It’s tough to grade teams’ drafts just days after Mr. Irrelevant was named, but nonetheless, let’s take a look at teams who, at the very least, appear to have bettered their roster.
New York Jets: Considering the Jets added cornerback Darrelle Revis, CB Antonio Cromartie, CB Buster Skrine, safety Marcus Gilchrist, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, and several other veterans this offseason, it was already expected that they will improve from their 2014 4-12 record.
The Jets started off the draft on a great note by picking defensive lineman Leonard Williams sixth overall. It was a major surprise that Williams—who was considered the top prospect in the draft—slid to six.
Other notable draft picks include WR Devin Smith (second round/47th overall) and quarterback Bryce Petty (fourth round/103rd overall). The Jets drafted six players, and traded their seventh round pick to the St. Louis Rams for St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy. The Jets acquired the seventh round pick in the Marshall trade back in March, so they essentially traded a fifth round pick and added both Stacy and Marshall.
Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens added 6’2″, 212-pound WR Breshad Perriman with their first round pick (26th overall). In the following round, the Ravens drafted TE Maxx Williams (55th overall). The team drafted nine players.
Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins drafted WR DeVante Parker 14th overall in the first round. The ‘Phins added defensive tackle Jordan Phillips in the second round (52nd overall). Phillips joins DT Ndamukong Suh on one of the league’s top defensive lines. The Dolphins drafted seven players.
Minnesota Vikings: In the first round (11th overall), the Vikings drafted CB Trae Waynes, who was the draft’s top corner on the vast majority of big boards. The Vikes kept bolstering their defense, and in the second round (45th overall), they selected linebacker Eric Kendricks. In the fourth round (110th overall), the Vikings selected offensive tackle TJ Clemmings, who was a possible first round pick heading into Thursday. The Vikings had a total of ten draft picks.