2022 NFL Draft Grades: AFC East
With the 2022 NFL Draft officially complete, theScore's NFL editors hand out their initial grades for each team's incoming rookies.
More great work from Buffalo on draft weekend. The Bills had a glaring need at corner heading in and Elam will be a great fit as a No. 2 boundary player opposite Tre'Davious White. Running back was also thought to be a focus, particularly one who could contribute in the passing game, and Cook is a phenomenal fit. The Georgia product - and younger brother of Vikings star Dalvin Cook - can slide into the role the Bills envisioned for free-agent target J.D. McKissic. And to top it all off, they added a sleeper wideout in the fifth round and the "Punt God" in the sixth. Circle the wagons.
The volume isn't there, but that's because the Dolphins traded a haul of picks for Tyreek Hill, and let's go ahead and assume they're beyond happy with that move. Tindall is the most notable player selected and he'll have a chance to start right away.
New England Patriots
Marcus Jones could be a star on defense, special teams, and offense, too, should the Patriots choose to use his athleticism that way - he's truly one of the draft's more fascinating prospects. Beyond him, this is a difficult group to understand. It all started on Day 1: New England reached on Strange, an interior offensive lineman who many expected to be taken late on Day 2. Thornton is a burner, but he was taken ahead of a few receivers widely considered to be better bets. Add this one to the list of recent underwhelming draft classes from the Patriots.
New York Jets
Here come the Jets, y'all. Joe Douglas put his pair of top-10 picks to great use: he landed a potential No. 1 corner and then added the top wideout he'd been trying to find all offseason. Trading back into the end of the first round for a sliding pass-rusher was exactly the kind of aggressiveness we wanted to see from a team that must begin improving, and Hall gives New York an extremely talented feature back. If you're a Jets fan, you couldn't have been hoping for much more.