Dion Jordan at the NFL DraftIn a draft filled with twists, turns and shocks, the AFC East provided its share of drama.  For every roster question that was answered by the teams’ selections, two more seemed to crop up.  So how did the division’s drafts grade out?


Buffalo Bills

Round and Pick                      Player

1.16 (16th overall)             EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State

2.9 (41st overall)               Robert Woods, WR, USC

2.14 (46th overall)             Kiko Alanso, ILB, Oregon

3.16 (78th overall)             Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas

4.8 (105th overall)             Duke Williams, FS, Nevada

5.10 (143rd overall)           Jonathan Meeks, DB, Clemson

6.9 (177th overall)             Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State

7.16 (222nd overall)          Chris Gragg, TE, Arkansas


Overall Analysis – The Bills had a number of holes to fill, and by-and-large, they got some good work done in the draft.  Trading down from the eighth spot overall netted them some good value. The head-scratcher here is EJ Manuel, who it could be argued was the third best quarterback available. 

Best Pick – Robert Woods.  Woods is a solid, if unspectacular pick.  He figures to be a steady, fluid receiving complement to Stevie Johnson.

Worst Pick – Kiko Alanso.  It would be tempting to put Manuel here, but there is a chance the FSU alum develops into a productive starter.  Alanso, however, is a reach that doesn’t even seem a lock to start.


Grade: C+


Miami Dolphins

Round and Pick                       Player

1.3 (3rd overall)                 Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

2.22 (54th overall)             Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

3.13 (77th overall)             Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee

3.28 (93rd overall)             Will Davis, CB, Utah St.

4.7 (104th overall)             Jelani Jenkins, LB, Florida

4.9 (106th overall)             Dion Sims, TE, Michigan State

5.31 (164th overall)           Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida

5.33 (166th overall)           Caleb Sturgis, K, Florida

7.28 (250th overall)           Don Jones, S, Arkansas State


Overall Analysis – In a make-or-break season at GM, Jeff Ireland gambled to move up to #3.  While it seemed obvious this was an effort to scoop up an offensive tackle, Ireland instead snagged DE/LB Dion Jordan.  The Dolphins got good-to-great value in the draft, but practically ignored the offensive line, leaving it vulnerable.

Best Pick – Jamar Taylor – For all the well-deserved hype over pass rusher Jordan, cornerback Taylor was a great value at #54 – and at a position of need.  He should start opposite Brent Grimes from day one.

Worst Pick – Jelani Jenkins – There’s nothing wrong with Jenkins as a player, per se.  He’ll provide valuable linebacker depth and adds a cover dimension the Dolphins need, particularly when facing off against the Patriots’ two-headed tight end combo.  But I would have liked to have seen them use this pick as ammunition to move ahead of the Saints to grab athletic offensive tackle Terron Armstead. 


 Grade: B


New England Patriots

Round and Pick                Player

2.20 (52nd overall)             Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss

2.27 (59th overall)             Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall

3.21 (89th overall)             Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers

3.29 (97th overall)             Duron Harmon, S, Rutgers

4.5 (102nd overall)             Josh Boyce, WR, TCU

7.20 (226th overall)           Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois

7.29 (232nd overall)          Steve Beauharnais, ILB, Rutgers


Overall Analysis – New England didn’t have an abundance of draft resources, but then again, they didn’t have an overwhelming number of needs.  Their picks were pretty steady, with the curious element being the selection of three players from Rutgers.

Best Pick – Josh Boyce.  Boyce is a value pick, and though Bill Belichick doesn’t have the best luck with receivers, Boyce looks to have the tools and the mentality to potentially fill the slot receiver spot left vacant by Wes Welker.

Worst Pick – Jamie Collins. He looks to have adequate tools, but he may struggle to find the starting lineup, which is something you don’t want out of your first pick in the draft.


Grade: C


New York Jets 

Round and Pick                Player

1.9 (9th overall)                  Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

1.13 (13th overall)             Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

2.7 (39th overall)               Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

3.10 (72nd overall)             Brian Winters, OL, Kent State

5.8 (141st overall)             Oday Aboushi, OL, UVA

6.10 (178th overall)           William Campbell, DT, Michigan

7.9 (215th overall)             Tommy Bohanon, FB, Wake Forest


Overall Analysis – The Jets are a struggling team right now, and the worst of their struggles are on offense.  So why did New York go defense in its first two picks?  And who else could have so thoroughly added to their dysfunction at quarterbacks through one pick?  (The Jets 2nd-round selection of Geno Smith must have left incumbent Mark Sanchez wondering where he fits in and Smith wondering why he was so far down the Jets’ draft board.)

Best Pick – Dee Milliner.  After trading away their best player in Darrelle Revis, picking up Milliner seemed logical – one of few logical moves the Jets would make over the next few days.

Worst Pick – Sheldon Richardson. Richardson is a great defensive lineman, but of all the Jets’ pressing needs, defensive tackle should’ve been further down the list.  Tight end Tyler Eifert would have been a far better choice here.


Grade: C-