NFL Draft: Grading Each Pick
Well, the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft is done, so let’s wildly speculate about the success and failures of each team before their new players take the field. It will be fun to look back in five years and realize how right (or more likely, wrong) I am.
DE Shaq Lawson
The Bills lost Mario Williams, but I don’t think they will miss him. Lawson comes in right away and should have a bigger impact than Williams did last year. Rex Ryan needs help on defense, and Lawson should get after the quarterback in Ryan’s blitz heavy scheme.
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T Laremy Tunsil
I’m giving Tunsil the benefit of the doubt. He has past all of his drug tests in college through the draft process, so let’s say that is an old video. Under that assumption, the best tackle in the draft fell all the way to 13 to a team with a huge need at offensive line. Maybe the Dolphins front office released that video. If they did, it is the best thing they have done in years.
New England Patriots
The Patriots didn’t draft in the first round do to the Deflate Gate scandal; however, I should give them an F because we still have to hear about this crap two years later.
New York Jets
LB Darron Lee
I like this pick because the Jets didn’t panic with their quarterback situation and took the best player available. Lee should come in an upgrade an already strong linebacker core. He has the speed to play sideline to sideline as he ran a 4.4 40 at the combine.
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