NFL Draft 2016: Every defensive back, team by team

Eli Apple

Eli Apple

More than 50 defensive backs were selected in this year’s NFL Draft — 52 to be exact, if you include Washington-bound linebacker/safety hybrid and second-round pick Su’a Cravens. That figure is up from 46 the previous year.

Seven DBs were taken in this year’s first round; up from five a year ago. And while the first DB drafted last year wasn’t called until the 11th overall pick (Vikings CB Trae Waynes), three DBs went in the top-11 this year: No. 5 Jalen Ramsey to the Jaguars, No. 10 Eli Apple to the Giants, and No. 11 Vernon Hargreaves III to the Buccaneers.

With each (no pun intended) passing year, it would appear defensive backs are becoming more valuable in the NFL. Just look at the salaries that the league’s best veteran DBs command in free agency, and look at how many rookies DBs are popping up on the draft tracker.

Twenty-eight of the league’s 32 teams used at least one 2016 draft pick on a defensive back. Six teams drafted three DBs, including three of last season’s playoff teams. Here’s a look at which DBs were drafted by which teams:

Arizona Cardinals
(3) 92. Brandon Williams, CB, Texas A&M
(5) 167. Marqui Christian, S, Midwestern State
(6) 205. Harlan Miller, CB, Southeastern Louisiana

Atlanta Falcons
(1) 17. Keanu Neal, S, Florida

Baltimore Ravens
(4) 104. Tavon Young, CB, Temple
(6) 209. Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia

Buffalo Bills
(6) 218. Kevon Seymour, CB, USC

Carolina Panthers
(2) 62. James Bradberry, CB, Samford
(3) 77. Daryl Worley, CB, West Virginia
(5) 141. Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma

Chicago Bears
(4) 124. Deon Bush, S, Miami (FL)
(4) 127. Deiondre’ Hall, CB, Northern Iowa
(6) 185. DeAndre Houston-Carson, S, William & Mary

Cincinnati Bengals
(1) 24. William Jackson III, CB, Houston
(7) 245. Clayton Fejedelem, S, Illinois

Cleveland Browns
(4) 129. Derrick Kindred, S, TCU
(5) 173. Trey Caldwell, CB, Louisiana-Monroe

Dallas Cowboys
(6) 189. Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue
(6) 212. Kavon Frazier, S, Central Michigan

Denver Broncos
(3) 98. Justin Simmons, S, Boston College
(6) 219. Will Parks, S, Arizona

Detroit Lions
(4) 111. Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah

Houston Texans
(5) 159. K.J. Dillon, S, West Virginia

Indianapolis Colts
(2) 57. T.J. Green, S/CB, Clemson

Jacksonville Jaguars
(1) 5. Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State

Kansas City Chiefs
(3) 74. KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame
(4) 106. Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota
(6) 178. D.J. White, CB, Georgia Tech

Miami Dolphins
(2) 38. Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
(6) 204. Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State

Minnesota Vikings
(2) 54. Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
(7) 244. Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson

New England Patriots
(2) 60. Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama

New Orleans Saints
(2) 61. Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State

New York Giants
(1) 10. Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
(3) 71. Darian Thompson, S, Boise State

New York Jets
(4) 118. Juston Burris, CB, North Carolina State

Oakland Raiders
(1) 14. Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia

Philadelphia Eagles
(6) 196. Blake Countess, S, Auburn
(7) 233. Jalen Mills, S, LSU

Pittsburgh Steelers
(1) 25. Artie Burns, CB, Miami (Fla.)
(2) 58. Sean Davis, S/CB, Maryland

San Francisco 49ers
(3) 68. Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
(4) 133. Rashard Robinson, CB, LSU
(7) 249. Prince Charles Iworah, CB, Western Kentucky

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(1) 11. Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
(4) 108. Ryan Smith, CB, North Carolina Central

Tennessee Titans
(3) 64. Kevin Byard, S, Middle Tennessee State
(5) 157. LeShaun Sims, CB, Southern Utah
(7) 253. Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Miss

(2) 53. Su’a Cravens, LB/S, USC
(3) 84. Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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