Posted on: April 25, 2009 5:44 pm
I like this pick for the Saints. Jenkins can play the cornerback position. Like Moreno a few picks before, I don't care what he runs in shorts, the kid can flat play football. I like the move for the Saints in particular, because Jenkins has the ability to play free safety, as well. Had he been graded strictly as a free safety, he would have been universally viewed as a 1st round pick and the elite prospect at that position.
The Texans are now up. They have clear needs at linebacker and have long been rumored to like both Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews... Each makes sense here, with Cushing being the safer pick.
Posted on: April 24, 2009 9:00 pm
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/
Posted on: April 12, 2009 7:50 pm
Sources within the league tell me that several more veteran trades could be on the horizon with talk between clubs "heating up" over the past few days.
Among the names being tossed about are Cleveland wide receiver Braylon Edwards and quarterback Brady Quinn, Buffalo offensive tackle Jason Peters, Kansas City running back Larry Johnson and Houston cornerback Dunta Robinson.
The Giants, according to the source, are strongly considering making an offer for Edwards as a replacement for Plaxico Burress. Speculation has it that the Browns expect a first and third round pick for the former #3 overall pick.The Giants own 10 picks in the 2009 draft, including two picks in the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th rounds.
Speculation has been rampant that the Denver Broncos would be a possible destination for Brady Quinn, should the Browns elect to trade him, but I'm told that the New York Jets are another possible destination for Quinn. The Browns are thought to be enamored with USC junior quarterback Mark Sanchez and could be in position to nab him with the 5th pick of the draft.
With Terrell Owens already creating a distraction in Buffalo, the rumor in scouting circles is that the Bills are getting increasingly fed up with the antics of disgruntled offensive tackle Jason Peters and may be on the verge of shipping the young star elsewhere should they receive a suitable offer. Among those potentially interested are the Rams, Jaguars, Bengals and Eagles. The Eagles, owners of the 21st and 28th picks of this year's draft, are reportedly working the phones already in an effort to move up for one of the top young tackles, but may find the trade for the veteran more palatable.
The talk around Larry Johnson has been quieter than others, but call this one a hunch... Scott Pioli will not end the first day of the draft with only one player. The Chiefs currently own only one pick on the first day -- the 3rd overall -- due to the trade for quarterback Matt Cassel.
Finally, don't rule out a trade of franchised cornerback Dunta Robinson out of Houston, either. The discussions between Robinson and the team have been increasingly frosty, I'm told, and the Texans are in prime position, with the 15th pick of the draft, to take their pick of the top cornerbacks. Many, including I, have projected Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins with this pick, but there is increasing talk that Connecticut's Darius Butler is also a consideration should Houston elect to take a cornerback to either pair with or replace Robinson.
Posted on: March 25, 2009 3:42 pm
Considering the Texans' search for a bigger back to pair with second year runner Steve Slaton netted nothing in free agency, some (including me) have suggested that the club might consider adding a Chris "Beanie" Wells should he be available at pick #15.
Though head coach Gary Kubiak agreed that "...obviously, finding a complement to Steve (Slaton) is important," he also essentially shut the door on that complement coming via the first round in a conversation with media at the Owners' Meetings in Dana Point, California this week.“Our first-round pick has to have a big impact on our team. The more the first-round pick
continues to be an impact player, the better we’re going to get. We could still use an
impact player at linebacker and on the backend (but), we’d be hard-pressed to take a
receiver or a running back in the first round.”
The Texans are thought to be interested in several linebackers likely to be available with the 15th pick, including USC's duo of Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews Jr.