NFL Draft 2011 Grades: Final Results and Grades for All 32 Teams

Scott AltmanCorrespondent IApril 30, 2011

NFL Draft 2011 Grades: Final Results and Grades for All 32 Teams

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  NFL COmmissioner Roger Goodell poses for a photo with Carolina Panthers #1 overall pick Cam Newton from the UNiversity of Auburn during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Ch
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    The 2011 NFL Draft is finally in the books. Four months of tireless, recycled speculation and rumors have finally been put to rest, only to spawn a whole new wave of post-draft discussion. 

    Grading an NFL Draft Class is a tricky trade, especially in the immediate aftermath of the weekend; however, there is still plenty to take away from the past few days. The fates of a few franchises may have taken turns, both for the positive and for the negative, but only time can determine just how each team's draft class will materialize.

Arizona Cardinals

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 06:  Patrick Peterson #7 of the Louisiana State University Tigers avoids a tackle by Brad Smelley #17 of the Alabama Crimson Tide  at Tiger Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty I
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    Rd 1, Pick 5: Patrick Peterson, S

    Rd 2, Pick 38: Ryan Williams, RB

    Rd 3, Pick 69: Robert Housler, TE

    Rd 4, Pick 103: Sam Acho, DE

    Rd 5, Pick 136: Anthony Sherman, FB

    Rd 6, Pick 171: Quan Sturdivant, LB

    Rd 6, Pick 184: David Carter, DT

    Rd 7, Pick 249: Demarco Sampson,WR

    Arizona snatched two immediate playmakers with the first two picks. Peterson might have been the best player in this draft, Williams will provide them with a speedy complement to Beanie Wells and Robert Housler is a lightning fast tight end with huge upside.

    Grade: A-

Atlanta Falcons

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 07:  Julio Jones #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes upfield for a 73 yard touchdown against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Gett
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    Rd 1, Pick 6: Julio Jones, WR

    Rd 3, Pick 91: Akeem Dent, LB

    Rd 5, Pick 145: Jacquizz Rodgers, RB

    Rd 6, Pick 192: Matt Bosher, P

    Rd 7, Pick 210: Andrew Jackson, OG

    Rd 7, Pick 230: Cliff Matthews, DE

    The Falcons sent shock waves through Radio City Music Hall by trading all the way up from 26 to six in order to select Julio Jones. The price may have been steep, but the Falcons might now boast the deadliest offense in the NFL with Jones and a gritty, physical, yet speedy back in Rodgers.

    Grade: A-

Baltimore Ravens

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    Rd 1, Pick 27: Jimmy Smith, CB

    Rd 2, Pick 58: Torrey Smith, WR

    Rd 3, Pick 85: Jah Reid, OT

    Rd 4, Pick 123: Tandon Doss, WR

    Rd 5, Pick 164: Shykie Brown, CB

    Rd 5, Pick 165: Pernell McPhee, DE

    Rd 6, Pick 180: Tyrod Taylor, QB

    Rd 7, Pick 225: Anthony Allen, RB

    The Ravens rolled the dice with highly touted but controversial corner Jimmy Smith. Red flags are abundant but they filled their biggest need with top-15 talent. Torrey Smith could provide a lethal threat that will aid Joe Flacco and free up Anquan Boldin—but beware, he is a one year wonder.

    Grade: B+

Buffalo Bills

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 16:  Marcell Dareus #57 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Ole Miss Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Rd 1, Pick 3: Marcell Dareus, DT

    Rd 2, Pick 34: Aaron Williams, S

    Rd 3, Pick 68: Kelvin Sheppard, LB

    Rd 4, Pick 100: Da'Norris Searcy, S

    Rd 4, Pick 122: Chris Hairston, OT

    Rd 5, Pick 133: Johnny White, RB

    Rd 6, Pick 169: Chris White, LB

    Rd 7, Pick 245: Michael Jasper, DT

    Dareus, Williams and Sheppard could all step in and overhaul Buffalo's anemic defense right away. Plus, Johnny White could be the steal of the draft.

    Grade: A-

Carolina Panthers

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers scrambles against the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Peters
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    Rd 1, Pick 1: Cam Newton, QB

    Rd 3, Pick 65: Terrell McClain, DT

    Rd 3, Pick 97: Sione Fua, DT

    Rd 4, Pick 98: Brandon Hogan, CB

    Rd 5, Pick 132: Kealoha PIlares, WR

    Rd 6, Pick 166: Lawrence Wilson, LB

    Rd 7, Pick 244: Lee Ziemba, OT

    Cam Newton is almost too talented not to eventually be great, but Carolina did little to bolster a very poor supporting cast. Either McClain or Fua is bound to become a difference maker on the interior line, but the Panthers remain in need of a wide receiver, secondary help and depth at linebacker.

    Grade: C+

Chicago Bears

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    Rd 1, Pick 29: Gabe Carimi, OT

    Rd 2, Pick 53: Stephen Paea, DT

    Rd 3, Pick 93: Christopher Conte, S

    Rd 5, Pick 160: Nathan Enderle, QB

    Rd 6, Pick 195: J.T. Thomas, LB

    Gabe Carimi is the first piece to revamping an offensive line that was liable for the near beheading of Jay Cutler. Meanwhile, Paea was a nice value pick, but his size leaves plenty of college-to-NFL question marks. Enderle should be a nice developmental project.

    Grade: B-

Cincinnati Bengals

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    ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 03:  A.J. Green #8 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Rd 1, Pick 4: A.J. Green, WR

    Rd 2, Pick 35: Andy Dalton, QB

    Rd 3, Pick 66: Dontay Moch, LB

    Rd 4, Pick 101: Clint Boling, OG

    Rd 5, Pick 134: Robert Sands, S

    Rd 6, Pick 167: Ryan Whalen, WR

    Rd 7, Pick 207: Korey Lindsey, CB

    Rd 7, Pick 246: Jay Finley, RB

    Even with Carson Palmer in limbo, Cincinnati drafted Andy Dalton. He might not project to be a stud, but A.J. Green has the potential to make him look like one. Moch could also be a contributor, but the Bengals' experiments with freak athletes have failed in the past (Michael Johnson). Whalen might be a deadly returnman.

    Grade: B+

Cleveland Browns

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    Rd 1, Pick 21: Phil Taylor, DT

    Rd 2, Pick 37: Jabaal Sheard, DE

    Rd 2, Pick 59: Greg Little, WR

    Rd 4, Pick 102: Jordan Cameron, TE

    Rd 4, Pick 124: Owen Marecic, FB

    Rd 5, Pick 137: Buster Skrine, CB

    Rd 5, Pick 150: Jason Pinkston, OT

    Rd 7, Pick 248: Eric Hagg, S

    Cleveland passed on the likes of Robert Quinn, Blaine Gabbert and others in favor of a trade down, but the acquired picks will catalyze the rebuilding process. Little and Cameron are both risky, but potentially very rewarding picks. Taylor and Sheard should lay the foundation for a fearsome Browns front seven.

    Grade: A-

Dallas Cowboys

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) poses for a photo with Tyron Smith, #9 overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys, on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotma
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    Rd 1, Pick 9: Tyron Smith, OT

    Rd 2, Pick 40: Bruce Carter, LB

    Rd 3, Pick 71: Demarco Murray, RB

    Rd 4, Pick 110: David Arkin, OG

    Rd 5, Pick 143: Joshua Thomas, CB

    Rd 6, Pick 176: Dwayne Harris, WR

    Rd 7, Pick 220: Shaun Chapas, FB

    Rd 7, Pick 251: Bill Nagy, C

    The scene in Dallas' war room looked bleak on television, but the 'Boys had a great draft. Smith and Arkin might both start right away and finally add skill and depth to an offensive that has longed for both. Carter and Murray, both former projected first-round picks, add more skill to positions where Dallas will benefit from their presence.

    Grade: A

Denver Broncos

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell greets Von Miller, #2 overall pick by the Denver Broncos, during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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    Rd 1, Pick 2: Von Miller, OLB

    Rd 2, Pick 45: Rahim Moore, S

    Rd 2, Pick 46: Orlando Franklin, OG

    Rd 3, Pick 67: Nate Irving, LB

    Rd 4, Pick 108: Quinton Carter, S

    Rd 4, Pick 129: Julius Thomas, TE

    Rd 6, Pick 189: Mike Mohamed, LB

    Rd 7, Pick 204: Virgil Green, TE

    Rd 7, Pick 247: Jeremy Beal, DE

    John Elway's first draft in Denver's front office went as smoothly as expected. Von Miller should be a future Pro Bowler, and Franklin and Irving could be immediate contributors. Julius Thomas is an excellent project who could be the next college basketball-to-NFL success story, and Vigril Green adds another dynamic player to Denver's now revamped tight end corps.

    Grade: A

Detroit Lions

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  Nick Fairley, #13 overall pick by the Detriot Lions, holds up a jersey during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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    Rd 1, Pick 13: Nick Fairley, DT

    Rd 2, Pick 44: Titus Young, WR

    Rd 2, Pick 57: Mikel Leshoure, RB

    Rd 5, Pick 157: Doug Hogue, LB

    Rd 7, Pick 209: Johnny Culbreath, OT

    You have to respect Detroit's talent over need approach to the Draft. Nick Fairley paired with Ndamukong Suh should prevent any team from effectively running against the Lions. Young and Leshoure might have both been first-round talents, and both will be paired alongside with established studs (Calvin Johnson/Jahvid Best). The Lions might not only make a run at the playoffs, but possibly a deep run.

    Grade: A+

Green Bay Packers

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    Rd 1, Pick 32: Derek Sherrod, OT

    Rd 2, Pick 64: Randall Cobb, WR

    Rd 3, Pick 96: Alexander Green, RB

    Rd 4, Pick 131: Davon House, CB

    Rd 5, Pick 141: DJ Williams, TE

    Rd 6, Pick 179: Caleb Schlauderaff, OG

    Rd 6, Pick 186: DJ Smith, LB

    Rd 6, Pick 197: Rick Elmore, DE

    Rd 7, Pick 218: Ryan Taylor, TE

    Rd 7, Pick 233: Lawrence Guy, DT

    Few needs allowed Green Bay to essentially pad their roster with young talent, and they did just that. Sherrod will soon replace one of the Pack's aging tackles. Cobb is an explosive, dynamic player who could not only replace Donald Driver soon, but give Green Bay a wildcat quarterback. Alex Green also gives the Packers a speedy third down back to complete one of the league's deepest corps.

    Grade: A

Houston Texans

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Defensive lineman J.J. Watt #99 of the Wisconsin Badgers rushes the TCU Horned Frogs in the 97th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    Rd 2, Pick 42: Brooks Reed, DE

    Rd 2, Pick 60: Brandon Harris, CB

    Rd 4, Pick 127: Rashad Carmichael, CB

    Rd 5, Pick 144: Shiloh Keo, S

    Rd 5, Pick 152: TJ Yates, QB

    Rd 7, Pick 214: Derek Newton, OT

    Rd 7, Pick 253: Cheta Ozoguogwu, DE

    The Texans' transition into the 3-4 was made much smoother with the additions of Watt and Reed. Houston also helped themselves by drafting three defensive backs to bolster their Achilles' heel.

    Grade: B+

Indianapolis Colts

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    CHESTNUT HILL, MA - OCTOBER 03:  Anthony Castonzo #74 of the Boston College Eagles congratulates teammate Montel Harris #2 after Harris scored a touchdown in the first quarter against the Florida State Seminoles on October 3, 2009 at Alumni Stadium in Che
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    Rd 1, Pick 22: Anthony Castonzo, OT

    Rd 2, Pick 49: Ben Ijalana, OT

    Rd 3, Pick 87: Drake Nevis, DT

    Rd 4, Pick 119: Delone Carter, RB

    Rd 6, Pick 188: Chris Rucker, CB

    After so many years of protecting Peyton Manning with cast-off free agents, the Colts finally stepped up and invested two high draft picks on two tackles who could hold down the ends of Indianapolis' offense.

    Grade: A-

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  NFL Commissoner Roger Goodell poses for a photo with Blaine Gabbert, #11 overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars, holds up a jersey during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo b
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    Rd 1, Pick 10: Blaine Gabbert, QB

    Rd 3, Pick 76: Will Rackley, OG

    Rd 4, Pick 114: Cecil Shorts, WR

    Rd 4, Pick 121: Chris Prosinski, S

    Rd 5, Pick 147: Roderick Issac, CB

    Jacksonville finally acknowledged that David Garrard is not a championship caliber quarterback by moving up to draft Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert could become the face of the franchise, and will be comforted throwing behind Will Rackley.

    Grade: B+

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Rd 1, Pick 26: Jonathan Baldwin, WR

    Rd 2, Pick 55: Rodney Hudson, OG

    Rd 3, Pick 70: Justin Houston, DE

    Rd 3, Pick 86: Allen Bailey, DE

    Rd 4, Pick 118: Jalil Brown, CB

    Rd 5, Pick 135: Ricky Stanzi, QB

    Rd 5, Pick 140: Gabe Miller, LB

    Rd 6, Pick 199: Jerrell Powe, DT

    Rd 7, Shane Bannon, RB

    Scott Pioli and Todd Haley continue to stockpile explosive talent on the Chiefs offense. Jonathan Baldwin brings a much needed complement to Dwayne Bowe, and Hudson, while undersized, could step in and aid one of the league's best rushing attacks.

    Grade: B+

Miami Dolphins

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  Mike Pouncey, #15 overall pick by the Miami Dolphins, holds up a jersey on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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    Rd 1, Pick 15: Mike Pouncey, C

    Rd 2, Pick 62: Daniel Thomas, RB

    Rd 4, Pick 111: Edmond Gates, WR

    Rd 6, Pick 174: Charles Clay, FB

    Rd 7, Pick 231: Frank Kearse, DT

    Rd 7, Pick 235: Jimmy Wilson, DB

    The Dolphins added much needed skill along their interior offensive line with Pouncey, and moved up in order to grab Thomas, the heir apparent to Ronnie Brown. Edmond Gates should also provide the vertical threat that Miami so desperately needed.

    Grade: A-

Minnesota Vikings

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    MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 29: Quarterback  Christian Ponder #7 of the South Team passes over defensive lineman Pierre Allen #95 North Team during the fourth quarter of the Under Armour Senior Bowl on January 29, 2011 at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
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    Rd 1, Pick 12: Christian Ponder, QB

    Rd 2, Pick 43: Kyle Rudolph, TE

    Rd 4, Pick 106: Christian Ballard, DT

    Rd 5, Pick 139: Brandon Burton, CB

    Rd 6, Pick 168: Demarcus Love, OT

    Rd 6, Pick 170: Mistral Raymond, S

    Rd 6, Pick 172: Brandon Fusco, C

    Rd 6, Pick 200: Ross Homan, LB

    Rd 7, Pick 215: Da'Aundre Reed, DE

    Rd 7, Pick 236: Stephen Burton, WR

    Ponder may have been a reach at 12, but if he succeeds, nobody will remember that. If you want a guy, make sure you get him. Kyle Rudolph looks like an NFL ready tight end, and he could be a perfect player to grow with Ponder.

    Grade: B

New England Patriots

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    Rd 1, Pick 17: Nate Solder, OT

    Rd 2, Pick 33: Ras-I Dowling, CB

    Rd 2, Pick 56: Shane Vereen, RB

    Rd 3, PIck 73: Stevan Ridley, RB

    Rd 3, Pick 74: Ryan Mallett, QB

    Rd 5, Pick 138: Marcus Cannon, OT

    Rd 5, Pick 159: Lee Smith, TE

    Rd 6, Pick 194: Markell Carter, DE

    Rd 7, Pick 219: Malcolm Williams, DB

    The Patriots were up to their old tricks all weekend, stockpiling future picks while adding fine talent now. Solder will work on an already great offensive line, and Ras-I Dowling could work next to Darius Butler to cement the Pats' secondary. However, Vereen and Ridley felt like reaches where they were picked. The Mallett selection seems odd now, but it will look brilliant when New England flips him for a first-round pick in a few years. Overall, however, New England's draft did not seem to fulfill its own potential.

    Grade: B

New Orleans Saints

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) poses for a photo with Cameron Jordan, #24 overall pick by the New Orleans Saints, holds up a jersey on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York Cit
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     Rd 1, Pick 24: Cameron Jordan, DE

    Rd 1, Pick 28: Mark Ingram, RB

    Rd 3, Pick 72: Martez Wilson, LB

    Rd 3, Pick 88: Johnny Patrick, CB

    Rd 7, Pick 226: Greg Romeus, DE

    Rd 7, Pick 243: Nathan Bussey, LB

    New Orleans somehow managed to draft two elite talents in the late 20s of the first round. Ingram and Chris Ivory could become one of the league's most feared rushing attacks, while Jordan could become a headache for divisional foes Josh Freeman, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton. Martez Wilson was a steal in the third round and could thrive as an inside or outside linebacker in the Saints defense.

    Grade: A-

New York Giants

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  Prince Amukamara, #19 overall pick by the New York Giants, holds up a jersey on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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    Rd 1, Pick 19: Prince Amukamara, CB

    Rd 2, Pick 52: Marvin Austin, DT

    Rd 3, Pick 83: Jerrel Jernigan, WR

    Rd 4, Pick 117: James Brewer, OT

    Rd 6, Pick 185: Greg Jones, LB

    Rd 6, Pick 198: Tyler Sash, S

    Rd 6, Pick 202: Jacquian Williams, LB

    Rd 7, Pick 221: Da'Rel Scott, RB

    The Giants reaped the benefits of two prospects free falls. Amukamara was believed to be a top-10 pick, and Marvin Austin was projected as a first rounder. New York grabbed both far later than anybody could have anticipated, and Jernigan brings electric speed to open up the passing game alongside Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith.

    Grade: A

New York Jets

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    Rd 1, Pick 30: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT

    Rd 3, Pick 94: Kenrick Ellis, DT

    Rd 4, Pick 126: Bilal Powell, RB

    Rd 5, Pick 153: Jeremy Kerley, WR

    Rd 7, Pick 208: Greg McElroy, QB

    Rd 7, Pick 227: Scotty McKnight, WR

    Rex Ryan never saw a defensive player he didn't believe he could coach up, and he'll have two chances with massive tackles Muhammad Wilkerson and Kenrick Ellis. The duo should help ease the departure of Kris Jenkings. Powell and Kerley are both huge sleepers who could be contributors at the next level.

    Grade: A-

Oakland Raiders

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    Rd 2, Pick 48: Stefan Wisniewski, C

    Rd 3, Pick 81: Demarcus Van Dyke, CB

    Rd 3, Pick 92: Joe Barksdale, OT

    Rd 4, Pick 113: Chimdi Chekwa, CB

    Rd 4, Pick 125: Taiwan Jones, RB

    Rd 5, Pick 148: Denarius Moore, WR

    Rd 6, Pick 181: Richard Gordon, TE

    Rd 7, Pick 241: David Ausberry, WR

    The Raiders made a very nice selection in Stefan Wisniewski, but then it appears Al Davis woke up from his nap and began picking every fast prospect available. Davis' obsession with speed has repeatedly backfired, and even if guys like Taiwan Jones and Moore pan out, the Raiders could have used some of these picks to address the defensive front seven.

    Grade: B-

Philadelphia Eagles

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) poses for a photo with Danny Watkins, #22 overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles, on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chri
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    Rd 1, Pick 23: Danny Watkins, OG

    Rd 2, Pick 54: Jaiquawn Jarrett, S

    Rd 3, Pick 90: Curtis Marsh, CB

    Rd 4, Pick 116: Casey Matthews, LB

    Rd 4, Pick 120: Alex Henery, K

    Rd 5, Pick 149: Dion Lewis, RB

    Rd 5, Pick 161: Julian Vandervelde, OG

    Rd 6, Pick 193: Jason Kelce, C

    Rd 6, Pick 193: Brian Rolle, LB

    Rd 7, Pick 237: Greg Lloyd, LB

    Rd, Pick 240: Stanley Havill, FB

    Philly had few needs entering the weekend, and, like Green Bay, just added talent. Watkins, though already 26, looks like he will be a great NFL player, and Jarrett has the intensity and physicality that might remind some Eagles fans of one Brian Dawkins. The Birds even drafted a protege for David Akers and stole Dion Lewis in the fifth round.

    Grade: B+

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 13:  Cameron Heyward #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes chases after quarterback Matt McGloin #11 of the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    Rd 1, Pick 31: Cameron Heyward, DE

    Rd 2, Pick 63: Marcus Gilbert, OT

    Rd 3, Pick 95: Curtis Brown, CB

    Rd 4, Pick 128: Cortez Allen, CB

    Rd 5, Pick 162: Chris Carter, LB

    Rd 6, Pick 196: Keith Williams, OG

    Rd 7, Pick 232: Baron Batch, RB

    Nobody can really question any selection the Steelers make. Few, if any teams draft as effectively as Pittsburgh does. Heyward will have a chance to ease into a role behind Brett Keisel, and Marcus Gilbert adds depth to a rapidly improving Steelers offensive line. Pittsburgh also added two young corners who may be able to replace an aging secondary in the future.

    Grade: B+

San Diego Chargers

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  Corey Liuget, #18 overall pick by the San Diego Chargers, holds up a jersey on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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    Rd 1, Pick 18: Corey Liuget, DT

    Rd 2, Pick 50: Marcus Gilchrist, CB

    Rd 2, Pick 61: Jonas Mouton, LB

    Rd 3, Pick 82: Vincent Brown, WR

    Rd 3, Pick 89: Shareece Wright, CB

    Rd 6, Pick 183: Jordan Todman, RB

    Rd 6, Pick 201: Steve Schilling, OG

    Rd 7, Pick 234: Andrew Gachkar, LB

    Liguet should anchor San Diego's defensive line for years to come and finally provide a replacement to Jamal Williams. Neither Gilchrist nor Mouton are sexy picks, but both should help bolster their respective positions. And, Vincent Brown might be the latest Chargers wide receiver to become a star. Jordan Todman and Steve Schilling are both great upside picks as well.

    Grade: B+

San Francisco 49ers

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Jordan Webb #2 of the Kansas Jayhawks is sacked by Aldon Smith #85 of the Missouri Tigers during the game on November 27, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Rd 1, Pick 7: Aldon Smith, DE

    Rd 2, Pick 36: Colin Kaepernick, QB

    Rd 3, Pick 80: Chris Culliver, CB

    Rd 4, Pick 115: Kendall Hunter, RB

    Rd 5, Pick 163: Dan Kilgore, OG

    Rd 6, Pick 182: Ronald Johnson, WR

    Rd 6, Pick 190: Colin Jones, S

    Rd 7, Pick 211: Bruce Miller, DE

    Rd 7, Pick 239: Michael Person, OT

    Rd 7, Pick 249: Curtis Holcomb, CB

    The theme of Jim Haurbagh's first draft as 49ers head coach seemed to be "reaching." San Fran passed on Blaine Gabbert in favor of Aldon Smith, who was slated to go in the middle of the first round. Then, the team grabbed Colin Kaepernick at the top of the second round. Kaepernick was historically dominant at Nevada, but he needs plenty of refinement and development before he can succeed. However, both Culliver and Hunter were under the radar prospects who have tremendous upside.

    Grade: B

Seattle Seahawks

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    Rd 1, Pick 25: James Carpenter, OG 

    Rd 3, Pick 75: John Moffitt, OG 

    Rd 4, Pick 99: K.J. Wright, LB

    Rd 4, Pick 107: Kris Dunham, WR

    Rd 5, Pick 154: Richard Sherman, CB

    Rd 5, Pick 156: Mark LeGree, S

    Rd 6, Pick 173: Byron Maxwell, CB

    Rd 7, Pick 205: Lazarius Levingston, DE

    Rd 7, Pick 242: Malcolm Smith, LB

    Seattle bolstered a marginal offensive line which should soon dominate with two young behemoths. Their decision to pass on Mallett in the second round hints a trade for Carson Palmer or Kevin Kolb could be in the making.

    Grade: B

St. Louis Rams

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    CHAPEL HILL, NC - SEPTEMBER 19:  Robert Quinn #42 of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrates after a sack with teammate Marvin Austin #9 against the East Carolina Pirates at Kenan Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by St
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    Rd 1, Pick 14: Robert Quinn, DE

    Rd 2, Pick 47: Lance Kendricks, TE

    Rd 3, Pick 78: Austin Pettis, WR

    Rd 4, Pick 112: Gregory Salas, WR

    Rd 5, Pick 158: Jermale Hines, S

    Rd 7, Pick 216: Mikail Baker, DB

    Rd 7, Pick 228: Jabara Williams, LB

    Rd 7, Pick 229: Jonathan Nelson, CB

    Steve Spagnuolo continues to build the Rams into a frightening team. Quinn was a steal at 14 and will give opposing quarterbacks nightmares, especially with Chris Long coming off of the other side. Meanwhile, both Kendricks and Pettis should contribute immediately. Sam Bradford should be able to work wonders with such a promising tight end and a highly talented slot receiver.

    Grade: A-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell poses for a phot with Adrian Clayborn, #20 overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris
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    Rd 1, Pick 20: Adrian Clayborn, DE

    Rd 2, Pick 51: Da'Quan Bowers, DE

    Rd 3, Pick 84: Mason Foster, LB

    Rd 4, Pick 104: Luke Stocker, TE

    Rd 5, Pick 151: Ahmad Black, S

    Rd 6, Pick 187: Allen Bradford, RB

    Rd 7, Pick 222: Anthony Gaitor, CB

    Pick 7, Pick 238: Daniel Hardy, TE

    Don't look now, but the Tampa Bay Bucs' defense might soon resemble their 2002 squad. Clayborn and Bowers (formerly projected as the No. 1 overall pick) will line up alongside last year's first-round pick Gerald McCoy to form an incredible nucleus of talent along the defensive line. Also, both Foster and Stocker look like they were built to become reliable contributors (not necessarily stars) in the NFL.

    Grade: A

Tennessee Titans

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 02:  Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies carries the ball against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 2, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  Washington won 32-31.  (Photo by Stephen Dun
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    Rd 1, Pick 8: Jake Locker, QB

    Rd 2, Pick 39: Akeem Ayers, LB

    Rd 3, Pick 77: Jurrell Casey, DT

    Rd 4, Pick 109: Colin McCarthy, LB

    Rd 4, Pick 130: Jamie Harper, RB

    Rd 5, Pick 142: Kari Klug, DE

    Rd 6, Pick 175: Byron Stingily, OT

    Rd 7, Pick 212: Zach Clayton, DT

    Rd 7, Pick 250: Tommie Campbell, S

    The Titans marched into uncharted draft territory without Jeff Fisher for the first time this weekend. Tennessee surprised everybody by passing on Blaine Gabbert for scrutinized quarterback Jake Locker. And, they invested a high second-round pick on another iffy prospect in Akeem Ayers.

    Grade: C

Washington Redskins

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  Ryan Kerrigan, #16 overall pick by the Washington Redskins, holds up a jersey on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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    Rd 1, Pick 16: Ryan Kerrigan, DE

    Rd 2, Pick 41: Jarvis Jenkins, DT

    Rd 3, Pick 79: Leonard Hankerson, WR

    Rd 4, Pick 105: Roy Helu, RB

    Rd 5, Pick 146: Dejon Gomes, S

    Rd 5, Pick 155: Niles Paul, WR

    Rd 6, Pick 177: Evan Royster, RB

    Rd 6, Pick 178: Aldrick Robinson, WR

    Rd 7, Pick 213: Brandyn Thompson, CB

    Rd 7, Pick 217: Maurice Hurt, OG

    Rd 7, Pick 224: Markus White, DE

    Rd 7, Pick 252: Christopher Neild, DT

    Mike Shanahan's second draft as Redskins head coach took an unexpected twist when he opted to pass on Baine Gabbert in favor of trading down for Purdue defenisve end Ryan Kerrigan. Washington's draft got more enticing as it went on, and Leonard Hankerson might have been one of the biggest steals of the draft. Also, expect Helu to succeed in Shanahan's running back friendly scheme.

    Grade: B+