Friday Morning QB (cont.)
21. NEW YORK GIANTS -- I think I like Jason Pierre-Paul to the New York Giants. I really do. But the Giants have spent more time and energy and prominent picks and free-agents than any team in football to fix their defensive line long-term, and there's no excuse now for the Giants not to be as good as anyone in football rushing the passer.
22. NEW YORK JETS -- I think a few teams in the league had character concerns about Boise cornerback Kyle Wilson, but he was a no-brainer for the New York Jets at 29. I know of at least two teams in the top half of the draft who had Wilson rated ahead of Joe Haden, who went seventh.
23. OAKLAND -- I think Oakland finally got it right with Rolando McClain. Great pick. Maybe he won't be in the game on all third downs, but he'll be the leader and strong focal point of a Raider defense that could use an identity.
24. PHILADELPHIA -- I think Philadelphia was destined to trade up. It's all I heard for the past two weeks, that the Eagles were dying to come up. But the names I'd heard were Earl Thomas and Derrick Morgan, not Brandon Graham. I'll just say this about Graham: two teams were laying in the weeds for him in the low teens, so getting him at 13 is just about right.
25. PITTSBURGH -- Maurkice Pouncey might be the safest, surest player in this draft. Good pick. Also, I think I'm not a big I-told-you-so guy, but I told you Pittsburgh wasn't trading Ben Roethlisberger.
26. ST. LOUIS -- I think St. Louis followed through with the same attitude it has had for two months: If the Rams thought Sam Bradford was a franchise quarterback, they weren't going to get serious with anyone about trading the pick. And they never did. It helped that quarterback-needy teams didn't think of him as a no-doubt, Troy Aikman-type QB, and the Redskins didn't have the ammo to move from four to one. But St. Louis did the right thing here. Good pick.
27. SAN FRANCISCO -- I think San Francisco's risky move was dealing up two spots for a tackle more than a few teams have sense-of-entitlement concerns about, Anthony Davis of Rutgers. Davis will need Mike Singletary to be the bad cop if he's going to be the player worthy of the 11th pick in the draft.
28. SAN DIEGO -- I think San Diego overpaid for Ryan Mathews. A good back for the 28th and 40th picks in a strong draft? Too high a price.
29. SEATTLE -- I think I was surprised Seattle didn't move back at number 14, because going into the draft, the Seahawks thought they'd have an opportunity to do it, and wanted to get another pick or two. But Earl Thomas was the last player on their list of must-gets-if-at-all-possible, and once he was there, thoughts of dealing for an extra two or three ceased.
30. TAMPA BAY -- I think Tampa Bay, with the third pick today, would be smart to auction it. Gerald McCoy was an easy pick at three. Now the Bucs, with 35 and 42 this evening early in round two, would be smart to add an extra three if they can. This team needs help across the board, not just with two more contributing players early tonight.
31. TENNESSEE -- I think Tennessee was one of the luckiest teams in the round, getting Derrick Morgan at 16. It's impossible to predict which college pass-rushers turn into good pro ones, but if anyone can get it out of him, defensive line coach Jim Washburn of the Titans can.
32. WASHINGTON -- I think after leading the league in curveballs over the last month, Washington did what it absolutely had to do. The Redskins got their left tackle of the future. As Chris Samuels walks out the door, in walks Trent Williams. Doing anything else would have set the franchise back.
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