I thought I would give everyone some draft nuggets to think about as well as who I thought some of the movers and shakers of the draft are.
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Detroit Lions-Who will they take and will they be a bust? Georgia’s Matthew Stafford has always been one of my favorites. You have to feel pretty strongly about guy who plays almost 40 games in probably the toughest football conference in the SEC. He’s polished, poised, and can make all of the throws. He’s a new face for a franchise that desperately needs some relief. They have TONS of other needs, such as offensive line and secondary, but moving some of those back ups out for some lower picks, cash and free agents might help in the long run. I suppose they could always trade it, but it doesn’t sound like a lot of people want it these days.
Cleveland Browns-There are a lot of arrows pointing towards Cleveland dealing on draft day. Brady Quinn seems to be the central name in the trade rumors, but most sources are saying they are just that, rumors. It sounds like the Browns are listening to offers, but haven’t officially put him on the market. You could argue they were just feeling around to test the market value for a future date, or even to see what Derek Anderson might warrant. Don’t be surprised if Mangini deals Braylon Edwards. I don’t think that one tough year is enough to move a guy after he went to the Pro-Bowl, but if you see Michael Crabtree come of the board to Cleveland, that might be curtains for Edwards.
Movers-Marc Sanchez seems to be rising exponentially these days. Some experts have him going as high as 4th overall to Seattle, others have him down near 12. Sanchez is fairly polished, but I wonder about his experience. He played in only 16 games at USC, and NFL defenses will be a lot different then he’s used to. No matter where he ends up, he’ll bring great energy.
Shakers-Percy Harvin, recently made headlines for his positive drug test at the combine. He’ll pay for that. However, it sounds like a lot of teams are struggling to decide what they would do with him after he got there. Is he an RB, WR, Slot guy, Return man. I think the answer is a resounding YES. At the end of the day, I think Harvin is a lot like Reggie Bush. Line him up where ever you want, just get him touches. He’ll definitely be a return man, its just where else can he be, and hold up doing it. It will be interesting to see how far he’ll drop as teams look to get away from questionable off the field attitudes.
Aaron Maybin-Pass rushers are at a premium these days. Maybin looks like he’d be a nice 34 outside LB, or a pass rushing specialist. I think he probably came out a year early, but he’s tested well so far. Stay tuned on that one, he could be a bust.
Sure bets-Aaron Curry can flat out play. His 101 tackles last year tells you so. He’ll have to get a little better in pass coverage, but just stick this kid on the field and he’ll stop offenses. Its just what he does.
Michael Crabtree-He reminds me of Andre Johnson. Big, strong, fast, and always makes the play you need(Insert catch vs. Texas here). Crabtee is gonna be good in the NFL for a long time.
On the BUST radar-Josh Freeman of KSU. He’s big and strong. Played in a pretty deep QB conference, but he’s so raw he could go either way. He’s got a huge arm, is somewhat inaccurate. He could have Ryan Leaf syndrome. His athleticism allows him to do a lot of different things though, just as it did for the Wildcats.
Draft day is always great because you get to see the future of your team take shape right in front of you. Coaches actually make comments on where, when and why guys got picked when they did. GM’s talk contracts and you get more highlights then you can handle. So call your boys over, get some pizza and wings on order, stock the fridge full of beer, and send your lady out shopping, its Draft day baby!