Richner: 2016 Draft Recap
The 2016 NFL Draft is finally in the books. Months of scouting and pouring over statistical models have come to an end. In previous years I would normally write 7,000 words detailing each team's positive and negative picks. This year we are changing things up a bit and doing a selection of draft picks for each team that falls under the categories of best pick, worst pick, and the best late round value.
There were a number of teams across the NFL who had excellent drafts and were able to select a number of future starters. Leading the charge were the Cleveland Browns, picking up starters at the wide receiver position with the selections of Corey Coleman and Rashard Higgins. On defense, they were able to pick up an undervalued outside linebacker, Joe Schobert, in the fourth round. Grabbing Scooby Wright III in the seventh round could go down as the best value pick in the entire draft. Wright was ranked 25th on my board and carried a first round grade.
Other teams that had positive draft grades were the San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Baltimore Ravens. The Chargers grabbed a few immediate impact players in Joey Bosa, Hunter Henry, and Jatavis Brown. All three of these players project to be frontline starters at some point during their rookie seasons. The Jaguars and Bengals did an excellent job of not reaching for players at positions of need but rather let the draft board direct their decision making. The Bengals picked up the best cover corner in the draft in William Jackson III. The Jaguars had Myles Jack available to them in the second round. Jack was the sixth rated prospect on my board. The Ravens, in need of some quality pass rushers, picked up Bronson Kaufusi and Kamalei Correa who should be able to contribute right away.
A few teams failed to succeed in the draft by selecting players who showed the physical traits of a top tier player, but lacked the production in college to warrant being drafted in the first couple of rounds. Teams such as the Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers, and New York Giants were teams that had less than stellar drafts. The Falcons reached for safety prospect, Keanu Neal, in the first round. Neal has been discussed as the next Kam Chancellor; a physical safety who can play the run and be an enforcer at the line of scrimmage. Yet he wasn't this type of player in college and failed to have an impact on stopping an opponent's rushing attack as was evident by his 4.5 TFL and just two sacks to his college resume.
The Steelers had a desperate need to fix their defensive secondary and instead of dropping down in the first round after Jackson III went to Cincinnati, they panicked and took Artie Burns. They followed up the Burns selection with safety prospect, Sean Davis, the 26th ranked safety prospect in this draft. The Steelers usually follow the philosophy of taking the best player available, but decided to go with need over value this year.
Below are the best, worst and the prospect who was selected in the later rounds of the draft, but offer the most value. The players in the “worst” category were selected because of their overall draft grade relative to their drafted position.
|Team||Best Pick||Worst Pick||Late Round Value|
|Arizona Cardinals||Robert Nkemdiche||Brandon Williams||Harlan Miller|
|Atlanta Falcons||Austin Hooper||Deion Jones||De'Vondre Campbell|
|Baltimore Ravens||Bronson Kaufusi||Tavon Young||Kenneth Dixon|
|Buffalo Bills||Shaq Lawson||Reggie Ragland||Jonathan Williams|
|Carolina Panthers||Vernon Butler||James Bradberry||Beau Sandland|
|Chicago Bears||Leonard Floyd||Deon Bush||Daniel Braverman|
|Cincinnati Bengals||William Jackson III||Christian Westerman||Andrew Billings|
|Cleveland Brown||Scooby Wright III||Ricardo Louis||Rashard Higgins|
|Dallas Cowboys||Jaylon Smith||Rico Gathers||Charles Tapper|
|Denver Broncos||Adam Gotsis||Devontae Booker||Andy Janovich|
|Detroit Lions||Miles Killebrew||Antwione Williams||Anthony Zettel|
|Green Bay Packers||Kyler Fackrell||Trevor Davis||Blake Martinez|
|Houston Texans||Nick Martin||Braxton Miller||D.J. Reader|
|Indianapolis Colts||Ryan Kelly||Hassan Ridgeway||Antonio Morrison|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Jalen Ramsey||Brandon Allen||Sheldon Day|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Chris Jones||Keivarae Russell||Kevin Hogan|
|Los Angeles Rams||Pharoh Cooper||Jared Goff||Michael Thomas|
|Miami Dolphins||Kenyan Drake||Jordan Lucas||Jakeem Grant|
|Minnesota Vikings||Kentrell Brothers||Willie Beavers||David Morgan|
|New England Patriots||Cyrus Jones||Jacoby Brissett||Malcolm Mitchell|
|New Orleans Saints||Sheldon Rankins||Vonn Bell||Daniel Lasco|
|New York Giants||Sterling Shepard||Eli Apple||Jerell Adams|
|New York Jets||Jordan Jenkins||Christian Hackenberg||Brandon Shell|
|Oakland Raiders||Shilique Calhoun||Jihad Ward||Connor Cook|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Isaac Seumalo||Carson Wentz||Alex McCealister|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Javon Hargrave||Artie Burns||Travis Feeney|
|San Diego Chargers||Hunter Henry||Drew Kaser||Jatavis Brown|
|San Francisco 49ers||Joshua Garnett||Rashard Robinson||Aaron Burbridge|
|Seattle Seahawks||Jarran Reed||Quinton Jefferson||Joey Hunt|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Noah Spence||Roberto Aguayo||Caleb Benenoch|
|Tennessee Titans||Austin Johnson||Kevin Dodd||Tajae Sharpe|
|Washington Redskins||Su'a Cravens||Nate Sudfeld||Steven Daniels|
Check out the team rankings and impact each of these rookie classes will have on their respected teams.