Looking at the 2012 AFC East Draft Classes

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Buffalo Bills

1. Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

2. Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia

3. T.J. Graham, WR, North Carolina State

4. Nigel Bradham, ILB, Florida State

4. Ron Brooks, CB, LSU

5. Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State

5. Tank Carder, ILB, TCU

6. Mark Asper, G, Oregon

7. John Potter, K, Western Michigan

Best Pick: Cordy Glenn: Expected to see him picked in the first round, and the Bills found a solid starter in the second round. He will be an elite guard in the league and the Bills could always use some help along the offensive line.

Worst Pick: T.J. Graham. There were a ton of good receivers on the board at this spot and even though Graham was pretty productive in college, he is a small guy and small guys tend to get tossed around by the ever-growing cornerbacks in the NFL.

Thoughts: The Bills had a solid, unspectacular draft. They added a bunch of players that could grow into role players and a few that could be a bit better. I don’t see Gilmore ever becoming a shutdown corner and the biggest name to come out of this draft could be a guard, which you never want. However, they shored up a pretty horrendous defense and with the moves they made in the offseason, acquiring Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, they didn’t need to add a big name in the draft.

Miami Dolphins

1. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

2. Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

3. Oliver Vernon, DE, Miami

3. Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri

4. Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

5. Josh Kaddu, OLB, Oregon

6. B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan State

7. Kheeston Randall, DT, Texas

7. Rishard Matthews, WR, Nevada

Best Pick: Lamar Miller. I was tempted to put Cunningham here but getting a first round talent in the fourth round is impossible to ignore. Miller has game-breaking speed and will be exciting to watch every time he touches the ball. The Dolphins knew they could find a home run running back late in the draft and they did. As long as Miller stays healthy, he could be a starter in the NFL for a long time. Also a great compliment to oft-injured Reggie Bush.

Worst Pick: Michael Egnew. But not because I don’t like the player. It was the third round and there were WR’s on the board that I felt filled a bigger need. I know we need a big play tight end and Egnew may supply that, but recevier was a bigger need since Brandon Marshall’s exit and there were some great names on the board with this pick. I liked the Cunningham selection but he will be project. Egnew was a luxury pick.

Thoughts: Bottom line, the success or failure of this draft will come down to Ryan Tannehill. If he succeeds, this will be the draft remembered as the one where we found our franchise quarterback. If he doesn’t, it will just be another in the long line of failures. The Dolphins filled most of their needs in this draft and I love the way it turned out, but again we have to wait for Tannehill. Martin will be a solid tackle on the right side and could be Jake Long’s replacement if he doesn’t come back. Vernon is a solid pass rusher. It comes down to Tannehill.