Let's look briefly -- and in a few cases not-so-briefly -- at nuggets for the 32 teams (click team name to see complete draft class):
Arizona. Stunned by the loss of running back Donald Brown to Indianapolis ... Can Beanie Wells stay healthy and productive as a 233-pound plowhorse between the tackles, the kind of back the Cardinals so desperately want? ... I like instinctive safety Rashad Johnson with the 95th pick.
Atlanta. Needed strong up-the-middle help on defense. Got good value in 299-pound DT Peria Jerry at 24, and inconsistent safety William Moore (55th overall) might be a replacement for the waived (Clubhouse) Lawyer Milloy ... Biggest impact guy will be felt opening day: tight end Tony Gonzalez, acquired Thursday for a second-round pick in 2010. Thomas Dimitroff overpaid for a 33-year-old tight end in year 13, but Dimitroff has proven in 14 months on the job that he doesn't care what you and I and the man in the moon think about things like Sam Baker picked too high at 21, or a two for Gonzalez. He just gets the right players and doesn't beat himself up too much over the compensation.
Baltimore. First two picks were gems for a team that rarely blows the high picks. How do you not love Michael Oher at 23, even with part of the organization frothing at the mouth over the prospect of sitting at Baltimore's original pick in the round and taking Rey Maualuga? ... Ravens have the highest-motor DT in football, Kelly Gregg. Now they just might have a DE to rival Jared Allen for motor -- Utah's Paul Kruger, a first-round prospect on one draft board I know of.
Buffalo. Strange, I thought. Needing a tackle with the loss of Jason Peters in trade to Philly, the Bills really liked Eben Britton (who, from the sound of things, really likes himself, as you'll see in Quote of the Week a few notes south of here), yet put a guard/tackle from Louisville, Eric Wood, over him in an upset ... I like Aaron Maybin, but he didn't have a long apprenticeship at Penn State, starting only a year ... Mystified they didn't take a tackle in eight picks over the weekend.
Carolina. GM Marty Hurney used to cover the Redskins when Bobby Beathard was the GM and traded the next year's first-round pick every year. Hurney's now on a two-year streak of doing the same. Last year, Jeff Otah; excellent value. This year, Everette Brown, a smallish rush end. We shall see ... I like the Syracuse fullback, 246-pound Tony Fiammetta, probably the best blocking back in college football last year, at pick 128. DeAngelo Williams might be better this year with Fiammetta clearing the way.
Cincinnati. Hard to knock this draft. Impossible, quite frankly. Might be the most starry top four since Hunley-Koch-Blados-Esiason of 1984. Andre Smith is a potential star left tackle who needs coaching and someone to lean on him ... Maualuga is the best tackler in the draft and shouldn't have been there when the Bengals picked at 38 ... Michael Johnson, as inconsistent a player as this draft featured, is a pass-rush-prospect steal at 70 ... Chase Coffman could play early as a second TE for Carson Palmer. Nice day for the Bengals.
Cleveland. Saved $7-million or so in annual cap room by dropping from 5 to 17, which could buy a Braylon Edwards extension or a rich free-agent contract with another player ... Alex Mack will be a solid 10-year center ... Two receivers in the second round will keep Edwards honest. Or should ... Now, judging the trade: Tough call. I had one GM say it was a rout for the Jets, another said the Browns won. Not to cop out, but we need time to see how the Browns did. The Browns win, in my opinion, if Abram Elam becomes a solid starter (he should) and if Kenyon Coleman becomes a solid part of the defensive-line rotation (he should). And Mangini loves Brett Ratliff. He's given the kid one NFL chance, and now he's giving him another.
Dallas. A draft only Mel Kiper could love. Who knows these guys? Sounds like a special-teams jamboree in San Antonio this summer.
Denver. I got the feeling Denver was a kid who got $25 from Granny for his birthday, ran out of the house and said, "I better spend this before the old lady tells me to put some in the bank.'' ... Talked to Josh McDaniels, who was clear that "we felt like we had three first-round picks, not two.'' What he meant was taking a 5-9 cornerback Alphonso Smith at No. 37 and dealing next year's first-round pick to get it. Randy Cross has told me a few times what a special player Smith might be. We'll see; Denver had him graded the best corner on the board ... What will always shadow McDaniels, of course, is using the first of two first-round picks on a running back with crying needs across the board on defense. "I've learned the hard way that running backs are hard to come by,'' said McDaniels, "and we thought he was the best one.'' I know this: Robert Ayers, a one-year starting end at Tennessee, had better be able to rush the passer ... I also know this: I do not like a team trading draft picks one year out very often, and this team traded two of next year's stash.
Detroit. Never, ever, ever have I heard a fan base boo the prospect quarterback and wild cheer a linebacker who doesn't sack the quarterback ... Give the glib Matthew Stafford a chance. Spent some time with him in February, and he's a likeable guy with a Dan Fouts arm. The money is stupid, of course, but we're judging players, not salaries ... Getting tight end Brandon Pettigrew has just turned Stafford from a 56-percent passer to 61.
Green Bay. B.J. Raji's the best anchor for a 3-4 in this draft. I don't trust Clay Matthews, but we'll see. Why? He walked onto the USC campus weighing 161 pounds. Is his frame fine, adding 80 pounds in such a short time?
Houston. Durability questions would have made me steer clear of Brian Cushing at 15. But I love the second- and fifth-round picks. Connor (Mike Vrabel) Barwin should be a good situational rusher with his physical gifts, while fifth-rounder James Casey, a tight end from Rice, is as hard-trying a kid as this draft featured. He might be Owen Daniels Jr.
Indianapolis. Hallelujah! The Colts took a beefy DT high in the draft. Someone explain why USC line leader Fili Moala is still sitting there at 56. Great value pick there, but that shouldn't surprise you with Bill Polian behind the curtain.
Jacksonville. If you're going to play smashmouth, and your line stunk last year, and you've just paid your smallish bowling ball of a back big money to be your back of the future, then no, I have no problem with going Eugene Monroe-Eben Britton 1-2 in the draft. None.
Kansas City. Scott Pioli's first draft was like the Patriots' first few with Pioli running the scouting department in New England: blue-collar players who love the game and will work at it. Tyson Jackson may not lead the league in sacks (he had 18.5 in three starting seasons at LSU), but he will lead the team in "yes sirs'' and will play all four spots on the defensive line. I got a good feeling being around the Chiefs for a couple of days, but I don't know if that means they'll be a hustling 6-10 team or a hustling 10-6 team.
Miami. Love Pat White; great pick to run the option. (And stop the silliness, Dolphins, about White having a good shot to beat out Chad Henne as the successor to Chad Pennington. I'm not buying it for a second.) One of the most intriguing prospects of this, or any, draft came in Round 4: 6-4 corner Sean Smith from Utah ... One guy I'd watch closely in camp is Brian Hartline, the Round 4 receiver, because he played special-teams for three years at Ohio State, played slot receiver and split receiver. He's a fascinating prospect.
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