Chris Ransom Last Updated: April 28, 2016.
Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB, California A- Grade
- I think Jared Goff deserves an A- grade based on talent and yes the Rams addressed their biggest need. The problem with giving this pick an A- grade is that the Rams don't pick again until the fourth round and gave up way too much to trade up with the Tennessee Titans.
- California quarterback Jared Goff is my favorite quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft at 6-4 215 lbs. Goff played in all 4 offensive schemes as a freshman showing the ability to manage a balanced run first offense, a west coast offense that opens up the deep passing game, a vertical offense that stretches the field, or a shotgun spread offense. His father Jeff Goff was a catcher on the Pittsburgh Pirates for one season. Even though Goff made a majority of throws in a spread offense during the 2014 season, he can make throws in any offensive scheme if you watch his 2013 tape.
- Goff is amazing at reading progressions and is arguably the best quarterback at reading progressions in the 2016 NFL Draft. This guy can remain in the pocket and go 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 when scanning targets downfield. He rarely stares at his wide receivers.
- Goff is the only quarterback among the 2016 first round picks with three consecutive seasons of over 3,500 passing yards. Goff posted 3,508 passing yards, 18 passing touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and a 123.18 passer rating in 2013 as a freshman before posting 3,973 passing yards, 35 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and a 147.59 passer rating as a sophomore. Western Kentucky's Brandon Doughty, East Carolina's Shane Carden, Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, and Colorado State's Garrett Grayson were the only quarterbacks with more passing yards than Goff in 2014. Goff threw more passing yards than Jameis Winston who was the top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
- Goff improved on his 2014 numbers in 2015. Goff had 4,719 passing yards, 43 passing touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. Exclude his 5 interception game against Utah and he only has 8 interceptions on the year. California may have lost to Utah, UCLA, USC, and Oregon, but coming back to win against Arizona State solidified his status as the top quarterback in my 2016 NFL Mock Draft when you take his 64.5 completion percentage and 3.7 GPA into account.
- Goff was the president of the Delta Omega fraternity at California for two seasons. Matt Leinart was a frat boy at USC and Goff is a frat boy with Matt Barkley's facial appearance without the party lifestyle Leinart lived at USC. The worst case scenario with Goff is that he only knows the spread offense and becomes like Leinart once he gets drafted in the NFL. The best case scenario is he's another Aaron Rodgers clone.
- I think the latter is a better comparison as Goff resembles Aaron Rodgers more than Leinart. The thing that separates Goff from a guy like Matt Leinart is that there are not photos of him posing with women on the internet that make scouts question his integrity and commitment to football.
- Besides being president of a fraternity, Goff is also an academic scholar off the field. Goff had a 3.6 GPA as a true freshman. He posted a 3.9 GPA as a true sophomore. To top that off, Goff's breakout 2014 helped him break California passing records set by Craig Morton, Steve Bartowski, and Aaron Rodgers. I would take this guy in the top 5 and if I were a GM running a quarterback needy team I'd make sure to take Jared Goff with a top 5 pick.
- I may move this grade up to an A- grade if Goff gets good receiving targets on Day 3 of the 2016 NFL Draft. For the time being this is a B+ grade because while he's the best quarterback in this draft, I don't think he will be as good as Winston or Mariota who were A grade prospects with A+ potential, but he does have Pro Bowl ability and is the top quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft. I mean this is an A- grade prospect with A grade potential and that's what the Rams need as Goff will allow the Rams to operate a balanced offense with Todd Gurley in the backfield at running back.
- The Rams used their remaining picks to add two tight ends and two wide receivers for depth. I like the picks the Rams made and am going to bump this up to an A- grade with the Day 3 additions the Rams made.
Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State B- Grade
- Philadelphia, like Los Angeles gave up too much to get this pick. Maybe Wentz will be another Roethlisberger because the Cleveland Browns usually get cornholed when making NFL Draft trades of this magnitude.
- I don't think Wentz is as good as Goff will be in the NFL. He has better physical tools and some like his intangibles better than Goff. At the same time he was sort of an unknown until the 2016 Senior Bowl and he may not play behind Sam Bradford during his rookie season. Wentz is a B+ prospect with A grade potential.
- Trading the 8th pick, 77th pick 100th pick, a 2017 first rounder, and a 2018 second round to the Cleveland Browns bumps this down to a B grade. Add in the fact that Wentz may sit behind Bradford as a rookie and this is a B- grade for the Eagles. Jared Goff will play right away in Los Angles. The same cannot be said for Carson Wentz in Philadelphia.
- Wentz has the ability to play in any type offense whether it be a shotgun spread, vertical offense with a deep passing game, a west coast offense, or a balanced run first offense. Having that comprehensive ability to play in any offensive scheme is a huge asset for Carson Wentz.
- Carson Wentz lost running back John Crockett to the 2015 NFL Draft. Wentz had to rely on his passing without a strong running game during his senior season.
- Carson Wentz had 198 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 2 rushing touchdowns, and no interceptions against Montana in North Dakota State's opener. He did even better against Weber State with 281 passing yard, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown, and no interceptions.
- He finished his season with 1,651 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, 6 rushing touchdowns, 23 total touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. Wentz went 5 games without an interception with Northern Iowa being the only team to intercept him in 2015.
- Wentz can play in any offensive scheme whether its a balanced run first offense, shotgun spread, vertical offense, or a west coast offense. His release was much quicker in 2015 and that led to him getting a 2016 Senior Bowl invite despite missing the rest of the season with a broken shoulder after going on injured reserve following North Dakota State's first six games.
- Carson Wentz led his North Dakota State team to two consecutive FCS Championships. He also threw 6 touchdowns and 1 interception during Senior Bowl practice week having the best practice during Senior Bowl week since Phillip Rivers in 2004. Wentz showed he has short, medium, and deep ball accuracy in the passing game just like California's Jared Goff.
- Some teams thought he did better than Jared Goff at the 2016 NFL Combine. Wentz went 63/65 at North Dakota State's Pro Day, but struggled to throw the ball effectively when it was wet. Wentz has showcased a quick learning rate that enables him to adapt as well as the intangibles that you look for in a Pro Bowl quarterback.
- I doubt I will move this pick up to a B+ grade unless the Eagles trade for Sam Bradford and if they do trade Bradford and Wentz starts right away this becomes a B grade that could become a B+ grade if they draft the right players around Wentz.
- I'm certain I will keep this at a B- grade if the Eagles do well, and if they get the right guys around Wentz and get a steal at a position of need in round 3 I will move this up to a B grade. There is a chance I move this grade down depending on what the Eagles do with their later picks. Right now this pick gets a B- grade unless Wentz starts on week 1.
San Diego Chargers: Joey Bosa, 3-4 LE, Ohio State B Grade
- It's uncertain if the Chargers will line Bosa up at 3-4 left end or 3-4 outside linebacker. That uncertainty really makes you question this pick.
- Bosa had issues with relying on swim moves to get to the quarterback. Bosa showed he could adapt and generate rip moves with strong games against Penn State and Rutgers in 2015. Joey Bosa had 5 sacks and 16 tackles for a loss in 2015 during Ohio State's regular season. Delivering a knockout hit on Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock while being double teamed by Michigan's left tackle and left guard to get a sack also helped his draft stock.
- Bosa is a pretty complete defensive end with 13.5 sacks as he helped Ohio State win the first College Football Playoff in NCAA history. His play on the field in 2014 has Ohio State as the #1 ranked team in the preseason polls entering the 2015 College Football Season. Bosa has the versatility to play right end or left end in the 4-3 or the 3-4 at the defensive end position. Bosa weighed 6-6 296 lbs after winning the College Football Playoffs, but he dropped over 20 lbs and now weighs in at 6-5 269 lbs.
- Bosa appears to be a sure thing. Ohio State's defensive end can play the 5 technique, 6 technique, 7 technique, 8 technique, or 9 technique at the next level. He's lined up against offensive tackles in the 4 technique, but has struggled in the 4 technique when attempting to rush the quarterback. That's why Dallas has to take Bosa with Hardy not getting re-signed by Dallas.
- Joey Bosa did an awesome job at Ohio State's Pro Day. He showed the intangibles to start at 4-3 right end right away and possesses a quick learning rate. San Diego gets a B grade because we don't know where he will play in the 3-4 plus the Chargers have Ingram and Attochu.
Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State A- Grade
- I feel like Elliott is a reach at 4. That being said Elliott impressed Dallas at their individual workouts while Bosa didn't. That may influence Dallas to go Elliott. Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris make a good 1/2 tandem, but the only running back that would be an immediate upgrade over those two is Elliott.
- Elliott had 273 carries, 1,878 rushing yards, and 18 rushing touchdowns in 2014. This season Elliott had 262 carries, 1,821 rushing yards, and 23 rushing touchdowns in 2015. Elliott had 28 receptions for 220 receiving yards in 2014 and he nearly matched that as a pass catcher in 2015 with 27 receptions for 206 receiving yards.
- Elliott may be a headliner with his personality during interviews. He has done nothing illegal off the field in his entire College career and he never got suspended once. I'm not holding Elliott accountable for what he said after his one game against Michigan State. He didn't get enough touches plus he responded in a big way dropping 214 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns on the Michigan Wolverines when he got his 30 carries. Elliott is like Tom Brady in a sense because both Brady and Elliott play at an extremely high level.
- While I do feel like a disgrace for comparing a RB to Tom Brady, I'm talking about the players emotional state from a psychological perspective. Elliott is hungrier and more motivated to have a big game following a tough loss. Tom Brady has that same quality mentally. That's good because scouts want to see players that competitive when assessing NFL talent.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State A- Grade
- Jacksonville takes Jalen Ramsey as a corner even though he's a better fit at a safety. Like the Leonard Williams pick the Jaguars had 2 starting safeties. Ramsey could be a solid boundary cornerback across from Prince Amukamara.
- Jalen Ramsey has the versatility to play field cornerback, boundary cornerback, nickel cornerback, strong safety, or free safety in the NFL. Ramsey was also a two position player in high school as he played both wide receiver and cornerback in high school prior to being a 5 star recruit. Unlike those undersized defensive backs who lack upside, Ramsey looks like a sure fire starter at 6-1 209 lbs with speed, versatility, coverage, tackling, and hands that wow NFL scouts.
- Jalen Ramsey had minor issues with his zone coverage heading into 2015. Ramsey has corrected those issues and looks really outstanding in zone now plus he ended the regular season with 10 deflections in 2015. Ramsey could play nickel corner in man coverage, free safety in zone, blitz as a strong safety, or blitz as a nickel corner. He just offers so much and is the missing piece the Cowboys secondary is looking for.
- Jalen Ramsey has the versatility to play field cornerback, boundary cornerback, nickel cornerback, strong safety, or free safety in the NFL. Ramsey was also a two position player in high school as he played both wide receiver and cornerback in high school prior to being a 5 star recruit. Unlike those undersized defensive backs who lack upside, Ramsey looks like a sure fire starter at 6-1 204 lbs with speed, versatility, coverage, tackling, and hands that wow NFL scouts.
- Ramsey was the first freshman to line up as a #1 field cornerback for Florida State since Deion Sanders. Ramsey started half of the season at free safety in 2013 before moving to strong safety for the 2014 where he absolutely dominated.
- As a freshman Ramsey did alright at cornerback and free safety. He led the Seminoles with 27 tackles on passing plays as a true freshman while getting 49 total tackles as a true freshman. In 2014, he led Florida State's secondary by starting all 14 games at strong safety with 76 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, and 12 deflections from pass breakups after only posting 1 deflection as a true freshman. Jalen Ramsey had 52 total tackles and 10 deflections from pass breakups in 2015 without P.J. Williams and Ronald Darby playing next to him at cornerback.
- Ramsey isn't the fastest cornerback, but he rarely misses tackles and has the football IQ to play the cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4 schemes in the NFL. Right now Ramsey is the best player on secondary that you can get in the first round.
- I think Ramsey is the best strong safety prospect since Eric Berry coming out of Tennessee. Berry had the exact same versatility and skill set as Ramsey coming out of Tennessee back in 2010. That's the biggest reason why Berry went in the top 5 back in 2010. Ramsey ran an excellent 40 time and he looked excellent in the coverage drills at the 2016 NFL Combine so I think he's locked himself into the top 3 now.
- Jalen Ramsey dominated Florida State's Pro Day. He already had individual workouts with every team in the top 5. After rewatching Ramsey's tape and determining his potential through my excel table charts I gave Ramsey my highest draft grade among any secondary prospect dating back to 2010 with a final 98/99 potential grade.
- Ramsey got a higher grade than Eric Berry 96, Patrick Peterson 95, and Joe Haden 93. All of those defensive backs were extremely skilled coming out of College, but Ramsey could easily be the best Seminole since Deion Sanders and the first defensive back to line up at all 4 defensive back roles since someone like Woodson or Lott. Ramsey is a special prospect and has potential to be a modern day Rod Woodson or Ronnie Lott type of player at defensive back.
- Jameis Winston said he would take a paycut to play with Jalen Ramsey, who was teammates with Winston at Florida State. With the Rams and Browns both taking quarterbacks in the top 2, Jalen Ramsey becomes the pick for Jacksonville at 5.
Baltimore Ravens: Ronnie Stanley, LT, Notre Dame A- Grade
- I gave Ronnie Stanley and Laremy Tunsil both potential grades of 93 out of 99 and Stanley has better character plus Tunsil's stepfather sued him before the draft so maybe that influenced the Ravens decision as well.
- The 6-5 315 lb Ronnie Stanley, began his first year at right tackle before switching to left tackle in 2014 where Stanley filled Zack Martin's starting left tackle spot on Notre Dame. Stanley has never missed a start in his 3 seasons at Notre Dame after being redshirted in 2012. In those 3 years he only gave up 3 career sacks and has outstanding hands, pass blocking, run blocking, zone blocking and footwork as a run blocker and pass blocker making him a great offensive tackle on prospect. Getting stronger as a pass blocker and a run blocker is the only thing Stanley needs to do at this point. Pass blocking strength and run blocking strength are the two areas of his game that he needs to correct as Stanle averaged 4.8 pancake blocks per game.
- Baltimore needs to maximize their ability up front in the trenches. Ronnie Stanley gives the Ravens the flexibility to upgrade every position on the offensive line as well as a blue chip left tackle.
- Having Ronnie Stanley at left tackle, Eugene Monroe at left guard, Jeremy Zuttah at center, Marshall Yanda at right guard, and Ricky Wagner at right tackle gives the Ravens one of the best offensive lines in the NFL plus with Breshad Perriman healthy, the Ravens can rebound pretty quickly if everyone recovers from injuries.
San Francisco 49ers: DeForest Buckner, 3-4 RE, Oregon B- Grade
- DeForest Buckner falls to 7. Buckner and Armstead are reunited in San Francisco and Chip Kelly was once Oregon's head coach before his failed gig with San Francisco.
- DeForest Buckner can play 4-3 right end, 4-3 left end, 4-3 defensive tackle, 3-4 right end, or 3-4 left end. Buckner is a great pick for the San Francisco 49ers. San Diego and Dallas both looked at Buckner at Oregon's Pro Day. Buckner going to San Francisco warrants a B- grade with the talent left.
- DeForest Buckner had 45 solo tackles, 38 assisted tackles, 83 total tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, 6 quarterback hurries, and 5 deflections from pass breakups in 2015. Buckner had 11 3/4 hand size at the 2016 NFL Combine while weighing 6-7 291 lbs.
Tennessee Titans: Jack Conklin, LT, Michigan State A- Grade
- The Titans moved up for Jack Conklin with Laremy Tunsil still there. They could have gotten Conklin at 15 initially, but Conklin's stock went up in a big way.
- Conklin had 65.5 pancake blocks where he knocked down defensive linemen in 2015. Conklin had 113.5 pancake blocks in 2014. Jack Conklin finished his career with 235 pancake blocks in 38 starts at Michigan State. Laremy Tunsil had 211 career pancake blocks in 27 starts at Ole Miss and Ronnie Stanley had 187 career knockdowns in 39 starts at Notre Dame.
- Tunsil averaged 7.81 pancake blocks per game which is why he's the top offensive tackle in this draft when healthy. Conklin averaged 6.18 pancake blocks per game. Stanley averaged 4.79 pancake blocks per game. Ronnie Stanley may be a better pass blocker than Conklin, but Conklin averaged more pancake blocks per game and is a much stronger offensive lineman in terms of size and upper body strength.
- Tennessee's offensive line will be much stronger with Conklin at left tackle and Taylor Lewan at right tackle as the Titans have now added two Big 10 Bad Boys to protect Marcus Mariota, their franchise quarterback.
Chicago Bears: Leonard Floyd, 3-4 ROLB, Georgia B- Grade
- Chicago moved up 2 spots for Leonard Floyd. They have a much bigger need at pass rusher and Floyd isn't a sack artist despite having very good tape.
- Leonard Floyd dominated as a sophomore redshirt with 21 solo tackles, 34 assisted tackles, 55 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, 6 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, and 3 forced fumbles in 2014. This season Floyd has 34 solo tackles, 34 assisted tackles, 68 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, 9 quarterback hurries, 3 deflections from pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown against Tennessee, and 0 forced fumbles in 2015.
- Chicago more youth at outside linebacker. Leonard Floyd is a reach with Tunsil still on the board, but I like his tape and I think he will have a better career than Myles Jack which is why this pick warrants a B- grade.
New York Giants: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State F Grade
- The Giants reached for a corner they have Prince Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are starting corners. Eli Apple is my #4 corner and he got picked apart by Daniel Braverman. Apple is overhyped and overrated compared to Vernon Hargreaves III and William Jackson III.
- Apple is a two year starter at boundary cornerback. He did line up at field cornerback to stop Amari Cooper when Alabama lost to Ohio State in the 2015 College Football Playoff.
- Apple seems to excel in zone coverage, but needs more work in press and man coverage. The 6-1 200 lb cornerback had 10 deflections from pass breakups as a freshman redshirt in 2014. Apple only had 8 deflections from pass breakups in 2015 as a sophomore redshirt.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida A+ Grade
- Now Hargreaves drops to Tampa Bay meaning the Buccaneers can get a defensive end in the second round or will try to trade back into the first for a 4-3 right end. At this point passing on Vernon Hargreaves III is not an option.
- Tampa Bay added Brent Grimes in Free Agency as a field cornerback. Putting Hargreaves next to him at the boundary without rushing Hargreaves into a #1 field cornerback role is the perfect scenario for Hargreaves.
- Hargreaves III had 11 deflections from pass breakups as a true freshman in 2013 and 13 deflections from pass breakups in 2014 before teams threw away from him in 2015.
- The 5-11 192 lb Hargreaves III has tremendous speed and athleticism. My big issue with him is that he misses tackles way too frequently despite having the versatility to play field cornerback, boundary cornerback, nickel cornerback, strong safety, or free safety. Hargreaves has yet to correct this issue in 2015 as he missed two tackles against the Tennessee Volunteers in a 28-27 win and he also missed a tackle in a 14-9 win over Kentucky.
- Even though he's missed tackles in 2015, Hargreaves has 4 interceptions and 2 deflections from pass breakups in 2015. Hargreaves also kept Laquon Treadwell to 42 receiving yards and didn't allow Treadwell to reach the end zone. Hargreaves III also did well against LSU wide receiver Travin Dural, Tennessee wide receiver Marquez North, and Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell That's gonna help his stock in a big way when you consider how talented those receivers are.
- His man coverage was decent, but inconsistent in 2014. Hargreaves III is much better in man coverage this season in 2015 as he is locking onto receivers. His zone coverage is effective against tall receivers, but weak against a speed receiver. Vernon Hargreaves III has corrected all of his question marks with press coverage. Hargreaves will do great in the cover 0 and cover 1 defenses, but he will need time, and you must be patient with him as he may struggle with some of those packages as a rookie. He should have an instant impact in a cover 2 defense with two safeties. Vernon Hargreaves III will be a dominant cornerback that can disable a #1 receiver or the deep passing game in a cover 3 scheme and will struggle in cover 4 schemes because speed receivers tend to do better against him rather than size receivers.
- Vernon Hargreaves III has trouble adjusting his hips at times. Despite this, Vernon Hargreaves III has the best footwork and speed among any cornerback in the 2016 NFL Draft.
- One thing I like about this cornerback is his ability to break up passes on a consistent basis. Hargreaves III beat out other Florida cornerbacks like Louchez Purifoy as a true freshman before having 11 deflections from pass breakups during his first season with the Florida Gators and in 2014 he improved on that with 13 deflections from pass breakups which was the best among cornerbacks in the entire SEC last season.
- Hargreaves may have been a field cornerback in coverage. The reality is he'll probably be better off starting at the boundary because he's missed some tackles against guys like Amari Cooper on tape and with a veteran like Grimes to show him the ropes, he will become a Pro Bowl corner. If Jonathan Banks recovers from his injury he will dominate at the nickel with Grimes and Hargreaves after having 10 deflections from pass breakups and 4 interceptions in 2014.
- Tampa Bay got the best cornerback in this years draft along with a fourth rounder at 106 from the Bears. That's why this pick easily gets an A+ grade at 11.
New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville B Grade
- New Orleans gets a defensive tackle. Sheldon Rankins had an awesome 2016 Senior Bowl week and is someone that many have projected to go in the first round.
- The 6-2 305 lb Sheldon Rankins had 28 solo tackles, 30 assisted tackles, 58 total tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, and 6 sacks in 2015. Rankins also dominated in Mobile during the 2016 Senior Bowl. Rankins posted his best numbers in 2014 as a junior and flustered both Blake Bortles and Paxton Lynch as a sophomore on tape in 2013.
- New Orleanss adds Sheldon Rankins to boost their defensive line with this pick. There were better defensive tackles available, but this is a solid pick.
Miami Dolphins: Laremy Tunsil, LT, Ole Miss A+ Grade
- Taking Laremy Tunsil at left tackle for Miami is an absolute steal. Branden Albert moves over to left guard, Dallas Thomas moves to right guard while Mike Pouncey and Ju'Wuan James remain at center and right tackle.
- San Diego would still need a starting center, but they can get a center at 35. Adding Tunsil as the blindside would improve this offensive line greatly. Rivers had 4,792 passing yards with his predecessor in San Diego, Drew Brees being the only quarterback to throw for more passing yards then Rivers in 2015. I could see Rivers eclipsing 5,000 passing yards if Tunsil becomes his left tackle right away.
- The 6-5 305 lb Laremy Tunsil gives the Dolphins the flexibility to upgrade every position on the offensive line as well as a blue chip left tackle who could be a Orlando Pace type player if he can stay healthy and stay out of trouble while making good choices. Tunsil isolated the nations top pass rushing sack artist in Emmanuel Ogbah and that makes him hands down the top prospect in this draft simply based on the level of competition he played. Tunsil gave Myles Garrett the top prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft from Texas A&M similar VIP treatment up in the trenches.
- Drafting Tunsil who only surrendered 2 sacks in his 3 year career at Ole Miss is an excellent pass blocker. Tunsil also did a phenomenal job run blocking as Ole Miss averaged 201 rushing yards per game in Tunsil's 7 starts at left tackle following his suspension. Tunsil also had 211 career pancake blocks from knocking down defenders in 27 career starts. This is easily an A+ grade.
Oakland Raiders: Karl Joseph, SS, West Virginia A- Grade
- Oakland takes a strong safety. Karl Joseph is a great pick at this point.
- Karl Joseph is the top free safety in the 2016 NFL Draft based on the tape I've seen, but he didn't run in the 40 yard dash at the 2016 NFL Combine. Joseph was the first free safety to start right away as a true freshman for West Virginia since Robert Sands. Joseph made a killer first impression right away with 104 total tackles, 76 solo tackles, 6 deflections from pass breakups, and 7 tackles for a loss as a true freshman back in 2012.
- A year later Joseph only had 68 total tackles. The positive was that he led West Virginia with four fumble recoveries which was second in the nation as a true sophomore which led to Joseph being named team captain as a junior.
- Being West Virginia's team captain in 2014 really motivated him as Joseph posted 92 total tackles, 62 solo tackles, 3 deflections from pass breakups, and 4.5 tackles for a loss.
- Joseph entered his senior season as a hard hitting run stuffer at free safety who acts as an eighth man in the box on running plays. Joseph is not the best safety in coverage, but he can take away your running game while showing decent zone coverage ability in cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 packages. Karl Joseph had 15 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 20 total tackles, and 5 interceptions in his first 3 games. Joseph's zone coverage and run stuffing remain brilliant. This guy does not miss tackles, and the more I watch him on tape, the more I thought he should be drafted ahead of Vernon Hargreaves III and the first round corners leading up to his injury, but with this injury he will be lucky just to get back in the first round conversation.
- Oakland needs a strong safety. Karl Joseph has the versatility to play both safety roles at strong safety and free safety. In Oakland Joseph will be a strong safety.
Cleveland Browns: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor B Grade
- Cleveland took the top wide receiver here. Coleman had 20 receiving touchdowns and has much better character than former Baylor Bear Josh Gordon.
Detroit Lions: Taylor Decker, RT, Ohio State C+ Grade
- Detroit was going to take an offensive tackle. This feels like a reach though and Decker is a right tackle at best.
- Taylor Decker did great in pass blocking at Ohio State's Pro Day. Decker is more of a run blocker which is why the Lions got a C+ grade here.