3. Minnesota. In a span of five days, the Vikings added the best available pass-rusher in football (Jared Allen), the best safety in the draft (Tyrell Johnson of Arkansas State), and a good challenger to put a little heat on Tarvaris Jackson, USC quarterback John David Booty.
Like I've said throughout this Allen deal, long-term it has some real risks I would not have taken. But on opening day 2008, one of the top five defenses in football will have the biggest impact acquisition of the offseason in Allen, and it will also have either the best special-teams gunner or best young tackling safety in football in Johnson.
4. Arizona. Value City. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, picked at 16, was the top-rated corner on the draft boards of two very smart personnel guys who I know. Calais Campbell (50) was taken to reproduce the pass-rush flash of Calvin Pace, and Early Doucet (81) lasted waaaaay too long after a starry career but groin-ravaged senior year at LSU. Could the Cards deal Anquan Boldin to Washington or Dallas this summer? (Well, not Washington anymore, not with the 'Skins drafting Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly.) Stay tuned.
5. Jacksonville. I christen this draft the "We Are Desperate To Sack Peyton Manning and Will Sell Our Souls to Do So Draft." The Jags started the weekend with six picks in the top 150 of the draft. They exited the weekend with two players, and both are former SEC defensive ends -- Derrick Harvey of Florida and Quentin Groves of Auburn, picked at eight and 52, respectively. If you're going to pay for quality, you can't be afraid, and Jag GM James Harris was not on Saturday.
The three teams I didn't like:
1. Chicago. The Bears had 12 draft choices this year. No quarterback picked. Chicago had nine draft choices in 2007. No quarterback picked. Chicago had seven draft choices in 2006. Three years with a quarterback need, 28 draft choices, and never a passer picked. This isn't odd. It's negligent.
The thing that drives me craziest about the draft is when you see a team with talent not doing enough to bolster the most important position on the field, over and over and over again. With Chad Henne, who absolutely should have been a first-rounder, and solid guy Brian Brohm on the board, the Bears passed on both and picked a very productive running back from Tulane, Matt Forte.
There's a slight chance -- maybe 20 or 25 percent, I'd say -- that the Bears have their quarterback of the future on the roster in either Rex Grossman or Kyle Orton. Maybe. But whether you believe it or not, you have to admit it's silly not to backstop the most important position in sports. What is it about the undying love of Grossman that makes Chicago unable or unwilling to turn the page?
2. Cincinnati. For one reason: The Bengals stubbornly turned down Washington's offer of first- and third-round picks for Chad Johnson (and the ransom could have gone higher, to a second-rounder with decent production by Johnson and a first-rounder if he starred in Washington). I am in full agreement that what Johnson is doing is selfish and the team should not stand for it. But I guess this would be my question -- if Johnson were a decent, quiet, all-team guy at age 30, wouldn't you think it wise to deal him for first- and second-round picks. I sure would.
3. Tennessee. I should call this the Matt Millen Memorial Wide Receiver Stat of the Week, in honor of the Detroit executive who picked wide receivers in the top 10 of the draft in three consecutive years: The Tennessee Titans have taken a running back in the top 50 picks of the draft three years in a row -- Chris Johnson in 2008 (24th overall), Chris Henry in 2007 (50th), and LenDale White in 2006 (45th). I'm not really interested in hearing an explanation on that. It's just wrong.
Quote of the Week I
"My guts are ripped out of my body right now. You fall in love with some of these guys, you get relationships with them, you study their tape and their profiles, you follow their progress on a daily basis. You drive home at night, wake up in the morning and think about what a great thrill it would be to coach some of these guys. That's why they have general managers that make the tough calls and I certainly support Bruce [Allen] on this. We got a guy with a lot of juice, a lot of energy. But these are tough picks for sure.''
--Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden, on the difficulty of bypassing players he loves in the draft. He spoke after picking Aqib Talib in the first round.
Quote of the Week II
"He seems like a really cool guy, a really nice guy.''
--First-round pick Kenny Phillips of the Giants on his new coach, Tom Coughlin.
You know, those are the exact words Tiki Barber always used to describe Coughlin -- cool and nice.
Quote of the Week III
"The Jets have just won the Super Bowl!''
--ESPN draft host Chris Berman, after Radio City Music Hall cheered the Jets' pick of Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston with the sixth pick in the first round.
Quote of the Week IV
"I'm not surprised. But I am disappointed.''
--Atlanta owner Arthur Blank, telling me Friday he has never gotten a phone call of apology or explanation from former coach Bobby Petrino since he took the coaching job at Arkansas with two games left in the 2007 NFL season.
What a wonderful scoundrel Petrino is.
Quote of the Week V
"I'm retired ... Something's bound to happen.''
--Brett Favre, on The David Letterman Show on Thursday night.
Remember Chauncey Gardner, the Peter Sellers-played savant in Being There who made plain pronouncements that somehow world leaders began taking as life-altering parables? (You had to see it. Too complicated to explain if you haven't.) Sometimes we try to turn things into Favreisms. Too many things. The best thing we all can do -- and this comes from someone who has majored in Favre-ology -- is just sit back and see what happens. Favre doesn't know what his future holds, only that he's 85 or 90 percent sure he'll never play another snap of football.