Solak's 2021 NFL Draft Grades

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ARIZONA CARDINALS

Round 1: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

Round 2: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

Round 4: Marco Wilson, CB, Florida

Round 6: Victor Dimukeje, EDGE, Duke

Round 6: Tay Gowan, CB, UCF

Round 7: James Wiggins, S, Cincinnati

Round 7: Michal Menet, IOL, Penn State

I like the players that the Cardinals drafted, for the most part (looking at you, Marco Wilson). I don’t really like the way they went about it. Corner should have been the biggest priority for this team, and by passing on it early, they had to trade back up into the fourth round to fill it—and it was with Wilson. While I like the Rondale Moore and James Wiggins picks a lot, there are injury concerns there, and I don’t really trust the team to use Zaven Collins appropriately.

Grade: B-

ATLANTA FALCONS

Round 1: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

Round 2: Richie Grant, S, UCF

Round 3: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

Round 4: Darren Hall, CB, San Diego State

Round 4: Drew Dalman, C, Stanford

Round 5: Ta’Quon Graham, EDGE, Texas

Round 5: Adetokunbo Ogundeji, EDGE, Notre Dame

Round 5: Avery Williams, CB, Boise State

Round 6: Frank Darby, WR, Arizona State

Not my cup of tea, here. I’m one of the lowest on Richie Grant in the draft space, and while I think Round 3 is a decent time to bet on Jalen Mayfield, I think he’ll have to kick in to guard at the NFL level. Day 3 was very strong, but it does not erase those Day 2 picks—and the Falcons’ inability or unwillingness to trade out of the No. 4 pick. I like Kyle Pitts as much as the next guy, but the earliest drafted tight end in NFL history doesn’t offer great precedent.

Grade: B-

BUFFALO BILLS

Round 1: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami

Round 2: Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest

Round 3: Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa

Round 5: Tommy Doyle, OT, Miami (OH)

Round 6: Marquez Stevenson, WR, Houston

Round 6: Damar Hamlin, S, Pittsburgh

Round 6: Rachad Wildgoose Jr., CB, Wisconsin

Round 7: Jack Anderson, IOL, Texas Tech

As per usual, I like a Brandon Beane draft. Rousseau went off the board a bit early for me, but at least it’s a big swing for a player with high-quality measurables. Meanwhile, I’m big on Basham, and Spencer Brown and Tommy Doyle are two of the most enticing developmental options at tackle this year. Hamlin and Stevenson are solid adds in the back half of Day 3, too. I do hate the general ignoring of the corner need, however.

Grade: B+

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Round 1: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

Round 2: Odafe Oweh, EDGE, Penn State

Round 3: Ben Cleveland, IOL, Ohio State

Round 3: Brandon Stephens, CB, SMU

Round 4: Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State

Round 5: Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

Round 5: Daelin Hayes, EDGE, Notre Dame

Round 5: Ben Mason, FB, Michigan

Solid day in the office for Eric DeCosta, which is becoming a habit of his on draft day. While Odafe Oweh was a bit overdrafted, the athleticism at a premium position lessens the blow. I personally haven’t seen Brandon Stephens play, but Tylan Wallace and Rashod Bateman are both my guys at wide receiver and fit exactly what the Ravens need, while Shaun Wade—if he is to succeed in the NFL—needs a system like this to do it.

Grade: B+

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Round 1: Jayee Horn, CB, South Carolina

Round 2: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU

Round 3: Brady Christensen, OT, BYU

Round 3: Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame

Round 4: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State

Round 5: Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa

Round 5: Keith Taylor Jr., CB, Washington

Round 6: Deonte Brown, IOL, Alabama

Round 6: Shi Smith, WR, South Carolina

Round 7: Phil Hoskins, DT, Kentucky

I’m not as over the moon as many are for the Panthers’ draft class. This was one of the heaviest zone teams in the league last year, and while they may want to play more man, Phil Snow’s defense is still inherently built for zone structure. Jaycee Horn has little experience playing zone coverage coming out of college, and I’m worried his onboarding will be a little tricky. Marshall/Christensen/Tremble are solid picks, and I like Brown and Smith late, but I particularly struggle with the pro projection for both Daviyon Nixon and Chuba Hubbard. Still a solid group.

Grade: B

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Round 1: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Round 2: Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson

Round 3: Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas

Round 4: Cameron Sample, EDGE, Tulane

Round 4: Tyler Shelvin, DT, LSU

Round 4: D’Ante Smith, OT, East Carolina

Round 5: Evan McPherson, K, Florida

Round 6: Trey Hill, IOL, Georgia

Round 6: Chris Evans, RB, Michigan

Round 7: Wyatt Hubert, EDGE, Kansas State

The Jackson Carman pick glares here as a significant overdraft at the position the Bengals decided to overlook when they went for Ja’Marr Chase. I like Ossai and Shelvin for their value, but other than that, I think this is a pretty average class across the board. Throw in a kicker in Round 5, and I’m out.

Grade: C

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Round 1: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern

Round 2: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

Round 3: Anthony Schwartz, WR, Auburn

Round 4: James Hudson, OT, Cincinnati

Round 4: Tommy Togiai, IDL, Ohio State

Round 5: Tony Fields II, LB, West Virginia

Round 5: Richard LeCounte, S, Georgia

Round 6: Demetric Felton, RB, UCLA

I’m all on in Andrew Berry, man. It’s earlier than I would have gone on Anthony Schwartz—but premium speed just inside the top 100 is a worthy bet—and I’m not huge on Demetric Felton or James Hudson. Other than that, Newsome/JOK/Togiai/Fields is a run of great value for a defense that needs to take a step forward for the Browns to climb in the AFC rankings.

Grade: A

CHICAGO BEARS

Round 1: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

Round 2: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

Round 5: Larry Borom, OT, Missouri

Round 6: Khalil Herbert, RB, Virginia Tech

Round 6: Dazz Newsome, WR, UNC

Round 6: Thomas Graham Jr., CB, Oregon

Round 7: Khyiris Tonga, IDL, BYU

I don’t know who Larry Borom is, but everything else here is a home run, down to two players I’ve long stood on a table for in Thomas Graham and Khyiris Tonga. Easy top grade.

Grade: A+

DALLAS COWBOYS

Round 1: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

Round 2: Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky

Round 3: Osa Odighizuwa, DT, UCLA

Round 3: Chauncey Golston, EDGE, Iowa

Round 3: Nahshon Wright, CB, Oregon State

Round 4: Jabril Cox, LB, LSU

Round 4: Josh Ball, OT, Marshall

Round 5: Simi Fehoko, WR, Stanford

Round 6: Quinton Bohanna, DT, Kentucky

Round 6: Israel Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina

Round 7: Matt Farniok, G, Nebraska

Listen, let’s call a spade a spade here. This is a bad draft. From prioritizing linebacker once again to taking struggling CBs and tweener body types along the defensive line, I see how the Cowboys are trying to execute Dan Quinn’s vision, but I don’t think they drafted good players at value. I think the defensive line got some good depth, and I’m in on Jabril Cox especially on Day 3, but all in all, everyone’s wondering what the Cowboys were thinking.

Grade: D

DENVER BRONCOS

Round 1: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

Round 2: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina

Round 3: Quinn Meinerz, IOL, Wisconsin-Whitewater

Round 3: Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State

Round 5: Caden Sterns, S, Texas

Round 5: Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana

Round 6: Seth Williams, WR, Auburn

Round 7: Kary Vincent Jr., CB, LSU

Round 7: Jonathon Cooper,  DE, Ohio State

Round 7: Marquiss Spencer, EDGE, Mississippi State

The Broncos definitely got good ball players—I just thought their prioritization was surprising. To pass on quarterback when it’s such a clear need, and then to sit on LB all the way through the end of Round 3 just to grab an EDGE/LB hybrid player is disappointing. On an otherwise strong roster, those are the two biggest needs I see. I’ll be rooting for Quinn Meinerz and Jamar Johnson, but throw in no developmental offensive tackles and I’m generally shaky on this class.

Grade: B-

DETROIT LIONS 

Round 1: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Round 2: Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington

Round 3: Alim McNeill, DT, NC State

Round 3: Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse

Round 4: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC

Round 4: Derrick Barnes, LB, Purdue

Round 7: Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State

Listen: the Lions should have drafted at least two wide receivers and should have drafted a wide receiver in the first three rounds. Good players were available at those values at wide receiver—it’s not like they didn’t have an opportunity. So for as much as I like the value on Sewell/Onwuzurike/McNeill/Barnes, and respect the approach of attacking BPA on a multi-year rebuild, yeah… I’m gonna knock you for not taking a WR.

Grade: B

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Round 1: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia

Round 2: Josh Myers, C, Ohio State

Round 3: Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson

Round 4: Royce Newman, OT, Ole Miss

Round 5: Tedarrell Slaton, IDL, Florida

Round 5: Shemar Jean-Charles, CB, Appalachian State

Round 6: Cole Van Lanen, OT, Wisconsin

Round 6: Isaiah McDuffie, LB, Boston College

Round 7: Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State

While I’m not Aaron Rodgers asking that Brian Gutekunst gets fired, I will say that this is not my favorite class. Stokes and Myers were overdrafted, and I don’t love Royce Newman or Tedarrell Slaton. The Packers did address their biggest need, which is nice—Amari Rodgers gives them an exciting slot option with great ball-in-hand ability—but overall missed on their swings to fill top positions.

Grade: C+

HOUSTON TEXANS

Round 3: Davis Mills, QB, Stanford

Round 3: Nico Collins, WR, Michigan

Round 5: Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami

Round 5: Garret Wallow, LB, TCU

Round 6: Roy Lopez, DT, Arizona

This isn’t a good draft class. Davis Mills does not have an interesting pro projection off of my evaluation, and while Nico Collins and Brevin Jordan could become role players down the stretch, both have big gaps on their evaluations. With the aggressive trade-ups from Houston considered, I’m all the way out.

Grade: F

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 

Round 1: Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan

Round 2: Dayo Odeyingbo, EDGE, Vanderbilt

Round 4: Kylen Granson, TE, SMU

Round 5: Shawn Davis, S, Florida

Round 6: Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas

Round 7: Michael Strachan, WR, Charleston (WV)

Round 7: Will Fries, OL, Penn State

The Colts did not take a tackle in the first 247 picks of the 2021 NFL Draft, and when they finally took a tackle, they actually took a guard in Will Fries. While I like Odeyingbo a lot, that’s earlier than I thought he’d be drafted off of his Achilles injury, and I didn’t view Sam Ehlinger or Shawn Davis as draftable players. This is, perhaps, the first bad draft class for Chris Ballard—though ignore me, as he probably deserves the benefit of the doubt.

Grade: D

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Round 1: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Round 1: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

Round 2: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

Round 2: Walker Little, OT, Stanford

Round 3: Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse

Round 4: Jay Tufele, DT, USC

Round 4: Jordan Smith, EDGE, UAB

Round 5: Luke Farrell, TE, Ohio State

Round 6: Jalen Camp, WR, Georgia Tech

I can talk myself into a few of these picks for Jacksonville—Campbell has a high ceiling, Cisco is an exciting playmaker, Tufele is an intriguing playmaker against the run, Smith has tools. But I can’t ignore the overall risk here, with Etienne representing a huge swing for a rotational running back, Little as significant of a health risk as there is in the draft, and Campbell, Cisco, Smith, and Tufele all offering incomplete skill sets. Love the Farrell pick though!

Grade: D+

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Round 2: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

Round 2: Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma

Round 4: Joshua Kaindoh, EDGE, Florida State

Round 5: Noah Gray, TE, Duke

Round 5: Cornell Powell, WR, Clemson

Round 6: Trey Smith, IOL, Tennessee

Generally in on the Chiefs’ draft! I would have liked an earlier drafted wide receiver, but Bolton and Humphrey are both day-one starters at important positions of need for the Chiefs, while Kaindoh and Smith are good swings at value. I do think Powell can get some reps, though he doesn’t have the explosiveness we expect from Chiefs weapons.

Grade: B

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Round 1: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

Round 2: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

Round 3: Malcolm Koonce, EDGE, Buffalo

Round 3: Divine Deablo, S, Virginia Tech

Round 4: Tyree Gillespie, S, Missouri

Round 5: Nate Hobbs, CB, Illinois

Round 7: Jimmy Morrissey, C, Pittsburgh 

I like each of the three safeties that the Raiders drafted—Trevon Moehrig, Divine Deablo, and Tyree Gillespie—but hey… the Raiders drafted THREE SAFETIES! They didn’t add to the front seven significantly, as I’m not really a fan of Malcolm Koonce, so they won’t be able to pressure the quarterback again—and they didn’t add an impact corner, so they won’t really be able to cover receivers again. Even if you like Leatherwood—and I kinda do!—that’s a rough look. Good safeties though!

Grade: D

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Round 1: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

Round 2: Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Ohio State

Round 3: Josh Palmer, WR, Tennessee

Round 3: Tre’ McKitty, TE, Georgia

Round 4: Chris Rumph II, EDGE, Duke

Round 5: Brenden Jaimes, OT, Nebraska

Round 6: Nick Niemann, LB, Iowa

Round 6: Larry Rountree III, RB, Missouri

Round 7: Mark Webb, S, Georgia

Rashawn Slater and Asante Samuel Jr. was as strong of a start as any team had in the draft. And then! Josh Palmer, Tre’ McKitty, and Chris Rumph were all big-time reaches against my evaluation. The later picks matter less in terms of public consensus, so still a strong draft for the Chargers, but they had a chance at a true A+.

Grade: A-

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Round 2: Tutu Atwell, WR, Louisville

Round 3: Ernest Jones, LB, South Carolina

Round 4: Bobby Brown III, DT, Texas A&M

Round 4: Robert Rochelle, CB, Central Arkansas

Round 4: Jacob Harris, WR, UCF

Round 5: Earnest Brown IV, EDGE, Northwestern

Round 7: Jake Funk, RB, Maryland

Round 7: Ben Skowronek, WR, Notre Dame

Round 7: Chris Garrett, EDGE, Concordia 

Someone should tell the Rams that they need offensive linemen, as they clearly don’t know. The Rams made no pick along the offensive trenches, reached for late Day 3 players with their Day 2 picks, and above all else, prioritize premier athletic traits—including quality play in college. Tough to see early returns from this class, in a year in which we expected the Rams to push for the NFC title.

Grade: D

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Round 1: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Round 1: Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami

Round 2: Jevon Holland, S, Oregon

Round 2: Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame

Round 3: Hunter Long, TE, Boston College

Round 7: Larnel Coleman, OT, UMASS

Round 7: Gerrid Doaks, RB, Cincinnati 

Slam dunks across the board for the Dolphins, who got the best WR for their offense, the best pass-rusher on the board, and a multi-position starter in Liam Eichenberg. Hunter Long and Jevon Holland were luxury picks on a good depth chart, and I wish the Dolphins grabbed a stack linebacker instead. But all in all, good players at value give you a high grade, especially when you addressed your two biggest needs early.

Grade: A

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Round 1: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Round 3: Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M

Round 3: Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina

Round 3: Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State

Round 3: Patrick Jones II, EDGE, Pittsburgh 

Round 4: Kene Nwangwu, RB, Iowa State

Round 4: Camryn Bynum, CB, California

Round 4: Janarius Robinson, EDGE, Florida State

Round 5: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa

Round 5: Zach Davidson, TE, Central Missouri

Round 6: Jaylen Twyman, IDL, Pittsburgh

The Vikings had a glut of middle-round picks and just continually took players who I have some pretty substantial questions on. Ending the Darrisaw fall seems appropriate, even if he’s got some health and play style concerns. But I worry about Chazz Surratt as a run defender, Wyatt Davis in a zone offense, Patrick Jones’ play weight, Kene Nwangnu’s lack of experience, and… wait, nope, that’s it. Love the Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Zach Davidson picks.

Grade: B-

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Round 1: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Round 2: Christian Barmore, IDL, Alabama

Round 3: Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma

Round 4: Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Oklahoma

Round 5: Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan

Round 6: Joshuah Bledsoe, S, Missouri

Round 6: William Sherman, OT, Colorado

Round 7: Tre Nixon, WR, UCF

Count me among those who did not expect the Patriots to buy in on Mac Jones, which I think is a mistake for their team timeline and offense. I think they got value on Christian Barmore, Cam McGrone, and Joshuah Bledsoe, and generally addressed needs well, though. It’s just hard to overlook a bad QB pick.

Grade: B+

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Round 1: Payton Turner, EDGE, Houston

Round 2: Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State

Round 3: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

Round 4: Ian Book, QB, Notre Dame

Round 6: Landon Young, OT,  Kentucky

Round 7: Kawaan Baker, WR, South Alabama

The Saints drafted players I really like—they usually do—and made some aggressively early picks relative to the consensus board, as they usually do. I wouldn’t have taken Payton Turner that early, though I think they can develop him well. Their first three picks are as strong against my board as it comes, but man, Ian Book in the fourth? That’s just an indefensible pick.

Grade: B

NEW YORK GIANTS

Round 1: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

Round 2: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia

Round 3: Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF

Round 4: Elerson Smith, EDGE, Northern Iowa

Round 6: Gary Brightwell, RB, Arizona

Congrats to Dave Gettleman for discovering the trade back: now, to draft good players that aren’t trench guys. I like Azeez Ojulari and Elerson Smith—and Ojulari particularly stands out as a big-time pick if his knee is okay—but that was far too early for me on Kadarius Toney, and I’m not sure where Aaron Robinson plays for them—maybe challenging for the nickel role with Darnay Holmes and Logan Ryan?

Grade: B-

NEW YORK JETS

Round 1: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

Round 1: Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC

Round 2: Elijah Moore, WR, SMU

Round 4: Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina

Round 5: Jamien Sherwood, S, Auburn

Round 5: Michael Carter, S, Duke

Round 5: Jason Pinnock, CB, Pittsburgh

Round 6: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State

Round 6: Brandin Echols, CB, Kentucky

Round 6: Jonathan Marshall, DT, Arkansas

It’s tough for me to ignore the big-time trade-up for Alijah Vera-Tucker, a player who I love—just not enough to send multiple picks in the top 100 to go get. That, and the lack of early investment in corner both worry me for a class that otherwise has exciting players early (Wilson, AVT), middle (Moore, Carter), and late (Pinnock, Nasirildeen, Marshall). Still a strong class—just not how I would have used the resources available.

Grade: B+

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Round 1: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Round 2: Landon Dickerson, IOL, Alabama

Round 3: Milton Williams, IDL, Louisiana Tech

Round 4: Zech McPhearson, CB, Texas Tech

Round 5: Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis

Round 6: Marlon Tuipulotu, IDL, USC

Round 6: Tarron Jackson, EDGE, Coastal Carolina

Round 6: JaCoby Stevens, S, LSU

Round 7: Patrick Johnson, EDGE, Tulane

This is an impossible class to grade here, as the Eagles just took giant swings left and right and hoped for the best. If DeVonta Smith translates despite a rail-thin frame, Landon Dickerson stays healthy, Milton Williams turns his athletic ability into legit pass-rush work, Zech McPhearson builds his body into one that can hang on the outside, Kenny Gainwell actually finds an RB/WR role, and JaCoby Stevens capitalized on elite athleticism in a way he never did at LSU, this is the greatest class ever. But the floor is also mighty low here, especially when you consider the trade up for Smith.

Grade: C+

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Kevin Colbert tends to stick to his own board, and I respect it—but man, it makes for some odd classes. With huge OT and CB needs off of my team perception, the Steelers prioritized a Round 1 running back, a flex tight end, and a Pouncey replacement who isn’t a scheme fit. I don’t think Dan Moore can start, and while I like Buddy Johnson and Quincy Roche as role players, they don’t move the needle enough. Pressley Harvin III is legit my favorite pick here. 

Grade: D

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Round 1: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

Round 2: Aaron Banks, IOL, Notre Dame

Round 3: Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State

Round 3: Ambry Thomas, CB, Michigan

Round 5: Jaylon Moore, OT, Western Michigan

Round 5: Talanoa Hufanga, S, USC

Round 6: Elijah Mitchell, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette

Just a long list of “My Guys” in this year’s class. The 49ers’ big trade-up notwithstanding, I think Lance is the best fit for the Shanahan passing game and also brings a delightful layer of running ability. Aaron Banks is an interesting add given his power-blocking build, but I think he can hang in wide zone approaches, while Trey Sermon and Elijah Mitchell were both dangerous zone runners in college. Talanoa Hufanga? Steal of the group if his shoulder is healthy enough to keep him on the field.

Grade: A-

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 

Round 2: D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan

Round 4: Tre Brown, CB, Oklahoma

Round 6: Stone Forsythe, OT, Florida

Actually solid work from Seattle despite only having three picks. Eskridge is a reach, though he brings an elusiveness compliment they need on the WR depth chart, and can hopefully grow as a route-runner into a Tyler Lockett replacement. Forsythe is a prototypical Seattle tackle. While Brown is a good press coverage player, he doesn’t have the typical Seattle size, but I think he’ll stick.

Grade: B

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Round 1: Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington

Round 2: Kyle Trask, QB, Florida

Round 3: Robert Hainsey, OT, Notre Dame

Round 4: Jaelon Darden, WR, North Texas

Round 5: KJ Britt, LB, Auburn

Round 7: Chris Wilcox, CB, BYU

Round 7: Grant Stuard, LB, Houston

Tampa Bay didn’t really deliver my cup of tea in this draft—though of course, it may not matter for their team construction, as they return a whole Super Bowl-winning roster. I understand why Tryon went as early as he did, though I would have swung on another pass rusher—but Trask and Hainsey were pretty substantial overdrafts. I like Jaelon Darden as a punt returner or gadget player, however.

Grade: C-

TENNESSEE TITANS

Round 1: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

Round 2: Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State

Round 3: Monty Rice, LB, Georgia

Round 3: Elijah Molden, CB, Washington

Round 4: Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Louisville

Round 4: Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pittsburgh

Round 6: Racey McMath, WR, LSU

Round 6: Brady Breeze, S, Oregon

Jon Robinson typically lines up against my board well, and that stayed true this year. I had Caleb Farley as the best CB in the draft pre-injury, and Robinson—as he’s prone to do—took the risk with him. I didn’t love Radunz or Rice as much as others, but they were appropriate values on my board, and Molden and Weaver were both steals. This class really does hinge on Farley’s health, while it also gets a small knock for taking a while to actually address wide receiver

Grade: B

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

Round 1: Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky

Round 2: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

Round 3: Benjamin St-Juste, CB, Minnesota

Round 3: Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina

Round 4: John Bates, TE, Boise State

Round 5: Darrick Forrest, S, Cincinnati

Round 6: Camaron Cheeseman, LS, Michigan

Round 7: William Bradley-King, EDGE, Baylor

Round 7: Shaka Toney, EDGE, Penn State

Round 7: Dax Milne, WR, BYU

If you replaced Jamin Davis with Zaven Collins, this class would be a clear home run. Of course, the Football Team didn’t get that opportunity, though it seemed Davis was always their guy. As it is, I see value picks in Cosmi, Brown, and Forrest, with appropriate swings on St-Juste and Bates, two players I had ranked decently highly in this class relative to consensus. Toney and Milne in Round 7 as well? Sign me up.

Grade: A-

Written By:

Benjamin Solak

Senior CFB Writer

Director of Special Projects and Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-host of the Locked On NFL Draft Podcast. The 3-Wide Raven.

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