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Thor’s 2024 NFL Draft Haul Rankings: Rookie Picks & UDFAs

Thor’s 2024 NFL Draft Haul Rankings: Rookie Picks & UDFAs

My NFL Draft Haul Rankings combine each organization’s returns from the NFL Draft and UDFA processes to determine who brought in the most talent, and who got the best return on investment. The final rankings below are a weighted ROI that also take into account overall talent acquired.

In this exercise, we’re trying to quantify who bought the most amount of overall talent with the least amount of draft equity. You can think of it like a Groupon guide to maximizing the NFL Draft process: Whose buck stretched the furthest?

2024 Dynasty Fantasy Football Guide

1. Kansas City Chiefs

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
28 Xavier Worthy 33 WR7 Texas DeSean Jackson 5112 165 9.41
63 Kingsley Suamataia 39 OT8 Brigham Young Eugene Monroe 6045 326 9.4
131 Jared Wiley 196 TE10 Texas Christian Michael Egnew 6060 249 9.3
133* Jaden Hicks 65 S2 Washington State Jeremy Chinn 6023 215 8.97
159 Hunter Nourzad 130 OC5 Penn State Matt Skura 6031 319
211* Kamal Hadden 166 CB23 Tennessee Alex Austin 6011 192 7.48
248 CJ Hanson 386 OG22 Holy Cross Matt Farniok 6050 300 9.84
UDFA Fabien Lovett 110 DL11 Florida State Vernon Butler 6037 316 6.95
UDFA Curtis Jacobs 167 LB12 Penn State Jerome Baker 6010 241 8.47
UDFA Ryan Rehkow 265 P2 Brigham Young Ryan Wright 6043 235
UDFA Ethan Driskell 267 OT22 Marshall Stone Forsythe 6085 313
UDFA Eyabi Okie-Anoma 275 ED30 Charlotte Baraka Atkins 6043 262
UDFA Christian Roland-Wallace 287 CB37 Southern California Sam Webb 5114 202 5.01
UDFA Emani Bailey 318 RB28 Texas Christian Boston Scott 5072 206 2.27
UDFA Miles Battle 335 CB44 Utah Isaiah Johnson 6032 196 9.5
UDFA Carson Steele 336 RB30 UCLA Daniel Thomas 6005 228 7.59
UDFA Baylor Cupp 344 TE21 Texas Tech C.J. Fiedorowicz 6063 243
UDFA Griffin McDowell 422 OT32 Chattanooga Tanner Hawkinson 6044 305 9.43
UDFA Phillip Brooks 453 WR65 Kansas State Jaelon Darden 5067 175 8.4
UDFA Luquay Washington 457 LB41 Central Connecticut Olakunle Fatukasi 6006 232 7.27
  • Draft Grade: A-
  • Equity Spent Rank: 31
  • Draft Talent Rank: 22
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 1
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 15

Draft: Upon trading up to 1.28, Kansas City picked speed-demon WR Xavier Worthy – he of the record-setting 4.21 forty at the NFL Combine – over OT Tyler Guyton. This was interesting because, by that point, the OT group had been picked clean. Worthy is a slippery burner with natural separation skills. Worthy needs to work on his ball skills – drops were an issue at Texas. But Worthy adds an electricity to KC’s WR room that has been absent since Tyreek Hill was shipped to Miami. The Chiefs took a chance in bypassing Guyton. but fortunate smiled upon them when BYU OT Kingsley Suamataia slipped to 2.63. Suamataia has Round 1 talent, but perhaps Round 4 tape from last year – cleaning up the consistency and the technique will be key. Suamataia, the cousin of Penei Sewell, is a former five-star recruit with a sterling analytical profile – strong splits and a best-in-class bench press despite above-average arm length.

UDFA: Very few organizations in the NFL scout as deeply and invest as aggressively on the margins as Kansas City. The Chiefs’ efforts in that area shone through with top billing in this year’s UDFA rankings. Every year, they have a small handful of priority targets that they’re willing to pony up for to win post-draft bidding wars – prospects they ardently believe should have been drafted. After that, Kansas City takes well-reasoned, calculated shots on physical traits or on-field skills. Kansas City’s two big prizes were FSU DL Fabien Lovett and Penn State LB Curtis Jacobs. Lovett was my No. 1 overall UDFA. LB Jacobs has experience and projectable traits in spades.

2. Philadelphia Eagles

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
22 Quinyon Mitchell 11 CB1 Toledo Johnathan Joseph 6002 198 9.79
40 Cooper DeJean 19 CB3 Iowa Antrel Rolle 6005 203 9.85
94 Jalyx Hunt 80 ED10 Houston Christian Derick Hall 6036 252 9.22
127 Will Shipley 181 RB14 Clemson Eric Gray 5111 206 9.58
152 Ainias Smith 229 WR32 Texas AM Olamide Zaccheaus 5090 189 7.36
155 Jeremiah Trotter Jr. 100 LB6 Clemson Eric Kendricks 6003 230
172* Trevor Keegan 248 OG14 Michigan Jack Anderson 6051 309 9.19
185 Johnny Wilson 103 WR16 Florida State Hakeem Butler 6063 231 9.7
190 Dylan McMahon 238 OC8 North Carolina State Luke Wypler 6033 299 9.81
UDFA Gabe Hall 160 DL15 Baylor Perrion Winfrey 6061 294 9.25
UDFA Kendall Milton 230 RB20 Georgia Hassan Haskins 6014 225 8.08
UDFA Gottlieb Ayedze 293 OG17 Maryland Jack Driscoll 6041 308 7.81
UDFA McCallan Castles 302 TE18 Tennessee Durham Smythe 6043 244 8.59
UDFA Andre’ Sam 312 S24 Louisiana State Verone McKinley 5112 191 5.45
UDFA Anim Dankwah 332 OT26 Howard George Foster 6074 349 3.38
UDFA Tavion McCarthy 421 CB55 Mercer Brandon Wilson 5083 197 7.87
  • Draft Grade: A+
  • Equity Spent Rank: 15
  • Draft Talent Rank: 6
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 7
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 6

Draft: The Eagles got the draft’s best CB, Quinyon Mitchell, without having to trade up from No. 22. On Day 2, GM Howie Roseman kicked down the door and the transactions started flying fast and furious, the first a strike up the board to steal versatile CB Cooper DeJean. Only 40 picks into the event, and Roseman owned two of the class’ top-3 CBs. Conveniently his biggest need, with the aging duo of Darius Slay and James Bradberry nearing the end. Roseman collected third-, fourth- and fifth-round selections in next year’s draft across three separate deals. The Eagles’ eight draft trades tied the NFL’s record. The Eagles took a break from trading down to take EDGE Jalyx Hunt at No. 94. Hunt was my favorite EDGE sleeper. A former safety, he retained the athleticism while bulking up. He’s now a pass-rushing OLB. Fascinating ball of clay. I didn’t like the first pair of picks on Saturday – RB Will Shipley and WR Ainias Smith. But the Eagles finished strong by stopping the falls of LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr. and WR Johnny Wilson.

UDFA: DL Gabe Hall and RB Kendall Milton headlined another strong UDFA showing by the Eagles. DL Hall has eye-opening measurables, with 34 1/2-inch arms and an 84-inch wingspan at 6-foot-6. The former Feldman Freak-Lister has 93rd-percentile athleticism. But while Hall typically wins in the initial beats after the snap, he plays too high, and he can get bullied by power because of it. RB Milton has a higher floor than Hall, but that comes with a lower ceiling. There are two things I know Milton will be able to do in the NFL: Grind out short-yardage opportunities between the tackles, and pass protect.

3. Detroit Lions

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
24 Terrion Arnold 16 CB2 Alabama Jaylon Johnson 6000 189 9.27
61 Ennis Rakestraw Jr. 36 CB6 Missouri Byron Murphy 5111 183 6.17
126 Giovanni Manu OG64 British Columbia 6073 352 8.84
132* Sione Vaki 137 S10 Utah Godwin Igwebuike 5111 213 7.95
189 Mekhi Wingo 113 DL12 Louisiana State Maurice Hurst 6002 284 8.78
210* Christian Mahogany 70 OG5 Boston College Sidy Sow 6033 314 9.63
UDFA Steele Chambers 255 LB22 Ohio State Jermaine Carter Jr. 6007 229 4.63
UDFA Isaiah Williams 291 WR40 Illinois Braxton Berrios 5092 182 6.34
UDFA Isaac Rex 315 TE19 Brigham Young Anthony Firkser 6053 247 2.44
UDFA Kingsley Eguakun 361 OC11 Florida Hroniss Grasu 6034 302 9.11
UDFA Nate Lynn 376 ED41 William & Mary Duke Ejiofor 6026 253 3.92
UDFA Jalon Calhoun 424 WR60 Duke Stedman Bailey 5097 186 2.67
  • Draft Grade: A+
  • Equity Spent Rank: 30
  • Draft Talent Rank: 11
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 22
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 14

Draft: GM Brad Holmes stopped the fall of CB Terrion Arnold with a five-slot trade-up. Arnold lacks elite speed, but he’s smooth as silk and smart as a whip. He’s very natural with the ball in the air, whipping his head around and getting his hands up. Two other things that you love: Arnold flies downhill to help in the run game, and he has extensive experience on special teams. In Round 2, Holmes decided to double-tap at CB. CB Ennis Rakestraw Jr. is skinny and runs a modest 4.51. But he’s extremely difficult to shake, a shifty, feisty corner who stays in your face. Rakestraw Jr. is also a gleeful kamikaze of a run defender who flies down the alley looking to turn himself into a human projectile. This ethos perhaps comes from his – ala Arnold – extensive special teams experience. I adored the last three picks, a trio of objective steals with S Sione Vaki, DT Mekhi Wingo, and OG Christian Mahogany. Vaki has RB versatility. Wingo is undersized but jittery and difficult to keep out of the backfield.

UDFA: Detroit added four UDFA prospects to keep an eye on: LB Steele Chambers, WR Isaiah Williams, TE Isaac Rex, and C Kingsley Eguakun. LB Chambers – heady but limited – led the Buckeyes with 83 tackles in 2023. WR Williams went beserk for a 82-1057-5 line last fall as Illinois’ slot receiver. He’s small, and a mediocre athlete, but the leg drive that he has with the ball in his hands that led to 24 broken tackles forced last year – No. 3 among FBS prospects in this WR class – was on full display during his 38-inch vertical. TE Rex left BYU with a school-record 24 receiving TD but will have to make it on his blocking at the next level.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
20 Troy Fautanu 15 OT3 Washington Rashawn Slater 6036 317 9.62
51 Zach Frazier 38 OC3 West Virginia Tyler Biadasz 6024 315 7.67
84 Roman Wilson 44 WR9 Michigan Golden Tate 5106 185 8.59
98* Payton Wilson 63 LB3 North Carolina State Leighton Vander Esch 6040 233 9.89
119 Mason McCormick 121 OG7 South Dakota State Randy Thomas 6042 309 9.96
178 Logan Lee 218 ED24 Iowa Jason Strowbridge 6053 281 9.2
195 Ryan Watts 256 S21 Texas Israel Mukuamu 6026 208 9.12
UDFA Beanie Bishop Jr. 259 CB34 West Virginia Amik Robertson 5091 180 6.3
UDFA Daijun Edwards 261 RB23 Georgia Andre Ellington 5097 213 1.91
UDFA John Rhys Plumlee 274 QB14 Central Florida Trevor Knight 5116 203 8.81
UDFA Jacoby Windmon 402 ED43 Michigan State Barrett Green 6006 235 5.68
UDFA Shon Stephens 435 CB56 Ferris State Tony Carter 5085 173 7.18
UDFA Julius Welschof 451 ED47 Charlotte Paul Toviessi 6065 257 8.94
UDFA Jett Stanley 495 DL40 Sacramento Robert Windsor 6040 289 8.55
  • Draft Grade: A
  • Equity Spent Rank: 17
  • Draft Talent Rank: 7
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 16
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 7

Draft: Heading in, the Steelers needed two starting offensive linemen, a starting WR, and a starting CB. They got a legitimate guy for all four spots. Troy Fautanu was a dominant LT on the Washington Huskies’ high-powered offense. Despite concerns about his height, it appears that the Steelers will keep him there – Fautanu projects as the Week 1 starter at LT. C Zach Frazier falling to 2.53 was a stroke of luck for a team with a craterous hole at the pivot following the release of Mason Cole. He’s a handful in the run game, with the leg drive and technique to win in a phone booth and the quickness and lateral agility to take out linebackers and be used as a puller. WR Roman Wilson was No. 1 in expected points added per route run and top-10 nationally in QB rating when targeted. LB Payton Wilson is a ridiculous athlete in a big package. When healthy, like he was last year, he’s a monster – winning the Butkus Award as the nation’s top LB. But durability is a huge concern.

UDFA: The Steelers didn’t sign anyone I had a draftable grade on, but they grabbed three prospects who fell just outside the cut line – CB Beanie Bishop Jr., RB Daijun Edwards, and QB John Rhys Plumlee. RB Edwards is undersized, but he plays like nobody has ever told him. He’s more than happy to scrap in pass-pro, and he runs with a sawed-off tenacity, generating more power than you’d figure out of his frame. QB Rhys Plumlee is undersized, but he has good arm strength for his size. A dual-sport start in college, Rhys Plumlee was also the centerfielder on UCF’s baseball team. He is a super athlete and a skilled scrambler who can throw on the run.

5. Minnesota Vikings

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
10 J.J. McCarthy 3 QB3 Michigan Rich Gannon 6025 215
17 Dallas Turner 18 ED3 Alabama Nolan Smith 6026 247 8.86
108 Khyree Jackson 136 CB20 Oregon Joshua Williams 6037 203 7.86
177 Walter Rouse 149 OT16 Oklahoma Cedric Ogbuehi 6057 314 7.86
203 Will Reichard 246 K2 Alabama Ka’imi Fairbairn 6005 189
230 Michael Jurgens OC17 Wake Forest 6046 307 7.62
232 Levi Drake Rodriguez 333 DL31 Texas A&M Commerce Vincent Taylor 6020 300 6.11
UDFA Gabriel Murphy 144 ED18 UCLA Leo Chenal 6020 247 9.28
UDFA Dwight McGlothern 172 CB24 Arkansas Tay Gowan 6016 185 4.54
UDFA Bo Richter 235 LB20 Air Force Micah Kiser 6007 248 9.92
UDFA Dallas Gant 244 LB21 Toledo Mohamoud Diabate 6024 228 6.36
UDFA Trey Knox 270 TE16 South Carolina Jordan Akins 6031 234 4.62
UDFA Jeshaun Jones 371 WR50 Maryland Naaman Roosevelt 6011 186 7.58
UDFA Ty James 432 WR62 Mercer Kearis Jackson 6002 201 8.07
UDFA Owen Porter 436 ED46 Marshall Quincy Roche 6020 250 6.14
UDFA Doug Nester 443 OT34 West Virginia Logan Stenberg 6066 308 3.35
UDFA Jeremy Flax 459 OT36 Kentucky Stockar McDougle 6054 343 1.67
  • Draft Grade: A
  • Equity Spent Rank: 9
  • Draft Talent Rank: 5
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 3
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 5

Draft: The Vikings not only have their quarterback, but they managed to do it while protecting their second first-rounder and 2025 first-rounder. QB JJ McCarthy is a superb athlete with a big arm. Importantly, these two things work in conjunction on the field. McCarthy had a 72.3% completion percentage in 2023. When scrambling, an absurd 71.4%. McCarthy is a tailor-made fit for HC Kevin O’Connell’s 12-personnel offense. Last season, of the top QB in this class, McCarthy had the most intermediate completions over the middle, posting a ludicrous 85.6% adjusted completion percentage on 97 such attempts. EDGE Dallas Turner is a ridiculous athlete – fast, explosive, and bendy, with very long arms – who needs to be polished. He’s a tremendous stylistic fit for DC Brian Flores’ system. The same could be said for Round 4 CB Khyree Jackson, of whom Oregon HC Dan Lanning has been vociferous in his conviction.

UDFA: The Vikings showed an increased emphasis on the UDFA process last year, and it paid off in a huge way with an immediate starter (LB Ivan Pace), a special-teams ace (NaJee Thompson), and an intriguing developmental pass-rusher (Andre Carter II). Minnesota’s 2023 UDFA haul is a worthy follow-up to that class. The Vikings signed two of my top-10 overall UDFA – EDGE Gabriel Murphy and CB Dwight McGlothern – amongst a group that included four prospects with draftable grades on my board. The last three seasons, Murphy posted PFF pass-rushing grades of 90.4, 87.0, and 87.6, respectively, over a combined 921 pass-rushing snaps, with 18 sacks. He’s a one-trick pony – UCLA only dropped him into coverage on 29 snaps the past two years – but that trick is pretty neat.

6. Seattle Seahawks

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
16 Byron Murphy II 13 DL1 Texas Ed Oliver 6004 297 9.23
81 Christian Haynes 56 OG4 Connecticut Dylan Parham 6026 317 9.1
118 Tyrice Knight 169 LB13 UTEP Otaro Alaka 6004 233 7.41
121 AJ Barner 116 TE5 Michigan Josh Oliver 6060 251 8.7
136 Nehemiah Pritchett 159 CB22 Auburn John Reid 6001 190 7.79
179 Sataoa Laumea 187 OG10 Utah Bobby Hart 6042 319
192 DJ James 94 CB13 Auburn Marco Wilson 5117 181 5.82
207 Michael Jerrell 351 OT27 Findlay Kenyatta Jones 6043 309 9.29
UDFA Nelson Ceaser 182 ED21 Houston Tyreke Smith 6025 260
UDFA Garret Greenfield 194 OT19 South Dakota State Jaelyn Duncan 6056 311 8.67
UDFA Jack Westover 241 TE14 Washington Josiah Deguara 6025 245
UDFA George Holani 245 RB22 Boise State Rico Dowdle 5103 208 8.35
UDFA Richard Jibunor 314 ED34 Troy Howard Jones 6020 232 7.39
UDFA Easton Gibbs 323 LB29 Wyoming Justin Strnad 6004 232 5.26
UDFA Ro Torrence 349 CB46 Arizona State Israel Mukuamu 6031 206 2.2
UDFA Carlton Johnson 359 CB47 Fresno State Parry Nickerson 5106 175 3.06
UDFA Hayden Hatten 383 WR53 Idaho Justin Watson 6012 207 6.68
UDFA Taulia Tagovailoa 394 QB20 Maryland Blake Sims 5106 185
UDFA Sundiata Anderson 425 ED45 Grambling State Jimmy Bean 6040 247 5.99
UDFA Chevan Cordeiro 466 QB23 San Jose State Trace McSorley 6005 200 8.39
UDFA Kobe Lewis 484 RB42 Florida Atlantic DeWayne McBride 5091 208 6.55
  • Draft Grade: A-
  • Equity Spent Rank: 21
  • Draft Talent Rank: 14
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 4
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 11

Draft: DT Byron Murphy II a springy, low-man-wins three-technique with a delicious blend of condensed power and agility. The former Feldman Freak Lister took the leap in 2023, ranking No. 1 in the FBS pass-rush win rate. Because of his ethos of leverage, and because he has such a ludicrously powerful trunk – he’s mythical in the Texas weight room – Murphy is darn near impossible to move backwards when he decides he doesn’t want to be. On running plays, when his assignment is to hold his gap and occupy his man, that’s what’s happening – Murphy becomes the stump that cannot be removed from the ground. Seattle got tremendous value on OG Christian Haynes at 3.81. He had tremendous Senior Bowl week and a strong gamut of athletic testing the following month at the NFL Combine. TE AJ Barner‘s blocking cutup is a clinic. His initial pop, length, lower-body drive, and technique are devastating in combination. He was easily the best blocking TE in college football last year. He will also be a core special-teamer, just like he was at Michigan under new Seahawks special teams coordinator Jay Harbaugh.

UDFA: Last year, Seattle finished No. 1 in my post-draft UDFA rankings. That crop ended up producing three players who appeared in 15-or-more-games as rookies – WR Jake Bobo, LS Chris Stoll, and TE Brady Russell. This year, another top-5 showing. The Seahawks signed 13 players on my pre-draft 500 board, including four I had draftable grades on – EDGE Nelson Ceaser, OT Garret Greenfield, TE Jack Westover, and RB George Holani. Ceaser was a first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2023, Greenfield was a three-time first-team FCS All-American, Westover was Washington’s go-to paper-cut guy when coverage resources were tilted too heavily to account for the three star WRs, and Holani is No. 5 on Boise State’s all-time rushing yard list.

7. New Orleans Saints

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
14 Taliese Fuaga 17 OT4 Oregon State Darnell Wright 6056 324 9.63
41 Kool-Aid McKinstry 30 CB5 Alabama A.J. Terrell 5113 196 7.55
150 Spencer Rattler 79 QB6 South Carolina Jeff Blake 6002 211 4
170* Bub Means 176 WR26 Pittsburgh Cody Latimer 6010 212 9.35
175* Jaylan Ford 198 LB15 Texas Micah McFadden 6023 239 8.3
199 Khristian Boyd 224 DL21 Northern Iowa Quinton Bohanna 6023 329 4.63
239 Josiah Ezirim 307 OT24 Eastern Kentucky Max Scharping 6056 328 8.5
UDFA Dallin Holker 156 TE7 Colorado State Bo Scaife 6032 234 6.07
UDFA Mason Tipton 251 WR35 Yale Samie Parker 5097 179 8.03
UDFA Malik Langham 271 DL27 Purdue Marlon Davidson 6042 302 6.14
UDFA Trajan Jeffcoat 285 ED31 Arkansas Malik Herring 6040 267 7.63
UDFA Millard Bradford 384 S28 Texas Christian Brandon Hill 5104 193 7.7
UDFA Kyler Baugh 418 DL36 Minnesota Quinn Pitcock 6016 302 8.56
UDFA Isaiah Stalbird 434 LB39 South Dakota State Davion Taylor 5116 221 9.5
  • Draft Grade: B-
  • Equity Spent Rank: 18
  • Draft Talent Rank: 17
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 9
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 12

Draft: OT Taliese Fuaga was a beautiful selection in that he is a safe, ready-to-play, Day 1 starter at New Orleans’ area of biggest need, offensive tackle. Fuaga is a bully with high-octane power. He has hilarious reps wrecking LBs at the second level. The Saints just found a long-term, tone-setting RT solution. CB Kool-Aid McKinstry entered last season as a top-15 prospect, but he was overshadowed by Terrion Arnold‘s leap in 2023, and then his stock took another hit with subpar athletic testing. Even still, the fall to No. 41 was surprising. I loved GM Mickey Loomis’ pick of QB Spencer Rattler at 5.150. Following the 2020 season, Rattler would have been the highest-ranked quarterback in this draft class. As a redshirt freshman in 2020, Rattler ranked No. 4 in the FBS with a 92.5 PFF grade. He was a magician, leading the FBS in PFF big-time throws when under pressure and passing grade out of structure. He has enough pocket-passing skill to hang around the league as a backup quarterback for a long time. But if things click for him, he also has starter upside.

UDFA: TE Dallin Holker lacks speed (4.78), and he needs space to build up to that meager gear (24th-percentile 10-yard split). He’s also one of the classes’ oldest players. But Holker is a hands-catcher with real ball skills, a rarity amongst this class. Holker’s 10 contested catches last year were two more than any TE in this draft class. Holker was tied with the 6’7/260 Brevyn Spann-Ford for the longest arms of my top-15 TE. This gives Holker a deceivingly large catch radius that he uses to great effect, extending those long levers out to greet the rock at its earliest point every time. Holker posted a sublime 94th-percentile 3-cone and an 83rd-percentile short shuttle. One other signing to keep an eye on: Intriguing Yale WR Mason Tipton, a prospect with the game and athleticism to hang as a developmental project for future slot duties.

2024 Dynasty Fantasy Football Guide

8. Miami Dolphins

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
21 Chop Robinson 27 ED5 Penn State Boye Mafe 6027 254 9.72
55 Patrick Paul 54 OT9 Houston Morgan Moses 6074 331 9.67
120 Jaylen Wright 74 RB2 Tennessee Tony Pollard 5104 210 9.81
158 Mohamed Kamara 158 ED20 Colorado State Jose Ramirez 6013 248 7.99
184 Malik Washington 90 WR14 Virginia Rondale Moore 5084 191 8.63
198 Patrick McMorris 438 S33 California Michael Tyson 6000 206 3.71
241 Tahj Washington 195 WR29 Southern California Richie James 5097 174 5.13
UDFA Grayson Murphy 234 ED27 UCLA Jeremiah Attaochu 6024 249 8.73
UDFA Mark Perry 300 S23 Texas Christian Chris Clemons 6000 213 9.6
UDFA Storm Duck 303 CB40 Louisville Damarri Mathis 6002 195 9.56
UDFA Je’Quan Burton 343 WR47 Florida Atlantic Johnny Knox 5091 177 8.49
UDFA Gavin Hardison 377 QB19 UTEP Brock Berlin 6017 206 4.86
UDFA Jalen Sami 401 DL35 Michigan State Jonathan Ford 6043 333 5.05
UDFA Isaiah Johnson 419 CB54 Syracuse Joejuan Williams 6033 206 4.68
UDFA Matthew Jones 427 OG25 Ohio State Rees Odhiambo 6034 316 5.65
UDFA La’Damian Webb 440 RB38 South Alabama Emari Demercado 5071 211 1.72
UDFA Noah Tumblin 456 CB61 San Diego State James Pierre 6012 182 4.91
  • Draft Grade: B
  • Equity Spent Rank: 28
  • Draft Talent Rank: 21
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 14
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 22

Draft: EDGE Chop Robinson has the speed, quickness and bend to steal the outside shoulder. He also has an effective bull rush for those who compensate too far to try to account for his speed. While Robinson’s pressure rates were elite in college, he had trouble converting his myriad pressures into sacks. He also misses too many tackles and has short arms, which is why he was available outside the top-20. Robinson’ lack of girth hurts in the run game, where he is inconsistent setting the edge. Miami missed out on the epic OT run early, but they still managed to get solid value at 2.55 with Patrick Paul. Many raised eyebrows at the RB Jaylen Wright pick. But the Dolphins were all over Wright during the pre-draft process – in mid-April, I was told that Miami was Wright’s most intense suitor. Miami knows De’Von Achane isn’t a 250-touch bellcow, and yet they want Achane-caliber turbo-speed on the field every single down. That problem has now been solved.

UDFA: The Dolphins managed to finish in the top-half of the NFL in these rankings despite signing no prospects in my pre-draft top-225, and only one ranked higher than 300. They did so by going with a quantity-over-quality approach, nabbing 10 members of my pre-draft top-500. If you’re going to buy lottery tickets, mine as well buy a bundle of them. The top prospect was EDGE Grayson Murphy. Like his brother Gabriel, Murphy has pass-rushing prowess, but zero length in an undersized package. The next-three-highest ranked players on my board were all high-end athletes: S Mark Perry, CB Storm Duck, and WR Je’Quan Burton. Burton is a two-time Feldman Freak Lister. We all pray that Duck improves his instincts and technique – he’s got all the athleticism that he needs – because he’ll be one of the All-Name Team’s corners for as long as he’s active.

9. Dallas Cowboys

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
29 Tyler Guyton 35 OT7 Oklahoma Kwame Harris 6076 322 9.73
56 Marshawn Kneeland 34 ED6 Western Michigan Tuli Tuipulotu 6030 267 9.08
73 Cooper Beebe 52 OG3 Kansas State Kevin Zeitler 6032 322 9.28
87 Marist Liufau 146 LB10 Notre Dame Jarrad Davis 6020 234 5.64
174* Caelen Carson 133 CB19 Wake Forest Kristian Fulton 5117 193 6.21
216* Ryan Flournoy 183 WR27 Southeast Missouri Dontayvion Wicks 6006 202 9.89
233 Nathan Thomas 215 OT20 Louisiana Justin Anderson 6050 332 7.49
244 Justin Rogers 268 DL24 Auburn Ego Ferguson 6026 322 1.18
UDFA Brevyn Spann-Ford 193 TE9 Minnesota Charlie Kolar 6065 260 6.8
UDFA Jason Johnson 378 LB35 Central Florida Drake Thomas 6004 228 3.66
UDFA Emany Johnson 400 S30 Nevada Obi Melifonwu 6017 218 9.58
UDFA Josh DeBerry 445 CB57 Texas AM Shareece Wright 5107 184 2.91
UDFA Cam Johnson 482 WR68 Northwestern Cornell Powell 6000 202 7.5
UDFA Nathaniel Peat 499 RB44 Missouri Jerrion Ealy 5082 196 5.99
  • Draft Grade: B+
  • Equity Spent Rank: 22
  • Draft Talent Rank: 18
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 17
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 19

Draft: The Cowboys cashed in No. 24 for No. 29 (OT Tyler Guyton) and No. 73 (OG Cooper Beebe). Guyton has the frame, length, smooth feet – seriously, watch him shuffle – and overall athletic profile to become a perennial Pro Bowler. But he has bizarre fits of struggles – with wavering technique, and wavering engagement. This is a high-variance prospect whose technique and focus needs fine-tuning. Beebe was a dominant collegiate player, a north-south hammer in the run game, along with a reliable pass protector. Beebe was dinged by the NFL because he had the second-shortest arms of the 161 OGs in my 2024 NFL Draft database. Between those picks, in Round 2, Dallas got tremendous value on another prospect who fell due to a question that ultimately may or may not matter – EDGE Marshawn Kneeland. Kneeland is probably the best run-defending EDGE in this class. He is a speed-to-power load with a relentless, hair-on-fire style.

UDFA: TE Brevyn Spann-Ford is a big, hulking inline tight end who is a true extension of the run game. He looks like a mini-OT both latching and driving in the run game, and sitting back and anchoring in pass-pro. Spann-Ford also looked like a mini-OT in the receiving game last year at Minnesota, with a 0th-percentile PFF receiving grade. He dropped nine balls while catching only 25 – for a stupefying 26.5% drop rate – with a mere two of those catches coming 10-or-more yards downfield. But Spann-Ford actually led the Gopher team with a 42-497-2 receiving line in 2022 – and only two drops (6.7% drop rate) – with 12 catches 10-plus yards downfield.

10. Washington Commanders

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
2 Jayden Daniels 2 QB2 Louisiana State Randall Cunningham 6035 210
36 Jer’Zhan Newton 22 DL2 Illinois Javon Hargrave 6015 304
50 Mike Sainristil 37 CB7 Michigan Kenny Moore 5092 182 8.45
53 Ben Sinnott 53 TE2 Kansas State Sam LaPorta 6040 250 9.73
67 Brandon Coleman 75 OG6 Texas Christian Matthew Bergeron 6044 313 9.97
100* Luke McCaffrey 107 WR17 Rice Josh Reynolds 6015 198 9.44
139 Jordan Magee 104 LB7 Temple Daiyan Henley 6010 228 9.6
161 Dominique Hampton 174 S13 Washington Tycen Anderson 6025 213 9.46
222 Javontae Jean-Baptiste 228 ED26 Notre Dame William Bradley-King 6045 239 9.22
UDFA Chigozie Anusiem 231 CB30 Colorado State Kris Boyd 6011 200 8.88
UDFA Tyler Owens 237 S19 Texas Tech Josh Harvey-Clemons 6024 213
UDFA Michael Wiley 239 RB21 Arizona Tashard Choice 5104 210 7.19
UDFA Sam Hartman 263 QB13 Notre Dame Brady White 6011 211 3.81
UDFA Colson Yankoff 264 FB1 UCLA Brad Muster 6032 233 9.56
UDFA AJ Woods 299 CB39 Pittsburgh Josiah Scott 5101 187 9.47
UDFA Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint 334 WR46 Georgia Trishton Jackson 6020 206 1.68
UDFA Austin Jones 387 RB34 Southern California Craig Reynolds 5095 200 5.73
UDFA Ben Nikkel 404 S31 Iowa State Jordan Lucas 6002 199 9.66
UDFA Kenneth Horsey 429 OT33 Kentucky Tremayne Anchrum 6040 313 6.22
  • Draft Grade: A
  • Equity Spent Rank: 3
  • Draft Talent Rank: 1
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 6
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 1

Draft: Big weekend for new GM Adam Peters, starting with the correct decision to take reigning Heisman winner Jayden Daniels. Daniels brings two superpowers to the pros: He will, from Day 1, be one of the most dangerous running threats the NFL has ever seen at the position. He also has a downfield cannon with a feathery touch. In 2023, everything came together during Daniels’ national coming out party. He finished No. 1 in the FBS in PFF deep-passing grade and No. 3 in big-time throw rate while finishing 98th-percentile in avoiding negative plays. I love Daniels’ snap-decision profit calculator. When he has the best of it, he pushes all his chips to the middle of the table. If it’s not, he will seamlessly revert to taking whatever profit is available to him. Washington got awesome value in stopping DT Jer’Zhan Newton‘s free-fall at No. 36. Newton is undersized, and he doesn’t always keep assignment integrity in the run game because of his swashbuckling style. But he’s a jittery, active, gap-shooting interior penetrator who can short-circuit plays quickly. Next, Peters took three of my favorites in quick succession with Football IQ-of-Doogie-Howser CB Mike Sainristil at No. 50, Sam LaPorta-lite TE Ben Sinnott at No. 53, and the “sleeper” WR I banged the drum for all spring, WR Luke McCaffrey, who Peters woke the masses up to at No. 100.

UDFA: The Commanders followed a smash draft with the No. 6 UDFA class. That crop included six prospects I had ranked in my pre-draft top-300. The Commanders won the CB Chigozie Anusiem bidding war with $350,000 in total guarantees. He’s an intriguing size/athleticism developmental flier who probably should have been drafted. S Tyler Owens is one of the fastest 210-plus-pound humans walking the earth, and he was one inch shy of the NFL Combine’s broad jump record. RB Michael Wiley holds some intrigue as a back around threshold size with proven receiving utility who can break tackles. Three sleepers to keep an eye on: FB Colson Yankoff, WR Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, and S Ben Nikkel. The trio were all core special-team standouts on their college teams.

11. Las Vegas Raiders

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
13 Brock Bowers 9 TE1 Georgia George Kittle 6031 243
44 Jackson Powers-Johnson 31 OC2 Oregon Frank Ragnow 6032 326
77 Delmar Glaze 111 OT14 Maryland Tyrell Crosby 6041 315 5.52
112 Decamerion Richardson 131 CB18 Mississippi State Akayleb Evans 6021 188 8.61
148 Tommy Eichenberg 150 LB11 Ohio State Cody Barton 6025 235 7.88
208 Dylan Laube 162 RB12 New Hampshire Danny Woodhead 5097 206 8.79
223 Trey Taylor 185 S15 Air Force J.J. Wilcox 6006 206 9.33
229 M.J. Devonshire 191 CB27 Pittsburgh Josh Jobe 5113 189 6.61
UDFA Lideatrick Griffin 269 WR37 Mississippi State Isaiah McKenzie 5100 181 6.95
UDFA Amari Gainer 306 LB27 North Carolina Carter Coughlin 6030 236 9.33
UDFA Ron Stone Jr. 324 ED35 Washington State Kyler Fackrell 6031 247 8.46
UDFA Carter Bradley 338 QB17 South Alabama Nathan Rourke 6031 213 8.55
UDFA Ja’Quan Sheppard 362 CB48 Maryland Cordrea Tankersley 6016 199 4.93
UDFA Andrew Coker 395 OT30 Texas Christian Zachary Crabtree 6067 315 4.84
UDFA Ramel Keyton 397 WR56 Tennessee Allen Hurns 6023 191 7.23
UDFA Rayshad Williams 450 CB59 Texas Tech Lamar Jackson 6021 209 5.24
UDFA Tomari Fox 458 DL38 North Carolina Trenton Thompson 6016 288 7.1
UDFA Beau Corrales 412 WR59 Texas State Nick Toon 6027 214 9.14
  • Draft Grade: B+
  • Equity Spent Rank: 12
  • Draft Talent Rank: 9
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 18
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 8

Draft: TE Brock Bowers was a smash pick. He and Michael Mayer play different positions. Mayer is a classic inline TE, Bowers is a yard-gainer you can line up anywhere. This is now a 12-personnel offense (simply because of the misleading “TE” designation you have to give Bowers). When Bowers arrived in Athens, Georgia’s WR room featured NFL players George Pickens, Adonai Mitchell, Ladd McConkey, Jermaine Burton, Kearis Jackson, and Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint. No matter. Bowers led Georgia in receiving all three years and was a first-team All-American each season – the Bulldogs went 42-2 during that span with two national titles. Bowers’ 4.4% drop rate in college is miniscule. Bowers is a tackle-breaking menace. In 2023, he led this class with 18, despite playing in only 10 games, multiple of those at less than 100-percent! Las Vegas hit the offensive line with their next two picks, getting sensational value on plug-and-play Oregon C/OG Jackson Powers-Johnson at 2.44. OT Delmar Glaze was my favorite sleeper at the position – I ranked him No. 111 overall compared to his consensus ranking of No. 154. The Raiders were even more bullish than me.

UDFA: The Raiders went with the spray-the-board UDFA strategy, with no draftable-grade signings on my board, but 10 prospects on my pre-draft top-500. WR Tulu Griffin is an outstanding kicker returner who led the FBS with 32.3 yard average in 2022. He’s been clocked at 22 mph on the GPS. OT Andrew Coker got $230,000 guaranteed. Due to that, and Las Vegas’ shortage of OT depth, he has a strong chance to make the roster. Coker’s chances to get drafted got detonated by an injury-plagued 2023. QB Carter Bradley is the son of former Raiders DC Gus Bradley. He’ll be pitted against Anthony Brown for the QB3 role in camp.

12. Baltimore Ravens

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
30 Nate Wiggins 28 CB4 Clemson Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 6015 182 9.44
62 Roger Rosengarten 78 OT12 Washington Spencer Brown 6053 308 9.19
93 Adisa Isaac 101 ED12 Penn State Carl Granderson 6043 247 8.99
113 Devontez Walker 119 WR18 North Carolina Breshad Perriman 6014 193 9.76
130 T.J. Tampa 50 CB8 Iowa State Coby Bryant 6007 194 6.35
165 Rasheen Ali 222 RB19 Marshall Zonovan Knight 5112 206
218* Devin Leary 227 QB11 Kentucky Cj Beathard 6010 216
228 Nick Samac 339 OC10 Michigan State Jake Grove 6040 307
250 Sanoussi Kane 446 S34 Purdue Marcell Harris 5115 207 8.19
UDFA Beau Brade 180 S14 Maryland Andre Cisco 6000 203 5.38
UDFA Dayton Wade 301 WR41 Mississippi Aldrick Robinson 5092 176 6.89
UDFA Ryan Cooper Jr. 391 CB51 Oregon State Xavier Crawford 5113 186 1.35
UDFA Tayvion Robinson 403 WR57 Kentucky Reggie Roberson 5101 191 1.41
UDFA Chris Collier 472 RB41 Lock Haven Antonio Pittman 5107 203 9.71
UDFA Darrell Simpson 473 OT37 Tulsa Gabe Houy 6063 335 4.45
  • Draft Grade: B-
  • Equity Spent Rank: 26
  • Draft Talent Rank: 20
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 12
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 20

Draft: With primary needs heading in at OT and CB, the Ravens brass made a wise call in choosing the latter at 1.30 after Tyler Guyton was taken one slot above, officially tapping dry that position’s R1 talent. Instead, Baltimore took skinny Clemson speedster CB Nate Wiggins, a strong value. That meant it was time for the OT pick one stanza later. The Ravens ended up deciding on Roger Rosengarten at No. 52 over Kingsley Suamataia, who went one pick later. EDGE Adisa Isaac is a tricky projection in that he’s an undersized, forward-attacking defender with good-but-not-great athleticism who is better against the run than he has any business being at his size. Isaac has a real knack for shedding and pursuing. Speaking of value, the Ravens got one of this year’s biggest steals when they pilfered CB T.J. Tampa at 4.130.

UDFA: The Ravens signed only one top-300 prospect on my pre-draft board. But that prospect – a local – has a very good chance to stick around. S Beau Brade attended Maryland after growing up in Clarksville. He’ll hope to continue plying his trade in the state of Crabcakes & Football. He’s a two-way safety who is a value-add to the run defense. Brade will struggle when isolated in man coverage – he’s better with the field in front of him than with his back to the quarterback – and his ceiling is capped by middling measurables. But he could turn into a core special-teamer if he proves to the Ravens in camp that he can be trusted with one of the backup safety jobs.

13. Los Angeles Chargers

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
5 Joe Alt 6 OT1 Notre Dame Nate Solder 6085 321 9.93
34 Ladd McConkey 24 WR4 Georgia Jordan Addison 5115 186 9.34
69 Junior Colson 43 LB1 Michigan Nick Bolton 6020 238
105 Justin Eboigbe 177 DL17 Alabama Darnell Dockett 6043 297 5.77
137 Tarheeb Still 253 CB32 Maryland Damon Arnette 5115 188 7.74
140 Cam Hart 115 CB17 Notre Dame Brandon Facyson 6027 202 9
181 Kimani Vidal 117 RB7 Troy Jaylen Warren 5077 213 8.88
225 Brenden Rice 155 WR23 Southern California Bryan Edwards 6023 208 7.17
253* Cornelius Johnson 212 WR30 Michigan Andrei Iosivas 6026 212 9.46
UDFA Akeem Dent 353 S27 Florida State Terrell Burgess 5116 203 8.67
UDFA Zach Heins 366 TE23 South Dakota State Crockett Gillmore 6061 259 2.2
UDFA Karsen Barnhart 369 OG21 Michigan Travis Claridge 6044 306 8.85
UDFA Zamari Walton 475 CB63 Mississippi Keith Taylor 6013 188 6.53
UDFA Thomas Harper 476 S36 Notre Dame Delarrin Turner-Yell 5101 189 7.92
  • Draft Grade: A-
  • Equity Spent Rank: 5
  • Draft Talent Rank: 4
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 31
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 4

Draft: OT Joe Alt was a fitting first pick of the Jim Harbaugh era. Alt, the son of two-time Pro Bowler John Alt, allowed two sacks over 25 starts on the blind side at Notre Dame. Alt allowed two sacks over 25 starts on the blind side at Notre Dame. Ladd McConkey was a steal in R2. McConkey played on the outside in Georgia’s 12-personnel offense and is likely to do the same with the Chargers. He’s going to start immediately and remind you of Jordan Addison. In 2023, more than 80% of the balls that left the quarterback’s hands headed in McConkey’s direction became completions. That wasn’t courtesy of a diet of spoon-fed targets – McConkey’s 12.2 aDOT was the exact same as Malik Nabers‘. McConkey’s 3.26 YPRR ranked No. 4 among FBS prospects in this class. In Round 3, Harbaugh stole the second-level leader of his nasty title-winning Michigan defense, Junior Colson, who I ranked as the top LB in this class. RB Kimani Vidal has a battering-ram style, low to the ground and hard-charging. Vidal is bouncy in tight quarters and tough to square up. His combination of agility and power led to 92 broken tackles in 2023, second-most in the nation.

UDFA: HC Jim Harbaugh reunited with Michigan iOL Karsen Barnhart. For the Wolverines, Barnhart got plenty of experience at both guard and tackle. In 2022, he was the starting RT. But for last year’s title team, he was a full-timer with 831, but he ended up making 186 snaps at LT and 194 at RG, with the rest coming at RT. I projected him as an OG, but Barnhart chips in added value as a break-glass-in-case of emergency OT. FSU S Akeem Dent, at No. 353, was the highest-ranked prospect signed off my pre-draft board. Dent continues the Chargers’ Florida State West bent in the secondary – he’s joining up with former Seminole stars Derwin James and Asante Samuel Jr. If Dent is to make the Week 1 roster, it’s probably through special team work.

14. Chicago Bears

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
1 Caleb Williams 1 QB1 Southern California Aaron Rodgers 6007 217
9 Rome Odunze 7 WR3 Washington Davante Adams 6027 212 9.92
75 Kiran Amegadjie 81 OT13 Yale Matt Peart 6053 323
122 Tory Taylor 132 P1 Iowa Bryan Anger 6040 222
144 Austin Booker 88 ED11 Kansas Arden Key 6044 253 7.02
UDFA Austin Reed 243 QB12 Western Kentucky Kurt Benkert 6014 220
UDFA Jamree Kromah 250 ED28 James Madison James Smith-Williams 6034 274 9.67
UDFA Keith Randolph Jr. 254 DL23 Illinois Ta’Quon Graham 6034 296 4.82
UDFA Brian Abraham 444 LB40 Albany Jacob Phillips 6044 229 9.15
UDFA Theo Benedet 454 OT35 British Columbia Kellen Diesch 6070 295 9.03
UDFA Brenden Bates 487 TE30 Kentucky Cole Hikutini 6043 246 7.21
UDFA Reddy Steward 496 CB67 Troy Corn Elder 5105 184 4.95
  • Draft Grade: B+
  • Equity Spent Rank: 1
  • Draft Talent Rank: 2
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 11
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 2

Draft: QB Caleb Williams is an electric playmaker with a huge creative bent to his game. A good athlete with a live arm, Williams doesn’t need both feet under him to zing it on the money with effortless velocity to any sector of the field. Williams’ tape is littered with accuracy, touch and placement. Williams only threw 14 career interceptions over 1,099 attempts. Last season, Williams posted the highest pressure-to-sack ratio (23.2%) of my top-20 QB. That was up from a solid 16.0% the year before, when Williams won the Heisman while throwing for 4,537 yards with 52 total TDs. His play under pressure, elite in 2022 (85.1 PFF grade), devolved in 2023 (41.6). His 3.16-second average throw time was second-highest in this draft class. Williams actually improved in this area after averaging 3.44 seconds per attempt during his outstanding 2022 season. Further improvement is needed, and part of that will come from mastering the sort of timing concepts that were not a staple of USC’s playbook. That was true even before Chicago took WR Rome Odunze at 1.9, but even more so afterward. Odunze combines size, strength, physicality, speed, footwork, release package, agility, and route-running know-how to get to the most impressive aspect of his game: The ball skills are truly special. He’s a dog on the bone with the ball in the air. Last year, Odunze had a microscopic 3.2% drop rate on 140 targets (after posting a stellar 5.1% drop rate the year before).

UDFA: The Bears signed the top undrafted signal-caller in QB Austin Reed. Reed won the Division II national championship in 2019 at West Florida, and later transferred up to WKU – where he posted a 71/22 TD/INT ratio the last two years. A rhythm thrower who excels at timing concepts, Reed is comfortable in the pocket and has shown the ability to click through progressions. But while he has solid short-area accuracy, Reed’s middling arm strength decidedly caps his ceiling. EDGE Jamree Kromah is blessed with an NFL-ready frame and great length, along with a 9.67 RAS that included a sterling 10-foot broad jump.

15. San Francisco 49ers

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
31 Ricky Pearsall 32 WR6 Florida Adam Thielen 6010 189 9.91
64 Renardo Green 85 CB12 Florida State Cobie Durant 6000 191 8.21
86 Dominick Puni 49 OG2 Kansas Austin Corbett 6051 313 8.16
124 Malik Mustapha 108 S8 Wake Forest Jonathan Abram 5102 206 9.39
129 Isaac Guerendo 152 RB11 Louisville C.J. Prosise 6000 221 9.9
135* Jacob Cowing 163 WR24 Arizona Jakeem Grant 5083 168 6.28
215* Jarrett Kingston 399 OG23 Southern California Joe Dahl 6042 306 9.92
251 Tatum Bethune 266 LB23 Florida State Sean Spence 5113 227 4.1
UDFA Cody Schrader 214 RB18 Missouri Tyler Badie 5084 202 2.34
UDFA Mason Pline 322 TE20 Furman Pro Wells 6060 254
UDFA Evan Anderson 325 DL30 Florida Atlantic Daylon Mack 6011 320 3.62
UDFA Tanner Mordecai 347 QB18 Wisconsin Jake Rudock 6015 210 9.24
UDFA Drake Nugent 433 OC14 Michigan Brian Allen 6014 298 6.69
  • Draft Grade: C+
  • Equity Spent Rank: 27
  • Draft Talent Rank: 23
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 15
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 23

Draft: WR Ricky Pearsall has an advanced feel for route-running and coverage designs. He will modify his path to get into open grass against zone and flick unpredictable and unsettling tempo changes at defenders in man like a toddler in control of your car’s volume knob. Pearsall is blessed with truly exceptional hands (86.8 PFF hands grade in 2023). He spears balls outside his frame with regularity. Extremely reliable with anything inside his frame. Multiple one-handed highlight reel catches on campus. His catch against Charlotte is one of the greatest any of us have ever seen in college football. The other pick of San Francisco’s that I absolutely loved – buttressed by a pair of rock-solid selections to address the secondary – was the Round 3 selection of OL Dominick Puni. Puni had an eye-opening 2023 as Kansas’ left tackle after spending 2022 at LG. He did not skip a beat after coming up via transfer from the sub-division. Though Puni excelled on the blindside last year, my assumption is that he’s headed to guard at the next level. He’s going to be a good one.

UDFA: The prospect to watch is RB Cody Schrader, an athletically-limited never-say-die grinder with some skill. Schrader broke out in 2023 in a zone-heavy scheme that accentuated his strengths – vision, tempo, and one-cut oomph. Schrader is patient while blocks are developing, and urgent once the opportunity arises. He runs low to the ground and keeps his leg churning. Doesn’t have a ton of natural power and isn’t a bulldozer, but he breaks arm tackle attempts and bounces away from off-angle shots. Schrader could improve his odds of staying on the field if he brought the same junkyard dog attitude he does to running the ball into pass-pro. Schrader is not going to hit any home runs in the NFL, and his agility is mediocre overall outside of the one-cut path changes. But he is a good fit for San Francisco’s zone scheme.

16. Los Angeles Rams

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
19 Jared Verse 14 ED2 Florida State Kayvon Thibodeaux 6037 254 9.6
39 Braden Fiske 51 DL5 Florida State Devonte Wyatt 6035 292 9.89
83 Blake Corum 96 RB5 Michigan Devin Singletary 5076 205 8.29
99* Kamren Kinchens 151 S11 Miami Christopher Smith II 5113 202 2.43
154 Brennan Jackson 118 ED14 Washington State Cameron Thomas 6037 264 8.42
196 Tyler Davis 197 DL18 Clemson Sheldon Day 6020 301 6.98
209* Joshua Karty 175 K1 Stanford Jake Moody 6016 205
213* Jordan Whittington 379 WR52 Texas Ty Fryfogle 6004 206
217* Beaux Limmer 98 OC4 Arkansas Ben Hamilton 6045 302 9.79
254* KT Leveston 216 OG13 Kansas State Jermaine Eluemunor 6040 330 6.58
UDFA Josh Wallace 321 CB42 Michigan Mario Goodrich 5111 186 3.74
UDFA Anthony Goodlow 331 ED36 Oklahoma State Tyler Lacy 6041 283 4.35
UDFA Omar Speights 337 LB30 Louisiana State Keyon Whiteside 6005 225 7.95
UDFA Kenny Logan Jr. 340 S25 Kansas Antonio Allen 5107 209 1.7
UDFA Tuli Letuligasenoa 364 DL33 Washington Gerald Willis III 6012 295 2.4
UDFA Drake Stoops 389 WR54 Oklahoma Chad Beebe 5095 186 1.08
UDFA Sam Wiglusz 442 WR64 Ohio Chansi Stuckey 5105 191 2.88
  • Draft Grade: B
  • Equity Spent Rank: 14
  • Draft Talent Rank: 10
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 24
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 10

Draft: Jared Verse was a smash value at No. 19. He’s a speed-to-power freight train with electric hands. Verse is hyper-explosive off the line. He gets tackles back on their heels and throws countless hand combinations and counter moves at them once engaged. The Rams added a nice depth piece at good value later on in EDGE Brennan Jackson. In Round 2, Los Angeles took Verse’s FSU teammate DL Braden Fiske. Fiske is the opposite sort of player as Donald. He lacks power, and he can be moved in the run game. But the Rams are bringing Fiske in for his pass-rushing prowess and athletic trump cards. In Round 3, the Rams picked RB Blake Corum. Corum is a very real threat to steal a chunk of Kyren Williams‘ early-down work. But Williams will remain on the field for all passing downs. Corum has a bowling ball build. And like the break of a spinning bowling ball, he has very good lateral agility. More skilled than physically gifted, Corum’s patience and vision almost always have him making the correct decision behind the line. I loved the value on C/G Beaux Limmer late – he’s a tremendous athlete with true three-position versatility that he proved against the best competition in the SEC.

UDFA: The Rams as we currently know them are an organization that has scoffed at the way the rest of the NFL does the draft process. There are many areas in which they conscientiously deviate from the herd. One of them, specific to their acquisition methodology, is to eschew traditional metrics for judging a player’s athleticism – ie the sort of testing that is done at the NFL Combine – in favor of on-field tracking data. They are said to love it when a player they like tests poorly – as it juices the odds he’ll fall to them at a discount. The seven UDFA that Los Angeles signed from my pre-draft 500 board are about as good a representation of this as you’re going to find. In short: Good college players whose measurables neutered their odds of getting picked.

17. New York Giants

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
6 Malik Nabers 5 WR2 Louisiana State Odell Beckham Jr. 6002 199 9.67
47 Tyler Nubin 61 S1 Minnesota Marcus Williams 6012 205 3.72
70 Andru Phillips 69 CB10 Kentucky Roger McCreary 5106 192 8.13
107 Theo Johnson 168 TE8 Penn State Albert Okwuegbunam 6060 259 9.93
166 Tyrone Tracy 112 RB6 Purdue Miles Sanders 5111 209 9.78
183 Darius Muasau 179 LB14 UCLA Jalen Reeves-Maybin 6000 225 5.73
UDFA Casey Rogers 308 DL29 Oregon Joel Heath 6043 294 9.82
UDFA Ovie Oghoufo 368 ED40 Louisiana State Noah Spence 6027 248 6.57
UDFA John Jiles 437 WR63 West Florida Bud Sasser 6026 222 8
UDFA Kalon Gervin 455 CB60 Kansas Noah Igbinoghene 5105 192 8.05
UDFA Jake Heimlicher 470 ED48 UCLA Chris Harrington 6041 247 8.72
  • Draft Grade: C+
  • Equity Spent Rank: 7
  • Draft Talent Rank: 7
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 28
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 9

Draft: WR Malik Nabers is a break-neck route-runner who alters tempos and movement patterns unpredictably. Nabers wide-open separation rate compares favorably to any prospect in the past 10 classes. Hit him on the hands, and the defense is in a car chase with Mario Andretti. Nabers’ 30 missed tackles, 309 receiving yards after contact and 43 explosive plays all finished No. 2 last season. Nabers has extremely reliable hands. So reliable, in fact, that he posted the exact same stellar drop rate each of the last two seasons: 5.3%. I particularly appreciate the smoothness with which he’s able to spear off-target balls outside his frame and without wasting motion or losing momentum become a runner. Nabers’ game is tailor-made for where the NFL is going. On Day 2, New York flipped its attention to the secondary, taking the first safety off the board (Tyler Nubin) at No. 47, along with CB Andru Phillips at No. 70. The sleeper of this class is RB Tyrone Tracy. Tracy is a bouncy, juiced-up, wide-based slasher who absorbs off-angle shots without losing momentum. He has a knack for timing cutbacks to free himself into open grass, where his 4.48 wheels take over. These skills will play as a returner.

UDFA: Amid an NFL Draft with a record 43 trades, the Giants made zero. The passive approached carried over to UDFA. I did like the traits-based flier on DT Casey Rogers. But with the roster in the shape it is, the Giants should have been more aggressive in adding similar risk-free ceiling prospects.

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
26 Graham Barton 20 OC1 Duke Cody Whitehair 6052 311 9.99
57 Chris Braswell 55 ED7 Alabama Sam Williams 6030 251 8.73
89 Tykee Smith 124 S9 Georgia CJ Gardner-Johnson 5096 202 7.43
92 Jalen McMillan 93 WR15 Washington Tyler Boyd 6010 197 8.67
125 Bucky Irving 186 RB15 Oregon Dion Lewis 5090 192 2.23
220* Elijah Klein 463 OG28 UTEP Nick Broeker 6037 306 5.6
246 Devin Culp 258 TE15 Washington Kenny Yeboah 6032 231 8.14
UDFA Kalen DeLoach 288 LB26 Florida State Dee Winters 5114 210 6.54
UDFA Michael Hiers 294 QB15 Samford Tommy DeVito 6010 205 3.12
UDFA Tyrek Funderburk 370 CB49 Appalachian State Roc Alexander 5110 186 7.84
UDFA Daniel Grzesiak 390 ED42 Cincinnati Jordan Brailford 6003 242 6.27
  • Draft Grade: C
  • Equity Spent Rank: 24
  • Draft Talent Rank: 24
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 23
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 25

Draft: Graham Barton was a stud LT the last three seasons in the ACC after starting five games at OC as a freshman for the Blue Devils. A lack of length – Barton’s arms would have tied for shortest among my top-30 OT prospects – is why the NFL worked him out on the interior during the pre-draft process, and why I project him thusly. Whether at OC or OG, Barton will be a standout starter in the NFL for a long time. He also provides OT versatility if needed. EDGE Chris Braswell is a downhill, attacking OLB. The proof of concept that you don’t want to drop him in coverage is that Nick Saban did not. Braswell is a little stiff, with the one-trick utility. But he’s clever, resourceful, and dogged, cycling through counters and shed maneuvers until the bitter end. He turns into a T-800 on the chase. The Bucs got a keeper in Round 3 with WR Jalen McMillan. McMillan may have gone a round higher had he not gotten injured in September – he was Washington’s clear WR2 ahead of Ja’Lynn Polk whenever both were healthy the past two years. McMillan’s 2022 tape shows a devilishly clever route-running slot. McMillan is going to catch a ton of balls in the NFL and keep the chains moving.

UDFA: LB Kalen DeLoach was a real pest to ACC opponents in 2023 – with seven sacks and 20 pressures. But will his game translate to the pros? He’s a tiny off-ball linebacker, under six feet and only 210 pounds. He’s going to need to prove he can be a value-add on Year 1 on special teams in order to convince the team he is worth developing as a situation-specific linebacker. DeLoach recorded 583 special team snaps at FSU. The Bucs signed QB Zach Annexstad and are bringing QB Michael Hiers in for a tryout. Of the two, I prefer Hiers. Hiers is a tiny pocket-passer who posted a 54/12 TD/INT rate the past two years at Samford on an 80.5% adjusted completion percentage.

19. Denver Broncos

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
12 Bo Nix 82 QB7 Oregon Kenny Pickett 6021 217
76 Jonah Elliss 57 ED8 Utah Alex Highsmith 6021 248 8.59
102 Troy Franklin 42 WR8 Oregon Diontae Johnson 6017 176 9.02
145 Kris Abrams-Draine 105 CB15 Missouri Jack Jones 5117 183 4.69
147 Audric Estime 140 RB10 Notre Dame Chris Carson 5113 222 6.58
235 Devaughn Vele 236 WR33 Utah Erik Ezukanma 6040 203 8.47
256* Nick Gargiulo 252 OG15 South Carolina Rick DeMulling 6053 318 9.47
UDFA Frank Crum 173 OT18 Wyoming Gabe Carimi 6082 313 9.86
UDFA Blake Watson 192 RB16 Memphis Gio Bernard 5094 200 8.91
UDFA Omar Brown 217 S17 Nebraska Husain Abdullah 6006 205 6.58
UDFA Thomas Yassmin 283 TE17 Utah Matt Bushman 6046 245 7.82
UDFA Jordan Miller 342 DL32 Southern Methodist Khyri Thornton 6023 304 4.85
UDFA Levelle Bailey 406 LB37 Fresno State DaShon Polk 6015 227 3.27
UDFA Brandon Matterson 441 DL37 UTSA Tron LaFavor 6013 296 7.8
UDFA Cam Allen 498 CB68 Purdue Michael Ojemudia 6011 200 8.96
  • Draft Grade: D
  • Equity Spent Rank: 20
  • Draft Talent Rank: 27
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 5
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 24

Draft: QB Bo Nix was flattered by Oregon’s gimmicky spread offense that told him where the ball was going pre-snap based on defensive alignment and numbers. After the snap, Nix would often immediately shuttle the ball to that first read. Last year, only three FBS quarterbacks had an average release time quicker than Nix. His aDOT ranked No. 93 in the FBS. Oregon’s scheme not only juiced his accuracy numbers, but it also kept the ball out of harm’s way while inoculating Nix from pressure. All three of these things were issues at Auburn, and all were addressed not necessarily through Nix’s improvement, but by the offensive scheme itself. While I hated that pick, I loved Denver’s decision to add Nix’s favorite toy WR Troy Franklin after Franklin surprisingly dropped out of Day 2. Franklin was great value at an area of enormous need. To add further bizarro symmetry, Franklin’s closest size/athleticism comparison currently playing in the NFL is… Marvin Mims Jr.!

UDFA: Three names to keep an eye on: OT Frank Crum, RB Blake Watson, and S Omar Brown. Denver gave that trio – the three players from this UDFA crop I had a draftable grade on – identical $250,000 in guarantees. That guarantee number is higher than even sixth-round picks garner. But for a roster so light on talent, I appreciated both the aggression, and the specific draftable targets targeted. All three should be considered front-runners at present to make the Week 1 roster. Crum is a 6-foot-8 skyscraper with 98th-percentile RAS athleticism. Watson, a former WR who broke out after a shift to RB at Old Dominion, posted 1,632 all-purpose yards with 17 TD last fall at Memphis. S Brown has nickel/safety versatility.

20. Tennessee Titans

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
7 JC Latham 10 OT2 Alabama Jawaan Taylor 6056 343
38 T’Vondre Sweat 62 DL8 Texas Terrence Cody 6044 366 4.28
106 Cedric Gray 84 LB4 North Carolina Dorian Williams 6014 234 7.26
146 Jarvis Brownlee Jr. 102 CB14 Louisville Chris Houston 5111 194 4.62
182 Jha’Quan Jackson 223 WR31 Tulane Ray-Ray McCloud 5091 188 5.34
242 James Williams 220 LB18 Miami Hamsah Nasirildeen 6043 231 7.42
252 Jaylen Harrell 226 ED25 Michigan Erasmus James 6037 247 8.46
UDFA Dillon Johnson 202 RB17 Washington Rex Burkhead 5115 217 6.79
UDFA Khalid Duke 262 ED29 Kansas State DeAngelo Malone 6030 246 5.23
UDFA Jabari Small 367 RB32 Tennessee Kenjon Barner 5086 198 5.25
UDFA David Martin-Robinson 388 TE25 Temple Blake Whiteheart 6035 247 8.73
UDFA X’Zauvea Gadlin 460 OG27 Liberty Stephen Peterman 6032 322 1.97
UDFA Cole Spencer 497 OG30 Texas Tech Arlington Hambright 6035 307 9.43
  • Draft Grade: C+
  • Equity Spent Rank: 10
  • Draft Talent Rank: 12
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 13
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 13

Draft: In taking OT JC Latham and DL T’Vondre Sweat, the Titans had added over 700 pounds of beef before we had even reached pick No. 40. Latham, a former five-star recruit and a Second-Team All-American in 2023, has huge power along with great coordination and balance for his size. Only speed can frustrate him – lack of elite lateral agility can get him in trouble on inside counters. For this reason I saw him as a RT – a very, very good one – but the Titans said post-draft that they’re going to start him at LT. This makes sense from a perspective of their need – the situation is dire – but Latham will need to prove he has the foot speed to hang on the blind side in the NFL. Sweat is a planet-sized colossus on the other side of the line of scrimmage. Sweat won the Outland Trophy in 2023. He profiles as an elite run-stuffer, but will likely be an early-down defender in the NFL who is yanked off the field on obvious passing downs. Two of my favorite Day 3 defenders were LB Cedric Gray and CB Jarvis Brownlee Jr. – Tennessee popped them in Round 4 and Round 5, respectively.

UDFA: RB Dillon Johnson has a real chance to crack this roster, which doesn’t have much behind Tony Pollard and Tyjae Spears. The NFL bypassed Johnson because he ran a 4.68 forty and had a poor broad jump. He’s not the best athlete you’ll find at the position. But he’s got NFL skills. Johnson began his career in Mike Leach’s Air Raid system. At Mississippi State, he caught 149 balls over three seasons. Not only is he a strong receiver, but Johnson is reliable in pass-pro as well. Johnson then turned 233 rushing attempts into 1,195 yards and 16 TD for a Washington team that made the national championship last year. He plays hurt, he can handle usage, and he’s good in the passing game. Johnson’s mission in camp is proving that his skill can overcome his lack of footspeed.

21. Cincinnati Bengals

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
18 Amarius Mims 23 OT6 Georgia Phil Loadholt 6076 340 9.59
49 Kris Jenkins 41 DL3 Michigan Larry Ogunjobi 6026 299 8.99
80 Jermaine Burton 126 WR20 Alabama Bernard Berrian 6002 196 9.09
97* McKinnley Jackson 128 DL13 Texas AM Terrance Knighton 6014 326 3.08
115 Erick All 97 TE3 Iowa Noah Fant 6044 253
149 Josh Newton 178 CB25 Texas Christian Jourdan Lewis 5106 190 6.41
194 Tanner McLachlan 210 TE12 Arizona Will Mallory 6051 244 7.66
214* Cedric Johnson 114 ED13 Mississippi Yaya Diaby 6030 260 9.28
224 Daijahn Anthony 298 S22 Mississippi Deon Bush 6000 194 6.62
237 Matt Lee 385 OC12 Miami Matt Hennessy 6035 301 8.68
UDFA Aaron Casey 276 LB24 Indiana SirVocea Dennis 6011 230 4.32
UDFA Cole Burgess 278 WR38 Cortland State Bethel Johnson 6004 192 9.8
UDFA Justin Blazek 305 ED33 Wisconsin-Platteville Drake Jackson 6032 252 7.1
UDFA Maema Njongmeta 345 LB31 Wisconsin Andre Smith 5116 228 1.13
UDFA Michael Dowell 430 S32 Miami OH Bacarri Rambo 6001 217 9.02
UDFA Elijah Collins 448 RB39 Oklahoma State Dexter Williams 6000 212 8.3
  • Draft Grade: C
  • Equity Spent Rank: 11
  • Draft Talent Rank: 16
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 21
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 16

Draft: I have a feeling that the Bengals will look back at this class in 10 years as either one of the best value exercises in franchise history, or as an utter disaster. Such is life when you are willing to accept elevated risk profiles in order to take the prospects with the highest ceiling in each slot. Cincy set the tone for the theme of their draft from the outset with OT Amarius Mims. It’s concerning that a 6-foot-8/340-pound prospect has suffered multiple lower-body injuries despite minimal collegiate playing time. Does that portend more issues to come or were both flukes? If the answer is the latter, Mims will be a standout starter for a long time. Next came Michigan DT Kris Jenkins, the one conventional “chalky” pick the Bengals made of their first five selections. It was back to shooting for the moon at 3.80 with WR Jermaine Burton. Two months ago in an early draft of my WR rankings, I had Burton as high as WR12 on my board. I’m extremely bullish on TE Erick All, whose evaluation was clouded by medical questions.

UDFA: The Bengals needed LB depth and addressed that by signing LBs Aaron Casey and Maema Njongmeta to deals with matching $15,000 signing bonuses. Cincinnati also signed a pair of Division III stars in WR Cole Burgess and EDGE Justin Blazek. Burgess is an intriguing developmental flier. He posted bazooka numbers last season and is blessed with 98th-percentile athleticism. He ran a 4.45 with a 41.5-inch vertical. RB Elijah Collins will have to beat out Trayveon Williams and/or Chris Evans to make the roster

22. Buffalo Bills

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
33 Keon Coleman 46 WR10 Florida State Courtland Sutton 6032 213 8.19
60 Cole Bishop 68 S3 Utah Jevon Holland 6016 206 9.88
95 DeWayne Carter 91 DL10 Duke BJ Hill 6023 302 7.67
128 Ray Davis 170 RB13 Kentucky Ke’Shawn Vaughn 5083 211 5.41
141 Sedrick Van Pran 190 OC7 Georgia Geoff Hangartner 6042 301 7.62
160 Edefuan Ulofoshio 127 LB8 Washington Jordan Hicks 6004 236 9.67
168* Javon Solomon 120 ED15 Troy BJ Ojulari 6007 246 7.29
204 Tylan Grable 297 OT23 Central Florida Earl Bostick 6056 306 9.85
219* Daequan Hardy 184 CB26 Penn State Dicaprio Bootle 5090 179 8.15
221 Travis Clayton 468 OG29 England Matt Tobin 6070 301 8.38
UDFA David Ugwoegbu 350 ED38 Houston Gerri Green 6037 243 2.5
UDFA Keaton Bills 279 OG16 Utah Jon Runyan 6042 324 5.57
UDFA Frank Gore Jr. 310 RB27 Southern Mississippi Sincere McCormick 5080 198 0.6
UDFA Keni-H Lovely 317 CB41 Western Michigan Tre Brown 5100 182 7.68
UDFA Mike Edwards 319 OT25 Campbell Corey Clark 6054 363 6.19
UDFA Gunner Britton 382 OT29 Auburn Antonio Garcia 6064 304 7.36
UDFA Xavier Johnson 392 WR55 Ohio State Lynn Bowden Jr. 6006 202 5.82
UDFA Mason Fairchild 357 TE22 Kansas Andrew Beck 6040 249 4.85
  • Draft Grade: C-
  • Equity Spent Rank: 25
  • Draft Talent Rank: 26
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 19
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 28

Draft: Buffalo was aggressive in where it picked WR Keon Coleman, but I appreciated that they picked up draft equity in skipping down to the first pick of R2 to do it. As a 19-year-old sophomore at Michigan State – where he also briefly played for Tom Izzo’s basketball team – Coleman had more catches, more yards, and more TDs than second-rounder-to-be Jayden Reed. Last year, at FSU, when Coleman and QB Jordan Travis were both healthy, Coleman looked like a star, lighting up LSU (9-122-3) and Clemson (5-86-2). Things went south in November, firstly because of an injury to Coleman, then the season-ending injury to QB Jordan Travis. Of Coleman’s 87 targets in 2023, only 55 were charted as “catchable.” Coleman caught 50-of-55, with 11 going for a TD and 28 others turning into first downs. He’s a downfield my-ball rebounder who Josh Allen will love. The Bills two other picks on Friday weren’t as sexy – S Cole Bishop and DL DeWayne Carter – but each was very good value on prospects who will see the field early.

UDFA: Was there ever really any other possibility for OG Keaton Bills? The three-year starter – and former teammate of TE Dalton Kincaid – recorded 2,621 snaps at left guard for Utah. He is a strong run blocker, but his pass protection will need polishing if Bills hopes to remain on the Bille. RB Frank Gore Jr.‘s father ranks No. 3 on the NFL’s list of all-time leading rushers. Gore Jr. ran for over 4,000 yards in college while displaying receiving skill, but he’s small and doesn’t appear to have NFL-caliber athleticism.

23. Arizona Cardinals

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
4 Marvin Harrison Jr. 4 WR1 Ohio State A.J. Green 6032 209
27 Darius Robinson 25 ED4 Missouri Arik Armstead 6051 285 7.78
43 Max Melton 67 CB9 Rutgers Jakorian Bennett 5111 185 9.09
66 Trey Benson 66 RB1 Florida State DeMarco Murray 6002 221 9.76
71 Isaiah Adams 201 OG11 Illinois Wyatt Davis 6042 315 7.23
82 Tip Reiman 232 TE13 Illinois Luke Stocker 6046 271 9.92
90 Elijah Jones 109 CB16 Boston College Sean Murphy-Bunting 6016 185 8.96
104 Dadrion Taylor-Demerson 89 S5 Texas Tech Jordan Whitehead 5100 197 8.1
138 Xavier Thomas 139 ED16 Clemson Oshane Ximines 6022 253 8.17
162 Christian Jones 76 OT11 Texas Kenyatta Walker 6052 305 6.18
191 Tejhaun Palmer 358 WR48 Alabama Birmingham Bennie Fowler 6016 210 9.57
226 Jaden Davis 485 CB65 Miami Javelin Guidry 5096 187 5.49
UDFA Myles Murphy 211 DL19 North Carolina Ben Stille 6041 309 4.77
UDFA Xavier Weaver 320 WR43 Colorado Jalen Cropper 6002 169 7.9
  • Draft Grade: C
  • Equity Spent Rank: 2
  • Draft Talent Rank: 3
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 20
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 3

Draft: WR Marvin Harrison Jr. was 100th-percentile in PFF receiving grade against single-man coverage over the past two seasons. Defensive coordinators started going to unprecedented lengths to address the Harrison Jr. problem, sending more double-teams his way than I can remember any collegiate WR receiving. They still couldn’t stop him. Harrison Jr. throttles speed at will – his most impressive attribute as a route-runner. It’s very difficult to get a bead on his intentions because of this. Harrison Jr. is the prototype physically and athletically, with genetics and pedigree in spades. For receiver prospects, it’s rare to see floor/ceiling combinations this high. Next, the Cardinals took EDGE Darius Robinson. Robinson’s length and strength made him a serious problem in the SEC. He’s slow off the line and lacks lateral quickness, but his ferocious power and rugged playstyle should make him a strong starting 3-4 DE in Arizona’s front immediately. I loved Arizona’s decision to take Trey Benson, my RB1. Benson is the premier size/speed combination in this RB class, with 4.39 wheels at 216 pounds. While I liked what Arizona did early, the Cardinals had some truly bizarre picks, like the reaches for OG Isaiah Adams and TE Tip Reiman on Day 2.

UDFA: The Cardinals were mostly spectators during the UDFA process. DT Myles Murphy has good size and three years starting experience in the ACC. But the disruption he showed in 2021 – nine TFL and 4 sacks – vaporized the past two years. He posted a meager 4.5 TFL and one sack in 2023. WR Xavier Weaver posted a 94-1,433-8 line across his last two seasons at USF before leading Colorado with 908 yards last fall. He has ball skills, but will need to overcome a rail-thin frame.

24. New York Jets

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
11 Olumuyiwa Fashanu 21 OT5 Penn State Paris Johnson Jr. 6060 312 9.58
65 Malachi Corley 145 WR22 Western Kentucky Amari Rodgers 5105 207 7.76
134* Braelon Allen 138 RB9 Wisconsin Rashad Jennings 6011 236
171* Jordan Travis 206 QB10 Florida State Tyler Huntley 6010 203
173* Isaiah Davis 135 RB8 South Dakota State Tyler Allgeier 6002 218 8.86
176* Qwan’tez Stiggers 205 CB29 Toronto Argonauts Dee Milliner 5116 204 9.34
257* Jaylen Key 393 S29 Alabama J.R. Reed 6007 206 8.92
UDFA Eric Watts 142 ED17 Connecticut Chauncey Golston 6055 274 8.31
UDFA Leonard Taylor III 148 DL14 Miami Jerel Worthy 6034 303 7.33
UDFA Braiden McGregor 153 ED19 Michigan Isaiah Thomas 6052 254 7.47
UDFA Tyler Harrell 240 WR34 Miami Trey Palmer 6003 193 7.67
UDFA Myles Jones 341 CB45 Duke Cameron Dantzler 6033 190
UDFA Tyreek Johnson 360 ED39 South Carolina Jabari Zuniga 6036 283 9.44
UDFA Jackson Sirmon 365 LB33 California Jake Hansen 6022 232 7.46
UDFA Jarius Monroe 409 CB52 Tulane Saivion Smith 6006 201 2.94
UDFA Brady Latham 413 OG24 Arkansas Will Fries 6051 305 8.77
UDFA Al Blades Jr. 447 CB58 Duke Kahlef Hailassie 6003 194 7
  • Draft Grade: D-
  • Equity Spent Rank: 19
  • Draft Talent Rank: 29
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 2
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 27

Draft: It’s obvious that the Jets liked OT Olumuyiwa Fashanu more than I did. My bigger issue is… why is a win-now team using a premium pick on a prospect who may be OT3 in 2024? The Jets came into the draft with only two legitimate aerial weapons for Aaron Rodgers – WRs Garrett Wilson and Mike Williams. Why was there not a more legitimate push to trade up to beat the Bears to the punch for WR Rome Odunze? If bumbling Falcons GM Terry Fontenot could not be saved from himself, would Tennessee at least have considered it? Outside of that, I think the Jets will come to regret passing on TE Brock Bowers, who would have helped to address both the slot/TE needs… Bowers is not a TE, he’s a yard-gainer you can line up as either a slot or a TE (or basically anywhere else). I’m not a fan of WR Malachi Corley. I believe he’s a RB playing slot WR. Over the past two seasons, Corley had 89 catches behind the line of scrimmage – he led the nation in screen yards both times. Conversely, he caught just 15 balls 20-plus yards downfield. Corley had a troubling 23.5% contested catch rate last year on a 5.5 aDOT that ranked No. 495 in the FBS.

UDFA: I may not have been in love with the Jets’ decisions during the draft itself, but boy did they slaughter the UDFA process. New York signed three prospects inside my pre-draft top-153, and a fourth who I gave a draftable grade. They were edged out by the Chiefs for top UDFA class in my metrics by the slimmest of fractional margins. I am most bullish on EDGE Eric Watts, who started three-of-four active seasons at UConn (the Huskies canceled their 2020 season due to COVID). Watts is not a finished product – but he has measurables that portend to NFL success, and his tape is dotted with flash plays both as a defender and as a special-teamer.

25. Indianapolis Colts

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
15 Laiatu Latu 12 ED1 UCLA Jaelan Phillips 6046 259 9.37
52 Adonai Mitchell 64 WR13 Texas DJ Chark 6022 205 9.99
79 Matt Goncalves 123 OG8 Pittsburgh Samuel Cosmi 6062 317 7.7
117 Tanor Bortolini 154 OC6 Wisconsin Eric Wood 6042 303 9.77
142 Anthony Gould 189 WR28 Oregon State Greg Dortch 5083 174 8.87
151 Jaylon Carlies 249 S20 Missouri Divine Deablo 6026 227 8.26
164 Jaylin Simpson 161 S12 Auburn Deionte Thompson 5116 179 7.4
201 Micah Abraham 416 CB53 Marshall Kei’Trel Clark 5096 185 3.7
234 Jonah Laulu 281 DL28 Oklahoma Doug Worthington 6050 292 9.62
UDFA Kedon Slovis 304 QB16 Brigham Young Max Duggan 6024 223 9.34
UDFA Craig Young 373 LB34 Kansas Milo Eifler 6030 226 7.04
UDFA Trent Pennix 398 FB2 North Carolina State Hunter Luepke 6012 234 9.41
UDFA Jason Bean 414 QB21 Kansas Kenny Hill 6016 196 7.42
UDFA Justin Strong 420 RB36 Southern Illinois Jeremy Langford 5116 206 9.96
UDFA Malcolm Epps 431 TE27 Pittsburgh Randall Telfer 6057 257 5.41
UDFA Xavier White 488 WR69 Texas Tech D.J. Foster 5101 190 4.87
  • Draft Grade: C-
  • Equity Spent Rank: 13
  • Draft Talent Rank: 19
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 25
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 21

Draft: I’m a huge fan of Laiatu Latu‘s game. If his body doesn’t betray him, he will be a star. That is, of course, a big if. Latu was forced to briefly medically retire in 2021 as a member of the Washington Huskies due to a neck injury. But he played over 1,000 snaps the past two seasons and was a pass-rushing terror. Latu had 17 sacks in only 623 pass-rushes over that time. WR AD Mitchell is a size/speed super freak, with 4.34 wheels and a 98th-percentile broad jump in a big package. He’s a long-strider who needs a runway to build up to his speed. Mitchell’s 10-yard split on that 4.34 equaled Ja’Lynn Polk and Jalen Coker, who ran 4.52 and 4.57 forties, respectively. The reason his production profile in college was always hit-and-miss is because when he isn’t connecting on moon-shot dingers, he’s striking out. On a great passing offense last year, Mitchell finished with 35 or fewer receiving yards in half of Texas’ games (seven of 14). But he went over 140 yards twice and cracked 100 in a third. In those three games, he averaged 16.6 YPC. While I liked the first two picks, the rest of this class was a whiff for me.

UDFA: Back in 2019 as a freshman at USC, QB Kedon Slovis dropped 3,502 yards and 30 TD on 71.9 percent completions. An injury followed by consecutive regrettable transfer decisions gave his collegiate career a Benjamin Button feel. But Slovis is still a good athlete (9.34 RAS) in a sturdy frame who has short-area accuracy. And hey, if he doesn’t pan out as worth the longer developmental look, perhaps Kansas wild-child QB Jason Bean will. Bean is a former track star who has a bigger arm than you would think. Last year, when Bean got injured – this was following QB1 Jalon Daniels‘ season-ending injury – the Jayhawks were forced to go to a QB3 by the name of Cole Ballard. Cole is son of Colts GM Chris Ballard. Doesn’t get any more boots-on-the-ground than that, kids.

26. Green Bay Packers

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
25 Jordan Morgan 29 OG1 Arizona La’el Collins 6050 311 9.25
45 Edgerrin Cooper 47 LB2 Texas AM Bobby Okereke 6020 230 9.13
58 Javon Bullard 83 S4 Georgia Nasir Adderley 5105 198 8.25
88 MarShawn Lloyd 86 RB4 Southern California Rashard Mendenhall 5086 220 8.62
91 Ty’Ron Hopper 213 LB17 Missouri Tyrel Dodson 6017 228 7.42
111 Evan Williams 221 S18 Oregon Vinnie Sunseri 5116 206 8.2
163 Jacob Monk 296 OC9 Duke Greg Mancz 6030 308 9.74
169* Kitan Oladapo 106 S7 Oregon State Jaquiski Tartt 6021 216 8.18
202 Travis Glover 352 OT28 Georgia State LaAdrian Waddle 6060 317 4.71
245 Michael Pratt 143 QB8 Tulane Will Grier 6024 217 8.28
255* Kalen King 204 CB28 Penn State David Long 5110 190 6.68
UDFA Peter Bowden 309 LS1 Wisconsin Camaron Cheeseman 6021 245 6.72
UDFA Trente Jones 354 OG20 Michigan Artis Hicks 6037 305 7.45
UDFA Messiah Swinson 449 TE28 Arizona State John FitzPatrick 6071 259 1.51
UDFA Donovan Jennings 452 OG26 South Florida Jamon Brown 6041 323 8.93
UDFA Jarveon Howard 464 RB40 Alcorn State Snoop Conner 5097 215 7.39
UDFA James Ester 479 DL39 Northern Illinois Roy Philon 6024 289 4.13
  • Draft Grade: C-
  • Equity Spent Rank: 8
  • Draft Talent Rank: 13
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 27
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 17

Draft: An awesome collegiate OT, Jordan Morgan may be headed inside at the next level due to vacillating pass-pro technique on the outside. Morgan has good strength, shocking defenders with his punch. He’s a skilled run-blocker who generates serious north-south force and consistently hits the play-side shoulder of his mark in zone concepts. In pass-pro, his lack of length and elite side-to-side movement skills get him in trouble against speed rushers. But kicked inside to guard, that relative issue disappears, while all of his strengths play up. On Day 2, the Packers bolstered the second-level of the defense in the form of LB Edgerrin Cooper (No. 45) and S Javon Bullard (No. 58). Cooper is a sideline-to-sideline menace who was utterly dominant last year in the SEC. RB MarShawn Lloyd a rather odd fit. Lloyd rarely played on passing downs in college. Can he steal early-down timeshare from Josh Jacobs and AJ Dillon? I thought the next three picks were reaches, but I did like the values on S Kitan Oladapo and QB Michael Pratt.

UDFA: The Packers kept the class’ best long-snapper home when they signed Wisconsin LS Peter Bowden. Green Bay’s other signing of note was Michigan OL Trente Jones. Jones would have started anywhere else, but at Michigan the past few years he was a luxurious insurance policy as the team’s top backup lineman. Jones ended up playing half-season snaps at RT each of the past two campaigns.

27. Cleveland Browns

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
54 Michael Hall Jr. 59 DL7 Ohio State Neville Gallimore 6024 299 9.57
85 Zak Zinter 157 OG9 Michigan Andrew Vorhees 6057 309
156 Jamari Thrash 171 WR25 Louisville Antonio Callaway 5116 188 6.77
206 Nathaniel Watson 129 LB9 Mississippi State Kirk Morrison 6020 233 5.03
227 Myles Harden 272 CB35 South Dakota Cameron Mitchell 5105 195 8.3
243 Jowon Briggs 280 DL25 Cincinnati Antwaun Woods 6014 313 7.26
UDFA Javion Cohen 329 OG19 Miami Jared Hocker 6043 322 5.58
UDFA Winston Reid 356 LB32 Weber State Khaleke Hudson 5116 223 6.04
UDFA Ahmarean Brown 374 WR51 South Carolina Yamon Figurs 5080 170 6.46
UDFA Jalen Sundell 405 OC13 North Dakota State Luke Goedeke 6051 301 9.37
UDFA Aidan Robbins 407 RB35 Brigham Young Andre Williams 6016 237 6.64
UDFA Lorenzo Thompson 410 OT31 Rhode Island Guy Whimper 6060 307 8.66
UDFA Chris Edmonds 490 S37 Arizona State Tyvis Powell 6023 210 5.62
  • Draft Grade: D+
  • Equity Spent Rank: 32
  • Draft Talent Rank: 32
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 29
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 32

Draft: The Hall pick at 2.54 was so obvious I could have submitted the card – the local product who was clearly the top DL on the board at the time. Hall is a gap-shooting three-tech who turns up the heat on quarterbacks. I was surprised OG Zak Zinter went as early as he did after he broke his leg in November, forcing him to sit out the pre-draft process. It felt like Cleveland paid full-price – and maybe even a little more – without any injury discount baked into his price. WR Thrash was a boundary WR in college who projects for slot work in the NFL due to his size and lack of play strength. The best part of Thrash’s game is the shake he has with the ball in his hands. But the upside is capped here due to the lack of size and strength with mediocre speed. Cleveland is advised to manufacture his touches early so he can leverage that YAC ability.

UDFA: The Browns prioritized adding to the OL post-draft, with iOL Javion Cohen and Jalen Sundell and OT Lorenzo Thompson. WR Ahmarean Brown has 4.37 speed. RB Aidan Robbins showed a gift for breaking tackles earlier in his career at UNLV, but he strangely got buried during his NFL showcase season at BYU.

28. Carolina Panthers

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
32 Xavier Legette 48 WR11 South Carolina David Boston 6010 221 9.9
46 Jonathon Brooks 77 RB3 Texas Aaron Jones 6004 214
72 Trevin Wallace 92 LB5 Kentucky Kenneth Murray 6010 237 9.34
101 Ja’Tavion Sanders 99 TE4 Texas Gerald Everett 6040 245 5.75
157 Chau Smith-Wade 257 CB33 Washington State Asante Samuel Jr. 5100 184 5.98
200 Jaden Crumedy 233 DL22 Mississippi State Quinton Dial 6037 301 7.54
240 Michael Barrett 209 LB16 Michigan Dat Nguyen 5110 232 3.84
UDFA Jalen Coker 134 WR21 Holy Cross David Terrell 6013 208 8.54
UDFA Willie Drew 242 CB31 Virginia State Kyu Blu Kelly 5115 191 6.83
UDFA Jaden Shirden 326 RB29 Monmouth Donnel Pumphrey 5080 187 6.32
UDFA Demani Richardson 346 S26 Texas AM Antonio Johnson 6005 214 5.15
UDFA Jackson Mitchell 417 LB38 Connecticut Cam Jones 6013 225 3.65
UDFA Jack Plummer 439 QB22 Louisville Cooper Rush 6043 215 8.36
UDFA Andrew Raym 465 OC15 Oklahoma Jake Andrews 6040 314 2.27
UDFA Sam Pinckney 467 WR66 Coastal Carolina Adarius Bowman 6027 223 3.72
UDFA Devin Carter 477 WR67 West Virginia Andre Holmes 6033 207 3.25
  • Draft Grade: D
  • Equity Spent Rank: 23
  • Draft Talent Rank: 30
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 8
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 30

Draft: Carolina GM Dan Morgan’s aw-shucks give-away of draft resources to another NFL franchise for no reason barely drew an eyebrow in the wake of the grenade division-mate GM Terry Fontenot threw into the top-10. Morgan traded the No. 141 pick (which turned into OL Sedrick Van Pran) to the Bills for the No. 200 pick (which turned into DT Jaden Crumedy) for the right to pay WR Xavier Legette slightly more money, flipping slots at 32 and 33. When the draft resumed, the Bills took the WR they were going to take at No. 32, Keon Coleman. Morgan being the fish at the table is no referendum on Legette as a prospect, of course. Legette is a muscled-up receiver with inside/outside versatility who broke out in 2023 with a 71-1,255-7 line. Last season, Legette dropped only two balls on 97 targets. He’s a springy athlete who has a knack for not losing momentum while turning upfield after a catch, which helps maximize YAC opportunities. I thought the Panthers reached on RB Jonathon Brooks, who tore his ACL against TCU on November 11. Brooks enters the NFL with a 10-game sample of strong tape and without a pre-draft process.

UDFA: I wasn’t high on GM Dan Morgan’s work in the draft, but I appreciated he and his scouting team’s work in the UDFA process. The top-three signings on my board were subdivision standouts that I thought had a real chance to get drafted – Holy Cross WR Jalen Coker, Virginia State CB Willie Drew, and Monmouth RB Jaden Shirden. WR Coker’s ball skills are sublime. He has late hands – preventing defensive backs from making plays on the ball – and he doesn’t drop anything. I love how natural he is spearing balls outside his frame. oker is bursty off the line and out of route breaks – at the NFL Combine, he posted the same 10-yard split as all-world burner AD Mitchell.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
23 Brian Thomas Jr. 26 WR5 Louisiana State Christian Watson 6027 209 9.84
48 Maason Smith 58 DL6 Louisiana State Javon Kinlaw 6051 306 8.46
96* Jarrian Jones 147 CB21 Florida State Darren Hall 6000 190 9.61
114 Javon Foster 141 OT15 Missouri Will Richardson 6054 313 6.33
116 Jordan Jefferson 165 DL16 Louisiana State Renell Wren 6025 316 8.31
153 Deantre Prince 328 CB43 Mississippi Tariq Castro-Fields 6002 183 6.64
167 Keilan Robinson 355 RB31 Texas Karan Higdon 5083 191 7.33
212* Cam Little K3 Arkansas 6007 169
236 Myles Cole 188 ED22 Texas Tech Janarius Robinson 6060 278 8.53
UDFA Josh Proctor 199 S16 Ohio State Quentin Lake 6014 199 6.98
UDFA Joshua Cephus 260 WR36 UTSA Malik Knowles 6021 193
UDFA David White Jr. 311 WR42 Western Carolina Russell Sheppard 6021 201 7.55
UDFA Andre Carter 348 ED37 Indiana Lawrence Thomas 6035 285 5.07
UDFA Joseph Scates 493 WR70 Memphis Austin Mack 6023 205 4.12
UDFA Lorenzo Lingard 494 RB43 Akron Glen Coffee 6001 202 4.83
  • Draft Grade: D+
  • Equity Spent Rank: 16
  • Draft Talent Rank: 28
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 10
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 29

Draft: I loved what the Jags did early and hate what they did late. That began with Jacksonville picking up a R4 (No. 157) along with R3 and R4 picks in 2025 from the Vikings to hop down from No. 17 to No. 23. The Jaguars took WR Brian Thomas Jr. in that slot, and paired him high-upside LSU teammates DT Maason Smith one round later. In 2023, Thomas Jr. was 82nd percentile against single coverage, 88th percentile in separation rate and 89th percentile in separation rate against single coverage. A gazelle of an athlete and a former star high school basketball player, Thomas is a special downfield playmaker. DT Smith is the true boom-or-bust player in this DT class. A former top-20 overall recruit, Smith is rangy with very long arms, and he posted elite agility scores at over 300 pounds. Still, he started only 17 games in college, missing some of 2021 with a shoulder injury, almost all of 2022 with a knee injury and the 2023 opener while suspended. Beyond that, however, I was confused by what Jacksonville was doing. I saw a procession of reaches.

UDFA: The Jaguars elected for a top-heavy approach. S Josh Proctor was beset by early struggles at OSU, followed by a season-ending injury in 2021, and a 2022 benching. But Proctor broke through in 2023, with third-team All-Big Ten honors. Proctor flashed ball skills last season, with eight breakups and a pick-six. Jacksonville also added a pair of Shrine Bowl standouts in WRs Joshua Cephus and David White Jr. WR Cephus has very good hands in a 6-foot-3 package – he’s UTSA’s all-time leading receiver. WR White Jr. offers special teams utility as a standout gunner. In camp, he needs to prove that his short-term special teams utility is sufficient to buy him a long-term developmental opportunity at the WR position.

30. Houston Texans

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
42 Kamari Lassiter 71 CB11 Georgia Derion Kendrick 5116 187 6.24
59 Blake Fisher 72 OT10 Notre Dame Wanya Morris 6056 310 7.72
78 Calen Bullock 95 S6 Southern California Jayron Kearse 6022 188 6.37
123 Cade Stover 125 TE6 Ohio State Dawson Knox 6040 247 8.22
188 Jamal Hill 286 LB25 Oregon David Long 6000 216 7.36
205 Jawhar Jordan 284 RB25 Louisville Keaton Mitchell 5094 193 4.61
238 Solomon Byrd 289 ED32 Southern California Jonathon Cooper 6030 251 1.61
247 Marcus Harris 219 DL20 Auburn Mike Ramsay 6023 286 5.96
249 LaDarius Henderson 316 OG18 Michigan Tyrell Crosby 6041 312
UDFA Jadon Janke 327 WR44 South Dakota State Chris Hogan 6021 212 6.79
UDFA Jaxon Janke 330 WR45 South Dakota State Isaiah Coulter 6023 214 6.69
UDFA British Brooks 375 RB33 North Carolina Master Teague 5101 219 8.83
UDFA Max Tooley 471 LB43 Brigham Young Josh Kaddu 6021 229 6.3
  • Draft Grade: D-
  • Equity Spent Rank: 29
  • Draft Talent Rank: 31
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 30
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 31

Draft: Houston has done a strong job building up the offensive side of the ball. They had a shot in this draft to build up the trenches and the back-end of the defense. They clearly did not see this year’s prospects like I did. With their pair of second-rounders, Houston took a CB (Kamari Lassiter) who lacks foot speed and needs to play nickel and an OT (Blake Fisher) who arguably should have returned for one more year of school. The Texans got acceptable value on one prospect – Ohio State TE Cade Stover. I was lower on Stover than most, ranking him No. 125 against his No. 98 standing on the consensus big board. The Texans ended up taking him in the No. 123 slot. Stover is a springy athlete with a commendable fluidity to him along his route-path for someone so relatively new to the position full-time. He dropped zero balls in 2023. Not only that, but Stover is the only TE in this class who converted every single one of his charted catchable targets into targets – a perfect 45-for-45.

UDFA: The Texans added the Janke twins and basically decided they were good. Jaxon caught 244 balls for 3,677 yards and 29 TD at South Dakota State, while Jadon posted a 170-2,800-30 career line. The Janke’s teamed up to dominate the FCS – they may have been better off splitting up heading to the NFL. They’ll now be competing against one another for a job.

31. New England Patriots

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
3 Drake Maye 8 QB4 North Carolina Carson Pentz 6041 227
37 Ja’Lynn Polk 122 WR19 Washington DaeSean Hamilton 6013 203 8.85
68 Caedan Wallace 164 OT17 Penn State Nick Saldiveri 6047 314 8.23
103 Layden Robinson 208 OG12 Texas AM Nate Davis 6033 302 8.19
110 Javon Baker 60 WR12 Central Florida Rashee Rice 6012 202 7.84
180 Marcellas Dial 277 CB36 South Carolina Darrell Luter Jr. 5116 190 7.18
193 Joe Milton III 200 QB9 Tennessee Cardale Jones 6051 246
231 Jaheim Bell 203 TE11 Florida State MyCole Pruitt 6016 241 8.45
UDFA Jontrey Hunter 313 LB28 Georgia State Dylan Moses 6022 234 2.6
UDFA John Morgan 411 ED44 Arkansas Hamilcar Rashed Jr. 6013 252 6.79
UDFA Deshaun Fenwick 428 RB37 Oregon State Tre Madden 6007 223 3.45
UDFA Mikey Victor 469 CB62 Alabama State Isaiah Bolden 6023 205 6.93
UDFA Jacob Warren 474 TE29 Tennessee Cary Angeline 6060 251 3.37
UDFA John Davis 480 CB64 North Texas DJ Ivey 6005 188 7.98
UDFA Charles Turner 481 OC16 Louisiana State William Sherman 6034 300 5.03
UDFA Kaleb Ford-Dement 492 CB66 Texas State Adairius Barnes 5110 178 9.01
  • Draft Grade: F
  • Equity Spent Rank: 4
  • Draft Talent Rank: 15
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 26
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 18

Draft: Time will tell if New England’s new brass proves my initial assessment wrong. If Drake Maye becomes a superstar, it will be – none of the rest of it will matter. But by my numbers, the Patriots squandered the most draft equity in the NFL and ended up finishing No. 31 in ROI. Outside of the Javon Baker steal on Saturday – he could ascend to WR1 duties in New England very, very quickly – four of the next five picks after QB Drake Maye were egregious reaches. The first of those, WR Ja’Lynn Polk, may be fool’s gold – he was the clear and distant WR3 on Washington whenever Jalen McMillan was healthy the past few years. New England got caught on the wrong end of the epic early offensive line run. They multiplied that problem by forcing a pair of picks at No. 68 (OT Caedan Wallace) and No. 103 (OG Layden Robinson)

UDFA: LB Jontrey Hunter was a weird evaluation, but I’m happy he found a situation where he’ll have a shot. He’s a bad athlete who stinks in coverage and missed a metric ton of tackles the past few years (50!). But Hunter was a dangerous blitzing linebacker in the G5, and his skill in this area may cause New England to investigate the idea of developing him for a situational role.

32. Atlanta Falcons

Pick Prospect Rank Position School Comp Ht Wt RAS
8 Michael Penix Jr. 40 QB5 Washington Lefty Geno 6022 216 9.75
35 Ruke Orhorhoro 45 DL4 Clemson Justin Madubuike 6040 294 9.92
74 Bralen Trice 73 ED9 Washington Uchenna Nwosu 6034 245 7.46
109 Brandon Dorlus 87 DL9 Oregon Levi Onwuzurike 6030 283 8.66
143 JD Bertrand 225 LB19 Notre Dame Eric Westmoreland 6007 235
186 Jase McClellan 273 RB24 Alabama Jonas Gray 5101 220
187 Casey Washington 282 WR39 Illinois Chad Hansen 6007 201 7.15
197 Zion Logue 290 DL26 Georgia Armon Watts 6055 314 5.13
UDFA Isaiah Wooden Jr. 363 WR49 Southern Utah Sinorice Moss 5070 176 7.42
UDFA Austin Stogner 372 TE24 Oklahoma Luke Farrell 6060 254 6.84
UDFA Cole Beck 426 WR61 Virginia Tech KD Cannon 5117 188 7.99
  • Draft Grade: F
  • Equity Spent Rank: 6
  • Draft Talent Rank: 25
  • UDFA Talent Rank: 32
  • Draft/UDFA Talent Added Rank: 26

Draft: The QB Michael Penix Jr. pick culminated one of the most bizarre exercises in asset torching we’ve ever seen in an offseason. It’s going to be a long time before we see a pick that shocking. The Falcons better hope he’s a star by Year 3. But if he is, it will make even less sense to have given all your cap space to Kirk Cousins. This organization came into this offseason believing it desperately needed to address the quarterback position. It leaves it having left no doubt that the change it actually needs is at the top of the front office.

UDFA: Atlanta’s baffling draft was followed by a non-serious effort in the UDFA process. Tiny FCS WR Isaiah Wooden Jr. is the one guy I’m intrigued by due to his high-octane athleticism. Wooden Jr. ranked No. 1 among all WRs in this class with a 1.38 10-split and a 44 1/2-inch vertical. He ran a 4.35 40-yard dash. He has the traits to play the slot in the NFL. TE Austin Stogner was a top-75 overall recruit coming out of high school, he has an ideal frame, and he looked like a future star in 2020 in Lincoln Riley’s offense. But Stogner came down with a serious staph infection that fall – he lost 35 pounds, required surgery, and nearly lost his leg. Since coming back, he has not been the same player – in his three active seasons since, he had between 166-210 receiving yards each campaign.

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