Honest grading of the NFL Draft 1st Round picks

Wow what a night of seeing young men become millionaires, I know I was on the edge of my seat the whole night wondering who would be selected next.

Now that the dust has settled, let’s hand out some grades for the 1st round, where the big names will either make an impact for years to come on their team, or will flop and really hurt the future of their team, putting them right back in position to make another high draft pick.

Just as a heads up, you probably will not like your team’s grade, because we are honest and aren’t sugar coating it like other sites who are too afraid to call out a team over a horrendous pick.

On SI.com’s draft grade for example, 28 of the 32 teams got a C or higher, with the other four being three C-minuses and one D+. That’s insanely unrealistic, and there is no way 28 of 32 players end up earning a passing grade over their careers.

So we’re going to give you an honest, well-thought-out assessment of each pick and what it means in the immediate future.

Without further ado, let’s get to grading!

1. CLEVELAND BROWNS—QB BAKER MAYFIELD

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

2. NEW YORK GIANTS—RB SAQUON BARKLEY

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

3. NEW YORK JETS—QB SAM DARNOLD

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

4. CLEVELAND BROWNS—CB DENZEL WARD

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

5. DENVER BRONCOS—DE BRADLEY CHUBB

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

6. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS—G QUENTON NELSON

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

7. BUFFALO BILLS—QB JOSH ALLEN

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

8. CHICAGO BEARS—LB ROQUAN SMITH

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

9. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS—T MIKE MCGLINCHEY

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

10. ARIZONA CARDINALS—QB JOSH ROSEN

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

11. MIAMI DOLPHINS—S MINKAH FITZPATRICK

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

12. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS—DT VITA VEA

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

13. WASHINGTON REDSKINS—DT DA’RON PAYNE

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

14. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS—DE MARCUS DAVENPORT

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

15. OAKLAND RAIDERS—T KOLTON MILLER

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

16. BUFFALO BILLS—LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

17. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS—S DERWIN JAMES

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

18. GREEN BAY PACKERS—CB JAIRE ALEXANDER

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

19. DALLAS COWBOYS—LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

20. DETROIT LIONS—C FRANK RAGNOW

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

21. CINCINNATI BENGALS—C BILLY PRICE

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

22. TENNESSEE TITANS—LB RASHAAN EVANS

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

23. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS—T ISAIAH WYNN

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

24. CAROLINA PANTHERS—WR D.J. MOORE

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

25. BALTIMORE RAVENS—TE HAYDEN HURST

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

26. ATLANTA FALCONS—WR CALVIN RIDLEY

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

27. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS—RB RASHAAD PENNY

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

28. PITTSBURGH STEELERS—S TERRELL EDMUNDS

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

29. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS—DT TAVEN BRYAN

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

30. MINNESOTA VIKINGS—CB MIKE HUGHES

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

31. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS—RB SONY MICHEL

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C

 

32. BALTIMORE RAVENS—QB LAMAR JACKSON

He has not yet played one game in the NFL. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NFL player.

Grade: C


So that’s our grades! We worked very hard on this and would appreciate some feedback from you on how we did.

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