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Out Of Retirement

It’s been a while.  Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in.

Well, since I’ve last scribbled much has happened.

ND went to the College Football championship and got their ass kicked.  ND MLB T’eo was found to have a fake girlfriend so he got his ass kicked by the oh so righteous and ethical sports media.

The Cubs signed some free agents…zzzzzzzzzzz.  What was I saying?  I shouldn’t be so negative though.  If Nate Schierholtz doesn’t spell championship, I don’t know what does.

Lance Armstrong kind of, sort of admitting to doping and the world was NOT surprised.

And, finally, the Chicago Bears ended the not so offensive reign of one Lovie Smith.

The new coach IS….drum roll….Marc Trestman.  Silence.  Tumbleweed rolling across the floor.  Confused looks on the fans faces.

Actually the hire wasn’t all that bad.  Plenty of offensive experience in college and pro football.  Oh, and hey, he has head coaching experience up in Canada which has about as much credibility as a competitive rec league.  Seriously though, the guy is the QB guru.  And I mean THE QB guru.  I don’t know what it is but he has a knack for getting the most out of his thrower.  He also calls a good game and his offenses are ALWAYS at the top of any league.  This IS what the Bears need.

The remaining questions are…  Will Cutler buy into it?  I think so.  Will the aging, talented defense have one more good season under an offensive minded head coach?  Your guess is as good as mine.  Not sure if the guy from Jacksonville has the chops but we’ll all find out.  Will Emery open up the Bears tightly fastened coin purse and get several (meaning more than 2) offensive linemen on the free agent market?  That would surprise me but that is exactly what is needed to keep Cutler on his feet and throwing TDs.

Oh, and I don’t want fans demanding the Bears waste a 1st Round pick on lineman because we need one.  Stop it.  NFL teams almost always take the best guy on the board no matter what his position is.  Besides, drafting offensive linemen that are immediate contributors on an NFL offensive line is like finding a winning lottery ticket in the garbage.

Well, glad to be back writing.  I’m sure it will be an interesting off-season in the NFL.  There will be lots to talk about in the world of baseball.  The Bulls continue to do well without D. Rose or the Bench Mob.  The NHL is back in action and…well, so what.  I think the fans should boycott for the season.  Make Bettman sweat a little.

I might also start spewing about pro wrestling.  I have been a fan since, well, since I’ve watched TV.  I don’t watch with as much interest or passion as I did 20 years ago, but I still enjoy it.  It’s the male soap opera and plenty of us guys are hooked.  LOL

Oh, and in closing, plenty of fine BPD ladies of sports to come.  😉

 

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Losing Not an Option

Tonight is a big night Chicago Bears fans.  The “undefeated” Lions host the 2-2 Chicago Bears in what shapes up to be the Bears biggest game of the season.

Win and the Bears are right back in the thick of things in the NFC Central Division.  Lose the the Chicago Bears are 3 games behind 2 teams in the division.  Losing simply isn’t an option for a coaching staff that seems to be on the hot seat almost every single season.

A loss put the Bears in a huge hole.  It is incredibly difficult to make up 2 games let alone 3.  A 3 game hole, even this early in the season, is almost impossible to recover from.  Making matters worse, after tonight the Bears already have a game against both Detroit and Green Bay in the books.  3 games in the hole with only 2 games left against the teams above you certainly puts the odds against the Bears making the post-season.

There has to be a sense of urgency to everything the Bears do tonight.  The defense must improve.  The D-Line needs to put consistent pressure on Lions QB Matt Stafford or he will throw for over 300 yards and several TDs.  They need to control the clock and move the ball methodically down the field.  Forte and Marion Barber need to combine for at least 150 yards on the ground to win.  Winning through the air isn’t going to happen for the Bears.  To win the O-Line needs to keep Cutler upright.  The game plan is simple.  They need to throw quick slants, outs and screens along with the power running game.  They also need to limit turnovers.  If they can do all of these things, they control the clock.  They control the clock they control the game.

If they get into a game plan where Cutler throws 40 times and gets picked 2 or 3 times than we know where this game is headed.  The O-Line isn’t good enough to hold off the Lions rush for the 4 or 5 seconds Cutler will need to get the vertical game going.

So, for the first time EVER, the Bears v. Lions actually means something.  The Lions are young and hungry.  The Bears talented but getting old.  It should be interesting to see where this goes but Bears fans know, losing is NOT an option tonight.

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Sack Lunch

Noon on Sunday! Time for Jay’s sack lunch. Jay Cutler, come and get it!!!! BAM!!!!

The Jay Cutler the Bears traded for was only sacked 11 times in 2008 and he put up ALL WORLD numbers and went to the Pro Bowl.  Jay was sacked more than any other QB in the NFL last season and he has been sacked 11 times already in 2011.

Despite this fact some in the Chicago media (Morrisey for example) will blame it on Jay’s footwork and inability to get rid of the ball.  What?  Every QB in the NFL has about 4 seconds to get rid of the football.  There are many times Jay has about half of that time.  Are their coverage sacks? Sure.  But most times it is Jay dropping back and almost immediately getting dropped.

If the rest of the Bears foes throw aggressive blitz packages against this offensive line, especially without Carimi, they will break the single-season sack record.  Webb has been a turnstile on the left side, Williams is inconsistent and Garza and Spencer need to switch positions.  Oh, and Carimi needs to get healthy.  Until they remedy some of these situations Jay will continue to sit on his ass.

Now I didn’t even cover the other factors like a terrible game called by Mike Martz and WRs, even Sanzenbacher, dropping balls right and left.  They need more consistency out of that WR corps and they need a coordinator who is going to change things up if he realizes the existing game plan is getting his QB killed.

A successful passing game starts with the offensive line.  I watched Tom Brady sit back on his lounge chair the last two weeks, sip some Mojitos and throw for over 900 yards.  You can do that when you have protection.  When a good scheme matches that protection you are going to score a lot of points.

I always wish the best for the Chicago Bears but if they don’t take care of this O-line situation quickly they’ll be out of the division race by mid-season and might be without their star QB even before then.  But haven’t we been talking about this for the last two years?  Aren’t the Bears over $19 million under the salary cap?  Weren’t they’re excellent O-line free agents this summer?  Hmmmmm?

So, for now, enjoy your sack lunch Mr. Cutler.  We promise to start putting more soft foods in it since you will be without teeth to chew your food.

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NFL Hotties 2011 Vol 1

It’s that time again BPD fans.  NFL’s hottest hotties are back.  Enjoy the beauties than enjoy today’s games.  Peace.  And as always, thanks for checking in.

She looks A LOT better than the team she roots for.  Not sure Kolb is your long-term solution.

Ms. Edmundson has ATL looking might fine.  Fans hope their Falcons look this good in Week 2.

Bear Down!  Whoooo!  It’s hot in herre.

I don’t know about the Dolphins being #1 but she might be.

Sexy Eagles fan.  Wow!

New Jersey babes UNITE!  Um, I meant New York.  😉

OK, if I am a Saints fan this is going to be a distraction.  I wonderfully, beautifully, hot distraction, but a distraction none the less.

Remember to prime and paint your steel!

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2011 NCAA Football Predictions

1 – OKLAHOMA – College football fans should hear Jones to Broyles quite a bit this season.  The Sooners should be one of the nation’s top offenses.  You will also hear Broyles a lot on special teams.  The Lewis boys, Ronnell and Travis will lay the smack down on the other side of the ball.  This unit forced 32 turnovers last season and should do the same this year.

2 – OREGON – The Ducks will also have a powerful offense behind QB Darron Thomas and RB LaMichael James.  They will continue to be aggressive and we’ll see if Thomas can guide this team to a title this year.  The only potential weak spot could be offensive line as they lack top caliber talent and size.  The defense is solid, quick and very deep.  CB Cliff Harris might be the best defensive back in the country.

3 – SOUTH CAROLINA – Extremely talented RB Marcus Lattimore will lead the Cock offense into battle.  WR Alshon Jeffery is also a big play stud.  However, QB Stephen Garcia will be the key to the USC success story.  If he plays and stays out of Spurrier’s doghouse, the sky is the limit for this team.  They could put up a lot of points and if they do that they will certainly be in a BCS game.

4 – BOISE STATE – The top QB just may be Kellen Moore.  He is 38-2 as a starter and now he’ll have to face a tough schedule and the loss of receiving stars Young and Pettis.  The O-Line should help as they bring back stars Porter and Byrd.  Eight starters return to one of the best squads in the country.  There schedule should also help.  After an opener against Georgia, the toughest it gets for the Broncos is TCU and Air Force, both on the blue turf of BSU.

5 – ALABAMA – The Tide would have been one of my top 2 teams if it weren’t for uncertainty at the QB position.  McCarron could be OK but behind him is a redshirt freshman.  RB Ingram is in the NFL as well but RB Richardson should be able to equal his production from a year ago.  The strength is the Tide defense which returns 9 players to last years 3rd ranked squad.

6 – STANFORD – Andrew Luck will be an NFL QB.  He may end up being a very good one as well.  Andy has a very good O-Line but he’ll need a lot of luck as he has an average WR core and a slightly above average running game behind Stepfan Taylor.  The Cardinal defense is good but did sustain losses on the D-Line.  Their linebacker core, led by Shayne Skov, is amongst the best in the country.

7 – OKLAHOMA STATE – If this team were in just about any other conference we might be talking BCS championship game.  OSU has a very tough schedule.  However QB Brandon Weeden and WR Justin Blackmon should be dynamic.  RBs Joseph Randle and Hershel Sims should also be a pleasant surprise for this team.  The defense will be inexperienced but they are faster and more aggressive than last year’s defense.

8 – LSU – QB Jordan Jefferson is a huge key to this talented group.  If he stays out of trouble and sticks to the game plan they’ll play in a BCS game.  If not they’ll be playing in December.  WR Ruben Randle and TE DeAngelo Petersen will be Jordan’s top targets.  RB Spencer Ware should be a pleasant surprise.  The defense did lose the likes of Nevis and P.Petersen to the NFL but this young group is fast and talented.

 

9 – WISCONSIN – The Badgers have a dynamic backfield in Ball and White.  They will score a lot of touchdowns and control the clock.  The defensive front 7 will be slightly inexperienced but their defensive backfield should be one of the best in the country.  LB Chris Borland, if healthy, should be one of the best backers in the conference.

10 – NOTRE DAME – It looks as if this offense belongs to QB Dayne Crist, for now.  Future star Tommy Rees is waiting in the wings.  No matter who throws the target will be future NFLer Michael Floyd.  TE Tyler Eifert should also have a huge year in this aggressive offense.  The running game is fair behind Wood and Gray.  LB Manti T’eo and S Harrison Smith lead the very talented Irish D that held teams to only 9.8 ppg in the last 4 games of last season.

11 – FLORIDA STATE – Losing QB Christian Ponder to the NFL was tough and the Seminoles ACC and BCS hopes rest on the arm of E.J. Manuel.  RB Chris Thompson will lead a talented 3-back group and WRs Reed, Haulstead and Smith are big play receivers all the way.  The FSU defense led by Mark Stoops and LBs Bradham and Smith could be one of the best in the country.

12 – NEBRASKA – The Huskers will have the best defense in their new conference.  The D has All-American hopefuls in Crick, David and Dennard.  The Huskers were 9th in the country last season have promised to air it out under new coordinator Tim Beck.  The only problem is QB Taylor Martinez might not be the guy to get it done.

13 – TCU – As usual the Frogs have a very talented team but might be just outside the Top 10 and BCS consideration.  They have 6 kids returning to a very talented defense, however they lost star QB Andy Dalton on the other side of the ball.  They will rely heavily on RBs Ed Wesley and Matt Tucker.

14 – MICHIGAN STATE – The Spartans should be right behind the Badgers and Huskers.  The offense should be very effective under the vastly underrated QB Kirk Cousins.  RB Edwin Baker and WR EJ Cunningham should be the primary playmakers of this group.

15 – FLORIDA – The Gators could go far with QB Brantley in the Weis offensive system.  However they have a difficult schedule, have to replace 7 players on defense and several players on the offensive line.  They will lose a few but we will certainly see what new head coach Will Muschamp is made of.

16 – VIRGINIA TECH – This is one of the tougher teams to figure out.  Coach Beamer just got a well-deserved extension but one of his better QBs in Tyrod Taylor is no longer there.  They will have to depend on RB David Wilson and WRs Boykin and Coale for production.  The defense is always good at VT and this should be a good group again led by LB Bruce Taylor.

17 – TEXAS A&M – The Aggies should be one of the better teams this season in the state of Texas.  The offense should be very efficient behind signal caller Ryan Tannehill.  RB Cyrus Gray could be one of the more underrated runners in the country.  The defense could ultimately be the reason this experienced team falters as they lost a couple of big play defenders, namely Von Miller.

18 – ARKANSAS – They have the talent to be a Top 10 team but lost an excellent college QB in Ryan Mallett.  QB Tyler Wilson is capable but nowhere near as talented.  In addition they had some significant losses on the offensive line.  RB Knile Davis bullying his way in-between tackles should be what keeps this Razorback offense moving.  The Arky defense is adequate and should keep them in ballgames.

19 – USC – The Trojans are in the BPD Top 20 by the hair of their chins.  QB Matt Barkley should have a very good season and connect with WR Robert Woods often.  The team has talent on the defensive side of the ball but they lack depth and did give up big points at the end of last season.  In addition they aren’t playing for anything for the second year in a row.

20 – ARIZONA – The Cats are going to be a very fun team to watch.  QB Nick Foles might put up Playstation type numbers this season against the weak Pac-12 defenses.  Benefitting from Foles skills will be WRs Criner and Buckner.  On the other side of the ball they’ve had some significant losses in the off-season.  They should do just well enough for this team to get to a decent bowl game.

21 – WEST VIRGINIA – QB Geno Smith is going to be very exciting to watch on this very fast and talented offensive unit.   Tavon Austin and Vernard Roberts are the two guys that will also make this offense go.  The defense is also very solid.  DE Bruce Irvin should be a thorn in the side of most of the Big East QBs.  The only problem with the D is they are a bit undersized.  Power backs should thrive against this unit.

22 – TEXAS – Talent is no the issue on this Longhorn team looking to regain some respect in the state of Texas.  New D-Coordinator Diaz should help make this unit more aggressive.  DE Sam Acho and LB Keenan Robinson could be the best at their position in the country.  The offense looks to be the biggest issue and the position of biggest concern is QB.

23 – IOWA – There are only nine players returning to this squad.  RB Marcus Coker looks to be the stud on this offense.  WR Marvin McNutt should also help stretch the defenses and make big plays.  QB James Vandenberg has very little game experience but has sat behind Stanzi and the hope is that some of Stanzi has rubbed off on him.  The defense is a solid unit whose strongest component is the defensive backfield.  DBs Prater and Hyde are outstanding.

24 – MISSISSIPPI STATE – The Bulldogs make the Top 25 yet again.  QB Chris Relf won’t burn up the record books but he doesn’t make many mistakes.  RB Vick Ballard will move this offense and score, a lot.  A talent defense returns 7 starters but must break in all new linebackers.  A very tough schedule of Auburn and LSU over a 5 days stretch, at Georgia and Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss to finish out the season mean this team has to have a lot of things go right to win more than 7 games.

25 – SOUTH FLORIDA – The Bulls should battle WVU for the Big East crown.  QB B.J. Daniels isn’t very consistent but he makes big plays.  RB Demetris Murray isn’t great but is a workhorse and will get the job done.  But the Bulls won’t win this conference on the offensive side of the ball.  A very quick and talented group will be what makes or breaks this team.  LB Sam Arrington, DeDe Lattimore and DE Ryan Giddins will make life difficult for Big East foes.  This group should force a lot of turnovers.

26-40 (Maryland, Georgia, Missouri, Illinois, NC State, BYU, Air Force, Clemson, Tennessee, UNC, Penn State, Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Washington)

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2011 NFL Draft Review

The 2011 NFL Draft has come and gone and many fans are still left wondering if their teams did any good.  With owners locking players out and no CBA there was no free agent period prior to the Draft.  It is almost impossible for the average fan to determine which players are coming back and who is a free agent.  That being said, it was hard to grade any team too harshly.  Some teams may have free agency plans that will cover their other needs.  We just don’t know and only time can tell.  All I can grade on is what these teams needed, what they got and the value of those picks.

Arizona – C+

I thought they should have grabbed Gabbert but the pick of Peterson wasn’t bad.  He is the best player in the draft and gives the Cards two shutdown CBs.  They took the tiny RB from VT in Round 2 when I thought they should have taken an O-Lineman.  They did manager to get a TE and LB in the draft although I’m not sure if they’re gonna play much next year.  Overall a good draft but not addressing OL or a QB in a QB heavy draft denies them the higher grade.

Atlanta – C-

I thought hard about giving them a D grade but I can’t as they will get some production out of the guys they got.  WR Julio Jones is a good WR but he does drop easy balls way too often.  Not to mention they had to give up 5 picks just for him.  I didn’t agree with that move at all.  He isn’t Randy Moss and even if he was I would still say 5 is too many to give up.  RB Rodgers  from Oregon State is a decent move but they moved up to get him too.  He is a 3rd down back at best and his size is a real concern.  They also had needs significant needs at TE and CB that they didn’t address.

Baltimore B+

Ravens score big.  They need a CB and get Jimmy Smith.  He isn’t Patrick Peterson but he is good and should start.  WR Torrey Smith is also a great pick.  Could end up being the best WR of this class.  They also got WR Tandon Doss later on.  He’ll be a nice Red Zone target for sure.  They added a bit on OL and DL and also added QB Tyrod Taylor who I think will develop into a solid back up QB in the NFL.

Buffalo – B

The Bills had a good draft almost on accident when DT Marcel Dareus and CB Aaron Williams fall into their laps.  Luckily they didn’t pass on either of them.  They add more DB and LB depth later in the draft.  They did miss out on a QB but I don’t think there was a good fit for them after the 2nd Round.

Carolina – B

The Panthers add a franchise QB in Cam Newton.  He is a boom or bust pick for sure and now they have to figure out what to do with Jimmy Clausen who should still develop into a solid pro QB.  They do manage to hit all areas of need on defense and OL.  They also add some guys who can help on special teams.

Chicago – B

They were so lucky in this draft.  They botched a move up in Round 1 of the Draft and still landed OL Gabe Carimi who will start at RT or LG.  With the pick they almost dealt in Round 1 they deal it in Round 2 to get DT Stephen Paea.  DB Conte will contribute on defense and special teams as will LB James Thomas.  QB Enderle could develop nicely on the bench if the Bears are smart enough to hold on to him.  They did need a tall, physical WR and didn’t come away with one.

Cincinnati – B+

The Bengals are rebuilding on the fly and are off to a very good start.  Ocho and T.O. are out the door so they take stud WR A.J. Green.  Carson Palmer demands a trade or he’ll retire.  The Bengals answer was to take QB Andy Dalton.   The added much needed depth on their lines with the selection of Moch and Boling.  They also get a late round steal in FS Sands.  This was one of the Bengals better drafts in a long time.

Cleveland – C+

The Browns had quite a few needs so it was hard for them to mess up.  With the change in coaching staffs they needed to address a very thin defensive front and they did so by taking DT Phil Taylor and DE Jabaal Sheard.  Not sure they will be upper echelon linemen, but they are an improvement.  WR Greg Little was also a good pick.   He’ll get plenty of playing time.  They failed to address some other areas of need like LB and S.  With 8 picks you should be able to cover your needs.

Dallas – C +

The Cowboys O-Line was aging and needed a jolt of youth.  That is exactly what they got with the selection of Tyron Smith.  He is a 1st Rounder in size and potential only.  Fans had better be patient with him.  LB Bruce Carter is probably their best pick.  He should make an impact on defense and special teams immediately.  I am not to sure about the DeMarco Murray pick.  They are stocked at RB already.  Perhaps a couple of the veteran have worn out their welcome.  Stay tuned.  They needed D-Line help and didn’t get it.

Denver – B+

It was tough to get this draft wrong since they had so many holes and a new defensive scheme.  LB Von Miller is a spectacular pick.  He should be great for many years to come.  However, I thought the more immediate need was on the D-Line.  S Rahim Moore brings youth and speed to an aging defensive backfield.  Good pick.  OL Orlando Franklin was a good selection and adds depth to their line.  Nate Irving and Quinton Carter were very good mid-round picks and add athletes to what was a poor defense.  They also got a much needed TE in the draft.  Lack of a starting D-Lineman keeps this from being an A draft.

Detroit – B+

Wow, wow, wow!  When they took DT Nick Fairley that was all I could say.  I thought they might take a CB or an O-Lineman.  Instead they take a dominant DT to go with their current dominant DT Suh.  They are going to beat people up.  WR Titus Young should be a nice second option and RB Mikel Leshoure and nice second option in the backfield.  They failed to add needed DB or O-Line help and that is all that keeps them from an A grade.

Green Bay – B

The Pack win the Superbowl and then have a very good draft to follow.  Almost doesn’t seem fair.  OT Derrek Sherrod is going to add much needed depth to the O-Line and develop into a full-time starter on the right side.  The WR corps is getting up there so they take WR Randall Cobb.  He is very fast and has above average hands.  He may displace one of the older veteran receivers.  DB Davon House and TE D.J. William were excellent mid-round picks.  Both should get plent of playing time.  Huge steal could be the 7th Round pick of DT Lawrence Guy.  Many projected him a 4th or 5th Round pick and he slipped.  He could develop into a very solid reserve.  They needed a RB and took Hawaii’s Alex Green.  They had better hope their rookie playoff phenom is the future because Alex is nothing more than a 3rd Down back.

Houston – B

The Texans addressed their biggest need and that was their defensive front 7.  With the change in philosophy they needed linemen and linebackers to fit the system and they got that with the selection of DE J.J. Watt and LB Brooks Reed.  They will start right away.  They’ve also had tons of issues in the defensive backfield and addressed that taking Harris, Carmichael and Keo with the next three picks.  I also liked the addition of QB Yates to develop behind Matt Schaub.  The only miss was not taking a big, bad nose tackle.

Indianpolis – B

This was the “we don’t want you to leave us via free agency Peyton Manning” draft.  How do you do that?  Well, you start by drafting stud O-Linemen, Costanzo and Ijalana, with the first two picks.  Adding DT Drake Nevis in the 3rd was solid.  They did fail to add WR depth but overall, not too bad.

Jacksonville – C+

QB David Garrard is getting old and their isn’t much behind him.  Having Mizzou stud Blaine Gabbert fall into their laps was a blessing.  Blaine will sit for a season or two behind David until he transitions into the pro game.  Good pick.  OL Will Rackley and WR Cecil Shorts are quality mid-round finds.  They should both contribute next season.  Jacksonville left a lot of areas unaddressed at the conclusion of this draft but they only had 5 picks.

Kansas City – B+

The Chiefs did very well this draft.  They addressed just about every area of need.  They reached just a little bit with WR Jon Baldwin in the 1st Round but he should be a decent player.  OL Rodney Hudson was a very good pick.  He can play guard or center.  LB Justin Houston in the 3rd Round.  Bonafide steal in this draft.  Should contribute immediately.  QB Ricky Stanzi was another good pick.  5th Rounder will develop nicely behind Matt Cassell.  Finally, DT Jerrell Powe was a great find in the 6th Round and has a great shot at making the team.

Miami – C

QB was a glaring need for this team and they didn’t address it.  Henne could develop into an OK QB but not the kind you build around.  They did however get OL Mike Pouncey.  He will be a starter from Day 1 and help the run game immensely.  They waited until the next round to get a RB and took Daniel Thomas from K.State.  He is a between the tackles pounder that will replace the departing Rickey Williams.  Not much speed to get outside however.  WR wasn’t a pressing need but they got Edmund Gates who could develop into a decent #2 receiver.

Minnesota – C

Why on earth do you select QB Christian Ponder with the #12 pick.  He was anywhere between 25-40 on most boards.  They could have easily moved down 5 to 10 spots, picked up a couple of extra picks and still taken him.  TE Kyle Rudolph was a good pick in the next round but it wasn’t a pressing need.  I thought their mid-round picks of DE Christian Ballard, DB Brandon Burton and OL DeMarcus Love were pretty good.  They could contribute next season.

New England – C+

The Pats usually get an A or B+ rating from me but not this year.  They solidified their O-Line by taking Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon.  CB Ras I Dowling was also a good pick and should contribute right away.  Taking QB Ryan Mallett was a low risk-high reward kind of pick.  He is certainly a guy that could develop into the heir apparent to Tom Brady.  However this team needed youth and speed at WR and a stud DE and didn’t get them with all the picks they had.

New Orleans – B+

The Saints certainly got better after this draft.  They needed to infuse some youth and talent in their defensive front 7 and did that with the selection of DE Cameron Jordan and LB Martez Wilson.  They will contribute right away and for a long time for this team.  The pick of RB Mark Ingram was brilliant.  They Saints are full of underachieving or injury prone backs.  They needed a durable, hard running guy who can carry the ball 20 to 25 times.  Ingram will start right away and one or two of their current group will be looking for work elsewhere.

New York (G) – B+

The Giants had needs and filled them all in this draft.  Having CB Prince Amurakara fall to 19 certainly helps.  He will contribute immediately.  DT Marvin Austin could go either way.  He may do well as the system fits his attributes but will a year off of football put him behind everyone else.  The Giants love those speedy, little WRs and took another one in Jerrell Jernigan.  He will be a slot WR and special teams contributor.  OL James Brewer will add much needed depth on the O-Line and finding LG Greg Jones in the 6th Round was a steal.  He will contribute in the LB rotation and special teams.  S Tyler Sash will also have a great chance and making the team.

New York (J) – C

Did the J-E-T-S get some good players?  Yes.  Did they address their needs?  Not necessarily.  They took DT Muhammed Wilkerson with the 1st pick and then Kenrick Ellis with the 2nd.  Perhaps they will use Wilkerson as a DE in their scheme otherwise the pick didn’t make too much sense.  I wouldn’t call taking WR Jeremy Kerley from TCU “addressing” your WR needs.  The pick of RB Bilal Green didn’t make too much sense either.  They have Green and LT.   They failed to address S, O-Line and LB.

Oakland – C

The Raiders are slowly turning things around but this very mediocre draft isn’t going to help them get to the next level.  I figured they would take C Stefan Wieskniewski with the 1st pick.  They guy was made to be a Raider and he should contribute right away.  CB DeMarcus VanDyke with the 81st overall pick was a bit of a mystery.  Davis loves combine guys and that is all this guy is.  His production at the college level was very pedestrian.  OL Joseph Barksdale was a good mid-round pick.  He should make the team and start at RT down the road.  DB Chimdi Chekwa and RB Taiwan Jones should make the team.  They did need a QB to develop and failed to get one.

Philadelphia – B

The Eagles did  well and addressed a lot of areas of concern.  G Danny Watkins is an earth mover and a solid pick.  He should start right away.  The Eagles defensive backfield was a bit of a mess and they may have fixed it with the picks of Jaiquawn Jarrett and Curtis Marsh.  LB Casey Matthews is a bit undersized but they said that about Dat Ngyuen and Zach Thomas.  This kid can play.  A 4th Rounder on kicker Alex Henery means David Akers will be looking for a new employer.

Pittsburgh – C+

Defensive backfield may have been a greater need the Steelers couldn’t pass up on DT Cam Heyward to shore up the D-Line.  OL Marcus Gilbert may end up being a RT but is an excellent pass protector, which Big Ben needs badly.  They take DBs Curtis Brown and Cortez Allen.  Both are decent enough to make a squad but I don’t see significant contributions from either one.  DL Chris Carter will play LB in the Steelers scheme.  He could develop into a starter but will be a reserve and special teamer for now.

San Diego – B+

The Chargers went into this draft aggressively and came out with most of their needs met.  They surprised everyone by taking DT Corey Liguet.  He is and excellent DT and may have the athletic ability to play DE in their scheme.  Marcus Gilchrist and Shareece Wright will shore up their defensive backfield.  WR Vincent Brown could be a mid-round steal.  He is a very polished player and will contribute right away.  RB Jordan Todman from UConn is a younger clone of Darren Sproles.  He should fit in just fine.

San Francisco – C

The 49ers make everyone scratch their heads when they take DE Aldon Smith with the 7th overall pick.  Gabbert was still there.  Prince Amurakara was still there.  Aldon is good and will contribute but it just seemed that he was picked 5 to 8 spots higher than he should have gone and there were other more significant needs and players to fill those needs at that pick.  They do get their QB in Colin Kaepernick.  He has great intangibles but he is a project and isn’t ready to start.  They will need a bridge QB.    They find a nice RB in the 4th Round in Kendall Hunter.  He is a bruiser like Gore and will take some of the pressure off of him.    They needed another LB and S and didn’t get one.

Seattle – D

The Seahawks are my only “under C” grade of the draft.  Not sure what they were doing here.  They shore up the O-Line with Carpenter and Moffitt which is a good thing but Carpenter wasn’t a 1st Round pick and Moffitt wasn’t a 2nd Round pick.  They certainly could have maneuvered around, picked up extra picks and still got their guys.  None of the other players are really worth mentioning and they failed to draft an heir apparent to QB Matt Hasselbeck.

St. Louis – B

The Rams did a very nice job of addressing their needs.  They took DE Robert Quinn in the the 1st Round.  He is a beast and will contribute right away.  They needed an athletic TE that can stretch the middle of the field and got one in Lance Kendricks.  They also needed more weapons for QB Bradford and got WRs Pettis and Salas.  Pettis will be a solid 3rd WR and Salas is a speedy, homerun hitter.  They did miss out on a getting a RB to develop behind Steven Jackson.

Tampa Bay – B+

The Bucs did a very nice job.  They took care of any issues on the D-Line by taking DE/LB Adrian Clayborn and DE DaQuan Bowers.  If Bowers can stay healthy, he and Clayborn will wreak havoc on that side of the ball for a long time.  LB Mason Foster is a quick, athletic player who should contribute right away.  TE Luke Stocker should give them another weapon on offense.  S Ahmad Black slipped to their pick and Round 5 and should contribute on passing downs and special teams.

Tennessee – C

QB Jake Locker at #8?  All week people were wondering if he would go in the 1st Round.  Instead he went in the 1st Round before Blaine Gabbert.  Wow!  Locker could develop into a serviceable QB but if he starts right away it is going to be a rough baptism for him.  They did redeem themselves by taking LB Ayers, DT Jurrell Casey and LB Colin McCarthy to shore up their defensive front 7.  I look for Ayers to surprise a lot of people and be a candidate for defensive rookie of the year.

Washington – B

QB was at the very top of there to-do list and didn’t come away with one.  Perhaps Shanahan has his eye on the free agent.  The Redskins next biggest need was that poor defensive line and they came away with two potential starters in Kerrigan and Jenkins.  Kerrigan is a great edge rusher and Jenkins is a force in the middle that will demand double teams.  WR Leonard Hankerson was a great value pick and should be a target for whatever guy ends up QBing this team.  WR Nile Paul from Nebraska was another great value pick in Round 5.  This big, physical WR should make the team.

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