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JEFFRI CHADIHA'S AFC Draft Grades
JEFFRI CHADIHA
May 07, 2007
Miami made a mess, and Cleveland happily cleaned up
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May 07, 2007

Jeffri Chadiha's Afc Draft Grades

Miami made a mess, and Cleveland happily cleaned up

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BROWNS Selected a potentially dominant LT in Wisconsin's Joe Thomas at No. 3 and made the deal with the Cowboys to move up and get QB of the future Brady Quinn of Notre Dame with the 22nd pick. For those decisions alone, the Browns get an A.

RAIDERS Did the smart thing by taking JaMarcus Russell and get bonus points for unloading Randy Moss on the Patriots for a fourth-round pick (used to select Cincinnati cornerback John Bowie). RB Michael Bush of Louisville looks like a fourth-round steal. A--

BILLS Filled major needs with strong value picks, including Cal RB Marshawn Lynch in the first round and Penn State LB Paul Posluszny in the second. Third-round QB Trent Edwards of Stanford provides insurance behind J.P. Losman. A--

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BRONCOS The top priority was to improve the pass rush, so taking DEs Jarvis Moss of Florida and Tim Crowder of Texas with their first two picks made sense. B

JETS Traded up twice to help the defense: First-round pick CB Darrelle Revis of Pitt improves the suspect secondary, and second-round LB David Harris from Michigan strengthens the front seven. B

RAVENS With an aging offensive line, they took the best G in the draft, Ben Grubbs of Auburn, in the first round, then found another potential starter at that position, Iowa's Marshal Yanda, in the third. B

BENGALS Michigan CB Leon Hall was considered a top 10 talent, so Cincy was happy he fell to No. 18. Teamed with CB Johnathan Joseph, a 2006 first-rounder, Hall will significantly upgrade the AFC's worst pass defense. B

STEELERS First two selections, OLB Lawrence Timmons of Florida State and DE LaMarr Woodley of Michigan, should help the transition from a 3--4 defense to the 4--3. B--

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