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The first day of the draft is behind us, and 32 college football players have begun their journey into the NFL. So, let's look at every first round pick and grade them accordingly.
1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma. Grade: C
Murray is a great athlete. He's not that good of a quarterback. Does that mean he's a bad quarterback? No. But he'll need some adjustment in the NFL, when everyone is as fast as he is. I also hope that the Cardinals trade Josh Rosen and he becomes a superstar.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State. Grade: B+
Bosa is a consensus top 2 talent in this draft. His brother is one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, and Nick Bosa is probably better than Joey coming out of college. The only reason this gets a B+ is due to his injury situation from last season, so he may not be 100% when his rookie season begins.
3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama. Grade: A
The best player in this draft. What else is there to say? I can't imagine Williams not being great wherever he goes. He should've gone to Arizona, obviously.
4. Oakland Raiders: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson. Grade: D
What? Honestly, what? I mean, with Josh Allen and Ed Oliver on the board, you take Clelin Ferrell? Someone you could've had in the 20's? He's a good player, sure, but this is a reach and a half. This is why they haven't been relevant for 15 years.
5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU. Grade: B
White’s a solid linebacker, and should be a major contributor to the Tampa Bay defense. He led the SEC, the best defensive conference in the country, in tackles. He has good size and speed, and might even fit in as a hybrid player.
6. New York Giants: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke. Grade: C-
All signs pointed to the Giants drafting Jones, but at 17. Why take him here? I know, they want an heir apparent to Eli Manning since he is getting up there in age. But he would've been available if they waited and took a defensive player with this pick.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky. Grade: B+
I can't believe he fell this far. Honestly. He's done everything he could do in college. Set every major defensive record at Kentucky. Won every major defensive award his last season at Kentucky. He'll be a fine addition to a Jags defense looking to recapture its 2017 form.
8. Detroit Lions: TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa. Grade: A
They needed a tight end, so they went out and got the best one on the board. One of the Iowa boys, he can catch passes, he can block, and won everything he could've won in his final season as a Hawkeye.
9. Buffalo Bills: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston. Grade: A
Oliver should've gone a long time ago. The only five-star recruit to go Group of Five, he has been an absolute beast in college. Was he going against competition lesser than him? Maybe, but that doesn't detract from him being an absolute athletic freak.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Denver Broncos): Devin Bush, LB, Michigan. Grade: C+
Our first draft day trade. Bush is pretty good. He's been nominated for the Butkus Award each of the past two seasons, led the Wolverines in tackles those years, and has blazing sideline to sideline speed. The only reason the grade is this low is because I believe they gave up too much for him, giving up a second and a future third.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama. Grade: B
The best tackle in the SEC. He's been durable ever since he got to Alabama, having started every game in his college career. He's essentially a brick wall, having not allowed a sack all of his last season with the Tide. And, despite his arms being an eighth of an inch too short, he's a tackle, not a guard.
12. Green Bay Packers: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan. Grade: B-
He's an incredible athlete. He was the #1 player in his class back in 2016. Since then, he's been a bit inconsistent at Michigan, but despite that, the potential was always there. If he can tap into that in the NFL, he could be close to dominant.
13. Miami Dolphins: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson. Grade: B
He's probably better than Ferrell. He's athletic, fast, and hey, he almost tackled Roger Goodell on the stage. He might even get some carries in the Fridge formation every now and then.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College. Grade: C+
This was an interesting pick to say the least. Not a bad one by any means however. He is solid as a rock, not allowing a sack all season for BC. Yes, he is the best guard on the board, but yes, he also could've been available much later.
15. Washington Redskins: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State. Grade: B
He's probably the best quarterback in the class, yes, even better than that Oklahoma guy. I wouldn't call him a franchise quarterback though. I'd call nobody in this class a franchise quarterback. But for what it was, it was a great pick.
16. Carolina Panthers: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State. Grade: C-
The big question with Brian Burns is his size. Sure, he's bulked up to around 250 pounds, but in college he was always around 235. His main thing is his speed, which he could lose by gaining weight. He was explosive at Florida State, but if he's not careful, he could get dominated by NFL linemen.
17. New York Giants (from Cleveland Browns): Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson. Grade: B-
As far as Clemson's defensive linemen go, Lawrence is the average one. Better than Ferrell, worse than Wilkins. He's incredibly athletic and fast for his size, being 342 pounds. In a division with Ezekiel Elliott and Adrian Peterson, he can stuff the run as well as rush the passer.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State. Grade: B
Bradbury has amazing athleticism for a lineman. He's versatile, bouncing around from guard to center during his time at Raleigh. He's a converted tight end, which helps with his athleticism like many tight ends turned offensive linemen, and should protect their $84 million man.
19. Tennessee Titans: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State. Grade: C+
If Simmons stays healthy, he will ball out. However, he'll probably miss his rookie season with a torn ACL. Outside of that, there's really no holes in his game. Just a classic high-risk, high-reward prospect.
20. Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh Steelers): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa. Grade: A
The other of the Iowa boys, Fant would've been the best tight end at any other school in the country, except Iowa. To get him twelve picks after his teammate TJ Hockenson is an absolute steal of a pick.
21. Green Bay Packers (from Seattle Seahawks): Darnell Savage Jr, S, Maryland. Grade: D+
Our second draft day trade, the Packers swapped firsts and gave up two fourths in order to get him. So, why did they do that? They could've stayed put and tried to draft him at 30. That's why his grade’s so low. Not that he's a bad player, not at all.
22. Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore Ravens): Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State. Grade: A
Our third draft day trade, the Eagles swapped firsts, gave up a fourth, and gave up a sixth. And this is an absolute steal. There's no reason why Dillard should've dropped as far as he did. With the exception of Jonah Williams, Dillard is probably the best tackle in this class.
23. Houston Texans: Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State. Grade: C+
Howard has perhaps the most unique story in the draft, going from high school quarterback to first round tackle. He also uses this athleticism and ability to read defenses to his advantage. The knock on him is his small school, being that Alabama State is in the SWAC in the FCS. But if he plays as good as he did against Auburn or in the Senior Bowl, bump this pick up to a B.
24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago Bears): Josh Jacobs, HB, Alabama. Grade: B+
Jacobs doesn't really have the stats to get into the first round, but that was due to splitting carries with Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough. He does everything you want with running the ball, catching passes, even blocking. And don't count him out in the return game either.
25. Baltimore Ravens (from Philadelphia Eagles): Hollywood Brown, WR, Oklahoma. Grade: C
Hollywood is a beast athletically. He is Antonio Brown's cousin after all. The concerning thing about him for me is his size, being only 5’9”, 166. But he's fast, he's quick, even if he'll need adjustment to the size of NFL defensive backs.
26. Washington Redskins (from Indianapolis Colts): Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State. Grade: A
Yet another draft day trade, the Redskins gave up two second rounders to move up 20 spots to draft this guy. And it was a steal. Due to medical issues, he went from potential top 10 pick to someone who just kept falling. Due to a heart issue, he was removed from the board by many teams, but only recently news came out that his heart isn't as serious as once thought. What a pick.
27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas Cowboys): Jonathan Abram, S, Mississippi State. Grade: B
It feels like the Raiders have needed a safety since Charles Woodson retired. Well, they just got one. And not just any one, not possibly the biggest hitter in the draft. They are definitely adding to their defense after the Khalil Mack trade, and Abram is a good addition to that.
28. San Diego Chargers: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame. Grade: C
Tillery is athletic. He can blow by tackles and use his natural speed to get to the quarterback. However, there's a few drawbacks, those being his injury history (being injured for part of 2018) and the fact that Notre Dame plays a mostly weak schedule due to their resiliency to remain FBS independent.
29. Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City Chiefs): LJ Collier, DE, TCU. Grade: D+
Yes, Collier was a First-Team All-Big 12 when he started, but he only started one season. This seems to be a bit of a reach, especially considering they just traded Frank Clark for this pick.
30. New York Giants (from New Orleans Saints via Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks): Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia. Grade: A
A fifth trade today, we get our first cornerback. And what a pick it was. He was the top DB in the nation, a first team All-American, and was part of the defense that flustered the mighty Alabama Crimson Tide for much of the SEC Championship game this past season. Incredible value.
31. Atlanta Falcons (from Los Angeles Rams): Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington. Grade: B-
McGary has good size, speed, and strength for right tackle. He was voted the best lineman in all of the Pac-12 by his fellow players. This was the second lineman taken by the Falcons today, and he's probably better than their first one.
32. New England Patriots: N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State. Grade: A
Wow. I have personally been a fan of Harry's for a while, but I never expected the Patriots to draft him. He has great size, speed, hands, athleticism, similar to a clean Josh Gordon. What a pick to end the night.