1 – Arizona Cardinals (B)
Overall the Cards had a very nice draft. DT Dan Williams should become a very solid defensive nose tackle in their system. They certainly fortified their front line. Then they nabbed the fastest LB in the draft in Daryl Washington. I don’t think he has the overall skills to develop into a Pro-Bowler but he is solid and should contribute right away. WR Andre Roberts lacks size but not speed or ability. He should end up in the receiving corps and contribute immediately. Another intriguing pick was QB John Skelton. The Cards aren’t high on the QBs they have and John is the QB of the future. He possesses great size and ability and could be the steal of the draft. TE Jim Dray is vastly underrated and land a spot on the roster.
2 – San Francisco 49ers (B+)
You need line help and you come away with OT Anthony Davis and G Mike Iupati. That is outstanding. They should start right away and help protect their QB. S Taylor Mays was a value pick. He lacks top end speed but has wonderful instincts. He reminds me of former Bears S Doug Plank which might be why Mike Singletary took him. LB Navorro Bowman is a pretty good linebacker. He might have some off-field issues but has the talent to contribute. Alert NFC, the Niners are going to run the ball down your throat so says the addition of another bruising back in Anthony Dixon and blocking TE Nate Byham.
3 – St. Louis Rams (A)
The Rams had 11 picks and filled most of their needs. First off they landed a future Pro-Bowl QB in Sam Bradford. Most were wowed by his stats and workouts. He reminds me of Troy Aikman. Protecting their new stud is another OT in Rodger Saffold. He is a very athletic player who should start at RT. CB Jerome Murphy was taken next. He was considered one of the best cover CBs in the draft. He should compete for a starting job. They needed to add a new playmaking WR for their new QB and did so adding Mardy Gilyard. He was a consistent producer on one of the NCAA’s top offenses. He will also be a contributor on special teams. The Rams also got two DEs who I like a lot in Hall Davis and George Selvie. Davis is an athletic beast who can stop the run and defend against the pass. George, if healthy, will develop into a pass rushing specialist.
4 – Seattle Seahawks (A)
Seattle had a wonderful draft. OT Russell Okung slips to them at #6. He should anchor that left side for a long time. S Earl Thomas was probably the best strong safety available. He is very quick with wonderful instincts. WR Golden Tate, another player who slipped, could start opposite T.J. He is also a good punt and kick off return specialist. He can also play behind center in the Wildcat. Late pick S Kam Chancellor was a wonderful pick. He has the talent to contribute immediately in certain packages. TE Anthony McCoy also slipped due to off-field issues but he has the talent to be a solid TE in the NFL.
1 – Atlanta Falcons (B+)
The Falcons had a few needs and they pretty much nailed them. LB Sean Weatherspoon was the first pick and will play right away. He should fit perfectly in that defense in what was Atlanta’s number one need going into the draft. DT Corey Peters could have been picked a bit later but should find a spot on the roster as a run stuffer. Depth on the interior offensive line was also an area of need going into the draft and they came away with G Mike Johnson and Joe Hawley. Mike has the skills to become the #1 interior line backup. Joe should make the team but his size could prevent him from seeing any significant time. The big steal was CB Dominique Franks in the 5th Round. Most had him as a 2nd to 3rd Round grade. He should get significant playing time on defense and special teams.
2 – New Orleans Saints (C)
Saints fans must have been a bit disappointed with this draft. I thought they did pretty well with the first two picks in CB Patrick Robinson and OT Charles Brown. I didn’t really understand the pick until I figured they might have to move Jenkins to S. Charles should provide added depth on the line. TE Jimmy Graham could develop into a solid backup tight end but I thought they had more pressing needs here like RB and LB. DT Al Woods should also make the team but probably not crack the starting lineup. The last round selection of QB Sean Canfield was interesting. With not much behind QB Drew Brees I thought they could have done more a little earlier in the draft.
3 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (B)
Tampa Bay did very well on Draft day. DT Gerald McCoy should become a multiple Pro-Bowl caliber player. There is a lot of former Buc Warren Sapp in his game. They also blew me away when they got another DT in Brian Price. Tampa was terrible against the run and by selecting McCoy and Price they just got a lot better. Tampa also needed to add talent to the receiving corps and did so by selecting WR Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams. Arrilious should become a big play option while Mike should develop into a very versatile receiver. They also got Brent Bowden to punt the ball and that was huge because they were amongst the worst in that last year.
4 – Carolina Panthers (B+)
By trading down and adding picks the Panthers addressed virtually all their needs. QB Jimmy Clausen should start from day one and develop into a very good player. WR Brandon LaFell slipped into Round 3 and the Panthers were smart enough to grab him. He should start opposite Steve Smith right away. QB Armanti Edwards will become Carolina’s Antwan Randle El. They’ll use him in the Wildcat. LB Eric Norwood was another very good mid-round pick. He is very smart and talented. Two other picks worth noting are DE Greg Hardy who if healthy could be quite the steal and QB Tony Pike. Tony has great skills and could develop into a starter. What does this mean for current QB Matt Moore?
1 – Chicago Bears (C+)
The Bears did not have many or early picks but did pretty well considering. Taking S Major Wright with their first pick was pretty solid. He lacks top end speed but has the intelligence and physicality to compete for playing time right away. Taking DE Corey Wooten and QB Dan LeFevour in the next two rounds was solid. Corey, if healthy, should be in the DE rotation this coming season. Dan will be deep on the bench now but could compete for a starting job in 3 to 4 years.
2 – Minnesota Vikings (C+)
I thought first pick CB Chris Cook was a bit of a reach where they picked him but he should fit nicely into their system. RB Toby Gerhart is a great kid and athlete but I’m not sure he replaces the production of a Chester Taylor. DE Everson Griffen was a great steal in the 4th Round. He might have some off the field issues but well worth the risk where he was picked. He should become a very serviceable back up on the Vikings. One other interesting pick was QB Joe Webb from UAB. He might actually fit their system better than any other back up QB on the roster. Rumor has it he is going to become a WR project.
3 – Detroit Lions (A)
First off they get the best DT in the country in Suh. He should contribute right away. The next pick was on Cal RB Jahvid Best. Injury issues could plague his career but if healthy could become a very good double-threat RB. The next pick was on CB Amari Spivey. He is a quick ball hawk who should be able to help out in the nickel immediately. The other pick I liked a lot was OT Jason Fox. He might not contribute immediately but he should make the roster and develop into a solid RT.
4 – Green Bay Packers (C)
OT Brian Bulaga was a very solid first pick. Green Bay has a couple of entrenched vets at that position but Brian should provide much needed depth. The Pack got another nice player in DT Mike Neal. I don’t think much of him as a Nose-Tackle in their scheme but he could provide depth at DE. The only pick of theirs to garner any starting time should be SS Morgan Burnett. He is a speedy, ball hawk who should kick Bigby to the bench. TE Andrew Quarless was a decent pick in the 5th Round but why? They needed CBs and LBs and they picked another TE. Hmmmm?
1 – NY Giants (C)
The Giants had some glaring needs on the defensive front and addressed those needs with Jason Pierre-Paul and Linval Joseph. Pierre-Paul will help the pass rush while Joseph should stuff the run in-between the tackles. I thought their needs at inside linebacker were more glaring and only managed to come away with Nebraska linebacker Phillip Dillard. He’ll be a serviceable back up and special teamer but not much more. 5th Round G Mitch Petrus could end up being the best selection. He is a very strong road grader. He should compete for playing time right out of the gate.
2 – Philadelphia Eagles (B+)
The Eagles chose to rebuild in 2010 and came away with 13 picks in the draft. The first order of business was to add a DE or two after failing to sign Julius Peppers. The answer was Michigan’s Brandon Graham and Clemson’s Ricky Sapp. Graham is a bit short but very strong and quick. Pass rushing specialist Sapp was a steal in the 5th Round. Both should be in the DE rotation in 2010. S Allen and CB Lindley were solid additions to the team. WR Riley Cooper was another mid-round steal and should make the team. Was surprised with the Kafka pick. If Vick leaves next season he’ll compete with Kevin Kolb for the starting job. TE Clay Harbor was another nice addition.
3 – Dallas Cowboys (B)
The Cowboys had only 6 picks but I think they addressed most of their needs. Landing WR Dez Bryant late in the 1st Round was great. Denver whiffed and Dallas swooped right in to grab the best WR in this year’s class. Dallas also hit a home run selecting LB Sean Lee in Round 2. You can’t go wrong with a linebacker from Penn State and Lee is no exception. Tough kid should compete for playing time out of the gate. Small school CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah is very talented and should make the team. Finally just like adding a LB from Penn State is usually money, so is taking an offensive linemen from Notre Dame. OT Sam Young needs to work on technique and playing hard all 4 quarters, but he should be able to hold down a roster spot and help out the Cowboys.
4 – Washington Redskins (C)
The Skins already did well by getting McNabb and Coach Shanahan in the off-season. After that they had just a few orders of business to attend to. One was protecting their new veteran QB and they did that by grabbing OT Trent Williams with the first pick and OT Selvish Capers with the last. Trent should develop into a top notch OT in the NFL and Capers should provide depth. LB Perry Riley should be good enough to land a starting spot in Jim Haslett’s new 3-4 in Washington. They probably should have added another LB or DE. Not to sure about the TE, C and WR they took.