Draft Analysis: LeFevour Overlooked, Tebow a Reach
Dan LeFevour had better work hard to back me up.
Before the NFL Draft, I had the former Central Michigan star pegged as a first-round pick, and the third quarterback taken.
Instead, the league's draft bosses left him around until the sixth round, 181st pick. Nine other QBs were picked before LeFevour, including a couple of I-A passers. This is a man who has more combined rush/pass touchdowns that anyone in college football history.
I don't know what happened, but Dan needs to light up Bears camp, and prove the world wrong and me right.
Ndamukong Suh, the best player in the draft, went second to Detroit as expected.
Some other players were taken when they shouldn't have been available.
They will go on my 2010 List of Stolen Players.
Here's the entire list:
Dez Bryant, Cowboys, 24th pick.
I don't know if Bryant is the Next Randy Moss, but I think owner Jerry Jones was on the ball when he spoke of not repeating his mistake of not drafting Moss due to "character issues." Get him in classes, find him a mentor, and he'll be a Pro Bowler.
Jahvid Best, Lions, 30th pick.
This listing needs an asterisk. If Best can recover, he's Willis McGahee at least. If not, he may be Ki-Jana Carter
Jerry Hughes, Colts, 31st pick.
This is a guy with big skills and the discipline to match. This is the type of smart pick the New England Patriots used to make. The gap widens.
Jimmy Clausen, Panthers, 48th pick.
I had him rated about equally with top pick Sam Bradford in terms of readiness to play now. Carolina needs a polished player, with Jake Delhomme gone and Matt Moore looking up at Trent Dilfer.
Toby Gerhart, Vikings, 51st pick.
Does a team that already has Adrian L. Peterson need this guy? No, but it's a happy problem to have. He's got the skills and the work ethic to find a role in the offense. I won't be surprised if he scored 10 TDs in 2010.
Jordan Shipley, Bengals, 84th pick.
Does the name Wes Welker mean anything to you? If this guy can get the ball, he'll do exciting things with it. Offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski needs to add some reverses and quick screens to the playbook.
Armanti Edwards, Panthers, 89th pick.
I don't know if there was pressure to take the in-state player or if the Panthers realize how good this guy is. At worst, he'll be a dependable backup for Clausen. Maybe he'll go the Matt Schaub rout and eventually be a starter elsewhere.
Mardy Gilyard, Rams, 99th pick.
Alterraun Verner, Titans, 104th pick.
Aaron Hernandez, Patriots, 113th pick.
Dennis Pitta, Ravens, 114th pick.
Kerry Meier, Falcons, 165th pick.
Dan LeFevour, Bears, 181st pick.
Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers 188th pick.
Tony Pike, Panthers, 204th pick.
Myron Rolle, Titans, 207th pick.
Levi Brown, Bills, 209th pick.
Sean Canfield, Saints, 239th pick.
While I'm sure Tim Tebow will go down fighting and will make an impact on the NFL, I think the Broncos reached for him. He'll either be a good running back, a great special teamer, or (if he stays at quarterback) a CFL hall of Famer.
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