(21) The Browns are up (again- 3rd time) and pick at 21 (down from 5) Alex Mack, the big center from California. The Browns needed a big O-lineman, and don't think for a second that this pick also has in mind that the Steelers may have taken Mack, plus the Browns needed a big center to deal with the big Nose Tackles (Casey Hampton) that the Steelers throw at you in their 3-4. Nice pick. Good wheelin and dealin by the Browns and Mangini.
(22) The Vikes. Does Percy go here? Do the Vikes want another set of problems after their stripper cruise a few years ago? Yup. Percy Harvin. The explosive Florida WR who can score from anywhere on the field when he gets the ball. He has 4-4 speed and an unbelievable explosive first step. Good luck to Percy in the land of 10,000 lakes and a billion pounds of snow.
Rumpole picks for the Fins, D-Lineman Everette Brown, LB Lames Laurinaitis, Ohio State, Darrius Butler, CB Connecticut, and CB Vontae Davis, still available.
(23) The Cheaters. TRADE TO THE RAVENS- who grab Michael Oher, a big left tackle. Nice pick here. Needs a bit of help with technique. Needs to be coached up. But a very good and motivated football player. Again, we see a AFC North team pick up an O-lineman to deal with the Steeler's rush. Oher has a Horatio Alger story, with an adopted family after he was essentially abandoned by his parents and was in several foster homes into his teens before finding a family. Good for Oher. We wish him well.
(24) The Falcons select Peria Jerry, D tackle Ole Miss. A reach in our opinion. This guy plays a two and three technique. A big inside guy, but a second rounder in our opinion.
OK. HERE WE GO DOLPHINS HERE WE GO.
The AFC East Division Champion Miami Dolphins select at 25 (we have this feeling it will be one of our choices...) ... VONATE DAVIS. DB. ILLINOIS!!!! Perhaps the most talented CB in the draft. Needs coaching. 5'11. 205 pounds. A big physical kid with good speed and a tough hitter. We like the pick as long as he gets good coaching and keeps his head straight. This guy is a good man shut down corner, which is unusual for his size. He lacks experience in zone coverage. But he is a hitter and can come up and support the run, and he has the size to matchup with Cheater WR Randy Moss.
(26) Cheaters. Lookin to trade down. Again. AND THEY DO. TRADE WITH THE PACK!!!
(26) PACKERS. Probably want CB Butler from Connecticut. NO !!!!! CLAY MATTHEWS, LB USC. Bad pick. Good special teams players. But is that worth trading for a first round pick? We don't see the value here. This guy might not be a career starter in the NFL. The Pack gave up their second, and their two 3rds for this pick. A Very high price and not worth it, and meanwhile the EVIL GENUIS CONTINUES TO STACK PICKS IN THE SECOND AND THRID ROUNDS. THIS IS NOT GOOD FOR THE FINS . HE MUST BE STOPPED.
Meanwhile LB Ray Maualuga continues to fall like a federal prosecutor caught holding back Brady material.
(27) Colts. Donald Brown, Connecticut RB. Nice pick. Rumbled for 2,000 yards this year.
(28) Bills. Maualuga? OT Loadholt? NO. Eric Wood. Center. Louisvile. A really good football player. Smart. 4 year starter. 6'3 310 pounds. Very nice.
OT Loadholt is a big guy. 6'7 330. Moving up draft boards fast, from the 3rd round, to the second, to we heard last night, a first round pick.
(29) Giants. Need a WR. Will they trade with the Cardinals for their disgruntled WR? Hakeem Nicks, WR North Carolina. A big guy like Anquan Boldin, and cheaper at this pick. No trade with the Cardinals now. Not a value pick. The Giants didn't come close to picking the best player on the board. This was strictly a need pick, and the best teams usually avoid those.
(30) Titans. Could go RB here with Wells from Ohio State. Or WR. Or LB. Kenny Britt. WR Rutgers. Big guy, 6'2. I like him better then the Giants WR Nicks. Britt is a local Jersey guy. Hard worker. Tall. Won't get beat up by CBs when running routes. Nice pick here, although I would have taken some of the D-lineman or CB's still available.
(31) Cardinals. Want Wells if the Titans don't take him. And the Cards take Beenie Wells. Nice RB -235 pounds, decent speed, catches the ball very well out of the backfield. Good pick here. Edgerrin James will no longer be a Cardinal after this pick.
(32) Steelers. Need a center, D-lineman, Corner Back, O-lineman and WR. Will draft the best guy they have on the board and will not draft for need. Drives Steeler fans nuts during the draft, but then they get over it when they are buying super bowl tickets to watch their team. The Fins should follow the Steelers in how they handle the draft. The Steelers just signed a CB yesterday (Ratliff from the Colts) so they probably won't pick one here.
And the Steelers close out the first round by choosing Evander "Ziggy" Hood. DT Missouri. 6'3, 300 pounds. An inside 2-3 technique. A little small for a nose tackle. Good value here. Rated at about 24-25 on most draft boards. The Steelers shore up an aging d-line.
FIRST ROUND SUMMARY: The Cheaters made their mark by stockpiling mid round picks. The Browns got a very solid center and also added a few extra picks. The Fins got the corner they needed. With good coaching, this guy starts for many years to come. The Packers move was bad, while the Bills good a good center for their trade to Philly earlier in the month. The Cardinals got a good back at 30, which is rare.