by Jeremy "Fasttalker" Bjornberg - 04/30/2005
Doc's NFL Draft grades are rated on a scale of 1-5.
AFCBuffalo Bills: 2 1/2
Bills were without a first round pick due to the J.P. Losman deal last year. Their two first picks were Miami Hurricanes Roscoe Parrish and Kevin Everett. Parrish is nothing special as a receiver, but Everett has tons of potential as a pass catching tight end. None of the picks were great value picks. In fact, the rest will be lucky to make the team.
Miami Dolphins: 5
Dolphins were not able to solve all holes on the team, but they did get three first round talents. RB Ronnie Brown will be a perfect running back for the team, and second rounder Matt Roth had first round potential and will help the pass rush. Third round linebacker Channing Crowder has as much athletic talent as any player in the draft. The rest of the draft was average, but the first three picks make up for it.
New England Patriots: 1
Yuck, OL Logan Mankins in the first round? Pats probably could have got him in the third. I am not sure if the Pats front office is just getting a big head, or these are more diamonds in the rough. I didn't think the Super Bowl champions had any great value picks either. This is the worst class in the draft. All that was added here was a lot of special teamers.
New York Jets: 4
Traded out of first round but still got a first round talent w/their second second round pick in Justin Miller. Miller has great potential as a cornerback but will be able to contribute immediately on returns. First pick of second round was kicker Mike Nugent, who should solve their kicking woes. Nothing spectacular about this draft, late-round picks are not very intriguing.
Baltimore Ravens: 5
Baltimore was fortunate when guaranteed playmaker Mark Clayton slipped to them in the first round. He reminds me of Marvin Harrison. The next two picks had first round potential as well, second rounders DE Dan Cody and OT Adam Terry. Both could be starters immediately. I also like their fourth round pick C Jason Brown. Baltimore built for the future here and also found immediate contributions, a great draft.
Cincinnati Bengals: 3 1/2
The Bengals grabbed a pass rusher with a great motor in David Pollack in the first round. The second round brought talented ILB Odell Thurman. Marvin Lewis grabbed another talented player WR Chris Henry in the third round. Thurman and Henry both exhibited character flaws but expect Coach Lewis to shore that right up. I like this draft from Cincinnati, they added two immediate starters.
Cleveland Browns: 5
The Browns got the best player on the board in WR Braylon Edwards. Edwards reminds me of Terrell Owens but he has his head on straight as well. Second round S Brodney Pool may be ready to start and was the best coverage safety in the draft. The Browns next two picks were QB of the future Charlie Frye and CB Antonio Perkins. Perkins will be able to contribute immediately as a returner and nickel back. Frye had as much talent as any of the quarterbacks other than Alex Smith and was a great value.
Pittsburgh Steelers: 4
This grade could get even higher if TE Heath Miller delivers on his promise. Miller was a great value pick either way. The rest of the draft was also solid as the Steelers got a good corner in Bryant McFadden and he will fit in nicely. The later picks were highlighted by WR Fred Gibson who has great talent and was a great value pick.
Houston Texans: 3
The Texans lost their second round pick in a trade for corner Patrick Buchanon. DT Travis Johnson was their first rounder and he is a solid but unspectacular prospect. Fourth round WR Jerome Mathis has a lot of potential both as a return man and a blazer able to stretch the field. Third round RB Vernand Morency was a reach as were most of the other late picks. An average draft by all accounts, although if you include the acquisition of Buchanon I would give the draft class a B.
Indianapolis Colts: 3 1/2
The Colts spent the first two picks on corners, highlighted by first rounder Marlin Jackson. Jackson should be able to start immediately. Indianapolis also grabbed a few interesting athletes in the later rounds including two Wisconsin Badgers, RB Anthony Davis and DE Jonathan Welsh. This draft was very solid for the Peyton Manning sideshow.
Jacksonville Jaguars: 4 1/2
I like QB/WR Matt Jones as the first round pick. He was the best athlete on the board and the Jags could use a gamebreaker on offense. It was very gutsy and could backfire but Jones is a once in a lifetime talent. The Jags got lucky in the second round when stud OT Khalif Barnes was still available. The late picks should be able to contribute and win roster spots as well.
Tennessee Titans: 1
Other than first round CB Adam Jones, all the rest of the Titan draft picks were reaches and none were good value picks. What happened to the great Titans drafts of yesteryear? This draft was terrible and I don't even think a few of the players should have been drafted. None of the late picks offer much for potential.
Denver Broncos: 1
The Broncos used their first three picks on defensive backs and didn't get much for their efforts. Denver traded out of the first round and used their second round pick on talented CB Darrent Williams who does have the potential to develop into a starter. Maurice Clarett was a surprise in the third round but Denver does know RBs, so this was a gamble they can take. However that does not make this a value pick. I don't see any immediate starters in this draft.
Kansas City Chiefs: 3
I loved LB Derrick Johnson in the first round. He slipped a little bit but he has Ray Lewis potential and K.C. has rebuilt their defense into a possible force. Johnson alone carries this grade. A punter in the third round was a bit surprising and it doesn't look like K.C. did much homework on this draft. The rest of the picks will be lucky to make the team, although WR Craphonso Thorpe is fairly talented. The Chiefs improved on this list of NFL Draft grades by trading their second rounder for Miami CB Surtain.
Oakland Raiders: 4
As usual Al Davis was all about high risk/reward players. CB Fabian Washington offers nothing but speed, literally. He was a reach and too risky of a pick for the first round. Oakland did grab absolute steal Antajj Hawthorne in the fifth round. He has as much potential as any DL in the draft and he slipped for no reason other than a little Marijuana smoke. QB Andrew Walter in the third round was a nice pick. I like Oakland's draft and I would have graded it an A+ if they had grabbed Aaron Rodgers.
San Diego Chargers: 4
ILB Shawn Merriman and DT Luis Castillo were added to the Chargers defense in the first round. Merriman is a playmaker with superstar written all over him. Castillo was a stretch but could develop into a solid run stopper. The Chargers grabbed intriguing WR Vincent Jackson in the second round and he could develop into a No. 1 pass catcher. RB Darren Sproles should be a special teams contributor right away.
NFCDallas Cowboys: 5
Coach Parcells stupidly grabbed DE Demarcus Ware ahead of Shawn Merriman with their first of two first rounders. The rest of the draft offered near perfection as they added a big hog in the middle in DT Marcus Spears, as well as huge DE Chris Canty. Their frontline is sure to be plenty improved. I also loved RB Marion Barber was a great pick in the third round as well. He has the potential to develop into a starter and might end up being better than last year's first round pick RB Julius Jones. This team gets high marks for our NFL Draft grades.
New York Giants: 2 1/2
The Giants didn't have much for picks due to the Eli Manning trade last year. They grabbed CB Corey Webster w/their second round pick and he is a decent prospect w/good fundamentals. DE Justin Tuck was a great third round pick. He has a great motor and just came out a year too early. RB Brandon Jacobs should be everything Ron Dayne wasn't. Jacobs is an absolute bull and will offer a great power complement to starter Tiki Barber.
Philadelphia Eagles: 3
The Eagles drafted DT Mike Patterson in the first round and he should be solid, but not spectacular. I am not overly impressed with second round pick Reggie Brown either. The Eagles had a deep enough roster that they could have taken a few chances with some higher risk prospects but they added nothing of note in the later rounds.
Washington Redskins: 3 1/2
The Redskins had two first rounders and grabbed CB Carlos Rogers and QB of the future Jason Campbell. I really like Campbell but I don't think the Skins really needed a QB. They really should have drafted Mike Williams and Justin Miller. They had too many holes on their roster and they have yet to give QB Patrick Ramsey a fair chance. The Skins did add great talent but I am not sure they added the right any game breakers.
Chicago Bears: 4 1/2
The Bears solidified their offense for the next 10 years with RB Cedrick Benson and WR Mark Bradley as their first 2 picks. I also like QB Kyle Orton in the third round. He has a lot of potential and is a smart QB with plenty of size. The rest of the draft was crap but the first two picks alone are worth a high mark for these NFL Draft grades.
Detroit Lions: 4
WR Mike Williams was a great value pick in the first round but Detroit had no need for another pass catcher. Despite this they do now have the best core of receivers in the NFL. I still don't think Joey Harrington will be able to get the job done. Second round DE Shaun Cody was another great value pick and he will help the Detroit pass rush. I also like S Stanley Wilson, he is a smart player and an underrated athlete. The late round picks were typically weak, with no real upside in any of the players.
Green Bay Packers: 2
First round QB Aaron Rodgers seemed like a great value at 24, but I think Jason Campbell would have been a better fit. Rodgers isn't very big and doesn't seem like a very capable replacement to the legendary Farve. All the rest of the picks were reaches and the Packers added nothing to help their team next year.
Minnesota Vikings: 4 1/2
The Vikings shocked many when they picked WR Troy Williamson over the more heralded Mike Williams. This might turn out to be the right move but either way the Vikes should have traded down a few spots. DE Erasmus James was the second of two first rounders the Vikes had and he makes the Vikings line formidable at least for the next few years. Minnesota also did well in adding RB Ciatrick Fason and OT Marcus Johnson. four or maybe even five picks will contribute next year.
Atlanta Falcons: 3
The Falcons reached in the first round for WR Roddy White. He is a solid prospect but if Atlanta wanted a receiver they should have traded up and added either Mark Clayton or Mike Williams. The Falcons do not have a good track record drafting receivers. DT Jonathan Babineaux was a good fit in the second, but I would have preferred Antajj Hawthorne. I am not sure what the Falcons see in the rest of the players, most will be out of the NFL in a year or two.
Carolina Panthers: 4 1/2
S Thomas Davis will be able to start immediately and will soon become a top defender. I also like the rest of this class for the Panthers. They added lots of quality depth and many picks have the potential to start, although I don't think too much of fourth round QB Stefan LeFors. I do like athletic ILB Adam Sewart, he has the potential to start immediately and was a good value.
New Orleans Saints: 4
The Saints grabbed a beast for the offensive line in round one with Jammal Brown. He is a can't miss prospect and should help protect Aaron Brooks immediately. S Josh Bullocks will be a good special teamer and should develop into a dependable starter. I loved the fifth round selection of QB Adrian McPherson. McPherson was the most athletic QB in the draft and he will have plenty of time to develop in New Orleans. This draft could end up being great if McPherson keeps on the right trail.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5
RB Cadillac Williams was a no brainer in the first round. He had a great career and is will fit perfectly into the Bucks offense. Third round TE Alex Smith could become a starter and WR Larry Brackins could become a great red zone threat. I also like third OT Chris Colmer, he looks like a future starter. Tampa added a lot of potential starters in the draft and I think they had one of the best drafts this year.
Arizona Cardinals: 5
Being a Minnesota native I know what to expect from Dennis Green, he truly always looks for the best athlete available. It has paid off (Randy Moss), and disappointed (Dmitrius Underwood). I think this draft was a slam-dunk for the Cardinals. CB Antrel Rolle looks like a pro bowl player and will fit nicely defending other teams No. 1. RB J.J. Arrington may start next year but the real steal was OLB Darryl Blackstock. Blackstock will start next year and become a great defender for this young team. I really think the Cardinals will improve from this draft.
St. Louis Rams: 4
The Rams added quite a few quality athletes in this year's draft. No. 1 pick OT Alex Barron will take over as a starter right away and become a top tackle for years to come. CB Ronald Bartell jr. and C Richie Incognito are especially intriguing for their superstar potential. S Oshiomogho Atogwe also could become a playmaker in the NFL. As usual the Rams took chances and got a lot of speed.
Seattle Seahawks: 1
The worst draft in this year's class for our NFL Draft grades. Not a single value pick and most were a few rounds to early. C Chris Spencer was particularly bothersome as a first round pick. QB David Greene also made no sense in the third round. I don't even know if this would be a good draft in the CFL.
San Francisco 49ers: 3 1/2
The 49ers grabbed QB Alex Smith with the first overall pick in the draft and I think he will become a great leader. However the 49ers preferred a situation to last year's trade of the No. 1 pick for a bunch of added picks but it never materialized. Smith seems like he could become the kind of player the team needs to get back to their glory days. The team did nothing spectacular with their other picks except for maybe fifth round DT Ronald Fields. Third round RB Frank Gore should be able to step in and become a great third down back immediately. 49ers definitely got better but with the No. 1 spot you would think they would have done more. That's why we didn't rate them as high for these NFL Draft grades.