• Favorite picks for each team so far:
Eagles: Lane Johnson, OT, 1st round: The more I digest this pick, the more I like it. In the short term, Johnson could theoretically upgrade 2 spots along the OL, depending on whether or not Johnson can step in immediately and be better than Todd Herremans at RT. Meanwhile, Herremans will be a big upgrade at RG when he slides over. The Eagles may go from having one of the worst OLs in the league to one of the best. But I think the real value is in the long term. The Cowboys struggled for years after their OL got old and went into a decline. The Eagles were beginning to head in that direction, but Johnson gives them some much needed youth. Here are the ages of the Eagles OL starters:
In terms of building the roster, the Eagles will obviously look at Johnson as the LT. The Eagles may want to add a young guy who can play C/G, but they seem to have the two most difficult OL positions to fill (LT, C) all set for the foreseeable future.
Cowboys: Gavin Escobar, TE, 2nd round: I think the general consensus among Cowboys fans is that Terrance Williams was their best pick. Count me among the people who agree it was a good pick. However, the Cowboys kicked off a run of some other really good WRs:
I actually like a few of those other guys a little better Williams. Goodwin, for example, intrigues the hell out of me. But I don’t want to split hairs there. A bunch of other teams got great value at WR in that 3rd round, and the Cowboys were one of them.
The player (or more so the idea behind the player) that I really liked was Escobar. Yesterday I talked more about his ability to stretch the field, which is something the Cowboys did not get out of Jason Witten last season.
Giants: Johnathan Hankins, DT, 2nd round: Most Giants fans are going to love getting Damontre Moore in the 3rd round, especially since he was such a highly regarded prospect just a few months ago. Moore went to a major college in the SEC, at a school where there were prospects galore in this draft class. All 32 teams undoubtedly did extensive homework on Moore, and yet he was passed over 80 times before landing in NJ. Something about that scares me off about him.
However, the player the Giants scored at 49 I get on board behind 100%. Johnathan Hankins could potentially contribute from Day 1 as an effective run stuffer. Clearly the Giants are putting serious resources toward stopping the run. It was a major deficiency last season, they’ve identified it, and are doing something about it. Good for them.
Redskins: Jordan Reed, H-back, 3rd round: This might be my favorite pick in the entire NFC East. The Redskins already have a pair of WRs who excel in breaking tackles once they have the ball in their hands, in Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan. They’re a lot like RBs with receiver skills. Reed is also outstanding after the catch, as he looks to make the most of every one of his touches. And then of course you have a banger like Alfred Morris in the backfield. Poor tackling in the secondary has become an epidemic in the NFL, and the Redskins are exploiting that.
• Reporters like Peter King and Jason LaCanfora claim to be providing a valuable service by reporting picks on Twitter before they are announced on TV. Their reasoning is that there are people who may not be in front of a TV but can access Twitter on their smartphones. They also note that if you don’t want to hear the pick before it’s announced on TV, you can simply unfollow them. Bullshit.
- For one, I don’t think the people who are not in front of their TVs will mind seeing each pick hit their Twitter feeds 30 seconds later than they normally would if King and La Canfora weren’t tweeting them out early. The service they’re providing to non-TV goers is a horseshit excuse. Are King and La Canfora tweeting play-by-play of NFL games after plays have already happened during the season? Hell no they’re not, because from a journalistic perspective, giving out info that the majority of their followers (the ones in front of their TVs) already know is no fun. It’s more about the ego of “breaking” news, even though in the case of the NFL draft, tipping picks requires virtually no skill.
- Secondly, I DID UNFOLLOW King and La Canfora, but since I follow a lot of people who follow King and La Canfora, the picks are being ruined anyway, when the other people I follow either re-tweet the pick or begin commenting on them before they have been announced. So despite my best efforts to avoid these two clowns, they’ve ruined the announcements anyway.
King and La Canfora are providing nothing in the way of a valuable service here. It’s the equivalent of your neighbor a quarter mile down the street calling you to let you know the color of each car driving your way. Worse, they’re flat out lying about their motives. Unfortunately, there’s probably nothing the NFL can do about it.