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Saturday, April 24, 2010
Kiper gives Dolphins worst AFC East grade


Bill Tobin, the former Indianapolis Colts player personnel executive, once asked incredulously, "Who the hell is Mel Kiper?"

He's the guy who's grading the draft for ESPN, that's who.

Jared Odrick
Other than Penn State's Jared Odrick, Mel Kiper didn't have many good things to say about the Dolphins' class.
Kiper has handed out his draft grades in a column for ESPN Insider, and if Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross reads this, maybe he will do an Irsay impression.

Kiper wasn't a fan of the Dolphins' draft, rating it ahead of only one other team. He assigns the Dolphins a C-minus. The Jacksonville Jaguars receive the only D.

"This draft for me is really Jared Odrick and the rest," Kiper writes. "Odrick can be a really good player, another active, disruptive tackle in a draft full of them."

Kiper thinks the Dolphins reached on some picks. He believes Utah outside linebacker Koa Misi (second round) will need time to develop, but said Maryland cornerback Nolan Carroll (fifth round) might be a find.

The highest AFC East grade went to the New York Jets with a B. He doesn't rave about any of their picks, but says they were solid, calling Kentucky fullback John Conner (fifth round) the best fullback in the draft.

"Just four picks, but zero misses," Kiper writes.

He gave the New England Patriots a B-minus.

"New England once again took a surgical, long-range approach to the draft, getting some good talent," Kiper writes, "but also positioning themselves for a haul in 2011. You have to factor that into the analysis."

The Buffalo Bills received a C-plus. Kiper is a big fan of ninth overall pick C.J. Spiller but was down on Central Florida nose tackle Torell Troup early in the second round and Arkansas State defensive end Alex Carrington in the third.

"Outside of Spiller," Kiper writes, "it's hard to see where Buffalo got much better."