Biggest Head-Scratcher: Armanti Edwards, WR, Panthers
I’m fully convinced that Carolina GM Marty Hurney wants to get fired. There’s just know other logical explanation as to why he would trade a first rounder last year for Everette Brown and a second rounder in 2011 for Armanti Edwards. I could only imagine how that phone call went between Hurney and Bill Belichick: “Oh hey, Bill? Yeah, this is Marty Hurney from the Panthers. Hey listen Bill, I’m dying to get out of this place and I’m looking to make a really bad decision in hopes of getting canned. I traded our first round pick this year for Everette Brown last year…yeah, Everette Brown…I know, right? Hahaha. Anyway, it didn’t work and now I have to try something drastic again. What do you think about giving us your third for our second in 2011? Awesome. Hey, you watching your TV? Watch this, I’m about to take Armanti Edwards with your pick. Yeah, seriously…I know, right? Haha…” Look, I watched from the stands as Armanti Edwards almost single-handedly burned down the Michigan football program a couple years ago. I know what kind of player he is and thought he would have been a good pick in the later rounds. But Carolina is set to make him a receiver when he’s never played the position before and they gave up a second round pick in the process. It was a major reach and a major risk seeing as how quarterbacks tend to struggle making the transition to receiver. What another lousy draft day decision by Hurney.
Best Value: Colt McCoy, QB, Browns
It’s hard not to give McCoy this spot considering that the Browns thought about taking him with the 38th overall pick and wound up landing him with the 85th. He’s not an elite prospect, but he’s incredibly accurate, makes wise decisions with the football and can read defenses well. I wouldn’t like him in pro style offense, but think he’s the perfect fit for the WCO. I trust Mike Holmgren when it comes to evaluating quarterbacks and I think he found a potential steal in McCoy. (And even if he didn’t, they didn’t waste much seeing as how they landed him in the third round.) For more on this pick, click here. (McCoy also scores very well in the completion %/# of starts test that has been highly accurate over the past 10 years or so. But since he was taken in the third round, it doesn’t necessarily apply to him.)
Potentially Bad Fit: Navorro Bowman, LB, 49ers
Bowman is a solid prospect and the 49ers got good value for him at No. 91, but he’s not built to play inside in a 3-4 and might only wind up being a special teams player in the long run. Strange pick for Mike Singletary, who otherwise is having a great draft.
Potential Steal: Eric Decker, WR, Broncos
I’ve been telling everyone with a pulse (and some without a pulse…I like to hang out in cemeteries some nights, just talking about the draft…is that weird?) how good Eric Decker is. At pick No. 87, he’s a steal for the Broncos, even though his durability is a major concern after he had Lisfranc fracture during his senior year. He’s Minnesota’s all-time leading receiver and when he was healthy, he was often the only offense that the Gophers produced on Saturdays. He catches everything within a zip code from him and is a nice complement to Eddie Royal and first round pick Demaryius Thomas. For as much as I hated the Tim Tebow trade in the first round, I absolutely love the pick of Decker for Denver.
Reach: Corey Peters, DT, Kentucky
Thomas Dimitroff has already proven to be a quality talent evaluator in just his third year as GM of the Falcons. But what the hell was he thinking at No. 83? It was probably wise to add insurance for Peria Jerry (who missed most of the 2009 season with a knee injury), but why here? And why Peters, who had a fourth or even a fifth round grade? He’s essentially the same player as Jerry and Jonathan Babineaux, who is far and away the Falcons’ best interior defensive linemen. Granted, Babineaux might be ticketed for a suspension in 2010, but still, Peters is a rotational guy at best and Dimitroff could have found a player like this later in the draft.
The Jaguars’ selection of LSU’s D’Anthony Smith at No. 74 was also a reach in this round. GM Gene Smith apparently is fond of reaching for three-technique defensive tackles.
Best Need Filler: Amari Spievey, CB, Lions
The Lions did little to upgrade their secondary in the offseason outside of adding the oft-toasted Chris Houston in a trade with the Falcons. But they did well to add Spievey at No. 66, especially considering they gave up the opportunity to add an impact corner in the second round when they traded up to take Jahvid Best at the conclusion of Round 1. Spievey wasn’t an off-the-charts prospect, but he was extremely productive at Iowa, displays great ball skills and can jam receivers at the line. He’s a physical player, which is something the Lions have needed at the position for some time now.
The Ravens also did well to take Ed Dickson with the No. 70 pick, seeing as how tight end was one of their biggest needs. The Steelers’ selection of Emmanuel Sanders was solid too, especially after the team traded receiver Santonio Holmes a couple of weeks ago. Sanders lacks ideal height, but he’s a deep threat and was very productive in June Jones’ spread offense at SMU.
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