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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.



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.


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