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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | New England Patriots


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 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

Analysis: 

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.

 

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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day Seattle Seahawks

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 – Germain Ifedi OT, Texas A&M

Analysis – Ifedi started 13 games for a Seahawks line that desperately needed his help.
Score – 5/5

Round 2 – Jarran Reed DT, Alabama

Analysis – Reed didn’t blow anyone away but he was solid in his rookie season.  He had 34 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 6 starts.
Score – 3.75/4

Round 3 – CJ Prosise RB, Notre Dame

Analysis – It took Prosise awhile to get healthy and on the field and when he did he flashed tremendous ability. Then he got hurt again.
Score – 1.5/3

Round 3 – Nick Vannett TE, Ohio St.

Analysis – Vannet started a couple games but had just 3 catches on the season.
Score – 1/3

Round 3 – Rees Odhiambo G, Boise St.

Analysis – Rees was active for 9 games.
Score – 0.5/3

Round 5 – Quinton Jefferson DT, Maryland

Analysis – Jefferson had one tackle, but it’s one he can build off of for the future.
Score – 0/1

Round 5 – Alex Collins RB, Arkansas

Analysis – Collins was one of my man crushes a season ago and he didn’t quite live up to my lofty expectations.  Still he played in 11 games and ran for a buck twenty five and scored a TD.
Score – .75/1

Round 6 – Joey Hunt C, TCU

Analysis – Hunt was active for 9 games and even got to start one.
Score – 0.25/0

Round 7 – Kenny Lawler WR, CAL

Analysis – Lawler never got on the field, which was downright unlawful.
Score – 0/0

Round 7 – Zac Brooks RB, Clemson

Analysis – Brooks didn’t want to be here anymore so he went to Denver.
Score – 0/0

Undrafted -Trevone Boykin QB, TCU

Analysis – Boykin earned the backup job and actually fared quite well when pressed into duty.
Score – .5/0

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE   13.25/20 | 66% | D

Analysis: 

The Seahawks 2016 NFL Draft goes down as a D for production in year one but I don’t think that’s where this grade will ultimately end up.  Their first two picks panned out well as Ifedi and Reed both look like long term starters for the Seabirds.  Ifedi held his own while starting 13 games and Reed flashed as an interior force on the defensive line.  The biggest reason this grade is so low is the team had three third round choices and didn’t get much out of any of them.  CJ Prosise has the potential to be a star in this league, but it remains to be seen if he can stay healthy, as he sure as hell couldn’t his rookie season.  The Seahawks found some late value with RB Alex Collins, QB Trevone Boykin and C Joey Hunt, but also missed on WR Kenny Lawler and RB Zac Brooks.  There is a lot in this class for the Seahawks front office to get excited about and it wouldn’t be surprising to see this grade jump quite a bit in year two.

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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Carolina Panthers

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 – Vernon Butler DT, LA Tech

Analysis – Not sure what the Panthers were hoping for from Butler but guessing it had to be more that 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Score – 2.5/5

Round 3 – James Bradberry CB, Stanford

Analysis – Bradberry was sweet his rookie sesason.  He started 13 games and had 59 tackles and 2 interceptions.
Score – 4/3

Round 3 – Daryl Worley CB, West Virginia

Analysis – Worley was just plain awesome in year one.  He had 88 tackles a sack, and an interception as a rookie.
Score – 4.5/3

Round 5 – Zack Sanchez CB, Oklahoma

Analysis – Sanchez started one game and had 9 tackles.  He gets one dirty 1/4 point for that.
Score – 0.25/1

Round 7 – Beau Sandland  TE, Montana St.

Analysis – Sandland was more like the sandman in his rookie season as he would’ve matched his production by sleeping.  He now belongs to the Packers.
Score – 0/0

CAROLINA PANTHERS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE   11.25/12 | 94% | A 

Analysis: This is a pretty interesting class for the Panthers as far as year one production is concerned.  They earned an A grade but really didn’t get much out of their first round choice.  That doesn’t happen often.  They were saved by two excellent third round choices.  James Bradberry and Daryl Worley both became starting corners and played at a very high level.  While they may not have always shut down opposing wide receivers consistently, they racked up the tackles and made some big time plays.  They will both benefit a ton from all the experience gained this season, and should be even better in year two and beyond.  So the duration of this “A” grade will wager heavily on first round choice Vernon Butler. If he can become a starter or constant contributor it should hold steady.  If he becomes a disappointment, it may dip in the upcoming years.

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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Arizona Cardinals

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 – Robert Nkemdiche DT, Ole Miss

Analysis – Robert Nkemdidn’t do much his rookie season.
Score – 0/5

Round 3 – Brandon Williams CB, Texas A&M

Analysis – Williams started 3 games and had 26 tackles.  That’s so-so for a third round pick.
Score – 2/3

Round 4 – Evan Boehm C, Missouri

Analysis – Boehm was active all 16 games and started one.
Score – 1.75/2

Round 5 – Cole Toner OT, Harvard

Analysis – Toner was active for 2 games.  That is not active enough for points.
Score – 0/1

Round 6 – Harlan Miller CB, Southeastern Louisiana

Analysis – Miller started a couple of games and had a few tackles and an interception.
Score – 0.25/0

Undrafted – Matt Wile P, Michigan

Analysis – The Cards signed Wile late in the season and he went on to punt in 3 games for them.
Score – 0.25/0

ARIZONA CARDINALS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE   4.25/11 | 39% | F

Analysis: This grade will likely go up over time, but I don’t think this class will go down as one of the best in Cardinals history.  Nkemdiche was a risky first round choice and the team can’t be too encouraged about their gamble with his lack of production in year one.  He battled some injuries but also lost playing time not understanding certain assignments.  He’s got a lot of work to do if he’s going to be a productive player for this team.  Third round pick CB Brandon Williams was okay.  He did start three games and had quite a few tackles but definitely didn’t do enough to make the team think they have a long term starter there.  The Cardinals best pick was 4th round center Evan Boehm.  He was active for every game and even started one. With AQ Shipley hitting the market Boehm could be in line for the starting job next season.  The team did get some help from some late round choices, but overall this class seems destined to be a forgettable one.

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2016 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Kansas City Chiefs

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 2 – Chris “Dingus” Jones DT, Miss St.

Analysis – The man who let it all out at the Combine, had a decent rookie season.  He started 11 games and had 28 tackles and 2 sacks, playing a position that doesn’t always light up the stat sheet.
Score – 3/4

Round 3 -KeiVarae Russell CB, Notre Dame

Analysis – This was a terrible pick for the Chiefs.  Russell was cut before the season started.
Score – 0/3

Round 4 – Parker Ehinger G, Cincinnati

Analysis – Parker started 4 games and appeared in 5.  That’s almost average for a fourth round selection.
Score – 1.5/2

Round 4 – Eric Murray CB, Minnesota

Analysis – Murray appeared in all 16 games but made a tackle in just half of those.
Score – 1/2

Round 5 – Kevin Hogan QB, Stanford

Analysis – Hogan did see some playing time as a rookie but it was for the Browns.
Score – 0/1

Round 5 – Tyreek Hill WR, West Alabama

Analysis – Hill was one of the biggest steals of the Draft.  He prove to be a game changing player not just on offense, but also as a returner.
Score – 3/1

Round 6 – DJ White CB, Ga. Tech

Analysis – White was active for 11 games and had 11 tackles and one pick.
Score – .25/0

Round 6 – Dadi Nicolas DE, Va. Tech

Analysis – Big Dadi was active for 11 games but didn’t do much.
Score – 0/0

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 2016 NFL DRAFT GRADE

FINAL SCORE & GRADE   8.75/13 | 67% | D

Analysis: The Chiefs 2016 Draft was all over the map.  They landed one of the biggest steals in the Draft with 5th round WR Tyreek Hill.  Hill was a human highlight reel, using his unmatched speed to breakaway from defenders as a return man or receiver.  He looks to be a future star in the league.  On the flip side of that the Chiefs also had probably the biggest bust of the entire Draft.  Third round CB KeiVarae Russell was so bad the team flat out cut him before the season started.  It is very rare for a team to cut bait on such a high Draft choice so soon.  They also let a 5th round pick walk in QB Kevin Hogan, but also found late round value with guys like DJ White and Parker Ehinger.  I’d expect this class to end up around the high “C” range to low “B” range in the future as Chris Jones and Tyreek Hill appear to be long term contributors.

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