Washington Commanders quarterback Jayden Daniels (in a pale blue suit) stands among fans and cameras
LSU Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels poses with fans after being selected by the Washington Commanders as the No. 2 pick in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft at Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

NFL Analysis

April 30, 2024

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2024 NFL Draft: Grading Every Team's Draft Class

The 2024 NFL Draft is now history. It will take at least two years to know how many star or productive players emerged from it. Still, it’s an interesting exercise to make an immediate judgment on how teams did by grading their drafts.

So here we go.

2024 NFL Draft Grades

AFC East

Upper-body image of New England Patriots quarterback Drake Maye (in a cream suit jacket, white shirt, cerulean tie and gray Patriots hat) stands behind a podium
New England Patriots quarterback Drake Maye speaks to the media on the Gillette Stadium field after being drafted in the first round. (Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports)
Buffalo BillsB

When I was an NFL executive, I never wanted to trade out of the first round and have the players we passed on come back to haunt us.

The Buffalo Bills traded with the team they’re trying to catch in the AFC — the Kansas City Chiefs — dropping from pick No. 28 to No. 32. Then, they moved to the top of the second round in a trade with Carolina.

The Bills needed a big draft after losing several starters due to salary cap issues. They picked a much-needed wide receiver at No. 33 in Keon Coleman, who is big and brings athleticism, but they allowed the Chiefs to grab the speedy Xavier Worthy.

Cole Bishop fills a need at safety after Jordan Poyer departed. Duke DT DeWayne Carter is talented and versatile. Ray Davis is a good running back who should rotate in behind James Cook. Sedrick Van Pran-Granger is a value pick in the fifth round with the versatility to play all three interior o-line spots.

Miami Dolphins: B-

Chop Robinson is a good athlete with upside. He fills a need at edge rusher with Jaelan Phillips and Bradley Chubb coming off major injuries. Robinson has speed and power and will be in the rotation as a rookie — or possibly will be a starter — but he needs to improve his run defense.

The Miami Dolphins had a bigger need in the interior offensive line than at tackle. Patrick Paul has size and moves well, so he should help protect Tua Tagovailoa. RB Jaylen Wright adds more game-breaking speed to Miami’s already prolific offensive arsenal and is an excellent value in the fourth round (7.4 yards per carry last season).

EDGE Mohamed Kamara is skilled with a high motor. The two Washingtons — Virginia's Malik Washington and USC's Tahj Washington — have a chance to excel as slot receivers.

New England Patriots: B+

The New England Patriots were wise not to trade out of the No. 3 spot, and they drafted a potential franchise quarterback in Drake Maye. He has a strong arm but needs to improve his consistency.

Ja'Lynn Polk and Javon Baker are talented wide receivers and should be excellent targets for Maye. Caedan Wallace and Layden Robinson will be solid pass protectors. Marcellas Dial is a playmaking cornerback, and QB Joe Milton brings a big arm, while TE Jaheim Bell is a high-value pick in the seventh round.

New York Jets: B+

The New York Jets made a good move to drop one spot and gain extra picks from the Vikings, who weren't going to take an offensive tackle.

Aaron Rodgers will be happy to have Olu Fashanu join veteran tackles Tyron Smith (who is injury-prone) and Morgan Moses to fortify a problem area during the past few years. Fashanu has the physical tools to be a Pro Bowl left tackle but has room for improvement with his technique.

Rodgers also will like Malachi Corley, a great run-after-catch receiver who was a former running back. Braelon Allen is a big running back who will complement Breece Hall. Jordan Travis will be an interesting development project at quarterback. Qwan'tez Stiggers is a former CFL player (Toronto Argonauts) who is a talented corner.


In-game image of Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Troy Fautanu (in a white uniform and gold helmet) moving to block
Washington Huskies offensive lineman Troy Fautanu (55) against the Michigan Wolverines during the 2024 College Football Playoff national championship game at NRG Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Baltimore Ravens: B+

The Baltimore Ravens always seem to draft well — and that's the case this year.

CB Nate Wiggins is tall and has excellent ball skills, but he needs to bulk up his lean frame to compete with the more physical receivers and play the run better. We’ll see how he pans out compared to other talented cornerbacks in this draft like Cooper DeJean and Kool-Aid McKinstry, who were available at No. 30.

Roger Rosengarten fills an offensive line need as a versatile player who could start soon at right tackle. Adisa Isaac is a good pass rusher who can help replace Jadeveon Clowney. Devontez Walker adds a deep threat for Lamar Jackson.

Several good prospects are among the Ravens' late-round picks, including T.J. Tampa, a skilled corner; Devin Leary, a strong-armed quarterback; and Nick Samac, a powerful interior offensive lineman and fine run blocker.

Cincinnati Bengals: B

The Cincinnati Bengals made their offensive line a priority to protect Joe Burrow. Amarius Mims is an athletic big man who should replace Trent Brown at right tackle by 2025 (if not this coming season), but Mims battled injuries in college.

DT Kris Jenkins is strong against the run as a replacement for D.J. Reader, but Jenkins needs to improve as a pass rusher. DT McKinnley Jackson also will help the run defense.

Jermaine Burton is a downfield threat and could replace Tee Higgins in 2025. Erick All can be a future starter as a quality blocking and receiving tight end if he can stay healthy, and Tanner McLachlan further fortifies the position. CB Josh Newton allowed only one touchdown last season.    

Cleveland Browns: C-

Due to the Deshaun Watson trade, the Cleveland Browns once again lacked picks — they had no first or fourth-round picks this year.

Michael Hall Jr. should help as an interior pass rusher but needs to play better against the run. Zak Zinter is coming off a leg injury, but he didn't allow a sack last season and should start soon at guard. WR Jamari Thrash is a good fifth-round pick for depth with his speed and run-after-catch ability. LB Nathaniel Watson and CB Myles Harden should make the team as depth players on defense and good special teamers.

Pittsburgh Steelers: A

The Pittsburgh Steelers were looking to upgrade their offensive line, and they succeeded. Troy Fautanu can play guard or tackle and should start at left tackle. He’s athletic and can be a dominant run blocker and pass protector for Russell Wilson or Justin Fields (two quarterbacks who get sacked a lot). Zach Frazier was a high school wrestling champ and can play guard or center.

Roman Wilson is a good wide receiver with excellent hands and should be a solid downfield replacement for Diontae Johnson. Payton Wilson fell from a late first-round talent due to knee concerns, but he’s an athletic linebacker in the Steelers' mold. IOL Mason McCormick will add quality depth, as should DT Logan Lee and CB Ryan Watts on defense.


Upper-body image of Indianapolis Colts edge rusher Laiatu Latu holding up a blue Colts jersey with his last name on it on the stage of the NFL Draft
UCLA Bruins defensive lineman Laiatu Latu poses at Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza after being selected by the Indianapolis Colts as the No. 15 pick in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Texans: B

After trading out of the first round (for two second-rounders, including one next year), the Houston Texans addressed a need at corner with Kamari Lassiter, a solid player with speed who plays physically despite his size. But he’ll need to bulk up and improve his technique in coverage.

Blake Fisher is talented but needs further development as a likely future starter at tackle. Calen Bullock brings third-round value as a playmaking safety. TE Cade Stover is an excellent pick in the fourth round and joins his former college quarterback at Ohio State: C.J. Stroud. Stover will pair well with Dalton Schultz.

Jamal Hill should be a good special teamer and is an effective linebacker in coverage. Jawhar Jordan is a big-play running back who adds depth behind Joe Mixon and Dameon Pierce.

Indianapolis Colts: B+

Laiatu Latu is a fascinating story. He was told his career was over due to a neck injury, but he battled back to become a top edge defender who had 13 sacks, 21.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions in 2023. He can win with power or speed as a pass rusher and run defender. If he stays healthy, he could be one of the steals of this draft at No. 15 overall.

Adonai Mitchell is an explosive receiver who provides Anthony Richardson with a quality target to pair with Michael Pittman Jr.

The Indianapolis Colts also picked two quality offensive linemen — Matt Goncalves adds depth and versatility, and Tanor Bortolini allowed only one sack in 2023 at center (and can play guard). Anthony Gould is a smaller receiver who is a deep threat and a fine returner.

The last four picks (S Jaylon Carlies, S Jaylin Simpson, CB Micah Abraham and DT Jonah Laulu) add depth to help a defense that ranked 28th in points allowed last season.  

Jacksonville Jaguars: B

The Jacksonville Jaguars traded down six spots from No. 17 to No. 23, picking up three picks from the Vikings (including a 2025 second-rounder). But Jacksonville still landed an explosive downfield target for Trevor Lawrence in Brian Thomas Jr. He’ll replace Calvin Ridley as a top-three receiver with upside. Still, he needs to improve as a route runner to become truly elite.

DT Maason Smith will help the defensive front as he refines his game. Jarrian Jones addresses the team's need for a versatile, athletic corner. Javon Foster adds depth at offensive tackle and could move inside.

CB Deantre Prince is a possible fifth-round sleeper who is a fine athlete. RB Keilan Robinson brings kick-return ability, and Cam Little is a productive kicker with a good shot to win the starting job.

Tennessee Titans: B

JC Latham is a massive tackle who fills a major need for the Tennessee Titans. He’ll combine with the Titans' top pick last year, Peter Skoronski, to form a talented left side of the line.

DT T'Vondre Sweat is another big body who was picked early in the second round despite his recent DWI arrest and concerns about his conditioning. LB Cedric Gray is a terrific run defender with quickness. Jarvis Brownlee Jr. is a potential future starter at cornerback.

The Titans added a speedy receiver and returner in WR Jha'Quan Jackson, and Jaylen Harrell could be a sleeper as a rotational edge rusher.


Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Xavier Worthy (in an all-white look) runs along the sideline while carrying the ball.
Texas Longhorns wide receiver Xavier Worthy (1) runs the ball during the Sugar Bowl College Football Playoff semifinals game against the Washington Huskies. (Aaron E. Martinez/USA TODAY NETWORK)
Denver Broncos: B-

Sean Payton is staking his future with the Denver Broncos on his ability to develop Bo Nix into a top NFL quarterback, one worthy of being picked No. 12 overall.

Nix went earlier than projected, but he certainly provides upside over Jarrett Stidham. Nix doesn't have elite arm strength but is an accurate passer who makes good decisions and can scramble. He has a ton of experience at the college level (61 starts in five years). 

Jonah Elliss is a productive edge player — he had 13 sacks last season — at a position of need for the Broncos. Denver found good value in WR Troy Franklin and CB Kris Abrams-Draine at their mid-round spots. Franklin reunites with his college quarterback (Nix), and Abrams-Draine is a solid cover corner. Audric Estime runs with power and elusiveness.

Kansas City Chiefs: A-

Kudos to the Super Bowl champs — who were scheduled to pick last in the first round — for their continued excellent work in the draft.

The Kansas City Chiefs traded up to No. 28 and picked the draft’s fastest player: Xavier Worthy, who posted a record 40-yard time (4.21 seconds) at the NFL Combine. He’s the deep threat the team has been seeking since trading Tyreek Hill, but Worthy needs to gain weight while retaining his quickness and speed.

Kingsley Suamataia is a fine pick who should be a future starter at left tackle. Jared Wiley is a fast and reliable tight end who is a fourth-round bargain and will learn from the league’s best — Travis Kelce. Hunter Nourzad is a versatile interior offensive lineman who adds depth and could be a future starter.

Las Vegas Raiders: B-

The Las Vegas Raiders couldn't trade up for a quarterback, so their consolation prize is a top-10 caliber talent and the draft’s best tight end: Brock Bowers. He’ll team up with last year’s second-rounder Michael Mayer to give Gardner Minshew or Aidan O’Connell one of the league's best tight end duos.

Jackson Powers-Johnson fills a need at guard; he allowed only one quarterback pressure last season. Delmar Glaze is a bit of a reach at offensive tackle and might be better suited to play guard. Decamerion Richardson is a physical cornerback who should contribute early.

Tommy Eichenberg is a fine inside linebacker and should be a quality special teamer. Dylan Laube is a good receiving back and special teams player. S Trey Taylor is a smart seventh-round pick — he was the Jim Thorpe award winner last season, given to the best college defensive back.

Los Angeles Chargers: A-

Jim Harbaugh's influence is obvious in this draft. He wants a physical team that’s stout in the trenches and protects Justin Herbert. Joe Alt has the physical ability and flawless technique to be an elite NFL tackle for years to come.

The Los Angeles Chargers needed wide receiver help after trading Keenan Allen and releasing Mike Williams. Ladd McConkey battled injuries and had only 30 catches for 478 yards last season, but if he bulks up and stays healthy, he can be a fine NFL receiver, especially out of the slot with his quickness and route running.

Harbaugh lobbied for (and the Chargers picked) one of his best defensive players and leaders at Michigan, LB Junior Colson, who is excellent against the run and pass. DT Justin Eboigbe and CB Tarheeb Still will help on defense with their physicality and playmaking ability (Still had five interceptions last season). Still and CB Cam Hart will upgrade the secondary.

Brenden Rice (Jerry Rice’s son) and Cornelius Johnson (another of Harbaugh’s former Wolverines) add to the Chargers' previously thin wide receiver corps.

NFC East

New York Giants draft pick Malik Nabers
LSU Tigers wide receiver Malik Nabers poses with fans after being selected by the New York Giants as the No. 6 pick in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft at Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza on April 25. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Cowboys: B

The Dallas Cowboys traded down five spots in the first round and picked up a third-round pick from Detroit. They took a big, athletic offensive tackle in Tyler Guyton, who should start immediately, likely at the critical left tackle spot, replacing often-injured Pro Bowler Tyron Smith. Guyton didn’t allow a sack last season and has great upside. However, he needs to improve his technique. 

Marshawn Kneeland is a solid pick who fills a need at edge rusher. 

Dallas took Cooper Beebe with the third-rounder they acquired from the Lions, and he’s a good value where he was picked. He’s a powerful interior offensive line prospect and versatile enough to play tackle if needed. 

Marist Liufau may have gone a bit early in the third round, but if he becomes more consistent, he’ll be a good special teamer and a solid enough linebacker. 

Caelen Carson is an excellent fifth-round pick as a physical and versatile corner or safety. Surprisingly, the Cowboys didn’t take a running back, which opened the door for Ezekiel Elliott’s return.

New York Giants: B+

Despite the rumors, I never believed the New York Giants would pick a first-round quarterback. Daniel Jones was a solid quarterback who won a playoff game in 2022 without a premier wide receiver. As he comes off his ACL injury, he’s undoubtedly happy to welcome an elite receiver prospect in Malik Nabers. 

The former LSU wideout is explosive and close in ability to Marvin Harrison Jr. Nabers had 44 receptions of 20-plus yards over the last two seasons (and 14 touchdowns last season) playing in the SEC. 

Second-rounder Tyler Nubin was the top-ranked safety in the draft. He defends well against the run and pass and will replace Xavier McKinney. 

Andru Phillips adds talent at cornerback and Theo Johnson is an athletic tight end —  a good fourth-round value. He’s insurance if Darren Waller retires or gets hurt and a possible successor. Tyrone Tracy brings speed and explosiveness to the backfield in the later rounds, and Darius Muasau can be a sixth-round find at linebacker and on special teams.

Philadelphia Eagles: A+

The Philadelphia Eagles were determined to improve their pass defense. That group’s struggles were a big part of their late-season collapse. They succeeded, adding two excellent corners in Quinyon Mitchell and Cooper DeJean. They bring needed youth and talent to the secondary and are great fits for new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s scheme. The highly athletic Mitchell was one of the top-rated corners and a great value at No. 22. 

The Eagles made a beneficial trade-up for DeJean, who played corner and safety at Iowa and can be an outside or slot corner. He’s a playmaker with seven interceptions over the past two seasons and a quality returner. 

Jalyx Hunt is an explosive athlete who should develop into a fine edge player. RB Will Shipley, WR Ainias Smith and WR Johnny Wilson are talented additions on offense and should help on special teams. 

Jeremiah Trotter Jr. is a tremendous fifth-round value at linebacker, and Trevor Keegan and Dylan McMahon will bring more quality depth and potential future starters to the offensive line. This is a great draft for a quality team that needed an influx of talented young players.

Washington Commanders: A

Jayden Daniels injects excitement into the Washington Commanders franchise as a dual-threat quarterback who may be the best signal-caller in this draft. However, he needs a little more bulk to help him stay healthy. 

Jer’Zhan Newton is a great second-round value. He was not a need — the team has Pro Bowl defensive tackles Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne — but perhaps all three can play together on passing downs and otherwise rotate.

The Commanders made a good move to trade down 10 spots in the second round to pick up an extra second-round pick at No. 50 from the Eagles. With that pick, the Commanders took slot corner Mike Sainristil, who brings quickness, solid run defense and impressive ball skills (six interceptions for Michigan last season).

Ben Sinnott fills a tight end need and will be a solid target for Daniels and a good run blocker. The powerful Brandon Coleman should be a starter at guard or tackle, and Luke McCaffrey will add another quality wide receiver. 

Jordan Magee has a high motor and should be a core special teamer and possible starter at linebacker, while Dominique Hampton is a big, athletic safety who should have a role in Dan Quinn’s defense.

NFC North

Chicago Bears first-round draft picks Rome Odunze and Caleb Williams
Chicago Bears first-round draft choices Rome Odunze (left) and Caleb Williams (right) pose for photos at a press conference at Halas Hall on April 26. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)
Chicago Bears: A-

I need to see Caleb Williams play up to his lofty draft status before I believe he’s a future top-five NFL quarterback who will lead the Chicago Bears to great heights. He possesses arm strength, playmaking and off-schedule ability, but he’s also been inconsistent. He threw three interceptions in a 28-point loss at Notre Dame last season. His sense of entitlement also needs to be reined in. Williams will be aided by the Bears’ excellent pick of the athletic and physical Rome Odunze at No. 9 overall. 

Odunze, DJ Moore and Keenan Allen will form one of the best wide receiver trios in the league. The second-round pick dealt for Montez Sweat paid off, as he’s the Bears’ top pass rusher and had his contract extended. 

Kiran Amegadjie can play guard or tackle and can be developed as a future starter as he adjusts from the Ivy League to the NFL. 

Tory Taylor will be a valuable addition as the new punter, and Austin Booker brings pass rush help (nine sacks and 38 pressures in 2023).

Detroit Lions: A-

The Detroit Lions addressed their 27th-ranked pass defense from last season and the departure of corner Cam Sutton by trading up five spots and selecting one of the top corners in the draft — Terrion Arnold. The former Alabama defensive back runs a 4.3-second 40-yard dash, is elite in man coverage and plays the run well. He had five interceptions last season. 

Detroit continued to upgrade its cornerbacks in the second round with the physical Ennis Rakestraw Jr., who does not have top-end speed but is aggressive and instinctive.

Giovanni Manu is a massive (6-foot-7, 352 pounds) and athletic tackle who needs development. Sione Vaki was an athletic college safety, projected as a running back and special teamer at the next level.

DT Mekhi Wingo excels in run defense, and Christian Mahogany could be a sixth-round find as a guard who has allowed only one sack over the last three years. The Lions did not pick an edge rusher as expected.

Green Bay Packers: B

Jordan Morgan will be a fine pass protector for Jordan Love, whether as the long-term left tackle who finally replaces David Bakhtiari or if he’s moved inside to guard. 

Edgerrin Cooper was the first linebacker taken and is a highly productive and athletic player who had 84 tackles, eight sacks and 17 tackles-for-loss last season. The Green Bay Packers traded down four spots and still got Cooper plus a fifth and sixth-round pick. 

Javon Bullard is a versatile safety who will help the secondary, and MarShawn Lloyd is a good back who needs to improve in pass protection. LB Ty’Ron Hopper is an athletic and effective pass rusher who covers well and will help on special teams, as will CB Evan Williams. 

Jacob Monk and Travis Glover add depth to the offensive line, while Kalen King is a good value pick in the seventh round — as is Michael Pratt, who can compete to be Love’s backup.   

Minnesota Vikings: A-

The Minnesota Vikings sweated out the early first round in their search for a rookie quarterback. They wound up a big winner, not having to trade their two No. 1 picks to get J.J. McCarthy. They wisely moved up one spot and got a national champion passer with a 27-1 record as the Michigan starter.

McCarthy made plays when he needed to in Michigan’s run-oriented offense. He’s an excellent athlete and a talented passer and runner. He must bulk up to handle the hits he’ll take in the NFL. Still, McCarthy has the best supporting cast of the six first-round quarterbacks entering the league this season, led by superstar receiver Justin Jefferson and a quarterback-friendly head coach in Kevin O’Connell. 

It was a major coup for the Vikings to trade up for Dallas Turner, perhaps the edge rusher with the most significant upside in the draft. His 4.46-second speed, athleticism and versatility will help replace Danielle Hunter in defensive coordinator Brian Flores’ scheme.

Fourth-round pick Khyree Jackson brings good value at his draft spot as a good man-coverage corner who allowed only one touchdown last season. 

Walter Rouse should be a good depth tackle, and Will Reichard, with his big leg and accuracy from 50-plus yards, has an excellent shot at winning the kicking job. Furthermore, Michael Jurgens could be a sleeper pick as a guard or center.

NFC South

The Atlanta Falcons took QB Michael Penix Jr. eighth overall in the 2024 NFL Draft
Atlanta Falcons first-round draft pick quarterback Michael Penix Jr talks to the media at a press conference introducing him at the Falcons training complex on April 26, 2024. (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta Falcons: D

Michael Penix Jr. has a good, accurate arm and was highly productive at Washington but battled significant injuries during his college career. If he becomes a great NFL quarterback, I’ll change this grade. Until then, it made no sense for the Atlanta Falcons to pass up a much-needed edge rusher at this spot (or trade down to do so) and pick a quarterback after they gave Kirk Cousins $100 million guaranteed. 

Penix will have to sit for at least two years unless Cousins gets hurt again. Alternatively, the Falcons would take a substantial dead money hit on Cousins if they trade or release him. The Falcons probably didn’t need to give up a third-round pick to move up eight spots in the second round and get a raw player in DT Ruke Orhorhoro who must improve his technique despite his impressive potential. An edge rusher or corner would have helped more. 

They finally got a quality pass rusher in Round 3 with Braelon Trice, who needs to improve his run defense. The Falcons continued the defensive push with solid additions but not likely immediate starters in DT Brandon Dorius and LB JD Bertrand. RB Jase McClellan and WR Casey Washington add skill position depth. 

Overall, a head-scratching draft in Atlanta.

>>READ: Penix Pick Sends a Bad Message to Veterans

Carolina Panthers: C

The Carolina Panthers traded up one spot to the end of the first round to take Xavier Legette, who brings size and speed as a potential quality target for Bryce Young. He had only one good college season, with 71 catches for 1,255 yards and seven touchdowns last season. He needs to improve his technique against press coverage. The Panthers hope he’s a late bloomer who turns into a star. 

Jonathon Brooks is coming off a torn ACL, but he’s an excellent back and should be a future starter. 

Trevin Wallace is athletic but needs to become more consistent, while Ja’Tavion Sanders is a fine tight end with speed and athleticism who will help Young.

Chau Smith-Wade is a good sixth-round value at corner and allowed only one touchdown last season. The Panthers made an interesting late pick in LB Michael Barrett, a defensive leader and producer at Michigan.

New Orleans Saints: A-

Taliese Fuaga is a great addition to a position of need for the New Orleans Saints. He’s big, powerful and quick for his size and should be an immediate starter. 

The Saints traded up in the second round for CB Kool-Aid McKinstry, a long-armed player with excellent technique who plays the run and pass well. He could’ve gone in the later first round, so jumping four spots in exchange for two late-round picks to take McKinstry was a good move. 

The Saints had to wait until the fifth round for their next pick. They selected a developmental quarterback in Spencer Rattler, who has a solid chance to back up Derek Carr. Rattler has a big arm but needs to become a better decision-maker to avoid interceptions. 

Bub Means brings athleticism to add depth at receiver, and LB Jaylan Ford is a strong run defender who needs to improve in coverage. 

Sixth-rounder Khristian Boyd is a good value pick to help the defensive line rotation, and Josiah Ezirim could be a late-round find at offensive tackle.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: B+

Graham Barton is a quality offensive lineman who slid to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 26. He’s talented, tough and versatile enough to play tackle, guard or center. He should start at guard initially. 

Chris Braswell also should be a first-year starter at outside backer. He fills a need for an edge rusher but needs to improve his run defense. 

Tykee Smith is a solid and aggressive safety or slot corner who also should contribute right away. Fellow third-rounder Jalen McMillan is a fine route runner out of the slot. 

The Bucs later added a quality running back in Bucky Irving, and Elijah Klein is an interior lineman who has pass-blocking skill.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals draft pick Marvin Harrison Jr.
Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals as the No. 4 pick in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft at Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza on April 25. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Arizona Cardinals: A-

The Arizona Cardinals had plenty of high picks (seven in the first three rounds) and significantly upgraded their team. Not participating in the NFL Combine or Ohio State's Pro Day didn’t hurt Marvin Harrison Jr. as the Cardinals passed on any trade offers and made the smart choice to give Kyler Murray an elite wide receiver with size and athleticism who had 28 TD receptions over the past two seasons.

The Cardinals may have reached a bit for DE Darius Robinson but he is a strong defender who can play on the interior or edge. Max Melton also is a versatile player who can be a solid slot or outside corner.

Elijah Jones is a fine corner who plays with physicality, and fellow third-round pick Trey Benson is an excellent back with burst who should rotate with James Conner. G Isaiah Adams and TE Tip Reiman help to fill needs.

They also found contributors on the third day. Dadrion Taylor-Demerson has 10 career interceptions and can play safety or in the slot. Xavier Thomas adds an athletic edge defender while OT Christian Jones and WR Tejhaun Palmer add depth and could see playing time as rookies.

Los Angeles Rams: B+

Following Aaron Donald’s retirement, the Los Angeles Rams focused on the defensive front seven with their first two picks of two Florida State teammates — EDGE Jared Verse and DT Braden Fiske. The Rams were without a first-round pick since 2016 before taking Verse, who has speed and power as one of the top edge rushers. He was taken at the bargain spot of No. 19.

The Rams paid a high price (No. 2 picks in 2024 and 2025 and a 2024 fifth-rounder) to move up 13 spots in the second round) for Fiske, who is strong and quick but needs to become more consistent as a pass rusher.

RB Blake Corum is an excellent third-round pick with great vision, and he had 27 TDs for Michigan last season. He’ll split time with Kyren Williams in Sean McVay’s offense. Fellow third-round pick Kamren Kinchens is a playmaking safety (11 interceptions over the last two seasons).

On Day 3, the Rams added Brennan Jackson, who has pass-rushing skill from the edge, while DT Tyler Davis is a strong run-stopper up front. Joshua Karty fills the need for a new accurate kicker. Beaux Limmer should stick as a solid center.

San Francisco 49ers: B

The late first-round selection of WR Ricky Pearsall increased the chatter of a trade this year or in 2025 of either Deebo Samuel or Brandon Aiyuk. Pearsall’s toughness, quickness and versatility make him a solid slot or outside receiver although he doesn’t have elite speed. We’ll see if he plays up to first-round status.

Renardo Green has good cover skills and fills a need at corner, and fellow Day 2 pick Dominick Puni can play tackle but is likely to be a guard for the San Francisco 49ers.

Malik Mustapha is a strong run defender at safety and will be a special teamer. Jacob Cowing had nine receiving TDs last season and should contribute in a backup role. Jarrett Kingston also brings the ability to play guard or tackle as a depth player.

Seattle Seahawks: B+

Byron Murphy II is an excellent pick for new Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Macdonald’s defense with his elite pass-rushing and run-stopping skills. He’s one of the best defensive players in the 2024 draft.

Third-round pick Christian Haynes’ athleticism and toughness will have him in the running to be a rookie starter at guard.

LB Tyrice Knight is a strong tackler who should compete for playing time. AJ Barner is a quality tight end who is an excellent run blocker.

The Seahawks have a great fifth-round value at corner and for special teams in the speedy Nehemiah Pritchett. His Auburn teammate D.J. James also is a good prospect as a cover corner. Sataoa Laumea played right tackle the past two seasons and didn’t allow a sack last season but projects to guard in Seattle. Michael Jerell could be a late-round sleeper on the o-line.