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1) Dallas Cowboys

Grade: A+

Key Picks: CeeDee Lamb (WR, Oklahoma), Trevon Diggs (CB, Alabama), Neville Gallimore (DT, Oklahoma), CB Reggie Robinson (CB, Tulsa), Tyler Biadasz (C, Wisconsin)

Analysis: Cowboys apparently trust their Southwest area scout. Lamb was the steal of the first round and the Diggs-Robinson combination softens the blow of losing free agent Byron Jones.

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2) Baltimore Ravens

Grade: A

Key Picks: Patrick Queen (LB, LSU), J.K. Dobbins (RB, Ohio State), Justin Madubuike (DT, Texas A&M), WR Devin Duvernay (WR, Texas), Malik Harrison (LB, Ohio State)

Analysis: Run the ball, stop the run. Just keep solidifying a timeless winning identity. Queen is the prototypical Raven, but sleeper Duvernay had 106 catches last season.

3) Cincinnati Bengals

Grade: A

Key Picks: Joe Burrow (QB, LSU), Tee Higgins (WR, Clemson), Logan Wilson (ILB, Wyoming), Akeem Davis-Gaither (OLB, Appalachian State)

Analysis: Each of those players was the first pick in a round. It’s difficult to screw up a draft that way. Native son Burrow brings badly needed franchise-changing swagger.

4) Denver Broncos

Grade: A

Key Picks: Jerry Jeudy (WR, Alabama), K.J. Hamler (WR, Penn State), Michael Ojemudia (CB, Iowa), Lloyd Cushenberry (C, LSU)

Analysis: Best collection of offensive skill talent in the NFL? Adding this class to Melvin Gordon, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant and Phillip Lindsay makes a strong case. Drew Lock is a lucky quarterback.

5) Minnesota Vikings

Grade: A

Key Picks: Justin Jefferson (WR, LSU), Jeff Gladney (CB, TCU), Ezra Cleveland (OT, Boise State), Cameron Dantzler (CB, Mississippi State)

Analysis: Seven-round draft record of 17 total picks after two trades. No way Jefferson should’ve slipped to No. 22. Gladney was a first-rounder and Cleveland had first-round potential.

6) Arizona Cardinals

Grade: A-

Key Picks: Isaiah Simmons (LB, Clemson), Josh Jones (OT, Houston), Leki Fotu (DT, Utah)

Analysis: Top-five talent (Simmons) fell to them at No. 8 and Jones — who some mocked as a first-rounder — was a third-round steal. No wonder coach Kliff Kingsbury always looked so relaxed at home.

7) Cleveland Browns

Grade: A-

Key Picks: Jedrick Wills Jr. (OT, Alabama), Grant Delpit (S, LSU), Jordan Elliott (DT, Missouri)

Analysis: Wills and top free agent Jack Conklin as offensive line bookends will improve Baker Mayfield. Second-rounder Delpit was a top-10 talent and is a steal if he cuts down missed tackles.

? Indianapolis Colts

Grade: A-

Key Picks: Michael Pittman (WR, USC), Jonathan Taylor (RB, Wisconsin), Julian Blackmon (S, Utah), Jacob Eason (QB, Washington)

Analysis: Traded their first-rounder for DeForest Buckner then added the catch-everything Pittman and workhorse Taylor. Will big-armed Eason stay focused enough to be the quarterback of the future?

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9) Jacksonville Jaguars

Grade: A-

Key Picks: C.J. Henderson (CB, Florida), K’Lavon Chaisson (OLB, LSU), Laviska Shenault (WR, Colorado), Ben Bartch (OT, St. John’s-Minn.)

Analysis: Tear-down-and-rebuild of an elite defense starts with the two first-rounders. Shenault is a creative play-caller’s dream and Bartch is a high-ceiling developmental project.

10) Tennessee Titans

Grade: A-

Key Picks: Isaiah Wilson (OT, Georgia), Kristian Fulton (CB, LSU) Darrynton Evans (RB, Appalachian State)

Analysis: They married need and value every time. Evans and Derrick Henry are the NFL’s new thunder-and-lightning tandem. Wilson and Fulton replace free agents Jack Conklin and Logan Ryan.

11) Carolina Panthers

Grade: B+

Key Picks: Derrick Brown (DT, Auburn), Yetur Gross-Matos (DE, Penn State), Jeremy Chinn (S, Southern Illinois), Troy Pride (CB, Notre Dame)

Analysis: After picking Brown over the versatile Isaiah Simmons, the Panthers doubled back with Simmons Light (Chinn). And Gross-Matos was the draft’s second-best defensive end.

12) Detroit Lions

Grade: B+

Key Picks: Jeff Okudah (CB, Ohio State), D’Andre Swift (RB, Georgia), Julian Okwara (OLB, Notre Dame)

Analysis: Okudah profiles as a future All-Pro and Swift was the No. 1 running back on several boards. Teaming Okwara with older brother Romeo is smart for growth.

13) Miami Dolphins

Grade: B+

Key Picks: Tua Tagovailoa (QB, Alabama), Austin Jackson (OT, USC), Noah Igbinoghene (CB, Auburn), Raekwon Davis (DL, Alabama)

Analysis: Hoping for higher marks with three first-rounders, but their first five picks all are somewhat boom-or-bust. Trading for veteran running back Matt Breida was smart.

14) New York Jets

Grade: B+

Key Picks: Mekhi Becton (OT, Louisville), Denzel Mims (WR, Baylor), Ashtyn Davis (CB/S, California), QB James Morgan (QB, FIU)

Analysis: Becton over surer thing Tristan Wirfs in an unexpected choice of tackles was a swing for the fences. Trading down and still landing Mims was shrewd. GM Joe Douglas had a sneaky strong Day 3.

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15) Los Angeles Chargers

Grade: B

Key Picks: Justin Herbert (QB, Oregon), Kenneth Murray (ILB, Oklahoma), Joshua Kelley (RB, UCLA)

Analysis: Herbert is the new face of a franchise trying to build a fan base. The Chargers gave up their second- and third-rounders to move up for Murray at No. 23. Worth it.

16) New York Giants

Grade: B

Key Picks: Andrew Thomas (OT, Georgia), Xavier McKinney (S, Alabama), Matt Peart (OT, Connecticut), Darnay Holmes (CB, UCLA)

Analysis: Started out on fire with their No. 1 offensive tackle — a recurring theme — and a major second-round steal in immediate starter McKinney, but the Giants endured a 63-pick wait then didn’t address holes at pass rusher or center soon enough.

 Giants’ NFL Draft tracker: Live round-by-round picks and analysis

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8 minutes ago, 82nd Airborne said:

pff.com grades

Draft Grade: B

 

NEW YORK JETS

Round 1 (11): T Mekhi Becton, Louisville
Round 2 (59): WR Denzel Mims, Baylor
Round 3 (68): S Ashtyn Davis, California
Round 3 (79): EDGE Jabari Zuniga, Florida
Round 4 (120): RB La’Mical Perine, Florida
Round 4 (125): QB James Morgan, FIU
Round 4 (129): OT Cameron Clark, Charlotte
Round 5 (158): CB Bryce Hall, Virginia
Round 6 (191): P Braden Mann, Texas A&M

Day 1: Not only was Mekhi Becton not among the top five offensive tackles on PFF’s Big Board, but he wasn’t even a top-40 prospect in this draft class. Becton has generational physical tools and athleticism for a guy his size at 6-foot-7, 360-pounds. The only issue is that he has little production to speak for it and was protected in Louisville’s play-action and screen-heavy offense. Becton saw only 73 true pass sets in 2019 and allowed eight pressures on those. We knew someone would take a chance on Becton early, and the New York Jets came out as the ones to take the high-risk, high-reward prospect.

Day 2: Instead of going after a receiver like Jerry JeudyHenry Ruggs or CeeDee Lamb in Round 1, the Jets got great value in Round 2 with Denzel Mims at pick No. 59. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver is the ideal size, owns elite level athleticism, and has great body control. However, as PFF Lead Draft Analyst Mike Renner said, Mims is still very much a project — he needs to develop as a route-runner.

Ashtyn Davis was the 33rd-ranked player on the PFF Big Board, so getting him at pick No. 68 is a steal. He was named the best single-high safety in the class by Mike Renner. Over the past two years, Davis ranked fifth in PFF coverage grade when playing single-high while picking up a couple of interceptions and pass breakups in the process. Davis is a special athlete and a former track star for Cal who has elite range.

Like Davis, Jabari Zuniga is a freak athlete — but unlike Davis, Zuniga at the 79th overall pick was more of a reach than a steal. He could dominate the lower tier of tackles he faced but struggled against the good ones. Zuniga posted just a 13% win rate against Power-5 tackles in his career.

Day 3: One of the best picks made on Day 3 came from the New York Jets when they got Bryce Hall 158th overall. If Hall had declared last year, there is a strong chance he would have gone in the first round. However, he unfortunately suffered a season-ending injury in Week 7 while in punt coverage that lowered his draft stock significantly. Injury aside, Hall has some of the best ball skills we have ever seen here at PFF. At 6-foot-1 with over 32-inch arms, Hall posted the best forced incompletion percentage in all of college football (28.2%) in 2017 and 2018. In that span, his coverage grade was the fifth best in the country. He has the potential to make an impact from day one.

 

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How do they give the Giants that grade and not factor in them giving away a pick for Leonard Williams?

If a team trades away all the picks and drafts an all pro punter in round 5 that doesn't make it a good draft.

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Draft grades are dumb. For the next 3 years most teams get a TBD, some will get tentative good or bad grades if they find a pro bowler or release some of their picks but for a while no one knows anything.

 True but there’s logic behind certain picks that can make them good swings even if they don’t work out. 

Zuniga is one like that. Risky? Absolutely. The type of guy you take in that range? Yes. Freak athletes at EDGE are what you look for. Even if he fails or gets hurt, that’s a good pick at that spot.

 

A lot of Macc picks, by contrast, were completely illogical, and most here knew they’d fail from the jump.

 

Hence why I rail against the idea that the draft is a pure crapshoot. It’s not. And it’s why Ozzie Newsome had 2 decades of quality picks where so many other GMs failed miserably.

 

The draft is not craps, it’s poker. And a lot of the same people tend to end up at the final table year in and year out.

 

JD was playing expert-level poker in that trade down to 59. Not many GMs can pull that stuff off, especially not first-year GMs.

 

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I think people are undervaluing some of our picks and giving a lower grade than Douglas deserves. As a collection of players Douglas filled holes all over the roster, added depth at QB, RB, S, CB. Gave us our WR1 and franchise LT when our QB has desperately needed protection. Hell, even the best Punter from college football in case we continue to struggle moving the ball downfield. 

He deserves an A grade after some thought purely because the overall job done outweighs the individual players that might have been an odd pick on the surface (Morgan, Perine etc). 

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11 hours ago, johnnysd said:

Draft grades are dumb. For the next 3 years most teams get a TBD, some will get tentative good or bad grades if they find a pro bowler or release some of their picks but for a while no one knows anything.

Grade are relative to who is assigning them. A good grade means you followed their board, a bad one means you didn't.  I want our GM to follow his board, not some websites. 

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13 hours ago, 82nd Airborne said:

pff.com grades

Draft Grade: B

 

NEW YORK JETS

Round 1 (11): T Mekhi Becton, Louisville
Round 2 (59): WR Denzel Mims, Baylor
Round 3 (68): S Ashtyn Davis, California
Round 3 (79): EDGE Jabari Zuniga, Florida
Round 4 (120): RB La’Mical Perine, Florida
Round 4 (125): QB James Morgan, FIU
Round 4 (129): OT Cameron Clark, Charlotte
Round 5 (158): CB Bryce Hall, Virginia
Round 6 (191): P Braden Mann, Texas A&M

Day 1: Not only was Mekhi Becton not among the top five offensive tackles on PFF’s Big Board, but he wasn’t even a top-40 prospect in this draft class. Becton has generational physical tools and athleticism for a guy his size at 6-foot-7, 360-pounds. The only issue is that he has little production to speak for it and was protected in Louisville’s play-action and screen-heavy offense. Becton saw only 73 true pass sets in 2019 and allowed eight pressures on those. We knew someone would take a chance on Becton early, and the New York Jets came out as the ones to take the high-risk, high-reward prospect.

Day 2: Instead of going after a receiver like Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs or CeeDee Lamb in Round 1, the Jets got great value in Round 2 with Denzel Mims at pick No. 59. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver is the ideal size, owns elite level athleticism, and has great body control. However, as PFF Lead Draft Analyst Mike Renner said, Mims is still very much a project — he needs to develop as a route-runner.

Ashtyn Davis was the 33rd-ranked player on the PFF Big Board, so getting him at pick No. 68 is a steal. He was named the best single-high safety in the class by Mike Renner. Over the past two years, Davis ranked fifth in PFF coverage grade when playing single-high while picking up a couple of interceptions and pass breakups in the process. Davis is a special athlete and a former track star for Cal who has elite range.

Like Davis, Jabari Zuniga is a freak athlete — but unlike Davis, Zuniga at the 79th overall pick was more of a reach than a steal. He could dominate the lower tier of tackles he faced but struggled against the good ones. Zuniga posted just a 13% win rate against Power-5 tackles in his career.

Day 3: One of the best picks made on Day 3 came from the New York Jets when they got Bryce Hall 158th overall. If Hall had declared last year, there is a strong chance he would have gone in the first round. However, he unfortunately suffered a season-ending injury in Week 7 while in punt coverage that lowered his draft stock significantly. Injury aside, Hall has some of the best ball skills we have ever seen here at PFF. At 6-foot-1 with over 32-inch arms, Hall posted the best forced incompletion percentage in all of college football (28.2%) in 2017 and 2018. In that span, his coverage grade was the fifth best in the country. He has the potential to make an impact from day one.

They had Josh Jones ranked 14th overall, way ahead of Becton......then went in the 3rd round. Well that’s something. 

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13 hours ago, Maxman said:

How do they give the Giants that grade and not factor in them giving away a pick for Leonard Williams?

If a team trades away all the picks and drafts an all pro punter in round 5 that doesn't make it a good draft.

Especially considering they counted the Breida trade back favor of the Dolphins.

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Fairly gushing review here. 

The Jets assembled arguably the best draft class in the NFL. Every pick was a plus value at positions of need with prospects I like. Douglas collected an impressive haul of talented players to help set the course of the team moving forward. In an AFC East that no longer includes Tom Brady, New York did well to position itself to compete as the 2020 class develops.

https://thedraftnetwork.com/articles/new-york-jets-nfl-draft-class-2020

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On 4/26/2020 at 2:04 AM, Jetsfan80 said:

JD was playing expert-level poker in that trade down to 59. Not many GMs can pull that stuff off, especially not first-year GMs.

This isnt much different than those that suggest mac played expert level poker with pre trade up to 3 that landed him Darnold. We dont know if Mims is who JD wouldve taken at 48 and even if he was , doing it 1 time could easily be dumb luck. He needs to do it over several years before we can confidently call him an expert level poker player. Many one timers on a run make final tables too 

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How many times have the Jets been hyped by the media, and the players choke? So many times over the last 20 years I’ve followed the Jets.

The media knocking Joe, taking that pressure off the players can only work in our favour. 
 

Last year they were saying we won Free Agency, look how that worked out. Let the players do the talking. I like the picks, I love getting Mims and Bryce Hall, Mann could be our Punter for 10+ years. 
 

It’s easy to be negative, there were so many WR and we took one etc... but this has been a breath of fresh air, and it’s Joes first draft, hopefully can only get better.

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3 hours ago, CTM said:

This isnt much different than those that suggest mac played expert level poker with pre trade up to 3 that landed him Darnold. We dont know if Mims is who JD wouldve taken at 48 and even if he was , doing it 1 time could easily be dumb luck. He needs to do it over several years before we can confidently call him an expert level poker player. Many one timers on a run make final tables too 

 

Macc didn't engineer that trade.  Heimerdinger did.  And it was well before the draft.

JD traded down on the fly.  And it had the feel of the type of trade Ozzie Newsome would make.  

I agree that we don't know if Mims would have been his choice at 48.  But he also interviewed Mims twice in the pre-draft process.  He was the only "second tier" WR prospect that he interviewed.  

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15 minutes ago, Jetsfan80 said:

JD traded down on the fly.  And it had the feel of the type of trade Ozzie Newsome would make.  

I guess if you had a feeling it must be true. But please, clean up after yourself 

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38 minutes ago, Jetsfan80 said:

Someone's in a contrarian mood.  

It's not contrarian at all for me to say hey why dont we pump the breaks a bit before extrapolating genius from a single event that may or may not even have worked out as planned. Even if it worked exactly as planned it could be little more than dumb luck and he could miss his next 10 "expert poker" moves 

It's like you dont even know me fapina

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44 minutes ago, CTM said:

It's not contrarian at all for me to say hey why dont we pump the breaks a bit before extrapolating genius from a single event that may or may not even have worked out as planned. Even if it worked exactly as planned it could be little more than dumb luck and he could miss his next 10 "expert poker" moves 

It's like you dont even know me fapina

 

Trading down and still getting a quality player is pretty much the very definition of expert GM work.  Given his pedigree and what people had to say about him before he got hired here, it jives with what we saw during the draft.  He does something we haven't seen out of a Jets GM in pretty much ever (trading down effectively), a move which resembled his old boss Ozzie, and we're supposed to "pump the brakes"?  Nah, I'll take a victory lap.  Or victory fap.

And you have yet to acknowledge the point that he interviewed Mims twice.  That's pretty significant to note, no?  Think he'd have taken the chance to move down from 48 if he was high on him AND also wasn't highly confident he'd still be there?  And/or do you think he didn't have contingency plan(s) in place?  C'mon.

Attribute it to luck as much as you'd like.  I'll take some good luck for a change. 

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Trading down and still getting a quality player is pretty much the very definition of expert GM work.  Given his pedigree and what people had to say about him before he got hired here, it jives with what we saw during the draft.  He does something we haven't seen out of a Jets GM in pretty much ever (trading down effectively), a move which resembled his old boss Ozzie, and we're supposed to "pump the brakes"?  Nah, I'll take a victory lap.  Or victory fap.

And you have yet to acknowledge the point that he interviewed Mims twice.  That's pretty significant to note, no?  Think he'd have taken the chance to move down from 48 if he was high on him AND also wasn't highly confident he'd still be there?  And/or do you think he didn't have contingency plan(s) in place?  C'mon.

Attribute it to luck as much as you'd like.  I'll take some good luck for a change. 

ffs fapina, the only one attributing it to anything here is you. Expert poker, feels like Ozzie Newsome (HoF GM).. your words not mine. I like the move and am good with the draft (although i wish we went more offensive). All i'm saying is there isn't much to go on here to project whether or not this guy is going to be good at his job or like the previous 2 dummies. He didn't trade JA and if he turns around and signs him to 19M this week that could easily signal far worse than his Mims maneuvering signals positive, but neither of which will be definitive.

In terms of bolded, there's a country mile between expert poker player and a doofus with no plan. I'm sure he had a handful of players who he was reasonably comfortable might be there. You are debating a point I never made or implied.

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12 minutes ago, CTM said:

ffs fapina, the only one attributing it to anything here is you. Expert poker, feels like Ozzie Newsome (HoF GM).. your words not mine. I like the move and am good with the draft (although i wish we went more offensive). All i'm saying is there isn't much to go on here to project whether or not this guy is going to be good at his job or like the previous 2 dummies. He didn't trade JA and if he turns around and signs him to 19M this week that could easily signal far worse than his Mims maneuvering signals positive, but neither of which will be definitive.

In terms of bolded, there's a country mile between expert poker player and a doofus with no plan. I'm sure he had a handful of players who he was reasonably comfortable might be there. You are debating a point I never made or implied.

 

You're right that I'll turn on JD if he hands Jamal a new deal.  Nothing he's done to date suggests he'll give in to JA's demands, but we'll see.  He's certainly saying all the right things now (Jamal is a priority; he wants him to be a Jet for life, etc) to stroke Jamal's ego and also be on the right side of the PR battle when Jamal inevitably throws his temper tantrums.  

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