Mustang's Draft #2 Grades

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  1. Jmustang1968

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    1st in a 4 part series, I will break down each team's draft and give them a grade. Each release will cover 8 teams in alphabetical order.
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    [​IMG] 49ers

    Impact: Rijo Redmond DT 88 ovr (2nd #2) - Impact DT to pair with Dareus. Very athletic big man who could play any position on the D-line. Great pass rushing skills with the strength to stand up guards in the run game.

    Best Value: Redmond - He is 1st round talent taken in the early 2nd and is one of the best all around players from the draft.

    Reach: None, with limited draft picks, the 49ers got decent value at their picks.

    Overall: San Fran comes out of the draft with 5 players (1 UDFA). The Redmond pick was a hit. OLB Meyer and WR Beatty are both athletic but raw. With some coaching they could turn into contributors, but only Redmond will see field besides special teams play for the foreseeable future. The lack of picks brings down the overall grade. The 49ers are a loaded roster and didnt really have any weak spots besides DT and WR.

    Grade: C
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    [​IMG] Bears

    Impact: Shaquille Boyce SS 80 ovr (2nd #10) - Boyce still being available in the 2nd was a pleasant surprise for the Bears who had a huge need at Safety. Shaq will be a week 1 starter who is expected to perform immediately. Boyce isn't a burner, but has enough range to be effective in coverage and can support in the run game.

    Best Value: Boyce was their best value. He is perhaps the most ready of all their rookies and was their 4th pick of the draft.

    Reach: Rafael Knox MLB 70 ovr (2nd #5) - Knox isn't a bad player per se, but was selected higher than his skills warrant. To put in perspective, the Bears 5th round selection MLB Geathers is on par with Knox and several linebackers that were selected after Knox as well. Knox is a big hitter and has a quick first step, but has average top end speed and agility. He should see some playing time however.

    Overall: The Bears had a lot of ammo in this draft and channeled Belicheck by moving back and stocking up picks. First rounder CB Spain may have come in a bit lower than anticipated, but is still an impact zone corner who plays physically. 2nd rd LE Boykin is a big 34 DE who will start week 1 and be a block eater. The Bears focused on defense this draft with 8 of 9 selections from that side of the ball. Many of their lower round picks will be good depth and potential future contributors. Good draft for new owner Broth.

    Grade: A-
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    [​IMG] Bengals

    Impact: Ty Bernard OT 77 ovr (1st #10) - Bernard may not have come in as good as anticipated, but is still a legit starter and will enhance the Bengals offensive line. Olinemen were a premium position in this draft and Rhight snagged a good one.

    Best Value: Bernard. With only 2 selections this narrows down the choices.

    Reach: LaDarius Dupree FB 60 ovr (4th #23). Dupree was the other draft selection. While not a ton is expected out of a 4th rounder, there were definitely many more talented players available than Dupree who may have been a UDFA if not for this selection.

    Overall: Not much to say that hasn't already been said above. If you include DE Quinn who the Bengals gave away 3 picks for, the Bengals came out pretty well. But with just these 2 selections, there isn't much impact.

    Grade: D-
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    [​IMG] Bills

    Impact: Shep Stokes DT 85 ovr (1st #13) - This guy is the real deal. He has enough athleticism to line up anywhere in the front 7 and is a nice Dareus replacement. Stokes has linebacker speed paired with above average strength. He should be a nightmare for QBs and RBs in the AFC East. With star potential, Stokes looks to be one of the best players to come out of the draft.

    Best Value: Frankie Martinez MLB 70 ovr (7th #13) - Frankie entered training camp and is proving to be as skilled as other linebackers taken several rounds before him. He has good feet and is a sure tackler. Not quite an immediate impact player, but an incredible value for the 7th round.

    Reach: Darenton Bess WR 64 ovr (2nd #17th) - Bess is big and athletic, but a raw talent. He runs poor routes, struggles catching in traffic, and can't get off jams. He could see some use in the slot and is a functional kick returner, but Bess grades out more to be a 4th or 5th round talent at best.

    Overall: The Bills scored in their first 2 picks with Stokes and DE Ray both in the 1st round. Ray looks to be a solid pass rusher and the 2 will be quite the tandem for Olinemen to deal with. The Bills also picked up strong armed Donnelly to run the offense. He is athletic, but still needs to wrap his head around the game and work on his accuracy. The Bills had specific needs and took a great strategic approach at addressing these. Bess is the only real blemish on an otherwise outstanding draft.

    Grade: A
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    [​IMG] Broncos

    Impact: Duncan Henderson DT 82 ovr (2nd #20) - Henderson is a solid pass rushing DT who instantly upgrades the Broncos D-line. DT was a position of need for the team and Henderson should be a game 1 starter.

    Best Value: Brion Mathis HB 79 ovr (6th #20) - Mathis is arguably the best back of the draft and the Broncos snared him in the 6th round. He has loads of potential and makes up for his lack of top end speed with his elusive run style and his ability to quickly hit the hole. The backfield will be crowded in Denver with star back Montee Ball, but the Denver coach would do well getting Mathis involved as well.

    Reach: Jarvis Conley HB 72 ovr (3rd #20) - This pick was a head scratcher. With Montee Ball having a career year, the Broncos wasted picks by selecting 2 backs. Mathis at least gave value at his spot, but Conley has come in with a bad attitude and rumors out of training camp is that he isn't very coachable. He also has a tendency to fumble and struggles as a receiver.

    Overall: With a loaded roster, most of these picks were 'luxury' ones. However, the Broncos could've used a DE to eventually replace aging Ware and they used 2 picks on a position with a young star. TE Henderson is a great receiving threat to pair with Julius Thomas, but just struggles in the run game. WR Sapp is a decent possession WR with solid hands.

    Grade: B+
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    [​IMG] Browns

    Impact: Erin Mosley TE 79 ovr (4th #2) - Mosley has star potential at TE and adds another dangerous weapon to the Browns arsenal. While not the strongest TE, he is competent enough to not to have to come off the field during running downs. This pick was also great value.

    Best Value: Mosley with an honorable mention to SS Linval Lynch (5th rd). Lynch is showing signs of potential and will compete for the starting gig at some point. Once Lynch gets the NFL game down a bit more, he can be an effective player for the Browns.

    Reach: Cale Phelps OLB 68 ovr (4th #27) - This isn't a terrible reach, but there were linebackers who went undrafted who are arguably more talented than Phelps. Phelps is looking a bit more sluggish in pads during training camp than he looked in position drills at the combine. He is also a liability in coverage. He looks to be a career special teams player.

    Overall: The Browns are also another team with a loaded roster. They could've perhaps used another guy or 2 on the defensive line, as that was a loaded position in the draft, but owner Ryty looked elsewhere. The Browns did select 3 safeties, they are all solid but none of them are ready to start. The draft isn't as bad as it seems, but could have possibly gone a bit better.

    Grade: C
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    [​IMG] Bucs

    Impact: Aevry Lamb FS 81 ovr (1st #31) - Lamb looks to be a stud for the Tampa secondary and will ease the loss of Goldson who was traded as a cap casualty. Lamb grades right in with #2 overall selection Rogers and has superstar potential. Lamb is a coverage guy and has the athleticism to cover the middle of the field.

    Best Value: Munchie Lane DE 75 ovr (4th #24) - Lane won the starting job over fellow 4th round DE George and Ryan Davis. Davis was consequently cut in camp and last year's starter Curry wasn't brought back. Lane gets off the line fast and has the strength to hold the edge in the run game.

    Reach: Colton Sharp T 61 ovr (3rd #24) - Due to a clerical error, Sharps blocking skills were incorrectly jotted down by a scout and was miscommunicated to the GM. All is not lost as Sharp has good strength and is a classic mauler. However, he needs to work on his pass blocking footwork before the coaching staff feels comfortable with him. This pick is made all the worse as it was between Sharp and DE stud Elliot Paul, but the Bucs had a greater need at OL and stuck to their board which incorrectly had Sharp ranked ahead.

    Overall: The Bucs had a lot of picks in this draft after trading DE Michael Johnson last season. The team addressed their needs and drafted 3 starters in FS Lamb, DE Lane, and OL Delgado, the latter was the strongest player in the draft. OLB Okuyemi is learning the pro game a bit before taking over for Casillas. He has the athletic ability of Lavonte David, so the coaching staff will work on him. Had the Bucs selected Paul, this draft would've been a home run. But with the Sharp selection, it is merely solid.

    Grade: B
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    [​IMG] Cardinals

    Impact: Mitch Glass QB 77 ovr (1st #7) - After trading last year's 1st round pick Espinosa to the Rams, who did not get along with the coaching staff, the Cardinals took Glass to replace him. Glass draws a lot of comparisons to Johnny Manziel in size, skill, and play style. Glass has an above average arm and is very athletic which should be a dangerous dual threat for the Cardinals. They are hoping he will stay healthy and that his 5'11 stature won't hurt him, but Glass showed tons of potential in camp.

    Best Value: Rakkim Little WR 75 ovr (2nd #27) - The Cardinals drafted a weapon for Glass in the 2nd with Rakkim Little. His name is misleading as he is anything but small. Little's 6'6" frame and ability to climb the ladder and pull down passes should be a great asset for the offense. He needs to work on his route running a bit, and isn't very fast, but should catch most passes thrown his way.

    Reach: Jacoby Fisher CB 73 ovr (2nd #6) - Jacoby Fisher isn't a bad player, but doesn't stack up to other corners taken after him. Fisher is very agile, but has lower end speed for a CB. He is a man cover specialist, but will struggle in the zone.

    Overall: Some pundits may be scratching their heads over the Cards drafting 2 QBs with a 1st round pick in back to back drafts, but Glass does seem to be an improvement over Espinosa. LB Gilmore was also a quality selection at the bottom of the first and looks to be winning a starting job on the outside. The Cards could have possibly used some help on either line and whiffed a bit on the CB. But overall, needs were addressed and the draft was solid.

    Grade: B-
     
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    Round 2 of 4 of the draft grades

    [​IMG] Chargers


    Impact: Caleb Moss CB 78 ovr (1st #19) - Moss is a tall and athletic corner who is effective in both zone and man. He needs to play off the receiver, but should be a quality Nickel guy his first season. Moss is showing tons of potential.

    Best Value: Keith Stead OLB 73 ovr (5th #19) - Stead is another in a long line of athletic linebackers from this draft. Stead is very athletic and has a highlight reel of vicious hits in college. Could see some early playing time and potential starting role this season.

    Reach: Delvin Massey OT 61 ovr (2nd #19) - Chargers brass fell in love with this mauler. Massey is a beast in the run game. But, as good as he is as a run blocker, he is that bad as a pass blocker. Patterson better lookout if Massey is in the game protecting that left side. He just can't be trusted to keep his QBs jersey clean.

    Overall: Moss is a great player at a fairly strong position for the Chargers. The Chargers were in a tough spot in the draft. They had a need at Oline, but there wasn't much talent left at their pick in the 1st. DE Odom was a quality pick in the 6th and could see some time in a rotation. Stead was a pleasant surprise, but the offensive linemen selected are not ready to play.

    Grade: C-
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    [​IMG] Chiefs

    Impact: Herve Ballard WR 77 ovr (1st #1) - The most hyped player before the draft and the Chiefs went WR #1 overall for the 2nd season in a row drawing some Matt Millen Lions comparisons. We can see why the Longhorn was hyped up. This is a big WR with above average speed. He can reach up and pluck most passes thrown his way from defenders and has sure hands. He is a bit slow getting going, but will be the big possession target opposite speedy Felton for Brees.

    Best Value: Madison Haynes QB 75 ovr (3rd #1) - Haynes has an NFL arm and shows some nice touch on the deep balls. He is a bit hotheaded and has frustrated the Chiefs QB coach in camp, but looks to be the heir apparent to Brees.

    Reach: None. Most players seem to be atleast decent value with where they were selected. T Nix selected in the 4th is 52 ovr, but is better than his rating as he is strong and a good run blocker. Ballard may not have been #1 overall worthy after all, but is still a great talent.

    Overall: The Ballard pick was a sexy one and he should be a future star. However, the Chiefs had a desperate need on the OLine that was mostly neglected. How long will Brees last back there? Haynes is a solid QB prospect and CB McClure will be depth in the secondary. With the 1st pick in each round, one would think the Chiefs could've grabbed more than 1 starter.

    Grade: C
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    [​IMG] Colts

    Impact: Tyri Brandon DT 85 ovr (1st #11) - Brandon is another DT in a seemingly loaded DT class. He is a dominant power rusher and will be more of a pass rushing DT. He could fit in great at DE if the Colts choose to move him outside.

    Best Value: Tavin Gore FS 64 ovr (7th #11) - Gore isn't ready to start right away, but has a very high ceiling according to Colts coaching staff. We will be hearing a lot more of Gore in future seasons.

    Reach: Haile Albert CB 74 ovr (2nd #30) - Albert is a talented corner with high end speed. However, he is pedestrian in coverage and has perhaps already hit his talent ceiling.

    Overall: The Colts had a ton of picks in this draft, unfortunately many were spent on O-linemen in a lackluster class. Perhaps only 1 of 4 linemen are ready to start and 3 of the 4 have below average strength. DT Brandon is a stud, and Gore has loads of potential but the draft doesn't hold much impact beyond those guys. QB Lopez has a big cannon for an arm, but with Andrew Luck at the helm, he probably won't see much action.

    Grade: C
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    [​IMG] Cowboys

    Impact: Carlton Murphy CB 78 ovr (2nd #21) - Several good candidates to choose from here, but Murphy gets the nod. He should start alongside Dante King on the outside. Murphy doesn't have elite speed, but can close a gap quickly on a receiver and is sneaky fast. He is competent in both man and zone schemes and is picking up the pro game quickly. Murphy will be a long time starter for the Cowboys.

    Best Value: Sani Louis CB 76 ovr (3rd #21) - Louis is a very similar player to Murphy, but his skills may translate a bit better in the Nickel as he struggles pressing a WR on the line. He has been very competitive in camp and will probably be a future starter alongside Murphy in the near future. Will try to beat out Green for the nod at Nickel.

    Reach: Lester Trahan OLB 63 ovr (5th #17) - Well, it is tough actually calling a 5th rounder a reach, but the Cowboys had such a solid draft that this is the closest it gets. The only reason why he might qualify, is that there were still several LBs available better than Trahan, so he gets the nod. He is explosive, but is poor in coverage, has little grasp of the NFL game, and isn't a very strong tackler.

    Overall: Dallas looks to bring in the most rookies of any team to camp this year. They drafted a new starter at HB in Jamon Crisp who looks to be a star in Dallas. He is a big back that runs downhill and fights for tough yardage. First round pick LG Cal Olsen is a very athletic guard who can get out in front when pulling to help open up holes for Crisp. Dallas also grabbed a great FA who was cut from the Chiefs for a rules violation in 77 ovr DE William Craig. Dallas grabbed several starters and a few promising depth and projects from the draft. A good showing for them.

    Grade: A
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    [​IMG] Dolphins

    Impact: Seantral Ray FS 66 ovr (5th #3) - Seantrel looks to have won the starting job over fellow rookie Phillip Nixon. Ray is an above average athlete with good zone coverage skills and is a capable tackler. Miami had no returning free safeties, so Ray will be expected to contribute immediately, but there may be some growing pains learning on the job.

    Best Value: Dorian Klein DT 70 ovr (6th #3) - Klein is a big strong run stuffing DT. He is an average athlete, but has good power moves and will be a quality depth player for the Dolphins defensive line.

    Reach: Jorge Timmons CB 68 ovr (3rd #3) - With the glut of good corners out of this draft, Timmons came in a bit disappointing for a 3rd round pick. This was the Dolphins highest pick and they needed more value here. Timmons is an average athlete for a CB and has below average zone coverage skills. He looks to be the Dime back.

    Overall: The lack of a 1st and 2nd which were traded for A.J. Green and Kyle Long really hurt their chances of getting impact players from this draft. The 3rd rd pick of Timmons was a bit disappointing, and they are looking at starting a raw 5th rounder at one of the safeties. The Dolphins still have an uphill battle in a tough division.

    Grade: D
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    [​IMG] Eagles

    Impact: Amond Richardson TE 82 ovr (2nd #9) - Richardson has shown flashes that he can be a star in camp. He has good speed and great explosion off the line. He is also a competent run blocker that just needs to work on his route running a bit. Will be a nice complement to Ertz in 2 tight sets.

    Best Value: Keorris Florence Cb 76 ovr (4th #9) - Florence was one of the fastest guys in the draft running a blazing 4.3 40. He is a bit stiffer in the hips as one would like for his size and speed, but he is competent in coverage an an excellent returner. Look for him to be making plays on D and in the return game.

    Reach: None. With the exception of the 7th rounder, the Eagles hit on all of their picks.

    Overall: With only 5 picks, the Eagles really made the most of what they could in the draft. As mentioned, Richardson and Florence are ready to make an immediate impact. 3rd rd LB Tyrone Marshall was one of the most athletic linebackers of the class and is a crushing hitter. 5th round DE Bishop is a versatile dlineman that has a great first step, but just needs to learn to get off blocks quicker. Had the Eagles had a first round pick, this would be a top 2 or 3 class, but it is still great as is.

    Grade: A-
     
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    Reserved for part 3
     
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    Part 4
     
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    Excellent Breakdown
     
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    This weekend I will get to the next set.

    Already put in 45 hours work this week, have some more tomorrow.
     
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