Draftseason’s Draft Grade A Day is back! This is where we look at each team’s 2019 Draft class and grade it based on PRODUCTION ONLY! Points will be awarded per round and the scale is determined on the expectation of the round the pick was made. Fractional points are given out as well as bonus points for any player who outplayed their Draft ranking. We will add up the total points to determine the final grade. We started with the Arizona Cardinals who had the first pick in 2019 and will work our way up.
Grading Scale: (total possible per round)
Round 1 – 5 points
Round 2 – 4 points
Round 3 – 3 points
Round 4 – 2 points
Round 5 – 1 point
Round 6 & 7 – 0 points
Pick: OG Chris Lindstrom
Analysis: Lindstrom got hurt in his first game of the season and didn’t return until Week 14. He did start every game upon his return, but the fact that he missed 11 contests isn’t great.
Pick: OT Kaleb McGary
Analysis: The Falcons traded back into the first round to grab this big, athletic blocker. They got 16 starts out of him, so they have to feel good about that move.
Pick: CB Kendall Sheffield, Ohio State
Analysis: Sheffield started 11 games and played in all 16. He had 46 tackles on the season and forced one fumble.
Pick: DE John Cominsky, Charleston, WV
Analysis: Cominsky was activated for 10 games and had 11 tackles with half a sack. Not a bad start, but not a great one either.
Pick: RB Qadree Ollison, Pittsburgh
Analysis: Ollison played in 8 games and while he only ran for 50 yards, he did find the end zone 4 times, which is great value from a 5th rounder.
Pick: CB Jordan Miller, Washington
Analysis: Miller played in 10 games but was suspended for four. He finished the season with 4 tackles. There are still a lot of questions surrounding this guy.
Pick: WR Marcus Green, Louisiana-Monroe
Analysis: Green is aptly named because he now belongs to the Eagles.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 11.5/16
The Falcons made an effort to improve their offensive line in the 2019 NFL Draft and they did just. They used the 14th overall pick on guard Chris Lindstrom. While it sucks for them that he missed 11 games, he did play very well in the 5 he was healthy for. They traded back into round 1 to land offensive tackle Kaleb McGary. He started every single game at right tackle for the Dirty Birds and should stay there for the next decade. The Falcons also got some production from their Day 3 choices. Cornerback Kendall Sheffield had nearly 50 tackles on the season and running back Qadree Ollison had a surprising 4 touchdowns. This grade should increase after next season if Lindstrom can stay healthy. The Falcons had a resurgence late in the season and their rookies contributed a great deal to that. This will never be a sexy draft for the Falcons, but it could end up being a very good one.