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: DT Ed Oliver, Houston
Analysis: Oliver appeared in every game and started 7 of them. He accumulated 43 tackles, 5 sacks, and a forced fumble. Pretty good for a top ten pick, but probably a hair under expected production.
Pick: OT Cody Ford, Oklahoma
Analysis: Ford started 15 games and looks like a fixture on the Bills line for years to come.
Pick: RB Devin Singletary, FAU
Analysis: Singletary ran for 775 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Bills. He added 29 receptions and 194 yards through the air with an additional two scores. He’ll be the Bills feature back in 2020.
Pick: TE Dawson Knox, Ole Miss
Analysis: Knox started 11 games and had 28 catches for 388 yards and two touchdowns. Not bad production for a third-round pick.
Pick: LB Vosean Joseph, Florida
Analysis: Joseph was placed on IR before his season even started.
Pick: DB Jaquan Johnson, Miami FL
Analysis: Johnson appeared in 13 games and managed 8 tackles on the season. We’ll give him a little love for that.
Pick: DE Darryl Johnson North Carolina A&T
Analysis: Johnson was a role player for the Bills this season. He surprised with 15 tackles and a sack.
Pick: TE Tommy Sweeney Boston College
Analysis: Sweeney produced more than the average seventh-rounder. He caught 8 passes for 114 yards in 6 games played with the Bills.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 14.75/15
75% 98% A
The Bills 2019 Draft class was very productive in year one. They look to have landed two long-time starters in the trenches, with first-round pick Ed Oliver and second-round offensive tackle Cody Ford. Oliver had 5 sacks his rookie season and made over 40 tackles. He should be even better in year two with a year of experience under his belt. Cody Ford started 15 games and played at a high level, opening up holes in the run game and keeping Josh Allen upright. They also appear to have landed their featured running back in this class. Devin Singletary was picked in Round 3 and proved to be a dual-threat back who can score on the ground and through the air. Dawson Knox was also selected in the third round and he had solid production as a rookie and is the front runner to start at tight end for the Bills in 2020. The Bills even got help from their late-round picks as Jaquan Johnson, Darryl Johnson and Tommy Sweeney all produced to some degree.
The Bills are a team that is on the rise and it is Draft classes like this one that has helped get them there. Well done Bills, well done.