2022 NFL Draft Cheat Sheet: Final Grades

AFC South

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts are basically just building a basketball team in their receiving room, and it’s awesome. Alec Pierce, Jelani Woods, Mo Alie-Cox, they’re getting athletic, tall, and quick as all get-out. Matt Ryan is going to have a blast throwing to these guys. Indy might not have had the best draft class, although I do like a lot of their pieces. But I must admit, they have one of my personal favorite classes.

Grade: A-

Houston Texans

I’m 50/50 on this class. I like the players, but I’m not sure I love the positions the Texans took them at. Derek Stingley Jr. has elite cornerback potential, but I’d rather have Sauce Gardner. Kenyon Green at No. 15 is really early, even if it was a need for Houston. I will say: I absolutely adore the Texans taking Dameon Pierce. He’s going to come in and be an immediate impact player for this team. I’m certain of it.

Grade: C+

Jacksonville Jaguars

Travon Walker was a bit of a reach, but the Jags clearly have a plan for their defense. They want a fast, athletic, and hard-hitting front seven to back up a really rangy secondary (which really started with Andre Cisco last year). I like that they grabbed Kentucky’s Luke Fortner to protect Trevor Lawrence, but I really wish they would have put No. 33 towards a tackle rather than Devin Lloyd. Also, Snoop Conner is… bad. How did he get drafted, especially to a team heavily invested in two running backs?

Grade: C-

Tennessee Titans

Are you good at football? Doesn’t matter. But are you really big? Welcome to the Titans! Tennessee dealt away A.J. Brown which seems like a really bad idea, but quickly nabbed Treylon Burks as his replacement. They took one of my top-rated players in quarterback Malik Willis, and managed to get insane value for him at No. 86. Not to mention they’re getting a sure-handed, reliable receiver in Kyle Philips. This class is fun!

Grade: B+

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs desperately wanted to come to No. 12 to grab Jameson Williams, which, and I know you don’t need me to tell you this, would have been dangerous. Instead they grabbed Trent McDuffie and George Karlaftis in the first round, two players whose general attitudes I really love. They followed that up with Skyy Moore, safety Bryan Cook, and then one of the apples of my scouting eye, linebacker Leo Chenal. This is a great class, especially on defense.

Grade: A

Denver Broncos

The Broncos sold away the lion’s share of their top draft picks to get Russell Wilson, who solves most of their problems on offense anyways. But that mammoth trade aside, I’m not the biggest fan of Denver’s draft class. I will say, I love Nik Bonitto with their first pick at No. 64, but nothing else the Broncos did particularly impressed me. This class is just… fine.

Grade: C+

Los Angeles Chargers

It’s not particularly pretty, there was no uber-sexy wide receiver pick for the Chargers at the No. 17 spot, but this team got better. Flat out. Zion Johnson’s going to be a big help in keeping Justin Herbert standing upright; he and Rashawn Slater should be a fun tandem. Isaiah Spiller is an underrated running back in this class, and I think that Ja’Sir Taylor is one of the late-round guys who can actually be something. Nice job!

Grade: B+

Las Vegas Raiders

Vegas sold off their draft picks to firmly entrench themselves in the AFC West arms race. The Raiders picked up Davante Adams in a trade from Green Bay, paid him like a king, and haven’t looked back. Putting that aside for a moment, Vegas picked up a couple players I think can complement their team well. I love Dylan Parham, and Matthew Butler’s a great day three pickup. It’s not spectacular, but the Raiders didn’t really have much to work with anyways.

Grade: B

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