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By buxiang on Jul 15, 2014 01:52 AM
<P>NFL Draft Report Card</P><P></P><P>New England Patriots</P><P></P><P>The team finally rebuilt their sagging linebacker group. Inside linebacker Brandon Spikes could be the next Tedy Bruschi. The Patriots will be happy if he the next Ted Johnson. Wideout Taylor Price was a sticky fingered steal in the third round. New England got the two values at tight end in the draft in Rob Gronkowski (second round) and Aaron Hernandez (fourth round.) Bill Belichick hopes first round cornerback Devin McCourty does better than their recent picks at cornerback.</P><P></P><P>The Jets have a history of targeting specific players and trading up. They done well with it. They deserve the benefit of the doubt in this regard, which saves their grade. We hate the Leon Washington trade. They wasted resources to get a low rent replacement for him (USC running back Joe McKnight) and took a fullback with the pick they got for Washington. First round cornerback Kyle Wilson will fit right in, and offensive line coach Bill Callahan will make second round pick Vlad Ducasse a keeper. Santonio Holmes Authentic Brandon Thomas Jersey was a steal for a fifth round pick.</P><P></P><P>First round tight end Jermaine Gresham fills a huge need, but has some injury concerns. We still like the pick. Second round defensive end Carlos Dunlap talent isn worth his trouble. It telling that Urban Meyer buddy Bill Belichick wanted no part of him. Third round wideout Jordan Shipley is a similar player to current Bengal Andre Caldwell. They needed an outside speed receiver. It not good when Antonio Bryant is their best option. Really, what there to say about Bill Polian picks? They always surprise, and usually turn out great. is better at finding players to fit his system. TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes was one of our favorite values at No. 31 overall. He pick up where Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney leave off in a few years. Second round linebacker Pat Angerer has great instincts without being overly athletic. He a little bit of a departure from their usual profile.</P><P></P><P>No. 10 overall pick Tyson Alualu was the stunner of the draft. The team should have been able to trade back, but we have a feeling Alualu will prove people wrong. The Jaguars were unable to trade defensive tackle John Henderson, which could lead to further issues. Grabbing Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison for a fifth round pick was a smart way to bolster a shaky linebacker group. Jacksonville had only one pick between rounds two and four and took a defensive tackle D Smith. We would have liked to see better firepower added to a vanilla offense.</P><P></P><P>A skilled press corner, Trevard Lindley can cover man to man as all defensive backs must do for McDermott. Fellow fourth rounder Keenan Clayton projects as a highly productive special teamer and cover linebacker on nickel downs. No. 122 overall pick Mike Kafka possesses the requisite tools for a West Coast quarterback, and No. 125 selection Clay Harbor is an intriguing H back prospect. Riley Cooper and Charles Scott should make Hank Baskett and Eldra Buckley expendable. Jamar Chaney was a robbery in the seventh. It wouldn't be surprising http://www.49ersofficialnflauthentic.com/authentic-marcus-martin-jersey.html if he developed into a starting capable middle linebacker.</P><P></P><P>Amari Spievey was a steal at the top of round three, and probably will start day one across from Chris Houston. Spievey was one of the nation's most physical cornerbacks at Iowa. Fourth rounder Jason Fox projects as an immediate upgrade at swing tackle, and may begin pushing for Gosder Cherilus' starting job on the right side sooner than later. Productive North Carolina State defensive end Willie Young lacks ideal quick twitch burst, which is why he was available in round seven. Mr. Irrelevant Tim Toone is a burner from Weber State.</P><P></P><P>Second round pick Mike Neal, a defensive tackle at Purdue, will have to learn to two gap in Green Bay's 3 4 defense. He was a bit of a reach at No. 56 overall. Third round safety Morgan Burnett is a ballhawk in the back end and was worth trading up for, particularly with division rival Chicago up one pick later and ready to pounce on the gifted free safety. The Vikings got burned by gambling that Florida State cornerback Patrick Robinson would still be available at No. 34 when they traded out of the 30th spot. Robinson went 32nd overall to New Orleans, forcing Spielman to reach for injury prone Virginia defensive back Chris Cook at No. 34. 51st overall pick Toby Gerhart is valuable insurance behind Adrian Peterson, but doesn't fill Minnesota's need at third down back.</P><P></P><P>Carolina took something of a nose dive from there. Trading a 2011 second round pick to move up for Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards was a completely ill advised move by GM Marty Hurney. Edwards was a projected seventh round pick to undrafted free agent. Eric Norwood and Greg Hardy were effective college pass rushers, but Norwood is an odd fit in Carolina's 4 3 defense and Hardy is a boom or bust prospect. Stanford, and Robert McClain are project type defensive backs. Tony Pike was a good value at No. 204 overall.</P><P></P><P>The attention then switched to offense. GM Mark Dominik ripped off two dynamic receiver talents in second rounder Arrelious Benn and fourth round pick Mike Williams, giving cannon armed quarterback Josh Freeman a pair of chain movers with dominant run after catch skills. With Sammie Stroughter in the slot, Benn at split end, and Williams on the flank, the Bucs can now field a potentially explosive attack. Dominik mixed in the selection of third round size corner Myron Lewis, an underrated talent who will not struggle for year one snaps. Late round linebackers Cody Grimm and Dekoda Watson project as impact special teamers. Sixth rounder Brent Bowden is the team's punter of the future. Stanford DE Erik Lorig probably won't make the roster.</P><P></P><P>St. Louis Rams</P><P></P><P>After making Sam Bradford the No. 1 overall pick, a decision which will cost St. Louis close to $50 million guaranteed, Rams GM Billy Devaney avoided the temptation of drafting Arrelious Benn with the 33rd overall pick. Benn was believed to be higher on St. Louis' board than athletic offensive tackle Rodger Saffold, but Devaney smartly opted to protect his first round investment. The Rams would go on to steal Mardy Gilyard at the top of round four. A borderline first round talent, Gilyard was the Special Teams Player of the Year in the Big East as both a junior and senior, on top of being a first team all conference wideout.</P><P></P><P>Coach Steve Spagnuolo loves physical cornerbacks, and third round pick Jerome Murphy fits the mold. St. Louis also did well to secure three late round pass rushers in Hall Davis, Eugene Sims, and George Selvie. It would be better if they could combine tight ends Fendi Onobun and Michael Hoomanawanuii into one player. Onobun, a basketball power forward, can run fast. Hoomanawanuii is slow and strictly a blocker. Alabama defensive back Marquis Johnson didn't even start in college. Fellow seventh rounder Josh Hull is a linebacker from Penn State, making him a solid pick.</P><P></P><P>Taylor Mays at 49th overall and sixth round tailback Anthony Dixon were perhaps GM Trent Baalke's best picks. Mays will make Michael Lewis expendable while Dixon vies with Glen Coffee to be Gore's backup. Dixon is a thumping inside runner with underrated receiving skills. Third round pick Navorro Bowman isn't a great scheme fit, but Nate Byham gives the Niners the blocking tight end they've desperately wanted. Sixth round return man Kyle Williams and seventh round defensive back Phillip Adams probably won't make the team.</P><P></P><P>Oregon cornerback Walter Thurmond III is coming off a devastating knee injury, but is a first day talent when healthy and was worth a fourth round flier. Wilson and in the box safety Kam Chancellor project as role players only, but sixth rounder Anthony McCoy is a well rounded talent and will have a smooth transition after playing in coordinator Jeremy Bates' offense at USC last year. Dexter Davis is undersized, but can get to the passer. Jameson Konz's crazy physical abilities make him worth a seventh round selection.</P>
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