NFL Draft Recap: AFC East

I hope everyone had a wonderful draft weekend and enjoyed the first ever virtual draft. As a Jets fan, I know I did! Below here will be the breakdown of each team’s draft. Rather than give each team a letter grade, I am going to rank each teams from who I believe made the most improvements to their team and who I think made the least.

New York Jets Picks:

  • Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
  • Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
  • Ashtyn Davis, S, Cal
  • Jabari Zuniga, DE, Florida
  • Lamical Perine, RB, Florida
  • James Morgan, QB, Florida International
  • Cameron Clark, OT, Charlotte
  • Bryce Hall, CB, Michigan
  • Braden Mann, P, Texas A&M

Absolutely loved this draft by the Jets. Each of these picks will have the opportunity to be very key contributors for this organization for a long time to come. The fact that Denzel Mims and Bryce Hall fell to them is a miracle in it of itself, that the Jets should be thankful for. Mims can come in day 1 and be their number-1 receiver and Hall can easily be a starter for them as well. They gave their QB Sam Darnold protection and weapons at his disposal, aka no reason to fail this year. Also, they found a punter that they can have for a long time. 14 punts of 60+ yards in his career! Jets fans should take this draft as a step in the right direction.

Buffalo Bills Picks:

  • AJ Epenesa, DL, Iowa
  • Zack Moss, RB, Utah
  • Gabriel Davis, WR, UCF
  • Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
  • Tyler Bass, K, Georgia Southern
  • Isaiah Hodgins, WR, Oregon State
  • Dane Jackson, CB, Pitt

Although Buffalo did not have a first round pick, that did not stop them from finding first round talent at their pick. Epenesa will be a difference maker on that already fierce D-line. Zack Moss will work great in tandem with Devin Singletary and they very much needed a big body receiver and found 2 in Gabriel Davis and Isaiah Hodgins. Buffalo did a very solid job here drafting guys that can all make their team and improve it.

Miami Dolphins Picks:

  • Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
  • Austin Jackson, OT, USC
  • Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
  • Robert Hunt, G, Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama
  • Brandon Jones, S, Texas
  • Solomon Kindley, G, Georgia
  • Jason Stowbridge, DT, UNC
  • Curtis Weaver, OLB, Boise State
  • Blake Ferguson, LS, LSU
  • Malcolm Perry, WR, Navy

Miami accumulated a ton of draft picks going into this draft and traded down during the draft to collect more. They also made a trade to acquire Matt Brieda, which could turn out being the best move they made across this 3-day span. As talented as Tua is, injury concerns have to be raised on him and will continue to be something to look at over the course of his career. Outside of him, I felt as though they reached for players a little bit. Although Davis is a massive, generational athlete that has not translated to any significant production at all. Austin Jackson has to work on his technique before you can go ahead and start him. After signing Byron Jones to a massive deal and still have Xavien Howard on the roster, reaching for Igbinoghene at 30 made little sense. A bit of an all over the place draft but if Tua pans out the way they hope he will, they will have won this draft regardless of everyone else.

New England Patriots Draft Picks:

  • Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne
  • Josh Uche, DE, Michigan
  • Anfernee Jennings, OLB, Alabama
  • Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA
  • Dalton Keene, TE, Virginia Tech
  • Justin Rohrwasser, K, Marshall
  • Michael Onwenu, G, Michigan
  • Justin Herron, OT, Wake Forest
  • Cassh Maluia, LB, Wyoming
  • Dustin Woodard, C, Memphis

The Patriots had a very intresting draft, unsurprisingly trading out of the first round to spend their first pick on a safety from Lenoir-Rhyne, a D2 school. Dugger can certainly compete athletically but the NFL is a rather large step from Division II, if anyone can help him through that it is Coach Belichick. Made solid selections in Uche and Jennings that can come help contribute immediately and Asiasi and Keene give them solid options at Tight End. They just did not make any picks that blew anyone away, but I am sure the players they drafted will develop nicely as players typically do in New England.

Overall, this division had a very successful draft. It seemed as though each team addressed positions of need and found players at all spots of the draft that can come in and make an impact right away. This is the first year in a while where no one is sure who will come away with the division title and that tight competition started here in the draft.

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