Well…..the draft has come and gone and there were some interesting picks to say the very least. Some were outstanding and some, to be frank, were flat out head scratchers. Let’s take a look at the class, give it a grade and look at the best UDFA signing for each team. Without further ado, let’s roll…..
Round 2: No. 63 (from KC from DET ) – Marvin Mims Jr., WR, Oklahoma
Round 3: No. 67 (from IND) – Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
Round 3: No. 83 (from SEA) – Riley Moss, CB, Iowa
Round 6: No. 183 (from DEN through DET) – JL Skinner, S, Boise State
Round 7: No. 257 (from NO) – Alex Forsyth, IOL, Oregon
Draft Grade: B- This Draft could have received a higher grade because of the value the Broncos received with their first two picks but trading away a future 3rd round pick to move up for CB Moss was a true head scratcher.
Best Pick – LB Drew Sanders – Getting this kid in the 3rd round was a true steal. If he is used in a creative manner as not only a MLB but also as a rush LB, LOOK OUT!
Best UDFA Signing – OT Demontrey Jacobs – This kid will need to clean up his fundementals and gain some weight, but hs is 6’6″ and has 36″ arms. He could be a great depth find at the OT position
Kansas City Chiefs
Round 1: No. 31 – Felix Anudike-Uzomah, EDGE, Kansas State
Round 2: No. 55 (from MIN through DET) – Rashee Rice, WR SMU
Round 3: No. 92 (from CIN) – Wanya Morris, OT, Oklahoma
Round 4: No. 119 (from DET through MIN) – Chamarri Conner, S, Virginia Tech
Round 5: No. 166 – BJ Thompson, LB, Stephen F. Austin
Round 6: No. 194 (from DET) – Keondre Coburn, DT, Texas
Round 7: No. 250 -Nic Jones, CB, Ball State
Draft Grade: B This was a very solid draft that addressed a lot of the teams needs but moving up 8 spots for a WR that had a lower grade than other prospects at the position still on the board was a huge reach.
Best Pick – EDGE Anudike-Uzomah – This kid has a relentless motor and is tenacious getting after the passer as well as the ball carrier.
Best UDFA Signing – RB Deneric Prince – The Chiefs know how to find talent at the RB position. This kid is 6’0″, 216 pounds, with 4.41 speed. He is a great fit.
Las Vegas Raiders
Round 1: No. 7 – Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech
Round 2: No. 35 (from IND) – Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
Round 3: No. 70 – Byron Young, DT, Alabama
Round 3: No. 100 (from KC through NYG) – Tre Tucker, WR, Cincinnati
Round 4: No. 104 (from HOU) – Jakorian Bennett, CB, Maryland
Round 4: No. 135 (from NE) – Aiden O’Connell, QB, Purdue
Round 5: No. 170 (from GB through NYJ) – Christopher Smith, S, Georgia
Round 6: No. 203 (from NYG through HOU) – Amari Burney, L, Florida
Round 7: No. 231 (from NE) – Nesta Jade Silvera, DL, Arizona State
Draft Grade: B The first two picks have incredible potential to be pro bowl players. After that, almost every player selected was taken a round earlier than the grade on them, except for CB Bennett.
Best Pick – EDGE Wilson – This kid is a freak athlete that will get to learn from a potential HOFer. He has the skill set to be a true nightmare for years to come.
Best UDFA Signing – OG McClendon Curtis – It was a shock that he did not get drafted. He is a 6’6”, 324 LBS mauler at RG. He was a fantastic signing for the Raiders.
Los Angeles Chargers
Round 1: No. 21 – Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
Round 2: No. 54 – Tuli Tuipulotu, DE, USC
Round 3: No. 85 – Daiyan Henley, LB, Washington State
Round 4: No. 125 – Derius Davius, WR, TCU
Round 5: No. 156 – Jordan McFadden, G, Clemson
Round 6: No. 200 – Scott Matlock, DL, Boise State
Round 7: No. 239 – Max Duggan, QB, TCU
Draft Grade: B- I guess this is TCU West. Johnston is a big, fast field stretcher with 1st round talent but he does have way to many dropped passes. This draft was solid but RB should have been addressed at some point.
Best Pick – DE Tuipulotu – This kid won’t come off the field. He can line up at every position on the defensive line except NT. Great fit for this defense.
Best UDFA Signing – EDGE Brevin Allen – This kid has the size at 6’3”, 265 LBS with 34” arms to be a menace on the edge and is a natural stand up rusher.
We all know that it takes 3 years for a draft prospect to really be graded but it is always fun to do these early assessments. The season will be here soon and we will really get to judge if our team did well or if they screwed the pooch. Let’s enjoy the ride…….