The NFL Draft has come and gone. No more mock drafts, no more profiles, and no more hearsay and speculation. Naturally, that means it’s time to milk the draft until training camp, because the next three months of the offseason make us feel scared and cold. This week we’ll be going through the divisions and taking a look at how each team did after the first round. Up next, the AFC East.
2 – Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia
3 – T.J. Graham, WR, North Carolina State
4 – Nigel Bradham, OLB, Florida State
4 – Ron Brooks, CB, Louisiana State
5 – Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
5 – Tank Carder, LB, Texas Christian
6 – Mark Asper, OG, Oregon
7 – John Potter, K, Western Michigan
Favorite Pick(s): I have to begin this review with a confession: I’m an unabashed Bills fan.
The last decade of Bills football has been grim. The organization’s ineptitude was consistently on display during the draft. Aaron Maybin, Donte Whitner, John McCargo…J.P Losman. I could go on.
Things are beginning to change, however. The arrival of Buddy Nix and Doug Whaley has seen the Bills adopt a strategy that’s pretty foolproof – draft players from the south, preferably the SEC. Cordy Glenn in the second round is great value while also filling a need. Nix has made it known you can never have enough corners, especially when facing Tom Brady twice a year. Ron Brooks is one of the most versatile defensive backs in the draft, as he played a key role on special teams while seeing plenty of action when the Tigers had their Nickel package on the field.
2 – Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
3 – Olivier Vernon, OLB, Miami-Florida
3 – Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri
4 – Lamar Miller, RB, Miami-Florida
5 – Josh Kaddu, ILB, Oregon
6 – B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan State
7 – Kheeston Randall, DE, Texas
7 – Rishard Matthews, WR, Nevada
Favorite Pick(s): The Dolphins 2012 draft will be measured on one pick and one pick alone. Tough luck for Jeff Ireland, who did a pretty good job in round two to seven. Jon Martin should be able to start at right tackle from Day 1. Junior Olivier Vernon, another Miami underclassmen who probably should have stayed in school, had a litany of red flags. His eye-opening performance at the NFL Combine showed scouts he could play at outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.
Josh Kaddu was a First Team All Pac 10 selection in his final year at Oregon. Kaddu has excellent speed, but his ability to cover in the NFL will be challenged immediately. Nevada’s Rishard Matthews put up excellent numbers in his senior season, and his special teams experience will give him a good chance to make the Dolphins’ opening day roster.
New York Jets
2 – Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
3 – Demario Davis, ILB, Arkansas State
6 – Josh Bush, S, Wake Forest
6 – Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor
6 – Robert T. Griffin, OG, Baylor
7 – Antonio Allen, S, South Carolina
7 – Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan
Favorite Pick(s): Quality, not quantity would be the best description for the Jets’ 2012 draft. Looking for a deep threat who wasn’t a terrible teammate, the Jets selected Stephen Hill in the second round. Hill has been compared to former Yellow Jackets Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas, comparisons that the Jets themselves have made have made, which will undoubtedly become a burden (crosses fingers) for the wide receiver.
In the sixth round the Jets drafted a pair of Baylor Bears. Terrance Ganaway is a bruising runner who excelled against defenses that were primarily concerned with some guy named Robert Griffin III. New York also selected the second best Robert Griffin in the sixth. South Carolina’s Antonio Allen in the seventh round was excellent value for a team in need of help at Safety.
New England Patriots
2 – Tavon Wilson, S, Illinois
3 – Jake Bequette, OLB, Arkansas
6 – Nate Ebner, S, Ohio State
7 – Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
7 – Jeremy Ebert, WR, Northwestern
Favorite Pick(s):For the first time I can remember the Pats traded up in round one to shore up a terrible defense. The rest of the Pats’ draft was puzzling. They went way off the board for Tavin Wilson in the second round. Arkansas OLB Jake Bequette was also considered a reach in the third round.
What happens to Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard–or the cop puncher as he’s now known–will be something to keep an eye on. He has the talent, and if anyone can get his head straight it will be the hooded czar. While I’m not in love with most of the Patriots picks after round one, this Bills fan knows not to doubt those bastards from New England.