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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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Apr. 27th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
I really do not get where they are coming from with that pick, and I'm not sure they have the plot in mind, any more than they did with Tebow. I LIKE Tebow but he comes to New Jersey with a MASS of expectations, and the Jets have a young QB who is not going to be comfortable giving up25% of 'his' plays to someone who will be seen to be 'winning' the game.

Good luck jets. I hope they shore up the Defense with their later selections, but I'm not sure they are taking the Draft OR themselves all that seriously.....
Apr. 27th, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
The Christmas tree will be tossed in the New Year as will the Santa. Too bad the owner can't be pitched out too. That vent done. I'm hopeful. Attitude problems can come about because of a variety of reasons. I'll withhold judgement for now. At least they didn't trade up to get him.

I like what the Giants did. This kid looks like a better runner than Bradshaw. His yards after contact is exceptional and he has better hands. Of course, nobody is tougher than Ahmad.

By the by, it was Jerald Ingram and Joe Carini who fixed Tiki's fumbling problems.

Apr. 28th, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
Satanic pact?

I think you have it backwards. Little-known fact: Satan was an assistant coach under Bellichik for the Browns and is still working off favors for Bill letting him get out of Cleveland.

But he's our evil mastermind for now. Go get your own.
Apr. 28th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
David Wilson
As a Virginia Tech fan, let me say that you're going to love David Wilson. The kid has outstanding character and an infectious personality - I know the NY media can be tough, but I think they'll take to him right away.

As far as on the field, he does have some things to work on - fumbling became less of an issue this year than in the past, but he still needs some work. He's an electric player that can turn nothing into something, but on the other hand, he can turn a 2 yd loss into a 10 yd loss by trying too much to escape from a bad situation.

He's not a big bruising back, but he just does NOT go down. Which may contribute to his fumbling issue - sometimes when he's fighting for that extra 1/2 yard, someone can reach in poke the ball out.

You never know with the NFL - we had Kevin Jones come out almost 10 years ago, have one stellar season with the Lions, then fade away - but I think you have a good one in Wilson.
Apr. 28th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
Couldn't agree more
Though I am a Finsfan, I am also a Syracuse Alumn and I did not want to see Chandler Jones go to a cheater team like the Cheatriots. He would have been better off in NY. Boo. And his brother is a UFC Champ, his other brother is on the Ravens.

Apr. 28th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
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.

Actually, I think the press on Tannehill is pretty good aside from his lack of starts. The big controversy seems to be why the Dolphins used the first-round #8 pick on him when no one else seemed to be in the market for QBs. If they'd traded down, they could have gotten more later picks and saved some money on what they now have to pay a high first-round pick.
Greg White
Apr. 28th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
^^^^ This. Miami has a future SB winning QB in Tannehill. He will just take a bit more time to develop than a normal top 10 QB pick. within 5-10 years he will lead Miami to a SB.
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Apr. 28th, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
The Bills did nothing?
I'm sorry, Mr. Martin, but your claim that the Bills did nothing to improve their team makes zero sense. In three rounds, they have added a quality corner to a secondary whose incumbent starters are either on the wane (Florence), injury-prone (McGee), or deeply inconsistent (McKelvin). After already greatly improving their pass rush through free agency, this is huge. They have also improved an offensive line (which was already trending upward in the last two years) by adding Cordy Glenn at tackle. And then they added a badly needed speed component to their receiving corps and kick return game. The Bills have, on paper at least, made some very nice improvements and they have addressed three of the four major needs everyone said they had going into this draft. (The fourth is the weak linebacking corps, which I believe they would have addressed had not the #$&%^!!! Panthers taken Kuechly the pick before the Bills.)

I always assumed that Belichick was forever trading down, and ensuring two first round picks in the next draft every year, so that he'd be able to package both those picks and move up to eventually draft St. Tom the Overrated's successor at QB. But now, I think he figures that there's only two or three years left in St. Tom's tank, so he's gearing up for the last couple of runs this team has left in it. (St. Tom is 34, has started for 11 years, and has more than 20 postseason games, which is more than a whole extra season tacked onto his body.) That's my take, anyway.
Clay James
Apr. 28th, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
I haven't had time to pay attention...
School and all that jazz. But as bad as it may be, George, at least you aren't a Saints fan. Ooooh teh Horrerz!
Apr. 29th, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
Stephen Hill's potential is scary
As a Bengals fan (for purposes of player comparison), I feel that Hill has all of A.J. Green's physical gifts but lacked his craft. Al Davis' "you can't teach speed" may not have been a comprehensive adage, but Hill's YPC stats from GT are eye-popping. He should more than make up for other shortcomings in this draft.

I might remind that ELB's father literally wrote the book on scouting, so despite the Flying Elvii jockeying with the Steelers for totalitarian mastery atop my personal 'Evil Empire' NFL scale, his seemingly preternatural gift is not Faustian.
Jim Karatassos
Apr. 29th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
The pact
Someone sacrificed babies to Satan in there somewhere. That really is the only way.
Sonssiel Dada
Apr. 29th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
GoT Birthday
Dear George,

Me and my flatmates are big fans of Game of Thrones, so we decided to make my birthday party a Game of Thrones one. We made a raffle and I have to dress as a Baratheon. Ours is the fury, the problem is that I am a girl.
Do you have any idea?
In other order of things, thank you very much for everything.

Baratheon Girl
Apr. 30th, 2012 11:49 pm (UTC)
Re: GoT Birthday
Well, there are girls in House Baratheon. You can go as Shireen Baratheon, Stannis's daughter and heir. Will require makeup to replicate the greyscale on one side of her face.
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Apr. 30th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
Gonna have to disagree with you about the Bills doing nothing. They had a spectacular draft and their free agent signings were phenomenal.

With the pass rushers we have now, be prepared for the Jets to end up 3rd in the Division.
Apr. 30th, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)
We got Luck, we got Fleener and a whole host of other offensive weapons in the draft. Next year will be another rough one, but if we have the #1 pick again, some team will ransom their future for Matt Barkley or whoever else needs a QB. Arizona probably.
Apr. 30th, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
Jets draft
The last time I told you I really liked our first round pick, it was Blair Thomas. So I'm not going to make any predictions!! As for all their picks, I think they filled all their needs! All except right tackle! I cannot go another year with Hunter! By the way, Couples is a Rex pick by all the reports! Wilkerson was another Rex pick and he wasn't terrible! So we shall see! I do like that they got big upfront, now we can drop 7, that is the only way u r going to challenge Brady!!!
Apr. 30th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
I think Coples will be pretty good. The whole "he doesn't work hard" rap came because he gave himself a 'C' in his senior year, when talking about his production. While maybe not the most polished answer as it can easily be misconstrued, he was basically saying that he thought he should be able to get more sacks/make more plays...not that he didn't work hard. I think you'll be happy with him.
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