2021 NFL Draft grades for all 32 teams

It takes years for some NFL Draft picks to develop however solely moments to grade a category.

Three days, seven rounds and 259 picks ended Saturday evening. Here are The Post’s grades for each workforce, with a curve instituted for the first-, second- and third-round picks, and an emphasis on high quality and worth.

1) Miami Dolphins

Grade: A+

Key Picks: Jaylen Waddle (WR, Alabama), Jaelan Phillips (OLB, Miami), Jevon Holland (S, Oregon), Liam Eichenberg (OT, Notre Dame)

Analysis: Waddle brings game-breaking velocity to the offense – reunited with former Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa – and particular teams. When you may have 4 top-42 picks you possibly can swing for the fences with Phillips (three concussions however massive pass-rush capacity). Four gamers with first-round grades?

2) Baltimore Ravens

Grade: A+

Key Picks: Rashod Bateman (WR, Minnesota), Jayson Oweh (OLB, Penn State), Ben Cleveland (OG, Georgia), Brandon Stephens (CB, SMU), Tylan Wallace (WR, Oklahoma State), CB Shaun Wade (CB, Ohio State)

Analysis: First-and fourth-round receivers addressed the foremost want. Bateman has potential for a Justin Jefferson-like rookie affect. Oweh had no sacks final season, however does anybody doubt he shall be a drive in Baltimore? Wade was an All-American.

3) New York Giants

Grade: A

Key Picks: Kadarius Toney (WR, Florida), Azeez Ojulari (OLB, Georgia), Aaron Robinson (CB, UCF)

Analysis: Two commerce downs netted the Giants three picks within the thought-to-be-loaded 2022 Draft. DeVonta Smith was stolen away by the Eagles, however the Giants acquired assist for QB Daniel Jones and addressed big pass-rush void. Toney is in contrast to anybody else in a deep WR corps. Offensive line wanted assist.

4) Jacksonville Jaguars

Grade: A

Key Picks: Trevor Lawrence (QB, Clemson), Travis Etienne (RB, Clemson), Tyson Campbell (CB, Georgia), Walker Little (OT, Stanford), Andre Cisco (S, Syracuse)

Analysis: Lawrence is the can’t miss No. 1 decide and reunited with Etienne. Coach Urban Meyer’s speed-kills offensive plan is seen in Etienne regardless that the Jaguars’ greatest playmaker is second-year again James Robinson. He’s constructing the protection from the back-end in.

SENECA, SOUTH CAROLINA - APRIL 29: In this handout photo provided by the National Football League, quarterback Trevor Lawrence poses after being selected with the first overall pick
Trevor Lawrence
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5) New York Jets

Grade: A

Key Picks: Zach Wilson (QB, BYU), Alijah Vera-Tucker (OG, USC), Elijah Moore (WR, Mississippi), Michael Carter (RB, North Carolina)

Analysis: Learning from previous errors, the Jets picked Wilson after which used three picks to assist him. Trading up from No. 23 to No. 14 landed the coveted Vera-Tucker (with out giving up any first- or second-rounders). Four top-60-caliber gamers. Too dangerous they waited too lengthy on cornerbacks.

6) New England Patriots

Grade: A

Key Picks: Mac Jones (QB, Alabama), Christian Barmore (DT, Alabama), Ronnie Perkins (DE, Oklahoma), Rhamondre Stevenson (RB, Oklahoma)

Analysis: Not solely did Bill Belichick land the QB he coveted – with among the identical strengths as a younger Tom Brady — he didn’t need to commerce as much as get Jones. Two pairs of school teammates. Stevenson is perhaps the very best pass-protecting again within the draft.

7) Los Angeles Chargers

Grade: A

Key Picks: Rashawn Slater (OT, Northwestern), Asante Samuel Jr. (CB, Florida State), Josh Palmer (WR, Tennessee), Tre McKitty (TE, Georgia)

Analysis: Where worth meets want. Slater (No. 13) and Samuel (No. 47) crammed massive wants and had been picked decrease than anticipated. No one would have blamed the Chargers for buying and selling up for both. Palmer is an aspiring actor who shall be dwelling in L.A.

8) Cleveland Browns

Grade: A-

Key Picks: Greg Newsome II (CB, Northwestern), Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (LB, Notre Dame), Anthony Schwartz (WR, Auburn)

Analysis: The Browns breathed a sigh of reduction when Newsome – the right match – slipped to No. 26. Owusu-Koramoah was ranked within the prime 25 of many massive boards and is a second-round steal. Too many teams had been too anxious the sideline-to-sideline playmaker is just too small.

9) Dallas Cowboys

Grade: A-

Key Picks: Micah Parsons (LB, Penn State), Kelvin Joseph (CB, Kentucky), Osa Odighizuwa (DE, UCLA), Chauncey Golston (DE, Iowa), Nahshon Wright (CB, Oregon State), Jabrill Cox (LB, LSU)

Analysis: Traded down after lacking out on prime two cornerbacks and landed Parsons, perhaps the draft’s greatest general defensive prospect. Their first six picks had been protection after setting a franchise report for most factors allowed in 2020.

Micah Parsons poses onstage after being selected 12th by the Dallas Cowboys
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10) Atlanta Falcons

Grade: A-

Key Picks: Kyle Pitts (TE, Florida), Richie Grant (S, UCF), Jalen Mayfield (OT, Michigan)

Analysis: Grade right here is determined by should you suppose No. 4 is just too excessive for a decent finish and the Falcons ought to’ve capitalized to draft Matt Ryan’s successor. If No. 4 isn’t too excessive for a receiver, it’s not too excessive for the very best tight finish prospect in many years.

11) Carolina Panthers

Grade: A-

Key Picks: Jaycee Horn (CB, South Carolina), Terrace Marshall Jr. (WR, LSU), Brady Christensen (OT, BYU), Tommy Tremble (TE, Notre Dame)

Analysis: Lions stole Sewell from Panthers, who in flip stole Horn from Cowboys. Marshall is reunited with OC Joe Brady, who was at LSU for the record-setting 2019 season. Can Christensen be a Day 1 starter? Lots of commerce downs and lottery tickets.

12) Chicago Bears

Grade: B+

Key Picks: Justin Fields (QB, Ohio State), Teven Jenkins (OT, Oklahoma State)

Analysis: Here we go once more. The Bears traded up for a QB – giving a 2022 first (prime 10 chance) – hoping for higher outcomes than buying and selling up for Mitch Trubisky in 2017. Traded up once more within the second spherical for QB safety. Hot-seat GM Ryan Pace is all-in.

13) Denver Broncos

Grade: B+

Key Picks: Patrick Surtain (CB, Alabama), Javonte Williams (RB, North Carolina), Quinn Meinerz (C/OG, Wisconsin-Whitewater), Baron Browning (OLB, Ohio State)

Analysis: Decided to go on QBs Justin Fields and Mac Jones and on buying and selling again. Surtain is as near a no-risk decide as doable however wasn’t a prime want. Williams is a home-run hitter with contemporary legs coming into the NFL to push Melvin Gordon apart. Scouts love Meinerz’s edge.

14) Philadelphia Eagles

Grade: B+

Key Picks: DeVonta Smith (WR, Alabama), Landon Dickerson (C, Alabama), Milton Williams (DT, Louisiana Tech)

Analysis: Traded from No. 6 to No. 12 to No. 10 to land Smith, a doable goal at No. 6. But buying and selling down within the third spherical for an additional sixth was silly and value the Eagles a much-needed cornerback. Dickerson may begin the yr on IR.

Devonta Smith is taken by the Eagles at No. 10 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Devonta Smith is taken by the Eagles at No. 10 general within the 2021 NFL Draft.
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15) Minnesota Vikings

Grade: B+

Key Picks: Christian Darrisaw (OT, Virginia Tech), Kellen Mond (QB, Texas A&M), Chazz Surratt (LB, North Carolina), Wyatt Davis (OG, Ohio State), Patrick Jones (DE, Pittsburgh)

Analysis: Traded down from No. 14 to No. 23 and nonetheless acquired the identical participant in Darrisaw The additional decide from the Jets led to Mond, who some consultants ranked as one of many top-five QBs.

16) Indianapolis Colts

Grade: B

Key Picks: Kwity Paye (DE, Michigan), Dayo Odeyingbo (DE, Vanderbilt), Kylen Granson (TE, SMU)

Analysis: There was speak of the high-motor Paye as excessive as No. 11 as a result of he’s nice in opposition to the run and growing as a pass-rusher. Odeyingbo may’ve been a late first-round sleeper if not for an damage whereas coaching. No offensive sort out over first two days is curious.

17) Kansas City Chiefs

Grade: B

Key Picks: Nick Bolton (LB, Missouri), Creed Humphrey (C, Oklahoma)

Analysis: Traded their first-round decide for Pro Bowl sort out Orlando Brown, which was a house run. Not counted within the draft grade. But this was: The OL makeover after the Super Bowl catastrophe continued with Humphrey, who is perhaps the very best heart within the class.

18) Detroit Lions

Grade: B

Key Picks: Peneii Sewell (OT, Oregon), Levin Onwuzurike (DT, Washington), Alim McNeill (DT, NC State), Ifeatu Melifonwu (CB, Syracuse), Amon-Ra St. Brown (WR, USC)

Analysis: Quite a lot of “kneecap-biters” for blue-collar coach Dan Campbell. Lots of celebrating Sewell slipped to No. 7 general. But who’s catching passes from Jared Goff after shedding Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones in free company?

19) Cincinnati Bengals

Grade: B-

Key Picks: Ja’Marr Chase (WR, LSU), Jackson Carman (OT, Clemson), Joseph Ossai (OLB, Texas)

Analysis: Cincinnati might need gotten a little bit too cute. They handed on Peneii Sewell at No. 5 to reunite Chase with former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (coming off ACL damage). Then they traded from No. 38 to No. 46, permitting three different OTs to come back off the board.

20) Tennessee Titans

Grade: B-

Key Picks: Caleb Farley (CB, Virginia Tech), Dillon Radunz (OT, North Dakota State), Monty Rice (LB, Georgia), Elijah Molden (CB, Washington)

Analysis: Farley is boom-or-bust. He was the top-ranked CB till a second again surgical procedure since he final performed a sport in 2019. Evaluations on Radunz had been all over the place, too. Molden is a comparatively protected decide in a new-look secondary.

21) Washington Football Team

Grade: B-

Key Picks: Jamin Davis (LB, Kentucky), Samuel Cosmi (OT, Texas), Benjamin St.-Juste (CB, Minnesota), Dyami Brown (WR, North Carolina)

Analysis: Opted in opposition to buying and selling up for a QB of the longer term, making this a win-now workforce. Davis was one of many quickest risers within the final month. Brown within the late third spherical is nice worth. Cosmi within the second isn’t.

22) Buffalo Bills

Grade: C+

Key Picks: Greg Rousseau (DE, Miami), Carlos Basham Jr. (OLB, Wake Forest), Spencer Brown (OT, Northern Iowa)

Analysis: Are the Bills simply going to go on each go? And hope opponents do the identical? They actually wanted one of many prime working backs and a run-stuffing defensive sort out. Rousseau’s 15.5-sack season in 2019 (earlier than opting out) is a big wild card.

23) Arizona Cardinals

Grade: C+

Key Picks: Zaven Collins (LB, Tulsa), Rondale Moore (WR, Purdue), Marco Wilson (CB, Florida State)

Analysis: They needed so as to add a first-round WR to their getting old corps however settled for undersized second-rounder Moore. Collins was school soccer’s defensive participant of the yr and wanted after 2020 first-rounder Isaiah Simmons’ disappointing season.

24) Pittsburgh Steelers

Grade: C+

Key Picks: Najee Harris (RB, Alabama), Pat Freirmuth (TE, Penn State), Kendrick Green (G, Illinois)

Analysis: Cue the outrage about choosing a working again within the first spherical. The Steelers began 11-0 earlier than crumbling final season after which had been cap-strapped in free company. Freirmuth will assist in the pink zone. But the secondary wanted assist.

25) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Grade: C

Key Picks: Joe Tryon (OLB, Washington), Kyle Trask (QB, Florida), Robert Hainsey (OT, Notre Dame)

Analysis: The defending champs are bringing again all 22 starters. That’s a formulation for selecting “Best Player Available.” Tryon is a pass-rush specialist with a great deal of untapped potential. Trask matches the “no risk it, no biscuit” philosophy, however the Bucs are in a win-now window, so why not discover a contributor?

26) Green Bay Packers

Grade: C

Key Picks: Eric Stokes (CB, Georgia), Josh Myers (C, Ohio State), Amari Rodgers (WR, Clemson)

Analysis: Nine of the Packers’ final 10 first-round picks are protection. The different is a backup QB, making Aaron Rodgers indignant. Stokes higher be greater than a observe star. Myers fills an enormous want after free company and the Packers are tempting fates with one other mid-round WR.

27) San Francisco 49ers

Grade: C

Key Picks: Trey Lance (QB, North Dakota State), Aaron Banks (OG, Notre Dame), Trey Sermon (RB, Ohio State), Ambry Thomas (CB, Michigan)

Analysis: Almost inconceivable for Lance – who began 17 video games on the FCS degree – to stay as much as expectations after buying and selling TWO future first-rounders. Paired him with a younger lineman — a theme within the second spherical. Sermon may rapidly turn into the lead again.

28) Las Vegas Raiders

Grade: C

Key Picks: Alex Leatherwood (OT, Alabama), Trevon Moehrig (S, TCU), Malcolm Koonce (OLB, Buffalo), Divine Deablo (S, Virginia Tech)

Analysis: Expect the surprising. For the third straight yr, the Raiders left everybody scratching their head with an enormous attain within the first spherical. Then they mocked media draft consultants when their GM is a former media draft skilled. Moehrig was a steal — if wholesome.

29) New Orleans Saints

Grade: C-

Key Picks: Payton Turner (DE, Houston), Pete Werner (LB, Ohio State), Paulson Adebo (CB, Stanford), Ian Book (QB, Notre Dame)

Analysis: After reportedly attempting to commerce up into the highest 10 – for a cornerback? – the Saints reached for Turner, who solely broke out in an injury-shortened 2020 season. No excessive picks for the offense, which is able to look totally different with Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill and … Book?

30) Seattle Seahawks

Grade: C-

Key Picks: D’Wayne Eskridge (WR, Western Michigan), Tre Brown (CB, Oklahoma)

Analysis: Seattle joked that All-Pro security Jamal Adams (acquired from Jets) ought to rely as its first-rounder. Not how this works, particularly with Adams unsigned long-term. Eskridge offers Russell Wilson one other weapon however he clearly desires higher blocking.

31) Los Angeles Rams

Grade: D+

Key Picks: Tutu Atwell (WR Louisville), Ernest Jones (LB, South Carolina), Bobby Brown (DT, Texas A&M)

Analysis: Atwell’s 4.32-second time within the 40-yard sprint is tantalizing, however he weighs the identical as some seventh-graders (149 pounders). The Rams haven’t made a first-round decide since 2016 and don’t have one till 2024. Jones shouldn’t be the protection linebacker they wanted.

32) Houston Texans

Grade: D

Key Picks: Davis Mills (QB, Stanford), Nico Collins (WR, Michigan)

Analysis: Houston ought to’ve had the No. 3 decide however traded it years in the past for OT Laremy Tunsil. Then they needed to waste their first alternative (third-rounder) on a backup QB due to Deshaun Watson’s legal issues and commerce demand. No assist for a rebuilding protection. Ugh.

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