I'm more optimistic but the grade is about right. If Zeke has a good year, we get through the first four games and our key players stay healthy it's a good step. I think Smith will work out. The cowboys team doctor performed the surgery, he's probably the most capable member of the cowboys. If we go into next year having won ten games, turned out with four starters from this draft with a top five potential rb, a 90 percent smith, improved byron, Lawrence, Gregory and two of our later picks pan out we should be Happy. We'll bring in more pass rushers and corners by next year. I really believe most of those things could happen and we can make a run in the second and third year of this window. Obviously a disaster has a 50 percent chance of happening with the cowboys but that would doom the season anyways. Ramsey wasn't all we needed to get to the promise land, and I don't think he was the piece that was taking us to a Superbowl. We're still close to being close. Would have preferred Payton Lynch, but not enough to be tied to him. Also, not trading with Baltimore was just stupid. We'd have another 4th round DE coming into camp.
I had hoped they would pick Ramsey as well. However, if we end up with two pro bowlers in this draft then it's a huge success. If Elliot produces 80 percent of what demarco did, and they hold off the first four games then they could win the division. The defense was pretty bad that year as well. I was only hoping for a top twenty defense last year, and they were 16th. With scandrick back, a second year for Jones And the suspended pass rushers along with lee healthy. If the cowboys can have a top 15 defense this year by week 8, we can win the NFC east. Nothing was really giving us a super bowl this year. With a three year window I think a healthy romo has, the pieces added could certainly help make that happen before this decade ends. Am I stoked about the draft? No. But I'm not pulling my hair out either. If everything clicks, a ten win team and maybe a playoff win could be a step towards where we want to be. Hopefully we'll add some average vets. If this was difficult to read, sorry. New garbage phone.
NFL Draft Mailbag Notes: These are not actually e-mails. They are comments left on the comment board in my 2011 NFL Mock Draft. I've included some of these comments and my responses to them.
2011 NFL Draft E-mails - Random AFC Questions and Comments
The Bill's had one of the worst DEFENCE in the NFL,and you guys have them taking 3 offensive players in the first 3 rounds. WOW YOU GUYS REALLY DID YOU HOMEWORK.
--> The "Bill's" failed to score more than 17 points in their final six games. In three matchups against their divisional rivals to close out the season, they scored 17, 3 and 7. SO YES I DID MY HOMEWORK. DID YOU DO YOU HOMEWORK!?!?
i seriously doubt the bengals will pick patrick peterson. they have a rising defense and their offense is crumbling
--> That "rising" defense will collapse if Johnathan Joseph leaves via free agency. Patrick Peterson is the best player in this class and is in play at every spot outside of No. 1.
I have to disagree about Casey Hampton. What you said sounds more like something that should have happened by now, or something that may happen soon, than it does something that happened already. I thought he played great all year. Perhaps his number of horribly-embarrassing-the-center plays were down, but Pittsburgh had one of the best run defenses in history in 2010, and without Aaron Smith for much of it. Hampton was a dominant force in every game he played. ...And if you don't agree with me, you can ask Nick Mangold what he thinks :D
--> Casey Hampton played really well at times last year, but he also struggled on occasion. What can't be disputed though is that Hampton's snaps were down. Hampton averaged 34.8 snaps per game in 2009, but only 28.4 in 2010. Hampton turns 34 in September, so the Steelers will have to find his successor soon.
From Classic Silver and Black:
The Raiders will go with back to back picks at the same position, but it will be offensive linemen, not cornerbacks. Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson were both in the top 5 all NFL in terms of defended passes percentage, we are set at the position in terms of starters, even without Nnamdi.
--> I won't dispute the possibility that the Raiders will draft offensive linemen with back-to-back picks, but come on, Chris Johnson stinks. He was whistled for a whopping eight penalties (near the league lead) even though he played fewer than 400 snaps in 2010. That's horrible.
Although Denver needs help on the line, Patrick Peterson is too good a talent to pass up. Denver only has 1 starting cornerback. Andre Goodman is absent from most plays, and Champ is getting older. There is no logic in passing up Peterson. D-line help can be found in rounds 2 and 3.
--> A cornerback has never been selected in the top two. The Broncos just re-signed Champ Bailey, so there's no concern right now with his age. Bailey and Perrish Cox will start at corner, so even though Patrick Peterson is the top player in this class, it'll be shocking if Denver doesn't address its greatest need by selecting Marcell Dareus.
You say "The Broncos need to collect talent for their new 4-3 defense. This means drafting two defensive tackles, a defensive end and two linebackers." and yet you have them going RB in round 2. You are right re: their "need". I sure hope you're wrong on this pick.
--> Just because teams "need" to do something doesn't mean that they will. Most teams don't draft primarily for need. Instead, they take the best player on their board that makes sense for them. In this case, Mikel Leshoure is the best player available and makes sense for Denver as a No. 2 running back behind the oft-injured Knowshon Moreno.