Friday, April 29, 2011

Round 1 Draft Grades: AFC East

Buffalo Bills (3): Marcell Dareus, DT Alabama Grade: A+
The Bills have been my favorite punching bag over the past few years but today they hit a grand slam by landing the most NFL ready prospect in this year's class. Dareus can tackle, rush the passer, occupy blockers, and shed blockers. Dareus has an unparalleled strength and speed combination when compared to anyone in this year's draft class. With Buffalo moving to a hybrid 4-3, 3-4 combination, Dareus' versatility was a no brainer. Great pick.

Miami Dolphins (15): Mike Pouncey, C/G Florida Grade: B
This is a solid pick, but nothing spectacular. Obviously, the Dolphins still think they can move forward with Chad Henne at the helm, and solidified the interior of the offensive line by picking Pouncey. It will be interesting to see if Miami can upgrade some of the skill positions later in the draft. Mikel Lashoure and Ryan Williams may be available to help out the aging and often injured backfield of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams (neither of whom are a guarantee to return next year). Kyle Rudolph might be available for the Dolphins to pick, which would give them a good duo with Fasano.

New England (17): Nate Solder, OT Colorado Grade: B-
With so many pass rush options on the board, the Patriots went with an OT, which is not a horrible decision, but not the best one. Cameron Jordan was still there as was Muhammed Wilkerson, both of whom already played in 3-4 systems at Cal and Temple respectively. I'm not saying I disagree with Bill Belichek, but I sure am thinking it very loudly.

New York Jets (30): Muhammed Wilkerson, DE/DT Temple Grade: A+
Great pick at a great spot. Played at a 3-4 at Temple and could've used another year, but Rex Ryan will be happy to teach Wilkerson for a year before implementing him as Kris Jenkins' replacement in a year or two.

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