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Thor's Snap Draft Grades

by Thor Nystrom
Updated On: April 26, 2020, 11:42 am ET

Arizona Cardinals | Snap Grade: A

Pick Name Position Rk SPARQ RAS Comp Ht Wt
1.8 Isaiah Simmons LB1 4 ~98 10 Mega Derwin James 6'4 238
3.72 Josh Jones OT5 23 44.7 7.24 Bobby Massey 6'5 319
4.114 Leki Fotu DL10 95 --- 6.52 A’Shawn Robinson 6'5 330
4.131 Rashard Lawrence DL14 151 --- 5.4 Akeem Spence 6'2 308
6.202 Evan Weaver LB21 178 32.3 6.76 James Laurinaitis 6'2 237
7.222 Eno Benjamin RB8 96 72.3 6.28 Devin Singletary 5'9 207

 

Easy to see why Kliff Kingsburg looked so relaxed in his magazine-spread War Room. Top to bottom, from unicorn defensive chess piece Isaiah Simmons on down to local Tazmanian Devil RB Eno Benjamin, the Cardinals got fabulous value at positions of need. Bravo.


Atlanta Falcons | Snap Grade: D

Pick Name Position Rk SPARQ RAS Comp Ht Wt
1.16 A.J. Terrell CB6 30 86 9.69 Pierre Desir 6'1 195
2.47 Marlon Davidson DL6 49 --- 3.97 Breeland Speaks 6'3 303
3.78 Matt Hennessy iOL2 72 66.6 9.06 Corey Linsley 6'4 307
4.119 Mykal Walker LB17 156 56.4 8.67 Josh Kaddu 6'3 230
4.134 Jaylinn Hawkins S22 297 --- --- D.J. Swearinger 6'0 208
7.228 Sterling Hofrichter P6 NR --- --- --- 5'10 196

 

Reports of the Falcons loving Terrell came to fruition – so kudos, I suppose, to them on getting their guy. I’d quibble a bit with the value, same as with the Day 3 guys (and I liked Walker). It was also odd that Atlanta chose not to address its EDGE need whatsoever.


Baltimore Ravens | Snap Grade: A

Pick Name Position Rk SPARQ RAS Comp Ht Wt
1.28 Patrick Queen LB2 22 83.8 8.1 Thomas Davis 6'0 229
2.55 JK Dobbins RB5 77 --- --- Domanick Williams 5'9 209
3.71 Justin Madubuike DL3 38 --- 9.18 Kenny Clark 6'2 293
3.92 Devin Duvernay WR15 99 68.2 8.24 Hakeem Nicks 5'10 200
3.98 Malik Harrison LB9 85 77.2 9.55 Germaine Pratt 6'3 247
3.106 Tyre Phillips iOL11 164 17.7 6.17 Ty Nsekhe 6'5 331
4.143 Ben Bredeson iOL9 154 56.5 8.6 Joe Dahl 6'4 315
5.170 Broderick Washington Jr. DL23 255 --- --- Andrew Billings 6'2 305
6.201 James Proche WR25 205 --- 3.99 Hunter Renfrow 5'11 201
7.219 Geno Stone S10 130 25.7 2.91 Todd Scott 5'10 207

 

It feels like I give the Ravens the same grade every year. But dang if they didn’t do it again. Getting huge values in Queen and Madubuike to fill crucial needs almost seemed unfair.


Buffalo Bills | Snap Grade: A

Pick Name Position Rk SPARQ RAS Comp Ht Wt
2.54 A.J. Epenesa EDGE2 17 15.1 4.3 Trey Flowers 6'5 275
3.86 Zack Moss RB6 86 27.6 3.17 Kareem Hunt 5'9 223
4.128 Gabriel Davis WR21 141 38.9 7.11 Quincy Adeboyejo 6'2 216
5.167 Jake Fromm QB6 84 22.4 2.55 Chase Daniel 6’2 219
6.188 Tyler Bass K2 244 --- --- Cairo Santos 5'11 185
6.207 Isaiah Hodgins WR17 113 70.7 7.04 Geronimo Allison 6'4 210
7.239 Dane Jackson CB27 197 30.1 4.38 Mackenzie Alexander 6'0 187

 

The Bills didn’t have many picks, but boy did they make them count. A.J. Epenesa is a first-round player who people overthought, causing him to drop to the middle of the second and, in essence, allow the Bills to recoup the first-rounder they shipped to Minny for Stefon Diggs. Moss was an awesome value, and Buffalo got two of the better Day 3 offensive values in Fromm and Hodgins.


Carolina Panthers | Snap Grade: B

Pick Name Position Rk SPARQ RAS Comp Ht Wt
1.7 Derrick Brown DL2 12 32.9 6.09 Kris Jenkins 6'4 326
2.38 Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE4 32 --- --- Ziggy Ansah 6'5 266
2.64 Jeremy Chinn S3 46 ~99 9.97 Adrian Amos 6'3 221
4.113 Troy Pride Jr. CB16 106 47.5 8.17 ShelDon Brown 5'11 193
5.152 Kenny Robinson Jr. S9 123 --- --- Morgan Burnett 6'1 202
6.184 Bravvion Roy DL26 298 --- --- Deadrin Senat 6'1 332
7.221 Stantley Thomas-Oliver III CB31 238 68.9 8.51 Kendall Sheffield 6'0 192

 

Solid, workmanlike draft for Matt Rhule’s new regime in the Queen City. If the Panthers had exercised the sense to take Isaiah Simmons over Derrick Brown – which seems especially curious in hindsight after they spent every pick on defense, including bringing in Rhule’s old Baylor disruptive NT Bravvion Roy, but didn’t touch the linebacking need – I would have given them an “A.”


Chicago Bears | Snap Grade: C
Pick Name Position Rk SPARQ RAS Comp Ht Wt
2.43 Cole Kmet TE3 78 77.4 9.22 Kyle Rudolph 6'6 262
2.50 Jaylon Johnson CB4 24 64.3 8.44 William Jackson III 6'0 193
5.155 Trevis Gipson EDGE16 137 --- --- Roy Robertson-Harris 6'3 261
5.163 Kindle Vildor CB23 170 94.1 8.73 Kevin White 5'10 191
5.173 Darnell Mooney WR29 221 66.3 7.17 Paul Richardson 5'10 176
7.226 Arlington Hambright OT35 367 --- --- Takoby Cofield 6'4 307
7.227 Lachavious Simmons iOL48 NR --- --- --- 6'5 315

 

I wasn’t a fan of the Kmet pick – particularly in lieu of the fact that the NFL en masse panned this TE class and a similar (superior?) talent like Adam Trautman was available more than 60 picks later – and I thought both seventh-rounders were air-mailed. But the Johnson pick is larceny if his shoulder is sound, and Chicago snagged good value with its trio of fifth-rounders.


Cincinnati Bengals | Snap Grade: A-
Pick Name Position Rk SPARQ RAS Comp Ht Wt
1.1 Joe Burrow QB1 1 --- --- Tony Romo 6'3 221
2.33 Tee Higgins WR10 56 --- 4.2 Mike Williams 6'4 216
3.65 Logan Wilson LB7 67 60.8 8.98 Nick Kwiatkoski 6'2 241
4.107 Akeem Davis-Gaither LB5 51 --- --- Maurice Alexander 6'1 224
5.147 Khalid Kareem EDGE14 121 --- --- Jordan Jenkins 6'4 268
6.180 Hakeem Adeniji OT16 168 75.3 8.21 T.J. Clemmings 6'4 302
7.215 Markus Bailey LB14 132 --- --- Austin Calitro 6'0 235

 

I can nitpick the Tee Higgins pick a bit – I thought better receivers were on the board – but Cincy slayed the rest of this draft. Getting the linebacking trio of Logan Wilson, Akeem Davis-Gaither and Markus Bailey for a third, fourth and seventh is some nifty thrift shopping.


Cleveland Browns | Snap Grade: B
Pick Name Position Rk SPARQ RAS Comp Ht Wt
1.10 Jedrick Wills OT3 14 72.0 8.35 Jason Peters 6'4 312
2.44 Grant Delpit S4 55 --- --- Marcus Williams 6'2 213
3.88 Jordan Elliott DL5 48 22.0 7.25 Kawann Short 6'4 302
3.97 Jacob Phillips LB13 128 70.0 8.08 Ramik Wilson 6'3 229
4.115 Harrison Bryant TE1 57 14.7 5.16 George Kittle 6'5 243
5.160 Nick Harris iOL15 222 18.5 6.58 Joey Hunt 6'0 302
6.187 Donovan Peoples-Jones WR26 210 ~99 9.83 Charone Peake 6'2 212

 

Elliott and Bryant were both super inspiring picks. Wills was a necessary one. The rest of the class I could have taken or left.


Dallas Cowboys | Snap Grade: A-
Pick Name Position Rk SPARQ RAS Comp Ht Wt
1.17 CeeDee Lamb WR1 7 70.5 7.64 DeAndre Hopkins 6'2 198
2.51 Trevon Diggs CB7 34 --- --- James Bradberry 6'1 205
3.82 Neville Gallimore DL4 45 --- 5.72 Timmy Jernigan 6'2 304
4.123 Reggie Robinson II CB18 131 92.4 9.75 Josh Shaw 6'1 205
4.146 Tyler Biadasz iOL5 90 --- --- Stefen Wisniewski 6'3 314
5.179 Bradlee Anae EDGE11 101 11.2 5.1 Jeremiah Attaochu 6'3 257
7.231 Ben DiNucci QB23 352 --- --- Connor Shaw 6'2 211

 

Last year in this column, I gave the Cowboys an “F.” Boy did they roar back with vengeance! Steal after steal after steal, starting with CeeDee Lamb. Only minor quibble could be that they didn’t take a safety, but Diggs could potentially get a look there, so you can’t exactly nitpick that as an oversight either. Well done.


Denver Broncos | Snap Grade: B-
Pick Name Position Rk SPARQ RAS Comp Ht Wt
1.15 Jerry Jeudy WR2 8 21.8 6.38 Odell Beckham 6'1 193
2.46 KJ Hamler WR11 59 --- --- Tavon Austin 5'9 178
3.77 Michael Ojemudia CB14 97 66.5 9.52 Tre Flowers 6'0 200
3.83 Lloyd Cushenberry iOL7 110 60.8 7.91 Chase Roullier 6'3 312
3.95 McTelvin Agim DL11 109 --- 8.59 Tanzel Smart 6'2 309
4.118 Albert Okwuegbunam TE8 139 --- --- Mark Andrews 6'5 258
5.178 Justin Strnad LB18 160 8.6 5.4 Kenny Young 6'3 238
6.181 Netane Muti iOL3 81 --- --- Will Hernandez 6'3 315
7.252 Tyrie Cleveland WR51 400 89.4 9.52 Ashton Dulin 6'2 209
7.254 Derrek Tuszka EDGE20 167 52.9 8.73 James Cowser 6'4 251

 

Jeudy was such a coup. And Muti is going to be a Round 6 steal if his lower-half cooperates. Outside of that, lots of athleticism and shiny names, some of whom Denver may have been wise to eschew for further emphasis on the infrastructure positions.


Detroit Lions | Snap Grade: D
Pick Name Position Rk SPARQ RAS Comp Ht Wt
1.3 Jeffrey Okudah CB1 5 ~99 9.56 Marshon Lattimore 6'1 205
2.35 D’Andre Swift RB2 54 59.8 8.22 Dalvin Cook 5'8 212
3.67 Julian Okwara EDGE6 50 --- --- Lance Johnstone 6'4 252
3.75 Jonah Jackson iOL13 182 54.5 6.38 Jake Grove 6'3 306
4.121 Logan Stenberg iOL10 157 --- --- Oday Oboushi 6'6 317
5.166 Quintez Cephus WR22 163 48.9 4.62 Justin Blackmon 6'1 202
5.172 Jason Huntley RB39 401 --- --- Dexter McCluster 5'8 182
6.197 John Penisini DL22 245 --- --- Greg Gaines 6'1 318
7.235 Jashon Cornell DL35 404 --- --- Youhanna Ghaifan 6'2 287

 

The Okudah pick made sense, of course, and I loved the Okwara and Cephus selections. Outside of that, I didn’t get it. The Lions had too many holes to use a premium pick like 2.35 on a running back … and then they turn around and use a fifth-rounder on (another) receiving back? And then there were the reaches.


Green Bay Packers | Snap Grade: F
Pick Name Position Rk SPARQ RAS Comp Ht Wt
1.26 Jordan Love QB4 26 75.5 9.09 Colin Kaepernick 6’4 224
2.62 AJ Dillon RB7 91 96.7 9.84 Brandon Jacobs 6'0 247
3.94 Josiah Deguara TE13 218 58.4 7.62 Kahale Warring 6'2 242
5.175 Kamal Martin LB29 246 --- --- BJ Goodson 6'3 240
6.192 Jon Runyan iOL27 351 --- --- Jake Fisher 6'4 306
6.208 Jake Hanson iOL25 343 14.5 5.05 Lamont Gaillard 6'4 297
6.209 Simon Stepaniak iOL31 403 --- --- Jordan Roos 6'4 313
7.236 Vernon Scott S52 NR --- --- --- 6'1 204
7.242 Jonathan Garvin EDGE21 190 61.0 8.88 Kemoko Turay 6'4 263

 

The Jordan Love pick was bizarre, organizationally – but at least the value was there. The issue with the rest of the class is that the Packers reached time and time again – curiously, not once for a receiver, an acute need amid the deepest receiver class in memory.


Houston Texans | Snap Grade: D+
Pick Name Position Rk SPARQ RAS Comp Ht Wt
2.40 Ross Blacklock DL7 53 29.4 7.85 Maliek Collins 6'3 290
3.90 Jon Greenard EDGE13 114 20.6 5.84 Shaq Lawson 6'3 263
4.126 Charlie Heck OT18 188 38.9 7.43 Tyler Roemer 6'8 311
4.141 John Reid CB19 144 90.3 8.67 Bobby McCain 5'10 187
5.171 Isaiah Coulter WR31 247 27.3 6.2 Allen Hurns 6'2 198

 

This grade doesn’t even account the draft equity that Bill O’Brien punted in trades. The stuff he kept he invested in a non-inspiring way, vacillating between mediocre athletes with some flashy tape and an undersized corner.


Indianapolis Colts | Snap Grade: D+
Pick Name Position Rk SPARQ RAS Comp Ht Wt
2.34 Michael Pittman Jr. WR8 40 85.7 9.19 Kenny Golladay 6'4 223
2.41 Jonathan Taylor RB1 47 89.9 9.55 Nick Chubb 5'10 226
3.85 Julian Blackmon S13 184 --- --- Kurt Coleman 5'11 187
4.122 Jacob Eason QB8 126 16.7 5.32 Hackenberg 2.0 6’6 231
5.149 Danny Pinter iOL16 226 66.7 9.62 Joe Thuney 6'4 306
6.193 Robert Windsor DL15 169 35.6 8.73 R.J. McIntosh 6'4 290
6.211 Isaiah Rodgers CB61 NR --- --- --- 5'10 170
6.212 Dezmon Patmon WR34 267 85.3 8.67 Brian Quick 6'4 225
6.213 Jordan Glasgow LB37 319 --- --- Jeff Allison 6'0 221

 

I liked Indy’s first two picks, and I’m not even going to criticize the Eason pick, even though I’ve been comping him to Hackenberg 2.0 since the summer. Those three were at least acceptable values. The rest of the class were a series of reaches, outside of the Windsor pick.


Jacksonville Jaguars | Snap Grade: B+
Pick Name Position Rk SPARQ RAS Comp Ht Wt
1.9 CJ Henderson CB2 13 ~95 10 Marcus Peters 6'0 204
1.20 K'Lavon Chaisson EDGE3 18 --- --- Andre Carter 6'3 254
2.42 Laviska Shenault WR4 19 --- 7.18 JuJu Smith-Schuster 6'1 227
3.73 DaVon Hamilton DL12 119 26.0 7.16 Pat Sims 6'3 320
4.116 Ben Bartch OT11 79 --- --- Riley Reiff 6'6 309
4.137 Josiah Scott CB15 103 --- --- Avonte Maddox 5'9 185
4.140 Shaquille Quarterman LB24 211 29.1 4.84 Andre Smith 6'0 234
5.157 Daniel Thomas S15 201 90.9 9.44 Aric Morris 5'10 215
5.165 Collin Johnson WR24 193 --- --- Malcom Floyd 6'6 222
6.189 Jake Luton QB11 241 --- --- Ryan Mallett 6'6 224
6.206 Tyler Davis TE40 NR --- --- --- 6'4 243
7.223 Chris Claybrooks CB67 NR --- --- --- 5'8 177

 

I didn’t love what Jacksonville did late, but man did I love what they did early. Henderson and Chaisson were no-doubt picks at positions of need. Laviska Shenault is going to go down as a huge second-round steal. Ben Bartch and Josiah Scott were both big-time fourth-round steals. The grade would be a bit higher, except I thought the Jags got a little cute late with their excess of picks.


Kansas City Chiefs | Snap Grade: C+
Pick Name Position Rk SPARQ RAS Comp Ht Wt
1.32 Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB3 60 68.4 5.56 Maurice Jones-Drew 5'7 207
2.63 Willie Gay Jr. LB6 61 98.1 9.68 Thomas Howard 6'1 243
3.96 Lucas Niang OT12 104 --- --- Dion Hawkins 6'6 315
4.138 L'Jarius Sneed CB12 88 ~98 9.55 Marvell Tell 6'1 191
5.177 Mike Danna EDGE30 282 --- --- Darryl Johnson 6'2 257
7.237 Thakarius Keyes CB41 379 --- --- Brandon Facyson 6'1 202

 

I’m not the biggest fan of drafting first-round running backs, admittedly. But if you’re going to do it, you ought to be a pass-happy team with a quarterback who has a history tossing it to runners. The Chiefs are bringing in one of the best receiving backs we’ve seen the past few years. After that, Kansas City injected some serious athleticism into its defense with Gay and Sneed.

Thor Nystrom

Thor Nystrom is Rotoworld’s lead CFB writer. The 2018 FSWA College Sports Writer of the Year, Nystrom’s writing has also been honored by Rolling Stone magazine and The Best American Essays series. Say hi to him on Twitter @thorku!