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Tag:Jahvid Best
Posted on: April 23, 2010 7:44 am
 

The First Round in Primetime: The Day After

Well my mock was obliterated by the crazy Tyson Alualu pick at #10 by the Jaguars, Denver's 20 trades and a few other factors. I think the Browns pick was so-so because I had Haden rated as my #2 CB. I think the Raiders actually made a terrific pick in Rolando McClain. Cincy picked a TE that missed all of 2009 with a knee injury. Gresham's a good player but will he hold up?  Detroit traded back into the 1st round to take a RB with who suffered a serious concussion in 2009.  I thought the fact that concussions were a hot-bed issue would lower Jahvid Best's stock.  Guess speed triumphs over head injuries. At least they got the best player in the draft in Suh.  The Jets looked smart again since they got my #1 CB at the #29 spot in Kyle Wilson. New England took a CB that I am not too high on in Devin McCourty. Pittsburgh got the best center in the draft in Maurkice Pouncey. Baltimore traded out of the first round completely. San Diego took the best RB in Ryan Matthews. I think the Seahawks had a great 1st round getting Russell Okung, the best OT; and Earl Thomas, my personal favorite safety. And lastly, I think that Denver (who made about 4 or 5 trades last night) had the absolute looniest 1st round of any team. First they took the guy I had as the 9th best…at his position, in WR Demaryius Thomas. That's the guy with the broken foot who never ran a full-speed workout this offseason. That's the guy who only ran two patterns in his college offense. And then, they traded back into the 1st to take my 9th best QB in Tim Tebow. So now they have Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn, and Tim Tebow; they traded their best WR; they took a WR who I don't like; the have an awesome left tackle to block for their left-handed QB of the future (which makes zero sense); and they still have a gaping hole at MLB, center, TE, and probably a few other places I can't think of right this second. Mind-blowing. You know what I like best though? Jimmy Clausen could still end up with the Browns. I am floored that Tebow went off the board before Clausen and McCoy. I guarantee the Broncos will live to regret that.  The teams that draft Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy should send the Broncos a Thank You card.  I can't wait to see what happens tonight.

Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:01 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 4:57 pm
 

The RBs...

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1.     Ryan Matthews Fres St – I’ve been a Matthews fan since he tore up a tough Boise St. defense in their 2009 matchup.  BSU drove LeGarrette Blount to the point of criminal insanity.  Matthews, meanwhile, tore off 3 TD runs of over 60 yards.  He had over 1800 yards on the season.  I like CJ Spiller too, but to me, Matthews is more LaDanian Tomlinson than Spiller is Chris Johnson.  Maybe I’m wrong.  The good thing about elite RBs is that we should find out fairly soon.

2.     CJ Spiller Clem – He’s not Chris Johnson.  But he’s not Reggie Bush either.  Spiller is the most versatile RB in 2010, a threat to score in multiple ways.  I like him a lot, and I feel he will be off the board before Matthews.  I just think Matthews is more of the traditional 20 carry a game back.  Both guys will enjoy long-term success.

3.     Toby Gerhart Stan – As a Browns fan, I know he’s not Tommy Vardell.  That’s too simple.  White guys from Stanford are not all alike.  Toby has better speed than Tommy.  And better production.  His coach even raves about Gerhart’s pass-catching skills.  Look beyond the stereotypes of the white RB.  Gerhart is a 1000 NFL rusher and a premiere athlete (he played CF for Stanford’s baseball team).  Some team will be very happy with him.

4.     Jonathan Dwyer GT – He’s a bruiser and he’s somewhat slow.  His positive test for ADHD medication shouldn’t hurt his stock.  The system in which he played in college may though.  There are doubts about whether or not he is shifty enough to be effective.  In today’s two-back-system NFL, Dwyer has a place.

5.     Ben Tate Aub – I’ve heard that he runs too tall.  I’ve heard that he might be fumble prone.  I see him as an underrated runner who shined in his bowl game and who took advantage of his off-season workouts.  I think Tate is a hidden gem in this draft class.  He will likely go in round two.

6.     Montario Hardesty Tenn – I’d have him ahead of Tate if not for injury concerns.  But Hardesty did log over 500 career carries at Tenn despite an ACL tear in 2005.   He has good size and terrific speed for his build.  Even though he’s a RB I see his injury history as less of a concern than…

7.     Jahvid Best Cal – Those concussions scare me and I guarantee they scare every NFL personnel guy.  Concussions are a hot-button issue and, unfortunately for Best, he suffered one of the nastiest concussions I’ve seen in a while.  One nasty hit and his career could be over before it begins.

8.     Lonyae Miller Fres St – He would have started if not for my favorite, Matthews.  He’s more of a complimentary back.  But as I said before, the NFL is a two-back league.  I think of Matthews and Miller as sort of a poor man’s Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown.  But without the hype.

9.     James Starks Buf – I think Starks would be higher if not for his season-ending 2009 shoulder injury.  He’s had an excellent offseason to spring him into my top 10.

10.  Joique Bell Wayne St – His relatively slow 40 times have soured some scouts, but his production (albeit at a small school) was through the roof.  Bottom line is I like him, and at this point, it’s kind of a toss-up.

Guy who never lived up to his ability: Joe McKnight USC – touted as “the next Reggie Bush” at USC but he couldn’t match the hype.  But he was productive as a Jr. and he has speed to burn.

Two more small school studs: Deji Karim S Ill – Surprising speed and big time numbers in 2009.

Pat Paschall NDSU – I saw this guy in the East-West Shrine game and he impressed me with his tough running.

Two guys I’d steer clear of: Andre Dixon UConn – Has some off-the-field concerns but runs with great toughness.

LeGarrette Blount Ore – Some brave team will take a chance on this character concern.  He could be a steal if he keeps his head on straight.  Or he could…well, ask Byron Haut.

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