I’m not gonna lie to you guys. Draft grades irk me too. To put grades on picks immediately after they’ve been drafted, it seems like a waste considering that we will have no clue on what these players will do until they’re established in the league. However, grading the draft classes is the only truly effective way for the irrational impatient fan to see which players will work out, which ones to watch for, which players were reaches, which teams missed opportunities, and just to sum up a long weekend of trades and awkward Roger Goodell bro hugs. And it’s also fun. So without further ado, report cards are in.

AFC East

Buffalo Bills: Trading back with the Chiefs and getting Tre’Davious White was a nice move to address the defense, and then the Bills addressed the need for a WR2 in Zay Jones and a ready to start o-lineman. Things are looking up in Buffalo, despite the open GM position. B

Miami Dolphins: Miami was focused on defense early and often in this draft, taking pass rusher Charles Harris and athletic linebacker Raekwon McMillan. They also were one of the last teams to draft an offensive player, guard Issac Asiata. The Dolphins got the talent at the needs they had. B+

New England Patriots:  Technically, the Patriots drafted Brandin Cooks and Kony Early, using their first and second round picks respectively in trades for those players. They used their actual picks on Youngstown State pass rusher Derek Rivers and tackle Antonio Garcia. Not too shabby for the Pats. B

New York Jets: Jamal Adams was a great pick for the Jets, but they followed him up with another safety? While their secondary may be remade, there were so many other needs for one of the worst rosters in football. C+

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens: Marlon Humprey is a really talented corner, but the Ravens probably should’ve addressed a pass rusher or taken the sliding O.J. Howard here. Baltimore did come back and address pass rushing through the rest of their draft though, helping to remake most of the aging Baltimore linebacking corps. B

Cincinnati Bengals: John Ross felt like a reach at 9 to me, but he’ll still be lethal in that Bengals offense opposite A.J. Green. If Joe Mixon turns out to truly be over his domestic violence issue, his taking in the second could be the biggest steal this draft. A-

Cleveland Browns: Cleveland had a possibly franchise-altering first and second round with Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers, David Njoku and DeShone Kizer. If Kizer works out, this could be an amazing draft class. A

Pittsburgh Steelers: T.J Watt will be amazing in Pittsburgh’s defense. JuJu Smith-Schuster may have been a reach, but he’ll thrive in the one-on-one matchups the Pittsburgh offense will afford him. Cameron Sutton is a nice pickup at safety or corner with special teams capabilities. James Connor is a great hometown story and a physical one-two punch with Le’Veon Bell, and Joshua Dobbs can develop as a starter under Roethlisberger. B+

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