Wrapping up 2007 draft (cont.)
Posted: Tuesday May 1, 2007 12:03PM; Updated: Tuesday May 1, 2007 5:58PM
3. The Patriots love to talk about taking the high road when it comes to picking players who are also solid citizens, and team-oriented players capable of submerging the individual for the good of the whole. But by drafting Miami safety Brandon Meriweather and adding Moss to a receiving corps that also saw the arrival of Donte' Stallworth and Kelley Washington in free agency, New England seems more than willing to re-draw the lines of what it considers an acceptable amount of risk-taking on the character front.
I'm not saying they're wrong to do so. I'm not saying they're right. I'm just saying let's call it what it is: a gamble.
4. Which team has improved its quarterback situation the most dramatically this offseason? Carolina deserves kudos for significantly upgrading its backup position by acquiring David Carr, and Tampa Bay gets a nod for adding Jeff Garcia (and maybe Jake Plummer?) to a mix that already included Chris Simms and Bruce Gradkowski.
But Oakland is our easy choice for top honors, with both JaMarcus Russell and Josh McCown coming aboard on draft weekend. That's your starter and backup in some order for 2007, even if Andrew Walter probably still figures into that depth chart as well. Shoot, technically speaking, the Raiders might have clinched most improved on the day they released Aaron Brooks.
5. Baltimore's shrewdness in the draft is well-documented, and the job that Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and his personnel and scouting departments do is consistently ahead of the curve.
But the Ravens didn't have things fall exactly their way in Saturday's first round. They took Auburn guard Ben Grubbs with the No. 29 pick, and he's a solid choice who figures to help Baltimore's needy offensive line right away.
Before taking Grubbs, the Ravens were trying to trade up in the first round to nab Brady Quinn, but the Browns beat them to the punch. Then, Baltimore just missed out on Central Michigan offensive tackle Joe Staley when the 49ers traded ahead of them one slot to 28th, taking the tackle who the Ravens coveted even more than Grubbs.
Can't win them all, Oz.
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