Sports with Billy: NFL First Round Draft

Billy Migge is a junior studying Sports Communication at Marist College. Bringing his skills outside of the classroom, Billy’s posts will provide commentary for the latest events going on in the sports world.

Last night was the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and the best college players came out to Chicago to watch their dreams happen in front of their eyes and become professional football players.

Some notable names not drafted in the first round include:

Myles Jack, Linebacker, UCLA

Kevin Dodd, Defensive End, Clemson

Michael Thomas, Wide Receiver, Ohio State

Jaylon Smith, Linebacker, Notre Dame

Let’s recap who went where and what pick they went for each team.

  1. Los Angeles Rams- Jared Goff, QB, California

Goff was the pick that most experts had going number 1 so no surprise here. The 6 foot 4 quarterback from California has been compared to NFL Pro Bowler Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons.


  1. Philadelphia Eagles- Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

The Eagles traded up in order to have the second spot in the draft, in hopes of landing either Goff or Wentz, and they got their man. Wentz attended the FCS school North Dakota State and has had comparisons to the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles.

  1. San Diego Chargers- Joey Bosa, Defensive End, Ohio State

The Chargers took the first defensive player in the draft, and Bosa was expected to be that guy. Bosa, the defensive end for Ohio State, has gotten comparisons ranging from Ryan Kerrigan to JJ Watt, which is rather high praise for a guy who has not played a down in the NFL yet.

  1. Dallas Cowboys- Ezekiel Elliot, Running Back, Ohio State

Elliot filled a need for the Cowboys, but Dallas may have reached for this pick. The second Buckeye to be taken in the top 4, Elliot has raised comparisons like former great Edgerrin James, and appears to have a shifty demeanor similar to LeSean McCoy.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jalen Ramsey, Safety/Cornerback, Florida State

Ramsey was seen to many as the best pure football player in the draft, and the Jaguars simply drafted him because he was the best player on the board, which is a strategy that rarely fails. The former Seminole has drawn comparisons to Sean Smith and has a lot of Charles Woodson characteristics in his game.

  1. Baltimore Ravens- Ronnie Stanley, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

Stanley fills a giant hole for the Ravens, who struggled on the offensive line last season and trying to protect Joe Flacco. Stanley has gotten comparisons to the Eagles Lane Johnson.

  1. San Francisco 49ers- DeForest Buckner, Defensive End, Oregon

No surprise here as 49ers head coach Chip Kelly selected a player from the college he used to coach, Oregon. Buckner is a strong physical presence, and plays a lot like Cardinals great Calais Campbell.

  1. Tennessee Titans- Jack Conklin, Offensive Tackle, Michigan State

The Titans traded with the Browns for this pick, and knew they needed to trade up in order to get the talented offensive tackle Jack Conklin. Conklin was as consistent a performer as any in this past season, and has been compared to former Eagles tackle Jon Runyan.

  1. Chicago Bears- Leonard Floyd, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Georgia

The Bears made a trade to get the 9th pick with the Buccaneers and they knew they had to move in front of the Giants in order to get their guy, Leonard Floyd. Floyd is rather small for a defensive end, so the Bears plan on having him be more of an outside linebacker with pass rushing ability.

  1. New York Giants- Eli Apple, Cornerback, Ohio State

The third Ohio State player to come off the board went to the Giants in a rather surprising pick. Apple, a New Jersey product, has all the skills all the other cornerbacks have in this draft, so if he pans out, it will look like a great move on the part of GM Jerry Reese. Apple has gotten comparisons to Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Vernon Hargreaves, Cornerback, Florida

The second corner to come off the board in as many picks, Hargreaves was the best college corner in the country, but there is a chance his size and height may give him some trouble in the NFL. At 5 foot 10, Hargreaves compares to Cleveland Brown Pro-Bowler Joe Haden.

  1. New Orleans Saints- Sheldon Rankins, Defensive Tackle, Louisville

The Saints struggled stopping the run and getting to the passer this past season, and Rankins is expected to help that defense be more successful the first day of training camp into a long career. Rankins compares to current Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett.

  1. Miami Dolphins- Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Tackle, Ole Miss

Tunsil was the biggest news at the draft because of videos that have surfaced of him smoking a substance and news that he was receiving illegal benefits from Ole Miss coaches, but the main concern for Tunsil is on the field. Arguably the most talented player in the draft, Tunsil could be a steal at 13 for Miami, and compares to All-Pro tackle Tyron

  1. Oakland Raiders- Karl Joseph, Safety, West Virginia

The ball-hawking safety was the best pure safety in the draft and the Raiders did lose Charles Woodson to retirement this offseason. Joseph has the big hitting ability and plays a great centerfield for a young safety so scouts compare him to Antione Bethea.

  1. Cleveland Browns- Corey Coleman, Wide Receiver, Baylor

The first WR taken off the board by the Browns is Coleman, the speedy receiver is known for his trusty hands and ability to take the top off of the defense. Coleman has comparisons surrounding him like John Brown of the Arizona Cardinals.

  1. Detroit Lions- Taylor Decker, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State

Another Ohio State product, Decker was the most popular offensive lineman prospect after the players already picked, and the Lions are starting to realize they need to bolster their offensive line before they start winning again. Decker had comparisons from scouts to Sebastian Vollmer.

  1. Atlanta Falcons- Keanu Neal, Safety, Florida

A surprising pick from the Falcons, as Neal was projected to be a second round pick, but none the less, Neal ends up the first selection for the Falcons. A safety that is notorious for big hits, Neal has drawn comparisons the Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro.

  1. Indianapolis Colts- Ryan Kelly, Center, Alabama

It is rather rare to see a center get taken in the first round, but it was a hole in the Colts team so they addressed that need. Kelly is the first Alabama player off the board, and has a very high football IQ, which is essential to the center position.

  1. Buffalo Bills- Shaq Lawson, Defensive End, Clemson

Lawson was very high on the draft boards of teams in the back end of the first round, and Lawson fits perfectly into the system that Rex Ryan has designed, and with the loss of Mario Williams, Lawson will step right in and have an impact. Lawson has been compared to Courtney Upshaw.

  1. New York Jets- Darron Lee, Linebacker, Ohio State

Lee is the typical hybrid linebacker: he can play outside and inside, rush the passer and stop the run. He’s a very talented player for a college linebacker. The Jets got a steal at 20 with this player whose scouts consider to play like Bills lineback Zach Brown (not the band).2016-nfl-draft-order-announced

  1. Houston Texans- Will Fuller, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame

The first of three consecutive picks that are wide receivers, Fuller was seen as the best deep threat receiver in the draft. He will compliment Deandre Hopkins very smoothly and has the big play ability that reminds people of Ted Ginn jr.

  1. Washington Redskins- Josh Doctson, Wide Receiver, TCU

Doctson was a riser on draft boards ever since his performance at the combine, and has been consistently highlighting the TCU offense along with Trevone Boykin for years. Doctson’s talent translates similarly to Cowboys #2 receiver Terrance Williams.

  1. Minnesota Vikings- Laquan Treadwell, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss

The #1 receiver on a lot of draft boards slips all the way to 23 where Minnesota grabbed Treadwell and his Dez Bryant like game. Treadwell should be a focal point of the offense with Teddy Bridgewater improving and Adrian Peterson getting older.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals- William Jackson III, Cornerback, Houston

A surprising pick here because this could be seen as a sort of a reach, but the Bengals needed cornerback help badly and if they feel confident that Jackson is there guy, they can’t be disappointed in their selection. Jackson’s game translates to a Phillip Gaines type of player.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers- Artie Burns, Cornerback, Miami

This was the most surprising pick of the first round. Burns was not on the radar of many experts in being a first round pick, but the Steelers feel like they found their guy in the 6 foot cornerback that plays similarly to David Amerson.

  1. Denver Broncos- Paxton Lynch, Quarterback, Memphis

The Broncos made a deal with the Seahawks to move up to 26 and select hopefully their franchise quarterback with Memphis’s Paxton Lynch. Lynch was thee #1 QB on the board at the beginning of the season but has dropped because of the popularity of Wentz and Goff. Lynch could be as good as Marcus Mariota if his game pans out the way scouts think it will.

  1. Green Bay Packers- Kenny Clark, Defensive Tackle, UCLA

Clark has been a house-hold name at UCLA for years and his drafting in the first round is good for Green Bay because he plays a similar role to BJ Raji, where he can rush the passer and stop the run. Clark has been compared to David Parry of the Colts.

  1. San Francisco 49ers- Joshua Garnett, Offensive Guard, Stanford

The 49ers made a move to grab this pick from the Kansas City Chiefs and they kept Garnett in the state of California with their selection. Garnett was projected to be a second round pick but his game is comparable to Gabe Jackson.

  1. New England Patriots- None, None, None

Patriots lose their pick out of punishment for Deflategate.

30. Arizona Cardinals- Robert Nkemdiche, Defensive Tackle, Ole Miss

Nkemdiche has slipped down draft boards because of some off the field issues with his character, but his talent as a football player can’t be in question. Arguably one of the best players in the SEC last season, his game is similar to Shariff Floyd of the Vikings.

  1. Carolina Panthers- Vernon Butler, Defensive Tackle, Louisiana Tech

Coming from the alma mater of Karl Malone, Butler is a big-bodied defensive tackle that helps an already physical defense. Butler has some very high praise from scouts as he is being compared to Jets star Muhammad Wilkerson.

  1. Seattle Seahawks- Germain Ifedi, Offensive Guard, Texas A&M

The last pick of the first round gets some help for a struggling offensive line, and they need some big bodies up front to protect Russell Wilson. Ifedi has been compared to Billy Turner.

The Second and Third Rounds are Friday, April 29th, the rounds 4-7 will be Saturday, April 30th.

About the Author

Billy Migge FoxtalesBilly Migge is a junior studying Communications. He went to high school in Rockland County and has aspired to be involved in the sports media world ever since he was a kid. He grew up around sports 24/7, whether it was playing, watching or even analyzing the games.

Founded in October of 2011, the Marist College Center for Sports Communication promotes the study of and practice in sports communication, helping to prepare an enlightened and engaged group of future leaders in one of society’s most far reaching disciplines. Find out more about the endless opportunities offered through a major in Sports Communication by visiting their webpage!

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