A quick note, be sure to check out Episode 3 of Two Kids in a Trechcoat to hear more takes from this wild NFL Draft.
Baltimore Ravens: B-
Round 1, Pick 25: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
Round 1, Pick 32: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Round 3: Orlando Brown, T, Oklahoma
Round 3: Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
Round 4: Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama
Round 4: Jaleel Scott, WR, New Mexico St.
Round 5: Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA
Round 6: DeShon Elliott, S, Texas
Round 6: Greg Sanat, T, Wagner
Round 6: Bradley Boseman, C Alabama
Round 7: Zach Sieler, DE, Ferris State
The Ravens nailed it with Jackson, Brown and Andrews. It seems strange that they passed on a lot of receivers and tight ends, all better, and much younger, than Hurst. Baltimore still added some decent pass catchers and bolstered its O-Line, which is never a bad move.
Cincinnati Bengals: A
Round 1, Pick 21: Billy Price, C, Ohio St.
Round 2: Jessie Bates III, S, Wake Forest
Round 3: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio St.
Round 3: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
Round 4: Mark Walton, RB, Miami (FL)
Round 5: Devontae Harris, CB, Illinois St.
Round 5: Andrew Brown, DE, Virginia
Round 5: Darius Phillips, CB, Western Michigan
Round 7: Logan Woodside, QB, Toledo
Round 7: Rod Taylor, G, Mississippi
Round 7: Auden Tate, WR, Florida
This is only the second A I’ve awarded, the other Being Miami’s A-. While we’re talking about A minuses, I just wanna ask why do they equal a 3.67? NO WAY the difference between a 93 and a 92 is .33 points.
The Bengals no longer have a human turnstyle starting at center, and filled other needs with great picks to follow. Bates definitely flew under the radar, and was a smart choice in the second. Cincy got great value in Hubbard and Jefferson in the third.
Cleveland Browns: C
Round 1, Pick 1: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Round 1, Pick 4: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio St.
Round 2: Austin Corbett, T, Nevada
Round 3: Chad Thomas, DE, Miami (FL)
Round 4: Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida
Round 5: Genard Avery, LB, Memphis
Round 6: Damion Ratley, WR, Texas A&M
Round 6: Simeon Thomas, CB, Louisiana
C is for Cleveland. The Browns’ Draft left me with so many questions. Why take Mayfield No. 1? Why pass on Chubb at 4? Mayfield and Ward are both great football players, but I’m still scratching my head. Cleveland passed on someone better at every one of its first four picks.
Pittsburgh Steelers: C
Round 1: Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech
Round 2: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma St.
Round 3: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma St.
Round 3: Chuks Okorafor, T, Western Michigan
Round 5: Marcus Allen, S, Penn St.
Round 5: Jaylen Samuels, RB, NC State
Round 7: Joshua Frazier, DL, Alabama
Edmunds was a str——————-etch (get it?) in the first round. What prevented me from giving the Steelers a D was the great idea of taking Washington and Rudolph with back-to-back picks. Big Ben will likely call it a career after this season, which gives Rudolph a year to learn before taking over. Then, he gets to throw to his top college receiver AND Antonio Brown.
Here are the rest of the completed NFL Draft Grades: