2016 NFL draft: Pick-by-pick grades and analysis of Day 2

Senior analyst Steve Palazzolo breaks down and grades every Round 2 and 3 selection.

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2016 NFL draft: Pick-by-pick grades and analysis of Day 2

Day 1 of the NFL draft is in the books, and the next wave of players will wait to hear their names called tonight during Rounds 2 and 3. Steve Palazzolo is here to grade every pick in real time, breaking down the selection with unique analysis on every prospect using PFF data.

Round 2

1 (32). Cleveland Browns: Emmanuel Ogbah | Grade: B+

There was a lot of talk that the Browns would trade the pick, but they grab one of the best pass rushers in the draft in Ogbah, owner of the No. 3 pass rush grade in the class. He’s not as strong against the run as you’d like given his size and length, but the Browns got burst off the edge in Ogbah.

2 (33). Tennessee Titans: Kevin Dodd | Grade: C

Another edge defender off the board, Dodd had a great finish to the season that may have inflated his stock. He’s a good run defender (sixth in the class) using his hands well to shed blocks, but his +18.2 pass-rush grade ranked 25th in the class, so he may settle in as more of a run-first type of outside linebacker in Tennessee’s 3-4.

3 (34). Dallas Cowboys: Jaylon Smith | Grade: B+

Everyone is waiting for Myles Jack to come off the board, but the Cowboys go with the other injured linebacker in Smith. When healthy, he’s an explosive player capable of covering slot receivers and showing great range as a zone defender. He was our No. 25 player on the PFF draft board, and after grading positively as a run defender, pass rusher and in coverage, Smith has immense upside for the Cowboys. High risk, high reward.

4 (35). San Diego Chargers: Hunter Henry | Grade: B+

With Ladarius Green moving on, Henry steps in as a receiving tight end next to Antonio Gates. He has the speed to stretch the seam after posting the top receiving grade in the nation and not dropping a pass in 2015. He’s not a great run blocker, but Henry adds a nice mismatch option for the San Diego offense.

5 (36). Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack | Grade: A-

(Pick acquired in trade with Baltimore Ravens)

We tabbed six elite players in the draft and Jacksonville has added two of them. Jack has injury concerns but the high upside was too much to pass up. He’s the best coverage linebacker in the draft (top coverage grade in 2014) and before his injury in 2015 he showed great improvement against the run.

6 (37). Kansas City Chiefs: Chris Jones | Grade: A+

Jones has immense potential, already posting the No. 2 pass rush grade in the nation last year, but still showing room to improve from a technique standpoint. He’s strong and explosive and his two-year grades on about 1,000 snaps are comparable to the best interior defensive linemen in the class. This could end up being the steal of the draft.

7 (38). Miami Dolphins: Xavien Howard | Grade: C+

(Pick acquired in trade with San Francisco 49ers)

Miami was linked to cornerback prospects in the first round and they go with the high-upside potential of Howard in the second. His best work is impressive as he has the size and speed to play man or zone coverage, but there are too many bad plays where he simply loses receivers or fails to play the ball. It all evened out to our No. 16 coverage grade in the draft class and a No. 80 ranking on the PFF Draft Board, but if Miami can work out the kinks, Howard could develop into a solid corner.

8 (39). Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Noah Spence | Grade: B+

Off-field concerns were a big part of Spence’s conversation during the draft process, but he may be the best pure pass rusher in this draft class. He dominated Senior Bowl practice week and topped it off with a game-high seven pressures during the Senior Bowl game. While he is not great against the run, Spence can immediately step in as a designated pass rusher for the Bucs.

9 (40). New York Giants: Sterling Shepard | Grade: A

Shepard is one of the best route runners in the class and his +27.8 receiving grade ranked second in the draft class in 2015. He’s a shifty slot receiver, though he’s capable of winning on the outside and using his underrated ball skills to make just enough plays down the field to keep cornerbacks honest. Shepard is an excellent complement to Odell Beckham on the other side.

10 (41). Buffalo Bills: Reggie Ragland | Grade: A

(Pick acquired in trade with Chicago Bears) 

Buffalo trades up to get Reggie Ragland who should immediately upgrade one of the worst inside linebacker units in the league. Ragland is sound in the running game (No. 12 grade in the class) and while he’s not the most athletic linebacker, he can keep the ball in front of him when playing zone and he adds good pass rush ability as a movable piece in nickel situations.

11 (42). Baltimore Ravens: Kamalei Correa | Grade: C+

Another pass rusher comes off the board in Kamalei Correa, who is a good fit for Balimore’s scheme on the edge. He’s not great against the run, but he’s willing to take on blockers and his value will be judged by his ability to get after the quarterback. He posted an impressive +16.3 pass rush grade on only 236 rushes, picking up eight sacks, 12 QB hits and 16 hurries on those snaps.

12 (43). Tennessee Titans: Austin Johnson | Grade: B

(Pick from Los Angeles Rams through Philadelphia Eagles)

Tennessee adds even more to their defensive front in Johnson, who had an excellent year against the run in 2015 (No. 3 in the draft class) while improving as a pass rusher. He uses his quick hands to shoot gaps and while he can do a better job of holding the point of attack against double teams, he’s good value in the second round.

13 (44). Oakland Raiders: Jihad Ward | Grade: D+

With a number of better interior defensive line options on the board, the Raiders go with Ward, who projects as a two-down player. He moved around the Illinois defensive line, finishing with the 69th-best overall grade among edge defenders in the class providing very little as a pass rusher (-0.3, 100th in class).

14 (45). Tennessee Titans: Derrick Henry | Grade: C+

(Pick from Los Angeles Rams) 

The Heisman Trophy winner comes off the board and adds to the power football mentality that Tennessee is building in this draft. He’s a good runner when working downhill and he has good breakaway speed that allows him to create big plays at the second level. Though he forced the most missed tackles in the nation, he did so on a nation-high 396 carries and he’s not versatile from a scheme standpoint, but he’ll fit well in Tennessee’s new downhill scheme. Henry’s grade is kept down by questionable work as a receiver and as a pass protector.

15 (46). Detroit Lions: A’Shawn Robinson | Grade: B

Many analysts had Robinson pegged as a first-round pick but this is good value for him in the second. He’s a good run defender, ranking 13th in the nation each of the last two years, but an inability to get after the quarterback (62nd in the draft class at +5.7 in 2015) may keep him from being a three-down player.

16 (47). New Orleans Saints: Michael Thomas | Grade: A

The Saints add another weapon for Drew Brees with one of the draft’s best route runners. Thomas suffered through a poor quarterback situation in college. He only dropped four passes last season while forcing 13 missed tackles after the catch and he should get plenty of opportunities to put up numbers with Brees.

17 (48). Green Bay Packers: Jason Spriggs | Grade: B+

(Pick acquired in trade with Indianapolis Colts)

Rumored to be a first-round pick after a great combine workout, Spriggs goes to Green Bay where he joins David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga at offensive tackle. He may ease into the mix, but should eventually be pegged for a starting spot. His +6.6 pass blocking grade ranked 10th in the class but he whiffs too often in the running game at this point. Spriggs’ athleticism makes him a good zone-blocking fit for Green Bay.

18 (49). Seattle Seahawks: Jarran Reed| Grade: A

(Pick acquired in trade with Chicago Bears via Buffalo Bills)

Seattle moves up to take Reed who posted the No. 2 run stop grade in the nation last year at +39.9, while also ranking second in run stop percentage at 13.4 percent. He’s one of the best in the draft at handling double teams, disrupting running lanes and shedding blocks to make plays. The only question to Reed’s game is how much he will affect the quarterback as a pass rusher after ranking 55th in the class at +6.6.

19 (50). Houston Texans: Nick Martin | Grade: A-

(Pick acquired in trade with Atlanta Falcons)

The Texans came into the draft with a major need at center and they move up to take one of the best in Martin. He’s good in the zone game, getting into position quickly and ranking fifth in the class with a +19.5 grade as a run blocker. He only gave up five hurries in pass protection all season while ranking second in pass blocking efficiency at 99.2.

20 (51). New York Jets: Christian Hackenberg | Grade: D-

The Jets have been looking for a quarterback and they’re taking the chance on Hackenberg. The tape has been horrible, and that includes his freshman year that everyone touts as his saving grace. He’s been one of the most inaccurate quarterbacks in college football for three straight years and his -12.1 overall grade ranked 41st in this draft class alone in 2015. The Jets are hoping that he can be a reclamation project, but he has to take monumental strides to become a viable NFL quarterback.

21 (52). Atlanta Falcons: Deion Jones | Grade: D

(Pick acquired in trade with Houston Texans) 

The Falcons were looking to add speed to their defense and Jones certainly fits that description. The problem is getting blocked too often in the running game and missing too many tackles when he gets to the ball carriers (105th in class in tackling efficiency, missing one of every 6.5 attempts). His overall grade ranked 129th among linebackers in the draft class and he was the 250th player on the PFF Draft Board on athleticism alone.

22 (53). Washington Redskins: Su’a Cravens | Grade: B+

Cravens has put together two strong years of grading in our system, ranking third among safeties last year at +23.9. He knows how to defeat blocks in the running game, ranking fourth in run stop percentage at 6.9 percent while also grading positively in coverage and as a pass rusher. He is one of the many players being looked at as a nickel linebacker option.

23 (54). Minnesota Vikings: Mackensie Alexander | Grade: A

No. 21 on the PFF Draft Board, Alexander is strong in man coverage and his movement skills allow him to stay with shifty receivers. The Clemson scheme did him no favors from a grading standpoint, but he allowed only 0.66 yards per cover snap, good for 10th in the class. He struggles with zone concepts at times, missing tackles in open space, but Alexander is a good pick at this point in the draft.

24 (55). Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Boyd | Grade: C+

Cincinnati was eyeing receivers in the first round, and they add Boyd who ranked 10th in the class with a receiving grade of +20.2. Pittsburgh used him in multiple roles and while he’s inconsistent as a route runner, he flashes the ability to separate at the intermediate level and he’ll get a shot to replace the departed Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu.

25 (56). Chicago Bears: Cody Whitehair | Grade: A

(Pick acquired in trade with Seattle Seahawks) 

The Bears get first-round value in our top-graded offensive tackle from 2015. Whitehair projects better at guard in the NFL, as he’s strong in the running game (top grade among offensive tackles) and capable in pass protection. It’s not flashy, but this is one of the best picks in the draft.

26 (57). Indianapolis Colts: T.J. Green | Grade: D-

(Pick acquired in trade with Green Bay Packers) 

Another selection based on size and speed, Green did not play well last season, finishing 90th overall among draftable safeties. His -10.8 coverage grade ranked dead last as he often looked lost in space. There were pre-draft rumors that he might transition to cornerback, and while the size and speed are intriguing, he has to make immense improvements to be worth a second-round pick no matter which position he plays.

27 (58). Pittsburgh Steelers: Sean Davis | Grade: D

And yet another size/speed pick, Davis has played both cornerback and safety for Maryland with mixed results. His -3.6 overall grade in 2015 ranked 96th among cornerbacks including a -6.7 coverage grade that ranked 112th. The Steelers may see if he can stick at cornerback, and while his movement skills stood out positively when we saw him at the Senior Bowl, the on-field production just hasn’t been there to this point.

28 (59). Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Roberto Aguayo | Grade: D-

(Pick acquired in trade with Kansas City Chiefs) 

The Bucs picked a kicker. In the second round. Our special teams ace, Gordon McGuiness, compared Aguayo to former kicker Matt Stover — he had three missed field goals from 40-49 yards and two misses from 50+ last year. There are much better players on the board.

29 (60). New England Patriots: Cyrus Jones | Grade: B-

Jones is a good all-around cornerback, capable of covering outside or in the slot and he finished eighth in the draft class at +12.6 overall last year. He missed only three tackles last year and he should compete to play in the slot with Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan on the outside.

30 (61). New Orleans Saints: Vonn Bell | Grade: B-

(Pick acquired in trade with New England Patriots via Arizona Cardinals) 

The Saints’ secondary was terrible last season and Bell brings some coverage ability on the back end. His +7.4 coverage grade ranked 12th in the class, and while he’s not the most physical tackler, he can make the necessary plays when working downhill toward the line of scrimmage. Bell adds another back-end option to pair with Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro.

31 (62). Carolina Panthers: James Bradberry | Grade: C

Bradberry played 30 snaps in the Senior Bowl, grading at +0.8 overall. In his one game against FBS competition, he finished at -0.1 overall against Louisville. He has the good size, length and movement skills the NFL is looking for at cornerback but he’s a projection at this point coming out of Samford.

32 (63). Denver Broncos: Adam Gotsis | Grade: C

A high-upside selection, Gotsis posted a monster +17.2 overall grade on only 377 snaps last season. The Australian is still developing and given the pass rush potential he showed in limited time (+13.8 on 170 snaps) he could end up as a very good pick in a few years. At this stage, he’s a big projection as well.

Round 3

1 (64). Tennessee Titans: Kevin Byard | Grade: B+

One of our favorite players in the draft, Byard may be the best single-high free safety in the draft. He has good athleticism and his ball skills allowed him to rank seventh in the class in coverage at +8.4. While he’s not an imposing tackler, Byard will add range on the back end of the Titans’ defense.

2 (65). Cleveland Browns: Carl Nassib | Grade: B+

One of the most productive edge defenders in the nation last year (+35.6 overall, 11th in class), Nassib dominated Senior Bowl week after pushing the pocket all fall for Penn State. He’s powerful at the point of attack, and even though he doesn’t have the change of direction skills scouts look for on the edge, he’s a disruptor who can win with his hands.

3 (66). San Diego Chargers: Max Tuerk | Grade: B

The best-moving center in the draft, watching Tuerk pull and locate targets in the run game is a thing of beauty. He missed most of 2015, but he was off to a monster start with a +9.4 overall grade on only 113 snaps. He has some trouble with shotgun snaps, but his length, athleticism and production make him a viable option to get into camp to try at multiple positions.

4 (67). Dallas Cowboys: Maliek Collins | Grade: A-

The No. 11 overall graded interior defensive lineman a year ago, Collins is a gap-shooting interior disruptor. He struggles to shed blocks once offensive linemen lock on, but he gets into the backfield to pressure the quarterback (11th-best pass rush grade) and blow up running plays (10th-best grade against the run).

5 (68). San Francisco 49ers: Will Redmond | Grade: C+

Redmond is a solid zone defender that can read the quarterback’s eyes, but that also gets him into trouble at times with double moves. His +1.3 coverage grade ranked 56th in the class, but he’s yet another 6-foot corner that will get a chance to develop.

6 (69). Jacksonville Jaguars: Yannick Ngakoue | Grade: B-

A pass-rush specialist, Ngakoue has little interest in the run game (143rd in the class) but his +24.5 pass rush grade (13th) is why he’s a third-rounder. He has just enough burst to get around the edge and he’ll start out as a nickel specialist with hopes of getting something out of him in the run game down the road.

7 (70). Baltimore Ravens: Bronson Kaufusi | Grade: A-

A 3-4 defensive end, Kaufusi is a great fit for the Ravens scheme. He was one of the most productive players in the nation, finishing at +29.3 as a pass rusher (fifth in the class) and +17.1 against the run (28th). He has good agility to stick with quarterbacks in the backfield and he’ll see time early on in Baltimore’s defensive line rotation.

8 (71). New York Giants: Darian Thompson | Grade: B

Safety has been an issue for the Giants and Thompson complements last year’s second-rounder, Landon Collins on the back end. Thompson can play single-high free safety, allowing Collins to play in the box, but even if they play more 2-high looks, Thompson does a nice job working downhill in both the pass and run game. His +17.8 overall grade ranked fifth among safeties in the class.

9 (72). Chicago Bears: Jonathan Bullard | Grade: A

One of the best run stoppers in the draft, Bullard led the nation with the top run grade at +51.1 a year ago. He played mostly inside, but he would be an early-down force on the edge against tight ends in the run game. As a pass rusher, he was not as productive (+7.8, 51st in class) but his athleticism gives him some potential in that department, especially against guards on the interior.

10 (73). Miami Dolphins: Kenyon Drake | Grade: B-

A movable offensive chess piece, Drake is an explosive athlete with good receiving skills. His 2.07 yards per route ranked third among running backs in the class and he’s shown the ability to make plays when lined up out wide. Drake also adds value in the return game.

11 (74). Kansas City Chiefs: KeiVarae Russell | Grade: C

(Pick acquired in trade with Tampa Bay Buccaneers) 

Coming back from missing all of 2014 due to academics, Russell’s -1.3 overall grade ranked 94th among the cornerbacks in the class. He’s too deliberate in his movements, often leading to him being a step late in coverage, but his length is an intriguing fit as a potential man coverage player in Kansas City’s scheme.

12 (75). Oakland Raiders: Shilique Calhoun | Grade: A

One of our favorite pass rushers in the draft, Calhoun posted the second-best pass rush grade in the nation last year at +44.0. He’s not great against the run as he can get moved off the point or caught upfield, but in the third round, he can step right in and add an edge rushing presence in subpackages.

13 (76). Cleveland Browns: Shon Coleman | Grade: B-

(Pick acquired in trade with Tampa Bay Buccaneers) 

It’s always difficult to evaluate offensive linemen in Auburn’s system, but Coleman had an impressive +27.5 overall grade that ranked sixth in the class. He can move linemen at the point of attack and while pass protection is always a projection coming from Auburn he’s shown the necessary skills and only surrendered 10 pressures in all of 2015.

14 (77) Carolina Panthers: Daryl Worley | Grade: C-

(Pick acquired in trade with Cleveland Browns) 

Worley’s +4.7 coverage grade ranked 31st in the draft class but there are some ugly plays on tape, as he loses track of receivers too often and he struggled when matched with speed and quickness. His 6-foot-1 frame adds yet another long corner to Carolina’s defensive backfield as they look to replace Josh Norman.

15 (78) New England Patriots: Joe Thuney | Grade: A

(Pick acquired in trade with New Orleans Saints) 

One of our favorite players, Thuney was a top-20 guard in 2014 and our No. 5 graded offensive tackle in 2015. He’s more likely a guard at the next level, but he’s shown that he’s more than capable of playing all over the line, using his strong hands to lock onto blocks in the run game (+24.1 run grade ranked fourth in the class). Thuney adds even more versatility to the Patriots offensive line.

16 (79) Philadelphia Eagles: Isaac Seumalo | Grade: A

Another good guard, Seumalo’s +30.9 overall grade ranks fourth in the draft class among guards and his +24.3 run block grade ranks sixth. Seumalo rarely loses cleanly in the run game and he only surrendered four pressures in all of 2015, despite starting three games at left tackle.

17 (80) Buffalo Bills: Adolphus Washington | Grade: A

While he doesn’t excel in any one area, Washington is strong all-around and his +32.0 pass rush grade ranked third among interior defensive linemen in the class. He’s played both 3-tech and nose tackle for Ohio State, showing well in both roles. At this point in the draft, Washington is excellent value and he should see early playing time in Buffalo’s defensive line rotation.

18 (81) Atlanta Falcons: Austin Hooper | Grade: C+

Atlanta was expected to address the tight end position at some point, and Hooper is solid across the board. His +6.2 overall grade (20th in the class) doesn’t stand out, but he can make a spectacular catch over defenders and he’s an adequate run blocker, so expect him to work his way into the rotation in 2-tight end sets in the early going.

19 (82) Indianapolis Colts: Le’Raven Clark | Grade: C+

The Colts addressed the offensive line in the first round and they take a chance on Clark’s upside here in the third. He had a tough time in pass protection against speed rushers during the season and that showed up in a difficult showing during Senior Bowl week. Clark did finish at +14.4 as a run blocker — good for ninth in the class — and the Colts are hoping he can use this long frame to develop into a better pass protector.

20 (83) New York Jets: Jordan Jenkins | Grade: B-

A classic 3-4 outside linebacker, Jenkins can set the edge in the run game (+14.9, ninth in the class) while showing adequate as a pass rusher (+12.3, 38th in the class). He’s a nice mid-round option that will add depth on the edge for the Jets.

21 (84) Washington Redskins: Kendall Fuller | Grade: C

Fuller missed most of 2015 due to injury, but there was not much to like on tape. He has good length and ball skills, but he was beaten far too often on his way to a -1.6 coverage grade. Fellow analyst Sam Monson sees him as more of a zone corner at the next level.

22 (85) Houston Texans: Braxton Miller | Grade: B

Miller was getting second-round hype, but this is good value for him at this point. He’s a raw route runner but once he gets the ball in his hands, he’s a dynamic threat. He showed his shiftiness in his routes at times during Senior Bowl practice, but he just has to show that he can do it on a more consistent basis. He ran 88.1 percent of his routes from the slot last season.

23 (86) Miami Dolphins: Leonte Carroo | Grade: A

(Pick acquired in trade with Minnesota Vikings) 

Miami takes one of our favorite receivers in Carroo. Late in 2015 Carroo took over games, ultimately posting a huge +17.8 grade on only 363 snaps. He separates well on vertical routes and he’s sure-handed, dropping only two passes all season.

24 (87) Cincinnati Bengals: Nick Vigil | Grade: C

Cincinnati adds more linebacker depth in Vigil who uses his athleticism to find the football in the running game. He has 136 run stops over the last two years, and he graded positively across the board. However, he still has work to do and needs to show more down-to-down consistency.

25 (88) Green Bay Packers: Kyler Fackrell | Grade: A-

Fackrell had a strong all-around season in 2015, finishing at +39.0 overall, good for seventh among the draft’s edge defenders. His 15.7 pass rush productivity ranked sixth in the class and he can step in as a situational pass rusher as he continues to develop his skills on the edge in the run game.

26 (89) Pittsburgh Steelers: Javon Hargrave | Grade: B+

Adding a different style of defensive lineman up front, Hargrave brings an up-the-field presence that can pressure the quarterback. Despite playing at the FCS level, he played well every time he was on a bigger stage, including both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.

27 (90) Seattle Seahawks: C.J. Prosise | Grade: B-

Seattle was expected to add running back depth and Prosise is a nice mid-round option. He took the reins of Notre Dame’s run game to grade at +15.0 in the run game, good for 10th in the draft class. The former receiver can also catch the ball out of the backfield and he should carve out an early role in Seattle’s offense.

29 (91) New England Patriots: Jacoby Brissett: | Grade: C-

New England uses their second third-round pick to take a quarterback and Brissett comes off the board sooner than expected. He has good size but his accuracy percentage of 71.3 percent ranked 22nd in the class and his +10.1 overall grade ranked 24th. Brissett did his best work with his legs where he graded at +5.3.

30 (92) Arizona Cardinals: Brandon Williams | Grade: C-

Williams was drafted on measurables alone after ranking as No. 117 (-5.5 overall) among the cornerbacks in the draft class. He has great speed and he’s just an athletic projection at this point.

31 (93) Cleveland Browns: Cody Kessler | Grade: B-

(Pick acquired in trade with Carolina Panthers) 

One of the most accurate quarterbacks in the class, Kessler ranked third with a 78.2 percent accuracy percentage while finishing fourth with a 68.5 percent accuracy percentage under pressure. He struggled with passes beyond 20 yards (31st in accuracy percentage at 37.5 percent) but Kessler can run the offense and move the chains at the short and intermediate level.

32 (94) Seattle Seahawks: Nick Vannett | Grade: C

(Pick acquired in trade with Denver Broncos)

Vannett has strong hands, but he’s not an explosive passing threat. He can block on the move (+5.5 on the year) and he’ll compete for snaps as an extra tight end in Seattle’s offense after grading at +2.3 overall last year (29th in the class).

33 (95) Detroit Lions: Graham Glasgow | Grade: C+ 

(Compensatory selection)

The Lions can use help at center and even though Glasgow has looked better at guard in the past, he will get a chance to compete for the position. He makes a lot of impressive “reach” blocks, but loses on the easier blocks far too often — a big reason for his +0.8 overall grade that ranked 28th in the class among centers. Glasgow has potential if he can tie up some of the easier blocks.

34 (96) New England Patriots: Vincent Valentine | Grade: C

(Compensatory selection)

A run-stopping defensive tackle, Valentine posted a strong +21.4 grade against the run the last two years, though he provides little as a pass rusher. With a low run-stop percentage of 3.4 percent (151st in class) he’s more of a hold-the-point nose tackle option rather than a playmaker.

35 (97) Seattle Seahawks: Rees Odhiambo | Grade: C+

(Compensatory selection)

Odhiambo played left tackle for Boise State but he projects as a guard for the Seahawks. With a -2.2 grade as a run blocker last year, Odhiambo whiffs on too man blocks at this point, but he posted a +2.0 grade as a pass protector.

36 (98) Denver Broncos: Justin Simmons | Grade: B-

(Compensatory selection)

Simmons finished with the 12th-best coverage grade in the nation in 2015 while missing one of every 12.8 tackle attempts — good for 13th in the class. He can get turned around in man coverage at times, but at this point in the draft, he’s a worthwhile project for Denver.

*The 28th pick of Round 3 is forfeited by the Kansas City Chiefs

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    Tenn’s Henry pick made no sense since they are paying Murray all that money and Bama RBs are a bust.

    • codered5

      Porch monkey why you always up to no good?


        Because I’m a porch monkey drinking Colt 45, smoking crack and Newports on the PORCH.

    • Names Unimportant

      A less-expensive RB on day 2 isn’t a bad idea, but I don’t like Henry this early. He’s so high mileage and I’m not comfortable with his agility at the NFL level. I mean, honestly, almost 400 carries? Including games of 40+ carries against top-level teams? The RB he most reminds me of is Ron Dayne, in a bad way.


        True. Saban runs his RBs into the ground, that’s one reason they don’t do well in the nfl. It also made no sense to trade for that over priced/underperforming RB Murray. I watched Eagles games last season, and he flat out quit. No wonder Jerry Jones didn’t want him back.

    • Dean Bush

      You like to have a stable of RB’s now days. You ever heard of depth. Plus Murray is 28. An if he’s the best player on your board, stick to your board.


        Murray was bad last year for the Eagles. Bama RBs are a bust.

  • heLLpaso

    Ingram – Solid NFL RB.
    Yeldon – Good rookie year.
    Eddie Lacy – Fat, can he get in shape? But, former Pro Bowler, 2nd team All-Pro in 2013 and only 25.

    How are they busts?


      Trent Richardson was a bust. Lacy is looking that way too. Ingram is a 1st rd bust.

      • SeattleSteve

        Dude had an ankle sprain, a banged up oline last year, so now he’s a bust?

        I guess Favre is a bust too now cause he had a down year once.

      • http://www.michaeltoebe.com Michael

        Ingram is not a star, not a bust. Lacy got lazy but has produced and is now in shape again. Yeldon showed potential. Only Richardson was embarrassing.

        • heLLpaso

          Thank you. For that guy to say all Bama RB are busts is moronic. Yeldon already looks good and Lacy can still bounce back. Apparently, he’s lost a ton of weight.

          • http://www.michaeltoebe.com Michael

            I expect Lacy to be productive again. He’s done it before and he’s in great shape now. And Yeldon should be good with that offense that can throw it all over the place. Running should be easier.

    • Charles Furer

      Dude, I’m a lifelong Saints fan, and, even though I’m also an LSU fan, I support all SEC players and teams on an NFL-wide stage. I also happen to really like Ingram, even as a player, but, yes, he is a bust as a 1st round player. He cost the Saints way too much for what he’s been able to produce and, other than a few pretty good games, has never done anything spectacular enough to have merited a 1st round pick. By comparison, the New England Patriots turned their 1st round pick into Chandler Jones and a 2nd, which they kind of wasted on Tavon Smith. Ingram would have been a very nice 3rd round pick.

      • heLLpaso

        If he was such a bust then why did the Saints give him a second contract? Obviously, he never turned into a superstar you guys hoped for but he’s still a pretty solid RB. Again, the moron who said ALL Bama RB are busts is a moron.


    The Jets picking Hackenberg was dumb. He sucks. No wonder the NYJ always suck.

    • Kyle Good

      Hackenberg will end up being the best QB selected in the draft. You cant blame him for terrible coaching.

      • Dean Bush

        Hackenberg didn’t even deserve to get drafted for his play the last two years. Teams of interest are just taking a shot on the hope that he can be what was thought to be back when O’brien was the coach. Good luck with that.

        • Bryan Ford

          and even with O’Brien he still wasn’t an accurate passer… he gets lazy with his mechanics and they aren’t great to start with… having a QB who isn’t accurate is a BAD thing. Of course we won’t know for at least two or three seasons, but I believe he will never be a quality NFL starter. Hate to waste that in the second round.

      • Mike DeLeo

        You can’t be serious lmao best of this draft, no Fing way not even top 5 of this draft after said and done.


        I watched PSU games, I can blame him for his own terrible play.

  • David Kubik

    is an F minus possible?

    • RandomGuy

      Sounds like a man who has deserved a couple F- in his lifetime.

      • Uriah_Levy

        Yeah, because being a hopeless Tampa homer would qualify you to know that.

        EVERYONE is laughing at your franchise. Everyone.

        • Rikers

          Wow, YOU seem to take this draft thing to seriously.
          There’s a big world out there away from the safety of your computer screen you know. Lolz

          • VN VET

            These are the type of posters and their type of comments that I refer to as “Monday Morning QB’s”. If you get my drift ?

          • Uriah_Levy

            Yeah, nothing screams “take this draft thing to (sic) seriously” like laughing about it…

        • RandomGuy

          What? I live in Los Angeles. What r u smoking? I don’t give two shts about the Bucs.

          • eYeDEF

            That’s because you’ve only been a NFL fan for a few months.

          • RandomGuy

            try 20 out of my 31 years. I said I live in Los Angeles. Didn’t say what team I was a fan of. Heck you don’t even know how long I’ve been here. You just wanna hate.

          • eYeDEF

            Yeah sure you’ve been a fan for 20 years but have no opinion on taking a kicker in the 2nd round. You couldn’t be much more than a casual fan.

          • RandomGuy

            My God, you idiots really have nothing better to do than to put people in boxes to make your little lives feel better. You have absolutely no clue. I commented on a guy using the term “F-” and all of a sudden you know my history as a fan. What?!?

          • Uriah_Levy

            Even worse.

          • RandomGuy

            you don’t even know or care what team I’m a fan of do you? You just like jumping to conclusions to hate on a guy. We could be fans of the same team.

          • Uriah_Levy

            Put the victim card back in the deck. You were ripping on someone for offering an opinion about a draft choice before I even commented. It would at least be forgivable if you were a butt-hurt Bucs fan defending the pick even as you’re still smarting from it, but if you don’t care about the Bucs it just makes your ripping on someone else that much worse.

          • RandomGuy


            I commented on a guy for using the term “F-” like such a grade even exists. Dude stop freaking assuming.

          • David Kubik

            Dude, don’t play the victim card. You came and personally attacked me after my tongue and cheek remark. If you had any real reason why you thought I was wrong you could have argued it – others did and had good point. And your reading comprehension isn’t that good, because I didn’t use the term like it even exists. I asked if it could exist for this pick, because I thought it was so bad.

          • RandomGuy

            Nobody’s the victim. I’m just confused, why people are attacking my fandom…when they don’t even know it, lol.

            I’ve been called a “homer” and a “casual fan” and only “a fan for a few months” based off one comment. Not offended…just confused.

            Oh and no one cares about your lame rationale.

          • David Kubik

            I have had more productive conversations with walls…

          • RandomGuy

            funny became less and less about you.

          • Uriah_Levy

            You obviously intended it as a jab at a total stranger over nothing, and now you’re pretending to be the adult in the room and a victim? Get over yourself.

          • RandomGuy

            I’m not offended or claiming to be a victim. I’m confused. I say a guy deserves a “F-” and I’m “a homer” a “casual fan” a “fan for a few months”? Where in the “F-” does it say that? Come at me, then come at me. But, this doesn’t make sense.

        • VN VET

          First off, speak for your self and please do not count me in that group, because I do not laugh at any franchise or team, no matter what the sport may or may not be. Of course I do conceder your comment “Everyone is laughing at your franchise (team) as a slang or just a saying.

          • Uriah_Levy

            Whatever. The only major sports media grade of the Aguayo pick by TB I’ve seen that was not an F or a D was one sports writer who simply graded the selection as the “Millen” pick of the 2016 draft.

      • David Kubik

        hey, you called me a man, thanks for the complement!

    • http://www.michaeltoebe.com Michael

      David, special teams wins and loses games too. If you think a guy is a big improvement over what you have or Pro Bowl caliber, you go get him when you can.

      • Uriah_Levy

        And NOBODY else thought that, was David’s point, I think.

      • VN VET

        I agree with your post and your comments “special teams also wins and loses games “. I have seen and I would be willing to say that there are approximately 25-40 + games lost and about 20-35 + the number of games won each and every season by “special teams” if not more . They are the players or the part of the team that can really help or really hurt the team and especially the QB’s, it has been proven many, many times each and every season that the team or teams with the best “special teams “, win more football games. Wishing everyone everywhere (especially the military families) a very nice and enjoyable week -end where ever you may be .

        • http://www.michaeltoebe.com Michael

          Thank you for your commitment and service to this country’s citizens and liberty. I wish I could shake your hand.

          Regarding soecial teams, most of us know the sick feeling when a kicker’s miss proved to be costly and result in a loss.

          Maybe I wouldn’t take a kicker that high unless I was scarred by losses or was thinking this guy was a 10-year All Pro but Tampa wants to win close games in the kicking game.

      • David Kubik

        Seems like a lot to spend, and a lot higher than the norm. Tampa has plenty of needs, and lost two picks.

        • http://www.michaeltoebe.com Michael

          I agree with you, it was an expensive investment of draft capital.

          If I’m a Bucs fan, I wonder was the cost worth yet. I’d be hoping the guy proves to be highly dependable and accurate, not cost us games and win some too.

          I do empathize because I hate when the team I follow trades picks. They did it twice this year. One was more high risk than another. Just hopeful it will pay off for the team.

          Hope your new kicker makes Pro Bowls.

    • RussiansArePigs

      David…a good kicker will score more points and win games for you. How important is a kicker? Depends. If the team has had kicker problems for a long time, this is a good way to put this to bed. Also…I too don’t like the ownership of this organization. Being from chicago, i laughed when they hired Lovie smith. If this team was losing before, they would have a new meaning of losing with Lovie at the helm. Good that they realized this before his contract was up and moved on. Lovie smith makes more money sitting around doing nothing (after a team gets rid of him) than any other coach in history.

      • zack

        Lovie smith is a good coach lol it’s funny that the bears fired someone who went 10-6 and look at the bears now they r horrible. Plus coaches don’t pick their players but general manager do so don’t always blame the coaches for having shitty teams.

        • RussiansArePigs

          Zack…Yes..general managers do the drafting but the head coach has a lot of say so…or didn’t you know that?
          The bears fired someone that was at 500 overall. If averaging 8-8 is good enough for you then you should hire him. He left the team decimated with very little talent left. Most everyone drafted was not good enough for the Lovie system but had no problem of completing their careers elsewhere. The only reason they even made it to the superbowl in 2006 was because of the DC. The DC is now with the Panthers…and where were they last year…try the superbowl. Its not funny that the bears fired a coach that went 10-6. It’s a tragedy that they stuck with him so long to conclude that he can’t coach in this league unless you are happy with 8-8 average. Lovie was with the bears for 9 years. To blame the general manager for not drafting one player (sorry…they did get it right with Forte)…for not drafting more than one player in all 9 years that could stay with the team is absolutely ludicrous. It is up the the head coach to work these players in to get the best out of their talent. Lovie is a big ZERO.

      • David Kubik

        Well, I too am from Chicago, where Robbie Gould, our beloved undrafted kicker is the franchise leader in scoring. I’m not anti kicker – I’m anti picking a kicker this early when your team has so many needs other needs.

    • VN VET

      Just what kicker and team are you referring to ? Since you did not mention any names, it is very ,very hard to read other peoples minds, wouldn’t you agree ?

      • pfft

        The one that everyone paying any kind of attention was shocked by.

        If you’re going to participate, PAY ATTENTION.

        NO ONE trades UP for a kicker in the SECOND round. Until now.

        No mind reading required but nice snark.

      • David Kubik

        the one on day 2

    • crosseyedlemon

      Maybe you should be asking Scott Norwood or Blair Walsh that question.

      • David Kubik

        If you watch, the hold wasn’t good on two of his kicks, but he still put one through (Walsh). and was 3/4 on the day. And he was a draft pick. Stephen Gostkowski and Adam Viniateri (who has multiple Super Bowl winning kicks and has scored more playoff pts than another player in history) were undrafted

        • Sheehab Zaman

          Gostkowski was actually a 4th round pick

          • David Kubik

            thanks for the correction, but 4th rounder is still a much better place than a 2nd rounder. And it would have been a good move to draft him in the 4th.

  • shaunhan murray

    Yes someone other than the steelers will bring pff’s ire (J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS)

  • The Mysteries of Bob
    • Jim

      We want Sapp! LMAO….

    • Tim D

      That was EPIC. Thanks for sharing this.

  • SeattleSteve

    Billings? Wasn’t he supposed to be a 1st rounder?

    • Dean Bush

      Yeah I’m not understanding what’s going on with his drop right now.

      • shaunhan murray

        Some scary stuff happening with baylor and maybe one of those reports about a lack of haste in investigation had something about Billings

  • Autocephallus

    Seattle passed on Westerman for that guy?

  • James Murphy

    Brady could be suspended 16 games and the Pats might still win the AFC east. Maybe Bills improve but Fins and Jets? Like Carroo pick but Drake? And when Ryan Fitzpatrick is holding out on you, you know you suck. I’m not moving from the couch if I’m him.

    • Dean Bush

      Drake was a great pick, he’s gonna be a better pro then Henry.

    • Tim D

      The Bills D has got to be better, right?

      • James Murphy

        Looks like it. Rex is gonna try to beat you up with that D and backs, and still has that explosive element with Watkins.

  • Ron DMC

    All of bama running backs are a bust… Lmao. Yea Shaun Alexander was a bust too huh porch monkey? Lol

    • DarwinsMyth

      Eddie Lacy a bust?

    • Tim D

      Trent Richardson. 2016 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

  • Jim

    So you give a D- to a kicker you are comparing to a 19 year career player with 2 Super Bowls, a Pro-bowl, and 3 divisional championships and is 6th all-time in NFL History for Field Goals made? Roberto is the the best kicker in NCAA history and is 100% under 40 yards and missed only 9 kicks in 276 attempts. Surely that can’t be a D- considering the recent rule changes to the PAT, moving the touchback to the 25, and the number of games decided by last minute FG. Geeez.

    • eYeDEF

      He’s not all that. He was only 80% on his kicks last year and only 50% on attempts for 40 yards or more. Sorry, but he’ll have to make lots of kicks over 40 yards in the NFL to have a career. His poor numbers doesn’t justify taking him in the 2nd round. What a joke.

    • Bryan Ford

      He’s a talented kicker who no one else was going to take in the first four rounds. Doesn’t mean he won’t be really good, but he could have been had later bringing the team more talent in the early rounds.

    • Fred Kruse

      I think the grade is based much more on the round drafted than the player’s ability.

  • theOtherJimBrown

    Browns fan here. Cody Kessler was my sleeper at QB and my team got him. This kid’s going to be good. Solid all around game, smart and gutsy. With our QB situation and Hue Jackson, Pep Hamilton and Josh McCown to help his transition he could rise to starter a lot faster than anyone can guess. Best situation for him here.
    His sat line is comparable to Goff, Hogan and Falk and he had no real weapons/ o-line to back him up. Never pouted. Just went about his business professionally. Had he not went through USC’s probation and 3 coaching/ scheme changes, I think he would’ve developed into a top 10 pick. He’s given below average grades for arm strength, but I think what we are seeing on tape is more of a case of working with what you got. My bet is he can do all those things that we don’t see. Just didn’t have the chance to mature in those areas. Hue must think he can get it out of him, too.
    Another thought is that Pep Hamilton was the OC at Stanford and recruited/ signed Kevin Hogan. Probably recruited Kessler, too. He also probably was the one that boosted for the Browns to work them both out. Both coming to workout at our facility in the same week. He ultimately agreed with Jackson on him instead of his own.
    Of course all of this is coming from a sub- amateur scout/blogger/homer. So, don’t come looking for me if he gets cut before camp’s over.

    • Uriah_Levy

      Looks like a good analysis, and besides, I’m pretty sure that at this point, with recent Browns history being what it is, if he gets cut people will assume that the Browns are the ones who got it wrong, not you.

    • Trevor G

      He had one of the top receivers in the nation with juju smith-schuster and one of the best if not the best freshman running back in the country with Justin Davis, I’m a USC fan… He had a lot weapons and he was pretty solid at USC but in NFL he will be no better, if not worse than what Matt Barkley is showing

    • Steve Librandi

      Bengals fan here. Its been 17 years. Browns still suck. They should have drafted Zeke. Carry on

    • Fred Kruse

      I’m a Browns’ fan, just watched his UCLA game. I was hoping to like what I saw, but alas I could not. Throws to his check down receiver way, way too often. The downfield receivers must be open sometimes.

  • Uriah_Levy


    The Raiders haven’t embarrassed themselves enough as a franchise in the new century, so they went out and got a guy named Jihad. At least he’s a run-only defender so he’ll only be fighting his holy war on 1st and maybe 2nd down. If it all, with the bad knee. Well done, Raiders.

    • Tim D


    • shaunhan murray

      If only Jihad wasn’t a perfect name for him, IT MEANS STRUGGLE, and this guy has had to do lot of that in his short life

      • Uriah_Levy

        Thanks for the update on the failed attempt at dumbing down the word ‘jihad’, courtesy of CAIR or IslamicSupremeCouncil.0rg or whatever other terror-approving Islamist website you’re getting your propaganda from.

        Meanwhile, back in the 21st century democratic Western world, the number one Merriam Webster definition of ‘Jihad’ is “a holy war waged on behalf of Islam”.

        As for the struggles ‘Holy War(d)’ faced, bully for him, he’ll be well compensated for his efforts here in America and free to spend his money and time as he sees fit, unlike the people who live under the thumb of the murderous fanatics who his now freely chosen name pays homage to.

        • Charles Furer

          Well said, not to mention important.

        • shaunhan murray

          Should be noted only a tiny percentage of Muslims are fananatics and even smaller maniacs. Most muslims dont even live in the middle east. The most dangerous immigrants to come to the U.S. are….. North Ba Carolinanas

  • Steve Librandi

    You are clueless

  • Core Key

    Two hours prior to this article being published an article was published on steelers.com that plainly stated Sean Davis was drafted as a safety. Yet both “Senior Analysts” that graded him on PFF grade Davis as a CB. Can someone at PFF grade the pick with Davis as a safety?

    • Pierre NyGaard

      Thank you. Davis is clearly a safety, who was playing out of position under Coach Rangoon.

  • mrudon

    Really going to ding Fuller for trying to play through a knee in jury before finally opting for surgery? What kind of grade did you have on him in 2014? That is the player to grade.

  • WillowDavis

    Jacoby Brissett to Patriots was a great move! He’ll be the best QB in this draft class. The C- grade is from ignorant scouts.

  • Pierre NyGaard

    Surprised by the low-ish grade on Boyd. Especially with an explicit knock on his route running, which is generally pointed to as one of his strong suits.

    Disagree pretty strongly there. I think he’ll be a good #2 or excellent #3.

  • Allyson Ramos

    Aguayo is objectively the best kicker in CFB history. Everyone is gonna be whining when he is kicking them in from 55+.

    • Uriah_Levy

      20 for 29 from 40+ in his ‘best in CFB history’ career. Turns out that’s not so good. In fact it’s terrible. It wouldn’t make the top 20 in the NFL last year. And he was worst last season, which should have been his best.

      EVERYONE makes well over 90% inside the 40 in the NFL or they get cut. When they picked Aguayo, the Tampa war room had apparently all just taken a huge hit from Tunsil’s gas mask.

    • Digital Junkie

      Two weeks into the preseason and the guy is missing extra points left and right.

  • chucka1122

    One of the worst raiders drafts ever! I guess the team is good to go, they don’t need anybody to play this year.

    • Bryan Ford

      They got a diamond in the rough with DeAndre Washington out of Texas Tech. Raider fans will learn to love that guy. He’s electric with the ball and is super tough. Great at protecting his QB on pass plays also.

  • jimbentzchicago

    Steve Palazzolo Either The Bengals Coaching Staff is average or you are. Boyd (C+) and Vigil (C). Please describe your “unique analysis on every prospect using PFF data” that enables you to assign these grades with confidence. Since the Bengals have made the playoffs 5 years straight, and won their division last year, I’m going to go ahead and assign you the C rating since we need data to determine that your unique analysis is good. Your analysis will likely be replaced by Watson in the near future, so either way you won’t be doing this very long.

  • jimbentzchicago

    It’s looks like the analysis does not factor in need for the team, rendering it useless.

  • chucka1122

    Raiders have to be kidding with this draft. First round pick coming off acl, he may be ready to go at beginning of season. Second round pick, developmental pick with knee injury. 4th round qb that raiders fans hope never sees the field. Way to go Raiders, terrible draft!

    • Sheehab Zaman

      You should be a NFL Gm

  • randall buntin

    The Bucs kickers cost them at least 3 games last season…that being said, last years defense was the one of the worst in franchise history, and we need so many pieces . If he turns out to be to the Bucs , what Jankowski is to the Raiders, I’d say it’s definitely worth it….also…it may be an indicator that the Bucs are ready to rebuild with patience, instead of throwing money at the mediocre ,to straight up bad, stopgap players they’ve been getting I’m free agency

    • Sheehab Zaman

      Janikowski isn’t even that great of a kicker. Gostkowski, Tucker, and in general so many good kickers drafted late or signed in UFA. Drafting a kicker in the 2nd round is better than the 1st tho.

      • randall buntin

        Speaking in terms of longevity, overall performance, etc….Its worth it if you’re not constantly looking for a kicker….Morten Andersen, Gary Anderson , etc. The Bucs have struggled in the kicking game since letting Matt Bryant walk.

        • Sheehab Zaman

          Tbh, it’s not a bad pick. Second round is high, but if he pans out, that’s a great pick. Big difference between 1st and 2nd round, which is why Janikowski IMO was a bad pick. He had a good career, but I don’t think it justified his draft position. 2nd Round is where you take chances. I give the Bucs pick a B-

          • Uriah_Levy

            It’s one of the most universally panned NFL draft picks of this decade.

      • heLLpaso

        Seabass has been around 15 years with the same team. You can’t say that about many kickers. His numbers would look better if he didn’t try so many long kicks. Thanks Kiffin for that 74 yard attempt! And you make it out getting guys like Tucker and Gostowski grow on trees.

        • Sheehab Zaman

          No. Seabass is a good kicker. Not bad at all. But I’m pretty sure the Raiders could of waited until the 3rd round and still drafted him. In the 1st round, you draft puzzle pieces who make great impact on your team. Not saying Seabass didn’t make an impact, just not the level 1st rounders are supposed to make.

  • chucka1122

    The Raiders deserve a F grade for what they call a draft! One of the worst raiders drafts in the last few years. Taking a guy coming off an acl in the first round, cannot participate in first off season workout. Second round developmental knee injury, wow, horrible. 4th round qb that raiders fans hope never sees the field. So many other options, it was hard to watch.

  • David Stinnett

    Vannett will be used more for blocking. He will help SEA a lot more than his overall grade would indicate. Good pick for them.