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The big winners are the Jets, Eagles and Cardinals. The Redskins are the biggest loser. Here are all the grades for the NFL's 32 draft classes.

AFC South

Houston—DeMeco Ryans in round two and Charles Spencer and Eric Winston in round three represent great value, but not making Reggie Bush the first pick of the draft is a horrible mistake the Texans will regret for a long time. Grade: B

Indianapolis—The Colts were bound and determined to draft a running back, for the obvious reason. Looking at this draft class, they should've traded up to get the running back they wanted. Grade: C-

Jacksonville—The Jaguars only had six picks and all of them were low. If Marcedes Lewis and Maurice Drew prove to be the missing links on offense, this will have been a blockbuster class. Only three picks on the second day hold the grade down. Grade: B

Tennessee—Why did the Titans feel the need to take risks? They were at the top of the draft. Vince Young is ridiculous risk at number three. LenDale White is a great talent but there are major red flags. Look at players available to the Titans in each case. The risks were unnecessary. Grade: D

AFC East

Buffalo—The Bills got four starters in their first four picks but probably reached for Donte Whitner. Grade: B

Miami—Jason Allen has star potential and Derek Hagan is a top talent but an under-achiever. Grade: C

New England—Bill Belichick got the running back he wanted in Laurence Maroney and speed and size at wide receiver in Chad Jackson. It'll be interesting to see if Jackson buys into the Belichick way. Grade: B

New York Jets—This is a blockbuster. D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold give the Jets an offensive line for the future, Kellen Clemens is a technician quarterback who addresses desperate need at the position and Anthony Schlegel is outstanding value in round three. Then there's Brad Smith and Leon Washington on the second day. Grade: A

AFC North

Baltimore—The Ravens drafted a bunch of guys but did they get anything more than numbers? Ray Lewis said he wanted a big guy in front of him and that's what he got. It appears Lewis is running the show. Grade: C

Cincinnati—Johnathan Joseph addresses a pressing need at cornerback. The rest of the draft class is grab-bag. Grade: C-

Cleveland—Kamerion Wimbley was drafted to be the star player in the Browns' 3-4 defense. Wimbley is a sensational talent. D'Qwell Jackson is a perfect 3-4 linebacker. The Browns had seven picks on day two. Somebody out of that bunch should make it. Grade: B

Pittsburgh—The Steelers executed another one of their trademark drafts, highlighted by understated value at the bottom of the early rounds and intrigue on day two. Santonio Holmes is just what they need. He's a wide receiver who blocks as well as he catches. Grade: B

AFC West

Denver—Mike Shanahan saw enough of Jake Plummer in the AFC title game to know what the Broncos need. Shanahan maneuvered then drafted Jay Cutler. Tony Scheffler is a guy the Jaguars liked. Grade: B-

Kansas City—Tamba Hali is a coach's dream. The rest of the Chiefs' draft class is uninspiring. Grade: C-

Oakland—Michael Huff, Thomas Howard and Darnell Bing will improve the Raiders' defense. Grade: C

San Diego—The Chargers got a major bargain at pick 19, Antonio Cromartie. Marcus McNeill's bad back scared teams away and he's a steal at pick 50. Charlie Whitehurst is value in round three. Grade: B

NFC East

Dallas—Bobby Carpenter is underrated. Anthony Fasano isn't Mark Bavaro but Fasano is value at pick 53. The rest of the crop is just OK. Grade: B-

New York Giants—The Giants traded down and got a big-time talent, Mathias Kiwanuka, at pick 32. Sinorice Moss will help the offense. Grade: C

Philadelphia—This might be the best draft of them all. The Eagles got sensational big-guy value in Brodrick Bunkley, Winston Justice and Max Jean-Gilles. Chris Gocong is an indescribably exciting pass-rusher. Jason Avant is big-time value in round four and Jeremy Bloom is an intriguing second-day pick. The Eagles are back. Grade: A

Washington—This is embarrassing. No first-round pick. No third-round pick. No fourth-round pick. Don't tell me the Redskins are a Super Bowl contender. Grade: F

NFC North

Chicago—Why did the Bears trade out of the first round? This draft class is a bust. Grade: D

Detroit—This draft class falls off quickly. It's a very disappointing effort for a team at pick number nine. Grade: D

Green Bay—The Packers picked 12 guys, headed by A.J. Hawk. Greg Jennings is a guy the Jaguars liked and will replace Javon Walker very nicely. Daryn Colledge will start at tackle for 15 years. Abdul Hodge will like playing next to Hawk. Will Blackmon is good value in round four. This is a good class to begin the rebuilding process. Grade: B

Minnesota—Chad Greenway is outstanding value at pick 17. So is Cedric Griffin at pick 48 and Ryan Cook at pick 51, but what were the Vikings thinking at pick 64 with Tavaris Jackson? Two second-day picks isn't enough. Grade: C

NFC South

Atlanta—Five players won't get it done. Jimmy Williams is a talent but Atlanta could be a scary place for him. Grade: D

Carolina—The Panthers needed a feature back and he fell right to them. Richard Marshall is value at pick 58. Tight end Jeff King is even better value in round five. Grade: B

New Orleans—Something finally went the Saints' way. Reggie Bush may be the man who saves New Orleans. It falls off hard after Bush. Grade: B-

Tampa Bay—Good work by the Bucs. Davin Joseph addresses need. Maurice Stovall is value in round three and Alan Zemaitis is outstanding value in round four. Watch out for Bruce Gradkowski. He's Jon Gruden's kind of quarterback. Grade: B

NFC West

Arizona—The Cardinals may be on their way up. Matt Leinart is just what they needed. Deuce Lutui will pave the way for Edggerin James. Leonard Pope is good value in round three. Denny Green will coach-up Gabe Watson. Grade: A

St. Louis—Tye Hill, Joe Klopfenstein and Claude Wroten are all value picks. Dominique Byrd fell farther than he should've. The Rams' draft, however, seems to lack a theme. Grade: B-

San Francisco—A strong performance. Vernon Davis and Manny Lawson offer star potential. Lawson, in fact, may be a better pass-rusher than Mario Williams. Michael Robinson is one of the most intriguing picks of the draft. Grade B

Seattle—A six-man class that includes a fullback and a punter isn't a formula for success. Kelly Jennings addresses need but he's not a physical player. Grade: D

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