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Kansas City Chiefs: Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati: C- Grade
Tight end was not a need with Tony Moeaki and Anthony Fasano on the roster. Travis Kelce could eventually emerge as an upgrade, but only if he stays out of trouble. He has off-the-field issues. This pick isn't very good.
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Jacksonville Jaguars: Dwayne Gratz, CB, Connecticut: C Grade
The Jaguars needed a cornerback, so going to Connecticut for one made sense. But the guy they probably should have drafted was Blidi Wreh-Wilson. Dwayne Gratz is considered an inferior prospect compared to his teammate. And once again, where's the quarterback? Will anyone go to Jaguar games with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne at quarterback?
Detroit Lions: Larry Warford, G, Kentucky: A Grade
This is an awesome pick. Larry Warford should have been chosen near the top of the second round. He is monstrous mauler who figures to be a huge upgrade on the interior of Detroit's offensive line.
Oakland Raiders: Sio Moore, LB, Connecticut: A- Grade
It's useless to stay whether or not an Oakland pick filled a need because the team has huge holes everywhere. Sio Moore was one of the top players available. He'll offer some pass-rushing ability out of the linebacker position, much like former Raider Kamerion Wimbley.
Philadelphia Eagles: Bennie Logan, DT, LSU: B- Grade
I guess the Eagles will be running a 4-3 Under scheme because Bennie Logan is an awful fit in the 3-4. Logan is very talented, but he hasn't lived up to his potential. If Philadelphia can get him to play to his ability, he'll form quite an interior pass-rushing tandem with Fletcher Cox.
Cleveland Browns: Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State: B- Grade
This is a bit early for the 5-foot-9 Leon McFadden, but the Browns were desperate for cornerback help across from Joe Haden. It's hard to argue this selection too much considering how badly Cleveland needed an upgrade at the position.
Arizona Cardinals: Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU: B Grade
Cardinal fans love this pick. Awesome Kelly in Arizona just texted me: "Welcome to Phoenix, honey badger. Lots of WOAH WOAH WOOOOOOAAHH going on here." So, the fans are excited, but is this a good pick? I think it's pretty solid. Mathieu is a big risk considering his past, but he's a play-maker who will help defend the Seattle and San Francisco read-option offenses.
Tennessee Titans: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut: A Grade
There was some talk that Blidi Wreh-Wilson could sneak into the end of the first round, so you have to love the value here. The Titans were said to consider Dee Milliner at No. 10, but Wreh-Wilson isn't a bad consolation prize, as he will help fill a huge need at cornerback.
St. Louis Rams: T.J. McDonald, S, USC: C Grade
The Rams are desperate at safety - they need two starters at the position - but there were better players available. T.J. McDonald probably should have been a fourth-rounder at best because he can't cover very well.
New York Jets: Brian Winters, G, Kent State: B Grade
The Jets signed Willie Colon this offseason, but they needed another guard to compete with Vladimir Ducasse. This is the right range for Brian Winters, so this is a pretty solid pick.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State: C Grade
There are so many teams that need quarterbacks, yet the Buccaneers were the first one to choose a player out of the Barkley/Nassib/Glennon/Wilson group? It may seem strange, but head coach Greg Schiano absolutely hates Josh Freeman, who struggled mightily down the stretch. Glennon has good upside, but he's a project. The Buccaneers probably would have been better off giving Freeman one more shot and then coming back with a quarterback in the awesome 2014 class.
Dallas Cowboys: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor: B+ Grade
Terrance Williams' stock has fallen over the pre-draft process; he was once considered a first-round possibility. This should probably be the right range for him, so this is a rare quality pick for Dallas, as Miles Austin-Jones won't be around much longer.
New Orleans Saints: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff: A Grade
It was sad to see Steve Gleason announce this pick. I don't understand why there's no cure for ALS yet, but hopefully that'll change soon. At any rate, the Saints made an outstanding selection with Terron Armstead, who is raw but has first-round talent. There was some speculation that Armstead could sneak into the end of the first round, so New Orleans just made a terrific value pick.
San Diego Chargers: Keenan Allen, WR, California: A+ Grade
Keenan Allen was a top-25 prospect throughout the entire draft process until concerns set in that he wouldn't be able to run a 40. He did, and then he managed a 4.71. And after that, there was the mysterious drug test at the Combine. It's worth noting that Allen never tested positive, so with that in mind, this is an outstanding pick by the Chargers. Allen is a very talented wideout in the Anquan Boldin mold, so Philip Rivers has to be thrilled.
Miami Dolphins: Dallas Thomas, G/OT, Tennessee: B Grade
If the Dolphins think they have their solution at left tackle with Dallas Thomas, they're sorely mistaken. Thomas is more of a guard than a tackle. With that in mind though, Miami did need to upgrade John Jerry at guard, and Thomas fits both the draft range and the blocking scheme.
Buffalo Bills: Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas: C Grade
Marquise Goodwin is a very speedy receiver, but he's a project. Unlike Tavon Austin, he's not a real football player yet; he's just an athlete. The Bills did need a speed element at wideout on their offense, but I feel like they picked Goodwin a round too early.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State: A- Grade
Surprise, surprise, another steal for Pittsburgh. Markus Wheaton was a consensus second-round prospect who shouldn't have fallen to the middle of the third frame. He'll fill a big need as a downfield receiver in the wake of Mike Wallace's departure.
Dallas Cowboys: J.J. Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern: B+ Grade
It's funny that Dallas' third-round picks could be considered better players than the guys they obtained in the first and second rounds. J.J. Wilcox fills a big need at safety and could have easily gone a bit earlier than this.
New York Giants: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M: A+ Grade
Wow. I never would have imagined Damontre Moore falling this far back in January when nearly everyone had him going in the top five. Moore struggled terribly at the Combine, running a 4.9 40, and then some character issues surfaced. It's understandable why he maybe dropped out of the first round, but there's no reason why he should have been available near the end of the second day. He's just too talented.
New Orleans Saints: John Jenkins, NT, Georgia: A+ Grade
The Saints are absolutely killing this draft. John Jenkins was considered by some to be a late first-round prospect, but he fell because there just wasn't a league-wide need for nose tackles. The Saints probably don't mind too much because they needed a big defensive lineman in the middle of their new 3-4.
New England Patriots: Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers: B Grade
This makes sense. The Patriots have gone to Rutgers before for defensive back help, and that worked out pretty well with Devin McCourty. Logan Ryan fills a need; when Aqib Talib got injured against the Ravens, New England didn't have an answer for Anquan Boldin. And speaking of Talib, he'll be a free agent next spring.
Cincinnati Bengals: Shawn Williams, S, Georgia: C+ Grade
This is a slight reach, but Shawn Williams is a good fit in Mike Zimmer's defense. The Bengals had to find help at safety, but had to wait this long because they missed out on Kenny Vaccaro and Eric Reid at No. 21.
Washington Redskins: Jordan Reed, TE, Florida: C Grade
I don't think the Redskins have enough selections to make a luxury pick like this. Jordan Reed doesn't fill a need whatsoever, but he'll be an intriguing long-term weapon for Robert Griffin. However, Washington's secondary is terrible and is in desperate need of several upgrades.
Indianapolis Colts: Hugh Thornton, G, Illinois: B Grade
Solid pick. The Colts had a big need at guard because Mike McGlynn is a sieve. Hugh Thornton should have been taken in this range, so this selection deserves a good grade.
Seattle Seahawks: Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State: C Grade
Even as a Penn State alumnus, I'll say that this is a reach. Jordan Hill probably should have gone in the Round 5 area, but he does fill a need as an interior pass-rusher. The problem is that Hill is terribly inconsistent.
San Francisco 49ers: Corey Lemonier, DE/OLB, Auburn: B Grade
I was going to say that is overkill with these pass-rushers. I can understand the 49ers adding one, but two? One of Corey Lemonier and Tank Carradine is going to be lost in the shuffle. However, it occurred to me that Carradine could play defensive end in San Francisco's scheme, so this makes much more sense. This is the right range for Lemonier.
Houston Texans: Brennan Williams, OT, North Carolina: B- Grade
Brennan Williams has tons of potential, but has never lived up to it. This is a high-upside pick though and it helps fill a need for the Texans, who are terribly thin at offensive tackle.
Denver Broncos: Kayvon Webster, CB, South Florida: D Grade
This is the reach of Day 2. Kayvon Webster was widely considered a sixth-round prospect at best. If the Broncos loved Webster enough, that's fine, but he doesn't fill any sort of immediate need. I can't support this pick.
New England Patriots: Duron Harmon, S, Rutgers: MILLEN NURSING RUSSELL WESTBROOK BACK TO HEALTH VIA KIELBASA Grade
The Patriots apparently love their Rutgers defensive backs. I liked the Logan Ryan pick, but this one is pretty ridiculous. I don't know anyone who considered Duron Harmon to be a draftable prospect. New England probably could have selected him in the seventh round.
St. Louis Rams: Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia: B+ Grade
The Rams already drafted Tavon Austin, but they needed a second wideout, given that they had only three on the roster entering this weekend (Chris Givens, Brian Quick, Austin Pettis). Stedman Bailey, who could have gone a bit earlier than this, is a solid prospect who should be able to push the disappointing Quick for a starting job across from Givens.
Miami Dolphins: Will Davis, CB, Utah State: B- Grade
Will Davis probably could have been taken a bit later than this, but it's not a major reach or anything. Davis is the second cornerback the Dolphins have chosen in the 2013 NFL Draft, but they needed two considering the uncertainty with Brent Grimes and his torn Achilles.
Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Williams, NT, Missouri Southern: A- Grade
Brandon Williams dominated the Senior Bowl, so there was speculation that he would be drafted somewhere in Round 2. That apparently was not the case, but the Ravens are not complaining because they were able to land another great value. Baltimore signed Marcus Spears and Chris Canty this offseason, but neither is the long-term solution on the defensive line.
Houston Texans: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU: C- Grade
I have to say that I'm very surprised by this pick. The Texans are a team that is very high on character, so I'm not sure what they see in Sam Montgomery to make them change their mind. Sure, Montgomery is talented, but he flat-out quit for LSU this past season. He's not a guy you want to have on your team.
Kansas City Chiefs: Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas: C- Grade
The Chiefs were searching for a power back to complement Jamaal Charles. However, Knile Davis is not a good runner and has terrible fumbling issues. Kansas City overdrafted him.
Tennessee Titans: Zaviar Gooden, OLB, Missouri: B Grade
The Titans had to find some linebacker depth, and they're getting a pretty good talent in Zaviar Gooden. I had Gooden around this range - in fact, I mocked him to Tennessee's early fourth-rounder for weeks - so I like this pick.
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