||04-26-2013 07:26 AM
First Round Thoughts
What I like;
From 1997, no OG was taken in the top 10 until this year when 2 went. And I really like the fit and value for both teams. The Cardinals offensive line was very poor last year and it would have been easy to see the run on OTs and look elsewhere, but Cooper and Warmack should have been atop their list. Warmack to Tennessee should form a terrific OG pairing with Levitre.
Lane Johnson in Chip Kellyís offense. This guy ran faster than some LBs and TEs and you know Chip Kelly is going to put pressure on opposing defenses by keeping the tempo up. Johnson is also a nasty blocker who can move guys.
Oaklandís first round. Regardless if you thought Hayden deserved such a high spot, the Raiders did and were rumoured to be taking him at 3 if they couldnít trade. Yes they didnít get full value for the trade with Miami, but right now Oakland needs quantity and quality. They got the guy they coveted and added an early 2nd round pick.
Where Sharrif Floyd went. I like Floyd and think he can be a good player, but I really couldnít buy him as a top 3 pick. I had him ranked in the late teens based on his ability to get up field and disrupt, but this is a guy who is a little light, has short arms, can get killed by double teams and lacked production. Upside had him a first round pick. Media had him a top 5 pick.
DeAndre and Andre. Nuke Hopkins in Houston is a terrific fit. This guy is pro ready and can be a great WR. He will be a perfect complement for Andre Johnson who will draw the attention. As things stand he could be my bet for OROTY.
Datone Jones in Green Bay. When the Packers were on the clock I texted my brother saying itís going to be a defensive lineman and hoped it was going to be Margus Hunt so that Jones could fall some more. Jones is just a flat out beast and could be the steal of the draft.
What I didnít like;
Jacksonville taking Joeckel. I understand why they did it however I donít like it. This is a team with a myriad of needs and this wreaks of decision makers trying to create for their below par QB. I think they should know what they have in Gabbert right now. Iím not saying draft a QB in the first but there were guys who could make more impact. Dion Jordan also fits what Gus Bradley likes on defense.
Miami taking Jordan. I just donít see the fit here. Miami are moving to a 43 and already have Cam Wake at DE. Do they project Jordan to be another dominant rusher? Because thatís not what you see on tape.
Jerry Jones losing his mind and thinking it was the third round already. Frederick is a nic player who can block, but the first round was way too high for him. They could have taken a guy like Elam or Cyprien and still taken Frederick with their 2nd pick.
Things that left me scratching my head;
The Jets drafting Sheldon Richardson. I wonít deny it I may have been a little pissed when the Jets drafted Richardson who was my top overall prospect. But I just donít see the fit here...like at all. If the Jets play a 3 man front they have their last 3 first round picks in Richardson, Coples and Wilkerson. Who plays where? Richardson and Wilkerson could play 5 but where does that leave Coples. None of them should be playing the nose. In 4 man fronts Wilkerson moves to DT and obviously so will Richardson, but thatís a relatively light front. Star Lotulelei would have made far more sense at this pick, although if the Jets went off value then it should have been Richardson.
The Patriots moving down when their board available looked like a Christmas wish list. Carradine, Woods, Hunter, Taylor, Elam, Patterson, Allen all available and all at positions of need. Although itís not so much the Pats moving down that surprised me, a blind man could have seen it coming with their lack of picks. It was the package the Vikings gave up. A 2, 3, 4 and 7 is a lot of picks. It puts the Patriots in position to wheel and deal today, but it pretty much ends Minnesotaís draft with Floyd, Rhodes and Patterson, which I suppose is a pretty nice haul overall.
1. Cornellius Carradine
2. Geno Smith
3. Arthur Brown
4. Jamar Taylor
5. Matt Barkley
6. Robert Woods
7. Keenan Allen
8. Damontre Moore
9. Zach Ertz
10. Jordan Poyer