2011 NFL Draft Grades: Grading the New York Jets and the AFC East
2011 NFL Draft Grades for Every Team In The AFC East
Draft Grades for the AFC east teams are beginning to roll in slowly, and some fans will be happy with the draft of their favorite team, while others will be extremely disappointed.
Here are the draft grades for the AFC East:
Buffalo Bills: B
The Buffalo Bills opted not to address their need at the QB position in this year's NFL draft, which could be an indication that the Bills feel Ryan Fitzpatrick can take their team to the promise land.
Marcell Dareus was an easy selection for the Bills, as he fills a major need for them. They needed a defensive lineman who can both stop the run and rush the passer, and he certainly fills that need.
Aaron Williams was a quality selection for the Bills' defense as well, as will Kelvin Sheppard. One of the biggest steals of the draft may also be RB Johnny White, who was selected in the fifth round by Buffalo.
Miami Dolphins: C-
Mike Pouncey was an easy selection for the Dolphins as they have a need on the interior of the offensive line. He should anchor the line for years, but the rest of the draft did not go as well as the Dolphins had hoped.
They selected Edmund Gates in the fourth round of the draft, Gates has a lot of upside but does not fill a significant need for the Dolphins.
They also traded up for a RB in the draft by selecting Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas. The Dolphins appeared to panic when Mikel Leshoure came off the board and opted to jump up to acquire Thomas. Thomas has a lot of potential but I do not see him carrying the load for the Dolphins.
Miami failed to address their need at safety or quarterback, and did not address their need for a TE until late in the draft. For a team that has a lot of need, they only added two players who will contribute immediately.
New England Patriots: B-
It is tough for the Patriots to have a bad draft, as they always have tons of draft picks. This year was no exception, but their draft was mediocre at best. Their first round selection was OT Nate Solder, who should help out their offensive line immediately.
They also added two excellent value picks in Ryan Mallett and Marcus Cannon with late round selections. However, many of their other mid-round selections were shaky at best.
Adding Shane Vereen in the second round was one of the biggest head scratchers of the draft. Mikel Leshoure was still available at the time, and the Patriots already have one of the best third-down RBs in the NFL in Danny Woodhead.
Selecting Steven Ridley right after Vereen was an even bigger shock, Ridley is a talented back, but why would the Patriots use back to back picks on a RB when they could have had Leshoure?
New York Jets: B-
The New York Jets did not make the flashy pick we are accustomed to seeing, however, they had a solid draft overall.
Adding Muhammad Wilkerson with their first round pick was a no-brainer, as he will be an excellent five-technique for the Jets. The Jets may have reached a bit for NT Kenrick Ellis, but he fills a major need for the Jets, therefore, it makes sense.
Adding QB Greg McElroy late in the draft makes a lot of sense, as he should be a premier backup QB in the NFL. Jeremy Kerley also has the talent to contribute in the return game and as a slot WR for the Jets.
However, the Jets needed to add a LB and some OL help at some point and they failed to do that.
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