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2018 NFL Draft Grades - Will You Outsmart Mel Kiper?

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    OK. Once 2018 NFL Draft picks are made each day, everyone can weigh in here on their predictions for success or failure on specific players drafted or team drafts in general. And then we'll in 2019, 2020, 2021 to see how smart or dumb everyone is. Are you smart or dumb? Be bold and post your draft assessments here. Any prediction you want to share AFTER a team selects a player.
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    Cool! I'm game.

    I'm most interested in the Giants #2 pick. Will they trade? Will they take a RB, QB, DE? Those seem to be the most popular mock draft options. It will be very telling what they think of their upcoming season with that single pick. Will definitely post back here with my thoughts after that's announced.

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    Rashaad Penny the Seahawks #1 pick will be a top 5 fantasy RB in 2018. I like Pete Carroll's judgment on players and when you trade down I think they did so knowing they'd get the guy the want. I think he'll be good in returns and receiving. All purpose player.
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    Lots of thoughts here so bear with me. Happy My favorite picks from the first round were Saquon Barkley to the Giants, Josh Rosen to the Cardinals, Calvin Ridley to the Falcons and Sony Michel to the Patriots.

    The first round did feel a little defensive heavy, and I get that. Defense is super important. Though I'm not as good evaluating those players' success long term. I will say that Bradley Chubb to the Broncos was awesome to see and makes perfect sense. He will now be on the same line as Von Miller. Denver will continue to have a dominant defense for years to come because they invest in high end talent.

    For Barkley, I really love this pick for the Giants. That's what I wanted them to do. Take the best running back in the draft and now you have a great runner and pass catching rb, Odell, Shepard, and Ingram.. that is seriously a stacked offensive team. They just have to make sure their O-line doesn't suck and Eli could see great improvement this year. For Barkley, the Giants have been in desparate need for a dominant running back for years. He is that guy. I see him as a top 10 fantasy RB out of the gate; something like a mix between Zeke in Dallas and Mcaffery in Carolina. Will be fun to watch.

    Josh Rosen. The more I watched his tape highlights vs the other QBs, the more I thought he will be the best QB taken. And Arizona makes a lot of sense. Carson Palmer is perpetually hurt and doesn't have too much time left in the NFL. But Palmer is really good in his own right and can mentor Rosen into the starting gig. We will be hearing about Rosen for many years I think, will just take some time for him to takeover. I think he'll be a top 8ish QB in the league in a few years.

    Calvin Ridley. Oh man. I smiled when the Falcons took him. You partner Ridley with Julio Jones?? That's very appealing and potentially a matchup nightmare for the other teams. This could be a better version of what the Raiders had for a bit with Crabtree and Amari Cooper. They might have just given themselves the best WR duo in the league. Maybe. Freshmen WRs do take some time to acclimate. Ridley and Jones will hurt eachother fantasy stat wise, but for Matt Ryan, he should be excited.

    Sony Michel. The Pats are smart. They took a top 3 rb to replace Deion Lewis and now they are stacked yet again at the position. He will be used interchangeably with the rest of their stable. A great fit for Sony; he can mature into the league, and maybe even use this opportunity to become the feature back for the Pats, or as leverage to go to another team in a year or two, as the feature back.

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    Kos9 Wrote: Rashaad Penny the Seahawks #1 pick will be a top 5 fantasy RB in 2018. I like Pete Carroll's judgment on players and when you trade down I think they did so knowing they'd get the guy the want. I think he'll be good in returns and receiving. All purpose player.
    Yeah, after watching the highlights of Penny returning kicks/punts from college, it just made perfect sense for Seattle to take this guy. He fits their mold exactly. Plus they had a terrible time last year keeping their rbs healthy. Eddie Lacey didn't work out. Chris Carson had that terrible season ending injury. And Mike Davis is just alright. Prosise and McKissic are just complimentary players. They need a feature back, and that's what Penny is. That should be fun to watch and see how they use him from day one. Carroll believes in putting the best players on the field. So he has a great chance to be what you say.
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    Real quick on the picks I didn't like.. spoiler alert; they are all QBs.

    Baker Mayfield #1 overall?? I just don't see it, man.

    The Bills trading up to get Josh Allen at #7? They need an accurate passer. Say what you want of Tyrod Taylor, that dude was accurate. This pick didn't make sense when Rosen and Ruldoph were still on the board.

    And finally the Ravens trading up into the first round at pick 32 to grab Lamar Jackson. Do they really think he is their next franchise QB? I actually hope I'm wrong about this, but I don't think Jackson fits their mold at all. They will have to completely reinvent their offense to look.. what.. like Carolina with Cam? Good luck with that.

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    DJ Moore to Carolina, loved that pick. They lost Steve Smith and Kelvin Benjamin the last few years. Oh and Ted Ginn Jr too. Devin Funchess needs help, I think this is a perfect fit.
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    The Eagles pulled a fast one in the 2nd round and moved up just one pick ahead of Dallas to take the best tight end off the board at the time: Dallas Goedert. This is sneaky and interesting from a lot of different angles. Jason Witten just retired and now Dallas really needs a replacement. Philly loved sticking it to them like that. And Goedert is big and psychical and should be a great addition to any team. Very smart on their part, though can't tell if Dallas would have for sure taken the guy. Either way, the Eagles got better and stopped a division rival at the same time.

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    Cowboys got a steal with Michael Gallup in the 3rd. So did the Steelers with Mason Ruldolph in the 3rd. And finally the Redskins taking Derrius Guice in the 3rd. Could prove to be the best value of the draft. I think all 3 of these guys fell well below their expected draft positions; all were 2nd round talents. Ruldolph can be the next big Ben. Gallup might not be the next Dez, but he could be. and Guice can be a top 10 running back in the league, if he can get the bulk of the carries.