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  • Ranking 2024 NFL Rookie QBs by scheme Fit and situation: Caleb Williams, J.J. McCarthy, and Michael Penix Lead the Way

    The 2024 NFL Draft's first round was highlighted by a quarterback showcase, with six quarterbacks selected, setting a record for the highest number taken in the first round since the common draft era began in 1967. While Caleb Williams going No. 1 to the Chicago Bears was no surprise, there was some suspense about who would go second to the Washington Commanders. Washington chose LSU's Jayden Daniels, while North Carolina's Drake Maye went third to the New England Patriots. When the Atlanta Falcons selected Michael Penix Jr. at No. 8, it marked the first time in the common draft era that four quarterbacks were chosen within the first eight picks. Minnesota traded up to 10th overall with the New York Jets to draft J.J. McCarthy, and the Broncos took Bo Nix 12th overall. In this analysis, I am going to rank and grade each of the 2024 NFL Draft quarterbacks based on their scheme fit and surrounding personnel. I will also provide some 2024 yards and touchdown projections for each QB. Each player drafted is in a unique situation. The Bears went out of their way to surround Caleb Williams with outstanding talent, while the Minnesota Vikings were already in a good place when they drafted J.J. McCarthy. However, a team like the Patriots has question marks about their skill players, and Drake Maye still needs time to develop. The reality is that this is not a one-size-fits-all situation for every player. A few of these players will struggle in one way or another, but it is always a good exercise to identify the players who land in the best spots while also recognizing the players who landed in the not-so-great spots. Coaching Scheme Fit Grade This grade evaluates how well a player's skills and attributes align with the offensive or defensive system they are entering in the NFL. It considers how their play style, experience, and strengths match the strategies and preferences of the coaching staff. A: Excellent fit. The player's abilities align perfectly with the team's schemes and coaching strategies. B: Good fit. The player has most of the skills needed to succeed, with minor adjustments or development needed. C: Average fit. The player fits the system in general but may face significant challenges or require substantial development. D: Poor fit. There are notable mismatches between the player's style and the team's schemes that might hinder their success. F: Very poor fit. The player's skills and the team's strategies are fundamentally misaligned, posing serious challenges for effective integration. Surrounding Cast Grade This grade assesses the quality and compatibility of the teammates surrounding the player, including the offensive line for a quarterback or the defensive line for a linebacker, as well as key skill position players. A: Excellent support. The player has a strong, talented group of teammates that enhance their ability to perform and adapt. B: Good support. The supporting cast is competent, providing the player with a solid foundation to succeed. C: Average support. The team provides basic support, but improvements could significantly enhance the player’s performance. D: Poor support. The supporting cast may hinder the player's ability to perform well due to lack of talent or poor fit. F: Very poor support. The player is surrounded by teammates who are significantly below average, likely affecting their development and success. These grades help in understanding the potential for a player to succeed in their new NFL environment by analyzing how well they fit into their team's system and the quality of the support they receive. Bonus Fantasy Football Points Projections The last part is a bonus for fantasy football readers. I added a projected high-low fantasy points projection using 4 points per TD pass and -2 per interception format for each of the quarterbacks in the analysis. Rookie QB Scheme Fit and Situational Rankings 1). Caleb Williams - Chicago Bears Height: 6'1" | Weight: 214 lbs Projections: 3500-4000 passing yards, 25-30 passing TDs, 15-20 interceptions, 300-400 rushing yards, 3-5 rushing TDs Fantasy Projection High Projection: 320 Fantasy Points Low Projection: 248 Fantasy Points Overview: Caleb Williams was the expected No. 1 overall pick, celebrated for his elite arm talent and mobility. His ability to make off-schedule throws and extend plays has made his transition to the NFL highly anticipated. Play Style and Scheme Fit: Grade: A Williams demonstrates exceptional improvisational skills and an ability to dissect defenses from the pocket. His adeptness at evading pass rushers and making accurate throws on the run aligns perfectly with Bears offensive coordinator Shane Waldron's system, which favors quick passes, play-action, and deep balls. Supporting Cast: Grade: A With targets like DJ Moore, Rome Odunze, and Keenan Allen, along with tight end Cole Kmet, Williams is well-equipped to thrive. His rushing ability, highlighted by 27 touchdowns over three seasons in college, adds a dynamic component to the Bears' offense. Year One Starter?: Yes. Williams has been designated the starting quarterback following the trade of Justin Fields to Pittsburgh. 2). J.J. McCarthy - Minnesota Vikings Height: 6'3" | Weight: 214 lbs Projections: 3,000-3500 passing yards, 20-25 passing TDs, 14-19 interceptions, 250-300 rushing yards, 2-4 rushing TDs. Fantasy Projection High Projection: 285.0 Fantasy Points Low Projection: 214.0 Fantasy Points Overview: J.J. McCarthy, chosen tenth by the Minnesota Vikings, brings a record of 27-1 as a college starter. His ability to execute tight-window throws and make plays under pressure makes him a valuable addition to the Vikings. Play Style and Scheme Fit: Grade: A McCarthy's efficiency, his clutch ability in key situations, and his proficiency in executing a similar style of offense at Michigan are well-matched with head coach Kevin O'Connell’s offensive strategies, which emphasize a balanced attack with dynamic playmaking. His ability to extend plays and execute on designed runs fits seamlessly into the Vikings' scheme. Supporting Cast: Grade: A Surrounded by playmakers like Justin Jefferson, Jordan Addison, and tight end T.J. Hockenson, McCarthy is poised to succeed. The offensive line, highly ranked in both pass protection and run blocking in 2023, according to PFF, will support his transition to the NFL. Year One Starter: McCarthy is not expected to start immediately with Sam Darnold on the roster, providing him time to develop under the guidance of new QB coach Josh McCown. 3). Michael Penix Jr. - Atlanta Falcons Height: 6'3" | Weight: 218 lbs Projections: 500-1000 passing yards, 5-10 passing TDs, 2-5 interceptions, 50 rushing yards, 0 rushing TDs Fantasy Projection High Projection: 74.0 Fantasy Points Low Projection: 29.0 Fantasy Points Overview: After revitalizing his career at Washington, Michael Penix Jr. was selected eighth overall by the Atlanta Falcons. Known for his deep accuracy and quick decision-making, Penix is a playmaker and a leader poised to be the Falcons QB of the future. Play Style and Scheme Fit: Grade: A Penix is renowned for his arm strength and ability to navigate the pocket. His deep-ball accuracy and quick reads are ideally suited for a hybrid West Coast spread style of offense. The good news for Penix is that new Falcons OC Zac Robinson is a Sean McVay disciple who will likely deploy a similar style of offense to that of McVay, which focuses on the run and play-action pass games from various formations. The use of presnap motion and scheming guys open could be a staple in Atlanta for years to come. Supporting Cast: Grade: A Penix will benefit from a strong supporting cast, including dynamic receivers like Darnell Mooney and Drake London, and a tight end in Kyle Pitts with elite potential. Add in a three-down RB with elite pass-catching ability in Bijan Robinson with an offensive line that ranked 4th in pass protection last season; Penix is in a solid spot to develop. Year One Starter?: Unlikely right away. Kirk Cousins is expected to remain the starter for the next few years, but Penix provides a solid backup option and potential future starter as he adapts to the NFL. 4). Bo Nix - Denver Broncos Height: 6'2" | Weight: 214 lbs Projections: 3,000-3500 passing yards, 15-20 passing TDs, 15-20 interceptions, 200-400 rushing yards, 1-4 rushing TD Fantasy Projection High Projection: 287.0 Fantasy Points Low Projection: 209.0 Fantasy Points Overview: Bo Nix, drafted twelfth by the Denver Broncos, has evolved into a sound decision-maker with extensive experience from his time at Auburn and Oregon. His quick release and the ability to make plays on the run are what set him apart. He is also a good decision-maker and game manager. Play Style and Scheme Fit: Grade: A Nix's style aligns well with head coach Sean Payton’s system, which focuses on timing, rhythm, and tempo. His wealth of collegiate experience and ability to execute a detailed-oriented playbook make him a good fit for the Broncos’ offensive strategy. Supporting Cast: Grade: B While the Broncos' supporting cast, including receivers like Courtland Sutton, Marvin Mims, and tight end Greg Dulcich, offers reliability and playmaking ability, the offensive line's effectiveness will be critical to Nix’s success. The line is expected to be solid, though the center position may require attention. Year One Starter?: It depends on Payton's strategy and evaluation during training camp. Given Nix's extensive college experience and Payton's coaching style, he may see significant playing time early in his rookie year. 5). Jayden Daniels - Washington Commanders Height: 6'4" | Weight: 210 lbs Projections: 3,500-4000 passing yards, 15-20 passing TDs, 15-20 interceptions, 500-700 rushing yards, 5-8 rushing TDs Fantasy Projection High Projection: 348.0 Fantasy Points Low Projection: 261.0 Fantasy Points Overview: Jayden Daniels selected second overall by the Washington Commanders, brings a dynamic dual-threat capability to the team. His collegiate success suggests a smooth transition to the professional level. Play Style and Scheme Fit: Grade: B Daniels excels at getting the ball out quickly and with precision when he likes the pre-snap look. His play style, combining quick decision-making with mobility, fits well into Offensive Coordinator Kliff Kingsbury's scheme, which leverages a QB's ability to escape pressure and extend plays. The core of his offense is the Air Raid. However, at times, it can be very vanilla, and that is why I am not completely sold on the fit. I know that people like to compare Jayden Daniels to Kyler Murray, and they instantly think this is a great match, but how did that work out in Arizona? I have always viewed Kingsbury's offenses in Arizona as stagnant, without a lot of motion and varying formational use. He did start to diversify these aspects as time went on, and his time at USC with Lincoln Riley could also improve his creativity. I am in a wait-and-see mindset, but I gave it a solid B overall. Supporting Cast: Grade: B While Daniels has elite targets like Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson, the Commanders' offensive line, which allowed 65 sacks last season, remains a concern and could limit his effectiveness unless improvements are made. Year One Starter?: Yes. With a new owner, general manager, and coach, the Commanders are poised to start Daniels immediately, looking to rebuild and capitalize on his talents. 6). Drake Maye - New England Patriots Height: 6'4" | Weight: 220 lbs Projections: 2500-3000 passing yards, 16-20 passing TDs, 13-18 interceptions, 300-500 rushing yards, 2-5 rushing TDs Fantasy Projection High Projection: 281.0 Fantasy Points Low Projection: 207.0 Fantasy Points Overview: Drake Maye, chosen third by the New England Patriots, is recognized for his strong arm and mobility. His proficiency in making off-platform throws and extending plays under pressure positions him as a formidable quarterback prospect. Play Style and Scheme Fit: Grade: C Maye has a good pocket presence and the ability to keep plays alive or pick up yards with his legs. Offensive Coordinator Alex Van Pelt will be tasked with building an offense that focuses on Maye's core strengths early on while he develops and improves his mechanics. The Patriots will likely lean on the run game a lot if Drake Maye is in the lineup as a rookie, and that will allow them to set up play-action opportunities. Van Pelt was not the primary playcaller in Cleveland; he was tasked with game planning and play design, so there are a lot of unknowns about Van Pelt and his ability to call plays. What we do know is that he is a true quarterback coach who has worked with Aaron Rodgers, Baker Mayfield, and, most recently, Deshaun Watson. Supporting Cast: Grade: C The supporting cast, including receivers like Kendrick Bourne, Juju Smith-Schuster, and K.J. Osborn, are not considered elite. Still, the offensive line, ranked 29th in pass protection last year, may hinder his ability to perform consistently, but the run blocking ranked at the top of the NFL and could be how they set things up offensively in 2024. The bottom line is that this is the toughest spot for any of the rookie quarterbacks to have landed, and the Patriots have a lot of work to do to get this offense in a place that can support a young quarterback. Year One Starter?: Not initially. The Patriots have brought in Jacoby Brissett to mentor Maye, allowing him time to develop without the immediate pressure of starting.

  • 2025 NFL Draft: Way Too Early Top 25 Big Board Rankings, Travis Hunter and Will Johnson Lead the Way

    Initial Draft Grades and Process Below are my initial 2025 NFL Draft film-based grades and the top 25 player rankings in advance of the 2024 college football season. Each year, I start off by re-evaluating the prior year's grades for players who did not enter the previous draft. Then, I begin to add the additional underclassmen projected as potential high-end NFL Draft prospects. I grade these underclassmen and add them to the 50-60 players I had grades on from the prior year, starting with an initial top 25. Grading Methodology My grading process allows me to remain objective, which is important early in the process because there are many players whose TV copy or all 22 tapes I have yet to watch. With that said, using our proprietary multi-pronged process, I always like to keep my Big Board rankings "way too early" in order of the player grade. These grades can and will change for many prospects as they add additional film in 2024, but for now, this is what I have. 2025 Draft Class Evaluation When evaluating the small sample size for the 2025 NFL Draft class, it is apparent that we are going to see a potential 180 flip from the 2024 offensively heavy NFL Draft, at least in the first round. The 2024 NFL Draft had zero defenders come off the board until Laiatu Latu at 15th overall, a first in NFL Draft history. If it were not for the need at the QB position in the NFL, the 2025 NFL Draft class could see as many as eight defenders off the board in the first ten picks with zero skill players off the board. That will not happen because of QB positional value and WR positional value, but there is a solid chance we see a 50-50 split in the top ten and a much heavier defensive draft on day one than we had in the 2024 NFL Draft. Here is a breakdown by position group for the below top 25 rankings: CB (Cornerback): 4 IDL (Interior Defensive Line): 4 ED (Edge Defender): 4 OT (Offensive Tackle): 3 WR (Wide Receiver): 3 QB (Quarterback): 3 S (Safety): 1 LB (Linebacker): 1 TE (Tight End): 1 RB (Running Back): 1 The Way Too Early 2025 NFL Draft Big Board Rankings 1). Travis Hunter, Colorado (CB, 6'1", 185 lbs) Projection: Elite Analysis: Travis Hunter stands out as a dynamic defensive talent, excelling as a shutdown cornerback with the versatility to also play safety. His combination of speed, athleticism, and physicality allows him to match up with any receiver, embodying a fearless approach. Drawing parallels to legends like Deion Sanders, Charles Woodson, and Devin Hester, Hunter mirrors their knack for playmaking. Overall, Hunter is a rare two-way talent with the potential to become a generational figure in the league. 2). Mason Graham, Michigan (IDL, 6'3", 318 lbs) Projection: Elite Analysis: Mason Graham primarily aligns as a 3-technique, showing versatility to position as a 1-technique, and occasionally plays outside the offensive tackle, with limited snaps in a more traditional defensive end or off-ball role. His strength at the point of attack and ability to disrupt both the pass and run game make him an ideal fit for defensive schemes that utilize defensive tackles in multiple roles, such as 4-3 systems where he can be a disruptive under-tackle, or in 3-4 systems as a versatile defensive end. 3). Will Johnson, Michigan (CB, 6'2", 205 lbs) Projection: Elite Analysis: A quintessential lockdown corner, Johnson can effectively erase half the field, granting defensive coordinators greater creativity with coverage schemes and blitzes. Will Johnson primarily aligns as an outside cornerback, with notable experience in the slot as well. His skill set and physical build make him an ideal fit for a team that employs a mix of man and zone coverages, where his length and agility can be best utilized. 4). James Pearce Jr., Tennessee (ED, 6'5", 245 lbs) Projection: Near Elite Analysis: James Pearce Jr. is an elite-level pass-rushing outside linebacker who excels not only in pressuring the quarterback but can also drop back into coverage. His physical traits and aggressive play style make him ideally suited for a 3-4 scheme as an outside linebacker, where he can leverage his speed and length to disrupt both passing and running plays. 5). Will Campbell, LSU (OT, 6'6", 325 lbs) Projection: Near Elite Analysis: Will Campbell has established himself as a premier left tackle, excelling in both pass protection and run blocking. His athleticism and technique allow him to effectively protect the quarterback's blind side and create lanes in the run game. He has shown versatility and consistency, making him an ideal fit for both zone and power running schemes due to his ability to engage and drive through defenders. His experience in a high-caliber collegiate program prepares him well for various offensive systems in the NFL. 6). Benjamin Morrison, Notre Dame (CB, 6'0", 185 lbs) Projection: Near Elite Analysis: Morrison thrives as an outside man/press cornerback, a role that capitalizes on his quick, short-area movements and ability to stay with receivers through routes. His physical style and agility make him ideal for teams looking for a cornerback who can handle top receivers one-on-one. Morrison's skills suggest he would fit best in defensive schemes that prioritize press and man coverage, where his ability to disrupt at the line of scrimmage and play physically downfield can be most effective. 7). Kenneth Grant, Michigan (IDL, 6'3", 340 lbs) Projection: Near Elite Analysis: Kenneth Grant has shown substantial growth in his ability to perform in various defensive alignments, indicating his adaptability and understanding of the game. Predominantly effective in the B gap, he demonstrates a profound impact against the run and in disrupting the pocket. His capabilities in the pass rush have increasingly been utilized, showcasing his versatility and potential adaptability to different NFL schemes. Grant would be particularly effective as a 3-technique in a 4-3 defense, leveraging his pass rush skills, or could serve well in a 3-4 scheme as a defensive end where his broad skill set can be utilized across the line. 8). Kelvin Banks, Texas (OT, 6'4", 324 lbs) Projection: Near Elite Analysis: Kelvin Banks Jr. exemplifies a modern offensive tackle with his light-footed agility and excellent balance. His play style suits a zone-blocking scheme particularly well, due to his ability to move laterally and engage moving targets in space. However, he has the raw attributes to adapt to a power scheme with further development in his strength and hand technique. 9). Deone Walker, Kentucky (IDL, 6'6", 348 lbs) Projection: Near Elite Analysis: Deone Walker is a versatile defensive lineman who can operate as a 1-tech nose tackle, a 3-tech IDL, or a 3-4 defensive end. His large frame, raw strength, and surprising agility are why he is rated so highly. Combining the attributes above with Walker's ability to occupy multiple blockers makes him a valuable asset in any defensive scheme at the NFL level. 10). Ashton Gillotte, Louisville (ED, 6'3", 270 lbs) Projection: High-End Starter Potential Analysis: Ashton Gillotte exhibits a dynamic blend of speed and power, making him a formidable force on the defensive line. His ability to generate quick pressure on quarterbacks through his explosive first step and bend around the edge is a critical asset. Gillotte's physical style and versatility make him an excellent fit in both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive alignments, as he has shown proficiency in playing across different positions on the line. 11). Luther Burden, Missouri (WR, 5'11", 208 lbs) Projection: High-End Starter Potential Analysis: Luther Burden III is a dynamic multi-role receiver who excels in a high-tempo, pass-oriented offense. His ability to perform after the catch and his nuanced route running make him a fit for both spread and West Coast offensive schemes. His physicality and competitive nature also make him valuable in situations where tough catches are required. 12). Malaki Starks, Georgia (S, 6'1", 205 lbs) Projection: Near Elite Analysis: Malaki Starks exhibits a balanced skill set that suits both man and zone coverage, making him versatile as a safety. His ability to read the quarterback and diagnose plays quickly is notable. Starks has shown effectiveness in slot/nickel situations, suggesting he could fit well in schemes that value multidimensional defensive backs who can cover, tackle, and play the ball. His experience and growing knowledge of defensive schemes, coupled with physical and mental development, indicate a strong adaptability to various defensive schemes at the NFL level. 13). Princely Umanmielen, Ole Miss (ED, 6'5", 255 lbs) Projection: High-End Starter Potential Analysis: Umanmielen's diverse skill set makes him suitable for both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive schemes. His ability to play with his hand in the dirt as a traditional defensive end in a 4-3 alignment, as well as his capability to stand up as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 front, highlights his versatility. Teams operating hybrid defenses would particularly benefit from his skill set, allowing them to utilize his strengths in multiple alignments depending on the game situation. 14). Tetairoa McMillan, Arizona (WR, 6'5", 210 lbs) Projection: High-End Starter Potential Analysis: Tetairoa McMillan primarily plays as an outside X-receiver, showcasing remarkable athleticism and a physical profile akin to NFL star Mike Evans. His playmaking ability and size make him an ideal fit for offenses that leverage deep threat receivers and require versatile play from the wide receiver position. His ability to create separation using his physicality and route precision complements vertical passing schemes well. 15). Harold Perkins, LSU (LB, 6'1", 250 lbs) Projection: Near Elite Analysis: Harold Perkins is a dynamic linebacker with a knack for being around the ball and making plays, particularly in the box. Despite his relatively smaller size for an edge rusher, his performance has not been hindered, as evidenced by his freshman season, where he tallied 7.5 sacks and continued to excel into his sophomore year with significant tackles for loss and sacks. He's shown adaptability in shifting from edge rushing to playing more centrally as an inside linebacker under LSU's scheme, which speaks to his versatility and potential fit in various defensive schemes at the professional level. 16). Shedeur Sanders, Colorado (QB, 6'2", 215 lbs) Projection: High-End Starter Potential Analysis: Shedeur Sanders is a mobile pocket passer with a remarkable ability to extend plays and improvise under pressure. He demonstrates consistent accuracy and timing on short to medium passes. Sanders has shown proficiency in navigating the pocket, using his athleticism effectively, and maintaining composure under pressure. However, his arm strength is considered average, and his footwork and overall throwing mechanics require refinement. 17). J.T. Tuimoloau, Ohio State (ED, 6'4", 270 lbs) Projection: High-End Starter Potential Analysis: In terms of scheme fit, Tuimoloau's combination of physical traits, pursuit abilities, and hand usage should allow him to fit well into multiple defensive schemes. While his primary role is likely to be as an edge rusher, his strengths against the run suggest that he could be used in a variety of ways depending on the defensive scheme and situation. 18). Emeka Egbuka, Ohio State (WR, 6'1", 205 lbs) Projection: High-End Starter Potential Analysis: Egbuka exhibits a play style that combines elite speed, agile route running, and the ability to make plays after the catch. His ability to perform both in the slot and on the outside makes him a versatile asset for any NFL team. Egbuka fits well in a spread offense that leverages his route-running skills and speed, making him a potent threat across all levels of the field. 19). Jonah Savaiinaea, Arizona (OT, 6'5", 330 lbs) Projection: Mid-Level Starter Potential Analysis: Jonah Savaiinaea is a massive offensive tackle who can also slot into an interior guard position if needed, showcasing versatility across the offensive line. His size and strength are his biggest assets, making him ideal for a power run scheme that leverages his ability to move defenders off the ball. His pass protection skills are advanced, particularly against bull rushes, but he must improve his agility and footwork to handle speed rushers at the NFL level. Savaiinaea's performance at Arizona has demonstrated significant potential for growth, especially in schemes that prioritize physical run blocking. 20). Carson Beck, Georgia (QB, 6'4", 220 lbs) Projection: Mid-Level Starter Potential Analysis: Carson Beck is a prototypical pocket passer with a poised and methodical approach to the game. He is most effective when given time to operate within the pocket, utilizing his strong arm and accuracy to execute the offense. Beck fits best in a pro-style offense that leverages his ability to make throws from the pocket and doesn't rely heavily on quarterback mobility. His play style is reminiscent of traditional drop-back passers, and he would excel in schemes that value precision passing and structured play designs. 21). Howard Cross III, Notre Dame (IDL, 6'0", 288 lbs) Projection: High-End Starter Potential Analysis: Howard Cross III is a powerful and stout interior defensive lineman, known for his ability to disrupt the run game. He has a solid build and uses his strength effectively to engage and shed blocks. While his pass rush skills are more limited, he shows potential in this area. Cross fits best in a 4-3 defensive scheme as a run-stopping DT, where his ability to plug gaps and control the line of scrimmage would be maximized. 22). Noah Fifita, Arizona (QB, 5'11", 196 lbs) Projection: Mid-Level Starter Potential Analysis: Noah Fifita is a quintessential pocket passer with a knack for precision and timing, making him a fit for pro-style or West Coast offenses that prioritize accuracy and decision-making over deep throws. His ability to read defenses and distribute the ball effectively makes him adaptable to various offensive schemes. Fifita is also an escape artist with good mobility. He can navigate the pocket to make a throw, keep a play alive to make throws outside of structure, or take off to pick up yards as a runner. 23). Tacario Davis, Arizona (CB, 6'4", 195 lbs) Projection: Mid-Level Starter Potential Analysis: Tacario Davis has flourished in a system that emphasizes heavy zone coverage, where his length and speed allow him to excel. Standing at 6-foot-4, he is a dominant physical presence on the field, capable of matching up against larger receivers. 24). Colston Loveland, Michigan (TE, 6'5", 245 lbs) Projection: High-End Starter Potential Analysis: Colston Loveland is a prototypical modern NFL tight end, effective as both a pass-catcher and a blocker. He thrives in an offense that utilizes the tight end as a key part of its passing game, similar to how Michigan has employed him. His ability to line up in multiple positions makes him a valuable asset for schemes that favor versatile tight ends who can create mismatches. 25). Donovan Edwards, Michigan (RB, 6'1", 210 lbs) Projection: High-End Starter Potential Analysis: Donovan Edwards is a talented running back, offering a great mix of speed, agility, and explosiveness. As a three-down back, Edwards brings valuable versatility to the field, where he can line up in the backfield, the slot, or split out wide as a receiver. Edwards's versatility could have allowed him to change positions from RB to WR a season ago, with Blake Corum gobbling up most of the backfield carries. He is exactly what NFL scouts and GM’s are looking for in today's NFL game at the RB position. Players like Donovan Edwards provide positionless versatility, and that's the direction in which the RB position appears to be trending.

  • 2024 NFL Draft: Grades For All 32 NFL Teams

    The 2024 NFL Draft has concluded, culminating months of behind-the-scenes scouting and analysis during a three-day event in Detroit, Michigan, which drew a record attendance of over 700,000 fans, more than any previous NFL Draft. Why Are We Grading The Draft Before The Three-Year Window? Grading the NFL Draft immediately after its conclusion is often criticized because it typically takes two to three years to truly assess which players will succeed. However, the real value in immediate draft grades lies in the extensive time spent analyzing prospects, understanding where they were selected, and determining why they were chosen at their specific draft spots. Additionally, draft grades evaluate each team's ability to fill primary and secondary needs. Did they address their primary needs with prospects who have high-ceiling potential? How effectively did they meet their secondary needs, and what is the initial perception of these efforts? While we can revisit and regrade these drafts in a few years, for now, evaluating the here and now allows us to reflect on our initial perceptions later. 2024 NFL Draft Overview A record six quarterbacks were drafted in the first 12 picks, with no defensive players selected until the 15th overall—the longest gap between an offensive or defensive player in NFL Draft history. There was much speculation that there could be zero defenders taken in the first ten picks, but having none in the first 15 was unprecedented. This trend was less about the talent available and more due to QB-needy teams selecting quarterbacks earlier than expected, coupled with an exceptionally deep wide receiver class featuring talents like Marvin Harrison Jr., Rome Odunze, and Malik Nabers—who each could have been the top wide receiver in any of the past several drafts. The depth of offensive tackles and the need at that position played a significant role this year, leading to more first-round offensive players than any other draft in history, with 23 total offensive players, including eight offensive linemen. How Did Our Big Board Rankings Stack Up? Regarding our big board rankings for this draft class, it was our best recorded year since we started publishing a top 100 Big Board back in 2021. Seventy-eight of our top 100 players were drafted within the first 100 picks, with 95% of our top 150 fully graded players drafted. Additional Draft Notes: Overall, the 2024 NFL Draft proved to be as deep as advertised. We had grades on 26 wide receivers, and all 26 were drafted. Our top three wide receivers, Marvin Harrison Jr., Rome Odunze, and Malik Nabers, were all ranked in the top ten and drafted in the top ten. We graded 11 quarterbacks in the draft, and 10 were drafted, with one signing a guaranteed free agent contract. Our top-graded quarterback, Caleb Williams, went first overall. Our second-highest graded quarterback, J.J. McCarthy, was the fourth quarterback drafted, landing at pick 10 with the Minnesota Vikings, while Jayden Daniels and Drake Maye, 3rd and 4th ranked quarterbacks, went second and third overall, respectively. Michael Penix's going eighth overall to the Falcons was a big surprise in the mainstream media, but not to us, as he was ranked as high as the third quarterback on our board at one time. All 13 running backs we graded were drafted. Our top-ranked running back, Blake Corum, was the second running back off the board after Texas' Jonathan Brooks. We had grades for 21 cornerbacks in this draft class, and 20 were drafted while one signed a UDFA deal, ensuring all 21 are in the NFL. Our top-graded cornerback, Quinyon Mitchell, went to the Eagles and was the first cornerback selected in the 2024 NFL Draft. All 32 Teams 2024 NFL Draft Grades Arizona Cardinals Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: A) The Arizona Cardinals adeptly utilized the NFL Draft to reinforce their team, focusing particularly on enhancing their receiving corps, defensive line, and secondary. Marvin Harrison Jr. from Ohio State is recognized as a generational talent, which aligns perfectly with the Cardinals’ ability to maximize their playmakers’ effectiveness. This high-caliber addition significantly raises the expectations for quarterback Kyler Murray. The team’s performance in the middle rounds was notably strong, as they secured several players who could challenge for starting roles much earlier than anticipated, bolstering their roster depth before the projected talent cutoff after Round 3. This strategic approach has positioned them well for the upcoming season. Day One: Average Grade (A-) 4) Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State (A+) 27) Darius Robinson, ED, Missouri (A-) Day Two: Average Grade (C+) 43) Max Melton, CB, Rutgers (B) 66) Trey Benson, HB, Florida State (B+) 71) Isaiah Adams, T, Illinois (C) 82) Tip Reiman, TE, Illinois (C) 90) Elijah Jones, CB, Boston College (C) Day Three: Average Grade (B) 104) Dadrion Taylor-Demerson, S, Texas Tech (A-) 138) Xavier Thomas, ED, Clemson (A) 162) Christian Jones, T, Texas (B+) 191) Tejhaun Palmer, WR, UAB (C) 226) Jaden Davis, CB, Miami (FL) (C-) Atlanta Falcons Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: B) The Atlanta Falcons focused on a mix of high-reward and developmental picks to address their current roster and future needs. The selection of Michael Penix Jr. from Washington at the 8th overall was a major surprise, considering their current quarterback situation with Kirk Cousins. Penix is viewed as a high-risk, high-reward quarterback with the potential to be the franchise's future leader. The Falcons also aimed to bolster their defensive line and add depth to their backfield and special teams with their mid and late-round picks. Day One: Average Grade (B+) 8) Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington (B+) Day Two: Average Grade (B) 35) Ruke Orhorhoro, DI, Clemson (C) 74) Bralen Trice, ED, Washington (B) Day Three: Average Grade (B) 109) Brandon Dorlus, DI, Oregon (A+) 143) JD Bertrand, LB, Notre Dame (B) 186) Jase McClellan, HB, Alabama (B) 187) Casey Washington, WR, Illinois (B) 197) Zion Logue, DI, Georgia (C) Baltimore Ravens Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: A) The Baltimore Ravens executed a strategic draft, effectively bolstering their secondary and defensive line while also enhancing offensive line depth. Nate Wiggins from Clemson, selected as one of the top corners in the draft, exemplifies Baltimore’s focus on adding elite speed and versatility to their defensive backfield. The team's performance in the later rounds was equally impressive, securing potential impact players like Adisa Isaac from Penn State and Tez Walker from North Carolina, which significantly boosts their defensive and offensive capabilities respectively. This comprehensive approach demonstrates Baltimore's commitment to maintaining a balanced and competitive roster. Day One: Average Grade (A+) 30) Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson (A+) Day Two: Average Grade (A) 62) Roger Rosengarten, T, Washington (B) 93) Adisa Isaac, ED, Penn State (A+) Day Three: Average Grade (A) 113) Tez Walker, WR, North Carolina (A) 130) T.J. Tampa, CB, Iowa State (A+) 165) Rasheen Ali, HB, Marshall (B) 218) Devin Leary, QB, Kentucky (B) 228) Nick Samac, C, Michigan State (B) 250) Sanoussi Kane, S, Purdue (C) Buffalo Bills Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: B+) The Buffalo Bills focused on strengthening their roster across multiple positions, particularly in their secondary, offensive line, and receiving corps. The selection of Keon Coleman from Florida State highlights their attempt to add a prototypical "X" receiver, providing a significant boost to their passing game. Ray Davis from Kentucky and Sedrick Van Pran from Georgia were standout picks, adding versatility and effectiveness to both the rushing and pass protection aspects of their game. This draft illustrates Buffalo’s intent to address gaps while also preparing for future development needs. Day One: No Picks Day Two: Average Grade (B) 33) Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State (B+) 60) Cole Bishop, S, Utah (B+) 95) DeWayne Carter, DI, Duke (B) Day Three: Average Grade (A-) 128) Ray Davis, HB, Kentucky (A) 141) Sedrick Van Pran, C, Georgia (A) 160) Edefuan Ulofoshio, LB, Washington (B) 168) Javon Solomon, ED, Troy (B+) 204) Tylan Grable, T, UCF (B) 219) Daequan Hardy, CB, Penn State (B) 221) Travis Clayton, G, Buffalo (C) Carolina Panthers Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: B+) The Carolina Panthers made strategic moves to enhance their receiving options and bolster their defensive and offensive lines. Xavier Legette from South Carolina, compared stylistically to AJ Brown, represents a significant addition to their receiving corps, promising to impact their offensive scheme immediately. Ja'Tavion Sanders from Texas and Michael Barrett from Michigan were also notable selections, aimed at providing immediate contributions to the offense and defense, respectively. This draft approach shows Carolina's commitment to building a robust team framework. Day One: Average Grade (B+) 32) Xavier Legette, WR, South Carolina (B+) Day Two: Average Grade (C) 46) Jonathon Brooks, HB, Texas (A-) 72) Trevin Wallace, LB, Kentucky (C) Day Three: Average Grade (A) 101) Ja'Tavion Sanders, TE, Texas (A+) 157) Chau Smith-Wade, CB, Washington State (B+) 200) Jaden Crumedy, DI, Mississippi State (B) 240) Michael Barrett, LB, Michigan (A-) Chicago Bears Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: A+) The Chicago Bears strategically drafted to maximize their offensive potential, significantly enhancing their quarterback and wide receiver positions. Caleb Williams from USC, seen as a generational talent, is compared favorably with elite NFL quarterbacks and sets a high bar for Chicago's future offensive capabilities. Rome Odunze from Washington, picked to complement Williams, is expected to dramatically impact the Bears' passing game. The Bears also focused on strengthening their special teams and defensive line, indicating a comprehensive approach to building a competitive team. Day One: Average Grade (A+) 1) Caleb Williams, QB, USC (A+) 9) Rome Odunze, WR, Washington (A+) Day Two: No Picks Day Three: Average Grade (A) 75) Kiran Amegadjie, T, Yale (A) 122) Tory Taylor, P, Iowa (A) 144) Austin Booker, ED, Kansas (A) Cincinnati Bengals Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: B+) The Cincinnati Bengals effectively addressed their offensive line and added depth across the defensive line and receiving corps in this draft. Amarius Mims from Georgia, a highly anticipated tackle, was a significant addition, expected to protect Joe Burrow for the foreseeable future. The Bengals' strategy also included bolstering their defense with multiple picks that could contribute immediately, showcasing their balanced approach to building both sides of the ball. Day One: Average Grade (B+) 18) Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia (B+) Day Two: Average Grade (B+) 49) Kris Jenkins, DI, Michigan (B+) 80) Jermaine Burton, WR, Alabama (B+) Day Three: Average Grade (B) 97) McKinnley Jackson, DI, Texas A&M (C) 115) Erick All, TE, Iowa (B+) 149) Josh Newton, CB, TCU (B) 194) Tanner McLachlan, TE, Arizona (B) 214) Cedric Johnson, ED, Mississippi (B) 224) Daijahn Anthony, S, Mississippi (B) 237) Matt Lee, C, Miami (FL) (B) Cleveland Browns Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: B) The Cleveland Browns focused on enhancing their defensive capabilities and adding versatile offensive weapons. Michael Hall Jr. from Ohio State and Zak Zinter from Michigan were key early picks aimed at improving the defensive and offensive lines, respectively. Cleveland's later rounds were marked by selections that emphasized increasing the team's playmaking ability and depth, such as Jamari Thrash from Louisville and Nathaniel Watson from Mississippi State, who are expected to contribute both in regular plays and special teams. Day One: No Picks Day Two: Average Grade (B) 54) Michael Hall Jr., DI, Ohio State (B) 85) Zak Zinter, G, Michigan (B) Day Three: Average Grade (B+) 156) Jamari Thrash, WR, Louisville (B+) 206) Nathaniel Watson, LB, Mississippi State (B+) 227) Myles Harden, CB, South Dakota (B) 243) Jowon Briggs, DI, Cincinnati (A-) Dallas Cowboys Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: B) The Dallas Cowboys concentrated on strengthening their offensive and defensive lines through strategic draft selections. Tyler Guyton from Oklahoma, a versatile offensive tackle, and Marshawn Kneeland from Western Michigan, a solid run defender, are expected to contribute significantly to their respective units. The Cowboys also added depth with picks aimed at improving special teams and rotational contributions, indicating a focus on solidifying their overall team structure and readiness for the upcoming challenges. Day One: Average Grade (B) 29) Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma (B) Day Two: Average Grade (B+) 56) Marshawn Kneeland, ED, Western Michigan (B+) 73) Cooper Beebe, G, Kansas State (B+) 87) Marist Liufau, LB, Notre Dame (C) Day Three: Average Grade (A) 174) Caelen Carson, CB, Wake Forest (A+) 216) Ryan Flournoy, WR, Southeast Missouri State (C) 233) Nathan Thomas, T, Louisiana (B) 244) Justin Rogers, DI, Auburn (B) Denver Broncos Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: B) The Denver Broncos strategically selected Bo Nix from Oregon as their potential franchise quarterback, indicating a significant commitment to reshaping their offense. The draft choices, including Troy Franklin from Oregon and Kris Abrams-Draine from Missouri, align with Denver’s strategy to enhance their passing game and secondary. The late-round picks continue to support this strategy, aiming to develop depth and versatility across the roster. Day One: Average Grade (C+) 12) Bo Nix, QB, Oregon (C+) Day Two: No Picks Day Three: Average Grade (A) 76) Jonah Elliss, ED, Utah (A) 102) Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon (A+) 145) Kris Abrams-Draine, CB, Missouri (B+) 147) Audric Estime, HB, Notre Dame (B) 235) Devaughn Vele, WR, Utah (B) 256) Nick Gargiulo, C, South Carolina (B) Detroit Lions Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: B+) The Detroit Lions focused on bolstering their secondary and offensive line, addressing key areas of need with high-potential picks. Terrion Arnold from Alabama and Ennis Rakestraw Jr. from Missouri were notable for their immediate potential to improve Detroit's coverage capabilities. The Lions' strategy reflects a commitment to building a robust defensive lineup, complemented by strategic additions to the offensive line and special teams. Day One: Average Grade (B+) 24) Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama (B+) Day Two: Average Grade (A) 61) Ennis Rakestraw Jr., CB, Missouri (A) 126) Giovanni Manu, T, Detroit (B) 132) Sione Vaki, S, Utah (B+) Day Three: Average Grade (A-) 189) Mekhi Wingo, DI, LSU (A-) 210) Christian Mahogany, G, Boston College (A) Green Bay Packers Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: B) The Green Bay Packers focused on reinforcing their offensive line and adding dynamic playmakers in the 2024 NFL Draft. Jordan Morgan from Arizona, a versatile offensive lineman, was a key acquisition, expected to compete for a critical role protecting the quarterback. The Packers also secured high-quality additions to their backfield and defense, aiming to increase their overall team speed and versatility. Day One: Average Grade (B+) 25) Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona (B+) Day Two: Average Grade (A) 45) Edgerrin Cooper, LB, Texas A&M (B+) 58) Javon Bullard, S, Georgia (B+) Day Three: Average Grade (B) 88) MarShawn Lloyd, HB, USC (B+) 91) Ty'Ron Hopper, LB, Missouri (C) 111) Evan Williams, S, Oregon (C) 163) Jacob Monk, G, Duke (C) 169) Kitan Oladapo, S, Oregon State (B) 202) Travis Glover, T, Georgia State (C) 245) Michael Pratt, QB, Tulane (A-) 255) Kalen King, CB, Penn State (A-) Houston Texans Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: B) The Houston Texans strategically bolstered their secondary, offensive line, and special teams with this year's draft picks. Key selections like Kamari Lassiter from Georgia and Calen Bullock from USC reflect Houston's commitment to enhancing their defensive backfield, while Blake Fisher from Notre Dame provides much-needed stability on the offensive line. The selection of Cade Stover from Ohio State is a highlight, potentially offering a new offensive weapon at tight end. Day One: No Picks Day Two: Average Grade (B) 42) Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia (B) 59) Blake Fisher, T, Notre Dame (B) 78) Calen Bullock, S, USC (B) Day Three: Average Grade (B) 123) Cade Stover, TE, Ohio State (A-) 188) Jamal Hill, LB, Oregon (C) 205) Jawhar Jordan, HB, Louisville (B) 238) Solomon Byrd, ED, USC (B) 249) LaDarius Henderson, T, Michigan (B) Indianapolis Colts Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: A) The Indianapolis Colts focused on adding high-impact players across the board, with a notable emphasis on bolstering their defensive and offensive lines. Laiatu Latu from UCLA and Adonai Mitchell from Texas are key examples of their strategy to inject talent into critical areas, potentially providing immediate contributions. The Colts also enhanced their offensive flexibility with selections like Tanor Bortolini from Wisconsin and Cade Stover from Ohio State, addressing both short-term needs and long-term depth. Day One: Average Grade (A) 15) Laiatu Latu, ED, UCLA (A+) Day Two: Average Grade (A+) 52) Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas (A+) 79) Matt Goncalves, T, Pittsburgh (B) Day Three: Average Grade (B) 117) Tanor Bortolini, C, Wisconsin (A) 142) Anthony Gould, WR, Oregon State (B) 151) Jaylon Carlies, S, Missouri (C) 164) Jaylin Simpson, S, Auburn (B) 201) Micah Abraham, CB, Marshall (C) 234) Jonah Laulu, DI, Oklahoma (B) Jacksonville Jaguars Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: B-) Jacksonville Jaguars' draft approach was aimed at upgrading their receiver corps and defensive line, with a significant investment in physical and versatile players like Brian Thomas Jr. from LSU and Maason Smith from LSU. The Jaguars also focused on adding depth to their secondary with picks like Jarrian Jones from Florida State and improving their special teams with the addition of Cam Little from Arkansas, reflecting a holistic approach to team building. Day One: Average Grade (A+) 23) Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU (A+) Day Two: Average Grade (C) 48) Maason Smith, DI, LSU (C) 96) Jarrian Jones, CB, Florida State (B+) Day Three: Average Grade (B) 114) Javon Foster, T, Missouri (B) 116) Jordan Jefferson, DI, LSU (C) 153) Deantre Prince, CB, Mississippi (C) 167) Keilan Robinson, HB, Texas (B) 212) Cam Little, K, Arkansas (B) 236) Myles Cole, ED, Texas Tech (B) Kansas City Chiefs Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: A-) The Kansas City Chiefs executed a focused strategy to enhance their offensive firepower and defensive flexibility. Xavier Worthy from Texas, a dynamic receiver, stands out as a significant addition. The Chiefs also invested in protecting Patrick Mahomes with the selection of Kingsley Suamataia from BYU and added depth to their tight end room and secondary. Day One: Average Grade (A+) 28) Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas (A+) Day Two: Average Grade (B+) 63) Kingsley Suamataia, T, BYU (B+) Day Three: Average Grade (A) 131) Jared Wiley, TE, TCU (B+) 133) Jaden Hicks, S, Washington State (A+) 159) Hunter Nourzad, C, Penn State (B+) 211) Kamal Hadden, CB, Tennessee (B+) 248) C.J. Hanson, G, Holy Cross (B) Las Vegas Raiders Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: A-) The Las Vegas Raiders focused on adding potential star power and depth across their roster. Brock Bowers from Georgia and Jackson Powers-Johnson from Oregon were notable picks, expected to immediately boost the Raiders' offensive capabilities. The selection of Delmar Glaze from Maryland and the emphasis on enhancing the defensive and offensive lines reflect Las Vegas's strategy to build a robust and competitive team for the future. Day One: Average Grade (A+) 13) Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia (A+) Day Two: Average Grade (A+) 44) Jackson Powers-Johnson, C, Oregon (A+) Day Three: Average Grade (B) 77) Delmar Glaze, T, Maryland (C) 112) Decamerion Richardson, CB, Mississippi State (B) 148) Tommy Eichenberg, LB, Ohio State (B) 208) Dylan Laube, HB, New Hampshire (B) 223) Trey Taylor, S, Air Force (B) 229) M.J. Devonshire, CB, Pittsburgh (B) Los Angeles Chargers Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: A) The Los Angeles Chargers focused on strengthening their offensive and defensive lines and added significant depth to their secondary. Joe Alt from Notre Dame, a standout offensive tackle, and Ladd McConkey from Georgia, a versatile receiver, were key additions aimed at boosting the Chargers' offensive capabilities. The Chargers also focused on adding depth to their linebacker and defensive line positions, ensuring that they remain competitive in all phases of the game. Day One: Average Grade (A+) 5) Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame (A+) Day Two: Average Grade (A) 34) Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia (A) 69) Junior Colson, LB, Michigan (B+) Day Three: Average Grade (B+) 105) Justin Eboigbe, ED, Alabama (C) 137) Tarheeb Still, CB, Maryland (B) 140) Cam Hart, CB, Notre Dame (A) 181) Kimani Vidal, HB, Troy (A-) 225) Brenden Rice, WR, USC (A) 253) Cornelius Johnson, WR, Michigan (B) Los Angeles Rams Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: A-) The Los Angeles Rams focused on enhancing their defensive prowess and adding dynamic playmakers to their offense. Jared Verse from Florida State, a versatile defensive end, and Blake Corum from Michigan, a highly agile running back, highlight the Rams' strategy to build a robust and flexible team. The Rams' draft picks reflect a clear intent to enhance their defensive line and secondary while adding explosive potential to their offensive lineup. Day One: Average Grade (A) 19) Jared Verse, ED, Florida State (A) Day Two: Average Grade (A) 39) Braden Fiske, DI, Florida State (B) 83) Blake Corum, HB, Michigan (A) Day Three: Average Grade (B+) 99) Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami (FL) (A-) 154) Brennan Jackson, ED, Washington State (B) 196) Tyler Davis, DI, Clemson (B+) 209) Joshua Karty, K, Stanford (B) 213) Jordan Whittington, WR, Texas (A-) 217) Beaux Limmer, C, Arkansas (A-) 254) KT Leveston, T, Kansas State (A-) Miami Dolphins Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: B+) The Miami Dolphins targeted a mix of high-impact and developmental players to strengthen their roster. Chop Robinson from Penn State is a standout pick, a potential star at the edge rusher position with the right development. The Dolphins also bolstered their offensive line with Patrick Paul from Houston, adding much-needed protection for Tua Tagovailoa. The addition of dynamic playmakers like Jaylen Wright from Tennessee and Mohamed Kamara from Colorado State in the later rounds indicates a clear strategy to enhance their offensive explosiveness and defensive depth. Day One: Average Grade (A) 21) Chop Robinson, ED, Penn State (A) Day Two: Average Grade (B) 55) Patrick Paul, T, Houston (B) Day Three: Average Grade (B+) 120) Jaylen Wright, HB, Tennessee (B+) 158) Mohamed Kamara, ED, Colorado State (B+) 184) Malik Washington, WR, Virginia (B+) 198) Patrick McMorris, S, California (C) 241) Tahj Washington, WR, USC (A-) Minnesota Vikings Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: A+) The Minnesota Vikings made strategic moves to improve both their offense and defense, selecting highly capable players. J.J. McCarthy from Michigan stands out as a potentially transformative quarterback, fitting perfectly into Minnesota’s system. Dallas Turner from Alabama offers significant value as a versatile linebacker, enhancing their defensive strength. The Vikings' focus on adding depth and talent, such as Khyree Jackson from Oregon in the secondary and Walter Rouse from Oklahoma on the offensive line, showcases a commitment to building a solid and versatile roster. Day One: Average Grade (A+) 10) J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan (A+) 17) Dallas Turner, ED, Alabama (A+) Day Two: No Picks Day Three: Average Grade (B) 108) Khyree Jackson, CB, Oregon (A-) 177) Walter Rouse, T, Oklahoma (B) 203) Will Reichard, K, Alabama (B) 230) Michael Jurgens, G, Wake Forest (B) 232) Levi Drake Rodriguez, DI, Texas A&M-Commerce (B) New England Patriots Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: B-) The New England Patriots focused on revitalizing their offense with the addition of Drake Maye from North Carolina, a quarterback with the tools to potentially lead the franchise. The Patriots also targeted enhancing their receiving corps and offensive line depth with picks like Ja'Lynn Polk from Washington and Layden Robinson from Texas A&M. The selection of dynamic receivers and solid offensive linemen demonstrates New England's strategy to build around their new quarterback and solidify the offense. Day One: Average Grade (A+) 3) Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina (A+) Day Two: Average Grade (B+) 37) Ja'Lynn Polk, WR, Washington (B+) 68) Caedan Wallace, T, Penn State (C) Day Three: Average Grade (B) 103) Layden Robinson, G, Texas A&M (B) 110) Javon Baker, WR, UCF (B+) 180) Marcellas Dial, CB, South Carolina (C) 193) Joe Milton, QB, Tennessee (B) 231) Jaheim Bell, TE, Florida State (A-) New Orleans Saints Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: A-) The New Orleans Saints capitalized on key opportunities in the draft to significantly upgrade their roster, particularly on the offensive line and in the secondary. Taliese Fuaga from Oregon State, an elite offensive tackle with the versatility to play multiple positions, highlights their approach to strengthening the line. Kool-Aid McKinstry from Alabama adds immediate talent and depth to their secondary, addressing a critical need. The Saints also sought depth and potential impact players in the later rounds, enhancing both their defensive and offensive units. Day One: Average Grade (A+) 14) Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State (A+) Day Two: Average Grade (A) 41) Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama (A) Day Three: Average Grade (B) 150) Spencer Rattler, QB, South Carolina (A-) 170) Bub Means, WR, Pittsburgh (B) 175) Jaylan Ford, LB, Texas (B) 199) Khristian Boyd, DI, Northern Iowa (B+) 239) Josiah Ezirim, T, Eastern Kentucky (B) New York Giants Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: A) The New York Giants focused heavily on bringing in high-impact talent, particularly at wide receiver and in the secondary. Malik Nabers from LSU, as a highly-touted receiver, is expected to elevate the Giants' offensive playmaking ability immediately. The Giants also added depth and versatility to their defensive backfield, with Ty Nubin from Minnesota and Andru Phillips from Kentucky enhancing their coverage capabilities. The selection of impactful players across the board underscores the Giants' intent to effectively bolster both sides of the ball. Day One: Average Grade (A+) 6) Malik Nabers, WR, LSU (A+) Day Two: Average Grade (A) 47) Ty Nubin, S, Minnesota (A+) 70) Andru Phillips, CB, Kentucky (B+) Day Three: Average Grade (A) 107) Theo Johnson, TE, Penn State (A) 166) Tyrone Tracy, HB, Purdue (A) 183) Darius Muasau, LB, UCLA (B) New York Jets Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: A-) The New York Jets executed a focused draft strategy to fortify their offensive line and add dynamic weapons to their offense. Olumuyiwa Fashanu from Penn State, a top tackle prospect, is expected to become a cornerstone on the offensive line. The Jets also selected playmakers like Malachi Corley from Western Kentucky and Braelon Allen from Wisconsin, aiming to inject versatility and explosiveness into their offensive schemes. Day One: Average Grade (A+) 11) Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State (A+) Day Two: Average Grade (B+) 65) Malachi Corley, WR, Western Kentucky (B+) Day Three: Average Grade (B) 134) Braelon Allen, HB, Wisconsin (B+) 171) Jordan Travis, QB, Florida State (B) 173) Isaiah Davis, HB, South Dakota State (A-) 176) Qwan'tez Stiggers, CB, New York (B) 257) Jaylen Key, S, Alabama (B) Philadelphia Eagles Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: A) The Philadelphia Eagles targeted versatility and athleticism in their draft picks, focusing on strengthening their secondary and adding depth to their offensive and defensive lines. Quinyon Mitchell from Toledo, an elite cornerback prospect, and Cooper DeJean from Iowa, another versatile secondary player, highlight their commitment to improving their defensive backfield. The Eagles also added dynamic offensive playmakers like Ainias Smith from Texas A&M and strategic depth pieces like Trevor Keegan from Michigan, showing a balanced approach to building their roster. Day One: Average Grade (A+) 22) Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo (A+) Day Two: Average Grade (A) 40) Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa (A+) Day Three: Average Grade (B) 94) Jalyx Hunt, ED, Houston Christian (B+) 127) Will Shipley, HB, Clemson (A-) 152) Ainias Smith, WR, Texas A&M (A-) 155) Jeremiah Trotter Jr., LB, Clemson (B+) 172) Trevor Keegan, G, Michigan (B+) 185) Johnny Wilson, WR, Florida State (B+) 190) Dylan McMahon, C, North Carolina State (C) Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: A+) The Pittsburgh Steelers focused on adding strength and versatility to their offensive line and injecting new talent into their receiving and defensive units. Troy Fautanu from Washington and Zach Frazier from West Virginia are expected to significantly enhance the Steelers' offensive line capabilities, while Roman Wilson from Michigan provides an exciting new weapon for their passing game. The Steelers' strategic selection of high-impact players across the board demonstrates their commitment to building a balanced and competitive team. Day One: Average Grade (A+) 20) Troy Fautanu, OT, Washington (A+) Day Two: Average Grade (A) 51) Zach Frazier, C, West Virginia (A+) 84) Roman Wilson, WR, Michigan (A+) Day Three: Average Grade (B) 98) Payton Wilson, LB, North Carolina State (A) 119) Mason McCormick, G, South Dakota State (B+) 178) Logan Lee, DI, Iowa (B) 195) Ryan Watts, CB, Texas (B) San Francisco 49ers Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: B) The San Francisco 49ers focused on adding dynamic and versatile players to their roster this draft season. Ricky Pearsall from Florida, a standout wide receiver known for his excellent route running and ability to track the ball, was a significant acquisition. The 49ers also fortified their offensive line and secondary with Dominick Puni from Kansas and Renardo Green from Florida State, aiming to bolster both pass protection and coverage depth. Additional picks in the secondary and offensive skill positions underline their strategy to increase depth and enhance playmaking abilities across the board. Day One: Average Grade (B+) 31) Ricky Pearsall, WR, Florida (B+) Day Two: Average Grade (B) 64) Renardo Green, CB, Florida State (B) 86) Dominick Puni, T, Kansas (B) Day Three: Average Grade (B+) 124) Malik Mustapha, S, Wake Forest (B) 129) Isaac Guerendo, HB, Louisville (B+) 135) Jacob Cowing, WR, Arizona (A) 215) Jarrett Kingston, G, USC (C) 251) Tatum Bethune, LB, Florida State (B) Seattle Seahawks Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: B+) The Seattle Seahawks strategically targeted areas of need, focusing particularly on their defensive line and secondary while also strengthening the offensive line. Byron Murphy II from Texas, the top interior defender in the draft, is expected to make an immediate impact. The Seahawks also added key offensive linemen like Christian Haynes from Connecticut and Sataoa Laumea from Utah, aiming to solidify their protection schemes and run game. The secondary received new talent with picks like Nehemiah Pritchett from Auburn and D.J. James from Auburn, enhancing their coverage abilities. Day One: Average Grade (A+) 16) Byron Murphy II, IDL, Texas (A+) Day Two: Average Grade (A) 81) Christian Haynes, G, Connecticut (A+) Day Three: Average Grade (B) 118) Tyrice Knight, LB, UTEP (C) 121) AJ Barner, TE, Michigan (B) 136) Nehemiah Pritchett, CB, Auburn (B) 179) Sataoa Laumea, T, Utah (B) 192) D.J. James, CB, Auburn (B+) 207) Mike Jerrell, T, Findlay (C) Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: B+) Tampa Bay Buccaneers targeted both offensive and defensive enhancements through their draft picks. Graham Barton from Duke, a versatile offensive lineman, was a key addition to solidifying the interior and possibly playing multiple positions on the line. Chris Braswell from Alabama and Tykee Smith from Georgia were significant defensive additions, with Braswell expected to provide immediate edge rushing capabilities and Smith enhancing the run defense. Jalen McMillan from Washington and Bucky Irving from Oregon are expected to bring dynamism to the offense, particularly in the passing and running games. Day One: Average Grade (A+) 26) Graham Barton, IOL, Duke (A+) Day Two: Average Grade (B+) 57) Chris Braswell, ED, Alabama (B+) 89) Tykee Smith, S, Georgia (B) Day Three: Average Grade (B) 92) Jalen McMillan, WR, Washington (A) 125) Bucky Irving, HB, Oregon (B+) 220) Elijah Klein, G, UTEP (C) 246) Devin Culp, TE, Washington (C) Tennessee Titans Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: B) The Tennessee Titans focused on solidifying their offensive and defensive lines with high-ceiling picks like J.C. Latham from Alabama and T'Vondre Sweat from Texas. Both are expected to bring physicality and durability to the line units. The Titans also added depth to their linebacker group and secondary with picks like Cedric Gray from North Carolina and Jarvis Brownlee Jr. from Louisville, enhancing their defensive versatility. The selection of Jha'Quan Jackson from Tulane as a return specialist underscores their focus on improving special teams. Day One: Average Grade (A) 7) J.C. Latham, OT, Alabama (A) Day Two: Average Grade (B) 38) T'Vondre Sweat, DI, Texas (B) Day Three: Average Grade (B) 106) Cedric Gray, LB, North Carolina (B) 146) Jarvis Brownlee Jr., CB, Louisville (B+) 182) Jha'Quan Jackson, WR, Tulane (B) 242) James Williams, S, Miami (FL) (B) 247) Marcus Harris, DI, Auburn (B) 252) Jaylen Harrell, ED, Michigan (A-) Washington Commanders Draft Summary (Overall Average Grade: A) The Washington Commanders prioritized acquiring game-changing talent at key positions, particularly at quarterback, with Jayden Daniels from LSU as their highest quarterback draft pick since Robert Griffin III. Jayden Daniels offers dynamic playmaking ability that could revitalize the Commanders' offense. The draft strategy also focused on shoring up the defensive line and secondary with high-impact picks like Jer'Zhan Newton from Illinois and Mike Sainristil from Michigan. Day One: Average Grade (A+) 2) Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU (A+) Day Two: Average Grade (A+) 36) Jer'Zhan Newton, DI, Illinois (A+) 50) Mike Sainristil, CB, Michigan (A+) 53) Ben Sinnott, TE, Kansas State (C) Day Three: Average Grade (B) 50) Mike Sainristil, CB, Michigan (A+) 53) Ben Sinnott, TE, Kansas State (C) 67) Brandon Coleman, T, TCU (B+) 100) Luke McCaffrey, WR, Rice (B) 139) Jordan Magee, LB, Temple (B+) 161) Dominique Hampton, S, Washington (B) 222) Javontae Jean-Baptiste, ED, Notre Dame (C)

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