If you were to believe that Jerry Jones’ age was catching up to him, you would be forgiven based on his series of questionable decisions and refusal to give up the general manager job despite him seemingly being cancerous to the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Jones, however, laughs at the notion, and has science on his side. Jones reportedly told Dallas Morning News that he has a brain that of a man 30 years younger.
“I’ve been told that I have, by CAT Scans, that it’s like the brain of a 40-year-old,” Jones crowed. “…The guy really did not know it was me. I was there anonymously. He said, ‘And so I just wanted to come down. I saw your chart. I know how old you are. That part is really impressive.”
The news may come as a shock to Cowboys fans everywhere who have sworn that Jones has some type of dementia, but if you believe the longtime general manager, he is fully equipped mentally to run this team
into the ground until his dying days. He not only claims he still has what it takes to run the Cowboys, he is actually better equipped than when he started out.
“I know more about what I’m doing than hopefully I did 25 years ago,” he said, referring to the time he entered the NFL as an owner.
It remains to be seen whether his decision to keep Jason Garrett around as head coach and to make Tony Romo the highest paid player in the NFL will pay off, but at the very least you cannot blame these decisions on Jones’ age.
After watching longtime Dallas Cowboy, Larry Allen get inducted into the Football Hall of Fame Saturday Night my first thought was is he really going to talk? I’ve watched this massive human being anchor the offensive line since the time he stepped on the gridiron in 1994. Throughout his career I have never heard the man talk. This is the same individual who was walking to the Cowboys’ players parking lot many years ago with teammate, Terry Glenn. I had to see what kind of vehicle he drives. I’m thinking it has to be some sort of SUV or a gigantic luxury vehicle. Well, it wasn’t a surprise to see Mr. Glenn get into a black Lamborghini. Glenn, a former wideout has a small frame that suits a fast exotic car. As Terry got into his vehicle, Mr. Allen walked past Terry’s car to get into his black Lamborghini! I’m thinking WTF? Get out of here! How is this big MAN going to get into this itty bitty car? Just like Terry did, got into his car and drove off.
So today was a big day for Mr. Allen, his family, the Cowboy organization and the Cowboy fans. This was the day many of us would get to hear Larry Allen speak! If you are a fan of Larry Allen, the first thing to come to mind would be a side bet. What is the over/under of how many words will come out of Larry’s mouth or how long will Larry stay on the stage? Will Jerry Jones speak longer than Larry? All of those questions were legit!
Larry Allen did suprisingly well. He represented himself, his family and the Dallas Cowboys in a very positive way. He thanked everybody he knew as all inductees do. Larry had some of the best quotes of the night especially from a soft-spoken man who was terribly nervous as he wore his sunglasses throughout the night and had a hefty laugh through his entire speech. Here are some of the highlights:
He first thanked his wife, and it was the best quote of the night. For all you single ladies out there here’s how to catch a man!
Larry Allen on first date with his wife: “She cooked me two chickens, french fries. Baked me a cake. And gave me a 40-ounce.”
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 4, 2013
Mr. Allen even thanked his dad about keeping his temper under control:
Larry Allen thanked his dad, who taught him to never get mad, just get even.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 4, 2013
The funniest part of the night was when he spoke about bench pressing 700lbs. In light of what is going on in baseball, he let it be known that he was all natural and the day he became the strongest man in football, Larry told the football world:
He added, “You know, it’s funny — once I benched 700 pounds, they tested me twice a week for the rest of my career.”
Here is video of Larry Allen lifting 700lbs.
Larry Allen, thank you for your service and thank you for representing the Dallas Cowboys!
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New York Giants stud defensive end, and athletic freak of nature, Jason Pierre-Paul, will undergo back surgery today in California. Dr. Robert Watkins will be preforming the procedure, and is the same doctor who will preform back surgery on Tom Brady’s favorite target, and New England Patriots’ favorite party boy/tight end, Rob Gronkowski later this month.
The 6-5, 278 pound, Pierre-Paul, a former first round pick, suffered through back pain during the 2012 season, but managed to play through the pain in hopes to avoid ending his season early. Pierre-Paul finished the Giants season out, but his production took a huge dip, only recording 6.5 sacks, instead of the 16.5 he amassed one season prior.
The Giants defensive centerpiece hopes to be ready for the Giants season opener against the rival Dallas Cowboys on September 8th.
Dallas Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith has had a whirlwind of family issues since being drafted in the first round in 2011. Everyone is aware that suddenly coming across large sums of money can drastically change how people view you and treat you. The people you should always be able to count on are your family members. Sadly, for Tyron Smith, this is not the case.
Back in November, word surfaced that Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith called the police to his house after two of his siblings showed up there to “harass and torment” him as part of an extended effort to get money from Smith.
That was followed by Smith’s lawyer revealing that Smith was missing more than $1 million and blamed his family for taking it, something Smith’s mother denied as part of a nasty little episode that threw back the curtain on the tackle’s private life.
Smith then went on to say how he felt taken advantage of, and offered some advice to young players entering the NFL, most notably Rams first round pick this year, Tavon Austin. Austin recently had some cousins and friends come out of the wood work looking for a payday:
The takeaway from this is don’t let people take advantage of you. And it’s all right to say no to certain people,” Smith said.
Every year in the NFL draft, there are winners and losers. There are teams that trade back and gather more picks and others that give up the world for the perfect player. Here we are to break down the winners and losers of the draft. We will grade each team on an grade scale (A+ to F). Buckle up, enjoy the ride and keep all hands and feet in the vehicle while in motion.
The Buffalo Bills have their share of issues when it comes to draft day. However, new Bills head coach Doug Marrone wanted to make a splash with their draft picks and certainly did that on day one.
The most intriguing pick of the entire draft was EJ Manual being the first quarterback taken. Teams started to fall in love with his size, athleticism and charisma, but a lot remains to be seen with his play as an NFL quarterback. After Manuel at 16, the Bills kept adding athletic guys on both ends of the ball (and a kicker) to make this one of the more interesting drafts in Bills history.
Round 1 (Pick 16): EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
Round 2 (Pick 41): Robert Woods, WR, USC
Round 2 (Pick 46): Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon
Round 3 (Pick 78): Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas
Round 4 (Pick 105): Duke Williams, DB, Nevada
Round 5 (Pick 143): Jonathan Meeks, DB, Clemson
Round 6 (Pick 177): Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State
Round 7 (Pick 222): Chris Gragg, TE, Arkansas
Best Pick: Former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who is now with the Bills in the same position, absolutely loves Alonso and he will most likely start game one of the 2013 season for the Bills. Alonso is a versatile and athletic linebacker that played mostly inside linebacker for the Oregon Ducks. However, he and Marrone think that he can play anywhere with this team. His size to go along with that athleticism is a testament to his potential, but what makes this pick better was that it was a pick they got in a trade. So on top of getting the QB they wanted (Manuel will be discussed in just a little bit), they also got a linebacker who could be a mainstay for the team for years to come.
Questionable Pick: It’s never a good thing when your first round pick is the questionable pick, but everyone has to realize that Manuel is a huge question mark. He has the physical tools you would want from a football player. He’s big, athletic, fast and to go with that, he has that “it” factor that teams tend to fall in love with from a QB. However, if Colin Kaepernick never jumped on to the scene, there is no way that Manuel goes in the first round. He was not the top rated QB for any draft expert but because of the emergence of Kaepernick and RGIII, teams now believe in the mobile quarterback. If the Bills are smart, they will not rush Manuel and will let Kevin Kolb start this year while Manuel gets adjusted to the NFL game. I don’t want to say I think he’s going to be a bad quarterback, but because he was the first quarterback taken in this draft, he will be under a microscope for his entire career.
Surprise Pick: Goodwin has the potential to be a solid slot receiver in this league, but it was a little bit of a surprise to see him go just one round after Woods, another wide receiver. It is clear that the Bills wanted to give Manuel some young weapons to grow with, but it now appears they may have too many wideouts. Goodwin has the burners (4.27 time in the 40) but is undersized to say the least. Not to say that he should be written off because of his size, but after taking Woods, and then signing Da’Rick Rogers after the draft, it is going to be a crowded wide receiving corps. Let us not forget that Stevie Johnson is still the team’s number one receiving option.
Overview/Grade: Doug Marrone and company had a decent first draft, getting the guys that they wanted and executing a couple of trades to add depth. The biggest question mark will always be Manuel, and the haters will not be silenced until he does his best RGIII impression, but through it all they addressed some glaring holes on the team. Adding depth to the secondary on day three was something they wanted to execute and they got some good athletes late. Because Manuel is the first pick for this team, the draft grade drops just a little but overall, they had a pretty successful draft.
Bills Draft Grade: B-
1st round (3rd overall) Dion Jordan, LB, Oregon
2nd round (54th overall) Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
3rd round (77th overall) Dallas Taylor, G, Tennessee
3rd round (93rd overall) Will Davis, CB, Utah State
4th round (104th overall) Jelani Jenkins, LB, Florida
4th round (106th overall) Dion Smith, TE, Michigan State
5th round (164th overall) Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida
5th round (166th overall) Caleb Sturgis, P, Florida
7th round (250th overall) Don Jones, S, Arkansas State
Best Pick: Dion Jordan
The Dolphins traded their 1st and 2nd round pick to Oakland to get Jordan, who fits well in their 3-4 defense. Jordan is a pass rushing linebacker who can get past tackles with lightning speed and looks to be a good compliment to Cameron Wake on the other side.
Sleeper Pick: Mike Gillislee/Dallas Thomas
Couldn’t pick just one here. Gillislee was a productive back with Florida and Thomas is a kid who can play both left tackle and left guard. Gillislee can fill the need for speed that the Dolphins are missing since Reggie Bush departed to the Motor City and Thomas can play multiple positions which allows versatility
Boom/Bust Pick: Dion Jordan
I know what you’re thinking, “how can a guy be the best player they drafted and be a boom or bust pick?” Simple; the fact that the Dolphins traded up 9 spots to get a guy who was only on the field about 50% of the time when they had a need to fill at the Left Tackle spot and could have selected Lane Johnson. But since they didn’t, their best player could become their worst nightmare. Overall Grade: B
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS:
Can Bill Bellicheck and the Patriots ever do anything wrong?
On draft day, it appears that this cannot happen. The Patriots have had a history of finding gems in the late rounds (cough, Tom Brady, cough), and this year’s draft might not be any different. After trading their first round pick to the Vikings for four other picks in the draft, they continued to use trades to add depth to the roster (they picked up LeGarrette Blount from the Buccaneers). And despite not having a first round pick, they were able to get explosive players through the final two days.
Round 2 (Pick 52): Jamie Collins, DE/OLB, Southern Mississippi
Round 2 (Pick 59): Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
Round 3 (Pick 83): Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
Round 3 (Pick 91): Duron Harmon, S, Rutgers
Round 4 (Pick 102): Josh Boyce, WR, TCU
Round 7 (Pick 226): Michael Buchanan, DE/OLB, Illinois
Round 7 (Pick 235): Steve Beauharnais, LB, Rutgers
Best Pick: The Patriots may not have had a first round pick, and their first pick was outside of the top 50, but they did the best they could in drafting Collins. For those fans watching the draft that didn’t know much about Collins, one look at his highlights and you would have sworn this guy was a top 10 pick. Collins is a top flight athlete that in his first year will fill a bunch of needs for the Patriots. He does everything you would want from a linebacker from rushing the passer, to dropping in coverage and possesses enough speed to cover kickoffs if they need him to do that. Great value at this pick and Collins will be a guy that Bellicheck will fall in love with.
Questionable Pick: The Patriots have loved drafting guys from Rutgers over the past few drafts. They drafted Devin McCourty in the first round of the 2010 draft, and this year snagged three guys from New Brunswick. However, the second guy they took this year from Rutgers is a rare misfire from New England. It is believed that Harmon would have been there on day three and the Patriots over valued him. Many around the league only see Harmon as a valuable special teams player that could eventually be a decent safety, but clearly the Patriots see more in him. Despite that, the Patriots reached a little too far drafting Harmon in the third round.
Surprise Pick: Seventh round picks generally do not make the team. However, as I mentioned earlier in the story, the Patriots have had a history of finding gems late in the draft. Buchanan from Illinois could be this year’s version of Brady. Many believe that if he left a year earlier, he would not have fallen this far and because of that he falls as the Patriots surprise pick. He has great size at 6-5 and 255 pounds and could find his way on the roster this year as a situational pass rusher. If he makes his mark there and /or special teams, the Patriots will love to have him.
Overview/Grade: A solid draft for the Patriots yet again. They filled some of the few holes that they had and added depth to those positions in question. Both Dobson and Boyce could benefit from playing with Brady and both trades the Patriots made could pay dividends (they selected Collins, Ryan, and Boyce through extra picks, and picked up the aforementioned Blount with the fourth pick they received from Minnesota). As a Jets fan, it pains me to see a solid draft such as this from New England, and I am assuming some of these guys will haunt the Jets for years to come. If they had a first round pick and did a little better with the 91st pick, their grade would be higher.
Patriots Draft Grade: B
NEW YORK JETS:
The 2013 draft was one of the most important for the New York Jets in the franchise’s history. After All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis was traded on Monday for the 13th pick, it was clear that the team was in a full rebuild mode. New general manager John Idzik told the media prior to the draft that the team would not be drafting on need, but would take the best available player on their draft board to build around.
It appears they stuck to that plan, but it did lead to some surprising picks that fans will have to wait and see before they can fall in love. Did the Jets remain that team that struggles to draft, or did Idzik get it done right in his first go around? Only time will tell, as it remains to be seen how some of their picks will work with this team.
Round 1 (Pick 9): Dee Millner, CB, Alabama
Round 1 (Pick 13): Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Round 2 (Pick 39): Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Round 3 (Pick 72): Brian Winters, G, Kent State
Round 5 (Pick 141): Oday Aboushi, OL, Virginia
Round 6 (Pick 178): William Campbell, OL, Michigan
Round 7 (Pick 215): Tommy Bohanon, FB, Wake Forest
Best Pick: When the Revis deal became official last Monday, it opened up yet another gaping hole in the Jets defense. Taking Milliner with the ninth pick made a lot of sense and gives the Jets another guy who can be in man coverage for the entire game. The thought of Kyle Wilson shutting down an entire half of the field scared just about everyone so taking Milliner, who some had projected as high as the second pick, made a lot of sense. It filled a hole, and they got the best available player at that position.
Questionable Pick: What do the last three years of Jets first round picks have in common? Three years in a row they have taken a defensive lineman with a first round pick, and Richardson with the 13th pick has many scratching their heads. No one doubts Richardson’s skills, and many had him going high in the first round, but it is not exactly clear where he is going to fit in with the Jets. In college, he was a one gap penetrator, and if the Jets stay with their 3-4, he will be asked to penetrate two gaps. Head Coach Rex Ryan has acknowledged that the Jets will use more four man fronts, but that is not his style and makes you wonder if they are trying to set up a new scheme for life after Rex. Despite his immense skills, we will all have to wait and see before his jersey starts flying off the shelf.
Surprise Pick: There were a lot of choices for this. Both Winters and Aboushi were good value and will both be expected to compete for starting jobs in 2013. The biggest surprise could be their seventh round pick because this is a guy who can help the Jets offense right away. Bohannon has played more of an H-back lining up at tight end and in the backfield, and the Jets took him for his pass catching ability. As a seventh round pick, he will have to earn his keep on special teams at first but don’t be surprised if he makes the team and is a contributor in 2013.
Overview/Grade: The easiest way to sum up the Jets draft is “incomplete.” It is clear that Idzik had a gameplan: draft the best available player staying true to the team’s draft board, and to build a young offensive line that will only get better. That’s all good, however he did not address any of their other gaping holes. Who’s going to play safety? Who’s going to play tight end? Why do they still not have a legitimate pass rusher despite taking defensive lineman the last three years? I understand it’s going to be difficult, but they did not help the team out enough to get a good draft grade.
Jets Draft Grade: C
Round 1 (Pick 32): Matt Elam, S, Florida
Round 2 (Pick 56): Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State
Round 3 (Pick 94): Brandon Williams, NT, Missouri Southern State
Round 4 (Pick 129): John Simon, DE/OLB, Ohio State
Round 4 (Pick 130): Kyle Juszczyk, FB, Harvard
Round 5 (Pick 168): Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
Round 6 (Pick 200): Kapron Lewis-Moore, DE/DT, Notre Dame
Round 6 (Pick 203): Ryan Jensen, OT, Colorado State- Pueblo
Round 7 (Pick 238): Aaron Mellett, WR, Elon
Round 7 (Pick 247): Marc Anthony, CB, California
Best Pick: The Ravens’ best pick was undoubtedly Arthur Brown. He easily could have gone in the last half of the first round, or earlier in the second round. But with teams like Chicago (Jon Bostic) and Buffalo (Kiko Alonso) reaching for inside linebackers in the second round ahead of the Ravens, Brown fell right into Baltimore’s waiting lap. He’ll serve as the immediate replacement for retired All-Pro inside linebacker Ray Lewis.
Questionable Pick: The Ravens already have arguably the best fullback in the NFL with Vonta Leach, so why burn a draft pick on another one? Better yet, why burn a fourth-round pick on such a position? The Ravens’ fourth-round choice of Harvard fullback Kyle Juszczyk was their most head-scratching draft pick, as he could didn’t fill a need and could have been obtained much later in the draft, or even as an undrafted free agent.
Surprise Pick: Again, have to go with the Kyle Juszczyk pick. A fullback in the fourth round? Really?
Overview/Grade: The Ravens came into the 2013 NFL draft with some big holes to fill, particularly at safety and inside linebacker after the departures of Ed Reed (signed with Houston) and Ray Lewis (retired). But, they yet again showed why their system worked. They filled those needs with their first two picks, got a potential starter at nose tackle in the third round with Brandon Williams (the coaching staff is reportedly quite unhappy with Terrence Cody), and got needed depth at key positions like pass rusher (John Simon), offensive line (Ricky Wagner, Ryan Jensen), defensive back (Marc Antony) and wide receiver (Aaron Mellett). This is exactly how a draft should play out. Address needs with the high picks, and then use the later-round selections to acquire depth. This was another great draft by general manager Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens. The only thing keeper this from being a better draft was the fourth-round fullback, and the fact that they didn’t acquire a wide receiver earlier than the seventh round. Ravens Draft Grade: A-
Round 1 (Pick 21): Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Round 2 (Pick 5): Giovani Bernard, RB, UNC
Round 2 (Pick 21): Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
Round 3 (Pick 22): Shawn Williams, SS, Georgia
Round 4 (Pick 21): Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M
Round 5 (Pick 23): Tanner Hawkinson, OT, Kansas
Round 6 (Pick 22): Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska
Round 6 (Pick 29): Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas
Round 7 (Pick 34): Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio St.
Round 7 (Pick 45): T.J. Johnson, C, South Carolina
The Bengals may have been a playoff team in 2012 and are early favorites to win the AFC North in 2013, but they still had some holes to fill. They have some gaps at running back, wide receiver, O and D line, safety and linebacker. They were able to at least try and fill them all and even picked up a “toy” on offense. Eifert will ease the pressure on A.J. Green, while Bernard and Burkhead give the running back position potential. Hunt and Porter help shore up the front 7 while Williams helps anchor the defense. Any draft has “potential,” but the Bengals looked to have done themselves good this year.
Best Pick: Tyler Eifert
Eifert will step in and get a lot of playing time off the bat. He and Jermaine Gresham will combine to make a formidable duo at the tight end spot. In having two weapons at tight end, the Bengals can move A.J. Green around more and ensure he gets more open looks.
Questionable Pick: Giovani Bernard
Bernard is a big surprise to me at number 37 overall. He wasn’t listed as a top running back, nor was his name out there anywhere. The top back was Eddie Lacy. Bernard may have improved his stock with his combine performances. He only ran a 4.53 40 yard dash, however he was a top performer in the 20 and 60 yard shuttle. If Bernard doesn’t end up as a starter by 2014, this will be considered a bust pick.
Surprise Pick: Rex Burkhead
Burkhead could be one of those late round gems (ala Alfred Morris). He didn’t get to play much his senior year, he was oft injured. While he doesn’t have blazing speed, he will lower the shoulder and run you over. He was notably a top performer in the combine in multiple categories (vertical jump, broad jump, 3 cone drill, 20 and 60 yard shuttle). However, he didn’t get much of the recognition that other combine superstars tend to receive. With his smash mouth style of running he will fit in nicely in the AFC North. He could end up surprising everyone and being this year’s Alfred Morris and starting at some point during the season.
Overall Grade: B+
Cleveland Browns Draft Picks:
Round 1 (Pick 6): Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
Round 3 (Pick 68): Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego St.
Round 6 (Pick 175): Jamoris Slaughter, S, Notre Dame
Round 7 (Pick 217): Armonty Bryant, DE, East Central
Round 7 (Pick 227): Garrett Gilkey, OT, Chadron State
The Browns sort of have an ironic name. The color “brown” can be symbolism of the way the team has performed since the franchise came back to Cleveland; as in, the color of a skid mark on the pair of white underwear.
But new Head Coach Rob Chudzinski and company are looking to change that. The Browns had the most cap space of any team in the NFL but they didn’t make good use of that prior to the draft. With only five picks, they are hoping they can find a sleeper to change their “brown” past into a golden future.
Best Pick: The Browns were set on getting a pass rusher in the first round this year. Some believe they really wanted Oregon’s Dion Jordan and after the Dolphins traded up to get him, there was only one option left for Cleveland. Barkevious Mingo has the potential to be a stud, and the Browns really loved what he was about. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Rams offered great value to get the sixth spot, but the Browns knew Mingo wouldn’t get past the Jets, so they stayed at six. Mingo’s sack numbers were low last year, but the guy a combine All-Star and is an athletic freak. His potential is outstanding, and the Browns had to pull the trigger on Mingo.
Questionable Pick: The offensively challenged Browns traded a fifth round pick for Davone Bess. Bess is a nice slot receiver who can double up as a returner, but he is not going to make or break an offense. They could have gotten some offensive help in the draft but only took one on that side of the ball: A seventh round pick out of Chadron State. The Browns are making their best effort to make Garrett Gilkey the second player in the league out of Chadron State (Danny Woodhead being the first), but is a seventh round pick out of a Division II school going to stick in this league? Woodhead would have something to say about that considering he wasn’t even drafted. Gilkey has the size that you would want out of a guard (6-6, 318 lbs), but it will take time before we find out if he was a solid choice as their only offensive selection.
Surprise Pick: Jamoris Slaughter has a chance to be the sleeper pick for the Browns in this draft. He was projected higher before the 2012 season, but he only played three games before an injury cut his season short. That is a huge concern going forward, but if he can stay healthy, he can see a lot of snaps in the secondary as well as time on special teams. He plays aggressive and his small size scared teams away. However, smaller safeties have made an impact on this league (Bob Sanders for example). Sanders was a beast but his inability to stay healthy cut his career short. The Browns are hoping Slaughter does not fall into that same category.
Overview/Grade: Chudzinski and the new regime didn’t do enough in this draft to turn the corner. Rebuilding processes generally take some time, but as the Colts showed last year, a good draft can speed up that process. They got the stud pass rusher (who will most likely be a situational line backer in the beginning of his career), and even picked up a cornerback in the third round that is expected to compete for a starting job. However, they did not accumulate enough depth to make this a significant draft. Sorry Browns fans, your team might still be as brown as that dirty underwear this year, but there’s always time next year to clean your britches. Browns draft grade: C-
Round 1 (Pick 17): Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Round 2 (Pick 48): Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
Round 3 (Pick 79): Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
Round 4 (Pick 111): Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse
Round 4 (115): Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Round 5 (Pick 150): Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois
Round 6 (Pick 186): Justin Brown, WR, Penn State
Round 6 (Pick 206): Vince Williams, ILB, Florida State
Round 7 (Pick 223) : Nicholas Wiliams, DT, Samford
Best Pick: Jarvis Jones
Jones is just what the Steelers needed to continue their tradition of great rush linebackers. He had easily the most productive college career of all the pass rushers in the draft, and he did it in the SEC, the toughest conference in college football. Dumb groupthink allowed a top ten talent to fall all the way to the Steelers. Jones could be and most likely will be an immediate starter and make an immediate impact.
Sleeper Pick: Markus Wheaton
The Steelers needed to address the void left at receiver by Mike Wallace’s departure. Scouts compared Wheaton to Wallace, even saying he may be a more polished version of him. On tape it is clear Wheaton is a more precise route runner and although he is a hair slower than Wallace, he has the speed to get it done on the outside. I see Wheaton excelling in the slot, he is speedy and shifty, while being able to play outside when needed. Excellent value pick and I think Wheaton is going to turn some heads in 2013.
Boom/Bust Pick: Le’Veon Bell
Some people were in disbelief when the Steelers opted to pass on Eddie Lacy for Bell in the second round. While I personally think Bell is a better back because he put up eye-popping production behind a line far less talented than Lacy. Bell led the nation in carries last season at the collegiate level, which proves he can handle a full workload as well. The only question remains is will he continue to be successful at the next level or fail? Bell is a pick who could be great, or turn out average in the NFL.
GM Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin redeemed a terrible off-season bringing back WR Emmanuel Sanders and then having a genius of a draft. They brought in a pass rusher, a feature back, and a speed receiver to replace the three they lost at the same positions. They added depth and a potential starter at safety in Shamarko Thomas. Overall, this was a great draft that filled immediate needs with guys that can produce right away, as well as adding depth, especially at receiver and safety. The Steelers once again proved why they are in talks for a championship year after year.
Overall Grade: A
Round 1 (Pick 27): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Round 2 (Pick 25): D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
Round 3 (Pick 27): Brennan Williams, OT, UNC
Round 3 (Pick 33): Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
Round 4 (Pick 27): Trevardo Williams, DE, UConn
Round 6 (Pick 8): David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose St.
Round 6 (Pick 27): Alan Bonner, WR, Jacksonville St.
Round 6 (Pick 30): Chris Jones, DT, Bowling Green
Round 6 (Pick 33): Ryan Griffin, TE, UConn
Best Pick: DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson
Hopkins becomes the second Wide Receiver in Texans history to be drafted in the 1st round. The first? Oh just some guy named Andre Johnson. Hopkins will be a nice compliment for Johnson and gives Matt Schaub another weapon, one that can spread the field with his speed and will flourish in Houston under Gary Kubiak.
Sleeper Pick: David Quessenburry OT San Jose State
Quessenburry can play both Tackle and Guard so his versatility is welcomed anywhere. He’s more than likely going to kick inside and play guard and if he works on his anchoring techniques he could turn into a steal in this Draft provided he can stay healthy having had ankle problems in college.
Boom/Bust Pick: DJ Swearinger Safety South Carolina
I had the opportunity to see this guy play at least once a year and the guy can play. He’s a physical safety but lacks size and coverage skills. However Swearinger will be able to learn from the one of the best safety of all time in Ed Reed. But with his physicality, he may not be on the field long without being fined. Swearinger has the tools to play the game but his lack of coverage skills could be a problem for him and the team
Overall Grade: A-
The Colts did well to address the pass rush need with Werner. Thornton and Boyett are risky but with Boyett it’s less of a risk depending on which Boyett you get. He had a stellar 2011 season but suffered a season ending knee injury. “Mr. Irrelevant” Justice Cunningham becomes the 2nd South Carolina Gamecock in the last 4 years to be named to the position (Ryan Succop in 2009 to Kansas City) and could be another weapon for Andrew Luck
Round 1 (Pick 24): Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida St.
Round 3 (Pick 86): Hugh Thorton, G, Illinois
Round 4 (Pick 121): Khaled Holmes, C, Southern Cal
Round 5 (Pick 139): Montori Hughes, DT, Tennessee-Martin
Round 6 (Pick 192): John Boyett, S, Oregon
Round 7 (Pick 230): Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah St.
Round 7 (Pick 254): Justice Cunningham, TE, South Carolina
Best Pick: Bojern Werner
The Colt’s first round pick out of Florida State by way of Germany can rush the passer and stop the run. He gets around blocks but isn’t afraid to use his strength. While he may not be the next Dwight Freeney, Werner will be able to get to the quarterback and will be a solid pass rusher.
Sleeper Pick: Kerwynn Williams
Williams will be looking to follow in the footsteps of former Utah State Aggie and current Seattle Seahawk running back Robert Turbin. While Williams doesn’t have the power running style that Turbin does, Williams is a great pass catcher and will bring speed out of the backfield and can be another weapon for Andrew Luck
Boom/Bust Pick: Hugh Thornton
Thornton is a big physical guard who can maul the defense but someone didn’t tell him Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben’s motto: “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.” Thornton has been arrested twice and has had to deal with some tragic personal issues. If the staff in Indy can keep this kid on the straight and narrow he can be a huge asset for the Colts new line.
Overall Grade: B
1st round (2nd overall) Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
2nd round (33rd overall) Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
3rd round (64th overall) Dwayne Gratz, CB, UConn
4th round (101st overall) Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina
5th round (135th overall) Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan
6th round (169th overall) Joshua Evans, S, Florida
7th round (208th overall) Jeremy Harris, CB, New Mexico State
7th round (210th overall) Demetrius McCray, CB, Appalachian State
Best Pick: Luke Joeckel
Joeckel was projected as the #1 overall selection by many experts but fell to the Jags with the #2 pick. Though the Jags already are set at left tackle with Eugene Monroe, Joeckel can play both left and right tackle and should be a future Pro Bowler and will have a fine career spanning no less than 10 years
Sleeper Pick: Ace Sanders
Sanders is a poor-man’s Tavon Austin, a receiver who can separate himself in space and is a dynamic punt returner (he victimized my Clemson Tigers on more than one occasion). Though he comes from a hated rival, Sanders is a tremendous talent who could end up being one of the biggest steels in the draft.
Boom/Bust Pick: Denard Robinson
When you hear the name Denard Robinson, it’s hard not to think about all the records he set running the football at Michigan. But after an elbow injury, Robinson decided a move to Wide Receiver would suit him best in the pros. He’s raw and hasn’t played the position but could turn into yet another weapon for whoever Jacksonville trots out on the field at the Quarterback position. If it doesn’t work out for him it’s no real loss; the Jag’s only took him in the 4th round.
Overall Grade: B+
Round 1 (Pick 10) Chance Warmack G Alabama
Round 2 (Pick 34) Justin Hunter WR Tennessee
Round 3 (Pick 70) Blidi Wreh-Wilson CB UConn
Round 3 (Pick 97) Zaviar Gooden OLB Missouri
Round 4 (Pick 107) Brian Schwenke C California
Round 5 (Pick 142) Lavar Edwards DE LSU
Round 6 (Pick 202) Khalid Wooten CB Nevada
Round 7 (Pick 248) Daimion Stafford SS Nebraska
Analysis: The Titans did a nice revamp of the interior offensive line this offseason. They already signed Adam Levitre from Buffalo and then added (in my opinion) the top rated guard in the draft in Warmack and a solid center in Schwenke. Justin Hunter will provide a great target for Jake Locker. He is a big fast receiver that Locker certainly won’t be able to miss. The deep corner class landed them Wreh-Wilson who should step in and at the very least challenge for a starting spot. Gooden may not start this year but should get his feet wet in some packages on defense. Edwards will most likely be on the bench but provides depth as well as Stafford. Wooten could see some dime package action but most likely thats it, if he makes the squad.
Best Pick: Chance Warmack: Warmack completes a guard tandem that should have Chris Johnson salivating. He should have been the first guard to go, but Arizona’s loss was Tennessee’s gain. Not only will the running game go back to where it once was, but the passing game should flourish with more protection up the middle.
Questionable Pick: Justin Hunter: While Locker could use a target, early in the 2nd round could have been used on other players such as a corner or pass rusher. Hunter is a solid receiver but looking at it, Keenan Allen went in the 3rd round. They have Kenny Britt, Nate Washington and newly signed Kevin Walter, so a wide receiver so early is questionable.
Surprise Pick: Justin Hunter: As questionable as it was, it was also a surprise. Hunter went before many other receivers generally rated much higher than he was.
Overall Grade: B
Round 1 (Pick 28): Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
Round 2 (Pick 58): Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
Round 3. (Pick 90): Kayvon Webster, CB, South Florida
Round 5. (Pick 146): Quanterus Smith, DE/OLB, Western Kentucky
Round 5 (Pick 161): Tavarres King, WR, Georgia
Round 6 (Pick 173): Vinston Painter, OT, Virginia Tech
Round 7 (Pick 234): Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (Ohio)
Best Pick: The Broncos’ seventh round pick may have actually been their best selection. Dysert was one of the top rated quarterbacks in the draft (NFL.com had him rated as an 83.5, second only to Geno Smith’s 88.0). Yet he slipped all the way to the bottom of the draft, thanks to a general distrust of this year’s quarterback class. Dysert will get to sit and learn for at least a couple years behind one of the greatest quarterbacks of this generation, Peyton Manning, and will allow Denver a contingency plan for replacing Manning with either Dysert, or last year’s second-round choice Brock Osweiler.
Questionable Pick: Kayvon Webster was one of the last-ranked cornerbacks in this class (NFL.com had him as a 52.0/100), but for some reason the Broncos decided he was worth a third-round choice, even with better options like Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Jordan Poyer available. Making matters worse is the fact that Denver probably should have addressed the cornerback position a round or two earlier, given the age of Champ Bailey and just how badly they got diced up in the playoffs through the air.
Surprise Pick: Montee Ball was a bit of a surprise in the second round for the Broncos. They already had Willis McGahee and Ronnie Hillman, and questions about Ball’s speed had many projecting him to fall later into the draft.
Overview/Draft Grade: The Broncos did some good things in the draft. They got bigger along the defensive line with the selection of Sylvester Williams in the first round, who should tandem nicely with free agent signee Terrence Knighton to form a massive pairing on the interior of Denver’s defensive line. Quanterus Smith is a potential sleeper, since he was quite productive at Western Kentucky (12 sacks last year) but fell due to a knee injury. If Smith heals, he could provide a good edge rushing presence across from Von Miller now that Elvis Dumervil is gone. But reaching with their second and third round choices, while ignoring the inside linebacker and safety positions completely, makesthis a less-than-stellar draft for Denver.
Broncos Draft Grade: C+
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS:
The Chiefs found the future in Eric Fisher but took some chances on guys like Davis and Cummings. Nico Johnson will provide depth at the Middle Linebacker position and has championship experience having won at Alabama under Nick Saban.
Round 1 (Pick 1): Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Round 3 (Pick 63): Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
Round 3 (Pick 96): Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
Round 4 (Pick 99): Nico Johnson, ILB, Alabama
Round 5 (Pick 134): Sanders Cummings, CB, Georgia
Round 6 (Pick 170): Eric Kush, C, California (PA)
Round 6 (Pick 204): Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas St.
Round 7 (Pick 207): Matt Catapano, DE, Princeton
Best Pick: Eric Fisher
Fisher is the prototypical athletic tackle that new head coach Andy Reid likes to have in his offense. Like the Jaguars the Chiefs are set for the time being at Left Tackle with Brandon Alberts and Fisher can play at Right Tackle before moving back over to left in the near future. He’ll do well protecting new QB Alex Smith’s blindside for the next 10 years
Sleeper Pick: Sanders Cummings
Cummings is a big physical corner who has some off the field issues at Georgia where he was arrested on charges of Domestic Violence. If he can get past the issues and fly straight in KC he can learn a lot from new corner Dunta Robinson and could turn into a nice rotational corner and maybe even a starter down the road
Boom/Bust pick: Knile Davis
Knile Davis was having a great career at Arkansas until his knee injury two seasons ago. Then like everyone else at Arkansas this past season, the Wheels just came off. Davis’ production decreased and he just didn’t look the same. But the biggest issue isn’t the durability, but the ball security. If he can fix this he can be a nice 1-2 punch behind Jamaal Charles.
Overall Grade: B
Round 1 (Pick 12): D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
Round 2 (Pick 42): Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
Round 3 (Pick 66): Sio Moore, OLB, Connecticut
Round 4 (Pick 112): Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Round 6 (Pick 172): Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado
Round 6 (Pick 181): Latavius Murray, RB, Central Florida
Round 6 (Pick 184): Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee
Round 6 (Pick 205): Stacy McGee, DT, Oklahoma
Round 7 (Pick 209): Brice Butler, WR, San Diego State
Round 7 (Pick 233): David Bass, DE, Missouri Western
Best Pick: Oakland made a pretty good selection in round 3, grabbing Connecticut linebacker Sio Moore. He’s a versatile player who can cover well, tackle well and even work in as a pass rusher from time to time. Moore could very well end up as a starter for Oakland before year’s end; always good to get someone like that in the third round.
Questionable Pick: D.J. Hayden was a nice story, with him recovering from a near-fatal injury to become a first-round pick. But it’s a little debatable as to whether or not he belongs there. Oakland took a massive leap of faith on Hayden, who wasn’t even on the radar until he ran a fast 40 at Houston’s pro day (surprise, surprise, that’s what attracted Oakland….). It’s tough to trust players that shoot up draft boards after all the actual football is done playing.
Surprise Pick: Everybody had the Raiders taking Sharrif Floyd at No. 3. Then came the surprise trade with Miami, and Oakland moved all the way down to No. 12. Sharrif Floyd was still theirs for the taking…but Oakland passed on him, instead opting for late-rising cornerback D.J. Hayden.
Overview/Grade: Oakland addressed a few pressing needs, like offensive line and defensive backfield. But they also flat-out ignored their defensive line until the seventh round, a mistake compounded by the fact that they had their pick of the defensive tackle crop at No. 12, and instead opted for D.J. Hayden, who was a reach at that juncture. Second-round choice Menelik Watson has upside, but only started one year in college. They also still don’t have a bona fide pass rushing option. This class has a lot of potential, but it could easily end up as a flop- not a good thing for a team that’s missed the playoffs for a whole decade now. Raiders Draft Grade: C+
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS:
San Diego Chargers Draft Picks:
Round 1 (Pick 11): D.J Fluker, OT, Alabama
Round 2 (Pick 38): Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
Round 3 (Pick 76): Keenan Allen, WR, California
Round 5 (Pick 145): Steve Williams, CB, California
Round 6 (Pick 179): Tourek Williams, DE, Florida International
Round 7 (Pick 221): Brad Sorensen, QB, Southern Utah
There was nothing fake about the 38th pick in this year’s NFL Draft. That was where Notre Dame Linebacker Manti Te’o was selected by the Chargers after a controversial off-season and a final game that dropped him out of the first round.
The Chargers traded up to get Te’o, and the pick will always be questioned because of who Te’o has become. Other picks in this draft will also be questioned because despite the good highlight reels, some were questionable as to where they will fit. First year Coach Mike McCoy knows his team is rebuilding, and hopefully for him, these six picks will aid him in that process for years to come.
Best Pick: This one is easy. The general consensus is that the Chargers got a steal in the third round drafting California’s Allen, who has drawn comparisons to Anquan Boldin. He was once seen as one of the top receivers in the draft, but that pesky 40-yard dash saw his value drop. However, his size, strong hands and NFL readiness have Chargers fans seeing a wide receiver who can be with the team for years to come. The main question about Allen is if he can stay healthy; but isn’t that always a question in football?
Questionable Pick: Originally, I thought any team that selected Te’o would be making a questionable pick. And despite the shaky locker room presence that he has become during the “Lennay Kekua scandal,” there was one guy that was more questionable. Sorensen out of Southern Utah is a stretch even as a seventh round pick. Drafting a quarterback was not a questionable pick, but current quarterback Phillip Rivers will be on the hot seat if he has a bad season. So why wouldn’t they get a legitimate guy that could potentially take Rivers place. With quarterbacks such as Matt Barkley and Ryan Nassib dropping to the fourth round, the Chargers could have picked up value at the position late in the draft. Unfortunately for them, they traded their fourth round pick to move up and take Te’o (Ironically, it was the pick that the Giants drafted Nassib with).
Surprise Pick: Just because the Manti Te’o pick wasn’t questionable, does not mean it wasn’t a surprise; because it was. Many teams clearly wanted to stay away from Te’o but not the Chargers. Te’o was a first round lock before the Alabama game, and began steadily falling after his scandal. The Chargers also have holes in their line backing corps, but they are a team with multiple holes who could have used as many picks as possible. They traded their fourth round pick (as I just alluded to) to get a guy who will be a distraction no matter what. He dropped for a reason, but the Chargers felt he was worth trading up for.
Overview/Grade: Simply said, they could have done better, but they didn’t do too awful. With the 11th pick, they drafted an offensive lineman in Fluker that Rivers will absolutely love (he was sacked 50 times last year). He’s big and was on a line that was filled with NFL ready players last year. Tourek Williams of Florida International could be a surprise pick with his versatility and Steve Williams is expected to be the team’s nickel cornerback this year. They got some pieces, but it might be a long season yet again for the Chargers in 2013.
Chargers Draft Grade: B-
America’s team once again were scratching their heads in the first round because they were too afraid to draft the best available player. Instead they swapped their 18th pick with San Francisco for the 31st pick, and the 74th pick. Cowboys should have negotiated an additional pick from the 49ers after seeing the New England Patriots heist the Minnesota Vikings for four picks while giving up the 29th pick of the draft.
Round 1 (Pick 31): Travis Frederick, (OC) Wisconsin
Round 2 (Pick 47): Gavin Escobar, (TE) San Diego State
Round 3 (Pick 74): Terrance Williams, (WR) Baylor
Round 3 (Pick 80): J. J. Wilcox, (S) Georgia Southern
Round 4(Pick 114): B.W. Webb, (CB) William & Mary
Round 5 (Pick 151): Joseph Randle, (RB) Oklahoma State
Round 6 (Pick 185): DeVonte Holloman, (OLB) South Carolina
Best Pick: Selecting WR Terrance Williams and TE Gavin Escobar will add to the Cowboys’ passing offense. Williams led the nation in receiving last year with over 1800 yards and will more than likely be the third receiver behind Dez Bryant and Miles Austin. Escobar is a big red zone target for Tony Romo who is very athletic and a gifted receiver.
Questionable Pick: When the Cowboys selected their first round pick, it wasn’t suppose to be a REACH! That was the nicest reaction made after the choosing Wisconsin center, Travis Frederick. Scouts viewed Frederick as a third or fourth round pick. Dallas desperately needs help on the offensive line but they also could have given newly hired defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin a weapon by selecting DT. Shariff Floyd to solidify that thin defensive line.
Surprise Pick: TE Gavin Escobar was a surprise when they already have All-Pro TE, Jason Witten . Witten is not showing signs of slowing down and is Tony Romo’s security blanket. Not sure if the Cowboys are going to adopt the New England Patriots’ double tight receiving duo when they have superstar Dez Bryant and Miles Austin in the fold.
Overview/Grade: I bet talk radio in Dallas was pretty crazy when they witness another Jerry Jones GM move selecting a third round center as their first round pick. Jones, who’s known for his splash in the draft didn’t excite anyone with the team’s first pick; however the Cowboys made some good picks. Dallas didn’t address their defensive line and they still need help at the offensive tackle position.
Cowboys Draft Grade: C
NEW YORK GIANTS:
The New York Giants and their fans have one mantra in mind when it comes to draft day: “In Reese We Trust.” It’s pretty simple as to why everyone is so comfortable in general manager Jerry Reese and that is simply because the guy does not disappoint on draft day.
It was clear that the Giants wanted offensive lineman as it was one of their biggest holes in 2012. They filled that need early taking Justin Pugh with the 19th pick, and then filled out the rest of their roster from there. Solid, safe picks is the way the Giants went and it gives fans another reason to keep believing in Reese.
Round 1 (Pick 19): Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse
Round 2 (Pick 49): Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Round 3 (Pick 81): Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Round 4 (Pick 110): Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
Round 5 (Pick 152): Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond
Round 7 (Pick 225): Eric Herman, OG, Ohio
Round 7 (Pick 253): Michael Cox, RB, UMass
Best Pick: Anytime you can get first round value outside of the first round, it’s a good pick. The Giants grabbed Moore at the end of day 2, and they picked up a beast to help their pass rush. Both Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck’s future with the Giants is still up in the air and taking Moore makes their futures even more questionable. The only downside with Moore is his off the field habits. He was arrested for marijuana possession in 2011 and dropped out of the first round because of a slow 40 time (4.9). However, he is only 20 years old. If he can mature like normal young men at his age do, this could be one of the steals of the draft.
Questionable Pick: This was a tough one to decide on because when looking at these picks, it’s hard to find a “bad” one. Pugh may have been taken a little high, but his versatility might make him a starter this year. That leaves his college teammate Nassib, who was a first day hopeful that fell to the third day. Nassib is not a bad player, but the Giants are hoping that he never sees the field, at least for a few years. What makes this pick questionable is that it was not necessarily a need for the Giants, and they traded up to get him. They also could have filled one of their other needs such as TE or CB with a fourth round pick and the potential sixth round pick they traded away. Because of this, Nassib is “questionable” but when given the opportunity, he could be a solid contributory for the Giants or another team.
Surprise Pick: Giants fans, remember this name: Cooper Taylor. If Taylor can stay healthy, he could be a significant contributor for the Giants this year and beyond. Taylor has size at 6-4 228 pounds and speed (he ran at 4.49 40 at his pro day) to make him another versatile draft pick for the Giants. Some think that he can even play outside linebacker with that size and still have the speed to cover slot receivers. Again, Cooper must stay healthy as he has had a bevy of injuries over his college career, but the fifth rounder out of Richmond could make his impact felt right away for Big Blue.
Overview/Grade: From first glance, it would appear that Reese had yet another successful draft. He got tremendous value at every spot and every guy drafted will have a serious chance to make the team. The only thing they did not address in this draft was the tight end position, but Manning has made average tight ends such as Kevin Boss and Jake Ballard into stars overnight in the past. For me, its virtually a perfect draft except for the Nassib pick; and even then they got second round value in the fourth round. Giants Draft Grade: A-
Round 1 (Pick 4): Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Round 2 (Pick 35): Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Round 3 (Pick 67): Bennie Logan, DT, Louisiana State
Round 4 (Pick 98): Matt Barkley, QB, Southern California
Round 5 (Pick 136): Earl Wolff, S, North Carolina State
Round 7 (Pick 212): Joe Kruger, DE, Utah
Round 7 (Pick 218): Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
Round 7 (Pick 239): David King, DE, Oklahoma
Best Pick: Jordan Poyer had no business slipping all the way to the seventh round. He was an absolute steal for Philadelphia at that juncture, and should have no problem earning himself a spot on the roster as a special teamer and quite possibly as the nickel or dime back.
Questionable Pick: Philadelphia already has Michael Vick, Nick Foles and former Chip Kelly protege Dennis Dixon on the roster at quarterback. So why did they need Matt Barkley? It was an incredible value, no doubt about that. But its nigh impossible to figure out how Barkley fits into Philadelphia’s passing equation, especially since Barkley doesn’t fit the mold of the typical athlete Kelly likes to employ as his signal caller.
Surprise Pick: A lot of people thought that the Eagles would spend their second round pick on Geno Smith. But instead, they opted for Stanford tight end Zach Ertz, despite the fact that they just paid out for free agent James Casey (three years, $15M) and already had Brent Celek on the roster. This move likely spells the end of Celek’s time in Philadelphia, as Ertz is younger, cheaper, and provides a fast, reliable option in the seam. This pick was as much as a surprise as it was a good selection.
Overview/Grade: This draft lacked a lot of sizzle, but that’s really because Philadelphia came in already having their skill positions covered. They came away with a lot of players that will contribute early and who will improve the overall talent of this roster. Don’t be surprised if as many as five players from this draft (Johnson, Ertz, Wolff, Poyer, maybe even Barkley) are starting for Philadelphia down the line.
Eagles Draft Grade: B
Round 2 (Pick 51) David Amerson CB NC St.
Round 3 (Pick 85) Jordan Reed TE Florida
Round 4 (Pick 119) Phillip Thomas S Fresno St.
Round 5 (Pick 154) Chris Thompson RB Florida St.
Round 5 (Pick 162) Brandon Jenkins DE Florida St.
Round 6 (Pick 191) Bacarri Rambo S Georgia
Round 7 (Pick 228) Jawan Jamison RB Rutgers
Analysis: Everyone knows that the Redskins 2013 first round pick was RG3, though you can’t grade them on this, it’s not a bad year to not have a first round pick. The Redskins ended up with two ballhawks (Amerson and Thomas) who in the last two years have led the NCAA in interceptions. Jordan Reed has drawn comparisons to Aaron Hernandez and could be a solid contributor this year. Brandon Jenkins gives the team a solid pass rusher to rotate with Kerrigan, Orakpo, Tapp and Jackson and the value of grabbing him so late in the draft is amazing. Chris Thompson may have been a bit of a reach, but its not a Mike Shanahan draft without a head scratching running back selection. Bacarri Rambo has had some off the field issues, thus dropping his stock, but to get a potential starting free safety in the 6th round is one heck of a pick. Jamison is one that I still scratch my head about. With Alfred Morris, Roy Helu and Evan Royster on the roster not to mention already picking Thompson, why waste a pick on a second rb? All in all a solid draft for the Redskins, shoring up all the needs that they had coming into the draft.
Best Pick: Bacarri Rambo: Many had Rambo rated much higher. With his past issues, his draft stock slipped like many others has in the past. Rambo has the ability to step in and be the Redskins starting free safety from day 1. The skins were able to rebuild a majority of their secondary with three picks this draft, Rambo being the most significant.
Questionable Pick: Jordan Reed: Don’t get me wrong Reed is a great athlete and player, but I question why the Redskins made this pick. They currently have three tight ends on the roster (Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul). While Davis is coming off an injury, it is not likely that either of the three will be cut. Reed has gotten comparison’s to New England’s Aaron Hernandez, however with many other needs I feel the team could have gone elsewhere with this pick.
Surprise Pick: Chris Thompson: Thompson is an oft injured running back with a ton of talent. The surprise here isn’t a running back selection by Shanahan, its selecting a player who in the last two years has broken a vertebrae in his back and had major knee surgery. While it is the 5th round, Shanahan has notoriously picked gems late in the draft. I just question the player, not so much the position of the pick.
OVERALL GRADE: B+
Round 1 (Pick 20) Kyle Long G Oregon
Round 2 (Pick 50) Jon Bostic LB Florida
Round 4 (Pick 117) Khaseem Greene OLB Rutgers
Round 5 (Pick 163) Jordan Mills T LA Tech
Round 6 (Pick 188) Cornelius Washington OLB Georgia
Round 7 (Pick 236) Marquess Wilson WR Wash St.
Analysis: The Bears had to strike early at guard due to how the draft went in the early parts of round 1. Long will most likely start right away, upgarding a very poor offensive line. I was surprised they waited until round 5 to get any sort of offensive tackle, they could definitely use more quality depth. Bostic is a very strong pick and should step in and help right away with Brian Urlacher no longer around. Washington will most likely come in to go after the QB and Greene adds quality depth to the linebacker corps. Wilson is a tall receiver, but like most in the 7th round are project players that you just take a chance on. Considering the lack of picks and the amount of needs the Bears should have done some trading to gather more picks.
Best Pick: Jon Bostic: Bostic is a great draft pick at #50. He fills the role that the departed Urlacher filled and played in the SEC so he is used to playing at a high level. While he isn’t used to the passing level of the NFC North, he will be eased into the passing down role and will thrive in Chicago’s defensive style.
Questionable Pick: Khaseem Greene: Greene is a great player, but the run on Rutgers players in this draft is beyond normal. Sure Rutgers had an ok season, but do you really need an outside linebacker in the 4th round more than you do offensive line depth or another receiving option? With the amount of talent still left on the board, I have to wonder why they went in this direction.
Surprise Pick: Kyle Long: Long was by far one of the bigger surprises of the first round. The Bears need offensive line help, however they should have traded back a bit to draft him. While he will jump right in and most likely start for the Bears, an extra pick or two for a team with many needs would have been helpful. Long could be a steal here, but as of now a big time surprise.
OVERALL GRADE: C
Round 1 (Pick 5): Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU
Round 2 (Pick 4): Darius Slay, CB, Miss St.
Round 3 (Pick 3): Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
Round 4 (Pick 35): Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina
Round 5 (Pick 32): Sam Martin, P, Appalachian St.
Round 6 (Pick 3): Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia Tech
Round 6 (Pick 31): Theo Riddick, RB, Notre Dame
Round 7 (Pick 5): Michael Williams, TE, Alabama
Round 7 (Pick 39): Brandon Hepburn, LB, Florida A&M
The Detroit Lions took advantage of a deep cornerback draft to pass over the drafts best (Dee Milliner) and select a pass rusher who should have an immediate impact (Ansah). They grabbed a potential starting corner in the second (Slay) and then shored up the O-line and receiver position later on in the draft. Riddick could result in a being a steal of the draft, he has the talent and ability to be a good back up for Bush and Leshoure. Fuller could fix the woes of not having a solid second passing option, but time will tell.
Best Pick: Ziggy Ansah: Ansah will help provide pressure to the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler. He will make the jobs of the defensive backs much easier and will help create longer downs. Being able to grab a pass rushing end will give teams a fit while trying to figure out how to deal with Ansah and Ndamukong Suh.
Questionable Pick: Larry Warford: I only question the pick because solid guards can be found anywhere in the draft. I understand the Lions have had some character issues in the past, but with a Keenan Allen still on the board here, I have to question why they didn’t find that suitable #2 receiver. Nothing against Warford, he should be a solid NFL lineman, but for a team needing another target, I just figured Allen would be the guy.
Sleeper Pick: Theo Riddick: The Lions signed Reggie Bush in the off-season, but Bush won’t be returning any kicks. Leshoure will be the primary change of pace back splitting time, but Riddick could slide in as a return man and slowly get involved in the offense. Reggie Bush doesn’t tend to play 16 games every year so Riddick will get his chances, question is can he capitalize on them.
Overall Draft Grade: B+
GREEN BAY PACKERS:
Round 1 (Pick 26): Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Round 2 (Pick 61): Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Round 4 (Pick 109): David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado
Round 4 (Pick 122): J.C. Tretter, OT, Cornell
Round 4 (Pick 125): Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
Round 5 (Pick 159): Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
Round 5 (Pick 167): Josh Boyd, DE, Miss St.
Round 6 (Pick 193): Nate Palmer, LB, Illinois St.
Round 7 (Pick 216): Charles Johnson, WR, Grand Valley St
Round 7 (Pick 224): Kevin Dorsey, WR, Maryland
Round 7 (Pick 232): Sam Barrington, LB, South Florida
Analysis: The Packers had one of the steals of the draft in running back Eddie Lacy slipping to them in the second round. He finally brings a running game presence to the team. Jones looks like a monster and will help to terrorize the quarterbacks on the schedule. They shored up the O-line depth in the 4th with two tackles as well as taking a potential steal in Hyde. They lost Jennings and Driver so drafting 2 wr’s is no surprise. If one of them make it I wouldn’t be shocked.
Best Pick: Eddie Lacy RB Alabama
Lacey is the answer to the Packers running back woes. He brings tremendous power to a team who’s been trying to find a back like him since they won the Super Bowl. Not only is he a great runner, but he can pass protect and catch routs out of the backfield
Sleeper Pick: David Bakhtiari OT Colorado
For a 4th round pick Bakhtiari could provide huge value to a team that has been dismal protecting Aaron Rodger’s blindside. He’s versatile, athletic, and can be an immediate rotational tackle that can develop into a pretty good pass protector.
Boom/Bust Pick: Datone Jones DE UCLA
Many suspected the Packers to take a running back in the first round so it was a shock when they selected Jones. Jones can be a 3-4 edge end who can help with run support, and can move inside when the Pack switch to Nickel or Dime situations. He’s physical and has the intangibles but took a Medical Redshirt at UCLA due to a broken foot. With injuries already a concern on the D-Line this could come back and bite them in the rear
Overall Grade: B+
Round 1 (Pick 23): Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Round 1 (Pick 25): Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida St.
Round 1 (Pick 29): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Round 4 (Pick 23): Gerald Hodge, OLB, Penn St.
Round 5 (Pick 22): Jeff Locke, P, UCLA
Round 6 (Pick 28): Jeff Baca, OG, UCLA
Round 7 (Pick 7): Michael Mauti, LB, Penn St.
Round 7 (Pick 8): Travis Bond, OG, UNC
Round 7 (Pick 23): Everett Dawkins, DT, Florida St.
Analysis: The Vikings had one of the best drafts this year. They got lucky and both Floyd (potential top 5 pick) and Rhodes (some rated as the #2 corner) slipped to them in the later end of the first round. They also traded back into the first round and nabbed a top notch wide receiver to help complement Greg Jennings. They added a pair of linebackers and guards for depth. The one pick that keeps them from receiving an A+ is the pick of a punter in the 5th round. They have a solid punter in Chris Kluwe, but with his outspoken behavior, it makes sense to bring in someone else. I just don’t think a 5th round pick is worth a punter.
Best Pick: Shariff Floyd: Whenever you get a player that was mocked in most people’s top 5 at 23, you have the steal of the draft. Floyd fills a huge void in the middle and should help the defense stop the opposing teams run attack. The Vikings made the playoffs last year and significantly improved, Floyd should help the team challenge the Packers for the division title.
Questionable Pick: Jeff Locke:Anytime a punter is selected before the 7th round it is questionable to me. The team already has Kluwe and with the depth in the draft at certain positions, they could have added some depth to the defense. Even if Locke makes the roster, how many other teams were going to pick him in the next few dozen picks?
Sleeper Pick: Cordarrelle Patterson: I see Patterson as a sleeper pick because he is the teams 4th offensive option. No one expects huge production out of Patterson, but he could have a major impact. Jennings and Kyle Rudolph are the top 2 passing options and Adrian Peterson will get a bulk of the offensive snaps as well, anything that Patterson can add will be a huge plus.
Overall Grade: A
Round 1 (Pick 22): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Round 2 (Pick 60): Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
Round 4 (Pick 127): Malliciah Goodman, DE, Clemson
Round 4 (Pick 133): Levine Toilolo, TE, Stanford
Round 5 (Pick 153): Stansly Maponga, DE, Texas Christian
Round 7 (Pick 243): Kemal Ishmael, DB, Central Florida
Round 7 (Pick 244): Zeke Motta, S, Notre Dame
Round 7 (Pick 249): Sean Renfree, QB, Duke
Best Pick: This was a pretty cut-and-dry draft for Atlanta, so it’s no surprise that their best pick was their first pick. Desmond Trufant filled a big need at cornerback, and probably could have gone in the top 15.
Questionable Pick: Malliciah Goodman, DE, Clemson. Although, it’s not the player that’s questionable- it’s when the position itself was addressed. Atlanta’s pass rush needed a major boost, yet for some reason they waited until the fourth round to address their defensive end situation.
Surprise Pick: This wasn’t a draft class that had a lot of surprises, so the closest thing would probably be the fact that Atlanta double-dipped at cornerback, spending their first two picks addressing that position. After trading up for Desmond Trufant in the first round, it was a bit surprise to see them snag Robert Alford in the second round, even if he did provide great value and depth at a position that Atlanta needed to shore up after losing Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson this offseason.
Overview/Grade: All in all, this was a reasonably solid draft class for Atlanta. They shored up their defensive backfield with a slew of prospects, and even found a developmental project at tight end (Levine Toilolo) in the fourth round to groom behind Tony Gonzalez. However, they waited far too long to add a pass rusher, and probably should have added offensive line help at some point. Falcons Draft Grade: B-
1st round (14th overall) Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
2nd round (44th overall) Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
4th round (108th overall) Edmund Kugbila, G, Valdosta State
5th round (148th overall) AJ Klein, LB, Iowa State
6th round (182nd overall) Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
Best Pick: Star Lotulelei
When Lotulelei fell to the Panthers at 14, new GM David Gettleman wasted no time in selecting the Utah product. Star is that hole-plugging tackle that the Panthers have been missing for the last few years and the happiest player on the defense is recently named Defensive Rookie Player of the Year Luke Kueckly.
Sleeper Pick: Kenjon Barner
Barner comes to the Panthers by way of Oregon, the alma matter of Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart. Barner’s exceptional speed and at a 6th round pick could be a huge steel provided he can overcome the Panthers log jam on the Depth Chart at the position.
Boom/Bust Pick: Kawann Short
Short can play the 3 technique and the Panthers haven’t had a good tackle to play the technique since Kris Jenkins. The only question with Short is can he stay on the field without having to come off play after play. If he can work on his conditioning, the Panthers may have found their 1-2 punch in the middle of the Front Seven for years to come.
Overall Grade: B+
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS:
Round 1 (Pick 15): Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Round 3 (Pick 13): Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Round 3 (Pick 20): John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
Round 5 (Pick 11): Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma
Round 6 (Pick 15): Rufus Johnson, DE, Tarleton St.
Analysis: The Saints struck out here in this draft. They needed to rebuild a defense and did very little to accomplish that. Vaccaro was too good to pass on and the team needed a playmaker at safety. Jenkins is great value in the third round to be the nose tackle of a defense switching to a 3-4 scheme. They needed a pass rusher to help with the 3-4 switch and didn’t get one. Armstead will help the O-line problems but should have been used on a pass rusher. Stills could have an impact, but the offense doesn’t need anymore help at the play making spots.
Best Pick: John Jenkins: They got exactly what they needed in a 3-4 nose tackle with the near 350 pound Jenkins. He will be a force up the middle and should disrupt many teams running abilities. Most teams struggle to find a solid nose tackle when switching to a 3-4 defense, the Saints did get it right with this pick.
Questionable Pick: Terron Armstead: There were plenty of pass rushers available with this pick, yet they chose to go offense. Brees can make things happen, as can Darren Sproles, but if the defense doesn’t start making stops the team will most likely not see the Super Bowl again. Nothing against Armstead, the pick should have just been used in a different position.
Sleeper Pick: Kenny Stills: The Oklahoma wide out should help the offense early on. He slipped in the draft, as did his quarterback Landry Jones, due to a down season. There was talk last year that Stills would be a day 2 selection. With the way that the Saints air the ball out, Stills should get plenty of opportunities to show he’s worth the pick.
Overall Grade: C-
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS:
2nd round (43rd overall) Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
3rd round (73rd overall) Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State
4th round (100th overall) Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois
4th round (126th overall) William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
5th round (147th overall) Steven Means, LB, Buffalo University
6th round (189th overall) Mike Jame,s RB, Miami (FL)
Best Pick: Derelle Revis
Yes I know he was not drafted but giving up the 13th overall selection plus a couple other picks to get arguably the best corner in the NFL is far better than any draft pick they selected. Provided his knee is 100% opposing players will get lost on Revis Island despite the new location
Sleeper Pick: Mike Glennon
Look, Glennon at one point in time was projected to be the 2nd quarterback taken behind Geno Smith. Well he was the 2nd QB taken but not behind Geno Smith. Glennon has the arm strength to make all the NFL throws and despite his inability to show consistency, look for him to do well if called upon in a time of struggle from Josh Johnson
Boom/Bust Pick: Johnthan Banks
Once labeled the 2nd best cornerback in the Draft, Banks had a far from stellar Combine and was overshadowed by teammate Darius Slay (who was drafted earlier in the round). He’s got the skills to play the position in the NFL and can learn from Revis, but if he performs like he did at the Combine, its good bye. And you can take that to the “Banks”.
Overall Grade: B-
Round 1 (Pick 7) Jonathan Cooper, G, UNC
Round 2 (Pick 45) Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
Round 3 (Pick 69) Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
Round 4 (Pick 103) Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
Round 4 (Pick 116) Earl Watford, G, James Madison
Round 5 (Pick 140) Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
Round 6 (Pick 174) Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
Round 6 (Pick 187) Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson
Round 7 (Pick 219) D.C. Jefferson, TE, Rutgers
Analysis: The Cardinals made a solid upgrade at guard drafting Jonathan Cooper and Earl Watford. While Watford may just be a backup, depth is key for the offensive line. Kevin Minter was mocked in the first round by many and was a steal in the second round. Grabbing Taylor as a backup is a solid late pick. Ryan Swope is another great late pick up, however he has to stay healthy. He will be a great addition to Larry Fitzgerald. Okafor will strengthen the pass rush in a division with top rated QBs. The “Honey Badger” pick was interesting. They do need help in the secondary, however taking Mathieu over some that were available is head scratching. If he is over his past issues and is back to just playing then he will be a great addition.
Best Pick: Kevin Minter: Minter was slated to go a little bit earlier in the draft so the Cardinals got great value on this second round pick. He will step right in and start for this team. The defense played great early on last year, the offenses struggles left them on the field too long most games. This year, the defense will be tested against a tougher division, but should withstand the test with Minter’s help.
Questionable Pick: Tyrann Mathieu: This pick was going to be the most questionable pick no matter who took him. He is a big time red flag and risk. With everything that has come out about him over the last few weeks, the Cardinals will have to have him on a short leash. He was a great playmaker in college, however the question of will he be able to stay on the field looms.
Surprise Pick: Jonathan Cooper: I am shocked that the Cardinals passed on Chance Warmack at #7. Not to diminish the abilities of Cooper, most (along with myself) had Cooper rated as the #2 guard. He will fill in nicely and should start right off the bat. His abilities are unquestioned, just not who everyone thought would be at the podium wearing a Cardinals hat.
Overall Grade: B+
ST. LOUIS RAMS:
Round 1 (Pick 8): Tavon Austin, WR, WVU
Round 1 (Pick 30): Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Round 3 (Pick 9): T.J. McDonald, S, USC
Round 3 (Pick 30): Stedman Bailey, WR, WVU
Round 4 (Pick 16): Barrett Jones, OG, Alabama
Round 5 (Pick 16): Brandon McGee, CB, Miami
Round 5 (Pick 27): Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt
Not only did the Rams take the best Wide Receiver in the Draft but they also selected his friend and fellow Mountaineer Stedman Bailey. Adding Barrett Jones to help with the Offensive Line is a big plus too.
Best Pick: Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
Sam Bradford needs weapons now that Danny Ammendola has departed for Tom Brady-Land. Austin was the best receiver in the draft and will bring the Rams one step closer to recreating the “Greatest Show on Turf.” Sam Bradford is a happy man!
Sleeper Pick: Zac Stacy RB Vanderbilt
With Steven Jackson now running on turf somewhere else (Atlanta to be specific), the Rams needed new legs in the backfield and they got a steel in Zac Stacy. Stacy was a big part in the resurgence of the Vandy football program who is a smaller Steven Jackson-type player who can finish drives. Look for this kid to be a productive 5th round pick
Boom/Bust Pick: Alec Ogletree LB Georgia
I don’t know what it is about Jeff Fisher but he always seems to take kids with off the field issues and Ogletree is no different. After taking Jenoris Jenkins last season, and Adam “Pacman Jones” when he coached in Tennessee, Fisher takes Ogletree with Rams’ second 1st round pick. One of the best linebackers in this Draft Class, Ogletree was arrested before the Combine which drove his stock way down. It seems that Fisher keeps selecting from this “Island Of Misfit Toys” time and time again but if he can turn Alec’s life around, the Rams will get yet another talented football player to help their defense in a stacked NFC West
Overall Grade: A
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS:
Round 1 (Pick 18): Eric Reid, FS, LSU
Round 2 (Pick 8): Cornelius Carradine, DE, Florida St.
Round 2 (Pick 23): Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
Round 3 (Pick 26): Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn
Round 4 (Pick 31): Quinton Patton, WR, La Tech
Round 4 (Pick 34): Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
Round 5 (Pick 24): Quinton Dial, DE, Alabama
Round 6 (Pick 12): Nick Moody, OLB, Florida St
Round 7 (Pick 31): B.J. Daniels, QB, South Florida
Round 7 (Pick 40): Carter Bykowski, OT, Iowa St.
Round 7 (Pick 46): Marcus Cooper, CB, Rutgers
The 49ers had a few holes after losing some players to free agency, but they addressed them very quickly in the draft. Eric Reid fills the gap at free safety while Vance McDonald could be the back up tight end out of the gate. Quinton Patton could be a return man, but will bring more impact to the receiver position than Ted Ginn Jr. Carradine and Lemonier will help with the rotation and pressure the opposing quarterback, while the pick of Lattimore will prove to be a big time hit or miss.
Best Pick: Eric Reid
Reid will step in right away and start for the 49ers. Free safety was about the biggest hole on the team after Goldson left for Tampa Bay. He will get tested plenty and often at the back end of this defense, especially with playing 6 games against Seattle, Arizona and St. Louis. He should be noticeably from day one on defense and should be a mainstay for the next 10-12 years.
Sleeper Pick: Marcus Lattimore
I don’t think anyone is surprised that Lattimore is a sleeper pick, the 49ers were a team that was smart enough to take the risk. Had he not been hurt, Lattimore would have been a top 5 draft pick. While his injury was quite gruesome, he will follow a plan to recovery and will be back out on the field as soon as he is cleared. As for now it’s a wait and see, but overall Lattimore could be the man to replace Frank Gore.
Boom/Bust Pick: Cornelius Carradine
“Tank” as some call him, could be a big time steal or a big time bust. I only put him here because he is coming off of a knee injury and not everyone can be Adrian Peterson. If he comes back with the same (or close to the same) burst and pass rush, then he could be one of the top 5 steal’s of the draft. However, if he doesn’t regain what he once had, he could be a big time bust being picked so high in the draft.
Overall Grade: A
Round 2 (Pick 30): Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
Round 3 (Pick 25): Jordan Hill, DT, Penn St.
Round 4 (Pick 26): Chris Harper, WR, Kansas St.
Round 5 (Pick 4): Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Round 5 (Pick 5): Tharold Simon, CB, LSU
Round 5 (Pick 25): Luke Wilson, TE, Rice
Round 6 (Pick 26): Spencer Ware, RB, LSU
Round 7 (Pick 14): Ryan Seymour, OG, Vanderbilt
Round 7 (Pick 25): Ty Powell, DE, Harding
Round 7 (Pick 35): Jared Smith, DT, New Hampshire
Round 7 (Pick 36): Michael Bowie, OT, NE Oklahoma St.
Analysis: The Seahawks had a questionable draft. They got some good value picks (Williams and Powell) but then took a running back early (Michael) with Marshawn Lynch on the roster still. The team needs a back up QB and didn’t draft one in a draft that saw QBs drop significantly. It is hard to gauge later picks (8 picks in the 5th round or later) but all in all I don’t see this being a good draft class for the Seahawks.
Best Pick: Jesse Williams: Williams was mocked to go much higher, is a beast inside and somehow slipped all the way back to the 4th round. Williams could push for a starting role with the Seahawks and will definitely have a significant role from day 1.
Questionable Pick: Christine Michael: Marshawn Lynch has been dominate in his stay with the Seahawks. To draft a “change of pace back” or a backup in the 2nd round with no first round pick is surprising. The team doesn’t have a ton of holes, but they could have drafted a tight end, pass rusher or even traded back for more picks. Michael would have been available a few picks later and the team could have picked something else up in the process. With the corner depth, the Seahawks could have made their secondary impossible to pass on with a 2nd round corner as well.
Sleeper Pick: Ty Powell: With Chris Clemons most likely missing a big chunk of the year with a knee injury, Powell will have a shot to make the team. Powell, a high school QB, showed his potential in the combine and could be one of the speed rushers that the Seahawks like.
Overall Grade: C
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Ever since surgery on his mangled knee this offseason, Robert Griffin III’s recovery has been public discussion. Both his coach, Mike Shanahan, and the operating surgeon who fixed his knee, Dr. James Andrews, have publicly come out and said how well he’ll come back from the procedure. Saturday at the Redskins’ draft party, RGIII took the stage and put on a bit of a show for the fans, showing how his recovery has gone. Jumping around, doing jumping jacks as well as walking with no visible limp. He told the fans “I’m good. You saw me jumping…We’re going to bounce on next year, too. Everybody start jumping, baby. Let’s go!” Yes, NFC East, that means you!
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