Blake Friedman | Twitter: @BFriedman23
Every year, NFL fans have moments of joy and panic as they watch their franchise draft the future of their organization to (hopefully) lead them to a Super Bowl title. After a couple of days, we digest what happened during those three days and take a look at how each team made out. Now, these draft grades are pending the performance of these players, but especially players selected in the first three or four rounds. Rounds 5-7 are somewhat darts that GMs hope stick to provide depth to their rosters. Let's see how each team panned out in this year's post-NFL Draft grades.
Round 1, pick 8: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Round 3, pick 72: Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Round 4, pick 114: Leki Fotu, DT, Utah
Round 4, pick 131: Rashard Lawrence, DT, LSU
Round 6, pick 202: Evan Weaver, LB, California
Kliff Kingbsury's war room may have stolen the show during the NFL Draft, but the Cardinals walked away with Isaiah Simmons, arguably one of the top prospects in this year's class, and were able to tackle getting some help to protect QB Kyler Murray in Josh Jones. Isaiah Simmons will be an immediate impact for an Arizona defense that ranked 28th in points allowed in 2019. His versatility to attack the line of scrimmage and defend in the open field will help tremendously.
Josh Jones was projected in many mocks to go late in the first round into the second, so grabbing him in the third should be something for the Cardinals to be excited about. Arizona used the rest of their picks to address defensive needs in hopes that with the addition of newly acquired WR DeAndre Hopkins, the offense can hold its own while the defense keeps them in games.
Round 1, pick 16: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
Round 2, pick 47: Marlon Davidson, DE, Auburn
Round 3, pick 78: Matt Hennessy, C, Temple
Round 4, pick 119: Mykal Walker, LB, Fresno State
Round 4, pick 134: Jaylinn Hawkins, S, California
Round 7, pick 228: Sterling Hofrichter, P, Syracuse
The Falcons lost veteran cornerback Desmond Trufant to free agency, so right away the team addressed a serious need in the secondary by drafting Clemson's A.J. Terrell in the first round. The NFC South has gotten significantly more competitive after Tom Brady's decision to join the Buccaneers, bringing along TE Rob Gronkowski who is coming out of retirement. The Falcons will need to lock down on the defensive side of the ball and that continued with their second pick with Marlon Davidson out of Auburn.