Grades for rounds two and three for 2019 NFL draft

33. Arizona Cardinals – CB Byron Murphy. A. I would’ve targeted Murphy with the first pick (obviously trading down to get him), so this is an absolute steal for the Cards. Murphy and Patrick Peterson (assuming he’s with the team, there’s been trade rumours) will make an epic cornerback duo.

34. Indianapolis Colts – CB Rock Ya-Sin. F. Ya-Sin isn’t overly athletic, instinctive or flexible in the hips. I like the positional choice, but I have 26 corners ahead of him.

35. Jacksonville Jaguars – T Jawaan Taylor. F. Love the positional pick, do not like the player. Taylor has terrible pad level, hand usage, balance, which are key traits for a tackle. I actually have an undraftable grade for Taylor.

36. San Francisco 49ers – WR Deebo Samuel. B. Hakeem Butler is better, but Samuel will be a Pro Bowler from day one. Extremely good after the catch, but super underrated with route running and creating separation. He won’t be a jump ball guy, and compares to Golden Tate, but expect 1200 yards or so from Samuel in year one. Garoppolo gets that go-to receiver next to George Kittle.

37. Carolina Panthers – T Greg Little. B. They already have studs in Taylor Moton and Darryl Williams at tackle, but either of those guys can be moved inside to make way for Little, who has Hall-of-Fame ability. Yodny Cajuste is slightly better than Little, but great pick nonetheless.

38. Buffalo Bills – T Cody Ford. B. The Bills are bolstering their offensive line, which I love. Of course, they could’ve just kept Cordy Glenn, but they now have a great young tackle duo in Ford and Dion Dawkins. Josh Allen will have some time to throw, and LeSean McCoy might have a resurgent season.

39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Sean Bunting. F. I have a similar grade for Bunting as Ya-Sin. Bunting is athletic but you can tell he hasn’t played the position for long – any receiver with some nuance in their routes will make him get out of position. He has deep ball speed and some explosiveness, but give me Joejuan Williams or Kris Boyd. The Bucs need secondary help more than anyone in the draft, and they just whiffed.

40. Oakland Raiders – CB Trayvon Mullen. C. A day-one starter. Fills a position of need. There were better guys available though.

41. Denver Broncos – T Dalton Risner. B. They need more offensive linemen, and Risner fits the bill. He can be a long term option at tackle to replace Jared Veldheer, who has some injury problems, or he can play guard, or even center! They lost Matt Paradis, so the Broncos need to do some shuffling along that line.

42. Denver Broncos – QB Drew Lock. F. They need an improvement at QB, but Lock shows little ability other than his rocket arm.

43. Detroit Lions – ILB Jahlani Tavai. F. The Lions need an ILB, but Blake Cashman and Khalil Hodge are superior players. Tavai doesn’t have the strength nor instincts to be close to sniffing starter potential.

44. Green Bay Packers – C Elgton Jenkins. F. A powerful dude but not very mobile. Justin Falcinelli and Nick Linder at center or Yodny Cajuste, Nate Davis and Connor McGovern are better at guard.

45. New England Patriots – CB Joejuan Williams. A. The best corner available. He, Gilmore and McCourty are now the best cornerback trio in the league.

46. Cleveland Browns – CB Greedy Williams. C. The Browns need more corner depth and Greedy can start right away. They need to bolster the o-line, so Cajuste or the guards I mentioned like Davis and McGovern would’ve been better. They also need a strong safety after they puzzlingly let go of Derrick Kindred, so Juan Thornhill or Nasir Adderley would’ve been good options also. Morgan Burnett can’t produce forever.

47. Seattle Seahawks – FS Marquise Blair. B. They have their free safety to replace Earl Thomas. I would’ve gone for Deionte Thompson or Thornhill though.

48. New Orleans Saints – C Erik McCoy. B. The Saints fill a hole at center with McCoy.

49. Indianapolis Colts – OLB Ben Banogu. F. I’m doubtful of Banogu’s agility, hand usage, speed and coverage ability if asked to play LB in a 3-4 scheme. Lacks technique to play 4 tech.

50. Minnesota Vikings – TE Irv Smith Jr. C. They need more offensive linemen, but Smith is a solid blocker and field stretcher from the tight end spot. I have Caleb Wilson and Donald Parham ahead of him though. This could be the end of Kyle Rudolph in Minneaopolis, as the Vikings also have a good flex tight end in Tyler Conklin from last year’s draft, and they need some breathing room in terms of cap space.

51. Tennessee Titans – WR AJ Brown. D. Corey Davis and Adam Humphries are a good one-two punch at receiver, so that position was not one of need. I would’ve liked them to go offensive guard or edge defender, as Cam Wake is freaking 38.

52. Cincinnati Bengals – TE Drew Sample. F. They got injury-riddled Tyler Eifert back who is awesome when healthy, and signed CJ Uzomah, so I’m not sure this was a position of need. Sample is also nowhere near good enough in the receiving game to deserve game time yet.

53. Philadelphia Eagles – RB Miles Sanders. D. I don’t think he’s a big improvement on Corey Clement, who could split time with recently acquired Jordan Howard.

54. Houston Texans – CB Lonnie Johnson. F. I have an undraftable grade on Johnson. Very limited explosiveness or deep speed and struggles to locate ball in air.

55. Houston Texans – T Max Scharping. F. I like the positional selection, as Scharping can play tackle and guard (although I think Martinas Rankin can be a beast at tackle from last years draft), but Scharping lacks leverage, power and agility to be even an adequate backup.

56. Kansas City Chiefs – WR Mecole Hardman. B. Hardman is a weapon. Nice route runner. With Tyreek Hill unlikely to play anytime soon, Hardman is a good option. Hakeem Butler is better though, but I understand wanting to draft a guy like Hardman who has a similar skillset to Hill, to keep the scheme the same.

57. Philadelphia Eagles – WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside. F. A jump ball guy, but not great at change of direction to create separation. I understand the positional choice if they trade Nelson Agholar, but even then I would just stick with a lineup of Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert as the base lineup. So receiver was not a need, and cornerback still needs to be addressed.

58. Dallas Cowboys – DT Trysten Hill. C. They desperately need a safety and Juan Thornhill and Deionte Thompson are still on the board. But Hill is a good run stopper on the interior with some mobility and technique to get to the QB.

59. Indianapolis Colts – WR Parris Campbell. B. A very nice receiver with good yards after catch ability and deep speed.

60. Los Angeles Chargers – SS Nasir Adderley. C. With Adrian Phillips and underrated stud Kyzir White from last year’s draft at free safety, I think o-line would’ve been a better pick. However, Adderley is a great player and can play free safety, although I think strong safety is his best bet as a ball hawk and big hitter, so Derwin James or White can be moved to linebacker or even corner at times. That o-line needs help or Philip Rivers’s body might crumble. 

61. Los Angeles Rams – SS Taylor Rapp. F. Rapp is a sure tackler, but shows little ability outside of that, other than some good instincts against the run. I have atleast 10 safeties in front of Rapp. They could’ve gone interior o-line too after they lost Rodger Saffold in free agency. John Johnson and Eric Weddle are solid at safety anyway.

62. Arizona Cardinals – (traded Josh Rosen for this pick. What a waste of a pick for the Cards to move up and get Rosen last year, and besides, the Dolphins have a stud in Luke Falk). Andy Isabella. F. Isabella is fast but will be destroyed at the line of scrimmage and will have difficulty making contested catches. I don’t mind the receiver group of Larry Fitz, Kevin White (who can be a good player if healthy) and Christian Kirk, so interior o-line or linebacker would’ve been better.

63. Kansas City Chiefs – SS Juan Thornhill. A. They have a good starter in Daniel Sorenson, but Thornhill is an upgrade, and will make a bunch of All-Pro teams with his ridiculous athleticism. He can also play at corner, which the Chiefs need.

64. Seattle Seahawks – WR DK Metcalf. F. HAKEEM BUTLER IS AVAILABLE. Metcalf is fast and has YAC ability, but struggles to get separation laterally or expose holes in a zone.

65. Arizona Cardinals – DE Zach Allen. F. The Cards could use an edge defender to take over from Terrell Suggs long term, but give me Cole Holcomb, Jachai Polite or Nate Harvey over Allen. Allen could play inside, but even then a Michael Dogbe or Terry Beckner Jr can fit that role to a higher level. They still have a large hole at left guard, assuming Mason Cole can live up to my grade on him at center from last year’s draft.

66. Pittsburgh Steelers – WR Diontae Johnson. F. HAKEEM BUTLER IS AVAILABLE. They need a receiver, but Johnson is undraftable IMO. He doesn’t display any outstanding skill.

67. San Francisco 49ers – WR Jalen Hurd. F. Another receiver?! Dante Pettis, Marquise Goodwin and Deebo Samuel aren’t enough?! Besides, Hurd shows little ability other than making tough short yardage.

68. New York Jets – OLB Jachai Polite. A. The Jets nail another third round pick after getting Nathan Shephard in last years draft. Polite fills a huge need at outside linebacker who can dominate on the edge.

69. Jacksonville Jaguars – TE Josh Oliver. C. The Jags have a bunch of average tight ends, and while Oliver doesn’t move the chains much at that spot, he does have some big-time ability as a rotational tight end from day one. YODNY CAJUSTE IS STILL ON THE BOARD AND THEY DESPERATELY NEED AN OFFENSIVE TACKLE THOUGH!!

70. Los Angeles Rams – RB Darrell Henderson. C. Absolute road runner with big play ability and toughness between the tackles. They do need running back depth behind Todd Gurley, but edge defence and interior o-line is a big need still.

71. Denver Broncos – DT Dremont Jones. F. The Broncos have good 3 techs in Derek Wolfe and Adam Gotsis, and they might move to a 4-3 base D if they commit to Bradley Chubb, who simply can’t cover in a 3-4 scheme. They really need an upgrade at QB – Joe Flacco is overpaid and past it, and as I wrote about Drew Lock, he’s gonna be another Broncos QB bust. Give me Taylor Cornelius, Jordan Ta’amu or Tanner Mangum.  They could use a good safety too, like a Deionte Thompson.

72. Cincinnati Bengals – ILB Germaine Pratt. F. A big dude who will destroy you in the run game, but nowhere near mobile enough to cover or defend in space. They have All-Pro level player in Malik Jefferson already, so they should’ve gone o-line again or safety.

73. Chicago Bears – RB David Montgomery. F. Montgomery is ok with some shiftiness, but there were better backs on the board like LJ Scott and Bryce Love.

74. Buffalo Bills – RB Devin Singletary. F. They already have LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore and newly added TJ Yeldon. Singletary is pretty good, but I’d prefer LJ Scott and Bryce Love over him. And they need more cornerback depth, as well as linebacker as I think they whiffed on Trumaine Edmunds last year.

75. Green Bay Packers – TE Jace Sternberger. F. Caleb Wilson and Donald Parham are still available and superior at that position.

76. Washington – WR Terry McLaurin. C. The W’s need receiver help next to Josh Doctson so a nice pick here, I cannot fathom why they wouldn’t draft Hakeem Butler here though, he has fallen hard in this draft. They need corner, free safety and o-line help as well.

77. New England Patriots – OLB Chase Winovich. F. Sigh. Kyle van Noy and Donta Hightower play at this spot, and they’re pretty good. Give me Blake Cashman or Cole Holcomb here. Winovich just doesn’t blow you away with speed, strength or agility.

78. Miami Dolphins – G Michael Deiter. B. Big body who fills a need for Dolphins on interior.

79. Los Angeles Rams – CB David Long. B. I like the pick – a dude who can start in nickel packages from day one with Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, and can take over from Talib long-term.

80. Cleveland Brown – ILB Sione Takitaki. C. Love his physicality, can move some in coverage. This might mean they’re moving on from Christian Kirksey.

81. Detroit Lions – FS Will Harris. F. The Lions need help at safety since they let Glover Quin go, but I’m not sure what they see in Harris.

82. Tennessee Titans – G Nate Davis. A. Holy smokes, the Titans have the best offensive line in the league now!

83. Pittsburgh Steelers – CB Justin Layne. F. Derrick Baitty, Mark Fields and Julian Love are all still on the board and are superior at that position. They still need help at linebacker (assuming Devin Bush plays safety) and some youth on the interior of o-line, so I would’ve liked to see Connor McGovern go here, or Yodny Cajuste, WHO IS STILL ON THE BOARD.

84. Kansas City Chiefs – Khalen Saunders. F. I like Michael Dogbe, Greg Gaines or Terry Beckner Jr at defensive tackle. They need interior o-line help too so Cajuste or Connor McGovern would be nice there.

85. Baltimore Ravens – OLB Jaylon Ferguson. C. Fills a huge need at linebacker since they lost Terrell Suggs, Zadarius Smith and CJ Mosley, so not a bad pick. I like Cole Holcomb, Nate Harvey and Blake Cashman more though. They could also get more interior o-line help too.

86. Houston Texans – TE Kahale Warring. F. Warring can certainly get upfield but doesn’t show any hugely impressive skill in blocking, understanding where space is within zones or creating separation in man to man coverage. Give me Caleb Wilson or Donald Parham at that spot.

87. New England Patriots – RB Damien Harris. C. I love the player, confused by the pick seeing as they have James White, Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel already.

88. Seattle Seahawks – ILB Cody Barton. F. They already have Bobby Wagner, an aging KJ Wright, and even Shaquem Griffin can play at off-ball LB. Barton didn’t show much agility or play recognition when I scouted him.

89. Indianapolis Colts – OLB Bobby Okereke. D. A hybrid linebacker who is probably best on the outside to use his solid dip on pass rush. Didn’t they already take Banogu at that spot?

90. Dallas Cowboys – G Connor McGovern. A. Ok, the Titans have some rivalry for best o-line in the game. Tyron Smith, Connor McGovern, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin and Connor Williams is ridiculous. McGovern deserved to be picked in the early first round, as he’s a huge interior presence, nimble and strong enough in the run game and almost impeccable in pass protection.

91. Los Angeles Chargers – T Trey Pipkins. B. They need a tackle opposite Russell Okung badly, and Pipkins is good enough to get some starter reps. The word Cajuste might ring through the Chargers’ ears for years to come, however..

92. New York Jets – T Chuma Edoga. B. Fills a big need, as I have Brandon Shell and Kelvin Beachum as backup-level players. Cajuste was on the board though. Cajuste is hurt with a torn ACL but if you have some patience, you’ll get a Hall-of-Fame level linemen. Edoga is massive and nimble enough to pass protect, big enough to crush smaller guys in run game.

93. Baltimore Ravens – WR Miles Boykin. F. He can be a jump ball target but has a poor release from LOS and poor top speed. I like Jakobi Myers more, and Hakeem Butler. They could always move Lamar Jackson to receiver? Thats a hot take but his YAC ability would be insane, and he’d have deep ball ability and can create good separation due to to elite change of direction. Imagine the trick plays you could execute with his arm also!

94. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Jamel Dean. A. Cannot be beaten down the field and twitchy enough to cover well in zone.

95. New York Giants – OLB Oshane Ximines. F. Great numbers in college but not outstanding in any facet.

96. Buffalo Bills – TE Dawson Knox. B. Can be a long term starter for the Bills. A good vertical threat at the tight end spot. Josh Allen has some weapons. I like the Bills offseason so far!

97. Los Angeles Rams – T Bobby Evans. B. Great pick considering they need a guard (Havenstein could be kicked inside until Whitworth retires?).

98. Jacksonville Jaguars – ILB Quincy Williams. F. The strangest pick of the draft. I don’t think he was on anyone else’s radar. I watched tape on him, and he is a missile in run defence, but I don’t see any other traits to make him such an in-demand prospect that you want in the third round. 

99. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – FS Mike Edwards. F. Deionte Thompson is still available! So is Terrill Hanks, who played linebacker but is such a fluid athlete he can play at safety also. Mike Bell would also have been good as a true strong safety out of Fresno State. The Bucs do have MJ Stewart at FS already, but Edwards is not the answer next to him.

100. Carolina Panthers – QB Will Grier. F. Da heck?! You’re spending such a high pick on a backup for Cam Newton, who still has plenty of gas in the tank? I like Grier, but this pick makes no sense when they still need cornerback and safety help. 

101. New England Patriots – T Yodney Cajuste. A. The Pats just got the steal of the draft. They have Isaiah Wynn at left tackle already from last year, but Cajuste is an upgrade. He can also be a long term answer once Marcus Cannon gets long in the tooth.

102. Minnesota Vikings – RB Alexander Mattison. F. Has ok burst and isn’t shy of contact, but vision and change of direction not elite. There was a swathe of backs available, like LJ Scott, Bryce Love and Elijah Holyfied (yes, the 4.70 40 yard dash dude – watch his tape, he plays fast!). The Vikes do need more depth behind Dalvin Cook, but I don’t think they got their guy.




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