There were teams who made the most out of their picks in this year’s NFL draft and then there are teams who didn’t. I’ll be discussing teams who didn’t make the most out of their picks by either reaching for players or failing to address key team needs.
Indianapolis Colts: D+
The Colts had only five picks in this years draft and could have used those picks to move up higher to get at least one quality player. Their first pick was Jack Mewhort offensive lineman out of Ohio State. He fills a need on the offensive line and could possibly start, but I feel they could have traded their second, third, and their fifth round pick to move up to around 44 and select Cyrus Kouandjio out of Alabama. Even though he has an injury problem he’s a big physical lineman that is a high risk high reward pick. If his injury is not an issue the Colts have a solid tackle opposite of Anthony Castonzo.
Their second pick was Donte Moncrief, a 6-foot-2 wide receiver from Ole Miss. The Colts are already solid at receiver with T.Y. Hilton, Hakeem Nicks coming in free agency, and Reggie Wayne coming back from injury. Wayne is old, but has had plenty of time to recover and will come back and play at a high level. I believe Nicks can play at a top level like he did with the New York Giants if he stays healthy. They should’ve used that pick and some of their later picks to move up and grab a safety due to the loss of Antoine Bethea.
New England Patriots: C
The Patriots picked up Dominique Easley with their first pick, a defensive tackle out of Florida who is coming off of an ACL injury. He’s a good pick, but I thought he could have been taken in the second round or later because of his injury. Louis Nix to me is a better fit for the Patriots being similar in size and power to their starting tackle Vince Wilfork, and is a top tackle in this year’s draft that fell all the way to the third round.
With their second pick they selected Jimmy Garoppolo out of Eastern Illinois. The Patriots need help up front on their defense that ranked 26th in yards given up and 30th in rushing yards allowed. Garoppolo could be a player they can develop and possibly trade in the future to a team who needs a quarterback, but if they want to win now they could have used that pick to pick up another defensive tackle or possible safety. They could’ve gotten a quarterback in the later rounds like Zack Mettenberger who went in the sixth round and could develop into a good quarterback.
I like their 3 fourth round picks in Bryan Stork, James White, and Cameron Fleming, but all they do is add depth to an offense that is already good.
Cleveland Browns C-
The Browns are on this list even though they drafted their quarterback of the future in Johnny Manziel and Justin Gilbert, who can be a shutdown corner opposite of Joe Haden. They needed to draft a wide receiver due to the possible yearlong ban to Josh Gordon because of a failed drug test for marijuana.
When the Browns learned that he could be banned from the NFL they still didn’t address the issue in drafting a wide receiver. The best receiver left on the board was Marqise Lee in the second round and they could’ve picked him up but they decided to go offensive lineman in Joel Bitonio and didn’t get a receiver at all in the draft. Lee would have given Manziel a go-to receiver to help him out from day one. Because they didn’t draft a receiver to address that situation they get a C-.