2016 NFL Power Rankings: Post-Draft Rankings
1. Arizona Cardinals (Record: 0-0; Last: 1)
More talented than the 29th player overall, Robert Nkemdiche was a nice value for the Cardinals, who also added Chandler Jones before the draft in exchange for their second-round pick (and Jonathan Cooper). The addition of both significantly boosts their defensive line talent and rotation.
2. New England Patriots (Record: 0-0; Last: 2)
Without a first-round pick, the Patriots had some solid value picks in the draft. Even though Tom Brady is suspended for the first four games, at least currently, the Pats remain the favorite (15/2) in Vegas (via Sportsbook.ag) to win Super Bowl LI.
3. Seattle Seahawks (Record: 0-0; Last: 6)
For the first time since 2012 (Bruce Irvin), the Seahawks actually made a first-round selection in the draft (Germain Ifedi). The Seahawks need reinforcements on their offensive line so Ifedi addresses one of their bigger needs and they got excellent value with their next two picks -- Jarran Reed (Round 2) and C.J. Prosise (Round 3) -- as well.
4. Carolina Panthers (Record: 0-0; Last: 3)
Typical for Dave Gettleman, the Panthers drafted a defensive lineman -- Louisana Tech's Vernon Butler -- in the first round. Then the team proceeded to draft cornerbacks with their next three picks -- James Bradberry (Round 2), Daryl Worley (Round 3) and Zack Sanchez (Round 5).
5. Denver Broncos (Record: 0-0; Last: 4)
While he may not start any games this season, the Broncos got their long-term replacement for Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler in the draft as they traded up for Paxton Lynch. You could argue that Lynch has as much upside as any quarterback prospect in this draft class based on his tools and he is an excellent system fit for Denver's offense.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (Record: 0-0; Last: 5)
The Steelers double-dipped by selecting defensive backs -- Artie Burns and Sean Davis -- with their first- and second-round picks. Both are a bit raw, but possess outstanding athleticism, length and upside.
7. Green Bay Packers (Record: 0-0; Last: 7)
The Packers addressed several needs in the draft with two defensive linemen and two linebackers among their first five picks. They also traded up to get athletic left tackle Jason Spriggs in the second round.
8. Cincinnati Bengals (Record: 0-0; Last: 8)
The Bengals stayed put with each of their draft pick slots and got some good values throughout including Baylor's Andrew Billings in the fourth round and Arizona State's Christian Westerman in the fifth round. Pitt's Tyler Boyd will help fill the void at receiver left by free-agent departures from Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones.
9. Minnesota Vikings (Record: 0-0; Last: 10)
Not only did the Vikings arguably add the best receiver in this year's draft class with Laquon Treadwell, but Mackensie Alexander was a nice value with the 54th overall pick as well. And Moritz Boehringer, the first-ever player drafted out of Europe, joins his favorite team after taking up the sport as a 17-year-old impressed by an Adrian Peterson YouTube video.
10. Kansas City Chiefs (Record: 0-0; Last: 9)
With their first pick (a second-rounder), the Chiefs selected Mississippi State's Chris Jones, who has first-round talent if he can play with consistent effort and technique. The Chiefs lost Sean Smith in free agency, but they drafted three cornerbacks, and they also selected Stanford's Kevin Hogan to replace Chase Daniel as the team's backup quarterback.
11. Baltimore Ravens (Record: 0-0; Last: 12)
The Ravens passed on Laremy Tunsil for Ronnie Stanley, but their grades are very similar, and the Ravens loaded up on positions of need throughout the draft -- two offensive tackles, three defensive ends/edge rushers, two cornerbacks and a pair of running backs including one of my favorite prospects in this class, LA Tech's Kenneth Dixon.
12. Indianapolis Colts (Record: 0-0; Last: 13)
In a season where Andrew Luck played only seven games, the Colts offensive line allowed a total of 118 QB Hits, second-most after the Browns. Using the draft to reinforce their offensive line, the Colts drafted four offensive linemen including center Ryan Kelly with the 18th overall pick.
13. Oakland Raiders (Record: 0-0; Last: 14)
Continuing the momentum they built in free agency, the Raiders added safety Karl Joseph and a pair of pass-rushers with their first three picks. They should have four newcomers as starters on the defensive side of the ball in 2016. The Raiders last winning season was the 2002 season when they lost in the Super Bowl, but this is their most talented roster since that point.
14. Jacksonville Jaguars (Record: 0-0; Last: 17)
Their strong offseason continued into the draft as the Jags were able to land Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack, both of whom are top-five prospects when healthy. Of course, there are concerns with Jack's knee, but the their defense should be much improved in 2016.
15. Dallas Cowboys (Record: 0-0; Last: 11)
Clearly, Ezekial Elliott is the best running back prospect in this year's draft class, but the Cowboys would have been better off drafting Jalen Ramsey in the first round. Meanwhile, Jaylon Smith was a top-five prospect before his knee injury, but he's expected to miss all of 2016.
16. Washington Redskins (Record: 0-0; Last: 16)
Washington had only three top-150 picks in the NFL Draft and they got value with each of them: Josh Doctson (Round 1), Su'a Cravens (Round 2) and Kendall Fuller (Round 3).
17. Houston Texans (Record: 0-0; Last: 15)
Not only did the Texans sign Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller in free agency, but they continued to re-make themselves on offense by drafting WR Will Fuller, G/C Nick Martin, WR Braxton Miller and RB Tyler Ervin with their first four picks.
18. New York Giants (Record: 0-0; Last: 18)
Perhaps a little early with their first-round pick, Eli Apple, as the Bears jumped ahead of them to take Leonard Floyd, the Giants made several value picks later in the draft.
19. Buffalo Bills (Record: 0-0; Last: 19)
The Bills made a few value picks on the defensive side of the ball early as Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland slipped to them in the first and second rounds, respectively. Given their lukewarm commitment to Tyrod Taylor, fourth-rounder Cardale Jones could be the team's quarterback of the future.
20. New York Jets (Record: 0-0; Last: 21)
The Jets drafted a quarterback, Christian Hackenberg, in the second round, but unless (or until) they re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, their quarterback situation remains shaky at best with Geno Smith currently the projected starter.
21. Atlanta Falcons (Record: 0-0; Last: 20)
Selecting prospects in the draft that address some of their team needs, the Falcons did not add much pass-rush help and they ranked last in the NFL in sacks (19) last season.
22. Miami Dolphins (Record: 0-0; Last: 26)
Arguably the most talented prospect of this year's draft class, Laremy Tunsil fell to the Dolphins at No. 13 after his Twitter account was hacked. In addition, the Dolphins also addressed some other needs with early picks as well -- Xavien Howard at cornerback and Kenyan Drake at running back.
23. Chicago Bears (Record: 0-0; Last: 25)
The Bears traded up two spots to get in front of the Giants and take Leonard Floyd, who has a lot of potential as a pass-rusher, but I really liked their Day 2 value picks -- Cody Whitehair, a left tackle in college that will move inside to guard, and Jonathan Bullard, a versatile defensive lineman from Florida.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Record: 0-0; Last: 28)
With Vernon Hargreaves and Noah Spence as their first two picks, the Buccaneers addressed some needs. And while they upgraded their placekicking, the Bucs gave up a third- and fourth-round pick to trade up to take Roberto Aguayo in the second round. Aguayo is only the fourth kicker selected in the first two rounds in the past 25 years.
25. New Orleans Saints (Record: 0-0; Last: 22)
The Saints had only five picks in this year's draft and Sheldon Rankins and Vonn Bell should help improve a defense that ranked last in the NFL. In addition, they drafted receiver Michael Thomas, who will likely assume Marques Colston's old role. That said, it's possible that the Saints will be picking within the top 5-10 picks in 2017.
26. Philadelphia Eagles (Record: 0-0; Last: 23)
Given the amount of compensation given to move up to No. 2, Philadelphia's draft class will be evaluated almost exclusively on Carson Wentz' development. At least at the moment, Wentz will sit behind a quarterback that doesn't want to be on the team.
27. Los Angeles Rams (Record: 0-0; Last: 24)
The good news is that the Rams now have their quarterback of the future. The bad news is the amount of draft-pick compensation surrendered to move up 14 spots. If Jared Goff turns into a true franchise quarterback, however, it will be all worth it.
28. Detroit Lions (Record: 0-0; Last: 27)
For a second consecutive draft and the third in five drafts, the Lions used their first-round pick on an offensive lineman -- this year, Ohio State left tackle Taylor Decker. Whether they use Decker at left or right tackle, he instantly makes the offensive line better. But the retirement this offseason of Calvin Johnson will make this a much less dynamic offense in 2016 and beyond.
29. Tennessee Titans (Record: 0-0; Last: 30)
Using the second overall pick last season, the Titans have their franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota. This offseason, however, they added some significant pieces to improve their rushing attack -- DeMarco Murray before the draft as well as Jack Conklin and Derrick Henry in the draft. In addition, they added some key contributors to their defensive line rotation with Kevin Dodd and Austin Johnson in Round 2.
30. San Diego Chargers (Record: 0-0; Last: 29)
Adding Joey Bosa will help improve a pass rush that ranked in the bottom 10 in the league last season and Hunter Henry, the top tight end prospect in this year's draft class, gives the Chargers a long-term replacement for Antonio Gates. That said, the Chargers are now the least talented team in the AFC West despite having the best quarterback.
31. San Francisco 49ers (Record: 0-0; Last: 31)
One of the least surprising picks of the weekend, Chip Kelly reunited with Oregon's DeForest Buckner with the seventh overall pick and he represented good value. But one of the biggest surprises of the draft was the team trading back into the first round for Stanford guard Joshua Garnett.
32. Cleveland Browns (Record: 0-0; Last: 32)
Tying a seven-round record with 14 draft picks, the Browns added a total of four receivers including Corey Coleman with the 15th-overall pick and used three top-99 picks on edge rushers. They also drafted USC's Cody Kessler in the third round, but it's possible (likely) that they draft a franchise quarterback should they finish with the first overall pick in 2016.
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