Mark Maske’s AFC draft grades

Jadeveon Clowney

Houston drafted Jadeveon Clowney No. 1 overall, but their later picks and maneuvering made it one of the drafts Mark Maske liked the most. (Pat Sullivan/Associated Press)

Here are Mark Maske’s draft grades, which ran in Sunday’s print editions, for the 16 AFC teams. The NFC grades are in a separate post.

AFC NORTH

nfl_ravensBALTIMORE RAVENS: Baltimore’s moves, as always, made sense. The Ravens added an inside linebacker who’s a productive tackler in C.J. Mosley, and potential defensive contributors in Timmy Jernigan and Terrence Brooks. Grade: B

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (17th pick overall) ILB C.J. Mosley Alabama
 2 (48) DT Timmy Jernigan Florida State
 3 (79) S Terrence Brooks Florida State
 3 (99) TE Crockett Gilmore Colorado State
 4 (134) DE Brent Urban Virginia
 4 (138) RB Lorenzo Taliaferro Coastal Carolina
 5 (175) G John Urschel Penn State
 6 (194) QB Keith Wenning Ball State
 7 (218) WR Mike Campanaro Wake Forest

 

nfl_bengalsCINCINNATI BENGALS: Cincinnati was fortunate to have Darqueze Dennard fall to it at 24th overall. He has the talent to have been picked much higher and he should play immediately and help. AJ McCarron was worth a fifth-rounder. Grade: B

Cincinnati’s 2014 draft picks | Roster | Post-draft depth chart

nfl_brownsCLEVELAND BROWNS: They took a risk trading three times in the first round, but ultimately got their guy in Johnny Manziel. It’s questionable whether Justin Gilbert was worth the eighth overall pick, but the Browns emerged with Gilbert, Manziel and an extra first-rounder next year, plus Joel Bitonio in the second round. Grade: A

Cleveland’s 2014 draft picks | Roster | Post-draft depth chart

nfl_steelersPITTSBURGH STEELERS: Pittsburgh should be younger and better on defense. The 15th overall pick might have been a little bit too soon to take linebacker Ryan Shazier, but the Steelers got lucky to get defensive end Stephon Tuitt in the middle of the second round. Grade: B

Pittsburgh’s 2014 draft picks | Roster | Post-draft depth chart

● Related: 2013  AFC & NFC draft grades | 2014 Insider draft posts | 2011 grades

AFC EAST

nfl_billsBUFFALO BILLS: They traded up to get a potential difference-maker on offense in Sammy Watkins, but the cost included a first-round pick next year. Still, it probably was worth it. Landing Cyrus Kouandjio in the second round was fortunate and added to a handsome draft haul. Grade: B+

Buffalo’s 2014 draft picks | Roster | Post-draft depth chart

nfl_dolphinsMIAMI DOLPHINS: Miami clearly needed an offensive lineman in the early going, and it got one in the opening round. But was Ja’Wuan James the right offensive lineman to take 19th overall? Grade: C-

Miami’s 2014 draft picks | Roster | Post-draft depth chart

nfl_patriotsNEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: New England took a risk that Dominique Easley will bounce back from his knee injuries. The Patriots used a second-round pick to get a potential successor to Tom Brady in Jimmy Garoppolo. Grade: C+

New England’s 2014 draft picks | Roster | Post-draft depth chart

nfl_jetsNEW YORK JETS: They got better in the secondary with Calvin Pryor and Dexter McDougle, although some wonder if the third round was too soon to take McDougle after his injury-shortened final season at Maryland. They added several pass-catching options to help whichever quarterback ends up starting for them. Grade: B-

New York’s 2014 draft picks | Roster | Post-draft depth chart

AFC SOUTH

nfl_texansHOUSTON TEXANS: Taking Jadeveon Clowney with the top overall choice was the obvious move, and the Texans made it. Getting Xavier Su’a-Filo to begin the second round was a sensible pick, and Louis Nix was an excellent third-round value. But they perhaps could have sought some QB help before the fourth round, when they took Tom Savage. Grade: B+

Houston’s 2014 draft picks | Roster | Post-draft depth chart

nfl_coltsINDIANAPOLIS COLTS: Indianapolis lacked a first-round pick thanks to the Trent Richardson trade. The Colts did add potential help along the offensive line with Jack Mewhort. Grade: C-

Indianapolis’s 2014 draft picks | Roster | Post-draft depth chart

nfl_jaguarsJACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: They gave the draft its first surprise when they used the third overall pick on Blake Bortles, making him the first quarterback chosen. Was it too soon? Perhaps. But it’s a quarterbacks league more than ever</span>, and those teams that don’t have one need to find a way to get one. Bortles could benefit from the second-round choice of Marqise Lee. Grade: B+

Jacksonville’s 2014 draft picks | Roster | Post-draft depth chart

nfl_titansTENNESSEE TITANS: Tennessee wasn’t in desperate need of a tackle but Taylor Lewan  was too good to pass up at No. 11. It was the proper move. But with only one other pick in the first three rounds, the Titans might not receive much immediate benefit. Zach Mettenberger certainly was worth a sixth-rounder. Grade: B-

Tennessee’s 2014 draft picks | Roster | Post-draft depth chart

● Draft tracker: Sort picks by position, team or school, and find bios here.

AFC WEST

nfl_broncosDENVER BRONCOS: They helped themselves in the secondary and at wide receiver. Bradley Roby was a good value at 31st overall and Cody Latimer should help the receiving corps after the free agent departure of Eric Decker. Grade: B

Denver’s 2014 draft picks | Roster | Post-draft depth chart

nfl_chiefsKANSAS CITY CHIEFS: Kansas City addressed its defense with its first two picks and did fairly well, although the third round might have been a bit early for Phillip Gaines. De’Anthony Thomas can take over for Dexter McCluster, and choosing Aaron Murray in the fifth round as a developmental quarterback was a reasonable move. Grade: B-

Kansas City’s 2014 draft picks | Roster | Post-draft depth chart

nfl_raidersOAKLAND RAIDERS: Khalil Mack had been mentioned as a possible top overall pick, and the Raiders were fortunate enough to get him fifth. They got a potential quarterback of the not-too-distant future when Derek Carr fell to them in the second round. Guard Gabe Jackson should be a useful addition as well. Grade: A-

Oakland’s 2014 draft picks | Roster | Post-draft depth chart

nfl_chargersSAN DIEGO CHARGERS: Jason Verrett lacks size but is a reliable cover cornerback worth the 25th overall selection. Second-round linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu also should help. Grade: B-

San Diego’s 2014 draft picks | Roster | Post-draft depth chart

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Mark Maske’s NFC draft grades | Redskins draft for depth

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