2019 NFL GM Offseason Report Cards

Gary Davenport@@IDPSharksNFL AnalystMay 14, 2019

2019 NFL GM Offseason Report Cards

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    It falls to the players to physically win games in the NFL and to the head coaches and their staffs to devise the game plans those players execute. 

    But there's one other person who is vital to each team's success: the general manager—the man who, as Bill Parcells once put it, "buys the groceries" that make up a roster.

    Since the moment the 2018 season ended (and, frankly, well before that), GMs have been going about the business of making teams better. Of pursuing and signing free agents. Of scouting and drafting rookies. The hours are long. The pressure is high.

    Some have had outstanding offseasons of splash acquisitions, free-agent bargains, shrewd trades and draft-day steals. For many more, things have gone relatively well—it could have gone better, but it could have been exponentially worse.

    And a few general managers surely wish they could travel back in time and do it all over again.

    Now, it's time to take a look at how the offseason went for every GM, from Steve Keim to Bruce Allen, and hand out report cards.


Arizona Cardinals: Steve Keim

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    The offseason grade for Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim isn't based on his No. 1 overall selection of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray in the 2019 draft—at least not primarily. It's also not based on Keim's attempts to upgrade the offensive line or improve the linebackers.

    The thing is, none of those moves is going to impact the team as much as the hiring of head coach Kliff Kingsbury—a decision that led the Cardinals to cut bait on Josh Rosen under center after one year.

    Maybe the hiring of Kingsbury will turn out to be a brilliant move that proves the doubters wrong, but the former Texas Tech coach's team finished below .500 in 2018. Kingsbury has never won more than eight games in a season at the collegiate level, won just one bowl game in Lubbock and (at least in some eyeswasn't the offensive mastermind there he's been made out to be.

    This has the earmarks of an era that's going to be short-lived and end badly, regardless of the players the team acquired this offseason.

    GRADE: C-

Atlanta Falcons: Thomas Dimitroff

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    In his recent rankings of general managers, Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com slotted Thomas Dimitroff of the Atlanta Falcons among the league's best at No. 5, writing:

    "The 2018 season went horribly awry in a number of ways for Dimitroff, but this rank attempts to take the longview, like general managers do. Dimitroff's track record with two different head coaches is impressive, although it's fair to question whether the Falcons have rewarded some of the wrong players lately. Devonta Freeman's post-contract injuries are mostly bad luck, but cornerback Robert Alford's extension proved premature and the organization's continued loyalty to Vic Beasley hasn't borne fruit. Still, there's too much talent on this roster to stay down for long."

    Atlanta had a relatively quiet offseason without a lot of roster turnover. The loss of Tevin Coleman to the San Francisco 49ers could sting if Freeman can't stay healthy, but remaking the right side of the offensive line with a pair of first-round picks (Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary) could pay big dividends.

    GRADE: B

Baltimore Ravens: Eric DeCosta

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    Eric DeCosta's first offseason in charge of the Baltimore Ravens has been a tale of two halves.

    The first half (free agency) didn't go so well. Yes, the Ravens brought in three-time All-Pro safety Earl Thomas, but that was only after they bid goodbye to Eric Weddle. That upgrade was offset (and then some) by the loss of the team's two best edge-rushers (Terrell Suggs and Za'Darius Smith) and its top inside linebacker (C.J. Mosley).

    Things got better in the draft, though. The Ravens got quarterback Lamar Jackson receiving help in first-rounder Marquise Brown and third-rounder Miles Boykin. Third-round defensive end Jaylon Ferguson could help offset the losses of Smith and Suggs.

    Baltimore had more roster turnover than a reigning division champion generally likes to see, but DeCosta did a good job of addressing needs on offense and stopping the bleeding a bit on defense.

    GRADE: C+

Buffalo Bills: Brandon Beane

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    There weren't many general managers who were more active this offseason than Buffalo's Brandon Beane.

    In free agency, the Bills focused on the offensive side of the ball. They brought in a pair of veteran wide receivers in speedster John Brown (4.34 40-yard dash) and slot man Cole Beasley, as well as a veteran tight end in Tyler Kroft. They got offensive line help by signing center Mitch Morse and tackle Ty Nsekhe. They added depth in the backfield with ageless tailback Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon.

    The draft class was a bit more well-rounded. Ed Oliver is a disruptive 3-technique tackle who has drawn comparisons to Aaron Donald. Offensive lineman Cody Ford has the potential to be a Day 1 starter at guard or tackle. Devin Singletary gives the Bills one of the deepest running back corps in the league. And fifth-round inside linebacker Vosean Joseph could prove to be a steal if his production ever meets his potential.

    Buffalo may not be a playoff contender yet, and it can be argued Beane overpaid Beasley (four years, $29 million) and Brown (three years, $27 million).

    But the Bills are better now than they were a few months ago.

    GRADE: A-

Carolina Panthers: Marty Hurney

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    For the Carolina Panthers and general manager Marty Hurney, the offseason was all about washing off the stink from last year's second-half face-plant and getting things back on track.

    Free agency came and went without much action. The Panthers' biggest moves were hanging on to their own by re-upping safety Eric Reid and right tackle Daryl Williams. Their biggest loss was outside linebacker Thomas Davis, although that would have been a much bigger blow when Davis was 27 rather than 36.

    That left the draft as Carolina's avenue for improvement, and Hurney didn't squander the opportunity. Edge-rusher Brian Burns infuses some badly needed youth into the defensive front. Tackle Greg Little should play significant snaps as a rookie. Carolina upgraded at quarterback behind Cam Newton with Will Grier, and it may have found a Day 3 replacement for Davis in Christian Miller.

    The biggest problem now is one Hurley has no control over—the health of Newton's surgically repaired shoulder.

    GRADE: B

Chicago Bears: Ryan Pace

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    It wasn't that long ago when many fans were calling for general manager Ryan Pace's head on a platter.

    What a difference a year (and a division title) makes.

    Fresh off their NFC North crown and subsequent playoff disappointment, the Chicago Bears made a series of subtractions and additions.

    Safety Adrian Amos stung Chicago by joining the rival Green Bay Packers, but the Bears got a comparable talent in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on a steal of a one-year, $3 million deal.

    The team traded tailback Jordan Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles for a bag of beef jerky, but third-round rookie David Montgomery is a more versatile back and a better fit in head coach Matt Nagy's offense. Riley Ridley was a nice add to improve Chicago's wideout corps on the third day of the draft.

    Not all the switches were net positives, though. Replacing slot corner Bryce Callahan with veteran Buster Skrine is a substantial step backward. And even though kicking woes derailed the Bears' playoff run last season, that position remains a potential problem area in 2019.

    GRADE: B-

Cincinnati Bengals: Duke Tobin

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    Technically, Duke Tobin isn't the Bengals GM—he's the director of player personnel. But for all intents and purposes, he's the team's general manager.

    In news that should surprise no one, the Bengals weren't big players in free agency. Cornerback B.W. Webb was the biggest outside addition, and that signing that didn't exactly move the proverbial needle.

    Things went a bit better in the 2019 draft. The Bengals missed out on linebacker help when the Steelers traded up to snag Devin Bush at No. 10 overall, but offensive tackle Jonah Williams was a nice consolation prize at another position of need.

    Cincinnati got more help on the O-line with fourth-rounder Michael Jordan, as well as a potential starter at linebacker in North Carolina State's Germaine Pratt. But while the Bengals had a need at tight end after offseason personnel losses, the selection of Drew Sample in Round 2 felt like a reach.

    First-year head coach Zac Taylor has his work cut out for him.

    GRADE: C+

Cleveland Browns: John Dorsey

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    When John Dorsey took the reins as GM of the Cleveland Browns in December 2017, he inherited a talent-bereft team that had one win over its last two seasons.

    Now, people are saying "Browns" and "Super Bowl" in the same sentence—without doing a spit take.

    The hype's gone into hyperdrive in large part because of the splash moves Dorsey made this offseason. There was the trade that brought in Pro Bowl edge-rusher Olivier Vernon to play opposite Myles Garrett. Another deal landed the Browns arguably the NFL's best wide receiver in Odell Beckham Jr. And Cleveland signed yet another Pro Bowl defensive lineman in Sheldon Richardson.

    Dorsey's draft class wasn't quite the same home run. The Browns lost their first-rounder to the New York Giants in the Beckham deal, and some thought they reached with the selection of linebacker Sione Takitaki in Round 3. But Dorsey also got a first-round talent at No. 46 overall in LSU cornerback Greedy Williams.

    The cupboard is most assuredly not bare for head coach Freddie Kitchens in Cleveland.

    GRADE: A

Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones

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    The Dallas Cowboys are an anomaly in the modern NFL—the team's owner (Jerry Jones) also serves as GM.

    In fact, as Barry Horn wrote for Forbes in February, Jones admitted to NBC's Bob Costas in 2012 that he'd have fired himself as general manager were he not, you know, the same guy.

    "You basically have to straighten that guy out in the mirror when you work for yourself," Jones told Costas. "But certainly, if I'd had the discretion, I've done it with coaches and certainly I would have changed a general manager."

    Confused yet?

    However, in recent years, Jones has done a better job with the roster. Signing Randall Cobb in free agency (one year, $5 million) was a cost-effective replacement for the departed Cole Beasley. Dallas didn't have a first-round selection because of the Amari Cooper trade, but Day 2 picks Trysten Hill and Connor McGovern could contribute early.

    Add in the extension of top edge-rusher Demarcus Lawrence, and while it was a quiet offseason by Jones' standards, it was also a pretty good one.

    GRADE: B-

Denver Broncos: John Elway

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    The 2019 season could be a make-or-break one for Denver general manager John Elway—and the offseason that preceded it is going to be judged by whether Elway finally has some success addressing the quarterback position.

    Veteran acquisition Joe Flacco, 34, is a temporary fix at best, and that's only if he can turn back the clock and recapture some of the form he showed during his better years in Baltimore. If second-rounder Drew Lock turns out to be the long-term answer, he'll be one of the biggest steals of this draft class, but he's no sure bet.

    Whoever the quarterback is, though, has better odds of playing well thanks to the addition of veteran tackle Ja'Wuan James and rookie Dalton Risner. Elway also upgraded the secondary with two veteran corners in Kareem Jackson and Bryce Callahan. Their arrivals should more than offset the loss of Bradley Roby.

    The Broncos aren't better than their AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs or Los Angeles Chargers. But they are better than they were.

    GRADE: B+

Detroit Lions: Bob Quinn

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    After the Detroit Lions finished the 2018 season at 6-10 and in last place in the NFC North, there's more than a little pressure on head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn to engineer a quick turnaround.

    The odds of that aren't great.

    The Lions made a big splash in free agency by giving edge-rusher Trey Flowers $18 million per season over five years, and Flowers, 25, is a good young player. But he has never tallied eight sacks in a season.

    Similarly, first-round draft pick T.J. Hockenson is a gifted, NFL-ready tight end. But the Lions had bigger needs than that position—especially given their lack of success drafting tight ends early. Eric Ebron didn't start living up to his draft slot until he was in Indianapolis, and Brandon Pettigrew never did.

    The Lions went into this offseason as a fourth-place football team in the division. They left it in a distressingly similar condition.

    And that could mean a warm seat for Patricia and Quinn come Christmas.

    GRADE: C-

Green Bay Packers: Brian Gutekunst

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    One thing is for sure—Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst is not Ted Thompson.

    Whereas Thompson was all about caution and frugality in free agency, Gutekunst is more free-wheeling. His second year at the helm included a retool of the pass rush with the additions of veterans Preston and Za'Darius Smith—players who did not come cheaply (combined $118 million over four years). Green Bay also spent one of its two first-rounders on Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary.

    It used its second first-rounder on safety Darnell Savage, who will shore up the back end alongside veteran free agent Adrian Amos, who came over from Chicago.

    Gutekunst hit the offensive line with free agent Billy Turner and rookie second-rounder Elgton Jenkins, and he spent three more draft picks on defense. But he didn't do anything notable to address a wideout corps that thins out quickly behind Davante Adams.

    Unless one of the team's youngsters at the position emerges, that could become a problem.

    GRADE: B

Houston Texans: Brian Gaine

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    Houston Texans general manager Brian Gaine had one overriding mission in the 2019 offseason—fix an offensive line that allowed a league-high 62 sacks in 2018.

    He failed.

    Yes, the Texans made an addition in free agency. But after whiffing on the big names at tackle, they settled on Matt Kalil, a first-round bust who missed the entire 2018 campaign with a knee injury.

    They made additions in the draft as well, but they missed out on Washington State's Andre Dillard by a single pick. So instead the selection was Tytus Howard, a talented but raw prospect who played at tiny Alabama State. Second-round guard Max Scharping played at Northern Illinois—not exactly a hotbed of NFL-ready talent.

    Houston took a hit defensively too. Going from Kareem Jackson and Tyrann Mathieu to Bradley Roby and Tashaun Gipson is a sizable downgrade.

    Simply put, Gaine blew it.

    GRADE: D

Indianapolis Colts: Chris Ballard

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    Heading into this offseason, Indianapolis was in position to be a major player in free agency. The player, actually, as the Colts had over $100 million in cap space—easily the most in the NFL.

    They didn't go wild in free agency, but in signing wide receiver Devin Funchess and Justin Houston to relatively modest contracts, the Colts obtained two veterans who are (in theory) capable of helping the team right away.

    Indy kept that momentum going. The Colts traded their first-round pick to Washington for a pair of second-rounders and then proceeded to own Round 2. Each of their selections in that round (cornerback Rock Ya-Sin, defensive end Ben Banogu and wide receiver Parris Campbell) is a well-regarded prospect who has a legitimate chance at substantial snaps as a rookie.

    General manager Chris Ballard did as good a job this offseason as anyone in the NFL, and he has the team well-positioned to contend for not just the AFC South but also a trip to Miami and Super Bowl LIV.

    GRADE: A

Jacksonville Jaguars: David Caldwell

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    Things were going relatively well for the Jacksonville Jaguars—until linebacker Telvin Smith announced he was sitting out 2019.

    General manager David Caldwell's offseason began with a bang. The team got the quarterback it coveted when it signed Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles to a four-year, $88 million deal. That acquisition came at a cost, though. In order to free up cap space, the Jags jettisoned veteran defenders Malik Jackson and Tashaun Gipson.

    That big payday for Foles meant the team had to sit out the rest of free agency, but Caldwell had a good draft. Edge-rusher Josh Allen was a gift at No. 7 overall. Tackle Jawaan Taylor (Jacksonville's second-rounder) was a top-10 prospect on some boards. And spending a third-round pick on weak-side linebacker Quincy Williams may be a lifesaver in light of the Smith bombshell.

    It looks like a good haul, although the final grade won't come in until we see if Foles can lead the Jaguars back to the playoffs.

    GRADE: B+

Kansas City Chiefs: Brett Veach

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    For a team that made the AFC Championship Game last campaign, the Kansas City Chiefs have gone through a ton of change this offseason—especially on defense.

    They took a buzzsaw to one of the league's worst defenses in 2018. There's a new defensive coordinator in Steve Spagnuolo. A new scheme. A new edge-rusher in Frank Clark. And new defensive backs in veteran safety Tyrann Mathieu and rookie Juan Thornhill.

    However, they had more than a few losses. They traded edge-rusher Dee Ford to San Francisco. Longtime stalwarts Justin Houston and Eric Berry are gone after being released. Cornerback Steven Nelson left in free agency.

    And to say that the future of wide receiver Tyreek Hill in Kansas City is uncertain is putting it mildly. With Hill currently under investigation for alleged child abuse and likely unavailable for much of the season (at least), the Chiefs used their first draft pick on speedy wideout Mecole Hardman, but thanks to their trade with Seattle for Clark, that selection didn't come until Round 2.

    The defense treaded water. The offense is worse. And Kansas City GM Brett Veach is probably burning through Advil and Rolaids at a pretty good clip.

    GRADE: C-

Los Angeles Chargers: Tom Telesco

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    This was a pivotal offseason for the Los Angeles Chargers. The team is coming off a 12-win season and a Wild Card Round victory, but the reality is that 37-year-old quarterback Philip Rivers isn't getting any younger. L.A.'s championship window may be open, but it may not be for long.

    The Chargers weren't in a position to be big players in free agency, so the best the franchise could do was bring back safety Adrian Phillips and add low-priced free agents like veteran linebacker Thomas Davis.

    The draft was L.A.'s best chance at making real improvements, and general manager Tom Telesco did just that.

    First-round pick Jerry Tillery will slot in between Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram as a starter at defensive tackle. Second-round safety Nasir Adderley could join with Derwin James to form a potent duo on the back end. And third-round tackle Trey Pipkins adds badly needed depth to an O-line that's had terrible luck with injuries in recent years.

    The Chargers are ostensibly better than they were in January. And that makes them dangerous.

    GRADE: B

Los Angeles Rams: Les Snead

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    The Los Angeles Rams had a great 2018 season—right up until the end.

    That Super Bowl disappointment was followed by some tough decisions after the Rams went all in for 2018. Guard Rodger Saffold, the longest-tenured player on the team, wasn't retained. Neither was defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Or safety Lamarcus Joyner. And the iffy status of tailback Todd Gurley's balky knee cast a shadow across the offseason.

    However, once again, the Rams were relatively aggressive in adding big-name free agents. They brought in Eric Weddle as a replacement for Joyner and signed six-time Pro Bowler Clay Matthews to add pop at linebacker.

    L.A. flipped its first-round selection to Atlanta for a pair of Day 2 picks—and then put those assets to good use with a bit more maneuvering. Taylor Rapp has the makings of the long-term answer at free safety. Tailback Darrell Henderson offers some much-needed Gurley insurance. Bobby Evans could challenge for snaps at the guard spot vacated by Saffold.

    The Rams may not have had the home run offseason of a year ago, but it was a solid double off the wall.

    GRADE: B

Miami Dolphins: Chris Grier

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    Chris Grier has been tasked with quite the job in his fourth year as Miami's general manager. He's been tearing the Dolphins down to the studs and rebuilding the team from the ground up. It's meant an exodus of veteran players such as Frank Gore and Cameron Wake—and that exodus is likely just beginning.

    The Dolphins did keep at least one of their own, agreeing to contract terms with cornerback Xavien Howard that make him the highest-paid player at the position. His five-year, $76.5 million deal may have been an overpay, but Howard is a talented cover man in his prime worth keeping.

    Miami also got a gift during this year's draft. When the Cardinals selected Kyler Murray at No. 1 overall, it made Josh Rosen expendable. The Dolphins swooped in and grabbed Rosen—the 10th pick in 2018—for a low second-rounder this year and a fifth-rounder in 2020.

    That highway robbery alone is enough to get Grier a "B-" for the offseason. The addition of Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins in the first round was just the icing on the cake.

    GRADE: B

Minnesota Vikings: Rick Spielman

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    There aren't many NFL general managers who are on hotter seats than Rick Spielman. Last season was supposed to involve a Super Bowl run. Instead, the Minnesota Vikings missed the postseason altogether.

    Unfortunately, the financial realities of the cap situation precluded the team from doing much of anything in free agency. Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson left for Cleveland, and Anthony Barr nearly bolted for the New York Jets before having second thoughts and re-signing in Minnesota.

    Spielman's draft class also raises a few questions. Only center Garrett Bradbury appears to have a clear path toward making an impact in 2019, and tight end Irv Smith Jr. and tailback Alexander Mattison (both Day 2 picks) are mired behind well-established starters.

    The Vikings enter 2019 with the same Super Bowl aspirations as a year ago. They also enter the year with essentially the same flaws that derailed their 2018 season.

    That isn't going to cool off Spielman's seat.

    GRADE: C-

New England Patriots: Bill Belichick

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    This is a movie we've all seen before. The New England Patriots, fresh off a Super Bowl win, are faced with replacing numerous key contributors.

    Edge-rusher Trey Flowers signed with the Lions in free agency. The Oakland Raiders made Trent Brown the NFL's highest-paid tackle. Tight end Rob Gronkowski retired. So on and so forth.

    Of course, in true Patriots fashion, the team has already filled many of the holes.

    New England brought in veteran Demaryius Thomas and first-round rookie N'Keal Harry to fill in the wideout corps. A trade with the Eagles netted veteran defensive end Michael Bennett. Rookie Yodny Cajuste provides insurance behind new starting tackle Isaiah Wynn. And Day 2 pick Chase Winovich has the look of a Rob Ninkovich clone on the defensive front.

    Are the players who came as good as the ones who went? That's unknown at this point. But no GM in the NFL is better at turning over a roster without missing a beat than Bill Belichick.

    GRADE: B

New Orleans Saints: Mickey Loomis

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    The New Orleans Saints came oh so close to a berth in Super Bowl LIII. But close doesn't count, so Mickey Loomis' goal in 2019 was simple enough—put the Saints in position to go the distance.

    The problem is that the team wasn't left with many resources in the offseason. New Orleans had limited cap space and no first-round pick after last year's trade up to select Marcus Davenport at No. 14 overall.

    Veteran tight end Jared Cook was the highlight of a modest free-agent class, but if he takes some pressure off Michael Thomas in the passing game, he'll be a welcome addition.

    The Saints didn't get much draft-day help either. Center Erik McCoy was their only pick over the first two days, and he's not sure to see substantial snaps as a rookie.

    New Orleans remains a good team that's capable of contending for the NFC title. But it isn't any better now than it was at the end of last year's conference championship game loss to the Rams.

    GRADE: C

New York Giants: Dave Gettleman

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    Dave Gettleman needs a hug. Or a clue.

    OK. Maybe a hug and a clue.

    There isn't a GM who more thoroughly butchered the offseason.

    He traded the team's best pass-rusher (Olivier Vernon) to Cleveland…for a guard (Kevin Zeitler).

    He chose not to franchise-tag safety Landon Collins, watched him sign with Washington and then replaced Collins with a 34-year-old Antoine Bethea.

    He dealt arguably the team's best player (Odell Beckham Jr.) to the Browns for a package that wound up being laughably bad—a 2017 first-round bust of a safety in Jabrill Peppers, a nose tackle (No. 17 overall pick Dexter Lawrence) and a third-round edge-rusher (Oshane Ximines).

    Taking Lawrence with the 17th selection wasn't even the worst first-round pick. At No. 6, Gettleman selected Duke's Daniel Jones, whom he said he was in "full-bloom love" with.

    That's an assessment of Jones' ability that Gettleman is just about alone in.

    The Giants walked into Round 1 of the 2019 draft with two first-round picks and traded up for another. Yet they don't appear to be any better than the team that brought up the rear of the NFC East in 2018.

    GRADE: F

New York Jets: Mike Maccagnan

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    New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan was one of busier executives this offseason—and the result is a drastically different team.

    On offense, the Jets spent big to upgrade the backfield by signing three-time Pro Bowl tailback Le'Veon Bell (four years, $52.5 million). Second-year quarterback Sam Darnold has a new weapon in the passing game in veteran wideout Jamison Crowder. And Maccagnan bolstered the offensive line by bringing in guard Kelechi Osemele.

    Defensively, the Jets spent even bigger, handing C.J. Mosley a massive five-year, $85 million contract to man the inside linebacker spot next to Avery Williamson. Defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, whom the Jets drafted third overall, was the No. 1 prospect on some draft boards. Third-round edge-rusher Jachai Polite has starter-level talent but needs refinement.

    It wasn't a flawless offseason; $17 million a season for an inside linebacker is an overpay. But the Jets appear to be better than they were at this point last year. In fact, they look quite a bit better—good enough to challenge for the No. 2 spot in the AFC East…if Maccagnan and head coach Adam Gase can just get along.

    EDIT: Scratch that last part...Maccagnan was fired on Wednesday.


    GRADE: B+

Oakland Raiders: Mike Mayock

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    One year ago, the talk in Oakland was all about building up capital and rebuilding the team through the draft. And sure enough, the Raiders dealt edge-rusher Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper in separate trades that brought in two more first-round picks in 2019.

    However, the Raiders also broke their own rule fairly quickly.

    Given what the team gave up in the trade for Antonio Brown (a third-rounder and a fifth-rounder) and what Brown is capable of, the deal that brought the veteran wideout to Oakland was a masterstroke. The Trent Brown signing, on the other hand, was a classic bad overpay (four years, $66 million). Brown was solid last year in New England, but he isn't worth more than any tackle in the game.

    The team's draft haul was a mixed bag. Clelin Ferrell is a hard-nosed, technically sound edge-rusher, but he was a reach at No. 4 overall. Josh Jacobs should slot as the team's lead runner from Day 1 after coming off the board at No. 24. Strong safety Johnathan Abram should also start off the bat, even if it can be argued Oakland had bigger needs at the 27th spot.

    Still, it was a good first offseason for Mike Mayock as a personnel man—if, that is, you believe he's actually calling the shots and not serving as a figurehead for head coach Jon Gruden.

    GRADE: B

Philadelphia Eagles: Howie Roseman

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    When Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com ranked GMs recently, Howie Roseman of the Eagles checked in atop the NFC—with good reason.

    Despite a far from ideal salary-cap situation, the Eagles made a number of veteran additions this offseason.

    Defensive tackle Malik Jackson fortified a defensive line that lost Michael Bennett. After linebacker Jordan Hicks bolted for big bucks in Arizona, Roseman procured a potential upgrade in Zach Brown on the cheap (one year, $3 million). He acquired tailback Jordan Howard from the Bears for the equivalent of a half-eaten Pop-Tart. And wideout DeSean Jackson's back for a reunion tour of sorts.

    Roseman kept the successes rolling in the draft. Offensive tackle Andre Dillard is depth in the present and a starter for the future. Wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is an NFL-ready pass-catcher who excels at high-pointing the ball. And running back Miles Sanders offers the Eagles yet another weapon on the ground.

    Roseman has built a contender around quarterback Carson Wentz.

    Now Wentz just needs to stay healthy.

    GRADE: A

Pittsburgh Steelers: Kevin Colbert

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    For many years, the Pittsburgh Steelers were the model of a well-run organization. Last year was another story—turmoil, drama and a season off the rails.

    The Le'Veon Bell fiasco is finally over—after sitting out all of last year, Bell bolted for the Jets in free agency. Ditto for the Antonio Brown brouhaha—after his relationship with the franchise imploded, the Steelers traded him to Oakland for two mid-round picks.

    That is not much of a haul for a player who has been one of the most dangerous offensive players in football the past several years.

    Not much was done to replace either departure, which puts tremendous pressure on James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster to back up last year's breakout performances.

    Colbert did at least address Pittsburgh's biggest defensive need, trading up 10 spots in the first round to land inside linebacker Devin Bush—a big get for the Steelers defense.

    With that said, while some are predicting a return to business as usual for the Steelers, the loss of that offensive firepower can't be ignored.

    GRADE: C+

San Francisco 49ers: John Lynch

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    The San Francisco 49ers had a miserable season in 2018, but that was mostly out of the team's control. Injuries happen—and last year, they all happened to the 49ers.

    The silver lining to that dark cloud? The No. 2 overall pick in the draft and edge-rusher Nick Bosa. Including Dee Ford (who came over in a trade with the Chiefs), general manager John Lynch has assembled a defensive line that includes five first-round picks.

    Ford wasn't the only big-name veteran acquisition this offseason. Lynch brought in tailback Tevin Coleman to add depth to the San Francisco backfield and gave a four-year, $54 million contract to inside linebacker Kwon Alexander, who led the NFL in solo stops back in 2016.

    Wide receiver Jordan Matthews joined the Niners in free agency, but the real reinforcements at the position came in the draft. Second-rounder Deebo Samuel has the potential to make a Day 1 impact, while Jalen Hurd is a converted 6'5" tailback who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.

    This is the second straight offseason that Lynch has been wildly aggressive. And if the 49ers can dodge another injury fiasco, they could be dangerous in 2019.

    GRADE: A

Seattle Seahawks: John Schneider

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    The Seattle Seahawks and general manager John Schneider have had an eventual offseason—in ways both good and bad.

    It all started when the team slapped the franchise tag on edge-rusher Frank Clark, who wanted a long-term deal. But after making Russell Wilson the NFL's highest-paid quarterback (and player), Schneider traded Clark to Kansas City. The Seahawks are turning to veteran Ezekiel Ansah and rookie L.J. Collier as replacements.

    There was turnover at receiver too. After news broke that longtime No. 1 wideout Doug Baldwin might be forced to retire because of injuries, the Seahawks used two picks in the first four rounds on wideouts in D.K. Metcalf and Gary Jennings. After that, the team cut Baldwin loose with a failed physical designation.

    Maybe Ansah will stay healthy for once. Maybe Collier will impress as a rookie. Maybe the receivers will be quick studies.

    But that's a lot of maybes for a team with Super Bowl aspirations.

    GRADE: C+

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jason Licht

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    The 2019 season is going to be decision time for Jason Licht and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. By the end of Bruce Arians' first campaign as head coach, the Bucs have to decide whether Jameis Winston is the long-term answer at quarterback.

    The hiring of Arians is a good sign for Winston—his vertical passing offense is a good fit for the signal-caller's skill set. But Winston's targets took a bit of a hit after Tampa Bay lost Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson—even if the signing of Breshad Perriman offset their departures a bit.

    The Buccaneers also lost inside linebacker Kwon Alexander to the 49ers, although fifth overall pick Devin White should do a fine job of filling that void. The biggest loss on defense was one Licht has no control over. Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a serious neck injury in a one-car accident, and he could miss the entire 2019 campaign.

    GRADE: C+

Tennessee Titans: Jon Robinson

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    The Tennessee Titans are in something of a tight spot. While the team was in playoff contention until the last weekend of the 2018 season, many pundits have picked the Titans to finish last in the AFC South in 2019.

    That may be at least in part because GM Jon Robinson did not do a ton this offseason to make his team better in the short term. Veteran guard Rodger Saffold should improve the O-line, but the biggest free-agent addition on defense was an edge-rusher (Cameron Wake) who's a lot closer to 40 than 30.

    The team's first-round pick isn't going to be of any help in 2019 either. Defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons is a top-10 talent, but he tore his ACL in preparation for the draft.

    The Titans are headed into the upcoming season essentially the same team that narrowly missed the playoffs last year. But standing pat in what looks to be a tightly packed division likely won't be good enough.

    GRADE: C-

Washington Redskins: Bruce Allen

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    Technically, the Washington Redskins don't have a general manager and haven't since they fired Scot McCloughan two years ago. Team president Bruce Allen has final say on personnel matters.

    This offseason, Allen did a pretty good job of navigating rough seas.

    With Alex Smith's NFL future in doubt, the most important position in football was a huge question mark in the nation's capital. But the team brought in veteran Case Keenum in a trade and then had Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins fall into their laps at No. 15. Both the present and future under center appears to be set in D.C.

    Allen traded back into the latter stages of Round 1 to select edge-rusher Montez Sweat, who should be able to replace the production of the departed Preston Smith.

    Tailback Bryce Love joins a now-crowded backfield that includes veteran Adrian Peterson and youngster Derrius Guice. The Redskins added two wide receivers to the roster in Terry McLaurin (Round 3) and Kelvin Harmon (Round 6). And Washington made at least one big-name free-agent signing (as it often does), luring safety Landon Collins away from the Giants with a huge contract (six years, $84 million).

    The Redskins may not be a playoff team. But they are in better shape now than a few months ago.

    GRADE: B+