GBN Scouts Notebook (Eagles, Panthers Draft)

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  1. KD

    KD Well-Known Member

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    • Class is dismissed… In past years, we’ve graded all 32 drafts, however, we always felt more than a little comfortable trying to grade the work of people who really do know more about the subject than we do. Still, we know what we like when we see, so here in our Scout’s Notebook are the teams whose drafts we really liked




      PHILADELPHIA: Finshing 6-10 in a season in which they were considered Super Bowl favorites must have left a burr under the Eagles’ collective saddle because they were all business this weekend. Indeed, the Eagles may very have had the best draft of any team in the league, For starters, the Eagles made out like bandits when they were able to grab rugged DT Brodrick Bunkley, a player they had thought seriously about trading up for, with the 14th pick. Then in the second round, the Eagles moved up to get USC OT Winston Justice, a potential top 10 talent if he matures. Indeed, the earth may tilt just a tad in their direction when the Eagles go on the road after they also added 350-plus pound Georgia OG Max Jean-Gilles, yet another intriguing prospect. On the other hand, tweener DE Chris Gocong, the Eagles’ 3rd round pick, is going to feel positively smurfish standing next to his new teammates. Gocong was a later-riser this spring, however, as an undersized DE or rush OLB its hard to see where he fits in the Philadelphia scheme. The Eagles then got some skill with the selections of WRs Jason Avant and Jeremy Bloom in the 4th and 5th rounds. Bloom, of course, can also return kicks as well as serve as captain of the Eagles’ off-season ski team. .

      CAROLINA: The guy who has got to be thinking Christmas came early this year is Carolina head coach John Fox whose Panthers got Memphis RB DeAngelo Williams late in round one and then added Fresno State CB Richard Marshall deep in the second round. Both had been rated much higher. The Panters also got good value in speedy LB James Anderson and OT Rashad Butler taken in the 3rd round, although neither is overly big. Meanwhile, a couple of former Hokies - TE Jeff King and rugged C Will Montgomery – taken in the 5th and 6th rounds could also contribute as may pass rush specialist DE Stanley McClover, a 7th round selection. DB Nate Salley, taken in the 4th round, though has coach killer written all over him; he’s got all the physical tools, but has never put it together on the field.

      CLEVELAND: Cleveland did well in the opening round, adding an extra pick by flipping the 12-13 picks with Baltimore, but still getting the guy they probably had targeted at their original spot in OLB Kamerion Wimbley, a high character guy who should provide an immediate impact to the outside pass rush. Then in the second round, the Browns moved up and snagged Maryland MLB D’Qwell Jackson, another quality selection, before adding a pretty good receiver in Travis Wilson in the 3rd. The Browns also had a solid 5th round taking CB DeMario Minter and RB Jerome Harrison, while 6th round DT Babatunde Oshinowo could contribute in the Browns’ NT rotation.

      SAN FRANCISCO: The 49ers had a bit of a head start on the rest of the league with two first round picks heading into the draft, but got potential impact players with both taking TE Vernon Davis with the 6th pick and DE/OLB Manny Lawson with the 22nd. Meanwhile, 3rd round WR Brandon Williams adds yet another element of speed to the rather pedestrian 49ers offense, while all three 6th rounders – WR Delanie Walker, DB Marcus Hudson and DE Mel Oliver – have the potential to contribute down the road and 5th round DE Parys Haralson will be a nice fit as an outside pass rusher on 3rd downs.

      HOUSTON: The Texans made the 2006 draft memorable by passing on USC RB Reggie Bush, just about everybody’s favorite to be the first player picked this year, in favor of DE Mario Williams. It will certainly go down as one of the biggest draft day gambles in history, however, at least on paper, Williams is certainly worth the #1 pick with the physical skills to be a dominating player for the next decade. Meanwhile, 2nd round LB DeMeco Ryans was a value pick who filled a need while the offensive line finally got an infusion of talent with the addition of OT Eric Winston and OG Charles Spencer at the top of the third round; both were solid second-round values. On the other hand, there wasn’t much special about the Texans’ second day.
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  2. CrazyCowboy

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    Where is Dallas?
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    May 1
    (10:00 AM): McNair still Titan; Ravens hovering… Tennessee QB Steve McNair is still a member of the Titans, however, it appears its not if but when his days with the team are over. Indeed, the Titans gave Baltimore permission to speak with McNair about working out a deal that would facilitate a trade between the two teams after Tennessee selected former Texas QB Vince Young with the third pick overall at the Saturday’s draft. According to sources, McNair was apparently ‘agreeable’ to the Ravens terms, however the talks didn't produce anything concrete as the two teams are reportedly far apart on compensation for the Titans. Indeed, Tennessee GM Floyd Reese was quoted afterwards as saying that a deal was "not going to happen. We talked early and they made an offer and it was insufficient, and it died right there. Right now all that is dead.'' However, Ravens’ he coach Brian Billick warned people to "stay tuned.'' The speculation is, though, that it could take several weeks to resolve the issue because neither team is under any immediate deadline to get something done. What isn’t clear is what the two sides are asking for although it does appear that there is a wide gulf between the offers on the table. The Ravens, though, may have the edge because with less than $500,000 in salary cap room, the Titans can't sign any free agents or any of its draft picks until it reduces or sheds McNair's $23.5 million cap number. At worst, the Titans will likely be forced to release McNair after June 1st. Meanwhile, QB Joey Harrington is still technically a Lion after Detroit was unable to unable to unload the former #1 round pick. Harrington has already agreed to play for Miami, but the Lions were unable to get the Dolphins to up their offer of 6th-round pick in 2007. Indeed, the Lions threatened to move Harrington to Cleveland this weekend for a 5th-rounder this year, but in the end the Browns balked because of Harrington's reticence about going to Cleveland. And now, there's a possibility that the Dolphins will remove the offer from the table and wait for the Lions to release Harrington in June just before he's due a $4-million roster bonus.

    More ‘roomie’ troubles at USC… Southern California officials are reportedly investigating whether an upscale apartment that star junior WR Dwayne Jarrett, a potential top prospect at the 2007 draft, shared with former Trojans’ QB Matt Leinart violated NCAA rules. Leinart's family put the duo in a high-rent secured apartment complex in downtown Los Angeles after Leinart moved out of his former residence near campus because he was constantly hounded by fans. Leinart, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who was picked 10th overall by Arizona at the draft on Saturday, and Jarrett each paid $650 a month for the apartment that cost $3,866 a month, according to the Los Angeles Times. Leinart's father reportedly paid the difference which was fine for Leinart, but may have been against NCAA rules for Jarrett who might have to repay about $10,000,

    Injuries cloud prospect hopes… Part of the ‘draftnik’s lament’ is that we often don’t have inside information on things certain like injuries that NFL teams are going to have. For example, it turns out that Texas DT Rod Wright, who fell all the way to the 7th round at this weekend’s draft, has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that will require surgery. In fact, Wright didn’t even know himself about the injury which showed up on a x-ray taken at the combine in February. There was a similar story for another Texas-based DT as Johnny Jolly of Texas A&M, who fell to Green bay in the 6th round this weekend after injuring an ankle just a few days before the NFL scouting combine in March. Like Wright, there's a good possibility Jolly will require surgery to correct the condition, although he is not expected to be out more than a few weeks. Another player whose stock plummeted dramatically because of injury concerns was Southern California junior OG Fred Matua, originally a late first day prospect who ended up going in the 7th round, reportedly because of concerns about a couple of past knee injuries.

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