The Miami Dolphins were not the only team drafting over the Thursday to Saturday NFL weekend. The rest of the AFC East drafted as well.
The Dolphins finished the day with seven new members to their roster highlighted by the Charles Harris pick in round one and the Raekwon McMillan pick in round two. But how did the other AFC East teams fare?
New England Patriots:
The defending Super Bowl champions made more noise during the draft for what they didn’t do rather than what they did. They opted to keep Jimmy Garappolo. That decision confirmed what many in league circles had been saying regarding the Patriots resolve not to trade him.
The Patriots only had four picks over the three days and did not make their first pick until round three on day 2 when they selected DE Derek Rivers. They also added offensive lineman Antonio Garcia in the 3rd.
In round four they added DE Deatrich Wise and wrapped their draft in round six with OT Conor McDermott. Overall it was a relatively quiet draft for the Patriots.
Given what the amount of selections they had, they traded a 5th for Mike Gillislee and a first to New Orleans for Brandon Cooks, most grades have been in the “B” range.
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The Bills fired GM Doug Whaley the day after the draft ended (Sunday) but it was Whaley who was working the phones and orchestrated their big move down in round one.
Tre’Davious White – CB – (pickk 27) – Should start day one but is not in the same league (yet) as Stephon Gilmore who now plays for N.E. A very solid pick late in round one.
Zay Jones – WR – round 2 – A speedy outside WR threat that fills a serious need on the Bills offense.
Dion Dawkins – OT – round 2 – a very solid offensive tackle that plays with a lot of intensity.
Matt Milano – LB – Rnd 5
Nathan Peterman – QB – Rnd 5
Tanner Vallejo – LB – Rnd 6
Overall the Bills had a pretty good draft at the front but will need to hope the back-end develops.
New York Jets
The Jets had by far the most picks of the AFC East teams with nine. But did they use them wisely?
Jamal Adams – S -Round 1 – Probably the best or one of the best safety prospects in this class the Jets made a bold move to secure their deep secondary. So much so they drafted two.
Marcus Maye – S -Round 2 – While not lose to Adams talent, Maye is still a solid safety that will pair well with Adams.
ArDarious Stewart – WR – Round 3 – A gifted athlete with the ability to pick up yards after the catch and could develop quickly, if the Jets find a quarterback.
Chad Hanssen – WR – Round 4 – Two safeties back to back in rounds one and two and now two WR’s back to back in 3 and 4. Maybe they are hoping that the odds of one working out will be greater with this approach.
Jordan Leggett – TE – Round 5 – The Jets are hoping that he can develop quickly.
Dylan Donahue – DL – Round 5 – A worthy prospect who will see rotational duties in 2017
Elijah McGuire – RB – Round 6
Jeremy Clark – CB – Round 6
Derrick Jones – CB – Round 6
After looking at many draft grades, the Dolphins were the number one team in the East on most grade scales followed by the Bills and Patriots with the Jets last. Miami’s grades are on another article entirely.