Walt you can't give the Browns a Millen grade for taking a guy that will play for them immediately with no off field issues when they are years away from contending. Apparently a lot of teams are concerned about that knee. So far we're at 5 (Where I think he stops) but still. Microfracture has not done well in the NFL regardless of talent (Clowney)
THIS IS FOR ROUND 2, I COPIED ROUND ONE AND GRADED EVERY PICK A LETTER GRADE.
There are many shockers on day one of the 2016 NFL Draft featuring: Chargers picking Joey Bosa over projected Laremy Tunsil, DeForest Buckner or Jalen Ramsey. The Cowboys taking Ezekiel Elliott when they have Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden, Laremy Ronnie Stanley AND Jack Conklin being taken before Laremy Tunsil (He slid all the way to 13). The Bears trading up to grab Leonard Floyd, the Giants taking Eli Apple so early making that 3 Ohio State Buckeyes in the top 10, the Packers making a reach on projected 2-3 round pick Kenny Clark, the Cardinals taking a chance on Robert Nkemdiche and finally the 49ers trading back into the first for Joshua Garnett.
Los Angeles Clippers
Sure, the Clippers gave up a good amount to land Chris Paul, but in doing so, they have become a relevant NBA franchise for the first time in a long time and actually created a significant buzz, taking away some of the pub from their cotenant rival Lakers. The additions of veterans Chauncey Billups and Reggie Evans at bargain prices are great deals. Re-signing DeAndre Jordan was a must, and $10 million per year for a young, developing, impact center seems like a good deal. The team did overpay for Caron Butler's services, but all in all, the Clippers made a major step as a franchise this offseason and became a playoff-caliber club in the Western Conference.
New Orleans Hornets
I think the Hornets absolutely made the right decision by trading Chris Paul prior to the start of the season rather than finding themselves in a Denver Nuggets/Carmelo Anthony type of situation during the year. They got great value back in one of the top scoring guards in the NBA in Eric Gordon, a promising small forward in Al-Farouq Aminu, a solid big man in Chris Kaman, who is in the final year of his contract, and a likely top-five pick. New Orleans also didn't waste any of its cap space by overpaying an average player to a long-term, expensive deal. They now have assets for the future as well as a ton of cap space entering next summer that should make the post-CP3 re-building effort much smoother.
It started with the draft-day addition of George Hill and continued the past couple of weeks with the signing David West to an affordable 2-year, $20 million contract, and freeing themselves of James Posey's contract by using the amnesty clause on him. The Pacers entered the offseason with a ton of cap space and made smart moves by not wasting any of their money and still keeping themselves in good financial standing for next offseason when the free agent class will be much better. Suddenly, Indiana has become a sexy sleeper team in the Eastern Conference that definitely is on the up-and-up.