MMQB Mailbag: Ten people under most pressure on draft weekend
There's pressure on everyone to figure out which draft picks will prosper and which will bust in their NFL career. There's pressure on the players too -- particularly the highly drafted ones. The 10 people on draft weekend who should be feeling the most heat:
And not only because he's on the verge of bypassing two franchise defensive tackles at No. 1 when his team doesn't have even a borderline Pro Bowl DT on the roster now. Devaney has to take
Inside the Rams, they're treating the first Friday pick as one of the most significant in franchise history, and they hope to get either a great player or, more likely, a passel of draft picks. Teams will have 19 hours to re-stack their boards at the end of Thursday night's first round in advance of the 33rd pick at 6 p.m. EDT Friday. When the Lions had a long night after the second round of 2009 to ransom off the first pick of the third round, they got the Jets to pay three draft choices to move up 11 spots and pick
"Coach,'' Clausen said, "after a while, you hear so many bad things about yourself that you'd go crazy if you paid attention to any of them. So I just shut it out and played.'' The coach he told that to loved it, and it convinced him to be a Clausen buyer, perhaps, on draft day.
These guys are in places with strong head coaches, and
I know for a fact the Seahawks covet Clausen. They wouldn't seem to be a team with a quarterback desire in the first round, not after making the deal with San Diego for prospect
With the exception of picking up an aging
But the good thing for the Patriots is they ought to be able to get a good tight end (position of strength here) with one of their four picks in the top 54, and they could have a tough call to make on wideout
He didn't play last year after injuring his back and having disk surgery last fall. Though he's been given a clean bill of health by two doctors, Gronkowski is still looked upon suspiciously by tight-end-needy teams, at least one of which has told SI.com that he's off their draft board. This team said it suspects spinal stenosis, a potentially crippling injury. "I don't have that,'' Gronkowski told me. "I've heard that, but all I can say is my doctors told me they fixed the problem with my back and it will have no effect on my career. I don't have spinal stenosis.'' I see Gronkowski -- a first-round lock before the injury -- going in the second round, but he could drop to the third if the fears about his back continue to flare.
One pick in the top 100. That's it -- number four overall. The 'Skins are all over the place, trying to trade up to number one to take Sam Bradford (only a faint chance of this), trying to trade back to fatten up the barren second and third rounds. I do know this: If they trade up to take Bradford, they'd better use
You know what I've found about Tebow in the past month? Everybody wants him -- until it comes to actually drafting him and doing something with him. Could he go to New England as a tight end? I guess so, but he'd hate that. Could he go to Minnesota, Cleveland, Denver or Philadelphia, with coaches who really like him, and intern for the starting QB for a year or two? Maybe. But he's the story of the draft, like him or not.
As I detailed in MMQB a couple of weeks ago, teams have a devil of a time projecting who's going to be able to rush the passer in this league, and Morgan added to that debate in Tech's bowl game against Iowa. He had three tackles and no sacks against a good offensive line, most notably tackle
Now for your e-mail:
The one team I'd suspect wouldn't want to deal out of the round for that exact reason is
Your email speaks volumes. This is the NFL. If something can be made into an event, the NFL will figure it out.
Ben Roethlisberger is not being traded, unless he screws up again. Trust me.
I'm on record as saying I loved the Saturday draft. But let's let the fans speak after the weekend, and let's see if the prime-time ratings show such a love for the draft that they don't care when it is -- they're still going to watch the thing in droves.
I do. I think Clausen is a more accurate thrower, and not as frenetic in the pocket as Quinn is.