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Draft aftermath (cont.)

Posted: Monday May 1, 2006 12:00AM; Updated: Monday May 1, 2006 11:39AM
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Ten Things I Think I Think

Vernon Davis shed tears of joy after the 49ers selected him with the No. 6 overall pick.
Vernon Davis shed tears of joy after the 49ers selected him with the No. 6 overall pick.
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1. I think I wonder who will play Vernon Davis in the movie. My guess is Cuba Gooding Jr.

2. I think the best thing I heard on TV this weekend was probably not caught by many people, because who really is still watching when the 242nd pick is being deliberated? But ESPN guest correspondent Torry Holt made a huge amount of sense late Sunday afternoon when he said how stupid it was for draft choices to hold out. He said players should tell their agents, "See if you can speed this process up."

Holt got his contract done and reported to rookie camp on time after being the sixth pick in 1999. "I wanted to play, and play right away," he said. "I knew if I signed on time I could make an impact right away. It tells the team: 'I am serious. I am professional. I am ready to do a job.'"

I hope you rooks were listening out there. Missing a week of camp is not worth an extra two percent in your rookie contract, no matter what your agent says.

3. I think Steve McNair will like it in Baltimore. Good place to work, good coaches, and it'll be his job until he gets hurt too badly to play.

4. I think these are the decisions I did not like in this draft:

a. Buffalo reaching for strong safety Donte Whitner with the eighth pick in the first round. Very reachy.

b. Minnesota dealing two third-round picks for the last pick of the second round -- so it could take Tarvaris Jackson, a quarterback out of Alabama State. NO ONE BUT HIS MOTHER had him going in the first two rounds. Silly, silly move.

c. The Raiders passing on Matt Leinart with the seventh pick, even though they got a very, very good player in Texas safety Michael Huff, who started 50 games at one of the best programs in the country.

d. Mario Williams over Reggie Bush. I know, I know. I'm piling on. It's like shooting fish in a barrel. But I just don't believe Williams is a great enough player to merit passing up Bush.

e. Pittsburgh passing on LenDale White. Bill Cowher could have turned this dude into a great player.

f. Me picking a French Quarter hotel in the middle of Jazz Fest last weekend in New Orleans, when sleep is a valued commodity.

5. I think New Orleans got a no-lose deal when it swapped the 99th pick to the Eagles for the 108th pick and a very usable defensive tackle in Hollis Thomas ... and getting him for $710,000 in the last year of his contract. He'll be a valuable guy in the Saints' DT rotation.

6. I think, unfortunately, that Marcus Vick got exactly what he deserved. You can't do as many dumb things as he did and expect to be drafted.

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