We continue our look back at the 2011 draft by taking a look at how the teams in the AFC East and West did. Keep in mind that at this point I feel teams can’t be given a letter grade because the players have not preformed as of yet. So, attached to every team at this point of the progress report will be a Pass or Fail.

I will hand out report cards with letter grades at the end of the 2011 season (hopefully) for all teams and a color grade for each player and track player performance for the next three seasons. The team needs are not listed in any order.


+Compensatory picks

AFC East

Buffalo Bills

Team Needs: OT, QB, DT, DE, OLB, TE

The Bills did a good job in this draft starting it off right with defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, my No. 2 graded player in the draft. Versatile defensive back Aaron Williams was their second-round pick, and he has the ability to play corner or safety with the instincts to align inside at nickel back. Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard will contribute with immediate impact as a defender and core special teams player. PASS

Round Name Pos College Overall

#1 Dareus, Marcell DT Alabama 3

#2 Williams, Aaron DB Texas 34

3 Sheppard, Kelvin LB Louisiana State 68

4 Searcy, Da’Norris S North Carolina 100

4 Hairston, Chris T Clemson 122 from SEATTLE

5 White, Johnny RB North Carolina 133

6 White, Chris LB Mississippi State 169

7 Rogers, Justin CB Richmond 206

+7 Jasper, Michael DT Bethel, Tenn. 245

Team Total: 9

Miami Dolphins

Team Needs: RB, OG, QB, FS, MLB

Mike Pouncey was drafted to fill a need, but he also brings value. I liked the size and production of running back Daniel Thomas; that pick right there is good value. Small-school talent with huge upside in wide receiver Edmond Gates fills out an already talented receiving crop. Running back Charles Clay is another talented and productive runner with natural receiving skills for the next level. PASS

Round Name Pos College Overall

1 Pouncey, Mike C Florida 15

2 Choice to DENVER

2 Thomas, Daniel RB Kansas State 62 from CHICAGO through WASHINGTON

3 Choice to WASHINGTON

4 Gates, Edmond WR Abilene Christian 111

5 Choice to WASHINGTON

6 Clay, Charles RB Tulsa 174 from SAN FRANCISCO through GREEN BAY

6 Choice to GREEN BAY

7 Choice to WASHINGTON

7 Kearse, Frank DT Alabama A&M 231 from NEW YORK JETS through DETROIT, SAN FRANCISCO and GREEN BAY

+7 Wilson, Jimmy CB Montana 235

Team Total: 6

New England Patriots

Team Needs: OLB, DE, OT, OG, RB

The Patriots drafted two offensive tackles in Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon. Both have very good upside and will need to develop quickly in order to protect Tom Brady. Their second pick was Ras-l Dowling (CB), and he has the size all teams covet. I question his toughness and the ability to remain healthy through a 16-game NFL schedule. Running backs Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley both have huge upside and skill set for the next level. The interesting pick is quarterback Ryan Mallett, a player with first-round talent that will need to sit, listen, learn and grow up off the field. In my opinion, the main reason for coach Bill Belichick drafting this player was to keep him off the roster of divisional rival Miami. PASS

Round Name Pos College Overall

1 Solder, Nate T Colorado 17 from OAKLAND

1 Choice to NEW ORLEANS

2 Dowling, Ras-I CB Virginia 33 from CAROLINA

#2 Vereen, Shane RB California 56 from NEW ORLEANS

2 Choice to HOUSTON

#3 Ridley, Stevan RB Louisiana State 73 from HOUSTON

#3 Mallett, Ryan QB Arkansas 74 from MINNESOTA

3 Choice to OAKLAND

4 Choice to OAKLAND

5 Cannon, Marcus T Texas Christian 138 from HOUSTON

5 Smith, Lee TE Marshall 159


6 Carter, Markell LB Central Arkansas 194 from NEW YORK JETS through PHILADELPHIA

7 Williams, Malcolm DB Texas Christian 219 from OAKLAND

7 Choice to ATLANTA

Team Total: 9

New York Jets

Team Needs: OLB, NT, DE, WR, OT, OG

First-round pick, defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, is young with a bunch of talent and high ceiling. Coach Rex Ryan hit a home run with second-round pick nose tackle Kenrick Ellis, a much needed big body in the middle to replace Kris Jenkins. They received great value in wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, a slot machine with good return ability. PASS

Round Name Pos College Overall

#1 Wilkerson, Muhammad DE Temple 30

2 Choice to SAN DIEGO

3 Ellis, Kenrick NT Hampton 94

4 Powell, Bilal RB Louisville 126

5 Kerley, Jeremy WR Texas Christian 153 from PHILADELPHIA



7 McElroy, Greg QB Alabama 208 from ARIZONA

7 McKnight, Scotty WR Colorado 227 from SEATTLE through PHILADELPHIA


Team Total: 6

AFC West

Denver Broncos

Team Needs: DT, OLB, DB, DE, TE

John Fox had to draft an impact player to help a porous defense, and did so by drafting outside linebacker Von Miller with their first-round pick. Miller will line up at the “Sam” (strong side) position, which is used as a blitzing ‘backer, applying consistent pressure off the edge in passing situations. They secured the best safety in the draft in the second round in Rahim Moore, which will improve the back end of the secondary. The Broncos drafted for value while filling several needs. PASS

Round Name Pos College Overall

1 Miller, Von LB Texas A&M 2


#2 Moore, Rahim S UCLA 45 from SAN FRANCISCO

2 Franklin, Orlando T Miami 46 from MIAMI

3 Irving, Nate LB North Carolina State 67

4 Choice to SEATTLE through NEW ENGLAND

4 Carter, Quinton S Oklahoma 108 from SAN FRANCISCO

4 Thomas, Julius TE Portland State 129 from GREEN BAY

5 Choice to KANSAS CITY through TAMPA BAY

6 Choice to MINNESOTA through CLEVELAND

6 Mohamed, Mike LB California 189 from NEW ORLEANS through NEW ENGLAND

7 Green, Virgil TE Nevada 204 from CAROLINA through GREEN BAY

7 Choice to SEATTLE through DETROIT

+7 Beal, Jeremy DE Oklahoma 247

Team Total: 9

Kansas City Chiefs

Team Needs: NT, WR, OT, MLB, OLB

Scott Pioli and the Chiefs added a much-needed weapon with the selection of receiver Jonathan Baldwin. Some projections had him going in the second round because of a diva attitude. His combination of size and speed along with red-zone production will help Kansas City. An interior offensive lineman in Rodney Hudson is a great addition and linebacker Justin Houston brings versatility, production and attitude. Others that will compete for starting jobs and make an impact early in their careers are defensive end Allen Bailey, cornerback Jalil Brown and Ricky Stanzi, who will add depth at the quarterback position. PASS

Round Name Pos College Overall

1 Choice to CLEVELAND

#1 Baldwin, Jonathan WR Pittsburgh 26 from ATLANTA through CLEVELAND

2 Hudson, Rodney C Florida State 55

#3 Houston, Justin LB Georgia 70 from CLEVELAND

3 Bailey, Allen DE Miami 86

4 Brown, Jalil CB Colorado 118

5 Stanzi, Ricky QB Iowa 135 from DENVER through TAMPA BAY

5 Miller, Gabe LB Oregon State 140 from DETROIT

5 Choice to SEATTLE through DETROIT

6 Choice to TAMPA BAY

+6 Powe, Jerrell NT Mississippi 199

7 Bannon, Shane FB Yale 223

Team Total: 9

Oakland Raiders

Team Needs: OT, OG,QB, DB, OLB

The pick of Stefen Wisniewski was a slight shocker in the second round. There were more pressing needs. His uncle Steve, a forfmer Raiders and the team’s assistant offensive line coach, might have had inside influence. While cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke has some limitations, he is athletic. The one player I really like in their drafting process was running back Taiwan Jones who played cornerback most of his career and had big production before fracturing his ankle, missing Eastern Washington’s National Championship game. FAIL

Round Name Pos College Overall

1 Choice to NEW ENGLAND

2 Wisniewski, Stefen C Penn State 48

3 Van Dyke, DeMarcus CB Miami 81

3 Barksdale, Joe T Louisiana State 92 from NEW ENGLAND

4 Chekwa, Chimdi CB Ohio State 113

#4 Jones, Taiwan RB Eastern Washington 125 from NEW ENGLAND

5 Moore, Denarius WR Tennessee 148

6 Gordon, Richard TE Miami 181

7 Choice to NEW ENGLAND

+7 Ausberry, David WR Southern California 241

Team Total: 8

San Diego Chargers

Team Needs: DE, OLB, MLB, OT, WR

General manager A.J. Smith could not pass up playmaking defensive tackle Corey Liuget (an end in their base 3-4), who dropped in their laps. Safety Marcus Gilchrist gives them value and depth at the position. Jonas Mouton is an active linebacker who fits the defensive scheme well. The Chargers drafted a San Diego State Aztec from across town in wide receiver Vincent Brown. He has the skills to develop into a solid possession receiver. Running back Jordan Todman will provide speed and change of pace to a potent passing attack. PASS

Round Name Pos College Overall

#1 Liuget, Corey DE Illinois 18

2 Gilchrist, Marcus DB Clemson 50

2 Mouton, Jonas LB Michigan 61 from NEW YORK JETS

3 Brown, Vincent WR San Diego State 82

3 Wright, Shareece DB Southern California 89 from SEATTLE



#6 Todman, Jordan RB Connecticut 183

+6 Schilling, Stephen T Michigan 201

7 Choice to DALLAS

+7 Gachkar, Andrew LB Missouri 234

Team Total: 8