Friday, April 23, 2010

About last night ...

Sorry about abandoning the live feed. Dinner was just too awesome. If you really care about my opinion, here’s what I think of the first round.

1 St. Louis Rams Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma
Really their only choice. They had no QB, there were none on the trade or free agent horizons, Tebow’s a project and Clausen’s a jerk

2 Detroit Lions Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska
He’s a hair lighter than I prefer, but has extraordinary potential

3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gerald McCoy DT Oklahoma
Almost as good as Suh, fills a need

4 Washington Redskins Trent Williams T Oklahoma
Another pick for an obvious need, but I’m not sure he’s better than Okung

5 Kansas City Chiefs Eric Berry S Tennessee
Interesting. There is no doubt Berry is a good player and the Chiefs’ safeties are subpar, but I thought they had other, more pressing needs

6 Seattle Seahawks Russell Okung T Oklahoma State
Looks like he walks in and starts for a decade

7 Cleveland Browns Joe Haden CB Florida
Haden’s NFL readiness could move newly acquired Sheldon Brown to free safety making both positions better, or they could get Taylor Mays and have three starting-quality corners and a safety

8 Oakland Raiders Rolando McClain ILB Alabama
They always surprise me; but he's a very good player apparently will help them transition to 3-4

9 Buffalo Bills C.J. Spiller HB Clemson
Don’t get me wrong, I like Spiller, but who’s the QB? The LT? The “other” WR? The TE? They already have two 1,000-yard rushers on their roster, so why add him? I feel sorry for him

10 Jacksonville Jaguars Tyson Alualu DT California

11 San Francisco 49ers (from Chicago via Denver) Anthony Davis T Rutgers
Nice; with Martz gone and some real protection, now Alex Smith will develop

12 San Diego Chargers (from Miami) Ryan Mathews HB Fresno State
They needed a back, but is he the guy? And did trading up hinder their ability to get the NT they need even more?

13 Philadelphia Eagles (from San Francisco via Denver) Brandon Graham DE Michigan
Good pick, they really needed him

14 Seattle Seahawks (from Denver) Earl Thomas S Texas
Bad secondary gets better, wonder how Taylor Mays feels about his old coach grabbing Thomas

15 New York Giants Jason Pierre-Paul DE South Florida
They live and die by the rush, and rolled the dice on this talented underachiever

16 Tennessee Titans Derrick Morgan DE Georgia Tech
Need pick, looks to have the stuff

17 San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina) Mike Iupati G Idaho
Wow, Smith and Frank Gore must be delighted

18 Pittsburgh Steelers Maurkice Pouncey C Florida
Did what they had to do

19 Atlanta Falcons Sean Weatherspoon OLB Missouri
Nice addition to rapidly improving defense

20 Houston Texans Kareem Jackson CB Alabama
You knew they’d get a CB or a HB here, and they can get a quality big back tonight

21 Cincinnati Bengals Jermaine Gresham TE Oklahoma
I really thought Dez had found a home in the Midwest for a moment, but this actually makes more sense

22 Denver Broncos (from New England) Demaryius Thomas WR Georgia Tech
I wouldn’t worry about his route-running if they keep the same offense; they needed a big, imposing wideout and he looks the part

23 Green Bay Packers Bryan Bulaga T Iowa
Fell into their laps; will start for a decade at least

24 Dallas Cowboys (from Philadelphia via Denver and New England) Dez Bryant WR Oklahoma State
Ah, controversy thy name is Jerry (and not Langton), should work out though

25 Denver Broncos (from Baltimore) Tim Tebow QB Florida
What’s life without risk? I admire them for this pick; heck, he’s already better than Brady Quinn

26 Arizona Cardinals Dan Williams DT Tennessee
Just like Bulaga: Great player at need position falls to them by sheer luck, like all NTs, though, you have to keep your eyes on his belly

27 New England Patriots (from Dallas) Devin McCourty CB Rutgers
Makes sense for them, he’ll work out fine, starts on specials where they need him

28 Miami Dolphins (from San Diego) Jared Odrick DE Penn State
Not a bad player at all for a 3-4 end, but where will he play with Starks, Langford and Merling all ahead of him at end? And where’s the NT?

29 New York Jets Kyle Wilson CB Boise State
Good player, from North Jersey, helps at nickel or if Antonio Cromartie runs into trouble

30 Detroit Lions (from Minnesota) Jahvid Best HB California
Awesome pick, they are really putting something together there

31 Indianapolis Colts Jerry Hughes DE TCU
More on him later

32 New Orleans Saints Patrick Robinson CB Florida State
Like him, like the pick

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