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2016 NFL Draft
Pick Team Player Shutdown Corner Commentary
1 (64) Tennessee
Kevin Byard
SS
Height:
5-11
Weight:
216
School:
Middle Tennessee
Rotoworld Rank:
89

Round 3 kicks off with the first non-combine invite but a player who flashed a few times at the Senior Bowl and has good production in college. This selection feels a bit high. Byard is well put together but might not be great when asked to cover in space. The Titans have made a lot of safe picks, but this feels like a risk. Grade: C-

2 (65) Cleveland Carl Nassib
Carl Nassib
DE
Height:
6-7
Weight:
277
School:
Penn State
Rotoworld Rank:
147

A Moneyball pick? We doubt it. This might have been one the coaches fought hard for. Nassib has great size and very good production, and he checks every box in the character department. He will outwork almost everyone on the field. However, we feel he’s very limited athletically and will not be the stat-sheet stuffer he was in college, when he beat up on lesser competition. Grade: C

3 (66) San Diego Max Tuerk
Max Tuerk
C
Height:
6-5
Weight:
298
School:
USC
Rotoworld Rank:
102

Before suffering a torn ACL last season, Tuerk was emerging as one of the nation’s better centers. But he's tall and skinny (he was at 269 last season at one point) for the position, and some scouts say he could be a tackle in the NFL. This could be a bit of a redshirt season. He’s up to almost 300 pounds now. A fascinating prospect. Grade: B

4 (67) Dallas Maliek Collins
Maliek Collins
DT
Height:
6-2
Weight:
311
School:
Nebraska
Rotoworld Rank:
83

We like this one a lot. Collins got a bit lost in the shuffle in a deep DT class, but he is super quick and could be a terrific fit in Rod Marinelli’s system. The Cowboys didn’t just need ends; the interior has been a bit overlooked, so this could work out nicely. He’ll turn 21 this year and could have been a first-rounder had he stayed in school, but Collins has high potential. Grade: A-

5 (68) San Francisco
Will Redmond
CB
Height:
5-11
Weight:
182
School:
Mississippi State
Rotoworld Rank:
138

Redmond is on the mend from a torn ACL that cut his final season in half, and he might never be a top-shelf outside corner. But he has good nickel potential and special teams value once he returns to health. A solid player who would have gone higher had he not gotten hurt. Grade: B-

6 (69) Jacksonville Yannick Ngakoue
Yannick Ngakoue
DE
Height:
6-2
Weight:
252
School:
Maryland
Rotoworld Rank:
93

The Jags are wrecking the draft. We were a little late to pick up on the hard-charging rusher who stood up as a 3-4 linebacker in 2014 and rushed from an end spot in 2015. Ngakoue has great strength and quickness but is undersized. Still, he can be a very nice nickel rusher who maximizes his snaps on third downs. Grade: B+

7 (70) Baltimore Bronson Kaufusi
Bronson Kaufusi
DE
Height:
6-6
Weight:
285
School:
BYU
Rotoworld Rank:
65

One of our favorite players to scout, Kaufusi is the son of the Cougars’ DL coach and holds himself to a high standard. He works hard to get into the backfield and has intriguing athleticism for a player who stands almost 6-7 and 285 pounds. He’s a 5-technique in the Ravens defense and makes a good group better. Grade: B+

8 (71) NY Giants Darian Thompson
Darian Thompson
FS
Height:
6-2
Weight:
208
School:
Boise State
Rotoworld Rank:
68

A steal at this point, Thompson could be the Day 1 starter across from Landon Collins — and perhaps clean up some of his coverage mistakes. There is no rangier safety in the draft, and he would have gone higher had Thompson not tested so poorly at the scouting combine after food poisoning caused him to lose 8 pounds. His pro day workout was much better. The Giants like what they see. Grade: A-

9 (72) Chicago Jonathan Bullard
Jonathan Bullard
DT
Height:
6-3
Weight:
285
School:
Florida
Rotoworld Rank:
21

Nice value here, getting a very good run-stopping 5-technique at this stage of the draft. Bullard can slide inside and has good pop but should not be counted on for any real pass-rush value. He could battle for a starting job with a host of incumbents who appear to be lesser fits in their scheme. Grade: B

10 (73) Miami
Kenyan Drake
RB
Height:
6-1
Weight:
210
School:
Alabama
Rotoworld Rank:
150

Derrick Henry’s backup, whom some believe might have a better NFL career, goes to a team that needs backs. Drake has NFL speed and can catch the ball, but injuries derailed his college career. He also could be a very good kickoff returner too, taking one back in the national title game to help finish off Clemson late. Risky but interesting pick. Grade: C+

11 (74) Kansas City
KeiVarae Russell
CB
Height:
5-11
Weight:
192
School:
Notre Dame
Rotoworld Rank:
137

Few teams did more work on Russell than the Chiefs, who need help with Sean Smith gone to Oakland. Russell played the 2015 season through a leg fracture, which gives you an idea how tough he is. He's confident and loquacious and could be a future starter, but his ball skills are suspect despite converting from offense in high school. Grade: B-

12 (75) Oakland Shilique Calhoun
Shilique Calhoun
DE
Height:
6-4
Weight:
251
School:
Michigan State
Rotoworld Rank:
98

The athletic, inconsistent Calhoun can get after the passer — but it’s too often hot and cold with him. His ability to bend the edge is admirable and he will put in the time to be great. But he could use some coaching before he's ready for a full-time role. That Raiders front, though, could be something special. Grade: B

13 (76) Cleveland Shon Coleman
Shon Coleman
OT
Height:
6-5
Weight:
307
School:
Auburn
Rotoworld Rank:
143

Coleman is an inspiring story, having beaten leukemia, and he has some talent. But he turn 25 as a rookie, lacks finesse in his game and has a knee injury that could keep him limited for the offseason program. The Browns got a physical masher and help at tackle, but he too often seeks to bury players. Grade: C+

14 (77) Carolina
Daryl Worley
CB
Height:
6-1
Weight:
204
School:
West Virginia

The Panthers grab another big, physical DB with Worley, who has some character concerns after a few run-ins in school. Against Baylor, Corey Coleman gutted Worley. But in the Panthers’ heavy zone-based scheme, he could be very good at rerouting receivers and supporting the run. Grade: C+

15 (78) New England Joe Thuney
Joe Thuney
OG
Height:
6-5
Weight:
304
School:
North Carolina State
Rotoworld Rank:
50

A five-position player in college with uncommon intelligence, Thuney has handled some of the best pass rushers in the country as a senior at left tackle but might be best inside. He’s an ideal fit in the Patriots’ zone-blocking scheme. One way or another, they’ll find a home for this sound blocker. Grade: B-plus

16 (79) Philadelphia Isaac Seumalo
Isaac Seumalo
OG
Height:
6-4
Weight:
303
School:
Oregon State
Rotoworld Rank:
74

Two position player with decent athleticism to fit in a zone scheme, but he feels like a reach here. There were better options at both guard and center. He might develop but the underclassman tends to be a little out of control. Grade: D+

17 (80) Buffalo Adolphus Washington
Adolphus Washington
DT
Height:
6-3
Weight:
301
School:
Ohio State
Rotoworld Rank:
114

Rex Ryan’s fingerprints are all over this draft as that’s 3-for-3 on defense. Washington could be a multiple-technique player for the Bills, and he is light on his feet. But he also has underachieving traits and might not be fully conditioned to be much more than a rotational player at first. Grade: C+

18 (81) Atlanta Austin Hooper
Austin Hooper
TE
Height:
6-4
Weight:
254
School:
Stanford
Rotoworld Rank:
61

The Falcons have stumbled with their picks up to this point, but they get a decent player here. Hooper is a multi-position work in progress as a blocker but has good size to be a seam receiver. He came out as a third-year sophomore, which surprised some, so he unrefined. Grade: B-

19 (82) Indianapolis Le'Raven Clark
Le'Raven Clark
OT
Height:
6-5
Weight:
316
School:
Texas Tech
Rotoworld Rank:
129

We liked Clark more than others, but the inconsistent tape doesn’t lie. He’ll have a chance to be special if he can learn better technique to handle speed. Clark has rare wingspan (36-inch arms), massive hands and could be special. He’s not close to starting, this is a good pick for down the road if he’s coached up properly. Grade: B+

20 (83) NY Jets Jordan Jenkins
Jordan Jenkins
OLB
Height:
6-3
Weight:
259
School:
Georgia
Rotoworld Rank:
81

There wasn’t much separating Jenkins and No. 9 overall pick Leonard Floyd, according to a good amount of Georgia defensive tape. They’re different players, and roles had a lot to do with the production. Jenkins is a power rusher in the Jets’ system and has great length, intelligence and the ability to be a three-down player in time. Grade: A-

21 (84) Washington Kendall Fuller
Kendall Fuller
CB
Height:
5-11
Weight:
187
School:
Virginia Tech
Rotoworld Rank:
72

His meniscus injury and microfracture surgery could keep him on the mend for a bit, and it likely caused his fall, much like it did for UCLA’s Myles Jack. But Fuller has a chance to be the best of in family, which includes three NFL brothers. His instincts and ball skills are very good, and he has a great football temperament and pedigree. Grade: B

22 (85) Houston Braxton Miller
Braxton Miller
WR
Height:
6-1
Weight:
201
School:
Ohio State
Rotoworld Rank:
51

The Texans have added playmakers and speed on offense with Miller, Will Fuller and Lamar Miller, which is music to the ears of Brock Osweiler and Deandre Hopkins. Hopkins no longer must see constant tricked-up coverages, and Miller’s playmaking ability can be used sparingly until Bill O’Brien’s staff is convinced he has made enough growth as a wide receiver. Grade: B

23 (86) Miami Leonte Carroo
Leonte Carroo
WR
Height:
6-0
Weight:
211
School:
Rutgers
Rotoworld Rank:
55

The competitive, productive Carroo is attractive, but how fast will he get on the field on offense? Maybe the Kenny Stills experiment won’t work out, but DeVante Parker figures to get more run and Jarvis Landry dominates the slot, which is where some figured Carroo might be best. One way he can contribute immediately: on special teams, where he’s blocked punts. But his character risks are worrisome, especially after the Laremy Tunsil pick. Grade: C

24 (87) Cincinnati
Nick Vigil
ILB
Height:
6-2
Weight:
239
School:
Utah State

Athletic middle linebacker with incredible college production whose role in the NFL might be as a core special-teamer, and fourth or nickel linebacker. Not a pass rusher and not elite in coverage either, Vigil could be a good player but don’t expect greatness. Grade: C

25 (88) Green Bay Kyler Fackrell
Kyler Fackrell
OLB
Height:
6-5
Weight:
245
School:
Utah State
Rotoworld Rank:
41

He’ll turn 25 as a rookie and lacks base strength. But this is a fascinating player to watch, and if he can learn to play better on his feet as he’ll have to in the Packers’ 3-4 system (assuming he’s be an outside rusher) he could be a good rotational player with his length, intensity and instincts. Grade: B-

26 (89) Pittsburgh Javon Hargrave
Javon Hargrave
DT
Height:
6-1
Weight:
309
School:
South Carolina State
Rotoworld Rank:
30

With short arms and a 6-1 frame, where will he fit best in the Steelers’ defense. Maybe as an end, but perhaps best as a stout, quick nose tackle. Hargrave is a fascinating study, as he dominated lower competition and once had a six-sack game against Bethune-Cookman that he didn’t even start. There might be a wake-up call when he plays against NFL linemen, but there's potential upside. Grade: B

27 (90) Seattle C.J. Prosise
C.J. Prosise
RB
Height:
6-0
Weight:
220
School:
Notre Dame
Rotoworld Rank:
58

An interesting pick for a run-heavy team that just lost Marshawn Lynch to retirement. Thomas Rawls is coming off a nice rookie season, but he finished it on injured reserve, and the Seahawks like to invest mid-round picks in running back depth. With Prosise the Seahawks get a solid 220-pound back who has some room to grow. Prosise was a receiver at Notre Dame before moving to running back last season, when he averaged 6.6 yards per carry. Grade: B

28 (91) New England
Jacoby Brissett
QB
Height:
6-4
Weight:
231
School:
North Carolina State
Rotoworld Rank:
141

Brissett is a big, strong-armed and athletic quarterback. He needs some coaching, which makes him a fine pick for the late third round. But here's the rub: Why are the Patriots taking another quarterback? Yes, Tom Brady is getting older, and Jimmy Garoppolo will be at the end of his rookie deal before we know it, but using a top-100 pick on a player who likely won't play for a few years is odd for a team that's among this season's Super Bowl favorites. Grade: C-

29 (92) Arizona
Brandon Williams
CB
Height:
5-11
Weight:
197
School:
Texas A&M

Once upon a time, Williams was a big-time recruit at running back for Oklahoma. But he transferred schools, then positions. He moved to cornerback for the 2015 season and showed enough that he moved into the third round despite a lack of experience there. But the Cardinals will go against conventional wisdom at times, and they like having good depth at corner. Grade: C

30 (93) Cleveland
Cody Kessler
QB
Height:
6-1
Weight:
220
School:
USC

A bit of a surprise, partially because the Kessler pick ensured that Connor Cook was going to fall out of the second day of the draft. It's an interesting pick for a team that stocked up on picks with trades and is still looking for a quarterback of the future. Kessler isn't too impressive, considering he doesn't have an obvious strength, isn't that big and was never great at USC. Apparently the Browns see something in him though, although it's a stretch to say Kessler is the one to break through the Browns' long, tortured quarterback history and become a star. Grade: D+

31 (94) Seattle Nick Vannett
Nick Vannett
TE
Height:
6-6
Weight:
257
School:
Ohio State
Rotoworld Rank:
85

The Seahawks need a quality blocker at the position, so this was a smart play. He has good athleticism, red zone and special teams value, and is a team-first player who got lost in the shuffle with all the talent in Columbus but never said a word about it. A nice player who will contribute in some way. Grade: B

32 (95) Detroit Graham Glasgow
Graham Glasgow
C
Height:
6-6
Weight:
307
School:
Michigan
Rotoworld Rank:
66

The local product has a chance to be a scrappy, competitive pro, but some scouts felt he’s not best at center but rather guard. So that makes him a bit like Travis Swanson, the player the Lions wouldn’t mind upgrading over. And with the Lions’ recent focus on clean-sheet players, this pick is a bit out of line given Glasgow's past probation violation involving alcohol. Grade: C

33 (96) New England
Vincent Valentine
DT
Height:
6-4
Weight:
329
School:
Nebraska

An uninspiring pick. Valentine has shown flashes in college but has not dominated and passed up another year of eligibility despite an incomplete career for the Huskers that was marred by injury. He’s not laterally quick and doesn’t always maximize his power, but he has good mass that the Patriots seek inside. Grade: C-

34 (97) Seattle Rees Odhiambo
Rees Odhiambo
OG
Height:
6-4
Weight:
314
School:
Boise State
Rotoworld Rank:
67

Odhiambo might have been a top-50 pick had injuries not derailed his career. If you stack up the best tape of him and Germain Ifedi, you won’t notice a ton of variation. Odhiambo is smart, tough and powerful and can play at a number of spots — just like the Seahawks like them. They’ve had a nice little draft. Grade: B+

35 (98) Denver Justin Simmons
Justin Simmons
FS
Height:
6-2
Weight:
202
School:
Boston College
Rotoworld Rank:
70

With some great testing numbers at the scouting combine and a great frame, Simmons is a fascinating prospect. Think former Broncos S Rahim Moore, who has started games in the NFL but also bounced around and never played at a high level. Simmons might project similarly. Grade: C