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DRAFT REVIEW: Report cards for every team
Now that the two-day NFL Draft has finally ended, here are the letter-grades for all 32 teams. No pluses or minuses here, everyone gets either A, B, C, D or in one case F.
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NFL Draft Grade: ADALLAS
Drafted 8th in first round ¿ Roy Williams S, Oklahoma
Cowboys' 2002 Draft Picks
Jerry Jones had his best draft since taking over those duties. He made both savvy and practical decisions, which gives the Cowboys four first-round athletes in the top three rounds. S Roy Williams and CB Derek Ross could be studs in the secondary. Ross still needs refinement, but gets his hands on the ball often. WR Antonio Bryant bolsters their passing game while Andre Gurode solidifies the offensive line.
Drafted 13th in first round ¿ Donte¿ Stallworth WR, Tennessee
Saints 2002 Draft Picks
The Saints picked up some potential impact players. WR Donte¿ Stallworth could be a very intriguing addition to their passing game. He complements Joe Horn and Jerome Pathon very well. DE Charles Grant needs to become more consistent, but he has a lot of upside. C LeCharles Bentley could become a solid long-time starter. He¿s a physical presence. LB James Allen, CB Keyuo Craver, and FS Mel Mitchell should provide very solid depth. The Saints will have a lot more depth in pass coverage next season.
Drafted 5th in 1st round ¿ Quentin Jammer CB, Texas
Chargers 2002 Draft Picks
John Butler actually had a solid draft here. Quentin Jammer will be a cornerstone at cornerback and Tonui Fonoti solves the problems the Chargers had getting push from their guards last season. He¿s potentially a Larry Allen-type at some point. Houston Houck could develop OT Matt Anderle into a solid player down the road. Receivers Reche Caldwell and Terry Charles should upgrade their passing game over the long-term. Caldwell is expected to play a key role early. Justin Peelle will provide excellent depth at tight end. Ben Leber joins an already crowded picture at linebacker.
Drafted 26th in 1st round ¿ Lito Sheppard CB, Florida
Eagles 2002 Draft Picks
The Eagles attacked the draft with a vision towards the future. CB Lito Sheppard was an excellent pickup who bolsters their depth in the secondary. Don¿t be surprised if he¿s starting in 2003 and eventually becomes their return specialist after Brian Mitchell retires. CB Sheldon Brown could develop into an excellent nickel corner in a couple years. SS Michael Lewis will work behind Blaine Bishop and eventually could become a very solid starter. LB Tyreo Harrison and DE Raheem Brock were nice pickups.
Drafted 3rd in 1st round ¿ Joey Harrington QB, Oregon
Ravens 2002 Draft Picks
The Lions did a good job in landing their future leader in QB Joey Harrington, but snapping up DE Kalimba Edwards was just as savvy. He could significantly upgrade their production from the right end position at some point. CB Andre Goodman needs some refinement, but brings speed to the secondary. TE John Owens could become a solid blocker. OT Victor Rogers and RB Luke Staley were nice picks in the seventh round after they fell due to injury concerns. Staley could be a solid complementary back at the very least.
NFL Draft Grade: B
Drafted 11th in 1st round ¿Dwight Freeney DE, Syracuse
Colts 2002 Draft Picks
The Colts provided a boost to their defensive line with DE Dwight Freeney and DT Larry Tripplett. Freeney will be put in a position to succeed by their coaching staff. Watch for CB Joe Jefferson to develop into a productive defensive back at some point. David Thornton could provide nice depth at linebacker.
Drafted 24th in 1st round ¿Ed Reed FS, Miami
Ravens 2002 Draft Picks
The Ravens did a nice job beginning to rebuild their defense with S Ed Reed and DE Anthony Weaver. Reed will be a productive player and leader for the Ravens. Weaver is an ideal replacement for Rob Burnett up front. WR Ron Johnson should catch a lot of balls within the short and intermediate areas. He¿ll also contribute inside the red zone. Terry Jones, Jr. should provide solid depth at tight end. The Ravens also picked up solid special teams help here.
Drafted 4th in 1st round ¿ Mike Williams OT, Texas
Bills 2002 Draft Picks
They addressed their run defense with solid pickups DT Justin Bannan, DE Ryan Denney, and SS Coy Wire. WR Josh Reed should bolster the passing game. OT Mike Williams should open holes along the offensive line. Overall, this has to be viewed as a solid draft.
Drafted 27th in 1st round ¿ Mike Rumph CB, Miami, Fla.
49ers 2002 Draft Picks
The 49ers addressed their thin depth in the secondary with CB Mike Rumph, who brings good size and toughness to complement starters Ahmed Plummer and Jason Webster. LB Saleem Rasheed is a great athlete who bolsters their depth. S Kevin Curtis, OG Eric Heitmann, OG Kyle Kosier, and DT Josh Shaw could provide solid depth. K Jeff Chandler could be a solution.
Drafted 30th in 1st round ¿ Kendall Simmons OG, Auburn
Steelers 2002 Draft Picks
The Steelers looked ahead at the future while adding immediate depth. Kendall Simmons should emerge as a stud by 2003. He¿s very physical and nasty. Antwaan Randle-El could replace the hole Bobby Shaw left as the third receiver. He¿s smart, tough, and has quickness out of the slot. He will also help as a return man. Chris Hope adds depth at safety and could eventually push for a starting role in a year or two. Larry Foote bolsters depth and pass coverage ability at linebacker. Verron Haynes could be a Larry Centers-type back while Brett Keisel is a solid fit at defensive end.
NEW YORK JETS
Drafted 22th in the 1st round ¿ Bryan Thomas DE, Alabama-Birmingham
Jets 2002 Draft Picks
The Jets boosted their pass rush with Bryan Thomas, who has excellent burst off the edge. Jon McGraw adds insurance at free safety and could develop into a starter by 2003. Chris Baker will allow the Jets to run a lot of double tight end sets with his feel for the passing game. DT Alan Harper could develop into a penetrator upfront. Jonathan Goodwin could be a nice developmental guy at guard behind Dave Szott.
Drafted 9th in 1st round ¿ John Henderson DT, Tennessee
Jaguars 2002 Draft Picks
John Henderson is a major addition upfront and could form a dominant duo with Marcus Stroud inside. OT Mike Pearson should develop into a solid starter by 2003. I like the pass rush potential of Akin Ayodele. Steve Smith also could surprise people at free safety and on special teams. Hayden Epstein will compete for placekicking duties.
Drafted 10th in 1st round¿ Levi Jones OT, Arizona State
Bengals 2002 Draft Picks
¿Leave It To The Bengals,¿ starring Mike Brown as ¿The Bungle.¿ The Bengals should have taken a player who would make a bigger impact, but they also feel they won¿t have a chance at a top left tackle in a couple years when Richmond Webb retires. Still, they could have traded down a few spots. FS Lamont Thompson and SS Marquand Manuel could be stabilizers inside. Thompson gives them a much needed playmaker at free safety. Matt Schobel gives the Bengals a solid athlete at tight end who is still developing. K Travis Dorsch will push for kicking duties.
Drafted 12th in 1st round ¿ Wendell Bryant DT, Wisconsin
Cardinals 2002 Draft Picks
DT Wendell Bryant is a building block upfront, but will be the center of attention for opposing teams. They further addressed the defensive front with DT Nate Dwyer, a potentially gap plugger and DE Dennis Johnson. Johnson is a developmental guy with a lot of natural pedigree, but needs a boot to his behind to fulfill his potential. LB Levar Fisher could provide solid production as a coverage linebacker. QB Josh McCown is very intriguing. RB Josh Scobey will provide depth at running back.
NFL Draft Grade: CCLEVELAND
Drafted 16th in 1st round ¿ William Green RB, Boston College
Browns 2002 Draft Picks
William Green is still developing, but gives the Browns an intriguing factor back to carry the ground game. WR Andre Davis can make some big plays, but is a little raw in some areas. Picking up C Melvin Fowler was interesting. He¿ll eventually push Dave Wohlabaugh out of town. Ben Taylor and Kevin Bentley should be productive as special teamers. TE Darnell Sanders needs more work, but has potential with his big frame.
Drafted 1st in 1st round ¿ David Carr QB, Fresno State
Texans 2002 Draft Picks
The Texans established their passing game tandem of David Carr and Jabar Gaffney, but it remains to be seen if offensive coordinator Chris Palmer works to Gaffney¿s strengths. OG/C Fred Weary could develop into a starter while OT Chester Pitts is a project. Jonathan Wells could push for time at running back while Jarrod Baxter has potential at fullback. S Roman Walker could play an impact with his physical tools.
Drafted 18th in 1st round ¿ T.J. Duckett RB, Michigan State
Falcons 2002 Draft Picks
They didn¿t pick up any of the star receivers they starve for, but came away with stability for the long-term picture at running back with T.J. Duckett. DE Will Overstreet could add solid depth as a pass rusher. OG Martin Bibla adds solid depth, but could push Robert Garza to center. QB Kurt Kittner was an excellent value pick. WR Kahlil Hill could become a solid fit in the passing game, but is a hit or miss pick.
Drafted 19th in 1st round ¿ Ashley Lelie WR, Hawaii
Broncos 2002 Draft Picks
Some of their later picks are questionable, but they added a playmaker in WR Ashley Lelie and added insurance at running back with Clinton Portis, who is a great fit for their offense. This moves Mike Anderson to fullback. Doubt he¿s smiling.
Drafted 29th in 1st round ¿ Marc Colombo OT, Boston College
Bears 2002 Draft Picks
The Bears feel DE Alex Brown could start and take their pass rush to another level, but he must become more consistent. Bryan Knight also adds to their pass rush depth. They addressed their future along the offensive line with Marc Colombo and Terrence Metcalf. CB Roosevelt Williams is a nice prospect for the secondary. S Bobby Gray should provide solid depth.
Drafted 15th in 1st round ¿ Albert Haynesworth DT, Tennessee
Titans 2002 Draft Picks
Albert Haynesworth has a ton of potential at defensive tackle. I¿m not much of a Tank Williams fan, but he¿s a good fit for what the Titans ask of their strong safeties. They added some numbers at cornerback with Mike Echols and Tony Beckham along with depth at linebacker. They Titans need these guys to emerge quickly so they can re-establish their defensive prowess.
Drafted 17th in 1st round ¿ Phillip Buchanon CB, Miami
Raiders 2002 Draft Picks
Phillip Buchanon will be a difference maker for the Raiders at cornerback and as a return man. LB Napoleon Harris could develop into a stud if he gets a chance to play by 2003. It will depend on how the staff develops him. The rest of their draft is shaky. OT Langston Walker is lazy.
NEW YORK GIANTS
Drafted 14th in 1st round ¿ Jeremy Shockey TE, Miami
Giants 2002 Draft Picks
The Giants accomplished the objectives they set for the passing game. Jeremy Shockey could be a very productive tight end while WR Tim Carter is a developmental prospect with great speed and tools. The only concern is that the Giants have done a poor job of developing wide receivers. Darryl Jones could also provide depth to the passing game. OT Jeff Hatch is a developmental guy.
Drafted 32nd in 1st round ¿ Patrick Ramsey QB, Tulane
Redskins 2002 Draft Picks
Patrick Ramsey could be a very solid passer in Steve Spurrier¿s passing system early on. Ladell Betts could be a nice complementary running back. CB Rashad Bauman will be Darrell Green¿s successor as the nickel back in 2003. WR Cliff Russell has big play potential, but has shaky hands and questionable durability. However, he should fit well as an outside receiver. Reggie Coleman is a good developmental pick for the offensive line. DE Greg Scott has upfield potential, but needs a lot of development.
Drafted 20th in 1st round ¿ Javon Walker WR, Florida State
Packers 2002 Draft Picks
WR Javon Walker still needs further development, but has the tools to become very productive. But will he contribute enough this season? S Marques Anderson could be a nice future starter. FB Najeh Davenport could fill the shoes of Dorsey Levens in the passing game. DL Aaron Kampman bolsters depth.
Drafted 90th in 3rd round ¿ Seth McKinney C, Texas A&M
Dolphins 2002 Draft Picks
Despite not having any first or second round picks, the Dolphins came away with a future starter in C Seth McKinney, who brings a lot of toughness to the offensive line. Randy McMichael could contribute in the passing game due to his athleticism if he becomes more consistent.
Drafted 21st in 1st round ¿ Daniel Graham TE, Colorado
Patriots 2002 Draft Picks
The Patriots finally found the target they¿ve been looking for at tight end in Daniel Graham. Look for him to add balance to their passing game. WR Deion Branch is a Troy Brown-type who adds depth to their passing game. QB Rohan Davey is a little bit of a project, but will step in as their third quarterback. DE Jarvis Green could fit in as a pass rusher.
Drafted 2nd in 1st round ¿ Julius Peppers DE, North Carolina
Panthers 2002 Draft Picks
They addressed two of their major needs early with DE Julius Peppers and RB DeShaun Foster. The Panthers hope Foster could start by 2003, but he must become more consistent than he was in college. He¿s dynamic when he¿s at his best. LB Will Witherspoon provides solid depth. DB Dante Wesley is a nice project due to his physical tools. QB Randy Fasani is a versatile athlete, but needs a lot of development.
Drafted 86th in 3rd round ¿ Marquise Walker WR, Michigan
Buccaneers 2002 Draft Picks
WR Marquise Walker is a very good fit for Jon Gruden¿s passing game. He¿ll be a solid contributor this season. RB Travis Stephens could be a very solid change of pace runner in the club¿s mix and match backfield. S Jermaine Phillips is a nice developmental type who should develop on special teams. CB Tim Wansley could develop into a solid reserve in this system. DE John Stamper is an intriguing project. TE Tracey Wistrom could provide some depth. Aaron Lockett could be a solution as a return specialist. Overall, this wasn¿t a bad job for not having a pick till the third round.
Drafted 31st in 1st round ¿ Robert Thomas LB, UCLA
Rams 2002 Draft Picks
LB Robert Thomas probably wasn¿t a popular choice among many people, but the Rams got a solid football player who could start by 2003 in place of Don Davis. The rest of their picks are all developmental picks and gambles. CB Travis Fisher has good speed, but is raw. RB Lamar Gordon is a speed back who fits this system well. Trung Canidate must be feeling nervous. Eric Crouch is a very good athlete with natural football instincts. I like his potential as a slot receiver.
NFL Draft Grade: DKANSAS CITY
Drafted 6th in 1st round ¿ Ryan Sims DT, North Carolina
Chiefs 2002 Draft Picks
Addressed their problems at defensive tackle with Ryan Sims and Eddie Freeman, which could boost them into playoff contention. But the rest of their picks are questionable.
Drafted 7th in 1st round ¿ Bryant McKinnie OT, Miami, Fla.
Vikings 2002 Draft Picks
OT Bryant McKinnie fills a hole at left tackle, but the Vikings took too many gambles the rest of the way. DB Brian Williams could be a solid contributor at some point while Nick Rogers could find a pass rush role in the future.
NFL Draft Grade: FSEATTLE
Drafted 28th in 1st round ¿ Jerramy Stevens TE, Washington
Seahawks 2002 Draft Picks
The Seahawks picked up a lot of questionable value. TE Jerramy Stevens could develop into a stud at tight end¿if he wants to. He¿s been making strides with his attitude, which is a start. DE Anton Palepoi has intriguing potential as a pass rusher, but is still a little raw and could have been had a little later. CB Kris Richard and DE Rocky Bernard could provide depth. SS Terrea Bierra is a project. OT Matt Hill has potential, but needs a few years to develop a feel for the position.