Tuesday, May 1, 2007

I don't throw darts at a board. I bet on sure things.

Just a few quick thoughts on the draft. I took the day off yesterday and I'm getting hammered trying to catch up. It wasn't a great couple of days for the Donks. They picked a total of 4 players. That’s right, a big 4. They addressed their need along the D-Line....and that's about it. They did grab an O-Lineman in round 3, but sandwiched that pick around 3 D-Lineman.

They swapped 1st rounders w/ Jax (and gave up a 3rd and a 6th rd pick) to move up 4!!!! slots to grab Florida DE Jarvis Moss. An utterly pointless move, he would have been there at 21. Not one D-lineman was taken between 18 and 20 and a D-Lineman wasn't selected again until 26. You could make a case that Denver could have traded DOWN and still got Moss. The pick itself....eh. Moss is a character risk (suspended for one game last year after a positive marijuana test). He's not exactly huge, and we've already got some decent edge speed rushers (Elvis, Kenard Lang, etc.). I thought we were looking for some bulk in that slot.

Texas DE Tim Crowder went in the second round. I don't know anything about him. At least we didn't give up the farm to get him.

The 'Skins third round pick belonged to us, so we swiped Notre Dame OT Ryan Harris. Again, I don't know anything about the kid, but he's got the size we need for our zone-blocking scheme (Foster was a big fat mess). Denver brings O-Linemen along very slowly, so don't expect to see him on the field for at least a year, likely two.

The fourth round is where it gets weird. Denver didn't have a 4th or a 5th round pick, so Shanny traded away our 6th and 7th round picks, plus a 3rd rounder next year to Minnesota to move up into the 4th and grab certified ass-clown Marcus Thomas a DT from Florida. Last year Thomas was suspended for Florida's last half dozen or so games because he reportedly failed several drug tests. He was suspended, reinstated then kicked off the team (a national championship team to boot). Great. The price for this guy may have been a little steep.

Pretty mediocre draft all in all. I can't believe he didn't at least take one safety.

Memo to ESPN: If you're going to run stupid-ass crawls along the bottom and sides of the screen (and shrink the HD picture I paid thousands for into about 1/3rd of it's regular size). You could at least give us the details on second day trades instead of running Kiper's 'best available' every 30 seconds (although it was funny to see Mason Crosby's ass up there as 'best available' for nearly 2 full rounds. Good call Kiper, only 2 kickers were picked ahead of Crosby (Kiper had him as the 52nd best player in the draft.)

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