Snap Judgments: Clausen, McCoy slip ... into favorable situations
NEW YORK --
• I know Mr. Irrelevant is traditionally the final pick of the NFL draft, but for a while there Friday night, I started thinking they were going to make an exception in
Good move, J.C., opting to not come to New York and park yourself in the green room at Radio City. From here on out,
Clausen, who was ESPN analyst
But you know what? The more I think about it, if you're Clausen, nothing could be finer than to play for Carolina, a team with very little going for itself on the quarterback front. I happen to be a fan of newly elevated starter,
But Carolina still has a stout (and record-setting) two-headed backfield in running backs
"It's frustrating sometimes," said Clausen, describing his entire pre-draft scouting process. "It's definitely going to be in the back of my mind every single time I step on the field, every time I step into the facility to work out and watch film to make me that much better. But I couldn't have ended up in a better spot, and I'm really excited right now."
In the long run, will Clausen's humbling draft weekend better serve his long-term career goals than having gone somewhere much higher, say, to Oakland at No. 8 or Buffalo at No. 9? Who can say for sure now, but at some point next season, when No. 1 pick
• And while we're at it, ditto for Texas quarterback
The Browns were thought to be a team in the market for McCoy, but when Cleveland passed on him twice in the second round -- taking Oregon safety
Cleveland, of course, has been a quarterback-career killer since re-entering the league as a 1999 expansion team, so it's hard to imagine a QB being thrilled at the thought of heading for northeast Ohio. But
And like the Panthers, the Browns feature a quarterback depth chart that is begging to be monopolized by one player. Cleveland dumped both
In short, McCoy's embarrassing wait might have been worth it. What his nascent NFL career needed more than money up front was opportunity, and where else but in Cleveland would he have gotten a bigger dose of that?
• I love the Vikings going after Stanford running back
I'm willing to bet that Gerhart significantly expands on the No. 2 back role he inherits from the departed
But here's my biggest question: Why didn't the running back-needy Texans jump all over Gerhart at No. 51? Houston was thought to be seeking a power runner who could complement the smaller and more elusive
• I really expected the Rams to auction off their top-of-evening pick for as much booty as they could get, but taking fast-rising Indiana offensive tackle
With last year's No. 2 overall pick,
• Tampa Bay selecting
• One leftover tidbit from Thursday night's first round: according to a league source, the No. 29 Jets were stunned that Boise State cornerback
The Jets followed through on their interest in Ducasse, taking the green but potential-laden 332-pound ex-Minutemen star with their second-round selection, 61st overall. There's a chance at least that the drafting of Ducasse could accelerate the departure of veteran guard
For his part, Wilson was reportedly in conversation with the No. 30 Vikings at one point when the Jets were on the clock, and Minnesota might have been poised to take him before he went to New York. The Vikings then traded out of the first round, giving up their pick to Detroit, which took Cal running back
• So much for the notion that Minnesota would bite on either Clausen or McCoy as
• And the rich get richer. Baltimore picked up two potential defensive starters in the second round, taking Texas 3-4 outside linebacker
But both are undeniable talents, and Baltimore does as good as job as anyone in the league of putting some structure around young players and integrating them into their veteran-led program. Kindle is seen as potential pass-rushing force off the edge, and the Ravens feel Cody can be the kind of run-stuffing presence who allows their linebackers to remain unblocked and run free to the ball.
• Oh, that daredevil
I guess somebody's a big Beadles fan.
• Say hey, some things are just meant to be. I mean, the idea of a Mays playing center field in San Francisco, that works for me. Drafting with the very fitting 49th overall selection, the 49ers took USC safety
• The Seahawks-49ers rivalry just got a little spicier, thanks to ex-USC head coach
Mays had some strong words about Carroll to the San Francisco-area media, making it clear he felt lied to by his ex-coach. Carroll selected Texas safety
"It was just interesting," Mays said. "I definitely thought from the relationship that we had, the things that he had told me about what I needed to be aware of for the draft process, the things that I needed to do, I felt he told me the complete opposite of the actions that he took, which was definitely alarming with who he took as a safety [Thomas]. I understand it's a business, but with it being a business, you just need to be honest, and that's all I was asking for."
Wow. Somebody needs a hug.
• Eagles coach
Reid went on ESPN and said while he used to have T.O., now he has a new T.O., meaning Te'o-Nesheim. It'll be straight to Vegas for Reid when he's done coaching.
• Not that anyone (but me) is keeping score, but I did have three direct hits in my first-ever attempt to mock out the second round: New England took Arizona tight end
Three out of 32. Maybe next year I'll crack the 10 percent plateau. And no, I'm not doing a fourth-round mock first thing in the morning. Thanks for asking.