Category Archives: Draft Review

Pigskin’s 2023 NFL Draft Team Grades ALL

The month of June is on the horizon, and the NFL  Draft is a full month in the rear view mirror. And to be honest I have not seen a new specific Team Draft Grade request from any readers in over a week. So, I am going to wrap up my Draft Grade series with a total report… Read More »

Pigskin’s 2023 NFL Draft Team Grades TEXANS

We are getting to the end of these Draft Grades and I have finally reached the point where I think I know how I really feel about this Draft for the TEXANS. I am a very strong believer that for a team that was in the sorry situation that they were 3 seasons ago, a total roster rebuild… Read More »

Pigskin’s 2023 NFL Draft Team Grades CHARGERS

As long as these guys have a healthy JUSTIN HERBERT as their Franchise QB they will always be worthy of a mention when discussing Play-Off contenders in the AFC West. But to my eyes this team is unlikely to be a legit threat to the MAHOMES-led CHIEFS until they figure out how to either draft tougher players, who… Read More »

Pigskin’s 2023 NFL Draft Grades RAIDERS

The new leadership council is well on its way to a retooling of the RAIDERS roster which had been the work of Team GRUDEN/MAYOCK. And quite frankly I think many of the initial moves initiated by Team ZIEGLER/McDANIELS already look like moves that are still heading backwards, or running in place. DEREK CARR out, JIMMY GAROPPOLO in, does… Read More »

Pigskin’s 2023 NFL Draft Team Grades BENGALS

With the meteoric emergence of QB JOE BURROW as their Franchise QB  the BENGALS have emerged as a penthouse dweller, and are actually acting like one most of the time. They still throw nickels around like manhole covers on certain things, but they are willing to pay the price to sustain a winning roster. And it should also… Read More »

Pigskin’s 2023 NFL Draft Team Grades PANTHERS

The one is a bit dicey to figure, because they went out to get the top Pick in the Draft and got it at a fairly steep price when you realize how good of a wideout D.J. MOORE had been for them, and how many Picks over this and next year’s Draft they gave up for this Pick.… Read More »

Pigskin’s 2023 NFL Draft Team Grades DA BEARS

After a noisy pre-Draft period, which hit its apex when GM RYAN POLES traded the first Pick in the Draft to Carolina for a nice bunch of Picks and the Panthers top receiver in A.J. MOORE. Don’t discount the value of MOORE when discussing this Pick trade. Without an elite QB throwing to him in Carolina MOORE has… Read More »

Pigskin’s 2023 NFL Draft Team Grades SAINTS

I owe all the Saints fans down in the Big Easy and other points around Louisiana a major apology. I had worked up a Draft Grade and analysis for the SAINTS  just after the Draft ended. But other than talking about it briefly in radio conversation with Billy Ryckman on “The GOAT” radio station out of Lafayette, I… Read More »

Pigskin’s 2023 NFL Draft Team Grades J-E-T-S

Jets, Jets, Jets!    So, by now most JETS fans have at least halfway descended back down to Mother Earth after their pre-Draft high based on the RODGERS trade officially done . The team’s Draft is still in the background shadow of Savior AARON RODGERS and his descent into the Big Apple. They have their QB for now… Read More »

Pigskin’s 2023 NFL Draft Team Grades GIANTS

The reborn GIANTS, under the new leadership of GM JOE SCHOEN and Rookie Head Coach BRIAN DABOLL morphed into a Play-Off caliber team last season. And they are hoping that they will take the next step this coming season and progress through some levels of the Play-Offs. With just under 30 new players listed on their post-Draft roster… Read More »

PIGSKIN’s 2023 NFL Draft Team Grades COWBOYS

It strikes me that a great number of Cowboys fans (and haters for that matter) are of the false impression that the team just buys up veteran players if it wants to fill holes and build up their roster. In reality nothing could be further from the truth. Jerry Jones might like to do it the old fashioned… Read More »

PIGSKIN’s 2023 NFL Draft Team Grades LIONS

The LIONS have come on like a freight train after jettisoning the short MATT PATRICIA coaching era. The selection of BRAD HOLMES as their GM and his hire of former LIONS TE DAN CAMPBELL as their Head Coach has this franchise steadily rebuilding the roster and seems poised for a legit Play-Off spot this coming season. Despite brave… Read More »

PIGSKIN’s 2023 NFL Draft Team Grades STEELERS

There can be little debate that one of the widest and most ardent fan bases in the NFL belongs to the PITTSBURGH STEELERS. And those fans clearly consider last year’s mediocre Steelers effort as an aberration, due in great part to the transition from BIG BEN’s Offense to his anointed successor KENNY PICKETT. It cannot be debated that… Read More »

PIGSKIN’s 2023 NFL Draft Team Grades CARDINALS

I am looking to give the Cardinals a grade, but first I want to give you some analysis of how teams work the Draft to accrue the greatest Draft Capitol, now and down the road. Just like most of us might try to find investment opportunities which enrich our financial portfolios teams try to use their current Draft… Read More »

Pigskin’s 2023 Draft Team Grades Bottom Feeders

Everyday of our lives we likely win some, we lose some. That is especially true in the world of sports. In the NFL the annual College Player Selection Process (The Draft) is the primary tool for teams to acquire  young talent, at a reasonable price to refresh and/or retool their player rosters. Earlier this week I gave you… Read More »

PIGSKIN’s. 2023 NFL Draft Team Grades WINNERS

Let’s carry on with the Cream Of the Crop Drafts over the past weekend. I have 3 more teams that I ranked as having A- efforts, just a notch below the COLTS & EAGLES. So let explain why the following teams impressed me with their drafting efforts. Grade:  A-       SEATTLE SEAHAWKS SCHNEIDER & CARROLL  enjoyed… Read More »

PIGSKIN’S 2023 NFL Draft Top Team Draft Grades

If you are looking at the title of this article, and scratching your head wondering if this is April 1st, and this is  bad April Fools Day joke, just relax. No, it is indeed May 1st, and it is not a joke. But you would be correct in thinking to yourself that your friend Pigskin has proclaimed that… Read More »

Draft Board Team Values 2022 Part 2

Let’s highlight another 4 teams and see how their Draft Picks and other Rookies stack up as values compared to my final prospect rankings. BALTIMORE RAVENS           11 Picks,   4 RFA Pick 14      KYLE HAMILTON    S  PP#9 Pick 25     TYLER LINDERBAUM    OC    PP#23 Pick 45  … Read More »

Draft Board Team Draft Values 2022

Instead of an article featuring prospects from the USFL, I am headed back to the 2022 NFL Draft. I am going to rate, not grade, some team Drafts based on who they picked and signed relative to my pre-Draft player rankings. So below you will see columns for Picks, player/position, my rank. Since my last ranked player was… Read More »

DRAFT Review 2021 AFC West

And last, but not least, we look at the AFC West, with young star QB PATRICK MAHOMES. The CHIEFS took it on the chin in the Super Bowl, trying to repeat their 2020 title there. But their OL let them down and cagey vet  TOM BRADY took apart the CHIEFS secondary. The CHARGERS, led by star Rookie QB… Read More »

DRAFT Reviews 2021 NFC West

Let’s head West for the NFC Division with the CARDINALS, RAMS, 49’ERS, and SEA HAWKS. It was a strange 3 days for these teams in general. The 4 teams combined for only 27 Picks overall. The SEA HAWKS, thanks primarily to credit card trades to bolster their 2020 roster, were left with a measly 3 Picks, the fewest… Read More »


This group of teams has historically been one of the most Draft-centric in the NFL. In general, they hoard their Picks and look to accumulate extras through the loss of Salary Cap unfriendly vets. The BROWNS have probably deviated the most from this route, in good part due to all the changes in GM’s and Head Coaches in… Read More »

Draft Review 2021 NFC North

When the 2021 regular season rolls around, we could be looking at 3 of the 4 teams in this division under a new QB. DA BEARS drafted JUSTIN FIELDS/Ohio State, and cut MITCH TRUBISKY outright. The LIONS traded MATTHEW STAFFORD for JARED GOFF, kinda. And AARON RODGERS says he is done in Green Bay. COUSINS for the VIKES… Read More »


Not exactly the strongest division in the League, and the power structure within has changed dramatically in the last couple of years. The JAGUARS seem to have hope under the leadership of URBAN MEYER and with this year’s Draft Class. The TEXANS are headed the other direction with a disgruntled star QB, and you forgot that AARON RODGERS… Read More »

Draft Review 2021 NFC South

Herein resides the Super Bowl champion BUCCANEERS, led by TOM BRADY. Things went quite well in 2020, so the team wisely brought back all of it’s starters for another go round. On the other hand, the SAINTS, who have been all-in for several years to make a Super Bowl run, have hit the wall. DREW BREES has officially… Read More »