Atlanta Firebirds
1.18 – Tyler Higbee, TE, Western Kentucky
2.40 – Wil Lutz, K, Georgia State
3.62 – Mike Hilton, CB, Ole Mississippi
4.84 – DeAndre Washington, RB, Texas Tech
7.150 – Luke Rhodes, ILB, William & Mary
8.169 – Paul Turner, WR, Louisiana Tech
8.172 – Nick Arbuckle, QB, Georgia State

Corey’s Take: We can sit here and talk about how taking a kicker in the second round is questionable, but I do like this draft for Atlanta. Tyler Higbee is going to be a stud tight end in this league, they get a good corner and a great complimentary back to Alfred Morris. Those are the things this team needed, and Wil Lutz is going to be their kicker after losing Blair Walsh.

Grade: B-

Birmingham Predators
1.1 – Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
1.13 – Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern
3.56 – David Onyemata, DE/DT, Manitoba-Canada
5.92 – Joshua Perry, ILB, Ohio State
7.136 – Willie Beavers, OT, Western Michigan
8.158 – Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas

Corey’s Take: Dak Prescott we all know is going to be an absolute stud so if you want to build a team there is no better guy than him right now. I also think Alex Collins can be a solid back to help him out. I even like Dean Lowry and David Onyemata to sure up the defensive side of the ball after investing the No. 1 overall pick on offense. But while that makes sense for roster balance, it doesn’t make sense how a team would draft their franchise quarterback and then wait six rounds to do anything to help the guy. Lowry is a good player, but if you’re building a franchise around a quarterback there were some linemen or receivers they could have gotten with that pick that I think might have helped more.

Grade: B

Carolina Generals
1.7 – Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
3.51 – Juston Burris, CB, North Carolina State
4.73 – Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
5.95 – Seth DeValve, TE, Princeton
7.139 – Dan Vitale, FB/TE, Northwestern
7.147 – Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas
8.161 – Trevor Bates, OLB, Maine

Corey’s Take: Carolina needed to focus as much attention on offense as they could in this draft and they did a great job doing that. There wasn’t a quarterback worthy of the seventh pick, but Kenneth Dixon is a guy who I think is going to be amazing in this league and the Generals can build their offense around. Them they got a steal in Pharoh Cooper in the fourth round, added some tight end H-Back guys, a project quarterback. And they mixed in two good defensive players. I don’t think there was much more the Generals could have done to have a better draft.

Grade: A-

Charleston Dragons
3.57 – Spencer Pulley, OL, Vanderbilt
4.79 – Alex Erickson, WR, Wisconsin
5.101 – Adairius Barnes, CB, Louisiana Tech
6.123 – Briean Boddy-Calhoun, CB, Minnesota
7.152 – Dillon Gordon, OG, LSU
8.167 – Jason Vander Lann, TE/QB, Ferris State

Corey’s Take: Of all their picks I think Alex Erickson was the best. He’ll compliment Luke Tasker so well to provide another big threat on the outside to balance out that passing attack. I like Spencer Pully will be a good addition too. But you have to grade in the team giving up a first round pick for a guy who might not be the team’s starting quarterback. Well, let me correct myself, Colin Durina loves Kellen Moore, maybe a bit too much though. It was a decent draft, but nothing special.

Grade: C

Columbus Explorers
1.20 – Jalin Marshall, WR, Ohio State
2.SUPP – Ken Crawley, CB, Colorado
3.63 – Jace Billingsley, WR, Western Oregon
4.81 – Kenneth Farrow, RB, Houston
4.85 – Marwin Evans, S, Utah State
5.96 – Alex Singleton, OLB, Montana State
5.107 – Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn
6.112 – Jason Lauzon-Sequin, OT, Laval
6.129 – Pace Murphy, OL, NW Louisiana
7.SUPP – James Cowser, OLB, Southern Utah
8.174 – Andrew Adams, S, Connecticut

Corey’s Take: For not having much salary cap space the Columbus Explorers did a pretty good job in this draft, getting a lot of guys who will be able to contribute. Now, I have to say that as much as I think drafting a return man like Jalin Marshall will help, I do think it was a bit questionable that they had an unused territorial spot so they could have gotten him there and added another player with the 20th pick. I do think they over drafted some guys as well, but with 11 picks there are some good players in here. Marwin Evans, Alex Singleton, James Cowser; these are three guys who I really think can be very good players for this team.

Grade: C+

Dallas Six-Shooters
1.19 – Darius Latham, DT, Indiana
2.26 – DeAndre Elliott, CB, Colorado State
2.33 – Jalen Richard, RB, Southern Mississippi
2.42 – Shaneil Jenkins, DE, Shepherd
3.64 – Cole Wick, TE, Incarnate Word
4.86 – Mike Matthews, C, Texas A&M
5.108 – Josiah St. John, OL, Oklahoma
6.130 – Austin Traylor, TE, Wisconsin

Corey’s Take: Here is who I love in this draft: Mike Matthews and Josiah St. John. I think they are future starting offensive linemen in this lead. I think the rest of the draft was Dallas trying to be a little bit too cute for their own good, like they wanted to draft a bunch of unknown guys to end up later saying “I told you this guy would be good.” Maybe I’m wrong, but the first two rounds should be guy who should be impact players right away and I don’t see that. I see too many projects.

Grade: C-

Houston Wranglers
1.16 – Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple
3.45 – Roger Lewis, WR, Bowling Green
3.53 – Tracy Howard, CB, Miami (FL)
4.70 – Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
5.89 – Leonard Wester, OT, Missouri Western
5.94 – Devante Bond, OLB, Oklahoma
5.97 – Davante Lambert, DT, Auburn
6.119 – Austin Blythe, C, Iowa
7.133 – Tommylee Lewis, WR, Northern Illinois
7.141 – Josh Perkins, TE, Washington
8.155 – Ronald Blair, DE, Appalachian State
8.163 – Glenn Gronkowski, FB, Kansas State

Corey’s Take: Building a brand new team, Houston did a lot right. They valued volume of picks and worked trades and ended up with 12 picks. Tyler Matakevich is a franchise cornerstone who can lead that defense. I do have to take points away for trading away Jordan Howard to get Paul Perkins, to me they had and gave away a very good running back. But Perkins isn’t bad at all. Tommylee Lewis can be a nice receiver. It’s not overall the sexiest draft but I think they did a great job getting as many players who could help them immediately.

Grade: B

Los Angeles Stars
1.10 – Brian Poole, S, Florida
1.15 – Will Ratelle, FB, North Dakota
2.32 – Roy Robertson-Harris, DE, UTEP
3.54 – Ben Braunecker, TE, Harvard
4.76 – Daniel Lasco, RB, California
5.98 – Jakeen Grant, WR, Texas Tech
5.103 – Taylor Loffler, S, British Columbia
6.120 – Trey Caldwell, DB, Louisiana-Monroe
6.125 – Kyle Peko, DT, Oregon State
7.142 – Jared Norris, LB, Utah
8.164 – Tom Hackett, P, Utah

Corey’s Take: The Stars had no cap space to work with so they really had to search for their guys that otherwise slipped through the cracks. Brian Pool is going to be a big contributor right away. Roy Robertson-Harris, Taylor Loffler, Jared Norris, those are defensive players on all three levels of the defense that I think can contribute right away too.

Grade: B-

Louisville Cougars
3.50 – Fahn Cooper, OT, Mississippi
4.72 – Kavon Frazier, S, Central Michigan
4.80 – Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford
5.110 – Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Mississippi
6.117 – Rico Gathers, TE, Baylor
7.154 – Antwione Williams, OLB, Georgia Southern
8.160 – Paul McRoberts, WR, Southeast Missouri State

Corey’s Take: Louisville kept trading their picks to acquire proven talent. For a team like Louisville I actually think that makes a lot more sense than adding a bunch of unproven players. On top of that, they’ll have Julian Edelman and Jason Kelce for multiple years and plenty of cap space to work with. Their draft has to count those additions too. As for their actual picks, there are a lot of projects, but overall this team is significantly improved.

Grade: B+

Michigan Stags
1.4 – Tajae Sharpe, WR, Massachusetts
2.38 – Jatavis Brown, OLB, Akron
3.48 – Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OT, TCU
3.60 – DeAndre Houston-Carson, S, William & Mary
4.82 – Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma
5.104 – Jarrod Wilson, FS, Michigan
6.126 – Cre’von LeBlanc, CB, Florida Atlantic
7.148 – Riley Dixon, P, Syracuse
8.170 – Kamu Grugier-Hill, OLB, Eastern Illinois

Corey’s Take: I can really respect Michigan saying that they have and believe in their quarterback Zach Collaros so they used territorial pick Connor Cook to move up to the fourth overall pick where they got the best receiver in the draft. Michigan has a great running game and a very good defense, which was also built on in this draft, but needed to balance out their offense with upgrades to the receiving corp. Tajae Sharpe is a tremendous addition. I also love Halapoulivaati Vaitai. He’s going to be a very good starter for this team at some point.

Grade: A

Minnesota Freeze
1.11 – Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah
1.12 – Thomas Duarte, TE, UCLA
2.34 – Clayton Fejedelem, SS, Illinois
2.41 – DJ Reader, NT, Clemson
3.66 – Aaron Wallace, OLB, UCLA
4.78 – Jhurell Pressley, RB, New Mexico
5.100 – Terrell Chestnut, CB, West Virginia
6.122 – Jake McGee, TE, Florida
7.144 – Alex Redmond, OG, UCLA
8.166 – Marco Ojemudia, OLB, Michigan

Corey’s Take: Okay, we have a lot to go over here. The Freeze got back-to-back picks because they traded one of the best linebackers in the league who proved to be such after just his rookie season. I’m not really sure why they traded Thurston Armbrister; I guess they just wanted their guys. Miles Killebrew and Clayton Fejedelem are a nice safety duo they can build around and DJ Reader at least gives them a good interior defensive lineman to replace the bulk lost in Damon Harrison. Thomas Duarte is their hope of replacing James Hanna, but I don’t know anybody who thought he was better than Tyler Higbee.

Grade: C+

Nashville Renegades
1.6 – Parker Ehinger, OG, Cincinnati
2.28 – Evan Boehm, C, Missouri
3.37 – Ted Karras, OG, Illinois
4.67 – Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana
5.90 – George Fant, OT, Western Kentucky
5.99 – Mortiz Bohringer, WR, Germany
6.129 – Lachlan Edwards, P, Sam Houston State
7.151 – Channing Ward, DE, Mississippi
8.176 – Laquan McGowan, TE/OT/RB

Corey’s Take: The first half of this draft is great, but then it fell apart. I know late round picks are projects, but I think they wasted their last four picks. Laquan McGowan was a great way to end the draft, but he was already cut. Lachlan Edwards; why pay that much for a punter? Moritz Bohringer, I think that was a hype pick. But I do think this team knew they wanted to improve their offensive line and running game and did that excellently.

Grade: A-

New Orleans Nightmare
1.9 – Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma
2.23 – Connor McGovern, OG, Missouri
2.31 – Deon Bush, SS, Miami (FL)

Corey’s Take: New Orleans wanted stars, not projects, and I think they got three of them. Charles Tapper is a guy who will not only help their pass rush immediately, but can learn from Dwight Freeney before eventually replacing him. Connor McGovern is a guard who could start right away and Deon Bush is a very, very talented safety. They got three starters here.

Grade: A

New York Marauders
1.8 – Alex Lewis, OL, Nebraska
2.30 – Derrick Kindred, SS, TCU
2.35 – Michael Pierce, DT, Stanford
3.52 – DJ White, CB, Georgia Tech
4.74 – Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia
6.118 – Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina
7.140 – Charone Peake, WR, Clemson
7.146 – Josh Hawkins, CB, East Carolina
8.162 – Woodrow Hamilton, DT, Ole Miss

Logan’s Take: New York hard a great draft. With their first pick they drafted a lineman who look like he can be plugged in right away and produce. Then they took a hard-hitting safety in Derrick Kindred. That kid is a freak and should make plays for New York right away. Michael Piece looks like a run-stuffing animal in the third round. The rest of their great has some guys who may end up being defense, but not necessarily elite. But I have no clue how they got Charone Peake as late as they did. He’s a beast and has the feel of being that guy other owners got back and wonder how he passed on him so many times.

Grade: A-

Omaha Express
1.2 – Joe Callahan, QB, Wesley
2.24 – Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue
3.46 – Josh Ferguson, RB, Illinois
4.68 – Tanner McEvoy, WR, Wisconsin
4.75 – Nelson Spruce, WR, Colorado
7.134 – Andy Jones, WR, Jacksonville
8.156 – Beau Sandland, TE, Montana State

Corey’s Take: Joe Callahan was a great consolation after Dak Prescott and is absolutely the most Dallas Hartwell prospect ever. So was Tanner McEvoy and Nelson Spruce. I also really like those two guys as weapons for Callahan. Andy Jones is a very good pickup too. I do have to question passing on Jordan Howard for Josh Ferguson early in the third round. If they took Howard, this would be an A.

Grade: B

Orlando Rockets
1.22 – Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Missouri
2.29 – Robby Anderson, WR, Temple
2.44 – Tyvis Powell, S, Ohio State
4.88 – Troymaine Pope, RB, Jacksonville State
5.106 – Robert Kelley, RB, Tulane
6.132 – Kentrell Brice, FS, Louisiana Tech
7.145 – Denver Kirkland, OT, Arkansas
8.173 – Andrew Adams, S, Connecticut

Corey’s Take: Who am I to ever question Orlando. They took some good players. I really love the picks of Kentrell Brothers and Kentrell Brice in particular and think those guys will be solid role players on defense. Robby Anderson will help the offense too. There wasn’t much Orlando needed. They just stuck to their big board and constantly went best player available. At the end it’s a very good draft.

Grade: B+

Philadelphia Bulldogs
1.14 – Wes Schweitzer, OG, San Diego State
2.36 – Deiondre Hall, CB, Northern Iowa
3.58 – Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
5.102 – Harlan Miller, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
6.116 – Steven Daniels, ILB, Boston College
6.124 – John Kling, OT, Buffalo
8.168 – Ryan O’Malley, TE, Pennsylvania

Corey’s Take: Philadelphia addressed areas of need in this draft. They allowed more sacks than any other team and used their first round pick on a starting-caliber guard. They had the second worst pass defense, and used two of their first four picks on cornerbacks. I think Rashard Higgins can find a role right away too. Ryan O’Malley is a guy I really like in the eighth round too. I’m not sure this is how the Bulldogs planned on this draft playing out, but it’s a very good draft for them.

Grade: B+

Phoenix Scorpions
3.55 – Chris Moore, WR, Cincinnati
3.65 – Cole Toner, OT, Harvard
4.77 – Keenan Reynolds, QB/RB/WR, Navy
6.114 – Tevaun Smith, WR, Iowa
6.121 – Devon Cajuste, TE, Stanford
7.138 – Tyler Marz, OT, Wisconsin
7.143 – Joel Heath, DT, Michigan State
8.165 – Vad Lee, QB, James Madison

Logan’s Take: Only Phoenix’ owner can really project what this draft will become. Chris Moore brings some big-play ability and can stretch the field and create plays out of nowhere and Cole Tonor was a monster in college. I don’t know if either start right away though. Keenan Reynolds is the big mystery. He’s a human Swiss Army knife; what can’t he do? And that leads to the question of what will he do? Phoenix traded one of the league’s top runners to get him. It’s a risk but Reynolds does have a special sort of feel to him. They also traded high draft picks for tight end’s Jesse James and project quarterback Cardale Jones. Those are some interesting moves for a team that was so close to the playoffs a year ago, their first since coming back into existence.

Grade: C

Pittsburgh Forge
1.3 – Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
2.25 – Dadi Nicolas, OLB, Virginia Tech
3.47 – Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
4.69 – Sebastian Tretola, OG, Arkansas
5.91 – Lawrence Thomas, DE, Michigan
6.113 – Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana
7.135 – Antonio Morrison, ILB, Florida
8.157 – Anthony Lanier, DE, Alabama A&M

Corey’s Take: Dan Lopez is a throwback who wants to build teams around their defense and running game. His first four picks here did that. Booker is a great running back prospect and fourth round pick Sebastian Tretola is a powerful guy he can run behind (assuming he gets his head on straight). Dadi Nicolas and Sheldon Day are great building blocks on that defense. Then they take a quarterback prospect in the later round who has nice upside and could have gone higher.

Grade: A-

San Antonio Marshalls
1.17 – Dominique Alexander, ILB, Oklahoma
2.39 – Dominick Jackson, OG, Alabama
3.59 – Keyarris Garrett, WR, Tulsa
3.61 – Ufomba Kamalu, DE, Miami (FL)
4.83 – Jack Allen, C, Michigan State
5.105 – Brandon Revenberg, OL, Grand Valley State
6.127 – Bryce Treggs, WR, California
7.149 – Vontarrius Dora, DE/OLB, Louisiana Tech
8.171 – Devon Johnson, RB, Marshall

Corey’s Take: Once again, a Carlton Jeffcoat team was cap-strapped so they had to dig for guys. Dominique Alexander, Keyarris Garrett and Jack Allen are three guys I love out of this draft. Dominick Jackson and Ufomba Kamalu are both guys with upset but just have to prove themselves a bit. Overall, I think this could be a draft that looks better later than now, but it’s a solid haul.

Grade: C+

Seattle Orcas
1.21 – Romeo Okwara, DE, Notre Dame
2.43 – Stephen Anderson, TE, California
4.87 – Philippe Gagnon, OG, Laval
5.109 – Dwayne Washington, RB, Washington
6.131 – Jonathan Rose, CB, Nebraska
7.153 – Brad Craddock, K, Maryland
8.175 – Chester Rogers, WR, Grambling State

Corey’s Take: Romeo Okwara is a dangerous pass rusher who will help right away and Stephen Anderson should help improve their passing game. Dwayne Washington is also a solid player who compliments their power back Isaiah Crowell perfectly. Chuck McBrearty does a great job finding guys we don’t always notice right away. I think this draft was pretty solid.

Grade: B-

Washington Wave
1.5 – Blake Martinez, ILB, Stanford
2.27 – Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina
3.49 – De’Vondre Campbell, OLB, Minnesota
4.71 – Sean McEwen, C, Calgary
5.93 – Tyreek Hill, WR, West Alabama
6.115 – Cory James, OLB, Colorado State
7.137 – Matthias Farley, CB, Notre Dame
8.159 – David Morgan, TE, UTSA

Corey’s Take: I thought the Wave might go a different way in the first round, but I love the pick to Blake Martinez. He is a guy who can transform the Wave’s defense. Then they get De’Vondre Campbell in the third round to help even more defensively. Their offensive line with the addition of Brandon Shell and Sean McEwen should be greatly improved too. Tyreek Hill too. Washington got a lot of players who will be impact players right away. Incredible draft by a 0-16 team.

Grade: A+