2023 NFL Draft grades: Biggest winners and losers

Jalen Carter, Georgia Bulldogs, Philadelphia Eagles, NFL Draft, Roger Goodell. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
Jalen Carter, Georgia Bulldogs, Philadelphia Eagles, NFL Draft, Roger Goodell. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /
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Raiders, Tyree Wilson, Patrick Mahomes
Edge Tyree Wilson, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /

2023 NFL Draft Grades – AFC West

Denver Broncos

The Broncos are still paying picks to Seattle for the Russell Wilson trade and sent another to New Orleans for Sean Payton, which limited their ability to add talent through the draft.

Marvin Mims was a good future pick for the Broncos given their unsettled receiving room after this year but it may have been a reach for a team hoping to justify its investment in Wilson now.

Drew Sanders was a nice pick in Round 3 but Denver needed to find more impactful pieces with its few early selections.

Grade: D

Kansas City Chiefs

There was nothing spectacular about the Chiefs’ class but they did address a lot of needs.

First-rounder Felix Anudike-Uzomah adds some needed juice off the edge while Rashee Rice can help fill the void left when Mecole Hardman and Juju Smith-Schuster left in free agency.

It is a solid if unspectacular class for Kansas City, which is more interested in plugging holes and building depth after another Super Bowl title.

Grade: B-

Las Vegas Raiders

Snagging Tyree Wilson at the top of the draft was a strong choice since Las Vegas’ defense needs pass rushers to slow down the top passers in its division.

Trading up for Michael Mayer also gives them the class’ best tight end to serve as a replacement for Darren Waller, who was dealt to the Giants earlier this year.

Josh McDaniels will be questioned for his decision not to invest in a long-term quarterback, instead opting to try developing Purdue’s Aidan O’Connell, but the Raiders did find some quality pieces here.

Grade: B

Los Angeles Chargers

Everyone figured that the Chargers would get a playmaker for Justin Herbert in Round 1 and Quentin Johnston should flourish in the Los Angeles offense.

Tuli Tuipulotu is a fun chess piece to use on the defensive line thanks to his ability to play all over the line.

It would have been nice to see Los Angeles take another running back, however, since Austin Ekeler’s trade request is still outstanding and could cause a distraction in training camp.

Grade: B-