NFL  > General NFL  > Are you pleased with the outcome of your teams draft?
April 29, 2012, 12:34 PM
As we speak teams are adding UFA players, so there is still some names out there to be had...for whatever reason they slipped out (injury/character concerns).

I'll start off by saying the Bengals had a very nice draft, and the Rams as well.
I liked the Gumption by the Redskins to identify RG3 as their franchise.
He is a good prospect and nice kid. They gave a lot to secure him...there is no hoping it works, it has to.
I liked the moxie the Cowboys showed taking CB Claiborne. Only in their wildest dreams could they have envisioned Claiborne slide, and the chance to go get him.
They gave up a 2nd for him, but I think he is worth it. That is a position that was a high priority for the Cowboys via this draft, and they got the #1 ranked CB of the draft....when at drafts start...they were positioned #14.
The Giants....heck they won the SB, all I can say is Wilson is a good RB, and WR Randle was a surprise slide....and fills the void from Manningham. Once again, a good WR departs and they plug it right away. Nicks, Cruz, Barden, and Randle.

As far as my Eagles are concerned....there wasn't much not to like...as a fan.

1. Getting DT Fletcher Cox, and in doing so only having to give up very little in compensation, was remarkable. Again, looking through the lens as an Eagles fan...this was our guy all along. Jim Washburn who is arguably the best d-line coach in the league had dreams about getting Fletcher Cox. Washburn quoted"If the football Gods created a DT to play in my scheme(wide9)it is Fletcher Cox"
As you can imagine the organization and fans collectively are ecstatic.

2. Adding OLB Kendricks from Cal was absolutely a welcomed addition to what was the Eagles weakest position last yr. His measurables at 1st glance: 5'11 240ish lbs seem a bit undersized, but this guy plays big. He was clocked the fastest LB at the combine the last 12 years. A sideline to sideline, sure tackling, attacking, blitzing LB. Hell try out for SAM, or could end up at Weak. Either way he is an upgrade over what we have now, and will be mentored by MLB Demeco Ryans.

3. DE Vinny Curry, although at first surprising, was a great pickup. The value there was too good to pass up. A powerful pass rushing DE to work in rotation with Cole, Babin, and Graham...Tapp and Hunt are the odd men out with this addition. The front lines are being bolstered with playmakers.

4. QB Nick Foles was not a surprise for me. Andy and Marty were going to take a QB somewhere in this draft, Foles is no doubt a project QB with some upside. He was the biggest QB of the draft: 6'5 243lbs, is accurate, has a big arm, and not very mobile. Needs work on mechanics. Project with upside.

5. CB Brandon Boykin was rated the best slot corner in the draft with excellent return ability. He could immediately unseat CB Hanson as the slot CB, and be the primary returner. He is a dynamic and physical CB and most likely slid to the 4th because of his size: 5'9 185lbs and a few injuries. Nonetheless Boykin was a fan favorite to play the slot and relieve Jackson from his return duties.

Some of the other depth selections show some promise, UFA may also bring a gem or too.
Hope you all enjoyed the draft as much as I did. Many teams had some great selections and only got better. It is tough to give grades at this point, but many teams should feel good about how they fared.
April 29, 2012  03:47 PM ET

I like (not love) my team's (Cowboy's) draft. If Claiborne is THAT much better than Dre Kirkpatrick then yeah it was worth giving up a 2nd ... if not, then no. Cowboys have a lot of needs to address.

Thank goodness we didn't select Mark Barron. That is the one I was dreading.

It seems the Eagles, Giants, Steelers and Patriots always know how to draft. Not so much for the Cowboys. If you want to see what a good DL looks like watch the Giants and how they draft. If you want to know what good LBs look like watch the Steelers and how they draft. Don't watch the Cowboys.

April 29, 2012  06:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I like (not love) my team's (Cowboy's) draft. If Claiborne is THAT much better than Dre Kirkpatrick then yeah it was worth giving up a 2nd ... if not, then no. Cowboys have a lot of needs to address.Thank goodness we didn't select Mark Barron. That is the one I was dreading.It seems the Eagles, Giants, Steelers and Patriots always know how to draft. Not so much for the Cowboys. If you want to see what a good DL looks like watch the Giants and how they draft. If you want to know what good LBs look like watch the Steelers and how they draft. Don't watch the Cowboys.

My friend and co-worker is a Cowboys fan, and he was beyond thrilled with the Claiborne move.
Although as you point out, he echos your sentiment about having to give up the 2nd.
Claiborne is a great addition to that secondary and is one of those players teams get excited about, therefore the tact to snatch him up when he dropped a few spots. If he is that good, which he looks like he is, position settled.
I know very little about the DE from Boise St they took in the 3rd, yet to speak to him about the 2nd and 3rd day.
I mocked the Eagles selecting CB Kirkpatrick, and utilizing his skills at press, nickel, and at safety...but was very pleased with the outcome of DT F.Cox. He was the guy all along the fans clamored for and apparently coach Washburn was having a love affair with him as well.

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April 29, 2012  06:50 PM ET

The Packers had a superb draft and obtained three potential starters for their league worst defense. I'm really looking forward to another fine season.

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April 29, 2012  09:56 PM ET
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The Packers had a superb draft and obtained three potential starters for their league worst defense. I'm really looking forward to another fine season.

DT Worthy was a nice pickup.

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April 30, 2012  07:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I like (not love) my team's (Cowboy's) draft. If Claiborne is THAT much better than Dre Kirkpatrick then yeah it was worth giving up a 2nd ... if not, then no. Cowboys have a lot of needs to address.Thank goodness we didn't select Mark Barron. That is the one I was dreading.It seems the Eagles, Giants, Steelers and Patriots always know how to draft. Not so much for the Cowboys. If you want to see what a good DL looks like watch the Giants and how they draft. If you want to know what good LBs look like watch the Steelers and how they draft. Don't watch the Cowboys.

I agree. Looks like they had a nice find late with TE Hannah, but the defensive guys not named Claiborne look more like special team additions (for now).

April 30, 2012  08:35 AM ET

"Dan Shonka doesn't assign letter grades to drafts.

But the former NFL scout couldn't get the superlatives out fast enough when evaluating how the Steelers did in the annual player selection process that concluded Saturday night.

"I think it's an excellent draft," said Shonka, the general manager of Ourlads NFL Scouting Services. "If they were calling roll, who had the best draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers would come up real quick. You look at their draft and say, 'This guy is a Steeler.' "

http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/1220174-85/steelers-shonka-draft-round -offensive-decastro-nfl-picks-adams-tackle

April 30, 2012  09:31 AM ET

I am very happy!

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April 30, 2012  12:03 PM ET
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The jury will be out some time on the Bears picks, not many will get to see the field as soon as they think. IMO they need a new scouting department, I just do not see what they see. hope I am 100% wrong, time will tell.

Sounds like a lot of Dallas' drafts. A lot of times what you see is the guy handing off the playbook and heading out the door.

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April 30, 2012  12:54 PM ET

THE 49ers DRAFT SUCKED, well almost. Two things that gave them a mediocre grade. Drafting LaMichael James into a already deep backfield, but for his rookie year at least he can return kicks. Then having Carolina had us a 3rd round pick in the 2013 draft, giving us 11 picks so far in the 2013 draft. I predicted that Baalke would pick a Big 10 player in the 1st round and sure enough he did, taking AJ Jenkins from Illinois, Jenkins was ranked just about the same as Marvin Jones of Cal who went in the 5th round, I believe Jones is a better WR. The only thing that may have saved this draft is all the quality of undrafted free agents that exist, so far the undrafted free agents they have signed are better than the ones they drafted.

 
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