2016 NFL Draft Grades
With all the grades flying around from this year’s college draft, I thought I’d go back and look at the first round from 2016. It’s been 3 years now and teams have had a chance to pick up fifth-year options –or not. I’ve used, injury, production, general influence on games and the team’s decision to pick up the fifth year as a guideline to determine who did the best job of selecting a player that has impacted his team.
Round 1- 2016 Draft
|1||Rams||Goff||QB||Cal||A||A bit up/down|
|2||Eagles||Wentz||QB||N Dak St||A||Inj- really good|
|5||Jaguars||Ramsey||DC||Flor St||A||Better on field than off|
|6||Ravens||Stanley||OT||Notre Dame||B+||Solid, not special|
|7||49’ers||Buckner||DE||Oregon||A+||21 sacks in 3 years|
|8||Titans||Conklin||OT||Mich St||B||Athletic abil not equal to $|
|9||Bears||Floyd||OB||Georgia||B-||Surprised yr five not picked up-15 sacks|
|10||Giants||Apple||DC||Ohio St||D||Traded for cup of coffee|
|11||Buccaneers||Hargreaves||DC||Florida||C||Solid, not special|
|12||Saints||Rankins||DT||Louisville||B+||Hasn’t missed a gm last 2 years|
|13||Dolphins||Tunsil||OT||Ole Miss||B+||1st yr at OG-OT since-solid|
|14||Raiders||Joseph||DS||W Virginia||C||Box DS-5th yr not picked up|
|15||Browns||Coleman||WR||Baylor||F||Total bust-can’t happen|
|16||Lions||Decker||OT||Ohio St||B+||Solid player-can win with|
|17||Falcons||Neal||DS||Florida||B||Reckless box DS|
|18||Colts||Kelly||OC||Alabama||B||Solid, smart-can win with|
|19||Bills||Lawson||DE||Clemson||C||5th yr not picked -productions?|
|20||Jets||Lee||LB||Ohio St||C-||Roll player-5th yr declined|
|21||Texans||Fuller||WR||Nore Dame||B||Can’t find this kinda speed+|
|22||Redskins||Doctson||WR||TCU||C-||Possession guy-lks speed|
|23||Vikings||Treadwell||WR||Ole Miss||D+||Game too fast for him|
|24||Bengals||Jackson||DC||Houston||C||1 yr starter-jury still out|
|25||Steelers||Burns||DC||Miami||C-||Benched last yr-inconsistent player|
|26||Broncos||Lynch||QB||Memphis||F||Total failure in this scheme|
|27||Packers||Clark||DT||UCLA||B||Solid player-very gd value here|
|28||49’ers||Garnett||OG||Stanford||D||No 5th yr option- find these type in rds 2/3|
|29||Cardinals||Nkemdiche||DT||Ole Miss||F||Never had put it together|
|30||Panthers||Butler||DT||La Tech||C+||Rotational guy, fills need|
|31||Seahawks||Ifedi||OT||Texas A&M||C+||Hasn’t improved- has talent|
*only 31 first round picks this year
Here are a couple conclusions one can glean from the above.
- WR’s have and always will be a crap shoot. These players struggle to be productive early.
- Beware of skilled position players from spread offenses i.e. QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis, WR’s Corey Coleman, Baylor, Josh Doctson, TCU and Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss all have struggled to put it together at the NFL level. My personal opinion is that these tempo-oriented (where the goal is to run 80 plays a game or more) spread offenses that don’t require players to process are something to stay away from. It’s a totally different game, mentally and physically, for all of these players on offense once they get to the NFL. The NFL game calls for a lot more reading coverage, thinking and adjusting on the fly and perfected technique. It’s not about running play after play. Making the jump to the next level is really hard.
- Teams that are struggling in 2019 can usually look back to inability to draft in prior years. It’s hard to overcome first round failures(D’s and F’s).