Real-time recap: Buzz’s take on 2016 NFL Draft picks’ cardboard potential


Jared Goff is your No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and Panini America has revealed his first football card online to be found on its Gridiron digital card app soon.

Buzz will add all players drafted to this thread as the first round goes on just so you can see them all in one spot on samples of their real cardboard already available.

Buzz also will offer his take on the player’s place, too, in a real-time recap.

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1. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams 
The new-location team picks a home-state player, giving locals someone to root for. Hard Knocks won’t just be a TV show about this team this year — but at least Goff will be a guy to buy besides Todd Gurley.


2. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles The North Dakota State great goes to Philly where there’s a mess of quarterbacks — and other messes, too. Buzz isn’t sold at all on this player. Let’s hope he can avoid the Philly Cheese Stake in his back as a rookie.


3. Joey Bosa, San Diego Chargers The Ohio State defensive end went as a surprise — which might help his draft stock on a team that’s not that exciting.

4. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys 
Jerry Jones takes the RB the Cowboys have needed for some time, giving Ohio State back-to-back picks. Elliott will be a high-profile back on cardboard here — perhaps even more so if the Cowboys’ woes continue everywhere else on offense and he delivers something as a rookie. (If you’re wondering, this is what 2016 Donruss will look like.)

panini-america-2016-nfl-draft-jalen-ramsey5. Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville Jaguars The Jags take a Florida State star on defense, meaning he’ll have his fair share of home-state fans — but none of the other collectors will care that much. (It’s the Jags and it’s defense.)

stanley6. Ronnie Stanley, Baltimore Ravens An offensive lineman (negative) from Notre Dame (positive) equals potential star on the field but not much on cards. Enjoy him while you can this season if you want to. Odds are, you won’t see him on cardboard much after this year — even if he’s a future Hall of Famer.

Buckner7. DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers A defensive tackle for the Oregon Ducks becomes a 49er. Will he matter much on cards? Maybe, but there are easier options to collect before and inevitably after him on this list.

Conklin8. Jack Conklin, Tennessee Titans (from Browns via Eagles via Dolphins) The Titans traded up from 15th to make this pick and protect quarterback Marcus Mariota. See No. 6 for how this will play out on cards. The Browns added an extra pick later as part of the deal.

Floyd9. Leonard Floyd, Chicago Bears The Bears traded up from 12th to nab this guy, giving up a fourth-round pick in the process. This LB from Georgia should get some attention on cards because we all know Bears fans love their linebackers.

Apple10. Eli Apple, New York Giants The third Ohio State player drafted goes to The Big Apple where he could get some added attention. Why? He could cook something up on defense. (Take that, anonymous scout!)

s-l160011. Vernon Hargreaves, Tampa Bay Buccaneers A Florida Gators DB going to Tampa is probably a plus on cardboard. If things click for the team and he plays well, he’ll be targeted by collectors.

s-l1600-212. Sheldon Rankins, New Orleans Saints A defensive star from Louisville heads to a team known for a porous defense. Maybe he’ll help out. Maybe he’ll be sought-after on cards. Maybe.

s-l1600-313. Laremy Tunsil, Miami Dolphins A video of him smoking a bong in a gas mask was tweeted from his account just before the draft, sparking a big draft-day tumble. Now he’ll be under the spotlight of many. Perhaps this will lead to some people collecting him?

s-l160014. Karl Joseph, Oakland Raiders The West Virginia safety might have some fans this season while he has cardboard — thanks to the fan base of the Silver & Black — but like other defensive players you probably won’t find cardboard of him after this season.

s-l1600-215. Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns The Browns opted to slide down for more picks and took a Baylor receiver — the first WR taken in the draft. Buzz doesn’t hate this pick — as long as there’s a reliable QB to get him the ball.

s-l1600-416. Taylor Decker, Detroit Lions Yet another Ohio State Buckeye gets the call, this time an offensive tackle. Let’s be frank — there’s not much to see here for cardboard for this guy on this team. Those buying will probably be Buckeyes fans.

105579517. Keanu Neal, Atlanta Falcons It’s fate. Buzz wanted to make the Keanu joke and can — because the guy the Falcons drafted doesn’t yet have any football cards. Meow.

s-l1600-518. Ryan Kelly, Indianapolis Colts The national champs’ first player drafted isn’t the most-collectable as a center/offensive lineman but he’s going to be around. Where you apparently won’t find him yet is on any Panini America cardboard. (There’s nothing to be found on eBay.)

s-l160019. Shaq Lawson, Buffalo Bills Clemson was the runner-up in the college title game and this guy was one of the biggest reasons why the Tigers got there. The Bills have had their share of defensive stars but none have really broken out on cardboard. Could this guy do it? We’ll see.

s-l1600-220. Darron Lee, New York Jets The fifth Ohio State Buckeye drafted didn’t address the team’s questions at QB but a mobile linebacker won’t hurt the team’s chances at making it further than it did this season. Helping his cards will be demand of his college fans vs. demand from a big-market team — at least early on.

2016-Score-football-rookie-card-7421. Will Fuller, Houston Texans The team traded up one spot to take this WR from Notre Dame, who had 30 receiving TDs — second-best in school history. With a new QB, there needed to be some new toys. This could be a player to watch — especially with his college fan base — if he performs well.

s-l1600-322. Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins The TCU WR is a new weapon for Kirk Cousins. (You like that?) Collectors might like that.

2016-Score-football-rookie-card-7923. LaQuon Treadwell, Minnesota Vikings This Ole Miss receiver had been projected as the best WR in the draft but watched others get taken before him. Teddy Bridgewater could have a new, shiny weapon here — and if he does collectors will notice. This is a win for him. Added bonus? His Draft Day cap was worn by his 3-year-old daughter on stage, too, and it’s likely headed into a Panini America memorabilia card. (Will she be seen on the card?)

s-l1600-424. William Jackson III, Cincinnati Bengals This Houston DB may not light up the collectible statistics, but the team has other players who have plenty of hobby following. Key for them all? Winning.

s-l1600-625. Artie Burns, Pittsburgh Steelers A Miami DB heads to a team known for its defense. Not a bad thing.

2016-panini-prestige-Paxton-Lynch26. Paxton Lynch, Denver Broncos They traded up to make this move and address their biggest need this off-season. He had impressive stats for the Memphis Tigers in his career and should have time to develop.

s-l160027. Kenny Clark, Green Bay Packers A UCLA defensive tackle joins a team rich in collecting history on both sides of the ball. If he plays well, he’ll be collected. Simple as that.

s-l1600-228. Joshua Garnett, San Francisco 49ers San Fran traded back into the first round for this one to take this Stanford guard — a good player who won’t be seen on much cardboard past this season. (Nothing against him — that’s just what happens with offensive linemen.) Right now, he’s only found on Leaf and SAGE cardboard.

29. New England Patriots (forfeited pick)

s-l160029. Robert Nkemdiche, Arizona Cardinals Another Ole Miss defensive standout will help make the Cardinals even better. If he’s impactful as a rookie, he’ll be collected with this team.

s-l1600-330. Vernon Butler, Carolina Panthers The Super Bowl losers added a DT from Louisiana Tech to help bolster a defense that was among the dominators this past season. Being in that group won’t hurt this guy’s cardboard potential.

s-l1600-431. Germain Ifedi, Seattle Seahawks Seattle traded down with the Broncos to pick up a pick later in this draft. With this pick, they get an offensive lineman who has plenty of playing experience for the Aggies but not a guy who’ll light things up on cardboard.

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