Patrick Robinson was picked #32 overall by the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints. Obviously he is going into an excellent situation team wise and that usually presents a good situation for a young DB to ease his way into playing time. Malcolm Jenkins is a young CB that New Orleans also used a premium draft pick on last year, with veterans Tracy Porter, Randall Gay, and Jabari Greer, the Saint's have excellent depth at this spot. Look for Robinson to play nickel as a rookie and get a starting job in 2011.
Teams must have been scared by possible motivational concerns and/or "being rusty" because Myron Rolle is tremendous value at #207(6th round) for the Tennessee Titans. Just ten picks later Dekoda Watson went #217(7th round) and will move down I-75 to Tampa Bay.
Round One: No surprises at the top of the draft, the first happened at #10 with Jacksonville taking DT from California Tyson Alualu....ask a Miami fan about him, he dominated the 'Canes front two years ago in a bowl game. Is Ryan Matthews really 4-6 rounds better than some of the backs who went later? Really? He is going to be in an excellent situation to succeed, but a lot of players would be. Not shocked that a team took Tebow, but it is a gamble. As usual the Colt's pick a 'football player' in Jerry Hughes. Great value at the end of round one.
Round Two: St. Louis thought enough of Roger Saffold to keep the pick despite numerous trade offers. Jimmy Clausen had to wait, but he landed in a very good situation, he is set up to succeed. Taylor Mays shows you what a physical body WITH a pulse is worth in the NFL draft, #49 to San Francisco.
A tale of two franchises:
With the 53rd pick New England took Florida Defensive End Jermaine Cunningham. With the 54th pick Cincinnati took Florida Defensive End Carlos Dunlap. One is "hard working", "productive", "tough". The other is "very talented", "prototype", "never played to ceiling". Anyone have to guess who went where?
Round Three: Love Myron Lewis to the Buc's at #67, just a real good fit. Some great colleges players were picked in a row in the middle of the round: S Major Wright(Chicago), S Chad Jones(NY Giants), WR Damian Williams(Tennessee), and WR Brandon Lafell(Carolina). Not surprising that Colt McCoy was picked in this range, he is good value here and Cleveland is a good fit. Jimmy Graham was Miami's top pick at #95 to New Orleans. There is upside here and presumably he will be learning from fellow Cane Jeremy Shockey.
Round Four: Everson Griffin shows you where a physical body WITHOUT a pulse goes in the NFL draft, #100 to Minnesota. Anyone think that 'super fast' Jacoby Ford could be drafted by anyone other than Oakland? I guess Joe McKnight is not the next Reggie Bush he goes #112 to the Jet's.....a move which sends former Nole Leon Washington packing. And he is NOT even Reggie Bush? Again, no matter how the NY media machine spins this......Leon Washington > Joe McKnight. Aaron Hernandez can't block.....no, I mean he really can't block to the tune of #113 to UFs major league franchise New England. What happens if THEY don't take him?
Round Five: Big fan of Kam Chancellor from VT, he was picked at #133 by Seattle. He should find a role and could develop. The Dolphins got excellent value at #163 with Georgia's Reshad Jones. This kid is an athlete and he has some size to him. He should fit into Miami's plans.
Round Six: Anthony Dixon could surprise, particularly as a complement to Frank Gore, this one should work out for the Niners. 5'5.5, 166 pound Trindan Holliday has world class speed, he will take it to Houston to help special teams immediately.