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Ken Murray's draft grades

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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.

Selections

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.

Selections

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.

Selections

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.

Selections

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.

Selections

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.

Selections

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.

Selections

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.

Selections

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.

Selections

1 (32) Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Ohio State 2 (42) Tony Ugoh, OT, Arkansas 3 (95) Daymeion Hughes, CB, California 3 (98) Quinn Pitcock, DT, Ohio State 4 (131) Brannon Condren, DB, Troy 4 (136) Clint Session, LB, Pittsburgh 5 (169) Roy Hall, WR, Ohio State 5 (173) Michael Coe, DB, Alabama State 7 (242) Keyunta Dawson, DE, Texas Tech

Titans: D+

Pick to watch -- S Michael Griffin should make an impact in the secondary right away.

Analysis -- Taking RB Chris Henry in the second round was a major reach. The two receivers the Titans took are borderline prospects.

Selections

1 (19) Michael Griffin, S, Texas 2 (50) Chris Henry, RB, Arizona 3 (80) Paul Williams, WR, Fresno State 4 (115) Leroy Harris, C, N.C. State 4 (128) Chris Davis, WR, Florida State 5 (152) Antonio Johnson, DT, Mississippi State 6 (188) Joel Filani, WR, Texas Tech 6 (204) Jacob Ford, DE, Central Arkansas 6 (206) Ryan Smith, DB, Florida 7 (223) Mike Otto, OT, Purdue

Jaguars: B-

Pick to watch -- FS Reggie Nelson gives them athleticism and speed in the secondary.

Analysis -- They went for athletic players on the first day, then traded up to get Maryland's punter, Adam Podlesh, in Round 4. Hampton LB Justin Durant (second round) may be a find.

Selections

1 (21) Reggie Nelson, S, Florida 2 (48) Justin Durant, LB, Hampton 3 (79) Mike Walker, WR, UCF 4 (101) Adam Podlesh, P, Maryland 4 (113) Brian Smith, DE, Missouri 5 (149) Uche Nwaneri, G, Purdue 5 (150) Josh Gattis, DB, Wake Forest 5 (166) Derek Landri, DT, Notre Dame 7 (229) John Broussard, WR, San Jose State 7 (251) Chad Nkang, LB, Elon 7 (252) Andrew Carnahan, OT, Arizona State

Texans: C-

Pick to watch -- DT Amobi Okoye helps the defensive line and Mario Williams.

Analysis -- Not much after Okoye. WR Jacoby Jones of Lane College has a chance to be a No. 2 receiver.

Selections

1 (10) Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville 3 (73) Jacoby Jones, WR, Lane 4 (123) Fred Bennett, DB, South Carolina 5 (144) Brandon Harrison, DB, Stanford 5 (163) Brandon Frye, OT, Virginia Tech 6 (183) Kasey Studdard, G, Texas 7 (218) Zach Diles, LB, Kansas State

AFC West

Chargers: C-

Pick to watch -- After releasing SS Terrence Kiel, the Chargers traded up to get S Eric Weddle, who needs to play.

Analysis -- LSU WR Craig Davis was a reach in the first round. Weddle could make the biggest impact.

Selections

1 (30) Craig Davis, WR, LSU 2 (37) Eric Weddle, S, Utah 3 (96) Anthony Waters, LB, Clemson 4 (129) Scott Chandler, TE, Iowa 5 (172) Legedu Naanee, WR, Boise State 7 (240) Brandon Siler, LB, Florida

Broncos: F

Pick to watch -- DT Marcus Thomas was suspended and then kicked off Florida's team for failing drug tests. He was probably the most red-flagged player in the draft.

Analysis -- Mike Shanahan has a self-destructive tendency to gamble on talent over character, and he did it again. He traded up in the first round and the fourth for major risks.

Selections

1 (17) Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida 2 (56) Tim Crowder, DE, Texas 3 (70) Ryan Harris, OT, Notre Dame 4 (121) Marcus Thomas, DT, Florida

Chiefs: F

Pick to watch -- DT Tank Tyler is another player of dubious character on a team that has its share.

Analysis -- After getting a receiver in Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs made their annual plunge for suspect defensive tackles and ignored a depleted offensive line.

Selections

1 (23) Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU 2 (54) Turk McBride, DT, Tennessee 3 (82) Tank Tyler, DT, N.C. State 5 (148) Kolby Smith, RB, Louisville 5 (160) Justin Medlock, K, UCLA 6 (196) Herbert Taylor, G, TCU 7 (231) Michael Allan, TE, Whitworth

Raiders: B+

Pick to watch -- After getting four offensive players the first day, the Raiders took a good gamble on Louisville RB Michael Bush to start the second day. If Bush recovers from a broken leg, he's a steal.

Analysis -- This ultimately is the JaMarcus Russell draft, but the Raiders will get immediate offensive help from TE Zach Miller and speedy WR Johnnie Lee Higgins of UTEP.

Selections

1 (1) JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU 2 (38) Zach Miller, TE, Arizona State 3 (65) Quentin Moses, DE, Georgia 3 (91) Mario Henderson, OT, Florida State 3 (99) Johnnie Lee Higgins, WR, UTEP 4 (100) Michael Bush, RB, Louisville 4 (110) John Bowie, DB, Cincinnati 5 (138) Jay Richardson, DE, Ohio State 5 (165) Eric Frampton, DB, Washington State 6 (175) Oren O'Neal, RB, Arkansas State 7 (254) Jontahan Holland, WR, Louisiana Tech

NFC North

Bears: C

Pick to watch -- TE Greg Olsen gives them another offensive weapon, and Rex Grossman needs all he can get.

Analysis -- After Olsen, Dan Bazuin is an athletic, versatile DE who may not be big enough to hold up against the run.

Selections

1 (31) Greg Olsen, TE, Miami 2 (62) Dan Bazuin, DE, Central Michigan 3 (93) Garrett Wolfe, RB, Northern Illinois 3 (94) Michael Okwo, LB, Stanford 4 (130) Josh Beekman, G, Boston Collge 5 (167) Kevin Payne, DB, Louisiana-Monroe 5 (168) Corey Graham, DB, New Hampshire 7 (221) Trumaine McBride, DB, Mississippi 7 (241) Aaron Brant, OT, Iowa State

Packers: B-

Pick to watch -- In getting RB Brandon Jackson, they avoid Marshawn Lynch's baggage - and potential. Jackson could be a good fit, though.

Analysis -- The additions of DT Justin Harrell and SS Aaron Rouse will improve the defense.

Selections

1 (16) Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee 2 (63) Brandon Jackson, RB, Nebraska 3 (78) James Jones, WR, San Jose State 3 (89) Aaron Rouse, S, Virginia Tech 4 (119) Allen Barbre, OT, Missouri Southern 5 (157) David Clowney, WR, Virginia Tech 6 (191) Korey Hall, LB, Boise State 6 (192) Desmond Bishop, LB, California 6 (193) Mason Crosby, K, Colorado 7 (228) DeShawn Wynn, RB, Florida 7 (243) Clark Harris, TE, Rutgers

Vikings: B-

Pick to watch -- If RB Adrian Peterson can avoid the injuries that hampered him at Oklahoma, he may be one of the league's best runners.

Analysis -- Peterson and WR Sidney Rice will fit nicely in Brad Childress' West Coast offense. Marcus McCauley gives them a promising cornerback and returner.

Selections

1 (7) Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma 2 (44) Sidney Rice, WR, South Carolina 3 (72) Marcus McCauley, CB-KR, Fresno State 4 (102) Brian Robison, DE, Texas 5 (146) Aundrae Allison, WR, East Carolina 6 (176) Rufus Alexander, LB, Oklahoma 7 (217) Tyler Thigpen, QB, Coastal Carolina 7 (233) Chandler Williams, WR, Florida International

Lions: B

Pick to watch -- It will be interesting to see if WR Calvin Johnson becomes the next Torry Holt in Mike Martz's pass offense.

Analysis -- Matt Millen was wheeling and dealing through the draft. He improved the team at a number of positions. Now it comes down to coaching.

Selections

1 (2) Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech 2 (43) Drew Stanton, QB, Michigan State 2 (58) Ikaika Alama-Francis, DE, Hawaii 2 (61) Gerald Alexander, DB, Boise State 4 (105) A.J. Davis, DB, N.C. State 4 (117) Manuel Ramirez, G, Texas Tech 5 (158) Johnny Baldwin, LB, Alabama A&M; 7 (255) Ramzee Robinson, DB, Alabama

NFC East

Eagles: C-

Pick to watch -- Andy Reid has moved Donovan McNabb's eventual successor into place with Houston QB Kevin Kolb. Now he has to coach him on the pro offense.

Analysis -- Didn't get a cornerback or safety early enough, but did get a goal-line power runner in Tony Hunt. Victor Abiamiri (Gilman) will provide depth at DE.

Selections

2 (36) Kevin Kolb, QB, Houston 2 (57) Victor Abiamiri, DE, Notre Dame 3 (87) Stewart Bradley, LB, Nebraska 3 (90) Tony Hunt, RB, Penn State 5 (159) C.J. Gaddis, DB, Clemson 5 (162) Brent Celek, TE, Cincinnati 6 (201) Rashad Barksdale, DB, Albany, N.Y 7 (236) Nate Ilaoa, RB, Hawaii

Cowboys: D

Pick to watch -- Washington's Isaiah Stanback won't be a QB, but he may play a Kordell Stewart type of role.

Analysis -- Jerry Jones moved around twice to take DE-OLB Anthony Spencer in the first round, then tried to bolster the offensive line. The Cowboys missed Bill Parcells.

Selections

1 (26) Anthony Spencer, DE-LB, Purdue 3 (67) James Marten, OT, Boston College 4 (103) Isaiah Stanback, QB, Washington 4 (122) Doug Free, OT, Northern Illinois 6 (178) Nick Folk, K, Arizona 6 (195) Deon Anderson, RB, Connecticut 7 (212) Courtney Brown, DB, Cal Poly 7 (237) Alan Ball, DB, Illinois

Giants: B-

Pick to watch -- Polished WR Steve Smith wasn't a need pick, but he'll make the passing game better.

Analysis -- All four first-day picks should contribute, but the defensive picks will be critical, starting with cover CB Aaron Ross.

Selections

1 (20) Aaron Ross, CB, Texas 2 (51) Steve Smith, WR, Southern California 3 (81) Jay Alford, DT, Penn State 4 (116) Zak DeOssie, LB, Brown 5 (153) Kevin Boss, TE, Western Oregon 6 (189) Adam Koets, OT, Oregon State 7 (224) Michael Johnson, DB, Arizona 7 (250) Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Marshall

Redskins: D

Pick to watch -- FS LaRon Landry will complement Sean Taylor nicely.

Analysis -- As good as Landry should be, the Redskins needed to trade out of that spot for more picks. But they don't believe in the draft, so they didn't do it.

Selections

1 (6) LaRon Landry, S, LSU 5 (143) Dallas Sartz, LB, Southern California 6 (179) H.B. Blades, LB, Pittsburgh 6 (205) Jordan Palmer, QB, UTEP 7 (216) Tyler Ecker, TE, Michigan

NFC South

Saints: D

Pick to watch -- WR Robert Meachem's speed will make the Saints' other receivers more dangerous.

Analysis -- The Saints seem to stockpile running backs, and Antonio Pittman is the latest example. Towson University OT Jermon Bushrod got the call late in the fourth round.

Selections

1 (27) Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee 3 (66) Usama Young, DB, Kent State 3 (88) Andy Alleman, G, Akron 4 (107) Antonio Pittman, RB, Ohio State 4 (125) Jermon Bushrod, OT, Towson 5 (145) David Jones, DB, Wingate 7 (220) Marvin Mitchell, LB, Tennessee

Falcons: B

Pick to watch -- CB Chris Houston dropped to the second round and will help Atlanta's battered secondary.

Analysis -- The Falcons' first three picks - DE Jamaal Anderson, G Justin Blalock and Houston - all figure to play this season.

Selections

1 (8) Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas 2 (39) Justin Blalock, G, Texas 2 (41) Chris Houston, CB, Arkansas 3 (75) Laurent Robinson, WR, Illinois State 4 (109) Stephen Nicholas, LB, South Florida 4 (133) Martrez Milner, TE, Georgia 6 (185) Trey Lewis, DT, Washburn 6 (194) David Irons, DB, Auburn 6 (198) Doug Datish, OT, Ohio State 6 (203) Daren Stone, DB, Maine 7 (244) Jason Snelling, RB, Virginia

Panthers: B

Pick to watch -- If WR Dwayne Jarrett can play, he'll help take some pressure off Steve Smith.

Analysis -- The Panthers filled a number of holes, especially with LB Jon Beason, C Ryan Kalil and DE Charles Johnson.

Selections

1 (25) Jon Beason, LB, Miami 2 (45) Dwayne Jarrett, WR, Southern California 2 (59) Ryan Kalil, C, Southern California 3 (83) Charles Johnson, DE, Georgia 4 (118) Ryne Robinson, WR, Miami (Ohio) 5 (155) Dante Rosario, TE, Oregon 5 (164) Tim Shaw, LB, Penn State 7 (226) C.J. Wilson, DB, Baylor

Buccaneers: C

Pick to watch -- Pass rusher Gaines Adams can put some teeth back into the Bucs' tired defense.

Analysis -- The Bucs decided they needed the most help on defense, and got it as late as the fourth round with CB Tanard Jackson.

Selections

1 (4) Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson 2 (35) Arron Sears, G, Tennessee 2 (64) Sabby Piscitelli, DB, Oregon State 3 (68) Quincy Black, LB, New Mexico 4 (106) Tanard Jackson, CB, Syracuse 5 (141) Greg Peterson, DT, N.C. Central 6 (182) Adam Hayward, LB, Portland State 7 (214) Chris Denman, OT, Fresno State 7 (245) Marcus Hamilton, DB, Virginia 7 (246) Ken Darby, RB, Alabama

NFC West

Seahawks: C-

Pick to watch -- Maryland CB Josh Wilson will be the star of this draft class, both in the secondary and returning kicks.

Analysis -- The Seahawks took another shot at shoring up their defensive line in the third and fourth rounds.

Selections

2 (55) Josh Wilson, CB, Maryland 3 (85) Brandon Mebane, DT, California 4 (120) Baraka Atkins, DE, Miami 4 (124) Mansfield Wrotto, G, Georgia Tech 5 (161) Will Herring, LB, Auburn 6 (197) Courtney Taylor, WR, Auburn 6 (210) Jordan Kent, WR, Oregon 7 (232) Steve Vallos, OT, Wake Forest

49ers: B+

Pick to watch -- LB Patrick Willis should be a force in the middle of Mike Nolan's 3-4 defense with his range and pursuit.

Analysis -- The 49ers traded ahead of the Ravens to get OT Joe Staley and got a solid, if unspectacular, WR in the third in Jason Hill.

Selections

1 (11) Patrick Willis, LB, Mississippi 1 (28) Joe Staley, OT, Central Michigan 3 (76) Jason Hill, WR, Washington State 3 (97) Ray McDonald, DE, Florida 4 (104) Jay Moore, LB, Nebraska 4 (126) Dashon Goldson, DB, Washington 4 (135) Joe Cohen, DT, Florida 5 (147) Tarell Brown, DB, Texas 6 (186) Thomas Clayton, RB, Kansas State

Rams: C

Pick to watch -- They got a starter with a lot of upside in DE Adam Carriker.

Analysis -- The Rams picked up serviceable players in the second (RB Brian Leonard) and third (CB Jonathan Wade) rounds. The defense was improved.

Selections

1 (13) Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska 2 (52) Brian Leonard, RB, Rutgers 3 (84) Jonathan Wade, CB, Tennessee 5 (139) Dustin Fry, C, Clemson 5 (154) Clifton Ryan, DT, Michigan State 6 (190) Ken Shackleford, OT, Georgia 7 (248) Keith Jackson, DT, Arkansas 7 (249) Derek Stanley, WR, Wisconsin-Whitewater

Cardinals: C

Pick to watch -- They picked up a first-round talent in the second round when DT Alan Branch fell to them at No. 33.

Analysis -- The Cardinals needed a left tackle and took Levi Brown at No. 5, which was a little high.

Selections

1 (5) Levi Brown, OT, Penn State 2 (33) Alan Branch, DT, Michigan 3 (69) Buster Davis, LB, Florida State 5 (142) Steve Breaston, WR, Michigan 7 (215) Ben Patrick, TE, Delaware

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