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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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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | New York Jets

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 – Darron Lee OLB, Ohio St.
Analysis
 – Lee was solid his rookie season. He racked up 73 tackles but had just one sack.
Score – 4/5

Round 2 – Christian Hackenberg QB, Penn St.
Analysis – 
Hackenberg couldn’t earn any playing time in a QB competition that wasn’t exactly a battle of the best.
Score – 0/4

Round 3 Jordan Jenkins OLB, Georgia
Analysis – 
Jinx lived up to his third round billing with 41 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
Score – 3/3

Round 4 – Juston Burris CB, NC St.
Analysis – Burris was active every game and had 16 tackles and a pick.
Score – 1.5/2

Round 5 – Brandon Shell OT, South Carolina
Analysis – Shell was active 8 games and started 3.  Not bad.
Score – .75/1

Round 6 – Lac Edwards P, Sam Houston St.
 Analysis – The Jets drafted a punter and he was one of their most productive choices.
Score – 1/0

Round 7 – Charone Peake WR, Clemson
Analysis – This 7th rounder was surprisingly solid starting a game and catching 19 balls.
Score – 0.25/0

 Undrafted – Robby Anderson WR, Temple
Analysis –
Anderson proved to be a diamond in the rough.  He started 8 games, caught 42 passes, and found the end zone twice.
Score – 1/0

NEW YORK JETS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE   11.5/15|  77%| C

The Jets 2016 Draft class was average in year one.   Their first round pick Darron Lee was solid but didn’t make a ton of splash plays.  Fellow outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins was taken in the third round, and was able to get more sacks than Lee.  They seem to have landed their punter of the future in this Draft and found a couple of sneaky good receivers late in the Draft with 7th rounder Charone Peake and undrafted steal Robby Anderson.  If this grade goes up in time will depend mostly on 2nd round QB Christian Hackenberg.  If he can up his play, and take over the starting job this grade will sky rocket.

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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Buffalo Bills

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 – Shaq Lawson DE, Clemson
Analysis
 – A large part of Lawson’s rookie season was lost to injury. When he finally did start playing he showed his potential.
Score – 2/5

Round 2 – Reggie Ragland LB, Alabama
Analysis – 
Rags, as he’s known around Draftseason, missed the entire season thanks to a very painful injury.
Score – 2/4

Round 3 Adolphus Washington DT, Ohio St.
Analysis – 
Washington was the Bills most productive rookie.  He had 21 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and started 11 games.
Score – 2.75/3

Round 4 – Cardale “MF’N” Jones QB, Ohio St.
Analysis – Cardale got into one game, and threw for 96 yds and a pick.
Score – .25/2

Round 5 – Jonathan Williams RB, Arkansas
Analysis – Williams was active 11 times and ended up with 94 yds and a score.
Score – .25/1

Round 6 – Kolby Listenbee WR, TCU
 Analysis – If you listen closely and hear nothing, that is the sound of Kolby’s year one production.
Score – 0/0

Round 6 – Kevon Seymour CB, USC
Analysis – Seymour had 22 tackles in 3 starts.  That’s good for a 7th rounder.
Score – 0.5/0

 

BUFFALO BILLS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE   7.75/15|  52%| F

It’s really not fair or accurate to judge the Bills 2016 Draft class on production in year one, because they were hit so hard by injury.  Maybe Incomplete would be a better grade.  It’s hard to know what they have in first rounder Shaq Lawson.  He missed a large part of the season, and probably was never at 100% health.  He still managed a couple of sacks so the team should be encouraged by that.  They can’t really evaluate Reggie Ragland until next season, and will just hope he can be completely healthy when camp starts.  Third round defensive tackle Adolphus Washington was a nice choice.  He started 11 games and played well defending the run and got to the quarterback a couple of times.  Cardale Jones could compete for playing time next season and RB Jonathan Williams looks like at least a solid rotational back.  Again, this class will need to get healthy because at this point, the team really doesn’t know what they have in it.

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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Indianapolis Colts

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 – Ryan Kelly C, Alabama
Analysis
 – Kelly wasn’t a sexy  pick, but he was a damned good one.  He stepped in and started every single game and made Andrew Luck feel warm and safe.
Score – 6/5

Round 2 – TJ Green S, Clemson
Analysis – 
Green was okay his rookie season.  He suited up for every game and started 4 of those.  Green ended the season with 43 tackles but no splash plays.
Score – 2/4

Round 3 Le’Raven Clark OT, Texas Tech
Analysis – 
Clark started 3 games as a rookie.  Quote Le’Raven nevermore.
Score – 2/3

Round 4 – Hassan Ridgeway DT, Texas
Analysis – Ridgeway was pretty deece last season.  He had 5 starts with 21 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Score – 2/2

Round 4 – Antonio Morrison LB, Florida
Analysis – Morrison was solid during his first year in the NFL.  He had just over 50 tackles and started a handful of games.
Score – 2/2

Round 5 – Joe Haeg OT, NDSU
 Analysis – Not sure what is in the water at NDSU but here was another former Bison who shined in year one.  Haeg started 14 games as a rook.
Score – 2.5/1

Round 7 – Trevor Bates LB, Maine
Analysis – Bates was a master of nothing his freshman season.
Score – 0/0

 Round 7 – Austin Blythe C, Iowa
Analysis – 
Blythe was moved to guard and was active for 8 games and started one.
Score – .25/0

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE   16.75/17|  99%| A

This was an A grade for this class but it doesn’t really feel like it.  I think that may because the team just landed themselves a bunch of blue collar type of players and not ones that are going to get the flashy headlines.  Ryan Kelly is as solid a center as you can find.  He started every game and played quite well.  He wasn’t the only rookie lineman the Colts got run out of though.  Third round tackle Le’Raven Clark started 3 games, 7th round guard Austin Blythe started one, and 5th round steal Joe Haeg started a pants dropping 14.  They proved to be much needed help for a line that was in shambles a year prior.  On the defensive side of the ball, the Colts also landed solid but unsexy help.  Safety TJ Green was a slight disappointment, as he didn’t force any turnovers while racking up a decent amount of playing time.  The Colts had better luck with a couple of 4th rounders, as both DT Hassan Ridgeway and LB Antonio Morrison outperformed their draft position.  While neither lit up the stat sheet they both proved to be reliable additions to this defense.  This grade should hold steady over time and could even go higher if TJ Green and Le’Raven Clark contribute a little more.

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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Atlanta Falcons

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 – Keanu Neal S, Ohio St.
Analysis
 – Neal was a beast and could have easily been named defensive rookie of the year.  Should be a good one for a long time.
Score – 6/5

Round 2 – Deion Jones LB, LSU
Analysis – 
Jones was an absolute stud all season and had a very strong case for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Score -5/4

Round 3 Austin Hooper TE, Stanford
Analysis – 
Hooper was probably the biggest disappointment in all of the Falcons draft picks.  He wasn’t bad just not as good as one would think in this explosive offense.
Score – 2/3

Round 4 – De’Vondre Campbell OLB, Minnesota
Analysis – Campbell started 10 games with 48 tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception. Pretty darn good.
Score – 2.25/2

Round 6 – Wes Schweitzer G, San Jose St.
Analysis – Schweitzer didn’t see any live action in his rookie season.
Score – 0/0

Round 7 – Devin Fuller WR, UCLA
 Analysis – Devin was put on IR.
Score – 0/0

Undrafted  – Brian Poole CB, Florida
Analysis – This undrafted gem started 9 games, and had 59 tackles, a sack, and a pick.
Score – 1.5/0

 

DETROIT LIONS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE   16.75/14|  119%| A+

I wrote about the Dallas Cowboys Draft earlier this season and thought it had a chance to be historically great especially on the offensive side of the ball.  This Falcons Draft class could be it’s defensive equivalent.  Keanu Neal and Deion Jones both made strong cases for Defensive Rookie of the Year and it’s a bit of a crime that neither one won it.  They both had over 100 tackles and made game changing plays almost weekly for this Falcons defense.  It doesn’t end with those two though.  The Falcons also landed a solid outside linebacker in round 4 with De’Vondre Campbell, and then picked up an undrafted steal in CB Brian Poole.  The only real hiccup in year one on a production basis, was third round TE Austin Hooper, but the team shouldn’t be one bit concerned about his future.  This class helped the Falcons get to a Super Bowl they should’ve won, and it wouldn’t be shocking if they are a reason the team gets there again in upcoming seasons.

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