ESPN's AFC East reporters weigh in on which player picked in Rounds 4-7 of the NFL draft will have the biggest impact in the division. Each team’s draft class is below the reporter’s analysis.
Rich Cimini, New York Jets reporter: When selecting a sleeper, I look for three things: talent, scheme fit and opportunity. I’m picking Jets TE Jordan Leggett, a fifth-round pick, because he has the pass-receiving skills to fit in their West Coast offense and the Jets are desperate for tight end help. Leggett is a poor blocker, so they’ll have to be smart about how they use him. It’s all there for Leggett; all he has to do is learn the offense and prove he belongs.
Mike Reiss, New England Patriots reporter: With the thinking that the Patriots' picks of Deatrich Wise (DE, Arkansas, fourth round) and Conor McDermott (OT, UCLA, sixth round) are more developmental prospects, my choice was narrowed down to one candidate from each of the other three AFC East teams: Buffalo's Matt Milano (LB, Boston College, fifth round) as a potential impact special-teams player from day one, Miami's Isaac Asiata (G, Utah, fifth round) as a possible Week 1 starter at a spot that the Dolphins are looking for help, and New York's Jordan Leggett (TE, Clemson, fifth round) at a position where the Jets are weak and looking for immediate impact. Let's go with Asiata, who has NFL size, was a pre-draft visitor of the Patriots, and plays a physical style that I could envision winning over coach Adam Gase & Co. quickly.
Mike Rodak, Buffalo Bills reporter: Somewhere wearing an orange Clemson hoodie, Rex Ryan must have been smiling when the Jets took Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett in the fifth round. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. named Leggett as one of his early-impact rookies from Day 3 of the draft, and for good reason: The Jets' tight end position has been a black hole in recent seasons. Without much competition, Leggett should have opportunities to contribute immediately, especially with Austin Seferian-Jenkins suspended two games to begin the season.
James Walker, Miami Dolphins reporter: The Dolphins are not guaranteed to have any Week 1 starters from this year’s draft class. But the player with the best chance is fifth-round pick Isaac Asiata of Utah. Miami’s left guard position is wide open, and Asiata will compete with free-agent pickup Ted Larsen. Asiata started 43 games at guard in college and isn’t your typical first-year player. He spent two years on a religious mission and comes to Miami as a 24-year-old rookie.