Okay... here's where you can let us have it!
Okay... here's where you can let us have it!
At this point in time, I have a hard time believing that one of the QB's won't be the pick for Carolina. Personally, I think it will be Newton, when all is said and done, but at the moment I think it's an even bet either way.
The momentum is moving towards a quarterback, but I wouldn't be surprised if they went another direction either. No prospect is perfect, but these guys are a bit riskier than normal. There isn't a Sam Bradford in this class, and even Bradford had his questions. So the Panthers could opt for a safer pick and try to give Clausen another year. That said, it doesn't sound like Clausen did much in Year One to give people confidence for the future. One reason I'd lean Gabbert over Newton at this point for Carolina is that the Panthers already have one QB with a sense of entitlement in Clausen, so they may not want another in Newton. But Newton does have the better athletic skills and ability, so you never know.
As for Denver's selection, Peterson is certainly an option and a good one. I would probably lean towards Marcell Dareus for Denver at this point, because I think they need that disruptor in the middle to help Dumervil and Ayers make the conversion back to defensive end. Their personnel at DT is pretty weak. That being said, regardless of whether or not Denver goes CB or DT, I think they'll have Round Two options at either position. If they go Peterson in round one, there will probably still be good value at DT at the top of the second round. Same with CB. I think the Broncos are in a good position to improve in this draft, especially with their second Round Two pick.
I agree that, from a pure need standpoint, a DT is probably the best choice. I just think Peterson is such an elite prospect that Denver will take him as the BPA.
Well, Denver's defense sucked all around last year, but ranked 31st against the run vs 25th against the pass. Further, I just feel that Fox is more of a front 7 guy than a secondary guy, and will lean towards the disruptive player vs the cover guy. I can remember a few different linemen who have played for Carolina, but can't think of any secondary players. My last point on going with a lineman, they're switching to a 4-3 this year, and if they don't believe that they have the required personnel, then they'll go after the line. Besides, imagine a healthy Dumervil and Dareus next to one another!
As for Carolina, I have to think that they will actually go defense, and just may go Peterson with the first pick. The GM likes Clausen, and the head coach has a defensive background. He'll wait until next year when they pick early again to tie himself to a QB.
I personally think there is less than a 10% chance that Buffalo picks Dareus. Maybe even like 2%. Can you justify this?
Cam Newton is still there and Nick Fairley - Buffalo has good WR core with some RBs -- they would obviously go QB here...but if you want to pick a DT it has to be Fairley because of his skills, body size, etc...
Picking Dareus over Newton and Fairley is not gonna happen...
I hope your right about Peterson AV, but I doubt it. Coach Fox will pick DT at 2. He loves getting his lines sturdy. Peterson is a better prospect I agree. I do not want the ***** getting Peterson, they will if he is there for them at 7.
So far, I think everything has been pretty realistic. I don't think Gabbert would get past Cincy if the Panthers were to pick Newton #1 overall, and that's probably a best case scenario for the Rams as far as Julio Jones is concerned. Miller to the Cardinals is a good pick, and Green to the Bengals, as much as I loathe it as a Rams fan, makes a ton of sense also.
I wonder if some teams might pass on a QB in the Top 10 and target someone like Christian Ponder in Round 2.
That said, Gabbert to Carolina wouldn't be a huge shocker.
I'd lean Dareus over Peterson for the next pick, but it's basically a toss-up. Denver clearly recognizes the value of a shutdown corner.
I would agree with Dareus to the Bills if Denver takes Peterson. Ryan Fitzpatrick probably is not an elite quarterback, but he may well still be one of Buffalo's best players.
I wouldn't rule out the possibility of Cinci going defense with their first pick. Actually, there aren't a lot of positions I would rule out other than tight end.
Von Miller to the Cardinals makes sense, although I'd argue that the NFC West isn't really a running division so much as a "passing very poorly" division. For most of the last decade, the Rams, Seahawks and Cardinals have been passing teams, so I think there are still too many pieces left over from those days to really say the division has become a running division--at least not in the sense of say the AFC North in a good year.
Things are getting interesting. We're 9 picks in, and Cam Newton is still available.
The Skins are up next - do they break the Rams' hearts and take Julio Jones?
So far, we've had 1 QB, 1 WR, 1 LB, 2 CBs, 2 DEs and 2 DTs taken. When will the first OL go?
I bet that Newton looks too much like Elway to Shanny to pass up. They need an entirely new team, but that won't stop him from grabbing a QB that may not be able to contribute much in his first year. In fact, that might be a smart move anyway... if you know that it'll take a year to rebuild the Skins, and a year to get Newton up to speed, why not grab him?
First OL should be either Skins or Lions.