First-Round Grade: A-
Overall Grade: B
Best Value Pick: Josh Rosen
Sleeper Pick: Chase Edmonds
QB Josh Rosen (No. 10), WR Christian Kirk (No. 47), C Mason Cole (No. 97), RB Chase Edmonds (No. 134), DB Christian Campbell (No. 182), OT Korey Cunningham (No. 254).
- ‘There were nine mistakes made ahead of me’
If his body is able to survive the rigors of an NFL season and Sam Bradford yet again can’t, Josh Rosen (and the newly acquired chip on his shoulder) could be Rookie of the Year. Arizona pulls the trigger on the best pure passer in the draft as a Carson Palmer replacement and sacrifices only a third and fifth-rounder to do so.
- Planning for life after Larry (with Rosen).
Kirk specializes in high-percentage throws and turning in yards after the catch, he also brings added value as a return man. The Scottsdale native should have an impact right away with J.J. Nelson his only real threat to a starting role, the Cardinals will hope that he soon becomes a favorite target of Josh Rosen.
This draft class is all about Rosen, his performance will determine it’s success.
LOS ANGELES RAMS
First-Round Grade: N/A
Overall Grade: C+
Best Value Pick: Micah Kiser
Sleeper Pick: John Kelly
OT Joseph Noteboom (No. 89), C Brian Allen (No. 111), DE John Franklin-Myers (No. 135), LB Micah Kiser (No. 147), LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (No. 160), RB John Kelly (No. 176), OG Jamil Demby (No. 192), DT Sebastian Joseph (No. 195), LB Trevon Young (No. 205), LB Travin Howard (No. 231), DE Justin Lawler (No. 244).
- Finding a running back to backup and spell Todd Gurley.
Gurley touched the ball 343 times last year in McVay’s offense, next in backfield touches was wide receiver Tavon Austin, now of the Dallas Cowboys. In the fourth-round the Rams selected a similar style runner to Gurley in Tennessee’s John Kelly who has a proven ability to catch out of the backfield and could slot in on third downs.
- Selecting linebacker Micah Kiser at No. 147.
Kiser registered 145 tackles last year and lead the ACC in tackles for the third straight year, the only other player to do so is Luke Kuechly.
- Taking a scattershot approach to positions of need.
For all their splash signings in free agency, the Rams did not acquire a linebacker or edge rusher to occupy either of the biggest holes on their roster. With only one selection across the first two days, the Rams should have continually drafted the best players available instead of stocking up on positions of need with over half of their selections.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
First-Round Grade: B-
Overall Grade: C+
Best Value Pick: Fred Warner
Sleeper Pick: Richie James
OT Mike McGlinchey (No. 9), WR Dante Pettis (No. 44), LB Fred Warner (No. 70), S Tarvarius Moore (No. 95), DE Kentavius Street (No. 128), DB D.J. Reed (No. 142), DB Marcell Harris (No. 184), DT Jullian Taylor (No. 223), WR Richie James (No. 240).
- Drafting some protection for their $137.5 million investment.
Protection for Jimmy Garoppolo, McGlinchey can step in immediately at right tackle, improve the run game and eventually slide over to replace Joe Staley on the left hand side.
- Using the No. 44 selection on a weapon for Garoppolo.
Dante Pettis is a versatile receiver that possesses enough speed, quickness and route running ability to make him the type of receiver that Shanahan covets for his offense. Pettis’ NCAA record 9 career punt return touchdowns suggest that he’ll be a threat on special teams as well.
- Drafting too many players with durability issues.
Kentavius Street tore his ACL just a few weeks before the draft, Marcell Harris missed the 2017 season after tearing his achilles and Jullian Taylor missed both the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to injury.
- Unanswered questions on defense.
How is the defense going to get after the quarterback next season, there isn’t an edge rusher on the roster that has eclipsed ten career sacks. Who will be starters in the secondary across from an aging Sherman and what if he pulls up lame again.
First-Round Grade: D
Overall Grade: C
Best Value Pick: Shaquem Griffin
Sleeper Pick: Shaquem Griffin
RB Rashaad Penny (No. 27), DE Rasheem Green (No. 79), TE Will Dissly (No. 120), LB Shaquem Griffin (No. 141), DB Tre Flowers (No. 146), P Michael Dickson (No. 149), OT Jamarco Jones (No. 168), DE Jacob Martin (No. 186), QB Alex McGough (No. 220).
- Reuniting Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin.
AAC Defensive Player of the Year, Second-team All-American and a 4.38 forty-yard dash (fastest official time for his position) all for the cost of a fifth-round pick. Griffin is a high-energy guy that can flat out ball and should be able to make an impact at linebacker.
- Drafting a Day 2 running back in the first-round.
Rashaad Penny is not a first-round talent, in fact he wasn’t even ranked as a top-5 running back. Penny won’t even have a chance to prove his pre-draft projections wrong running behind Seattle’s abysmal offensive line. This was a reach.