Now that the NFL Draft is complete, and all the action has subsided, we need to take a look at each division and break down what was accomplished in their draft, in terms of fantasy production.
All eyes were on the Broncos this offseason. With Peyton Manning retired, no matter how poorly he played in 2015, there is still a massive hole to fill. The team signed Mark Sanchez in free agency, but went on to draft Paxton Lynch. While I have been a big supporter of Lynch for some time, I do not feel like he is ready to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. I don’t think having him behind Sanchez is going to help either. The team also drafted Devontae Booker, who will no doubt only add further confusion to the Denver backfield.
The team is stout on defense, despite losing some good players. They didn’t make a big splash on the defensive side of the ball in the draft, but they did bring in some players who will give depth. I would still consider them a top tier defense in 2016.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
The Chiefs were another team that didn’t really make a massive splash on the offensive side of the ball in the draft. They did draft Kevin Hogan, QB from Stanford, who I believe is a good developmental prospect and backup behind Smith. The team also grabbed two wide receivers: Demarcus Robinson from Florida and Tyreek Hill from Oklahaom State/West Alabama. Both of these players had some issues in the offseason and will need to put the childish things behind them and get their stuff together to stay on a team.
This is another good defense who had some loses going into the 2016 season. They drafted DT Chris Jones from Mississippi State, who will be a force on the defensive line immediately. They also drafted Keivarae Russell, CB from Notre Dame, to replace Sean Smith who bolted in free agency. They aren’t my favorite defense, but I think you could do a lot worse.
The Raiders took a tremendous leap by selecting Connor Cook at the top of the fourth round. I’m not necessarily a Cook hater, but I just question the move considering other needs for the team. He isn’t going to challenge Carr. One very interesting move was selecting RB Deandre Washington from Texas Tech. He had a very strong senior season and he is poised to potentially make the biggest contribution considering Oakland wasn’t happy with Latavius Murray in 2015.
On defense, the team selected Karl Joseph in hopes to replace retiring Charles Woodson. He has the talent to develop and should be a good starter in the NFL. The team also selected a pair of defensive ends in Jihad Ward and Shilique Calhoun. I expect this defense to be improved, and while maybe not a world beater, is taking steps in the right direction.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
The Chargers looked to solidify an offensive line that had a lot of problems with run protection in 2015. They did this by passing on both Ronnie Stanley and Laremy Tunsil, and landing on Max Tuerk at center and Donavon Clark at guard. This should help Melvin Gordon get things moving this year, The team also added tight end Hunter Henry, who could end up contributing immediately considering the age of Antonio Gates and departure of Ladarius Green.
The Chargers selected Joey Bosa with the third pick, opting to pass of Jalen Ramsey who could have replaced Eric Weddle. Still, Bosa adds a good fire to this unit. They also grabbed another Ohio State player in linebacker Joshua Perry. This defense should be a bit better up front, but there are still concerns in the secondary.