Bills land 16th on draft class power rankings

NFL.com used Gil Brandt's Hot 100 prospects list to determine draft class power rankings.

Many draft analysts felt that the Buffalo Bills had an strong draft class. Throughout the draft, the Bills added players that fell later than many expected. In addition to finding value, Buffalo also filled multiple needs on both sides of the ball. 

Considering this, many Bills fans will be surprised to see Buffalo's draft class come in 16th on NFL.com's 2016 NFL draft class power rankings. However, it makes sense when you consider how NFL.com put together their rankings.

Now, in using NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt's Hot 100 prospect rankings as the measuring stick, the Titans are the clear "winner" of the draft.

Points were assigned to each player based on where he was selected in the draft; 100 points were rewarded to the No. 1-ranked prospect, 99 points to the No. 2-rated prospect and so on.

Teams that drafted early or had multiple early draft picks benefited as they were more likely to add Brandt's Hot 100 prospects. A team like the Bills, who drafted 19th, were less likely to add multiple top 100 prospects from Brandt's board. For that reason, they landed at No. 16 on the power rankings. Here's a look at what NFL.com said about Buffalo's draft class.

16. Buffalo Bills

Score: 161 points (3 players) 

The lowdown: The Bills absolutely loaded up on defense, and Ragland and Lawson should be Day 1 starters. Listenbee brings elite speed to a Bills team that already has former Olympian Marquise Goodwin on the roster. Who's up for a match race? 

The players (points): 

No. 18: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama (83) 

No. 24: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson (77) 

No. 100: Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU (1)

Buffalo received points for adding second round pick Reggie Ragland, first round pick Shaq Lawson, and sixth rounder Kolby Listenbee. Adolphus Washington, Buffalo's third round pick, was not on Brandt's Hot 100 prospects list.

Considering where Buffalo drafted, finishing at No. 16 on this power ranking list isn't a bad thing. As for the rest of the AFC East, the Jets came in at No. 22, followed by the Dolphins at No. 25 and the Patriots at No. 32.


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