NFL Draft: Grading the Winners and Losers in Las Vegas

✨ Phil Foden vs. #ManUnited yesterday:

◾️ 3 goals
◾️ 6 shots/4 on target
◾️ 0.99 expected goals
◾️ 0.87 expected assists
◾️ 22 pressured touches
◾️ 7 carries
◾️ 23/25 completed passes
◾️ 2 through balls

Foden’s xG was higher than Haaland’s. ⤵️

#MCIMUN | #MCFC

🔥 Erling Haaland has outscored his xG by almost 100% so far this season:

🔹 14 goals
🔹 7.221 xG
🔹 6.779 goals over expected

After 8 games, his xG is higher than Romelu Lukaku had throughout the entire 2021/22 season.

#MCIMUN | #MCFC

🌪️ These 10 running backs have picked up the most rushing yards over expected in the #NFL so far, according to @NextGenStats.

⚡️ No surprise to see #Giants’ @saquon topping the list. Also check out #Jets’ rookie Bryce Hall making an appearance.

#TogetherBlue #TakeFlight

#LUFC have been one of the most intense teams in the @premierleague so far this season. But they’re also technically strong.

Players with successful most passes between the lines:

🔹 Marc Roca: 35
🔹 Adams: 22
🔹 Kristensen: 18
🔹 Harrison: 17
🔹 Struijk: 16

#LEEAVL

The #NFL has come to the UK! 🇬🇧

🔥 The first of three London games sees the most aggressive QB in the league – @Saints’ Jameis Winston – take on the @Vikings.

⚡️ Will Cousins, Jefferson, Cook & co. have too much for the Saints defense?

#MINvsNO #Vikings #Saints

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All the offseason moves, all of the mock drafts, all of the hype leading up to this year’s NFL Draft finally came to fruition in Las Vegas over this past weekend. Big moves were made to get the top name players, while other prospects saw themselves slide from where the experts thought they would end up. How did your favorite team fare through all the madness?

Top of the Class
Baltimore Ravens
  • First pick: Kyle Hamilton – Notre Dame (S)
  • Sticking true to who they are, Baltimore sat back and let the draft come to them instead of trying to make “the big move”, which paid off as they were able to score some top talent while addressing positional needs.
  • Grade: A+

New York Jets
  • First pick: Ahmad Gardner – Cincinnati (CB)
  • Jermaine Johnson at 26 was a steal for the Jets, who had 4 selections in the top 40 picks, using them exceptionally well. They may have picked up four of the best players in the entire draft using those picks. Arguably a perfect draft for the Jets.
  • Grade: A+
New York Giants
  • First pick: Kayvon Thibodeaux – Oregon (DE)
  • Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal were easy picks at 5 and 7, and perhaps the best possible picks that the Giants could have made. The Giants are hoping they can make an immediate impact so they don’t end up picking in the top 5 again next year.
  • Grade: A+

Detroit Lions
  • First pick: Aidan Hutchinson – Michigan (DE)
  • The Lions first two selections, Aiden Hutchinson and Jameson Williams, were talked as being at the top of their position. Dan Campbell used the remaining picks to load up on the defensive side of the ball.
  • Grade: A+
Kansas City Chiefs
  • First pick: Trent McDuffie – Washington (CB)
  • Surprisingly, Kansas City wasn’t in on replacing the departed Tyreek Hill through the draft, instead focusing on their defense which has been a consistent weakness of theirs.
  • Grade: A+
Philadelphia Eagles
  • First pick: Jordan Davis – Georgia (DT)
  • Philly traded for a star playmaker in AJ Brown on draft day, and with that concern addressed they used their first selection on a monster defensive tackle in Jordan Davis.
  • Grade: A
Tennessee Titans
  • First pick: Treylon Burks – Arkansas (WR)
  • Before fans could grieve the departure of A.J. Brown, the Titans selected who they hope to be his replacement in Treylon Burks. Mailk Willis is also a steal for Tennessee who has the time to let him develop into their next quarterback.
  • Grade: A

Denver Broncos
  • First pick: Nik Bonitto – Oklahoma (OLB)
  • Denver, having lost their first round pick for Russell Wilson, used their first two picks on an edge rusher and tight end to help round out an offseason of big moves.
  • Grade: A
Atlanta Falcons
  • First pick: Drake London – USC (WR)
  • By picking Desmond Ridder in round three, Atlanta was able to address their desire for a potential franchise QB without breaking the bank. Toss in a playmaker and defensive help from round one and the Falcons had a solid draft weekend.
  • Grade: A
Carolina Panthers
  • First pick: Ikem Ekwonu – NC State (OT)
  • The pick of Matt Corral could heat up the QB competition in Carolina, who addressed a lot of their holes through their limited draft selections.
  • Grade: A
(Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • First pick: Logan Hall – Houston (DE)
  • The Bucs made the necessary moves in the draft to alleviate any concern in Tom Brady’s mind if he should have come back.
  • Grade: A-
Buffalo Bills
  • First pick: Kaiir Elam – Florida (CB)
  • Bills were in dire need of secondary help, and hope they found their answer with CB Kaiir Elam, while Josh Allen was gifted a few more weapons for his already explosive offense.
  • Grade: A-
Green Bay Packers
  • First pick: Quay Walker – Georgia (ILB)
  • Aaron Rodgers can make just about any wide receiver look good, so the Packers solidified their defense with their round one picks before finding playmakers to help him go for his third straight MVP.
  • Grade: A-
Middle of the Pack
Cincinnati Bengals
  • First pick: Daxton Hill – Michigan (S)
  • The Bengals decided defense was the reason they lost the Superbowl and went after versatile athletes on that side of the ball to help get them back this year.
  • Grade: B+
Houston Texans
  • First pick: Derek Stingley – LSU (CB)
  • As if they were at a buffet, Houston used their many picks to take a bit of everything in this years draft as they continue their rebuild post Deshaun Watson.
  • Grade: B+
Pittsburgh Steelers

Jacksonville Jaguars
  • First pick: Travon Walker
  • Having the #1 overall pick is a stressful position, but the Jaguars are confident that their selection of Travon Walker is the correct one.
  • Grade: B+
Arizona Cardinals
  • First pick: Trey McBride – Colorado State (TE)
  • The Cardinals apparently didn’t trust the crop of receivers in this year’s draft, so they selected a tight end that gives them depth as a pass catcher and blocker while addressing their WR concern outside of the draft.
  • Grade: B
Minnesota Vikings
  • First pick: Lewis Cine – Georgia (S)
  • The Vikings traded their way all around in the draft but were able to address each position they needed in the process.
  • Grade: B
(Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns
  • First pick: Martin Emerson – Mississippi State (CB)
  • Browns selected a pair of Oklahoma teammates to help give them depth on the defensive line in case Jadeveon Clowney doesn’t re-sign with the team.
  • Grade: B
Las Vegas Raiders
  • First pick: Dylan Parham – Memphis (OG)
  • With their skill players set after the Devante Adams trade, Las Vegas spent their picks in the trenches to strengthen both sides of the line.
  • Grade: B
Los Angeles Chargers
  • First pick: Zion Johnson – Boston College (OG)
  • Chargers managed to provide Justin Herbert some protection, but did they do enough to help him make the next step in his development?
  • Grade: B

San Francisco 49ers
  • First pick: Drake Jackson – USC (OLB)
  • The Niners hope they found a Robin to Nick Bosa’s Batman in Drake Jackson of USC and were also able to add a couple weapons on offense in case Deebo Samuel doesn’t stick around.
  • Grade: B
Chicago Bears
  • First pick: Kyler Gordon – Washington (CB)
  • Chicago waited until day three of the draft before addressing their offensive line concerns.  Here’s to hoping they found a diamond in the rough to help protect their franchise (and only) QB going into his first full year as a starter.
  • Grade: B-
Dallas Cowboys
  • First pick: Tyler Smith – Tulsa (OT)
  • Jerry Jones used this draft to strengthen his defense and is hoping Jalen Tolbert can fill the gap in the offense left by Amari Cooper who was traded earlier this offseason.
  • Grade: B-
Washington Commanders
  • First pick: Jahan Dotsun – Penn State (WR)
  • A couple of picks could be called reaches, but the Commanders did what they thought necessary to put some talent and protection around Carson Wentz.
  • Grade: B-
Needs Improvement
New England Patriots
  • First pick: Cole Strange – Chattanooga (OG)
  • Although his round one selection was, dare I say, Strange, New England fans should have learned by now that there is always a method to the madness of Bill Belichick… hopefully.
  • Grade: D
Indianapolis Colts
  • First pick: Alec Pierce – Cincinnati (WR)
  • The Colts, who were already in decent position before the draft, used their picks on players who could use a bit more developing before they are ready for Sundays.
  • Grade: C+
New Orleans Saints
  • First pick: Chris Olave – Ohio State (WR)
  • The Saints risked their future picks to move up and select Chris Olave and continued that gambling mentality by selecting raw players that will require some time to develop.
  • Grade: C+

Los Angeles Rams
  • First pick: Logan Bruss – Wisconsin (OG)
  • As defending champions, the Rams didn’t need to make any big moves. They showed it in the draft by making the safe picks to reload for another run.
  • Grade: C
Miami Dolphins
  • First pick: Channing Tindall – Georgia (ILB)
  • With only 4 picks to work with, none until after the 100th pick, the Dolphins added another quarterback instead of shoring up the offensive line to protect the one they’re still developing.
  • Grade: C
Seattle Seahawks
  • First pick: Charles Cross – Mississippi State (OT)
  • Seattle was able to strengthen their offensive line with Charles Cross, but failed to address their biggest offseason departures at the quarterback and linebacker positions.
  • Grade: C
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✨ Phil Foden vs. #ManUnited yesterday:

◾️ 3 goals
◾️ 6 shots/4 on target
◾️ 0.99 expected goals
◾️ 0.87 expected assists
◾️ 22 pressured touches
◾️ 7 carries
◾️ 23/25 completed passes
◾️ 2 through balls

Foden’s xG was higher than Haaland’s. ⤵️

#MCIMUN | #MCFC

🔥 Erling Haaland has outscored his xG by almost 100% so far this season:

🔹 14 goals
🔹 7.221 xG
🔹 6.779 goals over expected

After 8 games, his xG is higher than Romelu Lukaku had throughout the entire 2021/22 season.

#MCIMUN | #MCFC

🌪️ These 10 running backs have picked up the most rushing yards over expected in the #NFL so far, according to @NextGenStats.

⚡️ No surprise to see #Giants’ @saquon topping the list. Also check out #Jets’ rookie Bryce Hall making an appearance.

#TogetherBlue #TakeFlight

#LUFC have been one of the most intense teams in the @premierleague so far this season. But they’re also technically strong.

Players with successful most passes between the lines:

🔹 Marc Roca: 35
🔹 Adams: 22
🔹 Kristensen: 18
🔹 Harrison: 17
🔹 Struijk: 16

#LEEAVL

The #NFL has come to the UK! 🇬🇧

🔥 The first of three London games sees the most aggressive QB in the league – @Saints’ Jameis Winston – take on the @Vikings.

⚡️ Will Cousins, Jefferson, Cook & co. have too much for the Saints defense?

#MINvsNO #Vikings #Saints

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