I blame it all on Tyson Jackson.
The soon-to-be-hyperwealthy erstwhile LSU Defensive end grabbed the attention of the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, thoroughly messing up my mock draft. I had the chiefs taking Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry, whose availability appealed to the Seattle Seahawks.
Craziness then ensued, with numerous teams veering away from the expected path. I'm sure 49ers Coach Mike Singletary's happy. He sat at 10, and still got the best player in the draft, Texas Tech wideout Michael Crabtree.
He'll have Al Davis to thank every time he sees Crabtree cross the goal line. Davis' Oakland Raiders passed up on him to take the speedier, but less gifted Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland.
Crabtree, obviously, head's up this year's List of Stolen Players.
Here's the entire list:
Michael Crabtree, 49ers, 10th pick.
Usually the first player "stolen," is grabbed in the second or third round, though a late-20s first rounder might also happen.
Emmitt Smith was stolen at 17. The first four teams had pressing needs at other positions, but the Bengals and every team picking after them erred. Until San Francisco decided to take a Porsche for a ca Cadillac Price.
James Laurinaitis, Rams, 35th pick.
Not really stolen, but definitely a first-round talent. He'll give the Rams what Grant Wistrom and Adam Archuleta used to. Leadership.
Rey Maualuga, bengals, 38th pick.
Except for playing a different position, he's the next Troy Polamalu. This guy will be an all-pro.
LeSean McCoy, Eagles, 53rd pick.
Possibly the best running back in this draft after Knowshon Moreno. Philadelphia needs a "main back" badly. He and Brian Westbrook will confound defenses.
Shonn Greene, Jets, 65th pick.
Solid fundamentals, he'll do well in cold weather.
Glen Coffee, 49ers, 74th pick.
He'll be a great spell for Frank Gore, and I'm sure Singletary will figure out other ways to get him onto the field.
Ramses Barden, Giants, 85th pick.
There are better wide receivers available, but he'll outplay a couple taken before him.
Ryan Mouton, Titans, 94th pick.
Hawaii had a terrible Sugar Bowl in 2008 and a forgettable season after that. Mouton also stands just 5'10", but his speed and instincts will make him a starter soon.
Juaquin Iglesias, Bears, 99th pick.
He's not the fastest player around, but he's got great hands, and every team needs that guy who can always get open.
Kaluka Maiava, Browns, 104th pick.
Nic Harris, Bills, 147th pick.
Rhett Bomar, Giants, 151st pick.
Nate Davis, 49ers, 171st pick
Javon Ringer, Titans, 173rd pick.
Mike Teel, Seahawks, 178th pick.
Curtis Painter, Colts, 201st pick.
LaRod Stephens-Howling, Cardinals, 240th pick.
These teams did well for themselves
Buffalo (DE Aaron Maybin, C Eric Wood, and LB Nic Harris).
Cincinnati (T Andre Smith, LB Rey Maualuga).
Cleveland (C) Alex Mack, WRs Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi, LB Kaluka Maiava, RB James Davis).
Detroit (QB Matthew Stafford, TE Brandon Pettigrew).
Green Bay, (DT B.J. Raji, LB Clay Matthews).
Indianapolis (RB Donald Brown, DT Fili Moala, WR Austin Collie, QB Curtis Painter).
Jacksonville (Ts Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton).
New York Giants (WRs Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden, TE Travis Beckum, RB Andre Brown, QB Rhett Bomar).
Philadelphia (WR Jeremy Maclin, RB LeSean McCoy)
But the gold medal goes to San Francisco, which grabbed the best player, a quality running back and a competitive quarterback in Davis.
Of personal interest:
My Tampa Bay Bucs did OK, but not great. But that's because I don't see first-round selection Josh Freeman as a superstar.
If he turns out to be more than a cannon, I'll look more fondly. Later selections Roy Miller, and Kyle Moore should start soon, and I expect seventh-round choice Sammie Strouther to make the team.
The best name in the draft is Captain Munnerlyn of the Panthers, who barely beats out the Raiders' Stryker Sulak. Pittsburgh's Evander Hood gets an honorable mention.
Cincinnati drafted TE Chase Coffman and DB Morgan Trent. Did they choose football over investment banking?