We did it. We made it through all 253 picks. Now it's time to judge them, albeit way too early. The letters associated with each team below were decided on a number of factors: Relative value, need, system fit, risk and potential.
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, Midwestern State
5 (170). Cole Toner, OT, Harvard
6 (205). Harlan Miller, CB, Southeastern Louisiana State
Best pick: Boehm - The Cardinals obviously needed a center this offseason, and they got a potential starter in the fourth round with Boehm.
Questionable pick: Williams - No. 92 overall was really high for a player who played just a season of cornerback after shifting from running back.
The Cardinals took a high-risk, high-reward player in the first round in Robert Nkemdiche. It's a good landing spot for him thanks to Arizona's strong locker room. If he works out, they got a Darnell Dockett-like player. Boehm is a technician at center who should push to start as a rookie for the Cardinals. He's a great help blocker and enters the NFL with a lot of experience. Fifth-round pick Cole Toner can play right or left tackle. He has solid athleticism and will make for a nice backup with starting potential. There were a lot of small-school corners taken in this draft, and the Cardinals got one of the best ones in Harlan Miller in the sixth round. It was a little surprising to see the Cardinals avoid a quarterback.
Overall grade: B-
1 (17). Keanu Neal, S, Florida
2 (52). Deion Jones, LB, LSU
3 (81). Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford
4 (115). De'Vondre Campbell, LB, Minnesota
6 (195). Wes Schweitzer, G, San Jose State
7 (238). Devin Fuller, WR, UCLA
Best pick: Hooper - The Falcons need talent at the position, and the redshirt sophomore from Stanford offers it. Hooper runs good routes and knows where to sit in a zone to attack defense.
Questionable pick: Neal - The Florida safety was a needed pick, but using No. 17 overall on him was early.
The pick of Neal makes sense because he fills the Kam Chancellor role for the Falcons. He's an aggressive player, and sometimes that will get him trouble. He fills the spot left by William Moore. He can play near the line of scrimmage, but will need some work in coverage. Second round pick Deion Jones adds a level of speed the team has been searching for. Hooper can be the tight end the Falcons have really need since the retirement of Tony Gonzalez. Fourth-round pick De'Vondre Campbell is a toolsy player who will need to be coached up. He missed a season with a concussion, so you wonder what will happen if he gets another one.
Overall grade: C+
1 (6). Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
2 (42). Kamalei Correa, OLB, Boise State
3 (70). Bronson Kaufusi, DE, Brigham Young
4 (104). Tavon Young, CB, Temple
4 (107). Chris Moore, WR, Cincinnati
4 (130). Alex Lewis, OT, Nebraska
4 (132). Willie Henry, DT, Michigan
4 (134). Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
5 (146). Matt Judon, DE, Grand Valley State University
6 (182). Keenan Reynolds, WR, Navy
6 (209). Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia
Best pick: Correa - I may not be the biggest fan of Correa, but it was a shrewd move by the Ravens to trade down twice and accumulate picks and still get the player they want.
Questionable pick: Young - Young projects to the slot, but there were some corners with higher grades than him when he came off the board.
The Baltimore Ravens started the draft having to take a surprising left turn after the Laremy Tunsil video surfaced. Fortunately they had a good backup option in Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley. He's ready as a pass blocker, but needs to get a little stronger. Bronson Kaufusi is an athletic front seven player with a ton of length. He needs to get stronger, but he can really move. The real work for the Ravens was in the fourth round, where they had five picks. Young is a solid nickel cornerback who has quick feet and changes direction effortlessly. Moore can be a playmaker if he stays healthy. Passing on Rashard Higgins or Charone Peake was a surprise, though. Henry is an interesting player for the Ravens. He's a quick defensive tackle who surprised a lot of people by going pro. Dixon is without argue the team's second-best pick. He's a really good receiver for a running back, and runs with power and quickness. He can be this year's version of David Johnson. He's got a lot of mileage on him, but his versatility is impressive. It's hard to ignore Judon's production. Regardless of the level he played in, getting 21 sacks in a season is impressive. It was interesting to hear Keenan Reynold announced as a wide receiver. He's converting from quarterback, but he's going to make it in the NFL.
Overall grade: B+
1 (19). Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
2 (41). Reggie Ragland, MLB, 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
Best pick: Ragland - Even though the Bills traded up to get him, Ragland will be a starter for years in Buffalo. Just watch the tackles add up season after season.
Questionable pick: Jones - This is only questionable in the sense that Jones is a big project and Tyrod Taylor's future in Buffalo looks to be limited.
The Bills smartly addressed the defense early in the draft, and found two starters in end Shaq Lawson and middle linebacker Reggie Ragland. The Bills needed to get a player on the defensive line who can rush the passer and they got that in Lawson, a player who had 12.5 sacks and 25.5 tackles for a loss in 2015. Washington is a nice rotational player on the defensive line. At Ohio State, he was used over the nose but moved to more of a three-technique in 2015. Washington is NFL-ready as a pass rusher, but he has to get better versus the run. Cardale Jones is the wild card. His tools are off the chart, but he's incredibly inexperienced. In the fifth round the Bills got a good running back in Jonathan Williams. If LeSean McCoy struggles, he can step right into the lineup. The pick of Kolby Listenbee in the sixth round was one of my favorite picks of the draft. He was overshadowed by the force that is Josh Doctson, but he can fly on the field. Let him get vertical in the passing game and get him the ball.
Overall grade: A-
1 (30). Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
2 (62). James Bradberry, CB, Samford
3 (77). Daryl Worley, CB, West Virginia
5 (141). Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma
7 (252). Beau Sandland, TE, Montana State
Best pick: Sanchez - The Panthers took three defensive backs in a row, and Sanchez might be the best among them.
Questionable pick: Bradberry - He's the type of cornerback NFL teams love now because he has size, but he's raw as a prospect.
With questions about whether they can re-sign both Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short along the defensive line, the Panthers smartly picked up Vernon Butler in the first round. He's a powerful run stuffer who will make plays starting in a rotation. After letting starting cornerback Josh Norman leave, the Panthers decided to use multiple picks to find his replacement. They started in the second round with Bradberry, who has impressive size but needs to be coached up. In the third round, they got Daryl Worley from West Virginia. He's a risk-taking cornerback who can get beat by being too aggressive. Zack Sanchez may run hot and cold as a cornerback, but he's very good against smaller wide outs. He is good at making a play on the ball and could be a good system fit. Seventh rounder Beau Sandland has a chance to make the roster. He's a solid athlete with good hands, but he jumped form school to school, so his development is a little behind. The Panthers needed an offensive tackle in this draft and didn't take one.
Overall grade: C-
1 (9). Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
2 (56). Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State
3 (72). Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida
4 (113). Nick Kwiatkoski, LB, West Virginia
4 (124). Deion Bush, S, Miami
4 (127). 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
Best pick: Bullard - There was some talk about Bullard being a first-round pick, so getting him in the middle of the third round was one of the bigger steals of the weekend.
Questionable pick: Kwiatkoski - The Bears moved up to get a linebacker, and Kwiatkoski should push for a starting job. But passing on Kentrell Brothers of Missouri was a surprising move.
Chicago knew its needs in the draft, and targeted them with two trades in the first round rounds. In the first round they jumped the Buccaneers to snag pass rusher Leonard Floyd. He's a movable piece who adds athleticism to the defense. Whitehair is a player who should push for the starting left guard job in 2016. The Bears moved up to No. 113 overall to get linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, a smart linebacker who is a sure tackler. Chicago continued the push on defense on Day 3 with Deion Bush and Deiondre' Hall. Bush is a physical safety who can provide nice depth in the secondary. Hall is a lengthy cornerback who can tackle. He could be a solid center fielder if he's moved to safety. Howard can be a player who can split time with Jeremy Langford and potentially overtake him as the starter. He's a powerful runner who can get to the outside. Sixth rounder DeAndre Houston-Carson is a long-limbed pass defender who can play corner or safety.
Overall grade: B+
1 (24). William Jackson III, CB, Houston
2 (55). Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
3 (87). Nick Vigil, MLB, 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
Best pick: Billings - The Bengals need a nose tackle this year to eventually replace Domata Peko in a year or two.
Questionable pick: Core - It was surprising to see the Bengals take Core over players like Charone Peake of Clemson and Mike Thomas of Southern Mississippi.
The Bengals could have reached on a wide receiver in the first round, but wisely went with cornerback William Jackson. With an aging secondary, he should get a lot of playing time early in his career. Boyd may not be a superstar playmaker for the Bengals, but he's the dependable wide out the team needs opposite A.J. Green. He's going to be a dependable pass catcher for Andy Dalton. Vigil is a solid athlete for the position who could push for a starting job early in his career. Billings will push for playing time early in his career. He can push offensive linemen around from the nose tackle position. Getting him in the fourth round was an incredible value. He's not a pass rusher, but he doesn't need to be. His play against the run is impressive. Fifth-round pick Christian Westerman is a powerhouse blocker up front.
Overall grade: B
1 (15). Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
2 (32). Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
3 (65). Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State
3 (76). Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn
3 (93). Cody Kessler, QB, USC
4 (99). Joe Schobert, OLB, Wisconsin
4 (114). Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn
4 (129). Derrick Kindred, S, TCU
4 (138). Seth DeValve, TE, Princeton
5 (154). Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA
5 (168). Spencer Drango, OT/G, Baylor
5 (172). Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
5 (173). Trey Caldwell, CB, Louisiana--Monroe
7 (250). Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona
Best pick: Drango - The Browns got great value with Drango late in the fifth round. He's a player the Browns should be able to use at tackle and guard. At worst, he's a good backup.
Questionable pick: Louis - Although Louis is an intriguing athlete at wide receiver, he had average production at Auburn. If he's being moved to cornerback, that's a high pick to use on a project.
With a new regime in place, the Browns added volume in this year's draft. They did it by taking a lot of proven big-conference players early in the draft. Corey Coleman is an explosive playmaker the Browns just don't have on the roster. Second round defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah is strong and athletic, and capable of getting to the quarterback. Still, with some of the other pass rushers on the board, it was a little early for Ogbah. The Browns followed that pick up with another front seven player in Penn State defensive lineman Carl Nassib. In the third round, the team grabbed offensive tackle Shon Coleman, who could quickly become the team's starter on the right side.
Even with Coleman, the Browns got multiple pass catchers on Day 3. Louis was a surprising pick in the fourth round. He's got size and speed, sure, but doesn't catch the ball that well. Maybe he'll get moved to cornerback. UCLA's Jordan Payton gives the Browns a physical wide out, and Rashard Higgins is a easy catcher of the ball. It was a surprise to see him available late in the fifth round.
Overall grade: C+
1 (4). Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
2 (34). Jaylon Smith, OLB, Notre Dame
3 (67). Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
4 (102). Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma
4 (135). Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
6 (189). Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue
6 (212). Kavon Frazier, S, Central Michigan
6 (216). Darius Jackson, RB, Eastern Michigan
6 (217). Rico Gathers, TE, Baylor
Best pick: Prescott - Who knows if the Cowboys can turn Prescott into Tony Romo's replacement. We'll see. But he has good skills and it was smart for Dallas not to use a high pick on the position.
Questionable pick: Smith - Drafting Smith at No. 34 overall is a risk because he's probably not going to play in 2016. Can a team that wants to push hard for the playoffs and beyond use such a high choice on a player who won't produce as a rookie?
Elliott should be the Offensive Rookie of the Year front runner. He's a do-everything running back who immediately jumps Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden on the depth chart. If you assume Smith can come back in 2017 and play like he did at Notre Dame before his injury – and that is a bold assumption – the Cowboys got a likely top 10 pick. He did everything the Fighting Irish asked him to do. The Cowboys got help up front with Maliek Collins and Charles Tapper, but did they wait too long to get pass rushing help in the draft? Grabbing Rico Gathers in the sixth round was worth the flyer. His size is impressive, but we'll see if the former basketball player can make the conversion.
Overall grade: B-
1 (26). Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
2 (63). Adam Gotsis, DE, Georgia Tech
3. (98). Justin Simmons, S, Boston College
4 (136). Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
5 (144). Connor McGovern, G, Missouri
6 (176). Andy Janovich, FB, Nebraska
6 (219). Will Parks, S, Arizona
7 (228). Riley Dixon, P, Syracuse
Best pick: Booker - Although there are some past injury issues with Booker, and he's a little older for a rookie, he's a complete back. He has good enough speed and power, and is a talented pass catcher.
Questionable pick: Gotsis - He's a good system fit in Denver's defense, but how many snaps is he going to get with Derek Wolfe and Jared Crick at end?
The defending Super Bowl champions surprised some people by trading up in the first round to take quarterback Paxton Lynch. His footwork needs to be worked on, but all of the tools are there for him to eventually become the starting quarterback. Gotsis in the second round was a surprise, but he fits what the Broncos do up front. Justin Simmons is a nice ballhawking safety who has experience. Devontae Booker can be the next Broncos mid-round running back who can steal the starting job. He's a workhorse back with few on-field flaws. Connor McGovern was an excellent selection in the firth round. He's a powerhouse blocker who should push for a starting job early in his career.
Overall grade: B-
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, OT, Washington State
6 (191). Jake Rudock, QB, Michigan
6 (202). Anthony Zettel, DT, Penn State
6 (210). Jimmy Landes, LS, Baylor
7 (236). Dwayne Washingotn, RB, Washington
Best pick: Robinson - He should be a star for the Lions with Haloti Ngata nearing the end of his career.
Questionable pick: Rudock - The Lions stayed local picking Rudock in the sixth round, but it was surprising to see him get picked before players like Brandon Allen and Jeff Driskel.
The Lions added a mean streak to their team with their first four picks. Decker is an imposing blocker who excels on power run plays and will keep quarterback Matthew Stafford upright. Robinson is an intimidating presence up front who shouldn't have been around with the No. 46 overall pick. Killebrew is a classic big-hitting safety who can come downhill in a hurry to crush the ball carrier. He may be a linebacker in the NFL. Wherever he plays, he's going to hit people. The Lions grabbed another offensive lineman in Joe Dahl of Washington State. He's a pass blocker first, and will need to grow as a run blocker. Anthony Zettel was a sneaky good pick in the sixth round. He was the leader of a talented Penn State defensive line that had three players taken in this draft.
Overall grade: B
1 (27). Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
2 (48). Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
3 (88). Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State
4 (131). Blake Martinez, MLB, Stanford
4 (137). Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern
5 (163). Trevor Davis, WR, Cal
6 (200). Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford
Best pick: Murphy - I projected Murphy as a fourth-round pick and the Packers stole him in the sixth round. He could play guard or tackle for the Packers.
Questionable pick: Davis - This isn't a fault on Davis who is a nice speed receiver. It's more of a fault on the Packers for not using the pick on a guard. There were a few available.
Green Bay is another team that knew its needs in the draft, and attacked them. On the defensive line Clark can can play on the nose or end. Fackrell and Martinez were the linebackers the Packers needed in this draft. Fackrell is a solid pass rusher with size, and Martinez is a smart middle who can make plays against the run. Second round pick Jason Spriggs is a highly athletic pass blocker who could eventually become the team's starting left tackle.
1 (21). Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
2 (50). Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
3 (85). Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
4 (119). Tyler Ervin, RB, San Jose State
5 (159). K.J. Dillon, S, West Virginia
5 (166). D.J. Reader, DT, Clemson
Best pick: Miller - Miller is a player who has sky-high potential if he can continue the development at wide receiver that he flashed at Ohio State.
Questionable pick: Fuller - The Texans obviously loved Fuller's speed, but his drop issues are real.
Houston gave out a bunch of money in the offseason with quarterback Brock Osweiler and running back Lamar Miller. They added some athletic pieces around them with wide receivers Will Fuller and Braxton Miller. Fuller can open up the whole field thanks to his speed and route running. Miller was, personally, one of my favorite players in the draft. He can be a special player if he continues to develop as a receiver. At running back they got a third round back that compliments Miller. He's a big play athlete who can break big plays. Safety K.J. Dillon is a player who you could play in the slot or drop back in zone. He was a smart pick in the fifth round. Houston needed a nose tackle and got a good one in D.J. Reader in the fifth round.
Overall grade: B+
1 (18). Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
2 (57). T.J. Green, S, Clemson
3 (82). Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
4 (116). Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas
4 (125). Antonio Morrison, LB, Florida
5 (155). Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State
7 (239). Trevor Bates, OLB, Maine
7 (247). Austin Blythe, C, Iowa
Best pick: Kelly - Priority No. 1 in Indianapolis is protecting Andrew Luck and Kelly is ably suited for that duty.
Questionable pick: Green - He should jump into the starting lineup straight away, but it's hard to love the pick when Ohio State's Vonn Bell was available.
It was clear coming into this draft that the Colts needed help on the offensive line, and they attacked it early with Kelly and Le'Raven Clark in the top 100. Kelly is a starter straight away for Indianapolis. Clark will need some work, but he can play inside and outside. Green was a little bit of a surprising pick at No. 57 with some of the other players available. Ridgeway is an obviously talented and athletic player, but he had some injury issues in college. The skill is there, he just has to actualize it. If he can stay healthy, Morrison is a solid linebacker who can tackle. He's not flashy, but he gets the job done. Picking Joe Haeg in the fifth round was a savvy choice. He's the most experienced offensive lineman in the entire draft, starting 60 games in college. He's pro-ready.
Overall grade: B
1 (5). Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State
2 (36). Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA
3 (69). Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Maryland
4 (103). Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
6 (181). Tyrone Holmes, DE, Montana
6 (201). Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas
7 (226). Jonathan Woodard, DE, Central Arkansas
Best pick: Jack - Look, there is a risk in taking Jack, but he was one of the four best players on defense in this year's draft.
Questionable pick: Ngakoue - He's the pas rusher they needed, but the third round was early to take him.
After a highly acclaimed draft in 2015, the Jaguars got another one in 2016. It started with cornerback Jalen Ramsey, a superstar defensive back in the making. They followed that up by using the 36th overall pick on a free-falling Jack. He is a star athlete who can make plays all over the field. If his knee holds out, it's a sensational pick. Ngakoue can be moved around lot, and the Jaguars will know how to take advantage of those skills. Day gives the Jaguars a nice one-gap player who can penetrate up front. He can get underneath blockers to create disruption. He's a versatile player.
Overall grade: B+
2 (37). Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
3 (74). KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame
4 (105). Parker Ehinger, G, Cincinnati
4 (106). Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota
4 (126). DeMarcus Robinson, WR, Florida
5 (162). Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford
5 (165). Tyreek Hill, RB, West Alabama
6 (178). D.J. White, CB, Georgia Tech
6 (203). Dadi Nicolas, OLB, Virginia Tech
Best pick: Jones - Jones had a first-round grade but slipped a little because of the talent at the position. He's a powerful athlete up front who will make plays.
Questionable pick: Robinson - The Chiefs got the wide out they need, but Robinson was all over the place in college. He's a great athlete, but will he be a locker room problem?
The 2016 NFL Draft was all about value for the Chiefs. They traded out of the first round and still got a high-end, starting-caliber defensive lineman in Chris Jones of Mississippi State. He's raw but incredibly gifted physically. Russell is potentially a starter for the Chiefs at some point. Had he not missed so much time in college due to academics and injury, he may not have been around in the third round. Ehinger is a big body blocker who can play tackle or guard. He's a good system fit, but it was a surprise to see him get picked before Connor McGovern of Missouri. Robinson has the skills to be a good wide out, but he was suspended multiple times in college. This isn't a knock, but Kevin Hogan can be a great backup for the Chiefs. Pass rusher Dadi Nicolas is a player who could get stashed on the practice squad, but his athleticism and length is incredible.
Overall grade: B
1 (1). Jared Goff, QB, Cal
4 (109). Tyler Higbee, TE, Western Kentucky
4 (117). Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
6 (177). Temarrick Hemingway, TE, South Carolina State
6 (190). Josh Forrest, LB, Kentucky
6 (206). Michael Thomas, WR, Southern Miss
Best pick: Cooper - He's a much faster player than he showed at the NFL Scouting Combine. He can play all over the place and at worst will be a good special teams player. I had a top 100 grade on him.
Questionable pick: Hemingway - If the Rams wanted a second tight end, South Carolina's Jerell Adams, a great pass catcher, was available.
Jared Goff is the draft's best quarterback who excels at doing the small stuff. With the way he reads a defense, works progressions and fits the ball in a tight window, it's easy to see why he can make an impact early in his career. Tyler Higbee is a good pass catching tight end, but he has a lot of off-field issues. If he had a clean character checklist, he'd have gone much higher. But he's someone the team will have to monitor closely. The Rams smartly just slipped back in the fourth round a little bit to take wide receiver Pharoh Cooper. He can line up all over the field and adds an athletic element to the roster. Josh Forrest, the team's pick at No. 190, can play inside and outside and will be an asset on special teams. Look for sixth-round pick Michael Thomas to stick on the roster. He has a penchant for making tough catches.
Overall grade: B-
1 (13). 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). Jakeem Grant, WR, Texas Tech
6 (204). Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State
7 (223). Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky
7 (231). Thomas Duarte, TE, UCLA
Best pick: Tunsil - He's the best left tackle in the draft since Tyron Smith in 2011.
Questionable pick: Drake - It's true that Drake can do a lot of different things, but taking him at No. 73 overall seemed early. Can he hold onto the ball in the NFL?
When offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil dropped in the draft, the Dolphins pounced. He may start his career inside at guard, but if his off-field stuff isn't an issue, he can be a star. The Dolphins had to get a cornerback early, and did with Xavien Howard in the second round. He's inconsistent, but has size and pure ability. The same can be said for third-round pick Kenyan Drake. He can do a lot of different things, but has trouble holding onto the ball. Carroo at times looked like a future No. 1 wide out at Rutgers, but they had poor quarterback play and he had some off-field issues. The Dolphins got a burner in Grant in the sixth round. He's a touchdown waiting to happen on special teams.
Overall grade: B-
1 (23). Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
2 (54). Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
4 (121). Willie Beavers, OT, Western Michigan
5 (160). Kentrell Brothers, MLB, Missouri
6 (180). Moritz Boehringer, WR, Germany (?)
6 (188). David Morgan, TE, Texas at San Antonio
7 (227). Stephen Weatherly, LB, Vanderbilt
7 (244). Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson
Best pick: Alexander - They Vikings were able to get a starting cornerback in the second round in Alexander. Even if he just plays on the inside, he can be a productive player for Minnesota.
Questionable pick: Beavers - The Western Michigan offensive tackle's play was up and down throughout his career. He's likely to move inside to guard for the Vikings.
Laquon Treadwell is a big and physical receiver who can be a top target for Teddy Bridgewater. Getting the draft's best wide out even though he was the third one picked was a coup. They got another steal in the second round with Alexander. He can be a Jason Verrett-like corner for the Vikings. Brothers is a thumper of a middle linebacker who can make a ton of tackles, assuming he gets on the field. Boehringer is interesting because of his size and athleticism. Frankly, I know about him as much as you do. Stephen Weatherly was a sneaky good seventh-round pick. He's a size and athleticism prospect for Mike Zimmer to mold.
Overall grade: A-
2 (60). Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama
3 (78). Joe Thuney, G, North Carolina State
3 (91). Jacoby Brissett, QB, North Carolina State
3 (96). Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska
4 (112). Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia
6 (208). Kamu Grugier-Hill, DB, Eastern Illinois
6 (214). Elandon Roberts, OLB, Houston
6 (221). Ted Karras, G, Illinois
7 (225). Devin Lucien, WR, Arizona State
Best pick: Mitchell - The Georgia receiver has some of the best hands in this year's draft. It was a little surprising to see him slide to Day 3 of the draft.
Questionable pick: Jones - It's easy to see why the Patriots picked Jones, but using the 60th overall pick on him was really early.
Without a first-round pick, the Patriots were able to find players who fit their system. That started with Jones, an experienced and smart player who can work the slot for the Patriots. They moved off the 61st pick and grabbed offensive lineman Joe Thuney in the third round. He's a likely guard in the NFL and will push New England's current starters for a spot up front. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett was a surprising choice in the third round. Will he ever get on the field in New England? One player who will is Mitchell, who can play inside and outside at wide receiver.
Overall grade: C
1 (12). Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
2 (47). Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
2 (61). Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
4 (120). David Onyemata, DT, Manitoba (Canada)
7 (237). Daniel Lasco, RB, Cal
Best pick: Bell - You can argue about Bell's fit on the defense with Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd on the roster. But Bell is too much of a playmaker in the pass defense to not get on the field.
Questionable pick: Onyemata - Moving two fifth-round picks to get Onyemata was a surprise because Andrew Billings was still available.
Everyone knew the Saints were going to get Sheldon Rankins in the first round. He's a dynamic defensive lineman who can cause disruption up front. He's an instant starter for New Orleans. Adding wide receiver Michael Thomas in the second round gives the Saints a big body wide out with good hands. He'll remind Saints fans of Marques Colston. Onyemata was a little bit of an unknown until the East-West Shrine Game. He's a raw player who was picked when several known talents were available at defensive tackle. Seventh-round pick Daniel Lasco raised eyebrows at the combine with some big workout numbers. He can stick on special teams and as a backup running back.
Overall grade: A
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, LB, Clemson
5 (149). Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
6 (184). Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina
Best pick: Shepard - The Giants got a dependable pass catcher who runs great routes in Shepard. If Odell Beckham wasn't in New York, Shepard is the type of player who could push for 80-100 catches a season.
Questionable pick: Taking Apple with the No. 10 overall pick was surprising. He was inconsistent at Ohio State and surprisingly went pro.
Apple, along with Janoris Jenkins, gives the Giants a lot of athleticism on the outside at cornerback. Taking Apple 10th, though, was bold. It's hard to see how he's a better cornerback right now than some of the other corners taken in the first round. In the third round, Darian Thompson was easily the best safety left on the board. He's a very good coverage safety but has some tackling issues. Goodson is a tough and athletic linebacker with good instincts. He's at worst going to be a special teams demon, but he could push for the starting middle linebacker spot. Perkins was a great pickup in the fifth round. He is a runner who can make people miss and he's advanced as a pass blocker. He's like a better version of Shane Vereen.
Overall grade: B+
1 (20). Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
2 (51). Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
3 (83). Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia
4 (118). Juston Burris, CB, North Carolina State
5 (158). Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina
7 (235). Lachlan Edwards, P, Sam Houston State
7 (241). Charone Peake, WR, Clemson
Best pick: Lee - Even though the Jets may slowly ease him into the lineup, Lee is a dynamic player on defense who can fly around the field.
Questionable pick: Hackenberg - It's true, the Jets loved Hackenberg, but it was a stunning move to see him get drafted in the second round.
With first-round pick Darron Lee added a much-needed element of speed to the defense. He can do a lot of things for head coach Todd Bowles. Picking Christian Hackenberg at No. 51 overall was bizarre. He's a developmental quarterback with tools. There's a lot of work that has to be done with him. If it works, he can be good. If it doesn't, it's a high pick that was wasted. Jenkins is a heady player who just gets the job done. He may not be a superstar, but he's dependable. Juston Burris is a lanky cornerback who fits the system. It was a surprise to see the Jets wait so long to take someone on offense. Ryan Clady is no long a sure thing as a starting left tackle. Charone Peake was surprisingly available in the seventh round. He has tools and size that can be developed.
Overall grade: B-
1 (14). Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
2 (44). Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois
3 (75). Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
4 (100). Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
5 (143). DeAndre Washington, RB, Texas Tech
6 (194). Cory James, OLB, Colorado State
7 (234). Vadal Alexander, G, LSU
Best pick: Joseph - The Raiders could have gone in a number of different directions in the first round, and surprised a bit with Joseph. But he's a physical safety who should continue getting better at coverage.
Questionable pick: Ward - Although he gives the Raiders a versatile player on the defensive line, they passed on some really good defensive linemen for him.
The Oakland Raiders added a tone setter in the secondary by picking Karl Joseph in the first round. He's going to crack some unassuming ball carriers in the NFL. Ward is a player up front who can be used at end or tackle for Oakland. Shilique Calhoun can play the run and the pass. If he consistently plays hard, he'll earn a starting job. Connor Cook was an interesting choice at No. 100 overall. His value was really good in the fourth round. The Raiders could develop him and eventually trade him. But he's a backup player on a roster that only needs few holes filled to push for a playoff spot.
DeAndre Washington is a solid third-down type of back for the Raiders, but it was a surprise to see him picked before a few running backs in this class. Sixth-round pick Cory James is a speedy linebacker that will star on special teams in the NFL. Seventh-round pick Vadal Alexander is a big blocker who should make the roster.
Overall grade: B-
1 (2). Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
3 (79). Isaac Seumalo, C, Oregon State
5 (153). Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia
5 (164). Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OT, TCU
6 (196). Blake Countess, CB, Auburn
7 (233). Jalen Mills, S/CB, LSU
7 (240). Alex McCalister, DE, Florida
7 (251). Joe Walker, LB, Oregon
Best pick: Seumalo - He's started at four different positions in college and that versatility will allow the Eagles to put together the best possible line they can.
Questionable pick: Wentz - Questionable doesn't automatically mean bad. But the Eagles gave up a ton to take a quarterback with just 612 pass attempts.
As expected, the Eagles took Wentz with the second overall pick. If he pays off, the Eagles have a franchise quarterback. If he doesn't, it's the type of pick that guts the roster because of what Philadelphia gave up to get him. Isaac Suemalo isn't a sexy choice in the third round, but don't be surprised if he becomes a dependable starter for years, whether it's at guard or center. Wendell Smallwood is an elusive back who will make defenders miss. He'll be a solid third-down player for the Eagles and may work on special teams. In the sixth round, the Eagles added an experienced dime corner in Blake Countess. The Eagles followed that up with a nice pick in Jalen Mills, an experienced defensive back who can play safety and cornerback.
Overall grade: C+
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). DeMarcus Ayers, WR, Houston
7 (246). Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple
Best pick: Hargrave - Watching Hargrave at the Senior Bowl, he just looked like a Pittsburgh Steelers player. He is a hard-to-move nose tackle.
Questionable pick: Burns - The Steelers needed a cornerback, and Burns has a lot of pure talent. He'll just need to be coached up. On a defense that needs immediate help, can he catch up fast enough?
Burns is big and athletic but was inconsistent at times last season. The grade gets dinged because I had Burns rated in the 50s. Davis is a good coverage cornerback with enough pop to stick at safety. Still, there were some safeties the Steelers could have had who are better than Davis. The Steelers got a good developmental offensive lineman in Jerald Hawkins in the fourth round. He's a good athlete who the Steelers can bulk up. Sixth-round pick Travis Feeney is a very good athlete for the position and could put in some work on special teams. Seventh-round pick DeMarcus Ayers is intriguing. He is a top returner and has big speed. The knock on him is size.
Overall grade: B-
1 (3). Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
2 (35). Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
3 (66). Max Tuerk, C, USC
4 (102). Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State
5 (175). Jatavis Brown, LB, Akron
6 (179). Drew Kaser, P, Texas A&M
6 (198) Derek Watt, FB, Wisconsin
7 (224). Donavon Clark, G, Michigan State
Best pick: Henry - With Ladarius Green off to Pittsburgh and Antonio Gates likely nearing the end of his career, grabbing Henry at the top of the second round was a nice play.
Questionable pick: Clark - It's weak, sure, to question a seventh-round pick. But linemen like Landon Turner of North Carolina and Darrell Greene of San Diego State are better.
The Chargers surprised a lot of people in the first round by taking Joey Bosa, the best player in this year's draft. He's a really good all-around end who beats linemen with his size, power and effort. Some thought he would be an offensive tackle. More on that later. Henry is the draft's best tight end who will give Philip Rivers a nice target in the passing game. Tuerk, the team's third rounder, is the type of center the Chargers have needed. Perry was a great value pick in the fourth round. Brown, another linebacker, can make a lot of plays for the Chargers. He may start as a special teamer, but he can fly around the field. But where is the offensive tackle in this class?
Overall grade: A-
1 (7). DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
1 (28). Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford
3 (68). Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
4 (133). Rashard Robinson, CB, LSU
5 (142). Ronald Blair, DE, Appalachian State
5 (145). John Theus, OT, Georgia
5 (174). Fahn Cooper, OT, Ole Miss
6 (207). Jeff Driskel, QB, Louisiana Tech
6 (211). Kelvin Taylor, RB, Florida
6 (213). Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State
7 (249). Prince Charles Iworah, CB, Western Kentucky
Best pick: Buckner - Sometimes the expected pick can be a good one, and that's the case with Buckner. The Calais Campbell comparisons are legitimate.
Questionable pick: Garnett - He may very well become the team's starting left guard, but they gave up a lot to get him in the first round.
The 49ers took a lot of steps in replenishing their roster with this year's draft. They started things out in Chip Kelly's first season with a familiar face for him in defensive end DeForest Buckner. It's hard to bet against his power and size up front. They moved back into the first round to take Garnett, and gave up a steep price for him. If he turns into a good starter, though, it won't matter as much. Will Redmond in the third round is the cornerback the 49ers need. He's had some injury issues, but he can make plays. If Rashard Robinson's talent can be turned into something, the 49ers got an excellent value with the No. 133 pick. He's a risk because of off-field issues, but he has size and athleticism that can't be taught. The 49ers got a good value in the fifth round with defensive end Ronald Blair. He's a quick and powerful player who San Francisco could push out to linebacker. The 49ers waited a while to target the position, but got a solid quarterback in Jeff Driskel. He has good pure physical tools.
Overall grade: C+
1 (31). Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
2 (49). Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
3 (90). C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
3 (94). 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, Cal
7 (247). Zac Brooks, RB, Clemson
Best pick: Reed - This was one of the true steals of the draft. Reed may be best as a run stuff only, but he's great in that area.
Questionable pick: Odhimabo - This was a surprising pick because he doesn't exactly fit in with what the Seahawks usually look for in an offensive lineman.
The Seahawks surprised some by using a first-round pick taking offensive tackle Germain Ifedi. He has off-the-charts tools, but needs developing. Reed was a steal of this year's draft. He and Ahtyba Rubin give Seattle a nice pair of run stoppers in the middle. Seattle grabbed a duo of running backs in C.J. Prosise and Alex Collins. Both are talented starting-caliber players. Prosise is a really good receiver and Collins has some pop in his game.
Jefferson is an interesting late-round pick. He's a gap-shooting lineman who had 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in 2015.
Overall grade: B+
1 (11). Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
2 (39). Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky
2 (59). Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State
4 (108). Ryan Smith, CB, North Carolina Central
5 (148). Caleb Benenoch, OT, UCLA
6 (183). Devante Bond, LB, Oklahoma
6 (197). Dan Vitale, FB, Northwestern
Best pick: Spence - The Buccaneers needed to get a high-level pass rusher in this year's draft and got one with Spence. He can be a terror off the edge.
Questionable pick: Aguayo - Look, it was clear that Aguayo was going to be a top 100 pick, and he's a very, very good kicker. But trading up to get him was odd.
The Buccaneers knew who they wanted in the first round, and managed to trade down a bit and still get the player they wanted in cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. He's a technically sound corner with good instincts. He can get beat by speedy receivers deep, but that might just be a technique issue for Hargreaves. Spence is an instant playmaker for Tampa Bay even if he's used as a pass rush specialist early in his career. Aguayo was a surprising pick, but a starter is a starter. Benenoch is a good backup to pick in the fifth round. He has experience starting at right tackle and guard.
Overall grade: B-
1 (8). Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
2 (33). Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
2 (43). Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
2 (45). Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
3 (64). Kevin Byard, S, Middle Tennessee State
5 (140). Tajae Sharpe, WR, Massachusetts
5 (157). LeShaun Sims, CB, Southern Utah
6 (193). Sebastian Tretola, G, Arkansas
7 (222). Aaron Wallace, LB, UCLA
7 (253). Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Miss
Best pick: Sharpe - It may be a surprise to see a fifth-round pick as a best pick, but Sharpe was a smart pickup. In an offensive scheme with Dorial Green-Beckham and Kendall Wright, Sharpe can be a dependable safety valve for Marcus Mariota.
Questionable pick: Conklin - This pick is only questionable because Laremy Tunsil is so good. If Conklin happens to struggle and Tunsil is as good as expected, there will be a lot of questions for the Titans.
New Titans general manager Jon Robinson worked the draft aggressively. He traded down from No. 1 to No. 15 and then back up to No. 8. There he took offensive tackle Jack Conklin. He's a good system fit, but it was surprising to see him get picked ahead of Laremy Tunsil. Robinson attacked his needs with three second-round picks, grabbing pass rusher Kevin Dodd and defensive tackle Austin Johnson to help the defense. Both help the run game, and Dodd should be able to get after the quarterback. Don't be surprised when Derrick Henry beats DeMarco Murray for the starting running back job.
In the fifth round, the Titans got a solid wide receiver in Tajae Sharpe. He's not a star athlete, but he has good hands and toughness. Cornerback LeShaun Sims is a four-year starter at Southern Utah. He has solid size and good athleticism. Sixth rounder Sebastian Tretola is a player who will stick early as a backup, but he has the size to be turned into a starter at some point.
Overall grade: B
1 (22). Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
2 (53). Su'a Cravens, S, USC
3 (84). Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
5 (152). Matt Ioannidis, DT, Temple
6 (187). Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana
7 (232). Steven Daniels, LB, Boston College
7 (242). Keith Marshall, RB, Gerogia
Best pick: Cravens - He can be their version of Deone Bucannon playing a hybrid safety/linebacker role.
Questionable pick: Fuller - I like the pick of Fuller in the third round, but you're banking on him staying healthy.
Washington cleaned up in the first three rounds of the draft, getting three potential starters. Wide receiver Josh Doctson was somewhat of a surprising choice, but a good one in the first round. Some considered him the draft's top wide receiver thanks to his ability to go up and grab the ball. Ioannidis is a tough player up front who can work the nose even though he's not the biggest. The coaching staff will love him. Steven Daniels in the seventh round was a savvy pick. Washington needs a middle linebacker and he can bring it on the inside. Running back Keith Marshall could be a nice stash pick on the practice squad. His speed in the open field is impressive.
Overall grade: A-
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