I'm very skeptical how good of a team Minnesota really is after the Green Bay game. I feel like they are very one dimensional with Peterson, and ATL is 1st in the league in YPG against the run(against fairly easy rushing opponents). As long as Atlanta clamps down vs the run, they should win this game. They will still have a balanced offense with Coleman at rb. With Harrison Smith out, Julio should have a huge game vs Rhodes without Smith over top. Minnesota will obviously try anything to stop Julio, but he is so damn good. Minnesota has the advantage in that Atlanta is so unreliable to bet on as of late which is scary. Also, Minnesota has the x-factor in their special teams.
My Thoughts on the 2010 NFL Draft - Live on Draft Day!
What is this? I'll be posting my thoughts on the 2010 NFL Draft here. That will include everything from the actual picks, to the ESPN personalities, to the commercials, etc. Anything goes. Emmitt Smith will even join me as a special guest! This page will be updated every five minutes or so, so I hope you join me for the 2010 NFL Draft!
By the way, I'll be posting live 2010 NFL Draft Grades for individual picks. Overall 2010 NFL Draft Grades will be up on Sunday morning.
6:31: Two ESPN analysts just said Colt McCoy will be the best quarterback in the NFL. Fail.
6:32: One ESPN analyst said Sam Bradford will be a backup in five years. Todd McShay's orange head just exploded.
6:39: Ten predictions for the 2010 NFL Draft:
1. Most of the teams that always draft in the top 12 - Lions, Raiders, Chiefs, Bills, Browns - will do something stupid.
2. Tim Tebow will cry when he's drafted. Over/under for tears cascading out of his eyes: 565.5.
3. ESPN will spend 40 percent of its draft coverage talking about Tebow.
4. ESPN will cut to a commercial and miss one of the late first-round picks (I'm guessing Indianapolis').
5. Steve Young will forget where he is a couple of times.
6. A prediction from last year: Mel Kiper's hair will fly off of his head and attack Todd McShay. McShay, however, will use his new radioactive skin to burn Mel's hair.
7. Another prediction from last year: Tom Jackson will laugh at every joke. Keyshawn Johnson will make a joke and no one will laugh.
8. I'm going to bash one of these first-round picks. That player will become a Pro Bowler in a few years.
9. For tomorrow: (Insert random sixth-round prospect) will be drafted by (insert random stupid team) in Round 2.
10. ESPN will continuously replay that stupid "New York, New York, New York" song until I spontaneously combust.
6:46: I'm a huge Tim Tebow fan, but there's no reason they should be spending this much time on him right now. He may not be drafted in the first round. Couldn't we do this tomorrow?
6:47: Chris Mortensen just reported that Jake Locker will be the No. 1 pick tonight.
6:49: Because I know you're interested, I'm eating a salad right now. Not that there's anything wrong with that (hey, it's a Buffalo chicken salad).
6:55: NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM!!!!
6:56: This is a great time to look over some of my non-crappy posts from the past two years:
1. Was it just me or did Brady Quinn smile after the Cardinals pick? His thoughts? "Phew, I don't have to go Arizona and have my career ruined!" (2007 Post)
2. Mike Tirico just said Brady Quinn is showing poise in the Green Room. What's Quinn supposed to do, pull out a knife, start randomly stabbing people and paint his face blue? He'd slip to the second round if he did that. (2007 Post)
3. "He already resurgenst his career." -- Steve Young. Resurgenst? I'm telling you, one too many concussions. Maybe Young can have a concussionest and forgetest that he said that. (2007 Post)
4. Steve Young thinks Jon Kitna's the best quarterback in the NFC North. Umm... Aaron Rodgers? Concussions + QB Depth Charts = Confusion. Poor Steve. (2008 Post)
5. With the No. 17 pick, the Detroit Lions select Gosder Cherilus, OT, Boston College. I don't think Matt Millen has heard of Jeff Otah. He must be too busy blackmailing William Clay Ford. (2008 Post)
6. Apparently, the Seahawks just signed someone named "Wilson Tatufa." This is being reported by Keyshawn Johnson. (2008 Post)
7. "That last isn't last. If there were 50 teams, they'd be 50th." -- Steve Young. Someone quickly get Steve Young's concussion medicene! (2008 Post)
8. With the No. 54 pick, the Tennessee Titans select Jason Jones, DE, Michigan State.
Dear Vince Young,
We hate you. We will never give you a good receiver. We will surround you with crap like Justin McCareins and Eric Moulds. We want you to fail. We will salt your wounds and burn your lands. Death to the Philistines!
Titans Front Office (2008 Post)
7:00: Let's see what Emmitt has to say with 30 minutes remaining:
"There is less than half a day remains till the start of the mark draft. Everybody say Sam Bradley will be the first pick in the mark draft. I have disagreement with these. Ndama Donkey Kong Suh have bigger power and bigger strong. Bradley very skinny and will get debacled up the behind every season and every week. Jimmy Claus, who not the father of Santa Claus, very arrogance because he drive a limo to the games every week. There are no question that Ndama Donkey Kong will not buy a limo, and that is why he will be the top pick."
7:04: Erin Andrews! Think Eric Mangini wants to punch Jimmy Clausen for "stealing his girl?" Too bad Mangini's stuck hanging out with Shannon Sharpe right now.
7:06: Steve Young is a huge fan of mini-Kyle Orton. He probably has spent too much time at Eric Mangini's sleepovers.
7:07: Whoa, hello there, Jenn Brown!
7:10: For what it's worth, Trent Williams is a 2:5 favorite to go No. 4 on Bodog. Smart bettors took Williams at 4:1 earlier in the day and Russell Okung at 23:10 right now to hedge their bets.
7:11: Oddly enough, Eric Berry is the favorite to go to the Chiefs and Browns. Bruce Campbell is the favorite for Oakland.
7:15: Bryan Bulaga is awesome. He looks like a guy who hunts his own food and eats raw meat. That's a guy I want on my offensive line.
7:18: Cool introduction. I don't know what the point of it was, but I'm pumped. The NFL Draft has definitely changed over the years.
7:21: Drew Brees shouldn't be so excited about the Madden cover. I hope he doesn't tear his ACL walking up to the podium to announce the No. 32 pick.
7:22: Eww. Way too much yellow in Jimmy Clausen's living room. I just gagged a little.
7:24: A spread quarterback going before a polished pro-style quarterback, eh? Five years later, NFL teams still haven't learned a damn thing.
7:26: Whoa, Rachel Nichols looks like she just stepped out of Todd McShay's tanning salon.
7:28: If the Rams were offered Cleveland's entire draft for the No. 1 pick and didn't take it, they're completely stupid.
7:30: Not this damn New York song again. A couple of more times and my blood pressure will be 1,000/600.
7:32: Roger Goodell to the podium. I'm sure he'll announce some suspensions.
7:33: The Rams are on the clock. Tim Tebow will be the pick, trust me!
7:34: Rams QB Depth: A.J. Feeley, Keith Null. Ouch.
7:36: Bradford's on the phone. I'm willing to bet he called a phone sex service.
With the 1st pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Rams select Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
7:38: Yes! I got a pick right in my mock! Yes!!!!!!
7:40: I wish we still had 15 minutes between each pick. This whole thing feels rushed with 10 minutes. I can't even finish my manly Buffalo chicken salad.
7:42: Chris Mortensen just said Matt Ryan was a third-round pick. Whoops!
7:43: Don't be upset, Gerald McCoy. You'll be happier in Tampa than in Detroit. No offense to Detroit, but I'd rather lay on a beach in Florida the entire year.
With the 2nd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Lions select Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
7:44: Yesss!!! Two-for-two! I'm on fire!
7:45: Matthew Stafford's health insurance just rose about $1,000 per month.
7:47: Suh said he got to talk to all of Detroit's owners. Said William Darth Sidious Clay Ford, "Ts-ts-ts-ts-ts, I will raise ticket prices to compensate for your contract ts-ts-ts-ts-ts!!!"
7:50: Gerald McCoy is wearing Buccaneer colors. Guess he knew going in.
With the 3rd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers select Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
7:52: The 2010 NFL Draft begins now. Will the Redskins pick Russell Okung? Trent Williams? Eric Berry? Will they trade the pick for LaDainian Tomlinson? Whoops, forgot Daniel Snyder wasn't making the decisions anymore.
7:54: Trent Williams is 2:5 on Bodog. Russell Okung is 23:10. We'll see how smart the Vegas insiders are.
7:57: Washington's pick is in, yet ESPN hasn't even talked about it yet.
With the 4th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Redskins select Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
7:59: Trent Silverback Williams? Over Russell Diamondback Okung? Fail.
8:02: Mike Shanahan asked Trent Williams if he was committed? What was Williams going to say? "Hell no, I'm not committed! I'm going to show up to training camp at 400 pounds!"
8:03: I have Bryan Bulaga going here in my mock, but I think Russell Okung will be the pick. I was hedging my bet with Bulaga just in case Washington picked Okung.
8:05: Eric Berry: "I always wanted to be a Chief, baby ... I would lose my voice, but I ain't got a voice to lose!"
8:06: Berry's going to be awesome, but I still don't get this pick. Berry won't matter if the Chiefs can't get to the quarterback or protect Matt Cassel.
With the 5th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers select Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
8:09: Steve Young: "Great defenses have great safeties." Yeah, they also have great pass-rushers too.
8:10: It's official - Scott Pioli has no plan. That, or he's been abducted by aliens and replaced by a doppelganger.
8:11: Russell Okung here. No-brainer.
8:12: I'm more interested in what the Browns are going to do. Will they screw up and take Derrick Morgan, who won't fit into their 3-4 defense?
8:14: Okung on the phone. Pete Carroll asks, "Were you impressed with my Twitter song selection? I'm a cool guy. Let's hang out!"
With the 6th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Seahawks select Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
8:17: I can't believe the Seahawks lucked out like this. Amazing.
8:18: I think this will be a corner - probably Joe Haden. Derrick Morgan would be a huge scheme mistake.
8:19: Tim Tebow's on the phone! He's the pick! Probably not.
8:22: Jon Gruden: "Mike Holmgren knows what he's doin'." Yep. Jake Delhomme, $7 million.
8:23: Joe Haden is on the phone and crying. Either he's the pick, or the person on the phone is insulting the size of his ears.
With the 7th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Browns select Joe Haden, CB, Florida
8:26: The Raiders' pick is in. Will this be a great player? Bruce Campbell? Or a slow guy?
8:27: Oh, if only Glandor was on the board.
With the 8th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Raiders select Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
8:29: Wow... The first inside linebacker drafted in the top eight in more than 15 years.
With the 9th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Bills select C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
8:32: "We need a quarterback, left tackle and nose tackle! We don't need a running back! Let's take a running back!" This is why the Bills continue to pick in the top 12 every year.
8:36: I'm really disgusted. These teams just don't know what they are doing. How can people who are paid millions keep f***ing up so bad?
8:38: Derrick Morgan? At this pace it'll be Jonathan Dwyer.
With the 10th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Jaguars select Tyson Alualu, DT, California
8:39: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I love it.
8:40: Trade! 49ers move up for a fourth-round pick. Jimmy Clausen? Bryan Bulaga? At this point Mike Neal? Willie Young? Bill Stull?
With the 11th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the 49ers select Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
8:44: I had Anthony Davis going to the 49ers at No. 17, so I'll count this as a correct pick.
8:46: Chargers move up!
8:47: Chris Berman thinks this pick will be Ryan Mathews. And with that, every mock draft is even more screwed up.
With the 12th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Chargers select Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
8:50: Indeed, everyone's mock draft is more debaclized.
8:51: The Broncos are on the clock. Hey Josh McDaniels, Derrick Morgan is available. He's another 4-3 player for your 3-4 defense.
8:52: Eagles move up! Earl Thomas or Derrick Morgan? This was for two third-round picks.
8:53: Josh McDaniels will never take a player! Ever!
8:55: Adam Schefter predicts Earl Thomas. This is why I mocked Thomas to the Eagles; I thought they'd move up for him. I figured it would be to No. 12.
8:56: This is the craziest draft of all time.
With the 13th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Eagles select Brandon Graham, RB, Michigan
8:57: Wow... this draft is so crazy even Adam Schefter was wrong.
9:01: I'm speechless right now. Even the Cavaliers are losing to the Bulls. What is going on here? Primetime made every team go nuts.
9:04: If this draft made any sense, the Seahawks would take Derrick Morgan.
With the 14th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Seahawks select Earl Thomas, FS, Texas
9:05: Solid pick. I don't know what Seattle's going to do at defensive end though. How is Derrick Morgan falling this far?
9:11: Just got a call from my friend Drew, an Eagles fan. I had to talk him off the ledge. I love the Brandon Graham pick for the Eagles. One of the two reasons Philadelphia couldn't beat the Cowboys is because they couldn't get to Tony Romo. This pick should change that.
9:13: Damn it, Jason Pierre-Paul is the Giants' pick. I had him going one spot later to the Titans.
With the 15th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Giants select Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
9:17: I'm torn on that selection. I explain in my draft grades.
9:18: Derrick Morgan would make sense here, but does he have the athleticism the Titans like? Everson Griffen is an option.
9:20: Morgan's the pick. Can't these teams make up their mind as to what sort of players they like? Argh.
With the 16th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Titans select Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
9:24: Jason La Canfora says this pick will be Mike Iupati. Can the 49ers really go with two offensive linemen in the first round?
With the 17th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the 49ers select Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
9:25: Yes they can! As Mel Kiper said, "You're taking a guard over Jimmy Clausen."
9:27: By the way, Roger Goodell should have been taught how to say some of these names. "Mike I-U-P-Ati?" Come on, Goodell.
With the 18th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Steelers select Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida
With the 19th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Falcons select Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
9:32: Finally, picks that make sense. I had the Falcons taking Sean Weatherspoon for a while, but I thought Brandon Graham would be the favorite. Graham's not here, so Spoon is the obvious selection.
9:33: Phew, I'm glad I can explain something logical for a change.
9:34: Kyle Wilson? Devin McCourty? Those are the two guys who make sense for Houston.
With the 20th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Texans select Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
9:37: Right position, wrong player. I'm betting the Texans over however many wins next year. And hi, I'm Walt and I'm a degenerate gambler.
9:39: Erin Andrews is back. Good thing Eric Mangini doesn't have her number, or he would have interrupted that segment.
With the 21st pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Bengals select Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
9:41: Yet another Jekyll-Hyde selection. Cincinnati ordinarily hates tight ends who can't block well, yet they take one who can't block well. These teams can't seem to make up their mind.
With the 22nd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Broncos select Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
9:46: Josh McDaniels drafts a receiver who can't run routes? Say it ain't so!
9:47: I had the Broncos taking Demaryius Thomas in the second round. He had Josh McDaniels written all over him. What a joke.
9:51: How is Bryan Bulaga still available?
With the 23rd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Packers select Bryan Bulaga, OT, Packers
9:54: Great Tweet from Matt: "Picks 8-13 of this draft made no sense. Picks 17-23 make much more sense in terms of need and value. These GMs are on crack."
9:55: How is Dez Bryant still available? I know I had him going No. 22 in my mock, but how do Tyson Alualu and Demaryius Thomas go ahead of him?
9:58: Awesome e-mail from John C:
First of all, I never write in to anything but I need to vent. HOW CAN YOU GIVE THE BILLS AN F for drafting Spiller? It is clearly a Millen on Steroids pick, at best a regular millen. I usually disagree with the bills picks but I CAN't F***ING believe this. Now to my question. I'm losing it just with the Bills. How can you spend so much time and effort on making mock draft after mock draft when the GMs come along every year and screw it up? How can you take it?
That's a great question. It's fun to project the draft, but the teams atop the draft are usually ones that have idiotic GMs, and consequently screw everything up.
9:59: Cowboys on the clock! Dez Bryant coming up.
With the 24th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Cowboys select Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
10:00: Collective boo from the crowd. Gotta love Giant fans.
10:01: Roy Williams, ya fired.
10:02: "Austin Miles filled in nicely." - Steve Young. Where's that concussion medicine?
10:03: Whoa, what was that, Chris Berman? It looked like he had a stroke.
10:04: Broncos on the clock!
10:05: Tim Tebow? Ahead of Jimmy Clausen?
10:06: I'm thrilled for Tebow, even though he's going to Josh McDaniels' team.
10:07: Why hasn't this pick been announced yet? Has time stopped because of Tebow?
With the 25th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Broncos select Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
10:09: Steve Young should remember that Aaron Rodgers fell just like Jimmy Clausen. These teams just don't learn.
10:14: I am blessed to watch Tim Tebow get drafted.
10:15: I'm shocked Tebow didn't cry. I had the over on his 565 tears.
10:16: Steve Young: "Receivers were open in college. No one's going to be open in Denver." Josh McDaniels' response: "I'm Josh "f***ing McDaniels, and if I f***ing say receivers will be open, f***ing receivers will be open."
10:17: Jimmy Clausen would be the logical pick, but teams aren't being logical today.
With the 26th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Cardinals select Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee
10:18: How does Dan Williams fall to 26? Seriously? This is ridiculous. I even had trouble spelling "ridiculous" just then. Argh.
10:22: E-mailer Joshua M: "Josh McDaniels has turned Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall into Tim Tebow and Demaryius Thomas. McDaniels is becoming one of the worst coaches in the NFL."
McDaniels' response: "I'm f***ing Josh McDaniels, and I can turn any f***ing players into any new f***ing players because I'm f***ing awesome."
10:23: The Patriots are actually making a pick. Wow.
With the 27th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Patriots select Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
10:24: Umm... what? This is out of left field. Nothing against McCourty, but I did not think the Patriots were looking corner.
10:29: Looks like the Dolphins pick was Jared Odrick. Of course, ESPN missed it. I guess I got one thing right today - ESPN would miss one of the first-round picks.
With the 28th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Dolphins select Jared Odrick, DE/DT, Penn State
10:30: I really like Odrick, but what are the Dolphins going to do about their pass-rush or safety position?
10:34: Adam Schefter says the Jets will pick Kyle Wilson. Makes sense.
With the 29th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Jets select Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
10:38: This is not fair. Thanks in part to the stupid teams in the top 12, the Jets get one of the top corner prospects in this class. The good teams will continue to be good, and the bad teams will continue to be bad. Parity be damned.
10:40: Jimmy Clausen?
10:42: Jon Gruden says the Vikings should take Jahvid Best to replace Fred Taylor. Weh?
10:43: Brett Favre's not going to stay away if the Vikings take Clausen. All Brad Childress needs to say is, "Brett, you're our quarterback until you want to stop playing. Jimmy will be our guy whenever you decide to retire."
10:45: The Lions are on the clock. Jahvid Best?
With the 30th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Lions select Jahvid Best, RB, California
10:52: ESPN showing something irrelevant and yet another pick is in.
10:53: Jon Gruden just gets caught saying "dumba**" on the air. If Emmitt can get fired for saying "debacled," Gruden can get fired for saying "dumba**."
With the 31st pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Colts select Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU
10:54: Once upon a time, I mocked Jerry Hughes to the Colts back in December or January - back when I was young and optimistic, and thought that the 2010 NFL Draft would make sense.
10:59: Daryl Washington or Sergio Kindle here.
11:02: Steve Young apparently wants to have a sexy time with Sergio Kindle.
With the 32nd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Saints select Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State
11:04: That pick came out of left field. Corner's not a need at all.
11:05: Roger Goodell announced to the crowd, "That's the end of the first round. Come back tomorrow night at 6 for Rounds 2 and 3." The drunken crowd looked stunned. It's like the lights turned on at the bar and everyone was told to go home.
11:09: What a crazy day. The teams at 8-13 ruined everyone's mock, Tim Tebow was drafted ahead of Jimmy Clausen, Jon Gruden said "dumba**" on air, and Chris Berman looked like he had a stroke.
11:13: I'm at a loss, so let's go to Emmitt for some Round 1 analysis.
"Like everyone's else mark draft, my mark draft got debaclized. I would like to know why I was not invitationed to go on stage at the beginning of the mark draft. Barry Sanders stood up there. Why did I not stood up there? Roger Goldman hate me. He hate me very much."
11:15: Thanks for joining me for my Live 2010 NFL Draft Blog. I have all the 2010 NFL Draft Grades posted for each pick. I'll have a re-mock for Round 2 and maybe Round 3 (don't expect too many correct picks knowing how crazy some of these teams are). I'll also post some thoughts for everything that happened in the craziest first round in recent memory.