NFL DRAFT: Day 1 Screw Ups!

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Why is everyone lauding the Cowboys just because they made a sensible pick in the form of Notre Dame’s Zack Martin?

Manziel made no sense for the Cowboys although it could be argued that they should have given some love to a sieve of a defense that gives it away more than Kim Kardashian on the rebound.

The Browns are getting a lot of love for their draft day prowess. But why?

They certainly started well when head coach Mike Pettine helped to fleece his former employer, trading the draft’s fourth overall pick to the Buffalo Bills, moving down five spots and picking up the Bills’ No. 1 and No 4 picks in 2015.

But what they did afterwards, not so much…

The Browns then moved from 9 to 8 and sacrificed an unnecessary fifth round pick (arguably 4th round quality in this draft) to reach for CB Justin Gilbert.

Then later in round 1, exhibiting impatience again, the Browns moved up from 26 to 22 and give up a third round pick in the process to take Johnny Manziel who would probably have been there for them at No. 26 anyway.

Gilbert is a cover corner with limited tackling skills that could be exposed in the AFC North and Manziel’s swagger might create problems off the field and his size and his own lack of patience in the pocket have many questioning his durability as a pro.



The Bills are loaded at the skill positions and then gave up a ransom to move up 5 spots to get Sammy Watkins. Watkins has a ton of potential and should be an outstanding pro but the Bills burned a 2 and a 3 in the 2013 NFL Draft for pass catchers, they have the pricey Stevie Johnson and they signed free agent WR Mike Williams this offseason.

The Dolphins showed the world why you don’t reach for need when they selected Ja’Wuan James with the 19th overall pick. The Volunteer offensive tackle was projected as a mid-late Round 2 selection and behind a handful of other OT’s still on the board for Miami’s taking.

And then perhaps the biggest WTF moment of the night was delivered by Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles when they chose defensive end Marcus Smith from Louisville. Scout Inc. graded Smith as an early Day 3 selection. No that’s not a typo.

Which of these was the biggest screw up on Day 1 of the 2014 NFL Draft?
Buffalo trading a 2015 No. 1 and No. 4 to move up 5 spots (35%)
Miami selecting James Ja'Wuan at No. 19 (17%)
Philadelphia's pick of Marcus Smith at No. 26 (48%)
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While toggling between the NFL Network and ESPN presentations of the 2014 NFL Draft, the announcement of the picks almost seemed awkward. As we watched the analysts assess the players remaining on the board, debating team needs and predicting picks, those of us following on Twitter already knew the picks. It was akin to watching a recorded game already knowing the final score.

The picks all too often seemed anti-climatic on television.

This isn’t going to change for the networks. It will only get worse. The producers will need to come up with a way to engage Twitterverse and then provide content that Twitter can’t compete with. Maybe the focus shouldn’t be on who the pick is but more importantly provide more video and better analysis than one can get in 140 characters.

Anxiously awaiting rounds 2 and 3…

Which network's coverage of the NFL Draft do you prefer?
NFL Network (43%)
ESPN (48%)
Neither, I get my updates through Twitter (9%)
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9 Raves on “NFL DRAFT: Day 1 Screw Ups!

  1. MR Purple on said:

    Turn off the twitter then… then you wont have to ruin the coverage for yourself. Go Ravens! Ozzie keep reeling in a top 5 D!!!

  2. Mark on said:

    Tony, Agree completely that Browns alleged killer picks will prove to be anything but. My gut is the Castle was much more concerned about having to defend Bridgewater throwing to Sammy Watkins , Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon for the next few seasons. Browns did the AFC North a favor with their picks last night.

  3. Jeff on said:

    I think Manziel doesn’t make sense for an AFC North team. I’m on the fence about him in any case, but even if he has it mobile QBs don’t do well against the Ravens. I haven’t studied Pitt and Cincy against mobile backs, but I’m guessing they are also good at shutting them down. Moreover, in addition to even bigger mobile qbs not doing well against the Ravens (Kaepernick), those who are smaller are likely to get hurt playing in this division. Just ask RGIII what its like to get tackled by a fast lineman named Ngata who weighs 340 lbs. He’ll also be playing in bad conditions. A small, fragile, mobile QB may not last long in the touch AFC north. Even Roethlesberger, who is huge, often gets hurt in this rough-and-tumble division. The worst combination would be a risk-taker and one who is not big enough to handle the punishment. Better to have a big guy who can take the punishment of the division and who won’t expose himself to injury.

  4. paulie on said:

    The question then becomes, why be planted on your butt in front of the boob tube for three days when you can get what you need to know on a tablet or smartphone? Why suffer Berman coughing up a hairball or Gruden gushing endless errata if you don’t have to?

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