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 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.