2016 NFL Draft Recap

The guys of Tailgate Talk Show are going to bring you a comprehensive 2016 NFL Draft recap breaking down the picks by team and division.  It was an exciting weekend in Chicago with lots of action and some surprises.  There’s little question as to why this has become one of the biggest weekends in the NFL.  Danny will dissect the eastern divisions, while Arthur tackles the southern divisions and Jimmy handles the north and western divisions.

Lets get to it!

NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB; Isaac Seumalo, C; Wendell Smallwood, RB; Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OT; Blake Countess, CB; Jalen Mills, S.
Analysis: The Eagles made waves in the week leading up to the draft by trading up from number 13 to get Wentz.  The move was a bit surprising since they have Sam Bradford coming off a decent year and the signing of Chase Daniel gave them a solid QB core.  Because of the trade, they lose out on a second rounder this year and more in the future, stalling them from filling the blatant holes in their roster. This draft seemed to be about building it strong up the middle with a Center, QB and running back to compliment Ryan Mathews in the backfield. Even with their draft, they still have a lot of unanswered questions going into the 2016 season.

Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliot, RB; Jaylon Smith, LB; Maliek Collins, DT; Charles Tapper, DE; Dak Prescott, QB; Anthony Brown, CB; Kavon Frazier, S; Darius Jackson, RB; Rico Gathers, TE
Analysis:  The Cowboys were the late entry into the “who will take Elliot” lottery, some believed he would fall to the Giants at 10.  But the Cowboys had a need at RB and they took a chance on the Ohio State man.  I think their biggest steal is Jaylon Smith in the second round, assuming he is healthy, he would have been a top-10 pick this year. The Cowboys also picked up a QB to backup Romo, a position which they have had some trouble filing in the past, and with the potential to see playing time with the injury plagued Romo ahead of him, Prescott needs to enter camp ready to play at the NFL level.

New York Giants: Eli Apple, CB; Sterling Shepard, WR; Darian Thompson, S; B.J. Goodson, ILB; Paul Perkins, RB; Jerell Adams, TE.
Analysis: Bias aside, I think the Giants had one of the better drafts because they are starting to fill their needs.  Their best pick is going to prove to be Sterling Shepard, who is already drawing comparisons to Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. and would have gotten selected in the first round had he been two inches taller.  I’m not sold with the Apple pick at 10, especially with Hargraves on the board, but he is a big corner (6’1″) which is something that cannot be taught. Have to give their front office some credit, they are trying to put the pieces together for their first year head coach, Ben McAdoo.

Washington Redskins: Josh Doctson, WR; Su’a Cravens, S; Kendall Fuller, CB; Matt Ioannidis, DT; Nate Sudfeld, QB; Steven Daniels, ILB; Keith Marshall, RB
Analysis:  Without a true number one wide receiver last year, the selection of Doctson makes sense, the concern is that if he was truly a number one guy, why did he drop all the way to 22?  The Skins however have found ways to make it work and the improvement in their defensive secondary (including the signing or Norman) will be noticeable in a team that has really struggled in that area recently.  The sneaky good pick could be Nate Studfeld out of Indiana, which had one of the most potent offenses last season, a good addition to back up Cousins who has the tendency to get banged around.

AFC East

Miami Dolphins: Laremy Tunsil, OT;  Xavien Howard, CB;  Kenyan Drake, RB;  Leonte Carroo, WR; Jakeem Grant, WR;  Jordan Lucas, S; Brandon Doughty, QB; Thomas Duarte, WR.
Analysis: After the pre-draft saga that was Laremy Tunsil’s lungs, I don’t think I’ve seen someone sweat out the first round the green room so much.  He could have been a top-5 pick had it not been for that video, so assuming he gets his act together off the field, the Dolphins got him at a steal. Filling in some other needs around their lineup, the ‘fins played it safe this draft by taking the best available on the board most of the time.  The Kenyan Drake pick at running back could prove to be a good one late in the season as I think he could compete with an underwhelming Jay Ajayi for the starting spot.

Buffalo Bills: Shaq Lawson, DE;  Reggie Ragland, ILB; Adolphus Washington, DT;  Cardale Jones, QB; Jonathan Williams, RB; Kolby Listenbee, WR; Kevon Seymour,CB.
Analysis:  The Bills took this opportunity in the first three rounds to build a team that has Rex Ryan’s fingerprints all over it. Their luck in getting Lawson as deep as they did in the first round is a gift and they will take advantage of it. They are building a bruiser on the defensive side of the ball going there in the first 3 rounds.  Their pick of Cardale Jones makes sense since they need a backup QB in a year when they are unlikely to resign Manuel.

New York Jets:  Darron Lee, OLB;  Christian Hackenberg, QB;  Jordan Jenkins, OLB; Juston Burris, CB; Brandon Shell, OT; Loc Edwards, P; Charone Peake, WR.
Analysis: A medicore draft at best for gang green this year. Their first round pick really doesn’t fit into their scheme unless he either gets quicker or gets bigger so they can figure out where to put him on the field.  The selection of Hackenburg adds to the narrative in NY that they have a lot of backups and no true starter at QB, which in the NFL is a recipe for disaster. Their best pick could be Peake in the 7th round.  If he can stay healthy, he will be another in the Clemson line of successful wide receivers, as he played behind Hopkins and Watkins.

New England Patriots:  Cyrus Jones, CB; Joe Thuney, G;  Jacoby Brissett, QB;  Vincent Valentine, DT; Malcolm Mitchell, WR; Kamu Grugier-Hill, LB; Elandon Roberts, LB; Ted Karras, G; Devin Lucien, WR.
Analysis: I can honestly say I never have been able to make heads or tails of the New England Patriots on draft day. Let’s be honest, they have a habit of taking a bunch of nobodies, especially late in the draft (cough cough Tom Brady) and turning them into stars.  All I can say is that you have to trust that what they are doing is going to work out, and if it doesn’t, it will not break the team. It was a bit surprising however, they waited so long to take a QB with many good ones on the board in rounds 2 and 3, especially for the Pats who’s 39 year old starter is also facing a four game suspension.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons: Keanu Neal, S; Deion Jones, LB; Austin Hooper, TE; De’Vondre Campbell, LB; Wes Schweitzer, G; Devin Fuller, WR.
Analysis: The Falcons made it point to faster and more physical. The team hasn’t exactly been known for having a stellar defense in recent years, but with the additions of three skill players on the defense, they hope this will help them out.

Carolina Panthers: Vernon Butler, DT; James Bradberry, CB; Daryl Worley, CB; Zack Sanchez, CB; Beau Sandland.
Analysis: Three of the five picks were all cornerbacks. It’s understandable that Josh Norman isn’t going to be easy to replace for a team that went 15-1 and went to the Super Bowl a season ago. The Panthers didn’t need much help, and addressed the biggest gap. It’ll be interesting to see how it works out, especially with people saying Sanchez, a fifth round pick, may be the best to replace Norman.

New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins, DT; Michael Thomas, WR; Vonn Bell, S; David Onyemata, DT; Daniel Lasco, RB.
Analysis: The Saints addressed their biggest need with their first round pick in Defensive Tackles, Rankins. They also added another weapon for Drew Brees with Thomas at wideout. Thomas adds a lot to the Saints and could be a factor many weren’t expecting in his rookie year.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB; Noah Spence, OLB; Roberto Aguayo, PK; Ryan Smith, CB; Caleb Benenoch, OT; Devante Bond, OLB; Dan Vitale, FB.
Analysis: The Buccaneers added depth to defense, and made an interesting move by drafting kicker Aguayo in the second round. The franchise made the right move. Often times, teams win or lose by the foot, and if a team can add a player that can put odds in its favor, then do it. Tampa Bay is starting to get well rounded and will be a team to reckon with in a few years.

AFC South

Houston Texans: Will Fuller, WR; Nick Martin, OC; Braxton Miller, WR; Tyler Ervin, RB; KJ Dillon, S; D.J. Reader, DT.
Analysis: The Texans already have Deandre Hopkins lining up at receiver and addressed getting help by drafting Fuller and Miller in the first and third rounds. Brock Osweiler should not be short of targets, and the team hopes he and Martin can have a good chemistry together.

Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Kelly, OC; T.J. Green, S; Le’Raven Clark, OT; Hassan Ridgeway, DT; Antonio Morrison, OLB; Joe Haeg, OT; Trevor Bates, OLB; Austin Blythe, OC.
Analysis: The Colts are hoping franchise quarterback Andrew Luck can now relax and not have to be forced out of the pocket. Three picks were used on the offensive line, and that’s good news for a team that has one of the best young QBs in the game. They also addressed issues on the defensive line, knowing they didn’t need to go after skill players, but rather getting better in the trenches.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, CB; Myles Jack, OLB; Yannick Ngakoue, DE; Sheldon Day, DT; Tyrone Holmes, DE; Brandon Allen, QB; Jonathan Woodard.
Analysis: The Jaguars may have had one of best drafts in recent memory. They added players everywhere that was needed, and all were highy touted players. Some like Jack come with some issues, but no reward is given without risks. If everything goes in favor of the Jaguars, the AFC South will easily become the best division in football in a few years.

Tennessee Titans: Jack Conklin, OT; Kevin Dodd, DE; Austin Johnson, DT; Derrick Henry, RB; Kevin Byard, S; Tajae Sharp, WR; Leshaun Sims, CB; Sebastian Tretola, OG; Aaron Wallace, OLB; Kalan Reed, CB.
Anaylysis: The Titans should be in discussion for having one of the best drafts this year going along with Chicago, Minnesota and Baltimore. The franchise addressed every need from protection for Marcus Mariota to weapons for Mariota. They also became the first team since the ’89-’90 Detroit Lions (Barry Sanders/Andre Ware) to draft back-to-back Heisman trophy winners with Mariota and Henry. The Titans experiment with Mariota needs pieces to be placed around him, and they have been doing just that.

NFC West

San Francisco 49ers – DeForest Buckner, DE; Joshua Garnett, OG; Will Redmond, CB; Rashard Robinson, CB; Ronald Blair, DE; John Theus, OT; Fahn Cooper, OT; Jeff Driskel, QB; Kelvin Taylor, RB; Aaron Burbridge, WR; Prince Charles Iworah, CB.
Analysis – The 49ers addressed both sides of the ball pretty evenly, particularly on the offense and defensive line. One thing the 9ers did not address was the linebacker position, which still has Navarro Bowman and Ahmad Brooks, but a third stud would have been good too.

Arizona Cardinals – Robert Nkemdiche, DT; Brandon Williams, CB; Evan Bohem, C; Marquis Christian, SS; Cole Toner, OT; Harian Miller, CB.
Analysis – It was good the Cardinals addressed the o-line, but they should’ve drafted a potential replacement for QB Carson Palmer, who is closer to 40 than he is 30. It also wouldn’t have been a bad idea to draft a WR as Larry Fitzgerald is also getting older and the other WRs are good contributors, but also inconsistent.

Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff, QB; Tyler Higbee, TE; Pharaoh Cooper, WR; Temarrick Hemmingway, TE; Josh Forrest, ILB; Mike Thomas, WR.
Analysis – The Rams got their signal caller and a few guys for him to throw to, but they needed to get guys to protect him too. The o-line ranked 28th overall in 2015, despite providing huge holes for Todd Gurley. Pass protection is where it struggled, so poor Goff is in for a pounding in the bruising NFC West.

Seattle Seahawks – Germain Ifedi, OG; Jarran Reed, DT; C.J. Promise, RB; Nick Vannett, TE; Rees Odhiambo, OG; Quinton Jefferson, DT; Alex Collins, RB; Joey Hunt, C; Kenny Lawler, WR; Zac Brooks, RB.
Analysis – Every position that needed addressing was addressed, giving the Seahawks a pretty good draft overall. The o-line struggled to protect Russell Wilson last year, so it was good that Seattle addressed that as well as bringing in some RBs to replace now retired Marshawn Lynch.

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs – Chris Jones, DT; KelVarae Russell, CB; Parker Hinger, OG; Eric Murray, CB; Demarcus Robinson, WR; Kevin Hogan, QB; Tyreek Hill, WR; D.J. White, CB; Dadi Nicholas, DE.
Analysis – The biggest acquisition that everyone will talk about is Stanford QB Kevin Hogan, who in my opinion, is very underrated. I believe he’ll fit in nicely in Andy Reid’s system and will be a quality backup for Alex Smith, who is now in his 12th NFL season. The Chiefs also provided new toys for Smith to throw to, but I felt addressed the defensive side too much. Some more offensive linemen wouldn’t have hurt.

Denver Broncos – Paxton Lynch, QB; Adam Gotsis, DT; Justin Simmons, FS; Devontae Booker, RB; Connor McGovern, OG; Andy Janovich, FB; Will Parks, S; Riley Dixon, P.
Analysis – In a surprising turn of events, the Broncos were able to trade up and acquire Memphis QB Paxton Lynch. He’ll most likely sit for a year or two behind Mark Sanchez, but he’ll provide the Broncos with excellent QB play when he’s ready.

Oakland Raiders – Karl Joseph, S; Jihad Ward, DE; Shillique Calhorn, DE; Connor Cook, QB; DeAndre Washington, RB; Cory James, OLB; Vadal Alexander, OG.
Analysis – Defense dominated the Raiders draft plans, and they were quick to jump on a replacement for the retiring Charles Woodson. The offensive side of the ball was already on the rise, but another WR to throw to and perhaps an offensive lineman would have been beneficial for Derek Carr.

San Diego Chargers – Jared boss, DE; Hunter Henry, TE; Max Turek, C; Joshua Perry, ILB; Jatavis Brown, OLB; Drew Kaser, P; Derek Watt, FB; Donovan Clark, OG.
Analysis – The Chargers should have went heavy on offense in this draft, particularly on the o-line and in the WR corp. Philip Rivers got bashed around last season and has nobody to throw to except an aging Antonio Gates, who is years past his prime, and Keenan Allen who showed great potential last season. The team also failed to address the need at safety thanks to the departure of Eric Weddle.

NFC North

Detroit Lions – Taylor Decker, OT; A’Shawn Robinson, DT; Graham Glasgow, C; Mile Kilbrew, SS; Joe Dahl, OG; Antwione Williams, LB; Jake Rudock, QB; Anthony Zettel, DT; Jimmy Landes, LS; Dwayne Wahsington, RB.
Analysis – The Lions played smart and shored up that offensive line, which surrendered 44 sacks last season. The additions of some guys defense will help, the diamond in the rough might be Dwayne Washington, as the Lions have not had a clear cut favorite running back since the Barry Sanders days as they all either get injured or under-perform.

Green Pay Packers – Kenny Clark, DT; Jason Spriggs, T; Kyle Fackrell, LB; Blake Martinez, LB; Dean Lowry, DE; Trevor Davis, WR; Kyle Murphy, T.
Analysis – Much like the New England Patriots, it’s hard to put a finger on the Packers’s draft class as they typically draft late and we don’t hear much about who they draft; yet they always find a way to contribute and play well. Green Bay did a great job addressing it’s offensive line and defensive side of the ball, particularly linebacker, where perhaps now Clay Matthews can go back to the outside where he’ll blitz more and cover less.

Chicago Bears – Leonard Floyd, LB; Cody Whitehair, OG; Jonathan Bullard, DT; Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB; Deon Bush, S; Deiondre’ Hall, CB; Jordan Howard, RB; DeAndre Houston-Carson, FS; Daniel Braverman, WR.
Analysis – Addressing the defense was exactly what the Bears needed to do, as it’s ranked close to last these last two seasons. These young guys will have a tough time adjusting to the heavy playmakers in the division, but within the next three years the Monsters of the Midway will be a name to be feared again.

Minnesota Vikings – Laquon Treadwell, WR; Mackensie Alexander, CB; Willie Beavers, OT; Kentrell Brothers, OLB; Moritz Boehringer, WR; David Morgan, TE; Stephen Weatherly, OLB; Jayron Kearse, S.
Analysis – The feel good story of the draft was the Vikings’s selection of Boehringer, who I’ll certainly be rooting for to make the 53-man roster in August. Aside from him, the Vikings did a decent job of adding some weapons for Teddy Bridgewater to throw to, and will hopefully help him make that jump into being a quality QB that everyone thought he’d be in 2015.

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens – Ronnie Stanley, OT; Kamali Correa, DE; Bronson Kaufusi, DE; Tavon Young, CB; Chris Moore, WR; Alex Lewis, OT; Willie Henry, DT; Kenneth Dixon, RB; Matt Judon, DE; Keenan Reynolds, RB; Maurice Canady, CB.
Analysis – A couple of pass rushers will do nicely for the Ravens, as well as some guys to protect Flacco up front and provide running room.

Cleveland Browns – Corey Coleman, WR; Emmanual Ogbah, DE; Carl Nassib, DE; Shon Coleman, OT; Cody Kessler, QB; Joe Schoebert, OLB; Ricardo Louis, WR; Derrick Kindred, FS; Seth Devalve, TE; Jordan Payton, WR; Spencer Drango, OG; Rashard Higgins, WR; Trey Caldwell, DB; Scooby Wright III, ILB.
Analysis – The Browns went 60-40 in terms of how they used their 14 draft picks, selecting mostly offensive guys. Robert Griffin III has to me smiling cheek to cheek with five new WRs to throw to, and a few guys to protect him up front. It’s just a question of if the guys on defense can play their parts.

Cincinnati Bengals – William Jackson III, CB; Tyler Boyd, WR; Nick Vigil, ILB; Andrew Billings, NT; Christian Westerman, OG; Cody Core, WR; Clayton Fejedelem, S.
Analysis – Tyler Boyd will hopefully fill the void left in the WR corp to compliment A.J. Green, but what really shocks me is the Bengals didn’t go for a RB as Jeremy Hill is not a third down runner. That might come back to haunt the Bengals.

Pittsburgh Steelers –  Artie Burns, CB; Sean Davis, CB; Javon Hargrave, DT; Jerald Hawkins, OT; Travis Feeney, OLB; DeMarcus Ayers, WR; Tyler Matakevich, OLB.
Analysis – No huge surprise that the Steelers drafted mostly defense, as they’ve struggled on that side of the ball recently. I’m a bit surprised no running back was taken to compete for a third spot. LeVeon Bell was injury prone last season, and DeAngelo Williams has been injury prone his entire career, so adding a third would not have been a bad idea.

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