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NFL Draft, Day Two

The second and third rounds of the NFL draft have come and gone.

My guys made some promising picks today. The Giants picked up Sterling Shepard, a young wideout out of Oklahoma who is said to be quick and elusive, with the best hands in this draft class. If he is all they say he is, Eli will finally have someone else to throw to beside Odell, someone who will not (we can hope) drop the ball. And if Victor Cruz comes back as well, the G-Men should have a hell of a passing game. Shepard should also be a big help in the return game. Next round, Big Blue added Darian Thompson, a ball-hawking safety. That can't hurt either. Their defense needs all the players they can get.

The Jets did well in the third by picking a linebacker out of Georgia by the name of Jordan Jenkins. The talking heads on ESPN and the NFL Network all seem to like him a lot, and a couple said he is better than his more heralded teammate Leonard Floyd, who went early in round one. Looks like this guy will be a solid pass rusher, and the more big bodies we have to get after Tom Brady, the better off Gang Green will be.

All the talk is about the Jets' second round pick, however. They went for a quarterback, Penn State's Christian Hackenberg. A lot of controversy on that pick. "Hack" was a freshman sensation under Bill O'Brien who then wilted in his sophomore and junior years under lesser coaches. I saw him in person last year, when I attended Northwestern's home game against Penn State in Evanston. He lost that game. He's lost a lot of other games too. Will be thrive with the Jets? Maybe. He has gifts. One can hope. One can dream. But...

But he's sure not going to be ready to start this year. And Fitz is still not signed. So who will quarterback the Jets? And does this mean that Fitz will not be resigned? I sure hope not. If he does come back, who is the odd man out? The Jets can't carry four quarterbacks. Does this mean they have given up on Bryce Petty already? Or...

... maybe they can trade Geno Smith. For a sixth. Or a seventh. Or a player. Or...

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James Larsen
Apr. 30th, 2016 06:42 am (UTC)
draft
I like what the Giants have done so far in the draft, especially with Apple and Shepard. Not so much with the J-E-T-S but what do I know as a Lions fan.

I want to personally thank you for your books. Reading is my go-to when my depression flairs up, and your writing has kept me going more times that I can possibly count. Thank you George. I look forward to Winds, though take all the time you need.
Brett Patterson
Apr. 30th, 2016 06:58 am (UTC)
Draft
Fitz claims he was so offended by the jets offer that he will never play for the jets again. I don't love the hackenberg pick.... But I'm a pac 12 guy and only saw him play a handful of times. I'm a big Niner fan.... And they have a lot of issues. You want some book ideas for distinctionality, the niners got you covered. Now that Denver took a qb.... The kaep to Denver deal is dead. You feel like the hackenberg pick prevents you guys from adding a vet qb like kaep? Too much bad blood between the niners front office and kaep. What kind of offer you got for me George?
grrm
Apr. 30th, 2016 07:11 am (UTC)
Re: Draft
You want Geno?
brettdpatterson
Apr. 30th, 2016 07:33 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Draft
😂😂😂 no geno.... I was thinking about Wilkerson...
chrismireya
Apr. 30th, 2016 06:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Draft
Geno Smith in Santa Clara might actually work if Chip Kelly tries to implement his up tempo offense in San Francisco.
danny_of_sf
Apr. 30th, 2016 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Draft
No, please, no! I'll take my chances that Kelly can do something with the mess the front office has created with Kaepernick. It takes some special type of incompetence to take a player who showed such promise and mess with his head to the point his play is unrecognizable as belonging to the same guy. Don't know if Kap is salvageable at this point, but I'd like to see Kelly have the chance to try.

Edited at 2016-04-30 11:00 pm (UTC)
Marc Potempa
Apr. 30th, 2016 12:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Draft
The report isn't that Fitz would never play for the Jets again, it's that he would rather retire than play for the money he's being offered. If the Jets up the offer, then he'd sign and play for them without issue.
OberynMattell
May. 1st, 2016 03:45 am (UTC)
Re: Draft
Kaep would be terrible in the Jets system. In fact, he'd be terrible in most systems. The only reason he had any success with the 9ers is because of Harbaugh. The funny thing is, he has the one perfect coach for him right now in Frisco and he can't get out of there soon enough. He is a QB that needs to be in a great system to be effective.
ChiefsOnReddit
Apr. 30th, 2016 07:09 am (UTC)
Jordan Jenkins is a great pick in that spot
would not be surprised to see him start opening day
dlgood
Apr. 30th, 2016 07:31 am (UTC)
I've seen Hackenberg play a few times. He's the first Penn State QB to lose to Maryland since the Eisenhower administration - and while some of that was on Penn State's Offensive line... well, if Hackenberg can't handle college pressure what's he gonna do in the NFL. Maybe... he was always touted, and he looks the part, but I'm not seeing it.

As for Geno. I wouldn't trade a sack of footballs for him. Ooof.
gonzo21
Apr. 30th, 2016 10:59 am (UTC)
I find it fascinating that even with this vast college and school machine producing so many high quality players, the level of competition at the top is such that even the few big teams at the top of the pyramid have difficulty finding enough really good players to fill their rosters with.
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Conor Henry
Apr. 30th, 2016 04:44 pm (UTC)
Jets QB's
Fitz said he would rather retire than play for what we are currently offering him. I think Geno gets one last shot with Marshall and Chad Gailey as OC, keep Petty as our backup, and hopefully Hack dosen't see the field this year. We have a really tough schedule, especially to start, and I don't think the difference between Fitz and Geno will win us many more games. If Geno and Bryce prove to not have what it takes at least we will have a high draft pick next year in what will likely be a better draft class.
Joshua Bowers
Apr. 30th, 2016 05:08 pm (UTC)
Draft
While watching the draft, I kept thinking about how you'd react to each pick by the New York teams. I don't like the pick of Christian Hackenberg. If the Jets were going to take a QB. They should have taken Lynch in the first. He may take some time, but he has the ability to be a franchise QB. Only Wentz has a similar upside to Lynch.
chrismireya
Apr. 30th, 2016 05:34 pm (UTC)
I would trade Geno Smith...
...and sign Fitz, Hackenberg and Petty.

I realize that Geno has talent; however, I just feel that he might be a bit toxic to the locker room. I've just seen so many guys like that who are controversy builders and divide the loyalty of the team. I fear that he is a narcissist and one of those guys who lacks focus and production yet needs perpetual support and even relies upon adoration from those around him.

Then again, Coach Bowles might be a great influence on Geno Smith. I don't know if he can develop him, but I think that he might add some much-needed discipline and focus.
LeeLeedann1
Apr. 30th, 2016 09:03 pm (UTC)
Eli Apple
George, did you like your 310 pick? I thought NY should have gone for Ryan Kelly from Alabama (that kid is 6'4" and 320lbs. He's a beast and just what the G-men need to keep Eli safe for a few more years.

I also thought that Michael Thomas (6'3" 215) over the smaller Sterling Shepard would have been a smarter WR pick but hey I'm just a fan not front office! Since I am a Saints fan I am fine with that pick though!

How many more years you think you got with Eli especially under a new HC?
Keith Russell Dulak
Apr. 30th, 2016 09:11 pm (UTC)
Send fitz back to Buffalo. We stll want and love that guy!
S Free
Apr. 30th, 2016 09:37 pm (UTC)
draft
yeh I didn't get the hackenberg pick. George u said something to the extent of ..well Paxton lynch wouldn't be ready anyway and we need it now.. and your absolutely right. team is loaded. but to pass on em and take hackenberg. ugh. right now i'm just trusting bowles cause I dig that guy's vibe.. but this team is my exercise in patience if you get my meaning. hey George I know you must have an old George martin jersey right? guy was a ballhawk and at defensive end no less. #75. ha. go green.
Peter Jung
Apr. 30th, 2016 10:00 pm (UTC)
Uhm... Jets
Looking at the current Jets roster as it presents itself right now, I don't understand their signing and payments strategy.

e.g.: If my sources are right (yes, it's only wikipedia...), the Giants currenlty have eleven defensive linemen on the payroll. The Jets only have seven. At the same time, the Jets use more than $15 Million of the salary cap for Wilkerson alone, making him the single most expensive DE, with Williams and Richardson at 15 and 18 respectively for a 3-4 setup.

Regarding Fitzy, I don't see where they could get the money to resign him, because there's not a lot of salary cap room for the Jets.

Then again, I guess I may simply know nothing, so...
danny_of_sf
Apr. 30th, 2016 10:56 pm (UTC)
Niners
Niners continue to strengthen offensive line depth, defense on the line and corner, but little to nothing at WR or RB. Lots of pre draft spec on a new quarterback, but I doubt Jeff Driskel is the answer. I do love the name of their last pick - Prince Charles Iworah. We have royalty coming to the rescue! I know absolutely nothing about this guy, but with a name like that, we got to give him a chance.
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OberynMattell
May. 1st, 2016 03:41 am (UTC)
Glaring red flag on Hackenberg is Bill O'Brien passed up on him. Yes, the Texans just signed Osweiler, but he is far from being a sure bet. It wouldn't have been a bad idea to sign a young QB as well.
taoliang
May. 1st, 2016 08:18 am (UTC)
I'm chinese ,I'm your big fan
hi,grrm,I like your A Song of Ice and Fire,This is really a fantastic fantasy history! I hope you every day happy and good luck!love you!
sorry my english is not good . I have no idea whether you can understand what I'm writing.

我真的很喜欢你的作品A Song of Ice and Fire,这是我读到过的最好的一个作品,读来让人无法释卷,精妙绝伦!无法用语言来形容我对这部作品的喜爱,谢谢你让我见到一个这么奇妙的世界!我的英语不是很好,不能表达我对你和你的作品的喜爱,用中文写这些,也不知道你能不能看懂,我是近几天才知道你的这个博客,为了你,我注册了这个用户,我太激动了,不知道该说些什么,总之就是超级超级超级喜欢你和你的作品,非常期待你的新作品,最后,希望你每天都过的开心,身体健健康康,爱你!
grrm
May. 1st, 2016 08:18 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm chinese ,I'm your big fan
I have no idea what you wrote, alas. I hope it was nice.

I am glad you like my work.

But... the post above is about the NFL draft, so you're off topic here. I'd like to restrict comments to football.
taoliang
May. 2nd, 2016 03:07 am (UTC)
Re: I'm chinese ,I'm your big fan
I'm sorry, I'm so excited. You're right. Please forgive me
ATHuffman
May. 1st, 2016 07:22 pm (UTC)
Draft stuff
Hey George,

Just curious - do you watch Northwestern football at home? How about college FB in general? I love the draft so much because it's a nice juncture when watching both. Also, when you start looking at the players in a given draft do you always have a set of "draft crushes" whereby your rooting for your team to take certain guys?

Just wondering.

Hope all is well.
grrm
May. 1st, 2016 08:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Draft stuff
Actually, I haven't followed college football since I graduated. The only Northwestern games I see, as a rule, is when they make a bowl game. NFL is the game for me.
Ross Chaffin
May. 2nd, 2016 12:41 pm (UTC)
Stirling Shepard
You'll love this kid. Total gamer and top notch athlete. His dad was a college star and nfl receiver, but died when stirling was a kid. Kid was brought into the OU program and made a part of coaches lives when they had no clue he'd end up being an all American high school player.

He'll never be megatron or Dez Bryant (or obj) but he could be Wayne Chrebet.
grrm
May. 2nd, 2016 10:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Stirling Shepard
Oh, I hope so. I loved Wayne Chrebet.

People keep saying he will be Victor Cruz. Of course, we still have the original Victor Cruz, who remains one of my favorites. I really hope he comes back strong.

A wide receiver core of Odell and two Victor Cruzes would be unstoppable.
Steve Winer
May. 2nd, 2016 10:30 pm (UTC)
Eli Apple
Grrm, I am a life long Buckeye fan. Eli was fine... That's all. I have no idea how he shot up the boards like this. He is fast, but gets beat. He does not do great in run tackling. He is very young, however, and perhaps he will be more impacting in another couple years. I hope I am wrong, as I like to see OSU players doing well, but i can't see Eli being more than a nickel package player, barring injury, in the next year or so.
grrm
May. 2nd, 2016 10:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Eli Apple
That's really all we need. We have DRC on one corner, and just signed Janoris Jenkins for the other.
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