The Fillability Index: AFC East

Cold, Hard Football Facts for May 12, 2006



Below is the Fillability Index grade for each AFC East team's 2006 draft. Read more about the Fillability Index to find out why it's a superior form of post-draft analysis.
 
 
BUFFALO (5-11) 
Fillability grade: C+
Total O
Score O
Rush O
Pass O
Total D
Score D
Rush D
Pass D
28
24
20
29
29
24
31
19
 
The Bills were a team last season littered with more gaping holes than the CHFF porn library, but the biggest needs were on defense. First-round pick Donte Whitner must be seen by management as the heir to the spot previously held by safety Lawyer Milloy, while the next four picks all went toward defense. More attention to the front-seven instead of the secondary would have made more sense considering the awful state of Buffalo's run defense last year. Safeties are generally regarded as low-value picks and grabbing two in the first four rounds is highly unusual. The re-acquisition of WR Peerless Price and the Andre Davis signing may help the woeful passing game. But leading receiver Eric Moulds is gone and an inability to pass is such a problem that the Bills should have addressed it in the draft. They did not. It's comforting to see so many unsexy linemen and linebackers (six of nine picks), but most came in the later rounds.
 
Round 1 (8) – S Donte Whitner, 5-10, 203, Ohio State
Round 1 (26) – DT John McCargo, 6-2, 301, NC State
Round 3 (70) – CB Ashton Youboty, 6-0, 188, Ohio State
Round 4 (105) – S Ko Simpson, 6-1, 208, South Carolina
Round 5 (134) – DT Kyle Williams, 6-1, 298, LSU
Round 5 (143) – T Brad Butler, 6-7, 309, Virginia
Round 6 (178) – OLB Keith Ellison, 6-1, 229, Oregon State
Round 7 (216) – T Terrance Pennington, 6-7, 326, New Mexico
Round 7 (248) – G Aaron Merz, 6-3, 326, California
 
MIAMI (9-7)
Fillability grade: B+
Total O
Score O
Rush O
Pass O
Total D
Score D
Rush D
Pass D
14
16
12
16
18
15
17
20
 
Miami's No. 1 need was in the secondary and it addressed that problem with its very first pick. With just six picks – including a mere three in the first six rounds – it was difficult for the Dolphins to fill many of their statistical holes. But five of Miami's six picks directly addressed the biggest statistical needs: pass defense, rush defense and passing offense.
 
Round 1 (16) – CB Jason Allen, 6-1, 208, Tennessee
Round 3 (82) – WR Derek Hagan, 6-2, 209, Arizona State
Round 4 (114) – T Joe Toledo, 6-5, 328, Washington
Round 7 (212) – DT Fred Evans, 6-4, 305, Texas State
Round 7 (226) – DT Rodrique Wright, 6-5, 306, Texas
Round 7 (233) – WR Devin Aromashodu, 6-2, 202, Auburn
 
NEW ENGLAND (10-6)
Fillability grade: D-
Total O
Score O
Rush O
Pass O
Total D
Score D
Rush D
Pass D
7
10
24
2
26
17
8
31
 
The Cold, Hard Football Facts show that New England had a great passing attack, a Top 10 scoring offense and one of the worst defenses in football. Of course, as they often do in the draft, the Patriots flouted conventional wisdom and, more importantly, the Cold, Hard Football Facts, by picking offensive players with its first six selections. Of 10 picks, only three were devoted to defense and all three came in the sixth or seventh round. It will be interesting to see what kind of numbers Brady can put up surrounded by an arsenal of first-rate weapons. But it won't help New England win if the secondary is filled once again by wide receivers and street free agents. The Patriots defense improved dramatically and, in fact, was dominant over the last six weeks of the 2005 season. Belichick & Co. must believe that this defense, and not the cheesecloth that started the season, is the one we'll see again in 2006.
 
Round 1 (21) – RB Laurence Maroney, 6-0, 216, Minnesota
Round 2 (36) – WR Chad Jackson, 6-1, 212, Florida
Round 3 (86) – TE Dave Thomas, 6-3, 239, Texas
Round 4 (106) – TE Garrett Mills, 6-1, 227, Tulsa
Round 4 (118) – K Stephen Gostkowski, 6-2, 210, Memphis
Round 5 (136) – G Ryan O'Callaghan, 6-7, 343, California
Round 6 (191) – DE Jeremy Mincey, 6-4, 258, Florida
Round 6 (205) – G Dan Stevenson, 6-5, 297, Notre Dame
Round 6 (206) – DT Le Kevin Smith, 6-3, 315, Nebraska
Round 7 (229) – CB Willie Andrews, 5-9, 182, Baylor
 
N.Y. JETS (4-12) 
Fillability grade: A-
Total O
Score O
Rush O
Pass O
Total D
Score D
Rush D
Pass D
31
29
31
28
12
23
29
2
 
The Cold, Hard Football Facts popped a chubby when the Jets picked two offensive linemen in the first round. Each – a tackle and a center – was touted as the best at his position by the hideous draft "pundits." Beside the fact that we secretly admire big, sweaty men (oops, did that come out loud?), the Jets desperately needed to boost an inept rushing offense. As we noted before the draft, Christopher Reeve ran the ball better than the Jets did last year (and, yes, we know he's dead). These picks also give us the first indication that new head coach Eric Mangini won't be a lightweight who will quickly cave in the New York City pressure cooker. A lesser man would have gone for a splashy big name with at least one of his two first-round picks. A quarterback in the second-round provides some semblance of assistance at a shaky position, while LB Anthony Schlegel is a stout, run-stuffing specialist who could improve one of the worst run defenses in football.
 
Round 1 (4) – T D'Brickashaw Ferguson, 6-6, 313, Virginia
Round 1 (29) – C Nick Mangold, 6-4, 299, Ohio State
Round 2 (49) – QB Kellen Clemens, 6-2, 223, Oregon
Round 3 (76) – ILB Anthony Schlegel, 6-0, 251, Ohio State
Round 3 (97) – S Eric Smith, 6-1, 209, Michigan State
Round 4 (103) – WR Brad Smith, 6-2, 212, Missouri
Round 4 (117) – RB Leon Washington, 5-8, 202, Florida State
Round 5 (150) – TE Jason Pociask, 6-3, 267, Wisconsin
Round 6 (189) – CB Drew Coleman, 5-8, 183, Texas Christian
Round 7 (220) – DT Titus Adams, 6-3, 305, Nebraska
 
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