NFL Draft Thumbnails: Players selected in the first round


By Ralph D. Russo - AP College Football Writer



Californias Jared Goff waves as after being selected by the Los Angeles Rams as 1st pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


North Dakota States Carson Wentz arrives after being selected by the Philadelphia Eagles as the second pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


Ohio States Joey Bosa poses for photos after being selected by the San Diego Chargers as the third pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


The players selected in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night in Chicago:

1, Los Angeles Rams (from Tennessee)

Jared Goff, QB, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, California

Notable: Set Pac-12 records with 4,719 passing yards and 43 touchdowns last season. First Cal player to go No. 1 overall since 1975 (Steve Bartkowski).

Strengths: Quick release and maintains solid accuracy whether throwing short, intermediate or deep. Will stand and deliver in the face of pressure and moves well within the pocket.

Weaknesses: Toughness is admirable, but he takes too many hits. He fumbled 24 times in three seasons. Some of that is poor recognition of when to get rid of the ball. Played almost exclusively from the shotgun.

2. Philadelphia (from Cleveland)

Carson Wentz, QB, 6-5, 237, North Dakota State.

Notable: Led the Bison to FCS national championship in his only two seasons as a starter. First FCS quarterback to be drafted in first round since Joe Flacco of Delaware (2008), though Flacco was a transfer from Pittsburgh. Before that Steve McNair from Alcorn State went No. 3 in 1995.

Strengths: Ideal size, strong arm and above average athleticism. Physically, he is everything an NFL team wants a quarterback to be. Played under center a lot in NDSU’s offense. At the combine, Wentz impressed teams with his confident demeanor and understanding of the game.

Weaknesses: He hasn’t faced big-time competition. Can all the tools translate and improve when he does?

3. San Diego

Joey Bosa, DE, 6-5, 269, Ohio State

Notable: Sacks dropped off from 13 1-2 in 2014 to five last season, but still played at an All-America level. Earliest an Ohio State player has been drafted since Orlando Pace went No. 1 in 1997.

Strengths: Rarely takes a play at less than max effort. Fast and strong hands keep blockers from locking him up.

Weaknesses: Lacks that explosive first-step speed that many elite edge rushers have.

4. Dallas

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, 6-0, 225, Ohio State

Notable: Big Ten offensive player of the year in 2015. Second straight Buckeyes player. First time since 1997 (Orlando Pace at No. 1 and Shawn Springs at No. 3) two Ohio State players were picked in the top five.

Strengths: Finds and hits holes with exceptional quickness and aggressiveness. Always seems to fall forward. Excellent blocker and solid pass catcher, which should make him a good fit in today’s pass-happy NFL.

Weaknesses: Carried a heavy load the last couple of seasons and his style lent itself to taking some big shots.

5. Jacksonville

Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, 6-1, 209, Florida State

Notable: Started three years for the Seminoles, each season in a different secondary spot. Fourth straight season a Florida State player has been selected in the first round.

Strengths: If you could engineer a defensive back, Ramsey would be it. Size, speed and athleticism are all ideal. Played cornerback and safety and was used as a hybrid, playing almost like a linebacker. Excelled at all of it.

Weaknesses: The technique and skills that make for a lock-down cornerback need work. But that might not be the way he is used in the NFL.

6. Baltimore

Ronnie Stanley, OT, 6-6, 312, Notre Dame

Notable: Three-year starter, the last two as left tackle. Earliest selected Notre Dame player since Rick Mirer in 1993.

Strengths: Uses his long arms to keep rushers at bay and sets his feet quickly. Plays with some nastiness.

Weaknesses: Great technique, but doesn’t overpower defenders.

7. San Francisco

DeForest Buckner, DE, 6-7, 291, Oregon

Notable: Pac-12 defensive player of the year in 2015. Second straight Oregon defensive end (Arik Armstead) drafted in first round by 49ers.

Strengths: More power and quickness than speed. Perfect size, quick off the snap, relentless and can wreck a running game.

Weaknesses: Tends to stand straight up, which negates his power.

8. Tennessee (From Cleveland through Miami through Philadelphia)

Jack Conklin, OT, 6-6, 308, Michigan State

Notable: Former walk-on who developed into an All-America left tackle. First Michigan State top-10 pick since Charles Rogers went No. 2 in 2003.

Strengths: Tough and strong. All you need to know about Conklin: more than held his own against Oregon (DeForest Buckner), Ohio State (Joey Bosa) and Alabama (A’Shawn Robinson, Jarran Reed, et al).

Weaknesses: Not a top-tier athlete and could have some issues with speed rushers.

9. Chicago (from Tampa Bay)

Leonard Floyd, OLB, 6-6, 244, Georgia

Notable: Led Georgia in sacks each of the last three seasons. First Georgia defensive player drafted in the top 10 since DT Johnathan Sullivan in 2003.

Strengths: Long, elusive and fast off the edge and in pursuit.

Weaknesses: Not much bulk could lead him to get knocked around at the next level.

10. N.Y. Giants

Eli Apple, CB, 6-1, 199, Ohio State

Notable: Interceptions dropped from three as a sophomore to one as a junior as opponents began to shy away. For the first time since 2010 (Oklahoma), three players from one school go in the top 10.

Strengths: Height and long arms, plus good speed, make for an ideal package for NFL cornerback.

Weaknesses: Tends to grab in coverage if he thinks he is getting beat.

11. Tampa Bay (from Chicago)

Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, 5-10, 204, Florida

Notable: First team All-SEC each of his three seasons with the Gators. First cornerback drafted by Bucs in first round since 2008 (Aqib Talib).

Strengths: Changes directions quickly, and has skills, athleticism and attitude to be a shutdown cornerback.

Weaknesses: Small frame could be a problem against big receivers and gets a little too aggressive at times.

12. New Orleans

Sheldon Rankins, DT, 6-1, 299, Louisville

Notable: Had 14 sacks playing on the interior for the Cardinals. Third straight year a Louisville players has been picked in first round.

Strengths: Gets off the ball very fast. Often blockers simply can’t get to him. Very productive.

Weaknesses: Short and some questions about whether he can stand up to the power of NFL linemen.

13. Miami (from Philadelphia)

Laremy Tunsil, OT, 6-5, 310, Mississippi

Notable: Missed most of last season due to an NCAA infraction, but played at top form when he did. Slipped because of some off field issues and possible character concerns.

Strengths: Quick feet and hands help him neutralize speed rushers. Reads and anticipates rush moves. Moves well and can wipe out linebackers on the second level.

Weaknesses: Point of attack power run blocking needs some work. Maybe a little bulk would help, but a case could be made that he was the best player available.

14. Oakland

Karl Joseph, S, 5-10, 205, West Virginia.

Notable: Was having an All-America-type season until he hurt his knee in practice during the second month of the season. First West Virginia defensive back selected in the first round since Adam “Pacman” Jones in 2005.

Strengths: Plays with fierce aggressiveness. Big hitter with knack for getting his hands on the ball.

Weaknesses: The knee could be a problem, plus he plays like he is 30 pounds heavier than he is.

15. Cleveland (from Tennessee from Los Angeles)

Corey Coleman, WR, 5-11, 194, Baylor

Notable: Biletnikoff Award winner as top wide receiver in nation last season. Will be paired with former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Strengths: Great acceleration off the line makes him a top-notch deep threat. Elusive after the catch, too.

Weaknesses: At his best on the perimeter. Needs to show more consistency in the middle of the field as a pass catcher and route runner.

16. Detroit

17. Atlanta

18. Indianapolis

19. Buffalo

20. N.Y. Jets

21. Washington

22. Houston

23. Minnesota

24. Cincinnati

25. Pittsburgh

26. Seattle

27. Green Bay

28. Kansas City

29. Arizona

30. Carolina

31. Denver

Californias Jared Goff waves as after being selected by the Los Angeles Rams as 1st pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_110048199-324fc04bc44c49f085d2bf137b72449e.jpgCalifornias Jared Goff waves as after being selected by the Los Angeles Rams as 1st pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

North Dakota States Carson Wentz arrives after being selected by the Philadelphia Eagles as the second pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_110048199-f769a4613a2247c6bd1afbc66722a1aa.jpgNorth Dakota States Carson Wentz arrives after being selected by the Philadelphia Eagles as the second pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Ohio States Joey Bosa poses for photos after being selected by the San Diego Chargers as the third pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_110048199-3932e47ad7b44faaa79c32d9909ff56e.jpgOhio States Joey Bosa poses for photos after being selected by the San Diego Chargers as the third pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

By Ralph D. Russo

AP College Football Writer

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