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NFL Draft 2016 Grades: Final Results and Grades Following Day 3

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIIMay 1, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, MD - DECEMBER 28:  Keenan Reynolds #19 of the Navy Midshipmen rushes the ball against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the third quarter of their 44-28 win during the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on December 28, 2015 in Annapolis, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Connor Cook finally came off the board. The Dallas Cowboys might have their quarterback of the future. Keenan Reynolds was drafted.

Those were just a few of the big storylines to happen in the final day of the 2016 NFL draft on Saturday. With seven rounds in the books, it's time to discuss how each team did this year. This is also a sign the new NFL season is underway, so everybody party.

Here are some grades and some final thoughts on this year's draft.

2016 NFL Draft—Final Grades
TeamGradeNotes
Arizona CardinalsB+Arizona's draft is highlighted by taking Robert Nkemdiche late in the first round. Also got some offensive line help with Evan Boehm and Cole Toner.
Atlanta FalconsB+Atlanta added speed to its defense with Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell. I assess they got the best safety in the draft in Keanu Neal and a red-zone threat in Austin Hooper.
Baltimore RavensAThe Ravens got a future All-Pro in Ronnie Stanley to protect Joe Flacco and some serious pass-rushing help. But Keenan Reynolds is the highlight here. So good to see.
Buffalo BillsA-All defense for the Bills with Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland. But now we need to look at the quarterback situation in Buffalo under a microscope with the addition of Cardale Jones.
Carolina PanthersC+The Panthers took three corners in a row. You think they miss Josh Norman? Vernon Butler is a great pick and adds to that intimidating defensive front.
Chicago BearsB+Leonard Floyd has good size to be a great pass-rusher. Cody Whitehair is an immediate starter at guard and Jonathan Bullard will make a great third-down rusher in Chicago.
Cincinnati BengalsA-The Bengals did good by getting William Jackson III and Tyler Boyd, but they got amazing value with Andrew Billings in Round 4 and Christian Westerman in Round 5.
Cleveland BrownsB+Cleveland redeemed itself on Day 3 and gave Robert Griffin III some much-needed help with Rashard Higgins. Could slide into a starting role right away for the Browns.
Dallas CowboysA-Ezekiel Elliott and Jaylon Smith are great picks, but they're major stretches. Dallas made up for it by taking the second-tier quarterback with the highest upside—Dak Prescott.
Denver BroncosBDenver got its quarterback. Now it's a matter of grooming Paxton Lynch. Devontae Booker is a huge steal in Round 4. He will compete with C.J. Anderson for carries immediately.
Detroit LionsB+Taylor Decker is great, but the Lions' draft revolves around A'Shawn Robinson. To get him at No. 46 is absurd. And Miles Killebrew is fun to watch.
Green Bay PackersC+A ho-hum draft in Green Bay. Kenny Clark was questionable, but I do like Jason Spriggs to protect Aaron Rodgers. Rest of picks were depth purposes.
Houston TexansA-Speed, speed and more speed. Will Fuller and Braxton Miller are going to be fun to watch, and I expect Tyler Ervin to be Lamar Miller's backup and Houston's main return option.
Indianapolis ColtsBIt was all about getting Andrew Luck some help, and the Colts did that with Ryan Kelly and Le'Raven Clark. Nothing too flashy. Solid draft for the Colts.
Jacksonville JaguarsA+Jalen Ramsey. Myles Jack. But that's not all. The Jaguars grabbed Montana OLB Tyrone Holmes, who led the FCS with 18 sacks. Jacksonville is going to be scary.
Kansas City ChiefsBChris Jones is going to be solid, and I really like Demarcus Robinson. Going to give Alex Smith some help on the outside.
Los Angeles RamsA-The Rams invested their entire draft on Jared Goff. It looks like it'll work because of the help the Rams got him with Mike Thomas in the sixth round.
Miami DolphinsB+Social media hacking aside, Laremy Tunsil fell to No. 13, and the Dolphins could move him to guard if they'd like to. Kenyan Drake is also finally out of Derrick Henry's shadow.
Minnesota VikingsALaquon Treadwell is the next Dez Bryant. Mackensie Alexander is a huge steal at No. 54, and they got a great story with German receiver Moritz Boehringer.
New England PatriotsCNot having that first-round pick hurt New England. I like Cyrus Jones, and that fills a need. Everything else is just there, including NC State QB Jacoby Brissett.
New Orleans SaintsB+The Saints needed speed up front, and Sheldon Rankins fills that. Drew Brees has to be jumping for joy with the selection of Michael Thomas.
New York GiantsBThe Giants made up for the Eli Apple pick by getting Victor Cruz's replacement (Sterling Shepard) and the most underrated safety in this class (Darian Thompson).
New York JetsC+The Jets started out well with Darron Lee and then took Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the second round. Jets fans are begging for Ryan Fitzpatrick to come back soon.
Oakland RaidersB+I really like the Karl Joseph pick, and the Raiders got a bargain at No. 75 with Shilique Calhoun. Also, for insurance purposes, Connor Cook is a great backup to Derek Carr.
Philadelphia EaglesA-Much like the Rams, the Eagles bet the farm on a quarterback and got Carson Wentz. Will he be better than Jared Goff?
Pittsburgh SteelersC-Not a fan of Pittsburgh's draft. Missed a chance at William Jackson III but it reached with Artie Burns. Sean Davis is a pick based on upside.
San Diego ChargersA-Shocked they took Joey Bosa, but it's been years since the Chargers had such a force up front. Hunter Henry is a safe pick, while Max Tuerk gives Philip Rivers some help. Also like Joshua Perry at ILB.
San Francisco 49ersBChip Kelly got his guy in DeForest Buckner and got another really good pass-rusher in Appalachian State's Ronald Blair.
Seattle SeahawksA-Seattle is one of the few teams that addressed every single need: protection for Russell Wilson, a backup running back and a swift defensive tackle.
Tampa Bay BuccaneersC+Tampa Bay did so well with Vernon Hargreaves III and Noah Spence. I don't care how great Roberto Aguayo is. You don't take a kicker in the second round.
Tennessee TitansAThe Titans got Jack Conklin, which is a win in itself. They followed with Kevin Dodd, Austin Johnson and Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry. A lot to like in Tennessee.
Washington RedskinsA-Josh Doctson is great. But the Redskins got two good under-the-radar picks in Su'a Cravens and Kendall Fuller. Once again, needs were filled in Washington.

Draft Winners

Baltimore Ravens

From top to bottom, the Ravens' draft was impressive, and it started with getting a future All-Pro offensive tackle in Ronnie Stanley. 

Baltimore followed that with back-to-back defensive ends, grabbing Kamalei Correa from Boise State and Bronson Kaufusi. Both of those guys add speed and length, respectively, to a Ravens defense that desperately needs it.

But Day 3 was about the feel-good story of Navy athlete Keenan Reynolds going in the sixth round. Reynolds told ESPN the Ravens will use him as a receiver and kick returner this year, per Evan Silva of Rotoworld. It will take time for Reynolds to develop the tools to play receiver, but his speed is unquestionable and will be an asset head coach John Harbaugh will gladly use when he can.

The injuries to quarterback Joe Flacco and receiver Steve Smith derailed Baltimore's season in 2015, but this firepower the Ravens added on both sides of the ball should surely get them back into contention next year.

Jacksonville Jaguars

If getting Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack in the first two rounds wasn't enough for the Jaguars, they got Montana outside linebacker Tyrone Holmes in the sixth round. He led all FCS competition with 18 sacks a year ago.

There's no more concern if the Jaguars can rush the passer. Jacksonville will get Dante Fowler back this year, Jack is a sneaky blitzer up the middle and Holmes could start opposite Fowler in a year or two.

The Jaguars are also getting a freak athlete, based on Holmes' NFL Scouting Combine numbers, per Jaguars senior vice president of analytics Tony Khan:

Tony Khan @TonyKhan

With pick 181, @Jaguars select DE Tyrone Holmes from Montana. Tyrone led the FCS with 18 sacks, ran the 40 in 4.59, and had a 37.5 vertical.

Ramsey only had three interceptions in college, but that number should go up his rookie year thanks to this pass-rushing unit. The Jaguars already did well by addressing defense early in the draft, but getting Holmes and even Yannick Ngakoue in the third round adds another dimension to that stout Jacksonville pass rush.

Tennessee Titans

It was a risk the Titans were taking by trading the No. 1 pick to the Los Angeles Rams. It ended up being a risk worth taking.

The Titans traded back into the top 10, with the Cleveland Browns, and took Michigan State offensive lineman Jack Conklin with the eighth pick. He'll be a good friend to quarterback Marcus Mariota, new running back DeMarco Murray and the other new Titans running back—2015 Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry.

Tennessee took Henry midway through the second round, 12 picks after taking Clemson defensive end Kevin Dodd and two picks after snagging Penn State defensive tackle Austin Johnson. The Titans not only addressed offense, but they also added two disruptive forces on the defensive line.

And if you were wondering, Murray seems to be just fine with the Titans' draft strategy:

DeMarco Murray @DeMarcoMurray

Load up the wagon boys! #titanup #gata welcome to the fam @KingHenry_2 @Jack_Conklin74....

The AFC South is no longer the Indianapolis Colts' division to win. All four teams have a legitimate claim to win the title next year. It will only be a matter of time before the Titans and Jaguars make a run at the playoffs, which would have been a weird thing to say last year.

Dallas Cowboys

After the first two rounds, the Cowboys would've been losers. Ezekiel Elliott is a great talent, but he's a risk. Jaylon Smith is terrific, but that knee is a concern. The Cowboys needed something else to assure those two picks were worth it.

Enter the fourth round, when Dallas took Tony Romo's potential successor—Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott.

There are off-field concerns, like that DUI Prescott was charged with in March. But the upside is off-the- charts. Prescott completed 66.2 percent of his passes while throwing for 29 touchdowns to only five interceptions. He's a raw prospect as a pocket passer, but compared to Christian Hackenberg, Prescott has a college resume worthy of having teams taking a chance on him.

Prescott has a chance to be this year's Russell Wilson. He won't play right away, but the resume and intangibles are there, as displayed in this list of accomplishments, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News:

Jon Machota @jonmachota

Long bio sheet for Dak Prescott. 38 school records https://t.co/z1DVbPsgKn

With the Cowboys taking him in the fourth round, Kevin Turner of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas thinks it's a great value pick:

Kevin Turner @ktfuntweets

I don't hate the Dak Prescott pick. I don't love the Dak Prescott pick. I'm okay with the Dak Prescott pick. Good value there.

If the future in Dallas revolves around Prescott, Elliott and Dez Bryant, that might not be a bad thing for the Cowboys. Prescott didn't make Dallas winners alone, but when you take a thorough look at this draft class, the Cowboys came out winners.

Draft Losers

Pittsburgh Steelers

This was a very ho-hum draft for the Steelers. It wasn't bad, but there weren't any eye-popping names.

Pittsburgh used its first two picks on corners, both raw but with potential upside. Artie Burns, the first-round pick, is fast. That's about it. Pittsburgh needed to get faster in the secondary, but Burns is probably someone who could have gone in the second or third round.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora thinks he could've been a potential pick a few spots later:

Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora

Steelers take Artie Burns, a corner that would have been in play for the Cardinals among others

The same goes for Sean Davis. He has great size at 6'1" and 201 pounds and could potentially convert to safety down the road. His speed and athleticism make him an intriguing pick, but again, he possibly could've gone later.

Defensive tackle Javon Hargrave is a solid pick in Round 3, but other than that, nothing stood out for head coach Mike Tomlin and his team. This draft class will be a "wait-and-see" process, especially since they passed on the likes of Mackensie Alexander and Kendall Fuller.

Carolina Panthers

The early candidate for hottest post-draft hot take is the Panthers really miss Josh Norman.

Getting Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler at the end of the first round was a great call. It gives Carolina another dominant force in the middle, which is already an unfair advantage for the reigning NFC champions.

Then the train went off the rail. James Bradberry, Daryl Worley and Zack Sanchez were Carolina's next three picks. All three of those players are corners, all with an NFL.com grade of less than 5.6 which means they're probably backups or eventual starters.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is a smart defensive coach, so he has to know what he's doing. But again, much like the Steelers, passing on the likes of Alexander or Fuller here for three unproven guys is a reach.

Maybe that's why they took Butler in the first round, per ESPN's Trey Wingo:

trey wingo @wingoz

The Butler pick living proof @Panthers GM Dave Gettleman believes the pass rush creates better corners.

Again, it's a wait-and-see approach for the Panthers. It makes you wonder if they'd prioritize corner this much if they didn't rescind Norman's franchise tag.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay started off well. Vernon Hargreaves III, possibly the best corner in the draft, fell to Tampa early in the first round. The Bucs followed that with Eastern Kentucky defensive end Noah Spence in the second round.

This was shaping up to be a solid draft for Tampa Bay. Now, let's talk about Roberto Aguayo. 

For those not familiar with Aguayo, he played his college football at Florida State. He's a kicker, and the Buccaneers drafted him with the 59th pick of the draft.

A kicker went in the second round. And Tampa Bay even traded up to get him.

Let's be clear: Aguayo is probably the next Stephen Gostkowski. He has a very powerful leg, and he's accurate. He made all 198 of his extra-point attempts and made 88.5 percent of his field goals. But kickers should not be going in the second round at any point.

And the Bucs are investing a lot to get a kicker who struggled from distance the last two years, per Pro Football Focus:

Pro Football Focus @PFF

Roberto Aguayo was only 14-22 on kicks of 40+ yards in 2014 and 2015.

Tampa Bay addressed two major needs at corner and defensive end, but after drafting Aguayo, it was a draft of mystery and confusion.

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