By Dave Razzano, Playmaker Correspondent
Baltimore ( C )
DC Jimmy Smith is a “character risk” with loads of talent. WO’s Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss will help the Ravens pass attack. DB Chykie Brown could surprise as a DS/DC combo player. DT Pernell McPhee is an underachiever with potential.
Buffalo ( B )
Love the idea of taking three Defensive players right out of the gate. DT Marcell Dareus will pay immediate dividends. Thought DC Aaron Williams was overrated but can’t have enough DC depth. OT Chris Hairston and RB Johnny White could both surprise as mid round picks.
Cincinnati ( B )
WO A. J. Green is a dynamite receiver. QB Andy Dalton should develop nicely under new Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden. He is both efficient and accurate with the look of a winner. LB Dontay Moch should impact as a Nickel rusher with his 4.35 speed.
Cleveland ( B )
Taking DT Phil Taylor was a tad risky due to his lazy streaks. DE Jabaal Sheard has a motor and will help the pass rush. WO Greg Little is a solid pick who should help Colt McCoy’s progress. FB Owen Marecic is an outstanding all around player who will bring energy. OT Jason Pinkston has starter ability and looks like a late steal.
Denver ( A )
LB Von Miller will help the pass rush but could be a liability in the run game. DS Rahim Moore is a ball hawk who could start as a rookie. OG Orlando Franklin plays with a nasty streak. TE Julius Thomas has loads of upside. DS Quinton Carter brings a physical demeanor. His Oklahoma teammate DE Jeremy Beal looks like a late round find.
Houston ( A )
With one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses, the Texans were smart to add defense early. Their first four picks, DE J J Watt, LB Brooks Reed, DC Brandon Harris and DC Rashad Carmichael could all become rookie starters. Late pick OT Derek Newton is an excellent developmental prospect.
Indianapolis ( B )
OT Anthony Castonzo gives Colts a solid starter at a crucial position. OT Ben Ijalana will take some time to develop. DT Drake Nevis is a high motor, productive player who will help early. RB Delone Carter adds quickness to the backfield.
Jacksonville – ( B )
The obvious key to this draft is Blaine Gabbert, who the Jags traded up to get as their QB of the future. I am not a big Gabbert fan. OL Will Rackley adds quality and versatility to a young offensive line. WO Cecil Shorts was dominant at the small college level, amassing over 60 career TD grabs. DC Rod Issac is a nice sleeper worth following.
Kansas City ( A )
The Chiefs 1st pick WO Jon Baldwin is talented but comes with “character” issues. OC Rodney Hudson should start as a rookie. Middle round picks DE Allen Bailey and DC Jalil Brown are great values. QB Ricky Stanzi brings needed insurance at the game’s most critical position.
Miami ( D )
OC Mike Pouncey is solid but the Dolphins still lack a quality QB. The next two picks of RB Dan Thomas and WO Edmund Gates look like back-up types. Late round DC Jimmy Wilson will contribute early on special teams.
New England ( A )
OT Nate Solder is outstanding and 2nd round pick DC Ras-I-Dowling is a first round talent who fell some due to injuries. RB’s Shane Vereen and Steven Ridley give QB Tom Brady more weapons for an explosive offense. QB Ryan Mallett is a good value pick in the 3rd round.
New York Jets ( B )
Drafting Massive DT’s with the first two picks is smart. Muhammed Wilkerson and Kenrick Ellis should bolster one of the league’s top defenses. RB Bilal Powell is a productive “under the radar” type who will add depth. The sure handed WO Jeremy Kerley is another good mid round value.
Oakland ( C )
I like the Raiders 2nd round pick OC Stefen Wisniewski. Their next pick of DC Demarcus Van Dyke was a forty yard dash reach who didn’t even start in college. DC Chimdi Chekwa and RB Taiwan Jones are great mid round values. Tall WO David Ausberry could be a 7th round steal after being underutilized at USC.
Pittsburgh ( A )
Getting solid starting linemen in DE Cam Heyward and OT Marcus Gilbert show why the rich get richer. I felt DC Curtis Brown was arguably the best cover guy in the draft and a 3rd round steal. LB Chris Carter could be a 5th round gem.
San Diego ( A )
The Chargers drafted smart, starting with DT Corey Liuget, who will start early, and 2nd round pick Marcus Gilchrist who is both fast and athletic in coverage. Mid round picks WO Vincent Brown and DC Shareece Wright are two of my favorite players in the entire draft and should contribute early.
Seattle ( D )
I thought the Hawks reached a bit for OT James Carpenter in the first, especially needing help on defense and at QB. Another offensive lineman was added in OG John Moffitt, who will add depth. LB K. J. Wright will compete for playing time at OLB. DS Mark Legree had 22 picks in college and should boost the special teams in year one.
Tennessee ( A )
The Titans got their QB of the future in Jake Locker, who is outstanding both on/off the field. LB Akeem Ayers needs to be more consistent but has big play potential. 3rd round pick DT Jurell Casey is an absolute steal and makes this one of the league’s better drafts. 5th round DT Karl Klug brings energy and toughness.
Arizona ( A )
The Cards got the best DB in the draft in Pat Peterson as well as the best RB in 2nd round pick Ryan Williams. TE Rob Housler gives the team a speedster at TE. I thought DE Sam Acho was a fourth round steal as one of the better pure pass rushers in the draft. LB Quan Sturdivant was an excellent value pick in the 6th round.
Atlanta ( D )
Though Julio Jones is very talented, I was shocked the Falcons gave up four picks to move up for a WO. Productive LB Akeem Dent was a solid pick. RB Jaquizz Rodgers is talented but extremely tiny at 5’6". OG Andrew Jackson can be a quality back-up with added weight.
Carolina ( D )
The Cam Newton pick will define this draft. I thought he was a major reach and picked purely on potential, which is extremely risky at the top of the draft. After that, it looks like a bunch of back-ups, the best being mid round pick DT Sione Fua and late round grab LB Lawrence Wilson.
Chicago ( D )
The Bears landed a starting ROT in 6’7" Gabe Carimi. The next two picks I thought were reaches, DT Stephen Paea and DS Chris Conte. 5th Round pick QB Nate Enderle has one of the best arms in the draft and could develop nicely.
Dallas ( C )
The extremely athletic OT Tyron Smith could become a great LOT in time. LB Bruce Carter needs to play more physical. RB Demarco Murray is a home run threat but a finesse type. WO Dwayne Harris could surprise, as well as late round gem DC Josh Thomas, who brings a physical demeanor to the Cowboys.
Detroit ( D )
Though not entirely sold on the inconsistent Nick Fairley, I do like the idea of taking defensive linemen early. Thought they should stick with defense but went for WO Titus Young and RB Mikel Leshoure in the 2nd. 7th round pick OT Johnny Culbreath is a developmental type with some potential as a back up only.
Green Bay ( A )
Again, the rich get richer. OT Derek Sherrod is a great value in late one. Randall Cobb is another exciting WO for an explosive offense. LB D J Smith is one of my favorites after amassing over 500 tackles in college. LB Ricky Elmore will fit perfectly as a 3-4 OLB projection.
Minnesota ( B )
It appears the Vikings wanted Jake Locker but settled for Christian Ponder who is talented as a West Coast offense type. Kyle Rudolph is the Vikings TE of the future and a solid pick. Mid round picks DC Brandon Burton and OC Brandon Fusco could both surprise. Late rounder DE Deandre Reed has a good motor and tons of potential and WO Steve Burton was one of the more productive receivers in all of college football the last few years.
New Orleans ( B )
DE Cam Jordan is an instant starter and a solid player in both phases. RB Mark Ingram gives the Saints a big back who can wear down defenses. LB Martez Wilson is a fringe type who “times” a lot faster than he plays. DC Johnny Patrick and DE Greg Romeus are both good late values.
New York Giants ( A )
Not crazy about DC Prince Amukamara but the Giants hit “home runs” after that. DT Marvin Austin should be disruptive early. WO Jerrell Jernigan is explosive on the outside and can also return. Gigantic and athletic OT James Brewer is a 4th round steal who could become a 10 year starter. Like former late round pick Ahmad Bradshaw, the Giants might have found another 7th round running gem in Da’rel Scott.
Philadelphia ( A )
Another quality draft for the Eagles. OG Danny Watkins is solid. DS Jaiwquan Jarrett is a big hitter. DC Curtis Marsh is a speed demon. LB Casey Matthews brings great value in the 4th. PK Alex Henery is one of the better kickers to come out recently. 5th Round picks RB Dion Lewis and OG Julian Vandervelde are both highly productive. LB’s Brian Rolle and Greg Lloyd both bring nasty demeanors and 7th rounder Stanley Havili was the best all around FB in the draft.
San Francisco ( C )
Wasn’t crazy about OB projection Aldon Smith in the early first round. QB Colin Kaepernick has big time upside and will be the 49ers QB of the future. DC Chris Culliver was a “work out” reach in the 3rd. I Love 4th round pick RB Kendall Hunter who should excite fans in year one and was an absolute steal. Mid round WO Ron Johnson is an excellent route runner with nice hands.
St Louis ( B )
Taking DE Robert Quinn in the 1st round was a great move. TE Lance Kendricks was a reach in the 2nd. Taking two of my favorite WO’s back to back, Austin Pettis in 3rd followed by Greg Salas in the 4th round give QB Sam Bradford some needed weapons. Late round LB Jabara Williams brings 4.5 speed and over 500 career tackles to the Rams and could challenge for play time in year one.
Tampa Bay ( A )
I consider this the NFL’s best overall draft. Adding two top 10 defensive linemen in one draft is amazing. DE Adrian Clayborn is outstanding and DE Da’Quan Bowers slid all the way to the middle of the 2nd due to medical concerns. Solid LB Mason adreFoster is versatile, TE Luke Stocker is productive as both blocker and receiver and DS Ahmad Black hits with authority. Late round RB Allen Bradford was one of my most underrated players in this draft.
Washington ( B )
DE Ryan Kerrigan has a non-stop motor and will likely convert to OLB in the Skins 3-4 front. WOs Hankerson, Paul and Robinson give the passing attack a needed boost. RBs Roy Helu and Evan Royster bring both size and versatility. DC Brandyn Thompson was overlooked a bit and is a solid cover guy with ball skills. Late round OG Maurice Hurt from Florida could be a steal.
Dave Razzano is a former NFL scout and Playmaker Mobile correspondent with more than 22 years of professional scouting experience with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals under NFL coaches including Bill Walsh, George Seifert, Chuck Knox and Dick Vermeil. He's been a part of five Super Bowls with three Super Bowl wins (49ers, 1989, 1990; Rams, 2000).