Draft Grades for the AFC East

Draft Grades for the AFC East

The NFL Draft has come and gone and we have been given what seems to be the final looks at what the teams rosters should shape up to be come OTA’s and training camp. Here’s our take on the division at hand with the AFC East :

New York Jets : B+

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The New York Jets had an amazing draft. They opened it up by taking Quinnen Williams from Alabama who was arguably the best defensive lineman in the draft at pick three. They then followed up with edge rusher Jachai Polite from Florida who could still prove to be a major force even with the lackluster combine and measures. They also addressed the offensive line with offensive tackle Chuma Edoga from USC. This draft was just full of good value selections for the New York Jets and the fans have plenty to be excited for heading into this season

Buffalo Bills : B

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Another solid draft by the AFC East with the Buffalo Bills here. They were basically gifted DT Ed Oliver by the Giants when they passed on him for Duke QB Daniel Jones, which wasn’t exactly a popular pick among Giants fans. Then getting great value in the following rounds with OT Cody Ford from Oklahoma and S Jaquan Johnson out of Miami. A talent that might be underrated though is TE Dawson Knox.  In an offense now catering to second-year QB Josh Allen, we could see big time production from the former Mississippi target.

Miami Dolphins : B-

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Not as great as the team’s listed above, but still a pretty solid draft for the Miami Dolphins. DL Christian Wilkins from Clemson should provide immediate relief after the loss of Cameron Wake in free agency. They also may have found their QB of the future in former Cardinals QB Josh Rosen for the 60th overall pick and a 2020 fifth round selection. Overall a good use of their assets.

I still wouldn’t ignore their other selections though, especially OG Michael Deiter. He comes to a Miami offensive line that has struggled to protect the quarterback in recent years. Whether it be Rosen or Fitzpatrick week one, they should be ready to protect the passer in a much better way in comparison to previous years! Dolphins fans should remain optimistic about their future.

New England Patriots : A-

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The New England Patriots came into the 2019 NFL Draft with 12 picks. They left using 10 of those selections, and they hit on just about every single one of them. They opened it up by taking one of the top WR’s in the draft class in N’Keal Harry from Arizona State, then revamping the secondary by taking CB Joejuan Williams. Though a questionable pick, Williams should bring a great deal of good to the Patriots pass defense which was already a strong suit for them last season.

The mid-late rounds are highlighted by Michigan’s own DE Chase Winovich. This pick screams Bill Belichick. Winovich has such a high motor and is a relentless pass-rusher as well as an  absolute steal in the third round. They then found their hopeful future at QB in Jarrett Stidham from Auburn. I definitely would not look over DT Byron Cowart, as he has a feel good story to him.  Although he is still raw as a football player, the Patriots wouldn’t have taken him if they didn’t think he could turn into something special.

Although not addressing the TE position, the Patriots really drafted extremely well. They are set up very nicely to make another run for their record setting seventh Super Bowl championship if the cards happen to fall their way!

Source : MyFantasySportsTalk.com

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