Time for the 16th installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for a link to earlier reports.

Chris Crocker
Miami stayed busy by signing Safety Chris Crocker.  Last year with Atlanta Crocker had 55 tackles, 3 INTs, and a sack.  His deal was for one year and $1.15 million.

Kalimba Edwards
The Raiders signed the former Lion’s DE.  Last year he had 17 tackles and 3 sacks in half a season.  He has 26 career sacks in six seasons.  He signed a two-year deal with Oakland.

Gus Frerotte
The Vikings addressed a major concern by adding a quality backup QB.  He threw for 1014 yards, 7 TDs, and 12 INTs with the Rams last year.  Now if they only had a quality starting QB, but that’s a different story.

Ruvell Martin
The Packers signed Ruvell to a one-year deal worth $445K.  Last year the wideout had 16 receptions for 242 yards and 4 TDs.

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Stupid is as Stupid Does“.  Perhaps Forrest Gump was talking about the Bengals’ Wide Receivers when he uttered that memorable phrase.

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Cell Block Six

In this case Chris Henry is Stupid and the lastest in a long line of “Does” is more troubling than some of his past misadventures.  Mainly his transgressions have involved alcohol and driving violations, and things of that nature.  This time, however, he’s accused of some violence.  He allegedly hit a 18-year old in the face and busted out his window with a beer bottle.  Despite missing half the season due to his string of arrests (four in a little over a year) he had 21 receptions for 343 yards and a pair of score.  In 2006, despite all of the distractions, he had 9 TDs.  He has the ability to be one of the top receivers in the game, he just refuses to grow up.  He’s not doing Rich Rodgriguez, his coach at West Virginia, any favors in the Family Values department.

UPDATE:  While Chris Henry has his share of misdeeds, he seemed to be turning his life around. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends after his tragic passing.

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Look at Me

Then you have Chad Johnson or Ocho Cinco or whatever you want to call him these days.  I prefer Cry Baby.  You get paid to play football.  A lot.  A whole lot.  He wants to get out of the losing situation that is Cincinnati.  He’s got to do what’s best for him.  That’s all fine and dandy, but what he fails to see is that he’s part of the problem.  He has time and time again put himself ahead of his team.  His on-field actions are a distraction.  Would I take his actions over a Chris Henry?  Naturally, but he’s a distraction nonetheless.  Cincinnati looked like it was ready to turn the corner and become a powerhouse following it’s 11-5 2005 season.  However, they regressed with an 8-8 season in 2006 and a 7-9 season last year.  When you’re 15-16 over the past two years, why is Ocho talking so much anyway?  Why is he wearing Future Hall of Fame jackets and planning his endzone celebrations?

All I have to say is Thank Goodenss for T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Having the #1 pick in the draft used to be a great thing.  While it’s still nice to be able to pick anyone from the incoming class, it also comes with its problems.  Mainly, you have to rob a bank in order to pay them.  JaMarcus Russell, for example, got a cool $60 million with half of it guaranteed.  Why should someone without any experience become one of your top paid players without proving a thing? Since these rookie salaries have gotten so out of control, it impacts the type of player you take with the #1 pick.  Of the 8 picks this decade, 6 of them have been Quarterbacks.  If you go back ten years, the have been 8 QBs taken.  In the 90′s only 4 QBs were taken first overall.  Three in the 80′s.  Three in the 70′s.  Three in the 60′s.  Five in the 50′s, and three from 1936-1949.  You pay so much for these guys that you want to choose a player that is going to have a long career.  You don’t necessarily take the best player available.  Houston is the perfect example.  Although Mario Williams had a great season last year, you just know if money weren’t an issue, the Texans would have taken Reggie Bush.  Not only would he help your sputtering offense immediately, he’d help put butts in the seats and inject life into your franchise.  The Texans, however, knew Bush was going to ask for the moon so they avoided him.  The sad thing is these quarterbacks are such a risk.  Of the last 8 QBs taken #1 you have busts in David Carr and Tim Couch, the jury is still out on Alex Smith (although it’s not looking good) and JaMarcus Russell, and Michael Vick is in jail.  Your success stories are Peyton, Eli, and Carson Palmer.  That’s a ton of cash for a crap shoot. 

Another problem with the way the NFL Draft is set up is the payscales of the picks.  You have a waiting game to see what the players around you are getting, which often leads to holdouts.  Say what you will about the NBA, I like how they have the salaries slotted going into the draft.  That way you know what you’re getting.  The NFL is a little trickier because different positons receive different salaries, but they have enough lawyers and accountants to figure out how to work it out.  Here’s an idea.  Compare all of the average salaries for each position.  Whichever position has the top salary gets 100% of the slot.  If your position averages 20% less than the top position, you only get 80% of the slot. 

The monies that NFL teams are dealing with are ridiculous.  We complain about gas prices all the time, but nobody seems to care about the crazy amount of money these NFL teams bring in.  We’re the ones paying for it.  Have you seen what good NFL tickets are going for these days?  Taking a family of four could cost you $600 or more.  I’m sorry, but that’s ridiculous.  When we do complain about the NFL revenues, it’s always directed towards the players.  I understand that they are more visible (both in terms of how you associate them with the team, and all to often because they showcase their wealth), but they are only small players in the grand scheme.  It’s the owners that are raking in the big bucks.  They are rarely taken to task for it though.  We gripe about players holding out when their contracts are beyond a fantasy for most of us.  Some times, though, the owners more than have the money to pay them, and their worth to the team justifies that they are paid more.  I’ve gone out on a tangent again, but I am in the camp that says let’s look past the players for a while because we have bigger fish to fry.    To tie this back to my original point, the financial system of the NFL needs a tweak.  One of the most sensible ways would be to come up with a rookie payscale.   

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Time for the 15th installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for a link to earlier reports.

Nick Ferguson
The Texans strengthened their secondary by adding the Saftey Ferguson.  He had 55 tackles last year for the Broncos. 

Clark Haggans
The former Pittsburgh Steeler LB is heading south to Houston.  Last year he had 58 tackles and 4 sacks.  He signed a one-year deal.

Olindo Mare
Seattle signed Mare to replace Josh Brown as their Kicker.  The former Syracuse Orangeman played with the Saints last year scoring 64 points on 10/17 FGs and 34/34 PATs.  For his career he has 1112 points.  He signed a two-year deal worth $3.5 million.

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Marcus Trufant
Marcus signed a six-year $50 million deal to stay in Seattle.  The shutdown corner had 85 tackles and 7 INTs last year.  $20 million of it was guaranteed.

Kris Wilson
The TE signed with the Eagles.  Last year he had 24 catches for 180 yards and a score for Kansas City.

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Friday Tidbits 3/28/08

28 March 2008

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Dirk hurt his ankle and knee.  He’ll be out a couple weeks.  The Wolves beat the tanking Knicks.  Amare Stoudemire went 20 for 20 from the line in a win over Houston.  Rick Adelman won his 800th game.  Brent Barry signed with the Spurs.  Joel Przybilla ripped 25 boards in a win over the Clippers.  Lamar Odom had 23 points and 21 boards in a win over Golden State.  Elton Brand was able to scrimmage.  Chris Webber is retiring.  I always liked C-Webb (although Jalen was my favorite Fab Five).  Dwight Howard had 24 points and grabbed 21 boards in a loss to the Spurs.  Deron Williams had 15 assists in a win over Charlotte.  Chris Paul handed out 20 assists in a win over the Cavs.  Andre Miller dished out 18 in a win over Chicago.  Devin Harris had 15 in a win over Indiana.  Brandon Roy will miss a few games with a groin injury.  Seattle’s Chris Wilcox (finger) called it a season.  Jason Kidd had 15 assists, but lost to Denver putting them a game behind Dallas and half game behind Golden State for the 7th & 8th playoff spots.  Nene made his return after missing most of the season to testicular cancer.

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Alexander Ovechkin scored his 60th goal of the year.  Calgary’s Jarome Iginla had a hat trick against the Wild.  San Jose’s Joe Thornton had one against Phoenix.  This week’s shutouts:  Colorado’s Jose Theodore vs. Calgary, Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury vs. New Jersey, Nashville’s Dan Ellis vs. Columbus, Columbus’ Fredrik Norrena vs. Chicago, and LA’s Erik Ersberg vs. Phoenix.  Buffalo’s Tim Connolly will miss the rest of the year because of a bad hip.  NY Rangers F Blair Betts will miss a couple weeks because of foot surgery.  Vancouver C Brendan Morrison’s knee injury will cost him the rest of the year.  Sid Crosby returned.

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Miguel Cabrera signed an 8-year, $153 million deal with Detroit.  I hope they put a weight clause in.  Milwaukee placed P Yovani Gallardo on the 15 day DL (knee).  Javy Lopez retired.  Detroit’s Curtis Granderson broke his finger.  He was placed on the 15 day DL.  The Twins signed Joe Nathan to a four-year deal worth $47 million.  A great closer is awesome to have, but what happens when you never have leads?  Brad Lidge landed on the Phillies’ 15 day DL. Scott Rolen (finger) will miss a couple of weeks.  The Red Sox opened the 2008 season with a win over Oakland.  Manny drove in four.  Jose Canseco claimed he introduce A-Rod to a steroid distibutor.  The Cubs signed OF Reed Johnson.  Rich Harden pitched a gem to earn Oakland a split in Japan.  The Yankees named their Spring Training field George M. Steinbrenner Field.

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Lofa Tatupu signed a six-year, $42 million extension with Seattle.  They also signed CB Marcus Trufant to a six-year, $50 million deal.  The Packers signed Atari Bigby to a one-year deal.  Jason Elam is heading to Atlanta. The Niners lost a 5th round pick for tampering with Lance Briggs.  Brandon Marshall hurt his arm at home and will be out a few months.  The Giants signed LG Rich Seubert to a three-year deal.  WR Reche Caldwell signed with St. Louis.  Kevin Carter restructured his deal to return to Tampa Bay.  The Colts extended the contract of President Bill Polian.  San Diego C Nick Hardwick will miss at least a month following foot surgery.  Draft prospect Heath Benedict was found dead in his home.  Olindo Mare signed a two-year deal with Seattle.

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Day 2 finally saw March Madness live up to its name.  #10 Davidson beat #7 Gonzaga behind Stephen Curry’s 40 points.  #12 Western Kentucky beat #5 Drake on a Ty Rogers’ bomb as the clock expired.  #13 Davidson knocked off #4 UConn.  #13 Siena upset #4 Vanderbilt.  #9 Arkansas put #8 Indiana out of its misery.  #12 Villanova knocked off #5 Clemson.  Day 3 saw the upsets continue.  #7 West Virginia finished the job Belmon started on #2 Duke.  #5 Michigan State got by #4 Pitt.  Day 4 saw #12 Villanova reach the Sweet Sixteen with a win over Siena, #10 Davidson knock off #2 Georgetown, #12 Western Kentucky get by #13 San Diego.  #1 North Carolina beat #4 Washington State to advance to the Elite 8. #3 Xavier joined them by knocking off #7 West Virginia.  In the late games, #3 Louisville beat #2 Tennesse and #1 UCLA survived #12 Western Kentucky’s comeback attempt.  Tonight, Wisconsin plays Davidson, Stanford faces Texas, Kansas battles with Villanova, and Memphis takes on Michigan State.

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Clemson RB James Davis will miss spring practice because of a shoulder injury.  Florida WR Percy Harvin may miss his spring practice with a heel injury.  South Carolina suspended QB Stephen Garcia for underage drinking.  The nerve of him  Arkansas suspended LB Freddie Fairchild after he was arrested.  He’s suspected of domestic abuse. 

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Tiger lost.  I guess I should say Geoff Ogilvy won the WGC-CA Championship.  Dean Wilson has the early lead in the Zurich Classic.

Scott Wimmer won the Nationwide Series at Nashville Superspeedway.

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Time for the 14th installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for a link to earlier reports.

Reche Caldwell
Caldwell signed with St. Louis.  Quite an upgrade from the Redskins passing attack he was involved with last year.  He had 15 catches with the Skins after a 61 catch season with New England. 

Kevin Carter
Carter restructured his deal to return to Tampa Bay.  He had 43 tackles and 3 sacks last year.  He has 100.5 sacks for his career. 

James Hall
Hall also restructured his deal to return to St. Louis.  The DE had 53 tackles last year and 2.5 sacks. 

Benny Sapp
The Vikings bolstered their secondary by signing the CB.  Last year with Kansas City he had 30 tackles and an INT. 

Rich Seubert
The Giants locked up their RG for three years.

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Time for the 13th installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for a link to earlier reports.

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Atari Bigby
He’s got a crazy name and crazy game.  He eats up receivers and running backs like Pacman with his hard hits.  He reached a one-year deal with the Packers.  The Safety had 86 tackles last year and 5 interceptions.jason-elam.jpg
Jason Elam
I usually wouldn’t even address a kicker signing, but Elam merits some attention.  Elam is leaving Denver for Atlanta.  It will be weird to see him in a different uniform, but what do you do.  He signed a four-year, $9 million deal with the Falcons.

Quinn Gray
Gray had a nice little run with the Jags last year when David Garrard went down.  He signed on with the Texans to be their 3rd QB.  He signed a one-year deal. 

Donald Strickland
Strickland had 34 tackles in 13 games at Safety for the 49ers.  San Francisco brought him back for one year and $800K.

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Lofa Tatupu
Lofa signed a six-year, $42 million deal to stay with Seattle.  The LB had 109 tackles lasst year with the Seahawks, which is the third straight year he’s accomplished the feat.  He added four interceptions.  He has made the Pro Bowl every year so far in his career.

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Friday Tidbits 3/21/08

21 March 2008

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The Rockets beat Charlotte for its 21st straight win.  The Lakers were next for #22.  Boston snapped the streak though.  The Hornets made it two in a row.  They are so streaky.  Chris Paul had 17 assists and Tyson Chandler had 20 rebounds as New Orleans beat the Lakers.  Utah beat Boston to snap their ten game winning streak.  The Wolves beat Seattle and the Clippers.  Carlos Boozer dropped 41 points on New Jersey.  Denver scored 168 points…in one game.  That’s like two games worth for New York.  Marcus Camby had a triple-double.  I’m trying to give the Timberwolves a chance, but their owner is making it very difficult.  I’ve tried to ignore the Country Club he has going on over there where the members (Glen Taylor, Kevin McHale, and Randy Whitman) aren’t held accountable, but try to shift the blame on KG and Flip Saunders.  Funny, that they have both achieved a great deal of success since leaving.  He said KG tanked it last year.  I’m sorry, but a team that allows Mark Madsen to jack up seven three-pointers doesn’t have any legs to stand on.  KG may not be the best 4th quarter player, but he sure as heck gives it his all each and every time out.  He’s too big of a person to call them out on it.  The Country Club makes me sick.  Miami makes its fans sick.  They score 54 points on Wednesday. What are they the Wisconsin Badgers?  Oh wait, they gave up 96. Iverson had 32 in his return to Philly, but the home team had the last laugh.  Dwight Howard had THREE points.  Thanks a lot Dwight.  It’s basically a playoff week for me.  Larry Harris was canned as Milwaukee’s GM.

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The Islanders G Rick DiPietro will miss the rest of the season following hip surgery.  Buffalo D Teppo Numminen has rejoined the team following heart surgery.  Chris Pronger was suspended 8 games.for stomping on Ryan Kesler’s leg.  This week’s shutouts:  Montreal’s Jaroslav Halak vs. the Islanders, Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom vs. the Kings, Tampa’s Mike Smith vs. the Rangers, Columbus’ Fredrik Norrena vs. Detroit.  Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin vs. Washington. Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek had a hat trick against Tampa Bay.  Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg did too as he scored all of the Red Wing goals against Columbus.  Minnesota D Kurtis Foster broke his leg.  Richard Zednik was able to skate on Wednesday.  

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Atlanta got rid of a headache by trading DeAngelo Hall to the Raiders for a second round pick.  I’m not even going to mention the ridiculous amount of money Oakland gave him.  The 49ers signed WR Bryant Johnson to a one-year deal.  Derrick Ward re-signed with NY Giants.  Robert Ferguson re-signed with the Vikings.  The Jets signed Bubba Franks.  Carolina signed WR D.J. Hackett to a two-year, $3.5 million deal.  The Eagles signed Ryan Klecko to be their new FB.  The Vikings have added assistant Head Coach to Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier’s title.  The Packers signed LB Brandon Chillar.  New England signed Fernando Bryant.  Pittsburgh cut scumbag Cedrick Wilson.  He punched his girlfriend in a restaurant.

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Dice K’s wife had the baby so now he’ll open the season for the Sox in Japan.  Shelly Duncan and Melky Cabrera were suspended three games and Johnny Gomes was suspended two games for their roles in the brawl.  Wily Mo Pena will miss a month with an oblique tear.  Kaz Matsui will miss a couple weeks after having surgery to fix an anal fissure.  I don’t even want to begin to know what that is.  John Lackey will miss a few weeks because of a strained triceps.  The Dodgers bid farewell to Vero Beach.  They’ve been going there 61 years, but will switch to Arizona next year.  The Red Sox threatened to boycott the games in Japan if their coaches and staff didn’t get the money promised to them.  I thought it was a nice gesture.  Joba Chamberlain will start the year off in the bullpen.  Bartolo Colon got sent to the minors.  St. Louis signed P Adam Wainwright to a four-year $15 million deal.  Nomar will miss Opening Day with a broken hand.  The Nationals sent P John Patterson packing.  This isn’t news, but Kerry Wood hurt his back.
 
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#2 Duke barely escaped with a win again #15 Belmont.  I was so hoping for the slipper to fit, but Belmont wasn’t Cinderella.  Kansas State beat USC without a huge game from Beasley.  Think the team had heard enough it was a one-man show?  There goes my bracket.  #9 Texas A & M beat #8 BYU.  Hey, there wasn’t many upsets so I had to report it.  Pre-tourney news:  Arkansas beat #17 Vanderbilt in the SEC tourney.  Illinois beat #16 Purdue and Minnesota beat #20 Indiana in the Big Ten tourney.  St. Joe’s beat #12 Xavier in the A-10 tourney.  Pitt beat #24 Marquette in the Big East tourney.  #2 UCLA beat #11 Stanford to win the Pac 10 title.  Arkansas beat #4 Tennessee in the SEC tourney.  #6 Wisconsin beat #19 Michigan State in the Big 10 tourney.  Clemson beat #7 Duke in the ACC tourney.  Pitt beat #9 Georgetown in the Big East tourney. UNLV beat #23 BYU to win the Mountain West tourney.

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Ohio State landed prize QB Terrelle Pryor.  LSU’s Les Miles’ new deal with the school makes him the highest paid coach in the conference.  Georgia LB Marcus Washington will miss next year after his shoulder surgery.  Sad news to report.  UCF WR Ereck Plancher died during conditioning drills.  Missouri kicked LB Marquis Booker off the team following his arrest for weapons possession.  Virginia Tech kicked RB Branden Ore off the team.

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Tiger won again.  He sunk a 25 foot putt to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.  It was his fifth straight PGA victory and 64th overall to tie him with Ben Hogan.  He’s two back after day one of the CA Championship.

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Jeff Burton took home the prize at the Bristol Motor Speedway.  Ken Harvick spun out Tony Stewart to finish second.  Tony Stewart wasn’t pleased.
  
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Time for the 12th installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for a link to earlier reports.

Fernando Bryant
Bryant signed with New England to hill fill a the void in their secondary that free agency has left.  Last year with the Lions he had 69 tackles.  He signed a one-year deal. 

Brandon Chillar
The Packers signed the LB to a two-year deal worth $5.4 million.  Last year with the Rams he had 67 tackles and 2.5 sacks.  He’s had over 50 tackles in each of the past three seasons. 

Justin Hartwig
The Steelers signed Hartwig to a two-year deal worth $4 million.  The Center, who could possibly play some Guard next year, will help boster Pittsburgh’s line after losing Alan Faneca.  Hartwig played with Carolina last year. 

Terrance Holt
Holt signed with Carolina giving them help at Safety.  He had 69 tackles last year with Arizona. 

William James
Buffalo signed James to bolster their secondary.  He signed a two-year deal with the Bills.  Last year he had 31 tackles and a pick for Philly.

Josh Thomas
The DE re-signed with the Colts. Last year he had 29 tackles and a sack.  He went to Syracuse. 

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2002 NFL Draft Re-mix

19 March 2008

A friend of mine for the SportingNews world, Bartolis, invited me to do a re-mix on the 2002 NFL draft.  We alternated picks (he had the odd, I had the even) and chose who the teams would take if they could do it over knowing what they know today.  This was a lot of fun making.  I hope you enjoy it.

Bartolis‘ picks are in blue while mine are in orange.

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#1 Houston Texans – Brian Westbrook

I think when it just comes down to it he’s the best player in this draft. He catches the ball well, runs well inside and outside. He has a great presence and he’s a team leader. He can block well and he’s unselfish. He gave up a guaranteed TD to knell the ball in a game that was a meaningless win. What is there not to like about Brian Westbrook? I think every team in the league would take him in a heartbeat, regardless of whom they have in the backfield. He’s an exceptional player and despite his team, one of my favorite players.

#2 Carolina Panthers – Dwight Freeney
Not that Julius Peppers was a bad pick, but I think Freeney would have been even more of a nightmare on the quarterback when teamed with Mike Rucker and Kris Jenkins.

#3 Detroit Lions – Albert Haynesworth
This is an easy pick out with one fat under achieving linemen in with another fat used to be underachieving until his contract year DL. Hopefully Hayneworth just wasn’t playing hard last year, I think he plays hard, and if so immediately improves a porous Detroit Lions defense.
 
#4 Buffalo Bills – Ed Reed
Ed Reed has been one of the best defensive players in the league over the past six seasons. He instantly upgrades Buffalo’s secondary. He gives the Bills attitude on D.

#5 San Diego Chargers – John Henderson
The Henderson pick is a little risky I guess because you never know how DT will hold up in 3-4 systems and being that he has never played in the 3-4 at the NFL system. Still Henderson is 6-7 335 pounds and explosive. He could probably even play end in the 3-4 system. I’ve always been a big believer on choosing the best player available with a high draft selection and I think Henderson (as long as he stays healthy) is absolutely devastating and too enticing for me personally to pass up here.

#6 Kansas City Chiefs – Bryant McKinnie
Kansas City’s line was getting old, and adding a talent like McKinnie would have been a great move. McKinnie would have been better served to learn under the tutelage of Will Shields and Willie Roaf. Perhaps his work ethic and character would have never come into question, and he could have realized his true potential.

#7 Minnesota Vikings – David Garrard
I’m not a believer of Tavaris Jackson.  Are any of you Viking fans out there believers? I think the Vikings luck out here and get a QB to build their team around. Good pick for the Vikings who already have a devastating running game and OL (much like Jax) and you saw how good Garrard was with those compliments.

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#8 Dallas Cowboys – Clinton Portis

With Emmitt Smith on his way out, the Cowboys grab another outstanding RB that went to a Florida school to plug in.

#9 Jacksonville Jaguars – Julius Peppers
The Jaguars lose a powerful DT (well now that Stroud is gone it’d be even worse) but they gain a very talented powerful DE who is coming off a very bad season by any standards not just his. Hopefully this season was just an aberration and the Jags might have the steal of this new draft.

#10 Cincinnati Bengals – Aaron Kampman
Cincinnati’s defense has long been a problem. The character of their players has also been an issue. Aaron Kampman would help change that with his pass rushing abilities on-the-field and charitable work off-the-field.

#11 Indianapolis Colts – Andre Guro
de
Good for the Colts Gurode falls into their laps. To be honest the Colts don’t have 5 fantastically sound and athletic linemen, only Saturday and Tarik Glenn will be (Peyton’s quick release helps the other linemen a lot). Gurode would be a true talented OL for the Colts to put in the middle next to Saturday although he now plays center, he’s 6-4, 316 pounds and could easily make the switch.
 

#12 Arizona Cardinals – Charles Grant
Arizona chose Wendell Bryant originally. If they could do it over, Charles Grant would have been a much better addition to their defensive line.

#13 New Orleans Saints – Lito Sheppard
The Saints really need some Secondary help. The only question is who is the best CB in this draft, they’re all 2nd tier guys not like the last draft I did where Leigh Bodden and Terrence McGee were two of the LESS talented CBs in the first round, that’s saying a lot. The question is who’s the best CB in this class, Sheppard? Sheldon Brown, Quentin Jammer? I don’t know I’m most familiar with Sheppard and Brown and I prefer Sheppard so I’ll go with Sheppard mostly because of familiarity.

#14 New York Giants – Will Witherspoon
Witherspoon has averaged close to 97 tackles in his six-year career.

#15 Tennessee Titans – Jeremey Shockey
The Titans get that much needed help for their offense and Tight End with Jeremey Shockey. This is a fantastic fit for the Titans. Vince Young needs someone who can make plays and Shockey is a very good at ROAMING, and less great at route running (a big reason I think Manning/Shockey don’t mesh like I think Manning/Boss will). But for Vince Young, a roaming TE is fantastic. Someone who will stay with the play and run around while Vince is running around would be great. I think you’d even see a spike in numbers. Like I said before too, Shockey is also a capable blocker.

#16 Cleveland Browns – Javon Walker
Perhaps Tim Couch would have had a little more success with a WR like Javon to throw to. Then again
, perhaps not. Anyway, at this point the Browns should grab the best receiver in the draft. 
 
 

#17 Oakland Raiders – Levi Jones Tackle
Raiders select Levi Jones to improve their OL. There are not a ton of great players after the top 10 in this draft so yeah.

#18 Atlanta Falcons – Sheldon Brown
Sheldon Brown has become a solid corner for the Eagles. Perhaps having Brown in place the Falcons pass on DeAngelo Hall and his character issues.

#19 Denver Broncos – Jermaine Phillips
Like I said before I really like Phillips I don’t know if everyone loves Phillips but I do. He’s a very good safety although not young he’s really come into his own recently. I like him more than the much higher profiled Roy Williams. John Lynch HAS to retire sometime, doesn’t he? 

#20 Green Bay Packers – Kendall Simmons
When Marco Rivera and Mike Wahle eventually hit the road, it would be nice to be able to plug Kendall Simmons in and save Brett Favre that year of growing pains.

#21 New England Patriots – Roy Williams
If anyone can keep Roy Williams in line it’s the Patriots. Like I’ve said numerous times, Williams lacks both discipline and I think great instruction. I think the Patriots can take this uber talented player and turn him into an animal.

#22 New York Jets – Michael Lewis
Can’t go wrong with a sure tackling Pro Bowl Strong Safety.

#23 Oakland Raiders – Bart Scott
I chose Bart Scott because he’s the most athletic player left. I like the Raiders linebacking corps a lot already but this just makes them even better and maybe they can go with a 3-4 or a 4-3 now.

#24 Baltimore Ravens – Donte Stallworth
Baltimore could use a burner to inje
ct life into their passing attack. Perhaps Ray Lewis and company could have got Donte off on the right foot and established a strong work ethic early in his career so he could avoid hamstring issues.

#25 New Orleans Saints – Quentin Jammer
Jammer fell much further this time than I oringially thought he would. Jammer is a pretty good talent, playing on a team that definitely helps out all of their secondary members. Jammer has been unseated by the beautifully freakish Antonio Cromartie, but Jammer provides more depth to the Saints who out of this draft wind up with both Sheppard AND Jammer. Making their CB strength, and not a weakness.

#26 Philadelphia Eagles – Chester Taylor

Without Brian Westbrook the Eagles would be screwed. Chester would help soften the blow.

#27 San Francisco 49ers – Phillip Buchannon
Buchannon is right there with the other CBs in this draft serviceable to quality, but not great. Buchannon will help out a team that needs to take the best player left on the board.

#28 Seattle Seahawks – Randy McMichael
The Seahawks actually drafted Jerramy Stevens. If they could do it over again, they’d pick a Tight End who could actually catch.

#29 Chicago Bears – David Thornton
Thornton is solid enough to play on any team and would be an instant upgrade over Hunter Hillenmeyer for the Bears. Personally I like Thornton more than Witherspoon, Lester prefers Witherspoon over Thornton they’re both right about the same. Last year Thornton had 122 tackles last year he also had 107 tackles. He was drafted by the Colts so you know he moves well and is undersized 6-2 225 pounds (see told you). But he’s a solid player and though Colombo makes more sense here again, except this time the Bears keep him, that’s boring so Thornton it is.


#30 Pittsburgh Steelers – Larry Foote
The Steelers went on to get Larry in the 4th round. In a re-mix there is no way he’d last that long. Foote has 343 tackles over the past four years and plays a key role on their defense.

#31 St. Louis Rams – Marc Colombo
This draft is really good at the top, pretty bad after that. There’s not a ton of depth in this draft. Colombo helps rebuild a line that needs some rebuilding. Colombo is big and moves well enough and he’s the best value pick this far in the draft.

#32 Washington Redskins – Antwaan Randle El
If they had him perhaps they don’t waste their money later on Brandon Lloyd. Plus, they get a dynamic receiver.

ACTUAL PICKS
#1 David Carr, Fresno State, Houston Texans
#2 Julius Peppers, North Carolina, Carolina Panthers
#3 Joey Harrington, Oregon, Detroit Lions
#4 Mike Williams, Texas, Buffalo Bills
#5 Quentin Jammer, Texas, San Diego Chargers
#6 Ryan Sims, North Carolina, Kansas City Chiefs
#7 Bryant Mckinnie, Miami Hurricanes, Vikings
#8 Roy Williams, Oklahoma, Dallas Cowboys
#9 John Henderson, Tennessee, Jaguars
#10 Levi Jones, Arizona State, Bengals
#11 Dwight Freeney, Syracuse, Colts
#12 Wendell Bryant, Wisconsin, Cardinals
#13 Donte Stallworth, Tennessee, Saints
#14 Jeremy Schockey, Miami Hurricanes, NYG
#15 Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee, Tennessee Titans
#16 William Green, Boston College, Browns
#17 Phillip Buchannon, Hurricanes, Oakland Raiders
#18 T.J. Duckett, Michigan State, Atlanta Falcons
#19 Ashley Lelie, Hawaii, Denver Broncos
#20 Javon Walker, Florida State, Green Bay Packers
#21 Daniel Graham, Colorado, New England Patriots
#22 Bryan Thomas, Alabama-Birmingham, NYJ
#23 Napoleon Harris, Northwestern, Oakland Raiders
#24 Ed Reed, Miami Hurricanes, Baltimore Ravens
#25 Charles Grant, Georiga, New Orleans Saints
#26 Lito Sheppard, Florida, Eagles
#27 Mike Rumph, Hurricanes, 49ers
#28 Jerramy Stevens, Washington, Seattle Seahawks
#29 Marc Colombo, Boston College, Chicago Bears
#30 Kendall Simmons, Auburn (guard), Steelers
#31 Robert Thomas, UCLA (OLB), St. Louis Rams
#32 Patrick Ramsey, Tulane, Washington Redskins

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