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 ORLEANS SAINTS
Pick: G/C Erik McCoy, Texas A&M
Analysis: McCoy started all 16 games and played very well.
Pick: S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida
Analysis: It was thought at the time that Gardner-Johnson was a steal in the fourth round. It proved to be true as he had 49 tackles, a forced fumble, an interception and started 7 games.
Pick: S Saquon Hampton, Rutgers
Analysis: Hampton had one tackle but other than that, had a forgettable rookie season.
Pick: TE Alize Mack, Notre Dame
Analysis: Mack was cut by the Saints, and spent some time with KC but is now at home.
Pick: LB Kaden Ellis, Idaho
Analysis: Ellis appeared in 3 games and had one tackle. That’s something he can tell his grandkids, but it won’t get him any points.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 7.5/6 125% A+
The Saints only had 5 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft but they nailed their first two. The Saints didn’t have a first-round pick but still found two starters in this Draft. The first is their new center, Erik McCoy. He played extremely well and looks to be the man snapping the ball for the Saints for the next decade. They also found a starter in the fourth round. Safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson proved to be a playmaker. Many thought he had a chance to go in the first round but slid all the way down the board into the third day. He had almost 50 tackles on the season and created a couple of turnovers. He’ll head into 2020 as a starter and will be seen as one of the biggest breakout players for the Saints. The rest of the Saints Draft didn’ net them many results. They do have to factor in Marcus Davenport who they gave up their first-round pick to get in 2018. He had 6 sacks last year and is beginning to reach is immense potential. This wasn’t a big class for the Saints but it was a good one that has been highly productive after the first year.