Hindsight is a beautiful thing. With a season of play in the books for the 2016 NFL draft class, would each player's respective franchise still take him again -- in the same spot -- if it had the chance? Would Jared Goff still be the No. 1 overall pick? Would some team jump on cornerback Brian Poole (undrafted out of Florida) now that they have seen his pro ability?
Using a mix of Pro Football Focus grades and data, our analysis team makes the case for a different pick for each NFL team from the 2016 draft, but all in the context of knowing what we do now. We selected one pick -- not necessarily in the first round -- for each team to "do over."
Note: The round and pick number for every player in the 2016 draft is noted in parentheses next to his name.
Ragland's rookie season ended before it ever started, as a knee injury in training camp required Ragland to have surgery and prevented him from getting on the field at all. The Bills also had limited production out of the wide receiver position throughout 2016, and all Thomas (Round 2, pick 47) managed to do in New Orleans was post top-10 numbers in receptions, yards, touchdowns and forced missed tackles. Saints QB Drew Brees had a QB rating of 117.5 when throwing to Thomas, which was yet another top-10 figure. The highest rating a Buffalo QB had was 96.7 on targets to Robert Woods, which ranked just 43rd in the category.
Drake managed only 42 total touches, and outside of his 45-yard touchdown against the Bills in Week 16, he provided little support to Dolphins starting RB Jay Ajayi. While Thuney (Round 3, pick 78) had his struggles in New England last season (he yielded 49 total QB pressures), the reality is that he started Week 1 as a rookie left guard, and played 1,355 of a possible 1,359 snaps for the Super Bowl LI champs. He was also at his best in the playoffs, as he gave up one sack and one hit during New England's run.