May 1, 2015

My Thoughts on the 1st Round of the NFL Draft...

-- If I'm a Titans fan this morning, I'm equally thrilled and terrified.

-- The ghost of Al Davis made that Amari Cooper pick.  Gotta love that.

-- The Redskins drafted an offensive guard at #5 overall.  I think Scherff will be a good player, and I dig the idea of "getting back to being the Hogs," but dude is an interior offensive lineman, and it's not appropriate to draft that so high in the 1st round.  Leonard Williams is the pick the Skins should have made.  I think that regret is going to haunt the franchise a little bit.

-- Meanwhile, WTF are the Jets doing?  I get BPA drafting, and I endorse it totally.  I get building on strengths, and I endorse it totally.  But if there's one thing that team didn't need, it's d-line.  Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson are studs.  Why splash the pool?  (It's not like the Vikes drafting Randy Moss when they already had Cris Carter and Jake Reed.)

-- Kevin White in Chicago... bust.  Sorry.  I'm just skittish about West Virginia receivers, and also about guys who took the indirect route to college success.  To me, this is Cordarrelle Patterson 2.0, and if I'm a Bears fan, I'm a little bit nervous today.

-- Ereck Flowers was a big-time reach.  I feel like the Giants panicked when Scherff went off the board, and made a bad pick while they were on tilt.  Hey, it happens.

-- Gurley to the Rams at #10.  Can't decide if I like it or hate it.  Probably a little bit of both.  Value picks like this are hard when your roster is pockmarked with specific, damning needs elsewhere.  But I do think Gurley is going to be a great NFL player, and I like the idea of Jeff Fisher getting his next Eddie George.

-- I hate the Browns, so I hate seeing them make good draft picks... like they did with Danny Shelton at #12.  I love that big motherfucker, but now I have to hate him.

-- Andrus Peat is pillow-soft and a really good bet to be a 1st round bust for the Saints.  That being said, I do think he's a good fit with Sean Payton's system, so maybe it'll work out.  Peat has talent.

-- DeVante Parker to the Fins at #14.  Steal.  Big-time steal.

-- I kinda think the Chargers should have just calmed down and waited on the running back position.  A banger like Jay Ajayi, T.J. Yeldon, David Cobb, or Matt Jones in the middle rounds would have made more sense.  I'm not a huge Melvin Gordon fan, especially not in the top half of the 1st round, and especially not when you're trading up to get him.

-- Arik Armstead: colossal bust for the 49ers.  Book it.

-- Nelson Agholor is one of my favorite players in this draft.  I think the Iggles made a really good pick there.  The Jeremy Maclin parallels are good, but Agholor is also a special teams maven.

-- I'm happy with my Bengals pick of Cedric Ogbuehi.  I feel like it puts a check mark in the one big box we needed checked, and now we're free to attack the rest of the draft with a little bit of creativity.  Ogbuehi isn't a sexy or exciting pick, but the value is good.  (I'm fine with the pick, but would have preferred Malcom Brown.)

-- Bud Dupree to Pittsburgh... fantastic fit for them.  I'm also delighted to see them continue to neglect that gawd-awful secondary.

-- Shaq Thompson was a horrible reach for the Panthers.  Horrible.  He'll be a good, interesting, versatile player, but Carolina had big needs elsewhere.  This was a luxury pick when making a luxury pick was inappropriate.  They are going to get Cam Newton killed.

-- Breshad Perriman to the Ratbirds made me chortle.  Let Torrey Smith walk, then burn your 1st rounder to draft his clone... but with even worse hands.  Ozzie Newsome, it turns out, does not actually walk on water.

-- We now live in a world where an offensive guard from Duke is a 1st round NFL draft pick.  I don't even know how to begin processing that one.  Congrats, Lions.  You malfunctioned my computerbrain.

-- The Colts must have a plan to play with three footballs in 2015.  Phillip Dorsett... why?  T.Y. Hilton insurance?  I think Indy got too cute.

-- OF COURSE Malcom Brown slid to the Patriots at #32.  Of course he did.  Sheesh.

-- I'm glad Eli Harold wasn't a 1st rounder.  I don't think he's ready to live up to the pressure of being a 1st round draft pick, nor do I think his abilities warranted a top-32 pick.  I look forward to seeing him drafted tonight.  Anthony Harris, as well.