NFL draft grades

C

•New Orleans Saints: Corner Patrick Robinson is a good fit for the press coverages needed for Gregg Williams’ schemes. While O-tackle Charles Brown offers good value in Round 2, they didn’t address the D-line until tackle Al Woods in the fourth.

•Dallas Cowboys: They hope they’ve landed the next Randy Moss after moving up three slots in the first round for Dez Bryant, considered the draft’s best receiver. Bryant, though, fell because of questions about his maturity. Inside linebacker Sean Lee might be a hit. But Dallas didn’t draft a left tackle, increasing the odds of Flozell Adams re-signing.

•Pittsburgh Steelers: They got the top-rated center, Maurkice Pouncey, early. If history is any indication, second-round linebacker Jason Worilds will learn Dick LeBeau’s zone-blitz scheme as an understudy, then blossom into a star. Trading for Bryant McFadden helped, too.

•New York Giants: With linebacker McClain off the board, the Giants added more talent to the D-line. This time it’s Jason Pierre-Paul, picked over Derrick Morgan. Pierre-Paul has a more athletic upside. Now he can develop gradually with spot duty. Five of the Giants’ first six picks were used on defense, including a couple of midround linebackers.

USAToday.com
4/26/10