11. The New York Jets just can’t help themselves when it comes to acquiring splashy names regardless of how they fit into the fabric of their team. They did it all last off-season bringing in guys like Plaxico Burress, LaDainian Tomlinson, Antonio Cromartie, despite the fact their personality might not fit into the locker room.
This year they went out and got the biggest personality in the history of the NFL in Tim Tebow, despite the fact that this will become a major distraction in the locker room. The same thing can be said for the way they draft. The Jets went on the clock at pick #16 and had their choice of any pass rusher they wanted outside of Bruce Irvin. They could have taken Melvin Ingram, Chandler Jones or even Whitney Mercilus all of whom are maximum effort players and solid character guys.
Instead, Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum were tempted yet again by the big name in Quenton Coples, despite how he fits in the locker room or on the field. Coples is widely regarded as a “Me first” type player, one who really didn’t show up at all this past season. His effort level to say the least was inconsistent and there are obviously concerns that he was just trying to “get paid”. On the field the fit is questionable as well. Coples was not considered to be one of the players who could stand up and play OLB and Rex Ryan has already said he will play DE for the Jets.
This is an incredibly risky pick and yet another big time name with a questionable passion and work ethic for the Jets locker room.
12. I really don’t like the Browns reaching for Brandon Weeden at pick #22. It seemed to me it would have made sense for the Browns to try and trade down or even wait until the early second round to pick the Oklahoma State QB. I don’t see a team between pick #22 and their #37 selection that would have taken Brandon Weeden.
In my opinion, it would have made more sense for the Browns to take the best defensive player available at pick #22 or even OG David DeCastro and then take Weeden in the second round. Weeden will now be considered the starting QB, just based on the fact that they used a top 25 pick on him. The rest of the Browns draft was pretty solid.
I like Mitchell Schwartz, but not at #37 overall. John Hughes and Travis Benjamin were reaches in my opinion, but after that the rest of the draft was very good. James-Michael Johnson should be able to make an impact on defense this year, Billy Winn is an underrated
DL who the Browns stole in the 6th round and Trevin Wade was one of the better defensive backs taken in the 6th round.
Again, I think the Browns missed an opportunity to add another impact player by reaching for Brandon Weeden in the first, but overall I think the Browns are a better team now than they were last week.
13. I don’t think the Arizona Cardinals addressed their needs in the first round of the draft, but were able to makeup for a little bit when Bobby Massie fell to them in the fourth round.
Entering the offseason the Cardinals needed to find a way to strengthen their offensive line and imparticular their pass blocking. They weren’t able to do it in free agency and actually brought back Levi Brown who was a trainwreck last season. They opted to select Michael Floyd in the first round over an offensive lineman such as David DeCastro or Riley Reiff.
While I am alright with the Floyd selection I don’t see how the Cardinals are going to improve their OL THIS season unless Bobby Massie is much more ready for NFL Primetime than everyone thinks. While Floyd is a solid player I think the Cardinals are in for more of the same this season if they can’t protect the QB.
14. I like what the Colts did on offense in the draft, but I have no clue what they plan to do on defense this year. I understand getting Andrew Luck his security blanket, Coby Fleener in the second round. I have no problem with them coming back in the third round and getting another tight end in Dwayne Allen. I also really like TY Hilton and I think he will give the Colts and explosive and dynamic slot WR as well as kick returner. But, I really think they are going to struggle badly on defense this season. How have they gotten better in the secondary or along the defensive line? Freeney and Mathis are going to be playing new positions and ones they really aren’t suited to play. While the offense could be serviceable, I believe the defense is going to be really bad this year.
15. RIP Junior Seau. Gone way to soon.