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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Breaking Down The AFC East

The 2011 NFL Draft charges onward, with Rounds 4-7 taking place on Saturday afternoon (ESPN/NFL Network). While the teams sort through their late-round picks, let's take a look at some of the NFL Draft grades from SB Nation. Here's a look at the report card for all four AFC East teams.

2011 NFL Draft - AFC East Grades

1. New England Patriots: B+
The Pats are doing their usual thing, picking up draft picks left and right and adding great fits. Their two third-round picks were sufficiently strange to keep this grade out of A range for now.

Picks: OT Nate Solder, CB Ras-I Dowling, RB Shane Vereen, RB Stevan Ridley, QB Ryan Mallett

2. New York Jets: B+
It's sort of unfair that the Jets had two supremely talented (albeit raw) defensive linemen fall right into Rex Ryan's lap. There is a ton of promise with this class so far.

Picks: DT Muhammad Wilkerson, DT Kenrick Ellis

3. Buffalo Bills: B

Owners of the league's worst run defense, the Bills have taken initiative in getting bigger and tougher at all levels of their defense, all the while addressing depth and getting solid talent and value.

Picks: DE Marcell Dareus, CB Aaron Williams, LB Kelvin Sheppard

4. Miami Dolphins: B-

They still don't have a franchise quarterback - they're certainly not alone there - but the Dolphins have addressed their biggest weakness, running the football. Nice commitment with these picks.

Picks: C Mike Pouncey, RB Daniel Thomas

For more on the New England Patriots and their draft, head over to Pats Pulpit. And for all things 2011 NFL Draft related, from the first pick to Mr. Irrelevant and everything in between, check out SB Nation's 2011 NFL Draft Hub and our NFL Draft blog, Mocking The Draft.