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AFC East Report: Quarterbacks Sam Darnold, Josh Allen the biggest names picked by Patriots' rivals in 2018 NFL draft

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Let's take a look around the division to find out what New England's rivals did.

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The frenzy that is the NFL draft is over and it is now time for analysis and also for taking a look at the bigger picture beyond the New England Patriots' selections. After all, the last few days will have a profound long-term impact on the team's division: Two of the Patriots' AFC East rivals – the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills – invested serious draft capital in new quarterbacks, all while the Miami Dolphins came away with one of the top defensive prospects of this class.

Let's break down what the three teams did in this week's edition of the AFC East Report:

Buffalo Bills

Round Selection Player Position School
Round Selection Player Position School
1 7 Josh Allen QB Wyoming
1 16 Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
3 96 Harrison Phillips DT Stanford
4 121 Taron Johnson CB Weber State
5 154 Siran Neal S Jacksonville
5 166 Wyatt Teller OG Virginia Tech
6 187 Ray-Ray McCloud WR Clemson
7 255 Austin Proehl WR North Carolina

Buffalo, coming straight off its first playoff birth of the 21st century, had considerable high-round draft capital available and entered the draft with the fourth-most valuable collection of picks in the league. The Bills made sure to make it count and moved up in round one to get their new quarterback: Wyoming's Josh Allen, who has as high a ceiling as any of this year's passers but is certainly more of a gamble than others.

With their second pick in the first round, the Bills also invested in significant upside by drafting 19-year old Tremaine Edmunds out of Virginia Tech. Like Allen, Edmunds – whose brother Terrell was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers later in round one – comes with a high ceiling but needs some work at the next level. Overall, though, Buffalo added intriguing players with their top two picks (and beyond, with defensive tackle Harrison Phillips the most notable one) that could set the course of the franchise for years to come.

Miami Dolphins

Round Selection Player Position School
Round Selection Player Position School
1 11 Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama
2 42 Mike Gesicki TE Penn State
3 73 Jerome Baker LB Ohio State
4 123 Durham Smythe TE Notre Dame
4 131 Kalen Ballage RB Arizona State
6 209 Cornell Armstrong OC Southern Mississippi
7 227 Quentin Poling LB Ohio
7 229 Jason Sanders K New Mexico

With the top of the draft being focused on quarterbacks, the Dolphins – with their franchise quarterback Ryan Tannehill expected to fully return from season-ending knee injury – were in a comfortable position at number 11: They could simply watch the draft unfold and pick one of the standout players in this draft that fell into their lap. Miami's choice ultimately became Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, the top-rated safety prospect.

The versatile Alabama defensive back should become a day-one starter for the Dolphins and immediately upgrade Miami's secondary. The same goes for Mike Gesicki and the tight end depth chart. The Penn State product – together with fourth-round tight end Durham Smythe out of Notre Dame – is expected to have an immediate impact on a Miami offense that struggled in 2017.

New York Jets

Round Selection Player Position School
Round Selection Player Position School
1 3 Sam Darnold QB USC
3 72 Nathan Shepherd DT Ford Hays State
4 107 Chris Herndon TE Miami (FL)
6 179 Parry Nickerson CB Tulane
6 180 Foley Fatukasi DT Connecticut
6 204 Trenton Cannon RB Virginia State

Just like the Bills, the Jets came away from the draft with a new franchise quarterback: USC's Sam Darnold will be Gang Green's passer moving forward. Sitting at number three, the team was in a perfect spot to grab one of the consensus top four quarterbacks and it was Darnold who they chose after only one – Baker Mayfield to the Cleveland Browns – was off the board by the time New York was on the clock.

While Darnold, possibly the most pro-ready quarterback in the entire draft, is no sure-fire lock to be the team's day-one starter with Josh McCown still on the team, he will be handed over the keys at one point. The success of a Jets' draft class that also includes two defensive tackles in Nathan Shepherd and Foley Fatukasi will therefore be highly dependent on how successful the quarterback turns out.