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NFL Draft Grades: Rams, Ravens Continue Making Smart Moves

The NFL Draft is at the halfway point so it's time for another set of entirely-too-early NFL Draft grades.


We are now three rounds down in the 2012 NFL Draft. The 1st round came and went on Thursday night and two more rounds were completed on Friday night. Rounds 4-7 come on Saturday afternoon.

At about the halfway point of the NFL Draft, it's time for another set of grades. Here's a recap of the picks in Round 1, Round 2 and Round 3.

The grades at the midway point....

A - Top Of The Class

Redskins: Getting Robert Griffin III changes everything. If the gamble works out, as I think it will, it's easily worth the risk.

Cowboys: Adding Morris Claiborne is huge, and it came at a reasonable price.

Packers: A little pre-emptive love for this draft, even though there may not be any stars here. I think the Packers have three starters with the first three picks, and they're all solid values. Starting with Nick Perry, Jerel Worthy in the 2nd round and Casey Hayward, who some had late 1st round buzz, in the 3rd round.

Buccaneers: I'm starting to love this draft. Mark Barron in the 1st round, and Doug Martin at the end of Round 1. Both potential starters and areas of need. Then Lavonte David in the 2nd round, who is also at a position of need. Great picks.

Rams: Huge fan of this one, too. Michael Brockers is a future starter. Brian Quick has the physical tools to be very good with Sam Bradford. Add in Janoris Jenkins (boom-or-bust), Isaiah Pead (solid running back value) and Trumaine Johnson (All-American). That's some serious talent.

Bengals: Quantity is the word here. Five total picks in the first 93 picks -- Dre Kirkpatrick, Kevin Zeitler, Devon Still, Mohamed Sanu and Brandon Thompson. All are impact players, some as soon as this year.

Giants: Adding Rueben Randle at the end of Round 2 was a steal. His talent level is much better than that. David Wilson is a nice pick, too. GM Jerry Reese gets the benefit of the doubt that this will work out.

Ravens: They deserve an A. Courtney Upshaw is the next great Ravens linebacker, and Kelechi Osemele allows them to avoid the next Ben Grubbs leaving. Bernard Pierce is a nice pick-up.

B - A.J. Smith 'Good But Not Elite' Class

Eagles: Not a bad mix on defense. Fletcher Cox helps on the inside, Mychal Kendricks is a solid value in Round 2 and Vinny Curry adds to the pass rush. Nick Foles is a nice developmental project. Good draft.

Bears: Shea McClellin was a bit of a reach. Alshon Jeffery was not. Nice value in Round 2 on Jeffery, a boom-or-bust player.

Lions: Riley Reiff is a starting quality offensive tackle. Ryan Broyles could need some time to get ready after his injury.

Vikings: Matt Kalil is a sure thing. Trading back into the 1st round for Harrison Smith wasn't a great move. Josh Robinson might be more talented than him.

Panthers: I really like this class so far -- Luke Kuechly and Amini Silatolu, who had 1st round buzz. Both are starters, possibly as soon as this year. Tempted to put them at an A.

Bills: Stephon Gilmore and Cordy Glenn are both potential starters, if not immediate starters.

Dolphins: Not a bad draft when you pick up your future quarterback (Ryan Tannehill), offensive tackle (Jonathan Martin) and tight end (Michael Egnew).

Patriots: I like the trade-ups in Round 1, and Bill Belichick followed that up with two more defensive players -- Tavon Wilson and Jake Bequette.

Jets: Quinton Coples is a bit of a head-scratcher but not a bad pick. Stephen Hill is good value at 43. I thought he would be gone in the 1st round.

Browns: Slowly, it's coming together. Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden and Mitchell Schwartz could all start this year.

Steelers: David DeCastro is a sure thing in Round 1. Mike Adams is terrific value in Round 2. Sean Spence will fit in with the great Steelers linebackers.

Colts: Andrew Luck is a no-brainer. But two tight ends with their next two picks? With all the needs, two tight ends? Maybe they're the next Gronk and Hernandez but I don't see the strategy here.

Titans: Kendall Wright, Zach Brown and Mike Martin. No beef with any of those picks. All solid, in the right range.

Chargers: Melvin Ingram is a stud. Kendall Reyes fills a need as does Brandon Taylor.

Broncos: 36 seemed a little high for Derek Wolfe. Like the Brock Osweiler pick, considering Manning is 36 years old. Ronnie Hillman will fit into the running back rotation.

Chiefs: Boom-or-bust on Dontari Poe, but that's a big boom. Jeff Allen is a future starter at guard. Donald Stephenson is the swing tackle. This is about depth.

C - Picks With Equal Potential And Question Marks

Falcons: Peter Konz is a great pick in the 2nd round. Lamar Holmes adds to the offensive line depth. But that's it. The cost of doing business when you move up nearly two dozen spots, as the Falcons did last year.

Cardinals: Michael Floyd and Jamell Fleming through two picks. Floyd is the biggest impact.

Seahawks: I had Seattle at a D following Round 1. They move up a little here. Bruce Irvin still seems like a stretch in Round 1, but Bobby Wagner, linebacker out of Utah State, was taken at the right spot. Russell Wilson is also worth the risk in the 3rd round. Teams are desperate for quarterbacks.

49ers: A.J. Jenkins is a decent pick but 61 seemed a little high for LaMichael James. Who is he supposed to beat out? I'm just not sure I see the need here. I suppose teams in the NFC Championship game can take luxury picks.

Texans: Whitney Mercilus has some boom-or-bust question marks. No 2nd round pick. Brandon Brooks was a rising offensive lineman, who didn't attend the Combine.

D - This Is A Stretch

Jaguars: The only reason the Jags are going here is the 3rd round pick on the punter. The punter!

F - Al Davis Legacy Award

Saints: Akiem Hicks in Round 3. That's it. Gotta fail the Saints.

Raiders: Tony Bergstrom. "I was the Raiders 1st draft pick ... 95th overall."

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