You can't truly grade a draft class until they've played for about three seasons. That said, many NFL sites like to give immediate grades to draft classes based upon a player's value coming out of college versus where he was selected. On Saturday, Pro Football Focus handed out draft grades and the Buffalo Bills fared very well. The analytics site gave Buffalo an A- grade. Here's what PFF said about Buffalo's 2016 draft class:
Day 1: Buffalo gets a stout run defender in Lawson (No. 2 run grade among edge defenders in the class) who also showed the ability to get after the quarterback (No. 9 pass-rush grade at +25.9). He had a breakout 2015 season after a strong performance in limited snaps in 2014, and he’ll step in to replace Mario Williams opposite Jerry Hughes on the edge.
Day 2: Once thought to be a first-round pick, Ragland fell to the second where his clean run-stopping ability makes him a solid pick. While there are questions about his athleticism in coverage, he can make plays in front of him in zone, and his pass-rush ability can help him find a role on third down (he is movable blitzer, and the Bills can isolate him on running backs). Washington is another strong pick from a production standpoint, as he played all over Ohio State’s defensive front the last two years and he posted third third-best pass rush grade among the draft’s interior defensive linemen in 2015.
Day 3: Jones has a cannon for an arm and he’s worth a developmental shot, even though his accuracy between six and 30 yards is among the worst in the class. Jonathan Williams missed all of 2015, but his 101.9 elusive rating ranked fifth in the FBS in 2014. Listenbee is a nice late-round speed addition as he may be the fastest player in the draft and it showed on the field when he was healthy in 2014 (526 deep yards, 10th in the nation).
In the AFC East, Buffalo tied for the highest grade with the Dolphins. The Patriots earned a B- grade and the Jets were given a C-.The Jaguars and Browns had the highest grades in the NFL. Each team received an A grade for their respective drafts.null