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NFL DRAFT ANALYSIS: Who made the grade?
BY BILL WILLIAMSON, Pioneer Press
Perhaps the only things more useless than NFL mocks drafts are instant NFL draft grades. But we did the mock, so on with the grades...
Atlanta ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â The Falcons were aggressive in improving on both sides of the ball by taking DeAngelo Hall, the best corner available, at No. 8 and trading up late in the round to help Michael Vick with Ohio State receiver Michael Jenkins.
Detroit ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â Watch out NFC North, Steve Mariucci's offense is becoming fierce. Adding Roy Williams and Kevin Jones makes this young offense potent for years to come.
New England ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â The Super Bowl champ didn't need much but got a lot. Took advantage of stout defensive tackle Vince Wilfork falling in the first round and made some nice additions. Don't forget the trade for Corey Dillon, either.
San Diego ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â Chargers turned the Eli Manning fiasco into gold. They fleeced the Giants and got Philip Rivers, who some in San Diego think will be a better quarterback than Manning.
San Francisco ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â In the final year of the Bill Walsh era, the 49ers did some classic Walsh-like dealing. They traded down twice in the first round and came out with several great prospects, led by Oklahoma State receiver Rashaun Woods.
Vikings ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â The Vikings woke up Saturday with holes at right defensive end and weakside linebacker. By the end of night, they filled both holes with USC star end Kenechi Udeze and Auburn linebacker Dontarrious Thomas. Plus, third-round pick Darrion Scott and fourth-rounders Nat Dorsey and Mewelde Moore have big potential.
Arizona ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â Dennis Green didn't need Larry Fitzgerald Jr., but a star of his caliber will help an already strong receiving corps. Third-round pick Darnell Dockett could be a steal.
Chicago ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â New coach Lovie Smith added to his defensive line nicely with top picks Tommie Harris and Terry Johnson. Defense will begin the new Bears' charge.
Cincinnati ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â Bengals did some nice wheeling and dealing and continue to make personnel strides.
Houston ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â Creative dealing really helped their defense by adding cornerback Dunta Robinson and defensive end Jason Babin in the first round.
Jacksonville ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â The Jaguars filled many holes, starting with the surprise pick of big receiver Reggie Williams at No. 9.
Pittsburgh ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â The Steelers took advantage of quarterback of the future Ben Roethlisberger falling to No 11. Their second pick, Ricardo Colclough, also has strong potential.
New Orleans ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â The Saints' top two picks, defensive end Will Smith and receivers Devery Henderson, were steals.
St. Louis ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â The Rams win with offense, and they showed their fascination with that side of the ball by trading up to take the falling Steven Jackson. Good move.
Tennessee ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â The Titans added several fabulous picks, starting with standout tight end Ben Troupe to replace the retired Frank Wycheck.
Carolina ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â Chris Gamble and Keary Colbert are nice additions, but the Panthers need to help the offensive line.
Cleveland ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â Getting Kellen Winslow was good, but the Browns were taken by the Lions in the deal. Safety Sean Jones was a good choice in the second round.
Oakland ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â It's hard to argue with the choice of Robert Gallery, but Fitzgerald should have been the Raiders' choice.
Philadelphia ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â The Eagles gave up a bunch to trade up and select Shawn Andrews. But if he can't control his weight, they will regret the pick.
Seattle ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â The Seahawks went for need at No. 23 with defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs. They will convert second-round pick Michael Boulware from linebacker to safety. Very risky.
Tampa Bay ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â Not a great class but top-pick Michael Clayton is a star receiver in the making.
Baltimore ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â Ravens didn't have many picks and their top choice, defensive lineman Dwan Edwards, has question marks.
Buffalo ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â Bills trying to upgrade offense and did so with Lee Evans at No. 13, but Evans could have been available in second round. So could quarterback J.P. Losman, who the Bills traded up to pick. They could have been more intelligent in their strategy.
Denver ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â If Tatum Bell becomes as good as Clinton Portis, then this is an A pick. But don't count on it.
Green Bay ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â Made many deals to try to help defense. But none of the choices is a sure thing.
Indianapolis ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â Trading out of the first round won't pay off now, and their other picks weren't inspiring.
Kansas City ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â Very similar to the Colts' draft. Didn't address receiver need.
Miami ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â The Dolphins took Vernon Carey high after giving up a fourth-rounder to the Vikings to move up one spot. They may have panicked.
New York Jets ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â Jonathan Vilma could suffer a career-ending knee injury at any time. Most teams took him off their draft board.
Washington ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â Redskins had just two picks, but safety Sean Taylor at No. 5 will make up for quantity.
Dallas ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â Steven Jackson should be a Cowboy. Passing on the top running back was the dumbest move of the weekend.
New York Giants ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â Manning better be great because the Giants gave up a ton to get him.
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