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MAKING THE NFL GRADE

By Marc Lawrence — The start of the new NFL season is underway, and news on extensions, franchise tags and new deals with unrestricted free agents is coming in fast. Pro Football Focus’ Free Agency Deal Grader does a terrific job of breaking down all the news using PFF’s play-by-play grading system along with team situations and contract details and assigns each deal into one of six categories: Elite, Very Good, Above Average, Average, Below Average or Poor. Here is sample of their analysis of Arizona Cardinals trade of RB David Johnson for Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins: Texans: Poor. Cardinals: Elite. Houston is a team that just traded multiple first-round selections for the less valuable Laremy Tunsil. We’ve seen receivers like Odell Beckham Jr. and Stefon Diggs both of whom aren’t quite on the same level as Hopkins draw much better packages recently. Sorry Texans’ fans, but this makes no sense whatsoever on the part of Houston. On the flip side, there can’t be anyone happier than Steve Keim, Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray in Arizona. For grades on each transaction this offseason click here.
By The Numbers
ESPN reports that with the Todd Gurley signing and Hayden Hurst trade, the Atlanta Falcons offense now boasts 10 former 1st-round picks who are projected starters for 2020. According to Elias Sports, no team has started 10 offensive players selected in the 1st round in the Common Draft Era (since 1967).
Grinding Out The Profits
The Miami Dolphins haven’t won a playoff game in two decades. They have started 21 different QBs since Dan Marino retired. The Dolphins finished 5-4 down the stretch last season and have three first-round draft picks in this year’s NFL Draft. Rest assured Miami will draft a quarterback in the first round of this year’s draft – that you can bank on.
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