AFC West Grades for the 2016 NFL Draft; One team just keeps getting better

Oakland Raiders keep getting better
Oakland Raiders keep getting better and they killed the 2016 NFL Draft

NFL Draft Diamonds is grading the 2016 NFL Draft.  We are going to give our explanations below the draft class.  Let’s see how the teams did below…

San Diego Chargers

» Round 1: (No. 3 overall) Joey Bosa, DE.
» Round 2: (35) Hunter Henry, TE.
» Round 3: (66) Max Tuerk, C.
» Round 4: (102) Joshua Perry, ILB.
» Round 5: (175) Jatavis Brown, OLB.
» Round 6: (179) Drew Kaser, P; (198) Derek Watt, FB.
» Round 7: (224) Donavon Clark, OG.

  • The San Diego Chargers drafted Joey Bosa with the third pick and passed on Jalen Ramsey. I am not sure if I can let that go and not hammer them for that.  The Chargers were able to land the best tight end in the entire draft, and he will be valuable down the road for them. Their picks were not sexy that is for sure, but they could turn out to be fine down the road.  I give them a B- for their draft.

Oakland Raiders

» Round 1: (No. 14 overall) Karl Joseph, S.
» Round 2: (44) Jihad Ward, DE.
» Round 3: (75) Shilique Calhoun, DE.
» Round 4: (100) Connor Cook, QB.
» Round 5: (143) DeAndre Washington, RB.
» Round 6: (194) Cory James, OLB.
» Round 7: (234) Vadal Alexander, OG.
  • In the past couple years the Oakland Raiders have improved every draft.  The Raiders continue to get better. They robbed the show this draft. There were a couple picks I was not sold on but the Connor Cook and Vadal Alexander picks were amazing to me.  The Raiders killed the first four rounds. The land an A+ from me for their 2016 NFL Draft.

Denver Broncos

» Round 1: (No. 26 overall) Paxton Lynch, QB.
» Round 2: (63) Adam Gotsis, DT.
» Round 3: (98) Justin Simmons, FS.
» Round 4: (136) Devontae Booker, RB.
» Round 5: (144) Connor McGovern, OG.
» Round 6: (176) Andy Janovich, FB; (219) Will Parks, S.
» Round 7: (228) Riley Dixon, P.

  • Broncos had two solid picks in Paxton Lynch and Devontae Booker.  The Justin Simmons pick was good, but I was not sure on the Adam Gotsis pick.  The Broncos did not have many needs, so they were good, and they were able to land the best punter in the draft late. I give the Broncos a B for their 2016 NFL Draft Class.

Kansas City Chiefs

» Round 2: (No. 37 overall) Chris Jones, DT.
» Round 3: (74) KeiVarae Russell, CB.
» Round 4: (105) Parker Ehinger, OG; (106) Eric Murray, CB; (126) Demarcus Robinson, WR.
» Round 5: (162) Kevin Hogan, QB; (165) Tyreek Hill, WR.
» Round 6: (178) D.J. White, CB; (203) Dadi Nicolas, DE.

  • What were the Chiefs doing?  I love the Chris Jones pick in the second round. That was a steal, and the 5th round pick of Kevin Hogan was a great pick, but the rest of the draft was suspect to me.  I was blown away that the Chiefs used a 5th round pick on Tyreek Hill.  He is an amazing talent, but you had to know he was going receive backlash for getting drafted even though he does not make the decision.  Chiefs land a C for their 2016 NFL Draft.

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