What if each NFL staff had a whole do-over in development its roster? What if each unmarried participant had been a loose agent? What if the worst staff in the league had a possibility so as to add a Super Bowl MVP at quarterback? Or one among the worst defensive teams available in the market was once ready to plop a two-time Defensive Player of the Year in the heart of its entrance?

Well, let’s in finding out. We hit reset on NFL contracts and launched each participant to the open marketplace. Then we gave our NFL Nation newshounds the GM task, letting them re-draft the foundations for his or her teams. Here are the laws:

  • Every present NFL participant is to be had, and wage caps do not topic right here. But we handiest drafted 4 rounds.

  • In the ones 4 selections, every fake GM had to choose a quarterback, a non-QB offensive participant and a defensive participant. The fourth select was once a wild card, open to the rest.

  • We used the 2020 NFL draft order, with traded selections reversed, and a snaking structure.

  • What about the different 20 starters for every staff? The remainder of the roster is made up of reasonable-stage NFL skill. Our analytics staff identifies that as somebody equivalent to OT Donovan Smith, edge rusher Harold Landry III or CB Malcolm Butler.

  • Each GM was once requested to draft with intentions of profitable a Super Bowl inside 5 years. Some took a tougher line, whilst others constructed a base that would possibly nonetheless want a 12 months or two.

So how did the players come off the board? What sorts of methods had been used? Which staff got here out having a look like a championship favourite? Our NFL Nation newshounds provide an explanation for their procedure. Plus, ESPN Stats & Information supplies a nugget for every roster, and Mike Clay evaluates every foursome with a tiered draft grade (1-4). Navigate by way of staff or skip ahead to the full list of Nos. 1-128 at the backside.

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Drafted by way of Ben Baby, Bengals reporter

Round 1 (1): Patrick Mahomes, QB
Round 2 (64): Josh Allen, DE
Round 3 (65): Laremy Tunsil, OT
Round 4 (128): Tyler Lockett, WR

If this squad is not striking up 30 issues a recreation, it is going to be on the lookout for a brand new offensive coordinator. On this staff, issues and large performs are king, time of ownership is overvalued and the use of two tight leads to a unmarried formation is grounds for dismissal. But for that philosophy to paintings, it wishes an elite quarterback. Fortunately, I had the No. 1 total select and used it on Mahomes, the reigning Super Bowl MVP who’s completely suited to as of late’s fashionable recreation.

The subsequent 3 selections had been all about the quarterback: protective him (Tunsil), dashing him (Allen) and catching his passes (Lockett). Expect to peer top-scoring video games, an exasperated opposing defensive coordinator and an exhilarating taste that might make Hal Mumme proud. — Baby

Stat to understand: Mahomes loses Tyreek Hill, who leads the NFL with 21 touchdowns of 40-plus yards since 2015 (together with returns). But who’s 2d on that listing? Lockett, with 12, giving this workout’s “Mr. Irrelevant” an excellent probability to proceed Mahomes’ large-play manufacturing.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 2. Mahomes was once the glaring 1-1 select. Allen has large upside however is unproven, Tunsil is a high-quality anchor and Lockett stays underrated.

Drafted by way of John Keim, Redskins reporter

Round 1 (2): Russell Wilson, QB
Round 2 (63): Shaquil Barrett, DE
Round 3 (66): Trent Williams, OT
Round 4 (127): Terry McLaurin, WR

Wilson was once a no-brainer at No. 2 total. He persistently performs at a top stage and lifts his staff. He is also sturdy and sensible. Most of the peak defensive ends had been long gone when I used to be once more on the board, so I went with Barrett. Now I simply have to wish he wasn’t a one-12 months marvel (19.Five sacks in 2019).

Williams was once a very simple select for me too. He nonetheless has a number of top-stage years closing, however I fear about his sturdiness. I sought after a nook subsequent and was hoping Marshon Lattimore would fall to me with the subsequent-to-final select. He did not. But I did not wish to pressure the place, so I went with a tender playmaker in McLaurin. With his skill to split and all that velocity, he can be a excellent have compatibility with Wilson. — Keim

Stat to understand: Over the previous 3 seasons, Wilson’s 100 landing passes are 15 greater than some other quarterback. But he may take pleasure in taking part in in the back of an offensive lineman like Williams; Wilson has been sacked (142 instances) and contacted whilst throwing/dashing (356 instances) the maximum in the league since 2017.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 2. I will’t fault Keim for making Wilson the 2d participant off the board, nor Barrett and his sack manufacturing in Round 2. Williams supplies an anchor at left take on, and McLaurin provides Wilson with a excellent, younger goal.

Drafted by way of Michael Rothstein, Lions reporter

Round 1 (3): Lamar Jackson, QB
Round 2 (62): Derwin James, S
Round 3 (67): Tre’Davious White, CB
Round 4 (126): DJ Moore, WR

I considered protection at No. Three total, however taking a quarterback gave the impression of a should. And when Jackson — who I believed would pass No. 1 or No. 2 — fell to me, it appeared too excellent to be true. Beyond that, I made the choice to head with two defensive players prior to the draft even began, given the league’s lean towards passing. Since I could not in finding any younger go-rushers I beloved on the board when I used to be once more on the clock, I as a substitute determined to make my secondary dominant with James and White. And then I gave Jackson a rapid way to paintings with in Moore, who can line up nearly anyplace.

Safety would possibly no longer appear to be a ton of worth, however James offers me coverage in opposition to each the run and go, and he was once a participant I keyed on from the starting for my roster. Age additionally performed a component in how I constructed my staff. I would like ascending players as franchise cornerstones to construct round, figuring out they may be able to nonetheless get well over the subsequent 3 seasons. I discovered that during all 4 players. — Rothstein

Stat to understand: Moore ranked 9th in the NFL with 1,175 receiving yards in 2019 regardless of catching passes from 3 other quarterbacks. He’ll settle in well with Jackson, who set an NFL QB dashing report with 1,206 rush yards final season but additionally had a league-top 36 passing TDs.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 1. The reigning MVP at 3rd total? That will do. Round 2 is somewhat early for a security, as Rothstein alluded to, however James is a celeb. White was once a scouse borrow at No. 67, and Moore is a great worth at No. 126.

Drafted by way of Jordan Raanan, Giants reporter

Round 1 (4): Deshaun Watson, QB
Round 2 (61): Yannick Ngakoue, DE
Round 3 (68): Terron Armstead, OT
Round 4 (125): Allen Robinson II, WR

If you do not need a quarterback, you do not need a possibility. It’s in reality that straightforward. And Watson has produced 64 general touchdowns in the previous two seasons — handiest Mahomes and Wilson had extra — and did it in the back of a in reality dangerous offensive line.

After that, I needed to wait awhile (57 selections) however nonetheless tabbed one among the league’s very best go-rushers in Ngakoue. Again, positional worth was once key. I were given the maximum vital offensive place with my first select and the maximum vital defensive line with my 2d. An All-Pro take on in the 3rd spherical is helping give Watson’s line skill he hadn’t observed in Houston. And put fourth-rounder Robinson with Watson as a substitute of Mitchell Trubisky and you can see the superstar skill. This is a core that might win a couple of Super Bowls. — Raanan

Stat to understand: Watson — the first participant in NFL historical past with no less than 25 landing passes and 5 dashing touchdowns in consecutive seasons — and Robinson will have to be capable to attach for some difficult completions; Robinson had the 3rd-maximum receptions (18) on tight-window throws final season, in line with NFL Next Gen Stats.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 1. It appears like Watson stays somewhat underrated by way of the common consensus, so I’m satisfied he were given some appreciate right here. And then Raanan discovered excellent worth the remainder of the approach.



Stephen A. Smith makes the case for why Deshaun Watson has the very best probability to problem Patrick Mahomes as the peak quarterback in the NFL.

Drafted by way of Cameron Wolfe, Dolphins reporter

Round 1 (5): Aaron Donald, DT
Round 2 (60): Ezekiel Elliott, RB
Round 3 (69): Kirk Cousins, QB
Round 4 (124): Kevin Byard, S

Quarterback was once my first precedence, however my transparent peak 4 choices had been long gone. So it was once between a trio of QBs with differing issues — Carson Wentz (sturdiness), Aaron Rodgers (age) and Kyler Murray (restricted confirmed manufacturing) — and Donald. I took my probabilities with the defensive take on. Defense wins championships, proper?

I landed Cousins in Round Three as the 24th QB off the board, and I beloved the worth there. I were given the participant I believe the NFL’s very best working again in Elliott overdue in spherical 2, and he’s going to be the point of interest of my offense. I considered taking Adam Thielen (given his chemistry with Cousins) or cornerback Xavien Howard with my wild-card select, however I could not go on Byard. He is arguably the NFL’s very best protection and a powerful chief. I want one among the large-4 QBs fell to me, however I’ve a constant playoff staff that leans on protection, the run recreation and a veteran QB. My staff may not be the peak contender, however it would simply snag a Super Bowl in a 5-12 months duration. — Wolfe

Stat to understand: Premium funding in a defensive take on once more? You’ll forgive the skepticism of Dolphins fanatics, however there is a explanation why Donald is the maximum double-teamed go-rusher in the NFL, consistent with go-dashing metrics from ESPN and NFL Next Gen Stats. And offensively, a mean O-line will have to be lots for Elliott, who leads the NFL with 928 rush yards in opposition to loaded containers over his profession.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 2. Bold transfer not to convert the 5th total select right into a QB! But it is onerous to knock the number of the league’s very best defensive participant, and Cousins falling to No. 69 was once a excellent bailout. While I do not love the Round 2 working again transfer, getting Byard overdue was once a scouse borrow.

Drafted by way of Kevin Seifert, nationwide NFL author

Round 1 (6): Ronnie Stanley, OT
Round 2 (59): Za’Darius Smith, OLB
Round 3 (70): Daniel Jones, QB
Round 4 (123): Brandon Brooks, G

I constructed the Chargers from the inside of out, in response to 3 tenets. First, there’s a critical scarcity of in reality excellent offensive linemen in the NFL. Second, discovering a go-rusher who can call for and beat double-teams is unusual. Third, the No. 6 spot supposed I don’t have get entry to to a tender, elite quarterback.

In drafting take on Stanley and guard Brooks, I’ve two of the very best at their positions. They’ll give me most scheme flexibility and make excellent ability place players higher. They may also lend a hand get better the inevitable fumbles of my younger quarterback, whom I selected with my 3rd select as a result of the players closing at that time. He had the most sensible room for growth. Smith wasn’t my first selection for a go-rusher — I had was hoping that Danielle Hunter would slip somewhat additional — however he suits the invoice. — Seifert

Stat to understand: Jones will respect the blocking off lend a hand after seeing force on 32% of his dropbacks final 12 months, the 5th-very best charge in the league. By ESPN’s go-block metrics, Stanley is one among the NFL’s maximum constant blockers. Since 2018, he is held his block for no less than 2.Five seconds 93% of the time, consistent with NFL Next Gen Stats, trailing handiest David Bakhtiari and Andrew Whitworth amongst OTs with 300 go blocks.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 3. Man, I hate passing on a QB with the 6th total select, however with age in thoughts, Stanley is arguably the league’s most beneficial LT. And Jones has a shot and is not a foul flier when you wait at the place.

Drafted by way of David Newton, Panthers reporter

Round 1 (7): Joey Bosa, DE
Round 2 (58): DeForest Buckner, DE
Round 3 (71): Jarrett Stidham, QB
Round 4 (122): Jedrick Wills Jr., OT

I determined prior to the draft that if my peak 4 QBs had been long gone at No. 7, I’d pass with the very best defensive participant. If you’ll win on this league you would higher be capable to create force, and Bosa does. And with the wild run of quarterbacks in the first spherical and into the 2d, I opted to proceed development my roster from the inside of out on protection and round pressuring the quarterback with Buckner.

The key to my draft in the long run will likely be Stidham. To lend a hand him, I took Wills — the 10th total select of the 2020 NFL draft — in the fourth spherical. You can fill in receivers and working backs with reasonable skills, however have a look at maximum Super Bowl teams and you can discover a cast internal core with numerous top draft selections. I additionally selected to construct the roster round players 26 or more youthful to get the very best years in their careers. If Stidham is the actual deal, I’ll see you in the Super Bowl. — Newton

Stat to understand: Getting to the QB was once a peak precedence for the Panthers, and they have solidified their line with one among the higher out of doors (Bosa) and inside of (Buckner) rushers. Bosa’s 0.78 sacks consistent with recreation ranks 3rd in the NFL over the previous 4 seasons (minimal 40 video games). And over the previous two years, Buckner has 18.Five sacks when covered up at defensive take on, 3rd maximum in the league.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 4. Bosa is excellent, however 7th total is simply too early. There are extra younger, affect edge rushers than there are dependable QBs. Buckner is a high-quality get at 58th, however Stidham underneath middle is a big chance, as is protective him with an unknown in Wills.

Drafted by way of Josh Weinfuss, Cardinals reporter

Round 1 (8): Drew Brees, QB
Round 2 (57): Chandler Jones, DE
Round 3 (72): A.J. Green, WR
Round 4 (121): Patrick Peterson, CB

Brees would possibly no longer have 5 years left, however he evidently has a excellent one or two in him, so I in an instant went into win-now mode. I adopted with arguably the very best go-rusher in the NFL who nobody will pay consideration to; Jones’ 96 sacks since 2012 are the maximum in that period of time.

I gave Brees one among the 4 very best receivers since 2011 in Green, and matched Jones with a lockdown nook in Peterson. That Jones-Peterson duo will create havoc for offenses and be the cornerstone for a profitable protection. — Weinfuss

Stat to understand: From 2011 to ’17, Brees threw for over 3,200 yards greater than someone else in that span, whilst Green was once the handiest receiver to be decided on to the Pro Bowl every season.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 3. It’s 2020 or bust for GM Weinfuss. You would possibly get just one 12 months out of Brees, who’s 41, and sturdiness problems for Green, 31, make the veteran receiver dangerous. Jones, 30, is an elite edge, and whilst Peterson, 29, is a high-quality select, he is nearing the finish of his high.

Drafted by way of Mike DiRocco, Jaguars reporter

Round 1 (9): Dak Prescott, QB
Round 2 (56): Danielle Hunter, DE
Round 3 (73): JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR
Round 4 (120): Marshon Lattimore, CB

I sought after players who’re 27 or more youthful. Taking Prescott at No. Nine would possibly lift some eyebrows, however he has averaged 3,944 yards and 24 TD passes in his first 4 seasons and is coming off his very best season. Smith-Schuster is handiest 23 and will likely be a peak-5 receiver so long as he isn’t catching passes from Devlin Hodges.

On protection, it is all about elite go-rushers and corners, and handiest Aaron Donald and Chandler Jones had extra sacks than Danielle Hunter (29) over the previous two seasons. Lattimore was once the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2017 and has made two Pro Bowls in 3 seasons. Good younger players shape an out of this world nucleus in the quest to win a Super Bowl inside 5 years. — DiRocco

Stat to understand: Prescott has posted an above-reasonable Total QBR in all 4 seasons of his profession and ranked fourth final 12 months at 70.2. The handiest Jaguars passer to submit a QBR that top since the metric started in 2006 was once David Garrard in 2007. Hunter may additionally make Duval County overlook about Yannick Ngakoue: Hunter had extra sacks (14.Five to eight.0) and pressures (56 to 40) in 2019.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 1, and my very best draft award. I’m shocked Prescott fell to 9th. Hunter is handiest 25 and stays painfully underrated. Smith-Schuster would possibly have long gone in Round 1 if we re-drafted a 12 months in the past. And Lattimore is one among the league’s very best corners at simply 24 years previous.



Michael DiRocco breaks down why he selected Dak Prescott over different to be had QBs, in addition to his causes for taking Danielle Hunter and Marshon Lattimore in the Jaguars’ NFL Nation re-draft.

Drafted by way of Jake Trotter, Browns reporter

Round 1 (10): Nick Bosa, DE
Round 2 (55): Justin Herbert, QB
Round 3 (74): Chris Godwin, WR
Round 4 (119): Jarvis Landry, WR

My technique was once to perform in opposition to the grain of merely taking the very best QB to be had, and I were given the league’s very best younger defender in Bosa. I believed I’d nonetheless be capable to get a confirmed QB starter with my 2d select, however given what was once left, I opted to head with very best upside imaginable. Yes, the luck of my draft will hinge on Herbert creating right into a franchise-caliber quarterback inside the 5-12 months window. But someday, it’s a must to roll the cube on a QB, and Herbert has an elite ability set.

My means then shifted to getting Herbert lend a hand on his timeline, and that incorporates Godwin, nonetheless simply 24. I most likely will have to’ve taken a tender left take on like Andrew Thomas or Jedrick Wills Jr. with my ultimate select, however Landry is a Pro Bowler and some other asset for Herbert. — Trotter

Stat to understand: Bosa was once simply the league’s very best rookie in ESPN’s go rush win charge, beating his block inside 2.Five seconds on 21.8% of his go rushes. And reckoning on the unproven Herbert is somewhat more uncomplicated to do when you are the handiest staff in the workout with two of the league’s peak 10 in receiving yards final 12 months. Godwin was once one among two players (Michael Thomas) with 1,300-plus and 9-plus receiving TDs.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 4. I do not love passing on QB at 10th total, however Bosa is a defensive cornerstone. Herbert is a whole lottery price ticket, and the QB state of affairs scares me. At least he will have guns.

Drafted by way of Rich Cimini, Jets reporter

Round 1 (11): Carson Wentz, QB
Round 2 (54): Odell Beckham Jr., WR
Round 3 (75): Bradley Chubb, OLB
Round 4 (118): Zack Martin, G

I did not wish to construct a one-12 months marvel. All 4 selections are underneath the age of 30, and I made the reputedly ridiculous choice to take Wentz, 27, over Aaron Rodgers, 36, with the 11th total select. I’m considering longer term right here, other folks, and I feel I picked up 4 blue-chip skills in the high in their careers.

Admittedly, there are sturdiness issues with Wentz, Beckham and Chubb, however the chance-praise issue was once too excellent to forget about. When all 3 are wholesome, they may be able to be amongst the very best at their respective positions. People generally tend to overlook about Chubb as a result of he overlooked maximum of final season as a result of a knee damage, however he is the similar participant who exploded for 12 sacks as a rookie. As for Martin, he does not play a so-referred to as top rate place, however we are speaking about the very best guard in the recreation and a long term Hall of Famer. I really like my staff. — Cimini

Stat to understand: Wentz averaged 299.Eight yards consistent with recreation over Weeks 14-17 final 12 months, throwing seven touchdowns and 0 interceptions — and his Eagles had been led in receptions in that reach by way of Boston Scott, Greg Ward Jr. and Dallas Goedert. Beckham and his 5 profession 1,000-yard seasons constitute an important skill improve.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 3. Well completed grabbing a franchise QB in Wentz at 11, and we all know OBJ has elite upside. It simply felt approach too early on Chubb.

Drafted by way of Paul Gutierrez, Raiders reporter

Round 1 (12): Aaron Rodgers, QB
Round 2 (53): Von Miller, OLB
Round 3 (76): Josh Jacobs, RB
Round 4 (117): Henry Ruggs III, WR

Let’s make proper what as soon as went flawed, we could? The Raiders coulda, shoulda, woulda drafted Rodgers long ago in 2005 however went with rapid cornerback Fabian Washington as a substitute. Now a grizzled vet and a long term Hall of Famer, Rodgers has an enormous chip on his shoulder with the Packers having drafted Jordan Love, and Jon Gruden loves vets with chips — and ‘ships. Miller, a veteran presence on protection who has terrorized the Raiders for 9 years, exams some other field.

Filling out this roster with early life and velocity is the yin to the vet yang, so Jacobs and Ruggs — the quickest guy in the 2020 draft — make for a balanced roster. — Gutierrez

Stat to understand: Miller’s sack general was once “handiest” 8.Zero final 12 months, the first time he has had not up to 10 sacks in a complete season. Since coming into the league in 2011, Miller has extra double-digit-sack seasons (seven) than the Raiders as a staff (4).

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 4. Rodgers may not be what he was once, however I will’t fault taking him at No. 12. And Miller nonetheless has one thing left at age 31. But whilst Jacobs was once nice as a rookie, going RB is daring, particularly one that hasn’t completed a lot as a receiver. And I feel there have been confirmed superstar WRs to be had when Ruggs was once picked.

Drafted by way of Mike Wells, Colts reporter

Round 1 (13): Joe Burrow, QB
Round 2 (52): Zach Ertz, TE
Round 3 (77): Quenton Nelson, G
Round 4 (116): Darius Leonard, ILB

The Colts are recognized for deciding on franchise quarterbacks (Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck, someone?). Now it is Burrow’s flip. Honestly, it was once somewhat sudden that Burrow was once nonetheless on the board at No. 13.

Coach Frank Reich values tight leads to his offense, and Ertz is one among the very best in the NFL, giving Burrow a pass-to focus on. Who higher to supply nastiness for the whole staff than Nelson, who arguably was once the very best total participant from the 2018 draft? Franchise quarterback. Big goal for stated QB. Anchor on the offensive line. And then an anchor on protection with Leonard, who led the NFL in tackles as a rookie in 2018 and was once a Pro Bowler in 2019. The basis is about in Indianapolis. — Wells

Stat to understand: Indy hangs directly to the crown jewels of its 2018 draft magnificence in Nelson and Leonard. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the two had been the 2d pair of rookie teammates to every make first-staff All-Pro, becoming a member of Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers of the 1965 Bears.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 2. There had been more secure QB objectives at No. 13, however I will respect deciding on an age-23 possible franchise QB in Burrow. Ertz is a secure select, and fatherland heroes Nelson and Leonard will likely be distinction-makers for a very long time.

Drafted by way of Jenna Laine, Buccaneers reporter

Round 1 (14): Tom Brady, QB
Round 2 (51): Alvin Kamara, RB
Round 3 (78): Chris Jones, DT
Round 4 (115): Kenny Golladay, WR

I sought after a confirmed QB as opposed to possible, and I selected Brady as a result of his monitor report, his 45 profession recreation-profitable drives and longevity — even at 42, he has overlooked fewer video games than Ben Roethlisberger or Matthew Stafford. I additionally believe his “grab” gene greater than Matt Ryan. But in taking Brady, I do know my window to win will likely be a lot smaller than different teams, perhaps as small as two years.

Kamara was once the 3rd-very best non-QB offensive participant on my board, so I used to be delighted to land him. He can line up anyplace on the box and will lend a hand Brady in the display screen recreation. I really like that Jones can transfer all across the line of defense, and his 69 wins in opposition to double-teams over the previous 4 seasons places him 2d handiest to Aaron Donald in the NFL, in line with ESPN go-rush metrics powered by way of NFL Next Gen Stats. Golladay has again-to-again 1,000-yard seasons, so I believe him terrific worth in the fourth spherical. — Laine

Stat to understand: The Buccaneers drafted the entirety to lend a hand a quickly-to-be 43-year-previous quarterback. Since entering the league in 2017, Kamara ranks 3rd in scrimmage touchdowns (37) and 5th in scrimmage yards (4,476). And final season, Golladay had the maximum catches (16) and tied for the maximum landing catches (5) on throws 20 yards downfield.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 1. Brady on the Bucs? Pfft. Like that might ever occur. I do not like the Round 2 working again, however no less than Kamara is a receiving weapon, too. Jones is an absolute scouse borrow in Round 3, and Golladay a robust overdue in finding.



Jay Williams and Rob Ninkovich debate how shut Tom Brady may well be to surpassing Michael Jordan for largest athlete of all time.

Drafted by way of Jeff Legwold, Broncos reporter

Round 1 (15): Drew Lock, QB
Round 2 (50): Travis Kelce, TE
Round 3 (79): Isaiah Simmons, ILB
Round 4 (114): Courtland Sutton, WR

Working off the 5-12 months window, the line between present manufacturing and early life with room to develop needed to be regarded as with the picks. The quarterbacks got here off the board temporarily with 10 already long gone, so I made my largest gamble on possible with Lock.

I had long gone in considering quarterback, edge rusher and cornerback, and I gave an extended have a look at Von Miller with my 2d select. But in the on a regular basis NFL global, edge rushers regularly expand the maximum temporarily, in order that was once a place which may be addressed later in a complete-staff construct. I determined to get somewhat extra offense with Kelce as a substitute. I would possibly have got somewhat impatient there, and if we redid it, I’d lean protection in the 2d spherical. Defensive versatility got here in the 3rd with Simmons, the top player on my 2020 draft board, and I feel Sutton was once a Round Four scouse borrow. — Legwold

Stat to understand: Kelce and Sutton function a robust inside of-out of doors tandem. Kelce’s 69 catches between the painted numbers trailed handiest DeAndre Hopkins and Michael Thomas in 2019. Sutton averaged slightly below 17 yards consistent with catch on objectives out of doors the numbers, which ranked 10th. The duo may lend a hand justify the presence of Lock, who was once decided on prior to Matt Ryan and Kyler Murray.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 4. Legwold confirmed his religion in Broncos GM John Elway by way of taking Lock over more secure QB choices after which Sutton in Round 4. Kelce is a great, secure select at No. 50. Simmons is dangerous, however there may be clearly large upside for the 2020 first-rounder.

Drafted by way of Vaughn McClure, Falcons reporter

Round 1 (16): Matt Ryan, QB
Round 2 (49): Cameron Jordan, DE
Round 3 (80): CeeDee Lamb, WR
Round 4 (113): Jeff Okudah, CB

Eleven quarterbacks had been drafted prior to my variety, and I’m a type of who imagine Ryan remains to be a top-10 quarterback regardless of his age. You want your franchise QB, and he provides you with nearly a 70% of entirety charge and sturdiness (one overlooked recreation over the previous 10 seasons).

A constant go rush could also be a should, and Jordan has averaged 13.Five sacks over the previous 3 seasons. Pressure up entrance then must be coupled with nice protection, and all indicators level to Okudah being a shutdown nook for future years. Lastly, one NFL government stated Lamb will likely be a Pro Bowl receiver this 12 months. As a rookie. So believe how vibrant his long term is. — McClure

Stat to understand: The Falcons get a large spice up on protection with the addition of Jordan, who has the 3rd-maximum sacks over the previous 3 seasons (40.5). Atlanta ranks 27th in sack charge over that very same duration (5.6%).

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 3. Ryan, 35, figures to have a couple of years left, so getting him 16th total is a robust worth. And the underrated Jordan is a pleasant get, too. But Lamb and Okudah went prior to many confirmed stars at their positions.

Drafted by way of Todd Archer, Cowboys reporter

Round 1 (17): Kyler Murray, QB
Round 2 (48): Tyron Smith, OT
Round 3 (81): Keenan Allen, WR
Round 4 (112): Maxx Crosby, DE

The recreation is set quarterbacks, go-rushers, go-protectors and large-play skill. I wager on Murray as a result of I sought after to verify I had a QB who could make performs when issues wreck down. I went with Smith as a result of he stays one among the very best left tackles in the recreation.

In the 3rd spherical, I were given lovable and it harm me. I sought after to take DeMarcus Lawrence however concept possibly his 5-sack season in 2019 would make him slip to the ultimate spherical. I’m proud of Allen, however I will have gotten a similar receiver in the fourth whilst shoring up the go rush first. Needing to take a defender with my final select, my selection was once right down to Crosby and Jeff Okudah. A go rush makes a secondary higher, and Crosby’s 10 sacks in 2019 lead me to imagine he’s going to have larger issues to come back in the long term. — Archer

Stat to understand: Murray loves to get the ball out temporarily and had the 2d-maximum go makes an attempt (285) with fewer than 2.Five seconds from snap to throw. He’ll experience throwing to Allen, who has been the fashion of consistency with the 3rd-maximum receptions since 2017 (303) and 1,100 receiving yards in every of the previous 3 years.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 1. Archer needed to be stunned Murray was once nonetheless on the board at 17th total. I certain am. Both Murray and Smith had been steals, and I do like the Allen get at No. 81. Crosby was once most likely a succeed in, however he flashed as a rookie.

Drafted by way of Brooke Pryor, Steelers reporter

Round 1 (18): Teddy Bridgewater, QB
Round 2 (47): Minkah Fitzpatrick, S
Round 3 (82): Mitchell Schwartz, OT
Round 4 (111): DK Metcalf, WR

At No. 18, I felt like I used to be in no-guy’s land. The peak-tier QBs had been off the board, and the a few of the very best ability players had been additionally long gone. I determined to head with Bridgewater as a result of he has proven the possible to leap into the subsequent tier of QBs, and I feel a few years in New Orleans have made him even higher. Then I eager about getting a recreation-converting defensive participant. A tender Swiss Army knife skill like Fitzpatrick greater than suits the invoice.

Next, I sought after to provide Bridgewater sturdy strengthen in an offensive weapon and a protector. I went with Schwartz for that coverage, although I nearly selected Orlando Brown. Schwartz has a Super Bowl ring, so I in the long run selected enjoy over early life, however I imagine Brown is on his approach to changing into a mainstay in the league. Metcalf was once my ultimate select. Sure, he had a excellent rookie season, however I’m nonetheless no longer over his pre-draft exercise footage. No approach may I go on a man as jacked as him. — Pryor

Stat to understand: Can Fitzpatrick mirror the affect he had on Pittsburgh’s protection final 12 months? After he joined the staff prior to Week 3, the Steelers’ protection led the NFL in Total QBR allowed (39.1) and tied with the Panthers for the league lead in sacks (49).

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 3. I’d’ve aimed more youthful at No. 18, and the jury undoubtedly stays out on Bridgewater. He has made handiest six begins over the previous 4 whole seasons. But it is onerous to fault the Minkah, Schwartz and Metcalf picks.

Drafted by way of Jeff Dickerson, Bears reporter

Round 1 (19): Jimmy Garoppolo, QB
Round 2 (46): Derrick Henry, RB
Round 3 (83): Jerry Jeudy, WR
Round 4 (110): Eddie Jackson, S

I used to be decided to draft a quarterback in Round 1 and felt lucky that Garoppolo was once to be had. At 28 years previous, he tied for 5th in landing passes (27) and took his staff to the Super Bowl final 12 months. And Henry, the NFL’s dashing champion, was once a no-brainer for me in the 2d spherical.

I sought after some other offensive weapon, so I used my wild-card select on Jeudy. My handiest be apologetic about is that I took Jeudy over Amari Cooper, who went 4 spots later. Hindsight is 20/20, however there is not any time to 2d-bet in my struggle room. I wrapped up the draft by way of addressing protection with ascending Pro Bowl protection Eddie Jackson. Translation: 12 victories and a berth in the convention championship recreation, at minimal. — Dickerson

Stat to understand: Which two teams led the NFL in play-motion passing yards final 12 months? Henry’s Titans (1,694) and Garoppolo’s 49ers (1,614). There may well be a play-motion go or two on this Chicago playbook.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 4. Garoppolo seems authentic, and getting him at 19th total is a pleasant worth. Henry does not catch sufficient balls to head at No. 46, and as Dickerson said, it was once dangerous to head Jeudy over confirmed commodities. I’d’ve appeared in different places on protection, too, however Jackson is cast.

Drafted by way of Lindsey Thiry, Rams reporter

Round 1 (20): Christian McCaffrey, RB
Round 2 (45): Bobby Wagner, ILB
Round 3 (84): Jared Goff, QB
Round 4 (109): Dante Fowler Jr., DE

The peak tier of quarterbacks had been off the board, so I held out, expecting a couple of midtier choices would stay to be had after the preliminary first-spherical run. It made sense as a substitute to get the multipurpose McCaffrey, who final season led the league with 2,392 scrimmage yards. Because of the snake structure, it additionally made sense to choose an elite defensive participant in Wagner in the 2d spherical.

My quarterback gamble paid off in the 3rd spherical, as I used to be ready to take Goff. He would possibly have had a down season in 2019, however he nonetheless has a number of possible for the reason that he helped the Rams to the Super Bowl in 2018. A excellent-to-elite go-rusher is at all times vital in forming a a hit protection, and Fowler — coming off his maximum a hit season thus far with 11.Five sacks — gave the impression of an glaring nice worth. — Thiry

Stat to understand: McCaffrey changed into handiest the 3rd participant in NFL historical past to report 1,000 dashing and 1,000 receiving yards in the similar season (Marshall Faulk and Roger Craig). But he additionally led all working backs in receptions and receiving yards on play-motion, which will have to lend a hand Goff, who in 2018 threw a league-very best 15 play-motion TDs.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 3. McCaffrey is implausible, however my analytically vulnerable mind can not get in the back of an RB at 20th total. Wagner is a brilliant get, Goff is not a foul in finding in Round Three and Fowler is off the board somewhat too early.



Max Kellerman, Booger McFarland and Christian McCaffrey can not agree on who is the very best working again in the NFL between McCaffrey, Zeke Elliott and Saquon Barkley.

Drafted by way of Tim McManus, Eagles reporter

Round 1 (21): Baker Mayfield, QB
Round 2 (44): Chase Young, DE
Round 3 (85): Lane Johnson, OT
Round 4 (108): A.J. Brown, WR

I purchased low on the 25-year-previous Mayfield, believing circumstance dragged him down final season and that he is poised for a pointy ascent coming into Year 3. Given that we are having a look at a 5-12 months window to pursue a championship, I will’t recall to mind an edge rusher I’d relatively wager on than the exceptionally proficient Young, who led the FBS with 16.Five sacks final season.

I’d have most well-liked a left take on in Round 3, however it might were a pressured select given the players to be had, and you’ll be able to sleep smartly figuring out Johnson goes to deal with industry on his facet. With the major priorities checked off the to-do listing, I gave Mayfield an explosive ability place participant to lean on in Brown. — McManus

Stat to understand: Expect a number of large performs. Mayfield has the fourth-maximum completions of no less than 20 yards downfield (56) over the previous two seasons. Now he will get to throw to Brown, who led all learners in receiving yards (1,051) final season and averaged the 2d-maximum yards consistent with reception (20.2) in the NFL.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 2. Mayfield stays an unknown, however I really like the upside dart throw at No. 21. We know Johnson is an elite OT, and whilst Young and Brown are much less of certain issues, each have elite upside.

Drafted by way of Marcel Louis-Jacques, Bills reporter

Round 1 (22): Michael Thomas, WR
Round 2 (43): Josh Allen, QB
Round 3 (86): Matthew Judon, OLB
Round 4 (107): Micah Hyde, S

With such a lot of QBs off the board by way of the time my first select came visiting, I sought after to concentrate on getting a bonafide playmaker for whichever QB I finished up with. And you’ll be able to’t do too a lot better than Thomas. Then Allen’s skill to increase performs and transfer the chains increased him above the closing QB applicants in the 2d spherical, particularly if he develops on the similar trajectory in Year Three that he did in Year 2. Judon supplies this protection with a top-stage go-rusher, whilst Hyde secures the secondary as one among the league’s maximum underrated and flexible safeties. — Louis-Jacques

Stat to understand: If you are sticking with Allen, the handiest certified passer who did not whole 60% of his passes in both 2018 or 2019, then pairing him with Thomas is as excellent because it will get. NFL Next Gen Stats tells us Thomas led the league with a plus-12.7% catch proportion above expectation final season. That’s nice information for Allen’s accuracy; he ranked 31st out of 32 final 12 months in off-goal proportion on brief throws (17%).

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 4. Thomas could also be the most beneficial non-QB in the league. But can Allen get him the ball? And Nos. 86 and 107 really feel somewhat early for Judon and Hyde, respectively.

Drafted by way of Mike Reiss, Patriots reporter

Round 1 (23): Sam Darnold, QB
Round 2 (42): T.J. Watt, OLB
Round 3 (87): Amari Cooper, WR
Round 4 (106): Frank Clark, DE

A relied on body of workers evaluator relayed that any excellent staff would basically center of attention on 4 spaces — QB, go-rusher, CB and left take on. But selecting at No. 23, there was once worry with the high quality of QB that might be there. So it was once a nice marvel to peer Darnold nonetheless to be had (he were given the nod over Matthew Stafford because of age). Two peak go-rushers in Watt and Clark create the basis for a protection that may assault with the go rush, whilst Cooper in the 3rd spherical was once merely a case of no longer letting an surprising alternative with a top-finish participant go.

I used to be hoping All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson would fall to No. 87 in the 3rd spherical, nevertheless it figures the Colts (No. 77) ensured that would not occur. Cooper was once a pleasant comfort prize. — Reiss

Stat to understand: The Patriots are the handiest staff on this workout that has two other go-rushers with 20-plus sacks over the previous two seasons.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 3. I respect the objectivity of taking Darnold over Stidham, however the locals won’t. Landing Watt at No. 42 is a scouse borrow, and Reiss did a cast task filling out the roster with Cooper and Clark.

Drafted by way of Mike Triplett, Saints reporter

Round 1 (24): Khalil Mack, OLB
Round 2 (41): Ryan Ramczyk, OT
Round 3 (88): Jamal Adams, S
Round 4 (105): Philip Rivers, QB

I clearly went with the “very best to be had” technique since I used to be the final individual to draft a QB. I regarded as Kirk Cousins in Round 2, however since 17 QBs had been taken prior to I even made my first select, I by no means felt like there can be a big drop-off if I waited. I’m proud of Rivers in the brief time period whilst I expand a long term alternative — possibly even Taysom Hill.

Meanwhile, I landed a top-10 total skill in Mack at No. 24 and a scouse borrow in Adams at No. 88. My hardest selection was once Ramczyk at No. 41 over fellow OTs like Tyron Smith, Laremy Tunsil and Terron Armstead. But Ramczyk is clearly an excellent have compatibility with the Saints, simply became 26 and is broadly thought to be the league’s peak proper take on. And lets transfer him again to his school place of LT if wanted. — Triplett

Stat to understand: The passing recreation was once a concern on either side of the ball. Mack is one among two players since 2014 with 60.Zero sacks and 20 pressured fumbles (Chandler Jones). Last season, Adams had the 2d-very best of entirety proportion relative to expectation when the nearest defender, trailing handiest Eddie Jackson, in line with NFL Next Gen Stats. And Adams has 12.Zero profession sacks, which is maximum amongst all defensive backs over the previous 5 seasons (Adams debuted in 2017).

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 3. Mack is excellent, but additionally 29 years previous and no longer a QB. That’s a dangerous transfer at No. 24. I really like the Ramczyk and Adams selections, and Rivers is a brilliant brief-time period QB in finding at No. 105.

Drafted by way of Courtney Cronin, Vikings reporter

Round 1 (25): Ryan Tannehill, QB
Round 2 (40): Davante Adams, WR
Round 3 (89): Arik Armstead, DE
Round 4 (104): Harrison Smith, S

I grabbed Tannehill, who I see as a top-15 QB skill, with my first-spherical variety and constructed round him. The 2019 season was once the very best of Tannehill’s profession, and I imagine bringing a real No. 1 receiver like Adams into the combine will permit him to hold over that luck for the subsequent 3 to 5 years. Adams has the 2d-maximum receiving touchdowns (28) over the previous 3 seasons and displays up when it counts the maximum, with 45 catches for 687 yards and 6 touchdowns in 8 playoff video games.

The worth I were given for a go-rusher (some other key a part of a Super Bowl staff) in the 3rd spherical, once I landed Armstead coming off a 10-sack breakout season, made me really feel like I used to be development a cast, balanced staff. I selected Smith with my wild-card select as a result of when a long term Hall of Famer is to be had, you are taking him, particularly one that makes performs all over the protection. According to ESPN Stats & Information, he is the handiest participant in the league with 20-plus interceptions (23) and 10-plus sacks (13) since 2012. — Cronin

Stat to understand: Adams is Tannehill’s handiest above-reasonable ability participant, a place during which he is acquainted. Over the previous two years, Adams is one among six wideouts who’ve accounted for over one-quarter in their staff’s objectives, becoming a member of Michael Thomas, DeAndre Hopkins, Jarvis Landry, Keenan Allen and Julio Jones.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 3. Cronin is making a bet that she’ll get the Tannehill of 2019. We’ll see. But Adams, Armstead and Smith had been excellent, secure selections.

Drafted by way of Sarah Barshop, Texans reporter

Round 1 (26): DeAndre Hopkins, WR
Round 2 (39): Saquon Barkley, RB
Round 3 (90): Derek Carr, QB
Round 4 (103): Tyrann Mathieu, S

No elite quarterback to be had at No. 26? No drawback. The participant I took as a substitute handiest wishes a mean one to be an All-Pro. Hopkins is in his high and has post large numbers with the likes of Brian Hoyer, Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage throwing him the ball.

I used to be stunned to peer Barkley on the board for my subsequent select, so I opted to head for the very best working again-vast receiver combo in the league. Carr is coming off a robust season with out elite playmakers to throw to, so he was once a very simple 3rd-spherical select. I sought after J.J. Watt however could not chance lacking out on the very best of the closing quarterbacks. Besides, Mathieu — who was once voted by way of his teammates as the MVP of the reigning Super Bowl champions — is a perfect chief and playmaker to guide the protection. — Barshop

Stat to understand: The non-O’Brien Texans welcome again Hopkins and pair him with Barkley, either one of whom rank 3rd at their positions in scrimmage yards since 2018. And Carr quietly set profession highs in Total QBR and yards consistent with strive final season and would have the two very best guns of his profession.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 2. I’m stunned Barshop took Hopkins over David Johnson. Wait, no I’m no longer. Speaking of working backs, I’d’ve handed on one in the 2d spherical, however no less than it is the younger, dynamic Barkley. Carr was once a robust worth, and Mathieu’s versatility is a fantastic get.



DeAndre Hopkins joins Jalen & Jacoby to rank himself in opposition to the elite vast receivers in the NFL like Michael Thomas and Julio Jones.

Drafted by way of Brady Henderson, Seahawks reporter

Round 1 (27): Mike Evans, WR
Round 2 (38): Jalen Ramsey, CB
Round 3 (91): Ben Roethlisberger, QB
Round 4 (102): DeMarcus Lawrence, DE

Eighteen quarterbacks had been already taken, and I went into the draft prioritizing a large receiver or left take on as my non-QB offensive participant. Evans was once the selection at No. 27 as a result of he is more youthful than Julio Jones and extra faithful than Tyreek Hill.

Jared Goff was once tempting at No. 38, however I went with Ramsey with the hopes that Roethlisberger would nonetheless be there for my 3rd select. He was once. My considering: The distinction between Goff and Roethlisberger is smaller than the distinction between Ramsey — arguably the NFL’s peak cornerback — and any defenders who can be to be had at No. 91. It was once a toss-up between Lawrence and Frank Clark for my ultimate select, however I went Lawrence as a result of his awesome go rush win charge. — Henderson

Stat to understand: What higher approach for Roethlisberger to get his profession going once more after lacking all however two video games final season than throwing the ball to somebody like Evans, who joined Randy Moss as the handiest players with 1,000 receiving yards in every in their first six seasons.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 2. Evans is a distinction-maker however somewhat daring of a select in Round 1. Landing Big Ben in Round Three was once a pleasant save, whilst Ramsey and Lawrence are super will get on protection.

Drafted by way of Jamison Hensley, Ravens reporter

Round 1 (28): Matthew Stafford, QB
Round 2 (37): Julio Jones, WR
Round 3 (92): J.J. Watt, DE
Round 4 (101): Stefon Diggs, WR

As one staff authentic stated way back, you wish to have a robust-armed quarterback to compete in the AFC North. Stafford was once too glaring. The handiest different worthy quarterbacks to be had had been both too younger (Tua Tagovailoa) or too dangerous as a result of well being (Cam Newton).

The Ravens’ mindset is to take a working again subsequent, however Jones was once sitting there at the No. 37 total select. As Baltimore confirmed time and time once more in the 2020 NFL draft, you are taking the very best participant to be had. The Ravens have historically had vocal leaders on protection, so it made easiest sense to take somebody like J.J. Watt. For the wild-card spot, the objectives had been working again Nick Chubb and kicker Justin Tucker. But each had been decided on in the 5 selections prior to I used to be on the clock. The peak participant left at the No. 101 select, personally, was once Diggs. — Hensley

Stat to understand: Stafford ranks 6th in passing TDs over his profession (237), however his teams have ranked in the peak 12 in scoring protection handiest as soon as. Enter Watt, whose Texans defenses have ranked in the peak 12 in scoring protection in six of his 9 profession seasons.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 2. Stafford was once one among the steals of the draft, as the 32-year-previous stays an above-reasonable starter. This staff can have a brief window with Jones and Watt nearing the finish in their primes. Will Diggs dig being 2d in line at WR?

Drafted by way of Turron Davenport, Titans reporter

Round 1 (29): Tyreek Hill, WR
Round 2 (36): Cam Newton, QB
Round 3 (93): Fletcher Cox, DT
Round 4 (100): Jaire Alexander, CB

How can I generate chew performs thru the air and stay opposing teams from doing the similar? On offense, Hill is a receiver who can ranking any time he touches the ball and one among the NFL’s very best deep threats. To additional profit from that, I were given Newton as a result of his downfield accuracy. The present actual-lifestyles loose agent too can prolong performs to provide Hill much more time to become independent from from protection.

Defensively, I had Cox centered, figuring he’d drop as a result of his sack numbers. He’s a disruptive participant who affects the quarterback and persistently stops working performs in the back of the line of scrimmage. Getting a peak-stage protection nook like Alexander to check up with opposing WRs makes the go protection whole. — Davenport

Stat to understand: Could Hill’s velocity flip Newton again into Superman? Hill has 43 catches of no less than 30 yards since coming into the league in 2016, the maximum in that span. Newton’s reasonable go traveled 10.Three air yards in his 2015 MVP marketing campaign, 3rd very best in the NFL. But that dipped to a profession-low 7.Zero air yards consistent with strive in 2018, which ranked 30th.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 3. Davenport landed a recreation-changer in Hill at No. 29 and temporarily discovered him a QB (albeit a dangerous one) in Newton a couple of selections later. Cox and Alexander are each defensive disruptors.



Domonique Foxworth explains why Cam Newton hasn’t lived as much as expectancies all through the 9 years he has been in the NFL.

Drafted by way of Rob Demovsky, Packers reporter

Round 1 (30): Tua Tagovailoa, QB
Round 2 (35): David Bakhtiari, OT
Round 3 (94): Darius Slay, CB
Round 4 (99): Justin Tucker, Ok

Picking at No. 30 wasn’t ultimate for locating a longtime quarterback who is higher than reasonable. But if you are working the Packers, you higher have a quarterback who can stay the franchise related. The ceiling is upper for Tagovailoa than any of the skilled guys who had been nonetheless to be had. And you higher give protection to him with an All-Pro take on (sure, Bakhtiari is a left take on and Tua is left-passed, so he would not essentially be protective his blind facet, however he is elite). You’d love a go-rusher, too, however the surefire disruptors had been long gone by way of Round 3. A shutdown nook is subsequent very best on the subject of significance, and I were given that during Slay.

As for the kicker, why the heck no longer if you’ll be able to get the very best one in the league? The leaguewide box purpose proportion final season was once 81.6% (the lowest since 2009, in line with ESPN Stats & Information), so having a kicker who is coming off a 96.6% season (28- of-29) would possibly win a recreation or two. Besides, it is my staff, and I’ll do what I would like! — Demovsky

Stat to understand: Keeping Tagovailoa upright is precedence No. 1, and Bakhtiari will lend a hand so much. He was once the very best go-blocking off offensive take on in the NFL, in line with ESPN’s go block win charge, maintaining 96% of his go blocks for no less than 2.Five seconds.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 2. Tua was once arguably as excellent as Burrow pre-damage, so touchdown a 22-year-previous possible superstar QB at No. 30 is a wonderful worth. Demovsky then protects him with one among the very best in Bakhtiari, provides a peak CB in Slay after which takes … a kicker?

Drafted by way of Nick Wagoner, 49ers reporter

Round 1 (31): George Kittle, TE
Round 2 (34): Myles Garrett, DE
Round 3 (95): Jameis Winston, QB
Round 4 (98): Grady Jarrett, DT

With the 31st select, I deliberate to attend on QB, and I sought after both the very best participant at a lesser place the place there is a sizable drop-off or somebody who’s elite at a top rate place. I imagine I checked every field with Kittle and Garrett, respectively.

I’d have waited to take Winston with my ultimate select, however Kansas City nonetheless wanted a quarterback, and he was once the transparent most suitable option at that time. Finally, I’d have most well-liked a peak nook with my final variety, however Jarrett is one among the maximum underrated players in the league, and I favored him higher than any of the nook choices to be had. So I figured I’d give Garrett a working mate to get after quarterbacks. — Wagoner

Stat to understand: Over the previous two seasons, Kittle’s 2,430 receiving yards path handiest Travis Kelce amongst tight ends. That will have to lend a hand Winston, who in that very same span has finished 64% of his passes to tight ends, fourth worst of any quarterback with no less than 100 such throws. Meanwhile, the “Arrett Brothers” will have to supply force on the quarterback. Last season, Jarrett was once 2d in go rush win charge amongst internal defenders, whilst Garrett was once fourth off the edge.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 1. Kittle and Garrett are arguably the very best at their respective positions, Winston is a brilliant QB flier at No. 95 and Jarrett is an elite DT. I adore it so much!

Drafted by way of Adam Teicher, Chiefs reporter

Round 1 (32): Stephon Gilmore, CB
Round 2 (33): Dalvin Cook, RB
Round 3 (96): Nick Chubb, RB
Round 4 (97): Tyrod Taylor, QB

I used to be guided by way of the “very best participant to be had” philosophy all the way through and was once pleasantly shocked at the availability of the NFL’s peak cornerback in Gilmore and a few flexible backs in Cook and Chubb. But having observed how the draft spread out, I made a mistake in ready till my 2d wave of again-to-again selections to get my quarterback.

I expected a greater number of QBs being to be had once I handed the first time round, and I used to be flawed. Instead of Cook, I will have to have long gone for a veteran like Kirk Cousins, Derek Carr or Jared Goff, or perhaps a more youthful participant like Justin Herbert or Jarrett Stidham. But now I’m caught with a journeyman at the recreation’s maximum vital place, and I’m afraid I’m doomed to a lowly report and a miles upper draft select subsequent 12 months. — Teicher

Stat to understand: Virtually the reverse of the actual-lifestyles Chiefs, this Kansas City staff will likely be run-heavy. It includes a backfield with final 12 months’s 2d-ranked (Chubb) and 7th-ranked (Cook) rushers in dashing yards consistent with recreation. And when he was once a starter from 2015 to ’17, Taylor’s 1,575 dashing yards and 14 dashing TDs trailed handiest Cam Newton amongst QBs.

Mike Clay’s draft grade: Tier 4. Starting with the league’s very best nook was once nice, however again-to-again working backs and a 30-year-previous borderline backup QB is problematic.


Round 1

1. Cincinnati: Patrick Mahomes, QB
2. Washington: Russell Wilson, QB
3. Detroit: Lamar Jackson, QB
4. N.Y. Giants: Deshaun Watson, QB
5. Miami: Aaron Donald, DT
6. L.A. Chargers: Ronnie Stanley, OT
7. Carolina: Joey Bosa, DE
8. Arizona: Drew Brees, QB
9. Jacksonville: Dak Prescott, QB
10. Cleveland: Nick Bosa, DE
11. N.Y. Jets: Carson Wentz, QB
12. Las Vegas: Aaron Rodgers, QB
13. Indianapolis: Joe Burrow, QB
14. Tampa Bay: Tom Brady, QB
15. Denver: Drew Lock, QB
16. Atlanta: Matt Ryan, QB
17. Dallas: Kyler Murray, QB
18. Pittsburgh: Teddy Bridgewater, QB
19. Chicago: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB
20. L.A. Rams: Christian McCaffrey, RB
21. Philadelphia: Baker Mayfield, QB
22. Buffalo: Michael Thomas, WR
23. New England: Sam Darnold, QB
24. New Orleans: Khalil Mack, OLB
25. Minnesota: Ryan Tannehill, QB
26. Houston: DeAndre Hopkins, WR
27. Seattle: Mike Evans, WR
28. Baltimore: Matthew Stafford, QB
29. Tennessee: Tyreek Hill, WR
30. Green Bay: Tua Tagovailoa, QB
31. San Francisco: George Kittle, TE
32. Kansas City: Stephon Gilmore, CB

Round 2

33. Kansas City: Dalvin Cook, RB
34. San Francisco: Myles Garrett, DE
35. Green Bay: David Bakhtiari, OT
36. Tennessee: Cam Newton, QB
37. Baltimore: Julio Jones, WR
38. Seattle: Jalen Ramsey, CB
39. Houston: Saquon Barkley, RB
40. Minnesota: Davante Adams, WR
41. New Orleans: Ryan Ramczyk, OT
42. New England: T.J. Watt, OLB
43. Buffalo: Josh Allen, QB
44. Philadelphia: Chase Young, DE
45. L.A. Rams: Bobby Wagner, ILB
46. Chicago: Derrick Henry, RB
47. Pittsburgh: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S
48. Dallas: Tyron Smith, OT
49. Atlanta: Cameron Jordan, DE
50. Denver: Travis Kelce, TE
51. Tampa Bay: Alvin Kamara, RB
52. Indianapolis: Zach Ertz, TE
53. Las Vegas: Von Miller, OLB
54. N.Y. Jets: Odell Beckham Jr., WR
55. Cleveland: Justin Herbert, QB
56. Jacksonville: Danielle Hunter, DE
57. Arizona: Chandler Jones, DE
58. Carolina: DeForest Buckner, DE
59. L.A. Chargers: Za’Darius Smith, OLB
60. Miami: Ezekiel Elliott, RB
61. N.Y. Giants: Yannick Ngakoue , DE
62. Detroit: Derwin James, S
63. Washington: Shaquil Barrett, DE
64. Cincinnati: Josh Allen, DE

Round 3

65. Cincinnati: Laremy Tunsil, OT
66. Washington: Trent Williams, OT
67. Detroit: Tre’Davious White, CB
68. N.Y. Giants: Terron Armstead, OT
69. Miami: Kirk Cousins, QB
70. L.A. Chargers: Daniel Jones, QB
71. Carolina: Jarrett Stidham, QB
72. Arizona: A.J. Green, WR
73. Jacksonville: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR
74. Cleveland: Chris Godwin, WR
75. N.Y. Jets: Bradley Chubb, OLB
76. Las Vegas: Josh Jacobs, RB
77. Indianapolis: Quenton Nelson, G
78. Tampa Bay: Chris Jones, DT
79. Denver: Isaiah Simmons, ILB
80. Atlanta: CeeDee Lamb, WR
81. Dallas: Keenan Allen, WR
82. Pittsburgh: Mitchell Schwartz, OT
83. Chicago: Jerry Jeudy, WR
84. L.A. Rams: Jared Goff, QB
85. Philadelphia: Lane Johnson, OT
86. Buffalo: Matthew Judon, OLB
87. New England: Amari Cooper, WR
88. New Orleans: Jamal Adams, S
89. Minnesota: Arik Armstead, DE
90. Houston: Derek Carr, QB
91. Seattle: Ben Roethlisberger, QB
92. Baltimore: J.J. Watt, DE
93. Tennessee: Fletcher Cox, DT
94. Green Bay: Darius Slay, CB
95. San Francisco: Jameis Winston, QB
96. Kansas City: Nick Chubb, RB

Round 4

97. Kansas City: Tyrod Taylor, QB
98. San Francisco: Grady Jarrett, DT
99. Green Bay: Justin Tucker, Ok
100. Tennessee: Jaire Alexander, CB
101. Baltimore: Stefon Diggs, WR
102. Seattle: DeMarcus Lawrence, DE
103. Houston: Tyrann Mathieu, S
104. Minnesota: Harrison Smith, S
105. New Orleans: Philip Rivers, QB
106. New England: Frank Clark, DE
107. Buffalo: Micah Hyde, S
108. Philadelphia: A.J. Brown, WR
109. L.A. Rams: Dante Fowler Jr., DE
110. Chicago: Eddie Jackson, S
111. Pittsburgh: DK Metcalf, WR
112. Dallas: Maxx Crosby, DE
113. Atlanta: Jeff Okudah, CB
114. Denver: Courtland Sutton, WR
115. Tampa Bay: Kenny Golladay, WR
116. Indianapolis: Darius Leonard, ILB
117. Las Vegas: Henry Ruggs III, WR
118. N.Y. Jets: Zack Martin, G
119. Cleveland: Jarvis Landry, WR
120. Jacksonville: Marshon Lattimore, CB
121. Arizona: Patrick Peterson, CB
122. Carolina: Jedrick Wills Jr., OT
123. L.A. Chargers: Brandon Brooks, G
124. Miami: Kevin Byard, S
125. N.Y. Giants: Allen Robinson II, WR
126. Detroit: DJ Moore, WR
127. Washington: Terry McLaurin, WR
128. Cincinnati: Tyler Lockett, WR


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