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GOOSE grades the draft
Rick Gosselin's grades our out. The # of teams with each grade are:
A = 3 (Vikes got an A+???)
B = 5
C = 21
D = 3
Dallas (A): Jimmy Johnson left the Cowboys after the 1993 season. With Jerry Jones running the draft room, the Cowboys have not carded an A for a draft since then. Until now. Jones and Bill Parcells engineered the best draft of the post-Johnson era, receiving one of three A's on the NFL grade card. And that A could become an A-plus a year down the road if defensive end Chris Canty recovers from an eye injury that could force him to spend the 2005 season on the sideline. Because of the injury, Canty was a Top 40 talent that slid to Dallas in the fourth round.
N.Y. Giants (C): Given the fact the Giants did not have a first-round selection, this was a solid draft. Justin Tuck was an undervalued pass rusher in the third, and Brandon Jacobs gives the Giants that big back to complement Tiki Barber.
Philadelphia (C): Drafting at the bottom of rounds and with a quantity of picks, the Eagles did a superb job filling holes on the roster. Ryan Moats, the Bishop Lynch-ex, is a clone of Brian Westbrook, and Mike Patterson and Trent Cole allow the Eagles to dial up the pass rush.
Washington (C): When Joe Gibbs was winning Super Bowls in his first go-round with the Redskins, he had stout quarterback and cornerback play. Auburn teammates Jason Campbell and Carlos Rogers give Gibbs a chance for that in 2005.
Chicago (B): The Bears had great success with CB Charles Tillman out of the Louisiana directional schools, so they went back this draft and got Chris Harris. Cedric Benson gives Chicago a ball-control element when the winter weather arrives in November.
DETROIT (C): The Lions have now drafted a wide receiver in the top 10 in each of the last three drafts. If Joey Harrington can't find someone open this season, he'll never find the open receiver. If he can't, maybe Dan Orlovsky can.
Green Bay (C): Aaron Rodgers could be the steal of the draft at the 24th pick of the first round. He's the much-needed insurance policy against Brett Favre's retirement. The Packers are going to need Nick Collins and Michael Hawkins against the Lions.
Minnesota (A+): The Vikings were the only team to come away with two of the 14 blue-chippers on the draft board. Marcus Johnson, Dustin Fox, Ciatrick Fason and C.J. Mosley all slid about a round lower than where they should have gone. Williamson might make them forget Randy Moss.
Atlanta (C): The Falcons also did well filling holes on the depth chart from a draft slot at the bottom of the round. White gives Michael Vick a go-to guy, and DeAndra Cobb is an elite kickoff returner. Jordan Beck and Jonathan Babineaux bolster the front seven.
Carolina (C): The Panthers had the best fifth round of the draft, coming away with an All-Big 12 left tackle (Geoff Hangartner) and the Mountain West Conference's all-time leading tackler (Adam Seward). Thomas Davis will bring an attitude on defense.
New Orleans (C): QB Aaron Brooks and RB Deuce McAllister both applaud the Saints trading up to get the burly Jammal Brown in the first. Better blocking translates to better production. Josh Bullocks and Alfred Fincher were quality additions on defense.
Tampa Bay (C): Carnell Williams and Alex Smith give coach Jon Gruden a couple of big-time weapons until he finds a new quarterback. The Bucs were hoping it would be Alex Smith in a draft-day trade. Barrett Ruud could hasten the salary-cap departure of Derrick Brooks.
Arizona (A): Antrel Rolle and Eric Green give the Cardinals a couple of big, physical corners. J.J. Arrington could be a steal in the second round, coming off a 2,000-yard rushing season at Cal. Dennis Green has always done well with speed backs.
San Francisco (B): A quarterback-driven franchise like the 49ers needs the triggerman. Embattled owner John York has to hope his football people drafted the right one, Alex Smith, over Aaron Rodgers. David Baas, Adam Snyder and Derrick Johnson are quality upgrades.
St. Louis (C): Alex Barron addressed the Rams' most pressing need ? a bodyguard on the right side for QB Marc Bulger. It taxed every bit of Mike Martz's willpower, though, to let WR Mark Clayton slide by. The Rams got bigger and tougher in the secondary.
Seattle (C): The Seahawks reached a little for Chris Spencer in the first and a lot for Lofa Tatupu in the second. But president Tim Ruskell's first draft made a midcourse correction in landing David Greene, LeRoy Hill and Ray Willis on consecutive picks.
Buffalo (C): The Bills didn't have a first-rounder. But GM Tom Donahoe puts together a quality draft regardless of where he picks or how many selections he has. This year was no exception. Kevin Everett gives the Bills hands in the passing game.
Miami (B): Nice draftroom debut by Nick Saban. All six of these players should be starting by opening day 2006. After flirting with Braylon Edwards, the Dolphins made the smart pick and took the running back (Ronnie Brown) in the first.
New England (C): The Super Bowl champs were drafting for depth. They also added toughness. Logan Mankins, Ellis Hobbs and Nick Kaczur all chew nails. Hobbs is a key addition in that he'll help the Patriots get back into the top 10 in special teams.
N.Y. Jets (C): Another team without a first-round draft pick. That makes it tough to get a good grade for your draft. The special teams get a boost from the addition of the best kicker (Mike Nugent) and best kick returner (Justin Miller) in the draft.
Baltimore (B): The Ravens had the best second round of the draft, coming away with the Big 12 sack leader (Dan Cody) and a three-year starter at left tackle (Adam Terry). Good players seem to find the Ravens in every round of every draft.
Cincinnati (C): Marvin Lewis wants to build a defense with personality and heart. So David Pollack was the key addition because he breathes fire. Lewis is hoping he can be to the Bengals what Tedy Bruschi was to the Patriots.
Cleveland (C): When new GM Phil Savage left Baltimore, he brought draft-day know-how to Cleveland. He selected eight low-risk, big-school producers. Charlie Frye will be the quarterback of the future, and Braylon Edwards will help him get there.
Pittsburgh (B): Getting Heath Miller, Bryant McFadden and Chris Kemoeatu late in rounds all qualify as steals, and Trai Essex addressed the only hole on a 15-1 team ? offensive right tackle. Miller will give Ben Roethlisberger a security blanket in the passing game.
Houston (C): The Texans reached for Travis Johnson in the first, but that was offset by the fact Vernand Morency slid to them in the third. Jerome Mathis could feast as the speed receiver opposite Andre Johnson. He also returns kicks.
Indianapolis (D): The Colts spent most of the weekend reaching to address needs. Indy needed playmakers in the secondary and might have found them in Marlon Jackson, Kelvin Hayden and Matt Giordano. Jonathan Welsh and Tyjuan Hagler inject more speed into an already fast pass rush.
Jacksonville (C): Matt Jones was the most interesting pick in the draft, but Chad Owens could have the quickest impact on the Jaguars. He scored eight career touchdowns on kick returns. Alvin Pearman was the best pass-catching back in this draft.
Tennessee (C): The Titans are pressed against the salary cap and need as many young players as they can find. All 11 picks might make the team. The Titans had the best fourth round in the draft, coming away with OT David Stewart and WR Roydell Williams.
Denver (D): The Broncos drafted Darrent Williams a round too high and both Karl Paymah and Maurice Clarett at least two rounds too high. The Broncos are better on the field than they are at the draft table. Chris Myers was a good get in the sixth, though.
Kansas City (D): The Chiefs started out with a bang in selecting the sliding Derrick Johnson, the best pure linebacker in the draft. But taking a punter with their next pick took the steam out of this draft. Khari Long was a great value pick in the sixth, though.
Oakland (C): The Raiders had the best third round of the draft, landing their quarterback of the future (Andrew Walter) and a run-stuffing linebacker to stalk AFC West foes LaDainian Tomlinson and Priest Holmes. A lack of picks slowed down the second day.
San Diego (C): The Chargers addressed a soft defensive front by drafting the size of Shawne Merriman (270-pound linebacker) and Luis Castillo (300-pound tackle). Getting four-year starters Wesley Britt and Wes Sims made for a productive second day.