Grading each team in the NFL draft

Apr 30 2012 - 2:55pm

Staff Writer Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star graded each team on the NFL draft:

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Arizona Cardinals

C+

1 (13)

Michael Floyd, wr, Notre Dame

3 (80)

Jamell Fleming, db, Oklahoma

4 (112)

Bobby Massie, ot, Mississippi

5 (151)

Senio Kelemete, g, Washington

6 (177)

Justin Bethel, db, Presbyterian

6 (185)

Ryan Lindley, qb, San Diego State

7 (221)

Nate Potter, ot, Boise State

Floyd gives the Cardinals another physical presence to go with Larry Fitzgerald. Fleming, the Fiesta Bowl MVP, will bolster a pass defense that had just 10 interceptions in 2011. Massie can replace longtime starter Levi Brown, who was released; Kelemete can replace Deuce Lutui, who left as a free agent. Bethel blocked 10 kicks in his career.

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Atlanta Falcons

C

2 (55)

Peter Konz, g, Wisconsin

3 (91)

Lamar Holmes, ot, Southern Miss

5 (157)

Bradie Ewing, rb, Wisconsin

5 (164)

Jonathan Massaquoi, de, Troy

6 (192)

Charles Mitchell, db, Mississippi State

7 (249)*

Travian Robertson, nt, South Carolina

The Falcons' first-round pick went in the megadeal for WR Julio Jones in last year's draft. Konz could spell the end for Todd McClure, 35, who battled injuries last year. Holmes was a bit of a reach, but Falcons needed help because of Sam Baker's chronic back problems. Ewing will battle former Chiefs FB Mike Cox. Massaquoi, a former Butler County Community College star, has pass-rush skills.

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Baltimore Ravens

B-

2 (35)

Courtney Upshaw, lb, Alabama

2 (60)

Kelechi Osemele, ot, Iowa State

3 (84)

Bernard Pierce, rb, Temple

4 (98)

Gino Gradkowski, g, Delaware

4 (130)*

Christian Thompson, db, South Carolina State

5 (169)*

Asa Jackson, db, Cal Poly

6 (198)

Tommy Streeter, wr, Miami

7 (236)

DeAngelo Tyson, de, Georgia

Upshaw, defensive MVP in the national title game, slipped to second round because he lacks measurables but not production. He'll replace Jarret Johnson. Osemele will understudy Bryant McKinnie, who is in the last year of his contract. Pierce can help take load off Ray Rice now that Ricky Williams retired (we think). Jackson has coverage and return skills.

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Buffalo Bills

C

1 (10)

Stephon Gilmore, db, South Carolina

2 (41)

Cordy Glenn, ot, Georgia

3 (69)

T.J. Graham, wr, N.C. State

4 (105)

Nigel Bradham, lb, Florida State

4 (124)

Ron Brooks, db, LSU

5 (144)

Zebrie Sanders, ot, Florida State

5 (147)

Tank Carder, lb, TCU

6 (178)

Mark Asper, g, Oregon

7 (251)*

John Potter, k, Western Michigan

Gilmore's ball-skills and tackling ability and Brooks' coverage skills can help defense that ranked 30th in points allowed. The Bills have lost starting left tackles to Philadelphia in each of the last two seasons, so taking Glenn and Sanders makes sense. Graham has stopwatch speed but tends to fumble and could be a classic track guy who disappoints on football field.

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Carolina Panthers

B

1 (9)

Luke Kuechly, lb, Boston College

2 (40)

Amini Silatolu, g, Midwestern State

4 (103)

Frank Alexander, de, Oklahoma

4 (104)

Joe Adams, wr, Arkansas

5 (143)

Josh Norman, db, Coastal Carolina

6 (207)*

Brad Nortman, p, Wisconsin

7 (216)

D.J. Campbell, db, California

Kuechly, a tackling machine, and Alexander, who had 9 1/2 sacks in 2011, will boost a defense that was No. 24 against the pass and No. 25 against the run. Panthers acquired G/T Bruce Campbell from Raiders and signed G Mike Pollak as a free agent, so hard to see where Silatolu fits in right away. Adams, SEC special teams player of the year, can create field position for Cam Newton and company.

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Chicago Bears

C-

1 (19)

Shea McClellin, de, Boise State

2 (45)

Alshon Jeffery, wr, South Carolina

3 (79)

Brandon Hardin, db, Oregon State

4 (111)

Evan Rodriguez, te, Temple

6 (184)

Isaiah Frey, db, Nevada

7 (220)

Greg McCoy, db, TCU

McClellin was a bit of a reach but Bears need someone to help Julius Peppers get to the passer. Jeffrey joins free agent Brandon Marshall as new targets for Jay Cutler. Hardin missed '11 season because of shoulder injury but Bears started eight different pairs at safety last year. Rodriguez could give Bears a pass-catching tight end.

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Cincinnati Bengals

B+

1 (17)

Dre Kirkpatrick, db, Alabama

1 (27)

Kevin Zeitler, g, Wisconsin

2 (53)

Devon Still, dt, Penn State

3 (83)

Mohamed Sanu, wr, Rutgers

3 (93)

Brandon Thompson, dt, Clemson

4 (116)

Orson Charles, te, Georgia

5 (156)

Shaun Prater, db, Iowa

5 (166)

Marvin Jones, wr, California

5 (167)

George Iloka, db, Boise State

6 (191)

Dan Herron, rb, Ohio State

Kirkpatrick and Prater bring youth to a CB group that has just one player 25 or younger and in need of a No. 2 corner. Zeitler's best as a run blocker, a problem area for the Bengals. Still will be part of rotation after losses in free agency of Frostee Rucker and Jonathan Fanene. Sanu, the Big East's all-time leading receiver, is a former QB who excels in the Wildcat formation. Charles slipped in draft because of off-field issues, but coach Marvin Lewis seems to specialize in reclamation projects. Jones will get a chance to play opposite A.J. Green.

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Cleveland Browns

A-

1 (3)

Trent Richardson, rb, Alabama

1 (22)

Brandon Weeden, qb, Oklahoma State

2 (37)

Mitchell Schwartz, ot, California

3 (87)

John Hughes, db, Cincinnati

4 (100)

Travis Benjamin, wr, Miami

4 (120)

James-Michael Johnson, lb, Nevada

5 (160)

Ryan Miller, ot, Colorado

6 (204)*

Emmanuel Acho, lb, Texas

6 (205)*

Billy Winn, dt, Boise St

7 (245)*

Trevin Wade, db, Arizona

7 (247)*

Brad Smelley, rb, Alabama

The Browns, who scored only 20 TDs last year, transformed their offense. They moved up to take Richardson, who scored 24 times last year and picked Weeden, who threw 37 TD passes as a 28-year-old college senior and will make Colt McCoy expendable. Schwartz can step into right tackle, Miller will play guard; and Benjamin has big-play potential.

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Dallas Cowboys

B

1 (6)

Morris Claiborne, db, LSU

3 (81)

Tyrone Crawford, de, Boise State

4 (113)

Kyle Wilber, de, Wake Forest

4 (135)*

Matt Johnson, db, Eastern Washington

5 (152)

Danny Coale, wr, Virginia Tech

6 (186)

James Hanna, te, Oklahoma

7 (222)

Caleb McSurdy, lb, Montana

For the first time since 1982, the Cowboys drafted four consecutive defensive players. Claiborne will improve a horrid secondary that gave up more passing yards the past two seasons than any team in franchise history. Crawford has a chance to supplant underachieving Marcus Spears and aging Kenyon Coleman at end, while Wilber will back up DeMarcus Ware. Coale projects as a slot receiver. Hanna could develop as Jason Witten's understudy.

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Denver Broncos

C+

2 (36)

Derek Wolfe, dt, Cincinnati

2 (57)

Brock Osweiler, qb, Arizona State

3 (67)

Ronnie Hillman, rb, San Diego State

4 (101)

Omar Bolden, db, Arizona State

4 (108)

Philip Blake, c, Baylor

5 (137)

Malik Jackson, de, Tennessee

6 (188)

Danny Trevathan, lb, Kentucky

Wolfe fills a spot where the Broncos grew old and brittle. Osweiler will be groomed to replace Peyton Manning and fills void left by the trade of Tim Tebow and departure of Brady Quinn. Hillman provides a Darren Sproles element for offense. Blake will back up former college teammate J.D. Walton; Jackson will back up ex-Vol Robert Ayers.

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Detroit Lions

C

1 (23)

Riley Reiff, ot, Iowa

2 (54)

Ryan Broyles, wr, Oklahoma

3 (85)

Dwight Bentley, db, Louisiana-Lafayette

4 (125)

Ronnell Lewis, de, Oklahoma

5 (138)

Tahir Whitehead, lb, Temple

5 (148)

Chris Greenwood, db, Albion

6 (196)

Jonte Green, db, New Mexico State

7 (223)

Travis Lewis, lb, Oklahoma

Reiff will help keep Matthew Stafford upright but Broyles, coming off knee surgery, was a head-scratcher considering the Lions' needs on defense after they gave up an average of 31.6 points per game in the second half of the season. The next six picks, starting with Bentley were all for Gunther Cunningham's defense.

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Green Bay Packers

B

1 (28)

Nick Perry, lb, Southern Cal

2 (51)

Jerel Worthy, de, Michigan State

2 (62)

Casey Hayward, db, Vanderbilt

4 (132)*

Mike Daniels, de, Iowa

4 (133)*

Jerron McMillian, db, Maine

5 (163)

Terrell Manning, lb, N.C. State

7 (241)*

Andrew Datko, ot, Florida State

7 (243)*

B.J. Coleman, qb, Chattanooga

The Packers fell from an elite defense in their Super Bowl-winning season to the No. 32 overall defense and pass defense in 2011, allowing an NFL-record 299.8 passing yards per game. So they went all in on defense with their first six picks with Perry, the Pac-12 sack leader. Worthy and Daniels can plug the middle; Hayward, who had 15 career interceptions, can learn from Charles Woodson, who turns 36 in October, while McMillian could replace Nick Collins, who missed most of last season because of a severe neck injury.

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Houston Texans

B-

1 (26)

Whitney Mercilus, lb, Illinois

3 (76)

Brandon Brooks, g, Miami (Ohio)

3 (68)

DeVier Posey, wr, Ohio State

4 (99)

Ben Jones, c, Georgia

4 (121)

Keshawn Martin, wr, Michigan State

4 (126)

Jared Crick, de, Nebraska

5 (161)

Randy Bullock, k, Texas A&M

6 (195)

Nick Mondek, ot, Purdue

Mercilus, the NCAA sack leader with 16, steps in for departed Mario Williams. Posey, who lost 10 of 13 games last year to suspensions as part of Ohio State's improper benefits scandal, will learn from starters Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter. Brooks can challenge oft-injured Antoine Caldwell. Crick brings high-energy force for middle of the defense.

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Indianapolis Colts

C-

1 (1)

Andrew Luck, qb, Stanford

2 (34)

Coby Fleener, te, Stanford

3 (64)

Dwayne Allen, te, Clemson

3 (92)

T.Y. Hilton, wr, FIU

5 (136)

Josh Chapman, dt, Alabama

5 (170)*

Vick Ballard, rb, Mississippi State

6 (206)*

Lavon Brazill, wr, Ohio

7 (208)

Justin Anderson, g, Georgia

7 (214)

Tim Fugger, lb, Vanderbilt

7 (253)*

Chandler Harnish, qb, Northern Illinois

The Colts got their guy in Luck, now the face of the franchise, and Luck got his college tight end in Fleener, who replaces Dallas Clark. But why take both Fleener and Allen, the Mackey Award winner, who is basically the same player, with so many other needs for a 2-14 team? Hilton has 12 career fumbles. Chapman can fill need at nose of new 3-4 front.

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Jacksonville Jaguars

B-

1 (5)

Justin Blackmon, wr, Oklahoma State

2 (38)

Andre Branch, de, Clemson

3 (70)

Bryan Anger, p, California

5 (142)

Brandon Marshall, lb, Nevada

6 (176)

Mike Harris, db, Florida State

7 (228)

Jeris Pendleton, dt, Ashland

Blackmon can elevate a passing game that ranked last in the NFL. Branch, who had 10 1/2 sacks in '11, provides insurance for injured vets Aaron Kampman and Matt Roth. Anger is the highest-drafted punter since the Chiefs' Dustin Colquitt in 2005. The Jaguars went heavy on the defensive side in the second half of the draft.

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Kansas City Chiefs

C-

1 (11)

Dontari Poe, nt, Memphis

2 (44)

Jeff Allen, g, Illinois

3 (74)

Donald Stephenson, ot, Oklahoma

4 (107)

Devon Wylie, wr, Fresno State

5 (146)

DeQuan Menzie, db, Alabama

6 (182)

Cyrus Gray, rb, Texas A&M

7 (218)

Jerome Long, dt, San Diego State

7 (238)

Junior Hemingway, wr, Michigan

Poe needs to be Romeo Crennel's version of Vince Wilfork to justify a draft that looks more toward the future. Allen and Stephenson provide valuable depth and youth in the offensive line, especially if the club can't keep Branden Albert after 2012. Wylie has durability issues and history of fumbles. Menzie is a capable backup at safety or nickel back.

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Miami Dolphins

C-

1 (8)

Ryan Tannehill, qb, Texas A&M

2 (42)

Jonathan Martin, ot, Stanford

3 (72)

Olivier Vernon, de, Miami

3 (78)

Michael Egnew, te, Missouri

4 (97)

Lamar Miller, rb, Miami

5 (155)

Josh Kaddu, lb, Oregon

6 (183)

B.J. Cunningham, wr, Michigan State

7 (215)

Kheeston Randall, dt, Texas

7 (227)

Rishard Matthews, wr, Nevada

Tannehill has the advantage of having worked with Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, his head coach at Texas A&M but is woefully inexperienced for an eighth overall pick. Martin, who started 26 games at LT protecting Andrew Luck, could move to the right side unless Dolphins deal Jake Long. Vernon gets a chance to replace Jason Taylor. Egnew was familiar to Sherman from Big 12 days. Miller will vie for playing time with Daniel Thomas as backup to Reggie Bush.

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Minnesota Vikings

A

1 (4)

Matt Kalil, ot, Southern Cal

1 (29)

Harrison Smith, db, Notre Dame

3 (66)

Josh Robinson, db, UCF

4 (118)

Jarius Wright, wr, Arkansas

4 (128)*

Rhett Ellison, te, Southern Cal

4 (134)*

Greg Childs, wr, Arkansas

5 (139)

Robert Blanton, db, Notre Dame

6 (175)

Blair Walsh, k, Georgia

7 (210)

Audie Cole, lb, N.C. State

7 (219)

Trevor Guyton, dt, California

Kalil, Smith and Robinson will strengthen the two weakest areas of the team, the offensive line and a secondary that ranked 26th in pass defense and had just eight interceptions. Kalil, a two-year starter at left tackle, will protect second-year QB Christian Ponder and allow Charlie Johnson to move to guard. Smith and Robinson are needed in a division that faces Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler a combined six times a year. Wright and Childs, high school and college teammates, will give Ponder needed targets.

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New England Patriots

A-

1 (21)

Chandler Jones, de, Syracuse

1 (25)

Dont'a Hightower, lb, Alabama

2 (48)

Tavon Wilson, db, Illinois

3 (90)

Jake Bequette, de, Arkansas

6 (197)

Nate Ebner, db, Ohio State

7 (224)

Alfonzo Dennard, db, Nebraska

7 (235)

Jeremy Ebert, wr, Northwestern

Don't think Bill Belichick was embarrassed with the No. 31-ranked defense that allowed 293.9 yards passing a game, the second worst in NFL history? Like Green Bay, the Patriots focused totally on defense until their last pick. Jones and Hightower are prototypical Belichick players with the ability to play in both the 4-3 and 3-4 fronts. Bequette, MVP of the Cotton Bowl, had 22 career sacks and is a Mike Vrabel-type OLB. Wilson is a sleeper.

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New Orleans Saints

D+

2

Forfeited

3 (89)

Akiem Hicks, dt, Regina (Canada)

4 (122)

Nick Toon, wr, Wisconsin

5 (162)

Corey White, db, Samford

6 (179)

Andrew Tiller, g, Syracuse

7 (234)

Marcel Jones, ot, Nebraska

Saints spent this year's first-round pick in 2011 draft to take RB Mark Ingram and lost the second-round pick because of the bounty scandal. Hicks, who played collegiately in Canada after being declared ineligible at LSU, will be a project. Toon, son of former NFL star Al Toon, will replace Robert Meachem. White is a hard-hitting safety, and Tiller is a mauler as a guard.

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New York Giants

B

1 (32)

David Wilson, rb, Virginia Tech

2 (63)

Rueben Randle, wr, LSU

3 (94)

Jayron Hosley, db, Virginia Tech

4 (127)

Andrien Robinson, te, Cincinnati

4 (131)*

Brandon Mosley, ot, Auburn

6 (201)

Matt McCants, ot, UAB

7 (239)

Markus Kuhn, dt, N.C. State

Wilson can boost the league's No. 32 rushing offense as a replacement for Brandon Jacobs and compliment to Ahmad Bradshaw, who has chronic foot issues. Randle will step in for postseason hero Mario Manningham, and Hosley can take over for Aaron Ross. Robinson fills void left by knee injuries to Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum in the Super Bowl.

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New York Jets

C+

1 (16) Quinton Coples, de, North Carolina

2 (43) Stephen Hill, wr, Georgia Tech

3 (77) DeMario Davis, lb, Arkansas State

6 (187) Josh Bush, db, Wake Forest

6 (202)* Terrance Ganaway, rb, Baylor

6 (203)* Robert Griffin, g, Baylor

7 (242)* Antonio Allen, db, South Carolina

7 (244)* Jordan White, wr, Western Michigan

Rex Ryan will have to call on all of his motivational ploys to get Coples to play hard every down. Coples and Davis will try to give the Jets their first player with double-digit sacks since 2005. Hill makes Plaxico Burress expendable. Bush can step in for Jim Leonhard, whose last two seasons ended because of leg injuries.

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Oakland Raiders

F

3 Exercised in supplemental draft

3 (95)* Tony Bergstrom, g, Utah

4 (129)* Miles Burris, lb, San Diego State

5 (158) Jack Crawford, de, Penn State

5 (168)* Juron Criner, wr, Arizona

6 (189) Christo Bilukidi, dt, Georgia State

7 (230) Nate Stupar, lb, Penn State

Compensatory selections based on the loss of free agents Nnamdi Asomugha, Zach Miller and Robert Gallery boosted the Raiders' draft picks from three to six, not nearly enough to fill their needs. Bergstrom will step in for Gallery. Burris could replace Kamerion Wimbley. Crawford is a typical Raider pick -- London-born, former basketball and soccer player who may be a diamond in the rough. Criner, with 38-inch vertical leap, caught a school-record 32 TD passes and could be dangerous in red zone.

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Philadelphia Eagles

A-

1 (12) Fletcher Cox, dt, Mississippi State

2 (46) Mychal Kendricks, lb, California

2 (59) Vinny Curry, de, Marshall

3 (88) Nick Foles, qb, Arizona

4 (123) Brandon Boykin, db, Georgia

5 (153) Dennis Kelly, ot, Purdue

6 (194) Marvin McNutt, wr, Iowa

6 (200) Brandon Washington, g, Miami

7 (229) Bryce Brown, rb, Kansas State

The Eagles led the league with 50 sacks but needed to revamp their rush defense. Cox can stuff the middle, and Kendricks is a sideline-to-sideline tackler. Curry had 23 sacks in the last two years. Boykin can replace recently traded Asante Samuel. Foles will be a project for the future and insurance against injury to Michael Vick. Boykin, a diminutive return man, can reduce the workload of DeShean Jackson. Kelly provides depth to protect Michael Vick.

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Pittsburgh Steelers

A

1 (24) David DeCastro, g, Stanford

2 (56) Mike Adams, ot, Ohio State

3 (86) Sean Spence, lb, Miami

4 (109) Alameda Ta'amu, dt, Washington

5 (159) Chris Rainey, rb, Florida

7 (231) Tony Clemons, wr, Colorado

7 (240)* David Paulson, te, Oregon

7 (246)* Terrence Frederick, db, Texas A&M

7 (248)* Kelvin Beachum, ot, SMU

DeCastro and Adams -- who failed a drug test at the combine -- will be welcome relief for an offensive line that has been ravaged by injuries and age and led to a battered Ben Roethlisberger getting sacked 40 times. Spence can fill any of the LB spots in Dick LeBeau's 3-4 scheme. Ta'amu will be the new Casey Hampton. Rainey gives new offensive coordinator Todd Haley a Dexter McCluster clone.

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St. Louis Rams

B

1 (14) Michael Brockers, dt, LSU

2 (33) Brian Quick, wr, Appalachian State

2 (39) Janoris Jenkins, db, North Alabama

2 (50) Isaiah Pead, rb, Cincinnati

3 (65) Trumaine Johnson, db, Montana

4 (96) Chris Givens, wr, Wake Forest

5 (150) Rokevious Watkins, g, South Carolina

6 (171) Greg Zuerlein, k, Missouri Western

7 (209) Aaron Brown, lb, Hawaii

7 (252)* Daryl Richardson, rb, Abilene Christian

Brockers can help the league's No. 31-ranked team against the run. Quick and Givens, two speedsters, give Sam Bradford downfield targets. Jenkins has a checkered past but a coach who believes in second chances. Pead provides change-of-pace back for Steven Jackson. Johnson is a fallback if Jenkins is Pacman Jones 2.0

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San Diego Chargers

B

1 (18) Melvin Ingram, lb, South Carolina

2 (49) Kendall Reyes, de, Connecticut

3 (73) Brandon Taylor, db, LSU

4 (110) Ladarius Green, te, Louisiana-Lafayette

5 (149) Johnnie Troutman, g, Penn State

7 (226) David Molk, c, Michigan

7 (250)* Edwin Baker, rb, Michigan State

The Chargers went for some impact defensive players in Ingram and Reyes and Taylor, who were disruptive forces in college and can help the league's worst defense on third down. Ingram had 21 1/2 career sacks and Reyes had 11 1/2. Taylor will try to plug a longstanding hole in the defense at strong safety. Green can back up oft-injured Antonio Gates and vet Randy McMichael.

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San Francisco 49ers

B-

1 (30) A.J. Jenkins, wr, Illinois

2 (61) LaMichael James, rb, Oregon

4 (117) Joe Looney, g, Wake Forest

5 (165) Darius Fleming, lb, Notre Dame

6 (180) Trenton Robinson, db, Michigan State

6 (199) Jason Slowey, ot, Western Oregon

7 (237) Cam Johnson, lb, Virginia

Jenkins may have been a reach, but the 49ers are so determined to improve their receiving corps, they've already signed Randy Moss and Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham. James will be a luxury for a loaded backfield. Fleming can learn pass-rush tricks from Aldon Smith and Justin Smith.

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Seattle Seahawks

D-

1 (15) Bruce Irvin, de, West Virginia

2 (47) Bobby Wagner, lb, Utah State

3 (75) Russell Wilson, qb, Wisconsin

4 (106) Robert Turbin, rb, Utah State

4 (114) Jaye Howard, dt, Florida

5 (154) Korey Toomer, lb, Idaho

6 (172) Jeremy Lane, db, Northwestern State

6 (181) Winston Guy, db, Kentucky

7 (225) J.R. Sweezy, ot, N.C. State

7 (232) Greg Scruggs, de, Louisville

The selection of Irvin so early was a shocker, but the Seahawks badly needed a pass rusher, and he had 22 1/2 sacks in 26 college games. Wagner was a head-scratcher despite his strong Senior Bowl performance. The undersized Wilson will get a shot to compete with newcomer Matt Flynn and incumbent Tarvaris Jackson.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

B

1 (7) Mark Barron, db, Alabama

1 (31) Doug Martin, rb, Boise State

2 (58) Lavonte David, lb, Nebraska

5 (140) Najee Goode, lb, West Virginia

6 (174) Keith Tandy, db, West Virginia

7 (212) Michael Smith, rb, Utah State

7 (233) Drake Dunsmore, te, Northwestern

Barron can help a defense that allowed a franchise-record 494 points and 30 TD passes. Martin reminds new coach Greg Schiano of Baltimore's Ray Rice, who played for Schiano at Rutgers, and with 4.4 speed is more versatile than one-dimensional LeGarrette Blount. David can take advantage of talent void at LB. Tandy could find a role because of Aqib Talib's potential league suspension from his pending felony gun charge.

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Tennessee Titans

C

1 (20) Kendall Wright, wr, Baylor

2 (52) Zach Brown, lb, North Carolina

3 (82) Mike Martin, dt, Michigan

4 (115) Coty Sensabaugh, db, Clemson

5 (145) Taylor Thompson, te, SMU

6 (190) Markelle Martin, db, Oklahoma State

7 (211) Scott Solomon, de, Rice

The speedy Wright will start immediately in the Titans' multi-receiver offense. Brown figures to contribute as backup and on special teams and Martin will rotate in the defensive line on early downs. Sensabaugh can take over for Cortland Finnegan, who followed Jeff Fisher to St. Louis. Thompson played defense at SMU but was a high school tight end.

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Washington

B-

1 (2) Robert Griffin III, qb, Baylor

3 (71) Josh LeRibeus, g, SMU

4 (102) Kirk Cousins, qb, Michigan State

4 (119) Keenan Robinson, lb, Texas

5 (141) Adam Gettis, g, Iowa

6 (173) Alfred Morris, rb, Florida Atlantic

6 (193) Tom Compton, ot, South Dakota

7 (213) Richard Crawford, db, SMU

7 (217) Jordan Bernstine, db, Iowa

Just what Washington needs, a potential QB controversy. Griffin could be prone to injury because of his running out of the pocket, so Washington, which paid a ransom to draft Griffin and has many other needs, also took Cousins, who has thrived in a pro-style offense. At best, Cousins could be trade bait in a few years. At worst, Mike Shanahan could have a divided locker room and fan base. Robinson could back up fellow Texas OLB Brian Orakpo.

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*compensatory selection

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