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.
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 2 – Cyrus Jones CB/S, Alabama
Analysis – Jones was the Pats first pick and the most disappointing one. He did little on defense and didn’t do much more as a return man.
Score – 2/4
Round 3 – Joe Thuney G, NC State
Analysis – Thuney was a huge steal who ended up starting all 16 regular season games.
Score – 4.5/3
Round 3 – Jacoby Brissett QB, NC State
Analysis – Brissett was forced into starting when Garropolo went down during Brady’s suspension. He did okay and can at least be looked at as a future backup.
Score – 2.25/3
Round 3 – Vincent Valentine DT, Nebraska
Analysis – Valentine started a couple games and had 19 tackles and a sack.
Score – 2/3
Round 4 – Malcolm Mitchell WR, Georgia
Analysis – Mitchell flashed 3/4 through the season and became a steady target for Brady in that time frame. The team should be excited for his future.
Score – 2/2
Round 6 – Kamu Grugier Hill OLB, Illinois
Analysis – KGH had 8 tackles for the EAGLES.
Score – 0/0
Round 6 – Elandon Roberts LB, Houston
Analysis – Roberts was a hell of a find in round 6. He had 45 tackles in 5 starts.
Score – 1/0
Round 6 – Ted Karras G, Illinois
Analysis – Karras was active for every game and got to start one.
Score – 0.25/0
Round 7 – Devin Lucien WR, ASU
Analysis – The bad news is Lucien didn’t see the field as a rookie. The good news is he’s still on the roster.
Score – 0/0
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE
FINAL SCORE & GRADE 14/15 | 93% | A
The Patriots traded out of the first round like they’ve done so many times before, and still had themselves a very productive draft class in year one. Their first pick CB Cyrus Jones was a pretty big disappointment. He didn’t play much on defense and when he did he wasn’t all that effective. He also wasn’t lights out as a returner, looking just average. He will need to step up his game in year two. Things got much better for the Patriots after the Jones pick. Joe Thuney was an excellent choice, who went on to start every game at guard. He played well and looks to be a decade long starter for the Patriots. Their other two third rounders QB Jacoby Brissett, and DT Vincent Valentine also produced, with Brissett even starting a couple games at QB when the Patriots needed him to. 4th round WR Malcolm Mitchell proved to be a great value and was a rare rookie who clicked with Tom Brady in year one. The Patriots also found value late in the Draft with LB Elandon Roberts and guard Ted Karras. Both of those guys played a lot more than their draft slot would indicate and look to be at worst valuable depth options for the team. Overall this grade should hold steady, and could even go up in time if Cyrus Jones can develop into a productive player.