Evaluating the 1st Round of the NFL Draft

Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, quarterback, California. Prior to the NFL Draft, there was a 99.9% chance that the Rams were going to choose Goff moving forward. At the time, the Rams had Nick Foles, and Case Keenum at the quarterback position. The Rams moved up from the 15th pick to 1st overall to make sure they would get their signal caller. Goff was ranked as the best quarterback in this year’s draft class. Between Goff and Wentz, Goff was more ready to start now as the leading quarterback for the Rams.

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Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, quarterback, North Dakota State. During free agency they signed Chase Daniels for competition at the quarterback position, traded Mark Sanchez to the Denver Broncos, and gave Sam Bradford a 2-year contract. In this scenario, Wentz will have the ability to sit and learn the playbook before taking an NFL snap. Bradford will most likely be the starter, until the coaching staff feel that Wentz is ready to start.

San Diego Chargers: Joey Bosa defensive end, Ohio State. The Chargers needed to improve and to add more playmakers on defense. Bosa help provide more of a pass rusher on their defense. Last year, The Chargers were one of the teams that had the least amount of sacks with the ninth fewest. He will add more talent and will help get pressure on the quarterback.

Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott, running back, Ohio State. The Cowboys assembled a great offensive line. During free agency they acquired free agent Alfred Morris. Elliott is a versatile back who can catch out of the backfield, block, and has great speed. Elliott will help take some pressure off of Tony Romo and will be another weapon on the Cowboys offense.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, cornerback, Florida State. Cornerback Aaron Colvin got suspended for four games for breaking the drug policy in the NFL. They also went out and acquired free agent Prince Amukamara during the offseason. Ramsey is a great athlete who can play multiple position on defense and can be moved around. He is a great press corner who start and play right away for the Jaguars secondary.

Baltimore Ravens: Ronnie Stanley, offensive lineman, Notre Dame. The Ravens drafted Stanley to help protect Joe Flacco’s blindside. The Ravens lost Kelechi Osemele during free agency to the Oakland Raiders. Stanley offers more talent at offensive tackle who can right away at left tackle.

San Francisco 49ers: DeForest Buckner, defensive end, Oregon. Buckner is a versatile where he can play a 3-4 or a 4-3 style defense. Buckner fits Chip Kelly’s system because of his athleticism and his style of play. He adds more talent to their defense.

Tennessee Titans: Jack Conklin, offensive tackle, Michigan State University. Conkin will offer immediate help and start at offensive tackle. In 2014, the Titans drafted Taylor Lewan. Conklin can play right tackle and protect Marcus Mariota on the right side and help solidify their offensive line.

Chicago Bears: Leonard Floyd, linebacker, Georgia. The Chicago Bears traded up to the 9th pick. Floyd is a speedy pass rusher, who also has the ability to play inside linebacker. He will need to bulk up in the NFL, however he will add more speed on the Bears defense and will help their pass rush on defense.

New York Giants: Eli Apple, cornerback, Ohio State. Last year, the Giants were ranked as one of the worst defense. During the offseason, they added playmakers on defense such as Janoris Jenkins, Damon Harrison, and Oliver Vernon. Apple offers immediate support to the Giants secondary who has good coverage skills and will play alongside Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves III, cornerback, Florida State. During the offseason, the Buccaneers acquired Brent Grimes to help their secondary. Hargreaves was ranked as one of the best cornerbacks in this draft class. He is an aggressive cornerback, who is explosive who can play right away in their secondary. He adds more youth and talent to their secondary.

New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins, defensive tackle, Louisville. The Saints fired their defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. They needed to add more playmakers and talent on defense. He adds more speed to the Saints defense. He has the ability to rush and get to the quarterback. Rankins will be an impact player for their defense.

Miami Dolphins: Laremy Tunsil, offensive tackle, Ole Miss. At one point, he was rated as one of the best players in this draft class, however due his leaked video of him on Twitter of him smoking in a gas mask, he stocked dropped. Last season, quarterback Ryan Tannehill was one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league. Tunsil is great talent who offers immediate support at offensive line who can play right away.

Oakland Raiders: Karl Joseph, safety, West Virginia University. Raiders hall of fame safety Charles Woodson retired during the offseason. Joseph is a thumper, who has good ball skills, and cover skills who adds more talent and youth to the Raiders secondary.

Cleveland Browns: Corey Coleman, wide receiver, Baylor. Headed into the draft, the Browns had many needs. With uncertainty, as to when Josh Gordon will have suspension overturned the team elected to draft Coleman who is a dynamic playmaker at the wide receiver position. The Browns needed to add more youth and talent at the wide receiver position. He has the play to play inside and outside the slot and the ability to play on special teams.

Detroit Lions: Taylor Decker, offensive tackle, Ohio State. According to ESPN, Stafford was sacked 89 times in 2 season which was 4 th highest in the NFL. Decker has experience to play right or left tackle and has the ability to be an impact player right away for the Lions offensive line. He is a tough, athletic player who is a good leader who should also help the run game.

Atlanta Falcons: Keanu Neal, safety, Florida. Neal is a perfect for Dann Quinn’s defense. Quinn has mentioned how he wanted to add more physical playmakers on defense. He has the ability to play multiple positions on defense. He is a tough, physical player who is good against the run. The Falcons needed to upgrade from William Moore at the safety position.

Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Kelly, center, Alabama. The Colts needed to add more youth and playmakers at offensive line. Kelly is a versatile offensive lineman who has the ability to play multiple position at offensive line. He is good fit in either the zone or man coverage. He is a smart, tough, and athletic player who can better help protect Andrew Luck.

Buffalo Bills: Shaq Lawson, defensive end, Clemson. The Bills released Mario Williams during the offseason, Lawson was drafted as a replacement to their defensive line. He is versatile who can play in a 3-4 or a 4-3 type defense. He is a tough, physical player, who will add more speed on defense for the Bills.

New York Jets: Darron Lee, outside linebacker, Ohio State. Todd Bowles has mentioned that his main goal was to get faster. Lee is a speedy linebacker who has the ability to cover. The Jets lost Demario Davis to the Browns. Lee will play inside linebacker for the Jets who adds more youth, speed, and versatility to the Jets defense.

14 November 2015: Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Darron Lee (43) in action during a Big Ten football game between the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Ohio State Buckeyes at Memorial Stadium, in Champaign, IL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)

Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire

Houston Texans: Will Fuller, wide receiver, Notre Dame. The Texans add more speed at the wide receiver position by drafting Fuller. He is another weapon for quarterback Brock Osweiler who the Texans signed during free agency. Fuller has the ability to play alongside DeAndre Hopkins at the wide receiver position. Fuller is a game changer at the wide receiver position who provides more speed to the Texans offense.

Washington Redskins: Josh Doctson, wide receiver, TCU. Josh Doctson was rated as the best wide receiver headed into the draft. He is a playmaker who can adjust will to make the difficult catches. He is another weapon for quarterback Kirk Cousins on offense who start and play right away at the wide receiver position.

Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell, wide receiver, Ole Miss. Last year, the Vikings drafted wide receiver Stefon Diggs who had 52 catches for 70 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Vikings lost Mike Wallace during the offseason. Treadwell is another playmaker on the Vikings offense for Teddy Bridgewater. He has good ball skills, who is a good possession wide receiver for the Vikings offense who can play alongside Diggs.

Cincinnati Bengals: William Jackson, cornerback, Houston. Jackson adds more depth and youth at the cornerback position. Adam Jones is an aging veteran, while Dre Kirkpatrick will be in his contract year. Jackson will have the ability to develop while learning from the veterans until he is ready to take the starting position. He is a smart player, who has good instincts and great ball skills.

Pittsburg Steelers: Artie Burns, cornerback, Miami. The Steelers needed to add more youth and playmakers onto their secondary especially at the cornerback position. Burns has great speed at the cornerback position who is a physical cornerback who has the skillsets to help Steelers defense right away.

Denver Broncos: Paxton Lynch, quarterback, Memphis. The Broncos traded up to get their quarterback of the future. Peyton Manning retired during the offseason and they traded for Mark Sanchez in exchange for a future pick in 2017. Lynch was ranked as the 3rd best quarterback in this draft class. He has a strong arm and knows how to use his legs. He adds more competition to veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez. Who will also have a great defense to help support him when the Broncos feel he is ready to take on the starting role.

Green Bay Packers: Kenny Clark, defensive tackle, UCLA. B.J. Raji former nose tackle of the Green Bay Packers made the decision to step away from football. Leaving a need at defensive tackle. Clark has great instincts, tough and displays good football skills. He fits best in a 3-4 defense in which the Packers currently run. He is great athlete who will add more speed to their defense.

San Francisco 49ers: Joshua Garnett, Guard, Stanford. During the last few years, the 49ers have lost quality offensive line due to free agency or retirement. Currently only one offensive lineman is left from 2012 when they reached the Super Bowl. Garnett is a tough, physical player who is a good run blocker who has the ability to make an immediate impact.

Arizona Cardinals: Robert Nkemdiche, defensive tackle, Ole Miss. The Cardinals continue to add more playmakers in their defensive line. During the offseason, they traded for Chandler Jones with the New England Patriots to add more of a pass rush to their defense. At one point, Nkemdiche was rated as a top 10 talent but because of character concern he slid in the draft. Nkemdiche is an explosive talented playmaker who will add more speed to their defense.

Carolina Panthers: Vernon Butler, defensive tackle, Louisiana Tech. Butler is a versatile defensive lineman who has the ability to play multiple position at defensive line. He can be used as a rotational player or be moved to multiple position at defensive line. He is a great athlete, who has good speed and offers versatility to the Panthers defense.

Seattle Seahawks: Germain Ifedi, offensive tackle, Texas A&M. Over the past few season, the Seahawks have lost their offensive lineman to free agency, traded Max Unger to the Saints for tight end Jimmy Graham. Wilson was one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the NFL next to Tannehill. Offensive line was the Seahawks biggest need; he is a big physical offensive lineman who can play right tackle for the Seahawks.

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