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Miami Better Be Right About Ryan Tannehill

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When the Miami Dolphins hand in their eighth overall pick to commissioner Roger Gooddell I hope for their sake that the name Ryan Tannehill isn’t on it.

Listen Miami, I know you’ve had a bad winter and spring. I know you missed out on Peyton Manning, I know Matt Flynn said no thanks to you, but is that still reason to reach for a QB most people didn’t have in the first round at number 8?

Here’s a few a things that you should know about Tannehill:

He’s 6-5, has a strong arm, is pretty athletic and can put up yards.

He also can’t read coverages, he’s also a poor decision maker, he’s only been a QB for 2 years (was a receiver at Texas A&M). He cant hold a lead (remember the Oklahoma State and Arkansas games?) he’s terrible under pressure and most important Miami is that you’re trying to talk yourselves into him.

Are you really sure that Tannehill is the guy that you want to be your QB of the future? Are you positive that he’s not Chad Henne 2.0? Is he really better than Brandon Weeden or Russell Wilson (yeah he’s 5-11 but if he was 6-2 he’d be the number three pick in the draft… Seriously)?

Aren’t there other areas that you could improve in while this year and get a better QB next year (Andy Murray and Matt Barkley are light years better than Tannehill)?

Why not draft Melvin Ingram or Michael Floyd? Why not trade back and get Jonathan Martin to protect a QB?

The Dolphins need so much help in so many areas that drafting a QB no one is sure about may be a waste of time.

If you draft the wrong QB you’re setting yourself back years. Everyone knows the the Dolphins won’t be good anytime soon so why are you in a hurry to draft a subpar QB?

Look, if you think Tannehill’s the man for you then by all means snatch him up. However, you better be very sure about this.

The Lions set themselves back five years with Joey Harrington, the Cardinals are losing time with Kevin Kolb, and the Bills wasted three years with Trent Edwards and aren’t sure about Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Quarterback is the hardest position to judge in this league and you better right or face major consequences if you’re not.

If I were the Dolphins I wouldn’t take Ryan Tannehill and miss out on other future prospects. However, if that’s your guy you want then take him.

Just remember all of the QB’s you’ve run through since Dan Marino, all of the failures you’ve had on the field and all of the areas that you need help in.

Now double check that card and hand it over to the commish.

Don’t make the wrong choice Miami, your immediate future depends on it.


Far From Burfict

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I’ll be honest with you, I’ve barely seen Vontaze Burfict play in college.

It’s not the east coast bias, it’s not that I didn’t care, it’s just that Arizona State games were never really on my radar. All I know is that their new unis make Maryland’s look like trash.

Well after the NFL combine this weekend and there are two things I have to say about him; 1, I wouldn’t pick this guy for my intramural flag football team and 2, dude grow up.

Burfict makes DeMarcus Cousins look like the pope. There were so many red flags proven correct about Burfict this weekend it made you wonder how the hell this guy was a top prospect to begin with.

His on the field performance was pathetic he was in the bottom five of most drills performed on the field. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.93 and 5.10 seconds… AS A 6-1 248 POUND LINEBACKER!!!

For perspective Memphis DT Dontari Poe ran the 40 at a 4.86 and is 100 pounds heavier the Burfict… Huh?

(side note: because of Poe’s jaw dropping weekend in Indy he is now a possible top ten pick even though he played on a crappy team and had not one standout game in his career. I hate the combine.)

However, the worst part about Burfuct came in the interview process where he threw everyone under the bus for his shortcomings.

When asked about his lackluster play last year he said it was the coaches fault, ignoring the fact that he came into the season overweight and not in game shape. When asked about a fight with a walk-on teammate he said it was the receivers fault for hitting him too hard in practice… I won’t even touch that.

(at least Cliff Harris had a sense of humor with his arrest saying that being caught driving 125 mph was “fun.” Actually that was stupid too but I got a laugh out of it.)

The point is who would take this guy. He’s not a great athlete and is still learning how to be a man. His deflect of criticism and childish mannerisms along with the fact that he is in no way ready to be an NFL linebacker from a athletic standpoint makes him untouchable and not in a good way.

The only teams that could take Burfict are ones with a great leadership base that could whip him into shape in all senses of that phrase.

The New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers are the only teams who have a realistic shot of getting through to this guy, but why would they?

They’re perennial contenders who are very focused on their jobs. They don’t need to babysit the new guy in the locker room because that’s what they’re about.

The only thing Burfict can do is work at who he is on and off the field himself. Burfict’s imperfections were on display for all to see this weekend and they knocked him from a first-round pick to a fourth-round pick.

In order to keep from slipping into oblivion he needs to grow up and prove that he can be an NFL professional.

Because right now it’s a head scratcher as to how he ever became anything in college.


One Ridiculous NIght

Good luck with this one Carolina.

I really don’t want to talk about the first round of last night’s NFL draft. It was the most ridiculous first round in the history of the league.

The questions left unanswered, the constant reaching for draft picks, the fact that Daquan Bowers is still on the board and Jake Locker is off of it.

You know what? Forget the introduction let’s just get into it:

1. CAROLINA PANTHERS- CAM NEWTON, QB, AUBURN

They should’ve taken Marcel Daerus instead because he’s ready to make an impact now while Newton is still a work in progress. Also why take the bigger, blacker version of Jimmy Clausen? Highly-touted, arrogant and filled with question marks.

2. DENVER BRONCOS- VON MILLER, LB, TEXAS A&M

On a scale of one to ten how happy do you think John Fox is right now? A definite upgrade for a poor defense.

3. BUFFALO BILLS- MARCEL DAERUS, DT, ALABAMA

Paul Pozluszny you’re welcome.

4. CINCINATTI BENGALS- A.J. GREEN, WR, GEORGIA

The best receiver in the draft goes to a team that really needed defensive line help. The Bengals already have Jordan Shipley, Jermaine Gresham and Chad whatever his name is now, so why more help on the outside. On the other hand you have to like the fact that the Bengals realize that Chad is getting older and won’t be able to be a primary receiver for much longer. But here’s the big question, who’s going to throw them the ball?

5. ARIZONA CARDINALS- PATRICK PETERSON, DB, LSU

Peterson on one side, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the other? Sam Bradford, Pete Carroll, and Jim Harbaugh all puked in their mouths a little bit.

6. ATLANTA FALCONS (FROM CLEVELAND) – JULIO JONES, WR, ALABAMA

The Falcons should file a police report against the Browns for this.

The Falcons traded 5 draft picks in this years and next year’s draft to pick a wide receiver… A WIDE RECEIVER!!! Did they know that they could’ve stayed in that same 27 spot and gotten Jon Baldwin and Greg little who both can actually catch?

(Side Note: did Mike Holmgren hold a gun to the Falcons head to make this trade? Because there is no way that the Falcons could’ve proposed this deal. Well maybe if they were drunk.)

7. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS- ALDON SMITH, DE, MISSOURI

The first time in the draft I asked, is this guy better than Bowers? Also the 49ers taking a guy named A. Smith… not a good sign.

8. TENNESSEE TITANS- JAKE LOCKER, QB, WASHINGTON

Ok, if you like a guy and he’s rated high on your then you take him… but taking a QB that everyone had rated in the late first to second round at number, who is an inaccurate passer and has an injury filled past, c’mon son!

9. DALLAS COWBOYS, TYRON SMITH, OT, USC

The Cowboys find the man to protect Tony Romo’s backside, or the next Flozell Adams.

10. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (FROM WASHINGTON) – BLAINE GABBERT, QB, MISSOURI

A good trade to get the replacement for David Garrard. Also I think Blaine will fit into the L.A. scene perfectly once this team moves.

11. HOUSTON TEXANS- J.J. WATT, DE, WISCONSIN

The Texans get some much needed help for Mario Williams on the other side of the D-line. Now if they could only fix their secondary then they would have a decent defensive unit.

12. MINNESOTA VIKINGS- CHRISTIAN PONDER, QB, FLORIDA STATE

Um… ok… you couldn’t trade down and get him in the early second round where he was going to go?

(At this point in the draft I was so annoyed with teams reaching for quarterbacks, making stupid trades and not drafting Daquan Bowers that I considered slamming my head into a wall. Note to the commissioner, don’t ever hold a draft before free agency ever again.)

13. DETROIT LIONS- NICK FAIRLEY, DT, AUBURN

Did you watch the national title game? Now picture that with Ndamukong Suh… now picture Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and Ponder all wetting themselves.

14. ST. LOUIS RAMS- ROBERT QUINN, DE, NORTH CAROLINA

Yeah, Steve Spagnuolo is really going to let a freak like Quinn slip by him any longer. Yet two question linger; 1. How pissed do you think Sam Bradford was the Jones was gone at 6 and that Danny Amendola is still his number 1 receiver and 2. Is Quinn better than Bowers?

15. MIAMI DOLPHINS- MIKE POUNCEY, C, FLORIDA

Him and Suh together? GULP!

I wanted the Giants to get Pouncey badly, but it’s good that Miami got a good offensive lineman to protect their scaredy cat quarterback.

16. WASHINGTON REDSKINS (FROM JACKSONVILLE) – RYAN KERRIGAN, DE, PURDUE

The Redskins need everything at this point so Kerrigan is a start, but again, is he better than Bowers?

17. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS- NATE SOLDER, OT, COLORADO

Solder had questions about his size but his technique is on point and he should help that aging offensive line immediately.

18. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS- COREY LIUGET, DT, ILLINOIS

A good pick but Prince Amakamura would’ve been better for a poor pass coverage unit that needs a stout cornerback.

19. NEW YORK GIANTS- PRINCE AMAKAMURA, CB, NEBRASKA

Ask me how worried I was that Jerry Reese was going to take another pass rusher… go ahead ask.

Do I like the Amakamura pick? Yeah. With no offensive linemen worth reaching for why not take the second best defensive back in the draft and bolster your pass coverage?

20. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS- ADRAIN CLAYBORN, DE, IOWA

If he replicates what he did at Iowa then Tampa’s defense will be back to the Warren Sapp-Simeon Rice days in no time.

21. CLEVELAND BROWNS (FROM ATLANTA) – PHIL TAYLOR, DT, BAYLOR

The Browns begin rebuilding at every position with the Taylor pick. The first of many gifts from Atlanta at no cost.

(No seriously, I can’t believe Arthur Blank Ok’d that trade. Julio Jones better be the second coming of Jerry Rice or Jesus Christ or the Falcons will pay dearly for this.)

22. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS- ANTHONY COSTANZO, OT, BOSTON COLLEGE

The rebuilding of the offensive line continues with Costanzo. Gotta wonder if they’ll improve that run defense though through free agency… whenever that starts.

23. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES- DANNY WATKINS, OG, BAYLOR

The Eagles under Andy Reid have drafted 39 offensive linemen from 1998-2011… and they had one of the worst offensive lines in the league last year. So really it doesn’t matter that they picked another lineman.

24. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS- CAMERON JORDAN, DE, CALIFORNIA

Somehow he's still available.

He shot up the boards with an impressive workout and pro day, but again, is he really better than Bowers?

(Come on now. I know that there are huge concerns about Bowers knee, but this many teams are worried about it? Bowers was a consensus top pick about two months ago now he’s not even going in the first round. Whoever gets Bowers will get a monster with a gigantic chip on his shoulder.)

25. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS- JON CARPENTER, OG, ALABAMA

So they need offensive line help? Yeah. But who’s he going to block for? Charlie Whitehurst?

26. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS- JON BALDWIN, WR, PITTSBURGH

The Chiefs get Dwayne Bowe’s right hand man who has great skill and hands but is a headache on and off of the field. Todd Haley will either set him straight or stab him in the throat…and that wasn’t a joke.

27. BALTIMORE RAVENS- JASON SMITH, DB, COLORADO

The Ravens had ten minutes to work out a deal with Chicago for this deal and couldn’t get it done and Kansas City leapfrogged them for their pick. I see where Joe Flacco gets his bad decision making under pressure from.

28. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (FROM NEW ENGLANS) – MARK INGRAM, RB, ALABAMA

The Patriots trade for more future picks (shocker) and the Saints draft the underrated Ingram who could be a huge help in the run game.

(Tweet of the night: Reggie Bush: “it’s been fun New Orleans.” For you it has been Reggie, for them it’s been expensive. See ya backing up Darren McFadden in Oakland.)

29. CHICAGO BEARS- GABE CARIMI, OT, WISCONSIN

Jay Cutler had his day made with the All Big Ten lineman. Now if they can only find a receiver or 4.

30. NEW YORK JETS- MUHAMMED WILKERSON, DT, TEMPLE

The one bad thing about watching the draft at a bar with no sound was not being able to hear if the Jets booed their pick or not. Oh well, Wilkerson can’t be any worse than Vernon Gholston.

31. PITTSBURGH STEELERS- CAMERON HEYWARD, DE, OHIO STATE

Because the Steelers really need another front 7 player who’s big, strong and skilled. I hate the Steelers I really do.

32. GREEN BAY PACKERS- DEREK SHERROD, OT, MISSISSIPPI STATE

The possible conversation between Aaron Rodgers and Ted Thompson:

AR: did you see what the Lions did?

TT: yeah.

AR: Ok… so what are you going to do about it?

TT: well there really aren’t any linemen on our board Aaron.

AR: (just staring at Thompson)

TT: ok I’ll do something about it

Rodgers then leaves.

So what did we learn about this draft so far?

Cam Newton is worth all of the problems, Julio Jones is football’s Lebron James, Jake Locker and Christian Ponder’s mediocre college careers were just aberrations and apparently Daquan Bowers isn’t that good.

I’m a combination of intrigued and scared to watch the rest of this draft.


Choose Your QB Wisely

I've got a bad feeling about Cam Newton

Cam Newton will be the number one overall pick. Ryan Mallett is being touted as the best overall QB in the draft. Jake Locker has teams drooling over his physical prowess. Blaine Gabbert will be the second QB taken in the draft.

This is the worst QB pool in the last ten years of the draft. I’m serious.

If these guys are your answers at QB then I want to know how bad your problems are. Am I the only person that doesn’t think that any of these QB’s will be good at all?

I watched all 4 of these guys in college and I wasn’t impressed with any of them except Newton at times and any fool knows that as physically imposing as Newton is he is not an NFL QB right now.

Newton played in a spread offense that was so simplistic that Newton looked like a fool trying to explain it to Jon Gruden on ESPN recently. His explanation that the offense worked on a number system was foolish. I think Gruden is still in shock over that interview.

(Side note: I used to really like Newton. I heard about all of the concerns of character issues and his ego and the possibility of race playing into his criticism and I felt that he was being treated unfairly as a guy that handled himself very well when talk of his pay for play scandal broke.

Then I watched that interview with Gruden and about a million red flags about Newton popped up. From the way he was dressed, to his smile, to his simple explanations about the offensive schemes at Auburn all made me feel uneasy about Newton. He gave off an overly arrogant air about him that completely overshadowed his physical football abilities and made me think that maybe this football thing wasn’t his best option in life.

I know about the stolen laptop, the pay for play scandal and the fact that he may have disobeyed Gene Chizik in the national title game and went for a touchdown instead of positioning for a field goal. But even more recently there was the ESPN interview with Gruden, his talk of being an icon in sports and this weekend he walked out of a news conference with reporters in New York before the draft and changed his hotel room to be away from the other draftees. This is not a number 1 pick; this is a red flag the size of Jordan Hare Stadium. Just sayin.)

Besides Newton look at the other 3 big names being mentioned as the best quarterbacks in the first round of the draft.

If you take Ryan Mallett then you might be seeing this perplexing face a lot

Gabbert also played in a spread offense at Missouri although it was more predicated on passing than running. He was very efficient in the first 7 games of the season but after the huge upset of Oklahoma he played two horrendous games at Nebraska and Texas Tech and wasn’t impressive in the last three games of the regular season either.

Gabbert seems like he’s piggybacking off of the Sam Bradford train in the sense that Bradford also ran a high-powered big 12 offense from the spread and put up big numbers.

The difference is that Bradford had great awareness all over the field, better accuracy and at least to me has a higher IQ.

Gabbert is decent, but he isn’t going to wow anyone at all at the next level and he wont have the same impact that Bradford had unless he has the right receivers around him.

The same goes for Ryan Mallett. Forget the weed smoking incident and other off the field issues for a minute and just look at the Sugar Bowl game versus Ohio State (which wont count in about 3 months once 27 more violation reports come out about Jim Tressel.).

In that game Mallett was indecisive with the ball, routinely overthrew receivers and seemed to wilt under the pressure of the moment. Sure his receivers didn’t help him out by dropping 8 passes, however Mallett wasn’t on target even when they weren’t dropping them.

He has the physical tools to be a good QB (6’7”, powerful arm) but he’s not mobile and is a bit of a head case.

When talking to a couple of Arkansas fans at the Sugar Bowl you could hear the frustration in their voices with his decision making in games like in New Orleans and against Alabama and Auburn in key situations. Is it something that he can grow out of? Maybe but why risk your franchises immediate future on a guy with character concerns and questions about his onions in late game scenarios.

Finally there’s Jake Locker… I DON’T GET WHY EVERYONE LIKES LOCKER SO EFFING MUCH!!!

He’s big, he’s strong, he can run fast and has a big arm… he’s also injury prone, inaccurate, plays down to his competition and makes bad decisions with the ball.

I still dont get the obsession over Locker.

I saw him in his freshman season when there was a big deal made out of him and granted, he looked good, but he never got better. He never made Washington better.  He got them to one bowl game this past year and went 5-16 for 56 yards. Yeah he ran for 83 but will he really do that in the NFL? No.

This class of “top-ranked” QB’s is troubling. I don’t see one of these guys making a big time impact in the league in the immediate future and could eventually flame out. To me the best QB’s in this draft are available at the end of the first round and into the third round.

How can you not like Andy Dalton over any of these QB’s? Dalton won 42 games at TCU including a Rose Bowl. All he does is win. His arm isn’t as strong as the other QB’s (but neither was Aaron Rodgers’s arm) and he’s got red hair (read the USA Today article about how his red hair is a red flag… no seriously.), but he’s a winner. Locker didn’t win as many games as him, nor did Mallett or Newton for that matter even with the National Championship. Dalton looked adversity in the face time and time again and always came out on top. That’s what I like in a QB, a winner and a guy that can handle pressure.

And if you like an athletic quarterback with who can make the leap from a spread offense to a pro-style offense then why not Colin Kaepernick from Nevada?

Unlike Locker and Newton and Gabbert, Kaepernick got better as each year went by. He’s 6’4” and about 230, which makes him the size of Carson Palmer and he’s got Newton’s elusiveness, Locker’s speed and he’s accurate. He made the jump this year from a 58% passer to a 64% passer. Not bad for a guy that operated out of the “pistol”, which hopefully no NFL offense will ever run.

There’s also Christian Ponder who may have the best combination of arm strength and accuracy of any QB in this draft and Greg McElroy who only won a national title at Alabama and played in more big games in 3 years than any other QB in this draft.

So why waste a top pick on a QB that has as many question marks as the top 4 QB’s in this draft do? Why not take Marcel Daerus first overall and improve your defense or take Patrick Peterson? Why set back yourself 5 years with Newton when 80% of the league wouldn’t touch him with a flagpole?

Quarterback is the most important position in this league and you cant make any mistakes when picking one or else it will set you back years. That’s when tonight’s draft rolls around anyone picking Newton, Gabbert, Mallett or Locker will do themselves a great disservice.


Draft Fever

Bradford went number 1 overall, but was it the right choice?

After all of the waiting, breaking down of game footage, deciphering the ins and outs of every possible angle, the constant slurping of Tim Tebow, the NFL Draft is finally here. A three day event where you’re more likely to find a quality starter in the fourth round than the fifth round.

For every Peyton Manning there’s a Tim Couch, Randy Moss’s are lost in between the Freddie Mitchell’s, it’s such a crap shoot that honestly, none of the preceding events mean anything to the draft, or to any one player’s future.

Remember how Todd McShay was lauding out how great JaMarcus Russell’s pro day was, and how scouts marveled at how Kyle Boller could throw a football 60 yards from his knees? Remember how Mike Mamula was a combine darling and it pushed him from the third round to the first found? Do you remember anything about them? No.

That’s what I mean. This whole thing is really a sham because you really don’t know what you’re getting until week 1 of the NFL season. Tim Tebow’s new fantastic throwing motion looks amazing, let’s see how it holds up with Justin Tuck breathing down his neck. Let’s see Jimmy Clausen throw tight spirals facing the Steelers complicated defensive schemes. Any bum off of the street can run a sub 4.7/40 or jump up real high and test their vertical. What do I care that my quarterback can’t lift 225 pounds more than 10 times? As long as he’s not Jay Cutler throwing picks everywhere I don’t care.

It’s stuff like this that makes the NFL draft and the process of the draft so silly. Owners and GM’s actually factor in how C.J. Spiller can catch passes out of a machine and cut with no linebackers chasing him down. It punishes guys like Myron Rolle for taking a year off to become a Rhodes Scholar because it shows disloyalty to a team (when in reality I would take Myron Rolle in the first 30 picks of the NFL draft over half of the players projected to go in the first). It’s this process that has Darrius Heyward-Bey going in the top 7 while Steve Smith of the Giants goes in the middle of the second round.

It also makes for a great time on TV. Watching GM’s scramble to send in picks or trade up for a guy that they feel will put them over the hump is just silly, ridiculous, and good fun. I’m still trying to figure out how the Minnesota Vikings can screw up getting in a pick on time in two consecutive years… WHEN YOU HAVE FIFTEEN MINUTES TO DECIDE ON A PLAYER!!!!

Oh and by the way, that also makes this draft more ridiculous than any other. How can you take ten to fifteen minutes deciding on a player that you’ve scouted watched and made lists for and other options? If I were a GM my draft picks would come in, in no more than 2 minutes, Eli Manning gone? Screw it, take Philip Rivers. It’s simple.

Of course it’s never made to be simple, this year your favorite team’s GM will either a. be smart and pick for his team’s needs, b. pass on a player that will be stellar because of stupid issues, c.  take a gamble on a player that has no business being picked so high, or d. do something completely and utterly stupid. It happens every year, the Jags draft Darrell Harvey at no. 9 when he was a late first rounder (how’s that working out?) everyone passes on Randy Moss, take Heyward-Bey in front of Michael Crabtree or maybe stay put and get Patrick Willis when he somehow falls out of the top ten.

It’ll happen again this year, watch. In a perfect world the teams would draft for their needs and not do something stupid because they feel it’s a more proper pick (like taking Bradford over Ndamukong Suh). If the draft really went the it should it would look something like this:

Note this was started before the draft so it’s been modified to include a little analysis with the actual picks as well:

1. St. Louis Rams: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska (actual pick Sam Bradford)

This guy should've gone number 1.

The problem with picking Suh in this day in age that everyone craves a franchise quarterback. Even though it’s been proven that having that quarterback doesn’t necessarily mean being successful. Steve Spagnolo is a defensive coach; he specializes in making quarterbacks run for their lives. Why not take the best PLAYER in the draft who just so happens to be a defensive juggernaut? Did you see the Texas game? He murdered the offensive line and Colt McCoy. It makes more sense, bet it won’t happen.

2. Detroit Lions: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma (Suh)

No big difference here. Apples to oranges. Either one works in either system.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee (McCoy)

It was too early for the Bucs to get a pass rusher, or wide receiver that Josh Freeman desperately needs, so Berry would make sense as a ball hawk of a DB. McCoy works in helping to stop the run however, no beef there.

4. Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, T, Oklahoma State (Trent Williams)

This is different from the Suh, McCoy comparison. There are concerns that Williams have a problem with his work ethic and that he may not be able to tap into his endless potential, not so for Okung. Okung has been high on everyone’s board since the end of the season and seems to be better suited to jump in and start right away. The main thing is that the Redskins needed to get someone to protect McNabb. Ask Jason Campbell what that line is like.

5. Kansas City Chiefs: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma (Berry)

Matt Cassel is a bum. Period. They need a defensive back, but if there is anyone that needs a franchise QB it’s this team.

6. Seattle Seahawks: Trent Williams, T, Oklahoma (Okung)

Take the best offensive lineman available. With Walter Jones retiring you need a lineman to protect whoever is under center.

7. Cleveland Browns: Earl Thomas, S, Texas (Joe Haden)

Two things about the Haden pick from Thursday night: 1. A reporter said that the Browns were considering taking Kyle Wilson but opted for Haden because he went to Florida whereas Wilson went to Boise State. If you draft a player over another based on school instead of talent, then you’re asking for trouble. Two, my buddy Will’s reaction to the pick. He hates Joe Haden because the Browns just traded picks for Sheldon Brown, and I think he also hates his big ears. That kid has some satellites doesn’t he? (also who the hell was his T-pain looking friend with him? These are your Cleveland Browns, take a overrated defensive back, get a rapper along with it.)

8. Oakland Raiders: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech (Rolando McClain)

OH MY GOD THE RAIDERS ACTUALLY MADE A SMART PICK!!!! I can’t believe that this actually happened.

9. Buffalo Bills: Anthony David, OL, Rutgers (C.J. Spiller)

I think the Bills need a quarterback, but you need a lineman to block for them. The Spiller pick to me was a bit of a reach because you have Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson, the lineman made more sense.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee (Tyson Alualu)

They needed a defensive tackle; they took a guy projected in the second round, tenth… um….

11. Denver Broncos: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State (traded to San Francisco- picked Anthony Davis)

No Brandon Marshall, receiver makes sense, more on this later.

12. Miami Dolphins: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama (traded to San Diego- took Ryan Matthews)

Even with Karlos Dansby they need another linebacker, or pass rusher. Also San Diego didn’t need to jump this high to get Ryan Matthews, he would’ve been there late.

13. San Francisco 49ers: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho (traded to Philadelphia- took Brandon Grahmn)

The 49ers need help everywhere on the offensive line. Badly. They couldn’t run the ball at all last year and Joe Staley is the only decent lineman they got. Taking Davis early and adding Iupati works well for them.

14. Denver Broncos: Jerry Hughes, LB/DE, TCU (traded to Seattle-took Earl Thomas)

More defensive help is necessary. Another pass rusher to help Elvis Dumervil and D.J. Williams is on an island in the middle of that defense.

15. New York Giants: Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas (Jason Pierre-Paul)

This is all i could find on this guy, Jerry what are you doing?

WE NEED LINEBACKERS!!! It’s not even funny. Danny Clark and Gerris Wilkerson are not getting it done and losing Antonio Pierce hurts. Plus the offensive line is getting old and there’s a hole in the middle with Fred Robbins leaving. The team that was a gunshot away from repeating now looks to be the weakest team in the division and getting help in the front lines would be a great help.

(by the way, this Pierre-Paul kid frightens me. First of all he is a juco transfer, started playing football in his junior year of high school and reportedly had a horrible combine. Yet you know how Jerry Reese loves these defensive ends that look like Justin Tuck. I have a bad feeling that we should’ve taken Derrick Morgan.)

16. Tennessee Titans: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, USF (Derrick Morgan)

You’re welcome Jeff Fisher. You’re f****** welcome.

17. Carolina Panther: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame (traded to San Fran- Mike Iupati)

John Fox is another underachieving season from being tossed out of Carolina. So why go with a quarterback that everyone is 50/50 on? Because I think he’s being undervalued. People are putting Clausen in the same class with Brady Quinn but there’s a huge difference. Clausen can handle a huddle and can put the ball in tight spots where you could look at Quinn and no that he wasn’t an NFL quarterback yet due to his lack of recognizing defenses and poor accuracy. Carolina could use help on the defensive line and at wide out, but do you really trust Matt Moore? Really?

18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida (Pouncey)

No brainer her. They need line help, and they get it. (they also need some sanity and need to stop following up the Cincinnati Jail Bengals)

19. Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Grahmn, LB/DE, Michigan (Sean Witherspoon)

Grahmn would’ve fit better because he’s more of a pass rusher than Witherspoon but Witherspoon works well.

20. Houston Texans: Joe Haden (and T-pain), CB, Florida (Kareem Jackson)

Anything would help that pass defense. Yuck!

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Colt McCoy, QB, Texas (Jermaine Gresham)

Cleveland got him, Cincy should've.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: 1. This is way too high to take McCoy and 2. Are you over Carson Palmer? Yes and yes. Let’s face it, Carson Palmer looks like Jesse Palmer right now. He’s never really gotten over his injuries and its more than affected his game. Towards the end of last season Palmer looked like he was going to fall off of the face of the earth. You can’t blame Chad Ochocinco for not being able to get anything against Darrelle Revis, Palmer couldn’t get him the ball because he couldn’t get anything on it. This is Palmer last year to get himself right or Cincinnati is going to have to consider a QB next year. I think they should go with McCoy, not this early but maybe next round to get him ready just in case. (in reality the Gresham pick makes sense because every QB needs a pass catching tight end, if his QB can get the ball to him)

22. New England Patriots: Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State (traded to Denver- took Demaryius Thomas)

In order for the Pats to keep up with the Jets they need to run the football. Lawrence Maroney is a bust and they can’t just throw the ball all over the field and expect to win games. They need a running back to grind it out and get yards on the ground.

23. Green Bay Packers: Bryan Buluga, OL, Iowa (Buluga)

Aaron Rodgers just kissed Ted Thompson. He also asked him to keep drafting offensive linemen.

24.Philadelphia Eagles: Sean Witherspoon, LB, Missouri (traded to Dallas- took Dez Bryant)

Roy Williams pack your bags.

25. Baltimore Ravens: Kyle Wilson, DB, Boise State (traded to Denver- took Tim Tebow… more on this in another article)

Kyle Wilson is a underrated DB, and you know why. Being a Mid-major football player turns people off from you. Yet when you watch the guy play, he can ball. The Ravens need defensive backs like the Orioles need a new owner. Besides Ed Reed that secondary is as weak as you can get.

26. Arizona Cardinals: Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State (Dan Williams)

The fact that Dan Williams fell this far is amazing.

27. Dallas Cowboys: Rodger Saffold, OL, Indiana (traded to New England- took Devin McCourtey)

You need someone once Flozell Adams gets suspended for trying to injure defensive linemen, not that I’m mad at him or anything.

28. San Diego Chargers: Taylor Mays, S, USC (traded to Miami- took Jared Odrick)

Defensive back help is key with Antonio Cromartie gone now.

29. New York Jets: Kareem Jackson, DB, Alabama (Wilson)

For depth only.

30. Minnesota Vikings: Patrick Robinson, DB, Florida State (traded to Detroit- took Jahvid Best)

After the NFC title game, help in the secondary would be nice.

31. Indianapolis Colts: Everson Griffin, DE, USC (Hughes)

I’m pretty sure that Dwight Freeney would love another pass rusher to take the heat off of him.

32. New Orleans Saints: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida (Robinson)

I’m pretty sure the people of New Orleans are happy with whatever they get. Their grateful regardless.

However, it won’t happen like this. Teams will screw up, they’ll draft too high or trade down to make themselves feel smarter than they already are. Someone’s going to get overlooked; someone’s going to make teams pay eventually. I just can’t wait for the games to start again because all of this lead-up to the actual games gets pretty annoying.