The 2015 NFL draft concluded Saturday evening. Rotoworld blurbed every single selection, picks one (Jameis Winston) through 256 (Gerald Christian).
After a grueling three days of “work,” we'll put the finishing touches on our intensive draft coverage with post-draft grades.
But let's be clear: We don't believe in assessing draft hauls immediately after the three-day event. This is strictly for your pleasure. If you're reading this intro, you're interested. And we want to appeal to you. Don't take these grades too seriously. We'll know a lot more about this draft around 2018.
Here are the NFC Draft Grades:
San Francisco 49ers
17. Oregon DE Arik Armstead
46. Samford S Jaquiski Tartt
79. Virginia OLB Eli Harold
117. Oklahoma TE Blake Bell
126. South Carolina RB Mike Davis
132. Georgia Tech WR DeAndre Smelter
165. Clemson P Bradley Pinion
190. Boston College OG Ian Silberman
244. Florida OG Trent Brown
254. South Carolina TE Rory Anderson
Overview: The 49ers drew day-one praise for trading down with the Chargers and still securing "their guy" in Armstead. I view Armstead as a classic boom-or-bust prospect, however, and unworthy of a top-20 pick. For someone as physically gifted as he is, Armstead had an alarming shortage of college production. Tartt will be a special teamer this season. I don't think Bell has the tools to become more than a little-used, role-playing tight end in the pros. Davis is a straight-linish grinder. Smelter will redshirt in year one. Pinion is a punter. Silberman, Brown, and Anderson are throwaways. The pick I did like was Harold, who wasn't a favorite in the draftnik community but offers double-digit sack potential as a developmental pass rusher. I expected a lot more projectable year-one impact from GM Trent Baalke's 2015 class. It wouldn't surprise me if one or even none of these players becomes a good football player right away.
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