Draft Grades: AFC North

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 DbMezvWXkAEkJWl.jpg

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 DcH0_a5V4AE87Hk

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 CxqagF9UcAEInIM.jpg

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:

AFC East

AFC South

NFC North