CBS Sports' Pete Prisco was less-than-impressed by the Bills' 2016 draft, tossing them a C grade.
Prisco views the Bills' draft from an almost completely different angle than Rotworld's Evan Silva. Silva thought that the Bills did well to pick up Clemson DE Shaq Lawson and Alabama ILB Reggie Ragland in the first two rounds, while Prisco was rather curmudgeonly toward those selections. And on the inverse, Silva was less sunny regarding the back half of Buffalo's draft machinations, while Prisco highlighted Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams (fifth round) and TCU WR Kolby Listenbee (also fifth round) as two of his favorite picks by the squad.
Virginia sophomore QB Nick Johns will transfer.
Johns announced his decision on Twitter, with Virginia confirming that he had received an unconditional release from his scholarship. Perhaps playing into his decision, several days ago, ECU graduate gunslinger Kurt Benkert opted to transfer to the Cavaliers. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Johns did not see game action in 2015. For those wondering, he is not related to incumbent junior starter Matt Johns.
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. questioned the Bears' selection of Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd at No. 9.
"The concern on Floyd is pretty simple: Can he maintain his weight and not get physically overwhelmed if he's not simply winning with speed? I think he provides immediate help in a pass-rushing role," Kiper wrote, "but if that's all he becomes, No. 9 could be a reach." As the longtime Worldwide Leader draft mouthpiece additionally noted, the Bears coughed up a fourth-round pick to the Buccaneers just for the right to jump from No. 11 to No. 9. While he isn't quite sure if Floyd will justify his top-10 selection, Kiper highlighted Indiana RB Jordan Howard and Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman as two late-round picks who could provide early offensive dividends for the Bears. He thinks Braverman could develop into a "stud in the slot." Even with the perceived reach on Floyd, Kiper still gave Chicago an A- for their draft class as a whole. Rotworld's Evan Silva did likewise with his Internet red pen.
CBS Sports' Pete Prisco wrote that BYU DE Bronson Kaufusi's "versatility will help the Ravens' defense."
On the whole, Prisco assigned the Ravens a "B" for their draft exploits. Their third-round selection of the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Kaufusi was his favorite pick of Baltimore's lot, due to his ability to "play up and down" and his overall athleticism. The analyst was left somewhat puzzled by their decision to pass over Ole Miss T Laremy Tunsil for Notre Dame T at No. 6, though, writing, "Stanley is a good player, but Tunsil is better, even if the character issues were there."
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. was one of many draft analysts who loved the Jaguars' 2016 draft, assigning them an 'A' for their strong work.
"Defense, defense, defense ... and hey, they need it. The defense was a trainwreck last year, frankly," Kiper wrote. The analyst is understandably high on Jacksonville's first two picks in FSU S Jalen Ramsey and UCLA LB Myles Jack, noting that if Jack can stay healthy, he could develop into "one of the biggest steals of recent draft history." Two picks does not an "A" make, though, and Kiper was also complimentary of selections such as Maryland DE Yannick Ngakoue (third round), Notre Dame DL Sheldon Day (fourth round) and Arkansas QB Brandon Allen (sixth round).
Arkansas redshirt senior WR Keon Hatcher underwent a second surgical procedure on his foot.
Hatcher posted a picture on Snapchat of himself with a boot on the left foot and in a video, said, "So, I had surgery on my foot." This is the second surgery that the 6-foot-2, 210-pound wideout has undergone on that hoof. He initially broke it against Toledo in the second game of the 2015 campaign and later underwent season-ending surgery. The NCAA subsequently gave him a medical redshirt for the campaign. In a healthy 2014, he recorded 43 catches for 558 yards and six touchdowns.
CBS Sports' Pete Prisco assigned the Falcons a 'B' grade for their 2016 draft haul.
Prisco's favorite pick by the Falcons would be Deion Jones. They drafted the 6-foot-1, 222-pound linebacker from LSU at pick No. 52 in the second round. Wrote Prisco, "He is the speed linebacker that they didn't take in the first round. Jones will be a nice run-and-chase player for the Falcons." The analyst is less keen on their selection of Florida S Keanu Neal in the first round, noting, "I know they think Neal is Kam Chancellor 2.0, but is he good enough in coverage? That's my concern." Prisco would have preferred Ohio State LB Darron Lee in Neal's place.
The Raiders emerged from the 2016 NFL Draft with a strong B+ grade on Evan Silva's report card.
"[Rd. 1 S Karl] Joseph solidifies a suddenly imposing Raiders pass defense that will field two long, physical press corners (Sean Smith, David Amerson), 2015 NFL interceptions leader Reggie Nelson, Oakland's new first-round safety, and the Khalil Mack-Bruce Irvin edge-rush tandem, which suspended Aldon Smith should join eventually," Silva wrote. The analyst also liked what GM Reggie McKenzie did on Day 2 in addressing need with solid value picks in Rd. 2 Illinois DE Jihad Ward and Rd. 3 Michigan State DE/OLB Shilique Calhoun. "Since a painfully slow start to his tenure as GM, McKenzie has caught fire and stayed hot this draft weekend. I'd expect as many as five players from this class to become early contributors in Oakland," Silva wrote.