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Sikkema: Regrading the 2020 NFL Draft

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When is the right time to go back and re-grade a draft class? Some do it after one full season, while others wait three seasons. Let's find a happy middle ground for the 2020 NFL draft class, re-examining how players have performed two years into their careers.

There is certainly plenty room for development for these guys, but a two-year sample can show us who has improved and even seized opportunities as they have come around.


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We'll include the draft grade PFF awarded immediately following the 2020 NFL Draft and why we might view it differently today.

Jump to a team's 2020 draft class re-evaluation:

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ARIZONA CARDINALS

Round 1 (8): LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
Round 3 (72): T Josh Jones, Houston
Round 4 (114): DI Leki Fotu, Utah
Round 4 (131): DI Rashard Lawrence, LSU
Round 6 (202): LB Evan Weaver, Cal
Round 7 (222): RB Eno Benjamin, Arizona State

Then: A+
Now: C-

This haul looked promising immediately following draft weekend, but Simmons and Jones haven’t been as good as they’ve needed them to be. Simmons played better this year and got a lot more experience, which at least keeps his future on an upward trajectory. Benjamin has been a nice addition to the running back rotation, but the rest of the group has been disappointing. Trading their second-round pick for DeAndre Hopkins essentially saves the class. 

ATLANTA FALCONS

Round 1 (16): CB A.J. Terrell, Clemson
Round 2 (47): DI Marlon Davidson, Auburn
Round 3 (78): C Matt Hennessey, Temple
Round 4 (119): LB Mykal Walker, Fresno StateRound 4 (134): S Jaylinn Hawkins, Cal
Round 7 (228): P Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse

Then: B
Now: B+

After some early struggles in its first year, this class had a strong 2021 — at least from the guys near the top. A.J. Terrell has become one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL, leading the league in coverage grade with a 90.1 mark this season. Matt Hennessey, meanwhile, brought his PFF grade up from a 47 as a rookie to a 77.1 one this past year. Davidson has still been disappointing, but Terrell's dominance bumps this class’s grade up.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Round 1 (28): LB Patrick Queen, LSU
Round 2 (55): RB J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State
Round 3 (71): DI Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M
Round 3 (92): WR Devin Duvernay, Texas
Round 3 (98): LB Malik Harrison, Ohio State
Round 3 (106): IOL Tyre Phillips, Mississippi State
Round 4 (143): IOL Ben Bredeson, Michigan
Round 5 (170): DI Broderick Washington, Texas Tech
Round 6 (201): WR James Proche, SMU
Round 7 (219): S Geno Stone, Iowa

Then: B
Now: B-

I don’t want to be too hard on this class, as Dobbins would likely be carrying this group as a big-time difference-maker if he didn’t get hurt this season. However, Queen and Harrison both struggled for the second straight season, and Duvernay isn’t a consistently playmaker in a WR room where he has the opportunity. I'm holding out hope Dobbins can get back to form and carry this class, but the majority still needs to be better.

Aug 21, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) with the ball in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

BUFFALO BILLS

Round 2 (54): EDGE A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
Round 3 (86): RB Zack Moss, Utah
Round 4 (128): WR Gabriel Davis, UCF
Round 5 (167): QB Jake Fromm, Georgia
Round 6 (188): K Tyler Bass, Georgia Southern
Round 6 (207): WR Isaiah Hodgins, Oregon State
Round 7 (239): CB Dane Jackson, Pittsburgh

Then: A-
Now: B

I want to give this draft an “A” solely off Gabe Davis’ four-touchdown performance in the AFC Championship game. In all seriousness, Davis has been great, Epenesa has improved from a down rookie season and Dane Jackson stepped in when Tre White went down for the season. Moss saw fewer carries and less yards this season. Overall, I consider this a good class for the late-round steals.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Round 1 (7): DI Derrick Brown, Auburn
Round 2 (38): Edge Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
Round 2 (64): S Jeremy Chinn, SIU
Round 4 (113): CB Troy Pride Jr., Notre Dame
Round 5 (152): S Kenny Robinson Jr., WVU*
Round 6 (184): DI Bravvion Roy, Baylor
Round 7 (221): CB Stantley Thomas-Oliver III, FIU

Then: B
Now: A-

Though small in their improvements, both Brown and Yetur-Gross Matos played better in 2021. Brown improved his overall defensive grade from a 61.0 to a 64.1, and Gross-Matos improved his overall grade from a 54.7 to a 63.9. With those two players trending upward and the incredible value the team got with Jeremy Chinn, and I’d still call this one of the better hauls from 2020.

CHICAGO BEARS

Round 2 (43): TE Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
Round 2 (50): CB Jaylon Johnson, Utah
Round 5 (155): Edge Trevis Gipson, Tulsa
Round 5 (163): CB Kindle Vildor, Georgia Southern
Round 5 (173): WR Darnell Mooney, Tulane
Round 7 (226): T Arlington Hambright, Colorado
Round 7 (227): IOL Lachavious Simmons, Tennessee State

Then: B+
Now: B

While Kmet has been uninspiring, there is reason to believe that can all change with a better offense with Chicago’s next coach. The same can be said for Darnell Mooney, who continues to look like a gem of this class. Plus, Jaylon Johnson has shown starting-caliber cornerback play for two seasons and has become a defensive leader.

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CINCINNATI BENGALS

Round 1 (1): QB Joe Burrow, LSU
Round 2 (33): WR Tee Higgins, Clemson
Round 3 (65): LB Logan Wilson, Wyoming
Round 4 (107): LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, App State
Round 5 (147): Edge Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame
Round 6 (180): T Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas
Round 7 (215): LB Markus Bailey, Purdue

Then: A
Now: A+

Joe Burrow is incredible. His elite 90.9 passing grade in 2021 (coming off an ACL tear) was second only to Tom Brady. Higgins just recorded his first 1,000 yard season, and Wilson, Davis-Gaither and Bailey are all contributing players for a team in the AFC Championship. This was a home run draft.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Round 1 (10): T Jedrick Wills, Alabama
Round 2 (44): S Grant Delpit, LSU
Round 3 (88): DI Jordan Elliott, Missouri
Round 3 (97): LB Jacob Phillips, LSU
Round 4 (115): TE Harrison Bryant, FAU
Round 5 (160): IOL Nick Harris, Washington
Round 6 (187): WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan

Then: A+
Now: A-

Elliott feels like a miss in this draft, but the rest are either good or still really promising. Willis was very solid as a young starting tackle, and Bryant was good, just buried on a deep tight end depth chart. Donovan Peoples-Jones saw starting action after the Odell trade. I wouldn’t give it an “A+,” but it’s still looking like a great haul.

DALLAS COWBOYS

Round 1 (17): WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
Round 2 (51): CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
Round 3 (82): DI Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma
Round 4 (123): CB Reggie Robinson, Tulsa
Round 4 (146): IOL Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
Round 5 (179): Edge Bradlee Anae, Utah
Round 7 (231): QB Ben DiNucci, James Madison

Then: A+
Now: B+

We may not be giving Trevon Diggs Defensive Player of the Year around these parts, but we do recognize how impactful he has been as a second-round pick. CeeDee Lamb at the top has been as good as advertised. Though some of the depth guys haven’t panned out (they need more out of Gallimore, who earned just a 49.1 grade this past season), they hit on the top players.

DENVER BRONCOS

Round 1 (15): WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
Round 2 (46): WR K.J. Hamler, Penn State
Round 3 (77): CB Michael Ojemudia, Iowa
Round 3 (83): C Lloyd Cushenberry III, LSU
Round 3 (95): DI McTelvin Agim, Arkansas
Round 4 (118): TE Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
Round 5 (178): LB Justin Strnad, Wake Forest
Round 6 (181): IOL Netane Muti, Fresno State
Round 7 (252): WR Tyrie Cleveland, Florida
Round 7 (254): Edge Derrek Tuszka, NDSU

Then: A+
Now: B+

This looked like a really strong class in the days following the draft, but it hasn’t been as stellar as we hoped. Jeudy has been good when healthy, but lack of good QB play has hampered both his and Hamler’s potential early on. Cushenberry really struggled as a rookie but at least bounced back this past season. Ojemudia was hurt for most of 2021 but played well when he was out there. It hasn't lived up to the “A+” grade we gave it on draft weekend, but it's still a good group.

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DETROIT LIONS

Round 1 (3): CB Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State
Round 2 (35): RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia
Round 3 (67): EDGE Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
Round 3 (75): G Jonah Jackson, Ohio State
Round 4 (121): G Logan Stenberg, Kentucky
Round 5 (166): WR Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin
Round 5 (172): RB Jason Huntley, New Mexico State
Round 6 (197): DI John Penisini, Utah
Round 7 (235): DI Jashon Cornell, Ohio State

Then: A
Now: B

There was plenty of reason to get excited about this class when draft weekend wrapped up, but it has not been pretty since then. Though Swift's overall PFF grade was down this year compared to last, he had two really strong performances before a shoulder injury killed his momentum this season. After tough rookie years for Jackson and Okwara, both bounced back big time during their sophomore seasons in the league. As for the top of the draft, Okudah looked overwhelmed his rookie season and tore his achilles in 2021. The injury isn’t Okudah’s fault, but he does need to play better than he’s shown.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Round 1 (26): QB Jordan Love, Utah State
Round 2 (62): RB A.J. Dillon, Boston College
Round 3 (94): TE Josiah Deguara, Cincinnati
Round 5 (175): LB Kamal Martin, Minnesota
Round 6 (192): OT Jon Runyan, Michigan
Round 6 (208): IOL Jake Hanson, Oregon
Round 6 (209): IOL Simon Stepaniak, Indiana
Round 7 (236): DB Vernon Scott, TCU
Round 7 (242): Edge Jonathan Garvin, Miami (Fla.)

Then: D
Now: D-

Jon Runyan has become a solid player for the Packers along the offensive line, playing over 1,100 snaps at guard this past season. Running back A.J. Dillon has seen offered solid, niche production in their running back rotation with an 86.1 overall grade on the year. Every other pick hurts the grade here, though, including what is still considered a massive swing and a miss with Jordan Love.

Green Bay Packers running back A.J. Dillon (28) runs the ball against Pittsburgh Steelers in the third quarter at Lambeau Field, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

HOUSTON TEXANS

Round 2 (40): DI Ross Blacklock, TCU
Round 3 (90): EDGE Jonathan Greenard, Florida
Round 4 (126): OT Charlie Heck, UNC
Round 4 (141): CB John Reid, Penn State
Round 5 (171): WR Isaiah Coulter, Rhode Island

Then: C+
Now: C-

Blacklock improved this past season, but it was by raising an unplayable 30.2 grade in 2020 to a 50.4 grade in 2021. Greenard, however, saw his grade improve dramatically from a 51.9 in 2020 to an 82.9 in 2021. Greenard started in all 12 games he was active for and looks like the only success story from this group. 

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Round 2 (34): WR Michael Pittman Jr., USC
Round 2 (41): RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Round 3 (85): S Julian Blackmon, Utah
Round 4 (122): QB Jacob Eason, Washington
Round 5 (149): IOL Danny Pinter, Ball State
Round 6 (193): DI Robert Windsor, Penn State
Round 6 (211): CB Isaiah Rodgers, UMass
Round 6 (212): WR Dezmon Patmon, Washington State
Round 6 (213): LB Jordan Glasgow, Michigan

Then: B
Now: A-

Taylor has been everything the Colts could have asked for, especially this season after rushing for over 1,800 yards and finishing as one of the league's most valuable offensive players. Michael Pittman Jr. established himself as the No. 1 wide receiver with a 1,000-yard season, and safety Julian Blackmon was starting to play really well before going down with an injury. The Colts had some big hits in this group.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Round 1 (9): CB C.J. Henderson, Florida
Round 1 (20): EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU
Round 2 (42): WR Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado
Round 3 (73): DI Davon Hamilton, Ohio State
Round 4 (116): OT Ben Bartch, St. John’s
Round 4 (137): CB Josiah Scott, Michigan State
Round 4 (140): LB Shaquille Quarterman, Miami (Fla.)
Round 5 (157): S Daniel Thomas, Auburn
Round 5 (165): WR Collin Johnson, Texas
Round 6 (189): QB Jake Luton, Oregon State
Round 6 (206): TE Tyler Davis, Georgia Tech
Round 7 (223): CB Chris Claybrooks, Memphis

Then: A
Now: C

This draft class had a shaky first season, and it looks even worse revisiting after Year 2. Henderson isn’t even on the team anymore, Shenault took a huge step back this season and Chaisson followed up a disappointing rookie year with a disappointing sophomore year. Not a lot of saving grace from this bunch, but the coaching situation has been terrible, so it’s not all lost.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Round 1 (32): RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU
Round 2 (63): LB Willie Gay Jr., Mississippi State
Round 3 (96): OT Lucas Niang, TCU
Round 4 (138): CB L’Jarius Sneed, LA Tech
Round 5 (177): Edge Michael Danna, Michigan
Round 7 (238): CB Thakarius Keyes, Tulane

Then: B-
Now: B+

Snead and Gay being staple contributors for the Chiefs in 2021 are the defining qualities of this haul. Edwards-Helaire has not been worthy of the RB1 crown from that draft, but Niang was fine when he played this season (his first season of action). Michael Danna has also been a rotational contributor from the late rounds. They missed at the top, but what followed has been good.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Round 1 (12): WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
Round 1 (19): CB Damon Arnette, Ohio State
Round 3 (80): RB Lynn Bowden Jr., Kentucky
Round 3 (81): WR Bryan Edwards, South Carolina
Round 3 (100): S/LB Tanner Muse, Clemson
Round 4 (109): IOL John Simpson, Clemson
Round 4 (139): CB Amik Robertson, LA Tech

Then: C
Now: D-

Of the seven players who were drafted in this class, four aren’t even on the team anymore. Not all of that was within the Raiders’ control, but it’s hard to look at this list of names and feel good about it. Edwards has a decent role in the wide receiver room and Simpson is a starter on the offensive line, but neither have been high-impact. 

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Round 1 (6): QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
Round 1 (23): LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
Round 4 (112): RB Joshua Kelley, UCLA
Round 5 (151): WR Joe Reed, Virginia
Round 6 (186): S Alohi Gilman, Notre Dame
Round 7 (220): WR K.J. Hill, Ohio State

Then: C-
Now: A-

Kenneth Murray, Joshua Kelley and Alohi Gilman have all played but not necessarily well over the past two years. Justin Herbert makes up for almost all of it, however. Sure, the decision between Herbert and Tagovailoa was taken out of their hands when the Dolphins drafted Tua, but Herbert was still the pick, and he already looks like one of the best young quarterbacks in the game. He’s a franchise-changer for the Chargers.

Nov 21, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) sets to pass in the first half of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at SoFi Stadium. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Round 2 (52): RB Cam Akers, Florida State
Round 2 (57): WR Van Jefferson, Florida
Round 3 (84): EDGE Terrell Lewis, Alabama
Round 3 (104): S Terrell Burgess, Utah
Round 4 (136): TE Brycen Hopkins, Purdue
Round 6 (199): S Jordan Fuller, Ohio State
Round 7 (234): LB Clay Johnston, Baylor
Round 7 (248): K Sam Sloman, Miami (Ohio)
Round 7 (250): OT Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson

Then: C
Now: B

Jordan Fuller followed up a good rookie campaign with an even better year this past season. Van Jefferson has stepped in and played well since Robert Woods got hurt, while Cam Akers somehow came back from an Achilles tear within the same season to play valuable snaps for them down the stretch. This is shaping up to be a good class for the Rams.

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MIAMI DOLPHINS

Round 1 (5): QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Round 1 (18): T Austin Jackson, USC
Round 1 (30): CB Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn
Round 2 (39): IOL Robert Hunt, Louisiana
Round 2 (56): DI Raekwon Davis, Alabama
Round 3 (70): S Brandon Jones, Texas
Round 4 (111): IOL Solomon Kindley, Georgia
Round 5 (154): DI Jason Strowbridge, UNC
Round 5 (164): Edge Curtis Weaver, Boise State
Round 6 (185): LS Blake Ferguson, LSU
Round 7 (246): QB/WR Malcolm Perry, Navy

Then: A-
Now: C+

The jury is still out on Tagovailoa, but things are not trending in the right direction for the No. 5 overall pick, especially with Herbert going one pick after him. As for the rest of the group, Robert Hunt seems to be the best of the bunch, but Austin Jackson and Noah Igbinoghene have been disappointments so far. The Dolphins also got a solid season from Raekwon Davis in 2020 before regression this past year. The arrow on this class is pointing the wrong way.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Round 1 (22): WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
Round 1 (31): CB Jeff Gladney, TCU
Round 2 (58): T Ezra Cleveland, Boise State
Round 3 (89): CB Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State
Round 4 (117): Edge D.J. Wonnum, South Carolina
Round 4 (130): Edge James Lynch, Baylor
Round 4 (132): LB Troy Dye, Oregon
Round 5 (169): CB Harrison Hand, Temple
Round 5 (176): WR K.J. Osborn, Miami (Fla.)
Round 6 (203): T Blake Brandel, Oregon State
Round 6 (205): S Josh Metellus, Michigan
Round 7 (225): Edge Kenny Willekes, Michigan State
Round 7 (244): QB Nate Stanley, Iowa
Round 7 (249): S Brian Cole II, Mississippi State
Round 7 (253): IOL Kyle Hinton, Washburn

Then: A
Now: B+

The Justin Jefferson selection speaks for itself, as Jefferson is one of the best receivers in the entire league. Dantzler followed up a solid rookie season with another solid year in 2021, and Ezra Cleveland bumped his PFF grade up with another year of starting experience. A lot of players in this one, but the important ones at the top have hit.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Round 2 (37): S Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
Round 2 (60): EDGE Josh Uche, Michigan
Round 3 (87): EDGE Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
Round 3 (91): TE Devin Asiasi, UCLA
Round 3 (101): TE Dalton Keene, Virginia Tech
Round 5 (159): K Justin Rohrwasser, Marshall
Round 6 (182): IOL Michael Onwenu, Michigan
Round 6 (195): OT Justin Herron, Wake Forest
Round 6 (204): LB Cassh Maluia, Wyoming
Round 7 (230): IOL Dustin Woodard, Memphis

Then: B
Now: C+

Fifth-round steal Micael Onwenu is the crown jewel of this class for the Patriots. The two tight end selections proved fruitless, especially with Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry now on the roster. Kyle Dugger played better this past season, and there are still positive vibes with Uche. 

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Round 1 (24): IOL Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
Round 3 (74): LB Zack Baun, Wisconsin
Round 3 (105): TE Adam Trautman, Dayton
Round 7 (240): QB Tommy Stevens, Mississippi State

Then: B
Now: C

It’s been a slow start to Ruiz’s NFL career, grading in the 50s in each of his first two seasons. Baun didn’t see a ton of playing time this season, and Trautman was unreliable. The final verdict isn’t in for this class, but they need their best days to be ahead of them.

NEW YORK GIANTS

Round 1 (4): T Andrew Thomas, Georgia
Round 2 (36): S Xavier McKinney, Alabama
Round 3 (99): T Matt Peart, Connecticut
Round 4 (110): CB Darnay Holmes, UCLA
Round 5 (150): IOL Shane Lemieux, Oregon
Round 6 (183): LB Cam Brown, Penn State
Round 7 (218): Edge Carter Coughlin, Minnesota
Round 7 (238): LB T.J. Brunson, South Carolina
Round 7 (247): CB Chris Williamson, Minnesota
Round 7 (255): LB Tae Crowder, Georgia

Then: A
Now: B+

After a shaky start in their rookie seasons, this class looks to have bounced back in a big way. Andrew Thomas put together a fine sophomore season at tackle after a terrible rookie year. Xavier McKinney is a difference-maker when healthy and Peart has been solid.

NEW YORK JETS

Round 1 (11): T Mekhi Becton, Louisville
Round 2 (59): WR Denzel Mims, Baylor
Round 3 (68): S Ashtyn Davis, California
Round 3 (79): EDGE Jabari Zuniga, Florida
Round 4 (120): RB La’Mical Perine, Florida
Round 4 (125): QB James Morgan, FIU
Round 4 (129): OT Cameron Clark, Charlotte
Round 5 (158): CB Bryce Hall, Virginia
Round 6 (191): P Braden Mann, Texas A&M

Then: B+
Now: B+

Becton had an impactful rookie season but lost most of his 2021 campaign due to injury. Mims had every chance to become a staple receiver on that team and failed to do so. Zuniga and Perine played sparingly in 2021, so there wasn’t much to judge, but Bryce Hall played over 1,100 snaps at cornerback with solid play. It's not a wildly impactful class outside of Becton and Hall as consistent starters, but not a lot of bad, either.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Round 1 (21): WR Jalen Reagor, TCU
Round 2 (53): QB Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
Round 3 (103): LB Davion Taylor, Colorado
Round 4 (127): CB K’Von Wallace, Clemson
Round 4 (145): OT Jack Driscoll, Auburn
Round 5 (168): WR John Hightower, Boise State
Round 6 (196): LB Shaun Bradley, Temple
Round 6 (200): WR Quez Watkins, Southern Mississippi
Round 6 (210): OT Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn
Round 7 (233): Edge Casey Toohill, Stanford

Then: A-
Now: B

Jalen Hurts was doubted and doubted and doubted (he still sort of is), but he continues to play his brand of quarterbacking well. He earned a 77.1 overall offensive grade this past season with a 89.6 rushing grade. The Reagor pick has been a disaster, especially with Justin Jefferson’s name right behind it on the draft board. K’Von Wallace has also shown some good things as a safety; he just hasn’t played much.

Dec 21, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) passes the ball against the Washington Football Team during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Round 2 (49): WR Chase Claypool, Notre Dame
Round 3 (102): EDGE Alex Highsmith, Charlotte
Round 4 (124): RB Anthony McFarland Jr., Maryland
Round 4 (135): IOL Kevin Dotson, Louisiana
Round 6 (198): S Antoine Brooks Jr., Maryland
Round 7 (232): DI Carlos Davis, Nebraska

Then: B-
Now: A

It’s hard to really say Claypool had a down year when he played within one of the most limited passing attacks in the league; he’ll be fine. Highsmith and Dotson have become good players on both sides of the trenches. There weren't a lot of picks in this haul, but there's been good output so far.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Round 1 (14): DI Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
Round 1 (25): WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
Round 5 (153): OT Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
Round 6 (190): TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
Round 7 (217): WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee

Then: B+
Now: B

It’s tough to give Kinlaw a bad grade here given how much he’s been hurt, but he hasn’t looked fully healthy even when on the field and therefore has been a non-factor. Aiyuk has looked good when Garoppolo can get him the ball, and Jennings has turned into a solid option in that receiver room.

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Round 1 (27): LB Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech
Round 2 (48): EDGE Darrell Taylor, Tennessee
Round 3 (69): IOL Damien Lewis, LSU
Round 4 (133): TE Colby Parkinson, Stanford
Round 4 (144): RB DeeJay Dallas, Miami Fla.
Round 5 (148): Edge Alton Robinson, Syracuse
Round 6 (214): WR Freddie Swain, Florida
Round 7 (251): TE Stephen Sullivan, LSU

Then: C-
Now: B-

Brooks has played well, even leading the Seahawks in tackles over Bobby Wagner in 2021, but still needs to be better in coverage. On top of that, Taylor recorded 6.5 sacks this past season. Lewis had a bit of a down year after a solid rookie season at right guard, as he switched to left guard and battled injuries in 2021. There’s plenty of reason to still have hope for a bounce back.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Round 1 (13): T Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
Round 2 (45): S Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota
Round 3 (76): RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt
Round 5 (161): WR Tyler Johnson, Minnesota
Round 6 (194): DI Khalil Davis, Nebraska
Round 7 (241): LB Chapelle Russell, Temple
Round 7 (245): RB Raymond Calais, Louisiana

Then: A-
Now: A+

Wirfs made first-team All-Pro this past season at right tackle after an incredible rookie season. As for Antoine Winfield, the Bucs don’t win the Super Bowl without him, and he remained a very effective, important piece of Tampa’s safety rotation. Vaughn and Johnson haven’t been super impactful, but they saw playing time down the stretch due to injuries. This draft was stellar for them.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Round 1 (29): T Isaiah Wilson, Georgia
Round 2 (61): CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
Round 3 (93): RB Darrynton Evans, App State
Round 5 (174): Edge Larrell Murchison, NC State
Round 7 (224): QB Cole McDonald, Hawaii
Round 7 (243): CB Chris Jackson, Marshall

Then: C+
Now: C-

Isaiah Wilson isn’t even in the league right now. That miss pushes this draft grade down a lot. Kristian Fulton played better this season after struggling to get on the field as a rookie.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

Round 1 (2): EDGE Chase Young, Ohio State
Round 3 (66): RB Antonio Gibson, Memphis
Round 4 (108): OT Saahdiq Charles, LSU
Round 4 (142): WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty
Round 5 (156): IOL Keith Ismael, San Diego State
Round 5 (162): LB Khaleke Hudson, Michigan
Round 7 (216): S Kamren Curl, Arkansas
Round 7 (229): Edge James Smith-Williams, NC State

Then: B
Now: A-

Chase Young, Antonio Gibson and Kam Curl make up the identity of this draft class. Young has been as good as you could expect in his first two seasons, and Gibson has turned into the ultimate versatile weapon for them. As for Curl, he’s been a seventh-round gem as a two-year starter at safety. This class is even better than it looked on draft night.

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