2010 AFC East Rookie Preview

This isn’t a team preview series, but it’s a way to show how each team’s draft could affect the 2010 season for them. Starting in August, Inside Pulse Sports will start its NFL Preview.

Signings are as of noon CST Friday, July 23, 2010.

AFC EAST
Buffalo Bills
May Draft Grade: B+

Signed

#72 Alex Carrington DE, Arkansas State – reports are that he’ll be at defensive end, so this 3rd rounder could see significant playing time. He’s a good fit at DE in the 3-4 for Buffalo.

#107 Marcus Easley WR, Connecticut – Easley will contend for the #2 WR with fast slipping James Hardy and Steve Johnson. Josh Reed and T.O. have left this passing game depleted; only Lee Evans can save them.

#140 Ed Wang OT, Virginia Tech – Bills need serious help on the offensive line, but Wang is not an immediate answer. He’ll probably be thrown into the fire at some point this season. Had an ankle injury at minicamp in June, but nothing to be concerned about.

#178 Arthur Moats LB, James Madison – Moats is a good pass rushing prospect, so he’ll play a role in the new 3-4 defense quickly. He’s seen time at inside linebacker during summer workouts.

#192 Danny Batten OLB, South Dakota State – Another pass rusher. Transitioning to the new defense will allow plenty of chances for the Bills’ defensive rookies to gain playing time. Will battle Chris Kelsay and Chris Ellis for OLB spot.

#209 Levi Brown QB, Troy – He’ll get a good look in preseason to see what he’s got to offer, but 3rd string or practice squad is most likely for Brown now. With Buffalo’s QB situation, he’s being given an equal chance to win the starting gig. Uh-oh. Competing against Brian Brohm, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Trent Edwards.

#216 Kyle Calloway OG, Iowa – A prospect from one of Kirk Ferentz’s well-coached offensive line units, but fell on draft day. Buffalo has great needs on the offensive line, so Calloway will have a chance to be a viable option, although not a very good one. He’ll have to move to guard.

Unsigned

#9 CJ Spiller RB, Clemson – This was a questionable choice by the Bills according to most mockers (not me), but with Marshawn Lynch stirring the pot, Buffalo will be glad in the future that they have Spiller. Whether you think he’s a terrible pick or not, you have to admit that he’s got game changing ability. In addition, he’ll help on kick returns.

#41 Torrell Troup DT, UCF – There was no doubt that better nose tackle prospects were on the board when the Bills picked Troup, but he does still have good ability. Don’t knock him just because it was perceived that he was taken a round early. Troup will get plenty of playing time at nose tackle this year, especially since the defense is going to a 3-4. Transitioning a defense to 3-4 is a process.

Notable undrafted free agents
Joique Bell RB, Wayne State
Donald Jones WR, Youngstown State
Naaman Roosevelt WR, Buffalo

Miami Dolphins
May Draft Grade: B

Signed

#73 John Jerry OG, Alabama – Drafting Jerry allowed Bill Parcells to trade injury risk Justin Smiley to Jacksonville for a conditional pick. Will compete with Richie “I Need to be More” Incognito and others for starting left guard.

#119 AJ Edds LB, Iowa – One of the necessities of running a 3-4 defense is that you must continue to replenish your line-backing corps. Since Joey Porter and Jason Taylor left, Edds has a shot at showing what he can do. Has practiced at inside linebacker.

#145 Nolan Carroll CB, Maryland – Miami drafted Sean Smith and Vontae Davis last year, forming one of the best young corner tandems in the league. Will Allen is a good nickel corner. Carroll will have to follow Coach Sporano around the sideline nagging for playing time.

#163 Reshad Jones S, Georgia – Jones was a steal in the 5th round. He’ll contend for starting free safety, although his only competition is Chris Clemons, so it’s a real possibility he’s starting in September.

#212 Chris McCoy OLB, Middle Tennessee State – One of many outside linebackers competing for a spots.

#252 Austin Spitler ILB, Ohio State – In competition for inside linebacker.

Unsigned

#28 Jared Odrick DE, Penn State – With Randy Starks’ planned move to nose tackle, Odrick will be plugged into the starting defensive end spot across from Kendall Langford. He should be solid, even if it’s his rookie year. Phillip Merling could be out for 2010 with an Achilles’ injury, so this spot is Odrick’s.

#40 Koa Misi OLB, Utah – Misi has had quite a bit of time with the first team defense in OTA’s with the Fins, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him starting on Kickoff Weekend. Competing with Quentin Moses and Erik Walden for starting OLB.

No notable free agents.

New England Patriots
May Draft Grade: B

Signed

#90 Taylor Price WR, Ohio – the passing game is going to have a mix of youth/athleticism and experience/fading stars. Price is a nice addition to help with the absence of Wes Welker early in the season.

#113 Aaron Hernandez TE, Florida – is a good athlete and will be a weapon in the passing game. Alge Crumpler is the favorite, but Gronkowski and Hernandez could earn playing time behind the starter quite a bit. Hernandez fell in the draft because of failed drug tests in college.

#150 Zoltan Mesko P, Michigan – Chris Hanson will have to step up if he wants to keep his gig.

#205 Ted Larsen C, NC State – will be on the Pats purely as depth this year.

#208 Thomas Welch OT, Vanderbilt – ditto.

#247 Brandon Deaderick DE, Alabama – will be in competition with Damione Lewis, Mike Wright, and Ron Brace for the right defensive end position in training camp.

#248 Kade Weston DT, Georgia – Again, strictly will provide depth this season.

#250 Zac Robinson QB, Oklahoma State – Obviously will only see time if Brady gets injured, but will have to battle Brian Hoyer for #2.

Unsigned

#27 Devin McCourty CB, Rutgers – could be in contention for the number 2 cornerback position. Will see time on special teams too.

#42 Rob Gronkowski TE, Arizona – In the same boat at Hernandez.

#53 Jermaine Cunningham DE, Florida – has no experience as a 3-4 OLB, but will be the favorite in a camp battle against Rob Ninkovich.

#62 Brandon Spikes ILB, Florida – Good against the run, but suspect against the pass. Will push Gary Guyton for the starting ILB spot next to Jerod Mayo.

Notable undrafted free agents:
Dane Fletcher OLB, Montana State

New York Jets
May Draft Grade: B

Signed

#61 Vladimir Ducasse OL, Massachusetts – Since Alan Faneca was released, the left guard position is Ducasse’s to lose. He’ll be the starter.

#112 Joe McKnight RB, USC – He’ll be behind Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson. Only a reserve role for McKnight this season, but is the obvious option if LT gets injured. The Jets have said they wanted McKnight to gain 10-15 pounds and fix his tendency to run too upright.

#139 John Conner FB, Kentucky – will learn from Tony Richardson. Not much playing time in the near future.

Unsigned

#29 Kyle Wilson CB, Boise State – There are inconsistencies with Antonio Cromartie, so Wilson is a great pick and will get lots playing time this year, whether as a starting corner or at nickelback.

Notable undrafted free agents:
Donovan Warren CB, Michigan
Kevin Basped OLB, Nevada

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