MMQB Mail: Boring pick the right call for Rams; why Bucs took QB
Last week, I spent time in St. Louis before the draft and in Kansas City during the draft. (By the way, I wasn't in the Chiefs' draft room, as a paper in Chiefland reported.
Put simply, I really like what the Rams did, particularly in selecting Baylor tackle
But Devaney went boring, taking the tackle.
"I don't care if I screwed up in picking the tackle No. 2,'' Devaney told me. "I was tired of seeing our quarterback get killed. I don't care if we give up 50 points a game, I'm not going to sit around and watch our quarterback get abused the way he did last year and the way he would have if we didn't address the offense line.
"I understand and I appreciate our fans who say, 'Go get the quarterback. He could be a franchise quarterback. How many times are you in position to get an elite quarterback' They're right. But how many times are you in position to get an elite left tackle? You can't get one down the line in the draft. You can't get one in free-agency; they're never available. Plus, I really believe, like our coach [
I said this before the draft: There is no team with a worse position group in the league than the Rams at tackle. They have got
If Sanchez had gone to the Rams, I think he would have become
Picking Smith gives the team a chance to try to rebuild a bad offensive line. I couldn't agree with their pick more.
Did you wonder, like I did, why the Bucs, set on taking Kansas State quarterback
Blame the Mel-Kiperization of the draft world.
"A lot of mock drafts had Denver taking Josh Freeman,'' Tampa Bay GM
Dominik told me the fact that
Now onto your e-mail:
Aaron, I don't think the NFL is considering going overseas with the game. I think the story that came out was a case of someone in the NFL saying that someday it's not out of the realm of possibility that the game could go to London or Germany. I don't think that day is soon. Roger Goodell acknowledged as much.
Well, I think a lot of Raider fans share your pessimism. I do know this: There's going to be incredible pressure on
The Eagles, I'm sure, didn't know who the Giants were going to pick. Even if they did, I doubt they'd have been very concerned to see a receiver from Cal Poly go to a division rival. Not that I'm saying Barden can't play. But I just don't think if you're the Eagles you're thinking about that when you're acquiring an extra fifth-round pick just for trading down six slots in the round. If you're the Eagles, you're thinking you could get the same player at 91 that you'd have been taking at 85, and it means you can pay the same player less money because you're taking him six slots lower. It's the way the Eagles do business.
I don't think so. As
Very well. He's the highest-paid cornerback ever. But I'd bet you a grande latte that there was more interest higher in the draft for Jenkins, who was drafted 14th overall, than there was in 2003 for Asomugha, who was drafted 31st.
The one-strike thing is big, plus he was suspended for bumping an official in high school, was involved in a major basketball fight in high school, and missed two Florida games for what the school said were migraine headaches, which has been widely derided in the NFL community. Teams weren't sure entering the draft why he missed those two games, but they didn't buy it was for migraine headaches. Whatever, he'll have a chance to be the best offensive weapon in this draft.