2011 NFL Draft Results: Ryan Mallett, 49ers and the 9 Biggest Fails of Day 2
The 2011 NFL Draft has given us a bit of everything through the first three rounds.
We've seen great picks and completely confounding ones. It has featured some great suits and several major-league fashion offenses.
And those of us paying attention to the draft coverage on television have heard wise analysis combined with plenty of meaningless blathering.
There are plenty of articles written about the great picks, the steals and the teams who improved the most through the first three rounds.
But this is not one of those articles.
It's more fun to look at the utter fails.
And in the coming slides, we'll look back on the nine biggest fails on Day 2 of the 2011 NFL Draft.
9. Franco Harris Announcing the Steelers' Second-Round Pick
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Maybe he was mugging for the camera, but Franco Harris sounded like a nerdy 8-year-old in a spelling bee as he announced the Pittsburgh Steelers’ second-round pick, Marcus Gilbert from Florida.
Funny and somewhat typical for good ol' Franco. But still…
8. Raiders Selecting DeMarcus Van Dyke at No. 81
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OK, full disclosure: Part of the reason to include this pick fail is so that I could include this image of the Crypt Keeper.
But seriously, Oakland fans in the Bleacher Report office joked early in the second round that based on his love of speed (see Heyward-Bey, Darrius, 2009 NFL Draft) Al Davis and the Raiders would probably take cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke from Miami, simply because he ran the fastest 40 at the Combine (and apparently because the Raiders also like two-word surnames).
Of course, a few hours later, and regardless of the fact that he was listed as maybe the 15th best corner in the draft, Van Dyke’s name was called by the Raiders.
According to Yahoo, he "was benched as a senior and shies from contact as a tackler."
Sounds like just the guy to select if you’re looking for a savior for your secondary.
7. Giants Selecting Marvin Austin with Pick No. 52
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Everything I've heard suggests that he has a ton of athleticism, talent and ability.
But it was reported on ESPN after his selection that, prior to the draft, three teams took Austin completely off their boards because of serious concerns about his character.
Not a great sign from Austin that he turned teams off so completely while he should have been kissing butt and, in effect, interviewing for a job.
Every coach or GM thinks they they can change the problem child. But how often does that really work out?
6. Cowboys and Redskins Not Going After Defensive Backfield Help
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The Washington Redskins had the second-worst pass defense in the league in 2010, allowing 261.7 yards per game through the air.
The Dallas Cowboys were seventh worst at 243.2 yards per game.
Both teams need serious help at corner and word is that both NFC East foes are planning to pursue free agent-to-be Nnamdi Asomugha when the lockout is lifted.
So what do they do in Rounds 2 and 3 with names like Brandon Hogan of West Virginia and Shareece Wright of USC still available?
They don’t draft corners.
5. Adam Schefter's Pink-on-Pink Ensemble
Not only pink on pink, but before Memorial Day to boot?
4. Every Team That Passed on Da'Quan Bowers
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There are obviously some serious injury concerns over Bowers, who underwent surgery on a torn meniscus early in January and toppled from top-five pick all the way to the second round.
But this is a guy who led the nation in sacks as a junior at Clemson this past year. And, as Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik told USA Today, "At the end of the day, the guy is a dominating football player."
If Bowers can get back to 100 percent, this pick (No. 51 overall) will be an absolute steal for Tampa Bay.
3. Oh Yeah, the NFL Lockout
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It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of Draft Day, but the elephant in the Draft room at Radio City Music Hall on Friday was the fact that a federal appeals court in St. Louis put on hold a judge’s injunction order earlier in the week in Minnesota that had temporarily lifted the lockout.
In effect, the players are locked out again. No free agents can sign. The season is off.
The decision is set to be reviewed again early next week and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. You don't care.
But the point is that the re-lockout cast a bit of a pall on the proceedings during the second and third rounds.
Draft buzz-kill fail!
2. Patriots Selecting Ryan Mallett with Pick No. 74
The Patriots had plenty of picks to make in the second and third rounds of the draft, and they had several holes on their depth chart that needed filling.
But none of those holes read "big, slow, goofy, poor-decision-making quarterback to sit behind Tom Brady for the next four seasons."
1. 49ers Trading Up to Take Colin Kaepernick at No. 36
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"Holy WTF, Batman!" (And no, Modern Family fans. WTF does not stand for "Why the face?")
Let me get this straight... the 49ers trade up nine spots in the second round—giving up extra draft picks in the fourth and fifth rounds—to pick a quarterback who would have been there nine spots later and who isn't anywhere near pro ready?
Oh, and who has a "herky-jerky" throwing motion?
Oh, and who hasn't run a pro-style offense in college?
Oh, and who might piss off the incumbent quarterback and former No. 1 overall draft pick enough to make him probably not want to return?
Congratulations, 49ers! I believe you've hit for the draft-fail cycle!