2012 NFL Draft Grades
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Grading Each NFL Team's Draft

5/1/12 in NFL   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

The 2012 NFL draft may be over, but the hard work isn't. Now comes the time to break down how each team did as a whole and how well they fit their needs.

With every bit of the 253 selections in the books, here's a look at how well staff members did at grabbing value for their picks, and drafting quality over quanity.

Please feel free to speak your mind and grade your favorite team's draft below!

Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces Michael Floyd (Notre Dame) as the number thirteen overall pick to the Arizona Cardinals in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
1. Arizona Cardinals

Draft Picks

Round 1: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

Round 2: None

Round 3: Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma

Round 4: Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss

Round 5: Senio Kelemete, OG, Washington

Round 6: Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State and Justin Bethel, CB, Presbyterian

Round 7: Nate Potter, OT, Boise State

Grade: B

Summary


The Cardinals weren't very top-heavy with picks this year after the Kevin Kolb trade, but they made the most of it. Larry Fitzgerald is a fan of Michael Floyd, and those two should be able to build a nice chemistry on the field. Jammell Fleming and Bobby Massie are great value for mid-round selections. I'm hesistant to give Arizona a better grade because it did not address a big need—outside linebacker.


2. Atlanta Falcons

Draft Picks

Round 1: None

Round 2: Peter Konz, C/OG, Wisconsin

Round 3: Lamar Holmes, OT, Southern Miss

Round 4: None

Round 5: Bradie Ewing, FB, Wisconsin and Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, Troy

Round 6: Charles Mitchell, S, Mississippi State

Round 7: Travian Robertson, DT, South Carolina

Grade: B

Summary


Atlanta didn't expect to get a top tier player after losing its first-round selection via Julio Jones trade last year, but it did anyway with Peter Konz, who will likely serve as a guard until told otherwise. The Falcons did a nice job filling depth with their later picks, too.


3. Baltimore Ravens

Draft Picks


Round 1: None

Round 2: Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama and Kelechi Osemele, OT, Iowa State

Round 3: Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple

Round 4: Gino Gradkowski, OG, Delaware and Christian Thompson, S, South Carolina State

Round 5: Asa Jackson, CB, Cal Poly

Round 6: Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami (Fla.)

Round 7: DeAngelo Tyson, DT, Georgia

Grade: C+

Summary


I like what the Ravens did by grabbing an extremely intelligent, athletic football player with Courtney Upshaw. He'll be an immediate contributor as an outside linebacker and likely some special teams. Kelechi Osemele can play inside, which is a big hole on Baltimore's offensive line. Still, it didn't take a future replacement for the aging Ray Lewis, and DeAngelo Tyson isn't going to fill the void at defensive tackle as a starter.


4. Buffalo Bills

Draft PicksApr 27, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix and first round pick cornerback Stephon Gilmore and head coach Chan Gailey hold a jersey during the press conference at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE


Round 1: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

Round 2: Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia

Round 3: T.J. Graham, WR, North Carolina State

Round 4: Nigel Bradham, OLB, Florida State and Ron Brooks, CB, LSU

Round 5: Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State and Tank Carder, OLB, TCU

Round 6: Mark Asper, OG, Oregon

Round 7: John Potter, K, Western Michigan

Grade: B+

Summary


I didn't think corner was Buffalo's biggest need, but it got a great one with Gilmore nonetheless. Cordy Glenn can play guard and tackle, and will be a starter on the Bills' offensive line come Week 1. I'm not sold on the T.J. Graham pick—I think they could have done a little better here in terms of quality with a round 3 selection.


5. Carolina Panthers

Draft Picks

Round 1: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College

Round 2: Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State

Round 3: None

Round 4: Frank Alexander, DE, Oklahoma and WR Joe Adams, Arkansas

Round 5: Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina

Round 6: Brad Nortman, P, Wisconsin

Round 7: D.J. Campbell, S, California

Grade: C+

Summary

Carolina got the best linebacker in the draft when it took Luke Kuechly No. 9 overall. However, other than Silatolu (who is likely a developmental project), all I see are role players and depth.


6. Chicago Bears

Draft Picks

Round 1: Shea McClellin, OLB/DE, Boise State

Round 2: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

Round 3: Brandon Hardin, S, Oregon State

Round 4: Evan Rodriguez, FB/TE, Temple

Round 5: None

Round 6: Isaiah Frey, CB, Nevada

Round 7: Greg McCoy, CB, TCU

Grade: A

Summary


McClellin is the perfect counterpart for Julius Peppers and Jeffery is a huge steal in the second round (just imagine him across the field from Marshall). Rodriguez is a versatile offensive athlete that can line up at either full back, tight end, and even wide receiver. The Bears knocked this draft out of the park.


7. Cincinnati Bengals

Draft Picks

Round 1: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama and Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin

Round 2: Devon Still, DE/DT, Penn State

Round 3: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers and Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson

Round 4: Orson Charles, TE, Georgia

Round 5: Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa and Marvin Jones, WR, Cal and George Iloka, S, Boise State

Round 6: Dan Herron, RB, Ohio State

Round 7: None

Grade: A

Summary


Although they essentially traded down just to miss out on David DeCastro and draft Kevin Zeitler, the Bengals had arguably the best draft out of any other team. Kirkpatrick, Zeitler, Still, Sanu and Thompson will probably all start come Week 1, while the rest will compete for starting position and give depth for the future. Cincinnati has had two straight outstanding draft classes.


8. Cleveland Browns

Draft Picks

Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces running back Trent Richardson (Alabama) as the third overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

Round 1: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama and Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State

Round 2: Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California

Round 3: John Hughes, DT, Cincinnati

Round 4: Travis Benjamin, WR, Miami (Fla.) and James-Michael Johnson, ILB, Nevada

Round 5: Ryan Miller, OG, Colorado

Round 6: Emmanuel Acho, OLB, Texas and Billy Winn, DE, Boise State

Round 7: Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona and Brad Smelley, FB/TE, Alabama

Grade: C+

Summary


I'm in love with the Trent Richardson, Trevin Wade, and Brad Smelley picks. Unfortunately, two of those came in the seventh round, meaning the Browns were careless with their other selections. Brandon Weeden is not a first-round caliber quarterback, Mitchell Schwartz is a huge stretch and John Hughes and Travis Benjamin weren't even on my draft boards. Cleveland did not add to its dismal passing arsenal until the fourth round and that was it.


9. Dallas Cowboys

Draft Picks

Round 1: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

Round 2: None

Round 3: Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise State

Round 4: Kyle Wilber, OLB, Wake Forest and Matt Johnson, S, Eastern Washington

Round 5: Danny Coale, WR, Virginia Tech

Round 6: James Hanna, TE, Oklahoma

Round 7: Caleb McSurdy, ILB, Montana

Grade: B

Summary


For the few picks it had, Dallas did a good job filling needs. It traded up for the best corner in the draft (Claiborne), who will lock that position down for the next 10-plus years and help a secondary that has really struggled as of late.


10. Denver Broncos

Draft Picks

Round 1: None

Round 2: Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati and Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State

Round 3: Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State

Round 4: Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State and Philip Blake, C, Baylor

Round 5: Malik Jackson, DT, Tennessee

Round 6: Danny Trevathan, OLB, Kentucky

Round 7: None

Grade: D

Summary

You could tell that Denver was drafting for need last weekend. But Derek Wolfe over Devon Still and Jerel Worthy, Ronnie Hillman over Lamar Miller, and Brock Osweiler over Kirk Cousins? The Broncos could have done things a lot differently, and I don't think picking Osweiler was a better idea than getting a quality corner.



11. Detroit Lions

Draft Picks

Nov 5, 2011; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners receiver Ryan Broyles (85) runs after a catch while being defended by Texas A&M Aggies free safety Tony Hurd Jr. (4) during the second half at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRERound 1: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

Round 2: Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma

Round 3: Dwight Bentley, CB, La.-Lafayette

Round 4: Ronnell Lewis, DE, Oklahoma

Round 5: Tahir Whitehead, OLB, Temple and Chris Greenwood, CB, Albion

Round 6: Jonte Green, CB, New Mexico State

Round 7: Travis Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma

Grade: B+

Summary


Despite using their first two picks on offense and not defense, the Lions had a really good draft. Bentley and both Lewis' were steals at that point, and Detroit definitely added much-needed depth to its (lack of) secondary. And even if it may be a stretch, Broyles was once considered a first-round wide receiver before he tore his ACL early last season.


12. Green Bay Packers

Draft Picks

Round 1: Nick Perry, DE, USC

Round 2: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State and Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt

Round 3: None

Round 4: Mike Daniels, DT, Iowa and Jerron McMillian, S, Maine

Round 5: Terrell Manning, OLB, North Carolina State

Round 6: None

Round 7: Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State and B.J. Coleman, QB, Chattanooga

Grade: A+

Summary


The Packers had one of the worst defenses in the league last year, if not the worst. So what do they do? Go out and use every draft pick—granted the final one was on a Matt Flynn replacement—on defense. Personally, I think Green Bay had the best draft of all 32 teams. Its defense should be vastly improved next season.


13. Houston Texans

Draft Picks

Round 1: Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois

Round 2: None

Round 3: DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State and Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (OH)

Round 4: Ben Jones, C, Georgia and Keshawn Martin, WR, Michigan State and Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska

Round 5: Randy Bullock, K, Texas A&M

Round 6: Nick Mondek, OT, Purdue

Round 7: None

Grade: B

Summary


Mercilus may have been a one-year wonder for the Fighting Illini and Posey could end up being a strech of epic proportion. Still, they both could end up being great in the NFL, and Jones and Crick are big steals in the fourth round.


14. Indianapolis Colts
Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (left) introduces quarterback Andrew Luck (Stanford) as the first overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE
Draft Picks

Round 1: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

Round 2: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

Round 3: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson and T.Y. Hilton, WR, FIU

Round 4: Josh Chapman, DT, Alabama

Round 5: Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State

Round 6: LaVon Brazill, WR, Ohio

Round 7: Justin Anderson, OT, Georgia and Tim Fugger, DE, Vanderbilt and Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois

Grade: A

Summary


It's hard to argue with anything the Colts did here. They drafted their quarterback of the future, got him some key offensive weapons and helped solidify the defensive line.


15. Jacksonville Jaguars

Draft Picks

Round 1: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

Round 2: Andre Branch, DE, Clemson

Round 3: Bryan Anger, P, Cal

Round 4: None

Round 5: Brandon Marshall, OLB, Nevada

Round 6: Mike Harris, CB, Florida State

Round 7: Jeris Pendleton, DT, Ashland

Grade: D+

Summary


I think Blackmon is a solid pick, but he was my No. 2 receiver behind Michael Floyd and Jacksonville traded up for him. Andre Branch is good value in the second round, but then you see the jaw-dropper: a punter in the third. That's unheard of and the Jags need a good smack on the hand after that decision.


16. Kansas City Chiefs

Draft Picks

Round 1: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

Round 2: Jeff AllenIll, OT, Illinois

Round 3: Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma

Round 4: Devon Wylie, WR, Fresno State

Round 5: DeQuan Menzie, CB, Alabama

Round 6: Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M

Round 7: Jerome Long, DT, San Diego State and Junior Hemingway, WR, Michigan

Grade: B

Summary


Dontari Poe could be the anchor KC needs on its defensive line, or he could be a draft bust. Judging him up to now it's hard to tell; his films aren't impressive, but his combine is. If he can live up to first-round potential, the Chiefs are heading into the right direction.


17. Miami Dolphins

Draft Picks

Round 1: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

Round 2: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

Round 3: Olivier Vernon, DE, Miami (Fla.) and Michael Egnew. TE, Missouri

Round 4: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (Fla.)

Round 5: Josh Kaddu, OLB, Oregon

Round 6: B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan State

Round 7: Kheeston Randall, DT, Texas and Rishard Matthews, WR, Nevada

Grade: B

Summary


I'm never jumped on the Ryan Tannehill bandwagon, so I'm not going to sit here and hype the guy up. The Dolphins took a huge risk taking him No. 8 overall, especially since they hadn't taken a quarterback in the first round since Dan Marino in 1983. However, I'm fond of the Martin and Miller picks; I believe both were great value for where they fell. Still, Miami has a depleted receiver corps and did not take a WR until the sixth round—one that I didn't even have on my board.


18. Minnesota Vikings

Draft Picks
Apr 27, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier (far left) and general manager Rick Spielman (far right) introduce first round draft picks Matt Kalil from Southern California (left) and Harrison Smith (right) from Notre Dame during a news conference at Vikings headquarters. Mandatory Credit:  Greg Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Round 1: Matt Kalil, OT, USC and Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame

Round 2: None

Round 3: Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida

Round 4: Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas and Rhett Ellison, TE, USC and Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas

Round 5: Robert Blanton, S, Notre Dame

Round 6: Blair Walsh, K, Georgia

Round 7: Audie Cole, ILB, North Carolina State and Trevor Guyton, DE, California

Grade: A-

Summary


For a team that is in the rebuilding process, the Vikings did just that in the draft. They got their tackle of the decade to protect Christian Ponder's blindside, help in the secondary with the fastest athlete from the combine (Robinson), a duo of Arkansas receivers and the best kicker from last year's college season. The only problem I had with Minnesota was Harrison Smith in the first round, who I consider a third-round talent.


19. New England Patriots

Draft Picks

Round 1: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse and Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama

Round 2: Tavon Wilson, FS, Illinois

Round 3: Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas

Round 4: None

Round 5: None

Round 6: Nate Ebner, S, Ohio State

Round 7: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska and Jeremy Ebert, WR, Northwestern

Grade: A-

Summary


The Patriots absolutely blew the first round out of the water. They got a class-A pass rusher with Jones and a true leader with Hightower. However, they made some questionable decisions down the road with Nate Ebner—a former rugby player that was a special teams guru at Ohio State—and Alfonzo Dennard—who recently punched a cop—with their final two selections. Granted, New England only had three picks in rounds 4-7.


20. New Orleans Saints

Draft Picks

Round 1: None

Round 2: None

Round 3: Akiem Hicks, DE, Canada

Round 4: Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin

Round 5: Corey White, S, Samford

Round 6: Andrew Tiller, OG, Syracuse

Round 7: Marcel Jones, OT, Nebraska

Grade: B-

Summary


New Orleans didn't do anything flashy with its draft, but it didn't really get the chance. Having on five picks, with the first being in the third round, the Saints did what they could to fill needs and depth. I'm a fan of former Badger receiver Nick Toon, and think he was good profit for round 4.



21. New York Giants
January 3, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA;  Virginia Tech Hokies running back David Wilson (4) carries the ball into the secondary against the Michigan Wolverines during the second quarter in the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE
Draft Picks

Round 1: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

Round 2: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU

Round 3: Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech

Round 4: Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati and Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn

Round 5: None

Round 6: Matt McCants, OT, UAB

Round 7: Markus Kuhn, DT, North Carolina State

Grade: C

Summary


The defending champions of the world could have fared better in Radio City last weekend. With Trent Richardson and Doug Martin off the board at No. 32, I thought the Giants would have opted to get a premier offensive tackle or linebacker. Instead, it took the fifth-best running back on my board. Reubon Randle was the last remaining in the green room for a reason, and Adrien Robinson is a project at best.


22. New York Jets

Draft Picks

Round 1: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

Round 2: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

Round 3: Demario Davis, OLB, Arkansas State

Round 4: None

Round 5: None

Round 6: Josh Bush, S, Wake Forest and Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor and Robert Griffin, OG, Baylor

Round 7: Antonio Allen, S, South Carolina and Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan

Grade: B-

Summary


Selecting Coples over Melvin Ingram was an interesting call for Rex Ryan and co., especially when they could have taken him and focused on other needs, intead of drafting Davis in the third round. Still, it was a solid outing for the Jets overall and I expect them to be somewhat improved come September.


23. Oakland Raiders

Draft Picks

Round 1: None

Round 2: None

Round 3: Tony Bergstrom, OT, Utah

Round 4: Miles Burris, OLB, San Diego State

Round 5: Jack Crawford, DE, Penn State and Juron Criner, WR, Arizona

Round 6: Christo Bilukidl, DT, Georgia State

Round 7: Nathan Stupar, OLB, Penn State

Grade: B+

Summary


Like the Saints, Oakland was limited in terms of draft picks. However, I believe it was more efficient and made the best of what it had. Bergstrom should immediately contend for right tackle, Crawford is a underrated defensive end and Criner could make some noise through the air.


24. Philadelphia Eagles

Draft Picks
Apr 27, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles first round draft pick defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (Mississippi State) poses for photos with former college teammate Eagles linebacker Jamar Chaney (L) after a press conference at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Round 1: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

Round 2: Mychal Kendricks, LB, California and Vinny Curry, DE/OLB, Marshall

Round 3: Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

Round 4: Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia

Round 5: Dennis Kelly, OT, Purdue

Round 6: Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa and Brandon Washington, OG, Miami (Fla.)

Round 7: Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas State

Grade: A+

Summary


There's no questioning what the Eagles did with their draft. They seemingly have already fixed their problem with stopping the run by taking Cox, Kendricks and Curry. Philly took its potential Michael Vick replacement with Nick Foles in the third round, upgraded the secondary with a second-round talent with Boykin, and grabbed a potential starting contender for guard with Washington.


25. Pittsburgh Steelers

Draft Picks

Round 1: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

Round 2: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

Round 3: Sean Spence, ILB, Miami (Fla.)

Round 4: Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington

Round 5: Chris Rainey, RB, Florida

Round 6: None

Round 7: Toney Clemons, WR, Colorado and David Paulson, TE, Oregon and Terrence Frederick, CB, Texas A&M and Kelvin Beachum, OT, SMU

Grade: A+

Summary


Once again, the Steelers proved why they are always in the mix for Super Bowl contention and are now my favorites to win the AFC North. Again.


26. San Diego Chargers

Draft Picks

Round 1: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

Round 2: Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut

Round 3: Brandon Taylor, S, LSU

Round 4: Ladarius Green, TE, La.-Lafayette

Round 5: Johnnie Troutman, OG, Penn State

Round 6: None

Round 7: David Molk, C, Michigan and Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan State

Grade: A

Summary


Ingram, Reyes and Taylor are all big-time playmakers on defense and will significantly increase the Chargers' overall sack numbers. Green is a tall, athletic tight end that complements Antonio Gates well and should replace him upon retirement.


27. San Francisco 49ers

Draft Picks

Round 1: A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois

Round 2: LaMichael James, RB, Oregon

Round 3: None

Round 4: Joe Looney, OG, Wake Forest

Round 5: Darius Fleming, OLB, Notre Dame

Round 6: Trent Robinson, S, Michigan State and Jason Slowey, C, Western Oregon

Round 7: Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia

Grade: C

Summary


It must be nice to not have any major needs heading into the draft. The 49ers didn't really improve their roster, but by no means does it reflect how I think they'll do in 2012—which is another deep playoff run.


28. Seattle Seahawks

Draft Picks

Round 1: Bruce Irvin, DE/OLB, West VirginiaDec 3, 2011; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Russell Wilson (16) prepares to hand off the football during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans at the Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Round 2: Bobby Wagner, ILB, Utah State

Round 3: Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin

Round 4: Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State and Jaye Howard, DT, Florida

Round 5: Korey Toomer, ILB, Idaho

Round 6: Jeremy Lane, CB, Northwestern State and Winston Guy, CB, Kentucky

Round 7: J.R. Sweezy, DE, North Carolina State and Greg Scruggs, DE, Louisville

Grade: F

Summary

My jaw dropped when I saw the Seahawks take Irvin in the first round. And Wager in the second. And Russell Wilson in the third. And, well, I think you get the picture. I'd like to know what Pete Carroll was drinking last weekend, and if he'd recommend it.


29. St. Louis Rams

Draft Picks

Round 1: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

Round 2: Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State and Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama and Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati

Round 3: Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana

Round 4: Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest

Round 5: Rokevious Watkins, OT, South Carolina

Round 6: Greg Zuerlein, K, Missouri Western

Round 7: Aaron Brown, OLB, Hawaii and Daryl Richardson, RB, Abilene Christian

Grade: A

Summary


For as many picks as the Rams had (along with great positioning), it would have been pretty difficult for them to have a bad draft. Jeff Fisher left New York very content in his draft debut with St. Louis, having bolstered his defense while adding weapons for Sam Bradford. The only reason he does not get an "A+" is for the fact that an offensive tackle was not taken until the fifth round, and I thought that was a high priority going in.


30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Draft Picks

Round 1: Mark Barron, S, Alabama and Doug Martin, RB, Boise State

Round 2: Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska

Round 3: None

Round 4: None

Round 5: Najee Goode, ILB, West Virginia

Round 6: Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia

Round 7: Michael Smith, RB, Utah State and Drake Dunsmore, TE, Northwestern

Grade: B+

Summary


Tampa Bay screwed itself out of drafting Morris Claiborne by trading down, but still got nice consolation prizes with Barron and Martin. Lavonte David isn't a half bad pick for value in the second round, either.


31. Tennessee Titans

Draft Picks

Round 1: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

Round 2: Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina

Round 3: Mike Martin, DT, Michigan

Round 4: Coty Sensabaugh, CB, Clemson

Round 5: Taylor Thompson, DE/TE, SMU

Round 6: Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State

Round 7: Scott Solomon, DE, Rice

Grade: B

Summary


Every player drafted by the Titans were heavy contributors to their respective college teams, which means there is no lack of experience involved with this class. Wright, Brown, and Martin are all immediate impact players that should make signficant differences on the field for Tennessee.


32. Washington Redskins

Draft Picks

Round 1: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Round 2: None

Round 3: Josh Leribeus, OG, SMU

Round 4: Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State and Keenan Robinson, OLB, Texas

Round 5: Adam Gettis, OG, Iowa

Round 6: Alfred Morris, RB, Florida Atlantic and Tom Compton, OT, South Dakota

Round 7: Richard Crawford, CB, SMU and Jordan Bernstine, CB, Iowa

Grade: C+

Summary


They may have taken their quarterback of the future, but the Redskins ruined their draft by selecting Kirk Cousins in the fourth round. They don't have a first-round pick again until 2015 (via trade with St. Louis FOR RGIII), and could have added a quality offensive tackle or wide receiver. Instead, Washington has created a controversy and a confusion among the Cousins family. Not a fan of this draft.

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5/4/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

The Steelers have had offensive line issues as long as Big Ben has been a starter.  With the first 2 picks this year, they've rebuilt a group of guys I hope they can keep together for a long time.  That's now 4 out of 5, and considering they've been lucky to have ONE of five since Alan Faneca left town, I'd say mission accomplished!  It also doesn't hurt to draft a linebacker, the team has always been built on that.  Running backs and wide receivers come a dime a dozen in the draft, it never hurts to pick one up.  They addressed their needs and I'm happy with their draft overall.

5/2/12   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

Tyler_Waddell wrote:
You're right, all the blame shouldn't be on Carroll. Schneider deserves half the load, too. Right now, the Seahawks' draft looks awful. Bruce Irvin couldn't do anything but get to the QB (a required trait in the NFL, yes) and was a third- to fourth-rounder on most boards. Also, I think selecting a quarterback was absurd after signing Matt Flynn to a "starter" contract, especially when a quality player to fit needs could have been done.

Draft grades are premature and usually completely inaccurate, but it also sparks controversy and a lot of reads!

I agree with Irvin being a reach at 15, but most boards I saw had him as a high to mid 2nd round pick and really if the guy can come in and get 12 sacks this year (a la Aldon Smith) it will end up being a great pick.  A legit pass rush with Seattle's secondary will be scary for ANY team!!

Wagner is a beast and was undervalued as a 3rd round pick.  You can make an argument for him being the 2nd best ILB available in the entire draft.

I like Russel Wilson a lot more than most people for whatever reason.  He mastered 2 completely different offenses in college, that shows the dude is pretty smart whereas Oswieler struggled to master a simple QB friendly offense at ASU.  Plus Wilson has a ton of athletisism to go with a strong arm.  I think that he'll be looked at as the steal of this draft in a few years.  As for picking a QB that high, Flynn has potential but really hasn't been tested.  Tavaris Jackson is terrible, he was the worst starting QB in the NFL last year IMO, and if Josh Portis was any good he'd have gotten some playing time last season.

I do think they should have gone another way in the 1st round, but I have to agree with Jess and trust that Pete knows what he's doing, he's done really well in the draft so far.

5/1/12   |   Jess   |   34827 respect

Tyler_Waddell wrote:
You're right, all the blame shouldn't be on Carroll. Schneider deserves half the load, too. Right now, the Seahawks' draft looks awful. Bruce Irvin couldn't do anything but get to the QB (a required trait in the NFL, yes) and was a third- to fourth-rounder on most boards. Also, I think selecting a quarterback was absurd after signing Matt Flynn to a "starter" contract, especially when a quality player to fit needs could have been done.

Draft grades are premature and usually completely inaccurate, but it also sparks controversy and a lot of reads!

Oh just to clarify - it seems to be a web-wide epidemic blaming Carroll and crediting Schneider...it wasn't something I was calling you out on laugh

As for Irvin, I think that that was ALL they were looking for - someone who could get to the quarterback to play opposite Clemons. And yea I have no idea what they were doing with Wilson; either Portis hasn't improved as much as Carroll claims, or Jackson isn't as trusted by them as Carroll tries to convince us. Pete's all about "competition", and he's saying that drafting a QB creates just that at that position, but doesn't having 2 so-called "starters" under contract cover that? Whatever. They baffle me but they usually end up making sense in the long run.

And I definitely agree with you re: draft grades! I just can't agree or disagree just yet with my team's grade anywhere I see it.

5/1/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Jess wrote:
I think that mainly what PCJS (it's funny that Pete gets the blame when it's bad but Schneider gets the credit when it's good) is thinking is that while they had some holes in the O-line and DB, which they filled, they've got a VERY young team as-is and this draft was more for depth than anything else. They know they're in a rebuild phase and they're in no hurry to overpay what could very easily be a bust. I shake my head sometimes and wonder wtf, but if PCJS have shown me anything over the past 2 years, it's that they obviously are on the right track, they know what they're doing, and to have faith. 

I personally think draft grades at this stage are premature. We have no idea how a team drafted because we don't know what those picks are going to do, and every year we're surprised. Sometimes bad, sometimes good, but it happens all the time. I like to reserve my draft grading for mid-season at the earliest.

You're right, all the blame shouldn't be on Carroll. Schneider deserves half the load, too. Right now, the Seahawks' draft looks awful. Bruce Irvin couldn't do anything but get to the QB (a required trait in the NFL, yes) and was a third- to fourth-rounder on most boards. Also, I think selecting a quarterback was absurd after signing Matt Flynn to a "starter" contract, especially when a quality player to fit needs could have been done.

Draft grades are premature and usually completely inaccurate, but it also sparks controversy and a lot of reads!

5/1/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Dan_B wrote:
A few thoughts:
--I'm happy to see the Chiefs get a B. A lot of people knocked the Poe pick, but they NEED a presence at nose tackle to free up Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali to make plays. And if anyone can coach Poe up it is Romeo Crennel.
--As I've said before, I don't like the Trent Richardson pick. No. 3 is just too high to take a running back.
--With all the holes the Jaguars have, how on earth do they take a PUNTER in the 3rd round. I guess with the state of their offense, they plan on punting a lot...

I'm one of those few guys that think the Chiefs are a playoff team this year. Pending on Poe's performance, they could be a dangerous team moving forward.

It may be a high pick for a running back, but Richardson does everything you want/need a RB to do at the next level: run with power, run with speed, run with agility, awareness and field vision ... he's a factor through the air (HUGE for the way the NFL is transitioning) and he's an elite blocker. Most RBs only possess a few of these traits, and he has all of them--that's why he was drafted No. 3.

I don't see the Jags averaging more than 14 points per game this year. Not as bad as last year's Rams, but pretty freakin' close.

5/1/12   |   Jess   |   34827 respect

Dan_B wrote:
But draft grades are FUN. It's the same reason people enjoy mock drafts, etc. 

True, I suppose it's all in the spirit of prediction. We shall see! cheeky

5/1/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Jess wrote:
I think that mainly what PCJS (it's funny that Pete gets the blame when it's bad but Schneider gets the credit when it's good) is thinking is that while they had some holes in the O-line and DB, which they filled, they've got a VERY young team as-is and this draft was more for depth than anything else. They know they're in a rebuild phase and they're in no hurry to overpay what could very easily be a bust. I shake my head sometimes and wonder wtf, but if PCJS have shown me anything over the past 2 years, it's that they obviously are on the right track, they know what they're doing, and to have faith. 

I personally think draft grades at this stage are premature. We have no idea how a team drafted because we don't know what those picks are going to do, and every year we're surprised. Sometimes bad, sometimes good, but it happens all the time. I like to reserve my draft grading for mid-season at the earliest.

But draft grades are FUN. It's the same reason people enjoy mock drafts, etc. 

5/1/12   |   Jess   |   34827 respect

I think that mainly what PCJS (it's funny that Pete gets the blame when it's bad but Schneider gets the credit when it's good) is thinking is that while they had some holes in the O-line and DB, which they filled, they've got a VERY young team as-is and this draft was more for depth than anything else. They know they're in a rebuild phase and they're in no hurry to overpay what could very easily be a bust. I shake my head sometimes and wonder wtf, but if PCJS have shown me anything over the past 2 years, it's that they obviously are on the right track, they know what they're doing, and to have faith. 

I personally think draft grades at this stage are premature. We have no idea how a team drafted because we don't know what those picks are going to do, and every year we're surprised. Sometimes bad, sometimes good, but it happens all the time. I like to reserve my draft grading for mid-season at the earliest.

5/1/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

A few thoughts:
--I'm happy to see the Chiefs get a B. A lot of people knocked the Poe pick, but they NEED a presence at nose tackle to free up Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali to make plays. And if anyone can coach Poe up it is Romeo Crennel.
--As I've said before, I don't like the Trent Richardson pick. No. 3 is just too high to take a running back.
--With all the holes the Jaguars have, how on earth do they take a PUNTER in the 3rd round. I guess with the state of their offense, they plan on punting a lot...