DALLAS Cowboys: C+
Didn’t have a pick until the 3rd round, but they make the best of their Day 2 picks. Mike Mickens, DeAngelo Smith, and Robert Brewster I especcially like. Also, their 7th round picks could end up being great steals. Slighty above average.
NEW YORK Giants: B+
One of my favorite drafts. Travis Beckum, Hakeem Nicks, and Andre Brown could all have an instant impact on the Giant offense and William Beatty, Ramses Barden, and Sintim could be great for them in a few years. Clint Sintim should be a standout special teamer from day 1.
PHILADELPHIA Eagles: A-
Probably my favorite or next to favorite draft. And not JUST because they took someone from Arizona State in the 7th. Got steals with their first two picks. Getting Cornelius Ingram in the 5th was also robbery. Victor Harris should if nothing else be a great locker room presense which will be much needed with Brian Dawkins gone. Derek Gibson could be a standout receiver in 2-3 years.
WASHINGTON Redskins: C-
I struggled not to give them a D+ or lower. But I’ll give my squad the benefit of the doubt even though I shouldn’t. I love the first and last picks. Brian Orakpo and Marko Mitchell, I’ve seen a lot of and think they could be great for the Redskins…but we’ll see about the rest.
CHICAGO Bears: B-
Very similar in so many ways with the Cowboys’ draft. But I actually like the Bears draft slightly more than the Cowboys’ because I think the Bears instantly improved their team with this draft. Juaquin Iglesias, William Moore, and Marcus Freeman could all contribute a lot right away.
DETROIT Lions: C+
Little above average for me. I should rate them below average because their biggest need in my opinion: Offensive line, wasn’t even addressed in this draft. I don’t like where the took Brandon Pettigrew and I think they were some other guys there at 20, that they will wish they had selected. Louis Delmas pick was a decent one, but the rest is just alright for me. We’ll see…
GREEN BAY Packers: B
I’m sold on this draft. like it a lot. They got everything they needed with great value. LOVE the Jamon Meredith and Brandon Underwood picks…
MINNESOTA Vikings: C
I wanted to grade them lower, but I’m fan of Loadholt and Jasper Brinkley, so average it is. Could end being a good draft when it’s all said and done though.
ATLANTA Falcons: C+
Like their first two picks a lot. I don’t think Sidbury fits the 4-3 defense in the NFL, so I don’t know about that pick. This is a draft that will take a couple years before we see results, since Peria Jerry will most likely be the only one getting significant minutes this year.
CAROLINA PANTHER: B-
I lot just about every pick for the Panthers, the only reason I minus their B, is because Tony Fiammetta is probably the only player that gives them instant results. But down the line, this should be a great draft.
NEW ORLEANS Saints: D+
As much as I love the pick of Malcolm Jenkins, the other three picks I only see being special teamers and they needed help otherwise. Jenkins saves them from a D or lower.
TAMPA BAY Buccaneers: C
Freeman could be good, but I think he went too high. They could’ve traded back got more picks and still grabbed Freeman…I think. I love their later round picks though. Roy Miller, Kyle Moore, Xavier Fulton, all good players. Also, Sammie Stroughter could be the biggest steal in this draft.
ARIZONA Cardinals: B
With this draft I think the Cardinals will reverse the super bowl runner-up funk most teams run into. Beanie should solidify the backfield and give them a three-headed monster. And their later round picks sould even make a big impact immediately( Rashad Johnson, Herman Johnson, Cody Brown, and even Trevor Canfield).
SAN FRANCISCO 49ers: B+
One of my favorite drafts. Their first five picks should be money and everyone but Nate Davis will make instant impacts on special teams, offense, and/or defense. The best thing about their draft is the fact that they got EXCELLENT value out of all of their picks. Watch out for DT Ricky Jean-Francois out of LSU. Could be the biggest(literally and figuratively) steal of this draft.
ST. LOUIS Rams: B-
Very solid draft. Gotta love Jason Smith and James Laurinaitis. Big fan of Brooks Foster, who was overshadowed by two other UNC WRs, but could be the best of all three of them. Great value on Chris Ogbonnaya.
SEATTLE Seahawks: B-
They could’ve grabbed another OT in the later rounds, I think, but other than that I hav no problems with any of their picks. Big fan of Mike Teel, I think he could be a pro bowl QB after Matthew Hassellbeck hangs it up. Cant go wrong with Aaron Curry or Max Unger.