Picks: LB Aaron Maybin, C Eric Wood, CB Jairus Byrd, OL Andy Levitre, TE Shawn Nelson, S Nic Harris, CB Cary Harris, DB Ellis Lankster.
Positives: Maybin, Byrd.
Bottom line: C-. Considering the recent trade of Jason Peters, this is a pretty mediocre draft. Maybin is a dynamic, pass-rushing athlete the Bills haven’t had at linebacker since the days of Bryce Paup. The downside with Maybin is he hasn’t played that much and spent only one year as a starter at Penn State. If the Bills can keep defensive end Aaron Schobel healthy, Maybin could team with him and fellow defensive end Chris Kelsay to give the team a dynamic pass rush. Byrd is an interception machine, finishing his career at Oregon with 17, and gives the Bills some much-needed depth in the secondary. However, neither Wood nor Levitre are great athletes, even by offensive line standards, and appear to be reaches.
Picks: CB Vontae Davis, QB Pat White, CB Sean Smith, WR Patrick Turner, WR Brian Hartline, TE John Nalbone, S Chris Clemons, OT Andrew Gardner, LB J.D. Folsom.
Positives: Davis, White and Smith are premier athletes.
Negative: No help at defensive tackle.
Bottom line: C. There is no questioning Davis’ talent. He may be the best pure cornerback in the draft and has the ability to be a Pro Bowler regular. The problem is, like his brother Vernon with San Francisco, Davis thinks he’s great already and doesn’t listen to coaching. Dolphins VP of football operations Bill Parcells should help his coaches turn that ego into something special. White is a really intriguing talent, particularly if you like the Wildcat offense, but taking a gimmick player in the second round seems like a stretch. If he becomes Antwaan Randle El, that’s great. If not, he’s a big reach. Smith is a special athlete who could become better than Davis. Finally, Turner is an intriguing player. The problem is that the Dolphins needed to get a young defensive tackle in a bad way.
Picks: S Patrick Chung, DT Ron Brace, CB Darius Butler, OT Sebastian Vollmer, WR Brandon Tate, LB Tyrone McKenzie, G Rich Ohrnberger, C George Bussey, DT Myron Pryor, LS Jacob Ingram, WR Julian Edelman, DT Darryl Richard.
Positives: Chung, Butler will help rebuild the secondary.
Negative: No immediate impact player.
Bottom line: A. The Patriots were in serious need of upgrading the depth and youth of their roster, which was accomplished. Along the way, they also picked up two second-round picks for the 2010 draft as Bill Belichick continued to perfect the trade down. The fact that teams continue to give the Patriots draft picks seems insane, but Belichick is more than willing to work the phones on draft day (the Pats were in on seven trades). Along the way, the Patriots ended up with four second-round picks and two more in the third round. Chung is likely to become a starter and many people thought Butler might sneak into the first round. Chung is a big-time hitter and Butler has great speed. The two offensive linemen in the second round are great long-range prospects. Big upside for both.
Picks: QB Mark Sanchez, RB Shonn Greene, G Matt Slauson.
Positives Sanchez, a possible franchise quarterback.
Negative: Not many players.
Bottom line: A-. It’s not often that you start off with the No. 17 overall pick in the draft and end up with a quarterback who might start right away. That’s what the Jets did Saturday when they traded their first- and second-round picks along with some roster flotsam to Cleveland for the No. 5 pick and the right to get Sanchez. Great move because the cost was so incredibly cheap. The downside is that the Jets ended up with only three picks because of this trade and some others, but such is life. To get a potential franchise quarterback, you have to take some risk. Greene is a nice pickup on the second day after another trade up. Give Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum some credit for a couple of aggressive moves.