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NFL Draft Grades 2011, Winners And Losers: John Clayton Has Bucs, Bengals Among Winners

ESPN's John Clayton lists the Bucs, Bengals and Redskins as winners for day two of the NFL Draft. The Bucs might have gotten the best value of any pick when they grabbed Da'Quan Bowers in the second round. The Bengals got the top wideout in the draft in A.J. Green, then added a potential successor to Carson Palmer in Andy Dalton in the second round.

The losers include Ryan Mallett, for obvious reasons, and the New England Patriots:

The Patriots entered the draft with six picks in the first three rounds, but they made a few moves too many. They have a plan every year to load up on first- and second-round picks for the future, but this was the year to cash in. My one criticism is that they didn't get a pass-rusher. Had they drafted Jabaal Sheard, a defensive end from Pitt, or Brooks Reed, a linebacker from Arizona, I'd make them my big winners.

They didn't get a big-time defensive end, but at some point I think you have to forget that and think about how much value the Patriots got. Maybe it was just that they kept drafting players Steelers fans wanted, but they got a ton of talent in this draft, beginning with the first couple of picks (Nate Solder and Ras-I Dowling, and while a lot of people thought Dowling would be drafted somewhat lower than he was due to injury concerns, he could be a big-time talent) and extending into the later rounds, where they got potential top talents in Mallett and Marcus Cannon. (Cannon hadn't yet come off the board when Clayton wrote this, but even before day three, I was pretty envious of the Pats' draft.)

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