2010 NFL Draft Thoughts

Saturday, April 24, 2010

20 Thoughts at the Conclusion of the NFL Draft

The following are 20 thoughts that I have at the conclusion of this year’s NFL Draft.
  1. GMs do not want to draft a QB for “the next guy”. As a result, if they don’t think the QB is ready at this moment, they will continually slide down in the draft. I am still stunned by the decision process on Tebow, Clausen, and McCoy.
  2. The Cincinnati Bengals are not getting enough coverage for a great draft. Jermaine Gresham is the best TE in a strong class. 2nd round pick Carlos Dunlap was being considered at the #1 overall pick back in December. Jordan Shipley is the 2nd coming of Wes Welker. 4th round pick Muckelroy is great value. Great draft.”
  3. I was amazed at how many USC Trojans were viewed as not playing to their potential this past year. There was not a single player from the program who overachieved.
  4. Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks had significant improvement. Lyndell White, Leon Washington, and Russell Okung immediately upgrade the running game. Earl Thomas may be an All-Pro as early as this year. I disagree with Trent Dilfer, I love Golden Tate’s strength and YAC abilities. 6th round pick Anthony McCoy was the 2nd best TE in the draft. Matt Hasselback, just stay healthy.
  5. I am constantly amazed by how well the New England Patriots prepare for the future. With 3 additional picks already accumulated for the 2011 draft, they are already controlling next year’s draft.
  6. Congratulations to the Oakland Raiders for a nice draft and a great job acquiring Jason Campbell. Perception is not always reality. His completions, yardage, touchdowns, and QB rating have increased each of his 4 years in the league. Great pick up.
  7. My best drafts are 1. New England Patriots who also get extra credit for having 3 extra picks already for 2011. 2. Baltimore Ravens 3. Seattle Seahawks 4. Cincinnati Bengals 5. Carolina Panthers
  8. Worst Drafts – 1. Jacksonville Jaguars 2. Denver Broncos 3. Pittsburgh Steelers 4. St Louis Rams 5. Chicago Bears
  9. The interaction between Mel Kiper and Todd McShay was phenomenal this year.
  10. Jevan Snead was not drafted. I am reminded that individuals must first be able to gather information and then make quality decisions. He should have never come out.
  11. LeGarrett Blount was not drafted. I am reminded that a bad pivot decision (punching a player and attempting to go into the stands) has led to a series of very difficult strategic decisions.
  12. Urban Meyer knows how to get people ready for the next level.
  13. I love the Patriots drafting Jermaine Cunningham, Brandon Spikes, and Aaron Hernandez from the Florida Gators. Great draft. The networking relationship between Bill Belichek and Urban Meyer is something other coaches should cultivate.
  14. Trent Dilfer is the best analyst on television right now.
  15. Those closest to you determine your level of success. With Head Coach John Fox and his staff, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart at RB, their offensive line, and Steve Smith at WR, Jimmy Clausen is going to be great. If Dwayne Jarrett develops, they could be scary in a couple of years.
  16. I’m wondering where Terrell Owens will land. The Atlanta Falcons would be a nice spot.
  17. If Darren McFadden steps up, the Oakland Raiders could be a wild card team next year.
  18. Tim Tebow will make all Denver Bronco fans forget drafting Tommy Maddox. Kyle Orton will be the starter again next year.
  19. I think this will go down as one of the five best drafts of all time despite the first two QBs taken will be average at best.
  20. Bad character and poor work habits will cost you a minimum of two rounds.

20 Thoughts On Day 1 Of The NFL Draft

The following is a list of thoughts that I have after Day 1 of the NFL Draft.
1. I love the multiple day approach. The extra excitement that is created from trade opportunities and the re-setting of draft boards is palpable. Also, I am looking for a number of veteran players to be traded today.
2. The Detroit Lions scored big with Ndamuong Suh and Jahvid Best. However, I wish they would have kept the 2nd round pick and paired Suh with Terrence Cody. No one would have run on them for a decade.
3. Tampa Bay drafting Gerald McCoy and having 2 2nd rounds picks could solidify their defense for several years.
4. I heard Charlie Casserly today on the NFL Network says he did a 10-year study and discovered that only 50% of 2nd round picks are starting after 4 years.
5. I’m looking for Scott Pioli of the Kansas City Chiefs to make a big splash today with 2 2nd round picks to go with future star Eric Berry.
6. Pete Carroll knows this year’s talent class. Drafting Russell Okung and Earl Thomas was genius. Also, what does this say about Pete Carroll’s evaluation of Taylor Mays?
7. With their offensive line being solidified and getting a full season out of Michael Crabtree, the San Francisco 49ers are my pre-season favorite to win the NFC West.
8. I said on my Twitter account last Fall that Demaryius Thomas reminds me of a young Terrell Owens. However, the Tim Tebow selection is a major head scratcher. It only takes one or two teams to love you to make you a first round pick.
9. I believe that Tim Tebow is a great young man of character and a strong Christian. But so is Colt McCoy. Assuming both have the spiritual element, who is the better QB? Once again, I’m scratching my head.
10. Pride comes before destruction. The only reason I can see that Josh McDaniel drafted Tebow is because of his incredible confidence in himself to develop QBs. Granted, if he does develop Tebow, he will become a legend in this area. If he doesn’t, this will remind Denver fans of when Dan Reeves drafted Tommy Maddox. He will not become a legend. He will become unemployed.
11. Jimmy Clausen should have been drafted by the Cleveland Browns. Minnesota needs to jump all over him with the 34th pick. He is the best QB in this draft.
12. I believe Sam Bradford will be an average NFL QB at best.
13. The NY Jets with now 3 lockdown corners are going to blitz like crazy this year and best the NFL’s funnest team to watch.
14. With the addition of Dez Bryant, the Dallas Cowboys have four quality WRs (2 who are explosive), a Pro Bowl TE, and 3 very good RBs. They will have the NFL’s best offense next year.
15. With 3 2nd round picks and a 3rd, it is time for the NE Patriots to re-stock its defense and get a quality WR to one day replace Randy Moss. Look for Golden Tate or Arrelious Benn to go here.
16. If the Oakland Raiders draft McCoy/Clausen or Tate/Benn at 39, they will be putting together a solid class.
17. I watched ESPN for 90% of last night’s draft. Only Mike Mayock was compelling for the NFL Network. The combination of Young, Jackson, Kiper, McShay and this year’s star Jon Gruden completely compensated for the woeful Chris Berman. Also, if you missed the pre-draft comments by Trent Dilfer and Ron Jaworski on Tebow, they were scathing. “The NFL is not a developmental league.”
18. I would not want to be a Jacksonville Jaguars fan.
19. The 4 undrafted Florida Gators – Carlos Dunlap, Brandon Spikes, Major Wright, and Aaron Hernandez – are all going to make some NFL team very happy one day.
20. Character matters.

Finally, I can’t wait for tonight.

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