The Star’s Terez A. Paylor analyzes and grades each team’s picks in the NFL Draft, which was completed Saturday.
Arizona Cardinals: B
1 (27) Deone Bucannon, DB, Washington State2 (52) Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame3 (84) Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina3 (91) John Brown, WR, Pittsburg State4 (120) Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech5 (160) Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama6 (196) Walter Powell, WR, Murray State
• You could argue Bucannon is a slight reach, but he should be a plug-and-play starter who fills a need, is a big hitter and has ball skills. He’s a nice complement to free safety Tyrann Mathieu. The Cardinals also got intriguing players at tight end (Niklas), defensive end (Martin), slot receiver (Brown) and quarterback (Thomas). Niklas and Martin could start as soon as next year, and Thomas is raw but has all the tools. All three were solid value picks. In all, they filled four needs with their first five picks. Well done.
Atlanta Falcons: B-
1 (6) Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M2 (37) Ra’Shede Hageman, DE, Minnesota3 (68) Dezmen Southward, DB, Wisconsin4 (103) Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State4 (139) Prince Shembo, LB, Notre Dame5 (147) Ricardo Allen, DB, Purdue5 (168) Marquis Sprull, LB, Syracuse7 (253) Yawin Smallwood, LB, Connecticut7 (255) Tyler Starr, LB, South Dakota
• Matthews is a rock-solid first-round pick, a plug-and-play tackle with NFL bloodlines. Hageman is a boom-or-bust guy, and the Falcons just signed two expensive interior linemen in free agency, but he represents good value in the second round. Southward has all the tools but needs to be coached up. Freeman and Shembo have intriguing potential in the fourth round, and the latter comes at a position of need. They failed to address a pressing need for a pass-rushing defensive end, however.
Baltimore Ravens: A
1 (17) C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama2 (48) Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State3 (79) Terrence Brooks, DB, Florida State3 (99) Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado State4 (134) Brent Urban, DE, Virginia4 (138) Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Coastal Carolina5 (175) John Urschel, C, Penn State6 (194) Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State7 (218) Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest
• Incredible. The Ravens are always in position to pounce when good players fall, and they did it again this year. Mosley is one of the draft’s best players, and he fell because he plays a non-premium position, which happens to be one of need for the Ravens. They also landed Jernigan, a stout run-stuffer who some thought would go in the first round. He’s a bit of a luxury pick, but a great one. Brooks is yet another solid pick, a speedy free safety who will serve as a perfect complement to last year’s first round pick, Matt Elam. Gillmore, Urban and Taliaferro are solid depth picks.
Buffalo Bills: C+
1 (4) Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson2 (44) Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama3 (73) Preston Brown, LB, Louisville4 (109) Ross Cockrell, DB, Duke5 (153) Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor7 (221) Randell Johnson, LB, Florida Atlantic7 (237) Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami
• The Bills landed a player that many consider to be the best receiver in the draft in Watkins. He fills a major need, too. But they had to give up a first-round pick in 2015 to get him. Kouandjio has a chance to compete for the starting job at right tackle, and he represents OK value in the second round. Brown is a two-down middle linebacker, at worst, and he could be the starter in 2015 once Brandon Spikes’ contract runs out. Cockrell can add depth behind Leodis McKelvin and Stephon Gilmore, and Richardson is an intriguing developmental guy.
Carolina Panthers: C-
1 (28) Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State2 (60) Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri3 (92) Trai Turner, G, LSU4 (128) Tre Boston, DB, North Carolina5 (148) Bene’ Benwikere, DB, San Jose State6 (204) Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford
• After losing Steve Smith, Ted Ginn and Brandon LaFell, the Panthers desperately needed to give star quarterback Cam Newton some weapons. They drafted a potential No. 1 option in Benjamin, who has enormous physical tools but is raw. The Panthers got good value in Ealy, who was expected to go in the first round, though defensive line was not a need. His impact could be limited early. Turner is a solid prospect who could come in and start. Benwikere can come in and challenge for playing time. Boston will add depth.
Chicago Bears: B-
1 (14) Kyle Fuller, DB, Virginia Tech2 (51) Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU3 (82) Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State4 (117) Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona4 (131) Brock Vereen, DB, Minnesota6 (183) David Fales, QB, San Jose State6 (191) Patrick O’Donnell, P, Miami7 (246) Charles Leno, OT, Boise State
• The Bears did a nice job marrying value and needs. Fuller won’t start this year over Tim Jennings or Charles Tillman but both are getting older and Fuller has the bloodlines and talent to be a quality NFL starter. The Bears also did a ton to improve their interior defense by taking Ferguson, who looks the part but needs to be more consistent, and Sutton, who can be a wrecking machine if he manages his weight. Carey isn’t a burner but he can form an effective tandem with Matt Forte, and Vereen is an athletic, rangy guy who not only fills a need but also comes at a great value.
Cincinnati Bengals: B
1 (24) Darqueze Dennard, DB, Michigan State2 (55) Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU3 (88) Will Clark, DE, West Virginia4 (111) Russell Bodine, C, North Carolina5 (164) A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama6 (212) Marquis Flowers, LB, Arizona7 (239) James Wright, WR, LSU7 (252) Lavelle Westbrooks, DB, Georgia Southern
• The Bengals didn’t have a ton of essential needs, necessarily, but Dennard boosts an aging group and represents excellent value. So does Hill, a first-round talent who fell because running backs no longer hold the value they once did. Clarke adds position depth while Bodine could eventually win the starting job. McCarron also represents good value and will serve as an insurance policy for the mercurial Andy Dalton.
Cleveland Browns: A
1 (8) Justin Gilbert, DB, Oklahoma State1 (22) Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M2 (35) Joel Bitonio, G, Nevada3 (71) Christian Kirksey, LB, Iowa3 (94) Terrance West, RB, Towson4 (127) Pierre Desir, DB, Lindenwood
• The Browns weren’t scared to wheel and deal. They moved down from No. 4 and ended up with a 2015 first-round pick and Gilbert, which filled a major need. They also moved up to take the biggest boom-or-bust prospect in the draft in Manziel, who gives them some sorely needed star power. Bitonio fits a need but may be best in a power-blocking scheme, while Kirksey, West and Desir are all intriguing developmental players who can grow into starring roles. But they failed to address receiver, which was a glowing need before news broke during the draft that star wideout Josh Gordon could be facing a year-long suspension.
Dallas Cowboys: C
1 (16) Zach Martin, G, Notre Dame2 (34) Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State4 (119) Antony Hitchens, LB, Iowa5 (146) Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh7 (231) Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford7 (238) Will Smith, LB, Texas Tech7 (248) Ahmad Dixon, DB, Baylor7 (251) Ken Bishop, DT, Northern Illinois7 (254) Terrance Mitchell, DB, Oregon
• Johnny Manziel was still on the board at No. 16, but owner Jerry Jones showed tremendous restraint by taking Martin, a rock-solid and versatile option who fills a need. He will play immediately. The Cowboys also gave up a third to move up in the second round and take Lawrence, an intriguing pass rusher who definitely fills a need. Hitchens and Street don’t fill needs but add some depth. They failed to address a potential need at safety.
Denver Broncos: B
1 (31) Bradley Roby, DB. Ohio State2 (56) Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana3 (95) Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan5 (156) Lamin Barrow, LB, LSU6 (207) Matt Paradis, C, Boise State7 (242) Corey Nelson, LB, Oklahoma
• The Broncos did a nice job of adding some pieces to add their looming Super Bowl run. Roby adds some athleticism to the secondary and fills a need, while Latimer helps provide insurance if Wes Welker gets hurt. The Broncos lost starting guard Zane Beadles to free agency, so Schofield adds some depth. They also traded down and still managed to land an intriguing developmental linebacker in Barrow, who could play inside or outside.
Detroit Lions: B
1 (10) Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina2 (40) Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU3 (76) Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas4 (133) Nevon Lawson, DB, Utah State4 (136) Larry Webster, DE, Bloomsburg5 (158) Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton6 (189) T.J. Jones, WR, Notre Dame7 (229) Nate Freese, K, Boston College
• The Lions came away with another excellent receiving target for quarterback Matt Stafford in Ebron — the best tight end in the draft — and a versatile pass-rusher in Van Noy. Both can be instant starters. Swanson will inherit the starting center job when Dominic Raiola retires, and in the meantime, he can gain some much-needed strength. Lawson gives them depth at corner while Webster and Reid have plenty of physical talent and are intriguing developmental candidates. The Lions could have used a little more help at corner, but they obvious decided to give some youngsters they already have at the position a shot.
Green Bay Packers: A-
1 (21) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, DB, Alabama2 (53) Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State3 (85) Khyri Thornton, DE, Southern Mississippi3 (98) Richard Rodgers, TE, California4 (121) Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona State5 (161) Corey Linsley, C, Ohio State5 (176) Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin6 (197) Demetri Goodson, DB, Baylor7 (236) Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley State
• Yet another strong draft for the Packers, who got a top-notch free safety in Clinton-Dix, a playmaking receiver in Adams who fits the system perfectly and an athletic-but-inconsistent tight end in Rodgers. All those positions were needs, by the way. They also got some intriguing developmental candidates at position of needs in Thornton, Abbrederis and Linsley and another young pass rusher in Bradford, who might have the tools to stick. They did not address inside linebacker, but it’s hard to complain about the collection of talent.
Houston Texans: A
1 (1) Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina2 (33) Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA3 (65) C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa3 (83) Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame4 (135) Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh6 (177) Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama6 (181) Alfred Blue, RB, LSU6 (211) Jay Prosch, RB, Auburn7 (216) Andre Hal, DB, Vanderbilt7 (256) Lonnie Ballentine, DB, Memphis
• A heck of a haul for the Texans, who not only got the best pass rusher in the draft in Clowney but arguably the best guard (Su’a-Filo), best nose guard (Nix) and one of the best tight ends (Fiedorowicz). Savage is a big, pro-style quarterback who should benefit greatly from Bill O’Brien’s coaching, which makes up for the fact they didn’t burn a pick on a QB early. Pagan is an excellent value pick at a position of need and Prosch is also a sneaky-good pick.
Indianapolis Colts: D+
2 (59) Jack Mewhort, G, Ohio State3 (90) Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi5 (166) Jonathan Newsome, LB, Ball State6 (203) Andrew Jackson, LB, Western Kentucky7 (232) Ulrick John, OT, Georgia State
• In retrospect, the Trent Richardson trade doesn’t seem like such a good idea, as the Colts certainly could have used their first-round pick. Mewhort, who could move inside, and Moncrief are solid prospects at position of need. Jackson is a developmental pass rusher with some promise, but in such a deep draft, to have only three picks in the first five rounds is a killer.
Jacksonville Jaguars: B
1 (3) Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida2 (39) Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California2 (61) Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State3 (93) Brandon Linder, G, Miami4 (114) Aaron Colvin, DB, Oklahoma5 (144) Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State5 (159) Chris Smith DE, Arkansas6 (205) Luke Bowanko, C, Virginia7 (222) Storm Johnson, RB, Central Florida
• The Jaguars had needs at quarterback, receiver and guard and came away with intriguing early-round prospects at each. How well they did depends on how you feel about them. Bortles, Lee and Robinson have talent but also question marks. For Bortles, it’s almost impossible to predict quarterback performance. Lee has durability concerns and Robinson needs to improve his route running. But Colvin and both Smiths all represent solid value, and Linder has a chance to come in and help immediately.
Kansas City Chiefs: B-
1 (23) Dee Ford, DE, Auburn.3 (87) Phillip Gaines, DB, Rice.4 (124) De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon.5 (163) Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia.6 (193) Zach Fulton, G, Tennessee.6 (200) Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT, McGill.
• Their overall grade is hurt by the fact they a.) could have dearly used a second-round pick and only had six picks, in general, and b.) they didn’t come away with a receiver, per se. But the Chiefs still came through with a solid draft. They began with by taking a talented pass rusher and corner to fortify a defense that fell apart toward the end of last season. And while Thomas is too small to play running back full-time, he’ll log plenty of snaps in the slot as Dexter McCluster’s replacement. Murray is a nice fit in Andy Reid’s offense who will serve as insurance in case the Chiefs and quarterback Alex Smith can’t agree to a reasonable extension, while Fulton and Duvernay-Tardif are big, aggressive developmental prospects who might make it. The Chiefs failed to come away with a safety, but that is probably a reflection on the confidence they have in Eric Berry, Sanders Commings and Husain Abdullah.
Miami Dolphins: C+
1 (19) Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee2 (63) Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU3 (67) Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State4 (125) Walt Aikens, DB, Liberty5 (155) Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia5 (171) Jordan Tripp, LB, Louisiana-Monroe6 (190) Matt Hazel, WR, Coastal Carolina7 (234) Terrence Fede, DE, Marist
• The Dolphins reached in the first round to address their glaring need at tackle, but they also addressed pressing needs at receiver, guard and cornerback by investing high picks in Landry, Turner and Aikens. All four have a chance to pan out. Lynch and Tripp are interesting developmental prospects, too. But their grade is hurt a bit by reaching on James — who probably had second-round value — in the first round.
Minnesota Vikings: B-
1 (9) Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA1 (32) Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville3 (72) Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State3 (96) Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern5 (145) David Yankey, OT, Stanford6 (182) Antone Exum, DB, Virginia Tech6 (184) Kendall James, DB, Maine7 (220) Shamar Stephen, NT, Connecticut7 (223) Brandon Watts, LB, Georgia Tech7 (225) Jabari Price, DB, North Carolina
• The Vikings needed a playmaking linebacker, and they’re betting that Barr — a gifted prospect — will fit the bill. They’re also banking on Bridgewater being their quarterback on the future, though there are concerns about his ability to play in the cold and the Vikings will be playing outdoors for two years until their new stadium opens. Crichton and McKinnon are interesting prospects who won’t start early on, though Yankey might. Exum and James fill needs but aren’t premium picks. The Vikings failed to adequately address needs at inside linebacker and receiver.
New England Patriots: B
1 (29) Dominique Easley, DE, Florida2 (62) Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois4 (105) Bryan Stork, C, Florida State4 (130) James White, RB, Wisconsin4 (140) Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford6 (179) Jon Halapio, G, Florida6 (198) Zach Moore, DT, Concordia St. Paul6 (206) Jemea Thomas, DB, Georgia Tech7 (244) Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan
• The Patriots addressed a need at defensive tackle by taking Easley, who is disruptive and quick. But he is coming off ACL and meniscus surgery and his durability is a concern. The Patriots also decided to take Tom Brady’s eventual replacement in the gifted Garoppolo, and invested a pick in White, who can step in if starters Shane Vereen or Stefan Ridley leave as free agents next season. Stark is smart, tough and a candidate to start immediately. The Pats surprisingly passed on addressing tight end but selected a number of talented players in the later rounds.
New Orleans Saints: B-
1 (20) Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State2 (58) Stanley Jean-Baptiste, DB, Nebraska4 (126) Khairi Fortt, LB, California5 (167) Vinnie Sunseri, DB, Alabama5 (169) Ronald Powell, LB, Florida6 (202) Tavon Rooks, OT, Kansas State
• The Saints got sorely needed help at receiver by trading up to take Cooks, who has a high floor and should serve as a valuable weapon for Drew Brees. They surrendered their third-round pick to do it, but still managed to address needs with Jean-Baptiste, Fortt and Powell. Sunseri is a smart player who could contribute to Rob Ryan’s defense. A solid draft, though they passed on beefing up the center position.
New York Giants: C+
1 (12) Odell Beckham, WR, LSU2 (43) Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State3 (74) Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse4 (113) Andre Williams, RB, Boston College5 (152) Nat Berhe, DB, San Diego State5 (174) Devon Kennard, LB, Southern California6 (187) Bennett Jackson, DB, Notre Dame
• The Giants got another weapon for quarterback Eli Manning in Beckham and also someone who can help him stay upright in Richburg. Bromley can aid the pass rush while Williams is a sneaky-good pick — he is a classic Giants tailback. Behre, Kennard and Jackson all have some potential. The Giants could have used some help at tight end and offensive tackle, though.
New York Jets: B-
1 (18) Calvin Pryor, DB, Louisville2 (49) Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech3 (80) Dexter McDougle, DB, Maryland4 (104) Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma4 (115) Shaquelle Evans, WR, UCLA4 (137) Dakota Dozier, G, Furman5 (154) Jeremiah George, LB, Iowa State6 (195) Brandon Dixon, DB, Northwest Missouri6 (209) Quincy Enunwa, WR, Nebraska6 (210) IK Enemkpali, LB, Louisiana Tech6 (213) Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson7 (233) Trevor Reilly, LB, Utah
• The Jets addressed a huge need for a playmaker at safety with Pryor, and they also added some legitimate weapons at receiver (Saunders and Evans) and tight end (Amaro) to aid whoever they start at quarterback. McDougle will get a chance to help immediately at cornerback, while Dozier could be an option at guard in time. Those were all needs. Dixon has potential, he’s just raw.
Oakland Raiders: B
1 (5) Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo2 (36) Derek Carr, QB. Fresno State3 (81) Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State4 (107) Justin Ellis, DT, Louisiana Tech4 (116) Keith McGill, DB, Utah7 (219) T.J. Carrie, DB, Ohio7 (235) Shelby Harris, DE, Illinois7 (247) Jonathan Dowling, DB, Western Kentucky
• The Raiders got one of the draft’s elite players in Mack — though they already have a number of pass rushers — and their franchise quarterback in Carr. Jackson figures to contribute immediately, while Ellis and McGill have some developmental value. They could have also used another receiver or tight end, but hey, you can’t address everything.
Philadelphia Eagles: C+
1 (26) Marcus Smith, LB, Louisville2 (42) Jordan Matthews, WR, Vandrbilt3 (86) Josh Huff, WR, Oregon4 (101) Jaylen Watkins, DB, Florida5 (141) Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon5 (162) Ed Reynolds, DB, Stanford7 (224) Beau Allen, DT, Wisconsin
• The Eagles may have reached on Smith, who was projected by some to go in the third round — lower than Ford, who went to the Chiefs — but he was one of the few legit pass rushers in this draft who could make an instant impact. After the release of DeSean Jackson, the Eagles also came back and did a nice job of adding some juice to the receiver position with Huff and Matthews, while Watkins and Reynolds fit needs. Urban is an interesting developmental lineman.
Pittsburgh Steelers: A-
1 (15) Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State2 (46) Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame3 (97) Dri Archer, RB, Kent State4 (118) Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson5 (157) Shaquille Richardson, DB, Arizona5 (173) Wesley Johnson, OT, Vanderbilt6 (192) Jordan Zumwalt, LB, UCLA6 (215) Daniel McCullers, DE, Tennessee7 (230) Rob Blanchflower, TE, Massachusetts
• The Steelers got much better in their front seven with the addition of two stalwart defenders, Shazier and Tuitt. Both look like immediate starters. Archer and Bryant give them some badly needed explosiveness, while Richardson brings some sorely-needed youth to the cornerback position. Johnson, Zumwalt and McCullers were nice value picks who all have a chance to make it.
St. Louis Rams: A
1 (2) Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn1 (13) Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh2 (41) Lamarcus Joyner, DB, Florida State3 (75) Tre Mason, RB, Auburn4 (110) Maurice Alexander, DB, Utah State6 (188) E.J. Gaines, DB, Missouri6 (214) Garrett Gilbert, QB, SMU7 (226) Michell Van Dyk, OT, Portland State7 (241) Christian Bryant, DB, Ohio State7 (249) Michael Sam, DE, Missouri7 (250) Demetrius Rhaney, C, Tennessee State
• The Rams got much better up front on both sides of the ball with their first two picks. Robinson will likely be a terrific guard — where he fits a need — before he takes over at left tackle for Jake Long in a few years. Donald was arguably the most disruptive defensive player in the entire draft, and he gives the Rams a killer front four. Joyner is tiny but a good football player who can complement safety T.J. McDonald. Mason can contribute early in a rotation with Zac Stacy, while Gaines and Gilbert have potential. Great draft.
San Diego Chargers: C+
1 (25) Jason Verrett, DB, TCU2 (50) Jeremiah Attaochu, TE, Georgia Tech3 (89) Chris Watt, G, Notre Dame5 (165) Ryan Carrethers, DB, Arkansas State6 (201) Marlon Grice, RB, Arizona State7 (240) Tevin Reese, WR, Baylor
• Verrett is small, but he’s an immensely talented cover corner who is a good fit and will contribute immediately. Attaochu won’t necessarily be forced into action early but there’s no denying his knack for rushing the passer. Watt is a grinder who will challenge for playing time, while Carrethers’ bulk could help up front. Decent crop by the Bolts.
San Francisco 49ers: A
1 (30) Jimmie Ward, DB, Northern Illinois2 (57) Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State3 (70) Marcus Martin, C, Southern California3 (77) Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin3 (100) Brandon Thomas, G, Clemson4 (106) Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina4 (129) Dontae Johnson, DB, N.C. State5 (150) Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida5 (170) Keith Reaser, DB, Florida Atlantic6 (180) Kenneth Acker, DB, SMU7 (243) Kaleb Ramsey, DE, Boston College7 (245) Trey Millard, RB, Oklahoma
• With their bounty of picks, the 49ers addressed every position of need and ended up with an absolute haul. Ward is a versatile playmaker who fills a need at nickel corner, while Hyde is an excellent value pick who has starter potential. Martin is arguably the top center in the draft, which is a position of need, and Borland is a try-hard player who can fill in if star NaVorro Bowman’s recovery from a serious knee injury takes a while. Ellington is a great value pick and will likely contribute immediately. Thomas is a gifted guard who can redshirt this year and challenge for a starting job, while Lynch and Johnson have the tools to be good players.
Seattle Seahawks: B
2 (45) Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado2 (64) Justin Britt, OT, Missouri4 (108) Cassius Marsh, DE, UCLA4 (123) Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama4 (132) Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB, Boston College5 (172) Jimmy Staten, DT, Middle Tennessee6 (199) Garrett Scott, OT, Marshall6 (208) Eric Pinkins, DB, San Diego State7 (227) Kiero Small, RB, Arkansas
• The Seahawks traded out of the first round and ended up with a number of interesting players. Richardson has durability concerns but has the ability to take a top off a defense. He fills a need, and so does Britt, who was expected to be a mid-round pick but has enough versatility to play guard or tackle. Because of their proven track record as evaluators, the Seahawks deserve the benefit of the doubt. They also added a sure-handed receiver (Norwood) and two speedy defenders (Marsh and Pierre-Louis). The Seahawks passed on upgrading the talent at tight end, which was a bit of a surprise.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: B
1 (7) Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M2 (38) Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington3 (69) Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia5 (143) Kadeem Edwards, G, Tennessee State5 (149) Kevin Pamphile, OT, Purdue6 (185) Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
• The Bucs landed one of the draft’s elite receivers and one of its best tight ends, which both happened to be at positions of need. They also landed a developmental guard in Edwards and a third-down back with great hands in Sims. Herron offers plenty of upside at slot receiver, which is a position of need. It would have been nice to add another defensive end to the mix.
Tennessee Titans: C+
1 (11) Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan2 (54) Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington4 (112) DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State4 (122) Marqueston Huff, DB, Wyoming5 (151) Avery Williamson, LB, Kentucky6 (178) Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
• Lewan is a solid value pick, though he might not play immediately because of the presence of veteran left tackle Michael Roos. The Titans also addressed needs at running back, tackle and cornerback with some interesting prospects, and Jones was a value pick as well. Mettenberger could be a pet project for new coach Ken Whisenhunt.
2 (47) Trent Murphy, LB, Stanford3 (66) Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia3 (78) Spencer Long, G, Nebraska4 (102) Bashaud Breeland, DB, Clemson5 (142) Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane6 (186) Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor7 (217) Ted Bolser, TE, Indiana7 (228) Zach Hocker, K, Arkansas
• Not bad, considering it had no first-round pick. Murphy could be groomed to replace Brian Orakpo, while Moses and Long could also see early playing time at right tackle and right guard, respectively. Breeland is a good value pick at a position of need while Grant has excellent hands and projects as a possession receiver. Surprisingly, Washington decided not to beef up the depth at inside linebacker, safety or defensive line.
Terez A. Paylor, email@example.com
By Terez A. Paylor
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