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2022 NFL Draft team-by-team grades: Lions, Ravens, Chiefs among seven in ‘A’ range, Jaguars at bottom of class – CBSSports.com

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The 2022 NFL Draft has concluded which means only one thing — draft grades are here. Below you will find the full draft classes for all 32 teams with individual grades, analysis for every class and a final overall grade. 

The first-round grades are from Pete Prisco. All the rest of the individual grades were from me, starting in Round 2 through Mr. Irrelevant at the end of the draft. 

Let’s get to it. 

Arizona Cardinals 

The Cardinals tripled down on edge rushers. Smart. And they picked good ones, too, with either awesome or feels-about-right value. McBride and Zach Ertz will be a fun combination at tight end and at least one of Marquis Hayes or Lecitus Smith will start sooner than later. Grade: A-

GM Terry Fontenot understood how desperately the Falcons needed to infuse high-end defensive tackle to his roster. And he did that. Day 2 was tremendous for Atlanta, and London was my WR1 in this class. Desmond Ridder in Round 3 was awesome value, and DeAngelo Malone has sky-high upside. The later picks were shaky. Grade: B+

Over the weekend, I tweeted “I want to marry this Ravens draft,” which should give you a sense how I felt about it. Soon thereafter, they drafted a punter in Round 4, which I didn’t love, but now that the draft is over, I still have deep adoration for what Baltimore did. Kyle Hamilton was my No. 1 prospect, Ojabo was a tremendous stash. Charlie Kolar gave me Mark Andrews vibes on film, and Daniel Faalele is an Orlando Brown type. Jalyn Armour-Davis has No. 1 CB abilities. Grade: A-

Buffalo Bills

It’s typically hard to get amped about a team’s draft when it feels like most of the picks won’t be instant-impacts because of the veteran talent already on the roster. But, overall, Buffalo did a quality job with their 2022 class. Elam brings speed and scheme diversity to the defense, Khalil Shakir will instantly boost the Bills YAC efforts, and James Cook gave me Alvin Kamara vibes on film. Plus… PUNT GOD. Grade: B

Carolina Panthers

Where to start here? On the bright side, Ikem Ekwonu is a stud, although the pass-pro isn’t perfect yet. I was confused by the back-to-back trade ups for Matt Corral — although the value in a vacuum was solid — and the athletic but slow-processing Brandon Smith, when this is a team starving for draft picks. Cade Mays is nasty and Kalon Barnes is more track star than star corner. Grade: C+

Chicago Bears

C-

From top to bottom, a sound first draft for new GM Ryan Poles. Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker are defensive backs with impressive functional athleticism. Braxton Jones and Dominique Robinson have the traits to be foundational players — seriously — at key positions and Tresten Ebner and Ja’Tyre Carter will be key role roster pieces. I would’ve liked to see another pass catcher for Justin Fields though. Velus Jones Jr. is good but 25 years old. Yikes. Grade: B-

Cincinnati Bengals

B+

I like the prospects the Bengals picked, especially Cam Taylor-Britt in Round 2. I didn’t feel the secondary was such an overt need though. Jeffrey Gunter can outplay his draft position, but will be a bit buried on the edge-rusher depth chart and Zachary Carter felt early in Round 3. Grade: B- 

Cleveland Browns

Hats off to the Browns for crushing the draft despite not having a first- or second-round pick. They traded back into Round 3 then starting heating up. Martin Emerson is a long, well-rounded corner. Alex Wright has massive upside. David Bell is slow but a darn-good wideout. Perrion Winfrey is precisely the type at defensive tackle Cleveland needed. The two seventh-round picks — Isaiah Thomas and Dawson Deaton — were two of my favorite sleepers I felt should’ve been picked much earlier. Grade: A-

Dallas Cowboys

C+

Quality prospects at proper value for the Cowboys in this draft, although Tyler Smith is a clear-cut project. Sam Williams had first-round refined talent. The middle-round picks were awesome — Jalen Tolbert, Jake Ferguson and Matt Waletzko — and things didn’t get significantly worse in the late rounds. Grade: B

Denver Broncos

I adored four of Denver’s first five picks. After that, not so much. Damarri Mathis will outplay his draft position. Take that to the bank. So explosive. Delarrin Turner-Yell is so smooth moving in all directions and Eyioma Uwazurike is a polished defensive lineman with positional flexibility. Day 3 was a head-scratcher. Grade: B-

Detroit Lions 

B-

The Lions are ascending. Their draft was a home run out of Comerica Park. Aidan Hutchinson and Jameson Williams — even with the trade up — were huge acquisitions. Joshua Paschal is a high-energy, low-center-of-gravity rusher. Kerby Joseph has elite range, and Malcolm Rodriguez is a coverage specialist who angrily dispatches blocks on his way to the ball-carrier. Grade: A-

Green Bay Packers 

Green Bay made bad selections in Round 1 in my opinion. No way around it. Christian Watson. Quality player. Worth a monster trade up in Round 2? No. After that, the Packers smarten up. Zach Tom is going to be a sound blocker for the next decade. Romeo Doubs is a serious vertical threat. Rasheed Walker is a developmental-ish type with high upside, and Samori Toure will outplay his seventh-round draft position. Grade: C+

Houston Texans

Houston started with a bang — Derek Stingley was my No. 2 prospect in this class. Kenyon Green was picked too early, and John Metchie is a fun vertical threat but wasn’t worth a sizable trade-up on Day 2. Loved the Christian Harris and Dameon Pierce selections. After that, the Texans didn’t move the needle much. Grade: C+

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts had a very Chris Ballard draft. Long, high-caliber athletes galore. Some aren’t fantastic football players yet. But typically, starts in the NFL are high-caliber athletes. My favorite picks were Jelani Woods and Bernhard Raimann in Round 3. Curtis Brooks was one of the first legitimately scary penetrators at defensive tackle, and Nick Cross is a missile at safety. Grade: B

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville’s draft was…puzzling. If you love Travon Walker, awesome. I did not. Trading up for Devin Lloyd was confusing after the monster contract given to Foyesade Oluokun in free agency. Then, Chad Muma was picked in Round 3. Another middle linebacker? What? My two favorite picks — Snoop Conner, who’s a dynamic power back, and Montaric Brown, a super-savvy, fundamentally sound outside corner. Grade: D+

Kansas City Chiefs

Brett Veach had his best draft as Chiefs GM, although the trade up for Trent McDuffie was an overpayment for a corner who doesn’t fit the scheme and has minimal upside. Skyy Moore in Round 2 was as good as Kansas City barbecue, and the two seventh-round picks, Isaih Pecheco and Nazeeh Johnson, will make the team and produce early. Leo Chenal is a throwback linebacker who’s an inexperienced coverage type. Joshua Williams could eventually be better than McDuffie. Grade: A-

Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers were patient and good things come to those who wait, especially in the draft. Zion Johnson was a Rashawn Slater-esque pick in Round 1. Isaiah Spiller will eventually be the feature back with 1,000-plus scrimmage-yard potential. Jamaree Salyer can play tackle or guard. JT Woods will be a playmaker next to Derwin James. Grade: B

Los Angeles Rams

C-

 The Rams began with awesome draft picks and got progressively worse over the weekend. Logan Bruss is an ideal scheme fit, and Decobie Durant is a super-confident blur at cornerback. Kyren Williams will outplay his draft position, especially in Sean McVay’s offense, and Quentin Lake is a heady and decently athletic safety. Day 3 was weird. Grade: C+

Las Vegas Raiders

We didn’t get a Raiders pick until No. 90 overall, and they still had a quality draft. The first four selections were solid picks. Dylan Parham is a nasty brawler with vice grips for hands, Matthew Butler may be the most high-energy defensive lineman in the class. Zamir White is extremely explosive through the line of scrimmage. The last two picks, albeit late, weren’t fantastic. Grade: B

Miami Dolphins

A-

The Dolphins did a reasonable job despite having minimal draft capital. You can sometimes lose Tindall on film because he’s so damn fast. Ezukanma adds some YAC juice to a crowded receiver room, and Goode was one of my favorite, athletic sleepers in the class. Grade: B

Minnesota Vikings

A-

C+

The Vikings took me on a rollercoaster ride during this draft. Lewis Cine and Andrew Booth were quality picks in a secondary that needs patchwork. Ed Ingram is not a zone-blocking scheme fit whatsoever and was picked too early. Asamoah is a rangy linebacker who will eventually be able to cover and takes on blocks with authority. Esezi Otomewo is a large, versatile defensive end. Ty Chandler will rock in Kevin O’Connell’s system. The sixth-round picks were nothing to get too excited about. Grade: C+

New England Patriots

Let’s not conflate Bill Belichick’s best-coach-of-all-time resume with a thought that he’s been an amazing drafting GM. He hasn’t been. And this draft was from the Upside Down. Two running backs when there’s Damien Harris, James White, and Rhamondre Stevenson already on the roster? Marcus Jones and Jack Jones feel like chippy Patriots nickel corners, but they’re severely undersized. Cole Strange won’t be a colossal bust but was picked too early. I did like the Bailey Zappe and Tyquan Thornton selections. Grade: C

New Orleans Saints

The Saints had another draft with minimal capital, something they’ve been doing long before the Rams made it cool. Trading up for Chris Olave was too rich in Round 1 but addressed a glaring need. D’Marco and Jordan Jackson will outplay their draft positions on defense and peek ahead to the future at those positions. Grade: C+

New York Giants

Well, we know now new Giants GM Joe Schoen knows what he’s doing when it comes to navigated the draft. The Kayon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal selections were outstanding in Round 1. Wan’Dale Robinson went a touch early but is dynamic at all three levels, and Joshua Ezeudu will provide a nice athleticism/power blend to the offensive line. Cordale Flott is a ready-to-go slot defender, and Micah McFadden has team-leader-in-tackles upside at linebacker. Grade: B+

New York Jets

B+

With an abundance of picks, the Jets were positioned to crush this draft. I like what they did. But not as much as the masses. The two first picks — outstanding. Jermaine Johnson was still picked too early and cost a lot in a trade up. Breece Hall will be a fun RB. But early in Round 2 after at trade up lessened the value of that selection. The later picks — Jeremy Ruckert, Max Mitchell, and Micheal Clemons — were actually the club’s best value picks. Grade: B+

Philadelphia Eagles

As an enormous human being with an historic combine workout on his resume, of course there was serious buzz about Jordan Davis. He has a ways to go before he’s a game-wrecking pass rusher, and he was a costly pick for Philadelphia. It’s hard to do better than Cam Jurgens and Nakobe Dean on Day 2. The Day 3 picks have decent upside. Grade: B

Pittsburgh Steelers

C+

Loved the two receiver picks for Pittsburgh, the prospects themselves and when they were selected. Kenny Pickett ahead of Malik Willis was questionable. DeMarvin Leal is a classic Steelers defensive lineman who can learn from Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt. The later rounds didn’t feature any steals. Grade: B-

Seattle Seahawks 

B+

Pop in some gum and wear that monocle with a tiny smirk, Pete Carroll. Your team crushed its draft, even if it didn’t address the quarterback position. Getting the best pass-protector in the class in Round 1 — Charles Cross — was a major win. Boye Mafe and Coby Bryant are immediate starters with high floor. Tariq Woolen and Dareke Young are large projects who, if coached up, can be unique stars. And Tyreke Smith is a hand-work master with serious bend. Grade: A-

San Francisco 49ers

C+

As has typically been the case during the John Lynch era, the 49ers took me on a wild ride over draft weekend. They made some great selections — Drake Jackson in Round 2, Tariq Castro-Fields and Kalia Davis in Round 6 — and some squint-at-my-computer-screen picks like Tyrion Davis-Price and Danny Gray in the third round. Grade: C+

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It’s better to start strong in a draft when the picks are more valuable and fade away later than the opposite. That’s what the Buccaneers did in this draft. Trading out of Round 1 was completely justifiable and Logan Hall and Rachaad White are instant-impact types. Zyon McCollum was picked way later than he should have been available. Grade: B

Tennessee Titans

B+

The Titans aced a draft even when they traded A.J. Brown during it. The haul they got in return for that deal and the Jets moving up for Jermaine Johnson was otherworldly. Malik Willis was a first-round talent who will eventually take over at quarterback and move the team into the 21st century. McCreary is a stud and Chigoziem Okonkwo will be a weapon after the catch. Grade: A

Washington Commanders

The Commanders had a sound albeit unspectacular draft. Jahan Dotson will be a fun complement to Terry McClaurin, he was just picked a bit too early. Phidarian Mathis is a high floor defensive lineman, and Sam Howell in Round 5 was tremendous value. Chris Paul is the other standout Day 3 pick. Grade: B-

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