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Good fits: Round One

Posted April 22, 2010 @ 8:45 p.m.
  • DT Ndamukong Suh, Lions (No. 2 overall): In fairness, Suh is a one size-fits-all player; if a 300-pounder with brute strength doesn't "fit" in your system, you should reconsider your system. But Suh combined with the additions of Kyle Vanden Bosch and Corey Williams give the Lions' defensive front instant credibility and brings Jim Schwartz that much closer to the type of defense he wants in the Motor City.
  • DT Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers (No ...

Will 2011 first-round picks be on the move Friday?

Posted April 22, 2010 @ 11:40 p.m.
Updated at 12:36 a.m. on Friday, April 23 With the first round behind us, let the discussion of Round Two begin in earnest. And with that comes trade talk. At least one unnamed team is trying to make a move. Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said he has received an offer for the No. 43 pick, the 11th selection in Round Two. Something I'll be very interested to see Friday is whether teams ...

Clausen drama should highlight Day Two

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 9:13 a.m.
Wow! That went fast. I had hoped to do a little more blogging last night, but as you can tell if you check out the nonstop, instant-analysis commentaries my PFW compadres and I were asked to crank out, there really wasn't much time for anything else. I was amazed when I looked at my watch after the Saints finished off the first round with the selection of Florida State CB Patrick Robinson and saw ...

Broncos digging a hole?

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 2:46 p.m.
Second-year Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels must feel really, really secure in his position because through eight draft rounds during his tenure, it's very possible (likely?) the team botched Round One in back-to-back years. First-round success is essential to sustaining competitiveness over several years, as the quickest way to torpedo a franchise is to string together first-round failures. The overall talent level of your roster falls off, you're forced to overspend in free ...

Draft starts Friday for Panthers

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 5:45 p.m.
After opting not to trade into the first round Thursday night, the Panthers will begin making picks Friday as the draft moves into the second and third rounds. Carolina owns the 48th pick in the second round and the 78th selection in the third. There's already been much speculation about the Panthers moving up in the second round to draft Texas QB Colt McCoy, but, with 10 minutes to go until the start of ...

How much influence will Weis have on Chiefs' second-round picks?

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 5:41 p.m.
The Chiefs brought in offensive coordinator Charlie Weis this offseason to help boost a unit that ranked 25th last season and struggled to develop much of a rhythm for most of the year. In addition to running the offense, though, Weis may also be lending his two cents when it comes to the Chiefs' draft. As the former head coach at Notre Dame, Weis obviously has a close relationship with Irish stars QB Jimmy Clausen ...

Good fits: Round Two

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 6:58 p.m.
  • TE Rob Gronkowski, Patriots (No. 42 overall): Was there any doubt the Patriots would help themselves? When Gronkowski slipped into the second round, the Pats swooped in to acquire the selection the Buccanneers previously received from the Bears in exchange for the late Gaines Adams. Needing a tight end, the Patriots added a big, tough, throwback-type with the hands and athletic ability to be a force catching passes from Tom Brady. If Gronkowski's back ...

Bengals take gamble on Dunlap

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 7:40 p.m.
The Bengals are going to take some heat for drafting Florida DE Carlos Dunlap in Round Two. He is a marvelous talent; anyone who racks up 18½ sacks in his final two seasons against Southeastern Conference competition gets your attention.  However, Dunlap comes with character concerns. He was arrested on a DWI charge four days before the SEC title game and was subsquently suspended for the game. What's more, his effort has been questioned ...

Third-round thoughts

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 8:40 p.m.
  • The Raiders have been laughed at since last April for their (Al Davis') propensity to reach for height-weight-speed prospects, but they bucked the trend a bit with their first-round selection of Roland McClain, who is the consensus top ILB in this year's class, and then made an interesting choice in the third round by tabbing Hillsdale OT Jared Veldheer with Maryland's Bruce Campbell, an athletic marvel, still on the board. Both players are ...

Fourth-round thoughts

Posted April 24, 2010 @ 1:32 p.m.
  • Cincinnati WR Mardy Gilyard was a good pickup for the Rams at the top of the round. Considered a second-round talent by some, his athletic ability and quickness will be enhanced on artificial turf and the team needed to provide Sam Bradford with more weapons at receiver.
  • Rick Spielman understands better than most that you win with difference makers, which is why it was not surprising to see him pounce on enigmatic USC pass rusher ...

Trade winds blowing big-time

Posted April 24, 2010 @ 2:23 p.m.
When I woke up this morning, the first thing I said to myself was: ”Here come the trades."With the draft seeming to speed along on Saturday, with this year’s event well into the sixth round as I write this, the trade action has indeed been substantial.In no particular order, the Raiders traded LB Kirk Morrison to the Jaguars and picked up Jason Campbell from the Redskins; the Seahawks backed up the truck ...

Are you familiar with the 'Madden effect'?

Posted Feb. 08, 2010 @ 4:28 p.m.
  • Read an in-depth feature on Western Michigan QB Tim Hiller, a character prospect who has persevered through serious knee injuries to be very productive.

Let the Combine show begin

Posted Feb. 25, 2010 @ 9:07 a.m.
Let there be light. A full panel of lights just went on right above the table that the PFW editorial arsenal has positioned itself at Lucas Oil Stadium. In less than an hour, the fun officially begins with Niners head coach Mike Singletary scheduled to be the first NFL heavyweight to address the national media at this year's Combine. Singletary will be followed by Niners GM Scot McCloughan, with Lions head coach Jim Schwartz ...

McCloughan says 49ers preparing as if there will be a salary cap in 2010

Posted Feb. 25, 2010 @ 10:46 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — While the chances of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement being ratified before free agency begins on March 5 appear very low, 49ers GM Scot McCloughan told reporters his team is moving forward as if there will be a salary cap in 2010. There will be no salary cap, though, in ’10 without a new CBA by March 5. "There have always been teams that have approached free agency in a different manner and like ...

Holmgren makes mistake of walking through press area

Posted Feb. 25, 2010 @ 12:53 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — There must be a different way out. At least that's what I was thinking when new Browns team president Mike Holmgren walked down the stairs into the media area on Thursday afternoon in an attempt to exit Lucas Oil Stadium. Suffice it to say, the NFL celebrity didn't get out of the building as quickly as he had hoped. Holmgren instantly was approached by a writer or two as soon as he ...