By Billy Clemmons
We all know that giving draft grades on players that haven’t even played a down of football in the NFL is meaningless but we do it anyway for fun so here it goes.
New England Patriots: The Patriots only had four picks in this year’s draft trading away the first and second round picks for Brandon Cooks and Kony Ealy. New England didn’t have many holes to fill and had to wait until the 83rd overall pick pick to make their first selection. The Patriots took Youngstown State edge rusher Derek Rivers. He certainly was a productive player, recording 41 sacks over his collegiate career. They then drafted left tackle Antonio Garcia along with Deatrich Wise Jr. and Conor McDermott. While none of these players are what you call stand out, they can be perfect fits for what Bill Belichick does and it’s what the Patriots as a whole do so well, turn no names into big names and who are we to question the reigning Superbowl champs?
Buffalo Bills: The Buffalo Bills fire their GM Doug Whaley just a day after the draft which goes to show they’re not sure about the direction this team is going.
The Bills traded down from 10 to 27 in Round 1, getting the No. 91st overall pick and a 2018 first round pick. They selected talented CB Tre’Davious White at 27, then used the No. 91 as part of a trade up for WR Zay Jones. The former is an outstanding coverage corner but not to the level of Marshon Lattimore, who was available at 10, but a starting caliber player. Jones essentially replaces Robert Woods, and he could be a good one.
Day 3 picks of note beyond that: G/T Dion Dawkins, who will have a chance to win a job in camp; and QB Nathan Peterman, who slid into Round 5 but could be groomed as a possible Tyrod Taylor replacement down the line. Matt Milano at No. 163 could be a steal so keep an eye out. Over all I think they had a decent draft but the firing of the GM might be cause for concern.
Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins seem to be the closest competition the Patriots have in that division. While Miami’s defense has been good at times, it can be better with more help from the offense. They chose to still load up on defense however. They selected Missouri DE Charles Harris NO. 22 overall, Ohio State LB Raekwon McMillen in round 2 and Clemson DB Cordrea Tankersley in round 3 to to name a few. It was mostly a defensive draft, witch is surprising with a offensive minded coach in Adam Gase. I still think they lack the fire power needed to compete for the division but that defense should be fun to watch.
New York Jets: Can Todd Bowles turn the corner with this franchise? I mean it’s a difficult situation at the quarterback position to come into. With the 6th overall pick the Jets selected LSU S Jamal Adams. They selected in the second round select another safety in the second round, Florida S Marcus Maye. I question the roster building logic behind taking two safeties in the first two rounds when there were other talented prospects in other areas of need. The Jets tried to trade up more than once on Day 2 of the draft. They made calls to inch up in the second round without any luck before taking Maye. Washington DB Kevin King would have been a logical target. I’m not even going any further from here my mind is made up, they have too many holes to fill to be loading up on one position.