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Grad­ing each team’s 2015 draft

- By Omar Kelly Staff writer

Here’s the Sun Sen­tinel’s eval­u­a­tion of how all 32 teams did se­lect­ing tal­ent in the 2015 NFL draft:

AFC East

Dol­phins: B The Dol­phins picked up three of the draft’s top 75 prospects in WR DeVante Parker, DT Jor­dan Phillips and RB Jay Ajayi, who was avail­able in the fifth round be­cause of con­cerns about his sur­gi­cally re­paired knee. If Jamil Dou­glas be­comes a solid start­ing guard the draft class is headed in the right di­rec­tion. Bills: C-mi­nus The Bills didn’t have a first-round pick be­cause of last year’s trade which pro­duced Sammy Watkins, but that’s not why the rest of the draft class was un­der­whelm­ing. Out­side of Louisville OG John Miller it is hard to en­vi­sion any of Buf­falo’s picks start­ing as rook­ies. Pa­tri­ots: A-mi­nus The Pa­tri­ots had 11 draft picks and used many of them to land pos­si­ble starters. New Eng­land’s first six se­lec­tions — DT Mal­com Brown, SS Jor­dan Richards, DE’s Ge­neo Gris­som and Trey Flow­ers, and O-line­men Tre Jack­son and Shaq Ma­son — could all be­come im­me­di­ate con­trib­u­tors. Jets: A The Jets landed the top ranked player in the draft in USC D-line­man Leonard Wil­liams, and will add him to a line that’s al­ready dom­i­nant. Ohio State WR Devin Smith is one of this draft’s most danger­ous deep threats, so he should stretch the field for who­ever ends up play­ing quar­ter­back for the Jets.

AFC North

Ravens: B-plus The Ravens drafted Bre­shad Per­ri­man in the first round hop­ing he could re­place Tor­rey Smith as the team’s pri­mary deep threat, and Maxx Wil­liams was the draft’s top rated TE. Iowa DT Carl Davis, USC RB Buck Allen and Ten­nessee State OG Robert My­ers are three late-round gems. Ben­gals: A-plus The Ben­gals have qui­etly put to­gether some of the NFL’s bet­ter drafts this decade, and 2015 is no ex­cep­tion since of­fen­sive line­men Cedric Og­buehi and Jake Fisher, TE Tyler Kroft, LBer Paul Daw­son and CB Josh Shaw could all be­come starters in a year or two. Browns: A-plus The Browns drafted more play­ers (12) than any other team, and nine of them could be­come im­me­di­ate con­trib­u­tors. There might be four rookie starters in this draft class, and se­lect­ing in­jured Ore­gon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu in the sev­enth-round was a bril­liant move be­cause he can spend his rookie sea­son on IR re­hab­bing. Steel­ers: B-mi­nus Half of Pitts­burgh’s eight draft picks are boom or bust type prospects. Pass rusher Bud Dupree, WR Sam­mie Coates, CB Do­ran Grant, DE An­thony Chickillo and FS Gerod Hol­li­man are all tal­ented ath­letes, but they each need a ton of coach­ing to max­i­mize their po­ten­tial.

AFC South

Tex­ans: C-plus Hous­ton’s first three picks — CB Kevin John­son, LB Be­nardrick McKin­ney and WR Jae­len Strong — are all po­ten­tial studs. But the rest of the Tex­ans draft class was fairly dis­ap­point­ing, which is a bit sur­pris­ing. Colts: C-plus Phillip Dorsett was of­ten com­pared to TY Hil­ton in the draft process, and now they are team­mates. FAU CB D’Joun Smith has plenty of up­side, and Josh Robin- son might be a good com­pli­ment for Frank Gore. But the Colts needed a bet­ter safety than UCF’s Clay­ton Geathers, who was se­lected in the fourth round. Jaguars: A The Jaguars made smart, sound draft de­ci­sions with their eight se­lec­tions. Jack­sonville added the best pass rusher in Dante Fowler Jr., and then po­ten­tially beefed up the run­ning game by se­lect­ing T.J. Yel­don and sign­ing OG A.J. Cann. Ti­tans: D-plus The Ti­tans took too ma­jor gam­bles with the team’s first two picks se­lect­ing Mar­cus Mar­i­ota and Do­rial Green-Beckham. Both play­ers could be­come stars, or they could be­come can­cer­ous el­e­ments that kill a regime’s ten­ure. Tail­back David Cobb and C Andy Gal­lick could be late-round gems.

AFC West

Bron­cos: D-plus Putting Shane Ray, who is in the NFL’s drug testing pro­gram fol­low­ing a re­cent ci­ta­tion for pos­ses­sion, in a city where mar­i­juana is legal could be a colos­sal mis­take. Even worse, the Bron­cos took all eight of their rook­ies a round or two too early. Chiefs: B Mar­cus Peters is this draft’s big­gest risk-re­ward player, and OG Mitch Morse, WR Chris Con­ley and CB Steen Nel­son are all solid prospects with a ton of up­side. They’ll need to con­trib­ute as rook­ies for the Chiefs to get back to the play­offs. Raiders: A All five of Oak­land’s early picks —WR Amari Cooper, DE Mario Ed­wards Jr., TE Clive Wal­ford, OG Jon Feli­ciano and LB Ben Heeney — should start at least a cou­ple games as rook­ies. Charg­ers: C-plus Tail­back Melvin Gor­don and ILB Den­zel Per­ry­man should be­come im­me­di­ate starters, and might be trans­for­ma­tive play­ers. But San Diego’s draft class only fea­tured five se­lec­tions, and the re­main­ing three have jour­ney­men writ­ten on them.

NFC East

Cow­boys: C It’s crim­i­nal that the Cow­boys didn’t se­lect a tail­back in the deep­est run­ning back class in the last decade. But Dal­las got elite pass rusher Randy Gre­gory at a good price (a sec­ond-round pick). Gi­ants: C Ereck Flow­ers and Lan­don Collins should be­come im­me­di­ate starters, but the rest of this draft class looks like filler, es­pe­cially Mykkele Thomp­son, Geremy Davis and Bobby Hart, the day three picks. Ea­gles: B-mi­nus Chip Kelly added one good of­fen­sive player — WR Nel­son Agholor — who fits his of­fense per­fectly, and then spent the rest of the draft adding pieces to his lack­lus­ter de­fense. Red­skins: A-mi­nus The Red­skins didn’t have a sexy draft, but they added plenty of big bod­ies — Bran­don Scherff, Pre­ston Smith, Arie Kouand­jio, Austin Reiter — that should help the Red­skins in the trenches.

NFC North

Bears: A Five of the Bears draftees — WR Kevin White, NT Ed­die Gold­man, C Hro­niss Grasu, RB Jeremy Lang­ford, FS Adrian Amos — are solid prospects who could eas­ily be­come the best play­ers at their po­si­tions in four years. Li­ons: D-plus Where are the value picks? The Li­ons first three se­lec­tions — OG Laken Tom­lin­son, RB Ameer Ab­dul­lah, CB Alex Carter — were each drafted a round ear­lier than they should be. Pack­ers: B Green Bay added a cov­er­age FS (Da­mar­i­ous Randall), a CB project (Quin­ten Rollins), and a QB (Brett Hund­ley) that all need a sea­son or two of devel­op­ment. But the Pack­ers are a pa­tient or­ga­ni­za­tion. Vik­ings: A The Vik­ings had 10 draft picks and ended up with seven prospects that should be­come im­me­di­ate con­trib­u­tors, if not starters. WR Ste­fon Diggs might be the best in the batch.

NFC South

Fal­cons: A-mi­nus The Fal­cons first five draft picks — Vic Beasley, Jalen Collins, Tevin Cole- man, Justin Hardy and Grady Jar­rett — all have the po­ten­tial to change the game in a pos­i­tive way. Pan­thers: C-plus Carolina’s first two se­lec­tions — LB Shaq Thomp­son, WR Devin Funchess — are viewed as some of the draft’s most over­hyped prospects. And where’s the O-line help for Cam New­ton? Saints: B There are mixed opin­ions about whether An­drus Peat and Stephone An­thony are wor­thy of be­ing se­lected in the first-round, but the Saints drafted two gems (Hau’oli Kikaha and P.J. Wil­liams) later on. Buc­ca­neers: A-mi­nus Tampa Bay’s first five picks — Jameis Win­ston, Dono­van Smith, Ali Mar­pet, Kwon Alexander and Kenny Bell — are among the draft’s tough­est play­ers at their po­si­tions.

NFC West

Car­di­nals: C The Car­di­nals des­per­ately needed to jump start the run­ning game, but didn’t take a tail­back till the third round, se­lect­ing David John­son. Ari­zona’s draft strat­egy was flawed from the be­gin­ning. Rams: B-mi­nus The Rams drafted with the fu­ture in mind, se­lect­ing Todd Gur­ley in the first round, and for­ti­fy­ing their of­fen­sive line with four new­com­ers who should push to start in a year or two. 49ers: D The 49ers des­per­ately needed an in­side line­backer, and didn’t take one. And plenty of the play­ers San Fran­cisco did se­lect need some pol­ish­ing be­cause of how raw they are. Sea­hawks: C—mi­nus It’s bad enough Seat­tle didn’t have a first-round pick be­cause of the trade to get TE Jimmy Gra­ham, but the Sea­hawks also made a risky sec­ond-round pick (Michi­gan DE Frank Clark).

 ?? CHRIS O’MEARA/AP ?? No. 1 over­all pick Jameis Win­ston, cen­ter, holds his jer­sey as he stands with Tampa Bay GM Ja­son Licht, left, and coach Lovie Smith on Fri­day.
CHRIS O’MEARA/AP No. 1 over­all pick Jameis Win­ston, cen­ter, holds his jer­sey as he stands with Tampa Bay GM Ja­son Licht, left, and coach Lovie Smith on Fri­day.

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