Friday Morning QB (cont.)
11. DETROIT -- I think Detroit continues to build it, brick by brick. Ndamukong Suh was the easiest pick of the night. If he's not a very good NFL player, scouting football players is a worthless occupation. I like the value of Jahvid Best at 30, and he should be the kind of make-you-miss, artificial-turf back who will give the Lions the weapon out of the backfield they needed.
12. GREEN BAY -- I think Green Bay was looking to deal up for a tackle in the last few days before the draft, but never came close to doing it, and got a little lucky. Bryan Bulaga's mediocre final year at Iowa made him slide to 23, but he's great value for a team with two tackles who might need to be replaced in 2011 -- or earlier.
13. HOUSTON -- I think I would have taken Kyle Wilson if I were Houston at 20. There's going to be tons of pressure on Kareem Jackson, the Alabama corner, to play early as a Dunta Robinson replacement. I'd rather have the corner most in the draft believe was more pro-ready in Wilson.
14. INDIANAPOLIS -- I think the consensus on Indianapolis and Jerry Hughes is this: Dwight Freeney/Robert Mathis heir.
15. JACKSONVILLE -- I think the folks around Jacksonville just have to give this Tebow thing a break. Let the man live his life as a football player, people. If the Jags picked him, I fear Tebow would have been suffocated by the adulation. Good for him that he got out of the area. Ironic for him that his first game as an NFL player (though I don't expect him to be doing anything but watching) is the 2010 opener, at Jacksonville.
16. KANSAS CITY -- I think Scott Pioli's not-picking-safeties-high mold was broken in Kansas City by the strong play and even stronger leadership of Eric Berry. Case in point: The Chiefs went to scout Berry at Tennessee, and in doing their due diligence, found out he sometimes was in the football equipment room on Fridays helping the staff clean helmets. That's going to play well with a meat-and-potatoes team guy like Pioli.
17. MIAMI -- I think, at the end of the day, the temptation of Derrick Morgan to rush the passer for Miami was outweighed by three things: The Dolphins couldn't be sure he'd develop into a double-digit sack guy. They badly wanted to recoup their second-round pick lost in the Brandon Marshall deal, which they did, getting the 40th pick from San Diego for moving down 16 spots in the first round. And they wanted a big body for the interior defensive line too. Thus the Jared Odrick pick.
18. MINNESOTA -- I think Minnesota should take Jimmy Clausen with the 34th pick overall, the second pick of the night tonight. No doubt about it. None.
19. NEW ENGLAND -- I think it's been a while since I talked to a player on the night of the draft who was happier than Devin McCourty. The Rutgers cornerback was euphoric to be picked by New England. When he heard Bill Belichick ask him last night, "Are you ready to be a New England Patriot?'' he could barely contain himself. "I was too excited,'' he said. "Those are the greatest words I've ever heard in my life.'' The Pats got a guy who scouts think can play in the slot or outside, plus one of the best special-teamers in the draft.
20. NEW ORLEANS -- I think New Orleans really wanted McCourty and settled for Patrick Robinson, the Florida State corner. I thought once McCourty was gone they'd jump for TCU defensive end Daryl Washington, a Joe Vitt favorite. But taking the corner tells me they don't feel as good about their corner situation, and still may move Malcolm Jenkins to safety.
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