Saturday, April 28, 2007

Keeping Tabs on the Best Mock Drafters in the World and One Guesser.

***Read the live draft after the jump. Yes, after the jump. I enjoy saying that much more than you enjoy reading it. But yea: live blog after the jump.***

Here are the final mock drafts of, as far as I can tell, the four preeminent mock drafters in all of the world.

Are they worth having around? Well, we are about to find out. For whatever it is worth, I found myself aligning more with Todd McShay that anyone else. I'm sure Todd is thrilled.

Any thoughts or reactions throughout the day can be found after the jump. (Honestly, I am
ecstatic that I got too type "after the jump." Giddy.) So when the Vikings miss their pick again, or Mel Kiper wears those preposterous dark sunglasses inside or Chris Berman tips another freakin' pick, it'll all be after the jump. (Again, just wanted to type that. I'll stop eventually. Maybe.)


Mel
Kiper, Jr.
Todd
McShay
Peter
King
Rick
Gosselin
Point
23
JaMarcus
Russell

JaMarcus
Russell

JaMarcus
Russell
JaMarcus
Russell
JaMarcus
Russell
Calvin
Johnson
Calvin
Johnson
Calvin
Johnson
Calvin
Johnson
Calvin
Johnson
Joe
Thomas
Joe
Thomas
Brady
Quinn
Joe
Thomas
Brady
Quinn
Gaines
Adams
Gaines
Adams
Gaines
Adams
Gaines
Adams
Gaines
Adams
Levi
Brown
Adrian
Peterson
Joe
Thomas
(to MIA)
Adrian
Peterson
Joe
Thomas
LaRon
Landry
LaRon
Landry
Amobi
Okoye
LaRon
Landry
Amobi
Okoye
Adrian
Peterson
Brady
Quinn
LaRon
Landry
Leon
Hall
Adrian
Peterson
Amobi
Okoye
Levi
Brown
Adrian
Peterson
Levi
Brown
LaRon
Landry
Brady
Quinn
Darelle
Revis
Levi
Brown
(to ARZ)
Brady
Quinn
Levi
Brown
Leon
Hall
Amobi
Akoye
Patrick
Willis
Darelle
Revis
Leon
Hall
Patrick
Willis
Patrick
Willis
Alan
Branch
Patrick
Willis
Patrick
Willis
David
Harris
Leon
Hall
Paul
Posluszny
Marshawn
Lynch
Alan
Branch
Jamaal
Anderson
Jamaal
Anderson
Leon
Hall
Adam
Carriker
Jamaal
Anderson
Reggie
Nelson
Adam
Carriker
Adam
Carriker
Jamaal
Anderson
Adam
Carriker
Lawrence
Timmons
Lawrence
Timmons
Darrelle
Revis
Lawrence
Timmons
Lawrence
Timmons
Marshawn
Lynch
Marshawn
Lynch
Ted
Ginn Jr.
Robert
Meachem
Marshawn
Lynch
Adam
Carriker
Reggie
Nelson
Jamaal
Anderson
Ted
Ginn, Jr.
Reggie
Nelson
Darrelle
Revis
Alan
Branch
Aaron
Ross
Reggie
Nelson
Darrelle
Revis
Ted
Ginn Jr.
Ted
Ginn Jr.
Robert
Meachem
Dwyane
Bowe
Tedd
Ginn Jr
Joe
Staley
Joe Staley
Lawrence
Timmons
Joe
Staley
Joe
Staley
Alan
Branch
Jarvis
Moss
Jon
Beason
Jarvis
Moss
Jarvis
Moss
Aaron
Ross
Dwyane
Bowe
Chris
Houston
Aaron
Ross
Dwyane
Bowe
Justin
Harrell
Justin
Harrell
Marshawn
Lynch
Amobi
Okoye
Robert
Meachem
Robert
Meachem
Aaron
Ross
Jarvis
Moss
(to WAS)
David
Harris
Michael
Griffin
Greg
Olson
Anthony
Spencer
Greg
Olson
Greg
Olson
Greg
Olson
Brandon
Meriweather
Brandon
Meriweather
Brandon
Meriweather
Paul
Posluszny

Brandon
Meriweather

Chris
Houston
Greg
Olson
Reggie
Nelson
Justin
Harrell
Aaron
Ross
Paul
Posluszny
David
Harris
Michael
Griffin
Brandon
Meriweather
David
Harris
Ben
Grubbs
Ben
Grubbs
Tony
Ugoh
Ben
Grubbs
Ben
Grubbs
Dwyane
Bowe
Robert
Meachem
Dwyane
Bowe
Jon
Beasley
Dwyane
Jarrett
Anthony
Spencer
Jon
Beason
Justin
Harrell
Dwyane
Jarrett
Anthony
Spencer
Jon
Beason
Paul
Posluszny
Joe
Staley
Michael
Griffin
Jon
Beason


Expectations and some questions heading into the draft after the jump. (Had to say it one more time.) And the live blog. After the jump.



What do I want the Niners to do? Draft Patrick Willis at No. 11 and then grab Sidney Rice in Round 2. That would make me happy.

I want the Lions to draft Calvin Johnson. I'm sure it will all work out in the end - he's just that good - but the look on his face when he sees he has been drafted by The Team Where WRs go to Die should be riveting.

Why wouldn't the Lions draft Brady Quinn? Don't you need a really smart QB in that Mike Martz offense? Although the biggest knock I've read on Quinn has been his accuracy, and I'm guessing you have to be pretty on point in that offense.

I don't care where they pick after a trade or whatever, but if the Cardinals do not draft an offensive lineman, they are being completely irresponsible and Ken Whisenhunt is drafting without ever watching that team play a snap. Edge is still a professional running back; he was just running behind the most porous offensive line in the league. If Joe Thomas isn't there, then you draft Levi Brown. Those are your only two options.

Other teams with HUGE holes that must be filled at the risk of incompetence: San Diego has to draft a first round wide receiver, Atlanta better find a way to get a decent pass catcher, too (you are investing all that green in Mike Vick and you give him no one to throw to; no wonder he'd rather watch pitbulls fight); and the Saints have to draft a corner back. They would have been in the Super Bowl last year if they had even a marginal guy knocking down passes on the perimeter.

Teams picks I can't wait for: Cleveland Browns (Quinn?), Minnesoata Vikings (Dare they pass on Quinn if he is there?) and the Patriots (What are they going to do with those two picks?)

12:00 I love ESPN's pre-draft intro. Like anyone's war room is anything like that. People shuffling papers and screaming on the phone like madmen. Well, maybe the Vikings. And I love how ESPN shows them listening to Mel Kiper, like any GM or coach gives a flying f--- what Mel Kiper has to say.

12:10 The Raiders are on the clock! They had months to come up with a decision, now they had 15 minutes to scramble like lunatics. I love how they are still trying to make trades...I thought I was bad handing my homework in at the last minute back in the day. This is ridiculous. They should use exactly 10 seconds of their alotted time to make their pick.

For what i's worth, JaMarcuss Russell is one cool customer. Never gets riled up; low, baritone voice; short, mysterious answers...I feel like he should be in a Quentin Tarantino movie beating the shit outta dudes and them muttering one-liners as he walks away. That should count for something on draft day, I think.

Aaaaaand he can gun it 64 yards from one knee. He can do a Powerade commercial without any of the special effects.

I think I'm with Steve Young. Take Calvin Johnson and then grab either Beck or Edwards at the top of the second round. If I remember correctly, the Chargers traded down in 2001, drafted LaDanian Tomlinson instead of Mike Vick, and then grabbed Drew Brees at the top of the 2nd. That worked out pretty well, I think.

When Keyshawn Johnson looks at Calvin Johnson, he sees a combo of himself and TO. Of course he does.

Goodell: "OK, Raiders fans..." And JaMarcuss Russell it is. I'm glad we waited three months for nothing exciting to happen. The Lions better blow this next pick or I am going to be furious.

Mel is saying that in 5 years, JaMarcuss could be blah, blah, blah. I can't take him serious after they showed him talking after Ryan Leaf got picked: "In 5 years, we will look back and say San Diego didn't give up enough to get him." Good one, Mel.

12:26 Calvin Johnson is giggling like a loon right now after hanging up the phone. Either his uncle is hilarious, or he just got drafted by the Lions.

Here's what I don't get: everyone says the Lions can't take a WR because they keep screwing the pooch on these WR picks. Well, isn't that the exact same reason they should take him? Because they have crappy WRs? Except for the awesome Roy Williams. Dude's a stud.

Who are these random yahoos walking across the stage? Go behind the partition, intern. You're fired.

Yep, Calvin Johnson at No. 2. And the Lion fans are loving it. Man, they are going ballistic. That's a hell of a young receiving corps they have now...is Mike Williams just a lost cause? Why does he suck? Could he be good as a No. 3 or No. 4 WR?

I think I can see Mike Martz' boner from here.

Good point by Mel: it is worth noting that in the past two years, the Lions have passed on Matt Leinart, Jay Cutler and now Brady Quinn.

ESPN needs to quit going to Mort for player analysis. If a trade breaks, let me hear Mort. But he is making some really stupid statement and completely deferring to Keyshawn. Why does he get to sit at the big boy desk? I want McShay!

By the way, me and the rest of the mock drafters are 2 for 2 right now. I have a feeling that percentage is about to plummet, however.

Steve Spurrier just said "Yea, yea...click, clack." The last two times I have heard from him have been an eloquent explanation of why the Confederate flag should be done away with and Click Clack and I'm just not really sure what to make of that.

12:32 Browns are on the clock. Steve Young wants the Browns to make a statement, damnit!

And the Browns do not make that statement. Joe Thomas' reaction can be seen on NFL Network, but that is like three buttons to press, and really, he isn't gonna be all the exciting, Screw it.

How much does Brady Quinn hate Joe Thomas right now? Not only did he go to Brady's hometown team, but his little fishing expedition means ESPN shows his reaction to not getting picked. He did a good job pretending like he didn't want to cry, even throwing in a solid chuckle when the crowd starting chanting "Cleveland sucks! Cleveland sucks!"

12:43 Why the hell wouldn't the Bucs take Brady Quinn here? Their quarterback last season was atrocious...I mean, they did add Jeff Garcia, but my God, I think you gotta pick Quinn here. If anything else, it will give NFL Network more films of Gruden just verbally destroying a young quarterback as they pathetically struggle to spit out a 10 line play call.

I'll say it for the last time: Mort free lancing about players is a bad idea. Not a good idea. Let's not do it anymore.

Me and Peter King have been eliminated from a perfect Mock Draft. Peter King screwed this up? I can't believe it. Really, I'm shocked.

Keyshawn: "When Jake (Delhomme) went down last year, we were stuck with nothing." I'm guessing Key and Chris Weinke aren't going to be inviting eachother over for barbecues, then.

Who was Brady Quinn's speech coach? He should get a raise. Brady has the perfect, upbeat, PR answer for every conceivable question. Well done, sir, well done.

This is getting stale. Someone make a trade. Please.

Gaines Adams it is. Wasn't this draft supposed to be volatile and unpredicatable and crazy and fun? This is boring as shit. Everyone except me and Peter King knew this was going to happen. I guess I will just have to revel in the plummeting Brady Quinn. I guess.

12:53 Arizona is on the clock. Either trade down and take Levi Brown or just draft him here. You have to take an o-lineman here. No arguments. I mean, c'mon Sean Salisbury agrees with me, for God's sake. If that isn't a stamp of approval, I don't know what is. And Michael Smith. Case closed.

Mark May makes no sense. He says it is too high right now to take Brown, but they could do it at 11 or 12. Why the hell does that make any sense? They have a glaring need, the guy was their highest rating at that position, if they don't take him he will get snatched up within the next three picks. This is why Mark May, among other reasons, is illogical. I do not care for him. No, sir, I do not.

Yes! I was right! You're an idiot, Mark May.

1:01 Skins are on the clock. I hope they draft Amobi Okoye, just so Tom Reinaldi can do that sob story on him again. Why is he Tom Reinaldo always so sad? Every story he does is depressing; Okoye is an uplifting, neat, exciting story and he made it sound like a ten care pileup in which several orphans were killed. He should drink some coffee or something.

I love how Kornheiser gets to provide no real analysis, even on his hometown team. Just go take a nap, Tony. We'll wake you Monday for PTI.

Maybe if Brady Quinn got a haircut, he'd get drafted.

Boomer: "They are gonna sing Hail to the Redskins and draft a guy named Landry?" Berman just lives for that kind of shit, doesn't he? Drive me frickin' nuts.

And Landry it is. I don't know what is worse, my bracket or my mock draft. Shambles, I tell you, shambles.

1:16 Miami is on the clock. You have to take Quinn. Running backs come and go in this league. Your QB situation was atrocious last year. Whatever the hell that dudes name was that came in at the end of last year - Taverus Jackson or whatever - was god-awful against the Packers. He ain't no good. Get Brady Quinn, Minny. Hell, just get your pick in on time. And no, I will never let that go.

I like how we have to interview these guys in the Green Room like they are in the waiting room with their entire families on their death beds. They have to wait 15 or 30 more minutes to make millions of dollars, have endless groupie sex (and if they get picked by the Vikings, on a boat!) be a public darling and live a charmed life for the foreseeable future. I think they are going to be OK.

And is it just me, or is Suzy Kolber a little giddy around Brady Quinn? That forced laugh seems a little higher pitched than usual, no?

And of course they draft Adrian Peterson. The best part of their offense is Chester Taylor, so of course they draft at his position. The Vikings are the worst drafters ever.

Actually, Peterson is going to be really really good. I just think the Vikings suck.

1:28 Atlanta is on the clock.

Wow. Jamaal Anderson. They traded up to get him? I'm no expert (see above) but I am fairly certain they could have gotten him at 10. If this ends up screwing the Niners out of Patrick Willis somehow, I will not be a happy mock drafter.

1:38 Miami is on the clock. Brady Quinn is a lock. Might want to change that Brown tie to a teal one there, Bradley.

Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow. Tedd Ginn Jr.! The Dolphins done fucked up. I would imagine they did this because they lost ol' what's his name to the Patriots...but this is crazy. Dolphin fans have to be jacked. I'm getting my buddy who is a Dolphin fan on the phone. You'll have his reaction momentarily.

You think Houston is pissed they traded for Matt Schaub when they could have just drafted Brady? Methinks so. Maybe not, but methinks so.

Yea, my buddy the Dolphin fan - JP - is not pleased. Plans to cancel Sunday ticket were debated. Man is he furious. I can't even print what he said, and I already said the f word on here. Let's just move on.

Houston better not draft Patrick Willis. Or trade and let someone - Denver! - pick him instead. Just take Leon Hall and let me enjoy the next selection.

Amobi Time! Damn, I forgot about him. But screw that. Niners are on the clock. C'mon fellas...Carriker looks enticing, but Willis is the pick. Fingers crossed.

2:03 Niners are on the clock. Man, sweaty palms. I thought this was supposed to be fun.

Good point by Mort: all three of the pot smokers have gone in the Top 10. Did we learn nothing from Ricky Williams? If any of those three start rocking a wedding dress, take out an insurance policy.

Mock Drafters Update Through 10 Picks: Mel 7, Todd 6, Rick 5, Peter 3, Me 4. I am kicking Peter King's ass.

Brady has been invited into a public suite by Roger Goodell so ESPN cameras can't obsess over him. Damnit.

Keyshawn thinks the Panthers should take Brady Quinn. Not a real surprise, considering he said that they "were left with nothing" when Delhomme got hurt. That was awkward when they had to direct snap it to their running backs 73 times a game. They were so desperate they even ran a reverse to Keyshawn once. (Note: that wasn't a joke; they seriously did that.)

Steve Young says pencil in Patrick Willis. Can I do that in pen? Yes I can! I can carve that shit in stone. He was beasting on dudes with a frickin' cast on his hand. I am stoked. Phew. Deep breaths, deep breaths. Lot of picks in the first four rounds for the Niners.

Now, the question becomes: where does Brady Quinn go? Other than Roger Goodell's living room. Buffalo might be considered, but Losman is decent enough that they can address areas of much, much greater concern - like corner back (I say they go Leon Hall here). Carolina is an option, but do you really draft a back up in the first round? Jacksonville and Baltimore are serious options, too...but if for some reason he gets past them, he could go to the second round. Wouldn't that be some shit?

2:25 The Bills grab Marshawn Lynch at 12. Everyone in Green Bay starts absent mindingly shredding his cheese head. I am glad Buffalo loses two defensive studs and does nothing to replace them. And if Berman says anything about wagons and circles, I am throwing my TV through the window.

Berman makes some obscure tie between Marv Levy and Cal. Sweet Jeebus, Bommer, no one gives a shit. No one. Quit making these damn old time references. If you and Steve Sabol want to go salivate over some black and white film of people playing with out facemasks and say Raaaaaaaaaaaaaiders, fine. But knock it off during the draft.

2:30 St. Louis is on the clock. I predicted Jamaal Anderson; Peter went with Leon Hall. This is a huge pick if I am going to maintain my mastery of Peter King. Stupid Bills should have taken Leon and made this a done deal. Jerks.

Adam Carriker. Fine. Whatever. Moving on.

2:40 Carolina is on the clock. Brady? Yes? No? I predicted Carriker here, so I'm not happy.

Here's what I don't get about teams not taking Brady Quinn. Every Sunday, everyone and their brother sits around complaining about how much their team's quarterback sucks. When you wager on a game, half the time it boils down to, "You know what? Their QB blows. Gimme the other guys." Every analyst bemoans quarterbacks bad decision makers. And now there is a very, very good QB available and he is chillin' with Roger Goodell. Tell me how that makes any sense.

Well, we have a trade - NY is picking for Carolina, but ESPN won't tell us the details. The fans knew before Berman somehow. Wow. Seems like the Jets gave up a lot. They switch first rounders, NY gets a 6th rounder, and Carolina gets a 2nd and a 5th.

I have no idea what picks are worth in the NFL. The Bears and Jets just swap second rounders for Thomas Jones, but the Jets give up a second rounder just to move up 6 spots in the draft. I need a chart or something.

I love the reaction form Jets fans with the pick of Darrelle Revis. They were quietly paused, waiting to explode, Revis' name was announced, no sense of recognition registered on anyone's face, one yahoo screamed, and then the rest of the sheep all screamed like that's who they wanted all along. That was a terrific 15 minutes from the New York Football Jets.

2:54 Da Stees are on da clock.

Da Stees take Lawrence Timmons, which I so suavely predicted (read: copied from the three mock drafters who have some modicum of copetancy in this department). Peter King picked Darrelle Revis from Pitt in this spot solely so he could write this sentence, and for no other reason at all:

Ever been to the Steelers' training facility on the south side of town? Interesting place. Walk through the entrance of a big building on the left, and you enter Steelers headquarters. The door on the right is Pitt's place. Revis' pro locker room will be 20 yards from his college one.

Notice how Peter subtly brags that he's been there? Classy, I thought. If Revis attended USC, no way Peter makes this pick. Pete also dropped this gem on us when he predicts Adrian Peterson to the Falcons:

Peterson wins a battle in Falcons war room over Levi Brown. If not here, Peterson could sink like Big Pussy's body after it was thrown overboard off the Jersey coast. Much skepticism in draft rooms over his 2007 availability.


Forced analogy aside, did anyone else ever think they'd read the word "pussy" in a Peter King column? How does he look his family in the face?

3:00 Packers are on the clock. I am so sick of Mel's board. I do not care for it, no sir, not one bit.

Wow. 'Nother surpise. Packers go defense two years in a row in the first round. You think they are trying to subty tell Brett Favre, "Listen, my man, we appreciate everything you'd done - really, you'll never know - but its time to hang it up. You were great in that Prilosec commercial...is that a mediocre acting career I hear calling your name?"

3:14 Jacksonville on the clock. If they don't take Brady Quinn here, he might as well go borrow Tony Kornheiser's heated blanket and settle in for a long nap.

I hope Goodell stops doing that, "OK, Team X fans..." before every other pick. He doesn't seem like the most natural public speaker, does he? Seems like he is making an effort to open up a rapport with the fans, which is a nice gesture. Kinda like when the meanest principle you ever had tries to be your buddy, though. Aaaaaaaawkward.

If Jax takes Reggie Nelson, I am going to open up an insurmountable lead over Pete. C'mon Reggie. C'moooooooooooooon Reggie!

This is bullshit. Denver moves up to Jax' spot. They get Denver's 3rd and 6th rounder, too. Listen, Denver ain't screwin' around this year. They were all over the FA market and they are going to get their guy in this draft.

Denver goes with Jarvis Moss. Boomer just orgasmed over Jarvis Moss's speed, which I do not think Moss can put on a resume. I can't believe they screwed me out of a correct Reggie Nelson pick there. If Denver would have read my mock draft, they would have known that they could have stayed pat on still have gotten Moss. For being such a genius, Shannahan doesn't do too much research.

3:28 Bengals are on the clock. Too bad Carriker was already taken! Bada-bing! Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all night.

Nice pick by the Bengals, grabbing Leon Hall. Filled a need and he shouldn't even have been there.

****Breaking News: Leon Hall has been arrested on suspicion of DUI. Hall, allegedly, was pulled over and then puked all over the arresting officer. Three semi-automatic hand guns were found under the front seat of the vehicle and a 10 pound block of marijuana was found in the trunk. Hall said it was his cousin's weed, his uncle's guns and his mother's car.***

3:33
Titans are on the clock. Why did Todd McShay get relegated to the little kid's table? This is bullshit. I think it is because Kiper secretly hates him. This is like on Playmakers when they drafted Omar Gooding and that old running back hated him. I see only one solution here: Kiper needs to get on 'roids. Sad, but inevitable. Hey, it's Mel's body!

Damnit, I went with Ginn Jr. here, probably because he would be the perfect fit since he is the best returner in the draft and the Titans lost their returner to The Goodell Crusades. I was actually really proud of thinking this one through and the jackass Dolphins blew it. After this and the Reggie Nelson debacle, Pete could make a big leap if they go with Dwyane Bowe here. This is not good.

I would just like to say now that the Titans are going to suck next year without Pacman. Vince Young was good, yea, but they won some games when he went like 5-21 for 54 yards because Pacman returned a punt and an INT for touchdowns.

Titans grab Michael Griffin and my mock is in shambles. At least Pete doesn't make up any ground. Whoa, Mel, calm down there homie...he may be good, but Ronnie Lott? These Big Boy desk is compating guys to all-time legends and enshrining guys in the Hall of Fame just a tad too quickly, aren't they?

I am holding my breath hoping that no one picks a WR. Because once one of them goes, they are going to come flying off the board. Think NE burns one of those picks on a WR? Bet they'd love to get Bowe and Reggie Nelson. Actually, I bet they get whatever they want; they usually do.

3:45 Giants are on the clock. Steve Young is just going nuts whenever teams refuse to draft players to help out quarterbacks. First he was pissed the Browns didn't make a statement by getting Quinn, then he was pissed they didn't give Favre any help, now he is mad Vince has no new weapons (never mind that this draft is so deep at WR and only one has been taken and they just lost their best player in the secondary for the season.) Hey, Steve: some teams are going to draft guys on the defensive side of the ball. Let's move on.

Hey, Brady was on the phone. I hope Cleveland gets him. Then they would all get A's on their report card from Mel, and a solid education is really what it is all about.

Two seperate groups of Giants fans have competing cheers going: the bottom section is screaming "Lets go Giants!" while the upper decks counters with "Giants! Giants!" and both are suffiiently drowned out. I never had an opinion on them before, but now I think all Giants fans are dumb.

The Giants get Aaron Ross. Fine. They did cut their starting left tackle, though, and have yet to replace him. Mr. Throw Off My Back Foot Every Time is probably thrilled.

I was worried about a run on WR (I really, really want a stud WR for the Niners at 42) but a run on d-backs is really what is going on. Veeeery intereeeeeeesting.

3:55 Jacksonville on the clock. Did I fall asleep or has Reggie Nelson not been drafted yet?

Mark May just said Dallas is the most likely destination for Brady Quinn. Where the hell is Tom Jackson when you need him? Give me one good reason why Brady Quinn would go to Dallas? To hold PATs? Don't they have a freakin' Pro Bowler at QB?

Hmm. Michael Smith just concurred. I guess I just don't get the NFL.

I think Jags fans are chanting "Revis! Revis!" Either I heard wrong, or they are dumber than those Giants fans.

And they do get Revis. I called this at 17, so I'm counting it. Take that, Pete. How about the Jags trading down, grabbing those extra picks, and still getting the player they were going to take anyways? Wonder if they knew all along, or they just have balls made of stone? Either way, A++++ for the Jags.

4:02 Dallas is on the clock. If Brady Quinn goes here, I will be baffled. Surely they have more pressing needs than a back up quarterback, right?

Ed Werder just revealed that he texted Tony Romo (!) and Romo would be "astonished" if they took Brady Quinn. So me and Tony Romo are the only two people that would be astonished here. And here I didn't think we had anything in common.

(I don't wanna jinx it, but it is looking better and better for the Niners getting a good WR at 42. Sshhhhhh.)

Dallas's "play caller" from last year was Tony Sporano? Is Peter King aware of this? How have we not had a fawning piece on Tony Sporano yet?!?!?

TRADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Browns are now on the clock! OMG! Brady Quinn is going to the Browns!!!!!!!

I can't believe the Browns got both of their guys. What a freakin' job by Cleveland. Seriously. That is phenomenal. Round of applause. Good thing he wore than Brown tie.

This might be one of the neatest draft stories ever. I can't believe how this worked out. Pretty cool. Preeeeeetaaaaaay, preeeeeeeetaaaaaaaay cool.

(Good job, Miami.)

4:17 Kansas City is on the clock. If they don't take a WR here, they are crazy. Crazy. OK, well not crazy, but their WR corps just blows, and there are a ton of WRs here that deserve to go late first round. Yes, this is a reverse jinx.

I love how Jaws ends his sentences. "Brady Quinn is not afraid to make the tough throw. And that is why he will be a terrific quarterback in the National Football League." I am geeked to hear this 10 times a night on MNF.

So KC goes Dwyane Bowe, which was really their only choice, in this guesser's opinion. Atta boy, KC.

4:32 New England is on the clock. I am curious to see if they go offense or defense here. If we go WR back-to-back, I may start involuntarily spasming.

Brandon Meriweather. Damnit. If Griffin wasn't already off the board, I woulda got that one. I can take solace in the fact that Peter wasn't even close.

Oh! I didn't know Meriweather was the infamous stomper in the MIA/FIA brawl. So Belichik openly screws with the NFL's injury list reports, and now he openly thumbs his nose at drafting "character" guys. Man, the Pats just drafted college football's answer to Albert Haynesworth. And he was in a "legal" gun fight!

I love when an on field brawl and a gun fight (!) are considered "minor" concerns. Fabulous.

4:45 The Panthers are on the clock. The NFL Live guys are arguing about Meriweather. Sean Salisbury called his antics "bush league." Completely underrated term. A+, Sean.

Mark May applauds the pick. Of course he does. I have yet to agree with Mark May. He is driving me friggin' nuts. I think he could proclaim that Point 23 is running the greatest live blog of an NFL draft ever and I would vehemently disagree. And his huge head with tiny little spectacles aren't helping matters, either. Get some contacts or some Lasik, Mark May; you look like the number 2 side of a die.

The Big Cats grab Jon Beason, another defensive player out of Miami. What, no brawl footage? No gun fights? What a disgrace to the U. Michael Irvin is in a purple suit somewhere, shaking his head in shame.


4:53 Philly is on the clock. Every single remaining player is saying, "Not me, not me, not me, not me..."

Berman: quit giving Keyshawn opportunities to bash Chris Wienke. Oh, and now Mort is in on the bashing. Poor Chris Weinke.

Oh, a trade! Dallas jumps up here for no good reason, really. Philly musta got some good shit for this. Don't take a WR you slimy bastards. Just don't do it. You leave Robert Meachem alone. He was growing on me and you already got two decent WRs. You know how your safety gets beat long like twice a game? Yea, maybe you should do something about that. Or draft a holder. Just not a WR.

New Orleans has to be holding its breathe, too, right? Isn't there one first round corner back left? And they need one of them i am pretty sure.

The Eagles got a 2nd, 3rd and a 5th. I guess Dallas can do that considering how much they got for Brady Quinn.

Did Cleveland give up too much for Brady? Well, they were going to have to draft a QB next year, anyways, probably, so they just used it a year earlier. So it cost them a second rounder this year. If you are Cleveland, I think you can live with that. They are being aggressive, they seem to have a definite direction they want to take this team, and as a fan of a rebuilding franchise, you can't really ask for much more than that.

The Cowboys take Anthony Spencer and the Dallas fans act like they just ate some bad sea food. Who did they want Dallas to take? I am guessing they just never heard of the guy. Dallas has really been all over the place this draft, but they have two No. 1's next year, one of them probably pretty high, so you can't really knock them.

5:05 The Saints are on the clock. Much like Miami had to take a QB and KC had to take a WR, the Saints have to take a cornerback. When a casual football fan can glance at a game and say, "Wow, the (fill in team name here) are awful at (fill in position here). They are just getting killed," then you, as a franchise, have a duty to address said position. They didn't do it in free agency, I don't think, so you have to go corner here.

Ross is already gone, so they have to take the next available. Take Chris Houston. Just do it, NO, don't ask questions. I don't care if it is a stretch or a reach, you have to do it. When a position costs you a trip to the Super Bowl, you fill it. I cannot stress this enough.

Of course, this is the franchise that found Marques Colston in the 7th round, so I'll chill. Wonder if they were high fiving in the war room or if they were like, "eh, we'll see if he can make it on special teams."

Have I mentioned lately that I love when Jaws breaks down films? Can we do this on MNF instead of commercials? Or at least instead of Pink? Jaws is the best analyst in the entire National Football League.

Wow. The Saints go with Robert Meachem. What the hell, New Orleans. He better be playing both ways, because people are gonna pass all over them.

New Orleans just decided to become the Phoenix Suns of the NFL. Screw it, we will just outscore you. Fair enough, at least they have a plan. Can I just draft "The Saints Offense" in my fantasy league?

5:18 New England is on the clock again. They went with a safety with their first first round pick. Come back with a little offense the second time around?

I think Mark May borrowed his sons glasses for the show today. Those poor little pieces of metal are about at their snapping point; his generous dome is about to snap them like twigs. He has yet to say a single thing I agree with. Even Michael Irvin made me agree sometimes.

They just showed that LeBron commercial where that idiot is driving around in his mower while LeBron shoots various faces if disapproval in his general direction and then rejects the poor bastard into next Tuesday, all without uttering a word and holding a cup of coffee. I think they filmed this commercial without telling LeBron. I really don't think he had any idea he was even in a commercial. He just got a check from John Deere in the mail one day, thought it was his weekly pay check and didn't think twice.

Orlando is up 5 on Detroit with 3:18 left. I'm not watching; I cost the Magic a playoff series one time because I watched - long story - so I'll leave them alone for now. I wish I would have paid close attention to this series, but if Detroit isn't going to care, then neither am I.

Oh, shit son. The Niners just traded with New England. That'll make you sit up in your seat. Wonder who they are gunning for here? They must love him. Wonder what they gave up. I hope it wasn't No. 42 in Round 2. I can live with anything else.

Who they going for here? A lineman? Staley? Maybe Grubbs? I want a playmaker on the perimeter.

Staley it is. Hey, they must have loved him to move up and get him. I trust Nolan's judgment. I'm really curious what they gave up. I am dying for a playmaker on the perimeter. Dying.

Details of the trade: Niners gave up their 4th Rounder this year, and their first rounder next year. Man. I don't know how I feel about that. Staley better be a friggin' stud, and the Niners better finish in the top half, top third of the league so that No. 1 isn't loaded with value. Basically the Niners are saying "We want to make the playoffs this year. Period." And you know what? I like that.

Baltimore took Ben Grubbs, which everyone above called - except Peter King. Good God, Peter.

But back to the Niners. I was a little disappointed that they gave up that second rounder, because it pretty much eliminated any shot at a top level WR (hey, maybe Sidney Rice will sill be there) but, from 49ersNews.com:

According to a league source, San Francisco and division rival Seattle are close to finalizing a trade that would send Seahawks wide receiver Darrell Jackson to the Niners in exchange for one of their fourth-rounders, believed to be the Niners’ third selection in the round, No. 124 overall.

The deal is contingent upon Jackson passing his physical, scheduled for Saturday at the Niners’ Santa Clara, Calif.

So. That would be something. I think I can live with that. I am going to need to see how this all shakes out before I give it a definitive answer. But that was an exciting 15 minutes.

5:45 San Diego is on the clock. Much like KC, they have to go WR here, although I don't know if they are in love with any of those USC WRs. We shall see.

Keyshawn: "Speed is overrated at the WR position." He is saying some really interesting things, is well spoken, seems to have done his homework, is articulate, can banter and argue without screaming at the top of his lungs...my God, he's a better analyst than a wide receiver. Trading Keyshawn for Michael Irvin is better than the Reggie Bush falling to the Saints at 2. Can he retire from football now?

Why does ESPN show us the picks hugging and crying on the phone before they get picked? Why do they let Berman tip the picks half the time? Why do they scroll scores during Sports Center? WE WANT TO WAIT. WE WANT TO BE SURPRISED WHEN THE COMMISH IS AT THE PODIUM. KNOCK IT OFF. Thank you.

Flipped over to TNT quickly: Bron Bron with two vicious dunks back to back. I'm not watching! I swear I'm not.

Well, at least I got the position right. They took Craig Davis out of LSU. Hey, they addressed a need. Can't complain. I think Jarrett is better, but whatever. LSU put two receivers in the first round of the NFL draft.

Good Lord, Mel is in love with measurables. Keyshawn is on fire. I am listening to him more than anyone else at this table combined. He should pull a Tiki Barber and retire. Keyshawn is 10 times better than Keyshawn. Can we just get Todd McShay and Keyshawn breaking down the draft? Everyone else is free to go home. G'night.

5:55 Bears are on the clock. I think they are taking Greg Olson. Word. The more weapons for the Sex Cannon, the better.

Yep, Greg Olson. Awesome. Moving on.

6:10 World Champs on the board. LeBron James just hit a freakin' ludicrous step back three from a foot behind the arc. Good day for the city of Cleveland, I'd say.

The Colts pick Brandon Stokely 2.0 in Anthony Gonzalez. That is crazy that he will never be the best receiver on his team at either level and he is a first round pick. Wonder who he played with in HS?

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand that is it for round one. That was long as hell, my ass is numb, and the Cavs are on. I need to lay down. If anything wild happens in Round 2, I'll add it here.

I'll figure out who won the First Annual Mock Drafter and Guesser Showdown. Early predications hint that Peter King may not have fared so well.

6 comments so far. Might as well add your own.:

3bsaver said...

It probably will change here quickly, but I’m starting to think nobody wants the pretty boy quarterback on their team. I’d take him if I had a team.

point 23 said...

There are so many teams with shitty QBs...I don't get why some one wouldn't take him. I really don't get it.

3bsaver said...

Yeah I don’t know what they are thinking? Quinn was the one I wanted to see where he went, thought it would be done in the beginning, but no I’m still here two hours later waiting… That’s a shock Miami didn’t pick him?????

3bsaver said...

Woo Hoo.. It’s about time, Quinn got picked, and even on the team he wanted.. Hope he proves himself worthy of what the hype is all about.. I’m glad I didn’t miss that one.. by the way I’m a Giants fan, I am not dumb… maybe a little odd… haha… well not really a fan right now until they get rid of a certain QB that I don’t like at all… and love the live blog, better then watching it on t.v. thought you might want to know that….

point 23 said...

Hey I appreciate the kinds words...well certainly not all Giants fans are dumb...but maybe you should get ahold of your brethren at the draft and help them coordinate their cheers, haha.

As a Giants fan, who do you want to see them grab in Rd 2? Some one on the oline, I would gather?

3bsaver said...

Sorry I’m a little behind here.. did the Giants pick anyone yet??? I had to attend a t-ball game and missed some of the Draft… I should go tell my brethren to get with it.. you can tell they are probably from NY while I’m form PA there is a difference I would have the cheers in sink… by the way of course I want someone from the oline.. they lost Tiki Barber whatever will they do.. He was the whole team wasn’t he? At least that’s how they treated him. I would like to exchange some of the players that’s already on the team… can I do that?