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Another Draft ranking: Jax Times-Union

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by DFWJC, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Here's another draft ranking, FWIW. This one from the Jacksonville Times-Union
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    JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
    B- An almost perfect first day by taking bookend offensive tackles Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton. The big question is whether the third-round picks, DT Terrance Knighton and CB Derek Cox, who cost the Jaguars a 2010 second-round choice, represent the best value.
    HOUSTON TEXANS
    B+ Few teams did a better job of fortifying their defense. They landed an athletic LB in Brian Cushing, who fits nicely in a 3-4 scheme. Second-rounder Connor Barwin is a versatile DE who can provide tight end help in goal-line situations.
    INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
    C Because Joseph Addai's production is falling, taking RB Donald Brown is understandable. They passed on attractive first-round receivers in Hakeem Nicks and Kenny Britt. DT Fili Moala fills a big need, but the second round is a little early for him.
    TENNESSEE TITANS
    B With the Colts passing on Britt, the Titans were happy to scoop him up because he fills a pressing need. Not sure about taking Auburn DT Sen'Derrick Marks over Texas' Roy Miller, but getting TE Jared Cook in the third round was superb value.
    BUFFALO BILLS
    B- Finding an heir to pass-rusher Aaron Schobel was the biggest need, and No. 11 overall pick Aaron Maybin is an ideal match. Investing a late first-rounder on a linebacker might have been a better option than Louisville C Eric Wood.
    MIAMI DOLPHINS
    B Cornerback is the biggest issue, which explains why picks in each of the first two rounds were spent on Illinois' Vontae Davis and Utah's Sean Smith. The Wildcat formation gets a boost, starring West Virginia QB Pat White as the new Slash.
    NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
    C- Bill Belichick was the draft's big wheeler-dealer with seven trades, which he parlayed into four second-round picks. Except for CB Darius Butler, who could emerge as their top cover guy, DT Ron Brace, S Patrick Chung and OT Sebastian Vollmer aren't regarded as sure first-day selections.
    NEW YORK JETS
    B The Jets gave up almost their entire draft for two players - QB Mark Sanchez and RB Shonn Greene, who is the insurance policy for a disgruntled Thomas Jones. Sanchez will eventually be an upgrade, but there will be growing pains before the payoff.
    BALTIMORE RAVENS
    C The Ravens landed a quality OT in Michael Oher in the first round but never addressed the critical area of receiver. Taking East Carolina TE Davon Drew over Florida's Cornelius Ingram in the fifth round was a peculiar call.
    CINCINNATI BENGALS
    A- A superb haul for the draft-challenged Bengals. They mostly filled needs with OT Andre Smith, LB Rey Maualuga, DE Michael Johnson and TE Chase Coffman while getting value every time. It'll be fun comparing Smith with the Jags' Monroe after Cincinnati bypassed him at No. 6.
    CLEVELAND BROWNS
    C With four of the top 52 picks, the Browns didn't take full advantage of their position. Trading down in the first round cost them Jeremy Maclin, so they used two second-round picks on receivers Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi. DE David Veikune was a reach in the second.
    PITTSBURGH STEELERS
    B Nothing sexy about the new arrivals. The Steelers focus on just collecting the best talent. Missouri DT Ziggy Hood solidifies the defensive interior. Third-round picks in G Kraig Urbick, WR Mike Wallace and CB Keenan Lewis might not start this year, but they'll have a role.
    DENVER BRONCOS
    B+ Getting a feature back was critical, and Denver hit paydirt with Georgia's Knowshon Moreno. A pass-rushing void was filled with its other first-round pick, DE Robert Ayers. Secondary is upgraded with Alphonso Smith and Darcel McBath.
    KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
    C Taking DE Tyson Jackson over LB Aaron Curry with the No. 3 pick didn't make a lot of sense. If Jackson is the answer, why take DE Alex Magee with the next choice in the third round? Landing CB Donald Washington in the fourth round was good move.
    OAKLAND RAIDERS
    F This was a draft right out of the Twilight Zone. Who outside of Al Davis thinks Darrius Heyward-Bey is the best receiver in this draft? Second-round pick Michael Mitchell is so unknown, he was the 73rd-ranked safety in Mel Kiper's draft report.
    SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
    B- OLB Larry English, the No. 16 overall pick, should be a long-term standout. The Chargers' offensive line needs retooling. G Louis Vasquez and C Tyronne Green are a decent attempt at repair.
    DALLAS COWBOYS
    D They didn't do much with their first two picks in the third round. Western Illinois LB Jason Williams and oversized Ball State OT Robert Brewster were both reaches. Texas A&M's Stephen McGee is a nice developmental QB.
    NEW YORK GIANTS
    B+ All three picks in the top 60 made perfect sense. WR Hakeem Nicks should fill the Plaxico Burress void. Virginia LB Clint Sintim was a slight reach in second round. OT Will Beatty is a solid pickup, and QB Rhett Bomar was worthy in the fifth round.
    PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
    A Almost everything the Eagles hit was a home run. They traded up two spots to land WR Jeremy Maclin at No. 19, and also sent two draft picks to acquire OT Jason Peters from Buffalo. In the second round, they got value and filled a big need with RB LeSean McCoy. TE Cornelius Ingram was a fifth-round Brinks job.
    WASHINGTON REDSKINS
    C+ They stayed put at No. 13 and filled a major void by taking DE Brian Orapko, the best pass-rusher in the draft. Maryland CB Kevin Barnes looks like a third-round reach, but not if he adequately recovers from a season-ending shoulder injury.
    CHICAGO BEARS
    B+ Giving away a mid-first round pick this year, a 2010 first-rounder and Kyle Orton for Jay Cutler is pricey but represents a significant QB upgrade. They landed two third-round steals in San Jose State DL Jarron Gilbert and Oklahoma WR Juaquin Iglesias. Gilbert's YouTube video of jumping out of a pool is priceless.
    DETROIT LIONS
    C+ Top overall pick Matt Stafford has a great arm, but his accuracy in college with superb skill players at Georgia makes this huge investment a little questionable. They passed up OT Michael Oher for TE Brandon Pettigrew, but a nice third-round snare in Penn State receiver Derrick Williams.
    GREEN BAY PACKERS
    B- DT B.J. Raji was the right value and perfect first-round fit for the Pack. However, the trade up to get Southern Cal LB Clay Matthews wasn't worth the price of two third-rounders they traded to New England to move up to the No. 26 overall spot.
    MINNESOTA VIKINGS
    B WR Percy Harvin is a dynamic talent and a reasonable risk at the No. 22 spot. Phil Loadholt fills a need at right tackle and was the best available guy at that position in the second round. Georgia CB Asher Allen will push for playing time.
    ATLANTA FALCONS
    C+ Acquiring tight end Tony Gonzalez for a second-round draft pick looks a bit expensive, but having a dependable big target in the red zone for Matt Ryan offsets the price. DT Peria Jerry wasn't a big need, but he represented better value than other defense options.
    CAROLINA PANTHERS
    B+ Getting Florida State DE Everette Brown was a valuable pickup in the second round, no matter what the future holds for Julius Peppers. CB Sherrod Martin should challenge C.J. Wilson for the third corner job.
    NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
    C+ With only one pick in the first three rounds, taking CB Malcolm Jenkins was a logical option at No. 14 because he can move to safety if needed. Wake Forest LB Stanley Arnoux is a backup-type who should help out on special teams.
    TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
    B Trading up two spots to acquire Kansas State QB Josh Freeman would make more sense if the Buccaneers hadn't already signed Byron Leftwich. Getting Texas DT Roy Miller in the third was not only a steal, it filled Tampa Bay's biggest need.
    ARIZONA CARDINALS
    B+ Nobody lucked out better with a first-round fall than Arizona plucking RB Chris "Beanie" Wells at No. 31. He's a worthy heir to Edgerrin James. OLB Cody Brown was a slight reach in the second round. Alabama S Rashad Johnson is great value in the third.
    ST. LOUIS RAMS
    B Thin OT position made Jason Smith a necessity at No. 2, though they could have had the Jaguars' Eugene Monroe. Favoring Ohio State LB James Laurinaitis over WR teammate Brian Robiskie was a tough call in the second round.
    SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
    B+ With three offensive tackles off the board, taking WR Michael Crabtree at No. 10 was a no-brainer because the 49ers don't have a No. 1 receiver. Grabbing RB Glen Coffee from Alabama should help ease the burden for veteran Frank Gore.
    SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
    B+ Not only did Seahawks get the draft's best player in Wake Forest OLB Aaron Curry, but they filled their greatest need with the exit of Julian Peterson. Taking C Max Unger over RB LeSean McCoy in the second round was a bit of a surprise.
  2. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    I know it's not adding a lot that we have not already seen, but it did have of teams together...and it is the off-season.
  3. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    Whoever did this was just using Kipers draft report. He doesn't know any more than us fans about the players.
  4. DezBRomo9

    DezBRomo9 Not enough blitzing..

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    The paper also includes the Eagles trade for Peters, but the Cowboys have no inclusion of Roy Williams?

    I wonder if we kept TO and didn't trade for Roy11 and drafted Oher what the grade would have been? The same probably...
  5. Chris in Arizona

    Chris in Arizona I am Death

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    Our grade would have been higher but I don't know if we would have been a better team. I am subscribing to the idea that Tony will be a better QB now that he isn't worried about getting TO his touches. I expect him to be a much more balanced passer, looking for open players, rather then forcing passes.


    I hated this draft and we graded out at what I thought we would. The true draft grade is in 5 years and we see what kind of impact these players made. As for now, they are Dallas Cowboys and I will be rooting for them.

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