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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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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.

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