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.
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.
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.
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.