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2011 NFL Draft Mailbag


NFL Draft Mailbag Notes: These are some e-mails I received after the conclusion of the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

4/29/11

2011 NFL Draft E-mails - Post-Round 1 E-mails



  • From Terrence F:

    Danny Watkins will be in an Eagles uniform the first day trading opens up. That�s the only reason they drafted him. Watkins is a b+ pick�you�ll see when he is in the pro bowl in 2012 and a mainstay on the O line for 5 or 6 years


    --> No, it's an F. The oldest player ever taken in Round 1, and he's still learning how to play football. Andy Reid doesn't re-sign anyone over 30, so he's 4-5 years and out.



  • From Bob B:

    Walt you are DEAD wrong on this one..What impact player would the Falcons get at 27..huh?? The pick next year will be in the late first also SO I think they made a great pick up here with Julio. And what says he isnt in the same league as Calvin? julio put up better numbers in college and did as good as Calvin at the combine.If the picks arent gonna be better than what we already have than why keep them...Great move!!


    --> I'll quote Greg Cox - teams that think they're one player away usually struggle the following season. I hate that the Falcons surrendered a first-round pick next year. That could really come back to haunt them.

    Julio Jones is not in the same league as Calvin Johnson. Not even close.





  • From Greg M:

    Hey Walt . . . does Derek Sherrod fit the "appearance" you were referring to for the Packers!!

    Love the site, but that silly line you kept using doesn't help your credibility. This makes the 5th or 6th black offensive lineman Ted has drafted.


    --> It's a joke. And Who cares if Belichick used a pick on a black lineman or not? Don't take things so seriously man.



  • From Robert B:

    With the Mark Ingram drafting, what possible role will Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory play? And how did Bowers fall out of round 1?


    --> Pierre Thomas will be the pass-catching running back on third down. Chris Ivory won't get many carries. By the way, Mark Ingram is going to be a fantasy stud. He's going to score a ton of touchdowns in that offense.

    And Bowers fell out of Round 1 because of his degenerative knee. Teams are scared.



  • From Baba Hanz:

    Your penis can do much more!


    --> Whoops, how did that spam mail get in here?





  • From Rob S:

    I know you're probably innundated with mail right now, but I picked up this nugget last night from Twitter. Quentin Groves tweeted this:

    "whoever gets Ryan Mallett is gonna get a hell of a steal!!"

    The next tweet was this:

    "RT @ThePhillyRaider @QuentinGroves52 Could it be the Raiders? Know something we don't<~~hint hint"

    Granted, I somehow doubt Davis is sharing his draft strategy with his weakside linebacker, but sometimes these things have a way of filtering out.

    If this pick happens, this will also be my last email to you since, as a Raiders fan, I will have no choice but to quietly walk into the ocean and drown myself. :) Seriously, though, if Davis takes Mallett, we'll know last year's strong draft was a mirage. I'm going to be nervous all day over this.


    --> Haha that's pretty interesting. Nothing the Raiders do would surprise me. If the Mallett's the pick, you have my condolences.



  • From Go Zenon S:

    I wanted to defend the Detroit pick of Nick Fairley and why i think its a great pick. so here goes;

    in a division with Andre Peterson, you're going to want to be able to stop the run and in a division with Aaron Rogers, you need to get to the QB. Fairley helps fill these needs and makes life for both Green Bay and Minnesota far more difficult. and with the Bears O-line still being fragile - even with the addition of Carimi - who could resist a chance to add another pass-rusher to try and make Jake Cutler cry like a baby (i say cry. hes not the type to cry really. no, hes the type who will just go to his room in a strop, listen to My Chemical Romance really loud, msn-ing with his best bud about how everyone hates him).


    --> I'm concerned about Fairley's work ethic and the fact that he's a one-year wonder. I'm not concerned he'll try hard all the time, so I'm not a fan of taking a guy like that and not filling a need. The Lions were fine at DT.



    2011 NFL Draft Mailbag Archive:

    2011 NFL Draft Mailbag Home
    Post-Round 1 E-mail - April 29
    Hate Mail Volume 7 - April 10
    Crackhead Mail Volume 2 - April 10
    Random AFC Questions and Comments Volume 5 - April 10
    Random NFC Questions and Comments Volume 5 - April 10
    Hate Mail Volume 6 - April 3
    Crackhead Mail - April 3
    Trade and Prospect Speculation - April 3
    Hate Mail Volume 5 - March 28
    Cam Newton Mailbag - March 28
    Random AFC Questions and Comments Volume 4 - March 28
    Random NFC Questions and Comments Volume 4 - March 28
    Hate Mail Volume 4 - March 13
    Random AFC Questions and Comments Volume 3 - March 13
    Random NFC Questions and Comments Volume 3 - March 13
    Random Questions and Comments - March 7
    Hate Mail Volume 3 - March 7
    Combine Questions and Comments - March 7
    Combine Hate Mail - March 7
    Hate Mail Volume 2 - Feb. 22
    Random AFC Questions and Comments Volume 2 - Feb. 22
    Random NFC Questions and Comments Volume 2 - Feb. 22
    Quarterbacks - Feb. 15
    Hate Mail - Feb. 15
    Random AFC Questions and Comments - Feb. 15
    Random NFC Questions and Comments - Feb. 15

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    bay area 02-15-2011 04:12 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.108 (total posts: 1)
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    Cocaine is a hell of a drug just ask Ryan Mallet. Peterson in the first and noddle arm(Ponder) in the the second for the niners please
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    chris graham 02-15-2011 04:04 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.198 (total posts: 1)
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    if The Cowboys release Roy Williams its Greg Little or Titus young
    Derek 02-15-2011 03:54 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.126 (total posts: 1)
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    Absolutely love the site and your smart a$$ way of telling the truth. I couldnt help but absolutely die laughing when the hogs fan was going on his rant. Anyways I wanted to basically get your thoughts from 08 when the Dolphins drafted Henne.
    Ryan Mallett 02-15-2011 03:51 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.204 (total posts: 1)
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    Duh... Tanks for ruining my entire life, Walt. Now I'm in some dive of a bar with Anthony Morelli and Derek Anderson, drowning my sorrows with the contents of DA's magic flask.
    Suffering Bengals Fan 02-15-2011 02:31 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.181 (total posts: 2)
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    Walt,

    As a long suffering Bengals fan who gets to read about how awful his team is every week in his local paper, I would appreciate it if you could stop harping on the fact that the Bengals seemingly take a poor character, high-talent selection with every pick. I come to your site for an honest opinion that isn't bought by one of the major networks, but when you attach a "this guy is a first round talent with character concerns, which the Bengals will certainly overlook" to every pick you project for them, it makes it hard to take them seriously. Was Andre "Fat miserable waste of a pick" Smith a poor choice? Yes. But every team screws up a pick every once in a while, and the guy was at one time the consensus not even close top pick, so if the Bengals didn't take a shot someone else would have soon afterwards. Look at their most recent draft, filled with high character players like Jermaine Gresham, Jordan Shipley, and Geno Atkins. I think the issue may be the confusion of on-field issues with off-field issues, and the Bengals have shown above-average talent at correcting on-field issues. Carlos Dunlap went in the 2nd round because he took plays off, not because of his one DUI. He had 9.5 sacks this year in the equivalent of half a season of game time. Michael Johnson fell to the 3rd round for a supposed lack of motivation, but he has been a solid contributor who most Bengals fans will tell you hasn't even scratched his surface of potential. So while its funny to make fun of the team and Mike Brown(who we all know is awful), try and perhaps take some of these things into account when predicting your picks, instead of taking your round by round shot at an organization and fan base that is cursed with losing. Or at least call out some of the other teams who do the same thing, like the Pittsburgh Steelers, who used poor character players to start the dynasty they currently enjoy. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=fleming/110127&sportCat=nfl .
    Ravens Fan 02-15-2011 02:01 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.198 (total posts: 2)
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    if i were aldon smith and i already had two knee injuries, i would declare now before another one derails the money train to the NFL.. maybe cuz of this injury it wont be top $, maybe he wont get hurt next season and becomes the top player at his position.. but as it sits now.. the knee injuries are going to be in question and its best to come out now and make something than to have that possibility of getting hurt in college and not make anything
    The only Jags fan 02-15-2011 12:49 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.245 (total posts: 1)
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    anyone who watched the College All Star Skills challenge, and if you did you were as bored as me that day, or only watching during commercials of the Celts/Heat game, either way, Jake Lockers inaccuracy was severely exposed. He couldn't hit the side of a barn, which is about how big those targets were. It was embarrassing for him.
    Cam Newton 02-15-2011 12:24 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.113 (total posts: 1)
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    p...p...p...pick m...m....m...me....w...w...w...walter
    Eric 02-15-2011 12:08 pm xxx.xxx.xxx32.5 (total posts: 1)
    22     30

    Yeah Walter, just because it's called Walterfootball.com does NOT mean you can just say anything you want.....OH, wait, it actually does mean you can say whatever you want. Also, re-read the Reed posting and do it with a LongDuck Dong impression from 16 Candles....It makes it even more hilarious
    Mike E. 02-15-2011 11:32 am xxx.xxx.xxx.162 (total posts: 1)
    22     24

    Walt,

    The Dolphins obviously want to trade back in the 1st round, because they have many holes to fill. I think their best move would be draft in the 1st the best OL available, whether it's Carimi, Castonzo or Pouncey. I'd love them to take Kaepernick in the 2nd, with the pick they get from the trade down. Do you think he makes it to the 2nd round?
    Potter 02-15-2011 08:28 am xxx.xxx.xxx5.73 (total posts: 1)
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    Nice Job. I'm not sure if Locker even falls to Round 2, I mean, teams draft players for upside all the time early and for Locker the sky's the limit.

    He just has to stop throwing a football with the same stride he throws a baseball with and get his release point down.

    As a coach I will tell you, ALL coaches have huge egos and think they can coach up ANYBODY, someone may see Locker as a guy early that they can prove their Genius through.
    Ian 02-15-2011 05:04 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.76 (total posts: 4)
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    At some level you have to admit that it's not Jeff Backus hurting Matt, it's Matthew Stafford being brittle. I hate to admit this, because I actually was lobbying for Detroit to move back (and they easily could have, with Suh there.) and take an OT.

    That, fortunately, didn't happen. I love Ndamukong Suh... but what we need is not a new starting LT. Jeff Backus was probably the best lineman in the entire NFC North last season. I don't care about pro bowl selections, they don't really prove a whole lot. What they need is new interior lineman to help run block to make the defense honest. That's what's hurting Stafford, not Jeff Backus.
    Ian 02-15-2011 04:57 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.76 (total posts: 4)
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    I'm not sold on Aldon Smith either. Why would you leave school as a Redshirt sophomore after playing hurt the entire season?

    It doesn't make sense to me why a guy at his level of talent would risk being drafted low instead of insuring a top 10 selection with another strong year in the Big 12.

    There has to be something missing here, right? Does Aldon desperately need the money?
    tommy k 02-15-2011 04:45 am xxx.xxx.xxx.250 (total posts: 1)
    21     23

    that Duck fan sure does use a lot of punctuation.

    I didnt believe him before but seeing as hes very (!!!) sincere it sems much more credible
    Nathan G 02-15-2011 03:22 am xxx.xxx.xxx.185 (total posts: 2)
    22     22

    lolololol ryan mallet 4eva!!







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