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Thor's AFC Draft Haul Rankings

by Thor Nystrom
Updated On: June 24, 2020, 11:48 am ET

Below, you’ll find a table that ranks each AFC team’s finish in a variety of metrics that went into deriving the final Draft Haul rankings. For an in-depth explanation into methodology, please check out the first part of our three-part Draft Haul series, which was published on Thursday.




Equity: Draft equity, the value of picks used in the 2020 NFL Draft

D-Class: Draft Class, a measure of talent acquired in the 2020 NFL Draft

D-ROI: Draft Return on Investment, a rate stat showing the value each team derived out of their 2020 NFL Draft picks

GPA: Grade Point Average shows what the media graded each class, as calculated by Rene Bugner

T-Class: Total Class, a measure of combined talent acquired in the 2020 NFL Draft and UDFA signings

2021 picks: The total number of picks currently projected to be held in next year’s draft. *Note: This includes projected compensatory picks, which can change

2021 equity points: An attempt to quantify the total value of each team’s current projected 2021 NFL Draft pick holdings





Haul score: Combined elements of each team’s draft class, UDFA crop, ROI and media GPA to produce a final score to encompass and quantify how each organization performed during the totality of the rookie acquisition process

Draft score: Derived from talent acquired in the draft against draft equity spent (ROI), with media GPA used as a modifier, to rank which teams did the best inside the 2020 NFL Draft

UDFA score: My scores and rankings of each team’s UDFA class

T-ROI: Total Return on Investment, a rate stat showing the combined value each team derived out of their 2020 NFL Draft picks and UDFA haul against the pick equity they used in the draft


1.1Joe BurrowQB11------Tony Romo6'3221
2.33Tee HigginsWR1056---4.2Mike Williams6'4216
3.65Logan WilsonLB76760.88.98Nick Kwiatkoski6'2241
4.107Akeem Davis-GaitherLB551------Maurice Alexander6'1224
5.147Khalid KareemEDGE14121------Jordan Jenkins6'4268
6.180Hakeem AdenijiOT1616875.38.21T.J. Clemmings6'4302
7.215Markus BaileyLB14132------Austin Calitro6'0235
PFAMitchell WilcoxTE193309.02.51Kaden Smith6'3247
PFATyler ClarkDL32372------DeMarcus Christmas6'3289
PFAScotty WashingtonWR57440------Marlon Brown6'5217
PFAMarcel Spears Jr.LB50495------Jermaine Grace6'0221
PFADevwah WhaleyRB55------------5'10216
PFAKendall FutrellLB64------------6'2222
PFAJosh KnipfelOT60------------6'5309
PFAClay CordascoiOL54------------6'5306


1 (4.) Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals had a ton of draft capital -- No. 2 in the NFL -- and used it wisely, leaving the draft with the most talent acquired in the league by my metrics. Top-overall pick QB Joe Burrow was obviously the story, but getting the linebacking trio of Logan Wilson, Akeem Davis-Gaither and Markus Bailey for third, fourth and seventh-round picks was also a nifty bit of thrift shopping. The media at large ranked the class No. 5 in GPA. With this much talent acquired in the draft, Cincy didn’t need to do much afterwards in the UDFA free-for-all. And they really didn’t, with a 29th-ranked UDFA class. That said, Clay Cordasco, Tyler Clark and Marcel Spears all look to have decent shots to hang. And even with UDFAs included, Cincy still ended up No. 1 in the NFL in total rookie talent acquired.



1.5Tua TagovailoaQB22------Steve Young6’0217
1.18Austin JacksonOT73583.39.38D.J. Humphries6'5322
1.30Noah IgbinogheneCB84266.38.74Kareem Jackson5'10198
2.39Robert HuntiOL489------Lake Tomlinson6'5325
2.56Raekwon DavisDL86323.96.22Jared Odrick6'6311
3.70BranDon JonesS12175------Patrick Chung5'11198
4.111Solomon KindleyiOL2027311.45.21Denver Kirkland6'3337
5.154Jason StrowbridgeEDGE1916121.49.4Bilal Nichols6'4275
5.164Curtis WeaverEDGE544---7.13Jabaal Sheard6'2265
6.185Blake FergusonLSNR---------6'3229
7.246Malcolm PerryWR3729578.13.06Joshua Cribbs5'9194
PFABenito JonesDL19 7.91.31D.J. Jones6'1316
PFABryce SterkEDGE34 ------Parker Hesse6'4262
PFAKirk MerrittWR47 ------Stacy Coley5'11208
PFANick KaltmayerOT39 ------Sean Hickey6'7313
PFARay LimaDL41 ------Ken Bishop6'2302
PFATyshun RenderEDGE45 ------Avery Moss6'4259
PFAMatt ColeWR67 ---------5'10197
PFADonell StanleyiOL50 ---------6'2322
PFAKylan JohnsonLB69 ---------6'1231


2 (5). Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins used the most draft ammunition in the league to bring in the second-most talent overall. While I nitpicked a few of the selections, the media ranked Miami No. 10 in GPA, boosting the Fins’ Draft Haul ranking just a bit. Kudos to the Dolphins for playing the media like fiddles with the Justin Herbert smokescreens and taking the superior player in QB Tua Tagovailoa, and for getting one of the draft’s biggest bargains in EDGE Curtis Weaver, a fifth-round steal. The Dolphins unearthed a few UDFA gems last year in WR Preston Williams and CB Nik Needham, and will try to recreate history with a crop led by DT Benito Jones and WR Kirk Merritt. Like Williams, Merritt went undrafted because of off-the-field issues. And like Neeham, Benito dropped out of Round 7 because of poor testing. Looking to the future, the Dolphins have the most 2021 NFL Draft equity of any team in the NFL, and it isn’t close. Assuming the year upcoming is another rebuilding campaign, don’t fret, South Beach -- if Tua is who we think he is and the rest of this class pans out long-term, next year’s mega-class could push this team back into playoff contention.



1.9CJ HendersonCB213~9510Marcus Peters6'0204
1.20K'Lavon ChaissonEDGE318------Andre Carter6'3254
2.42Laviska ShenaultWR419---7.18JuJu Smith-Schuster6'1227
3.73DaVon HamiltonDL1211926.07.16Pat Sims6'3320
4.116Ben BartchOT1179------Riley Reiff6'6309
4.137Josiah ScottCB15103------Avonte Maddox5'9185
4.140Shaquille QuartermanLB2421129.14.84Andre Smith6'0234
5.157Daniel ThomasS1520190.99.44Aric Morris5'10215
5.165Collin JohnsonWR24193------Malcom Floyd6'6222
6.189Jake LutonQB11241------Ryan Mallett6'6224
6.206Tyler DavisTE40NR---------6'4243
7.223Chris ClaybrooksCB67NR---------5'8177
PFAJames RobinsonRB1515987.88.34Isaiah Crowell5'9219
PFAJ.R. ReedS1419566.28.67Quandre Diggs6'0202
PFALuq BarcooCB39286------JaMarcus King6'0172
PFATavien FeasterRB31317------Mike Boone5'11221
PFASteve NielsenOT28313------Jerry Ugokwe6'7291
PFADoug CostinDL29331------Angelo Blackson6'2291
PFABen EllefsonTE22392------Rhett Ellison6'3251
PFATre'Vour Wallace-SimmsiOL34428------Quinton Spain6'4351
PFAKobe WilliamsCB64------------5'9169
PFAJosh HammondWR71------------6'0194
PFANate EvansLB66------------6'1240
PFANathan CottrellRB60------------5'10193


3 (6.) Jacksonville Jaguars

Just a well-rounded process for the Jaguars overall. Jacksonville finished No. 6 in both Draft Score and in the UDFA class rankings and naturally checked in No. 6 in the NFL (and No. 3 in the AFC) in the overall Draft Haul rankings. I was higher on Jacksonville’s draft than the media at large, which ranked the Jags No. 11 in GPA. CB C.J. Henderson and EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson were no-doubt picks at positions of need. WR Laviska Shenault was grand theft in the second-round, while OT Ben Bartch and CB Josiah Scott were both big-time fourth-round values. Jacksonville also brought in a strong UDFA crop, giving San Diego State CB Luq Barcoo, a Thorpe Award semifinalist last year, a record $180,000 in guarantees, better than Barcoo would have gotten had he been picked in Rounds 6 or 7. RB James Robinson is a Philip Lindsay immediate-impact UDFA candidate if Leonard Fournette ends up getting dealt before the season starts. Even if not, I like his odds of carving out a niche long-term. The Jaguars may be amid an identity shift right now, but holding their own highly-valuable R1 pick next year along with the Rams’ top pick, Jacksonville boasts the second-most 2021 draft equity in the league, behind only Miami. If 2020 is a disaster, the Jags can snap up one of the 2021 class’ three elite projected quarterbacks -- Trevor Lawrence, Trey Lance or Justin Fields -- and still have ample ammunition to fill its remaining holes.



2.54AJ EpenesaEDGE21715.14.3Trey Flowers6'5275
3.86Zack MossRB68627.63.17Kareem Hunt5'9223
4.128Gabriel DavisWR2114138.97.11Quincy Adeboyejo6'2216
5.167Jake FrommQB68422.42.55Chase Daniel6’2219
6.188Tyler BassK2244------Cairo Santos5'11185
6.207Isaiah HodginsWR1711370.77.04Geronimo Allison6'4210
7.239Dane JacksonCB2719730.14.38Mackenzie Alexander6'0187
PFATrey AdamsOT141292.41.5Alex Boone6'8318
PFABrandon WaltonOT43439------Christian DiLauro6'4311
PFAAntonio WilliamsRB52---------Alfred Morris5'10210
PFAMarquel HarrelliOL51------------6'3309
PFAGarrett TaylorS55------------6'0203
PFAJosh ThomasS56------------6'0205


4 (7). Buffalo Bills

Following the Stefon Diggs trade with the Vikings, the Bills were without a first-round pick. As such, Buffalo ended up spending the least draft equity in the league on draft picks. But while the Bills were pick-poor, they sure made the ones they submitted count, finishing with the best return on investment in the entire NFL both in the draft and overall (with UDFA included). EDGE A.J. Epenesa is a first-round player who people overthought because of poor testing for an EDGE (he actually tested really well for an iDL), causing him to drop to the middle of the second and, in essence, allow the Bills to recoup the first-rounder they shipped to Minny for Diggs. RB Zack Moss was an awesome value, and Buffalo got strong Day 3 values in QB Jake Fromm and WR Isiah Hodgins. In the UDFA ranks, the Bills scooped up Washington T Trey Adams, who once upon a time was seen as a future top-10 overall prospect. Once upon a time seems like forever ago, multiple season-ending injuries ago. Time sapped Adams of athleticism, durability, and, finally, the NFL’s confidence. Still, I ranked him as the class’ No. 14 tackle and a pre-draft fourth-round value. The Diggs acquisition isn’t even factored into Buffalo’s lofty Draft Haul ranking; if you believe he’s well worth the first-rounder it took to acquire him, you could argue the Bills had a top-five overall process.



1.11Mekhi BectonOT416---9.78Orlando Brown6'7364
2.59Denzel MimsWR62594.69.78DJ Chark6'3207
3.68Ashtyn DavisS558------Tyvon Branch6'1202
3.79Jabari ZunigaEDGE987~859.74Matt Judon6'3264
4.120Lamical PerineRB1113851.36.73Alexander Mattison5'11216
4.125James MorganQB1020222.8---Sean Mannion6'3213
4.129Cameron ClarkOT2224212.33.42Marshall Newhouse6'4308
5.158Bryce HallCB1392------Aaron Williams6'1202
6.191Braden MannP1206------Shane Lechler5'11198
PFAJavelin GuidryCB22162---9.42Mark Fields5'9191
PFALamar JacksonCB2619264.56.72Anthony Averett6'2208
PFAShyheim CarterCB29229------Jordan Poyer5'10194
PFAJared HilbersOT24266------Sam Young6'6310
PFABryce HuffEDGE29275------Sio Moore6'1254
PFALawrence CagerWR48374------Justin Watson6'4220
PFADomenique DavisDL57------------6'1307
PFASterling JohnsonDL58------------6'3300


5 (9). New York Jets

Slick work throughout the process by the Jets, who filled need areas with strong value in the draft and inked a strong UDFA class when the draft closed up shop on Saturday night. The board fell really well for Gang Green, with OT Mekhi Becton skipping down to 1.11 and WR Denzel Mims unexpectedly available at 2.59. Both figure to be immediate starters. RB Lamical Perine and S Ashtyn Davis will likely see the field plenty as rookies as well. In the UDFA free-for-all, the Jets were sitting dead-red on the class’ top unpicked corners. I ranked Javelin Guidry, Lamar Jackson and Shyheim Carter as the second, fifth and seventh-best undrafted corners in the class, respectively, and tagged the trio with Rounds 5, 6 and 7 grades prior to the draft, respectively. All in all, the Jets acquired the seventh-most total rookie talent while spending the 11th-most draft equity, leaving the process with the eighth-best ROI in the league. Fans may have to be patient, but a franchise turn could be right around the corner. The Jets currently project to have the fourth-most 2021 draft equity in the NFL.



1.28Patrick QueenLB22283.88.1Thomas Davis6'0229
2.55JK DobbinsRB577------Domanick Williams5'9209
3.71Justin MadubuikeDL338---9.18Kenny Clark6'2293
3.92Devin DuvernayWR159968.28.24Hakeem Nicks5'10200
3.98Malik HarrisonLB98577.29.55Germaine Pratt6'3247
3.106Tyre PhillipsiOL1116417.76.17Ty Nsekhe6'5331
4.143Ben BredesoniOL915456.58.6Joe Dahl6'4315
5.170Broderick Washington Jr.DL23255------Andrew Billings6'2305
6.201James ProcheWR25205---3.99Hunter Renfrow5'11201
7.219Geno StoneS1013025.72.91Todd Scott5'10207
PFAChauncey RiversEDGE262431.11.34Ifeadi Odenigbo6'2262
PFAJacob BreelandTE16263------Luke Stocker6'5252
PFATyler HuntleyQB19325------Vernon Adams6'0196
PFATy'Son WilliamsRB34364------Alex Collins5'11218
PFATrystan Colon-CastilloiOL2836356.78.37Colby Gossett6'3313
PFASean PollardiOL29366------Avery Genessy6'5309
PFAJohn DakaEDGE38376------Jeff Holland6'2224
PFADaishawn DixoniOL33423------Jamil Demby6'5325
PFANigel WarriorS29402------Randall Goforth6'0197
PFAEli WolfTE27------------6'4240
PFAAaron CrawfordDL51------------6'1290
PFAKristian WelchLB54------------6'2239
PFAJosh NurseCB69------------6'3199
PFAEvan AdamsiOL57------------6'5341
PFAMarcus WilloughbyEDGE60------------6'2255
PFAKhalil DorseyCB80------------5'9171


6 (10). Baltimore Ravens

Another superb draft process for the Ravens. Baltimore derived the eighth-best draft-ROI while spending only the 18th-most draft capital. The Ravens consistently found great value in their slots. Not only that, but those players happened to fill some of the Ravens’ biggest roster needs. First-round LB Patrick Queen and third-round LB Malik Harrison may start beside each other Week 1, and the underrated iDL Justin Madubuike was abject theft at 3.71. RB JK Dobbins plays best when afforded space, and he’s going to see plenty of that playing next to Lamar Jackson as a rookie. WR Devin Duvernay fits Baltimore’s offensive ethos of athleticism and playmaking ability and should carve out early playing time from the slot in three-receiver sets. The Ravens added a top-10 UDFA class that had several intriguing lottery tickets, like 'Last Chance U' alumni EDGE Chauncey Rivers, who had a strong 2019 season with Mississippi State but fell out of the draft due to poor testing. TE Jacob Breeland and RB Ty’Son Williams also both may have untapped upside.



1.10Jedrick WillsOT31472.08.35Jason Peters6'4312
2.44Grant DelpitS455------Marcus Williams6'2213
3.88Jordan ElliottDL54822.07.25Kawann Short6'4302
3.97Jacob PhillipsLB1312870.08.08Ramik Wilson6'3229
4.115Harrison BryantTE15714.75.16George Kittle6'5243
5.160Nick HarrisiOL1522218.56.58Joey Hunt6'0302
6.187Donovan Peoples-JonesWR26210~999.83Charone Peake6'2212
PFAAlex TaylorOT1514637.98.06Roderick Johnson6'8308
PFAA.J. GreenCB24177---6.12Antoine Cason6'1202
PFABrian HerrienRB2525261.96.49Kenyan Drake5'11209
PFAKevin DavidsonQB1530225.64.69Mike White6'4224
PFABenny LeMayRB323222.14.67Kapri Bibbs5'8221
PFADrake DorbeckOT29327------Danny Kistler6'6322
PFAJa'Marcus BradleyWR49377------DeAndrew White6'0198
PFAJovante MoffattS39494------Mark McLaurin5'11213
PFATony BrownWR62------------6'1198
PFANate WietingTE30------------6'4250
PFAJameson HoustonCB74------------5'11199
PFAJeffery WhatleyDL59------------6'2303
PFASolomon AjayiLB74------------6'1230
PFAElijah BentonS64------------6'1206


7 (11). Cleveland Browns

The Browns have shown an ability to acquire talent, if not see it through to coalescence. This year’s draft haul provided more, and addressed huge need areas along the way. OT Jedrick Wills offers the promise of fixing the left tackle void that’s been gaping since Joe Thomas’ retirement, and he may be joined in the Week 1 starting lineup by both S Grant Delpit and LB Jacob Phillips. The roster is more fortified at DL Jordan Elliott and TE Harrison Bryant’s positions, but both were inspiring picks, providing outstanding ROI. On Saturday night, the Browns scooped up my No. 4 UDFA haul. The most intriguing addition was top-five overall undrafted talent OT Alex Taylor, a raw skyscraper who chose the right depth chart to fight for a roster spot on. Cleveland signed three other draftable prospects in CB A.J. Green, one of the Big 12’s best corners for the past few years and boasting length for days, RB Brian Herrien, an athletic Georgia back who was stuck behind a procession of studs in college, and QB Kevin Davidson, who has lots of fans in the scouting community as a developmental one-year wonder arm from the Ivy League. The Browns also currently hold a projected 10 picks in the 2021 draft, third-most in the league.



1.15Jerry JeudyWR2821.86.38Odell Beckham6'1193
2.46KJ HamlerWR1159------Tavon Austin5'9178
3.77Michael OjemudiaCB149766.59.52Tre Flowers6'0200
3.83Lloyd CushenberryiOL711060.87.91Chase Roullier6'3312
3.95McTelvin AgimDL11109---8.59Tanzel Smart6'2309
4.118Albert OkwuegbunamTE8139------Mark Andrews6'5258
5.178Justin StrnadLB181608.65.4Kenny Young6'3238
6.181Netane MutiiOL381------Will Hernandez6'3315
7.252Tyrie ClevelandWR5140089.49.52Ashton Dulin6'2209
7.254Derrek TuszkaEDGE2016752.98.73James Cowser6'4251
PFAEssang BasseyCB2518089.28.03Damarious Randall5'9191
PFALeVante BellamyRB2627672.07.34Taiwan Jones5'9192
PFARiley NealQB28399------Brad Kaaya6'5232
PFAKendall HintonWR52407------Rashard Higgins5'10193
PFADouglas Coleman IIIS38486------Corey Moore6'0204
PFAZimari ManningWR85------------6'1190


8 (12). Denver Broncos

The Broncos had a flashy draft, adding a ton of athletic pass-catching weapons for Drew Lock. Denver reportedly explored trade-ups for WR Jerry Jeudy but ended up getting an enormous coup when Jeudy unexpectedly (and inexplicably) fell to 1.15. Along with uber-athletic slot WR KJ Hamler, this draft probably netted two immediate starters at receiver to play with Courtland Sutton -- and each compliment the lanky Sutton’s game well. Round 3 C Lloyd Cushenberry will probably start immediately as well. OL Netane Muti, a Herculean mauler, is going to be a Round 6 steal if he puts his injury concerns behind him. Denver didn’t do much in the UDFA free-for-all, but perhaps didn’t need to, due to its fleshed-out roster depth. CB Essang Bassey and RB LeVante Bellamy both were productive college players who bring athleticism, but each has his work cut out for him trying to crack deep positional groups on Denver’s roster.



1.29Isaiah WilsonOT84367.66.6Phil Loadholt6'6350
2.61Kristian FultonCB32169.47.79Denzel Ward5'11197
3.93Darrynton EvansRB10122---9.57Justice Hill5'10203
5.174Larrell MurchisonDL1314537.87.46James Looney6'2297
7.224Cole McDonaldQB1225886.39.12Josh Johnson6'3215
7.243Chris JacksonCB70NR---------5'11188
PFACale GarrettLB3126048.55.82Kentrell Brothers6'2234
PFATeair TartDL30340------Cortez Broughton6'3304
PFAAnthony McKinneyOT34355------Storm Norton6'8316
PFACameron ScarlettRB49491------Jeremy Cox6'1219
PFANick WestbrookWR61------------6'2216
PFAMason KinseyWR65------------5'10198
PFAKobe SmithDL49------------6'1297
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!