O/A Rank Top-10 Cornerbacks
3 Jalen Ramsey
6 Vernon Hargreaves III
12 Mackensie Alexander
22 Eli Apple
34 William Jackson
38 Artie Burns
55 Kendall Fuller
75 KeiVarae Russell
77 Xavien Howard
83 Maurice Canady
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NFL 2016 NFL Live Draft Round 1
Selections 17-31


2016 NFL Draft Comments and Grades
May 1, 2016

17 Atlanta
Keanu Neal
    Florida
    FS
    Reach/Value:     -27
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
211
Alternate Pick #1
Shaq Lawson
Alternate Pick #2
Myles Jack

Well, this was a reach, and there were better options. They needed pass rush and left Shaq Lawson on the board. Maybe Neal becomes a hybrid S/WLB like Kam Chancellor, but there were so many nice options here at linebacker, too. And if Neal was the pick, why not trade down? It was unlikely that any of the next few teams were going to pick Neal, and even if they did there would have been immediate difference-makers available aside from Neal. The Jets were trying to move up? Let them. This was Dan Quinn's pick, and he got greedy to pick the guy he wanted, rather than the value he might have gotten from trading down or picking a pass rusher like Lawson. Neal is a nice player. At #17, he is not a nice value. Grade: C-

18 Indianapolis
Ryan Kelly
    Alabama
    OC
    Reach/Value:     -17
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
311
Alternate Pick #1
Shaq Lawson
Alternate Pick #2
Mackensie Alexander

The Colts have have had 5 different Centers in their starting lineup since 2012.....and that comes to a screeching halt beginning in 2016. The interior offensive has needed someone to lead the unit and be a "second QB" on the field. This might be a reach to some, but Kelly marries up a huge team need with quality talent. Grade: A

19 Buffalo
Shaq Lawson
    Clemson
    OLB34
    Reach/Value:     +12
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
269
Alternate Pick #1
Paxton Lynch
Alternate Pick #2
A'Shawn Robinson

Hughes is the speed rusher, so the Bills needed the power rusher to out-perform Mario Williams. This power rusher -let's call him "Shaq", shall we? -can work from a variety of positions-from the stand-up 3-4 OLB spot, from the five-technique DE spot (head up over the tackle), or from inside at a three-technique (between the Guard and Tackle). A successful (and confirmed healthy) Shaq would have toughness, size, explosiveness, instincts, and athleticism. This is not a mere replacement. This is the upgrade. This Shaq finished 5th in the nation in sacks (12.5) in 2015. "Shaq Lawson made Ronnie Stanley look like an undrafted Free Agent". However, what really stands out is that this Clemson guy topped the nation with 25.5 tackles for loss, and was second in the nation in "stuffs" for D-Linemen with 17. Film suggests that ACC opponents countered by running away from Shaq consistently, so his success behind the LOS is even more impressive. Another Lawson makes lots of sense. But we'll go with Shaq instead of Manny this time. Grade: A+

20 NY Jets
Darron Lee
    Ohio St
    OLB43
    Reach/Value:     -5
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
235
Alternate Pick #1
Paxton Lynch
Alternate Pick #2
Kevin Dodd

A little bit of a surprise here, but we finally have someone to play opposite Mauldin. Darron Lee has always struck me as more of a 4-3 OLB, but there is no denying that he fills a huge need. Lee didn't wow on the Ohio State stat sheet with just 4.5 Sacks last seaso,n but he ran a 4.47 forty at the Combine and posted a 10-yard split of 1.54 seconds. With that type of speed, expect Lee to have a big impact from Day 1. Lee needs to improve against the run but if he can get to the QB, he will become a fans' favorite real quick. Highlights Grade A-

21 Houston
William Fuller
    Notre Dame
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -7
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
186
Alternate Pick #1
A'Shawn Robinson
Alternate Pick #2
Laquon Treadwell

One thing was certain after the Texans' playoff loss; they needed more impact players! I was hoping Corey Coleman would fall to the Texans, but instead we get the other burner. To ensure Houston stayed in front of the WR run, they traded up a spot to land Will Fuller. Over Will's collegiate career he averaged one TD every 4.8 catches. Fuller's speed will instantly draw safety attention over the top, freeing up everyone else in the offense. With Osweiler's big arm and Fuller's world class speed, Os just has to throw the ball out in front of everyone and let Fuller run it down. The Texans are a dangerous team now that they don't have to rely solely on their defense to win. This this a great pick, welcome to H-Town Will! Grade: A- ~CME, Texans Analyst

22 Washington
Josh Doctson
    TCU
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
202
Alternate Pick #1
Mackensie Alexander
Alternate Pick #2
Myles Jack

In what can only be seen as a complete surprise, combined with a flash of brilliance, Washington moves back one spot, picks up an extra pick, and still takes the player that some believe is the best receiver in this draft, Josh Doctson. This offense was already in the top half in the league on both Red Zone TD conversions (11th) and 3rd Down Percentage (5th), so Josh Doctson might not have the biggest impact there. Having said that, he certainly rounds out the receiving corps and should take this offense to the next level. Check out this highlight reel if you're not excited.... Grade: A-

23 Minnesota
Laquon Treadwell
    Ole Miss
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     +7
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
230
Alternate Pick #1
Myles Jack
Alternate Pick #2
Reggie Ragland

The NUMBER ONE wide receiver in this draft, Laquon Treadwell is the fourth WR off the board and he's EXACTLY what the Vikings need. Tough, strong, run block, chain-mover with strong hands... This draft could not have gone any better for the Vikings. Could they have taken Myles Jack and ended up with a triumvirate of top UCLA linebackers? Maybe. But this marries need and value perfectly and, in the long run, you have to expect Treadwell will have the bigger impact on this team. This is your early favorite for Rookie of the Year. He's going to be special. Grade: A+

24 Cincinnati
William Jackson
    Houston
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -10
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
189
Alternate Pick #1
Robert Nkemdiche
Alternate Pick #2
A'Shawn Robinson

With the top tier of the WR group depleted right before the Bengals' pick, Cincy decided to go "best player available". This pick was likely to be DT or CB. Going with a cornerback like Jackson III will give the Bengals depth and help fill the void left by the departed Leon Hall. This pick also took the best remaining CB off the board as the rival Steelers eagerly awaited, needing a CB themselves. Jackson III is a dynamic player with a great understanding of positioning his body to contest passes. He will be able to compete for playing time right away and is a very solid pick. Jackson III may not fill an immediate need, but is a first-round talent. I commend the Bengals for finding value in a player who can help the team right away, and not reaching to fill a need. Grade: A-




25 Pittsburgh
Artie Burns
    Miami (FL)
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -13
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
193
Alternate Pick #1
Andrew Billings
Alternate Pick #2
Jarran Reed

The Steelers need help in the secondary as an already-weak unit lost Boykin and Blake in Free Agency. The Bengals took the likely target Jackson just one pick earlier. The team looked past Andrew Billings and settled with Artie Burns here. Burns has a lot to recommend him with good size and solid workout numbers. He is a typical Steelers corner in that he supports the run well and is willing to play with physicality. He plays more as a man-scheme corner than the zone-scheme that the team typically deploys. It's not a disaster of a pick as he can help the team, but it's only worthy of a Grade: C+

26 Denver
Paxton Lynch
    Memphis
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +16
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
245
Alternate Pick #1
A'Shawn Robinson
Alternate Pick #2
Robert Nkemdiche

It appears the Broncos were not going to sit quietly and wait their turn. I truly thought Paxton Lynch would be gone by this point and possibly Christian Hackenberg or Connor Cook, as well. Still, with the acquisition of Mark Sanchez, they can be patient with him and let him develop. Gary Kubiak and John Elway can teach this kid a lot about being an NFL-caliber QB and get the most out of that big potential he has. Grade: A

27 Green Bay
Kenny Clark
    UCLA
    DT34
    Reach/Value:     -21
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
314
Alternate Pick #1
Reggie Ragland
Alternate Pick #2
Andrew Billings

For months I've been convinced a DT will be the Packers' first pick, it was just a matter of who would be there. I was sure Sheldon Rankins will be long gone, likely Andrew Billings as well, but Clark is a very nice consolation prize. The former wrestler and UCLA Team captain is big and strong enough, while still displaying quick feet, plays with leverage and has an assortment of well-developed moves to beat his his man and make the tackle. Day 1 contributor.

Highlight Video

- Al Bracco - PackersTalk.com Grade A

28 San Francisco
Joshua Garnett
    Stanford
    OG
    Reach/Value:     -32
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
312
Alternate Pick #1
Connor Cook
Alternate Pick #2
Reggie Ragland

The 49ers add perhaps the best pulling guard in the class in Garnett. He has some experience in this scheme, and posted the second-best run blocking grade in the nation last year. Garnett posted the Top 5 Explosion Factor numbers in the entire draft with 30 bench, 29" vert, and 8.25 broad jump. With WR off the board and QB not a value here, it was a confluence of value and need, as he may be able to kick outside. Grade: A

29 Arizona
Robert Nkemdiche
    Ole Miss
    DT43
    Reach/Value:     +12
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
294
Alternate Pick #1
Mackensie Alexander
Alternate Pick #2
A'Shawn Robinson

The Cardinals' top priority this off-season was upgrading the pass rush. They already added a legitimate threat in Chandler Jones, and Robert Nkemdiche will be another player that's expected to get after the quarterback. Despite inconsistent effort and production, he's looked downright dominant at times. Arizona must believe they have the locker room to handle Nkemdiche's eccentric personality, and that his football character merits a risk on his off-field character. A characteristically bold move from the Cards could pay huge dividends if Nkemdiche can focus on reaching his potential.

Grade: B+

30 Carolina
Vernon Butler
    Louisiana Tech
    DT34
    Reach/Value:     -12
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
316
Alternate Pick #1
Mackensie Alexander
Alternate Pick #2
Noah Spence

The Panthers had a lot to choose from, but Gettleman went big with Vernon Butler. He is a huge man that has not missed a game in two seasons, with long arms that will make a difference up the middle. Butler is insurance if KK or Star get hurt or don't sign with us long-term. I would have preferred Derrick Henry, but Vernon Butler is a hog mollie. This is also leverage against upcoming contracts. The Panthers now have the best D-Line in the NFL. Grade: A-

31 Seattle
Germain Ifedi
    Texas A&M
    LOT
    Reach/Value:     -45
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
324
Alternate Pick #1
Myles Jack
Alternate Pick #2
A'Shawn Robinson

Germain Ifedi. He fits Seattle's scheme. Tom Cable loves him. Ifedi will probably play OG with Gilliam manning LOT and Webb at ROT. Plus, Seattle was able to nab another pick in the top 100 by trading down with Denver. Again; this pick makes sense, but you have to believe that Ifedi likely would have been available in RD2. Vernon Butler, Jason Spriggs, Cody Whitehair and even Derrick Henry were all still on the board. The value just doesn't seem to be quite there for the former Aggie. Take a look at this nice write-up on Ifedi if you haven't looked him up yet. Grade: C+ ~ @JefferyMChapman, Seahawks Analyst

Traded Round 1 Picks:
New England forfeited their R1 pick (football deflating incident)
Philadelphia and Miami swap R1 picks (Kiko Alonso trade collateral)
Tennessee and Los Angeles swap R1 Picks (2016 Draft trade)
Cleveland and Philadelphia swap R1 Picks (2016 Draft trade)

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3 Jalen Ramsey
Florida St
CB
7 Shaq Lawson
Clemson
DE43
12 Mackensie Alexander
Clemson
CB
13 Sheldon Rankins
Louisville
DT43
29 Kevin Dodd
Clemson
OLB34
38 Artie Burns
Miami (FL)
CB
58 Jeremy Cash
Duke
SS
71 Landon Turner
North Carolina
OG
83 Maurice Canady
Virginia
CB
97 Charone Peake
Clemson
WRF
115 D.J. Reader
Clemson
DT34
120 Adam Gotsis
Georgia Tech
DE34
141 D.J. White
Georgia Tech
CB
145 Mehdi Abdesmad
Boston College
DE34
147 T.J. Green
Clemson
FS
177 Robert Aguayo
Florida St
PK
180 Jayron Kearse
Clemson
SS
196 Justin Simmons
Boston College
FS
197 Travis Blanks
Clemson
OLB43
202 Tyriq McCord
Miami (FL)
OLB43
212 James Burgess
Louisville
ILB
222 Giorgio Newberry
Florida St
DE34
258 Deon Bush
Miami (FL)
FS
265 Kelby Brown
Duke
ILB
273 Ross Martin
Duke
PK
286 Patrick Skov
Georgia Tech
FB
291 Eric Mac Lain
Clemson
OG
298 Matt Skura
Duke
OC
309 Riley Dixon
Syracuse
P
330 Ron Thompson
Syracuse
DE43
333 Joe Gore
Clemson
LOT
350 Jamal Golden
Georgia Tech
FS
352 Rashawn Scott
Miami (FL)
WRF
361 Brandon Chubb
Wake Forest
ILB
371 Will Monday
Duke
P
407 Connor Wujciak
Boston College
DT43
428 Quinshad Davis
North Carolina
WRF
435 Zac Brooks
Clemson
RBF
439 Tracy Howard
Miami (FL)
CB
448 Josh Harvey-Clemons
Louisville
SS
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