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NFL Draft: Best and Worst Pick for Every Team

NFL Draft

All 256 picks have been made and the 2018 NFL Draft is officially in the books for all 32 franchises. Ask any executive or coach around the league at this point, they’ll be sure to tell you they found that missing piece and are thrilled with the group they got, which will help their team get over the hump and to the Super Bowl.

While it’s too soon to say exactly how every draft pick will pan out, we can look at the value teams got from certain picks and which ones caused a few head scratches around the league. With that in mind, here are the best picks from each team and, of course, their worst.

Arizona Cardinals

NFL Power Rankings: Cardinals

Best pick: Josh Rosen, QB, Round 1 (10th overall)

Worst pick: Chase Edmonds, RB, Round 4 (134th overall)

General manager Steve Keim has to be thrilled with this draft as it sets the foundation for the franchise the next several years and keeps them competitive in the tough NFC West. Rosen is a steal at No. 10 given his position as the best pure passer in the draft and him landing in a dome even further enhances his stock going forward. He’ll be able to learn behind Sam Bradford and will get to develop report with their second-round steal in Christian Kirk. Edmonds isn’t a terrible fit as a special teams player and backup to David Johnson but he went a little early in the fourth.

Atlanta Falcons

NFL Power Rankings: Falcons

Best pick: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Round 2 (58th overall)

Worst pick: Russell Gage, WR, Round 6 (194th overall)

After knocking on the doorstep of another NFC title game, this just might be the kind of class that gets the Falcons back to that point. There’s great value in first-rounder Calvin Ridley, who many thought was the best receiver in the draft, but there’s even more in their second-round pick, Oliver. He’s somebody many thought could go in the first and certainly has the versatility to shore up that pass defense. Gage is somebody they could have gotten much later and will need to make his name on special teams.

Baltimore Ravens

NFL Power Rankings: Ravens

Best pick: DeShon Elliott, S, Round 6 (190th overall)

Worst pick: Jordan Lasley, WR, Round 5 (162nd overall)

General manager Ozzie Newsome’s final draft with the team is one of his best. The long-term quarterback was secured in Lamar Jackson and there’s skill position players like tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews who can help right away. There’s high upside fits like Kenny Young at linebacker and Jaleel Scott, which is a better pick than Lasley, the wideout they grabbed earlier in the same round. Elliott in particular fell because of various issues but he’s a straight-up steal in the sixth and will learn a ton from Eric Weddle and Tony Jefferson.

Buffalo Bills

NFL Power Rankings: Bills

Best pick: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Round 1 (16th overall)

Worst pick: Austin Proehl, WR, Round 7 (255th overall)

The Bills have to be really happy with the value they get in Edmunds and DT Harrison Phillips, two guys who should have gone a little earlier and have a chance to be mainstays on defense for some time to come. Of course, this draft is all about the quarterback and there’s no question that Allen is a risky pick. All the metrics say he won’t pan out and while there’s a chance he will work out eventually, seventh is still way too high for a 56 percent passer with a steep learning curve.

Carolina Panthers

NFL Power Rankings: Panthers

Best pick: Donte Jackson, CB, Round 2 (55th overall)

Worst pick: Jermaine Carter, LB, Round 5 (161st overall)

Very solid draft for the Panthers, who made it a clear priority to give Cam Newton some more options in WR D.J. Moore and TE Ian Thomas. The steal is Jackson though, who fills a huge need on the team and has perhaps the biggest upside in this class of corners if he continues to progress. Carter is undersized and certainly would have been available much later on so that’s a bit of a missed opportunity with a fifth-rounder. Also, where are the offensive linemen?

Chicago Bears

NFL Power Rankings: Bears

Best pick: Anthony Miller, WR, Round 2 (51st overall)

Worst pick: Bilal Nichols, DL, Round 5 (145th overall)

General manager Ryan Pace gets a pat on the back for this draft and each of his first three picks could wind up starting in Week 1. Linebacker Roquan Smith is a tremendous player who can be the man in the middle for the next decade captaining the defense while offensive lineman James Daniels can fill in at all three interior line spots. Miller is a fantastic wideout who will quickly be Mitchell Trubisky’s favorite target on third down. Nichols doesn’t have as much pass rush upside as you’d like for a small school guy in the fifth round though.