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Was looking at the draft and figured I'd share five teams I thought did really well-
Rams- I'm most skeptical about their first rounder Michael Brockers, but if he pans out this is a huge draft for them...and could be regardless. They come back in the second round and take a high ceiling WR in Brian Quick, a top 15 talent in Janoris Jenkins, a productive spread RB in Pead, and Montana CB Trumaine Johnson who could be the steal of the group.
Panthers- Love four of the first five picks. Kuechly along with Barron is probably the most ready to play of anyone on defense in the first round...Silatolu, the OG who I had never heard of from Midwestern State will be hell on wheels in pulling scenarios and love the Joe Adams pick to give Newton another target along with nabbing Coastal Carolina CB Josh Norman in the 5th.
Eagles- Fletcher Cox is a great pick in that he's the best available at a big position of need to go with one of the best overall at that point in the first. Not enamored by Mychal Kendricks like some, but a solid pick nonetheless with their new defensive scheme. The trio of mid round picks with Vinny Curry, Nick Foles, and Brandon Boykin were all outstanding. Height and injury hurt Boykin, but still a good value in the fourth round. Add reliable WR Marvin McNutt and OL Brandon Washington from Miami and that's a great draft.
Bengals- I like all of the Bengals picks besides Orson Charles with the consecutive selections of Kevin Zeitler, Devon Still, Mohamed Sanu, and Brandon Thompson standing out. Zeitler should lock down a guard spot for years, Sanu isn't flashy but productive, and Still/Thompson are top-two round talents if they can show they're consistent.
Patriots- The Patriots might've helped their team the most out of anyone with the picks of Chandler Jones and Hightower- who will instantly bolster the front-7 of a maligned defense. I like the pick of Arkansas' Jake Bequette and grabbing Alfonzo Dennard in the 7th is a flat out steal- overrated or not and behavior issues aside.
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The more I think about it, I love what Cleveland did. They're catching 31 flavors of hell right now, but Trent was the second most coveted guy in the draft and that was only because people don't understand the value of a true all purpose back. If they did, he'd have been the most coveted.
They got the best lineman on the board at the end of the second round when they took their future RT and got a good D lineman late. The position they're catching hell over could end up being a brilliant move. McCoy had to go. He was done in Cleveland. They needed a Week 1 starter. Short of grabbing the 3rd QB off the board (Tannehill) with the 4th pick (they wouldn't have traded up), they did the next best thing. They got a RB who can carry the team, an experienced QB and then got him some protection.
I really don't see how you can fault them at all. It may or may not work, but the plan is pretty good if you ask me. It isn't like they were only one good move from being contenders. They needed to make a few good moves and that's what they tried to do.
This post was edited by Uncle DP on 4/30/2012 at 7:27 PM
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