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NFL Draft, Round One

Obviously, I should never go on long trips just before the NFL draft. I was woefully unprepared this year, having barely glanced at the stack of pre-draft magazines I always buy, and I'd hardly seen any mock drafts at all.

And I fear, without the help of my telepathic advice from Santa Fe, that Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum may have made a terrible mistake. I am not at all happy with their choice of Quinton Coples. Yes, we needed a pass rusher, sure... but there were a lot of them on the board when the Jets turn arrived at 16, so I cannot understand why they chose a kid that all the draftniks seem to agree is a physically gifted underachiever who gives minimum effort and does not really love the game. Coples has Vernon Gholston II written all over him.

And I fear that Evil Little Bill, picking later, got a much better prospect at a lower slot. Actually Evil Little Bill and the despised Pats got TWO terrific players, who will vastly improve the Pats D (of course, bad as it was, there was no place to go but up). How does he DO that, year after year? A Satanic pact, methinks...

The Giants, picking last in the round, had fewer great options, and ended up choosing a running back. Well, okay... with Big Brandon gone, we need a new RB to spell Ahmad. This Wilson guy has blazing speed and is very elusive, they say. That's good. Maybe he can return punts and kickoffs. The G-Men have sucked at both for the past couple of years. On the other hand, they also say he fumbles a lot. That's less good. I have to hope Tom Coughlin can fix his fumbling, the same way he once fixed Tiki Barber's.

Cleveland had a good first round, I think. Miami picked their latest QB bust, by all reports. And reached for him as well. From everything I read about this Tannehill kid, they will do better sticking with Matt Moore.

Based on this single round, though, looks as though Belichick tightened the Pats grip on the AFC East for years to come. The Jets, Bills, and Dolphins did nothing to improve their teams, while the Pats got significently better on D. mutter mutter mutter

The Panthers got the player the Giants really needed.

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Robert Fiorentino
Apr. 27th, 2012 03:34 pm (UTC)
As if the Jets needed another player with character and discipline issues. The Giants should look to add some sort of Manningham replacement. I'm just glad the Eagles D is looking like it may be respectable this year...Fletcher Cox at the 12 spot? Yes please!
Matt Farmer
Apr. 27th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
still haven't forgiven your Giants...
for embarrassing my Falcons in the playoffs this year, but I love the fact that you're (not) blogging about the NFL draft.

Like so many us fans of yours, there's plenty of room in our life to dissect Westerosi politics AND decide whether a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense is better for our personnel.

My Falcons just acquired Asante Samuel from the Eagles making your games against Philly just a little easier for Eli and your games against Atlanta just a little tougher for him.

Go Falcons! See you on December 16th here in Atlanta!

and speaking of Atlanta... and COME TO DRAGON-CON!!!
mike_snow
May. 2nd, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)
Re: still haven't forgiven your Giants...
Gotta disagree with ya there Matt, you did get a great player in Samuels however we got better by dropping him. Allow me to explain. The wide nine D is reliant on a strong pass-rush from the front and press coverage from the DB's. Nambdi=best press coverage in the NFL, DRC=great press coverage, Samuels=ball hawk who takes chances. Big reason we got burned so much last year from the start, too many times he just played on instinct and not the way JC called the game. So, great move on both sides.
Dalibor Dimovski
Apr. 27th, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
The Draft
The Patriots somehow do "it" every year. Either Lady Luck is their mistress, or they have more ways to cheat than the New Orleans Saints. The Coples pick for the Jets is absolutely mind-boggling to me. Yes, they need a little help in the position, but an OLB would have been smarter.

Here in the NFC North, my Lions did alright with Riley Rieff. He wasn't my personal first choice, but then again that's because I didn't think he would fall down the board to where he landed. Perhaps he'll help with our much needed run protection. Minnesota's choice in Kalil is fine, but they'll still stink. The Packers couldn't improve more than they already did. The Bears probably did the best, picking up a solid pass rusher. Their defense is going to be brutal this season.

At least we're not Indianapolis. I don't think Luck will be a hero for a few years yet, and Indy might be back at the top of the board again next year.
Dustin Gaspard
May. 3rd, 2012 06:22 am (UTC)
Re: The Draft
Saints didn't cheat. Wait til lawsuits come in, Goodell will crumble.
eccentricfan
Apr. 27th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
I agree Ingram would have been the better choice, as I like safe picks. Still, this is a risk that could pay off big time for Jets. If they can get Coples consistently motivated, he could be a real beast.

As for the Bills, I think you're writing off their choice too quickly. Sure Kuechly going one pick before them couldn't have felt good, but cornerback was a huge need for the Bills with McKelvin being a big draft bust and McGee and Florence both turning 32 this season. He's an instant starter and could end up being the #1 Bills cornerback this year.

Trading back might have been a better value, but it takes two to make a deal, and I honestly feel he was the best choice they could have made given what was on the board. Spot on for your analysis of the Dolphins and Patriots though. Big reach that will likely blow up in the Dolphins faces and Belichick getting two players of that caliber in the first just doesn't seem fair.
rainman1326
Apr. 27th, 2012 04:06 pm (UTC)
draft
At least your not a Seahawk fan. Everyone is asking what the hell is Pete Carrol thinking.
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xraytheenforcer
Apr. 27th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what to think of the Niners' pick. But I'm kinda chuckling over the Jets. Ryan loves underachievers with potential. Too bad for you guys that the players usually remain underachievers, but develop fantastic attitude problems.
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onyxstraten
Apr. 27th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
I like the Giants' pick of David Wilson, though I would've preferred Coby Fleener (TE from Stanford). Fleener was one of the most potent weapons for Andrew Luck and after Beckum's and Ballard's injuries they really needed a tight end.

Guess we'll see what happens in the later rounds. Still need a little help in the secondary and offensive line.
srreintgen
Apr. 27th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
As a former UNC grad, I can say that occasionally Coples displays the dynamic explosiveness Julius Peppers once did. He can be a freakish athlete and you would have to assume that Rex Ryan can get anyone excited to play for him, yes? The oddest thing about this was that the Jets explanation seemed like they were hoping to put him in a position that doesn't really fit his game (a non-rushing end). Either way, he's one of those picks that you just can't decide on until you see his on-field production. Great draft though, very entertaining, even if you weren't fully prepared (Go Steelers and their great draft pick!)
racebannon42
Apr. 27th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I dont like guys that have poor motors like Coples.

On the otherhand, I am absoultely thrilled with the Steelers pick of David DeCastro. Guard was their weakest position by far. I was hoping for Poe. (who's got a suspect motor himself) or more likely Hightower, and I never imagined DeCastro would drop to them.

I had the G-men pegged to Take Fleener. I'm a bit mehh on them taking Wilson in the first.
Rafael Schnell
Apr. 27th, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
Please
Visit us in brazil!
sistercrow
Apr. 27th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
Maybe Evil Little Bill knows Melisandre.
Evan Gleason
Apr. 29th, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
rex ryan better look out for shadow babies
winterwarrior
Apr. 27th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
I think the Chicago Bears could have chosen better as well, we desperately need help on the offensive line, and once again they ignored it. Cutler cannot survive with all of the sacks he gets, he has no one to protect him. Let's hope the 2nd and later rounds give us Chicago Bears fans some confidence that the offensive line will improve. My husband's KC Chiefs seemed to go out on a limb too with their pick. I think there were many question marks after this first round - what were these teams thinking?
montydelrogue
Apr. 27th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you guys have Peppers! Not exactly desperate for defensive ends, I'd say.

The Lions did the same last year picking up Fairley after they already had Suh. So far, due to injuries, Fairley hasn't really shown much. The jury is still out on him.

But we got a GOOD offensive lineman! Hopefully he'll take the place of Cherilus. Gosder Cherilus was a pretty boneheaded pick when the Leo's drafted him. When his name was called, announcers were like "WHO THE HELL IS THAT?" BTW, Gosder was a name that his father just totally MADE UP OUT OF THE BLUE. You can't make that stuff up.
torome86
Apr. 27th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Satanic Pact!?
Everyone knows the Satanic Pact was between Joe Namath and the Devil for Superbowl III, and that is why you guys will never win again and why Belichick DUMPED YOU for the Patriots!!!

In all seriousness though, why do you always use the Jets emblem when all they do is disappoint you, you should have the Giants logo, atleast they had the excuse of having what might as well have been the first pick of the second round as much as it was the last pick of the first. Despite the fact that the Giants have beaten my Pats twice in the Superbowl, I don't hate them, just respect man- sometimes they just have you number.
Jesse Wilson
Apr. 27th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
as a VaTech fan and a native of the area I can tell you that David Wilson has all the upside you could want hes fast and explosive and can run between the tackles I love that pick for the G-men even if it means my Skins have to face him twice a year.
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