I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
2010 NFL Draft
Just my opinions..
Seattle- Okung and Thomas are two excellent players at positions of need.
Buffalo- Only if they get Clausen...so if they do, Clausen/Spiller is a great tandem to build around. Spiller is a beast who I was kind of hoping Detroit would have found a way to get.
Philly- All bias aside, Graham will be better than Woodley in the pros. I feel strongly about this. I wanted to hate Philly after chasing McNabb out of town, but I can't anymore. Go Eagles!
Kansas City- Blah blah blah too early for a safety...then the next sentence the same analysts compare him to Ed Reed. Great logic there guys!
Jets- LOL at how ridiculous their defense is going to be. If Wilson pans out like he should, they could seriously rush 8 every play and leave Revis, Cro and Wilson to play coverage. Probably the best pick of the first round IMO.
Lions- If Best stays healthy they won the first round...it's just such a big if.
Jacksonville- Not only did they reach like crazy, but they didn't find a way to get Tebow. Morons.
Cleveland- Lots of reports that they were fielding offers for the seventh pick because they actually had Wilson rated higher than Haden. Should have traded down. Morons.
Raiders- (obligatory Raiders draft strategy comments). Morons.
Denver- I'm actually kind of cheering for Tebow now because the doubt people are putting on him is becoming as suffocating as his reputation became in college. Risky pick but McDaniels seems to be a gambler.
Bengals- Gresham could be an excellent pick but he's been hurt for a while so it's hard to say.
jimmah in free fall
Since today is draft day, I was wondering what team you'd like BG to play for.
I really don't having a rooting interest in the NFL because the lions suck. So I'd really like him to go to the Dolphins(A bunch of Michigan players) or the Steelers(Woodley). I think he has it the best for all draftees, he is really good but not goood enough to be picked by a horrile team, he is the type of player that will be picked by good team that has a shot next year. Good luck to you in the NFL BG
In advance of his pro day, Brandon Graham conducted a little Q&A with The Sporting News' Vinnie Iyer. As always, BG comes across as serious, smart, motivated, and a team player. In short: NFL-ready. I give him an A+ in today's Advanced Media Relations exercise.
VI: What NFL player did you idolize growing up?
BG: It wasn't a defensive end but a linebacker — Ray Lewis. I would like to be just like him on the football field. I want to be feared, where I put pressure on the linemen and make them a little intimidated to block me.
VI: When finished playing football, what do you hope others say about your career?
BG: That coaches and players could trust and believe in me, that I was playing for everybody else. I want to be known as the ultimate team player, that no matter how many plays I was making, that I always did what I could to help us win the game.
Yesterday, Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson wrote a little throwaway column about players whose respective draft stocks have been going down.
Donovan Warren made No. 5, but there was a 'but' (emphasis mine):
"On the bright side, a lot of NFL coaches love players from Michigan, and many know that the school has historically produced guys who play better on a football field than they do whipping out raw workout numbers. Warren might get that break, but he still looks like a fourth-rounder."
This "analysis" should be repeated in earshot of every football recruit ever.
There's some truth to it, of course. There's a well-established line of players (Tom Brady, Cato June, Aaron Shea, Steve Breaston) who were drafted low but have performed well above their workouts said they would. Of course, these are all alumni of the Lloyd regime, which "workouts" might be the key word right there.
Also keep in mind that a lot of schools can claim a bunch of guys who were low draft picks and became big contributors on an NFL team, because it's sampling bias: the ones who didn't outperform their expectations are not in the NFL. But there is a pretty consistent, and thus remarkable, trend for Michigan players entering the NFL to meet or outperform their draft expectations (unless they're drafted by the Lions, which is a different problem).
I think the "Lloyd let them get out of shape before the draft, but they got in shape in the NFL" thing falls apart in the micro. Look over this list of former Wolverines in the NFL (did I forget anyone?), and ask yourself which, if any, of these guys were out of shape during their Michigan playing days, which hurt their draft stock, but then they blew up when they got in shape:
|Jamar Adams||Seattle Seahawks||Safety|
|Adrian Arrington||New Orleans Saints||Wide Receiver|
|B.J. Askew||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Fullback|
|Jason Avant||Philadelphia Eagles||Wide Receiver|
|David Baas||San Francisco 49ers||Guard|
|Jeff Backus||Detroit Lions||Offensive Tackle|
|Tom Brady||New England Patriots||Quarterback|
|Alan Branch||Arizona Cardinals||Defensive Tackle|
|Steve Breaston||Arizona Cardinals||Wide Receiver|
|Prescott Burgess||Baltimore Ravens||Linebacker|
|Carson Butler||New York Giants||Tight End|
|Shawn Crable||New England Patriots||Linebacker|
|Doug Dutch||Washington Redskins||Cornerback|
|Braylon Edwards||New York Jets||Wide Receiver|
|Jay Feely||New York Jets||Place kicker|
|Larry Foote||Pittsburgh Steelers||Linebacker|
|Jonathan Goodwin||New Orleans Saints||Center|
|James Hall||St. Louis Rams||Defensive End|
|Leon Hall||Cincinnati Bengals||Cornerback|
|David Harris||New York Jets||Linebacker|
|Mike Hart||Indianapolis Colts||Running Back|
|Chad Henne||Miami Dolphins||Quarterback|
|Steve Hutchinson||Minnesota Vikings||Guard|
|Marlin Jackson||Philadelphia Eagles||Cornerback|
|Tim Jamison||Houston Texans||Defensive End|
|Jon Jansen||Detroit Lions||Offensive Tackle|
|Dhani Jones||Cincinnati Bengals||Linebacker|
|Cato June||Free Agent||Linebacker|
|Ty Law||Denver Broncos||Cornerback|
|Jake Long||Miami Dolphins||Offensive Tackle|
|Roy Manning||Free Agent||Linebacker|
|Mario Manningham||New York Giants||Wide Receiver|
|Rueben Riley||New York Giants||Offensive Lineman|
|Adam Stenavich||Houston Texans||Guard|
|Terrance Taylor||Detroit Lions||Defensive Tackle|
|Morgan Trent||Cincinnati Bengals||Cornerback|
|Gabe Watson||Arizona Cardinals||Defensive Tackle|
|LaMarr Woodley||Pittsburgh Steelers||Linebacker|
|Pierre Woods||New England Patriots||Linebacker|
|Charles Woodson||Green Bay Packers||Cornerback|
I leave the analysis to you, good readers (if I did it myself, I woulda made it a diary).
Either way, let's say this again because Yahoo's draft beat writer said it so it must be true:
"A lot of NFL coaches love players from Michigan, and many know that the school has historically produced guys who play better on a football field than they do whipping out raw workout numbers." --Charles Robinson
"Either way, I think Warren made a huge mistake deciding to come out early and doesn’t look capable of developing into a starter at either corner or free safety any time soon in the NFL."