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1st Round Thoughts and Musings

So the first round is over with, and after a litte time to reflect, we can analyze it.

-First picks were as expected. Luck, RG3. We knew that. I think it’s the right pick for each team. Luck is as pro ready as you get. RG3 is a great fit for Mike Shanahan (although it could be argued that Luck is the BETTER fit). But we knew this was going to happen for months.

-Browns traded up to get Richardson. Must’ve thought someone was going to trade up. It was the right pick. Richardson is a stud, and some believe he can be better than Adrian Peterson. So we’ll see. If he is what we think he is, then the pick is worth it.

-Minnesota trades back and takes Kalil, who they probably were going to take anyway. So it worked out, plus they get some extra picks. Smart.

-Jacksonville trades up to get Blackmon. Again, smart. They needed weapons for Gabbert.

-Dallas trading up for Morris Claiborne might have been the best move all night. Between him and Brandon Carr, they are set at corner for awhile.

-Tampa takes Mark Barron, which I think is a bit high, because he’s not elite, but Tampa sees him as an anchor for their secondary.

-Dolphins take Tannehill, as expected. Expect some growing pains.

-Keuchly to Carolina. He’s as solid as it gets. I’m guessing they move Jon Beason to weakside?

-Gilmore to Buffalo. He shot up boards. Greg Cosell thought he was the best corner in this draft.

-Dontari Poe to KC. A lot of upside, not a lot of production. Talent is limitless, and if he works out, will be an anchor for their 3-4 there.

-Eagles trade up for Fletcher Cox, who is the best interior pass rusher in the draft. That was smart.

-Floyd goes to the Cardinals, which makes sense, but who protects Kevin Kolb?

-Rams take Brockers. Not his biggest fan, but by trading back, they now have 3 second round picks. Have to make the most of those.

-The big surprise was Bruce Irvin to Seattle. I’m a huge fan of Irvin, but I think 15 is a bit high, especially with Melvin Ingram on the board. He’ll be used in their “Leo” role, which has him looping inside in the “A” gap. He has tremendous burst, and still, really, needs to be coached up. So a lot of potential there. A risk.

-Jets take Coples. I’m guessing they see him as a 5 tech. Coples got a lot of mixed reviews, and he was sliding. Coples has all the talent you could want, the big question is whether he wants it bad enough. We’ll see if Rex can help get it out of him.

-Bengals take Kirkpatrick, which is a good solid pick. He and Leon Hall form a nice combo.

-Getting Melvin Ingram to fall is a coup for the Chargers. Some think he’s the best defensive player in the draft, and the Bolts needed a pass rush boost.

-McClellin to the Bears is interesting, as most had him as a 34 guy. I’m guessing he’ll play 43 DE?

-Kendall Wright to the Titans is a good pick. Him, Kenny Britt, along with Chris Johnson will help Jake Locker a lot.

-Pats trade up twice, take Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower. Both good picks. They needed an infusion of youth on defense, and both guys can get after the passer.

-Browns take Weeden. I guess he’s the QB of the future. Interesting pick he has a good arm.

-Lions take Riley Reiff. Finally get a blindside protector for Stafford, much needed.

-Steelers luck out with DeCastro falling to them. He is a Pro Bowl guard and along with Pouncey, their line is just awesome.

-Texans take Mercilus. I’m not a huge fan of him, I think he was just a better athlete than most in college, but not good enough to do that in the pros. And not a natural fit in a 34.

-Bengals trade down to take Kevin Zeitler. Could’ve had DeCastro, but get an extra pick and take Zeitler, who will still be a good guard.

-Packers take Nick Perry, who I wanted the Giants to take. He and Clay Matthews will form a dangerous pass rush duo.

-The Vikings trade up for Harrison Smith. Interesting. Smith is solid, but I’m not sure if he’s a first round player.

-49ers take AJ Jenkins, which was a surprise. More  of a 2nd or 3rd pick. Stephen Hill might have been a better pick.

-Bucs trade up for Doug Martin, which I think is a home run for them. They have a great offensive line, and Martin will just slide right in and make an impact.

-And now Mr. Wilson. I’m a bit on the fence for this. He has big play ability and he can make guys miss. He can return kicks and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. Playmaker. Very productive, too. He’s a bit undersized, and he’s not an inside back. But remember, Bradshaw can run in the tackles. Wilson can make plays in space, something the Giants haven’t had for a long time. He has a good work ethic, which we love here. He’s super athletic. So a new dimension to this offense. Remember, the Giants had the worst rushing attack in the league last year. I think the big complain is that they passed on Cordy Glenn. Glenn could have been the starting right tackle, or guard. But, there’s a reason Glenn fell, probably due to concerns about soft playing temperament. So the Giants wouldn’t like that. Same can be said about Upshaw, who had some character concerns. The Giants were never taking Coby Fleener. So, obviously, the Giants had Wilson as the best player on their board. I think it’s a good pick; it’s not a home run. I think that drafting a RB high is risky, because look, Arian Foster was undrafted. Brandon Jacobs was a 4th rounder. Bradshaw was a 7th rounder. So you can get good backs in the later rounds. But, the Giants think that Wilson has big play ability. Also, this says a lot about Da’Rel Scott. If they believed in Scott, they would not have taken Wilson. So we’ll see how it turns out, but Wilson does have talent.

-Cosell on Wilson:

 

-Where do they go from here? Maybe Bobby Massie, if he’s there. Or some lineman. Maybe a wideout. Depends on who is there, obviously, but if they came out of today with an offensive lineman and maybe a defensive back, I’d be very happy.

 


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3 Responses to “1st Round Thoughts and Musings”

  1. DBS says:

    Here’s my take on the Giants’ first-round selection, or, more precisely, on the response to the selection:

    (1) First of all, I love how some draft “experts” simply assume that the Giants were about to take Doug Martin before the Bucs traded up and swiped him, leaving the Giants with David Wilson. How are they so sure of this? Well, because Doug Martin was the #2 RB, of course. As if this ranking were etched in stone, or corresponded to some objectively measured reality. Just because the media types converge on some consensus that Martin was #2 and Wilson #3 or 4, doesn’t mean the Giants or any other team sees it in the exact same way. My guess is that if you were to go back to some of the first mock drafts and scouting reports created, you’d find that, after Richardson, the hierarchy wasn’t as clear.

    (2) You’d think that with the Giants’ track record over the past decade there would be more deference to their judgment. You want to say you think the Giants should have focused on filling other positions first? Fine. But to say (as I saw at least one expert opine) that Reese seems to have panicked and reached is, in my mind, preposterous, utterly without foundation.

    (3) Now let me get to the new CW that taking RBs in the first round is too early.

    First, it is simply illogical to point to late-round picks like Bradshaw–or, even better, undrafted players like Foster–and to conclude that you can get great RBs late so why draft them in the early rounds? One problem with this reasoning is that it overlooks the vast number of RBs picked late or signed undrafted who never amount to anything. Backs like Bradshaw and Foster are the exception, not the rule. Secondly, where do you think Foster would have gone if, whenever he came out, GMs had a crystal ball and could see what he was going to become? Do you think they’d say, oh, let’s wait until the third day of the draft, because he’s only a RB? No–they’d take him in the first round.

    Second, the notion the RB has become increasingly irrelevant in the age of high-octane offenses and three-receiver sets is also wrong. Yes, building an offense around ball-control running games that aim to pick up three yards a play on average has become obsolete. But finding players who are dynamic in space and can take it to the house on any play is as important as ever. Such players can be WRs, increasingly TEs–they can also be RBs.

    Wilson certainly sounds as if he can be this kind of player. Will he pan out? We’ll see. Again, I think Reese has earned a measure of trust and the benefit of the doubt. But I get so tired of draft picks being graded on the basis of rankings that are by no means universally recognized. If Bruce Irvin becomes an impact player for the Seahawks, who will care that the team was seen as reaching to pick him in the first round?

  2. Jason M says:

    Well put, DBS

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