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Baltimore Ravens

1 (14). Notre Dame S Kyle Hamilton

1 (25). Iowa C Tyler Linderbaum

2 (45). Michigan EDGE David Ojabo

3 (76). UConn DT Travis Jones

4 (110). Minnesota OT Daniel Faalele

4 (119). Alabama CB Jalyn Armour-Davis

4 (128). Iowa State TE Charlie Kolar

4 (130). Penn State P Jordan Stout

4 (139). Coastal Carolina TE Isaiah Likely

4 (141). Houston CB Damarion Williams

6 (196). Missouri RB Tyler Badie

 

Notes: As is typical, Baltimore entered 2022’s draft loaded with capital after owning the compensatory process (additional third-round pick plus two fourth-rounders) and making seemingly small moves at the time that netted GM Eric DeCosta’s team two more Round 4 selections plus a sixth-rounder in deals with the Giants (parting with backup OL Ben Bredeson) and Dolphins (OL Greg Mancz). Leapfrogged by Philly for Georgia DT Jordan Davis in Round 1, the Ravens were undoubtedly happy to stop Derwin James clone Hamilton’s fall at No. 14, then shore up their interior offensive line via pro-ready pivot Linderbaum later in the first. Sacrificing WR Marquise Brown in the deal that led to Linderbaum does hurt; Brown is inconsistent but a certified playmaker, and this team was in no position to downgrade at wideout. Ojabo due to his torn Achilles, poor man’s Davis in 327-pound space eater Jones, and 384-pound monstrosity Faalele by way of his raw upside were value picks for Baltimore. On Day 3, I liked that DeCosta threw a dart at underrated TE Likely. The Ravens are a multiple-tight end team.

Grade: B+

 

 

Buffalo Bills

1 (23). Florida CB Kaiir Elam

2 (63). Georgia RB James Cook

3 (89). Baylor LB Terrel Bernard

5 (148). Boise State WR Khalil Shakir

6 (180). San Diego State P Matt Araiza

6 (185). Villanova CB Christian Benford

6 (209). Virginia Tech OT Luke Tenuta

7 (231). Clemson LB Baylon Spector

 

Notes: GM Brandon Beane sacrificed his fourth-round pick to climb two first-round slots for plus-sized cornerback Elam, then traded down twice in deals with the Bucs and Bengals that netted Buffalo two extra sixth-round selections but only dropped them from No. 57 to 63. There, Beane took receiving specialist RB Cook, younger brother of Dalvin. Cook’s pass-catching acumen perfectly aligns with the Bills’ throw-first philosophy. Bernard is a smallish but rangy nickel ‘backer and special teams prospect. Shakir caught over 200 balls at Boise, then ran 4.43 in Indianapolis. Wide receiver was an underrated Bills draft need. Araiza earned the nickname “Punt God” for booming the ball deep at SDSU. Among the league’s most forward-thinking and good-process teams, the Bills’ draft was solid even if it lacked pizazz.

Grade: C+

 

 

Cincinnati Bengals

1 (31). Michigan DB Daxton Hill

2 (60). Nebraska CB Cam Taylor-Britt

3 (95). Florida DT Zachary Carter

4 (136). North Dakota State OL Cordell Volson

5 (166). Toledo S Tycen Anderson

7 (252). Coastal Carolina DE Jeffrey Gunter

 

Notes: Sitting tight near the end of Round 1, the AFC’s 2021 Super Bowl reps initially snagged Hill, who primarily covered the slot in college and banked a three-cone time of 6.57, exhibiting rare short-area quickness required to dominate as an interior pass defender. Even after hitting the offensive line hard in free agency, I was disappointed the Bengals didn’t further supplement Joe Burrow’s protection early on. Cincinnati’s emphasis was obviously pass defense, devoting five of its six picks there. I appreciate the Bengals’ upward-trending trajectory, but there just isn’t much reason to get excited about this haul.

Grade: C-

 

 

Cleveland Browns

3 (68). Mississippi State CB Martin Emerson

3 (78). Alabama-Birmingham EDGE Alex Wright

3 (99). Purdue WR David Bell

4 (108). Oklahoma DT Perrion Winfrey

4 (124). LSU K Cade York

5 (156). Cincinnati RB Jerome Ford

6 (202). Oklahoma WR Michael Woods

7 (223). Oklahoma DE Isaiah Thomas

7 (246). Texas Tech C Dawson Deaton

 

Notes: Deshaun Watson’s controversial acquisition is included in the Browns’ grade; they lost 2022 first- and fourth-round picks because of it. Acquiring Amari Cooper cost Cleveland its fifth-rounder, although that deal is looking like a steal based on ballooning veteran receiver contracts around the league. Their first actual selection set at No. 44, the Browns instead dealt it to Houston, picking up two fourth-round picks to drop 24 spots to No. 68. Not fast but big, long, and physical, Emerson was a second-round value the Browns snagged near the top of the third. In need of weight-room work and coming off a pec injury, Wright probably won’t make a near-term impact. Bell fell to No. 99 because he ran in the 4.6s, but production is more predictive than workout metrics at wide receiver, and Bell was an extreme college producer. A disruptive up-field penetrator with some character concerns, Winfrey was fully worth a fourth-round stab. I’m rarely a fan of teams drafting kickers/punters, while Ford’s fit with the Browns is murky behind Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, and D’Ernest Johnson. (I think Hunt may be on his way out.)

Grade: C+

 

 

Denver Broncos

2 (64). Oklahoma EDGE Nik Bonitto

3 (80). UCLA TE Greg Dulcich

4 (115). Pittsburgh CB Damarri Mathis

4 (116). Iowa State DT Eyioma Uwazurike

5 (152). Oklahoma S Delarrin Turner-Yell

5 (162). Samford WR Montrell Washington

5 (171). Washington C Luke Wattenberg

6 (206). Wisconsin DL Matt Henningsen

7 (232). Wisconsin DB Faion Hicks

 

Notes: GM George Paton’s pre-draft acquisition of Russell Wilson is obviously a huge part of Denver’s grade; in this draft, it cost the Broncos pick Nos. 9 and 40. The Broncos also got pick Nos. 64 and 96 by dealing Von Miller to the Rams late last year. Undersized but explosive with a nonstop motor, Bonitto was a value pick at the end of Round 2 and a potential poor man’s replacement for Miller. Dulcich is a willing blocker and averaged nearly 18 yards per catch in college. At worst, he should be a passable No. 2 behind Albert Okwuegbunam. Uwazurike’s length, mass, and sack production made him an easy pick in Round 4. Paton has shined since replacing John Elway as the Broncos’ personnel boss.

Grade: B

 

 

Houston Texans

1 (3). LSU CB Derek Stingley

1 (15). Texas A&M OG Kenyon Green

2 (37). Baylor S Jalen Pitre

2 (44). Alabama WR John Metchie

3 (75). Alabama LB Christian Harris

4 (107). Florida RB Dameon Pierce

5 (150). Stanford DT Thomas Booker

5 (170). Oregon State TE Teagan Quitoriano

6 (205). LSU OT Austin Deculus

 

Notes: GM Nick Caserio’s Texans kicked off their draft with consecutive reaches; Stingley hasn’t played good football since 2019, while Green is a powerful yet limited one-position interior lineman. I liked Antoine Winfield clone Pitre best among Houston’s initial Days 1 and 2 picks. Metchie was my least favorite as a 187-pound possession receiver coming off a torn ACL. The talent-short Texans gave up pick Nos. 68, 108, and 124 to make the Metchie selection. Caserio traded up again for off-ball LB Harris, sending Denver a fifth-rounder to climb just five slots in Round 3. I did bet versatile, tackle-breaking 224-pound Pierce to win Offensive Rookie of the Year at 50-to-1 odds on Saturday. But I ultimately think Houston could have done more with its draft resources. They’ll surely be drafting early again in 2023.

Grade: C

 

 

Indianapolis Colts

2 (53). Cincinnati WR Alec Pierce

3 (73). Virginia TE Jelani Woods

3 (77). Central Michigan OT Bernhard Raimann

3 (96). Maryland S Nick Cross

5 (159). Missouri State DT Eric Johnson

6 (192). Youngstown State TE Andrew Ogletree

6 (216). Cincinnati DT Curtis Brooks

7 (239). Yale S Rodney Thomas

 

Notes: GM Chris Ballard’s acquisition of Matt Ryan for pick No. 82 affects Indianapolis’ grade, although the Colts lacked a 2022 first-rounder due to 2021’s failed deal for Carson Wentz. Ballard did redeem himself somewhat by netting pick Nos. 42 and 73 from Washington in trading Wentz away. The Colts added a third-rounder in Friday’s drop from 42 to 53, where they addressed a need by taking plus-sized ball winner Pierce. Tough and a freak athlete, Woods drew pre-draft comparisons to current Colts TE Mo Alie-Cox. Many draft analysts expected raw Austrian tough guy Raimann to go in Round 2. Cross is a H/W/S safety prospect with jets in the 4.3s at 6-foot, 215. PFF ratings identified Brooks as a possible Day 3 steal. Ballard’s Wentz miss hurts the Colts’ 2022 draft grade, but I think they rebounded well.

Grade: B-

 

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

1 (1). Georgia EDGE Travon Walker

1 (27). Utah LB Devin Lloyd

3 (65). Kentucky C Luke Fortner

3 (70). Wyoming LB Chad Muma

5 (154). Ole Miss RB Snoop Conner

6 (197). Ouachita Baptist CB Gregory Junior

7 (222). Arkansas CB Montaric Brown

 

Notes: Enigmatically still calling personnel shots in Jacksonville, GM Trent Baalke opted for projection-based athletic specimen Walker at No. 1 despite Walker’s limited track record of production (9.5 sacks in three college years). Baalke then traded up for off-ball linebacker Lloyd, sending pick Nos. 106 and 180 to Tampa Bay to climb from No. 33 to 27. The Jags presumably hope Fortner will eventually replace retired Brandon Linder at center, while Muma is another off-ball ‘backer with questionable cover skills. Conner was a committee back at Ole Miss, never averaging more than 10 carries per game in a single season. The Jaguars need to take the keys away from Baalke and give them to Doug Pederson, pronto.

Grade: D-

 

 

Kansas City Chiefs

1 (21). Washington CB Trent McDuffie

1 (30). Purdue EDGE George Karlaftis

2 (54). Western Michigan WR Skyy Moore

2 (62). Cincinnati S Bryan Cook

3 (103). Wisconsin LB Leo Chenal

4 (135). Fayetteville State CB Josh Williams

5 (145). Kentucky OL Darian Kinnard

7 (243). Washington State CB Jaylen Watson

7 (251). Rutgers RB Isaih Pacheco

7 (259). Marshall S Nazeeh Johnson

 

Notes: After sending Tyreek Hill to Miami for pick Nos. 29, 50, and 121, the Chiefs used their increased capital to leap from No. 29 to No. 21 for feisty Day 1 starting corner McDuffie. EDGE was similarly a need for K.C., and few 2022 prospects could match Karlaftis’ college pass-rush efficiency. Investments in McDuffie, physical Bearcats safety Cook, and fourth-round small-school sleeper Williams highlighted GM Brett Veach’s commitment to shoring up Kansas City’s suspect secondary. Moore obviously lacks the explosiveness of Hill but has a real chance to emerge as Patrick Mahomes’ favorite receiver in Year 1. Offensive line gurus I trust were impressed by Kinnard’s college tape. I think this was a really strong haul for a team that entered this draft with more needs than commonly acknowledged.

Grade: B+

 

 

Las Vegas Raiders

3 (90). Memphis OG Dylan Parham

4 (122). Georgia RB Zamir White

4 (126). LSU DT Neil Farrell

5 (175). Tennessee DT Matthew Butler

7 (238). Ohio State T/G Thayer Munford

7 (250). UCLA RB Brittain Brown

 

Notes: The Raiders’ pre-draft acquisition of Davante Adams is included in their grade; Las Vegas gave up pick Nos. 22 and 53 in this draft because of it. Dave Ziegler’s first-ever selection as Raiders GM was Parham, who projects as a Day 1 starting guard. Right after declining Josh Jacobs’ fifth-year option, Ziegler spent a fourth-round pick on two-down grinder White, who caught just 17 balls during his college career and has torn both of his ACLs. Farrell is a massive yet immobile interior presence who would have been a great draft pick in 1984. I loved the value Las Vegas got with Parham and am in favor of Adams’ acquisition, but otherwise I don’t believe this draft will move the needle for a middling-ceiling team.

Grade: C+

 

 

Los Angeles Chargers

1 (17). Boston College OL Zion Johnson

3 (79). Baylor S JT Woods

4 (123). Texas A&M RB Isaiah Spiller

5 (160). UCLA DT Otito Ogbonnia

6 (195). Georgia OG Jamaree Salyer

6 (214). Wake Forest CB Ja’Sir Taylor

7 (236). Ole Miss CB Deane Leonard

7 (260). Purdue FB Zander Horvath

 

Notes: A huge piece of GM Tom Telesco’s 2022 draft involved acquiring Khalil Mack from the Bears for this year’s No. 48 selection and Chicago’s 2023 sixth-round pick — an exchange I consider a steal for the Bolts. Telesco tabbed high-floor, high-ceiling OL Johnson at No. 17 with plans to start him at right guard as part of an impressive interior line trio also including LG Matt Feiler and C Corey Linsley. A track star with ball skills, Woods picked off eight passes over the past two seasons and blazed 4.36 in Indy. Spiller fell because of a pedestrian forty but was indisputably one of college football’s premier running backs over the past three years. I continue to believe Telesco is among the NFL’s most underrated GMs.

Grade: B+

 

 

Miami Dolphins

3 (102). Georgia LB Channing Tindall

4 (125). Texas Tech WR Erik Ezukanma

7 (224). California LB Cameron Goode

7 (247). Kansas State QB Skylar Thompson

 

Notes: Having already surrendered 2022’s No. 15 pick as part of 2021’s trade up for Jaylen Waddle and Nos. 29, 50, and 121 in exchange for Tyreek Hill, the Dolphins were severely shorthanded entering this draft. Miami also sent No. 81 to the Giants in last year’s move up for OL Liam Eichenberg, its sixth-rounder to Baltimore for G/C Greg Mancz, and seventh-rounder to Carolina for OT Greg Little. Tindall profiles as a special teamer with sub-package defensive potential, while Ezukanma was a fine collegiate whose pro transition is questionable at best. The Hill acquisition obviously carries the most weight in the Dolphins’ grade.

Grade: C+

 

 

New England Patriots

1 (29). UT-Chattanooga G/C Cole Strange

2 (50). Baylor WR Tyquan Thornton

3 (85). Houston CB Marcus Jones

4 (121). Arizona State DB Jack Jones

4 (127). South Dakota State RB Pierre Strong

4 (137). Western Kentucky QB Bailey Zappe

6 (183). South Carolina RB Kevin Harris

6 (200). Northwest Missouri State EDGE Sam Roberts

6 (210). LSU OG Chasen Hines

7 (245). Michigan OG Andrew Stueber

 

Notes: Low-cost pre-draft acquisitions of WR DeVante Parker and OT Trent Brown are included in New England’s grade, which was severely downgraded by Thursday’s reach for Strange, who spent six years at the FCS level and will be an overaged 24-year-old rookie. Thornton runs 4.3 but weighs 181 pounds and has teeny-weeny hands (8 ¼”), a troubling combination at wide receiver. A dynamic return man at Houston, 5-foot-8 Jones is probably too small to be a consistent factor in an NFL defense and is recovering from double-shoulder surgery. Jones is an undersized corner with off-field concerns. Why the Patriots picked multiple running backs with Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson, and James White already rostered is beyond me. Chase Daniel clone Zappe was another strange pick after the Pats hit on Mac Jones in last year’s draft. Bill Belichick has forgotten more football knowledge than I’ll ever know, but I have no idea what the Patriots were thinking with this draft.

Grade: D-

 

 

New York Jets

1 (4). Cincinnati CB Sauce Gardner

1 (10). Ohio State WR Garrett Wilson

1 (26). Florida State EDGE Jermaine Johnson

2 (36). Iowa State RB Breece Hall

3 (101). Ohio State TE Jeremy Ruckert

4 (111). Louisiana OT Max Mitchell

4 (117). Texas A&M EDGE Micheal Clemons

 

Notes: Loaded with early-round capital after dealing away SS Jamal Adams and QB Sam Darnold, the Jets pounced on this year’s premier man-coverage corner at No. 4 and best-bet wideout at No. 10. Gardner profiles similarly to Antonio Cromartie, while Wilson is most commonly compared to Stefon Diggs. Trading back up for draft-day slider Johnson earned GM Joe Douglas points, although parting with a fifth-rounder to elevate just two slots for a running back was questionable near the start of Round 2. Ruckert’s addition seems redundant after Gang Green signed C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin in free agency. Mitchell’s sub-average athleticism makes him a poor bet to develop into a starting NFL tackle. Douglas has specialized in exciting acquisitions since becoming Jets GM. Now, it’s time for some results.

Grade: B+

 

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

1 (20). Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett

2 (52). Georgia WR George Pickens

3 (84). Texas A&M DL DeMarvin Leal

4 (138). Memphis WR Calvin Austin

6 (208). Michigan State FB Connor Heyward

7 (225). Ole Miss LB Mark Robinson

7 (241). South Dakota State QB Chris Oladokun

 

Notes: Amid widespread speculation they were targeting Malik Willis, the Steelers instead opted to make local product Pickett 2022’s first quarterback drafted. Pickett was easily this draft’s most NFL-ready passer but may have a ceiling in the Andy Dalton range. Dropped on draft boards due to character concerns, Pickens was nevertheless a worthwhile risk-reward second-round bet. Diontae Johnson’s contract is up after this year, and Chase Claypool — who somewhat awkwardly announced the Pickens pick — has two years left. Leal is a boom-bust gamble, while Austin is a pint-sized lower-level college playmaker with a questionable big-league projection. Pittsburgh surrendered its fifth- and sixth-round picks as part of failed trades for LBs Avery Williamson and Joe Schobert. I’m giving the Steelers a middling grade because I’m unconvinced their draft haul meaningfully improved the team.

Grade: C-

 

 

Tennessee Titans

1 (18). Arkansas WR Treylon Burks

2 (35). Auburn CB Roger McCreary

3 (69). Ohio State OL Nicholas Petit-Frere

3 (86). Liberty QB Malik Willis

4 (131). Michigan RB Hassan Haskins

4 (143). Maryland TE Chig Okonkwo

5 (163). UCLA WR Kyle Philips

6 (204). Tennessee S Theo Jackson

6 (219). Ole Miss LB Chance Campbell

 

Notes: Thursday night’s highest-profile transaction sent A.J. Brown to Philly in a deal netting Tennessee pick Nos. 18 and 101. GM Jon Robinson turned Brown into SEC yards-after-catch monster Burks and an avoidance of paying Brown a top-five receiver deal. Short-armed and average athletically, McCreary will be overmatched by perimeter NFL wideouts. Petit-Frere got exposed in some of the biggest games of his college career, while Willis failed to dominate against Charmin-soft competition at Liberty. Haskins is a third-down back at best behind Derrick Henry. The Titans’ grade is also downgraded for burning pick No. 58 in last year’s trade for Julio Jones. Okonkwo drew pre-draft comparisons to movable ex-Titans TEs Delanie Walker and Jonnu Smith. This looks like a boom-bust draft class primarily dependent on Burks emerging as a true No. 1 receiver opposite Robert Woods and Willis as Ryan Tannehill’s successor.

Grade: B-