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NFL Draft Recap: AFC East

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NFL Draft Recap: AFC East

New England Patriots

  • Round 3, Pick 83- Derek Rivers, Defensive End, Youngstown State
  • Round 3, Pick 85- Antonio Garcia, Offensive Tackle, Troy
  • Forfeited one pick for Delflategate
  • Round 4, Pick 131- Deatrich Wise Jr., Defensive End, Arkansas
  • Round 6, Pick 211- Conor McDermott, Offensive Tackle, UCLA

There really isn’t much to say here. The most feared and respected team in the NFL once again opted to trade around their picks for players already in the league, as they gave up most of their picks getting players like Brandin Cooks and Kony Ealy, who make the defending Super Bowl champions even scarier. The addition of Derek Rivers could prove to be a steal, considering his huge upside and comparatively low draft position. Deatrich Wise seems to be getting along fine as camp opens up, and McDermott and Garcia will provide some much needed depth on the offensive line, which has had some injury issues in the last couple of seasons. If you count Ealy and Cooks, the Patriots came away with one hell of a draft haul, and there is no reason as of now to bet against them for next year’s Super Bowl.

Miami Dolphins

  • Round 1, Pick 22- Charles Harris, Defensive End, Missouri
  • Round 2, Pick 54- Raekwon McMillan, Linebacker/Defensive End, Ohio State
  • Round 3, Pick 97- Cordrea Tankersley, Defensive Back, Clemson
  • Round 5, Pick 164- Issac Asiata, Guard, Utah
  • Round 5, Pick 178- Davon Godchaux, Defensive Tackle, LSU
  • Round 6, Pick 194- Vincent Taylor, Defensive Tackle, Oklahoma State
  • Round 7, Pick 237- Isaiah Ford, Wide Receiver, Virginia Tech

Clearly defense was the goal of Adam Gase’s sophomore draft. Charles Harris, Raekwon McMillan, Davon Godchaux, and Vincent Taylor make for an imposing young and ready-to-develop pass rushing corps. Cordrea Tankersley was a steal at that point of the third round and gives Miami a diamond in the rough on the outside. Tankersley played very well in Clemson’s championship season, but was buried in a very talented and deep class. Issac Asiata will provide a big body up front to protect Ryan Tannehill, while Isaiah Ford will provide a new target as Mike Williams leaves the team.

New York Jets

  • Round 1, Pick 6- Jamal Adams, Defensive Back, LSU
  • Round 2, Pick 39- Marcus Maye, Defensive Back, Florida
  • Round 3, Pick 79- ArDarius Stewart, Wide Receiver, Alabama
  • Round 4, Pick 141- Chad Hansen, Wide Receiver, California
  • Round 5, Pick 150- Jordan Leggett, Tight End, Clemson
  • Round 5, Pick 181- Dylan Donahue, Defensive End, West Georgia
  • Round 6, Pick 188- Elijah McGuire, Running Back, Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Round 6, Pick 197- Jeremy Clark, Defensive Back, Michigan
  • Round 6, Pick 204- Derrick Jones, Defensive Back, Ole Miss

Jamal Adams is an absolute robbery, as almost no one expected him to slide out of the top five. This is a home run first pick that should provide a defensive anchor for years to come. Adams is already an amazing talent, but his potential is nowhere close to fulfilled. Pairing him with Marcus Maye, Derrick Jones, and Jeremy Clark, the Jets have brought on a huge youth movement to rebuild their secondary. This new young defense, also with Donahue, will struggle a bit at first, but they will grow into it, likely under Adams’ leadership. Jordan Leggett and ArDarius Stewart are now teammates after being on opposite sides in the NCAA Championship game, but both will bring some quality threats to the offense, as well as Elijah McGuire providing relief for Matt Forte and Bilal Powell. The only question now is which quarterback will helm this new ship and take control of it’s shiny new cannons.

Buffalo Bills

  • Round 1, Pick 27- Tre’Davious White, Defensive Back, LSU
  • Round 2, Pick 37- Zay Jones, Wide Receiver, East Carolina
  • Round 2, Pick 63- Dion Dawkins, Guard, Temple
  • Round 5, Pick 163- Matt Milano, Linebacker, Boston College
  • Round 5, Pick 171- Nathan Peterman, Quarterback, Pittsburgh
  • Round 6, Pick 195- Tanner Vallejo, Linebacker, Boise State

The Bills got two of the more underrated talents in Zay Jones and Tre’Davious White, with White being another quality player getting lost in the depth of the defensive backs in this draft class, and Zay Jones (and all other receivers, really) getting almost no attention, while the likes of Corey Davis, Mike Williams, and John Ross commanded all focus from analysts. Milano and Vallejo bolster the linebacking corps behind Pro Bowler Zach Brown, while Dion Dawkins provides protection for the QB. Speaking of which, Nathan Peterman may have a good chance at competing for the starting job, as Tyrod Taylor will be coming off of an injury. They may not have had many picks, and they may not have been flashy ones, but they filled holes, and that is the ultimate goal.

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