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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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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!)

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