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Posted April 23, 2010

Random Round 1 Thoughts and Analysis

  • The NFL Draft forever as you know it has been absolutely ruined. I feel sorry for the young draftniks (and by young I mean those that have become draftniks only in the last four years or so) because they never truly got the best possible presentation of the NFL Draft. Here are my four reasons:

    1. ESPN did away with their NFL Primetime music. Are you kidding me? Kiper analyzing with the Primetime music in the background was gold. Then again, ESPN has no clue what they are doing and simply want to fix everything that isn't broken. ESPN was boring and one of my favorite parts on Draft Day is watching Kiper's clips when he breaks down the picks with the Primetime music hyping it all up.

    2. Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen, Jason La Canfora, and Michael Smith ruined all the fun of Draft Day. We used to not have any clue of whom the pick was going to be until it was announced by the commissioner. Now, we know what the picks are three minutes before they happen. It's sickening and has ruined a lot of the mystery involving draft picks and ruined a large chunk of the tradition of the NFL Draft.

    3. Moving the NFL Draft to the weeknights, while cool, does again ruins a part of the tradition of the NFL Draft that used to be a weekend marathon. There was something special about waking up early on Saturday and Sunday mornings preparing for the Draft... it's gone forever.

    4. The days on Mel Kiper Jr.'s contract are numbered. When Todd McShay takes over analyzing the NFL Draft, ESPN becomes unwatchable, and who takes over at the NFL Network once Mayock is done? Bucky Brooks? Are you kidding me?

  • The top five picks of Round 1, excluding those made in the top six: Derrick Morgan to Tennessee, Jermaine Gresham to Cincinnati, Bryan Bulaga to Green Bay, Kyle Wilson to the Jets and Jerry Hughes to Indianapolis.

  • The Jets are going to be such a fun team to watch next year. Teams aren't going to throw at Darrelle Revis who is going to separate from Antonio Cromartie AND Kyle Wilson? J-E-T-S, JETS! JETS! JETS!

  • When Mike Mayock said Tyson Alualu to the Jaguars, he didn't "predic" this. Every year the broadcasts are given the pick 15-20 seconds in advance. At the 2006 NFL Draft, Chris Berman predicted the entire first round right before each pick. The broadcasts need time to load video and prepare for the telecast - don't give Mayock too much credit. He didn't even have Alualu in the first round of his one-and-only 2010 NFL Mock Draft.

  • I don't care that Jimmy Clausen fell out of Round 1. I knew the only team that would seriously consider taking him was Arizona, and if Arizona passed then Clausen falling out of the first was a very real possibility. People said him falling out of the first makes the site look bad. If Clausen has a great NFL career, this site will look awesome, and the NFL is going to look like a bunch of morons for passing him up. Does anyone think the NFL is smart for passing on Aaron Rodgers? What happens on Draft Day doesn't matter - it's what happens after Draft Day that matters.





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