Round 1 Notes
- The Rams now have the best quarterback in the West, and I don’t think it’s even close. Charlie Whitehurst? Alex Smith? Matt Leinart? Every one of these guys was riding pine last season.
- I have to give some grudging respect to the ***** for their off-season so far. They picked up two big, mean offensive linemen in the first round of the draft and recently acquired a deep threat in Ted Ginn for the measly price of a fifth rounder. Along with Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree, this starts to look like a scary offense…until you remember that they have Alex Smith at quarterback again.
- Dan Williams was a fortuitous acquisition for the Cardinals. Very good value at #26 overall.
- The Seahawks draft arguably the best offensive tackle in the draft, which isn’t going to help Chris Long’s stat line. However, if they were going to draft twice in the first round, I can’t help feeling a little better that one of them was a cover safety. I could be wrong, but I don’t think Earl Thomas is a game-changer.
- Should the Lions feel lucky that the division rival Vikings were willing to let them move up without offering much compensation? Or disrespected because Minnesota clearly does not perceive them as even remotely threatening? Either way, the Lions landed an impact tackle and a big play runner. That Detroit team still has a long road ahead, but this will help.
- The Vikings grade as incomplete. Trading out of the first round to move up in the fourth and pick up an extra 7th rounder has to rate as the least inspiring move of the day. Because of the format, teams are going to have all day Friday to consider whether they want to jump ahead of the Vikings. The minimal compensation makes them look pretty apathetic.
- Hey, Chicago, how’s Cutler working out for you?
- The Bucs D needed help badly. Their decision was obvious but good nonetheless. Likewise, the Falcons made a seemingly obvious choice in selecting Weatherspoon.
- And with the 17th overall pick, the Carolina Panthers select…Everette Brown and Mike Goodson in last year’s draft. Brown has 2.5 sacks to his credit thus far. Goodson has 5 carries for 3 yards.
- Shanahan knows what he likes on the offensive line. We’ll see if he can re-create some of that Denver magic in the former home of the Hogs.
- Dallas and Dez Bryant kind of seem made for each other. Jerry Jones thinks the world revolves around him, and so does Dez Bryant. As long as they’re in the same stadium, it can revolve around both of them at the same time.
- I like how the Broncos are able to get value out of their picks by liberal use of trades. I don’t like that McDaniels clashes with his players, so the organization spends more effort replacing talent than moving forward. Would this team honestly have a better offense with Tebow and Thomas than it did with Cutler and Marshall? I fully supported their decision to dump Cutler while his stock was high, but they didn’t need to trade up to sign a quarterback who is unlikely to supplant Orton as the starter anytime soon.
- San Diego gave up too much for Matthews. Bad move in my opinion. Runningbacks traditionally have short shelf-lives, and it’s not like we’re talking about the next LT here.
- McClain might be Oakland’s best choice in the last three years for all that’s worth.
- I like that the Steelers had no qualms about taking an interior lineman in the middle of the first round. Some front office types might have felt compelled to take a player at a “skill” position, especially after shipping off Santonio Holmes.
- Joe Haden at #7? My gut says reach. Also, “feed me”.
- At first glance, the Tebow trade looked pretty lopsided against the Broncos, but the Ravens also dropped down 18 spots—well out of the first round—to pick up extra third and fourth round picks. Upon closer examination, this looks like an elusive lose-lose situation.
- Jermaine Gresham is going to feel really out of place with the Bengals. First day he walks into the locker room, he’ll need to find the biggest, baddest dude around and beat the snot out of him. The coaches might throw him in solitary for a while, but then the other inmates--I mean teammates--will respect him.
- Jags offer the surprise of the night. I’m not going to fault them for picking up Alualu, but I will fault them for failing to trade down. Looking at what the Broncos did starting from the very next pick, it seems highly likely that Jacksonville could have picked up a fourth round pick and two third round picks and still landed their guy—at a lower contract value to boot.
- Think it’s a coincidence that all three of the teams in the same division as the Colts drafted defensive players in the first round?
- The Bills are an enigma wrapped inside of a losing franchise shrouded in dwindling profit margins. With two 1,000-yard rushers on the roster and the entire rest of the offense suspect, the Buffalo Bills select…another runningback. I guess that means Marshawn Lynch is unofficially on the trading block, and the Bills are unofficially last place in the East again in 2010.
- In the same vein, the Jets own the top ranked defense in the country and recently traded for Pro Bowl CB Antonio Cromartie. What do they do in the first round? Take another corner.
Re: Round 1 Notes
The Jets move actually makes sense to me. With all three of those guys in the backfield their linebackers will be free to blitz much more often. A secondary that can lock down each of their guys is extremely valuable, I like that pick.
Re: Round 1 Notes
The Jets are going to have the best secondary in the NFL. Oh man. Scary.