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2016 NFL Draft class power rankings: Teams 17-24


We've ranked all 32 classes from the 2016 NFL Draft using NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt's Hot 100 prospect rankings as the measuring stick. The draft class power rankings continue with teams 17-24.

17 (tie). Green Bay Packers

Score: 153 points (4 players)
The lowdown: While Clark should be a Day 1 starter with B.J. Raji on hiatus, Martinez could also find himself in the starting lineup at inside linebacker, which would be a tremendous help in getting Clay Matthews back outside.
The players (points):
No. 34: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana (67)
No. 44: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA (57)
No. 77: Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State (24)
No. 96: Blake Martinez, LB, Stanford (5)

17 (tie). Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Score: 153 points (3 players)
The lowdown: The Buccaneers traded back in the first round and still managed to get Hargreaves. That was a massive score. Tampa Bay used a second-round pick on Aguayo, which speaks to what he might be able to bring in the kicking game.
The players (points):
No. 14: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida (87)
No. 66: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky (35)
No. 70: Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State (31)

19 (tie). Atlanta Falcons

Score: 152 points (3 players)
The lowdown: Jones is a high-speed sleeper selection to monitor closely. Coupled with Neal, the Falcons clearly are trying to get faster on defense.
The players (points):
No. 26: Keanu Neal, S, Florida (75)
No. 60: Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford (41)
No. 65: Deion Jones, LB, LSU (36)

19 (tie). Minnesota Vikings

Score: 152 points (3 players)
The lowdown: The Vikings were in desperate need of an alpha receiver, and got one with Treadwell. His presence should help in the development of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
The players (points):
No. 28: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss (73)
No. 38: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson (63)
No. 85: Willie Beavers, OT, Western Michigan (16)

21. San Francisco 49ers

Score: 148 points (3 players)
The lowdown: For the second consecutive year, the 49ers used a first-round selection on a former Oregon defensive lineman. Between Buckner and Arik Armstead, Buckner figures to become the more productive of the two.
The players (points):
No. 6: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon (95)
No. 61: Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford (40)
No. 88: Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State (13)

22. New York Jets

Score: 143 points (3 players)
The lowdown: Under coach Todd Bowles, the Jets already had a good defense (ranking fourth in the league in yards allowed in 2015). Adding Lee and Jenkins to the mix should only make the unit more formidable. The Jets added Hackenberg to an already crowded quarterback situation. Hackenberg will be a project, however, as the former Penn State passer is attempting to revitalize his game.
The players (points):
No. 15: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State (86)
No. 59: Jordan Jenkins, LB, Georgia (42)
No. 86: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State (15)

23. Denver Broncos

Score: 135 points (3 players)
The lowdown: The Broncos were aggressive in trading up to get their future franchise quarterback, and that move could pay massive dividends in the long run. If he can stay healthy, Booker might end up as a steal in the fourth round.
The players (points):
No. 20: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis (81)
No. 53: Devontae Booker, RB, Utah (48)
No. 95: Adam Gotsis, DT, Georgia Tech (6)

24. Arizona Cardinals

Score: 117 points (2 players)
The lowdown: If his first rookie minicamp was any indication, then maybe Nkemdiche can turn into a defensive force for one of the NFC's best teams.
The players (points):
No. 23: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss (78)
No. 62: Evan Boehm, C, Missouri (39)

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