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2016 NFL Draft
Pick Team Player Shutdown Corner Commentary
1 (1) Los Angeles Jared Goff
Jared Goff
QB
Height:
6-4
Weight:
215
School:
California
Rotoworld Rank:
22

This pick has been in pretty much since the Rams moved up dramatically from No. 15 to 1, even if they kept the mystery going for a few weeks. Goff is a rhythm passer who has spent three years in the “Bear Raid” offense, and there will be a transition to more of a pro system with a first-year passing coordinator and a second-year QB coach. Patience, Rams fans. Grade: B

2 (2) Philadelphia Carson Wentz
Carson Wentz
QB
Height:
6-5
Weight:
237
School:
North Dakota State
Rotoworld Rank:
23

The impressive Wentz won two titles as a starter at the FCS level and has everything you want in a quarterback physically. He also is a mature, grounded person, and that will serve him well in a tough town. There’s a crowd at QB with the Eagles, but if he’s the best man for the job it will all sort out in time. It’s a long road from Fargo to Philly, but if there’s ever a town that can embrace the underdog ... Grade: B

3 (3) San Diego Joey Bosa
Joey Bosa
DE
Height:
6-5
Weight:
269
School:
Ohio State
Rotoworld Rank:
5

Yes, linebacker. In the 3-4 scheme, Bosa will stand up and attack the quarterback from two feet instead of the two-point stance he rushed from all through high school and at Ohio State. He’s a hard-charging, athletic and instinctive rusher, but the pick is odd considering the Chargers’ rushers: Melvin Ingram, Jeremiah Attaochu and Kyle Emmanuel. Bosa’s laid-back attitude will work well in sleepy San Diego, but passing on Jalen Ramsey feels foolish. Grade: C+

4 (4) Dallas Ezekiel Elliott
Ezekiel Elliott
RB
Height:
6-0
Weight:
225
School:
Ohio State
Rotoworld Rank:
2

Presented a situation they might not have expected given the pick before, the Cowboys still took the player that team owner Jerry Jones has been rumored to be in love with for months. There was an internal debate over which player fit best here, but the Cowboys now have the most well-rounded RB prospect in years operating behind the league's best offensive line. Good luck with that, NFC East. This could help extend Tony Romo's career a year or two. Again, no Ramsey? Grade: B+

5 (5) Jacksonville Jalen Ramsey
Jalen Ramsey
CB
Height:
6-1
Weight:
209
School:
Florida State
Rotoworld Rank:
3

This is a dream scenario for GM Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley, who now have upgraded their defense with a Day 1 impact defender. Ramsey is expected to play corner and nickel, and he also can impact special teams. What an unbelievable stroke of luck for the Jaguars, who hope to match their explosive offense with a competitive defense. Grade: A

6 (6) Baltimore Ronnie Stanley
Ronnie Stanley
OT
Height:
6-6
Weight:
312
School:
Notre Dame
Rotoworld Rank:
9

The Ravens had Stanley graded above Ole Miss' Laremy Tunsil for some time now, so while the pick might be shocking to some. The athletic, smart Stanley can be a Day 1 starter at right tackle, which was a need, and take over for Eugene Monroe down the road. With Stanley and John Urschel, if nothing else the Ravens have perhaps the most intelligent offensive line in the NFL. Grade: B

7 (7) San Francisco DeForest Buckner
DeForest Buckner
DE
Height:
6-7
Weight:
291
School:
Oregon
Rotoworld Rank:
10

Chip Kelly and especially defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro (with whom Buckner is extremely tight) signed off on this pick early, and though there were other options for the team, this was a no-brainer. For the second straight year, the 49ers select an Oregon 5-technique, and this one was even better than 2015 first-rounder Arik Armstead. Buckner should be a star who can play a high volume of snaps and wreck blocking schemes. Grade: A-

8 (8) Tennessee Jack Conklin
Jack Conklin
OT
Height:
6-6
Weight:
308
School:
Michigan State
Rotoworld Rank:
52

The Titans did a lot of work on Laremy Tunsil and were roundly rumored to have been considering him with the first pick had they stayed put and not made a monster deal with the Rams. Now they trade up from No. 15, armed with plenty of ammo, to get … Conklin? This is wild. Perhaps the poorly timed video posted on a social media account belonging to Tunsil had some effect, but the Titans like the old-school grit of Conklin, who gives the Titans two gnarly anchors to protect Marcus Mariota and gear up the run game with DeMarco Murray. This is the exotic smashmouth they want to run. Grade: B-

9 (9) Chicago Leonard Floyd
Leonard Floyd
OLB
Height:
6-6
Weight:
244
School:
Georgia
Rotoworld Rank:
20

The Bears leapfrogged the Giants, who were looking hard at some of the same players they were, including Floyd, so the move made sense from that perspective. But be suspicious of Floyd, who can be overpowered in the run game, is very lean and is in need of some pass-rush development. However, he has sky-high potential to hound the Aaron Rodgers of the world. A classic boom-bust pick. Grade: C

10 (10) NY Giants Eli Apple
Eli Apple
CB
Height:
6-1
Weight:
199
School:
Ohio State
Rotoworld Rank:
79

Apple to the Big Apple. How about that? This is a surprise — not to see another Buckeye in the top 10 but to see a grabby, flawed corner who rated well below several others still available on other teams’ boards. The Giants have starters in Janoris Jenkins and (we assume) Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the outside, and Apple might not be a great fit in the nickel. Confusing. Grade: C-

11 (11) Tampa Bay Vernon Hargreaves III
Vernon Hargreaves III
CB
Height:
5-10
Weight:
204
School:
Florida
Rotoworld Rank:
11

Seriously, this is too perfect. The Tampa kid comes up, and it fills a huge need. The Bucs’ best corner by the end of the season was Sterling Moore, so that tells you what you need. Hargreaves likely would have been the pick at No. 9 had they not traded down, so they add the Bears’ fourth-rounder and still get their guy. Hargreaves is a great cover corner who is small but highly instinctive. Grade: A-

12 (12) New Orleans Sheldon Rankins
Sheldon Rankins
DT
Height:
6-1
Weight:
299
School:
Louisville
Rotoworld Rank:
6

Some semblance of normalcy returns to the draft. Rankins was a player the Saints were connected with for months now, and it makes a ton of sense. Even with the Nick Fairley signing, that was not enough to solve their issue at the 3-technique. Rankins is an explosive interior rusher who can have an immediate impact in a few different spots, and he’s a high-character player, which has been an area of focus for the Saints the past two seasons. Grade: A-

13 (13) Miami Laremy Tunsil
Laremy Tunsil
OT
Height:
6-5
Weight:
310
School:
Mississippi
Rotoworld Rank:
4

The fall ends, mercifully. GM Mike Tannenbaum is not scared to make a wave in the draft, and he lands a player whose poorly timed Twitter hack might have caused his slide from the first pick to outside the top dozen. He’s an athletic tackle, and it’s not a glaring need with Branden Albert at left tackle, but 2014 first-rounder Ja’Wuan James might be tried inside if Tunsil impresses. Right now, he has to rebuild his image, but he’s an exceptional talent. Grade: A-

14 (14) Oakland Karl Joseph
Karl Joseph
SS
Height:
5-10
Weight:
205
School:
West Virginia
Rotoworld Rank:
57

Instead of taking Myles Jack and his balky knee, the Raiders went with another medical concern in Joseph, who suffered a torn ACL after three games a year ago. But in those games, and in his Mountaineers career, Joseph established himself as an intense, instinctive hammer of a safety who has great ball skills and is a vocal leader. A classic Al Davis pick (reach?), even if he’s been gone for years. The expectation was for Joseph to go later. Grade: C+

15 (15) Cleveland Corey Coleman
Corey Coleman
WR
Height:
5-11
Weight:
194
School:
Baylor
Rotoworld Rank:
8

The Browns’ new regime has had a hard time hiding its love for Coleman, maybe the most explosive receiver in this draft. Fans might get nervous about hearing another Baylor receiver is coming to town, but there is almost no character concern about Coleman, who has overcome a lot in his life. He needs a quarterback, but maybe he and (former Baylor) QB Robert Griffin III can connect on some bombs. Coleman has great speed; drops have been his biggest bugaboo. Grade: B+

16 (16) Detroit Taylor Decker
Taylor Decker
OT
Height:
6-7
Weight:
310
School:
Ohio State
Rotoworld Rank:
34

With the top three tackles off the board here, the Lions probably felt lucky to get Decker, even if we have him ranked a little lower. Still, he could step in right away — at right tackle (Michael Ola?), as an eventual replacement for Riley Reiff or at guard. He fits the mold of new GM Bob Quinn, who spent most of his career with the Patriots: tough, hard-nosed, durable and smart. Decker is a throwback. Grade: C+

17 (17) Atlanta Keanu Neal
Keanu Neal
SS
Height:
6-0
Weight:
211
School:
Florida
Rotoworld Rank:
63

We knew the Falcons liked him. We didn’t know they liked him this much. Neal is a pile driver of a hitter — almost to the point where some scouts feared for his long-term safety. “Kiki” had grades all over the board from NFL evaluators; for as much athletic ability as he has, he also has limitations in coverage. Still, head coach Dan Quinn has a Kam Chancellor-esque enforcer in his secondary now. Grade: C

18 (18) Indianapolis Ryan Kelly
Ryan Kelly
C
Height:
6-4
Weight:
311
School:
Alabama
Rotoworld Rank:
16

All along, the narrative was that the Colts needed a tackle, but the truth was the interior was the weakest spot. Kelly is a smart, tough, battle-tested, respected pivot who will be a great match mentally for Andrew Luck. A history of knee injuries for Kelly scared off a few teams, but he was universally praised for his strong virtues. A few ugly games aside, he’s as solid as there is on the interior in this draft. Grade: B

19 (19) Buffalo Shaq Lawson
Shaq Lawson
DE
Height:
6-3
Weight:
269
School:
Clemson
Rotoworld Rank:
15

As Rob and Rex Ryan continue transforming their defense more to the 3-4 schemes they’ve long used — separately and now together — Lawson is an important piece to the mix. He can get after the passer and should provide good support against the run, too. The Bills likely feel lucky he fell into their laps. Lawson might not be special, but he has potential to be a good player for a while. Grade: B+

20 (20) NY Jets Darron Lee
Darron Lee
OLB
Height:
6-1
Weight:
232
School:
Ohio State
Rotoworld Rank:
19

Almost a nickel safety-sized player, Lee is fast and highly athletic to match up with tight ends (um, New England perhaps?) and backs (say, Shady McCoy) right away. He’s a good fit on a defense that has a lot of bulk up front, which should keep Lee clean from having to stack and shed linebackers, which is not his strength. Expect Lee to play at one of the inside spots in the Jets’ 3-4 scheme, but he has versatility. Grade: B+

21 (21) Houston Will Fuller
Will Fuller
WR
Height:
6-0
Weight:
186
School:
Notre Dame
Rotoworld Rank:
31

The Texans flipped a 2017 sixth-rounder to slide up a spot and guarantee they got the speed option they wanted. There were more complete receivers on the board, such as Laquon Treadwell and Josh Doctson, but the Texans wanted a vertical threat to complement DeAndre Hopkins. Now, with Hopkins, Fuller and Lamar Miller, the Texans have game-changing playmakers. Helps out Brock Osweiler tremendously. Grade: B-

22 (22) Washington Josh Doctson
Josh Doctson
WR
Height:
6-2
Weight:
202
School:
TCU
Rotoworld Rank:
13

Taking the receiver some thought the Texans should have taken, the Redskins add a pick and get a competitive bigger wideout to add to their till. Kirk Cousins now has a middle-of-the-field playmaker whose leaping ability will help with some of the off-target throws the Redskins have lived with. Doctson and Jordan Reed can work the middle, and DeSean Jackson has ownership on the deep routes. The Redskins’ offense is evolving. Grade: B+

23 (23) Minnesota Laquon Treadwell
Laquon Treadwell
WR
Height:
6-2
Weight:
221
School:
Mississippi
Rotoworld Rank:
12

This makes too much sense. Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t need a deep threat -- he needs a chain mover, and a physical one, such as Treadwell. This is an inspired choice that could reshape the Vikings’ offense. He’ll be a great No. 1 option in the red zone and is also the best blocking receiver in the draft by a mile. A great choice at this point of the draft. Grade: A-

24 (24) Cincinnati William Jackson III
William Jackson III
CB
Height:
6-0
Weight:
189
School:
Houston
Rotoworld Rank:
35

The Bengals have invested a lot in their secondary — that’s three first-rounders at the position in four years — but also lost a starting safety in the offseason. Depth is important, and the long-limbed playmaker Jackson is an interesting study who broke out last season by leading the NCAA in passes defended and was a star in the bowl game win against Florida State. It’s a good value pick, and the Bengals show great patience in drafting for need a year in advance for the second straight year. Grade: B

25 (25) Pittsburgh Artie Burns
Artie Burns
CB
Height:
6-0
Weight:
193
School:
Miami (FL)
Rotoworld Rank:
95

Our least favorite pick to this point of the draft. Yes, Burns is a long-armed press corner with passion and he has overcome a lot in his life to get to this level. But there are teams that have stamped fourth-round grades on Burns, and he might not ever be better than a solid No. 3 corner. There were many better options here — perhaps in the front seven. Grade: D+

26 (26) Denver Paxton Lynch
Paxton Lynch
QB
Height:
6-7
Weight:
244
School:
Memphis
Rotoworld Rank:
75

The Broncos traded up aggressively for the second straight year to get their guy. Lynch will not be starting Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers, and he might not be ready to be the guy until 2017. But he has a fascinating mix of two players — Brock Osweiler’s size and Colin Kaepernick’s arm and some of his athletic traits — that the team has been connected with in the past. Lynch is a project but one who could pay off tremendously once he acclimates to Gary Kubiak’s offense. Grade: B

27 (27) Green Bay Kenny Clark
Kenny Clark
DT
Height:
6-3
Weight:
314
School:
UCLA
Rotoworld Rank:
29

The Packers have a history of taking front-seven defenders in the first round, and Clark helps right away. He adds a big body in the middle, which Green Bay needed after B.J. Raji said he's taking a hiatus from the NFL. Clark is an aggressive tackle whose effort won’t be questioned. It doesn’t solve Green Bay’s inside linebacker issues — and the Packers passed on Reggie Ragland to take Clark — but Clark provides immediate help to the middle of the defense. Grade: B-

28 (28) San Francisco Joshua Garnett
Joshua Garnett
OG
Height:
6-4
Weight:
312
School:
Stanford
Rotoworld Rank:
44

So the 49ers moved up to this spot to take a passionate, smart, physical run-blocking guard. Sorry, but we’re not jazzed. Garnett is one of the more fun players to talk football with — he’s driven and intelligent — and he could start Day 1 at either guard spot. But does he fit with Chip Kelly’s preference for lighter-footed offensive linemen? Garnett isn’t a total slug, but he might have to take Kelly’s renowned health regimen seriously to shape his body better. Grade: C-

29 (29) Arizona Robert Nkemdiche
Robert Nkemdiche
DT
Height:
6-3
Weight:
294
School:
Mississippi
Rotoworld Rank:
32

Nkemdiche was the top high school recruit in the country, dominated at times in the SEC, and could be a steal for the Cardinals near the end of the first round. It's reminiscent of the Tyrann Mathieu pick, which paid off in a big way for the Cardinals. Like Mathieu, Nkemdiche slipped in the draft due to off-field red flags. The most troubling incident was when he fell out of the fourth-floor hotel window. But the Cardinals are betting on his talent, which is massive. Grade: B

30 (30) Carolina Vernon Butler
Vernon Butler
DT
Height:
6-4
Weight:
323
School:
Louisiana Tech
Rotoworld Rank:
17

GM Dave Gettleman’s true colors are showing. He likes to build from the inside out, which was clear by letting Josh Norman walk and was very clear by taking Butler at a position of need. Carolina is stocked at defensive tackle with Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short, but Butler’s arrival protects the team against either one leaving via free agency after the 2016 season. At 323 pounds, have no illusion: Butler is not playing another position. He could be very good in time. Grade: B-

31 (31) Seattle Germain Ifedi
Germain Ifedi
OG
Height:
6-6
Weight:
324
School:
Texas A&M
Rotoworld Rank:
112

Trading down five spots, the Seahawks got the player they wanted at No. 25. That’s always great from a value perspective, and Ifedi has top-15 ability. It didn’t always come to fruition at College Station, and it’s unclear where Ifedi’s best position will be after he struggled at times at left tackle. The Seahawks, as they usually do, gamble on a talent that other teams might not have rated quite as high. Grade: C+