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Seahawks and Raiders make the biggest draft weekend additions. Michael Lombardi

Print This April 25, 2010, 01:01 PM EST
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QUOTE: “If you know others and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know others but know yourself, you win one and lose one; if you do not know others and do not know yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.” -- Sun Tzu

With the NFL Draft coverage extending three days, my time was cut short, so no full Sunday Post today. Nonetheless, we still have part one of our draft review.

Looks good on paper…

Seattle

I know they had two picks, and teams with two first-round picks should do well -- but I liked the Seahawks, especially what they did Saturday adding Leon Washington and LenDale White. White has finally gotten his chance to prove he’ll be a good player. TE Anthony McCoy of USC is the key second day pick. He has starting talent, and if he reaches his potential, he’ll help Seattle next season.

Baltimore

Moving down, the Ravens ended up filling two huge needs in the second round, then found a few tight ends to give their offense versatility. DT Art Jones (fifth round) was injured in his senior season, but if healthy, he can be a very good player. The Ravens’ draft was not spectacular but solid. Now they need to find a corner.

Oakland

The key to this draft for the Raiders will be quarterback Jason Campbell. If he can adapt to the offense and the Raiders can adapt to his skill set, he’ll be able to help them get out of their doldrums. Expect JaMarcus Russell to be gone soon. There’s no way the Raiders pay him $9 million this year, so his departure alone will make this draft successful.

New Orleans

Love the Jimmy Graham pick in the third. There is no team in the NFL that will be able to utilize his skill set better than the Saints. I can see Graham developing into a dynamic tight end in their offense. Charles Brown, their second round pick, slipped not because of talent but because of a medical grade. He might be the third most talented left tackle prospect in the draft, and the Saints got a steal.

We have to wait and see…

Buffalo

I like running back C.J. Spiller, but I’m not sure how the Bills can make big plays when they can’t block anyone. They feel Levi Brown (seventh round) can compete for a starting job at quarterback, but I strongly doubt his arm can handle the elements in Buffalo. His arm is weak, and he never seems to throw a tight spiral, so this will be interesting.

Jacksonville

Regardless of their draft management issues, the key to the Jags’ draft is for their first four picks to be significant upgrades to the defensive line. No one will question the picks if the Jags prove to be correct on the talent level and they hit on their one (DE Tyson Alualu), their three (DT D’Anthony Smith) and their two fives (DE Larry Hart, DE Austen Lane).

Things what were talked about but never happened...

Tampa Bay was looking to move wide receiver Michael Clayton during the draft. I wonder now if they’ll move him off the roster this week.

Seattle was willing to move running back Julius Jones during the draft, but since that proved unsuccessful, the Seahawks might bring him back. If a team wants a back, however, Jones is available.

What’s next…

Baltimore will be looking for a corner in the coming weeks. I’m sure it will check with every team that drafted a corner to gauge who might be available. Green Bay might be joining the Ravens in that search.

The Cowboys must find some depth for their offensive line. They were unable to find any suitable players when they picked.

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Tom
Apr 25, 2010
01:17 PM

Michael,
It seems to me that the Dolphins have an abundance of Oline and maybe did not get the Free Safety they needed. Do you see any trades that may be interesting to fill the Free Safety?

Buggalo
Apr 25, 2010
01:21 PM

The Raiders have a good draft because they didn't go full retard? People are just shocked they didn't take Bruce Campbell or Jacoby Ford in the first. This is an average draft and they will show their true colors by overpaying another worthless free agent or better yet, extending Jamarcus "Bust" Russell.

CW
Apr 25, 2010
01:26 PM

I'm surprised that Seattle would pick up two more RBs. I figured Forsett would be the #1 with either Washington or White being a #2...not both.

Bryan
Apr 25, 2010
01:51 PM

Can you confirm that the Campbell trade was for a conditional 4th? If that's true, do the Redskins receive ANYTHING if hell doesn't freeze over? A fifth maybe? A ham sandwich?

Or was this just basically a glorified release by another name??? (And if so, it makes even less sense that Buffalo didn't move on this one!)

Mr. Murder
Apr 25, 2010
02:46 PM

Dunno, it seems like we moved to get a couple of guys that would have been available later.

Then again, Gruden was all over the third round selection, loved it. Think he sees some good stuff in it, or he's simply glittering Gru's own resume. The returner taken after that might have been available a good bit later. Think a returner we wanted before that got taken so we moved on another good one. He's an upgrade in the explosiveness sector, we need big plays from that part of the game.

The draft was thin enough @ ILB that it's hard to argue with any selection's value overall, especially considering we got the best one of all(LOVED the McClain snag). The later picks were in a thin market, a lot of outside types who could translate were being taken later. The end/outside hybrids were going in the 3-4 trend, but some outside types may move back inside(especially off 3-3-5 teams). We added a size type of ILB to take on the point, you need that vs. a 3-4 defense.

Other teams moved up on guys we wanted(Misi and Wooton) as part of the 3-4 overhaul.

Love that we got a huge lineman for Cable to coach up, true tackle measurables. Still wanted us to snag the man that Buffalo got in round six out of Cal, a huge run blocker at326 pounds.

Diane
Apr 25, 2010
03:11 PM

Lombardi,

You love the Saints 3rd round pick of Jimmy Graham?????

It's no wonder you no longer work in the NFL.
Graham is never going to start a game. Book it.

Just Me
Apr 25, 2010
06:41 PM

Why is Jason Campbell the key to THIS year's draft? The Raiders traded a pick from next year's draft for him. Just because they did that yesterday doesn't mean that it makes this year's draft any better or worse. If they had made the trade last week or next week, would you still say that it was the key to their draft?

Faulty logic.

saints#12
Apr 25, 2010
07:11 PM

@Diane
i bet you graham will play this year for Siaints!! already gave graham darnell dikins number..

Mike in MD
Apr 25, 2010
07:42 PM

What a waste of Spillers (or ANY prime RB's) talent. I feel sorry for him already. If he was to land on a bad team it would of been great if he could land on one with at least a decent to great OLine....where one side of the ball is solid.

Don't know much about Buffalo but wasn't Marshall Lynch tearing it up when he first got on the team? I know Jason Peters had a lot to do with that but he's gone now. Man what a crappy situation to be in for CJ.

Bob Turner
Apr 25, 2010
07:46 PM

Steelers had an underrated draft. Pouncey will anchor their line for years. Worilds is a Steelers type of player. Dwyer in the 6th round was a steal. Bringing back McFadden was a great move. He fits their system and knows their system. On defense, the Steelers draft 1-2 years in advance.

mikey
Apr 25, 2010
08:47 PM

It would appear that Lee and Underwood are better than what was available in the draft.

mvtrucking
Apr 25, 2010
10:06 PM

@Diane
i bet you graham will play this year for Saints!! already gave graham darnell dikins number..



I absolutely agree, Jimmy Graham will be Shockey's little brother and will learn from the best! Watch out when these two get on the field at the same time..He will be a beast

Steve W.
Apr 26, 2010
05:32 AM

Mr. Murder, as a lifelong Penn State fan, I have to disagree with you a little bit. I'm sad to say that the Cowboys of all teams got a great ILB in Sean Lee. I know some teams were wary of him due to the ACL injury that kept him off the field his Junior year, but he had a great Senior year. When you consider the fact that players normally aren't at their peak until another year after an ACL injury, then either Lee is going to be even better than he looked his Senior year or he's got amazing recovery. Either is good news for the Cowboys (how I hate that they got Lee). Furthermore, how Lee handled his Junior year also tells you a lot about the young man. He was always around, giving pointers and encouragement to his teammates, essentially acting like a junior position coach. In other words, he's both very knowledgeable about his position and very dedicated to his team's success. He's a perfect fit as Middle LB for a 4-3 defense, and a great fit as the signal caller on a 3-4 defense. So, maybe there was greater depth at OLB in this draft, but it's not like McClain was the only highly talented ILB.

john j newcomb
Apr 26, 2010
10:22 AM

mike...just wanted to let you know how much i enjoy your column and love your your quotes of the day

Professor7
Apr 26, 2010
10:52 AM

@DIANE: You are the reason everyone rips on Raider fans. You have one of the most poorly run organizations in the league but you talk more crap than anyone. Your comments do nothing but hang a target around your collective necks.

If you're going to bash Lombardi's opinion and Graham as a player then back it up with some facts. Give me a scouting report, highlight Graham's weaknesses. Hell, even referencing a stat to support your opinion would be a start. Maybe it's just a coincidence that you seem to post a pissy comment once a month. Gee, I wonder why.

I think it's great that there are women out there that follow football as closely as you pretend to, but I think you should go back to your sewing cricle and leave football to the big boys. Your irritating.

Professor7
Apr 26, 2010
10:53 AM

@DIANE: You are the reason everyone rips on Raider fans. You have one of the most poorly run organizations in the league but you talk more crap than anyone. Your comments do nothing but hang a target around your collective necks.

If you're going to bash Lombardi's opinion and Graham as a player then back it up with some facts. Give me a scouting report, highlight Graham's weaknesses. Hell, even referencing a stat to support your opinion would be a start. Maybe it's just a coincidence that you seem to post a pissy comment once a month. Gee, I wonder why.

I think it's great that there are women out there that follow football as closely as you pretend to, but I think you should go back to your sewing cricle and leave football to the big boys. Your irritating.

pc_oz
Apr 26, 2010
12:45 PM

@professor7

Dianne is Al Davis in disguise...I dont know where we would all be without her..oops sorry his insightful commentary on all things football...:)

frankfso
Apr 26, 2010
04:48 PM

@Professor7 @pc_oz

FYI guys, @diane was ripping Mike on the Saints pick of Jimmy Graham. Had absolutely nothing to do with the Raiders or Al Davis.

Be kinda cool if you guys read the comments closer before bashing someone that voiced an opinion.

Mr. Murder
Apr 26, 2010
09:53 PM

Thanks for the insight on Sean Lee, Steve W. because a cousin is a huge fan of theirs and usually sees a game each dseason in Big D when visiting his best friend's family. They will be glad to learn more of his game from Penn State. They call it "Linebacker U" for a reason.

Andrew
Apr 27, 2010
08:06 AM

Mike,

RE: your Jacksonville comments. On Simmons' Podcast pre-draft you said the same sort of thing, in that nobody remembers where someone was drafted as long as they're a good pick.

That's such a horrible logic, it surprises me you;d think that way. Reaching a few spots is one thing, but what Jacksonville did was just silly. They easily could have traded down 10 picks (if not more) and still got their guy AND stockpiled another asset for later in the draft. It's not like teams weren't looking to move up. It's just bad management.

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RacerX1225
Apr 28, 2010
12:35 PM

Buggalo, sounds a lot like Booger, you dont know much about football. In fact the Raiders, who brought in Jason Campbell, Kamerion Wimbley and Quentin Groves for late rd picks on top of the draftees, had the best draft in football. Not from my mouth to gods ears, that is the general consensus between objective experts. You are obviously not objective and far from an expert. Later, we are done here, you may go now Booger...

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