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 will start with the Arizona Cardinals who had the first pick in 2019 and 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: DE Clelin Ferrel, Clemson
Analysis: The Raiders shocked the world when they took Ferrell with the 4th overall pick. While he didn’t quite live up to that 4th overall billing, he had a very solid rookie season, with 38 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
Pick: RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama
Analysis: Jacobs was as advertised. He ran for 1,150 yards with 7 touchdowns as a rookie. He also caught 20 balls for 166 yards. He did this in 13 games, as he missed a few with injuries.
Pick: S Johnathan Abram
Analysis: Abram was hurt in the first game of the season, and was placed on I.R.
Pick: CB Trayvon Mullen, Clemson
Analysis: Mulled played in all 16 games and started 10. He had 50 tackles and one interception. That was a great return on a second-round investment.
Pick: DE Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan
Analysis: Crosby was one of the biggest steals of the entire 2019 NFL Draft. He had 47 tackles with 10 sacks and 4 forced fumbles.
Pick: CB Isaiah Johnson, Houston
Analysis: Johnson was disappointing, playing in only 5 games and making just 2 tackles.
Pick: TE Foster Moreau, LSU
Analysis: Moreau was a pleasant surprise. He caught 21 passes for 174 yards with 5 touchdowns. He did this in 13 games with 7 starts.
Pick: WR Hunter Renfrow, Clemson
Analysis: Renfrow was extremely productive in college but was a little underappreciated in the Draft process due to his lack of size and overall speed. He showed he can play in the NFL with 49 receptions for 605 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Pick: DE/OLB Quinton Bell, Prairie View A&M
Analysis: The Raiders gambled on this small schooler and he got cut. He now belongs to the Bucs.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 20.75/26 80% B-
Mike Mayock’s first-ever NFL Draft class was an impressive one. The Raiders had three first-round choices and look to have hit on all of them. While many ridiculed Mayock for taking Clelin Ferrell too early at pick 4, the guy did produce. Josh Jacobs became the team’s feature back as expected, rushing for over 1100 yards in just 13 games. Safety Johnathan Abram was in for a big season before getting hurt in Week 1. Those three will all be key components for the Raiders as they begin their new lives in Las Vegas. Mayock also hit on plenty of Day 2 and Day 3 picks. Trayvon Mullen looks to be a future starter as he played at a high level as a rookie. Maxx Crosby was simply one of the biggest steals of the Draft, as he registered 10 sacks as a rookie. That is crazy for a fourth-rounder to do in year one. He also got key contributors in Tight End Foster Moreau and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. The only pick Mayock missed on was his last one as he took a shot on a small schooler in the sixth round and that didn’t pan out.
The only reason this grade is a B- is because this is a production-based grading system and Abram missed the entire season. When he comes back healthy in 2020 and puts in a full year, the grade should jump into that “A” range where it truly belongs. Well done Mr. Mayock.