The NFL Draft continues as day two is upon us. Day one was filled with a lot of trades, some great picks, and some shocks. Here is a quick rundown of the good, bad, and downright shocking of day one of the NFL Draft.
The Chiefs – Herm Edwards has to be thrilled with the first few picks of his team, as he admits there is rebuilding to be done, but so far, KC has done the best job of doing it in a hurry. They have DT Glenn Dorsey fall to them at five, move up and grab a solid guard in Brandon Albert at 15, and then get a solid corner in Brandon Flowers from Virginia Tech at 35. They may struggle early in 2008, but don’t count the Chiefs out very long.
The Titans – For a team that needs playmakers at the wide out spot, passing on guys like Devin Thomas, Malcom Kelly and DeSean Jackson I think was a mistake. They wanted a breakout runner, and got it in Chris Johnson from East Carolina, but I think in the end they will regret not grabbing a wide out to help out Vince Young.
The Panthers – The move to take RB Jonathan Stewart at 13 was a bit of a shock at first, but then they were aggressive in moving back in the first round and taking Pitt tackle Jeff Otah at 19. Getting first-round talent in round three at ILB Dan Conner from Penn St. was another surprise.
Miami – They did the right thing in round one with Jake Long, then got a gift when they were able to get run-stopping stud Phillip Merling from Clemson at 32. They then added QB depth with Chad Henne from Michigan later in round two. Bill Parcells wants to get this thing turned around in a hurry, and so far he’s done a nice job with GM Jeff Ireland.
Baltimore – Sorry, I may be wrong in the end, but right now, I am not a big fan of the move to move up and grab Delware QB Joe Flacco. I realize he has a lot of size and can flick his wrist and throw a ball 70 yards, but look at who he’s played. There have been other tall QB’s that seem like Flacco that have been total busts: Dan McGwire, Andrew Walter and Scott Mitchell come to mind. I guess the new staff has determined that Troy Smith is not the QB they want, they better hope Flacco is.
Green Bay – They start the draft with a wide out in Jordy Nelson, which isn’t a bad pick at 36, but the surprise is passing on some other solid talent to take QB Brian Brohm at 56. Want to make Aaron Rodgers look over his shoulder in a hurry? Take a name QB somewhat early in the draft, and low and behold, that’s exactly what the Pack did. We’ll see if it makes Rodgers better, or panic a bit.