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NFL Draft Grades

Posted on: April 28, 2008 11:13 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2008 5:20 pm
 
I'll start off by saying I am no expert, just an avid sports fan and took in my fair share of the NFL draft this weekend. Pizza, beer and some picks leaving me scratching my head. My mock draft exploded like many others mainly because we can't predict what trades might be made. Granted it is too soon to tell how this draft will pan out, but just based on needs, talent and potential I'll give this a shot. So without further ado here are my grades.


Arizona Cardinals: They addressed offensive line last year with Levi Brown but still needed more in this draft to open some holes for James and give whoever plays quarterback some time to throw the dam ball. They didn't had any depth at o-line until the 7th round, but they did address their secondary needs with their first pick.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie should be a solid corner in the NFL and is the Cardinals best player taken in the draft. I like that they took three defensive ends because that is a huge need for this team. They are betting on one of the three to be a solid pass rusher. Also to picks of Early Doucet and Tim Hightower are inexpensive picks to bring in depth at both positions. Edge is getting old and Doucet provides insurance in case Boldin is traded (especially with him unhappy with his contract).

Grade: B

Atlanta Falcons: Arthur Blank needed a face of the franchise so they can finally put the Michael Vick saga behind them. I question the choice of Matt Ryan with the third pick because Glenn Dorsey would have been a stud on their defensive line. I know teams were worried about his injuries but he is a difference maker on D. They could have gotten a quarterback in the second round pretty easily considering how far Chad Henne and Brian Brohm fell.

Taking Sam Baker in the first round and trading up might be a stretch but they felt he'd be gone by their next pick. I agree with taking some line help to protect your new franchise QB, but it might have came pretty steep. The thing I like is that they added a lot of picks to their defense.

I think their best pick was Chevis Jackson from LSU. He will be a starter at CB and was a great pick in the third round.

Grade: B-

Baltimore Ravens: I started off really liking the first round trade with Jacksonville and getting more picks to rebuild. Then trading back up to take Flacco baffled me. I know they need a quarterback now that Steve McNair called it quits and Kyle Boeller never panned out. I think Flacco would have been there at No. 26 for the Ravens and they would have had more picks to use.

I really like taking Ray Rice in the second and having him team up with McGahee in the backfield.
Tavares Gooden and Tom Zbikowski should fit right in with the Ravens defense and be contributors. They didn't get any huge picks in this draft but filled the teams needs. If Flacco pans out and is the franchise QB the Ravens hope obviously this draft grade goes up.

Grade: C+

Buffalo Bills
: I think the Bills came out of this weekend with some starters and a lot of good role players. I love the Leodis McKelvin pick. He gives them youth in the secondary and a future starter. Getting James Hardy in the second was a steal and I also like the pick of receiver Steve Johnson in the seventh. I wouldn't be surprised if he becomes a solid slot receiver for the Bills.

If the Bills can stay healthy they could be a surprise team in the AFC this year. They played tough last year and lost some close games. These picks should fill in some key holes.

Grade: B

Carolina Panthers: Taking Jonathan Stewart at No. 13 kind of shocked me. I thought they would go for Branden Albert with this pick. The Panthers weren't worried about Stewart's injury coming into the draft and think he and DeAngelo Williams will be a heck of a tandem and they might be right. Getting Jeff Otah was a huge pick in a few ways. He's a big guy and will be an immediate starter on the line.

Charles Godfrey is a hard hitting safety and Dan Connor fell to the third round and is a steal and a half. He will take over for Dan Morgan in the middle and should start right away.

Grade: B+

Chicago Bears: The Bears had a ton of picks to make this team better and try to get back to the playoffs. The NFC North is wide open, but unfortunately for Bears fans the only pick that will have an impact is Chris Williams. He will protect either Rex Grossman or Kyle Orton and should help open some holes for the running game that was no existent last year.

After Williams I don't understand any of the Bears selections. Taking a running back in the second confused me. I don't know much about Forte, but a receiver or d-lineman might have been a better choice. There were a lot of great receivers and a solid running back class this year. Earl Bennett should pan out for them but they could have gotten a better guy in round two. Not taking a quarterback in any round makes no sense. Grossman and Orton both have one year deals and they need a QB to build around. Taking a guy in the later rounds would have been the smart thing to do especially with Colt Brennan and Andre Woodson falling into the sixth round.

Grade: D-

Cincinnati Bengals: Cinci got much needed help on defense in this draft which is good. Pat Sims and Keith Rivers will be starting this season for the Bengals. They should improve one of the league's worst defenses. I know Marvin Lewis keeps saying he is going to sit Chad Johnson and not trade him so with that in mind they drafted three receivers. Chris Henry is gone and TJH wil assume the No. 1 receiver role. Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson are both good size targets and could give Carson Palmer a few more targets.

Corey Lynch will be a force on special teams and battle for a starting spot at safety. He could be a wild card for this team and with a sixth round pick is a good value. He has a ton of potential and should help this team out.

Grade: B

Cleveland Browns:
The Browns did as much as they could with limited second day picks. If you take in consideration the studs they got on their defensive line for their picks this is a great draft. They go two defensive run stoppers in the middle of the line for their first few picks. They improved the D and added role players through the draft. The Browns felt Shaun Rogers and Cory Williams, proven starters, were better than taking a chance on rookies. They were 10-6 last year and are hoping these guys get them over the hump and into the playoffs.

Martin Rucker is a big target and should give Derek Anderson an option five to 10 yards out in case he gets in trouble.

Grade: B

Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones went with his Arkansas boy in Felix Jones. Marion Barber III is used to being the home-run hitter for the Cowboys and not being the main man. I'll be interested if he can step up and be a No. 1 back. He wants to get paid like one and I think that is why Dallas went with Jones instead of Mendenahll. Barber might have felt more threatened if they took Mendenhall.

Mike Jenkins is a great pick and will be a starter for many years. Even if Pacman Jones is reinstated having a lot of corners is a must in the NFL. Jenkins is by far their best pick. Bennett is a huge tight end and will be a nice target for Romo. Teamed with Whitten, Bennett will get his fair share of catches in the red zone.

Grade: A-

Denver Broncos: Ryan Clady will be a 10-year starter for the Broncos and is a great pick. The rest of their picks can be seen as need picks, but none will be immediate starters. Eddie Royal should be their third or fourth wide receiver this year and there is potential he could become a nice target for Jay Cutler.

The pick I like the most is a guy I don't know much about. Ryan Torain was a fifth round pick and we all know what happens with running backs Denver takes in late rounds. I see this guy rushing for 1,000 yards within his first three years in the league.

Grade: B

Detroit Lions: This was an unusual draft for the Lions. What I mean is they didn't take a wide receiver in the first round and actually got some nice prospects. Apparently the Lions liked
Gosder Cherlius a lot and took him to protect Jon Kitna. Getting rid of Kevin Jones the Lions main need in this draft was running back.

I was really shocked they passed on Mendenhall in the first round but at least they didn't take a receiver. I am a big fan of Kevin Smith and thought he'd be a great investment in the third or fourth round for any team. Detroit thought so too and traded up to take him first overall in the third. They will be extremely happy with this decision.

Jordon Dizon and Cliff Avril will solidify their defense and I think Caleb Campbell will be a good special teamer. If he gets a chance to play safety or linebacker for the Lions he will be a huge value at a seventh round choice. Just because the Lions drafted unlike they normally do they get a great grade.

Grade: A

Green Bay Packers: The Packers were one game away from the Superbowl and didn't have too many needs in this draft. They had to address their aging corners and replacing Cory Williams on the d-line. Picking Jordy Nelson with their first pick was odd to me. They didn't need a wide receiver, but they must have seen something they liked. Taking Brian Brohm in the second was a great value especially seeing how he was projected to be a first rounder in last years draft.

They don't have a back up for Aaron Rodgers and Brohm is a good start for them. If Rodgers falters, Brohm could step in, but if he has to become a starter this year, it will hurt his progression. Give him two or three years and he could be the man in Green Bay.

The rest of the draft just fills needs which is what the draft is for, but none of the guys jump out at me. Taking Matt Flynn in the seventh struck me odd too. I see Green Bay signing a veteran to back up Rodgers and let Brohm mature and no room for Flynn. Unless they have other plans for him.

Grade: C+

Houston Texans: I think the Texans were worried this miss out on an upper echelon offensive lineman in this draft and made a stretch for Duane Brown. He should be a starter but they probably could have traded up to take him in the second round or trade their first rounder for a few more picks.

The Texans have a good defense and got some nice back ups and possibly future starters in Xavier Adibi and Frank Okam. I really like Steve Slaton in the third round. Good value and he should give them a nice option in the backfield.

Grade: C

Indianapolis Colts: Indy didn't have any holes to fill. They just use the draft to get role players and back ups that might one day be starters each year. No first round picks for the Colts or really flashy picks but they should be on top of the AFC South yet again. Jacob Tamme should compliment Dallas Clark nicely giving Peyton Manning yet another option to throw to. I like the pick of Mike Hart in the sixth round. He rarely fumbled at Michigan and can definitely get those hard yards. I see him as a nice back up or third string running back for the Colts.

I was unsure why they took three centers, but after listening to so analysis I guess they plan on converting one or two of them to tackles. Picking the most talented players at their position in the round. Makes sense and Tony Dungy has a way of moving guys around on the line and keeping Manning protected.

Grade: C

Jacksonville Jaguars: As a Jaguar fan I'll try to be objective with my grade. I know the teams biggest need one a defensive end and they got who they wanted in Derek Harvey. Projected as the best d-lineman in the draft and Jacksonville likes guys from Florida this makes sense.

Giving up two thirds and a fourth for him was a bit much and I know he was a stretch at No. 8. I'm glad we will see him as a Jag this season but have to think if this was too much. I'm happy they didn't give up any picks next year. Looking back at it, I don't think any other team would have swapped first rounders without adding an additional first rounder next year. And I think Buffalo would have taken him at No. 11 if he was available. For Baltimore they wanted Matt Ryan, didn't get him so the trade made perfect sense (then moving back up to grab Flacco made no sense)

That being said I hope he works out. Quentin Groves could be a DE or linebacker depending on how much he bulks up before the season. Thomas Williams adds depth at linebacker which I like because Mike Peterson has been injury prone. I really like Trae Williams in the fifth. He will start off behind Rasheen Mathis, Brian Williams and Drayton Florence but going against Indy, the more corners the better. I absolutely love that pick.

I was upset they didn't add depth on o-line or even trade further back in the fifth round to get another seventh rounder. I would have liked to get Caleb Campbell as a safety and give him a shot and use him on special teams. Jacksonville's last pick on a running back??? Maybe for returns other than that not sure on him.

Grade: C+

Kansas City: They needed a lot of help from this draft and they got it. Glenn Dorsey will be a force on D and getting him at No. 5 was a steal in my book. Then moving up to get Branden Albert to protect your QB was a nice move too. First round was huge (and just because they are both big guys). Games are won in the trenches and they will fight for you for sure.

Brandon Flowers will compete for a starting job in the secondary and Brad Cottam gives either Croyle or Huard a big target opposite Tony Gonzalez. Jamaal Charles will compliment Larry Johnson nicely too. This is a two back league now and he should be a nice fit for the Chiefs.

Grade: A+

Miami Dolphins: Jake Long is going to be a long time starter for this team and was the smart choice at No. 1. Chad Henne dropped farther than I thought he would and will make it interesting in training camp. I don't think its fair to give up on Beck because he didn't have a line in front of him or Ronnie Brown.

It is interesting that Henne and Long keeping the Michigan connection alive. Parcells is a master drafter and probably figures to bring in his guy for QB of the future in Henne and a guy that protected him for four years in Long. Smart move. I thought Jason Taylor would be traded and what I hear Jacksonville was the team they wear dealing with. If they were asking a second rounder and pair of thirds or possibly future picks I'd be pissed if Jacksonville didn't make the trade. But a first rounder for someone who will be 34 at the start of the season wouldn't be worth it.

He might have gotten them a championship but if he got injured it'd be like drafting a bust in the first. For Miami keeping him and having him tutor the young guys on D that got drafted. Not flashy, but this was a typical Parcells draft.

Grade: A

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings didn't have a first rounder but getting Jared Allen was even better. Their two defensive tackles require at least three guys blocking them and if Allen can gets a single blocker its lights out. Their defense was good before and now probably the best.

John David Booty was a really nice pick in the fifth. Could be their future quarterback. Tavarias Jackson did win games for them last year but I'm not sold on his arm. If he falters Booty could lead the team to the top of the NFC North.

Grade: A-

New England Patriots: Trading down to No. 10 was smart. Jerod Mayo gives them youth at linebacker which i a key position on their defense. I think he was a stretch at No. 10 but I heard the Patriots had him just below Rivers as the best linebacker. They might have been able to trade down again and get more picks but must have felt the need to get him while they could. Terrence Wheatley gives them a much needed corner.

The rest of their picks were two more linebackers, another CB, WR and QB. The quarterback in the fifth round...they got me with that one. Don't know much about the guy, but the Patriots must have liked something about him and could be a nice backup for Brady, even though he never gets injured.

Grade: B

New Orleans Saints: Sedrick Ellis is solid. Trading up ahead of the Bengals was a good move. Carl Nicks is a nice offensive lineman and should compete for a starting job within the next year. I like the pick of Adrian Arrington from Michigan. He should be another fast, young receiver to add to Brees' arsenal.

Grade: B-

New York Giants: I said from the start Kenny Phillips would be a Giant. He is a hard hitter and should solidify their secondary. Robert Henderson could be a sleeper for them. He is a big, strong guy and fits in the mold of some of their late round d-lineman they have chosen over the years.

Not sure about Andre Woodson. He is a good quarterback and will be the third stringer most likely. They didn't really need a QB in this draft but I guess you can never have too many. I heard more than 60 quarterbacks were used last year so even a solid third stringer is a must.

Grade: B

New York Jets: Vernon Gholston is going to give them a force on defense and I don't think he will be a bust. He should fit the Jets system and get around 5 to 8 sacks this year. Trading up to get Dustin Keller shocked me a bit. They must have thought he was getting snatched up in the seven picks between No. 30 and their next pick in the second. He is a good pass catching tight end and should be a nice option for Pennington or Clemons.

I thought the Jets were going to take a different quarterback in this draft but Erick Ainge is a guy that can manage games and is second behind Peyton Manning in touchdowns at Tennessee. Marcus Henry is a big target but I'm sure Jets fans were hoping for a big time receiver out of this draft.

Grade: B-

Oakland Raiders: Darren McFadden is a great football player and could be the best athlete in this year's class. If I was Oakland I would have taken Glenn Dorsey. He would have given them a big guy on defense that was horrendous last year. I know Russell needed help on offense but they put some money into Fargas last year after he was productive for them and Michael Bush was injured and they don't know what they have in him.

And they are paying for Rhodes and Jordan still and neither of them panned out. They were barely below the salary cap and are most likely looking at some penalties for cutting some players to make room for McFadden. The Raiders didn't address offensive line which needed at least one starter out of this draft.

Grade: C+

Philadelphia Eagles: Philly needed a flashy receiver for Donovan McNabb and think they got him in DeSean Jackson. Trevor Laws was one of few bright spots on Notre Dame last year and should start right away. I like the picks of Matt McGlynn, King Dunlap and Mike Gibson for the o-line. All three have potential to be starters and all are huge.

They should keep McNabb protected and open more holes for Westbrook.

Grade: B

Pittsburgh Steelers: They went with the best player available and if I was a Steeler fan I'd be extremely happy. Rashard Mendenhall is a great running back and in Pittsburgh's system should flourish. Teamed with Willie Parker, they could rush for more than 2,000 yards or they should rather.

Limas Sweed gives Big Ben his big receiver and should learn the ropes nicely from Hines Ward. Bruce Davis and Tony Hills should both bolster their respective lines. I was surprised they didn't get more help for the o-line, which was their biggest need. I like the pick of Dennis Dixon.

Dixon should be the third string QB but will most likely be used in the slot and at running back. He is quick and can obviously throw the ball so look for Pittsburgh to have a few more trick plays this year.

Grade: B+

San Diego Chargers: Antoine Cason gives them another corner that should be No. 3 on the team. He has good hands and is a really nice pick. They didn't have many picks but I really like Jacob Hester. He is listed at a fullback but is quick and torched much of the SEC in his college career. He should be a nice compliment to LT with Michael Turner now a Falcon.

They got what they needed and added depth. Nothing huge, but a nice class.

Grade: B+

Seattle Seahawks: Lawrence Jackson was a little stretch for a first round choice but they knew they needed a DE and there weren't many higher tier in this class. Like Jacksonville, they got what they needed most. My favorite pick for Seattle is Owen Schmidt. He was a solid choice in the sixth round and loves to hit people. He will open holes for whoever runs the ball for the Hawks and if he gets the chance to run the ball, look for him to roll over dudes.

Grade: B-

San Francisco 49ers: Three of their six picks were on the offensive and defensive lines were they needed the most help. Kentwan Balmer will be a nice fit for the Niners, but many aren't 100 percent sold on him. He's a big guy at 6'5'' and should take some heat off of Willis.

Grabbing o-line help should make Alex Smith smile. Reggie Smith will probably have the biggest impact as a rookie. He will most likely start or at very least be the third corner for San Fran.

Grade: C+

St. Louis Rams: I really thought they were going with Glenn Dorsey who was tops on their board. Not sure why they went with Chris Long, unless they got him cheaper for what they could sign Dorsey. Long is a solid player but for Rams fans I hope having a hall of fame father didn't give him too much hype.

Regardless he was a nice pick for the Rams. They needed a stud on the d-line and they got one of the best. Donnie Avery??? Blew me away. I know no team was big on any of the receivers, but Donnie Avery? James Hardy and Devin Harris were big guys who I thought might be taken first at their position.

Besides Avery they got two other receivers which with Isaac Bruce gone, shows the youth movement at receiver. They got some help on the o-line which is getting older so they filled a need there.

I like Long but still I can't get over the fact of Avery. Unless he is a superstar the grade can't be too high.

Grade: C+

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Aqib Talib should start opposite Ronde Barber and learn the ropes from a good veteran. Nice pick at No. 20. Dexter Jackson isn't big, but gives them youth and quick receiver.

I like Dre Moore the DT from Maryland. He is a big guy and will fill the hole the Warren Sapp left when he became a Raider. In Tampa's system they need a big DT and Moore will not disappoint them.

Geno Hayes is a nice second day pick and will be a special teamer but I wouldn't be shocked to see him starting within a year. This kid is good in my opinion. I don't know much about Josh Johnson from San Diego but Gruden likes QBs and this guy might be the future. Jeff Garcia is getting old and has a year left and Chris Sims will probably getting traded this season.

Grade: B

Tennessee Titans: Wow. I was floored when they took Chris Johnson in the first. He is fast but I didn't have him in the first round for talent. If he went mid-second round I would have said nice pick. They take a lot of running backs early in drafts and they don't pan out. I would have taken a gamble on James Hardy or Devin Thomas.

I know the experts think Thomas was a one hit wonder at Michigan State, but when you look at the draft it is all about taking a chance that these young college kids can make the transition to the pros. Vince Young needed a big target. That being said Lavelle Hawkins was a nice pick in the fourth. Is he enough for Young, I'm not sure, but if they got another receiver before him for more insurance I'd be more comfortable as a Titan fan.

The pick of William Hayes had NFL guys shocked because apparently no one had him getting drafted. As a fourth rounder he better be good or this will be the biggest stretch in draft history.

Grade: C

Washington Redskins: Apparently new coach Jim Zorn wanted offense and wanted a lot of it. Devin Thomas, Malcom Kelly and Fred Davis were all projected as first rounders at one point prior to the draft. Getting all three in the second round was a dream come true for Jason Campbell. The fact you got three potential first rounders but didn't have to pay the price of taking them in the first round is a huge gift.

Yes he has Santana Moss and Chris Cooley but adding these three guys to the mix gives the Redskins a lot of possibilities and formations. Grabbing Colt Brennan late on the second day was a nice pick too. If he bulks up and Zorn can mold him, he should be a good quarterback in a few years. Project player for the future of the franchise or trade bait?? Either way it was a nice pick.

Grade: A




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Comments

Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2008 7:18 pm
 

NFL Draft Grades

i believe that they had grades for mayo and rivers close and probably would of been happy with either, but by trading down they got a 3rd round pick which i believe they made crabble from michigan



Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2008 7:13 pm
 

NFL Draft Grades

he was talking about bernard berrian to the minnesota vikings



Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2008 7:05 pm
 

NFL Draft Grades

matt ryan? are you serious? they would of had to give up way to much for a guy that isn't all that great. i agree that i would of liked to see them atleast get somebody, but fixing the o-line was a must because you can't throw a pass from your back.



Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2008 6:59 pm
 

NFL Draft Grades

there is no one that can make hester look slow.



Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2008 9:04 am
 

NFL Draft Grades

"The Eagles o-line was great last year "  Really???  Did you see the game against the Giants when they gave up 12 sacks?  Hardly a great o-line.  "Average" would be a better way to decribe the o-line.




Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2008 7:24 pm
 

NFL Draft Grades

I hear what you are saying but by the time the draft had rolled around he was considered one of the high risers.  The issues he had going into the draft where mainly injury related.  After he blew the doors off the combine he started jumping up teams boards and by the time the draft came around, many had him rated ahead of Rivers (Mike Mayot sp? for one, Joe Lomarde, ect, ect).   I  am taxing my memory here but I believe he was better in almost all measurables than Rivers at the combine plus he plays at a naturally higher weight and had played all LB positions at TN. 

It was also thought that a few teams picking in the early teens where considering him....so the Pats got themselves, after one more move, a second for next year plus Mayo and did not risk missing out on the LB they needed to inject youth into an aging group; pretty good. 

I do think your grade, if I had to give one, is a good one for them.  There back end of the draft was a bit of a head scratcher but they have earned the benefit of the doubt. 




Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2008 10:59 am
 

NFL Draft Grades

On the contrary the fact you care this much about your team is awesome and debating sports would be my dream job. I don't think the Bears should have gone quarterback in the second round but taken a chance in the fifth or sixth round or seventh round whenever they had picks. I know the door isn't closed on Rex Grossman or Kyle Orton, both were great college quarterbacks but haven't been good in the NFL. A lot has to do with their o-line and injuries.

I wasn't a fan of Grossman leaving Florida after his junior year (mainly because I'm a Gator fan and didn't think he was ready for the next level). I really like it when players stay their whole college career for the "just in case" factor. an injury can happen any time. Williams will definitely give the line some size and for Grossman's sake give him time to throw the ball. Like I said Steltz was a great value pick and should impact special teams right away but have the potential to be in on nickel situations.

After Grossman and Orton they need someone to throw the ball and if all else a rookie could sit, watch and learn what to do and the Bears could have gotten him cheap. I know both Grossman and Orton won't be back next year so taking a chance on a late second day guy wouldn't have been bad.

Besides if my opinion mattered I'd probably be working for the NFL anyway.



As for the last post, Mendenhall was obviously the best player available for the Steelers and they know this is a two running back league. Willie Parker's injury hurt them down the stretch and this is insurance for them. I don't think Mendenhall will take over the starters role (unless Parker gets injured) but this should extend his career much like Fred Taylor's in Jacksonville.



Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2008 9:50 am
 

NFL Draft Grades

i meant to say i like limas sweed



Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2008 9:48 am
 

Steelers pick

I like hate addition by the steelers with Limas Sweed but the 1st round pick with rashard Mendanhal i think was a bad pik i mean we already have a franchise back in willie parker what we should of gotten was more O line or some corners i mean denis dixon was a so so snag we dont konw what hes cappable of yet so he could be a huge bust  but once batch retires he'll be number 2 quaterback although if batch and big ben were hurt we would have st.piarre so i dont know on this pick.



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2008 8:04 pm
 

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I'm sorry but the Bears deserve a B- to B+.  And I'll restate a few things, but first I'm gonna start by saying you never know how a quarterback will end up, tom brady, joe montana are just a few that prove scouts and joe schmoes alike, get it wrong all the time. 

BUT...   if Matt Ryan was available, I'd say you gotta select him.  Other than that you have Joe Flacco who is a pick with alot of potential, but won't be good for about 3 years, and definitely a reach at 14 and not there with the second pick, then you have Brohm, who is a good thinker, but has a so-so arm and is injury prone, and henne who really only had one or two games that were good, big games, but only a few.  That really makes for a very crappy class of quarterbacks(exception of ryan), and if you look at the past, not many quarterbacks pan out in the later rounds.  For every marc bulger(a 6th round pick), there's 20 later round picks that don't make it.  So even at the second pick your taking a risk for either quarterback, especially when you need that pick to be starter.  Your 1st-3rd picks aren't picks you wanna take a risk with and the facts are sometimes you just have to wait for a draft with better quartebacks.  Either way neiter of these qb's are worth a second round pick, which is why they slid.  The GM of the bears said, that there just wasn't a good qb this year other than ryan and flacco on there board.  I agree.  The qb pickings this year were silm.  If your club was looking to build you go get your qb(ryan) if you don't have to cut off a leg, if not you draft for starters and depth(and I know that many think the bears should be rebuilding, but they are only one year removed from the superbowl loss and many of the starters are still intact).  

The book isn't closed on Grossman and especially not Orton.  This is Grossmans 5th year, but it will be his 3rd as an actual starter in terms of seasons played through(yes including this coming year it will be his 3rd) and aside from the bad spin the media has put on him, and the great many times he has made me want to rip my hair out, yes he still has it in him to be a pretty good quarterback.  The year they made the superbowl, he made very critical throws to make it there.  Orton has seen only 17 starts(maybe not even that many), by those standards you should have written off matt hasselback, and Orton did albeit, not so bad when he played.

A receiver is always a risky pick in the first two rounds, and here's why.  The likeliness of a rookie receiver contributing more than 50 receptions and 6 touchdowns is very rare.  Even Calvin Johnson  had about those stats or less and he was supposed to make an instant impact.  The truth is most rookie wideouts take at least two years to have the brake out season.  On the other hand there are a great many rb's that contribute their rookie season, which is why they are a safer pick.  So it probably wouldn't matter who you picked in the second round or even if they traded up, chances are they'd have more luck finding a marques colston in the later rounds, and when your trying to make it back to the superbowl or at least the playoffs again, your gonna have better luck with a running back. 

I can promise you the bears best pick will not be williams, it won't, williams will be the player they expected him to be I think, but he won't be the best.  Also, just so your aware 5 of the bears picks were in the 7th round and they didn't have a 6th round pick, after colt brennen and woodson were gone.  I actually thought initially the bears should have taken a receiver desean jackson with there second pick and used a later round pick on josh johnson.  Which is why they only get a B from me.  But Earl Bennet is on par with the other receivers taken in the second round, if not better, Forte looks to be an opening day starter because bensons a big baby, and they really couldn't til the third round to take an rb, they needed to draft a starter and an every down back not a situational guy, and Josh Johnson or any of the other qb's really aren't all that promising(other than ryan), it's just not a good year for qb's.  Which is why they don't get a C-.  I know you don't care about my opinion, but I love to debate sports too.



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