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NFL Draft Grades 2018: Final Results and Team-by-Team Letter Chart

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorApril 29, 2018

MADISON, WI - OCTOBER 21:  D.J. Moore #1 of the Maryland Terrapins makes a catch against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin.  (Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images)
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The third day of the NFL draft featured one of the best sports moments in recent memory, as linebacker Shaquem Griffin joined his brother Shaquill on the Seattle Seahawks after being drafted in the fifth round. Shaquem was born with amniotic band syndrome, and his left hand was amputated when he was just four years old.

Griffin starred for the undefeated UCF Knights and wowed everyone at the NFL Scouting Combine after previously being uninvited.

It's a remarkable story, one that stands out among many beginning to be written as hundreds of professional football careers begin.

Here's a look at the NFL draft results, final grades for each team and further analysis on two NFC teams who received top marks.

        

NFL Draft Tracker

        

A Grades

Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins

               

B Grades

Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks

          

C Grades

Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers

                 

D Grades

New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders

                 

Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers had pass-catching and secondary needs heading into the draft and took care of both within the first four picks. Wide receiver D.J. Moore should be no lower than third on the depth chart heading into the regular season, and tight end Ian Thomas just became the heir apparent to Greg Olsen.

On defense, LSU cornerback Donte Jackson may find himself with a starting job before Week 1, while the same could be said for safety Rashaan Gaulden. The team has gaps on the back end with the trade of cornerback Daryl Worley and the free-agency defection of safety Kurt Coleman. With those two gone, Jackson and Gaulden could slide right into the mix in the secondary.

With linebacker Thomas Davis retiring after this season, the Panthers also picked up two extra linebackers on the draft's third day in Jermaine Carter and Andre Smith.

Ultimately, the Panthers' picks were the result of marrying need and value in all of the right spots, making it a clear grade-A draft and one of the best in the league on paper. In fact, the Panthers might be a dark-horse sleeper for the NFC title after these additions. If Moore gets off to a hot start and Jackson and Gaulden acclimate well to the league early on, then the Panthers might be in great shape.

The NFC South division is tough thanks to the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons, but Carolina won't be an easy matchup for either of those teams.

             

New York Giants

The New York Giants clearly came into the draft with a plan to build the team from the inside out, and that's exactly what they did, as they picked up a mean mauler at offensive guard (Will Hernandez), two defensive linemen (R.J. McIntosh and B.J. Hill) and an edge-rusher (Lorenzo Carter).

Hernandez was the natural second-round selection after the Giants took Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick, with the idea being that Hernandez can create wide-open gaps for the uber-talented Penn State product to run through for the next decade or so.

McIntosh and Hill are with the Giants to add depth to a defensive line in new defensive coordinator James Bettcher's 3-4 scheme. It wouldn't be a surprise to see one of them starting at some point this year alongside nose tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison.

Carter was brought in to create pressure and disrupt the quarterback. The Giants defense will look a lot like the Arizona Cardinals' last season (naturally, as Bettcher was the defensive coordinator there before going to New York), which means that Big Blue should have a hard-hitting, fast, aggressive unit. Carter fits that mindset well and can make plays, like when he blocked a field-goal attempt in double overtime at the Rose Bowl.

The pick of Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta is an interesting one with Davis Webb already backing up Eli Manning, but extra competition is never a bad thing.

Ultimately, this draft was about getting back to tough, hard-nosed Giants football, and the picks look good at first glance.

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