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Thor's "Draft Haul" Grades

by Thor Nystrom
Updated On: May 9, 2019, 9:09 pm ET

By now, you’ve no doubt read 25 draft grades columns. Hopefully, you’ve also read at least one UDFA class rankings column. For my last column of the 2019 NFL Draft cycle -- I promise this time! Pinky swear! -- I wanted to do something a little out there. An overall “draft haul” grade that combined each team’s draft class and UDFA crop and measured total talent acquired against draft equity spent. Add it all up and see what the numbers say after the dust cleared.

To do this, I enlisted my math whiz colleague Hayden Winks, a Jedi of sorts in Excel. I asked him to come up with a formula that judged each team’s total draft haul, top UDFA signings included, by the draft equity it took to acquire it (based on my top-500 rankings).

Each draft slot and top-500 ranking slot on my board was assigned value by a weighted formula, so that, for instance, the differences between the Nos. 4 and 11 picks was the same as the difference between the No. 57 (bottom of R2) and No. 194 (mid-R6) picks.

The "haul grade" rankings and grades below were 90% based on the value each team got out of their draft slots. The other 10% of the equation came from my UDFA class rankings. That percentage -- one-tenth of the pie -- may seem high at first blush. But check out what SB Nation found about the contributions of UDFAs. 

My UDFA class rankings are included below for reference. As are the draft class value rankings that the model deduced. Trades are not included in the grades below. In this exercise, we’re only trying to ascertain who bought the most amount of talent with the least amount of draft equity. You can think of it like a Groupon guide to maximizing the NFL Draft process: Whose buck stretched the furthest?

And lastly: I graded each team's draft haul on a curve. Only 15 of the 32 NFL teams were assigned grades of B- or above. A "C" is truly a C -- middle of the pack.


1. Tennessee Titans | Draft: 2, UDFA: 14 | 2019 HAUL grade: A+

1.19Jeffery SimmonsDL417n/an/aNdamukong Suh6'4301
2.51A.J. BrownWR43075.88.6JuJu Smith-Schuster6'0226
3.82Nate DavisOG59623.86.17Ben Grubbs6'3316
4.116Amani HookerS24784.59.09Kenny Vaccaro5'11210
5.168D'Andre WalkerED1293n/an/aDee Ford6'2251
6.188David LongLB151779.69.22Mark Barron5'11227
PFAAlex BarnesRB1617393.39.81Kalen Ballage6'0226
PFAAnthony Ratliff-WilliamsWR3025545.67.12Markus Wheaton6'0205
PFAHamp CheeversCB3329120.92.96Parry Nickerson5'9169
PFAJonathan CrawfordS233031.62.46Husain Abdulah6'1205
PFAAmani BledsoeDL3536211.25.08Bronson Kaufusi6'4280
PFACody ConwayOT3639077.89.12Aviante Collins6'6299
PFADerick RobersonED3739734.16.73Alex McCalister6'3247
PFAA.T. HallOT3942931.53.85Sean Harlow6'5296
PFAQuart'e SappLB5046856.97.66Gerald Hodges6'2227


The Titans drew one of the two A+ snap grades I assigned this year, and then they went out and signed a solid UDFA class as well. I absolutely loved the Jeffery Simmons pick. But that was only the beginning.

The Titans got particular value at 2.51 with AJ Brown (a late first-round talent in my eyes) and in the fourth with Amani Hooker (a second-round talent who was one of a couple top-8 safeties who fell through the cracks).


2. Los Angeles Chargers | Draft: 1, UDFA: 29 | 2019 HAUL grade: A+

1.28Jerry TilleryDL31184.29.72DeForest Buckner6'4295
2.60Nasir AdderleyS13765.07.11Jessie Bates6'0206
3.91Trey PipkinsOT1311179.48.85TJ Clemmings6'6309
4.130Drue TranquillLB78688.89.87Fred Warner6'2234
5.166Easton StickQB611892.29.45Taysom Trubisky6'1224
6.200Emeke EgbuleLB1617844.27.28Christian Kirksey6'0245
7.242Cortez BroughtonDL2221449.98.13Javon Hargrave6'2293
PFAKoda MartinOT2932625.77.86Laurence Gibson6'7300
PFAMatt SokolTE2041510.24.86Mason Schreck6'5253
PFADaniel HelmTE2143567.35.75Jake McGee6'4249
PFAJeremy CoxRB4649788.29.85Mike Anderson6'0223


I was smitten with the Chargers draft, and naturally the model was too. The Chargers made seven picks. In six of the seven, they took a player I ranked higher than the slot they were picking in, the highest such value hit rate in this year’s draft.

Tillery and Adderley at the end of Rounds 1 and 2 were value bonanzas, and I absolutely loved each and every one of the Bolts’ Day 3 picks. The Chargers did very little in the post-draft UDFA portion of the show.


3. New York Jets | Draft: 3, UDFA: 18 | 2019 HAUL grade: A

1.3Quinnen WilliamsDL1183.19.85Donald/McCoy6'3303
2.68Jachai PoliteED10710.91.77Damontre Moore6'3258
3.92Chuma EdogaOT864n/a7.79Laremy Tunsil6'3308
4.121Trevon WescoHB122131.55.89Jonnu Smith6'3267
5.157Blake CashmanLB34490.99.51Jake Ryan6'1237
6.196Blessuan AustinCB2821825.56.57Travis Carey6'0198
PFAGreg DortchWR211655.53.12James Rogers5'7173
PFATyler JonesOG13195n/a7.21Donald Thomas6'3306
PFAJalin MooreRB26281n/a4.56Damien Williams5'10212
PFAKyle PhillipsED3234131.88.3Pat O'Connor6'4273
PFAWyatt MillerOG343617.94.64Cole Madison6'5302
PFAJeff AllisonLB363657.61.57Manti T'eo5'11228


The Jets scored huge points for drafting Quinnen Williams at 1.3 and Blake Cashman at 5.157. Because of the weighted scales, getting my top overall prospect with the third pick scored as a top-10 value selection in all of the draft.

Meanwhile, Cashman, a player with a second-round grade on my board, returned New York the fourth-most value of any pick, per the model. The Jets also scored big value with Chuma Edoga in Round 3, and got bonus points from strong UDFA additions Greg Dortch and Tyler Jones.


4. New Orleans Saints | Draft: 5, UDFA: 1 | 2019 HAUL grade: A

2.48Erik McCoyOC24362.48.97Pat Elflein6'4303
4.105C. Gardner-JohnsonS67366.17.86Nate Allen5'11210
6.177Saquan HamptonS1723569.29.09Morgan Burnett6'1206
7.231Alizé MackTE914360.88.56Jordan Akins6'4249
7.244Kaden EllissLB2019974.38.55Joe Walker6'2238
PFADevine OzigboRB1214960.58.14C.J. Anderson5'11222
PFACarl GrandersonED1915637.67.69Tayshawn Bower6'5254
PFAChase HansenLB22204n/an/aZach Cunningham6'3222
PFAEthan GreenidgeOG22257n/an/aJamon Brown6'4327
PFAEmmanuel ButlerWR3226715.73.76Josh Malone6'3217
PFALil'Jordan HumphreyWR3630111.33.49Evan Moore6'4210
PFAPorter GustinLB3032878.09.68Carl Lawson6'4255
PFACorbin KaufusiED39405n/an/aDE Brian Mihalik6'9285
PFADerrick Kelly IIOT4247516.42.65Adam Bisnowaty6'5307


The Saints put themselves in a bad spot with last year’s overpay for Marcus Davenport. But as mentioned above, that move isn’t factored into this grade. We’re judging how much rookie talent was acquired relative to draft slots used. And in that metric, the Saints killed it. Possessing only two top-175 picks and three top-230 picks, New Orleans left the draft process with seven guys I ranked inside the top-205.

That’s nifty thrift store shopping. Each pick was sound, and the Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and Alizé Mack picks in particular were enormous values. Then, the Saints turned around and weaponized their lack of picks into an advantage during the UDFA process, convincing three of my top-30 UDFAs (Ozigo, Granderson aka “The Grandy Man”, and old man Chase Hansen to take their talents to the French Quarter).


5. Arizona Cardinals | Draft: 4, UDFA: 25 | 2019 HAUL grade: A

1.1Kyler MurrayQB220n/an/aBoom/bust Vick5'10207
2.33Byron MurphyCB22446.16.44Brent Grimes5'11189
2.62Andy IsabellaWR76050.67.03Marquise Goodwin5'9188
3.65Zach AllenDL85554.25.17Brett Keisel6'4281
4.103Hakeem ButlerWR11580.79.48Plaxico Burress6'5227
5.139Deionte ThompsonS775n/an/aTashaun Gipson6'1195
6.174KeeSean JohnsonWR2318526.83.2Cecil Shorts6'1201
6.179Lamont GaillardOC51298.74.84Rodney Hudson6'3305
7.248Joshua MilesOG1215985.05.43Greg Senat6'5315
7.249Michael DogbeDL1818959.49.03Lawrence Thomas6'3284
7.254Caleb WilsonTE1120929.35.7Jacob Tamme6'4240
PFAWilliam SweetOT2326245.16.08Conor McDermott6'6313
PFABrian PeavyCB342925.32.02Shaq Wiggins5'8192
PFARyan PulleyCB363162.61.52Treston Decoud5'11209
PFADrew AndersonQB1737470.58.14HM's Josh Allen6'4217
PFATariq ColeOT3740124.75.1Tyrell Crosby6'6315


I didn’t care for Arizona’s decision to sell low on Josh Rosen in order to facilitate what I believe was an overdraft of Kyler Murray. The Rosen trade wasn’t factored into the numbers, but the Murray pick significantly docked Arizona’s overall grade. Despite that, and despite a meager UDFA haul, the Cardinals still left the draft with top-4 talent value at the slots they picked in. That’s because Arizona absolutely annihilated every pick from 2.33 Byron Murphy through to Mr. Irrelevant Caleb Wilson. Hakeem Butler with the first pick in the fourth round was the best pick in the draft. You think I'm abandoning Hakeem Island because the NFL whiffed on him? Please. He's going to do damage in this offense.

I’ve consistently crushed the Kliff Kingsbury hiring. So allow me to give full credit where it’s due: Kliff’s intimate knowledge of this year’s draft class — he either recruited, coached, or coached against every player in the class, or was buddy’s with somebody who had — shined through on Draft weekend with a dominant showing. If Kyler Murray becomes the NFL superstar most already assume him to be, the Cardinals ship is going to turn around quickly. If he doesn’t, one heck of a draft class may get squandered due to the decision to trade Josh Rosen and Quinnen Williams (or Nick Bosa) for Kyler Murray and Andy Isabella.


6. Los Angeles Rams | Draft: 6, UDFA: 20 | 2019 HAUL grade: A-

2.61Taylor RappS55631.95.65Mike Brown6'0208
3.70Darrell HendersonRB57766.97.74Tevin Coleman5'8208
3.79David LongCB43691.29.22Jaire Alexander5'11196
3.97Bobby EvansOT119045.27.36Daryl Williams6'4312
4.134Greg GainesDL1212140.26.29David Parry6'1312
5.169David EdwardsOT1716710.04.78Roderick Johnson6'6308
7.243Nick ScottS2837295.09.21Joshua Kalu5'11200
7.251Dakota AllenLB1919765.06.03Alex Anzalone6'0232
PFABrandon HitnerOC1128564.9n/aJon Toth6'6305
PFAKeenen BrownHB532126.23.96Clive Walford6'2250
PFABoogie RobertsDL303428.41.64Ken Bishop6'0298
PFAVitas HrynkiewiczOC1535833.64.69Brandon Vitabile6'3303
PFAMarquise CopelandDL3336418.15.98Joey Ivie6'2281
PFAKendall BlantonTE1938312.35.28Rico Gathers6'6262
PFALandis DurhamED3639416.74.57Kasim Edebali6'2249
PFAMatt Colburn IIRB4449022.26.68Khalfani Muhammad5'8204


Like the Saints, the Rams didn’t have a ton of draft equity to play with. But they made of what they had, snapping up a value pick basically every time they submitted a card.

My favorite pick was Michigan CB David Long at 3.79. A highly-underrated player, Long looks poised to outplay his draft slot.


7. Buffalo Bills | Draft: 7, UDFA: 26 | 2019 HAUL grade: A-

1.9Ed OliverDL2399.59.87John Randle6'2287
2.38Cody FordOT42335.66.33Brandon Brooks6'4329
3.74Devin SingletaryRB3697.81.74Devonta Freeman5'8203
3.96Dawson KnoxTE612384.49.26Dustin Keller6'4254
5.147Vosean JosephLB12140n/a0.21Jerome Baker6'1230
6.181Jaquan JohnsonS182377.73.47Quandre Diggs5'10191
7.225Darryl JohnsonED2830519.76.75Aaron Lynch6'6253
7.228Tommy SweeneyTE1428023.45.91Nick Vannett6'4251
PFATyree JacksonQB918294.69.95Logan Thomas6'7249
PFADavid Sills VWR3126357.37.29Chad Hansen6'3211
PFATyrel DodsonLB3233929.86.56Corey Nelson6'0237


I’m sorry, Buffalo. It appears I was a bit too harsh when I assigned a “B” to your class in my “Snap Grades” column written immediately after the draft concluded. I wrote: “The Bills absolutely crushed their first three picks. Buffalo is going to love Ed Oliver, or as I call him, John Randle 2.0. I thought the rest of the haul was pretty weak.”

The methodology used for these rankings rewarded teams who got tremendous value in the first two rounds in particular, and that’s where Buffalo shined as bright as any team in the NFL. Oliver was a top-10 value pick in the entire draft (my No. 3 prospect at 1.9), and the model judged Ford to be a top-50 value pick (my No. 23 prospect at 2.38).


8. Cleveland Browns | Draft: 8 UDFA: 24 | 2019 HAUL grade: B+

2.46Greedy WilliamsCB11468.68.5Dominique R-C6'2185
3.80Sione TakitakiLB89973.49.08Todd Davis6'1238
4.119Sheldrick RedwineS911089.48.61Jimmie Ward6'0196
5.155Mack WilsonLB45830.55.25C.J. Mosley6'1240
5.170Austin SeibertK2295n/an/aCairo Santos5'9213
6.198Drew ForbesOG2629069.89.79Kyle Kosier6'4308
7.221Donnie LewisCB44439n/an/aCharles Gaines6'0195
PFAWyatt RayED2624042.17.6Jeremy Mincey6'3257
PFATrevon TateOC1333229.96.3Austin Blythe6'2293
PFAJamie GillanP3371n/an/aShane Tripucka6'2203
PFABrian FineanganofoOT3437778.69.7Jylan Ware6'6304
PFADavid BloughQB1939219.62.78Logan Woodside6'0200
PFADarrin HallRB4146960.99.5Devontae Booker6'0217


The Browns made like the Saints and Rams and successfully Moneyballed the draft after trading a first-round pick. In Cleveland’s case, that sacrifice led to the acquisition of Odell Beckham, which you can feel free to mentally bake into this grade. Two picks stand out, both from the SEC. The NFL soured on Greedy Williams because of a mysterious injury concern and the prospect’s aversion to tackling. But he’s the only corner in this class that you can project to stick with NFL WR1s of all shapes and athletic profiles, so to get him at 2.46 is highway robbery.

I felt the same about the Mack Wilson pick at 5.155. The NFL effectively passed along a verdict to Mack that he should have returned to school. He’s raw, sure, but Wilson will be a good NFL backup and an ace special-teamer at the very minimum. And he’s got the tools to potentially develop into a plus starter at linebacker as well. He's not a top-150 prospect in this class? C'mon, what are we doing here?


9. Philadelphia Eagles | Draft: 10, UDFA: 8 | 2019 HAUL grade: B+

1.22Andre DillardOT1696.99.81Terron Armstead6'5315
2.53Miles SandersRB47072.99.5Cadillac Williams5'11211
2.57JJ Arcega-WhitesideWR128933.76.17Eric Decker6'2225
4.138Shareef MillerED201669.76.19Andre Branch6'4254
5.167Clayton ThorsonQB11193n/an/aRicky Stanzi6'4222
PFAT.J. EdwardsLB181944.62.8B.J. Goodson6'0230
PFARyan BatesOG1419671.89.6Nick Martin6'4306
PFAIosua OpetaOG1823496.89.2Aviante Collins6'4301
PFANate HerbigOG212514.52.8Deuce Lutui6'3335
PFAAnthony RushDL40432n/an/aMatt Elam6'5350
PFANico EvansRB3945830.45.7Terrelle Sutton5'9199
PFACasey TuckerOT4549413.44.7Toby Weathersby6'5313


The gambit to move up the board to steal Andre Dillard from the Texans was one of the best moves in all of the draft this year. The model also called the Dillard pick the third-best best value selection in the entire draft.

The rest of Philly’s draft crop was solid, if unremarkable. But the Eagles did what they do and brought in some hidden value in the UDFA ranks, which bumped Philly from a No. 10 draft value ranking to a No. 9 total haul ranking.


10. Washington Redskins | Draft: 9, UDFA: 27 | 2019 HAUL grade: B+

1.15Dwayne HaskinsQB1912.83.49Better Jameis6'3231
1.26Montez SweatED41397.19.9Danielle Hunter6'6260
3.76Terry McLaurinWR139487.89.58Nate Burleson6'0208
4.112Bryce LoveRB7113n/an/aDion Lewis5'9200
4.131Wes MartinGXUR52.67.82 6'3311
5.153Ross PierschbacherOC72072.14.93Matt Skura6'4307
5.173Cole HolcombLB3334097.89.64Nathan Gerry6'1235
6.206Kelvin HarmonWR117820.74.92Laquon Treadwell6'2221
7.227Jimmy MorelandCB1813647.76.18Danny Johnson5'10179
7.253Jordan BrailfordED2422777.98.48Charles Hayes6'3252
PFAChidi OkekeOT2830736.97.34Julien Davenport6'5317
PFAJojo McIntoshS273375.64.17Siran Neal6'1204
PFAJuwann Bushell-BeattyOG32351n/a1.78Bobby Hart6'5315
PFARyan BeeDL3940713.06.39Isaac Rochell6'6282
PFAKano DillonTE2245158.28.43Jeremy Sprinkle6'5256
PFABJ BluntLB474570.50.58Duke Riley6'0220


I was higher on the Redskins’ draft than the model ended up being — I assigned Washington’s draft one of the two A+’s I gave out. But while Washington drew a ton of value out of the Haskins and Sweat picks (and to a lesser extent the Harmon and Moreland picks), the model baked in penalties for early Day 3 reaches on interior linemen Wes Martin and Ross Pierschbacher.

Also, Cole Holcomb. On top of that, Washington got dinged one slot for its poor UDFA crop. But let's be real: This draft was an enormous win for the Redskins. Nobody in their right mind would have envisioned one team coming out of the draft with both Haskins and Sweat even one month ago.


11. Baltimore Ravens | Draft: 11, UDFA: 11 | 2019 HAUL grade: B

1.25Marquise BrownWR329n/an/aDeSean Jackson5'9166
3.85Jaylon FergusonED7398.95.46Marcus Davenport6'4256
3.93Miles BoykinWR96699.99.94Kenny Golladay6'4220
4.113Justice HillRB813288.59.35Phillip Lindsay5'10198
4.123Ben PowersOG8115n/a4.74Ted Karras6'4307
4.127Iman MarshallCB2620312.95.26Gary Baxter6'1207
5.160Daylon MackDL2020629.64.17Dan Williams6'1336
6.197Trace McSorleyQB1633377.38.3Connor Shaw6'0202
PFAGerald Willis IIIDL161807.92.6Devon Still6'2302
PFAEvan WorthingtonS2027012.15.1Antonio Allen6'2212
PFAAntoine WesleyWR3327410.63.3Lestar Jean6'4206
PFALJ ScottRB2728218.96.1Jeremy Hill6'0227
PFAPatrick MekariOG313497.34.3Ian Silberman6'5308
PFAOtaro AlakaLB3938556.87.3John Bostic6'3239
PFAJaylen SmithWR4741142.66.4Michael Floyd6'2219
PFADarian RoseboroED414301.22.8Jalen Wilkerson6'4288
PFAMarkus JonesED44484n/a6.4Anthony Winbush6'3249


The Ravens had a bonanza of a Round 3, stealing the all-time FBS sack leader Jaylon Ferguson and SPARQ darling WR Miles Boykin. Baltimore didn’t reach with the rest of their picks (except for Trace McSorley lol), and they complimented their class with a nice crop of UDFAs.


12. New England Patriots | Draft:12, UDFA: 16 | 2019 HAUL grade: B

1.32N'Keal HarryWR22275.48.42Dez Bryant6'2228
2.45Joejuan WilliamsCB97468.28.08Ahkello Witherspoon6'4211
3.77Chase WinovichED84167.88.63Markus Golden6'3256
3.87Damien HarrisRB68345.56.43Frank Gore5'10216
3.101Yodny CajusteOT1082n/an/aJermon Bushrod6'5312
4.118Hjalte FroholdtOG48444.79.07Isaac Seumalo6'5306
4.133Jarrett StidhamQB1018737.75.49Matt Barkey6'2218
5.159Byron CowartDL313457.16.44Willie Henry6'3298
5.163Jake BaileyP2299n/an/aRyan Winslow6'1200
7.252Ken WebsterCB2520199.19.83EJ Gaines5'11203
PFAMalik GantS152025.63.03DeAndre H-C6'0209
PFAJakobi MeyersWR2721552.06.37Chris Conley6'2203
PFACalvin AndersonOT2527783.58.7Desmond Harrison6'4292
PFAAndrew BeckHB428771.08.82Rhett Ellison6'3255
PFATyree St. LouisOT3034413.12.9Andrew Datko6'5314
PFANick BrossetteRB323878.63HM's Knowshon5'11209
PFATerez HallLB4444126.55.92Bryce Hager6'1230
PFARyan DavisWR5547220.83.22Curtis Samuel5'10189


I liked the Patriots class a bit more than the model did, mostly because I thought New England smoked their first six picks. But the three picks after that were head-scratchers, beginning with the fingernail-biting Jarrett Stidham, and the Pats didn’t do much in the UDFA portion of the show, drawing penalties.


13. Denver Broncos | Draft: 13, UDFA: 15 | 2019 HAUL grade: B

1.20Noah FantTE22598.49.89Jimmy Graham6'4249
2.41Dalton RisnerOG23342.07.69Cody Whitehair6'6312
2.42Drew LockQB56875.69.36Blaine Gabbert6'4228
3.71Dre'Mont JonesDL73420.76.16Nick Fairley6'3281
5.156Justin HollinsED1411774.29.69Lorenzo Carter6'5248
6.187Juwann WinfreeWR65UR39.37.18HM's Crabtree6'1210
PFABrett RypienQB713950.25.78Nick Mullens6'2210
PFAAlijah HolderCB3530647.65.99Neiko Thorpe6'1191
PFAGeorge AstonHB631360.08.2Joey Iosefa6'0252
PFABrian WallaceOT32366n/a8.16Jake Rodgers6'5326
PFAJoe Dineen Jr.LB3837632.57.43Tyler Matakevich6'2230
PFAKelvin McKnightWR4438417.22.68Daniel Braverman5'8185
PFAJohn LeglueOG4145027.46.12Sam Tevi6'6311
PFAMalik ReedLB4645328.55.23Lerentee McCray6'1237


Strong, workmanlike showing out of the Broncos here, with a solid value-minded draft and a good UDFA crop headlined by the criminally-underrated Brett Rypien (who I’ve postulated has a chance to have a longer career than R2 pick Drew Lock). The Dre'Mont Jones pick at 3.71 was robbery, and getting Dalton Risner at 2.41 was a stroke of good fortune.


14. Houston Texans | Draft: 15, UDFA: 12 | 2019 HAUL grade: B-

1.23Tytus HowardOT76228.86.34Terron Armstead6'5322
2.54Lonnie JohnsonCB86192.69.4Chris McCalister6'2213
2.55Max ScharpingOT546n/a8.83Ricky Wagner6'6327
3.86Kahale WarringTE48079.39.41Dallas Goedert6'5252
5.161Charles OmenihuDL97950.26.22Romeo Okwara6'5280
6.195Xavier CrawfordCB2116457.54.74Greg Stroman5'11187
7.220Cullen GillaspiaHBXUR54.38.4 6'2235
PFAAlbert HugginsDL2321719.45.5Sylvester Williams6'3305
PFAKaran HigdonRB1922653.18.3Zac Stacy5'9206
PFADrew LewisLB2724477.58.9Jonathan Casillas6'2229
PFAJamal Davis IIED2730479.29.4J.T. Jones6'3236
PFADerrick BaityCB3834348.86.4Biddy Reh-Welscon6'2197
PFAJesse AniebonamED3840444.2n/aAQ Muhammad6'3256
PFAJohnnie DixonWR5144436.26.3Devon Wylie5'10201
PFAJavier EdwardsDL4246023.74.8Taylor Stallworth6'2323


I liked the Texans draft more than most. It was pure horror watching the Eagles swoop in and steal Dillard. That forced Houston to reach for Tytus Howard. That was a rough sequence of events. But from there on, Houston had a tremendous draft and signed a decent crop of UDFAs. It was enough to avert disaster after a horror show of a Thursday night.


15. Chicago Bears | Draft: 16, UDFA: 6 | 2019 HAUL grade: B-

3.73David MontgomeryRB14036.45.24Kareem Hunt5'10222
4.126Riley RidleyWR2217215.44.58James Jones6'1199
6.205Duke ShelleyCBXUR7.13.18 5'9180
7.222Kerrith Whyte Jr.RB3340283.58.6Jordan Todman5'10197
7.238Stephen DenmarkCB2418698.79.36Brian Allen6'4220
PFAEmanuel HallWR1510599.49.88Tedd Ginn6'2201
PFAAlex BarsOG15198n/an/aParker Ehinger6'6312
PFADax RaymondTE1325429.25.21Orson Charles6'5255
PFAMathieu BettsED2930846.57.86Dylan Donahue6'3258
PFAJohn BaronK4336n/an/aBrandon Coutu5'9189
PFAJoe LoweryOG293388.04.36K.C. McDermott6'6300
PFAMarquez TuckerOG3034722.6n/aChase Roullier6'3300
PFAClifton DuckCB414173.6n/aTramaine Brock5'9180
PFASam MustipherOC164262.30.86David Molk6'2305
PFAJonathan HarrisDL4447317.6n/aR.J. McIntosh6'5282


The Bears scarcely had draft equity to play with, but they made the most of their first pick by stealing David Montgomery (or as I call him, “Kareem Hunt with a heart of gold.”). Consider setting aside a $20 spot to drop on Montgomery at long odds for Rookie of the Year. He's got a real shot. He's better than the NFL thinks he is. The rest of the draft crop was forgettable, but the Bears made up for it with a big showing during the UDFA free-for-all.


16. Minnesota Vikings | Draft: 14, UDFA: 30 | 2019 HAUL grade: C+

1.18Garrett BradburyOC11891.79.96Max Unger6'3306
2.50Irv Smith Jr.TE59821.74.82Trey Burton6'2242
3.102Alexander MattisonRB913763.46.88Mike Gillislee5'11221
4.114Dru SamiaOG36318.17.65James Hurst6'5305
5.162Cameron SmithLB1315577.58.35Blake Martinez6'2238
6.190Armon WattsDL13158n/a3.73Shamar Stephen6'5300
6.191Marcus EppsS-URUR78.48.5 6'0197
6.193Olisaemeka UdohOT1513360.68.16David Sharpe6'5323
7.217Kris BoydCB1713478.89.15Darqueze Dennard5'11201
7.239Dillon MitchellWR1610857.07.96Steve Breaston6'1197
7.247Olabisi JohnsonWR5043369.18.19Leonte Carroo6'0204
7.250Austin CuttingLSXURn/an/a 6'4243
PFAJohn KeenoyOC102765.12.81Andy Gallik6'3299
PFAJake BrowningQB1838635.15.74Kellen Moore6'2211
PFAKhari BlasingameRB3643196.69.73John Kelly6'0232


A strong pick in Round 1, a highly regrettable Day 2, an enormous Day 3, and an asleep-at-the-wheel UDFA class led to a perfectly league-average Draft Haul ranking. Garrett Bradbury is such a perfect fit, and he allowed the Vikings to kick Pat Elflein to guard, which made the pick a hidden 2-for-1 special from a schematic standpoint.

Thor Nystrom

Thor Nystrom is NBC Sports Edge’s lead CFB writer. The 2018 FSWA College Sports Writer of the Year, Nystrom’s writing has also been honored by Rolling Stone magazine and The Best American Essays series. Say hi to him on Twitter @thorku!