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Bears beat writer Bob LeGere's team-by-team analysis of the NFL draft

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Buffalo Bills (Team needs: ORT, TE, WR)

Gave up a lot (including next year's No. 1) to move up and take WR Sammy Watkins fourth, but he might be worth it as young QB E.J. Manuel's go-to guy. At 44 took Alabama's giant OT Cyrus Kouandjio who comes with injury concerns but is an impressive bookend. Louisville LB Preston Brown (73) is a stout, strong middle linebacker who creates some big-time collisions. Grade: B-plus

Miami Dolphins (OL, DE, DB)

OL was by far their biggest need and tabbed Ja'Wuan James at 19, a player hardly anyone else had rated that highly, but he was a 49-game starter at Tennessee. WR Jarvis Landry (63) is a polished possession receiver who can make the spectacular catch. North Dakota State OT Billy Turner (67) is big and raw but has some nice tools. Liberty CB Walt Aikens (125) was a gigantic reach. Grade: D

New England Patriots (TE, DL, S, RB)

Florida DE Dominique Easley was a huge reach at 29; he's undersized and has bad knees. QB Jimmy Garoppolo (62) has the exceptional mechanics and quick release to become the successor to Tom Brady. For protection, C Bryan Stork, (105) is tough and tenacious; OT Cameron Fleming (140) is big and brilliant and OG Jon Halapio (179) is an experienced plugger. They provide depth for now and hopefully more later. RB James White (130) is a shifty change-of-pace guy. Grade: C

New York Jets (WR, CB, S)

Needing help across the secondary, took Louisville's hard-hitting S Calvin Pryor at 18. Got some much-needed offensive juice when they added one of draft's best TE's at No. 49 in Jace Amaro, who caught 106 passes for 1,352 yards last season. Reached for CB Dexter McDougle (80) at No. 80 and then addressed WR weakness with tiny but speedy Jalen Sauders (104) and big, quick but inconsistent Shaquelle Evans (115). Grade: B


Baltimore Ravens (S, ORT, LB, RB)

Got C.J. Mosley, the LB from Alabama at 17 and then went defense again with DT Timmy Jernigan, who could be a steal at 48 if he develops some discipline and gets some conditioning. Florida State FS Terrence Brooks (79) is undersized but an athletic, agile leaper. TE Crockett Gilmore (99) was a huge reach because he's undeveloped and will need to work harder in the weight room. Grade: C-plus

Cincinnati Bengals (CB, DE, WR)

Having the luxury of being able to take best player available got a quality CB at 24 in Darqueze Dennard and added character concern RB Jeremy Hill (55), a big, workhorse who can be a bellcow back if he grows up. DE Will Clarke (88) is a project who looks the part and has the tools but has yet to put it all together. C Russell Bodine (111) is a plodding tough guy with great weight-room strength (42 reps). Grade. B-minus

Cleveland Browns (QB, WR, CB, OG)

Netted a windfall by trading down from No. 4 before taking CB Justin Gilbert at 8 to pair with Joe Haden, and they were still able to get the QB they wanted by trading up 4 spots later to take Johnny Manziel at 22, where he was less of a gamble. Nevada OL Joel Bitonio (35) has enough athleticism to compete for the job at OLT. Iowa LB Christian Kirksey (71) lacks size and strength and might not be much more than a S-T player and backup. Towson RB Terrance West (94) put up huge numbers against FCS competition and has the chops to be a workhorse at the next level. Grade: B-plus

Pittsburgh Steelers (WR, DL, CB, S)

Secondary was a bigger need but they got speedy LB Ryan Shazier at 15 and then a possible steal at No. 46 when they took Notre Dame DL Stephon Tuitt, who was considered a borderline first-round talent on many draft boards. Kent State RB Dri Archer (97) is small but a threat to score from anywhere on the field. WR Martavis Bryant (118) is a raw, size-speed guy with potential. Didn't address secondary until CB Shaquille Richardson (157). Grade: B-plus


Houston Texans (QB, OLB, ORT, DE)

Took Jadeveon Clowney, the consensus best player in the draft at No. 1 to pair with J.J. Watt, which should be a devastating duo. Got interior help for O-line at 33 with Xavier Sua-Filo, the best OG in the draft. At No. 65 they got the most complete tight end in the draft in Johnsburg's C.J. Fiedorowicz, who wasn't used much as a receiver at Iowa. At No. 83, massive NT Louis Nix (331 pounds) will clog running lanes in the middle, and QB Tom Savage (135) has some intriguing tools that could make him a successful project. Grade: A

Indianapolis Colts (S, OG, LB, WR)

Didn't have a pick until 59, when they took Ohio State's tough, ornery OG Jack Mewhort, who should start as a rookie. Mississippi WR Donte Moncrief (90) has an exceptional combination of size (6-2½) and speed (4.39) and is physically gifted. Ball State's Jonathan Newsome (166) and Western Kentucky's Andrew Jackson (203) will have a chance to compete in a weak area. Grade: C-minus

Jacksonville Jaguars (QB, WR, DE, OL)

Some will disagree, but I believe Blake Bortles (3) will upgrade that position this year and has the most tools of any of the QBs. Provided him some high-profile help with a pair of WR's, Marquise Lee at 23, a dynamic, experienced and productive player who's NFL ready and big jumping jack Allen Robinson the Big Ten's leading receiver for 2 years. Miami OG Brandon Linder at 93 is a 42-game starter with great size. Grade: A-minus

Tennessee Titans (CB, OLB, QB)

OT Taylor Lewan didn't address one of their many needs but should be an immediate starter. With CJ2K on his way out, every-down RB Bishop Sankey (54) should start right now. At 112, got massive Penn State DL DaQuan Jones, an excellent run stuffer. CB Marqueston Huff (112) addressed biggest need, and he could start right away. Waited until 178th pick for their QB, LSU's Zach Mettenberger, a value pick who could surprise. Grade: B-plus


Denver Broncos (OG, RB, WR)

Ohio State CB Bradley Roby (31) is a tremendous athlete who comes with some character concerns. Indiana WR Cody Latimer (56) shot up draft boards late because he's 6-2 ½, has great leaping ability, excellent strength and good hands. Michigan OT Michael Schofield (95) has the versatility to be a backup at multiple positions now and develop into a starter. LB Lamin Barrow (156) is undersized but active and productive. Grade: B-minus

Kansas City Chiefs (WR, DB, OG)

WR and DB were bigger needs but took Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford at 23. At 87 chose Rice Phillip Gaines, a workout warrior who doesn't play to his 4.38 speed or tackle well but has made a ton of plays on the ball. Oregon's little RB De'Anthony Thomas (124) has game-breaking ability as a runner, receiver and returner. Georgia QB Aaron Murray (163) is a short game manager coming off a torn ACL. Grade: B

Oakland Raiders (WR, OLT, OLB, QB)

NFL's most dysfunctional franchise actually makes a functional choice with LB Khalil Mack (5), an exceptional pass rusher and all-around stud. Resisted reaching for a much-needed QB and at 36 got Derek Carr, who has the skill set and intangibles to start as a rookie. Massive OG Gabe Jackson was a steal at 81 and could be a 10-year starter. NT Justin Ellis (107) has the size (337 pounds) and strength to clog the middle. Grade: B-plus

San Diego Chargers (cb, og, ot)

TCU's feisty, fast (4.38) CB Jason Verrett addresses their biggest area of need and should start as a rookie. LB Jeremiah Attaochu (50) could be an instant-impact pass rusher. OG Chris Watt (89) a Glenbard West H.S. product, is a tough, smart, physical blue-collar scrapper who could step right into a starting role for a team that needs lots of OL help. DT Ryan Carrethers (165) is a big (6-1, 337) prototypical run-stuffing nose. Grade: B


Dallas Cowboys (DL, OL)

Got much-needed OT help with Zack Martin at 16 and then treaded up to 34 for pass-rush specialist to replace DeMarcus Ware, with DE-OLB Demarcus Lawrence, who had 30 sacks in 3 years. Because of trade, didn't pick again until 119, when they took Iowa LB Anthony Hitchens, an undersize, active finesse guy. Tall, lanky WR Devin Street (146) is Pitt's all-time leading receiver. Grade: C

New York Giants (TE, OLT, DE, WR)

Needing to get help for QB Eli Manning, they took LSU WR-RS Odell Beckham 12th. Seeking their C of the future reached for Colorado State's Weston Richburg at 43. Syracuse DT Jay Bromley (74) is active, works hard and can hold the point. RB Andre Williams is a big, powerful bruiser who led the nation with 2,177 rushing yards and was a steal at 113. S Nat Berhe (152) is small and slow but has excellent instincts. Grade: B

Philadelphia Eagles (OLB, WR, S)

After trading down 4 spots, made the biggest reach of the first round for pass-rush specialist OLB Marcus Smith at 26, but he had 14.5 sacks last year. Traded up 12 spots in Round 2 to No. 42 and got big Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews, who had 206 catches for 2,800 yards past 2 seasons. Went back to WR and reached for Josh Huff (86), who is a bit of a project but could be ideal in the slot. Grade: C-plus

Washington (S, CB, LB, ORT)

Team did more with less than anyone. Didn't have a pick until No. 47, when they added pass-rushing OLB Trent Murphy, who led the nation with 15 sacks. Got a bargain in OT Morgan Moses at 66, whom they can start off at RT since they have Trent Williams at LT. G Spencer Long (78) should upgrade OL immediately. CB Bashaud Breeland was another bargain at 102. A bit of a project but he has starter qualities. Grade: A



When DT Aaron Donald was snapped up at 13 took the best CB on their board in Kyle Fuller at 14. Attacked the void at DT in back-to-back rounds with Ego Ferguson (51) and Will Sutton (82). Sutton, a 3-technique, is the two-time Pac-12 defensive POY, who was special as a junior before gaining too much bad weight and regressing as a senior. Ferguson is just a 1-year starter but has potential to develop into a starter at NT. RB Ka'Deem Carey (117) doesn't look great on paper, but on the field he's a tough, instinctive runner. CB Brock Vereen (131) is a bit small but tough enough to get the job done. QB David Fales (183) lacks a little height, but he gets high marks for accuracy and mechanics. P Pat O'Donnell (191) is a big, strong guy with a big, strong leg. OT Charles Leno (246) has experience playing the left side. Grade: B

Detroit Lions (CB, S, WR)

TE wasn't a pressing need, but Eric Ebron at 10 gives them another big target to go with Megatron. Traded up to No. 40 to take LB Kyle Van Noy, who was a big-time pass-rush threat at BYU. Arkansas C Travis Swanson (76) is smart and competitive but needs to get a lot strong (20 reps on bench). CB Nevin Lawson is extremely inconsistent and was a major reach, even at 133. DE Larry Webster (136) is a gifted athlete who ran a 4.58 and might be a better TE in the NFL. Grade: C

Green Bay Packers (DT, S, C)

Needed a safety with cover ability and ball skills, and they got the best one in the draft at 21 with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. As if QB Aaron Rodgers needs more ammo, they got WR Davante Adams (at 53), who caught 233 passes for 3,030 yards past 2 seasons at Fresno State. DL Khyri Thornton (85) has great strength and enough agility to provide versatility. TE Richard Rodgers (98) is an unpolished project who needs time to develop. Grade: B

Minnesota Vikings (QB, LB, SS, OG)

Consensus is LB Anthony Barr was a slight reach at 9 but not if he jump-starts pass rush that will miss Jared Allen. Snuck back into the 1st round to get QB Teddy Bridgewater (32). DE Scott Crichton at 72 could be Allen's replacement after 51 TFL, 22.5 sacks and 10 FF in 3 years. RB Jerick McKinnon (96) is a raw athlete who has played QB, CB and RS. OG David Yankey was a bargain at 145. Grade: B


Atlanta Falcons (DE, OL) OT

Jake Matthews will solve their biggest problem from 2013, keeping QB Matt Ryan safe. If they can motivate king-sized DE Ra'Shede Hageman, he'll be a bargain at 37 because he's versatile, strong and athletic, but he's got a big bust factor. Wisconsin's big, fast FS Dezmen Southward (68) is still learning but he put on a show at the Combine and has much upside. Grade: B-plus

Carolina Panthers (WR, OT)

Giant WR Kelvin Benjamin (6-foot-5, 240) addresses a glaring need and is a mismatch nightmare. DE Kony Ealy at 60 was a tremendous value pick and will boost the pass rush immediately. LSU OG Trai Turner is a redshirt sophomore with a lot of upside. DB Tre Boston (128) will make some big plays but also get burned by gambling too much. Grade: B

New Orleans Saints (CB, WR, def)

Traded up 7 spots to take WR Brandin Cooks at 20. He helps restock the offense with a productive big-play threat whose 4.33 speed will stretch the field. At 58 they got a king-sized corner in 6-foot-3, 218-pound Stanley Jean-Baptiste at an area of need. Didn't pick again until getting big LB Khairi Fortt at 126, who doesn't play as well as he tests. Smart FS Vinnie Sunseri (167) is coming off a torn ACL. Grade: C-plus

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (WR, OL)

New QB Josh McCown should be thrilled. Used seventh pick on 6-foot-5 WR Mike Evans, a desperate need. Teamed with 6-5 WR Vincent Jackson, he'll give opposing CBs fits. Got more help for offense at No. 38 with athletic 6-6 TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who has a high ceiling and, at No. 69, added productive RB Charles Sims, an excellent receiver. Added protection for QB and addressed OL need with OG Kadeem Edwards (143) and OT Kevin Pamphile (149). Grade: A


Arizona Cardinals (OL, S, DE)

Traded down 7 spots and got the physical safety they needed in Deone Bucannon at 27, then added big Notre Dame TE Troy Niklas at 52. He's a converted DE with a high ceiling who's still developing. DE Kareem Martin (84) is an athlete and former basketball player who has the frame to fill out and become a solid pass rusher. Grade: B

St. Louis Rams (WR, OT, S, CB)

OT Greg Robinson is a rare talent who fills a need, and DT Aaron Donald (13) was the best 3-technique in the draft and gives them an elite D-line. Five-foot-8 CB Lamarcus Joyner was a huge reach at 41; a great college player who projects to nickel. At 75, Auburn RB-KR Tre Mason, the SEC POY, was a steal and a likely Day One starter. May have gotten another steal at No. 249 with openly gay DE Michael Sam. Still need a WR. Grade: A-minus

San Francisco 49ers (CB, WR, S)

Reached a bit for NIU's undersized but explosive S Jimmie Ward. Traded up to 57 and got best RB in the draft, Carlos Hyde, Frank Gore's successor. C Marcus Martin (70) could start as a rookie, and short, stocky LB Chris Borland (77) could challenge for playing time and be a S-T star. WR Bruce Ellington is a steal at 106. Dontae Johnson (129), Kevin Reaser (170) and Kenneth Acker (180) address needs in secondary but have major questions. Grade: C-plus

Seattle Seahawks (OL, DT, WR)

After trading out of Round 1, didn't have a pick until No. 45, when they got WR Paul Richardson, a skinny speedster with knee issues, to replace Golden Tate. Versatile OL Justin Britt (64) seems like a huge reach at the end of Round 2, and DE-OLB Cassius Marsh could be a 'tweener who lacks speed at LB and bulk at DE. Went back to WR at 123 for Alabama's Kevin Norwood (123), a size-speed guy with sure hands. Grade: C

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