Thor's NFC Snap Draft Grades

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My grades are based heavily on slot value. Addressing needs and in-draft trades are also considered. Below, along with each team's grade, you'll note three additional categories - draft capital, talent acquired and value - teams are ranked in.

Draft capital was calculated via Rich Hill's trade chart. Talent acquired is based on scoring the prospects on my Thor500 board through the prism of Hill's trade chart in the same way. The only other thing you need to know is that I grade on a strict curve.

Away we go.

Here is a link to the AFC Draft Grades.

Editor’s Note: John Daigle will also be weighing in with his grades, with more fantasy impact, Sunday and Monday.

ARIZONA CARDINALS | Snap grade: B-

Draft capital: 22 | Talent acquired: 20 | Value: 14

Pick

Name

Pos

Rk

Comp

HT

WT

RAS

1.16

Zaven Collins

LB3

27

Tremaine Edmunds

6'5

259

8.72

2.49

Rondale Moore

WR6

35

DJ Moore

5'7

181

9.33

4.136

Marco Wilson

CB16

141

De'Vante Bausby

6'0

191

9.99

6.210

Victor Dimukeje

EDGE33

283

Emmanuel Ogbah

6'1

262

5.97

6.223

Tay Gowan

CB27

212

L’Jarius Sneed

6'1

186

7.65

7.243

James Wiggins

S10

135

Glover Quin

5'11

209

9.7

7.247

Michal Menet

iOL20

203

Brian Allen

6'4

301

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Strong, workmanlike draft for the Cardinals. Arizona targeted high-octane athletes at positions of need. This strategy sounds bullet-proof, but can manifest in tunnel-vision and stubborn reaching. Not the case here: Arizona managed to get above-average value in their draft slots. Moore could be special if Kliff and crew can coax him from a screen-and-sprint/gadget guy into a receiver that can at least stress in the intermediate area. Wiggins was a superb flier in R7 that fit the class’ ethos. Class provides short-term help with long-term upside.

ATLANTA FALCONS | Snap grade: A-

Draft capital: 4 | Talent acquired: 5 | Value: 10

Pick

Name

Pos

Rk

Comp

HT

WT

RAS

1.4

Kyle Pitts

TE1

2

Tony Gonzalez

6'6

245

9.66

2.40

Richie Grant

S4

59

Justin Reid

6'0

197

7.8

3.68

Jalen Mayfield

OT9

60

Dion Dawkins

6'5

326

4.9

4.108

Darren Hall

CB21

169

Tye Smith

5'11

188

8.03

4.114

Drew Dalman

iOL22

217

Nick Hardwick

6'3

299

9.9

5.148

Ta'Quon Graham

DL15

178

Charles Walker

6'3

292

9.68

5.182

Adetokunbo Ogundeji

EDGE28

227

Jabaal Sheard

6'4

260

6.91

5.183

Avery Williams

CB44

389

Amik Robertson

5'8

187

7.77

6.187

Frank Darby

WR34

253

Riley Ridley

6'0

201

5.92

Banner weekend for the Falcons. Atlanta did the right thing by standing pat and taking TE Kyle Pitts, arguably the most physically-gifted tight end to ever enter the NFL. Taking a QB was tempting, but would have alienated franchise face Matt Ryan and put a shot clock on his time in Atlanta, which, as Green Bay is seeing with Aaron Rodgers, is a short-term awkward move that can kill trade leverage when it inevitably comes time to split. Trading down may have been tossed around. But the forecasted fervor of teams trying to trade up for QB4 and QB5 (which turned out to be Justin Fields and Mac Jones) never materialized. Pitts will infuse a rookie Randy Moss-like impact on the Falcons’ offense immediately. Meanwhile, Richie Grant and Jalen Mayfield were solid values at positions of need.

CAROLINA PANTHERS | Snap grade: A

Draft capital: 9 | Talent acquired: 7 | Value: 8

Pick

Name

Pos

Rk

Comp

HT

WT

RAS

1.8

Jaycee Horn

CB2

13

Aqib Talib

6'1

205

9.99

2.59

Terrace Marshall Jr.

WR7

36

Courtland Sutton

6'2

190

9.77

3.70

Brady Christensen

OT8

53

Eric Fisher

6'5

302

9.84

3.83

Tommy Tremble

TE3

74

Delanie Walker

6'3

241

8.91

4.126

Chuba Hubbard

RB10

150

Tevin Coleman

6'0

210

8.44

5.158

Daviyon Nixon

DL4

57

Tommie Harris

6'3

313

8.38

5.166

Keith Taylor

CB28

234

Isaiah Johnson

6'2

187

6.54

6.193

Deonte Brown

iOL13

125

Solomon Kindley

6'3

344

1.49

6.204

Shi Smith

WR19

136

Jamison Crowder

5'9

186

6.79

6.222

Thomas Fletcher

LS

N/A

---

6'1

235

---

7.232

Phil Hoskins

DL33

405

Jason Bromley

6'4

313

6.67

Last year, I felt that Carolina should have taken Javon Kinlaw instead of Derrick Brown in R1, but I agreed with most of the other decisions. This year, same thing, with Jaycee Horn playing Brown and Patrick Surtain playing Kinlaw. This is nitpicky, though, as Carolina took my No. 13 overall player in the class at 1.8, not terrible value if you have a conviction. The rest of the class is what won me over.

Reuniting Terrace Marshall Jr. with his college passing-game coordinator Joe Brady was a stroke of genius when the NFL shied from Marshall due to reports of a leg issue. The Panthers scored enormous value with the Christensen, Tremble and Nixon picks, and I think they found a couple long-term roster cogs in R6 with Brown and Smith. Carolina's staff has leveraged the intimate knowledge they had of prospects from their recent time on the college gridiron to bargain shop with the best of them the past two processes.

CHICAGO BEARS | Snap grade: A+

Draft capital: 17 | Talent acquired: 8 | Value: 3

Pick

Name

Pos

Rk

Comp

HT

WT

RAS

1.11

Justin Fields

QB2

3

Deshaun Watson

6'3

227

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2.39

Teven Jenkins

OT4

22

Joe Thuney

6'6

317

9.74

5.151

Larry Borom

OT23

258

Chad Ward

6'5

322

8.66

6.217

Khalil Herbert

RB7

114

Olandis Gary

5'9

210

6.18

6.221

Dazz Newsome

WR45

336

Russell Gage

5'10

190

2.18

6.228

Thomas Graham Jr.

CB20

165

Salvion Smith

5'10

192

5.65

7.250

Khyiris Tonga

DL14

175

Danny Shelton

6'2

325

7.24

The trade-up for Justin Fields was a franchise-altering decision, yes. Also a life-changing one for members of the Ryan Pace-led Bears front office, who were heading into a Green Mile season, a 16-game walk towards inevitable execution and a franchise restart in Chicago. Instead, the Bears, directionless and hopeless only three days ago, are now back in business with a stud young quarterback thanks to the NFL’s evaluation hubris.

It cost next year’s first-rounder (and fourth) plus a fifth-rounder this year, juice worth the squeeze from a long-term value perspective if Fields even plateaus as a league-average starter (and if I’m right about Fields, it will be highway larceny). Another genius move came in Round 2 when the Bears dealt a third-round pick to move up for free-falling top-25 talent OT Teven Jenkins (Chicago also moved up 53 slots on Day 3 as part of a pick-swap sweetener included in the trade).

I’ll repeat what I said on our live post-draft show Thursday night after Round 1: Ryan Pace just saved tacked at least one more year onto his reign. More importantly: The Bears are relevant again.


DALLAS COWBOYS | Snap grade: D+

Draft capital: 8 | Talent acquired: 15 | Value: 21

Pick

Name

Pos

Rk

Comp

HT

WT

RAS

1.12

Micah Parsons

LB2

15

Myles Jack

6'3

246

9.59

2.44

Kelvin Joseph

CB11

84

Eli Apple

5'11

197

9.02

3.75

Osa Odighizuwa

DL12

122

Sheldon Rankins

6'2

282

7.64

3.84

Chauncey Golston

EDGE23

192

Calvin Pace

6'5

269

7.58

3.99

Nahshon Wright

CB48

415

Johnthan Banks

6'4

183

2.47

4.115

Jabril Cox

LB5

41

Cory Littleton

6'3

232

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4.138

Josh Ball

OT13

92

Ryan Schraeder

6'8

308

7.8

5.179

Simi Fehoko

WR20

139

Josh Gordon

6'4

222

9.17

6.192

Quinton Bohanna

DL19

237

Gabe Watson

6'4

327

2.28

6.227

Israel Mukuamu

CB23

179

Joejuan Williams

6'4

212

---

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. The Cowboys were rumored to be sitting dead-red on CB Patrick Surtain, with a strong fallback option in CB Jaycee Horn, to address their long-standing need. Instead, the two teams in front of them, Carolina and Denver, ended up trading for quarterbacks and removing themselves from the class’ QB derby. The Cowboys' audible -- picking up a third-round pick (No. 84, DE Chauncey Golston) to move down two spots to take Parsons -- was a much better idea than reaching for CBs Greg Newsome or Caleb Farley.

But the restraint that move showed was lacking on Day 2. The Cowboys, clearly still smarting from the double-snipe of corners in front of them in R1, began the day by reaching for talented problem child Kelvin Joseph and ended with a breathtaking reach for Oregon CB Nahshon Wright, a skyscraper with 4.49 speed. Unfortunately, it’s the build-up variety (5th- and 26th-percentile splits with a 4th-percentile vertical), and he changes directions like the captain of the stuck Suez Canal tug. Keith Taylor, a player so athletically similar that he shows up on Wright's Mock Draftable page, was taken at 5.166 (I prefer Taylor, but that isn’t even my point).

I saw Odighizuwa and Golston as fourth- and sixth-round talents, respectively, two more picks that felt like in-the-moment reaches based on position-need tunnel vision.

DETROIT LIONS | Snap grade: A

Draft capital: 7 | Talent acquired: 6 | Value: 9

Pick

Name

Pos

Rk

Comp

HT

WT

RAS

1.7

Penei Sewell

OT1

4

Trent Williams

6'5

331

8.99

2.41

Levi Onwuzurike

DL2

37

Leonard Williams

6'3

290

8.73

3.72

Alim McNeill

DL5

69

Javon Hargrave

6'2

317

8.53

3.101

Ifeatu Melifonwu

CB12

86

Ahkello Witherspoon

6'2

205

9.69

4.112

Amon-Ra St. Brown

WR12

78

Sterling Shepard

6'1

197

7.14

4.113

Derrick Barnes

LB12

129

Jarrad Davis

6'0

238

8.42

7.257

Jermar Jefferson

RB15

202

Ronald Jones

5'9

206

2.28

Lions GM Brad Holmes took advantage of good fortune and a thrift-shopper’s eye for value throughout in landing the most impressive Lions' draft haul in years. Penei Sewell -- the best offensive linemen I've evaluated in five years doing this -- will spend his career in Detroit because Miami felt it couldn't do without a receiver up top and called an audible for Jaylen Waddle, not Sewell, after Cincy decided to reunite WR Ja’Marr Chase with his college quarterback.

Detroit did something very rare with this draft -- the ever-rare zero-reach draft with a full complement of picks. All seven of Detroit's selections are ranked higher on my board than the slot Detroit purchased them in. This is what the draft is all about: Coming out with more talent than should have been possible in your slots. The Lions managed to do this while addressing all of their roster needs save (arguably) quarterback.

Even with this class, the Lions will of course stink next year. That will gift them the draft slot needed to swap out Jared Goff. What this class does is provide hope that the next quarterback will be surrounded by a stronger foundation than Matthew Stafford was.

GREEN BAY PACKERS | Snap grade: F

Draft capital: 26 | Talent acquired: 29 | Value: 32

Pick

Name

Pos

Rk

Comp

HT

WT

RAS

1.29

Eric Stokes

CB8

56

Sidney Jones

6'1

194

9.37

2.62

Josh Myers

iOL11

99

Tyler Biadasz

6'5

310

---

3.85

Amari Rodgers

WR22

149

Devin Duvernay

5'10

211

5.37

4.142

Royce Newman

iOL15

144

Brandon Shell

6'5

310

8.73

5.173

Tedarrell Slaton

DL16

185

Khyri Thornton

6'4

330

7.96

5.178

Shemar Jean-Charles

CB41

320

Mackensie Alexander

5'10

184

4.27

6.214

Cole Van Lanen

OT26

349

Tanner Hawkinson

6'4

305

8.5

6.220

Isaiah McDuffie

LB17

158

Matthew Adams

6'1

227

7.33

7.256

Kylin Hill

RB14

198

Marion Barber

5'10

214

7.31

Packers GM Brian Gutekunst appears to be in over his head. In last year’s snap grades, I called the decision to trade up for QB Jordan Love “bizarre, organizationally.” That move has already come back full-circle for him. Yahoo's Charles Robinson reported that Rodgers won’t return unless Gutekunst is fired. "The fracture points between Rodgers and Gutekunst largely revolve around the drafting of Jordan Love in 2020," Robinson wrote. But Love was the least of my concerns with Green Bay's 2020 class, as I wrote at the time: "The issue with the rest of the class is that the Packers reached time and time again – curiously, not once for a receiver, an acute need amid the deepest receiver class in memory."

Green Bay's 2021 draft didn't feature a flashy, controversial pick to light up talk radio as Love did. What lingered was Gutey's receiver-aversion and habit of reaching. This class was four-deep in Tier-1 corners. When Greg Newsome, the last of the four, got popped three slots ahead of Green Bay, Gutey could have regrouped by gobbling up picks to trade out of R1 with an idea of getting a corner in the next tier anywhere in the top-half the R2. Instead of being okay with a consolation prize of extra picks and a choice of most Tier-2 corners, Gutey had to get his favorite of the group, Eric Stokes. Only one corner would go on to be selected over the next 14 picks. I'm clearly lower on Stokes than Green Bay is, but what was more concerning to me was seeing another example of rotten board management.

Gutekunst finally did get around to taking a WR at 3.85. But even that decision was a head-scratcher, with the Packers deciding on Amari Rogers, a glorified running back in the Ty Montgomery mold that only catches screen passes and the like. Question for you, reader: If you have one of the NFL's all-time most accurate downfield quarterbacks, would you prefer a receiver who can make plays downfield, or a gadget player who must receive the ball around the line of scrimmage in order to gain possession of it at all? Jordan Love threw a lot of screens at Utah State, and the (Amari) Rodgers pick may very well be a nod to the Jordan Love Packers' offense of the future (perhaps present, depending on how the drama in Green Bay shakes out). My point is that if (Aaron) Rodgers is still your quarterback, there were better options on the board.

Gutekunst put Aaron Rogers' time in Green Bay on a shot clock when he took Love. Ironically, his decisions the last two drafts have put him on a shot clock of his own. If Aaron Rodgers stays, how does Gutey? And if Aaron Rodgers is traded for picks, I'd want someone else making them.

LOS ANGELES RAMS | Snap grade: D

Draft capital: 30 | Talent acquired: 30 | Value: 28

Pick

Name

Pos

Rk

Comp

HT

WT

RAS

2.57

Tutu Atwell

WR11

75

Hollywood Brown

5'9

155

6.26

3.103

Ernest Jones

LB15

152

Micah Kiser

6'1

230

6.4

4.117

Bobby Brown III

DL8

102

B.J. Hill

6'4

321

9.82

4.130

Robert Rochell

CB15

113

Xavier Crawford

6'0

193

9.65

4.141

Jacob Harris

WR33

249

Dezmon Patmon

6'5

211

9.88

5.174

Earnest Brown IV

EDGE35

314

Jalyn Holmes

6'4

270

4.7

7.233

Jake Funk

RB19

251

Mike Boone

5'9

204

9.76

7.249

Ben Skowronek

WR58

410

Lawrence Cager

6'3

220

---

7.252

Chris Garrett

LB29

279

Michael Divinity

6'3

241

---

The Rams entered another draft with very little draft capital due to their wont of trading for established veteran players. This strategy appears likely to end in a dystopian future. For the second consecutive year, the Rams took a receiver with a second-round pick instead of addressing an offensive line badly in need of young blood (it was WR Van Jefferson last year; the Rams also took RB Cam Akers with a second second-rounder).

But whereas last year, the Rams finally took an interior iOL in R7, this year they didn’t pick one at all. I actually like Tutu Atwell -- he's a nice fit with Stafford in particular because of his wheels -- but would have preferred him in the top-half of R3, not the middle of R2. This isn't about him, though. I'm confused why the Rams, always so pick-poor, continue to invest all the Round 2 picks into offensive skill players.

The Rams started out Day 3 strong with a pair of nice fourth-rounder picks, but instead of focusing on infrastructure late, Los Angeles couldn't help itself from adding two more receivers and another running back to a roster that doesn't have room for them but could badly use youth elsewhere.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS | Snap grade: C+

Draft capital: 14 | Talent acquired: 18 | Value: 17

Pick

Name

Pos

Rk

Comp

HT

WT

RAS

1.23

Christian Darrisaw

OT3

16

Duane Brown

6'5

322

---

3.66

Kellen Mond

QB8

124

Josh Dobbs

6'2

211

---

3.78

Chazz Surratt

LB9

110

Telvin Smith

6'2

229

8.47

3.86

Wyatt Davis

iOL6

64

Trai Turner

6'4

315

---

3.90

Patrick Jones

EDGE18

153

Mathias Kiwanuka

6'4

261

6.28

4.119

Kene Nwangwu

RB17

233

Charles Sims

6'0

210

9.89

4.125

Camryn Bynum

CB18

155

Jordan Poyer

6'0

196

7.82

4.134

Janarius Robinson

EDGE19

160

Cornelius Washington

6'5

263

9.33

5.157

Ihmir Smith-Marsette

WR32

243

Paul Richardson

6'1

181

6.81

5.168

Zach Davidson

TE5

115

A.J. Derby

6'6

245

8.8

6.199

Jaylen Twyman

DL17

195

Mike Bennett

6'2

301

4.42

The Vikings had one of the finest Thursday nights in the NFL, with a big assist from Mike Mayock, who we will discuss later. The Vikings picked up a pair of badly-needed third-round picks (and sent back a mid-R4) in trading down from 1.14 to 1.23 -- receiving 370 trade chart points from the Jets and sending back 340 -- and somehow ended up with OT3 Christian Darrisaw. The Vikings likely would have taken Darrisaw at 1.14 if they'd been stuck there. That trade essentially erased Minnesota GM Rick Spielman's mistake of the Yannick Ngakoue trades, which was the reason Minny didn’t have a R2 pick.

The Darrisaw and Davis picks were both no-doubt winners, great values at a spot of glaring need. Both will start from Day 1. The rest of the draft didn’t go the same. Using a R3 pick on Kellen Mond was odd for a roster with so many needs. Mond projects as a solid backup, but his arm talent doesn’t extend to the deep sector, and both he and the defense knows it. If the idea was to prepare for a Kirk Cousins future, that pick achieved the goal only in providing Cousins’ successor a low-ceiling backup of his own.

Surratt is athletic and vacuums up tackles, but he’s old for a prospect (24), only has two years' experience at LB, is poor in coverage, and has T-rex arms and an unrefined approach that led to a bloated missed-tackle rate at UNC. I loved the flier on Davidson -- if he impresses, he could get on the field immediately as the inline TE… in my opinion, the Vikings have zero of those on the roster, and two H-Backs in Irv Smith and Tyler Conklin.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS | Snap grade: D-

Draft capital: 25 | Talent acquired: 27 | Value: 29

Pick

Name

Pos

Rk

Comp

HT

WT

RAS

1.28

Payton Turner

EDGE9

70

Deatrich Wise Jr.

6'5

270

9.74

2.60

Pete Werner

LB8

107

Nick Kwiatkoski

6'3

238

9.52

3.76

Paulson Adebo

CB7

51

D. Rodgers-Cromartie

6'1

198

9.55

4.133

Ian Book

QB14

302

Trace McSorley

6'0

211

7.39

6.206

Landon Young

OT22

240

Yodny Cajuste

6'6

310

9.18

7.255

Kawaan Baker

WR37

268

Anthony Ratliff-Williams

6'0

210

9.08

Paulson Adebo was one of my favorite defensive sleepers in this class. I absolutely adored that pick at 3.76. A few tweaks to his game could yield a top-20 overall player from this class. The rest of the Saints’ haul didn’t impress.

New Orleans clearly wanted to pump athleticism into its roster -- every prospect the Saints picked outside of Ian Book had a 90th-percentile or above size-adjusted athletic composite. But they passed on superior players time and time again. Guarantee you the Bills, Ravens and Bucs -- who went on a three-EDGE run of Gregory Rousseau, Jayson Oweh and Joe Tryon to close shop on Thursday night -- were thrilled the Saints reached for Payton Turner. I actually like Turner, an ascending prospect. But does he have more ceiling than Rousseau or Oweh? Is he a better player than Tryon? I just didn’t get the decision.

Lighting a fourth-round pick on fire to take Ian Book, Trace McSorley’s doppelganger, was bad enough. But it feels even worse when you consider the Saints had dealt their sixth-round pick a year ago when Sean Payton got into a pissing match with Carolina over in-draft UDFA negotiations for Tommy Stevens. Payton thought he'd gotten the last laugh by trading a 2022 R6 to acquire the 2021 R7 pick needed to select Stevens. But Stevens was cut in November -- he's now on… the Panthers -- to create an opening for Payton's newest sure-to-fail science project, Book.

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Instead of being able to use that R6 pick wasted on Stevens and the R4 pick air-mailed on Book as part of a package to move into late-R2 or early-R3 to get in on the Kyle Trask-Kellen Mond-Davis Mills QB run, the Saints chased developmental losses and likely added to its debt ledger.

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NEW YORK GIANTS | Snap grade: C

Draft capital: 20 | Talent acquired: 23 | Value: 26

Pick

Name

Pos

Rk

Comp

HT

WT

RAS

1.11

Kadarius Toney

WR9

65

Curtis Samuel

5'11

194

9

2.50

Azeez Ojulari

EDGE4

28

Shaqil Barrett

6'2

249

8.17

3.71

Aaron Robinson

CB9

76

D.J. Hayden

5'11

186

8.38

4.116

Elerson Smith

EDGE16

137

Yannick Ngakoue

6'6

252

9.72

6.196

Gary Brightwell

RB30

341

DeeJay Dallas

6'1

218

4.62

6.201

Rodarius Williams

CB25

199

A.J. Green

6'0

189

8.14

Gettleman unplugged! Trader Dave!

After years of sticking in his slot and taking trench players -- prior to Thursday night he had never traded back -- Gettleman let his freak flag fly, trading down in the first round and doing so again in the second. That was good fun. During a delicious stretch of NFC East parlor intrigue on Thursday night, the Cowboys traded back two slots with the Eagles after getting sniped on the class’ top-two corners and, in so doing, facilitated Gettleman himself getting sniped when the Eagles popped Devonta Smith on intel New York would a pick later if they didn’t.

Gettleman did well in the immediate aftermath of that bombshell, acquiring Chicago’s 2022 R1 and R3 picks along with a fifth-rounder. Make no mistake: That was fabulous value, taking advantage of Ryan Pace’s need to move up the board to stop Justin Fields’ fall and save his job. Gettleman then picked up Miami’s 2022 R3 by dropping back a mere eight spots in R2. Gettleman got exceptional value even after that when he stole Azeez Ojulari at 2.50. Robinson was fine value in R3.

This grade is middle-of-the-pack because of the one poor decision I felt Gettleman made over the weekend -- taking older gadget prospect Kadarius Toney at 1.20. Gettleman ought to have considered Rashod Bateman or Elijah Moore if it had to be a receiver.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES | Snap grade: B

Draft capital: 11 | Talent acquired:10 | Value: 11

Pick

Name

Pos

Rk

Comp

HT

WT

RAS

1.10

Devonta Smith

WR2

8

Keenan McCardell

6'1

170

---

2.37

Landon Dickerson

iOL3

50

Frank Ragnow

6'6

333

---

3.73

Milton Williams

DL3

48

Turk McBride

6'3

284

9.96

4.123

Zech McPhearson

CB34

293

Corey White

5'11

195

9.56

5.150

Kenneth Gainwell

RB8

117

Raheem Mostert

5'11

201

5.7

6.189

Marlon Tuipulotu

DL10

116

Foley Fatukasi

6'2

307

6.78

6.191

Tarron Jackson

EDGE32

281

Dawuane Smoot

6'2

254

5.67

6.224

JaCoby Stevens

S18

229

Greg Blue

6'2

230

7.85

7.234

Patrick Johnson

EDGE20

167

Derek Barnett

6'2

240

7.25

The Eagles' punking Gettleman in Round 1 was high comedy. It had to feel especially sweet for Philly to get the last top-tier receiver and leave the hated Giants to panic-reach on the limited utility of Kadarius Toney. A strong Day 2 followed, with good value found on both Dickerson and Williams.

The Williams pick produced the most hilarious moment of draft weekend, when Howie Roseman's run around the war room for congratulatory fist-bumps hit a snag when he offered knuckles to senior scout Tom Donahue, who was seething in rage away from his colleagues who had clearly disagreed with his alternate suggestion for the Williams pick. Donahue exchanged terse words to a visibly confused Roseman. Incredibly, the exchange was caught during a live ESPN look into the Eagles war room.

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Don’t tell Donahue, but I’m with Roseman on the Williams pick. Either way, Philly picked up the pieces and made a pair of nice mid-Day 3 picks in Kenneth Gainwell and Marlon Tuipulotu.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS | Snap grade: B

Draft capital: 6 | Talent acquired: 12 | Value: 20

Pick

Pos

Name

Rk

HT

WT

RAS

Comp

1.3

QB3

Trey Lance

7

6'4

224

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Steve McNair

2.48

iOL5

Aaron Banks

61

6'5

325

7.21

Rodger Saffold

3.88

RB4

Trey Sermon

67

6'0

215

9.66

Joe Mixon

3.102

CB13

Ambry Thomas

103

6'0

191

8.97

Jourdan Lewis

5.155

OT16

Jaylon Moore

121

6'4

311

7.48

Donald Stephenson

5.172

CB31

Deommodore Lenoir

266

5'10

199

7.59

Damon Arnette

5.180

S13

Talanoa Hufanga

187

6'0

199.0

5.77

Andrew Wingard

6.194

RB11

Elijah Mitchell

168

5'10

201

9.5

Royce Freeman

The 1.3 pick of Trey Lance provided Thursday night with an epic M. Night Shyamalan twist very early into the plot. I was so giddy I could barely speak -- but I didn’t have a choice, having been pre-slotted to do a reaction video for NBCSE immediately after the pick was announced. I did manage to express my main takeaway in that moment: “This is one of the great smokescreens in NFL history.”

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By Monday, I had a conviction that Lance was going to be the pick, so I wasn’t as much surprised by that as I was in awe of Shanahan and Lynch’s high-risk pony-up and brilliant execution of a targeted media strategy that kept everyone guessing until the end. Just brilliant theater. The fact that it was Lance made all the confusion we’d experienced regarding San Francisco’s intentions in the lead-up suddenly make sense.

Same with Lance himself. The idea of Mac Jones at 1.3, preposterous on its face, nevertheless captured public imagination to the degree that Jones was the betting favorite to go 1.3 for an estimated 90-percent of San Francisco’s ownership of the pick. San Francisco’s No. 20 ranking in slot value is a bit deceiving -- my crude, top-heavy point system, based off the Rich Hill trade chart, is penalizing them for taking my No. 7 prospect at the No. 3 slot. If Lance pans out, he’ll be worth his weight in gold. If he doesn’t, a potential Mad Max dystopian future spawning a Dolphin dynasty, as Miami owns San Fran’s next two R1 picks. This is going to be really freaking fun.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS | Snap grade: D

Draft capital: 32 | Talent acquired: 32 | Value: 19

Pick

Name

Pos

Rk

Comp

HT

WT

RAS

2.56

D'Wayne Eskridge

WR13

88

Mecole Hardman

5'9

190

6.73

4.137

Tre Brown

CB19

163

John Reid

5'10

185

6.36

6.208

Stone Forsythe

OT12

83

Jared Veldheer

6'8

307

8.78

I like the Forsythe flier late -- especially for an organization that always need offensive line help -- but felt any gains Seattle made there only served to help offset the losses of the Eskridge reach. Non-factor draft by a team that doesn't appear to value the draft much.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS | Snap grade: D

Draft capital: 28 | Talent acquired: 28 | Value: 30

Pick

Name

Pos

Rk

Comp

HT

WT

RAS

1.32

Joe Tryon

EDGE7

43

Robert Quinn

6'5

259

9.29

2.64

Kyle Trask

QB9

184

Trent Edwards

6'5

236

5.94

3.95

Robert Hainsey

OT18

157

Joe Haeg

6'4

306

8.07

4.129

Jaelon Darden

WR18

128

Isaiah McKenzie

5'8

174

7.15

5.176

K.J. Britt

LB20

171

Antonio Morrison

6'0

235

4.7

7.251

Chris Wilcox

CB39

315

Holton Hill

6'2

198

8.8

7.259

Grant Stuard

LB30

284

Brandon Magee

5'11

230

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The Buccaneers earned one of only two A+ grades I gave out after last year’s draft. They had taken my OT1 Tristan Wirfs and S1 Antoine Winfield Jr. prospects I ranked No. 6 and 29 overall respectively, at 1.13 and 2.45. Both turned out to be the steals I thought they’d be, and both were key components of a Super Bowl winning team. This year, I had no earthly idea what Tampa Bay was doing. If they were going to get criticized for a draft strategy, my assumption was it was going to be because they took an RB in R1 and triggered the analytic nerds. I was okay with the Tryon pick, but the rest of the class provides neither immediate help nor future upside.

I assume Tampa is cocksure in the idea they began the three-QB run at the end of R2, but they ought not be, coming away with the worst prospect of the three. Trask’s an unathletic late-bloomer that didn’t pop until he was playing with all-time CFB TE Kyle Pitts, top-20 NFL Draft pick Kadarius Toney, and Trevon Grimes, who also has an NFL future. When those three skipped the bowl game against Oklahoma, the pixy dust wore off and Trask was just the statuesque pocket-passer with placement issues he’d been before. Instead of using the pick as a ceremonial nod to the future, why not, you know, increase your odds of repeating as Super Bowl champs next year? Instead of taking Trask, the Bucs could have had, for instance, Trey Sermon, who would have been a Week 1 starter. We can argue running back value all day. But if Trey Sermon doesn't end his career with more win shares than Trask, I'll eat this column, and he assuredly would have improved next year's team.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM | Snap grade: D

Draft capital: 16 | Talent acquired: 21 | Value: 27

Pick

Name

Pos

Rk

Comp

HT

WT

RAS

1.19

Jamin Davis

LB4

29

Willie Gay Jr.

6'3

234

9.94

2.51

Samuel Cosmi

OT6

44

Kolton Miller

6'6

314

9.99

3.74

Benjamin St-Juste

CB17

146

Tre Flowers

6'3

202

8.13

3.82

Dyami Brown

WR16

96

Darius Slayton

6'0

189

8.38

4.124

John Bates

TE13

265

C.J. Fiedorowicz

6'5

260

6.8

5.163

Darrick Forrest

S15

205

Chuck Clark

5'11

206

9.69

6.225

Cam Cheeseman

LS

N/A

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6'4

230

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7.240

William Bradley-King

EDGE25

201

Kamalei Correa

6'3

252

9.18

7.246

Shaka Toney

EDGE24

194

Trent Cole

6'2

242

9.47

7.258

Dax Milne

WR48

347

Chad Hansen

6'1

193

4.59

I grade as a first-rounder. I don’t have a huge problem with Washington popping him there if it has a conviction -- Davis is high-variance prospect, but his risk is mitigated by his athleticism and coverage utility, and his ceiling is obviously quite high -- but there were multiple prospects on the board at that point that I felt had similar ceilings but came with lower bust odds.

I really liked Washington’s pick of the underrated Cosmi at 2.51. Wasn’t as big a fan of the rest of the haul. St-Juste’s future may be at safety. I was a vocal critic of Dyami Brown’s all process. It turned out the NFL more or less agreed with my assessment. I understand WFT's thinking, here, bringing in a field-stretcher opposite Terry McLaurin. But deep routes were the only routes Brown ran at UNC, and he drops too many balls and engages in too much hand-fighting downfield for a one-tricky pony. He's got skill, but is further away than was depicted during his process -- the opposite of McLaurin's process, in other words.