Draft Grades: AFC East

Buffalo Bills: C-
2.) Ronald Darby, CB, Florida St.
3.) John Miller, OG, Louisville
5.) Karlos Williams, RB, Florida St.
6.) Tony Steward, OLB, Clemson
6.) Nick O’ Leary, TE, Florida St.
7.) Dezmin Lewis, WR, Central Arkansas

Bottom Line: The Bills didn’t have a first-round pick this year after trading up to get Sammy Watkins last season. Darby, has blazing speed but a lot of questions when it comes to coverage. If he can develop the coverage traits to keep up with his speed. Miller, addresses the teams lack of beef at guard. He is the road-grader that head coach Rex Ryan loves. He could challenge to start and clear the way for LeSean McCoy. Williams, gives the Bills more depth at running back and receiving skills out of the backfield. Nick O’ Leary is a great player to have as a number two. He does it all with an old school grit that you know Rex Ryan will love. Lewis is a small school stud.

Miami Dolphins: C+
1.) DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
2.) Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
4.) Jamil Douglas, OG, Arizona St.
5.) Bobby McCain, CB, Memphis
5.) Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise St.
5.) Cedric Thompson, S, Minnesota
5.) Tony Lippett, WR, Michigan St.

Bottom Line: The Miami Dolphins made it clear that they were drafting to take care of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, whose fifth-year option was just picked up. Parker and Lippett round out a very impressive rebuilt receiving corps. Douglas provides much needed depth and could fight for a starting spot as a rookie. The fall of Ajayi gave the ‘Phins great value. He will form a nice tandem with Lamar Miller. Bobby McCain, is another solid value pick. He is a bit on the small side but has all the skills to succeed, had 11 picks in the last two season.

New England Patriots: C
1.) Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
2.) Jordan Richards, S, Stanford
3.) Geneo Grissom, DE, Oklahoma
4.) Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas
4.) Tre Jackson, OG, Florida St.
4.) Shaq Mason, C, Georgia Tech
5.) Joe Cardona, LS, Navy
6.) Matthew Wells, OLB, Mississippi St.
6.) AJ Derby, TE, Arkansas
7.) Darryl Roberts, CB, Marshall
7.) Xzavier Dickson, OLB, Alabama

Bottom Line: Trenches. Trenches, trenches, trenches. Belichick, made it a clear area of emphasis on both sides of the ball. With Brown and Flowers falling to them, they got tremendous value. Brown, is an ideal replacement for Vince Wilfork, now in Houston. Jackson and Mason, provide much needed depth along the offensive line. Jackson, played next to Pats center Bryan Stork while at Florida State. That familiarity is key along the offensive line, Jackson could be starting for the Patriots as a rookie. The team seemed to have reached for Richards and Grissom. Grissom, brings the versatility that Belichick loves. Richards, gives the Patriots their sixth safety on the roster.

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New York Jets: B
1.) Leonard Williams, DE, USC
2.) Devin Smith, WR, Ohio St.
3.) Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB, Louisville
4.) Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor
5.) Jarvis Harrison, OG, Texas A&M
7.) Deon Simon, DT, Northwestern St.

Bottom Line: The Jets and head coach Todd Bowles, his first as head coach, did well working the draft and getting value. The best overall player on many boards fell to them in Leonard Williams. While they already have two former first-round draft picks on the roster at his decision it was a best available selection. Smith, in round-two, gives them the burner in the slot they need. Mauldin, gives the Jets the edge rusher they need so badly. Petty, adds another arm to the mix. Harrison, is great value…if he can put it all together. Skills are off the chart but he has never been able to put it all together and prove to be the great player he could be.

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