2016 NFL Draft Grades

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The 2016 NFL Draft came and went, now it’s time to break it all down. Here are our Draft grades for all 32 teams.


Jacksonville Jaguars
Grade: A+

Breakdown: The Jaguars ripped this year in the 2016 NFL draft! By grabbing the best defensive back on everyone’s draft board in Jalen Ramsey and the defensive Phenom Myles Jack. Jacksonville lands at the #1 spot in this year’s draft.


Minnesota Vikings
Grade: A-

Breakdown: Minnesota stocked up with two high quality wide receivers in Laquon Treadwell and German standout Moritz Boehringer. These two should add immediate value to the team and help budding star Teddy Bridgewater. The Vikings also added defensive back Mackensie Alexander who should see playing time this year.


Baltimore Ravens
Grade: A-

Breakdown: Ozzie Newsome, what an animal! Ozzie is always executing a successful draft by constantly filling needs. This year was no different. Offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley at number six should provide a big body on that offensive line for years. Picking up a potential starting quarterback in Keenan Reynolds, just in case Joe Flacco goes down again is another great move. I also like the addition of pass rushers Bronson Kaufusi and Kamalei Correa to help Baltimore on defense.


Cincinnati Bengals
Grade: A-

Breakdown: Picking up a solid defensive back in William Jackson and another solid defensive starter in defensive tackle Andrew Billings gives the Bengals even more prowess on the defensive side of the ball. I expect them to contend again this year with one of the league’s top defenses.


Denver Broncos
Grade: A-

Breakdown: What can you say about the Broncos? Moving up to select a much needed quarterback really shows why John Elway is one of the NFL’s best GM’s. He tested the free agents at the position, but instead of overpaying, he snags his QB in the draft.


Houston Texans
Grade: B+

Breakdown: DeAndre Hopkins and Brock Osweiler are extremely happy! And they should be, Houston played that draft well, adding wide receiver Will Fuller and offensive lineman Nick Martin to the squad. Wide receiver Braxton Miller looks like another solid pick. The Texans have a new look on offense and it’s going to be interesting.


Miami Dolphins
Grade: B+

Breakdown: Taking offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil at number thirteen could turn out to be the biggest steal in this year’s draft. The already solid Miami offensive line gets even better with this addition. It’s now or never for Ryan Tannehill.


Seattle Seahawks
Grade: B+

Breakdown: Seattle was in desperate need of offensive line help and they addressed that with their first pick in Germain Ifedi. A nice pick that should help the offense. Another pick up that will help the offense if running back C.J. Prosise. Thomas Rawls is a stud, but running backs life span in this league are usually short lived so adding another runner is a wise decision.


Chicago Bears
Grade: B

Breakdown: The Bears filled defensive holes in this year’s draft. The best pick? Stud pass rushing linebacker Leonard Floyd.


Indianapolis Colts
Grade: B

Breakdown: The Colts addressed their glaring need… The offensive Line! Protect Andrew Luck! They drafted three offensive linemen this year including their first round pick, center Ryan Kelly.


Los Angeles Rams
Grade: B

Breakdown: Moving up to select quarterback Jared Goff was a great move by L.A. Goff is NFL ready and will most likely start on day one for the Rams. With an already stout defense and a great running game, the Rams needed a solid signal caller and they hope they’ve found that in Goff.


Arizona Cardinals
Grade: B

Breakdown: The Cardinals are working on building a dominate pass rush. The loss to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship game last year was devastating. They were owned. Then they watched Denver dismantle Cam and the Panthers with their amazing pass rush. Enter Chandler Jones in a trade with New England and now defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche in this years draft. Nkemdiche is a strong pass rusher and will help Arizona contend again this year. It’s a copycat league and the Cardinals are following along.


Tennessee Titans
Grade: B

Breakdown: The Titans did good work in this draft by trading back in a deal with L.A. and acquiring a ton of picks. They selected offensive tackle Jack Conklin with their first pick to help protect Marcus Mariota. And running back Derrick Henry to solidify the running game in conjunction with DeMarco Murray.


Pittsburgh Steelers
Grade: B

Breakdown: In desperate need of defensive help, the Steelers used their first two picks to select defensive backs. Sean Davis and Artie Burns will provide immediate help for a team that struggled to stop the pass last year.


Oakland Raiders
Grade: B

Breakdown: The Raiders drafted arguably this draft class’s best safety in Karl Joseph to help a weak secondary. They also scooped up quarterback Connor Cook as Carr’s backup and potential future trade bait.


Cleveland Browns
Grade: B-

Breakdown: Cleveland traded back and back, gaining a slew of picks in the process. They used those picks to draft a whopping five wide receivers! Hey, one has to work out, right? I still give the Browns a B- because of their trades and the picks they gained for future drafts, but drafting so many wide receivers seems like a team that’s not confident with its scouting process. Cleveland also added quarterback Cody Kessler to compete with RGIII.


New York Giants
Grade: B-

Breakdown: New York did well by selecting a wide receiver to fill in for an often hurt Victor Cruz in the form of Sterling Shepard. Defensive back Eli Apple is another great addition for the G-men.


Buffalo Bills
Grade: B-

Breakdown: Rex gets what Rex wants. Defensive end Shaq Lawson is a stud that will immediately step in to replace Mario Williams. Defensive tackle Adolphus Washington adds more defensive depth to Rex’s system. On the offensive side of the ball, the Bills added quarterback Cardale Jones who could compete for the starting position this year.


Atlanta Falcons
Grade: B-

Breakdown: The Falcons bolstered their defense with safety Keanu Neal and linebacker Deion Jones. Two players that will fill holes on this Atlanta Falcons defense.


Green Bay Packers
Grade: B-

Breakdown: Picking up defensive tackle Kenny Clark was a great pickup to fill the void left by the recently retired B.J. Raji. Fifth round pick Trevor Davis is another solid addition and will give Aaron Rodgers a new young wide receiver to work with.


New England Patriots
Grade: C

Breakdown: The Patriots needed offensive line help and they found some with their first pick with offensive linemen Joe Thuney. Picking up a quarterback in the third round was a bit curious as New England could have used another offensive lineman imo. Especially after watching last year’s playoff game vs the Denver Broncos were Brady was absolutely bum rushed.


Detroit Lions
Grade: C

Breakdown: Adding muscle on the offensive and defensive line is what the Detroit Lions needed and that’s exactly what they did. Offensive tackle Taylor Decker and defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson were the Lions first two picks. Good, solid picks for a team that has a ton of skill players, but needed more goons.


New York Jets
Grade: C

Breakdown: The Jets took a risk with quarterback Christian Hackenberg, but it’s a risk they needed to take. Geno Smith hasn’t worked out so far and Ryan Fitzpatrick still hasn’t signed with the team. Their first round pick, linebacker Darron Lee was a great choice and can be a leader on that already stout defense.


Washington Redskins
Grade: C

Breakdown: Kirk Cousins is feeling pretty good right about now as the Redskins added one of the best wide receivers in this year’s draft with the addition of Josh Doctson.  Doctson has potential to contend for offensive rookie of the year.


San Diego Chargers
Grade: C-

Breakdown: Where’s the offensive help? I like the Joey Bosa pick, but the Chargers really needed offensive line help. They did scoop center Max Tuerk, but I think that might have been too little too late. I think they could have done more in this draft.


Philadelphia Eagles
Grade: C-

Breakdown: The Eagles found their franchise quarterback through this draft, but gave up a king’s ransom to acquire him. Only time will tell if this was a good move, but right now I’m going C-.


San Francisco 49ers
Grade: D

Breakdown: No Quarterback until the sixth round!?! Chip must believe in Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick or he might just flame out like he did in Philly. Either way, it’s not looking good for Chip and the Niners.


Kansas City Chiefs
Grade: D

Breakdown: Defensive tackle Chris Jones is a nice addition to the Chiefs defensive front. Kansas City also added quarterback Kevin Hogan.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Grade: D

Breakdown: Loving the pickup of defensive back Vernon Hargreaves, but… A kicker in the second round!?! Stop it…


Dallas Cowboys
Grade: D

Breakdown: Sure Ezekiel Elliott is a stud running back, but Dallas could plug anyone in there to produce with that offensive line. I would have liked to see the Cowboys draft defensive back Jalen Ramsey to fill a bigger need.


Carolina Panthers
Grade: D

Breakdown: Defensive backs, defensive backs – Carolina used three of their first four picks to draft a defensive back. I realize Josh Norman is gone, but pinpoint a player you like and make the move. There are other needs to fill here.


New Orleans Saints
Grade: D

Breakdown: Wide receiver Michael Thomas is a good player and should contribute almost immediately to help Drew Brees and the Saints offense. I’m not seeing much else unfortunately for Saints fans.

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