AFC North Draft Grades

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Baltimore Ravens

Day 1: They selected Ronnie Stanley over Laremy Tunsil with the 6th pick because of concerns surrounding Tunsil off the field. Stanley is a better pass blocker and cleaner prospect, but his run blocking isn’t that great; still, a solid selection.

Day 1 Grade: B

Day 2: The Ravens’ goal this draft was to draft  players who can get after the quarterback. They had the opportunity to get Myles Jack, but decided to trade back and draft Kamalei Correa. Correa is a relentless and explosive pass rusher who had a +16.3 pass rush grade, according to Pro Football Focus, but he will struggle against the run and getting off blockers initially. Their 3rd round selection, Branson Kaufusi, might be a steal as PFF gave him a +29.3 pass rush grade alongside his run-stopping abilities being some of the best in the draft.

Day 2 Grade: B+

Day 3: With four picks in the fourth round to start off Day 3,  Mel Kiper and Todd Mcshay said it both, “seriously, this might be the best fourth round I’ve ever seen from a team.”

Day 3 Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A-


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Cincinnati Bengals

Day 1: The Bengals selected William Jackson with the 24th selection in the first round. They drafted a corner although it wasn’t a position of need (WR, DT, OLB, S) and some scouts had a Day 2 grade on him.

Day 1 grade: C

Day 2: In one of my articles I released before Day 2 of the draft, I said Tyler Boyd would be a late gem. The Bengals selected him in the second round filling a position of need after losing Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones in free agency.  They also selected inside linebacker Nick Vigil who should be a solid player in the league. Vigil had 130+ run stops in two years, but he’d have to get stronger to continue that level of play at the pro level.

Day 2 Grade: B

Day 3: The Bengals selected defensive tackle Andrew Billings in the 4th round, a prospect who had a 1st round grade because of his talent but fell to Day 3 because of off the field issues. They also selected Christian Westerman in round 5, who was one of the best pass protecting guards according to PFF.

Day 3 Grade: B+

Overall Grade: B-



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Cleveland Browns

Day 1: The Browns did a lot of trading to pick up additional picks. They ended up selecting Corey Coleman, a playmaking wide receiver out of Baylor, with the 15th pick and ended up with four picks on Day 2.

Day 1 Grade: A

Day 2: The Browns selected two great pass rushing specialists in Emmanuel Ogbah, PFF’s 3rd best pass rusher, and Carl Nassib, who had a monster season at Penn State last year. The only flaw on Day 2 was that they drafted quarterback Cody Kessler in round 3, who had a round 6 grade.

Day 2 Grade: A-

Day 3: The selections of Joe Schobert (round 4), Rashard “ Hollywood” Higgins (round 5), and Scooby Wright (round 7) can come in and contribute right away. Don’t be surprised if they play an important role this year.

Day 3 Grade: A

Overall Grade: A


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Pittsburgh Steelers

Day 1: The Steelers arguably had the worst pick in round 1 with their selection of Artie Burns at pick 25. Burns is a press coverage corner and the Steelers play zone. Burns was also ranked number 42 among all corners in PFF, and was their 144th best prospect in the draft (I repeat, 144th and he was selected has the 25th pick). Mock drafts everywhere had Artie Burns as a 2nd round corner at best, but ideally a 3rd round corner.

Day 1 Grade: D

Day 2: In round two, the Steelers reached again selected Sean Davis from Maryland. He had a -3.6 overall grade according to PFF, which was ranked 96th among safeties in the draft class. I also believe he’s a project as a player; something you don’t draft in the scound round. In round 3, they selected a steal though who I believe will be a star player on that Steelers front in Javon Hargrave.

Day 2 Grade: C+

Day 3: Jerald Hawkins( round 4)  is a good offensive tackle from LSU, and Tyler Matakevich (round 7) from Temple University was the 2015 Bronko Nagurski Award winner for best linebacker in the nation, so obviously the kid can play; I’m urprised he went in the 7th round.

Day 3 Grade: B
Overall Grade: C-

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