All summer I told you loyal draft fans that the 2016 class looked like the year of the pass-rusher, and it does. But the NFL is about to get an infusion of talent at running back, defensive tackle and linebacker that will rival most draft classes I've seen in my five years at Bleacher Report.
When you think of the 2016 draft class, you'll probably think of Jared Goff (QB, California) or Joey Bosa (EDGE, Ohio State), and you should, because they are two very capable headliners. But don't forget Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith—a Patrick Willis-like linebacker with three-down skills and the tools to play any of the three linebacker spots in a 4-3 scheme.
You also can't forget about UCLA nose tackle Kenny Clark, and how his ability to stop the run—the best in college football right now—is blended with rare quickness and athleticism for a 0-technique. And how about Ezekiel Elliott? The Ohio State running back is dominant as a runner and receiver, and he might just take the Heisman Trophy with him to the NFL.
The list goes on and on. And while draft analysts have a tendency to oversell the value of a class in the summer months, after four weeks of play, there is no doubt that the 2016 draft class has blue chips at the top.