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NFL Draft, Round One

So the first round in the NFL Draft was last night, and both of my teams went for players from Ohio State. Any Buckeyes here who can tell me more about them? Jetboygirl, where are you?

The Jets picked a linebacker, Darren Lee, at twenty. Supposed to be very fast. A sideline to sideline guy. Okay, sounds good. More speed on the defense never hurts. I am glad they did not draft the Memphis QB everyone wanted them to. He's a project, and we need a QB now. They need to sign Fitz.

The Giants, at ten, drafted a cornerback with the unlikely name of Eli Apple. Seven picks in, the G-Men were sitting pretty, with their two top choices still available. But the the Titans traded up to eight and drafted the offensive lineman the Giants wanted, and the Bear vaulted up from eleven to nine just to get grab the top linebacker, Floyd. In other words, the Giants got their lunch eaten. Leaving nothing but an apple. Of course, in this pass-happy league, everyone needs corners, and the Giants need them more than most, considering how many passing yards they gave up last year. Still and all... I would have been happier if they'd picked Shaq Lawson, the pass rusher.

The damned Cowboys got the guy I really wanted, running back Ezekiel Elliott. Curse them!

Today we get rounds two and three.

I am hoping the G-Men pick up 'Bama RB and Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry. Or else maybe took a chance and grabbed Myles Jack, the injured UCLA linebacker.

But who knows? Anything could happen. That's what makes these drafts so much fun.



Mike Szucs
Apr. 29th, 2016 08:32 pm (UTC)
Both are good, you'll be very happy with Apple. Good to know who you really wanted was another Buckeye.
As a Browns fan, I would have been happy adding either of those guys to my roster. Lee is a good fit for the Jets scheme.
Ahsan Syed
Apr. 29th, 2016 08:45 pm (UTC)
Hey George, I know you love the NFL, but do you follow the NBA?
Apr. 29th, 2016 09:56 pm (UTC)
Adam Baldwin
Apr. 29th, 2016 09:00 pm (UTC)
Against Alabama 2 years ago- Darron Lee was arguably the MVP- I think he'll fit great in Bowles defense.
Apr. 29th, 2016 09:04 pm (UTC)
Can you believe what happened with that guy Tunsil? What a horror show. And the press conference? I felt really bad for him at that point. I wouldn't have minded if the Giants took a chance on him, he could've been the first pick in the draft. But alas, the Giants never take a chance on a guy like that.
Brian Rowe
Apr. 29th, 2016 09:09 pm (UTC)
Eli Apple
Is Eli a red or green apple? Distant Fossoway relation? Secret Targ?
Matthew Ungar
Apr. 29th, 2016 11:20 pm (UTC)
RE: Eli Apple
If he's playing for the Giants, more likely a red Fossoway, since they wear red in their uniforms.
Apr. 29th, 2016 09:28 pm (UTC)
As a Dolphins fan, have to say I'm pleased the organization snatched up Laremy Tunsil. Shame for him that someone with an agenda torpedoed him right before the draft, but his loss is Miami's gain. Hopefully he'll be able to keep his head down and focused on football going forward.
Apr. 30th, 2016 12:39 am (UTC)
Tunsil was a steal for Miami!
However, Tunsil's issues weren't just a hacked social media account. He has had a number of personal issues that were at least worth considering in terms of the risk factor. I hope that he has grown past those things and will surround himself with some great people. As the old saying goes, "Iron sharpens iron."
Apr. 30th, 2016 07:46 am (UTC)
Re: Tunsil was a steal for Miami!
Indeed, there would have been no issues if there had been nothing worth hacking! He needs to stay focused and keep his eye on his future career.
Apr. 29th, 2016 09:31 pm (UTC)

Great video on lee
Peter Jung
Apr. 29th, 2016 09:31 pm (UTC)
About Giants and Jets
You have quite a point regarding the Giants and the DE position... I hate to maybe sound nasty about JPP, but ever since he fireworked a couple of his fingers off, the NYG have been in need of an alternative to or at least a very good backup for him. A good CB won't hurt either, sure, but it remains to be seen whether they can patch up the DE spot before autumn is coming.

Regarding the Jets, OH YES!, I wholeheartedly agree, they should deffo stick with Fitzy! I think they might need to improve their rushing and/or their defense against rushing, and maybe could do with some tiny adjustments on defending the QB.
Carey Wilson
Apr. 29th, 2016 10:27 pm (UTC)
Huge Buckeye fan here. Darron Lee was arguably the most athletic player on a very athletic defense. The Jets got a good one. Apple is also very good, though I was a bit surprised to see him go at number 10. He has long arms and good height/speed. He needs to work on keeping his hands off the receivers to avoid PI calls. But he is rarely beaten/burned, and decent run support.

Lee is the steal though. Unless he is just too small to fit into the Jet's scheme, he is a defensive playmaker with speed to spare. I expect another Shazier type (Steelers).

Also, Lee was a QB in high school, so is a natural at dissecting offensive plays and coverages. Maybe not quite the "hitter" that Shazier is, but he is just as athletic.

Edited at 2016-04-29 10:35 pm (UTC)
Apr. 30th, 2016 12:35 am (UTC)
Darron Lee is a great OLB!
This was a good choice for the Jets. Paxton Lynch just doesn't strike me as a great QB. The Cowboys were willing to give 2nd and 3rd round picks in order to draft him. As a Cowboys fan, I think that my team dodged, well, a tiger with that one.

This has been a long off-season.

Edited at 2016-04-30 12:36 am (UTC)
Apr. 30th, 2016 12:47 am (UTC)
The Jets just picked Christian Hackenberg! He is one of the few college quarterbacks available that I think will grow into a great career in the NFL. He has a very fluid arm that makes difficult skill throws look easy.

I hope that Fitz is signed anyway. Although he has the arm (maybe the best in the draft), I think that Hackenberg will need a good QB coach and a year or two to develop his decision making under pressure.

Edited at 2016-04-30 12:51 am (UTC)
Apr. 30th, 2016 03:30 am (UTC)
RE: Hackenberg
I believe the pick only made signing Fitz more necessary. Hackenberg impressed as a true freshman, but numbers declined the next two years. Last season, he threw only 2525 yards, 16 TDs, 6 Interceptions. Hackenberg wont be a #1 for a few years because he's been going in the wrong direction.
Apr. 30th, 2016 05:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Hackenberg
I understand the concern with the regression in his stats. However, I think that had a lot more to do with the team issues than with his mechanics. I have a good feeling about this guy. He has a really nice throwing motion that looks almost effortless. He is a good thinker too (scored well above average on the Wonderlic -- even though he reportedly didn't put much effort into his test). With a good QB coach, I think that he will be amazing. I was hoping that the Cowboys would have grabbed him.
Jim Nee
Apr. 30th, 2016 01:48 am (UTC)
Have you changed GRRM?
You made a post about football and didn't insult New England, Bill Belichick, or Tom Brady. Have you changed George? Are you feeling okay?
Peter Jung
Apr. 30th, 2016 10:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Have you changed GRRM?
I'd guess The Unmentionables from Foxborough didn't turn up because they were "deflated away" from Round 1 of the 2016 draft, and therefore there wasn't any need to, well, mention them. Also, I think GRRM is less obsessed with "enemies" than your subjective impression makes him appear (let me guess: you are absolutely lovestruck with everything that's coming from New England? :oP ).
Jim Nee
May. 1st, 2016 03:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Have you changed GRRM?
I was making a joke. . . but the best jokes are based on truth.

Look through George's post history regarding Football. . . every one of them (with nearly no exceptions) involve him talking about his two teams from Jersey (because rooting for two teams in the same sport is totally normal, not the sign of a fareweather fan who hedges his bets), and magically, as though the eagles (JRR, not Philly) just showed up, a random anti-Patriots comment will drop in.

To answer your question, yes I am a die-hard Pats fan. Always have been, since back in the end of the Grogan days.

George is my all time favorite author, but when he talks about football on his blog, I'm not wrong to say that his personal hatred seeps through almost every time. I don't have a problem with it, just pointing it out in good fun.
May. 1st, 2016 08:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Have you changed GRRM?
The Patriots were much more loveable in the Grogan days.
Apr. 30th, 2016 02:55 am (UTC)
The great thing about draft day is that hope springs eternal. Niners got two players that look to be able to step in right away and help the team. Problem is there are so many holes in the roster that that is not saying a lot. Still, good young defensive and offensive linemen spell better things for the team. Too bad there isn't a draft for team owners. We need some new ones.
Melissa Patterson
Apr. 30th, 2016 07:32 am (UTC)
You know nothing @brettdpatterson
Apr. 30th, 2016 08:15 pm (UTC)
This would go a lot faster if decided by a battle royale. Thunderdome.
Mike Rubin
Apr. 30th, 2016 09:01 pm (UTC)
Well then...
...I'm glad my Bills got Lawson. Nice surprise that he was still available at 19.
Apr. 30th, 2016 09:27 pm (UTC)
I never really know college talent, but you wanted a RB in the first round? Was Elliott that good?
Apr. 30th, 2016 10:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, he looks like the real deal


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