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2016 Draft First Round Grades/Review

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1) Los Angeles Rams - Jared Goff (QB California) Jared Goff NFL Draft

Jared Goff is going to be a stud for the Rams, but is he going to be worth what they gave up to get him? For as much as we love Goff, we wouldn't have made the trade. Essentially, Rams have assembled what they feel is a Super Bowl roster in the here and now, because there is no more help coming in this year's draft and not much next year either. Trading up for quarterbacks has historically not worked out well, but Goff should be a nice fit in L.A. He'll be good, but he'll have to be Andrew Luck good to be worth two firsts, two second and two thirds.

Grade: B

2) Philadelphia Eagles - Carson Wentz (QB North Dakota State) Carson Wentz 2016 NFL Draft

Despite signing Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel to a combined 38 million dollars guaranteed less than two months ago, the Eagles couldn't say no to Carson Wentz and decided to invest even further in the quarterback position. It's hard to criticize anybody for falling in love with Carson Wentz, who is everything you want in a franchise quarterback, but this is certainly a most unusual path Howie Roseman and the Eagles have started out on. Like the Rams, the Eagles paid a hefty price, but at least now they have their first franchise quarterback since Donovan McNabb.

Grade: B-

3) San Diego Chargers - Joey Bosa (DE Ohio State) Joey Bosa NFL DRaft

San Diego delivered the first curveball of the 2016 NFL Draft by selecting Joey Bosa when most figured the discussion was between Jalen Ramsey, Ronnie Stanley, and DeForest Buckner. Though a surprise, it's hard to argue with drafting the most productive and intimidating pass rusher in the draft. At 275 pounds, Bosa has the potential to play both defensive end and outside linebacker for the Chargers. San Diego already had some solid pieces in place, but Bosa gives them a true game-changer, not to mention some schematic versatility.

Grade: B+

4) Dallas Cowboys - Zeke Elliott (RB Ohio State) Ezekiel Elliot NFL Draft

Staying true to form, the Cowboys were aggressive at the top of the draft, selecting who they felt was the best player on the board despite the position not being a pressing need. Even though they just signed Alfred Morris and already had Darren McFadden who rushed for 1,000 yards last year, it's hard to argue with Zeke Elliott. Elliott is one of the few truly elite prospects in this draft, and behind Dallas' premier offensive line, should be able to recreate the success of Demarco Murray from two years ago. We would have went Ramsey here, but I don't have a bad word to say about Zeke Elliott.

Grade: A-

5) Jacksonville Jaguars - Jalen Ramsey (CB/S Florida State) Jalen Ramsey NFL Draft

Seeing Jalen Ramsey on the board had to be the Jaguars dream scenario coming into the draft, though it seemed highly unlikely with San Diego and Dallas figuring to be soft landing spots. With Ramsey on board, Gus Bradley's defense will start to take on more of a Seattle Seahawks feel with the big and intimidating defensive back. Whether at cornerback or safety, Ramsey brings elite size, speed, explosion and playmaking ability. He could be Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, or a mixture of both.

Grade: A+

6) Baltimore Ravens - Ronnie Stanley (OT Notre Dame) Ronnie Stanley NFL Draft

Seeing the Ravens take an offensive tackle was no surprise, but the fact that it was Ronnie Stanley and not Laremy Tunsil was a diversion from popular opinion. Last year's left tackle Eugene Monroe missed much of the season with injury, and it's possible his days with the team are numbered. Stanley is an outstanding pass protector whose combination of length and athleticism make him a premier blindside protector.

Grade: B+

7) San Francisco 49ers - DeForest Buckner (D-Line Oregon) DeForest Buckner 2016 NFL Draft

The loss of defensive ends Justin Smith and Ray McDonald dealt a major blow to San Francisco’s run defense last season, which went from being ranked No. 7 in 2014 to 29th last season. In an effort to rebuild their defensive line the 'Niners added the Pac 12 Defensive Player of the Year DeForest Buckner, and coincidentally reunited him former Oregon teammate Arik Armstead, their first round pick from last year. Buckner is long, athletic, and highly energetic; combined with Armstead, the 49ers D-Line should return to being feared.

Grade: A

8) TRADE! Tennessee Titans - Jack Conklin (OT Michigan State) Jack Conklin 2016 NFL Draft

After trading out of the number one overall pick, the Titans traded back up into the top ten to ensure Marcus Mariota's protection plan. It was a shock to see them select Conklin over Tunsil - who most experts had them taking when in possession of the first overall pick - but Tunsil's draft day drama likely played a large part in this decision. Either way, the pick goes a long way to ensuring the Titans don't give up the most sacks in the league again next year. However, giving up a third this year and second next year was steep.

Grade: C

9) TRADE! Chicago Bears - Leonard Floyd (Edge Georgia) Leonard Floyd 2016 NFL Draft

We had Leonard Floyd going to the Bears in our mocks for a long time, but leading up to the draft we didn't figure he would make it past Tampa or New York. Tampa apparently was not that high on Floyd since they gave up the opportunity to draft him for just a fourth round pick. In Floyd, the Bears are getting one of the most versatile defenders in the draft. Showing the ability to bend the edge as a pass rusher and also play off the ball, Floyd can play in any scheme and cause matchup problems for the offense.

Grade: A-

10) New York Giants - Eli Apple (CB Ohio State) Eli Apple 2016 NFL Draft

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie continues to play at a high level and Janoris Jenkins was signed to help fill the void left by Prince Amukamara, but there is a big drop off in talent after the two starters. This is a nice situation for Apple who may be the most physically gifted cornerback in the draft after Ramsey, but needs a year or two to develop. Not many mocks had Apple going in the top ten, but with the Giants' top targets Conklin and Floyd going directly in front of them, the Giants found themselves in an unusual scenario.

Grade: B

11) TRADE! Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Vernon Hargreaves III (CB Florida) Vernon Hargreaves NFL Draft

Love this pick for the Bucs, and would have loved it at nine. Adding a fourth rounder, the Bucs were still able to get an elite man-to-man cover corner in Hargreaves. Tampa struggled mightily against the pass last year, but now with Hargreaves, combined with the addition of Brent Grimes via free agency, opposing offenses won't be able to move down the field as easily as they did last year.

Grade: A

12) New Orleans Saints - Sheldon Rankins (D-Line Louisville) Sheldon Rankins Scouting Report

We're not as high on Sheldon Rankins as most are, but he's highly regarded in league circles, with many even thinking he could be a slightly lesser version of Aaron Donald. After ranking worst in the league giving up 4.9 yards per rush, 31st in the league giving up 129 yards per game rushing and recording the seventh fewest sacks last season, Rankins will hope to use his quickness and athleticism to get into opponent backfields and draw double teams. Our two cents; we would have preferred Shaq Lawson or either of the 'Bama D-Lineman here.

Grade: C

13) Miami Dolphins - Laremy Tunsil (OT Mississippi) Laremy Tunsil NFL Draft

Laremy Tunsil went through one of the most bizarre draft day experiences of all time with someone sabotaging all his social media accounts in the moments leading up to the draft. You've no doubt seen the Twitter and Instagram posts by now, and whatever the story is, Tunsil's loss is the Miami Dolphins gain. Miami wasn't really planning on taking an offensive tackle, but with a potential franchise left tackle sitting there at 13 they couldn't pass on him. With prototypical height, weight and length with elite athleticism, Tunsil makes Branden Albert expendable or movable and gives them a potential blindside protector for the next ten year.

Grade: A

14) Oakland Raiders - Karl Joseph (Safety West Virginia) Karl Joseph 2016 NFL Draft

In an effort to upgrade their 26th ranked pass defense from last year, the Raiders added the hardest hitting safety in this year's draft in Karl Joseph to go along with Reggie Nelson who they signed in free agency. Not only a heavy hitter, Joseph also has the speed and athleticism to hold up in coverage. The big question on Joseph is the torn ACL which ended his senior season last October. We like Joseph as a fit for Oakland, but there was better value available on the defensive line.

Grade: B-

15) TRADE! Cleveland Browns - Corey Coleman (WR Baylor) Corey Coleman 2016 NFL Draft

Seeking to replace "just blaze" Josh Gordon, the Browns went back to Baylor for Corey Coleman and his 20 touchdown passes from last year. Possessing elite agility and quickness, Coleman is as slippery as they come, but he's not quite a finished product. There's no questioning wide receiver was a need that had to be filled, but we like day two prospects such Tyler Boyd, Braxton Miller or Michael Thomas nearly as much as Coleman. We would have preferred any of the highly rated defensive lineman or one of the linebackers; Darron Lee or Reggie Ragland.

Grade: C-

16) Detroit Lions - Taylor Decker (OT Ohio State) Taylor Decker 2016 NFL Draft

Detroit has long been wanting a new left tackle to move Riley Reiff over to the right side, but we question if Taylor Decker is a tangible upgrade. Decker's athleticism is adequate but not great, and though he's six-foot-seven, he doesn't always play as big as he stands. We had a second round grade on Decker, and with Detroit's needs along the defensive line, we're not particularly high on this selection.

Grade: D


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