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Who ya'll got as the team having the best draft so far? Obviously, I'd go with Indy
due to taking a "can't-miss" QB because of the premium position. But just behind them I'd
have to say the Patriots have done a super job filling needs so far. They still need to address the secondary and get a deep threat WR and possibly an OT, but they are closer to winning another Super Bowl for sure with their two picks. Dont'a is going to be a stud in that system, and I see him winding up as an Adalius Thomas clone.
The Pats are going to have possibly the best LB corps in the league, and I don't even like Spikes there. IMO Hightower makes him expendable soon.
Right behind New England I might go with the Browns. Trent fills a huge need, and Weeden provides competition for pretty boy McCoy, if nothing else. If he can't beat Colt for the position by season's end, they will probably be drafting another QB in the first round soon. If
I were Cleveland I'd be looking to use one of their extra picks on another QB down the line in this draft as well.
Finally, I wanted to address the silly remark by Jim Brown on Trent. First of all. if Jim Brown
was coming out in the 2012 draft, he'd be no higher than the #3 pick, where TR was taken.
Secondly, I doubt Brown has seen TR play more than a few snaps. The game has changed
radically since Brown's playing days, and he's taken a few too many blows to the head. I'm
giving him a break, since we all may be senile one day like he is. Remember, this is a guy
who talked about making an NFL comeback in his 50s. Uh-huh.
I think the Cowboys cut the best deal by far which is a little weird to say. They gave away one second round pick to move up eight spots in the first round and take one of the true real blue chip type prospects in the draft in Claiborne. With the new rookie wage caps that shouldn't happen. I don't know what the Rams were thinking. Huge move for the Cowboys to pick up a contributor that can play right away and possibly be a pro bowl guy at a position of need.
The Browns second pick was a huge reach. I don't think anybody else would have been stupid enough to take a 29 year old QB in the first round, so they could have waited there.
I also like the way Minnesota got a third round pick out of Cleveland simply by getting them to think they were making a deal with Tampa, then they got the offensive lineman they wanted anyway. Harrison Smith is a reach but he is not bad. Good draft for them so far.
I think Detriot and Pittsburg had great picks at positions of need and great value.
The Titans threw away their pick but I am not surprised by that.
So I would say winners...
Cleveland (even though they landed Trent and that has to count for something)
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Dallas got a great player but still has several big need positions to fill.
I think Weeden could wind up being the Brown's starting QB either
late in 2012 or in 2013. But they still have not addressed the GLARING
hole they have at WR. They still need weapons and would have been better
off taking a WR and waiting for the QB in round 2.
Of all the clueless picks, Seattle takes the cake. A third-down pass rusher who's gonna
get manhandled by NFL OTs and TEs, and with major character issues to boot!
"Really?" is right on that one. Carroll ain't gonna last long at this rate.
If Weeden starts though (and I don't disagree) but that's only because Colt McCoy is really bad.
The most I think about it Minnesota had the best first round, but I am again impressed with the Cowboys move and what they gave up. Claiborne is a player, we did not test him in the NC game and AJ was on and accurate.
The Bucs have absolutely nailed this draft so far. 3 players ranked in most top 40 overall lists...all at positions of huge needs.
Was just about to point this out. They got a ton of bang for their buck with every pick. Brilliant draft so far.
Tampa and Pittsburgh IMO
I'll go with the Steelers. I think they were ecstatic that DeCastro fell to them at 24. He will be a pro bowler. Then they turn around and get Mike Adams from Ohio State whose stock fell because of a failed drug test. Two solid OL.
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