AFC East 2016 NFL Draft Grades

New England Patriots
2 (60) Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama
3 (78) Joe Thuney, G, NC State
3 (91) Jacoby Brissett, QB, NC State
3 (96) Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska
4 (112) Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia
6 (208) Kamu Grugier-Hill, CB, Eastern Illinois
6 (214) Elandon Roberts, ILB, Houston
6 (221) Ted Karras, G, Illinois
7 (225) Devin Lucien, WR, Arizona State

It’s pretty tough to add immediate value when have to give up your first round pick, but if there’s one team that can dig deep and find the sleepers in drafts, it’s the Patriots. Jones and Thuney can definitely add competition at their respective positions, but the biggest question mark was adding Brissett. This is definitely a development player and has me scratching my head since Connor Cook and Dak Prescott were both on the board.
Grade: C+

New York Jets
1 (20) Darron Lee, ILB, Ohio State
2 (51) Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
3 (83) Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia
4 (118) Juston Burris, CB, NC State
5 (158) Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina
7 (235) Lachlan Edwards, P, Sam Houston State
7 (241) Charone Peake, WR, Clemson

Penn State’s quarterback Hackenberg is the most interesting Jets pick in this year’s draft. He is a bit of a development player, but could start given the issues with signing Fitzpatrick long term. Having either Geno Smith or Christian Hackenberg possibly starting Week 1 could spell trouble regardless of who else they picked up in this draft.
Lee and Jenkins are definitely great adds to their defense, which definitely bring up this draft grade, however many are questioned the QB pick.
Grade: B-

Miami Dolphins
1 (13) Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
2 (38) Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
3 (73) Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama
3 (86) Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
6 (186) Jakeem Grant, WR, Texas Tech
6 (204) Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State
7 (223) Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky
7 (231) Thomas Duarte, WR, UCLA

With one of the biggest stories on Day 1 of draft night, the Dolphins snagged a great new cornerstone of their offensive line in Tunsil. A video had surfaced showing him smoking with a gas mask on which removed him from most of the teams’ draft boards. What’s funny is that there was so much talk about how analysts felt for the guy as he dropped so far, but he was drafted just outside of the top 10 – he was drafted thirteenth, he’ll be fine.
Howard is going to be a great add in their secondary, and Drake could be a change of pace back in their running game.
Grade: B+

Buffalo Bills
1 (19) Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
2 (41) Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
3 (80) Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State
4 (139) Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State
5 (156) Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas
6 (192) Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU
6 (218) Kevon Seymour, CB, USC

The Bills hit multiple positions on draft day. I really like Lawson and Ragland, which are probably first year starters and can add depth to that defense – who now actually have two players with Lawson on the field at once. Their secondary still needs a lot of work, but the Bills hit it fairly well in 2016.
Grade: A-

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