RB Johnny White
Round 1: Alabama DT Marcell Dareus
Round 2: Texas CB Aaron Williams
Round 3: LSU LB Kelvin Sheppard
Round 4a: North Carolina S Da'Norris Searcy
Round 4b: Clemson OT Chris Hairston
Round 5: North Carolina RB Johnny White
Round 6: Mississippi State LB Chris White
Round 7a: Richmond CB Justin Rogers
Round 7b: Bethel DT Michael Jasper
Best Pick: Dareus. Perhaps the best player available in the entire draft, he can play five-technique D-end next to a Pro Bowl nose tackle in Kyle Williams and be a Day-1 difference maker.
Worst Pick: White. Buffalo spent a first-round choice on C.J. Spiller last April in order to pair him with the underrated Fred Jackson, and that was when Marshawn Lynch was still in town, so adding another mouth to feed in the backfield is a curious decision.
Analysis: Whether they realize it or not, the Bills added two safeties -- they already have Donte Whitner and Jairus Byrd, although Whitner could be a free agent -- since Williams probably isn't a corner in the NFL, and ignoring quarterback was interesting because Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't expected to be the starter past 2011.
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WR Edmond Gates
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Round 1: Florida G Mike Pouncey
Round 2: Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas
Round 4: Abilene Christian WR Edmond Gates
Round 6: Tulsa FB Charles Clay
Round 7a: Alabama A&M DT Frank Kearse
Round 7b: Montana CB Jimmy Wilson
Best Pick: Gates. Yet another speedster out of Abilene Christian, he can take the top off the defense across from Brandon Marshall and looks to be much more polished entering the pros than fellow Wildcat Johnny Knox was.
Worst Pick: Pouncey. It's not easy to find a "worst pick" since all of them were rather good, but Pouncey isn't a center like his twin brother, All-Pro Maurkice Pouncey of the Steelers, so the Dolphins would be wise to stick him at guard and leave him there.
Analysis: Miami deserves a tip of the cap for coming to its collective senses not giving up on Chad Henne too quickly, and he should be better in 2011 with Pouncey protecting him and Thomas taking over for the duo of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.
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New England Patriots
CB Ras-I Dowling
Round 1: Colorado OT Nate Solder
Round 2a: Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling
Round 2b: California RB Shane Vereen
Round 3a: LSU RB Stevan Ridley
Round 3b: Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett
Round 5a: TCU OT Marcus Cannon
Round 5b: Marshall TE Lee Smith
Round 6: Central Arkansas LB Markell Carter
Round 7: TCU CB Malcolm Williams
Best Pick: Cannon. A second-round prospect before a recent cancer scare scratched him from a fair share of draft boards altogether, Cannon is on pace to make a full recovery and could end up being a quality player in New England by 2012.
Worst Pick: Dowling. Stocking up on another corner seemed gluttonous when larger needs were ultimately ignored at five-technique defensive end and outside linebacker, plus Dowling doesn't play as big as his 6-1, 198-pound frame would suggest.
Analysis: Solder should be the heir apparent to Matt Light at left tackle and Mallett will be a bargaining chip for down the road, and of course coach Bill Belichick has already secured two first rounders and two second rounders for 2012.
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New York Jets
DT Muhammad Wilkerson
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Round 1: Temple DT Muhammad Wilkerson
Round 3: Hampton DT Kenrick Ellis
Round 4: Louisville RB Bilal Powell
Round 5: TCU WR Jeremy Kerley
Round 7a: Alabama QB Greg McElroy
Round 7b: Colorado WR Scotty McKnight
Best Pick: Wilkerson. Just overflowing with natural ability and bound to be an even better player in the pros than he was in college, Wilkerson is an intriguing selection for coach Rex Ryan's defense at five-technique end.
Worst Pick: Powell. While he had a terrific week at the Senior Bowl and could have a bright future in the NFL, the choice didn't make a whole lot of sense for a team featuring Shonn Greene, LaDainian Tomlinson and 2010 fourth rounder Joe McKnight on the roster.
Analysis: Wilkerson and Ellis add some youth and athleticism to a front three that really needs it, and McElroy should enjoy a long career as a reliable backup quarterback.
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Best Draft in the AFC East: Dolphins
|John Crist is an NFL analyst for Scout.com, a voter for the Heisman Trophy and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America.|