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NFL Draft, Day 1

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Ah, NFL draft weekend... nothing like it... it still amazes me that ESPN has somehow made an annual television event out of what used to be a bunch of guys sitting around a hotel ballroom writing names on index cards every fifteen minutes or so... but now it's must-watch TV for all NFL fans, a media extravaganza telecast live on two networks, and covered by all the rest. And god help me, I watch religiously every year, with all the draft magazines and a big bowl of chile con queso (thanks, Phipps!) by my elbow.

So how did my two teams do?

The Giants did their usual solid job. No surprises there. Jerry Reese is not a GM given to bold moves; he sits where he is and makes his picks, just like George Young used to do. And it works well. The big need for the G-Men this year was wide receiver, since Plax went and stuffed a pistol into his sweatpants and shot a hole in his thigh and the Giants' season. There were five or six top-ranked WRs this year, and my big fear was that all of them would be gone by the time the Giants picked at 29... but the football gods were kind. The Raiders went and reached and picked the fast guy, who can't catch so good. Michael Crabtree went, and then Macklin, and then the Viking made my day by taking Percy Harvin... who looks to be an amazing player and a real headcase. He may turn out to be sensational, but he may also turn out to be Pacman Jones, and I'm thrilled that he didn't end up on either of my teams. So when the pick came to the Giants, they had their choice between three very promising wideouts: Kenny Britt from Rutgers, Hakeem Nicks from North Carolina, and the Robiskie kid from Ohio State. All of them will be good players, I think. I was leaning toward the Rutgers kid, Britt, since he's a Bayonne boy, from my home town, but they went with Nicks instead. That's okay too. He's not quite as tall and tough as Britt, but he has better hands, they say... in fact, he has giant mutant hands that help him make incredible catches. Works for me. I am sure Eli will like that too. And if Mario Manningham and Sinorice Moss step up as well, maybe the G-Men won't miss Plax so much next season. And hey, the last time the Giants drafted a player from North Carolina, it worked out pretty well.

The Giant picks in the second round look pretty solid too. A linebacker and an OT. Our offensive line is solid now, but depth never hurts, and if the tackle they picked works out well, maybe they can move David Diehl to the other side. He's not a natural left tackle.

And for the Jets...

Well, you can always count on the Jets to provide some excitement. No standing pat and picking for them, no sir, instead they make a blockbuster trade, give up three players and a second round pick to swap places with the Browns, vault up the board, and grab USC quarterback Mark Sanchez. He's going to save the franchise. (Just like that Favre guy did last year).

He seems like a great kid. Very personable, certainly, should be a hit with the media (until he throws a pass, at least). But he's still an unknown quality. Will he be better than Kellen Clemens? Who knows? Will he be better than Brett Ratliffe, who was one of the three players the Jets gave up to get him? No one knows that either... though the fact that it was Eric Mangini, who coached Ratliffe last year, who asked for him in this trade makes me a little worried. Ratliffe looked great in preseason last year, much better than Clemens did, and I was actually thinking he might be the Jets starting QB. Did Mangini see something? Was Ratliffe just a throw-in in the trade, or is he the next Matt Cassell?

Bottom line, the Jets rolled the dice. If Sanchez is indeed a franchise QB, then this was a great move. If he turns out to be the new Matt Leinert... or worse, the new Akili Smith / Andre Ware / David Klinger / Ryan Leaf... then not so much.

Time will tell.

Meanwhile, there's another day of reading out names to look forward to tomorrow. Whoopee!

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rusirious13
Apr. 26th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, meanwhile, my team (the Dallas Cowboys) trades right out of the first round. Awesome, watch all day and then they take a pass and leave.

The Jets will be interesting next year with Rex Ryan as coach. I think they'll turn around pretty quick and the AFC East looks to actually be competitive next year (even with Lady Brady coming back).
the12judge
Apr. 27th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Yes
My comment exactly RE: the Cowboys. pfft.

So, I guess they're pretty comfortable with what they already have. Which is good in a way, but bad too since what they have didn't go to the Superbowl last year. But if Romo/Williams is the next Montana/Rice or even Aikman/Irving, then ok. If not...
kevinsansone
Apr. 26th, 2009 04:28 am (UTC)
Well I am disowing the raiders. Al Davis shouldnt be in football anymore. Its embarassing to be a raiders fan, worse I think than the Lions. They skipped on Crabtree and Macclin to pick a supposely 3rd rounder at pick 7. Then in the second rd they pick someone who was suppose to go undrafted. It was awful and NFL network and ESPN gave them instant F's. I have lived in NE for sometime now, and I have patriot season tickets so I am now a Patriots fan. Secondly, My opinon from hailing from CA long ago and watching Sanchez is that hes better than Strattford. First, many qb's are not being picked this year and anymore because spread, run and shoot and wildcat offenses are the norm in college while in the pro's its not. The pat whites of the world get turned into recievers while the few who run pro offenses the Cutlers and Stratfords they get picked up even if they went to small schools. Sanchez went to a huge school, ran a pro offense, and did it well. I think hes great. But that sucks for everyone else in the AFC east.
ender839
Apr. 26th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
Yeah, Al Davis proved how much of a headcase he really is today. Though it was pretty funny watching the ESPN guys' reactions... :)
rusirious13
Apr. 26th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
Woah. You're just now disowning the Raiders? j/k

What part of Cali are you from? I'm basically planning on doing the reverse of what you did. I live in NH now but am moving to CA after I graduate.
philmophlegm
Apr. 26th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
Watching the draft at home in Cornwall, I end up asking myself "Why am I staying up until 2.00 in the morning for Mike Mitchell?" Just horrible.

Raiderbeat.com had the best analysis on this guy (let's be honest, nobody else even knew how big he was): "Would have been available next month, when he would have been working at Starbuck's."
metamorphage
Apr. 26th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
The problem is that Sanchez ran an offense for just one year at a fantastic football school, which makes it even harder to predict how he'll do in the NFL than it does for Stafford.
lyonel_bara_ls
Apr. 26th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Do your research
a.) It's Stafford- only one 't' and no 'r' immediately after it. He also ran a pro offense with RB Knowshon Moreno, another first round pick, in the backfield.

b.) Georgia is by no means a small school. They are a perennial D-1 power and have been for decades. Not to mention, they were 2008 pre-season #1. Also, they play in a conference known as the SEC- by far the toughest in college football- unlike that whimpy Pac-10 conference USC plays in.

c.) You don't know much about college football, do you?
infinite_hiatus
Apr. 27th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
Since when is UGA a small school? It's almost identical in size to USC. A couple hundred more students actually.
kevinsansone
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
No I just misstyped. I was saying OVER THE LAST COUPLE YEARS kids from smaller schools made it over big time qbs because they ran pro offenses. I didnt mean strattford and in fact I included him with sanchez and wrote "even if" later. Sorry to confuse whoever I was just hurrying to be the 1st poster, which i lost anyways.
lyonel_bara_ls
May. 8th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
Dude!!
Once again, it's STAFFORD!! No "r"!! Oh, and you never said in your original post "OVER THE LAST COUPLE YEARS"

You really need to be better about reviewing what you wrote.

P.S. Sanchez is NOT better than Stafford. The latter proved himself against much tougher competition. Don't you know that the SEC is basically the NFL developmental league?"
materpenitentia
Apr. 26th, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
Percy is a great player - he can catch the ball like no one since Gaffney for the Gators.
fuentez1138
Apr. 26th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
I was pretty pleased with the Eagles picks this year. I hope they work out. Would be nice to see Maclin turn out to be the WR that McNabb has been looking for, and McCoy hopefully will be a good compliment to Westbrook. Anyways I hope our WR works out better then your Giants WR. Enjoy the rest of the draft and your awesome library tower.
bbeitel
Apr. 26th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
I did a little happy dance when Curry fell into the Seahawks lap at #4. Best defensive player in the draft, and most rate him the best OLB in the last several years. I was happy we got Denver's #1 pick next year for the 37th pick. Not sure trading a 3rd and 4th to Chicago was worth the Unger kid at #49. He's projected at Center in the NFL, and we really needed a Left Tackle. Not sure what's left in the later rounds, but the 'hawks have a 5th and four 7th-round selections. I was really hoping Nicks would fall to Seattle in Round 2, but the Giants got a good one there. "They" say he's not fast, but he's quick off the line and has the best hands in the draft. Not sure if the Sanchez pick will be that great for the Jets. I've really never been that impressed with him. These USC QB's always seem to produce in College; but outside of Carson Palmer, they've been less than stellar.
valithor
Apr. 26th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
I missed all of the first round because of the Yankees/Red Sox game that dragged out for 4 hours. When I was 12 my aunt got tickets her boss was unable to use and ended up getting autographs from Dave Brown and Tiki Barber. That was the day I decided that I was all for Big Blue. I have to ask though, how did you become fans of both the Giants and the Jets?
infinite_hiatus
Apr. 26th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
I'm a UGA alum, so suddenly I find myself routing for the Detroit Lions. I don't want to see our first number one pick in eons fall flat and be one of those Ryan Leafs you mentioned.
alwaysoptimistc
Apr. 26th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
Here in Los Angeles
I don't follow the NFL (too many other Pro/College Teams to watch), but I do keep up with USC and so I was happy to see Sanchez go to your Jets. I think that he will be successful in transitioning to the Pros and really do hope that that will turn out to be the case. It's much more fun to read your livejournal posts when you are in a good mood, at least for me. :)

As you say, Sanchez has always seemed like a good guy, with a solid upbringing. He had to sit behind JD Booty for quite awhile here and had to compete for a job, rather than develop any sense of entitlement.

If you haven't seen it, the LA Times posted an article in which the writer spent the day with Sanchez and he seems genuinely excited to be going to NY. Here's the article, with what I thought to be the most revealing comments at the end:

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-draft-sanchez26-2009apr26,0,3775847.story?page=1
ser_steveo
Apr. 26th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
Draft day thoughts
The Chargers took an OLB??? Strange pick unless we can move him to the ILB position with Phillips and Merriman on the edges, that could cause some real havoc, but word is the Chargers aren't going to sign Merriman to an extension, which makes zero sense to me, yes, he's coming off acl surgery but so is Osi, so we'll see. The bigger picture here in San Diego is the fact that the Chargers are probably leaving anyway. The Chargers lease at Qualcomm Stadium expires after this season, and without a new stadium the Chargers claim to be losing millions upon millions of dollars in revenue. So they have the freedom to persue other venues that pay the bills. Most likely L.A. where there is a brand new stadium being built in Industry (an industrial city about 20 miles south of downtown L.A) So they may be the L.A. Chargers sooner than later.(which is where they started anyway but still sucks) The Chargers belong in S.D.!!!
thundasnowz
Apr. 26th, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
I agree with GRRM on Sanchez. Love the guy but its impossible to tell which QBs can do it on the next level. Seems like high QB and DT draft choices often bust.

In terms of Percy .....I wouldn't have minded the Vikes taking Oher since RT is our weakest position coming out of last year (Yes worse than QB). I've pretty much given up on our media for many reasons. My gripe with the coverage on Percy is a small one but I just don't think every report I see on him should start with the marijuana test or his high school brawls instead of all he has accomplished. Character is always important but I am not sure I care much about high school brawls or marijuana.
josh_b_mcc
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
Half agree about Harvin
I could care less about the high school antics, but testing positive for marijuana at the combine is a huge factor.

Disregarding the judgement or character issues, it means that he enters the NFL on their accelerated drug testing program which means at least twice a month he will be tested and any bad results more than likely ends up with a suspension. Taking a guy in the first round means he is a major investment in both money and expectations. With guaranteed cash being a major part of any contract made, the marijuana is a HUGE issue and probably is the first thing considered by every team when they were building their draft boards. Who wants to toss down millions and a roster spot on a guy only to have him get paid for sitting out half a season or more just because he wanted to fire up a joint?

The fact he went so high despite the stigma attached to the drug test results is the true testament to what he has accomplished. He was good enough to go that high even with the character questions.
majsju
Apr. 26th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
Reading your posts about NFL, there is one thing that constantly seems quite odd to me. How can you support two teams playing in the same league?
wcgeorge
Apr. 26th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
Will Sanchez be Dirty?
Mangini
...My guess is Mangini saw something in Ratliffe...Mangini wakes up in the middle of the night to horrid visions of sweatpants & cut-offs-clad Belichek hoisting another Lombardi trophy, cries for a while, punches his pillow and thinks of ways to be vile and sneaky, a dark cloud of malaise slowly creeping over his heart confirming to him yet again that the only way to succeed is to screw the other guy. This seems like one of those instances.

Sanchez
Maybe he's Matt Cassel...but I think like most USC QBs, he's used to having a wall of O-Linemen protecting him. Why do I say this? All of his highlight reels show him sauntering back leisurely when it comes to the 3-step drop. As you well know, the NFL is an Intel Quad-Core compared to the Omega of college ball (ah, computer analogies, the last resort of the slow-witted...). If he's a touch slower than the pros demand and we've never seen it because of the overall powerhouse that USC is, then Sanchez better be prepared to be in the dirt all season.

G-Men
What can be said about the Giants? Who CARES!!!! May the shins of all their draft picks splinter like so many Central American leftist guerilla factions! May their mothers cry bitter tears of anguish as their sons' remains are indistinguishable from those of the many 'union representatives' buried in the end zones of The Meadowlands. E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Does anyone else think Mel Kiper looks aquiline? I half expect him to swoop down from his ESPN perch and devour an audience member, only to vomit said member backup for his young (Todd McShay?).
beer_crafter
Apr. 26th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
I'd like to thank the Raiders for choosing the fast guy with the frying pans for hands so that the 49ers could get Michael Crabtree. Now we just need someone to throw him the ball...
proudbronco
Apr. 26th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
I'm much higher on the Broncos chances this year around - adding a stud SEC runningback in Moreno is an awsome move (added to the fact that the Chargers were aiming to swopp for him). Plus, the D-Line got a bit better with the addition of Eyre.

I was wondering if any fellow NFL fans were suprised in that neither Braylon Edwards or Anquan Boldin failed to move?
josh_b_mcc
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
Boldin...
While AZ was still asking a 1st and 3rd for him the Titans offered a 2nd plus a player (LenDale White was the rumor) but AZ declined. Then they dropped their asking price, but the Titans drafted and WR and AZ drafted a RB so I gave up on that dream.

It does shock me that he didn't go somewhere though. I think the deal is he is wanting to renogiate his contract wherever he goes and wants way more money than he is worth.
nycfalcon
Apr. 26th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Lets hope the kid plays as well as he interviews. That was a huge move by the Jets. Should he live up to their expectations he'll be the premiere QB in NYC. Well, as soon as they get him him receiving corp.

As for the Gints we can't be too pleased with the lack of a move. Hakeem Nicks seems to be a solid kid, but he doesn't have what the Giants needed most from a wide receiver. They needed separation speed along with the ability to catch the ball. Hopefully the recent weight gain isn't an indicator of his future commitment to his profession. I don't follow college ball closely but apparently he has excellent hands, runs great routes and can find the soft spot in the defense. If that's the case we've gotten Amani at his prime. The other picks were also ho-hum. You can't teach speed and none of their picks have any. The one thing the LB corp showed last season was that it needed someone with speed.

I'm still curious to see what Arizona will do with Boldin.
trebla1972
Apr. 26th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Jets
I personally like the Jets trade. Eric Mangini has proven over the years he is a QB career killer. As in his OWN QB's. That he wanted Ratliffe I don't think says that much. He wanted Elam and Coleman (who he gave a big contract to and was very meh) and both were very expendable for the Jets.

For those guys and a mid 1 and and a 2 they got a tope 5 pick. Sanchez could be a the next Matt Leinart but that wouldn't be horrible since the jury is still out on Leinart. He got beat out by a possible HoF player in Kurt Warner.

As far as my Cowboys, I was almost convinced they were going to trade all the way down to have every pick in the 7th round. They have picked up some good pass rushers, though, which may mark the end of eternal complainer Gred Ellis.
holgerbaehren
Apr. 26th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
I really like the Giant's (my 1st team) picks, even though I would have liked it better, if they had traded up to 18 or 19 to get Maclin. But still, Nicks seems to be a good receiver even if it shifts their game a little bit from the style they played with Plax.
Dolphins (my 2nd team) did fantastic. Vontae Davis was a steal at 25th pick. And I love love love the Pat White catch. He is exactly the player for this team.

The Mat Stafford move is a big mistake for the Lions, imho and it will hurt them for years to come.
I think getting Mark Sanchez was a mistake for the Jets, although not as bad as the Stafford pick.
Seattle did really well as did the Bengals.
The Broncos picking was just bizarre. Picking a running back in this poor week for running backs and then trading a 2010 1st rounder for nothing.
Overall, happy for my teams.
marykaykare
Apr. 26th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
I was reading an article in Friday's USA Today (I'm stuck in Tulsa - gimme a break). They were talking about Pat White and the increasing value of players who can cover a variety of positions. One of the guys being interviewed said (referring to a well known Pittsburgh player who was multi-talented) that Slash-ability was very important. Oh dear. I don't really think he intended those pictures to be in my head! I'll grant you that people with *that* meaning for Slash who'd be reading articles on the NFL draft are probably pretty rare, but apparently there's at least one... Well, at least it was entertaining -- which has been rare on the ground this weekend.

MKK
drexaxp82
Apr. 26th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
Giants
I do agree with your assessment and I grew up in Waldwick so I feel the same way about Britt over Nicks but we'll see, hopefully Nicks is what they want. The pick that intrigued me is the 6'5 WR from Cal Poly.

I do want to ask a question about the Song of Fire and Ice series, particularly book 5. It says on Amazon it's release date is Sept.29th. Any credibility to that claim?
josh_b_mcc
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Release Date
Don't trust any release date you find anywhere other than here or the publisher's site. GRRM has told us he would let us know when a release date is set, so don't put too much faith in places like Amazon.
douglascohen
Apr. 26th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty happy with how the G-Men selected. Nicks plays bigger than his size, like Boldin. He could be pretty good, and Manningham might be a burner. I've pretty much given up on Sinorice Moss. Clint Sintim is an instant upgrade over Danny Clark at SAM, and the Beatty kid has time to develop behind our O-line. I thought there was a chance the G-Men would draft Rey Malauluga when he dropped, but I guess they don't like the undisciplined aspects of his play. Grabbing another TE and RB were also solid moves, and I love that they took Barden. He could be a diamond in the rough. Taking that QB was a reach, but Andre Woodson is clearly for the scrap heap and it would be nice to develop a young kid. There's no guarantee that Carr will be with us beyond next year.

Regarding the Jets, I'm not a fan, but I liked the Sanchez move. All things considered, I don't think they gave up that much to get him, at least not when you compare what the G-Men gave up to get Eli (which was a good move in the end, because we won a SB)...
jmashore
Apr. 27th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
You are going to love Sanchez. I watched him at USC and he has "it". I am a Rams fan and they had the worst draft of any team not ran by Al Davis. I wish they had drafted Sanchez.
cartertheviking
Apr. 27th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
draft
Sanchez was the right (sexy) pick. Especially since the Jets marketing to the Latino community with dick on hard, but I really expected Rex Ryan to go defnsive. I heard they're taking spring training back to Hofstra.
Even though he may not have a stellar pro career, the most exciting player went to the Dolphins. Pat White may not get a lot of PT, but when he's on the field all eyes will be on him. Then who will cover Ronnie Brown or Ricky Williams? I wouldn't sweat it too much George, you only play them twice a year.
thundasnowz
Apr. 27th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
Re: draft
I have to admit Pat White to the Dolphins Wild Cat system will have me tuning in to a few more Fins games this year. He isn't as skilled as Stafford or Sanchez but he is a winner and leader and it is no fluke only he has QB'd for 4 Bowl victories! I rooted for those Mountaineers hard against OU!
josh_b_mcc
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Re: draft
At the combine he surprised a lot of people with his skills. He isn't the traditional Pro QB like Sanchez of Stafford, but he can hang close to them in accuracy and depth and beats them in speed.

The issue with him is his size. Being from WV myself I was glad to see him go to the fins because with the wildcat they will use his skills to their maximum potential. I really didn't want to see him go to a team where they tried to force him to be nothing more than a receiver. The fact he can play both is nice, but it would be a waste to not use his full skill set.
will92114
Apr. 27th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
Don't say that name...
Mr. Martin, I know that you were just trying to make a point, but as a Chargers fan I take umbrage with the use of the name "Ryan Leaf". Considering that he almost sank our organization organization, we in San Diego like to refer to him by a number of names that I would not share in polite company. Our basic thinking is that if we do not bring up his name, it's like he never happened...and we wheeled and dealed to get Payton Manning playing for San Diego


With kind regards,

Charger Fan
benderbot2000
Apr. 27th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
Who dat?
Very very happy with the Saint's picks. Didn't pick a single offensive player (first in club history) but we needed to seriously rebuild our defense especially the secondary after last season where our only defensive option was Drew Brees out-throwing the other team. I have some concern that the Saint's didn't pick a power runner to replace Deuce, but hopefully Pierre Thomas will continue playing like he did last season or Reggie Bush will finally step up this year.
racebannon42
Apr. 27th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
George I have to admit that my highlight of the year football wise is the Jets fans oing ballistic at their teams picks. The Trade for Sanchez kinda ruined my day, as most of the fans like it. I pych myself up watch a you tube clip of all their blunders. Roger Vick, Blair Thomas, Kyle Brady.

But Thank God Al Davis was around to rescue me from the Jets making a popular pick. Heward Bey at 7 with Crabtree and Macklin sitting there was gold. and The second rounder from Ohio, that ESPN didnt even have film on? Classic!
thundasnowz
Apr. 27th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Ya know I can understand them wanting the speedster from Maryland but don't get why they wouldn't trade down and get him and another prospect.
montydelrogue
Apr. 27th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
Leos Draft. Yay.
Gotta love the Lions.

They pick up the next great backup Quarterback in the league and fill their glaring need at tight end. I must say. That pick left me speechless.
_kneebiter
Apr. 27th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
My thoughts on the Giants' draft:
Round 1: B-. I had been hoping for Alex Mack, supposedly the best center prospect in a decade, but the Browns were not about to let that happen. I also liked Michael Oher, and he could have been available for the price of a fourth (as it is Baltimore paid a fifth for him from about three slots higher), but admittedly it seems like they got very good value from that fourth. A fifth and sixth would have been well worth it, though. If that wasn't possible either, they might have considered banking the pick: trade with some sucker at the top of the draft for this year's third and next year's first. When you take it out of mothballs next year it's twenty slots higher, and intead of paying a ransom to trade up you gain a nice-looking service charge for allowing Denver to help you.

So much for opportunity costs. As for Hakeem Nicks himself? Well, if the G-men drafted him to be Plaxico, I think they'll be sore disappointed. You don't get double coverage through the draft, plain and simple. The few guys who can do that (Larry Fitz) everybody except Al Davis knows it, and they go right away, they don't hang around until 29.
That said, the Giants can use a WR at a lower grade too, with Amani leaving. Steve Smith can step up for him, but then you draft someone to replace Smith. Nicks I'm not super-high on, mostly for weight and Wonderlic reasons, but I can buy that he was the best WR available and the available value at other needs would still be there later. I can't call this a great pick until we see how much they ask Nicks to do, but it's not a Raiders-level disaster.

Second round: B+. Sintim is another player I've heard up-and-down things on, but the Giants' LB need is a depth one and they're not putting all their eggs in Sintim's basket anyway, so the downside is low. And he seems to have been generally given an absolute value of first-or-second rather than second-or-third. Besides, I wasn't eyeing any other particular players here. Not a slam-dunk but a promising pick.

Beatty I like. I liked Oher better, but Beatty's still one of the top six or seven OL and the GIants needed one or two to groom. After missing out on Oher I would have been willing to take him with 2a, so I'm not about to quibble with taking him 2b.

Rest of draft: A-. Pass on grading the TE because I know nothing about him. Barden sounds like a promising ugrade on Sinorice Moss. RB Brown is supposedly second-round talent; D. Ware will do well replacing D. Ward, but this keeps the pipeline flowing with good value.
As for Bomar, I kind of liked Nate Davis for this but Bomar should do fine enough in a spot that is all upside and no downside: third-string quarterback. SOme pundit whose name can't be bothered to care about posited that this pick means they soured on Andre Woodson; poppytosh. What they expect is to say thank you and farewell to David Carr in a year or two. They hope Woodson will be able to step in as the main backup by then and want Bomar so they'll have three.
No opinion on the late-round CBs. It's not a big area of need -- I'm not even sure they need depth there -- and the only way a seventh-rounder can *bust* is if he hurts someone else on the way out.
kendog35
Apr. 27th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Ramses Bardon
Did you see this ridiculously big WR the Giants picked up in the third round? It would be cool if that guy pans out. He looked incredible catching bombs over midget DBs from weak teams. Hopefully he can be groomed for the pros. All in all, a good draft. The Giants have a solid core of talent on the defense -- most of which are 27 or younger -- so this year was meant to be about the offense. I'm glad they picked up a new tackle. The offensive line is good, but it's also the oldest unit on the team. Time to start grooming eventual replacements. Otherwise, the WR crew has young talent and they have a solid stable of RBs even with Derrick Ward gone. If they could just teach Eli how to throw in windy conditions I'd be supremely confident right now.
skeebop
Apr. 27th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
And Day 2 was even better for the Giants. This has makings of a great draft, but we'll have to wait and see.
roughhouser
Apr. 28th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
I was very happy with how my Eagles did. Combined with the two big trades they made leading up to draft day, they look like maybe they separated themselves from the rest of the division. We'll see. The rookies could be total busts, or take a year or three to mature. Still, it's hard to knock Peters and Hobbs, since they've already proved themselves. After seeing everyone we lost to other teams early this year, I thought I heard the sound of a toilet flushing in advance of the Eagles' 2009 season. After this weekend, though, I find myself getting a little excited.

Erg. I shouldn't say that out loud.
cortez_zapata
Apr. 30th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
Exclusive interview with Mark Sanchez
Hey there, we have an exclusive interview with him here, done just a few days ago:

http://miapogeo.com/main/content/view/944/4478/

I've been a long time reader, and knowing you're a Jets fan - this just came out today (shameless plug, I am the CTO of this site). He talks about coming into the game as a Mexican American (and people wearing the luche libre masks in support), advice for young people, and his take on steroid use in the game.
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