After watching almost a decade of drafts and witnessing some of the biggest busts like hot-headed RYAN LEAF as well as seeing some the diamonds in the rough emerge, like draft gem poster child TOM BRADY. This year may not be overly flashy, but every draft has it's own JOE MONTANA and AKILI SMITH for which it will be remembered.
I would first like to thank the ST. LOUIS RAMS for helping MARC BULGER by adding Offensive Tackle, JASON SMITH. Hopefully, they can ram opposing defenses better than last years 6th worst offensive line (sack-wise) allowing 41 sacks. The CINCINNATI BENGALS hope their high-round OT, ANDRE SMITH, will pan out and protect the healing CARSON PALMER from a repeat season of a 29th ranked 51 sacks allowed.
I would also like to add: When we look at the careers of MATTHEW STAFFORD and MARK SANCHEZ let's not forget to consider the situations each were put in. The DETROIT LIONS only upside is that there is no where to go but up - no roar there. The NEW YORK JETS, meanwhile, just need a consistent Quarterback to compliment there solid defense and they could be flying high.
The OAKLAND RAIDERS must be banking on a better draft class next year, because we all know the EDDIE KENNISON of this draft class, DARRIUS HEYWARD-BEY, is not going to win any team a Super Bowl, let alone be seen as a impact player any time soon.
The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS struck gold with the draft of wide-out MICHAEL CRABTREE. If they can find a Quarterback poised to lead the team we could see a GARCIA-OWENS, or possibly YOUNG-RICE, MONTANTA-CLARK connection in the making.
The DENVER BRONCOS are hoping for a TERRELL DAVIS, rather than a MAURICE CLARETT in KNOWSHON MORENO...but even if they turn this young stallion into a bucking bronco can a solid offense hide the hole passing on a possible top defensive pick leaves?
Number 17 - TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS - JOSH FREEMAN - Really?
Am I the only one with the eerie feeling that MARK SANCHEZ is going to be this draft classes BIGGEST BUST?
The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES are looking to soar with an offense featuring DONOVAN MCNABB, MICHAEL WESTBROOK, DESEAN JACKSON, KEVIN CURTIS, and now JEREMY MACLIN (WR).
For the NEW YORK GIANTS' sake I hope HAKEEM NICKS doesn't get lost in their sea of the mediocre wide-outs.
The WILD-CAT is clawing it's way into the MIAMI DOLPHINS organization by adding PAT WHITE (possible slash extraordinaire - QB/WR/RB) to an electric offense that showcases TED GINN JR., RICKY WILLIAMS, RONNIE BROWN, and CHAD PENNINGTON.
The MINNESOTA VIKINGS could see ADRIAN PETERSON raise to a new level with the addition of PERCY HARVIN to distract NFC NORTH secondaries.
FAVORITE DRAFT CHOICES:
DETROIT LIONS - MATTHEW STAFFORD (QB), BRANDON PETTIGREW (TE), and LOUIS DELMAS (CB).
Positives - STAFFORD could be just what the Lions need to start their way back to being the king of the jungle. TE, PETTIGREW, could eat LB's up and allow CALVIN JOHNSON to show his mane.
Gripes - PETTIGREW (TE) at pick 20 over VONTAE DAVIS (CB - Pick 25) or DT's EVANDER HOOD (Pick 32) and PERIA JERRY (Pick 24).
DENVER BRONCOS - KNOWSON MORENO (RB), ROBERT AYERS (LB), ALPHONSO SMITH (CB), DARCEL MCBATH (CB), and RICHARD QUINN (TE).
Positives - 2 CB's + LB in first two rounds = Defense boost.
Gripes - KNOWSON MORENO at 12...I Guess if you have 6 Running Backs one better do something.
BIGGEST DRAFT QUESTION MARKS:
OAKLAND RAIDERS - DARRIUS HEYWARD-BEY (WR), MICHAEL MITCHELL (S).
Positives - Hopefully MITCHELL can become a Hall-of-Fame Safety so it overshadows the stupid pick at 7th overall, speedster HEYWARD-BEY.
Gripes - AL DAVIS.
It's always exciting to see the drama that unfolds on Draft day. This year, after the storm settles the discussion begins on who came out of this draft winners, and who - losers. This is only through two rounds - there's more to come.
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