Which teams did the best and worst jobs hauling in talent in the 2019 NFL Draft? Welcome to the ranking of all 32 team drafts.
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NFL drafts are like kids, tweets and vacation photos – everyone loves their own even if they’re bad, ugly and boring.
In terms of value, talent, opportunities, who can play, and who’s a risk, who did the best and worst jobs with what they had to work with?
Remember, the goal here is to find decent starters for your team for the next few years. No matter what anyone else tries to sell you, the odds of finding a guy who’ll be a good, consistent 3-to-5 year starter for your team after the first 100 picks are shockingly slim – like 10-15% slim.
With all that in mind, welcome to the rankings of the NFL Drafts for all 32 teams, from the college football perspective …
32. Kansas City Chiefs
– The weekend was more about Tyreek Hill than anything the Chiefs were able to do in the draft. The trade for Frank Clark was the real draft pick – giving up a first rounder to Seattle to get him – and everything else after that is about the corner situation with Virginia’s Juan Thornhill (2nd), and South Carolina’s Rashad Fenton (6th) needing to be factors.
– Do the Chiefs take Mecole Hardman if there weren’t the issues with Hill? The Georgia undersized speedster needs to instantly fill the hole. After that, the draft is just a bunch of guys. This isn’t the draft class to put the team over the top.
Best Value Pick: DT Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois (3rd)
Biggest Reach: WR Mecole Hardman, Georgia
Late Flier That Could Work: RB Darwin Thompson, Utah State (6th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 18
31. New Orleans Saints
– There’s just not a whole lot here to get fired up about with just one pick before the fourth. The Saints needed a center, and they got one in Texas A&M’s Erik McCoy. Considering Minnesota took NC State’s Garrett Bradbury with the 18th pick, the Saints got their guy on the cheap with the 16th pick in the second.
– Safety wasn’t a must-have position, but Florida’s Chauncey Gardner-Johnson was way too good to fall any further than the early fourth round. Rutgers’ Saquon Hampton was a nice sixth round flier.
Best Value Pick: S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida (4th)
Biggest Reach: TE Alize Mack, Notre Dame (7th)
Late Flier That Could Work: LB Kaden Elliss, Idaho (7th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 28
30. Chicago Bears
– Khalil Mack is better than every player in this draft. Trading away a first round pick to get him is all that matters when dogging a mediocre haul of five mid-round picks.
– David Montgomery should be an instant starting running back, but the flash isn’t there for the Bear O. Riley Riley is a good possession receiver, but if these two don’t work out, the draft really is all about Mack.
– The Bears need a corner and took two really, really late. If Kansas State’s Duke Shelley or Valdosta State’s Stephen Denmark make the team, it’ll be gravy.
Best Pick: RB David Montgomery, Iowa State (3rd)
Biggest Reach: CB Duke Shelley, Kansas State (6th)
Late Flier That Could Work: RB Kerrith Whyte, Florida Atlantic (7th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 12
29. San Francisco 49ers
– Yeah, okay, if Arizona wants to give away Nick Bosa, then of course the Niners will take him – social media issues and all. If it’s possible to get a great value pick at the two, they got one. Receivers were a need, and they got two early in South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel in the second and Baylor’s Jalen Hurd in the third. However …
– The team isn’t good enough to take a punter in the fourth. Utah’s Mitch Wishnowsky is going to be a great one, but parts of the last four draft picks had better work out. Overall, there are a few too many things thrown at the wall after the Bosa pick.
Best Value Pick: DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State (1st)
Biggest Reach: P Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah (4th)
Late Flier That Could Work: CB Tim Harris, Virginia (6th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 20
28. New York Jets
– The Jets were supposedly doing everything to try trading out of the third overall pick. They got Alabama DT Quinnen Williams – it all worked out for the best. Florida DE Jachai Polite was a top ten pick before an awful offseason of interviews and workouts – he went in the third – and USC’s Chuma Edoga should be a starter from the third.
– Considering there were only six picks, and there was only one before the third round, it’s a good draft. If Williams and Polite are the real deal, the rest of the draft is all gravy.
Best Value Pick: DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama (1st)
Biggest Reach: TE Travon Wesco, West Virginia (4th)
Late Flier That Could Work: LB Blake Cashman, Minnesota (5th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 25
27. Miami Dolphins
– Forget everything else. Miami got Josh Rosen for absolutely nothing. Best of all, he comes just cheap enough that it’ll be no big deal if the Dolphins are in the mix for Tua Tagovailoa or one of the great quarterback prospects next year. Start there, but …
– The draft class is solid considering there wasn’t a lot to work with – Miami only had one pick before the mid-third. Clemson DT Christian Wilkins was the exact type of leader to take over the defense right away. There are some fantastic college players over the last five picks, but they’re all fliers.
Best Value Pick: DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson (1st)
Biggest Reach: LB Andrew Van Ginkel, Wisconsin (5th)
Late Flier That Could Work: RB Myles Gaskin, Washington (7th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 4
26. Carolina Panthers
– It’s … interesting. Florida State edge rusher Brian Burns with the 16th overall pick is fine, but the Panthers passed up on Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat and Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence went one pick later.
– Ole Miss OT Greg Little was thought of as a possible top 20 overall pick early on in the draft process and is a fine get early in the second round. Getting West Virginia QB Will Grier in the third will be … interesting. There won’t be any shortage of storylines.
– The Panthers blew off the needs in the secondary needs, and didn’t get a gamebreaking receiver in the mid-rounds.
Best Value Pick: LB Christian Miller, Alabama (4th)
Biggest Reach: RB Jordan Scarlett, Florida (5th)
Late Flier That Could Work: OT Dennis Daley, South Carolina (6th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 30
25. Houston Texans
– Ehhhhhhhh, there’s a shot at building things up, but it was a massive reach to grab Alabama State OT Tytus Howard in the first round. He has to be a starter as soon as humanly possible, and Northern Illinois OT Max Scharping has to find a role right away, too.
– There aren’t any real playmakers for the offensive side other than San Diego State TE Kahale Warring. He’s not a finished product yet, but if and when it all comes together, look out. The corner combination of Kentucky’s Lonnie Johnson in the second round and Central Michigan’s Xavier Crawford in the sixth was strong.
Best Value Pick: TE Kahale Warring, San Diego State (2nd)
Biggest Reach: OT Tytus Howard, Alabama State (1st)
Late Flier That Could Work: CB Xavier Crawford, Central Michigan (6th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 11
24. Atlanta Falcons
– Infrastructure is rarely sexy, but the Falcons were able to load up on the O line and fill some needs.
– They overpaid for Boston College G Chris Lindstrom with the 14th overall pick with FSU DE Brian Burns and Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence on the board, and Washington OT Kaleb McGary was a bit of a reach late in the first round. With no picks in the second and third rounds, the two blockers had better be special.
Best Pick: CB Kendall Sheffield, Ohio State (4th)
Biggest Reach: OG Chris Lindstrom, Boston College (1st)
Late Flier That Could Work: WR Marcus Green, ULM (6th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 22
23. Jacksonville Jaguars
– Why yes, Jacksonville will take Josh Allen with the seventh overall pick. The Kentucky edge rusher was good enough to have gone in the top four, and after the Giants took Daniel Jones, the Jaguars snapped up the star prospect. Throw in the value get of Florida OT Jawaan Taylor in the early second, and it was a great start. And then ..
– That was it. Maybe San Jose State TE Josh Oliver will play a role, but he was a reach. Taking S Quincy Williams from Murray State in the third was ridiculous.
Best Value Pick: DE/LB Josh Allen, Kentucky (1st)
Biggest Reach: S Quincy Williams, Murray State (3rd)
Late Flier That Could Work: DT Dontavius Russell, Auburn (7th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 23
22. Los Angeles Chargers
– It’s a draft class to try to give Phil Rivers another few runs. To do that, the lines needed to be built up. There might not be any superstars, but there are parts of the puzzle. DT Jerry Tillery was a bit of a first round reach, and Sioux Fallas OT Trey Pipkins is an interesting get in the third – they had better be fantastic.
– Easton Stick isn’t exactly the type of quarterback to build around for the next several years. When Rivers is done, is the smallish baller from North Dakota State really okay to step in and produce? It took a fifth round flier to find out.
Best Value Pick: S Nasir Adderley, Delaware (2nd)
Biggest Reach: DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame (1st)
Late Flier That Could Work: QB Easton Stick, North Dakota State (5th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 6
21. Detroit Lions
– Yeah, the Lions passed on Houston DT Ed Oliver, but Iowa’s TJ Hockenson is an elite tight end who might just be a gamechanger for the Lion offense. They went with attitude on the other side of the ball after that with four straight defensive prospects.
– Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye in the fifth was a joe of a steal – he should’ve gone two rounds earlier. The coaching staff is going to like Clemson DE Austin Bryant from the fourth round. He was the fourth-best guy on the epic Tiger front four, but he’s just fine on his own.
Best Value Pick: DE Austin Bryant, Clemson (4th)
Biggest Reach: LB Jahlani Tavai, Hawaii (2nd)
Late Flier That Could Work: CB Amani Oruwariye, Penn State (5th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 24
20. Green Bay Packers
– Is Rashan Gary ready to blow up as a pro? Considering his talent, he underwhelmed at Michigan, but he might just grow into a big, big problem for the NFL North for the next several years.
– There weren’t any big-time weapons for Aaron Rodgers to work with, but Texas A&M TE Jace Sternberger is a nice prospect who could fill a need in a little bit of time. Getting Notre Dame RB Dexter Williams in the sixth round – Aaron Jones was a 5th rounder – was terrific.
Best Value Pick: RB Dexter Williams, Notre Dame (6th)
Biggest Reach: S Darnell Savage, Maryland (1st)
Late Flier That Could Work: DT Kingsley Keke, Texas A&M (5th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 17
19. Cleveland Browns
– Considering the Browns didn’t have a first round pick – thanks to the trade for Odell Beckham Jr. – getting LSU CB Greedy Williams in the second round was amazing. After that, it’s an okay draft, but it’s nothing special.
– Check that. Getting Alabama LB Mack Wilson in the fifth was amazing. Going after a kicker – even one as good as Oklahoma’s Austin Seibert – in the fifth is a bit gaudy for a team that still needs parts.
Best Value Pick: LB Mack Wilson, Alabama (5th)
Biggest Reach: PK Austin Seibert, Oklahoma (5th)
Late Flier That Could Work: CB Donnie Lewis, Tulane (7th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 26
18. Arizona Cardinals
– Either you believe that Kyler Murray is going to be a transcendent top five quarterback talent who’ll be in the NFL MVP hunt on a consistent basis, or the Cardinals totally biffed the No. 1 overall draft pick. No pressure.
– The rest of the draft is fine, but it’s heavy on the guys missing the raw tools. UMass WR Andy Isabella should be a good pro, and Byron Murphy from Washington is a good corner, but considering all the amazing defensive talent there for the taking in the top 15, the draft is all about Murray.
Best Value Pick: WR Hakeem Butler, Iowa State (4th)
Biggest Reach: QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma (1st)
Late Flier That Could Work: S Deionte Thompson, Alabama (5th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 5
17. Oakland Raiders
– For all the possibilities, and for all the draft picks, and for all of the hype and for all of the hullabaloo, it was okay. Not great. Not amazing. Not game changing. The pick of Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell at the four was fine – he’s going to be great – but he had better be Vontae Mack no matter what considering the Raiders took him over Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen and Houston DT Ed Oliver.
– Alabama RB Josh Jacobs late in the first round wasn’t Oakland. This was a running back deep draft, and the Raiders passed on the flash of Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown and the upside of Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat to take him. The Mike Mayock/Jon Gruden brain trust didn’t read the running back room.
Best Value Pick: CB Trayvon Mullen, Clemson (2nd)
Biggest Reach: WR Hunter Renfrow, Clemson (5th)
Late Flier That Could Work: CB Isaiah Johnson, Houston (4th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 13
16. Minnesota Vikings
– The Vikings had lots and lots and lots of picks, but seven of them were after the fifth round. They got the blockers they need, and they got a few parts to fill in the gaps. Considering this is a strength in numbers draft, there have to be a few surprises from the back half.
– NC State C Garrett Bradbury had better be amazing – the first rounder has to be an instant leader on the line. Out of all the picks, one of the seventh round receivers – Oregon’s Dillon Mitchell or Colorado State’s Olabisi Johnson – has to be a player. Getting Alabama TE Irv Smith in the mid second round was nice.
Best Value Pick: OG Dru Samia, Oklahoma (4th)
Biggest Reach: RB Alexander Mattison, Boise State (3rd)
Late Flier That Could Work: CB Kris Boyd, Texas (7th)
2018 NFL Draft Ranking: 31