Now that the 2016 NFL draft is in the books, the rookies can begin their preparation for the beginning of the regular season.
There were 253 picks who went off the board, from No. 1 pick Jared Goff on Thursday to Mr. Irrelevant Kalan Reed on Saturday. It was an eventful draft, ranging from Laremy Tunsil's fall out of the top 10 to the Jacksonville Jaguars' selection of Myles Jack in Round 2.
Now it's time to see what these rookies can do on the field. For the final time, let's see how the teams fared the last three days, as well as take a look at some trades that passed the test.
|2016 NFL Draft—Final Grades|
|Arizona Cardinals||B+||Arizona's selection of Robert Nkemdiche late in the first round (No. 29) highlighted its draft. The Cardinals also got some offensive line help with Evan Boehm and Cole Toner.|
|Atlanta Falcons||B+||Atlanta added speed to its defense with Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell. It got the best safety in the draft in Keanu Neal and a red-zone threat in Austin Hooper.|
|Baltimore Ravens||A||The Ravens got a future All-Pro in Ronnie Stanley to protect Joe Flacco as well as some serious pass-rushing help. But Keenan Reynolds is the highlight here. So good to see.|
|Buffalo Bills||A-||It was all defense for the Bills early on with Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland. But the addition of Cardale Jones in Round 4 puts the quarterback situation in Buffalo under a microscope.|
|Carolina Panthers||C+||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 Bears||B+||Leonard Floyd has good size (6'6", 244 lbs) 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 Bengals||A-||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 Browns||B+||Cleveland redeemed itself on Day 3 and gave Robert Griffin III some much-needed help with Rashard Higgins. He could slide into a starting role right away for the Browns.|
|Dallas Cowboys||A-||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—in Round 4.|
|Denver Broncos||B||Denver got its quarterback. Now it's a matter of grooming Paxton Lynch. Running back Devontae Booker is a huge steal in Round 4. He will compete with C.J. Anderson for carries immediately.|
|Detroit Lions||B+||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 Packers||C+||A ho-hum draft in Green Bay. Kenny Clark was questionable, but I do like Jason Spriggs to protect Aaron Rodgers. The rest of picks were for depth purposes.|
|Houston Texans||A-||Speed, speed and more speed. Will Fuller and Braxton Miller are going to be fun to watch, and expect RB Tyler Ervin to be Lamar Miller's backup and Houston's main return option.|
|Indianapolis Colts||B||It was all about getting Andrew Luck some help, and the Colts did that with center Ryan Kelly and OT Le'Raven Clark. Nothing too flashy. Solid draft for the Colts.|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||A+||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 Chiefs||B||Chris Jones is going to be solid, and I really like Demarcus Robinson. They will give QB Alex Smith some help on the outside.|
|Los Angeles Rams||A-||The Rams invested their entire draft on Jared Goff. It looks like it'll work because of the help they got him with WR Mike Thomas in the sixth round.|
|Miami Dolphins||B+||Social media hacking aside, Laremy Tunsil fell to No. 13, and the Dolphins could move him to guard if they'd like to. RB Kenyan Drake is also finally out of Derrick Henry's shadow.|
|Minnesota Vikings||A||Laquon Treadwell is the next Dez Bryant. Mackensie Alexander is a huge steal at No. 54, and the Vikings made an interesting choice in Round 6 with German receiver Moritz Boehringer. It'll be a storyline worth following.|
|New England Patriots||C||Not having that first-round pick hurt New England. I like CB Cyrus Jones, and he fills a need. Everyone else is just there, including N.C. State QB Jacoby Brissett.|
|New Orleans Saints||B+||The Saints needed speed up front, and Sheldon Rankins has that. QB Drew Brees has to be jumping for joy with the selection of WR Michael Thomas.|
|New York Giants||B||The 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 Jets||C+||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 Raiders||B+||I really like the Karl Joseph pick, and the Raiders got a bargain at No. 75 with Shilique Calhoun. Also, for insurance purposes, QB Connor Cook is a great backup to Derek Carr.|
|Philadelphia Eagles||A-||Much like the Rams, the Eagles bet the farm on a quarterback and got Carson Wentz. Will he be better than Jared Goff?|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||C-||Not a fan of Pittsburgh's draft. It missed a chance at William Jackson III but reached with CB Artie Burns (No. 25). Sean Davis is a pick based on upside.|
|San Diego Chargers||A-||The Joey Bosa pick at No. 3 was a shock, but it's been years since the Chargers had such a force up front. TE Hunter Henry is a safe pick, while center Max Tuerk gives Philip Rivers some help. I also like Joshua Perry at ILB.|
|San Francisco 49ers||B||Head coach Chip Kelly got his guy in DeForest Buckner and got another good pass-rusher in Appalachian State's Ronald Blair.|
|Seattle Seahawks||A-||Seattle is one of the few teams that addressed every need: protection for Russell Wilson, a backup running back and a swift defensive tackle.|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||C+||Tampa Bay did so well with Vernon Hargreaves and Noah Spence. It doesn't matter how great Roberto Aguayo is. You don't take a kicker in the second round—or trade up to get one.|
|Tennessee Titans||A||The Titans got Jack Conklin, which is a win in itself. They followed that pick with Kevin Dodd, Austin Johnson and Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry. There's lot to like in Tennessee.|
|Washington Redskins||A-||WR Josh Doctson is great. But the Redskins got two good under-the-radar picks in Su'a Cravens and Kendall Fuller. Once again, Washington filled some needs.|
Cleveland-Tennessee: No. 8 for No. 15
Not only did the Tennessee Titans get a plethora of picks when they traded the No. 1 pick to the Los Angeles Rams, but they were able to use some of those picks to trade back into the top 10 and take Michigan State Spartans offensive lineman Jack Conklin at No. 8.
The Titans did this to give young quarterback Marcus Mariota more protection. Taylor Lewan will take one of the tackle spots, and Conklin will have to develop on the other side.
The success of the Conklin pick will likely be determined by not only the Michigan State product’s play, but also Tunsil’s.
Cleveland also came away a winner in this trade. Taking Baylor Bears receiver Corey Coleman is a questionable move, but the Browns used a third-round pick from the Titans to get Auburn Tigers offensive tackle Shon Coleman. The Browns also got the Titans' second-round pick for next year.
Both teams came away as winners from this trade, and it helped two franchises in need of a jolt of excitement.
Baltimore-Jacksonville: No. 36 for No. 38
The Jacksonville Jaguars gave up a fifth-round pick to move up two spots to No. 36 and snag possibly the best linebacker in the draft in Myles Jack.
Based on what Jack brings to the table, this was a no-brainer. Drafting him and Jalen Ramsey (No. 5) made the Jaguars the winners of this draft, and it's not even close. These are the kinds of picks that turn a franchise around, as Don Banks from Sports Illustrated pointed out:
A few months back, Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack were very much in the discussion in terms of who would go first overall in this year’s NFL draft. At the very least, they were considered perhaps the two best defensive prospects available this year. As of Friday night, they’re rookie teammates, which is why the Jacksonville Jaguars have every right to believe they stand on the cusp of that long-awaited turnaround season.
The Ravens should not be slighted for this trade either. They got a fifth-round pick out of the deal and took Grand Valley State Lakers defensive end Matt Judon at No. 146. Baltimore also traded out of the No. 38 spot with the Miami Dolphins, getting the 42nd pick and a fourth-round pick. Those selections turned into Boise State Broncos defensive end Kamalei Correa and Cincinnati Bearcats wide receiver Chris Moore (No. 107), respectively.
Baltimore got the guys it wanted later in the draft, and Jacksonville got a game-changing linebacker to pair with the game-changing defensive back it took with the No. 5 pick.
Seattle-Chicago: No. 56 for No. 49
This trade wasn't as flashy as the other two, but the Seattle Seahawks got a major upgrade at defensive tackle after moving up seven spots in a trade with the Chicago Bears.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll is a fan of players who play fast and physical. That sums up Alabama Crimson Tide defensive tackle Jarran Reed in a nutshell. He's a 6'3", 307-pound force who replaces Brandon Mebane up front and is known for being disruptive in the run game.
Reed would have fit more in a 3-4 scheme at defensive tackle, but going to Seattle is not a bad consolation prize. Carroll has been known to take players who appear out of position (see: Bruce Irvin) and turn them into stars.
With the selection of Reed, ESPN Stats & Info highlighted how how highly Carroll values Alabama players:
The Seahawks will not be short on defensive line depth either, per Evan Silva of Rotoworld:
Seattle took a fourth-round pick to get Reed, and the Bears also got what they needed in Kansas State Wildcats guard Cody Whitehair at No. 56. It was another win-win situation for both teams, the theme for the most part throughout the NFL draft.