Those who don't have ESPN Insider subscriptions have been missing out on fantastic analysis by that Scouts Inc. squad on the NFL Draft Blog.
I wanted to share some AFC East-oriented highlights from the past few days.
Steve Muench sketched out what the New England Patriots could do with their four picks in the first two rounds. He proposed USC pass-rusher Everson Griffen at No. 22, Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski at No. 44, USC receiver Damian Williams at No. 47 and Penn State linebacker Sean Lee at No. 53. Muench shared his reasoning for each pick and explained why it's a fit. Check it out.
Muench also wrote an item the Buffalo Bills' options with the AFC East's earliest pick. Scouts Inc. is not high on Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen and believe he's a reach at No. 9. If the Bills don't like the best offensive tackle still on the board Muench's recommendation was Tennessee nose tackle Dan Williams. Muench then listed Indiana tackle Rodger Saffold, Citadel receiver Andre Roberts and Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour as a solid draft for Buffalo.
Also on the NFL Draft Blog, Kevin Weidl adjusted the New York Jets' needs since they obtained receiver Santonio Holmes. Weidl wrote Jets have no reason to draft an offensive player. Top candidates with the 29th pick include Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick, Texas Christian defensive end Jerry Hughes and USC safety Taylor Mays.
But Weidl also suggested they could trade up -- Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum would do that? No way! -- and grab Texas safety Earl Thomas.