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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:52 pm    Post subject: Operation FFMD V.2: Draft Grades Completed Reply with quote



Introduction

Welcome to Operation FFMD, soldiers. For those of you that may be new here....welcome to hell. This is the greatest forum-wide collaboration known on this half of the equator and we plan to keep it that way. This is your opportunity to build a dynasty.

And we're just here to kick and back and watch.

With myself, SaveourSonics, co-founder JGoldiscool, and new members jrry and Jamison, we plan to make this the greatest FFMD experience you never dreamed of. As you can see below, we ensure you, the public, that we will be keeping up with everything this offseason. You wanna hear breaking news before it's even been broken yet? You know where to find us. You wanna hear who signed where before they even touch ink to paper? Well, we'll be here. Here at Operation FFMD we plan to keep you totally up-to-date on the latest happenings around the league, including Executives, Coaches, Agents, and Player interviews for a scoop inside the minds of FFMD. Every draft pick will be in this thread, with a explanation of our grade and reasoning. We will have people working around the clock to make sure that everything is running like a well-oiled machine.

This is Operation FFMD. Build Your Dynasty.



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For all people sending myself and jrry PM scoops, we really appreciate it. If we do not PM you back, that doesn't mean we are ignoring you, simply means we are trying to get these out as quickly as possible. Keep them coming!

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OFFICIAL TRADE V.1: It appears that the deal will go through between the Broncos and Saints. Broncos will send their 4th and 5th round selections in the 2012 NFL Draft to the Saints for RB Chris Ivory and a 6th rounder.
Analysis: It would appear that the Saints got tremendous value here for an oft-injured RB at perhaps their deepest position on the team. Considering Ivory will never start for them if the 3 backs ahead of him remain healthy, the Saints get a lot for a little.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.2: As reported earlier, the Jaguars and Saints agree to swap CB Ashton Youboty for WR Devery Henderson.
Analysis: It would appear that the Jags get a great deal here. They give up nothing but a depth corner for a WR that can stretch the field and actually give them a legit threat outside.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.3: It's been confirmed that a swap of RB Michael Turner and RB Felix Jones will be approved.
Analysis: It's really tough to call a winner here. The Cowboys certainly get the better back, but he also has a lot of leverage and they already have a kid capable of being the powerback in Murray. Jones was certainly expendable, but I don't see a great improvement here. The Falcons trade their #1 workhorse back for a #2 scatback and I don't see the value for them either. Bad deal both ways as I see it.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.4: The Bears will deal their 3rd and 5th round picks for Eagles CB Asante Samuel.
Analysis: Bears deal for a CB that doesn't necessarily fit the system and lacks the physicality that you think of with Chicago. Philly gets fair value for their aging ballhawk.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.5: The Bengals will send their 6th rounder over to the Seattle Seahawks for WR Deon Butler.
Analysis: Butler is coming off a serious leg injury but can be an explosive slot receiver when healthy. Seattle's depth at the WR position allowed him to be moved for cheap.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.6: The Lions will bring in OG Brandon Moore, a 5th, and a 7th round pick for the Jets 3rd rounder.
Analysis: The Lions get fair value for an interior linemen that will certainly help their protection up front which was needed. Jets are able to unload cap, but lose a solid player on the interior that I'm not so sure they can replace.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.7: Packers will tag and trade Matt Flynn, adding their 1st, 3rd, and 4th round picks to the Miami Dolphins for their 1st, 3rd, and LB Koa Misi.
Analysis: Dolphins get very good value here for a QB they expect to be a franchise QB, actually gaining a pick in the deal. Misi is a relative non-factor that nets the Phins a 4th rounder. Packers deal a player that holds no value to them and get into a valuable range in the draft.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.8: The Eagles will acquire LB Jonathan Vilma and multiple late round picks for their 3rd round selection.
Analysis: Eagles get a really solid deal here for their top need. They give up a 3rd rounder, but actually gain their amount of picks in the process. Vilma still has ability to be very solid.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.9: The Cardinals will send FS Kerry Rhodes to the Cowboys evil empire for only a 4th round pick.
Analysis: Cowboys get a solid, overrated trade here. Rhodes was originally dealt for a 4th, and is now flipped for the same price despite the only difference being that he's older. He's a player that lacks the ability to help in the run game but should help the Cowboys struggling pass defense. Cardinals lose a quality starting FS in an offseason where the position is very thin in both the draft and open market.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.10: The Jaguars will send the 38th overall pick to the Saints for Marques Colston in a tag and trade.
Analysis: Solid deal for both teams here. Saints get a high 2nd for a solid, unspectacular WR while the Jaguars mend perhaps their biggest need with two Saints WRs.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.11: Raiders will be receiving AJ Hawk and a 5th rounder for veteran Richard Seymour.
Analysis: Another solid, overrated trade. Seymour is clearly declining and is not worth the pay check he'll be making. Raiders get a valuable draft pick and Hawk in his prime while also cutting Seymour's salary. Good move for them.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.12: The Buccaneers make their first splash by getting the Chiefs 4th rounder for TE Kellen Winslow.
Analysis: Winslow is a player with a big contract and bad health that the Bucs got solid value for. The Chiefs, in turn, get a dangerous receiving weapon when healthy for a mid round pick.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.13: The Bills will send their 2nd and CB Leodis McKelvin to Cincinnati for LB Keith Rivers, the Bengals 2nd, and the Bengals 4th.
Analysis: Not a great move for either team, but I think the Bills win this one. They get a player that can still be a very solid starter in their system and gain a 4th rounder in the process, while the Bengals get an underwhelming corner.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.14: The Bills will now flip the 2nd round pick from Cincinnati for Giants DE Osi Umenyiora.
Analysis: The Bills make a great move here. Osi average a sack a game this past season the Bills desperately needed the edge rush. They pretty much turned Leodis McKelvin and a late 2nd into Keith Rivers and Osi.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.15: The Patriots will be sending Matt Light packing for Arizona for their 4th round pick.
Analysis: The Cardinals turn Kerry Rhodes into Matt Light which can be defined as uninspiring to say the least. Pats get fair value, if not above, for their veteran lineman.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.16: In a desperate attempt to rid themselves of him, the Jets have traded down in the draft with the Seahawks just to take LB Bart Scott.
Analysis: Understandable move for the Jets who needed the cap room, but the Seahawks get very good depth and move up in the draft. Very little risk considering they'll get a 2013 5th if Scott is cut.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.17: The Seahawks will trade the #12 overall pick for #19, the Bears 6th, and the Bears 2013 1st rounder.
Analysis: The Bears move up in prime position to take the WR they so desperately need, but the Seahawks make a great move here moving down into the position they like in the draft while also loading up their team for next year.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.18: The Texans will trade DE Mario Williams and their 1st round pick to rival Jacksonville for their 1st, 3rd, and 2013 2nd.
Analysis: The Texans get solid value for a player that they really could not have afforded, but the real winner here are the Jaguars. They get a premiere pass rusher at their biggest need and remain in the 1st round.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.19: The Browns will send the 4th and 13th overall picks in the draft to the Colts for #1 and the rights to Andrew Luck.
Analysis: The Browns score big by getting their true franchise QB with this trade, and they don't even lose their 2nd rounder or future picks. The Colts make a great deal here by staying in the top 5 and getting another top 15 pick out of it.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.20: The Jets will send their 3rd and 7th round picks to the Raiders for FS Michael Huff.
Analysis: Solid deal for both sides. Huff is an expendable piece in Oakland and FS was a huge need in New York. The Raiders get more value for Huff than I had expected.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.21: Seattle will send guard Robert Gallery to Tennessee for their 4th and 6th round picks.
Analysis: Solid deal all around. Seattle gets really good value for a 32 year old player that didn't have a spot as a starter on the team and the Titans really improve the interior of their line by getting a mauler in the run game. Plus they get Skittles and rum thrown in, which is always a win.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.22: The Saints have acquired run-stuffing DT Alan Branch and two 6th rounders for their late 2nd.
Analysis: Seattle gets really good value for a player that became redundant in their scheme next to Mebane. He'll be much more valuable to a team like New Orleans who desperately needs a true run stuffer in the middle.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.23: The St. Louis Rams will send depth LB Josh Hull to the Broncos for former 1st round pick Knowshon Moreno.
Analysis: I think the Rams pull a great move here by getting a RB with the natural talent to succeed. Perhaps a change of scenery is just what he needs to thrive. Broncos get a solid special teamer and depth player for a guy they had no use for.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.24: The Redskins will move up to get Robert Griffin for #6, #39, #110, and DT Barry Cofield.
Analysis: This trade was quite polarizing, but I actually like it for both sides. The Rams get a lot of pieces only to move down 4 spots and still be in the area to get the guy they want. They add an NFL commodity to their DLine. The Redskins give up less value than what the TVC suggests and get a franchise QB, but give up a lot of pieces on a team that needs them only to move up 4 spots for a controversial prospect.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.25: The Dolphins tag and trade NT Paul Soliai for a 4th and WR Santana Moss.
Analysis: The Redskins absolutely murdered this trade. They get a very good young player at a premium NT position after dealing Cofield and only give up a 4th and an over-the-hill WR worth a 4th at most.

OFFICIAL TRADE V.26: The Seattle Seahawks will part ways with Probowl corner Brandon Browner and rookie WR Kris Durham plus their 4th and 6th for the Vikings early 2nd and 4th.
Analysis: Many will think this overvalues Browner, but the available CB market was thin after the Vikings saw Carr and Porter sign elsewhere. The Vikings get the biggest corner in the league while Seattle gets an invaluable top 40 pick and another top 100 pick to boot.




ROUND 1: Completed
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1 // DT Aubrayo Franklin - Pittsburgh Steelers: 4Y/26M

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1 // RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis - Kansas City Chiefs: 4Y/24M

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1 // OT Demetrius Bell - Pittsburgh Steelers: 5Y/37.5M

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1 // WR Pierre Garcon - New York Jets: 5Y/54M

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1 // S Thomas DeCoud - Minnesota Vikings: 5Y/40M


ROUND 2: Completed
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1 // TE John Carlson - Seattle Seahawks: 4Y/28M

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1 // CB Brandon Carr - Dallas Cowboys: 5Y/65M

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1 // RB Cedric Benson - Atlanta Falcons: 4Y/15.5M

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1 // WR Robert Meachem - Houston Texans: 5Y/49.5M

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1 // OL Kareem McKenzie - Kansas City Chiefs: 3Y/21.5M


ROUND 3: Completed
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3 // OG Bobbie Williams - Dallas Cowboys: 3Y/5M

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3 // LB Dan Connor - New Orleans Saints: 5Y/50M

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3 // WR Mario Manningham - Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5Y/65M

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3 // DT Shaun Rodgers - Oakland Raiders: 2Y/3.5M

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3 // CB Tracy Porter - Denver Broncos: 5Y/90M


ROUND 4: Completed
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4 // ILB EJ Henderson NOT SIGNED

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4 // OT Max Starks NOT SIGNED

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4 // S Michael Griffin - Atlanta Falcons: 5Y/45M

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4 // WR Vincent Jackson - Seattle Seahawks: 5Y/112M

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4 // C Scott Wells - Tennessee Titans: 5Y/60M

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4 // DL Jason Jones - St Louis Rams: 5Y/30M


ROUND 5: Completed
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5 // OT Jeff Backus - NOT SIGNED

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5 // TE Jermichael Finley - Green Bay Packers: 5Y/80M

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5 // DL Kendall Langford - Tennessee Titans: 5Y/30M

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5 // LB Geno Hayes - Cleveland Browns: 5Y/35M

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5 // NT Antonio Garay - Dallas Cowboys: 5Y/35M

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5 // DT Pat Sims - Denver Broncos: 5Y/45M





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INTERVIEW: Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell [Coltsfan40]
*By tylerdouglass
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As for Ian, I think he has done a good job stepping in when our GM had to step down. He has done a great job of keeping us active and on track.

Read the rest of the interview here


INTERVIEW: Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis [Harper41]
*By tylerdouglass
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Seriously though, we ain't losing a game this season.

Read the rest of the interview here


INTERVIEW: Jacksonville Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith [Adrenaline_Flux]
*By jrry32
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I think there's been progress made this year, but it will never be perfect. Sometimes I wonder if people understand that.

Read the rest of the interview here


INTERVIEW: Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett [Maddhatter]
*By jrry32
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Fresh out of the oven baby!

Read the rest of the interview here


INTERVIEW: Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie [LivingLegendWFC]
*By jrry32
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Will Smith pays him for the publicity. He pays by the post.

Read the rest of the interview here
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Draft Rubric
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A+ Best possible value // Best player // Best possible fit/need
A Great value // Best player // Best possible fit/need (only 1 of the 3 needs to be "Great", not specifically that one)
A- Great value // Great player // Best possible fit/need (only 2 of the 3 need to be "Great", not specifically those two)
B+ Great value // Great player // Great fit/need
B Okay value // Great player // Great fit/need
B- Okay value // Okay player // Great fit/need
C+ Okay value // Okay player // Okay fit/need
C Bad value // Okay player // Okay fit/need
C- Bad value // Bad player // Okay fit/need
F Bad value // Bad player // Bad fit/need


*1ST ROUND*

#1 Cleveland Browns (viaIND) - Andrew Luck QB Stanford
Draft Grade: A+
Jrry's Analysis: The value on the pick seems right, I can't really give it an A because I don't think Luck is the once in a generation player some do. I see him as a very good QB prospect that can contribute early and fits HC Pat Shurmur's WCO perfectly. It was a smart pick by Cleveland as I think Luck is a better fit than Griffin, hopefully, they can add some weapons to help out Luck in the passing game.
SoS's Analysis: Andrew Luck is my bonafide #1 prospect in this draft and I honestly just laugh at the low ceiling comments some scouts make. He's proven that he has near identical athleticism to Cam Newton, yet since he's considered an intelligent pocket passer he doesn't get credit for having the same ceiling. Luck can bring it all and is as smart a QB as any that has come out in recent memory and fits that offense perfectly.

#2 Washington Redskins (viaSTL) - Robert Griffin III QB Baylor
Draft Grade: A-
SoS's Analysis:
Griffin is probably the last of the immediate franchise QBs in this draft and the Skins make sure they get a guy that can finally claim that title. Griffin isn't necessarily the best player on the board, but he's a great fit for the team. I don't think Griffin is #2 overall pick good, but his positional value makes it a solid selection here and the Skins really could not have made a better selection.
Jrry's Analysis: Washington made a solid trade up here for Griffin and got a great talent. I personally think Griffin has the talent and ability to be what he wants to be. He's a guy who primarily passes from the pocket but possesses near 4.3 speed with a strong arm and the ability to put the ball where only the WR can get it. Griffin needs some polish but he's ending up in a system in Wash that fits him well under a coach known for getting the most out of his QBs. Ideal scenario for Washington and Griffin.

#3 Minnesota Vikings - Matt Kalil LT Southern Cal
Draft Grade: A
Jrry's Analysis: The Vikings need help on their OL to keep Christian Ponder upright, Matt Kalil accomplishes just that. While there are some questions about Kalil's ability to push people around at the next level, there are no questions about his talent level or his prowess as a pass blocker. He should be able to come in and play at a high level as a pass protector from day 1. Great and expected pick by Minnesota.
SoS's Analysis: After acquiring Brandon Browner to play corner for them, the Vikings had a pretty easy pick getting the top left tackle in this year's class. Kalil is a guy that is going to drastically maximize the security that Ponder feels in the pocket and is a great building block for that offense to get back on the right path. Pretty much the only sensible selection to make here.

#4 Indianapolis Colts (viaCLE) - Morris Claiborne CB Louisiana State
Draft Grade: A+
SoS's Analysis:
Claiborne is the #2 rated player on my board and I think he possesses elite #1, shutdown abilities from day 1. Along with their several #2 type signings, Claiborne was the best player on the board at #4 and provides the team with a nice foundation for Pagano's defense.
Jrry's Analysis: I'll keep this short and sweet, I think Claiborne is the 2nd best player in this draft class, a future shut-down CB and can step in day 1 and start. The Colts grabbed a major cog for their defense under Pagano, it's a great pick and nothing more really needs to be said.

#5 Tampa Bay - Trent Richardson HB Alabama
Draft Grade: B-
Jrry's Analysis:
Richardson is an elite talent, one of the top 4 players in this draft. He possesses great size, the speed to take it the distance, power, elusiveness, pass protection skills and natural hands. He's the complete package as a runner. However, I did not give this an A because Tampa already has Blount. This is a BPA pick and one I'd personally also make though.
SoS's Analysis: I'm not a big fan of taking RB this early considering it wasn't even the Bucs #1 need at this point. I think Blount can still be a fine starter in this league and would really mesh well with a 3rd round guy like Isaiah Pead better than Richardson. Richardson certainly has the overall talent to warrant such a high selection, but I do in fact devalue the position some with the shelf life it comes with and the fact that the Bucs defense was pretty awful last year.

#6 Chicago Bears (viaSTL/WAS) - Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
I have Blackmon as my #2 rated WR and outside of my top 10 overall, so I have to say that this was a bit of a reach by my rankings. Blackmon is certainly limited in his skillset as he'll never be mistaken for a burner and doesn't possess the ungodly measurables often associated with top 10 WRs. He'll draw comparison's to Michael Crabtree due to scheme and skillset, but I think he ends up developing into an average, top 15 WR in this league.
Jrry's Analysis: I understand the Bears move, they have needed a WR for a long time. Blackmon, to me, won't ever be a elite but I do think he can be a good #1 like Dwayne Bowe. The Bears won't get high praises but they won't be disappointed with this pick, they got Jay Cutler the play-maker he needs. Now the rest of their WR core can finally be put where they belong, Earl Bennett in the slot and Johnny Knox as the deep threat #2(when he comes back from injury). Solid move.

#7 Houston Texans (viaJAX) - Dontari Poe NT Memphis
Draft Grade: C+
Jrry's Analysis:
First off, I want to say that Houston got stuck in no man's land. The only players that I think would be the right value here are guys who they have no need for. So they were at a disadvantage here. That said, I have Poe rated lower than the top 10...much lower. He's an impressive athlete but there are a lot of concerns with him. I think that if anyone can find a way to get the most out of this kid, it's Wade Phillips. He just seems to be quite good at playing up his players' strengths and minimizing their weaknesses. I know some will say that he won't push Poe hard enough, we'll see. So it gets a bad grade because it's a reach but I can see this pick panning out in the end.
SoS's Analysis: I personally think that Houston is the type of team that can afford the risk to take a player with Poe's ceiling. I really don't think he has that much of a bust factor as people say, because he tested out as both an elite NT and DE in the 3-4, so should be an effective player for Houston at either spot. The Texans were not the 7th worst team in the league and thus did not have to take your ordinary player that helps you out immediately. Poe could be dominant with the right coaching.

#8 Carolina Panthers - Dre Kirkpatrick CB/S Alabama
Draft Grade: C+
SoS's Analysis:
Kirkpatrick is actually #2 on my board at the CB position, but I have him outside of the top 15 overall. It's been speculated that a transition to safety is imminent, however, his 40 time has temporarily hushed those critics. I still don't think he plays as fast as he's timed though I love his physicality. Solid fit for the Panthers, that could certainly use a young #1 corner.
Jrry's Analysis: I'm honestly not a big Dre fan. I think Janoris Jenkins is far better cover CB than Dre and like Kareem Jackson, he benefited from CFB allowing its CBs a lot more leeway in what they can do to WRs. It seems like Alabama and Nebraska both use this to the max. Kirkpatrick best fits in a press defense. I don't think he'll be a total bust, I think he'll be a solid NFL CB, I just don't see a great or very good player. Might end up bulking up and moving to FS.

#9 Dallas Cowboys (viaGB/MIA) - David DeCastro OG Stanford
Jrry's Grade: A-
Jrry's Analysis:
It was a smart move to trade up for David DeCastro. I personally see him as a Steve Hutchinson type talent and the scary thing is that DeCastro can play both OG and Center. Dallas needed to address their interior OL and they did it by grabbing easily the best player on the board.
SoS's Analysis: Great pick and he was among the best players on my board and comes in at a big position of need. With that said, I think DeCastro gets overrated some. I don't think he's a Steve Hutchinson prospect as he can be beat in pass protection more than Hutch really ever showed. He's still my #1 interior linemen, but I just don't think I'd take this type of player in the top 10. Still a great pick and earned a great grade and certainly has the potential to meet the expectations of this pick.

#10 Philadelphia Eagles (viaBUF) - Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
Floyd is the top rated WR on my board and really the only thing keeping this from a higher grade is the fact that the Eagles draft a relative position of strength, considering Jackson is still on the roster. I don't buy that they don't have any starting needs and while Floyd was great value IMO and should be an immediate impact player, he's not a superb selection.
Jrry's Analysis: I like Floyd, I think he's more physically talented than Justin Blackmon(but less than Jeffery). However, I don't see the need here nor do I see Floyd as the BPA. It's not a bad pick as I'm guessing Philly plans to use Maclin in the slot with Jackson outside? But I just don't think it's a great value or need pick. It's adequate, not terrible but certainly not good. Hopefully Floyd doesn't catch the dropsies again or else the ire of Philly fans might earn him another DUI. *wink*

#11 Kansas City - Riley Reiff OT Iowa
Draft Grade: A
Jrry's Analysis:
This was just short of an A+. KC needed to add another OT and they added the best player on the board in Reiff. I don't know if they plan to move Albert to RT or Reiff to RT but either ways it was a great pick to a fill need. Reiff is a technician who will protect the passer and do a solid job as a run blocker. KC should be able to plug him in from Day 1 and have a starter for a long time.
SoS's Analysis: What he said. Reiff gives this team a lot of flexibility along the OLine and provides them with a tough run defender for Charles' return. Amongst the best players remaining on my board and I'm surprised the #2 LT in the draft fell out of the top 10.

#12 St. Louis Rams (viaCHI/SEA) - Michael Brockers DT Louisiana State
Draft Grade: C+
SoS's Analysis:
I have to admit I'm not a big fan of Brockers. I think he holds most of his value as a 3-4 DE, but even then I don't have him as a top 15 prospect. He really disappears on tape to consistently for my liking and was never a guy that took over games and leaped out at me. Certainly a very high ceiling and goes to a team with a good coach that keeps this from being a lower grade in my book. I just think the Rams traded down one too many times.
Jrry's Analysis: I probably should not grade this pick as I had a hand in making it, still, I think I can be fair. I personally believe Brockers to be a top 10 pick and think he'll end up there on draft day. He has freaky talent and the second most upside of any player in this class(behind RGIII). I gave it a B because the Rams already grabbed 2 DTs this off-season, Brockers is a risky pick and Brockers might not contribute much year 1.

#13 Indianapolis Colts (viaCLE) - Luke Kuechly LB Boston College
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
I really like Kuechly as a player as he's much more naturally instinctual than most top 15 LBs you see that are pure athletic freaks. Not only does Kuechly have great game tape, but he shows up with great measurables and workouts which lead to a relatively low bust-factor here for a Colts desperate for impact players on defense. He can be an immediate leader for Pagano's 3-4 defense and should pair nicely with Claiborne.
Jrry's Analysis: Kuechly is going to be a darn good Pro linebacker. He has sideline to sideline speed coupled with great instincts and a true nose for the ball. Kuechly has shown solid ability in coverage and has great awareness when in zone coverage but hasn't played a lot of man coverage at BC. He's also good at taking on blocks and sifting through trash. The Colts got a darn good LB, only reason why this isn't an A is because if they move to the 3-4, I think Kuechly and Angerer's best positions are the same(WILB).

#14 Green Bay Packers (viaDAL) - Courtney Upshaw LB/DE Alabama
Draft Grade: B
SoS's Analysis:
Upshaw is a player with a relatively low ceiling but I still think he can be among the premiere 3-4 rush LBs in this league. The Packers need pass rushers like an anorexic needs food and Clay Matthews is sure to like the fact that they bring in some fresh blood to take pressure off of him. Not the best player available, even at his own position, but it's a very solid addition.
Jrry's Analysis: I don't feel like Upshaw will ever be an elite pass rusher at OLB but I do think he has a nice spot in the Capers defense. Upshaw will play the Sam and with Kevin Greene tutoring him, I can see him being a very good all around player. He'll be able to drop in coverage, set the edge, stop the run and get after the QB pretty decently. He'll be a player that is more valuable to the team than most NFL fans will ever know. He'll give them a lot of flexibility with Matthews and that is a good thing. Only reason why I didn't rank this higher is because I don't see him as the BPA nor do I see him becoming an elite pass rusher.

#15 Tennessee Titans (viaBUF) - Nick Perry DE Southern Cal
Draft Grade: A+
SoS's Analysis:
I have Perry as a top 10 prospect in this draft class and by far the #1 pass rusher overall. He comes equipped with an immense ceiling and a relatively low floor and brings amazing athleticism to the Titans front 4. I think he can truly be the next Freak for this team that, once again, needed pass rushers badly and got the best one all the way down at #15.
Jrry's Analysis: Tennessee grabs yet another DE in the mid 1st(Derrick Morgan for those that don't remember) with Nick Perry, it's a very good pick though. Perry is a hyper athletic DE who had a very impressive combine and translates well as a 4-3 RDE. However, I'm not as high on Perry as some others(JH) are. That is why this is not an A pick. It's just a matter of opinion but everything seems right on the pick.

#16 New York Jets - Melvin Ingram LB/DE South Carolina
Draft Grade: C
SoS's Analysis:
I'm very low on Ingram simply because I think he's going to struggle immensely with getting leverage on bigger OLinemen due to his short wingspan. He's a player that relies a lot on hustle and athleticism, but I don't think he's going to be able to get away with simply that against superior competition. Still a great fit for Rex Ryan's defense, which is why the grade isn't lower.
Jrry's Analysis: The ONLY reason why I didn't give this pick a F is because Rex Ryan is the Jets HC and I think he finds creative ways to use Ingram. Still, it's no secret around here that I think Ingram is a 2nd to 3rd round pick. I don't see him ever being a great pass rusher, I think he'll be an Anthony Spencer type player and that's not what the Jets need. They need someone who can get after the QB, I don't see Melvin offering that. Hopefully Ryan can find ways to utilize his unique skill-set to help them with that.

#17 Cincinnati Bengals (viaOAK) - Quinton Coples DE/DT North Carolina
Draft Grade: A-
SoS's Analysis:
Coples was the highest rated player on my board by a good margin and I think he ends up being a stud. Unfortunately, I think he's a much better fit in a 3-4 defense and I don't see a great fit here as he brings a lot of the same skillset as Carlos Dunlap who will be playing opposite of him. Great versatility to play UT, however, which would bring Michael Johnson in on passing downs.
Jrry's Analysis: I'm not quite sure what to make of this pick. Coples is great value here and a great talent. I think Zimmer can get a lot out of him. Him and Dunlap should make a terrifying duo at DE for the future. However, what do the Bengals plan to do with Michael Johnson? I guess you can never have too many pass rushers. Anyways, they're getting an elite talent who has some motivation questions. Hopefully, Zimmer gets rid of any and all of those issues.

#18 San Diego Chargers - Cordy Glenn G/T Georgia
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
I have Cordy Glenn as my #22 overall prospect so this is pretty solid value for the big guard out of Georgia. I think he'd struggle as a tackle at the next level, but it appears as though the Chargers plan to plug him in as their pulling LG which should benefit the offense greatly, especially the run game. Very athletic for his size and I think he can be a Probowl player on the interior.
Jrry's Analysis: I don't think Glenn has the feet to play Tackle but I do think he'll be a great Guard at the NFL level. Ryan Matthews will love having Glenn pave the way for him. While this is not an A because I don't see Glenn as quite the BPA, I can't really criticize the pick. The Chargers picked a guy who is going to be a darn good player.

#19 Seattle Seahawks (viaCHI) - Devon Still DT Penn State
Draft Grade: A-
SoS's Analysis:
This isn't the final grade since it's my own team, but I'll break down the reasoning trying to be objective. Still is the #15 overall player on my board and comes at solid value at #19. Seattle is a team that desperately needs help in rushing the passer, and while Still is not the solution, he is part of the puzzle as a dominant penetrator at Penn State. Not their biggest need, but for need/value it was solid.
Jrry's Analysis: I'm not as high on Still as others are because I think he was an under-achiever for most his career. I've been unimpressed with Still's use of his hands and pass rush moves. He has impressive athleticism, a good frame and a good first step but I think he has a habit of playing too high and doesn't have any sort of punch once he's engaged. Still has a lot of upside but personally, I'm not that big on him. I think it's a good fit though as Seattle does need a pass rushing UT to pair with Mebane.

#20 Buffalo Bills (viaTEN) - Jonathan Martin LT Stanford
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
I actually agree with Lions fans in the sense that Martin is generally overrated. Martin is #27 overall on my board, though he was the next LT and the only guy left in the draft that I think can play LT from day 1. It's certainly a great pick for the Bills considering their need at the position and ability to move down to get their guy, but I have to go by the rubric. Martin's ceiling is high but he has a lot of work to do to become the player he's expected to be. With that said, Bills really could not have made a better pick.
Jrry's Analysis: Some of you might question why this pick got an A, it's not because I love Martin. I see some flaws in his game but it's because I love the fit here and I think the Bills made a strong value pick at a position of need. Their OL Coach is known for getting the most out of his OLs, getting strong performances out of late round picks like Demetrius Bell. The Bills also are a run first team when Fred Jackson is healthy and have a mobile QB in Ryan Fitzpatrick which favors Martin who is a better run blocker at this stage. I think the type of offense they run fits Martin's skill-set perfectly and they have the type of OL Coach to develop him.

#21 Cincinnati Bengals - Kendall Wright WR Baylor
Draft Grade: C+
SoS's Analysis:
I think it's obvious I am not apart of the Kendall Wright love. His time at the Combine was pretty awful for a kid that's considered a speedster (though I realize he plays faster than that time). Personally, I don't think Wright has #1 ability in this league, and although the Bengals took him as a #2, there are still #1 capable guys on the board I would rather have. He'll be a solid deep threat for the team and absolutely comes at a huge need, which saves this grade from being lower.
Jrry's Analysis: I don't care what Wright ran at the combine, he plays like a guy with 4.4 speed, he has strong YAC skills and can take the top off a defense. I think he complements the weapons they currently have well. They have the slot WR that attacks underneath in Shipley, they have the big TE with strong hands in Gresham, they have the do-it-all WR in Green and now they get a deep threat with big play skills in Wright. I like this pick a lot even though Wright isn't the BPA. The Bengals added a nice weapon for Dalton that will take some heat off AJ.

#22 Arizona Cardinals (viaCLE) - Mike Adams OT Ohio State
Draft Grade: C-
SoS's Analysis:
I just don't get this pick really. First of all, they got robbed blind by the Browns to originally get this pick. Next, they trade their starting free safety to get a veteran left tackle, only to draft his successor in the 1st round. I don't get the strategy here and the only reason it's not lower is because Adams has huge potential and the OLine in general needs to be fixed in Arizona. Adams has the pure ability to play LT and could easily develop into the 2nd best guy from this class at the position, but I think he's nothing more than a project at this point.
Jrry's Analysis: I'm sorry Cards but this doesn't make sense. You just overpaid Levi Brown to a ridiculous extent and acquired Matt Light. I know Light is old but you have other positions to address. Plus, I don't like Adams. He's a career under-achiever who showed up for Senior Bowl week. Yes, he has a lot of upside but I question his work ethic and how hard he'll work for it. I also question his mean streak and motor while on the field. Just seems like a guy who has always coasted on his natural gifts and never developed that killer mentality.

#23 Detroit Lions - Peter Konz C Wisconsin
Draft Grade: A
SoS's Analysis:
Konz is the best player remaining on my big board at #19 and he gets snatched up a few picks after that so very solid value there. The Lions complete the remodeling of their interior OLine with Rob Sims at LG, Konz in the middle, and Brandon Moore at RG. Certainly an above average unit that should be able to control the ground game more. Konz has the ability to be among the top centers in the league.
Jrry's Analysis: I love Peter Konz, I think he's the best Center prospect to come out in awhile and would take him top 15. The Lions needed a presence on the interior OL that can move defenders and pave the way for their rushing attack. Konz gives them a physical technician with a mean streak and a knack for opening up holes. The Lions will be very happy with this pick as I think Konz will be one of the best if not the best Center in the NFL within the next 4 years. The Lions addressed a position of need with the BPA. Great job.

#24 Pittsburgh Steelers - Dont'a Hightower LB Alabama
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
I personally have Hightower as an early 2nd round prospect due to the fact that it often looks like he's running through mud during games. Very heavy-footed player with limited agility, but considering he'll be playing the Thumper position in a 3-4 I think it's a match made in heaven really. I wouldn't consider this the Steelers biggest need, but it is certainly up there and should help the transition of the front 7.
Jrry's Analysis: SOS may not love this pick but I think - Lebeau is drooling over what he can do with this kid. I've seen Hightower pancake SEC Offensive Lineman multiple times. He has freakish strength, can play in a phone booth like few ILBs can, has good instincts and can absolutely devastate blockers with his hands on pass rush. Hightower is the ideal banger backer(SILB) in the 3-4 and was the versatility to play rush LB if the Steelers need him too. Facts are that the Steelers got a guy that can play both SILB and SOLB at a high level, it's a great pick. You teach Hightower some pass rush moves and how to properly use leverage with his natural strength and initial punch, you could have one scary pass rusher on the inside and out.

#25 Denver Broncos - Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
I had Jenkins just slightly lower grade than my accomplice. I think it's solid value and right about where he should be taken considering the risk, but I just don't like the fit much. The Broncos are already spending a huge majority of their salary on the cornerback position and now they use a 1st to get another one. I think a guy like Fletcher Cox would have helped this team a lot more in the long run.
Jrry's Analysis: The value and fit are both solid and I quite like JJ so to be fair, I gave it a B. But when you consider that they signed Porter for 90 million over 5 years only to draft a guy who probably will start over him, it makes that Porter move even more asinine. I know Bronco fans might claim that Porter will start but honestly, JJ is quite Pro Ready and Porter is coming off a bad season. I won't be a bit surprised if JJ outplays him in TC. If JJ keeps his head screwed on right, I think you guys are getting a guy who will be one of the NFL's best CBs in the next few years. He's a nice pickup but man what a dumb move you guys made with Porter. No offense of course.

#26 St. Louis Rams (viaJAX/HOU) - Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina
Draft Grade: A-
SoS's Analysis:
I have to admit that I loved this pick for the Rams. Jeffery has serious #1 potential in this league, much more than a guy like Kendall Wright selected ahead of him. If he manages his weight, I can easily see Jeffery becoming a top 10 guy at his position in the NFL and I think he's a perfect fit for the Rams offense. I imagine he goes right around in this territory come draft day, though I have him slightly higher.

#27 New England Patriots (viaNO) - Fletcher Cox DT New England
Draft Grade: A-
SoS's Analysis:
I think Cox is solid value here, right about where I think he'll go come draft day. I agree with Jrry in the sense that Cox offers this team a lot of versatility with his skillset, though I don't know if I agree that he has this high ceiling. He's a really good technician that displays great leverage when rushing, but I don't really see where he can improve his game much from here. I think he's going to be a very solid player, but I doubt he's every considered great.
Jrry's Analysis: Cox is great value here and offers the versatility needed for New England. He has the size and athleticism to be a 5 Tech when the Patriots are playing in the 3-4 along with the ability to be the penetrating 3 Tech they need in a 4-3. He'll offer the Patriots some improved pass rush and is very good value here at the tail end of the first. I wouldn't be surprised if he's pick around #15 in real life. Just a really special athlete with a lot of upside, nice pick.

#28 Miami Dolphins (viaGB) - Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
Draft Grade: C-
SoS's Analysis:
Honestly, if it was just me grading this, the pick probably would have gotten an F. I'm really, really low on Mercilus as he provides little athleticism at the position and I think his ceiling is extremely low. I think at best he'll be a solid role player at the end of the day, but not someone you're really even gonna want starting for you in a few years. Isn't really even a great technician at the position, but gets by on hustle alone (which isn't a bad thing), but you'd prefer he brought more.
Jrry's Analysis: To be frank, I don't like Whitney Mercilus in the first round. I think he's a 2nd round talent that isn't going to be a great pass rusher. He's a hustle player with good strength and athleticism but lacks an explosive first step as well as anyone attribute that stands out as a pass rusher. Basically, I see him as a similar player to Melvin Ingram except he lacks Ingram's versatility and fluidity. Mercilus, imo, will be a solid to good LDE but will never be considered one of the league's best pass rushers. I'd much prefer Andre Branch to him at this spot especially if the Dolphins are looking to improve their pass rush.

#29 Seattle Seahawks (viaBAL) - Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
Draft Grade: A+
Jrry's Analysis:
I hate inflating SOS's ego, I'd like to give him an F but that would be dishonest. Tannehill is a true steal here at the end of the 1st round. Seattle is getting a QB who is a great athlete with a good arm and does a lot of the little things right. He has to do some developing but he's coming from playing under 2 former Pro coaches in former GB OC Tom Rossley and former GB HC Mike Sherman. He should know a lot more than most prospects about the ins and outs of the game. Tannehill possesses all the attributes needed to be a good Pro QB and just needs experience. I think Seattle has a stop-gap in Campbell to give Tannehill time to get acclimated before they have to start him. This might go down as the best pick of the draft.

#30 San Francisco 49ers - Coby Fleener TE Stanford
Draft Grade: C+
SoS's Analysis:
In the sense of the fit for the team, I love this pick. I think Fleener is a great addition to this offense with the size and playmaking he brings to the table. TE may not be a huge need, but offensive weapons in general is. I have Fleener significantly lower than this, however, and not even my #1 TE, which is why this grade is so low.
Jrry's Analysis: I don't know about this pick. The 49ers already have Vernon Davis as their top TE and their top receiving option. I know Harbaugh loves to use TEs in his offense and utilizes a lot of 2 TE sets. When you consider that, it makes a lot of sense. However, the 49ers have a good #2 TE in Delanie Walker who presents a mismatch to a lot of LBs due to his great athleticism. While he's not much of a blocker, neither is Fleener. I understand Fleener will improve their red-zone offense but I guess I don't see him adding enough overall to what they don't have on offense to be worth the slight reach here. This is just one man's opinion though.

#31 Pittsburgh Steelers (viaNE) - Kevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin
Draft Grade: C-
SoS's Analysis:
This goes as my biggest reach of the 1st round. Zeitler is a player that I have has a late 2nd rounder with a mid-round ceiling, but no way did I see him going this early. I have two guard prospects on the board at this pick that I would rather have over him and I think the Steelers could have easily went BPA here and worked a trade up to get Zeitler in the late 40's if they felt desperate. Yes, he's a good fit for the Steelers, but not good enough to overcome the value.
Jrry's Analysis: Sorry Steelers. I gave you a high grade on Hightower but I just don't see Zeitler as great value here. I understand the need for him but I personally don't think he was the best player at his position available. That all said, I think Steeler fans will be happy with this pick. Zeitler will provide them a technician who should sure up the interior OL where they have had problems for a long time. He'll probably start from Day 1 and help both their run and pass offense. That all said, I see this as a reach so while I like the fit and I like the player, I had to knock the grade down some. You guys won't be sorry for the pick though.

#32 New York Giants - Mark Barron SS Alabama
Draft Grade: A-
SoS's Analysis:
This grade has been changed after I learned more about the Giants scheme. Barron sounds like the perfect fit for what the Giants are looking for out of this position, though I still have it lower than Jrry because I don't know if I would spend a 1st on a player that is essentially your #3. I think Barron can absolutely be an impact player as somewhat of a Rover and should make this Giants team very versatile.
Jrry's Analysis: I like Mark Barron a lot for the Giants. He'll give them a very intelligent safety who can tackle, blitz and cover a little. He's a player who won't often get caught out of position, will give them steady play and will make the tough tackles. He should help shore up the secondary and give their DC some versatility in what blitz schemes he can use. I think Barron is great value here and will be a very good Pro SS especially if NY doesn't use him in a lot of man coverage.

*2ND ROUND*

#33 St. Louis Rams - David Wilson RB Virginia Tech
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
I know Jrry is a big fan of Wilson, but I have to go from my board. I'm don't dislike Wilson, it's just the fact that I still have 2 RBs on the board that I have ranked higher than him and I think they could have gotten much more of an impact player here at #33 while still finding an elite caliber #2 RB at #50. Wilson is a great fit for this team, however, and should mesh quite nicely with Steven Jackson.

#34 New York Giants (viaIND) - Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
Draft Grade: A+
SoS's Analysis:
Most people know how much I love Jerel Worthy. Hell, if it was up to me we would have taken him ahead of Devon Still at #19. Worthy is unbelievably quick off the snap for his size and displays very fast-twitch hands which allows him to shoot upfield in a hurry. He will struggle against double teams and such as he still needs to work on upperbody strength, but playing on that defensive line should help him immensely.

#35 Seattle Seahawks (viaMIN) - Vinny Curry LEO Marshall
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
I'll be changing the grade as soon as jrry gives me his. Personally, I think Curry is the perfect LEO prospect and should be great with a year under Chris Clemons. Pass rush was a huge weakness and Seattle takes care of that after getting their franchise QB. The last Curry didn't work out so well, so Seattle is hoping that this one washes that taste out of their mouth.

#36 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Orson Charles TE Georgia
Draft Grade: C
SoS's Analysis:
I'm not as high on Charles as some are and my #1 TE prospect is still on the board which I think would have been a much better selection. Tampa Bay's main weakness has been their defense, yet they spend their first two picks on a top 5 RB and a TE. Not a big fan of what they've done so far, though Charles should be an impact player on this team from day 1.

#37 Cleveland Browns - Andre Branch DE Clemson
Draft Grade: B
SoS's Analysis:
I have Branch as my #38 overall player so I think this is just about ideal range for him. I think he'll be more valuable as a 3-4 rush LB at this level, but considering what Cleveland wants to do with him I think it's very solid all around. As most know, I'm not a huge fan of his, but his potential is undeniable. He could become a very solid player but I still think he has quite a bit of work to do to get to that point. Not a player that I think has a huge impact year 1 as he refines his technique against superior tackles.

#38 New Orleans Saints (viaJAX) - Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
I'm sure this will be a polarizing pick when all is said and done, but Hill provides bonafide superstar potential at the #1 WR position. The Saints have a huge need for this spot after losing 3 key receivers this offseason, and though they didn't take my #1 rated WR still on the board, they do get a guy with huge potential. He'll need work, but if there's anywhere he can succeed I'd say it's either New Orleans or San Diego.

#39 Jacksonville Jaguars (viaSTL/WAS) - Lamar Miller RB Miami
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
Considering the complete lack of need at the RB position for the Jaguars, this isn't a bad grade. Miller is a guy I really like and I think he's taken right around this territory in the real draft. However, this Jaguars team is far from a finished product and I think there were several players that this team could have selected here that would have made much more of an impact on this team. They left the 1st round without a pick and will leave the 2nd round without really improving a starting position on their team. This pick would have been fine for a team that is close to being great, but the Jags still have several holes.

#40 Green Bay Packers (viaMIA) - Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina
Draft Grade: C-
SoS's Analysis:
This is the closest I've been to giving a pick an F. I'm firmly entrenched in the Gilmore haters club as I think he has all the athleticism in the world, but is just not a natural CB. He may be able to transition to FS in my opinion, but he'll need a lot of technical refinement to be even a solid corner in the NFL. Absolutely has the potential to do so, but I still have several CBs on the board that I would take over Gilmore.

#41 Cincinnati Bengals (viaBUF) - Kelechi Osemele G/T Iowa State
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
Right about where Osemele should go and I think this is a really solid fit with the Bengals. They get their starting guard out of the Keith Rivers trade and Osemele has the ability to kick out to RT if they need him to. Really big guy that should fit the power scheme that Cincinnati likes to operate, especially with Michael Bush.

#42 Carolina Panthers - Zach Brown LB North Carolina
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
Brown is an interesting prospect as he possesses all the athletic ability that you like in a LB but really lacks the smarts to be relied upon consistently. Often gets caught going for the big hit and as a result he tends to miss a lot of easy tackles. I think the Panthers had several options on the table that not only would have been better, more immediate players for them, but also ones with much less risk.

#43 Philadelphia Eagles (viaBAL/SEA) - Brandon Thompson DT Clemson
Draft Grade: A-
SoS's Analysis:
I think this is a really good pick for the Eagles, even if I don't understand why they felt the need to trade up 3 spots to get him when the teams ahead of them didn't really need him. Thompson plays with great leverage and is a hog against the run, which is something this team desperately needs. He clogs lanes very well and should actually be able to make this interior run defense for the Eagles somewhat respectable.

#44 Kansas City Chiefs - Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska
Draft Grade: A
SoS's Analysis:
This is what we call a steal folks. Dennard is absolutely better than Gilmore just taken ahead of him and comes at the Chiefs biggest need after losing Brandon Carr to the Cowboys. Dennard should fair very well in this press-zone scheme as he is extremely physical in bump and run and is a willing tackler against the run which I love. Great pick all around and I'm not surprised they ran to the podium with it.

#45 Miami Dolphins (viaGB/DAL) - Bruce Irvin DE/LB West Virginia
Draft Grade: C+
SoS's Analysis:
This was one of the more simple C+ grades I've had yet just going by the rubric. I think this is "okay" value for Irvin. I think it's an "okay" need for the Phins and I think he's an "okay" player at #45 overall. Irvin is a guy that could become a pass rush specialist and I really can't fault a team for trying to improve the most important part on defense. Irvin can do a lot of different things for this team and I think he'll have a Patriots Mark Anderson-esque impact for Miami.

#46 Baltimore Ravens (viaPHI) - Jared Crick DE/DT Nebraska
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
I think Crick is a really great pick here for the Ravens as he provides them another big bull along their front 4 and a guy with a lot of scheme versatility. Crick is a guy that can be an absolute force when he's on and putting him on the opposite side of Ngata or Pernell McPhee in 3-4 packages is just nasty.

#47 New York Jets - Zebrie Sanders OT Florida State
Draft Grade: C+
SoS's Analysis:
This was a pretty hard one for me to grade. I'm not very high on Sanders at all and think he'll struggle to transition, though I do think he can be a player at RT. The Jets desperately needed to fill this position and grab an immediate starter in the 2nd which I can't hate on. I have Sanders ranked quite a bit lower than this, but considering the need it's a solid addition.

#48 New England Patriots (viaOAK) - Chase Minnifield CB Virginia
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
I had a hard time grading this one simply because I think Minnifield's huge question mark is health, and the Patriots already got a health gamble with last year's Virginia corner. Minnifield definitely possesses #1 type ability but I don't see a truly high ceiling for him. He shows good ball skills and is a willing tackler which are two huge things in my CB evaluations. He should fit the Patriots scheme quite well.

#49 San Diego Chargers - Dwayne Allen TE Clemson
Draft Grade: A
SoS's Analysis:
Dwayne Allen is obviously my #1 ranked TE and a player that I think makes an unbelievable fit with the Chargers. He's quite easily the most well-rounded TE in this class in my eyes, as he can be used as an upper-echelon blocker while also being a great receiving weapon. Very solid hands and tough to bring down, Allen should find success learning under Gates while he progresses.

#50 St. Louis Rams (viaCHI) - Brandon Washington OG Miami
Draft Grade: A+
SoS's Analysis:
The Rams pretty much hit everything you want here. Washington is a 1st round talented guard prospect that has seen his stock hindered immensely by Miami playing him at left tackle this past season. He wasn't bad, showing his versatility, but he wasn't the monster that he was on the interior. The Rams get someone with a mean streak in the middle to help improve their otherwise mediocre run game.

#51 Philadelphia Eagles (viaARI) - Ronnell Lewis LB Oklahoma
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
Lewis is a player that I have quite a bit lower than this in my rankings, but it definitely makes sense. He can be that run stuffer in the middle that this team absolutely needs and should make an impact from day 1. I just don't have Lewis as a 2nd round guy.

#52 Indianapolis Colts (viaNYG/BUF/CIN) - Alameda Ta'amu NT Washington
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
I really wanted to give this an A- but I have to realize that Ta'amu isn't exactly the ideal fit at 3-4 nose. However, if Pagano can coach this kid up he absolutely has the size and strength to become that and more. When he's on, he's absolutely on, but the Washington coaching staff really held him back. I think if this kid can reach his ceiling he'll be an animal.

#53 Buffalo Bills (viaTEN) - Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers
Draft Grade: A+
SoS's Analysis:
This absolutely fantastic value for a WR that has 1st round talent. Sanu has the ability to be a longer Anquan Boldin in this league and I think he matches up quite nicely with what the Bills want to do. Getting a WR opposite Stevie Johnson was a huge priority and the Bills capitalize by landing an absolute steal this late in the 2nd. Not only did they get the last remaining left tackle in the 1st round, but they my last potential #1 WR in the 2nd.

#54 Houston Texans (viaATL) - Chandler Jones DE/LB Syracuse
Draft Grade: B
SoS's Analysis:
I actually really like this pick for the Texans. Chandler Jones is a player that reminds me a lot of a slightly less athletic version of Aldon Smith and many people said around this time that Aldon couldn't play 3-4 OLB either. Jones comes with a huge ceiling and I think with the right coaching can become a terrorizing edge rusher. I don't think his best fit is 3-4 OLB, but I don't think it's a terrible fit.

#55 Detroit Lions - Harrison Smith S Notre Dame
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
Yea, I'm not nearly as high on Smith as others apparently are and I think Markelle Martin was ripe for the picking at this spot. I think that Harrison can be a solid all-around safety that is very effective against the run and does all the little things right, but with Louis Delmas already in the fold I would have preferred the Lions go with a guy who's a more natural athlete against the pass. I think they're going to struggle to defend teams like the Packers with Smith/Delmas as their safety combo.

#56 San Francisco 49ers (viaPIT) - Reuben Randle WR Louisiana State
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
I'm not the biggest Randle fan in the world but his potential is certainly undeniable. He possesses great size for the position with solid hands. I think the 49ers had an opportunity to get a real #1 guy in this draft and they really botched that opportunity. I don't see Randle ever being that guy and I think, at best, they now have a collection of #2's. Nonetheless, this was their top need by far and they fill it.

#57 Denver Broncos - Kendall Reyes DT UCONN
Draft Grade: A+
SoS's Analysis:
Due to the depth at the DT position, Reyes doesn't get a lot of attention, but that doesn't mean he's not a great player. I have Reyes in the late 20's on my big board and he's an absolute steal here in the late 50's. Had you told me Reyes would still be around, I'd much rather have him here than Devon Still at #19. He brings an interior pass rush to Denver that they don't currently have on the roster and makes the decision of passing on Fletcher Cox look brilliant.

#58 Houston Texans - Marvin Jones WR California
Draft Grade: F
SoS's Analysis:
Had to dish out an F sooner or later right? Coincidentally this is almost the exact same pick that I gave my first F last year. Marvin Jones stock has suddenly sky rocketed but really no reason if you ask me. For how small he is, he's not very fast, nor is he quick. His hands are great in the sense that he'll make the difficult catch, but he also makes the simple catches look difficult. Add that to the fact that the Texans signed Robert Meachem this offseason and are still looking at holes in different spots of their roster and I just don't get it. This pick is about 2 rounds too early and that's me being nice.

#59 Miami Dolphins (viaSEA/NO) - Markelle Martin FS Oklahoma State
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
All around great pick here for Miami. They have late round sleeper stud Reshad Jones and now Markelle Martin will pair with him quite nicely. This is how you get a young safety duo. Both guys can play at an above average level in pass coverage while Reshad also offers a solid hitter against the run. Martin brings the ball skills and instincts that you love at the FS position and should solidify that Miami secondary.

#60 Dallas Cowboys (viaGB) - Brandon Boykin CB Georgia
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
I think this is a great pick for the Cowboys. Boykin gives them a really dependable Nickel CB which are growing more and more important in this league. Boykin brings tremendous hip flexion to a position that demands it and he can be a solid special teamer to boot. After pairing Brandon Carr with Mike Jenkins, the Boys had perhaps the best possible Nickel corner in this draft to match up with the Eagles threesome of Jackson/Maclin/Floyd.

#61 Baltimore Ravens - Bobby Wagner LB Utah State
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
Bobby Wagner is a player that I really, really like as he brings great tenacity and instincts to the position. When discussing the most instinctive LBs in this class, Wagner's name has to pop up and for good reason. The Ravens continue to stack their defense and bring in a kid that can potentially be the next big-time backer when Ray Lewis leaves.

#62 Pittsburgh Steelers (viaSF) - Bobbie Massie OT Ole Miss
Draft Grade: C+
SoS's Analysis:
I'm a bit confused by the pick to be honest. The Steelers made a big splash in free agency by acquiring Demetrius Bell and used a 2nd last year on RT Marcus Gilbert. The team has glaring weaknesses at the safety and receiver positions and certainly could have landed an impact starter with this selection. I don't see Massie starting for this team unless Gilbert is kicked inside, but even then I don't know how effective the line would be.

#63 New England Patriots - Tommy Streeter WR Miami
Draft Grade: C+
SoS's Analysis:
I had a really difficult time grading this pick as I was back and forth between a B- and a C+. Streeter isn't a player that I have nearly this high and I don't think he's nearly as good as some wish to believe. Leonard Hankerson was a better pro prospect and lasted until the mid-3rd in a weaker class. Yes, Streeter brings ideal size to the position, but he rarely plays with his timed speed and really lacks the aggressiveness that you'd like to see from a bigger guy like him. He's never really taken over a game though he certainly could. With all of this said, I really see no better fit for Streeter than the Patriots. Really great fit on this offense and shouldn't have too much pressure to succeed.

#64 New York Giants - Doug Martin RB Boise State
Draft Grade: A+
SoS's Analysis:
Yea, this one was easy. Martin is in my top 45 players overall and my #3 RB just behind Lamar Miller. I think the Giants pretty much just got a Ray Rice clone which is pretty scary to think for NFC East teams considering the receiving threats they already have. The oft-injured Ahmad Bradshaw was going to need an assistant #2, but instead I think he got a bonafide #1 which forces Bradshaw down as the #2.

*3RD ROUND*

#65 Indianapolis Colts - AJ Jenkins WR Illinois
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
Really good pick here from the Colts. No D1 receiver accounted for more of his teams yardage than Jenkins and he goes widely underrated in a deep WR class. After losing Garcon in free agency, #2 WR certainly became a need and the Colts fill it here with a guy that I think is perfect value. Jenkins reminds me a lot of Santonio Holmes as he's a great route runner, great hands catcher, and really quick twitch.

#66 Jacksonville Jaguars (viaSTL) - Josh Norman CB Coastal Carolina
Draft Grade: C+
SoS's Analysis:
I actually don't hate the pick like I have some other C+ picks, it's just about value. I have roughly 4 corners still available when Norman was selected though I do think he has promise at the next level. I certainly love his size and ball skills but he's going to struggle some with his speed, though I think he can overcome it. #2 CB is certainly a need for the Jags, but so many good corners still on the board.

#67 New York Jets (viaMIN) - Brian Quick WR Appalachian State
Draft Grade: C+
SoS's Analysis:
The pick is actually a B+ grade, but the trade was so awful that I had to lower it a full letter. The Vikings pretty much lose nothing to acquire a stud WR while the Jets clearly make a "in the moment" move. The 3rd round is great value for a WR but it's clear that the Jets could have sat back and had a number of solid options at their original 3rd, potentially even Quick. He's a guy I like in the early 3rd, but with all the circumstances surrounding the pick it's hard to get behind the logic.

#68 Cleveland Browns - George Iloka S Boise State
Draft Grade: C
SoS's Analysis:
I actually like Iloka and think this is perfectly fine value for him. I think he can find success in the NFL and be a really solid starter. Here's my problem. The Browns thought they were drafting a FS with great size and solid coverage skills. What they got was a big SS with tight hips and above average coverage skills for that position. In this pass first league, the Browns will now be stuck with two SS types that will greatly struggle to cover the deep half of the field. Same issue I had with the Lions selection of Harrison Smith.

#69 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Nigel Bradham LB Florida State
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
I think the Bucs really dropped the ball here. They had Lavonte David fall into their laps as a 2nd round hangover and don't capitalize. Bradham is a solid player that I expect to go right in this range, but considering who was on the board I can't commend the selection. With that said, I think Bradham is a great fit with the Bucs and an immediate starter. His sideline speed should be a nice boost for this young Bucs defense.

#70 Seattle Seahawks (viaWAS) - Trumaine Johnson CB Montana
Draft Grade: A
SoS's Analysis:
Trumaine is the #5 CB on my board and the highest rated player left at his position. Considering the gaping hole left on the roster by Brandon Browner and the fact that the Seahawks land one of few players capable of playing in Pete's press coverage scheme, it's hard not to love the pick. This coaching staff has done more with less and Trumaine brings all the natural skills that this defense covets.

#71 Seattle Seahawks (viaATL/HOU/JAX) - Amini Silatolu OG Midwestern State
Draft Grade: B
SoS's Analysis:
Guard wasn't the biggest need for Seattle though many aren't aware of the abilities of Lemuel Jeanpierre who the team moved sophomore John Moffitt over to the left side to make room for. Silatolu is solid value here and my last 2nd tier guard prospect remaining in this class. He brings surprisingly nimble feet for his size with an irrefutable mean streak that fits Tom Cable's power zone scheme to a tee. He'll be able to adapt to the competition change of the NFL as he grows as a backup.

#72 Buffalo Bills - Lavonte David LB Nebraska
Draft Grade: A
SoS's Analysis:
This is a pretty great pick by the Bills here. David isn't a player that should have fallen out of the 3rd round as far as I'm concerned and the Bills have really taken advantage of each draft pick they've had. Really solid job drafting thus far and David is an instant starter in the 3rd round which isn't easy to come by. He brings the coverage abilities to the LB position that is going to become more and more coveted and it looks as if the Bills strike gold.

#73 Tennessee Titans (viaBUF/PHI/CHI/CAR) - Mike Martin DT Michigan
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
Martin is a player that I really like as he brings pretty uncanny strength, explosion, and leverage to the position. His height is clearly going to be a concern heading forward, but I think he has the athletic ability and football intelligence to overcome that and be a really special player in this league. Not a great need for Tennessee, but he's among the best players on the board.
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#74 Washington Redskins (viaSEA/MIA/GB/MIA) - Mychal Kendricks LB California
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
Kendricks doesn't look like a player that is going to start right away for the Skins despite the fact that there were several players available that could have easily accomplished that. I really love Kendricks as a 3-4 ILB as he was an animal in the Pac12 and his height really isn't a concern for me. He's clearly an athletic freak and I think he'll provide great depth for the Redskins and an eventual replacement for Fletcher.

#75 Kansas City Chiefs - Josh Chapman NT Alabama
Draft Grade: B
SoS's Analysis:
Chapman is a really stout NT at the POA and certainly comes at a position that the Chiefs really have yet to solve since moving to the 3-4. They get a kid that will have some concerns with his knee injury but if he checks out medically could certainly be a steal.

#76 Baltimore Ravens (viaSEA) - Mike Brewster OC Ohio State
Draft Grade: C
SoS's Analysis:
I'm not a big fan of Brewster's as I think he really lacks any athleticism for the transition to the NFL. He should be protected by two very good guards on both sides of him, but considering the center prospects still on the board at this pick I think the Ravens certainly could have made a better selection, even if it was at the same position.

#77 New Orleans Saints (viaPHI) - Demario Davis LB Arkansas State
Draft Grade: F
SoS's Analysis:
Don't get me wrong, I love Demario Davis as a prospect. But I love him as a late 4th at best, more likely 5th. He provides really good size and athleticism for the position but is certainly a project at this point and the Saints appeared to make a really lazy pick here. Plenty of really, really good players on the board for their pick and the value just wasn't there with Davis.

#78 Minnesota Vikings (viaNYJ) - Josh Robinson CB Central Florida
Draft Grade: C-
SoS's Analysis:
Considering I bumped the Jets grade down for that trade, I had to bump the Vikings grade up, otherwise this would be an F. I have at least 5 corners sitting on the board that I'd take over the very raw Josh Robinson here in the mid 3rd. He's a player that is suddenly getting a lot of hype for how he played in shorts and a tank top, but on the football field he's just not that talent. Inconsistent instincts paired with stiff hips and lousy footwork make for a late 4th rounder at best in my opinion.

#79 Oakland Raiders - Forfeited w/ Supplemental

#80 San Diego Chargers - Shea McClellin LB Boise State
Draft Grade: A-
SoS's Analysis:
McClellin is a kid I really like as he's going to bring a hard worker and an intelligent football player no matter where he goes. Really good instincts and displayed a good burst to rush the passer. A true jack of all trades player as he can be lined up in several spots for mismatches. Truly, the kid is just a football player that I can't help but think succeeds. Chargers desperately need edge rushers and some attitude on the front 7.

#81 Chicago Bears - Cam Johnson DE Virginia
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
This is another pick I like though Cam really didn't show me the athleticism I was hoping for at the Combine. He's a kid I really like watching on tape as he gives his all for an entire game and never stops bringing it. Really good size for the defensive end position and is surprisingly solid against the run as well as having a solid bull rush and outside swim.

#82 Arizona Cardinals - Chris Givens WR Wake Forest
Draft Grade: B
SoS's Analysis:
I'm not as big of a fan of Givens as others are, not because he's a bad player, but because the players still available at the WR position. This is certainly a huge need for Arizona, however, as they lose Doucet in free agency and had Andre Roberts slotted in the 2 hole. Givens should start right away and give the Cardinals another reliable target.

#83 Dallas Cowboys - Ben Jones OC Georgia
Draft Grade: A+
SoS's Analysis:
Pretty stellar selection here. Cowboys get a player with a late 2nd round grade in the late 3rd and have now added two starting offensive linemen in the first 3 rounds. This actually would have been a better pick than Boykins in the 2nd round but their patience pays off.

#84 Buffalo Bills (viaTEN) - Jayron Hosley CB Virginia Tech
Draft Grade: A+
SoS's Analysis:
I have Hosley right behind Trumaine Johnson in my rankings, firmly as a 2nd rounder, and #6 overall at his position. The Bills have quietly had an excellent draft and have really taken advantage of the value that has fallen. They cover a huge need here and do so by getting a player with #1 abilities. Really have to applaud the Bills.

#85 Cincinnati Bengals - LaMichael James RB Oregon
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
James is a player that should fit quite well with what the Bengals currently have, though I'll admit I'm skeptical of how he'll hold up in the NFL. I still have 3 RBs on the board rated higher than James and I think the Bengals would have been wise grabbing one of those backs considering how quickly Michael Bush wears down.

#86 Atlanta Falcons - Nate Potter OT Boise State
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
Not a big Potter fan really but at the late 3rd you really can't complain about getting a top tier backup on the offensive line. I really don't think Potter can be much more than a backup at this spot and the Falcons really passed up on some impact players that could have benefited this team.

#87 Oakland Raiders (viaNYJ/DET) - Frank Alexander LB/DE Oklahoma
Draft Grade: F
SoS's Analysis:
Pretty awful selection as I didn't expect to hear Alexander's name whispered until the 6th round of the auction. Unbelievable that a team with so few draft picks can't capitalize on the few they have when there is some tremendous value that has fallen to them. Instead, they reach for a late round talent that will have little impact on the team.

#88 Pittsburgh Steelers - Ladarius Green TE Louisiana Lafayette
Draft Grade: A+
SoS's Analysis:
Ladarius Green is an excellent value selection this late in the draft and the Steelers get a physical specimen on an offense that was lacking after the Mike Wallace departure. Green brings a completely new element to the table that this Steelers team hasn't had in recent memory and could truly be the Jermichael Finley of this class. Considering he's chosen more 40 picks after the last TE, you have to love the value.

#89 Denver Broncos - Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
I actually really like the fit here with Weeden and the Broncos, even if he wasn't my #1 QB on the board. He brings an older QB that should be able to step in if Tebow were to ever go down with his bruising style. Broncos could have went for a younger option with more potential, but I see no point.

#90 Atlanta Falcons (viaHOU) - Brandon Brooks OG Miami Ohio
Draft Grade: B
SoS's Analysis:
Brooks is a big, physical kid that played really well against some lower competition but has the raw ability to succeed at this level. I won't tout him like others will on this board because I think he's a work in progress that shouldn't start right away, but I think he has a much better chance of starting and impacting this team than Nate Potter.

#91 New Orleans Saints - Mitchell Schwartz OT California
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
The Saints have been far from impressive in this 3rd round, but Schwartz is a solid, yet unspectacular pick. He has really good technique and light feet, but he'll be reserved to right tackle only. I doubt he starts for the Saints, but again, getting top tier backups at this stage is solid.

#92 Green Bay Packers (viaMIA/GB) - Billy Winn DE/DT Boise State
Draft Grade: A-
SoS's Analysis:
Billy Winn is easily a player that could have been selected in the mid 2nd and received a good grade from me. He has one of the quickest first steps in this class and matches that with violent hands. He's mostly athletic ability at this point and will need some refinement, but the Packers get a steal here and I think he's a nice fit in a 3-4.

#93 New York Jets (viaBAL) - Vontaze Burfict LB Arizona State
Draft Grade: C-
SoS's Analysis:
It's not the worst pick I've ever seen. I won't be surprised if Burfict goes undrafted come April, but his physical skillset is pretty undeniable. It's not just about growing up and channeling his emotions. Burfict plays with absolutely zero instincts and is often out of position. Instincts are the toughest thing to teach a LB and it's going to be especially difficult for a kid like Vontaze. Decent fit with the lack of depth the Jets have at ILB.

#94 Pittsburgh Steelers (viaSF) - Nick Toon WR Wisconsin
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
I understand the selection and see Toon as a really good fit with the Steelers organization. He's a really solid blocking WR with reliable hands and is tough after the catch. He's not my favorite WR and have quite a few players still available at that position ahead of him, but I can understand the selection.

#95 New England Patriots - Senio Kelemete OG Washington
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
Kelemete is going to need to beef up some to get ready for the interior of the pro levels, and he's certainly not a tackle at the next level. He comes with really good technique which gives him an advantage over most prospects but his ceiling isn't high. He'll bring a really solid role player that could start down the line and he's great for a ZBS.

#96 Indianapolis Colts (viaNYG) - Phillip Blake OC Baylor
Draft Grade: B
SoS's Analysis:
I think the Colts get a really solid center prospect in Blake who can one day take over for the aging Jeff Saturday. He brings a nasty attitude in run blocking but will need to work on the finer things in pass protection. Appears to be an intelligent center by all reports but I'm not as sold as others are on him.

*4th Round*

#97 St. Louis Rams - TY Hilton WR Florida International
Draft Grade: A-
SoS's Analysis:
I really like this value for the Rams and I think Hilton immediately becomes this teams #3 target. He has the capabilities to be a really good #2, but I think he'll be an elite #3 on this team with Sam Bradford. There's a bit of a log jam there with Greg Salas (GOAT) and Danny Amendola, but I personally think Hilton will be better than both. He brings elite quickness and route running abilities with soft hands the passion you love out of the position, very comparable to Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown.

#98 Indianapolis Colts - Antonio Allen SS South Carolina
Draft Grade: A-
SoS's Analysis:
Another pick I really like. Allen is a dynamic strong safety that can be quite the specialist in the Rover role for the Colts defense, covering the athletic TEs that now pollute this league. Allen is an interesting prospect with his skillset, but I don't think he's good enough in coverage to ever be a free safety. Good fit with the Colts and really solid value as I have him as a late 3rd guy.

#99 Atlanta Falcons (viaSEA/MIN) - Casey Hayward CB Vanderbilt
Draft Grade: A
SoS's Analysis:
The only thing holding this back from being a solid A+ is the Falcons current log jam at the corner position. Hayward is a mid 3rd round talent in my book that had no right sneaking into the 4th round. He has great hips and great speed while also displaying sound technique, instincts, and above average ball skills. I think he can eventually be a really good #2 for the Falcons and one of the better CBs from this class.

#100 Kansas City Chiefs (viaPHI/TB) - Chris Polk RB Washington
Draft Grade: A
SoS's Analysis:
Get ready for deja vu. Another player that had no right making it to the 4th round and another player that goes to a team with a log jam at his position. Pick your poison KC, you either overpayed a mediocre RB to be your #3 or you drafted Polk to be your #3. Neither is a great strategy, but I'd strongly prefer to just swallow my pride and give Polk the touches he needs. He's a volume back that's going to need at least 10 to 15 a game to have an impact, which is great for Charles coming off a knee injury. Polk has elite balance and underrated short area quickness.

#101 Arizona Cardinals (viaCLE) - James Brown OG Troy
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
So far the 4th round is starting out really strong. The Cardinals get a player that I think can have a bright future at the guard position and he has a really nice punch and a strong lower body. His feet certainly aren't quick enough to play tackle at the next level, but he can be a strong interior lineman for a team that desperately needs both starters and depth.

#102 St. Louis Rams (viaJAX) - Jamell Fleming CB Oklahoma
Draft Grade: A-
SoS's Analysis:
Rams get a big, physical corner that has been steadily rising as of late and certainly fills their need for a #2 guy. It remains to be seen if Fleming can come in as a 4th rounder and start right off the bat, but it's not a foregone conclusion that he has to with Bartell and Fletcher returning from injury. This is right around where I expect Fleming to go in the real draft so the Rams get solid value.

#103 Seattle Seahawks (viaMIA/WAS) - Isaiah Pead RB Cincinnati
Draft Grade: A-
SoS's Analysis:
After losing Justin Forsett in free agency the Seahawks were in search of a back that could provide the quickness needed to balance Lynch and Tolbert. Pead was among my top rated players still on the board as he brings an impressive explosion to the position while also being a valuable special teams asset. Not the biggest need here for Seattle, but they settle on best player available which I can't knock.

#104 Carolina Panthers - Travis Lewis LB Oklahoma
Draft Grade: C+
SoS's Analysis:
Travis Lewis certainly has the natural abilities to be a successful player in this league, but I wouldn't count myself among the people sold on him. With recent reports of him being a diva player as a mediocre linebacker, I can't help but fear for his future. He wasn't even on my draft board after all of that and his poor Combine, but I do understand the potential. For a team that already selected Zach Brown in the 2nd, I think they could have done a lot better.

#105 Miami Dolphins - Andrew Datko OT Florida State
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
Another solid depth pick along the OLine for a team with few needs otherwise. The Phins have done a solid job up until this point but I'm not a huge fan of Datko's. He'll need work at the next level and I think he's pretty restricted to right tackle, but his injury concerns are my biggest worry. Not sure I'd take him this early, but I can understand why one would.

#106 Tennessee Titans (viaBUF) - Marvin McNutt WR Iowa
Draft Grade: A-
SoS's Analysis:
Very interesting selection here and clearly a lot of value to be had in the 4th round (or maybe I'm compensating for my low 3rd round grades). McNutt gives the Titans a big, physical possession receiver to the explosive Britt on the other side. McNutt is a player that I think can really be an upper-echelon #2 in this league, but he'll never be a #1. Perfect for the Titans considering they aren't asking for much more.

#107 Seattle Seahawks - Jake Bequette LEO Arkansas
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
Bequette is an interesting prospect for me. He has all the athletic ability in the world (as seen by his workouts) but will need some technical refinement. It's not often that you find a player, however, with his combination of motor and athleticism, which I think bodes really well for him at the next level. He's an instant pass rushing threat and adds another dimension to a Seattle defense that clearly made that the focus of the offseason. I can see Bequette going as early as the mid 3rd and as late as the late 4th in real life.

#108 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (viaKC) - YET TO PICK

#109 Baltimore Ravens (viaNYJ) - Jonathan Massaquoi DE/LB Troy
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
This was a difficult one for me to grade. I love Massaquoi as a player and think he's going to develop into a really solid defensive end in this league like Jeremy Mincey. However, I really hate the fit here as the Ravens plan to use him as a stand up linebacker where I think his lack of athleticism will really get exposed. He certainly adds another weapon to the defense which I can't hate on, but I just think he'll be misused in this capacity.

#110 St. Louis Rams (viaWAS/OAK) - Audie Cole LB North Carolina State
Draft Grade: B
SoS's Analysis:
Audie Cole is the definition of a "meh" player, but then again I said that same thing about KJ Wright this time last year. Cole certainly brings the size and instincts to the linebacker position that you'd covet, but he is so heavy footed and poor in coverage it's a borderline liability. I think he'll be even more exposed at the NFL level and I certainly don't see how he could start at outside backer. He is a hard worker by all reports I've read and is certainly the type of kid I'd like to have on my team, however.

#111 San Diego Chargers - Robert Turbin RB Utah State
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
I can certainly understand why the Chargers would covet a player of Turbin's stature, as he's seemingly Mike Tolbert dipped in the fountain of youth. Turbin, however, brings a lot more upper body strength whereas most of Tolbert's strength comes from his thick base. Turbin is a guy with impressive speed and lateral agility considering how big he is and I think his ceiling is Brandon Jacobs near his prime. I have a few RBs still on the board I'd much rather have over him, which lowers the grade.

#112 Cleveland Browns (viaCHI) - Brandon Mosley OT Auburn
Draft Grade: B
SoS's Analysis:
I expect Mosley to go right around this area as he's your classic right tackle depth selection. Played well for a top SEC school but I wouldn't be surprised to see him fall further than this come draft day. Gives the Browns really solid depth along their line and allows them a lot of flexibility if an injury occurs.

#113 Arizona Cardinals - Omar Bolden CB Arizona State
Draft Grade: C-
SoS's Analysis:
I'm not a big Bolden fan as I don't see a player with a high ceiling and he's simply average at best otherwise. Quite a few corners I'd rather have over Bolden though the Cards do address one of their bigger needs.

#114 New England Patriots (viaARI/DAL) - Trenton Robinson S Michigan State
Draft Grade: B
SoS's Analysis:
The Patriots are moving a lot of pieces around in the secondary and I really don't know where Robinson fits in. He'll surely be a backup to begin and I don't think he'll ever be much more than that. Considering the fact that they haven't addressed the pass rush in this draft leaves me concerned.

#115 Philadelphia Eagles - Joe Adams WR Arkansas
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
I'm pretty convinced the Eagles don't know how the draft works. Joe Adams isn't really a good fit for this team as it currently stands and I really see no reason for them to spend multiple picks on the WR position. This team could have used help in several other areas and for similar value.

#116 Baltimore Ravens (viaNYJ/MIN/SEA/TEN) - Chris Rainey X Florida
Draft Grade: B
SoS's Analysis:
It's really difficult to grade this pick because Rainey is such a polarizing prospect that could realistically go as early as the 2nd and as late as the 7th. I think this is a pretty ideal spot for him and it's a great fit with the Ravens. He comes with some character questions and some concentration concerns, but he's an explosive athlete which the Ravens absolutely need more of.

#117 Buffalo Bills (viaCIN) - Michael Egnew TE Missouri
Draft Grade: B
SoS's Analysis:
Egnew is a pretty underwhelming talent that I don't see having success at the next level. He provides really good size for the position, but isn't nearly good enough as a receiver to warrant his lack of blocking skills. Still a big need for the Bills and they can work with him.

#118 Cleveland Browns (viaATL) - Greg Childs WR Arkansas
Draft Grade:
A-
SoS's Analysis: I love Childs as a prospect as he brings ideal size, ideal speed, and great hands to the position. He's going to be a steal wherever he goes simply because his injury history. Great pick here for Cleveland as they need weapons for Andrew Luck and Childs can be just that.

#119 Detroit Lions - DeVier Posey WR Ohio State
Draft Grade: C+
SoS's Analysis:
Not really impressed with this pick from Detroit. Several WRs still on the board that are more talented while Posey holds character flags among other things. He's not my favorite receiver even with all of those issues pushed to the side and I don't think the Lions got good value.

#120 San Francisco 49ers (viaPIT) - Jeff Allen G/T Illinois
Draft Grade: A-
SoS's Analysis:
Allen is a really technically sound player that gets widely underrated. I think he provides great depth for the Niners this late in the draft. Not sure how much he fits the power scheme, but he's a guy that can play multiple positions on the line.

#121 New Orleans Saints (viaDEN) - Brock Osweiler QB Arizona State
Draft Grade: A
SoS's Analysis:
Osweiler is a kid that will likely go in the early 3rd round range in real life so to get him in the late 4th is fantastic value. He's obviously a huge kid with a cannon arm that sees the field very well with his height. He'll need to work on his pocket presence and inconsistent accuracy, but he'll have time to build on those tools behind one of the better QBs to ever play.

#122 Houston Texans - Adam Gettis OG Iowa
Draft Grade: F
SoS's Analysis:
Gettis isn't a player that found much playing time in college and clearly is getting overrated after the Combine. The Texans easily could have gotten him 2 rounds later than this but chose to reach due to his athleticism. I understand the ZBS demands athletes, but it's also known for getting great players really late, which would have been more fitting for Gettis.

#123 New Orleans Saints - Williams Vlachos OC Alabama
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
Vlachos is likely the best guard available here in the late 4th and the Saints are certainly thin at that position with quality. Vlachos could very easily develop into a starting center for this team, though he's not there yet.

#124 Miami Dolphins (viaGB) - Kirk Cousins QB Michigan State
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
I've made it well known that I'm not a Kirk Cousins fan and I think he has no more future in this league than someone like Chad Henne, but it's still solid value for where he's perceived to go. Matt Flynn is far from a sure thing and this pick gives the Dolphins a little bit of insurance in case that plan doesn't go accordingly.

#125 Tennessee Titans (viaBUF/BAL) - Sean Spence LB Miami
Draft Grade: B-
SoS's Analysis:
I really want to like Spence, because he plays the right way, but I just don't see him succeeding in this league and I doubt I'd take him before the 6th. He has great coverage skills, great technique, and great instincts. However, he's just awful at getting off blocks and working in the middle half of the field. He should be a solid backup, rotational player, but I'm not sure if that's what I want in the 4th.

#126 San Francisco 49ers - Brandon Taylor SS Louisiana State
Draft Grade: A
SoS's Analysis:
Another great pick for San Fran. Taylor is a really underrated safety that doesn't get the hype he deserves due to the players around him. He plays with solid instincts and a great ability to come up and stuff the run. I think he can be a starter in this league and could easily take the starting SS spot in SF by next season.

#127 New England Patriots - David Molk OC Michigan
Draft Grade: B+
SoS's Analysis:
This is right about where I think Molk should go as he's certainly a solid player with limitations. He should be a reliable backup lineman at the next level though I doubt he'll ever be a starter with his measurables.

#128 Indianapolis Colts (viaNYG) - Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma
Draft Grade: A-
SoS's Analysis:
I really like this pick for the Colts to compliment Wayne and Jenkins on the outside. When he comes back from injury, Broyles should be a very reliable slot receiver that Peyton Manning has a habit of making great players out of.
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But would he do it in a Sharknado?
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MH lied about his role. He is head of the Snicker doodles #officialtitle.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Bengals get 2 huge signings in the Shark Tank this weekend by inking guard Evan Mathis and tailback Michael Bush.

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SaveourSonics wrote:
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The Bengals get 2 huge signings in the Shark Tank this weekend by inking guard Evan Mathis and tailback Michael Bush.


You forgot to mention the Rams sexy signings.
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MH lied about his role. He is head of the Snicker doodles #officialtitle.

Now I really want a snicker doodle? Anything cooking in the oven Cowboys? Sad
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Nothing sexier than

Husain Abdullah
Devin Aromashodu

and...


THE ROSENCOPTER himself... Sage Rosenfels.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jrry32 wrote:
SaveourSonics wrote:
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The Bengals get 2 huge signings in the Shark Tank this weekend by inking guard Evan Mathis and tailback Michael Bush.


You forgot to mention the Rams sexy signings.


Don't believe I saw any sexy signings by the Rams.
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