Day 1 of the NFL draft is in the books, and the next wave of players will wait to hear their names called tonight during Rounds 2 and 3. Steve Palazzolo is here to grade every pick in real time, breaking down the selection with unique analysis on every prospect using PFF data.
1 (32). Cleveland Browns: Emmanuel Ogbah | Grade: B+
There was a lot of talk that the Browns would trade the pick, but they grab one of the best pass rushers in the draft in Ogbah, owner of the No. 3 pass rush grade in the class. He’s not as strong against the run as you’d like given his size and length, but the Browns got burst off the edge in Ogbah.
2 (33). Tennessee Titans: Kevin Dodd | Grade: C
Another edge defender off the board, Dodd had a great finish to the season that may have inflated his stock. He’s a good run defender (sixth in the class) using his hands well to shed blocks, but his +18.2 pass-rush grade ranked 25th in the class, so he may settle in as more of a run-first type of outside linebacker in Tennessee’s 3-4.
3 (34). Dallas Cowboys: Jaylon Smith | Grade: B+
Everyone is waiting for Myles Jack to come off the board, but the Cowboys go with the other injured linebacker in Smith. When healthy, he’s an explosive player capable of covering slot receivers and showing great range as a zone defender. He was our No. 25 player on the PFF draft board, and after grading positively as a run defender, pass rusher and in coverage, Smith has immense upside for the Cowboys. High risk, high reward.
4 (35). San Diego Chargers: Hunter Henry | Grade: B+
With Ladarius Green moving on, Henry steps in as a receiving tight end next to Antonio Gates. He has the speed to stretch the seam after posting the top receiving grade in the nation and not dropping a pass in 2015. He’s not a great run blocker, but Henry adds a nice mismatch option for the San Diego offense.
5 (36). Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack | Grade: A-
(Pick acquired in trade with Baltimore Ravens)
We tabbed six elite players in the draft and Jacksonville has added two of them. Jack has injury concerns but the high upside was too much to pass up. He’s the best coverage linebacker in the draft (top coverage grade in 2014) and before his injury in 2015 he showed great improvement against the run.
6 (37). Kansas City Chiefs: Chris Jones | Grade: A+
Jones has immense potential, already posting the No. 2 pass rush grade in the nation last year, but still showing room to improve from a technique standpoint. He’s strong and explosive and his two-year grades on about 1,000 snaps are comparable to the best interior defensive linemen in the class. This could end up being the steal of the draft.
7 (38). Miami Dolphins: Xavien Howard | Grade: C+
(Pick acquired in trade with San Francisco 49ers)
Miami was linked to cornerback prospects in the first round and they go with the high-upside potential of Howard in the second. His best work is impressive as he has the size and speed to play man or zone coverage, but there are too many bad plays where he simply loses receivers or fails to play the ball. It all evened out to our No. 16 coverage grade in the draft class and a No. 80 ranking on the PFF Draft Board, but if Miami can work out the kinks, Howard could develop into a solid corner.
8 (39). Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Noah Spence | Grade: B+
Off-field concerns were a big part of Spence’s conversation during the draft process, but he may be the best pure pass rusher in this draft class. He dominated Senior Bowl practice week and topped it off with a game-high seven pressures during the Senior Bowl game. While he is not great against the run, Spence can immediately step in as a designated pass rusher for the Bucs.
9 (40). New York Giants: Sterling Shepard | Grade: A
Shepard is one of the best route runners in the class and his +27.8 receiving grade ranked second in the draft class in 2015. He’s a shifty slot receiver, though he’s capable of winning on the outside and using his underrated ball skills to make just enough plays down the field to keep cornerbacks honest. Shepard is an excellent complement to Odell Beckham on the other side.
10 (41). Buffalo Bills: Reggie Ragland | Grade: A
(Pick acquired in trade with Chicago Bears)
Buffalo trades up to get Reggie Ragland who should immediately upgrade one of the worst inside linebacker units in the league. Ragland is sound in the running game (No. 12 grade in the class) and while he’s not the most athletic linebacker, he can keep the ball in front of him when playing zone and he adds good pass rush ability as a movable piece in nickel situations.
11 (42). Baltimore Ravens: Kamalei Correa | Grade: C+
Another pass rusher comes off the board in Kamalei Correa, who is a good fit for Balimore’s scheme on the edge. He’s not great against the run, but he’s willing to take on blockers and his value will be judged by his ability to get after the quarterback. He posted an impressive +16.3 pass rush grade on only 236 rushes, picking up eight sacks, 12 QB hits and 16 hurries on those snaps.
12 (43). Tennessee Titans: Austin Johnson | Grade: B
(Pick from Los Angeles Rams through Philadelphia Eagles)
Tennessee adds even more to their defensive front in Johnson, who had an excellent year against the run in 2015 (No. 3 in the draft class) while improving as a pass rusher. He uses his quick hands to shoot gaps and while he can do a better job of holding the point of attack against double teams, he’s good value in the second round.
13 (44). Oakland Raiders: Jihad Ward | Grade: D+
With a number of better interior defensive line options on the board, the Raiders go with Ward, who projects as a two-down player. He moved around the Illinois defensive line, finishing with the 69th-best overall grade among edge defenders in the class providing very little as a pass rusher (-0.3, 100th in class).
14 (45). Tennessee Titans: Derrick Henry | Grade: C+
(Pick from Los Angeles Rams)
The Heisman Trophy winner comes off the board and adds to the power football mentality that Tennessee is building in this draft. He’s a good runner when working downhill and he has good breakaway speed that allows him to create big plays at the second level. Though he forced the most missed tackles in the nation, he did so on a nation-high 396 carries and he’s not versatile from a scheme standpoint, but he’ll fit well in Tennessee’s new downhill scheme. Henry’s grade is kept down by questionable work as a receiver and as a pass protector.
15 (46). Detroit Lions: A'Shawn Robinson | Grade: B
Many analysts had Robinson pegged as a first-round pick but this is good value for him in the second. He’s a good run defender, ranking 13th in the nation each of the last two years, but an inability to get after the quarterback (62nd in the draft class at +5.7 in 2015) may keep him from being a three-down player.
16 (47). New Orleans Saints: Michael Thomas | Grade: A
The Saints add another weapon for Drew Brees with one of the draft’s best route runners. Thomas suffered through a poor quarterback situation in college. He only dropped four passes last season while forcing 13 missed tackles after the catch and he should get plenty of opportunities to put up numbers with Brees.
17 (48). Green Bay Packers: Jason Spriggs | Grade: B+
(Pick acquired in trade with Indianapolis Colts)
Rumored to be a first-round pick after a great combine workout, Spriggs goes to Green Bay where he joins David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga at offensive tackle. He may ease into the mix, but should eventually be pegged for a starting spot. His +6.6 pass blocking grade ranked 10th in the class but he whiffs too often in the running game at this point. Spriggs’ athleticism makes him a good zone-blocking fit for Green Bay.
18 (49). Seattle Seahawks: Jarran Reed| Grade: A
(Pick acquired in trade with Chicago Bears via Buffalo Bills)
Seattle moves up to take Reed who posted the No. 2 run stop grade in the nation last year at +39.9, while also ranking second in run stop percentage at 13.4 percent. He’s one of the best in the draft at handling double teams, disrupting running lanes and shedding blocks to make plays. The only question to Reed’s game is how much he will affect the quarterback as a pass rusher after ranking 55th in the class at +6.6.
19 (50). Houston Texans: Nick Martin | Grade: A-
(Pick acquired in trade with Atlanta Falcons)
The Texans came into the draft with a major need at center and they move up to take one of the best in Martin. He’s good in the zone game, getting into position quickly and ranking fifth in the class with a +19.5 grade as a run blocker. He only gave up five hurries in pass protection all season while ranking second in pass blocking efficiency at 99.2.
20 (51). New York Jets: Christian Hackenberg | Grade: D-
The Jets have been looking for a quarterback and they’re taking the chance on Hackenberg. The tape has been horrible, and that includes his freshman year that everyone touts as his saving grace. He’s been one of the most inaccurate quarterbacks in college football for three straight years and his -12.1 overall grade ranked 41st in this draft class alone in 2015. The Jets are hoping that he can be a reclamation project, but he has to take monumental strides to become a viable NFL quarterback.
21 (52). Atlanta Falcons: Deion Jones | Grade: D
(Pick acquired in trade with Houston Texans)
The Falcons were looking to add speed to their defense and Jones certainly fits that description. The problem is getting blocked too often in the running game and missing too many tackles when he gets to the ball carriers (105th in class in tackling efficiency, missing one of every 6.5 attempts). His overall grade ranked 129th among linebackers in the draft class and he was the 250th player on the PFF Draft Board on athleticism alone.
22 (53). Washington Redskins: Su'a Cravens | Grade: B+
Cravens has put together two strong years of grading in our system, ranking third among safeties last year at +23.9. He knows how to defeat blocks in the running game, ranking fourth in run stop percentage at 6.9 percent while also grading positively in coverage and as a pass rusher. He is one of the many players being looked at as a nickel linebacker option.
23 (54). Minnesota Vikings: Mackensie Alexander | Grade: A
No. 21 on the PFF Draft Board, Alexander is strong in man coverage and his movement skills allow him to stay with shifty receivers. The Clemson scheme did him no favors from a grading standpoint, but he allowed only 0.66 yards per cover snap, good for 10th in the class. He struggles with zone concepts at times, missing tackles in open space, but Alexander is a good pick at this point in the draft.
24 (55). Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Boyd | Grade: C+
Cincinnati was eyeing receivers in the first round, and they add Boyd who ranked 10th in the class with a receiving grade of +20.2. Pittsburgh used him in multiple roles and while he’s inconsistent as a route runner, he flashes the ability to separate at the intermediate level and he’ll get a shot to replace the departed Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu.
25 (56). Chicago Bears: Cody Whitehair | Grade: A
(Pick acquired in trade with Seattle Seahawks)
The Bears get first-round value in our top-graded offensive tackle from 2015. Whitehair projects better at guard in the NFL, as he’s strong in the running game (top grade among offensive tackles) and capable in pass protection. It’s not flashy, but this is one of the best picks in the draft.
26 (57). Indianapolis Colts: T.J. Green | Grade: D-
(Pick acquired in trade with Green Bay Packers)
Another selection based on size and speed, Green did not play well last season, finishing 90th overall among draftable safeties. His -10.8 coverage grade ranked dead last as he often looked lost in space. There were pre-draft rumors that he might transition to cornerback, and while the size and speed are intriguing, he has to make immense improvements to be worth a second-round pick no matter which position he plays.
27 (58). Pittsburgh Steelers: Sean Davis | Grade: D
And yet another size/speed pick, Davis has played both cornerback and safety for Maryland with mixed results. His -3.6 overall grade in 2015 ranked 96th among cornerbacks including a -6.7 coverage grade that ranked 112th. The Steelers may see if he can stick at cornerback, and while his movement skills stood out positively when we saw him at the Senior Bowl, the on-field production just hasn’t been there to this point.
28 (59). Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Roberto Aguayo | Grade: D-
(Pick acquired in trade with Kansas City Chiefs)
The Bucs picked a kicker. In the second round. Our special teams ace, Gordon McGuiness, compared Aguayo to former kicker Matt Stover — he had three missed field goals from 40-49 yards and two misses from 50+ last year. There are much better players on the board.
29 (60). New England Patriots: Cyrus Jones | Grade: B-
Jones is a good all-around cornerback, capable of covering outside or in the slot and he finished eighth in the draft class at +12.6 overall last year. He missed only three tackles last year and he should compete to play in the slot with Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan on the outside.
30 (61). New Orleans Saints: Vonn Bell | Grade: B-
(Pick acquired in trade with New England Patriots via Arizona Cardinals)
The Saints’ secondary was terrible last season and Bell brings some coverage ability on the back end. His +7.4 coverage grade ranked 12th in the class, and while he’s not the most physical tackler, he can make the necessary plays when working downhill toward the line of scrimmage. Bell adds another back-end option to pair with Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro.
31 (62). Carolina Panthers: James Bradberry | Grade: C
Bradberry played 30 snaps in the Senior Bowl, grading at +0.8 overall. In his one game against FBS competition, he finished at -0.1 overall against Louisville. He has the good size, length and movement skills the NFL is looking for at cornerback but he’s a projection at this point coming out of Samford.
32 (63). Denver Broncos: Adam Gotsis | Grade: C
A high-upside selection, Gotsis posted a monster +17.2 overall grade on only 377 snaps last season. The Australian is still developing and given the pass rush potential he showed in limited time (+13.8 on 170 snaps) he could end up as a very good pick in a few years. At this stage, he’s a big projection as well.
1 (64). Tennessee Titans: Kevin Byard | Grade: B+
One of our favorite players in the draft, Byard may be the best single-high free safety in the draft. He has good athleticism and his ball skills allowed him to rank seventh in the class in coverage at +8.4. While he’s not an imposing tackler, Byard will add range on the back end of the Titans' defense.
2 (65). Cleveland Browns: Carl Nassib | Grade: B+
One of the most productive edge defenders in the nation last year (+35.6 overall, 11th in class), Nassib dominated Senior Bowl week after pushing the pocket all fall for Penn State. He’s powerful at the point of attack, and even though he doesn’t have the change of direction skills scouts look for on the edge, he’s a disruptor who can win with his hands.
3 (66). San Diego Chargers: Max Tuerk | Grade: B
The best-moving center in the draft, watching Tuerk pull and locate targets in the run game is a thing of beauty. He missed most of 2015, but he was off to a monster start with a +9.4 overall grade on only 113 snaps. He has some trouble with shotgun snaps, but his length, athleticism and production make him a viable option to get into camp to try at multiple positions.
4 (67). Dallas Cowboys: Maliek Collins | Grade: A-
The No. 11 overall graded interior defensive lineman a year ago, Collins is a gap-shooting interior disruptor. He struggles to shed blocks once offensive linemen lock on, but he gets into the backfield to pressure the quarterback (11th-best pass rush grade) and blow up running plays (10th-best grade against the run).
5 (68). San Francisco 49ers: Will Redmond | Grade: C+
Redmond is a solid zone defender that can read the quarterback’s eyes, but that also gets him into trouble at times with double moves. His +1.3 coverage grade ranked 56th in the class, but he’s yet another 6-foot corner that will get a chance to develop.
6 (69). Jacksonville Jaguars: Yannick Ngakoue | Grade: B-
A pass-rush specialist, Ngakoue has little interest in the run game (143rd in the class) but his +24.5 pass rush grade (13th) is why he’s a third-rounder. He has just enough burst to get around the edge and he’ll start out as a nickel specialist with hopes of getting something out of him in the run game down the road.
7 (70). Baltimore Ravens: Bronson Kaufusi | Grade: A-
A 3-4 defensive end, Kaufusi is a great fit for the Ravens scheme. He was one of the most productive players in the nation, finishing at +29.3 as a pass rusher (fifth in the class) and +17.1 against the run (28th). He has good agility to stick with quarterbacks in the backfield and he’ll see time early on in Baltimore’s defensive line rotation.
8 (71). New York Giants: Darian Thompson | Grade: B
Safety has been an issue for the Giants and Thompson complements last year’s second-rounder, Landon Collins on the back end. Thompson can play single-high free safety, allowing Collins to play in the box, but even if they play more 2-high looks, Thompson does a nice job working downhill in both the pass and run game. His +17.8 overall grade ranked fifth among safeties in the class.
9 (72). Chicago Bears: Jonathan Bullard | Grade: A
One of the best run stoppers in the draft, Bullard led the nation with the top run grade at +51.1 a year ago. He played mostly inside, but he would be an early-down force on the edge against tight ends in the run game. As a pass rusher, he was not as productive (+7.8, 51st in class) but his athleticism gives him some potential in that department, especially against guards on the interior.
10 (73). Miami Dolphins: Kenyon Drake | Grade: B-
A movable offensive chess piece, Drake is an explosive athlete with good receiving skills. His 2.07 yards per route ranked third among running backs in the class and he’s shown the ability to make plays when lined up out wide. Drake also adds value in the return game.
11 (74). Kansas City Chiefs: KeiVarae Russell | Grade: C
(Pick acquired in trade with Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Coming back from missing all of 2014 due to academics, Russell’s -1.3 overall grade ranked 94th among the cornerbacks in the class. He’s too deliberate in his movements, often leading to him being a step late in coverage, but his length is an intriguing fit as a potential man coverage player in Kansas City’s scheme.
12 (75). Oakland Raiders: Shilique Calhoun | Grade: A
One of our favorite pass rushers in the draft, Calhoun posted the second-best pass rush grade in the nation last year at +44.0. He’s not great against the run as he can get moved off the point or caught upfield, but in the third round, he can step right in and add an edge rushing presence in subpackages.
13 (76). Cleveland Browns: Shon Coleman | Grade: B-
(Pick acquired in trade with Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
It’s always difficult to evaluate offensive linemen in Auburn’s system, but Coleman had an impressive +27.5 overall grade that ranked sixth in the class. He can move linemen at the point of attack and while pass protection is always a projection coming from Auburn he’s shown the necessary skills and only surrendered 10 pressures in all of 2015.
14 (77) Carolina Panthers: Daryl Worley | Grade: C-
(Pick acquired in trade with Cleveland Browns)
Worley’s +4.7 coverage grade ranked 31st in the draft class but there are some ugly plays on tape, as he loses track of receivers too often and he struggled when matched with speed and quickness. His 6-foot-1 frame adds yet another long corner to Carolina’s defensive backfield as they look to replace Josh Norman.
15 (78) New England Patriots: Joe Thuney | Grade: A
(Pick acquired in trade with New Orleans Saints)
One of our favorite players, Thuney was a top-20 guard in 2014 and our No. 5 graded offensive tackle in 2015. He’s more likely a guard at the next level, but he’s shown that he's more than capable of playing all over the line, using his strong hands to lock onto blocks in the run game (+24.1 run grade ranked fourth in the class). Thuney adds even more versatility to the Patriots offensive line.
16 (79) Philadelphia Eagles: Isaac Seumalo | Grade: A
Another good guard, Seumalo’s +30.9 overall grade ranks fourth in the draft class among guards and his +24.3 run block grade ranks sixth. Seumalo rarely loses cleanly in the run game and he only surrendered four pressures in all of 2015, despite starting three games at left tackle.
17 (80) Buffalo Bills: Adolphus Washington | Grade: A
While he doesn’t excel in any one area, Washington is strong all-around and his +32.0 pass rush grade ranked third among interior defensive linemen in the class. He’s played both 3-tech and nose tackle for Ohio State, showing well in both roles. At this point in the draft, Washington is excellent value and he should see early playing time in Buffalo’s defensive line rotation.
18 (81) Atlanta Falcons: Austin Hooper | Grade: C+
Atlanta was expected to address the tight end position at some point, and Hooper is solid across the board. His +6.2 overall grade (20th in the class) doesn’t stand out, but he can make a spectacular catch over defenders and he’s an adequate run blocker, so expect him to work his way into the rotation in 2-tight end sets in the early going.
19 (82) Indianapolis Colts: Le'Raven Clark | Grade: C+
The Colts addressed the offensive line in the first round and they take a chance on Clark’s upside here in the third. He had a tough time in pass protection against speed rushers during the season and that showed up in a difficult showing during Senior Bowl week. Clark did finish at +14.4 as a run blocker — good for ninth in the class — and the Colts are hoping he can use this long frame to develop into a better pass protector.
20 (83) New York Jets: Jordan Jenkins | Grade: B-
A classic 3-4 outside linebacker, Jenkins can set the edge in the run game (+14.9, ninth in the class) while showing adequate as a pass rusher (+12.3, 38th in the class). He’s a nice mid-round option that will add depth on the edge for the Jets.
21 (84) Washington Redskins: Kendall Fuller | Grade: C
Fuller missed most of 2015 due to injury, but there was not much to like on tape. He has good length and ball skills, but he was beaten far too often on his way to a -1.6 coverage grade. Fellow analyst Sam Monson sees him as more of a zone corner at the next level.
22 (85) Houston Texans: Braxton Miller | Grade: B
Miller was getting second-round hype, but this is good value for him at this point. He’s a raw route runner but once he gets the ball in his hands, he’s a dynamic threat. He showed his shiftiness in his routes at times during Senior Bowl practice, but he just has to show that he can do it on a more consistent basis. He ran 88.1 percent of his routes from the slot last season.
23 (86) Miami Dolphins: Leonte Carroo | Grade: A
(Pick acquired in trade with Minnesota Vikings)
Miami takes one of our favorite receivers in Carroo. Late in 2015 Carroo took over games, ultimately posting a huge +17.8 grade on only 363 snaps. He separates well on vertical routes and he’s sure-handed, dropping only two passes all season.
24 (87) Cincinnati Bengals: Nick Vigil | Grade: C
Cincinnati adds more linebacker depth in Vigil who uses his athleticism to find the football in the running game. He has 136 run stops over the last two years, and he graded positively across the board. However, he still has work to do and needs to show more down-to-down consistency.
25 (88) Green Bay Packers: Kyler Fackrell | Grade: A-
Fackrell had a strong all-around season in 2015, finishing at +39.0 overall, good for seventh among the draft’s edge defenders. His 15.7 pass rush productivity ranked sixth in the class and he can step in as a situational pass rusher as he continues to develop his skills on the edge in the run game.
26 (89) Pittsburgh Steelers: Javon Hargrave | Grade: B+
Adding a different style of defensive lineman up front, Hargrave brings an up-the-field presence that can pressure the quarterback. Despite playing at the FCS level, he played well every time he was on a bigger stage, including both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.
27 (90) Seattle Seahawks: C.J. Prosise | Grade: B-
Seattle was expected to add running back depth and Prosise is a nice mid-round option. He took the reins of Notre Dame’s run game to grade at +15.0 in the run game, good for 10th in the draft class. The former receiver can also catch the ball out of the backfield and he should carve out an early role in Seattle’s offense.
29 (91) New England Patriots: Jacoby Brissett: | Grade: C-
New England uses their second third-round pick to take a quarterback and Brissett comes off the board sooner than expected. He has good size but his accuracy percentage of 71.3 percent ranked 22nd in the class and his +10.1 overall grade ranked 24th. Brissett did his best work with his legs where he graded at +5.3.
30 (92) Arizona Cardinals: Brandon Williams | Grade: C-
Williams was drafted on measurables alone after ranking as No. 117 (-5.5 overall) among the cornerbacks in the draft class. He has great speed and he’s just an athletic projection at this point.
31 (93) Cleveland Browns: Cody Kessler | Grade: B-
(Pick acquired in trade with Carolina Panthers)
One of the most accurate quarterbacks in the class, Kessler ranked third with a 78.2 percent accuracy percentage while finishing fourth with a 68.5 percent accuracy percentage under pressure. He struggled with passes beyond 20 yards (31st in accuracy percentage at 37.5 percent) but Kessler can run the offense and move the chains at the short and intermediate level.
32 (94) Seattle Seahawks: Nick Vannett | Grade: C
(Pick acquired in trade with Denver Broncos)
Vannett has strong hands, but he’s not an explosive passing threat. He can block on the move (+5.5 on the year) and he’ll compete for snaps as an extra tight end in Seattle’s offense after grading at +2.3 overall last year (29th in the class).
33 (95) Detroit Lions: Graham Glasgow | Grade: C+
The Lions can use help at center and even though Glasgow has looked better at guard in the past, he will get a chance to compete for the position. He makes a lot of impressive “reach” blocks, but loses on the easier blocks far too often — a big reason for his +0.8 overall grade that ranked 28th in the class among centers. Glasgow has potential if he can tie up some of the easier blocks.
34 (96) New England Patriots: Vincent Valentine | Grade: C
A run-stopping defensive tackle, Valentine posted a strong +21.4 grade against the run the last two years, though he provides little as a pass rusher. With a low run-stop percentage of 3.4 percent (151st in class) he’s more of a hold-the-point nose tackle option rather than a playmaker.
35 (97) Seattle Seahawks: Rees Odhiambo | Grade: C+
Odhiambo played left tackle for Boise State but he projects as a guard for the Seahawks. With a -2.2 grade as a run blocker last year, Odhiambo whiffs on too man blocks at this point, but he posted a +2.0 grade as a pass protector.
36 (98) Denver Broncos: Justin Simmons | Grade: B-
Simmons finished with the 12th-best coverage grade in the nation in 2015 while missing one of every 12.8 tackle attempts — good for 13th in the class. He can get turned around in man coverage at times, but at this point in the draft, he’s a worthwhile project for Denver.
*The 28th pick of Round 3 is forfeited by the Kansas City Chiefs