Thor Nystrom

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Nystrom’s Snap Draft Grades

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Los Angeles Chargers | NFL Draft snap grade: C-


1.17 (7) S Derwin James (Florida State)

2.48 (97) LB Uchenna Nwosu (USC)

3.84 (198) DT Justin Jones (NC State)

4.119 (165) S Kyzir White (West Virginia)

5.155 (167) C Scott Quessenberry (UCLA)

6.191 (204) WR Dylan Cantrell (Texas Tech)

7.251 (152) RB Justin Jackson (Northwestern)


In one sentence: Tremendous first pick -- the rest of the group left something to be desired.


Miami Dolphins | NFL Draft snap grade: C


1.11 (9) S Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)

2.42 (63) TE Mike Gesicki (Penn State)

3.73 (124) LB Jerome Baker (Ohio State)

4.123 (159) TE Durham Smythe (Notre Dame)

4.131 (157) RB Kalen Ballage (Arizona State)

6.209 (NR) Cornell Armstrong (Southern Miss)

7.227 (336) LB Quentin Poling (Ohio)

7.229 (NR) K Jason Sanders (New Mexico)


In one sentence: A solid, unspectacular showing.


Minnesota Vikings | #NFLDraft Snap grade: C+


1.30 (23) CB Mike Hughes (UCF)

2.62 (83) T Brian O’Neill (Pitt)

4.102 (139) DE Jalyn Holmes (Ohio State)

5.157 (233) TE Tyler Conklin (Central Michigan)

5.167 (179) K Daniel Carlson (Auburn)

6.213 (161) G Colby Gossett (Appalachian State)

6.218 (134) DE Ade Aruna (Tulane)

7.225 (NR) Devante Downs (California)


In one sentence: The Vikings plugged their holes at an acceptable price.


New England Patriots | NFL Draft snap grade: B+


1.23 (10) G Isaiah Wynn (Georgia)

1.31 (34) RB Sony Michel (Georgia)

2.56 (88) CB Duke Dawson (Florida)

5.143 (320) LB Ja'Whaun Bentley (Purdue)

6.178 (164) LB Christian Sam (Arizona State)

6.210 (302) WR Braxton Berrios (Miami)

7.219 (NR) QB Danny Etling (LSU)

7.243 (NR) Keion Crossen (Western Carolina)

7.250 (200) TE Ryan Izzo (FSU)


*Acquired Bears 2019 R2

*Acquired Lions 2019 R3


In one sentence: Loved what New England did early, and I love that they added a pair of Day 2 picks tomorrow... the grade would have been higher, but I didn't like what they did on Day 3.


New Orleans Saints | NFL Draft snap grade: F


1.14 (42) DE Marcus Davenport (UTSA)

3.91 (108) WR Tre’Quan Smith (UCF)

4.127 (NR) OT Rick Leonard (Florida State)

5.164 (344) S Natrell Jamerson (Wisconsin)

6.189 (312) CB Kamrin Moore (Boston College)

6.201 (NR) RB Boston Scott (Louisiana Tech)

7.245 (197) C Will Clapp (LSU)


*Traded 2019 R1 to Packers


In one sentence: This haul is extremely underwhelming in a vacuum... when you consider that they gave up their first-rounder next year to get it done, it becomes dreadful.


New York Giants | NFL Draft snap grade: D


1.2 (2) RB Saquon Barkley (Penn State)

2.34 (31) G Will Hernandez (UTEP)

3.66 (59) LB Lorenzo Carter (Georgia)

3.69 (106) DT B.J. Hill (NC State)

4.108 (118) QB Kyle Lauletta (Richmond)

5.139 (174) DT RJ McIntosh (Miami)


In one sentence: In a class that has multiple potential franchise QBs, you have to take your QB of the future at 1.2... the Giants are deluding themselves into believing that they could contend in the remaining years of Eli Manning's career... this draft assures they'll be good enough to draft in the middle of the first round next year (no better), which'll box them out of the top QBs in that class, too.


New York Jets | NFL Draft snap grade: B


1.3 (11) QB Sam Darnold (USC)

3.72 (96) DT Nathan Shepherd (Fort Hays State)

4.107 (135) TE Christopher Herndon (Miami)

6.179 (131) CB Parry Nickerson (Tulane)

6.180 (133) DT Folorunso Fatukasi (UConn)

6.204 (NR) RB Trenton Cannon (Virginia State)


*Traded 2019 R2 to the Colts


In one sentence: It was a huge coup that Darnold fell to 1.3, and the Jets did a nice job with their other picks.


Oakland Raiders | NFL Draft snap grade: D-


1.15 (45) T Kolton Miller (UCLA)

2.57 (236) DT PJ Hall (Sam Houston)

3.65 (160) T Brandon Parker (NC A&T)

3.87 (74) LB Arden Key (LSU)

4.110 (137) CB Nick Nelson (Wisconsin)

5.140 (29) DT Maurice Hurst (Michigan)

5.173 (315) P Johnny Townsend (Florida)

6.216 (325) LB Azeem Victor (Washington)

7.228 (162) WR Marcell Ateman (Oklahoma State)


In one sentence: This grade would have been an F had the Raiders not gotten good value on Key and tremendous value on Hurst.


Philadelphia Eagles | NFL Draft snap grade: B+


2.49 (57) TE Dallas Goedert (South Dakota State)

4.125 (176) CB Avonte Maddox (Pitt)

4.130 (26) DE Josh Sweat (Florida State)

6.206 (222) T Matt Pryor (TCU)

7.233 (NR) T Jordan Mailata (Australia)


*Acquired 2019 R2 from the Ravens


In one sentence: Philly got the "1A" tight end int his class, acquired a Round 2 pick next year, and got a huge steal in Sweat (assuming his knee holds up).


Pittsburgh Steelers | NFL Draft snap grade: C


1.28 (112) S Terrell Edmunds (Virginia Tech)

2.60 (62) WR James Washington (Oklahoma State)

3.76 (64) QB Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State)

3.92 (91) T Chukwuma Okorafor (Western Michigan)

5.148 (147) S Marcus Allen (Penn State)

5.165 (95) H-back Jaylen Samuels (NC State)

7.246 (NR) Joshua Frazier (Alabama)


In one sentence: I liked what the Steelers did after their first pick... but I hated what they did with that first pick.


San Francisco 49ers | NFL Draft snap grade: B-


1.9 (14) T Mike McGlinchey (Notre Dame)

2.44 (68) WR Dante Pettis (Washington)

3.70 (67) LB Fred Warner (BYU)

3.95 (208) S Tarvarius Moore (Southern Miss)

4.128 (185) DE Kentavius Street (NC State)

5.142 (129) CB DJ Reed (Kansas State)

6.184 (376) S Marcell Harris (Florida)

7.223 (NR) DT Jullian Taylor (Temple)

7.240 (246) WR Richie James (Middle Tennessee State)


In one sentence: McGlinchey and Warner were both really strong picks, and Pettis was okay (I would have taken a different WR but it wasn't a huge reach)... I was out on the rest of their picks (except Reed).


Seattle Seahawks | NFL Draft Snap grade: D-


1.27 (94) RB Rashaad Penny (San Diego State)

3.79 (55) DE Rasheem Green (USC)

4.120 (259) TE Will Dissly (Washington)

5.141 (98) LB Shaquem Griffin (Central Florida)

5.146 (311) S Tre Flowers (Oklahoma State)

5.149 (183) P Michael Dickson (Texas)

5.168 (73) T Jamarco Jones (Ohio State)

6.186 (NR) OLB Jake Martin (Temple)

7.220 (260) QB Alex McGough (Florida International)


In one sentence: I hated the Penny pick and wasn't a big fan of what Seattle did outside of that except for getting Green, Griffin and especially Jones at solid values.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers | #NFLDraft Snap grade: B+


1.12 (20) DT Vita Vea (Washington)

2.38 (41) RB Ronald Jones (USC)

2.53 (76) CB M.J. Stewart (UNC)

2.63 (44) CB Carlton Davis (Auburn)

3.94 (144) G Alex Cappa (Humboldt State)

4.117 (104) S Jordan Whitehead (Pittsburgh)

5.144 (120) WR Justin Watson (Pennsylvania)

6.202 (216) LB Jack Cichy (Wisconsin)


In one sentence: Rock solid draft that addressed needs while maintaining strong pick value throughout.


Tennessee Titans | #NFLDraft Snap grade: A-


1.22 (19) LB Rashaan Evans (Alabama)

2.41 (8) DE Harold Landry (Boston College)

5.152 (132) S Dane Cruikshank (Arizona)

6.199 (150) QB Luke Falk (Washington State)


In one sentence: The Titans only had four picks, but boy did they do well with them... Landry at 2.41 is insane value.


Washington Redskins | #NFLDraft Snap grade: B+


1.13 (24) DT Da’Ron Payne (Alabama)

2.59 (36) RB Derrius Guice (LSU)

3.74 (70) T Geron Christian (Louisville)

3.100 (314) S Troy Apke (Penn State)

5.163 (81) DT Tim Settle (Virginia Tech)

6.197 (255) LB Shaun Dion Hamilton (Alabama)

7.241 (245) CB Greg Stroman (Virginia Tech)

7.256 (140) WR Trey Quinn (SMU)


In one sentence: Outside of a reach on the testing freak Apke, I thought Washington had an extremely solid draft... I especially liked the values on Guice, Christian, Settle and Quinn.


Thor Nystrom is a former associate reporter whose writing has been honored by Rolling Stone magazine and The Best American Essays series. Say hi to Rotoworld's college football writer on Twitter @thorku.
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