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: TE Noah Fant, Iowa
Analysis: Fant had 40 receptions for 562 yards and 3 scores in his debut season. That’s pretty good production, especially when one figures in the changes in quarterback the Broncos went through this season.
Pick: OG Dalton Risner, Kansas Stae
Analysis: Risner started every game at guard and became a great member of the community as expected.
Pick: QB Drew Lock, Missouri
Analysis: Lock started 5 games and threw for 1,020 yards with 7 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. His production wasn’t great, but he showed enough to make the Broncos believe they found their QB of the future.
Pick: DT Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio St.
Analysis: Jones played in 14 games and had 3.5 sacks and an interception. Not bad.
Pick: LB Justin Hollins, Oregon
Analysis: Hollins got dirty with 21 tackles and a sack in 15 games.
Analysis: Round 6
Pick: WR Juwann Winfree, Colorado
Analysis: Winfree was placed on IR after week 9.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 16/17 94% A
The Denver Broncos 2019 Draft looked sexy after the smoked cleared and after a year’s worth of production it remained sexy as hell. First-round pick tight end Noah Fant fought injuries for a large portion of the season but toughed it out and still had nearly 600 yards receiving with 3 touchdowns. He’s going to be a good one. They took versatile lineman Dalton Risner in Round 2 and he started every single game and played very well. They traded down in round 1 and acquired another second-round pick which became QB Drew Lock. He didn’t light the world on fire statistically, but showed plenty of moxie, and won his teammates over and looks to be the team’s long term answer at quarterback. The Broncos also got production out of the mid-rounds. Third round defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones had 3.5 sacks and an interception in rotational duty. Fifth-round linebacker Justin Hollins had a nice 21 tackles and a sack for the team. This grade should hold steady as Drew Lock gets a full season under his belt, and Noah Fant begins to realize his massive potential. Overall, this was a great job by John Elway, who traded down and was still able to acquire extremely talented players.