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Falcons Draft Class gets Highest Grade from NFL.com

NFL Draft Analyst Chad Reuter of NFL.com has given the Atlanta Falcons an A+ for their haul at the NFL Draft, the only team to get such a grade.

Reuter says this off the Falcons:

Adding pass-catcher extraordinaire Pitts with the fourth overall pick gives a boost to the Falcons’ offense, especially in the red zone, where the team struggled at times in 2020. Atlanta made two excellent picks on Friday night, with Grant likely stepping into a starting role at safety and Mayfield a solid projection to guard, an area in which the Falcons needed more depth.

Hall is an athletic and competitive corner worthy of the early fourth-round selection. Dalman is an athletic center with NFL genes. He can compete with 2020 draft pick Matt Hennessy at center or allow Hennessy to move to guard. Graham has the quickness that will help him win inside next to Grady Jarrett. Ogundeji is a long, powerful rusher. He might not have elite speed, but will still get the job done. Getting a top-notch kick returner and willing defender in Williams was excellent, as was the selection of Darby, who has potential as a quick-footed deep threat.

New general manager Terry Fontenot had to be pleased with the results and the ability of this group to contribute right away. 

To be fair, I wish I had Reuter in college as he seems an awfully easy grader giving out 19 A’s and only five grades below a B+. But the Atlanta Falcons were the only A+.

Fontenot was brought in from the New Orleans Saints, and his former team had the second lowest grade with a B-. 

The Houston Texans were the class clowns of this bunch coming in with the lone, shameful C out of the 32 teams.

Full Grades

Team Grade
Atlanta Falcons A+
Baltimore Ravens A
Carolina Panthers A
Chicago Bears A
Cleveland Browns A
Dallas Cowboys A
Green Bay Packers A
Los Angeles Chargers A
Los Angeles Rams A
Miami Dolphins A
Minnesota Vikings A
New York Giants A
Philadelphia Eagles A
Pittsburgh Steelers A
Buffalo Bills A-
Jacksonville Jaguars A-
Kansas City Chiefs A-
New England Patriots A-
Tampa Bay Buccaneers A-
Arizona Cardinals B+
Cincinnati Bengals B+
Denver Broncos B+
Detroit Lions B+
Indianapolis Colts B+
San Francisco 49ers B+
Tennessee Titans B+
Washington Redskins B+
Las Vegas Raiders B
New York Jets B
Seattle Seahawks B
New Orleans Saints B-
Houston Texans C

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy is an Atlanta native and 20 year media veteran including time as Director of Scouting at Scout.com, Managing Editor at 247Sports, VP Content Operations at Sports Illustrated and more. Scott has appeared as a recruiting and NFL Draft analyst on dozens of media including ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today, NY Times, and more.
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