Now that we have had a week to process the insanity that was the NFL Draft, we now have to see who did good to build their future and who missed their shot. This is the Sports by Jaytezla 2016 NFL Draft Winners and Losers.
For this piece, we will point out 5 winners and losers, who was their best pick, and their underrated and/or questionable pick. Lets start with winners of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Biggest pick: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
Underrated Pick: Sheldon Day, NT, Notre Dame
Analysis: An argument could be made that Jacksonville had the best draft not only in the AFC, but in the NFL. If you look at their first 3 picks, they knocked it out of the park. First they picked up Jalen Ramsey, the best defensive player in the top of the draft. Then they wait till the second round to pick up Myles Jack and then Yannick Ngakoue, a sack machine from Maryland. Add onto the fact that Dante Fowler is coming back to play his rookie season after missing last year due to injury, Jacksonville is going to be interesting this year.
Best Pick: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame/ Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
Underrated Pick: K.J. Dillion, S, West Virginia
Analysis: This team is going to be fun to watch. Houston needed a weapons gallery to surround DeAndre Hopkins and Brock Osweiler and boy did they get it with the pickups of Will Fuller and Braxton Miller. Both of these guys can get up and move the ball down the field with world-class speed. Now the pick of K.J. Dillion will help out the defensive backfield and provide some depth in the defense, which is always needed.
Best Pick: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
Underrated Pick: Shilique Calhoun, DE and Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
Analysis: If I am any team in the AFC West, the pickup of Karl Joseph by Oakland is a nightmare. He is a bruiser in the backfield and will punish your wideouts and running backs if they even dare to come across the middle. This pick also helps with coping with the loss of Charles Woodson retiring. Add on the 3rd round pick of Calhoun and the late round pick of Cook, who can be a legit backup starter in Oakland, expect the Raiders to make a playoff push that hasn’t been seen in a very long time.
Best Pick: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
Underrated Pick: Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia
Analysis: Washington made some great moves in the draft. First, they picked up Doctson, the best receiver in the draft who is going to make quarterback Kirk Cousins a lot of money. Then they picked up Su’a Cravens and Kendall Fuller, which helps them cover the defense backfield that was in desperate need of repair. Then you have the pick of Marshall, who’s gamer-like attitude will replace Alfred Morris in the backfield for the Redskins.
Best Pick: Taylor Decker, T, Ohio State / A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
Underrated Pick: Jay Lee, WR, Baylor/ Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah
Analysis: Win by the trenches is clearly the new motto of Bob’s Quinn’s new regime. He said, screw going for the highlight players, let’s get big on the inside. With the pickups of Decker and Graham Glasgow, you essentially allow Stafford to stay clean which will give them more time to utilize the offensive weaponry. On the defensive side, A’Shawn Robinson, Miles Killebrew and Anthony Zettel are going to be monsters that are going to haunt quarterbacks dreams. Add in the undrafted firepower pick of Jay Lee, expect the roar in Detroit to be thunderous.
Honorable mentions: Denver Broncos, St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens.
Best Pick: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
Questionable Pick: Trevor Davis, WR, California
Analysis: While Green Bay did an okay job to address their needs on the defensive line, it wasn’t enough. The addition of Kenny Clark is outstanding, but without another lineman to help on the line, its going to be hard to stop the run or rush the pass in the NFC North. On top of that, picking up Kyle Murray was a good pick, but it gets downgraded with the pick of Jason Spriggs, who wasn’t a great lineman in college. Green Bay had better hope no one plans on rushing them up front, or they will be in huge trouble.
Best Pick: Keanu Neal
Questionable Pick: Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford
Analysis: Okay, while I disagree with most analysts when it comes to the pickup of Neal, I have a big issue with the rest of their draft. They essentially picked up no one to help them out on either side of the ball. Atlanta was second in the NFC South last year, and the fact that they did nothing to push their talent level to the same height as Carolina or at least attempt it, Expect Atlanta to fall a bit down this year.
Best Pick: Vernon Hargreaves, DB, Florida
Underrated Pick: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
Questionable Pick: Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State
Analysis: Okay I actually like the Bucs draft picks this year, but I ranked them as my losers because after the second round, they did absolutely nothing. But thats not even my biggest issue with the team. My biggest issue is that they drafted a kicker with their second round pick and think it was a good idea. Look I’m not one to diss kickers, but kickers in my opinion are day three picks. He is a good player, but not a second round pick, especially moving up to get him, is even worse.
Best Pick: Darren Lee, LB, Ohio State
Questionable Pick: Christian Hackenburg, QB, Penn State
Analysis: Hackenburg. Christian Hackenburg. Thats who you want to bank your future on? A QB that had so much hype but was average at best? This pick was insane and made no sense for the Jets. The worst part of this is that they had a chance at Cardale Jones AND Connor Cook and decided, “Nah, we aren’t going to pick between two QB’s that have been in the College Football Playoff and have won not only multiple high-pressure games but conference championships, we are going to pick Hackenburg, he’s our savior”. I never like dissing someone’s career before it starts but this pick was incredibly dumb and will hurt them in the future, especially if Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn’t come back to the Jets.
Best Pick: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Questionable Pick: Ezekiel Elliott?
Analysis: Yes, you read that right. He is questionable. Let me explain. Dallas did a good job fixing up their defensive line with the picks of Charles Tapper and Maliek Collins and Jaylon Smith is going to be a treasure in the future. But did the Cowboys really need to draft a running back this high in the draft, especially after picking up Alfred Morris in the off-season? No. My biggest issue with this pick is they had the chance to change their season around by picking and plugging in Jalen Ramsey. They need help on the backfield, and with the teams they are playing this year, they are going to put up points, but every game is going to be a shootout that more than likely will result in a losing season.
Honorable Mentions: Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns.