2016 Draft Grades
















 






2016 Draft Grades





National Football Conference






NFC South




  •         Atlanta Falcons:           Grade: B

    The Good

    In this draft, Atlanta needed to add speed on defense, sure up their front seven and improve their interior offensive line. Atlanta did a good job addressing the defensive speed with the additions of safety Keanu Neal, outside linebacker Deion Lewis, and linebacker DeVontre Campbell; all known for their athleticism. The Falcons also helped Matt Ryan by adding a pass catching tight end in Austin Hooper, who will add a threat over the middle of the field.


    The Bad

    Atlanta didn't address their offensive line until the sixth round, drafting Wes Schweitzer out of San Jose State for offensive guard depth. Schweitzer is a project who is a good run blocker but will take a year or more to be a viable NFL starting guard.


    The Picks

                            Round 1: Keanu Neal, Safety
                            Round 2: Deion Jones, Outside Linebacker
                            Round 3: Austin Hooper, Tight End
                            Round 4: De'Vondre Campbell, Outside Linebacker
                            Round 6: Wes Schweitzer, Guard
                            Round 7: Devin Fuller, Wide Receiver







  •         Carolina Panthers:           Grade: B-

    The Good


    Carolina was a single-minded team in the draft, drafting almost exclusively at cornerback. James Bradberry is a big, athletic ball hawk who high-points the ball well. Daryl Worley is big as well, also 6'1, but is best in zone-coverage due to his stiff hips. Third they drafted Zach Sanchez who plays like an aggressive free safety. The three of them have a chance to be the three top cornerbacks for the next few years. The Panthers also got a huge push-up front drafting powerhouse defensive tackle Vernon Butler in round one to create a powerful run defense. The addition of developmental tight end Beau Sandland late could be a huge lift in a year's time.


    The Bad


    The Panthers drafted three cornerbacks in five picks. That type of drafting is a huge overreach at one position unless they select sure starters. While the group was solid, Bradberry may become the only starter. Worley needs to improve his hips and speed to be a good starter while Sanchez may get time at free safety.

    The Picks


                            Round 1: Vernon Butler, Defensive Tackle
                            Round 2: James Bradberry, Cornerback
                            Round 3: Daryl Worley, Cornerback
                            Round 5: Zach Sanchez, Cornerback/Safety
                            Round 7: Beau Sandland, Tight End







  •         New Orleans Saints:           Grade: B+

    The Good


    The Saints only had five picks in the draft and got great value from all five. Rankins is a player who excels at collapsing the pocket and plays the lanes extremely well, creating havoc against the pass. Vonn Bell is a good coverage safety who should start soon creating a dynamic tandem with Kenny Vaccaro. Michael Thomas will create competition at wide receiver and should win the number three receiver position without issue. The day three selections add good depth.


    The Bad


    There were no glaring bad points to this draft except that it was limited by a lack of selections.


    The Picks

                            Round 1: Sheldon Rankins, Defensive Tackle
                            Round 2: Michael Thomas, Wide Receiver
                            Round 2: Vonn Bell, Safety
                            Round 4: David Onyemata, Defensive Tackle
                            Round 7: Daniel Lasco, Running Back







  •         Tampa Bay Buccaneers:           Grade: B

    The Good


    Tampa Bay needed to continue to improve their defense after a successful 2015 draft that netted starting middle linebacker Kwon Alexander. They were successful in doing this by drafting two impact cornerbacks in Vernon Hargreaves out of Florida and the largely underrated Ryan Smith out of North Carolina Central. Smith needs seasoning but his long-term potential is high. In round two Tampa drafted arguably the best pure pass rusher in the draft, the seemingly reformed and refocussed, defensive end Noah Spence to eventually replace the aging Robert Ayers. In later rounds the Buccaneers found good depth on the offensive line and linebacker in Kyle Benenoch and DeVante Bond respectfully.


    The Bad


    They trade back into round two for a kicker, a player they could have gotten in Round 3. Aguayo is out of Florida State and has been compared to Sebastian Janikowski by some. Aguayo has more accuracy than Janikowski but with less power. No matter how good he is, trading up in round two for a kicker when he would be on the board in round three is a terrible move.


    The Picks

                            Round 1: Vernon Hargreaves, Cornerback
                            Round 2: Noah Spence, Defensive End
                            Round 2: Robert Aguayo, Kicker
                            Round 4: Ryan Smith, Cornerback
                            Round 5: Caleb Benenoch, Offensive Lineman
                            Round 6: DeVante Bond, Outside Linebacker
                            Round 6: Dan Vitale, Fullback
























    NFC East










  •         Philadelphia Eagles:           Grade: B-

    The Good


    The Eagles improved their team by improving their quarterback position. Selecting Carson Wentz to start, presumedly in year two, rather than staying with the oft-injured Sam Bradford was a strong move on their part. The Eagles had questionable picks in the mid rounds but may have gotten a steal in safety Jalen Mills out of LSU. Mills is a second round talent but was arrested for a domestic incident and resisting arrest. If Mills and Wentz work out this draft could be considered a success because they became stars. Alex McCalister, who was drafted in round seven, could become a strong situational pass rusher.

    The Bad


    The middle rounds, starting with round three, were difficult to watch. Isaac Seumalo was a fourth round talent taken in round three, Wendall Smallwood was taken within his range, but Blake Countess was taken a bit early in round six. All three provide good depth but it's easy to believe the Eagles could have gotten more value.

    The Picks

                            Round 1: Carson Wentz, Quarterback
                            Round 3: Isaac Seumalo, Offensive Guard
                            Round 5: Wendell Smallwood, Running Back
                            Round 5: Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Offensive Tackle
                            Round 6: Blake Countess, Cornerback
                            Round 7: Jalen Mills, Safety
                            Round 7: Alex McCalister, Defensive End
                            Round 7: Joe Walker, Inside Linebacker







  •         Washington Redskins:           Grade: B

    The Good


    The Redskins did what they could to help Kirk Cousins in the first round taking Wide Receiver Josh Doctson. Doctson has nice size hands, decent size, and a strong downfield presence. Getting Kendall Fuller in round three after a good medical recheck gives the team a strong number two corner with ball skills. Keith Marshall is good value in round seven and has a lot of potential.

    The Bad


    Su'a Cravens is a good player but a reach in round two at outside linebacker. I come to the same conclusion about Matthew Ioannidis in round 5. While both will gain time in the rotations, they won't start and will be rotational depth.

    The Picks

                            Round 1: Josh Doctson, Wide Receiver
                            Round 2: Su'a Cravens, Outside Linebacker
                            Round 3: Kenall Fuller, Cornerback
                            Round 5: Matthew Ioannidis, Defensive Tackle
                            Round 6: Nate Sudfield, Quarterback
                            Round 7: Steven Daniels, Inside Linebacker
                            Round 7: Keith Marshall, Running Back



  •         Dallas Cowboys:           Grade: A-

    The Good


    Dallas did an excellent job of positioning themselves for a final two-year run with Tony Romo by adding Ezekiel Elliott to carry the load at running back, drafting Dak Prescott to train behind Romo as his successor, and drafting Jaylon Smith to start at Linebacker once he recovers from his injury. They also got a potential starter at defensive end in underrated prospect Charles Tapper.

    The Bad


    The only negative I can see is that Dallas didn't address their cornerback position until round six with cornerback Anthony Brown from Purdue. Brown has long term starting potential but may not help much this season.

    The Picks

                            Round 1: Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back
                            Round 2: Jaylon Smith, Linebacker
                            Round 3: Maliek Collins, Defensive End
                            Round 4: Charles Tapper, Defensive End
                            Round 4: Dak Prescott, Quarterback
                            Round 6: Anthony Brown, Cornerback
                            Round 6: Kavon Frazier, Strong Safety
                            Round 6: Darius Jackson, Running Back
                            Round 6: Rico Gathers, Tight End







  •         New York Giants:           Grade: B+

    The Good


    The Giants had very few draft picks but made excellent draft picks throughout. Eli Apple was a reach at the tenth pick but has huge three-year potential to be a top-tier cornerback. Sterling Shepard was another reach but he was exactly what the team needed as a number two receiver and could have a huge rookie season. Darian Thompson has a lot of long-term potential and will garner quite a bit of playing time at safety and on special teams. Fifth-rounder Paul Perkins could become the starting running back at some point this year and fourth round pick B.J Goodson will see plenty of time at linebacker.


    The Bad


    The Giants reached on both of their first two selections. Eli Apple could have been taken a few picks after he was taken and Sterling Shepard could have been taken several picks later.


    The Picks

                            Round 1: Eli Apple, Cornerback
                            Round 2: Sterling Shepard, Wide Receiver
                            Round 3: Darian Thompson, Safety
                            Round 4: B.J Goodson, Outside Linebacker
                            Round 5: Paul Perkins, Running Back
                            Round 6: Jarell Adams, Tight End












    NFC North
  •         Minnesota Vikings:           Grade: B+

    The Good


    The Vikings seemed to have two things in mind this year, upgrade young receivers who can grow with Teddy Bridgewater and upgrade their linebackers for both 2016 and 2017. The Vikings accomplished both by drafting receivers Laquon Treadwell and Moritz Bohringer in rounds one and six respectively. The Vikings also drafted talented but raw tight end David Morgan who could earn playing time early. At linebacker the Vikings drafted two potential starting linebacker in production machine Kentrell Brothers in round five and huge pass rusher Stephen Weatherly in round six. The Vikings also drafted highly athletic safety Jayron Kearse in round seven.

    The Bad


    The Vikings reached on their fourth round pick Willie Beavers. An offensive tackle with a lot of experience but needs to develop his physical game had a 5th/6th round grade. This is the second year in a row the Vikings have taken day three offensive tackles.

    The Picks


                            Round 1: Laquon Treadwell, Wide Receiver
                            Round 2: Mackensie Alexander, Cornerback
                            Round 4: Willie Beavers, Offensive Tackle
                            Round 5: Kentrell Brothers, Linebacker
                            Round 6: Moritz Bohringer, Wide Receiver
                            Round 6: David Morgan, Tight End
                            Round 7: Stephen Weatherly, Rush Linebacker
                            Round 7: Jayron Kearse, Safety




                           
  •         Detroit Lions:           Grade: B-

    The Good


    The Lions got upgrades at multiple positions, especially center and defensive tackle. Taking Michigan center Graham Glasgow was an excellent move and he should start at center by the pre-season opener. A'Shawn Robinson had a wide draft range and he was taken at the tail end of that range. Robinson should start at defensive tackle and have comparable numbers to other first round selections on the defensive line. Drafting Anthony Zettel in Round six was a great value pick and he will be shoved into the defensive line rotation immediately as a third-down pass rusher. Rounds four and five provided excellent picks as the Lions complimented the Glasgow pick with another early starter in fifth round guard Joe Dahl. Dahl will add a physical run blocking presence to the interior offensive line to go along with Glasgow and last years first round selection Laken Thomlinson. Fourth-rounder Miles Killebrew will be a hard hitting safety who can make receivers think twice about going deep over the middle.

    The Bad


    Detroit drafted some good players to play out of position. They drafted a right tackle to play left tackle (Tyler Decker), took a prospect who may have gone undrafted in round six to compete for the backup quarterback job (Jake Rudock), and a 240-pound long snapper in round six (Jimmy Landes). For the most part, the players weren't the issue, what they were drafted to be is a different story. The Lions may end up wondering why they didn't just use players at their strengths.

    The Picks

                            Round 1: Tyler Decker, Left Tackle
                            Round 2: A'Shawn Robinson, Defensive Tackle
                            Round 3: Graham Glasgow, Center
                            Round 4: Miles Killebrew, Strong Safety
                            Round 5: Joe Dahl, Guard
                            Round 5: Antwione Williams, Linebacker
                            Round 6: Jake Rudock, Quarterback
                            Round 6: Anthony Zettel, Defensive Tackle
                            Round 6: Jimmy Landes, Long Snapper
                            Round 7: Dwayne Washington, Washington







  •         Chicago Bears:           Grade: B

    The Good


    The Bears had a solid draft with some quality picks. First round selection Leonard Floyd could develop into a star at defensive end while Cody Whitehair should start early. Jordan Howard in round five will compete for reps at running back while seventh-round receiver Daniel Braverman could win the slot receiver position.

    The Bad


    I have mixed feelings on the third-round pick, Jonathan Bullard because he is undersized and isn't as strong as a lot of defensive tackles. I love his skills but saw him more as a late third or early fourth round pick. I am not sure where DeAndre Houston-Carson fits into the defensive backfield. He has the size teams covet but the question of if he is a safety or a corner may affect his ability to be a solid player in Chicago.

    The Picks

                            Round 1: Leonard Floyd, Outside Linebacker
                            Round 2: Cody Whitehair, Guard
                            Round 3: Jonathan Bullard, Defensive Tackle
                            Round 4: Nick Kwiatkoski, Middle Linebacker
                            Round 4: Deon Bush, Safety
                            Round 4: Deiondre' Hall, Cornerback
                            Round 5: Jordan Howard, Running Back
                            Round 6: DeAndre Houston-Carson, Safety
                            Round 7: Daniel Braverman, Wide Receiver







  •         Green Bay Packers:           Grade: A-

    The Good


    The Packers went out of their way for necessity this year and let the pieces they needed fall to them. With the retirement of B.J Raji in comes Kenny Clark, who is a pass rushing defensive tackle known for his ability to penetrate. At linebacker, the Packers added two new starters to go along with Clay Matthews and Jake Ryan in inside linebacker Blake Martinez and rush linebacker Kyler Fackrell. They also got a future starter at offensive tackle in Jason Spriggs.

    The Bad


    Trevor Davis is a wide receiver who could have been much better with Jared Goff as his quarterback but never lived up to expectations. While depth at wide receiver was needed Davis will need to work to make the roster before thinking he can contribute.

    The Picks

                            Round 1: Kenny Clark, Defensive Tackle
                            Round 2: Jason Spriggs, Offensive Tackle
                            Round 3: Kyler Fackrell, Linebacker
                            Round 4: Blake Martinez, Inside Linebacker
                            Round 4: Dean Lowry, Defensive End
                            Round 5: Trevor Davis, Wide Receiver
                            Round 6: Kyle Murphy, Tackle




























    NFC West
  •         Seattle Seahawks           Grade: B

    The Good


    This draft had some good points for the Seahawks as they nabbed Nick Vannett, who is a good receiver, in round three to play tight end, Alex Collins in round five to compete at running back, Germain Ifedi to start on the offensive line and Jarran Reed to compete to start on the defensive line. Overall a solid group that filled holes and promoted competition for Seattle.

    The Bad


    In round three the Seahawks took a fifth round prospect in running back CJ Prosise. Prosise is a pass catcher only and not much for running the ball. The Seahawks got a better player at better value in Alex Collins in round five.

    The Picks

                            Round 1: Germain Ifedi, Guard/Tackle
                            Round 2: Jarran Reed, Defensive Tackle
                            Round 3: C.J Prosise, Offensive Tackle
                            Round 3: Nick Vannett, Tight End
                            Round 3: Rees Odhiambo, Guard
                            Round 5: Quinton Jefferson, Defensive Tackle
                            Round 5: Alex Collins, Running Back
                            Round 6: Joey Hunt, Center
                            Round 7: Kenny Lawler, Wide Receiver
                            Round 7: Zac Brooks, Running Back







  •         San Francisco 49ers:           Grade: B+

    The Good


    2015 was a terrible year defensively for San Francisco. While Tramaine Brock and Kenneth Acker had three interceptions each the Cornerback position was still weak with a lack of competition. The 49ers remedied the lack of competition by drafting Will Redmond in round three, Rashard Robinson in round four, and Prince Charles Iworah in round seven. The team also drafted offensive guard Joshua Garnett to start on the offensive line and John Theus and Fahn Cooper to compete at right tackle. Drafting Jeff Driskell to develop at quarterback in round six was a good selection.

    The Bad


    The 49ers practically ignored wide receiver and running back during the draft using late round picks on both. Carlos Hyde led the team in rushing with a little over four hundred yards last season and slot receiver needed competition.

    The Picks

                            Round 1: DeForest Buckner, Defensive End
                            Round 1: Joshua Garnett, Offensive Guard
                            Round 3: Will Redmond, Cornerback
                            Round 4: Rashard Robinson, Cornerback
                            Round 5: Ronald Blair, Defensive End
                            Round 5: John Theus, Offensive Tackle
                            Round 5: Fahn Cooper, Offensive Tackle
                            Round 6: Jeff Driskel, Quarterback
                            Round 6: Aaron Burbridge, Wide Receiver
                            Round 7: Prince Charles Iworah, Cornerback







  •         Arizona Cardinals:           Grade: B

    The Good


    The Cardinals did an excellent job upgrading their offensive and defensive fronts by adding defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche in round one, center Evan Boehm in round four, and offensive tackle Cole Toner in round five. Nkemdiche and Boehm will compete for starting positions immediately while Toner will compete to be the primary backup at offensive tackle.

    The Bad


    There wasn't much to dislike here since the Cardinals didn't have many selections. Brandon Williams may have been taken a little early in round three due to how raw he is as a football player, however, his athletic ability makes him a natural downfield cover corner. Fifth round selection Marqui Christian hasn't proven he is more than an in the box safety.

    The Picks

                            Round 1: Robert Nkemdiche, Defensive Tackle
                            Round 3: Brandon Williams, Cornerback
                            Round 4: Evan Boehm, Center
                            Round 5: Marqui Christian, Strong Safety
                            Round 5: Cole Toner, Offensive Tackle
                            Round 6: Harlan Miller, Cornerback







  •         St. Louis Rams:           Grade: B-

    The Good


    This was an offensive draft for the Rams due to how abysmal their passing game performed in 2015. Jared Goff fits what the Rams want to do well, be accurate and don't commit turnovers while Tyler Higbee will become the second tight end in two tight end sets. The best selection the Rams mad may be Pharoh Cooper, a receiver with good hands and toughness to run after the catch. The Rams receivers were potentially the worst in the NFL last season.

    The Bad


    Other than Josh Forrest in round six the Rams neglected to draft a linebacker. This may have been the biggest need on the defensive side of the ball and the Rams almost completely ignored it. The Rams also took a second tight end in Temarrick Hemingway, Higbee and Hemingway will have a hard time getting snaps at tight end since they are the same type of player who will play the same role.

    The Picks

                            Round 1: Jared Goff, Quarterback
                            Round 4: Tyler Higbee, Tight End
                            Round 4: Pharoah Cooper, Wide Receiver
                            Round 6: Temarrick Hemingway, Tight End
                            Round 6: Josh Forrest, Inside Linebacker
                            Round 6: Mike Thomas, Wide Receiver



























American Football Conference






AFC East
  •         Miami Dolphins:           Grade: B+

    The Good

    Getting Laremy Tunsil may have been the biggest steal of the draft. Tunsil will greatly improve the Miami offensive line no matter where he lines up. Running back Kenyon Drake and receiver Leonte Carroo will both compete for starting spots giving Miami a great young offensive core at receiver, running back, and on the offensive line. Defensively, Xavien Howard may have been a bit of a reach due to inconsistency but he has good size, hips, and athleticism while Jordan Lucas should add good depth at strong safety.


    The Bad

    Receiver Jakeem Grant is a longshot to make the team because of his size (5'6, 165) and was considered a reach because of that. Jordan Lucas is a player you shrug your shoulders at and hope he will provide strong depth and special teams play. Lucas could be a good player for the team or a casualty in camp.


    The Picks



                            Round 1: Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Tackle
                            Round 2: Xavien Howard, Cornerback
                            Round 3: Kenyan Drake, Running Back
                            Round 3: Leonte Carroo, Wide Receiver
                            Round 6: Jakeem Grant, Wide Receiver
                            Round 6: Jordan Lucas, Strong Safety
                            Round 7: Brandon Doughty, Quarterback
                            Round 7: Thomas Duarte, Tight End







  •         New York Jets:           Grade: B

    The Good

    The Jets were massive over-achievers in 2015 and set themselves up to duplicate the feat better players in 2016. The Jets picked up two potential starters at linebacker in Jordan Jenkins in the third round and Darron Lee in the first, press corner Juston Burris adds depth at cornerback,and Brandon Shell could earn starts at right tackle. The wild card is quarterback Christian Hackenberg, a player who needs to mature and fix mechanical errors but has the upbringing to be the most disciplined player in the locker room.


    The Bad

    This was a solid draft for the Jets and just as Hackenberg was seen as a potential strength his immaturity and being drafted a round or two too soon could bring his immaturity to the forefront. Taking Hackenberg in round two was a huge risk/reward selection that could leave question marks for the next few years.


    The Picks



                            Round 1: Darron Lee, Outside Linebacker
                            Round 2: Christian Hackenberg, Quarterback
                            Round 3: Jordan Jenkins, Outside Linebacker
                            Round 4: Juston Burris, Cornerback
                            Round 5: Brandon Shell, Offensive Tackle
                            Round 7: Lance Edwards, Punter
                            Round 7: Charone Peake, Wide Receiver







  •         Buffalo Bills:           Grade: B+

    The Good

    This draft top to bottom was better than last year with the exception of Ronald Darby in 2015. Edge rusher Shaq Lawson, linebacker Reggie Ragland, and defensive tackle Adolphus Washington will all compete for starting spots while quarterback Cardale Jones and running back Jonathan Williams will push starters, Tyrod Taylor and Leshaun McCoy, respectively, to be better players.


    The Bad

    The Bills needed offensive line help and they did not address it. While this could come back to hurt them, the rest of their draft class may help keep the pressure off for another year.


    The Picks



                            Round 1: Shaq Lawson, Edge
                            Round 2: Reggie Ragland, Inside Linebacker
                            Round 3: Adolphus Washington, Defensive End
                            Round 4: Cardale Jones, Quarterback
                            Round 5: Jonathan Williams, Running Back
                            Round 6: Kolby Listenbee, Wide Receiver
                            Round 6: Kevon Seymour, Cornerback







  •         New England Patriots:           Grade: C+

    The Good

    While Cyrus Jones was a reach he is a very good slot corner who could create some turnovers through the year. Joe Thuney wasn't a bad selection but he, like Jones, was taken a bit too high. He should, however, compete for a starting spot. Jacoby Brissett will push Jimmy Goropollo for the backup job.


    The Bad

    The Patriots had a good number of selections but didn't do much with them. Reaches and head scratchers littered this draft. This was the most underwhelming draft of the Bill Belichick era.


                            Round 2: Cyrus Jones, Cornerback
                            Round 3: Joe Thuney, Guard
                            Round 3: Jacoby Brissett, Quarterback
                            Round 3: Vincent Valentine, Defensive Tackle
                            Round 4: Malcolm Mitchell, Wide Receiver
                            Round 6: Kamu Grugier-Hill, Outside Linebacker
                            Round 6: Elandon Roberts, Inside Linebacker
                            Round 6: Ted Karras, Guard
                            Round 7: Devin Lucien, Wide Receiver












    AFC North



  •         Cincinnati Bengals:           Grade: A-

    The Good

    For the second year in a row the Bengals had one of the better drafts of the event. Getting Andrew Billings in round four to solidify the defensive line and Christian Westerman to compete for a starting spot on the interior offensive line were excellent value. Overall, over the next couple years, the Bengals may have plucked five or six potential starters out of this draft.


    The Bad

    The Bengals' sixth and seventh round selections, receiver Cody Core, and safety Clayton Fejedelem may not make the roster. While only a sixth or seventh round selection one would hope they could make a run at a roster spot.


    The Picks



                            Round 1: William Jackson III, Cornerback
                            Round 2: Tyler Boyd, Wide receiver
                            Round 3: Nick Vigil, Inside Linebacker
                            Round 4: Andrew Billings, Nose Tackle
                            Round 5: Christian Westerman, Guard
                            Round 6: Cody Core, Wide Receiver
                            Round 7: Clayton Fejedelem, Safety







    •         Pittsburgh Steelers:           Grade: B+

      The Good

      The Steelers were horrible against the pass last year and they knew it. The Steelers drafted two cornerbacks with their first two selections in Artie Burns and Sean Davis who will both compete to start. They followed that up by drafting powerhouse nose tackle Javon Hargrave to free up the pass rush. Jerald Hawkins will provide nice depth and could compete for time at right tackle.


      The Bad

      The one position the Steelers had to address was safety and they didn't look that way, instead opting for special teams help in the sixth and seventh rounds. A developmental safety could have helped in the next two years.


      The Picks



                              Round 1: Artie Burns, Cornerback
                              Round 2: Sean Davis, Cornerback
                              Round 3: Javon Hargrave, Defensive Tackle
                              Round 4: Jerald Hawkins, Offensive Tackle
                              Round 6: Travis Freeney, Outside Linebacker
                              Round 7: Demarcus Ayers, Wide Receiver
                              Round 7: TylerMatakevich, Outside Linebacker








      •         Cleveland Browns:           Grade: B


        The Good

        The Browns knew their biggest needs and addressed them aggressively. The Browns drafted four wide receivers (Corey Coleman, Ricardo Lewis, Jordan Payton and Rashard "Hollywood" Higgins) to bolster their receiving core for the future. The Browns also aggressively went after pass rushers drafting Emmanuel Ogbah in round two, Carl Nassib in round three, and Joe Schobert in round four. The Browns also drafted Offensive line help in guard Spencer Drango and right tackle Shon Coleman. The biggest surprise was the drafting of quarterback Cody Kessler in round three and in perhaps the best value in the draft the team drafted linebacker Scooby Wright.


        The Bad

        When you have fourteen selections you are bound to miss on some players. Cornerback Trey Caldwell was an undrafted prospect who the Browns drafted in the fifth round. In the same token, Seth Devalve was a stretch as a pass catching tight end since he is underwhelming. Jordan Payton isn't a guy who will play on the outside, he could be a good Z receiver but is limited in his role.


        The Picks



                                Round 1: Corey Coleman, Wide Receiver
                                Round 2: Emmanuel Ogbah, Edge
                                Round 3: Carl Nassib, Rush Linebacker
                                Round 3: Shon Coleman, Offensive Tackle
                                Round 3: Cody Kessler, Quarterback
                                Round 4: Joe Schobert, Edge
                                Round 4: Ricardo Lewis, Wide Receiver
                                Round 4: Derrick Kindred, Free Safety
                                Round 4: Seth Devalve, Tight End
                                Round 5: Jordan Payton, Wide Receiver
                                Round 5: Spencer Drango, Guard/Tackle
                                Round 5: Rashard Higgins, Wide Receiver
                                Round 5: Trey Caldwell, Defensive Back
                                Round 7: Scooby Wright III, Inside Linebacker







      •         Baltimore Ravens:           Grade: A-

        The Good

        The Ravens came in needing offensive line help and new blood off the edge and got both with their first three selections. Ronnie Stanley may have issues with strength but he is the most technically sound tackle in this draft. He is mobile and knows how to move defenders around. Kamalei Correa plays angry and has a great motor, he will challenge for playing time in training camp. Bronson Kaufusi is a guy the Ravens can play at a few different positions on the defensive end in pass rush situations. Tavon Young is a cornerback that specializes in creating turnovers and will help elevate the backfield coverage teams. Kenneth Dixon may be the best running back most people haven't heard of in this class, expect him to get a surprising amount of snaps this season.


        The Bad

        There wasn't much bad in this draft as Baltimore once again did an excellent job of filling holes in all seven rounds. Even getting a deal with Keenan Reynolds and the Navy so that he can play makes the sixth round running back a steal. Once again, just Ozzie being Ozzie.


        The Picks

                                Round 1: Ronnie Stanley, Offensive Tackle
                                Round 2: Kamalei Correa, Defensive End
                                Round 3: Bronson Kaufusi, Defensive End
                                Round 4: Tavon Young, Cornerback
                                Round 4: Chris Moore, Wide Receiver
                                Round 4: Alex Lewis, Offensive Tackle
                                Round 4: Willie Henry, Defensive Tackle
                                Round 4: Kenneth Dixon, Running Back
                                Round 5: Matt Judon, Wide receiver
                                Round 5: Matt Judon, Defensive End
                                Round 6: Keenan Reynolds, Running Back
                                Round 6: Maurice Canady, Cornerback










        AFC South
      •         Tennessee Titans:           Grade: B+

        The Good


        The first four selections the Titans made were excellent picks from a talent standpoint. Jack Conklin can play right or left tackle, Kevin Dodd was seen by some as the best edge rusher in the draft, Austin Johnson is a mountain in the middle, and Derrick Henry has the potential to be a great player if he stays healthy. In round six, Sebastian Tretola could be a game changer in the running game, put him beside Conklin who will probably start his career at right tackle and Tennessee could have one of the better rushing teams in the NFL next year.


        The Bad


        Kevin Byard is a good zone player but lacks the man coverage skills to be an effective free safety in the NFL. At 5'11, it will be an uphill battle for him to play in the box. Byard is a work in progress and shouldn't have been taken until round four.

        The Picks


                                Round 1: Jack Conklin, Offensive Tackle
                                Round 2: Kevin Dodd, Edge
                                Round 2: Austin Johnson, Nose Tackle
                                Round 2: Derrick Henry, Running Back
                                Round 3: Kevin Byard, Safety
                                Round 5: Tajae Sharpe, Wide Receiver
                                Round 5: Leshaun Sims, Cornerback
                                Round 6: Sebastian Tretola, Wide Receiver
                                Round 7: Aaron Wallace, Outside Linebacker
                                Round 7: Kalan Reed, Cornerback







      •         Houston Texans:           Grade: B+

        The Good


        Receivers Will Fuller and Braxton Miller are huge draft picks for the Houston offense that needs more big plays down the field. Fuller, chosen in round one, will drop passes, but will add huge speed to stretch the field. Miller will be able to play deep, over the middle, and has a strong understanding of defenses. Nick Martin in round two is an excellent selection, he will start at center for the foreseeable future. D.J Reader is a solid pick in round five to fill the nose tackle position and K.J Dillon will create turnovers as a rotational safety and special teams ace. Dillon, Reader, and Miller should all compete to start within two years.


        The Bad


        Tyler Ervin is a one-dimensional third down back. Ervin will make a couple big plays but he will be limited early in his career and will need to prove his worth on special teams.

        The Picks


                                Round 1: Will Fuller, Wide Receiver
                                Round 2: Nick Martin, Center
                                Round 3: Braxton Miller, Wide Receiver
                                Round 4: Tyler Ervin, Running Back
                                Round 5: K.J Dillon, Safety
                                Round 5: D.J Reader, Nose Tackle







      •         Jacksonville Jaguars:           Grade: B+

        The Good


        The Jaguars needed to beef up their pass rush up front and create more turnovers. Jalen Ramsey was arguably the best player in the draft at cornerback, Myles Jack may be the second best player as a linebacker who fell to round two due to a knee injury, and Sheldon Day is an undersized pass rush defensive tackle with a quick first step and high motor. Tyrone Holmes was a good value in round six.


        The Bad


        The Jaguars had issues at left guard and would have been applauded if they took another defensive back after Jalen Ramsey. While going pass rush heavy may have been a good call, addressing at least one of those needs would have filled more needs.

        The Picks


                                Round 1: Jalen Ramsey, Cornerback
                                Round 2: Myles Jack, Linebacker
                                Round 3: Yannick Ngakoue, Rush
                                Round 4: Sheldon Day, Defensive Tackle
                                Round 6: Tyrone Holmes, Linebacker
                                Round 6: Brandon Allen, Quarterback
                                Round 7: Jonathan Woodard, Edge







      •         Indianapolis Colts:           Grade: B+

        The Good


        The Colts seemed to have two goals, improve the run defense and the offensive line, and hit on most of their primary needs. Ryan Kelly in round one was the perfect player for quarterback Andrew Luck, raw but athletic free safety T.J Green in round two could be an upgrade, right tackle Le'Raven Clark in round three will compete to start, and inside linebacker Antonio Morrison in round four is an excellent leader. All four of those players have at least a chance to start immediately and Kelly has a chance to be a pro-bowl quality player. Hassan Ridgeway was a very good selection in round four and he will also have a chance to compete for snaps as a penetrating defensive tackle.


        The Bad


        The Colts used their final three picks on special teams players who may not make the roster. Joe Haeg is a player who could make the roster and add good depth but it will be a battle due to the now crowded offensive tackle situation.

        The Picks


                                Round 1: Ryan Kelly, Center
                                Round 2: T.J Green, Free Safety
                                Round 3: La'raven Clark, Offensive Tackle
                                Round 4: Hassan ridgeway, Defensive Tackle
                                Round 4: Antonio Morrison, Inside Linebacker
                                Round 5: Joe Haeg, Offensive Tackle
                                Round 7: Trevor Bates, Linebacker
                                Round 7: Austin Blythe, Center













        AFC West
      •         Denver Broncos:           Grade: B

        The Good


        Denver gets a solid B grade as they drafted well in a few spots, reached in a few spots, but didn't make any poor selections. Their best selection was Devontae Booker in round four. Booker will compete with Ronnie Hillman in camp for the backup job and will push for playing time as the year progresses. Guard Connor McGovern in round five and Will Parks in round six provide excellent potential and could get significant playing time after the midway point of the season.


        The Bad


        There wasn't anything bad about Denver's draft but there wasn't anything special about it either. First round selection Paxton Lynch has proven to have a strong arm and be a quick learner, but he is a wild card due to a higher bust potential than other first round quarterbacks. If he works out the draft could be excellent, if not it could be a huge bust.

        The Picks


                                Round 1: Paxton Lynch, Quarterback
                                Round 2: Adam Gotsis, Defensive Tackle
                                Round 3: Justin Simmons, Free Safety
                                Round 4: Devontae Booker, Running Back
                                Round 5: Connor McGovern, Offensive Guard
                                Round 6: Andy Janovich, Fullback
                                Round 6: Will Parks, Safety
                                Round 7: Riley Dixon, Punter







      •         San Diego Chargers:           Grade: C+

        The Good


        First round selection, defensive end Joey Bosa, second round selection, tight end Hunter Henry, and forth round selection Joshua Perry were excellent selections. Perry will compete to start at inside linebacker, Bosa will more than likely start as an edge rusher, and Henry will start the season as a backup in what may turn out to be Antonio Gates' farewell campaign. Jatavis Brown has upside at outside linebacker due to his athleticism.


        The Bad


        Max Tuerk was drafted at center in round three but has a pretty deep floor due to challenges in keeping his weight above 290. Tuerk is a boom or bust pick that could fail the same as he could succeed. It will be an uphill battle for punter Drew Kaser, fullback Derek Watt, or guard Donavon Clark to make the roster. Clark has the best chance out of the three to start.

        The Picks


                                Round 1: Joey Bosa, Edge
                                Round 2: Hunter Henry, Tight End
                                Round 3: Max Tuerk, Center
                                Round 4: Joshua Perry, Inside Linebacker
                                Round 5: Jatavis Brown, Outside Linebacker
                                Round 6: Drew Kaser, Punter
                                Round 6: Derek Watt, Fullback
                                Round 7: Donavon Clark, Offensive Guard







      •         Oakland Raiders:           Grade: B

        The Good


        The Raiders had two huge issues last season on defense and special teams. The team addressed both in this draft and they addressed them often. Safety Karl Joseph will start immediately and be expected to create turnovers, Shalique Calhoun will get snaps at backup defensive end, and Vadal Alexander will compete to back up four offensive line positions excluding center. Jihad Ward is raw but will have a chance to get snaps in pass rush situations.


        The Bad


        Corey James is an undersized, athletic pass rusher who will help on special teams but I think there were better players with similar skills. One would have to think getting mentored by Steelers linebacker coach Joey Porter helped in getting the linebacker drafted in round six.

        The Picks


                                Round 1: Karl Joseph, Safety
                                Round 2: Jihad Ward, Edge
                                Round 3: Shilique Calhoun, Defensive End
                                Round 4: Connor Cook, Quarterback
                                Round 5: DeAndre Washington, Running Back
                                Round 6: Corey James, Outside Linebacker
                                Round 7: Vadal Alexander, Offensive Guard







      •         Kansas City Chiefs           Grade: B+

        The Good


        Kansas City did an excellent job of getting insurance for expiring contracts and drafting for the future. Fifth round quarterback Kevin Hogan will have an opportunity to develop behind a similar player in Alex Smith and under one of the best quarterback coaches in the NFL in Andy Reid. Third round selection KeiVarae Russell will compete for a starting position at cornerback across from Marcus Peters, second round pick Chris Jones will start as a backup who rotates into the lineup often, and forth round selection Parker Ehinger will compete at offensive guard.


        The Bad


        The Chiefs didn't have a first-round selection. This seemed to be by design but caused the team to miss out on several rush linebackers. The Chiefs didn't draft a linebacker and could suffer if an injury happens to one of their rush players.


        The Picks


                                Round 2: Chris Jones, Defensive Tackle
                                Round 3: KeiVarae Russell, Cornerback
                                Round 4: Parker Ehinger, Offensive Guard
                                Round 4: Eric Murray, Cornerback
                                Round 4: Demarcus Robinson, Wide Receiver
                                Round 5: Kevin Hogan, Quarterback
                                Round 5: Tyreek Hill, Wide Receiver
                                Round 6: D.J White, Cornerback
                                Round 6: Dadi Nicolas, Edge