I always allow the NFL Draft dust to settle before jumping in with both feet to give my analysis on which teams were aggressive in building their rosters for a run at the Lombardi Trophy in 2016.

 

Arizona Cardinals   B+

Head Coach Bruce Arians and G.M. Steve Keim need for front line starters was minimal.  Drafting best available player early and filling the remaining selections with their needs was accomplished.

Round 1, Pick 30 (29)     Robert Nkemdiche          DT          6’3″        294        Mississippi
Round 3, Pick 30 (92)       Brandon Williams             CB          5’11”      197        Texas A&M
Round 4, Pick 30 (128)   Evan Boehm                     C             6’2″        309        Missouri
Round 5, Pick 30 (167)   Marqui Christian              SS           5’10”     196        Midwestern St. 
Round 5, Pick 33 (170)     Cole Toner                        OT           6’5″        306        Harvard*
Round 6, Pick 30 (205)     Harlan Miller                     CB           6’0″        182        S.E. Louisiana

 

Atlanta Falcons   B

Defending and attacking three talented quarterbacks in the NFC South (Newton, Brees and Winston) is high priority for Head Coach Dan Quinn and defensive coordinator Richard Smith.  Falcons did a good job drafting defensive speed and playmakers early with ‘knock out’ safety to sweep the backend of the defense along with a Lateral chase and pursuit linebacker that has very good sub-package skill set.  These two picks started their draft off right!

Round 1, Pick 17 (17)     Keanu Neal                       SS            6’0″        211        Florida
Round 2, Pick 21 (52)     Deion Jones                      OLB         6’1″        222        LSU
Round 3, Pick 18 (81)     Austin Hooper                 TE            6’4″        254        Stanford

Round 4, Pick 17 (115)   De’Vondre Campbell      OLB        6’4″        232        Minnesota
Round 6, Pick 20 (195)     Wes Schweitzer               OG           6’5″        314        San Jose St.
Round 7, Pick 17 (238)     Devin Fuller                       WR          6’0″        194        UCLA

Baltimore Ravens   A+

The Wizard of Oz and his personnel staff hammered out one of the best draft classes in as many years.  With their eleven selections, they added front line starters and depth by drafting top tier talent to infuse an aging roster and filling several major needs.

Round 1, Pick 6 (6)          Ronnie Stanley                OT           6’6″        312        Notre Dame
Round 2, Pick 11 (42)     Kamalei Correa                DE           6’3″        243        Boise St.
Round 3, Pick 7 (70)        Bronson Kaufusi              DE          6’6″        285        BYU      

Round 4, Pick 6 (104)     Tavon Young                   CB           5’9″        183        Temple
Round 4, Pick 9 (107)      Chris Moore                      WR           6’1″        206        Cincinnati
Round 4, Pick 32 (130)   Alex Lewis                        OT            6’6″        312        Nebraska
Round 4, Pick 34 (132)     Willie Henry                     DT            6’3″        303        Michigan*
Round 4, Pick 36 (134)   Kenneth Dixon               RB            5’10”     215        Louisiana Tech*
Round 5, Pick 7 (146)     Matt Judon                     DE            6’3″        275        Grand Valley St.              

Round 6, Pick 7 (182)       Keenan Reynolds           RB             5’11”      205        Navy
Round 6, Pick 34 (209)     Maurice Canady             CB             6’1″        193        Virginia*

 

 

Buffalo Bills   C

Defensive minded Head Coach Rex Ryan tilted the first three rounds with defensive players and immediate starters.  Drafting QB Cardale Jones gives the Bills a solid back up that is a dual threat.  Linebacker Reggie Ragland fell out of the first round because of the heart issues that were reported, if healthy he will be the bell cow of the Rex Ryan defense.

Round 1, Pick 19 (19)     Shaq Lawson                   DE           6’3″        269        Clemson
Round 2, Pick 10 (41)     Reggie Ragland               ILB           6’1″        247        Alabama
Round 3, Pick 17 (80)     Adolphus Washington   DT          6’3″        301        Ohio St.              

Round 4, Pick 41 (139)     Cardale Jones                   QB           6’5″        253        Ohio St.
Round 5, Pick 18 (156)     Jonathan Williams            RB          5’11”      220        Arkansas
Round 6, Pick 17 (192)     Kolby Listenbee                WR          6’0″        197        TCU
Round 6, Pick 43 (218)     Kevon Seymour                CB           5’11”      186        USC*

 

 

Carolina Panthers   C

The Panthers G.M. Dave Gettleman stayed true to his board and took the best available player in the first round which also filled one of his needs.  Drafting and beefing up the interior defensive line to stop the run is not a sexy pick, but another interior starter to complement Pro Bowl DT Kawann Short is a smart move.

Round 1, Pick 31 (30)     Vernon Butler                   DT          6’4″        323        Louisiana Tech
Round 2, Pick 31 (62)     James Bradberry              CB          6’1″        211        Samford
Round 3, Pick 14 (77)       Daryl Worley                     CB          6’1″        204        West Virginia
Round 5, Pick 2 (141)     Zack Sanchez                    CB          5’11”     185        Oklahoma
Round 7, Pick 31 (252)     Beau Sandland                  TE           6’4″        253        Montana St.

 

Chicago Bears   B+

Head Coach John Fox understands pressuring the QB at the NFL level is critical.  Drafting a 3-4 OLB that possesses pass rush skills was a major focal point of the Bears Draft.  OLB Floyd has the frame to add bulk which brings strength for the position along with length and speed that are off the charts.  Six of the Bears nine picks were on the defensive side of the ball, Coach Fox and Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio are gearing up defensively for the NFC North.

Round 1, Pick 9 (9)          Leonard Floyd                 OLB         6’6″        244        Georgia
Round 2, Pick 25 (56)     Cody Whitehair               OG          6’4″        301        Kansas St.

Round 3, Pick 9 (72)        Jonathan Bullard             DT          6’3″        285        Florida
Round 4, Pick 15 (113)     Nick Kwiatkoski                 ILB         6’2″        243        West Virginia
Round 4, Pick 26 (124)   Deon Bush                         FS           6’0″        199        Miami  
Round 4, Pick 29 (127)   Deiondre’ Hall                  CB           6’2″        199        Northern Iowa
Round 5, Pick 11 (150)   Jordan Howard                RB           6’0″        230        Indiana
Round 6, Pick 10 (185)     DeAndre Houston-Carson              FS           6’1″        201        William & Mary
Round 7, Pick 9 (230)       Daniel Braverman             WR         5’10”      177        Western Michigan

 

 

Cincinnati Bengals   B+

Coach Marvin Lewis snagged himself a ball hawking corner, smooth and fluid receiver with return skills and a very productive linebacker all in the first three rounds.  Drafting both an offensive and defensive linemen early in day three that has very good value, pushes their grade up for me.

Round 1, Pick 24 (24)     William Jackson III           CB          6’0″        189        Houston
Round 2, Pick 24 (55)     Tyler Boyd                        WR          6’1″        197        Pittsburgh
Round 3, Pick 24 (87)     Nick Vigil                           ILB          6’2″        239        Utah St.
Round 4, Pick 24 (122)   Andrew Billings               NT           6’1″        311        Baylor
Round 5, Pick 24 (161)   Christian Westerman      OG         6’3″        298        Arizona State    

Round 6, Pick 24 (199)     Cody Core                         WR          6’3″        205        Mississippi
Round 7, Pick 24 (245)     Clayton Fejedelem           SS           6’1″        200        Illinois

 

 

Cleveland Browns    C

Coach Hue Jackson and Browns brass kept trading down and gathered a bucket load of draft picks. In the end they came out with a solid draft and a few Blue (playmakers/difference makers) players throughout the journey in Coleman and Ogbah.  They missed out on one of the top quarterbacks in the draft early, I think they are still on the hunt for the right signal caller.  WR Corey Coleman is the best receiver in the draft which was a huge need. 

Round 1, Pick 15 (15)     Corey Coleman             WR            5’11”     194        Baylor
Round 2, Pick 1 (32)        Emmanuel Ogbah          DE           6’4″        273        Oklahoma St.
Round 3, Pick 2 (65)        Carl Nassib                       DE            6’7″        277        Penn St.

Round 3, Pick 13 (76)       Shon Coleman                 OT            6’5″        307        Auburn
Round 3, Pick 31 (93)       Cody Kessler                    QB            6’1″        220        USC
Round 4, Pick 1 (99)         Joe Schobert                    OLB          6’1″        244        Wisconsin
Round 4, Pick 16 (114)   Ricardo Louis                  WR           6’2″        215        Auburn
Round 4, Pick 31 (129)     Derrick Kindred                FS            5’10”      207        TCU
Round 4, Pick 40 (138)     Seth Devalve                     TE            6’4″        245        Princeton*
Round 5, Pick 15 (154)   Jordan Payton                WR           6’1″        207        UCLA
Round 5, Pick 31 (168)   Spencer Drango              OG          6’6″        315        Baylor
Round 5, Pick 35 (172)   Rashard Higgins              WR          6’1″        196        Colorado St.*
Round 5, Pick 36 (173)     Trey Caldwell                    DB           5’9″        186        Louisiana-Monroe*
Round 7, Pick 29 (250)     Scooby Wright III              ILB         6’0″        239        Arizona

 

 

Dallas Cowboys   B

Owner/G.M. Jerry Jones and his son Stephen had a good draft overall, by taking the best available player at their pick in the first round and filling needs along the way.  They landed the top running back in the draft to run behind the best offensive line in football.  Also answered the back-up quarterback spot by drafting a dual threat player at that position.  Despite his injury that will keep him from playing in 2016 the Cowboys drafted the best football player in the draft in linebacker Jaylon Smith.

Round 1, Pick 4 (4)          Ezekiel Elliott                    RB           6’0″        225        Ohio St.
Round 2, Pick 3 (34)        Jaylon Smith                   OLB          6’2″        223        Notre Dame

Round 3, Pick 4 (67)         Maliek Collins                  DT            6’2″        311        Nebraska
Round 4, Pick 3 (101)     Charles Tapper               DE            6’3″        271        Oklahoma
Round 4, Pick 37 (135)   Dak Prescott                   QB            6’2″        226        Mississippi St.*
Round 6, Pick 14 (189))  Anthony Brown                            CB            5’11”     192        Purdue
Round 6, Pick 37 (212)     Kavon Frazier                   SS             6’0″        217        Central Michigan*
Round 6, Pick 41 (216)   Darius Jackson                RB            6’0″        221        Eastern Michigan*
Round 6, Pick 42 (217)     Rico Gathers                    TE             6’6″        273        Baylor*

 

 

Denver Broncos   B-

John Elway and his staff made the decision to trade up with the Seattle Seahawks to draft a QB that they feel with time could be the best in this draft class.  Good draft throughout with a few impact players.

Round 1, Pick 26 (26)     Paxton Lynch                    QB          6’7″        244        Memphis
Round 2, Pick 32 (63)     Adam Gotsis                     DT          6’4″        287        Georgia Tech
Round 3, Pick 36 (98)     Justin Simmons                FS           6’2″        202        Boston College*
Round 4, Pick 38 (136)   Devontae Booker            RB          5’11”     219        Utah*   

Round 5, Pick 5 (144)       Connor McGovern            OG         6’4″        306        Missouri
Round 6, Pick 1 (176)       Andy Janovich                  FB            6’1″        238        Nebraska
Round 6, Pick 44 (219)   Will Parks                           SS           6’1″        194        Arizona*
Round 7, Pick 7 (228)       Riley Dixon                         PT           6’4″        221        Syracuse

 

 

Detroit Lions   B-

Bob Quinn first year GM did a good job overall, I only question his inability or want to draft a receiver to replace Calvin Johnson.  Lions did a good job addressing both the offensive and defensive lines.

Round 1, Pick 16 (16)     Taylor Decker                 OT            6’7″        310        Ohio St.
Round 2, Pick 15 (46)     A’Shawn Robinson          DT          6’4″        307        Alabama
Round 3, Pick 33 (95)     Graham Glasgow             C             6’6″        307        Michigan*

Round 4, Pick 13 (111)   Miles Killebrew                SS            6’2″        217        Southern Utah
Round 5, Pick 12 (151)     Joe Dahl                             OG          6’4″        304        Washington St.
Round 5, Pick 32 (169)     Antwione Williams           LB           6’3″        245        Georgia Southern
Round 6, Pick 16 (191)     Jake Rudock                      QB           6’3″        207        Michigan
Round 6, Pick 27 (202)     Anthony Zettel                 DT           6’4″        277        Penn St.
Round 6, Pick 35 (210)     Jimmy Landes                   LS            6’1″        240        Baylor*
Round 7, Pick 15 (236)   Dwayne Washington      RB          6’2″        226        Washington

 

 

Green Bay Packers   B-

Ted Thompson rallied the troops in the front office and drafted everything but a receiver.  With Jones no longer on the roster, Nelson coming off season ending knee injury missing 2015, drafting a young talented receiver should have been a priority.  Replacing DT B.J. Raji who suddenly retired, mission accomplished.

Round 1, Pick 27 (27)     Kenny Clark                      DT           6’3″        314        UCLA
Round 2, Pick 17 (48)     Jason Spriggs                   OT           6’6″        301        Indiana
Round 3, Pick 25 (88)     Kyler Fackrell                   LB            6’5″        245        Utah St.
Round 4, Pick 33 (131)   Blake Martinez                LB            6’2″        237        Stanford*          

Round 4, Pick 39 (137)     Dean Lowry                     DE            6’6″        296        Northwestern*
Round 5, Pick 26 (163)     Trevor Davis                    WR           6’1″        188        California
Round 6, Pick 25 (200)     Kyle Murphy                      OT           6’6″        305        Stanford

 

 

Houston Texans   B-

The Texans and G.M. Rick Smith made the best of their six picks drafting top talent and filling needs at the same time.  Running back and return-man Tyler Ervin may be the steal of the draft.

Round 1, Pick 21 (21)     Will Fuller                         WR           6’0″        186        Notre Dame
Round 2, Pick 19 (50)     Nick Martin                     OG           6’4″        299        Notre Dame
Round 3, Pick 22 (85)     Braxton Miller                 WR           6’1″        201        Ohio St.
Round 4, Pick 21 (119)   Tyler Ervin                        RB           5’10”     192        San Jose St.       

Round 5, Pick 22 (159)     K.J. Dillon                         DB            6’0″        210        West Virginia
Round 5, Pick 29 (166)     D.J. Reader                       NT           6’3″        327        Clemson

 

 

Indianapolis Colts  A+

Protecting quarterback Andrew Luck was G.M. Ryan Grisgon top priority and he addressed it early and often in the draft.  Selecting the best center early set the tone for the entire 2016 draft.

Round 1, Pick 18 (18)     Ryan Kelly                         C              6’4″        311        Alabama
Round 2, Pick 26 (57)     T.J. Green                        CB/FS      6’2″        209        Clemson
Round 3, Pick 19 (82)     Le’Raven Clark                 OT           6’5″        316        Texas Tech

Round 4, Pick 18 (116)     Hassan Ridgeway             DT          6’3″        303        Texas
Round 4, Pick 27 (125)   Antonio Morrison            ILB         6’1″        232        Florida
Round 5, Pick 17 (155)   Joe Haeg                           OT           6’6″        304        North Dakota St.
Round 7, Pick 18 (239)     Trevor Bates                     LB            6’2″        245        Maine
Round 7, Pick 27 (248)     Austin Blythe                    C              6’2″        291        Iowa

 

 

Jacksonville Jaguars   A+

G.M. David Caldwell a branch from the Bill Polian tree had a very good outing, selecting Blue players and filled needs in each of the rounds.  Coach Gus Bradley a defensive minded coach may still be smiling after that haul of talent last weekend.   The short term gamble on the most versatile player in the draft in LB Myles Jack may just pay off.

Round 1, Pick 5 (5)          Jalen Ramsey                  CB            6’1″        209        Florida St.
Round 2, Pick 5 (36)        Myles Jack                       OLB          6’1″        245        UCLA
Round 3, Pick 6 (69)        Yannick Ngakoue            DE          6’2″        252        Maryland
Round 4, Pick 5 (103)     Sheldon Day                    DT           6’1″        293        Notre Dame
Round 6, Pick 6 (181)     Tyrone Holmes               OLB          6’4″        250        Montana            

Round 6, Pick 26 (201)     Brandon Allen                   QB           6’1″        217        Arkansas
Round 7, Pick 5 (226)       Jonathan Woodard          DE          6’6″        271        Central Arkansas

 

 

Kansas City Chiefs   B

G.M. John Dorsey with another good draft class.  The Chiefs Personnel addressed several needs but also selected several Blue players as well all of this without a pick in the first round.

Round 2, Pick 6 (37)        Chris Jones                       DT           6’6″        310        Mississippi St.
Round 3, Pick 11 (74)     KeiVarae Russell               CB          5’11”     192        Notre Dame
Round 4, Pick 7 (105)     Parker Ehinger                 OG          6’6″        310        Cincinnati
Round 4, Pick 8 (106)     Eric Murray                      CB           5’11”     199        Minnesota
Round 4, Pick 28 (126)   Demarcus Robinson        WR         6’1″        203        Florida
Round 5, Pick 25 (162)   Kevin Hogan                    QB           6’3″        218        Stanford             

Round 5, Pick 28 (165)     Tyreek Hill                         WR          5’10”      185        West Alabama
Round 6, Pick 3 (178)       D.J. White                         CB           5’11”      193        Georgia Tech
Round 6, Pick 28 (203)     Dadi Nicolas                     DE           6’3″        235        Virginia Tech

 

 

Los Angeles Rams  A

I admired Coach Jeff Fisher and G.M.  Les Snead aggressiveness in moving up from 15th overall to #1 for the player they coveted in quarterback  Jared Goff.  They drafted for need after the Goff selection and landed two talented receivers and a pair of TE’s that will contribute right away.

Round 1, Pick 1 (1)          Jared Goff                          QB          6’4″        215        California
Round 4, Pick 12 (110)   Tyler Higbee                      TE           6’6″        249        Western Kentucky
Round 4, Pick 19 (117)   Pharoh Cooper               WR           5’11”     203        South Carolina
Round 6, Pick 2 (177)     Temarrick Hemingway   TE           6’5″        244        South Carolina St.

Round 6, Pick 15 (190)     Josh Forrest                      ILB          6’3″        249        Kentucky
Round 6, Pick 31 (206)   Mike Thomas                   WR          6’1″        200        Southern Miss

 

 

Miami Dolphins   B-

First year G.M. Chris Grier son of long time personnel man Booby Grier showed off his ability to trade back and load up on picks.  At the 13th pick Dolphins took the best available player who just happened to fall right in their lap.  Having Tunsil around family in Florida will help his maturity.

Round 1, Pick 13 (13)     Laremy Tunsil                 OT            6’5″        310        Mississippi
Round 2, Pick 7 (38)        Xavien Howard               CB            6’0″        201        Baylor
Round 3, Pick 10 (73)     Kenyan Drake                 RB            6’1″        210        Alabama
Round 3, Pick 23 (86)     Leonte Carroo               WR            6’0″        211        Rutgers
Round 6, Pick 11 (186)   Jakeem Grant                WR/RS     5’6″        165        Texas Tech
Round 6, Pick 29 (204)     Jordan Lucas                    SS             6’0″        201        Penn St.
Round 7, Pick 2 (223)       Brandon Doughty          QB             6’3″        213        Western Kentucky
Round 7, Pick 10 (231)     Thomas Duarte               TE             6’2″        231        UCLA

 

 

Minnesota Vikings  C

G.M Rick Spielman targeted and drafted a few Blue players and filled several needs to help his young quarterbacks growth.  The drafting of receiver Moritz Boehringer was hard to evaluate based off a WOW spring day workout, time will tell.

Round 1, Pick 23 (23)     Laquon Treadwell            WR         6’2″        221        Mississippi
Round 2, Pick 23 (54)     Mackensie Alexander     CB          5’10”     190        Clemson
Round 4, Pick 23 (121)   Willie Beavers                  OT           6’4″        324        Western Michigan
Round 5, Pick 23 (160)   Kentrell Brothers              OLB        6’0″        245        Missouri             

Round 6, Pick 5 (180)       Moritz Boehringer            WR         6’4″        227        Germany
Round 6, Pick 13 (188)     David Morgan                   TE           6’4″        262        Texas-San Antonio
Round 7, Pick 6 (227)       Stephen Weatherly          OLB        6’4″        267        Vanderbilt
Round 7, Pick 23 (244)     Jayron Kearse                    SS           6’4″        216        Clemson

New England Patriots  B-

The NFL league office wipped out the Patriots first round pick because of Tom Brady’s Deflate gate case.  Coach Belichick drafted for need and scheme fit, no surprise.  I won’t penalize them for not having a first round pick, talent was procured.

Round 2, Pick 29 (60)     Cyrus Jones                      CB           5’10”     197        Alabama
Round 3, Pick 15 (78)     Joe Thuney                       OG          6’5″        304        N.C. State

Round 3, Pick 29 (91)       Jacoby Brissett                 QB           6’4″        231        N.C. State
Round 3, Pick 34 (96)     Vincent Valentine            DT          6’4″        329        Nebraska*
Round 4, Pick 14 (112)   Malcolm Mitchell            WR         6’0″        198        Georgia
Round 6, Pick 33 (208)     Kamu Grugier-Hill             OLB        6’2″        215        Eastern Illinois*
Round 6, Pick 39 (214)   Elandon Roberts              ILB         6’0″        235        Houston*
Round 6, Pick 46 (221)     Ted Karras                          OG         6’3″        307        Illinois*
Round 7, Pick 4 (225)       Devin Lucien                      WR         6’2″        195        Arizona State

 

 

New Orleans Saints  B

G.M. Mickey Loomis was busy selecting talent throughout the rounds and hit a home run with the drafting of DT Sheldon Rankins.  Good overall draft class.

Round 1, Pick 12 (12)     Sheldon Rankins              DT          6’1″        299        Louisville
Round 2, Pick 16 (47)     Michael Thomas              WR         6’3″        212        Ohio St.
Round 2, Pick 30 (61)     Vonn Bell                           FS/CB    5’11”     199        Ohio St.                             

Round 4, Pick 22 (120)     David Onyemata               DT          6’4″        300        Manitoba (Canada)
Round 7, Pick 16 (237)   Daniel Lasco                      RB          6’0″        209        California

 

New York Giants  B+

G.M. jerry Reese was extremely busy during the Free Agency period and continued that same pattern in the Draft.  Giants drafted for both need and scheme fit throughout. 
Round 1, Pick 10 (10)     Eli Apple                            CB           6’1″        199        Ohio St.
Round 2, Pick 9 (40)        Sterling Shepard              WR         5’10”     194        Oklahoma
Round 3, Pick 8 (71)        Darian Thompson            SS           6’2″        208        Boise St.
Round 4, Pick 11 (109)   B.J. Goodson                   OLB         6’1″        242        Clemson
Round 5, Pick 10 (149)   Paul Perkins                     RB/3rd Down       5’10”     208        UCLA
Round 6, Pick 9 (184)     Jerell Adams                     TE            6’5″        247        South Carolina

 

New York Jets   B

Very solid draft by the Jets overall.  They needed leadership and playmaking ability at the linebacker position and drafted the right players in Darron Lee and Jordan Jenkins.  The Jets have struggled to find and develop a quarterback since Chad Henning, Hackenberg will get his opportunity.

Round 1, Pick 20 (20)     Darron Lee                          OLB       6’1″        232        Ohio St.
Round 2, Pick 20 (51)     Christian Hackenberg       QB        6’4″        223        Penn St.
Round 3, Pick 20 (83)     Jordan Jenkins                   OLB       6’3″        259        Georgia
Round 4, Pick 20 (118)   Juston Burris                      CB         6’0″        212        N.C. State
Round 5, Pick 21 (158)   Brandon Shell                    OT         6’5″        324        South Carolina
Round 7, Pick 14 (235)     Lac Edwards                       PT          6’4″        209        Sam Houston St.
Round 7, Pick 20 (241)     Charone Peake                  WR         6’2″        209        Clemson

 

 

Oakland Raiders  B+

G.M. Reggie McKenzie and Head Coach Jack Del Rio are a perfect front office match when it comes to evaluating talent, don’t forget about the input they receive from long time personnel executive and former player Joey Clickscale.

Round 1, Pick 14 (14)     Karl Joseph                         FS          5’10”     205        West Virginia
Round 2, Pick 13 (44)     Jihad Ward                         DE         6’5″        297        Illinois
Round 3, Pick 12 (75)     Shilique Calhoun             DE         6’4″        251        Michigan St.
Round 4, Pick 2 (100)     Connor Cook                     QB          6’4″        217        Michigan St.
Round 5, Pick 4 (143)    DeAndre Washington      RB         5’8″        204        Texas Tech
Round 6, Pick 19 (194)  Cory James                           OLB        6’0″        229        Colorado St.
Round 7, Pick 13 (234)     Vadal Alexander OG        6’5″        326        LSU

 

 

Philadelphia Eagles   C

G.M. Howie Roseman wanted and needed a quarterback for the future and Sam Bradford is not the player he covets.  Being aggressive and moving up to the #2 draft slot was impressive.  The question is will they throw Wentz to the wolves right away or allow him to develop behind Bradford before playing in the grown mans league.
Round 1, Pick 2 (2)          Carson Wentz                   QB          6’5″        237        North Dakota St.
Round 3, Pick 16 (79)     Isaac Seumalo                  OG         6’4″        303        Oregon St.         

Round 5, Pick 14 (153)     Wendell Smallwood         RB          5’10”      208        West Virginia
Round 5, Pick 27 (164)     Halapoulivaati Vaitai       OT          6’6″        320        TCU
Round 6, Pick 21 (196)     Blake Countess                CB           5’9″        184        Auburn
Round 7, Pick 12 (233)   Jalen Mills                         FS            6’0″        191        LSU       
Round 7, Pick 19 (240)     Alex McCalister                DE           6’6″        239        Florida
Round 7, Pick 30 (251)     Joe Walker                        ILB          6’2″        236        Oregon

 

 

Pittsburg Steelers   B+

G.M. Kevin Colbert has drafted more Pro Bowlers then any active general manager.  He addressed his needs in back to back rounds by drafting corners and a defensive linemen.

Round 1, Pick 25 (25)     Artie Burns                      CB            6’0″        193        Miami
Round 2, Pick 27 (58)     Sean Davis                       CB/FS      6’1″        201        Maryland
Round 3, Pick 26 (89)     Javon Hargrave              DT            6’1″        309        South Carolina St.
Round 4, Pick 25 (123)   Jerald Hawkins               OT            6’6″        305        LSU       

Round 6, Pick 45 (220)   Travis Feeney                  OLB          6’4″        230        Washington*
Round 7, Pick 8 (229)       DeMarcus Ayers             WR           5’9″        182        Houston
Round 7, Pick 25 (246)     Tyler Matakevich           OLB          6’0″        238        Temple

 

San Diego Chargers   A

G.M. Tom Telesco was in a prime slot and pounced on the best available player as his board dictated.  Chargers missed on replacing Pro Bowler Eric Weddle, look for them to add a veteran off the street soon.

Round 1, Pick 3 (3)          Joey Bosa                         DE            6’5″        269        Ohio St.
Round 2, Pick 4 (35)        Hunter Henry                  TE             6’5″        250        Arkansas
Round 3, Pick 3 (66)        Max Tuerk                        C              6’5″        298        USC
Round 4, Pick 4 (102)     Joshua Perry                    ILB          6’4″        254        Ohio St.
Round 5, Pick 38 (175)   Jatavis Brown                 OLB          5’11”     227        Akron*
Round 6, Pick 4 (179)     Drew Kaser                       PT           6’2″        212        Texas A&M        

Round 6, Pick 23 (198)     Derek Watt                       FB            6’2″        236        Wisconsin
Round 7, Pick 3 (224)       Donavon Clark                OG           6’4″        315        Michigan St.

 

 

San Francisco 49ers  B+

G.M. Trent Baalke has suffered through some player retirements and adequate draft classes which resulted in marginal roster development.  2016 NFL draft may help him turn the corner and get out of former G.M. Scot McCloughans shadow of excellent drafting.

Round 1, Pick 7 (7)          DeForest Buckner            DE          6’7″        291        Oregon
Round 1, Pick 28 (28)     Joshua Garnett                OG          6’4″        312        Stanford             

Round 3, Pick 5 (68)         Will Redmond                   CB           5’11”      182        Mississippi St.
Round 4, Pick 35 (133)   Rashard Robinson           CB          6’1″        171        LSU*     
Round 5, Pick 3 (142)       Ronald Blair                       DE          6’2″        284        Appalachian St.
Round 5, Pick 6 (145)     John Theus                        OT          6’6″        313        Georgia                             
Round 5, Pick 37 (174)     Fahn Cooper                   OT/OG     6’4″        303        Mississippi*
Round 6, Pick 32 (207)   Jeff Driskel                        QB           6’4″        234        Louisiana Tech 
Round 6, Pick 36 (211)   Kelvin Taylor                    RB           5’10”     207        Florida*
Round 6, Pick 38 (213)   Aaron Burbridge              WR         6’0″        206        Michigan St.*   
Round 7, Pick 28 (249)     Prince Charles Iworah     CB          5’9″        192        Western Kentucky

 

 

Seattle Seahawks   A- 

G.M. John Schneider and Coach Pete Carroll might be the best combination of coach and personnel man in the NFL.  They get more out their players from where they are drafted or not drafted.  Trading down in the first round and drafting a starting offensive linemen and trading up in the second round to get a top 20 plug and play defensive linemen, brillant.  They addressed all their needs while drafting a few Blue players.

Round 1, Pick 32 (31)     Germain Ifedi                   OG         6’6″        324        Texas A&M
Round 2, Pick 18 (49)     Jarran Reed                       DT          6’3″        307        Alabama
Round 3, Pick 27 (90)     C.J. Prosise                        RB          6’0″        220        Notre Dame
Round 3, Pick 32 (94)     Nick Vannett                     TE           6’6″        257        Ohio St.
Round 3, Pick 35 (97)     Rees Odhiambo               OG         6’4″        314        Boise St.*
Round 5, Pick 8 (147)     Quinton Jefferson           DT         6’4″        291        Maryland

Round 5, Pick 34 (171)   Alex Collins                        RB          5’10”     217        Arkansas*
Round 6, Pick 40 (215)     Joey Hunt                            C            6’0″        295        TCU*
Round 7, Pick 22 (243)   Kenny Lawler                       WR         6’2″        203        California
Round 7, Pick 26 (247)     Zac Brooks                          RB         6’1″        200        Clemson

 

 

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers   C-

G.M. Jason Licht has a few years to get it right in Tampa.  Despite a few solid players, this was not a super draft.  Why draft a corner high in the first round that plays small vs tall receivers.  I do like Spence as an OLB/DPR.  A place kicker in the second round, really!

 

Round 1, Pick 11 (11)     Vernon Hargreaves         CB          5’10”     204        Florida
Round 2, Pick 8 (39)        Noah Spence                    DE          6’2″        251        Eastern Kentucky

Round 2, Pick 28 (59)       Roberto Aguayo               PK          6’0″        207        Florida St.
Round 4, Pick 10 (108)     Ryan Smith                         CB          5’11”      189        North Carolina Central
Round 5, Pick 9 (148)       Caleb Benenoch OT         6’5″        305        UCLA
Round 6, Pick 8 (183)       Devante Bond                   OLB        6’1″        235        Oklahoma
Round 6, Pick 22 (197)   Dan Vitale                             FB          6’1″        239        Northwestern

Tennessee Titans   B-

G.M. Jon Robinson did a great job trading the number one overall pick to the L.A. Rams for a bundle of picks.  They filled several needs and drafted two Blue players in Conklin and Henry.

Round 1, Pick 8 (8)          Jack Conklin                       OT         6’6″        308        Michigan St.
Round 2, Pick 2 (33)        Kevin Dodd                        DE         6’5″        277        Clemson
Round 2, Pick 12 (43)     Austin Johnson                 NT         6’4″        314        Penn St.
Round 2, Pick 14 (45)     Derrick Henry                     RB         6’3″        247        Alabama
Round 3, Pick 1 (64)         Kevin Byard                          SS         5’11”      216        Middle Tennessee St.
Round 5, Pick 1 (140)     Tajae Sharpe                      WR        6’2″        194        Massachusetts                
Round 5, Pick 20 (157)     LeShaun Sims                      CB         6’0″        203        Southern Utah                  
Round 6, Pick 18 (193)   Sebastian Tretola             OG        6’4″        314        Arkansas
                           
Round 7, Pick 1 (222)       Aaron Wallace                  OLB        6’3″        240        UCLA                   
Round 7, Pick 32 (253)   Kalan Reed                         CB         5’11”     195        Southern Miss

 

 

Washington Redskins   B

G.M. Scot McCloughan has a strong hold on his locker room and roster.  This is not a block buster draft but he filled needs with outstanding athletes and good football players.

Round 1, Pick 22 (22)     Josh Doctson                      WR       6’2″        202        TCU
Round 2, Pick 22 (53)     Su’a Cravens                      OLB       6’1″        226        USC
Round 3, Pick 21 (84)     Kendall Fuller                      CB        5’11”     187        Virginia Tech
Round 5, Pick 13 (152)     Matthew Ioannidis             DT        6’3″        299        Temple                
Round 6, Pick 12 (187)     Nate Sudfeld                       QB         6’6″        234        Indiana                
Round 7, Pick 11 (232)   Steven Daniels                    ILB       5’11”     243        Boston College 
              
Round 7, Pick 21 (242)   Keith Marshall                    RB        5’11”     219        Georgia

 

Compensatory Picks = *

Bolded players = Top players within the draft class