Draft Grades: Day 2

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Arrowhead Guys Day 2 grades for the 2020 NFL Draft

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With our first selection, the Kansas City Chiefs selected LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and many fans rejoiced at the prospect of a new weapon on an already potent offense.

A lot of also couldn’t wait for day 2 to roll around. There is always a wealth of talent hidden in the middle rounds, and Veach has done a good job of exploiting that talent pool. So without further adieu, let’s get right into it and grade each teams draft picks on day 2.

Cincinnati Bengals

#33) Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

  • Red Zone threat that can high point the catch
  • 40 yard time left something to be desired
  • Creates cause for concern on ability to separate from defenders

#65) Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming

  • Intelligent on making reads on the run and in coverage
  • Consistent motor who finishes the play
  • Needs to improve on tackling
  • Not sent on blitzes frequently in college

Grade: C+

Indianapolis Colts

#34) Michael Pittman, WR, USC

  • Beats press coverage at the line
  • Reliable pass catcher
  • Solid large frame
  • Lacks explosiveness downfield, more of a possession reciever

#41) Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

  • Excellent 40-time
  • Consistent runner throughout collegiate career
  • Fumbling is a concern
  • Heavy workload in college raises question of durability in the NFL

#85) Julian Blackmon, S, Utah

  • Played cornerback before safety, giving him versatility at nickel or safety
  • Struggles when the ball is in the air
  • Knee injury in PAC-12 Championship

Grade: B+

Detroit Lions

#34) D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

  • Asset in the passing game
  • Quick acceleration
  • Struggles in pass protection

#67) Julian Okwara, Edge, Notre Dame

  • Prototypical size for edge rusher, long wingspan
  • Quick first step that allows him to get into the backfield
  • 2019 season cut short by injury
  • Needs to expand pass rush moves

#75 Jonah Jackson, G, Ohio State

  • Quick feet and balance as anchor on the interior
  • Lacks major power in the lower half
  • Average at the second level

Grade: B-

New York Giants

#36) Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

  • Versatility as deep safety, LB, or slot corner
  • Solid tackling ability
  • Asset as a blitzer

#99) Matt Pearl, OT, UCONN

  • Technically gifted athlete
  • Ability to recover if beaten by edge rusher
  • Needs to improve strength

Grade: B

New England Patriots

#37) Kyle Duggar, S, Lenoir-Rhyne

  • Elite athleticism
  • Only division 2 player invited to the senior bowl
  • special teams threat as a returner
  • Competition at collegiate level comes into question

#60) Josh Uche, LB, Michigan

  • Converts speed into power when edge rushing
  • Above average first step
  • Undersized at edge rushing position

#87) Anfernee Jennings, LB, Alabama

  • Quick first step
  • Efficient inside rushing ability
  • Can struggle with body control sometimes

#91) Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA

  • YAC monster
  • Deceptive speed
  • A bit overweight at UCLA

#101) Dalton Keene, TE, Virginia Tech

  • Adds depth at fullback, slot, and special teams.
  • Good vision on lead blocks
  • High effort on every play
  • Limited route tree

Grade: C

Carolina Panthers

#38) Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State

  • High Motor, High pursuit
  • Strong hands that can overpower offensive tackles
  • Can disappear for stretches

#64) Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois

  • Tall hybrid Safety
  • Plays well in deep coverage, has quick recovery to the ball
  • Impressive blitzer, but lacks run tackling ability

Grade: B-

Miami Dolphins

#39) Robert Hunt, OL, Louisiana

  • Versatility across the offensive line
  • Above average quickness in the second level and in pass protection

#56) Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama

  • High motor and doesn’t give up on the play
  • Incredibly strong
  • Needs to find a way to use power more efficiently

#70) Brandon Jones, S, Texas

  • High football IQ
  • Involved in almost every play
  • Turnover machine
  • Misses tackles
  • Struggles once the ball is in the air

Grade: C

Houston Texans

#40) Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU

  • Very explosive first step
  • High motor ability to chase down players from behind
  • Lacks power
  • Needs to develop more pass rushing moves

#90) Jonathan Greenard, Edge, Florida

  • Fluid movement to win inside pass rush
  • solid toolbox of pass rushing moves
  • Can sometimes be too predictable with pass rushing moves

Grade: B+

Jacksonville Jaguars

#42) Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado

  • Excels at contested catches
  • Can line up at any spot on the field
  • Has strength to win any matchup
  • Struggled to stay healthy

#73) Davon Hamilton, DL, Ohio State

  • Quick twitch, ability get off the snap
  • Above average balance
  • Lacks the ability to achieve better leverage against interior lineman

Chicago Bears

#43) Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

  • Large target
  • Reliable hands
  • Runs through contact well
  • Doesn’t have much to offer in terms of blocking

#50) Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

  • Exudes confidence on the outside
  • Great mirroring downfield
  • Quick footwork
  • Tends to be overaggressive

Grade: A-

Cleveland Browns

#44) Grant Delpit, S, LSU

  • Versatile; can play CB, FS, and SS
  • Natural instincts when playing the ball
  • Didn’t run at the combine
  • Doesn’t take on blocks

#88) Jordan Elliott, DL, Missouri

  • Effective swim move
  • Size allows him to defeat blocks in the run game
  • Struggles in leverage

#97) Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU

  • Straight forward movement to the ball
  • Reliable tackler
  • Lacks production in coverage

Grade: C+

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

#45) Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota

  • Highly Instinctive
  • Natural Ball Hawk ability
  • Below average size at position
  • Missed time in 2017 and 2018 due to injury

#76) Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt

  • Ran for over 1,000 yards in his last two seasons
  • Doesn’t wow you with athleticism, ran a 4.51 40-time.

Grade: B-

Denver Broncos

#46) K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State

  • Run after catch is eye popping
  • Ability for jet sweep and gadget plays
  • Small frame
  • Needs to improve ball tracking ability

#77) Michael Ojemudia, DB, Iowa

  • Good size and long reach
  • Six interceptions since 2018
  • Doesn’t allow explosive plays
  • Trouble to defeat blocks and be effective at run support

#83) Lloyd Cushenberry, C, LSU

  • Good core strength to neutralize defensive lineman
  • Great posture in pass protection
  • Freakish arm length
  • Struggles as a run blocker

#95) McTelvin Agim, DT Arkansas

  • Has experience at defensive end and defensive tackle
  • Forces fumbles
  • Great lateral agility
  • Loses sight of ball carrier when engaged with blocker

Grade: B

Atlanta Falcons

#47) Marlon Davidson. DL, Auburn

  • Effective use of hands of beginning of rush
  • three blocked kicks this season
  • Quick feet and lateral movement
  • Played only half of his snaps against, bringing his ability into his question

#78) Matt Hennessy, C, Temple

  • Smooth overall posture in pass protection
  • Has great mobility to reach second level
  • Frame is a bit undersized

Grade: A-

Seattle Seahawks

#48) Darrell Taylor, DE, Tennessee

  • Already possesses the physical traits to be NFL ready
  • Impressive fluid ability to bend at the top of the rush
  • Struggles to time up snap
  • Needs improvement on transition from play action

#69) Damien Lewis, G, LSU

  • Plays with a purpose; measured and controlled in action
  • Uses strong hands to center and secure bull rushing opponent
  • Misses length most teams are looking for
  • Slow feet when rushers beat him on the edge

Grade: B

Pittsburgh Steelers

#49) Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame

  • Overwhelming length and size makes him a physical specimen
  • Large target with sizeable catch radius against handsy opponents
  • Good build-up speed
  • Inconsistent challenging of press coverage

#102) Alex Highsmith, DE, Charlotte

  • Production made leaps over the last two years
  • Has a variety of tools to use as pass rusher
  • Good instincts involving play development

Grade: B-

Dallas Cowboys

#51) Trevon Diggs, DB, Alabama

  • Surprisingly fluid for his size
  • Modern press coverage corner who alternates his approach

#82) Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma

  • Gold mine of untapped potential
  • High motor to chase down running backs
  • Snap Quickness
  • Despite quickness, fails to generate momentum
  • Inconsistent block shedding with hands

Grade: B+

Los Angeles Rams

#52) Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

  • Powerful, compact frame
  • Instinctive runner who can see running lanes develop
  • Ball security is a concern
  • Not reliable as a catcher out of the backfield

#57) Van Jefferson, WR, Florida

  • Comes from football lineage
  • Above-average against press coverage
  • Foot quickness and agility make him asset for complex routes
  • Pedestrian production
  • Only four catches over 20 yards against SEC

#84) Terrell Lewis, LB, Alabama

  • Long, athletic frame
  • Excellent athletic ability with a considerable upside for potential
  • Momentum as a downhill rusher
  • Major injury wiped out most of 2017-18

#104) Terrell Burgess, S, Utah

  • Interchangeable at safety or nickel
  • Technical ability as a tackler
  • Takes smart angles to the ball
  • Only started one season at Utah

Grade: B+

Philadelphia Eagles

#53) Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma

  • Already possesses leadership qualities
  • Can extend plays with both his arm and feet
  • Prematurely leaves the pocket sometimes
  • Slower recognition on quick throw opportunities

#103) Davion Taylor, LB, Colorado

  • Former track star with rare closing speed for his position
  • Aggressive pursuit
  • Enough speed to cover tight ends
  • Slow to diagnose plays

Grade: C

Buffalo Bills

#54) A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa

  • Great combo of power and length
  • Already possesses advanced rushing tools
  • Sluggish to change direction
  • Below average speed rush

#86) Zack Moss, RB. Utah

  • Evenly distributed frame throughout
  • Physical runner that can absorb contact
  • Patient runner
  • Running style could lead to durability issues
  • Season ending injury on meniscus in 2018

Grade: C+

Baltimore Ravens

#55) JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

  • Never missed a game
  • Tight cuts and lateral movement
  • Efficient runner
  • Pass protection is an issue

#71) Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M

  • Solid production in back to back seasons
  • Has the ability to cut through gaps
  • Potential to be a threatening edge rusher

#92) Devin DuVernay, WR, Texas

  • Former track star, 100-meter champ
  • Creates separation on deep routes
  • Reliable hands
  • Struggles on timing of 50/50 balls
  • Needs polish as a route runner

#98) Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State

  • Downhill player, frequently at the line of scrimmage
  • Incredible change of direction for size and position
  • Sold ability to drop into zone
  • Limited in man coverage

#106) Tyre Phillips, G, Mississippi State

  • Long, powerful frame
  • Versatile skill set
  • Slightly slower than average in run block

Grade: A

Minnesota Vikings

#58) Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State

  • Low center of gravity
  • Consistent posture is pass protectio n
  • Quick feet to stay connected on blocks
  • Strength is a concern

#89) Cameron Danztler, DB, Ohio State

  • Great anticipator of slant routes
  • Uses length to shield in 50/50 ball situations
  • Highly confident and competitive
  • Considered to have a “stringy” build
  • Could struggle with pass interference issues early in his career

Grade: C+

New York Jets

#59) Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

  • Above-average in size and speed
  • Sharpened ability on 50/50 throws
  • Red zone threat
  • Doesn’t sell on routes consistently

#68) Ashtyn Davis, S, California

  • Gritty, tough teammate
  • High alertness in zone coverage
  • Reckless as a downhill tackler
  • Lack of experience

#79) Jabari Zuniga, DE, Florida

  • Burst through gaps with first step quickness
  • Potential as interior finisher in sub packages
  • Long-limbed, athletic frame
  • Hasn’t shown a proven positional fit
  • Below-average awareness and instincts

Grade: C

Tennessee Titans

#61) Kristian Fulton, DB, LSU

  • Only 40 percent completion rate allowed since 2018
  • Ability to read receivers eyes when back to the ball
  • Looks to make plays with great anticipation
  • Inconsistent in press coverage
  • Suspended in 2017 for falsifying drug test

#93) Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State

  • Increased production in 2018 and 2019
  • One-cut style back
  • Effective as a kick returner
  • Good lead on blitz pickup and pass protection
  • Needs to improve determination as runner on the inside

Green Bay Packers

#62) A.J. Dillon, RB, Boston College

  • Big-time tackle breaker at 247lbs.
  • Physical, straight line speed
  • Third down ability is a concern, making him one-dimensional

#94) Josiah Deguara, TE, Cincinnati

  • Takes pride in run blocking
  • Helps seal off the edge in run game
  • Route running is fluid
  • Doesn’t have speed to separate and could struggle against man coverage

Grade: D+

Kansas City Chiefs

#63) Willie Gay Jr., LB, Mississippi State

  • Reads quarterback eyes and can jump the routes
  • Busts screen plays
  • Hard hitting tackler
  • Missed eight games in 2019 for academic issues

#96) Lucas Niang, OT, TCU

  • Large frame, equivalent to dancing bear analogy
  • hands and hips work in fluid motion as a run blocker
  • Athletic enough to recover from missteps in blocking assignments
  • Surgery in November for torn labrum

Grade: B+

Washington Redskins

#66) Antonio Gibson, WR, Memphis

  • Multi-dimensional threat in run game, receiving, and special teams
  • High school sprinter with breakaway speed
  • Dangerous a runner with space
  • Only one season of production

Grade: C

Arizona Cardinals

#72) Josh Jones, OT, Houston

  • Quick out of stance when asked to pull block
  • Moves easily to second level and challenges linebacker
  • Struggles to bend knees and get feet set

Grade: B

Las Vegas Raiders

#80) Lynn Bowden, WR, Kentucky

  • Swiss army knife, can be utilized greatly by creative play callers
  • Generally always breaks the first tackle
  • Effective as a kick returner
  • Route running needs polishing

#81) Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina

  • Solid combination of size and strength
  • Creates separation from press coverage
  • Finishes contested catch
  • Effort comes into question

#100) Tanner Muse, S, Clemson

  • Finished career with seven interceptions, has a nose for the ball
  • Quick to diagnose the run
  • Coverage lacks fluidity
  • Struggles with lateral change in direction

Grade: B-

New Orleans Saints

#74) Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin

  • Quick twitch and explosive playmaking ability
  • Smooth and fluid drop into zone coverage
  • Needs to hone skills as open field tackler
  • Can overplay run counters

#105) Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton

  • Popular target with high production rate at Dayton
  • Quick acceleration and top speed for a tight end
  • Catches through contact
  • Questions regarding his competition in college
  • Limited route tree

Grade: A-

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stjoechief
04/26/2020 4:37 pm

I was in the “Never take a RB in the first round” camp. But the more I see/read about this kid, the happier I am with the pick. So here’s a suggestion for what to play when he scores:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mypGjDV6XaI

zulu trader
zulu trader
04/26/2020 11:46 am

F**king A

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04/26/2020 4:57 pm

I really like this guy

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