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Draft Review: NFC South

Lavonte David could contribute right away for the Bucs.

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’re going through the divisions and taking a look at how each team did after the first round. Up next, the NFC South.

Before we get started I want to briefly talk about Junior Seau. For me, the NFL in the 1990s were defined by two things – My favorite team, the Buffalo Bills and my favorite player to watch, Junior Seau.

After those four consecutive trips to the Super Bowl, I was relieved to see San Diego represent the AFC in the 1995 championship. Unfortunately the Chargers were no match for Steve Young and the 49ers. Seau, for me, represented everything that was great about this game. He was a player who could chase a running back down with a smile on his face, and he was at home on the field, which helps explain his reluctance to retire.

Today, Seau’s kids lost their father and his mother lost her son. Obviously, there are more important things than football. Off the field Seau spent much of his time working with charities in Miami and San Diego. Saints lineman Eric Olsen recalls a personal anecdote that shows us what kind of person Seau was.

RIP, Junior.

Atlanta Falcons

2 – Peter Konz, OG, Wisconsin

3 – Lamar Holmes, OT, Southern Mississippi

5 – Bradie Ewing, FB, Wisconsin

5 – Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, Troy

6 – Charles Mitchell, S, Mississippi State

7 – Travian Robertson, DT, South Carolina

Favorite Pick(s): The Falcons traded away their first round pick in the Julio Jones trade last year, but still managed to address some needs. Peter Konz should help an offensive line that struggled mightily last year. The Falcons were one of ten teams that failed to rush for more than four yards per carry between the tackles in 2011.

If Jonathan Massaquoi turns out anything like fellow Troy Alumni DeMarcus Ware, the Falcons will be elated. Massaquoi possesses the speed needed to get to quarterbacks off the edge.

Carolina Panthers

2 – Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State

4 – Frank Alexander, DE, Oklahoma

4 – Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas

5 – Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina

6 – Brad Nortman, P, Wisconsin

7 – D.J. Campbell, DB, California

Favorite Pick(s): The NFL Network had an impressive amount of footage featuring players from small schools. When analyzing Amini Silatolu, the Panthers second-round pick, Mike Mayock stressed the importance of seeing players from smaller schools absolutely dominate their competition on film. Silatolu’s tape showed the dominance you like to see.

Frank Alexander has the long arms and motor you want in a defensive end, but it can be argued the Panthers had a glaring need at defensive tackle, a position that wasn’t addressed in the draft. Joe Adams is a burner who had his best season with the Razorbacks in his senior season. With the departure of Legedu Naanee, Adams could see time in the slot immediately.

New Orleans Saints

3 – Akiem Hicks, DT, Regina

4 – Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin

5 – Corey White, S, Samford

6 – Andrew Tiller, OG, Syracuse

7 – Marcel Jones, OT, Nebraska

Favorite Pick(s): If the Saints had known Jon Vilma was going to be suspended for the entire season, their draft probably would have gone differently. Akiem Hicks’ football odyssey saw him wind up in Regina after he was mired in a recruiting controversy that once again shows us how ass backwards the NCAA is. If Hicks had stayed at LSU, the school he was originally enrolled at, it’s possible he could’ve been a first-round pick. The Saints will be glad he ended up in Canada.

Nick Toon gives Drew Brees another option in the Saints vaunted passing attack and will help fill the void created by the departure of Robert Meachem. Toon has the NFL bloodlines. His father Al was an All Pro wide receiver for the New York Jets before retiring at age 29 due to multiple concussions.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2 – Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska

5 – Najee Goode, ILB, West Virginia

6 – Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia

7 – Michael Smith, RB, Utah State

7 – Drake Dunsmore, FB, Northwestern

Favorite Pick(s): The Bucs got their safety of the future in Mark Barron, and then they added to their defense with second-round pick Lavonte David. Though undersized, David has the instincts and speed required to be a force in the NFL.

The Bucs continued to add to their Linebacker corps in the fifth round with Najee Goode. His feel for the game is raw, but Goode has the size and speed necessary to stick in the pros. He’s also versatile, as he can line up at both the SAM and MIKE positions.

Draft Review: AFC South

Dwayne Allen will be one half of Andrew Luck's shiny new tight end tandem.

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’re going through the divisions and taking a look at how each team did after the first round. Up next, the AFC South.

Houston Texans

3 – DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State

3 – Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami-Ohio

4 – Ben Jones, C, Georgia

4 – Keshawn Martin, WR, Michigan State

4 – Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska

5 – Randy Bullock, K, Texas A&M

6 – Nick Mondek, OT, Purdue

Favorite Pick(s): If it wasn’t for terrible luck, the Houston Texans could’ve found themselves in last year’s AFC championship game. The injury to quarterback Matt Schaub derailed a promising season that saw the Texans win the AFC South for the first time in their young history.

Star wideout Andre Johnson needed some help, and the Texans obliged in the middle of the draft. DeVier Posey was involved in the the Ohio State memorabilia scandal, but the talent is there. Former Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressel (who was fired because of said scandal) likened Posey’s explosiveness to former Buckeye Santonio Holmes.

The Texans then got great value in the fourth round with Nebraska DE Jared Crick, who has second-round talent and fits Wade Phillips’ defensive scheme perfectly.

Indianapolis Colts

2 – Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

3 – Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson

3 – T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida International

5 – Josh Chapman, NT, Alabama

5 – Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State

6 – LaVon Brazill, WR, Ohio

7 – Justin Anderson, OT, Georgia

7- Tim Fugger, OLB, Vanderbilt

7 – Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois

Favorite Pick(s): The Colts restocked a cupboard that was filled with aging foodstuffs. Coby Fleener’s unexpected fall to the second round conjured images of a league wide fix in my mind, but nevertheless it reunites Andrew Luck with his college safety blanket. Following the trend that is sweeping the nation, the Colts then picked up another tight end with their next pick, Clemson’s Dwayne Allen. Unlike Fleener, Allen can put his hand down and block with consistently.

The Miami Herald ranked T.Y. Hilton as the top return specialist in the draft. Hilton is also a pretty damn good receiver whose stock was slightly hurt by an injury that caused him to miss the Senior Bowl and skip some drills at the Combine. Watch out for this guy on Sundays next year.

Chandler Harnish  was this year’s Mr.Irrelevant and will get to spend a week in California doing strange things. One of my lasting memories of this year’s draft will be the crowd booing the old man who created ‘Mr.Irrelevant.’ It was fantastic.

Jacksonville Jaguars

2 – Andre Branch, DE, Clemson

3 – Bryan Anger, P, California

5 – Brandon Marshall, ILB, Nevada

6 – Mike Harris, CB, Florida State

7 – Jeris Pendleton, DT, Ashland

Favorite Pick(s): The Jaguars’ selection of Justin Blackmon in the first round was impressive, and they followed that up with Andre Branch, who will provide immediate depth for a defensive line that surpassed expectations last year. Once Blaine Gabbert becomes somewhat competent, the Jags have the seeds of a team that can a compete in the AFC South.

Then Jacksonville took a punter in the third round. By all accounts, Bryan Anger can really kick a football. Field position is obviously important, and a good punter can be the difference between giving up the ball at midfield or, or pushing the opposition back to their own 30-yard line. For the Jaguars’ sake let’s hope Anger has that sort of impact, because Gene Smith will never hear the end of it if he doesn’t.

Tennessee Titans

2 – Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina

3 – Mike Martin, DT, Michigan

4 – Coty Sensabaugh, CB, Clemson

5 – Taylor Thompson, TE, Southern Methodist

6 – Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State

7 – Scott Solomon, DE, Rice

Favorite Pick(s): The Titans shored up their defense after taking Baylor WR Kendall Wright in the first round. Zach Brown was one of the fastest linebackers available in the draft, but the UNC product struggles in tight spaces. Absorbing blockers is something he’ll have to work on to be an impact starter in the league. Mike Martin was probably taken two rounds too high, but the compete level is there.

Coty Sensabaugh is a great story. Sensabaugh lost his older brother Jamaar to leukemia when he was 11. After another player chose a different school, Clemson offered Sensabaugh their last scholarship available. The cornerback ran the third fastest 40-yard dash time at the Combine.

Read the story I linked to above, and you’ll become a Sensabaugh fan pretty fast.

Draft Review: NFC East

Rueben Randle will make Giants fans forget about Mario Manningham.

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 NFC East.

Dallas Cowboys

3 – Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise State

4 – Kyle Wilber, OLB, Wake Forest

4 – Matt Johnson, S, Eastern Washington

5 – Danny Coale, WR, Virginia Tech

6 – James Hanna, TE

7 – Caleb McSurdy, ILB, Montana

Favorite Pick(s): I watched every hour of the draft this year, and the only people I saw more than Rich Eisen and the NFL Network crew were Jerry Jones and his merry band of Cowboy employees. We watched as they called their fourth-round pick and their seventh-round pick, and we even got to see Rob Ryan scratch his itchy gut. I will never be able to remove that image from my brain.

The Cowboys sacrificed their second-round pick to move up and select Morris Claiborne. Canadian Tyrone Crawford will play the five technique for the Cowboys 3-4 defense and should be able to enter the rotation immediately. Sooners TE James Hanna ran a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, an insane time for a tight end. The pick also gives the Cowboys depth at a position that sorely needs it.

New York Giants

2 – Rueben Randle, WR, Louisiana State

3 – Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech

4 – Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati

4 – Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn

6 – Matt McCants, OT, Alabama-Birmingham

7 – Markus Kuhn, DT, North Carolina State

Favorite Pick(s): The rich get richer as Jerry Reese shows us why he’s the best GM in the game once again. Keep in mind that the top three Giants picks in the last year’s draft – Prince Amukamara, Marvin Austin and Jerrel Jernigan – all missed significant time last year.

So basically the Super Bowl champions have two draft classes incoming. As Rueben Randle continued to slip to the depths of round two you just knew the Giants would grab him. Suddenly, Mario Manningham’s departure isn’t all that big of a deal.

Adrien Robinson fits the mold of the new tight end in the NFL, as the Giants have restocked a position that was decimated by injuries in the Super Bowl – who could forget Jake Ballard’s struggles on the sidelines – with the additions of Robinson and Martellus Bennett.

Philadelphia Eagles

2 – Mychal Kendricks, LB, California

2 – Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall

3 – Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

4 – Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia

5 – Dennis Kelly, OT, Purdue (6-8, 321)

6 – Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa

6 – Brandon Washington, OG, Miami-Florida

7 – Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas State

Favorite Pick(s): I really liked what the Eagles did this year. Mychal Kendricks and trade acquisition DeMeco Ryans will turn what was a weakness last year into a strength. The chances Mike Vick misses at least one game due to injury are pretty high, thus making Nick Foles a worthwhile pick. The Arizona product will have some work to do as scouts have given his footwork awful reviews, but he’ll have time to learn while carrying Mike Kafka’s clipboards.

Brandon Boykin will help fill the void created by the departure of Asante Samuel and Marvin McNutt adds depth to an already loaded wide receiver corps. Seventh-round pick Bryce Brown is the most intriguing pick in the class. Brown hired a manager when he was 17(!) and reneged on a commitment to Miami, instead choosing Tennessee. After complaining about not getting enough playing time, Brown transferred to Kansas State, where he quit after three games.

The guy has the talent, but there is clearly something off upstairs. It’s a low risk, high upside pick for the Eagles.

Washington Redskins

3 – Josh LeRibeus, OG, Southern Methodist

4 – Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State

4 – Keenan Robinson, ILB, Texas

5 – Adam Gettis, OG, Iowa

6 – Alfred Morris, RB, Florida Atlantic

6 – Tom Compton, OT, South Dakota

7 – Richard Crawford, CB, Southern Methodist

7 – Jordan Bernstine, DB, Iowa

Favorite Pick(s): GLS Editor Sean Tomlinson has already hammered the Redskins for the Kirk Cousins pick, and rightfully so. The rest of the Redskins draft wasn’t much better. Adam Gettis, from the linemen factory that is Iowa, will add some depth to a group of individuals tasked with the most important job in the organization. keeping RG3 upright.

Alfred Morris can thank the draft gods for his selection by the Redskins. Mike Shanahan has made a career out of making marginal running backs stat sheet heroes. Shanahan got a close look at Morris during the Senior Bowl and must have liked what he saw. Perhaps most importantly, Morris is an above average blocker, which will give him the opportunity to get more playing time.

Draft Review: AFC East

Cordy Glenn will address a key need for the Bills.

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.

Buffalo Bills

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.

Miami Dolphins

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.

Draft Review: NFC North

Alshon Jeffery is Brandon Marshall's new running mate.

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 NFC North.

Chicago Bears

2 – Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

3 – Brandon Hardin, S, Oregon State

4 – Evan Rodriguez, FB, Temple

6 – Isaiah Frey, CB, Nevada

7 – Greg McCoy, CB, Texas Christian

Favorite Pick(s): The Bears found a wide receiver to pair with newcomer Brandon Marshall in Alshon Jeffery. The South Carolina product began the season as a prospective top 10 pick after a prolific sophomore season. Jeffery was plagued by weight issues during his senior year, dropping from 88 receptions in 2010 to 46 in 2011, and his refusal to work out at the NFL combine hurt his stock even more. Jeffery came to the South Carolina pro day leaner, and wowed scouts. This was a risk worth taking for Chicago.

Detroit Lions

2 – Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma

3 – Dwight Bentley, CB, Louisiana Lafayette

4 – Ronnell Lewis, DE, Oklahoma

5 – Tahir Whitehead, OLB, Temple

5 – Chris Greenwood, CB, Albion

6 – Jonte Green, CB, New Mexico State

7 – Travis Lewis, ILB, Oklahoma

Favorite Pick(s): Outside of Titus Young, who is more of an option at the slot receiver position, the Lions didn’t have an arsenal of pass catching options behind Calvin Johnson, but choosing Ryan Broyles in the second round raised some eyebrows around the league. The Sooner is recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, but the talent is there, making this the epitome of a boom or bust pick.

The Lions also got good value with Ronnell Lewis in the fourth round. Though he may be undersized, the hard hitting linebacker fits well in Detroit’s scheme.

Green Bay Packers

2 – Jerel Worthy, DL, Michigan State

2 – Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt

4 – Mike Daniels, DT, Iowa

4 – Jerron McMillian, S, Maine

5 – Terrell Manning, ILB, North Carolina State

7 – Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State

7 – B.J. Coleman, QB, Tennessee-Chattanooga

Favorite Pick(s): The Packers traded up to grab Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy. A projected first-round talent, Worthy headlines a draft focused on defenders after Green Bay had the worst statistical defensive totals in the league last year.

This draft class will help change that. Along with Nick Perry, the Packers drafted three potential Day one starters in Worthy, Casey Hayward and Jerron McMillian.

Minnesota Vikings

3 – Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida

4 – Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas

4 – Rhett Ellison, TE, Southern California

4 – Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas

5 – Robert Blanton, DB, Notre Dame

6 – Blair Walsh, K, Georgia

7 – Audie Cole, OLB, North Carolina State

7 – Trevor Guyton, DT, California (6-3, 285)

Favorite Pick(s): The Vikings lost their second-round pick after trading up for Harrison Smith late in the first. Josh Robinson is an intriguing prospect. Robinson ran the quickest 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, which some scouts measured at 4.29. Greg Childs and Jarius Wright were part of a trio of Razorback wide receivers drafted in the fourth round, and the pair offer speed at a position that was a black hole last year for the Vikings.

DT Trevor Guyton was a steal in the seventh round. He possesses the (forgive me) high motor scouts crave.

Draft Review: AFC North

Tommy Streeter could be a great late-round sleeper for Baltimore.

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 first, the AFC North.

Baltimore Ravens

2 – Courtney Upshaw, DE, Alabama

2 – Kelechi Osemele, OG, Iowa State

3 – Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple

4 – Gino Gradkowski, C, Delaware

4 – Christian Thompson, S, South Carolina State

5 – Asa Jackson, CB, Cal Poly

6 – Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami-Florida

7 – DeAngelo Tyson, DT, Georgia

Favorite Pick(s): Seeing Nick Saban console Courtney Upshaw on Thursday night was tough to watch. The Alabama linebacker saw teammates Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick, Dont’a Hightower, and Trent Richardson leave the green room with huge smiles on their faces. *Awful cliche alert* Well good things come to those who wait. Upshaw will be mentored by two great (and insane) linebackers in Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs. The league will pay for making this guy mad.

Miami WR Tommy Streeter is another name to remember. Streeter was projected as a first-round pick if he had stayed at The ‘U’ for his senior season. Like most of Miami’s underclassmen, Streeter came out too early, but the talent is there.

Cincinnati Bengals

2 – Devon Still, DT, Penn State

3 – Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

3- Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson

4 – Orson Charles, TE, Georgia

5 – Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa

5 – Marvin Jones, WR, California

5 – George Iloka, S, Boise State

6 – Dan Herron, RB, Ohio State

Favourite Pick(s): What a great draft by a team known for making terrible decisions come spring time. Devon Still was a top-20 talent that slid to the Bengals in round two. Mohamed Sanu and Brandon Thompson in the third round was also good value. Another name to watch out for: George Iloka. The Boise State safety is an excellent in the box tackler who can be serviceable if not above average when he’s not asked to do too much in coverage. Well done Mike Brown, well done. (The Mayans have to be right.)

Cleveland Browns

2 – Mitchell Schwartz OT, California

3 – John Hughes DT, Cincinnati

4 – Travis Benjamin WR, Miami

4 – James-Michael Johnson ILB, Nevada

5 – Ryan Miller OG, Colorado

6 – Emmanuel Acho ILB, Texas

6 – Billy Winn DT, Boise State

7 – Trevin Wade CB, Arizona

7 – Brad Smelley TE, Alabama

Favorite Pick(s): It seems like I’m the only one who liked what the Browns did in the first round. Unfortunately I wasn’t a fan of the rest of the Browns’ picks on Days two and three. The most intriguing name is fourth round pick Travis Benjamin. He ran a ridiculous 4.36 40 at the NFL combine, the second fastest measured this year. He’ll compete with Jordan Norwood for time in the slot. Boise State’s Billy Winn was good value in the sixth round, and Brad Smelley gets reunited with Trent Richardson.

Those Smelley jersey sales will become another stain on Cleveland’s dark history.

Pittsburgh Steelers

2 – Mike Adams OT, Ohio State

3 – Sean Spence ILB, Miami

4 – Alameda Ta’amu NT, Washington

5 – Chris Rainey RB, Florida

7 – Toney Clemons WR, Colorado

7 (comp) – David Paulson TE, Oregon

7 (comp) – Terrence Frederick CB, Texas A&M

7 (comp) – Kelvin Beachum OT, SMU

Favorite Pick(s): A close second to Cincinnati for best draft in the division. Alameda Ta’amu was a steal in the fourth round. Sean Spence adds some desperately needed sideline-to-sideline speed for a linebacking corps that needed an infusion of youth, and Steelers made a worthwhile gamble on Florida Gator Chris Rainey. The guy is the definition of a burner, and has excellent hands to match. After serving as Percy Harvin’s replacement in Gainesville, expect Rainey to be a jack of all trades for Mike Tomlin and company.

Up Next: The NFC North

With the draft dust settled since Saturday and some healthy, natural sleep finally accomplished, we’ve had some time to look back and assess the successes and failures of each team, and react more thoroughly to some picks that we loved and hated beyond the first round.

Below is the latter, and later on this afternoon we’ll start breaking down the draft division-by-division.

I like these guys

1. DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw (Ravens, 35th overall): We begin with an obvious pick, but an important one nonetheless. While there’s still some lingering feeling that the Ravens should have pursued Peter Konz to have a solid replacement for Matt Birk a year from now, the value for Upshaw at No. 35 was far too irresistible, and so was the urge to pair him with Terrell Suggs (14 sacks in 2011) to create an intimidating tandem.

2. RB Isaiah Pead (Rams, 50th overall): St. Louis had to grab Steven Jackson’s successor early, and they were likely hoping that Doug Martin fell a few more spots so that he was available in the second round. But the smaller Pead (he’s 5’10″, 197 pounds) is still a fine grab in the middle of the second round after he had 1,259 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Bearcats last year. How quickly Jackson’s time as St. Louis’ starter ends will be determined by the speed of his deterioration, but the presence of an early pick behind him could lead to a swift decrease in the 29-year-old’s touches.

3. WR Mohamed Sanu (Bengals, 83rd overall): It was poetic justice when Sanu still went to the Bengals after some jerk who smelled deeply of douche prank called him during the first round. He’s another piece in what was a masterful draft for the Bengals, and he’ll continue the infusion of youthful targets surrounding Andy Dalton. The Bengals have now drafted three receivers in the first three rounds over the past three drafts (Sanu, A.J. Green, Jordan Shipley). There’s a cliché about items coming in bunches of threes that fits well here.

4. WR Devon Wylie (Chiefs, 107th overall): There’s a run on receivers in our top five because there was tremendous value often found throughout the draft due to the position’s depth. And as our own Alen Dumonjic wrote back in late March, Wylie could be Wes Welker lite, and for a team with plenty of deep threat ability between Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston, a complementary possession receiver who can thrive in the slot is an ideal asset in the middle rounds.

5. WR DeVier Posey (Texans, 68th overall): Andre Johnson is still a stud, but he’s aging, and he’s incredibly fragile. That’s why the projection for the Texans in this draft was to get a wide receiver early, and it was mildly surprising that they passed on Stephen Hill’s upside in the first round. However, Posey still brings promise after he had two +800 yard receiving seasons for the Buckeyes before sitting out most of last year due to a suspension. Between Posey and fourth-round pick Keshawn Martin, Texans fans have likely seen the end of Jacoby Jones.

I don’t like these guys

1. QB Kirk Cousins (Redskins, 102nd overall): I won’t repeat my angry rant from Saturday here, but there’s one portion that deserves repetition, and a lot of it. While the need for competition at every position is vital, the Redskins’ best case scenario for Cousins is that he never plays a meaningful snap in Washington. That’s not the ideal outcome for any pick, but especially not a mid-round pick who was selected just 100 picks after a franchise quarterback who came at a significant price.

2. RB Lamar Miller (Dolphins, 97th overall): I like Lamar Miller the player. I’m just unsure of Lamar Miller the Dolphins draft pick. Yes, Reggie Bush isn’t young anymore, and even though his career carries have been very limited (2011 was the first season he had more than 200), he’s still played a full 16-game season only once in his career. That leads to the need for depth, but Miller was drafted as an early fourth-round pick after a year in which Bush had 1,385 all-purpose yards, and 519 rushing yards over just his last four games. Joe Philbin has also said that his role in the passing game will be expanded, and meanwhile Daniel Thomas was a second-round pick last spring, and he’s firmly entrenched as Bush’s backup. At a time when Wylie, Nick Toon, and Travis Benjamin were still on the board, more depth at WR to support Ryan Tannehill and recover from the loss of Brandon Marshall was the far more pressing need.

3. OT Mitchell Schwartz (Browns, 37th overall): Perhaps this hair is being split a bit too far, but although offensive line fortification was a need with a new quarterback in Brandon Weeden and after a year when the Browns surrendered 39 sacks (18th), a wide receiver was more ideal here too. The three needs atop Cleveland’s wishlist were a quarterback, a running back, and a wide receiver. The first two were addressed quickly in the opening round, but then the Browns waited until the fourth round to take a WR, passing on Hill and Reuben Randle.

4. WR Ryan Broyles (Lions, 54th overall): Trying to minimize repetition again here, but this list isn’t complete without Broyles. With such a massive, glaring need in the secondary, it’s incomprehensible why the Lions would take a wideout who’s recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, and will at best be fourth on the depth chart next year.

5. G Cordy Glenn (Bills, 41st overall): Another pick where the player and value is fine, but the need isn’t, and another beef about priorities and the hesitancy to dip into a talent rich wide receiver pool. The Bills lost Demetress Bell, so they were then seeking some kind of bulk up front early, even though Bell is a tackle and Glenn is a guard. However, this is still an offensive line that allowed a league low 23 sacks last year, while Buffalo’s average reception was only 10.8 yards long (28th). Wideout T.J. Graham was added in the third round, but dipping into the second tier of wide receivers to complement Stevie Johnson by taking either Hill or Randle would have been both a better upgrade, and a better practice in position priorities.