Monday, April 27, 2009

2009 NFL Draft Thoughts

Some miscellaneous thoughts on the NFL Draft that was...

- As a Vikings fan, I do like the pick of Percy Harvin at 22 in round 1. Yes, there are obviously a plethora of character concerns. He tested positive at the Combine for marijuana (meaning he is either really dumb or has a serious problem), and there have been some other concerns in the past. However, he is a top 10 talent, and has the explosiveness to make a huge difference. With a veteran team and now veteran coach, hopefully that will be able to quell some of the character issues. If that's the case, he adds another option for either Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels (along with Adrian Peterson, Chester Taylor, Bernard Berrian, and Visanthe Schiancoe), which should help the offense come closer to matching the defense, which was excellent in 2008. If that's the case, the Vikings could take the next step.

- I'm not saying anything new when I say this... but Darrius Heyward-Bey seems a lot like Troy Williamson... fast, suspect hands, limited college productivity... let's just say I was scared before the draft that the Vikings might take him at #22.

- Have to love what the hated Packers did on day 1... BJ Raji and Clay Matthews should immediately help a bad defense.

- NFL Draft grades are so stupid... seriously, it takes at least a few years to determine that. Second, it generally rewards those teams that have a lot of picks. Not that draft grades matter even one iota in the grand scheme of things, it just irks me for some reason to see them... like anyone has any idea how good a team drafted one day after the draft? If they really did, then why is the draft always so unpredictable?

- I think Mark Sanchez will be the best QB from this draft... Stafford has amazing physical tools but he has never been as consistent of a college player as you'd hope to see. Sanchez doesn't have the game experience of Stafford but I like his toughness and consistency. And I'm not a big Josh Freeman guy.

- Love what Baltimore did getting Michael Oher at 23... great value there. And I really like the Jags, who had an awful offensive line last year, getting tackles with their first 2 picks in Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton.

- Crabtree at 10... I'm with everyone else in that I love the pick. He should be a solid starter very early on in his career and will be a great help to whoever eventually becomes the QB in San Francisco.

What were your thoughts?

18 comments:

Roy said...

I agree on the Percy Harvin thing 10 years ago another talented but troubled WR fell to the 19th pick and turned out to be a great pro, with Purple Jesus running the show Harvin could be just the spark but no Chris Carter to help mold his professional career this time.

I do have to say that for as much as I hate the idea that these drafts can be immediately graded I still read the results. Any attempt to put a grade on them right after they happen does not make sense. I do also wish their was a website that did draft grades three years after they happened so a correct grade could be made. I feel the same way with college recruiting classes because even though you get the "best incoming class" these schools do not win the National Championship, same with the NFL teams do not generally have the turn around seasons as we saw with Miami and Atlanta.
Bears fan myself so acquiring Jay Cutler was the best pick ever. I agree with the Sanchez comment he will be the better pro than Stafford. Freeman seems like the second coming of Tavarius Jackson, Dante Cullpepper and JaMarcus Russell. The only recent bulky QB to be good was Leftwitch.
the giants made a good team alot better if Eli Manning was consistent they could be the most dangerous team in the NFC on a regular basis.

Crabtree is the next big thing SF should be happy they can get rid of Davis thanks to this draft.

Jeremy Sharp said...

I whole-hearted agree with you on Darrius Heyward-Bey. People need to start realizing that in the NFL, the WR position is not just about speed. All you have to do is look at guys like Rod Smith to see that. DHB might end up being a little more successful than Williamson, but not by much...especially in Oakland's system.

Per Head Services said...

Darrius Heyward-Bey is the kind of young man that anyone would want representing their university, both on and off the field, and definitely the same applies for any NFL team.

Collin Williams said...

I disagree about Percy Harvin, I think that he's going to be a great Receiver but I also think that he's going to cause team distractions like Plaxico Burress.

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