NFC draft grades: Teams who traded up, down big weekend winners
Team-by-team NFL draft grades for the NFC teams:
Arizona (B): The Cardinals had only two picks in the first 135, but made them count with linebacker Zaven Collins (No. 16) and receiver Rondale Moore (No. 49). A receiver group of DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green, Christian Kirk and now Moore? Pretty good.
Atlanta (A): New general manager Terry Fontenot didn’t over-think it — he stayed at No. 4 and drafted potentially all-world tight end Kyle Pitts and then added the second-ranked safety (Richie Grant). A depth chart in need of reinforcements added a nine-player class.
Carolina (A): Former Seattle executive-turned-Panthers-general manager Scott Fitterer took a page from the Seahawks’ book and made four trades … just on Friday. The 11-player class includes the first defensive player selected (cornerback Jaycee Horn), receiver Terrace Marshall, offensive tackle Brady Christiansen and tight end Tommy Tremble in the first 83 picks.
Chicago (A): The Bears had two picks in the top 150 via trade-ups and selected quarterback Justin Fields and offensive tackle Teven Jenkins. The price for Fields included next year’s first rounder and the price for Jenkins was this year’s third-round pick.
Dallas (C): The Cowboys’ first six picks and eight of their 11 were on defense. Linebacker Micah Parsons will be a tackle machine, but cornerback Kelvin Joseph was a reach at No. 44. If linebacker Jabril Cox’s shoulder holds up, he will be a fourth-round steal.
Detroit (C): If the Lions’ draft class ever gets into a street fight with another team, they will win handily. New general manager Brad Holmes added big guys Penei Sewell (left tackle), Levi Onwuzurike (defensive end) and Alim McNeill (defensive tackle) with first three picks.
Green Bay (B): First-round cornerback Eric Stokes will play a lot right away and second-round center Josh Myers could allow the Packers to play Elgton Jenkins at right tackle or either guard spot. Third-round receiver Amari Rodgers will be a good compliment to Davante Adams and Allen Lazard.
L.A. Rams (C): Trades meant the Rams had only one selection in the first 102 picks and they used it on 155-pound receiver Tutu Atwell (third round). They moved around the board to finish with nine picks to replenish a depth chart that lost 10 players in free agency.
Minnesota (A): Traded down to No. 23 and still got the left tackle (Christian Darrisaw) many projected to them at No. 14. Without a second-rounder, the Vikings maneuvered their way to four third-rounders — quarterback Kellen Mond, linebacker Chazz Surratt, guard Wyatt Davis and defensive end Patrick Jones.
New Orleans (D): The Saints tried to move up from No. 28 into the top 10 (likely for a cornerback) and took defensive end Payton Turner. On Friday, they traded two third-rounders to the Broncos to move up 20 spots for cornerback Paulson Adebo (No. 76). Quarterback Ian Book (No. 133) joins a crowded room.
N.Y. Giants (B): General manager Dave Gettleman made his first-ever first-round trade, moving down 11 spots and picking up Chicago’s 2022 first-rounder. The Giants drafted receiver Kadarius Toney to join newcomers Kenny Golladay and John Ross. They later moved up five spots with the Broncos for third-round cornerback Aaron Robinson.
Philadelphia (A): The Eagles gave Dallas a third-round pick to move from No. 12 to 10 to leap over the Giants for receiver DeVonta Smith. Day 2 was also a hit with second-round center/guard Landon Dickerson and third-round defensive tackle Milton Williams. Fifth-round running back Kenneth Gainwell was a steal.
San Francisco (B): Re-grading this draft in 2024 will be fascinating because of the 49ers’ decision to take quarterback Trey Lance third overall. Later, they loaded up on running backs with Trey Sermon (third round) and Elijah Mitchell (sixth).
Seattle (D): This should be an incomplete grade. The Seahawks had only three picks — Nos. 56, 137 and 208 because of various trades. Offensive tackle Stone Forsythe was a good sixth-round selection.
Tampa Bay (C): All 22 starters are back with the Buccaneers to make this a projection draft. Joe Tryon will have a rotational pass-rushing role with Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaq Barrett. Second-rounder Kyle Trask will get a class in Quarterbacking 101 while watching Tom Brady.
Washington (B): WFT addressed eight position groups with its 10 picks, including play-making linebacker Jamin Davis (No. 19) and potential starting left tackle Samuel Cosmi (No. 51). A puzzling decision to trade a 2022 fifth-round pick to move up 15 spots for long snapper Camaron Cheeseman (sixth round).
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