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NFL Draft 2015: Team Grades Through Round 3

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Through three rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft there has been seven running backs selected, the most offensive tackles selected since 2005, many ridiculous trade rumors and a new Tampa Bay Bucs franchise quarterback.

Let’s take a look at the first three rounds and all 32 teams’ draft grades:

Arizona Cardinals (OT D.J. Humphries, DE Markus Golden, RB David Johnson)

Draft Grade: A

Bruce Arians and Steve Keim have addressed multiple needs with solid value selections. Humphries may be a project at offensive talent but he has solid athleticism and will help protect Carson Palmer, who’s coming off a torn ACL. Golden and Johnson address big time needs as John Abraham (pass rusher) retired and Andre Ellington (running back) has struggled as an every down back.

Atlanta Falcons (OLB Vic Beasley, CB Jalen Collins, RB Tevin Coleman)

Draft Grade: A-

Dan Quinn needed speed and toughness to improve the Atlanta Falcons and he certainly checked off the speed part of the equation. I would have liked to see Atlanta take an offensive lineman to help protect Matt Ryan, but Beasley and Collins fill huge holes for this roster. Beasley will play the LEO position to get after Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Jameis Winston while Collins is a prototype Quinn corner (long, tall, good ball skills).

Baltimore Ravens (WR Breshad Perriman, TE Maxx Williams, DT Carl Davis)

Draft Grade: B+

I’m not high on Perriman just because of his fast 40 time at his UCF Pro Day. He has major questions about his hands and I don’t believe he’ll be a better pro than some of the receivers that were selected in Round two and three (Jaelen Strong). Williams and Davis address critical needs as Dennis Pitta fractured his hip last season and Haloti Ngata has moved onto the Lions. Cornerback is still a position that will need to be addressed.

Buffalo Bills (DB Ronald Darby, LB John Miller)

Draft Grade: C

The Bills did not have a first round pick due to the Watkins trade last year and selecting Darby was a position that is loaded on Rex Ryan’s defense. Miller does give the Bills much needed linebacker depth but offensive line remains an issue.

Carolina Panthers (LB/S Shaq Thompson, WR Devin Funchess)

Draft Grade: B

Thompson has a ton of versatility as he played running back, safety and linebacker in college but I’m not a big fan of the Funchess selection. Ron Rivera already has a big receiver in Kelvin Benjamin, so the Panthers need SPEED at that wide out position. Offensive line remains a need as well.

Chicago Bears (WR Kevin White, DT Eddie Goldmon, OL Hroniss Grasu)

Draft Grade: A

John Fox, Ryan Pace and the Bears have a plethora of holes on their roster and it all starts with the wide receiver position and defense. Goldmon is inconsistent at times but gives them a big body up front while Kevin White, and his intriguing personality, can step in immediately and take over for Brandon Marshall. Apparently he already had dinner with quarterback Jay Cutler.

Cincinnati Bengals (OT Cedric Ogbuehi, OT Jake Fisher, LB Paul Dawson)

Draft Grade: B+

The Bengals are set to groom two very talented tackles in Ogbuehi and Fisher with Andre Smith and Andrew Whitworth in the final year of their contracts. Dawson is an aggressive linebacker, who is insurance for Vontaze Burfict, who is coming off major knee surgery. Defensive line now becomes the pressing need.

Cleveland Browns (DT Danny Shelton, OL Cameron Erving, RB Duke Johnson, DL Xavier Cooper)

Draft Grade: C+

Two words: WIDE RECEIVER

Dallas Cowboys (CB Byron Jones, OLB Randy Gregory, OT Chaz Green)

Draft Grade: B-

The Cowboys need a running back (I believe they are targeting Dallas’ very own Jay Ajayi) and they took some huge risks. Jones is a great athlete, but I’m not completely sold on him just because of his Combine numbers. Gregory has major issues off the field, and unless they have a support system in place he could be a bust.

Denver Broncos (DE Shane Ray, OT Ty Sambrailo, TE Jeff Heuerman)

Draft Grade: B+

Wade Phillips is going to have pass rushers coming from everywhere while Peyton Manning gets an underrated offensive tackle to protect him.

Detroit Lions (OL Laken Tomlinson, RB Ameer Abduallah, CB Alex Carter)

Draft Grade: B+

Who’s going to replace Nick Fairley?

Green Bay Packers (S Damarious Randall, DB Quinten Rollins, WR Ty Montgomery)

Draft Grade: A

I absolutely love what the Packers did so far in the first three Rounds. Damarious Randall is the best cover safety in this draft. Quinten Rollins was a basketball player at Miami (Ohio) and was picked by the perfect organization for development. Ty Montgomery is a dynamic weapon for Aaron Rodgers. The Packers continue to chase Seattle.

Houston Texans (CB Kevin Johnson, LB Benardrick McKinney, WR Jaelen Strong)

Draft Grade: A-

I think Kevin Johnson is the best corner in this draft and he will learn behind Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson. McKinney is a physical linebacker, who is solid against the run. And Strong is great value in the third round (teams were concerned about his wrist and didn’t like that he didn’t show up at the Combine re-check).

Indianapolis Colts (WR Phillip Dorsett, DB D’Joun Smith, DE Henry Anderson)

Draft Grade: C+

Who’s stopping the Patriots run game?

Jacksonville Jaguars (OLB Dante Fowler Jr., RB T.J. Yeldon, OL A.J. Cann)

Draft Grade: A-

Fowler is one of the best players in the draft and Yeldon can be a three-down back with Denard Robinson playing as the change of pace back. Cann helps solidify one of the worst offensive lines in the league. I really like what Jacksonville has done over the past two drafts.

Kansas City Chiefs (CB Marcus Peters, OL Mitch Morse, WR Chris Conley, DB Steven Nelson) 

Draft Grade: B+

Marcus Peters is certainly a risk but if anyone can handle him it’s Andy Reid. Maybe Chris Conley and Jeremy Maclin will catch some touchdowns this year. Sorry Kansas City…

Miami Dolphins (WR Devante Parker, DT Jordan Phillips)

Draft Grade: A-

Parker, Kenny Stills, Jarvis Landry, Jordan Cameron and Greg Jennings. Tannehill must be happy. The Dolphins have Suh but depth is key in the AFC East.

Minnesota Vikings (CB Trae Waynes, LB Eric Kendricks, DE Danielle Hunter)

Draft Grade: A

Mike Zimmer runs this team right? Defense…

New England Patriots (DT Malcom Brown, DB Jordan Richards, OLB/DE Geneo Grissom)

Draft Grade: B+

Brown has some large shoes to fill (Vince Wilfork) but this was a tremendous value pick. Belichick must have LOVED Brown because normally he likes to trade to stock pile picks for depth. Richards and Grissom were over-drafted but Belichick loves versatile defenders.

New Orleans Saints (OT Andrus Peat, OLB Stephone Anthony, LB Hau’oli Kikaha, QB Garrett Grayson, CB P.J. Williams)

Draft Grade: A

The Saints defense was brutal so Sean Payton gives Rob Ryan some new weapons. By the way, I love Hau’oli Kikaha. He can be a 10-15 sack machine.

New York Giants (OT Ereck Flowers, S Landon Collins, DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa)

Draft Grade: B+

The Giants win up front. Flowers and Odighizuwa are two very solid selections. I do have concerns about Collins in coverage but it’s way better than what they had before.

New York Jets (DL Leonard Williams, WR Devin Smith, LB Lorenzo Mauldin)

Draft Grade: A

Williams is the best player in the draft and Geno Smith gets a deep threat to go along with Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, Jace Amaro and of course Brandon Marshall. There’s no more excuses for the West Virginia product.

Oakland Raiders (WR Amari Cooper, DE Mario Edwards Jr., TE Clive Walford)

Draft Grade: A

At least the Raiders have done something in the last two years: Draft.

Philadelphia Eagles (WR Nelson Agholor, CB Eric Rowe, OLB Jordan Hicks)

Draft Grade: B-

Agholor and Rowe are perfect for the Eagles. Agholor can step into Kelly’s offense and use his pure route running, sure hands and speed to take over Maclin’s spot. Rowe gives Kelly a versatile defender, who is long and tall in the defensive backfield. Hicks is the one man, who brings this grade down. Over-drafted.

Pittsburgh Steelers (DE Bud Dupree, DB Senquez Golson, WR Sammie Coates)

Draft Grade: A-

Alvin ‘Bud’ Dupree is going to reck havoc as the James Harrison counterpart. If Jarvis Jones develops, watch out Joe Flacco…

San Diego Chargers (RB Melvin Gordon ,LB Denzel Perryman, CB Craig Mager)

Draft Grade: A-

Gordon is the three-down back that the Chargers have been looking for and Perryman gives the Chargers depth at the linebacker position alongside Donald Butler and Manti Te’o.

San Francisco 49ers (DL Arik Armstead, S Jaquiski Tartt, OLB Eli Harold)

Draft Grade: B-

Armstead is a projection as he has yet to show his full potential. Tartt was over-drafted but hey maybe Jimmie Ward gave Jim Tomsula some advice on him. Harold was a great value pick in Round Three.

Seattle Seahawks (WR Tyler Lockett, DE Frank Clark)

Draft Grade: A

The Seahawks didn’t pick until late second round but they hit two home runs. Tyler Lockett can be an Antonio Brown clone. Frank Clark has off-the field concerns but he is in the right place. Seattle will set him straight with their victories.

St. Louis Rams (RB Todd Gurley, OL Rob Havenstein, OL Jamon Brown, QB Sean Mannion)

Draft Grade: A

The Rams may be taking a page from Seattle but I wouldn’t be surprised if it works. Gurley is a top 10 selection and could have gone EVEN HIGHER if not for his knee injury. Some teams had him as the best player on their board. The Rams are going to pound the rock and their biggest need was offensive line. Havenstein and Brown are talented and they will help open up holes for a great duo of backs in Mason and Gurley. The Rams defense is already one of the best in the league so now Nick Foles just has to make plays. Some weapons for Foles would be nice on Day three.

Tampa Bay Bucs (QB Jameis Winston, OL Donovan Smith, OL Ali Marpet)

Draft Grade: B+

Winston is going to be a great player at the NFL level and the offensive line was clearly their second biggest need. Smith wasn’t the player that I thought they should have selected. Jake Fisher was on the board and they passed him up.

Tennessee Titans (QB Marcus Mariota, WR Dorial Green-Beckham, OL Jeremiah Poutasi)

Draft Grade: B

I think Marcus Mariota can be a stud in the NFL but I’m not sure throwing him into the fire is the right decision. In my opinion, the Titans should have taken the Eagles offer for the number two pick but that’s a story for a different day. Dorial Green-Beckham has the chance to be one of the best wide receivers in the NFL if he stays out of trouble and Poutasi is great value in the third round.

Washington Redskins (OL Brandon Scherff, LB Preston Smith, RB Matt Jones)

Draft Grade: B

Scherff was a reach but he’s the best offensive lineman in the draft and the Redskins have to do anything and I mean ANYTHING to help Robert Griffin III. Smith sures up the defensive line and gives them pass rush opposite Ryan Kerrigan. Meanwhile, I’m not sure why they chose Matt Jones. If you have an answer let me know because there were still plenty of more talented backs on the board.

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