The 16 worst picks of the 2016 NFL draft

Mike Renner highlights the worst decisions made by teams with picks in the 2016 draft.

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The 16 worst picks of the 2016 NFL draft


Now that the dust has settled following the 2016 NFL draft, it’s time to look back at which picks stood out — for the wrong reasons. A number of elements can lead to a selection being deemed the “worst” — the value of the player at the time of the selection, how he fits with his team’s scheme, and whether he fills a need. Here are the 16 worst from this past weekend:

1. Roberto Aguayo, K, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Over the past two seasons Aguayo was only 64 percent accurate on field-goal attempts from 40-plus yards (14-for-22). That’s not even close to the accuracy of the top kickers in the NFL. We get that the kicking game was a disaster last year for the Bucs, but they passed on a ton of good players to select a guy that we didn’t even have as the top kicker in the class — and even traded up to do it.

2. Christian Hackenberg, QB, New York Jets

Sam Monson already said all we have to say on Hackenberg. He’s not just inaccurate by NFL standards, he was the second-most inaccurate quarterback in college last year. How much is that going to change, no matter how good his coaching is with the Jets?

3. Germain Ifedi, OT, Seattle Seahawks

Philosophically we’ll probably never be fans of Seahawks draft picks on the offensive line. They tend to take physical projects and hope to teach them how to block. Pass-blocking, however, is one of the most technical skills in the NFL, and it helps to at least come from a solid base. Ifedi doesn’t have that at the moment. His hands and feet are terribly out of synch in pass protection, and unsurprisingly Ifedi had just the 76th-best pass blocking efficiency in the country last year. He may be the answer to their offensive line woes, but it will take a few years of coaching to get him to that level.

4. Willie Beavers, OT, Minnesota Vikings

It’s difficult to imagine a tackle who played as poorly as Beavers did in college ever becoming a viable player in the NFL. He was the second-lowest-graded tackle in all of college football last year, and the lowest-graded tackle at the Senior Bowl practices. Beavers has an insanely long way to go to ever be a viable contributor in the league.

5. Keanu Neal, S, Atlanta Falcons

After seeing Gus Bradley and the Jaguars get “their Richard Sherman” in No. 5 overall pick Jalen Ramsey, Dan Quinn obviously wanted “his Kam Chancellor”, as both former Seahawks defensive coordinators look to shape their new teams after their old ones. Unfortunately, there really weren’t any players resembling Chancellor in this draft, and so they reached big-time for the closest thing they could find. Neal is great at making the plays that allow him to move toward the line of scrimmage, but when asked to do anything other than that at Florida, the results were scary. Neal graded out below-average in run defense and pass coverage thanks to 16 missed tackles last season.

6. Artie Burns, CB, Pittsburgh Steelers

The fact that Pittsburgh had a desperate need for a cornerback doesn’t make this pick any less of a reach. Burns had six interceptions last season, but he’s far more of a project than he is a finished product at this point. The Miami cornerback has issues changing direction on tape and showed almost no feel for zone coverage. On a team that played zone at one of the highest rates in the NFL last year, that’s concerning.

7. Deion Jones, LB, Atlanta Falcons

Linebacker is probably the last position at which we’d want to be drafting a pure athletic project, and that’s what Jones is. It would be one thing if they were trying to teach a guy that could cover how to play run defense, but Jones didn’t even post a positive coverage grade last season with his elite athleticism. And at 222 pounds, you don’t want him taking on blocks any times soon. Jones’ 40 total stops were the 88th-most of any linebacker in college football last year — that’s not good.

8. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

After shoring up the right tackle position in the first round with Jack Conklin, the Titans continued to find personnel that fits the “exotic smashmouth” scheme they are trying to build by picking up the most physically imposing running back in the draft. Unfortunately, Henry doesn’t offer much of anything different than what DeMarco Murray already brings to the table, and they passed up a golden opportunity to shore up their offensive line even further. Henry is great at falling forward on downhill runs, but he’s chopped down easily in space and isn’t a natural receiver out of the backfield. Drafting a backup running back in the second round with a roster full of needs is not something we can get on board with.

9. Jihad Ward, DE, Oakland Raiders

Ward posted average grades in college and then went to the combine and posted below-average athletic testing numbers. At that point we have a hard time seeing the upside from the Raiders’ second-round pick. His 42 percent win rate in the one-on-one pass rushing drills at the Senior Bowl was the third-worst rate of any defensive end there.

10. Sean Davis, DB, Pittsburgh Steelers

He played cornerback at Maryland, but may move to safety for the Steelers. We’re not sure that’s magically going to make him into a better football player, however. He had a minus-6.7 coverage grade that was one of the worst in the class, and allowed 50 of 81 targets to be completed for 721 yards in only 12 games last year. That extrapolates to 961 yards over a 16-game season, which would have been the third-worst total in the NFL last year.

11. Taylor Decker, OT, Detroit Lions

The Lions clearly made offensive line a priority after their dreadful showing in the run game last year. The problem is that Decker flat-out wasn’t anything special in pass protection the previous two seasons. Besides playing in an offense that rarely asks him to take true pass sets and protected their offensive line, Decker still was 79th nationally in pass-blocking efficiency. If he has the frame and athleticism to be a great pass protector in the NFL, then why didn’t he do it in college with top-notch coaching at Ohio State?

12. T.J. Green, DB, Indianapolis Colts

Some evaluators see Green as a cornerback, but we’re not sure his coverage skills are even good enough for safety in the NFL. Green didn’t just grade negatively, he had the seventh-lowest coverage grade in the FBS last year. He gave up 25 catches and 479 yards on 39 targets and didn’t get his hand on a single pass all season. If there is a silver lining, it’s that Green had the 28th-highest grade nationally against the run.

13. Nick Vannett, TE, Seattle Seahawks

Vannett isn’t a bad receiver by any means, but he’s a completely un-dynamic receiving threat who wasn’t very productive in college taken in the third round. Over the past two seasons he’s broken a grand total of two tackles after the catch. He has great size for the position and some potential as a run blocker, but he has limited experience as an in-line blocker and athletically he’ll have a difficult time separating from linebackers.

14. Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans

I like Fuller a lot, and believe he went to one of the best situations for him in the league, but taking Fuller over Josh Doctson is mind-boggling. Fuller obviously has elite speed and it’s clear the Texans wanted a deep threat to take pressure off of DeAndre Hopkins. But instead of getting a deep threat only in Fuller, they could have gotten a deep threat who is also an intermediate threat and red-zone threat. Doctson is a far better all-around receiver and caught just as many deep passes (17) as Fuller did last season.

15. Eli Apple, CB, New York Giants

This is another pick where the team didn’t select a bad player — we had a first-round grade on Apple — but they passed up better options in order to get him. The Ohio State cornerback was fourth on our draft board, and from a grading standpoint, he wasn’t close to Vernon Hargreaves or William Jackson III over the past two seasons. It also leaves the Giants with the question of who plays slot cornerback. Apple, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Janoris Jenkins had fewer than 100 snaps among the three of them out of the slot last season.

16. Darron Lee, LB, New York Jets

Almost every year we see a fantastic athlete get drafted highly on the premise that teams can teach him how to play linebacker. Sometimes it works out and other times it doesn’t. This year that’s Darron Lee. We say that the Jets will have to teach him to play linebacker, because he didn’t even really play linebacker last year at Ohio State. 45 percent of his snaps came from the slot, and a good percentage more came in an outside linebacker role. His run reads in the box were not close to an NFL level yet, and at a shade over 230 pounds that may never be his forte. Lee was one of the best blitzers in the class, however, so while we can’t endorse the riskiness of this pick in the first round, we can see the upside potential.

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  • Adam

    The theme with most (all?) of these picks is that they’re high upside without a lot of great tape. I’d imagine PFF hated Ziggy Ansah and Dontari Poe as well. Either way I’m guessing that the hit/bust rate is about the same in this group as the “16 best picks”.

    • CapnFatback

      If you go through the archives, you can find only positive stuff about Asmah before the 2013 season. Poe drew mixed reactions though.

      • Adam

        Both of those links acknowledge that Ansah and Poe are high upside athletic freaks who didn’t produce in college. PFF takes a much more grades mean everything approach to the draft than it used to. Were those reviews written today I’d imagine they wouldn’t be as kind.

        • CapnFatback

          Perhaps you’d be correct in that assumption, but that wasn’t what you had originally postulated.

          • Adam

            Fair enough

          • CapnFatback

            I haven’t been vising PFF long enough to know if there has been a significant shift in the last couple years that shows a slavish loyalty numbers over athletic ability, so I can’t argue against that idea. It is interesting that Runner1967 below claims that PFF loved Dri Archer, who was perhaps a model for raw athleticism over football savvy. Anyway, enjoying your food for thought.

          • Adam

            I’m not a member here, but I’ve been reading free articles for the past handful of years. I really don’t remember them using their metrics on draft picks until the last couple of years, but I could be wrong. Obviously I’m not a big fan of this because it creates an overly negative view of raw prospects… but of course I am a Steelers fan so maybe I’m just cranky that PFF hates our first two picks. I had them both as top 50 picks so I hope I’m right. I do vaguely remember PFF liking Archer, which shows there is no exact science to this stuff. Anyway, thanks for the links on Poe and Ansah.

          • Phil

            They dabbled a little last year in college football but they didn’t release even half of the information that they’ve shown in this draft class. If you click on the “College” page then click on “News & Analysis” then “Position Overview” you can see what they released last year for perspective. Only time will truly tell but this information shouldn’t be taken as gospel like some people on this website do.

          • http://www.michaeltoebe.com Michael

            Steelers went strong for critical need. I get that yet that strategy comes with risk for passing up better skill at other positions.

          • TJ Smith

            PFF just started grading college games. This is why it will be interesting because in the past you was going by the talking points. For example people said Dontari Poe didn’t have good college production. What we find is many of the old school scouts are just looking for sacks and qb hits. Perhaps Poe would have graded much better than the talking points. Dri Archer’s lack of actual skill might have been in his grades if they did them back then. It will be interesting to see. Last year the grades loved guys like Tyler Lockett and Henry Anderson. Said they were just as good as Amari Cooper and Leonard Williams. It did prove true in there first year. If they continue to have success they be the only place that could give draft grades that mean anything.

          • CapnFatback

            Yeah, TJ. I’m a believer right now. It will be interesting to see how 3-5 years of college grading pans out.

          • http://www.michaeltoebe.com Michael

            TJ, I see your point yet Cooper and Williams were better than Lockett (loved his explosiveness and production though) and Anderson.

          • Tim Edell

            They also had CB Troy Hill from Oregon as a 1st rounder who went undrafted and is now on his 2nd or 3rd team already!

  • Runner1967

    Blah Blah PFF and its blind faith in BS grades. The same grades that tied to tell us Dri Archer was a 1st round draft pick. This site is a total sham. The grades are subjective BS left down to the judgment of people with less football experience than 99% of football fans. The “magic” grades don’t take into account level of comp, scheme as it relates to player responsibility, weather, team surrounding player, basis for plays: yes when a team is out of a game scoring a TD matters a whole helluva lot less then a tight game big play, injuries, coverage (they love to post zone …but what zone? A zone with bump and run on one side and zone on the other?), pressures…arbitrary BS: no a player guided around the arc that comes within a few feet of the Qb doesn’t = pressure. Completion % on DBs, great but what QB did they face? What was the score did it lead to softer coverage? The list of ways to poke holes in this sites gross over-estimation of itself is endless. Fuck PFF learn to critically think and actually watch tape yourself. Otherwise you’ll end up believing Deforest Buckner had a great game v Michigan State…a game he landed on his butt x 7. Got shoved all over the LOS on skates multiple times but because he met the loose “pressures” BS suddenly turned into JJ Watt. 16 worse picks my ass, PFF has as much clue as Kiper, you and me.

    • JimmyCrackCorn

      I get occasionally disagreeing with the articles here, but if you really think it’s as bad as you clearly seem to, why do you even bother reading it?

    • Thad Holbrook

      They didn’t even grade college players when Archer came out, so that’s just not true.

    • Don Elretseo

      He spent all that time reading and article and making nonsensical statements when he could have educated himself on what PFF actually does. Never understand these people. Lol

    • http://www.michaeltoebe.com Michael

      Wow. So you discredit all their work?

      I think they research more than the average fan and know more than you give them credit for amigo.

  • Blake Williams
    • Anthony

      As a fellow Raiders fan, he’s not a great athlete. I give the pick a D. Only because we have one of the best defensive line coaches in the league in Jethro Franklin. Otherwise he’s on the right list.

    • matt

      Id say for anyone who plays college athletics and is 6’5″ id say that’s not impressive.

      • David Kern

        He weighs 300 lbs. Its impressive.

        • Blake Williams

          If you found out all the DL in the NFL who can dunk at 300lbs or over you’d likely be talking about a list of pro-bowlers.

    • Bpaq7

      not everyone, just almost every nfl player. Who uses a picture to argue athleticism when there is this whole thing called the scouting combine that tests athleticism.

      • Blake Williams

        None of you guys are talent evaluators, athleticism is power, precision, and balance. The time you run a cone drill isn’t the defining factor in athleticism.

    • Nelson Cobb

      So because a guy can dunk a basketball, it makes them a great athlete?? No, I don’t think so. I knew a few people who were able to dunk and weren’t even close to athletic. Dunking a basketball doesn’t mean anything in terms of athleticism, just means you can jump and put a ball throw a cylinder.

  • Juan Carlos Padilla

    Renner, is wrong to devalue the Burns pick arguing that he didn’t play well zone coverage, the Steelers can always go back to man coverage whenever they see an advantage. And yes Burns is very raw, but has tremendous hands and radius to make INTs. Remember that Burns became one of the best CB just as a part time sport, the other sport he excelled at was track and field.

    • matt

      I don’t think that they disagree with you it’s just that they might feel like they overreached for a guy who they had lower on their board. They gave Burns “Best press man” superlative in their draft guide.

    • Scott VanArsdale

      Total reach here….my Bengals got the guy they wanted and they reached one pick later…he’s nowhere near as good as Jackson or Hargreaves.

      • Vinny600

        William Jackson III will be 24 before the end of his rookie season, Artie Burns just turned 21 on May 1. He may not be as good today but Burns is very young. I wish my Steelers had gotten Will Jackson but I think in a year or two Burns will be very good.

        • TJ Smith

          Burns is a man on man corner who sucks with zone coverage. PFF has said if Pittsburgh is planning on changing there scheme then it isn’t a terrible pick. But lets be real. Many Pittsburgh fans have had no clue what has been the game plan in the secondary for years. Took them all last year to decide to play Boykins. Who is going to be shocked when they have Burns in zone and he looks completely lost.

          If Pittsburgh’s plan is to play him as a zone corner then it is a terrible pick. Let me tell you it is much harder being a good zone corner than man corner. Zone corners still have most of the same man to man principles. However you often have to make decisions on who to cover while shading a receiver. You need a really high IQ and understanding of route combinations to be a good zone corner. You can be dumb as a rock and be a man corner. When you put a man corner in zone coverage you end up in blown coverage. He could get better. The problem with the project is by the time they are truly playing at the level you want they want to get paid.

          • Jon

            It is pretty clear the Steelers heavy use of zone has been to try to cover for the sub par athletes and cover men they have had there over the last few years. I guarantee Pittsburgh will absolutely deploy more man schemes once they have players who can actually play at a high level.

          • TJ Smith

            Not sure that is clear. Teams all the time employ systems and expect players to adapt.

  • 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.

    • danjay84

      Obviously it’s opinion but it’s also opinion based on actual performance/statistics as well as team needs and other players available. I personally have zero interest in reading a grading report from the 2012 draft because most of us can see which players worked out and which didn’t. Being speculative is what makes it fun and I’d rather look back at a draft grade and see how accurate it was three years later than have someone actually do a grade 3 years later telling us what we now already know, makes no sense to me. You really want to read an article that was written today praising the Seahawks 75th overall pick of Russell Wilson in 2012? For what purpose?

      • Tuff Lynx

        Come on, let’s get real here. PFF has a lot of debatable scoring of players at the NFL level, where there are fewer games and better tape to review. College football does not have an all-22 film release unless you can get the school to send you one, which they are unlikely to do. Furthermore, college football has hundreds of teams to grade and tens of thousands of players. That makes it incredibly difficult to have enough competent film evaluators to do a credible job. I give PFF high marks for trying, but the college grades for players are not very good. Writing articles like this about prospects is also not good when the grades they are based on are seriously flawed in the first place.

        • Samuel Charles

          Let me basically ignore most of what you just wrote, and ask you this.

          It’s early May.

          Do you really think an article like this qualifies as ‘clickbait’ – when the single biggest thing this website is known for is grading players, and they won’t even have preseason games to grade (and write about) for several months?

  • MD_in_MD

    I’ve been watching the NFL draft for almost 30 yrs and I can’t remember a single one that seemed to hold such negatively for so any picks. It seems like almost every single pick outside of the top 4 were terrible.

  • David Kern

    Ward was a savvy pick. Watch, he’ll give us the push up the middle that Jelly and Williams can’t.The raiders also play a hybrid scheme and the guy is a perfect 3-4 end. They knew exactly what they were doing.

  • Jenks

    As others have noted, there are a lot of guys here who have athletic upside. The NFL uses these athletic numbers – some teams more heavily than others – but they certainly don’t ignore them. PFF seems to – and if that is indeed the case, their grades are worth nothing. Name me an NFL GM who ignores workout numbers as PFF do? Any grades determined just from games (and as one comment mentioned there doesn’t seem to be a level of competition filter) are going to be weak. There are always players that are better as pros than in college – but according to PFF that’s not going to happen.
    If you look at the Seahawks pick of Ifedi – they have gone for an amazing athlete – doing things at 320lbs that 200lb guys didn’t do at the Combine. Yes, he’s raw – but he has long arms, is an elite athlete and has the raw tools to be a long time NFL starter. No, he’s not there yet – so, sure, note the element of risk in the pick – but don’t say it’s one of the worst picks in the Draft. 1) we won’t know that for 3-5 years and 2) he could just as easily end up as a Pro Bowl RT.
    One other note – Willie Beavers was hurt throughout 2015 – so yes, he had a negative grade – but he was far from 100%. I’d give him points for playing hurt – PFF don’t seem to be aware.

    • TJ Smith

      Here the problem with your argument. By the numbers NFL teams are terrible at picking players. Nearly half of the 2013 first round didn’t even have there options picked up. People called Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher, Jonathan Cooper can’t miss Pro Bowl players. It is debatable if they are even starting level players.

      Seattle drafted a similar player in James Carpenter. Here the problem that drafting a project brings. They tried JC at tackle and it was a nightmare. They moved him to guard and he was only good at run blocking. By the time that he was starting to become a player it was time to pay him. Now its the Jets that get the benefit of the Seahawks developing him.

      I can see why Ifedi was a terrible grade. He was a bad player at Texas A&M. He isn’t close to any of the Texas tackles that have been drafted in past years. Seattle is completely hoping they can develop him into something because he has great physical tools. What is going to happen in a few years if he gets it. Your giving him 3 to 5 years. The Seahawks aren’t going to pay him so what was the point. You could have taken a Whitehair who more technically sound and he be a solid starter from the jump. He may not have upside but at least you have a starting level guard or tackle who will be cheap for a few years.

      Sam Monson was right when he said that the biggest problem the NFL has it is chasing the dream of coach him up to elite status. That is the reality because if good was your only hope then others were available with lower ceiling but higher floors. Ifedi is a chase which would be fine for a team rebuilding and without big contracts. Seattle needs him to be much better quickly to justify the pick. I’m a Seahawks fan and overall liked the draft. Them drafting another project lineman I’m not a fan of.

      • http://www.michaeltoebe.com Michael

        Good post.

        Some pro teams, like college programs, fall in love with measurables and potential and grade that with greater weight than production.

        Or they look for 1 or 2 skill sets that work with their schemes, as foundation pieces.

  • crosseyedlemon

    Mike, if your statement that coaches can’t help a rookie QB improve is true then why are owners paying these coaches big bucks? If Hackenberg is a willing student then there is really no reason why the mechanics of his passing technique can’t be improved on. Learning to make good decisions is more important than mechanics anyway….the league has had some ugly passers who were effective (remember Billy Kilmer?)

    • James Rogers

      No matter how good a coach is, he can’t get blood out of a turnip. Hackenberg, in PFFs judgement, is simply not good enough to be a successful NFL QB.

    • TJ Smith

      In the history of football how many bad college quarterbacks have turned into amazing NFL players.

      Plus one of the problems with Hackenberg is he has very good mechanics. Some have said his mechanics are perfect but he still insanely inaccurate.

  • David Stinnett

    Ifedi is going to be a guard, they’re not idiots, and he’s perfect for that, as elite at run blocking and vs bull-rush. Vannett is arguably the best blocking TE in the draft, which is what SEA needs. He wasn’t used much as a passer, which this seems to be based predominately on, and the determination of his blocking was not based on performance. I’m not saying Ifedi was a good pick, as the value wasn’t good, but the perception of the situation there is uninformed.

  • Mehl81

    Lee doesn’t need to learn how to play LB. he’s already there. Watch much tape?

  • Eric O. Nelson, III

    Sure is hating on Ohio State, isn’t he? You would think they didn’t win a game last year.

    • TJ Smith

      The numbers would say Ohio State has some overrated players. The toughest players to scout are players on really talented teams. They could look better than they are. For a team that really wasn’t dominate in terms of individual games Ohio State sent a bunch of guys to the pros. My bet a few guys are overrated.

    • http://www.michaeltoebe.com Michael

      Hating on The OSU?

      I don’t think they care one way or another about a school.

  • TorreyAnderson

    Doesn’t entirely make sense to call Beavers a terrible pick when he was graded as an OT but will likely kick it inside to OG in the NFL. Now don’t get me wrong, there are a PLETHORA of players I would rather have had them take, but I’ve always struggled with this aspect of PFF’s draft analyzing. A lot of these guys are going to be used in completely different ways than they were in college.

  • Po Paul

    Mike Renner is the same guy who last year predicted that the Detroit Lions, after losing Ndamukong Suh to the Dolphins, would still have one of the top defenses in the NFL. Well, we all know how that prediction turned out. WRONG!!

    • TJ Smith

      PFF is not analytical site. I’m not really sure why people say that. PFF gives an actual grade to every play of a game. It isn’t coming up with formulas like some other sites. PFF grades what happened actually in the game. If a player drops a pass they get a negative grade. If they get a TD on a blown coverage they don’t get as much credit. If they whip the corner but the QB makes a terrible pass they get the credit. Not sure how that equals analytics.

  • Tuff Lynx

    I will simply disagree about Taylor Decker. I don’t feel that your grade for him is accurate or credible. Besides, there is a lot more to success in the NFL than being a flashy player. Maybe you guys should go ask LeCharles Bentley what he thinks about Taylor Decker? He certainly knows a hell of a lot more about being an NFL offensive lineman that you guys do.

    • matt

      What do you disagree about? He gives up more pressures then he should against the same competition as the other guys drafted that’s just facts. So Mr Bentley analyzed every snap of every game this kid played in? or was it just another retired player saying shit out of his ass because the kid passed his “eye test”? gimme a break man this isn’t 1987.

  • joseph curry

    In your evaluation of Sean Jones, you conveniently ignore the fact that he performed well at safety in his first 2 years and only switched to cornerback to help the team. You make it sound like the Steelers are changing his position when, in fact, they are going to use him at his natural position. Very biased and unprofessional review.

  • Jesse C Johnson

    I don’t understand how Derrick Henry was a bad pick the life of the nfl running back doesn’t last long and Demarco is in like his 6th or 7th yr they play alot alike so why can’t he be mentored and taught and be a fresh set of legs when Murray needs a break you absolutely need 2 backs in the nfl even if Henry isn’t a 3 down back the heisman was worth the 45th pick who knows Murray could down sometime this season we had like 3 or 4 running backs hurt last season I think it’s a perfect scheme based pick who can be a vital part of this teams future

    • Julie

      I agree and what makes PPF think Murray will be anywhere close to the 2014 Murray..what if he never gets back to the way he was or gets injured… I don’t agree with PFF most of the time and what makes their grades so good anyways?? Henry can very well be the #1 back with Titans if Murray doesn’t do well..

      • David Stinnett

        Oh you can bet he won’t, nor would anyone else. Tennessee is where RB’s have been going to die. They need to help those guys out. Do some better run blocking or something…

    • http://www.michaeltoebe.com Michael

      I think their biggest contention is why not draft another need position, one that is greater, than add a high pick for depth?

  • Samuel Charles

    I’d like to address this question to all my fellow readers complaining below.

    It’s early May. Do you really think an article like this qualifies as ‘clickbait’, stupid, dumb or worthless etc, when the single biggest thing this website is known for is grading players – — and PFF won’t even have preseason games to grade (& write about) for several months???

    If Pro Football Focus only covered Free Agency, and never wrote draft previews, draft player breakdowns, or draft reviews, this website would probably have to go dark between January and August (or write 5,000 articles they’ve already written).

    If you don’t like they’re draft coverage or grades etc, just come back in a few months. But I for one am grateful to read what they have to say, mix it what everybody else is guessing about these players, and then make an (un)educated guess for myself.

    Carry on.

  • The Turd

    this list is solo inaccurate

  • The Turd

    to be honest Jared Goff does not deserve #1 overall

  • The Turd

    future ryan leaf right there

  • The Turd

    and Robert Aguayo is not a bad pick

  • The Turd

    A questionable pick is Joey Bosa #3 overall

  • Dapostman

    Sure Tampa passed on some pretty good players to select the kicker. Doesn’t mean the selection of Aguayo was a bad choice. If he sticks as Tampa’s kicker for the next 15 years then the pick is worth it over playing kicker roulette. No guarantee that the player they would have selected would be better.

  • ShaneMacG

    There are a number of arguments here regarding these picks but, for the life of me, how hard would it have been to list in what round each of these players was chosen. Some I recognized as first round picks but to not list next to their names the round they were selected is daft.