After spending much of the week on the phone fact-finding about the 2010 NFL Draft, here are five things I think I think six days out from round one:
Seattle has a new regime with a draft-pick-coveting GM,
Let me rephrase that -- I
Could Miami be a fit for the Philly tradeup? Absolutely -- if Thomas or the defensive object of the Eagles' attention is still there. Miami knows this is a special draft, and the Dolphins don't want to finish up with the 12th pick and no others in the top 70. Miami is in a tough spot, I think, if unable to flip the pick down because the Dolphins want to get someone to rush the passer, and there's not a single no-doubt long-term double-digit-sack lock in this draft.
If Miami stays at 12 and picks one of the rushers --
I don't mean the guys at the very top of the draft -- I'm talking more about, say, 10 to 25. One name:
As of today, I've got him in the first half of the second round, which I think is a big, big mistake for quarterback-needy teams between 20 and 40. Other than a maddening tendency to hold the ball way too long in the pocket and almost invite sacks, McCoy has few weaknesses and I believe he will be a good starting NFL quarterback for the team lucky enough to have him fall to them.