NFL Draft 2016: List of Grades for Each Franchise Following Final ResultsApril 30, 2016
Following three days of intensive research and deliberation by all 32 NFL teams, draft season is officially over.
However, the evaluation process is just starting. And in that spirit, it's time to hand out some grades with all seven rounds of the draft complete.
Taking team needs, prospective fits and draft-pick values into account, here's a look at each team's haul and the grade they received.
|2016 NFL Draft Grades|
|Arizona Cardinals||Robert Nkemdiche, Brandon Williams, Evan Boehm, Marqui Christian, Cole Toner, Harlan Miller||B+|
|Atlanta Falcons||Keanu Neal, Deion Jones, Austin Hooper, De'Vondre Campbell, Wes Schweitzer, Devin Fuller||B-|
|Baltimore Ravens||Ronnie Stanley, Kamalei Correa, Bronson Kaufusi, Tavon Young, Chris Moore, Alex Lewis, Willie Henry, Kenneth Dixon, Matt Judon, Keenan Reynolds, Maurice Canady||A|
|Buffalo Bills||Shaq Lawson, Reggie Ragland, Adolphus Washington, Cardale Jones, Jonathan Williams, Kolby Listenbee, Kevon Seymour||B+|
|Carolina Panthers||Vernon Butler, James Bradberry, Daryl Worley, Zack Sanchez, Beau Sandland||C-|
|Chicago Bears||Leonard Floyd, Cody Whitehair, Jonathan Bullard, Deon Bush, Deiondre' Hall, Jordan Howard, DeAndre Houston-Carson, Daniel Braverman||A-|
|Cincinnati Bengals||William Jackson III, Tyler Boyd, Nick Vigil, Andrew Billings, Christian Westerman, Cody Core, Clayton Fejedelem||B-|
|Cleveland Browns||Corey Coleman, Emmanuel Ogbah, Carl Nassib, Shon Coleman, Cody Kessler, Joe Schobert, Ricardo Louis, Derrick Kindred, Seth DeValve, Jordan Payton, Spencer Drango, Rashard Higgins, Trey Caldwell, Scooby Wright III||C|
|Dallas Cowboys||Ezekiel Elliott, Jaylon Smith, Maliek Collins, Charles Tapper, Dak Prescott, Anthony Brown, Kavon Frazier, Darius Jackson, Rico Gathers||A-|
|Denver Broncos||Paxton Lynch, Adam Gotsis, Justin Simmons, Devontae Booker, Connor McGovern, Andy Janovich, Will Parks, Riley Dixon||B+|
|Detroit Lions||Taylor Decker, A'Shawn Robinson, Graham Glasgow, Miles Killebrew, Joe Dahl, Antwione Williams, Jake Rudock, Anthony Zettel, Jimmy Landes, Dwayne Washington||B|
|Green Bay Packers||Kenny Clark, Jason Spriggs, Kyler Fackrell, Blake Martinez, Dean Lowry, Trevor Davis, Kyle Murphy||B-|
|Houston Texans||Will Fuller, Nick Martin, Braxton Miller, Tyler Ervin, K.J. Dillon, D.J. Reader||A-|
|Indianapolis Colts||Ryan Kelly, T.J. Green, Le'Raven Clark, Hassan Ridgeway, Antonio Morrison, Joe Haeg, Trevor Bates, Austin Blythe||B+|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack, Yannick Ngakoue, Sheldon Day, Tyrone Holmes, Brandon Allen, Jonathan Woodard||A|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Chris Jones, KeiVarae Russell, Parker Ehinger, Eric Murray, Demarcus Robinson, Kevin Hogan, Tyreek Hill, D.J. White, Dadi Nicolas||C|
|Los Angeles Rams||Jared Goff, Tyler Higbee, Pharoh Cooper, Temarrick Hemingway, Josh Forrest, Mike Thomas||C+|
|Miami Dolphins||Laremy Tunsil, Xavien Howard, Kenyan Drake, Leonte Carroo, Jakeem Grant, Jordan Lucas, Brandon Doughty, Thomas Duarte||B|
|Minnesota Vikings||Laquon Treadwell, Mackensie Alexander, Willie Beavers, Kentrell Brothers, Moritz Boehringer, David Morgan, Stephen Weatherly, Jayron Kearse||B+|
|New England Patriots||Cyrus Jones, Joe Thuney, Jacoby Brissett, Vincent Valentine, Malcolm Mitchell, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Elandon Roberts, Ted Karras, Devin Lucien||B|
|New Orleans Saints||Sheldon Rankins, Michael Thomas, Vonn Bell, David Onyemata, Daniel Lasco||B+|
|New York Giants||Eli Apple, Sterling Shepard, Darian Thompson, B.J. Goodson, Paul Perkins, Jerell Adams||B|
|New York Jets||Darron Lee, Christian Hackenberg, Jordan Jenkins, Juston Burris, Brandon Shell, Lachlan Edwards, Charone Peake||C+|
|Oakland Raiders||Karl Joseph, Jihad Ward, Shilique Calhoun, Connor Cook, DeAndre Washington, Cory James, Vadal Alexander||B-|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Carson Wentz, Isaac Seumalo, Wendell Smallwood, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Blake Countess, Jalen Mills, Alex McCalister, Joe Walker||C+|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Artie Burns, Sean Davis, Javon Hargrave, Jerald Hawkins, Travis Feeney, DeMarcus Ayers, Tyler Matakevich||C|
|San Diego Chargers||Joey Bosa, Hunter Henry, Max Tuerk, Joshua Perry, Jatavis Brown, Drew Kaser, Derek Watt, Donavon Clark||B+|
|San Francisco 49ers||DeForest Buckner, Joshua Garnett, Will Redmond, Rashard Robinson, Ronald Blair, John Theus, Fahn Cooper, Jeff Driskel, Kelvin Taylor, Aaron Burbridge, Prince Charles Iworah||C|
|Seattle Seahawks||Germain Ifedi, Jarran Reed, C.J. Prosise, Nick Vannett, Rees Odhiambo, Quinton Jefferson, Alex Collins, Joey Hunt, Kenny Lawler, Zac Brooks||B|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Vernon Hargreaves, Noah Spence, Roberto Aguayo, Ryan Smith, Caleb Benenoch, Devante Bond, Dan Vitale||C|
|Tennessee Titans||Jack Conklin, Kevin Dodd, Austin Johnson, Derrick Henry, Kevin Byard, Tajae Sharpe, LeShaun Sims, Sebastian Tretola, Aaron Wallace, Kalan Reed||B+|
|Washington Redskins||Josh Doctson, Su'a Cravens, Kendall Fuller, Matt Ioannidis, Nate Sudfeld, Steven Daniels, Keith Marshall||A-|
|Source: Alec Nathan's Grades|
Below you'll find a breakdown of three intriguing fits from teams that received high marks on the grading scale.
Players to Watch
Braxton Miller, WR, Houston Texans
The Houston Texans had a clear goal entering the NFL draft: load up the offense with weapons for quarterback Brock Osweiler.
And while Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller was the team's big get in Round 1, Ohio State wideout Braxton Miller may wind up being a sensational third-round steal.
Although Miller is just one year removed from making the transition to receiver at Ohio State, he has the ability to serve as a brilliant complement out of the slot to the Texans' two burners on the outside.
"Braxton Miller, just a versatile player, explosive player," Texans general manager Rick Smith said, per the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson. "Trying to impact our football team, adding players who can add dimensions to our football team who can make plays with the ball in their hands and certainly he can do that."
DeAndre Hopkins, your thoughts?
While it may take Miller some time to adjust to more complex route concepts at the next level, he should have no problem evolving into Houston's most dynamic open-field weapon over the next few seasons.
Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints addressed the defensive side of the ball in the first round when they snagged tackle Sheldon Rankins, but they opted to give quarterback Drew Brees some reinforcements at wide receiver in Round 2 when they selected Michael Thomas at No. 47 overall.
The former Buckeye may not have garnered hype like Fuller, Laquon Treadwell, Josh Doctson or Corey Coleman, but he's a sure-handed receiver who can create separation on the outside with his brilliant footwork.
Contrast Thomas' skill set with that of burner Brandin Cooks, and the Saints may have a dynamite one-two punch on their hands as they seek to rebound from back-to-back 7-9 campaigns and the loss of veteran Marques Colston.
"They just lost Marques...and the offense is tremendous and the coaching staff is tremendous also," Thomas said, per the Times-Picayune's Katherine Terrell. "I wouldn't have chosen anywhere else. But you can't pick; they pick you. So I just enjoyed the process."
Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
Whatever the record for single-season rushes is by a team is, the Tennessee Titans appear hellbent on breaking it.
After acquiring DeMarco Murray from the Philadelphia Eagles in March, the Titans went out on a limb and selected reigning Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry in Friday night's second round.
And while Henry's selection may have appeared redundant with another power back like Murray already on the roster, the Titans believe both players can thrive, not just as interchangeable parts, but as backs who share the field.
"Like we said, we can extend them (outside); we can do a number of things with these guys," Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said, per the Tennessean's John Glennon. "They are both very good in receiving skills. You’ve got a lot of options if you want both of them on the field at the same time."
Questions will undoubtedly abound regarding the Titans' ability to properly deploy Henry and Murray in inventive ways, but there's no denying the team has the bruising backs necessary to take the pressure off quarterback Marcus Mariota a year after he was repeatedly crunshed behind a shaky offensive line.