First though, I'll grade myself on my Mock Draft 2.0 that I released last Wednesday, just one day before the first pick of the first round of the 2106 NFL Draft. I correctly picked nine players going to their respected teams. I also correctly predicted the Browns trade from pick #8 down to the Titans pick at #15. And I correctly picked who the Titans would trade up to get. Altogether, there were four first round trades on the day of the draft (Cleveland to Tennessee, Tampa to Chicago, Washington to Houston, Seattle to Denver).
My Mock Draft Grading Scale is as follows: 1 point for every team and player correctly matched/picked; 2 points for every trade correctly predicted. That scale means the highest I could have scored would be 39 (31 first round picks  + four first round trades  = 39). With nine correct picks and one correct trade prediction, I scored 11 out of 39 or a .282 percentage.
How does that stack up against NFL Draft Guru Mike Mayock? Mayock correctly picked eight first round picks and along with no correct trade predictions giving him 8 points out of 39 or a .205 percentage. I'll be waiting on the phone call from the NFL Network . . .
I did find a Mock Draft grading scale used by many sources, websites, and networks where grading is as follows: points accumulate for the differential in the mocked pick and actual pick; correct trade down predictions are half the point differential; incorrect trade up predictions are double the points. Using that scale, I scored 221.5 or 6th best among the top draft pundits (Jeremiah 170, McShay 179.5, Rob Rang 191, Mayock 192, Brooks 206.5, Kiper 208). I topped pundits like Peter King, Charles Davis, Cris Collinsworth, Don Banks, and Pete Prisco. So I didn't do so bad.
With that said, here are my grades for the NFL teams. Feel free to chime in and disagree or agree!
I was really hard on the Falcons for taking Florida safety, Keanu Neal, with the 17th pick when it happened. With Myles Jack still sitting on the board and a glaring need at LB, I thought he had to be the pick. I also initially felt that the Falcons could have traded back and picked up badly needed picks and got Neal later in the first round. Over the last week however, it came out that the Falcons were indeed taking calls for the 17th pick, but no legitimate offers were received that they felt good about. Combine that with the fact the Raiders surprised most everyone and picked safety Karl Joseph at 14, and the Falcons knew that if anyone else was targeting a safety, Neal would be the next one gone. For the Falcons, he was the top safety on their board and was one of the top players on their overall board period. When you add that to the Dan Quinn - Florida connection and the Dan Quinn - Kam Chancellor connection, a week later the pick looks really, really nice. The Falcons did address the linebacker position with Deion Jones in the second and De'Vondre Campbell in the fourth. Both linebackers are perfect in Quinn's system. They also may have got a future tight end in Stanford's Austin Hooper. They addressed the offensive and defensive lines with their few remaining picks which were both suspect areas going into the draft. This ended up being a very solid draft for the Falcons, especially with so few picks.
Carolina Panthers - F
Dave Gettleman has his own draft philosophy, and with the Panthers going to the Super Bowl last year, he obviously has some idea on how to draft and craft a team. But this draft looked like he went to the grocery store while he was hungry. Defensive tackle was not a need for the Panthers and they spent their first round pick on Vernon Butler in a draft loaded with defensive tackles. They passed over Derrick Henry, and three top wide receivers. The wide receiver gaff is even worse considering the wide receiver play is what completely doomed them in the Super Bowl. Denver's defense was suffocating, but the Panthers dropped 11 balls. Oh and Jonathan Stewart still can't stay healthy at running back. They reached on corners to replace Josh Norman in the second and third, having to trade up in the third to do so. Their last two picks went to another corner and a tight end that will never see the field. Complete head-scratcher here.
New Orleans Saints - B+
The Saints have been atrocious on defense for a couple of years now, and they added two nice additions in Sheldon Rankins with the first round pick and Vonn Bell at safety with a trade up back into the second round. They also gave Drew Brees a young, tall, and speedy weapon in Ohio St. WR Mike Thomas. Their last two picks look to be little more than depth however. I only drop them from an A grade simply because I thought an edge rusher would be better for them to generate more pressure. Rankins can stuff the run and rush the passer, but to a lesser degree. It's still an upgrade though.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - C+
The Bucs first two pics were stellar. They traded down in the first round and got an extra pick and still got the second best corner in the draft and the player they wanted at nine anyway in Vernon Hargreaves. Then they got Noah Spence who was a first round talent and will be a beast on defense. After that though, the draft went pretty much downhill faster than an Olympian skier. The Bucs traded up to draft a kicker, Roberto Aguayo, in the second round. Unbelievable. Even with the kicker position more important with longer extra points, you don't draft a kicker in the second round, and you don't trade a fourth round pick to do it either. On top of that, if college football's top rated kicker had a weakness, it was making kicks from beyond 40 yards. That's where you make your money in the NFL! The Bucs added some nice depth on the offensive line and secondary later in the draft, but then ended up with a fullback to close the draft. I didn't get this draft at all, but then again this is the same front office that fired Lovie Smith only two years into a turn around. I actually want to give the Bucs a B grade, but the kicker pick just befuddles me.
The Texans went out and signed Brock Osweiler in the offseason as their franchise quarterback, and they spent a good portion of the draft putting pieces around him to assure he succeeds. I loved the Will Fuller pick in the first round. With his ability to stretch the field vertically, Deandre Hopkins just became that much more dangerous. In the second round, they grabbed Nick Martin out of Notre Dame to be Osweiler's center for the future. In the third round, more speed with Braxton Miller who will compete for a slot spot at receiver. The Dillon and Reader picks at the end of the draft were strong. The only questionable pick was Tyler Ervin in the fourth. They passed on Kenneth Dixon and Devontae Booker for Ervin who is a similar back to who Lamar Miller who they signed in free agency.
Indianapolis Colts - B
The Colts had to get offensive line help and they did in a big way with their first round pick, Ryan Kelly. They got a steal in the third round with La'Raven Clark falling to them. They added further depth on the offensive line in the fifth with Joe Haeg and in a coup in the seventh with Iowa center Austin Blythe. The T.J. Green pick in the second was a little suspect for me. The Colts have no running game and the next best friend to a QB outside of his line is a strong running game. I would have liked to seen the Colts make a push for Henry or to get Booker or Kenyan Drake instead. Still a very solid draft from Grigson and Pagano.
Jacksonville Jaguars - A+
The best draft easily goes to the Jaguars. In fact, this may be one of the best drafts in Jaguars' history. The Jags addressed all of their major needs on defense while returning one of the most high powered offenses in the NFL last year. Jalen Ramsey was the number one prospect on most teams' boards. Getting him with the fifth pick allows the Jags to have a true shut down corner for years to come. The steal of the draft however was trading up in the second round to nab Myles Jack who was rated in the top three draft prospects coming into the draft. News about his knee hurt him terribly, but in the second round, a healthy Jack for 2016 is a complete steal. Ramsey and Jack by themselves make this draft class a solid A all by themselves especially considering that last year's first round draft pick, Dante Fowler, will be making his NFL debut after being out all of last year with an injury. It's as if the Jags will be fielding three top first round picks all at the same time. The rest of their picks are solid with Ngakoue, Day, and Holmes on the line and at linebacker. The sneaky pick was grabbing QB Brandon Allen in the sixth round to groom as a back up or trade bait behind franchise signal caller, Blake Bortles. If you weren't impressed by their draft, you just can't be impressed by anything. Even Vegas bumped up their odds of winning the Super Bowl by 7 points after the draft. The expectations will be sky high in Jacksonville this season, but this is what they've been building for. Kudos to Kahn, Caldwell, and Bradley for having the patience and the vision to build this team.
Tennessee Titans - B-
I hated giving the Titans this grade. I was really excited to see what they would do with their picks, but what they largely did made little sense. The original trade down from number one was smart as they have Mariota as the QB of the future. The ripped the Rams off with the bounty of picks they received for this year's number one. The Titans will be a force to reckon with pick-wise in next year's draft as well. Let's hope they do better in 2017 though. The Titans were clearly in love with Michigan St. T Jack Conklin. They were so in love, they traded up to the Browns' pick at #8 to get him while giving up some of their collateral to go from 15 to 8 for a player that they probably could have sat at 15 and picked. Had Conklin went before 15, they could have had Taylor Decker who many believe is as good, if not better, than Conklin. I though they got tremendous value getting Kevin Dodd in the second, but after that, things fell off the tracks. Their next second round pick at the top of the second round was Austin Johnson who was taken while many other first round graded defensive ends and tackles remained. Johnson could have probably been had later in the second round at the spot they picked Derrick Henry. That pick was beyond confusing after having acquired Demarco Murray in the offseason. They are essentially the same back with Henry being younger. The Titans' other picks were less than spectacular. Their most impressive pick ironically may be Mr. Irrelevant, Kalan Reed, with the last pick of the draft. I'm giving them a B- simply because the amount of picks they also picked up for next year's draft.
I liked the Bears draft other than the trade up for Leonard Floyd. I'm not very high on Floyd. He reminds me too much of Jamaal Anderson, the defensive end, the Falcons took 8th overall in the 2007 draft. The rest of their draft however was very good. Getting Whitehair on the offensive line in the second round was a steal. They got great depth on the defensive line and linebacker with Bullard and Kwiatkoski. The sleeper pick for them though is Jordan Howard, RB out of Indiana, who they grabbed in the fifth round.
Detroit Lions - B
The Lions did a tremendous job of filling holes on both sides of the ball. I like the Taylor Decker pick at 16 and, I love the A'shawn Robinson pick in the second round. The Lions continued the offensive line restructure with Glasgow in the third round and later, Joe Dahl in the fifth round. Killebrew is going to be an interesting prospect to watch as well. They didn't get a wide receiver however nor a top running back. I'm not sold on Abdullah for the Lions at the running back position.
Green Bay Packers - B
Ted Thompson and company didn't really make any sexy picks necessarily, but you can make a good argument for each pick made and see the quality potential as well. The biggest question mark was going with Kenny Clark in the first round. B.J. Raji retired and there was definitely a need on the defensive line, but I would have liked to seen the Packers move back into the second and with three second rounders and get a Hunter Henry, A'Shawn Robinson, and Jason Spriggs at tackle. It's still hard to argue with the Packers though who year in and year out stay competitive by primarily drafting and signing their own players to multiple contracts.
Minnesota Vikings - A
The Vikings easily rose to the top of their division with this draft. They got the number one all around wide receiver in Laquon Treadwell for Norv Turner and Teddy Bridgewater in the first. Then they grabbed Mackensie Alexander at CB out of Clemson in the second round when many had him going in the first. Getting Willie Beavers in the third gives them flexibility on the offensive line and their two linebacker picks in Kentrell Brothers and Stephen Weatherly were very stout. Above all, the Vikings had the feel good pick of the draft with German wide receiver standout Moritz Boehringer. In an unbelievable moment, Mike Mayock was banging the table for good friend Mike Zimmer to draft the kid in the fifth round. Minutes later, Zimmer called Mayock on set, and minutes later, Zimmer picked Boehringer. The Vikings were Boehringer's favorite team while in Germany, and he's a world class athlete that should be really fun to watch.
When it comes to drafts, most of the time it's Ozzie Newsome's world, and everyone else is just living in it. Newsome has proven his worth in war room over the years, and this year was no different. Newsome nabbed Ronnie Stanley in the first to protect Joe Flacco. In every round after from second to sixth, Newsome strategically rebuilt the aging defense. I loved the Correa pick in the second round, and the Kenneth Dixon pick in the fourth round was a home run. Add in that Newsome moved all over the draft board on his way to a record five fourth round picks, and it was another productive draft for John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome. Oh, one more thing. It'll be fun to see how Marc Trestman uses Keenan Reynolds out of Navy.
Cincinnati Bengals - A
The Bengals had a fantastic draft. They picked William Jackson III in the first round right in front of the division rival Steelers and shored up their secondary. They replaced Muhammed Sanu and Marvin Jones with just one pick in the second round by getting record setting Pittsburgh WR, Tyler Boyd. Nick Vigil in the third round was a great value pick, but it was getting Andrew Billings in the fourth round that was highway robbery. Billings is a first round talent that the Bengals snatched up in the fourth. They added a second/third round talent guard in Christian Westerman in the fifth round.
Cleveland Browns - A
The Browns easily had their best draft in decades. I'm a big fan of what they're doing in Cleveland with Hue Jackson, Sashi Brown, Paul Depodesta, and Andrew Berry. It's money-ball football style. Let's be honest. The Cleveland Browns have been atrocious for about as long as I can remember. I know they had one good season with Derek Anderson at QB in the last twenty years, and their defense has been good from time to time, but the Browns have been a perennial dumpster fire year after year for the most part. The roster is void of talent, and more than that, the team is overwhelmed with bad culture. They've tried to retool it for years, and finally they've decided to purge it and start over. I love it! This draft was a big part of that plan. Instead of staying at the second pick in the draft and getting Carson Wentz, the Browns were smart enough to realize that they've taken QB's before and expected them to save the franchise to no avail. The roster needs talent in the skill positions, leadership, and a culture change before dumping all of the responsibility on one player. The Browns traded the number two pick down to number eight, and then traded down again to number fifteen. They would trade several more times throughout the draft accumulating picks for both this draft and next year's draft. In 2017, the Browns will be a force with two first rounders and two second rounders. In 2018, they'll have two second rounders. For this year's draft, first round pick, Corey Coleman, is going to take the top off defenses. Second and third round picks Emmanual Ogbah and Carl Nassib are going to be a force on the pass rush. They shored up their offensive line with underrated tackle Shon Coleman out of Auburn. They started remaking their wide receiving corps with drafting five wide outs. And the sneakiest pick of the whole draft was getting Scooby Wright in the seventh round. Before injury, Wright was a first round talent. If he returns to form, he will be the steal of the draft. With so much love, there is a reason I didn't give the Browns an A+ like Jacksonville. I'm not sold on their running backs and they passed on getting a three down beast in Devontae Booker five times before he was off the board. I'm also iffy on them taking Cody Kessler with a third round pick. I though Kessler was a solid sleeper QB prospect, and apparently Hue Jackson loves the kid. I think he'll try to develop him all year before next year's draft to see what he has in between remaking RGIII's game as well. I just think Jackson could have gotten Kessler in the fourth round, if not the fifth. Regardless, the Browns made the draft even more fun to watch, and I'm a big fan going forward.
Pittsburgh Steelers - B-
Depending on who you talk to, Pittsburgh wanted Jackson III in the first round and wanted to roll the dice on Artie Burns in the second. Cincinnati made sure Jackson III was gone, so the Steelers went ahead and grabbed Burns out of Miami of whom Mike Tomlin reportedly loved. The puzzling thing is they took another corner in the second round who many graded the same as Burns to begin with. This year's Steelers' draft just lacked pop. They worked to fill some needs, but were easily overshadowed by the strong classes chosen by their AFC North rivals.
The Cowboys are turning into Al Davis' Raiders from the last decade. It seems Jerry Jones wants whatever is bright and shiny. Luckily his son is typically able to talk him down such as with Johnny Manziel, but ultimately Jerry is living in Jerry World. Ezekiel Elliott was a nice pick at number four. It will be fun to watch him run behind that vaunted offensive line, but the Cowboys passed up Jalen Ramsey to get a running back they didn't need. I think that will haunt them for years to come. Using their second round pick on Jaylon Smith defied all logic. I know team doctors say he's going to be fine and they should know considering their history with Smith, but many others have said he's lucky if he gets back to what he was. They could have drafted Myles Jack if they wanted a top linebacker with injury concerns and have had their second round pick on the field this year. Dak Prescott is not going to be the heir-apparent in Big D as they missed out on Connor Cook. They ended their draft with a basketball player from Baylor. Enough said.
Philadelphia Eagles - D
I really like Carson Wentz, so I can't fault the Eagles for going up and getting him, but their method made no sense. They looked like the front office of the year before the draft unloading Alonso, Maxwell, and Murray for picks and salary relief. Then they resigned Sam Bradford and paid him $11 million, only to trade most of their picks this year and next to go get Wentz in a win now mode. Now Bradford is crying, Chase Daniel is the most expensive third quarterback in the NFL, and Wentz is a placeholder with limited weapons coming via the draft in the couple of seasons. The Browns fleeced the Eagles all day. They did get a couple nice back end picks with corners Blake Countess and Jalen Mills, but they added insult to injury when they drafted a Wendell Smallwood, a guy who has an open court case concerning domestic violence, along with a violent past, as he was drafted.
New York Giants - C
The Giants continued the mediocre draft push from the conference to go with their mediocre offseason of overspending and dismissing Tom Coughlin. The Giants made a big reach in the first round with Eli Apple over Vernon Hargreaves at the tenth pick. Shephard, Perkins, and Adams were great value picks, but the Giants didn't do anything in this draft that's going to majorly impact the 2016 season.
Washington Redskins - B
The Redskins had a pretty good draft. I loved the trade with the Texans to get an extra pick and then draft Josh Doctson in the first. He'll be solid with Cousins and newly paid tight end, Jordan Reed, for years to come. Su'a Cravens is a very interesting pick, and Keith Marshall may surprise some people coming out of the seventh round. It was a good, but not great draft.
The Bills had one of their best drafts in recent years, and Rex and Rob Ryan have to be fired up. They were able to add an elite pass rusher in Shaq Lawson at the nineteenth pick, and then turn around and steal Reggie Ragland in the second who will quickly become Rex's version of Bart Scott. Getting Washington in the third round is solid as he'll stuff the line for Rex. I actually liked the Cardale Jones pick in the fourth. I don't see him as anything but a career back up, but with Cook off the board and Taylor and Manuel entering the season on the last years of their deals, they needed someone. A sneaky steal might me Jonathan Williams in the fifth round out of of Arkansas. Before injuring his foot, he was one of, if not the, top back in the SEC. Picking him could send a signal that the Bills may be concerned with Lesean McCoy as the long term feature back in Buffalo. Loved the draft for the Bills.
Miami Dolphins - C+
There's not much to say about the Dolphins draft. They had the top tackle of the draft, Laremy Tunsil, fall to them at the thirteenth pick. Of course by the time he fell to them, we all found out he's ran with gangs while at Ole Miss and likes marijuana through a gas mask. Xavier Howard in the second was a decent pick though Alexander would have been better. Getting Kenyan Drake was probably their best value pick of the draft. You just have to hope Adam Gase can change that culture down in Miami, because it's a mess and the players they drafted don't seem like they'll be able to help it much.
New England Patriots - D
Who knows what Bill Belichick is doing? There are times that he owns the draft boards and finds steal after steal, but over the last few drafts, even his most ardent supporters will have to admit that he's been missing more than hitting. This draft was mind blowing. Cyrus Jones was a good pick in the second. Joe Thuney in the third and Malcolm Mitchell in the fifth were great picks by themselves. But the pick that will probably define this draft was picking Jacoby Brissett with your other third round pick in a year where you didn't have a first round pick and you spent a second round pick a couple of years ago on Jimmy Garoppolo. They could've grabbed Brissett at probably most any other point of the draft. Maybe Belichick thinks he'll turn these two rookies into new versions of Matt Cassel and Brian Hoyer and rip some teams off. Until that happens, this class, like the last few, just stink.
New York Jets - C-
The Jets had a surprisingly good season last year and it seems they're doing everything they can to make sure it was an apparition. From low balling their All Pro QB who is tailor made for them in Ryan Fitzpatrick, to drafting character/talent questionable QB Christian Hackenburg in the second round, the Jets look like a mess. I liked them grabbing Darron Lee, who everyone though was going to the Falcons at 17, at pick 20. Jordan Jenkins may turn into something for Todd Bowles, but most of the draft picks looked like depth at best. With the Patriots aging, this is the time to start building up and making a run, and the Jets failed to do it in this draft in my opinion.
I wasn't all that impressed with what the Cardinals did. I only had them with a B because they turned their second round pick into Chandler Jones in the trade with the Patriots. Getting Robert Nkemdiche at the back end of the first round was great value, but his character concerns and lack of motor and commitment to his teammates, almost makes him untouchable. Getting Boehm in the fourth was good value and he should fit nicely with Bruce Arians' offense.
Los Angeles Rams - F
The darlings of the draft a few years ago, the Rams went for a big splash with their new location, and in my opinion, bombed. The Rams mortgaged their future to come up and get Jared Goff to be their franchise quarterback. Goff lacks the size and arm strength to compete against strong defenses, and he'll play the Seahawks and Cardinals twice a year. His ceiling is Matt Ryan and his floor may be Matt Flynn. When I think of an LA Rams quarterback, I think back to Jim Everett. Goff won't be in the same league with him before it's said and done. Their next pick wasn't until the fourth round, and they picked a tight end with legal proceedings ongoing against him. After that they picked a wide receiver that's the same height and build essentially as Tavon Austin. Goff has no arm, and even if he did, the Rams gave him no one to throw to in the offseason or the draft. It was an absolute terrible draft for the Rams.
San Francisco 49ers - B-
The Chip Kelly show is off to an interesting start. Having DeForest Buckner fall to them at seven was a dream come true. And while they should have been celebrating that pick on Thursday, they did the unthinkable, and traded back into the first round to take Joshua Garnett, a guard out of Stanford, who many had pegged with a third round grade. Garnett will probably be a good player, but not worth giving up multiple picks like they did to come and get him when he would've been sitting there for your second round pick. If you disregard that one pick though, the 49ers had a productive draft. I love the Will Redmond pick in the third round. John Theus was a solid tackle pick in the fifth to go with Fahn Cooper as well in the fifth. I actually really liked the Jeff Driskel pick in the sixth round for Chip Kelly's system, and getting Florida RB, Kelvin Taylor (the son of Fred Taylor), was a great pick in the sixth round.
Seattle Seahawks - B
The Seahawks were the Seahawks. Every year they draft, and every year we all give them a horrible grade or at least question several of their picks. The Seahawks have a strategy and it works. They have a system, and when they find a player they believe is perfect for it, they go get him regardless of where he is on others' draft boards. I liked the trade down with Denver and the subsequent pick of Ifedi with the last pick of the first round. I didn't understand drafting three running backs with Thomas Rawls set to take over this season. The Jarran Reed pick in the second round was a steal of a pick, and they picked some sneaky prospects that Seattle just seems to have a knack for turning into solid players and stars.
Minus the Broncos second round choice, I loved about everything they did. I loved the moxie to move up and grab Paxton Lynch who I believe is at least the second best QB in the class. He has the chance to shine in Denver with Kubiak and Elway. I loved the Devontae Booker pick as well in the fourth. That was an absolute steal. He has the potential to do some very special things in Kubiak's offensive system. I believe he'll be a real steal. The Simmons and McGovern picks were also really solid. I don't think the Broncos will be the same Super Bowl winning team this year that they were last year, but they picked two or three players that will keep them in striking distance as they start bringing some youth to the table.
Kansas City Chiefs - C+
The Chiefs had me scratching my head a few times. I really liked the Chris Jones and KeiVarae Russell picks, and D.J. Russell in the sixth round was tremendous value. But I didn't understand drafting Kevin Hogan when the Chiefs spent a fifth round pick last year on Andy Murray as a developmental guy behind Alex Smith. They blanked in the wide receiver department as well where they need as much help as anyone. I don't think they helped themselves at all.
Oakland Raiders - A-
The Raiders are back baby! The offense is taking shape with Carr and Cooper. They fine tooled the offensive line in free agency, and they're expecting big things from Latavius Murray in the backfield this season. In the draft, the Raiders started loading up on defense to go along with Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin, and company. They grabbed Karl Joseph at thirteen to hold down the safety spot for years, and then they grabbed two highly regarded pass rushers in Jihad Ward and Shilique Calhoun. They added some more depth in the back end of the draft. The one questionable pick for me was trading up to get Connor Cook. If Derek Carr is your guy, I think you have to get some more weapons with the second pick in the fourth round. They could have grabbed Booker and kept him from Denver, or got a Sheldon Day or Andrew Billings to build the defense that much more. Altogether, it was a very good draft and I believe the Raiders will challenge for the division this season.
San Diego Chargers - B-
The Chargers just didn't hit that much for me in this draft. You have to question taking Joey Bosa at three with Ramsey and Tunsil or Stanley out there. They didn't have a major need at end. Nevertheless, he's a solid player and will do good things for them if he keeps his head together. The second round pick of Hunter Henry is one that I truly love. I think Rivers will be looking his way a lot in his rookie season. The rest of their picks were depth picks, and they really seemed to have a strategy of best player available instead of picking to need.