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NFL Draft Grades 2021: Browns and Ravens clear - what are the Steelers planning?
Draft Grades: NFC East
The picks: Linebacker Micah Parsons (1st round), cornerback Kelvin Joseph (2nd round), defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa (3rd round), Edge Chauncey Golston (3rd round), cornerback Nahshon Wright (3rd round), linebacker Jabril Cox ( 4th round), tackle Josh Ball (4th round), wide receiver Simi Fehoko (5th round), defensive tackle Quinton Bohanna (6th round), cornerback Israel Mukuamu (6th round), guard Matt Farniok (7th round ).
The analysis: First of all: Lots of risks in this off-court draft. Micah Parsons is said to have been intensely involved in a face-off scandal at Penn State, Josh Ball was once suspended from Florida State for allegedly having been violent towards a woman in an 18-month relationship on several occasions. Kelvin Joseph was suspended from LSU before choosing a transfer. The teams are of course much better in the picture than we are, but that was noticeable at Dallas. It didn't affect the grade here.
In Round 1 it was obvious that the Cowboys wanted one of the top two corners - and then had to move on to Plan B when they both left in front of them. The little downtrade got him a third round pick, which was a good move. Parsons is a freak prospect, a tremendous athlete who could also score points as a pass rusher in the NFL. I see some question marks about his agility in coverage - and I didn't have Dallas on my screen for Parsons with Leighton Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith and Keanu Neal, who is supposed to play linebacker. Accordingly, I found it surprising that they followed up with cover linebacker Jabril Cox in round 4.
Joseph is still raw but a solid second round pick, Odighizuwa has real pass rusher upside. The other two third round picks seemed like clear reaches. Fehoko is the most exciting player after day 2: a very large and incredibly fast player, an absolute upside pick. But how often does he see the field alongside Lamb, Gallup and Cooper?
Dallas had a lot of bottom line in this draft, with five picks in the first three rounds and then two more four-round picks. Looking at it as a whole, I found it rather sobering what they made of it when looking at their own squad.
The grade: 3+
The picks: Wide receiver DeVonta Smith (1st round), center Landon Dickerson (2nd round), defensive tackle Milton Williams (3rd round), cornerback Zech McPhearson (4th round), running back Kenneth Gainwell (5th round), defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu (6th round), Edge Tarron Jackson (6th round), Safety JaCoby Stevens (6th round), Edge Patrick Johnson (7th round).
The analysis: If only I were to rate the players, the Eagles would be my clear number 1. From DeVonta Smith to Landon Dickerson and Milton Williams to Kenneth Gainwell and Patrick Johnson, the Eagles have drafted a number of players that I very much pre-draft and some of them went a good bit later than I would have drawn them.
But here, too, the focus should not be on pure comparison with your own big board, and just like with the Lions, the Panthers and the Broncos you have to question the process to the effect that the Eagles could have Justin Fields at 10. At Fields himself, ratings may differ, but Jalen Hurts was a second-round pick who brings athletic upside - Fields has a completely different ceiling, especially Passer. In this respect, I see the process of doing without the quarterback here as critical; the position is simply too valuable and too important.
On the other hand, it was positive that the Eagles were not put off by the fact that they had already put a first-round pick in Jalen Reagor last year and that DeVonta Smith was one of the best receivers in the draft. Dickerson, of course, has question marks with his extensive history of injuries, but from a sporting point of view this is a fantastic center prospect. Could start on Guard and then take over for Kelce, the pick makes sense there too.
Gainwell was the best receiving back in the draft, and looking at Philadelphia's backfield, you see him more in a gadget role - which I don't find unexciting. Williams has tremendous pass rusher upside and Johnson is an explosive speed rusher. Tuipulotu as a run stuffer rounds off the D-Line class, which in Philly always has a slightly higher priority. A six-round trade with Washington also gave the Eagles a five-round pick in 2022.
The grade: 2+
New York Giants
The picks: Wide receivers Kadarius Toney (1st round), Edge Azeez Ojulari (2nd round), cornerback Aaron Robinson (3rd round), Edge Elderson Smith (4th round), running back Gary Brightwell (6th round), cornerback Rodarius Williams (6th round).
The analysis: Whatever Dave Gattleman is not trading down! We can finally put this storyline aside: The downtrade with Chicago gave the Giants picks 20, 164 as well as first and fourth round picks next year in exchange for pick 11. The downtrade with Miami for number 42 brought them the 50 and a third-round pick in 2022. In Round 3, New York also made a small leap forward, but the bottom line is that Gettleman has raised enormous draft capital in 2022. That could be all the more exciting if the Giants want a new quarterback after the season.
From a process point of view, that was worth mentioning very positively, and the Giants went into value positions: Receiver, Edge, Corner, Edge was the selection over the first four rounds. In particular Ojulari - for me the best speed rusher in the class, who probably fell due to knee concerns on some teams - was a steal, Robinson is a very large, very physical slot corner.
I didn't have Toney quite that high, but there is no denying what playmaker qualities he brings with him. At the same time, one has to assume that the kind of touches he is likely to get in the passing game will further limit Saquon Barkley's role as receiver. Day 3 was pretty unspectacular for the G-Men.
The grade: 2+
Washington Football Team
The picks: Linebacker Jamin Davis (1st round), tackle Samuel Cosmi (2nd round), cornerback Benjamin St. Juste (3rd round), wide receiver Dyami Brown (3rd round), tight end John Bates (4th round), safety Darrick Forrest (5th round), Long Snapper Camaron Cheeseman (6th round), Edge William Bradley-King (7th round), Edge Shaka Toney (7th round), wide receiver Dax Milne (7th round).
The analysis: I expected Davis a little later, but I understand why he was drawn for the upside on Round 1. Moves excellently and with surprising agility for its size, long reach, long arms. The tools are there, it's still raw and will take time. In my opinion, the pick is one of the easiest to argue about, but after that Washington not only served its needs, but also took away excellent value on several occasions.
It starts with Samuel Cosmi, who could have left at the end of the first round. A very tall, but very athletic pass protector that might start on Left Tackle in Week 1. St. Juste is extremely large with an enormous range, which should be a very good fit in defense. Dyami Brown on day 3 is ideal in terms of value, an outside receiver who wins vertically and should complement Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel very well.
Dax Milne is a seven-round pick who has a real chance of a place in the squad. Athletically limited, but very far when it comes to route running. Might become a number three receiver in an NFL offense. A long snapper on round 6 is ... well.
The grade: 2
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