METAIRIE, La. -- Five teams I like exiting Round 1:
1. New Orleans. The Saints did the chalk thing, the right thing. They never got a good offer for the second overall pick, so they took the top guy on three-quarters of the draft boards around the league, Reggie Bush.
2. San Francisco. Got the great receiving tight end, probably the best pure receiver in the draft, in Vernon Davis,and a high-effort Mike Nolan kind of defensive talent in Manny Lawson. The 49ers are a significantly better team today than they were yesterday.
3. Denver. I love Jay Cutler the player. I really like Jay Cutler the person.
4. Carolina.DeAngelo Williams. Here's a guy who was in the top 10 of most every draft wag's shopping list in January. And the Panthers got him at 27th overall. Maybe this is the guy, finally, who can be the every-down back the Panthers just simply haven't been able to find.
5. New York Jets. Maybe it wasn't sexy enough for the Radio City throng, but the Jets rebuilt their offensive line in the span of four hours. If all goes well, they got their left tackle and center of the next decade in D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold. And let me tell you something: The Saints were in mourning when Mangold went off the board. They were hoping he'd be there for their 34th overall pick.
Five Things I Think I Think
1. I think I was pretty darn wrong about Winston Justice and LenDale White, both of whom I thought were lock first-rounders, even with some of their off-field faux pas. Character counts more than ever, people.
2. I think the line of the day came from Chris Berman, re the Giants' pick of Mathias Kiwanuka, now joining Osi Umenyiora on the defensive line. "They're going to have a great team for Scrabble,'' Berman said.
3. I think I'd like to thank some of the folks in the NFL -- many actually -- for being economical on the clock. There is no good reason for a first round to take six hours, but they often do. This one took slightly less than five. Thank you, Colts, for taking two minutes to send the card up for running back JosephAddai from LSU, and thank you, Arizona, for doing the no-brainer thing in picking Matt Leinart at No. 10.
4. I think Marcedes Lewis is just what the doctor ordered for Jacksonville quarterback Byron Leftwich, an offensive tight end with good hands over the middle.
5. I think it's absurd teams let Jimmy Williams -- corner from Virginia Tech, 213 pounds with a 4.38-second 40-yard dash -- get out of the first round.