AFC East NFL Draft 2016 all picks and grades

 

Miami Dolphins Overall grade: B+

1 (13). Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

2 (38). Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor

3 (73). Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama

3 (86). Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers

6 (186). Jakeem Grant, WR, Texas Tech

6 (204). Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State

7 (223). Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky

7 (231). Thomas Duarte, TE, UCLA

Laremy Tunsil
Best pick: Tunsil - He's the best left tackle in the draft since Tyron Smith in 2011.

Questionable pick: Drake - It's true that Drake can do a lot of different things, but taking him at No. 73 overall seemed early. Can he hold onto the ball in the NFL?

Analysis: The Dolphins might have landed the steal of the first round thanks to Mississippi OT Laremy Tunsil’s bizarre first-round fall. Now the Dolphins face questions on where to play him, as he will continue to have to deal with some complicated off-field baggage. But he immediately improves the offensive line, and Miami gets credit for also addressing other major needs: cornerback (Baylor's Xavien Howard in the second round) and running back (Alabama's Kenyan Drake in the third).


Buffalo Bills Overall grade: C


1 (19). Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

2 (41). Reggie Ragland, MLB, Alabama

3 (80). Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State

4 (139). Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State

5 (156). Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas

6 (192). Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU

6 (218). Kevon Seymour, CB, USC

Best pick: Ragland - Even though the Bills traded up to get him, Ragland will be a starter for years in Buffalo. Just watch the tackles add up season after season.

Questionable pick: Jones - This is only questionable in the sense that Jones is a big project and Tyrod Taylor's future in Buffalo looks to be limited.

Rex Ryan’s defense underperformed in his first year in Buffalo, and the Bills used their first three picks there with Clemson DE Shaq Lawson, Alabama LB Reggie Ragland and Ohio State DT Adolphus Washington. The development of Ohio State QB Cardale Jones, the fourth-round pick, could be an important subplot for this class.

New England Patriots Overall grade: C


2 (60). Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama

3 (78). Joe Thuney, G, North Carolina State

3 (91). Jacoby Brissett, QB, North Carolina State

3 (96). Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska

4 (112). Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia

6 (208). Kamu Grugier-Hill, DB, Eastern Illinois

6 (214). Elandon Roberts, OLB, Houston

6 (221). Ted Karras, G, Illinois

7 (225). Devin Lucien, WR, Arizona State

Best pick: Mitchell - The Georgia receiver has some of the best hands in this year's draft. It was a little surprising to see him slide to Day 3 of the draft.

Questionable pick: Jones - It's easy to see why the Patriots picked Jones, but using the 60th overall pick on him was really early.

Analysis: Former Patriots RB Kevin Faulk gave Tom Brady a shoutout when making the second-round pick of North Carolina State OL Joe Thuney, but Brady likely would have liked to see the Patriots add even more depth up front after the beating he took late last season. North Carolina State QB Jacoby Brissett, taken in the third round, is an interesting pick. Will he challenge Jimmy Garoppolo to be Brady’s backup?

New York Jets Overall grade: C-


1 (20). Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

2 (51). Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

3 (83). Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia

4 (118). Juston Burris, CB, North Carolina State

5 (158). Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina

7 (235). Lachlan Edwards, P, Sam Houston State

7 (241). Charone Peake, WR, Clemson

Best pick: Lee - Even though the Jets may slowly ease him into the lineup, Lee is a dynamic player on defense who can fly around the field.

Questionable pick: Hackenberg - It's true, the Jets loved Hackenberg, but it was a stunning move to see him get drafted in the second round.

Analysis: The Jets seem to love Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg more than the masses do, but right now picking him early in the second round seems like a gamble. New York did well in taking Ohio State LB Darron Lee in the first, however. He shouldn't have to leave the field in Todd Bowles’ defense.