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Bob McGinn's 39th Annual NFL Draft Series is complete. Learn about the players your team drafted inside.
Take shelter. The cruel spawn of the Mock Draft — NFL DRAFT GRADES — commenced its assault at dawn.
There’s no escape. Be safe. Hug your loved ones.
And if you’d rather see what NFL scouts and executives think about the players your favorite team drafted, all links from Bob McGinn’s 39th Annual NFL Draft Series are below.
Joking aside, there’s nothing wrong with analyzing a team’s draft. We’ve done it here. But mocks and specific grades have become such a grift. For the love, these draft picks haven’t even reported to rookie minicamp yet. McGinn spent several weeks catching up with personnel men to give you a sense for how the league views these draft prospects. Opinions are all over the place, and that’s exactly what life’s like inside NFL draft meetings.
Of course, teams will be critical.
Their jobs are on the line. One bad pick can get you fired. This is a high-pressure business for everyone.
Also, I want to thank everyone again for your readership. Absolutely blown away by the support. Your desire to read, to learn, to go beyond what’s fed at press conferences is what’ll forever fuel Go Long. Not some corporate master from above. I treasure our relationship to maintain such independence. Reach me any time at email@example.com.
More stories coming soon, but here’s our draft coverage from the week. Each part from McGinn’s series consists of a story at the top with full, comprehensive rankings at that position beneath.
Everything is accessible to paid Go Long subscribers.
Have a great day.
Full scouting reports on Lukas Van Ness, Dalton Kincaid and Deonte Banks. Green Bay rolled the dice on the Iowa edge rusher. Buffalo and New York hope they also found immediate starters.
Scout Extras: Packers go wild for tight ends, Giants steal Jalin Hyatt, Bills add to O-Line. Bob McGinn empties the notebook on these Day 2 prospects. Tucker Kraft, Green Bay's 78th overall pick, drew rave reviews: "He reminded me of Gronkowski. ... He can be the best of the group.”
Scout Extras: Inside Green Bay's gambles. Here's what the personnel men said about Colby Wooden, Sean Clifford and all nine of the Packers' Day 3 draft picks.
The best player in the NFL Draft? It's Bijan Robinson, say NFL scouts. "He’s an absolute freak show.” (Also: Why Devon Witherspoon is their favorite.)
Bob McGinn’s Happy Hour Replay. On Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre, Bart Starr, all things Packers and NFL Draft.
Lamar Jackson and the Ravens give hope to humanity. In the nick of time, too. Baltimore is doing right by its MVP quarterback. Compromise can be a hell of a drug.
The Atlanta Falcons have stepped into the ring. This isn't how teams are supposed to build but the Falcons don't care. With Bijan Robinson, they’ll make their move in the NFC.
Next 'Joe Burrow?' The scouts' take on No. 1 pick Bryce Young. The Carolina Panthers make the Alabama quarterback their top pick.
Brian Gutekunst is the captain now. Uh, "risk?" The risk is convincing yourself an apathetic 39-year-old quarterback finds the fountain of youth.