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Draft Days

It's draft weekend for the National Football League, so of course I have been glued to my television set. This year, for the first time in decades, they are holding the draft in Chicago instead of NYC, and it looks as though the whole city has gone crazy. Nothing can compare with the pulse-pounding excitement of a name being read out every ten minutes (five in later rounds).

Anyway, looks to me as if the Jets and Giants are both doing very well this year.

The Jets probably better. DT Leonard Williams, supposedly "the best player in the draft," fell all the way to Gang Green at pick #6, which should give us the best D-line in the NFL. And in the fourth round, the Jets finally found our Quarterback of the Future in Bryce Petty (who may well become the Quarterback of the Present if Geno Smith does not start playing better real soon).

But I liked the Giants' picks too. They picked up a promising pass rusher whose name I will never be able to pronounce, and made an aggressive trade to go up and get one of the top safeties in the draft... a definite need, given how many big plays the secondary gave up last year.

Round six is now in progress, and seven coming up. With luck, both of my teams will find a few diamonds in the rough with those late picks.

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LaceUpBearDown
May. 2nd, 2015 08:29 pm (UTC)
Leonard Williams
I think the Jets did the right thing by taking Leonard Williams at #6 even though they have good defensive linemen on the roster. You never know what you're going to need in 2-3 years when these rookies have become great.
awesomeworkman
May. 2nd, 2015 08:34 pm (UTC)
Owamagbe Odighizuwa
At UCLA, we just called him Owa. Tremendous player and a quality young man. I wish my Cowboys would have drafted him (Makes you and me natural enemies BTW.)
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Eric Levine
May. 2nd, 2015 09:47 pm (UTC)
Bryce Petty should sit at least a year
Bryce Petty came from an offense where he never worked under center, similar to Geno Smith. I hope the Jets wait a year and train him to work under center if they don't want another case of Geno Smith.
Tyler Bigdreamer Mathews
May. 3rd, 2015 04:52 am (UTC)
Re: Bryce Petty should sit at least a year
exactly what I'm thinking too
w2irt
May. 2nd, 2015 10:00 pm (UTC)
I love the G-men's second and third picks, but I'm on the fence with Flowers. Did Mace Tyrell have a fling we don't know about? He could be a great left tackle--or not, and for a top-10 pick I don't like that "or not" part. OO is a beast and Collins should be ready on Day-1.

Not too keen on Mr. Magoo (a.k.a Mykkele Thompson) in the 5th round. Any headline for your 5th round pick that reads "Contacts helping Texas S Mykkele Thompson find the football" portend Bad Things.
talvinm
May. 2nd, 2015 10:55 pm (UTC)
They should have you be the color commentator for the post-season stuff. "So, this week we saw another team killed off in the race to the top. Eliminated! I meant to say eliminated! In the Game of...Football! Got it right that time...."
ottervonbismark
May. 2nd, 2015 11:20 pm (UTC)
George, did you see that there were two players drafted in the first round named Ereck (Flowers) and Arik (Armstead)? The first thing I thought of were your twin Kingsguard members Ser Erryk Cargyll and Ser Arryk Cargyll. How long have you been planning this?! One of them even has a bastard last name.
OberynMattell
May. 3rd, 2015 02:40 am (UTC)
LOL
OberynMattell
May. 2nd, 2015 11:32 pm (UTC)
I thought the Jets might do something dumb like trade up to get Mariotta, and I'm really glad they didn't.

You know who seriously would've been the perfect quarterback for the Jets? Tim Tebow! The Jets are obviously going to be a defense / running team, and I honestly think Tim Tebow would've won more games than the three guys the Jets have currently. I think people underestimate his intangibles and the synergestic value he provides. At the very least Tebow Mania would've created tremendous excitement and had the whole city in an uproar. Ah well, guess we'll have to see what the mad scientist Chip Kelly does with him.
grrm
May. 3rd, 2015 01:50 am (UTC)
We had Tebow. No thanks.
(no subject) - OberynMattell - May. 3rd, 2015 02:24 am (UTC) - Expand
moosh20
May. 2nd, 2015 11:55 pm (UTC)
The texans d line may have something to say about that...wilfort
callie_pup
May. 3rd, 2015 12:30 am (UTC)
Long time reader, first time poster
As a big fan of both the Starks and the Jets, I spend many a night in tears =). But I agree with you that this has been a solid draft. I believe we were caught off guard when Leonard Williams was still on the board, it took us 10 mins to make the pick. Do you think this changes anything about Wilkerson's future with the Jets? I hope not, but he is quite the bargaining chip.
Edward Singer
May. 3rd, 2015 02:27 am (UTC)

Rams did very well and I cannot believe I am saying it but the Raiders drafted well.  ( Titans and Jaguars did better than I expected).

Tyler Bigdreamer Mathews
May. 3rd, 2015 04:48 am (UTC)
Pats fan here
The Jets were really smart picking Leonard Williams because even though Winston and Mariota are the best QB's in the draft, they're both far from sure things. Not to mention you would've had to pay a (Night's) King's ransom just to move up 4 or 5 slots lol. Williams is a great player and it'll make what happens with Wilkerson (and "Snacks" Harrison, who's a good NT but might be gone when his contract's up) that much more interesting. Needless to say there was a huge sigh of relief when the Pats finally took Tre Jackson, but it's because you guys made some good picks. The AfC East is going to have some good defenses this year, and I think we'll actually have the toughest pass rushing division in the league. Triarch Belicho looked at his depleted cornerback levies after Revis's Rebellion, and said "Ya know what man, f*** it" and took 4 or 5 defensive lineman, finally getting the pass rush Pats fans everywhere have been whining about for years (I think they only finished 18th or 19th in sacks with last year's d-line). I think Petty COULD be the guy, but at the same time I think their best bet is having a qb competition, but if all things are equal let Petty ride the bench while Smith gives it another shot. Loved the Flowers pick even if others thought it was a little high, and I think Collins is good but it might take him a little bit to improve his coverage, Bobby Hart and Owa were good picks too. Also, I was a little disappointed Belichick (or anyone for that matter) didn't use a 7th rounder on La'el Collins. I have no idea what's going on with that murder investigation, but would've at least been worth a shot.

Edited at 2015-05-03 04:50 am (UTC)
ae_hmd
May. 3rd, 2015 05:43 am (UTC)
You know you're in the optimistic part of the NFL year when a quarterback who dropped to the fourth round in a weak year for QBs is a cause for optimism. In the spirit of the draft, I'll keep quiet about the success rate for QBs drafted in the past decade after the third round.

Mr. Martin, have you seen the absolutely brilliant article, "What if Westeros had a football league?" It actually designed new NFL uniforms based on your novels, and it's stuffed with jokes only an NFL aficionado would get; it's practically tailor-made for you.
f13tch3r
May. 3rd, 2015 05:52 am (UTC)
Congrats on getting Owa, you're gonna love him. As for his last name, try these words: Oh-dig-ee-zoo-ah. Say them all together and you're golden.
boomkrashhh
May. 3rd, 2015 08:38 am (UTC)
That Jets D Line looks murderous now. They must be still pinching themselves over Williams.
My Saints had a weird draft taking a QB in round 3. Brees is still the stable champion with years left on the clock.
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