Thursday, March 29, 2012
Todd McShay's AFC East mock draft
By James Walker
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has provided his latest mock draft .
Here are his latest draft selections for the AFC East:
Pick: No. 8
McShay's pick: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
Analysis: Everyone pegs Tannehill to the Dolphins, and I agree. Is Tannehill a top-eight pick? I have my concerns. But the Dolphins need a future at quarterback beyond Matt Moore and David Garrard. Tannehill at least provides long-term hope at the position. The Dolphins can draft Tannehill this year, keep him third string if they choose, then promote Tannehill to starter in 2013. It's also a natural connection there with Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. That should make Tannehill feel comfortable.
Pick: No. 10
McShay's pick: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Analysis: Outside of Tannehill, no one has climbed up the draft boards faster these past couple months than Floyd. He was projected to be a top-20 or top-25 pick. But Floyd's impressive combine and offseason has some, like McShay, projecting Floyd in the top 10. I'm still a little nervous about that, but I do think Floyd is a good fit for Buffalo's offense. The team addressed its pass rush in a major way this offseason. I think the Bills still have bigger needs, such as left tackle, but getting a top receiver wouldn't be a bad move to help quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
New York Jets
Pick: No. 16
McShay's pick: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
Analysis: As we mentioned on our mock draft board, I don't think the Jets can go wrong with Upshaw or former Alabama teammate and safety Mark Barron. Both are good defensive players and address areas of need for the Jets. According to McShay, Barron and Upshaw will both make it to No. 15, where the Philadelphia Eagles have their pick. If that's the case, New York will be assured to land one of these former Alabama players, which is a good spot to be in.
New England Patriots
Picks: No. 27 and No. 31
McShay's picks: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse and Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut
Analysis: McShay has New England addressing its defensive line. I do not have a problem with it, as long as the first round goes on that side of the football. I would still like the Patriots to address their secondary, but it doesn't appear any first-round talents will be there at the end of the round. New England shouldn't reach if that's the case. Take the best defensive players and worry about the secondary in the second round.