Photo courtesy Jason DeCrow

Photo courtesy Jason DeCrow

Now that we’ve had a few days to digest the three-day marathon that has become the NFL draft, it’s time to figure out which war rooms helped their team the most.

Everyone and their brother does these so-called report cards, so I’ve given it a little twist. This report card is pick-for-pick. If you had one pick in the seventh round and you nailed it, guess what? You get an A+. Even if that long snapper from North Texas is never going to make your roster.

The same is true on the flip side of the coin. If you had a smorgasbord of picks and your team still has glaring holes, then, yes, we’re going to call you on it.

Maybe it’s not so different, but enough jibber jabber, let’s just get into it.

Arizona Cardinals
Draft Grade: C+
Analysis:
Hey, Arizona, you needed a tackle, no? Congratulations on Jonathan Cooper and he should be a star on your O-line for years to come, but he’s NOT A TACKLE. How do you go the whole draft without taking one? The fact that you got tremendous value out of your first three picks is your only saving grace here.

Associated Press

Associated Press

Atlanta Falcons
Draft Grade: B+
Analysis:
I like that Atlanta knows what their problem is and remained disciplined in trying to draft to address it. Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford were solid picks that will make an impact in that secondary immediately and don’t sleep on Zeke Motta out of Notre Dame. I also like the monster that is Levine Toilolo that they took in the fourth round, though he’ll never be a Tony Gonzalez.

Baltimore Ravens
Draft Grade: A+
Analysis:
Baltimore kept it simple and didn’t get cute with their picks. They needed to fill the hole left by Ed Reed. Check. They needed to fill the hole left by Ray Lewis. Check. They needed to inject youth into an old, wary defense. Check PLUS. Thanks to their three days in New York in April, the Ravens are in a LOT better shape to repeat as champions.

Buffalo Bills
Draft Grade: C-
Analysis:
A lot of people are going to tear into the E.J. Manuel pick but I see a string of logic where it makes sense. If you believe he’s a project with a high ceiling, than having Kevin Kolb as a stand-in this year works. Just don’t throw him out there Week 1. Either way, I think it’s pretty obvious that they took this signal caller far too high.

Carolina Panthers
Draft Grade: C
Analysis:
Star Lotulelei was a great find, but he then makes Kawann Short overkill. If you’re picking in the middle of a round, you don’t have few enough holes where you can invest so much into one position. The Panthers defensive line now has the potential to be elite. Great, so what? The holes around it will counteract anything they try to do.

Chicago Bears
Draft Grade: C-
Analysis:
The Bears clearly felt like guard was their biggest need and time will only tell whether Kyle Long was too much of a stretch. It clearly hampered their ability to replace Brian Urlacher because, quite frankly, Jon Bostic is not the answer. Maybe he excels, but if not, the Bears will be kicking themselves that they didn’t do anything in the first round when they had their pick of the litter.

Cincinnati Bengals
Draft Grade: B
Analysis:
Yes, they addressed pretty much every need. But having 10 picks affords you that opportunity. To me, the real glaring hole was at safety, which means their betting a lot on a fourth-round selection in Shawn Williams. On the plus side, bringing in Tyler Eiffert and Giovani Bernard have the potential to transform Cincy from a fledgling offense into an explosive one.

Associated Press

Associated Press

Cleveland Browns
Draft Grade: B-
Analysis:
We’ll have to wait and see whether Leon McFadden is a suitable compliment for Joe Haden, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have my doubts. Mingo is a tremendous talent and should help pass rush-starved defense, but unless they’re going to line him up as an outside linebacker, I’m just not sure how efficient his impact will be.

Dallas Cowboys
Draft Grade: C
Analysis:
Essentially their back end of the draft made up for their front end. Joseph Randle, B.W. Webb, and J.J. Wilcox were all tremendous values, but what was this nonsense of picking up Escobar and Terrance Williams? The last time I checked, the problem wasn’t what is around Tony Romo, but Romo himself. Because of those picks, now Wilcox has to become a real force in the secondary.

Denver Broncos
Draft Grade: B
Analysis:
Their first two picks were spot-on. I like Sylvester Williams a lot and, although Montee Ball wouldn’t have been my first choice at pick #58, if Denver thinks he’s the man then that’s fine. But after that? Fellas, the problem is not the offense. Quite frankly, you couldn’t afford to take four offensive players with your seven picks.

Detroit Lions
Draft Grade: B-
Analysis:
Nothing below Warford in the third round was particularly exciting. Yes, Warford was a tremendous value, but I would have liked to see a tackle taken somewhere and the Lions had plenty of opportunities. If Stafford looks like he could stand to have better pass protection this season, you can bet I’ll be coming back to this oversight.

Green Bay Packers
Draft Grade: C+
Analysis:
I guess the Packers felt Charles Woodson was some kind of scrub because they didn’t bother taking a safety with any of their 11 draft picks. On the plus side, I think they can find sustainable production out of the backfield somewhere between Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin. Datone Jones will also give the defense a dynamic pass rusher.

Houston Texans
Draft Grade: A-
Analysis:
They did it! They finally got Andre Johnson some flippin’ help. Not only that, but they came right back in the second round and filled another need at safety with Swearinger. I’d be interested to see if he can’t move over to free safety and line up alongside Ed Reed. THAT physical combination will keep downfield receivers up at night.

Associated Press

Associated Press

Indianapolis Colts
Draft Grade: B-
Analysis:
Not many super picks beyond Bjoern Werner, but that may be all that is needed. It’s amazing how well this team functions with a great quarterback and they obviously solved that problem a year ago. Though they aren’t the two sexiest picks, I also like the offensive line depth Indy added with Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes.

Jacksonville Jaguars
Draft Grade: A-
Analysis:
Okay, they didn’t get a quarterback, but I think it’s fair to say they were holding out for Tebow (or Sanchez) once the Jets took Geno Smith. What they DID do is address a lot of other needs. They used five draft picks to make their secondary transform from an area of weakness to an area of strength. I like Cyprien a lot and I LOVE Denard Robinson in the fifth round. No excuses now, Gabbert.

Kansas City Chiefs
Draft Grade: B
Analysis:
They opted for Fisher over Joeckel, and that’s fine. What’s not okay is waiting until their last pick to address defensive line. A Princeton product, the draftee Mike Catapano could probably tell you that that was an oversight. This is a really bad football team and they didn’t really pick up any weapons to develop some sort of pass rush. I guess they’ll gun it out with Alex Smith.

Miami Dolphins
Draft Grade: A+
Analysis:
People will say, “did they really need to go up and get Jordan?” Well, look what they did the rest of the draft. They got a first-rounder in the second round and they got a second-rounder in the third round. There’s tremendous value all up and down this draft class and even one of their less sexy picks in Caleb Sturgis gives Dan Carpenter some stiff competition at kicker.

Minnesota Vikings
Draft Grade: A-
Analysis:
What a difference having three first round draft picks makes, no? All the picks here are pretty solid. Both the offense and defense got much better after these three days. Patterson is going to have an opportunity to learn from Greg Jennings. That’s very, very bad news for everyone else in the NFC North. Look for the duo of Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti to make the roster, too.

New England Patriots
Draft Grade: B-
Analysis:
There wasn’t a ton to get excited about here, but the Patriots don’t need that much. Jamie Collins may not be a pure outside linebacker, but he’s a pass-rush weapon that Bellichick will get production out of. Aaron Dobson doesn’t do too much for me, though, and there were others the Patriots could’ve gone with. The onus is on him to prove New England right.

Associated Press

Associated Press

New Orleans Saints
Draft Grade: A
Analysis:
I like the Vaccaro selection, and my hats off to the organization for landing John Jenkins in the third round. Terron Armstead is the real interesting prospect here. He’s either going to further change the way we view exterior linemen or he’s going to be out of the league in three years. My money is on the former, though.

New York Giants
Draft Grade: B
Analysis:
This class is so frustrating to me. On one hand, every pick before Nassib fills a need and works. Pugh wasn’t a stretch because the Giants needed a tackle and the big three were gone. What gets me is everything after that. Where are the linebackers? Is something so wrong with Eli Manning that you needed a potential first round quarterback instead of more help with the front seven?

New York Jets
Draft Grade: A-
Analysis:
I can’t believe I’d say this about the Jets, but this could’ve been my favorite class of the draft had it not been for Geno Smith. He could’ve gone to any — ANY — other team and it would’ve been fine, but there’s an heir of entitlement with Smith that’s very Cam Newton-esque and that’s the wrong ingredient for the place that soured His Holiness Timothy Tebow.

Oakland Raiders
Draft Grade: B-
Analysis:
D.J. Hayden is a tremendous story, but I have to question whether he was the right corner to take so high. This is a guy that, by all accounts, should be dead right now. You want to talk about injury risk? That’s a huge risk. I hope he excels, but I’ve got to say, I have my doubts. On the plus side, don’t sleep on Tyler Wilson. He could take over as the starter this season and he was cheap.

Philadelphia Eagles
Draft Grade: A
Analysis:
Lane Johnson is a Chip Kelly guy. That first pick makes all the sense in the world to me. I like the pickup of Ertz, he’s another mismatch guy for defenses, and I like the pickup of Barkley. A, you now have a backup for an oft-injured Vick and, B, he’s a low-risk investment with high upside. Imagine if Barkley ends up being the starter we thought he was a year ago. Chip Kelly will become a Philly deity.

Pittsburgh Steelers
Draft Grade: B+
Analysis:
If Jarvis Jones lives up to his potential, he might be the steal of the draft, or second only to Markus Wheaton. His lack of speed is why he fell but Pittsburgh doesn’t need a burner and the Steelers have a great track record of finding playmakers in the middle rounds. On the flip side, I’m not sure Le’Veon Bell is the answer for a now completely hallow backfield.

Associated Press

Associated Press

San Diego Chargers
Draft Grade: A-
Analysis:
Three spectacular picks, three average picks. And then there’s the tidbit about them not grabbing an offensive guard. Both Keenan Allen and Te’o make a lot of sense in San Diego and there’s a decent chance that D.J. Fluker will work out, as well. But still, no guard? As much as I hate to say it, the Chargers should have passed on Allen or Te’o and grabbed one then.

San Francisco 49ers
Draft Grade: A+
Analysis:
They need a safety, they got one. They need a pass rusher, they got one. Actually, they got TWO. But the real exciting thing for the 49ers was their 4th round. There’s a decent chance BOTH Quinton Patton and Marcus Lattimore become playmakers for Jim Harbaugh in the near future. Vance McDonald isn’t the sexiest pick, but he’s an example of solid, disciplined drafting.

Seattle Seahawks
Draft Grade: D+
Analysis:
This team is inexplicably screwed if Russell Wilson goes down. So, for them to not draft a mid-round quarterback and not take an offensive lineman until the seventh round is unconscionable to me. So what if they got a steal in Jesse Williams, he’s the ONLY high-value pick they made. And can we go ONE draft without Pete Carroll taking a low-character guy?

St. Louis Rams
Draft Grade: C
Analysis:
I’ll admit I’m not a big Tavon Austin guy but I get the intrigue. However, if you get one speedy undersized receiver, there’s no need to get another, so grabbing Stedman Bailey makes NO sense to me. I like the Alec Ogletree and Barrett Jones pickups, but, hello, a little guy named Steven Jackson left you this year. You’re telling me Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead, and now Zac Stacy are the answer?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Draft Grade: C+
Analysis:
I get what the Bucs see in Mike Glennon, but let the saga of Mark Sanchez be a cautionary tale to bringing in some competition for your low-end starter-caliber quarterback. This situation could implode just as well. Elsewhere, the Bucs needed a corner and got one, but I’m not a big Johnthan Banks guy so, for me, it wasn’t a total success.

Tennessee Titans
Draft Grade: B-
Analysis:
I like what they did with the O-line. Chance Warmack will start immediately and Brian Schwenke brings added depth. A lot of people scratched their head at the Justin Hunter pick, but I get it. Kenny Britt is always hurt and Kendall Wright didn’t really produce. My problem is how they neglected the defense. Blidi Breh-Wilson was a nice add but this squad isn’t any more fearsome than in 2012.

Washington Redskins
Draft Grade: B
Analysis:
David Amerson scares me. He’s a risky pick and Mike Shanahan doesn’t have a great track record with those. What they really needed was a safety and I think they’ll find a winner in either Phillip Thomas or Bacarri Rambo. The Jordan Reed pickup, though talented, is a bit of a head-scratcher for me and it’s clear the Shanahan’s believe their O-line is solid, which is an oversight.

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