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Examining the Redskins' situation after the Orakpo pick

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
Let me first say that Brian Orakpo should be a very good player in Washington, and I think DL coach John Palermo has to be thrilled to work with this kid. Greg Blache will know where to put him, and Orakpo should see lots of single-blocking with Albert Haynesworth occupying two blockers nearly every down he's out there. And I hate to make a negative turn here, but even with this fortunate turn, what ...

I love the Eagles' trade and pick, and not just because they drafted a Mizzou guy

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
I'll say this: I didn't see this coming for the Eagles. I assumed they were moving ahead of Detroit to get TE Brandon Pettigrew, a Lions possibility. I think what they were doing was giving up a meaningless sixth-rounder to secure a player I am sure a few teams were interested in moving up for. Let me say this about Jeremy Maclin: I have watched him very closely for two years, and I ...

Ozzie knows how to draft, so I trust him on Oher

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
You have to love the way Ozzie Newsome approaches the draft, always looking for great value. They saw a player who many felt was a top-15 pick, certainly top 20, and at 23 there was no way Newsome could pass up Michael Oher, who just called himself "the best tackle in the draft." That said, Oher could be a right tackle mentored by Willie Anderson, or he could spend a year at guard. Hey, Jonathan ...

Vontae Davis on South Beach? Look out ...

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
Best laugh of the day just came delivered from senior editor Mike Wilkening -- an Illinois grad, I might add -- who shouted out "South Beach!" as soon as the Dolphins selected Vontae Davis. As you might or might not know, Davis is considered an immature young man who often frustrated his coaches in Champaign with his attitude and approach. And, how should we say it ... he likes to have a good time, as they say. Talent-wise ...

Lions brass on Stafford

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
Lions GM Martin Mayhew and head coach Jim Schwartz have spoken about there new QB, Matthew Stafford. Here's what they had to say: GM Martin Mayhew Opening statement: “We were able to reach an agreement with Matthew Stafford here. We received the contract back by fax within the past hour. We’re excited to have him as a part of this organization and now we feel like we have a young guy that we ...

Redskins: 'Shocked' Orakpo was there at 13; Campbell 'was always going to be the starter'

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
Here's what Skins GM Vinny Cerrato had to say about landing Brian Orakpo and not trading up for Mark Sanchez: On where defensive end Brian Orakpo was ranked on the Redskins’ draft board:“He was high. He was in the top five.”On whether that was the quickest he had ever turned in his draft pick: First I got him on the phone. I talked to about five teams ahead of us to try ...

St. Louis 'Cardinals' pick up a solid player in Laurinaitis

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
Yes, you heard right: Ray Anderson, who announces the second-round picks now that Roger Goodell is having a few highballs (or something) in the Green Room, announced the team as the "St. Louis Cardinals." Anyway ... I like the James Laurinaitis pick for the Rams, who need more playmakers on defense. He's about as low-risk as you get in this draft, and though he might never be a Pro Bowler, you're talking about a ...

USC Bengals add Maualuga in second

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
Hey, I am not the biggest Rey Maualuga fan in the world, but the guy can lay the wood and could push Dhani Jones out of a starting spot eventually. Maualuga is a hammer in the run game and (I think) has the desire to be great, although it stands to reason that the Bengals would ignore character concerns over talent with their first two picks. So now you have Carson Palmer, Keith Rivers, Maualuga ...

Patriots finally pick, add three solid football players

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
Why did the Patriots trade down twice and out of Round One? Well, they clearly identified value and talent in the 30-50 range and now have three lower-priced, solid players instead of one or two moderately more talented players -- and heck, they might have taken Patrick Chung at 23 or 26 ahd they been stuck there. When I texted a friend at the Red Sox game that the Pats took Chung, he texted back -- in ...

Where else? Pat White ends up in Miami

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
Isn't it funny that all throughout this process, talking about how Pat White would be a great "Wildcat" or single-wing QB in the NFL, did anyone really think he would end up in MIami? Maybe locally, but I can tell you that the White-Dolphins connection never was mentioned to me when I was on the phone with anyone this offseason. And yet it makes perfect sense. But I'll say this: Though White might ...

Vikings land their right tackle, a McKinnie clone, in Round Two

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
I honestly thought some team would reach for Phil Loadholt in Round One given the way teams value the OT position. I thought Loadholt would be the kind of player who would be this year's Duane Brown, a lower-rated guy who ends up in Round One because of need. I clearly was wrong about Loadholt and Eben Britton, but the Vikings were patient and let Loadholt fall to them at 54, which is right ...

That's it for Round Two ... we'll be checking in all day tomorrow

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
The Broncos just traded into the final spot in Round Two to draft TE Richard Quinn, a big hoss of a blocker in the run game. Think Daniel Graham, actually. Quinn didn't catch the ball much in college because the Tar Heels were loaded at wide receiver, but the word is the kid can catch. Anyway, Round Two is done -- and so am I. We'll be starting back up bright and early with ...

Iowa duo Shonn Greene and Bradley Fletcher get us going

Posted April 26, 2009 @ midnight
And on the second day of the draft, much like the first, the Jets get things kicked off with a trade. OK, so Shonn Greene won't generate as much buzz as the Mark Sanchez deal did -- that room was on fire yesterday when they did -- but he's an interesting pick for a team that has seen Thomas Jones hold out of all the minicamps to date and is reaching that critical RB age ...

Questionable move by Jaguars to deal next year's No. 2

Posted April 26, 2009 @ midnight
This just in: The Patriots know how to manipulate this draft thing. They now have three third-rounders -- theirs, the Jaguars' and the Titans' -- in what should be a strong draft in 2010. But the Jaguars might have reached on a player who was not well known a few weeks ago but shot up draft boards with a great 40-yard dash time. And who am I to call out the Jags, who have had success finding ...

Hobbs talks with media about trade to Eagles

Posted April 26, 2009 @ midnight
In a bit of a surprise, the Patriots traded CB Ellis Hobbs to the Eagles for a pair of fifth-round picks that later were packaged in a separate deal. Hobbs gives the Eagles some flexibility in case they decide to deal disgruntled CB Sheldon Brown, although it's interesting to read the part where Hobbs says he's not too thrilled about his salary. Here's what he had to say to the Philly media ...

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