First a disclaimer: The following does not include draft grades. NFL Drafts should be evaluated, at the very least, two seasons after the last player has been selected.
- The Dolphins will have a much different approach to offense under new coach Joe Philbin. Tight End Michael Egnew is a receiver first and foremost, tailback Lamar Miller’s best asset is his break away speed and offensive tackle Jonathan Martin is a finesse, pass protection blocker. These selections are evidence that Miami is transitioning to a spread attack with the passing game as the foundation of the offense.
- Change has also come to Oakland. The Raiders philosophy of “draft the fastest guy available” is dead. Oakland selected wide receiver Juron Criner in the fifth round who ran a 4.68 40 at the combine while Miami speed wide-out Tommy Streeter (4.40 in the 40) was still on the board.
- It’s surprising that the Bengals, a playoff team in 2011, was able to add so many productive college players like Mohamed Sanu, Brandon Thompson and Orson Charles.
- Who would have predicted that San Diego State would have more players drafted than the University of Florida?
- When was the last time six specialists ( four kickers, two punters) were drafted in the same class?