AFC East 2017 NFL Draft Final Grades

The 2017 NFL Draft has come and gone and so it’s time to review if each team was able to improve their rosters heading into the grind of offseason workouts.

We start by taking a look at the AFC East.

AFC East 2017 NFL Draft Final Grades

Buffalo Bills 2017 Draft

Round/PickPlayerPositionCollege
1/27Tre'Davious WhiteCBLSU
2/37Zay JonesWREast Carolina
2/63Dion DawkinsOGTemple
5/163Matt MilanoLBBoston College
5/171Nathan PetermanQBPittsburgh
6/195Tanner VallejoLBBoise State

Best Pick: Zay Jones

Jones has the size and athleticism to hang at the professional level. He’s a tough receiver who ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at the combine and hauled in nearly 400 catches during his career at ECU.

Sleeper/Value Pick: Zay Jones

He has the NFL body but scouts were scared away by his route running ability, causing him to fall to the second round. This is easily fixable. Great value for the Bills who just declined to pick up Sammy Watkins‘ fifth-year option.

Reach: Nathan Peterman

There were better QB’s on the board (Brad Kaaya, University of Miami) and even better free agents to fill a backup quarterback role.

Overall Grade: B

 

Miami Dolphins 2017 Draft

Round/PickPlayerPositionCollege
1/22Charles HarrisOLBMissouri
2/54Raekwon McMillanLBOhio State
3/97Cordrea TankersleyCBClemson
5/164Isaac AsiataOGUtah
5/178Davon GodchauxDTLSU
6/194Vincent TaylorDTOklahoma State
7/237Isaiah FordWRVirginia Tech

Best Pick: Charles Harris

Harris is a stellar edge rusher that has the explosiveness that the Dolphins love out of star Cameron Wake. Harris should compliment the LB corps very nicely.

Value Pick: Isaac Asiata

Asiata is a strong interior lineman that can plug in right away. I am always nervous about a 24-year-old rookie, however.

Reach: Isaiah Ford

He has too lean of a frame without the explosiveness to separate from defensive backs.

Overall Grade: B-

 

New England Patriots 2017 Draft

Round/PickPlayerPositionCollege
3/83Derek RiversDEYoungstown St.
3/85Antonio GarciaOTTroy
4/131Deatrich WiseDEArkansas
6/211Conor McDermottOTUCLA

Best Pick: Derek Rivers

Rivers has the ability to play on the edge or as a stand-up LB which should fit well in the Patriots scheme.

Value Pick: Antonio Garcia

Garcia is a very athletic blocker that can match with the increasing speed of today’s edge rushers.

Reach: Connor McDermott

Athletic, but McDermott is not quick enough to play at the NFL level.

Overall Grade: B-

 

New York Jets 2017 Draft

Round/PickPlayerPositionCollege
1/6Jamal AdamsSLSU
2/39Marcus MayeSFlorida
3/79ArDarius StewartWRAlabama
4/141Chad HansenWRCalifornia
5/150Jordan LeggettTEClemson
5/181Dylan DonahueDLGeorgia
6/188Elijah McGuireRBLouisiana Lafayette
6/197Jeremy ClarkCBMichigan
6/204Derrick JonesCBMississippi

Best Pick: Jamal Adams

Adams is my favorite player in the draft. A fiery athlete that delivers brutal and punishing hits. His physicality is exciting to think about when paired with the Jets’ excellent defensive line.

Value Pick: Jordan Leggett

The Jets have had issues at the TE position for years. Leggett is a guy that can haul in catches and create matchup problems for smaller LB’s.

Reach: Derrick Jones

Jones is weak, even for a defensive back. His poor tackling mechanics will leave him burned in the NFL.

Overall Grade: B+

Sean Plymyer

Author Sean Plymyer

Born and raised in California. Graduated from Long Beach State with a BA in History. I coach high school football in Northern California where I live with my family and three dogs.

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