Buffalo Bills: Grading the first-round picks up to this point in 2018
The Buffalo Bills put a lot of faith in the two 2018 first-round picks, and both players have done well up to this point in the season.
It is commonly said that it takes three years to fairly judge a draft class, whether it be for the Buffalo Bills or any NFL team.
So let’s do just that after 10 games.
Randy Gurzi of NFL Spin Zone recently graded each 2018 first-round pick up to this point in the season. Some have obviously played better than others, but Bills fans are not among those questioning the front office just yet.
Gurzi’s grade for Josh Allen is a C-. I find that a bit low considering Allen has only appeared in six games. However, he does only have two passing touchdowns and 832 passing yards in that span.
The statistics aren’t pretty, but they still must be put into context. He came in before he thought he would and still helped lead his team to two victories. Yet the low grade makes sense from an objective point of view if only looking at the stats.
The good news is that Allen has only appeared in those six games and has six more here at the end of the season. He also finally got some time to learn from the sidelines, and has Derek Anderson and Matt Barkley as mentors now. As opposed to just having Nathan Peterman to talk to.
Next up in the grades is Tremaine Edmunds. Gurzi gave the rookie a B-.
Edmunds leads the defense in tackles and has a sack on the year. He also has two forced fumbles and seven passes defended.
I suppose the fact the Bills defense has had some rough games is why the grade is where it is. Edmunds has not been the ultimate difference-maker this season, while he also hasn’t done anything negative to hurt his team.
At this point he appears to be someone the team can build around for years. And that is all you can ask for with a first-round pick.
What are your thoughts on these grades? Perhaps too low based on where we are in the season?