NFL Draft Analysis: AFC East

April 17, 2000

Buffalo

Rd. No. Player Pos. College

1 26 Erik Flowers DE Arizona State

2 58 Travares Tillman S Georgia Tech

3 89 Corey Moore LB Virginia Tech

4 121 Avion Black WR Tennessee State

5 156 Sammy Morris RB Texas Tech

6 194 Leif Larson DT Texas-El Paso

7 233 Drew Haddad WR Buffalo

7 251 Deshon Polk LB Arizona

Pick to watch: LB Corey Moore -- He was a good value pick in the third round.

Analysis: John Butler is a draft guru who hasn't gotten the guru label. The Bills' unsung personnel chief has done an excellent job of turning the team over while keeping it a contender. The goal this year was to maintain a top-ranked defense after being forced to cut Bruce Smith and suffering free-agent losses. The Bills took a lineman and defensive back with their first two picks and then made it 3-for-3 by taking Moore with their third pick when they were surprised he was still on the board. They added two more defensive players later.

Grade: B+

Indianapolis

Rd. No. Player Pos. College

1 28 Rob Morris LB Brigham Young

2 59 Marcus Washington DE Auburn

3 91 David Macklin DB Penn State, 4 122 Josh Williams DT Michigan

5 138 Matt Johnson C Brigham Young

7 235 Rob Renes DT Michigan

7 238 Rodregis Brooks DB Ala.-Birmingham Pick to watch: LB Rob Morris -- He can help a defense that needs it.

Analysis: There was nothing subtle about what the Colts wanted to do in this draft. They had to upgrade a defense that ranked 15th in the league last year to complement their high-octane offense. They went with defense with their first four picks before taking center Matt Johnson in the fifth round. They made it six of seven on defense with their final two picks.

Grade: C+

Miami

Rd. No. Player Pos. College

2 53 Todd Wade OT Mississippi

3 84 Ben Kelly DB Colorado

4 117 Deon Dyer FB North Carolina

5 152 Arturo Freeman DB South Carolina

6 167 Earnest Grant DT Ark.-Pine Bluff

7 232 Jeff Harris DB Georgia

Pick to watch: RB Deon Dyer -- The Dolphins hope he'll be a fourth-round surprise.

Analysis: Dave Wannstedt was handicapped in his first draft because the Dolphins didn't have a first-round choice and wound up with just six overall. He filled the top need in the second round by grabbing offensive tackle Todd Wade. It was the Dolphins' misfortune that New England snapped up Adrian Klemm seven picks in front of them. Except for Dyer, they went with defense the rest of the draft.

Grade: C-

New England

Rd. No. Player Pos. College

2 46 Adrian Klemm OT Hawaii

3 76 J.R. Redmond RB Arizona State

4 127 Greg Robinson-Randall OT Michigan State, 5 141 Dave Stachelski TE Boise State

5 160 Frank Chamberlin LB Boston College, 5 161 Jeff Marriott DT Missouri, 6 188 Antwan Harris DB Virginia

6 199 Tom Brady QB Michigan

6 201 David Nugent DT Purdue

7 226 Casey Tisdale DE New Mexico

7 227 Mondriel Fulcher TE Miami

7 239 Patrick Pass RB Georgia

Pick to watch: RB J.R. Redmond -- He must give the Patriots a running game if they're to rebound.

Analysis: Except for the dubious decision they made to give up their first-round pick for Bill Belichick, the Patriots did as much as they could to improve their running game. Offensive tackle Adrian Klemm had too much value in the second round to pass on for a running back, so they grabbed him and then were happy to see Redmond available in the third round. Redmond had a bizarre senior season, as he was suspended for a game after being duped into a marriage by a secretary as part of a cell phone scam.

Grade: B-

New York Jets

Rd. No. Player Pos. College

1 12 Shaun Ellis DE Tennessee , 1 13 John Abraham LB South Carolina

1 18 Chad Pennington QB Marshall, 1 27 Anthony Becht TE West Virginia, 3 78 Laveranues Coles WR Florida State

5 143 Windrell Hayes WR So. California, 6 179 Tony Scott DB N.C. State

7 218 Richard Seals DT Utah

Pick to watch: WR Laveranues Coles -- A character risk, he could be a third-round bargain if he stays straight.

Analysis: If the Jets hadn't traded Keyshawn Johnson, they could have had a solid draft. Shaun Ellis is a good pass rusher, Chad Pennington could be their quarterback of the future and Coles may have been worth a third-round risk. But trading Johnson for John Abraham and Anthony Becht doesn't make sense unless they're a lot better than advertised. The Johnson trade has coach Al Groh on the hot seat before he coaches a game.

Grade: D

Draft analysis The NFL draft analysis was compiled by Sun staff writer Vito Stellino.

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