These "pro analysts" are beginning to get a little ridiculous. Every time I check a draft breakdown, or read about the AFC East draft grades, I have to chuckle. These guys hear something from one of their boys, and then all just jump on the bandwagon. Now, while I agree the Ryan Tannehill selection is questionable, which other AFC East team didn't gamble on their first rounders? Not to mention, from round two on, Miami got great value and came away better than expected with players from their draft board. That cannot be said across the board.
New England - The Pats are being praised for their "1st round value pick", in Chandler Jones. I don't get the hype. This guy tallied 10 sacks at Syracuse, over his CAREER. He didn't blow anyone away at the combine, and only became a media sensation towards the end of the draft, because Mike Mayock said he was a stud. Alright then Mr. Mayock, Jones played in only 7 games as a Junior due to injury. He doesn't resemble Dwight Freeney at all on film (Jones was the highest drafted player out of Syracuse since Freeney), and after watching him, you wouldn't exactly consider nabbing him with the 21st pick a steal. While I think the Dont'a Hightower selection was a good one, that also is being blown out of proportion. I hear these analysts saying he can do tremendous things with his hand in the dirt. Hightower is not an exceptional pass rusher at all. Watch 1 on 1 match ups when he is pass rushing, if you can find enough plays to make a sample size. His D Line made a lot of opportunities for him at Alabama,and not to take too much away from him, he's an exceptional blitzer and great at finding lanes to get to the QB quickly when blitzing, but the Pats D Line is simply not as dominant on the NFL level, especially after releasing Mark Anderson and Andre Carter at DE. Hightower is not going to flourish as a pass rusher this season, hold me to that. Moving on from this selection, Tavon Wilson. Kudos, Belichick, on drafting a player that was predicted to be a 6th to UDFA signing, with the 48th overall selection. I hope he starts at safety, that will make Miami's receiving core look like Gods.
New York - Hmmm. Quinton Coples, good pickup at 16. That isn't being sarcastic at all. You simply can't blame an organization for taking a shot on Coples midway through the first round. To me, it looks like Rex Ryan is doing everything he can to avoid another Vernon Gholston. Gholston, who was best known for his "workout warrior" attitude, fizzled and fell out of the league after a couple years, despite going no.6 to the Jets. With Coples, they've essentially drafted the opposite. Questioned constantly for a poor effort, sub par motor and inconsistent play, he possesses all the measurable's and natural abilities to be a complete beast in the NFL (WTF is up with his stupid ass brand though). While he will more than likely be bounced back to DE with the Jets, it all depends on their ability to get the most out of Coples over the course of his time on the Jets roster. That is starting to ask a lot. The Jets organization, and locker room in particular, seems to be a toxic place for athletes to enter. Look at Santonio Holmes, with the same character issues as Coples. What I'm getting at basically, is that if this team reverts to their habits of last year, I can't see Coples overcoming an "individual over team attitude" the rest of the team adopts. Now, look to Stephen Hill. While he is an impeccable H/W/S prospect, he caught under 30 balls last year, and ran a very limited route tree in College. I do believe he was also a worthwhile selection, but I don't see him making an immediate contribution. Throw him in to a group of receivers that became notorious for handling Sanchez' awful play, which are the players he will be spending most of his time with, and I can't see that rubbing off well on him. Regardless, these players have potential, but to give New York a better grade than Miami's haul, I don't think so.
Buffalo - ... Does it really matter ?? I mean, c'mon, it's the Bills!
All I'm saying is, I don't see the hype surrounding other teams drafts' in the division when you compare them to the Dolphins. You can't even properly grade a draft after half a week, and these guys all proceed to say the same shit as the guy before them, as if they're incapable of independent thought. We get a C or C- on about 85-90% of grades for gambling on a player. Well, newsflash, more than half the league gambled on their first round selections, at least. Just so happens our player is a more prominent name, (whether it's due to his smokeshow wife or his actual football ability is another question) and plays an under-the-microscope position in the NFL.