The redskins were reaching this entire draft and while they helped their team the reaches caused them to miss out on some much better prospects. With ten picks I expected more impact.
This was a hit or miss draft for the Giants with a quick miss in round one turned into a powerful hit in round two, and two good hits late. The Giants upgraded their starting units and depth.
The Rams draft was solid, but not something that will make the team a contender for the division. Gurley was a huge reach with his knee, Hevenstein was a forth round prospect, Manion was a disaster, yet the good picks they made were great picks that will help the team this year.
Jacksonville may be the big winner in this draft with an outstanding class top to bottom. Jacksonville got a physical beast in Dante Fowler, a great offensive guard in A.J Cann, a starting receiver with great body control and hands in Rashad Greene, and a great strong safety in James Sample. Overall every one of their picks with exception of the last two could be starters by the end of camp.
The Saints covered all their basis in this draft taking the best players on their board regardless of position. The Saints had an excellent first three rounds and decent last four. Overall they put themselves in a strong position going into the future.
Tampa Bay did a very nice job creating itself an identity in this draft. Jameis Winston was only the start, and adding players like Ali Marpet on top of that only helped solidify the Tampa Bay offense going forward.
The Vikings got closer to an "A" grade than any team and for good reason. Rick Spielman and his scouting department simply took over this draft and added EIGHT potential starters including two offensive tackles -In two seasons-, a pass rushing defensive end, a high end receiver, middle linebacker, and cornerback. This was the best draft of 2015 hands down.
Kansas City helped itself tremendously both offensively and defensively through Cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Steven Nelson as well as Receiver Chris Conley and Guard/Center Mitch Morse. Inside Linebacker Ramik Wilson will also compete for a spot in the defensive rotation.
Buffalo didn't do much with this draft, it was solid all around, but nobody stands out as a special player. Ronald Darby may end up the closest thing to a star this group gets.
Chip Kelly now has complete control of player personnel and it shows. This was an underwhelming draft with the only good selection with strong value was Eric Rowe in Round 2. While Nelson Agholor will make an impact, he was a Round 2 prospect, and a reach. I don't expect the other draftees to make much of an impact.
The Browns got a very exciting and solid draft class for the first time in years picking up seven potential starters. This is a testament to the vision of general manager Ray Farmer and head coach Mike Pettine, but getting the players to perform to their potential is another story entirely. The Browns also had several questiionable picks in Rounds 4-7 -Campbell, Johnson, Telfer, and Pollard- which lowers their draft grades.
The Raiders had an excellent first three rounds and tapered off after those picks reaching for guard John Feliciano and others. However the Raiders filled needs across the board and gave their offense a fighting chance in 2016.
Team Draft Grade: C+
The Titans had a great first two rounds, a poor middle, and great late round draft. I particularly liked the picks of Andy Gillik and Tre McBride in rounds 6 and 7 respectively. Dorial Green Beckham is raw but extremely gifted, but has issues off the field, and Jeremiah Poutasi will more than likely transition to Guard as he is not a starting NFL Tackle.
Dallas did a good job addressing needs and depth. Rush Linebacker Randy Gregory could be a stud, Byron Jones was a reach but could pay out if allowed to play in zone coverage, Chaz Green and Laurence Gibson are good depth on the offensive line, and Damien Wilson could win an Inside Linebacker spot. The problem comes that Rounds one and three where Jones and Chaz Green were each taken a round too early.
I'm disappointed in Seattle's draft, they reached for underachievers throughout and only took one player (Tyler Lockett) who could be considered being a great pick. This draft gets a solid C+ but disappoints on many levels.
Atlanta had an excellent draft adding a starting corner, slot corner, defensive end, running back, and slot receiver. In all Atlanta nailed 4 starters this year and two more who could start in two years.
The Broncos reached, a lot. After a great pick in trading up for Shane Ray they reached for Tyler Sambrailo and Jeff Heurman -Rounds 2 and 3 respectively-. Championship teams always hit on rounds one through three and Denver didn't hit on two or three.
No beating around the bush here, the Patriots would have had a solid B if they wouldn't have drafted that Navy long snapper who has a five year military commitment hanging over his head. While a solid draft that pick killed their score and at the end of the day they get a B- simply because the scoring average goes down hard with an F.
The 49ers had an up and down draft, reaching for Arik Armstead who was still a solid pick, then reaching for a 4th round pick in the 2nd, getting solid third and forth round selections. Overall the 49ers were rarely solid, only good or bad on their picks. This was a solid draft that could have been much better.
The colts had some great picks late but their early picks were only solid with the exception of Henry Anderson -3rd Round-. The Colts improved their team, and if Dorsett can stay healthy may be the front runner in the AFC.
Arizona took care of some needs but also reached for a couple players -Marcus Golden and Shaq Riddick- but overall a solid draft. More could have been done but they filled needs at Running Back, Left Tackle, Rush Linebacker, and Defensive Tackle.