2016 NFL Draft: Team Grades

Just as quickly as it came, the 2016 NFL Draft has now gone, and it’s time to look at how each of the 32 teams did in setting themselves up for both current and future success through their selections.

On paper, it appears that some teams did a fantastic job, some made some very puzzling decisions, and others just did the complete opposite of what they should have. I am joined again by my friend and Fantasy Pros correspondent Jeff Greco (@jeffrey_greco on Twitter), as we analyze each and every selection, and assign a grade for each team. We’ll start in the AFC East!

*Picks are listed by – Round (overall selection) Player, Position, College*

AFC East

Buffalo Bills
1 (19) Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
2 (41) (from Chicago) Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
3 (80) Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State
4 (139) Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State
5 (156) Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas
6 (192) Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU
6 (218) Kevon Seymour, CB, USC

Jayson: A-
“Rex Ryan probably thought he was having a wet dream when Shaq Lawson fell to him at #19. He’s a perfect fit as Mario Williams’s replacement. Trading up to get Reggie Ragland in Round 2 was smart. He’s a 1st Round talent, and could be the Bills’ starting MLB for a long time. The only pick I dislike is Cardale Jones in the 4th. I don’t see him becoming even a serviceable back-up in the NFL. Other than that pick, this was a great draft for Buffalo.”

Jeff: B-
I thought the Bills came away with a pretty decent haul. They filled some need on the defensive line and at linebacker early in the draft with good picks like Ragland and Lawson. Sixth Round pick Listenbee could easily be the team’s 3rd WR by season’s end. However, I thought they needed to add an OT to help protect whomever lines up at quarterback. They did not.”

Miami Dolphins
1 (13) (from Philadelphia) Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
2 (38) Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
3 (73) Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama
3 (86) Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
6 (186) (from Miami via Minnesota) Jakeem Grant, WR, Texas Tech
6 (204) Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State
7 (223) Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky
7 (231) Thomas Duarte, WR, UCLA

Jayson: B
“The “Gas Mask” incident just minutes before the start of the draft caused Laremy Tunsil to fall, and the Dolphins should reap the benefits of that. LT wasn’t necessarily a big need, but they got the best player available, and he’ll help protect Tannehill. I like Kenyan Drake, but I wish they could’ve gotten more of a workhorse-type RB like Kenneth Dixon. Jakeem Grant and Thomas Duarte are two late picks that could help this team as early as this season. Grant especially as a Darren Sproles-like weapon. I just wish they would have done a little bit more on the defensive side of the ball.”

Jeff: B+
Miami did a pretty good job of drafting for need and getting good value. Getting Tunsil 13th overall is a steal. I loved the Xavien Howard pick. Drake may have been selected early, but they needed RB help. My only criticism is that I didn’t think they needed to draft three pass catchers, even though I like Carroo pick.”

New England Patriots
2 (60) Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama
3 (78) (via New Orleans) Joe Thuney, G, NC State
3 (91) Jacoby Brissett, QB, NC State
3 (96) Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska
4 (112) (from New Orleans) Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia
6 (208) Kamu Grugier-Hill, CB, Eastern Illinois
6 (214) Elandon Roberts, ILB, Houston
6 (221) Ted Karras, G, Illinois
7 (225) (from Dallas via Seattle) Devin Lucien, WR, Arizona State

Jayson: C-
“Not exactly the best draft on paper, but in Belichick fashion, I’m sure at least a couple of these guys will turn into good NFL players. They needed O-Line help, but more at tackle than guard, and they took two guards. Jacoby Brissett in the 3rd Round was entirely too early, especially for a team without a glaring need at QB. I think it was a failure to not address the DE position after trading Chandler Jones to Arizona.”

Jeff: C+
I thought some of the Patriots’ picks were good, like G Joe Thuney. However, others like Jacoby Brissett were not. I think they needed a DE or OLB after trading Chandler Jones, but they only chose interior linemen and linebackers. Grugier-Hill was a reach. Wideouts Mitchell and Lucien could be steals.”

New York Jets
1 (20) Darron Lee, ILB, Ohio State
2 (51) Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
3 (83) Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia
4 (118) Juston Burris, CB, NC State
5 (158) (from Washington) Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina
7 (235) (from Los Angeles via Houston and Denver) Lachlan Edwards, P, Sam Houston State
7 (241) Charone Peake, WR, Clemson

Jayson: C
“I don’t understand the Hackenberg selection. I’m not saying he can’t become a decent NFL quarterback, but I don’t think this is the right fit for him to begin his career. I love the Lee, Jenkins and Peake selections. All could be steals relative to where they were picked. The low grade is because I feel that they didn’t address their needs as well as they could have.”

Jeff: C+
Again I thought the Jets should have drafted an OT earlier than the 5th Round. They did address many of their other needs fairly well. Hackenberg has potential and fills a need, but is a reach in the 2nd Round. Picks like Burris and Shell filled needs, but weren’t necessarily the best value.”

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens 
1 (6) Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
2 (42) (from Miami) Kamalei Correa, OLB, Boise State
3 (70) Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU
4 (104) Tavon Young, CB, Temple
4 (107) (from Miami) Chris Moore, WR, Cincinnati
4 (130) (from Denver) Alex Lewis, OT, Nebraska
4 (132) Willie Henry, DT, Michigan
4 (134) Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
5 (146) (from Jacksonville) Matt Judon, DE, Grand Valley State
6 (182) Keenan Reynolds, WR, Navy
6 (209) Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia

Jayson: A-
“I was a little surprised the went OT at #6 overall, but it’s a terrific pick in my eyes. Stanley will develop into a good starting LT. After trading back to collect picks, they nailed the 4th Round. Young will be great in the slot from day one, and Willie Henry is a space eater in the middle. They got one of my favorite players in the draft at the end of that round in RB Kenneth Dixon. I think he could be the starter by the end of this season, definitely by next season.”

Jeff: B+
I thought the Ravens did a damn good job filling needs at great value. Tavon Young is my least favorite pick, even though he fills a need. Bronson Kaufusi is one of my favorite picks, even though he doesn’t fill a huge need. Kenneth Dixon in the 4th is a steal and he will compete for carries.”

Cincinnati Bengals
1 (24) William Jackson III, CB, Houston
2 (55) Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
3 (87) Nick Vigil, ILB, Utah State
4 (122) Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
5 (161) Christian Westerman, G, Arizona State
6 (199) Cody Core, WR, Ole Miss
7 (245) Clayton Fejedelem, S, Illinois

Jayson: B+
“They addressed a lot of needs, and at terrific value. Tyler Boyd will be the starter opposite A.J. Green, and I think that benefits Green, and it benefits Boyd for fantasy purposes at the least. LOVE Billings in the 4th Round. I have no idea why he lasted as long as he did, but the Bengals brass should have been doing backflips in anticipation of that pick. Westerman and Core are both great late picks as well, and could both contribute this season.”

Jeff: B+
Some experts had Jackson III as the best CB in the draft, so getting him at 24th overall is good value. Billings in the 4th Round is not only great value, but he fills a need. The only thing keeping them from an “A” is their WR’s (Boyd and Core), both of whom I am not a fan of.”

Cleveland Browns
1 (15) (from Los Angeles via Tennessee) Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
2 (32) Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
3 (65) Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State
3 (76) (from Los Angeles via Tennessee) Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn
3 (93) Cody Kessler, QB, USC
4 (99) Joe Schobert, OLB, Wisconsin
4 (114) Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn
4 (129) (from Carolina) Derrick Kindred, S, TCU
4 (138) Seth Devalve, WR/TE, Princeton
5 (154) (from Oakland) Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA
5 (168) (from Carolina) Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor
5 (172) Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
5 (173) Trey Caldwell, CB, Louisiana-Monroe
7 (250) Scooby Wright III, ILB, Arizona

Jayson: C+
“Quantity over quality? It would appear so for the Browns, which I actually think, at least the quantity part, is smart. They have so many holes, and I think they did a good job giving themselves options, but some of the picks were questionable. Nassib, Kessler, Louis, and Devalve were all major reaches. But I do like a couple of their later picks, especially Rashard Higgins and Scooby Wright. I think both of those guys could become starters.”

Jeff: C
The Browns had so many picks that it’s tough to judge their performance. But they didn’t get good value on any single pick. There were so many needs, I’m not sure Coleman was the pick in Round 1. Ogbah, Nassib and Coleman are pretty good picks. After that, Kessler makes no sense and the additional four (yes, FOUR) receivers they drafted are all bad.”

Pittsburgh Steelers
1 (25) Artie Burns, CB, Miami
2 (58) Sean Davis, S, Maryland
3 (89) Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State
4 (123) Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU
6 (220) Travis Feeney, OLB, Washington
7 (229) (from New York Giants) Demarcus Ayers, WR, Houston
7 (246) Tyler Matakevich, ILB, Temple

Jayson: B
“Burns and Davis aren’t great picks, but it was smart to address their awful secondary with their first two selections. Hargrave was one of my biggest sleepers in this draft class. He could become a starter at DT for the Steelers this season. Ayers and Matakevich are two fantastic 7th Round picks. They both have the traits to become solid contributors at their respective positions.”

Jeff: B
The Steelers had major issues in the secondary and addressed them with their first two picks. Hargrave is a good prospect, although he doesn’t fill a need. I thought they needed to take another guard, as well as a backup QB so that I don’t ever have to see Landry Jones take the field again.”

AFC South

Houston Texans
1 (21) (from Washington) Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
2 (50) (from Atlanta) Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
3 (85) Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
4 (119) Tyler Ervin, RB, San Jose State
5 (159) KJ Dillon, S, West Virginia
5 (166) (from New England) D.J. Reader, DT, Clemson

Jayson: B+
“I like what the Texans did, but they didn’t address all of their needs, and that keeps this grade from being higher. Will Fuller wasn’t my favorite WR in this class, but he’s the type of receiver the Texans needed. He’ll open the field up for DeAndre Hopkins. Braxton Miller I see as a Percy Harvin-type player, and that should help Osweiler. Tyler Ervin is another nice weapon, as I think he’s the perfect 3rd down back.”

Jeff: B
The Texans filled offensive needs with their first three picks, which I thought was good. Miller is raw, but has potential. I don’t get the Ervin pick in the 4th. I wish they used that to grab an offensive lineman. KJ Dillon is one of my favorite sleepers in the draft.”

Indianapolis Colts
1 (18) Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
2 (57) (from Green Bay) T.J. Green, S, Clemson
3 (82) Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
4 (116) Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas
4 (125) (from Green Bay) Antonio Morrison, OLB, Florida
5 (155) Joe Haeg, OT North Dakota State
7 (239) Trevor Bates, OLB, Maine
7 (248) (from Green Bay) Austin Blythe, C, Iowa

Jayson: B
“This draft is all about upside for me. I don’t know how many of these guys can become good contributors right away, but if the Colts are patient, they should be good to go. Kelly is the one guy ready to step in and start immediately. He’s the perfect center for Andrew Luck. Green, Clark and Ridgeway are all a little raw, but with the right coaching, they could all become at least solid NFL starters at their positions.”

Jeff: B
After lots of thought, I think the Colts came out pretty strong. Kelly and Clark will both help protect their franchise QB. Ridgeway fills a need and is good value. T.J. Green was a bit of a reach to me, but he is a monster who can help in the secondary. Late picks were below average and are likely insignificant.”

Jacksonville Jaguars
1 (5) Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State
2 (36) (from Baltimore) Myles Jack, ILB, UCLA
3 (69) Yannick Ngakoue, DE/OLB, Maryland
4 (103) Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
6 (181) Tyrone Holmes, DE/OLB, Montana
6 (201) (from Pittsburgh) Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas
7 (226) Jonathan Woodard, DE, Central Arkansas

Jayson: A
“Welcome to relevancy Jacksonville! The Jags got what I believe were the two best players in this draft in Ramsey and Jack. If not for the knee issue, Jack would’ve been a Top-5 pick. I may be a bit biased (ND fan), but I like Sheldon Day a lot, especially in Round 4. He’s like a poor man’s Aaron Donald, and could develop into a really good starting DT. I also like Brandon Allen as an upgrade at backup QB over Chad Henne.”

Jeff: A-
I will never, ever give a team a perfect grade right after the draft. But wow, Jacksonville got maybe the two best prospects in the draft in Ramsey and Jack. Even beyond that, they got good value in Ngakoue and Holmes at OLB and Day at DT. I wish they would’ve spent a pick on an offensive lineman though.”

Tennessee Titans
1 (8) (from Miami via Philadelphia & Cleveland) Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
2 (33) Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
2 (43) (from Philadelphia via Los Angeles) Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
2 (45) (from Los Angeles) Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
3 (64) Kevin Byard, S, Middle Tennessee State
5 (140) Tajae Sharpe, WR, Massachusetts
5 (157) (from New York Jets via Denver) LeShaun Sims, CB Southern Utah
6 (193) (from Atlanta) Sebastian Tretola, G, Arkansas
7 (222) Aaron Wallace, OLB, UCLA
7 (253) Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Mississippi

Jayson: B-
“The Titans got good players, but I don’t know how well they addressed their needs. I think the Conklin pick is a slam dunk. He’s the most reliable lineman in this class, and he’ll help protect Mariota no matter where he is on the line. I think Dodd and Henry will both be good players, but they had needs that could have been addressed nicely with those two 2nd Round picks. I also wish they would’ve addressed the cornerback position earlier than Round 5.”

Jeff: B-
Another team with a ton of picks, and another that should have capitalized more. Conklin, Dodd and Johnson were good picks. So is Byard at safety. I also love the potential in Tajae Sharpe (boy, it sounds like people have said that about TEN WR’s before). However, the Henry pick makes no sense with Murray and three other backs on the roster.”

 

AFC West

Denver Broncos
1 (26) (from Seattle) Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
2 (63) Adam Gotsis, DT, Georgia Tech
3 (98) Justin Simmons, S, Boston College
4 (136) Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
5 (144) (from Baltimore) Connor McGovern, G, Missouri
6 (176) (from Cleveland) Andy Janovich, FB, Nebraska
6 (219) Will Parks, S, Arizona
7 (228) (from San Francisco) Riley Dixon, P, Syracuse

Jayson: C
“Some people love Paxton Lynch. I, on the other hand, think he is a bust waiting to happen (Watched his pitiful performance against Temple last year live, in a game that Memphis needed to win. He looked nothing like an NFL-caliber quarterback). I guess time will tell. Despite losing Danny Trevathan in free agency, they did not take a single linebacker. They took two safetys, a fullback and a punter, but no linebacker. Very odd.”

Jeff: B-
I don’t mind the Lynch pick as much as others. I like their continued focus on defense in taking Gotsis and Simmons. Booker will compete with Hillman and Anderson for touches and make the Denver backfield a fantasy nightmare. Why on earth did they not draft a single linebacker?”

Kansas City Chiefs
2 (37) (from Jacksonville via Baltimore) Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
3 (74) (from Tampa Bay) Kei’Varae Russell, CB, Notre Dame
4 (105) (from San Francisco) Parker Ehinger, G, Cincinnati
4 (106) (from Chicago via Tampa Bay) Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota
4 (126) Demarcus Robinson, WR, Florida
5 (162) (from Seattle) Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford
5 (165) Tyreek Hill, WR, West Alabama
6 (178) (from Dallas via San Francisco) D.J. White, CB, Georgia Tech
6 (203) Dadi Lhomme Nicolas, OLB, Virginia Tech

Jayson: C
“They did a nice job addressing their needs, and being able to move out of the 1st Round and still get a 1st Round talent in Chris Jones is a great move. Kevin Hogan is an Alex Smith clone, and I think under Andy Reid’s tutelage, he could become the incumbent starter in a few years. This grade is low for me due to one pick, and that is Tyreek Hill. Convicted of domestic violence, leading to his dismissal from Oklahoma State, and on probation until 2018. They drafted that guy. That guy, who also said that fans have every right to hate him. Well, I’m not a fan, but I still hate him, and I hate the Chiefs for drafting him.”

Jeff: C
“In true Andy Reid fashion, the Chiefs traded down and drafted a good lineman with their first pick. Kei’Varae Russell should help with the loss of Sean Smith, who helped make Marcus Peters the best rookie CB in 2015. The Chiefs needed an OLB earlier and someone who can maybe outplay Albert Wilson at WR, not scrubs Dadi Nicolas, Demarcus Robinson and Tyreek Hill.”

Oakland Raiders
1 (14) Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
2 (44) Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois
3 (75) Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
4 (100) (from Tennessee via Philadelphia) Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
5 (143) (from Dallas) Deandre Washington, RB, Texas Tech
6 (194) (from Indianapolis) Cory James, OLB, Colorado State
7 (234) Vadal Alexander, G, LSU

Jayson: B+
“Safety was a huge need for the Raiders following Charles Woodson’s retirement, and they got the top safety in the class in Karl Joseph. Trading a 5th Round pick to move up and grab Connor Cook is questionable, but it’s incredible value, and it fits GM Reggie McKenzie’s philosophy. He’ll be a good backup for Derek Carr now, and a possible trade chip down the line. Vadal Alexander is a steal in the 7th Round. He’ll add depth to the Raiders’ O-Line, which is already one of the best in the league.”

Jeff: B+
Oakland filled needs and got value around the whole draft. Adding to the defense with their first three picks is a plus. Drafting Connor Cook next made no sense to me. DeAndre Washington should push Latavius Murray for touches. Vadal Alexander should compete for a reserve spot on the O-Line.”

San Diego Chargers
1 (3) Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
2 (35) Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
3 (66) Max Tuerk, C, USC
4 (102) Joshua Perry, ILB, Ohio State
5 (175) Jatavis Brown, ILB, Akron
6 (179) Drew Kaser, P, Texas A&M
6 (198) (from Minnesota) Derek Watt, FB, Wisconsin
7 (224) Donavon Clark, G, Michigan State

Jayson: D
“Yikes. Just yikes. I think Bosa could become a great player, but he is not a good fit for the Chargers defense at all. They got the best TE in the class, but it was an extremely weak class, so early in Round 2 was a reach for sure. They needed help in the secondary, especially with Eric Weddle now in Baltimore, so to address that, they drafted exactly zero defensive backs. Brilliant.”

Jeff: D+
Ugh. Bosa is good but he isn’t a fit and doesn’t fill as big a need as Ramsey or Tunsil would have. Hunter Henry is the best TE of a bad class and not worth a 2nd round pick to me. Adding a center in Tuerk and OLB’s Perry and Brown are good depth picks. Punter Drew Kaser isn’t that bad of a pick in the 6th Round.”

 

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys
1 (4) Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
2 (34) Jaylon Smith, ILB, Notre Dame
3 (67) Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
4 (101) Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma
4 (135) Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
6 (189) (from Oakland) Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue
6 (212) Kavon Frazier, S, Central Michigan
6 (216) Darius Jackson, RB, Eastern Michigan
6 (217) Rico Gathers, TE, Baylor

Jayson: B+
“Their whole draft might not have been the best, but they had one of the best single picks in the entire draft when they took Ezekiel Elliott at #4 overall. I didn’t think they’d pull the trigger, but they did. I’m not sold on Elliott being a superstar, but behind their offensive line, he has a damn good chance. They’re taking a huge risk with Jaylon Smith early in Round 2, but if he comes back and plays like he did at Notre Dame, it’s an absolute steal.”

Jeff: B-
Even though Elliott was the pick, they could’ve traded back and gotten better value. If Jaylon Smith works out, he’s a steal. I love Collins in the 3rd round and I think he starts in Week 1. Tapper could help the Cowboys awful pass rush. Prescott isn’t a terrible prospect to have behind Romo.”

New York Giants
1 (10) Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
2 (40) Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
3 (71) Darian Thompson, S, Boise State
4 (109) B.J. Goodson, ILB, Clemson
5 (149) Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
6 (184) Jerrell Adams, TE, South Carolina

Jayson: C+
“I had the Giants taking a CB in Round 1, but with Hargreaves and Jackson III on the board, they went with Apple, who I don’t think will help them as much immediately as the other two would have, and Eli Manning isn’t getting any younger. They drafted players that I like, especially Shepard, Thompson and Adams, but they failed to address some pretty big needs (OT, OLB, DE).”

Jeff: B-
They took Eli Apple with Hargreaves on the board…automatic deduction of a letter grade. Shepard however is a great pick and will get targets early and often. They waited until Round 4 to get a LB. Paul Perkins in Round 5 is a steal and could see the majority of carries by the end of the year.”

Philadelphia Eagles
1 (2) (from Cleveland) Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
3 (79) Isaac Seumalo, C, Oregon State
5 (153) Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia
5 (164) (from Pittsburgh) Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OT, TCU
6 (196) Blake Countess, CB, Auburn
7 (233) Jalen Mills, S, LSU
7 (240) Alex McCalister, DE, Florida
7 (251) (from Arizona) Joe Walker, ILB, Oregon

Jayson: C-
“If you like Carson Wentz, you’d grade this draft higher. I do not think he is worthy of a Top-2 pick, therefore that drops the grade for me, considering what they had to give up to move up and get him. Beyond that, they took multiple players with off-field issues (Smallwood, Countess), which could become problematic down the road. Jalen Mills is my favorite pick for them. He’s great value in Round 7.”

Jeff: C-
Well, I’m not grading the trade. But drafting Wentz at #2 overall to upset the current starter isn’t smart, especially if Wentz was going to sit out for a year. Seumalo might start Week 1, which isn’t saying that much for the Eagles O-Line. Smallwood is alright, but won’t push Mathews that much.”

Washington Redskins
1 (22) (from Houston) Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
2 (53) Su’a Cravens, S, USC
3 (84) Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
5 (152) (from New Orleans) Matt Ioannidis, DT, Temple
6 (187) (from New Orleans) Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana
7 (232) (from Tampa Bay) Steven Daniels, ILB, Boston College
7 (242) Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia

Jayson: A-
“I like this draft a ton. Doctson might be the best all-around receiver in this year’s class, and he’ll fit nicely opposite DeSean. Su’a Cravens is a tweener (safety/linebacker), but he’ll definitely help their defense. Kendall Fuller in Round 3 could be one of the best picks in this entire draft. If he returns to form following the knee injury he suffered this past season, he could be a future Pro Bowler. Keith Marshall in the 7th Round is another potential steal. He’ll be a nice complimentary piece for the Skins’ offense.”

Jeff: B+
Washington had one of my favorite drafts of 2016. Doctson is maybe the best WR in the class. Cravens, Fuller and Ioannidis should all see some rotational snaps in the defense. Sudfeld pick is bad, even though QB was a need. I would’ve liked to see an offensive lineman drafted at some point.”

 

NFC North

Chicago Bears
1 (9) (from Tampa Bay) Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
2 (56) (from Seattle) Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State
3 (72) Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida
4 (113) (from Philadelphia via Tennessee) Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB, West Virginia
4 (124) (from Seattle) Deon Bush, S, Miami
4 (127) (from New England) Deiondre’ Hall, CB, Northern Iowa
5 (150) Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana
6 (185) DeAndre Houston-Carson, S, William & Mary
7 (230) Daniel Braverman, WR, Western Michigan

Jayson: B+
“I’m not as big a fan of Leonard Floyd as some are, but I think he is a really good scheme fit. They added a few nice pieces to the offense in Howard and Braverman, but they focused mainly on defense, which was very smart. Between Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson, they should have their starting SS. Bullard adds nice versatility along the defensive line as well. Good draft.”

Jeff: B
The Bears had great value all around the draft. They got three pass rushers with their first four picks. The other pick was OL Cody Whitehair, who is versatile and can help protect Langford and Cutler. Speaking of Langford, Jordan Howard is another great value pick who will push Langford for touches. Braverman could find value as a slot receiver.”

Detroit Lions
1 (16) Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
2 (46) A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
3 (95) Graham Glasgow, C, Michigan
4 (111) Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah
5 (151) Joe Dahl, G, Washington State
5 (169) (from Denver) Antwione Williams, ILB, Georgia Southern
6 (191) Jake Rudock, QB, Michigan
6 (202) (from Seattle) Anthony Zettel, DE, Penn State
6 (210) Jimmy Landes, LS, Baylor
7 (236) Dwayne Washington, RB, Washington

Jayson: B-
“I think it was very wise to invest a couple early picks in the offensive line. Decker is a great pick, but Glasgow was a bit of a reach. Robinson in Round 2 is great value at a need position. They made some curious picks late in the draft. I don’t understand drafting a long snapper at all, and I don’t see Jake Rudock ever becoming anything more than an emergency 3rd QB.”

Jeff: B
“The Lions needed offensive line help for Ameer Abdullah. Decker is a great pick who will help early. Glasgow was a reach in Round 3, but Dahl is a steal in Round 5. A’Shawn Robinson is a start in replacing Fairley and Suh. In other news, they drafted a long snapper in the sixth round…”

Green Bay Packers
1 (27) Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
2 (48) (from Indianapolis) Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
3 (88) Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State
4 (131) Blake Martinez, ILB, Stanford
4 (137) Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern
5 (163) Trevor Davis, WR, California
6 (200) Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford

Jayson: B
“I think they reached a little taking Clark in the 1st Round, but he’s a typical “Packer” selection. He’ll take the spot of the recently retired B.J. Raji. They got good value with Spriggs, but I think they had more glaring needs that could have been nicely addressed with that pick. I also wish they would’ve taken a tight end. They signed Jared Cook, but taking a young guy to develop would have been smart.”

Jeff: C+
In my eyes, Green Bay missed a few key needs that should have been addressed in this draft. They drafted Clark in the 1st Round at a good value, but he did not fill an immediate need. Spriggs, Fackrell and Martinez are all good picks that filled needs. At the end of the day, not drafting a cornerback drops their grade a bit.”

Minnesota Vikings
1 (23) Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
2 (54) Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
4 (121) Willie Beavers, OT, Western Michigan
5 (160) Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Missouri
6 (180) (from San Francisco) Moritz Boehringer, WR, Germany
6 (188) David Morgan, TE, UTSA
7 (227) Stephen Weatherly, OLB, Vanderbilt
7 (244) Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson

Jayson: A-
“The Vikings addressed their needs while getting proper value all over the board. I don’t think Treadwell will be the best WR from this class, but he’s the type of receiver Minnesota needs opposite Stefon Diggs. Mackensie Alexander could be boom or bust, but he’s worth the risk late in the 2nd Round. They get a high grade from me because of their last three picks. Morgan could replace Kyle Rudolph eventually, and Weatherly and Kearse could both contribute as early as this season.”

Jeff: B+
“The Vikings drafted for need, but often got great value with their picks. Treadwell fills an immediate need and could be a huge offensive contributor. Alexander and Brothers both filled needs AND were good value. They needed an OT, but I’m not sure if Beavers was the pick. David Morgan II will push Rudolph for the starting job sooner rather than later.”

 

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons
1 (17) Keanu Neal, S, Florida
2 (52) (from Houston) Deion Jones, ILB, LSU
3 (81) Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford
4 (115) De’Vondre Campbell, OLB, Minnesota
6 (195) (from New York Giants via Houston) Wes Schweitzer, G, San Jose State
7 (238) Devin Fuller, WR, UCLA

Jayson: C-
“The Falcons addressed their needs, but I don’t think they got good value anywhere. Keanu Neal is a reach in the middle of Round 1. Neal, along with Jones and Hooper, are three guys that I don’t see making a big impact this year, and I don’t know that they are necessarily in rebuild mode right now, yet this draft suggests that they are.”

Jeff: C+
I thought the Falcons had an average draft. Neal was a bit of a reach in my eyes, although he will be an impact player. Deion Jones is the best pick, addressing the team’s anemic pass rush. Hooper isn’t a bad pick in the third, considering Jacob Tamme was their starting TE in 2015. I’m not as high on the Fuller pick as others. He’s a return man or nothing.”

Carolina Panthers
1 (30) Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
2 (62) James Bradberry, S/CB, Samford
3 (77) (from Cleveland via Detroit via Philadelphia) Daryl Worley, CB, West Virginia
5 (141) (from Cleveland) Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma
7 (252) Beau Sandland, TE, Montana State

Jayson: D+
“This draft felt like a team saying that because they were in the Super Bowl last year, they don’t have many needs, and can afford to have only five picks. But the Panthers do have some holes, and to use THREE of their five picks on cornerbacks just doesn’t make any sense to me. I like Sanchez the best, but after already taking two, I think it’s a mistake. I wouldn’t be happy with this draft if I were Cam Newton. They had to take at least one O-Lineman, and they took zero.”

Jeff: C-
Very disappointed. They needed to address the offensive line after their Super Bowl loss. Instead, they overdrafted for a stopgap DT in Vernon Butler and drafted three raw CB prospects to show the world that they don’t need Josh Norman, but rather 60% of a draft to replace him. Seventh Round selection Beau Sandland is an athletic tall dude who can maybe play tight end one day.”

New Orleans Saints
1 (12) Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
2 (47) Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
2 (61) (from New England via Arizona) Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
4 (120) (from Washington) David Onyemata, DT, University of Manitoba
7 (237) Daniel Lasco, RB, California

Jayson: B-
“The biggest failure here was the fact that they traded up twice in this draft, despite the insane amount of holes on their roster. Sheldon Rankins is a home run pick though, as he could be the Defensive Rookie of the Year. He’s that good. I also like Michael Thomas as Marques Colston’s replacement, and Vonn Bell could end up being a very good safety in the league.”

Jeff: B-
The Saints did fairly well with their five picks. Rankins is a stud in my eyes, and improves a team weakness. I love Michael Thomas in the second. Vonn Bell is a good safety who should help the awful secondary. Onyemata is a reach, especially after drafting Rankins. Lasco is a good depth pick. I wish they had taken another defensive back to improve their awful secondary.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1 (11) (from Chicago) Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
2 (39) Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
2 (59) (from Kansas City) Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State
4 (108) Ryan Smith, CB, North Carolina Central
5 (148) Caleb Benenoch, OT, UCLA
6 (183) Devante Bond, OLB, Oklahoma
6 (197) (from Washington) Dan Vitale, FB, Northwestern

Jayson: C
“I love the Hargreaves pick. To trade down and still get him is a huge plus. Noah Spence is nice value in the 2nd Round, but he’ll need to keep his act together. If he does, it’s a great pick. And then they took a kicker with their other 2nd Round pick. Hang on, THEY TOOK A KICKER IN THE SECOND ROUND?!?! They took a kicker in the 2nd Round. I would’ve liked to have seen them address the offensive line a little earlier, like maybe in Round 2, WHERE THEY TOOK A KICKER!”

Jeff: B-
I would have given them a B+ if they didn’t waste a 2nd Round pick on a kicker. Hargreaves is a great pick who filled their biggest need. Spence fills a need and is a good pick as well. Ryan Smith is a good value pick in the fourth round. They waited a bit to take an OT (MAYBE ROUND 2)*, but Benenoch could be a starting RT in the league.”

*Clearly great minds think alike…

 

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals
1 (29) Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
3 (92) Brandon Williams, CB, Texas A&M
4 (128) Evan Boehm, C, Missouri
5 (167) Marqui Christian, S, Midwest State
5 (170) Cole Toner, OT, Harvard
6 (205) Harlan Miller, CB, Southeastern Louisiana

Jayson: C
“I think Arizona is a good locker room for Robert Nkemdiche to be in. Well, at least I hope it is, because he could be a force. While Brandon Williams addressed a need, they took him in Round 3 when most experts had an undrafted free agent grade on him. Carson Palmer isn’t getting any younger, so I’m quite surprised that they didn’t try to draft someone that could eventually replace him.”

Jeff: C+
Did the Cardinals need Nkemdiche? No. But they got a great player. Brandon Williams is also a decent pick. The Cardinals waited too long to draft a center, which was a glaring need. However, Boehm in the fourth is great value, and he could end up starting in 2016. Waited too long for a safety too and overdrafted Marqui Christian.”

Los Angeles Rams
1 (1) (from Tennessee) Jared Goff, QB, California
4 (110) Tyler Higbee, TE, Western Kentucky
4 (117) (from Buffalo) Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
6 (177) (from Tennessee) Temarrick Hemingway, TE, South Carolina State
6 (190) Josh Forrest, ILB, Kentucky
6 (206) (from Carolina via Chicago) Michael Thomas, WR, Southern Mississippi

Jayson: B+
“From a football ‘team’ standpoint, I’m skeptical of trading all of those picks to move up and get Jared Goff. From a football ‘franchise’ standpoint, I love it. They need to create some excitement in LA, and getting the California kid #1 overall to be the new face of the franchise is smart. What was also smart was trying to get some weapons for him. I love Higbee and Thomas, and I think Cooper and Hemingway were both solid selections who could become contributors.”

Jeff: B-
It makes more sense to me to stock up on young talent in this draft before trading up for Goff. However, the Rams overpaid for a QB now. Higbee in the 4th is a pretty good pick as a guy who can replace Jared Cook. I think Pharoh Cooper is a steal.. They also got “the other” Michael Thomas, who is one of my favorite sleepers. They didn’t draft anybody in the secondary though, which was a need.”

San Francisco 49ers
1 (7) DeForest Buckner, DT, Oregon
1 (28) (from Kansas City) Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford
3 (68) Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
4 (133) Rashard Robinson, CB, LSU
5 (142) (from San Diego) Ronald Blair, DT, Appalachian State
5 (145) John Theus, OT, Georgia
5 (174) Fahn Cooper, OT, Ole Miss
6 (207) (from Denver) Jeff Driskel, QB, Louisiana Tech
6 (211) Kelvin Taylor, RB, Florida
6 (213) Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State
7 (249) (from Kansas City) Prince Charles Iworah, CB, Western Kentucky

Jayson: B-
“The Buckner pick keeps this draft from being a ‘C.’ He is going to be an absolute force wherever they decide to line him up. I do not understand trading back up into the 1st Round to draft Garnett. Many experts had him rated as the #1 guard in the class, but the 1st Round is a bit early. Driskel is a nice fit in Chip Kelly’s system. Kelvin Taylor is the player to watch for me from this draft. I think he’ll take more and more carries away from Carlos Hyde as the season progresses.”

Jeff: C+
Boy did the Niners have a ton of picks. Getting Buckner early was one of the good ones. Taking Redmond in the 3rd was not. They really needed an ILB and did not draft one. They needed help on the offensive line too. Garnett wasn’t a bad pick in Round 2, but waiting until Round 5 to grab Theus and Cooper was a mistake. Watch out for Kelvin Taylor and Aaron Burbridge at the end of the season.”

Seattle Seahawks
1 (31) (from Denver) Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
2 (49) (from Buffalo via Chicago) Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
3 (90) C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
3 (94) (from Denver) Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State
3 (97) Rees Odhiambo, G, Boise State
5 (147) Quinton Jefferson, DT, Maryland
5 (171) Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
6 (215) Joey Hunt, C, TCU
7 (243) Kenny Lawler, WR, California
7 (247) Zac Brooks, RB, Clemson

Jayson: B
“I think it was very wise to trade back in Round 1 and still get the guy I’m sure they wanted regardless. Ifedi needs some polishing, but he’ll be a nice addition to the O-Line in Seattle in due time. Jarran Reed is tremendous value in the 2nd Round. I could see him becoming a star, a la Michael Bennett. I would’ve liked to see them address the cornerback position, but in not doing so, they are showing a lot of faith in Jeremy Lane to take a big leap this season.”

Jeff: B+
Another good draft from Seattle. Ifedi may have been picked early, but he filled a need. Jarran Reed also filled a need and was great value. C.J. Prosise AND 5th Round steal Alex Collins will both push Thomas Rawls for carries. Keeping them from an “A” is the lack of a DB pick and wasting a pick on their third RB of the draft, Zac Brooks.”

 

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