No more watching Central Missouri! Post-NFL draft musings, grades

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NFL Draft 2010 set at Radio City Music Hall/Creative Commons

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Well, the NFL draft is officially over, and I’m not sure what to do with my free time now that I’m not watching teams such as Central Missouri along with my fellow draft “gurus” (degenerates). With that said, let us take one more trip down memory lane and see what the 2021 NFL draft had to offer us before we start looking toward 2022 (but, if I’m being honest, I’ve already started). 

Winners! Good Job!

Chicago Bears: A+

The Bears did everything they could to make themselves a serious threat in 2021 and beyond, and oh boy, was their draft exciting. Drafting Justin Fields (my #1 QB in the class) and Teven Jenkins (an absolute mauler of an offensive tackle) in the first two rounds made this a rock-solid draft to start, and it only got better as the draft went on. Late-round selections such as Khyiris Tonga (DT, BYU and a brick house) along with Thomas Graham, Jr. (CB, Oregon) were home run picks who had no business falling that far down. It was a stellar draft for a Bears team that needed some new life.

Washington Football Team: A

The Football Team had a very strong draft this year, selecting some lesser-known names that will be incredibly productive. Jamin Davis (LB, Kentucky) — the team’s first pick — flew up draft boards as the first selections approached. He possesses ideal size and athleticism for the position, and with just 11 career starts, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to develop more as the years go on. So. Much. Upside! WFT continued its freak athlete trend by selecting Samuel Cosmi (OT, Texas), Benjamin St-Juste (CB, Minnesota) and Dyami Brown (WR, UNC). All three players should make an immediate impact on a team that seems to be just a quarterback away from breaking open a middling NFC East division — that is, unless Heinicke balls out.

Losers!

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: D-

I am super low on this draft class. Picking Joe Tryon (LB, UW) in the first round after he opted out of the 2020 season is rough, but Tampa Bay has the opportunity to let him develop as the team will return all 22 starters from their Super Bowl-winning roster in 2021. Robert Hainsey (OT, Notre Dame) is a nice piece as well. What made this draft especially bad was the selection of Kyle Trask (QB, Florida) in the second round. Trask had a sensational 2020 season, but there is almost nothing desirable about him traitwise. He possesses well-below-average arm strength and lacks functional mobility or any other elite skills. It was especially tough given that Kellen Mond (who is a project in his own right, but has a cannon arm and is a plus athlete) was still available — as well as high-end names such as Joseph Ossai (Edge, Texas) and Brady Christensen (OT, BYU) were both available and at positions of need for the Bucs.

Seattle Seahawks: D

If any ‘Hawks fans are reading this, and I mean this with all sincerity, are you guys opening up a retirement home in Seattle? The Seahawks are addicted to picking players who will be 24 when the season starts, as was recognized by the tweet above. Tre Brown (CB, Oklahoma) and D’Wayne Eskridge (WR, Western Michigan) are both undersized, speedy and were Senior Bowl attendees. Objectively not awful picks, but considering that Terrace Marshall Jr. (WR, LSU) was available and Seattle went another way, that is a rough look. With only three picks in the draft, Seattle couldn’t afford to whiff, and while both players will be fine, there is a low probability that they end up being difference makers.

Funniest Moment: My friends who are Patriots fans being sad about the Mac Jones selection

The Patriots drafted Mac Jones! They committed to the meme! Mac Jones is a fine player, but with dreams of Justin Fields or any other athlete that can immediately contribute to a team that is retooling, this selection was a tough pill to swallow.

It could’ve been worse, though! The rest of their draft was absolutely sensational; Christian Barmore and Cameron McGrone are absolutely unbelievable players who will be quality starters. But nothing, and I mean nothing, was funnier than the moment the pick for Michael McCorkle Jones came through.

Jesse Stewart covers football. Contact him at [email protected], and follow him on Twitter @jessedstew.