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2016 NFL Draft
Pick Team Player Shutdown Corner Commentary
1 (32) Cleveland Emmanuel Ogbah
Emmanuel Ogbah
DE
Height:
6-4
Weight:
273
School:
Oklahoma State
Rotoworld Rank:
109

A big, talented rush end who might stand up in the Browns’ 3-4 defense or bulk up and play the end spot. A bit of a curious pick given that uncertainty, but Ogbah is athletic and has a track record of getting to the QB. Grade: C+

2 (33) Tennessee Kevin Dodd
Kevin Dodd
DE
Height:
6-5
Weight:
277
School:
Clemson
Rotoworld Rank:
43

Pass rusher run! Dodd was one of our favorites, Shutdown Corner’s No. 14 overall player, and he has a chance to be a very good pro after breaking out last season and residing in the shadow of Shaq Lawson until the national title game. Dodd can play on his feet, has great length and is ascending. The Titans needed front-seven help. A nice start to their second day. Grade: A-

3 (34) Dallas Jaylon Smith
Jaylon Smith
OLB
Height:
6-2
Weight:
223
School:
Notre Dame
Rotoworld Rank:
18

Giddy up! Smith is a clear top-10 talent whose questionable knee caused forced him off some teams’ boards. But the Cowboys were willing to gamble on potential greatness here, and their team doctor performed the surgery on Smith after his Fiesta Bowl injury, so there’s a level of comfort there. Smith could be a star in this defense, either as a weakside or a middle linebacker. Figure on 2016 being a wash. This risk is significant; the payoff could be huge. Grade: C+.

4 (35) San Diego Hunter Henry
Hunter Henry
TE
Height:
6-5
Weight:
250
School:
Arkansas
Rotoworld Rank:
48

This was about as easy a pick to mock in Round 2 as there might have been. The Chargers liked what they saw in the good receiving tight end, who reminds some of Greg Olsen and could be a natural replacement for Ladarius Green this year and Antonio Gates in 2017. Henry is not a great blocker but he can stretch the seam. Grade: B-

5 (36) Jacksonville Myles Jack
Myles Jack
OLB
Height:
6-1
Weight:
245
School:
UCLA
Rotoworld Rank:
1

What a coup. We mocked Jack to the Jaguars for months before the injury news on his knee seemed to worsen by the day. But to trade up and score Shutdown Corner's fifth-rated player here — in addition to landing our best talent, Jalen Ramsey, on Day 1 — could be an incredible, once-a-decade type of coup. Even if Jack plays only five good years, it’s worth it. Grade: A

6 (37) Kansas City Chris Jones
Chris Jones
DT
Height:
6-6
Weight:
310
School:
Mississippi State
Rotoworld Rank:
36

Jones has great potential, but he’s young and raw, and has some bust qualities to his game. Some weeks he looks great, others less so. But he could play almost any spot on the Chiefs’ front and could help immediately replace Mike DeVito up front. Grade: B-

7 (38) Miami Xavien Howard
Xavien Howard
CB
Height:
6-0
Weight:
201
School:
Baylor
Rotoworld Rank:
94

A later riser in the draft process who has the big frame the Dolphins are seeking at such a big need of a position. Howard was sneaky good last season and might be a good fit if he’s used correctly. He’s a very physical, grabby corner, which can work against him. Grade: C+

8 (39) Tampa Bay Noah Spence
Noah Spence
DE
Height:
6-2
Weight:
251
School:
Eastern Kentucky
Rotoworld Rank:
24

The Bucs wanted to come out of this draft with a pass rusher, and they got one. Spence has bent over backward for teams to show he does not have a problem after his multiple failed drug tests at Ohio State before he was kicked out of the Big Ten. Spence lacks bulk and can be run at, but he has great pass-rush feel and talent. Grade: A-

9 (40) NY Giants Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard
WR
Height:
5-10
Weight:
194
School:
Oklahoma
Rotoworld Rank:
25

We suspected the Giants would take a receiver here, and it makes sense that they grabbed one with great potential in the slot given Victor Cruz’s unknown status. Shepard is a joy to watch, and he could be a great complement to Odell Beckham Jr. Shepard is not big, and he might never be a true game-breaker, but he’s similar to the Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett, who was an instant contributor as a rookie in 2015. Grade: B+

10 (41) Buffalo Reggie Ragland
Reggie Ragland
ILB
Height:
6-1
Weight:
247
School:
Alabama
Rotoworld Rank:
39

The Bills traded up aggressively (giving up a fourth-rounder this year and next year) to land a Rex Ryan-type of throwback middle linebacker. They did a lot of work on him and likely were surprised to see him still on the board. Ragland has limitations in coverage but is a superior run defender and has underrated athleticism and blitz potential. Grade: A-

11 (42) Baltimore Kamalei Correa
Kamalei Correa
DE
Height:
6-3
Weight:
243
School:
Boise State
Rotoworld Rank:
80

A classic Ravens pick of a tweener pass rusher with A+ intangibles and a hot motor. This fits in line with the type of defender GM Ozzie Newsome has found in this range in the past, and we like the fit given the talent and the need. Grade: B

12 (43) Tennessee Austin Johnson
Austin Johnson
DT
Height:
6-4
Weight:
314
School:
Penn State
Rotoworld Rank:
71

The Titans had a big need at nose tackle, and they might have found their blue-collar starter there for the next several years. He’s not flashy but is a stout run defender and has a blue-collar approach that will fit well on this unit. The linebackers behind him will be happy with how well he absorbs blocks. Like the Jack Conklin Round 1 pick, it lacks sexiness but looks effective. Grade: B-

13 (44) Oakland Jihad Ward
Jihad Ward
DE
Height:
6-5
Weight:
297
School:
Illinois
Rotoworld Rank:
42

Wait, Al Davis is not with us, right? A classic Davis pick — just like Oakland's first-rounder, Karl Joseph — that is a gamble with equal parts upside and risk. Ward is a late bloomer with surprising athleticism who could play a number of techniques up front. Are the Raiders worried about the neck injury of Mario Edwards Jr.? We shall see. Grade: B-

14 (45) Tennessee Derrick Henry
Derrick Henry
RB
Height:
6-3
Weight:
247
School:
Alabama
Rotoworld Rank:
26

The Titans will have the past two Heisman winners on the field together in Marcus Mariota and Derrick Henry, all part of their “exotic smashmouth” offense they’re building with some intriguing pieces. DeMarco Murray is another hammer of a back, so the formula is becoming clear in Nashville: they’re going to pound the rock. You have been forewarned, AFC South. Was it a luxury pick? Perhaps, but the Titans have the extra ammo to do it. Grade: B

15 (46) Detroit A'Shawn Robinson
A'Shawn Robinson
DT
Height:
6-4
Weight:
307
School:
Alabama
Rotoworld Rank:
46

The Lions get a force up front and a player they probably entertained as a possibility in Round 1 at some point during the pre-draft process. Some evaluators believe Robinson has a lot of work to do, but he has much tread left on his tires, has heavy hands and can battle inside. Is he ever going to be special? Tough to say. But he’ll contribute right away. Grade: B

16 (47) New Orleans Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas
WR
Height:
6-3
Weight:
212
School:
Ohio State
Rotoworld Rank:
14

The need for a bigger receiver was high, so from that perspective this was a solid pick. Thomas’ arrow is pointing up, and if he’s never a true No. 1 receiver he appears to be a good fit as a complement opposite Brandin Cooks. But Thomas needs work on his blocking and his route running, two things that head coach Sean Payton harps on. Grade: B-

17 (48) Green Bay Jason Spriggs
Jason Spriggs
OT
Height:
6-6
Weight:
301
School:
Indiana
Rotoworld Rank:
56

We’ll discuss the pick in a minute. Ted Thompson traded up! Stop the presses. You almost never see it, certainly not this high in the draft. He must really like the athleticism of Spriggs, who is tough and used to playing in a high-tempo passing offense. Did Thompson want to get ahead of the Bears for this pick? Another page in the rivalry. (The Bears traded the following pick) Grade: A-

18 (49) Seattle Jarran Reed
Jarran Reed
DT
Height:
6-3
Weight:
307
School:
Alabama
Rotoworld Rank:
28

Watching a top talent tumble deep into Round 2, the Seahawks pounce, trading up into the Bears’ old spot for Reed. He’s a perfect Seahawk: powerful, mean and a bit flaky. He committed to three schools, via junior college, before landing at Alabama. The coaches there felt he needed to mature, and he did, turning into a force against the run. A good pick at a need spot for the Seahawks. Grade: A-

19 (50) Houston Nick Martin
Nick Martin
OG
Height:
6-4
Weight:
299
School:
Notre Dame
Rotoworld Rank:
78

Once more, the Texans slide up a short distance for a low cost to ensure they get a good fit with their pick. Expect Martin to play center, which was his primary position, although he could factor in as a guard if need be. A few other teams were monitoring Martin in this range, so the trade appears prudent. A solid, unspectacular pick, but Martin could start Day 1. Grade: B-

20 (51) NY Jets
Christian Hackenberg
QB
Height:
6-4
Weight:
223
School:
Penn State
Rotoworld Rank:
195

Wow. Our fourth QB off the board — and before Connor Cook — is a stunner, although it shouldn't be surprising the Jets took one. Still, the depth chart as it sits now is Geno Smith, Bryce Petty and Hackenberg. With Ryan Fitzpatrick very much in limbo. Hack hopefully won’t play now, but the promise might be there down the road. Wonder if Jets GM Mike Maccagnan, who came from the Texans two years ago, ever had a conversation about Hackenberg? Grade: C-

21 (52) Atlanta Deion Jones
Deion Jones
OLB
Height:
6-1
Weight:
222
School:
LSU
Rotoworld Rank:
38

The Falcons wanted to add attitude and speed to their defense. They got the former with first-rounder Keanu “Kiki” Neal; they got the latter in Jones. One of the faster linebackers in the draft, Jones is extremely lean at 222 pounds (only 11 fewer than Neal, a safety) and was a one-year starter. But he can cover tight ends and backs. Grade: C+

22 (53) Washington Su'a Cravens
Su'a Cravens
OLB
Height:
6-1
Weight:
226
School:
USC
Rotoworld Rank:
53

It's understandable why GM Scot McCloughan would be attracted to Cravens, who is a far better football player than a tester athletically. But is he quick enough to be a strong safety? The Redskins don’t have a clear option otherwise right now, and no matter what Cravens will spend a lot of time in the box, where he’s most effective. Grade: B

23 (54) Minnesota Mackensie Alexander
Mackensie Alexander
CB
Height:
5-10
Weight:
190
School:
Clemson
Rotoworld Rank:
33

Seeing him fall out of Round 1 was not stunning, but this is a bit farther than imagined. This is interesting because the Vikings have two big corners on the outside, and Alexander hasn’t played a lot in the slot. Another thing: ball skills. The next interception he gets will be his first since high school. But he’s a highly confident, physical corner who will support the run and get in receivers’ faces, no matter the size. Mike Zimmer could get the best out of him. Grade: B+

24 (55) Cincinnati Tyler Boyd
Tyler Boyd
WR
Height:
6-1
Weight:
197
School:
Pittsburgh
Rotoworld Rank:
62

Having lost Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency, depth certainly was an issue behind A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell. But Boyd is not a burner, and speed is what this unit appears to need. Still, Boyd is a very capable chain mover and a versatile player who became a part-time running back when James Connor got hurt. Solid but not sexy. Grade: B-

25 (56) Chicago Cody Whitehair
Cody Whitehair
OG
Height:
6-4
Weight:
301
School:
Kansas State
Rotoworld Rank:
37

Bears fans should love this blue-collar, meat-and-potatoes blocker who played left tackle last season out of need but likely has his best home inside in the NFL. Is he a right tackle, their biggest need? No. A center? A guard? It's unclear. But we love Whitehair’s durability and professionalism, even if his short arms likely will limit him against top pass rushers. Grade: B+

26 (57) Indianapolis T.J. Green
T.J. Green
FS
Height:
6-2
Weight:
209
School:
Clemson
Rotoworld Rank:
73

Green is not universally loved by NFL scouts, and he picked a bad time to have a horrible game in the national championship, but his stock rose lately because of his size and upside. Both are very good, and this ex-WR has good ball skills that could develop in the NFL. Grade: C+

27 (58) Pittsburgh Sean Davis
Sean Davis
CB
Height:
6-1
Weight:
201
School:
Maryland
Rotoworld Rank:
49

This pick was better than their first-round selection of Artie Burns. Davis is a hybrid player who was great at safety in 2014 and less so at corner last season. But he’s big and athletic, and has plus hitting ability. He also could be a great special-teamer. Grade: B

28 (59) Tampa Bay
Roberto Aguayo
K
Height:
6-0
Weight:
207
School:
Florida State

Oh, come on. The Buccaneers traded up, giving up third- and fourth-rounders, to get a kicker — the highest one has been picked in 11 years (Mike Nugent, Jets, No. 47 in 2005). This is bad value here. Tampa has plenty of needs on offense and defense, and it did this? Awful, even if Aguayo could be very effective in the warm weather. This has the feel of the Jaguars passing up Russell Wilson in 2011 for punter Bryan Anger. Grade: D

29 (60) New England Cyrus Jones
Cyrus Jones
CB
Height:
5-10
Weight:
197
School:
Alabama
Rotoworld Rank:
118

Welcome to the draft, New England. Jones was a player often pegged to the Patriots, and he fits the mold of undersized, quick, smart, opportunistic cornerback they often seek. He doubles as a potentially excellent special teams player. Jones was one of Nick Saban’s favorite players at Bama and is likely to be one Bill Belichick likes, perhaps as a nickel back right away. Grade: B

30 (61) New Orleans Vonn Bell
Vonn Bell
FS
Height:
5-11
Weight:
199
School:
Ohio State
Rotoworld Rank:
54

They moved up 17 picks, giving up their third- and fourth-rounders, to nab Bell in a good spot here. The Saints have big money committed to safety but also big questions about the long-term viability of Jairus Byrd and the uneven play of Kenny Vaccaro. The highly athletic Bell might be really good in two years, but he’s unrefined. Grade: C+

31 (62) Carolina
James Bradberry
CB
Height:
6-1
Weight:
211
School:
Samford
Rotoworld Rank:
107

He can be a press corner or a safety in the NFL, and he looked great at the former at the Senior Bowl practices, where his physicality stood out. The small-school thing might worry some, but Bradberry and Jaquiski Tartt were a tremendous pair in 2014. Tough, durable player with sneaky upside, Bradberry fits the Panthers’ defense nicely. Grade: B-

32 (63) Denver
Adam Gotsis
DT
Height:
6-4
Weight:
287
School:
Georgia Tech

A poor man’s Derek Wolfe? Gotsis is a big, raw, physical 5-technique who grew up overseas playing Australian Rules Football. Although the game is new to him, it’s also very important to him. He was a team captain and the coaches called him the hardest worker on the roster. The Broncos helped replace their hole at end to replace Malik Jackson, but that’s a big dropoff right now. Grade: C+