2012 NFL Draft Live Blog: AFC East & Elite

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2012 NFL Draft Live Blog: AFC East & Elite

Every pick made in the AFC East, as well as for the Broncos, Texans, Steelers and Ravens will be noted here. Keep it locked through Saturday.
7:49 p.m - The New York Jets take WR Stephen Hill with the No. 43 pick.
7:45 p.m -Dwight Stephenson informs us Miami spends its 42 pick to take Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin.
So you know what I was saying about Ryan Fitzpatrick needing protection? That's where I thought Jonathan Martin might come in. Martin had the responsibility of defending Andrew Luck's blind side at Stanford. He's been hyped as one of the best OT in the draft and says as much himself.
But considering it's Jake Long who's entering his final contract year, and there's no guarantee he can be retained by Miami, you'd think the right side would get the help. Give Lydon Murtha something to fight for, at least.
7:42 p.m - The Buffalo Bills select Cordy Glenn, former Georgia tackle at No. 41.
With Demetrius Bell gone, Ryan Fitzpatrick's blind side is unprotected. Chris Hairston is decent, but not Bell.
Glenn, 6-5, 345-pounds, had a bumpy road to the OLT transition in his senior season. But he got there -- he got in shape and made it work. Would he be a better guard? Probably. Perhaps the versatility will serve the Bills well. Glenn is certainly quick and powerful.
7:21 p.m - With the 36 pick, the Broncos select Derek Wolfe, defensive tackle out of Cincinnati.
Smart, smart move by Denver. Of course, I like Wolfe a lot, so put it in that context. In 2011, the 6-5, 300-pound DT had a fumble return, 70 total tackles (21.5 for loss), 9.5 sacks, a pass break up, six quarterback hurries, and two forced fumbles. Kid got work done.
Now for the Broncos' context. What name do you think of first? Von Miller. Which is why Brodrick Bunkley was underrated in that defense. Now he's gone -- off to New Orleans -- and Denver can't expect Ty Warren, Justin Bannan, and Kevin Vickerson to pick up the slack. I imagine those three sitting at Dunkin' Donuts all day, sipping small coffees (they're old).
7:17 p.m - The Ravens use pick No. 35 on linebacker Courtney Upshaw.
The rich get richer. A team known for its suffocating defense adds the former key to Alabama's. Upshaw is thickly built at 6-2, 272-pounds. He's a high-intensity, power-leverage rusher who will do well in a 3-4 like Baltimore's.
But didn't Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh say over and over that the Ravens' top need in the draft was left guard? Perhaps not. The free agency loss of linebacker Jarrett Johnson -- his leadership, his work in the run game -- is significant. Paul Kruger showed some goods last year, but not enough to replace Johnson. And Sergio Kindle fell down the stairs and hurt his brain, so... yeah, Upshaw is a good choice.
7:14 p.m - Baltimore Ravens are on the clock.

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