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That time of year again is here where NFL players have expired contracts and are either on the prowl for a new team or hoping to stay with their current team for a bigger contract.  Free agency can be a stressful for the fans, owners, and the players.  In the 2014 draft there were some players that were signed quickly because the team recognizes the value in keeping them, but we have also seen some high value players hit the free agency market due to either off field issues or cant afford them anymore.  What has been interesting is seeing how some teams have dived right into this and signed a bunch of players, and to see some teams sit back and let all the players slip through their fingers.  Some teams have had salary cap issues so it makes sense why they have been sitting back not doing anything; and they have been focusing on keeping their current players or waiting for the draft.  Some times the free agent period can make or break a team and its shaping up to be an interesting 2014 season.  Below are some of the big named receivers that have signed to new teams. 

Wide Receivers

1. Steve Smith – Went from the Panthers over to the Ravens.  The Ravens are giving him $11 million with a $3.5 million signing bonus for 3 years.  Even at the age of 35 Smith can still offer a lot to the struggling pass offense of the Ravens.  With Torrey Smith on the other side and Dennis Pitta across the middle it should be an open field for Steve Smith.  And we all know that Flacco could use another weapon in the offense.

2. Eric Decker – Went from the Broncos over to the Jets.  This was kind of surprising since he was in the best pass offense and he is now going to a team that had very serious pass issues.  Now Decker did hit pay dirt by signing a 5 year $36.25 million deal with $15 million being guaranteed money.  The Jets finally released Sanchez, but signed Michael Vick to replace him.  This is going to give Decker to shine now that he is out of the shadow of Thomas and Welker.

3. James Jones – Went from the Packers over to the Raiders.  I think this is a good move for Jones and his career.  The Raiders have added a lot of people to the roster already and with Jones being a deep threat it should add a lot of depth to the offense.  The Raiders added Matt Schaub and even though Schaub had a terrible 2013 campaign he should be able to connect with Jones.  We have to remember Schaub fed the ball to Andre Johnson for a lot of years so he should have no problem getting it to Jones.  Jones was bound to get picked up quick with how he has a knack for getting in the endzone. 

4. Golden Tate – Went from the Seahawks to the Lions.  I can see this going very well, or very bad.  Tate just helped the Seahawks win their first Super Bowl and now he is going to a team that has never been to the big game.  The plus is that the Lions is a pass happy team who has the best WR in the game in Calvin Johnson.  Now Stafford may not be the most consistent QB in the game, but he will have no problem getting the ball to both Tate and Johnson.

5. Hakeem Nicks – Went from the Giants to the Colts.  This is a great pickup for the Colts and I really think that Nicks needed to get away from the Giants.  As long as Nicks can stay healthy he should be able to have a fresh start with the Colts.  Andrew Luck is just getting better and better and Nicks could be a useful tool to help the team get farther in the playoffs.  Nicks was a big part of the offense in New York and when he was healthy he was almost unstoppable. 

Emmanuel Sanders – Went from Steelers to the Broncos
Andre Roberts – Went from Cardinals to the Redskins
Brandon LaFell – Went from Panthers to the Patriots
Devin Hester – Went from the Bears to the Falcons
Dexter McCluster – Went from Chiefs to Titans

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Pretty much everyone can throw their “pre-season” predictions out the window because it has been a crazy NFL season so far.  The worst team in the NFL in 2012 is now undefeated, we have two teams that have only won one game, and we have teams that were supposed to be Super Bowl contenders just fall off the face of the earth.  But, thats whats fun about football; you never know whats going to happen.  We are now 10 weeks into the 2013 season and a playoff picture is now starting to form.  There are some teams that we can tell are playoff bound, and at the same time I really think we will have a crazy Wild Card race going into the playoffs.  So, with that being said here is the current NFL Power Ranking; along with some other interesting facts.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) – Ten weeks ago when it was Week 1 the Chiefs were ranked at #22.  People will make the argument that the Chiefs have not played a tough team yet, but the fact remains they are undefeated.  The Chiefs defense has really been a surprise and they have been holding opponents to under 18 points a game.  The Chiefs offense is not the best in the NFL, but Smith and Company have been doing something that most teams do too much of and thats NOT turning the ball over.  It is very rare that the Chiefs turn the ball over and when you add that to a stout defense it equals victories.  In the next 3 weeks the Chiefs will play the Broncos twice so we will really see what they are made of.

2. Denver Broncos (8-1) – Peyton Manning has been a thrill to watch this year and he is leading the NFL in pretty much every passing category.  Another surprise on the Broncos offense has been Knowshon Moreno, he has found the endzone 8 times this season.  The Broncos defense has suffered some setbacks, but when you get an offense that will score almost 40 points a game it really helps.  The 3-headed monster on the team is the combo of Welker, Thomas, and Decker and with those 3 running routes at the same time makes it almost impossible to defend.  The lowest the Broncos ranking has been this year was 4th; I dont see a way that the Broncos wont be deep into the playoffs.

3. Seattle Seahawks (9-1) – When the season started the Seahawks were ranked #1 and the lowest they have gone is 5th.  The Seahawks have had one of the best defenses in the NFL, not to mention a very high powered offense.  Lynch has already scored 7 rushing TDs and is second in the NFL in rushing yards.  Between Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas they have combined for 8 interceptions which makes it very difficult to pass on the Seahawks.  I really cant see anything slowing Seattle down between Russell Wilson, Lynch, Golden Tate, and a powerful defense it would not surprise me to see Seattle playing in the Super Bowl.

4. New Orleans Saints (7-2) – When the season started the Saints were ranked at 14 and had a terrible defense in 2012.  It has been a major turn around this season with Brees throwing 25 TDs already and over 3,000 passing yards.  Lets not forget Jimmy Graham who has been a dominating force with 10 receiving TDs and 54 receptions; which is more than most receivers on other teams.  Someone that gets overlooked on this offense is Pierre Thomas; with Sproles not being as productive as usual Thomas has been the primary running back to shoulder the load in the running game and he has made a bigger impact this year than he has in previous years.

5. New England Patriots (7-2) – The Patriots have had their struggles this year, but they have made the adjustments they need to still win games.  Brady has been doing his best to utilize the young receivers he has and the running game has almost been non-existent up until a few weeks ago with Blount and Ridley.  Now with Gronkowski coming back into the mix it has given Brady a reliable target in the pass game and the young receivers have been improving every week. 

6. Carolina Panthers (6-3) – Yes you are reading this right; the Panthers are in the top 10 in the Power Rankings.  Just 10 weeks ago they were ranked down in the 23rd spot and now with a 5 game win streak they have cracked the top 10.  Its mostly the defense that is making this possible by holding opponents to under 19 points a game for the last 5 weeks.  Obviously Cam Newton has been keeping the offense rolling, but the defense is their best weapon as of late.  Players like Charles Johnson with 8.5 sacks, Mike Mitchell with 3 interceptions, and Luke Kuechly with 75 tackles is keeping the Panthers in games.  Believe it or not, but the Panthers could make a playoff run this season which would be the first in almost a decade.

7. Indianapolis Colts (6-3) – Despite getting handled by the Rams this week the Colts are still looking pretty sharp.  They have the weapons in Luck, Richardson, Hilton, and Fleener but they need to utilize them more.  Everyone thought that Richardson would be the answer to the run game, but so far it has been a disappointment and with Reggie Wayne going to IR the load has fallen on Hilton and Heyward-Bey.  The Colts defense has stepped up when needed as well in tough games.  What fans are hoping for is that Luck and Company can continue to get the ball to the endzone and make another playoff run.

8. San Francisco 49ers (6-3) – Once again the 49ers defense is one of the best in the NFL; but the offense is not doing their part.  The 49ers have an incredible running game with Gore, Hunter, and James; but Kap is literally dead last in passing yards.  The Niners have weapons too in Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin, and Mario Manningham.  Eventually Crabtree will come back, but its not going to matter if Kap cant get the ball to them.  It would not surprise me if the Niners still make a playoff run, but it will be short lived unless the offense steps it up soon.  The good news is that the defense is stepping up big time.  When you have players like Patrick Willis, Navarrow Bowman, and Justin Smith you are bound to have a solid defense, but the Niners cannot rely on them to get them to another Super Bowl.

9. Detroit Lions (6-3) – When I think of the Lions there are 3 names that come to mind; Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford, and now Reggie Bush.  Between those 3 guys the Lions have become a very powerful offense.  Calvin has already found the endzone 9 times and is almost to 1,000 receiving yards already.  Reggie Bush has been a double threat by being the main rusher on the team and a safety valve for Stafford.  Picking up Bush was the best thing for the Lions and Bush has taken advantage of it by having 4 total TDs and almost 1,000 total yards.  Lets not forget about the defense, DeAndre Levy leads the NFL with 5 interceptions and Stephen Tulloch with 72 tackles.  The Lions actually do have a good chance at a playoff run with the Packers and the Bears both multiple games in the last few weeks.

10. Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) – The Bengals have now dropped 2 straight games; both in overtime, but dont count them out yet.  AJ Green leads the NFL in receiving yards and second in receptions; and between Bernard and Green-Ellis the running game has gotten a lot better.  To me, the issue is Dalton.  He is a good QB, but he is still making bad decisions in crucial times of the game.  When Dalton is hot he is almost impossible to stop, but when he is cold he is ice cold.  The Bengals have had an incredible defense this year and it is because of the defense that the Bengals are leading in their division.  If the Bengals can pull the offense together they should be able to take the NFC North with no problem.

11. Chicago Bears (5-4) – I had high hopes for the Bears after they came out of the gates with 3 straight wins, but recently they have been a bit disappointing.  Part of it was the fact that Cutler was injured, but you cant blame all of it on that.  The Bears main weapon is still Brandon Marshall, but Alshon Jeffery has been a nice compliment in the pass game.  Also, the emergence of Martellus Bennett has been a nice addition in the pass game.  My problem with the Bears is that they have re-vamped offensive line and a killer RB in Forte, but they are not giving him the ball enough.  Forte is almost to the 700 yard mark and a solid 7 TDs, but I feel he should be used more like an Adrian Peterson type back.  With Cutler back under center I think the Bears can give the Lions a run for their money, but only time will tell.

12. New York Jets (5-4) – The Jets were ranked dead last when the season began, but they have clawed their way up to #12.  The best thing that the Jets did was bench Sanchez; I am not saying Geno Smith is that much better, but it is definitely an improvement.  You cant blame everything on Smith though; the offensive line has given up a lot of sacks and the running game has not been too impressive.  So, how are the Jets 5-4?  Simple answer; defense.  The offense has stepped up in big situations, but the defense plays a full 4 quarters of football. 

13. Green Bay Packers (5-4) – Very rough season for the cheese heads.  The Packers have just been plagued with the injury big with key players going down, such as; Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, and Jermichael Finley.  The bright spot though has been the outstanding play of rookie Eddie Lacy.  The Packers have been searching for a franchise RB and they found it big time.  Lacy as a rookie is ranked 8th in rushing yards and 7th in rushing attempts in the league.  This may not be the year that the Packers do well, but this team is going to be extremely tough for years to come.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) – Its been an up and down season for the Eagles, but I think they are on the right track now.  I think its official that Vick is not going to have a job next year, but Foles has played very well in a short amount of time.  And when you add in LeSean McCoy to the mix it just makes the offense that much better.  The Eagles have also found a star in Riley Cooper who is playing for the injured Jeremy Maclin; who also may not have a job next year.  The offense is finally coming together and even with the NFC East being a sloppy division, the Eagles could take the division easily.

15. Dallas Cowboys (5-5) – Speaking of NFC East its time to talk about the Cowboys.  What bothers me with the Cowboys is that they have all the weapons they need on offense and defense.  You have a better Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and DeMarco Murray.  And on defense you have Sean Lee and Ware who are having Pro Bowl years.  So whats the problem?  With the schedule that the Cowboys have I really thought they would be 7-3 right now.  Everyone wants to blame Romo (because its a habit), but I cant say its all his fault.  The Cowboys are going to need to step up their game if they hope to win this horrible division.

16. Arizona Cardinals (5-4) – Another team that has an awesome defense, but a mediocre offense.  I dont see the Cardinals making a playoff push, but if they can get some better offensive players I think they could be a contender in the NFC West.  In my opinion it starts with the offensive line.  The Cards have a decent run game and they have weapons in Fitzgerald and Roberts, but if Palmer cant throw the ball they will be useless.

17. San Diego Chargers (4-5) – They have had some bright spots in Woodhead, Rivers, and Gates, but they are having a tough time stopping teams from scoring.  Rivers is having a Pro Bowl type year, but that wont be enough in their division to make a playoff push.  They are competing in the AFC West that has the Broncos and the Chiefs; so I dont really see them going to the post-season. 

18. Baltimore Ravens (4-5) – Even with the Ravens being this low they could still make the playoffs.  The AFC North has the Bengals (who the Ravens just beat), the Steelers, and the Browns.  Over the alst few weeks the Ravens have been playing like the defensing Super Bowl Champs; especially the defense.  The biggest difference in the Ravens offense has been the poor play of Ray Rice who is barely averaging 3 yards per carry.  But, its not all his fault either the pass game has been almost non-existent this season.  But even with that said the Ravens could slip into the playoffs as long as they keep pulling in the wins.

19. Cleveland Browns (4-5) – Obviously in a re-building year trading away Richardson and going through QBs like I go through underwear.  The two bright spots have been the emergence of Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon.  The Browns and the Ravens have the same record, but dont expect the Browns to be a playoff team.  There are a lot of holes in the offense, defense, and staff that will not benefit them for the remainder of the season. 

20. St. Louis Rams (4-6) – Sam Bradford is out for the rest of the year, the running game is finally working, and Tavon Austin finally had a breakout game.  There were some high hopes for the Rams coming into the season but they were quickly put to rest.  Up until last week the Rams didnt even have a rushing TD and we were just waiting for Austin to show why he was a first round pick.  The Rams could improve for future seasons, but I dont see them advancing for this season.

21. Tennessee Titans (4-5) – Even being ranked this low the Titans could push to be a Wild Card team.  In their division its the Colts, Texans, Jags, and the Titans.  Obviously the Jags and Texans have sealed their fate for this season, but the Titans still have a sliver of a chance.  You wont find any of the offensive players leading in any stats, but when you combine Chris Johnson, Jake Locker, Kendall Wright, and Nate Washington I think they could slide into a Wild Card spot if they get more wins under their belt.

22. Miami Dolphins (4-5) – Everyone was shocked when the Dolphins came out guns blazing winning 3 straight games.  But it has not taken long for the whole team to just crumble.  Since their 3 win start they have only won one more game which was in OT against the Bengals.  People thought having Mike Wallace in Miami would be an improvement and that has proven to be a disappointment, and most people listed Lamar Miller as a sleeper for fantasy players which has also been a disappointment.  Now with the Dolphins getting a lot of negative attention its only going to add to a growing problem for the franchise.

23. Washington Redskins (3-6) – I just dont understand this team at all.  Alfred Morris is probably one of the more reliable backs in the game, yet he is getting a lot less carries than his rookie year and more importantly, Morris is getting a lot less redzone carries which confuses me greatly.  I really cant tell what is going on with RGIII either.  One week he is unstoppable then the next week he cant do anything right.  It has been a treat to see Garcon play to his potential this season and I think he is one of the main reasons that the Redskins have won 3 games.  The Redskins have a long road ahead of them, but I still think that RGIII is the answer to most of the problems.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6) – Another team that just baffles me.  They are just letting games slip through their fingers.  Antonio Brown leads the NFL in receptions and has proven to be a reliable target for Big Ben, but he cant get in the endzone.  When it comes to the running game its literally hit or miss.  Le’Veon Bell is a good runner when he is healthy, but they do not have that reliable RB to back him up if something happens.  The “Steel Curtain” has not been up to par either this year and I cant tell what the problem is.  The Steelers are a good team and they have been for decades, but this has not been a good year and I dont see a playoff birth for 2013.

25. New York Giants (3-6) – Talk about a team that just fell right on their face.  It was mostly in the running game when they released Bradshaw, then Wilson played poorly, then Wilson and Brown got hurt, then Jacobs got hurt, then Hillis stepped in, and now Brown is back.  The defense has been really soft this year too by allowing well over 20 points a game which equals a lot of losses.  I know the Giants are a good team, but they got off on the wrong foot this year and they are paying for it now.

26. Buffalo Bills (3-7) – Between having a rookie QB and Spiller being a bust its just been one thing after another for the Bills this year.  People were really putting a lot of faith into Spiller and Manuel going into the season, but injuries put a stop to that quickly.  The Bills also have weapons that can add up tp wins, but they need to be able to put all the pieces of the puzzle together.  Eventually I could see the Bills being a playoff contender; just not this year.

27. Oakland Raiders (3-6) – It has been a treat to see how much Pryor has improved since the beginning of the season and I think Oakland finally has a QB they can groom to be a franchise QB.  One piece of this puzzle though is DMC needing to stay healthy for a full season.  McFadden has put up good numbers this year, but he is still plagued with the injury bug.  I gotta give the Raiders defense some credit because the few wins they have had this year have been won by the defense.

28. Houston Texans (2-7) – I really thought the Texans were going to be a solid playoff team this year; was I off or what?  It was very hard to watch Matt Schaub literally throw this team into the ground for the first 4 weeks, but its even tougher now with Foster being injured and the defense has fallen apart now that they are talking about cutting Ed Reid.  I am hoping this is just an “off” year for the Texans and they come back next year and get back on track.

29. Atlanta Falcons (2-7) – Roddy White, Julio Jones, Matt Ryan, Steven Jackson, and Tony Gonzalez.  When you look at those names all you see is Pro Bowls, TDs, and great players.  The fact that they are all on the same team you would think that it would be an unstoppable offense; well its been a different story this year.  I was predicting the Falcons to make another deep playoff run, but between injuries and just poor play they find themselves searching for answers.  2013 was not kind to the Falcons, but they will be better next season that much I know.

30. Minnesota Vikings (2-7) – I can sum up this teams season in two words; QB issues.  I can seriously say that the Vikings can blame the majority of this crappy season on the poor play of all 3 of their QBs.  Adrian Peterson is playing well and carrying the team as best as he can right now, but the QB (no matter who it is) is not helping matters.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8) – With the loss of Josh Freeman and Doug Martin the Bucs have been using inexperienced players to try and carry the team.   Its been a sad year for the Bucs, but its mostly sitting on the offense to pick up the slack for next season.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) – They finally got a win.  To be honest I dont really think too many people had high hopes for the Jags this season.

 

Well…now it is official that Tim Tebow is a free agent and looking for work.  I will be honest I was never a huge Tebow fan, but I can spot a good athlete when I see one.  Tebow got a good name in Denver and I honestly thought that going to New York was going to be a good move for his career.  Sanchez has been playing like crap so I thought it was only a matter of time before he took over the starting job.  I did not expect him to play that much in 2012, but when Ryan decided to pull Sanchez everyone thought it was going to be “Tebow Time”.  That was not the case; instead he kept riding the bench.  So now with the Jets signing Geno Smith; what is next for Tebow?  Below is some options/teams that I think could benefit Tebow.

1. Chicago Bears – Cutler is a mediocre QB at best, but playing behind Cutler would give Tebow some time to throw the ball to an outstanding receiver in Marshall.  The Bears just ramped up thei offensive line so it is going to be a lot better for running the ball as well.  The Bears have always had issues at QB and the fact that Cutler is still there is a shock to me.  But overall, Tebow could be a decent fit for the Bears.

2. San Diego Chargers – Rivers has not had the best stats over the last few years and has turned the ball over 55 times in 2 seasons.  Now there are a few weapons in San Diego, but to a degree the Chargers are kind of re-building.  So why not bring on Tebow and see if he can take over for Rivers down the road.  Nothing could really hurt the Chargers at this point so I think it is worth the gamble.

3. Oakland Raiders – The Raiders just signed Flynn, and if history repeats itself then he is going to get hurt.  Now I know the Raiders have not had a decent QB in a long time, but the Raiders are another team that could benefit from signing Tebow and letting him learn things by doing.  The Raiders have a good running attack, and not the best pass offense, but Tebow could run the wild cat with DMC, and it could be pretty cool to watch.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Freeman is another mediocre QB in the NFL, but he has a lot of weapons around him like Jackson, Williams, and Martin.  So Tebow could go to Tampa Bay and practice with some really good receivers to sharpen his skills so one day he could take over for Freeman.  Tebow is from Florida, so it might be kind of a cool homecoming for him as well.

5. New England Patriots – Now he will never be Tom Brady that is for sure, but imagine how good he could be from learning how Tom Brady plays.  He could ride the bench for a season or two and just study Tom Bradys every move and eventually take over as the starter for the Patriots.  I know he is sick of riding the bench, but if I got to learn from Tom Brady, I would do whatever you told me to.

6. CFL or Arena Football – This is a great option for Tebow because he would be able to really sharpen his skills and learn how to play all over again.  Remember Kurt Warner did that and he ended up winning a Super Bowl and going to the Hall of Fame.  I honestly think that this would be the best fit for him.  He could stay in the CFL or Arena league for a few seasons then come back to the NFL and just tear it up.

 

 


Well after one year in New York the Jets have released Tim Tebow.  We kind of saw this coming with the Jets drafting Geno Smith, and I am kind of happy for Tebow.  Believe it or not this is going to work out better for him because it was obvious that he was not going to be a starter in New York. 

When Tebow was in college and won the Heisman, everyone had big hopes and dreams for his NFL career and mid way through the 2011 season Tebow finally got his chance in Denver.  Even though his numbers were not too impressive, he kept winning and took Denver to the playoffs.  When Denver decided to bring in Peyton Manning they did not need Tebow anymore so he was traded to the Jets.  At the time I really thought that would be a good place for Tebow because Sanchez has always struggled, and I assumed it was only a matter of time before Tebow got his chance.  It just was not meant to be.  Tebow did not really play that much and when he was in, nothing good really happened.

So what is next for Tebow?  Believe it or not he still has options to continue to play football.  Remember that he is still in very good shape and there are numerous teams that could utilize him.  There are also teams that will stay away from Tebow.

Jaguars – Everyone thinks that since he is from Florida that this makes sense…well it doesn’t.  Caldwell has made it very clear that Tebow is not an option for the Jaguars.

Patriots – This could be an option because imagine Tebow learning from Tom Brady, and also imagine how Tebow could spark a fantastic run game with Ridley. 

Eagles – Too many QBs already and it would hurt his career even more if he decided to go to Philadelphia.

Raiders – Even though this is where players go to die; it might make sense for Tebow to go here only because of Flynn.  If Flynn gets hurt again then Tebow could step right in and take over.

There are other teams that Tebow could go to, and lets not rule out the CFL or Arena football.  You have to remember that Tebow is still young and he could easily play in the Canadian League or in the Arena league for a few years sharpening his skills then come back to the NFL.  I don’t think we have seen the last of Tebow.

Now that the Draft is over we can sit back and see who benefited from the draft and who could have done better.  There were some teams who had very impressive picks and some others that made us all scratch our heads in wonder.  Below I have graded each team with how I think they did in the draft. 

Buffalo Bills – Overall Grade C+I think the Bills could have done better with some of their picks.  The pick that surprised me was picking EJ Manuel instead of Geno Smith.  I think Manuel will give Kolb a run for his money and it will be interesting to see who is starting once the season starts.  The Bills did address the issues they had with receivers and I think they snatched up two decent ones in Woods and Goodwin.

Miami Dolphins – Overall Grade B
I think it was smart to pick up Dion Jordan, but I was very confused on why the Dolphins waited until the 3rd round to pick up a lineman.  I know that Jordan will help beef up the defense and Jamar Taylor will help in the Dolphins secondary, but they really needed to focus on filling he hole that was left by Long when he went to the Rams.  From my point of view I think the Dolphins did well and they added a lot of defensive players that should be very beneficial.

New England Patriots – Overall Grade C+
The Pats did not get too many picks in 2013 so they really needed to make the most of it and I do not think they did.  Their first pick came in the 2nd round and I thin kit was wise to pick up Jamie Collins to help add some muscle to their defense.  Even their 3rd round pick was good by picking up Aaron Dobson to add another weapon for Tom Brady.  From the players the Pats took I do not see any immediate starters, but they could be impact players in certain situations.

New York Jets – Overall Grade B
Really I was expecting the Jets to kind of make some dumb choices, but they surprised me with their picks.  They first addressed their defensive needs by drafting Milliner and Richardson; and both of these guys could be immediate starters.  Then the Jets added Geno Smith which was kind of a surprise, but it really could help the Jets in the long run.  After that they added a few offensive lineman to round it out.  The Jets could actually use all these players in 2013 which could make them a better team.

Baltimore Ravens – Overall Grade B+
The Ravens needed a lot of defensive help and they got what they wanted.  The Ravens could actually use Elam and Brown right away and it would not surprise me if the Ravens still had a stout defense in 2013.  The Ravens focused on adding depth after that and even though most of their picks are not going to be starting right away, it will be useful in case they need them.

Cincinnati Bengals – Overall Grade B
The Bengals already had a pretty stacked team so I think they were focusing more on adding depth to certain positions.  Drafting Eifert in the first round was a very good pick, even with Gresham still being on the Bengals it really could open up the pass game and run game.  I also think Bernard will be a nice addition at running back, it will help Dalton in the pass game and he will split carries with Green-Ellis.  Overall the Bengals could have added some more defensive players, but I think they did a decent job anyway.

Cleveland Browns – Overall Grade B+
The Browns only had 5 picks in the 2013 Draft and I think they did a good job with those picks.  I thought they would have drafted Milliner to play opposite of Haden, but they went with Mingo instead which is still a solid pick.  Then they drafted McFadden to play opposite of Haden which should work out after they break him in a little bit.  I was kind of surprised that the Browns focused more on the defense, but I cant blame them for that.

Pittsburgh Steelers – Overall Grade A-
The Steelers have always been good at drafting great caliber players and this year was no exception.  The started out by taking Jarvis Jones which should be an amazing replacement for Harrison.  They addressed the running back issue by drafting Bell, and they added a receiver to help replace Wallace.  I think Jones and Bell are going to be very big for the Steelers in 2013.  Bell is a work horse who can shoulder the load in the back field; and Jones could be the next great defensive stud for the Steel Curtain.

Houston Texans – Overall Grade C-
I was not too impressed with the Texans in the draft.  They did fill a need by drafting Hopkins as a receiver to play opposite of Andre Johnson, but I don’t see any of the players the Texans drafted being immediate starters.  I know the Texans already have a solid team and I have no doubt in my mind that they will do well, but it is concerning that their draft picks were kind of mediocre.  I think Hopkins could make a splash eventually, but that is it.

Indianapolis Colts – Overall Grade C
The Colts did a lot during the free agency so I do not think the draft was too important for the Colts.  Werner is going to be a nice addition to the defense and will be a good replacement for Freeney.  All the other picks for the Colts were just for adding depth for current starters.  The Colts will have a solid team going into 2013 and I look for them to make another playoff run.

Jacksonville Jaguars – Overall Grade A
The Jaguars added a lot of key players that could be immediate starters, and could turn this franchise around.  Even though Joeckel was not really needed for the Jaguars it was still good to pick him up to add extra power for the Jags running game.  Cyprien I think could be a starter right away and could be a Pro Bowler very soon.  almost every pick the Jaguars had was a good one and this might be the year that the Jaguars can turn it around and start being a dominant team.

Tennessee Titans – Overall Grade B+
The first three picks for the Titans were exactly what they needed.  Drafting Warmack is going to help the offensive line in both the run game and pass game, Hunter could be an immediate offensive threat as a receiver, and Wreh-Wilson should help the defense out in the secondary.  The Titans needed to have a good draft and they did just that, and when you look at the free agents they picked up the Titans are looking a lot better going into the 2013 season.

Denver Broncos – Overall Grade B-
The Broncos did not really have any pressing positions to fill, so I think they were focused on adding depth.  Adding Williams on defense will add some extra run stopping, but everyone else I really do not see making an impact right away.  The reason why their grade is higher than some is because the players they drafted could be starters on other teams.  Since they are on the Broncos it is adding depth to an already powerful team.  So if a player gets hurt there is going to be an equally awesome player to replace them.

Kansas City Chiefs – Overall Grade A-
I think it was very smart to add Fisher as the first overall pick.  He can play guard or tackle and he will be a great addition to this offensive line.  I think adding Kelce was a smart choice as well, he could be a great weapon for Alex Smith and will really help in the run game if the Chiefs use two tight ends.  I think if the Chiefs let Knile Davis rest his rookie year then he could end up being a nice back up to Jamaal Charles.

Oakland Raiders – Overall Grade B
The Raiders needed a lot of help coming into the draft.  I am glad they chose Hayden I think after he heals he will be a terrific NFL player.  If you have not heard his story then go read about it because it is amazing.  The Raiders addressed a big concern on their offensive line by drafting Watson, and he will be an immediate starter who will do great things for years to come.  Also, I like the Sio Moore pick, it adds to a linebacking squad that has needed some help for awhile.  I think the Raiders will benefit a great deal with these picks.

San Diego Chargers – Overall Grade A
Some people may disagree on this one, but the Chargers only had 6 picks and they filled a lot of holes with those picks.  The Chargers needed to add an offensive lineman and they found a good one in Fluker, and he will be starter right away to protect Rivers.  I love that they picked up Te’o; he has had some off filed issues but he is still going to be a great addition to the Chargers defense.  With the issues the Chargers had with injured receivers I think it was smart to add Keenan Allen to add some depth.

Dallas Cowboys – Overall Grade D
I was not impressed with the Cowboys, and they really needed this to strengthen their team.  It started with their first pick, they drafted Frederick to help the offensive line.  I think that is a big reach for a first rounder, even Frederick said he thought he was a second rounder.  The Cowboys did add some defensive players, but I really don’t think they will be of much help right away.  The only player that could turn out to be a sleeper pick is JJ Wilcox; I think if he gets a shot that he could make the most of it.

New York Giants – Overall Grade B
The Giants really needed two things; defensive and offensive lineman.  They got both of them and they started with drafting Pugh to help with pass protection and run support.  Hankins and Moore will be nice rotational players on defense that could really improve the pass rush for Giants.  The Giants also drafted QB Ryan Nassib to be groomed under Manning which should help him a lot.

Philadelphia Eagles – Overall Grade B
The Eagles needed to add some beef on the offensive line and they got that by drafting Lane Johnson.  Johnson should be a huge increase for the run game and for the pass protection.  The Eagles also brought in Matt Barkley which will just add to the QB fiasco in Philadelphia.  The Eagles did a lot in the free agency, so most of these picks will be nice additions for the depth chart and will be some interesting starters once the season starts.

Washington Redskins – Overall Grade B+
The Redskins did not have many draft picks, but they did make the most of them.  The Skins really needed to add some defensive help in the secondary and they started out by drafting Amerson who should be a starter right away.  They also drafted Thomas who led the nation in interceptions and could be a very good weapon for the Skins defense.  As long as the Redskins offense can stay healthy then I think they should have a promising 2013 season.

Chicago Bears – Overall Grade C+
I think the Bears could have made a lot better choices with their early picks.  The Bears made it clear that they wanted to focus on protecting Cutler and beefing up their offense.  They did that in the free agency and by drafting a lineman with their first pick by picking Kyle Long, which was kind of a stretch.  They drafted some linebackers that will add some depth, but they passed over a lot of solid players that could have really helped them and I think they will pay for that in 2013.  I think the Bears will still do just fine, but they are in a conference that is full of good teams.

Detroit Lions – Overall Grade B+
The Lions had a lot of issues to address and they did a great job with their picks.  Obviously Ansah is going to be a big part of the Lions defense and should be a Pro Bowler soon.  Then in Round 2 they picked up Slay to help in the secondary, and he could be a starter right away as well.  They also added some depth to some skill positions, and they should be promising back up players if someone is going to get hurt.  The Lions are in a tough division, but they should have a decent 2013 season.

Green Bay Packers – Overall Grade A-
The Packers filled their roster with excellent players and it started by drafting Jones to play with Clay on defense; which is going to be very difficult for offenses.  The Packers have needed to find a solid RB to fill the run game so they drafted two of the best in the draft.  It should be exciting to see who is the starting RB by the time the season starts, but with the prospects they have it should finally make the Packers a complete team.

Minnesota Vikings – Overall Grade A
I was very impressed with the Vikings picks; they added some serious big time play makers.  The first pick was Floyd who will be a monster on defense, then they turned around and added Rhodes who will be a nightmare in the secondary, and then they added Patterson who will be a great compliment to Jennings.  The Vikings have had a very impressive off season and it would not surprise me if they made a playoff run in 2013.

Atlanta Falcons – Overall Grade B+
The Falcons had some serious concerns at the CB position and they addressed that by snagging two very talented players in Trufant and Alford.  They rounded out the draft with some players that will be good backups; but the Falcons made such a huge splash in the free agency that they really did not need too much in the draft. 

Carolina Panthers – Overall Grade A-
The Panthers only had 5 picks in the draft, but they made them count and added some serious beef to the defensive line.  They had a steal in Star Lotulelei and then with their second pick they picked up Short.  Both of these players could be potential starters and the Panthers really needed the help with the run defense and pass rush.  With the upgrades to the defense I hope that the offense can step up their game to make the Panthers a solid team.

New Orleans Saints – Overall Grade B+
The Saints had the worst defense in 2012 so everyone knew they would snag the best defensive players.  They did snag Vaccaro to help in the Saints secondary and they also added Jenkins who will be a big help in run stopping.  The Saints did add an extra offensive lineman as well.  The Saints still have a long road ahead of them, but they should have a good season as long as they stay healthy.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Overall Grade B-
The Bucs had a very impressive free agency so I don’t think they had much need for the draft.  They did pick up Banks who will be another stud on an already stout defense, but the other picks will be nice additions on the depth chart.  I was surprised to see them take a QB with their second pick, but maybe by having some competition it might give Freeman the boost he needs to step his game up.

Arizona Cardinals – Overall Grade A-
I knew the Cardinals needed help and I did not think they could do all of it in the draft; but they did.  Almost every player they chose could end up starting or getting a lot of playing time.  Cooper is going to be an NFL lineman for a long time and will be very helpful in pass protection.  Minter is going to be a stud middle linebacker and will add some great leadership.  Taylor could end up being the starting running back over Mendenhall if he keeps playing the way he has been.  The Cards still have a lot of work to do, but they made some steps in the right direction.

San Francisco 49ers – Overall Grade A+
The 49ers completely nailed this draft and it is just adding more scary players to an already scary team.  The Niners added a lot of defensive players and it started with Reid at FS; he will be a great addition to this defensive style.  They then added two defensive ends that will end up adding more run support and pass rush to a team that had one of the best defenses in the NFL.  Everyone was shocked when they took Lattimore, but in the big picture he could be a huge steal once he is healthy and has time to learn from Gore.

Seattle Seahawks – Overall Grade B+
The Seahawks made such a huge impact in the free agency that the draft was just to add more players as insurance policies.  The Seahawks now have 3 solid running backs, 3 very good receivers, a very tough defense, and a sensational QB.  Pretty much the Seahawks will be a very tough team to beat and even if they have injuries they will have equally amazing players to fill in. 

St Louis Rams – Overall Grade A
The Rams were another team that needed a lot of help on both sides of the ball.  They traded up to get Austin as another weapon on offense, then they snagged Ogletree who is going to be a nightmare on defense.  They Also picked up McDonald as a FS, and that should really help in the secondary.  The Rams are in a very tough division, but I think they made good steps in the right direction.