No surprise really with the first few picks. A lot of movement in the Top 10, much more than I expected. I guess teams are really embracing the rookie wage scale. It'll be interesting to see if that's a trend that continues in future drafts.
Cowboys moving up to get Claiborne was a surprise. Getting another CB is a good move for them.
Bucs taking Barron was a bit of a reach IMO. But they needed DB help, and with Claiborne off the board, they still get a good player.
Kuechly to Carolina gives them a really strong LB group, akin to Urlacher & Briggs potentially with him and Beason. Their problem is that they have no DTs that can keep blockers off them.
Bills taking Gilmore, a good pick. Glad they saw their need at CB. With additions of Mario Williams, Gilmore, Mark Anderson, the Bills could be fielding one of the better defenses in the AFC this year. Maybe a Houston Texans-like turnaround??
A little surprised the Chiefs actually took Poe. But I figured they were probably hoping that Kuechly fell to them.
Eagles getting Fletcher Cox. I didn't write up a scouting report of him, but he would have been my #1 rated DT. Their pass rush with him, Cullen Jenkins, Babin, and Cole is really scary now.
Cardinals get Floyd. A great situation for him. I think he's ideally a No. 2 guy, not a No. 1, and there's no better player you want to be the second fiddle to than Larry Fitzgerald.
Seattle? Reaching on Irvin? I think Irvin was a 3rd/4th round guy at best. They reached last year with James Carpenter, a guy I thought was more of a 5th/6th round guy. They did so again for Irvin. Pete Carroll cannot draft. This ranks up there with the Darrius Heyward-Bey reach as one of the worst in recent draft memory.
Coples IMO was the 4th best player in this draft class. So him falling to the Jets at #16 is a potential steal.
Don't get the McClellin pick for the BEars. Is he a DE or an OLB? I think he's ideally suited to be a 3-4 OLB, but what will he do in their 4-3? I like McClellin, but I don't see him doing great things there. Maybe they plan on grooming him to replace Urlacher at MLB.
Titans getting Kendall Wright was a good move for them. If they can ever get Kenny Britt to play 16 games, they will have 2 very explosive WRs.
Brandon Weeden to Browns. I don't get this pick. I understand why the Browns liked Weeden. He's NFL ready, which means if they give up on Colt McCoy sooner rather than later, they have someone that can step in immediately and be the starter. But I don't think Weeden's upside is that much more than McCoy's. You still don't have the QB of the future on your roster. And if you liked Weeden, then I think you trade back into the latter part of Round 1 and take him.
The Lions needed an LT of the future, and they get one with Riley Reiff falling to No. 23. It's a shame really because if the Falcons had stood pat last year and not traded up for Julio Jones last year, their O-line today could have included Gabe Carimi and/or Reiff.
Steelers made a great pick with DeCastro. Hightower was a perfect fit for them, but DeCastro filled a huge need for them. Their neglect of their O-line in recent years has been criminal. They got their new Alan Faneca.
Patriots didn't need Hightower, but he was BPA at this point. And so they now have 4 good LBs (Mayo, Spikes, & Ninkovich being the others) and can really be that multiple scheme that Belichick loves to be.
Surprised me that Cincinnati took Zeitler over Cordy Glenn. The Bengals seem to hit it big with the SEC prospects in recent years (Carlos Dunlap, Andre Smith, Geno Atkins, Johnathan Joseph, Nate Livings, AJ Green, etc.), and thus would have figured having a guy like Glenn would have been right up their alley, but alas they get a solid player in Zeitler that maybe they think can be Eric Steinbach-esque (for the record, he's not the athlete that Steinbach was/is)
Nick Perry to GB. I liked Perry more as a DE, and would have taken Upshaw there.
Had the Vikings picking Harrison Smith at pick no. 35 in Round 2. They loved him from the Senior Bowl, and they need solid DBs desperately, and they apparently like those Notre Dame players (John Carlson, Kyle Rudolph, John Sullivan)
49ers reached on AJ Jenkins. He's got speed, and I do like that the 49ers are building towards an identity (unlike the Falcons), which is going to be a play-action based offensive attack with Gore and the OL pounding the rock, and then using Manningham, Moss, Ginn, and now Jenkins to hit teams down the field. I don't know if Alex Smith is the right guy for that job, but Colin Kaepernick is a mobile, strong-armed QB that traditionally works well in that style of offense. Had it been me, I would have preferred Randle or Hill over Jenkins. None are ideal picks at #30 though.
The 2 backs going at the end of Round 1, similar to how Jahvid Best snuck into the end in 2010. Doesn't surprise me, both should be good players for their respective teams. Martin is Ahmad Bradshaw v.2.0 and should be a very good complement to Blount, who is Brandon Jacobs v2.0. And let's not forget that the Bucs new OC hails from the Giants. Now that you look at their FA moves, Carl Nicks = Snee, V-Jax = Plax, they have really structured their offense to mimic that of the Giants.
And speaking of the Giants, getting Wilson was a good pickup. Wilson is explosive and now they have that element that has been missing from their ground game with Bradshaw last year. Shocked they didn't take Glenn.
Surprises that Glenn and Upshaw fell completely out of Round 1. That does happen from time to time, but not guys that only a few weeks ago were being pegged as Top 15 picks. I knew Upshaw was probably going to go in the 20s, but figured he wouldn't last thru the gauntlet of all those 3-4 teams at the end of the round. Glenn, I'm shocked that with practically every team from pick #13 to #32 needing OL help (Patriots being the lone exception), that he would have gotten picked.
I think that Fleener not going in Round 1, means he probably goes to Indianapolis at #34. That's the spot most of my mocks had Dwayne Allen going, so I think the odds have now increased that Allen might fall to #55.
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