2011 NFL Draft Grades: Report Cards for All 32 NFL Teams Entire Drafts

Brian ShannonCorrespondent IApril 30, 2011

2011 NFL Draft Grades: Report Cards for All 32 NFL Teams Entire Drafts

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    The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft came and went relatively quickly but not before plenty of surprises took place.

    Four quarterbacks went in the first 12 picks, but the first running back didn't go until the 28th pick.

    The Atlanta Falcons made a draft-night trade reminiscent of the trade that brought Ricky Williams to New Orleans, but this time receiver Julio Jones was the player selected.

    There were many trades made in the first round and the Ravens even decided not to pick...for a little while, apparently feeling bad for the Chiefs for last season's playoff beating.

    The Patriots surprised everyone with their selection of Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, but they surprised no one by picking up yet another first-round pick next season from the Saints.

    There was plenty of talent going on day two and some potential steals on day three.

    Here is a look at every team's grade for the 2011 NFL Draft.

Carolina Panthers

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    I believe the Panthers made a big mistake by making quarterback Cam Newton the first player selected in this year's draft.

    Carolina could have gone in many other directions such as wide receiver A.J. Green or defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. Both of those players are near locks to be successful in the NFL, while Newton is by no means a safe bet.

    Carolina already has last year's second-round selection Jimmy Clausen at quarterback, and they could have given him another shot as the starter and taken Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck next season since there is a very real possibility that they will be picking No. 1 again in 2012.

    Instead they may still start Clausen and give Newton another year to develop, something that he needs as he attempted just 280 passes at Auburn.

    The Panthers needed to upgrade their defensive tackle position in this draft, which is why Dareus would have been a great choice. Instead they picked up two players at the position in the third round.

    Defensive tackles Terrell McClain and Sione Fua should be solid players and immediate contributors for the Panthers next season.

    Carolina also made a couple of reaches in the fourth and fifth rounds with their selections of West Virginia corner Brandon Hogan and Hawaii receiver Kealoha Pilares.

    Grade: D+

Denver Broncos

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    The Denver Broncos had a lot of holes to fill in this draft, and while their biggest weakness last season was their run defense, they had to get as many potential starters in this draft as possible.

    They appear to have done just that, particularly with their first selection, Texas A&M outside linebacker Von Miller. Miller should be a terror for opposing offenses with his ability to get to the quarterback, and when paired with current Denver star Elvis Dumervil the Broncos have a very good tandem going forward.

    Denver still needs a defensive tackle to help out against the run and while Dareus would have made a lot of sense, they still got a very good player in Miller, so it's tough to fault them there.

    Brian Dawkins is getting up there in years so the Broncos had to address the safety position and they did so in a big way, picking up the best safety in this draft, UCLA's Rahim Moore. Denver also made another good move with their selection of Oklahoma safety Quinton Carter in the fourth round, giving them two of the top three safeties on most team's draft boards.

    Orlando Franklin was a solid pick in the second round because he is a versatile offensive lineman and he should be an instant upgrade for the Broncos offensive line.

    NC State inside linebacker Nate Irving should also have a chance to play early in his career after going in the third round and Portland State tight end Julius Thomas could be a steal if he develops into the athletic playmaker that some people believe he could be.

    Grade: A-

Buffalo Bills

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    The Bills were in a similar situation as the Broncos in that they needed to upgrade their run defense, and they definitely did that with the selection of Dareus with their first pick.

    Buffalo also got very good value with many of their other picks, including Texas corner Aaron Williams, who they selected in the second round. Williams was a potential first-round pick and they also picked up another potential starter on defense in the third round with LSU inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.

    Sheppard should provide insurance for the Buffalo defense and if Paul Posluszny does not return in free agency then he could step in and start.

    Buffalo picked up a potential starter at left tackle in the fourth round with their selection of Clemson's Chris Hairston.

    Hairston played left tackle for the Tigers and he should get a look there for the Bills.

    I really like the pick of North Carolina running back in the fifth round as he should be a tough runner to complement C.J. Spiller, and he can be effective in third down situations with his pass-catching ability.

    The Bills had many holes to fill in this draft and they did a quality job, which is why I'm OK with them not going after a new starting quarterback this year.

    Grade: A

Cincinnati Bengals

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    Most people think very highly of what the Bengals did in this draft and you can include me in that list of people.

    The Bengals needed to go in a new direction during this draft and they did just that with their selection of A.J. Green and quarterback Andy Dalton.

    Green should immediately step in and become the Bengals No. 1 receiver, while Dalton has a strong chance to start at the team's signal-caller as a rookie. Current Bengals Chad Ochocinco and Carson Palmer could both be on the move now that the team has found their potential replacements.

    The Bengals continued their terrific draft with their selection of Nevada outside linebacker Dontay Moch in the third round. Moch ran a blazing 4.4 40-yard dash at the combine and he should be an immeidate pass-rushing threat as a rookie.

    Georgia guard Clint Boling is considered to be one of the top interior offensive lineman in this draft and the Bengals were able to pick him up in the fourth round, which was clearly a good value.

    I also like the pick of West Virginia safety Robert Sands in the fifth round because he has tremendous size at 6'4" and he has the potential to be a solid player down the line.

    Stanford receiver Ryan Whalen gives the Bengals another pass-catching option also and he could turn out to be a good value in the fifth round as well.

    Grade: A+

Arizona Cardinals

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    The Cardinals don't exactly have the league's strongest depth chart when it comes to the quarterback position but they decided to pass on all of the top passers in this draft and go with LSU corner Patrick Peterson in the first round.

    Just like the Broncos, the Cardinals went for value over biggest need and they landed a potential elite player in the process.

    Peterson is the best corner in this draft and he also has ability in the return game.

    Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams was a solid value pick in the second round but he may never become an elite running back in the league, and third-round pick tight end Robert Housler has great athleticism (4.46 40-yard dash) but he is still a very raw football player.

    I think the Cardinals' best value after their selection of Peterson was their sixth-round choice, UNC inside linebacker Quan Sturdivant. Sturdivant will need to improve at the next level but he was one of the highest rated inside linebackers in the draft and he should have a chance to see the field as a rookie.

    Grade: B

Cleveland Browns

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    The Browns pulled off a great trade when they received six picks in return for their sixth overall pick. But they made a questionable move after that by trading up from the 27th pick to the 21st pick and drafting Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor.

    Taylor is a better fit in a 3-4 defense then he is a 4-3 defense, but he will be asked to play in the Browns 4-3. 

    Pittsburgh defensive end Jabaal Sheard was a solid pick in the second round with his ability to rush the passer and hold up against the run for the Browns defensive front.

    UNC receiver Greg Little is a wild-card pick after being ruled ineligible last season, but he has the physical abilities to be a steal considering the fact that he went near the end of the second round.

    The Browns also picked up an intriguing prospect with their selection of Stanford's Owen Marecic who played both fullback and linebacker for the Cardinal. Marecic will play fullback for the Browns and he should be a player to watch out for in the future.

    Offensive tackle Jason Pinkston could develop into a solid starter after being taken in the fifth round, if he can improve his work ethic.

    Overall the Browns picks were not great, but the first-round trade brings their grade up.

    Grade: A

San Francisco 49ers

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    The 49ers were hoping that Patrick Peterson would fall to them with the seventh pick but when that didn't happen they decided to take Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith. Smith should play outside linebacker in the Niners 3-4 defense and he fills a big need as a player who can rush the passer for San Francisco.

    The Niners got a very intriguing prospect in the second round when they traded up to take Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The pairing of Kaepernick and new coach Jim Harbaugh should be a fun one to watch in the coming years.

    Kaepernick has a good arm and the ability to run the football so he could find himself as the starter in San Fran within one to two years. 

    San Francisco also needed to upgrade their secondary in this draft, particularly the corner position, where they added South Carolina's Chris Culliver in the third round. Culliver could eventually find himself starting for the Niners as Nate Clements' career winds down.

    Oklahoma State running back Kendall Hunter and USC receiver Ronald Johnson should both make the team as backups and could develop into contributors in the future as they both have solid skill sets.

    San Francisco did not make a huge splash with their first pick, although Smith should be a good player, but I do like the selection of Kaepernick in the second round.

    Grade: B

Tennessee Titans

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    Many people are going to be harsh on the Tennessee Titans for taking quarterback Jake Locker with the eighth pick, and for taking him over Blaine Gabbert, but I believe the Titans made the right choice.

    Locker is as tough as they come at the quarterback position and he has a very strong arm that will allow him to make all of the throws at the next level. Accuracy is the biggest question surrounding Locker, but I think he will improve over time because he will work tirelessly to get better.

    UCLA outside linebacker Akeem Ayers was a great pick in the second round. He didn't run very well at the combine (4.84) but he makes plays and gets it done on the field, so that's what Titans fans should be concerned with.

    USC defensive tackle Jurrell Casey could turn out to be one of the steals in the draft in the third round and Iowa defensive end Karl Klug was a very solid player for the Hawkeyes and has the potential to develop into a starter down the line.

    I like what the Titans did in this year's draft, getting some high-effort players that should bode well for their future.

    Grade: B+

Dallas Cowboys

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    The Cowboys had to get some help on the offensive line in this draft and they needed to do so early, which is exactly what they did by taking USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith with the ninth pick.

    Smith is considered by many the top offensive lineman in this draft and he should contribute immediately with the hope that he will protect quarterback Tony Romo from another injury this season.

    David Arkin was another solid pick for the offensive line in the fourth round since he should eventually find himself starting at guard for the Cowboys.

    UNC outside linebacker Bruce Carter fills a need for the Cowboys and he has the potential to be a very good player in the future, while the team's third-round selection DeMarco Murray was a very productive college back at Oklahoma.

    The Cowboys did a good job addressing needs in this draft and they should be a much-improved team this season if they can keep Romo healthy.

    Grade: B+

Washington Redskins

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    The Redskins decided to pass on their quarterback issues in the first round and trade down to the 16th pick to select Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan.

    Kerrigan should be a good fit playing outside linebacker in the Skins 3-4 defense and will give the team another pass-rusher opposite of Brian Orakpo.

    Defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins should be a productive nose tackle for the Redskins and he was a solid selection in the second round, while I really like the pick of receiver Leonard Hankerson in the third round.

    Hankerson should be a productive NFL receiver for many years and Washington fans should be very happy to have his playmaking ability.

    Running backs Roy Helu and Evan Royster were questionable selections in the fourth and sixth rounds but Mike Shanahan knows what he's doing when it comes to the position so it's hard to question him too much.

    I like what the Redskins did in this draft, although they did not address their starting quarterback situation.

    Grade: B-

Houston Texans

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    The Texans had to upgrade their defense in this draft and they did just that with three very solid picks to start their draft.

    Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt and Arizona outside linebacker Brooks Reed are both high-motor players who should dramatically upgrade the Texans pass rush. With the two of them and defensive end Mario Williams already in place, the Texans secondary should have an easier time next season.

    Houston's second selection in the second round was Miami (FL) corner Brandon Harris, who will have the big task of improving the Texans pass defense, but I believe he will be up to the challenge.

    Harris is a strong cover corner, and the team also added safety Shiloh Keo of Idaho and and corner Rashad Carmichael to their secondary.

    UNC quarterback T.J. Yates is a very tough competitor who offers solid value in the fifth round as Matt Schaub's backup.

    The Texans had a solid draft and they seemed to have really upgraded their defense through their selections.

    Grade: A

Minnesota Vikings

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    The Vikings needed to get a quarterback in this draft but I don't think they needed to do so with the 12th pick, when that passer turned out to be Florida State's Christian Ponder.

    Minnesota probably could have gotten Ponder much later in the first round, but they did solve a huge need with the pick and Ponder could turn out to be a good NFL quarterback.

    Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph is a very talented player, but he is coming off a major hamstring injury and he does fill a major need for the Vikings.

    Iowa defensive tackle Christian Ballard should play defensive end for the Vikings and is the team's best value considering the fact that they got him in the fourth round.

    Brandon Fusco could develop into a starter at center in the future and Ohio State outside linebacker Ross Homan should be a good special teams player and potential starter in the future.

    The Vikings addressed some of their needs, but I did not think they got the most value out of their first-round choice, and their grade suffers because of it.

    Grade: C+

Detroit Lions

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    The Lions are a trendy pick to make a huge improvement this season and their strong draft should do nothing to change that.

    Detroit surprised nearly every one with their selection of Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley in the first round, and while they already have Pro Bowler Ndamukong Suh, I loved the pick.

    Suh and Fairley should form one of the league's most tenacious defensive lines for many years.

    The biggest concern about Fairley is his motor, but I don't think that will be a problem now that he will be playing next to Suh.

    Boise State receiver Titus Young and Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure were both very good selections in the second round as well, and they should both have an impact on the Detroit offense as rookies.

    Detroit made big strides in this draft as they continue to progress forward from the Matt Millen era.

    Grade: A

St. Louis Rams

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    The Rams were unable to address their need at receiver in the first round but they did get a potential star in UNC defensive end Robert Quinn.

    Quinn was another of the ineligible Tar Heels this season but he has great pass-rushing ability and he should be a very productive player in St. Louis.

    The Rams were able to fill their need at receiver in the third and fourth rounds with Boise State's Austin Pettis and Hawaii's Greg Salas. I expect Salas to be the better player for the Rams but they should both be good additions for quarterback Sam Bradford.

    Wisconsin tight end Lance Kendricks should be another option in the passing game after being selected in the second round.

    St. Louis definitely got better on offense in this draft and the addition of Quinn should improve the defense as well as the Rams look to make the playoffs this season.

    Grade: B

Miami Dolphins

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    The Dolphins needed to fill many holes in this draft and while they were not able to fill all of them, they did do a good job upgrading their offense.

    Florida center Mike Pouncey was a solid pick in the first round and running back Daniel Thomas should be a good player at the next level as well.

    The biggest concern for Thomas is his ability to hold onto the football but if he can improve in that area, he should be a workhorse in Miami.

    Receiver Edmund Gates has big-time speed (4.31) but the biggest question for the Dolphins will be quarterback Chad Henne's ability to get him the ball.

    The Dolphins also have a need at safety that they failed to address in this draft.

    Miami got some solid players but their draft was just average overall.

    Grade: B-

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Jacksonville made a bold move by trading up to the 10th pick to take Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

    I'm not sold on any of the quarterbacks in this draft and I think Gabbert has been a bit overrated but he could turn out to be a solid starter for the Jags.

    William Rackley should be a productive player on the Jags offensive line and Mount Union receiver Cecil Shorts has potential but he is still a very raw pass-catcher.

    Jacksonville addressed two of their most important needs in the fourth and fifth rounds with Wyoming safety Christopher Prosinski and Middle Tennessee State corner Roderick Issac.

    Defensive end was another major need that they needed to address and I'm not huge on the pick of Gabbert.

    Grade: C+

New England Patriots

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    The Patriots had plenty of ammo in this year's draft and they added even more ammo for next year's draft through trades this year.

    New England took a promising player in Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder with their first pick in the draft, and while he still developing as a blocker he has the potential to be a very good player down the line.

    Quarterback Ryan Mallett was a surprise pick for the Pats in the third round, but also a good one because he can now develop behind Tom Brady with the potential of starting or being traded in the future.

    Corner Ras-I Dowling was a solid pick in the second round and could be another talented young contributor for the Pats secondary.

    Cal running back Shane Vereen was a productive college player and he was a good pick near the end of the second round but LSU running back Stevan Ridley was a questionable pick in the third round.

    TCU offensive lineman Marcus Cannon slipped to the Pats in the fifth round after being recently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, but he could be a steal as he hopefully makes a full recovery.

    The Pats did not do a great job overall with their picks but they continued stockpiling talent for this year and the next.

    Grade: B

San Diego Chargers

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    The Chargers had a need on their defensive line which they filled with Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget in the first round.

    Liuget is a very talented player, especially against the run, and he should help get the Chargers going in the right direction this season.

    Their second-round pick, Clemson corner Marcus Gilchrist, is very versatile, with the ability to play any corner position and even safety. Gilchrist should help upgrade the Chargers secondary and allow them to do many different things with their defensive schemes.

    Michigan outside linebacker Jonas Mouton was a decent pick but I liked their selections of San Diego State receiver Vincent Brown and UConn running back Jordan Todman more in terms of value.

    Both Brown and Todman could contribute to the Chargers offense as rookies and Michigan guard Steve Schilling could turn out to be a steal as he works to get stronger.

    Overall the Chargers had a solid but unspectacular draft.

    Grade: B

New York Giants

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    The Giants did not fill a major need in the first round with their selection of Nebraska corner Prince Amuakamara but they did get a solid talent with the 19th pick.

    Amukamara is a potential shutdown corner and he should be a good player for years to come at the New Meadowlands.

    UNC defensive tackle Marvin Austin has a TON of baggage but he is also immensely talented and could be worth the risk.

    The Giants also got good value with their next three picks, receiver Jerrel Jernigan, offensive tackle James Brewer, and inside linebacker Greg Jones.

    All three should be contributors as rookies, with the ability to start sometime fairly soon.

    The Giants got good value picks and filled the majority of their needs but I would have liked to seem them take another offensive lineman, preferrably one who could have been an instant starter for years to come.

    James Brewer is most likely not that player.

    Grade: B-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    The Bucs had a big need at defensive end and they did everything they could to fill it in this draft, by selecting Iowa's Adrian Clayborn and Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers.

    I'm not a big Clayborn fan because I'm not sure he has the work ethic or motor to be successful in the NFL, but I think Bowers will be a star if he can recover from his knee injuries.

    Washington inside linebacker Mason Foster was a tackling machine for the Huskies (163 last season) and he should be a solid value with the 84th pick.

    Tennessee tight end Luke Stocker should be a solid backup for Kellen Winslow and USC running back Allen Bradford could make the team as a special teams contributor to start his career.

    I like what the Bucs did but they needed to do more in their secondary so I can't grade them too highly.

    Grade: B-

Kansas City Chiefs

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    The Chiefs had a big need at receiver going into this draft and they took a big player to fill it, as they tabbed Pitt's 6'4" receiver Jon Baldwin to be the team's new No. 2 receiver opposite of Dwayne Bowe.

    Baldwin has some baggage associated with him but he has outstanding physical talent and I expect Chiefs coach Todd Haley to keep him in line in K.C.

    In the second round, the Chiefs added a future starter in Flordia State center Rodney Hudson. Hudson was a great value pick in the second round, and the Chiefs followed his selection up with the pick of Georgia outside linebacker Justin Houston.

    Houston has great ability to get to the passer, but he also has some questions after testing positive for marijuana at the combine. Houston was still a good value and fills a big need for the team.

    Miami (FL) defensive end Allen Bailey was another good value pick in the third round and should contribute in the Chiefs 3-4 defense as a rookie.

    I'm not so sold on corner Jalil Brown or outside linebacker Gabe Miller, who the team got in the middle rounds of the draft.

    Quarterback Ricky Stanzi and defensive tackle Jerrell Powe were both great values who were picked in the latter round for the Chiefs.

    The Chiefs filled all of their needs with some big-time talent, but this grade could go up or down based on the play of wild-cards Baldwin and Houston.

    Grade: B+

Indianapolis Colts

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    The Colts entered the draft with a plan to upgrade Peyton Manning's protection, and they successfully did so by taking offensive tackles Anthony Castonzo and Benjamin Ijalana with their first two picks.

    Castonzo could be considered a steal with the 22nd pick and Ijalana should also be a solid upgrade in the trenches for the Colts.

    The Colts run defense needed improvement also and they got LSU defensive tackle Drake Nevis in the third round in an effort to upgrade their front seven.

    Running back Delone Carter should be a solid contributor as a rookie and he was a good pick near the end of the fourth round.

    The Colts had a solid draft based on their goals and their grade reflects that.

    Grade: B+

Philadelphia Eagles

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    The Eagles got a very solid offensive lineman in the first round with their selection of Baylor guard Danny Watkins. The 26-year-old gives great effort in the trenches and should be an effective blocker for Michael Vick and Co.

    Safety Jaiquawn Jarrett was a good pick in the second round as one of the top safeties in the draft, while Oregon inside linebacker Casey Matthews is hoping to follow in his brother Clay's footsteps.

    The Eagles also added some high-character players in Iowa guard Julian Vandervelde and Pitt running back Dion Lewis.

    Philadelphia was the first team to take a kicker in the draft with their selection of Nebraska's Alex Henery in the fourth round. I think Henery should be a good kicker in the NFL so his selection was justified.

    The Eagles also picked up a corner in the third round in Utah State's Curtis Marsh, but their biggest off season acquisition may be yet to come, as they are said to be very interested in Nnamdi Asomugha.

    Grade: B-

New Orleans Saints

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    The Saints got a very good value in the first round when they took Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan with the 24th pick, and they traded up to the 28th pick to get Alabama running back Mark Ingram after that.

    Both Jordan and Ingram should be immediate contributors, and both are great character guys with a lot of upside.

    The Saints also picked up a couple of potential starters on defense with corner Johnny Patrick and outside linebacker Martez Wilson.

    Pittsburgh defensive end Greg Romeus could also turn out to be a steal in the seventh round.

    I really like what the Saints did in this draft as they look to regain their top spot in the NFC.

    Grade: A

Seattle Seahawks

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    Everyone is killing the Seahawks for their draft, and for good reason.

    I was prepared to defend the Seahawks' pick of Alabama offensive lineman James Carpenter in the first round because they need more consistency on their offensive line and I think Carpenter can provide that, but they really had a questionable draft. 

    Wisconsin guard John Moffitt was a strong pick in the third round, but I believe they should have took his fellow line-mate in the first round, Gabe Carimi.

    The Seahawks really made a questionable pick when they selected Georgia receiver Kris Durham in the fourth round.

    I know Pete Carroll loves big receivers and Durham is 6'5", but he is not a fourth-round talent and the Seahawks almost certainly could have gotten him later in the draft.

    Seattle needed to upgrade their secondary in this draft, but I don't feel they did so with their three late-round picks featuring two corners and a safety. I don't see any of the three making much of an impact in the Emerald City.

    All in all, a pretty disappointing draft for Seahawks fans.

    Grade: D

Baltimore Ravens

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    The Ravens wanted to upgrade at the corner and receiver positions in this draft and they did a good job of it.

    Colorado corner Jimmy Smith has some character concerns but he also has great talent, and Ed Reed and Ray Lewis should hold him in check.

    In the second and fourth rounds the Ravens added some talented receivers with the selections of Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss.

    Smith is a valuable big-play threat down the field and Doss is a big target at 6'2" with some of the best hands in the draft.

    UCF offensive tackle Jah Reid was a good selection in the third round and he should have a chance to start in the near future.

    Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor was an intriguing pick in the sixth round and it should be interesting to see how the Ravens try to develop his skill set.

    I think the Ravens had a very good draft and they should be a force once again in the AFC this season.

    Grade: A

Atlanta Falcons

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    There's not a whole lot to say about the Falcons' draft other than Julio Jones.

    The Falcons gave up a ton to move up to the sixth pick and select the Crimson Tide receiver, with the hope that he will put them over the top in the NFC.

    I think Jones will be a very good NFL receiver, but they gave up too much to get him.

    Inside linebacker Akeem Dent, running back Jacquizz Rodgers, and defensive end Cliff Matthews were all great value picks and should have a chance to contribute as rookies.

    The goal is to win the Super Bowl and I think the Falcons did what they felt was in their best interest to make that goal a reality, but I'm not a big fan of giving away five quality draft picks for one player.

    Grade: C+

Chicago Bears

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    The Bears were involved in one of the strangest moments of the draft when they reportedly had a trade worked out with Baltimore to move up in the first round. However, the Bears never submitted the trade to the league and Baltimore was skipped while they waited.

    Everything worked out fine for both teams in the end as the Bears picked up their player, Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi.

    Carimi should be a very productive right tackle for many years to come for the Bears, and defensive tackle Stephen Paea will fill a big need at defensive tackle with the team's release of veteran Tommie Harris.

    Cal safety Christopher Conte was a bit of a reach in the third round, but the Bears may need a new starter at the position if Danieal Manning leaves through free agency.

    Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle was good pick in the fifth round as a developmental backup.

    The Bears deserve to be graded down just for the trade debacle alone, but I did like the picks of Carimi, Paea and Enderle.

    Grade: B

New York Jets

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    The Jets put together a nice draft starting with their selection of Temple defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who is a very powerful player that should be a great fit in Rex Ryan's 3-4 defense.

    Second round pick Kenrick Ellis is huge (346 lbs.) and he should fill the void at nose tackle left by veteran Kris Jenkins.

    Running back Bilal Powell was the team's fourth-round choice, and he will most likely make the team as the third running back.

    TCU receiver Jeremy Kerley was a good pick in the fifth round as a key special teams player and Alabama signal-caller Greg McElroy was also a good value in the seventh round.

    Not a very flashy draft by the Jets, but they added some good talent, particularly on their defensive line.

    Grade: B

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    There were no surprises with the Steelers' draft as they stuck with hard-nosed, quality football players.

    Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward was a good value pick at the end of the first round and I really like the pick of Florida offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert who should develop into a valuable starter.

    Texas corner Curtis Brown fills a big need with his third round selection and Fresno State outside linebacker Chris Carter was a great value in the fifth round.

    Both Brown and Carter should contribute as rookies with the potential to be starters in the next few years.

    The Steelers did not have a great draft, but they did pick up some more solid pieces that should help them stay in Super Bowl contention this season.

    Grade: B-

Green Bay Packers

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    The defending Super Bowl champs showed why they won the Lombardi Trophy last season by adding yet another solid group of players in this year's draft.

    First-round pick Derek Sherrod should be a good offensive tackle for the Packers as he helps protect Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers.

    Kentucky receiver Randall Cobb was an excellent value at the end of the second round and he should be very good in the slot this season, and potentially as a starter in the future.

    I really like Hawaii running back Alex Green because of his third down abilities as a receiver, and he can run the ball effectively as well (8.2 yards per carry last season).

    Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams was another great value pick in the fifth round and Arizona State defensive tackle Lawrence Guy could turn out to be a very good defensive end in the Packers 3-4 defense despite being picked in the seventh round.

    This was another very solid draft for the Packers that hit on many of their needs.

    Grade: A

Oakland Raiders

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    Raiders fans everywhere rejoiced that Al Davis didn't have a first-round choice this year, (OK so McFadden and McClain were solid picks) but they did make a seemingly good selection early in the second round with Penn State center Stefan Wisniewski.

    Stefan is following in his uncle Steve's footsteps with the hope of becoming the next great Raider, and while some believe the Raiders reached on this pick, I think he will turn out to be a solid player and definite upgrade in the trenches.

    No surprise with the pick of Miami (FL) corner DeMarcus Van Dyke (4.24 in the 40) as Davis continues to build the ultimate Madden team. Van Dyke is considered a reach also but he has the potential to be a starter down the line, and given the fact that the Raiders took two corners, it looks like Asmougha may be on the way out of Oakland.

    LSU offensive tackle Joe Barksdale was a good pick in the third round and he should be an immediate contributor for the Raiders.

    Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones is a very intriguing prospect that should spell Darren McFadden, although he has some major durability concerns.

    The Raiders had a solid draft by upgrading their offensive line but I think they made some reaches that drop their grade.

    Grade: B