After an interesting NFL Draft, find out if your team drafted the best in their division!
AFC East: Buffalo Bills
The Jets and Dolphins both had only six picks the entire draft and both started off great, but towards the end, the picks were lackluster, which included the Jets picking a tight end in the fourth round instead of the many talented DBs and WRs that should’ve been picked instead, and Miami picking a fullback in the seventh when they have way bigger needs all around. The theme for the patriots draft this year was just big and physical, there weren’t many explosive athletes taken that pop out at you. That’s just how New England rolls, but it’s not how we roll here. Choosing a player like Chase Winovich in the third round because he’s a great character guy instead of drafting the clearly better prospect such as Oshane Ximines or Jaylen Ferguson is just what Bill Belichick does, but it will come back to haunt him and the Patriots eventually. Buffalo had great picks from top to bottom after already building off of great free agent signings. They got a steal in Cody Ford in the second round, and one of their best picks was getting the sneaky-good prospect Darryl Johnson Jr. in the seventh round.
AFC North: Baltimore Ravens
When your team arguably has the best offseason pickups this year, there isn’t much pressure to do good in the draft and Cleveland showed that this past weekend. They were fortunate to have Greedy Williams fall to them in the second round, but after that the picks weren’t great. Even though Sione Takitaki is talented, he was bit of a reach in the third round. Pittsburgh started off with a bang moving up to draft Devin Bush with the tenth pick, but fizzed out in later rounds. Zach Gentry and Sutton Smith were great picks for them however, especially if they know how to use Smith properly. Cincinnati’s draft picks were nearly as great as Baltimore’s picks but what put the Bengals in second place was their decision to draft Drew Sample way too high in the second round. The Bengals could’ve picked prospects such as Kahale Warring or Jace Sternberger who are much more talented tight ends as of now. The first six picks were amazing for Baltimore, including Jaylon Ferguson in the third round, who led the entire FBS in sacks last season.
AFC South: Houston Texans
It wasn’t a bad draft for the Colts, it just wasn’t as good as the other teams, especially when they took Ben Banogu all the way up in the second round. The Jaguars had some good picks, but even with their own players wanting them to draft a top quarterback prospect, they waited too long to draft one, and are now stuck with Nick Foles and no reliable backups. The Titans have a great draft class but it isn’t as good as Houston’s. It didn’t start out well for the Texans, as they passed on Jawaan Taylor, Cody Ford and Kaleb McGary in the first round to reach for Tytus Howard in the first round. However they ended the draft very well with players such as Charles Omenihu and Xavier Crawford. Hopefully Houston actually runs plays for their tight ends this season so that they can use Kahale Warring, who is highly talanted.
AFC West: Oakland Raiders
Give credit to Kansas City for getting a steal in the sixth round with Darwin Thompson. Besides that pick, their draft was nothing that great, especially when they reached for Mecole Hardman in the second round. The Broncos and Chargers both did great in their first three picks, more so Denver because the pair of Lock and Noah Fant will be legendary if John Elway doesn’t screw things up. We even correctly predicted Los Angeles drafting Jerry Tillery. Nonetheless, both teams didn’t get quality players in the late rounds like Oakland did. Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden clearly reached for Clelin Ferrell in the first, as we projected him to go to Oakland at 27, but every player picked after Maxx Crosby has the talent to start this season. Foster Moreau is a very talented tight end who should fill in nicely for the departed Jared Cook. Quinton Bell may need more time to develop behind Ferrell and Arden Key this season, but when you look at where he was drafted, the Prairie View A&M product was a steal for Oakland.
NFC East: Washington Redskins
Not much of a surprise here, as Washington has been deemed by many as having the best draft class of the entire league. If New York’s first two picks weren’t so bad they’d arguably would’ve have done better than the Redskins. Not only did Dave Gettleman pick Daniel Jones over Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock, he also picks a defensive tackle at 17 overall, when there were so many other needs at that spot that could’ve been covered. The Cowboys just simply did not do good with this draft class. Philadelphia had a great draft which included players such as Miles Sanders, who should be the starting running back by week one. The Redskins had steals on top of steals, on top of steals (on top of steals) in this draft. Dwayne Haskins, Montez Sweat, Bryce Love, Kelvin Harmon, and Jordan Brailford all deserved to go much higher than they were drafted. Whether Haskins starts over Alex Smith or Case Keenum this upcoming season or the next, when he does start, expect Jay Gruden’s offense to change completely from a conservative offense to a big-play, explosive offense, similar to how Andy Reid changed his offense when he replaced Alex Smith with Patrick Mahomes.
NFC North: Minnesota Vikings
Some could say it isn’t fair the Vikings have the best draft class this year in their division, since they had the most draft picks. However the Vikings didn’t get lazy with their late round picks as teams in this division, and all other divisions tend to do. It’s a fairly boring draft class from all teams in this division honestly. Detroit got a great player in T.J. Hockenson with the eighth pick, but Eric Ebron was the last tight end they drafted that high and they almost ruined his career until the Colts picked him up and showed how talented he truly was. It’s unclear why Chicago would trade away Jordan Howard, just to end up drafting a very similar running back in David Montgomery with their first pick in the draft. The Packers weren’t too far off from the Vikings, but Minnesota had some great picks toward the end of the draft which included Kris Boyd and Oli Udoh.
NFC South: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
All the other teams besides Tampa Bay don’t necessarily have a bad draft class, the Buccaneers just did a better job. The Falcons did pretty well, they got a great value pick with John Cominsky in the fourth round. The Saints and Panthers didn’t do anything splashy and just played it safe and drafted what they needed which is perfectly fine. Tampa Bay made a statement with their draft picks, drafting five straight defensive players. Bruce Arians already knows his team’s offense is high scoring, but their defense gave up a lot of points. Then they get quality picks with Matt Gay and Scott Miller, who could both end up starting for the team.
NFC West: Arizona Cardinals
Drafting Kyler Murray has nothing to do with the Cardinals having the best draft class out of their entire division, it’s the picks they made throughout the entire draft. The Seahawks by far had the worst draft in the division and arguably in the entire league. They reached for L.J. Collier in the first round, then reached for Marquise Blaire in the second round when there were so many better options for both picks. The Rams and 49ers started off with great draft picks and had some good picks towards the end of the draft including Los Angeles drafting Dakota Allen in the seventh round and San Fransisco drafting Kaden Smith in the sixth round. Arizona got steals in players such as Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler, Deionte Thompson, and certainly Caleb Wilson who should be the instant starter at tight end and one of the greatest “Mr. Irrelevant” picks in recent years. Christian Kirk was supposed to take Larry Fitzgerald’s place as the next great receiver for Arizona, but Butler and Isabella could very well push him to the back of the line on the WR depth chart.