The NFL draft’s first round is officially behind us. And, boy, did it take some weird turns. Ezekiel Elliott wore a belly shirt with his suit. Video, text messages, and accusations swirled around Laremy Tunsil. Five Buckeyes were taken in the top 20.

Here are the winners and losers of Round 1.


Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars allowed the most points in the AFC and second-most in the NFL last season (448) behind a defense that ranked 26th in Football Outsiders Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, which measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every play to a league average based on situation and opponent. They ranked second to last in pass defense DVOA, making Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey a perfect fit.

According to the game charters at Pro Football Focus, Ramsey was thrown at 67 times in 2015, allowing 37 to be caught for 315 yards and just one touchdown — earning him the highest overall PFF grade in the nation. His SPARQ score, a formula developed by Nike which measures player athleticism, was also the highest among cornerbacks in this year’s draft.

Cleveland Browns

The Browns won three games last season and ranked 30th in overall DVOA, so they have needs everywhere. Embracing a quantity-over-quality approach, Cleveland traded back again in the first round with the Tennessee Titans before ultimately settling on Corey Coleman with the No. 15 pick.

Coleman, who has speed with an ability to catch the deep ball, had the second highest yards per route run average (3.97) in the draft plus averaged 4.06 yards per route run from the slot. He will be a solid replacement for Travis Benjamin, who left for the San Diego Chargers after catching 23 targets at least 20 yards  for four touchdowns; and a reliable option with Josh Gordon still under suspension by the league.

Minnesota Vikings

Laquon Treadwell ran an unimpressive 4.64 40-yard dash, causing his stock to plummet on draft day. However, according to’s Matt Harmon, there is not much to worry about: Treadwell posted an above-average success rate vs. coverage score on all three downfield routes — the post, nine and corner — and got open at every level of the field.


New York Giants

New York’s pass defense ranked 28th in pass-defense DVOA last season, so selecting a corner in this year’s draft wasn’t a surprise. What was a surprise was the Giants choosing Eli Apple out of Ohio State.

Apple was a good defensive back for the Buckeyes: he allowed just 44.6 percent of targets into his coverage to be caught in 2015. However, he played mostly as an outside corner in a man-coverage scheme, whereas the Giants play pure man coverage only 30 percent of the time (21st in the league), making this a bad match. Per the NFL scouting report, Apple “doesn’t feature the balance or twitch to rocket forward and challenge throws if he’s not shadowing his man.”

Detroit Lions

The Lions’ offensive line allowed their rusher to be stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage 24 percent of the time, ranking them 29th for worst performance of 2015. Tackle Taylor Decker will help improve that unit, he had the fourth-highest run-blocking grade among tackles over the last two seasons per Pro Football Focus, but his pass protection leaves a lot to be desired.

Not only did he rank 37th for his pass protection efficiency, scouts feel his “upright style will cause problems for him against edge trimming pass rushers who can get under him.” That will be trouble for Lions’ quarterback Matt Stafford, whose passer rating went from 108.7 to 69.3 under pressure last season.