( 4UMF NEWS ) NFL Draft Winners- AFC:
The NFL Draft (sadly) ended last night, completing one of the fasts, most entertaining drafts in history.
As always, their are draft “Winners” and draft “Losers” . Here are the AFC Winners.
1. Andrew Luck, quarterback, Stanford
34. Coby Fleener, tight end, Stanford
64. Dwayne Allen, tight end, Clemson
92. T.Y. Hilton, wide receiver, Florida International
136. Josh Chapman, nose tackle, Alabama
170. Vick Ballard, running back, Mississippi State
206. LaVon Brazil, wide receiver, Ohio
208. Justin Anderson, tackle, Georgia
214. Tim Fugger, defensive end, Vanderbilt
253. Chandler Harnish, quarterback, Northern Illinois
Details: The Colts got the best player in the draft. in Andrew Luck, and did well to get him some weapons in the process. The Colts added the top 2 Tight Ends in this years draft inLuck’s college teammate Coby Fleener, added in the second round and Dwayne Allen. T.Y. Hilton will contribute immediately as an explosive returner and game breaking ability out of the slot. A huge pick in round 5, finding the new anchor of the Colts 3-4 defense in Alabama DT Josh Chapman who was one of the NCAA’s premier run defenders in 2011. Mr. Irrelevant Harnish has a legit shot to nail down the long-term backup job to Luck.
24: David DeCastro, guard, Stanford
56: Mike Adams, tackle, Ohio State
86. Sean Spence, linebacker, Miami (FL)
109. Alameda Ta’amu, defensive tackle, Washington
159. Chris Rainey, running back, Florida
231. Toney Clemons, wide receiver, Colorado
240. David Paulsen, tight end, Oregon
246. Terrence Fredrick, cornerback, Texas A&M
248. Kelvin Beachum, guard, SMU
Details: The Steelers don’t rebuild, they reload, and this draft was no different. The draft’s top guard fell right to the Steelers in the first round, filling a huge need. Adams was a first-round pick before testing positive for marijuana, but he will have to get stronger to secure the right tackle job. Sean Spence in the next linebacker in the great Steeler tradition. Ta’amu might be the steal of the draft as a massive penetrator to anchor the 3-4 defense and Chris Rainey is an elusive guy with tons of speed that will give Big Ben another toy on offense. Frederick is a potential late-round gem as a slot corner, another position of need.
17. Dre Kirkpatrick, cornerback, Alabama
27. Kevin Zeitler, guard, Wisconsin
53. Devon Still, defensive tackle, Penn State
83. Mohamed Sanu, wide receiver, Rutgers
93. Brandon Thompson, defensive tackle, Clemson
116. Orson Charles, tight end, Georgia
156. Shaun Prater, cornerback, Iowa
166. Marvin Jones, wide receiver, California
167. George Iloka, safety, Boise State
191. Dan Herron, running back, Ohio State
Details: Cincinnati’s had a very strong draft, finding multiple contributors, with the top eight potentially seeing significant playing time. The Bengals missed out on a game breaker early on, but they stuck to the board and drafted the best player available and simultaneously filling their roster needs. Jay Gruden’s offense needs a receiver to replace Jerome Simpson, and it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising if Cal product Marvin Jones ends up a better receiver than Sanu. Iloka is a project safety, which DC Mike Zimmer favors.
Story @ Urban Sports