After months of speculation, lets take a look at how the AFC East teams drafted. (In alphabetical order)
Buffalo Bills – ( A- )
Bills grabbed a great corner in round 1 in Stephon Gilmore. He’s versatile and a great tackler. Good character guy also. Boosts a defense with tons of potential. Cordy Glenn went in round two. An o-lineman with round 1 talent. Round 3 the Bills took a speedster in WR T.J. Graham. Hey wont be running a full route tree. But his speed could make for some big plays. In round 4 the Bills took Nigel Bradham. All he did was lead FSU in tackles the last 3 seasons. Great depth and value. The second pick in round 4 was spent on DB Ron Brooks. Brooks should be a quality back up. In round 5 OT Zebrie Sanders was drafted. He should be the teams swing tackle. Tank Carder from TCU should be a special teams and depth pick. I liked this draft for the Bills and ity will help them moving forward to a playoff chase in 2012.
Miami Dolphins – ( C- )
I’m not a big fan of the Miami draft. Tannehill will take time to develop, if at all. Not good for the 8th pick overall. Jonathon Martin is a soft player who is a right tackle at best. Round 3 The Dolphins grabbed a player with some character issues in Defensive end Oliver Vernon. His on field production is less than impressive. Tight end Michael Egnew is a player who had a down year in 2012 and was taken ahead of more deserving tight ends. Lamar Miller is a young RB with potential. Miller doesn’t do the dirty work or run up the gut. Good depth pick in a league where third and fourth string RB’s can end up starting. The rest of the draft was spent on fringe guys who may not make an impact.
New England Patriots – ( B )
It took me some time for this draft to sink in. The Patriots Traded up for a change to grab two defensive players. Chandler Jones from Syracuse is more of a wait and see pick. He has the size the Patriots love. Jones needs to develop some pass rushing moves and get stronger to contribute. All things that can be worked on in time. It would be a huge bonus if Jones could contribute 15-20 snaps a game in the pass rushing department. Donta Hightower is an NFL ready linebacker. He is a leader and comes from a top program. Makes the immediate impact. Round 2 the Patriots chose Tavon Wilson from Illinois. A real reach, who plays multiple positions in the backfield. He comes with underwhelming on field play. A bad pick. In round 3 New England grabbed a solid player in Jake Bequette from Arkansas. High motor player who should step into a rotation this season. In the sixth round the Patriots went with another unknown in Nate Ebner. A safety from Ohioo state. He looks like more of a special teams fit if he makes the roster. The Patriots ended up taking Alfonso Dennard from Nebraska. A solid corner with some baggage. He hit a police officer a week before the draft. As a seventh round pick he is expendable if he gets in trouble again. Dennard will be a very good slot corner. But his fiesty play may frusterate some players and take them out of their game. The last pick was Jeremy Ebert, a WR from Northwestern. Ebert has decent size for a slot receiver. An over the middle type guy. Will have to contribute on special teams to make the roster.
New York Jets – ( B )
The Jets helped themselves fill some holes in the draft. In round one they made an interesting selection in Quinton Coples. He looks like a good fit with a 4-3 defense. Rex Ryan will make him fit. Great at defensive tackle and should be in there on passing downs. Round two the Jets grabbed 6’5” receiver Stephen Hill. Hill is raw but can make an impact as a deep threat day one. Round 3 New York added an inside linebacker in Demario Davis. Filling a big time hole on the roster. The Jets had three 6th round picks. Terrance Ganaway a big back from Baylor adds depth. Teammate Robert T. Griffin could end up starting at right tackle this season. The seventh round picks could make the roster. Antonio Allen could end up playing a lot this season at safety. Their other pick was wide receiver from Western Michigan Jordan White. He had an excellent career. Adds depth and could make some plays off the bench.