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AFC East Draft Grades 2020

by Riley Baines
AFC East Draft Grades

AFC East Draft Grades 2020

AFC East Draft Grades New England Patriots Draft Class 2020

New England Patriots Draft Grade & Draft Class 2020

New England Patriots Draft Grade 2020

The Patriots came in to the draft with a boat load of picks and in pure Patriots fashion moved all over the board. If they didn’t trade down in the first, I still think they would have grabbed the athletic Divison 2 safety in Kyle Dugger. That’s the Patriot way. Not caring about any other teams grades and drafting based on perceived fit.

Josh Uche is the one pick I really liked. He is a perfect fit for the multi-dimensional defensive scheme for the Patriots and Bill Belichick will unlock his potential. Devin Asiasi was another pick I could see finding success in New England, but other than that, no other picks stood out to me.

The Patriots have a way of making treasure from trash, but historically have not been that great at drafting talent especially early. I could be proven wrong, but I think this was one of the bottom 10 drafts of any team this year.


New York Jets Draft Grade & Draft Class 2020

New York Jets Draft Grade & Draft Class 2020

New York Jets Draft Grade 2020

Not only did the New York Jets hit on all 3 of their first picks, but they also hit on their 2 trades.

Their offensive line has been a problem for a long time and Mekhi Becton just made them better. Protecting Sam Darnold should be a priority and they are making steps forward.

Their best trade was pick 48 for pick 59 and 101. I would not have faulted them for picking athletic freak Denzel Mims with that 48th pick and they ended up getting him 11 picks later. Even though he is raw. Mims should immediately step in to that WR1 role.

Ashtyn Davis was a former track star with tremendous range and getting him with the 68th pick was a steal. Some regarded him as the best single high safety of the draft.

The rest of the draft was average, but this team’s future just got a light brighter.


AFC East Draft Grades Miami Dolphins Draft Class 2020

Miami Dolphins Draft Grade & Draft Class 2020

Miami Dolphins Draft Grade 2020

Much like the Jets, the Dolphins hit on all of their trades.

You can’t go wrong with starting you draft getting Tua with the 5th overall pick. There were rumblings about them moving up to grab an offensive lineman, but I imagine those were just smokescreens. Tua should be looked at as their franchise QB of the future, but i’m not sure if he will have much of an impact in this first season due to lockdown limiting the off-season.

Following up with an offensive tackle made complete sense considering they had pass protection problems, so even though Austin Jackson wasn’t one of the top rated lineman, he should make an impact. He is a little bit of a project for the Dolphins.

Noah Igbinoghene is another raw player still learning the position, but has shown signs of greatness.

My favorite picks came later in the draft. They used the ammo from trading down in the first to grab offensive guard Solomon Kindley who was a steal compared to Jackson and Igbinoghene who were both a little bit of a reach.

Another steal was edge rusher Curtis Weaver who fell much further than projected.



Buffalo Bills Draft Grade & Draft Class 2020

Buffalo Bills Draft Grade & Draft Class 2020

Buffalo Bills Draft Grade 2020

The Bills didn’t have a first round pick, but with good reason. They traded it for Stefon Diggs who will immediately step in as the WR1 on their team.

A.J. Epenesa fell to them in the 2nd round and is a much better player than his 18th percentile SPARQ score suggests. He is a powerful defender who will find success in the interior.

Zack Moss was a shocker to me. The stock for Devin Singletary was trending upwards after the departure of Frank Gore, but Moss will clearly get his in this offense. He doesn’t wow you with his speed, but is solid everywhere else and should be a good compliment for the rushing attack.

Gabriel Davis was drafted at a nice value adding to an already deep Bills receiving core. I can’t see him getting played over John Brown or Cole Beasley, so he should be the WR4.

The Jake Fromm selection was a bit of a shocker, but he was drafted at a good value. He won’t compete with Allen as the starter, but we have seen how reckless Josh Allen plays. Fromm will become a solid backup QB.


AFC East Draft Grades 2020





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