2019 NFL Draft Grades

By RosterGuy |
2019 NFL Draft Grades

Check out our post-draft grades for all 32 below.  And, let us know in the comments down below how you think your team did.

 

AFC EAST

Buffalo Bills: A+

What an awesome draft for the Bills this was. All 4 top picks in Ed Oliver, Cody Ford, Devin Singletary, and Dawson Knox were drafted later than my overall grade on them, and will contribute day 1 for the Bills - something they desperately need. Vosean and Jaquan bring some defensive talents that could mold into starter down the road. - Thomas Ringgaard

Miami Dolphins: B+

Dolphins hauled in bodies for the trenches, while adding their future quarterback in Josh Rosen from the Cardinals. Christian Wilkins, Michael Deiter, and Isaiah Prince are all tremendous players and great value for their respective draft positions. Van Ginkel and Gaskin are pretty decent late round swings that have a chance to make the roster. - TR

New England Patriots: B

Patriots filled immediate needs and stacked talent for the future. First round pick N'Keal Harry wasn't the top WR in the draft, but fits the patriots WR profile and fills a need. While Joejuan and Harris are average at best, Winovich and Yodny Cajuste in round 3 are absolute steals, and will both contribute sooner than later. My fellow countryman, Hjalte Froholdt, deserves a shout out, as the versatile OL is the first non-kicker Dane to be drafted... Ever. - TR

New York Jets: A

Monster draft for the Jets, as they continue to build a strong roster in an attempt to finally compete with New England. Quinnen Williams was the best overall player in the draft, and while Jachai Polite reportedly has major character issues, his tape doesn't lie about his talent. Later round targets Blake Cashman and Trevon Wesco are great value picks that both can contribute year 1. - TR


AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens: B

The Ravens added the top wide out in this class with Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, a smaller prospect with top end speed and a better story. Not a fan of Jaylon Ferguson, but Justice Hill and Daylon Mack were great Day 3 value. Brown and Miles Boykin add solid depth to a lacking wide out room. - Nick Melillo

Cincinnati Bengals: C+

The Bengals added some decent players, but nobody really sticks out to me as a game changer. I hope my impression ends up wrong, but the class had quantity if not quality. Jonah Williams was my third rated tackle, a bit high as the 11th pick. A pick that stood out would be QB Ryan Finley out of North Carolina State. With Andy Dalton's recent struggles Finley could be well positioned to start in the future. -NM

Cleveland Browns: B-

Cleveland followed up a very strong off-season, with a solid draft class. Greedy Williams has his issues, but is a good addition to the secondary. Sheldrick Redwine was also added in the 4th so the weakest area of the roster was improved. 5th round linebacker Mack Wilson brings big hit potential and physicality to the defense. They also added a kicker, Austin Seibert, in the 5th. - NM

Pittsburgh Steelers: B+

The Steelers had my personal favorite draft class. A big steal was LB Devin Bush in the 1st, my personal top LB in this draft. - NM


AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans: C

Yes the Texans drafted an offensive lineman in the first round, but was it the best one? Only time will tell. While I don't believe Tytus Howard was the best offensive lineman available they were able to add extra help in the later rounds. The Texans earn a C for their rather questionable decision with their first round pick. - Sam Sinclair

Indianapolis Colts: B+

The Colts focused their draft on getting depth on defense by drafting athletic, fast players. Not only were the Colts able to do that but they were able to add additional picks as well in the 2020 draft. The Colts get a B+ on my grade book because they were able to add a lot of depth on defense while getting the steal of the draft in Parris Campbell with the 59th overall pick. - SS

Jacksonville Jaguars: B

The Jaguars got lucky that Josh Allen and Jawaan Taylor fell in their laps with their first two picks. The Jaguars were able to draft two day one sure fire starters in addition to solid pieces of the puzzle with their following picks. They earn a B in my grade book for the "home run" picks they got with Allen and Taylor. - SS

Tennessee Titans: B

The Titans had a quietly good draft adding players at positions of need. If Jeffery Simmons returns to full form he's going to be the steal of the first round. The Titans get a B in my grade book because they added a couple players that can become day one starters for them. - SS


AFC WEST

Denver Broncos: B

John Elway's patience to move back in the first round and accumulate more picks, then to select Drew Lock in the second, was a good move.  Noah Fant should provide Joe Flacco a quality weapon.  And, the selection of the versatile Buckeye Dre'Mont Jones may quietly pay large dividends for the Broncos defense. - Ross Wheatley

Kansas City Chiefs: C+

Time will tell.  But, this Chiefs draft class may be doomed from the start.  The Chiefs appeared to reach a bit in selecting Georgia speedster Mecole Hardman.  Hardman will almost certainly be viewed as a replace for Tyreek Hill which is a lofty expectation. - RW

Los Angeles Chargers: C

The already talent rich Chargers were one of the few teams to stay put throughout a draft that saw a record number of trades.  While doing so LA still added quality defensive talent, including a personal favorite IDL of mine, Jerry Tillery.  Tillery should become an instant starter and help bolster the Bolts' defensive line. - RW

Oakland Raiders: D+

While the pick of Clelin Ferrell doesn't bother me I had to ding the Raiders for selecting Josh Jacobs and Jonathan Abram in the first round, Jacobs in particular.  But, at least Oakland didn't spend a pick on a quarterback. - RW


 

NFC EAST

Dallas Cowboys: C+

Trenches was once again a priority for Dallas. I am a fan of neither Trysten Hill in round 2 nor Connor McGovern in round 3. To me, they were not best available, and considering their current state at S, TE, and WR, they weren't needs either. Joe Jackson and Michael Jackson were both sleeper picks for me, and will be interesting to follow. Finally, you have to wonder why Dallas felt the need to double down on RB, although Mike Weber in round 7 was a steal. - TR

New York Giants: D-

Daniel Jones and Dexter Lawrence at 6 and 17 were probably the biggest waste of high value draft picks I've ever seen. Jones was a projected round 3 talent, and the ever slow Dexter Lawrence looks more like a 1 down DT with no pass rush ability. Deandre Baker saved a little bit as he was my #1 cover corner in the draft. And Julian Love, who is an excellent zone cover CB, was a really good value pick in round 4. No other pick had me impressed. Forgettable draft for the G-men. - TR

Philadelphia Eagles: A

Eagles upgraded their offense heavily. At first, they traded up to 22 overall in front of the OT-hungry Houston Texans and grabbed the best pass blocking offensive lineman in Andre Dillard. In round 2, they drafted a RB at 53 for the first time since LeSean McCoy (also at 53 overall). Finally, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, a favorite of mine, is a steal in round 2. Shareef Miller doesn't offer much pass rush ability, but is a project, as you expect from 4th round players. - TR

Washington Redskins: A+

From patiently waiting to get their guy in Dwayne Haskins at 15 - to snagging the undeniable steal of the draft in Kelvin Harmon in round 6, Redskins added talented players for just about every position on their team. I count 6 players who will compete for a starting job by day 1, which is extremely impressive. - TR


NFC NORTH

Chicago Bears: B

The Bears took Khalil Mack with their first and second round picks (not technically but they traded those picks for him). That in of itself makes up for the lack of picks by the Bears. They did hit on David Montgomery and Riley Ridley in the middle rounds. The Bears get a B in my grade book for how well they did with the few picks they had. - SS

Detroit Lions: C+

The Lions were able to draft one of the best tight end prospects in this draft in the first round. Outside of that they didn't do much of anything to help improve the offensive line and the defense. The Lions get a C+ in my grade book for drafting T.J. Hockenson in the first round. - SS

Green Bay Packers: B

The Packers drafted three starters with their first three picks. While they did reach for Darnell Savage in the first round he will be a play-maker in their secondary for years to come. The Packers added a really good tight end and offensive line help for Aaron Rodgers. The Packers get a B in my book for the amount of play-makers they drafted. - SS

Minnesota Vikings: C-

The Vikings needed offensive line help, and needed a backup running back. They didn't do much to fix that problem other than drafting Garrett Bradbury and Alexander Mattison. The Vikings get a C- in my grade book because they failed to address the offensive line with their early picks. - SS


NFC SOUTH

Atlanta Falcons: B

The Falcons put a focus on upgrading the trenches early with Big Chris Lindstrom, and nasty run blocker Kaleb McGary. These additions will be huge for Devonta Freeman and the run game to take pressure off Matt Ryan. Also, I'm a big fan of John Cominsky being added who RosterGuy interviewed here. A steal for Atlanta was OSU CB Kendall Sheffield who might have gone much higher prior to a combine injury. - NM

Carolina Panthers: A

Carolina got by far my favorite prospect in Brian Burns, a speed rusher that fits what their defense needs perfectly. I think he has Pro Bowl potential in his future. Greg Little was a great follow-up to add the pass protection needed to keep Cam healthy. Will Grier in the 3rd was a solid addition who, at best, is a great young back-up to groom behind Cam. At worst, he may be forced to start games if Cam's shoulder issue is as severe as reported. Good spot for Will. - NM

New Orleans Saints: B+

The Saints, with few selections, looked to add to a very strong roster, and nailed just that. Erik McCoy is a great replacement for the retired Max Unger. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, a first round talent for me at the safety position, was a huge steal, somehow falling to them in the  4th. Alize Mack was another good add in the 7th for QB Drew Brees and his offensive weapons. - NM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: B

The Bucs took Devin White whom they like more than myself. Other than that, I liked many of Tampa's picks. Anthony Nelson is a solid pass rusher and Mike Edwards brings a solid skill-set and leadership to the back-end. Sean Bunting was a good add next to current top CB Vernon Hargreaves III when healthy. I see a lot of potential in this class. Tampa also added a Kicker in the 5th, Matt Gay. 7th round IDL Terry Beckner can be a dominant force if his knees are healthy. - NM


NFC WEST

Arizona Cardinals: F

Drafting a quarterback for the second year in a row, especially when you have the first overall pick, deserves an F. I'll eat crow if the pick works out for them.  But, in 5 years lets revisit how Murray compares to Josh Rosen plus either Nick Bosa or Quinnen Williams. - RW

Los Angeles Rams: B

The Rams primarily focused on depth this draft with no players expected to immediately start.  But, they did so after trading out of the first round and accumulating additional picks.  It's ignorant to say a team should have drafted a particular position, because it comes down to how the board falls.  But, more help at the IDL position would have been ideal. - RW

San Francisco 49ers: B-

The returning Jimmy Garoppolo will benefit from the wide receiver depth that Deebo and Jalen Hurd will provide.  Nick Bosa should instantly elevate the game of Dee Ford, and the 49ers pass rush in general. - RW

Seattle Seahawks: C-

Seattle added an astounding 11 players to their roster during last weekend's selection process.  Unfortunately, based the outside opinion of many (for whatever that is worth), their top two choices this year were surprising reaches.  The biggest head scratcher though among the Seahawks' 11 choices is only 1 addressed the offensive line.  Russell Wilson was sacked 51 times in 2018... - RW


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