Friday, May 9, 2014

NFL Draft: Round 1 Thoughts

Things I'm Feeling:

-Nailing four of my 11 picks in the final mock draft.
-Being an early proponent of Mike Evans to Tampa Bay.
-The Jets having a shot at Marqise Lee in the second round.
-The Dolphins and Patriots reaching in a big way for their first round picks, and the Bills sacrificing next year's first rounder to move up for Sammy Watkins. 
-The Rams defensive line with the addition of Aaron Donald.
-MAC Football. Behind the SEC (3), they have the most top 5 picks in the last two drafts (2). Jimmie Ward, the 30th selection tonight, is also a MAC product.
-The 2014 Saints. They are making a run at the Super Bowl this year, and Brandin Cooks certainly helps.
-Louisville Safety, Calvin Pryor's #25 Jets jersey will replace my Louisville Safety, Kerry Rhodes' #25 Jets jersey
-CJ Mosley just seems like a Ravens / Ozzie Newsome kind of player.

Things I'm Not Feeling:

-Blake Bortles in Jacksonville. I had huge hopes for this guy, but that's an ugly situation to step into.
-Eric Ebron to the Lions. Defense should have been the focus, not a glorified tight end/wide receiver.
-Do the Steelers ever draft first rounders that don't play linebacker? I like Shazier but there has to be other areas of need.
-The 2015-beyond Saints. See above, but the price of making a run this year comes at a cost down the road. That Jairus Byrd contract in particular will be a tough one to swallow.
-No running backs being taken on Day One. Carlos Hyde and Jeremy Hill are first round talents.
-Johnny Football would be a huge improvement over GenoVick.

Best Available:

1. Marqise Lee
2. Cyrus Kouandjio
3. Stanley Jean-Baptiste
4. Jeremy Hill
5. Carlos Hyde
6. Jimmy Garoppolo
7. Jace Amaro
8. Jordan Matthews
9. Xavier Su'a-Filo
10. Cody Latimer
11. Lamarcus Joyner
12. Louis Nix
13. Ra'Shede Hageman
14. Scott Crichton
15. Kyle Van Noy

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