Nov 20, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) warms up before the game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

AFC North Draft Grades

The Pittsburgh Steelers stole the show by taking their quarterback of the future in Kenny Pickett. He was +250 to be the first quarterback taken before the draft. 

The NFL Draft provides hope for fans and gives us a good outlook on what teams value and where they think they are in the league hierarchy. Here are my draft grades and odds for each team to win the division. All odds are courtesy of FanDuel.

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Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens had a great weekend. They took Kyle Hamilton at 14 which is great value considering many scouts had him as a top 10 player in the draft. They traded Hollywood Brown for picks 23 and 100 and landed Tyler Linderbaum with the 23rd pick. David Ojabo and Travis Jones in rounds 2 and 3 caps off a terrific first three rounds. 

Eric DeCosta loves drafting for volume, and the Ravens made 11 picks. Isaiah Likely and Jalyn Armour-Davis in the later rounds are two players who should produce Week 1. 

Grade: A-

Cincinnati Bengals

I love the Daxton Hill pick in the first round. He can play safety and step up and play in a nickel and dime defense. He is versatile and should bring some instant juice to the Bengals’ defense. 

The Bengals only made six picks in the draft and had little resources to work with. 

Grade: B

Cleveland Browns

The Browns did not pick until the third round due to the Deshaun Watson trade but still ended up making nine selections by trading Troy Hill to the Rams.

David Bell in the third round was one of my favorite picks of the draft. He should instantly step in and be a security blanket for Watson. They also landed Perrion Winfrey in the fourth round who has a ton of upside. The Browns did a good job maximizing the draft. 

Grade: B+

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers got the quarterback of the future in Kenny Pickett. No team knew more about Pickett than Pittsburgh considering they shared a building with his college team. His success will dictate if this draft class was a success. George Pickens and Calvin Austin later in the draft were great additions to the wide receiver room. 

Grade: B

 

AFC North Draft Grades 2021 article May 6, 2021

A healthy Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase has not changed the oddsmakers position on the 2021 Cincinnati Bengals. They are the heavy underdogs to win the division at +2000 according to BetRivers

The NFL Draft provides hope for fans and gives us a good outlook on what teams value, and where they think they are in the league hierarchy. Here are my draft grades and odds for each team to win the division. All odds are courtesy of BetRivers

[ AFC East | AFC North | AFC West | AFC South ]

AFC North 2021 Draft Grades

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens went into this draft desperately needing a playmaker on the outside. Wide Receiver Rashod Bateman brings just that, as he is a great route runner.

Odafe Oweh in the second round is more of a project, but his testing numbers were off the charts. Tylan Wallace in the fourth round is great value. I was high on him during the draft process. The Ravens are +120 to win the division according to BetRivers.

Grade: A-

Cleveland Browns

I love what the Browns did this weekend. Cornerback Greg Newsome is a perfect fit for the Browns zone-heavy scheme, and getting Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah at pick 52 is great value. He was slated to be a first-round pick.

Anthony Schwartz was a guy I really liked, as he can absolutely fly. He ran a 4.27 40 yard dash on his pro day. He should open up the offense. The Browns are +150 to win the division according to BetRivers

Grade: A

Cinncinati Bengals

I have been very vocal about my displeasure of taking Ja’Marr Chase over Penei Sewell. For a franchise that just watched its quarterback tear his ACL and lead the league in quarterback hits, why would you not take the blue-chip offensive tackle? It just doesn’t make any sense to me.

The Bengals also took a kicker in the 5th round. I did not like their strategy. The Bengals are the heavy underdog to win the division at +2000 according to BetRivers

Grade: D

Pittsburgh Steelers

I never like taking a running back in the first round, as it is usually a poor use of resources. However, the Steelers desperately need a boost at the running back position. If he is a star, the pick was worth it.

The rest of their draft was solid. I really like Pat Friermouth and Kendrick Green. Both should be instant starters. The Steelers are +400 to win the division according to BetRivers.

Grade: B-

AFC North Draft Grades