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Old 04-29-2012, 01:04 PM    (permalink
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Here is my take on the Steelers' draft:



1-24) David Decastro G Stanford
-Slam dunk pick. An absolute steal and game changer for a pick.
Grade: A+
2-56) Mike Adams OT Ohio State
-Once again, a very good pick. I wouldn’t have been very happy with him as a first round pick, but as a second round pick, I really do. If he can turn his life around and develop the way everyone believes he can, the Steelers stole another one.
Grade: A
3-86) Sean Spence LB Miami (Fla.)
-At first, I really didn’t like this pick. In fact, I hated it. I still don’t know how he fits the Steelers’ defensive scheme. But after further research, I’m starting to like it. While he is still small and will only be a special teams wizard while he bulks up, the kid is a football player and could be our dime LB real soon.
Grade: C+
4-109) Alameda Ta’Amu NT Washington
-Once again, this is a slam dunk pick. Once considered a first round prospect, injury and weight concerns dropped him. I have never seen a big guy move the way he has and I believe he is the heir apparent to Casey Hampton and will make a similar impact.
Grade: A+
5-159) Chris Rainey RB/WR Florida
-He has character concerns and is very small, but he will be a weapon on offense and special teams for the Steelers. As a rookie he’ll be a special package guy on offense and make an immediate impact on special teams. I liked other RBs before him, but his skill set is top notch.
Grade: B
7-231) Toney Clemons WR Colorado
-Honestly, one of my favorite picks for the Steelers. Maybe it is the fact he is from Western P a, but Clemons has everything you look for in a WR. He runs good routes, he’s big, fast, good hands, good blocker, etc. He’s very undefined as a WR, though. Every year in college he’s had a new HC, WR coach, or OC coaching him something different. The Steelers have struck gold with mid to late round WRs lately and I firmly believe Clemons will make the team as the fifth receiver and make some plays his rookie season.
Grade: B
7-240) David Paulson TE Oregon
-I said nice pick seeing Paulson’s name on the screen yesterday. With Miller, Pope, and Saunders already on the rosters as true TEs, Paulson will be competing with David Johnson for the FB/move TE role in our offense. I do not like the fact he is not that explosive, but could be an underrated receiver in our offense.
Grade: B-
7-246) Terrance Fredrick CB Texas A&M
-I really like this pick. He was a few of the late round slot guys I liked at the cornerback position. The Steelers have 3 young corners in camp that will be competing for the starting job, but I believe Frederick will make an impact in the slot and play special teams immediately. I think he’ll be the fifth CB on the team come September.
Grade: B
7-248) Kelvin Beachum OL SMU
-I’ll be honest, I do not know much about him. Colbert said he’s a very smart guy who can play every position potentially on the line. Tomlin loves guys who can play multiple positions and it’ll be fun to watch Beachum, Legursky, and Essex battle for spots along the OL.
Grade: C

Overview: The Steelers got three potential impact players in DeCastro, Adams, and Ta’Amu, while potentially getting solid role players in Spence, Rainey, Clemons, and Paulson. While DeCastro and Adams are the only starters this year, the Steelers’ special teams will improve and the long term affect of this draft could be great.

Final grade: A
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I posted this in the Packers team board earlier:

2012 Draft Review

1. Nick Perry, DE, USC
Love this pick. Perry is a high potential pass rusher, because of his speed and explosiveness. The outside linebacker spot was a HUGE need for us, so bringing in Perry was the most sensible pick. At 270, he will have to lose some weight, which could help him loosen his hips a bit (his only real concern) and become better suited a linebacker role.

Grade - A

2. Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan
Seeing TT trade up for a player is very rare, so him trading up for Jerel Worthy is a great sign. A great value pick (seen by many as a first round pick) and fills a big need created when Cullen Jenkins left last offseason. Worthy has an explosive first step and was one of the most instinctive defensive lineman in the draft. Its obvious that high on the priority list for Capers. is speed.

Grade - A+

2. Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
TT has officially gone mad. With the first 3 picks in the draft we have improved each level of defense and have done so with great players and great value. Hayward a corner perfectly suited for a zone scheme, should fit right in here. He has the ball skills to challenge Woodson, so he should be a playmaker for this defense. Also a good tackler which was a definite issue last year. What makes this pick even better is that it only cost us a 5th round pick to move up 30 spots.

Grade - A+

4. Mike Daniels, DT, Iowa
What Dom Capers is looking for is even more evident now. Daniels a quick, agile defensive lineman should be a good rotational defensive tackle, who should specialise in pass rushing situations. He was also very productive last season, amassing 9.5 sacks. After grabbing Worthy earlier in the draft, defensive tackle was arguably still a position of need. Daniels will probably never be a starter, but will be a very useful player for our defense.

Grade - B+

4. Jerron McMillian, S, Maine
I confess to not knowing much about this guy, but after hearing Mel Kiper's, TT's and Dom Caper's opinion on him, im starting to warm to the pick. A underrated safety, who excels in tackling and being a disruptive force in a defense. After the loss of Nick Collins, safety was a huge need, making McMillian exactly what we need.

Grade - C+

5. Terrell Manning, ILB, North Carolina State
Another trade up by Ted Thompson and at first many (including me) were questioning the pick. After watching 3 of his games, i completely understand the move. Firstly, Manning was great value here in the 5th round and secondly, he does pretty much everything. He pass rushes with speed and agility, he tackles like a linebacker should and he has great covering skills. He will bring a lot to this defense and is a possible starter once AJ Hawk gets the **** out of Green Bay.

Grade - B+

7. Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State
Datko has issues with his shoulder, but in the 7th round the risk is very minimal. An established offensive tackle, who would be 4th on the depth chart, but if he stays healthy and gets coached like Bulaga and Newhouse did he could be more.

Grade - B

7. BJ Coleman, QB, Chattanooga
It was important for us to pick a QB in this draft and we did with the last pick of the day. Coleman is a very intelligent quarterback, who understands the game very well. He played behind a terrible offensive line and had poor receivers, so his potential has yet to be reached. If we could "Matt Flynn" him and trade him for future picks, this will be a great pick.

Grade - B+

Overall
Our defense was terrible last season, so going all out defense was the best news ever. We also grabbed 3 great players and got to see TT trade up. Because of the first 3 picks, this has to be a A or A+
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Broncos:

36. Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati
57. Brock Osweiler, QB, ASU
67. Ronnie Hillman, RB, SDSU
101. Omar Bolden, CB, ASU
108. Philip Blake, C, Baylor
137. Malik Jackson, DE, Tennessee
188. Danny Trevathan, LB, Kentucky

Not necessarily the names I expected to hear, but addressed most of the main needs - inside pass rush, speed/quickness at RB, competition at interior OL. From a value perspective, I like the later part of the draft better - I can see all four guys picked after 100 end up being solid contributors.

The ugly mark is Osweiler in the 2nd. The assessment of whether this is a good or bad draft will eventually hinge on how he turns out.

Overall: B-
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Our defense was terrible last season, so going all out defense was the best news ever. We also grabbed 3 great players and got to see TT trade up. Because of the first 3 picks, this has to be a A or A+
This.

The Packers had one significant weakness last year; the opponent's passing game.

Solution? With our first six picks we selected four passrushers and two defensive backs, all of whom have a chance to come in and produce this year.

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1.30- AJ Jenkins, WR
2.61- LaMichael James, RB
4.117- Joe Looney, OG
5.165- Darrell Fleming, OLB
6.180-Trent Robinson, S
6.199- Jason Slowey, C
7.237- Cam Johnson, OLB

Notables: Picked up future 3rd, 5th, and 6th rounders in the 2013 draft.

First 2 picks give us playmaking ability. Jenkins is fast, gains seperation, good hands, and good character. He can go deep and intermediate and can find soft spots in the zone. James is a homerun hitter from anywhere on the field and has good vision and breakaway speed. Watch for him on screens. Both should help our 3rd down and red zone inefficiencies.

Joe Looney will compete with 2011 5th rounder Daniel Kilgore for the RG job.

Fleming and Johnson are depth to Aldon and Brooks. Slowey and Robinson are also depth but they may compete for starting spots in a year.

Overall grade: B or B+, around that area.
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cleveland browns:

no grade.

because none of the players have played yet, making it impossible to grade their performance.
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C overall
Got our qb and best player in the draft. Way to much offense for me on what is an atrocious abysmal down right awful defense.
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Giving the Jets a solid A. Didn't expect Coples to be there at all and he's the best pass rusher in this draft (also love Perry)...Hill has the tools the Jets need at WR and was being mocked almost 20 picks higher (not that that is a big deal for the most part since I didn't buy the Texans crap)....Davis IMO was the best true sleeper in the draft (barely heard a peep about him unlike another "sleeper" Brandon Taylor) and I stand by the "young Bart Scott" comp....they finished strong as well with Bush, Ganaway, and Allen as solid picks.

Only issues are that the Giants took McCants a pick before we took the other RG from Baylor and that Ganaway is more competition for Greene than the two speed backs who haven't done much (but even then I figured out why and I'm fine with it).

Their best draft in years on paper. Thought the last great wasn't great on paper and we got ripped for only taking 4 players ('07 Revis Harris whoever else).
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Oakland Raiders

3rd Tony Bergstrom OT/OG Utah Grade: B
Bergstrom might be a round too early, but what he offers to us at LG/RT had to be too much for McKenzie to pass up. Very good size, quick off the snap, and in my mind can be a starting ZBS player for us. He'll likely compete with Carlisle at LG in the pre season.

4th Miles Burris SLB SDSU Grade: A-
As many of you already know I've really liked what I saw from Burris for some time, and thought he'd be a perfect fit as a pass rusher at SLB. Burris is a high motor player that will also bring much needed intinsity to this defense. He and Wheeler should see most the time at SLB this season.

5th Jack Crawford DE Penn State Grade B+
Crawford has been a prospect that the Raiders have been eyeing since the Senior Bowl and looks to be a player that we can plug in right away into our DE rotation. This pick would have been a B grade, but trading down to get the extra 7th has to make this pick get a slighly better grade.

5th Juron Criner WR Arizona Grade: A
I'm a big fan of Criner, and he showed at the Senior Bowl he can easily be productive in the NFL. Criner is a great fit into our WR group, giving Palmer a big red zone target and also a guy who isn't afraid to go over the middle. DHB, Moore and Ford on the outside with Criner and Murphy in the slot sounds good to me.

6th Christo Bilukidi DT Georgia State Grade: C-
Small school prospect that has the size to play at the next level. He will likely need time before he see's any real action, but McKenzie must think this kid could be a run stuffer for this team in the future.

7th Nathan Stupar ILB/WLB Penn State Grade: B
Stupar is a solid prospect that projects as a very solid back up and special teams player. We needed a WLB to back up Curry, and Stupar has 4 career INT's, 10 PBU and 5 sacks. Another solid football player added to the team.

Overall Grade: B+
The media doesn't like to give Oakland much positive press, especially during the draft it seems like but when you look at the circumstances new GM Reggie McKenzie was put in you will understand how this is a solid draft. McKenzie was able to make some very underrated signings this off season finding productive football players on the cheap, something Al Davis would rarely do and would instead over pay for the freak athlete. I think we found 2 starters and 3 rotational players in this draft right away, with Bilukidi being a developmental guy.

I'm still disappointed we passed on guys like Ronnell Lewis, Josh Chapman and others in the mid rounds, but I'm still content with the draft class that McKenzie is bringing in year 1.
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Tampa Bay Bucs

Mark Barron- At first didn't understand the pick, but after more info he's what the Bucs needed on D.

Doug Martin- Getting the second best back and filling a need this pick could be big.

Lavonte David- I think this was the pick of the draft for us. David is everything our LBs are not. Nose for the ball, good tackler etc...

Najee Goode- He is capable of making an immediate impact on special teams.

Keith Tandy- Gunner on SP? Also could be coached up maybe a 4th CB on day.

Michael Smith- Big speed, great 3rd back to have....

Drake Dunsmore- camp body that could be our FB.


Bucs first three picks filled big needs without over drafting the player. Then I think we went with guys who could fill roles with this team. Also if you haven't already found out, if you're a team captain most likely you'll be drafted by the Bucs.
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As a whole I give the Chiefs a B.

Their biggest needs going in to the draft were QB,NT and depth. They filled all of those besides QB which just wasn't going to happen.
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Rams easily get an A

RD 1 - DT Brockers - Run stuffing beast

RD 2 - WR Quick - Rams coaches love him and call him the best WR prospect in draft

RD 2 - CB Jenkins - steal of draft. Best CB in the draft

RD 2 - RB Pead - Rams finally have a change of pace RB to go with SJax

RD 3 - CB Johnson. Big, athletic CB who had 1st round grade by many

RD 4 - WR Givens - Another huge steal. Vertical receiver. Best route runner in draft.

6 studs
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Rams easily get an A

RD 1 - DT Brockers - Run stuffing beast

RD 2 - WR Quick - Rams coaches love him and call him the best WR prospect in draft

RD 2 - CB Jenkins - steal of draft. Best CB in the draft

RD 2 - RB Pead - Rams finally have a change of pace RB to go with SJax

RD 3 - CB Johnson. Big, athletic CB who had 1st round grade by many

RD 4 - WR Givens - Another huge steal. Vertical receiver. Best route runner in draft.

6 studs
agreed, i would easily compare brockers to john henderson, quick to torry holt, janoris jenkins to nnamdi asomugha, pead to brandon jacobs, johnson to champ bailey, and givens to randy moss.
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agreed, i would easily compare brockers to john henderson, quick to torry holt, janoris jenkins to nnamdi asomugha, pead to brandon jacobs, johnson to champ bailey, and givens to randy moss.


I realised when you compared Pead to Brandon Jacobs.
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agreed, i would easily compare brockers to john henderson, quick to torry holt, janoris jenkins to nnamdi asomugha, pead to brandon jacobs, johnson to champ bailey, and givens to randy moss.
Big Rams fan here.....not too sure about the Brockers pick. Would have like to have seen them pick the guard from Stanford that went to the Steelers. Brockers sounds more like a diamond in the rough, and a two win team needs people who can contribute right away. Normally I do not pay much attention to these types of stats (Penn State DL and Miami QB's) but how many LSU players become better than average players in the NFL? Bowe is a stud, Peterson has potential, and Addai had a few good years. I am going to do more research on this topic, but to me, at first glance, LSU players seem to underachieve in the NFL.

I like the pick of Quick. Living in NC and having friends who graduated from there, I follow App State and I think he is going to be a good one. Jenkins is a stud. Just hope he does not end up like Phillips (being a Miami Hurricane fan, I began following him since his days as a high school standout at "the Muck." Was disappointed when he chose Gators). Was hoping they would take Miller or the rb from Oregon, but Pead seems like a good pick. They needed a kicker since they released Brown and got the top rated one in the draft. Would have like to have seen them address their OL and LB needs earlier. Overall, I give them a B-. Do not know much about Givens, but I hear he has good speed and is a good route runner. Those combinations make for a successful wr IMHO.
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Big Rams fan here.....not too sure about the Brockers pick. Would have like to have seen them pick the guard from Stanford that went to the Steelers. Brockers sounds more like a diamond in the rough, and a two win team needs people who can contribute right away. Normally I do not pay much attention to these types of stats (Penn State DL and Miami QB's) but how many LSU players become better than average players in the NFL? Bowe is a stud, Peterson has potential, and Addai had a few good years. I am going to do more research on this topic, but to me, at first glance, LSU players seem to underachieve in the NFL.

I like the pick of Quick. Living in NC and having friends who graduated from there, I follow App State and I think he is going to be a good one. Jenkins is a stud. Just hope he does not end up like Phillips (being a Miami Hurricane fan, I began following him since his days as a high school standout at "the Muck." Was disappointed when he chose Gators). Was hoping they would take Miller or the rb from Oregon, but Pead seems like a good pick. They needed a kicker since they released Brown and got the top rated one in the draft. Would have like to have seen them address their OL and LB needs earlier. Overall, I give them a B-. Do not know much about Givens, but I hear he has good speed and is a good route runner. Those combinations make for a successful wr IMHO.
I would argue that the Rams have absolutely no need to win now. The have a metric ass ton of picks in the earlier part of the draft for this year and next. Let Bradford ease into his prime with no big pressure. Give a bunch of young guys playing time to develop their game. Try to give Jackson yards to bolster his HoF resume or trade him to a contender. With a good draft next year, they should be stocked with enough talent to make plenty of noise in the playoffs.
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agreed, i would easily compare brockers to john henderson, quick to torry holt, janoris jenkins to nnamdi asomugha, pead to brandon jacobs, johnson to champ bailey, and givens to randy moss.


Quick is nothing like Holt. Quick is more like TO. He's 6'4 220 lbs
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Rams easily get an A

RD 1 - DT Brockers - Run stuffing beast

RD 2 - WR Quick - Rams coaches love him and call him the best WR prospect in draft

RD 2 - CB Jenkins - steal of draft. Best CB in the draft

RD 2 - RB Pead - Rams finally have a change of pace RB to go with SJax

RD 3 - CB Johnson. Big, athletic CB who had 1st round grade by many

RD 4 - WR Givens - Another huge steal. Vertical receiver. Best route runner in draft.

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I LOVE the rams draft! The two corners they got are both first round talents IMO, so if they pan out it would be amazing. Not a huge fan of Brockers, but it makes sense, Quick is a very talented receiver and Givens will be a nice compliment to him.
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Titans Draft-

(1st round) Kendall Wright- I watched 4 tapes on him and his smoothness and explosion is just phenomenal. Can stop on a dime and really dangerous in space. Obviously a very good deep threat and really can just eat a cushion up. My only worry is how he will deal with press coverage... but I think he is so quick off the line that few people are going to be able to stay with him. Our offense will be interesting with him and Kenny on the field together and I think he is just a perfect fit at WR for Jake Locker. Losing out on DeCastro still hurts though.

Grade- B or B+

(2nd round) Zach Brown-He is a linebacker with a very finesse game. not a big hitter and just not to much strength in the way he plays. That is the bad. The good is that he can blitz like no ones business. His speed and quickness translates to the field, he has good technique, he can cover he doesn't play himself out of position, and he does not whiff on very many tackles. I think he has a safety skill set in a linebackers body...which in today's NFL, might be a very good thing. The Titans have the prototype on how you want your 4-3 linebackers to look. It will be interesting to see how new Earth, Wind, and Fire LB core looks with Akeem Ayers, Zach Brown, and Colin McCarthy.

Grade- B

(3rd round) Mike Martin- I think his run stuffing is a little overrated and his pass rushing is vastly underrated. He doesn't move as well latterly as you would like for a run stopping DT. However he can penetrate and smash through a double team like no ones business. He plays very well in tunnel and flashes good instincts. He isn't the greatest in pursuit of a QB but he can take away their pocket. He has the ability to force plays which way he wants them to go. I like the way he can compliment Jurrell Casey and especially Karl Klug.

Grade-B+

(4th Round) Coty Sensabaugh- A player I already new a little bit about before hand. He is similar to Tracy Porter in ways but he is going to need a lot more experience before he reaches that level. A one year starter and a leader with a very sad back story of losing his brother and fighting for a spot on the Clemson roster. Has all the talent and speed (4.37) in the world but is going to have to be developed.

Grade- C+


(5th round)- Taylor Thompson-TE- a 6-6 260 pound freak with 4.58 speed. Converted from DE and will play TE in the NFL. The speed and athleticism is supposed to translate, along with a set of what is said to be good hands. The Titans moved up to get him, but he is going to be super raw coming into camp. Smart, tough and loyal. Mike Munchak quoted saying "he will not fail". Seems to be a very interesting developmental pick.

Grade- C or C+

(6th Round) Markelle Martin- He has a great chance to make the team. A great sound tackler that can deliver a pop and has good instincts against the run. He also has good speed and can close in a hurry. The bad is pretty much everything having to do with coverage. Andrew Luck took him to town with pump fakes, as did pretty much every other QB I saw him play against. Just gets fooled in the passing game way to easily. He does do pretty decent in man when he is shadowing, I just don't trust him at all in deep zone. He will make this team because he is instinctive in the box and has starting potential....he needs some work though. Should at least be a good special teams guy with his tackling and run instincts.

Grade- B

(7th Round) Scott Solomon- The Titans traded next years 6th to get into the 7th to take this guy. I saw the spin move, I saw the dip, I saw the rip, I saw the bull rush. Dude is strong as they come out of college at DE. He is quick and has a great motor... the typical white DE. The knock on him will be speed. He ran a 5.0 at the combine and felt good enough about it that he decided to stand on that number at his pro day. I love his personality and we are very thin at DE. I would expect he has a great chance to make this team.

Grade- B+


I wouldn't be surprised to see all of this class to make the final 53. Kendall, Zach, and Mike are locks. Coty and Taylor only have to beat out 2 **** players. Scott and Markelle are on the team because we are paper thin at DE and Safety. This is a very fast and talented class. Can't wait to see how they turn out.
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Bears Draft Grade

This draft showed us that Phillip Emery is not drafting out of a magazine and he is trying to be creative with his picks.

1[19] DE Shea McClellin [Boise State] A-

The Bears needed a DE that can make more dynamic plays that Idonije and that is what McClellin is. McClellin is a high motor, high character player that has sneaky athletic ability and simply makes plays. What makes me love this pick is that with Peppers and Melton collapsing the pocket McClellin's hustle should allow him to make a ton of plays cleaning up after what those guys do. McClellin and his relentless nature are what the Bears thrive on at defense. Emery showed his conviction to the pick by passing on more athletic, but riskier picks in Jones and Mercilus.



2[45] WR Alshon Jeffery [South Carolina] A

This is the pick that will make this draft an franchise defining draft or simply a solid one. Jeffery has top 10 talent and arguably the best hands in the draft. He has everything you look for in a #1 WR except for elite separation skills. Jeffery is not going to be asked to be the #1 in Chicago that is saved for Brandon Marshall. He is going to be asked to come in and physically dominate single coverage across from Marshall. Jeffery provides the Bears with a gigantic WR core and the risk is nothing compared to the possible upside. At worst I think that Jeffery becomes a Michael Jenkins [Vikings], but if he hits this could be the best WR core in the NFL.



3[79] S Brandon Hardin [Oregon St] B-

The Bears had bigger needs than safety so I understand why people did not love this pick. But the safety position is huge for the Cover 2 defense and Major Wright has been injured and inconsistent. On top of Major Wright's injuries Conte finished last season on IR and we do not have anyone with the speed and range to truly back up at those positions. Hardin is a physical freak with the size [6'3" 220lbs] and hitting ability to back up Wright and the speed [4.45] and coverage ability [played CB in college]. Hardin provides a physical freak that can play a number of positions. It would not shock me if he is starting by week 6 at SS.



4[111] TE Evan Rodriguez [Temple] B

TE was not a huge need heading into the draft and Rodriguez does not have the size to be a Gronkowski type of player. All of those criticisms are fair, but what Rodriguez does provide is a weapon and a player that the Bears simply do not have. He is a new type of weapon in the Aaron Hernandez mold and forces teams to prepare for a different type of player. Rodriquez is to big for a CB to cover and he is to fast for a safety to cover. This pick was off the radar, but it makes the Bears more dynamic and dangerous on offense.



6[184] CB Isiaih Frey [Nevade] B


I thought the Bears needed to add CB depth and a developmental player and while I do not know a lot about Frey he seems to have the size and physical ability to one day start in the Cover 2 defense. Frey is a solid player that has played in a zone coverage system and is worth development.



7[220] CB Greg McCoy [Texas Christian] C

As much as I like the Frey pick, I do not see how the Bears are going to keep around 2 developmental CBs. McCoy has physical ability and has shown a lot on special teams, but the Bears have a ton of pure special teams players and could have used a developmental player at another spot. In the end a 7th round pick probably does not have a huge impact on the team, unless they play OL [Webb, Louis]. I do not love the pick of a 2nd deep developmental CB.



Overall I would grade this draft at a B+/A- and I think that Emery was sneaky good in putting this class together.

All I know is this is the most talented Bears roster in my lifetime.
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2012 Draft Grades

Round 1, pick 11: Dontari Poe - NT - Memphis (A+)

Poe was the #2 prospect in the draft on my board for the Chiefs. Massive upside at a position of huge need plus RAC will hopefully equal success. The future of this draft will largely depend on how he plays, but I couldn't have been happier with the pick.

Round 2, pick 44: Jeff Allen - OG - Illinois (A)

Guard was arguably one of our biggest needs and Jeff Allen will be brought along like Jon Asamoah and Rodney Hudson: sitting a year before taking over for Ryan Lilja next year.

Round 3, pick 74: Donald Stephenson - OT - Oklahoma (B+)

At first glance this might have seemed a luxury pick to many, but we only have three OTs on the roster. A swing tackle and perhaps an eventual replacement for Branden Albert was essential in this draft and we wasted no time on addressing it. He is a local KC kid who the Chiefs were very high on and they were afraid he wouldn't be there later. OT/OL depth was a huge concern for this team, so this fits in perfectly.

Round 4, pick 107: Devon Wylie - WR - Fresno State (B)

WR depth was almost as important as OL depth for this team as we didn't re-sign any of our FA WRs. We needed a slot WR and hopefully he can stay healthy and become what Dexter McCluster should have been when we wasted a high second on him.

Round 5, pick 146: DeQuan Menzie - S - Alabama (B+)

One of my favorite picks of this draft, I joked that Pioli still needed to draft his SEC DB, and he got it here in Menzie. A CB in college, he'll convert to S with the Chiefs and play as our third S. RAC ran three S sets more often than not last year, and is even more essential now that Peyton Manning is in the division.

Round 6, pick 182: Cyrus Gray - RB - Texas A&M (A)

I was a big fan of Cyrus last year and RB depth is a need. If Peyton Hillis doesn't work out we have the future change of pace back to pair with Jamaal Charles already on the roster. It doesn't hurt to add some quality depth at a position where both Charles and Hillis missed significant time last year either.

Round 7, pick 218: Jerome Long - DT - SDSU (D)

Projects as a 5tech for the Chiefs but I don't know much about him and I have to think that it's an uphill battle to make the roster at that position. Who knows, but I would have preferred to go any number of different directions with this pick.

Round 7, pick 238: Junior Hemingway - WR - Michigan (C)

I'm not going to scoff at WR depth here either. Getting younger at that position was important as most of the WRs on the depth chart were old as balls and not retained.

Overall: solid B as it stands right now. This draft wasn't sexy but it will be effective for what we needed. We didn't address QB (Ryan Tannehill was my #1 for the Chiefs) but after him there was no real reason to as no one in round two or later would have beat out Cassel anyway.
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Poe, IMHO, may be a bit overrated. However, Allen should be a starter for the next ten years.

Round 1, pick 11: Dontari Poe - NT - Memphis (A+)

Poe was the #2 prospect in the draft on my board for the Chiefs. Massive upside at a position of huge need plus RAC will hopefully equal success. The future of this draft will largely depend on how he plays, but I couldn't have been happier with the pick.

Round 2, pick 44: Jeff Allen - OG - Illinois (A)

Guard was arguably one of our biggest needs and Jeff Allen will be brought along like Jon Asamoah and Rodney Hudson: sitting a year before taking over for Ryan Lilja next year.

Round 3, pick 74: Donald Stephenson - OT - Oklahoma (B+)

At first glance this might have seemed a luxury pick to many, but we only have three OTs on the roster. A swing tackle and perhaps an eventual replacement for Branden Albert was essential in this draft and we wasted no time on addressing it. He is a local KC kid who the Chiefs were very high on and they were afraid he wouldn't be there later. OT/OL depth was a huge concern for this team, so this fits in perfectly.

Round 4, pick 107: Devon Wylie - WR - Fresno State (B)

WR depth was almost as important as OL depth for this team as we didn't re-sign any of our FA WRs. We needed a slot WR and hopefully he can stay healthy and become what Dexter McCluster should have been when we wasted a high second on him.

Round 5, pick 146: DeQuan Menzie - S - Alabama (B+)

One of my favorite picks of this draft, I joked that Pioli still needed to draft his SEC DB, and he got it here in Menzie. A CB in college, he'll convert to S with the Chiefs and play as our third S. RAC ran three S sets more often than not last year, and is even more essential now that Peyton Manning is in the division.

Round 6, pick 182: Cyrus Gray - RB - Texas A&M (A)

I was a big fan of Cyrus last year and RB depth is a need. If Peyton Hillis doesn't work out we have the future change of pace back to pair with Jamaal Charles already on the roster. It doesn't hurt to add some quality depth at a position where both Charles and Hillis missed significant time last year either.

Round 7, pick 218: Jerome Long - DT - SDSU (D)

Projects as a 5tech for the Chiefs but I don't know much about him and I have to think that it's an uphill battle to make the roster at that position. Who knows, but I would have preferred to go any number of different directions with this pick.

Round 7, pick 238: Junior Hemingway - WR - Michigan (C)

I'm not going to scoff at WR depth here either. Getting younger at that position was important as most of the WRs on the depth chart were old as balls and not retained.

Overall: solid B as it stands right now. This draft wasn't sexy but it will be effective for what we needed. We didn't address QB (Ryan Tannehill was my #1 for the Chiefs) but after him there was no real reason to as no one in round two or later would have beat out Cassel anyway.[/quote]
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Round 1, pick 11: Dontari Poe - NT - Memphis (A+)

Poe was the #2 prospect in the draft on my board for the Chiefs. Massive upside at a position of huge need plus RAC will hopefully equal success. The future of this draft will largely depend on how he plays, but I couldn't have been happier with the pick.

Round 2, pick 44: Jeff Allen - OG - Illinois (A)

Guard was arguably one of our biggest needs and Jeff Allen will be brought along like Jon Asamoah and Rodney Hudson: sitting a year before taking over for Ryan Lilja next year.

Round 3, pick 74: Donald Stephenson - OT - Oklahoma (B+)

At first glance this might have seemed a luxury pick to many, but we only have three OTs on the roster. A swing tackle and perhaps an eventual replacement for Branden Albert was essential in this draft and we wasted no time on addressing it. He is a local KC kid who the Chiefs were very high on and they were afraid he wouldn't be there later. OT/OL depth was a huge concern for this team, so this fits in perfectly.

Round 4, pick 107: Devon Wylie - WR - Fresno State (B)

WR depth was almost as important as OL depth for this team as we didn't re-sign any of our FA WRs. We needed a slot WR and hopefully he can stay healthy and become what Dexter McCluster should have been when we wasted a high second on him.

Round 5, pick 146: DeQuan Menzie - S - Alabama (B+)

One of my favorite picks of this draft, I joked that Pioli still needed to draft his SEC DB, and he got it here in Menzie. A CB in college, he'll convert to S with the Chiefs and play as our third S. RAC ran three S sets more often than not last year, and is even more essential now that Peyton Manning is in the division.

Round 6, pick 182: Cyrus Gray - RB - Texas A&M (A)

I was a big fan of Cyrus last year and RB depth is a need. If Peyton Hillis doesn't work out we have the future change of pace back to pair with Jamaal Charles already on the roster. It doesn't hurt to add some quality depth at a position where both Charles and Hillis missed significant time last year either.

Round 7, pick 218: Jerome Long - DT - SDSU (D)

Projects as a 5tech for the Chiefs but I don't know much about him and I have to think that it's an uphill battle to make the roster at that position. Who knows, but I would have preferred to go any number of different directions with this pick.

Round 7, pick 238: Junior Hemingway - WR - Michigan (C)

I'm not going to scoff at WR depth here either. Getting younger at that position was important as most of the WRs on the depth chart were old as balls and not retained.

Overall: solid B as it stands right now. This draft wasn't sexy but it will be effective for what we needed. We didn't address QB (Ryan Tannehill was my #1 for the Chiefs) but after him there was no real reason to as no one in round two or later would have beat out Cassel anyway.
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Do I really have to average it out? Does it matter that much? Really? You're that guy?
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