NFL Draft grades 2016: Snap reactions to the 1st round

The initial outlook for the first round in the 2016 NFL Draft is mostly a positive one. Even though we saw several trades in the first round, a lot of teams navigated the draft to their favor.

Ultimately how well they navigated the first round won’t truly be known for a few years, but way too early grades need to be handed out. These grades were decided on a number of factors: Relative value, need, system fit, risk and potential. These are snap reaction grades that we’ll revisit in a few years.

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

As expected, the Rams took Goff after making the blockbuster trade with the Titans. Goff is the draft’s best quarterback who excels at doing the small stuff. With the way he reads a defense, works progressions and fits the ball in a tight window. This grade is only lower than you may expect because of the amount of picks the Rams had to give up. It was a steep price to pay for a quarterback who doesn’t enter the NFL with a grade as high as Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota a year ago.

Grade: B

2. Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

There is a real risk with Wentz. Obviously taking him second overall, you assume the best. You

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