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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Pittsburgh Steelers

With the NFL season over it’s time to look at each team’s draft class and grade them on a PRODUCTION ONLY  basis.  Let’s see what teams had first year success and which ones are hoping for better in year two.

POINTS SCALE

Round 1: 0-5
Round 2: 0-4
Round 3: 0-3
Round 4: 0-2
Round 5: 0-1
Round 6 – Undrafted:  Points only awarded if player was productive, no scale.

Bonus points are awarded to any player who out-performed their draft slot.

Round 1 – Artie Burns CB, Miami

Analysis – Burns was solid with 65 tackles and 3 picks.  He’s exactly what this secondary needed.
Score – 5/5

Round 2 -Sean Davis CB/S, Maryland

Analysis – Davis really came on the second half of the season and ended with 70 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 1 pick.  Another much needed part for this secondary.
Score – 4/4

Round 3 – Javon Hargrave DT, South Carolina St.

Analysis – Hargrave was forced into a starting job and more than held his own.  He finished the season with 27 tackles and 2 sacks.
Score – 3/3

Round 4 – Jerald Hawkins OT, LSU

Analysis – Hawkins missed the year with injuries.
Score – 0/2

Round 6 – Travis Feeney OLB, Washington

Analysis – Feeney was cut and is now property of the Saints.
Score – 0/1

Round 7 – Demarcus Ayers WR, Houston

Analysis – Ayers had 6 catches for 53 yds and a TD.  That’s more than most 6th rounders do.
Score – .25/0

Round 7 – Tyler Matakevich OLB, Temple

Analysis – Matakevich was active every game and had 20 tackles.
Score – 0.25/0

PITTSBURGH STEELERS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE   12.5/15 | 83% | B

Analysis: The Steelers had a nice class that was overall very productive in it’s first year in the league.  This class was lead by future stars in the secondary.  Both Artie Burns and Sean Davis played better than expected.  The two combined for over 130 tackles and gave this defense some game changing plays.  They should continue to improve and may finally be the pieces that fix this long ailing pass defense.  The team also landed a pretty studly nose tackle.  Javon Hargrave stepped in when called upon and proved to be stout against the run, and no slouch in the pass rush department.  He should see much more playing time in year two.  The Steelers won’t get to see what 4th round offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins can bring, until he comes back healthy, but should be excited about late round linebacker Tyler Matakevich.  He suited up every game and was able to rack up 20 tackles in spot duty.  All in all, this looks to be a very solid class for the Steelers and the grade should remain consistent in the coming years.

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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Cincinnati Bengals

With the NFL season over it’s time to look at each team’s draft class and grade them on a PRODUCTION ONLY  basis.  Let’s see what teams had first year success and which ones are hoping for better in year two.

POINTS SCALE

Round 1: 0-5
Round 2: 0-4
Round 3: 0-3
Round 4: 0-2
Round 5: 0-1
Round 6 – Undrafted:  Points only awarded if player was productive, no scale.

Bonus points are awarded to any player who out-performed their draft slot.

Round 1 – William Jackson III CB, Houston

Analysis – Jackson was hurt and missed his entire rookie season.
Score – 0/5

Round 2 -Tyler Boyd WR, Pitt

Analysis – Boyd was solid for the Bengals his rookie season.  He caught 54 passes and scored a touchdown.  He is a breakout candidate in year two.
Score – 3.25/4

Round 3 – Nick Vigil LB, Utah St.

Analysis – Vigil wasn’t great his virgin year.  He made just 21 tackles while being active for all 16 games.
Score – 2/3

Round 4 – Andrew Billings DT, Baylor

Analysis – Billings missed his rookie year due to injuries.
Score – 0/2

Round 5 – Christian Westerman G, Arizona St.

Analysis – Westerman never saw any action on or off the field.
Score – 0/1

Round 6 – Cody Core WR, Ole Miss

Analysis – The Bengals got 4 starts out of this sixth rounder.  He managed 17 catches for 200 yds during that stretch.
Score – .5/0

Round 7 – Clayton Fejedelem S, Illinois

Analysis – Clayton was active for all 16 games and had ten tackles.  More than most would expect from a 7th rounder.
Score – 0.25/0

CINCINNATI BENGALS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE   6/15 | 40% | F

Analysis: The Bengals get an F based on production from their 2016 Draft class’ first season.  This is another grade which was negatively impacted by injuries.  First round pick William Jackson 3 was lost for the season with an injury.  The same can be said for 4th round DT Andrew Billings.  Those losses are the reason the grade is so low.  There was some bright spots in this class. Second round WR Tyler Boyd showed plenty of promise and should go on to be even more productive in the coming seasons.  6th round WR Cody Core also proved to be a valuable part of the wide receiver rotation and it has to be reassuring for the team to know he can play at the NFL level.  Third round linebacker Nick Vigil was a little disappointing, only making 21 tackles, and the fact that 5th round guard Christian Westerman didn’t see the field is a hair troubling.  This grade will go up in time after the team is able to see what William Jackson and Andrew Billings can bring to the table when they are healthy.  At this point, Bengals’ fans shouldn’t be worrying about this class one bit.

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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Minnesota Vikings

With the NFL season over it’s time to look at each team’s draft class and grade them on a PRODUCTION ONLY  basis.  Let’s see what teams had first year success and which ones are hoping for better in year two.

POINTS SCALE

Round 1: 0-5
Round 2: 0-4
Round 3: 0-3
Round 4: 0-2
Round 5: 0-1
Round 6 – Undrafted:  Points only awarded if player was productive, no scale.

Bonus points are awarded to any player who out-performed their draft slot.

Round 1 – Laquon Treadwell WR, Ole Miss

Analysis – Treadwell had just one catch for the Vikings his rookie season.  He didn’t see the field much, but when he did he often looked confused.
Score – 0/5

Round 2 -Mackensie Alexander CB, Clemson

Analysis – Alexander appeared in 13 games, but made just five tackles.  He ended up getting hurt and hitting I.R.
Score – .25/4

Round 4 Willie Beavers OT, Western Michigan

Analysis – Beavers was so bad, he was cut in the preseason.  He was later signed to the practice squad and eventually appeared in two games after the Vikings were down to 4th stringers.
Score – 0/2

Round 5 – Kentrell Brothers LB, Mizzou

Analysis – Brothers was active for 10 games and had 9 tackles.  He gets just a hair of love for that.
Score – .25/1

Round 6 – Mortiz Boehringer WR, Germany Unicorns

Analysis – Boehringer was a fun Draft Day story but that may be all he’ll ever be.
Score – 0/0

Round 6 – David Morgan TE, Texas San-Antonio

Analysis – With one catch and a 12 yard kick return, Morgan was sadly one of the Vikings most productive rookies.
Score – 0/0

Round 7 – Stephen Weatherly DE, Vanderbilt

Analysis – Weatherly appeared in two games and had one glorious tackle.  That’s great but to get points he needed to suit up for a few more games.
Score – 0/0

Round 7 – Jayron Kearse S, Clemson

Analysis – Kearse became a preseason darling after a big game against the Bengals.  Though he was active every game and even started one, he couldn’t carry over that success to the regular season.
Score – .25/0

MINNESOTA VIKINGS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE   0.75/12 | 6% | F

Analysis: I’m not 100% sure, but this may be the lowest grade I’ve ever given out in all my years of doing D.G.A.D.s.  I secrete purple from every orifice of my body, and while I can’t argue this score based on year one production, I’m honestly not all that concerned.  First round pick Laquon Treadwell didn’t see the field that much, but that can be blamed in large part to Adam Thielen’s emergence and Cordarrelle Patterson’s resurgence.  They were simply better, and more ready to contribute.  Second round corner Mackensie Alexander was forced into action early and was routinely beaten.  That isn’t unheard of for a young corner, and a full year under Mike Zimmer’s tutelage should work wonders for his technique and confidence, as he heads into his second season.  Kentrell Brothers, who many thought had a chance to earn significant playing time, didn’t see the field much.  That may have had to do with Chad Greenway playing much better than most had foreseen.  Jayron Kearse flashed in the preseason and though he didn’t do much once the games started counting, still gave the team plenty to be hopeful about.  The biggest disappointment in this class was 4th round pick Willie Beavers.  He was so bad, he was let go during final cuts.  He was later called up from the practice squad, but couldn’t even crack an offensive line that was down to playing street free agents.  It wouldn’t be one bit shocking to see him released early in the 2017 preseason.  Overall this class is extremely deserving of this low grade, and I, as a fan of the Vikings, will only begin getting concerned if they are extremely unproductive for a second year in a row.

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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Washington Redskins

With the NFL season over it’s time to look at each team’s draft class and grade them on a PRODUCTION ONLY  basis.  Let’s see what teams had first year success and which ones are hoping for better in year two.

POINTS SCALE

Round 1: 0-5
Round 2: 0-4
Round 3: 0-3
Round 4: 0-2
Round 5: 0-1
Round 6 – Undrafted:  Points only awarded if player was productive, no scale.

Bonus points are awarded to any player who out-performed their draft slot.

Round 1 – Josh Doctson WR, TCU
Analysis
 – Doctson battled nagging injuries early in the season before finally put on IR.  The team will need to wait until year two to fully feel his impact.
Score – 0/5

Round 2 – Su’a Cravens OLB, USC
Analysis – 
Cravens suited up for 11 games with three starts.  He had 34 tackles, a sack, and an interception.  There is plenty of potential here, but the Redskins had to have wanted a bit more form their second round pick.
Score – 3/4

Round 3 Kendall Fuller CB, Va. Tech
Analysis – 
Fuller was active 13 games and started 6 of those.  He knocked down a couple passes and had 42 tackles.  Not bad for a third round pick.
Score – 2.5/3

Round 5 – Matt Ioannidis DT, Temple
Analysis – Matt was active for 10 games but only had 8 tackles.
Score – .25/1

Round 6 – Nate Sudfield QB, Indiana
Analysis –The Skins never meant to play Sudfield in 2016 and he obliged them.
Score – 0/0

Round 7 – Steven Daniels LB, Boston College
 Analysis – Daniels was placed on IR so we’ll never know how he would’ve fared on the field his rookie season.
Score – 0/0

Round 7 – Keith Marshall RB, Georgia
 Analysis – Marshall’s rookie season was lost when he was placed on I.R.
Score – 0/0

Undrafte – Rob Kelley RB, Tulane
 Analysis – Rob was a huge surprise for the Redskins.  He was  tough inside runner who gained over 700 yds on the ground and scored 6 times.  He very well could be the Redskins’ new feature back.
Score – 1/0

HOUSTON TEXANS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE   6.75/13|  52%| F

The Redskins 2016 Draft class gets an F for year one but that is because of injuries for the most part.  Their first round pick WR Josh Doctson couldn’t get healthy and was ultimately put on I.R. Second round linebacker Su’a Cravens also was struck by the injury bug, but still flashed plenty of potential.  Third round corner, Kendall Fuller showed he can play at the NFL level.  He faced some really good receivers and for the most part held his own on the way to making 42 tackles.  The team found a diamond in the rough after the Draft was over.  RB Rob Kelley quickly worked his way up to a starter and was a hard runner who helped open up the passing game for Kirk Cousins.  This grade will go up over time and it could be as soon as Josh Doctson and Cravens get back to 100% health.

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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Houston Texans

With the NFL season over it’s time to look at each team’s draft class and grade them on a PRODUCTION ONLY  basis.  Let’s see what teams had first year success and which ones are hoping for better in year two.

POINTS SCALE

Round 1: 0-5
Round 2: 0-4
Round 3: 0-3
Round 4: 0-2
Round 5: 0-1
Round 6 – Undrafted:  Points only awarded if player was productive, no scale.

Bonus points are awarded to any player who out-performed their draft slot.

Round 1 – Will Fuller WR, Notre Dame
Analysis
 – Fuller had his drops, but overall proved to be a dangerous weapon for the Texans offense.  He also made some noise as a return man.
Score – 4.25/5

Round 2 – Nick Martin G/C, Notre Dame
Analysis – 
Nick was lost for the season due to an injury.
Score – 0/4

Round 3 Braxton Miller WR, Ohio St.
Analysis – 
Miller battled injuries most of the season and wasn’t overly productive because of it.  He finished the season with just 15 catches and 1 touchdown.
Score – 3/3

Round 4 – Tyler Ervin RB, San Jose St.
Analysis – Ervin was far more effective as a returner than he was a running back.
Score – 1/2

Round 5 – KJ Dillon S, West Virginia
Analysis – Dillon did diddly shit his rookie season.
Score – 0/1

Round 5 – DJ Reader NT, Clemson
 Analysis – Reader was a nice surprise in the fifth round for the Texans.  He started 7 games and had 22 tackles and a sack.
Score – 1/1

HOUSTON TEXANS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE   9.25/16|  58%| F

The Texans 2016 Draft grade goes down as an F from a production based standpoint in year one.  Injuries are the biggest reason for that.  They lost their second round pick Nick Martin before the season even started.   Third round choice WR Braxton Miller also missed playing time while battling injuries.   Even Will Fuller, their top choice and most productive player, wasn’t healthy all season.  The good in this class in year one came from two players in particular.  Will Fuller used his speed to get deep and really opened things up for the Texans ground game.  Unfortunately, his hands weren’t always reliable.  5th round nose tackle DJ Reader proved to be a bit of a steal.  The Texans got seven starts out of him and he played well plugging up running lanes and providing interior pressure.  This grade will climb as early as next season if Nick Martin returns healthy.  How high it will go over the coming years, will be determined by Fuller’s hands, and if Braxton Miller can develop into a competent NFL receiver.

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