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AFC Draft Grades: Fantasy Impacts

Our expert grades each team in the AFC and looks to the fantasy impact of their additions

Baltimore Ravens

17- C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

48- Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

79- Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State

99- Crockett Gilmore, TE, Colorado State

134- Brent Urban, DT, Virginia

138- Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Coastal Carolina

175- John Urschel, G, Penn State

194- Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State

218- Mike Campanaro

Grade B-

Mosley is a great young LB who will most likely be immediately inserted into the starting line-up. Due to a failed drug test, Timmy Jernigan fell to them in the 2nd round. I love this pick up. These two quickly improve the Ravens front seven. It is a little concerning the Ravens drafted an inside linebacker and a safety so high, however, after drafting Brown and Elam in last year's draft. Pick 79 should have been a WR. They could really have used a receiver in the very deep draft. Brent Urban was also a solid pick-up, but will most likely have a limited role, at least in the immediate future.

Fantasy Impact

I don't see much fantasy impact in this draft for the Ravens at all. Maybe grab Lorenzo Taliaferro in dynasty leagues, and hope Ray Rice continues to rapidly decline. Mosley could be a nice pick-up in IDP leagues.

Buffalo Bills

4- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

44- Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

73- Preston Brown, MLB, Louisville

109- Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke

153- Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor

221- Randell Johnson, OLB, Florida Atlantic

237- Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami

Grade B-

The Bills drafted a great player in Sammy Watkins, but gave up way too much to get him. However, they drafted three offensive linemen that can make an immediate impact for the Bills. Kouandjio and Henderson both have first round talent, but slipped due to different reasons. Kouandjio has health issues due to his knee, and Henderson is a great talent that underachieved due to laziness and off field issues. All their defensive picks are average at best.

Fantasy Impact

Sammy Watkins is an immediate impact player. Expect him to make big plays as Manuel's number one target. I also wouldn't be surprised to see him getting involved on some running plays. All the O-Line help could also help everyone on that offense.

Cincinnati Bengals

24- Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

55- Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU

88- Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia

111- Russell Bodine, C, North Carolina

164- AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama

212- Marquis Flowers, OLB, Arizona

239- James Wright, WR, LSU

Grade C+

Dennard was great value at pick 24 and I don't think many thought he would fall that far. However, Jeremy Hill (who has shown flashes of greatness) was not the best RB available and may not be the greatest fit. With a history of violent crimes and off the field issues, Cincy may not be the best fit for a troubled player like himself. I would have liked to see him fall into a more stable organization with veteran leadership. AJ McCarron is a great value pick and has the potential to be a very good QB should Andy Dalton not work out or get injured.

Fantasy impact

Jeremy Hill could have decent value, he will most likely take Green-Ellis' workload and be a solid handcuff to Gio Bernard. Dennard could have some value in IDP leagues if he earns the starting job, but I wouldn't bank on him. AJ McCarron could be a deep sleeper in dynasty leagues, but nothing more right now.

Cleveland Browns

8- Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

22- Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

35- Joel Bitonio, OT/G, Nevada

71- Christian Kirksey, LB, Iowa

94- Terrance West, RB, Towson

127- Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

Grade D+

The Browns have homeless men on the street making picks for them and it shows. The Browns passed on Watkins and Evans and traded back with their top pick. They knew they were taking a QB and knew Gordon was facing a yearlong suspension, yet they didn't get their new QB a weapon. Not only did they not get a WR in the first, they opted for an offensive tackle and linebacker with their next two picks. With highly paid O-linemen like Mack and Thomas (and an all-around strong defense), they didn't exactly address their needs. Gilbert is a very good player, but with Haden and Skine at the corner, they weren't exactly desperate for a corner. There is no excuse for taking Kirksey over a WR. Manziel already has bust potential and now is given no weapons. The only thing that kept the Browns from having a lower grade is the fact that I love the Terrance West pick; don't be surprised if by the end of the year, he's the Browns' top RB.

Fantasy impact

I don't expect too much out of Manziel, but he will be a starter QB so he has some value. His running could really help his fantasy value. Also Gilbert will most likely start and could have some IDP value. The big fantasy player here is Terrance West. The bottom line is Ben Tate isn't that good, and is also injury prone. West is a must draft in dynasty leagues, and a handcuff in all others. Expect West to be the Browns' top back no later than 2015.

Denver Broncos

31- Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

56- Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

95- Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan

156-. Lamin Barrow, MLB, LSU

207- Matt Paradis, C, Boise State

242- Corey Nelson, LB, Oklahoma

Grade B-

I would have liked to see the Broncos grab an O-Lineman in the first round, but Roby is a very good player. Always good to see a Peyton Manning "coached" team go defense first. Latimer is a very good player who should not have fallen that far. I'm not so sure they needed a WR after adding Emanuel Sanders, but it is good value. Although I question the direction they went, I do like the players they decided to take. Schofield and Barrow can also add solid much needed depth.

Fantasy impact

Don't expect too much out of Latimer this year. He will most likely be the 6th or 7th option on the offense. But he's a guy I would pick up in dynasty leagues. He's highly talented, and who knows? Maybe he climbs that stacked Broncos depth chart.

Houston Texans

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

33- Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA

65- C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

83. Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame

135. Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh

177. Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama

181. Alfred Blue, RB, LSU

211. Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn

216. Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt

256. Lonnie Ballentine, S, Memphis

Grade A-

Jadeveon Clowney was the top player in this draft and pairing him with J.J. Watt is a terrifying thought for offensive coordinators throughout the NFL. They got a great guard at pick 33 in Su'a-Filo and tremendous value in Louis-Nix at pick 83. They added a back-up tight end they hope competes for the starting job. Added a lot of solid defensive depth deep in the draft. I also really like the idea of taking Auburns full back Jay Prosch. The one glaring hole the Texans did not address is the QB position. Tom Savage is not good and will never be a good starting QB. They were better off not even taking a QB and getting a much better player at pick 135. The only thing keeping them from the top grade is the QB position.

Fantasy impact

Clowney is an obvious must own in IDP leagues. Also Alfred Blue could be a sneaky handcuff or dynasty pick. Remember Arian Foster went undrafted and is coming off serious back surgery. Nix could also have some IDP value on that ridiculous D-Line. Don't draft Tom Savage in any league. No matter how much playing time he is given, he's not good.

Indianapolis Colts

59- Jack Mewhort, G/OT, Ohio State

90- Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss

166- Jonathan Newsome, DE, Ball State

203- Andrew Jackson, MLB, Western Kentucky

232- John Ulrick, OT, Georgia State

Grade D+

Why is the Indy grade so low, you ask? Because their first pick became massive disappointment Trent Richardson. When Jack Mewhort is your first pick, you are lucky to get a + after the D. However Moncrief is a steal at pick 90 and I'm shocked he fell that far. After that they added a few players that may never crack the starting line-up. At the end of the day bad trades in the regular season hindered their draft.

Fantasy impact

Moncrief should immediately step in as the Lucks' third option, and could climb depending on how Reggie Wayne comes back off injury. A must draft in dynasty leagues and a sleeper pick in all others.

Jacksonville Jaguars

3- Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

39- Marqise Lee, WR, USC

61- Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

93- Brandon Linder, G, Miami

114- Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma

144- Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State

159- Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas

205- Luke Bowanko, C, Virginia

222- Storm Johnson, RB, UCF

Grade B

I'm not a Blake Bortles fan, but the Jags needed a QB and obviously got the one they felt was the best fit. I really didn't like the Marqise Lee pick because I liked Allen Robinson, but since they came back around and got Robinson, no harm no foul. They added a lot of solid players with decent upside from pick 63 to 205. Storm Johnson at pick 222 is ridiculous value, and will be their future starting RB.

Fantasy impact

A lot of fantasy impact in the Jags draft. Bortles will be the starter sooner rather than later, and the biggest winner from that is second year player Ace Sanders. He is the perfect guy to catch a screen and take it a long way. This won't be the last time I say this. If you are looking for a good sleeper: DRAFT ACE SANDERS. Lee and Robinson both have a lot of fantasy potential. I believe Robinson will become the more consistent option, and a much better PPR option. Lee has more flash, but Robinson may be the most dependable WR in this draft. I would draft Robinson in all formats, while Lee is also a sleeper option in all formats. Also, Storm Johnson will take that starting job for Toby Gerhart by 2015. Johnson is a great sleeper pick in dynasty leagues and a handcuff in all other leagues. He could be in a split back role this season.

Kansas City Chiefs

23- Dee Ford, DE, Auburn

87- Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

124- De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

163- Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

193- Zach Fulton, G, Tennessee

200- Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff, OT, McGill

Grade C

Dee ford was a stretch at pick 23. I don't love the pick and would have liked to see them take a much better player. Gaines is a decent pick (not great though), but I doubt he sees the field too often this season. Thomas has some potential in an Andy Reid offense, and I like the risk on Aaron Murray. Both players are high risk/high reward, but I like their upside. All in all a lackluster draft for the Chiefs. They really should have addressed the WR position as well.

Fantasy impact

I see very little fantasy impact from this draft. Thomas and Murray could be deep sleepers in dynasty leagues, but that's about it. Maybe take a late flyer on Ford in IDP leagues.

Miami Dolphins

19- Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee

63- Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

67- Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State

125- Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty

155- Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia

171- Jordan Tripp, LB, Montana

190- Matt Hazel, WR, Coastal Carolina

234- Terrence Fede, DE, Marist

Grade C+

I really like what the Dolphins tried to do in this draft; I just don't love the players they chose to take. James was a stretch at 19. I believe the perfect scenario would have been swapped with the Steelers and get Zack Martin, Pitt could still get Shazier at 19. With the next three picks they could have grabbed OT Moses from Virginia, WR Moncrief from Ole Miss or even Bryant from Clemson and Stanford guard Yankey. I do like the TE Lynch as a value pick, although it's not really a need position. Jordan Tripp was a steal with a lot of potential and could crack the starting line-up in the future. Although I don't love the choices, they did manage to get value with every pick. They did also address a disastrous offensive line.

Fantasy impact

Expect Dolphins RBs and Tannehill to improve this season with an upgraded O-Line. Landry could be a nice little sleeper moving the chains if Wallace can take the top off the defense this year. A must draft in dynasty leagues and sleeper in all other formats.

New England Patriots

29- Dom Easley, DT, Florida

62- Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

105- Bryan Stork, C, Florida State

130- James White, RB, Wisconsin

140- Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford

179- Jon Halapio, G, Florida

198- Zach Moore, DE, Concordia

206- Jemea Thomas, CB, Georgia Tech

244- Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan

Grade D+

Dom Easley is not a bad player, but a bit of a reach and has serious questions about his health. They added some depth on the O-Line and decent value on defense, but I really don't love anything they did. It is hard to question a team that hasn't lost seven games in over a decade, but it is my job and I will not blindly follow.

Fantasy impact

There is no one worth drafting on your fantasy team in this draft.

New York Jets

18- Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

49- Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

80- Dexter McDougle, CB, Maryland

104- Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma

115- Shaq Evans, WR, UCLA

137- Dakota Dozier, OT, Furman

154- Jeremiah George, MLB, Iowa State

195- Brandon Dixon, CB, Northwest Missouri State

209- Quincy Enunwa, WR, Nebraska

210- IK Enemkpali, DE, Louisiana Tech

213- Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson

233- Trevor Reilly, OLB, Utah

Grade B-

Pryor has the potential to be great Safety and Amaro was great value (dropped to 49). After that, I would have liked to have seen them trade up in a few spots with all those picks. They could have really gone quality over quantity at the WR and CB positions. I believe Shaq Evans will be the most productive WR they drafted. Dakota Dozier could make it into the rotation on the Jets O-Line soon. The Jets will still have coverage issues, and Geno Smith didn't really get any great weapons to throw to.

Fantasy impact

Amaro should have an immediate impact, and is worth a late pick in all leagues and a must draft in dynasty leagues. Pryor should make a big time impact right away in IDP leagues. If I was going to take one of these WRs, I'd take a shot on Shaq Evans as a deep sleeper. Evans and Saunders are both sleepers in dynasty leagues.

Oakland Raiders

5- Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo

36- Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

81- Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State

107- Justin Ellis, DT, Louisiana Tech

116- Keith McGill, CB, Utah

219- Travis Carrie, CB, Ohio

235- Shelby Harris, DE, Illinois State

247- Jonathan Dowling, S, Western Kentucky

Grade C+

I like the Mack pick and Carr could very well be the second best QB in this draft class. I understand the Raiders have a ton of holes to fill pretty much everywhere, but to add no offensive weapons to a team that desperately needs them is a very questionable decision. They added a pretty good guard in Jackson and a few decent defensive players later in the draft, but no stand outs.

Fantasy impact

Mack can be an immediate IDP star. Aside from that, only Derek Carr in dynasty leagues can make an impact any time soon.

Pittsburgh Steelers

15- Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

46- Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

97- Dri Archer, RB, Kent State

118- Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

157- Shaquille Richardson, CB, Arizona

173- Wesley Johnson, OT, Vanderbilt

192- Jordan Zumwalt, LB, UCLA

215- Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee

230- Rob Blanchflower, TE, Massachusetts

Grade B-

I don't love the Shazier pick that high, but he is a good fit for that defense. The Steelers got a lot of great value throughout this draft and went with almost all upside guys. Tuitt was a solid pick at 46 and Bryant was a great pick at 118. After that, they drafted all high upside guys. Richardson, Johnson, and McCullers all have a good chance to one day become starters, but I don't love the Dri Archer pick. They have much more pressing needs with that much talent on the board at pick 97.

Fantasy impact

Bryant is a really strong sleeper, so I wouldn't be surprised to see him make an impact almost immediately. Shazier and Tuitt could both have an immediate impact in IDP leagues, but Shazier the much stronger pick. I'd stay away from Dri Archer in all formats with Bell and Blount on that roster.

San Diego Chargers

25. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

50- Jerimiah Attaochu, LB, Georgia Tech

89- Chris Watt, G, Notre Dame

165. Ryan Carrethers, NT, Arkansas State

201. Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State

240. Tevin Reese, WR, Baylor

Grade C

They did what they could with limited picks. Verrett could be a very good corner, and Attaochu has a lot of value at pick 50. I don't particularly love any of their other picks. Grice could be solid if he gets playing time, while Reese has an outside shot to get some playing time. Carrethers could be a solid player. Lackluster draft overall.

Fantasy impact

Verrett and Attaochu could be sleepers in IDP leagues, and Grice is a deep sleeper in dynasty leagues.

Tennessee Titans

11- Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

54- Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

112- DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State

122- Marqueston Huff, CB, Wyoming

151- Avery Williamson, MLB, Kentucky

178- Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

Grade B+

Lewan is a nasty tackle for a team that desperately needed to address the O-Line. Bishop Sankey is probably the most well rounded weapon in this draft. Jones was a great value at pick 112, and I like the depth they added late. Huff has a shot to get playing time. I like that they didn't reach for a QB. I don't like Mettenberger, but I'd rather take a bad QB later than early (especially when he has just as much potential as the rest of them).

Fantasy impact

Bishop Sankey immediately becomes a high ranked RB. He should be drafted, and drafted high in all formats. He may be ELITE in PPR leagues.

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