Draft

A collection of DFW owners shared their thoughts as each pick was revealed from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.  Here are their Snap Judgements on each of the first 31 picks.

FFWIMAGE-Rams St. Louis Rams (from Tennessee Titans) – QB Jared Goff, California

No surprise as Goff was the target for the Rams, and they paid a hefty price to acquire his services.  Goff becomes the face of the new Los Angeles Rams, but not everybody thinks Goff was worth the price.  Luke wonders why all of a sudden the two QBs at the top of the board are the second coming when scouts picked apart their games all season.  Josh, Jamie and Bill hope the Rams address their deficiencies along the O-Line and at WR to help ease Goff’s transition into the NFL.

 

FFWIMAGE-Eagles Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland Browns) – QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State

As expected, the move to #2 for the Eagles was to take whichever QB the Rams passed on, who happened to be Wentz.  Feelings are mixed among the owners as Luke and Bill hate the move for an unproven, small-school QB with a ton of money tied up in the position and they smell bust potential from Wentz.  Jamie, on the other hand, agrees with the move as the Eagles need a long-term answer at QB and thinks Wentz is that answer.  Does Bradford stay or go?  How long does Wentz stay on the sidelines?  Those questions will be answered in due time, but the jury is still out here at DFW on Wentz.

FFWIMAGE-Chargers San Diego Chargers – DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State

For many, the real start of the draft was at #3 with San Diego, and they went in a different direction than many thought.  There is no denying the quality of player Bosa is, but most of us feel they had more pressing needs.  The D-Line depth in this draft is incredible, and Luke wonders why not go OT or CB as a result.  Jalen Ramsey of DeForest Buckner seemed like better fits, but Bill sees Bosa as good fit and a mid-second round pick in 12-team IDP drafts.

FFWIMAGE-Cowboys Dallas Cowboys – RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

The Cowboys made the first pick in rookie drafts an easy choice with Elliott at #4 overall.  Jalen Ramsey appeared to be the bigger need, but Jerry got his guy again.  Bill called Elliott a “generational talent” and his pass blocking skills are an added benefit for Romo.  Luke expects Elliott to be a late-first or early-second round pick in redrafts and Josh is waiting for the axe to fall on Darren McFadden in Dallas.

FFWIMAGE-Jags Jacksonville Jaguars – CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

The Jaguars war room looked like they won the Super Bowl when Dallas took Elliott because one of the most athletic players in the draft fell right into their laps.  Unfortunately, Ramsey is a much better real-life player than fantasy, and his apparent role as CB only hurts his value.  Bill cautions against overdrafting Ramsey because he will become a shutdown CB that nobody will throw at and Josh is expecting much of the same.

FFWIMAGE-Ravens Baltimore Ravens – OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame

Stanley was reportedly the highest-rated tackle on several team’s draft boards, and he became the first offensive lineman selected at #6 to Baltimore.  Stanley plays both the run and pass extremely well and should boost the production of both Joe Flacco and Justin Forsett.  As Bill said, you can never have enough good offensive linemen.

FFWIMAGE-49ers San Francisco 49ers – DE DeForest Buckner, Oregon

Buckner lasted a little longer than most expected, but he finds a home in San Francisco’s 3-4 defense and should elevate their production as a rookie.  Bill and Josh are divided on Buckner’s impact in IDP leagues, however, as Josh doesn’t see Buckner producing at an elite level in the 3-4.  Bill, on the other hand, ranks Buckner as his #1 DL and is worthy of a second round selection in 12-team IDP leagues.

FFWIMAGE-Titans Tennessee Titans (from Cleveland via Philadelphia and Miami) – OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State

The Titans maneuvered back into the top ten, as expected, to get some protection for their franchise QB Marcus Mariota.  Somewhat surprisingly, the Titans elected to go with Conklin over the generally higher-rated Laremy Tunsil.  Conklin has the ability to play LT in the NFL, but will likely start on the right side.  Bill thinks Tunsil’s ceiling as higher, but Tennessee didn’t want to take on the character concerns and passed.

FFWIMAGE-Bears Chicago Bears (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – LB Leonard Floyd, Georgia

Floyd was a hot name heading into the draft, with many “experts” predicting a top-ten selection.  The Bears moved from #11 to #9 to secure the rights to Floyd, but maybe he’s a guy worth taking a second look at.  According to Bill, Floyd is his 66th-ranked rookie and is only draftable in very deep IDP leagues.  Josh is expecting less than seven sacks from Floyd, but promises to snort Siracha live on the air during the Dynasty Pulse podcast if he exceeds that number!

FFWIMAGE-Giants New York Giants – CB Eli Apple, Ohio State

Apple seemed like a bit of a reach at this point of the draft, and Josh declared he wasn’t even the best CB on the board.  Luke expected the Giants to kick the tires on some WRs due to the lack of depth behind Beckham and Bill is not a fan of CBs in IDP leagues.  However, Apple seems likely to line up as New York’s #2 CB, which could provide opportunities as he will be targeted more often by opposing QBs.  Only consider Apple in CB required leagues, however.

FFWIMAGE-Bucs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Chicago Bears) – CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida

Hargreaves was mocked to Tampa Bay a lot leading up to the draft, and for good reason.  He fills a need for the Buccaneers and they picked up a fourth-round pick to boot from Chicago in the trade.  Again, CB is a tough position to draft in IDP leagues because of the limited opportunities, but Josh thinks Hargreaves could be a sneaky pick as teams might target his shorter arms and awkwardly proportioned frame.

FFWIMAGE-Saints New Orleans Saints – DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville

Much like Hargreaves to Tampa Bay, Rankins was tied to New Orleans for the majority of the pre-draft process.  The Saints struggled mightily against the run last season and Rankins will provide an immediate upgrade to the interior of their D-Line.  Bill put Rankins behind only A’Shawn Robinson in his DT rankings, but advises caution in IDP leagues as the DT position is very inconsistent.  In DT-required leagues, Rankins is a sneaky roster stash and Josh feels like this is the best pick of the draft to this point.

FFWIMAGE-Dolphins Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia) – OT Laremy Tunsil, Mississippi

The video that surfaced just minutes prior to the draft showing Tunsil smoking marijuana from a gas mask bong is the reason the talented tackle tumbled this far.  Rumors persisted the Dolphins were looking to move up for Elliott, but stayed and got arguably the steal of the draft.  Tunsil will provide an immediate protection upgrade for Tannehill and will open up holes for Jay Ajayi.  We all agree this is a great pick for Miami, assuming Tunsil learned his lesson and keeps his head on straight.

FFWIMAGE-Raiders Oakland Raiders – S Karl Joseph, West Virginia

Joseph started getting mentioned in first-round territory earlier in the week, but no mocks I saw had him going this early.  Some of us were surprised the Raiders passed on Myles Jack, but Joseph fills a need in Oakland’s secondary.  Josh declared Joseph the top rookie IDP DB and Bill placed him firmly in his top five.  Bill expects Joseph to rack up tackles, if he stays healthy, and is good value in the late-third round in 12-team IDP leagues.

FFWIMAGE-Browns Cleveland Browns (from Tennessee via Los Angeles) – WR Corey Coleman, Baylor

Cleveland is quickly becoming the Baylor of the north (midwest?) with the drafting of Coleman.  They now have former Bears Josh Gordon, Robert Griffin III and Coleman all on their roster.  While WR was a position of need for Cleveland, Bill is not happy about Coleman’s landing spot.  He had Coleman as his #2 WR, but the QB situation makes him no better than the 1.5 – 1.7 pick for dynasty leagues.  Josh is expecting big things from Coleman, however, predicting a 1,000-yard season.

FFWIMAGE-Lions Detroit Lions – OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State

The Lions have been searching for a plug-and-play offensive lineman for years, and may have finally found one in Decker.  Riley Reiff is better suited for RT, but may have to hold down the LT spot for one more year as Decker gets acclimated to the NFL.  Jamie thought the Lions might look to replace Calvin Johnson with all the WRs still on the board, but agrees O-Line was the wisest choice.  Stafford should spend more time looking for open receivers than places to hide with Decker in the fold.

FFWIMAGE-Falcons Atlanta Falcons – S Keanu Neal, Florida

Many expected a selection on the defensive side of the ball for Atlants, but I was expecting a front seven guy over one in the secondary.  However, HC Dan Quinn knows how to craft a defense from his days in Seattle, so I’ll defer to his expertise on this pick.  Both Josh and Bill think Neal moves into the conversation as the top IDP value range as Karl Joseph and will be a player to target in  your 12-team IDP leagues.

FFWIMAGE-Colts Indianapolis Colts – C Ryan Kelly, Alabama

One of the most poorly kept secrets heading into this draft was the need for Indianapolis to find a way to protect Andrew Luck.  Kelly was called the safest pick by Mike Mayock before the draft and was a frequent Colt in mock drafts leading up to the draft.  Luck owners, along with Luck himself, are probably still smiling over this pick, a perfect fit for Indinapolis.

FFWIMAGE-Bills Buffalo Bills – DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson

Lawson created a bit of a divide between myself and our two resident IDP gurus in Bill and Josh.  I see Lawson as a bit of a one-hit wonder and not sure if he becomes a dominant presence in the NFL but the others disagree.  Bill thinks it’s a decent pick, but likes former teammate Kevin Dodd just as much.  Still, Bill thinks he’s worthy of a mid-fourth round pick in 12-team IDP leagues.  Josh sees Lawson as an immediate starter with double-digit sack potential in the near future.

FFWIMAGE-Jets New York Jets – LB Darron Lee, Ohio State

The Jets were a very good non-playoff team in 2015, sporting a 10-6 and looking like they were just a piece or two away from making a playoff push.  Lee is step in the right direction and should develop into a solid pass rusher quickly.  I’m not sold on his run defense, but he can be an effective situational player.  Josh expects Lee to end up near the top of the rookie LB ranks by the time the season rolls around and Bill is moving Lee up his draft boards, into the late-second round territory in 12-team IDP leagues.

FFWIMAGE-Texans Houston Texans (from Washington Redskins) – WR Will Fuller, Notre Dame

Fuller knows only one speed on the football field and that is FAST.  Fuller clocked the fastest Forty Time at the NFL Combine (4.32 seconds) and fills a need for Houston.  Lining up opposite DeAndre Hopkins will give Fuller favorable coverages, but his skillset may hinder his fantasy prospects.  Bill doesn’t see Fuller as a first-round pick, and maybe not a second-rounder and Josh says his value is heavily dependent on TDs.  Jamie likes the fit and thinks Houston might be a spot for some fireworks this season.

FFWIMAGE-Redskins Washington Redskins (from Houston Texans) – WR Josh Doctson, TCU

This was a bit of a surprise, but breaking down the reasons it makes sense.  Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson are in the final year of their deals and there is virtually no depth behind them.  Bill hailed Doctson as the best WR in this draft class and his huge catch radius and leaping ability will bail out Kirk Cousins.  In fact, Bill has Doctson slotted in as the 1.02 pick in rookie drafts.

FFWIMAGE-Vikings Minnesota Vikings – Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi

Most expected the Vikings to look heavily at WR with this pick, and the #1 guy on some boards was waiting from them when they got on the clock.  Treadwell likely dropped due to his poor Forty Time at the NFL Combine (4.60 seconds), but he plays faster than that and has an innate ability to come down with contested catches with regularity.  The fit is good in Minnesota and he should pay dividends for the Vikings and fantasy owners alike.  Bill has Treadwell as his #3 WR, and fully expects him to be drafted higher than that, but doesn’t see the high ceiling others do.

FFWIMAGE-Bengals Cincinnati Bengals – CB William Jackson III, Houston

With the WR well dried up, the Bengals turned their attention to defending some of the WRs in the AFC North.  Jackson is one of the fastest athletes in the draft (4.32 Forty) and has incredible ball skills.  He also possesses the “my ball” mentality needed to win in contested situations.  Jackson makes for a good target in CB-required IDP leagues and he will only get better as he gains experience.

FFWIMAGE-Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers – CB Artie Burns, Miami, FL

Burns has been mocked as a late first-rounder recently, but the Steelers seemed to jump the gun a bit here.  Burns is a project at the CB position, but showcases elite athletic ability.  Bill isn’t a fan of this pick as he didn’t have a first-round grade on Burns and felt like if this was Pittsburgh’s guy they could have traded back and still got him.  Expect some rookie growing pains, but Burns could develop into a solid CB with good coaching.

FFWIMAGE-Broncos Denver Broncos (from Seattle) – QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis

One of the most polarizing players coming into the draft was Lynch as he’d been mocked anywhere from the top ten to out of the first round.  Denver has been a popular target for Lynch due to the retirement of Peyton Manning and the loss of Brock Osweiler to Houston.  Lynch doesn’t seem to be ready to take on the nuances of the NFL and would benefit from a year or two to learn the game.  Lynch enters a great situation with Kubiak and should eventually excel, but how soon?  Josh thinks the Denver faithful will be fed up with Mark Sanchez by week six and will be calling for the rookie.  This is a solid fit for Lynch and the Broncos, but the question remains when will the rookie see the field?

FFWIMAGE-Packers Green Bay Packers – DT Kenny Clark, UCLA

The retirement of B.J. Raji created a massive hole (no pun intended) in the middle of Green Bay’s D-Line.  Many expected Green Bay to fill the need with A’Shawn Robinson or Jarran Reed, but they opted for Clark.  It’s a need pick, but Josh thinks Clark can become an IDP factor as soon as 2017.  Bill is more understated, calling it a “meh, ok” pick.

San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City) – G Joshua Garnett, Stanford

San Francisco traded back into the first round to select Garnett, a move bashed by several members of the staff.  Josh and Jamie are OK with the pick itself, taking the trade out of the equation.  Jamie believes the key to Chip Kelly being successful in San Francisco will be the effectiveness of the zone-running scheme which was plagued by the lack of a quality interior blocker in Philadelphia.  Josh calls Garnett the best run-blocking interior lineman, but the fact remains the 49ers traded up to select him.  Bill summed it up perfectly. “Trade up for a guard?  Um, No.”

FFWIMAGE-Cardinals Arizona Cardinals – DT Robert Nkemdiche, Mississippi

Nkemdiche was pegged as a future #1 overall pick coming out of high school, but some poor decisions late last season called character concerns into the equation.  His on-field talent is immense and he should immediately provide an upgrade to the Cardinals, but Josh disagrees.  Josh thought Arizona might look toward Noah Spence and thinks Nkemdiche is at least two years away from becoming relevant in IDP leagues.  Bill, our resident Arizona fan, likes the pick and trusts the front office to properly evaluate any character concerns.

FFWIMAGE-Panthers Carolina Panthers – DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech

Butler looks like a luxury pick for Carolina with the talent they have at the DT position.  I felt like Carolina was planning too far into the future, but Josh and Bill were a bit more vocal.  Josh wondered if Carolina is going to morph into a 5-2 defense and Bill feels like Butler was overdrafted and will be no more than a part of a very good rotation.  Butler is off the radar in IDP leagues with the talent ahead of him in Carolina.

FFWIMAGE-Seahawks Seattle Seahawks (from Denver) – OT Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M

Despite trading down with Denver, Seattle still got the player most often mocked to them in Ifedi.  O-Line was the biggest need for the Seahawks, but Jamie thought they could pass on it for the upside Myles Jack could bring to the defense.  Josh is concerned Ifedi isn’t athletic enough to be a good fit in Seattle’s offense and Bill is curious to see what Seattle does on Friday in reference to how if will affect the value of Thomas Rawls.

Well, round one is officially in the books.  Coverage will continue tomorrow with rounds two and three, focusing mainly on the offensive skill position players and potential impact players in IDP leagues.  Let us know what you think about your team’s first-round pick in the comments and what you’d like to see them do for the remainder of the draft!