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2016 Full Draft Recap

For the first round recap, click here

Notes:

After drafting defensive back Jalen Ramsey in the first round, the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted linebacker Myles Jack in the second round. If Jack stays healthy in the NFL, the Jaguars will end up with essentially two first round picks from this draft. Also, it’s worth noting that the Jaguars’ top pick from last year, defensive end Dante Fowler, missed the 2015 season with an injury, because the Jaguars now have three Top 10 talents who will debut in the near future. The Jaguars will be contending for a playoff berth very soon—maybe even in 2016.

In the third round, the Cleveland Browns curiously drafted quarterback Cody Kessler when Connor Cook was on the board. The Browns also drafted a total of five receivers by the time the draft ended. Cook ended up going to the Oakland Raiders, who have their quarterback of the future in Derek Carr.

Cook, Cardale Jones (Buffalo Bills), Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys), and Kevin Hogan (Kansas City Chiefs) were all Day 3 picks, and will likely have a chance to develop behind a veteran signal caller. Christian Hackenburg, who was picked by the New York Jets in the second round, may have to play earlier than expected if the Jets can’t re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up to draft kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round. While some may scrutinize the pick, the value of kickers has increased due to the extra point rule change. Aguayo is the first kicker to be drafted in the second round since 2004.

Of the Colts’ eight picks, four were used to add offensive lineman. The Colts drafted defensive players with the other four picks. Protecting QB Andrew Luck and building the defense were clearly Indy’s priorities.

The Minnesota Vikings added German WR Moritz Boehringer. Boehringer is the first player to go to the NFL directly from a European league.

2016 First Round Draft Recap

Headlines:

  • As expected, quarterback Jared Goff went first overall to the Los Angeles Rams, and the Philadelphia Eagles picked QB Carson Wentz with the next pick. The Eagles did not trade disgruntled QB Sam Bradford.
  • Defensive end Joey Bosa went third overall to the San Diego Chargers.
  • The Dallas Cowboys drafted running back Ezekiel Elliot fourth overall. Elliot has a chance to be very productive behind the Cowboys’ offensive line.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars bolstered their secondary with versatile defensive back Jalen Ramsey. The Baltimore Ravens added offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley seventh overall.
  • For the second consecutive year, the San Francisco 49ers drafted an Oregon defensive lineman. In 2015, they picked Arik Armstead. This year, they picked DeForest Buckner.
  • The Tennessee Titans traded up to eighth overall to select OT Jack Conklin. The Chicago Bears traded up to ninth overall to select linebacker Leonard Floyd, and the New York Giants rounded out the Top 10 by picking cornerback Eli Apple.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted CB Vernon Hargreaves, and the New Orleans Saints picked defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins one pick later.
  • With the 13th overall pick, the Miami Dolphins ended OT Laremy Tunsil’s free fall, which was largely due to his Twitter account being hacked.
  • The Oakland Raiders added safety Karl Joseph, the Cleveland Browns added wide receiver Corey Coleman, and the Detroit Lions added OT Taylor Decker.
  • The second half of the first round began with the Atlanta Falcons, who picked S Keanu Neal.
  • The Indianapolis Colts picked center Ryan Kelly. Many believe Kelly was one of the safest prospects drafted last night.
  • The New York Jets drafted LB Darron Lee 20th overall.
  • From picks 21-23, three wideouts were consecutively picked. The Houston Texans drafted WR Will Fuller, the Washington Redskins drafted WR Josh Doctson, and the Minnesota Vikings drafted WR Laquon Treadwell.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals added CB William Jackson III, and the Pittsburgh Steelers added CB Artie Burns with the next pick.
  • The Denver Broncos traded up to draft QB Paxton Lynch.
  • The Green Bay Packers began the run on offensive and defensive lineman by drafting DT Kenny Clark. The San Francisco 49ers traded up for guard Joshua Garnett, and the Arizona Cardinals drafted DT Robert Nkemdiche with the next pick. The Carolina Panthers drafted DT Vernon Butler, and the Seattle Seahawks drafted OT Germain Ifedi.
  • Linebacker Myles Jack, who was a projected top five pick last week, is still available prior to the second round.

Draft: What Should Dallas Do?

The Dallas Cowboys have the fourth overall pick in the upcoming draft. They have a major need for a pass-rusher, and many draft pundits forecast the Cowboys picking defensive end Joey Bosa out of Ohio State. Bosa is widely viewed as the draft’s top pass-rusher, and would have a chance to contribute from Day 1.

Former UCLA linebacker Myles Jack is another top-tier prospect, and he’s ascending draft boards despite suffering a major injury last fall. Jack is extremely versatile and can play a variety of positions—he even played running back in college. In fact, in 2013, he won the Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year Awards.

The Cowboys should look to bolster their defense, and if Bosa or Jack is still on the board, they can’t go wrong with either. Unless the unforeseen happens and either defensive back Jalen Ramsey or offensive tackle Laremy Tunstil slides to fourth overall, the Cowboys should draft Bosa or Jack or trade down.