Dan Pompei of the National Football Post has a good read on taking risks with 3rd round picks. He has interesting notes on a number of players drafted in the third round this year (including Damontre Moore). Definitely worth checking out. Unrelated to that portion of his column, Pompei also talked about the Redskins’ secondary:
The Redskins like ball skills in their defensive backs. They really like ball skills in their defensive backs. Cornerback Dave Amerson, whom they chose in the second round, had 18 college interceptions. And safety Bacarri Rambo, whom they chose in the sixth, had 16 picks at Georgia. They will fit in well in a secondary that features cornerback DeAngelo Hall (39 career interceptions, including an NFL record-tying four in one game), cornerback Josh Wilson (13 career interceptions, including four returned for touchdowns) and safety Brandon Meriweather (13 career interceptions). “This isn’t new, but turnovers are key,” Redskins general manager Bruce Allen told me. “We liked Amerson and Rambo. We liked their playmaking abilities. The fact they created turnovers makes you like them a little better than others who may have been similarly talented otherwise.” He pointed to the fact that Rambo is a former quarterback, and quarterbacks turned defensive backs usually have good ball skills. As for Amerson, he said, “He had a phenomenal year a couple years ago. I don’t know if it will translate into the NFL immediately, but he has traits you look for.”
David Amerson is going to be fascinating to watch. I did a 3-part breakdown series on Amerson (Part I, Part II, Part III), and he was extraordinarily fun to watch, because he was so simultaneously awesome and awful. If I were a fan of a team with nothing to lose, say, like, the Jaguars… I would be extremely anxious to see him get out on the field and make some big plays. Conversely, if I were a fan of a team coming off a division title, I’d be terrified to see him out there gambling and giving up big plays.
Pete Prisco of CBS called Justin Tuck the most overrated player in the NFL. I’m not linking to it, because that’s just stupid. Justin Tuck is no longer a dominant player, but I don’t see anyone claiming that he still is.
Anyway, here would be my most overrated-underrated players for each team:
Overrated: Chris Snee – Snee was bad in 2011, although he played a lot better in 2012. When offensive linemen make names for themselves, they’re often thought of as great players for the rest of their careers, regardless of how well they’re actually playing. I think there’s a little of that going on with Snee. He is still an above average NFL OG, but he’s not the stud he used to be.
Underrated: Prince Amukamara – He made my 1st team NFC East Preseason All American squad. It took a little while for me to come around on Prince, but every time I’ve watched the Giants this offseason, I rarely see him making mistakes. I’m not sure he gets enough credit.
Overrated: Tyron Smith – He has all the tools to be awesome, and at any moment maybe he will be. But his hype far outweighs his actual play so far. And just for fun, let’s re-open that Jason Witten can of worms again.
Underrated: Tony Romo – I know it’s kind of weird to put him here, considering he’s the 5th highest paid player in the league, but I’m talking about fan perception. Romo is often looked at as some sort of scrub, but he’s the only reason the Cowboys were competitive at all last season.
Overrated: Michael Vick – It’s comical to me that the national media has crowned Michael Vick the starter this season, and to suggest otherwise is a ridiculous notion. Vick stunk last year. Stunk diddly unk.
Underrated: DeSean Jackson – It’s almost as if people have forgotten the kind of unique skill Jackson has. He’s fast as hell and in my opinion, still a very real threat to break a game open in one play. For example, this list at NFL.com has him ranked as the 31st best receiver in the league, behind guys like Cecil Shorts. It’s not like Jackson even had a bad season last year. Had he not missed 5 games, he was on pace for a 1000 yard season, and he had just 1 drop, according to PFF. The Eagles offense was an unmitigated disaster last year, but Jackson wasn’t part of the problem.
Overrated: DeAngelo Hall – Yeah, yeah, I know… He had a good game against Dez Bryant last year. Good for DeAngelo. He still has enormous flaws that far outweigh the occasional good game. As long as 1% of the population still thinks he’s good, it’s too much. Just plug him in here for me every year.
Underrated: Trent Williams – ProFootballFocus has Williams rated as the 13th best LT in the league last year. As a disclaimer, I should note that I haven’t evaluated every LT in the league, or anything close to it, but I find it extraordinarily hard to believe there were 12 guys who were better. Trent was awesome.
Tommy watched a Cardinals-Vikings game from 2009, and dissected the game plan new Eagles DC Billy Davis put together to combat Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson, and the Vikings’ potent offense. Good stuff.
The Eagles are making upgrades to Lincoln Financial Field. The highlight, in my opinion, will be the new massive video screens.
In case you missed any of my notes from Eagles minicamp last week:
- June 4th notes
- June 5th notes
- June 6th notes
- I quiz some Eagles defenders on eligible receivers in the swinging gate formation
Calvin Watkins of ESPN tried to find a few silver linings from the Cowboys’ run game in 2012. Not sold.
Jason Garrett assigned 8 Cowboys players to coach high school kids in a 7-on-7 tournament. The 8 coaches then chose their assistants from the rest of the team. Love this, actually.