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Draft History: Grades and stats for every first- and second-round pick since 2015 AFC North edition

By Gordon McGuinness
Feb 13, 2019

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Dec 30, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates after breaking the rookie passing touchdown record during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The 2019 NFL Draft will be here before we know it but before then, the NFL’s free agency period will open up, and teams will be looking to bolster their lineups with new signees while also looking to keep on board players who have shined bright since their arrival with their franchise. One big thing for the 2019 free agency period is that, for the first time, a rookie class that we had at least a college year of data from, have all now either finished their rookie contract or those select first rounders have had their final year exercised to stay with their team.

With that in mind, we decided to take a look back at some grades and PFF advanced statistics and data for every team’s first- and second-round pick since that 2015 season. While some of these players are no longer with their respective team, the players listed below were all drafted by the team mentioned and the grades and stats represented are just from their time with their drafted team.

Today’s series takes a look at the AFC North.

Baltimore Ravens

2015

Breshad Perriman, Wide Receiver

Round 1, Pick 16

Career High Grade: 71.8 (2018, w/Cleveland)

Perriman’s time in Baltimore resulted in a missed rookie season through a knee injury, and nine drops from 52 catchable targets between 2016 and 2017. In Perriman’s final season in Baltimore, Ravens quarterbacks managed an NFL passer rating of just 14.6 on throws to him. He’s found success on a limited sample size in Cleveland, with no drops from 16 catchable targets and averaging 21.3 yards per reception for the Browns in 2018.

Maxx Williams, Tight End

Round 2, Pick 55

Career High Grade: 71.6 (2018)

Williams has shown a safe pair of hands in Baltimore, with just one drop from 65 catchable targets over the three seasons he has featured. That being said, he has averaged just 7.9 yards per catch so far in his career, and now finds himself behind Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews on the depth chart.

2016

Ronnie Stanley, Offensive Line

Round 1, Pick 6

Career High Grade: 75.8 (2018)

Stanley hasn’t been a dominant run blocker, but he has developed into one of the top pass-blocking offensive tackles in the NFL. This past season he produced an 87.0 pass-blocking grade, which ranked third among all offensive tackles, allowing just 17 total pressures from 577 pass-blocking snaps.

Kamalei Correa, Edge defender

Round 2, Pick 42

Career High Grade: 62.9 (2016)

Correa moved from edge defender to inside linebacker in Baltimore and never really got his career going. After impressing on the edge for them this past preseason, he wound up in Tennessee where he saw a career-high 323 snaps, but still managed just eight total pressures from 148 pass-rushing snaps.

2017

Marlon Humphrey, Cornerback

Round 1, Pick 16

Career High Grade: 80.0 (2018)

Humphrey looks like the real deal, having already racked up 23 combined interceptions and pass breakups through just two seasons in the NFL. As he enters his third season, he is arguably the most important player on the Ravens defense.

Tyus Bowser, Edge Defender

Round 2, Pick 47

Career High Grade: 61.2 (2018)

Bowser has struggled to make an impact as an edge defender so far in Baltimore, with just 20 total pressures on 181 pass-rushing snaps in his two-year career. Having played just 340 snaps through two seasons, he needs to step up quickly if he is to make something of his career with the Ravens.

2018

Hayden Hurst, Tight End

Round 1, Pick 25

Career High Grade: 65.5 (2018)

Hurst missed the start of the season through injury but was solid once he got on the field. He didn’t drop any passes and finished his rookie campaign with 13 grabs for 163 yards and a touchdown. The biggest negative for Hurst though is that he wasn’t even the best rookie tight end on the team, with Mark Andrews producing a PFF grade of 73.6 and finishing the regular season with 34 receptions for 552 yards and three touchdowns.

Lamar Jackson, Quarterback

Round 1, Pick 32

Career High Grade: 56.0 (2018)

Jackson is not yet a polished passer in the NFL, and there were some major struggles for him in the first half of the Ravens wild-card round loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Jackson is one of the most unique players in the NFL given his skill set, and how the Ravens build around that skill set this offseason will be key.

Cincinnati Bengals

2015

Cedric Ogbuehi, Offensive Line

Round 1, Pick 21

Career High Grade: 60.4 (2016)

Ogbuehi has seen time at left and right tackle but has really struggled in pass protection so far in the NFL. From 892 career pass-blocking snaps, he has allowed 82 total pressures, including 18 sacks. Will a change of scenery help him turn his career around in 2019?

Jake Fisher, Offensive Line

Round 2, Pick 53

Career High Grade: 67.1 (2015)

The second offensive lineman drafted by the Bengals in 2015, Fisher has also struggled to make an impact with the Bengals. Despite flashes, he has failed to deliver consistently and has been hurt by injuries too.

2016

William Jackson, Cornerback

Round 1, Pick 24

Career High Grade: 90.2 (2017)

Jackson was one of the top cornerbacks in football in 2017, allowing an NFL passer rating of just 36.1 on throws into his coverage, allowing just 15 receptions and coming away with 11 pass breakups and an interception. He was up and down in 2018 and did allow five touchdowns, but once again was a factor making plays on the ball, registering 10 pass breakups.

Tyler Boyd, Wide Receiver

Round 2, Pick 55

Career High Grade: 84.6 (2018)

Boyd delivered the best season of his young career in 2018, dropping just three of the 76 catchable passes thrown his way on his way to a 1,028-yard season. He also proved difficult to bring down, with six avoided tackles in 2018.

2017

John Ross, Wide Receiver

Round 1, Pick 9

Career High Grade: 49.4 (2018)

Ross has blazing speed and pulled in seven touchdowns in 2018, but his career has been plagued by injury and inconsistency so far. He dropped seven of the 28 catchable passes thrown his way this past season.

Joe Mixon, Running Back

Round 2, Pick 48

Career High Grade: 78.5 (2018)

Mixon averaged just shy of 2.8 yards after contact per carry in 2018 while forcing 29 missed tackles on 236 carries. After fumbling five times on 199 carries and 30 receptions as a rookie, he didn’t fumble at all in 2018.

2018

Billy Price, Offensive Line

Round 1, Pick 21

Career High Grade: 49.4 (2018)

Price started 10 games for the Bengals as a rookie and had four games where he didn’t allow a single sack, hit or hurry. He was inconsistent though and graded poorly as a run blocker, so the Bengals will be looking for him to improve in 2019.

Jessie Bates, Safety

Round 2, Pick 54

Career High Grade: 79.9 (2018)

The release of safety George Iloka surprised many, but with the emergence of the rookie Bates in 2018 they didn’t miss the veteran. Bates made an impact from day one, registering three interceptions and four pass breakups in his rookie campaign.

Cleveland Browns

2015

Danny Shelton, Defensive Interior

Round 1, Pick 12

Career High Grade: 82.1 (2016)

Shelton will likely be viewed as a bust given that he was traded to New England in 2018, but the reality is that he was a solid run defender throughout his time in Cleveland. His best year for the Browns came in 2016 when the former Washington standout registered 42 tackles that resulted in a defensive stop.

Cameron Erving, Offensive Line

Round 1, Pick 19

Career High Grade: 47.1 (2017 w/Kansas City)

Like Shelton, Erving is no longer on the team, so this pick didn’t work out well for the Browns. He saw a career-high 963 snaps for the Chiefs this past season and produced a career-high 57.7 pass-blocking grade. After four seasons, he is likely just a low-level starter in the NFL.

Nate Orchard, Edge Defender

Round 2, Pick 51

Career High Grade: 66.3 (2017)

The former Utah star is currently a free agent after spending time with the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs in 2018. Through four seasons he has yet to top 16 total pressures in a single season.

2016

Corey Coleman, Wide Receiver

Round 1, Pick 15

Career High Grade: 61.7 (2016)

Coleman has shown flashes in his three-year career so far, forcing eight missed tackles from just 33 receptions as a rookie in 2016, but has also struggled with drops. Dropping nine of the 70 catchable passes thrown his way so far in his career, he was cut by the Browns last year and caught five passes with the Giants in 2018.

Emmanuel Ogbah, Edge Defender

Round 2, Pick 32

Career High Grade: 64.0 (2017)

Ogbah has registered 98 total pressures through three seasons, coming on 1,256 pass-rushing snaps. That’s a fair representation of his career in Cleveland so far, where he hasn’t necessarily been bad, he just hasn’t made the impact they were hoping for when they spent a second-round pick on him.

2017

Myles Garrett, Edge Defender

Round 1, Pick 1

Career High Grade: 87.0 (2018)

After a slow start to his career in year one, Myles Garrett proved to everyone why he was a slam dunk pick as the number one overall selection with a dominant showing in his second season in the league. Garrett registered 67 total pressures, including 15 sacks, from 599 pass-rushing snaps in 2018, and heads into his third season as one of the core stars of an up and coming Browns team.

Jabrill Peppers, Safety

Round 1, Pick 25

Career High Grade: 77.6 (2018)

Peppers played closer to the line of scrimmage in 2018, and the results were as expected. He’s better suited to that type of role, finishing his second season in the NFL with 12 total pressures, 20 tackles resulting in a defensive stop, an interception, and four pass breakups.

David Njoku, Tight End

Round 1, Pick 29

Career High Grade: 66.8 (2018)

Njoku improved in the second half of the 2018 season after dropping seven passes from 38 catchable targets in the opening seven games of the season. Over the rest of the season he had just one drop, and in general, looked more dangerous as a receiver with Baker Mayfield at quarterback.

DeShone Kizer, Quarterback

Round 2, Pick 52

Career High Grade: 52.8 (2017)

Kizer was traded away before the 2018 Draft, and even before they drafted Baker Mayfield, but it’s hard to fault them taking a gamble on Kizer in 2017. They drafted him, got him on the field to see what he could do, then moved on when they had both the No. 1 and No. 4 pick in 2018.

2018

Baker Mayfield, Quarterback

Round 1, Pick 1

Career High Grade: 84.5 (2018)

Mayfield was sensational as a rookie, especially when the Browns kept him free from pressure, completing 67.7% of his passes and producing a 90.4 PFF offensive grade when not under pressure. Even under pressure, he wasn’t bad, with an 8:7 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The addition of Mayfield puts the Browns in position to make a serious Super Bowl challenge in the next few seasons.

Denzel Ward, Cornerback

Round 1, Pick 4

Career High Grade: 78.9 (2018)

Ward was another slam dunk pick by the Browns with the former Ohio State standout delivering a big season in his rookie year. He allowed just 53.7% of the passes thrown into his coverage to be caught and came away with three interceptions and six pass breakups.

Austin Corbett, Offensive Line

Round 2, Pick 33

Career High Grade: N/A

Corbett played just 14 snaps as a rookie and never more than four in any individual game. He did have some nice performances in pass protection in the preseason though, allowing just five total pressures from 131 pass-blocking snaps in August.

Nick Chubb, Running Back

Round 2, Pick 35

Career High Grade: 87.5 (2018)

Chubb saw just 16 carries in the opening six games of the season but saw 176 the rest of the way as he delivered in an impressive rookie season. He averaged almost 4.5 yards after contact per carry, forcing 44 missed tackles on 192 carries over the course of the season.

Pittsburgh Steelers

2015

Bud Dupree, Edge Defender

Round 1, Pick 22

Career High Grade: 62.6  (2016)

Dupree has struggled to generate pressure consistently for the Steelers, with his 46 total pressures in 2018 a career high. Coming on 468 pass-rushing snaps that’s not terrible, it’s just not the level of production you would hope from a first-round draft pick.

Senquez Golson, Cornerback

Round 2, Pick 56

Career High Grade: N/A

Golson early career was impacted by injuries, and he never saw action in his time in Pittsburgh.

2016

Artie Burns, Cornerback

Round 1, Pick 25

Career High Grade: 70.5 (2017)

Burns has been up and down in his time in Pittsburgh, coming away with four interceptions and 19 pass breakups but also allowing 13 touchdowns on 1,357 snaps in coverage over the past three seasons. He played a career-low 308 snaps and wound up getting benched in 2018.

Sean Davis, Pittsburgh

Round 2, Pick 58

Career High Grade: 69.8 (2018)

Davis is coming off the best season of his career, producing career highs in PFF coverage and run-defense grades. He’s already cleaned up his tackling, reducing his missed tackles from 18 in 2017 to 12 in 2018, but this is an area where he could still stand to improve.

2017

T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh

Round 1, Pick 30

Career High Grade: 75.8 (2018)

Watt hasn’t quite put it all together consistently yet, but he has shown some dominant flashes with big performances. He registered 13 sacks in 2018, but six of those came in just two games. With 52 total pressures from 458 pass-rushing snaps in 2018, he heads into season three coming off a career year.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Wide Receiver

Round 2, Pick 62

Career High Grade: 81.8 (2018)

Smith-Schuster has proven to be a big-play threat and a consistent pass catcher for the Steelers, dropping just eight of the 177 catchable targets thrown his way over the past two seasons. Showcasing his big-play ability, the former USC standout has had a 97-yard reception in each of the past two seasons.

2018

Terrell Edmunds, Safety

Round 1, Pick 28

Career High Grade: 63.7 (2018)

Edmunds was one of the surprise picks of round one on draft day in 2018, but delivered some solid performances in the second half of the season, finishing the year tied for 25th among safeties with 19 tackles resulting in a defensive stop.

James Washington, Wide Receiver

Round 2, Pick 60

Career High Grade: 49.4

Washington had his struggles as a rookie but did show some big-play ability late in the season with a 32-yard reception against the New England Patriots and a career-long 47-yard reception against the Bengals in the season finale. Should the Steelers trade Antonio Brown, they’ll be looking for Washington to step up.

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