Grades, analysis for every first-round pick of 2018 NFL draft How did your team fare in Round 1 of the NFL draft? We're grading and analyzing all 32 selections April 26, 2018Welcome to Pro Football Weekly's Round 1 draft coverage, where we'll provide instant analysis and grades for every pick on Night 1 of the NFL draft. Welcome to Pro Football Weekly's Round 1 draft coverage, where we'll provide instant analysis and grades for every pick on Night 1 of the NFL draft. For more in-depth analysis of hundreds of prospects from former longtime NFL scout Greg Gabriel, sign up now for our draft database. For less than a buck, you'll get full access to Gabriel's reports for the next 24 hours. For only $5, that access extends for the next six months! 1. Cleveland Browns — Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield — Grade: A-minus He’ll step into the job and attack it with the same vigor he did as a walk-on freshman starter at Texas Tech. Mayfield’s accuracy isn’t quite as good as his numbers suggest, but forget about that. He’s a fearless killer as a player. The Browns haven’t had that in forever. — Eric Edholm 2. New York Giants — Penn State RB Saquon Barkley — Grade: C Barkley is a great player, perhaps the best in this draft, but I just can't get behind spending the second overall pick on a running back. He'll help the Giants' nonexistent run game, to be sure, and this leaves no question whether Dave Gettleman expects to compete immediately. But too much volatility here for my liking. — Arthur Arkush 3. New York Jets (from Indianapolis Colts) — USC QB Sam Darnold — B-plus GM Mike Maccagnan made a risky dice roll, trading up on a blind bet that a QB he liked would be there … and hit. Darnold will come in humble and ready — and he has a good mentor in Josh McCown. Darnold’s talent is immense, and he’s an off-script playmaker who will excite in time. — EE 4. Cleveland Browns (from Houston Texans) — Ohio State CB Denzel Ward — B-minus After nailing the first overall pick, the Browns again go off script... but they leave the draft's two best non-QBs — Bradley Chubb and Quenton Nelson — on the board to select Ward. He's a tremendous prospect who will start from Day 1, and he gets to stay close to home. But he better be Marshon Lattimore to pass on pairing Myles Garrett with a bookend terror. — AA 5. Denver Broncos — North Carolina State DE Bradley Chubb — A-minus The Broncos stand pat and give Von Miller a running mate. What that says for Shane Ray, we’re not sure. But Chubb is another high-energy rusher who will bring some heat off the edge and help preserve Miller’s career a bit more. If there was no whopper trade offer, this makes sense. — EE 6. Indianapolis Colts — Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson — A The draft's best player at No. 6 to the team whose franchise quarterback has been beaten to a pulp and is trying to recover from a career-threatening shoulder injury? Yes, please. Chris Ballard didn't get cute here, and no one is happier than Luck. A new anchor for a perpetually underequpped front wall is just what the doctor ordered. — AA 7. Buffalo Bills (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers) — Wyoming QB Josh Allen — C The Bills saw the run on defense, unfolding a great scenario — a move up of only five picks to get their QB. And without giving up another first-rounder? Tremendous. Given their choice of the Joshes, the Bills go with the riskier of the two in Allen. He could be special. But he needs work. A lot. 8. Chicago Bears — Georgia LB Roquan Smith — A It takes a certain type of prospect to be a first-round 'Mike' backer going to the club with the richest tradition in the NFL at that position. Smith more than fills the bills. Think about what Vic Fangio has done with lesser LB prospects. Now think about what he'll do with the fast and fierce Smith. — AA 9. San Francisco 49ers — Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey — Grade C-plus Hat tip to PFW’s Greg Gabriel, who alerted us to the McGlinchey-to-SF steam earlier in the day. Was it a sexy pick? No, not really. But if you give Jimmy Garoppolo the keys to the franchise, you might as well get him a protector. This is a very solid, safe pick. Makes sense after a big dice roll a year ago with Reuben Foster that has scared the team with his off-field stuff. — EE 10. Arizona Cardinals (from Oakland Raiders) — UCLA QB Josh Rosen — A- Arizona knew it had to get ahead of the Miami Dolphins to ensure itself the last of four top QB prospects. And for a third- and a fifth-rounder, the cost to move up five spots is hardly prohibitive. I'm a believer in Rosen, perhaps the most pro-ready QB in this class. As long as he doesn't clash with Sam Bradford (no guarantee), I love the pick. — AA 11. Miami Dolphins — Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick — Grade B The Dolphins could have had Josh Rosen if they wanted; it wouldn’t have cost much to jump up a spot. Instead, they get a ready-made talent and a Swiss Army knife who can play just about any spot in the secondary. All of a sudden that unit is pretty darned interesting. Want to stop Tom Brady and the two AFC East first-round QBs? Draft defensive backs. — EE 12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Buffalo Bills) — Washington DT Vita Vea — Grade: C+ The Bucs' run 'D' needs help in the worst way, and Vea should be an instant boon. But for me, this pick is a projection because he has to help on three downs to be worth the 12th overall pick. Plus, Tampa just invested heavily up front and left Derwin James on the board. I'm lukewarm here. — AA 13. Washington — Alabama DT Da’Ron Payne — Grade C+ It’s Bama Coastal now on the D-line in D.C. Payne joins Jonathan Allen up front in what could be a pretty physical line — and one that had zero quality depth entering the draft. But to see two guys they loved, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Vita Vea, go with two of the three picks prior? Had to hurt a bit. — EE 14. New Orleans Saints (from Green Bay Packers) — UTSA EDGE Marcus Davenport — Grade: B- I love the player, I really do. But what an unbelievable ransom they handed the Packers in two firsts for a project pass rusher. His upside is Julius Peppers, and that's the kind of rare potential teams should gamble on. But Drew Brees is essentially in a contract year, and how much this move helps him get a second ring is questionable. — AA 15. Oakland Raiders (from Arizona Cardinals) — UCLA OT Kolton Miller — Grade D+ What are the Raiders doing? First they receive sub-par return on their trade down from 10 (go look at what other teams received in deals around that same range and compare), and then they take an athletic marvel at tackle who stands as insurance for Donald Penn. Miller is intriguing, but what’s his upside? This is a bit bizarre to us. — EE 16. Buffalo Bills (from Baltimore Ravens) — Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds — Grade: A- Shoot your shot, Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane. After grabbing the wrong Josh at quarterback, they secure the perfect McDermott linebacker in Edmunds. The cost to move up six spots — No. 22 and No. 65 — is significant, but like the Saints taking Davenport, Edmunds is a special talent at a huge position of need. — AA 17. Los Angeles Chargers — Florida State S Derwin James — Grade A Medicals might have knocked James down a bit, but this is just fabulous value if he’s healthy. What an addition for Gus Bradley, a man who once coached Kam Chancellor in Seattle. They gambled in free agency, not signing a safety, and James absolutely fits the mold of what they seek there. This is a scary defense developing in L.A. — EE 18. Green Bay Packers (from Seattle Seahawks) — Louisville CB Jaire Alexander — Grade A- Considering I twice mocked Alexander to the Pack at 14, to essentially pick up an extra first- from the Saints to move back, then up again for the top remaining corner feels like a tremendous move by rookie GM Brian Gutekunst, who understands the dire state of the pass 'D' he's inheriting. — AA 19. Dallas Cowboys — Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch — Grade B+ We heard from a scouting friend (not on the Cowboys) who said he heard the Cowboys felt Vander Esch was a Sean Lee-caliber prospect. And like Lee, injuries have hindered Vander Esch. But as the Jaylon Smith pick — and other picks they’ve made — have shown, they care less about that. The Cowboys get an excellent cover linebacker with freaky athleticism. — EE 20. Detroit Lions — Arkansas C Frank Ragnow — Grade B+ Sexy? Nope. A pick that potentially completes Bob Quinn's O-line rebuild? Yep. Ragnow has been one of the draft's fastest risers, a nasty pivot who'll bolster the NFL's worst ground attack since Quinn took over. His arrival should kick Graham Glasgow to guard and improve two spots simultaneously. Smart move by Quinn and new coach Matt Patricia. — AA 21. Cincinnati Bengals — Ohio State C Billy Price — Grade C+ Center run! The Bengals had been connected to Price for weeks now, and the team didn’t even try to hide it. They love his toughness and leadership, and Price fills a massive hole in the middle of the offensive line. He should be healthy enough for the start of camp, having suffered a torn pectoral at the combine. New OL coach Frank Pollack, coming over from Dallas, gets his version of Travis Frederick. — EE 22. Tennessee Titans (from Ravens) — Alabama LB Rashaan Evans — Grade B+ This is a fun one. New coach Mike Vrabel gets a linebacker with his first-ever Titans pick. Plus, he and GM Jon Robinson leapfrog their old pals in Foxboro to poach a player who almost certainly was on Bill Belichick's radar. The only question is whether Evans has the speed to help in coverage where Tennessee really struggled. The cost to find out — a fourth-rounder — is very reasonable. — AA 23. New England Patriots (from Los Angeles Rams) — Georgia OL Isaiah Wynn — Grade B- Seeing Rashaan Evans go off the board the pick prior — as well as old friend Mike Vrabel trading up to do so — had to sting a little. But the Patriots heal their wounds with a very interesting choice in Wynn. Some teams were scared of his medical reports, but the Patriots pick a player who played left tackle in college — and that’s how he was announced at the draft. He’s athletic and nasty. A good fit for that team. — EE 24. Carolina Panthers — Maryland WR D.J. Moore — Grade A- The first wideout comes off the board three-quarters of the way through the first round, and Carolina grabbed the right one in the explosive Moore. He brings the speed that the Panthers covet in a jumbo pass-catching corps, which doesn't have a true No. 1 (no offense, Devin Funchess). If the pick is good enough for Steve Smith — "they've never been able to replace me — until now" — that only strengthens my belief in the pick of Smith's "spirit animal." — AA 25. Baltimore Ravens (from Tennessee Titans) — South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst — Grade C Trading down twice from 16, the Ravens do land a fascinating tight end in Hurst, who had a failed pitching career in the minor leagues turn into a promising football career as a blocker and receiver. He won’t help the Ravens’ yards-after-catch issue, but Hurst is a worker and a very strong target in the middle of the field. — EE 26. Atlanta Falcons — Alabama WR Calvin Ridley — Grade: B+ Maybe you've heard: the Falcons have another pretty solid former Alabama standout playing wideout. They also have a coordinator in Steve Sarkisian who knows Ridley extremely well. This is a value pick in this spot, an ideal sidekick for Julio Jones and natural replacement for departed Taylor Gabriel. Julio is pumped, as he should be. — AA 27. Seattle Seahawks (from Packers) — San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny — Grade C Moving down was always the plan, as they weren’t picking until the 100s before the trade. So the Seahawks take a running back with some special ability to hit home runs as a runner, receiver and returner. But he isn’t really a third-down guy because of his pass-blocking issues. This is an odd pick with others (Derrius Guice) on the board. — EE 28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Virginia Tech S Terrell Edmunds — Grade C- I hate to do it because Ryan Shazier announced the pick in the most emotional and poignant moment of the evening, and the Edmunds brothers made history as a first-round tandem. But it doesn't change the fact that Pittsburgh just made the biggest reach of the round — even farther than the pick before them. Edmunds is a physical and athletic phenom with miles to go as a player, and he plays the same position as signee Morgan Burnett. — AA 29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Florida DT Taven Bryan — Grade B - In a move that’s symbolic for Blake Bortles, the Jaguars take a defensive lineman. Bortles’ playoff run and contract adjustment this offseason bought him another year, but the Jags don’t take Lamar Jackson to push him. Instead they go with Bryan, a developing interior pass rusher to join an already loaded unit. If we were to guess, the Patriots taking Isaiah Wynn at 23 changed the Jags’ plans a bit. — EE 30. Minnesota Vikings — Central Florida CB Mike Hughes — Grade B Excellent player, and I predicted corner would be a priority with Trae Waynes looking like the potential odd man out of homegrown studs to get a second contract. I just thought Will Hernandez or James Daniels or Connor Williams might be the pick to help Kirk Cousins. But Mike Zimmer knows press corners — and Hughes can at least help on Day 1 as a returner while he waits to contribute on 'D' (like many Vikes first-rounders). — AA 31. Patriots — Georgia RB Sony Michel — Grade B- minus Michel is a fumbler, which could put him in Bill Belichick’s doghouse fast, but he’s also a blur and a heck of a rotational weapon in the backfield. His ability to play special teams also is notable. Two picks on offense, both Bulldogs — and no quarterback for New England. In Tom and Bill they trust. We’ll see how they attack fixing that D on Day 2. — EE 32. Ravens (from Eagles) — Louisville QB Lamar Jackson — Grade A-minus Ozzie Newsome traded down twice to stockpile the capital to go back up and get Jackson, an electrifying talent who lands with a pair of mobile QB developers. It cost a lot — a pair of second-rounders — but the extra year of control for one of the draft's more unique talents, and one who'll need time grooming, makes perfect sense. The end for Joe Flacco in Baltimore could be nigh.