Snap Judgments (cont.)
Posted: Friday April 27, 2007 3:34PM; Updated: Friday April 27, 2007 3:41PM
Even with Jonathan Ogden all but committing 100 percent to coming back for another season in Baltimore, the Ravens best start looking for a replacement for the guy they call J.O. His usually stellar game showed some signs of slippage last season, and at 32 his body is beginning to show signs of all the wear and tear.
The Ravens like Arkansas tackle Tony Ugoh, but he'd be their pick only if they trade down into the early stages of the second round. That's why guard Ben Grubbs makes sense if they stick with their No. 29 first-round pick. Baltimore doesn't think it has much of a need for a center, but it likes USC's Ryan Kalil quite a bit. The organization's thinking however is that Kalil is probably as good as he's ever going to be.
I have to admit I'm rooting for the Cowboys to take that Arkansas cornerback in the first round. The idea of somebody named (Chris) Houston playing for Dallas just seems to good to pass up.
And can I make a suggestion on the first international city to play host to the Super Bowl? Forget London or Toronto in early February. Anybody for Buenos Aires or Rio?
I have Michigan cornerback Leon Hall going 12th to Buffalo in my final mock draft. But there's some buzz that he may crack the top 10, and maybe higher than the No. 10 Texans. In the right scenario, No. 7 Minnesota might be considering him.
I'm told the first order of business for the Falcons after the draft smoke clears is to try and work out a contract extension with their top cornerback, DeAngelo Hall. But the bar for such a deal has been raised considerably this offseason by that eight-year, $80 million bonanza that San Francisco awarded free-agent cornerback Nate Clements.
Here are a few things I could do without this draft weekend:
-- The giant entourages of the top picks who are invited to New York for the dog and pony show that the league puts on. They seem to grow bigger every year. I get it that a few family members are going to be there with the player for his big moment, but I've seen traveling parties of 20-plus in recent years for some first-rounders. Alex Smith and Reggie Bush, we're looking in your direction.
-- The instant deification of every first-round pick. A two-word reminder for you: Akili Smith. We hear the No. 3 overall pick in 1999 just signed a contract with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL. Honest.
-- The cameras inside some team's "War Room.'' It was clichéd by 1989. Please, someone come up with a new idea that doesn't feature guys sitting around a table looking either painfully aware that they're on camera, or bored out of their minds.