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Initial 1st Round Analysis Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Sunday, 01 May 2016 10:48

 

Los Angeles Rams: QB Jared Goff, Cal: the Rams gave up a lot to draft Goff, but the former Cal star has the toughness, quick mind and accurate arm to be the team’s long-term answer.

 

Philadelphia Eagles: QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State: Philly has only the brittle, soft and over-rated, Sam Bradford, and backup, Chase Daniel, at quarterback.  Wentz needs time to develop, but has the raw tools and work ethic to be the Eagles’ franchise quarterback.

 

San Diego Chargers: DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State: It was good to see Bosa actually go higher than expected.  Many thought Bosa could slide due to a perceived lack of elite explosiveness.  Bosa is a good pass rusher and plays the run tough.  He also brings a relentlessness to a defense that is a real positive.  The Chargers add a tough, fine player to their front seven.  The Chargers weak pass rush gets a big boost.

 

Dallas Cowboys: RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State: Elliott is a terrific back that can play on all three downs as a  rookie.  He is going to be very productive behind a quality Dallas offensive line.  The Cowboys will be a run-first team that will wear opposing defenses down.  This selection takes a big load off of Tony Romo and will help his battered body take less hits.  This pick does make Dallas better.  The much needed defensive help will come later in the draft.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State: It looks like Gus Bradley has his version of Richard Sherman.  This is an excellent pick by the Jags.  Ramsey could very well be the best defensive player in the draft.  He is a playmaker that can cover the opponent’s top wide receiver.  Ramsey is also versatile and can be moved inside or play safety in certain situations.  Jacksonville added a playmaker to their secondary.

 

Baltimore Ravens: OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame: Ozzie Newsome was looking for a franchise left tackle to protect Joe Flacco.  Stanley has the light feet, balance and size to be that player. 

 

San Francisco 49ers: DE DeForest Buckner, Oregon: Buckner has ideal size and athleticism to be a 3-4 defensive end.  The 49ers wisely are rebuilding their once formidable defense with a foundation piece along their defensive line.

 

Tennessee Titans: OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State: The Titans did an excellent job of trading down to acquire more picks, yet still getting offensive line help.  Conklin is a nasty and physical offensive tackle.  He will bookend with Taylor Lewan very well.  Marcus Mariota sleeps better tonight after this quality selection.

 

Chicago Bears: OLB Leonard Floyd, Georgia: Floyd is a boom or bust selection for Chicago.  He has an excellent burst around the corner as a pass rusher, but his ability to stay healthy and defend the run is a concern.  The former Georgia star could be another athletic college pass rusher that lacks the power and strength to make it big in the pros.

New York Giants: CB Eli Apple, Ohio State: You can never have too many good cornerbacks in a passing league.  However, Apple is less instinctive than Vernon Hargreaves.  The Giants’ coaches have their work to do with the physically talented, but raw former Buckeye.  Big Blue prefers big corners and decided on Apple.  It will be interesting to see whether Apple or Hargreaves has the better pro career.  New York also passed on the very talented, Laremy Tunsil.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida: Tampa Bay needed secondary help and Hargreaves will provide it.  Hargreaves could be another Joe Haden.

 

New Orleans Saints: DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville: Rankins is the first defensive tackle chosen in a very talented class.  The Saints badly need defensive help and it starts upfront.  Rankins is quick, strong and has a terrific motor.  He can be a core player for a rebuilding Saints’ defense.

 

Miami Dolphins: OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss: Tunsil’s drop due to a draft-day video release of him smoking marijuana has to be one of the strangest events in draft history.  There is no question about Tunsil’s talent.  He can be a terrific left tackle for a decade.  You get the feeling that Tunsil was humiliated on draft day and he will enter the league with a chip on his shoulder.  The Dolphins could very well have a bargain.  There is a good chance that Tunsil joins Warren Sapp and Randy Moss as blue-chip prospects that fell in the draft due to character concerns, but proved to be stars.

 

Oakland Raiders: S Karl Joseph, West Virginia: You have to love what the Raiders are doing.  Joseph is a ballhawk who also is a hitter and tackler.  Oakland improves their defense and secondary with this addition.

 

Cleveland Browns: WR Corey Coleman, Baylor: The Browns are in major rebuilding mode and are devoid of playmakers on offense.  Coleman is an explosive wide receiver that can make chunk plays.  The former Baylor star is strong for his size and competes hard for the football.  The Browns need a ton more, but Coleman is a start to adding some juice to a lifeless offense.

 

Detroit Lions: OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State: Matthew Stafford must be protected and Decker is a solid choice.  Decker can be a long-term starter at offensive tackle for the Lions.

 

Atlanta Falcons: S Keanu Neal, Florida: Neal is a physical tackler who will help in run support.  His ability to help in pass coverage could be limited.  The Falcons still need help upfront and may regret passing on Shaq Lawson and other defensive linemen.

 

Indianapolis Colts: C Ryan Kelly, Alabama: Indy wisely addresses their offensive line by adding a terrific center that can also play guard.  It pays to be strong up the middle and Kelly can anchor the Colts’ offensive line for years.  Andrew Luck gets some much-needed protection.

 

Buffalo Bills: DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson: Rex Ryan was not happy with Mario Williams and vice versa.  He gets to mold the talented Lawson into the type of defensive end that suits his defense best.

 

New York Jets: LB Darron Lee, Ohio State: Lee brings terrific speed and a nose for the football to Gang Green. New York’s fine defensive line should free up Lee to make a bunch of plays.

 

Houston Texans: WR Will Fuller, Notre Dame: The Texans clearly needed a receiver, but Fuller was a questionable choice.  Fuller has deep speed, but shaky hands and a slight frame.  Those type of receivers have a hard time earning a quarterback’s trust.

 

Washington Redskins: WR Josh Doctson, TCU: Doctson was highly productive in college, but lacks the crisp route-running and explosiveness of a number one receiver.  He can be another target for Kirk Cousins, but the Redskins still have trouble stopping the run.

 

Minnesota Vikings: WR Loquan Treadwell, Ole Miss: Teddy Bridgewater clearly needed wide receiver help and that is what the Vikes delivered to him.  Treadwell may not be a blazer, but he has NFL size, hands, body control and can catch the ball in traffic.  He is going to help Minnesota on 3rd down and in the red zone.  Treadwell may help his team the most out of the wide receiver selections in the 1st round.

 

Cincinnati Bengals: CB William Jackson, Houston: The Bengals have some age in the secondary and add a very talented cornerback.  Jackson is fast, quick and has excellent ball skills.  The Bengals draft well and that is a big reason why they are consistently in the playoffs.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Artie Burns, Miami: The Steelers badly needed cornerback help.  Burns has the size and speed to be a good pro, but also is extremely raw in his technique.  Mike Tomlin and his very capable staff should be able to polish the former Hurricane into a good pro.

 

Denver Broncos: QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis: John Elway is proving to be a very astute GM.  The Broncos move up in a trade with Seattle to secure their quarterback of the future.  Lynch needs time to transition to an NFL offense.  He will have that in Denver.  Lynch has plenty of talent and could not be in a better situation to grow and develop into an NFL quarterback.  He has the tools (mobility and arm strength) to fit in Gary Kubiak’s offense.

 

Green Bay Packers: DT Kenny Clark, UCLA: Green Bay gets better upfront by adding Clark.  The former UCLA star defends the run well and has surprising quickness.  The draft was loaded with quality defensive tackles and Clark should go on to have one of the better NFL careers.

 

San Francisco 49ers: G Joshua Garnett, Stanford: Chip Kelly wants to run the football.  The 49ers used to have a powerful offensive line and Garnett is a nice piece to getting back to being physical upfront.

 

Arizona Cardinals: DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss: The talented Nkemdiche fell this far due to character and consistency concerns.  Arizona is a good spot for the former Rebel to land.  Bruce Arians is a no-nonsense coach who will get the best out of Nkemdiche.  Plus, Calais Campbell can show him how to be a pro and the dedication it takes.  Arizona adds a very talented player to their defensive line.

 

Carolina Panthers: DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech: Butler has excellent size and power as a run defender.  However, wouldn’t help at offensive tackle for a position that was dominated in the Super Bowl have improved the team more?

 

Seattle Seahawks: OT Ifedi Germain, Texas A & M: The Seahawks exchanged 1st round picks with Denver and added a valuable 3rd round pick.  Seattle still was able to add a massive and powerful right tackle in Germain.  This pick and the trade were positive for Seattle.  Germain fills a big need for offensive line help.  The technique work that he needs will be supplied by Tom Cable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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