Sunday, April 30, 2006
Cheers & Jeers
My draft recap with a reminder that I don't watch college football nor do I pay attention to draft previews.
Cheers: New York Jets
Let me get this out of the way. They avoided the glamour pick and ended up with the two highest rated offensive linemen. In the second round they took quarterback Kellen Clemens. On a night I couldn't fall asleep I heard a "draft expert" on the radio (the guy runs gmjr.com). He said Clemens was the best quarterback in the draft, so the pick must be good.
The Jets need a lot of help so it made sense not to trade away a lot of draft picks and a top rated offensive tackle for Bush.
Cheers: Matt Leinart
Sure he lost millions of dollars by staying around USC for another year (although last year's bad elbow may have pushed him back). Also when the Jets passed on him, millions in endorsement money went away too. However, in a few years people forget where a guy was taken. Bottom line: Leinart's got a good coach and three great weapons at wide receiver and running back.
Jeers: Texas Houstons
They thought Mario Williams would help them the most and I won't argue with that. A smarter team would have taken better advantage of that number one spot.
Jeers: Denver Broncos
They traded up in the first round to draft a backup to a 31 year old quarterback. Let the quarterback controversy begin.
Jeers: Buffalo Bills
The players they picked may turn out to be fine, but all the "experts" say they drafted their first two guys way too early. Double-jeers to the Bills for drafting Brad Butler, a despicable cheap shot artist (see video).
Jeers: San Diego Chargers
The spent their number one pick on a guy who played as much as I did last year. Antonio Cromartie did look great in workouts. So did Tebucky Jones.
Jeers: NC State
You would think a team with three defensive linemen going in the first round would do better than a 6-5 record.
Cheers: Torry Holt
In the ESPN studio, he was cool with his shades, calm, well spoken, informed, and thoughtful.
Jeers: the rest of ESPN
Only Mel Kiper does his homework. The rest add nothing but mindless bluster.
Cheers: the Patriots
I'm mandated to compliment them. Tom Brady has several new weapons to play with. Garrett Mills of Tulsa will be a big contributor.
Cheers: Mel Kiper's hair
Stunning as always.