The 2016 NFL Draft took place April 28th through the 30th. The Auditorium Theater in Chicago, Illinois was the host of this year’s draft. The draft consisted of 253 total selections by the 32 NFL teams over seven draft rounds. Round 1 took place on the 28th, rounds 2 and 3 on the 29th, and the final 4 rounds occurred on the 30th. ESPN Networks and NFL Network televised this year’s draft over the three days. The Cleveland Browns had the most selections in the draft with 14, and the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints had the fewest selections, with 5 each.
With the first overall pick of the draft, the Los Angeles Rams selected Jared Goff, a Quarterback out of California. The Philadelphia Eagles selected Carson Wentz, a quarterback, out of North Dakota State with the second pick. The rest of the top ten selections were Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Jalen Ramsey, Ronnie Staley, DeForest Buckner, Jack Conklin, Leonard Floyd, and Eli Apple. The last person selected in the draft was Kalan Reed, from Southern Mississippi. The last person selected is known as the year’s “Mr. Irrelevant”.
The colleges with the most players selected was Ohio State, with 12 players drafted. Clemson was next with 9 selections, and UCLA was third with 8 selections. The Southeastern Conference had the most players drafted with 51, and the Big Ten had the next most with 47. 36 Linebackers were selected, the most of a specific position. The next highest was Wide Receiver with 33, and third was Cornerback, with 32 selected. 127 total defensive players were selected, 121 offensive players, and 5 special teams players were selected. The NFL draft has many benefits, but the biggest is it is the best way for teams to address their needs to improve.