Category:NFL
Posted on: April 25, 2009 4:42 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2009 4:46 pm
 

Seahawks take Curry, Jets trade up for Sanchez

As expected, the Seahawks took linebacker Aaron Curry with the 4th pick. The Browns were on the clock -- but traded to the Jets
 
Looks like the pick, instead, will be the New York Jets taking Mark Sanchez... An aggressive move by the Jets, but one that was necessary considering their lack of talent at the QB position.

The Bengals are now on the clock.

The Bengals have multiple needs. They'll have to consider Michael Crabtree, especially with the loss of TJ Houshmandzadeh and the antics of Chad Ochocinco. Other areas of concern are BJ Raji and OT Eugene Monroe. There is even talk they make take a pass rusher like Brian Orakpo or RB Beanie Wells.

Ultimately, however, I believe the team has locked in on Alabama OT Andre Smith with this pick. 
Posted on: April 25, 2009 4:30 pm
 

KC takes Tyson Jackson, Seattle on the clock

Some will characterize Jackson as a surprise to the Chiefs, but Jackson, the preeminent 5-technique of this draft, makes sense as the Chiefs transition from a 4-3 to 3-4 scheme.

The Seahawks are now on the clock. They are considering the following 4 players with this pick.

A. Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
B. Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
C. Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
D. Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia

The Seahawks, like every other team this high, is hoping to trade out of the pick. Denver is a possibility. The Broncos and Redskins are possibilities.

Ultimately, if Seattle is unable to trade out, they'll likely take Curry, the safest combination of athleticism and character of this draft. Curry also fills a clear need given the trade of Julian Peterson to the Lions and the fact that current franchise-tagged linebacker Leroy Hill has yet to sign his tender with the Seahawks.
Posted on: April 25, 2009 4:20 pm
 

St. Louis takes Jason Smith, KC on the clock

As expected, the Rams took the ultra-athletic Jason Smith with the second pick, putting the Chiefs on the clock.

The Chiefs selection at #3 is there this draft could go haywire. Scott Pioli is actively trying to trade this pick and could have interest from clubs looking to get ahead of Seattle, who could take WR Michael Crabtree, QB Mark Sanchez, or LB Aaron Curry.

Ultimately, the Chiefs are going to struggle to trade this pick, which likely forces them to consider one of three options here:
A. LB Aaron Curry
B. DE Tyson Jackson
C. OT Eugene Monroe

Each would fill an area of concern for the Chiefs. Ultimately, the safest and best fit for the Chiefs is Jackson, who could give Kansas City a Ty Warren-like presence at defensive end.
Posted on: April 25, 2009 4:08 pm
 

And just like that it is official...

The Detroit Lions, as expected, just made Matthew Stafford the first pick of the draft.

The St. Louis Rams are now on the clock.

The Rams are thought to struggling to decide between the tackles Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe. Smith has the higher upside. Monroe is the safer pick due to his experience at tackle and guard.

The Rams are trying to create interest in their pick by talking up Mark Sanchez, even, reportedly attempting to fly him in to St. Louis.

Expect the Rams ultimately to take Jason Smith if they are unable to entice a team to trade up.
Posted on: April 24, 2009 11:55 pm
 

Stafford Deal Done. Rams on the clock.

CBSSports.com is reporting that the Lions have signed Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford to a six-year deal and will formally make him the first pick of the 2009 NFL Draft tomorrow.

There will be time enough for analysis.

More importantly, whether officially or not the 2009 NFL Draft has begun.

The Rams are on the clock.



Posted on: April 24, 2009 9:53 pm
 

Stunning Rebound by Harvin

Two weeks ago I was told that Florida receiver Percy Harvin had "very little chance" of making the first round by a high-ranking member of an NFL team. Other sources, while not quite so strong in their opinion, thought it also likely the former Gator would slip out of the opening round. Some even speculated that he'd slip out of the first day entirely.

Over the past 24 hours, however, Harvin seems to be making a terrific comeback. Based on conversations I've had over that time I moved him from a mid 2nd round pick in my last mock draft to going to the Tennessee Titans with the 30th pick of the first round and there is significant buzz circulating that he could be going much higher. Minnesota head coach Brad Childress recently met with Harvin and some think he could be the Vikings' choice at #22.
Posted on: April 24, 2009 9:00 pm
 

Brian Orakpo Flying to a City Near You?

One of the more enjoyable aspects of this gig is talking to some of the high profile players on their "Road to the Draft." I've been fortunate to follow Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry and Texas defensive end/outside linebacker Brian Orakpo throughout the Combine, Pro Day, NFL Draft experience and tried to highlight some of the highpoints in a series of articles on their journey.

The third of the four-part series with Brian Orakpo was posted today, but with so much going on, the article is a little difficult to find.

For those interested, here is a link to copy and paste for Brian's take on the numerous private workouts and team visits he's had over the past month. He's flown all over the country (Denver, Washington, Houston, Kansas City, and Cleveland) over that time and has gave me some interesting details on differences with how some teams chose to work him out.

The phone call he received from Gil Brandt is an interesting one, as well...

Check it out:  http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/
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Posted on: April 24, 2009 8:45 pm
 

Link to Chat Transcript

I held a one hour chat earlier today that you may have missed. I wasn't able to answer all of the questions posed, unfortunately, but got to as many as I could.

You can copy and paste the following URL and check it out.

Thanks to all who participated!

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefoo
tball/story/11672180
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