Regarding the May 3 Rumors page, recently fired Buffalo GM Doug Whaley did not have the final say in who would be drafted. Well-respected Bills beat writer Vic Carucci has stated that new head coach Sean McDermott would not have signed here unless he could run most of the show. Whaley has not spoken publicly (on behalf of the Bills) since his disaster of a news conference trying to explain Rex Ryan's firing. There is no question that McDermott ran the draft, although I'm sure he consulted with Whaley and the former scouts.
However, a fair point was made that it will be difficult (impossible?) to get quality scouts to cover all areas. The owners (the Pegulas) still have a lot to learn about owning a pro sports franchise and they actually own two of them (three if you want to count the Buffalo Bandits lacrosse team).
You can bet the house that the Bills new GM will definitely have a strong connection to McDermott (probably Carolina Asst. GM Brandon Beane).
Watson is the new Tebow and Manziel. Fans love to blow their loads to him but if you actually pay attention to them and notice the blatant flaws in their games then you would have known that they are not NFL caliber QBs. Some stupid team will take him in the 1st anyway though.
He's better than Manziel and Tebow and doesn't have the perpetual media circus. And unlike Manziel, he seems like a decent person. I don't think he's #1 overall material, but he should go in the top 3 rounds somewhere, probably will be gone by the first half of the second round.
Watson is more like Geno Smith than the two you listed but same net result ultimately.
I'll put this out there first...I am a Michigan fan and really like Taco Charlton as a long term high performing DE in the NFL. However, I really don't see him as a player who belongs in the top ten of this year's draft prospects.
Sounds like the same guys who are downgrading Solomon Thomas are busy talking up Charlton as a replacement DE.
I would be happy with the Lions picking Charlton at #21 due to his potential and our need for a DE, but I would be much happier with Derek Barnett or Solomon Thomas.
The Solomon Thomas stuff intrigues me. Kind of reminds me of Brandon Graham coming out of college and a lot of his NFL career. There's talent but where is his best fit?
Though I will say I think he's more polished than Graham coming out of college.
Aside from the 40 and broad jump, all the "sexy" drills, if he shows any proficiency in coverage his stock will jump up because I think people will start to think he can play OLB in a 3-4 at that point.
In my point of view, he needs to go to a team that has a specific role for him, kind of like how the Cardinals did for Deone Bucannon and Tyrann Mathieu.
@JetsFan87 With his size and power and outstanding play against the run, I think his best fit is as a DE who swings inside to a DT in a 4-3 set. Kerry Hyder had a good season for the Lions at LDE and he is 6'-2" 270 pounds, without the athletic ability that Thomas has.
I just don't think Thomas will have the pass coverage ability to play OLB in a 3-4. He could be like Terrell Suggs who basically stays on the line for over 95% of the time he is on the field, even though he is listed as an OLB.
I don't think Thomas gets past New Orleans at #11.
NOOOO NOOO romo sucks balls and with our offensive line hell snapped both collarbones on the same play
I'm comparing the fanboys, not the QBs. Reading comprehension, bro.
Though if you want to get into specifics:
"He can actually read a defense"
That's a weird way of saying, "Stares down his targets all the time and waits for his targets to get open before throwing."
"and has a great arm"
That's a weird way of saying, "Terrible deep ball accuracy, sails passes far too often, and has bad ball placement which makes his targets do more work than they should to make the catch."