Redskins select Josh LeRibeus, OG, SMU: Look, I’ll just come clean here. I don’t have a flipping clue who Josh LeRibeus is. Apparently, he has a “mean streak,” and lost like 70 pounds. Guard Kory Lichtensteiger tore his ACL and MCL last year in the first meeting against the Eagles, but he is expected to be ready to go by the beginning of the season. I suspect that LeRibeus will serve as depth at guard for now, something they didn’t have any of. That’s all I got on this one. Sorry.
Cowboys select Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise St: Again, a player I don’t really know a lot about, but the thinking was that his best fit was as a 4-3 DE. I’ve seen mixed opinions on whether he’ll be a 3-4 DE or OLB in the Dallas defense. What everyone seems to be in agreement on is that he’s a project and not likely to make any sort of immediate impact.
Eagles select Nick Foles, QB, Arizona: When the Eagles picked Vinny Curry in the 2nd round, I dug into the archives, remembering that he was one of the 15 players that impressed me at the Senior Bowl. Well, I also made a list of 12 players that did not. Foles made that list. Actually, he was the first player drafted from the list. Here’s what I said.
Nick Foles, QB, Arizona – Some folks had Foles rated as the #1 QB coming into the Senior Bowl, and I’ve seen it suggested that he could be a first round pick. Not happening. Personally, I didn’t see any aspect of his game that was particularly impressive, and thought Brandon Weeden blew him away in every aspect of QB play this week. In fact, I felt that Kirk Cousins pretty soundly outplayed him as well.
Big at 6’5, not really mobile, which is a bit of a head scratcher for an Eagles team that loves mobile QBs. Not a fan.
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Giants select Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech: Really talented player. Had 9 picks in 2010, but fell all the way back of the 3rd round because he failed a drug test at the Combine. Seriously, how dumb do you have to be to fail a drug test at the freaking COMBINE. Anyway, good value here for the G Men, and it gives me an excuse to link to this amusing post on the NFL Draft by Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi, who gives Hosley a mention:
DRAFT THE WEED GUY
Every year, there are players who fall dramatically in the pre-draft process because they’ve been caught smoking weed. A short list of those guys includes Warren Sapp, Randy Moss, Percy Harvin and Aaron Hernandez. Guys who punch women or drive pickup trucks into old folks’ homes: bad investments. Guys who smoke dope in college? Well, that’s basically every single person in America.
I’m not going to say smoking weed is good for your health, but when it comes to football, I’d much rather have my rocked-up 270-pound monster stoned, giggling and watching cartoons than drunk, belligerent, and stumbling toward his car in the parking lot of an Atlanta strip club.
This year, it seems crazy that Notre Dame wideout Michael Floyd, who has three alcohol-related arrests in his past, is being talked about as a top-10 pick, while ass-kicking North Alabama (and former Florida) corner Janoris Jenkins, who has three weed incidents, is being talked about as someone who might be undraftable.
Jenkins is the big weed bargain in this draft, but Virginia Tech’s super-fast corner Jayron Hosley is another. Both of those guys can really play and I’ll bet they both become excellent pros – for a while, anyway. A third case, Arizona linebacker and Ray Lewis wannabe Vontaze Burfict, I wouldn’t touch. Not because of a failed drug test, though, but just because he sucks. Oh, and because he tried to rehab his image by giving an interview to Sports Illustrated – while chilling in Las Vegas.