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AFC East Report: Who did the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets Draft?

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The three teams want to close the gap to the Patriots. Let's see with which newly acquired players they try to do that.

The New England Patriots have won the AFC East seven years in a row. In order to break this unprecedented streak of dominance, the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets need to improve their teams. The cheapest and easiest way to do that is the NFL Draft.

The Patriots' three division rivals drafted a total of 22 players, who may or may not help their respective teams challenge New England's reign. Let's take a look at them

Buffalo Bills

Round Pick Name Position School
1 19 Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
2 41 Reggie Ragland LB Alabama
3 80 Adolphus Washington DT Ohio State
4 139 Cardale Jones QB Ohio State
5 156 Jonathan Williams RB Arkansas
6 192 Kolby Listenbee WR TCU
6 218 Kevon Seymour CB USC

The Bills' invested heavily in defense this year, taking three defenders with their three highest picks. Lawson and Ragland in particular should become immediate contributors. The team has also invested a selection in one of the biggest names entering this year's draft: Ohio State quarterback and national champion Cardale Jones.

Furthermore, the Bills have signed former Kansas State fullback Glenn Gronkowski, brother of New England's star tight end Rob Gronkowski, as an undrafted free agent.

Miami Dolphins

Round Pick Name Position School
1 13 Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss
2 38 Xavien Howard CB Baylor
3 73 Kenyan Drake RB Alabama
3 86 Leonte Carroo WR South Carolina
6 186 Jakeem Grant WR Texas Tech
6 204 Jordan Lucas DB Penn State
7 223 Brandon Doughty QB Western Kentucky
7 231 Thomas Duarte TE UCLA

Miami's main focus this year was improving the team's stagnant offense. The Dolphins did this by selecting one of the best prospects and a former candidate to become the first overall pick, Laremy Tunsil. Tunsil slid to pick 13 after off-field incidents became public just prior to the draft.

The team under new head coach Adam Gase also took two of the better skill position players: Kenyan Drake and Leonte Carroo should both be able to help quarterback Ryan Tannehill immediately.

New York Jets

Round Pick Name Position School
1 20 Darron Lee LB Ohio State
2 51 Christian Hackenberg QB Penn State
3 83 Jordan Jenkins LB Georgia
4 118 Juston Burris CB North Carolina State
5 158 Brandon Shell OT South Carolina
7 235 Lechlan Edwards P Sam Houston State
7 241 Charone Peake WR Clemson

The Jets made one of the most intriguing selections of this year's draft in taking Christian Hackenberg in the second round. The former Penn State quarterback enters the Jets' competition for the starting role and gives the team leverage in its negotiations with former Ryan Fitzpatrick.

New York also invested heavily in defense, taking two talented linebackers in the first and third rounds. Both Darron Lee and Jordan Jenkins could very well become day-one starters.