PFF’s 2016 NFL draft grades for all 32 teams

Steve Palazzolo hands out A-F grades for all 32 NFL franchises based on every pick made in the 2016 NFL draft.

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PFF’s 2016 NFL draft grades for all 32 teams


After months of speculation and a 253-pick whirlwind, the 2016 NFL draft is over. Future Super Bowl champions made franchise-altering decisions, and every team comes out of draft weekend with optimism. Whether filling gaping holes on the roster, adding to positions of strength or picking players that will pay off down the road, every pick is of utmost importance to the future of each franchise.

We have been evaluating picks through all seven rounds, and now present our grades for the draft classes of all 32 franchises. We took into account pick value relative to our college player grades and prospect evaluations, in addition to each team’s ability to address roster needs and find ideal fits for their respective schemes.

Here are our 2016 NFL draft grades for all 32 NFL teams:

AFC EAST

Buffalo Bills, A-

1 (19) Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
2 (41) (from Chicago) Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
3 (80) Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State
4 (139) Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State
5 (156) Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas
6 (192) Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU
6 (218) Kevon Seymour, CB, USC

Day 1: Buffalo gets a stout run defender in Lawson (No. 2 run grade among edge defenders in the class) who also showed the ability to get after the quarterback (No. 9 pass-rush grade at +25.9). He had a breakout 2015 season after a strong performance in limited snaps in 2014, and he’ll step in to replace Mario Williams opposite Jerry Hughes on the edge.

Day 2: Once thought to be a first-round pick, Ragland fell to the second where his clean run-stopping ability makes him a solid pick. While there are questions about his athleticism in coverage, he can make plays in front of him in zone, and his pass-rush ability can help him find a role on third down (he is movable blitzer, and the Bills can isolate him on running backs). Washington is another strong pick from a production standpoint, as he played all over Ohio State’s defensive front the last two years and he posted third third-best pass rush grade among the draft’s interior defensive linemen in 2015.

Day 3: Jones has a cannon for an arm and he’s worth a developmental shot, even though his accuracy between six and 30 yards is among the worst in the class. Jonathan Williams missed all of 2015, but his 101.9 elusive rating ranked fifth in the FBS in 2014. Listenbee is a nice late-round speed addition as he may be the fastest player in the draft and it showed on the field when he was healthy in 2014 (526 deep yards, 10th in the nation).

Miami Dolphins, A-

1 (13) (from Philadelphia) Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
2 (38) Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
3 (73) Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama
3 (86) Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
6 (186) (from Miami via Minnesota) Jakeem Grant, WR, Texas Tech
6 (204) Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State
7 (223) Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky
7 (231) Thomas Duarte, WR, UCLA

Day 1: Miami capitalized on the draft’s biggest story by grabbing one of the best players in Tunsil at No. 13 overall. He turned away a top slate of pass-rushers last year to give up only five pressures, and he’s an explosive run-blocker who is capable of moving defenders at the point of attack and finding targets at the second level.

Day 2: The film shows the potential with Howard, whose length and speed make him an intriguing option at outside corner, but there were enough bad plays on tape to give him the No. 16 coverage grade in the class. Drake has good straight-line speed and he can catch the ball out of the backfield (his 2.07 yards per route run ranked third in the class), while also adding kick-return value. Carroo was outstanding on only 363 snaps last year, leading the class with 4.11 yards per route run, dropping only two passes and taking over multiple games (Michigan State comes to mind). He can separate at the intermediate level to add another option to Miami’s passing game.

Day 3: Carroo was drafted a day late as he’s a good intermediate route runner with sure hands and he led all FBS receivers with 4.11 yards per route. Grant picked up more yards after the catch than any receiver in the class, and he adds a playmaking option from the slot. Duarte is a mismatch option of his own as a “move” tight end and his 1.99 yards per route ranked third in the class. Doughty is one of the draft’s most accurate quarterbacks and a worthy late-round selection.

New England Patriots, B-

2 (60) Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama
3 (78) (via New Orleans) Joe Thuney, G, NC State
3 (91) Jacoby Brissett, QB, NC State
3 (96) Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska
4 (112) (from New Orleans) Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia
6 (208) Kamu Grugier-Hill, CB, Eastern Illinois
6 (214) Elandon Roberts, ILB, Houston
6 (221) Ted Karras, G, Illinois
7 (225) (from Dallas via Seattle) Devin Lucien, WR, Arizona State

Day 1: No picks

Day 2: With no pick in the first round, the Patriots went with two solid options in Jones and Thuney in the second round. Jones played outside cornerback at Alabama but he has the skills to play in the slot, and he’s strong in both man and zone coverage, leading to a +12.6 coverage grade that ranked eighth among cornerbacks in the draft class. Thuney ranked as a top-20 guard in 2014 and a top-5 tackle in 2015, and he’s only given up 14 total pressures in two years while bringing strong run-blocking and scheme versatility. Brissett is more of a developmental option at QB after posting the No. 24 overall grade in the draft class, and Valentine is more of a hold-the-point run-stopper at nose tackle.

Day 3: Mitchell should compete for snaps on the outside with his sharp intermediate route running that led to a +17.5 receiving grade (16th in the class). Lucien is another intriguing option on the outside and one of our draft sleepers at No. 92 on the PFF Draft Board.

New York Jets, C-

1 (20) Darron Lee, ILB, Ohio State
2 (51) Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
3 (83) Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia
4 (118) Juston Burris, CB, NC State
5 (158) (from Washington) Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina
7 (235) (from Los Angeles via Houston and Denver) Lachlan Edwards, P, Sam Houston State
7 (241) Charone Peake, WR, Clemson

Day 1: We don’t hate Lee as a player, but we saw him as more of a second- or third-round player than a first-round option. His athleticism stands out, but it hasn’t translated into the strong coverage ability in college everyone has projected for him in the NFL. He posted a negative grade in coverage in 2014, and an average mark in 2015. However, he’s shown to be an excellent blitzer and that should be a weapon in head coach Todd Bowles’ scheme, which blitzed 43.3 percent of the time last season, third in the NFL.

Day 2: It’s no secret that we haven’t been impressed with Hackenberg’s on-field performance, and while many in the NFL believe in him to be a potential reclamation project, he never put together a stretch of strong play during his three years in college. He graded at -24.7 as a freshman, -41.0 as a sophomore and -12.1 as a junior, all among the worst QB grades in the nation. Hackenberg’s accuracy has also been among the nation’s worst, to all levels of the field, and he will have to make major strides to live up to his second-round value. As for Jenkins, he’s a solid run-stopping outside linebacker (+14.9 run grade, ninth in the class in 2015), and he’s had two strong years of production to provide an indication the he’ll be a solid player in the Jets’ scheme on the edge.

Day 3: Burris has good size and he was productive for NC State, surrendering only 0.71 yards per cover snap, good for ninth in the draft class. Shell only allowed seven pressures all year, but he struggled with the best of the SEC competition.

AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens, B+

1 (6) Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
2 (42) (from Miami) Kamalei Correa, OLB, Boise State
3 (70) Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU
4 (104) Tavon Young, CB, Temple
4 (107) (from Miami) Chris Moore, WR, Cincinnati
4 (130) (from Denver) Alex Lewis, OT, Nebraska
4 (132) Willie Henry, DT, Michigan
4 (134) Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
5 (146) (from Jacksonville) Matt Judon, DE, Grand Valley State
6 (182) Keenan Reynolds, WR, Navy
6 (209) Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia

Day 1: The Laremy Tunsil controversy might have pushed the Ravens to take Stanley, but they still got one of the draft’s best pass-protecting offensive tackles. The No. 16 player on the PFF draft board is a smooth-mover who rarely gets beaten cleanly in the pass game. He doesn’t bring a lot of power to the run game (+9.3 grade, No. 19 in the class), but he should be a good fit for Baltimore’s outside-zone scheme.

Day 2: One of the many pass-rush specialists in the draft, Correa doesn’t bring power to the run game, but he can explode off the ball and get after the quarterback (impressive +16.3 pass-rush grade on only 236 rushes). Kaufusi is one of the most productive players in the draft, and he brings his +29.3 pass rush grade (fifth-best among interior defensive linemen in the draft) and strong run-defending ability to the 3-4 defensive end position in Baltimore.

Day 3: Young’s 0.71 yards per cover snap ranked 10th in the class and he brings a nice option as a slot corner. Lewis is a favorite of offensive line coaches around the league, and he’s better in pass protection at this point. Henry brings pass-rush potential after posting the No. 19 grade in the class at +19.0. Dixon was a steal in the fourth round after notching the top receiving grade among running backs in the class. Reynolds is an intriguing option as a QB-conversion after an outstanding career at Navy.

Cincinnati Bengals, A-

1 (24) William Jackson III, CB, Houston
2 (55) Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
3 (87) Nick Vigil, ILB, Utah State
4 (122) Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
5 (161) Christian Westerman, G, Arizona State
6 (199) Cody Core, WR, Ole Miss
7 (245) Clayton Fejedelem, S, Illinois

Day 1: Our No. 2-ranked cornerback, Jackson is a steal for the Bengals. His size, speed, change-of-direction and on-field production could make him the best pure cornerback in this class in a few years. Jackson shows excellent ball skills, he can play in any scheme, and perhaps most intriguing is that there is still room for him to improve from a technique standpoint.

Day 2: Boyd ranked No. 10 in the class with a +20.2 receiving grade, although he’ll disappear at times before breaking out some nifty-looking routes. Vigil was productive at Utah State, finishing with 136 run stops the last two years, but he struggles to defeat blocks.

Day 3: Billings is an early-round talent that fell through the cracks, but he has great potential after two strong years of grading. Just let him work downhill and destroy blockers. Westerman is one of the best pass-protecting guards in the class, and he adds great depth along the offensive line. Core was overlooked at Ole Miss, but his size and speed make him intriguing.

Cleveland Browns, A

1 (15) (from Los Angeles via Tennessee) Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
2 (32) Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
3 (65) Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State
3 (76) (from Los Angeles via Tennessee) Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn
3 (93) Cody Kessler, QB, USC
4 (99) Joe Schobert, OLB, Wisconsin
4 (114) Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn
4 (129) (from Carolina) Derrick Kindred, S, TCU
4 (138) Seth Devalve, WR/TE, Princeton
5 (154) (from Oakland) Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA
5 (168) (from Carolina) Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor
5 (172) Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
5 (173) Trey Caldwell, CB, Louisiana-Monroe
7 (250) Scooby Wright III, ILB, Arizona

Day 1: After trading down from No. 8 overall, the Browns secured the same player I gave them in my final mock draft in Coleman. He’s the top receiver on our draft board, as he can separate before the catch and take it to the house after it, all leading to an outrageously good (and best-in-class) 4.88 yards per route last season before his quarterback situation hurt his production (he finished third in that stat).

Day 2: With the No. 3 pass-rush grade in the class, Ogbah showed that he can win to the outside, but he does need to develop a counter-move and use his length better both as a rusher and in the run game. Nassib put together a monster senior season, including a dominant Senior Bowl, and he pushed the pocket and used his good hands to post the No. 2 pass-rush productivity in the class at 18.3. Coleman is a good developmental tackle after grading well in a friendly Auburn system (+27.5, sixth in the class). Kessler is as accurate as any quarterback in this draft (accuracy percentage of 78.2 percent, third in class), but he doesn’t have a great arm and he can be slow to process in the pocket at times.

Day 3: Schobert was extremely productive in college, leading the class with a 22.7 pass rush productivity and slipping blocks with active hands. Payton was adept at getting open for UCLA, leading to the No. 7 receiving grade in the class at +22.2. Drango projects as a guard, but his +29.7 run block grade ranked second among the nation’s offensive tackles. Higgins is a good route runner and he has a great feel for the game that allowed him to post the No. 3 receiving grade in the nation in 2014. Wright was excellent against the run with +34.5 grade that ranked second in the nation.

Pittsburgh Steelers, C-

1 (25) Artie Burns, CB, Miami
2 (58) Sean Davis, S, Maryland
3 (89) Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State
4 (123) Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU
6 (220) Travis Feeney, OLB, Washington
7 (229) (from New York Giants) Demarcus Ayers, WR, Houston
7 (246) Tyler Matakevich, ILB, Temple

Day 1: Burns is a curious fit for the Steelers, as he’s more of a press-man corner and the Steelers played more zone coverage than any team in the league last year. He struggles to change directions, and while he’s physical in press, his nine penalties were the third-most in the draft class. It all added up to a +2.8 coverage grade that ranked No. 42 among this year’s CBs. He has good size and straight-line speed, but unless Pittsburgh is looking to incorporate more man coverage concepts on defense, this is not a good fit on paper. He ranked just No. 144 on our draft board.

Day 2: Another good athlete with a great size-speed combo, Davis played both safety and cornerback at Maryland with mixed results. His -3.6 overall grade ranked No. 96 among safeties in the draft class, as he struggled in coverage and has missed 25 tackles over the last two years. Hargrave brings a different body type to Pittsburgh’s defensive line and he can win with a good first step. He graded well at both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.

Day 3: Hawkins surrendered 13 pressures on only 224 attempts in 2015, but he shows potential in the run game. Feeney’s good burst and quick hands allowed him to finish with a 14.3 pass rush productivity, good for ninth in the draft class. Ayers is a sure-handed option in the slot with running back skills and only two dropped passes last season.

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans, C+

1 (21) (from Washington) Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
2 (50) (from Atlanta) Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
3 (85) Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
4 (119) Tyler Ervin, RB, San Jose State
5 (159) KJ Dillon, S, West Virginia
5 (166) (from New England) D.J. Reader, DT, Clemson

Day 1: Houston jumped up to take Fuller, one of the best deep threats in the entire draft. His 4.32 speed shows up on the field, and over 50 percent of his yards came on deep passes, so whether or not he can become a viable all-around receiving threat is the big question with him. He ranked No. 116 and 113 in the nation in drop rate the last two years, so it’s boom-or-bust with Fuller on a week-to-week basis.

Day 2: Houston filled a major hole at center with Martin, who is a good zone blocker who run-block grade ranked fifth in the class. He only gave up five hurries all of last season, good for a pass-blocking efficiency of 99.2 that ranked second in the class. Miller is an intriguing third-round pick, as he’s dangerous with the ball in his hands (he forced eight missed tackles on just 28 catches) but has a lot of work to do as a route-runner.

Day 3: Ervin is a solid change-of-pace back that ranked second in the class with a +5.3 receiving grade. Reader has intriguing interior lineman as he has massive size and he had a monster +4.0 grade in the National Championship against Alabama.

Indianapolis Colts, C

1 (18) Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
2 (57) (from Green Bay) T.J. Green, S, Clemson
3 (82) Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
4 (116) Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas
4 (125) (from Green Bay) Antonio Morrison, OLB, Florida
5 (155) Joe Haeg, North Dakota State
7 (239) Trevor Bates, OLB, Maine
7 (248) (from Green Bay) Austin Blythe, C, Iowa

Day 1: The Colts needed to address the center position, and they took the draft’s top option in Kelly. Every offensive line coach we ran into during the draft process loved Kelly, who surrendered only 10 pressures all season. His balance and power is a good fit for the Colts’ man-blocking scheme.

Day 2: The second and third round featured pure projection picks for Indianapolis. Green has excellent size and speed, but his -10.8 coverage grade ranked last among the safeties in the class. He may switch to cornerback in the pros, but either way he is a risk at this point in the draft. Clark has the size and length at tackle, but he struggled with speed rushers off the edge at times in college, and that got exposed further during Senior Bowl week. He did finish ninth in the class with a +14.4 run-blocking grade.

Day 3: Ridgeway is good value in the fourth round as he posted a +15.4 pass rush grade and a +17.9 grade against the run on limited snaps. Morrison brings attitude to the defense but he leaves far too many plays on the field, as evidenced by his 18 missed tackles on only 91 attempts.

Jacksonville Jaguars, A

1 (5) Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State
2 (36) (from Baltimore) Myles Jack, ILB, UCLA
3 (69) Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Maryland
4 (103) Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
6 (181) Tyrone Holmes, DE, Montana
6 (201) (from Pittsburgh) Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas
7 (226) Jonathan Woodard, DE, Central Arkansas

Day 1: A perfect fit for Jacksonville’s defensive scheme, Ramsey can play outside cornerback or in the slot, using his length and athleticism to compress the field in zone concepts. He also brings the top grade against the run among corners, adding to his value when playing in the slot. Ramsey can move around the defense and work as a defensive chess piece, but he also has the tools to develop into one of the best press cornerbacks in the league.

Day 2: Jacksonville hits the jackpot with Jack, gambling on his knee injury issues (the reason he dropped from a potential top-5 pick to the second round) to grab the top coverage linebacker in the draft (led the nation in 2014). He improved against the run in 2015, and if he stays healthy, he and Ramsey provide numerous options to slow opposing passing attacks. Ngakoue did little against the run at Maryland (No. 118 in nation in 2015), but he’ll be a pass-rush specialist after posting the 13th-best grade in the class at +24.5.

Day 3: Day is an explosive interior disruptor that finished No. 2 overall among interior defensive linemen in 2015. Holmes impressed us with a monster +10.7 grade against North Dakota State and he showed well in East-West Shrine Game. Allen is a perfect backup quarterback and he had two monster games against the Mississippi schools on his way to a +32.5 passing grade that ranked eighth in the country.

Tennessee Titans, B-

1 (8) (from Miami via Philadelphia & Cleveland) Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
2 (33) Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
2 (43) (from Philadelphia via Los Angeles) Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
2 (45) (from Los Angeles) Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
3 (64) Kevin Byard, S, Middle Tennessee State
5 (140) Tajae Sharpe, WR, Massachusetts
5 (157) (from New York Jets via Denver) LeShaun Sims, Southern Utah
6 (193) (from Atlanta) Sebastian Tretola, G, Arkansas
7 (222) Aaron Wallace, OLB, UCLA
7 (253) Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Mississippi

Day 1: After moving down from No. 1 to No. 15, the Titans came back up to get Conklin, setting the tone for their draft that they wanted to get better in the trenches and in the running game on both sides of the ball. Conklin was the No. 4 run-blocker in the nation each of the last two years, and a good fit for their power scheme.

Day 2: We do not feel as strongly as others do about Dodd’s abilities as a pass-rusher, but he can shed blocks and play the run (sixth-highest grade in the class). Johnson used his quick hands to post the No. 3 grade against the run in the class, and that gives him some pass-rush potential as well. Henry fits what Tennessee is trying to build with its downhill running scheme, and he forced more missed tackles than any running back in the nation (on the most carries) with 76, but his passing game contributions should be limited. Byard posted the seventh-best coverage grade among the safeties and his center-field ball skills are among the best in the class.

Day 3: Sharpe is a sure-handed receiver that dropped only three of 115 catchable passes last season. Tretola is one of the best run-blocking guards in the draft and a perfect fit for the power scheme Tennessee is trying to implement. We loved Reed as a Day 2 option and his ball skills are a great pickup at the back end of the draft.

AFC WEST

Denver Broncos, B-

1 (26) (from Seattle) Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
2 (63) Adam Gotsis, DT, Georgia Tech
3 (98) Justin Simmons, CB, Boston College
4 (136) Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
5 (144) (from Baltimore) Connor McGovern, G, Missouri
6 (176) (from Cleveland) Andy Janovich, FB, Nebraska
6 (219) Will Parks, S, Arizona
7 (228) (from San Francisco) Riley Dixon, P, Syracuse

Day 1: Coming into the draft with a major need at quarterback, the Broncos grabbed the third-best option on the board in Lynch. His +30.5 overall grade ranked seventh in the class and he led the way with a 70.3 percent accuracy percentage when pressured. Memphis’ scheme limited his time in the pocket, rolling him out on about one-fifth of his snaps and throwing a number of screen passes — all concerns when projecting him to the NFL. Lynch struggles with accuracy outside the numbers, and he lacks the ability to throw receivers open against tight man coverage, but the arrow is pointing up in his career, even if we’d rather see him as a second- or third-round pick.

Day 2: Gotsis was off to a monster season (+17.2 on only 377 snaps) before going down due to injury. His +13.8 pass-rush grade on 170 attempts makes him an intriguing upside option on the interior. Simmons is a sure-tackling safety (13th-best tackling efficiency in class), but he can struggle when isolated in man coverage.

Day 3: Booker is a good fit for Denver’s outside zone scheme after posting the No. 3 run grade in the class at +25.6. Parks is one of our favorite picks in the draft after grading well in a safety/slot role for Arizona. He has the skills to play free safety in the NFL.

Kansas City Chiefs, B

2 (37) (from Jacksonville via Baltimore) Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
3 (74) (from Tampa Bay) Keivarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame
4 (105) (from San Francisco) Parker Ehinger, G, Cincinnati
4 (106) (from Chicago via Tampa Bay) Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota
4 (126) Demarcus Robinson, WR, Florida
5 (162) (from Seattle) Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford
5 (165) Tyreek Hill, RB, West Alabama
6 (178) (from Dallas via San Francisco) D.J. White, CB, Georgia Tech
6 (203) Dadi Lhomme Nicolas, OLB, Virginia Tech

Day 1: No picks

Day 2: Jones has as much potential as any player in the draft, after posting the No. 2 pass-rush grade in the nation a year ago. In just over 1,000 snaps the last two years, he’s graded among the best interior defensive linemen in the draft even though he still has technique issues to iron out. Give his strong hands, burst off the line of scrimmage, room for improvement and current on-field production, Jones could become one of the best players – and biggest steals — in this draft. Russell’s -1.3 coverage grade ranked No. 94 among cornerbacks in the class, although he looks better playing the press coverage that the Chiefs favor rather than playing in zone, where his more deliberate movements had him a step late far too often.

Day 3: Murray doesn’t excel in any one area, but he’s solid all around and he didn’t surrender a touchdown last season. Robinson’s off-field concerns are valid but he knows how to separate and he’s worth a mid-round opportunity. Hogan’s progression in 2015 is also worth a shot in the mid-rounds, though his accuracy beyond 20 yards is among the worst in the class. Nicholas could stick as a pass-rush specialist after posting the 18th-best grade in the class.

Oakland Raiders, B

1 (14) Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
2 (44) Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois
3 (75) Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
4 (100) (from Tennessee via Philadelphia) Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
5 (143) (from Dallas) Deandre Washington, RB, Texas Tech
6 (194) (from Indianapolis) Cory James, OLB, Colorado State
7 (234) Vadal Alexander, G, LSU

Day 1: While Joseph was No. 30 on the PFF draft board, taking the top safety prospect in this class at No. 14 is still a good pick, as Joseph brings great versatility to the Raiders’ secondary. He made plays all over the field in coverage early in 2015, whether playing center field, in the box or in man coverage — all part of his impressive 240-play sample before injury ended his season. Joseph can also work downhill in the running game, and the Raiders are hoping that his 17 missed tackles from 2014 are a thing of the past.

Day 2: Ward did little to inspire confidence at Illinois, although he could develop into a good run defender. He had the 69th-best overall grade among edge defenders in the class and the 100th-best pass-rush grade at -0.3. On the other hand, Calhoun ranked second in the nation with a +44.0 pass rush grade, and while he’s not great in the run game, he can get after the quarterback early in his career. His 144 total pressures over two seasons were second only to No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa (who had 145 for Ohio State).

Day 3: Cook is good value at the top of the fourth as he has a chance to at least become a tradable commodity down the road. He was ranked at No. 75 on the PFF draft board. Washington posted the third-best elusive rating in the class at 86.1, and he forced 67 missed tackles on 271 touches last season.

San Diego Chargers, A-

1 (3) Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
2 (35) Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
3 (66) Max Tuerk, C, USC
4 (102) Joshua Perry, ILB, Ohio State
5 (175) Jatavis Brown, ILB, Akron
6 (179) Drew Kaser, P, Texas A&M
6 (198) (from Minnesota) Derek Watt, FB, Wisconsin
7 (224) Donavon Clark, G, Michigan State

Day 1: There was little discussion that Bosa would be the pick for the Chargers at No. 3, because of a perceived lack of ideal scheme fit, but they took the top player on our draft board and he will immediately upgrade their weak defensive front. Our top-graded edge defender each of the last two years, Bosa is strong against the run and he topped the nation with a +44.1 pass-rush grade. Whether he sees snaps on the outside at linebacker or he bulks back up to play 3-4 defensive end doesn’t really matter — Bosa simply defeats blockers in both phases of the game, and San Diego will take a major step forward with his addition.

Day 2: Ladarius Green has moved on, and Henry will fill his role as a pass-catching tight end. The sure-handed Henry didn’t drop a pass in 2015, and he has the speed to work the middle of the field for QB Philip Rivers. Tuerk moves better than any center in this draft, pulling and locking onto targets with great athleticism. Before going down to injury last year, he had posted a monster +9.4 overall grade on only 113 snaps.

Day 3: Perry is a solid-all around linebacker and he’s only missed nine tackles in over 200 attempts in the last two years. Brown is an athletic linebacker that can rush the passer (+23.9, first among LBs in class) and add value in coverage (+9.2, fourth in class). Watt posted the second-best grade among fullbacks in the draft class at +23.2.

NFC EAST

Dallas Cowboys, B-

1 (4) Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
2 (34) Jaylon Smith, ILB, Notre Dame
3 (67) Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
4 (101) Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma
4 (135) Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
6 (189) (from Oakland) Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue
6 (212) Kavon Frazier, S, Central Michigan
6 (216) Darius Jackson, RB, Eastern Michigan
6 (217) Rico Gathers, TE, Baylor

Day 1: The nation’s top-graded overall running back in 2015, Elliott can run in any system, catch the ball out of the backfield, and he’s excellent in pass protection (surrendered only one pressure on 102 attempts). While he’s going to be a good player, I liked Ramsey here as a better option for the Cowboys, but adding a three-down presence to the Dallas offense will pay immediate dividends.

Day 2: Dallas rolls the dice with Smith, whose knee injury will likely keep him out for all of 2016. When healthy, he’s an explosive playmaker, capable of running with receivers, tight ends and running backs out of the backfield. The No. 25 player on the PFF draft board is worth the risk at this point. Collins posted the No. 11 overall grade among interior defensive lineman in the class, using his quick burst to disrupt plays in the backfield.

Day 3: Tapper brings great athleticism on the interior and he can play all along the defensive front after grading at a balanced +13.8 against the run and +13.8 as a pass rusher. Prescott is one of the best running quarterbacks in the draft, though he’s not a natural passer as his accuracy (ball location) ranked 14th of 19 qualifiers in the class. Frazier posted the sixth-best run stop percentage in the class and 14th-best tackling efficiency.

New York Giants, B

1 (10) Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
2 (40) Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
3 (71) Darian Thompson, S, Boise State
4 (109) B.J. Goodson, ILB, Clemson
5 (149) Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
6 (184) Jerrell Adams, TE, South Carolina

Day 1: After getting leap-frogged for Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd, the Giants go with Apple, who is one of the best press corners in the draft. Schematically, it’s a curious pick, as New York played pure man coverage only 30.4 percent of the time last year, 21st in the league, so unless the Giants are going to increase that number, Apple’s weaknesses playing in off coverage and in space may get exposed. We had two corners ranked higher on our board than Apple in William Jackson III and Mackensie Alexander.

Day 2: One of the best route-runners in the class, Shepard posted the top overall grade among the nation’s wide receivers a year ago. He’s a shifty slot receiver, but he has shown the downfield ball skills (caught 64.7 percent of his deep attempts) to win on the outside as well. Thompson is good value in the third, as he can complement last year’s second-round safety, Landon Collins. He ranked fifth in college safety grades in the class.

Day 3: Perkins was one of the best picks on Day 3 as he led all running backs with an elusive rating of 114.7. Adams was our second-rated tight end in the class as he’s the top inline blocker with good speed and route running to stretch the seam. The Giants did a nice job with their late picks.

Philadelphia Eagles, B

1 (2) (from Cleveland) Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
3 (79) Isaac Seumalo, C, Oregon State
5 (153) Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia
5 (164) (from Pittsburgh) Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OT, TCU
6 (196) Blake Countess, CB, Auburn
7 (233) Jalen Mills, S, LSU
7 (240) Alex McCalister, DE, Florida
7 (251) (from Arizona) Joe Walker, ILB, Oregon

Day 1: After the big trade with Cleveland to move up to No. 2, the Eagles got their man in Wentz. He has the big arm to drive deep outs and comebacks, and those skills should be put to use in a vertical passing system 15- to 25-yard range. He graded well on a snap-for-snap basis, but there are concerns with his timing, deep accuracy and ability to make plays under pressure. Wentz goes to a good situation with a coaching staff that is well-versed in developing various styles of quarterback.

Day 2: Seumalo is one of our favorite guards, as he rarely loses in the running game, and he only surrendered four pressures last year despite starting the last three games at left tackle.

Day 3:  Smallwood is a good zone runner and he posted the 11th-best run grade in the class. Vaitai had the 16th-best grade in the tackle class in 2014, posting positives in pass protection and the run game, but his work in the run game took a step back in 2015. McCalister is a pass-rush specialist that picked up pressure to the outside at the seventh-best rate in the class, but he has no power to his game as a rusher or against the run.

Washington Redskins, B+

1 (22) (from Houston) Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
2 (53) Su’a Cravens, S, USC
3 (84) Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
5 (152) (from New Orleans) Matt Ioannidis, DT, Temple
6 (187) (from New Orleans) Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana
7 (232) (from Tampa Bay) Steven Daniels, ILB, Boston College
7 (242) Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia

Day 1: Washington gets the No. 2 receiver on the PFF draft board in Doctson, who posted the top receiving grade in the nation last year at +28.9 despite playing only 582 snaps. He adds another dimension to a well-rounded group of pass-catchers in Washington, as he uses his outstanding body control to make plays down the field. He may end up as the most productive deep receiver in the class.

Day 2: Whether playing safety or linebacker, Cravens simply knows how to defeat blocks and make plays in both the run game (+10.8 grade, seventh-best in the class) and in coverage (+8.3, eighth in class). Fuller has some boom-or-bust to him, as he was solid in 2014 but struggled to a negative coverage grade before going down to injury early in 2015.

Day 3: Ioannidis notched 33 pressures last season, good for 11th in the class. He adds an interior pass-rusher to the mix. Daniels posted the top grade against the run among the nation’s linebackers and he reads plays and blows them up as well as any linebacker in the class.

NFC NORTH

Chicago Bears, A-

1 (9) (from Tampa Bay) Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
2 (56) (from Seattle) Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State
3 (72) Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida
4 (113) (from Philadelphia via Tennessee) Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB, West Virginia
4 (124) (from Seattle) Deon Bush, S, Miami
4 (127) (from New England) Deiondre’ Hall, CB, Northern Iowa
5 (150) Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana
6 (185) DeAndre Houston-Carson, S, William & Mary
7 (230) Daniel Braverman, WR, Western Michigan

Day 1: Chicago made the move to get Floyd, who brings a versatile threat to their defense. He can rush the passer off the edge (fifth-highest grade in the class at +28.9), and he showed well against the run at +18.4. Floyd played more of a traditional linebacker role early in 2015 and took to it well, and that should only add to his ability to line up all over the defense to create mismatches.

Day 2: A first-round talent on our draft board, Whitehair was the top-graded offensive tackle in the nation in 2015, and he can play any of the offensive line positions with his strong hands. Bullard posted the nation’s top grade against the run at +51.5, and his athleticism gives him upside potential to increase his +7.8 pass-rush grade. Like Whitehair, he brings versatility, as he can line up all across the defensive line.

Day 3: Kwiatkoski can set up his teammates in the run game while showing adequate in coverage. His +29.8 overall grade ranked eighth in the class. Howard is a strong downhill runner, though he’s capable of running in any scheme and his +21.8 run grade ranked fourth in the class. Braverman is one of the best slots in the draft, capable of creating separation and adding strong after-the-catch ability. His 3.27 yards per route from the slot led the class.

Detroit Lions, C

1 (16) Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
2 (46) A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
3 (95) Graham Glasgow, C, Michigan
4 (111) Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah
5 (151) Joe Dahl, G, Washington State
5 (169) (from Denver) Antwione Williams, ILB, Georgia Southern
6 (191) Jake Rudock, QB, Michigan
6 (202) (from Seattle) Anthony Zettel, DE, Penn State
6 (210) Jimmy Landes, LS, Baylor
7 (236) Dwayne Washington, RB, Washington

Day 1: We had a second-round grade on Decker, so we like him overall as a player, just not this high in the draft. He’s a mauling run-blocker (eighth in the nation in 2014 in run-block grades), but two straight years of average grades in pass protection have us concerned.

Day 2: Robinson was getting first-round hype that we weren’t sure was warranted due to his limited pass-rush production at Alabama, but this was a perfect spot for him and a good value for the No. 13 run-stopper in the nation each of the last two years. He hasn’t shown that he can get after the quarterback effectively, but he’s a classic 3-4 defensive end for early downs. Glasgow had a better year as a guard in 2014 than he did at center in 2015. He’ll make some impressive blocks and some ugly ones, evening off to his +0.8 overall grade that ranked 28th in the class last year.

Day 3: Killebrew brings great range as an underneath zone defender, but he has to tie up some tackling issues. Dahl posted strong grades in pass protection and he should get a chance to stick as offensive tackle to see if he can learn to handle his kryptonite — the bull rush. Rudock had a fantastic second half and he’s worth a look to see if it’s sustainable after a terrible first half of the season. Zettel is an interior pass rusher (+17.7, 16th in class) who has to improve his strength at the point of attack.

Green Bay Packers, B

1 (27) Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
2 (48) (from Indianapolis) Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
3 (88) Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State
4 (131) Blake Martinez, ILB, Stanford
4 (137) Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern
5 (163) Trevor Davis, WR, California
6 (200) Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford

Day 1: Clark has great feel for disengaging blocks in the running game, capable of making plays up and down the line of scrimmage and grading at +43.9 overall last season, which ranked No. 12 in the class among interior defensive linemen. As a pass-rusher, he can push the pocket with the best bull rush in the class, although he needs to add more to the repertoire to maximize his potential. We had a second-round grade on him.

Day 2: Spriggs is an athletic tackle who should fit well in the Packers’ zone-blocking scheme — his +6.6 pass-blocking grade ranked No. 10 in the class. Fackrell is a solid pass-rush option on the edge, as his 15.7 pass-rush productivity ranked sixth in the class.

Day 3: Martinez was a step slow in the run game in 2015, but he showed well in coverage and he can play the ball in front of him when playing zone. Lowry had the 10th-highest overall grade among edge defenders in 2015 and he projects as a defensive end in Green Bay’s scheme. Murphy adds good late-round depth with starting potential after posting a +23.9 overall grade that ranked seventh in the class.

Minnesota Vikings, B-

1 (23) Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
2 (54) Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
4 (121) Willie Beavers, OT, Western Michigan
5 (160) Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Missouri
6 (180) (from San Francisco) Moritz Boehringer, WR, Germany
6 (188) David Morgan, TE, UTSA
7 (227) Stephen Weatherly, OLB, Vanderbilt
7 (244) Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson

Day 1: Minnesota was expected to target a receiver, and they took one in Treadwell whom we pegged as a being worth a late first-round pick. He’s strong on underneath routes, particularly slants, and he should help in the red zone, but we have concerns about his ability to separate at the deep and intermediate levels. This doesn’t pair well with a QB in Teddy Bridgewater who is less likely to take chances throwing into tight coverage than other QBs around the league.

Day 2: We saw Alexander as a first-round talent, especially when playing man coverage, although he has the movement skills to play zone. His 0.66 yards per cover snap ranked No. 10 in the class. He was a value here, as the No. 21 player on our draft board.

Day 3: Beavers’ -46.0 overall grade ranked last out of 258 qualifying offensive tackles in the draft class. Brothers posted a +25.2 grade against the run that ranked second in the class and his 15.8 run stop percentage finished first. Morgan had the top run-blocking grade among tight ends and he can see the field early in a specialist role.

NFC SOUTH

Atlanta Falcons, D+

1 (17) Keanu Neal, S, Florida
2 (52) (from Houston) Deion Jones, ILB, LSU
3 (81) Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford
4 (115) De’Vondre Campbell, OLB, Minnesota
6 (195) (from New York Giants via Houston) Wes Schweitzer, G, San Jose State
7 (238) Devin Fuller, WR, UCLA

Day 1: With so much talent on the board in the middle of the first round, drafting a safety that earned just the No. 93 grade in the nation is a curious move. Neal is a big hitter who will likely try to fill the “Kam Chancellor role” in Atlanta’s defense as a safety who spends a lot of his time in the box, but players with his skill set are littered throughout the draft.

Day 2: The Falcons wanted to add speed to their defense, and they certainly need it, but Jones gets blocked far too often in the running game, and he missed one of every 6.5 tackle attempts — the 105th-best rate in the nation. His speed does not always translate into good play in coverage. Hooper brings a solid run-blocking option to the tight end position, and he’s capable of making spectacular catches down the field.

Day 3: Campbell’s +7.4 coverage grade ranked ninth in the class in 2015, while Schweitzer quietly ranked 11th overall in the draft class at +18.8 and his movement skills project well as a zone-blocking guard.

Carolina Panthers, C

1 (30) Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
2 (62) James Bradberry, S, Samford
3 (77) (from Cleveland via Detroit via Philadelphia) Daryl Worley, CB, West Virginia
5 (141) (from Cleveland) Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma
7 (252) Beau Sandland, TE, Montana State

Day 1: Carolina adds another option at defensive tackle, as Butler is strong against the run (+32.1 grade, fifth-best in the class in 2015). He can play up and down the line of scrimmage, and his 2015 improvement as a pass-rusher will give him a chance to see the field early.

Day 2: The Panthers added size to their defensive backfield with their two Day 2 picks, as they look to replace Josh Norman, who signed with the Redskins after being allowed to become an unrestricted free agent. Bradberry graded out right around average during Senior Bowl week. Worley’s coverage grade ranked No. 31 in the draft class. He struggles with speed and quickness, leading to some ugly plays on tape.

Day 3: Sanchez finished with a -1.6 overall grade in 2015, 96th in the draft class. Sandland is an athletic projection at tight end.

New Orleans Saints, B+

1 (12) Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
2 (47) Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
2 (61) (from New England via Arizona) Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State|
4 (120) (from Washington) David Onyemata, DT, University of Manitoba
7 (237) Daniel Lasco, RB, California

Day 1: The draft fell to the Saints perfectly in the first round, as they get a top-10 talent in Rankins. He posted the No. 3 grade among interior defensive linemen in 2014, behind only Henry Anderson (Colts) and Leonard Williams (Jets), both of whom played well as NFL rookies last season, and he showed similar production in 2015. Whether lining up head-up and taking on blocks in a traditional 3-4 DE role, or shooting gaps into the backfield in a traditional 4-3 DT role, Rankins adds a scheme-diverse, productive player to a Saints defense that graded very poorly in 2015.

Day 2: A poor QB situation hurt Thomas’ numbers at Ohio State, but he’s one of the best route runners in the class and he adds another good intermediate weapon to the Saints’ passing offense. Bell posted a solid +7.4 coverage grade that ranked 12th in the class, and while he’s not a great tackler, he can make the necessary plays in two-high coverage while dabbling in center field if necessary.

Day 3: The Saints took two good athletes with their only Day 3 picks, as Onyemata had a great showing at the East-West Shrine Game, finishing with five pressures. Lasco missed most of 2015, but in 2014 his finished 18th in the nation at +14.0 overall.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, B-

1 (11) (from Chicago) Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
2 (39) Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
2 (59) (from Kansas City) Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State
4 (108) Ryan Smith, CB, North Carolina Central
5 (148) Caleb Benenoch, OT, UCLA
6 (183) Devante Bond, OLB, Oklahoma
6 (197) (from Washington) Dan Vitale, FB, Northwestern

Day 1: We had Hargreaves going to the Bucs in our mock drafts quite a few times, and on Thursday the Bucs were able to trade back and still get their guy. Hargreave’s movement skills are exceptional, as he can close on the ball as quickly as any corner in the draft, and he’s excellent when playing the ball in the air. He took a step back in 2015, but Hargreaves posted the No. 2 coverage grade in the nation in 2014.

Day 2: Spence may be the best pure pass-rusher in the draft after he dominated Senior Bowl practice and notched seven pressures in the game. He’s not great against the run, but it may not matter if he’s productive off the edge. It is an incredibly risky move to take a kicker in the second round, no matter how good they think Aguayo is, with so much talent still on the board. That they traded up to do it makes the move even worse.

Day 3: Smith had two passes defensed on six targets in his two games against FBS competition in 2015. Benenoch has good straightline speed but he has to block better to stick in the NFL (-1.3, 61st in the class). Bond showed well on his 439 snaps last season, grading at +8.0 against the run and +3.8 in coverage.

NFC WEST

Arizona Cardinals, C-

1 (29) Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
3 (92) Brandon Williams, CB, Texas A&M
4 (128) Evan Boehm, C, Missouri
5 (167) Marqui Christian, S, Midwest State
5 (170) Cole Toner, OT, Harvard
6 (205) Harlan Miller, CB, Southeastern Louisiana

Day 1: Nkemdiche has interior pass-rush potential after grading at +23.4 as a rusher, ninth in the class. He’s not great against the run, but if he can line up over tight ends on early downs before kicking inside to rush the passer, the Cardinals can maximize his value.

Day 2: A pure projection pick, Williams is an athletic former running back who graded at -5.5 overall last season, 117th in among the cornerbacks in the draft class. His production simply didn’t match his athletic reputation.

Day 3: Boehm struggled in pass protection as his -7.9 grade ranked 57th among 63 qualifiers in the class. Arizona rounded out the class with two small-schoolers who struggled at the Senior Bowl in Toner (-2.6) and Miller (-1.0).

Los Angeles Rams, A-

1 (1) (from Tennessee) Jared Goff, QB, California
4 (110) Tyler Higbee, TE, Western Kentucky
4 (117) (from Buffalo) Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
6 (177) (from Tennessee) Temarrick Hemingway, TE, South Carolina State
6 (190) Josh Forrest, ILB, Kentucky
6 (206) (from Carolina via Chicago) Michael Thomas, WR, Southern Mississippi

Day 1: The Rams made the move up to get their franchise quarterback, and they got the best QB in the draft in Goff. Our top-graded FBS quarterback brings a lot of translatable skills to the table, from intermediate and deep accuracy to his handling of pressure to his excellent pocket presence. Goff has improved every year, and he’s still filling out his frame, so given his base of NFL skills, he should continue to get better.

Day 2: No picks

Day 3: Off-field issues aside, Higbee originally had a second-round grade as his +7.9 receiving grade ranked third in the class. He’s one of the most athletic options in the draft and he can become an intermediate weapon for new QB Jared Goff. Cooper can start out as a gimmick player, but he accelerates quickly and can become a vertical option from the slot, pairing well with Goff’s skillset. Thomas is one of our favorite picks in the draft as the No. 38 player on the PFF draft board has great body control and he won contested catches at a higher rate than the other top receivers in the class.

San Francisco 49ers, B+

1 (7) DeForest Buckner, DT, Oregon
1 (28) (from Kansas City) Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford
3 (68) Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
4 (133) Rashard Robinson, CB, LSU
5 (142) (from San Diego) Ronald Blair, DT, Appalachian State
5 (145) John Theus, OT, Georgia
5 (174) Fahn Cooper, OT, Ole Miss
6 (207) (from Denver) Jeff Driskel, QB, Louisiana Tech
6 (211) Kelvin Taylor, RB, Florida
6 (213) Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State
7 (249) (from Kansas City) Prince Charles Iworah, CB, Western Kentucky

Day 1: One of the best picks in the draft, the 49ers took the No. 2 player on the PFF draft board in Buckner, a he happens to be a perfect fit for their 3-4 scheme. He’s a disruptive presence against the run, grading at +29.8 last season (eighth in the class), while leading the nation with a +43.8 pass-rush grade. Buckner rarely came off the field for Oregon, playing more snaps than any interior defensive lineman in the nation and he was able to maintain his production throughout the season. San Francisco then traded back into the first round to secure the top run-blocking guard in the draft in Garnett. He is excellent on the move and despite some question marks about his pass protection, he should be a good fit in Chip Kelly’s scheme.

Day 2: Redmond is a solid zone defender who is quick to read and break on the ball, although that aggressiveness can get him into trouble at times. His +1.6 coverage grade ranked No. 56 in the class.

Day 3: Robinson didn’t play in 2015, but his length and speed made him a coveted mid-round option. Blair’s +42.7 overall grade ranked 13th in the draft class, as he can make plays against the run and as a pass rusher though he has to get stronger at the point of attack in the run game. Driskel took a huge step forward this year for Louisiana Tech as his +22.0 passing grade ranked 11th in the class and his athleticism is a good fit for Chip Kelly’s system. His former teammate at Florida, Kelvin Taylor, made the most of subpar blocking at Florida to finish with the No. 7 run grade in the class at +19.4. Burbridge doesn’t separate well, but he can make contested catches and he caught 64.0 percent of his deep targets, fourth-best in the class.

Seattle Seahawks, C

1 (31) (from Denver) Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
2 (49) (from Buffalo via Chicago) Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
3 (90) C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
3 (94) (from Denver) Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State
3 (97) Rees Odhiambo, G, Boise State
5 (147) Quinton Jefferson, DT, Maryland
5 (171) Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
6 (215) Joey Hunt, C, TCU
7 (243) Kenny Lawler, WR, California
7 (247) Zac Brooks, RB, Clemson

Day 1: We saw Ifedi as more of a mid-round developmental option, even though he has the size, length and athleticism that coaches covet. He had some ugly plays in pass protection, finishing with the No. 67 grade in that area in the draft class. He was better in the running game, ranking No. 23 in the class, but he has a ways to go to live up to his first-round selection. The Seahawks really need to improve their line play, as Russell Wilson was under pressure at the second-highest rate of any NFL QB last season.

Day 2: Reed posted the No. 2 grade against the run last year, disrupting blockers and making plays. He’s technically sound and can see the field immediately on run downs. Prosise had an impressive performance at running back last year, earning the 10th-best grade in the class. Vannett offers value as a blocking “move” tight end, while Odhiambo’s movement skills fit in at guard in Seattle’s zone scheme – even though he did whiff on too many blocks in the run game (-2.2 run-block grade).

Day 3: Jefferson made plays against the run in 2015, finishing with a +17.8 grade that ranked 23rd in the class though he can get moved off the point by double teams. Collins graded at +16.1, good for ninth in the class and his 58 missed tackles forced ranked third. He does a nice job maximizing his blocking though he lacks breakaway speed. Hunt is an undersized center, but his good movement skills make him one of the better zone-blocking centers in the draft. His +26.5 overall grade ranked fourth in the class.

| Senior Analyst

Steve is a senior analyst at Pro Football Focus. His work has been featured on ESPN Insider, NBC Sports, and 120 Sports.

  • grkorbel

    Re: The Observer: Perhaps you can show us your data. My grad work was in epidemiology with an emphasis of biostatistics and I would be very interested in how your “tests” can establish the validity of NFL drafts since they are non-linear closed systems– and the data observed (a player’s potential in the NFL) which is reflected in a draft grade that is unlikely to be of sufficient accuracy since a player’s potential is not homeostatic or presumed to be stable. As an example, Tony Romo lacked the ability to be a reliable starting quarterback when he was an undrafted free agent but the unknown variable of Bill Parcells’ coaching clearly made him a quarterback that would today be drafted in the top-10.

    Players like Romo, Seth Joyner, Dwight Clark, Tom Brady, Terrell Davis, Rayfield Wright, Richard Dent, and Shannon Sharpe, are only a few of the many examples of
    players that “break” the symmetry of a system. For instance, in 2000 Tom Brady was considered a possible practice squad player and Mel Kiper didn’t even mention Brady as a possible quarterback selection. The Patriots draft grade was generally in the area of a C+.

    By 2002 it was considered an “A”; the point being that any attempt to quantify an “unstable” system such as the draft using correlation is futile since players performance between college and the pros continuously switches between multiple equilibrium states and generally speaking exhibits non-equilibrium dynamics which do not lend themselves to rudimentary statistical analysis.

    • Samuel Charles

      Congrats. I have master’s degree in Econ with a emphasis in econometrics from a top 10 program — since we’re obviously measuring di#ks here — and i used advance statistics to write my master’s thesis on sports. (So you’ve already been found wanting Mr. bio-pre-med-whatever-dood according to your own snide rationale. No?)

      Your intentionally highfalutin, condescending and disingenuous bark hasn’t offered anything more original than “gee whiz, the draft is complicated bro”, but you have demonstrated an incredible mastery of the obvious by intentionally muddling & obfuscating uber-simple anecdotes/narratives and things we’ve all heard postulated time and time again. Congrats biodome.

      Must be sad for you that even after you paid to learn all those words so you could lecture the lowly folks on PFF, and you never learnt to rise above rudimentary statistical analysis.

      But if you need me to drop bombs like heteroscedasticity to get your attention, well, i can bloviate verbiage with the best of them (i’ll let you know when i see them).

      Well…. now that i’m don patting myself on the back, gotta go.

      ps

      And this phrase is…..?

      “establish the validity of NFL drafts”

  • zinn21 zinn21

    I would love to see a PFF team draft rankings and player draft rankings followed by team results compared to rankings and player stats compared to rankings three years post the rankings..

  • 216elwell

    Cleveland, Buffalo and Miami had the best drafts.

  • Shaun Kawika O’neal

    It’s so funny that the article was an opinion about grading drafted ‘potential,’ and there isn’t even a comment, until like 20 posts down, about the article. Everybody loves to argue about their opinions of other people’s opinions… PFF uses something different to ‘grade’ players. Try to turn intuition into data, which is cool even if it is wrong sometimes. I personally disagreed with almost all these grades, but that’s why I read it, for a different view.

  • Grades R Clickbait

    A true grade can’t be given until these guys have had a chance to play for a few years. Wonder what New England’s grade was the year they drafted that skinny slow kid from Michigan and didn’t have a first round pick….

  • Steve

    Ezekiel Elliott going #4 overall was simply the worst decision of the 1st round. Passing on future Pro-Bowlers CB Ramsey, CB Hargreaves and DEs Buckner & DE Lawson were major headscratchers. This reminds me of the Redskins trading a 15-yr starter in CB Champ Bailey for 3-yr starter in RB Clinton Portis.

    Sure Elliott will sell jerseys for 3 years, but Ramsey/Buckner will make Pro Bowls for 12.
    Can’t see DeForest for the Trees :)

    • Phillip

      Your statement is unfounded. Speculation and opinion. E. Smith seems to think Elliott is better than he was. Both opinions.

  • Mnstorm99

    Time will tell. But PFF seems to really not like the Bridgewater/Treadwell combo. Maybe Teddy hasn’t thrown into tight windows, because he has never had a receiver who could win a 50/50 ball? Teddy does however find guys that can get seperation early, which Treadwell can do. I honestly think Treadwell was the best compliment to lineup with Diggs and Wright, seems like a pretty solid mix of talents all of which work with Teddy’s skill set.

  • BrooklynDude99

    People who give grades should maintain and constantly update those grades going forward as actual player information dictates to see how valid and if grades actually hit there marks. Not hard to do with computers and you could look at each year.

    Original grade, current grade and final grade after the rookie contract expires.
    Initial grades based on college production seems a bit limited without knowing how NFL teams plan on developing and using drafted players.

  • PORCH MONKEY

    Meaningless grades that these reporters take off of others. They will be busts, underperforming players, but some good contributors.

  • Dane Harper

    Grading draft picks hours after they are picked is nothing more than opinion. If you want to truly assign a meaningful grade, wait 3 years and do it. I get that it makes for good click bait and page views, but I’d be exponentially more interested in reading grading reports written today from the 2012 draft.

    Full disclosure: I didn’t search the site to see if you already do this. That’s my next move. If so, disregard everything I said. If not, maybe consider it as I think it would be a hell of a read. Chop chop!

  • Hollywood wizard

    Agree with 95% of your evaluations…good job.
    I think Bosa at 3 is a bad pick IF Chargers play him as OL. Doesn’t have that kind of speed/ quickness
    and will be aver pro. Fuller was vastly overrated as he has hands of stone. Braverman has enormous upside and Keith Mitchell can be explosive combo of speed-power if he’s beyond his injuries. Collins is very gifted runner with big upside even if lacks breakaway speed. Higbee and Adams will both be big adds at TE. Billings was a STEAL times 10.

    • sjt2115

      I agree, Bosa would be a terrible fit at OL.

  • David G.

    I am impressed my Browns come away with possibly the best grade in the draft!

  • Jack Sutherland

    Your grades should factor in the GM’s success history in previous drafts, knowing full well that you have not done the due diligence that they and their staffs have done. A good scouting GM is going to see things you don’t. It’s short sighted to overlook that.

  • dlund6cutler

    I’m glad the Bears finally have a good drafter in Ryan Pace. If we still had Emery we probably would have drafted the kicker in the first round.

  • falcons#1

    The Atlanta Falcons also got a B overall (B+ for needs and a B for value) from Kiper Jr.. He liked the double dip for Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford at cornerback. I liked it, too. I think the Falcons have more than filled their one big hole.

  • CxFusion3mp

    How the heck did you rank beavers the worst o-lineman in the class. He’s top 10 on every other board.

  • Todd

    Titans B-? In your write up you say that Conklin was #4 in the nation in run blocking two years in a row. Dodd was #6 in the nation against the run and his pass rushing numbers speak for themselves. Henry led the nation in rushing and was #1 in missed tackles. Sharpe only dropped 3 balls all year along with 115 catches which led the nation. Johnson was #3 against the run in the nation. Reed was ranked #4 amongst all corners and we got him with the last pick of the draft.

    Sure seems much better than a B-

  • Bear fan

    You guys take all this too serious lol. Everyone has an opinion. The fact that it goes to name calling an insults is extremely childish. None of us are professionals on the subject so why not just agree to disagree and maintain a level of maturity I’m the process

  • Forrest

    What do the letter grades equate to? I always assume C is average, B is above average/good, and A is great. But if C is average, only four teams drafted below average…. so the math doesn’t really work. If everyone is above average no one is above average.

    I’d like to see these draft grades assigned on a bell curve, or a power ranking with no grades assigned.

  • raif

    I hope you’re right about Bosa…But I can’t see him playing LB and as a 3-4 DE it doesn’t feel like a natural fit to me. So many questions for a guy who was the first position player taken, I’ll be watching it closely.

  • Samuel Mazzini

    Really got some good insight,boy the Bills had a Monster of a draft adding two Monstrosity’s moon lighting as LB’s in Shaq and Reggie and then the speedsters at WO and DB and Collins ;who’s going to be a phenomenal pro,yeah he didn’t test very well but he’s a baller and an awesome complimentary back with Starter type potential, didn’t agree with the Steelers grade ,love the Davis pick I think his speed and agility will allow him to be a Superb ball hawking Saftey and the corner they picked up who’s name is escaping me is a player too,they brought in two of the drafts best athlete’s into their back end so a C-,is unwarranted

  • Rotten Sircus

    You guys gave the Browns an A this year & B+ last year. and gave the Steelers a C+ I guess anyone could work for PFF ! So, laughable …