Ten Things I Think I Think
1. I think if I were Buffalo GM Russ Brandon, I wouldn't be thinking, "Eleven's too high to take Brandon Pettigrew.'' If I couldn't trade down four or five slots (and, as you can see by history above, the Bills don't trade much on draft day), I'd take the best all-around tight end to come out since -- well, since maybe Jeremy Shockey -- right there at No. 11.
2. I think if I were the Dolphins, I'd not only NOT trade Ronnie Brown, I'd expand his role. I wouldn't call him the perfect option man for the Wildcat offense, but I would say that as a triggerman for the offense last year, he did a great job of giving the defense a good run look with the slight threat of being able to throw the ball well. That's what a Wildcat option back should do.
3. I think time's growing short if you want to make a deal before draft day, Detroit. Sounds to me like the Lions are going to try to force Matthew Stafford to take a slightly below-market deal by using Aaron Curry as leverage, who would sign for less than Stafford. The problem, as I see it, is that the coach seems to have his hopes pinned to Stafford, and if the front office doesn't deliver, Jim Schwartz could be wondering what he's gotten himself into.
4. I think you made your bed, Chad Johnson. Now you've got to lay in it.
5. I think I'd like to apologize to you, Everette Brown. I don't have you in my mock draft for SI this week, and I fully expect you to be picked ... somewhere. I can't figure out where, and too many people in the bottom 20 of the round found too many holes in Brown.
6. I think, as I examine the Jason Peters deal -- first-, fourth- and sixth-round picks, with the first-rounder the 28th pick in Saturday's draft -- I think the Eagles got the major edge. "Other than Anthony Munoz, this is the most devastating blocker and pass-protector I've ever coached,'' said the retired and well-respected former NFL line coach Jim McNally, who mentored Peters from being a college tight end to one of the premier tackles in the game. "He's a terrific player and a good kid. What happened to him in Buffalo, I think, is he saw two linemen come in and make a lot of money [Derrick Dockery, Langston Walker], and he looked at them and said, 'I'm better than they are; why aren't I making that money?' And it really affected him. I think he'll be a dominating player in Philadelphia, and I don't think the money will affect him.'' We'll see.
7. I think -- no, I know -- Tennessee is not out of the Torry Holt derby.
8. I think I'm all for maximizing my draft booty, but I think the Bills are going too far in trying to deal Roscoe Parrish. He's one of the most dangerous weapons in the game, and I'd rather have four or five Parrish touches per game -- and the threat that each carries with it. Parrish is worth far more than the fourth- or fifth-round pick he'd bring back to Buffalo.
9. I think the Cardinals have to get serious about trading Anquan Boldin. He's not going to be happy there, and he's not going to bring back a first-round pick PLUS something else.
10. I think these are my non-football thoughts of the week:
a. I miss the Star-Ledger. Good, important newspaper.
b. So here's my quickie review of Citi Field: Really, really beautiful, roomy ballpark, with comfortable seats and, at least in the lower bowl, good sightlines. (Though I do hear the upper decks have some restricted-view seats.) I did note that, from my seat down the left-field line in the lower bowl, that I could see 79 ads around the stadium. It's a living, breathing billboard. The other thing I found very weird was the rotunda as you enter -- a tribute to the Brooklyn Dodgers, Ebbets Field and Jackie Robinson. Just weird. There's more Dodger stuff, prominently, than Mets stuff. I bet a 1969 Met would be pretty ticked off that there's more recognition for the old Dodgers than the old Mets.
c. These are the good ol' days for The Office.
d. I am a little melancholy that Mark Fidrych's death got so little recognition around the country. I was 19 when he was the biggest star of the summer, and he exploded onto the American scene. How about a guy who's on the cover of Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone? We don't have enough true characters in this game, and he was a genuine one. The thing I loved reading about Fidrych in the Boston Globe after he died was how he married a local girl in Massachusetts, and the family he married into had a restaurant, and the man who won 19 games for the Tigers in 1976 seamlessly went into the restaurant every Saturday night to wait tables. We'll miss guys like Fidrych.
e. Good luck, Cris Collinsworth. You won't need luck, though. Prepared, talented guys don't ever need luck.
f. How cool it was this morning dropping my brother-in-law, Bob Whiteley, at the Boston Common at 6:45 so he could board one of the hundreds of yellow school buses for the 45-minute ride to Hopkinton and the start of the Boston marathon. Good luck, Bob. What a great scene.
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