AFC North NFL 2016 All pick and grades

AFC North NFL 2016 All pick and grades


Cincinnati Bengals Overall grade: A-


1 (24). William Jackson III, CB, Houston

2 (55). Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh

3 (87). Nick Vigil, MLB, Utah State

4 (122). Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

5 (161). Christian Westerman, G, Arizona State

6 (199). Cody Core, WR, Ole Miss

7 (245). Clayton Fejedelem, S, Illinois

Best pick: Billings - The Bengals need a nose tackle this year to eventually replace Domata Peko in a year or two.

Questionable pick: Core - It was surprising to see the Bengals take Core over players like Charone Peake of Clemson and Mike Thomas of Southern Mississippi.

Analysis: Houston CB William Jackson III didn’t fill a direct need in the first round, but teams cannot have enough good corners in today’s NFL. Jackson looks like a player who should immediately improve the secondary. Baylor DT Andrew Billings is an interesting third-day addition in the fourth round. Even if he can’t play all three downs, he looks like a stud on run plays.


Baltimore Ravens Overall grade: B+


1 (6). Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

2 (42). Kamalei Correa, OLB, Boise State

3 (70). Bronson Kaufusi, DE, Brigham Young

4 (104). Tavon Young, CB, Temple

4 (107). Chris Moore, WR, Cincinnati

4 (130). Alex Lewis, OT, Nebraska

4 (132). Willie Henry, DT, Michigan

4 (134). Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech

5 (146). Matt Judon, DE, Grand Valley State University

6 (182). Keenan Reynolds, WR, Navy

6 (209). Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia

Best pick: Correa - I may not be the biggest fan of Correa, but it was a shrewd move by the Ravens to trade down twice and accumulate picks and still get the player they want.

Questionable pick: Young - Young projects to the slot, but there were some corners with higher grades than him when he came off the board.

Analysis: This felt like a very classic Ozzie Newsome draft, which is a good thing. The Ravens got one of the draft’s best offensive tackles at No. 6 with Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley. But the best two picks might have been on Friday, when they added DE/LB Kamalei Correa and DE Bronson Kafusi to reinvigorate the pass rush. The most interesting pick came Saturday with the selection of Navy QB Keenan Reynolds, who has said he intends to serve a two-year military commitment before he starting an NFL career playing a new position.


Pittsburgh Steelers Overall grade: B


1 (25). Artie Burns, CB, Miami

2 (58). Sean Davis, S, Maryland

3 (89). Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State

4 (123). Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU

6 (220). Travis Feeney, OLB, Washington

7 (229). DeMarcus Ayers, WR, Houston

7 (246). Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple

Best pick: Hargrave - Watching Hargrave at the Senior Bowl, he just looked like a Pittsburgh Steelers player. He is a hard-to-move nose tackle.

Questionable pick: Burns - The Steelers needed a cornerback, and Burns has a lot of pure talent. He'll just need to be coached up. On a defense that needs immediate help, can he catch up fast enough?

Analysis: The Steelers had to improve their pass defense, and using their first two picks on defensive backs is a solid start. Both Miami's Artie Burns and Maryland's Sean Davis are at least 6-0, which gives that secondary some size.


Cleveland Browns Overall grade: B


1 (15). Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

2 (32). Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

3 (65). Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State

3 (76). Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn

3 (93). Cody Kessler, QB, USC

4 (99). Joe Schobert, OLB, Wisconsin

4 (114). Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn

4 (129). Derrick Kindred, S, TCU

4 (138). Seth DeValve, TE, Princeton

5 (154). Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA

5 (168). Spencer Drango, OT/G, Baylor

5 (172). Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State

5 (173). Trey Caldwell, CB, Louisiana--Monroe

7 (250). Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona

Best pick: Drango - The Browns got great value with Drango late in the fifth round. He's a player the Browns should be able to use at tackle and guard. At worst, he's a good backup.

Questionable pick: Louis - Although Louis is an intriguing athlete at wide receiver, he had average production at Auburn. If he's being moved to cornerback, that's a high pick to use on a project.

Analysis: Two years ago, the Browns were hammered for not taking a single receiver despite a glaring need there. So to be fair, we should probably praise Cleveland for taking five over the weekend (though the team lists Princeton's Seth Devalve as a tight end). Now the question is if Cleveland opted for quantity over quality, and how many of those draftees will even make the 53-man roster. The Browns also gambled on USC QB Cody Kessler in the third round, but Hue Jackson’s track record with passers should give the organization the initial benefit of the doubt on the selection.

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