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2016 NFL Draft: Round 1

2016 NFL Draft
Pick Team Player Shutdown Corner Commentary
29 (29) Arizona Robert Nkemdiche
Robert Nkemdiche
DT
Height:
6-3
Weight:
294
School:
Mississippi
Rotoworld Rank:
32

Nkemdiche was the top high school recruit in the country, dominated at times in the SEC, and could be a steal for the Cardinals near the end of the first round. It's reminiscent of the Tyrann Mathieu pick, which paid off in a big way for the Cardinals. Like Mathieu, Nkemdiche slipped in the draft due to off-field red flags. The most troubling incident was when he fell out of the fourth-floor hotel window. But the Cardinals are betting on his talent, which is massive. Grade: B

30 (30) Carolina Vernon Butler
Vernon Butler
DT
Height:
6-4
Weight:
323
School:
Louisiana Tech
Rotoworld Rank:
17

GM Dave Gettleman’s true colors are showing. He likes to build from the inside out, which was clear by letting Josh Norman walk and was very clear by taking Butler at a position of need. Carolina is stocked at defensive tackle with Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short, but Butler’s arrival protects the team against either one leaving via free agency after the 2016 season. At 323 pounds, have no illusion: Butler is not playing another position. He could be very good in time. Grade: B-

31 (31) Seattle Germain Ifedi
Germain Ifedi
OG
Height:
6-6
Weight:
324
School:
Texas A&M
Rotoworld Rank:
112

Trading down five spots, the Seahawks got the player they wanted at No. 25. That’s always great from a value perspective, and Ifedi has top-15 ability. It didn’t always come to fruition at College Station, and it’s unclear where Ifedi’s best position will be after he struggled at times at left tackle. The Seahawks, as they usually do, gamble on a talent that other teams might not have rated quite as high. Grade: C+

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