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May 3, 2015

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The Picks Are In, The Report Cards Are Out

by Larry Leek
Draft Grades

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With The 2015 Draft now over it’s time for each team to be graded and report card issued on their efforts. After their hours of research leading up to day one did they make the best choices for their teams, according to need and also did they utilize the ability to draft the next best player on the team board effectively when/if their number one choice was no longer available.

All the hard work is now complete and now it’s time to find out how each team’s efforts have paid off by grading and releasing the annual report card for each team. Even though its way to early to tell how these young men’s stint in the NFL will end up by the time their career is done, some will find that their tenure in the NFL will be a very brief encounter and many will find it to be their livelihood over the next several years while a certain few will wind up with all pro careers. Grading each team immediately following the draft is basically done by determining if the team’s address their main needs, how well they addressed those needs and also did they have the chance to better address them and did not by letting the best rated players at those need positions go by undrafted.

This Is Whats On My Sports Mind about each teams picks, including Grade and also why the grade with each teams full draft included.

Atlanta

Grade: C-

Atlanta’s defense definitely struggled last year and QB, Matt Ryan struggled some with protection (31-sacks). The Falcons have RB, Steven Jackson, now in his 12th season and really could use some fresh legs here. The Falcons used their 1st pick to grab OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson. They did address their main priority by picking RB, Tevin Coleman, Indiana, they could have gotten Gurley in Rd. 1 but chose to go defense instead with Beasley. The Falcons also got a good solid player with their 3rd round pick Jalen Collins CB LSU.
RD(PK) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1(8) Vic Beasley OLB Clemson
2(10) Jalen Collins CB LSU
3(9) Tevin Coleman RB Indiana
4(8) Justin Hardy WR East Carolina
5(1) Grady Jarrett DT Clemson
7(8) Jake Rodgers OT Eastern Washington
7(32) Akeem King S San Jose State

Arizona

Grade: C-

Even though Arizona does have Carson Palmer returning next season, Palmer’s not a guarantee to last the full 16-game schedule. The Cardinals did NOT address that by drafting a possible backup, right now their best backup on the roster is Drew Stanton. The Cardinals were ranked dead last in rushing in 2014, they let a few good RB’s slide by before selecting RB, David Johnson, N. Iowa in Rd. 3. The Cardinals did get a beast in rd. 1 in OT, DJ Humphries as well as DE, Markus Golden in rd. 2.
1(24) D.J. Humphries OT Florida
2(26) Markus Golden DE Missouri
3(22) David Johnson RB Northern Iowa
4(17) Rodney Gunter DT Delaware State
5(22) Shaq Riddick DE West Virginia
5(23) J.J. Nelson WR UAB
7(39) Gerald Christian TE Louisville

Baltimore

A+

Perhaps one of the best drafts of all 32-teams Baltimore got some great value and nice help for QB, Joe Flacco to work with by drafting WR, Breshad Perriman, UCF in rd. 1 and in rd. 2 they got a great future  TE in Maxx Williams out of Minnesota.

1(26) Breshad Perriman WR UCF
2(23) Maxx Williams TE Minnesota
3(26) Carl Davis DT Iowa
4(23) Za’Darius Smith DE Kentucky
4(26) Buck Allen RB USC
4(37) Tray Walker CB Texas Southern
5(35) Nick Boyle TE Delaware
5(40) Robert Myers OG Tennessee State
6(28) Darren Waller WR Georgia Tech

Buffalo

Grade: E

Buffalo did not do much to help with need. They had no first round pick this year, which didn’t help much. The Bills reached for CB Ronald Darby, Fla. St. with their first pick of the draft in rd. 2. Perhaps 3rd rd. selection John Miller OG, Louisville will turn out to be a good pick. But for new Head Coach Rex Ryan it’s not a good start.
2(18) Ronald Darby CB Florida State
3(17) John Miller OG Louisville
5(19) Karlos Williams RB Florida State
6(12) Tony Steward OLB Clemson
6(18) Nick O’Leary TE Florida State
7(17) Dez Lewis WR Central Arkansas

Carolina

Grade: C

Carolina did not need a lot but they could have done better, they had the chance to add depth to their offensive  line and give QB, Cam Newton better protection but chose to wait until round 4 to do so when they picked OT Daryl Williams, Oklahoma. Williams could wind up being a nice pick but the Panthers let quite a few quality linemen slide by before picking Williams.
1(25) Shaq Thompson OLB Washington
2(9) Devin Funchess WR Michigan
4(3) Daryl Williams OT Oklahoma
5(33) David Mayo ILB Texas State
5(38) Cameron Artis-Payne RB Auburn

Chicago

Grade: A

The Bears make a great pick in rd. 1 by selecting WR Kevin White, W. Virginia. The speedy receiver will definitely help Jake Cutler improve on his stats next year. He should have an immediate impact. The Bears also got an absolute steal in 3rd rd. pick Hroniss Grasu C Oregon, which will also help Cutler when it comes to much needed protection. Chicago added a OT in the rd. 6 picking sleeper Tayo Fabuluje, TCU.
1(7) Kevin White WR West Virginia
2(7) Eddie Goldman DT Florida State
3(7) Hroniss Grasu C Oregon
4(7) Jeremy Langford RB Michigan State
5(6) Adrian Amos S Penn State
6(7) Tayo Fabuluje OT TCU

Cincinnati

Grade: B

The Bengals filled some needs all over and made some nice strides in protecting QB, Andy Dalton by using their picks in rds. 1 & 2 by selecting OT’s Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M and  Jake Fisher, Oregon. They got a nice TE in rd. 5 by drafting scrappy C.J. Uzomah, Auburn.
1(21) Cedric Ogbuehi OT Texas A&M
2(21) Jake Fisher OT Oregon
3(21) Tyler Kroft TE Rutgers
3(35) Paul Dawson OLB TCU
4(21) Josh Shaw S USC
4(36) Marcus Hardison DT Arizona State
5(21) C.J. Uzomah TE Auburn
6(21) Derron Smith S Fresno State
7(21) Mario Alford WR West Virginia

Cleveland

Grade: C

Perhaps one of the best drafts in recent years by Cleveland. They surprised everyone by not trading away either of their 1st rd. picks and used them rather nicely by selecting highly touted DT Danny Shelton, Washington and C Cameron Erving, Fla. St. I had Cleveland reaching for QB, Bryce Petty in rd. 1 instead the Browns stood their ground and drafted according to need even though they do appear to need a QB, however it’s hard to argue that after picks #1 and 2 of rd. 1 were gone that there wasn’t any real quality left at the position. Time will tell. But after picking QB, Johnny Manziel in rd. 1 last year the Browns appear ready to give Manziel another shot.
1(12) Danny Shelton DT Washington
1(19) Cameron Erving C Florida State
2(19) Nate Orchard OLB Utah
3(13) Duke Johnson RB Miami (FL)
3(32) Xavier Cooper DT Washington State
4(16) Ibraheim Campbell S Northwestern
4(24) Vince Mayle WR Washington State
6(13) Charles Gaines CB Louisville
6(19) Malcolm Johnson TE Mississippi State
6(22) Randall Telfer TE USC
7(2) Hayes Pullard ILB USC
7(24) Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon

Dallas

Grade: B

The Cowboys got some huge upgrades on defense by drafting CB Byron Jones, Conn. in rd. 1 and by stealing DE Randy Gregory, Neb. in rd. 2. Of course there’s a question mark on Gregory but initially Gregory was a projected top 5 pick and he fell in the Cowboys lap at #60. If Gregory works out for the Cowboys as well as recently signed DE Greg Hardy, the Cowboys could soon boast one of if not the TOP defense in the NFL. They did not address a possible need a RB since DeMarco Murray is gone, so for their sake lets hope Darren McFadden is the answer. Don’t rule out Adrian Peterson going to the Cowboys just YET.
1(27) Byron Jones CB Connecticut
2(28) Randy Gregory OLB Nebraska
3(27) Chaz Green OT Florida
4(28) Damien Wilson ILB Minnesota
5(27) Ryan Russell DE Purdue
7(19) Mark Nzeocha OLB Wyoming
7(26) Laurence Gibson OT Virginia Tech
7(29) Geoff Swaim TE Texas

Denver

Grade: B-

Well we all know Marijuana is legal in Colorado (Not Dallas) but NOT in the NFL just yet. Shane Ray failed a drug test for weed (as did Randy Gregory), but the Broncos had enough confidence that Ray will be ok to use their first rd. pick on the linebacker. Denver also addressed their defense and also gave QB, Peyton Manning some additional protection by drafting talented Ty Sambrailo OT, Colorado State. Ty will fit in nicely on the Bronco’s O-line as well as Florida C Max Garcia whom the Bronco’s nabbed in rd. 4.
1(23) Shane Ray OLB Missouri
2(27) Ty Sambrailo OT Colorado State
3(28) Jeff Heuerman TE Ohio State
4(34) Max Garcia C Florida
5(28) Lorenzo Doss CB Tulane
6(27) Darius Kilgo DT Maryland
7(33) Trevor Siemian QB Northwestern
7(34) Taurean Nixon CB Tulane
7(35) Josh Furman LB Oklahoma State

Detroit

Grade: B+

The Lions used picks in rds. 1 and 7 to draft offensive lineman. Since the departure of Ndamukong suh, filling that void has to be the Lions #1 priority. They hope they addressed that during free agency by signing in former Raven Haloti Ngata but just in case they made a nice selection in both rds. 1 & 7, by picking Laken Tomlinson OG, Duke and  Corey Robinson OT, South Carolina. The Lions also got much needed help at RB, by selecting Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska.
1(28) Laken Tomlinson OG Duke
2(22) Ameer Abdullah RB Nebraska
3(16) Alex Carter CB Stanford
4(14) Gabe Wright DT Auburn
5(32) Michael Burton FB Rutgers
6(24) Quandre Diggs CB Texas
7(23) Corey Robinson OT South Carolina

Green Bay

Grade: C

The Packers picked up a backup QB at best by selecting QB, Blake Hunley, UCLA in rd. 5. they have one of the best O-lines in football, however added depth there would have been nice, none was selected. The Packers did get another nice weapon for QB, Aaron Rodgers in WR Ty Montgomery, Stanford. Perhaps 6th rd. pick Aaron Ripkowski FB, Oklahoma will provide some nice run blocking for Packers RB Eddie Lacy. Green Bay did make some nice picks on defense.
1(30) Damarious Randall S Arizona State
2(30) Quinten Rollins CB Miami (OH)
3(30) Ty Montgomery WR Stanford
4(30) Jake Ryan OLB Michigan
5(11) Brett Hundley QB UCLA
6(30) Aaron Ripkowski FB Oklahoma
6(34) Christian Ringo DE Louisiana-Lafayette
6(37) Kennard Backman TE UAB

Houston

Grade: D-

Houston got some nice value picks on defense and offense, but they did not select a QB. Currently former Brown’s and Patriot’s Bryan Hoyer and Ryan Mallett are the only QB’s listed on the Texan’s roster. Granted this years drafted wasn’t QB strong at all, but you would think the Texans would have at least gambled on someone like Baylor’s Bryce Petty.
1(16) Kevin Johnson CB Wake Forest
2(11) Benardrick McKinney ILB Mississippi State
3(6) Jaelen Strong WR Arizona State
5(39) Keith Mumphery WR Michigan State
6(35) Reshard Cliett OLB South Florida
6(40) Christian Covington DT Rice
7(18) Kenny Hilliard RB LSU

Indianapolis

Grade: E

Indianapolis attempted to fix their issue at RB, by signing Frank Gore last month, but the big question is how much does Gore have left in the tank. Indy did not address the issue in the draft, so lets hope he has plenty.  They got a nice receiver in rd. 1 in Phillip Dorsett, Miami, but Dorsett was a reach big time in rd. 1. It is questionable as to if Dorsett will have an immediate impact with the Colt’s. The Colts did not have a pick in rd. 2 but made some decent picks in rds. 3 thru 5 on defense.
1(29) Phillip Dorsett WR Miami (FL)
3(1) D’Joun Smith CB Florida Atlantic
3(29) Henry Anderson DE Stanford
4(10) Clayton Geathers S UCF
5(15) David Parry DT Stanford
6(29) Josh Robinson RB Mississippi State
6(31) Amarlo Herrera ILB Georgia
7(38) Denzell Goode OG Mars Hill

Jacksonville

Grade: A

Yes believe it or not Jacksonville had one of the better drafts of the 32-teams. They made some great selections in the first three rounds that can’t be ignored. Dante Fowler DE, Florida is a beast, T.J. Yeldon RB, Alabama will have an immediate impact running the ball as will A.J. Cann OG, South Carolina opening up holes for Yeldon as well as providing MUCH needed protection for QB Blake Bortles.
1(3) Dante Fowler Jr. DE Florida
2(4) T.J. Yeldon RB Alabama
3(3) A.J. Cann OG South Carolina
4(5) James Sample S Louisville
5(3) Rashad Greene WR Florida State
6(4) Michael Bennett DT Ohio State
7(3) Neal Sterling WR Monmouth
7(12) Ben Koyack TE Notre Dame

Kansas City

Grade: C-

The Chiefs didn’t make a huge splash in this years draft, But they did get some good need picks on defense in rds. 1, 4 & 5. CB  Marcus Peters, Washington should be a nice addition and WR Chris Conley, Georgia should give QB, Alex Smith another decent weapon.
1(18) Marcus Peters CB Washington
2(17) Mitch Morse OG Missouri
3(12) Chris Conley WR Georgia
3(34) Steven Nelson CB Oregon State
4(19) Ramik Wilson OLB Georgia
5(36) D.J. Alexander OLB Oregon State
5(37) James O’Shaughnessy TE Illinois State
6(41) Rakeem Nunez-Roches DT Southern Miss
7(16) Da’Ron Brown WR Northern Illinois

Miami

Grade: C-

Miami got a nice future pro bowl receiver in WR, DeVante Parker, Louisville not only a nice weapon for QB Ryan Tannehill and also some needed help on defense as well by selecting DT Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma. Jay Ajayi RB Boise State could prove to be a good pick, but for now is considered a project.
1(14) DeVante Parker WR Louisville
2(20) Jordan Phillips DT Oklahoma
4(15) Jamil Douglas OG Arizona State
5(9) Bobby McCain CB Memphis
5(13) Jay Ajayi RB Boise State
5(14) Ced Thompson S Minnesota
5(20) Tony Lippett WR Michigan State

Minnesota

Grade: D-

The Vikings must think RB Adrian Peterson will be hanging around, for their sake lets hope so. If Peterson vaults for another team, 2nd year QB, Teddy Bridgewater will struggle with NO running game. If Peterson returns I would upgrade the Vikings to all the way to a B, because they definitely improved their defense with picks in rds. 1-3. Trae Waynes is considered the best CB in this years draft and ILB Eric Kendricks will be great in the NFL.
1(11) Trae Waynes CB Michigan State
2(13) Eric Kendricks ILB UCLA
3(24) Danielle Hunter DE LSU
4(11) T.J. Clemmings OT Pittsburgh
5(7) MyCole Pruitt TE Southern Illinois
5(10) Stefon Diggs WR Maryland
6(9) Tyrus Thompson OT Oklahoma
6(17) B.J. Dubose DE Louisville
7(11) Austin Shepherd OT Alabama
7(15) Edmond Robinson OLB Newberry

New England

Grade A-

Can you ever give Head Coach Bill Belichick a bad draft grade? The Patriots improved on defense big time, using their first four picks (rds. 1-4) by picking players like DT Malcom Brown, Texas and Stanford S Jordan Richards. DE Geneo Grissom, Oklahoma is also a beast.
1(32) Malcom Brown DT Texas
2(32) Jordan Richards S Stanford
3(33) Geneo Grissom DE Oklahoma
4(2) Trey Flowers DE Arkansas
4(12) Tre Jackson OG Florida State
4(32) Shaq Mason C Georgia Tech
5(30) Joe Cardona LS Navy
6(2) Matt Wells OLB Mississippi State
6(26) AJ Derby TE Arkansas
7(30) Darryl Roberts CB Marshall
7(36) Xzavier Dickson DE Alabama

New Orleans

Grade: C+

Head Coach Sean Peyton used his first pick to nab OT Andrus Peat, Stanford in rd. 1 since he was still sitting there at pick #13. Peat was a steal that low, however the Saints head coach wasted no time in making up for lost time, concerning shoring up the Saints defensive holes by selecting linebackers Stephone Anthony, Clemson with their 2nd pick in rd. 1 and Hau’Oli Kikaha, Washington. Did the Saints also draft the heir apparent to QB, Drew Brees by selecting QB, Garrett Grayson, Colo. St. ?
1(13) Andrus Peat OT Stanford
1(31) Stephone Anthony ILB Clemson
2(12) Hau’Oli Kikaha OLB Washington
3(11) Garrett Grayson QB Colorado State
3(14) P.J. Williams CB Florida State
5(12) Davis Tull OLB Chattanooga
5(18) Tyeler Davison DT Fresno State
5(31) Damian Swann CB Georgia
7(13) Marcus Murphy RB Missouri

NY Giants

Grade: B

Coach Tom Coughlin made a nice move by selecting  OT Ereck Flowers, Miami (FL) to give Eli some MUCH needed protection and he stole safety Landon Collins, Alabama in rd. 1. Most of the Giants remaining picks was used to shore up that depleted Giants defense, so kudos to Head Coach Coughlin for addressing the Giants main flaws in the correct order.
1(9) Ereck Flowers OT Miami (FL)
2(1) Landon Collins S Alabama
3(10) Owa Odighizuwa DE UCLA
5(8) Mykkele Thompson S Texas
6(10) Geremy Davis WR Connecticut
7(9) Bobby Hart OT Florida State

NY Jets

Grade: C+

New Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles, showed why he is a defensive guru.  Leonard Williams DE, USC is a complete player and will be an immediate impact on the Jets DL. The Jets showed nice poise in waiting until rd. 4 to pick QB Bryce Petty, Baylor even though Petty will NOT step in and be an immediate force at QB, BUT selecting the QB will definitely send 2013 first rd. pick QB Geno Smith a definite message, get it together or be looking over his shoulder for Petty to step in.
1(6) Leonard Williams DE USC
2(5) Devin Smith WR Ohio State
3(18) Lorenzo Mauldin OLB Louisville
4(4) Bryce Petty QB Baylor
5(16) Jarvis Harrison OG Texas A&M
7(6) Deon Simon DT Northwestern State

Oakland

Grade: B+

The Raiders finally appear to have the personnel in the front office to get it right. They got their franchise QB last year by drafting QB Eric Carr and this year they got him a nice weapon by picking whom is considered the BEST WR in this years draft in WR Amari Cooper, Alabama. Mario Edwards Jr. DE, Fla. St. will make an immediate impact on the Raiders defensive front and Oakland also made some nice late rd. picks at Linebacker and on the O-line.
1(4) Amari Cooper WR Alabama
2(3) Mario Edwards Jr. DE Florida State
3(4) Clive Walford TE Miami (FL)
4(29) Jon Feliciano OG Miami (FL)
5(4) Ben Heeney ILB Kansas
5(25) Neiron Ball OLB Florida
6(3) Max Valles ILB Virginia
7(1) Anthony Morris OT Tennessee State
7(4) Andre Debose WR Florida
7(25) Dexter McDonald CB Kansas

Philadelphia

Grade: E

The Eagles reached for WR Nelson Agholor, USC at pick 20 of rd. 1. their main need was CB and could have got a much better one in rd. 1 vs waiting until rd. 2 to again reach for CB Eric Rowe, Utah. Head Coach Chip Kelly had schemed and planned, thinking there would be interest for often injured and newly acquired QB Sam Bradford and when NO interest materialized Kelly was left to free fall and not only did the Eagles not address their main need at the correct time, they are now left with huge questions at QB. Granted the Eagles did use three of their picks on CB’s so time will tell how well Kelly did with plan B.
1(20) Nelson Agholor WR USC
2(15) Eric Rowe CB Utah
3(20) Jordan Hicks ILB Texas
6(15)Shepherd CB Kansas
6(20) Randall Evans CB Kansas State
7(20) Brian Mihalik DE Boston College

Pittsburgh

Grade: B+

Pittsburgh did a nice job in rebuilding their defense with great picks in rds. 1 & 2. Bud Dupree OLB, Kentucky and  Senquez Golson CB, Ole Miss. Before resuming adding defensive help in rd. 4 the Steelers paused long enough to steal WR Sammie Coats, Auburn in Rd. 3.
1(22) Bud Dupree OLB Kentucky
2(24) Senquez Golson CB Ole Miss
3(23) Sammie Coates WR Auburn
4(22) Doran Grant CB Ohio State
5(24) Jesse James TE Penn State
6(23) L.T. Walton DT Central Michigan
6(36) Anthony Chickillo DE Miami (FL)
7(22) Gerod Holliman S Louisville

San Diego

Grade: C-

It got kinda blah for the Chargers after adding RB Melvin Gordon with their first pick in rd. 1. They did at least address their biggest need in My Sports Mind by adding Gordon. The Chargers used most of their picks in this draft on defense but perhaps since they seem to have elected to keep QB Phillip Rivers and they did draft Gordon another offensive lineman or two would have been a nice addition.
1(15) Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin
2(16) Denzel Perryman ILB Miami (FL)
3(19) Craig Mager CB Texas State
5(17) Kyle Emanuel OLB North Dakota State
6(16) Darius Philon DT Arkansas

San Francisco

Grade: D

The 49ers really needed to add some defensive help, due to the retirement of Patrick Willis, replace the departed Frank Gore at RB. They drafted Arik Armstead DE, Oregon who will certainly help on defense and they got sleeper Mike Davis RB, South Carolina in rd. 4. The rest of the 49ers draft is the question. Many were considered reach’s time will tell.
1(17) Arik Armstead DE Oregon
2(14) Jaquiski Tartt S Samford
3(15) Eli Harold OLB Virginia
4(18) Blake Bell TE Oklahoma
4(27) Mike Davis RB South Carolina
4(33) DeAndre Smelter WR Georgia Tech
5(29) Bradley Pinion P Clemson
6(14) Ian Silberman OG Boston College
7(27) Trent Brown OG Florida
7(37) Rory Anderson TE South Carolina

Seattle

Grade: E

Could this be the beginning of the downfall of the dynasty that has yet to be. The Seahawks waited until late to get a pick in an already weak draft by selecting their first player in rd. 2. at pick 63 and Since the Seahawks already boast the #1 defense in the NFL should they have used the pick on a DE? NO. Was that a need for them NO. Frank Clark DE, Michigan could end up being a nice pick for Seattle, but they waited until Rd. 3 to draft a need position WR when they selected Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett.
2(31) Frank Clark DE Michigan
3(5) Tyler Lockett WR Kansas State
4(31) Terry Poole OT San Diego State
4(35) Mark Glowinski OG West Virginia
5(34) Tye Smith CB Towson
6(33) Obum Gwacham DE Oregon State
6(38) Kristjan Sokoli DE Buffalo
7(31) Ryan Smith-Murphy S Oregon State

St. Louis

Grade: A

Head Coach Jeff Fisher selected probably the best overall player in this years draft by picking RB Troy Gurley, Georgia. IF Gurley’s knee injury is behind him he could be the best RB drafted since AP himself. Fisher did draft a QB in rd. 3 Sean Mannion, Ore. St.  and plenty of beef up front for protection in OT’s Robert Havenstein, Wisconsin,  Jamon Brown, Louisville and  Andrew Donnal, Iowa in rds. 2, 3 and 4. St. Louis already appears set at defense and Coach Fisher, did much in rebuilding the offense. Now if he can only get a QB or perhaps there’s more to Mannion than meets the eye. If so Fisher will definitely find it.
1(10) Todd Gurley RB Georgia
2(25) Robert Havenstein OT Wisconsin
3(8) Jamon Brown OT Louisville
3(25) Sean Mannion QB Oregon State
4(20) Andrew Donnal OT Iowa
6(25) Bud Sasser WR Missouri
6(39) Cody Wichmann OG Fresno State
7(7) Bryce Hager ILB Baylor
7(10) Martin Ifedi DE Memphis

Tampa Bay

Grade: B-

Even though the Buc’s defense could use some help, their main needs of course were on offense. Not only did TB draft the best QB in the draft Jameis Winston, Fla. St. they added protection for Winston and also gave him some decent weapons. Winston will be buying plenty of crab legs in the future for 2nd rd. pick OT Donovan Smith, Penn State and OG Ali Marpet who is a beast out of Hobart. WR’s Kenny Bell (rd.5) and Kaelin Clay (rd.6) are projects of course, neither are expected to make immediate impacts. Had they not picked Winston in Rd. 1 their overall grade could have fallen as far as a D-.
1(1) Jameis Winston QB Florida State
2(2) Donovan Smith OT Penn State
2(29) Ali Marpet OG Hobart
4(25) Kwon Alexander OLB LSU
5(26) Kenny Bell WR Nebraska
6(8) Kaelin Clay WR Utah
7(14) Joey Iosefa RB Hawaii

Tennessee

Grade: D

Even though QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon was the 2nd pick of the draft, he is still a project, due to some obvious kinks in his armor. Never lining up behind center and the inability (at least he’s yet to show) to check off his receivers are two huge deficiencies to have entering the VERY fast paced NFL. With the proper coaching Mariota can become a good QB in the NFL, however the Titans did little in this draft giving Mariota much needed protection for an O-line that yielded 50-sacks last season. It’s good Mariota’s considered a very mobile QB, you can expect to see him running for his life early and often next year. The Titans did add troubled WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri in rd. 2. If Beckham can overcome his off the field issues he can become a good target for Mariota in the future.
1(2) Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
2(8) Dorial Green-Beckham WR Missouri
3(2) Jeremiah Poutasi OG Utah
4(1) Angelo Blackson DT Auburn
4(9) Jalston Fowler FB Alabama
5(2) David Cobb RB Minnesota
6(1) Deiontrez Mount OLB Louisville
6(32) Andy Gallik C Boston College
7(28) Tre McBride WR William & Mary

Washington

Grade: D

The Redskins drafted the BEST OL in the draft in BEAST Brandon Scherff, Iowa. The BIG question for Washington is will RGIII benefit from it and use the addition of Scherff to his advantage OR will Griffith continue to subject his already deteriorated body to additional punishment by continuing to try running the ball. For Robert Griffith time is running out and with his fragile body, if he don’t learn to play the role of pocket passer his days as an NFL QB are surely numbered. RB Matt Jones, Florida can also be a big help to RGIII by taking that job from him and DE Preston Smith, Miss. St. is going to be a beast in this league.
1(5) Brandon Scherff OT Iowa
2(6) Preston Smith DE Mississippi State
3(31) Matt Jones RB Florida
4(6) Jamison Crowder WR Duke
4(13) Arie Kouandjio OG Alabama
5(5) Martrell Spaight OLB Arkansas
6(5) Kyshoen Senquez Golson CB Ole Miss Jarrett S Virginia Tech
6(6) Tevin Mitchel OLB Arkansas
6(11) Evan Spencer WR Ohio State
7(5) Austin Reiter C South Florida

So Whats On Your Sports Mind, Do you agree with my grades? If NOT let us know what you think.

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