and are looking forward to next season. Last year they just got to the playoffs with all this new talent the fans are dreaming of that championship game.
Rams draft grade B: Think your offseason was busy? Try putting Donald on the trade block and see what happens to your inbox! After the trade with the Texans was denied by the commishes the rams struck a deal with the Dolphins. Hell bound on letting Donald and the 1st overall pick walk they wanted PICKS and maybe an impact player or 2. Well they sure got that much in WR Devante Parker widely seen as one of the better receivers in the league. Still the public opinion swayed to the Dolphins getting the better part of this deal. This all could be silenced on draft night of course, getting 3 potentially impact players next to Mitchell and Parker might change the views on that deal. So lets dive in to the first pick of the Rams which was the 11th overall pick. Davion Austin QB came of the board and what a pick it was. This kid has the atlethic ability of Mariota and the arm of Winston add his sponge like ability to soak up knowledge to the mix and you got yourself a game changer at the QB position. And how do you put a price on that franchise guy under center? We know many franchises tried to put a price on that and it was never a cheap one. There’s only one concern with this kid and that is that he’s slightly injury prone. A heavy burden falls on the o-line this year to prevent Austin from getting banged up to much. With the 24th overall pick Trenten Armstrong WR came of the board, another solid pick since the Rams added speed with Parker they went for a big guy to get more presence in the red-zone. And if this kid can do something well its get him self open and come down with the ball. With their own 2nd round pick the Rams showed they wanted to keep their new QB upright by picking up Glenn Holland LG this kid has a lot of strength can block well, only thing he needs to work on is to get some impact in his blocks. He didn’t ‘pancake’ one guy in college and although this is not a must it would give Gurley that chance to pick up yards like its nothing. With the 2nd round pick they got in the Donald-deal Dondre Carter RT came off the board. The scouts were especially impressed with his bench-presses during the combine and his ability to put guys on their asses. His big development area is his blocking and his football IQ. This raises the question if he will see any playing time next year already. In the 3rd round the Rams went with Chrishon Jefferson WR and this kid has some wheels! His catching ability is also on point the only reason he might have dropped this far is because of his size (5’8”) but when Parker and Armstrong are already on the field how many defenders will Jefferson get on him? We think not many and that might be a big mistake. Great pick up, in the later rounds the rams didn’t seem to pick up any impact players but with potentially 5 starters picked up this offseason St. Louis can’t wait for the season to commence.
Cardinals draft grade B-: It was a quiet offseason in Arizona with no trades leading up to the draft. The fans were kind of hoping/anticipating that the cards would make a move for a QB. In their mind this was the only piece missing from getting to the SB next season. And with the 22nd pick it would be hard/impossible to get that franchise guy under center. Pick after pick was made and the fans hope was fading. When it was time to announce the Cardinals pick the fans were hoping the guys upstairs wouldn’t reach and take a QB out of need that wasn’t any better than what they currently got. And luckily for them Malik Hughes ROLB was chosen. This kid is quit the player and might be one of the biggest talents in the entire draft, so to get him at 22 was nothing less of an absolute steal. In the 2nd round Cuiney Murray CB was chosen this is a kid who can do anything at the position just isn’t the quickest guy you will ever meet. His vertical leap left everyone stunned at the combine what made up for his size (5’10”). In the 3rd round Dre Charles HB came of the board and this can be seen as kind of a steal also. This kid is agile has loads of speed and can also catch passes. This multi-talent will probably be the backup of Johnson but he can also serve a roll in special teams and on duo hb plays. We expect him to see quit some playing time next season. Then in the 5th round the cards finally went for a QB but the experts don’t expect him to play a lot and if he does that probably means the Cards are in big big trouble. All in all the cards went for best available and made some great pickups that way. The future will tell if it’s enough to go all the way.
Seahawks draft grade C-: The Seahawks are known for not making any big deals the last couple of years. They try to get quality players in the draft and keep their core groupe of playmakers together. And who can blame them? When you have players like Sherman/Russell/Kam etc.you don’t need to make big deals. So the Seahawks got to pick 16th overall and took Will Richards RT from UCLA. A big kid with a lot strength and decent blocking skills. He was also one of the few o-line man who had decent awareness. So Seattle was of to a good start in the 2nd round they surprised friend and foe to go for a QB Ryan Jackson who was projected to go far later in the draft. Its not hard to see what they liked about the kid and that was his athletic possibilities, this kid knows how to scramble which is why they p probably liked him as stand-in for Russell. The real shock was that this kid has terrible terrible accuracy and can’t throw the ball that hard 2 things that are kind of mandatory for playing the position like its supposed to. Terrible pick up in the 2nd round, in the 3rd round Antwaun Scott MLB came of the board. This kid also has nice speed and knows how to tackle guys. He won’t be ready to start in the first season we think but if he watches Wagner enough there’s no telling how good this kid can end up to be. In the remaining rounds the Hawks didn’t manage to pickup any meaningful players what meant that it was a pretty disappointing draft for Seattle.
Vikings draft grade C-: On to the North we go and Minnesota was looking forward to the draft. This is already a good team with young stars but you can never have enough stars! The Vikes made no offseason moves and got to pick 21st overall and went for Shaakir Scott DT. This kid isn’t as big as many other DT’s but he is agile and he can get to the QB using his power and technique. In the 2nd round Minnesota added Tyler Russell WR, this kid, as many WR’s in this class isn’t the fastest of receivers. He does however tend to make crazy catches and runs his routes as well as you can expect from a guy fresh out of college. Lane Chisholm RT was the 3rd round pickup for the Vikes, we aren’t to confident in this pick because he does some things average and others below average he could have gone way later in the draft so it was a bit of a reach. We don’t expect to see him on the field much next season. Kind of the same can be said for 4th round pickup Jarrick Gandy CB. He has average speed and his coverage is good enough. His football IQ is terrible though and that makes it hard for him to be in the right place at the right moment that combined with him being short we don’t expect to see much of him. All in all it wasn’t the best draft for the Vikes, it helps that they already have a quality packed roster so they probably wont lose sleep over it.
Packers draft grade C: The pack didn’t flinch in the offseason and made no moves at all. And why would they, last season ended in the championship game for Green bay so with some talent in the draft maybe that will take them to the SB next season. In the first round the packers picked up Darius Hunter CB and it was a real nice pick. Darius is 6 foot and has crazy speed, he sees the game and knows where to be and his coverage skills are good also. Darius may have been the best corner in the draft or at least one of the best, great pick! The 2nd round proved that the first round pick may have been a fluke because Claudeson Austin LE was way way lower on all the other teams draft boards and he shouldn’t have gone in the 2nd round. I’m not even sure he will make the 53-man roster, in the 3rd round the pack took another swing at a defensive end in the from of Aldrin Walls RE. In our book this was a better pick then Austin but still wasn’t the best pick they could have made. He has some skills to work with (strength/tackle/Hit power/block shedding) but his football IQ is so low that he doesn’t even know which end-zone is his own. We don’t expect to see much of him in his first season but with some good help he might become a good player in a couple years. The other picks were also definitely no starters, we don’t want to say it was a failed draft for the pack because they got one power pick and maybe that’s all they needed to get to the SB. Very curious to see how this season will go for Green Bay!
Bears draft grade B-: Well in a division with the Packers and Vikings the Bears needed to add a lot of talent to be in a place where they could compete with these teams. Chicago decided to move MLB Barrow to San Francisco to obtain their 2nd round pick. In other words they were laying it all on the draft to spice up the team.In the first round Khrystian McKay ROLB came of the board, Khrystian is a great run stopper mmmkay? He’s not the kind of guy who will get to the QB a lot or can cover people for long but he is a though grinder who will wreck people if they come near to him. In the 2nd round Brandon Gilbert DT was chosen this kid does know how to get to the QB and did that on a regular bases for Georgia. With the SF pick Isaac Patrick CB was acquired, a solid pick who has some speed and has nice coverage skills. In the 3rd round QB A.J. Blake was picked up, this was a contested one because even though he has enough power in his arm to get a nice spiral his accuracy in college was lacking and there are not many (if any at all) that get better passing rating in the NFL then they had in college. You can’t blame the Bears for trying to get a QB though since Cutler is getting older and last year threw 26 INT’s (even though he put up 35 TD’s its just to many turnovers). Despite the technical difficulties the Bears can be pleased with a decent draft where they picked up a couple starters. Curious to see how they will fair versus the packers and vikes next season.
Lions draft grade C-: To close out the division we go to Detroit to see what the Lions had in store for us. The Lions have more holes in their roster then Swiss cheese. If they are able to pick up 7 starters that would be great but they still would have a hard time competing in this division. Not surprisingly the Lions got an early pick (5th) and with that pick they chose Demarcus Duncan WR from Florida. This was the last place we expected them to go for with already having megatron in the roster. It did force us to look closer in to this kid and we like what we see there. DeMarcus is 6 foot 4 has decent speed and amazing hands, seriously this kid doesn’t drop a thing. Stafford must be extremely pleased with this pick up although he also could’ve used some protection. In the 2nd round Josh Hunter LE came of the board and this was a bad pick at this stage of the draft. Yes he has a lot of upside he can tackle HARD and knows how to run over people to get to the QB. If he will also be able to do this against NFL 0-lineman is a big big question mark though. The Lions must know something the rest of us don’t cause they were very decisive on picking this kid. In the 3rd round Davion Spriggs CB came of the board and again this was an ok pick but this kid has so low football IQ that it wouldn’t surprise us if he took all year just to learn the playbook. The rest of the draft was more of the same so overall it was a disappointing effort from Detroit only picking up 1 true starter in such a depleted roster that’s unacceptable.
Buccaneers draft grade B-: The Buccs didn’t have a busy offseason but wore involved in one of the biggest trades this offseason where QB Winston was traded to the Chiefs for 2 1st round picks. Who will be the winner in this trade all depends on what Tampa Bay manage to get out of those first round picks. Lets not forget Winston is the former #1 overall pick and you won’t find a QB like him any time soon. We do understand the trade though since Tampa lost Winston 8 weeks last season but Glennon seemed to manage the offense just fine. Back to the draft the Buccs wore looking for WR’s and CB’s because those wore the big holes in the roster last season. With the 9thoverall pick Phillip Daniel CB came of the board, there was no surprise to that pick. Daniel is a big CB who has good coverage skills and knows how to play the position. He has decent speed on him and did get a pick every now and then in college. With the 27th pick the Buccs went for Taz Morgan WR from Southern Miss. This kid has a good acceleration and is very agile so he knows how to pick up some yards after the catch. His route running is good good and he knows how to make those contested catches. With their 3rd 1st rounder Tampa went for Ben Morris C this was kid has strength to spare and has decent blocking skills. There won’t be many guys he will let through without a fight and he can play guard just as good as he can play centre. In the 2nd round Tampa went for Russell McNeil MLB this kid has good speed for the position and can make those contested tackles. However his coverage and football IQ are unreliable at best and he wont be a starter anytime soon. In the 4th round Tampa picked up Tyri Nelson and we do like this pick, this kid is 6 foot 4 and has great great hands maybe even better so then Morgan. The knock on this kid is his route running and acceleration are not good enough for the NFL these need to improve for him to see much playtime. We do however believe he will get his shot in the red-zone next season. With the remaining picks the Buccs didn’t get any impact players, eventually the way Daniel and Morgan will play will decide of the Winston trade was a good plan for the Buccs. They do however posses the talent to make it worthwhile.
Saints draft grade C+: With the new coach the Saints displayed some great offense but games wore being lost on the defensive side of the ball. Therefor we knew this offseason would be spent on making the defence better in New Orleans. In FA the Saints picked up a lot of players and bolstered their team with some veterans. After that a trade was made with the Giants to obtain veteran SS Stevie Brown for their 3rd round draft pick. After that a deal was made to obtain WR Jalen Strong this came at a high price though because the Saints sent their #8 overall pick to Houston. No body doubts the talent of Jalen because the kid can ball but we do however doubt if the pick couldn’t have been better used to bolster the defence. On the other hand if you manage to put up 35+ points every single game you are bound to start winning games. On to the draft we go, the saints traded away their first 4 picks the 2nd and 4th round pick probably during the season. This meant the Saints wore on the clock for the first time on day 3 in the 5th round Risean Blake WR was picked up he has a lot of speed and that was the main reason he was picked up. He might play a role in the special teams but other then that we don’t expect much from him. With only getting to pick in the late rounds it wasn’t a surprise that the Saints didn’t obtain any young studs in the draft. We do however believe the team got a lot stronger through FA and the coach seems to implement a win now strategy. We are curious to see what this already explosive team can do with all these extra weapons.
Panthers draft grade C: The Panthers didn’t make any waves in the offseason and why should you when you got a roster like them? So lets go straight to the draft, with the 18th pick Carolina picked up Bryan Duncan SS. And we understand this pick the kid is big has speed and hits HARD. In Tennessee he was also used as a kick returner this says a lot about his athletic ability. In the 2nd round the Panthers went with LOLB Jermauria Fields this was even a better pick then the first round pick this guy is great against the run and can also be assigned in a zone coverage defence. His biggest downside in college was he had some problem picking off balls that wore thrown right at him. With his Football IQ he manages to get to the right place often but when the ball comes at him he has brick hands. With all the remaining picks the Panthers didn’t manage to get an impact player. Luckily enough they are one of the few teams in the league who don’t actually need that much impact players.
Falcons draft grade C: Atlanta also didn’t take part in the offseason and patiently waited for the draft, so lets dive in to it. The falcons wore picking 12th and in the 1st round they went for Kevin Aiken TE. This guy is 6 foot 6 and doesn’t let go of anything he will be an important weapon and might be that big target the fans are looking for since the departure of Julio last year. In the 2nd round DeMarcus Patrick RT was picked up by Atlanta. We believe there wore better guys available at this point in the draft. With Jake Long still going strong we don’t think it was a particular big need for Atlanta. Tray Fisher SS was picked up in the 3rd round and that was a nice pick up. This kid has speed and high hit power. What he does better then many other SS’s is picking the ball off, don’t be surprise when this guy catches balls some receivers just can’t catch. In the 7th round Corvin Austin WR came of the board and for this point of the draft this was a good pick, we believe in time he can become a capable backup at the position and wont be surprised if he makes the final team. Draft could’ve gone better for the Falcons and we are curious to see what they will be able to accomplish next season.