NFC South Grades for the 2016 NFL Draft; #Buccaneers killed their draft, I love Aguayo

I liked the Buccaneers and the Saints draft pick. I think they did well in the 2015 NFL draft
I liked the Buccaneers and the Saints draft pick. I think they did well in the 2015 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…

Carolina Panthers

» Round 1: (No. 30 overall) Vernon Butler, DT.
» Round 2: (62) James Bradberry, CB.
» Round 3: (77) Daryl Worley, CB.
» Round 5: (141) Zack Sanchez, CB.
» Round 7: (252) Beau Sandland, TE.

  • The Panthers had a good draft, but they only left with five picks. The crazy thing is the Panthers drafted three cornerbacks to replace Josh Norman. I think James Bradberry alone could have done the trick. Beau Sandland is a stud and he could end up being Greg Olsen’s long term replacement.  I give the Panthers a C- for their draft.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

» Round 1: (No. 11 overall) Vernon Hargreaves, CB.
» Round 2: (39) Noah Spence, DE; (59) Roberto Aguayo, K.
» Round 4: (108) Ryan Smith, CB.
» Round 5: (148) Caleb Benenoch, OT.
» Round 6: (183) Devante Bond, OLB; (197) Dan Vitale, FB.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers killed the 2016 NFL Draft. People can say whatever they want about Roberto Aguayo, but he is the best kicker to come out of the draft since Mike Nugent. Vernon Hargreaves and Noah Spence are amazing players and Ryan Smith is a great player who is versatile. I love this draft. They get an A from me for their 2016 NFL Draft Class.

Atlanta Falcons

» Round 1: (No. 17 overall) Keanu Neal, SS.
» Round 2: (52) Deion Jones, OLB.
» Round 3: (81) Austin Hooper, TE.
» Round 4: (115) De’Vondre Campbell, OLB.
» Round 6: (195) Wes Schweitzer, OG.
» Round 7: (238) Devin Fuller, WR.

  • The Falcons had a good draft, and I loved the Keanu Neal pick. Neal is perfect for Dan Quinn’s defense.  The Falcons then landed Deion Jones who has speed at the linebacker position.  The Falcons land a B+ from me for their 2016 NFL Draft Class.

New Orleans Saints

» Round 1: (No. 12 overall) Sheldon Rankins, DT.
» Round 2: (47) Michael Thomas, WR; (61) Vonn Bell, FS.
» Round 4: (120) David Onyemata, DT.
» Round 7: (237) Daniel Lasco, RB.

  • The Saints had a pretty good draft. I loved the Sheldon Rankins draft pick, he was a solid player.  All the players they have were solid, and with the addition of Michael Thomas, Vonn Bell, David Onyemata and Daniel Lasco was good.  I give the Saints an A- for the 2016 NFL Draft Class.

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