By Kevin Gordy | @Kev_Gordy
2016: Taylor Decker, OL Lions
Decker was drafted into a team that had just a horrendous offensive line in Detroit. The team allowed 37 sacks in 2016, down from 44 in 2015. Part of this attributes to Decker playing left tackle and Riley Rieff moving over to right tackle. Decker made the PFWA All-Rookie Team and looks to be a solid contributor on that line for many years to come.
2015: Kevin Johnson, CB Texans
Johnson was a Ravens' fan favorite coming out of Wake Forest and for good reason. He is a silky smooth corner that pairs nicely across from Jonathan Joseph in Houston. He has 79 total tackles, 12 pass deflections and one interception so far in his career. Injuries have held back Johnson from blossoming but there is no doubt that he has a high skill ceiling.
2014: Zach Martin, OL Cowboys
A lot of people, including myself, laughed at the Cowboys for drafting Zach Martin over C.J. Mosley. Martin has proved myself and plenty others wrong as he is now the anchor in what is the best offensive line in football. He has been to the Pro Bowl three times, every year in his career, and has been named to the first team in two of those selections. Martin has yet to miss a game and is easily a top five offensive lineman in the NFL.
2013: EJ Manuel, QB Bills
Manuel was the first quarterback drafted in a very poor overall 2013 class. The Bills toyed around with the idea of him as their starter, but instead went forward with former Raven, Tyrod Taylor. Both of these Buffalo quarterbacks seem to have overstayed their welcome and are probably going to be on different teams very soon. Manuel seems destined to be a backup QB with 319 completions for 3,502 passing yards and 19 touchdowns to 15 interceptions so far in his career.
2012: Quinton Coples, LB Rams
Coples has struggled to find traction with any team since being drafted by the Jets. He came into the league as an outside linebacker, but was forced to transition to defensive end in an attempt to reignite his game. Coples has 16.5 sacks, 113 tackles and two forced fumbles as of 2015.
2011: Ryan Kerrigan, LB Redskins
Kerrigan has been tremendous for the Redskins in his career so far. He has tallied 322 total tackles, 58.5 sacks and 19 forced fumbles. Washington felt so confident in his ability to be their number one pass rusher, that they let Brian Orakpo walk a few years back. Kerrigan has been to two Pro Bowls and is probably the second best player in this group, only behind Martin.
As you can see, Baltimore has a lot to look forward to in this years draft. Picking sixteenth, right in the middle of the rounds, is a great place to be. It puts the team in a tremendous position to nab any players that fall unexpectedly, or trade up for a top end talent. Over the last six years, four impact starters have been drafted at the sixteenth pick. Two in which have been to multiple Pro Bowls. Baltimore will be hoping to pull some talent on the level of Kerrigan or Martin when they're on the clock this April.