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2020 NFL Draft: Emoji Draft Grades for All 32 Teams

by Raju Byfield | @FantasyContext | Featured Writer
Apr 29, 2020

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The 2020 NFL Draft class is now in the books, which means it’s now time to take a look back and analyze the draft classes of all 32 NFL teams. But what if instead of draft grades, we just assigned emojis to creatively illustrate the strength or weakness of each team’s respective class? You know what, let’s do that.

We’ll emote and then briefly discuss each team’s draft haul. Let’s dig in.

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Arizona Cardinals 

1 (8). Isaiah Simmons (LB/S – Clemson)
3 (72). Josh Jones (OT – Houston)
4 (114). Leki Fotu (DT – Utah)
4 (131). Rashard Lawrence (DT – LSU)
6 (202). Evan Weaver (LB – California)
7 (222). Eno Benjamin (RB – Arizona State) 

Draft grade: 💪

The Arizona Cardinals hit a home run with their 2020 NFL draft class. They scooped up a free-falling top-five talent and fortified the trenches on both sides of the ball. They did extremely well for a team without a second round pick, and they arguably had the best draft when one considers that the second round pick was spent on DeAndre Hopkins. Eno Benjamin in the seventh round was a monumental steal. There is a chance he emerges as the lead back in a committee by the season’s end. 

Atlanta Falcons 

1 (16). A.J. Terrell (CB – Clemson)
2 (47). Marlon Davidson (DL – Auburn)
3 (78). Matt Hennessy (C – Temple)
4 (119). Mykal Walker (LB – Fresno State)
4 (134). Jaylinn Hawkins (S – California)
7 (228). Sterling Hofrichter (P – Syracuse)

Draft grade: 😅

Cornerback A.J. Terrell may prove to be the massive reach most think he is, but the Falcons found some good values on day two in Marlon Davidson and Matt Hennessy. They then went on two scoop up two of the top defensive values available on day three, bumping them from a poor grade to a positive one. Terrell knocks down what would have otherwise been seen as a win for an Atlanta front office that’s now establishing a reputation for reaching on their first round picks.

Baltimore Ravens 

1 (28). Patrick Queen (LB – LSU)
2 (55). J.K. Dobbins (RB – Ohio State)
3 (71). Justin Madubuike (DT – Texas A&M)
3 (92). Devin Duvernay (WR – Texas)
3 (98). Malik Harrison (LB – Ohio State)
3 (106). Tyre Phillips (G – Mississippi State)
4 (143). Ben Bredeson (G – Michigan)
5 (170). Broderick Washington Jr. (DT – Texas Tech)
6 (201). James Proche (WR – SMU)
7 (219). Geno Stone (S – Iowa)

Draft grade: 💣💣💣

The Baltimore Ravens came away with one of the best draft hauls of the 2020 NFL Draft. They may not have had the very best, but they definitely had the most impactful. For a team that was the best in football for a long stretch of 2019, walking away from a draft with a hit on every one of their day one and day two picks is amazing. They continued to work wonders on day three, and they literally stole wide receiver James Proche and safety Geno Stone. Baltimore’s scouting department deserves a raise. 

Buffalo Bills 

2 (54). A.J. Epenesa (DE – Iowa)
3 (86). Zack Moss (RB – Utah)
4 (128). Gabriel Davis (WR – UCF)
5 (167). Jake Fromm (QB – Georgia)
6 (188). Tyler Bass (K – Georgia Southern)
6 (207). Isaiah Hodgins (WR – Oregon State)
7 (239). Dane Jackson (CB – Pittsburgh)

Draft grade: 🤞

While the Buffalo Bills hit on some draft needs, whether or not they selected the best player or fits available is a legitimate question mark. Epenesa was a solid value in the second, and he comes with immediate starting-level upside. Zack Moss was another solid pick, but then the Bills’ draft went off the rails. Gabriel Davis was a reach based on the receivers that were still on the board, and Tyler Bass in the sixth was a mistake for a team that still has holes to address. Jake Fromm will make for an elite level backup, and Isaiah Hodgins was a tremendous value who probably ends up a better pro than Davis. The Bills front office likely has their fingers crossed in hopes that this is not the draft class that gets them fired.

Carolina Panthers

1 (7). Derrick Brown (DT – Auburn)
2 (38). Yetur Gross-Matos (DE – Penn State)
2 (64). Jeremy Chinn (S – Southern Illinois)
4 (113). Troy Pride Jr. (CB – Notre Dame)
5 (152). Kenny Robinson Jr. (S – West Virginia)
6 (184). Bravvion Roy (DT – Baylor)
7 (221). Stanley Thomas-Oliver III (CB – Florida International)

Draft grade: 😏

The Carolina Panthers did well with their day one and day two picks. They found enough solid values on day three to keep their fanbase hopeful for the future. It’s alarming that the Panthers chose to invest none of their draft capital on their offensive line, especially after trading away Trai Turner. That said, Carolina added three really talented players in defensive tackle Derrick Brown, defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos, and linebacker/safety Jeremy Chinn. The Carolina front office should be grinning slyly after coming away with what’s likely an underrated draft haul.

Chicago Bears 

2 (43). Cole Kmet (TE – Notre Dame)
2 (50). Jaylon Johnson (CB – Utah)
5 (155). Trevis Gipson (DE – Tulsa)
5 (163). Kindle Vildor (CB – Georgia Southern)
5 (173). Darnell Mooney (WR – Tulane)
7 (226). Arlington Hambright (G – Colorado)
7 (227). Lachavious Simmons (G – Tennessee State)

Draft grade: 🙀

What are the Chicago Bears doing? Jalen Hurts was there for them at 43, as was every other quarterback not named Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, or Jordan Love. Granted, this means that the Bears front office was likely not sold on any of this year’s signal callers that were available after round one, but a one-year dalliance with a Hurts, Jacob Eason, or even Anthony Gordon as a UDFA would have been in their best interests. Nick Foles and Mitch Trubisky are both replacement-level talents, which puts the Bears in the race for Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields. Cole Kmet is a solid addition, as is Jaylon Johnson, two players that some clubs likely had first round grades on. Their day three picks were a little uninspiring, but Gipson, Vidor, and Mooney have the talent to become eventual contributors.

Cincinnati Bengals 

1 (1). Joe Burrow (QB – LSU)
2 (33). Tee Higgins (WR – Clemson)
3 (65). Logan Wilson (LB – Wyoming)
4 (107). Akeem Davis-Gaither (LB – Appalachian State)
5 (147). Khalid Kareem (DE – Notre Dame)
6 (180). Hakeem Adeniji (G – Kansas)
7 (215). Markus Bailey (LB – Purdue)

Draft grade: 😌

Cincinnati Bengals fans can rest easy. Not only did they draft Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow, but they were able to steal Tee Higgins or day two and follow that up with another steal on day three in Akeem Davis-Gaither. Kareem and Adenji also profile as potential future contributors.

Cleveland Browns 

1 (10). Jedrick Wills (OT – Alabama)
2 (44). Grant Delpit (S – LSU)
3 (88). Jordan Elliott (DT – Missouri)
3 (97). Jacob Phillips (LB – LSU)
4 (115). Harrison Bryant (TE – Florida Atlantic)
5 (160). Nick Harris (C – Washington)
6 (187). Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR – Michigan)

Draft grade: 😲

The Cleveland Browns had a shockingly good draft class. Jedrick Wills falling to them at 10th overall was a dream come true, and Grant Delpit and Jordan Elliott were tremendous day two picks. Furthermore, Nick Harris and Donovan Peoples-Jones could prove to be two of the steals of the draft. Cleveland was able to hit on all of their needs, and they should be much improved from their astonishingly bad 2019 season. 

Dallas Cowboys 

1 (17). CeeDee Lamb (WR – Oklahoma)
2 (51). Trevon Diggs (CB – Alabama)
3 (82). Neville Gallimore (DT – Oklahoma)
4 (123). Reggie Robinson II (CB – Tulsa)
5 (146). Tyler Biadasz (C – Wisconsin)
5 (179). Bradlee Anae (DE – Utah)
7 (231). Ben DiNucci (QB – James Madison)

Draft grade: 🤩

The Dallas Cowboys won the 2020 NFL Draft. They had only seven picks, but they still managed to come out ahead after every single day of the draft. The Dallas Cowboys tried to trade up to as high as ninth or 10th overall to land Lamb, but they backed off when they found the price tag too high to move up even just a few spots. Yet they somehow managed to have him fall in their laps at 17th overall, which happily altered their draft plans. Day two of the draft was a big win as well, as they drafted the same corner they would have likely drafted in round one at 17th overall at 51st overall, and then they stole a defensive tackle with a borderline first-round grade in Neville Gallimore. They then proceeded to win day three by finding a starting center in the fifth round, and then doubling down by selecting the athletically questionable but relentless Bradlee Anae later in that same round. This was a franchise-altering draft class for the Dallas Cowboys.

Denver Broncos 

1 (15). Jerry Jeudy (WR – Alabama)
2 (46). KJ Hamler (WR – Penn State)
3 (77). Michael Ojemudia (CB – Iowa)
3 (83). Lloyd Cushenberry III (C – LSU)
3 (95). McTelvin Agim (DT – Arkansas)
4 (118). Albert Okwuegbunam (TE – Missouri)
5 (178). Justin Strnad (LB – Wake Forest)
6 (181). Netane Muti (G – Fresno State)
7 (252). Tyrie Cleveland (WR – Florida)
7 (254). Derrek Tuszka (DE – North Dakota State)

Draft grade: 🥳

Denver Broncos fans would likely have been partying in the streets if not for stay at home orders. The Broncos had a terrific draft that completely overhauled what has been an anemic offense for the past several seasons. Ojemudia and Agim both project as potential contributors to Denver’s defense as rookies, while Strnad is a solid developmental prospect who could be a starter in the future. The strength of the class is in the offensive pieces, however, and this draft signaled the Broncos belief in Drew Lock as their quarterback of the future. 

Detroit Lions 

1 (3). Jeff Okudah (CB – Ohio State)
2 (35). D’Andre Swift (RB – Georgia)
3 (67). Julian Okwara (Edge – Notre Dame)
3 (75). Jonah Jackson (G – Ohio State)
4 (121). Logan Stenberg (G – Kentucky)
5 (166). Quintez Cephus (WR – Wisconsin)
5 (172). Jason Huntley (RB – New Mexico State)
6 (197). John Penisini (DT – Utah)
7 (235). Jashon Cornell (DT – Ohio State)

Draft grade: 😎

The Detroit Lions likely came away from the 2020 NFL Draft feeling as cool as a cucumber. They hit absolute home runs with each of their first three picks, found two solid interior offensive linemen, and then snared underrated wide receiver Quintez Cephus. Their last three picks will likely prevent them from receiving any A grades, but the Lions did very well to land players with starter-level upside all the way through the first of their fifth round picks.

Green Bay Packers 

1 (26). Jordan Love (QB – Utah State)
2 (62). AJ Dillon (RB – Boston College)
3 (94). Josiah Deguara (TE – Cincinnati)
5 (175). Kamal Martin (LB – Minnesota)
6 (192). Jon Runyan (G – Michigan)
6 (208). Jake Hanson (C – Oregon)
6 (209). Simon Stepaniak (G – Indiana)
7 (236). Vernon Scott (S – TCU)
7 (242). Jonathan Garvin (DE – Miami)

Draft grade: 🤬

The Green Bay Packers deployed the most perplexing draft strategy seen in recent memory. The team with the second-best record in the NFC chose to draft a backup quarterback (albeit a talented one), a backup running back, and a tight end who probably has to move to fullback with their picks in the first three rounds. Matt LaFleur was perceived to be building his own version of what the Tennessee Titans have on their offense, including a 250-lbs athletic marvel at running back. Recent reports suggest that the drafting of Love was a power play by LaFleur who has grown increasingly weary of Aaron Rodgers. This is not a major surprise, as LaFleur would not be the first offensive coordinator who clashed with his star players once he became a head coach. Green Bay then proceeded to continue to ignore the wide receiver position despite six picks on day three. The collective angst of the Green Bay Packers fan base can still be felt. 

Houston Texans 

2 (40). Ross Blacklock (DT – TCU)
3 (90). Jonathan Greenard (Edge – Florida)
4 (126). Charlie Heck (OT – North Carolina)
4 (141). John Reid (CB – Penn State)
5 (171). Isaiah Coulter (WR – Rhode Island)

Draft grade: 🤷

With only five draft picks, the Houston Texans had a tough task trying to hit on their needs. Ross Blacklock was a strong value at 40th overall, and he should be a year-one starter. Jonathan Greenard was another solid value, and he has the upside to play the Jack linebacker role for the Texans. Heck, Reid, and Coulter are solid, but all three seemed to be reaches, which makes the Texans overall draft haul more of a mixed bag. All in all, a shrug sums up their draft class the best.

Indianapolis Colts

2 (34). Michael Pittman Jr. (WR – USC)
2 (41). Jonathan Taylor (RB – Wisconsin)
3 (85). Julian Blackmon (S – Utah)
4 (122). Jacob Eason (QB – Washington)
5 (149). Danny Pinter (G – Ball State)
6 (193). Robert Windsor (DT – Penn State)
6 (211). Isaiah Rodgers (CB – Massachusetts)
6 (212). Dezmon Patmon (WR – Washington State)
6 (213). Jordan Glasgow (LB – Michigan)

Draft grade: 😻

The Indianapolis Colts did a terrific job with their draft class. They landed Michael Pittman, the number two receiver they have been searching for since Donte Moncrief with the first of their two second round picks. They then landed the best pure runner in the 2020 NFL Draft in Jonathan Taylor. The Wisconsin product should be able to feast behind the Colts’ offensive line for years to come. They rounded out their day two haul with a solid safety in Utah’s Justin Blackmon. Blackmon should be a starter within a couple of seasons. Their day three haul was less than spectacular (Eason and Pinter were both potential hits), but one has to remember that Indianapolis used their first round pick to acquire Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner. The Colts now look like the AFC favorite to take advantage of the expanded playoffs for years to come.

Jacksonville Jaguars 

1 (9). CJ Henderson (CB – Florida)
1 (20). K’Lavon Chaisson (Edge – LSU)
2 (42). Laviska Shenault Jr. (WR – Colorado)
3 (73). Davon Hamilton (DT – Ohio State)
4 (116). Ben Bartch (OL – St. John’s)
4 (137). Josiah Scott (CB – Michigan State)
4 (140). Shaquille Quarterman (LB – Miami)
5 (157). Daniel Thomas (S – Auburn)
5 (165). Collin Johnson (WR – Texas)
6 (189). Jake Luton (QB – Oregon State)
6 (206). Tyler Davis (TE – Georgia Tech)
7 (223). Chris Claybrooks (CB – Memphis)

Draft grade: 💃

The Jacksonville Jaguars had seven picks in the first four rounds, and they seemed to hit on all of them. Their first three picks were terrific, but messing up first or second round picks takes talent. The fourth round haul was still rock solid, and it should yield multiple starters, especially given the current state of the Jaguars’ rebuild. However, that’s when things went a little off the rails. Collin Johnson was the best of their five picks between round five and round seven. Multiple picks were spent on practice squad types when the Jaguars had other obvious needs that they could have chosen to address. However, the top-end talent they landed in the first half of their 12 picks is enough to keep their front office in a dancing mood. 

Kansas City Chiefs

1 (32). Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB – LSU)
2 (63). Willie Gay Jr. (LB – Mississippi State)
3 (96). Lucas Niang (T – TCU)
4 (138). L’Jarius Sneed (S – Louisiana Tech)
5 (177). Michael Danna (DE – Michigan)
7 (237). Thakarius Keyes (CB – Tulane)

Draft grade: 😈

The Kansas City Chiefs had just six picks to work with, and with Patrick Mahomes still on a rookie deal, they had very few needs due to not losing many significant pieces in free agency. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is a terrific system fit, and he’s the type of running back who can take the offense back to the level we saw when Kareem Hunt was still a member of the team. Willie Gay Jr. could prove to be the long-awaited answer at middle linebacker for the Chiefs, while Lucas Niang was an absolute steal in the third round. Sometimes in sports it seems almost unfair when the rich get richer, but that’s exactly what we have seen here with Kansas City. 

Las Vegas Raiders 

1 (12). Henry Ruggs III (WR – Alabama)
1 (19). Damon Arnette (CB – Ohio State)
3 (80). Lynn Bowden Jr. (RB – Kentucky)
3 (81). Bryan Edwards (WR – South Carolina)
3 (100). Tanner Muse (S – Clemson)
4 (109). John Simpson (G – Clemson)
4 (139). Amik Robertson (CB – Louisiana Tech)

Draft grade: 🤔

The jury is still out on the Las Vegas Raiders’ 2020 NFL Draft class. They were terrific on their day three picks, as the benefit of having Mike Mayock reared its head. Their day two picks were similarly strong, as Bowden and Muse both project as solid contributors, while Bryan Edwards could end up as the Raiders’ number one receiver. Their day one picks, however, were either a master class in foresight, or will end up as a league-wide lesson on why you should not reach for ‘your guys’ in the first round.

Los Angeles Chargers 

1 (6). Justin Herbert (QB – Oregon)
1 (23). Kenneth Murray (LB – Oklahoma)
4 (112). Joshua Kelley (RB – UCLA)
5 (151). Joe Reed (WR – Virginia)
6 (186). Alohi Gilman (S – Notre Dame)
7 (220). K.J. Hill (WR – Ohio State)

Draft grade: 🤨

It’s difficult to know what to make of the Los Angeles Chargers 2020 NFL Draft class. They may have preferred Tua Tagovailoa, but they declined to surrender the assets required to move up. This meant they wound up with the “consolation prize” of Justin Herbert. Trading back into the first for Kenneth Murray was a surprising — but shrewd — move for a team that’s been looking for a long-term answer at middle linebacker for years. Their day three haul was impressive but uninspiring. Joe Reed is a solid receiver, but there were much better receivers still on the board at that point of the fifth round. Likewise, Joshua Kelley and Alohi Gilman were likely not the best players at their position still available when they were selected. All in all, it was a solid class, but one that could have been much better. 

Los Angeles Rams 

2 (52). Cam Akers (RB – Florida State)
2 (57). Van Jefferson (WR – Florida)
3 (84). Terrell Lewis (Edge – Alabama)
3 (104). Terrell Burgess (S – Utah)
4 (136). Brycen Hopkins (TE – Purdue)
6 (199). Jordan Fuller (S – Ohio State)
7 (234). Clay Johnston (LB – Baylor)
7 (248). Sam Sloman (K – Miami (OH))
7 (250). Tremayne Anchrum (G – Clemson) 

Draft grade: 🤑

The Rams did a terrific job drafting, especially when one considers that they did not have a first round pick at their disposal. Their day two haul was full of impact players, all of whom have the talent to start immediately. Their four picks were enough to give them a winning grade. They replaced key losses with some of the best talents available, and they also identified players who fit their system. Their day three selections were nothing to write home about, but again, their day two selections were money, giving them a win for their 2020 draft class overall.

Miami Dolphins

1 (5). Tua Tagovailoa (QB – Alabama)
1 (18). Austin Jackson (T – USC)
1 (30). Noah Igbinoghene (CB – Auburn)
2 (39). Robert Hunt (OL – Louisiana)
2 (56). Raekwon Davis (DT – Alabama)
3 (70). Brandon Jones (S – Texas)
4 (111). Solomon Kindley (G – Georgia)
5 (154). Jason Strowbridge (DE – North Carolina)
5 (164). Curtis Weaver (DE – Boise State)
6 (185). Blake Ferguson (C – LSU)
7 (246). Malcolm Perry (WR – Navy)

Draft grade: 🥰

The Miami Dolphins had a wildly impressive 2020 NFL Draft. Standing firm at fifth overall and still landing Tua Tagovailoa was a master class in rolling the dice and coming out on top. Austin Jackson was a slight reach value-wise, but he was the right pick for a team that just selected their franchise quarterback earlier that round. The Noah Igbinoghene pick at the end of the first round was a bit of a surprise, so much so that I asked myself if the Dolphins were planning on moving him back to receiver. They got back on track in round two with Hunt and Davis, and they ended their day with a potential starter out of Texas in Brandon Jones. They then proceeded to hit on values with each of their day three picks. In all, Miami had a lovely draft haul. 

Minnesota Vikings

1 (22). Justin Jefferson (WR – LSU)
1 (31). Jeff Gladney (CB – TCU)
2 (58). Ezra Cleveland (T – Boise State)
3 (89). Cameron Dantzler (CB – Mississippi State)
4 (117). D.J. Wonnum (LB – South Carolina)
4 (130). James Lynch (DE – Baylor)
4 (132). Troy Dye (LB – Oregon)
5 (169). Harrison Hand (CB – Temple)
5 (176). K.J. Osborn (WR – Miami)
6 (203). Blake Brandel (G – Oregon State)
6 (205). Josh Metellus (S – Michigan)
7 (225). Kenny Willekes (DE – Michigan State)
7 (244). Nate Stanley (QB – Iowa)
7 (249). Brian Cole II (S – Mississippi State)
7 (253). Kyle Hinton (G – Washburn)

Draft grade: 😁

It’s hard to mess up when you have 15 draft picks. The Minnesota Vikings made some questionable selections at wide receiver, but scouting wideouts simply may not be one of their strengths. The rest of their draft haul, aside from Nate Stanley in the seventh round, was all strong. They landed two new potential starting corners in Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler. Dantzler in the third was larceny, as he projects with more upside than the corner they took in the first round in Gladney. Ezra Cleveland will aid in their efforts to keep running the ballwhile helping to keep Kirk Cousins upright. Their day three haul was good enough to elicit smiles as Dye, Hand, Brandel, Metellus, and Willekes were all strong values who ranked among the best players available as a whole, which makes where they landed them even more impressive. 

New England Patriots

2 (37). Kyle Dugger (S – Lenoir-Rhyne)
2 (60). Josh Uche (LB – Michigan)
3 (87). Anfernee Jennings (LB – Alabama)
3 (91). Devin Asiasi (TE – UCLA)
3 (101). Dalton Keene (TE – Virginia Tech)
5 (159). Justin Rohrwasser (K – Marshall)
6 (182). Michael Onwenu (G – Michigan)
6 (195). Justin Herron (G – Wake Forest)
6 (204). Cassh Maluia (LB – Wyoming)
7 (230). Dustin Woodard (C – Memphis)

Draft grade: 🤕

The New England Patriots’ first three selections of day two were all strong values. All three could wind up starting immediately for New England, and they represent good system fits. However, things went a little off the rails after those picks. No one would suggest that the Patriots should have selected a quarterback that they did not think was a good value at a certain point of the draft, but trading up twice in the third round to select tight ends had to damage the heart valves of those throughout their fanbase. 

Not addressing the position at all was a bit of a surprise, especially with Anthony Gordon available. While they made some solid additions to their offensive line on day three, as both Onwenu and Herron project as future contributors, spending a fifth round pick on a kicker when they could have brought in some competition for Jarrett Stidham was a questionable move at best. The New England Patriots appear to be pushing their chips all in on Stidham, a gamble that may result in Bill acquiring his true target all along in Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields.

New Orleans Saints 

1 (24). Cesar Ruiz (C – Michigan)
3 (74). Zack Baun (LB – Wisconsin)
3 (105). Adam Trautman (TE – Dayton)
7 (240). Tommy Stevens (QB – Mississippi State)

Draft grade: 👻

The New Orleans Saints had a ghost of a draft with only four selections, but they made the most of them. Cesar Ruiz is a first-round talent at center, and he should upgrade both the running and the passing games. Zack Baun is versatile enough to be a rush linebacker, a middle linebacker, or an edge rusher, and he should give the Saints options as far as how they line him up in different packages. Adam Trautman was considered the best tight end in the 2020 NFL Draft by some, and he will hopefully pan out as Jared Cook’s successor. Tommy Stevens was a bit of a waste of a pick, and he’s likely headed to the practice squad. All in all, the Saints had a successful, if truncated, draft haul.

New York Giants 

1 (4). Andrew Thomas (T – Georgia)
2 (36). Xavier McKinney (S – Alabama)
3 (99). Matt Peart (OL – Connecticut)
4 (110). Darnay Holmes (CB – UCLA)
5 (150). Shane Lemieux (G – Oregon)
6 (183). Cam Brown (LB – Penn State)
7 (218). Carter Coughlin (DE – Minnesota)
7 (238). T.J. Brunson (LB – South Carolina)
7 (247). Chris Williamson (CB – Minnesota)
7 (255). Tae Crowder (LB – Georgia)

Draft grade: 🤓

Based on their first three picks, the New York Giants obviously did their film study. The selection of Andrew Thomas, while surprising to some, did not surprise most who reviewed tape from any of the top offensive lineman’s entire college careers. He was the cleanest and safest pure left tackle prospect in the class, and he was a shrewd pick by a general manager who was developing a reputation for making early first round reaches. McKinney was a steal in the second round, and Matt Peart is an underrated get for their offensive line in the third. Their day three picks were far less impressive, but they attempted to address needs, and they could have a future starter or two in the bunch.

New York Jets

1 (11). Mekhi Becton (OT – Louisville)
2 (59). Denzel Mims (WR – Baylor)
3 (68). Ashtyn Davis (S – California)
3 (79). Jabari Zuniga (DE – Florida)
4 (120). LaMical Perine (RB – Florida)
4 (125). James Morgan (QB – Florida International)
4 (129). Cameron Clark (G – Charlotte)
5 (158). Bryce Hall (CB – Virginia)
6 (191). Braden Mann (P – Texas A&M)

Draft grade: 👊

The New York Jets made some solid selections. Mekhi Becton is massive, has potential All Pro upside, and can play left or right tackle. Denzel Mims projects to provide much of what they lost with the departure of Robby Anderson, making him a potential solid selection in the second. Ashtyn Davis is one of the best safeties in the 2020 NFL Draft, and Jabari Zuniga has massive developmental upside as an edge rusher. Bryce Hall may very well be the steal of the cornerback position — he fell due to injury but has Pro Bowl upside. The rest of their picks were more of the questionable nature, but Perine upgrades their backfield depth while James Morgan gives them some desperately needed talent behind starter Sam Darnold. Overall, the New York Jets deserve props for their draft haul.

Philadelphia Eagles

1 (21). Jalen Reagor (WR – TCU)
2 (53). Jalen Hurts (QB – Oklahoma)
3 (103). Davion Taylor (LB – Colorado)
4 (127). K’Von Wallace (S – Clemson)
4 (145). Jack Driscoll (T – Auburn)
5 (168). John Hightower (WR – Boise State)
6 (196). Shaun Bradley (LB – Temple)
6 (200). Quez Watkins (WR – Southern Miss)
6 (210). Prince Tega Wanogho (OT – Auburn)
7 (233). Casey Toohill (DE – Stanford)

Draft grade: 🙃

What more can be said about the Philadelphia Eagles controversial draft haul? It’s a winning class, but it’s likely not one fans in Philadelphia will warm up to until they see the on-field product. Jalen Reagor is one the top-five receiver prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft class, and he may just have the most upside. He’s a terrific fit with Carson Wentz, and he would be just as capable of catching bombs from Jalen Hurts. Hurts was the true head scratcher, but he provides explosive insurance behind Carson Wentz. If Hurts ever pans out, he will become one of the most dynamic threats in the league. The Eagles were not done adding speed at receiver, however, and they made some solid additions with John Hightower and Quez Watkins. Prince Tega was an absolute steal in the sixth, and he has more upside than the higher-floor fourth round pick Jack Driscoll. The jury is out on whether Wallace and Taylor will ever be starters, but at the very least, they will provide some much-needed upside depth. The Eagles’ draft haul was much better than many have made it out to be.

Pittsburgh Steelers 

2 (49). Chase Claypool (WR – Notre Dame)
3 (102). Alex Highsmith (LB – Charlotte)
4 (124). Anthony McFarland Jr. (RB – Maryland)
4 (135). Kevin Dotson (G – Louisiana)
6 (198). Antoine Brooks Jr. (S – Maryland)
7 (232). Carlos Davis (DT – Nebraska)

Draft grade: 🤭

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft class is one that will truly take five years to judge. They selected some talented players, but aside from Claypool (hopefully), there may not be a starter in the bunch. McFarland will play in a committee as a rookie, but he may be welcoming a blue-chip rookie to the backfield as soon as 2021. Highsmith, Dotson, and Brooks will provide depth, but this draft class will be considered a failure if none of them emerge as a starter down the line. Pittsburgh’s 2020 draft class should be considered a fail, at least for now. 

San Francisco 49ers

1 (14). Javon Kinlaw (DT – South Carolina)
1 (25). Brandon Aiyuk (WR – Arizona State)
5 (153). Colton McKivitz (OL – West Virginia)
6 (190). Charlie Woerner (TE – Georgia)
7 (217). Jauan Jennings (WR – Tennessee)

Draft grade: 📈

Stock up for the defending NFC Champions. The 49ers were said to be targeting a receiver at 13th overall, but they quickly pivoted to Javon Kinlaw after their trade down still netted them the top-10 talent. They then traded up for Brandon Aiyuk, a player who, depending on your grade of him, could prove to be a massive reach or the perfect system fit. Charlie Woerner was their only questionable pick, as McKivitz and Jennings both project as potential future starters. Despite having only two picks in the first four rounds, the 49ers are a much better team than they were heading into draft weekend. 

Seattle Seahawks 

1 (27). Jordyn Brooks (LB – Texas Tech)
2 (48). Darrell Taylor (DE – Tennessee)
3 (69). Damien Lewis (G – LSU)
4 (133). Colby Parkinson (TE – Stanford)
4 (144). DeeJay Dallas (RB – Miami)
5 (148). Alton Robinson (DE – Syracuse)
6 (214). Freddie Swain (WR – Florida)
7 (251). Stephen Sullivan (TE – LSU)

Draft grade: 🤮

Oh Seattle. One has to at least give the Seattle Seahawks credit for being consistent. They follow their draft board, consensus be damned. Jordyn Brooks is the third day two prospect that the Seahawks have reached on in consecutive first rounds. Darrell Taylor has the tools to suggest massive upside, but his floor should have kept him out of the second round — if not day two altogether. DeeJay Dallas was their only value pick, as he can emerge as the starter with Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny recovering from major injuries. At the very least, the former receiver is capable of being the Seahawks’ third down back. Damien Lewis was a reach at 69th overall, but he has enough upside to be an eventual starter. The rest of their class made little sense. A team with Greg Olsen, Will Dissly, and Jacob Hollister drafting two tight ends was laughable at best, and maddening at worst.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

1 (13). Tristan Wirfs (OL – Iowa)
2 (45). Antoine Winfield Jr. (S – Minnesota)
3 (76). Ke’Shawn Vaughn (RB – Vanderbilt)
5 (161). Tyler Johnson (WR – Minnesota)
6 (194). Khalil Davis (DT – Nebraska)
7 (241). Chapelle Russell (LB – Temple)
7 (245). Raymond Calais (RB – Louisiana)

Draft grade: 😂

Tears of joy. For a long suffering fanbase, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2020 NFL draft class likely elicited tears of happiness. As if adding Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were not enough, the Bucs hit on every single need. Right tackle was a massive concern, but the Buccaneers were aggressive enough to trade up to ensure that no other team leapfrogged them for Tristan Wirfs at 13th overall. They then added arguably the top safety in the class in Antoine Winfield Jr. before adding another potential rookie starter in Ke’Shawn Vaughn

Tyler Johnson was a peculiar pick. While he’s a day two talent that they stole in the fifth round, he’s more of a slot receiver than someone who will have sustained success on the outside. Chris Godwin broke out in the slot, but he may be forced to the outside on a larger portion of his snaps with Johnson now in town. 

If there’s one thing to nitpick about with the Buccaneers’ 2020 NFL Draft class, it’s that they did not walk away with a corner. There were a number of corners with more talent than the three young guys they’re planning to start in their secondary in this year’s draft class, but based on the players they landed instead, no one can really complain. Davis and Russell will have to fight to make the team, but seventh round pick Raymond Calais is joining a depth-bereft backfield, and he should be able to survive roster cuts. All in all, this is a draft haul Tampa Bay fans should be very happy about.

Tennessee Titans 

1 (29). Isaiah Wilson (OL – Georgia)
2 (61). Kristian Fulton (CB – LSU)
3 (93). Darrynton Evans (RB – Appalachian State)
5 (174). Larrell Murchison (DT – N.C. State)
7 (224). Cole McDonald (QB – Hawaii)
7 (243). Chris Jackson (S – Marshall)

Draft grade: 🙄

Despite the eye rolling emoji, there were some things to like about the Tennessee Titans’ draft haul. Isaiah Wilson, while a slight reach, is likely someone the Titans envision starting at right tackle sooner rather than later. He is large and mean enough to succeed at guard if he cannot deal with the power and speed of NFL edge rushers. Kristian Fulton was a home run pick who dropped due to minor off field issues. Evans was a bit of a questionable pick, but perhaps the Titans were just reacting to the board, or they truly valued a change of pace option as opposed to a potential succession plan to Derrick Henry. Their day three picks inspire little confidence, as there is a strong chance that all three players end up on the practice squad.

Washington 

1 (2). Chase Young (DE – Ohio State)
3 (66). Antonio Gibson (WR – Memphis)
4 (108). Saahdiq Charles (OL – LSU)
4 (142). Antonio Gandy-Golden (WR – Liberty)
5 (156). Keith Ismael (C – San Diego State)
5 (162). Khaleke Hudson (LB – Michigan)
7 (216). Kamren Curl (S – Arkansas)
7 (229). James Smith-Williams (DE – N.C. State)

Draft grade: 😵

Washington’s draft class looks so good it is almost hypnotic. They landed the most talented player in the 2020 NFL Draft in Chase Young at second overall, a player that promises to catapult their defense from good to playoff-contending. Saahdiq Charles was a steal in the fourth round, and Keith Ismael was another strong value in the fifth. One has to forgive Washington for reaching on Antonio Gibson, as they were still able to snare the arguably more talented Antonio Gandy-Golden in the fourth round. Hudson and Curl both have solid enough upside to make the team, leaving fans to wonder this regime managed to get things so right.

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