Ken Murray's draft grades

Nfl Draft

April 30, 2007|By KEN MURRAY

AFC North

Ravens: C

Pick to watch -- Ben Grubbs should be a solid, productive player at RG for years.

Analysis -- They didn't get the successor for LT Jonathan Ogden, which is bad only if Ogden doesn't play past 2007. Otherwise, Ozzie Newsome has upgraded the line again.


1 (29) Ben Grubbs, G, Auburn 3 (74) Yamon Figurs, WR, Kansas State 3 (86) Marshall Yanda, OT, Iowa 4 (134) Antwan Barnes, LB, Florida International 4 (137) Le'Ron McClain, FB, Alabama 5 (174) Troy Smith, QB, Ohio State 6 (207) Prescott Burgess, LB, Michigan

Steelers: C-

Pick to watch -- They are projecting that second-round DE LaMarr Woodley makes the switch to OLB. There are skeptics.

Analysis -- The addition of Lawrence Timmons gives them a solid replacement for Joey Porter. The third-round pick was a blocking tight end.


1 (15) Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida State 2 (46) LaMarr Woodley, DE-LB, Michigan 3 (77) Matt Spaeth, TE, Minnesota 4 (112) Daniel Sepulveda, P, Baylor 4 (132) Ryan McBean, DE, Oklahoma State 5 (156) Cameron Stephenson, G, Rutgers 5 (170) William Gay, DB, Louisville 7 (227) Dallas Baker, WR, Florida

Bengals: D

Pick to watch -- CB Leon Hall may not become a Pro Bowl corner, but he's an improvement on what they had.

Analysis -- They got a backup running back in the second round, which doesn't bode well for Chris Perry. Marvin Lewis needed more defensive help.


1 (18) Leon Hall, CB, Michigan 2 (49) Kenny Irons, RB, Auburn 4 (114) Marvin White, DB, TCU 5 (151) Jeff Rowe, QB, Nevada 6 (187) Matt Toeaina, DT, Oregon 7 (230) Dan Santucci, C, Notre Dame 7 (253) Nedu Ndukwe, DB, Notre Dame

Browns: A

Pick to watch -- The question is how long before Brady Quinn replaces Charlie Frye at quarterback. Shouldn't take long.

Analysis -- Phil Savage did a terrific job getting Quinn after investing his first pick on LT Joe Thomas. Those moves should lay the groundwork. Questionable call on CB Eric Wright (character issues) in the third round, however.


1 (3) Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin 1 (22) Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame 2 (53) Eric Wright, CB, UNLV 5 (140) Brandon McDonald, DB, Memphis 6 (200) Melila Purcell, DE, Hawaii 7 (213) Chase Pittman, DE, LSU 7 (234) Syndric Steptoe, WR, Arizona

AFC East

Patriots: C-

Pick to watch -- S Brandon Meriweather carries some risk because of his indiscreet decisions at Miami, but New England has a strong locker room.

Analysis -- If Meriweather delivers, they have filled a big hole. Coach Bill Belichick did more outside the draft than in it this year to improve the team.


1 (24) Brandon Meriweather, S, Miami 4 (127) Kareem Brown, DT, Miami 5 (171) Clint Oldenburg, OT, Colorado State 6 (180) Justin Rogers, LB, SMU 6 (202) Mike Richardson, DB, Notre Dame 6 (208) Justise Hairston, RB, Central Connecticut State 6 (209) Corey Hilliard, OT, Oklahoma State 7 (211) Oscar Lua, LB, Southern California 7 (247) Mike Elgin, G, Iowa

Jets: B

Pick to watch -- It was a coup to move up for CB Darrelle Revis in the first round. That was a major need and they filled it well.

Analysis -- Getting LB David Harris in the second round was another upgrade. The defense is definitely better.


1 (14) Darrelle Revis, CB, Pittsburgh 2 (47) David Harris, LB, Michigan 6 (177) Jacob Bender, OT, Nicholls State 7 (235) Chansi Stuckey, WR, Clemson

Bills: B-

Pick to watch -- Third-round pick Trent Edwards is certain to become the fans' favorite QB when/if J.P. Losman struggles this season.

Analysis -- They filled their two biggest holes at RB and LB. In case RB Marshawn Lynch has issues, they have a fallback in Dwayne Wright. Paul Posluszny is their kind of linebacker.


1 (12) Marshawn Lynch, RB, California 2 (34) Paul Posluszny, LB, Penn State 3 (92) Trent Edwards, QB, Stanford 4 (111) Dwayne Wright, RB, Fresno State 6 (184) John Wendling, DB, Wyoming 7 (222) Derek Schouman, TE, Boise State 7 (239) C.J. Ah You, DE, Oklahoma

Dolphins: D

Pick to watch -- Was it wise to spend the ninth pick of the draft on a kick returner? Ted Ginn Jr. isn't going to make a big impact at receiver, at least not early.

Analysis -- Passing on Brady Quinn may have been negated by drafting John Beck in the second round, but Ginn and third-round RB Lorenzo Booker will be backups. Strange draft for GM Randy Mueller.


1 (9) Ted Ginn Jr., WR-KR, Ohio State 2 (40) John Beck, QB, BYU 2 (60) Samson Satele, G, Hawaii 3 (71) Lorenzo Booker, RB, Florida State 4 (108) Paul Soliai, DT, Utah 6 (181) Reagan Mauia, RB, Hawaii 6 (l99) Drew Mormino, C, Central Michigan 7 (219) Kelvin Smith, LB, Syracuse 7 (225) Brandon Fields, P, Michigan State 7 (238) Abraham Wright, DE, Colorado

AFC South

Colts: B-

Pick to watch -- They replaced the departed Brandon Stokley with Ohio State's Anthony Gonzalez, who should shine in this offense.

Analysis -- The Colts waited to pick defense until the third and fourth rounds. CB Daymeion Hughes and DT Quinn Pitcock have to play.


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