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Overrated/Underrated NFL Draft Prospects: AFC East

Last but not least...
Buffalo Bills:
Overrated: Stephon Gilmore
Underrated: Zebrie Sanders
X-Factor: Cordy Glenn
Analysis: I don't dislike Gilmore a lot... I had him graded out as a 1st round prospect and certainly understand the need for quality cover guys in Buffalo. As a top 10 pick though? I'm not sure I'm buying that. I felt he was more of mid-to-late round guy. Sanders is a guy who I thought was overrated by many just after the college football season, but in the 5th round, I actually consider him to be a very good, underrated pickup. The X-Factor though is Cordy Glenn. This guy was a surefire 1st rounder in my mind. While I don't consider him to be a solution at left tackle, he could make a pretty solid right tackle or an excellent option at either guard position. He reminds me very much of ex-Dallas Cowboys guard Leonard Davis. Davis was drafted out of college to be a left tackle, but never panned out there. Once Dallas moved him inside to guard though, he became an All-Pro. I could see a similar career path for Glenn.

Miami Dolphins:
Overrated: Ryan Tannehill
Underrated: Lamar Miller
X-Factor: Tannehill
Analysis: Tannehill is one of those prospects people either loved or hated. It was predictable that he would go in the top 10-12 picks though. Miami needed to make this pick after striking out on the likes of Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn in free agency and also failing to trade up for Robert Griffin III. Tannehill comes with a very live arm and good athleticism, but he's very raw and still getting used to the QB position. He began his college career as a wide receiver and only made 19 college starts after former Aggie QB Jerrod Johnson fell apart during his last college season. If he does fail, he certainly can't make the excuse that he won't be well protected on the edges. Jake Long is one of the best in the business at left tackle while 2nd round pick Jonathan Martin should make for a very good right tackle. How Miller fell to Round 4 is beyond me. That pick will prove to be one of the mid-to-late round steals. A couple other underrated pickups for the Dolphins were wide receivers... Rishard Matthews of Nevada in Round 7 and former Penn State WR Derek Moye as an undrafted free agent.

New England Patriots:
Overrated: Tavon Wilson
Underrated: Alfonzo Dennard
X-Factor: Chandler Jones
Analysis: I do get that New England needed help at the safety position. While Tavon Wilson could surprise, he could have been had much later on. Why they felt the need to pick him up in the mid-2nd round is beyond me. That was one of the major reaches of the draft. Reminded me of when the Chargers took Jonas Mouton in Round 2 a year ago. Dennard is a guy who almost went undrafted after he was arrested for allegedly punching a police officer. Not a smart move just before the draft, but before that, he was being viewed as a late 2nd or mid-3rd round selection, so it's well worth the gamble on him in the very last round. After spending years dealing out of the 1st round to pick up future 1st round picks, this was the year New England decided to move up. They got much needed help defensively in Jones and also Alabama inside linebacker Dont'a Hightower. Both should be able to instantly upgrade a porous pass rush. There is only so long Tom Brady will be around... he will turn 35 in August, so New England definitely had to get much better on the defensive side of the ball to give him a much chance at another ring or two before he retires.

New York Jets:
Overrated: Quinton Coples
Underrated: Terrence Ganaway
X-Factor: Stephen Hill
Analysis: Coples is certainly a 1st round talent. If he's motivated enough to make the most out of his NFL career, he could have the payoff of a top 5 selection at 16th overall. The question is though... will he have that motivation? Coples even admitted himself to giving 'C-level' effort during his senior season at North Carolina. Some will say maybe he did that to avoid injury, but it didn't work out well as he ended up a lot like former teammate Marvin Austin. While he obviously didn't fall to the latter part of Round 2 like Austin did, he did cost himself draft position. Who's to say he will suddenly get motivated now that he has guaranteed money in his pocket? Ganaway was a Round 6 pick I was a big fan of. RGIII and Kendall Wright got all the attention, but this kid quietly rushed for over 1500 yards and 21 TDs in his senior season. He is like a bowling ball when he gets going. Seems very similar to Brandon Jacobs, long time New York Giant who is now with the 49ers. Demario Davis was another prospect I really liked. He could have a chance to make a big impact early as the Jets have been rumored to be shopping Bart Scott and his "CAN'T WAIT!!!" and "TO ALL YOU NON-BELIEVERS!!!" quotes around. Seventh round selections Antonio Allen and Jordan White were very good values as well. The Jets also got their own version of a Baylor Robert Griffin... granted their version is offensive lineman Robert T. Griffin. Hill is the big, speedy, athletic receiver who I didn't love so much as a 1st round prospect, but like him a ton more in the middle of the 2nd round. He'll be a little raw coming from the option offense of Georgia Tech, but he has all the potential to become a #1 receiver.

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