Following the NFL draft last week, some in our community wanted post-draft grades from me. But I've said numerous times that it's not an exercise I prefer to do. It takes at least two or three years to accurately grade a draft class, in my opinion.
With that said, I’ve come up with a good middle ground this week. Let’s examine and grade the 2010 draft classes in the AFC East, starting Monday with the Buffalo Bills.
2010 draft picks: RB C.J. Spiller (first round), DT Torrell Troup (second), DE Alex Carrington (third), WR Marcus Easley (fourth), OT Ed Wang (fifth), LB Arthur Moats (sixth), LB Danny Batten (sixth), QB Levi Brown (seventh), G Kyle Calloway (seventh)
Analysis: Buffalo’s 2010 draft is filled mostly with disappointments. It’s one of the reasons the Bills continue to have the NFL’s longest non-playoff streak, which dates back to 1999. Spiller is the obvious gem of this draft class. The Bills have struggled to find ways to properly use the dynamic tailback until last season. Now, Spiller has a chance to be one of the top running backs in the NFL entering his fourth season. Troup and Carrington will be fighting for roster spots in training camp. There is a good chance at least one of these top draft picks won't make Buffalo's 53-man roster. The same goes for Easley, who hasn’t been able to stay healthy and will be fighting with Buffalo's younger receives to make the team. Moats was a decent value pick in the sixth round. He's recorded 87 career tackles and five sacks in three seasons. But if you take Spiller out of the equation, Buffalo's 2010 draft class mostly was a flop.
Walker's grade: D