We are now three rounds down in the 2012 NFL Draft. The first round came and went on Thursday night and two more rounds were completed on Friday night. Rounds 4-7 come on Saturday afternoon.
The grades at the midway point....A - Top Of The Class
Redskins: Getting Robert Griffin III changes everything. If the gamble works out, as I think it will, it's easily worth the risk.
Cowboys: Adding Morris Claiborne is huge, and it came at a reasonable price.
Packers: A little pre-emptive love for this draft, even though there may not be any stars here. I think the Packers have three starters with the first three picks, and they're all solid values. Starting with Nick Perry, Jerel Worthy in the second round and Casey Hayward, who some had late first round buzz on, in the third round.
Buccaneers: I'm starting to love this draft. Mark Barron in the first round, and Doug Martin at the end of Round 1. Both potential starters and areas of need. Then Lavonte David in the second round, who is also at a position of need. Great picks.
Rams: Huge fan of this one, too. Michael Brockers is a future starter. Brian Quick has the physical tools to be very good with Sam Bradford. Add in Janoris Jenkins (boom-or-bust), Isaiah Pead (solid running back value) and Trumaine Johnson (All-American). That's some serious talent.
Bengals: Quantity is the word here. Five total picks in the first 93 picks -- Dre Kirkpatrick, Kevin Zeitler, Devon Still, Mohamed Sanu and Brandon Thompson. All are impact players, some as soon as this year.
Giants: Adding Rueben Randle at the end of Round 2 was a steal. His talent level is much better than that. David Wilson is a nice pick, too. GM Jerry Reese gets the benefit of the doubt that this will work out.
Eagles: Not a bad mix on defense. Fletcher Cox helps on the inside, Mychal Kendricks is a solid value in Round 2 and Vinny Curry adds to the pass rush. Nick Foles is a nice developmental project. Good draft.
Bears: Shea McClellin was a bit of a reach. Alshon Jeffery was not. Nice value in Round 2 on Jeffery, a boom-or-bust player.
Lions: Riley Reiff is a starting quality offensive tackle. Ryan Broyles could need some time to get ready after his injury.
Panthers: I really like this class so far -- Luke Kuechly and Amini Silatolu, who had first round buzz. Both are starters, possibly as soon as this year. Tempted to put them at an A.
Bills: Stephon Gilmore and Gordy Glenn are both potential starters, if not immediate starters.
Dolphins: Not a bad draft when you pick up your future quarterback (Ryan Tannehill), offensive tackle (Jonathan Martin) and tight end (Michael Egnew).
Patriots: I like the trade-ups in Round 1 and Bill Belichick followed that up with two more defensive players -- Tavon Wilson and Jake Bequette.
Jets: Quinton Coples is a bit of a head-scratcher but not a bad pick. Stephen Hill is good value at 43. I thought he would be gone in the first round.
Browns: Slowly, it's coming together. Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden and Mitchell Schwartz could all start this year.
Titans: Kendall Wright, Zach Brown and Mike Martin. No beef with any of those picks. All solid, in the right range.
Chargers: Melvin Ingram is a stud. Kendall Reyes fills a need as does Brandon Taylor.
Broncos: 36 seemed a little high for Derek Wolfe. Like the Brock Osweiler pick, considering Manning is 36 years old. Ronnie Hillman will fit into the running back rotation.
Chiefs: Boom-or-bust on Dontari Poe, but that's a big boom. Jeff Allen is a future starter at guard. Donald Stephenson is the swing tackle. This is about depth.C - Picks With Equal Potential And Question Marks
Falcons: Peter Konz is a great pick in the second round. Lamar Holmes adds to the offensive line depth. But that's it. The cost of doing business when you move up nearly two dozen spots, as the Falcons did last year.
Cardinals: Michael Floyd and Jamell Fleming through two picks. Floyd is the biggest impact.
Seahawks: I had Seattle at a D following Round 1. They move up a little here. Bruce Irvin still seems like a stretch in Round 1, but Bobby Wagner, linebacker out of Utah State, was taken at the right spot. Russell Wilson is also worth the risk in the third round. Teams are desperate for quarterbacks.
49ers: A.J. Jenkins is a decent pick but 61 seemed a little high for LaMichael James. Who is he supposed to beat out? I'm just not sure I see the need here. I suppose teams in the NFC Championship game can take luxury picks.
Texans: Whitney Mercilus has some boom-or-bust question marks. No second round pick. Brandon Brooks was a rising offensive lineman, who didn't attend the Combine.D - This Is A Stretch
Jaguars: The only reason the Jags are going here is the third round pick on the punter. The punter!F - Al Davis Legacy Award
Saints: Akiem Hicks in Round 3. That's it. Gotta fail the Saints.
Raiders: Tony Bergstrom. "I was the Raiders first draft pick....95th overall."