Saturday, April 25, 2009
The NFL Draft Thread
4:05. The draft is close to starting, and the latest rumors may involve WR Michael Crabtree. If he slips past the 7th pick (Oakland) the Jets may be interested in moving up to get the Texas Tech star, and not Mark Sanchez. I wouldn't do it for the price it would likely cost. Crabtree could certainly be a star, but he has several questions around him, and he never ran a 40 yard dash. Plus, mortgaging depth at several positions might be worth it for a quarterback, but not a wide receiver. If Crabtree becomes the star he was in college, I'll regret this, but I wouldn't do it. Sanchez is still a big target. This is going to be intriguing.
4:26. Tyson Jackson to Kansas City! Now it's getting fun! Don't like the pick, it is a reach, but Pioli must want a 3-4 DE to build around that badly.
4:38. Cleveland on the clock. Now the fun starts.
4:40. The Jets are getting Sanchez at 5. A trade has been made. Sanchez is going to be a Jet. Wow.
4:42. They better not give up a first next year.
4:47. Holy cow. Kenyon Coleman, Abram Elam, and Brett Ratliff are GONE. As well as the 1st round pick and 2nd round pick next year. Initial reaction: I like the move. Coleman was a JAG, Elam was expendable with the addition of Jim Leonhard, and Ratliff is obviously expendable. We had the Jetskins. Brown Jets? Bretts? We did that one already. I don't know what I think. At first glance, I like it.
4:56. The new face of the Jets.
4:57. Oakland goes with Heyward-Bey! Al Davis is running the Raiders into the ground! I love it! I almost put it in my mock, but I thought it was too good to be true, to be honest.
5:35. It's too early to totally judge this trade. I'm definitely on board with it because Sanchez can take this level to a team Kellen Clemens probably cannot, and the price wasn't super high, but Sanchez's success will make this trade either a Coleman, Elam, and Ratliff are all replaceable, but now defensive end becomes a need. Look for the team to draft a DE in round three to replace Kenyon Coleman.
5:54. So Jeremy Maclin would have fallen to 17. Wonder if that changes any opinions. I'm curious to see who lasts to the round 2 pick. Maclin is a good receiver.
6:00. Browns move down again to 19! Well, this trade won't be slightly harder to evaluate from both teams' perspectives now.
6:01. Haha, wow. Tampa is taking Josh Freeman. Sanchez and Freeman are essentially traded for each other now. Imagine if Freeman lives up to the hype and Sanchez doesn't...
6:05. The Browns might get a WR they want (Maclin) while picking up 5 extra players on the way.
6:12. Cleveland just traded down again. This time to Philadelphia. Radio stations around here are sure to be buzzing, but Cleveland is just incrementally moving down the draft, grabbing extra picks in the process. This is unbelievable. Philly is getting Maclin.
6:26. The Browns pick up 5 extra players, with Alex Mack as their first pick. Another 1st round C for Eric Mangini.
6:29. Here goes Percy Harvin. That's why I had him at 17. Reports from Minnesota had the Vikings very interested in the Florida star, so I thought if the Jets really liked him, they would take him where they were. Now Minnesota does grab him at 22.
6:36. Of course the Patriots would trade down. Baltimore on the way up. Wonder if they want Michael Oher.