Mel Kiper Names Team That Had The Best 2018 NFL Draft
The 2018 NFL Draft has wrapped up. Draft grades are starting to roll in from various outlets.
ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper has published his draft grades for all 32 teams. He did not give anyone an вЂњF,вЂќ which is a good thing.
Only one team got an вЂњA,вЂќ though. That team resides in the AFC East.
Kiper believes that the Buffalo Bills had the best draft of any team in the NFL. He gives the Bills an вЂњAвЂќ for their draft, which includes the selection of quarterback Josh Allen.
HereвЂ™s what Kiper said about BuffaloвЂ™s draft:
That the Bills were targeting a quarterback tends to make you forget this was a playoff team, so the first round was an interesting mix, as they added both high-upside potential at the gameвЂ™s most important position, and also immediate help at a spot where rookies can often be found contributing. They gave up some notable draft value in second-round picks to maneuver, but IвЂ™m not sure any team added this kind of high-upside talent. Key word: upside.
We knowВ Josh AllenВ (pick 7) needs development as a player with great traits but lacking polish out of Wyoming, but development is a given for any QB. The addition ofВ Tremaine EdmundsВ (16) means that the Bills managed to get two of my top 11 players in this draft class, and Edmunds is likely to help right away. The useful immediate help and long-range upside wasnвЂ™t limited to Round 1, either.В Harrison PhillipsВ (96) is an interior disruptor who can jump into the mix in Week 1.В Kyle WilliamswonвЂ™t play forever (probably?) so this was a good fit.В Taron JohnsonВ (121) can get on the field early. He wonвЂ™t be a No. 1 corner, but in the fifth round, heвЂ™s a decent get.В Ray-Ray McCloudВ (187) is a wildcard, but he can jump into the return game and could factor into the wide receiver depth chart.
Yeah, itвЂ™ll come down to Allen, but if he reaches his upside, you change the direction of the franchise. He could be a perfect fit in Buffalo. As it always goes with big bets on quarterbacks, time will tell the story.
It was a big draft for the Bills. Kiper thinks they nailed it.
You can view KiperвЂ™s full grades for all 32 teams in the 2018 NFL Draft here.