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NFL Draft, Day Two

The second and third rounds of the NFL draft have come and gone.

My guys made some promising picks today. The Giants picked up Sterling Shepard, a young wideout out of Oklahoma who is said to be quick and elusive, with the best hands in this draft class. If he is all they say he is, Eli will finally have someone else to throw to beside Odell, someone who will not (we can hope) drop the ball. And if Victor Cruz comes back as well, the G-Men should have a hell of a passing game. Shepard should also be a big help in the return game. Next round, Big Blue added Darian Thompson, a ball-hawking safety. That can't hurt either. Their defense needs all the players they can get.

The Jets did well in the third by picking a linebacker out of Georgia by the name of Jordan Jenkins. The talking heads on ESPN and the NFL Network all seem to like him a lot, and a couple said he is better than his more heralded teammate Leonard Floyd, who went early in round one. Looks like this guy will be a solid pass rusher, and the more big bodies we have to get after Tom Brady, the better off Gang Green will be.

All the talk is about the Jets' second round pick, however. They went for a quarterback, Penn State's Christian Hackenberg. A lot of controversy on that pick. "Hack" was a freshman sensation under Bill O'Brien who then wilted in his sophomore and junior years under lesser coaches. I saw him in person last year, when I attended Northwestern's home game against Penn State in Evanston. He lost that game. He's lost a lot of other games too. Will be thrive with the Jets? Maybe. He has gifts. One can hope. One can dream. But...

But he's sure not going to be ready to start this year. And Fitz is still not signed. So who will quarterback the Jets? And does this mean that Fitz will not be resigned? I sure hope not. If he does come back, who is the odd man out? The Jets can't carry four quarterbacks. Does this mean they have given up on Bryce Petty already? Or...

... maybe they can trade Geno Smith. For a sixth. Or a seventh. Or a player. Or...



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James Larsen
Apr. 30th, 2016 06:42 am (UTC)
I like what the Giants have done so far in the draft, especially with Apple and Shepard. Not so much with the J-E-T-S but what do I know as a Lions fan.

I want to personally thank you for your books. Reading is my go-to when my depression flairs up, and your writing has kept me going more times that I can possibly count. Thank you George. I look forward to Winds, though take all the time you need.
Brett Patterson
Apr. 30th, 2016 06:58 am (UTC)
Fitz claims he was so offended by the jets offer that he will never play for the jets again. I don't love the hackenberg pick.... But I'm a pac 12 guy and only saw him play a handful of times. I'm a big Niner fan.... And they have a lot of issues. You want some book ideas for distinctionality, the niners got you covered. Now that Denver took a qb.... The kaep to Denver deal is dead. You feel like the hackenberg pick prevents you guys from adding a vet qb like kaep? Too much bad blood between the niners front office and kaep. What kind of offer you got for me George?
Apr. 30th, 2016 07:11 am (UTC)
Re: Draft
You want Geno?
RE: Re: Draft - brettdpatterson - Apr. 30th, 2016 07:33 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Draft - chrismireya - Apr. 30th, 2016 06:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Draft - danny_of_sf - Apr. 30th, 2016 10:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Draft - Marc Potempa - Apr. 30th, 2016 12:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Draft - OberynMattell - May. 1st, 2016 03:45 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 30th, 2016 07:09 am (UTC)
Jordan Jenkins is a great pick in that spot
would not be surprised to see him start opening day
Apr. 30th, 2016 07:31 am (UTC)
I've seen Hackenberg play a few times. He's the first Penn State QB to lose to Maryland since the Eisenhower administration - and while some of that was on Penn State's Offensive line... well, if Hackenberg can't handle college pressure what's he gonna do in the NFL. Maybe... he was always touted, and he looks the part, but I'm not seeing it.

As for Geno. I wouldn't trade a sack of footballs for him. Ooof.
Apr. 30th, 2016 10:59 am (UTC)
I find it fascinating that even with this vast college and school machine producing so many high quality players, the level of competition at the top is such that even the few big teams at the top of the pyramid have difficulty finding enough really good players to fill their rosters with.
Conor Henry
Apr. 30th, 2016 04:44 pm (UTC)
Jets QB's
Fitz said he would rather retire than play for what we are currently offering him. I think Geno gets one last shot with Marshall and Chad Gailey as OC, keep Petty as our backup, and hopefully Hack dosen't see the field this year. We have a really tough schedule, especially to start, and I don't think the difference between Fitz and Geno will win us many more games. If Geno and Bryce prove to not have what it takes at least we will have a high draft pick next year in what will likely be a better draft class.
Joshua Bowers
Apr. 30th, 2016 05:08 pm (UTC)
While watching the draft, I kept thinking about how you'd react to each pick by the New York teams. I don't like the pick of Christian Hackenberg. If the Jets were going to take a QB. They should have taken Lynch in the first. He may take some time, but he has the ability to be a franchise QB. Only Wentz has a similar upside to Lynch.
Apr. 30th, 2016 05:34 pm (UTC)
I would trade Geno Smith...
...and sign Fitz, Hackenberg and Petty.

I realize that Geno has talent; however, I just feel that he might be a bit toxic to the locker room. I've just seen so many guys like that who are controversy builders and divide the loyalty of the team. I fear that he is a narcissist and one of those guys who lacks focus and production yet needs perpetual support and even relies upon adoration from those around him.

Then again, Coach Bowles might be a great influence on Geno Smith. I don't know if he can develop him, but I think that he might add some much-needed discipline and focus.
Apr. 30th, 2016 09:03 pm (UTC)
Eli Apple
George, did you like your 310 pick? I thought NY should have gone for Ryan Kelly from Alabama (that kid is 6'4" and 320lbs. He's a beast and just what the G-men need to keep Eli safe for a few more years.

I also thought that Michael Thomas (6'3" 215) over the smaller Sterling Shepard would have been a smarter WR pick but hey I'm just a fan not front office! Since I am a Saints fan I am fine with that pick though!

How many more years you think you got with Eli especially under a new HC?
Keith Russell Dulak
Apr. 30th, 2016 09:11 pm (UTC)
Send fitz back to Buffalo. We stll want and love that guy!
S Free
Apr. 30th, 2016 09:37 pm (UTC)
yeh I didn't get the hackenberg pick. George u said something to the extent of ..well Paxton lynch wouldn't be ready anyway and we need it now.. and your absolutely right. team is loaded. but to pass on em and take hackenberg. ugh. right now i'm just trusting bowles cause I dig that guy's vibe.. but this team is my exercise in patience if you get my meaning. hey George I know you must have an old George martin jersey right? guy was a ballhawk and at defensive end no less. #75. ha. go green.
Peter Jung
Apr. 30th, 2016 10:00 pm (UTC)
Uhm... Jets
Looking at the current Jets roster as it presents itself right now, I don't understand their signing and payments strategy.

e.g.: If my sources are right (yes, it's only wikipedia...), the Giants currenlty have eleven defensive linemen on the payroll. The Jets only have seven. At the same time, the Jets use more than $15 Million of the salary cap for Wilkerson alone, making him the single most expensive DE, with Williams and Richardson at 15 and 18 respectively for a 3-4 setup.

Regarding Fitzy, I don't see where they could get the money to resign him, because there's not a lot of salary cap room for the Jets.

Then again, I guess I may simply know nothing, so...
Apr. 30th, 2016 10:56 pm (UTC)
Niners continue to strengthen offensive line depth, defense on the line and corner, but little to nothing at WR or RB. Lots of pre draft spec on a new quarterback, but I doubt Jeff Driskel is the answer. I do love the name of their last pick - Prince Charles Iworah. We have royalty coming to the rescue! I know absolutely nothing about this guy, but with a name like that, we got to give him a chance.
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May. 1st, 2016 03:41 am (UTC)
Glaring red flag on Hackenberg is Bill O'Brien passed up on him. Yes, the Texans just signed Osweiler, but he is far from being a sure bet. It wouldn't have been a bad idea to sign a young QB as well.
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