Sunday, April 27, 2008

2008 NFL Draft Picks

The 2008 NFL Draft was pretty interesting. It was full of interesting picks as well as trades and very strategic planning. Here is the first round results for the 2008 NFL Draft.

1 Miami: Jake Long OT
2 St. Louis: Chris Long DE
3 Atlanta: Matt Ryan QB
4 Oakland: Darren McFadden RB
5 Kansas City: Glenn Dorsey DT
6 NY Jets: Vernon Gholston DE
7 New Orleans: Sedrick Ellis DT
8 Jacksonville: Derrick Harvey DE
9 Cincinnati: Keith Rivers LB
10 New England: Jerod Mayo OLB
11 Buffalo: Leodis McKelvin CB
12 Denver: Ryan Clady OT
13 Carolina: Jonathan Stewart RB
14 Chicago: Chris Williams OT
15 Kansas City: Branden Albert OG
16 Arizona: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB
17 Detroit: Gosder Cherilus OT
18 Baltimore: Joe Flacco QB
19 Carolina: Jeff Otah OT
20 Tampa Bay: Aqib Talib CB
21 Atlanta: Sam Baker OT
22 Dallas: Felix Jones RB
23 Pittsburgh: Rashard Mendenhall RB
24 Tennessee: Chris Johnson RB
25 Dallas: Mike Jenkins CB
26 Houston: Duane Brown OT
27 San Diego: Antoine Cason CB
28 Seattle: Lawrence Jackson DE
29 San Francisco: Kentwan Balmer DE
30 NY Jets: Dustin Keller TE
31 NY Giants: Kenny Phillips FS

The first six picks were pretty straightforward. It seemed as the draft started thats what everyone predicted it to do. I knew who was getting picked when. After the top 6 it got a bit more interesting.

New England was able to trade down a bit, but still reached with their pick Jerod Mayo. Kiper and other analysts had him going later in the round. I didn't realize how much needs New England has, so they could of done better.

Baltimore did great with trading down to get more choices. Baltimore traded with Jacksonville. Jacksonville traded all the way down to pick #8 to reach for Derrick Harvey which may prove to be too much.

Baltimore in turn went after quarterback Joe Flaco since Matt Ryan was already chosen.

San Diego was pretty much certain to pick an offensive lineman or corner back. Most people had them selecting Brandon Flowers. Instead they went with Antoine Cason. That led to Brandon Flowers dropping to round 2. He was selected 35th overall by Kansas City.

This draft definitely made the AFC even more interesting. Especially the AFC West and the AFC South.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

First Draft Pick of 2008

Well the mystery of the first pick was given away a little premature.

The Dolphins signed Jake Long to a 5 year deal worth 57.5 million.

Long is brought in to build the offensive line hoping to give whichever guy is quarterback some protection. He should also help the running game which struggled after Ronnie Brown went down.

Was this the right choice for Miami?

Well so far I think it is, but only time will tell. Who will be draft pick #2?

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Jared Allen Traded for Load of Picks

The Kansas City Chiefs are officially in rebuilding mode after trading Jared Allen to the Vikings. Pro Bowl defensive end and last years sack leader nets the Chiefs a load of picks.

The Chiefs get:

  • First round pick (17th overall)
  • Third round pick (73rd overall)
  • Third round pick (82nd overall)

The Vikings signed Allen to a 6 year 73.26 million dollar deal.

This is a questionable trade for both teams.

Kansas City gains a ton of great picks, but loses their defensive leader.

Minnesota is giving up a lot of picks when they have a few needs other than lineman. I don't know if the running game will be enough to make them real contenders.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Mel Kipers Top 25 in the 2008 NFL Draft

As the NFL draft gets closer, there is more and more talk about who will be drafted where. Mel Kiper JR has put together his top 25 players in the 2008 NFL Draft. This list is as of April 11th and should continue to change until draft day.

1. Glenn Dorsey DT
2. Darren McFadden RB
3. Matt Ryan QB
4. Jake Long OT
5. Chris Long DE
6. Sedrick Ellis DT
7. Vernon Gholston DE
8. Ryan Clady OT
9. Branden Albert OG/OT
10. Rashard Mendenhall RB
11. Chris Williams OT
12. Jeff Otah OT
13. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB
14. Aqib Talib CB
15. Phillip Merling DE
16. Keith Rivers LB
17. Jerod Mayo LB
18. Felix Jones RB
19. Leodis McKelvin CB
20. Devin Thomas WR
21. Jonathan Stewart RB
22. Mike Jenkins CB
23. Derrick Harvey DE
24. Joe Flacco Sr. QB
25. Kentwan Balmer QB

Who are your top draft picks?