2020 NFL Draft: Grades, Best and Worst Pick for Every Team

The Baltimore Ravens had another outstanding draft

It looked unlike anything that had happened before but all 255 picks from the most unique setup in football history have been made and the 2020 NFL Draft is officially in the books for all 32 franchises. The virtual selections went off almost completely without a hitch and, just as notably, there was more than $100 million raised for COVID-19 relief by the NFL in parallel to the next crop of players joining the league's ranks.

 

Ask any executive or coach at this point and they'll be sure to tell you they found that missing piece to get them over the hump to the Super Bowl and at least one player they hope to see down the road in Canton. 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

 

Best pick: Josh Jones, OT, Houston (Round 3, 72nd overall)

Worst pick: None

 

Kliff Kingsbury's draft HQ was the buzz of the weekend and luckily for the young head coach, his draft lived up to all the talk surrounding the franchise. There really wasn't a bad pick among the bunch and the class gains even more value when you consider they flipped one selection for a three-time All-Pro receiver. Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons is a freak who will be a huge boost to a sub-par defense while they got Kyler Murray help in Jones, a tackle some had going in the first round. Running back Eno Benjamin doesn't have to travel far to join the team and could be dynamic in Kingsbury's offense. Plus, big bodies like Leki Fotu and Rashard Lawrence and a tackling machine like Evan Weaver are all picks that are built to help slow down their divisional foes that love to run between the tackles.

 

Overall grade: A+

 

Atlanta Falcons

 

Best pick: Marlon Davidson, EDGE, Auburn (Round 2, 47th overall)

Worst pick: Sterling Hofrichter, P, Syracuse (Round 7, 228th overall)

 

The Falcons got off to a solid enough start to the draft but faded badly down the stretch. The Davidson pick is terrific value as he can play all over the front and could really develop into a star under Dan Quinn. First-rounder A.J. Terrell fills a gigantic need and he's ready to play right away at a spot that needs help badly. Temple's Matt Hennessy is a tailor-made backup for Alex Mack who can take over at center down the road and will fit in nicely with that offensive line group. The two fourth-round choices were both reaches though and they spent their lone selection in rounds 5-7 on a punter — something questionable at every level no matter how good the specialist is. For a team that keeps screaming they're going for it with their free-agent choices, this might not be the draft class that closes the gap in the division in the near future.

 

Overall grade: C

 

Baltimore Ravens

 

Best pick: James Proche, WR, SMU (Round 6, 201st overall)

Worst pick: Broderick Washington, DT, Texas Tech (Round 5, 170th overall)

 

Good players keep falling into the hands of the Ravens, who continue to show they're one of the best in the league at the draft process. General manager Eric DeCosta netted a perfect fit in the first round with LSU's Patrick Queen, who could make many teams rue the day they passed on him given what he brings to the table. It's hard to believe J.K. Dobbins was still around in Round 2 as well and his ability to run out of the shotgun and do all the little things could make Mark Ingram expendable soon enough. Wide receivers Proche and Devin Duvernay are both quality value picks who can turn into Lamar Jackson's best friend quickly (especially the latter's sure hands). The two guards picked will each have a crack to come in and start early and defensive tackle Justin Madubuike feels like a steal at No. 71. Coming back around with Washington in the fifth feels like a slight reach for somebody who is more of a rotational player but it was another stellar effort from Baltimore's front office.

 

Overall grade: A+

 

Buffalo Bills

 

Best pick: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa (Round 2, 54th overall)

Worst pick: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia (Round 5, 167th overall)

 

Sans first-round pick, Buffalo still wound up with a first-night talent in Epenesa, who feels like a complete match with the franchise from a production standpoint and an attitude one. Running back Zack Moss should finagle his way into a good number of carries upon arrival and the two receivers — Gabriel Davis in the fourth round and Isaiah Hodgins in the sixth — both have a good shot at contributing in the rotation. Landing cornerback Dane Jackson in the last round is sneaky great and could outweigh taking a kicker (Tyler Bass, Georgia Southern, 6th round, No. 188) with issues booting the ball in not-so-ideal conditions. The Fromm selection doesn't make a ton of sense either, he's completely unlike starter Josh Allen and might not have the arm for upstate New York. The intangibles do fit with the organization but spending a fifth-round selection on a backup when there are more pressing needs hampers an otherwise quality draft.

 

Overall grade: B+

 

Carolina Panthers

 

Best pick: Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State (Round 2, 38th overall)

Worst pick: Stantley Thomas-Oliver, CB, FIU (Round 7, 221st overall)

 

Matt Rhule made some splashy offensive moves upon taking over in Carolina and apparently went to the other side of the ball in the draft by using every pick on defense. His first selection in Derrick Brown is a top-three value at No. 7 overall and he'll pair well with Gross-Matos. The latter has a super-high ceiling and it won't be too long before his crazy athleticism will earn him some Julius Peppers comparisons. Jeremy Chinn adds a ton of speed and size to the back seven and it wouldn't be shocking if fourth-round cornerback Troy Pride turns into a massive steal given his natural speed. The Thomas-Oliver pick does fit in with the rebuild ethos in Charlotte but feels like a selection that could have been used on an offensive player to help out their new quarterback.

 

Overall grade: B+

 

Chicago Bears

 

Best pick: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah (Round 2, 50th overall)

Worst pick: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame (Round 2, 43rd overall)

 

The Bears entered with just two picks in the top 150 and found themselves on either side of the coin with them. The good news is they netted a steal in Johnson as somebody who can come in right away and start for Chuck Pagano's unit. While Kmet has a chance to turn into a quality pass catcher, spending their first selection in 2020 on a tight end makes little to no sense for a front office already feeling heat from the locals (especially after overpaying for Jimmy Graham). There were a host of big offensive linemen who would have been upgrades available with that pick but such a need was only addressed in the last round — with a pair of prospects who are developmental projects right now. Plus, in a massively deep wideout class, they made a huge reach for a slot receiver (Darnell Mooney, Tulane, 5th round, No. 173 overall). Hard to see how Chicago got markedly better in this draft.

 

Overall grade: C-

 

Cincinnati Bengals

 

Best pick: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson (Round 2, 33rd overall)

Worst pick: Hakeem Adeniji, OL, Kansas (Round 6, 180th overall)

 

There was not a ton of buzz for the team despite holding the No. 1 overall pick but that probably had to do with the fact that they never wavered from taking Joe Burrow. The new franchise QB will not be pressed into action right away but when he does, he'll have a pretty strong supporting cast of skill position guys around him. That includes Tee Higgins, who is a fantastic value at the top of the second round and a jump-ball machine for one of the most accurate deep ball throwers to ever come out of college. Love the selection of the athletic Logan Wilson atop Round 3 and further re-tooling of the linebacking corps with later picks. Using a lone sixth-round pick on offensive line help was a bit questionable, however, especially considering Hakeem Adeniji will likely have to transition to guard at the next level and doesn't seem like the best scheme fit compared to others who were available at the time.

 

Overall grade: A-

 

Cleveland Browns

 

Best pick: Grant Delpit, S, LSU (Round 2, 44th overall)

Worst pick: None

 

The new brain trust in Cleveland nailed their first draft together. Baker Mayfield might be the quarterback whose protection improved the most year-over-year between the free agency signings and the selections of Jedrick Wills Jr. in the first round and a mauling center in Nick Harris. Donovan Peoples-Jones is a flat-out steal in the sixth round and could easily emerge as a quality No. 3 option at wideout but landing the Thorpe Award winner in Delpit at No. 44 was just a slightly bigger theft. He not only can play for a decade in the league, but he’ll be the leader the team needs on the back end too. Defensive tackle Jordan Elliott won’t need to turn into a starter but he can make an impact in the rotation given his athletic abilities. Harrison Bryant is also great value just outside the top 100 and could see the field often in the two- or three-tight end sets that are bound to become standard under new head coach Kevin Stefanski.

 

Overall grade: A

 

Dallas Cowboys

 

Best pick: Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah (Round 5, 179th overall)

Worst pick: Ben DiNucci, QB, James Madison (Round 7, 231st overall)

 

Jerry Jones does not get the credit he deserves for really turning in some quality efforts in the draft lately. The 2020 group is a great example of that. CeeDee Lamb was many team's No. 1 guy among a deep wide receiver class and makes the Dallas offense that much more lethal with his ability to gain yards after the catch. Trevon Diggs could have been a first-rounder at No. 17 overall but is instead shockingly great value in the second round. Ditto uber-athletic DT Neville Gallimore. Tyler Biadasz looks like a like-for-like replacement for retired Travis Frederick at center. It was hard to believe Anae was still there for the taking in the fifth round but he is such a technician that you couldn't ask for a more perfect running mate for DeMarcus Lawrence. Still, not everything was perfect as the team's lone late-round selection was spent on a backup QB they could have probably signed as a free agent.

 

Overall grade: A

 

Denver Broncos

 

Best pick: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama (Round 1, 15th overall)

Worst pick: Netane Muti, OG, Fresno State (Round 6, 181st overall)

 

Nobody left the draft happier than Denver quarterback Drew Lock did after seeing all the help that John Elway landed him. Jeudy is phenomenal and will be the top option in Mile High right away given his route-running ability. KJ Hamler provides a great deep threat for the strong-armed signal-caller too, who also netted his old friend tight end Albert O. from their Mizzou days. The offensive line help was welcomed too, though the value Lloyd Cushenberry brings as a third-rounder is outweighed by Netane Muti in the sixth. The latter may be worth taking a flyer on but his injury history is a red flag for a team that has struggled to stay healthy in general up front. The mauler also doesn't seem like the right kind of fit for what the team is signaling it wants to do in throwing the ball deep a ton. Don't discount landing McTelvin Agim just inside the top 100 either as he has a chance to be a lot better at the next level than he did in college.

 

Overall grade: A-

 

Detroit Lions

 

Best pick: Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame (Round 3, 67th overall)

Worst pick: Jason Huntley, RB, New Mexico State (Round 5, 172nd overall)

 

It would have been fascinating to know what some of the trade proposals Detroit had for that No. 3 pick but in the end they get a potential pro bowler in Jeff Okudah. While spending a top-three pick on a corner isn't quite the value their second-round selection was in landing D'Andre Swift, the team really lucked out in getting Okwara at the top of the third. Obviously there's that family familiarity with his brother Romeo already on the roster but it wouldn't be shocking if Julian ends up being the impact pass rusher the team has been searching for the last few years. The re-tooling of the interior offensive and defensive lines in the later rounds is solid but grabbing Huntley in the fifth is hard to reconcile. The team is already stacked at tailback and for as much as he brings in the return game, you can also find much better value at No. 172 and might have been able to take Huntley sometime in the seventh round. Overall, a solid group that might not be too exciting but can help.

 

Overall grade: B

 

Green Bay Packers

 

Best pick: Jake Hanson, C, Oregon (Round 6, 208th overall)

Worst pick: Josiah Deguara, TE, Cincinnati (Round 3, 94th overall)

 

If there was one huge storyline to emerge from the 2020 draft not related to the coronavirus, it may well be what happened in Green Bay. After reaching the doorstep of the Super Bowl last year, it's almost like the front office decided to punt on trying to do something in this window to win now. The Jordan Love pick will be debated for years to come and while a lot of people like what AJ Dillon brings to the table, it's hard to fathom how you can spin drafting two players who will, in effect, try to be the long-term replacements for two players responsible for 91 percent of the offense for a 13-3 team. Even the lone weapon the team did draft to help out Aaron Rodgers was a huge reach and seems more like an H-back to move all over the place than a regular contributor in the offense. Puzzling times for what is normally a group that hits things out of the park in the draft.

 

Overall grade: C

 

Houston Texans

 

Best pick: Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU (Round 2, 40th overall)

Worst pick: Isaiah Coulter, WR, Rhode Island (Round 5, 171st overall)

 

Texans fans have not been thrilled (to put it mildly) with Bill O'Brien wearing what amounts to the general manager hat but there were some positives and negatives in a draft class with limited capital available after earlier trades. Landing Blacklock in the second round qualifies as a steal given he has huge upside and was a projected first-rounder. Pairing him and third-rounder Jonathan Greenard together could form a nice little tandem rushing the passer when the team's veteran starters inevitably break down. It's hard to figure out the selection of Coulter though given that he's so raw and will sadly be viewed as a potential DeAndre Hopkins replacement despite being a guy who will take a few years to develop. To that end, it feels like all five picks were viewed through the lens of 2021 and beyond while other moves this offseason suggested more of a focus on the upcoming campaign.

 

Overall grade: C+

 

Indianapolis Colts

 

Best pick: Michael Pittman, WR, USC (Round 2, 34th overall)

Worst pick: Rob Windsor, DT, Penn State (Round 6, 193rd overall)

 

The bulk of Indy's big moves were made before the draft but they still had a pretty good haul in the first few rounds. Pittman will become Philip Rivers' new best friend given his size and the fact that he's an ex-NFL player's son means you know he'll understand how to come in and work right away. Spending another second-rounder on Jonathan Taylor is interesting given options at tailback later on but hard to deny a good fit in the offense. There was lots of speculation about Jacob Eason landing spots and the Colts were just about perfect given their head coach's background and the path to a starting gig after this season. The Windsor selection doesn't inspire much confidence given his limitations at tackle but the three other sixth-round choices (all made in a row) could turn into a haul of key contributors.

 

Overall grade: B

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

 

Best pick: Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami (Round 4, 140th overall)

Worst pick: Tyler Davis, TE, Georgia Tech (Round 6, 206th overall)

 

It felt like this draft was all about upside for the Jags and if they do end up hitting on some of their picks, they have a chance to have quite the haul out of 2020. CJ Henderson fills an obvious need and fellow first-round selection K'Lavon Chaisson may be asked to play early as a rookie given some of the rumblings from a certain veteran in the front seven recently. Landing Quarterman in the middle rounds is a great move in not only bringing a tackling machine in to help re-tool the linebacking corps but also add somebody not afraid to step up as a rookie and become the ego-less leader that defense badly needs. It wouldn't be shocking if Daniel Thomas winds up becoming a quality starter either. It's a bit surprising they picked Laviska Shenault Jr. given his injury history and how tough a time Jacksonville wide receivers have had staying on the field but he could be a true No. 1 option in short order. Though he is unlikely to turn into a fan favorite like Gardner Minshew, bringing in a strong arm like Jake Luton makes a lot of sense and he probably has more upside long-term than Nick Foles would have had the latter remained in Duval.

 

Overall grade: B

 

Kansas City Chiefs

 

Best pick: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU (Round 1, 32nd overall)

Worst pick: Michael Danna, EDGE, Michigan (Round 5, 177th overall)

 

What a joy it was to check in on Hawaii shirt maestro Andy Reid during the draft as he enjoyed his status as reigning NFL champion. The team's first pick was an interesting one. On one hand, you would be right to argue that running backs are not a great value in the first round. On the other hand, it's hard to find a more perfect fit than CEH is in Reid's offense. He'll be a terrific weapon for Patrick Mahomes to find out of the backfield and should drive opponents crazy as yet another receiving threat out of the slot. Linebacker Willie Gay Jr. provides much-needed athleticism on the second level and offensive lineman Lucas Niang might be a steal as a third-rounder if his hip is fully healthy given his starter potential. With just two picks after Round 4 though, capital could have been better spent than on a low-ceiling edge rusher like Danna or a developmental corner.

 

Overall grade: B-

 

Las Vegas Raiders

 

Best pick: Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina (Round 3, 81st overall)

Worst pick: Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State (Round 1, 19th overall)

 

While the Raiders' brain trust has to be as disappointed as anybody with the draft not being held in their new city, the good news is the festivities will return to Sin City down the road and the landed a number of upgrades with this class. There's no doubt that Henry Ruggs III is an on-brand selection for this franchise (Al Davis certainly would approve of it) but it would not be shocking if third-rounder Edwards winds up being the best target down the road for whoever is under center. As great as Lynn Bowden Jr. was last season, it still seems like a slight stretch to spend a top-100 pick on him. The team says he'll be more of a running back than wide receiver, but he'll need to become more consistent in the latter position if he's to see the field every snap. Mike Mayock loves him some Clemson players and it wouldn't surprise if both Tanner Muse and John Simpson wind up becoming starters ahead of projections. There's no doubt the team made a major reach with Arnette in the first round however and it's not out of line to suggest the way better value pick at corner comes in the form of Amik Robertson in the fourth.

 

Overall Grade: B+

 

Los Angeles Chargers

 

Best pick: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma (Round 1, 23rd overall)

Worst pick: Joe Reed, WR, Virginia (Round 5, 151st overall)

 

The future is now in Los Angeles with the pick of Justin Herbert, who lands in a great situation despite needing to quickly assume the role of the new face of the franchise. He has all the tools to be the next long-term starter at the position and will benefit greatly from being mentored by Tyrod Taylor. Though they had to pony up a number of picks to get him, Murray is a stud. He gives the team a terrific building block in the second level and forms a heck of a trio with Derwin James and Joey Bosa. The Day 3 picks are solid all around but it would be shocking if reaching for Reed pays off like the team thinks it will. Money is on K.J. Hill becoming a great value out of the seventh round and somebody who becomes a favorite target of Herbert early and often.

 

Overall grade: A-

 

Los Angeles Rams

 

Best pick: Cam Akers, RB, Florida State (Round 2, 52nd overall)

Worst pick: Sam Sloman, K, Miami (Ohio) (Round 7, 248th overall)

 

The Rams won't be sniffing the first round anytime soon but they might have nailed most of their middle-round picks. Akers won't avoid being labeled as a Todd Gurley replacement but the thing is, he has a chance to be better than TGIII was in the offense soon enough. The two Terrell's in the third round — Alabama's Lewis and Utah's Burgess — each can play a lot for the team if they stay healthy. As good as some of the other selections were though, hard to think spending a seventh on a MAC kicker was anything other than a nod to Sean McVay's alma mater.

 

Overall grade: B+

 

Miami Dolphins

 

Best pick: Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State (Round 5, 164th overall)

Worst pick: Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn (Round 1, 30th overall)

 

Tank for Tua wound up working out in the end, eh? The franchise didn't overthink things and landed a quarterback that really has a chance to be really good at the next level. Obviously health is the key factor and the front office addressed that too with the three offensive linemen drafted, highlighted by Austin Jackson as somebody who could be a potential Pro Bowler at tackle. As much as this will be a draft focused on Tua though, don't overlook landing Curtis Weaver late in the fifth round. He doesn't have all the measurables but he gets the job done and is just the kind of dependable performer that Brian Flores can build around. Taking a long snapper in the sixth round would have been the most questionable choice from Miami had they not made a huge reach in going with Igbinoghene as their final first-rounder. Not only could they have moved back and still landed him, they also spent valuable draft capital on a position that was not a pressing need.

 

Overall grade: B+

 

Minnesota Vikings

 

Best pick: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU (Round 1, 22nd overall)

Worst pick: K.J. Osborn, WR, Miami (Round 5, 176th overall)

 

The Vikings had an insane number of picks and for the most part, knocked them all out of the park. In fact, it was so tough coming up with a best pick because there were so many options. Jefferson stands out because he could be a huge upgrade in the receiving corps while providing flexibility as somebody who can play inside or outside. Ezra Cleveland is a fringe first-round talent who can really be a long-term solution at tackle. Jeff Gladney and Cam Dantzler should both endear themselves to Mike Zimmer the way they play the corner position and it's still hard to fathom that a linebacker like Troy Dye was still around with pick 132 late in the fourth round. The D.J. Wonnum/James Lynch combo a few spots earlier feel like steals too, especially as the rest of the NFC North is loading up to run the ball even more. Even late-rounders like Kenny Willekes and Josh Metellus feel like they could turn into contributors and Nate Stanley is the perfect developmental backup quarterback in the Twin Cities. If we had to nitpick though, the team reached for Osborn, who is a stretch as a fifth-rounder who seems likely to make his name mostly on special teams.

 

Overall grade: A+

 

New England Patriots

 

Best pick: Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA (Round 3, 91st overall)

Worst pick: Justin Rohrwasser, K, Marshall (Round 5, 159th overall)

 

Everybody in the league was wondering what the Pats would do in their first post-Brady draft and to the shock of nobody who knows Bill Belichick, they really stuck with their brand. Division II players with their first selection? Check. Spending middle-round picks on specialists (who later got into hot water)? Yep. Reaching for guys all over the place on Day 3? Yep. Still, there were some really nice picks that have a chance to turn into special players once they get with the program in Foxborough. Asiasi was so underused in college that he has a chance to shine in Josh McDaniels' system given his size and it wouldn't be abnormal if linebackers Josh Uche and Anfernee Jennings each wind up making key plays early in their careers to secure wins for the team. Like most Patriots drafts though, the jury will be out on this group for a few years.

 

Overall grade: B

 

New Orleans Saints

 

Best pick: Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin (Round 3, 74th overall)

Worst pick: Tommy Stevens, QB, Mississippi State (Round 7, 240th overall)

 

The Saints have actually only had nine draft picks to make between this draft and the last so at least you know they understand how to do more with less. Cesar Ruiz feels like a bonus selection given it wasn't a pressing need but it could help now and in the future to have him boost the interior line. Baun in the third round is a straight-up steal given the former Badger's talent and he'll be unleashed as a trouble-making pass rusher early on in New Orleans. Adam Trautman was a draftnik favorite and seems like yet another weapon for Drew Brees to find in the end zone. Speaking of quarterbacks, it made less than zero sense for the team to trade back into the draft to spend a seventh-rounder on Tommy Stevens. Many people will think he's the second coming of Taysom Hill but that's not even close to being the case here.

 

Overall grade: B

 

New York Giants

 

Best pick: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama (Round 2, 36th overall)

Worst pick: Matt Peart, OT, UConn (Round 3, 99th overall)

 

We got our first mild surprise in the first round when the Giants nabbed Andrew Thomas — a surprise only in the fact that he was not bandied about as the top tackle prospect. Time will tell if GM Dave Gettleman picked the correct "hog mollie" but the longtime SEC starter has a chance to play early on and protect Daniel Jones. Less questionable is nabbing McKinney at the top of the second. Opinion is a bit split over him as a prospect but he seems like a steal and if anybody can maximize his physical talent, it's Joe Judge after likely getting the inside info on the safety from Nick Saban. Spending a precious top-100 pick on Peart is going to draw the ire of the back pages though as he's a swing tackle at best and a prospect the team reached at least three rounds on taking. Fifth-rounder Shane Lemieux might have a quicker path to starting and could well have a longer career.

 

Overall grade: B-

 

New York Jets

 

Best pick: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor (Round 2, 59th overall)

Worst pick: James Morgan, QB, FIU (Round 4, 125th overall)

 

GM Joe Douglas' first draft was a heck of an effort and a good sign to come for those in Gang Green. They lucked out in the early runs helping land a top tackle in Mekhi Becton and followed that up by netting a terrific pass catcher in Mims. It won't take long for both of those picks to become Sam Darnold's new best friends. Ashtyn Davis feels like a great complement to Jamal Adams in the secondary while it's a theft to land Bryce Hall in the fifth round. Normally we're wary of using picks on specialists but punter Braden Mann is a rare exception. Oh, and both Florida products (Jabari Zuniga, Lamical Perine) are a classic case of a bet on the upside without risking too much. The only thing that was a bit puzzling was using a valuable fourth-round selection on Morgan, who is interesting as a developmental backup but just feels like a missed opportunity to add further receiver help.

 

Overall grade: A

 

Philadelphia Eagles

 

Best pick: K'Von Wallace, S, Clemson (Round 4, 127th overall)

Worst pick: Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma (Round 2, 53rd overall)

 

It would have been fascinating to have 500 Philly fans on a Zoom watching the team select Hurts and seeing their reaction. Outside of Jordan Love in Green Bay, perhaps no quarterback decision will be debated more over the coming months than spending a second-round pick on the former Oklahoma/Alabama starter. While there's little doubt the team needs a backup to Carson Wentz given his history, the question is really about the value the franchise is getting out of using such a high pick on somebody who is at best playing 20 snaps a game. If anybody can get the most out of Hurts at the next level, Doug Pederson would be on the short list but there were a lot of players available that could have gotten the team closer to a Super Bowl return. On the other end of the spectrum, don't discount Wallace turning into a fan favorite early as steps in early to shore up the much-maligned secondary.

 

Overall grade: B

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Best pick: Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, Maryland (Round 4, 124th overall)

Worst pick: Alex Highsmith, EDGE, Charlotte (Round 3, 102nd overall)

 

The Steelers didn't have their first-round selection or a ton of picks but made some quality additions to the team. Big Ben is going to love adding wide receiver Chase Claypool to the mix and his speed and separation ability will make him a terrific running mate for JuJu Smith-Schuster. The real gem is McFarland however, who has an injury history but also a skill set that could help him turn into the starter soon enough at Heinz Field. Highsmith can turn into a solid piece for the Pittsburgh defense but feels like a big stretch at the end of Day 2.

 

Overall grade: B

 

San Francisco 49ers

 

Best pick: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina (Round 1, 14th overall)

Worst pick: Charlie Woerner, TE, Georgia (Round 6, 190th overall)

 

You have to factor in some of the moves the front office made in conjunction with this draft to get a fuller picture of the roster moves John Lynch and company have orchestrated with the NFC champs. Obviously that includes landing Trent Williams to replace a retiring Joe Staley and effectively getting younger and cheaper in the trenches with a trade that eventually netted them Kinlaw. The former Gamecock has All-Pro potential and can help unlock that ceiling by playing alongside all those other top-10 picks in Santa Clara. The two receiver selections (Brandon Aiyuk, Jauan Jennings) have a chance to be really special in Kyle Shanahan's offense but it's still a bit strange the club used one of their rare late picks on a blocking-focused guy like Woerner.

 

Overall grade: B+

 

Seattle Seahawks

 

Best pick: Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford (Round 4, 133rd overall)

Worst pick: Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech (Round 1, 27th overall)

 

The virtual nature of the draft may have played a part in the Seahawks wheeling and dealing a little less during draft week, which was particularly notable with their first-round pick. While Brooks is a top-notch tackling machine that has a chance to shine in Pete Carroll's defense, it feels like a pretty big stretch at that point in the draft. The team has a pretty good linebacking corps already so it wasn't a pressing position of need either but Seattle's board is always more unique than others. The flip side is that the team got a great value in running back DeeJay Dallas so late in the fourth round and have two towering TEs for Russell Wilson to find in Parkinson and Stephen Sullivan. While the latter is more of a project, it would be unsurprising if the Stanford product is the long-term guy at the position after learning from Greg Olsen this season.

 

Overall grade: B

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

Best pick: Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota (Round 5, 161st overall)

Worst pick: Chapelle Russell, LB, Temple (Round 7, 241st overall)

 

It went without saying that this draft was designed to help surround Tom Brady with help and the front office did just that. While it was a bit silly to move up a spot for Tristan Wirfs, there's no denying his ability to step in right away to protect the QB. Ke'Shawn Vaughn is going to be an intriguing addition to the backfield but spending a third on him makes it a bit head-scratching as to why they wanted to use the final selection on Raymond Calais. It was tough to figure out which former Gophers star was the better value but Johnson has a chance to be really special in Bruce Arians' offense so he gets the slight nod over the equally terrific Antoine Winfield Jr.

 

Overall grade: A-

 

Tennessee Titans

 

Best pick: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU (Round 2, 61st overall)

Worst pick: Cole McDonald, QB, Hawaii (Round 7, 224th overall)

 

Mike Vrabel seemed to steal the show in Round 1 thanks to his kids but the Titans still had a strong first two days when came to the actual selections being turned in. Isaiah Wilson is a bit of a project who is TBD as a first-round pick but there's no denying the fit with what Tennessee wants to do offensively. The same could be said for adding Darrynton Evans, who can help spell Derrick Henry and possibly even replace him down the line. It's hard to figure out why the team wanted to spend one of their few late-round picks on McDonald however. The Hawaii signal-caller is the antithesis of what the offense is in Nashville given his gun-slinging mentality and penchant for taking risks. Ryan Tannehill does need a backup but spending a pick on somebody that doesn't fit at all with their scheme is puzzling.

 

Overall grade: B

 

Washington Redskins

 

Best pick: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State (Round 1, 2nd overall)

Worst pick: Antonio Gibson, WR/RB, Memphis (Round 3, 66th overall)

 

Washington fans used to blaming Bruce Allen for a bad draft will have to change their tune after a rather impressive initial effort from the new setup under Ron Rivera. Obviously you can't go wrong with the fact that they landed the most talented player in the draft in Young, who gets the benefit of also being a local kid. The franchise also netted a number of high-upside players who could wind up as starters in short order, including Saahdiq Charles in the fourth round and even somebody like Khaleke Hudson in the fifth. There's quality value in somebody like James Smith-Williams in the seventh round as well but spending their lone Day 2 selection on Gibson is a bit strange. While the upside is off the charts given everything he can do, the roster takes away some of his flexibility. With Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice and Bryce Love (plus a few others), carries will be hard to come by and Steven Sims Jr. has earned some touches as well. Gibson is a dynamic talent but feels a bit redundant to spend such a high pick on given other needs.

 

Overall grade: B+

 

— Written by Bryan Fischer, an award-winning college football columnist and member of the Athlon Contributor Network. You can follow him from coast-to-coast on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat at @BryanDFischer.

 

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