How all 31 first-round picks have played this season

See grades for Joey Bosa, Carson Wentz, Jalen Ramsey, and every 2016 first-round pick entering Week 8.

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How all 31 first-round picks have played this season


As we near the midpoint of the season, it’s time to reflect back on the first round of the 2016 NFL draft, with a focus on the production thus far from the top selections. Here we break down the play of every first-rounder (in order of their pick, not by performance). As is the case every season, a handful of players have yet to see the field due to injury or depth-chart spot, while some have made immediate impacts for their teams through the first seven weeks.

1. Jared Goff, QB, Rams (California)

Snaps: 0

Overall grade: N/A

Jared Goff looked pretty lost in the preseason, and doesn’t seem to have ever been close to assuming the No. 1 QB spot for the Rams, no matter how uninspiring Case Keenum has looked in his place. Whether or not this is a long-term issue for Goff remains up for debate, but at the very least, it’s clear the Rams underestimated just how far the rookie was from being ready to play at the NFL level.

2. Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles (North Dakota State)

Snaps: 385

Overall grade: 86.7

If Goff needed anything to put his struggles into sharper focus, the QB that was supposed to have further to go to be NFL ready has hit the ground running. Even after struggling against the Vikings, Wentz has a top-five ranking among PFF’s QB grades, and has looked entirely capable of leading an NFL offense. He has completed 63.8 percent of his passes, despite suffering 10 drops from his receivers.

3. Joey Bosa, DE/OLB, Chargers (Ohio State)

Snaps: 130

Overall grade: 87.4

Finally getting on the field in Week 5, Bosa has been a dominant force for the Chargers. He has 20 total pressures and nine defensive stops in just two-and-a-half games’ worth of snaps, and is generating pressure at a faster rate than Von Miller (doing so against some good NFL pass protectors, too). Bosa is making the whole contract dispute look ridiculous, and is a front-runner for Defensive Rookie of the Year already.

Joey Bosa

4. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys (Ohio State)

Snaps: 291

Overall grade: 75.9

Through seven weeks of the season, Ezekiel Elliott leads the league in rushing (703 yards), but much of the heavy lifting has been done by the Dallas offensive line. Only five backs have a smaller percentage of their rushing yards come after contact, and Elliott has broken only 11 tackles. He has played well, but not nearly as well as the box-score stats suggest.

5. Jalen Ramsey, CB, Jaguars (Florida State)

Snaps: 421

Overall grade: 72.3

Ramsey has had good and bad games so far this season for the Jaguars, but definitely flashed the high-level potential that made him such a high draft pick. He has allowed 61.8 percent of the passes thrown his way to be caught and a passer rating of 102.9.

6. Ronnie Stanley, OT, Ravens (Notre Dame)

Snaps: 210

Overall grade: 71.2

Ronnie Stanley didn’t quite live up to the levels he showed in the preseason before injury took him out of the lineup following Week 3. He has only allowed one sack, but has surrendered nine total pressures and three penalties in fewer than half the snaps of some of the other tackles with comparable numbers.

7. DeForest Buckner, DE, 49ers (Oregon)

Snaps: 391

Overall grade: 74.9

DeForest Buckner has been extremely active for the 49ers, but has yet to be as destructive in the NFL as he was at Oregon. He has two sacks, three hits, 12 hurries, a batted pass, and 12 defensive stops, but has struggled to anchor against double teams, in particular, and has been part of a lightweight 49ers’ defensive front that has struggled to stop the run.

8. Jack Conklin, OT, Titans (Michigan State)

Snaps: 476

Overall grade: 86.4

Conklin has been one of the most impressive rookies right off the bat. He has yet to surrender a sack, and has given up just 11 total pressures and a penalty on nearly 500 snaps of NFL action. The Titans do give him a little more help than average in terms of sliding the line that way and providing extra blocking help, but he still performs better than average when they don’t make those adjustments.

9. Leonard Floyd, OLB, Bears (Georgia)

Snaps: 206

Overall grade: 43.9

A versatile player at Georgie, Leonard Floyd has been deployed by the Bears almost exclusively as an outside linebacker in their defense, but has just eight total pressures to his name—even if three of them are sacks. He hasn’t been bad, but the Bears had likely hoped for a little more impact.

10. Eli Apple, CB, Giants (Ohio State)

Snaps: 171

Overall grade: 66.1

Apple has only been thrown at 18 times this season, allowing 11 of those passes (61.1 percent) to be caught. He has yet to notch an interception, but has three pass breakups and is allowing a passer rating of 100.9 when targeted.

11. Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Buccaneers (Florida)

Snaps: 380

Overall grade: 68.4

Hargreaves was dominant in the preseason, and while he hasn’t been quite that good in the regular season, he has been a solid starter for the Bucs. Thrown at 37 times—surrendering 25 receptions (67.6 percent)—he has yet to allow a touchdown, and like Apple, has yet to record his first NFL interception.

12. Sheldon Rankins, DT, Saints (Louisville)

Snaps: 0

Overall grade: N/A

A broken fibula suffered in the preseason has kept Sheldon Rankins off the field entirely this season.

13. Laremy Tunsil, G, Dolphins (Ole Miss)

Snaps: 365

Overall grade: 77.2

Laremy Tunsil has played left guard for Miami, but has seen time at left tackle when injuries forced reshuffles along the line. Tunsil has allowed just one sack all season (coming when he was at left tackle), and the past couple of weeks have seen him run-blocking well.

14. Karl Joseph, S, Raiders (West Virginia)

Snaps: 328

Overall grade: 80.0

It took Oakland a couple of weeks to get Joseph on the field, but since then, the former Mountaineer has been a starting member of the secondary and played well, particularly in coverage. He has 10 defensive stops, which leads all rookie safeties, and is the only one of the group with an interception.

15. Corey Coleman, WR, Browns (Baylor)

Snaps: 102

Overall grade: 67.4

Injuries have limited Coleman’s playing time, and right now, he doesn’t even have the most snaps among Browns rookie WRs. He has been thrown at just 12 times, catching seven passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Coleman is a big play waiting to happen, but he needs to be on the field to perform.

16. Taylor Decker, OT, Lions (Ohio State)

Snaps: 451

Overall grade: 79.4

Taylor Decker wasn’t somebody that PFF analysts were too high on in the draft process, but so far as a rookie, he has performed reasonably well. Decker has surrendered three sacks, 17 total QB pressures, and has been flagged five times, but many of those have been late in developing, and he actually has a solid pass-protection grade.

17. Keanu Neal, S, Falcons (Florida)

Snaps: 332

Overall grade: 83.7

Neal has brought a presence to the Falcons’ defense that just makes the unit look better when he’s on the field. Capable of delivering big hits, he has eight defensive stops to his name and has been used to cover people one-on-one often. Neal has been thrown at 37 times when in primary coverage—20 more times than any other rookie safety—but has allowed just 51.4 percent of those passes to be caught.

18. Ryan Kelly, C, Colts (Alabama)

Snaps: 502

Overall grade: 78.8

First-round interior linemen are supposed to be safe, solid picks, and so far Ryan Kelly has been that. The former Alabama standout has yet to allow a sack on Andrew Luck, though he has surrendered 12 QB pressures; Kelly’s run blocking has also been impressive. The rookie center hasn’t exactly dominated, but he has been more than solid, which for the Colts’ offensive line is an upgrade over previous seasons.

19. Shaq Lawson, DE, Bills (Clemson)

Snaps: 13

Overall grade: N/A

Shoulder surgery shut Shaq Lawson down before he had a chance to get near the field, but he has just made it back, and Week 7 marked his first NFL snaps. He recorded a hurry and one defensive stop, but 13 snaps is too small of a sample size to give him a fair grade.

20. Darron Lee, LB, Jets (Ohio State)

Snaps: 273

Overall grade: 38.8

Darron Lee has all the athleticism and measurables in the world, but they have yet to translate to quality play on the field. In coverage, in particular, he has been underwhelming; Lee has been responsible for three touchdowns in seven weeks, as well as the most receiving yards of any rookie linebacker.

21. Will Fuller, WR, Texans (Notre Dame)

Snaps: 376

Overall grade: 69.2

An explosive start to his season hasn’t continued as the Texans may have hoped, but much of that has been down to the play of QB Brock Osweiler. Fuller has two touchdowns and 349 receiving yards, but also four drops to his name, catching only 53.3 percent of the passes thrown his way.

22. Josh Doctson, WR, Redskins (TCU)

Snaps: 31

Overall grade: N/A

Josh Doctson’s rookie season has been blighted by injury, and he had only seen the field in two games—the first two of the year—before being placed on IR, ending his season.

23. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Vikings (Ole Miss)

Snaps: 11

Overall grade: N/A

We’re seven weeks into the season and the Minnesota Vikings’ offense—still in need of an impact receiver—has put Treadwell on the field just 11 times. Mike Zimmer has a reputation for bringing young players along slowly, but nothing about this is good for the Vikings in the short term.

24. William Jackson III, CB, Bengals (Houston)

Snaps: 0

Overall grade: N/A

A torn pectoral muscle suffered in the first padded practice quelled Jackson’s rookie impact, and the team is still not sure if he will make it back for any of his first season.

25. Artie Burns, CB, Steelers (University of Miami)

Snaps: 239

Overall grade: 50.1

Much of the downgrades Burns has received have been in the run game, and his six missed tackles lead all rookie cornerbacks, but his coverage has been less than stellar, too. He has allowed 70.8 percent of the passes thrown his way to be caught, and is giving up a passer rating of 108.0 when targeted.

26. Paxton Lynch, QB, Broncos (Memphis)

Snaps: 119

Overall grade: 48.9

Trevor Siemian is the Denver starter, but injury has given Paxton Lynch some snaps in his stead. Nothing Lynch did in those snaps will have anybody writing about a QB controversy any time soon, however. Lynch made a few nice passes, but there was plenty of bad in there, and he looked like a rookie QB in need of development time.

27. Kenny Clark, DT, Packers (UCLA)

Snaps: 147

Overall grade: 70.0

UCLA’s late graduation put Kenny Clark behind the eight-ball from the outset, but he has been improving over the past few weeks, and has begun to make a legitimate impact as a run defender. Clark has just one total pressure on the season as a pass-rusher, but has recorded seven defensive stops, all of which have come in the run game.

28. Joshua Garnett, G, 49ers (Stanford)

Snaps: 149

Overall grade: 47.5

Joshua Garnett didn’t get on the field until Week 5, playing 18 snaps against the Arizona Cardinals, but he has started the two games since. He was completely victimized by Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy in the passing game, but did well as a run blocker. Garnett already surrendered 13 total pressures in just 100 pass-blocking snaps.

29. Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Cardinals (Ole Miss)

Snaps: 25

Overall grade: N/A

A high-ankle sprain has kept Nkemdiche off the field almost entirely. He suffered the injury in camp, and then re-aggravated it almost as soon as he made it back on the field. 25 snaps are too small of a sample size for a fair grade for the rookie.

30. Vernon Butler, DT, Panthers (Louisiana Tech)

Snaps: 64

Overall grade: 71.4

Carolina’s defensive front hasn’t been anything near the unit it was last season, and the Panthers could have done with an impact from Butler off the bench, but that just hasn’t happened. Butler has only played 64 snaps, and has just two total pressures from 46 pass-rushing snaps, along with only one stop in the run game.

31. Germain Ifedi, G, Seahawks (Texas A&M)

Snaps: 189

Overall grade: 35.7

Injury kept Germain Ifedi sidelined until Week 4, but his three games since have been poor, albeit against some tough competition in two of the three contests. Against the Cardinals he was abused by Calais Campbell, in particular, surrendering three QB pressures and a penalty; he also got destroyed quickly on more than one occasion, only for the ball to come out before it became pressure. At this point, Ifedi is more athlete than football player.

| Senior Analyst

Sam is a Senior Analyst at Pro Football Focus, as well as a contributor to ESPN.

  • Mike

    Again, you cannot grade an OL based on penalties UNLESS you plan to come up with a way to hurt a player grade when he holds and is NOT called for it. The NFL can control games with penalties and no calls. I think PFF has an oppotunity to bring this to light by judging holding penalties for themselves…

    • sjt2115

      Holding and not getting called for it is called good blocking.

      • Mike

        No, it’s not. Holding is exactly how the NFL controls the outcome of football games. A call here or 5 no calls there turns a completely average football team into an elite one. PFF is already looking at every play, why not decide whether infractions are occurring in the trenches?

        I would love to see which teams get away with offensive holding the most–my guess would be the teams that win the most.

      • crosseyedlemon

        I think your delusional if you think coaches will applaud linemen for not getting caught holding when the team gets together to review game film.

        • Nelson Cobb

          Have you ever watched NFL Live on ESPN, show with Mark Schlereth and Jeff Saturday??? They’ve even said multiple times when they were playing, that they’d push it as far as the refs let it go. If the refs were keeping their flags in their pockets, they’d hold all the time until they did start calling it. That’s how it goes dude.

        • Michael

          Coaches will applaud lineman for not being caught holding, it’s actually considered good form. Many offensive line coaches teach techniques how to get away with holding.

      • Mike Riley

        So if Taylor Lewan grabs Khalil Mack by the facemask & swings him down potentially injuring him & its not called, that is good blocking? Smh

    • crosseyedlemon

      Unfortunately a whole Pandora’s box opens if analysis becomes based on non calls, which would have to extend to all infractions and not just those involving holding. PFF’s mandate does not include accounting for poor officiating which would only result in more criticism than they already have to deal with.

  • Zach

    As a Cowboys fan it’s exciting to see that as productive as Zeke has been he’s still barely scrapping the surface of how good he could behind that line and he has been grading out better each week he plays

  • Samuel Myers

    Just because Elliot hasn’t been forced to create his own yards doesn’t mean he should be penalized for it. I guess it’s your inability to factor explosiveness and vision into your running back grades. Your grade for him essentially supposes that most slightly above-average backs would produce as well. Not much evidence that a great offensive line, no matter how effective, can be that much of a factor in producing the top back in the league. A great line is an exceptionally valuable tool in producing success, just as a terrible line can make even the best backs look mediocre. But there’s a disconnect in terms of measuring what a player is able to create by finding the right hole, hitting it at the right time, and creating distance between himself and defenders in a short space. This is almost as important as being an effective tackle-breaker. I think you’re selling Elliot a bit short by giving him a grade that low — though you do have a hard time grading running backs in a convincing manner.

    • Hikaru2k13

      Agreed. Seems that they only focus on tackles broken, how many defenders they’ve made miss a tackle, yards after contact, etc. I understand that they’re set up to only measure tangibles, but I’ve been impressed by Zeke’s vision, how he’s getting better at setting up his blocks, heck, even how he measures his steps to set up defenders to hurdle them.

      Designed hole on the play isn’t there? He sees it quickly & bounces it outside or backside & he’s gone. I loved Murray in 2014 but Zeke makes plays that DeMarco couldn’t even dream of. The kid’s special, & seems to get better every week.

    • Buck Few ☣

      There is a difference between being penalized and not being given credit for something others did.

      He didn’t earn the credit so it isn’t a penalty to not give it to him.

      Just like with Emmitt Smith. People feel compelled to make up magic and fairy dust arguments to rationalize him being good because they can’t accept that the best line in football might get a RB a handful of free yards per carry. Vision, hitting the hole, explosiveness bla bla bla. They are all just rationalizations.

      For example. Barry Sanders was given -2 yards per carry by his O-line. Smith was given 3 yards per carry. So Barry’s 5 ypc was him earning 7 yards on his own. While Smith earned just 1.2 yards on his own after his line did all the hard work for 3 free yards that gave him for a total of just 4.2 ypc.

    • Nelson Cobb

      It’s funny. 2014, Cowboys fans cry about Murray not getting enough respect as the best RB in the NFL. 2015, Murray leaves, and all of a sudden Murray sucks, and it was all the Oline, and any RB could get a 1,000 yards behind the Cowboys Oline. The latter point was proven to be true during the 2015 season, and Darren McFadden ran for almost 1,100 yards in just over half a season, 4.6 ypc after 3 straight years of not averaging better than 3.4 ypc in Oakland. Now, 2016 comes along, Cowboys get a new shiny hyped up RB, and what a surprise, now you’re complaining about your RB not getting enough respect again and the Oline getting too much. What a joke!!! That’s why so many people hate Cowboys fans.

    • TJ Smith

      3 backs have been maybe the best in the league behind Dallas oline. I like Elliott but that can’t be ignored. If he not breaking tackles he would struggle on many lines.

  • martineast

    Yes K. Clark is a run stopper. Good work.

    • Buck Few ☣

      He’s a double team eating run stopper. In a 3-4, those guys are critical for success. It frees up all the linebackers to run around and make plays.

    • GBPFan12

      No doubt, that’s what we need out of our 3-4 Nose tackles… Clog up the middle and everyone else just has to swarm to the ball carrier.

  • Daniel Varnadore

    I know its early and theres a lot of football left this season not to mention their respective careers, obviously, but Atlanta received a LOT of negative press and grades over their entire draft class but Keanu Neal, Deion Jones and Devondre Campbell. Yet all they’ve done is to perform good to great at best and mediocre at worst according to perspective and perceived expectations or lack thereof. Neal and Jones were panned as reaches as was Campbell and the guard, Schweitzer, who most didn’t even give a draft eligible grade to (granted he hasn’t played yet but we just dropped our top backup at guard in Mike Person, placing him firmly on the brink of significant playing time if/when injury strikes). Time will tell their true value but at this juncture, our draft class has played immediate dividends….didn’t even mention Austin Hooper, who has proven capable and reliable as a downfield receiving threat.

  • anon76returns

    Karl Joseph is NOT the only rookie S with an INT. 6th round selection Will Parks also has one (off of Andy Dalton).

    • 816KillaCityRoyalChief816

      And Parks isn’t a 1st rd pick, which doesn’t make him apart of the group (1st rd) that’s the article about.

      • anon76returns

        Read the sentence again: “He has 10 defensive stops, which leads all rookie safeties, and is the only one of the group with an interception.”
        Either “all rookie safeties” is changing after the comma to “1st round players” (in which case it is poorly written), or else their information is inaccurate, as I pointed out.

        • 816KillaCityRoyalChief816

          Still doesn’t change the fact that it’s about the players that’s listed. Only need 2 to form a group also,which happens to be the number of safeties that were drafted in the 1st rd.

  • MarcM

    Don’t get me wrong I like him I was really hoping he slipped to the Raiders in the draft…I just don’t think he’s the kind of transcendent talent like AP or other great backs. That OLine is insane and deserves its credit, and still too early to really know how good he is

  • 816KillaCityRoyalChief816

    Terrible write up on Coleman who scored two td’s and went over 100 yds in his second game. Only 12 targets for him since he broke his hand in practice after said game. Lazy work

  • crosseyedlemon

    Ironically, the Patriots who exercised the George Allen strategy of passing on a first round pick, are playing better than anyone.

  • Tom Biondo

    Everyone from ESPN on down destroyed the Chargers for taking Bosa over Buckner, Ramsey, Tunsil. They were like, BOSA, WWhaat. Where are those talking heads now??? Oh, I just bought a Bosa team jersey…be wearin it around the house this Sunday.