There are a huge number of college players that show an enormous amount of promise in their college careers, but do not transform into the NFL superstar their teams thought they would become.
That being said, it’s far too early to gauge any of their potential success in the NFL. Needless to say, only those who were able to produce at a high level in college will have a shot at producing at a similarly high level against bigger, smarter, faster, stronger and more experienced opponents in the NFL.
2016 NFL DRAFT WINNERS
The three teams that added the most value to their squads in the draft were the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins.
1 (5) Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State
2 (36) (from Baltimore) Myles Jack, ILB, UCLA
3 (69) Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Maryland
4 (103) Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
6 (181) Tyrone Holmes, DE, Montana
6 (201) (from Pittsburgh) Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas
7 (226) Jonathan Woodard, DE, Central Arkansas
The Jags managed to secure both Ramsey AND Jack, which is going to be huge for the team overall. These two will make great additions to the team’s defense. In fact, almost the Jags’ entire draft focused on bolstering their defense.
1 (9) (from Tampa Bay) Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
2 (56) (from Seattle) Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State
3 (72) Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida
4 (113) (from Philadelphia via Tennessee) Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB, West Virginia
4 (124) (from Seattle) Deon Bush, S, Miami
4 (127) (from New England) Deiondre’ Hall, CB, Northern Iowa
5 (150) Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana
6 (185) DeAndre Houston-Carson, S, William & Mary
7 (230) Daniel Braverman, WR, Western Michigan
The Chicago Bears landed some excellent recruits with every single pick, headlined by Braverman, who was the nation’s leader in yards per route from the slot in 2015.
1 (13) (from Philadelphia) 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) (from Miami via Minnesota) Jakeem Grant, WR, Texas Tech
6 (204) Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State
7 (223) Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky
7 (231) Thomas Duarte, WR, UCLA
The on-field ability of the Dolphoins’ entire pick set is incredible. Although their first pick in Laremy Tunsil stirred up a bit of controversy after a video of him hitting a gas mask bong came out on his Twitter account, the Dolphins still did great all things considered.
2016 NFL DRAFT LOSERS
The three teams that added the least value to their squads in the draft were the Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
1 (29) Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
3 (92) Brandon Williams, CB, Texas A&M
4 (128) Evan Boehm, C, Missouri
5 (167) Marqui Christian, S, Midwest State
5 (170) Cole Toner, OT, Harvard
6 (205) Harlan Miller, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
This could prove to be a pretty disappointing class for Arizona, as five of their six picks didn’t make PPF’s final draft board of the top 250 prospects.
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) (from New York Giants) Demarcus Ayers, WR, Houston
7 (246) Tyler Matakevich, ILB, Temple
Burns ranked as the 144th on the Pro Football Focus board, but since he didn’t perform at an extremely high level in college, his NFL career might get off to a rocky start. All things considered, if he is willing to put the work into training over summer he will be fine.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1 (11) (from Chicago) Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
2 (39) Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
2 (59) (from Kansas City) Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State
4 (108) Ryan Smith, CB, North Carolina Central
5 (148) Caleb Benenoch, OT, UCLA
6 (183) Devante Bond, OLB, Oklahoma
6 (197) (from Washington) Dan Vitale, FB, Northwestern
Vernon Hargreaves is an excellent CB, and Noah Spence is an equally adept DE. Drafting kicker Aguayo in the second round is what is what makes their overall draft value go down. Aguayo will be joining former teammate Jameis Winston on Tampa Bay’s roster, and hopefully this will improve his kicking average. At 21 years of age, he’s the youngest kicker in 16 years to declare early for the NFL draft. His transition to the NFL will be interesting.