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: RB David Montgomery, Iowa State
Analysis: Montgomery ground out 880 yards on the ground his rookie season. He added 6 touchdowns, with 25 receptions and another score through the air.
Pick: WR Riley Ridley, Georgia
Analysis: Ridley was active for 5 games and had 6 catches for 69 (ha ha) yards on the season.
Pick: CB Duke Shelley, Kansas State
Analysis: Shelley was activated 9 times but failed to record any other type of statistic.
Pick: RB Kerrith Whyte, Florida Atlantic
Analysis: Kerrith ith now a Thteeler.
Pick: CB Stephen Denmark, Valdosta State
Analysis: Denmark didn’t get a sniff his rookie season.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 4.5/5 90% A-
The Bears didn’t have many picks in the 2019 Draft, but they at least made their first one count. The Bears moved up and took RB David Montgomery from Iowa State in the third round. He had a very impressive preseason where the Bears made him the focal point of their offense. Many figured he was going to have a huge rookie season. For whatever reason, the Bears didn’t ride him as hard once the games started counting and he had a good year, but not an excellent one. Montgomery ran for almost 900 yards on the ground with 6 touchdowns. He proved to be a dual-threat, as he caught 25 passes and scored one receiving touchdown. He’ll be the team’s lead back moving forward, assuming they allow him to be. 4th round pick Riley Ridley is about the only other potential contributor from this class. He didn’t do much his rookie season but could see an expanded role in 2020. This class will be known for David Montgomery and the future of its grade will depend heavily on his production from here on out.