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HOT SAUCE DRAFT GRADES

“Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window.” Peter Drucker

Hell of a quote, right? Here we are, just a few weeks post draft. It is unfair to predict each team’s success only a few weeks post draft…Your team has selected some interesting prospects and you’re wondering if they’ll hit it rich or fail miserably. Here’s here to let you know how each team faired (in our opinion). Have a look at these Hot Sauce Draft Grades and let us know how you feel!

ARIZONA CARDINALS

The Cardinals may have gotten 5 starters with their first five picks in this years draft. Kyler Murray is almost guaranteed to be the day one starter. Byron Murphy is going to start opposite Patrick Peterson. Hakeem Butler and Andy Isabella are going to be key pieces of the wide receiver rotation. Zach Allen should start on the defensive line week 1 and Deionte Thompson should be the starting free safety by the end of the season. Final Grade: A

ATLANTA FALCONS

The Falcons came into the draft with their top priority being to protect Matt Ryan. While they did draft 2 offensive lineman in the first round of the draft and both will be starters they were not the best available players at their positions. Personally I would have rathered Cody Ford, Jawaan Taylor or Dalton Risner but they still addressed multiple needs and were aggressive in doing so. Final Grade: C

BALTIMORE RAVENS

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For the first time in a while it seems like Baltimore starting to value the receiver position, adding Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and Miles Boykin in the first and third rounds. Brown will be the best receiver that Lamar Jackson has ever played with and can help him take the next step. On the defensive side the Ravens added Jaylon Ferguson who will come in and be an immediate part of their edge rotation. Final Grade: B+

BUFFALO BILLS

Ed Oliver had no business being on the board when the Bills picked at 9 so they happily snatched him and ended his slide. The same could be said for Cody Ford in the second round. Dawson Knox, third round tight end, is a very athletic player who was underused in the extremely talented Ole Miss receiving group. Knox has a chance to come in and become Josh Allen’s favorite weapon for years to come. Final Grade: B

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Brian Burns was one of my top 10 players in the draft and the Panthers were able to get him at 16. Burns should come in and be a double digit sack player as early as his rookie season. Will Grier in the third makes sense because of Cam Newton’s inconsistent health, there were however better options at quarterback available. Greg Little and Christian Miller are both players that have a lot of potential and if the Panthers are able to get the most out them this can become a very good draft class. Final Grade: B-

CHICAGO BEARS

Without a pick in the first 2 rounds the Bears still may have managed to nab a starter or two with David Montgomery and Riley Ridley both being very skilled players. Montgomery is a violent runner who was highly productive at Iowa State. Ridley is a highly nuanced route runner who should be a good rotation receiver as a rookie. Final Grade: B-

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Jonah Williams was a great pick at 11 and he can come in and start at any spot on their bad offensive line. After Williams the draft was not impressive. Germaine Pratt could become a solid starter and is still learning how to play linebacker after switching from safety but that is the only other bright spot for the Bengals. Final Grade: C-

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Not having a first round pick the Cleveland Browns still managed to get the best corner in the draft. Greedy Williams is a great corner with elite size, speed and man coverage ability. Williams and Denzel Ward give the Browns elite corners. Mack Wilson in the 5th is also a terrific pick, Mack was most peoples third best linebacker in the draft and they were able to get him in the middle of day 3. Final Grade: B+

DALLAS COWBOYS

The Dallas Cowboys spent a lot of this draft planning for the future. Trysten Hill can come in and become an impact player as a rookie but they have starting defensive tackle Maliek Collins in the last year of his contract and could be looking to move on from him. Should they keep Collins they can have Hill fill the role David Irving once did. Connor McGovern is a player they do not plan on starting this year but could be looking to shake up their offensive line next season if they lose La’el Collins in free agency. Final Grade: B

DENVER BRONCOS

Denver should have gotten three starters with their first three picks with Noah Fant, Dalton Risner and Drew Lock. Fant is already the best tight end on the roster and will be a big piece of their offense. Risner has the ability to start at either guard or tackle. Lock should be able to sit and learn behind Joe Flacco for a couple of weeks but by week 3 or 4 when Flacco has been as bad he was in Baltimore they should look to move to Lock. Final Grade: B+

DETROIT LIONS

TJ Hockenson is all but guaranteed to be a starter in the NFL for at least a decade and was a great selection with the 8th overall pick. Amani Oruwariye was another great pick in the 5th round when his value is closer to the second round. Outside of them the Lions might not have gotten a single impact player. Final Grade: C-

GREEN BAY PACKERS

After signing two edge rushers in free agency the Packers selected edge rusher Rashan Gary with their first of two first round picks. With their second they drafted Darnell Savage, a versatile athletic safety who can play multiple roles in the secondary at a high level. Elgton Jenkins is a strong physical offensive lineman with the versatility to play guard or center in the NFL. Final Grade: C+

HOUSTON TEXANS

As much as I agree with the Texans spending two of their top three picks on offensive lineman I don’t agree with which two they selected. Tytus Howard has tremendous potential but is an extremely raw prospect who needs to develop before he can be a viable starter. Lonnie Johnson is a big physical corner who should be able to start from the time he arrives in Houston. Kahale Warring in the third round was a terrible pick. Warring had no business being selected that high but the Texans must’ve seen something they liked in him. Final Grade: B-

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

The Colts did not have a first round pick but they did have three second round picks. All three of those picks were used on players that can come in and fill a need immediately. All three also have room to develop at their positions. Rock Ya-Sin is a physical corner with great work ethic who should be a starter early in his career. Ben Banogu is an athletic edge rusher who has plenty of room to develop. Parris Campbell is a speedy receiver who can play a Percy Harvin type weapon for Andrew Luck. Third round pick Bobby Okereke has a chance to be their third starting linebacker in what is already a young group. Final Grade A-

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Josh Allen is an athletic linebacker who is able to both rush the passer and drop in coverage which are both highly coveted skills in today’s NFL. Jawaan Taylor is a physical offensive lineman who should start for the Jaguars week one this season. Ryquell Armstead is a capable running back who allows them to keep the same scheme offensively should they not have Leonard Fournette. Final Grade: B+

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Kansas City drafting Mecole Hardman gives Pat Mahomes a dangerous weapon with speed that should scare defenses. Juan Thornhill is a versatile defensive back who has experience playing corner and safety in college. Thornhill also had a very impressive showing athletically at the combine finishing in the 99th percentile all time for broad and vertical jump at the safety position. Final Grade: B-

LA CHARGERS

Jerry Tillery is a defensive tackle that has tremendous upside in the NFL and could start next to Brandon Mebane. Nasir Adderley at the end of the second round is an absolute steal. Adderley has the ability to play both safety positions and nickel corner. With Derwin James and Nasir Adderley both are versatile players who will be a very fun safety pairing to watch for years to come. Final Grade: B

LA RAMS

Taylor Rapp is another safety that should have been gone before the late second round. Rapp is a versatile player and can help fill the void left by Lamarcus Joyner. Darrell Henderson should be given some of the load Todd Gurley handled this past season so that Gurley can play in the playoffs this year. David Long has the chance to develop behind two very good corners in LA and has the potential to replace an aging Aqib Talib. Final Grade: B

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Miami quietly had a very solid draft. In the first round they took Christian Wilkins, a defensive tackle who will help change the culture in the locker room while contributing at a high level on the field. In the second round they traded back to 62 and acquired a 2020 2nd round pick. They then traded the 62nd pick for Josh Rosen who can become their franchise quarterback. Final Grade: B+

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Garrett Bradbury was a great pick at 18, an interior offensive lineman who gets to the second level in the running game at a very high level. Irv Smith is a tight end who has the potential to become a very important part of the Viking offense. Smith is still raw but won’t have to start because of established veteran Kyle Rudolph. Final Grade: C+

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

N’Keal Harry is a big strong receiver who can become a dominant weapon for Tom Brady on the outside. Joejuan Williams is a 6’4 corner that they will be moving to safety to play the Patrick Chung role for the Patriots. Chase Winovich in the third round is a complete steal and will be a 10 year starter in the NFL. Final Grade: A

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

With only 2 picks in the 4 rounds of the draft the Saints may have still managed to get two starters. Erik McCoy is a very skilled offensive lineman who can play guard and center. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is a very versatile safety who had no business being available in the fourth round. Final Grade B+

NY GIANTS

Daniel Jones would have been a very good pick for the Giants if they had taken him in the second round. They followed him with Dexter Lawrence who is a very similar player to Dalvin Tomlinson, the Giants current starting defensive tackle. To round out round one they traded up and took Deandre Baker, the fourth best corner that was available. Final Grade: D-

NY JETS

Quinnen Williams may have been the best player in this draft and the Jets were able to get him with the third overall pick. Jachai Polite in the third round was another good pick. Polite was in talks for a first round pick before a bad combine in terms of interviews with teams. Trevon Wesco is a versatile offensive player who can play tight end and full back. Wesco can be an asset in both the running and passing game and being able to line him up in multiple spots certainly helps his value. Final Grade B+

OAKLAND RAIDERS

Clellin Ferrell is a very good defensive end, he may not have the ceiling of a player you want at 4 overall, however he has one of the highest floors in the draft. Josh Jacobs will come in and grind between the tackles. He may not have had the stats of a first round running back, he is also a high floor high character player. Johnathan Abram is a Jamal Adams type of safety, his demeanour, his leadership and his playstyle. All three first round picks are leadership players and will help the Raiders have a good locker room even with the personalities the Raiders have. Final Grade: A

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Philadelphia had a phenomenal draft. All 5 players will be good role players or starters for the Eagles. Andre Dillard will be the longterm starter at left tackle after Jason Peters. Miles Sanders may be the best running back on the roster and will be at worst a good rotation back in their committee. JJ Arcega-Whiteside is Mack Hollins if Mack Hollins was actually good. Shareef Miller will be a good rotation player on the defensive line. Clayton Thorson will back up Carson Wentz. Final Grade: A+

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Devin Bush will perfectly fill the Ryan Shazier role should he not be able to return from his injury. If Shazier does return then he and Bush will be a dominant linebacking duo. Justin Layne is a big physical corner that fits the Steelers scheme to the tee. Benny Snell will be a very solid back up for James Connor. Final Grade: B+

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

LJ Collier is a solid defensive end that excels against the run. Marquise Blair has the skill set to come in and start from day one as the free safety in their cover 3 scheme. DK Metcalf is a receiver that has the scariest potential in this draft. He also has one of the scariest floors with his injury history and his lack of agility. Final Grade: B

SAN FRANCISCO 49ers

Nick Bosa is a very solid edge defender who will be a 10 sack a season player for the next 10 years. Deebo Samuel fits perfectly in Kyle Shanahan’s offense and can be the number one receiver on their roster. Jalen Hurd does not really play any position. He’s a wide receiver/ tight end/ running back. He’s not great at any of them but he is decent at all of them. Not a great value in the third round but can be fun to watch. They then took a punter.. From Utah…. In the 4th round. Final Grade C+

TAMPA BAY BUCS

Tampa Bay got the best linebacker in the draft in Devin White. White will come in and start from day one and fill the void left by the departure of Kwon Alexander. Sean Bunting is a corner that excels in man coverage and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles runs a man heavy scheme. They followed Sean Bunting with Jamel Dean, another tall physical press man corner. Both players could start on the outside for the Buccaneers by the end of the season. Final Grade: A-

TENNESSEE TITANS

Jeffery Simmons is a top 5 player in this draft and the Titans got him at 19 because he’s hurt; great pick. AJ Brown will be the steady possession receiver to pair with Corey Davis. Amani Hooker is a solid safety who can play nickel and can be their back up at both safety spots. Final Grade: B+

WASHINGTON

Dwayne Haskins should have been the pick at 6 for the Giants. He somehow slipped all the way to 15 where the Redskins were thrilled to get their franchise quarterback. Montez Sweat had one of the most impressive combines in terms of both physical measurements and testing scores. Sweat is an upgrade over Preston Smith who signed a big contract with the Packers. Terry McLaurin was one of Haskins weapons at Ohio State and now he gets reunited with him in the NFL. Kelvin Harmon is a strong possession receiver that should have gone second round. They got Harmon in the 6th. Final Grade: A

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