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Grading each team’s 2021 NFL Draft

We grade each team’s performance in the 2021 NFL Draft.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell greets a fan onstage during round one of the 2021 NFL Draft at the Great Lakes Science Center on April 29, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The 2021 NFL Draft is officially closed. Teams have begun working to improve their rosters further through undrafted free agency, but the seven rounds of the draft are behind us.

We won’t really know how well these draft classes have performed for at least a few years. We’ll get some early answers in 2021, but it’s going to take some time. And yet, that will not stop us from making way too early judgements on how each of the 32 teams performed in the 2021 NFL Draft. Below, we offer a grade and analysis for each team.

2021 NFL Draft grades, by team

Arizona Cardinals

Final draft grade: B-

After just falling short for a playoff berth, the Cardinals used their first overall pick on linebacker Zaven Collins. Collins had an outstanding 2020 season at Tulsa and can play both inside and outside linebacker. Pairing him with last year’s first round pick Isaiah Simmons is a scary sight to behold.

On day 2, Arizona added to their wide receiver unit with the selection of Rondale Moore. He should push Andy Isabella for that WR3/slot job within the Cardinals’ offense. On the last day of the NFL draft, Arizona used two picks on defense with cornerback Marco Wilson and EDGE Victor Dimukeje. The Cardinals still has to fill the void left by Patrick Peterson, but they might not find that perfect player this year.

Atlanta Falcons

Final draft grade: B

The Falcons had a chance to take a quarterback with their first round pick at No. 4 overall. However, they opted to take the best offensive player available on the board, which was tight end Kyle Pitts. Pitts is joining an offense that is stacked with wide receivers Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage, and tight end Hayden Hurst. The former Florida standout should flourish with veteran quarterback Matt Ryan.

To start off Day 2, Atlanta added a playmaker to their secondary in safety Richie Grant. The former UCF defensive back is a ballhawk and should play right away. Throughout the rest of the draft, they drafted two more cornerbacks in Darren Hall and Avery Williams. Then they made sure to add more depth to the offensive line with the selections of Jalen Mayfield (OT) and Drew Dalman (C).

Baltimore Ravens

Final draft grade: B

Bolstered by an additional first-round pick courtesy of the Orlando Brown Jr. trade, the Ravens addressed two of their biggest needs on Day 1. Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman provides quarterback Lamar Jackson with a potential go-to wideout while Penn State’s Jayson Oweh could eventually fill the shoes of departing pass rushers Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue.

While Bateman and Oweh will understandably garner most of the headlines, the Ravens also uncovered some Day 3 values worthy of attention. Teams dinged receiver Tylan Wallace for his physical limitations, but he had impressive production at Oklahoma State and enough savvy to find a role in the NFL. Likewise, Ohio State corner Shaun Wade saw his stock tumble during an injury-affected 2020 campaign but could thrive in the slot with Baltimore.

Buffalo Bills

Final draft grade: B

Most analysts pegged the Buffalo Bills taking a running back with their first round pick, but they shocked us all by not taking a single back in the entire draft and addressing other needs. Though neither rookie RB Zack Moss nor Devin Singletary were very productive in 2020, it’s safe to say their offense didn’t suffer terribly as a result.

Their biggest need in this draft came at edge, which they addressed in the first and second round with DE Gregory Rousseau and Carlos Basham Jr., respectively. They followed those picks up with offensive lineman Spencer Brown and Tommy Doyle to give their franchise quarterback some protection and added guard Jack Anderson to close out the draft. Rousseau and Basham Jr. should add some pressure on the line after most of their sacks came from LBs or DTs last year. Pair up that pressure with their skills in the secondary, and it’s a winning combo.

Carolina Panthers

Final draft grade: B

The Panthers unexpectedly kicked off the 2021 NFL Draft by selecting a top-notch cornerback prospect in South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn. They followed up that pick with LSU’s oft-injured wideout Terrace Marshall, who is perfectly capable of being a quality WR3 in Year 1. Carolina’s first two picks seemed a little questionable because of its need for offensive line depth, but that got addressed later on.

Shoring up the offensive line with BYU OT Brady Christensen in the third round before snagging Notre Dame tight end Tommy Tremble were both solid moves. Christensen set a PFF record by securing a 96.0 rating. Tremble could add some excitement to Carolina’s tight end group. No Panthers tight end eclipsed 150 passing yards last season Tremble can contribute through the air and block. Other picks that stand out are Oklahoma State running back Chubba Hubbard and Alabama guard Deonte Brown. Hubbard ran for over 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2019 and could develop into a solid backup for Christian McCaffrey. Brown didn’t allow a sack a single sack in college. That could definitely be helpful for a Panthers offense that will likely throw the ball a ton.

Chicago Bears

Final draft grade: B

General manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy know they have limited time left to turn the Bears’ fortunes around, and that pressure informs all of their big decisions this week. They sent away next year’s first-round pick and other draft considerations to move up for Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. For whatever shortcomings Fields has, he presents the best chance for the team to win this season and in the long run. The cost to acquire him will not ultimately matter if he ends Chicago’s wait for a true franchise signal-caller.

But the Bears didn’t want to leave Fields fighting for his life as a rookie. Pace consummated another trade to land Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins and used their next pick on Missouri O-lineman Larry Borom. The offense could still use some more firepower, but at least Fields might have some reliable protection early in his NFL career.

Cincinnati Bengals

Final draft grade: B-

Cincinnati got extremely risky in the first round, and its overall success will likely hinge on the success of LSU wideout Ja’Marr Chase. The Bengals opted to reunite Joe Burrow with his college running mate, who many ranked as the top receiver in the draft. Chase has the potential to be a superstar, but passing on Penei Sewell, the 2021 class’s top offensive lineman, could backfire in a big way if Burrow sustains a serious injury because of subpar protection up front.

The Bengals addressed their biggest need in the second round by trading up for Clemson OT Jackson Carman. The fact that Carman has a chance to compete for a starting spot is a positive, but the Bengals have plenty of other holes they still need to fill. Sixth-round Michigan running back Chris Evans could provide some pop as a backup, but the rest of Cincinnati’s picks don’t move the needle much.

Cleveland Browns

Final draft grade: A

The Browns didn’t have many glaring needs in this draft, but they did take care of their one trouble spot by drafting CB Greg Newsome with the 26th pick. Newsome is a baller and should put the secondary from a weakness to a strength when you factor in free agent Troy Hill, the return of Greedy Williams from injury and Pro Bowler Denzel Ward hopefully not dealing with as many nagging injuries.

Overall, they went in hard on defense, both in free agency and the draft. With one of the best ground games in the league, it should pay off as Nick Chubb and a top defense wear down opponents in the fourth quarter. And with their roster already being strong, they were able to take slight risks on supreme athletes LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and WR Anthony Schwartz. We know JOK can play, but he could have a little trouble finding his perfect fit in the NFL. Thankfully the Browns won’t need to force him into a position and he can develop into one naturally.

Dallas Cowboys

Final draft grade: B-

The Cowboys had to watch as Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain II were taken from right under their noses on Day 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft. America’s team would have preferred to land one of the premier cornerback prospects in the draft, but were forced to go with Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons instead. Parsons was one of the best linebacker prospects in the draft and can complement Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith.

Dallas reached on cornerbacks in the second and third rounds, but its pass defense has to get better somehow. The Cowboys had one of the worst secondaries in football last season and picked things up down the stretch. They can’t afford to get in shootouts every week. Maybe new blood can help Dallas stop opposing teams from running the score up so often.

Denver Broncos

Final draft grade: C+

The Broncos had a chance to draft their first franchise quarterback since Peyton Manning when Justin Fields fell to them at No. 9. Instead, they opted for Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II. While Surtain looks like a potential All-Pro, Denver currently has Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock set to compete for the starting job.

On the draft’s second day, the Broncos gobbled up North Carolina’s Javonte Williams, a versatile running back who better fits their offense than the departing Phillip Lindsay. Quinn Meinerz could also slide into a starting job early in his Denver tenure.

Still, passing on a top QB prospect without a stellar plan already in place could come back to haunt the Broncos. Perhaps this all proves to be the prelude to, say, a trade for Aaron Rodgers, but such a move remains purely speculative at this point.

Detroit Lions

Final draft grade: B-

The Lions had to go with OT Penei Sewell and miss out on a top wide receiver with their first pick, but waiting until round four to grab USC’s Amon-Ra St. Brown feels like a waste in such a good wide receiver draft. St. Brown is a solid pick in round four, but he’s not going to be a world beater by any means.

Building from the base at offensive and defensive line early in the draft makes sense. And hopefully turning the Lions defense into a strength is much needed. But, foregoing an impact receiver on a team with Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman as their best wideouts is ugly. New head coach Dan Campbell has no vision of winning many games in his first season, so is building for the future. Let’s hope he can last long enough to see his vision come to fruition.

Green Bay Packers

Final draft grade: C+

The ongoing Aaron Rodgers drama overshadowed the Packers’ actual draft selections, and for good reason. But whether or not the team patches things up with the reigning MVP, the picks carry their own questions. First-rounder Eric Stokes has a tremendous athletic profile, but he played in a press-man scheme and must now transition to a zone-heavy defense. On offense, Amari Rodgers becomes the first wideout Green Bay has taken in the first three rounds since Davante Adams but might see most of his early action on jet motions and other gadgetry rather than a dedicated receiving role. Both draft choices have upside, but their Year 1 impact remains highly uncertain.

The Packers could see better 2021 returns from second-round pick Josh Myers who could slide into Corey Lindsey’s vacated spot at center, and fourth-round selection Royce Newman helps cover for the possibility that David Bakhtiari (torn ACL) misses the start of the season. Still, for a team that has fallen one game short of the Super Bowl each of the last two seasons, the time to strike is now (if the franchise quarterback allows for it).

Houston Texans

Final draft grade: C-

The Texans entered draft week in a no-win situation. Not only did they lack the usual allotment of picks due to dubious trades in the past, but the team had no clear direction due to quarterback Deshaun Watson’s ongoing legal issues and trade demand. Houston used its top remaining choice on Davis Mills to provide some cover, but even the most optimistic evaluation of the Stanford signal-caller doesn’t suggest he can carry the offense the way Watson did. Adding Michigan wideout Nico Collins should help, but he too will likely need more than a season to develop into a reliable contributor.

The selection of Brevin Jordan, a productive tight end out of Miami, presents some value in the fifth round. However, that alone can’t offset the lack of picks and expected 2021 return for the other selections.

Indianapolis Colts

Final draft grade: C+

The Colts’ were animals in the trenches last season thanks to Darius Leonard, DeForest Buckner, and other defensive playmakers up front. Only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers allowed fewer rushing yards last season. Indianapolis came away with Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye in the first round, and he’s considered to be the best edge rusher in the 2021 draft class. The Colts need to continue putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks now that Justin Houston is likely to sign elsewhere as a free agent.

Indianapolis doubled down on edge rushers by drafting Vanderbilt’s Dayo Odeyingbo. Odeyingbo could compete for a starting spot as well, but there are still glaring holes on offense. Former starting left tackle Anthony Castonzo retired following the 2020 season, but the Colts didn’t select an offensive lineman until the seventh round. Their top-notch blocking could take a step back in 2021.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Final draft grade: B+

The Jaguars picked the right time to bottom out and took advantage of the opportunity, selecting Clemson signal-caller Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick. Lawrence has some flaws, but no team in their position would have passed on a quarterback near-universally considered a generational prospect. Even if Jacksonville misses on each of their other selections, landing Lawrence represents a massive win for the franchise.

The rest of the draft class includes talented players, albeit a few with somewhat questionable value propositions given the Jaguars’ existing roster. Travis Etienne looked electric at Clemson and reunites with Lawrence, but the team didn’t need a running back badly enough to use the No. 25 overall selection on one. New head coach Urban Meyer also threw his weight and spent a pick one of his former Ohio State players, tight end Luke Farrell, in the fifth round. Still, second-rounder Tyson Campbell adds needed depth at corner where C.J. Henderson missed eight games last season and Walker Little could eventually take over for Cam Robinson at left tackle. All in all, Jacksonville has transformed the franchise.

Kansas City Chiefs

Final draft grade: A

Despite trading a bundle of picks, including Nos. 31, 94, and 136, the Chiefs managed an excellent draft by finding a ton of value in the picks they did have. Offensive line was a big need with the losses of Eric Fischer and Mitchell Schwartz, and they certainly did well in finding value as they searched for replacements in the draft. The Chiefs drafted center Creed Humphrey in the third round, who came in as the 53rd best prospect on Daniel Jeremiah’s Top-150 big board heading into the draft. At 6’4 and 302 pounds, his build could certainly be an asset in the protection with his combination of speed and strength.

Las Vegas Raiders

Final draft grade: C-

The Raiders are at it again. The Raiders can’t help taking shots on Alabama players in the first round, and they surprised everyone when they went with OT Alex Leatherwood at No. 17 overall. Most people expected the big man to hear his name called in the second round, but Las Vegas must be hard-pressed to replace Trent Brown. There are a few other questionable picks worth mentioning.

TCU’s Trevon Moehrig was considered the top-rated safety in some circles, so snagging him in the second round was ideal. However, the Raiders went on to draft safeties in the third and fourth rounds as well. Las Vegas went with Buffalo linebacker Malcolm Koonce in the third round, but many considered him to be fourth or fifth-round talent ahead of the draft. Maybe he’s a diamond in the rough, but that seems unlikely given how things have gone for the Raiders in recent years.

Los Angeles Chargers

Final draft grade: A

Despite missing the playoffs each of the last two seasons and undergoing a coaching change this offseason, the Chargers didn’t have many holes to fill along the roster. They addressed their biggest, a massive void at left tackle, with the first-round selection of Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater and added depth two days later with Nebraska’s Brenden Jaimes. Given how injuries decimated the offensive line the past few years, both picks make sense.

However, the Chargers might have garnered even more value by landing Florida State cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. in the second round. Samuel’s size (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) caused him to slip, but he can fit into multiple roles in head coach Brandon Staley’s zone-heavy defense. With Casey Hayward Jr. departing this offseason, Samuel’s arrival appears timely.

Los Angeles Rams

Final draft grade: C-

The Rams had plenty of need to beef up their interior offensive line after the departure of C Austin Blythe, but instead, they went elsewhere — elsewhere being wide receiver — probably one of the last needs any analysts would have pegged them for heading into this draft. On the depth chart now are vets Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, along with speedster DeSean Jackson and 2020 second-round pick Van Jefferson. They walked away with WRs TuTu Atwell (measuring in at 5’8 and 149 pounds), and Jacob Harris. They also added seventh-rounder RB Ben Skowronek to pair 2019 third-rounder Darrell Henderson and second-rounder Cam Akers. Is depth always necessary? Of course. I just think they could have found better value for their picks, especially considering their lack of a first rounder.

They did address some need on defense, drafting LBs Ernest Jones and Chris Carret along with DT Bobby Brown III, but color me surprised they didn’t make more of a move toward replenishing the secondary after the departure of S John Johnson and CB Troy Hill to the Cleveland Browns. Though they did retain corner Darious Williams on a first-round tender, they’ll need to either sign him to a long-term deal or start planning for the future.

Miami Dolphins

Final draft grade: A

The Dolphins killed the first two rounds of the draft and added necessary depth at every position they needed to except running back. Alabama receiver Jaylen Waddle will give Tua Tagovailoa a dangerous third option out wide alongside DeVante Parker and Will Fuller. Miami defensive end Jaelen Phillips will solidify the edge rush, and Oregon safety Jevon Holland can make a secondary that ranked first in the NFL with 18 picks last year even better. Then there’s Notre Dame OT Liam Eichenberg, who can help the Dolphins’ young offensive line continue to improve.

Selecting a backup tight end in Notre Dame’s Hunter long was a bit of a head-scratcher given how important Mike Gesicki is, and there’s no telling whether the Dolphins’ two seventh-round picks will pan out. Few teams capitalized on quality draft capital like Miami.

Minnesota Vikings

Final draft grade: B

The Vikings handled the first round masterfully, trading back from the No. 14 pick and still landing the prospect they coveted in Virginia Tech left tackle Christian Darrisaw. The extra picks acquired in the transaction allowed the team to take some chances later in the draft, including spending a second-rounder on quarterback and potential Kirk Cousins successor Kellen Mond.

While Mond’s selection came out of left field, the Vikings addressed most of their needs without reaching. Pittsburgh’s Patrick Jones II has the tools to develop into a starting defensive end while Ohio State’s Wyatt Davis can contribute at multiple spots along the offensive line. Minnesota also padded their depth at running back and receiver with Kene Nwangwu and Ihmir Smith-Marsette, respectively. Like every team, Minnesota will miss on some of their picks, but they maximized the number of selections in the heart of the draft.

New England Patriots

Final draft grade: B

In the first round, the Patriots let the draft come to them, halting Alabama quarterback Mac Jones’ freefall at No. 15 overall. They reversed course early on Day 2, trading up to nab fellow Crimson Tide Christian Barmore to reinforce the defensive line. While head coach Bill Belichick’s infatuation with Alabama players might raise some red flags, the two represent reasonable values at their respective spots and addressed areas of need.

The rest of the draft class looked like a more typical Patriots group, with a pair of Oklahoma Sooners — Ronnie Perkins and Rhamondre Stevenson — adding depth to the defensive line and offensive backfield and pieces added to address the back end of the defense. The group might not have many (or any) starters out of the gate, but several should emerge within the next few years.

New Orleans Saints

Final draft grade: C+

The Saints made one of the few shocking picks in the first round with defensive end Patrick Turner. Earlier on Thursday, it was reported that Turner could drop in Round 1 due to his character, medicals, and length. New Orleans felt that the defensive end could provide them with chaos on wheels in Year 1.

After that, the Saints used their two next picks on defense in linebacker Pete Warner and cornerback Paulson Adebo. Adebo could compete right away for the CB2 job opposite of Marshon Lattimore. Finally to open up Day 3, New Orleans drafted former Notre Dame QB Ian Book in the fourth round, which raised some eyebrows. Book will look to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster in the Saints’ QB room.

New York Giants

Final draft grade: B

Dave Gettleman bucked his usual trend of never trading back and ended up putting together a strong draft with plenty of value picks. They were sniped at wide receiver early, but Gettleman played it perfectly and got a future first rounder and a fourth rounder as the Bears were desperate to grab Justin Fields while still getting a strong receiver at No. 20 in Kadarius Toney. That move gives them an overall good grade no matter what happened next.

The only problem with this draft was the lack of offensive line help. They ended up getting great value with Georgia LB Azeez Ojulari, but I don’t have enough faith in Daniel Jones and he needs an ironclad pocket. They ended up leaning too much into pass protection instead of quarterback protection after a great start.

New York Jets

Final draft grade: A-

The Jets had the second-most draft capital in the draft, so it would have been difficult for them to come out of the draft without a strong crop of rookies no matter your preferences. But there is no doubt they accomplished what they set out to do, as they went hard at offensive players early. Zach Wilson isn’t a slam dunk, but he has the tools to get there and they have surrounded him with talent and protection. They have now taken a stud offensive lineman in the first round of the last two drafts and that will eventually pay dividends.

Adding WR Elijah Moore and RB Michael Carter as their final two offensive players in round three and four should also help Wilson, as both are playmakers. With Carter, Moore, Denzel Mims, Jamison Crowder (if he stays), and Corey Davis, along with protection, Wilson is set up to succeed.

Philadelphia Eagles

Final draft grade: B+

The Philadelphia Eagles surprisingly made the smart pick in the first round and did not reach with the selection of DeVonta Smith. The reigning Heisman Trophy addressed an immediate need for Philadelphia and gives an explosive playmaker for Jalen Hurts.

After that, the Eagles made the trenches a priority on Day 2, which many fans were not happy with because they have holes at linebacker and cornerback. But in Round 2, they took offensive lineman Landon Dickerson and in Round 3 took Milton Williams.

On Day 3, they finally grabbed a cornerback in Zech McPherson, who was ranked the fourth-best boundary cornerback by Football Gameplan’s Emory Hunt. In the fifth round, they added running back Kenneth Gainwell, who could be Nyheim Hines in Nick Sirianni’s offense. For their last few picks, they drafted DT Marlon Tuipulotu, EDGE Tarron Jackson, SAF JaCoby Stevens, and EDGE Patrick Johnson.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Final draft grade: B-

The Steelers left the 2021 NFL Draft with some very talented prospects like RB Najee Harris and TE Pat Freiermuth, but their grade falls a bit simply due to the fact that they didn’t address their most significant need — offensive line — until Round 3. The Steelers finished the 2020 NFL season with the second-lowest run blocking unit in the NFL, raising plenty of concern for what could be for Najee Harris.

Helping their cause on the run blocking scheme will be Freiermuth — arguably the second-best and well-rounded tight end in this class — and guard Kendrick Green taken in the third.

San Francisco 49ers

Final draft grade: A

The 49ers had some needs to address, but this grade comes down to what you think of the Trey Lance pick and the trade that made it happen. The 49ers gave up two future first-round picks to move up nine spots. Lance has incredible upside, but the least experienced of the three quarterbacks available at No. 3. If you’re high on Lance, he goes to a great situation with a masterful offensive coach and no rush to get right in the starting lineup.

San Francisco added some beef for the offensive line with guard Aaron Banks in the second round and then added a great zone running back in Trey Sermon. The 49ers added Elijah Mitchell late and it’s safe to say the 49ers have some incredible options in the backfield. They waited until late in the third round to add cornerback depth, but Ambry Thomas offers them potential as a nickel of the future.

Seattle Seahawks

Final draft grade: C

With not much draft capital heading into this weekend, the Seahawks had to make all three of their selections count. In the second round, Seattle decided to not join in on the run on offensive lineman and instead drafted speedy wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge. Eskridge could be a factor as a rookie next season with Tyler Lockett now ever the age of 30. He also may be able to provide the Seahawks with some exciting plays on special teams.

On Day 3, Seattle added a cornerback in Tre Brown, which is just one way they might try to replace Shaquil Griffin. In the sixth round, the Seahawks finally addressed the offensive line with the pick of tackle Stone Forsythe. compared Forsythe to Nate Solder, which would be amazing for the Seahawks. But to see them not address offensive line on Day 2 is not a great look.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Final draft grade: A

The reigning Super Bowl champions brought back everybody who was scheduled to be a free agent this offseason. That being said, the draft allowed them to take best player available in some spots and add continue to bolster certain positions. At the end of the first round, they took Joe Tryon out of the University of Washington, giving another pass rusher.

In the second round, they drafted former Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask, who could turn out to be the heir apparent to Tom Brady. After that, the Bucs drafted offensive tackle Robert Hainsey in the third round and wide receiver Jaelon Darden in the fourth round. To wrap their draft class, Tampa Bay selected linebacker K.J. Britt (5th round), cornerback Chris Wilcox (6th round), and Grant Stuard (7th round aka Mr. Irrevelant). Its hard to give the Bucs a bad grade as they didn’t have many needs to address.

Tennessee Titans

Final draft grade: A

The Titans racked up on excellent value picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. It all started with Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley. Tennesee nabbed him at No. 22 overall, but he could have easily been a top 10 or 15 pick if his medical history wasn’t questionable. You could make the argument that he’s the most talented defensive back in the draft. Not bad for the end of the first round. North Dakota State OT Dillon Radunz, Georgia linebacker Monty Rice, and Washington Cornerback Elijah Molden were all considered top 10 prospects at their respective positions ahead of the draft.

Tennessee’s Day 3 action was highlighted by Pittsburgh defensive end Rashad Weaver, who might need some time to break into a starting role but could turn into a valuable piece up from down the road. The Titans might’ve come away with three or more Week 1 starter, and you can’t ask for much more than that.

Washington Football Team

Final draft grade: B

It doesn’t seem like Washington got any players who are future stars but made solid picks early on in the draft. The Football Team addressed its rapidly blossoming defense first by adding ESPN’s No. 3 linebacker prospect in Kentucky’s Jamin Davis. It then replaced Trent Williams with Texas OT Sam Cosmi before adding Minnesota cornerback Benjamin St-Juste in the third round.

Washington bolstered its receiving corps by adding pairing Curtis Samuel with Terry McLaurin and also got one of the draft’s premier deep threats in North Carolina’s Dyami Brown. Few wideouts stretched the field like Brown in college. Ryan Fitzpatrick loves to take shots deep, and having a large target who can spread the secondary thin will help the veteran quarterback make some big plays.