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
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Pick: WR N’Keal Harry, ASU
Analysis: Harry had 12 catches on the year for 105 yards and two touchdowns. He did battle some injuries, but that is not first-round production.
Pick: CB Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt
Analysis: Williams was active for 9 games and had 5 tackles. Not very good.
Pick: DE Chase Winovich, Michigan
Analysis: Winovich was the Pats’ most productive rookie with 26 tackles and 5.5 sacks.
Pick: RB Damien Harris, Alabama
Analysis: Harris toted the rock 4 times and averaged 3 yards per carry. Yikes.
Pick: OT Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia
Analysis: Cajuste never saw the field as a rookie, as it took him longer than expected to recover from an injury.
Pick: G Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas
Analysis: Froholdt didn’t see the field either because he was also hurt.
Pick: QB Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
Analysis: Stidham was active in three games and did see a little time. He threw for 14 yards and an interception.
Pick: DT Byron Cowart, Maryland
Analysis: Cowart was active in 5 games and had 2 tackles. Got to do more than that for pointage.
Pick: P Jake Bailey, Stanford
Analysis: Bailey became the Pats punter and had a solid year. He had 81 punts for a 44.9 average with a long of 65. He was a good use of a fifth-round choice.
Pick: DB Ken Webster, Ole Miss
Analysis: Webster had 19 tackles…for the Dolphins.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 7.5/24 31%
The Patriots 2019 NFL Draft class may one day be looked at as a good one, but it can’t be after it’s year one production. Going off of last season’s numbers, it is a complete and utter failure. The Patriots had a ton of picks and a lot of those missed time with injuries. N’Keal Harry, Yodny Cajuste, and Hjalte Froholdt, all missed time with two of those guys missing the entire season. That very much hurt the grade. Harry did have flashes of potential and could earn a much bigger role in 2020. CB Joejuan Williams didn’t see the field much and the second-rounder didn’t do much in the chances he got. Third round running back Damien Harris was buried on the depth chart, and 4th round QB Jarrett Stidham was never expected to see the field playing behind Tom Brady. As bad as this class was in year one, there were some good things. They found their long term punter in fifth-round pick Jake Bailey. They also got a nice edge rusher in Chase Winovich who had 5.5 sacks as a rookie. The good news for the Patriots is that this grade has nowhere to go but up. With Yodny Cajuste and Hjalte Froholdt returning from injury and N’Keal Harry 100% by the start of the 2020 season, the production is sure to skyrocket. Joejuan Williams, Jarrett Stidham, and Damien Harris could also see bigger roles, which will lead to more positive output pushing this grade to a respectable and more Belichick like grade.