Buffalo Bills: B
The final grade for the Bills will ultimately be determined by the play and adjustment to the NFL for E.J. Manuel (QB). The Bills added needed depth at WR with Robert Woods (WR-USC), Marquise Goodwin (WR-Texas), and UDFA Da’Rick Rodgers (WR-TennTech). Kiko Alonso (LB-Oregon) is an interesting prospect at linebacker playing in the quick Oregon defense and has solid coverage skills, which will come in handy when playing Gronk and Hernandez. The best value may have been Dustin Hopkins (K-FSU) who was the best kicker in the draft and should unseat longtime pk Ryan Lindell.
Best Pick – Robert Woods / Most Questionable – E.J. Manuel (I like the pick, but the value where they took him was iffy.) / Sleeper Pick – Dustin Hopkins
New York Jets: B-
The Jets certainly made a splash in the draft. First, they traded their all-world CB Revis to acquire additional picks. They used the pick on Sheldon Richardson (DT-Mizzou) who despite the talent, I question the fit in New York. They have a ton of needs on this roster and DT was actually not one of them. The first pick was Dee Milliner (CB-Alabama), who the Jets can pair with incumbent DBs Kyle Wilson and Antonio Cromartie. The biggest story was the drafting of Geno Smith (QB-WVU) in the second round. He has much more upside than any other QB on the roster, but I question his maturity after seeing he threw a bit of a fit at the draft and then fired his agent. Brian Winters (G – Kent State) is a sleeper pick I love after watching him in offseason events. Although, the best move the Jets made was after the draft when they released a dead weight quarterback (Tebow).
Best Pick – Dee Milliner / Most Questionable – Sheldon Richardson (Good talent, but other needs could have been addressed.) / Sleeper Pick – Brian Winters
Miami Dolphins: C+
The Dolphins seemed to have a plan to target Dion Jordan and they moved up to get him. I think he was the best pass rusher in the draft and fits well with the Dolphins system. Jelani Jenkins (LB – Florida), Dion Sims (TE – Mich State), and Caleb Sturgis (K – Florida) could all be contributors next season. Jamar Taylor (CB) was a decent pick and helps replace Vontae Davis who was traded last season to the Colts. Dallas Thomas is a good guard, but the Dolphins still have a big hole left by the departed Jake Long at tackle. This was not addressed in the draft.
Best Pick – Dion Jordan / Most Questionable – Jamar Taylor / Sleeper Pick – Jelani Jenkins
New England Patriots: C-
The Pats have done well in drafts past, but I question whether their magic is gone as of late. Sometimes I think they are just trying to outsmart everyone by taking guys a little off the radar. The only ones they may be outsmarting is themselves. I do like the prospects of both wideouts selected Aaron Dobson (Marshall) and Josh Boyce (TCU). I think both can be serviceable at the next level and do fit the offense. Additionally, Logan Ryan is a solid corner coming to a team that needs help in coverage. Despite this, they continually traded out of spots in a relatively deep draft. The Brady/Belichick era’s window is closing fast, this draft could have added talent to get them one last ring. I’m not sure Jamie Collins (LB – SoMiss) and Duron Harmon (S – Rutgers) are the difference makers needed.
Best Pick – Logan Ryan / Most Questionable – Jamie Collins / Sleeper Pick – Josh Boyce