by Michael Lombardi
April 25, 02010
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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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