Apr 26, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone (left), first round draft pick quarterback E.J. Manuel (second from left), general manager Buddy Nix (second from right) and president Russ Brandon pose for a photo at the press conference at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Grades for All Four AFC East Teams.


Another year, another draft. Hopes everywhere are high. Fans are going over their team’s picks, figuring out where each player fits into their scheme and how they might help bring home a Lombardi Trophy.

Here at MusketFire.com, we know that the knowledgable Patriot fanbase cares not only about what the Pats are doing, but what our divisional foes are cooking as well. As a result, I’ve graded the drafts of each of the four AFC East teams. In addition to a grade, I’ll give a short summary as well as how each team’s fans graded their team drafts on NFL.com

With that, let’s get started.

BUFFALO BILLS — It took guts for Marrone to take any quarterback other than Ryan Nassib. I have to trust and respect him for it. The Bills followed up their first round pick by giving E.J. Manuel two big-time weapons in Marquise Goodwin and Roberts Woods at receiver. I think they got a steal in Jonathan Meeks, the DB out of Clemson. Gragg, Hopkins and Williams were all serviceable picks. I think the gem of their class was Georgia linebacker Kiko Alonso. He has pro-bowl potential.

NFL.COM fan grade: C   My Grade: B

MIAMI DOLPHINS — I thought Dion Jordan was the most overrated player in this year’s draft. Even worse, Miami traded up to get him. They redeemed themselves by drafting Boise State corner Jamar Taylor. I like Dallas Thomas at tackle and tight end Dion Sims. Florida running back Mike Gillislee has some serious potential. The rest of their picks didn’t really stand out as anything but potential depth.

NFL.COM fans grade: B   My Grade: C+

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — How dare any of us question Belichick? Almost every year we watch him unceremoniously draft guys we’ve never heard of. This year was no different. I’ve seen Jamie Collins play in person. Solid, but not worth a second round pick. I love Aaron Dobson and see him developing into a star quickly. The rest of New England’s draft was just “o.k.” if you ask me, but I’m hoping that like always, some of these no-name guys turn into fan favorites.

NFL.COM fan grade: C   My Grade: C

NEW YORK JETS — Like everyone, I didn’t think they needed Sheldon Richardson. I had Dee Milliner as the best corner in the draft and the perfect replacement for Revis. I do see Geno Smith as an upgrade over Mark Sanchez, so score one for the Jets on that front. The only other pick that stood out to me was Michigan guard William Campbell, who I though was great value as a sixth rounder.

NFL.COM fan grade: C   My Grade: B

  • unclealfie

    No offense, but I’ll take Belichick’s choice over yours on Jamie Collins. I’m sure they had good reasons to take him in the second. But, as a Draftnik, it is frustrating to see him draft a bunch of no-names every year.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Well, I think everyone will take BB’s (or any NFL evaluator’s opinion) over a non-NFL GM’s opinion any day. It doesn’t mean that we can’t have our own opinions, though, because BB isn’t infallible either. Now, I do agree with your point that Collins was a fine pick for the Pats, and I disagree with the commenter above that the Pats could have taken Collins in the third round- he had a second round grade all the way.

  • Willy W

    A Nice letter to the Writer: I AGREE! Between Free Agency & the Draft I am just sick. Sick of Bill B. wasting Tom Brady’s final years. I know interpreting a draft or individual players is just that an “interpretation” BUT players have rankings for a reason and if you look at the Pats draft picks ratings vs who was available at that time you WILL Cringe. Now I dont have a problem per se with the first guy they drafted( Collins), though I do believe they could have got him with one of their 3rd round picks instead. One of my biggest problems is the Pats 1. misvalued most of their picks vs what round they were taken, and 2. drafting Harmon at all, who he himself told reporters he didnt expect to be drafted & BB drafted him in the 3rd rd 91 overall. OMG what was he thinking? Draft him in the 7th rd if you must or take a risk & sign him after the draft but dont ever waste a high pick like a 3rd for a guy no one had on their boards, wasnt rated by anyone and generally & presently isnt even a good player by all accounts. Between drafting out of order & wasting a high pick, oh & what they did/didnt do in free agency I am Pissed & feel awful for Tom Brady, one of the Best QB’s to ever have play. Bill your supposed to acquire the absolute Best you can, not acquire ex-Rutger players ( who their ex coach didnt even draft) out of some weird sense of loyalty or because your son went there or because your best buddy Bon Jovi is from NJ, whatever it was that fueled Bill’s stupidity in drafting these guys where he did.

  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    Everything is subjective looking at individual talent drafted by the teams…..but the real gauge is how they play together as a unit with the rest of the team.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Especially when you look at the guys the Pats drafted. It all depends on how Dobson, Boyce, Collins, and Harmon (among others) can develop, and that will be the true value of this Pats draft.