6. It has been really interesting to watch the way Scott Pioli has drafted over the last three seasons and the contrasting style he has shown from his time in New England. During the past two drafts the Chiefs have picked Dontari Poe, Donald Stephenson, Allen Bailey, Justin Houston and Jonathan Baldwin. All of those players are considered athletes whose on the field performance didn’t match up with their workout numbers.
Now some of those players have worked out and will be very good NFL players, but I have a hard time imagining that Bill Belichick would have allowed Scott Pioli to select most of those players if he was still in New England. I am not judging Pioli either way, I just think it has been really interesting to watch him forge his own identity as a personnel chief.
On the Dontari Poe pick, I feel that the #11 pick overall is a little bit early for a player who hasn’t played to his potential in college. Passing on Fletcher Cox could come back to haunt the Chiefs. It’s certainly not the reach that Tyson Jackson was (I still don’t know what the hell Pioli was thinking there), but I thought there were some other players on the board who could have had a bigger impact on the Chiefs, who aren’t far away from competing. Only time will tell if I am right.
7. I thought the Buffalo Bills had a very solid draft overall, adding quality talent all across the roster. When I look at the Bills draft haul, I don’t see any potential stars, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
They added Stephon Gilmore who like it or not will be thrown into the mix as the number one corner back. Gilmore doesn’t have much experience playing man to man or press coverages, so he might face a bit of a learning curve there. Like I said last week Gilmore is a pretty “clean” CB prospect with no glaring holes in his game.
While I had Cordy Glenn rated highly I thought it was a little questionable that they passed on Jonathan Martin for Glenn, only for the fact that they needed a LT. I thought Martin was a safer pick than Glenn if you are looking for a LT. Glenn is probably the better all around offensive lineman, but with the Bills being set at the OG position, if Glenn can’t play tackle, then where do they put him?
Yes, TJ Graham was a reach, especially when you consider the other receivers who were on the board. He will provide the Bills with a solid return threat, which was a need heading into the draft.
I really like the Ron Brooks pick in the 4th round and I think he will contribute early. I was never a fan of Zebrie Sanders and after seeing him get manhandled at the Senior Bowl, I don’t see him ever becoming an NFL OT. Bradham and Carder are two solid coverage linebackers who will provide depth. Overall it was a solid draft, but outside of Gilmore and maybe Glenn I don’t see a lot of high ceiling impact. I also would have liked to see them add an outside receiving threat for Ryan Fitzpatrick.
8. I really didn’t understand the Tennessee Titans pick of Kendall Wright at #20 in the first round. When you look at and breakdown the Titans roster they had much bigger needs than at wide receiver. They already had Kenny Britt (yes an injury risk), Damian Willams, LaVelle Hawkins and Jared Cook competeing for balls. I’m not sure how much of a difference Wright will make, espcially on a team that prides itself on running the ball.
At the time the Titans took Wright they passed up a number of the top pass rushing prospects which I considered a bigger need. The failed to address the pass rush at all until the 7th round where they took Rice DE Scott Solomon. The Titans hit on their draft across the board last year and it will be interesting to see the impact Kendall Wright makes as opposed to some of the defensive front seven players they could have had.
9. Everyone is a huge fan of Cincinnati’s draft. I am going to hold the horses a little bit on the Bengals as I am not as excited about the overall crop of talent they brought in for different reasons. I have to say it again, but I am reminded of the Bill Belichick saying “We are trying to build a football team, not collect talent.” In my opinion the Bengals have collected talent and aren’t building a team.
On top of that, many of the players they are bringing in have either character or injury concerns. Dre Kirkpatrick was knocked throughout the interview process as someone who came off as cocky and as a questionable character. I didn’t like the Bengals passing on David DeCastro for Kevin Zeitler and I can’t believe more isn’t being made of that. Devon Still, the more I watched the less I liked. Yes, he had 3-4 games this year where he dominated, but down the stretch he disappeared you watch the final three games of the season and you see a completely different player.
I like Mohamed Sanu and I think he will be a solid possession receiver, but he isn’t going to spread the field or run by anyone. Brandon Thompson I am not a fan of, I think he is similar to Still in regards to sometimes he can be great and others he is a no show.
Orson Charles was someone, I liked while watching him early in the year, but he self destructed throughout the process. A DUI right after his pro day and it’s yet another questionable character guy in the locker room. Marvin Jones was a great pick and I think he has a chance to make it.
George Iloka, I started off as a big fan of, but after watching him at the Senior Bowl in person, he is going to struggle in the NFL. At 6’4″ he just can’t turn and run with wide receivers and with the game speeding up even more I think he will be exploited. Then the last pick is Boom Herron, who doesn’t do anything great and has some character concerns of his own.
So, when you look at the Bengals draft don’t just look at where all these guys were ranked on Internet draft boards. Look at the players, ask yourself where they are going to fit in inside the locker room, if they will be content being de-activated on game days and if they will toe the line. There is more to team building than just adding talented players. This is the epitome of a boom or bust draft, and if I had to bet, I think most of these guys will go bust.
10. Another team that I thought had a somewhat questionable draft was the Green Bay Packers. I get the Nick Perry pick and I don’t have a problem with it, although I think he may struggle against more physical and tougher lineman. They needed to upgrade their pass rush opposite Clay Matthews and this is an attempt to do that. I also liked the Casey Hayward selection at the end of the second round. Hayward has very good play skills and finds a way to make a ton of plays, that is a Packer corner back.
Other than those two selections, I have a lot of questions. I’m curious to see how they use Jerel Worthy. Most people, myself included didn’t think Worthy was a great fit in a true 3-4 defense. Mike Daniels is very undersized and probably can only play on one down. Picking him in the fourth round was early in my opinion. The same can be said for Jerron McMillian. No one including McMillian thought he would be drafted in the fourth round, even though he had some outstanding workouts.
Andrew Datko is literally my least favorite player in this years draft. He has awful technique, I think he is soft and has major injury concerns. I don’t even think he makes the practice squad this year. BJ Coleman in the seventh round, I can’t argue with. It will be interesting to see how the Packers use a lot of these players, but on the surface I have some questions about the fits.