2020 NFL DRAFT GRADES: AFC EAST

Miami Dolphins 

Round 1 (5): QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Round 1 (18): T Austin Jackson, USC
Round 1 (30): CB Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn
Round 2 (39): IOL Robert Hunt, Louisiana
Round 2 (56): DI Raekwon Davis, Alabama
Round 3 (70): S Brandon Jones, Texas
Round 4 (111): IOL Solomon Kindley, Georgia
Round 5 (154): DI Jason Strowbridge, UNC
Round 5 (164): Edge Curtis Weaver, Boise State
Round 6 (185): LS Blake Ferguson, LSU
Round 7 (246): QB/WR Malcom Perry, Navy

While the Dolphins may passed on some of my guys, for their guys, all in all I think they had a solid haul. It starts at five overall with Tua Tagovailoa, despite not being as refined as Joe Burrow, Tagovailoa possesses a dynamic skillset that is tailor made for NFL stardom.  Like many other pundits, I am worried about his ability to stay healthy due to his occasional reckless play and an bottom five offensive line in Miami. However, he can sit behind Fitzpatrick and learn the nuances of the position, before being sprung into action hopefully towards season end. Selecting OT Austin Jackson and CB Noah Igbinoghene with their remaining first round picks were rich for me, but are both players with the requisite youth and athletic profile for the position. Outside of OL Robert Hunt their day 2 haul was also unspectacular, as Raekwon Davis and Brandon Jones were day 3 guys in my book. Day 3 was more of the same, however drafting EDGE Curtis Weaver at pick 164 was fantastic value and a selection I expect to pay dividends.  While I disagree a majority of the individual selections, the logic displayed here by Chris Grier and co makes sense. They attacked high positions of need and value; quarterback, offensive line, defensive line and secondary. Miami opted for doubles with their 11 picks, let’s see if it pays off for them Cotton.

GRADE: B-

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Will Tua reach his sky high potential?

New York Jets 

Round 1 (11): T Mekhi Becton, Louisville
Round 2 (59): WR Denzel Mims, Baylor
Round 3 (68): S Ashtyn Davis, California
Round 3 (79): EDGE Jabari Zuniga, Florida
Round 4 (120): RB La’Mical Perine, Florida
Round 4 (125): QB James Morgan, FIU
Round 4 (129): OT Cameron Clark, Charlotte
Round 5 (158): CB Bryce Hall, Virginia
Round 6 (191): P Braden Mann, Texas A&M

I’ve been critical of Joe Douglas’ first offseason so far, especially in the way he addressed the offensive line, opting for diversifying his cap across 5 OL signings rather than being aggressive in pursuing the top end of the OL market. Douglas’ draft however, was one of my favorites. Getting Mekhi Becton at pick 11 was great value as Becton is an upgrade over newly signed George Fant, with upside to develop into a perennial Pro Bowl LT. Their day 3 haul was even more impressive, WR Denzel Mims at the end of round 2 is another pick similar to Becton, Mims should win the WR1 spot and has the potential to be an elite outside WR. In Round 3 they took two of my favorite players at their respective positions; S Ashtyn Davis and EDGE Jabari Zuniga. Both of these players are Day 1 talents who slipped to day 2 because of injury concerns. Zuniga should be an impact player at a position of need immediately and a Davis/Adams safety tandem could be the leagues best by 2021, no cap. Day 3 provided more good value, namely, RB La’Mical Perine and CB Bryce Hall. Perine is a guy who I had higher than most, he’s experienced and has a NFL ready skill set to be a three down back. Bryce Hall would have been a top 40 pick last year but returned to school and was playing great until he suffered an ankle injury mid season. The Jets CB room is one of the leagues worst and Hall should play an immediate role from the jump.

GRADE: A

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Ashtyn Davis will have a long productive NFL career.

Buffalo Bills 

Round 2 (54): EDGE AJ Epenesa, Iowa
Round 3 (86): RB Zack Moss, Utah
Round 4 (128): WR Gabriel Davis, UCF
Round 5 (167): QB Jake Fromm, Georgia
Round 6 (188): K Tyler Bass, Georgia Southern
Round 6 (207): WR Isaiah Hodgins, Oregon State
Round 7 (239): CB Dane Jackson, Pittsburgh

In acquiring Stefon Diggs, the Bills were left without a 1st round pick. Brandon Beene was not phased however as the Bills selected quality players with limited picks, proving their competence once again. On day 2, the Bills took two of the Murray boy’s favorite prospects in EDGE AJ Epenesa and RB Zack Moss. Epenesa is a versatile defensive lineman who can set the edge on running downs and kick inside on passing downs. Moss is a RB who has all the tools outside of elite burst, I compared him to Kareem Hunt multiple times throughout the draft process and I expect him to carve out a role instantly in this offense. With their remaining picks on day 3 they took one of my top 5 QB’s in Jake Fromm. Fromm is the polar opposite of Josh Allen; he lacks the requisite arm talent for the position but has the mental intangibles to be a serviceable NFL QB. The rest of their day 3 picks I’m less keene on but I wont be surprised to see Beene hit on any of these late round picks.

GRADE: B+

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Zack “Contact Balance” Moss

New England Patriots

Round 2 (37): S Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
Round 2 (60): EDGE Josh Uche, Michigan
Round 3 (87): EDGE Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
Round 3 (91): TE Devin Asiasi, UCLA
Round 3 (101): TE Dalton Keene, Virginia Tech
Round 5 (159): K Justin Rohrwasser, Marshall
Round 6 (182): IOL Michael Onwenu, Michigan
Round 6 (195): OT Justin Herron, Wake Forest
Round 6 (204): LB Cassh Maluia, Wyoming
Round 7 (230): IOL Dustin Woodard, Memphis

With the 2020 draft kicking off the post Tom Brady era, the Patriots yielded a mixed bag. After trading out of round 1, they picked versatile players on both sides of the ball on day 2. S Kyle Dugger seems to fit into a coverage off ball LB spot on this defense and EDGE Josh Uche can be the Kyle Van Noy replacement. Uche can put his hand in the dirt and also has the movement skills to operate in space as an off ball LB. Double dipping at TE was a little rich for me, especially not addressing the WR position in this class. Day 3 saw New England bring in some offensive line and special teams depth. Overall, this haul was uninspiring and it seems New England will present the same strengths and weaknesses as last year, only with Jared Stidham under center.

GRADE: C+

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Josh Uche seems like a career Patriot

 

 

 

 

 

 

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