It was a very eventful and surprising three days in Chicago and all teams improved their roster. So now it’s time to look at who benefited most from the draft and who had to come out of it with some form of disappointment. The lists include both teams and players and at the end I put up the biggest steals on this year’s board and which players I thought didn’t present a good enough value at the spot they were taken. None of them are ranked in any particular order.
After doing tons of film work on all the prospects, analyzing them by position and overall, here’s my one and only mock draft for the first round. Draft day is crazy and anything can happen. You can never have your whole board right because of all the trades and shiftings going on, so I decided to leave the projections for possible trades and went with the board as it is right now.
You can check also check out all the analyses on the top prospects at each position and my big board right here.
Over the course of the last three weeks I published my top ten prospects at each position in the draft. Now I compare them on my big board. For an alaysis of them make sure to check out the other articles.
After listing my top ten prospects at each other position, finally here are my quarterbacks. With the mega-deals by the Rams and Eagles we already know who the first two will be that hear their name called on Thursday, but I think this is a very deep and talented class. Once again I’m projecting what kind of players they can become, so the guy at number one isn’t the only one, who wasn’t in the national spotlight during his collegiate career.
Adding to my top 10 cornerback prospects, here is my list of the best safeties available. The skill-sets of these guys are very different and can go from in-the-box safeties to center-fielders. I always like to see lower-level players I can put up here and there are a couple of very intriguing guys out there.
Following my analysis of the top wide receivers in the draft, here’s my list of the guys covering them. To me cornerbacks either have to be able to take the responsibility of covering receivers one-on-one or bring versatility, because they have more value than system players. And I like my corners to have an attitude.
In recent years we have seen a lot of receivers have success early on in their career and as the league becomes more and more pass heavy coaches look for different skill sets. While a lot receivers have become bigger and stronger, smaller and quicker players can also make a big impact. I don’t think this draft class is quite as deep as the more recent ones and there probably are no superstars like Odell Beckham Jr. and Co., but the 2016 class certainly has some great playmakers.
Over the course of the last one-and-a-half weeks I listed my top 10 runningbacks, linebackers, offensive tackles and interior offensive lineman and edge rushers. I continue with the best interior defensive linemen, which includes nose tackles, base D-tackles who line up across from guards and three-techniques on the guard’s outside shoulder. This class is very deep and you can find quality starters probably all the way down to day three, while there also could be five to six of them ending up in the first rounds.
Update: Also check out the list on wide receivers.
I started out with my top 10 runningbacks, linebackers, offensive tackles and interior offensive linemen in the 2016 NFL Draft. Now I’m taking a look at the best edge rushers in this year’s class. As we just saw in the Super Bowl and the games leading up to it, a team like the Bronos, with two elite outside pass rushers can make life really hard on opposing quarterbacks and have a lot of success that way. And while this year’s draft class might not be the deepest we’ve seen in recent time, there are some intruiging prospects out there. To make this clear – this list includes 4-3 defensive ends and 3-4 outside linebackers.
Adding to my top 10 linebackers and runningbacks in the draft I now give you my best offensive tackles and interior offensive linemen. With some of those guys I’m just projecting which kind of players they could become, even though there might be a couple of things they still have to work on.