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Jackson surging

Posted April 23, 2009 @ midnight
As first projected last week by PFW personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki, belief is circulating that LSU DL Tyson Jackson's stock is soaring to the point where he could fit into the top five selections, due in large part to his ability to anchor an odd front. Motivation sustains CurryEver since being cut from the seventh-grade football team, Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry has been motivated. His drive shows consistently on tape and is ...

A lot to like about Baylor's Smith

Posted April 23, 2009 @ midnight
Baylor OLT Jason Smith is one of the few players whose draft stock hasn't fluctuated all that much. Once evaluators got a sense of his rare athletic ability and movement skills, he ascended to the top of the tackle rankings and hasn't slid. Aside from his consistent play (and nasty playing temperament, which scouts love to see), Smith, nicknamed "Smooth," is a likable guy who says all the right things and comes off ...

'L.B.U.' could make history

Posted April 24, 2009 @ midnight
No school has produced three first-round linebackers in a single draft, but that could change tomorrow if USC's Brian Cushing, Rey Maualuga and Clay Matthews make history. Also worth noting is a fourth Trojan 'backer, Kaluka Maiava, who figures to be a mid-round selection. Gilbert made a splashAfter underachieving for the early portion of his career, San Jose State DT Jarron Gilbert came into his own as a senior by leading the country ...

Waiting for the wheeling and dealing

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
We have yet to see any of the big-name veterans rumored to be on the move, such as the Cardinals’ Anquan Boldin and Browns’ Braylon Edwards, get dealt, although the talks between teams regarding potential swaps are heating up. One of the most intriguing pieces of news on Saturday comes from the Kansas City Star, which says the Chiefs offered the Lions the third overall pick and a fourth-round pick for the Lions’ pick at ...

Time for a montage of some of the Jets' "greatest" draft hits...

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
Stressed out when your team is on the clock? Watching this old ESPN clip of Jets fans reacting to their team's picks over the years will clear your mind.

Jackson to Chiefs? I don't like it

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
Don’t do it, Scott! If projections hold true and no trade shakes things up, LSU DE Tyson Jackson will be heading to Kansas City at No. 3. Certainly a fine player, but No. 3 good? Not in my estimation, having seen my fair share of LSU games over the years. Jackson’s the classic projection pick, a player who was marginally productive at the collegiate level who has the size and strength and overall ...

Top 5 observations

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
—Interesting the Rams opt for Baylor OLT Jason Smith at No. 2. Keep in mind, the team's free-agent acquisitions include fullback Mike Carney and center Jason Brown, additions that signal new head coach Steve Spagnuolo's intention to run the football. On one hand, the selection of Smith is a no-brainer, given the need to find Orlando Pace's long-term replacement. Deeper analysis reveals the decision might not have been as easy as you ...

Buffalo couldn't afford to overlook offense at No. 11

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
The Bills’ offense is loaded with question marks. It was stagnant in 2008 in the first year of offensive coordinator Turk Schonert. The club just traded away its most talented player in OLT Jason Peters. Its star running back will be suspended the first three games of the season. It lacks a functional tight end. It needs offense. It should’ve craved offense. It didn’t. Instead, the Bills opted for Aaron Maybin. A mighty ...

Bust factor prominent atop first round

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
The general consensus regarding this year's draft class? Weak. Further, there are very few low-risk, slam-dunk franchise players available, even amongst the top 10 picks. Few will be surprised if players chosen late in the first or into the second round and beyond wind up outplaying this year's most publicized prospects. In fact, not only do some of the top picks pale in comparison to higher rated players of years past, they come ...

Seahawks' NFC West comeback underway

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
Something tells me the Seahawks are well on their way toward reclaiming top-dog status in the NFC West after a short hiatus. I love their pick of Wake Forest OLB Aaron Curry with the fourth pick overall in the first round, and considering team president Tim Ruskell's acumen when it comes to making picks in Round Two (Lofa Tatupu in 2005, John Carlson last year), I have a feeling the Hawks are going to ...

McDaniels first draft off to rocky start

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
After the Broncos acquired an additional first-round pick from the Bears in the Jay Cutler deal, the conventional wisdom was Denver would use their two first-rounders to rebuild one of the league’s worst defenses or navigate their way into picking a quarterback of the future. Well, first-year head coach Josh McDaniels, already in hot water after his irreconcilable feud with Cutler led to the Pro Bowl quarterback’s dismissal, didn’t exactly sooth concerns ...

Teams keep making Patriots better

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
The Patriots are regarded as one of the smoothest operating teams on Draft Day and the proof is in the pudding — rings and playoff appearances. Belichick and Co. are like a hitter you just can't fool at the plate — they're prepared for every curveball and when they get the fastball, they don't miss. As it stands, they'll have eight swings in Rounds Two and Three (four selections in each round) after ...

Who will stop Beanie's slide?

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
I understand the concerns about Ohio State RB Chris "Beanie" Wells' durability. He suffered wrist, toe and hamstring injuries at OSU, as well as a concussion in the Fiesta Bowl. Also, as Nolan Nawrocki noted in our 2009 Draft Preview, Wells has a "(thin) lower body from the knee down." That he has lasted this late in the draft highlights how concerned some teams must be about his durability. Also, more and more teams are ...

Parity in college football? The draft disagrees

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
Remember how a few years ago there was all this talk about parity throughout college football? Well, if there really is parity, it sure isn’t reflected in the draft. With Round One now in the books, Northern Illinois DE-OLB Larry English (Chargers, No. 16) stands as the only first-rounder who didn’t play collegiate ball in a BCS conference. An aberration? Hardly. 2009 is actually the third draft in the four years to feature ...

Steelers address D-line; O-line help likely to come later...

Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
The Steelers did not waste a lot of time at the end of Round One, selecting Missouri DT Ziggy Hood, who likely projects to end in their 3-4 scheme. It's an intriguing pick: the Steelers haven't selected a lineman with an eye on playing him at end since 1988, when they took Eastern Kentucky DE Aaron Jones. Hood is strong and disruptive, and the Steelers don't have to rush him into the ...

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