Gridiron player eval. resume

Here’s a compilation of my best evaluations of underrated gridiron players since 2018, with hyperlinks to media that proves my evaluation prior to the players having successful professional careers:

  1. I gave a first round grade on Jakobi Meyers who would go undrafted in 2019. He would proceed to beat out a first round pick at his position from that draft in N’Keal Harry, amongst others, to become a top receiving threat for the Patriots since his rookie season.
  2. Orlando Brown Jr was my top rated player in the 2018 draft (back when I considered o-lineman and safeties the most valuable players in the sport) – he was drafted in the third round, amid questions about his athleticism after a “poor” combine performance. He has gone on to become one of the most valued offensive lineman in the league.
  3. I had a first round grade on Kyzir White in the 2018 draft, in which he was drafted in the fourth round. He’d go on to work his way into the Los Angeles Chargers defensive rotation before earning a contract and great playing time with the Eagles.
  4. I thought DeShon Elliott was a top-10 player in the 2018 draft, but he was drafted in the sixth round. He’d eventually start for the Ravens and earn a contract and starter’s snaps for the Lions.
  5. I graded linebacker Cole Holcomb as worthy of a mid-first round pick, but was taken in the fifth round in 2019. He has started for Washington since day one.
  6. I gave the Los Angeles Rams an “A” grade for their 2019 draft haul, which included quality prospects in David Long, Greg Gaines, David Edwards, Darrell Henderson, Bobby Evans and Dakota Allen. The former three were big-time contributors on the Rams’ 2021 title, while the latter three have had spot minutes here and there.
  7. I gave Giovanni Ricci a day two grade before the 2020 draft (meaning I thought he was worthy of being picked from round two), but he’d go undrafted. He’s since carved out a role as the Panthers’ fullback.
  8. I considered Jonah Jackson one of the top interior offensive lineman in the 2020 draft – he’s started every possible game for the Lions since entering the league as a third round pick.
  9. Mark Andrews was my highest rated tight end in the 2018 draft, but he’d be taken in the third round before three other tight ends (including a quality player in Hayden Hurst on his own team). He’s been one of the league’s highest regarded tight ends since.
  10. I made this highlight video stating that Kamu Grugier-Hill was one of the most underrated free agents in the 2021 offseason. Grugier-Hill would be signed by the Texans to a one year, $2.5 million contract, and has been a mainstay for them since as one of their team’s off-ball linebackers.
  11. Defensive end James Smith-Williams was my highest rated player in the 2020 draft, but was taken in the seventh round. He’s been in the defensive rotation for Washington ever since.
  12. Dorance Armstrong was a top-three edge defender in the 2018 draft in my opinion, before being taken in the fourth round by the Cowboys. His playing time has steadily grown until he is now one of Dallas’ defensive anchors.
  13. Trevis Gipson was worthy of a day two pick in the 2020 draft in my opinion, before being taken in the fifth round. He’s now a starting defensive end for the Chicago Bears, notching seven tackles and two sacks in the first two games of the 2022 season.
  14. Donald Parham was my second-highest graded tight end in the 2019 draft, but went undrafted. He played in 41% of his team’s offensive snaps last season.
  15. I gave Isaiah Prince a mid-first round grade before the 2019 draft, but he’d be drafted in the sixth round by the Dolphins. He’d be cut by the ‘Phins, before being picked up by the Bengals and eventually starting for them in the latter half of the 2021 season, performing so well that he helped his team reach the Super Bowl.
  16. I thought Kamren Curl was one of the top defensive backs in the 2020 draft – he’s played in atleast 70% of Washington’s snaps since day one after getting drafted in the seventh round.
  17. I thought Will Clapp was one of the better offensive lineman in the 2018 draft. He’s bounced around the league but has stuck around enough to where he filled in for the Chargers at center recently when their starter went down.
  18. Despite being a former first round pick, Malik Hooker’s stock in league circles was down in the 2021 offseason due to his injury issues. I still called him one of the most underrated free agents in that year, and he’s since being a strong presence for the Cowboys when they picked him up on the cheap.
  19. Broderick Washington was one of my highest rated defenders in the 2020 draft but would be taken in the fifth round. He’s been in the Ravens’ d-line rotation since his rookie year.
  20. Byron Murphy was worthy of a top-five pick in the 2019 draft IMO, but was taken 33rd overall. He’s since become a leading contributor for the Cardinals’ defense at cornerback.
  21. I labelled Pat Elflein as an “All_pro level guard” last season, and is now doing great for the Panthers at center.
  22. Kindle Vildor was my highest rated cornerback in the 2020 draft but was taken in the third round – he’s now starting for the Bears.
  23. De’Montre Tuggle had a great college career but ended up splitting a lot of snaps with other backs at Ohio in his senior season, before going undrafted. He showed enough to NFL teams to get a lot of preseason action with the Bears. Since 2021 I’ve considered Tuggle one of the best young running backs in the world.
  24. I thought Cedric Wilcots of New Mexico State was worthy of a high draft pick in the 2020 draft. He’s in the defensive rotation for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL.  
  25. I made this video highlighting excellent draft prospects since 2018 who would achieve roster spots in the USFL.
  26. Jake Hanson was drafted in the sixth round of the 2020 draft, but was trusted enough to play in every snap in the Packers’ opening game in 2022. I considered him one of the better o-lineman in that draft.
  27. I considered Jarrett Guarantano an all-time great quarterback prospect in the 2022 draft. Despite getting limited reps in his final season at Washington State, he’d earn a lot of snaps for the Cardinals in their recent preseason (which I chronicled with this video).
  28. James Daniels, a top 10 player in my 2018 draft evaluation, was taken in the second round and has become a highly lauded interior lineman, enough to get a lucrative new contract and a starting spot for the Steelers.
  29. I called Rashad Fenton an elite corner early in 2021 season, has been their most reliable cornerback for the Chiefs since.
  30. I gave Tulsa o-lineman Tyler Smith an A+ grade as a generational prospect before the 2022 draft. He’s playing well for the Cowboys as their starting left tackle already.
  31. Colton McKivitz, one of the top o-lineman in the 2020 draft in my book, has been in and out of the 49ers offensive line since his rookie year after being drafted in the fifth round.
  32. Bilal Nichols has been making big plays for the Raiders as their starting defensive tackle, after being signed by them to a relatively cheap contract for an elite d-tackle. Last offseason I graded Nichols as one of the best players from his draft class (I missed evaluating him prior to his draft).
  33. Greg Little, taken in the second round by the Panthers in 2019 but cut within a few seasons, is now getting a starting opportunity in Miami. He was one of my highest rated players before his draft.
  34. I labelled Keion Crossen as one of his drafts best players three years after it happened – he is still getting opportunities on the Dolphins’ special team units and occasionally as a defensive back.
  35. Alexander Mattison has developed into of the league’s better running backs, attested to in my video highlighting great players from the 2019 draft. Despite a bearish market for running backs – supported by the fact that they’re the lowest paid All-22 position group – Mattison is considered good enough to be in trade talks after playing well as a starter in 2021.
  36. Nathan Shepherd, my top rated defensive tackle in the 2018 draft, has stayed in the Jets d-tackle rotation after being taken in the third round.

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