AFC Draft Report Cards


1 (16) - E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
2 (41) - Robert Woods, WR, Southern California
2 (46) - Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon
3 (78) Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas
4 (105) - Duke Williams, FS, Nevada
5 (143) - Jonathan Meeks, DB, Clemson
6 (177) - Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State
7 (222) - Chris Gragg, TE, Arkansas

Top Picks Analysis: General manager Buddy Nix has run things in Buffalo for quite some time now and the results haven't exactly inspired confidence in his stewardship. In the end all the Ryan Nassib talk was just that but Nix and his new head coach, Doug Marrone, had a quarterback in mind -- Manuel, a very, very raw prospect. The second-round selection was much better because the Bills needed a complement to Stevie Johnson and Woods is the best route-runner in the draft and a player who has been in a pro-style offense for years. Alonso came on late during his career at Oregon and looks like a pretty instinctive player.

Best Value Pick: Goodwin is a legitimate vertical threat, an Olympic track athlete who showed up at the Senior Bowl and blew the doors off everybody. If he can catch the ball consistently, he'll blow the top off any defense.

Questionable Calls: At least they traded down before taking Manuel but you can officially start the clock on Marrone's long-term employment prospects in Western New York. The Bills already have a raw quarterback with a big arm who never developed -- Tarvaris Jackson. Let's hope Manuel doesn't make it two

Summary: Take away the Manuel reach and this draft isn't all that bad but how can you do that? Marrone and his staff will have to work overtime to get Manuel up to speed, otherwise receivers like Johnson, Woods and Goodwin are only going to get frustrated trying to corral balls from Kevin Kolb or Jackson.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Syracuse OG Zach Chibane; Georgia Tech DE Izaan Cross; Towson FS Jordan Dangerfield; Missouri CB Kip Edwards; Richmond RB/FB Kendall Gaskins; Eastern Washington WR Brandon Kaufman; Lane CB Vernon Kearney; Stony Brook WR Kevin Norrell; Howard LB Keith Pough; USC CB Nickell Robey; Tennessee Tech WR Da'Rick Rogers; Catawba CB Jumal Rolle; Albany RB Drew Smith; Cal DL Aaron Tipoti; Washington State QB Jeff Tuel; Pittsburgh C Ryan Turnley



1 (3) - Dion Jordan, DE Oregon
2 (54) - Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
3 (77) Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee
3 (93) - Will Davis, CB, Utah State
4 (104) - Jelani Jenkins, OLB, Florida
4 (106) - Dion Sims, TE, Michigan State
5 (164) - Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida
5 (166) - Caleb Sturgis, K, Florida
7 (250) - Don Jones, SS, Arkansas State

Top Pick Analysis: Jordan is a breathtaking athlete but he was a part-time player in Eugene and has a long way to go before becoming a polished Jason Taylor-like edge threat. Second-round pick Jamar Taylor is actually a much safer pick and a guy who can help a rebuilding secondary quickly. Thomas, a tackle at Tennessee, could project on the right side but shaky feet say he should move inside.

Best Value Pick: It's doubtful Sturgis will be as successful as Blair Walsh was in Minnesota as a rookie last season but he comes in with the reputation as a very accurate kicker who can help Miami tilt the field.

Questionable Calls: Davis is a man corner with some ball skills but most had a fifth or sixth-round grade on him so it was a bit of a reach to take him on the second day.

Summary: The NFL's resident bipolar mess, the Oakland Raiders, sent the third overall pick to South Beach and the Dolphins, who seem to be going all in for 2013. selected Jordan, the raw Oregon pass rusher. The guess here is the Dolphins went up because they thought Chip Kelly was taking his old acolyte from Nike University. The rest of us though the Fish were going up to get Oklahoma left tackle Lane Johnson, who would have been the more prudent option. All in all this was a mixed bag for general manager Jeff Ireland. He did some nice things later but this draft will be defined by Jordan, who could team with Cameron Wake to give Miami a relentless rush off the edges or turn into a third-down situational player who gets pushed around by beefier NFL offensive tackles.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Findlay QB Clay Belton; Southern Illinois OL Eric Bergman; Mississippi State WR Chad Bumphis; Old Dominion DL Chris Burnette; Oregon LB Michael Clay; Mount Union WR Jasper Collins; Mount Union WR Chris Denton; Maryland DT A.J. Francis; Arkansas LB Alonzo Highsmith; Arizona State S Keelan Johnson; Michigan S Jordan Kovacs; Arizona State RB Cameron Marshall; Georgetown LB Rob McCabe; BYU LB Brandon Ogletree; Northern Iowa WR Terrell Sinkfield; Arkansas State WR Taylor Stockemer


New England

2 (52) - Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Mississippi
2 (59) - Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
3 (83) Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
3 (91) - Duron Harmon, S, Rutgers
4 (102) - Josh Boyce, WR, TCU
7 (226) - Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois
7 (235) - Steve Beauharnais, ILB, Rutgers

Top Picks Analysis: The Patriots weren't all that enamored with the talent in this draft and traded out of the first round, accumulating four picks from Minnesota in the process. Bill Belichick used the first of those picks to snare an edge-rushing prospect in Collins. Dobson is a raw vertical threat at wide receiver, while Ryan and Harmon are Rutgers defensive backs joining Devin McCourty in the Pats' back seven.

Best Value Pick: Boyce is a solid, physical receiver who projects well outside the numbers. He might have gone higher if it wasn't for a foot injury.

Questionable Calls: Harmon is a big, physical safety but most viewed him as a late-round pick or priority free agent. Even if Belichick is seeing something everyone else isn't, he could have gotten him much later and that defines a bad pick.

Summary: Belichick was content to go with the pitch in this draft and shoot for singles or doubles. The back of his baseball card says he's got a pretty good batting average so you almost have to give him the benefit of the doubt but nothing jumps out at you here.

Final Grade: C+

Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Louisiana Tech P Ryan Allen; Tennessee FB Ben Bartholomew; Missouri OT Elvis Fisher; Clemson TE Brandon Ford; South Florida DT Cory Grissom; Akron RB Quenton Hines; Rutgers CB Brandon Jones; Kent State OL Josh Kline; Missouri WR T.J. Moe; Penn State CB Stephen Morris; Nevada TE Zach Sudfeld; Penn State C Matt Stankiewitch; Cincinnati WR Ken Thompkins


N.Y. Jets

1 (9) - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
1 (13) - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
2 (39) - Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
3 (72) - Brian Winters, OG, Kent State
5 (141) - Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia
6 (178) - William Campbell, DT, Michigan
7 (215) - Tommy Bohanon, FB, Wake Forest

Top Picks Analysis: The locals at Radio City Music Hall approved of Darrelle Revis' presumptive replacement, Milliner, who was the best cornerback in the draft but may lack the ball skills to be the kind of playmaker some project him as. This isn't going to be a Troy Williamson replacing Randy Moss situation but Milliner is going to have a tough time in Revis' rather large shadow. The Jets continued rebuilding Rex Ryan's defense with their second first-round selection but it was a big surprise that Richardson, more of a 4-3 under tackle, went before Star Lotulelei, who could be a great 3-4 nose. Smith has the kind of athleticism that is en vogue in the NFL right now at the quarterback position. Winters, meanwhile, is a solid prospect who will help New York rebuild the offensive line.

Best Value Pick: One of the knocks on Smith was his rabbit ears, the thought he heard criticism and let it get to him far too often. That's why it was so alarming when he told ESPN's Suzy Kolber that he wouldn't be back on Friday after watching the entire first round from the Green Room. It showed immaturity and the inability to persevere in bad times, something scouts tend to take very seriously. That said, Smith came to his senses and did stay so he showed some moxy and any time you get a talent who was once thought of as a possible No. 1 overall pick at 39, there is significant value there.

Questionable Calls: Lotulelei is a better fit than Richardson for Ryan's previous style of defense, something that should tell you all you need to know about the lame duck coach's long-term status with the Jets.

Summary: New general manager John Idzik certainly fit in with the Jets' New York Post back page headline style rather quickly, creating plenty of controversy with his early picks. Mark Sanchez is clearly on his last legs, Tim Tebow was finally jettisoned on Monday and forget about the three other quarterbacks in the mix. Smith is now the guy moving forward and that will ultimately define this draft.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Central Florida OLB Troy Davis; Hawaii CB Mike Edwards; Northern Arizona OT Trey Gilleo; Iowa State DL Jake McDonough; Cal (Pa.) CB Rontez Miles; Tennessee WR Zach Rogers; Lehigh WR Ryan Spadola




1 (32) - Matt Elam, S, Florida
2 (56) - Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State
3 (94) - Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern State
4 (129) - John Simon, DE, Ohio State
4 (130) - Kyle Juszczyk, FB, Harvard
5 (168) - Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
6 (200) - Kapron Lewis-Moore, DE, Notre Dame
6 (203) - Ryan Jensen, OT, Colorado State-Pueblo
7 (238) - Aaron Mellette, WR, Elon
7 (247) Marc Anthony, CB, California

Top Picks Analysis: An amazing job by the Ravens despite starting at No. 32. They got potential replacements for Ed Reed and Dannell Ellerbe in Elam, a somewhat short prospect but one was has good ball skills, and Brown, a versatile three-down linebacker. Williams is a big space-eater who can help take some reps off Haloti Ngata.

Best Value Pick: Simon looks like a great fit as a situational pass rusher for what the Ravens do. If fact he looks like a carbon copy of Paul Kruger, who left in free agency for Cleveland.

Summary: Another strong assemblage of young talent by general manager Ozzie Newsome and assistant GM Eric DeCosta. Newsome is obviously one of the best in the business and continues to consistently hit in the draft. The sky was falling in Charm City when the Ravens lost players like Reed, Ellerbe and Kruger but things aren't looking so bad now.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: West Virginia OL Jeff Braun; Florida International CB Jose Cheeseborough; Penn LB/DE Brandon Copeland; Memphis OL Jordan Devey; Maryland TE Matt Furstenburg; Louisiana Tech RB Ray Holley; Mississippi TE Murphy Holloway; Utah CB Moe Lee; Towson WR Gerrard Sheppard; Southeastern Louisiana QB Nathan Stanley; Army QB Trent Steelman; Troy DB Brynden Trawick



1 (21) - Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
2 (37) - Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
2 (53) Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
3 (84) Shawn Williams, SS, Georgia
4 (118) - Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M
5 (156) - Tanner Hawkinson, OT, Kansas
6 (190) - Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska
6 (197) - Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas
7 (240) - Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State
7 (251) - T.J. Johnson, C, South Carolina

Top Pick Analysis: Mike Brown got the best tight end in the draft in Notre Dame's Eifert as well as a back who can give the running game some juice outside the tackles in Bernard. The Bengals then turned to defense by taking lengthy SMU defensive end Hunt, a 6-foot-8 player who could create havoc in the passing lanes, along with Williams, a safety who projects on special teams early and has the potential to be a starter down the line.

Best Value Pick: Porter is undersized but the Bengals need an outside linebacker and he is an athletic guy with the short-area quickness and the football IQ to switch from playing the run to checking a slot.

Questionable Calls: Bernard wasn't the best running back in the draft but best fit for what Cincinnati was looking for. "Need" is never the best talent evaluator, though.

Summary: Andy Dalton is going to run out of excuses soon. Eifert is a mismatch machine and Bernard's explosiveness should keep opposing defenses honest. Now it's time for Dalton to stop using A.J. Green as his default setting when things go wrong and start getting some of his other pieces involved.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Indiana DT Larry Black Jr.; Stanford CB Terrence Brown; New Mexico-Highlands OLB Jordan Campbell; NW Missouri State DE Travis Chappelear; Southern Illinois OLB Jayson Dimanche; Eastern Kentucky WR Tyrone Goard; Auburn RB Onterio McCalebb; Michigan WR Roy Roundtree; Oklahoma State PK-P Quinn Sharp; Minnesota CB Troy Stoudermire; Auburn OL John Sullen; Virginia Tech LB Bruce Taylor



1 (6) - Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
3 (68) - Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
6 (175) - Jamoris Slaughter, S, Notre Dame
7 (217) - Armonty Bryant, DE, East Central, OK
7 (227) - Garrett Gilkey, OT, Chadron State

Top Picks Analysis: Mingo is a high-risk, high-reward edge pass rusher for the new defensive coordinator Ray Horton's 3-4, the classic boom-or-bust type who probably shouldn't have been in the conversation at No. 6 overall. McFadden is a small, quick-footed corner, best suited for the slot. He could also help in the return game.

Best Value Pick: Slaughter was playing well at Notre Dame last season until tearing his Achilles, an injury he is still rehabbing from. If healthy and that's a big if, Slaughter is the kind of versatile free safety who Horton can line up all over the field and be confident there will be no mental mistakes.

Questionable Calls: Taking Mingo so high will be questioned for years unless the former LSU star hits the ground running.

Summary: New general manger Mike Lombardi clearly wasn't thrilled with the talent in this draft and turned seven picks into five with an eye on 2014. The biggest surprise was the fact Cleveland didn't take a flyer on one of quarterback prospects late since no one in the new brain trust is all not enamored with Brandon Weeden. In the end, this draft all hinges on Mingo. It's pretty easy to understand Lombardi's philosophy with the pick. It's a pass- first league, and everyone needs an impactful presence off the edge. Mingo has the talent, it's now the Browns' job to make sure his motor doesn't run so hot and cold.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Eastern Kentucky OT Aaron Adams; Arkansas State QB Ryan Aplin; Northern Illinois WR Perez Ashford; Stephan F Austin CB Josh Aubrey; Notre Dame C Braxston Cave; Youngstown State RB Jamaine Cooke; Central Arkansas WR Dominique Croom; UTEP WR Michael Edwards; Hawaii DE Paipai Falemalu; LSU OT Chris Faulk; Florida International OG Caylin Hauptmann; Eastern Michigan FB Garrett Hoskins; Utah DT Dave Kruger; Wisconsin-Platteville SS Ryan McWethy; Stephen F. Austin WR Cordell Roberson; Illinois DE Justin Staples; Kansas State TE Travis Tannahill; Delaware SS Ricky Tunstall; Temple OT Martin Wallace



1 (17) - Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
2 (48) - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
3 (79) - Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
4 (111) - Shamarko Thomas, S, (Syracuse)
4 (115) - Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
5 (150) - Terry Hawthrone, CB, Illinois
6 (186) - Justin Brown, WR, Oklahoma
6 (206) - Vince Williams, LB, Florida State
7 (223) - Nick Williams, DT, Samford

Top Picks Analysis: Jones said he would never get past the Steelers and sure enough he didn't. It's like the whole league conspires to give Pittsburgh impact 3-4 players. Poor 40 times sent Jones crashing out of the top 10, but the Steelers got a Terrell Suggs-like steal in the first round. Second-rounder Bell is a big back who doesn't run like one most of the time, while Wheaton will have some value as a potential vertical threat, something needed after Mike Wallace fled to South Beach in free agency.

Best Value Pick: The Steelers may have found their successor to the declining Troy Polamalu in fourth-round choice Thomas, an undersized, high-energy thumper on the back end.

Questionable Calls: Taking Bell over Alabama's Eddie Lacy and Wisconsin's Montee Ball is going to make that a microscope pick. The thought process is that Pittsburgh wants big, physical backs to take advantage of the late-season weather in Western Pennsylvania but Bell just hasn't shown the nastiness as runner the Steelers expect from their backs.

Summary: Age has slowly crept up on the Steelers and this was the most important draft for Pittsburgh in years. The Steelers have moved on from former Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison and really can't count on the oft-injured Polamalu any longer. Jones is a perfect fit as an edge player and Thomas has a chance at safety. Getting Landry Jones, a Ben Roethlisberger- like clone, albeit without the escapability, was also a nice depth move.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Northwestern DE Brian Arnfelt; Northern Illinois LB Alan Baxter; Utah WR Reggie Dunn; San Diego State OT Nik Embernate; Penn State OT Mike Farrell; Notre Dame OL Mike Golic Jr.; Louisiana-Lafayette DE Cordian Hagans; UAB G Chris Hubbard; Florida DT Omar Hunter; Hawaii LS Luke Ingram; West Virginia C Joe Madsen; USC RB Curtis McNeal; Baylor C Ivory Wade; Michigan State DT Anthony Rashad White; West Virginia WR J.D. Woods




1 (27) - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
2 (57) - D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
3 (89) - Brennan Williams, OT, North Carolina
3 (95) - Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
4 (124) - Trevardo Williams, DE, UConn
6 (176) - David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose State
6 (195) - Alan Bonner, WR, Jacksonville State
6 (198) - Chris Jones, DT, Bowling Green
6 (201) - Ryan Griffin, TE, UConn

Top Picks Analysis: Even before general manager Rick Smith released veteran receiver Kevin Walter, the Texans badly needed a complement to Andre Johnson and Hopkins could be that guy, a vertical threat who can help clear things out for Johnson, who has lost a step in recent seasons. Swearinger is an aggressive player who figures to intern on special teams before eventually taking over for the aging but still productive Ed Reed. Williams is a very long right tackle who could compete with Ryan Harris for a starting job, and Montgomery is a very talented defensive end who needs to make football a bigger priority in his life.

Best Value Pick: Quessenberry isn't a great athlete but he understands leverage and blocking angles. Perhaps more importantly, he's got position versatility which will help him stick around and develop.

Questionable Calls: Trevardo Williams is a high-effort player but at just 6- foot-1 and 245 pounds, he's going to have a tough time finding a position in the NFL if he can't drop in pass coverage.

Summary: A solid A-B-C draft for the Texans, snaring the receiver opposite Johnson, getting a "safety" net for the aging Reed, and bringing in a solid tackle prospect to team with Duane Brown. They then carpet-bombed in an effort to replace Connor Barwin at rush linebacker by bringing in Montgomery and Williams. Hopefully one hits.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Michigan State CB Johnny Adams; Ohio State FB Zach Boren; Central Florida CB A.J. Bouye; Georgia WR Marlon Brown; SMU G Bryan Collins; Ohio WR Andy Cruse; SMU ILB Ja'Gared Davis; Illinois State ILB Evan Frierson; Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham; Ohio State CB Travis Howard; Arkansas RB Dennis Johnson; Ohio State S Orhian Johnson; Kansas State QB Collin Klein; Louisville G Alex Kupper; Syracuse WR Alec Lemon; Texas A&M WR Ozoma Nwachukwu; Florida DE Earl Okine; Western Michigan T Dann O'Neill; Illinois C Graham Pocic; Fresno State P Andre Shapiro; Connecticut WR Michael Smith; USC S Jawanza Starling; Kansas State LB Justin Tuggle; Cincinnati RB George Winn; Notre Dame RB Cierre Wood



1 (24) - Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
3 (86) - Hugh Thornton, OG, Illinois
4 (121) - Khaled Holmes, OC, USC
5 (139) - DT - Montari Hughes, DT, Tennessee-Martin
6 (192) - John Boyett, SS (Oregon)
7 (230) - Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State
7 (254) - Justice Cunningham, TE, South Carolina

Top Picks Analysis: Werner was once thought of as a top-10 guy until questions about his closing speed off the edge sent him tumbling and the Colts were more than happy to gobble up the high-energy Florida State product, who figures to be a key cog moving forward. Thornton is more of an overachieving, grinder who needs to be more consistent with his technique.

Best Value Pick: Fifth-rounder Hughes is a very talented but raw size-speed prospect, who could really develop as a space-eater with sound and patient coaching.

Questionable Calls: Taking Thornton in the third round was a bit of a reach but it was obvious general manager Ryan Grigson wanted to address the interior of the offensive line and didn't have a second-round pick. Holmes was a better option in Round 4.

Summary: Grigson had a spectacular first draft in Indianapolis, netting six different players who played in 12 or more games, including star quarterback Andrew Luck. This wasn't as sexy but he gave coach Chuck Pagano two key pieces for the 3-4 and netted bodies for competition on the offensive line.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Boston College OT Emmett Cleary; Alabama A&M OL Jamaal Johnson-Webb; Marian College K Michael Josifovsk; Temple K Brandon McManus; Montana State FB Dan Moore; Baylor WR Lanear Sampson; San Jose State CB Daxton Swanson



1 (2) - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
2 (33) - Johnathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
3 (64) - Dwayne Gratz, CB, UConn
4 (101) - Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina
5 (135) - Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan
6 (169) - Josh Evans, FS, Florida
7 (208) - Jeremy Harris, CB, New Mexico State
7 (210) - Demetrius McCray, CB, Appalachian State

Top Picks Analysis: New general manger David Caldwell made the prudent decision to take the sure thing early in Joeckel. Even though Gus Bradley is a a defensive-minded coach, Joeckel was too good to pass up at No. 2 overall because the Jags went into the process with just one proven tackle on their roster in Eugene Monroe. Joeckel will step in on Day 1 as the right tackle and sure things up so Jacksonville can concentrate on other areas. In the second round Bradley was given a big piece for the back end in the heavy-hitting Cyprien, while Gratz fills an immediate need at corner and could push for a starting job.

Best Value Pick: Sanders is only 5-foot-7 but he could turn into am impact slot receiver and return guy. It remains to be seen if he can hold up for 16 games, though.

Questionable Calls: Robinson, a quarterback for most of his time at Michigan, seems like a redundant pick. Obviously, he is terribly athletic but at the best case scenario at the NFL level projects him as a guy who will give you what Sanders was drafted for.

Summary: Joeckel, Cyprien and Gratz will all be penciled in as starters while Sanders should add some juice to the return game and provide the slot threat to complement Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon. It's all about the quarterback in Jacksonville, though, and the only competition Caldwell brought in for embattled incumbents Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne was undrafted read-option threat Matt Scott of Arizona and Aaron Rodgers' far less talented brother, Jordan Rodgers of Vandy.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Georgia Tech DT T.J. Barnes; Cincinnati LB Maalik Bomar; Delaware CB Marcus Burley; Rutgers OT R.J. Dill; Ole Miss DT Uriah Grant; Nevada LB Jeremiah Green; Western Michigan DE Paul Hazel; Georgia DT Abry Jones; Southern Oregon WR Cole McKenzie; Arizona State WR Jamal Miles; Massachusetts G Stephane Milhim; San Jose State TE Ryan Otten; N.C. State WR Tobias Palmer; Florida State FB Lonnie Pryor; Nebraska TE Kyler Reed; Virginia OLB LaRoy Reynolds; Vanderbilt QB Jordan Rodgers; Arizona QB Matt Scott; Texas A&M Steven Terrell; Alabama LS Carson Tinker; Murray State OT Roderick Tomlin; Vanderbilt CB Trey Wilson; Illinois State LB Mike Zimmer



1 (10) - Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
2 (34) - Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
3 (70) - Bliki Wreh-Wilson, CB, UConn
3 (97) - Zaxiar Gooden, OLB, Missouri
4 (107) - Brian Schwenke, C, California
5 (142) - Lavar Edwards, DE, LSU
6 (202) - Khalid Wooten, CB, Nevada
7 (248) - Daimion Stafford, SS, Nebraska

Top Picks Analysis: Talk about turning a weakness into a strength. The interior of the Titans' offensive line was a mess last season so Tennessee signed Andy Levitre away from Buffalo and drafted Warmack, perhaps the best football player in this draft. General manger Rushton Webster then traded up in the second round to keep Hunter in the Volunteer State. A lot of people had a first round grade on Hunter and he gives the Titans some security for Kenny Britt, who is in the last year of his contract and has had more than his share of off-the-field problems. Wreh-Wilson is the kind of long corner that is en vogue in today's NFL, while Gooden is an undersized, speedy linebacker who lacks instinct.

Best Value Pick: Schwenke is one of the quickest centers you will ever see. He doesn't look the part but he's technically sound and if he starts to excel in the weight room, he's got a chance to be an top-tier starter in this league.

Questionable Calls: Gooden was a reach in the third round because he doesn't have the size to take on blocks or the natural instincts to avoid them.

Summary: Adding Warmack and Schwenke to Levitre turns a big weakness into potentially one of the better interior lines in football, while Hunter was a steal in the second round. Wreh-Wilson and Gooden still need plenty of seasoning to become contributors, however.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: UTEP C Eloy Atkinson; South Florida CB George Baker; South Florida K Maikon Bonani; Regina (Canada) DE/DT Stefan Charles; Western Kentucky TE Jack Doyle; Florida A&M WR Travis Harvey; Nevada RB Stephon Jefferson; Louisiana Tech OT Oscar Johnson; Oklahoma State DL Nigel Nicholas; Valdosta State CB Matt Pierce; Arizona State WR Rashad Ross; McMaster (Canada) OL Matt Sewell; Murray State WR Dontel Watkins; Clemson LB Jonathan Willard; Oklahoma LB Tom Wort




1 (28) - Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
2 (58) - Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
3 (90) - Kayvon Webster, CB, South Florida
5 (146) - Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky
5 (161) - Tavarres King, WR, Georgia
5 (173) - Vinston Painter, OT, Virginia Tech
7 (234) - Zac Dysert, QB, Miami-Ohio

Top Picks Analysis: The Elvis Dumervil fax fiasco put defensive end in play for the Broncos but they never thought Williams would fall so far and made the prudent decision to strike. Smart teams do smart things and executive V.P. of football operations John Elway made the right decision. Things got tougher, though, as the draft marched on. Running back was a need and Ball has a nice skill-set for a Peyton Manning offense, although like any young runner he will need to work on pass protection to get on the field. Webster was a big reach in the third round.

Best Value Pick: Dysert broke just about all of Ben Roethlisberger's school records at Miami-Ohio and is a decent developmental prospect for a team that has to start thinking about life after Manning. Dysert doesn't have Roethlisberger's arm strength or freaky strength to shake off pass rushers but he sure did produce at the college level.

Questionable Calls: Webster looks the part and has nice lateral movement skills but none of that has translated thus far and there were many better options at corner when the Broncos plucked him.

Summary: Denver started well with Williams but came up small from there. Ball is a good runner but Manning will get frustrated with his inability to pick up the blitz. Webster and Smith, meanwhile, are big-time projects. The good news is those players will have time because the Broncos veteran group is very talented.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: California RB C.J. Anderson; New Mexico State WR Kemonte' Bateman; Kansas State P Ryan Doerr; West Texas A&M OL Manase Foketi; UCLA CB Aaron Hester; San Diego State QB Ryan Katz; BYU LB Uona Kaveinga; Baylor DE Gary Mason Jr.; Florida LB Lerentee McCray; UCF WR Quincy McDuffie; Arkansas S Ross Rasner; New Mexico TE Lucas Reed; Colorado LB Douglas Rippy; New Mexico WR Lamar Thomas; Temple DE John Youboty


Kansas City

1 (1) - Eric Fisher, OT Central Michigan
3 (63) - Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
3 (96) - Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
4 (99) - Nico Johnson, ILB, Alabama
5 (134) - Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia
6 (170) - Eric Kush, OC, California (PA)
6 (204) - Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas State
7 (207) - Mike Catapano, DE, Princeton

Top Picks Analysis: The Chiefs chose the ceiling over the floor, taking Fisher over the presumptive favorite to go No. 1 overall, Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel. Joeckel, also a left tackle, was the far safer pick and ended up going No. 2 to Jacksonville. Fisher's advantage in athleticism, however, was enough to convince new Chiefs coach Andy Reid and his hand-picked general manager, John Dorsey, that the CMU star was the best option. The Chiefs then snared the talented but troubled Kelce with the first pick in the third round. Reid coached Travis' brother Jason in Philadelphia and believes he can get the most out of a kid who is more of an old school in-line type in that he can block and catch the ball. Davis is dynamic but coming off a down year after sitting out all of 2011 due to injury.

Best Value Pick: Johnson is an assignment-sure, selfless beast of a middle linebacker between the tackles who doesn't mind blowing up lead blocks so his teammates can grab the glory and clean things up.

Questionable Calls: Davis is just not consistent enough when on the field and has injury concerns to boot so it was more than questionable when Kansas City called his name on the second day.

Summary: If Fisher is truly can't miss, this will work out just fine in the end but Reid and Dorsey looked a little overmatched overall. The book on Reid in his final years in Philly was that the game was slowly passing him by. His first draft in K.C. won't do anything to dismiss those concerns.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Tennessee QB Tyler Bray; Kansas QB Dayne Crist; Maryland LB Darin Drakeford; Ole Miss DE E.J. Epperson; Florida WR Frankie Hammond; UW-Milwaukee Demetrius Harris (basketball); Ole Miss OL A.J. Hawkins; Texas DB A&M C.J. Jones; Alabama A&M RB Kaderius Lacey; Sacramento State TE TJ Knowles; Vanderbilt DL Rob Lohr; Missouri DE Brad Madison; Columbia DE/OLB Josh Martin; Kansas S Bradley McDougald; Columbia OLB Josh Martin; Kansas DE/LB Toben Opurum; Jackson State WR Rico Richardson; Charleston RB Jordan Roberts; New Haven DT Raheem Stanley; Michigan WR Darryl Stonum



1 (12) - D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
2 (42) - Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
3 (66) - Sio Moore, LB, UConn
4 (112) - Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
6 (172) - Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado
6 (181) - Latavius Murry, RB, Central Florida
6 (184) - Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee
6 (205) - Stacy McGee, DT, Oklahoma
7 (209) - Brice Butler, WR, San Diego State
7 (233) - David Bass, DE, Missouri Western

Top Pick Analysis: Reggie McKenzie came over from Green Bay before last season and is still trying to wash the Davis craziness out of the Raiders but didn't do a good job in the first round. Oakland loved Hayden so much they almost wasted the No. 3 overall pick to get him before wisely trading down and getting him at 12. They could have dropped another 10 spots at least. Things settled down from there. Second-rounder Watson is a very raw tackle prospect but has a big upside, and Moore has a nice work ethic and some coverage ability at linebacker.

Best Value Pick: Matt Flynn is probably just a caretaker so getting a legitimate developmental quarterback like Wilson with a fourth-round pick is a positive.

Questionable Calls: Even if they develop, Hayden and Moore simply weren't good value picks where they were taken.

Summary: The Raiders didn't address the defensive line after blowing things up there so that remains a concern. Hayden and Moore should help the back seven in coverage while Watson and Wilson are classic Davis-like boom-or-bust types. It's like the guy is still haunting the organization.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Louisville CB Adrian Bushell; Virginia Union DE Kentrell Harris; Youngstown State G Lamar Mady; Wyoming OT Kyle Magnuson; Tulsa S Dexter McColl; Rice RB Sam McGuffie; Eastern Washington QB Kyle Padron; Duke WR Conner Vernon; Boston College OT John Wetzel; Cal DB Deunta Williams; Rutgers WR Tim Wright


San Diego

1 (11) - D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
2 (38) - Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
3 (76) Keenan Allen, WR, California
5 (145) - Steve Williams, CB, California
6 (179) - Tourek Williams, DE, Florida International
7 (221) - Brad Sorensen, QB, Southern Utah

Top Picks Analysis: The Chargers' offensive line was abysmal in 2012 and D.J. Fluker was the best O-Line prospect left on the board when San Diego picked at No. 11 overall. It was probably a little too early for general manger Tom Telesco to take him but Philip Rivers is certainly happy. Telesco then traded up in the second round and got great value with Notre Dame inside linebacker Manti Te'o, a great college player who fell because of his strange "catfishing" scandal. Te'o was never going to be a top-10 pick as some surmised early in the process due to some athletic limitations, but he put far too much good football on film to pretend he can't play at the next level. Allen is another college superstar who fell because of poor 40 times but he might be the most polished receiver in this class.

Best Value Pick: Allen finished his 2012 season regarded as the best wide receiver in the draft but his 40 times sent him tumbling. If you like him, he's Anquan Boldin. If you don't, he doesn't have the speed to get consistent separation. The film says you should like him.

Questionable Calls: There shouldn't be any hesitation with Te'o as a football player but bringing him into any locker room has to be questioned, simply because his behavior during the scandal turned out to be so bizarre.

Summary: Fluker was as good a desperation pick as you could make but there were far better players on the board at No. 11. Te'o and Allen are good fits for what Mike McCoy is building. Te'o figures to fit in nicely next to rangy playmaker Donald Butler in the 3-4, while Allen should be an impact possession receiver for new offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Central Michigan S Jahleel Addae; Virginia Tech T Nick Becton; Towson LB Frank Beltre; Kansas DB Greg Brown; Nebraska TE Ben Colton; Wisconsin DB Marcus Cromartie; Sierra College WR Courtney Gardner; Georgia NT Kwame Geathers; Missouri Western RB Michael Hill; South Carolina NT Byron Jerideau; Purdue DB Josh Johnson; Vanderbilt P Richard Kent; Oklahoma DE Jamarkus McFarland; Toledo LB Daniel Molls; Texas DE Brandon Moore; Wake Forest DB Kenny Okoro; Missouri State T Randy Richards; Utah TE David Rolf; Cornell WR Luke Tasker; Southeastern Louisiana LB Devan Walker

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