The Key to the draft is the next 3 teams. Rams, Chiefs and Seahawks.
The best player in this draft is LB Aaron Curry. Who will take him?
The Rams are on the clock. OT Eugene Monroe has been penciled in as the pick. Last night the news broke that the Rams bought a plane ticket for USC QB Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez is a junior who has started 16 games. This guy is not a top 20 pick. At 6'6 250 K State QB Josh Freeman is "Daunte Culpepper". Wouldn't you take Culpepper in the top 10?
The Rams are waiting for a trade offer..... and they select Baylor Tackle Jason Smith. Rumpole says "good pick". You build teams with guys who put their hands on the ground. Smith replaces Tackle Orlando Pace who the Rams drafted number 2 overall about ten years ago.
KC up: should select Curry if they know what's good for them. Curry is a 5 technique guy (see our post yesterday for what that means- but basically he rushes the QB from the edge. )
And the Chiefs pick... LSU DE Tyson Jackson!!!!! Who just shot up the draft board. We had him going 10-15. Jackson is also a 5 technique edge rusher. 296 pounds. He plays over the tackle (4 technique) and rushes outside (5). Good player, but still a reach here. The Chiefs have now selected a DL in the first round and in the top ten twice in the last 2 years, and a player from LSU in the first round three straight years.
Seattle up...gonna keep harping on this. The best football player in this draft is Aaron Curry.... and the Hawks take him. Nice pick!
Cleveland Clowns...errr Browns are up. Texas WR Crabtree should be the pick. Clowns shopping Braylon "hands of stone" Edwards. TRADE!!!!!
J..E...T...S....JETS JETS JETS GET THE TRADE. Here goes QB Mark Sanchez. And interesting to note Browns Coach Mangini makes trade with team that fired him last year.
The Bungals...err the Bengals are up and they tale Andre Smith, the big Alabama tackle who screwed up at the combine and bugged out. Apparently it didn't cost him. Smith us 330 pounds with the longest arms of any tackle... but you have to worry about character issues with this guy and keep him away from McDonalds. You tube Smith running without his shirt on at the combine. It's not pretty. Playing in the same division as the World Champion Steelers and the Ravens, teams traditionally with top ranked defenses, the Bungles needed an O- Lineman, but Monore should have been the pick. He's just as good a tackle, and a much better person, meaning a much better risk for the tens of millions of dollars the Bungles will pay at this spot.
The Raiders are up at 7 and WR Crabtree should be the pick. But the Raiders being the Raiders select Maryland WR Darrius Heywood-Bey, the WR from Maryland. This was a reach. Why not Crabtree?
The Jags nab tackle Eugene Monore who falls to them. This was a bit of steal as most people had him ranked going number 2.
And the Pack will now grab Boston College Nose Tackle B J Raji- 6-3 330. A big guy to clog up the middle in the Pack's 3-4 defense. Raji went just where everyone thought he would go.
Rounding out the top ten are the Niner's and we can't see Crabtree falling beyond the 49'ers, unless they trade out. The 49'ers grab Crabtree which is a steal at ten. Great value, great pick, and perhaps the fourth or fifth best player in this draft.
Final thoughts about the top ten: The Jets blew it big time unless Sanchez turns out to be 10X better than Josh Freeman. Sanchez is a junior who started 16 games, and he is NOT worth the trade to get into the top 5. But time will tell.
The Niners and the Jags got the best value in the top ten, along with Seattle who at 4 got arguably the best football player in the draft. The Chiefs made a reach at 3, so did the Raiders (surprise) at 7. The Lions risked it all on a number one QB who is guaranteed 40 million without having played a down.
This was an interesting top ten. Back in a half hour or so with the next ten.