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AFC East Draft Grades for the 2018 NFL Draft

2018 NFL Draft Results

Buffalo Bills

Draft Picks: Josh Allen QB Wyoming Cowboys (7th overall), Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech Hokies (16th overall), Harrison Phillips DT Stanford Cardinal (96th overall), Taron Johnson DB Weber State Wildcats (121st overall), Siran Neal DB Jacksonville State Gamecocks (154th overall), Wyatt Teller OG Virginia Tech Hokies (166th overall), Ray-Ray McCloud WR Clemson Tigers (187th overall), Austin Proehl WR North Carolina Tarheels (255th overall)

Draft Grade: B-

Lowdown: The Buffalo Bills gave up too much to take an unproven Josh Allen seventh overall. Allen may have the strongest arm in the NFL draft, but also requires the most development among the top five quarterbacks. His offensive numbers haven’t shown he’s a top-ten draft pick. The Bills made up for it with their second first-round pick in Tremaine Edmunds. He’ll be a fearless linebacker. Taron Johnson is an underrated defensive back so that was a good pick. A pair of receivers at the end of their draft could prove to be a good pick up.

Verdict: Overall, Buffalo did okay, but they proved they’re still defensive-minded. That proved in taking Allen who will need several years to develop into a good NFL Quarterback. The Bills will rely on A.J. McCarron who only has a few starts. With two years remaining on his contract, I doubt that will give Buffalo enough time to develop Allen.

Miami Dolphins

Draft Picks: Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama Crimson Tide (11th overall), Mike Gesicki TE Penn State Nittany Lions (42nd overall), Jerome Baker LB Ohio State Buckeyes (73rd overall), Durham Smythe TE Notre Dame Fighting Irish (123rd overall), Kalen Ballage RB Arizona State Sun Devils ( 131st overall), Cornell Armstrong S Southern Mississippi (209th overall), Quentin Polling LB Ohio Bobcats (227th overall), Jason Sanders K New Mexico (229th overall)

Draft Grade: B+

Lowdown: The Dolphins went with other team needs when a top quarterback that fit their schemes wasn’t available. Fitzpatrick will boost the secondary to a new level. I really like the Gesicki pick up to replace Julius Thomas. He’s primed for a great NFL career. Baker and Polling could add depth at the linebacker position. Ballage is a good gamble at running back that may take over for Frank Gore eventually.

Verdict: The Dolphins did well at addressing team needs. They added plenty of depth and a pair of tight ends will help on offense. Sanders has a lot of upsides and taking a kicker with their last pick may end up being a good strategy.

New England Patriots

Draft Picks: Isaiah Wynn OG Georgia Bulldogs (23rd overall), Sony Michel RB Georgia Bulldogs (31st overall), Duke Dawson CB Florida Gators (56th overall), Ja’Whuan Bentley LB Purdue Boilermakers (143rd overall), Christian Sam LB Arizona State Sun Devils (178th overall), Braxton Berrios WR Miami Hurricanes (210th overall), Danny Etling QB LSU Tigers (219th overall), Deion Crossen DB Western Carolina Catamounts (243rd overall), Ryan Izzo TE Florida State Seminoles (250th overall)

Draft Grade: A-

Lowdown: The Patriots made some moves to take more later-round draft picks. A pair of Georgia Bulldogs in Wynn and Michel should fit in nicely. New England needed a QB, but it’s doubtful that Etling will be the answer. Berrios is a tough, physical receiver that Belichick likes. Sam and Bentley will get a shot to start, but will most likely add depth on defense.

Verdict: Sometimes, Belichick’s decisions only makes sense to him. However, it always tends to work in the long run. The Patriots go after role players and picked up several in this draft. If anything, I would have like to have seen them pick up a more efficient quarterback. Tom Brady is on a year-to-year basis. Overall though, it was a great draft for New England.

New York Jets

Draft Picks: Sam Darnold QB USC Trojans (3rd overall), Nathan Shepherd DT Fort Hays State Tigers (72nd overall), Christopher Herndon TE Miami Hurricanes (107th overall), Parry Nickerson CB Tulane Green Wave (179th overall), Folorunso Fatukasi DT UCONN Huskies (180th overall), Trenton Cannon RB Virginia State Trojans

Draft Grade: B-

Lowdown: The Jets took Darnold which I’m not sure if he can handle New York mentally. The Shepherd and Fatukasi pickups will make an impact on defense. Cannon is a speedy back that could emerge as New York’s premier returner. Good late pickup. The Jets needed a quarterback, but I’m not sure if Darnold will fit in well in New York. Poor pass protection, lack of good receivers, and the Big Apple environment makes this an uphill battle. He does have a great teacher in Josh McCown to show him the ropes though. Look for the later round draft picks to fare better than the earlier ones for New York.

Verdict: The Jets did okay in the draft, but could have done better. I like a few of the picks but others will have everyone scratching their heads. New York should have added some help on the offensive line and didn’t. That was a huge team need that went overlooked.