Today I will take a look at the AFC East and West draft in review. The AFC North and South will be on Thursday, and The rest of the NFC soon.
Buffalo Bills: Best Pick: CJ Spiller, RB Clemson. Sleeper: Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas St. This was a solid draft, helping them transition to the 3-4 defense. Spiller was a best available pick, and I am surprised they passed on Clausen. Their QB situation is awful. This is a multi-year rebuild.
Miami Dolphins: Best Pick: Koa Misi, OLB, Utah. Sleeper: Nolan Carroll, CB, Maryland. This draft was not flashy at all, but filled needs and provided depth. The Marshall trade counts as the offensive side draft. Passing on a RB could hurt.
New England Patriots: Best Pick: Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona. Sleeper: Taylor Price, WR, Ohio. The Pats obviously value TEs and filled a few spots they needed. Lots of depth here, they stockpiled talent again. Taking mostly 2nd rounders will catch up to them.
New York Jets: Best Pick: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State. Sleeper: Joe McKnight, RB, USC. Another draft with not a lot of picks, the Jets addressed a need at OG. They took a project with Ducasse and cut their starter Faneca. Wilson at CB is taking a player at an extreme team strength. Solid draft, but confusing.
Kansas City Chiefs: Best Pick: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee. Sleeper: Jon Asamoah, OG, Illinois. A very solid draft. Berry is going to be great, McCluster is a versatile weapon, Arenas will at least be a good KR/PR. They have a lot of needs but this will lay a solid foundation to build upon.
Oakland Raiders: Best Pick: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama. Sleeper: Jacoby Ford, WR, Clemson. This was one of my favorite drafts this year. McClain is solid and will contribute right away. They improved their OL and DLs. A few projects here and there will pay off with good coaching. They didn't reach or make any stupid picks. The Raiders will be a dark horse next year, and could be returning to respectability.
Denver Broncos: Best Pick: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech Sleeper: Zane Beadles, OG, Utah. Another confusing draft with Tebow going very high. I like the WRs and OL help, but where do all these guys fit? This is part 2 of 3 in the McDaniels project.
San Diego Chargers: Best Pick: Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State. Sleeper: Donald Butler, LB, Washington. A good draft up top, but later on tailed off. Crompton could be solid in a few years. Mathews filled a huge hole. Soon, the Chargers will see this depth pay off more when some starters leave.