NFL Draft: First Round Grades For Every Team
RB Ezekiel Elliott
Elliott is a rare talent who deserved to go high despite the recent draft theory for running backs. The Cowboys have the best offensive line in the NFL, and now, the most excited offensive player in this year’s draft. This pick grades as an A if Dallas didn’t have so many holes on defense and Jalen Ramsey had been off the board.
New York Giants
CB Eli Apple
This is really early for Apple. I think he will be a good corner in the league for a long time, but he isn’t better than Vernon Hargreaves III who was still on the bored. Even if the Giants felt Apple was the better corner, other players were available that would create a bigger impact such as Sheldon Rankins or any receiver to go on the other side of Odell Beckham Jr.
QB Carson Wentz
The Eagles traded players to move to eighth, and followed that up by throwing draft picks out the window to the Browns to move to second overall. Wentz’s upside is higher than any quarterback in this draft, but I have to give a C- grade because they plan to sit him behind Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel. I’m all for sitting young QBs, but the first round pick should be someone who has an immediate impact.
WR Josh Doctson
The worst thing about this pick will be finding enough ways to get Jackson, Garcon, and Doctson the ball enough. Doctson impressed anyone that watched the combine leading the wide outs in vertical and broad jumps as well as 20 and 60 yard shuttles. Plus with a 4.50 40, he ran faster than expected.
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