It was a long day at Radio City Music Hall for anyone willing to take in the last of three 2011 NFL Draft episodes. Rounds 4-7 took roughly seven hours to complete today, but for these teams, it might as well have been over before it started.
Al Davis can't resist any prospect with speed, so he rolled the dice with defensive back Chimdi Chekwa, running back Taiwan Jones and receiver Denarius Moore. Each of those guys can fly but they have more negatives than positives as NFL draft choices. Needs were never addressed at quarterback and safety.
The Jags wound up with five picks in the entire draft. And while they found early favor by trading up to get future franchise quarterback Blaine Gabbert on Thursday, it hasn't been pretty since.
Cecil Shorts was a hit at Division III Mt. Union, but this is the NFL. I expect him to struggle against the substantial upgrade in competition. And the Jags' answer for a depleted defensive secondary was Chris Prosinski and Rod Issac? Too little, too late.
The Hawks had a slew of day three picks, so they had the best opportunity to do something right. Instead, they spent the day adding a bunch of players who will need a lot of time to develop—like linebacker K.J. Wright, and defensive backs Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell.
Plus, defensive lineman Lazarius Levingston and linebacker Malcolm Smith will be lucky to make the team. I did, however, like the addition of receiver Kris Durham in the fourth round, so it wasn't a total loss.
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