Buffalo Bills: C+
Round 1, Pick 7: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Round 1, Pick 16: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
Round 3: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
Round 4: Taron Johnson, CB, Weber St
Round 5: Siran Neal, CB, Jacksonville State
Round 5: Wyatt Teller, G, Virginia Tech
Round 6: Ray-Ray McCloud, WR, Clemson
Round 7: Austin Proehl, WR, North Carolina
Tyrod Taylor took the Bills to the Playoffs for the first time in 17 years, but nah, they threw him out and took a gigantic risk on Allen; the third best QB in the Mountain West. Edmunds was a steal at 16, and Buffalo’s best pick. It will be interesting to see how Ray-Ray McCloud plays out.
New England Patriots: B-
Round 1, Pick 23: Isaiah Wynn, T, Georgia
Round 1, Pick 31: Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
Round 2: Duke Dawson, CB, Florida
Round 5: Ja’Whaun Bentley, LB, Purdue
Round 6: Christian Sam, LB, Arizona St.
Round 6: Braxton Berrios, WR, Miami
Round 7: Danny Etling, QB, LSU
The Patriots own the greatest draft pick of all time, and will still be good in 2018, so none of this really matters. I love Michel at No. 31. He’s an upgrade from Dion Lewis and it might be beneficial for him to run behind his college teammate. Berrios provides a potential Danny Amendola replacement. Trading back a few times prevented New England from taking a more reliable linebacker.
New York Jets: B+
Round 1, Pick 3: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Round 3: Nathan Shepherd, DE, Fort Hayes State
Round 4: Chris Herndon, WR, Miami
Round 6: Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane
Round 6: Foley Fatukasi, DT, UCONN
Round 6: Trenton Cannon, RB/KR, Virginia St.
New York’s B+ grade is propelled by Sam Darnold. It was the right pick to make after he ended up being available. The Jets also made the necessary moves to begin replenishing their defensive line, which took a hit with the departure of Muhammad Wilkerson.
Miami Dolphins: A-
Round 1, Pick 11: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
Round 2: Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn St.
Round 3: Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio St.
Round 4: Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame
Round 4: Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona St.
Round 6: Cornell Armstrong, CB, Southern Miss
Round 7: Quentin Poling, LB, Ohio
Round 7: Jason Sanders, K, New Mexico
Yeah, it’s kinda suspect that I gave my favorite team the best grade in their division. Get over it.
The Dolphins had one of the best drafts when it came to addressing their needs. They added two linebackers (by far their weakest position) and two tight ends — one who can catch and one who can block. The combination of Fitzpatrick and Reshad Jones at safety is good one.